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Corona Letter: Oxford vaccine trial continues

Hello there! India’s health ministry has confirmed 7,706,946 Covid-19 cases (715,812 active cases) and 116,616 fatalities. 55,839 fresh cases were recorded on Wednesday. Fatalities across the world are 1,131,460 (over 41.23 million infections). The numbers are as of Thursday, 12:30 pm IST. Check out the latest data here TODAY’S TAKE A volunteer dies, Oxford vaccine …

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Dos & don’ts for idol makers, devotees, authorities

NEW DELHI: With the onset of festivals, especially Durga Puja fervour reaching a crescendo, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) is not taking any chances. On Thursday, it issued a list of dos and don’ts for a “safe and environment-friendly idol immersion”. In a tweet, comprising two slides, the CPCB has recommended the dos-for devotees, …

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BJP Bihar manifesto: Free Covid vaccine, 19Ljobs

NEW DELHI: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday released its manifesto for the three-phased Bihar elections promising to distribute the coronavirus vaccine free of cost once approved by the ICMR, and also assured 19 lakh jobs for youths of the state.Union finance minister and BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman, releasing the party’s manifesto, said that as …

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‘Respect Indian sovereignty,’ govt warns Twitter

NEW DELHI: The government has shot off a stern letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, conveying its strong disapproval over misrepresentation of the Indian map, and asserted that any attempt by the micro-blogging platform to disrespect the country’s sovereignty and integrity is totally unacceptable.In a strongly-worded letter, IT secretary Ajay Sawhney has warned the platform …

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PM Modi virtually joins Durga Puja celebrations

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday virtually joined the commencement of Durga Puja celebrations in West Bengal and addressed the people extending his greetings to all on the biggest festival celebrated in the eastern state.Invoking Goddess Durga, PM Modi reaffirmed his government’s irrevocable commitment to women’s empowerment alluding to the goddess who is …

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‘Kohli handing new ball to me boosted confidence’

ABU DHABI: Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer Mohammed Siraj, who ripped through Kolkata Knight Riders’ top-order with a “magical performance”, said skipper Virat Kohli’s surprise decision to hand him the new ball lifted his confidence in the IPL match.SCORECARD| POINTS TABLE | FIXTURESSiraj’s first three wickets came without conceding a run as he became the first …

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Amazon sale: Offers on ‘bestseller’ laptops & tablets

Amazon sale has devices listed under various categories. These include ‘top rated electronics’, ‘new launches’, ‘just launched’, ‘first time on discount’ and more. One of these is also ‘bestsellers of 2020’. The section lists apparent ‘bestsellers’ on Amazon’s website in products including laptops, tablets, headphones, cameras, wearables and more. Here we have picked laptops and …

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Don’t think lot of people have belief in us: Virat

ABU DHABI: After gaining a comprehensive eight-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli said that many people do not have faith in the side’s abilities but all players do have the desired confidence.SCORECARD| POINTS TABLE | FIXTURESRCB chased down a total of 85 with eight wickets in hand and …

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US may not issue these biz visas for H-1B

WASHINGTON: The US State Department in a federal notification Wednesday proposed to make changes to its existing visa regulations under which foreign professionals, which would fall under H-1B, would not be issued temporary visa for business, as has been widely prevalent currently.If finalized, this proposal will eliminate any misconception that the “B-1 in lieu of …

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Economy at doorstep of recovery, says RBI guv

MUMBAI: The Indian economy is at the “doorstep of revival” and both the government and the Reserve Bank of India are maintaining an accommodative stance, according to the central bank’s governor Shaktikanta Das. An accommodative stance means being prepared to provide all the funds required to support growth. His statement comes a fortnight after he …

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