AFSPA extended for 6 months in Assam

Guwahati, Feb 24 (IANS) Months before the Assembly polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government in Assam on Wednesday extended the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA), in the state for six more months beyond February 27, an official said. An Assam Home Department official said that the AFSPA has been extended considering the ground […]

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Lovers commit suicide in Jharkhand

Ranchi, Feb 24 (IANS) Two lovers committed suicide in Jharkhand’s Hazaribagh district on Wednesday after the girl’s marriage was fixed with another boy, the police said. According to the police, the bodies of the two youth were found hanging from a tree in the Korwa jungle under the Vishnugarh police station in Hazaribagh district on […]

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President’s rule in Puducherry murder of democracy: V Narayanasamy

Puducherry, Feb 24 (IANS) Outgoing Chief Minister of Puducherry and senior Congress leader, V. Narayanasamy on Wednesday reacted angrily to news of imposition of President’s rule in the Union Territory. “Implementing President’s rule in Puduchery is a murder of democracy,” he told IANS over telephone. The senior Congress leader alleged that the nominated MLAs were […]

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USFDA approves Granules’ drug for migraine

Hyderabad, Feb 24 (IANS) Granules India Ltd on Wednesday announced that the US Food & Drug Administration (US FDA) has approved its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for acetaminophen, aspirin, and caffeine tablets, indicated for the treatment of migraine. It is bioequivalent to the Reference Listed Drug (RLD) product, Excedrin Migraine tablets, 250 mg/250 mg/65 […]

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China’s strategy of creeping forward won’t work with India: Army Chief

New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) China has a habit of creeping forward, making very small incremental moves, to achieve its objectives, said Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane, adding that this strategy will not work with India. Addressing a webinar organised by the Vivekananda International Foundation, a public policy think-tank, Naravane said, “China is […]

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Microsoft unveils new industry Clouds

San Francisco, Feb 24 (IANS) Microsoft on Wednesday launched new industry Clouds for financial services, manufacturing and nonprofit sectors. The tech giant also announced first update to Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare, and the public preview timing for Microsoft Cloud for Retail. “Designed with industry challenges in mind, these clouds can enable organizations to jump ahead […]

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Ukrainian Health Minister visits Bharat Biotech, discusses Covaxin supplies

Hyderabad, Feb 24 (IANS) Ukraine’s Health Minister Maksym Stepanov on Wednesday visited Bharat Biotech’s manufacturing facility here and held discussions on supplies of the company’s Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin for his country. A three-member led by the minister took a tour of the world-class Bio-Safety Level 3 manufacturing facility of Bharat Biotech, which has developed India’s […]

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Congress slams BJP for ‘renaming’ Motera stadium after PM

New Feb 24 (IANS) After the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad was named after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress leaders were quick to attack the BJP. Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi said,”Beautiful how the truth reveals itself.Narendra Modi stadium – Adani end-Reliance end With Jay Shah presiding. #HumDoHumareDo” Congress leader Jaiveer Shergill tweeted ,”Is Mahatma Gandhi […]

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Chikkaballapur blast: 5 nabbed, 2 K’taka cops suspended

Chikkaballapur, Feb 24 (IANS) A day after an ‘accidental explosion’ in a quarry killed six persons in Karnataka’s Chikkaballapur, police arrested five persons including three partners of the mining firm, and suspended two police officers on Wednesday. According to the police, the arrested are Raghavendra Reddy, Venkatashiva Reddy and Madhusudhan Reddy, who are partners of […]

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Punjab to strengthen security in prisons

Chandigarh, Feb 24 (IANS) The Punjab government on Wednesday decided to amend the Prison Act, 1894 to strengthen security across the state’s prisons and curb criminal acts by inmates through more stringent punishment for major offences like rioting, escape from prison, and other violations of prison discipline and rules. A Bill to bring in the […]

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Alia Bhatt-starrer ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ teaser released on Bhansali’s birthday

Mumbai, Feb 24 (IANS) Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali on Wednesday launched the teaser of his upcoming Alia Bhatt-starrer Gangubai Kathiawadi, on the official website of his production house. Alia, too, shared the teaser on Instagram. Wednesday was also Bhansali’s birthday and, sharing the teaser, Alia had a special wish for the director. “I can think […]

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Former union minister Vijay Sampla assumes charge of Chairman National Commission for Scheduled Castes

New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Former union minister Vijay Sampla on Wednesday assumed the charge of Chairman National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC). Talking to the media after assuming office, Sampla said he will work incessantly to safeguard the interests and the rights of the SC community. “The Commission will work not only to ensure […]

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Fate worse than Trump awaits PM Modi: Mamata

Kolkata, Feb 24 (IANS) Two days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s public meeting in Hooghly district’s Sahaganj near Dunlop, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday launched an all-out attack of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying that the saffron brigade won’t be able to score even a single goal in the forthcoming state […]

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Submit immunogenicity data, SEC asks Dr Reddy before nod for Sputnik V

New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) The Central Drug Standard Control Organisation’s (CDSCO)Subject Expert Committee has asked Dr Reddy’s Laboratories to present additional data of immunogenicity while reviewing its application for Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) of Russian Covid vaccine Sputnik V in India, sources said. Dr Reddy’s had applied for EUA before the CDSCO, and its […]

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Nothing announces Teenage Engineering as founding partner

New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Nothing Technologies, the newly-launched venture of OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei, on Wednesday announced Stockholm-based company Teenage Engineering as its founding partner. Teenage Engineering has been developing highly acclaimed products for people who love sound, music, and design. The company’s emblematic first product, the portable wonder synthesizer OP-1, was launched in […]

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Punjab signs pact for powerhouses of Shahpurkandi dam

Chandigarh, Feb 24 (IANS) The Punjab Water Resources Department on Wednesday signed an agreement for the construction of powerhouses of the Shahpurkandi dam project. It was signed in the presence of Water Resources Minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria and Principal Secretary Water Resources Sarvjit Singh, by OMIL JV Executive Director, Bharat Kothari, and Chief Engineer (Dams) […]

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Child dies in Greek migrant camp fire

Athens, Feb 24 (IANS) A 7-year-old child died in a fire at a migrant camp near the Greek capital, Greek national news agency AMNA reported on Wednesday. The child, who was hosted at the temporary camp with another six family members, was found unconscious and transferred to a hospital even as the firemen were extinguishing […]

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India presents report on wildlife conservation initiatives: UN body

New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) The Indian government has produced a report detailing conservation initiatives for many species listed on the CMS Appendices, including those added during COP13 in Gandhinagar, the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) secretariat said on Wednesday. Marine species are among those that benefit from new conservation measures. Being a signatory of […]

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Modi remembers Jayalalithaa’s efforts to empower ‘Nari Shakti’

New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday remembered six-time Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and AIADMK leader J. Jayalalithaa on her 73rd birth anniversary, praising her efforts to empower ‘Nari Shakti’ (woman power). Mentioning that he will always cherish his several interactions with the late Indian politician and film actress Jayalalithaa, […]

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Kerala CM withdraws cases over Sabarimala, CAA protests

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 24 (IANS) Under pressure from numerous quarters, the Pinarayi Vijayan government in Kerala on Wednesday decided to withdraw cases against protesters on the Sabarimala temple issue and also against those involved in anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests. The state Cabinet decided to withdraw the cases as they are not serious criminal cases. Incidentally, Vijayan […]

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Researchers develop two new rapid Covid diagnostic tests

New York, Feb 24 (IANS) Researchers have developed two new rapid diagnostic tests for Covid-19 — one to detect Covid-19 variants and one to help differentiate from other illnesses that have Covid-like symptoms. According to the findings published in the journal Bioengineering, the technology for both tests uses the cutting-edge CRISPR/Cas9 system. Using commercial reagents, […]

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2 militants killed in Kashmir encounter (Ld)

Srinagar, Feb 24 (IANS) Two unidentified militants have been killed in an ongoing encounter between terrorists and security forces at Shalgul forest area at Srigufwara in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Wednesday, officials said. The gunfight took place after security forces cordoned off the area and launched a search operation on the basis of a […]

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What NASA is doing to help cut aviation emissions

Washington, Feb 24 (IANS) Through partnership with the industry, NASA wants to advance design and modelling tools pertinent to future aircraft products with an Electrified Aircraft Propulsion (EAP) system. EAP electrical systems are being developed to replace or boost fuel-burning aircraft propulsion systems, analogous to how electric or hybrid motors are used in automobiles. The […]

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Angry mob kills leopard in Karnataka village

Hassan (Karnataka), Feb 24 (IANS) Villagers from Karnataka’s Hassan district have killed an adult leopard which has attacked and injured at least five people in two neighbouring villages. The leopard was killed in the Bendekere village of Arasikere taluk on Tuesday evening. This hamlet also shares its boundary with Tumkuru district, which has seen the […]

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NSDC collaborates with SahiPay for digital financial literacy

New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) With a vision to promote nano-entrepreneurship amongst youth in the financial services sector, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) on Wednesday announced its collaboration with SahiPay — an Android based integrated platform developed by Manipal Business solutions (MBS) to promote digital enablement and financial inclusion in the country. The partnership aims […]

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Centre rushes teams to states, UT seeing surge in Covid cases

New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) The Centre has deputed high level multi-disciplinary teams to Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir for supporting them in public health measures for targeted Covid-19 response and management, and effectively tackling the pandemic. The three-member multidisciplinary teams […]

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Sardar Patel stadium renamed after PM Modi

Ahmedabad, Feb 24 (IANS) The Sardar Patel stadium in Motera near Ahmedabad was on Wednesday renamed as the Narendra Modi Stadium. The stadium, popularly known as the Motera Stadium, which was recently re-opened after extensive renovation work which increased seating capacity to a record 1,10,000, hosts its first Test match on Wednesday with India taking […]

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Flipkart plans to deploy 25K EVs by 2030

Bengaluru, Feb 24 (IANS) A day after Amazon India said it has deployed nearly 100 Mahindra Treo Zor three-wheelers, e-commerce marketplace Flipkart on Wednesday said it will deploy more than 25,000 electric vehicles in its supply chain by 2030. Flipkart said it has already started piloting and deploying two-wheeler and three-wheeler electric vehicles in multiple […]

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Jyoti stuns 2-time world champion, enters Strandja Memorial quarters

Sofia (Bulgaria), Feb 24 (IANS) Former youth world champion Jyoti Gulia (51kg) stunned two-time world champion Nazym Kyzaibay of Kazakhstan and progressed into the quarter-finals at the 72nd Strandja Memorial Tournament on Wednesday. The 2017 youth world championships gold medallist beat Kyzaibay 3-2. Bhagyabati Kachari (75kg) also reached the quarter-final after beating Russian opponent Anna […]

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International action director Don Lee wants to cast Mahesh Manjrekar as a gangster!

Mumbai, Feb 24 (IANS) International action director Don Lee is keen on directing actor-filmmaker Mahesh Manjrekar in the role of a gangster someday! The duo has collaborated on Mahesh Manjrekar’s forthcoming directorial, a war-drama web series “1962: The War in the Hills”. Expressing his eagerness to direct Manjrekar in a gangster’s role and sharing his […]

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Intel joins hands with Google Cloud to advance 5G networks

San Francisco, Feb 24 (IANS) Intel is teaming up with Google Cloud to develop integrated solutions for communication service providers to accelerate 5G deployment across multiple network and edge locations. The partnership focuses on accelerating the ability of communications service providers to deploy their virtualised radio access network (RAN) and open RAN solutions with next-generation […]

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Exodus continues from UP Congress

Lucknow, Feb 24 (IANS) The exodus from the Congress continues unabated in Uttar Pradesh. The state Congress general secretary Brahma Swaroop Sagar has now resigned from the party, alleging groupism and indiscipline. Sagar, who was given the important organisational assignment, left the party on Tuesday, the day when Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was addressing a ‘Kisan […]

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Alia Bhatt-starrer ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ in cinemas on July 30

Mumbai, Feb 24 (IANS) Actress Alia Bhatt on Wednesday tweeted to announce the release date of her film Gangubai Kathiawadi. The Sanjay Leela Bhansali film is slated to release on July 30. “in cinemas 30th July, 2021 Red heart #GangubaiKathiawadi #SanjayLeelaBhansali @prerna982 @jayantilalgada @PenMovies @bhansali_produc, (sic),” Alia posted along with the poster of the film. […]

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Shareholders of Prime Focus challenge price of open offer made by promoters, the Namit Malhotra Family

New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Shareholders of Prime Focus including Reliance Media Works Financial Services Private Limited, which holds significant equity stake in Prime Focus have challenged the low valuation of Rs. 44.15 per share offered to the retail and public shareholders of Prime Focus under the open offer made by Namit Malhotra Family, the […]

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Overseas groups trying to hijack farmers’ stir: Indo-Canadian bodies

Toronto, Feb 24 (IANS) Various Indo-Canadian organisations, in a joint letter to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have supported his handling of the farmers’ agitation against the three farm laws. Blaming “forces inimical to India” for trying “to hijack these protests to push their vested agenda,” the letter on Tuesday said, “We particularly condemn […]

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Two new Delhi HC judges take oath

New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Delhi High Court Chief Justice D.N. Patel on Wednesday administered oath to Jasmeet Singh and Amit Bansal as the Judges of the court. The oath-taking ceremony took place in the Chief Justice’s Court in the presence of the other judges and the family members of Justices Singh and Bansal. With […]

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Saina, Srikanth get tough draws at All England Open

New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal and former world no.1 Kidambi Srikanth were handed tough draws in the 2021 All England Championships. Reigning world champion PV Sindhu, meanwhile will face lower ranked opposition in the initial rounds before potentially coming up against Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi and Spanish Olympic champion Carlona […]

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