India’s forex reserves rise by over $5 bn

Mumbai, June 4 (IANS) India’s foreign exchange reserves rose by $5.271 billion during the week ended May 28. According to the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) weekly statistical supplement, the reserves increased to $598.165 billion from $592.894 billion reported for the week ended May 21. India’s forex reserves comprise foreign currency assets (FCAs), gold reserves, […]

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India Chairman Rajesh Nambiar replaces Cognizant EVP Malcolm Frank

New Delhi, June 4 (IANS) In a significant development, IT major Cognizant has appointed Rajesh Nambiar, Chairman and Managing Director of Cognizant India, as the President of Digital Business & Technology (DB&T), effective from Friday. Nambiar, succeeding Malcolm Frank, Executive Vice President and President, Digital Business & Technology, will continue as Chairman, Cognizant India. According […]

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Drunk CRPF trooper kills wife in Bihar

Patna, June 4 (IANS) A CRPF trooper strangulated his wife to death in front of their two minor children in Bihar’s Gaya district on Friday after the latter asked him not to consume liquor in the house, the police said. The deceased, who has been identified as Sarika Kumari (36), was a contract teacher at […]

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RBI calls for targeted policy support for export

Mumbai, June 4 (IANS) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has suggested that the government should boost exports with a targeted policy support on an urgent basis. In his statement post the Monetary Policy Committee’s (MPC) bi-monthly meeting, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said that with external demand strengthening, a rebound in global trade is taking […]

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J&K sees 1,723 new Covid cases, 34 deaths

Srinagar, June 4 (IANS) J&K reported 1,723 new Covid cases and 34 deaths during the last 24 hours, officials said on Friday. A total of 599 cases and 13 deaths were reported from the Jammu division and 1,124 cases and 21 deaths from the Kashmir division while 2,731 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovery. […]

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Over 5,000 pigs die of African Swine Fever in Mizoram

Aizawl, June 4 (IANS) In the midst of rising Covid-19 pandemic, the African Swine Fever (ASF) has struck pigs in Mizoram, causing deaths of over 5,000 animals in different districts, officials said on Friday. Chief Minister Zoramthanga, in a tweet tagging the Prime Minister’s Office and Union DoNER (Development of North Eastern Region) Minister Jitendra […]

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Punjab govt discriminating against teachers: Akali Dal

Chandigarh, June 4 (IANS) The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Friday condemned the Congress government in Punjab for allegedly discriminating against teachers and forcing them to come to the streets, and asked state Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla not to behave in an ‘arrogant’ and ‘dictatorial’ manner and resolve the grievances of government school teachers […]

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Chadha’s posers to Punjab CM on vaccine ‘scam’

Chandigarh, June 4 (IANS) Criticising the Punjab government for selling government quota vaccines to private hospitals, AAP state affairs co-in charge Raghav Chadha on Friday said the government has committed another major vaccine ‘scam’. He asked Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and the Congress national president to answer five questions related to the vaccine ‘scam’. Addressing […]

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Adani Electricity launches green tariff initiative to switch to renewable energy

New Delhi, June 4 (IANS) Enabling its consumers to achieve their targets and aspirations for renewable energy along with flexibility, power distribution utility Adani Electricity Mumbai Limited (AEML) is offering a green tariff initiative in the Mumbai suburban area. Under the initiative, all the company’s consumers right from corporates, industrial, commercial, hotels, restaurants and residential […]

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Kamal Haasan favours TN Class 12 board examination

Chennai, June 4 (IANS) South Indian superstar-turned-politician and Founder President of Makkal Needhi Maian(MNM), Kamal Haasan has said that the Tamil Nadu government must conduct the Class 12 board examinations even if it gets delayed. He called upon the M.K. Stalin government to take a decision based on the best interests of the students in […]

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Doorstep diesel delivery picks up pace in Rajasthan

By Archana SharmaJaipur, June 4 (IANS) Doorstep diesel delivery is a new revolution in the field of energy distribution in Rajasthan which is easing the lives of the end-consumers without the hassles of diesel procurement. Four fuel entrepreneurs are bringing change in the fuel industry in Rajasthan with this door-to-door delivery model which includes Bikaner-based […]

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Goa launches portal for commercial plantation of trees

Panaji, June 4 (IANS) The Goa government on Friday launched an online portal to ease commercial plantation of trees, which would enable quick facilitation for felling of selected species trees planted for commercial reasons. “Today, we have launched an online portal for commercial plantations. A person who wants to start commercial plantation of commercially viable […]

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S’pore lauds ‘historic’ EU-ASEAN air travel agreement

Singapore, June 4 (IANS) The Singapore government on Friday said that the finalisation of an air transport and travel deal between the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the European Union (EU) is “a historic achievement”. The ASEAN-EU Comprehensive Air Transport Agreement “is the first such region-to-region agreement”, dpa news agency quoted Singapore’s Transport […]

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Belarusian TV airs interview with jailed activist

Minsk, June 4 (IANS) Belarusian state television has aired a long interview with imprisoned government critic Roman Protasevich for the first time since he was jailed after being offloaded a Ryanair flight on May 23. In the interview with the broadcaster ONT, which was aired on Thursday evening, the 26-year-old activist admitted to having organised […]

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Huge mystery sinkhole in Mexico growing

Mexico City, June 4 (IANS) A massive water-filled sinkhole which opened up for unknown reasons in a field in central Mexico is getting bigger, local authorities said. The sinkhole, which was just five metres in diameter when it was first discovered in the village of Santa Maria Zacatepec in the central state of Puebla, is […]

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NHRC asks govt to prioritise vax for lactating mothers

Jaipur, June 4 (IANS) The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked the secretary, ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW), to take appropriate action and submit an Action Taken Report (ATR) for prioritising vaccination of lactating mothers in India. Seeking the urgent intervention of the NHRC, Tapish Saraswat, a student of Law College, Rajasthan […]

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PM chairs meeting of CSIR Society

New Delhi, June 4 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday chaired a meeting of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Society via video conference. Addressing the CSIR Society, Modi said: The coronavirus pandemic has emerged as the biggest challenge of this century. But whenever there was a big humanitarian crisis in the […]

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K’taka cancels class 12 board exams, to hold class 10 exams in MCQ format

Bengaluru, June 4 (IANS) After bowing to pressure from parents and students, Karnataka on Friday decided to cancel class 12 (second-year pre-university) examinations but decided to hold class 10 (Secondary School Leaving Certificate, SSLC) examinations in Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) format in July. Addressing a press conference here, Karnataka Education Minister, S. Suresh Kumar announced […]

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SP leader booked under Pandemic act

Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh), June 4 (IANS) An FIR has been lodged under the Pandemic Act by the Gorakhpur police against Samajwadi Party leader Shailendra Yadav, after a video in which he can be seen dancing at the wedding, went viral on the social media. The wedding, sources said, was of his brother-in-law’s. Shailendra Yadav is […]

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Aus state on alert over new Covid variant

Melbourne, June 4 (IANS) Authorities in Victoria on Friday issued an alert as a new Covid-19 variant was detected in the Australian state’s latest outbreak and the source of the strain is still unidentified. The B.1.6172 coronavirus variant, also known as Delta, has been detected in two members of a family of four in West […]

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Ex-Canadian Senator urges independent probe over indigenous residential schools

Ottawa, June 4 (IANS) Former Canadian Senator Murray Sinclair has called for an independent investigation into the sites of indigenous residential schools across the country. Addressing the the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Committee of Parliament on Thursday, Sinclair, also the Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), said a search must be conducted outside […]

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Ghar-wapsi to be in focus at Trinamool meet

By Saibal GuptaKolkata, June 4 (IANS) Amid speculation of BJP national vice-president Mukul Roy’s returning to Trinamool Congress, Mamata Banerjee’s party is meeting for the first time on Saturday after their successful stint in theassembly polls. The two major issues that will feature is the ‘ghar-wapsi’ of the trinamool-turncoats and the party’s strategy in the […]

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Art for Education: Where Fashion Meets Philantropy

By IANSlife FeaturesNew Delhi, June 4 (IANSlife) Christie’s announces Art for Education, the inaugural celebrity art auction fundraiser to benefit the Chema Vision Children’s Center (Chema) in Nairobi, Kenya. The online sale is produced in collaboration with LA’s art and luxury fashion retailer, Church Boutique, and the eco-fashion house Ministry of Tomorrow (MOT) powered by […]

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Aus govt to fund dedicated quarantine facility

Melbourne, June 4 (IANS) The Australian government announced on Friday that it will fund a dedicated quarantine facility for returning travellers in Victoria, where a new Covid-19 outbreak led to a lockdown. The second-most populous state, also the hardest-hit state by the pandemic in the country, recently reported more than 60 cases linked to the […]

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Like HIV and hepatitis, Covid cannot infect new born baby from mother : Experts

By Sujit ChakrabortyAgartala/Guwahati, June 4 (IANS) Like HIV and hepatitis, Covid-19 cannot transmit to the new born babies even if the mother had tested positive for the deadly virus, as around 250 nCoV positive women were found to have delivered healthy babies in Tripura, doctors and experts said. Agartala Government Medical College’s (AGMC) Microbiology department […]

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2 policemen shot dead in Islamabad

Islamabad, June 4 (IANS) Two policemen were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Islamabad, sources in the Pakistani capital city said on Friday. The incident occurred when the policemen late on Thursday night stopped a motorbike for checking, but the riders opened fire at them rather than pulling over, Xinhua news agency quoted the sources […]

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Chicago to fully reopen on June 11

Chicago, June 4 (IANS) Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that the third largest US city will fully reopen on June 11, in line with the date of reopening of the state of Illinois ordered by Governor J.B. Pritzker. The date is three weeks earlier than the target date of July 4 that Lightfoot had initially […]

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Samsung smart healthcare centre to help govt hospitals fight Covid

New Delhi, June 4 (IANS) To help fight Covid-19 with better equipment and resources, Samsung India on Friday announced new Smart Healthcare centres at government hospitals across the country as part of its citizenship initiative. Samsung Smart Healthcare centres are equipped with modern Digital X-ray and Digital Ultrasound machines made by Samsung. “Samsung Smart Healthcare […]

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Kajal Aggarwal signs new film ‘Uma’

Mumbai, June 4 (IANS) Actress Kajal Aggarwal will play the female protagonist in a new film titled “Uma”. “I look forward to commencing shoot as soon as the situation around us gets better. I’m always keen to give a green signal to scripts that are fun, entertaining yet challenging for me as an actor. I’m […]

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Google unveils Pixel Buds A-Series at $99

San Francisco, June 4 (IANS) After accidentally announcing the Pixel Buds A-series on Twitter, Google has now officially unveiled its new TWS earbuds for just $99. The Pixel Buds A-Series is now available for pre-order in the US and Canada, arriving to customers by June 17. “To experience the full range of the speaker’s capabilities, […]

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World Bank, IMF urge action on Covid vax access

Washington, June 4 (IANS) The World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have called on countries anticipating excess Covid-19 vaccine supplies in the coming months to release their surplus doses as soon as possible to developing nations. “The coronavirus pandemic will not end until everyone has access to vaccines, including people in developing […]

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UN launches initiative to help cope with transnational corruption

United Nations, June 4 (IANS) With factors contributing to transnational corruption becoming increasingly complex, the UN has launched an initiative to “empower all countries” to find practical solutions and better tools to track, investigate and prosecute the scourge. On Thursday, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addressed the General Assembly’s first-ever special session against corruption via a video […]

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US Postal Service head under probe for fundraising

Washington, June 4 (IANS) The head of the US Postal Service is under federal investigation over political fundraising made by his employees, a spokesman confirmed. The investigation aims to find out wrong-doings in political fundraising involving Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s former business, New Breed Logistics, a supply-chain services provider of which he was the Chief […]

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Olympic-bound wrestler Malik fails dope test

By Navneet SinghNew Delhi, June 4 (IANS) Olympic-bound wrestler Sumit Malik has failed dope test conducted by United World Wrestling (UWW) during the May 6-9 World Olympic qualifiers held in Sofia, Bulgaria. The Delhi-based heavyweight wrestler Malik had won an Olympic quota place in men’s 125 kg freestyle event in Sofia. In the semi-final, the […]

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Mandate of UN mission in Sudan extended

United Nations, June 4 (IANS) The UN Security Council (UNSC) has extended the mandate of the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) for a year until June 3, 2022. Resolution 2579, adopted unanimously on Thursday, retains the four strategic objectives for UNITAMS outlined in Resolution 2524, which established the mission on June 3, […]

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Tunisia, France sign cooperation agreements

Tunis, June 4 (IANS) As French Prime Minister Jean Castex wrapped up his visit to Tunisia, the two countries signed several cooperation agreements covering the fields of maritime transport, prevention of natural disasters, seawater desalination, agriculture, commerce and digital technology. Leading a high-level delegation, the French Prime Minister on Wednesday arrived here on a two-day […]

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Finland extends entry curbs till June 27

Helsinki, June 4 (IANS) The Finland government has announced the extension of its Covid-19 travel restrictions from other Schengen countries until June 27. In a statement on Thursday, the government said that as the virus has continued to spread, Finland does not “yet have adequate measures to replace the restrictions”, Xinhua news agency reported However, […]

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Iran slams suspension of voting rights in UNGA

Tehran, June 4 (IANS) Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has expressed “strong dismay” over the suspension of the country’s voting rights at the UN General Assembly (UNGA), saying the US sanctions were to be blamed for Tehran’s inability to pay dues. Iran and the Central African Republic will lose their voting rights at the […]

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Suicide-pact couple of UP, out of danger

Jhansi (Uttar Pradesh), June 4 (IANS) A 20-year-old youth and 15-year-old girl, who had consumed poison in an apparent suicide pact, are now out of danger. The couple, both from Mahoba, had consumed poison in Lalitpur district, late on Wednesday night when they were being taken back to their families by the police. The two […]

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Net-zero sustainable design can save both environment and money

By Siddhi JainNew Delhi, June 4 (IANSlife) Sustainability is not an added construct; it is a way of living. When it comes to enabling sustainability through architecture, the role of design which prioritizes energy-efficiency assumes immense significance, say Indian architects. According to Sachin Rastogi, Founding Partner and Principal, Zero Energy Design Lab, “A ‘net-zero energy’ […]

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4 dead as bomb hits minibus in Kabul

Kabul, June 4 (IANS) Four people were killed and five others injured in a bombing targeting a minibus in Kabul, the third such explosion in the Afghan capital this week, the police confirmed. “The blast occurred in Pul-i-Sokhta locality. The number of death toll may change,” Kabul police spokesman Ferdaus Faramarz told reporters late Thursday, […]

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African nations acquire 53.5mn Covid vaccines

Addis Ababa, June 4 (IANS) African countries have acquired around 53.5 million Covid-19 vaccines so far, according to the continent’s health authorities. The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said on Thursday that 38.1 million Covid-19 doses have been administered till date, Xinhua news agency reported. Around 0.54 per cent of the […]

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RBI cuts growth forecast for FY22 to 9.5%

Mumbai, June 4 (IANS) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has lowered its growth projection for the current financial year to 9.5 per cent from the previous estimate of 10.5 per cent. Amid the severe second wave of Covid-19 and the lockdowns across states, the RBI has sharply reduced the growth estimate for the April-June […]

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