Telangana Chief Secretary tests positive for Covid

Hyderabad, April 6 (IANS) Telangana Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar on Wednesday tested positive for Covid-19. The top bureaucrat was found infected hours after he held a video conference with District Collectors and other officials to review the pandemic situation in the state and issued directions to double the number of Covid tests and vaccinations. The […]

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Hans Women thrash Sudeva to enter semis

New Delhi, April 6 (IANS) Hans Women Football Club marched into the semi-finals of the Football Delhi Women’s League on Tuesday by scoring a comprehensive 9-1 win over Sudeva Delhi FC. Aveka Singh’s four goals were the highlights of the quarter-final match played at the Dr Ambedkar Stadium. Karen Pais netted two while Savi Mehta, […]

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States to borrow Rs 1.78 lakh cr in April-June

Mumbai, April 6 (IANS) States and Union Territories are likely to borrow Rs 1.78 lakh crore in the April-June quarter 2021. In a statement on Tuesday, the RBI said: “The Reserve Bank of India, in consultation with the state governments/Union Territories (UTs), announces that the quantum of total market borrowings by the state governments/UTs for […]

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Over 80% turnout in Tripura tribal council polls

Agartala, April 6 (IANS) Over 80 per cent of the 8,65,041 voters on Tuesday cast their votes in the elections to the 28-member politically significant Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC), officials said. The officials of the Tripura State Election Commission (SEC), which conducted the polls, said that the elections were by and large […]

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Man City report 126mn pound loss in 2019-20

London, April 6 (IANS) Manchester City suffered a net loss of 126 million pounds during the coronavirus-hit 2019-20 season, the club’s annual report revealed on Tuesday. Delayed income from fixtures and players’ sales and season card refunds resulted in an 11 per cent reduction in revenue, though the proceeds of Leroy Sane’s switch to Bayern […]

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Ram Charan has words of wisdom for fans

Hyderabad, April 6 (IANS) Telugu star Ram Charan had words of wisdom for fans, on how to start your day. Ram posted a monochrome picture from the gym on Instagram. “Strong mornings !! can’t start better,” he wrote alongside the image. Ram will next be seen in filmmaker S.S. Rajamouli’s magnum opus “RRR”. The period […]

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AP Police personnel on poll duty, win Tamil hearts with humane touch

Ongole/Villupuram, April 6 (IANS) Nearly 300 policemen from Andhra Pradesh’s Prakasam district police department who were deputed in Tamil Nadu for the Assembly election duties on Tuesday won the hearts of the Tamil people with their humane services. Prakasam police took wheelchair-bound voters to exercise their franchise, including carrying several other specially abled people with […]

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Fatma R. Zakaria, who interviewed Indira Gandhi and Margaret Thatcher, falls to Covid (2nd Ld)

By Quaid NajmiAurangabad (Maharashtra), April 6 (IANS) Veteran journalist Fatma R. Zakaria, the former Editor of the Sunday Times, Mumbai – who achieved glory by interviewing two of the then most powerful women Prime Ministers on the planet, India’s Indira Gandhi and Britain’s Margaret Thatcher – passed away here on Tuesday due to Covid at […]

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Jammu-Srinagar highway to remain closed on Wednesday

Jammu, April 6 (IANS) The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway will remain closed for vehicular traffic on Wednesday in view of the inclement weather forecast by the Met department, said the traffic police. During this winter season, the highway was closed several times due to snowfall and landslides triggered by rains. The Jammu-Srinagar National highway is the […]

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Shikha breaks into top 10 of ODI rankings

New Delhi, April 6 (IANS) India fast bowler Shikha Pandey broke into the top 10 of the women’s ODI bowlers’ rankings while opener Smriti Mandhana and veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami remained unchanged. Smriti is seventh with 710 points, followed by Mithali Raj (709) at eighth spot in the batter’s rankings. England’s Tammy Beaumont (765) occupies […]

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Himachal postpones Swarnim Rath Yatra

Shimla, April 6 (IANS) Owing to the spike in coronavirus cases, the Himachal Pradesh government on Tuesday decided to postpone the Swarnim Himachal Rath Yatra to celebrate the golden jubilee of statehood that was scheduled to start on April 15. The decision was taken during a high-level review meeting here presided over by Chief Minister […]

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Ozone pollution harms maize crops: Study

New York, April 6 (IANS) A team of researchers has shown that ozone in the lower layers of the atmosphere decreases crop yields in maize and changes the types of chemicals that are found inside the leaves. The researchers said that while stratospheric ozone protects us by filtering out the Sun’s ultraviolet radiation, tropospheric ozone […]

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TN senior citizen dies before voting

Chennai, April 6 (IANS) A senior citizen collapsed and died near a polling booth in Thanjavur district where he was going to cast his vote in the Tamil Nadu Assembly election on Tuesday, a poll official said. The 61-year-old man, whose name was not revealed, was on his way to the polling booth near his […]

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Covid Returns: Airlines clamour to reduce operational capacity (IANS Exclusive)

New Delhi, April 6 (IANS) Resurgence of Covid infections along with re-imposition of partial travel restrictions in some major states has triggered a clamour among a section of airlines for reduction of flight capacity. Accordingly, industry insiders contend that rising cases have severely impacted demand leading to cancellations. Notably, the Centre till now has allowed […]

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Telangana releases Godavari water into Manjeera

Hyderabad, April 6 (IANS) Telangana on Tuesday reached a key milestone in the journey to achieve the goal of irrigating one crore acres of land with the water from Godavari river joining the Manjeera river. Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, who drew and implemented the plan to irrigate one crore acres, released water from Kondapochamma […]

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92-year-old voter felicitated in Assam

Guwahati, April 6 (IANS) A 92-year-old elderly voter, who has been voting in every election since India’s independence, on Tuesday cast his vote at a polling station in western Assam’s Goalpara district, officials said. Election officials said that nonagenarian Siramjit Rabha, was felicitated with a traditional ‘Gamocha’ after he cast his vote at Kothakuthi Lower […]

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Raindrops can help identify potential habitable planets

New York, April 6 (IANS) The size of raindrops can help identify potentially habitable planets outside our solar system, according to a new research. The study led by researchers from Harvard University in Massachusetts, US, found that raindrops are remarkably similar across different planetary environments, even planets as drastically different as Earth and Jupiter. Understanding […]

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K’taka govt talks tough ahead of RTCs indefinite strike

Bengaluru, April 6 (IANS) Taking a tough stand, the Karnataka government on Tuesday ruled out any negotiations with various Road Transport Corporations employees deciding to go on an indefinite strike from Wednesday, demanding that their salaries be increased in accordance with the sixth pay commission recommendations. The employees of four different state run road transport […]

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Yahoo Answers to shut down on May 4

San Francisco, April 6 (IANS) One of the longest running web Q&A platforms Yahoo Answers, which has been operating since 2005, will shut down permanently on May 4. Yahoo, which is now part of Verizon Media Group, announced the change at the top of the Yahoo Answers homepage. The message links to a FAQ, which […]

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Maha govt, Deshmukh move SC against Bombay HC order for CBI probe (Lead)

New Delhi, April 6 (IANS) The Maharashtra government and former state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh have moved the Supreme Court, challenging the Bombay High Court order directing a CBI preliminary enquiry into corruption allegations levelled by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh. A division bench of Bombay High Court comprising Chief Justice Dipankar Datta […]

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Tiger Shroff goes shirtless on the beach

Mumbai, April 6 (IANS) Bollywood action star and fitness enthusiast Tiger Shroff on Tuesday posted a new Instagram picture flaunting chiselled beef. In the image, the actor poses on the beach in shorts. The star completed his look with sunglasses. “Did you just call… beach,” he captioned, clearly indicating he misses the sun and sand. […]

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Tirupati priests call on Andhra CM after reinstatement

Amaravati, April 6 (IANS) Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) chief priest A. V. Ramana Deekshitulu and other priests called on Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Tuesday, following their reinstatement. The priests presented Lord Venkateswara Swamy’s prasadam (consecrated food) to Reddy and thanked him for reinstating 15 hereditary priests associated with the temples under […]

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Kareena Kapoor Khan wants a tan!

Mumbai, April 6 (IANS) Kareena Kapoor Khan is in the need of tan, going by her post on social media. On Tuesday, Kareena posted two pictures on Instagram, where she is seen flaunting perfect skin. “I need a tan… Ok going to workout now,” Kareena wrote alongside the image. Kareena’s photographs currently have 189K likes […]

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Kumanan in cruise mode, takes big lead on Day 3

Mussanah, Oman, April 6 (IANS) Top Indian sailor, Chennai-based Nethra Kumanan, continued to cruise in the Mussanah Open Championship 2021 — an Asian qualifying event for the Tokyo Olympics — consolidating her position at the top on the third day of the women’s Laser Radial event at the Millennium Resort here. The first Indian woman […]

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How beef industry can reduce greenhouse emissions

New York, April 6 (IANS) The global beef industry, particularly in the US and Brazil, can potentially reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by nearly 50 per cent with proper land management, improving production efficiency, suggests a research. The findings showed that using carbon sequestration management strategies on grazed lands, including using organic soil amendments and […]

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5 UP jails to turn into high-security prisons

Lucknow, April 6 (IANS) Five jails in Uttar Pradesh will be converted into high-security prisons. The jails selected for the upgradation are in Lucknow, Bareilly, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Azamgarh and Chitrakoot. According to additional chief secretary home, Avanish Awasthi, these jails will take about two years for completion. “They will be equipped with high-end gadgets […]

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BHU to collaborate on research on hydrogen energy

Varanasi, April 6 (IANS) The Hydrogen Energy Centre at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and the National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC), New Delhi, have agreed to collaborate in research on carbon neutral green energy and pilot project of hydrogen energy development. According to the coordinator Prof O N Srivastava, a meeting of scientists was held recently […]

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Ex-India wicket-keeper Kiran More tests positive

Mumbai, April 6 (IANS) Former India wicket-keeper Kiran More, who is part of the staff at Mumbai Indians, has tested positive for Covid-19, a statement from the Mumbai Indians franchise said on Tuesday. More is a scout and wicket-keeping consultant with the Mumbai franchise. “Mr More is currently asymptomatic and has been isolated. Mumbai Indians […]

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Pakistan keeps most schools shut

Islamabad, April 6 (IANS) Pakistani authorities announced on Tuesday that most schools would remain closed for another three weeks as thousands of children were infected with Covid-19 amid a third of wave of the pandemic. Students from grades one to eight will remain at home until April 28 before the situation is reviewed again, dpa […]

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Dating revisits old school trends

By Puja GuptaNew Delhi, April 6 (IANSlife) With changing times, the dating scenario has also witnessed major shifts. According to a recent survey, various old-fashioned trends are making a comeback in the dating community and there are various notable changes in the behaviour and ideology of both men and women daters. Dating platform QuackQuack’s survey […]

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2 UP cops suspended after hooch tragedy

Lucknow, April 6 (IANS) Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered suspension of two police officers in Pratapgarh regarding the sale of spurious liquor, which recently led to the death of seven persons. The Chief Minister has also ordered a probe by the anti-corruption wing into the assets of the officials. The two officials are Additional […]

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Telangana and Puducherry Guv voted in Chennai

Chennai, April 6 (IANS) Telangana Governor and the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry Tamilisai Soundararajan on Tuesday cast her vote here and went back to Puducherry. In a tweet Soundararajan said: “After executing my democratic duty to vote in Chennai, reached back #Puducherry now. Interacted with Advisors & CS to get feedback on the situation in […]

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Tropical cyclone Seroja kills 128 in Indonesia

Jakarta, April 6 (IANS) At least 128 people were killed and 72 others remain unaccounted for due to floods and landslides triggered by tropical cyclone Seroja in the Indonesia’s East Nusa Tenggara province, the country’s disaster mitigation agency said on Tuesday. The National Disaster Management Agency’s spokesman Raditya Jati said in a statement that eight […]

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NZ-Aus quarantine-free travel to begin

Wellington, April 6 (IANS) New Zealand’s successful management of the Covid-19 pandemic means quarantine-free travel between the country and Australia will start on April 19, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Tuesday. The conditions for starting to open up quarantine free travel with Australia have been met, Ardern told a press conference. “The Director-General of […]

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Gurugram: Urban forest to be developed in Aravali

Gurugram, April 6 (IANS) An urban forest is to be developed in the Aravali area of Sikanderpur and Chakarpur in the city, said the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA)officials. The project, proposed on 100 hectares (250 acres) of forest land, is to be fenced off for which the GMDA has started preparations. The authority officials […]

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North Korea opts out of Tokyo Olympics

Seoul, April 6 (IANS) North Korea does not plan to take part in this year’s Tokyo Olympic Games because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a media report. Pyongyang’s Olympic Committee made the decision on March 25, according to the website Sport in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, which reports on sports in North […]

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UK PM confirms further lockdown easing (Ld)

London, April 6 (IANS) UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that from April 12, non-essential shops will reopen and pubs and restaurants will restart outdoor dining as the country moves to step two of the roadmap out of the Covid-19 lockdown. Meanwhile, hairdressers and barbers as well as gyms and spas can reopen, along […]

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34 IS militants killed in 3-month Iraq operation

Baghdad, April 6 (IANS) At least 34 Islamic State (IS) militants were killed and 99 others arrested during a three-month security operation in the country against the terror group, the military said. Yahia Rasoul, spokesman of the commander-in-chief of the Iraqi forces, said in a statement on Monday that the Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) conducted 109 […]

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