Tuesday, May 18, 2021


Plea in SC against FIRs for posters questioning PM for Covid vax exports

NEW DELHI: A plea has been moved in the Supreme Court seeking quashing of multiple FIRs registered by Delhi Police for putting up posters criticizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi for exporting Covid-19 vaccines.

Shah urged to drop sedition charges against 3 Kashmiri students

SRINAGAR: The J&K students association on Monday appealed to Union Home Minister, Amit Shah and Karnataka Chief Minister, B.S. Yediyurappa to drop sedition charges on 3 Kashmiri students and revoke their suspension.

Telecom networks playing an important role during pandemic

KAPURTHALA:Pushpa Gujral Science City celebrated “World Telecom Day” by organizing a webinar on differentiating features of “5G” technology. Around 150 Engineering college students from all over Punjab participated through virtual mode. The theme for this year on World Telecom Day was “Accelerating Digital Transformation in challenging times”.

India needs stricter action as WhatsApp privacy policy goes live

NEW DELHI: With the controversial WhatsApp privacy policy coming into effect from Saturday for its over 2 billion users including more than 400 million in India, industry experts emphasised that the government must implement stricter data privacy rules and restrain the Facebook-owned app as was done while banning Chinese apps to protect the sovereignty of the country.

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.

AAP govt dismantled Covid Centre arranged by our MP: BJP

NEW DELHI: The BJP on Saturday criticized the AAP Government for ordering to dismantle Covid Care Centre arranged by its Lok Sabha member from North East Delhi. The BJP said that MP Manoj Tiwari had arranged over 800 Covid beds in his constituency when the second wave was peaking but were dismantled out of vendetta politics by the Arvind Kejriwal government.

Mindat, new symbol of resistance against Myanmar military, fights on

KOLKATA: Heavy fighting continued in Mindat town in Myanmar's Chin state on Saturday, as civilian fighters fought the Myanmar military or Tatmadaw, braving heavy artillery barrages.

Commonwealth nations target inclusive shift to clean energy

NEW DELHI: The Second Commonwealth Sustainable Energy Forum concluded with strong recommendations for member countries to work together to fast-track an inclusive, just and equitable transition to low-carbon energy systems across the Commonwealth.

Capt Amarinder led Punjab cabinet okays new rules to replace archaic jails manual

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday gave its nod to Punjab Prison Rules, 2021, under the Prison Act 1894, thus superseding the archaic and outdated jails manual.

Indian student shot dead by uncle in Canada

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.

Science, Technology & Innovation Crucial for the growth of National Economy

KAPURTHALA: Pushpa Gujral Science City celebrated National Technology Day by organizing a webinar on “Invention and Innovations: Flexible Engineering Materials”. Around 150 engineering college students from all over Punjab participated through virtual mode. Dr.Kushal Sen, Professor, Department of Textile Technology, IIT Delhi was the key speaker at the occasion.

Gave some financial aid for Covaxin, Covishield trials, not R&D: Govt

NEW DELHI: The Centre has told the Supreme Court that no governmental aid, assistance or grant was made either for research or development of either Covaxin or Covishield vaccines but some financial assistance was given for conducting clinical trials.

Mamata's 43 ministers take oath sans festivities

KOLKATA: Amid a raging Covid-19 pandemic, 43 Trinamool Congress ministers comprising 24 cabinet ministers, 10 Ministers of State with Independent charge and nine MoS took oath at an austere ceremony held in the Raj Bhawan on Monday.

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.

Despite shortage, global semiconductor market to hit $522B in 2021

NEW DELHI: Despite supply constraints amid the pandemic, the global semiconductor market will reach $522 billion in 2021, a 12.5 per cent year-over-year growth, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC).

815 vacancies of warder and 32 of matren to be filled in Punjab Jails: Raman Bahl

CHANDIGARH: The Subordinate Services Selection Board, Punjab has issued an advertisement to fill 815 vacancies of Warder and 32 of Matren in Punjab Jail Department.

CM Stalin and his 33 ministers take oath

CHENNAI: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) President Muthuvel Karunanidhi Stalin was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu by Governor Banwarilal Purohit at Raj Bhawan on Friday.

Government to distribute 20 lakh seed kits of pulses

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has formulated a special strategy for the ensuing Kharif 2021 season and has proposed to distribute 20,27,318, almost 10 times more, seed mini kits than the 2020-21 season costing Rs 82.01 crores. The total cost for these mini-kits will be borne by the Central Government to boost the production and productivity of Tur, Moong and Urad. The following mini-kits will be distributed:

US defence officials stress strategic partnership to help India

NEW YORK: US defence officials have emphasised the strategic partnership with India in helping it in the time of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.
The US Defence Department will continue to stand by India in its moment of need and support US assistance efforts in the days and weeks ahead," Under Secretary of Defence for Policy Colin Kahl told India's Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar on Thursday, according to Pentagon's Deputy Spokesperson Jamal Brown.

SC rules out gag on real time court proceedings, dismisses EC's plea 

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday said it may be retrograde for it to promote the rule of law and access to justice on one hand, and shield the daily operations of the High Courts and this court from the media in all its forms by gagging the reporting of proceedings, on the other, as it emphasised that there can be no gag on real time court proceedings, which is an extension of freedom of press and principles of an open court.

Cabinet approves strategic disinvestment of IDBI Bank

NEW DELHI: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has given its in-principle approval for strategic disinvestment along with transfer of management control in IDBI Bank Ltd.

DoT gives green signal for 5G trials, no Chinese tech player allowed

NEW DELHI: The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has permitted telecom service providers (TSPs), including Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio Infocomm, Vodafone Idea, and MTNL, to conduct 5G trials.

Wipro opens innovation centre in London

BENGALURU: Global software major Wipro on Tuesday said that it opened an innovation centre in London to provide expertise to its global clients, including those in Britain.

PM-Cares allocates funds to install 500 oxygen plants in India in 3 months

NEW DELHI: The PM-Cares has allocated funds for the installation of 500 medical oxygen plants across the country within three months, considering the rising demand for the life-saving gas in the wake of the raging second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Pakistan to commence local production of China's vaccine: Official

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Pakistani Prime Minister on Health Faisal Sultan said on Monday that the local production of China's single-dose CanSino Covid-19 vaccine is about to commence in the country to facilitate its vaccination drive.

S Korea captures 31% of global EV battery market in Q1

SEOUL: Three South Korean electric vehicle (EV) battery makers accounted for 31 percent of the global market in the first quarter, but their share has slipped since last year in the face of toughening competition with Chinese rivals, a market research firm said on Monday.

Punjab CM announces slew of development projects to mark Parkash Purb of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur ji

CHANDIGARH: As part of the 400th Prakash Purb celebrations of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib, Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh on Saturday dedicated several development projects to the people, including conservation and development of Old Jail at Bassi Pathana where the 9th Guru, along with his supporters, was imprisoned by Noor Mohammad Khan Mirza for 40 days while he was reportedly on his way to meet Emperor Aurangzeb.

ByteDance CFO takes additional role as TikTok CEO

BEIJING: Chinese technology company ByteDance has appointed its Chief Financial Officer Shouzi Chew to also assume to role of TikTok CEO.
TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer quit the company in August last year amid the dispute with the then Donald Trump administration and the India ban.

PUBG Lite is officially shutting down

NEW DELHI: As scheduled, the low-end version of the battle royale game PUBG called Lite is officially closing down on Thursday (April 29).Recently, the news of PUBG Lite's shutdown was confirmed by developers Krafton via a message on its official website.

At $54B annual run rate, AWS driving Amazon's Cloud dreams

NEW DELHI: As enterprises no longer want to manage their own technology infrastructure in the Covid-19 times, Amazon Web Services (AWS), which is the Cloud arm of Amazon, has become their preferred choice as it logs $54 billion annualised run rate -- a 32 per cent year-over-year growth.

Over 80 lakh people register for 3rd phase of vaccination

NEW DELHI: More than 80 lakh people registered themselves on the first day of registration for the third phase of Covid vaccination starting May 1.In the third phase of vaccination drive, everyone above the age of 18 will be eligible to get incolculated against Covid-19.

Call centre to guide Covid-hit isolated at home in K'taka

BENGALURU: A 24x7 call centre has been set up in this tech city to guide Covid patients isolated at home with mild symptoms across the state, Karnataka Health Minister K. Sudhakar said on Tuesday.

200 cusecs Canal water to clean Budha Nullah next month : CS

CHANDIGARH: In an endeavour to make the state clean, green and pollution-free, Punjab Chief Secretary, Ms Vini Mahajan, on Tuesday, issued a slew of directions, including release of 200 cusecs water into Budha Nullah from Sirhind canal by next month and setting up of a task force to eliminate the single-use plastic menace to save the environment.

120 Vacancies of technical assistant to be filled in Punjab warehousing : Raman Behl

CHANDIGARH: The Subordinate Services Selection Board, Punjab has issued an advertisement to fill 120 vacancies of Technical Assistant in Punjab warehousing corporation nt.

IIT-K partners I2 Cure for 'BioShield' with proven efficacy of 99.99%

JAMMU: The Indian Institute of Technology Kanpun (IIT-K) has collaborated with I2 Cure (P) Limited, a 'Make in India for the World' Biotech company, for all future research on molecular based I2 cure 'BioShield' which is a broad spectrum antimicrobial with proven efficacy of 99.999 per cent against SARS COVID virus.

DNA Discovery-A Milestone to Modern Molecular Biology : Dr. Jerath

KAPURTHALA: Pushpa Gujral Science City organized a webinar at the occasion of World DNA Day to mark the discovery of the double helix structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) by James Watson and Francis Crick in 1953.

College of Animal Biotechnology organizes its first Foundation Day

LUDHIANA: College of Animal Biotechnology, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana celebrated its first foundation day.

SII breaks silence, calls Covishield most affordable jab

NEW DELHI: The Serum Institute of India (SII) on Saturday broke its silence over the pricing of its Covid-19 vaccine 'Covishield' and said that it is the most affordable vaccine available in the market today.

Snap acquired Fit Analytics for $124M

SAN FRANCISCO: Snap, the parent company of snapchat, has paid $124.4 million to acquire Berlin-based Fit Analytics, a startup in the field of apparel and footwear technology.