Friendship with B’desh cornerstone of our foreign policy: Indian envoy

By Sumi KhanDhaka, Feb 15 (IANS) Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Kumar Doraiswami on Monday said that Bangladesh is India’s true and special friend and the friendship is the cornerstone of India’s Foreign Policy. Doraiswami said: “India never showed any ‘big-brother’ attitude towards Bangladesh. We will do our best to carry forward our committment […]

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Efforts are on for more foreign investment in Assam: Jaishankar

Guwahati, Feb 15 (IANS) External Affairs Minister S.Jaishankar on Monday said that the government has been trying to develop infrastructure and connectivity, besides enabling the environment in Assam to attract more foreign investment, particularly the Japanese investors. Accompanied by the Japan Ambassador to India, Satoshi Suzuki, Jaishankar said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government is […]

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Indonesia reports 6,462 new Covid cases

Jakarta, Feb 15 (IANS) The Covid-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 6,462 within one day to 1,223,930, even as the country’s death toll touched 33,367, the Health Ministry said on Monday. According to the ministry, 6,792 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 1,032,065, Xinhua reported. Specifically, within […]

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NCB to be ‘redesigned’ to tackle drug trafficking effectively (IANS Exclusive Part I)

By Rajnish SinghNew Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) In view of the growing menace of drug trafficking in the country, the Central government is planning to “redesign” the “governance architecture” of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) – India’s specialised anti-drug trafficking wing. The Ministry of Home Affairs is dealing with the plan, and a “revamped proposal […]

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81 Boko Haram militants killed in army’s clearance operations in Nigeria

Abuja, Feb 15 (IANS) Nigeria’s army officials on Monday claimed that they have recently killed 81 Boko Haram militants in clearance operations in the country’s northeastern region. The operations covered “many villages” in the vast Sambisa forest in the northeastern state of Borno, said Farouk Yahaya, Theater Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Xinhua reported. He […]

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Over 200 kids diagnosed with long-term Covid symptoms in Sweden

Stockholm, Feb 15 (IANS) Over 200 children have been diagnosed with long-term Covid-19 symptoms here, statistics by Swedish Television (SVT) showed on Monday. The Astrid Lindgren’s Children’s Hospital here has lately seen a surge in children seeking medical care for prolonged Covid symptoms, SVT reported. Fatigue, a sore throat, headaches and nausea are among the […]

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3 charred to death in Jharkhand fire

Ranchi, Feb 15 (IANS) Three people including a mother, daughter and granddaughter were charred to death after the paddy straw they were sleeping on caught fire in Jharkhand’s Giridih district early on Monday, police said. According to police, the incident took place at Salaidih situated under Birni police station of Giridih district. The deceased have […]

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Priyanka reiterates support for farmers

Bijnor (Uttar Pradesh), Feb 15 (IANS) Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday reiterated her support to farmers and slammed the central government saying that those who cannot pay the cost of sugarcane, will not be able to understand the cost of human life. Addressing a Kisan Panchayat in Chandpur, Priyanka said that Prime […]

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Liberal policies on geospatial data part of ‘Aatmanirbhar’ vision: PM

New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that the liberalising of policies governing the acquisition and production of geospatial data is a massive step in the government’s vision for an ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ (self-reliant India). The Prime Minister said this will generate employment and accelerate economic growth. In a series of […]

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China intensifies fight against crimes related to Covid vax

Beijing, Feb 15 (IANS) China’s top procuratorate has pledged intensified crackdowns on crimes related to Covid-19 vaccines, following the emergence of cases including sales of counterfeit vaccines. As of Wednesday, procuratorial organs across the country have approved the arrests of 70 suspects involved in 21 vaccine-related criminal cases, according to the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP), […]

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Fulcrum BioEnergy, Essar plans for waste-to-fuel plant in UK

Stanlow, Feb 15 (IANS) Essar Oil (UK) Limited has joined forces with Fulcrum BioEnergy Limited (Fulcrum) and Essar’s subsidiary company Stanlow Terminals Limited to create a new facility which will convert non-recyclable household waste into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for use by airlines operating at the UK airports. This innovative bio-refinery will convert several hundred […]

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Priyanka’s close aide flags Pilot’s removal from dais at Rahul’s rally

Jaipur, Feb 15 (IANS) Sparking off yet another controversy by raising questions on the Congress’ future, Acharya Pramod Krishnam, a close aide of Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, has raised objections to Sachin Pilot being asked to leave the dais during the recently held Kisan Mahapanchayat in Rajasthan’s Rupangarh when Rahul Gandhi was there. […]

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Medvedev storms into Australian Open quarters

Melbourne, Feb 15 (IANS) Fourth seed Daniil Medvedev on Monday entered the men’s singles quarter-finals of the Australian Open for the first time after a commanding straight-sets win over Mackenzie McDonald. Medvedev beat the 25-year-old American 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 in his fourth-round match that lasted an hour and 29 minutes at the Margaret Court Arena. […]

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J&K: Bright sunshine brings cheer

Srinagar, Feb 15 (IANS) As mercury continued its upward trend in J&K and Ladakh, bright sunshine marked Monday in both union territories. Officials of meteorological department said fair weather is likely to continue for another six or seven days with probability of days and nights becoming more comfortable. Residents in the Kashmir Valley feel advent […]

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Microsoft tells Australia not to hamper its cyber attack response

San Francisco/Sydney, Feb 15 (IANS) After supporting the Australian News Media Bargaining Code, Microsoft has asked the federal government to stay out of its cyber attack response as this could complicate any attempt to mitigate hacking incidents in the country. According to the tech giant, the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020 gives the […]

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Iran’s 2022 FIFA WC qualifiers postponed to June

Tehran, Feb 15 (IANS) Iran Football Federation has announced that Team Melli’s matches against Hong Kong, China and Cambodia in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers have been postponed. “The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has rescheduled the matches due to coronavirus concerns. The matches will be held in June,” Iran Football Federation’s spokesman Amirmehdi Alavai […]

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Russia reports 14,185 new Covid-19 cases

Moscow, Feb 15 (IANS) Russia registered 14,185 more Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, down from 14,861 the day before, the country’s Covid-19 response center said. The national tally has thus increased to 4,071,883 with 80,126 deaths and 3,593,101 recoveries, the center said, Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday. Moscow, Russia’s worst-hit region, reported […]

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UK records another 10,972 coronavirus cases as 15 mn vaccinated

London, Feb 15 (IANS) Another 10,972 people in Britain have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 4,038,078, according to official figures released. The country also reported another 258 coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 117,166. These figures only include […]

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