KTR reiterates claim of 1,32,899 jobs in six years

Hyderabad, Feb 25 (IANS) Telangana’s Industry and Information Technology Minister K.T. Rama Rao on Thursday reiterated his claim that the state government filled 1,32,899 posts in various departments during the last six years. With the opposition parties disputing his claim, the minister released the number of vacancies filled in each department. The claims and counter […]

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Over 10.36 lakh voters in polls for two MLC seats in Telangana

Hyderabad, Feb 25 (IANS) Over 10.36 lakh graduates are eligible to cast their votes in two constituencies of the Telangana Legislative Council going to polls next month. The number of voters in the Hyderabad-Rangareddy-Mahabubnagar constituency is 5,31,268 while the same in the Nalgonda-Warangal-Khammam stands at 5,05,565. The Election Commission on January 18 had announced the […]

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Another Andhra love story goes wrong

Narsaraopeta (Andhra Pradesh), Feb 25 (IANS) In yet another love story ending tragically in Andhra Pradesh, a 19-year-old youth in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur murdered a girl he purportedly was in relationship with after suspecting her of favouring someone else. According to sources, the deceased, Anusha, 19, attended the same degree college in Narsaraopeta town as […]

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Sushmita Sen confirms ‘Aarya’ season 2

Mumbai, Feb 25 (IANS) Bollywood actress Sushmita Sen on Thursday confirmed a second season of her web series Aarya, which marked her digital debut last year. “She sees a storm coming…in the mirror!!! #Aarya #season2. Your wish is our command. I love you guys!!! Let’s do this @madhvaniram @officialrmfilms @disneyplushotstarvip #TeamAarya #duggadugga,” the actress wrote […]

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New social media norms empower enforcement agencies: Experts

New Delhi, Feb 25 (IANS) As the Indian government on Thursday announced new stringent guidelines for social media platforms, legal and policy experts have said that the rules will empower police and enforcement agencies, while the “traceability” requirement may make it tough for some platforms to provide their services in India. The Information Technology (Intermediary […]

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Zoom to roll out ‘automatic closed captioning’ for all free accounts

San Francisco, Feb 25 (IANS) Video conferencing app Zoom said it is working towards making “automatic closed captioning” available for all the free account holders to make the service more accessible. “Among the Zoom Meetings accessibility features we offer to all users are manual closed captioning, keyboard accessibility, pinning or spotlighting interpreter video, screen reader […]

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Contribute to country’s progress, Union Min to post-doc fellows

New Delhi, Feb 25 (IANS) The Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Rattan lal Kataria, on Thursday urged the newly inducted post-doctoral fellows of Dr Ambedkar International Centre (DAIC) to contribute to the country’s progress under the government’s vision of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’. During an interaction, Kataria said, “In these two years, […]

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Rekindling a forgotten Himalayan story

New Delhi, Feb 25 (IANS) Did the CIA, in association with Indias Intelligence Bureau, clandestinely plant nuclear devices on Nanda Devi, the second highest mountain in India, in the 1950s to spy on Chinas nuclear programme and which are said to have led to a glacier break and triggered the devastating floods in Uttarakhand earlier […]

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CBI nabs 2 Mumbai customs officers for graft

Mumbai, Feb 25 (IANS) The Central Bureau of Investigation swooped on the New Customs House here and nabbed an Assistant Commissioner of Customs and a Superintendent of Customs in an alleged bribery case, officials said here on Thursday. The officials are identified as A. P. Bandekar and Niraj K. Singh, respectively, who were produced before […]

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Decks cleared for Nirav Modi’s extradition

New Delhi, Feb 25 (IANS) In a major setback to fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi, a UK court on Thursday ordered his extradition in connection with the Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam case. The District Judge at the Westminster Magistrates’ Court, Samuel Goozee, accepted the prima facie evidence against Modi for money laundering, saying: “Many […]

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Youth Akali Dal to ‘gherao’ Delhi Police

Chandigarh, Feb 25 (IANS) The Youth Akali Dal will ‘gherao’ Delhi Police personnel for singling out Punjabi youths for arrest by allegedly registering “false cases” against them in connection with the January 26 violence in the national capital. After a meeting, Youth Akali Dal President Parambans Singh Romana said the wing had received reports of […]

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Ekta Kapoor is proud of ‘Pagglait’

Mumbai, Feb 25 (IANS) Producer Ekta Kapoor is thrilled with the way her film Pagglait has turned out. She has co-produced the film, starring Sanya Malhotra, with Guneet Monga, and took to Instagram on Thursday to share her appreciation for the project. “Saw #paglait loved it! great work @guneetmonga #umesh @sanyamalhotra_ @ruchikaakapoor @balajimotionpictures @sikhya @urvip18 […]

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IIT team identifies sustainable source for anti-cancer drug

Chennai, Feb 25 (IANS) Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras researchers have identified a sustainable and high-yielding alternative source for the anti-cancer drug Camptothecin. At present, this drug is sourced from Chinese and Indian tree species, which are now critically endangered due to extensive over-harvesting to meet the market demand. This novel microbial fermentation process […]

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PM launches key projects in Puducherry (Ld)

Puducherry, Feb 25 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday inaugurated three projects and laid foundation stone for four in Puducherry, covering diverse sectors. He said the projects in sectors like roads, healthcare, education, culture, sports and marine economy will improve the lives of people and propel the union territory on the path of progress. […]

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NE will be India’s growth hub: Shah

Guwahati, Feb 25 (IANS) Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has identified the Northeast region as India’s “Growth Hub”. Addressing a gathering in Nagaon district’s Batadrava Than, Shah said the Modi government has already started work to make the region as the growth engine of India. “To take the […]

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Moody’s expects India’s fiscal position to remain weak

New Delhi, Feb 25 (IANS) Moody’s Investors Service says that India’s (Baa3 negative) weak fiscal position will remain a key credit challenge in 2021. According to Moody’s, the prospects for fiscal consolidation remain weak particularly given the government’s mixed track record of implementing revenue-raising measures. Although the government has not provided an explicit medium-term fiscal […]

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Go for BEST, reject Cong’s feudal culture: PM in Puducherry

Puducherry, Feb 25 (IANS) Virtually launching BJP’s campaign for upcoming Assembly elections in Puducherry, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday urged people to vote for NDA’s good governance agenda and reject anti-development forces. Addressing a party rally in the union territory, a day after Centre recommending imposition of President’s Rule following collapse of the Congress […]

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PM launches key projects in Puducherry

Puducherry, Feb 25 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched several key projects in Puducherry on Thursday, just days after a Congress government collapsed in the state. He is on a one-day visit to poll-bound Puducherry and Tamil Nadu on Thursday to lay foundation stone for various projects. On arrival at Puducherry, he participated in the […]

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Bengali film actress Payel Sarkar joins BJP

Kolkata, Feb 25 (IANS) Star wars continue in poll-bound West Bengal as the Mamata Banerjee-led ruling Trinamool Congress and its arch rival Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are busy roping in film stars and actors in their respective political folds ahead of the forthcoming state Assembly elections. Kolkata’s Tollywood actress Payel Sarkar on Thursday joined BJP […]

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Akshay, SRK, Ranveer, Priyanka applaud Alia in ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ teaser

Mumbai, Feb 25 (IANS) The teaser of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi has received a thumbs up from the biggies of Bollywood, with Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh praising lead actress Alia Bhatt’s performance.  Priyanka posted: “Alia!!!! I’m so proud of you my friend for stepping into complexity fearlessly. I […]

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Covid-19 headwinds increase integrity challenges for emerging markets: EY

New Delhi, Feb 25 (IANS) As organisations transition from managing the Covid-19 crisis toward building economic resilience, many are struggling to maintain integrity standards, the EY Global Integrity Report revealed. According to the report, 63 per cent of respondents believe businesses operating in emerging markets are more likely to be adversely impacted by the current […]

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49% uneasy to report integrity concerns in India

New Delhi, Feb 25 (IANS) As organizations transition from managing the Covid-19 crisis toward building economic resilience, many are struggling to maintain integrity standards according to the EY Global Integrity Report. The report reveals that 63 per cent of respondents believe businesses operating in emerging markets are more likely to be adversely impacted by the […]

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