Terrorist held at Jammu airport

Jammu, Feb 17 (IANS) The police in Jammu and Kashmir have arrested a terrorist from the Jammu airport, officials said on Wednesday. The police said that Sher Ali, a resident of Mendhar in Poonch district, is the main coordinator and facilitator of terrorist activities of various terror groups involving facilitating infiltration of terrorists, smuggling of […]

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Is the ‘Toolkit’ epicentre in India or abroad? Police track digital footprint

New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) Indian investigation agencies, including the Delhi Police’s Cyber Cell, are carefully tracking digital footprints left by Indian and foreign activists to know the conceptualisation, origin and virtual circulation of the infamous ‘toolkit’ that allegedly spearheaded the January 26 violence in the capital. The names that have come into the investigation […]

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SC directs TSIIC to refund Rs 165 cr with interest to Unitech

New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (TSIIC) to refund Rs 165 crore with interest to cash-strapped real estate firm Unitech, in connection with development of an integrated township project in Ranga Reddy district. A bench comprising Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and M.R. Shah said: “Unitech […]

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India denounces ‘vaccine nationalism’, calls for vigilance on future pandemics

By Arul LouisUnited Nations, Feb 17 (IANS) India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar denounced “vaccine nationalism” on Wednesday and called for putting the world on guard against future pandemics. Addressing, through a video link, the Security Council, he said: “Stop ‘vaccine nationalism,’ indeed actively encourage internationalism. Hoarding superfluous doses will defeat our efforts towards attaining […]

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Quake shakes Assam, no damage reported

Guwahati, Feb 17 (IANS) A moderate earthquake, measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale, was recorded Assam’s Sonitpur district on Wednesday, the National Centre for Seismology (NCS) said. According to the Disaster Management officials in Guwahati, no report of loss of life or damage to property has been received yet. According to the NCS data, the […]

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22 industrial projects worth Rs 13,311 cr launched in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, Feb 17 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday laid the foundations for 17 industrial projects besides inaugurating five other projects worth a total Rs 13,311.53 crore. The projects range from metal and downstream, tourism, textile and apparel, cement, plastic to food processing, said an official. These 22 industrial units will generate employment […]

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Seeing referendum against farm laws, Cong emerges largest party in Punjab polls (Analysis)

BY VISHAL GULATIChandigarh, Feb 17 (IANS) Seeing it as a referendum against the Centre’s new farm laws, the ruling Congress led by Amarinder Singh, a strong advocate for nullifying the ‘draconian’ farm laws, on Wednesday emerged as the largest party in the Punjab civic polls, winning six of the seven municipal corporations, leaving the Akalis, […]

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NR Narayana Murthy, Sudha Murthy guest speakers on BIG FM ‘Onward & Upward – The BIG Morning Show’ 200th episode

Mumbai, Feb 17 (IANS) The popular BIG FM show titled Onward & Upward — The BIG Morning Show celebrated its 200th episode in a grand way. To make the episode memorable, the network hosted Padma Vibhushan recipient and Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy and Padma Shri recipient and Infosys Foundation Chairperson Sudha Murthy as chief […]

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Odisha govt approves Rs 200 cr redevelopment plan for Kalinga Studio

Bhubaneswar, Feb 17 (IANS) The Odisha government has approved Rs 200 crore for the redevelopment of the historic Kalinga Studio here, said an official on Wednesday. The government has decided to establish a state-of-the-art film hub at the Kalinga Studio. Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO) would be the executing agency for redevelopment. This was […]

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Vijayan govt to stop absorbing temporary employees, but protesters unrelenting

Kochi, Feb 17 (IANS) A day after Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan asserted that they had done no wrong in regularising temporary employees in government and semi- government organisations, the state cabinet on Wednesday decided not to make any more such appointments. According to information, regularisation of more than 100 temporary appointments was on the […]

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‘Tuesdays & Fridays’ director feared Bhansali would reject producing film

Mumbai, Feb 17 (IANS) Filmmaker Taranveer Singh’s debut directorial, Tuesdays & Fridays, is produced by filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The greenhorn filmmaker reveals that he didn’t approach Bhansali with his film for the longest time for the fear of being rejected. The filmmaker reveals that he carried a DVD of Bhansali’s 1996 release, Khamoshi: The […]

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Watching porn? Beware, UP cops are looking

Lucknow, Feb 17 (IANS) The police in Uttar Pradesh will now ‘keep an eye’ on people’s internet search data to monitor those looking up pornographic content. The ‘UP Women Powerline 1090’ will be alerted if a person searches for pornographic material on the internet and following the alerts, the police team will reach out to […]

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Heavy snowfall disrupts traffic in Istanbul

Istanbul, Feb 17 (IANS) A heavy snowfall has hit here, disrupting the land and the sea traffic. The snowfall blanketed the city during morning rush hours Wednesday, gripping many residents on their way to offices, Xinhua reported. Traffic was soon paralysed in the metropolis due to blizzards and ice on the roads. Video footage aired […]

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Aviation sector take wings in UP

Lucknow, Feb 17 (IANS) The aviation sector is set to take wings in Uttar Pradesh as Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has linked development of tourism and religious centres to aviation. After initiating construction of a full-fledged airport in Ayodhya to enable landing of large aircraft and to boost religious tourism, the Chief Minister has now […]

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Amazon acquires e-commerce enabler Selz

San Francisco, Feb 17 (IANS) Amazon has quietly acquired Selz, an Australia-based e-commerce platform that helps businesses to have their own online stores. “We have signed an agreement to be acquired by Amazon and are looking forward to working with them as we continue to build easy-to-use tools for entrepreneurs,” Martin Rushe, CEO and Founder […]

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Won’t attend delimitation proceedings: NC MPs

Srinagar, Feb 17 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir National Conference MPs, Farooq Abdullah, Akbar Lone and Hasnain Masoodi, have written a letter to Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai, chairperson Delimitation Commission on Wednesday expressing their inability to associate with the commission proceedings. The MPs have requested Justice Desai not to go ahead with the process of delimitation […]

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Gunmen attack school in Nigeria, abduct students

Lagos, Feb 17 (IANS) Unidentified gunmen stormed a secondary school in north-central Nigeria on Wednesday and abducted some students, security sources said. The Government Science College, located in Kagara, a town in Niger state, accommodate about 1,000 students and staff members, the police source, who requested anonymity, told Xinhua. Some students managed to escape; the […]

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Microsoft to make more accessible Xbox games for the disabled

New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) To help the differently-abled play the next-generation games, Microsoft has expanded its accessibility efforts with a new programme for evaluating Xbox and PC games. The Game Reliability Engineering team and the Gaming Accessibility Team have collaborated to put together an industry-first, platform-provided game accessibility testing programme that can validate games […]

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Healthy lifestyle behaviour may improve cholesterol profiles

New York, Feb 17 (IANS) Combining healthy lifestyle interventions reduces heart disease through beneficial effects on different lipoproteins and associated cholesterols, a new study suggests. The study, published in the journal eLife, indicated that combining cholesterol-lowering medications and lifestyle interventions may yield the greatest benefits to heart health. “Until now, no studies have compared the […]

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2 Bihar labourers die in ‘hooch poisoning’

Patna, Feb 17 (IANS) Two labourers died on Wednesday and another fell critically ill after they consumed country-made poisonous liquor in Bihar’s Gopalganj district. The incident took place in Majholia village, the Vijaypur police station official said. The deceased were identified as Budhwa, 45, and Karma, 50, both native of Jharkhand’s Gumla district. They were […]

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Thailand reports 175 fresh Covid infections

Bangkok, Feb 17 (IANS) Thailand on Wednesday reported 175 new Covid cases, taking the tally to 24,961, according to the Centre for the Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA). Of Wednesday’s new cases, 168 were domestic infections while seven others referred to imported cases, CCSA spokesman Taweesin Visanuyothin told the media. Those domestic cases included 114 which […]

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Indonesia’s landslide toll climbs to 12

Jakarta, Feb 17 (IANS) The death toll in the Indonesia’s East Java province landslide climbed to 12 on Wednesday, while search is on for seven missing people, the country’s disaster mitigation agency said. As many as 20 people were injured in the disaster and they have been treated now at local clinics, Xinhua reported. “Seven […]

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148 new Covid cases in Telangana

Hyderabad, Feb 17 (IANS) Telangana logged 148 new Covid cases and one death during the last 24 hours, health officials said on Wednesday. The fresh cases pushed the state’s tally to 2,96,950 while the deaths rose to 1,620.The fatality rate remained 0.54 per cent against the national average of 1.4 per cent. According to the […]

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Pak opposes addition of new permanent members to UNSC

Islamabad, Feb 17 (IANS) Pakistan has opposed the addition of new permanent members to the UN Security Council (UNSC), warning of compounding the Council’s inequality and dysfunctionality, Radio Pakistan reported Wednesday. Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Munir Akram said this while addressing a meeting of the Inter-Governmental Negotiations Framework, geo tv reported. He […]

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Third phase of panchayat polls begin in Andhra Pradesh

Amaravati, Feb 17 (IANS) The third phase of four-phased Panchayat elections in Andhra Pradesh kicked off on Wednesday with voting commencing at 6.30 a.m. in 18 revenue divisions. The revenue divisions in which polls are being held are Srikakulam, Palakonda, Vizianagaram, Paderu, Rampachodavaram, Yetapaka, Jangareddygudem, Kukunuru, Machilipatnam, Gurazala, Kandukur, Gudur, Naidupeta, Adoni, Kurnool, Ananthapur, Rajampet, […]

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This Samsung kiosk machine highlights security, hygiene features

Seoul, Feb 17 (IANS) Samsung Electronics on Wednesday said it has launched a kiosk machine in South Korea that highlights advanced security and hygiene features, as the tech giant enters the self-service machine business amid the pandemic-induced contactless trend. Samsung Kiosk is an all-in-one self-service machine that allows consumers to select, order and pay for […]

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‘Revenge travel steers steady recovery for hospitality industry in 2021’

New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) After spending nearly a year adhering to social distancing norms and the pandemic-led lockdown, consumer aspiration is leading to ‘revenge travel’ across short-haul destinations. The hospitality industry felt the early signs of this travel during the festive season and the sentiment continues to see a positive movement every long weekend, […]

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PM, CMs greet KCR on 67th birthday

Hyderabad, Feb 17 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Ministers of various states greeted Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao on his 67th birthday on Wednesday. “Greetings to Telangana CM KCR Garu on his birthday. Praying for his long and healthy life,” tweeted Modi. KCR, as Rao is popularly known, also received birthday greetings […]

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MP govt to make Indore ‘beggar-free’ city

Indore, Feb 17 (IANS) The Madhya Pradesh government has accelerated the efforts to make its business capital Indore a ‘beggar-free’ city. Initiatives have also been adopted to ensure the rehabilitation of beggars and how people can contribute to the cause. Indore District Magistrate Manish Singh held a meeting with officers on Tuesday for the rehabilitation […]

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I performed a sacred duty, says Kiran Bedi

Puducherry, Feb 17 (IANS) Hours after she was removed as Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, Kiran Bedi said whatever she did was a sacred duty, fulfilling her constitutional and moral responsibilities. She thanked the Centre for a ‘lifetime experience’ in serving Puducherry. “Thank all those who were a part (of) my journey as Lt Governor of […]

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Jaishankar to visit Dhaka on March 4

By Sumi KhanDhaka, Feb 17 (IANS) India’s External Affairs Minister (EAM) S. Jaishankar will arrive here on March 4 to finalise Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh scheduled for March 26. High officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh, on the condition of anonymity, confirmed the India’s EAM 24-hour visit, to IANS […]

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du Plessis retires from Test cricket

Johannesburg, Feb 17 (IANS) Former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis on Wednesday announced his retirement from Test cricket. du Plessis said that he is shifting his focus to T20 cricket with two consecutive T20 World Cup tournaments coming up in 2021 and 2022. “It has been an honour to play for my country in […]

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Starbucks collaborates with the The Label Life

By N. Lothungbeni HumtsoeNew Delhi, Feb 17 (IANSlife) A limited edition merchandise collection in collaboration with the lifestyle brand, The Label Life, has been launched by Starbucks India. The exclusive merchandise collection titled ‘The Starbucks India Optimist Series’, features an assortment of drinkware and lifestyle accessories like mugs, notebooks and pouches with a message — […]

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UP students to use tech to promote ODOP

Lucknow, Feb 17 (IANS) The students of Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU) will now help in improving the flagship scheme of the Uttar Pradesh Government — ‘One District, One Product’ by using technology. The students will teach the art of selling ODOP products in the international and national markets and an incubation centre will be […]

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It’s all clear & sunny in J&K, Ladakh

Srinagar, Feb 17 (IANS) Clear sunny morning greeted people in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh on Wednesday with the meteorological department forecasting a spell of rain next week. “Weather is expected to remain dry with clear and it will be sunny days in J&K and Ladakh till February 22, when a spell of inclement weather […]

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UP to cross target for MGNREGA jobs by March

Lucknow, Feb 17 (IANS) The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh is all set to cross the target of generating 40 crore mandays of jobs under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA) by the end of current financial year. According to the government spokesman, the state has already generated 35.47 crore mandays […]

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