Tuesday, April 13, 2021


Ontario schools suspend in-person learning as Covid-19 cases soar

OTTAWA: Ontario, Canada's most populous province, announced that all schools will stay closed indefinitely to in-person learning as Covid-19 cases continue to surge in the province.

Rajpura man wins one Crore on Rs.100 ticket

CHANDIGARH: Punjab State Dear 100 Monday Weekly Lottery transformed the life of a Rajpura man into a fairytale as he hit the jackpot thereby winning Rs 1 crore from a lottery ticket worth Rs 100.

Kareena, K.Jo, Pratik Gandhi to flaunt culinary skills in new show

MUMBAI: Bollywood personalities such as Kareena Kapoor Khan, Karan Johar, Pratik Gandhi, Arjun Kapoor and Malaika Arora will be seen showcasing their culinary skills in a show called "Star Vs Food".

Employment-starved urban Bengal might look for alternative

KOLKATA: Soumen Modnal owns a tea-stall in the market outside Birlapur Jute mill near Budge Budge in South 24 Parganas - nearly 45 kilomteres from Kolkata. Once he was a permanent worker in the jute mill but, now as the mill is closed for the last four years, 38-year Mondal is left with no job. He has to rely on the daily sales of his handmade tea, biscuits and cake.

Ontario hits single-day record of 4,456 new Covid-19 cases

OTTAWA: Ontario, Canada's most populous province with a population of 14 million, reported 4,456 new cases of Covid-19, the highest single day case count since the pandemic started last year.

Microsoft to buy speech-recognition firm Nuance for $16B: Report

SAN FRANCISCO :Microsoft is reportedly acquiring speech-recognition company Nuance Communications for nearly $16 billion and the deal could be announced on Monday (US time), the media reported.

Flipkart ties up with Adani Group for logistics, data centre services

BENGALURU: Flipkart on Monday announced a strategic and commercial partnership with the Adani Group.In this two-pronged partnership, Flipkart will work with Adani Logistics Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone Limited, to strengthen Flipkart's supply chain infrastructure and further enhance its ability to serve its rapidly growing base of customers, said a statement.

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.

Focus on healthcare, service sector as J&K opens up for investment

NEW DELHI: The Jammu and Kashmir administration is taking major steps to open up the healthcare and services sector in the union territory for investments. Speaking to IANS here, state Principal Secretary, Commerce and Industry Ranjan Prakash Thakur said that the services sector, production sector and Agri Business are the major highlights of the investment proposal.

Facebook purges 16K groups spreading fake reviews

LONDON: Facebook has removed 16,000 groups in the UK that were dealing in fake and misleading reviews on its platform.
The social network has also made further changes to its systems for identifying, removing and preventing such content on its social media platforms to ensure it is fulfilling its previous commitments, according to the UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

Modi to Mamata: Inciting people against central forces won't save you

KOLKATA: Hours after the death of four people in the firing by central forces at Sitalkuch in Cooch Behar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing condolences over the deaths said that inciting people against the central forces and creating hindrances in the poll process won't be able to save you Didi (Mamata). Modi said this while addressing a rally at Jalpaiguri in North Bengal on Saturday.

Procurement kicks off in Punjab after Capt Amarinder govt amends software to ensure continued Ahrtiya involvement

CHANDIGARH: Wheat procurement kicked off in Punjab on Saturday with the Arhtiyas calling off their proposed strike after Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh ordered various steps to ensure their continued involvement in the process and immediate release of their pending payments of Rs. 131 crores without waiting for dues to come from FCI.

SUV case: Sachin Vaze sent to judicial custody till April 23

MUMBAI: A Mumbai special court on Friday sent suspended Mumbai cop Sachin Vaze, nabbed in connection with the SUV case, to judicial custody till April 23.

Bengaluru hoteliers slam decision to impose night curfew

BENGALURU: Karnataka's decision to announce a 10-day night curfew in Bengaluru, starting Saturday, has triggered concerns in the local bar and restaurant and eatery industry.

MLA Rana Gurjeet Singh reviews the renovation of ponds under pilot project

KAPURTHALA: Rana Gurjit Singh, MLA Kapurthala today reviewed the ongoing work of renovation of ponds under the pilot project. It may be recalled that Kapurthala constituency was selected by the Punjab government for the use of pond water for irrigation in Kapurthala constituency under which a special grant of Rs. 7.37 crore was released.

Prerna' empowers Punjab farm women as changemakers

CHANDIGARH: Benefiting at the grassroots by gaining economic independence and turning into a changemaker in agriculture, Baljinder Kaur, in her late thirties, is the wife of a marginal farmer who owns two-and-a-half acre of land in the Hulka village in Mohali district.

Night curfew hampering weddings, business in capital

NEW DELHI: The night curfew imposed in the national capital amid resurgence of Covid-19 is not only hampering the shops, restaurants and others rather it is adding on to the woes of the banquet hall operators as people have started postponing the weddings and cancelling the bookings. A lot of people are even asking the banquet hall operators to change the time of the bookings too.

Shift to Assam, recruit from state, ULFA-I warns tea company

GUWAHATI: The anti-talk ULFA-I on Thursday demanded Kolkata-based Amalgamated Plantation Pvt Ltd relocate its administrative offices to Assam and recruit only indigenous people of the state in various positions, otherwise it would take action.

'Allegations serious': SC turns down Maha, Deshmukh's pleas against CBI probe

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday declined to entertain petitions by the Maharashtra government and former state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, challenging the Bombay High Court order directing a preliminary enquiry by the CBI into corruption allegations levelled by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh.

Express Stores eyes network expansion, revenue growth

NEW DELHI: Express Stores plans to expand its network both in tier 1 and 2 cities along with a growth in revenue in 2021.Apoorv Jain, Co-Founder & CEO at Express Stores said that the company plans to strengthen its presence across the National Capital Region (NCR).

Deshmukh probe: CBI questions Vaze, Param Bir Singh, summons DCP

MUMBAI:The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday questioned arrested Mumbai Police officer Sachin Vaze, former city Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh and two others in connection with the preliminary enquiry it registered for the probe into allegations of corruption against former state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.

More Indian SMBs shut up shop amid ongoing pandemic: Facebook

NEW DELHI: As small businesses around the world still struggle to cope with the ongoing pandemic amid vaccine roll-out, small and medium businesses (SMBs) in India have reported higher rates of closure, with SMB leaders being least confident in their ability to continue for at least six months, a new Facebook global report revealed on Thursday.

No lockdown despite surging cases in Brazil: Bolsonaro

BRASILIA: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro stood firm in his opposition against a nationwide lockdown despite a surge in Covid-19 cases and deaths.
There will be no nationwide lockdown," Bolsonaro said on Wednesday in Chapeco, a city in the southern state of Santa Catarina where, like many other parts of Brazil, hospital service has collapsed since February due to a new wave of the pandemic.

Emraan Hashmi: I still get nervous before first day of shoot

MUMBAI: Actor Emraan Hashmi says despite his years in the industry, he is very apprehensive before starting a new film. The actor says that he is nervous about matching up to the demands of his character.

Retail sector revives hiring as 2nd Covid wave haunts India

NEW DELHI: As the second Covid wave begins to haunt us, a new report said on Thursday that apart from the IT-software industry, retail sector that was severely impacted by the pandemic has seen robust revival in hiring that saw an uptick of more than 15 per cent in March.

Delhi night curfew: Shops being closed at 8 p.m., employees fear job loss

NEW DELHI: With the first night curfew of the year being imposed in the national capital, the shops at various places here are being closed at 8 p.m. while the workers are fearing job loss.

Protesting UT power men not allowed to proceed to Governor House

CHANDIGARH: The electricity employees of UT Chandigarh under the banner of UT Power men union held a massive demonstration outside sector 17 office and marched towards governor house to submit a memorandum against the privatization of UT Electricity Department. The protest march was stopped by the police by putting barricades in sector 17 and the employees were manhandled by the police . The employees continued to protest on the road.

Protesting UT power men not allowed to proceed to Governor House

CHANDIGARH: The electricity employees of UT Chandigarh under the banner ofUT Power men union held a massive demonstration outside sector office and marched towards governor house to submit a memorandum against the privatization of UT Electricity Department. The protest march was stopped by the police by putting barricades in sector 17 and the employees were manhandled by the police . The employees continued to protest on the road.

Shilpa Shetty urges fans to 'act on their goals'

MUMBAI: Actress Shilpa Shetty Kundra took to Instagram to dole out a motivational message for her fans.She posted a picture doing a Yoga Asana and tagged it as #ShilpaKaMantra. The picture had this text: "The price of discipline is always less than the pain of regret."

Mukesh Ambani India's richest with $84.5 bn, Gautam Adani 2nd: Forbes

NEW DELHI: Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani topped the Forbes list of India's 10 richest billionaires with a net worth of $84.5 billion, followed by Adani Group chief Gautam Adani.

Punjab will further improve telecom infra for better network : CS

CHANDIGARH: Even as the state’s telecom infrastructure density was already almost double than the national average, the Punjab Government has decided to increase it further to ensure fast track growth of digital communication network and provide affordable and universal access of broadband for all in the border state.

Covid cases will rise despite vax: UK scientists

LONDON: A group of scientists which advise the UK government over the handling of the coronavirus outbreak have warned against lifting restrictions as the coming weeks "may lead to a small surge of cases and deaths".

Indian employers still not hiring for customer interface jobs

MUMBAI: As the hiring scenario improves in India after the pandemic-hit 2020, many employers are still not keen to hire for jobs requiring customer interfacing across the country, a new report said on Tuesday.

1 dead in B'desh as anti-lockdown protest turns violent

DHAKA: At least one person was killed and several others were wounded after a protest against Covid-19 restrictions turned violent in Bangladesh, police said on Tuesday.

Iron ore miners want Karnataka to lift trade barriers

BENGALURU: Iron ore miners have urged the Karnataka government to remove the trade barriers, which are preventing them from doing business and export the raw material, an industry body official said on Monday.

Swiggy close to raising Rs 5,862 cr at $5 bn valuation

NEW DELHI: Online food delivery platform Swiggy is close to raising $800 million (about Rs 5,862 crore) in funding, with Falcon Edge Capital, Amansa Capital, Think Investments, Carmignac and Goldman Sachs joining as new investors, that will take its valuation to nearly $5 billion.

VVIP chopper scam: Court grants bail to businessman Anoop Gupta

NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Monday granted bail to businessman Anoop Kumar Gupta, accused in the alleged Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case.

Sukhbir Badal took money from cigarette and liquor company in the party fund: AAP

CHANDIGARH: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) accused Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal of taking money from the liquor and cigarette manufacturing company to fund the party.

Punjab scraps 479 mandatory compliances for industry: CS

CHANDIGARH: Continuing with its endeavour to promote trade and industry besides improving ‘ease of doing business’ in the state, the Punjab Government has done away with 479 compliances that were earlier required for seeking various approvals and renewals by the industrialists.

Paytm-inspired Harvard team creating similar app for Americans

NEW DELHI: The success of Vijay Shekhar Sharma-run digital payments leader Paytm in India has reached the US, and a team from Harvard Business School, led by a US Army veteran, is currently working on a similar app for a wider launch later this spring.