Telangana using emerging technologies in healthcare: KTR

Hyderabad, April 7 (IANS) Telangana’s Industry and Information Technology K.T. Rama Rao on Wednesday said that the state government is utilising emerging technologies to boost health services in combating Covid-19. Participating virtually in the Global Technology Government Summit organised by the World Economic Forum (WEF), the minister, speaking on the theme ‘Saving lives with emerging […]

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Need to allow walk-in vaccination for all, says Chidambaram

New Delhi, April 7 (IANS) Supporting demands for expanding the Covid vaccination coverage, Congress leader and former Union Minister P. Chidambaram on wednesday also said that the need now is that there should be walk-in vaccinations without any pre-registration. “IMA has called for universal vaccination. Several CMs have demanded universal vaccination. Yet the central government […]

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Amit Sadh quits social media

Mumbai, April 7 (IANS) Actor Amit Sadh on Wednesday uploaded what will possibly be his last post on Instagram. In the post, he informed fans that he is leaving social media for good. In a long note, the actor said that in these tough times of pandemic, he doesn’t feel right about spamming people with […]

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Bus strike: Normal life disrupted in Karnataka

Bengaluru, April 7 (IANS) In the wake of the Karnataka State Road Transport Employees League (KSRTEL) calling for an indefinite strike demanding their salaries be brought on par with other government employees, normal life was disrupted across the state on Wednesday. Many passengers in Bengaluru were stranded at major bus terminals, including Majestic, Shantinagar, Shivajinagar, […]

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Vaze opens Pandora’s box for MVA, accuses Deshmukh, Parab of asking him to extort money (Ld)

By Anand Singh and Quaid NajmiMumbai, April 7 (IANS) Spelling fresh trouble for the Maha Vikas Aghadi government (MVA) in Maharashtra, arrested Mumbai Police crime branch officer Sachin Vaze has opened up a Pandora’s Box by accusing former Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and Transport Minister Anil Parab of pressuring him […]

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AstraZeneca legal notice to SII over delays

New Delhi, April 7 (IANS) Adar Poonawalla’s Serum Institute of India (SII) has been served a legal notice by AstraZeneca over delays in supplying the Covid vaccine. Poonawalla has mentioned that the existing production capacity to manufacture Covishield in India is under pressure due to increased demand in India. Poonawalla has also mentioned as per […]

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Sachin Vaze was Mumbai ex-top cop Singh’s privileged, blue-eyed boy: Report (Ld)

By Quaid NajmiMumbai, April 7 (IANS) The controversial arrested-suspended police official Sachin Vaze was apparently a privileged and blue-eyed boy of former Mumbai top cop Param Bir Singh, as per a report submitted by Mumbai Commissioner of Police Hemant Nagrale to the Maharashtra Home Department. Starting with his reinstatement, the report details Assistant Police Inspector […]

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Top cops jittery as NIA grills ‘encounter king’ Pradeep Sharma in extortion racket

Mumbai/New Delhi , April 7 (IANS) Seen close to the Shiv Sena leadership and regarded as the ‘encounter king of Mumbai’ for eliminating over 300 criminals, former Senior Police Inspector Pradeep Sharma was quizzed by the National Investigation Agency(NIA) over his series of meetings with Sachin Vaze, the head of Crime Branch’s Criminal Intelligence Unit, […]

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BJP will form govt in Assam: Baijayant Panda

New Delhi, April 7 (IANS) A day after polling for the 126-member Assam Assembly ended on Tuesday, BJP’s National Vice President and state in-charge Baijayant Jay Panda asserted on Wednesday that the saffron party will form the government in the northeastern state for a second term. Talking to the media after getting vaccinated for Covid-19 […]

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Vaze opens Pandora’s box for MVA, says Deshmukh asked him to extort money from bars

By Anand SinghMumbai, April 7 (IANS) Arrested Mumbai Police crime branch officer Sachin Vaze has opened up a Pandora’s Box for the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra, accusing former Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, Transport Minister Anil Parab and others of pressuring him to extort money from the contractors of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and […]

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Goa unveils new penalties for traffic offences; Opposition cries foul

Panaji, April 7 (IANS) Chief Minister Pramod Sawant-led government’s decision to notify rules for the central Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Act, 2019, which mandates heavy penalties for traffic related offences has triggered a new flashpoint between the Opposition and the BJP-led coalition government. A day after the government notified the penalties — which are scheduled to […]

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Weekly Covid-19 tests for SAI staff, athletes

New Delhi, April 7 (IANS) Following the second wave of Covid-19 across India, the Sports Authority of India has released a new set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to curb the spread of virus at the SAI campuses and National Centres of Excellence (NCOEs). Weekly testing of all athletes, support staff and members of administration […]

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Despite losing father, Howrah DM returned to conduct polls next day

By Saibal GuptaKolkata, April 7 (IANS) Howrah’s District Magistrate and District Election Officer Mukta Arya was congratulated by chief secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay and the Election Commission of India for her exceptional performance in conducting the polls of the seven assembly constituencies of Howrah on Tuesday but hardly did anyone know that this young IAS discharged […]

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Disha Patani flaunts washboard abs

Mumbai, April 7 (IANS) Actress Disha Patani shows off washboard abs in a new mirror selfie she posted on Wednesday. The actress has been working out at home ever since gyms have shut due to lockdown. Disha keeps giving fans a sneak peak into her workout regime and technique to stay fit. In the latest […]

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Assam woman writer held for sedition for questioning martyrs’ on FB

Guwahati, April 7 (IANS) The Assam police have arrested Guwahati based writer Sikha Sarma for allegedly making controversial comments against Martyrs on social media, police said on Wednesday. Guwahati Police Commissioner Munna Prasad Gupta said that the 48-year-old Assamese writer was arrested on Tuesday on various charges including sedition for her alleged Facebook post on […]

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Better masks, adequate ventilation must to curb Covid indoors

Bhubaneswar, April 7 (IANS) A commercial five-layered mask coupled with social distancing and good ventilation may be key to curtail the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, in enclosed spaces like offices, prisons and hospitals, say researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar, Odisha. The findings, published in the journal AIP Advances, […]

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5 arrested by Bihar police for Madhubani murders

Patna, April 7 (IANS) The Bihar police on Wednesday arrested five persons, including the main accused, allegedly involved in the murder of five persons in Bihar’s Madhubani district on Holi, said a police official. Jitendra Kumar, Bihar Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), confirmed the arrest of the accused. He said the main accused Praveen […]

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Mahindra starts end-to-end vehicle scrappage

New Delhi, April 7 (IANS) Automobile major Mahindra & Mahindra has initiated a new end-to-end solution for scrapping of old vehicles. The company has signed an MoU with Mahindra MSTC Recycling Private Ltd (MMRPL) towards offering its customers first of its kind end-to-end solution for scrapping of vehicles. At present, MMRPL is engaged in the […]

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Filmmakers react to Film Certification Appellate Tribunal being abolished

Mumbai, April 7 (IANS) The Ministry of Law and Justice has reportedly abolished the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) with immediate effect. Filmmakers and producers took to Twitter to express their disappointment. Filmmaker Hansal Mehta tweeted on Wednesday: “Do the high courts have a lot of time to address film certification grievances? How many film […]

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When Ayushmann goes back to being himself

Mumbai, April 7 (IANS) Ayushmann Khurrana looks dapper in his new Instagram post on Wednesday, in a black T-shirt and a printed black-and-white muffler. The actor describes his mood in the frame as “being myself”. “There are days when awareness of things around me sharpen. And then I just go back being myself,” Ayushmann wrote […]

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Android app offering free Netflix may steal your WhatsApp data

New Delhi, April 7 (IANS) Cybersecurity researchers said on Wednesday that they have discovered a fake service app on Google Play Store that offers users view Netflix on their smartphones for free, while monitoring their WhatsApp notifications and sending automatic replies to incoming messages. Named ‘FlixOnline’, the hackers distributed the malware via malicious auto-replies to […]

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Anubhav Sinha takes vaccine for COVID-19 prevention

Mumbai, April 7 (IANS) Filmmaker Anubhav Sinha on Wednesday took the vaccine for Covid-19 prevention, and shared a photograph with a frame with reads: “I am Covid-19 vaccinated”. “Here we go!!! Thanks @nanavatihospital,” the 55-year-old filmmaker shared in an Instagram post along with the picture. Sinha’s post comes at a time when several Bollywood celebrities […]

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PCA Auto plans one new model each for next 4-5 years, launches Citroen C5 Aircross

Chennai, April 7 (IANS) Global automotive manufacturer Stellantis group’s Indian arm PCA Automobiles India Private Limited is planning to launch one new model every year for the next four-five years and will ship out those vehicle platforms, a senior official said on Wednesday. Launching the company’s first vehicle for the Indian market, Citroen C5 Aircross, […]

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Aus PM calls on EU to release Covid jabs

Canberra, April 7 (IANS) Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday called on the European Union (EU) to release doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. Morrison said that delays to Australia’s vaccine rollout were a matter of “straightforward maths” with AstraZeneca blocked from exporting more than 3 million doses, reports Xinhua news agency. “It’s straightforward […]

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Identity cards for corona volunteers in MP

Bhopal, April 7 (IANS) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that identity cards will be issued to all corona volunteers in the state by the district administrations. He was speaking to different sections of the society via video conferencing during his 24-hour health satyagraha. Self-motivated corona volunteers have an important role to […]

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Japanese prefecture declares medical emergency

Tokyo, April 7 (IANS) Japan’s Osaka on Wednesday declared a state of medical emergency as hospitals in the western prefecture were overwhelmed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Osaka reported 878 new infections on Wednesday, the largest daily spike since the outset of the outbreak, reports dpa news agency. The surge is attributed to more contagious variants […]

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Ex-Aus PM mistaken as Uber driver

Canberra, April 7 (IANS) Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd briefly stepped into a new role as an Uber driver in Queensland state, giving a lift to a group of “tipsy” diners who mistakenly piled into his car. “Guilty as charged,” Rudd tweeted in response to a media report on the incident on Wednesday. “Four […]

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Whistleblower protections: Alphabet shareholder wants policy review

San Francisco, April 7 (IANS) Google’s abrupt firing of prominent Artificial Intelligence (AI) ethics researcher Timnit Gebru late last year and reports of the company sacking more employees later has now led an Alphabet shareholder to push for adoption of policies for better whistleblower protections. Trillium Asset Management has filed a shareholder resolution asking the […]

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Chile postpones landmark elections

Santiago, April 7 (IANS) Chilean President Sebastian Pinera announced that this week’s landmark polls to elect for councillors, mayors and, for the first time ever, regional governors and members of a constituent assembly to draft a new Constitution, will be postponed till May 15-16 due to a Covid-19 resurgence. In a speech at the government […]

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Covid: New AI-powered tool can assess symptoms, cut doctor visits

New York, April 7 (IANS) US researchers have developed new Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered symptom checkers that can self-assess Covid-19 risk and potentially reduce the number of people going to in-person clinics during the pandemic. Covid symptom checkers, developed by the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), use AI to help users identify their level of […]

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Pak passes 15K Covid deaths

Islamabad, April 7 (IANS) Pakistan on Wednesday passed the grim milestone of 15,000 Covid-19-related deaths as the country struggles to contain the spread of the virus amid a third wave of the pandemic. The death toll now stands at 15,026, with 102 fatalities reported during the last 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry. The […]

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59 killed in 24 hours in Afghanistan

Kabul, April 7 (IANS) At least 59 people were killed in insurgent activities and clashes in Afghanistan in the past 24 hours, a local independent war monitoring group said on Wednesday. “Within the past 24 hours, our team has documented 59 deaths, including eight civilians, nine Afghan National Defense and Security Forces members, and 42 […]

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Nepal starts administering Chinese vax

Kathmandu, April 7 (IANS) Nepal on Wednesday started administering Chinese Covid-19 vaccines amid a resurgence of new cases int he Himalayan nation. A batch of the vaccines developed by Sinopharm was delivered to Nepal late last month, reports Xinhua news agency. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, the Chinese vaccines are being administered […]

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Heart health is the first step to health

By Puja GuptaNew Delhi, April 7 (IANSlife) As per global reports by the World Health Organization, heart-related ailments have remained the leading cause of mortality at the global level for the last 20 years. India is leading the race, as research reports suggest that mortality from cardiovascular diseases in India has grown exponentially, from 2.26 […]

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Nearly 1mn jobs lost in Italy in 12 months

Rome, April 7 (IANS) The coronavirus pandemic has cost the Italian economy nearly one million jobs, said the country’s National Statistics Institute (ISTAT) on Tuesday. The institute recorded 22.2 million employed Italians by the end of February, a reduction of 945,000 compared to the same period a year earlier, Xinhua news agency quoted the Institute […]

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Night curfew clamped in 20 Gujarat cities

Gandhinagar, April 7 (IANS) After the Gujarat High Court’s advice to impose lockdown or curfew in Gujarat for 3-4 days to curb the pandemic outbreak, the Gujarat government announced that night curfew will be clamped in twenty other major cities from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. starting Wednesday till April 30. Night curfew is already […]

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Palestinian factions accuse Israel of poll interference

Ramallah, April 7 (IANS) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas-led Fatah party and the Islamic Hamas movement have accused Israel of interfering in the upcoming legislative elections scheduled for May 22. Jamal Muheisen, member of the Fatah Central Committee, said a statement issued on Tuesday that Israel is interfering in the Palestinian elections by arresting candidates in […]

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Ex-TN Chief Secretary appointed NGT special member

Chennai, April 7 (IANS) Former Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary, Girija Vaidyanathan, has been appointed as a special member of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) Southern bench here, headed by Justice K. Ramakrishnan. Saibal Dasgupta, the present expert member, has been transferred to the Eastern bench of the NGT. Vaidyanathan was appointed by the principal bench […]

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EU ready on concrete agenda with Turkey

Ankara, April 7 (IANS) Top officials of the European Union (EU) expressed readiness to work on a concrete agenda with Turkey to push forward economy and migration cooperation between the two sides. The remarks came after European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip […]

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UP man set on fire, blames ex-girlfriend

Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh), April 7 (IANS) A 26-year-old married man was allegedly set on fire for stalking a woman in the Bahedi area of Bareilly. The victim has been admitted to a private hospital in a critical condition, said police. According to police reports, the man was reportedly in a relationship with the woman but […]

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Keep focusing on fighting Covid: PM

New Delhi, April 7 (IANS) On World Health Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday urged citizens to keep focusing on fighting the Covid-19 pandemic by adopting all safety measures like wearing of masks and washing hands. “The government of India is taking numerous measures including Ayushman Bharat and PM Janaushadhi Yojana to ensure people […]

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Arctic militarily important for Russia: Kremlin

Moscow, April 7 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin considers military presence in the Arctic as an absolutely necessary element of the country’s military construction, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. The Arctic continues to be an important region with strong economic potential, and Russia has extensive plans for its development that are being consistently implemented, Xinhua […]

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Vedanta’s ‘waste to wealth’ programs foster MSMEs in rural Odisha & Chhattisgarh

New Delhi, April 7 (IANS) Vedanta Aluminium & Power Business, India’s largest producer of the aluminium and its value-added products, is fostering hundreds of MSMEs in remote rural areas with its innovative ‘waste to wealth’ programmes. Waste to wealth projects form a key pillar of Vedanta’s sustainability agenda that is centred around ‘Zero Harm, Zero […]

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Reports of Covid treatment costs have changed India’s attitude towards health insurance: Survey

New Delhi, April 7 (IANS) Rising healthcare costs in general and reports of astronomical Covid-19 treatment costs at private hospitals have changed India’s attitude towards health insurance. As per a survey by Policybazaar, most consumers are purchasing health plans with a bigger cover, showcasing an uptick in demand for higher sum insured health policies (more […]

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Pak to approach IMF for 2nd bailout package

By Hamzah AmeerIslamabad, April 7 (IANS) In a major decision aimed at curbing the worsening financial and economic situation of Pakistan due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced that his government will reach out to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) again, seeking a second relief package. The announcement by the premier […]

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Morocco helps France thwart terror attack

Rabat, April 7 (IANS) Morocco has provided key intelligence about a planned attack on a church in France and helped the latter country stop to foil it, the Rabat-based General Directorate for Territorial Surveillance (DGST) said. In a statement issued on Tuesday, the DGST passed on information of a French woman of Moroccan origin on […]

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RCB’s Daniel Sams tests Covid positive

Chennai, April 7 (IANS) Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) fast bowler Daniel Sams has tested positive for Covid-19, the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise said in a statement on Wednesday. Sams had a negative report upon his arrival on April 3, but was found to be positive on Wednesday during the second round of testing, RCB […]

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50 dead in suspected cholera outbreak in Nigeria

Abuja, April 7 (IANS) At least 50 people have been killed in a suspected cholera outbreak this year in Nigeria, local health authorities confirmed. Some eight states across the country had reported the suspected cholera outbreak, Xinhua news agency quotedthe Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), which is currently monitoring the situation and coordinating the […]

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Bayern’s Gnabry tests positive for Covid-19

Munich, April 7 (IANS) Bayern Munich will be without Serge Gnabry for their Champions League quarter-final first leg against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday after the winger tested positive for the coronavirus. The 25-year-old Gnabry “is feeling fine and is now quarantining at home,” Bayern said on Tuesday. Earlier coach Hansi Flick told a news conference […]

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Real beat Liverpool 3-1 in CL quarters

Madrid, April 7 (IANS) Real Madrid produced one of their best performances of the season to beat Liverpool 3-1 in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals. Madrid’s preparations the game were disrupted by a positive Covid-19 test for central defender Raphael Varane before the game, but it didn’t affect their performance on Tuesday […]

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Ex-Mumbai top cop Param Bir Singh appears before NIA

Mumbai, April 7 (IANS) Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh on Wednesday deposed before the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for the first time in connection with the explosive laden SUV outside Reliance industries chairman Mukesh Ambani’s residence and mysterious death of businessman Manuskh Hiren. Singh arrived at the NIA office here on Wednesday morning. […]

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