India offers disaster relief training, capacity building to Nepal

New Delhi, Jan 16 (IANS) India is ready to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief training and capacity building to Nepal as both countries make attempts to improve strained bilateral relations. The decision on providing assistance and training was taken during Nepal Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali’s meeting with Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in […]

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Bihu, Makar Sankranti celebrated in NE states

Agartala/Guwahati, Jan 14 (IANS) Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the northeastern states on Thursday celebrate Bihu and Makar Sankranti, both harvest festivals, with traditional fervour and enthusiasm. Lakhs of cheerful men, women and children in traditional attires took part in the Bihu and Makar Sankranti celebrations, mostly in five of the eight northeastern states — Assam, […]

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CDs used to blackmail Yediyurappa shot by his grandchildren: Rebel BJP leader

Kudalasangama (Karnataka), Jan 14 (IANS) Continuing his tirade against Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa, rebel BJP leader and former Union minister Basanagouda Patil Yatnal claimed on Thursday that Yediyurappa’s grandchildren were ‘recording CDs’ to blackmail him and get their illegal works done through him. Yatnal is leading an agitation along with Panchamasali Lingayat Matha seer […]

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First time in 53 yrs, ‘invisible salutation’ at iconic K’taka temple

Bengaluru, Jan 14 (IANS) The annual spectacle of ‘Surya Majjana’ or ‘Suryabhisheka’ (Sun Ablution) that was to occur in Bengaluru’s famous centuries-old Gavi Gangadhareshwara temple did not occur this time as cloudy weather set in just 20 minutes before the scheduled timing between 5:20 pm to 5:27 p.m. on Thursday. Gavi Gangadhareshwara temple’s chief priest, […]

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Chennithala demands Kerala academy chief’s resignation

Thiruvananathapuram, Jan 14 (IANS) Senior Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala on Thursday demanded the resignation of Kerala State Chalachithra Academy Chairman Kamal and demanded a detailed investigation into his actions as head of the organisation. The Congress leader also said that a government employee getting salary from the state exchequer must behave and act above political […]

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PMKVY 3.0 to be launched on Friday

New Delhi, Jan 14 (IANS) The third phase of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY 3.0) will be launched on Friday in 600 districts across India. Spearheaded by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), this phase will focus on new-age and Covid-related skills. Skill India Mission PMKVY 3.0 envisages training of eight lakh […]

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Tripura, Manipur, Sikkim receive Covid-19 vaccines too

Agartala/Imphal/Guwahati, Jan 14 (IANS) After Assam and Meghalaya, three more northeastern states – Tripura, Manipur and Sikkim – on Wednesday saw Covid-19 vaccines reach them for the first round of immunisation, officials said. While Assam received the second consignment of Covid-19 vaccine on Wednesday after the first delivery on Tuesday, Tripura, Manipur and Sikkim received […]

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Low-intensity earthquake hits Ghaziabad

New Delhi, Jan 13 (IANS) A low-intensity earthquake measuring 2.9 on the Richter scale hit the national capital region late evening on Wednesday. According to the Ministry of Earth Sciences’s National Centre for Seismology, the earthquake, with a depth of five kilometres, hit Ghaziabad area in Uttar Pradesh at 19:03 pm. No casualties or damage […]

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Deeper democracy in Kazakhstan will strengthen bond with India: Envoy (IANS Special)

By Aarti Tikoo SinghNew Delhi, Jan 13 (IANS) Kazakhstan is India’s biggest economic partner in Central Asia and a crucial strategic partner. In an interview with IANS, Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to India, Yerlan Alimbayev, explains the significance of the recently-held parliamentary elections and political reforms in his country and how it will strengthen the bilateral relationship […]

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Unblocked, with Mallika Sarabhai

By Sukant DeepakNew Delhi, Jan 13 (IANS) The lockdown might have proven to be a bizarre time for her considering she has not been home or in any one place for this long since she was 14-year-old. However, the suffocation did not stop Mallika Sarabhai – dancer, actor and social activist (“they are all part […]

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US scrambles to speed up Covid-19 shots

By Nikhila NatarajanNew York, Jan 13 (IANS) Alarmed by a sluggish coronavirus vaccine rollout, US health agencies announced a string of changes to expand supply, loosen eligibility guidelines and open more locations for people to get shots in arms as the pandemic continues to rage. As of January 11, the US government had distributed about […]

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Airlines swing into action as vaccine transport commences across the country (Roundup)

By Rohit VaidNew Delhi, Jan 12 (IANS) The country’s civil aviation sector swung into action on Tuesday for providing expeditious logistical support to the roll-out of India’s mega anti-Covid vaccination drive. Accordingly, the operation conducted seamlessly all across the country commenced from Pune, the base of Serum Institute of India, manufacturers of the Covishield vaccine. […]

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Covid-19 vaccines reach Assam, Meghalaya

By Sujit ChakrabortyGuwahati/Agartala, Jan 12 (IANS) The much-awaited Covid-19 vaccine reached two northeastern states — Assam and Meghalaya — as the special flights from Pune delivered the doses to 11 other locations across the country on Tuesday. The first phase of Covid-19 vaccination will start across the country on January 16. Union Civil Aviation Minister […]

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Yogi govt to launch anti-land mafia App

Muzaffarnagar (Uttar Pradesh), Jan 12 (IANS) The Uttar Pradesh government has developed an anti-land mafia software called ‘Dhara’. The software will help in the prevention of duplication of revenue records, which will prevent manipulation of records by officers. Based on GIS, the software will include all the land of gram samaj, ponds, grasslands, green-belt, including […]

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Sri Saradapeetham to offer food, hold medical camps in Kumbh Mela

Dehradun/Visakhapatnam, Jan 11 (IANS) Swamy Swatmanandendra Saraswati, a monk at the Visakha Sri Saradapeetham (SSP), met Uttarakhand chief secretary Om Prakash on Monday to offer the Visakhapatnam-based spiritual centre’s services for the forthcoming Kumbh Mela on Monday. “SSP made elaborate arrangements for the pilgrims going to Haridwar for the Kumbh Mela,” said a statement from […]

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Yogi govt to set up IT parks across UP

Lucknow, Jan 11 (IANS) The Yogi Adityanath government has decided to establish IT and Software Technology parks in all divisions across Uttar Pradesh. According to Additional Chief Secretary of IT and Electronics, Alok Kumar, under the state’s IT and Start-up policy of 2017, the state government will set up IT parks in all divisions of […]

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Leopard carcass found in UP district

Baghpat (UP), Jan 11 (IANS) The carcass of leopard has been found near railway tracks in Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat district. Officials suspect that the leopard was hit by a train. This is the third leopard death in the region in a month’s time. Kalyan Singh, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of Baghpat, said: “The leopard was […]

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Yediyurappa hints at cabinet expansion soon; meets Shah in Delhi

New Delhi/Bengaluru, Jan 10 (IANS) The much-awaited cabinet expansion would take place soon, hinted Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa after meeting the ruling BJP’s national leaders, including Union Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi on Sunday. “There was a detailed discussion on cabinet expansion. You will get good news soon,” Yediyurappa told reporters after […]

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B’desh revokes freedom fighter status of Mujib killer, 51 others

By Sumi KhanDhaka, Jan 10 (IANS) The Bangladesh government has cancelled freedom fighter certificates of 52 persons, including Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s fugitive killer Risaldar (suspended) Moslehuddin Khan, Minister for Liberation War Affairs AKM Mozammel Huq said on Sunday. A gazette notification was issued on January 5 cancelling their certificates, Huq told IANS, adding that […]

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CTET exams to be held after 200 day delay, exam centres to be located nearby

New Delhi, Jan 10 (IANS) Adopting the principle of ‘Safety first, exams later’ during the ongoing coronavirus crisis, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to conduct the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) examination on January 31, and allot candidates examination centres located near their houses. The candidates across the country appearing for […]

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Yogi govt to bring new urban tenancy laws

Lucknow, Jan 10 (IANS) In order to safeguard the rights of both the landlord and the tenant, the Uttar Pradesh government has decided to bring out a legislation which will prevent a dispute between the two parties in the future. The draft ordinance titled ‘Uttar Pradesh Regulation of Urban Premises Tenancy Ordinance, 2021’ has been […]

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AMU student shot dead

Aligarh (Uttar Pradesh), Jan 10 (IANS) A student of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has been shot dead, police said on Sunday. The deceased Atif, a second-year BA student, was returning home on a two-wheeler with his friend late on Saturday night in the Quarsi police circle area, when the assailants opened fire. Atif fell […]

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Protesting farmers try to disrupt Haryana CM’s event, face teargas shells

Karnal (Haryana), Jan 10 (IANS) Tension prevailed in Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s home constituency Karnal on Sunday with the police firing teargas shells and using water cannons to disperse farmers, who had gathered there to oppose the holding of ‘Kisan Mahapanchayat’ aimed at highlighting the benefits of the three Central farm laws. Heavy […]

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Embrace green spaces, shut screens to keep lockdown blues at bay

London, Jan 10 (IANS) If you want to beat lockdown and social distancing blues, head to green spaces and switch off TV, computer and smartphone as this will dramatically improve your mental health, say researchers, including one of Indian-origin, as several countries including the UK impose fresh restrictions amid surge in Covid numbers. Being outdoors, […]

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Pick of the week (Jan 10)

Dabur India – BuyRecommendation by Edelweiss Financial Services In CY21 too, Dabur would remain a strong volume growth story considering: i) addition of new consumers to Health portfolio in the wake of the pandemic; ii) worst is behind for Fruit Juices and other segments impacted by the lockdown; and iii) an impressive innovation funnel (PET […]

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‘Vikalp’ to assist UP school children

Lucknow, Jan 10 (IANS) The basic education department in Uttar Pradesh has initiated an Open Education Resource (OER) platform that will take technology enabled learning to the next level and will assist teachers, parents and students with the simplified and localized content. Developed with the help of HCL Foundation, the platform ‘Vikalp’ caters to the […]

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India has a strong framework of Intelligence (Column: Spy’s Eye)

BY D.C. PATHAKIn a democratic state, Intelligence directly helps the political executive in exercising the sovereign power of securing the nation and its people against external and internal threats. In this context, Intelligence is reliable information about an impending ‘open’ attack of the enemy or a ‘covert’ offensive on our territory planned by an adversary. […]

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Pak diplomat makes stunning disclosure

New Delhi, Jan 10 (IANS) News coming out of Pakistan has deeply embarrassed the Imran Khan administration. In a stunning revelation, former Pakistani diplomat Agha Hilaly admitted on a news television show that 300 terrorists had died in the Balakot airstrike on February 26, 2019. “India crossed the international border and did an act of […]

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