Kerala’s positivity rate falls to 7.47%

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 9 (IANS) Kerala’s coronavirus test positivity rate has fallen to 7.47 per cent on Tuesday, health officials said. Last month, the positivity rate in Kerala shot over 12 per cent, forcing authorities to tighten the Covid norms across the state. Kerala Health Minister K.K.Shailaja said that even as the state has recorded 5,214 […]

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India winning allies with vaccine diplomacy

By Aarti Tikoo SinghNew Delhi, Feb 9 (IANS) As against China’s aggressive image, India is steadily reinforcing its soft power and core philosophical values of compassion and generosity with the help of vaccine diplomacy. The government has so far gifted over 62 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccines to its immediate and extended neighbourhood, out of […]

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Priyanka to address ‘kisan sabhas’ in UP (Ld)

New Delhi/Saharanpur, Feb 9 (IANS) Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will hold a series of ‘kisan sabhas’ in western Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday to intensify the protest against the three Central farm laws. According to party sources, Priyanka will hold the first such meeting in Saharanpur’s Chilkana area. Besides, Saharanpur, she will be visiting […]

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Qualcomm introduces new 5G Modem, promises up to 10Gbps speeds

New Delhi, Feb 9 (IANS) Chipmaker Qualcomm on Tuesday introduced the Snapdragon X65 5G modem, its fourth-generation 5G modem-to-antenna solution, with support up to 10Gbps speeds on both standalone and non-standalone 5G networks. Snapdragon X65 is Qualcomm’s biggest leap in 5G solutions since the commercialisation of its first modem-RF (radio-frequency) system. It is designed to […]

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Odisha to move SC over Kotia rural polls by AP

Bhubaneswar, Feb 9 (IANS) The Odisha government has decided to move the Supreme Court challenging the notification issued by Andhra Pradesh State Election Commission to hold rural polls in three villages under Kotia gram panchayat in Koraput district. Bhagaban Nayak, deputy secretary to the law department, on Tuesday wrote to Supreme Court’s Advocate on Record […]

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BioAsia 2021 to focus on Covid, global health

Hyderabad, Feb 9 (IANS) The 18th edition of BioAsia, Asia’s largest life-sciences and healthcare conference, will be held virtually from February 22-23 with a focus on Covid-19, global health, pharma and medical technologies. The conference will provide an opportunity to pharma and biotech companies, contract research organisations, contract manufacturing organisations, contract development and manufacturing organisations, […]

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Punjab CM launches 56 citizen-centric services

Chandigarh, Feb 9 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday virtually launched 56 services available at Sewa Kendras as he committed to bring in greater transparency in governance by taking the total number of citizen-centric services to 500 in three months. With this launch, the number of services at the Sewa Kendras now stands […]

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Community groups concerned over thrust on large dams in Himalayas

Shimla, Feb 9 (IANS) Community organisations, which are facing human-induced climate change impacts in Himachal Pradesh, claimed on Tuesday that the government of India’s policy of promoting mega hydropower projects in the Himalayas is at manifold risk of earthquake-triggered landslides. The risk of constructing dams in the Himalayan region came to the fore following the […]

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Bharti AXA General boosts health segment with wellness and Ayush benefits amid COVID

New Delhi, Feb 9 (IANS) Following the robust growth in the health segment in the first half of the financial year 2020-21, leading private non-life insurer Bharti AXA General Insurance strengthened its health insurance portfolio with wellness and Ayush benefits with the introduction of an innovative healthcare offering Health AdvantEDGE that provides holistic protection against […]

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Vijayanagara is Karnataka’s 31st district

Ballari (Karnataka), Feb 9 (IANS) Vijaynagara, became Karnataka’s 31st district with the state government on Monday issuing an official gazette notification carving out a new district from the ore-rich Ballari. The new district will have six taluks and Hosapete will be its headquarters, while Kudligi, Hagaribommana Halli, Kotturu, Hoovina Hadagali, and Harapanahalli are the other […]

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HAL to make head-up display systems for pilots

Bengaluru, Feb 9 (IANS) Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) would make head-up display (HUD) systems for pilots in partnership with Israel’s Elbit Systems Electro Optics Elop Ltd, the aerospace major said on Monday. “We signed a pact with Elbit to make and supply digital overhead head-up display (HUD) systems for guiding pilots in navigating their aircraft,” […]

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New Covid cases in Karnataka dip to 328

Bengaluru, Feb 9 (IANS) Maintaining downward trend, 328 new Covid cases were registered across Karnataka, while 350 patients were discharged in the last 24 hours, the state health bulletin said on Monday. “With 328 new cases on Sunday, the state’s Covid tally increased to 9,42,846, including 5,934 active cases, while 9,24,654 recovered, with 350 discharged […]

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Centre asks states to expedite work under ONORC

New Delhi, Feb 8 (IANS) The Centre has asked the states/Union Territories to expedite the work for installation of electronic Point of Sale (ePoS) devices, Aadhaar seeding of all beneficiaries, biometric authentication of PDS transactions and portability transactions (both inter-state and intra-state). In pursuance of the recent speech in Budget regarding the implementation of ‘One […]

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Property dealer commits suicide, five booked

Gurugram, Feb 8 (IANS) A property dealer, identified as Joginder Yadav alias Jugnu, a resident of Nathupur village in Gurugram, has committed suicide by hanging himself from ceiling fan. The police have booked five persons including a Delhi police officer and the village Nambardar for allegedly forcing him to take the extreme step. Those booked […]

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