Saturday, October 24, 2020


Youth clubs transforming stubble management into employment opportunities

PHILLAUR:Helping farmers to manage paddy straw at nominal cost, youth clubs in the district are transforming stubble management tasks into employment opportunities for the youths. Nine youths of village Uppal Jagir have roped in together to manage paddy stubble in the village as they have planned to manage about 60 percent area under paddy cultivation of their village.

Want jungle raj or sushasan? Modi asks audience at Bhagalpur rally

BHAGALPUR:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday asked the voters in Bihar whether they wanted 'jungle raj' (lawlessness) or 'sushasan' (good governance) in the state.
Addressing his third and final rally of the day at Bhagalpur in Bihar, he continued his attack on the opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal.

FB to roll out secure hosting service for businesses on WhatsApp

NEW DELHI:In next step towards monetising WhatsApp after introducing shopping and pricing tiers to the mobile-messaging platform, Facebook has now announced a new way for businesses to store and manage their WhatsApp chats with customers using Facebooks secure hosting infrastructure, which will roll out early next year.

Look at India, it's filthy, it's air is filthy: Trump

NEW YORK:US President Donald Trump has described India and its air as "filthy" during the last presidential debate with his Democratic challenger Joe Biden while discussing the environment and the Paris climate change agreeement.

Mayawati makes a point by fielding candidate for RS seat

LUCKNOW:Despite having an effective strength of merely 19 MLAs in the 403-member Uttar Pradesh Assembly, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has decided to field its national coordinator Ramji Gautam for the tenth Rajya Sabha seat from the state.

At mike muzzled debate, Trump-Biden clash gingerly on Covid-19, corruption

NEW YORK: With a microphone muzzle in place for most of the last presidential debate, a somewhat chastened US President Donald Trump took the stage with his Democratic challenger Joe Biden, fending off charges of negligence and ineptitude in facing the Covid-19 pandemic.

61% Indians sceptical about Covid vax even if it came in 2021: Survey

NEW DELHI:  About 61 per cent of people have claimed they are sceptical about the Covid-19 vaccine and will not rush to take it in 2021 even if it is available, a survey revealed on Friday.

Bathinda businessman commits suicide after killing wife, daughter, son

CHANDIGARH: A Bathinda based businessman who had allegedly suffered losses in business has killed his all family members before killing himself. The deceased businessman shot dead his wife, son and a daughter before committing suicide.

Punjabi University and Punjab Agro developed poultry feed supplement 'Limopan' from kinnow peels

CHANDIGARH:Punjabi University, Patiala and Punjab Agro Chandigarh, in a joint collaboration, have developed a product, LimoPan, which is a bioengineered nutraceutical derived from kinnow peels. It is a poultry feed supplement with the ability to replace the use of anti-biotics in poultry feed.

India allows graded relaxation in visa, travel restrictions

NEW DELHI:As Indian government has almost lifted all restrictions imposed earlier to contain Covid-19 pandemic, it has now decided to make a "graded relaxation in the visa and travel restrictions".

Delivery start-up Pidge to launch services in Mumbai

GURUGRAM:After one year of operating successfully in the Delhi-NCR region, delivery start-up Pidge on Thursday announced that company will soon start its delivery service in Mumbai and is looking at 1,500 delivery staff under its payroll by the end of the year.

Swiggy onboards 7K new restaurants, delivers over 10 cr orders

NEW DELHI: Online food delivery platform Swiggy on Thursday revealed it has onboarded more than 7,000 new restaurants a month on Swiggy which is 3,000 more than the pre-covid times, along with delivering 10 crore orders since the beginning of the lockdown.

Short-form video app Quibi shuts operations after poor run

SAN FRANCISCO:The short-form video streaming service Quibi that was launched less than six months ago on Thursday announced to wind down the business and sell its content and technology assets.

3 in 4 Indian firms saw 25% rise in cyber threats during WFH

NEW DELHI:Over three in four organisations in India experienced more than 25 per cent more increase in cyber threats or alerts amid the shift to mass remote working owing to the pandemic, a new Cisco report revealed on Thursda

Wipro, SAP collaborate to help organisations boost productivity

BENGALURU:Wipro on Thursday announced it has entered into an agreement with enterprise application software provider SAP to offer advanced customer-specific content and training assets and boost productivity.

Pakistan has fallen into a debt trap, claims report

ISLAMABAD:Pakistan has slipped into a debt trap due to the governments failure to bring reforms and weak fiscal management, which has also raised national security concerns" -- this startling claim has been made by a report by the Institute of Policy Reforms (IPR), a think-tank run by a senior leader of Pakistans ruling party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

Dell unveils Cloud Console, eyes everything as a service

NEW DELHI: In a bid to help customers and partners on their digital transformation journey in the pandemic times, Dell Technologies on Wednesday announced a Cloud Console that will provide customers a single interface to manage multi-cloud, on-premise and edge deployments.

Khadi launches footwear range, eyes Rs 1,000 cr share in market

NEW DELHI:Eyeing on the Rs 50,000 crore footwear market in India, Khadi Village Industries Corporation (KVIC) on Wednesday launched a range of footwear for men and women made of Khadi fabric and said that it plans to tap the Rs 1,000 crore market in the first year.

Shops, other businesses to now open till 10 pm in TN

CHENNAI:With the aim to ensure faster state economic recovery as festival season is around the corner, Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Wednesday announced further relaxations in lockdown restrictions across Tamil Nadu from Thursday.

12 women dead in Afghanistan stampede for Pak visas

KABUL:At least 12 women were trampled to death and 12 others injured during a stampede which occurred while a high crowd had gathered in Afghanistan's Jalalabad city on Wednesday to collect Pakistani visas, officials said.

India's April-August FDI inflow rises 13%

NEW DELHI: FDI inflows into India have increased by 13 per cent during April to August 2020 on a year-on-year basis, official data showed on Tuesday.
According to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, $35.73 billion has been received during the period under review.

SEBI asks Prabhat Dairy to deposit Rs 1,292 cr in escrow account

NEW DELHI: Finding Prabhat Dairy and its promoters to be non-cooperative in a forensic audit, SEBI has asked Prabhat Dairy to deposit within seven working days the amount of Rs 1,292.46 crore to an interest-bearing Special Escrow Account.

In a first, Punjab Assembly rejects Centre's farm laws

CHANDIGARH:In a first in the country, the legislative Assembly in Punjab led by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday unanimously passed three legislations and formally rejected the Centre's 'black' agricultural laws brought by the BJP-led Union government.

Government's AC import ban may prove disruptive for industry

NEW DELHI:With the Indian government recently announcing a prohibition on import of air conditioners (AC) in a bid to bolster domestic industry and reduce import dependence, experts say that the move may disrupt the industry but also lead to a complete revamp of its functioning in the long term.

Punjab becomes 1st Indian State to formally reject black farm laws,Assembly passes unanimous resolution

CHANDIGARH:Punjab on Tuesday became the first state in the country to formally reject the Centre’s black Farm Laws, with the state Assembly unanimously passing a resolution rejecting the legislations and the proposed Electricity Amendment Bill, and seeking their immediate annulment along with a new Ordinance to protect MSP and ensure continuance of procurement by GoI.

Centre has a tendency to use agencies as political weapons: Rahul

WAYANAD:Rahul Gandhi, the Congress MP from Wayanad, Kerala, on Tuesday said the Centre has a tendency to use national agencies as political weapons.
Gandhi said this while interacting with the media during his first visit to his constituency after the Covid-19 pandemic broke out in March.

Delhi CM announces Rs 15 cr for flood-hit Telangana, KCR grateful

HYDERABAD:Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday announced Rs 15 crore financial assistance to flood-hit Telangana.According to the Telangana Chief Minister's Office, Kejriwal announced the aid for relief and rehabilitation work in the areas affected by heavy rain and flash floods.

Gold smuggling case: Swapna gives a clean chit to Pinarayi Vijayan

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:Already on the mat, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan appeared to have got some relief after the statement of Swapna Suresh, prime accused in the gold smuggling case, to the Enforcement Directorate, surfaced in the media, wherein she seems to have given a clean chit to Vijayan.

IBM reports revenue declines for 3 consecutive quarters

NEW YORK:Reporting sales declines for three straight quarters, IBM has posted $17.6 billion in revenue in the third quarter of this year, compared to $18 billion for the same period last year.

3 in 4 brands cut marketing budgets post Covid in India: Report

NEW DELHI:Over three in four brand marketers (76 per cent) in India have reduced the marketing budgets post Covid-19, shifting advertising budgets towards social media (76 per cent) and paid search (64 per cent) in the post-pandemic environment, a new survey said on Tuesday.

Hiring activity dips 30% in Q2, rise in contractual jobs: Report

MUMBAI:The hiring activity in India saw a 30 per cent decrease in the June quarter compared to the same period last year as the country saw a rise in contractual jobs, a new report said on Tuesday.

Jindal School launches 1st of its kind BA (H) in Finance & Entrepreneurship in India

NEW DELHI:The Jindal School of Banking & Finance of O.P. Jindal Global University has launched a unique, industry-relevant undergraduate programme B.A. (Hons.) Finance and Entrepreneurship.

Pro-Trump Indian-American campaign video stresses safety, economy, India support

NEW YORK:Safety, the economy and friendship for India are the themes of video ads supporting US President Donald Trump produced by an entrepreneur in the duel of the two political parties Indian-American votes in key states in the November 3 election.

Akali Dal protest denial of access to proposed Bill

CHANDIGARH: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Monday evening registered a formal protest for non-supply of a proposed legislation set to be introduced in the Vidhan Sabha on Tuesday to members with Speaker Rana K.P. Singh, besides asking him to take action against those responsible for not allowing its members to interact with the media.

Special Assembly Session: AAP burns copies of black farm laws; stages protest outside assembly

CHANDIGARH: A high voltage drama was witnessed before the special Punjab assembly session began here on Monday, when the AAP MLAs and other prominent leaders of the party, led by Leader of Opposition (LoP) Harpal Singh Cheema, burnt copies of the three black agriculture laws brought in by the Modi government at the centre and staged a protest castigating the government in the saddle.

EduSkills partners with GoDaddy to help boost digital skills development in India

NEW DELHI: EduSkills, a non-profit social enterprise, today announced a partnership with GoDaddy, the company empowering everyday entrepreneurs, as their education partner to help boost entrepreneurship and digital skills development in India. With this partnership, the companies aim to create a talent pool of over 50,000 skilled youth in the country, by offering GoDaddy’s newly created online training and certification program – GoDaddy Academy – and to more than 2000 educators across EduSkills’ 800+ partner universities and Engineering colleges across India. This partnership will help empower students and educators to gain knowledge and expertise needed to thrive in today’s evolving digital world.

1 in 3 call centres in India to switch permanently to WFH

NEW DELHI:Signalling the future of work in the pandemic times, nearly one in three call centres (27 per cent) in India will switch permanently to work from home as a viable long-term strategy, a new report said on Monday.

Paytm enters credit card biz, to issue 20 lakh in 12-18 months

NEW DELHI:Leading digital financial services platform Paytm on Monday said it will partner with various card issuers to introduce co-branded credit cards and is aiming to issue 20 lakh cards in the next 12-18 months.

Hindu Jagran Manch activist critical after knife attack in UP

BULANDSHAHR(Uttar Pradesh):A Hindu Jagran Manch (HJM) activist was injured in an alleged knife attack by a city council member and two others in the district.

Major blast in Agra, 3 dead

AGRA:  huge blast in a godown full of stockpiles of firecrackers killed three unidentified persons and injured half a dozen people in Agra.