Tuesday, May 18, 2021


Blocked from cabinet in Senate, Tanden appointed Biden's senior adviser

NEW YORK: Neera Tanden, whose appointment to a cabinet post was blocked in the Senate, has been named a senior adviser to President Joe Biden, according to a Democratic Party leader.

Maha Corona crises: Fadnavis complains to Sonia Gandhi

MUMBAI: Marking an unprecedented step, Maharashtra Bharatiya Janata Party's Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis here on Saturday shot off a detailed letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi highlighting the acts of commission and omission by the state government in dealing with the Covid-19 crisis.

Chakmoh panchayat should tag ‘smart panchayat’- demands Dr P.C.Sharma

PARKASHPUR (H.P)—Smart gram panchayats could be more helpful in containing Corona pandemic as the invisible enemy in the form of virus has now made impingement in the villages and rural areas as these have easy access to each village, perceivesDr PC Sharma, eminent descendant of Baba Balak Nath Cave Shrine. He further pronounced that presently panchayats have been working as implementing agencies of government programmes and marshalling ballots for politicians and thus village could not become Republic and it defeats our fight against COVID.

Mamata's agenda for first 100 days

KOLKATA: After securing a thumping majority in the recently concluded elections Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had made it clear that vaccination and controlling the spread of Coronavirus will be her government's priority and she has already initiated some formidable steps to restrict the unchecked spread of the pandemic.

Oppn writes to PM: Stop Central Vista project, use money for vaccines

NW DELHI: Twelve major opposition parties including four chief ministers have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding that the government should stop the Central Vista project and instead use the money to procure oxygen and vaccines.

Punjab CM orders to release Rs.60 Cr for Sports University at Patiala

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday directed the Finance Department to immediately release the sanctioned amount of Rs 60 crore for the first phase construction of the Maharaja Bhupinder Singh Punjab Sports University (MBSPSU), Patiala campus.

Enhanced enrollment in govt schools requires extra allocation, Punjab to seek additional Central funds: CS

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Government will raise a demand before the Union Government for additional funds under the mid day meal scheme to feed all the students at the government and aided schools in the state.

Mamata ministry to have 43 ministers, Amit Mitra also included

KOLKATA: The Mamata Banerjee government ministry will be expanded on Monday morning, with the induction of 24 cabinet ministers, 10 ministers of state with independent charge and another 9 ministers of state, as per the list released on Sunday.

Govt must follow suggestions of experts to impose lockdown: Congress

NEW DELHI: The Congress on Saturday accused the Central government of failing to protect the lives of the people amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
It also urged the Centre to follow the suggestions of the experts to declare a nationwide lockdown in the wake of the rising number of Covid-19 cases across the country.

Wake up from slumber, mitigate Covid challenges: IMA to Health Ministry

NEW DELHI: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Saturday slammed the Union Health Ministry, saying it is "astonished to see the extreme lethargy and inappropriate actions" from the department in combating the agonizing crisis caused by the devastating second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

US govt could breach debt limit after Oct 1: Think-tank

WASHINGTON: A Washington, D.C.-based think-tank said that the US federal government is likely to run out of borrowing room and breach the debt limit after October 1.

46 injured during violent protests in Colombia

BOGOTA: At least 46 people were injured in further violent clashes in Bogota and other cities in Colombia after a seventh night of protest.
We had a brutal escalation of violence. Thirty civilians and 16 police were injured," Bogota's Mayor Claudia Lopez tweeted on Wednesday.

Punjab CM directs PWD (B&R) to speed up all ongoing works, complete all projects announced in budget by Dec.2021

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday directed the Public Works Department (B&R) to expedite all ongoing works, and to initiate and complete all projects announced in the Budget Session by December 2021, while taking care to prioritise them in view of the financial burden imposed by the Covid crisis.

Rural Development and panchayats department incurrs highest ever expenditure of 62 % during last Fiscal

CHANDIGARH: In a spectacular performance, the Rural Development and Panchayats Department has incurred the highest ever expenditure of 62 percent thereby achieving 60 percent additional persondays during the last fiscal.

Aus Treasurer 'encouraged' by drop in welfare recipients

CANBERRA: Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on Monday defended the decision to end the government's coronavirus wage subsidy scheme after thousands of people came off welfare in April.

Did welfare schemes, freebies determine 2021 Assembly results?

NEW DELHI: The results of the crucial Assembly elections held in five states/UT, including battleground West Bengal, announced on Sunday indicate that social welfare schemes, including cash transfer or freebies, seem to have played a crucial role in deciding the electoral fortune of various parties.

Congress trounces BJP in 10 local body polls in Karnataka

BENGALURU: The opposition Congress in Karnataka has trounced the ruling BJP by winning 120 out of the 263 wards in 10 local bodies across eight districts that went to the polls on April 27.

Covid disruption unlikely to impact April GST collections: SBI Ecowrap

MUMBAI: Even with the new wave of Covid-19 resulting in 'lockdowns' in 15 parts of the country and impacting business all across, the country's GST collections, the barometer of economic activity in India, is likely to cross the Rs 1 lakh crore mark for the sixth time in as many months in April, a SBI Ecowrap report said on Friday.

Rs.2941.83 Cr work plan to strengthen, modernise Punjab school education: Vini Mahajan

CHANDIGARH: Following the resolve of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh to strengthen and consolidate the school education in the state, Punjab Chief Secretary, Ms Vini Mahajan, approved a proposal of Rs 2,941.83 crore for upgrading the infrastructure, modernisation, and strengthening allied facilities at the government schools under the annual work plan and budget (AWP&B) for the current fiscal 2021-22.

Kerala to order 1 crore doses of vaccine

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:Finally on Wednesday, the Kerala government decided to place an order for one crore doses of Covid vaccines.
It would include 70 lakhs doses of Covishield and 30 lakhs Covaxin.

Boarding Schools Champion Life Skills in Children

Punjab Cabinet approves modalities for distribution of mobile phone to nearly 2.15 Lakh students of class 12 for Academic session 2021-22

CHANDIGARH: To facilitate seamless e-learning in government schools amid Covid-19 pandemic, the Punjab Cabinet on Monday approved modalities for distribution of mobile phones to nearly 2.15 lakh students of class 12 for the academic session 2021-22 under ‘Punjab Smart Connect Scheme’.

Rajasthan announces free Covid vaccination for 18-45

JAIPUR: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday announced free vaccination for people above 18 years of age in the state for the next vaccination round which starts from May 1.

Punjab CM orders immediate recruitment of 400 nurses and 140 technicians in GMCs

CHANDIGARH: To strengthen the state’s healthcare capabilities amid the Covid surge, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday ordered immediate recruitment of 400 nurses and 140 technicians to the government medical colleges, while directing the department to expedite the medical college projects approved/in progress in the state so that Punjab is not left behind in the development of medical infrastructure.

Punjab CM okays reward policy for inputs on drugs under NDPC Act

CHANDIGARH: Underlining his government’s zero tolerance policy towards drugs, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday approved a Reward Policy to encourage information and inputs leading to recovery of drugs under the NDPS Act.

Ex-policeman guilty in killing that 'ripped blinders off' US systemic racism

NEW YORK: In a catharsis for a nation rocked by protests and racial tension for nearly a year, a White former policeman has been convicted of murdering an African American man by kneeling on his neck.

Punjab CM gives in-principle approval for legislation to give legal sanctity to teachers transfer policy

CHANDIGARH: In a slew of decisions to further improve the functioning of schools in the state, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday gave in-principle approval for legislation of Teachers Transfer Act in the Vidhan Sabha, while announcing Rs 500/month increase in the salaries of Mid-Day Meal workers and distribution of another 2.14 lakh smart phones to Class XII government school students this year.

Biden summit 'needs' emissions reduction, finance commitments

NEW DELHI: US President Joe Biden invited 40 world leaders to the Leaders' Summit on Climate on April 22-23.
Climate experts say this is a critically important initiative as the first step by the US government to focus on climate action in their efforts to show that the US is back on the international level, targeting heads of states of key countries.

White House walks back from keeping Trump's refugee cap

WASHINGTON: The White House has walked back from keeping the current cap of 15,000 annual refugee admissions set by former President Donald Trump, hours after the decision evoked widespread backlash from Democratic lawmakers and civic groups.

Top 6 Factors To Consider When Buying Men’s Wristwatch

Perhaps you are looking to buy a wristwatch as a gift for your male partner, or you want to get one for yourself. Regardless, the right watch will help set your fashion style apart from the masses and allow you to communicate a unique identity. In the past, watches were only worn by the elite class, but today with the evolution of technology and new trends in the watch industry, wristwatches can be affordable for everyone. Whether you’re an executive or a student with a limited budget, you would find the best option. But of course, you will need to follow some basic criteria before making your choice. 

Cong veteran takes on 2 debutants in T'gana's Nagarjuna Sagar

HYDERABAD: Nagarjuna Sagar Assembly constituency is all set to witness a triangular fight among ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and opposition Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the April 17 bypoll.

Coercive actions, economic revival team up to lift tax mop-up

NEW DELHI: In a paradox of sorts, tax collections have significantly improved in the past few months despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on the economy.

Risky assets will benefit in next 100 days of Biden admin: JP Morgan

NEW YORK: Global investment analysts at a closed door JP Morgan huddle are betting that "risky assets" will cruise, market volatility will decline, asset bubbles are still far away in the broader equity market and that US president Joe Biden will remain focused on "supercharging" the US economy before midterm elections in 2022.

Why midrange budget phones are worth buying than the flagship one

When it comes to smartphones, people usually opt for flagships. Everyone is fascinated by the expensive sleek phones, which come with a plethora of hi-tech features. However, 2020 and its unfortunate tryst have brought forth a surge for mid-range smartphones. More and more buyers are opting for mid range phones instead of the high range ones. 

US must pay UN dues of peacekeeping budget: Ex-officials

WASHINGTON: Three retired senior officials of the US Department of State have urged the current administration to pay the arrears the country owes to the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping budget.

Rise in prices of pulses, veggies and eatables upsets kitchen budgets

NEW DELHI: The dizzy rise in the prices of cereals, pulses, vegetables, fruits and several eatables has increased the difficulties of the common man in the middle of a resurgent pandemic.

Rise in prices of pulses, veggies and eatables upsets kitchen budgets

NEW DELHI: The dizzy rise in the prices of cereals, pulses, vegetables, fruits and several eatables has increased the difficulties of the common man in the middle of a resurgent pandemic.

BHU to collaborate on research on hydrogen energy

VARANASI: The Hydrogen Energy Centre at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and the National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC), New Delhi, have agreed to collaborate in research on carbon neutral green energy and pilot project of hydrogen energy development.

Cool Tech Gifts For Those Who Are In Love With The Latest Gadgets

Technology plays an integral part in your life, and with it comes the unique gadgets that have done a remarkable job improving our lifestyle. Apart from gadgets being life-affirming and convenient, they can resolve any number of issues over time. If you are a technology lover, you can understand their need and have seen the use of gadgets in our day-to-day life.

Punjab again defaults this year on full subsidy to PSPCL

CHANDIGARH: Punjab government has again defaulted this year on payment of complete power subsidy to the PSPCL for the supply of free/subsidized power to various categories of consumers. During the last financial year 2020-21 the government has defaulted by Rs.6743 crore and has paid Rs.9657 crores against a total due of Rs. 16400 crore.