Bypoll to Mizoram Assembly seat on Saturday

Aizawl, April 16 (IANS) The by-elections to the Serchhip Assembly seat in Mizoram would be held on Saturday and the Election Commission has extended the voting period by two hours in view of the Covid-19 pandemic and a holiday for a section of Christians. According to election officials, in all six candidates, including an Independent, […]

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Korean Govt-led trade panel meets Sikkim Commerce minister to explore investment avenues

New Delhi, Apr. April 16 (IANS) South Korea is keen on exploring investment opportunities in North Eastern state of Sikkim in multiple sectors including renewable energy, pharmaceutical, food processing, tourism. In the first-ever visit to the North-east region of India, a high-level delegation of senior officials of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Korean […]

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‘Dostana 2’ row: Dharma Productions officially announce Kartik Aaryan’s exit

Mumbai, April 16 (IANS) Karan Johar’s banner Dharma Productions on Friday evening posted an Instagram note to officially announce that actor Kartik Aaryan will no longer star in the filmmaker’s upcoming “Dostana 2”. “Due to professional circumstances, on which we have decided to maintain a dignified silence — we will be recasting Dostana 2, directed […]

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AITA U-14: Ganapathy, Snigdha champs

Bengaluru, April 16 (IANS) Top seed Arya Ganapathy made short work of fourth seed Gandharv GK 6-2, 6-3 to clinch the boys’ title in the Sree Gokulam Floresta AITA U-14 CS tournament here on Friday. Second seed Snigdha Kanta created a minor upset, overcoming top seed Zynah Amber Salar 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to win the […]

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Telugu actor-politician Pawan Kalyan tests Covid positive

Hyderabad, April 16 (IANS) Telugu actor-politician Pawan Kalyan has contracted coronavirus and is undergoing treatment at his farmhouse in Hyderabad, Janasena party statement said on Friday. “As Coronavirus infection has been confirmed for Janasena president Pawan Kalyan, he is undergoing treatment under the guidance of expert doctors,” said the statement. The actor was found to […]

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Rahul Chahar is our wicket-taking bowler: Bond

Chennai, April 16 (IANS) Mumbai Indians bowling coach Shane Bond has termed leg-spinner Rahul Chahar as a wicket-taking bowler. The 21-year-old picked four wickets for 27 runs against Kolkata Knight Riders as he ran through their top-order, dismissing the first four batsmen including captain Eoin Morgan and opener Shubman Gill. Mumbai Indians, who have a […]

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Two held in Gurugram for betting on IPL matches

Gurugram, April 16 (IANS) The Gurugram Police have arrested two men who were allegedly involved in betting on an Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket match between Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals on Thursday night. The arrested three culprits were identified as Nitin Manchanda of Arjun Nagar and Inderjeet of Charkhi Dadri district of Haryana, the […]

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Punjab to deploy 270 ambulances for emergency care

Chandigarh, April 16 (IANS) Punjab has entered into a pact to procure 270 ambulances from Ziqitza Healthcare Ltd (ZHL), a private emergency medical service provider, for its residents free of cost, it was announced on Friday. The ambulances comprise 245 basic life support and 25 advance life support vehicles. Ziqitza operates the 108 emergency service […]

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Arundhati reaches quarters at youth boxing Worlds

New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Rajasthan’s Arundhati Choudhary defeated Columbian boxer Deyaneira Casas to advance into the 69kg women’s quarterfinals on the third day of the AIBA Youth Men’s and Women’s World Championships in Kielce, Poland. Arundhati, who was among the five Indian women to clinch gold at the recent Adriatic Pearl Tournament, was dominant […]

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Is Modi era the end of Congress?

New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) A timely and comprehensive political critique of India’s ‘grand old party’, the Indian National Congress, author Amit Bagaria’s new book “Congress-Mukt Bharat: Is the Modi Era the End of Congress?” is a compelling and multi-dimensional take on the political, ideological and structural downfall of this 135-year-old party and the ascent […]

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Chandigarh imposes weekend lockdown

Chandigarh, April 16 (IANS) With the sudden spike in Covid-19 cases, the Chandigarh administration announced weekend lockdown that will start from every Friday night. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by UT Administrator V.P. Singh Badnore. The lockdown will be from 10 p.m. on Friday to 5 a.m. on Monday. However, essential […]

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T’gana’s daily Covid count rises to 3,840

Hyderabad, April 16 (IANS) Breaking another record in the daily spike in Covid-19 cases, Telangana reported 3,840 new cases and nine deaths during the last 24 hours. This is the highest daily spike since the outbreak of the pandemic last year. The number of infections climbed from 3,307 on Thursday as Greater Hyderabad and several […]

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Karnataka CM Yediyurappa tests Covid positive

Bengaluru, April 16 (IANS) Karnataka Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa on Friday tested Covid positive and got himself admitted to a hospital. Taking to Twitter, Yediyurappa said that upon having mild fever on Friday he got tested for Covid-19 and his report has come out positive. “Although I am doing fine, I am being hospitalised […]

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GMR launches ‘AeroCity Hyderabad’

Hyderabad, April 16 (IANS) Infrastructure major GMR Group on Friday announced the launch of GMR AeroCity Hyderabad which offers a gateway airport with the best-in-class logistics hub with smart technology. Spread across 1,500 acres, GMR AeroCity Hyderabad is envisaged to be an integrated mixed-use development, which includes key ports and establishments like business park, retail […]

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Stalin complains to EC about suspicious vehicles, Wi-Fi near EVM strong rooms

Chennai, April 16 (IANS) The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) President M.K.Stalin on Friday complained to the Election Commission of India about the movement of suspicious vehicles and Wi-Fi during that time inside the campuses where the electronic voting machines (EVM) used in the poll are stored. Quoting the Election Commission’s guidelines relating to safe storing […]

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Social media blackout in Pak amid anti-France protests

Islamabad, April 16 (IANS) Pakistan on Friday blocked social media platforms amid fears that activists of a radical Islamist group might use the technology to stoke violent protests against last year’s depiction of the Prophet Muhammad in France. Followers of far-right Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP), a group that supports the country’s controversial blasphemy laws, have blocked […]

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France, Germany, Ukraine to discuss Donbas conflict

Paris, April 16 (IANS) French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will meet online on Friday to discuss the worsening situation in Kiev’s conflict-hit Donbas region. France is hosting the talks, with the aim of getting a ceasefire to stick in Donbas, that comprises the regions of Donetsk and […]

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Merkel defends night-time curfew

Berlin, April 16 (IANS) German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday defended her plans to introduce a strict night-time curfew in the wake of surging new coronavirus cases amid growing opposition to the proposed new law. Speaking in Parliament, Merkel said the plan to impose the curfew in regions where the number of new Covid-19 cases […]

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Asean summit on Myanmar set for April 24

Jakarta, April 16 (IANS) Leaders of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (Asean) are expected to meet in the Indonesian capital Jakarta next week to discuss the political crisis in Myanmar following the February 1 military coup, an official source said on Friday. Indonesian President Joko Widodo called for a summit of the 10-member Asean […]

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On World Heritage Day, celebrate preserving India’s rich history

By N. Lothungbeni HumtsoeNew Delhi, April 16 (IANSlife) Taj hotels, has maintained a steadfast commitment to rekindle India’s glorious past by restoring some of the country’s most celebrated heritage properties that date back to the pre-independence era. With nine authentic and magnificent Palaces, IHCL is the country’s largest palace operator and proud to be India’s […]

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S.Korean Prez picks new PM in Cabinet reshuffle

Seoul, April 16 (IANS) South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday nominated former Interior Minister Kim Boo-kyum as the new Prime Minister during a cabinet reshuffle, the presidential Blue House said. Kim will become the third Prime Minister of the Moon government, which was inaugurated in May 2017, if the nomination is approved in the […]

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Country will receive normal monsoon: Govt

New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted a ‘normal’ rainfall during the monsoon season between June to September. Addressing a virtual briefing on Friday here, Ministry of Earth Sciences Secretary M. Rajeevan said the Long Period Average (LPA) of the monsoon will be 98 per cent which falls in the […]

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Biden names 2 Indian-Americans to key jobs

Washington, April 16 (IANS) US President Joe Biden has named Radhika Fox and Meera Joshi, two Indian-American women already working in his administration, to be part of a 10 member team to lead on climate and transportation matters across key agencies, the media reported. According to a White House announcement on Wednesday, Fox would become […]

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EU calls for negotiated settlement in Afghanistan

Brussels, April 16 (IANS) The European Union (EU) has called for “firm commitment and constructive engagement by all parties” in the peace talks in Afghanistan, after the US and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) announced the pullout of their troops from the country. European Commission spokesperson Nabila Massrali told a press briefing on Thursday […]

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Qualcomm invests in homegrown audio leader boAt

New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Home-grown audio brand boAt on Friday announced it has received funding from Qualcomm Ventures, the investment arm of chip-maker Qualcomm. The investment, for which the company did not divulge more details, will be utilised to roll out next-generation audio and lifestyle products across geographies. “As boAt enters the next phase […]

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EU’s von der Leyen gets 1st Covid jab

Brussels, April 16 (IANS) European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has received her first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. “After we passed 100 million vaccinations in the EU, I’m very glad I got my first shot of Covid-19 vaccine today,” she said in a tweet on Thursday. “Vaccinations will further gather pace, as deliveries […]

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EU urges Israel not to obstruct Palestinian polls

Ramallah, April 16 (IANS) The European Union (EU) has urged Israel not to obstruct the upcoming Palestinian elections. Sven Kuhn von Burgsdorff, the EU representative in Palestine, said on Thursday that the bloc continues its contact with the Israeli government to allow the legislative elections to be held in the Palestinian territories “without interruption or […]

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Akali Dal MP Harsimrat tests Covid-19 positive

Chandigarh, April 16 (IANS) Akali Dal MP and former Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Friday tested Covid-19 positive. Earlier, her husband Sukhbir Badal had contacted the virus. “Dear all, I’ve tested positive for Covid-19 today with mild symptoms. I have quarantined myself at home and am taking all the necessary precautions,” she informed in […]

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Ghani, Blinken meet in Kabul

Kabul, April 16 (IANS) A day after US President Joe Biden announced the unconditional withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan by September which will end the 20-year old war, Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and visiting American Secretary of State Antony Blinken exchanged views on the decision and the war on terrorism. During the meeting held […]

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Portugal announces troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

Lisbon, April 16 (IANS) Portugal announced its intention to withdraw its troops deployed in Afghanistan under the command of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as of May 1. “With this withdrawal, an important and prolonged Portuguese contribution to the fight against terrorism will be concluded,” which had lasted 19 years and mobilised 4,500 military […]

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Shooting at FedEx facility in US city

Washington, April 16 (IANS) A shooting incident took place at a FedEx facility in the US city of Indianapolis, police said on Friday, adding that there were multiple people injured. In a report, the city-based WRTV channel said the incident occurred on Thursday night at the facility near the Indianapolis International Airport. According to Indianapolis […]

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Israel to lift outdoor mask mandate

Tel Aviv, April 16 (IANS) The rules to enforce wearing of masks outdoors in Israel will be lifted starting Sunday, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said. Edelstein said in a statement on Thursday that he had instructed the Ministry’s Director-General, Hezi Levi, to sign an order to cancel the restriction, reports Xinhua news agency. The decision […]

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Centre clears Mumbai’s Haffkine to make Covaxin

Mumbai, April 16 (IANS) In a major step to ramp up vaccine production amid the Covid-19 second wave, the Centre has approved production of Corona vaccines from the Maharashtra government-owned Haffkine Institute in Mumbai. Since the past month, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had repeatedly requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to allow production of vaccines in […]

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Turkey says issues with Greece can be resolved

Ankara, April 16 (IANS) Turkey believes that its issues with Greece can be resolved through constructive dialogue between the two neighbours and allies, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said. Fait accompli and provocative rhetoric should be avoided in relations between Turkey and Greece, Cavusoglu said at a joint press conference with his Greek counterpart Nikos […]

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Goddess Durga wears mask to send a message

Etah (Uttar Pradesh), April 16 (IANS) With the pandemic fear turning all pervasive, the idol of Goddess Durga in a temple in Etah district is now wearing a mask. The priests are also distributing masks as ‘prasad’ to devotees during ‘Navratri’. Pandit Manoj Sharma, a priest at the Durga temple, said since devotees are thronging […]

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Biden calls for de-escalation after sanctioning Russia (Ld)

Washington, April 16 (IANS) US President Joe Biden has called for de-escalating the ongoing tensions with Moscow after his administration launched diplomatic and financial offensives against Russian officials and businesses in retaliation for election-meddling and hacking that compromised major federal agencies. In his remarks at the White House on Thursday, Biden detailed his phone call […]

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CPEC SEZ to create over 200K job opportunities for Pak

Islamabad, April 16 (IANS) A special economic zone (SEZ) being constructed in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will create over 200,000 job opportunities for the locals, a top official said. Chief Executive Officer of the state-owned Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Economic Zones Development and Management Company, Javed Khattak told the media on […]

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N.Korea slams Japan’s move on nuclear wastewater

Seoul, April 16 (IANS) North Korea has slammed Japan’s decision to discharge radioactive wastewater into the Pacific Ocean as a “threat to human existence” and demanded its immediate withdrawal to prevent a “new catastrophe for the humanity”, state media reported. In a statement on Thursday, Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said: “Japan is […]

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LIC employees to get over 25% wage hike

Chennai, April 16 (IANS) The new fiscal year 2020-21 has started for about 1.14 lakh employees of Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) on a happy note with over 25 per cent hike in their pay packets, said a top union leader. The Central government on Thursday notified the revised pay packets for LIC employees. […]

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What’s up with Tisca Chopra?

By Sukant DeepakNew Delhi, April 16 (IANS) She has just written, directed and produced the short film ‘Rubaru’. She is just back from Rajasthan where she was shooting a web-series for Hot Star. She is collaborating with her husband for writing some web series and developing a script — a crime drama — that which […]

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Remedesvir hoarders won’t be spared, says K’taka Home Minister

Humnabad (Karnataka), April 16 (IANS) Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday warned that stern action will be initiated against those found hoarding and black-marketing Covid drug remedesvir. Bommai, who was campaigning for the party for the April 17 bypoll to the Basavakalyana Assembly seat in Bidar, told reporters that he had contacted Health Minister […]

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Global Covid-19 caseload tops 138.8mn

Washington, April 16 (IANS) The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 138.8 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.98 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Friday 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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US imposes fresh sanctions on Russia

Washington, April 16 (IANS) The US has launched diplomatic and financial offensives against Russian officials and businesses in retaliation for election-meddling and Moscow-linked hacking that compromised major federal agencies. The move included the expulsion of 10 Russian diplomats from the US and sanctions on several organisations and individuals, the White House and State Department said […]

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UK records another 2,672 coronavirus cases

London, April 16 (IANS) Another 2,672 people in Britain have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 4,380,976, according to official figures released on Thursday. The country also reported another 30 coronavirus-related deaths. The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain now stands at 127,191. These figures […]

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I know I am paid to slog: Morris

Mumbai, April 16 (IANS) A few days after he was denied strike on the last ball of the match against Punjab Kings as his captain Sanju Samson thought he won’t be able to clear the boundary, Rajasthan Royals (RR) all-rounder Chris Morris proved he is no muck with the bat as he led RR to […]

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