‘Rich’ must give up BPL ration cards before govt acts: K’taka CM

Shivamogga (Karnataka), Feb 16 (IANS) Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa on Tuesday directed Deputy Commissioners to initiate action against ‘rich’ people who are in possession of Below Poverty Line (BPL) ration cards. His direction came two days after Food and Civil Supplies Minister Umesh Katti came under fierce attack from party leaders over his remarks […]

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Kiran Bedi removed as Governor of Puducherry as UT faces political turmoil (Ld)

New Delhi, Feb 16 (IANS) Kiran Bedi has been removed as the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique said on Tuesday. Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan will hold additional charge of the Union Territory, it said. However Bedi’s removal came in the wake of the Union Territory witnessing political turmoil with a number of […]

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Kiran Bedi removed as Puducherry Lt Governor

New Delhi, Feb 16 (IANS) Kiran Bedi has been removed as the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique said on Tuesday. Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan will hold additional charge of the Union Territory, it said. “The President has directed that Dr. Kiran Bedi shall cease to hold the office of the Lieutenant-Governor of […]

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RailTel IPO fully subscribed in day 1

Mumbai, Feb 16 (IANS) The initial public offering (IPO) of RailTel has been fully subscribed in the the first day of the offering with strong demand from retail investors. Taking to Twitter, the Secretary for the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM), Tuhin Kanta Pandey said that similar demand is expected from the […]

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Recovering petroleum demand to support OMCs profitability: Fitch

Mumbai, Feb 16 (IANS) Recovering demand for petroleum products is supporting the profitability of India’s oil marketing companies, Fitch Ratings said. The ratings agency cited the sustained strength of marketing margins (MM) and recovering demand for petroleum products is supporting the profitability of OMCs against weak gross refining margins (GRM). The trend, thereby, lowers the […]

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UP Centre of Excellence to provide employment to 25,000 youths per year from 2023

By Anand SinghGhazipur, Feb 16 (IANS) Eastern Uttar Pradesh, which has remained neglected for decades, has got a fresh boost in the form of an agriculture-based Centre of Excellence that aims to provide employment to over 25,000 people every year from 2023 as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ (self-reliant India) campaign. […]

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N. Korea hackers tried to steal Covid-19 vaccine tech: NIS

Seoul, Feb 16 (IANS) North Korea has attempted to hack into South Korean drug manufacturers’ computer systems to obtain information related to coronavirus vaccines and treatment, South Korea’s intelligence agency told lawmakers on Tuesday. At a closed-door parliamentary session, the National Intelligence Service (NIS) reported the average daily number of cyberattacks in South Korea has […]

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3 killed after mini-truck overturns in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Feb 16 (IANS) At least three persons were killed and 20 others injured when a mini-truck carrying them overturned in Odisha’s Gajapati district on Tuesday, police said. The accident occurred near Kankadagada Chhak under R. Udaygiri block. While two persons died on the spot, another one succumbed during treatment at the MKCG Medical College […]

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2nd Test: India score biggest win by runs over England, level series 1-1 (3rd ld)

Chennai, Feb 16 (IANS) Debutant left-arm spinner Axar Patel’s five-wicket haul in the second innings, coupled with Ravichandran Ashwin’s all-round performance, helped India score an authoritative 317-run win – their biggest-ever by runs against England — in the second Test here on Tuesday. The win levelled the four-match series 1-1. India’s previous biggest win margin […]

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Nepal lodges protest with India over Amit Shah’s purported statement

Kathmandu, Feb 16 (IANS) Nepal has expressed its concern over the “objectionable remarks” allegedly made by Indian Home Minster Amit Shah on “plans to expand” his Bharatiya Janata Party in neighbouring countries. According to Kathmandu Post, Nepali Ambassador to India Nilamber Acharya telephoned Arindam Bagchi, Joint Secretary in-charge of Nepal and Bhutan at India’s Ministry […]

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Congress wants to rehabilitate Sidhu in Punjab

New Delhi/Chandigarh, Feb 16 (IANS) The Congress’ central leadership is trying to rehabilitate cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu in Punjab for which deliberations are on between party state in-charge Harish Rawat and Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. After Sidhu met party interim chief Sonia Gandhi in Delhi, Rawat has met the Chief Minister to convey the decision […]

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Bihar cops to be sacked if caught drunk

Patna, Feb 16 (IANS) The NDA government in Bihar is facing heat following Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s directives that the authorities are to terminate police personnel “found in a drunken state”. The chief minister’s directive came during a meeting with top officials of the Liquor Prohibition Department on Monday evening. This has created a huge […]

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Cyient, eolos and NASSCOM discuss growing relevance of circular economy principles for businesses

New Delhi, Feb 16 (IANS) Technology and digital transformation can help enterprises grow their business in a sustainable and environment-friendly manner without impacting profits, this and more was discussed in a LinkedIn session held between Global engineering and technology solutions company Cyient, industrial consultancy and investment firm eolos, and NASSCOM. Cyient, eolos and NASSCOM said […]

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Ex-football chief on trial for war crimes

Bangui, Feb 16 (IANS) Patrice-Edouard Ngaissona, the former head of the Central African Republic (CAR) football federation is set to go on trial for war crimes at the International Criminal Court. Ngaissona, who led a mainly Christian anti-Balaka group, also faces crimes against humanity charges, which he denies, the BBC reported on Tuesday. He and […]

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Human skeleton found in Bengaluru drain

Bengaluru, Feb 16 (IANS) Bengaluru civic body workers found a human skeleton while they were clearing the silt from blocked stormwater drains in Kamakshipalya neighbourhood in the city. Kamakshipalya is a neighbourhood located in the western part of the city of Bengaluru. This neighbourhood is one of the densely populated small industrial cum residential localities […]

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Vee Technologies creates ‘world-class’ PPE kits machines

Bengaluru, Feb 16 (IANS) The New York-Bengaluru co-headquartered Vee Technologies has become the pioneering company for developing indigenous ‘seam sealing machines for making personal protection equipment (PPE) kits in the country. Jointly designed and developed with Tamil Nadu-based Sona College of Technology, the machines helped beat the six-month long wait time to source the machines […]

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Mongolian PM to get first dose of Covid vaccine

Ulan Bator, Feb 16 (IANS) Mongolian Prime Minister Luvsannamsrai Oyun-Erdene on Tuesday said he will become the first person in the country to be vaccinated against Covid-19. “Our country will begin to bring vaccines approved by the World Health Organization for emergency use starting today under careful inspections by professional organisations,” Oyun-Erdene said at a […]

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Rhea Chakraborty’s lawyer ‘satisfied’ with HC decision on SSR’s sister Priyanka

Mumbai, Feb 16 (IANS) Actress Rhea Chakrabortys lawyer Satish Maneshinde terms as satisfactory the Bombay High Court decision to continue probe on the complaint filed against late actor Sushant Singh Rajputs sister Priyanka Singh. The court however had on Monday quashed the complaint registered by Mumbai Police against Sushants other sister Meetu Singh. On the […]

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Nigerian President congratulates new WTO chief

Abuja, Feb 16 (IANS) Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on her appointment as the director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO). In a statement, Buhari voiced confidence that Okonjo-Iweala’s track record of “integrity, diligence, and passion for development will continue to yield positive results and rewards to mankind” as she takes up […]

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‘YSRCP conspiring to sabotage Srinivas’ fast opposing privatization’

Amaravati, Feb 16 (IANS) Telugu Desam Party (TDP) national general secretary and Andhra Pradesh opposition leader Nara Lokesh on Tuesday alleged that the ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) is conspiring to sabotage Palla Srinivas’ indefinite fast protesting the privatization of Vizag Steel Plant. “Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy doesn’t oppose steel plant privatization and doesn’t tolerate […]

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Badrinath temple to reopen on May 18

Dehradun, Feb 16 (IANS) The portals of Badrinath temple, nestling in the Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand, will reopen on May 18 morning, an official statement said on Tuesday. The ‘mahurat’ for reopening of the portals was held at Narendranagar Raj Mahal on the occasion of Basant Panchami, it said, adding the time will be 4.15 […]

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Tata Communications, Google Cloud to drive cloud adoption in India

New Delhi, Feb 16 (IANS) Tata Communications on Tuesday announced its partnership with Google Cloud to drive cloud adoption and transform Indian businesses. With this partnership, Tata Communications has expanded its managed public cloud services portfolio to include capabilities for Google Cloud. The partnership between Tata Communications and Google Cloud India will enable organisations to […]

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Baloch nationalists expose gross violations of human rights in Naya Pakistan

By Ateet SharmaNew Delhi, Feb 16 (IANS) The likelihood of either thing happening remains zero even though the protest venue has seen some high-profile visitors in the recent days, including many Pashtun activists like Afrasiab Khattak, Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) leader Manzoor Pashteen, human rights defender Amina Masood Janjua and some more. The Balochs have […]

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Tata Communications joins Google Cloud to transform Indian firms

New Delhi, Feb 16 (IANS) Digital ecosystem enabler Tata Communications on Tuesday announced a partnership with Google Cloud to drive cloud adoption and transform businesses in the country. The partnership will enable organisations to deploy and access Google Cloud services through Tata Communications’ IZO Managed Cloud, expanding their managed Public Cloud services portfolio. “As organisations […]

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Exhibit of portraits of Indian classical artists goes live

By Siddhi JainNew Delhi, Feb 16 (IANSlife) An online exhibition of archival portraits of leading Indian classical artists, including Kishori Amonkar, Pt. Birju Maharaj and Shovana Narayan, taken at their live performances is currently open for view. The photographs are taken by Lucknow-based photographer Rakesh Sinha The exhibition is titled ‘Aks–e–Mausiqui’ (Shadow of Music). This […]

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How COVID-19 impacted menstrual hygiene in India’s rural and semi-urban regions

By Puja GuptaNew Delhi, Feb 16 (IANSlife) The response to Covid-19 pandemic has not really been gender-neutral. Across India, in the past one year, periods did not stop for the pandemic but access to period products and menstrual hygiene did, especially for socioeconomically challenged families. Lack of gender-sensitive response in the lockdown, and issues of […]

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