Ezstays completes seed round of funding

New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) Student housing startup Ezstays has completed its seed round of funding raising $400,000 from Richard Rekhy, former CEO of KPMG India among other private investors. A company statement said that keeping premium amenities at its core, Ezstays will allocate funds to further refine its customer experience. Ezstays offers accommodation services […]

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India’s forex reserves rise by $689 mn

Mumbai, March 5 (IANS) India’s foreign exchange reserves rose by $689 million during the week ended February 26. According to the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) weekly statistical supplement, the reserves increased to $584.554 billion from $583.865 billion reported for the week ended February 19. India’s forex reserves comprise foreign currency assets (FCAs), gold reserves, […]

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Estonia’s Ambassador calls on T’gana Chief Secretary

Hyderabad, March 5 (IANS) Estonia’s Ambassador to India, Katrin Kivi and Deputy Chief of Mission Juui Hiio on Friday called on Telangana Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar here. During the meeting, Chief Secretary informed delegates about the reforms initiated by the government under the visionary leadership of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, like digitalization of land […]

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Odisha CM inaugurates World Skill Centre

Bhubaneswar, March 5 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday inaugurated the World Skill Centre (WSC), a premier advanced skill training institute, here. It has been set up at a budget of nearly Rs 1,342.2 crore. World Skill Centre is being modelled around leading TVET Institute, ITE (Institute of Technical Education) Singapore and seeks […]

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Free power to farmers to continue: Punjab CM

Chandigarh, March 5 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday announced that a number of free benefits to the citizens of the state will continue. This includes free power to farmers and subsidies to the industry. Along with this, 200 free units of power to the Scheduled Castes, those below poverty line and Backward […]

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Centre doing injustice to Telangana, alleges KTR

Hyderabad, March 5 (IANS) Continuing his attacks on the Centre, Telangana’s industry minister K. T. Rama Rao said on Friday that it has been doing injustice to Telangana since its inception. Though Telangana has been performing well in all the sectors, the Centre neither supported the state, nor allotted funds for projects. Rama Rao stated […]

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Karan Johar urges all to ‘go green’

Mumbai, March 5 (IANS) Filmmaker Karan Johar has urged all to go green in his latest post on social media. In an Instagram Story image, Johar poses in a green tie-dye sweatshirt and green sunglasses to put across his message. “Go green,” he wrote. Karan is currently busy with his next directorial titled “Takht”, which […]

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101-yr-old woman takes vaccine shot in Delhi

By Ashish SrivastavaNew Delhi, March 5 (IANS) Boosting the morale of those who are still sceptical about getting the vaccine shot against Covid-19, a 101-year-old woman on Friday received her first vaccine dose at a municipal hospital here, officials told IANS. The woman, Sumitra Dhandia, received the Covid jab at New Delhi Municipal Council’s (NDMC) […]

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We have finished organised crime in UP: Yogi

Gorakhpur (UP), March 5 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Friday that his government has put an end to organised crime in the state. “Security is fundamental to development, and criminals act as deterrent to creating a harmonious atmosphere for the society. We gave the officials a free hand in containing crime […]

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Andhra cops threaten to drag Naidu to court for ‘unfounded’ comments

Amaravati, March 5 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh Police Officers’ Association (APPOA) representatives on Friday threatened to drag former Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Supremo N. Chandrababu Naidu to court if he doesn’t stop making ‘unfounded’ statements against the department as well as its Chief. “If you do not stop making these unfounded statements, we […]

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ED summons ex-J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti on March 15

New Delhi/Jammu, March 5 (IANS) The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed for questioning on March 15 in connection with a money laundering case. Talking about the development, Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter Sana Mufti told IANS, “The ED officials came to our […]

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Haryana tackling Covid-19 efficiently: Governor

Chandigarh, March 5 (IANS) While lauding the state for efficiently tackling the Covid-19 pandemic, Haryana Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya on Friday said just like other states, the state Legislative Assembly has also been facing the pandemic. Delivering his address on the first day of the Budget session of the Haryana Assembly here, Arya said because […]

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Adele’s divorce finalised

Los Angeles, March 5 (IANS) Singer Adele has finalised her divorce with Simon Konecki. The couple separated two years ago. Adele and Konecki have reached an agreement on their divorce settlement but they are yet to officially part ways, according to a report in etonline.com. The couple was blessed with a son in 2012, after […]

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A long overdue tribute to Sanjeev Kumar

New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) Cine goers will long remember the veteran actor Sanjeev Kumar in movies like “Sholay”, “Dastak”, “Koshish” (for both of which he had won the National Film Awards), “Aandhi”, “Angoor”, “Patni Patni Aur Woh” and “Satyakam”, among many others. Now, HarperCollins is to publish his biography, co-authored by Uday Jariwala, the […]

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Jabra launches new headset for Rs 10,922

New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) Denmark-based wearable brand Jabra on Friday launched a new headset ‘Jabra Evolve2 30’ at a starting price of Rs 10,922. According to the company, the headset is built with the modern-day desk worker in mind, engineered for collaboration, concentration and comfortable productivity all day. “We are excited to announce the […]

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Rajnath discusses formation of theatre commands

New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) Going forward with the modernisation process of the armed forces, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday discussed the creation of integrated theatre commands and infusion of modern technology at the Combined Commanders Conference in Gujarat. The three-day Combined Commanders Conference 2021 started on Thursday at Kevadia. It is a key […]

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Mamata to contest from Nandigram, take BJP head on

By Subir BhaumikKolkata, March 5 (IANS) After announcing Trinamool Congress’ list of 291 candidates for the high octane Assembly polls beginning this month, party supremo Mamata Banerjee made her intention clear on Friday that she will only contest from Nandigram in East Midnapore district, considered a stronghold of newly-inducted BJP leader and once close aid […]

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DRDO conducts successful demo flight of SFDR tech

New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully carried out a flight demonstration based on Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) technology from Integrated Test Range Chandipur off the coast of Odisha on Friday. The flight demonstration was carried at around 10.30 a.m. All the subsystems, including the booster motor and nozzle-less […]

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PMK manifesto promises govt jobs for Tamils only

Chennai, March 5 (IANS) The Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) released its election manifesto on Friday, promising state government jobs for Tamils only, and also reserving 85 per cent of the jobs in the private sector for locals. The PMK leader and former Union Health Minister S. Anbumani Ramadoss told IANS, “Our election manifesto is clear. […]

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166 new Covid cases, 2 deaths in Telangana

Hyderabad, March 5 (IANS) Telangana reported 166 new Covid cases and two deaths during the last 24 hours, health officials on Friday. The fresh cases pushed the cumulative tally to 2,99,572 while the death toll mounted to 1,639. The fatality rate remained 0.54 per cent against the national average of 1.4 per cent. While 44.96 […]

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Vivo brings VISION+ to boost mobile photography culture

New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) Vivo on Friday launched VISION+, a global initiative reaffirming its long-term commitment to leadership in mobile photography technology in India. The initiative aims to build a visual content ecosystem for mobile photography enthusiasts through initiatives, including content co-creation, education, and cultural exchanges. ”It is our vision for humanity as a […]

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14 dead in Afghanistan avalanche

Kabul, March 5 (IANS) At least 14 people were killed following a major avalanche in Afghanistan’s Badakhshan province, officials said on Friday. The avalanche took place in Zarandab village, Raghistan district, on Thursday, reports TOLO News. A provincial spokesperson said that five more people were wounded. He said that although the area is under Taliban […]

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Kovind to reach MP for 2-day visit on March 6

Bhopal, March 5 (IANS) President Ram Nath Kovind is set to embark on a two-day visit to Madhya Pradesh in which he would be participating in events organised in Jabalpur and Damoh districts. The preparations by the state administration for the President’s arrival are going on in full swing. According to official information, Kovind would […]

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Indian-American named 1st VP, COO of NY Fed

New York, March 5 (IANS) Indian-American Naureen Hassan, a 25-year veteran of the financial services industry, has been named as the First Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Federal Reserve Bank of New York. In a statement issued on Thursday, the Bank said that the appointment effective March 15, was approved by the […]

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5.8-magnitude quake hits Indonesia

Jakarta, March 5 (IANS) A 5.8-magnitude quake jolted Indonesia’s West Sumatra province on Friday, the meteorology and geophysics agency said. The quake struck at 2.32 p.m. with the epicentre at 54 km northwest Mentawai islands, reports Xinhua news agency. The intensity of the quake was felt at III to IV MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) in […]

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Patna HC issues notice to Tej Pratap

Patna, March 5 (IANS) The Patna High Court on Friday issued a notice to Rashtriya Janata Dal leader and Lalu Prasad’s elder son Tej Pratap. Justice Virendra Kumar issued the notice on a plea filed by Janata Dal (United) leader Vijay Kumar Yadav, who alleged that Tej Pratap had not given appropriate details of his […]

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Auckland lowers Covid restriction level

Auckland, March 5 (IANS) Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, will lower its Covid-19 restriction level to Alert Level 2 on Sunday after a week of citywide lockdown, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Friday. Auckland moved up to Covid-19 Alert Level 3 from Level 2 on February 28, with the rest of the country moved […]

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Akhilesh to join anti-farm laws chorus with mahapanchayat

Lucknow, March 5 (IANS) Joining the ‘panchayat bandwagon’ against the three farm laws introduced by the Centre, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav will hold a ‘mahapanchayat’ in West UP’s Aligarh. Before him, Rashtriya Lok Dal Vice President Jayant Chaudhary, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal have held Kisan Panchayats. […]

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90 dead in Afghanistan in 24 hrs

Kabul, March 5 (IANS) At least 90 people were killed in clashes and terrorist attacks in Afghanistan over the past 24 hours, an independent war monitoring group said on Friday. “Over the past 24 hours, our team has documented 90 deaths, including eight civilians, five Afghan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) members, and 77 […]

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Pak approves emergency use of Sinopharm vax

Islamabad, March 5 (IANS) Pakistan on Friday approved the emergency use of the Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine for people over 60 years of age, a statement by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) said. The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan allowed all registered healthcare workers with the national institute of medical sciences who are above […]

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14 UP cities to be developed with new master plan

Lucknow, March 5 (IANS) In view of the growing urban requirements, the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has decided to further develop 14 big cities, including Lucknow. The 14 cities that will be taken up for the transformation, include Varanasi, the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Gorakhpur, the home town of […]

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Safety norms for Covid to continue: Punjab CM

Chandigarh, March 5 (IANS) Underlining the need to continue Covid-19 appropriate behaviour, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday made it clear that safety restrictions and norms in the state will continue, while ensuring minimum, if any, loss of livelihood to the citizens of the state. Pointing to the state’s success in managing and containing […]

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ICC to identify Delhi-based fixing kingpin

New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) anti-corruption unit (ACU) is hoping to publicly identify a corruption mastermind in New Delhi soon, based on pieces of evidence gathered from players and officials. The ACU believes that most cricket corruption cases around the world can be linked back to 10 or 12 individuals […]

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Giriraj gets Covid jab, says spreading rumours ‘unfortunate’

Begusarai (Bihar), March 5 (IANS) Union Minister Giriraj Singh on Friday received his first dose of Covid-19 vaccine at the Sadar Hospital in Begusarai. After receiving the ‘Covidshield’, the Minister praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indian scientists, while coming down heavily upon the Opposition. “Thanks to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Health Minister […]

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Cambodia further postpones 13th ASEM Summit

Phnom Penh, March 5 (IANS) Cambodia, host of the 13th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit, has decided to further postpone it to the last quarter of 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The statement was released after the ASEM Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) Retreat via video conference on March […]

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Andhra govt-called Vizag steel plant protest garners huge response (Ld)

Visakhapatnam, March 5 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh government endorsed state-wide bandh (strike) protesting the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant’s (VSP) privatization took off on Friday. “The Central government is selling away all public sector companies. This will badly affect the job prospects of people in the country,” said woman protester from Eluru. Likewise, another protester from Kurnool said […]

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Kim Jong-un urges work improvement

Seoul, March 5 (IANS) North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has urged officials across the country to improve work of the city and county party committees, the state-media reported on Friday. In the report, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) quoted Kim as saying that the overall work of the Party and the state can […]

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NASA awards key contract for Mars sample return

Washington, March 5 (IANS) Taking a step closer to realising its ambitious sample return programme after the touchdown of the Mars Perseverance rover, NASA has awarded a key contract to Northrop Grumman Systems of Elkton, Maryland. As part of this Mars Ascent Propulsion System (MAPS) contract, Northrop Grumman Systems will provide propulsion support and products […]

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NZ downgrades tsunami threat after 3 quakes

Wellington, March 5 (IANS) The New Zealand government on Friday downgraded a tsunami warning and said that “all people who evacuated can now return” after three massive offshore quakes jolted the country’s North Island one after another overnight. Earlier in the day, the National Emergency Management Agency urged locals to move immediately to the nearest […]

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145 illegal migrants voluntarily deported from Libya

Tripoli, March 5 (IANS) The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said it has deported 145 illegal migrants voluntarily from Libya to their home country Mali. “Amid Covid-19, stranded migrants in Libya continued to register for IOM’s Voluntary Humanitarian Return (VHR) program. This week, 72 women and 73 men from Mali returned home through a VHR […]

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Democrats reintroduce American Dream & Promise Act

Washington, March 5 (IANS) House Democrats have reintroduced the American Dream and Promise Act, which will enable US-raised immigrant youth known as “Dreamers” to earn lawful permanent residence and citizenship, according to an official statement. The announcement of reintroducing the bill, co-authored by Democrat Representatives Nydia Velazquez (New York-07) and Yvette D. Clarke (New York-09), […]

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Vee Tech, Sona Group join Canada’s UHN on wearable research

Toronto, March 5 (IANS) Technology services firm Vee Technologies and Sona Group of educational institutions have signed an agreement with Toronto-based University Health Network (UHN) to develop smart fabric-based wearables. The aim is to improve the lives of people living with health-related challenges. As part of the agreement, Bengaluru and New York co-headquartered Vee Technologies […]

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Myanmar junta’s UN envoy steps down (Ld)

By Subir BhaumikKolkata, March 5 (IANS) In a huge embarrassment to Myanmar’s military junta, an Ambassador to the UN hurriedly appointed by them has resigned. Myanmar’s military-backed State Administration Council (SAC) had appointed Tin Maung Naing as the country’s UN envoy after firing his predecessor Kyaw Moe Tun on February 27. The development came a […]

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Andhra protests Vizag steel plant privatization

Visakhapatnam, March 5 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh government endorsed state-wide bandh (strike) protesting the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant’s (VSP) privatization took off on Friday. “The Central government is selling away all public sector companies. This will badly affect the job prospects of people in the country,” said woman protester from Eluru. Likewise, another protester from Kurnool said […]

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US weekly jobless claims rise to 745,000

Washington, March 5 (IANS) Initial jobless claims in the US increased to 745,000 last week, indicating stalled recovery in the labour market, the Labour Department reported. In the week ending February 27, the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 9,000 from the previous week’s upwardly revised level of 736,000, according to a […]

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Petrol, diesel price unchanged on Friday

New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) Consumers have been spared of another increase in fuel prices with oil marketing companies deciding to keep petrol and diesel rates static for the sixth consecutive day even though global prices resumed firming up after OPEC + decision to continue with crude production cut in April. Accordingly, petrol continues to […]

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‘Problems among neighbouring nations should be resolved via talks’

By Sumi KhanDhaka, March 5 (IANS) Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told visiting Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar that “problems among neighbouring countries should be resolved through negotiations and discussions”. She made the remarks while meeting Jainshankar at her official residence Ganobhaban here on Thursday evening. During the meeting, the Indian Minister praised Hasina’s […]

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Police firing at Indo-Nepal border kills 1

Pilibhit, March 5 (IANS) An Indian national was killed in police firing along the Indo-Nepal border in Uttar Pradesh’s Pilibhit district. The man, identified as Govinda Singh, succumbed to the injuries sustained after being shot by the Nepal Police on Thursday, according to the Uttar Pradesh Police. According to reports, the victim had gone to […]

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US diplomat appointed Asst Secy-Gen for General Assembly

United Nations, March 5 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has announced the appointment of Cherith Norman Chalet of the US as Assistant Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management. According to an official UN Statement issued after the announcement on Tuesday, she will succeed Movses Abelian of Armenia, who now holds the position of Under-Secretary-General […]

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Nuke deal not renegotiable: Iran FM

Tehran, March 5 (IANS) Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reiterated that the 2015 nuclear deal or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not renegotiable. In a series od tweets on Thursday, Zarif said: “JCPOA cannot be renegotiated, period. “If 2021 is not 2015, it’s not 1945 either. So let’s change UN Charter […]

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UN concerned over violent situation in Yemen

United Nations, March 5 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed concerns over the widespread escalation of violence in Yemen that has already triggered the displacement of thousands of people, his spokesman said. “These actions undermine prospects for peace and regional stability and are detrimental to the ongoing diplomatic efforts to end the conflict,” Xinhua […]

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Italy reports 22,865 new Covid cases

Rome, March 5 (IANS) Italy’s overall coronavirus caseload has increased to 2,999,119 after the country registered 22,865 new cases in the last 24 hours, up from 20,884 reported a day earlier. On Thursday, the Ministry of Health said that that another 339 people died of the disease, down from 347 on Wednesday, Xinhua news agency […]

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