Saturday, October 23, 2021


Romanian Prez nominates Defence Minister as PM designate

BUCHARST: Romanian President Klaus Iohannis has nominated Nicolae Ciuca, Defence Minister in the caretaker cabinet, to try and form a new government as Prime Minister.

TN govt declines AIADMK plea to maintain Jayalalithaa statue

CHENNAI:  The Tamil Nadu government has declined a plea by the opposition AIADMK seeking permission to undertake the maintenance of the statue of late Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa. The government contended that handing over the maintenance of statues to private individuals or organisations was not in practice.

Canada announces new support measures for economic recovery

OTTAWA:  The Canadian government has announced new measures to restore the economy while its income and business support programs against the Covid-19 pandemic are to expire on Saturday.

Conference to discuss Modi's governance model

NEW DELHI: Marking two decades of Narendra Modi as head of government, an RSS-linked organisation will organise a three-day long conference to discuss Modi's governance model.

Punjab Governor hails PM for 100 cr vaccination, calls it collective achievement

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Governor and Administrator, UT, Chandigarh, Shri Banwarilal Purohit congratulated the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi on achieving the landmark of 100 Crore COVID-19 vaccinations in the Country.

Modi visits Delhi hospital to mark India's 100 Cr Covid vax milestone

NEW DELHI:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday visited the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital here to express gratitude to doctors, nurses and others who helped India cross the 100 crore Covid-19 vaccination-mark.

Tributes paid to bravehearts on Police Commemoration Day

NEW DELHI:  Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai on Thursday paid tributes to bravehearts at National Police Memorial (NPM) here on Police Commemoration Day 2021.

Vax mandate to be imposed in Canadian Parliament precinct

OTTAWA:  Staring from November 22, people aged 12 and above entering Canada's House of Commons precinct will have to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, according to authorities.

Romania's new cabinet fails to secure majority in Parliament

BUCHARST:  Romania's Prime Minister-designate Dacian Ciolos has failed to secure majority support in Parliament for his new cabinet proposal.

SL delegation of over 100 joins inaugural int'l flight to Kushinagar

COLOMBO:Inaugural flights to historically and religiously important town of Kushinagar in India's Uttar Pradesh state will be landed from Colombo carrying state and religious delegation from Sri Lanka, the Indian High Commission in Colombo stated.

K'taka govt bans celebrity birthday parties at child care homes

BENGALURU:  The Karnataka government has banned individuals, political leaders, celebrities, bureaucrats and government staff from celebrating their birthdays with the children at child care homes. The ban came into effect from October 16.

World sight day: SIPHER advocates periodic eye check to prevent avoidable blindness

CHANDIGARH: As a part of the celebration of World Sight Day, an awareness discussion on the topic of “Love Your Eyes, taking care of your eyes and common eye ailments” was organized by Strategic Institute for Public Health Education and Research (SIPHER).

IMF revises down Asia economy growth forecast to 6.5%

 WASHINGTON: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has revised down its 2021 economic growth forecast for Asia to 6.5 per cent, down by 1.1 percentage points from its April projection, according to a newly released regional economic outlook.

Haryana's 76.3% population has Covid-19 antibodies

CHANDIGARH:  Haryana's third Covid-19 sero survey with a sample size of 36,520 has found that 76.3 per cent of the population -- 78.1 per cent in urban and 75.1 per cent in rural areas -- has virus antibodies.

Maha to reopen dry amusement parks, cinemas from Oct 22

MUMBAI: A day after Mumbai recorded zero Covid-19 deaths for the first time since March 26, 2020, the Maharashtra government on Monday decided to further relax the pandemic norms.

Sri Lanka records over 7,000 tourist arrivals in Oct

COLOMBO:Over 7,000 tourists have arrived in Sri Lanka so far this month, giving a boost to the country's tourism industry which took a blow due to the Covid-19 pandemic, local media reported on Monday.

O.P. Jindal Global University launches 17 new UG and PG degree programmes

NEW DELHI: O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) has launched 17 new UG and PG degree programmes spanning across 12 schools for the Academic Session beginning in 2022. The Innovative and Interdisciplinary Programmes are aligned towards implementing the National Education Policy 2022 and aim to offer students scholarly choices in pursuing interdisciplinary, intellectually rigorous, and globally engaged education. These courses will be taught by over 900 full-time faculty members from 42 different countries in the world making JGU a truly Global University.

Punjab CM reiterates to full fill all promises despite having limited time

HOSHIARPUR: Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Sunday asserted that despite less time, all out efforts would be made to realise the dreams of people by fulfilling the remaining promises made to the people.His statement came after PPCC president Navjot Sidhu wrote letter to AICC president Sonia Gandhi on performance of Punjab Government.

UK records more than 40K Covid cases for fourth day in a row

LONDON:Another 43,423 people in Britain have tested positive for Covid-19 as the country recorded more than 40,000 Covid cases on the fourth consecutive day, according to official figures released on Saturday.

Global Covid-19 caseload tops 240 mn

WASHINGTON: The global coronavirus caseload has topped 240.3 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 4.89 million and vaccinations soared to over 6.60 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

MSF continues to provide assistance to Afghans

KABUL:Doctors Without Borders (MSF), an international medical aid agency, has continued to address Afghans' need even after the country's takeover by the Taliban in August, according to a statement posted on the agency's website.

India adds 14,146 new Covid cases, over 97 Cr vax doses given

NEW DELHI:India recorded 14,146 new cases of Covid-19 during the past 24 hours pushing the country's infection caseload to 3,40,67,719, even as the number of vaccinated people went past 97 crores, the Union Health Ministry said in an update on Sunday.

UK records more than 40K Covid cases for fourth day in a row

LONDON: Another 43,423 people in Britain have tested positive for Covid-19 as the country recorded more than 40,000 Covid cases on the fourth consecutive day, according to official figures released on Saturday.

Manmohan Singh diagnosed with dengue, gradually improving: AIIMS

NEW DELHI:  Former Prime Minister Manamohan Singh has been diagnosed with dengue, but his health condition is gradually improving and is out of danger, an AIIMS official said on Saturday.

Sonia slams Congress leaders for speaking to media

NEW DELHI:  Addressing the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting, interim President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday slammed party leaders for speaking to the media.

After winning IPL title, Dhoni praises KKR for their superb comeback

DUBAI: Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni praised the Kolkata Knight Riders, the vanquished finalists of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 edition, for their grand comeback in the UAE leg as they reached the summit clash despite a poor first part of the tournament. The former India captain said if any team deserved to win the IPL 2021 title it was Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

China agrees to cooperate in WHO's fresh Covid origin probe

BEIJING:China has agreed to support and participate in the World Health Organisation's (WHO) fresh probe to trace the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic that has globally infected 21.9 crore people while claiming 45.5 lakh lives.

Biden signs short-term bill to raise debt limit

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden has signed a short-term bill to temporarily increase the nation's borrowing limit, averting a looming debt default that would cause an economic catastrophe, the media reported on Friday.

NCPCR notice to Delhi govt for 'using minors in promotional videos'

NEW DELHI:The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights on Thursday issued notice to the Delhi government on a complaint about a promotional video that features minor school students.

41 UP districts are now coronavirus free

LUCKNOW:  Forty one districts in Uttar Pradesh are now Covid free.

Kejriwal writes to LG over Chhath Puja celebrations

NEW DELHI:  Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday wrote to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to allow Chhath Puja celebrations in the national capital with strict adherence to Covid-19 protocols.

Japan's House of Representatives dissolved for general election

TOKYO: Japan's new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Thursday dissolved the House of Representatives, paving the way for a general election on October 31 after the four-year term of the lower house members expires on October 21.

Mental health workshop held at Mohindra College

PATIALA: The department of Psychology, Govt. Mohindra College, under the guidance of principal of college Dr Simrat Kaur, orgapnised mental health talks to create mental health awareness among college students. A workshop was also organised on Understanding and Handling mental health issues in youth of Punjab . The workshop was conducted by Mr Amandeep Singh, who is working as a community Psychologist in the Department of humanities and social sciences , IIT Ropar.

Aligarh doctor found hanging in her home

ALIGARH (UP):  A government doctor, deputed in the Covid-19 cell in Aligarh, has been found hanging at her residence in the Ramesh Vihar colony.

Hanoi to restart indoor dining, public transport

HANOI:  From Thursday onwards, the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi will allow more activities to restart, including indoor dining and drinking, as well as public transportation, the municipal government announced.

Sitharaman meets US CEOs, asks them to invest in India

WASHINGTON: Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman participated in 4th G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (FCMBG) Meeting under G20 in Washington DC.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh admitted to AIIMS

NEW DELHI: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences here on Wednesday evening with complaints of fever and weakness.

'Glasgow conference must be turning point for climate action'

Stiffness of arteries could indicate severe Covid risk: Study

LONDON: Assessing the stiffness of the arteries could help identify patients most at risk of dying from Covid-19, new research has revealed.

Distribution of Equipment in Office of CMO at Shimla

SHIMLA:Dr Lal Pathlabs Foundation sanctioned a project “COVID-19 Emergency Response”
to the Regional Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (RCED) will distribute medical
equipments to the CMO’s of districts Shimla, Hamirpur, Solan, Mandi, and Kullu of Himachal


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