China pressurised Nepal to accept its Covid vaccine: Leaked documents

Kathmandu, Feb 7 (IANS) Leaked documents of correspondence between Nepal’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu show that Beijing had put pressure on the Himalayan country to accept its Covid vaccine without its efficiency and efficacy being established. Nepali media on Sunday published stories on the basis of the leaked correspondence […]

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Telangana CM rules out change in leadership

Hyderabad, Feb 7 (IANS) Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrsekhar Rao on Sunday put an end to speculation about leadership change saying he will continue in the post for next 10 years. The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief made this clear at the party’s state executive meeting held at party headquarters Telangana Bhavan. Amid speculations that […]

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Prez visits Satsang Foundation Ashram in AP

Amaravati, Feb 7 (IANS) President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday visited the Satsang Foundation Ashram at Madanapalle in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. He interacted with the foundation’s leader and educationist Sri M. President Kovind, who reached Madanapalle by helicopter from Bengaluru, was received by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, his Cabinet […]

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Xiaomi patents foldable smartphone solution to mitigate creases: Report

Beijing, Feb 7 (IANS) Chinese smartphone Xiaomi has patented a foldable smartphone solution to reduce crease in the foldable devices. The company filed this patent with the CNIPA (China National Intellectual Property Administration) in July 2019. However, it got approved and published only on February 2, 2021, reports GizmoChina.This patent is titled “Support Structure of […]

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Disinvestment aimed at growth, not to plug fiscal deficit: DIPAM Secy (IANS Interview)

By Rituraj Baruah & Subhash NarayanNew Delhi, Feb 7 (IANS) As the Budget 2021 comes up with major thrust on privatisation of public sector enterprises, Disinvestment Secretary, Tuhin Kanta Pandey has said that the government’s new disinvestment policy is aimed at economic growth and employment creation, rather than plugging the vast fiscal deficit. The statement […]

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Delhi reports 119 new Covid cases, 2 deaths

New Delhi, Feb 7 (IANS) The national capital recorded 119 new coronavirus cases on Sunday and two fatalities in the last 24 hours, a bulletin issued by the Delhi Health Department said. Delhi’s tally now stands at 6,36,035, including 6,24,044 patients who have either been discharged or have migrated, while 10,474 have succumbed. The number […]

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BJP activists attacked ahead of PM’s Bengal visit

Kolkata, Feb 7 (IANS) As West Bengal’s East Midnapore district gears up to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP workers coming from West Midnapore’s Keshpur area were allegedly attacked by Trinamool Congress activists on Sunday. The incident took place at Darma as Trinamool activists allegedly ransacked a few vehicles that were carrying BJP supporters to […]

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Pawar faces netizens’ ire for ‘advising’ Sachin on farmers’ issue

New Delhi, Feb 7 (IANS) Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar ‘advising’ cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar to be careful with his words on the farmers’ issue, has not gone down well with social media users who expressed their anger against Pawar. Netizens described Pawar’s statement as “threatening” the batting legend. Many social media users […]

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SJTA urges withdrawal of heritage bye-laws for Jagannath temple

Bhubaneswar, Feb 7 (IANS) The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) on Sunday requested the National Monuments Authority (NMA) to withdraw the draft notification on heritage bye-laws for the famed Jagannath temple in Odisha’s Puri. In a letter to the NMA Member Secretary, SJTA Chief Administrator Krishan Kumar requested to immediately withdraw the draft notification to […]

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Yogi in Ayodhya to review development

Ayodhya, Feb 7 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday reached Ayodhya where he offered prayers at the Ram Janmabhoomi temple. The Chief Minister will, later in the day, review the progress of projects that include the expansion of Bhajan Sandhya Sthal, Queen Ho Memorial Park, Ram Katha Park, beautification of Ram Katha […]

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Mastering the workings of the human mind

New Delhi, Feb 7 (IANS) Many a times, we find ourselves stuck with challenges which are detrimental to the peace of mind and harmony of our lives. On a daily basis we deal with many perceptional challenges like internal dialogues, misconceptions, limited or foveal vision, binary thinking, and classic dilemmas of “Should I do this […]

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ITC sets up ‘Young Digital Natives’ Innovators Lab’

Mumbai, Feb 7 (IANS) ITC Chairman Sanjiv Puri has announced the setting up of a ‘Young Digital Innovators Lab’ comprising of digital natives drawn from across ITC’s businesses to crowd source transformative digital strategies. With the objective of strengthening its competitive vitality, ITC is scaling up its digital interventions across businesses and value-chains. “Led by […]

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Pak, UAE agree to boost ties

Islamabad, Feb 7 (IANS) In a phone call, Pakistan Prime Min­ister Imran Khan and United Arab Emirates (UAE) Crown Prince She­ikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan agreed to boost bilateral ties. “The two leaders reaffirmed the existing close fraternal relations between Pakistan and the UAE and reiterated the resolve to further solidify and strengthen the […]

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Modi govt working on political strategy to counter int’l far left in farmers stir

By Mahua VenkateshNew Delhi, Feb 7 (IANS) The Narendra Modi government is all set to change its strategy in tackling the ongoing impasse over the proposed reforms in the agriculture sector, which has attracted unprecedented international attention with massive social media pressure building up in support of the farmers after tweets from popstar Rihanna and […]

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Israeli PM denounces ICC decision on jurisdiction

Tel Aviv, Feb 7 (IANS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has denounced the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) decision to clear the way for an investigation against the Jewish state on alleged war crimes, and called the move “pure anti-semitism”. “We will fight this perversion of justice,” Netanyahu said in a recorded statement on Saturday. The […]

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Iran FM urges US admin to remove sanctions

Tehran, Feb 7 (IANS) Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Tehran is losing patience with the new US administration’s “recent signals to retain illegal sanctions” on the Islamic Republic. In a statement on Saturday, Zarif criticised Washington for what he called “not moving fast to rectify wrong steps” taken under former President Donald […]

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Two held for killing monkeys

Bhadohi (Uttar Pradesh), Feb 7 (IANS) Two carpet exporters have been arrested for allegedly shooting dead two monkeys in Fattupur under City Kotwali police station area. An FIR in this connection was lodged by Forest Ranger Richesh Kumar Mishra and arrested persons are Buland Ansari and his brother Mohsin Ansari. The incident took place on […]

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IS terrorist arrested in Karachi

Karachi, Feb 7 (IANS) Pakistani security agencies arrested an Islamic State (IS) terrorist in Karachi and also foiled militant activities, officials said. Zakirullah alias Shafiullah was captured in a joint operation by the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) and the paramilitary force Rangers on a tip-off in Karachi, the capital of Sindh province, a spokesman for […]

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China beetles infesting gooseberry plants in northeast: Scientists

By Sujit ChakrabortyAgartala/Itanagar, Feb 7 (IANS) Scientists have for the first time found evidence of China beetles infesting gooseberry or amla plants in Arunachal Pradesh and few other northeastrn states. The scientists also anticipated that these China beetles may spread to major litchi and gooseberry growing states like Bihar, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand, […]

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Storm to bring winds, snow to Britain

London, Feb 7 (IANS) Heavy snow and icy conditions are forecast to hit Britain during this weekend, the Met Office said, urging people to check in on the elderly and vulnerable. The Met Office on Saturday issued amber warnings, which means travel issues and power cuts are likely, for snow in the east and southeast […]

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Electronic Intel network being expanded at 451 new places (IANS Exclusive)

By Rajnish SinghNew Delhi, Feb 7 (IANS) For robust and quick intelligence inputs on “real-time” basis relating to terrorism and insurgency, the Central government has been extending its dedicated and secure electronic network “TMS and NMB” at 451 new locations across the country. This is part of the Indian government’s ‘Phase III’ intelligence gathering operation […]

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Yogi to involve local people in upkeep of cows

Lucknow, Feb 7 (IANS) In order to give a mass base to the campaign for cows, the Yogi Adityanath government has announced that local people should be involved in maintenance and upkeep of cow shelters. According to a government spokesperson, “The government has prepared a scheme to generate employment through cow shelters and connect locals […]

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The eighth colour of a ruined rainbow

By Sukant DeepakNew Delhi, Feb 7 (IANS) Since 1999, she has been photographing in rural Rajasthan. After some years of her visiting, several of the children, who were always avid followers of where she was going, decided they too would like to take pictures. They had fiddled around with her camera and tripod, and commented […]

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