No leadership change in Karnataka: Minister

Bengaluru, July 18 (IANS) Scotching rumours about a leadership change, Karnataka Revenue Minister R. Ashoka on Sunday said that at this juncture there is no discussion about any leadership change in the state at any level. Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa held a meeting with senior ministers on Sunday at his home office to review the […]

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AIMIM’s Twitter handle hacked, restored

Hyderabad, July 18 (IANS) The Twitter account of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) was hacked on Sunday. The hackers changed the profile of @aimim_national as ‘Elon Musk’, the chief of Tesla. The hackers also made few tweets about cryptocurrency using the handle. “I am very excited about the prospect of using cryptocurrency, not just as […]

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Olympics: Chinese gymnasts eye redemption at Tokyo

Tokyo, July 18 (IANS) The third batch of China’s Olympic delegation, composed of athletes in shooting, gymnastics, tennis, taekwondo, badminton, hockey and boxing, arrived here on Sunday, five days before the 32nd Summer Olympic Games begin. Gymnastics is one of China’s traditional strengths. However, despite a “golden” history, Chinese gymnasts failed to win a gold […]

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Karnataka eases curbs, allows theatres/multiplexes with 50% occupancy (Lead)

Bengaluru, July 18 (IANS) Karnataka on Sunday announced fresh relaxations to the Covid lockdown norms by allowing temples, cinema halls/multiplexes, ‘rangamandiras’ (theatres), auditoriums and similar entertainment centres to reopen across the state from Monday – with 50 per cent capacity. According to fresh guidelines released by the Revenue Department here, besides all entertainment centres, the […]

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‘Israeli spyware firm linked to fake Black Lives Matter, Amnesty websites’

Jerusalem, July 18 (IANS) An Israeli company that sells spyware to governments has been linked to fake Black Lives Matter and Amnesty International websites that are used to hack targets, according to a report. Tel Aviv-based mercenary spyware firm Candiru sells spyware exclusively to governments. Reportedly, their spyware can infect and monitor iPhones, Androids, Macs, […]

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No nod for Eid congregational prayers in Kashmir

Srinagar, July 18 (IANS) No congregational prayers would be allowed in the Kashmir Valley on Eid-ul-Zuha because of the COVID protocol that limits the number of people offering prayers in any group to 25, officials announced on Sunday. Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, P.K. Pole said that no congregational prayers will be allowed on Eid-ul-Zuha in Kashmir […]

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1st ODI: India restricts Sri Lanka to 262/9

Colombo, July 18 (IANS) India restricted hosts Sri Lanka to a modest 262 for nine wickets in the first ODI here on Sunday. Deepak Chahar (2/37), Yuzvendra Chahal (2/52) and Kuldeep Yadav (2/48) played a key role in preventing the hosts from capitalising on playing first and posting an imposing total. The new-look Sri Lanka […]

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Haryana extends timings of bars, restaurants

Chandigarh, July 18 (IANS) With Covid-19 cases seeing the declining trend, the Haryana government on Sunday announced more relaxations, including increase in the timings of bars and restaurants, while extending the lockdown till July 26. However, the night curfew will remain in force daily from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., an order by the Chief […]

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Sriram Venu: ‘Vakeel Saab’ wouldn’t have been possible without Pawan Kalyan

Hyderabad, July 18 (IANS) Filmmaker Sriram Venu’s directorial “Vakeel Saab” gave the much needed entertainment to movie buffs earlier this year. He feels that the film was possible because of Telugu actor Pawan Kalyan’s impeccable acting. The film, which is the Telugu remake of Hindi film “Pink”, also starred actresses Nivetha Thomas, Anjali and Ananya […]

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India gifts 150 ICU beds to Nepal

Kathmandu, July 18 (IANS) India on Sunday gifted 150 ICU beds to Nepal as part of its commitment to Covid-19 cooperation with the Himalayan nation. Indian Ambassador to Vinay Mohan Kwatra handed over the beds to Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Gyanendra Bahadur Karki at a ceremony organised at the Ministry of Health and […]

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BSP to woo back Brahmins in UP

Lucknow, July 18 (IANS) The Bahujan Samaj Party is all set to woo back Brahmins and make a bid for return to power in Uttar Pradesh. BSP President Mayawati, on Sunday, said the Brahmins will not vote for the BJP and her party will begin a campaign from Ayodhya next week to “awaken” the community. […]

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UP cop makes debut on big screen

Badaun (Uttar Pradesh), July 18 (IANS) A circle officer posted in Badaun district, Aniruddha Singh, is making his acting debut in the upcoming film “Bhuj-The Pride of India”, which stars Ajay Devgn and Sanjay Dutt in lead roles. The 41-year-old police officer will play the role of Sanjay Dutt’s younger brother in the war drama, […]

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Beijing renews orange alert for rainstorms

Beijing, July 18 (IANS) The Beijing Meteorological Observatory on Sunday issued an orange warning for rainstorms after the accumulated downpour in some areas of the Chinese capital had exceeded 150 mm. Mountainous areas are at risk of secondary disasters such as floods and mountain torrents, while water logging is expected in low-lying urban areas, said […]

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New Zealand reports 10 new Covid cases

Wellington, July 18 (IANS) New Zealand reported 10 new cases of Covid-19 in recent returnees in managed isolation facilities, said the Ministry of Health in a statement on Sunday. Mean, while there was no new confirmed case in the wider community, Xinhua news agency quoted the Ministry statement as saying. The seven-day rolling average of […]

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Two hardcore Maoists surrendered in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, July 18 (IANS) Two hardcore Maoists carrying cash awards surrendered before Odisha police on Sunday, police said. Rame Podiami alias Sabita, an area committee member of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) & Pallachalam LOS (local organisation squad) commander, and Raidhar Dhurua, working as PM and secretary of Daldali Cell surrendered before the police. Sabita carried […]

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Nigeria activates emergency centre following cholera outbreak

Abuja, July 18 (IANS) Nigerian authorities have activated a health emergency operations centre in Enugu state, following a recent outbreak of cholera that has killed seven persons. Surveillance, contact tracing and risk assessment have also started in a local livestock market where the life-threatening and water-borne disease broke out, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control […]

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Bolsonaro could be discharged in next few days

Sao Paulo, July 18 (IANS) Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will be discharged in “the next few days” as his health has evolved satisfactorily since he was hospitalised last week due to an intestinal obstruction, a private health facility here announced. In a statement on Saturday, the Vila Nova Star private hospital said: “The President continues […]

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France tightens border control

Paris, July 18 (IANS) French authorities have decided to impose tougher restrictions on non-vaccinated travellers from high-risk countries, and appealed to citizens to get inoculated to counter an alarming surge in Covid-19 infections. From Sunday, non-vaccinated arrivals from the UK, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, the Netherlands and Greece need to present a negative Covid-19 test within […]

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Yogi visits Kalyan Singh as his condition deteriorates

Lucknow, July 18 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday visited the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) on Sunday afternoon to inquire about the health of former chief minister Kalyan Singh. Kalyan Singh’s condition, according to the PGI official bulletin, deteriorated on Saturday when he complained of respiratory discomfort […]

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Mission Indradhanush improved child vaccination rates in India

New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) An estimated 25.5 million children across India were vaccinated under India’s Mission Indradhanush (MI) child vaccination campaign during March 2015-July 2017, according to a study. In December 2014, the Government of India launched MI, with the objective of increasing full immunisation coverage. MI was a periodic intensification of the routine […]

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Hindi music gets new life on OTT shows

By Ekatmata SharmaMumbai, July 18 (IANS) When “Bandish Bandits” was released on OTT last year, it came as a fresh breath of air for music aficionados. Giving the best of both worlds, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s music was a treat for both Hindustani music lovers as well as pop music addicts. Music was always an integral part of […]

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A smart way to manage the kitchen

By Puja GuptaNew Delhi, July 18 (IANSlife) A smart kitchen assistant app helps users with planning, shopping, and cooking. Saakshi Jain, co-founder of Zelish, suggests a meal plan with recipes can be easily prepared from home. The app understands a user’s food preferences such as their likes, dislikes, allergies. After successfully completing the Techstars programme […]

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UP STF busts gang of drug peddlers, 6 arrested

Lucknow, July 18 (IANS) The Special Task Force (STF) in Uttar Pradesh claims to have busted a gang that supplied drugs to revellers during late night parties in Lucknow, New Delhi, Gurugram, Mumbai and Ahmedabad, adding that six of the peddlers have been arrested. The accused persons, arrested from Picnic Spot trisection in Indiranagar police […]

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Return of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan will prove more durable than IS caliphate

New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) The Talibans victory is also the Al Qaedas victory, and it has global implications, writes Greg Barton, Chair in Global Islamic Politics, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University. Barton writes: “A Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, a return of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, will be much larger and prove […]

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Cong demands probe in financial irregularities flagged by CAG in MeitY

New Delhi, July 17 (IANS) The Congress on Saturday demanded an independent, high-level and time-bound enquiry into financial irregularities in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) flagged by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) in its preliminary report. Addressing a press conference here, Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera claimed that financial irregularities […]

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Pak Ambassador summoned to lodge strong protest over abduction of Af envoy’s daughter

New Delhi, July 17 (IANS) Afghanistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday summoned the Ambassador of Pakistan to Kabul, Mansoor Ahmad Khan, and lodged a strong protest over the abduction of the daughter of Najibullah Alikhil, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to Islamabad. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs asked Khan to convey the strong protest and deep concerns […]

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Olympics: IOC puts in place measures to curb corruption in Tokyo Games (Ld correcting headline)

Tokyo, July 17 (IANS) Along with providing security and guarding against Covid-19, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) also has to ensure that the Olympic Games are secured against corruption. With the IOC launching massive efforts to reach billions of people, the increased broadcast and digital output will also attract unscrupulous elements to the Games. The […]

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Cessna aircraft crashes in MP, no casualty

New Delhi, July 17 (IANS) An aircraft belonging to a flight training academy crashed in Madhya Pradesh on Saturday. Fortunately, the trainee pilot operating aircraft survived the crash. The aircraft — Cessna — belonged to the Chimes Aviation Academy in Sagar, Madhya Pradesh. “Just got the news of a crash of a Cessna aircraft (solo […]

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Giroud joins Milan from Chelsea

Rome, July 17 (IANS) Olivier Giroud has completed his move from Chelsea to AC Milan, the Italian Serie A giants confirmed on Saturday. The French hitman will wear NO. 9 jersey next season,it said. Having spent his youth career with Grenoble, Giroud made his transfer to Arsenal in the summer of 2012, before a move […]

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