Mumbai police bust porn film racket, nab 5

Mumbai, Feb 6 (IANS) The Mumbai Crime Branch raided a bungalow in Madh Island and arrested five persons for allegedly making pornographic films, officials said. The raid was carried out by the Property Cell following a tip-off of a porn film racket, which circulated videos via mobile applications. One of the prime accused who has […]

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Jamia professor brings out book on Covid-19 pandemic, therapy

New Delhi, Feb 6 (IANS) Jamia Millia Islamia has come out with scientific information and research regarding the coronavirus pandemic. Shama Parveen, an associate professor at Jamia university, has made public this information related to the Covid-19 pandemic through a special book. The book describes antivirals and other drugs, natural compounds and corona vaccine. According […]

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Confine AP Panchayat Raj minister to home: SEC orders DGP

Amaravati, Feb 6 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh State Election Commissioner (SEC) Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar on Saturday ordered the Director General of Ppolice (DGP) Gautam Sawang to confine Panchayat Raj and Rural Development Minister Peddireddi Ramachandra Reddy to his home until the end of panchayat polls, for allegedly threatening officials to not follow his directives. “Having carefully […]

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PGIMER Director, wife gets Covid-19 vaccine

Chandigarh, Feb 6 (IANS) Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) Director Jagat Ram and his wife Asha Kumari on Saturday got Covishield, the vaccine of Covid-19, here. After the vaccination, Jagat Ram said that he and his wife were feeling absolutely fine and both of them had no adverse reaction even after four […]

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J&K reports 65 new Covid cases, 88 recoveries

Jammu, Feb 6 (IANS) Recoveries continued to outnumber new Covid-19 cases in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday with no Covid related death getting reported from anywhere in the Union Territory in the past 24 hours. An official bulletin said that 88 people were discharged from different hospitals after recovery on Saturday, while 65 persons tested […]

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Top terrorist arrested in Jammu

Jammu, Feb 6 (IANS) The J&K police on Saturday arrested the self-styled chief of terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Mustafa (LeM) from Jammu, officials said. He has been identified as Hidayatullah Malik, the chief of LeM which is a front organisation of proscribed terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). “Malik, a categorised terrorist from Shopian district has been arrested in […]

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Youth with knowledge, wisdom and energy to build new future: J&K LG

Jammu, Feb 6 (IANS) J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Saturday delivered the keynote address at the Harvard US-India Initiative (HUII) Annual Conference through virtual mode. HUII aims to engage students around the world in a dialogue about India’s most pressing political, social, economic, and environmental challenges, providing the youth an opportunity to hear from […]

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Kumble trolled for supporting govt over farmers

Bengaluru, Feb 6 (IANS) A section of Twitter users in Karnataka expressed displeasure over former Indian cricket captain Anil Kumble supporting the government in the ongoing farmers’ protests. Samyukta Karnataka Horata, an umbrella forum of farmers, workers and Dalit organisations in Karnataka, said in its tweet, “More than 100 farmers have died ever since farmer […]

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‘Mission Majnu’ starts in Lucknow

Mumbai, Feb 6 (IANS) The shooting for upcoming espionage thriller, Mission Majnu, has started in Lucknow, and lead actor Sidharth Malhotra is set to join the team soon. The update was shared on Twitter by trade expert Taran Adarsh. ” Team #MissionMajnu commences shoot in #Lucknow today… Stars #SidharthMalhotra and #RashmikaMandanna… Directed by Shantanu Bagchi,” […]

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Upendra Kushwaha may reunite with Nitish Kumar

By Manoj PathakPatna, Feb 6 (IANS) Speculation about former Union Minister and Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) chief Upendra Kushwaha joining the Janata Dal (United) is getting stronger in Bihar’s political circles. It is said that talks between the leaders of both the parties is almost finalised. Statements of the leaders of both the parties […]

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Attack on convoy in Myanmar kills 12

Nay Pyi Taw, Feb 6 (IANS) At least nine civilians and three policemen were killed in an armed attack on a convoy of a former member of Myanmar’s self-administered zone, a statement released by the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Service Office said on Saturday. The convoy led by U Khin Maung Lwin, a former central executive […]

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Help save Monitor Lizards: WWF-TRAFFIC

Mumbai, Feb 6 (IANS) Monitor Lizards, which once helped the Maratha General Tanaji Malusare scale the steep hilltop Sinhagad Fort in Pune in 1670, are now battling for their own survival. The World Wildlife Fund-India and TRAFFIC have urged people to protect the ‘Varanus’ species of Monitor Lizards which are targeted for certain traditional medicines. […]

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US adds 49,000 jobs in January

Washington, Feb 6 (IANS) US employers added just 49,000 jobs in January, after slashing some 227,000 jobs the previous month, the Labour Department reported. In a report issued on Friday, the Department said that the unemployment rate, meanwhile, fell by 0.4 percentage point to 6.3 per cent in January, still well above the pre-pandemic level […]

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Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers should share production capacity: WHO

Geneva, Feb 6 (IANS) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), has called on Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers to scale up production significantly and urged countries to share doses once they complete their inoculation programmes. Reiterating the negative impact of inequitable access to Covid-19 vaccines worldwide at a press briefing here on Friday, […]

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US endorses ex-Nigerian FM to be next WTO chief

Washington, Feb 6 (IANS) The US has “expressed its strong support” for Nigeria’s former Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to be the next Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) announced. “Okonjo-Iweala brings a wealth of knowledge in economics and international diplomacy from her 25 years with the […]

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Opposition in Kerala questions govt postings

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 6 (IANS) The ruling Left front in Kerala has been questioned by the Opposition over the government postings, which the latter has termed as ‘backdoor postings’. The youth wing of CPM, Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) has backed the postings by the Pinarayi Vijayan-led LDF government, saying they were done under humanitarian […]

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Lahore Confidential: Absolutely, uniformly a mess (IANS Review; Rating: * and 1/2)

Lahore Confidential (film on Zee5); Cast: Richa Chadha, Arunoday Singh, Karishma Tanna, Khalid Siddiqui; Direction: Kunal Kohli; Rating: * and a half (one and a half stars) BY VINAYAK CHAKRAVORTY Few films manage a level of absolute uniformity in the quality they peddle — in terms of writing, direction, acting and tech-specs. Lahore Confidential is […]

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Yediyurappa makes U-turn on Panchamasali reservation

Bengaluru, Feb 6 (IANS) Hours after his controversial remarks on granting reservations to Panchamsali community, Karnataka Chief Minister, B.S. Yediyurappa made ‘U’ turn on the issue on Friday and referred the reservation matter to Karnataka Backward Class commission in a bid to contain the growing anger of Panchamasali community. Yediyurappa released two statements, one in […]

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IRCTC to run 4 pilgrim special trains

Gandhinagar, Feb 6 (IANS) The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), a subsidiary of the Indian Railways, will be running four pilgrim special trains from Rajkot in Gujarat in February and March. Rahul Himalayan, the group General Manager of IRCTC Western Zone, said: “All the four trains will commence from and terminate in Rajkot. […]

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India’s post-Covid Budget transparent, futuristic: Anurag Thakur (IANS Exclusive Interview)

By Rohit Vaid and Subhash NarayanNew Delhi, Feb 6 (IANS) India’s first Budget after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic is prudent, transparent and futuristic and is aimed at making the country self-reliant, Minister of State for Finance, Anurag Thakur, told IANS. Following are the excerpts from the post-Budget exclusive conversation IANS had with Thakur. […]

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UK records another 19,114 coronavirus cases, 1,014 deaths

London, Feb 6 (IANS) Another 19,114 people in Britain have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 3,911,573, according to official figures released on Friday. The country also reported another 1,014 coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 111,264. These figures […]

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Indian start-ups developing, making products for military use: Kovind

Bengaluru, Feb 6 (IANS) President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday said many start-ups in the country were developing technologies and products for military use. “Through start-up manthan, many start-ups are developing new technologies and products for military use. The platform is also helping us develop indigenous innovation and self-reliance in defence technologies,” said the President […]

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Andhra govt shifts out Tirupati JEO following SEC’s temple visit

Tirupati/Amaravati, Feb 5 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh government shunted out the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams’ (TTD) Joint Executive Officer (JEO) P. Basant Kumar, following a visit by the State Election Commissioner (SEC) Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar. “The following transfer is ordered with immediate effect: The service of Basant Kumar, JEO, TTD, are withdrawn from Revenue (endowments) with immediate […]

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UoH teachers, students join hands to protect land

Hyderabad, Feb 5 (IANS) University of Hyderabad (UoH) teachers and students on Friday organised a walk on the campus against encroachment of varsity land. A Joint Action Committee comprising faculty, students and non-teaching staff organised the protest. The University of Hyderabad Teachers Association (UHTA), the Non Teaching Association, UoH, the Students Union, and the Dalit […]

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India feel Jadeja’s absence on first day

New Delhi, Feb 5 (IANS) India missed Ravindra Jadeja’s accuracy on Friday, the first day of the first Test against England as neither his replacement left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem nor off-spinner Washington Sundar, who starred in India’s win over Australia in the fourth Test Down Under last month, could control the flow of runs. The […]

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