I-phone maker Wistron to resume production soon: K’taka Minister

Bengaluru, Feb 18 (IANS) Apple’s i-phone maker Wistron Corporation would soon resume production at its plant in Karnataka’s Kolar district, state Industries Minister Jagadish Shettar said on Thursday. “Wistron is set to resume production in the next few days at the Narasapura industrial area in Kolar,” he said, after Wistron’s Indian subsidiary’s Managing Director Sudipto […]

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IT dept conducts search and seizure operation on major Trusts registered in Bengaluru & Mangaluru

New Delhi, Feb. Feb 18 (IANS) The Income Tax Department conducted search and seizure operation on Feb 17 on nine major Trusts registered in Bengaluru and Mangaluru, which are running educational institutes including medical colleges. Searches were conducted at 56 different locations across Karnataka and Kerala. During the course of the search and seizure operation […]

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RailTel IPO subscribed more than 42 times

New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) The initial public offering (IPO) of RailTel has been subscribed more than 42 times as the offer ended on Thursday. The IPO opened on Tuesday, February 16. Taking to Twitter, Secretary, Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM), Tuhin Kanta Pandey said: “RailTel IPO received great demand from all […]

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‘Jai Shri Ram’ signifies protest against politics of appeasement: Shah (Ld)

Namkhana (West Bengal), Feb 18 (IANS) Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday targeted West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee saying that the slogan of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ signifies a protest against the politics of appeasement. Addressing a public gathering in South 24 Parganas district before flagging off the BJP’s fifth Poriborton Yatra, Shah said, […]

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Over 4.6 lakh health workers get second dose of Covid vax: Govt

New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) The Union Health Ministry announced that 3,17,190 people, including healthcare and frontline workers, were vaccinated on Thursday across all states and Union Territories, taking the total close to the 10 million mark. According to the ministry, the overall vaccination figure has reached 98,46,523. Of them, 66,99,567 beneficiaries are healthcare workers […]

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PM for turning India into global software hub under Aatmanirbhar Bharat flagship

By S. RaviNew Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) Addressing the National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) Technology and Leadership (NLT) event on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while commending the role played by IT sector, exhorted them to help achieve the country greater heights. Making India a global software hub The PM drawing attention […]

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Alibaba, Tencent, Baidu, complicit in turning China into an Orwellian state

By Pushkar SinhaNew Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) A report by Foreign Policy Magazine has revealed that Chinese Tech Titans are assisting the Communist Party of China (CPC) in establishing a surveillance state that cracks down on Political dissent. These goliaths–Tencent, Alibaba and Baidu-are armed with supercomputers that crunch terabytes of data. Facial recognition tech adds […]

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67 more Covid cases, 54 recoveries in AP

Amaravati, Feb 18 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh reported a higher number of new Covid-19 infections at 67 on Thursday, raising the state’s tally over 8.89 lakh, even as 54 more persons recovered in the past 24 hours. Chittoor district reported the highest number of cases at 17, followed by Guntur (12), East Godavari and Visakhapatnam (10 […]

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IOC engineer commits suicide in Jharkhand

Ranchi, Feb 18 (IANS) An Indian Oil Corporation engineer committed suicide in Jharkhand on Thursday, police said. According to Police, Draupdi Kumari Patro alias Binni, 26, was working as an engineer at the Indian Oil Corporation in Kolkata. She committed suicide by hanging herself inside her home at Harhargutu under Bagbeda Police Station area of […]

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‘Rail roko’ had minimal impact, passed without any untoward incident: Railways

New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) The farmers four-hour ‘rail roko’ protest over the three farm laws had “minimal or negligible” impact on train operations across the country and passed off without any untoward incident, railway officials said on Thursday. Railway Ministry spokesperson DJ Narain said, “The rail roko agitation passed off without any untoward incident. […]

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Sensor-based inhalers may improve pediatric asthma control

New York, Feb 18 (IANS) Sensor-based inhalers integrated into health care providers’ clinical workflows may help improve medication adherence and support children with asthma, a new study suggests. The study showed that connected inhalers, which use Bluetooth sensors that attach to participants’ asthma inhalers to detect medication use and share the data with physicians, may […]

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Russia logs 13,447 new Covid cases

Moscow, Feb 18 (IANS) Russia registered 13,447 more Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, up from 12,828 a day earlier, the country’s Covid-19 response centre said on Thursday. The national tally has thus increased to 4,125,598 with 81,926 deaths and 3,661,312 recoveries, the Xinhua news agency reported. Moscow, Russia’s worst-hit region, reported 1,950 new […]

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China refutes rumours about Myanmar situation

Beijing, Feb 18 (IANS) A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Thursday refuted rumours about China on the situation in Myanmar, saying that Internet rumours are nothing but that, aiming at destroying and provoking China-Myanmar relations and friendship. Spokesperson Hua Chunying made the remarks at a daily press briefing when answering a question on the situation […]

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Mega serial ‘The Great Monk Swami Vivekananda’ inaugurated at Dakshineswar Temple

Kolkata, Feb 18 (IANS) A new mega serial for TV, The Great Monk Swami Vivekananda, was inaugurated at the city’s revered Dakshineswar Temple on Thursday. The serial features actor Kartik Jain as Swami Vivekananda. Other cast members include Sourabh Agnihotri as Shri Ramkrishna Paramhansa, Piyush Suhane as Ram Kumar, Aakas Berry as Khudiram, Shubh Laxmi […]

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Georgian PM announces resignation

Tbilisi, Feb 18 (IANS) Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia announced his resignation on Thursday. Gakharia said in a statement that he decided to step down because he could not reach an agreement with the ruling party over the arrest warrant issued against Nika Melia, a Parliament member and head of the United National Movement opposition […]

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Thailand reports 150 new Covid-19 cases

Bangkok, Feb 18 (IANS) Thailand on Thursday confirmed 150 new cases of coronavirus infection, with the pandemic situation in eight provinces, including Bangkok, having apparently improved, said the Center for the Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA). Of Thursday’s new cases, 142 were local infections while eight others were imported cases, CCSA spokeswoman Apisamai Srirangsan said. She […]

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Farmers block railways in Maharashtra, services unaffected

Mumbai, Feb 18 (IANS) Thousands of farmers staged rail-blockade (rail-roko) agitation in different parts of Maharashtra although train services remained largely unaffected, as part of the four-hour all-India protest, officials said here on Thursday. The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) and other farmers’ organisations led protest marches to railway stations and railway lines in various district […]

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U’khand disaster: 2 more bodies found

Dehradun, Feb 18 (IANS) Using dog squads, binoculars, rafts and other equipment, rescuers continued their search for missing persons in the disaster-hit areas of Uttarakhand where two more bodies were found inside a tunnel of the Tapovan project on Thursday. A total of 60 bodies have been recovered so far after the recovery of the […]

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Telco Singtel admits data breach affecting 129,000 customers

New Delhi/Singapore, Feb 18 (IANS) Singapore’s leading telecom company Singtel, an associate of Bharti Airtel, has admitted that personal information of 129,000 customers was stolen after a recent data breach of a third-party file-sharing system. Based on investigations and analysis conducted so far with the help of cyber security experts, the company established which files […]

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IndusInd Bank raises Rs 2,021 Cr via conversion of warrants

Mumbai, Feb 18 (IANS) IndusInd Bank has raised Rs 2,021 crore of common equity capital through conversion of preferential warrants issued to the promoter entities. Accordingly, IndusInd International Holdings Limited (IIHL) and IndusInd Limited (IL) were issued the preferential warrants. The warrants were issued as an integral part of the merger with Bharat Financial Inclusion […]

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Allow companies to vaccinate employees: CII

New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) CII has asked the government to allow companies to vaccinate their employees and family members for Covid 19. CII asked the government to consider industry participation in ramping up the vaccination programme. “It is suggested that for ensuring faster rollout and for providing confidence to workers at the workplace, business […]

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Egypt, Pakistan eye further security, economic cooperation

Cairo, Feb 18 (IANS) Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi held talks with visiting Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on boosting security and economic cooperation between the two countries, said the Egyptian presidency in a statement. Sisi and Qureshi discussed bolstering ties between Egypt and Pakistan “especially in terms of security and economic cooperation, and trade […]

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SP creates ruckus in Assembly, then walks out

Lucknow, Feb 18 (IANS) The Samajwadi legislators created a ruckus in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly as Governor Anandiben Patel began her address to the joint session of both Houses on Thursday. SP MLAs shouted slogans against increasing fuel prices, farmers’ issues and deteriorating law and order situation. They carried placards with slogans against the government […]

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Bomb attack on Minister Hossain ‘conspiracy’: Mamata

Kolkata, Feb 18 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has pointed out towards a “conspiracy” behind the bomb attack in West Bengal’s Murshidabad district that left her Labour Minister Jakir Hossain seriously injured. Without taking names of any particular party or individual, Banerjee levelled allegation that some people were “pressurising” Hossain to join their […]

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‘Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Power’ a grim wake-up call for India (Book Review)

By Vishnu MakhijaniNew Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) With Artificial Intelligence helping “biological materialism sneak in through the back door”, the world is witnessing a real clash of civilisations with “the battle between algorithm and being” writes Rajiv Malhotra, one of the most respected venture capitalists of Silicon Valley and a former chairman of the powerful […]

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Strong is the new healthy: Malaika Arora

By Puja GuptaNew Delhi, Feb 18 (IANSlife) “I believe fitness goals should not only focus on outward appearances. Health begins from inside,” believes Malaika Arora. She reiterates, “strong is the new healthy.” Malaika says yoga helped her sail through her COVID-19 isolation period which drained her both physically and mentally. In a conversation with IANSlife, […]

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Paytm Money opens F&O trading for all at Rs 10, receives over 1 lakh early access requests

New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) India’s homegrown digital financial services platform Paytm on Thursday announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Paytm Money has opened Futures & Options trading for all. It aims to empower the masses with F&O trading as an important wealth management product. The company said that it received an overwhelming response for F&O […]

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WHO for health workers’ training to boost vaccination in Africa

Nairobi, Feb 18 (IANS) A seamless roll-out of Covid-19 vaccine in Africa hinges on improving the knowledge of the continent’s frontline health care workers in critical areas like storage, supply chains management and effective communication to the public, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. Ambrose Talisuna, emergency preparedness programme manager at WHO Regional Office for […]

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UP farmer counters Priyanka’s claim

Lucknow, Feb 18 (IANS) In a major embarrassment for the Congress party, Alok Mishra, a farmer from Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri, has rubbished party General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s claims that he was not compensated by the government. Priyanka in her tweet on Wednesday had referred to the case of Alok Mishra while raising the […]

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