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India

2 Chinese Among 4 Arrested For Operating Instant Loan App: Chennai Police

The Chinese nationals ran the call centre with the assistance of the two Indians. (Representational)Chennai: Two Chinese and as many Indian nationals have been arrested for allegedly operating instant loan apps, the police said on Saturday.Investigation, based on a complaint in the city, revealed the prime accused to be operating from China, the police said.The two Indians had been operating the call centre from Bengaluru and had employed over 100 people to provide quick online loans, they said.Each employee had been asked to sanction instant loans to at least 10 people in a week and threatened of being sacked if they failed to do so, said the police.The Chinese nationals ran the call centre with the assistance of the two Indians.All of them were arrested in Bengaluru on December 31, 20...
India

Covid Vaccine To Be Available In UP Around ‘Makar Sankranti’: Yogi Adityanath

Gorakhpur: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday said COVID-19 vaccine will be available in the state close to the Hindu festival, 'Makar Sankranti', which will be celebrated on January 14.Speaking at a programme, he said, "We initiated the campaign against COVID-19 in March 2020 under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and at the beginning of this year we could say firmly that the dry run of the vaccine will be held on January 5 across the state and the vaccine will be available near around Makar Sankranti."The Chief Minister added that a dry run of the vaccine was being held at some places in the state on Saturday.Yogi Adityanath was speaking while laying the foundation stone of Advocate's Building at the collectorate campus on Saturday.On Friday, the Subject Expert Commi...
India

Bharat Biotech Recruits 23,000 Volunteers For Covaxin’s Phase 3 Clinical Trial

Covaxin by Bharat Biotech is developed in collaboration with the ICMR and National Institute of VirologyHyderabad: Bharat Biotech has recruited 23,000 volunteers so far for the Phase III clinical trials of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, ''Covaxin''."Bharat Biotech has announced successful recruitment of 23,000 volunteers, and continued progress towards achieving the goal of 26,000 participants for Phase-3 clinical trial of coronavirus vaccine "Covaxin" across multiple sites in India," an official statement read.Covaxin, India's indigenous COVID-19 vaccine by Bharat Biotech is developed in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) - National Institute of Virology (NIV). This indigenous, inactivated vaccine is developed and manufactured in Bharat Biotech's BSL-3 (B...
India

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Announces Rs 600 Crore Relief To Five Lakh Farmers

Chief Minister hiked assistance under the perennial crops category to Rs 25,000 (File)Chennai: Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Saturday announced Rs 600 crore relief assistance to about five lakh farmers, whose crops on 3.10 lakh plus hectares were hit due to the recent back to back cyclones in Tamil Nadu.A norm that permitted relief only upto a maximum of two hectares has been relaxed in view of the losses suffered by ryots and the assistance shall cover loss in its entirety without any upper limit, Mr Palaniswami said.The assistance would be directly credited to the bank accounts of farmers from January 7, he said in an official release.Mr Palaniswami said agricultural and horticultural crops on 3,10,589.63 hectares were affected in Tamil Nadu due to the Nivar and Burevi cyclones witn...
India

Chief Of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat Visits Forward Bases In Arunachal

General Rawat arrived at the Dinjan air force station in Chabua in Assam on Friday (File)New Delhi: Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat on Saturday visited several frontline air bases in forward areas near the Line of Actual Control in Arunachal Pradesh and undertook a detailed review of India's overall military preparedness in the region.Official sources said General Rawat carried out an aerial survey of certain areas and was briefed about key aspects of the security matrix in the region by senior military commanders.In a series of tweets, the Army said General Rawat visited forward air force bases in the Eastern sector and interacted with personnel of the Special Frontier Force (SFF), the Army and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) deployed at the "forward most air maintaine...
Sports

Still Time For Barcelona To Ensure Lionel Messi Stays, Says Joan Laporta | Football News

Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta said there was still time to make "a convincing proposal" to Lionel Messi, whose contract with the club expires in June. "He said he would wait until the end of the season and that gives us time to submit a convincing proposal to him," said Laporta, who is running to regain the position he held from 2003 to 2010. Messi has been free to negotiate with other clubs since Friday. But, as Laporta pointed out, the Barcelona star said in an interview on Spanish television on December 27 that he had "decided nothing" about his future. "I don't know yet," Messi said. "I'm focused. I'm not thinking about how the s...
Sports

ISL: Mumbai City Edge Past Kerala Blasters To Reclaim Top Spot | Football News

ISL: Ahmed Jahouh put in a top display for Mumbai City against Kerala Blasters.© Twitter Mumbai City FC reclaimed the top spot in the Indian Super League (ISL) following a 2-0 win over Kerala Blasters FC at the GMC Stadium on Saturday. First-half goals from Adam Le Fondre (3') and Hugo Boumous (11') ensured full points for the Islanders who are now unbeaten in their last seven games. Both teams made a couple ...
World

Nurse In Italy Proposes Girlfriend Using His Covid Gown

The 16th message below his photo was of the girlfriend saying "YESSSSSSSSS" followed by 7 heart emojis.Rome: In Italy, it seems, true love will always find a way -- even in the time of coronavirus.A Facebook post has gone viral after a male nurse in a southern hospital proposed to his girlfriend with the big question scrawled on the back of his head-to-toe protective clothing.In the post, which had received over 500 "likes" by Saturday, Giuseppe Pungente shared a photo of himself in a corridor of the respiratory ward of the Ostuni hospital in Puglia, his back turned to the camera."Carmeli, do you want to marry me?" was the message written on the back of Pungente's gown, with a "Yes" and "No" underneath.In his New Year's post, Pungente wrote that, as a nurse "in the front line in the fig...
Sports

Jose Mourinho Slams Tottenham Hotspur Stars For Flouting Coronavirus Protocols | Football News

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has condemned Erik Lamela, Sergio Reguilon and Giovani Lo Celso for breaking coronavirus protocols after the trio were spotted at a large party. Lamela, Lo Celso and Reguilon were pictured at the gathering over the Christmas period, a photo of which was circulated on social media. West Ham's Manuel Lanzini was also in attendance, breaching strict guidelines that prohibit mixing with other people indoors due to Covid-19. Tottenham are set to take disciplinary action after Mourinho issued an angry rebuke about the players' behaviour. Mourinho had been critical of the Premier League for cancelling his team's match against F...