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‘Prohibit kanwariyas above 60 yrs from pilgrimage’

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Wednesday asked the Centre to treat as representation a plea seeking to prohibit ‘kanwariyas’ above 60 years, particularly those with co-morbidities, from undertaking this year’s ‘Kanwar Yatra’ which is starting from July 6. The petition, which came up before a bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan, said that as …

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CCMB develops low-cost COVID-19 testing method

Hyderabad: As the focus was on stepping up the testing to fight COVID-19, the premier Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) here has developed a time and cost effective process that can enhance the country’s existing capacity of RT-PCR screening several folds. It eliminates the time-consuming RNA extraction in testing and imported viral transfer medium (VTM), required to transfer …

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Karnataka govt to improve telecommunication system

Bengaluru: With the concept of “Work-from-anywhere” gaining popularity, a meeting of all stakeholders will be called soon to improve the telecommunication system in Karnataka and action will be taken in this regard, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said here on Wednesday. CM, who reviewed the Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science and Technology department’s progress, said that by improving the telecommunication …

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Siliguri’s Hong Kong market to change name

Kolkata: Amid anti-China protests in various districts of north Bengal, shop owners in Siliguri’s popular Hong Kong market on Wednesday decided to change its name and stop selling Chinese products in the entire market. “We have decided to change the name of Hong Kong market. We will also stop selling ‘made in China items’ in our market. If we sell …

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Jadavpur University to soon decide on supplementary exams

Kolkata: Jadavpur University will soon take a call on whether students who failed in previous semester exams will have to sit for supplementary tests in the final year or be given grace marks, a senior official said on Wednesday. The examination committee, consisting of varsity officials and faculty, will meet later this week or next week to decide on it, …

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‘Pani puri’ sale banned in UP district

Kanpur: There is bad news for those who crave for ‘pani puri’. The sale of ‘pani puri’ has been banned in Kanpur from Tuesday. District Magistrate Brahmadeo Ram Tiwari said there were inputs that corona safety norms were being flouted at street food carts after the relaxation in curbs under ‘Unlock 1.0’. “Besides, there was a lack of social distancing …

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20 Indian Army personnel killed in Ladakh face-off

PTI New Delhi A total of 20 Indian Army personnel were killed during a violent clash with Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh’s Galwan valley on Monday night, escalating the already volatile border standoff between the two sides, an Army statement said Tuesday. Initially, the Army said one officer and two soldiers were killed. Later in the night, an Army statement …

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Setback for 10 MLAs on disqualification plea

PTI New Delhi The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a plea seeking direction to the  Goa assembly Speaker to decide within one month the disqualification petition against 10 MLAs, including three incumbent ministers, who had joined the BJP in July last year. A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde sought responses within four weeks from the …

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PM asks states to follow Punjab’s COVID containment strategy

IANS Chandigarh Appreciating Punjab’s COVID micro-containment and house-to-house surveillance strategy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asked all other states to adopt the model, which was helping Punjab successfully control the spread of the pandemic to a significant extent. Intervening as Chief Minister Amarinder Singh was describing the state’s model to combat COVID, Modi suggested that all states should follow …

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SC defers hearing on DMK’s plea

PTI New Delhi The Supreme Court Tuesday took into account the prevailing COVID-19 situation and deferred hearing on DMK’s petition seeking direction to the Tamil Nadu Speaker to forthwith decide its pending plea for disqualification of 11 AIADMK lawmakers who had voted against Chief Minister K Palaniswami during the 2017 confidence vote. DMK, in its fresh plea, has sought a …

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