Coast Guard inducts HAL’s three Dhruv helicopters

Bengaluru, June 12 (IANS) Indian Coast Guard (ICG) on Saturday inducted three Dhruv advanced light helicopters (ALH) Mark-III made by the defence aerospace major Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL). “The choppers will be stationed at Bhubaneswar, Porbandar, Chennai and Kochi as part of the ICG aviation squadrons,” said the city-based defence behemoth in a statement here. […]

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Bangladesh inks pact with China to buy vaccines

By Sumi KhanDhaka, June 12 (IANS) Bangladesh has signed a pact with China to buy the Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine, said Health Minister Zahid Maleque. The Health Minister said this during a programme at the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases here. He added: “The recent revelation of vaccine prices has created some issues. We have to […]

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Lack of Vitamin D may up opioids addiction

New York, June 12 (IANS) Vitamin D deficiency strongly exaggerates the craving for and effects of opioids, potentially increasing the risk for dependence and addiction, a new study suggests. The findings suggest that addressing the common problem of vitamin D deficiency with inexpensive supplements could play a part in combating the ongoing scourge of opioid […]

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5 Myanmar militants held with arms in Mizoram

Aizawl, June 12 (IANS) Five militants from Myanmar were apprehended with arms and ammunition in a joint operation carried out by the Assam Rifles and Mizoram Police from a bordering village in Lawngtlai district, the police said on Saturday. Additional Superintendent of Police, C. Lalruatkima, said that the intruders, suspected to be cadres of armed […]

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Saliva can be more effective for Covid testing: Study

New York, June 12 (IANS) The addition of a simple processing step to saliva samples before testing may improve Covid-19 detection rate, eliminate the challenges of nasopharyngeal testing and facilitate mass surveillance, researchers say. The researchers, including Ravindra Kolhe from Augusta University in the US, found that an innovative protocol that processes saliva samples with […]

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Finally, Cricket South Africa has a president

Johannesburg, June 12 (IANS) Rihan Richards and Donovan May were elected unanimously the president and vice-president, respectively, of Cricket South Africa (CSA) at its annual general meeting on Saturday, it was announced. The Independent Directors Nominations Panel appointed the following seven independent directors: Steven Budlender SC, Andrew Hudson, Dugmore Lushaba, Lawson Naidoo, Andisa Ntsubane, Mark […]

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Chrome OS notifications will soon get UI revamp

San Francisco, June 12 (IANS) As Chrome OS continues to become ever more popular, Google has confirmed that Chrome OS notifications would get a redesign with the addition of some sorely needed functionalities. According to 9To5Google, development has started recently for an overhaul to Chrome OS notifications. There are, unfortunately, no visuals available for what […]

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Gurugram to kick off sero survey from June 15

Gurugram, June 12 (IANS) Gurugram health department is fully prepared to undertake the sero surveillance survey from June 15, officials said on Saturday. The health authorities said that the purpose behind such study is to monitor the population of Stork-Cove 2 infection in the district. Under the survey, the rural and urban areas of the […]

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Mallika Dua’s mother succumbs to Covid

Mumbai, June 12 (IANS) Actress-comedian Mallika Dua took to social media on Saturday to share the news that she lost her mother Dr Padmavati Dua to Covid the night before. Dr Dua and her husband, eminent journalist Vinod Dua, were battling Covid-19 for quite some time and Mallika kept sharing their health updates. The comedian […]

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Weightlifter Mirabai qualifies for Olympics

New Delhi, June 12 (IANS) India’s Mirabai Chanu, the 2017 world champion in weightlifting, has qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games in women’s 49 kg category, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) announced on Friday. The 26-year-old from Manipur has qualified on the basis of her world ranking points. The Indian lifter is ranked second in […]

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CoWIN hack and data leak is baseless: Govt

New Delhi, June 12 (IANS) The central government on Saturday once again made it clear that there were baseless claims about alleged hacking of India’s vaccine registration portal CoWIN, and data leak. Chairman of the Empowered Group on Vaccine Administration (EGVAC) R.S. Sharma has clarified that “the claims of so-called hackers on the dark web, […]

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Mehbooba, Altaf condemn Sopore terror attack

Srinagar, June 12 (IANS) Condemning the Sopore terrorist attack on Saturday in which two civilians and two policemen were killed former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said bullets cannot resolve the issue of Jammu and Kashmir and dialogue is the only way forward. “The issue of Jammu and Kashmir cannot be resolved by gun,” Mehbooba said. […]

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Gunmen kill 5 civilians in Kabul

Kabul, June 12 (IANS) At least five civilians were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Kabul, police in the Afghan capital said on Saturday. Late Friday night, the victims were singled out by the gunmen from several vehicles carrying civilians from a wedding party and were kidnapped from the Arghand-e-Payyan area, the police said in […]

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Nusrat Jahan flaunts baby bump

Kolkata, June 12 (IANS) Trinamool Congress MP Nusrat Jahan who is in the news for the last few days over the controversy regarding her relationship with her estranged husband Nikhil Jain again hit the headlines as she flaunted a baby bump confirming pregnancy. The Bengali actress who is not living with her husband for the […]

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Russia-US ties at lowest point in years: Putin

Moscow, June 12 (IANS) Just days ahead of the much-awaited summit with his American counterpart Joe Biden, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia-US relations were at their lowest point in years. “We have a bilateral relationship that has deteriorated to its lowest point in recent years,” Putin told NBC News in an interview on […]

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More Myanmar soldiers joining democracy movement

By Anwesha BhaumikKolkata, June 12 (IANS) More and more soldiers in Myanmar, fed up with the orders to shoot peaceful protesters since the February 1 coup, are in revolt mode and have joined the movement for restoring democracy in the country. IANS joined an online discussion organised by the civil society organisation Thanakha Global Alliance […]

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Akali Dal, BSP stitch alliance in Punjab

Chandigarh, June 12 (IANS) In the run up to the assembly polls in Punjab, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Saturday announced that it has formed an alliance with the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) for the elections slated to be held in early 2022. The alliance comes 27 years after the 1996 Lok Sabha […]

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US state Illinois fully reopens

Chicago, June 12 (IANS) The US midwest state of Illinois, including the country’s third largest city of Chicago, has fully reopened amid the Covid-19 pandemic. By fully reopening, it means going outside without a mask or gathering in small groups with other vaccinated friends, increasing social interactions and dropping restrictions incrementally, reports Xinhua news agency. […]

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Hurrah, its World Gin Day!

By IANSlifeNew Delhi, June 12 (IANSlife) Falling on the 12th of June, World Gin Day, gives you a reason to stay at home and make some delicious cocktails for a hot summer afternoon. IANSlife spoke to experts at Pernod Ricard for the best gin based cocktail recipes, so go ahead and sip on these coolers […]

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Justice Dept to probe subpoenas seeking Democrats’ records

Washington, June 12 (IANS) The US Justice Department’s (DoJ) internal watchdog said it will launch a probe into subpoenas seeking secret seizure of data from Democratic lawmakers and reporters during investigations initiated under former President Donald Trump’s administration. “The review will examine the Department’s compliance with applicable DOJ policies and procedures, and whether any such […]

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US labour market: Heed the signs (Opinion)

By Sreejith BalasubramanianImported tightening is a possible risk to the Reserve Bank of Indias (RBI) current accommodative monetary policy stance, but it is likely mitigated now. The US Fed’s new framework places high weightage on equitable job growth, does not link monetary policy action to only a headline employment number and thus focuses much more […]

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Andhra sanctions Rs 1.4K cr to develop state node of CBIC

Amaravati, June 12 (IANS) The Andhra Pradesh government has sanctioned Rs 1,448 crore to form a special purpose vehicle, NKICDL (NICDIT Krishnapatnam Industrial City Development Limited), with equity from the Central government as well to establish, promote and facilitate the development of Krishnapatnam Industrial Node of the Chennai Bengaluru Industrial Corridor (CBIC). The SPV is […]

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A curated destination for all things home

By IANSlife FeaturesNew Delhi, June 12 (IANSlife) The more time we spend indoors, the more invested we are in sculpting our personal spaces into zones that reflect our personality and taste, and are comforting to the mind, body and spirit. Minor uplifts like a vibrant throw in your favourite unwinding corner, a breezy floral curtain […]

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Can you really shrink your pores?

By N. Lothungbeni HumtsoeNew Delhi, June 12 (IANSlife) We’ve all come across serums and creams that promise tighter pores or even “poreless” skin. But can any serum, face mask, or pore strip truly shrink your pores to an invisible size? As you might expect, the idea that topical products can shrink your pores is false. […]

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Deconstructing the square space on paper

By Siddhi JainNew Delhi, June 12 (IANSlife) An exclusively online exhibition of three suites of minimal monochromatic works by New Delhi-based contemporary artist Chetnaa explores tendencies and potentialities of square space. Presented by Anupa Mehta Arts, the exhibition is titled ‘P = 4 L (Deconstructing Square Space)’ can be viewed on Instagram. Anupa Mehta, Director, […]

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Iran regains voting rights at UNGA

United Nations, June 12 (IANS) Iran has regained its voting rights at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) after a partial payment of its dues in arrears, a spokesman at the world body has confirmed. “I can confirm to you today that the Islamic Republic of Iran has paid the minimum amount due and is no […]

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Pak budget focuses on CPEC, employment, poverty reduction

Islamabad, June 12 (IANS) Pakistan’s budget for the next fiscal year (July 2021-June 2022) focuses on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and sustainable development goals (SDGs) for economic development, creation of employment opportunities and poverty alleviation. Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin, who presented the budget in the National Assembly (NA) on Friday, said that the government […]

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Biden to host Merkel in WH on July 15

Washington, June 12 (IANS) US President Joe Biden will host German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House on July 15, Press Secretary Jen Psaki said. “Chancellor Merkel’s visit will affirm the deep bilateral ties between the US and Germany,” Psaki said in a statement on Friday. “The leaders will discuss their commitment to close […]

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SL further extends nationwide travel curb

Colombo, June 12 (IANS) Sri Lankan authorities have announced that the ongoing nationwide travel restriction would be further extended till June 21 in order to prevent further spread of Covid-19 amid a third wave of the pandemic. Army Commander and Head of the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of Covid-19, General Shavendra Silva told […]

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Maldives boosts anti-pandemic measures in prisons

Male, June 12 (IANS) Maldives has amped up anti-pandemic measures in jails across the island nation in an effort to prevent Covid-19 from spreading in the prison system, state media reported. President’s Office spokesperson Mohamed Mabrook Azeez was quoted by state-owned PSM News as saying on Friday that prisons are frequently disinfected and inmate temperatures […]

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Month-old baby kidnapped from Goa hospital

Panaji, June 12 (IANS) Police in Goa on Saturday have launched a manhunt for a woman, who is alleged to have kidnapped a one-month-old child from the premises of the state’s top health facility, the Goa Medical College (GMC) near Panaji. Police on Saturday made public the CCTV footage of a woman travelling with the […]

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UK GDP grows 2.3% as lockdown eases

London, June 12 (IANS) The UK GDP is estimated to have grown by 2.3 per cent in April, the fastest monthly growth since July 2020 as the Covid-19 lockdown eased, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. In April, the service sector grew by 3.4 per cent month-on-month, whereas output in the production and construction […]

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111 militants killed in 24 hrs in Afghanistan

Kabul, June 12 (IANS) At least 111 Taliban militants were killed in the last 24 hours across Afghanistan, the Ministry of Interior said in a statement. “Following a series of government forces air-and-ground operations, 111 Taliban fighters have been killed and 79 others wounded in Wardak, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Zabul, Badghis, Faryab, Nimruz, Helmand, Takhar and […]

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SL reports highest daily Covid deaths

Colombo, June 12 (IANS) Sri Lanka has reported the highest single-day Covid-19 fatalities, taking the overall death toll to 2,011, according to the Health Ministry. On Friday, the Health Minister reported 101 new fatalities, reports Xinhua news agency. Meanwhile, a total of 216,134 confirmed cases have been reported in the country to date, with over […]

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Israel to further ease entry restrictions

Tel Aviv, June 12 (IANS) Israel will further ease restrictions on the entry of foreign tourists starting from July 1, according to a statement issued by the country’s Population and Immigration Authority. Since March 2020, non-Israelis have been given permits to enter only if they are vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19, and have a […]

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Heatwave scorches Pak, cities record high temperatures

Islamabad, June 12 (IANS) Parts of Pakistan including Islamabad have witnessed an extreme heatwave, with many cities recording temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius. According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department, based on the regional and global climatic conditions, one to two heatwaves are expected to hit plain areas of Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan provinces this month, […]

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Indian-origin journo wins Pulitzer for exposing China’s Muslim detention camps

By Arul LouisNew York, June 12 (IANS) Indian-origin journalist Megha Rajagopalan has won the US’ top journalism award, the Pulitzer Prize, for innovative investigative reports harnessing satellite technology that exposed China’s mass detention camps for Muslim Uighurs and other minority ethnicites. The award in the international reporting category that she shared with two colleagues from […]

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Global Covid-19 caseload tops 175mn

Washington, June 12 (IANS) The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 174.7 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.78 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Saturday 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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J&K govt suspends 13 officers for unauthorised withdrawal of funds

Srinagar, June 12 (IANS) The Jammu and Kashmir government has suspended 13 officers for unauthorised withdrawal of developmental funds. An order issued on Friday evening by the principal secretary rural development department said that these officers had withdrawn funds from e-FMS (Electronic Financial Management System) accounts without any authorisation. The suspended officers include two Assistant […]

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