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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Top Bihar bureaucrats test Covid positive

Patna, April 15 (IANS) The second wave of coronavirus is sweeping the corridors of the Bihar Secretariat with several senior officers testing positive and a few offices getting sealed after cases among the staff. Chief Secretary Arun Singh has tested positive and went into home isolation as soon as his RT-PCR report came positive. A […]

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LeT cadre held for introducing Bengal student to Pak handlers

New Delhi, April 15 (IANS) In a major breakthrough, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) member Altaf Ahmed Rather, who introduced West Bengal college student Tania Praveen to the terrorist organisation handlers in Pakistan. An NIA spokesperson here said that schoolteacher Rather, a resident of Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora, was arrested in […]

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Hyderabad police ends Sharmila’s fast (Lead)

Hyderabad, April 15 (IANS) Hyderabad police on Thursday detained former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy’s daughter Y.S. Sharmila as she tried to continue her fast demanding job notifications for Telangana’s unemployed youth. She was taken into custody as she tried to take out a ‘padyatra’ after police forcibly ended her fast at Indira […]

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RBI sets up new Regulations Review Authority

Mumbai, April 15 (IANS) The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has set up a new Regulations Review Authority (RRA 2.0) for a period of one year to review regulatory prescriptions internally as well as by seeking suggestions from RBI-regulated entities and other stakeholders on their simplification and ease of implementation. Deputy Governor M. Rajeshwar Rao […]

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Vihari takes diving catch to mark County debut

Nottingham, April 15 (IANS) India Test batsman Hanuma Vihari took a diving catch at mid-wicket to mark his debut in the County Championship for Warwickshire. Vihari, who was ignored at the IPL mini-auction this year, then signed a contract to play for Warwickshire. On Thursday, during the first day’s play against Nottinghamshgire, Vihari plucked a […]

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Radhika Madan gives the Maldives vibe

New Delhi, April 15 (IANS) Actress Radhika Madan’s Instagram post on Thursday gives fans a reason to beat the heat. In the mid-shot pool picture, Radhika oozes oomph in red beachwear and designer shades. “Not in Maldives,” Radhika write as caption. The witty caption, of course, refers to the fact that many stars have been […]

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Exhausted Yediyurappa cuts short poll campaign

Belagavi (Karnataka), April 15 (IANS) Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa on Thursday returned to Bengaluru, ending his campaigning for the Belgaum Lok Sabha bypolls, as he is suffering from fever and exhaustion. Yediyurappa had been campaigning hard for the last fortnight in by-polls to three seats – the Belgaum Lok Sabha seat, the Maski Assembly […]

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Vijay Varma-starrer ‘OK Computer’ goes to International Film Festival Rotterdam

Mumbai, April 15 (IANS) The sci-fi series “OK Computer” will be screened at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), 2021. According to the official webpage of IFFR, the series starring Jackie Shroff, Vijay Varma and Radhia Apte has been selected in the Bright Future Programme category. An ecstatic Vijay tweeted on Thursday: “#OKComputer is going […]

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Rajasthan Royals win toss, elect to bowl

Mumbai, April 15 (IANS) Rajasthan Royals won the toss and elected to bowl in their Indian Premier League match against Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede Stadium here on Thursday. For Delhi Capitals, Kagiso Rabada replaced Shimron Hetmyer while Lalit Yadav came in for Amit Mishra. Yadav will make his debut. For Rajasthan Royals, David Miller […]

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Myanmar’s military junta charges doctors over protests

By Subir BhaumikKolkata, April 15 (IANS) Myanmar’s ruling military junta has charged 19 medical doctors with ‘dereliction of duty’ for participating in protests against the February 1 military coup, a state-run newspaper has reported. The doctors are charged with joining the civil disobedience movement in order to debilitate the state administrative machinery involved in combating […]

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Bihar Chief Minister takes 2nd dose of Covid vaccine

Patna, April 15 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday received the second dose of vaccine against coronavirus at Patna’s Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS) amid growing cases of Covid-19 infections in the state. Along with him, several ministers and officials including Deputy Chief Ministers Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi also received […]

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Improving collections, growth revival provide solace to MFIs: ICRA

New Delhi, April 15 (IANS) Improving collection efficiency and growth pick-up in H2FY21 is expected to help the MFI industry’s long term prospects, ratings agency ICRA said on Thursday. However, incremental covid-19 related disruptions remains a concern. “The overall long-term growth outlook for domestic microfinance industry, including microfinance institutions and micro finance focused small finance […]

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Not just Jaleel, Vijayan also has to quit: Congress

Thiruvananthapuram, April 15 (IANS) Three days after Kerala Higher Education Minister K.T. Jaleel resigned, Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala said, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan also has to quit. Incidentally, the case pertains to an appointment made by Jaleel in 2018 when he posted his close relative as general manager in a state-owned corporation. The Lokayukta […]

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BBC Media Action launches a new virtual address for residents of Bengaluru to connect with their 22,500 invaluable friends

New Delhi, April 15 (IANS) BBC Media Action Thursday launched ‘Invaluables’ — a communication initiative designed to shift perceptions about waste picking and informal waste pickers in the city of Bengaluru. The programme aims to lift the shroud of invisibility that cloaks informal waste pickers, by making their contribution to the city of Bengaluru more […]

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