Bihar’s RJD keen to contest Assam polls

Guwahati, Feb 27 (IANS) Bihar’s main opposition party Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav on Saturday said that his party would contest the upcoming Assam Assembly polls in alliance with “like-minded” parties. Yadav, who is the leader of opposition in Bihar Assembly, arrived in Guwahati on Friday and on Friday and Saturday held meetings […]

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K’taka Law Commission chief calls for technology upgradation

Bengaluru, Feb 27 (IANS) Karnataka Law Commission chairman S. R. Bannurmath on Saturday appealed to the Karnataka government to improve the technical services in the legal infrastructure like providing internet, computers and updated software to allow High Court judges, advocate generals and other legal officers to discharge their duties properly. Speaking after the launch of […]

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Now Karnataka to act against illegal abattoirs

Bengaluru, Feb 27 (IANS) Karnataka is mulling tough action against illegal abattoirs across the state which are the primary reason for ‘illegal slaughtering’ of cattle especially cows, said state Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu Chauhan on Saturday. A statement released by the minister’s office said that Chauhan had gone to Arasikere taluk in Hassan district on […]

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SC stays quashing of FIR against T’gana minister

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) The Supreme Court has stayed a Telangana High Court order which quashed a 2017 FIR lodged against Telangana Education Minister Audimulapu Suresh and his civil servant wife T.N. Vijayalakshmi, in an alleged disproportionate assets case. Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain, representing the CBI, has submitted before the top court that […]

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Indonesia reports 6,208 new Covid cases

Jakarta, Feb 27 (IANS) Indonesia’s Covid tally has mounted to 1,329,074 with 6,208 fresh cases, while the country’s death toll rose to 35,981 with 195 new fatalities, the Health Ministry said on Saturday. According to the ministry, 7,382 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recoveries to 1,136,054, Xibhua reported. The […]

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Aerobic may help slow memory loss for Alzheimer’s dementia patients

New York, Feb 27 (IANS) Aerobic exercise may help slow memory loss for older adults living with Alzheimer’s dementia, says a new research. The findings indicates that a six-month aerobic exercise intervention significantly reduced cognitive decline in comparison to the natural course of changes for Alzheimer’s dementia. However, the researchers didn’t find a superior effect […]

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Iran to support Syria in fight against terrorism

Tehran, Feb 27 (IANS) Iran will keep supporting the Syrian government in fighting against terrorism, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a telephonic conversation with the Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad. Zarif reaffirmed that the Islamic Republic will continue its support for Syria in various fields and in its efforts to ensure security and […]

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Beijing’s new economic forms robust in 2020

Beijing, Feb 27 (IANS) Beijing’s new economic forms have displayed robust performance in 2020 despite the Covid-19 epidemic, official figures showed. The added value of the Chinese capital’s new economic forms stood at about 1.37 trillion yuan (around $211 billion), accounting for 37.8 per cent of Beijing’s gross domestic product last year, according to Beijing’s […]

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4 causes of ‘Zoom fatigue’ identified

New York, Feb 27 (IANS) As logging onto popular video chat platforms to connect with colleagues, family and friends has become the new normal amid the pandemic, Stanford University researchers have identified four consequences of prolonged video chats that can contribute to the feeling commonly known as “Zoom fatigue.” According to the study, four primary […]

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IMPPA urges Maha govt to form committee for subsidy to Marathi films

Mumbai, Feb 27 (IANS) Indian Motion Picture Producers’ Association (IMPPA) has written a letter to the Cultural Affairs department of Maharashtra government highlighting lack of adequate subsidy to Marathi films over the past three years, which in turn is affecting the Marathi film industry. The letter, addressed to Cabinet Minister for Medical Education and Cultural […]

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‘Afghans want dignified, permanent peace’

Kabul, Feb 27 (IANS) Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday said the international community has kept the country’s citizens away from their fundamental rights of peace during the last four decades, reiterating that the people now want permanent and dignified peace. Addressing a ceremony on Armed Forces Day, Ghani said Afghan security forces have played […]

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Haryana CM launches four schemes to mark Guru Ravidas anniversary

Chandigarh, Feb 27 (IANS) Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday launched four welfare schemes at a state-level programme organised here to mark the 644th birth anniversary of Guru Ravidas. The district-level virtual programmes were also organised in all 22 districts. Khattar launched Mukhyamantri Antyodaya Parivar Utthan Yojana under which selection of one lakh […]

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China’s R&D spending to hit $372B in 2020

Beijing, Feb 27 (IANS) China’s spending on research and development (R&D) has seen rapid growth during the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-2020). Its total expenditure on R&D in 2020 is projected to reach 2.4 trillion yuan (about $372 billion), announced Minister of Science and Technology, Wang Zhigang. China’s spending on basic research in 2020 has […]

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Youth Cong protests fuel price hike outside Smriti Irani’s residence

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) The Indian Youth Congress on Saturday organised a protest against rising inflation, petrol, diesel and gas cylinder prices outside the residence of Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Smriti Irani, in New Delhi. Hundreds of Congress workers gathered and shouted slogans against the Central government. Srinivas B.V., National President […]

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Vietnam’s Covid cases hit 2,432

Hanoi, Feb 27 (IANS) Vietnam on Saturday reported six new Covid cases, taking the total tally to 2,432, according to the Health Ministry. All the new cases were detected in the northern Hai Duong province, the country’s largest Covid-19 hotspot. They were all contacts of previously confirmed patients, said the ministry. As many as 1,844 […]

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B’desh logs 407 new coronavirus cases

Dhaka, Feb 27 (IANS) Bangladesh has reported 407 new coronavirus cases, taking the tally to 545,831, health officials said on Saturday. The death toll climbed to 8,400 after five fatalities were registered in the past 24 hours, bdnews24 reported. Another 609 people recovered from Covid-19 through treatment at home and in hospital care in the […]

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Azerbaijan Prez hails China’s vax commitment

Baku, Feb 27 (IANS) Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev has lauded China for upholding the Covid-19 vaccine supply commitment, as he expressed concern over an apparent disparity in global vaccine distribution. “Despite all the statements about solidarity and combined efforts against the coronavirus, in practice, we see that the picture is completely contrary. For example, some […]

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Why Punjab CM not acting against gangsters? asks BJP

Chandigarh, Feb 27 (IANS) Slamming Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for not taking action against gangsters, senior Punjab BJP leader Vineet Joshi on Saturday accused the Chief Minister of maintaining “silence” against two gangsters for vote bank politics. “By not arresting gangster Lakha Sidhana and by not transferring dreaded gangster Mukhtar Ansari to Uttar Pradesh, […]

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How bacteria defeat cystic fibrosis drugs

New York, Feb 27 (IANS) Researchers have discovered a slimy strategy used by bacteria to defeat antibiotics and other drugs used to combat infections afflicting people with cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits a person’s ability to breathe over time. A common strain of bacteria, Pseudomonas […]

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2.67 crore voters in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 27 (IANS) Kerala Chief Electoral Officer Tikka Ram Meena on Saturday said Kerala has 2,67,31,509 voters which include 1,37,79,263 women, 1,29,52,025 men and 221 transgender voters. Kerala will go to the polls on April 6 to elect 140 legislators for which votes will be counted on May 2. The polling time would be […]

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Cabinet Secy reviews surge in Covid-19 cases

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Saturday chaired a high-level review meeting with Chief Secretaries of various states and Union Territories and advised them not to lower their guard, enforce Covid-19 appropriate behaviour and deal firmly with the violations. The meeting to review and discuss the Covid management and response strategy, […]

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Reduced circle rates in Delhi kick in

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) The Delhi government has notified the 20 per cent reduced circle rates for land and immovable properties to boost transactions in real estate. Recently, Mumbai had cut stamp duty rates which led to a massive increase in people buying and selling properties. The Lt. Governor of the National Capital Territory […]

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Russia logs 11,534 new Covid infections

Moscow, Feb 27 (IANS) Russia has reported 11,534 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, taking the tally to 4,234,720, the Covid-19 response centre said on Saturday. Meanwhile, 85,743 related deaths and 3,799,406 recoveries from the disease were reported, the centre said. Moscow recorded 1,825 new coronavirus cases during the same period, bringing the […]

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DDA approves Green Development Area policy

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has approved its Green Development Area (GDA) policy with some proposed modifications under its Master Plan-2021 and has sought a response from the public regarding the modifications within the next 45 days. The policy provides an integrated framework for the development of land falling under […]

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Both Bhutto Sahib and Benazir were firm believers that Kashmir can’t be left in the hands of the generals

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) Bhutto Sahib and Benazir Bhutto were both firm believers that intricate issues such as Kashmir cannot be left in the hands of generals, says Ambassador Shamsul Hassan in his book, “Life with the Bhuttos.” Hassan says Bhutto often quoted famous French statesman Georges Clemenceau that war is too important to […]

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NZ to move up Covid-19 alert levels

Wellington, Feb 27 (IANS) New Zealand is mulling to move up its Covid-19 alert levels after two fresh community cases were confirmed on Saturday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. New Zealand’s largest city Auckland will move from Covid-19 alert level 1 to 3 and the rest to alert level 2 from Sunday morning, Ardern told […]

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Sitharaman joins leaders of tomorrow at IIM Ahmedabad for interactive session

Ahmedabad, Feb 27 (IANS) The Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA), welcomed Finance Minister of India, Nirmala Sitharaman as she joined MBA students of the globally recognized, premier management institute, for an interactive session on the theme ‘The Economic Rebound and the Indian Economy in 2021 and Beyond with its students. Hosted by IIMA’s JSW-School […]

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Taapsee Pannu: I thoroughly detest dubbing

Mumbai, Feb 27 (IANS) Actress Taapsee Pannu on Saturday confessed that she thoroughly detests dubbing. Taapsee shared a post on Instagram tagging sound designer Dhiman Karmakar and opened up on her experience of dubbing for her upcoming film “Dobaaraa”. “My #DobaaraaSeries. Coz some collaborations deserve to be repeated. Be it the chaotic and noisy lanes […]

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Goons using my name for extortion: RJD MLA

Patna, Feb 27 (IANS) Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Reet Lal Yadav has claimed that anti-social elements were making extortion calls in his name to harm his political career. The “Bahubali” or strongman leader, an MLA from Danapur, said this while interacting with mediapersons. Yadav is also miffed with his “Bahubali” image in public. He […]

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Uruguay thanks China for Covid vaccine aid

Montevideo, Feb 27 (IANS) Uruguayan President Luis Lacalle Pou has expressed appreciation to China for sending coronavirus vaccine to this South American country. Pou expressed the gratitude during a meeting with Chinese Ambassador to Uruguay Wang Gang, according to Secretary of the Presidency Alvaro Delgado. According to the authorities, Uruguay will launch a vaccination campaign […]

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Thailand reports 72 new Covid cases

Bangkok, Feb 27 (IANS) Thailand on Saturday logged 72 fresh Covid cases, according to a report of the Centre for the Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA). Of Saturday’s new infections, 63 were domestic infections while nine others referred to imported cases, the CCSA report said. Those domestic cases included 37 in Samut Sakhon, 14 in Pathum […]

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Afghanistan marks National Day of Armed Forces

Kabul, Feb 27 (IANS) Afghanistan on Saturday marked the National Day of Armed Forces as the security forces continued fighting a Taliban-led insurgency, the state-run TV channel reported. “The National Day of Armed Forces is the greatest day, it is the greatest honor for people of Afghanistan and the state government to celebrate this great […]

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Priyanka visits Ravidas temple in Varanasi

Varanasi, Feb 27 (IANS) Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday attended the 644th birth anniversary celebration of Sant Shiromani Shri Guru Ravidas ji Maharaj at Seer Govardhanpur of the Ravidas temple in Varanasi. Priyanka also sought blessings of Sant Niranjan Das and enquired about his well-being. She had last visted the temple in […]

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Truck driver beaten to death in Tripura

Agartala, Feb 27 (IANS) A 54-year-old truck driver was beaten to death by unidentified assailants in Tripura while he was driving his goods-laden vehicle from Assam to Agartala, the police said on Saturday. Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) Arindam Nath said that the attackers thrashed Pradip Debnath to death at Ambassa in Dhalai […]

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Bollywood still links women’s beauty to fair skin, reveals AI

New York, Feb 27 (IANS) For Bollywood, beautiful women have fair skin, according to an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based computer analysis which reveals that conception of beauty has remained consistent through the years in the film industry centred in Mumbai. The automated computer analysis was led by Indian-origin researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in the […]

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NASA picks Astra Space for TROPICS mission launch service

Washington, Feb 27 (IANS) NASA has selected California-based space company Astra Space to provide a launch service for the agency’s TROPICS mission which consists of a constellation of six CubeSats and will increase the scientific community’s understanding of storm processes. CubeSats are a class of research spacecraft called nanosatellites. The launch service contract for the […]

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Man kills wife after scuffle

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) A 28-year-old woman has been allegedly beaten to death by her husband after a scuffle here in Rohini’s Budh Vihar area, the police said on Saturday. According to the police, the woman was hit repeatedly with a wooden plank by her husband who also sustained injuries during the scuffle following […]

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‘Brain stimulation & exercise can restore movement in ataxia’

New York, Feb 27 (IANS) Researchers have shown that a combination of deep brain stimulation (DBS) and exercise has potential benefits for treating ataxia. Ataxia is a rare genetic neurodegenerative disease characterized by progressive irreversible problems with movement. Working with a mouse model of the human condition, the researchers discovered that combining DBS targeted to […]

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Cong calls ‘coastal shutdown’ in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 27 (IANS) A day after the April 6 assembly polls in Kerala were announced, the Congress-led UDF opposition began a day-long ‘coastal hartal’ on Saturday protesting a deep sea fishing deal between the Pinarayi Vijayan government and an US firm. The coastal hartal has been called by the opposition to protest the manner […]

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FM attends G20 Central Bank Governors’ Meet

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) Union Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has participated virtually in the First G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (FMCBG) meeting under the Italian Presidency to discuss policy actions for transformative and equitable recovery. The other issues on the agenda on Friday included global economic outlook, financial sector […]

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‘UK supports Afghan’s fight against Taliban’

London, Feb 27 (IANS) British Prime Minister Boris Johnson held a telephonic conversation with the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani during which the former reiterated his country’s continued support to the latter’s fight against the Taliban, according to a statement by the British government. “Johnson on Friday reiterated the UK’s longstanding support for the Afghan government’s […]

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Blood tests offer early indicator of severe Covid: Study

New York, Feb 27 (IANS) Researchers have reported that a series of biomarkers, or biological signals, associated with white blood cell activation and obesity can predict severe outcomes in Covid-19 patients. The findings, published in the journal Blood Advances, indicated that five proteins (resistin, lipocalin-2, HGF, IL-8, and G-CSF) that are associated with neutrophils, a […]

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New tools assess in-hospital death risk of Covid patients

New York, Feb 27 (IANS) Researchers, including an Indian-origin, have developed two novel calculators for predicting which patients admitted to the hospital with Covid-19 are at greatest risk of requiring mechanical ventilation or in-hospital death. The findings, published in the journal EClinicalMedicine, indicates that these models could enable clinicians to better stratify risk in Covid-infected […]

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Maruti Suzuki exports 20L vehicles since 1986-87

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) Automobile Maruti Suzuki India on Saturday said it has accomplished two million (20 lakh) vehicle exports. Accordingly, Maruti Suzuki commenced export of vehicles in FY1986-87. The company’s first large consignment of 500 cars was shipped to Hungary in September 1987. In FY2012-13, the Company achieved the milestone of one-million exports. […]

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New tool spots security issues with Covid tracing apps

London, Feb 27 (IANS) A team of researchers has developed a tool to identify security and privacy risks associated with Covid-19 contact tracing apps. “COVIDGuardian”, the first automated security and privacy assessment tool, tests contact tracing apps for potential threats such as malware, embedded trackers and private information leakage. Using the “COVIDGuardian” tool, cybersecurity experts […]

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Fuel prices resurge after 3-day break

New Delhi, Feb 27 (IANS) Country’s petrol and diesel prices continued its northward march on Saturday, after a three-day break, taking its retail rates to unprecedented levels and burning holes in the consumers pockets. Oil marketing companies raised the pump price of petrol and diesel by 24 paise and 15 paise per litre on Saturday. […]

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