Covid: 70 recover, 68 new cases in J&K

Jammu, Feb 20 (IANS) Seventy Covid-19 patients were discharged from different hospitals in J&K on Saturday after recovery, while 68 new cases came to light during the last 24 hours in the Union Territory. Of late, there has been a surge in the number of positive cases outside J&K and authorities have strengthened the preventive […]

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After military disengagement in Ladakh, Ajit Doval and Wang Yi set to meet to advance India-China political dialogue

By Atul AnejaNew Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) After military disengagement from eastern Ladakh, India and China are set to engage in a political dialogue led by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and China’s state council and foreign minister Wang Yi. The two are also Special Representative appointees, who hold a detailed dialogue to resolve the […]

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India pick 19-member squad for 5 T20s vs England

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The senior national selection committee on Saturday pick the 19-member squad for the upcoming five-match T20 series against England, to be played at the Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, in Ahmedabad, from March 12. Squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, […]

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Katara Hospitality expands partnership with Accor

By IANSlife FeaturesNew Delhi, Feb 20 (IANSlife) Katara Hospitality, a leading global hotel owner, developer and operator based in Qatar, has announced a new partnership with Accor, a world-leading hospitality group with the two-fold signing of Raffles and Fairmont hotels in Qatar. The management agreement was signed by His Excellency Sheikh Nawaf Bin Jassim Bin […]

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Study reveals how to prevent future Covid surges

London, Feb 20 (IANS) A combination of robust vaccination programmes and strict physical distancing rules could avoid recurring peaks of Covid-19 outbreak without the need to rely on stay-at-home restrictions, according to a new study. The findings, published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour, predicts that in most cities, vaccination programmes and physical distancing combined […]

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PM Modi’s arrogance is clear to everybody: Priyanka Gandhi

Muzaffarnagar (Uttar Pradesh), Feb 20 (IANS) Congress National General Secretary and UP state in-charge, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, while addressing the ‘Kisan Mahapanchayat’ in Muzzafarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and targeted his “arrogance.” She said,”In our old stories, kings and queens became arrogant after their won power. […]

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Russia logs 12,953 new Covid-19 cases

Moscow, Feb 20 (IANS) Russia registered 12,953 more Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, slightly down from 13,433 a day earlier, the country’s Covid-19 response centre said Saturday. The national tally has thus increased to 4,151,984 with 82,876 deaths and 3,697,433 recoveries, the centre said. Moscow, Russia’s worst-hit region, reported 1,623 new cases, taking […]

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Myanmar military regime backed by China, cracks down on protesters

By Aarti Tikoo SinghNew Delhi/Naypyitaw, Feb 20 (IANS) Myanmar’s military regime, which recently overthrew the democratically elected government in a coup, has intensified its crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in the country. On Saturday, several users on social media who claimed to be the citizens of Myanmar posted shocking pictures and videos of military repression against […]

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YSRCP performs ‘padayatra’ in Vizag for steel plant

Visakhapatnam, Feb 20 (IANS) Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) senior leader and Rajya Sabha member V. Vijayasai Reddy spearheaded a padayatra (protest walkathon), accompanied by scores of YSRCP leaders, supporters and others to oppose Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP) privatization on Saturday. Reddy called the padayatra as ‘parirakshana porata yatra’, a walkathon for the protection […]

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Rampaging students vandalise Patna properties

Patna, Feb 20 (IANS) A day after the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) cancelled the social science paper for Class 10, over 500 students went on rampage on Saturday morning in Patna’s Boring Road area vandalising government and private properties leading to baton charging by police. The angry students broke windshields of several cars near […]

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Interval between Oxford Covid doses can be safely extended to 3 months: Lancet

London, Feb 20 (IANS) A three-month interval between doses of the Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine resulted in higher vaccine efficacy than a six-week interval, reveals The Lancet study. According to the findings from a phase 3 randomised controlled trial, the first dose offered 76 per cent protection in the three months between doses. The interval between […]

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Pandemic delivered a more severe blow to smaller, individual artisans: AIACA

By Siddhi JainNew Delhi, Feb 20 (IANSlife) A recent survey report brought out by All India Artisans and Craftworkers Welfare Association (AIACA) has detailed cash flow crunches, wage losses, cancellation/withholding of orders, supply disruptions in the raw material value chain and uncertainties regarding shipment (both domestic and export) to be some of the key challenges […]

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Makeover for UP schools under ‘Operation Kayakalp’

Lucknow, Feb 20 (IANS) The Yogi Adityanath government is consistently working for the betterment of education facilities for all children in the state. Accordingly the state government has launched “Operation Kayakalp” planning significant makeovers for state-run schools. To improve the basic education situation, the state government is running around 2.65 lakh schools. According to the […]

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Understanding nuances of world cinema through 10th century Kashmiri philosopher Abhinavagupta (IANS Interview)

By Vishnu MakhijaniNew Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) A new book that unravels the nuances of world cinema harkens back to the 10th century philosopher Abhinavagupta (924-1020), a highly revered Kashmiri Shaiva master, as it pays tribute to his commentary on the “Natyasastra” (an ancient treatise on dramaturgy) and the concepts of “Rasa Siddhanta” (theory of […]

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Partial cloud cover over J&K, Ladakh

Srinagar, Feb 20 (IANS) Partial cloud cover affected minimum temperatures in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh on Saturday as the weather office forecast another spell of rain/snow beginning Monday. “Weather is likely to remain wet from February 22 onwards due to an approaching western disturbance (WD) under whose influence light to moderate rain/snow is expected […]

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