Interest rates on PPF, NSC slashed (Ld)

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) A big cut in small savings schemes will deliver a blow to savers who depend on these schemes for income and social security. Conversely, this will reduce interest rates, bring down the cost of capital and spur capex and stock markets. The government revised the interest rates on small savings […]

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Act against Maran for ‘Mummy-Daddy’ comment, AIADMK tells EC

Chennai, March 31 (IANS) Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK on Wednesday lodged a complaint with the Election Commission against DMK MP and former Union Minister Dayanidhi Maran over his “unparliamentary words” against late Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In the complaint, AIADMK’s Joint Secretary R.M.Babu Murugavel said Maran had violated the model […]

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NAL rolls out new trainer aircraft Hansa

Bengaluru, March 31 (IANS) The state-run National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) on Wednesday rolled out a revamped 2-seater trainer aircraft Hansa-NG for training rookie pilots to fly passenger and cargo planes. “The new generation indigenised trainer is retro-modified with a glass cockpit, bubble canopy design and avionics, with smart multi-functional displays,” said NAL director Jitendra Jadhav […]

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Vardhman Group funds treatment of poor at PGIMER

Chandigarh, March 31 (IANS) With an intent to make quality healthcare services accessible to the underprivileged, the Vardhman Group has made a financial contribution of Rs 30 lakh to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) here. The group has been annually providing this amount to the hospital for several years in […]

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Cong to start call centre for farmers in MP

Bhopal, March 31 (IANS) The Madhya Pradesh’s Congress unit has announced it will start a call centre for farmers across the state, beginning on Thursday. At a time when thousands of farmers have been protesting against the Centre’s three farm laws, the Congress is believed to be strengthening its relationship with farmer groups. The call […]

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2 LeT terrorist associates arrested in J&K’s Budgam

Srinagar, March 31 (IANS) Two terrorist associates linked with proscribed terror outfit Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) were arrested in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam and incriminating materials seized from their possession, police said on Wednesday. Police said acting on specific inputs, Budgam police along with the army’s 53 Rashtriya Rifles and the Central Reserve Police Force’s 43rd Bn […]

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Indian tech services revenues to hit $300-350 bn by 2025: Nasscom

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) India’s technology services industry could accelerate growth by 2-4 per cent over the next five years, reaching $300-350 billion in annual revenues, said a Nasscom report on Wednesday. This will require closer collaboration among stakeholders across the private sector, academia, and the government, said the report titled “Future of Technology […]

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Priyanka Chopra shares sunshine vibes

Los Angeles, March 31 (IANS) Actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas is in a sunshine mood these days, going by the latest picture she shared on Wednesday. In the Instagram image, Priyanka poses in a bright yellow long dress, striking a pose that seems like a step out of ballet dancing. “Sunshine hits differently these days,” she […]

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Stalin asks AIADMK leaders to clarify on Vanniyar quota

Chennai, March 31 (IANS) DMK President and opposition Chief Ministerial candidate M.K. Stalin on Wednesday called upon leaders of Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK and its allies to clarify their position on the Vanniyar reservation issue. Addressing a public function at Bodinayikannur, the constituency of Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam, he said that while Panneerselvam and […]

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Over 2 dozen crows found dead in Bihar

Patna, March 31 (IANS) Over two dozen crows were found dead under mysteriously circumstances in Litchi farms in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district, an official said. The Animal Husbandry Department of Muzaffarpur suspects it could be a case of bird flu in the district. However, official confirmation is still awaited. The official said that birds generally fly […]

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Raveena Tandon: Hang poachers and rapists

Mumbai, March 31 (IANS) Actress Raveena Tandon on Wednesday posted a comment on social media about India’s legal system, saying the laws in our country are too weak, and culprits are not convicted in most cases. She raised concern about crimes like poaching and rape, and demanded capital punishment for such misdemeanours. “Poaching becoming a […]

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Haryana extends financial relief to ‘arhtiyas’

Chandigarh, March 31 (IANS) Giving major relief to ‘arhtiyas’ a day ahead of Rabi procurement season, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday announced a major relief in outstanding payment of interest and penalties for them. The procurement season is commencing on April 1. As part of the state’s initiative ‘Vivaadon Ka Samadhan’, Khattar […]

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Uniphore raises $140mn in Series D funding

Chennai, March 31 (IANS) Global conversational AI-based software firm Uniphore on Wednesday said it has raised $140 million (approximately Rs 1,024 crore) in Series D funding, bringing the total funds invested in the company to $210 million. This latest round of financing was led by Sorenson Capital Partners, said Uniphore which was incubated in 2008 […]

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Bihar hostel shuts after 7 students test positive

Patna, March 31 (IANS) Seven students tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday at the Rajendra Agriculture University Pusa in Samastipur district. Following the development, the vice chancellor of the university shut the hostel premises and and initiated rapid antigen and RT-PCR tests. The cases of Covid-19 have been rising in Bihar with health department registering […]

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DMK, Cong failed to protect TN women: Yogi

Chennai, March 31 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has said that the DMK and Congress have failed to protect women’s dignity in Tamil Nadu. The senior BJP leader took on the DMK and Congress, saying if those parties returned to power, then women’s security would go into jeopardy. He was referring to the […]

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AIMPLB’s new ‘nikahnama’ says no to dowry, extravagant weddings

Lucknow, March 31 (IANS) The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has released a new ‘nikahnama’ for Muslims, banning dowry and extravaganza during weddings. The 11-point new nikahnama has been released by Board Chairman, Maulana Syed Rabe Hasan Nadvi, and General Secretary Maulana Wali Rehmani, after approval from renowned Muslim clerics including Maulana Arshad […]

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Lil Nas X admits his ‘Montero’ video is similar to FKA twigs’ ‘Cellophane’

Los Angeles, March 31 (IANS) American musician Lil Nas X has reacted to accusations of similarities between the music video of his recently-released single “Montero (Call me by your name)” and English singer FKA twigs’ 2019 avant-pop hit “Cellophane”. “I want to show love to @fkatwigs & @andrewthomashuang! The ‘cellophane’ visual is a masterpiece. I […]

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IBM, Simplilearn to upskill over 20K professionals

Bengaluru, March 31 (IANS) Technology giant IBM and ed-tech company Simplilearn on Wednesday announced an extension of their collaboration to provide curated learning programmes in Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) for over 20,000 working professionals. The extension is aimed to curate an in-depth, industry-focused curriculum and introduce industry-focused training programmes in Data Analytics, Data Science, […]

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FTP 2015-2020 extended till Sept 30

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) India’s Foreign Trade Policy (FTP) 2015-20 has been extended till September 30. The policy was applicable till March 31. Accordingly, the Union Commerce and Industry Ministry in a statement on Wednesday said: “The existing Foreign Trade Policy 2015-2020 which is valid up to March 31, 2021 is extended upto September […]

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Amazon acquires Indian retail tech firm Perpule

Bengaluru, March 31 (IANS) Amazon Technologies has acquired Bengaluru-based retail tech startup Perpule’s cloud-based point-of-sale asset called Ultra POS. Perpule’s Ultra POS is a fully integrated billing solution for offline stores. As a result of the transaction, Perpule’s POS team is joining Amazon. Perpule also helps offline stores have presence on various mini app stores. […]

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TVS Motor shipped out 1L two-wheelers in March

Chennai, March 31 (IANS) Two- and three-wheeler maker TVS Motor Company Ltd on Wednesday said its two-wheeler exports clocked 1,00,000 units in March 2021. “It is a momentous occasion for TVS Motor as our international two-wheeler business achieved a sales milestone of 100,000 units in March,” Sudarshan Venu, Joint Managing Director, TVS Motor Company was […]

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Chile to obtain Covid vaccine from China’s CanSino

Santiago, March 31 (IANS) Chilean President Sebastian Pinera has announced an agreement with Chinese pharmaceutical firm CanSino Biologics to obtain Covid-19 vaccines as part of the country’s mass immunisation campaign. CanSino’s single-dose vaccines will arrive in Chile in May and June, adding to the 35 million doses the Chilean government and organisations have obtained through […]

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TN’s SIPCOT plans to locate ‘oxygen plants’ in industrial areas

By Venkatachari JagannathanChennai, March 31 (IANS) While it houses several manufacturing and information technology (IT) industries in its various industrial estates, State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu Ltd (SIPCOT) plans to locate a large number of ‘oxygen plants’, said a top official. The Tamil Nadu government undertaking has set up 21 industrial estates and […]

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Ethiopia records 1,976 new Covid-19 cases

Addis Ababa, March 31 (IANS) Ethiopia registered 1,976 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 204,521 as of Tuesday evening, the country’s ministry of health said. Meanwhile, 16 new deaths from the virus were reported across the country, bringing the national tally to 2,841, said the ministry. The East […]

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Peanut butter for weight loss

By Puja GuptaNew Delhi, March 31 (IANSlife) Peanut butter has multiple health benefits — it has an enviable combination of protein and fibres. The driving factor in this growth is that consumers today are consciously aware of their nutritional intake. Our lives are packed with multiple routine activities, mainly the athletes, gym goers etc and […]

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No news of Rohingya boat in Andamans

By Subir BhaumikKolkata, March 31 (IANS) Fifty days after they sailed out of Bangladesh’s coastal region of Cox’s Bazar, more than 80 Muslim Rohingya refugees were reported stranded in a boat in the Andaman sea. “But there is no news from the boat in the last 10 days. The Indian coastguard seem to have snatched […]

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Cisco introduces passwordless authentication by Duo

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) Cisco Secure on Wednesday introduced passwordless authentication by security platform Duo, enabling users to skip the password and securely log into cloud applications via security keys or platform biometrics built into modern laptops and smartphones. The consequences of using passwords are well known. Passwords are easily compromised and difficult to […]

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SBI raises additional $1B untied loan with JBIC

Mumbai, March 31 (IANS) Lending major State Bank of India (SBI) has entered into a loan agreement amounting up to $1 billion with Japanese government owned financial institution, JBIC. According to the lender, the loan is intended to promote ‘smooth flow of funds’ for the whole range of business operations of Japanese automobile manufacturers in […]

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Sunny Deol’s younger son Rajveer debuts in film by Sooraj Barjatya’s son

Mumbai, March 31 (IANS) Sunny Deols younger son Rajveer Deol will make his Bollywood debut in a coming-of-age love story backed by Rajshri Productions. The film also marks the directorial debut of Sooraj R. Barjatyas son Avnish S. Barjatya. Bollywood veteran and Rajveers grandfather Dharmendra tweeted the news on Wednesday. “Introducing my grandson #RajveerDeol to […]

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Hyd cop killed as cab hits him during checking

Hyderabad, March 31 (IANS) An Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) of Cyberabad police who was injured when a car rammed him during a drive against drunken driving on March 26 night succumbed on Wednesday, police said. Mahipal Reddy, a ASI of KPHB police station under Cyberabad police commissionerate, was declared dead early Wednesday at a hospital. The […]

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Huge response to Priyanka in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram, March 31 (IANS) After receiving good response during her poll campaign in Kerala, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has decided to visit the state capital again this weekend. According to her original plan, she was to spend two days — Tuesday and Wednesday in Kerala, but a good show on Tuesday made her […]

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TTD’s ‘Sri Kalyanamastu’ at every Andhra Assembly constituency

Tirupati, March 31 (IANS) The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), custodian of the Tirupati Temple, has commenced plans to perform Sri Kalyanamastu programme at every Assembly constituency, following coronavirus guidelines. TTD executive officer K.S. Jawahar Reddy on Tuesday directed officials to start registering applications for this programme. “The maiden event of Sri Kalyanamastu program will be […]

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First batch of CanSino vaccines arrives in Pak

Islamabad, March 31 (IANS) The first batch of CanSino Covid-19 vaccines that the Pakistani government purchased from China arrived here on Tuesday night. Earlier, the third phase trials of the CanSino vaccine had been conducted in Pakistan and it is the second Chinese Covid-19 vaccine that Pakistan approved for emergency use in the country, the […]

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8 lawyers suspended for attack on judge

Unnao, March 31 (IANS) The Unnao Bar Association has suspended the membership of eight lawyers on the directives of the Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh that is probing the alleged attack on additional district judge Prahlad Tandon. Tandon had lodged two FIRs against a group of lawyers, including members and office-bearers of the Unnao Bar […]

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Telangana’s daily Covid count jumps to 684

Hyderabad, March 31 (IANS) In the biggest surge in Covid-19 cases this year, Telangana reported 684 new cases during the last 24 hours, health officials said on Wednesday. The daily count in Greater Hyderabad shot up to 184 while the spike continued in other districts. Medchal Malkajgiri and Rangareddy districts bordering the state capital reported […]

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Strings singer Faisal Kapadia: ‘Still speechless when I think of love we got from India’ (IANS Interview)

By Samarth GoyalNew Delhi, March 31 (IANS) Faisal Kapadia is “celebrating right now”. The singer of the iconic rock band Strings, which last week announced its break-up after going strong for 33 years, reveals a bittersweet tone of voice as he speaks. It wasn’t an “easy decision” for him, or Bilal Siddiqui — the other […]

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Siblings kill father having illicit affair

Agra, March 31 (IANS) A brother and his sister allegedly beat their father to death, disapproving of his illicit relationship with a woman. The incident took place on Monday night and Alpana, 25, and her brother Anuj, 19, have been arrested along with two others — Alpana’s boyfriend Sanjesh and his friend Madan Yadav — […]

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India records 53,480 new Covid cases

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) India recorded 53,480 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, 4.8 per cent lower than the day before, taking the total tally to 1,21,49,335 on Wednesday. On Tuesday, the country had recorded 56,211 cases, while on Monday, it logged 68,020 cases, the highest single-day spike in daily new cases […]

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8 cops booked for custodial death in UP

Ambedkar Nagar, March 31 (IANS) At least eight policemen, including the in-charge of Uttar Pradesh’s Ambedkar Nagar SWAT team, have been booked for murder following the custodial death of a 37-year-old man. Ambedkar Nagar SP, Alok Priyadarshi, said all the eight policemen accused in the case have been suspended. Police said the incident is being […]

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China’s Yunnan reports 6 local Covid-19 cases

Kunming, March 31 (IANS) Southwest China’s Yunnan Province on Wednesday reported six local Covid-19 cases and three asymptomatic ones in the city of Ruili. According to the provincial health committee, the city found one positive case during regular Covid-19 testing among high-risk groups on March 29, and another eight positive cases in the following tracing. […]

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