Pak has avoided FATF blacklist, claims minister

By Hamza AmeerIslamabad, Feb 26 (IANS) Pakistan has yet again managed to avoid being blacklisted by the global watchdog on money laundering and terror financing, claiming that the possibilities of the country being pushed from the grey list to the black list were zero. The country’s Federal Minister for Industries, Hammad Azhar, said that Pakistan’s […]

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K’taka to oppose TN river linking project legally

Bengaluru, Feb 26 (IANS) Karnataka is readying itself to wage a legal battle in the Supreme Court against Tamil Nadu’s ambitious Cauvery-Vellaru-Vaigai-Gundar river linking project, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Basavaraj Bommai said here on Friday. Last week, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E. Palaniswami had laid the foundation stone for the Rs 14,400 crore, 262 […]

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2 LeT associates held in J&K’s Bandipora

Srinagar, Feb 26 (IANS) Two terrorist associates linked with proscribed outfit LeT were arrested from J&K’s Bandipora on Friday and some explosives seized from their possession, police said. Police said acting on specific inputs, Bandipora police, in a joint operation along with army’s 13 RR and CRPF’s 45 Bn apprehended Ghulam Mohi-ud-din Khan, resident of […]

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Goa misusing legal provisions to delay Kalasa-Banduri project: Karnataka Law minister

Bengaluru, Feb 26 (IANS) Karnataka law minister, Basavaraj Bommai on Friday said that that the state was ready for any inspection as Karnataka’s conscience is clear with regard to implementing Kalasa-Banduri drinking water project, while alleging that Goa was misusing legal provisions to delay this project. The sharing of the waters of Mahadayi river is […]

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U-14 Talent Series tennis: Kothapalli, Sushmita win singles titles

Bengaluru, Feb 26 (IANS) Gandharv Gourav Kothapalli and Sushmita Ravi won the boys’ and girls’ singles titles, respectively, in the Tattvam KSLTA Under-14 Talent Series here on Friday. In contrasting finals, Kothapalli overcame third seed Kshitij Aradhya 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 while Sushmita stopped giant-killer Disha Khandoji 6-4, 6-2 at the Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association […]

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Nishank inaugurates Rs 5,400 cr road projects in Haridwar

New Delhi, Feb 26 (IANS) While inaugurating two major road projects of the National Highway Authority of India in Haridwar via video conferencing on Friday, Union Education Minister and Haridwar Lok Sabha MP Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said these projects will boost development in the area. The projects inaugurated include the Muzaffarnagar-Haridwar section under NH-58, Chhutmalpur-Ganeshpur […]

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Priyanka to visit Varanasi on Saturday

Varanasi, Feb 26 (IANS) Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will be visiting Varanasi on Saturday to attend Sant Shiromani Shri Guru Ravidas ji Maharaj birth anniversary celebration at Seer Govardhanpur. She will reach Varanasi around 11 a.m. and offer prayers at the Sant Ravidas temple to mark the Sant Ravidas jayanti. Interestingly, Bhim Army […]

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Odisha mandates 7-day home isolation for returnees from 12 states

Bhubaneswar, Feb 26 (IANS) The Odisha government on Friday directed 7-day mandatory home isolation for returnees from Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal, Karnataka, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi and Chandigarh to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the state. “All the incoming passengers will remain under mandatory home isolation for seven […]

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Arjun Kapoor launches teaser of mud racing flick ‘Muddy’ on social media

Mumbai, Feb 26 (IANS) Arjun Kapoor was among celebrities from Bollywood, as well as Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada film industries, who on Friday virtually launched the teaser of the upcoming multi-lingual film, Muddy, touted as India’s first feature film on mud racing. Arjun took to Instagram to launch the teaser. “Launching#MuddyMovie Official Teaser, Watch […]

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Cisco, Nasscom to offer 20K virtual internships on cybersecurity

New Delhi, Feb 26 (IANS) Networking giant Cisco is partnering with Nasscom FutureSkills Prime and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) to offer 20,000 virtual internship opportunities in cybersecurity. The virtual internship programme is an extension of Cisco’s Networking Academy programme and will be launched in two phases. During Phase 1, 20,000 virtual internships […]

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8-phase poll in Bengal, three-phase in Assam, single in TN, Kerala (2nd Lead)

New Delhi, Feb 26 (IANS) The Election Commission on Friday announced single-phase polling in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Assembly elections, three-phase polling in Assam, and eight phases in West Bengal. Declaring the election schedule for the Assembly elections in the four states and a Union Territory, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said counting in […]

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Researchers reveal not all ‘good’ cholesterol is healthy

London, Feb 26 (IANS) After analysing the genetic characteristics that determine the size of good cholesterol particles, a team of researchers has demonstrated that not all good cholesterol is healthy. The findings indicate that people with large high-density lipoprotein (HDL) particles have an increased risk of myocardial infarction, while only small HDL particles are actually […]

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Kerala tribal language film vies for Oscars

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 26 (IANS) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday announced the list of 366 movies eligible for this years’ Oscars race, which included the Vijeesh Mani directorial film ‘Mmmmm (Sound of Pain)’, a film in Kurumba language that is spoken by the tribal community in Attapadi in Kerala’s Palakkad district. […]

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Assam CM stresses on strengthening trade ties with B’desh

Guwahati, Feb 26 (IANS) Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Muhammad Imran on Friday met Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and latter emphasised trade and ties on agriculture, agri products, information technology, textile besides discussing various bilateral issues and enhancing mutual trade and business, officials said. An official of CM’s secretariat said that during the discussion, […]

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Five Congress MLAs suspended for ‘jostling’ Himachal Governor

Shimla, Feb 26 (IANS) Five Congress legislators, including Leader of Opposition Mukesh Agnihotri, were suspended on Friday for the entire Budget session for creating ruckus and allegedly jostling Governor Bandaru Dattatraya when he was leaving the Himachal Pradesh Assembly complex after his address. Speaker Vipin Parmar informed the house that five Congress MLAs — Mukesh […]

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MediaTek chips to drive India’s 5G, IoT dream (IANS Interview)

By Nishant AroraNew Delhi, Feb 26 (IANS) As the government renews thrust on the Production-Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme to promote domestic manufacturing, MediaTek, which is the world’s fourth-largest fabless semiconductor company, on Friday said the scheme will provide a much-needed impetus to the semiconductor manufacturing sector which currently faces several issues with a lack of […]

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Gunmen abduct school students in Nigeria

Lagos, Feb 26 (IANS) Unidentified gunmen on Friday abducted scores of students after storming an all-girl school in Nigeria, an official said. Abubakar Dauran, Zamfara State Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, who confirmed the information to reporters in the state capital of Gusau, said the gunmen abducted the female students of the Government Girls’ […]

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Maha: MPCC expanded, Sanjay Nirupam bounces back

Mumbai, Feb 26 (IANS) Three weeks after Congress President Sonia Gandhi reshuffled the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC), four new vice-presidents and 3 additional Parliamentary Board members were appointed, here on Friday. They are: Nana Gavande, Sachin Naik, Sanjay Rathod and Charulatha Tokas (MPCC Vice-Presidents), while Eknath Gaikwad, Sanjay Nirupam and Janardhan Chandurkar — all […]

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‘Kerala CM and his cabinet suffering from Alzheimer’s’

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 26 (IANS) Leader of Opposition in the Kerala Assembly Ramesh Chennithala on Friday said the state cabinet, including Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Chennithala said this after he ‘exposed’ the controversial deep sea fishing project that the Kerala government had decided to go ahead with in collaboration with EMCC […]

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Justice Katju’s expert opinion in Nirav Modi case “less than objective,” says District Judge Samuel Gooze

By Anand SinghLondon, Feb 26 (IANS) Even as the UK’s West Minister’s Magistrate court on Thursday cleared the decks for the extradition of fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi in connection with the Rs 13,500 crore Punjab National Bank fraud case, District Judge Samuel Gooze came down heavily on former Supreme Court Judge Markandey Katju, saying […]

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Muted response to Bharat Bandh in Telangana

Hyderabad, Feb 26 (IANS) Protests at few places by the Left parties and trade unions affiliated to them in Telangana marked the ‘Bharat Bandh’ to protest against the fuel price hike. The shutdown call given by All India Traders’ Association evoked poor response in the state. Few shops and business establishments downed shutters in parts […]

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Mumbai Airport to reopen Terminal 1

Mumbai, Feb 26 (IANS) With a view to safeguard health and safety of passengers in Covid-19 times, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) will reopen its Terminal-1 (T1) for domestic flights from March 10, officials said here on Friday. After the lockdown in late March 2020, T1 operations were suspended and were consolidated through […]

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Salman Khan’s ‘mega’ selfie

Mumbai, Feb 26 (IANS) Actor Salman Khan posted a cheerful picture on Friday with many Bollywood and cricket celebrities. He decided to call the photograph a mega selfie. The actor, is seen taking a selfie with many artists including Rajkummar Rao, Genelia Deshmukh, Ritesh Deshmukh, Govinda, Shraddha Kapoor, Karan Wahi amongst others. Cricketer Suresh Raina […]

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Bharat Bandh gets warm response in Bihar

Patna, Feb 26 (IANS) The call of Bharat Bandh in protest against rise in fuel prices, new e-way bill and GST, witnessed positive response in Bihar with trucks stationed along several highways. The Bandh was called by different trade unions of the country and All India Transport Welfare Association (AITWA) has supported it citing the […]

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An agreement to boost online jewelery retail

By IANSlifeNew Delhi, Feb 26 (IANSlife) To provide impetus to Indian gem and jewellery sellers on the global e-marketplace and explore potential business collaborations for sectoral growth, the Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) and eBay-owned ES Online Services entered into an agreement on Thursday. The collaboration is a step towards facilitating gem and […]

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On Modi’s suggestion university name changed

Gandhinagar, Feb 26 (IANS) Two days after the name-change of the world’s largest cricket stadium, the name of the Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) has been changed to Pandit Deendayal Energy University (PDEU) on the recommendation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Following the recommendation of the Prime Minister to replace the word Petroleum with Energy […]

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Maternity fashion the celebrity way

By Puja GuptaNew Delhi, Feb 26 (IANSlife) Maternity clothes should be oversized, baggy and loose? Myth! Fashion while you’re pregnant can be fun, experimental and chic, there’s no rule which says you can’t be glamorous. Raising the fashion bar and nailing maternity fashion, these celebs lead the way forward and inspire you to look fashionably […]

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Indian environment expert Ligia Noronha appointed UN Ast S-G

By Arul LouisUnited Nations, Feb 26 (IANS) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed Indian environment and economics expert Ligia Noronha as an assistant secretary-general and the head of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) New York office. Guterres’s Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric, who announced her appointment on Thursday, said that she will be succeeding another Indian, Satya […]

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YSRCP announces 6 candidates for MLC polls

Amaravati, Feb 26 (IANS) The ruling Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) has announced six candidates for the forthcoming MLC elections under the MLA quota. C. Ramachandraiah, Mohammed Iqbal, Karimunnisa, Duvvada Srinivas, Challa Bhageedhara Reddy and Balli Kalyan Chakravarthy are the six nominees. Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy confirmed these candidates, said Sajjala Ramakrishna […]

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UN welcome Indo-Pak statement reaffirming ceasefire

By Arul LouisUnited Nations, Feb 26 (IANS) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir have welcomed the joint statement by India and Pakistan reaffirming their commitment to upholding the ceasefire along the Line of Control in Kashmir. Guterres’s Spokesperson Stephane Guterres said on Thursday, “The Secretary-General is encouraged by the joint statement issued […]

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