Top terrorist, 1,039 others lay down arms in Assam

Guwahati, Feb 23 (IANS) In a significant development ahead of the Assembly elections in Assam, 1,040 militants belonging to five extremist outfits led by wanted terrorist leader Ingti Kathar Songbijit surrendered on Tuesday at a ceremony here in the presence of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. Songbijit, the self-styled commander-in-chief of the outlawed People’s Democratic […]

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Gail to be excluded from Nifty50

Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) Bellwether stock index Nifty50 will remove energy major Gail from the stocks that comprise its weightage, NSE Indices said on Tuesday. The Index Maintenance Sub-Committee (IMSC) of NSE Indices decided to make the changes, as part of its periodic review. In Gail’s place, Tata Consumer Products will be included in the […]

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T20 Challenge: Simelane replaces injured Phehlukwayo for Dolphins

Durban, Feb 23 (IANS) Following confirmation that South Africa all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo has been ruled out of the Betway T20 Challenge through injury, the table-topping Hollywoodbets Dolphins will rely on their significant squad depth for the remainder of the competition. The Dolphins have replaced Phehlukwayo, who hurt his back during the Hollywoodbets Dolphins’ fixture against […]

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SpiceXpress launches scheduled cargo ops to Singapore

New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) SpiceJet’s dedicated cargo arm SpiceXpress has launched scheduled freighter operations connecting Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai with Singapore. The airline will deploy its Boeing 737-700F or 800F aircraft on these routes. “This development would strengthen air trade between the two countries by providing faster and seamless logistics solutions,” Ajay Singh, Chairman […]

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India, AIIB sign agreement to improve Assam power transmission

New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) India and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) on Tuesday signed a $304 million loan agreement for the Assam Intra-State Transmission System Enhancement Project to improve reliability, capacity and security of the power transmission network in the northeastern state. The project aims to strengthen Assam’s electricity transmission system by constructing […]

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ZASH to acquire TikTok rival Lomotif

Singapore, Feb 23 (IANS) ZASH Global Media and Entertainment Corp. on Tuesday said it has inked a deal to acquire a majority controlling interest in Lomotif, a Singapore-based video-sharing social networking platform and budding rival to TikTok. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. ZASH is backed by former MoviePass Chairman Ted Farnsworth, […]

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Covid TPR in Kerala still below 6%

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 23 (IANS) The Covid test positivity rate (TPR) in Kerala on Tuesday continued to remain under 6 per cent with 4,034 people testing positive after 69,604 samples were sent for testing in the past 24 hours. State Health Minister K.K. Shailaja said 4,823 people turned negative, taking the total cured people in the […]

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RIL to focus on green energy

New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Standalone RIL’s plan to foray into green energy will be also be liked by investors, brokerage Nomura said in a note. It said Reliance has indicated that it plans to build an optimal mix of reliable, lean and affordable energy using solar, wind and batteries. The new energy business of […]

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Sooraj Pancholi, Isabelle Kaif starrer ‘Time To Dance’ releases on March 12

Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) Time To Dance, starring Sooraj Pancholi and Isabelle Kaif, is all set for a digital release on March 12. Sooraj made the announcement on Instagram, sharing a poster of the film featuring him with Isabelle. “12th of March #TimeToDance @netflix_in @netflix@isakaif @stanley_dcosta @lizelleremodsouza @remodsouza@tseries.official @tseriesfilms@ttd_movie,” Sooraj wrote as caption. Isabelle, sister […]

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3 Indian boxers off to winning starts at 72nd Strandja Memorial Tournament

New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Three Indian boxers, led by Asian Championship silver medallist Deepak Kumar, started their campaign on winning note on the opening day at the 72nd Strandja Memorial Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria. Deepak (52kg) looked in complete control throughout the contest against Kazakhstan’s Olzhas Bainiyazov during an impressive 5-0 win while 2017 […]

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Kerala CPM members in Kovalam join BJP

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 23 (IANS) Around 92 CPM members in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday joined the BJP in the presence of Union ministers Prahlad Joshi and V. Muraleedharan, the lone Keralite in the Union Cabinet. Among those who joined the BJP included five women and local leader M. Prabhakaran, a former Kovalam panchayat president. The membership was […]

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TN govt to make Chennai a FinTech hub

Chennai, Feb 23 (IANS) Tamil Nadu government will soon come out with a new FinTech Policy to make Chennai a global hub for such enterprises, Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam said on Tuesday. “A new FinTech Policy is being finalised which will enable Chennai to develop as a global hub for fin tech enterprises,” Panneerselvam, […]

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Positive encouragement may up academic outcomes in school kids

New York, Feb 23 (IANS) Offering students more positive encouragement not only reduces disruptive classroom behaviour, but can improve students’ academic and social outcomes, say researchers. The findings, published in the Journal of Educational Psychology, indicated that a behaviour management intervention helped increase student engagement and boosted the teachers’ confidence in their ability to manage […]

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India, Mauritius sign trade agreement

New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) India and Mauritius have signed a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation and Partnership Agreement (CECPA) that provides an institutional mechanism to encourage and improve trade between the two countries. India decided to change its trading relationship with Mauritius after it found that the earlier double taxation avoidance (DTA) treaty with the island […]

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India, World Bank ink project for enhancing education in Nagaland

New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Indian government, Government of Nagaland and the World Bank on Tuesday signed a $68 million project to enhance the governance of schools across Nagaland as well as to improve teaching practices and learning environments in select schools. The “Nagaland: Enhancing Classroom Teaching and Resources Project” will improve classroom instruction; create […]

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5 dead in Karnataka mine blast (Ld)

Chikkaballapur, Feb 23 (IANS) Five persons died and one person injured after gelatin sticks exploded early Tuesday in a village bordering Chikkaballapur and Bengaluru, the police said. Mine owners successfully hid mining blast material twice in the last fortnight while raids were to be carried out. On Tuesday fearing another round of raid, the mine […]

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 2, Watch 3 get ECG support in more countries

New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Samsung has started rolling out support for electrocardiogram readings and blood pressure monitoring on its Galaxy Watch Active 2 and Galaxy Watch 3 devices in more countries. The full list of countries are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, […]

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PM cites ‘unprecedented’ health Budget allocation to show commitment

New Delhi, Feb 23 (IANS) Demonstrating the government’s commitment towards the country’s health sector, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that the allocation for health in this year’s Union Budget has been “unprecedented”. Addressing a webinar on effective implementation of the Budget provisions in the health sector, he also said that the ‘Budget allocation […]

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Sustaining long distance relationships

By Puja GuptaNew Delhi, Feb 23 (IANSlife) Is he/she worth waiting for, does she/he feeling the same way I do? Am I kidding myself thinking long-distance can work? What if they find someone else? These questions and more are likely to haunt people in a long-distance relationship. Moreover, Skype calls and blinking chat windows can’t […]

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‘Education budget slashed in two-thirds of poorer countries’

Washington, Feb 23 (IANS) Despite additional funding needs, two-thirds of low- and lower-middle-income countries have cut their public education budgets since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new report. The Education Finance Watch 2021, jointly released by the World Bank and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said that […]

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US oil, gas exports to India to continue: Price

By Arul LouisNew York, Feb 23 (IANS) Despite President Joe Biden’s opposition to fossil fuels, the US will continue to supply petroleum products to India while supporting sustainable energy development, according to State Department Spokesperson Ned Price. “Our broad energy cooperation with India under the Strategic Energy Partnership is strong and will continue growing even […]

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20 lawmakers skip meeting called by Imran Khan in Peshawar

Peshawar, Feb 23 (IANS) 20 Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawmakers from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, including two former ministers who were recently expelled from the cabinet, missed the meeting called by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. Minister Shaukat Yousafzai played down any significance of the absentee lawmakers, saying that those lawmakers had already informed the Prime Minister as […]

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Karnataka mine blast: Several feared dead

Chikkaballapur (Karnataka), Feb 23 (IANS) At least four persons are reported to have died when gelatin sticks exploded early Tuesday in a village bordering Chikkaballapur and Bengaluru. The blast occurred in a stone quarry unit situated in Hirenagavalli village. One person has reportedly sustained injuries. Hirenagavalli is a small hamlet in Chikballapur taluk in Chikballapur […]

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Covid surge: UP on alert, may issue new guidelines

Lucknow, Feb 23 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has asked officials to remain on alert over rising cases of Covid in states including Maharashtra, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Haryana and Kerala. Uttar Pradesh will soon issue guidelines for visitors to Uttar Pradesh from these states. An advisory for mandatory testing and quarantine […]

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Pakistan to host World Environment Day

Nairobi, Feb 23 (IANS) Pakistan has announced that it will host World Environment Day 2021 in partnership with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) with the theme of ‘ecosystem restoration’ and focus on resetting relations with nature. It will also mark the formal launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030. World Environment Day takes […]

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Scott Disick introduces teen girlfriend Amelia Hamlin to kids

Los Angeles, Feb 23 (IANS) Television personality Scott Disick reportedly introduced his girlfriend, teen model Amelia Hamlin, to his three children — Mason, Penelope and Reign — in Miami. Scott shares custody of the children with ex-girlfriend Kourtney Kardashian. “Mason, Penelope and Reign Disick were seated between Hamlin and their dad, and were all acting […]

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