Punjab sets up panel to track, monitor sexual offences

Chandigarh, June 30 (IANS) The Punjab government on Wednesday set up a state-level committee to regularly track, monitor, and ensure speedy investigation in all sexual offences against women and children. The decision was taken at a high-level review meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan, who announced that the six-member committee, headed by the Additional […]

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SEBI again extends timelines for several regulatory compliances

Mumbai, June 30 (IANS) In view of the Covid situation in the country and eventual restrictions, capital market regulator SEBI has further extended timelines for compliance of several regulatory requirements by brokers, clearing members and depositories. The deadline for client funding reporting and operating the trading terminals from designated alternate locations has been extended till […]

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Tesla is recalling nearly 300,000 EVs in China: Report

Beijing, June 30 (IANS) Elon Musk’s EV maker Tesla will remotely update the Autopilot software in about 285,000 of its cars in China to prevent drivers from mistakenly activating the Autopilot feature while driving. According to GizmoChina, this is after the country’s regulatory agency investigated claims that drivers inadvertently switch to Autopilot when driving. The […]

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SCR seizes tickets worth Rs 16.32 lakh in crackdown

Hyderabad, June 30 (IANS) South Central Railway (SCR) has seized train tickets worth Rs 16.32 lakh during a special drive against touts and unauthorised agents. To curb the menace of black-marketing of passenger reservation tickets and to facilitate a hassle-free journey for passengers, the SCR intensified massive special drives against touts and unauthorised agents at […]

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Chennai Air Customs seize narcotic pills

Chennai, June 30 (IANS) Chennai Air Customs have seized two postal parcels containing MDMA-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine narcotic pills valued at about Rs 5.25 lakh. In a statement issued here, the Commissioner of Customs, Chennai International Airport said based on information, officials seized two postal parcels containing MDMA tablets from Netherlands and France at Foreign Post Office here. […]

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Hyundai Motor India rolls out fastest 10 millionth car

New Delhi, June 30 (IANS) Automobile major Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) has achieved the fastest rollout of 10 million cars from its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility near Chennai, Tamil Nadu. According to the company, production of 10 million cars is a result of smart manufacturing and re-affirms Hyundai’s commitment towards making India self-reliant. Besides, the […]

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BBMP to launch mega tax collection drive

Bengaluru, June 29 (IANS) Cash-strapped city’s civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has planned to launch ‘Khata Mela’ (mega tax collection drive) in all the eight zones in order to reach its revenue collection target. BBMP’s chief commissioner Gaurav Gupta, who held a meeting with revenue officials, directed them to plan and subsequently organise […]

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Jagan’s welfare pushing Andhra into bankruptcy: BJP

Amaravati, June 29 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Somu Veerraju on Tuesday alleged that Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy was pushing the state into indebtedness and bankruptcy by going after welfare. “Without earning revenue in the state, Reddy is continuing welfare rule, leading to the state’s indebtedness and bankruptcy,” alleged Veerraju. […]

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Ethiopia announces unilateral ceasefire in Tigray

Addis Ababa, June 29 (IANS) The Ethiopian government has announced a unilateral ceasefire in the country’s conflict-hit Tigray state. The Ethiopian government, in a statement published late Monday night by state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC), said the move followed a request by the Tigray regional state interim administration, reports Xinhua news agency. The unilateral ceasefire […]

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Unpardonable: SC slams Centre for delay on portal for migrant workers’ registration

New Delhi, June 29 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Tuesday slammed the Centre for having a lackadaisical approach in developing a portal for registration of the unorganized or migrant workers, to avail benefits from various government schemes. A bench comprising Justice Ashok Bhushan and M.R. Shah said: “When the unorganized workers are waiting for registration […]

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Rocket fire targets US base in Syria

Damascus, June 29 (IANS) Rocket fire targeted a US military base in Syria’s eastern province of Deir al-Zour, state media reported on Tuesday. The targeted base targeted on Monday evening is located in the al-Omar oil field in the eastern countryside of Deir al-Zour, Xinhua news agency quoted the state media report as saying, without […]

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Democrats urged to separate infrastructure bill from reconciliation

Washington, June 29 (IANS) US Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has urged congressional Democrats to follow President Joe Biden in separating the bipartisan infrastructure bill from a larger reconciliation legislation. “The President has appropriately delinked a potential bipartisan infrastructure bill from the massive, unrelated tax-and-spend plans that Democrats want to pursue on a partisan basis. […]

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Yediyurappa steps in to resolve row over class 10 exams

Bengaluru, June 29 (IANS) Karnataka chief minister, B.S. Yediyurappa on Tuesday stepped in to clear the ‘confusion’ over announcement of class 10 examination, erupted after the education minister announced the dates on Monday. Taking to Twitter, Yediyurappa said that there is no confusion over the announcement of conducting examination for state board’s class 10 (Secondary […]

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Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar and Dia Mirza join #jaagore

By IANSlifeNew Delhi, June 29 (IANSlife) From domestic help, your driver to your gardener, unsung heroes make life easier every day. Getting them vaccinated is as important as getting yourselves vaccinated. Bollywood’s celebrities Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar and Dia Mirza have joined hands to show their support towards vaccinating their support staff. The actors urge […]

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Kovind lays foundation of Ambedkar Centre

Lucknow, June 29 (IANS) President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday laid the foundation stone for Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar Memorial and Cultural Centre in Lucknow’s Aishbagh, virtually from the Lok Bhawan here. An urn containing the ashes of the Dalit icon will be placed in the memorial and will be open for public viewing. Addressing […]

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Shraddha Kapoor’s new style takeaway

By Puja GuptaNew Delhi, June 29 (IANSlife) A minimalistic, simple approach towards fashion and beauty is what actress Shraddha Kapoor’s new fashion mantra, as the pandemic has reaffirmed her approach to minimalism and simplicity. “The entire lockdown period has resulted in all of us staying at home more that paved the way towards focusing on […]

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Israel allows fuel shipments to Gaza

Gaza, June 29 (IANS) After a 46-day ban, the Israeli authorities have allowed shipments of industrial fuel to the Gaza Strip to operate the sole power station in the Hamas-run enclave, Palestinian security sources said. The sources said that several trucks loaded with fuel entered Gaza on Monday through the Kerem Shalom commercial crossing, Xinhua […]

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Expect strong recovery in second half of 2021, says JCB India (IANS Spl)

By Rohit VaidNew Delhi, June 29 (IANS) Earthmoving and construction equipment major JCB India expects a strong recovery towards the second half of the year aided by the accelerated vaccination programme along with Centre’s focus on infrastructure creation. Accordingly, the company has pinned hopes on the record high budget set aside to create infrastructure especially […]

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Iraqi PM condemns US airstrikes near Syria border

Baghdad, June 29 (IANS) Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi condemned the US airstrikes on paramilitary Hashd Shaabi positions near the country’s border with Syria. A statement by his office on Monday said that al-Kadhimi’s comments came during the extraordinary session of the Ministerial Council for National Security held to address the repercussions of the US […]

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TN gears up for local body polls in new districts

Chennai, June 29 (IANS) Tamil Nadu gets battle ready for the next big polls in the state, for electing local bodies in Kancheepuram, Chengalpettu, Vellore, Tirupathur, Ranipet, Villupuram, Kallakurichi, Tirunelveli and Tenkasi. This will be the next crucial election, post the Assembly polls held in April, when the DMK handed a crushing defeat to the […]

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MediaTek unveils ‘Dimensity 5G Open Resource Architecture’ to customise features

Hsinchu (Taiwan), June 29 (IANS) Chipset maker MediaTek on Tuesday unveiled the ‘Dimensity 5G Open Resource Architecture’ that provides brands with more flexibility to customise key 5G mobile device features to address different market segments. The open resource architecture gives smartphone brands closer-to-metal access to customise features for cameras, displays, graphics, artificial intelligence (AI) processing […]

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China renews yellow alert for rainstorms

Beijing, June 29 (IANS) China’s national observatory has renewed a yellow alert for rainstorms across vast stretches of the country. Until Tuesday afternoon, heavy rains and rainstorms are expected in provincial-level regions including Zhejiang, Fujian and Jiangxi, the National Meteorological Centre said. The centre warned that some areas of Jiangxi, Fujian, Zhejiang, Guizhou and Sichuan […]

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Sikhs seek action against conversion of 2 girls in Kashmir

Lucknow, June 29 (IANS) Sikh organizations in the Uttar Pradesh capital have condemned alleged religious conversion of two Sikh girls in Jammu and Kashmir and demanded action against those responsible. The Lucknow Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (LGPC) held an emergency meeting on Monday evening and requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure action against those responsible […]

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TN CM to announce the new state DG of Police

Chennai, June 29 (IANS) Tamil Nadu chief minister M.K. Stalin will announce the name of the new state Director General of Police (DGP), on Tuesday. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has, in consultation with senior officials of the Tamil Nadu government at New Delhi on Monday, finalized a list of three senior-most IPS officers […]

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EU, WHO launch new tool for contact tracing

Brussels, June 29 (IANS) The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have developed a tool to evaluate the public health effectiveness of contact tracing solutions, according to a statement. The tool, described as an indicator framework, will provide countries with a standardised approach for evaluating their use […]

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Thailand readies to reopen Phuket on Thursday

Bangkok, June 29 (IANS) Thailand is readying to kick off the ‘Phuket Sandbox’ campaign on Thursday to reopen the country’s largest resort island to vaccinated international tourists, a top official said here. In a statement on Monday, Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said that hotels and other tourism-related venues throughout […]

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Mukhtar Ansari wants TV in jail

Barabanki (Uttar Pradesh), June 29 (IANS) Jailed Bahujan Samaj Party MLA and mafia don, Mukhtar Ansari, has pleaded before a Barabanki court for a television set in his barrack. Ansari made the plea during his appearance before Barabanki Chief Judicial Magistrate Rakesh, when a hearing was underway for the extension of his judicial custody in […]

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Munnawar Rana’s son attacked, escapes unhurt

Rae Bareli (Uttar Pradesh), June 29 (IANS) Unidentified bike borne attackers opened fire at renowned Urdu poet Munawwar Rana’s son Tabrez, police said The incident happened late on Monday night. Tabrez luckily managed to escape unhurt in the incident. According to reports, the attackers opened fire at Tabrez Rana near a petrol pump in Tripula […]

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All Italian regions are now ‘white zones’

Rome, June 29 (IANS) All regions of Italy has become the so-called “white zone”, with the lowest level of anti-coronavirus restrictions in the country’s four-tiered system. From Monday onwards, people were no longer required to wear face masks outdoors except for large gatherings, reports Xinhua news agency. But masks are still mandatory on public transport, […]

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Remix mantra: ’90s hits set the rhythm

Mumbai, June 29 (IANS) Remixes or recreations are nothing new to our musicians and to Bollywood, they have existed since the nineties. Ironically, nineties have suddenly become flavour of the season now. Many original songs created back then have found reinvented beats lately. So, while K-pop, reggaeton, hip-hop and rap create waves internationally, Bollywood flips […]

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HK to suspend passenger flights from Britain

Hong Kong, June 29 (IANS) The Hong Kong government has announced that from July 1, all passenger flights from Britain will be suspended in view of the latest Covid-19 situation in the latter country. In a statement on Monday, the government said that decision was taken as the pandemic situation rebounded recently in Britain with […]

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Global Covid-19 caseload tops 181.3mn

Washington, June 29 (IANS) The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 181.3 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.93 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Tuesday morning, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and death toll stood […]

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Russia adds 21,650 Covid-19 cases

Moscow, June 29 (IANS) Russia logged 21,650 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 5,472,941, the official monitoring and response centre said on Monday. The national death toll rose by 611 to 133,893 in the past day, while the number of recoveries grew by 12,626 to 4,969,340, the Xinhua […]

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Yediyurappa to write to Kerala CM appealing him not to rename border villages

Bengaluru, June 29 (IANS) Taking serious note over media reports about neighbouring Kerala state renaming some of its villages on bordering areas, Karnataka Chief Minister, B.S. Yediyurappa on Monday said that he would write to his counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan, appealing him not to rename villages situated on bordering areas. The Karnataka Border Area Development Authority […]

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Nepal introduces digital visa system

Kathmandu, June 29 (IANS) Nepal on Monday launched a digital visa system to replace its 45-year-old hand-written visa regime. Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Bishnu Prasad Paudel inaugurated the new system under which visas are produced digitally from the integrated information system of the Department of Immigration, the Xinhua news agency reported. According to […]

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Hyderabad’s link roads model for other cities: KTR

Hyderabad, June 29 (IANS) The link roads being developed in Hyderabad to ease traffic congestion on the main roads are becoming a model for other cities, Telangana Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister K.T. Rama Rao said on Monday. The minister said that Hyderabad Road Development Corporation (HRDC) officials are receiving calls from officials in […]

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Russia adds 20,538 Covid-19 cases

Moscow, June 28 (IANS) Russia has reported another 20,538 Covid-19 cases in the past 24-hour period, according to the official data released on Sunday. The total number of coronavirus cases in the country now stands at 5,451,291, the Xinhua news agency reported. The national Covid-19 death toll rose by 599 to 133,282 in the past […]

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Verstappen takes dominant F1 Styrian GP win

Styrian (Austria), June 27 (IANS) Red Bull’s Max Verstappen extended his lead in the 2021 Formula One world championship with an easy victory in Sunday’s Styrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring here. Starting from pole position, Verstappen managed the gap to push Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in second place and led every lap on […]

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DPCC Secretary Haji Meherban Qureshi joins AAP

New Delhi, June 27 (IANS) Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) Secretary Haji Meherban Qureshi on Sunday joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the presence of party’s state convenor and Delhi’s Cabinet Minister Gopal Rai. Qureshi said he was moved by the public welfare work being undertaken by the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government in Delhi […]

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Twitter’s interim grievance officer for India quits

New Delhi, June 27 (IANS) Days after his appointment as per the new IT guidelines, Twitter’s interim resident grievance officer for India, Dharmendra Chatur has stepped down, sources said. The US-headquartered micro-blogging platform’s website does not show his name, as mandated under Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021. Twitter declined […]

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Edgy Pak relies on Taliban as anti-India element in Afghanistan

New Delhi, June 27 (IANS) Pakistan’s security establishment, fearful of strategic encirclement by India, apparently continues to view the Afghan Taliban as a relatively friendly and reliably anti-India element in Afghanistan, as per a brief prepared by the US Congressional Research Service. The document on US policy in Afghanistan says Pakistan’s security services maintain ties […]

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SIDBI ties up with GAME to help MSMEs revive

New Delhi, June 27 (IANS) The Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) and the Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship (GAME) have entered into an MoU to help the MSMEs address their challenges that were accentuated during the pandemic, along with the longstanding capacity gaps in the sector. The broad themes covered under the MoU […]

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Kerala gold smuggling suspect’s car located

Thiruvananthapuram, June 27 (IANS) The car believed to be used by airport gold smuggling suspect Arjun Ayanki was found hidden behind bushes on a hillock opposite the Pariyaram Medical College hospital in Kerala’s Kannur district, police said on Sunday. Police had been on the lookout for the car which was suspected to be used in […]

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How US shadow banks exploited frontline workers during Covid

New York, June 27 (IANS) American “shadow banks”– which are less regulated and include private credit intermediaries such as private equity, venture capital, and hedge fund firms — have invested in ways that extracts profit from the misfortunes of frontline workers, struggling companies, and distressed sectors during the Covid-19 pandemic, finds new research. The research […]

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