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Amid Covid-19 surge, Assam gears up for Bihu festival
Guwahati, April 13 (IANS) Amid the Covid-19 surge, the people of Assam are geared up to celebrate 'Bohag Bihu' or 'Rongali Bihu', the beginning of the Assamese New Year, even as the government imposed various Covid-related restrictions.
2021-04-13
Category: India, Assam,National,Politics
Social media emerges as a powerful tool in UP panchayat polls
Lucknow, April 13 (IANS) Social media remains a powerful weapon of publicity even in the panchayat elections in Uttar Pradesh which are scheduled to be held in a couple of days. Candidates have made it a medium to reach out to the people, especially the youth who use WhatsApp and other social media platforms all the time.
2021-04-13
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Politics
No role of Kishor in ticket finalisation for 2022 polls: Amarinder
Chandigarh, April 13 (IANS) Putting to rest all speculation, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday ruled out any role of poll strategist Prashant Kishor in the finalisation of Congress tickets in the 2022 Assembly elections.
2021-04-13
Category: India, Punjab,National,Politics
BJP urges Kejriwal to call all party meet to discuss Covid
New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) Amid a sudden surge of Covid cases in the national capital, the Delhi BJP on Tuesday urged the Arvind Kejriwal government to call an all party meeting to discuss the alarming situation.
2021-04-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
DMK, MDMK oppose renaming of EVR Periyar Salai
Chennai, April 13 (IANS) Opposition parties such as the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday condemned the renaming of the EVR Periyar Salai as the Grand Western Trunk Road.
2021-04-13
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,National,Politics
Sidhu questions his govt's probe into 2015 firing incident
Chandigarh, April 13 (IANS) In a veiled attack apparently aimed at the Congress government in Punjab, former Cabinet minister and party leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Tuesday demanded to make the report of the SIT of Punjab Police probing the sacrilege incidents of 2015 and the subsequent police firing public.
2021-04-13
Category: India, Punjab,National,Politics
TN human rights body seeks report on police excess in Coimbatore
Chennai, April 13 (IANS) The Tamil Nadu State Human Rights Commission has issued a notice to Coimbatore City Police Commissioner over a police officer assaulting people at an eatery, including its staff as well as the customers.
2021-04-13
Category: India, Tamil Nadu,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Politics
G7 concerned by Russian troop build-up on Ukraine border
Washington, April 13 (IANS) G7 member countries have said they were deeply concerned about the build-up of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine and the annexed Crimea region.
2021-04-13
Category: International, United States,Politics
US Defence Secy arrives in Germany
Berlin, April 13 (IANS) US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin has arrived in Berlin on Tuesday, during which he will meet his German counterpart Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, with the aim of settling defence ties after a tumultuous four years under the previous American administration.
2021-04-13
Category: International, Germany,Politics
Lavrov to discuss n-deal, cyberattack in Iran
Tehran, April 13 (IANS) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in Tehran on Tuesday during which he will hold talks with Iranian leaders on topics including how to salvage a nuclear agreement with world powers and the recent cyberattack on a facility.
2021-04-13
Category: International, Turkey,Politics
Maldives tourism arrivals cross 330K in March
Male, April 13 (IANS) Monthly tourism arrivals have been on the rise in the Maldives, with over 330,000 tourists visiting the island nation between January and March, the Ministry of Tourism revealed on Tuesday.
2021-04-13
Category: International, India,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
NZ revises counter-terrorism laws
Wellington, April 13 (IANS) The New Zealand government introduced the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill on Tuesday, designed to boost the country's ability to respond to a wider range of extremist activities.
2021-04-13
Category: International, United Kingdom,Politics,Defence/Security,Terrorism
Ghani urges Taliban to observe ceasefire during Ramadan
Kabul, April 13 (IANS) Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday urged the Taliban to halt fighting and observe a ceasefire during the Islamic holy month month of Ramadan aimed at bolstering the peace process.
2021-04-13
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Religion,Terrorism
UP Minister warns of lockdown amid Covid surge
Lucknow, April 13 (IANS) A day after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that he would not impose a lockdown, state Minister Brijesh Pathak on Tuesday categorically stated that a lockdown could be imposed in Lucknow if Covid cases continued to surge.
2021-04-13
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Politics
Cyber criminals create fake FB account of Bihar minister, demand money
Patna, April 13 (IANS) Cyber criminals allegedly made a fake Facebook account in the name of Bihar's Cabinet Minister Subhash Singh and demanded money from his supporters, an official said on Tuesday.
2021-04-13
Category: India, Bihar,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Politics
Japan to release Fukushima water into sea amid oppn (Ld)
Tokyo, April 13 (IANS) The Japanese government on Tuesday announced its decision to start releasing radioactive water accumulated at the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea after treatment, amid domestic and international opposition.
2021-04-13
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Aus island state to get 1st int'l flight service
Canberra, April 13 (IANS) The Australian island state of Tasmania is set to get its first regular international flight service in 23 years starting from next week.
2021-04-13
Category: International, Australia,Politics
Biden meets executives to address semiconductor shortage
Washington, April 13 (IANS) US President Joe Biden and other White House officials met executives from 19 major companies to discuss the global semiconductor shortage that has severely affected American automakers.
2021-04-13
Category: International, United States,Politics
BJP leader claims return of migrant Kashmiri Pandits has started
Srinagar, April 13 (IANS) Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) J&K general secretary, Ashok Koul claimed on Tuesday that for the first time migrant Kashmiri Pandits have started returning to the Valley.
2021-04-13
Category: India, Jammu And Kashmir,National,Politics
EC issues notice to BJP's Bengal President Dilip Ghosh
New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) The Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday issued a show cause notice to BJP's West Bengal President Dilip Ghosh for making public statements that are "provocative" and can "seriously incite" the emotions and lead to "breakdown" of law and order affecting the Assembly election process in the state.
2021-04-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
1 dead in US high school shooting
Washington, April 13 (IANS) One person was shot dead and a police officer was injured during a shooting at a high school in the US state of Tennessee, police said.
2021-04-13
Category: International, United States,Politics
Kerala Minister Jaleel resigns following Lokayukta snub
Thiruvananthapuram, April 13 (IANS) Even when his petition questioning the Lokayukta's decision asking him to quit was before the Kerala High Court, State Higher Education Minister K.T. Jaleel on Tuesday tendered his resignation to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
2021-04-13
Category: India, Kerala,National,Politics
Panchayat polls bring back migrants in UP (IANS Special)
Lucknow, April 13 (IANS) It is not only the fear of a lockdown that is bringing back migrant workers from Maharashtra -- it is also the Panchayat elections in Uttar Pradesh that is a major factor for their return.
2021-04-13
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Politics
Results of Ecuadorian prez runoff to take few days
Quito, April 13 (IANS) Ecuador's National Electoral Council (CNE) will take a few days to officially announce the winner of the presidential runoff due to procedural requirements, a top official said here
2021-04-13
Category: International, Ecuador,Politics
Stone pelting stage managed by desperate Naidu: YSRCP
Tirupati, April 13 (IANS) Senior Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) leader and Panchayat Raj Minister Peddireddi Ramachandra Reddy alleged that the stone pelting incident was stage-managed by a desperate Nara Chandrababu Naidu to grab public attention. Reddy claimed that Telugu Desam Party's (TDP) defeat is imminent in the forthcoming Tirupati Lok Sabha bypoll.
2021-04-13
Category: India, Andhra Pradesh,National,Politics
Sushil Chandra takes charge as 24th CEC
New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra on Tuesday took charge as the 24th Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India replacing Sunil Arora, who retired a day earlier.
2021-04-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
FIR against 3 Bihar MLAs for violating Covid norms
Patna, April 13 (IANS) The Bihar Police have registered an FIR against three MLAs from the opposition parties for violating Covid norms in Rohtas district, an official said.
2021-04-13
Category: India, Bihar,National,Health/Medicine,Politics
Delhi reports over 13.5K Covid cases, highest daily surge
New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday announced that the national capital registered more than 13,500 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, the highest ever single-day spike since the onset of the pandemic early last year.
2021-04-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
Goa Forward opts out of NDA; blames CM for corruption, dishonesty
Panaji, April 13 (IANS) Nearly two years after being sacked from the BJP-led coalition government in the coastal state, a regional party Goa Forward on Tuesday announced its withdrawal from the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), blaming Chief Minister Pramod Sawant for leading a regime marked by corruption and dishonesty.
2021-04-13
Category: India, Goa,National,Politics
Special steps to check Covid spread during UP Panchayat polls
Lucknow, April 13 (IANS) Special steps are being taken for the safety of the staff going to the field as part of the polling duties in the ongoing Panchayat elections in Uttar Pradesh.
2021-04-13
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Health/Medicine,Politics
EU rejects attempts to derail process to revive Iran n-deal
Brussels, April 13 (IANS) The European Union (EU) has strongly rejected any attempts to derail diplomatic efforts to revive the Iran nuclear deal currently underway in Vienna.
2021-04-13
Category: International, Belgium,Politics
Proposed UK bill could limit accountability for int'l crimes
London, April 13 (IANS) The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet urged UK legislators to amend the proposed new Overseas Operations Bill, saying that it could lead to shielding its military personnel operating abroad from due accountability for acts of torture or other serious international crimes.
2021-04-13
Category: International, United Kingdom,Politics
Maha Gudi Padva tragedy: 10 die due to Oxygen shortage
Palghar, April 13 (IANS) In a shocking tragedy on Gudi Padva, at least 10 Covid-19 patients have died in the Vasai town due to alleged shortage of medical oxygen, officials said here on Tuesday.
2021-04-13
Category: India, Maharashtra,National,Health/Medicine,Politics
1 killed in massive St. Petersburg factory fire
Moscow, April 13 (IANS) A massive blaze at a historic factory in the Russian city of St. Petersburg has killed one firefighter and injured two others, authorities have confirmed.
2021-04-13
Category: International, Russian Federation,Politics,Crime/Disaster/Accident
Inflation, falling IP, declining rupee in NDA rule: Chidambaram
New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) A month ahead of the BJP-led NDA government completing seven years, the Congress has attacked the government over economic issues, which it says are looming in the country.
2021-04-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
'Israel will never allow Iran to obtain n-weapons'
Jerusalem, April 13 (IANS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that his country will never allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons.
2021-04-13
Category: International, Israel,Politics
Biden picks new chief for border agency
Washington, April 13 (IANS) US President Joe Biden will nominate Chris Magnus, the chief of police in the city of Tucson, Arizona, to lead the Customs and Border Protection, the country's border enforcement agency that is currently dealing with a migrant influx.
2021-04-13
Category: International, United States,Politics
FIR lodged as BJP MLA, party leader fight in public view
Lakhimpur Kheri (UP), April 13 (IANS) BJP MLA Yogesh Verma and former block chief Pawan Gupta, who were involved in a fracas over the candidature of their loyalists in the ongoing panchayat elections, have now been booked by the police following cross complaints.
2021-04-13
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Politics
Japan to dump Fukushima contaminated water into sea
Tokyo, April 13 (IANS) Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Tuesday that his government has decided to discharge contaminated radioactive wastewater from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power into the Pacific Ocean amid domestic and international opposition.
2021-04-13
Category: International, Japan,Politics
Russia slashes flights with Turkey over Covid-19 concerns
Moscow, April 13 (IANS) Russia will reduce the number of regular and charter flights with Turkey from April 15 to June 1 to curb imports of Covid-19 infections, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova announced.
2021-04-13
Category: International, Russian Federation,Politics
Johnson & Johnson vaccine sites shut in US after adverse reactions reported
Washington, April 13 (IANS) Several states in the United States have temporarily shut down some vaccine sites after people suffered adverse reactions to the shot.
2021-04-13
Category: International, United States,Health/Medicine,Politics
Ambulance delay led to historian's death: Family
Lucknow, April 13 (IANS) The family of historian Yogesh Praveen, who died here on Monday evening, has alleged that the two-hour delay in ambulance was responsible for his death.
2021-04-13
Category: India, Uttar Pradesh,National,Politics
US not involved in Iran nuclear facility incident: White House
Washington, April 13 (IANS) The White House said that the United States was not involved in a recent attack on Iran's Natanz nuclear facility.
2021-04-13
Category: International, United States,Politics
UN chief calls for 6 measures to finance recovery from Covid-19
United Nations, April 13 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for six measures to help countries recover from Covid-19 and keep them on track toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
2021-04-13
Category: International, United States,Health/Medicine,Politics
Despite short supply, COVAX distributed nearly 40 mn vaccine doses: WHO
Geneva, April 13 (IANS) Close to 40 million Covid-19 vaccine doses have already been distributed through the COVAX Facility, half of them in Africa, but vaccine supplies are still stalled due to "tremendous demand" especially in India, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.
2021-04-13
Category: International, United Arab Emirates,Health/Medicine,Politics
Exempt Covid drugs from GST, transfer Rs 6K to eligible: Sonia
New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi has written a letter to the Prime Minister and asked him to exempt the medicines and equipment required for Covid-19 treatment and Rs 6,000 should be transferred every month in the accounts of those who are eligible.
2021-04-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Politics
AAP MLA Atishi appointed as vice president of ICLEI
New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA from Kalkaji Atishi has been appointed as vice president of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), party said a statement.
2021-04-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Environment/Wildlife,Politics
Tejashwi hits out at Nitish govt over 'poor health infrastructure'
Patna, April 13 (IANS) Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Prasad Yadav on Monday slammed the Bihar government over the crumbling health structure, as he cited the CAG's report that had red flagged the state's poor healthcare facilities as compared to other states.
2021-04-13
Category: India, Bihar,National,Politics
Ceasefire agreements with three Naga groups extended (Ld)
Kohima/New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) The Union government on Monday extended the ceasefire agreements with three Naga insurgent outfits for one more year till April next year.
2021-04-12
Category: India, Nagaland,National,Politics
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.
2021-04-12
Category: India, Andhra Pradesh,National,Politics,Religion