Complaint lodged against Pawan Kalyan for derogatory comments on Pulivendula

Pulivendula (Andhra Pradesh), April 5 (IANS) Following Janasena founder Pawan Kalyan’s recent derogatory remarks on Pulivendula town in Andhra Pradesh’s Kadapa district, the local residents have filed a complaint against the actor-politician with the police. “We received a complaint from one Varaprasad. We will take legal opinion on this complaint,” a police officer told IANS […]

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Sleaze CD: Lakhan Jarkiholi to campaign for BJP in Belgaum bypoll

Belagavi (Karnataka), April 5 (IANS) Congress leader Lakhan Jarkiholi, the younger brother of former Karnataka minister and Sleaze CD case accused Ramesh Jarkiholi, on Monday announced he would campaign for BJP candidate, Mangala Angadi, in forthcoming Belgaum Lok Sabha bypoll. Industries Minister Jagadish Shettar and Angadi, widow of former Union Minister, Suresh Angadi met Jarkiholi […]

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Security forces recover explosives in Kupwara

Srinagar, April 5 (IANS) The security forces deployed at Karnah in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district have recovered 15 sticks of plastic explosives, officials said on Monday. The army said that on Sunday night, specific inputs were received that likely explosives were being exchanged near the Jama Masjid in Tangdhar. “On Monday afternoon, a detailed search […]

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J&K police arrest terrorist associate in Sopore

Srinagar, April 5 (IANS) The Jammu and Kashmir Police arrested a terrorist associate from Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Monday and recovered incriminating materials, from his possession, officials said. The police said that acting on a specific tip-off, a joint check-point was set up by Sopore police, the army and the CRPF at […]

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NCAER appoints Poonam Gupta as Director-General

New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), Indias largest and oldest economic think-tank, has announced the appointment of Poonam Gupta as its new Director-General. Poonam Gupta, the first woman Director General of NCAER, will succeed Shekhar Shah who led NCAER since 2011 and will complete his second five-year term in […]

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ChrysCapital announces investment in Corona Remedies

New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) ChrysCapital, one of the leading private equity funds in India, has announced its investment in Corona Remedies Private Limited (Corona), one of the country’s fastest growing pharmaceutical companies, by acquiring a 27 per cent stake through an entirely secondary deal. Commenting on the investment, Kshitij Sheth, Director, ChrysCapital, said, “ChrysCapital […]

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Nushrratt Bharuccha in isolation after ‘Ram Setu’ co-star Akshay Kumar tests positive

Mumbai, April 5 (IANS) Actress Nushrratt Bharuccha isolated as a precautionary measure on Monday, after her “Ram Setu” co-star Akshay Kumar was hospitalised with Covid infection. Nushrratt had herself tested, and the result is awaited. “Isolation. Steam Inhalation. Precautions. Stay Safe,” the actress wrote on a boomerang video she posted on Instagram Story. “As soon […]

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Allow partial functioning of NBFCs, FIDC to Maha govt

Mumbai, April 5 (IANS) The Finance Industry Development Council (FIDC) has requested the Maharashtra government to allow partial functioning of RBI-approved non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) amid the restrictions imposed to tackle the Covid surge. In a letter to the state Chief Secretary, the industry body said that a large number of deposit holders and debenture […]

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New chess app for lockdown-hit players

New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) In a bid to cash in on the growing popularity of the sport among youngsters in the country, online chess-game app ‘WowChess’ has been launched in India and the application is available for download on www.wowchess.com. With lakhs of chess players unable to compete in offline tournaments due the pandemic-enforced […]

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Covid resurgence, partial lockdown dent equities; bank stocks plunge (Roundup)

Mumbai, April 5 (IANS) Resurgence of domestic Covid cases as well as high re-imposition of partial lockdown measures dragged the India’s equity indices deep into the red on Monday. Accordingly, market opened on a flat-to-negative note as rising corona cases subdued investor’s sentiments. Globally, Asian markets ended mostly higher on Monday amid thin holiday trade […]

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‘Sooryavanshi’ postponed due to Covid situation in Maharashtra

Mumbai, April 5 (IANS) The Akshay Kumar-Katrina Kaif starrer cop-action drama “Sooryavanshi” will not release on April 30 as earlier scheduled, owing to the current Covid situation in Maharashtra. “Team Sooryavanshi postpones the release of the film. The Honorable Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Mr. Uddhav Thackeray had a discussion with director Rohit Shetty yesterday. In […]

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Bollywood remembers late actress Shashikala

Mumbai, April 5 (IANS) Bollywood celebrities have been paying condolences and mourning the demise of Padma Shri recipient actress Shashikala, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 88. Veteran actor Dharmendra tweeted a throwback black-and-white photograph that seese him strike a romantic pose with the late actress. Sharing a few lines remembering her, […]

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Anjum banks on low heart rate for Tokyo glory

By Navneet SinghNew Delhi, April 5 (IANS) Anjum Moudgil, the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games silver-medallist is banking on her low heart rate, an indicator of high fitness level to tackle the gruelling women’s 50 metres rifle 3 positions event during the Tokyo Olympics starting July 23. The Chandigarh rifle shooter is part of the […]

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Life-style changes alone can control obesity : Experts

Aligarh, April 5 (IANS) Experts of Ayurvedic, Unani and modern medicines said life style changes were necessary to control obesity and allergies. They were deliberating upon how to combat obesity – through prevention and medications and therapies commonly used to treat allergies in a multi-disciplinary online seminar on ‘Obesity and its Prevention, Allergic Diseases’ organised […]

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Centre, State unanimous on offensive against Maoists in Chhattisgarh

By Aarti Tikoo SinghNew Delhi, April 5 (IANS) Unlike other issues, the BJP-led Central government in New Delhi and the Congress-headed state government in Chhattisgarh, are unanimous over their offensive against Maoists in the “red corridor” of India. Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday said that the Centre will intensify counter-insurgency operations against Maoists […]

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When R. Madhavan met PM Narendra Modi

Mumbai, April 5 (IANS) Actor R Madhavan on Monday shared a picture on social media from his recent meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Also present at the meeting was S. Narayan Nambi, scientist and aerospace engineer at Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on whose life Madhavan’s debut directorial feature, “Rocketary: The Nambi Effect”, is […]

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Landslides, floods kill over 100 in Indonesia

Jakarta, April 5 (IANS) More than 100 people were killed and dozens are missing after floods and landslides hit East Nusa Tenggara province in Indonesia, officials and media reports said on Monday. Volcanic debris from Mount Lewotolo engulfed homes on Sunday following heavy rain, killing 20 people and leaving more than 60 missing, Thomas Ola, […]

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6.1-magnitude quake jolts NZ

Wellington, April 5 (IANS) An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale jolted New Zealand’s east sea on Monday and was widely felt in the North Island. The quake occurred at 7.37 p.m. (local time) in the East Cape Region, 120 km east of Te Araroa at a depth of 33 km, according to GeoNet, […]

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The Serpent: Too many flashbacks and flash-forwards (IANS Review; Rating: * * *)

The Serpent: Cast: Tahar Rahim, Jenna Coleman, Billy Howle, Ellie Bamber, Amesh Edireweera, Tim McInnerny, Mathilde Warnier, Aly Khan, Pravesh Rana, Darshan Jariwala, Direction: Tom Shankland; Rating: * * * (three stars) BY VINAYAK CHAKRAVORTY “The Serpent” starts off with vim and venom, slithers through the middle episodes with frenetic energy, before making a scrappy […]

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Vietnam swears in new Prez, PM (2nd Ld)

Hanoi, April 5 (IANS) Vietnams ruling Communist Party on Monday swore in former Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc as President, while Pham Minh Chinh, the chair of the partys Central Organisation Committee, was elected as the new premier. Party members voted in both Chinh and Phuc at the tail end of a 12-day National Assembly […]

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Iran receives 1st batch of COVAX jabs

Tehran, April 5 (IANS) The first consignment of jabs allocated to Iran under the World Health Organization’s Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) program has arrived in Tehran, the country’s Food and Drug Administration said on Monday. The shipment, including over 700,000 doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, was shipped to Iran on Sunday night, Xinhua […]

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SP leader’s body found to be Covid positive

Lucknow, April 5 (IANS) The body of former Samajwadi Party Minister and Rajya Sabha MP, Bhagwati Singh, has been found to be Covid positive. As per his last wishes, his body was to be donated to the King George’s Medical University (KGMU) after demise. KGMU spokesperson, Sudhir Singh, said that an examination of Bhagwati’s body […]

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Ex-Malay PM denied adjournment of hearings (Ld)

Kuala Lumpur, April 5 (IANS) Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s attempt to overturn his corruption conviction dealt with an early blow after the country’s Court of Appeal refused his request for a one-month adjournment of the hearings, which started on Monday. Judge Abdul Karim Abdul Jalil said there was insufficient grounds to postpone the […]

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Netanyahu back in court as corruption trial resumes

Tel Aviv, April 5 (IANS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned to a Jerusalem court on Monday as the corruption trial against him resumed with opening arguments and witness testimony. Netanyahu, 71, is the first sitting premier in Israel’s history to stand trial,reports dpa news agency. He is accused of bribery, fraud and breach of […]

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Cancel candidature of Stalin, Udhyanidhi: AIADMK

Chennai, April 5 (IANS) The ruling AIADMK on Monday urged the Election Commission of India (EC) to cancel the candidature of top five DMK leaders, including party President M.K. Stalin, General Secretary Durai Murugan and Youth Wing leader Udhyanidhi Stalin for bribing the voters. In his complaint R.M. Babu Murugavel, AIADMK’s Advocate Wing Joint Secretary […]

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26 killed in B’desh ferry capsize (Ld)

Dhaka, April 5 (IANS) At least 26 people were killed after a ferry capsized in the Shitalakkhya river in Bangladesh’s Narayanganj district, an official said on Monday. The accident site is about 20 km away from the capital Dhaka. Ershad Hossain, senior duty officer of the Fire Service and Civil Defence Headquarters, told Xinhua news […]

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How to help children cope with Covid-related stress

By Puja GuptaNew Delhi, April 5 (IANSlife) The Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown generated a lot of fear and stress across all age groups. Children usually thrive under predictable conditions, but disruption led by the pandemic greatly impacted them physically and emotionally. Online schooling, isolation, quarantine at home, lack of social interactions, lack of physical […]

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Israeli President starts post-election talks

Tel Aviv, April 5 (IANS) Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Monday began consultations with party leaders two weeks after the country held its fourth parliamentary elections in two years which also ended in a deadlock. He met representatives of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party, the first in a series of meetings planned for the […]

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Gurugram reports 1,940 Covid cases in 4 days

Gurugram, April 5 (IANS) With 1,940 new cases being reported in Gurugram in the last four days, the city is witnessing a sharp increase in daily positive cases. On Sunday, 555 new corona-infected patients were detected, with one death, and210 recoveries. On April 3, the city recorded 606 Covid cases which is the highest figure […]

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Vietnam swears in PM as new Prez (Ld)

Hanoi, April 5 (IANS) Vietnams ruling Communist Party on Monday confirmed that Nguyen Xuan Phuc, the country’s Prime Minister since 2016, will take up the largely ceremonial role of state President. A resolution on electing Phuc as the new President was adopted with an approval rate of 97.5 per cent at the ongoing 11th session […]

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2 free Covid tests per week in England

London, April 5 (IANS) Citizens in England will get tested for coronavirus twice a week for free, the UK government announced on Monday. The rapid tests will be offered widely to everyone at local testing stations in addition to schools and workplaces in future, dpa news agency reported citing the government as saying. Until now, […]

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4 killed in B’desh ferry capsize

Dhaka, April 5 (IANS) At least four people were killed after a ferry capsized in the Shitalakkhya river in Bangladesh’s Narayanganj district, an official said on Monday. The accident site is about 20 km away from the capital Dhaka. Ershad Hossain, senior duty officer of Fire Service and Civil Defence Headquarters, told Xinhua news agency […]

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Ukraine assured of ‘unwavering EU support’

Brussels, April 5 (IANS) Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, has assured the Ukrainian government of “unwavering support” in the conflict with pro-Russian rebels in the east of the country. “Talked to Ukraine Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. Following with severe concern the Russian military activity surrounding […]

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Promising results with Pegylated Interferon alpha-2b in Covid show higher clinical improvement

New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) Zydus Cadila announced that its Phase III clinical trials with Pegylated Interferon Alpha 2b, PegiHep has shown promising results in treating Covid-19. In what could be a breakthrough in the disease management of Covid, the interim results indicate that PegIFN when administered early on, could help patients recover faster and […]

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Indian agriculture: Maladies and remedies

By Asad MirzaSince Independence, the agriculture sector has remained the main source of national income and occupation in India. In 1947, 72 per cent of the total working population was engaged in agricultural sector, but still a majority of Indias poor (some 770 million people or about 70 per cent) inhabit the rural areas. Though […]

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Bombay HC asks CBI to probe ex-top cop’s allegations

Mumbai, April 5 (IANS) In a significant development, the Bombay High Court on Monday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to conduct a preliminary probe into allegations of corruption levelled against Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh by former Mumbai Commissioner of Police Param Bir Singh. A division bench comprising Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and […]

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Soldier killed, 4 injured in Kabul blast

Kabul, April 5 (IANS) One soldier was killed and four others were wounded in an IED explosion that targeted an army vehicle in Kabul’s Qarabagh district on Monday, police said in a statement. The incident took place at around 7 a.m. in Sabz Sang village, TOLO News reported. “Another mine was seized and defused by […]

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No restrictions yet in Goa: CM on Covid surge

Panaji, April 5 (IANS) Goa’s Covid-19 tally is increasing “day by day”, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Monday, but said that no decision had been yet taken to impose restrictions, as a precautionary measure to prevent further spread of the deadly virus. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a government function in Panaji, […]

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‘Stop-Asian-Hate’ rally staged in NY

New York, April 5 (IANS) Over 10,000 Asian-Americans gathered in New Yorkfor a “Stop-Asian-Hate” rally. The demonstrators on Sunday assembled at Foley Square in Lower Manhattan, and marched to City Hall Park and across the Brooklyn Bridge before ending at Cadman Plaza, reports Xinhua news agency. Local officials, victims of hate crimes and people from […]

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Vietnam elects new President

Hanoi, April 5 (IANS) The National Assembly (NA) of Vietnam on Monday elected Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc as President. A resolution on electing Phuc as the new President was adopted with an approval rate of 97.5 per cent at the ongoing 11th session of the 14th NA, Vietnam News Agency reported. In his swearing […]

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Searce gets Google Cloud Managed Services Provider status

Pune, April 5 (IANS) Modern Technology Consulting Firm Searce on Monday announced it has achieved the Google Cloud Managed Services Provider (MSP) Status as part of the Google Cloud Partner Advantage Programme. Entry into this programme helps the Pune-based company’s clients to further leverage Searce’s deep technical expertise in cloud modernisation consulting, hands-on implementation support, […]

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