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Kashmir saffron gets GI certification

PTI Jammu Saffron grown in Kashmir has received the geographical indication (GI) tag, with Lieutenant Governor G C Murmu saying that it is a major historic step in bringing the valley’s brand on the global map. The Union government issued a certificate of GI registration for the saffron grown in the Kashmir Valley, an official spokesperson said. Soon after taking …

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Migrant labourer sells 15-day-old daughter, police rescue baby

Kokrajhar (Assam): Driven by extreme  poverty and lack of work during the COVID-19 crisis, a migrant labourer in Assam sold his 15-day-old daughter for Rs 45,000 but police rescued the baby, officials said on Friday. The man and two women have been arrested on the charge of human trafficking. Dipak Brahma, a resident of Dhantola Mandaria, a forest village in …

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Noted dancer-choreographer Amala Shankar passes away

Kolkata: Eminent dancer and choreographer Amala Shankar died here on Friday morning at the age of 101, her family said.  Shankar, who had been suffering from old-age ailments, died of cardiac arrest in her sleep, according to her family said.  “Today my ‘Thamma’ left us at the age of 101. We just celebrated her birthday last month. Feeling so restless …

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29,557 patients recuperate from COVID in 24 hours

PTI New Delhi As many as 29,557 COVID-19 patients have recuperated in the past 24 hours, the highest recorded in a day so far, taking the recovery rate to 63.18 per cent, the Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday. According to data updated at 8 am, total recoveries have surged to 7,82,606 and exceeded the active cases of COVID-19 by …

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‘Cannot set timeline for Vijay Mallya’s extradition to India’

PTI New Delhi The UK government cannot set a timeline for extradition of fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya though it is determined to ensure that criminals can’t escape justice by crossing national borders, British High Commissioner Sir Philip Barton said on Thursday. Asked during an online media briefing whether Mallya has sought asylum in the UK, the envoy said his government …

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SC: Rajasthan Speaker wants ‘direction’ dropped from HC order

IANS New Delhi As the counsels of rebel Congress MLAs in Rajasthan and the Assembly Speaker slug it out in the Supreme Court, two words became a bone of contention during the course of the hearing. A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra and comprising Justices B.R. Gavai and Krishna Murari told senior advocate Kapil Sibal, representing Rajasthan Assembly Speaker …

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Army starts permanent commission for women officers

IANS New Delhi The Indian Army has started the process to grant permanent commission to short service commissioned women officers in 10 streams, the force said on Thursday. The Ministry of Defence has issued the formal government sanction letter for grant of permanent commission to women officers in the Indian Army, paving the way for empowering women officers to shoulder …

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Siddaramaiah demands judicial probe into alleged irregularities

PTI Bengaluru Alleging large-scale corruption in COVID management in Karnataka to the tune of at least Rs 2,000 crore, former chief minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday demanded a judicial inquiry by a sitting High Court judge. The government, however, dismissed the charges saying no irregularities have taken place. “The total money spent on COVID management is Rs 4,167 crore whereas state …

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