Pakistan’s nefarious designs exposed

By Ravinder Singh RobinNew Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) Pakistan’s anti-India propaganda machinery is working overtime to exploit every situation it can to bring embarrassment to the Indian government at the international level. The latest ploy in the series is to organise a ‘tractor rally’ in Pakistan which is believed to be the brainchild of Pakistan’s […]

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Emirates operates first flight serviced by fully vaccinated frontline teams

New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) Dubai-based Emirates airline on Monday operated a flight with fully vaccinated frontline teams servicing passengers at every touchpoint of the travel journey. Accordingly, flight EK215 from Dubai-Los Angeles was supported by fully vaccinated check-in, security, Business and First Class lounge and boarding gate employees, as well as engineers, pilots and […]

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DTA complains to Backward Classes Commission on lack of reservations for lecturers

New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) Delhi University’s Satyawati College has invited applications for the post of 46 teachers. The Delhi Teachers’ Association (DTA) on Monday has filed a petition with the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and the National Commission for Backward Classes for the college not giving reservation in these posts. The petition has […]

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Covid, crude resurgence spooks investors, banking stocks plunge (Roundup)

Mumbai, Feb 22 (IANS) Rising domestic Covid-19 cases, along with that of crude oil prices as well as expectations of rising inflation, dragged Indian equity market indices lower for the fifth consecutive session. Besides, subdued global markets and re-allocation of foreign funds out of India further dented investors’ sentiments. On Monday, the India Volatility Index […]

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Covid TPR falls below 6% in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 22 (IANS) The Covid test positivity rate in Kerala on Monday fell below six per cent after 2,212 people turned positive while 38,103 samples were sent for testing in the past 24 hours. The statement issued here by State Health Minister K.K. Shailaja, said 5,037 people turned negative taking the total cured cases […]

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Health ministry guidelines to integrate non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in national programme

New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan launched the operational guidelines for integration of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) into the National Programme for Prevention & Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS), on Monday. Vardhan noted that India is the first country in the world to identify the need […]

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Andhra SEC satisfied with conduct of peaceful panchayat polls

Amaravati, Feb 22 (IANS) Sharply contesting the claims made by Telugu Desam Party (TDP) supremo N. Chandrababu Naidu, Andhra Pradesh State Election Commissioner (SEC), Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar on Monday said the four-phase panchayat elections were held peacefully and expressed complete satisfaction over the polls. “Police strictly participated in the election duty, including setting aside their […]

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B’luru institute takes big leap in quantum communication

Bengaluru, Feb 22 (IANS) Researchers team headed by Urbasi Sinha at the Raman Research Institute (RRI) successfully demonstrated free space quantum distribution key between two buildings in the institute using an atmospheric channel. This is the first time the technique – called entanglement-based quantum-key distribution – has been demonstrated using ground stations based in RRI […]

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Tokyo stocks close higher on bargain hunting

Tokyo, Feb 22 (IANS) Tokyo stocks closed higher on Monday, bringing an end to a three-day losing streak, as investors picked up bargains following the market’s recent decline, with the risk appetite towards high-tech issues improving on hopes for US stimulus to further help reboot the pandemic-hit economy. The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average added 138.11 […]

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I-T Dept conducts raids on Pune-based group

New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) Income Tax Department carried out search and seizure operations last week at 34 different locations across Maharashtra on a group based in Pune’s Sangamner whose entities are largely engaged in packaging and sale of tobacco and related products, generation and distribution of power, FMCGs sale, and real estate development. During […]

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4 arrested for cultivating opium in Jharkhand

Ranchi, Feb 22 (IANS) Police arrested four people for cultivating opium in Jharkhand’s Palamau district on Monday. “Four people have been arrested. The arrested people have been identified as Suresh Singh, Munarik Singh, Vijay Singh and Parmeshwar Singh. All arrested belong to Kedal village situated under Manatu police station of Palamau” said Santosh Singh, officer […]

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Income Tax raids conducted in Bhopal

New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) The Income Tax Department has carried out search and seizure operation last week at 22 premises of a Betul-based Soya products manufacturing group at Betul and Satna in MP, Mumbai and Solapur in Maharashtra besides the west Bengal capital. The I-T Department said that the group has unaccounted income to […]

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Mehbooba Mufti re-elected PDP President

Srinagar, Feb 22 (IANS) PDP President and former J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was unanimously re-elected as PDP chief on Monday for a term of three years. A PDP spokesperson said her name was proposed by senior leader G.N.L. Hanjura and seconded by Khurshid Alam. Senior PDP leader A.R. Veeri was the chairman of the […]

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NIA files chargesheet against 2 LeT terrorists

New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday filed a supplementary chargesheet against two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists, who had actively participated in conspiracy meetings for targeted killings of important personalities belonging to the Hindu community in Bengaluru, Hubli and Nanded. An NIA spokesperson said here that the agency has named Sabeel […]

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Covid-19: NZ reports 6 border cases

Wellington, Feb 22 (IANS) New Zealand on Monday reported six border cases of Covid-19 in managed isolation, and one new community case linked to the Auckland February cases, who is already in quarantine. The new community case of Covid is linked to the existing Auckland February cases and the individual has been in quarantine since […]

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Yogi’s budget focuses on religious development

Lucknow, Feb 22 (IANS) Religious development is a major aspect of the budget tabled by the Yogi Adityanath government in its last budget before assembly elections. The budget focuses on funds for development of religious cities including Ayodhya, Chitrakoot, Varanasi, Naimsharainya and Vindhyachal. Tourist amenities in these places of religious significance will be upgraded in […]

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Thailand confirms 89 fresh Covid cases

Bangkok, Feb 22 (IANS) Thailand on Monday reported 89 new Covid cases, pushing the tally to 25,504, health officials said. Centre for the Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) spokeswoman Apisamai Srirangsan said that of the 89 fresh infections, 73 were domestic while 16 others were imported cases. Those domestic cases included 31 in Samut Sakhon, 18 […]

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TDP-backed’ winners in panchayat polls ‘original’: Nara Lokesh

Amaravati, Feb 22 (IANS) Telugu Desam Party (TDP) national general secretary Nara Lokesh on Monday claimed that though the ruling Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) aligned candidates ‘marginally’ won more panchayats numerically, the victories of TDP supporters were the original triumph. He alleged that Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy mocked democracy in […]

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First batch of Covid vaccines arrive in Australia for roll out

Canberra, Feb 22 (IANS) Covid vaccines have arrived in Australia as the country kicked off its inoculation drive on Monday. Thousands of doses of Pfizer’s vaccine arrived in Australia’s states and territories in specially designed “thermal shippers” that maintain temperatures lower than negative 70 degrees centigrade. Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday got vaccinated against […]

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Youth shot dead in Gurugram

Gurugram, Feb 22 (IANS) A 24-year-old man was shot dead by two to three unidentified armed assailants in Firozgandhi colony area of Gurugram at around 12 noon on Monday, the police said. According to the police, the armed assailants fired dozens bullets into the deceased who was later identified as Manish alias Babu, a resident […]

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Poor memory, impulsive personality: Traits of extremist mind

London, Feb 22 (IANS) Extremists have shorter memories and tendencies towards impulsiviness and are also sensation seekers, according to a study by Cambridge researchers in to the psychological “signature” of the extremist mind. The study, published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, suggests that a particular mix of personality traits and unconscious cognition […]

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Puducherry CM resigns as Cong-led govt falls ahead of floor test (Ld)

Puducherry, Feb 22 (IANS) Puducherry Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy on Monday resigned after his Congress-led government collapsed just before facing the floor test in the Assembly. After the dramatic walkout by Narayanasamy and his MLAs, Speaker V. P. Sivakozhundu announced that the government has lost its majority. Narayanasamy later submitted his resignation to in-charge Lieutenant […]

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Things to know about ovulation and pregnancy

New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANSlife) Ovulation is a subject of reproductive health that is often surrounded by myths, unverified information and fiction. While there are factors beyond ovulation that can help in getting pregnant, ovulation plays an important role in successful conception. Not knowing about your fertile window, tracking and predicting ovulation days can be […]

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The mindset of an Indian-American (Opinion)

By Asad MirzaThe 2020 survey carried out by Carnegie Endowment, tries to find and analyse the reasons for Modi’s popularity in the United States. Indian-origin American citizens now comprise the second-largest immigrant group in the USA. Over the years with increasing political influence and playing an active role in the US internal politics, this group […]

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ULFA ‘defers’ action on Quippo employees

By Subir BhaumikGuwahati, Feb 22 (IANS) The separatist United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) says it has ‘deferred action’ against two employees of hydrocarbon company Quippo Oil & Gas Infrastructure Ltd who were kidnapped in December by their armed cadres. ULFA ‘commander-in-chief’ Paresh Barua called some journalists, including this writer, to inform that ‘expiry of […]

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Chancellor Naveen Jindal commits Rs 1K Cr to expand O.P. Jindal Global Univ

New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) Leading Indian industrialist and philanthropist and the founding Chancellor of O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU), Naveen Jindal, has announced an elaborate investment plan of Rs 1,000 crore for sustained futuristic expansion of the University as per ‘JGU Vision 2030 for the next decade. The Sonipat, Haryana-based JGU was recognized as […]

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5 killed in car-bus head-on collision

Ahmednagar (Maharashtra), Feb 22 (IANS) Five persons travelling in a car were killed in a head-on collision with a private travel bus near Devgad, early on Monday morning, police officials said. According to an official of Nevasa police station, the accident occurred around 2 a.m. on the Ahmednagar-Aurangabad Highway. “When the car was approaching the […]

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