Govt prepares master plan for toy industry

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) Guruprasad Mohapatra, Secretary for the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, said that toys are of serious economic concern and a very comprehensive toy master plan has been prepared with various ministries and state governments involved to promote the toy industry. Speaking at a webinar on ‘Driving Investments […]

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LJP post-poll meeting held in Patna

Patna, Feb 28 (IANS) After its dismal performance in the Bihar Assembly polls, the first major meeting of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) was held at the party’s head office in Patna on Sunday. The meeting was headed by LJP chief Chirag Paswan. The party invited all important leaders to analyse the defeat in the […]

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14 Indian boxers off to Spain for Boxam Tournament

By Navneet SinghNew Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) The week-long Boxam International Tournament in Castellon, Spain, starting Monday will enable the Indian boxing think-tank to evaluate the preparations for the Olympic-bound team, chief women’s boxing coach Raffaele Bergamasco said on Sunday. Six-time world champion M.C. Mary Kom (51kg) is among the nine Olympic qualifiers who will […]

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Srinagar-Leh road reopened after 58 days

Srinagar, Feb 28 (IANS) After remaining closed for nearly two months due to snow, the strategically important Srinagar-Leh highway was opened on Sunday. The only surface link between Kashmir Valley and Ladakh, the road is a lifeline for the economic development of the people of Ladakh and for moving supplies for the security forces. It […]

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Nitish govt reshuffles bureaucracy in Bihar

Patna, Feb 28 (IANS) Following the retirement of Bihar Chief Secretary Deepak Kumar, the Nitish Kumar-led government reshuffled the top Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officials on Sunday. Deepak Kumar has been replaced by Arun Kumar Singh as the new Chief Secretary. Deepak Kumar, a 1984 batch IAS officer, retired on Sunday and has now been […]

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Vinesh Phogat wins gold in 53kg freestyle

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) Star wrestler Vinesh Phogat outplayed European bronze medallist Vanese Kaladzinskay of Belarus 10-8 to win the women’s 53kg freestyle title in the Outstanding Ukrainian Wrestlers and Coaches Memorial tournament in Kiev, Ukraine, on Sunday. The 26-year-old Asian Games champion from Haryana trailed 6-8, but in the closing stages of the […]

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Cong MLA’s nephew shot dead in Bihar

Patna, Feb 28 (IANS) The nephew of Congress MLA Santosh Mishra has been gunned down by six unidentified bike-borne assailants in Bihar’s Rohtas district. The deceased, Sanjiv Mishra (35), was the nephew of Santosh Mishra, a Congress MLA from Kargahar constituency in Rohtas district. Sanjiv sustained four gunshot injuries on Saturday evening and succumbed to […]

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PM extols waterfowl, Jadav Payeng, Assam temples

By Sujit ChakrabortyGuwahati, Feb 28 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday during his monthly ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme highlighted the increase in number of waterfowl or ‘Jalpakshi’ in the world-famous Kaziranga National Park, the role of environmentalist Jadav Payeng, besides temples in Assam. Referring to an interesting post on the NaMo App by Gurgaon […]

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KTR appeals to BCCI to include Hyd as IPL venue

Hyderabad, Feb 28 (IANS) Telangana’s Minister for Industry and Information Technology, K.T. Rama Rao, on Sunday appealed to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Indian Premier League (IPL) office-bearers to include Hyderabad as one of the venues for the upcoming IPL season. “Our effective Covid containment measures are reflected in […]

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TTD approves Rs 2,937 crore budget

Tirupati, Feb 28 (IANS) The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), which manages the affairs of richest temple at Tirumala, has approved Rs 2,937 crore budget for 2021-22. The TTD board, which met under the chairmanship of Y V Subba Reddy late Saturday, approved the budget. The budget for the next financial year is 10 per cent […]

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App spending to reach $270bn annually by 2025

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) Global consumer spending on premium apps, in-app purchases, and subscriptions across Apple’s App Store and Google Play will reach $270 billion annually by 2025, nearly 2.5 times what consumers spent in 2020 as Covid-19 accelerated mobile trends. According to data provided by app analytics firm Sensor Tower, Covid-19 supercharged global […]

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Kejriwal blames Centre for R-Day violence

Meerut, Feb 28 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) president, Arvind Kejriwal, on Sunday, blamed the centre of orchestrating violence on Republic Day at Red Fort during the farmers’ tractor rally. Addressing a ‘Kisan Mahapanchayat’ in Meerut, Kejriwal extended his support to the farmers and said, “The centre is behind the Red […]

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China to boost tech innovation in integrated circuits

Beijing, Feb 28 (IANS) China will strengthen the sci-tech innovation in integrated circuits to ensure the quality and autonomy of industrial development. China will focus on some core technologies and frontier basic research in the fields of integrated circuits, software, high-end chips and new-generation semiconductors. China will offer support through national key research-and-development programs, give […]

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Lakshmi Manchu cycles 100 km for a cause

Hyderabad, Feb 28 (IANS) Actress Lakshmi Manchu on Sunday completed 100 km of cycling here for a cause. She had pledged this initiative to support the differently abled for sports. Sharing her experience, Lakshmi tells IANS, “Iave always been moved by the Philosopher Marcellus Aurelius. He says, “To be tolerant to others and strict with […]

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Thailand starts Covid-19 vaccination (Lead)

Bangkok, Feb 28 (IANS) Thailand on Sunday started its Covid-19 vaccination roll-out, with the first shot, using China’s Sinovac vaccine, going to Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul. Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha presided over the event at the country’s infectious disease institute, where other officials, including deputy public health minister, agriculture […]

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I-T raid on Chennai-based tiles maker

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) The Income Tax Department conducted searches on a business group engaged in tiles and sanitary ware maker based out of Chennai, resulting in the detection of undisclosed income worth Rs 220 crore. A Finance Ministry statement, which did not disclose the name of the group, said that the search was […]

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PSLV C-51 launch: Telugu states’ CMs hail ISRO

Hyderabad, Feb 28 (IANS) Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and his Andhra Pradesh counterpart Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Sunday congratulated Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) for successful launch of PSLV-C51. Chandrasekhar Rao said that with the launch of PSLV-C5 the first dedicated commercial satellite, ISRO has proved to be one of the world’s […]

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Delhi advocate held for Rs 50 cr fraud

New Delhi, Feb 28 (IANS) The officers of Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) Commissionerate of Delhi East arrested an advocate, Vishal, who is practicing law at Karkardooma Court in the national capital for frauds regarding input tax credit (ITC) worth around Rs 50 crore. A Finance Ministry statement said that Vishal started this GST […]

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China’s PLA provides Covid vax to Philippine military

Beijing, Feb 28 (IANS) The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on Sunday delivered a batch of Covid-19 vaccines to the Philippine military. The vaccines were delivered at the Philippine military’s request and with the approval of the Central Military Commission, said China’s Ministry of National Defence, Xinhua news agency reported. The PLA previously delivered vaccines […]

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Pick of the week (Feb 28)

Bajaj Auto–BuyRecommendation by Centrum Broking This strong growth calls for a premium valuation, which is also a norm during upcycles. Hence, we value the core business at 19.5x FY23 EPS and, after adding cash and investment in KTM, we arrive at a target price of Rs4,807. With this, we assume coverage with a BUY rating. […]

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Education must evolve, says Sheikh Hasina

Dhaka, Feb 28 (IANS) Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called for greater emphasis on science and technology, and technical education to ensure employment opportunities for the people in keeping with the requirements of the modern age. Hasina said this while speaking at the inaugural event for the distribution of stipends, tuition fees, admission assistance […]

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TN Guv gives nod to Vanniyar reservation Bill

Chennai, Feb 28 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit has accorded his assent to a Bill to provide 10.5 per cent internal quota to the Vanniyakula Kshatriya community within the reservation for Most Backward Classes (MBC) and Denotified Communities (DC). The Governor on Friday gave his assent to Tamil Nadu Special Reservation of Seats in […]

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PSLV rocket puts Brazil, US & Indian satellites into orbit (2nd Ld)

By Venkatachari JagannathanSriharikota (Andhra Pradesh) Feb 28 (IANS) India on Sunday morning successfully placed into orbit 19 satellites including Brazil’s earth observation satellite Amazonia-1-the primary passenger-in a text book style. The multiple satellite launch space mission that lasted just under two hours was one of the longest for PSLV. Congratulating Team ISRO for the successful […]

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Taapsee Pannu re-unites with Pavail Gulati

Mumbai, Feb 28 (IANS) Actress Taapsee Pannu celebrated one year to the release of her film “Thappad” by announcing that she will once again be seen with her co-star Pavail Gulati in their upcoming film “Dobaaraa”. In “Thappad”, Pavail played the role of Vikram Sabharwal, Taapsee’s onscreen husband. The actress took to her Instagram page […]

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Thailand starts Covid-19 vaccination

Bangkok, Feb 28 (IANS) Thailand on Sunday started its Covid-19 vaccination roll-out, with the first shot, using China’s Sinovac vaccine, going to Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul. Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha presided over the event at the country’s infectious disease institute, where other officials, including deputy public health minister, agriculture […]

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‘Satellite launch beginning of strong India-Brazil partnership’

Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh), Feb 28 (IANS) The successful launch of earth observation satellite Amazonia-1 is the first step to a partnership between India and Brazil to grow further, said Brazilian Minister for Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications Marcos Pontes here on Sunday. India on Sunday morning successfully put into orbit with its rocket Polar Satellite […]

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Towards a healthy mind and body

By Puja GuptaNew Delhi, Feb 28 (IANSlife) With a target to impact the lives of 5 million users, SARVA and Diva Yoga has announced a through our one-year free yoga and mindfulness programme across the globe in the next 365 days. IANSlife spoke to Sarvesh Shashi, Co-Founder, SARVA and Diva Yoga, who talks about the […]

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Telangana ramps up Covid testing

Hyderabad, Feb 28 (IANS) In view of the rising number of Covid-19 cases and the Centre sounding an alert, the Telangana health authorities have ramped up testing across the state. The authorities are now conducting 40,000 tests per day after 50 per cent drop since the roll out of the Covid vaccination drive on January […]

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Indian rocket PSLV puts Brazil’s Amazonia-1 satellite into orbit (Lead)

By Venkatachari JagannathanSrihairkota (Andhra Pradesh) Feb 28 (IANS) India on Sunday morning successfully placed into orbit Brazil’s earth observation satellite Amazonia-1in a textbook style. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C51 (PSLV-C51) blasted off from the first launch pad at 10.24 a.m. laden with 19 satellites including Amazonia-1. At 10.24 a.m. the 44.4 metre tall PSLV-C51 rocket […]

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PSLV rocket lifts off with 19 satellites from Brazil, US and India

By Venkatachari JagannathanSriharikota (Andhra Pradesh) Feb 28 (IANS) India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C51 (PSLV-C51) rocket loaded with 19 satellites from Brazil, the US and India lifted off from the rocket port at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday morning. The rocket carrying Brazil’s 637-kg Amazonia-1 satellite as its primary passenger and 18 others (13 from […]

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Prayagraj-Bilaspur flight from Monday

Prayagraj (Uttar Pradesh), Feb 28 (IANS) Prayagraj will get direct air connectivity to Bilaspur from March 1, following the successful trial run of Alliance Air flight between the two cities. Besides, more cities, including Bhopal and Bhubaneswar, will be connected by air with Prayagraj in the coming months. According to official sources, the Prayagraj-Bilaspur flight […]

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Weather to improve in J&K, Ladakh

Srinagar, Feb 28 (IANS) After fresh snowfall and rain during the last 48 hours, weather in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh is likely to remain dry from Sunday onwards. Officials of the meteorological (MeT) department said weather in J&K and Ladakh is likely to remain dry from Sunday onwards as the Western Disturbance (WD) which […]

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Silchar bamboo to be grown in UP’s Pilibhit

Pilibhit (Uttar Pradesh), Feb 28 (IANS) To revive this dying industry of flute making in Pilibhit, the Yogi Adityanath government has decided to cultivate the delicate Assam bamboo (schizostachyum), which is known to be highly suitable for flutes and is presently brought from Silchar. The Pilibhit flute has been included in the state government’s ‘one […]

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Astro Zindagi (Weekly Horoscope)

BY NEERAJ DHANKHERHere is a guide to the week ahead for you. This is your forecast for March 1-7 ARIES This week you need to work on improving your focus and managing your stress. There could be some problems from opponents. Expenses are likely to shoot up and your spouse may face health problems. Those […]

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A cricket tourney exclusively for Brahmin priests in Andhra

By Sharon ThambalaBhimavaram (Andhra Pradesh), Feb 28 (IANS) Akin to school, college and university cricket tournaments, some enthusiasts of the sport are soon organising an exclusive state level tournament for ‘purohitulu’ (Brahmin priests) at Bhimavaram in Andhra Pradesh’s West Godavari district. “This is a state-level ‘purohitula’ tournament for interested priests across the state. As many […]

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