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Former Arunachal Pradesh Governor Mata Prasad Dies At 95

Mata Prasad was appointed as Governor of Arunachal Pradesh in 1993.Lucknow: Former Arunanchal Pradesh Governor Mata Prasad died following multi-organ failure at Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) here on Wednesday. He was 95 years old.He was admitted to the hospital last evening after being transferred from a private hospital, an official said.Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu deeply mourned the death of Mata Prasad.In a condolence message, he said: "My condolences on sad demise of former Governor of Arunachal Shri #MataPrasad Ji. In his demise, the country has lost a dedicated and sincere administrator. I pray Lord Buddha for strength to his family to bear the loss. Prayers for the departed soul. Om Shanti!".Mata Prasad served as minister in t...
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Covid Negative Report Not Mandatory For Entering Jagannath Temple From Today

The coronavirus restrictions will be strictly followed, Puri Collector said.Puri: After a gap of around 10 months, the devotees can go inside Lord Jagannath temple from Thursday without a mandatory requirment of showinbg COVID-19 negative report.The decision to lift the provision of producing COVID-19 negative report for entry in the 12th century shrine from Thursday was informed by Chief Administrator of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), Krishan Kumar Wednesday after a meeting with the Puri district administration and the local police."The devotees can enter the temple from 7 am of January 21. The mandatory production of COVID-19 report is hereby lifted," Mr Kumar told reporters.The review meeting was also attended by Puri Collector Samarth Verma, DIG Ashish Singh and SP Ka...
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“Historic Occasion”, Says PM Modi After Kamala Harris Takes Oath

"The India-USA partnership is beneficial for our planet," PM Modi tweeted.New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, immediately after congratulating US President Joe Biden on being sworn in, congratulated Kamala Harris on becoming the 49th Vice President of the United States by calling it a historic occasion."Congratulations to @KamalaHarris on being sworn-in as @VP. It is a historic occasion. Looking forward to interacting with her to make India-USA relations more robust," Prime Minister Modi wrote.Congratulations to @KamalaHarris on being sworn-in as @VP. It is a historic occasion. Looking forward to interacting with her to make India-USA relations more robust. The India-USA partnership is beneficial for our planet.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 20, 2021"The India-USA partners...
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Reliance-Future’s Rs 24,000-Crore Deal Cleared By Market Regulator SEBI

Reliance and Future announced the deal in August last year.New Delhi: Reliance Industries' Rs 24,713-crore deal billion deal to buy Future Group's retail assets was cleared by the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on Wednesday, in a blow to Amazon's efforts to block the agreement.The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) also granted its "no adverse observation" report to the deal the clearance from the market regulator that included some riders.The SEBI has said the case pending before the Delhi High Court and arbitration proceedings by the global e-commerce major Amazon contesting the deal should be specifically mentioned by Future Group while seeking shareholders or the National Company Law Tribunal approval, the BSE said.It has also held that SEBI's go-ahead on the draft scheme of...
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Indian, French Rafale Fighters Begin Bilateral Air Exercise In Rajasthan

The bilateral air exercise between Indian Air Force and French Air and Space Force started today.New Delhi: The Indian Air Force (IAF) started the first major international wargames involving its Rafale fighter jets in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, on Wednesday with their French counterparts.As part of the first edition of the exercise Desert Knight-21, four French Rafale fighters landed in Jodhpur after flying directly for around four hours from the Djibouti airbase using their A-330 multirole tanker transport aircraft which also landed.Exercise Desert Knight-21 is being held at Jodhpur Air Force Station from January 20 to January 24 this year.The French are participating with Rafale, Airbus A-330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT), A-400M Tactical Transport aircraft and approximately 175 person...
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Maratha Quota: Supreme Court To Hear Schedule Of Hearing Pleas On February 5

The bench has posted the matter for February 5 and said it would decide the schedule of hearing.New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it would decide on February 5 the schedule of hearing on the pleas pertaining to the 2018 Maharashtra law granting reservation to Marathas in education and jobs after the state government said a case of this nature be heard once physical hearing commences.The top court is presently hearing matters through video-conferencing since March last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.A five-judge constitution bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan was told by senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, who was appearing for Maharashtra, that the state is requesting for an adjournment and the matter be heard in March.Physical meetings are dangerous today, Mr Rohatgi told t...
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BJP MP Demands Action Against Makers Of Mirzapur Web Series

The makers of 'Mirzapur' web series have damaged the image of the district, the BJP MP said.New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Secretary and Lok Sabha MP from Kaushambi in Uttar Pradesh, Vinod Sonkar, has demanded action against the producers of "Mirzapur" web series on Amazon Prime Video.Mr Sonkar said that he is happy that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has taken cognisance of complaints against "Tandav" web series, but also demanded that action be taken against the makers of Mirzapur for allegedly hurting the sentiments of people belonging to the region.At least three cases have been filed against the makers and artists of "Tandav" in Uttar Pradesh for the alleged inappropriate depiction of UP Police personnel, deities, and adverse portrayal of a character playing ...
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Watch: Tamil Nadu Villages Celebrate A Daughter – US Veep Kamala Harris

Crackers were burst and sweets distributed as the villagers waited for the programme to begin.Chennai: Two villages in Tamil Nadu celebrated this evening as Kamala Devi Harris took oath as the first woman Vice President of the United States. Mannargudi and Thulasenthirapuram-Painganadu villages in Tiruvarur district were the places from 56-year-old Ms Harris's maternal grandparents lived.Ms Harris's grandfather PV Gopalan had moved out of Thulasenthirapuram village in his youth and got a job under the British government. Her grandmother Rajam belonged to the nearby Painganadu village.The two villages have been waiting to celebrate for days, the 10-km stretch between them lined with huge digital banners decorated with flowers and leaves.Many have been cleaning the roads and offering pray...
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Active Caseload Of COVID-19 Slips Below 2 Lakh After Nearly 7 Months

"Globally, India has one of the lowest daily new confirmed COVID-19 cases per million," the Centre saidNew Delhi: India's COVID-19 active caseload has fallen below the 2-lakh mark after nearly 7 months and comprises just 1.86 per cent of the total infections, the Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday.It said that 72 per cent of the active cases are concentrated in Kerala, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, West Bengal.Thirty-four states and Union Territories have less than 10,000 active cases."The active cases have fallen to 1,97,201.This is the lowest after 207 days. The total active cases were 1,97,387 on June 27, 2020," the ministry underlined.A total of 16,988 people have recovered in a span of 24 hours. This has led to a net decline of 3,327 from the total active caseload, it...
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Over 1,200 Bird Deaths Reported In Delhi Since January 6: Report

"1,216 bird deaths have been reported in Delhi since January 6," an official said (Representational)New Delhi: Over 1,200 bird deaths have been reported in Delhi in the last 15 days amid the avian influenza situation in Delhi, officials said on Wednesday.Of the 201 samples collected from various places in the national capital, 24 have tested positive for bird flu so far, the director of the animal husbandry unit of the Delhi government's Development Department, Rakesh Singh, told news agency Press Trust of India."A total of 1,216 bird deaths have been reported in Delhi since January 6. However, all the deaths cannot be attributed to bird flu. Cold stress is another major reason," he said.On Tuesday, authorities restricted the entry of public into the Red Fort till Friday after a sample ...