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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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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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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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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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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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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Fire at Saudi university after Houthi attack

Riyadh, April 15 (IANS) A fire broke out at a university in southern Saudi Arabia on Thursday after the air defence system intercepted an attack by Yemen’s Houthi militia. Saudi air defences intercepted and destroyed four bomb-laden drones and five ballistic missiles between Wednesday evening and early Thursday launched by the Houthis towards the southern […]

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Australian troops to leave Afghanistan in Sep: PM

Canberra, April 15 (IANS) Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Thursday that the country’s remaining troops in Afghanistan will leave in September. Morrison said Australia would follow the US in ending its military presence in Afghanistan after 20 years, reports Xinhua news agency. “Over the past two years we’ve been reducing our military presence […]

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Rahul Gandhi attacks govt on Covid surge

New Delhi, April 15 (IANS) Amid surging Covid cases, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday attacked the government on shortage of beds and ventilators in hospitals. Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet, “There is no test, no bed in the hospital, no ventilators, no oxygen, no vaccine, bus utsav ka dhong hai (a festive pretence)… […]

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UP Panchayat elections begin today

Lucknow, April 15 (IANS) Even as the pandemic situation worsens in Uttar Pradesh, the state has launched one of the biggest polling exercises — the Panchayat elections. The four-phased elections that began on Thursday morning will elect around eight lakh rural representatives. The districts that are going to polls on Thursday are Ayodhya, Agra, Kanpur, […]

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Dattatreya Hosabale calls for return of Kashmiri Pandits to their homeland

New Delhi, April 14 (IANS) In a hard-hitting address to the global Kashmiri Pandit community on the auspicious occasion of Navreh celebrations, RSS General Secretary Dattatreya Hosabale squarely held the terrorists responsible for the seventh genocide and ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Pandits from their homeland. Saying that to face the militant Islamist threat, one would […]

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Trinamool demands action against Modi, Shah for violating model code of conduct

New Delhi, April 14 (IANS) A delegation of the Trinamool Congress met the Election Commission officials on Wednesday, accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah of creating differences between the people of different caste and community. The Trinamool delegation also demanded action against the Prime Minister and the Home Minister for […]

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US intel sceptical of peace in Afghanistan

New Delhi/Washington, April 14 (IANS) Even as US President Joe Biden has announced that the US will completely withdraw all its forces from Afghanistan by September this year, American intelligence agencies are sceptical of the future of peace in the war-torn country. In its annual report, Office of the Director of National Intelligence of the […]

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Terror re-emerges in Balochistan

By Hamza AmeerQuetta (Pakistan), April 14 (IANS) Pakistan’s Balochistan province continues to keep the country’s intelligence and security forces under constant check as terror elements continue to surface from different parts of the province, carrying out terror attacks, targeted killings, kidnappings and bomb blasts, raising serious questions over the performance of the security forces and […]

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UP all set for Panchayat elections

Lucknow, April 14 (IANS) The much-awaited Panchayat polls in Uttar Pradesh will begin on Thursday with the first phase of polling in 18 districts. The Panchayat elections will be held through ballet papers and more than 3.33 lakh candidates are in the fray in over 2.21 lakh seats in the first phase for the posts […]

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CBSE Board exams: PM to hold meet today

New Delhi, April 14 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to hold a meeting with Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal and other senior officials in the Ministry on Wednesday to discuss the issue of holding CBSE Board exams amid demand from students, teachers, parents and other stakeholders to cancel it due to Covid-19 surge, said sources. […]

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Dull celebrations as Indian expats mark their New Year in UAE

Dubai, April 14 (IANS) The Indian expatriate communities from various states across the country, are celebrating their traditional New Years, albeit, on a low-key. Malayalees, Tamilians, Odias and Assamese ring in Puthandu, Vishu, Pana Sankranti and Bohag Bihu on April 14, while Telugus, Kannadigas, Maharashtrians, Sikhs and Kashmiris celebrate Ugadi, Gudi Padwa, Baisakhi and Navreh […]

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Programme launched to develop family-friendly neighbourhoods

New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) To develop young children and set up family-friendly neighbourhoods within the cities of the country, the Infant, Toddler and Caregiver-Friendly Neighbourhoods (ITCN) training and capacity building programme was launched on Tuesday. Launched by the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) in partnership with the Bernard van Leer Foundation (BvLF), the […]

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Covaxin production to ramped up to 12 mn using B’luru plant

Bengaluru/Hyderabad, April 13 (IANS) Karnataka Health Minister K. Sudhakar on Tuesday welcomed Bharat Biotech’s move to start manufacturing Covaxin coronavirus vaccine at its Bengaluru plant, amid reports it plans to double production to 12 mn by July. In a tweet, the minister said that Bharat Biotech’s decision to augment Covaxin production “will surely help India’s […]

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Pak intruder crosses IB in J&K, held

New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) The Border Security Force (BSF) on Tuesday apprehended a Pakistani national who crossed the International Border (IB) near R.S. Pura sector in Jammu and Kashmir. The 40-year-old, who identified himself as Shabbir during preliminary inquiry, was held while he was making a desperate attempt to cross the fence. “BSF troopers […]

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Kejriwal urges Centre to cancel CBSE exams

New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) Amid a continued rise in the number of fresh Covid-19 cases in the national capital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday urged the Centre to cancel the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) examinations. “There would be around six lakh students and around one lakh teachers who will come […]

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Only emergency surgeries in Delhi govt hospitals

New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Tuesday that only emergency surgeries would be taken on priority in government-run hospitals, while planned surgeries will not be available till further order. “Planed surgeries are in high number while emergency surgeries are usually in less number. Therefore, hospitals authorities have been directed […]

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Negative Covid report holder to be allowed to go home in Chhattisgarh

New Delhi/Raipur, April 13 (IANS) The Chhattisgarh government on Tuesday issued new guidelines regarding the Covid test for passengers coming to Chhattisgarh by rail or air. According to the new guidelines, only those passengers will be allowed to go home who have negative RT-PCR reports. The guidelines issued by the state’s General Administration Department said, […]

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India reports 1,61,736 new Covid cases

New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) India reported 1,61,736 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, setting another grim one-day record, taking the overall tally to 1,36,89,453 on Tuesday, according to data issued by the Union Health Ministry. With this, India has once again taken its spot as the second-worst hit nation in terms of […]

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Woman hangs herself, in-laws make video

Muzaffarnagar (Uttar Pradesh), April 13 (IANS) In a shocking incident, a family lined up outside a window to shoot a video even as their daughter-in-law hanged herself to death inside. The family even shared the video on the social media to ‘absolve’ themselves of any complicity in the crime. The parents of the deceased, Komal, […]

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Telugu CMs, Governors extend warm Ugadi greetings

Amaravati/Hyderabad, April 12 (IANS) Both the Telugu states, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Chief Ministers, Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy and K. Chandrasekhar Rao, and Governors Biswa Bhusan Harichandan and Tamilisai Soundararajan extended Ugadi greetings on Monday. “On this happy and auspicious occasion of “Ugadi”, the Telugu New Year Day, I extend my heartiest felicitations and […]

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JIBS organizes International Scientific Conference on ‘mental health, well-being and loneliness during Covid-19’

New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS), O.P. Jindal Global University in collaboration with Free International University of Moldova organised the International Scientific Conference on “Mental Health, Well-Being and Loneliness during COVID-19” from April 9-10. As the pandemic continues to disrupt the lives of people across the world, the conference aimed […]

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K.T. Jaleel is super PB member of CPM: BJP

Thiruvananathapuram, April 11 (IANS) BJP national executive member and the Kerala state convenor of the NDA, P.K. Krishnadas has said that state higher education minister K.T. Jaleel is the super politiburo member of the CPM. Hitting out strongly at the CPM and the Chief Minister for protecting Jaleel even after the state Lokayuktha ruled against […]

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After nuclear weapons, Turkey, Pakistan and China bond on Afghanistan

By Atul AnejaNew Delhi, April 11: Turkey and Pakistan, in partnership with China, are working together to exercise dominance over Afghanistan in anticipation of American withdrawal from the strife-torn nation, often known as the “graveyard of empires”. In its major expose, the website greekcitytimes.com points to the crucial end-of-March visit to Turkey by Pakistan’s Chairman […]

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China approves new Covid vaccine for clinical trials

Beijing, April 11 (IANS) A new Covid-19 vaccine developed by China’s Sinopharm has recently been approved for clinical trials. The new recombinant Covid-19 vaccine, developed by the National Vaccine & Serum Institute, a R&D centre of Sinopharm’s bioscience subsidiary the China National Biotec Group (CNBG), got approval from the National Medical Products Administration on Friday, […]

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Pic of the week (April 11)

Grindwell Norton — BuyRecommendation by HDFC Securities Revival in automotive, engineering and industrial activities would be key for the growth of the company. Changing product mix and high margin new initiatives of the company in performance plastics should aid in margin expansion. Going forward, GNL with its strong parentage and leadership in the domestic market […]

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The Kashmiri Spring

By ADITTI AHLUWALIAIt’s a wonderful World. Amidst the toings and froings of the Covid chaos, one good thing that has emerged is the luxury of time. Most days have gone by, reflecting the previous and a rough blueprint of the one to come. There is so much more of it to soak up the season, […]

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After Rasgullas, Ladoos, it’s now Jalebis that spell trouble for Panchayat candidates

Unnao (Uttar Pradesh), April 11 (IANS) After ‘rasgullas’ in Amroha and ‘laddoos’ in Baghpat, it is now ‘jalebis’ and ‘samosas’ that have landed panchayat candidates in trouble. More than two quintals of ‘jalebi’ and ‘samosa’, meant to be distributed by a candidate contesting for village head’s post in Hasanganj area in Unnao district, were seized […]

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Astro Zindagi (Weekly Horoscope)

By Neeraj DhankherHere is a guide to the week ahead for you. This is your forecast for April 12-18. ARIES You are likely to focus on improving your physical appearance and personality which will help you gain self-confidence. You will be co-operative and flexible which will improve your reputation in your social circle. Professionally, this […]

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