IndiGo’s Q4FY21 net loss widens

New Delhi, June 5 (IANS) Budget passenger carrier IndiGo on Saturday reported a wider net loss for the fourth quarter of 2020-21 on a year-on-year basis. Accordingly, the airline’s net loss widened by 31.7 per cent to Rs 1,147.2 crore in the three months ended March 31, 2021, from Rs 870.8 crore in the same […]

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India calls for global cooperation to combat fugitive economic offenders

New Delhi, June 5 (IANS) India on Saturday called for a strong and aligned international cooperation on the return of fugitive offenders and assets sought for such offences, consistent with international obligations and domestic legal systems. Union Minister Jitendra Singh stressed on the need while addressing the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Special Session on […]

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New Covid cases, daily deaths drop in J&K

Srinagar, June 5 (IANS) Both daily new cases and Covid related fatalities recorded a decline in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, with the Union Territory reporting 1,448 fresh cases and 25 deaths in the last 24 hours. Of the 1,448 cases reported on Saturday, 453 were from Jammu division and 995 from Kashmir division, while […]

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Tamil Nadu cancels Class 12 board exams

Chennai, June 5 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K.Stalin on Saturday announced the cancellation of Class 12 state board examinations due to the Covid-19 spread. In a statement, Stalin said discussions were held with experts and cross sections of the society on holding the exams for 12th standard students. While there were differing views, all […]

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Vitamin D may not protect against Covid: Study

New York, June 5 (IANS) While previous research early in the pandemic suggested that vitamin D cuts the risk of contracting Covid-19, a new study finds there is no genetic evidence that it works as a protective measure against the coronavirus. According to the researchers, including Guillaume Butler-Laporte from McGill University, vitamin D supplementation as […]

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Singapore F1 Grand Prix called off due to Covid

Singapore, June 5 (IANS) Formula One’s Singapore Grand Prix has been called off this year due to coronavirus restrictions, local organiser Singapore GP Pte Ltd have confirmed. “To cancel the event for a second year is an incredibly difficult decision, but a necessary one in light of the prevailing restrictions for live events in Singapore.” […]

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BMW launches iX EV in US starting at $83,200

San Francisco, June 5 (IANS) Leading German luxury car-maker BMW Group has launched the iX xDrive50, the production version of its iNext concept electric vehicle, in the US. “BMW is proud to announce the BMW iX xDrive50. Conceived from the outset as purely electric mobility, the iX sees BMW redefining its successful Sports Activity Vehicle […]

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Assam gets sixth national park, another to come up

Guwahati, June 5 (IANS) Diverse wildlife rich Raimona in western Assam’s Kokrajhar district has been notified as the state’s sixth national park on the occasion of the World Environment Day on Saturday. Attending the World Environment Day programme at Gandhi Mandap in Guwahati, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the state government has decided […]

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Amyra Dastur on father’s Covid experience: Will never forget feeling of utter terror

Mumbai, June 5 (IANS) Actress Amyra Dastur on Saturday shared a social media note talking about her father’s experience with Covid-19. She says she’ll never forget the feeling of utter terror and helplessness. Amyra posted a string of pictures with doctors and healthcare workers. Alongside the image, she wrote: “My father was admitted into hospital […]

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Himachal using plastic waste to build roads

Shimla, June 5 (IANS) As part of Himachal Pradesh’s initiative to use plastic waste to build roads, every year, about 60 tonnes of plastic waste are being collected to melt 190 km of roads, an official said on Saturday. Speaking at the state-level virtual World Environment Day function, Principal Secretary (Environment, Science and Technology), K.K. […]

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‘Twitter’ Dorsey on wrong side of Indian hurricane, ‘Koo’ Aprameya says he is ready

By Nikhila NatarajanNew York, June 5 (IANS) India on Saturday slammed a notice to billionaire Jack Dorsey’s Twitter, giving the microblogging platform one last chance to “immediately” comply with her new information technology rules which came into effect from May 26, 2021. A furious Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) warned Twitter that failure […]

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Facebook acquires Unit 2 Games

San Francisco, June 5 (IANS) Facebook has announced that it is acquiring Unit 2 Games, the developer behind free-to-play game creation and sharing tool Crayta. Like some other platforms out there, it builds on top of the Unreal Engine and gives users a more simple creation interface teamed with discovery and community features. Crayta has […]

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YSRCP MP sends legal notice to AP CID DGP

Amaravati, June 5 (IANS) The additional director general of police, AP CID has been sent a legal notice by rebel YSRCP MP Raghu Ramakrishna Raju’s legal team. The notice has demanded that the the articles seized from Raghu Ramakrishna Raju at the time of his arrest by the AP CID, be deposited with the magistrate. […]

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IED detected in Srinagar outskirts

Srinagar, June 5 (IANS) An improvised explosive device (IED) was detected by the security forces on Saturday in Chanapora locality, on the outskirts of Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar district. Police said the IED was placed inside a box and left close to the police post in Chanapora area. “Bomb disposal squad has reached the spot. […]

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‘Bhasan Char was the only option’

By Anwesha BhaumikKolkata, June 5 (IANS) Bangladesh was compelled to spend considerable funds to create the state-of-the-art facilities at Bhasan Char island for shifting some Rohingya refugees to decongest the Teknaf upazila in Cox’s Bazar for environmental considerations and to avoid conflicts, a top official said on Saturday. The senior Bangladeshi official said his poor, […]

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Pratik Gandhi, Malika Arora among celebs backing awareness drive on World Environment Day

Mumbai, June 5 (IANS) Celebrities including Malaika Arora, Pratik Gandhi, Dia Mirza, Sania Mirza, Neeraj Pandey and Shital Bhatia have come together to support an awareness campaign on World Environment Day. With the aim to raise awareness and rekindle hope within every individual with simple yet impactful calls to action — like tree plantation and […]

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Ekta Kapoor says she has voice notes of victim’s mother proving rape charges against Pearl V. Puri are false

Mumbai, June 5 (IANS) Producer Ekta Kapoor on Saturday expressed support for actor Pearl V. Puri, who has been arrested by Palghar police in Maharashtra for allegedly molesting and raping a child. Ekta says she has voice notes and messages of the alleged victim’s mother claiming that the rape and molestation charges are stories created […]

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Taliban captures another district in Afghanistan

Kabul, June 5 (IANS) Taliban militants have captured another district in Afghanistans eastern province of Nuristan, adding to recent military gains, officials said on Saturday. Provincial councillor Saidullah Nuristani told dpa news agency that government forces have abandoned Doab district after 20 days of resistance. According to Nuristani, the militants had blocked all the supply […]

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152 children killed in E.Ukraine conflict since 2014

Kiev, June 5 (IANS) The ongoing conflict in east Ukraine’s Donbas, which comprises the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, has killed 152 children and injured 146 others from April 2014 to April 2021, according to authorities. “Unfortunately, these painful statistics do not fully reflect the scale of the losses suffered by children during the long-lasting […]

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REC subsidiary RECPDCL hands over 2 SPVs to Power Grid

New Delhi, June 5 (IANS) REC Power Distribution Company Limited (RECPDCL), a wholly owned subsidiary of REC Limited under Ministry of Power, has handed over two projects specific Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) ‘Fatehgarh Bhadla Transco Limited’ & ‘Sikar New Transmission Limited’ to Power Grid Corporation of India Limited. The selection of Power Grid Corporation was […]

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‘Pandemic a huge lesson for govts to redefine idea of development’ (IANS Interview)

By Vishnu MakhijaniNew Delhi, June 5 (IANS) From dentistry to animation to promoting environmental issues through illustrations and cartoons, the world has come full circle for Rohan Chakravarty, whose new book “Green Humour for a Greying Planet” (Penguin) has just been published and who fervently hopes the pandemic will come as a “huge lesson” for […]

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Putin urges global unity in combating Covid

Moscow, June 5 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed the need to join efforts globally in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The world has not yet recovered from the difficulties and restrictions caused by Covid-19, and effective results could only be achieved through cooperation, Putin said on Friday at a meeting on the sidelines […]

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France ready to support Iraqi polls: Macron

Baghdad, June 5 (IANS) French President Emmanuel Macron said that his government is ready to support the Iraqi parliamentary elections slated for October 10, according to an official statement issued in Baghdad. Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi received a phone call from Macron on Friday, in which the President confirmed France’s approval of the UN […]

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Switzerland to issue Covid certificates

Bern, June 5 (IANS) The Swiss Federal Council announced that certificates for Covid-19, both in electronic and paper form, will be issued from June 7 onwards and the complete system surrounding certificates should be ready by the end of this month. As the ordinance forming the legal basis of Covid-19 certificates was approved Friday, the […]

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Guterres launches UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

United Nations, June 5 (IANS) Amidst the triple environmental threats of biodiversity loss, climate disruption and escalating pollution, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres launched “an unprecedented effort to heal the Earth”. Kicking off the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, the UN chief said on Friday that the planet was rapidly reaching a “point of no return”, […]

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Negative impact of Covid stress on adolescents: Study

New York, June 5 (IANS) The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant detrimental impact on adolescents’ mental health, especially in girls, finds a new study that included 59,000 participants. The study, published in The Lancet Psychiatry, found that negative mental health outcomes were disproportionately reported by girls and older adolescents (13-18-year-olds), compared to same-age peers […]

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