BJP tactics working ahead of Raj bypolls

Jaipur, April 2 (IANS) BJP in Rajasthan benefited on Friday as it managed to convince prominent rebel leader Ladulal Pitliya to withdraw his nomination as an Independent candidate from Sahada constituency where bypolls are scheduled on April 17. Pitliya, in the 2018 elections, had snapped ties with the BJP after being denied a party ticket […]

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Rajnath Singh inaugurates flyover in Lucknow

Lucknow, April 2 (IANS) Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, on Friday, inaugurated the 2.2 km Tedhi Pulia flyover in Lucknow, his parliamentary constituency. Speaking on the occasion, he said, “Today 1,830 metre long and four-lane flyover has been inaugurated. The budget for the construction of the flyover is Rs 88 crore. The daily traffic on this […]

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6 people drown in Godavari river in Telangana

Hyderabad, April 2 (IANS) In a tragic incident, six people drowned in Godavari river in Telangana on Friday. The incident occurred at the VIP Pushkar Ghat at Pochampahad in Nizamabad district. Police said rescue workers pulled out five bodies while search was on for the sixth. The incident occured when members of three families from […]

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41 killed in Taiwan train derailment (2nd Ld)

Taipei, April 2 (IANS) At least 41 people were killed in a deadly train derailment in Taiwan’s in Hualien county on Friday, officials said, adding 72 passengers were still trapped. At 9.28 a.m. (local time), the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) No. 408 Taroko train en route from Shulin, New Taipei, to Taitung, suddenly derailed as […]

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Chickenpox spreading rapidly in Gaya

Patna, April 2 (IANS) There is a chickenpox breakout reported in Bihar’s Gaya district. Hundreds of patients from all age groups have been affected, according to village officials. Banshraj Bigha and Boknari villages under the Paraiya Khurd block have reported many cases. Villagers from Paraiya Khurd are blaming the district administration for not visiting the […]

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EU agrees to mediate in Cuba-US ties

Havana, April 2 (IANS) The European Union (EU) has agreed to mediate in Cuba-US relations, according to a local media report. EU High Representative Josep Borrell has accepted a request made by the Group of Friendship and Solidarity with the People of Cuba in the European Parliament “to mediate before the US government in order […]

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BJP petitions EC to disqualify Udhayanidhi Stalin

Chennai, April 2 (IANS) The Tamil Nadu unit of the BJP has lodged a formal complaint with the Chief Electoral officer to disqualify DMK youth wing secretary and candidate from Chepauk constituency, Udhayanidhi Stalin from contesting the polls after his reported derogatory statement against late BJP leaders Sushama Swaraj and Arun Jaitley. Udhayanidhi Stalin had, […]

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Paredes hails Pochettino’s impact at PSG

Paris, April 2 (IANS) Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) midfielder Leandro Paredes said he is relishing the freedom afforded to him by manager and fellow Argentine Mauricio Pochettino. Paredes said he has a new-found enjoyment for the game since Pochettino replaced Thomas Tuchel as PSG’s head coach in January. “He has done a lot for me since […]

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Unique Easter recipes to try at home

By Puja GuptaNew Delhi, April 2 (IANSlife) This Easter, try some unique recipes at your home to impress guests. Experts at Lavazza share some delicious dessert made with coffee, while chef Vindhya Karwa from @Vinsplate shares exciting Easter egg recipes to compliment it. White Chocolate Mousse Ingredients *200 g white chocolate *5 g sugar *2 […]

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Of food, travel and more…

By Puja GuptaNew Delhi, April 2 (IANSlife) Her videos often pop up on our Facebook feeds and give major travel goals. Mother of one, Kamiya Jani quit her full-time job as an anchor to follow her passion for travelling and exploring the world. What started as a personal blog ‘Curly Tales’, is one of the […]

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Suga to meet Biden on April 16: Japan

Tokyo, April 2 (IANS) Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will hold face-to-face talks with US President Joe Biden in Washington on April 16, the Tokyo government said on Friday. Suga will become the first foreign leader to meet Biden in person after he took office on January 20, dpa news agency quoted Japanese government spokesman […]

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34 killed in Taiwan train derailment (Ld)

Taipei, April 2 (IANS) At least 34 people were killed in a train derailment in Taiwan on Friday, authorities said, adding that 72 passengers were still trapped. At 9.28 a.m. (local time), the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) No. 408 Taroko train en route from Shulin, New Taipei, to Taitung, suddenly derailed as it entered the […]

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Left does not need a PR agency: Vijayan

Thiruvananthapuram, April 2 (IANS) With just three days left for the April 6 Assembly polls, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday said the Left does not require a PR agency and instead it is their committed supporters in social media which are putting up its defence. The Congress-led opposition had slammed Vijayan for spending a […]

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‘B117 variant silently spread across 15 countries by mid-Nov last yr’

New York, April 2 (IANS) The highly contagious SARS-CoV-2 variant — B117 variant — silently spread across 15 countries by mid-November 2020, found a new study underlining the significance of increasing laboratory surveillance. The B117 variant, which has been more lethal than the original coronavirus strain, was first discovered in early December 2020 in the […]

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UK PM’s adviser quits amid row over race report

London, April 2 (IANS) A senior adviser to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will resign amid an intense debate over Downing Street’s controversial report on racial disparities, local media reported. Samuel Kasumu, Johnson’s special adviser for civil society and communities, will leave his role in May and had informed colleagues of his decision on Wednesday, […]

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Bolivia to close border with Brazil

La Paz, April 2 (IANS) Bolivia will temporarily close its border with Brazil starting from Friday, to prevent the spread of a more contagious Covid-19 variant first detected in Brazil, President Luis Arce announced. “As part of the measures to protect the population, we are instructing the temporary closure of borders with Brazil for seven […]

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90 inmates escape from Liberia jail

Monrovia, April 2 (IANS) Police in Liberia confirmed that a search operation was underway to located the 90 inmates who escaped from a prison in Maryland county. National Police spokesperson Moses Carter told reporters here on Thursday that the inmates escaped from the Harper Central correctional facility on Wednesday evening, reports Xinhua news agency. “We’re […]

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3 terrorists killed in Pulwama encounter (Ld)

Srinagar, April 2 (IANS) Three unidentified terrorists were killed in an ongoing encounter between the terrorists and security forces at Kakpora in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Friday morning, officials said. “Three unidentified terrorists killed in encounter at Pulwama. Incriminating materials, including arms and ammunition recovered. Search going on,” police said. Earlier the gunfight took […]

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US weekly jobless claims rise to 719K

Washington, April 2 (IANS) Initial unemployment claims in the US rose to 719,000 last week, after dropping to the lowest level since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Labour Department. In the week ending March 27, the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 61,000 from the previous week’s downwardly revised level […]

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Modi to address rallies in poll-bound Kerala, TN

Chennai, April 2 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address rallies in poll-bound Kerala and Tamil Nadu on Friday. He will address a public rally at the Amma Thidal grounds in Tamil Nadu’s Madurai at 11.30 a.m. Chief Minister K. Palaniswami, Deputy Chief minister O.Panneerselvam and senior BJP leaders will be present in the programme. […]

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Israel urged to stop violations against Al-Aqsa Mosque

Amman, April 2 (IANS) The Jordan government saidit has sent an official note of protest through diplomatic channels, calling on Israel to stop violations and provocations against the Al-Aqsa Mosque and respect its legal and historical status quo. Jordanian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Deifallah Fayez said on Thursday the Israeli acts against Al-Aqsa Mosque are rejected […]

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S.Africa to clamp down on alcohol during Easter

Johannesburg, April 2 (IANS) With the Easter weekend approaching, a South African Minister warned that police would be deployed in the streets to deal with people not adhering to Covid-19 regulations, especially those regarding alcohol. Briefing the media on the updated regulations in Pretoria on Thursday, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said […]

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India reports 81,466 new Covid cases, 469 deaths

New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) India recorded 81,466 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, highest since October 2020, taking the total tally to 1,23,03,131 on Friday. The country has been recording a spike in cases for over three weeks. Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Punjab, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh are logging steep […]

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Miami Open: Barty into 2nd consecutive final

Miami, April 2 (IANS) Behind five breaks of serve, world number one Ashleigh Barty of Australia rolled into the Miami Open women’s singles final with a straight-sets win against fifth seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine. Barty, playing with intelligence, athleticism and a breathtaking diversity of shot, won the semifinal 6-3, 6-3 in one hour and […]

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Modi to address rally in Kanyakumari district

Chennai, April 2 (IANS) Prime minister Narendra Modi will address a public rally in Kanyakumari district on Friday to campaign for the BJP candidate Pon Radhakrishnan. Modi will address the rally at the Vivekananda college ground in Agastheeswaram. He will reach Kanyakumari from Konni in Kerala where he will address a public meeting at 1.15 […]

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Train derails in Taiwan, multiple casualties

Taipei, April 2 (IANS) A train derailed in Taiwan on Friday, causing multiple casualties, according to authorities. The derailment occurred in a tunnel in Hualian, Xinhua news agency quoted the country’s fire fighting agency as saying. By around 10.30 a.m. (local time), three severely wounded people had been rushed to a hospital and some 20 […]

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Chile to tighten restrictions

Santiago, April 2 (IANS) Chilean Health Minister Enrique Paris announced that current health restrictions will be tightened, after the country registered a new peak of Covid-19 infections which increased the overall tally to over a million. In the last 24 hours, the Health Ministry reported 7,830 new Covid-19 cases, which surpassed the previous record of […]

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8,571 Tibetans get vaccinated against Covid-19

Dharamsala, April 2 (IANS) A total of 8,571 Tibetans in India and Nepal have been vaccinated against Covid-19 till date, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) said on Friday. This week, 14 symptomatic and 15 asymptomatic patients were reported. The oldest among them was 89 years and the youngest was 17 years. However, no death was […]

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US-Russia relations at lowest level: FM

Moscow, April 2 (IANS) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow-Washington ties were at their lowest point due to increased confrontation, and he hopes that “common sense and prudence” will eventually prevail. In the US’ policy towards Russia, there is increased pressure in all fields and tougher rhetoric is nothing new, Xinhua news agency […]

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Couple commits suicide in UP district

Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh), April 2 (IANS) The bare bodies of a 21-year-old married woman and her lover have been found in an abandoned hut outside their village. The couple apparently committed suicide because an empty sachet of rat position was found near the bodies. The woman was married against her wishes six months ago. The […]

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Gunfight breaks out in South Kashmir’s Pulwama

Srinagar, April 2 (IANS) An encounter broke out between the terrorists and security forces at Kakpora in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Friday morning, officials said. “A joint operation was launched late night yesterday based on own source input. Area was cordoned and contact established. Fire fight ensued. Joint operation in progress,” the Army said. […]

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US Treasury working with IMF on SDR allocation

Washington, April 2 (IANS) The US Treasury Department said that it is working with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to provide a new allocation of Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) to help low-income countries battle the Covid-19 pandemic. “An allocation of IMF Special Drawing Rights would help build reserve buffers, smooth adjustments, and mitigate the risks […]

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M+ museum to open by end of year

New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) M+, the first global museum of contemporary visual culture in Asia dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, and interpreting visual art, design, and architecture, and moving image will open in Hong Kong at the end of this year. The building, designed by a global team of the world-renowned architecture firm Herzog & […]

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Global Covid-19 caseload tops 129.4 mn

Washington, April 2 (IANS) The overall number of global Covid-19 cases has surpassed 129.4 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.82 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Friday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death […]

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Myanmar reports 32 new Covid-19 cases

Yangon, April 2 (IANS) Myanmar reported 32 more Covid-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the tally in the country to 142,466, according to a release from the Ministry of Health and Sports. No new death was reported on Thursday, leaving the death toll at 3,206 in the country, the release said. According to the ministry’s figures, […]

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Gujarat Assembly passes ‘Love Jihad’ Bill (Lead)

Gandhinagar, April 2 (IANS)  The Gujarat Assembly on Thursday passed a Bill to amend the ‘Dharma Swatantrya’ (Freedom of Religion) Act, 2003 which aims to combat forceful religious conversions, better known as ‘Love Jihad’, on the concluding day of the Budget session. However, the opposition Congress questioned its intentions and dubbed the bill as a […]

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Spat between Vijayan, Ramachandran turns personal

Thiruvananthapuram, April 1 (IANS) The ongoing spat between Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and state Congress President Mullapally Ramachandran took a personal turn on Thursday. The two have had several rounds of sparring over the past few years with their rivalry dating back decades as Ramachandran was a five-term MP from the Kannur Lok Sabha […]

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