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Over 700 under surveillance at firm of Delhi man who tested positive

PTI Noida (UP) More than 700 people working in a leather company in Greater Noida have been put under surveillance after a Delhi-based director of the firm tested positive for novel coronavirus, officials said on Friday. The 46-year-old man had recently travelled to Italy, Switzerland before returning to India, Gautam Buddh Nagar Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Anurag Bhargava said. When …

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Farooq Abdullah gets freedom

PTI Srinagar After being in home detention for over seven months, Farooq Abdullah was released on Friday with the government revoking the draconian Public Safety Act against the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister. The 82-year-old National Conference leader was initially taken into preventive detention on August 5 last, the day the Centre abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution that …

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India inching towards lockdown

PTI  New Delhi A 68-year-old woman in Delhi became the country’s second victim of coronavirus on Friday as several states went into battle mode to contain the spread of COVID-19, shutting down schools, theatres and colleges, and many public events, including the IPL, were postponed. The Union health ministry put the number of positive cases at 82, eight more since …

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Rajini roots for ‘upsurge’ among TN people to enter politics

PTI Chennai Belying his fans’ expectations that he would unveil a definitive work plan for his political party’s launch, actor Rajinikanth on Thursday said he never aspired for the Chief Minister’s post and would enter politics when there is an “upsurge” among people favouring clean politics. Propounding a three-pronged formula for his ‘proposed’ party to ensure a zero graft and …

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Inaction against hate speeches was ‘licence to kill’: Sibal

PTI New Delhi Accusing the ruling BJP of unleashing a “communal virus” in India that wreaked havoc, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Thursday asked Union Home Minister Amit Shah why registration of FIRs was delayed against perpetrators of hate speeches which he claimed amounted to “a licence to kill”. Initiating a short-duration debate in Rajya Sabha on the recent …

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Jaishankar defends decision to suspend all visas

IANS New Delhi Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar on Thursday defended the government’s decision to suspend all visas, except those of officials and diplomats, arguing that “exceptional situations require exceptional response”. In a statement in the Lok Sabha, the Minister though cautioned that it was important to resolve the problem and not spread panic.  The global spread of coronavirus, …

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Airtel acquires 10% stake in fitness content firm Spectacom

IANS New Delhi Bharti Airtel, on Thursday, acquired 10 per cent stake in a fitness startup, Spectacom Global Pvt Ltd. “The stake Airtel acquired in Spectacom is in early double digits,” the company said. Fighting hard to boost profits and revenues, the company has upped its efforts to offer more content in various domains and laiguages tagretting more subscribers to …

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India reports first coronavirus death

PTI New Delhi India reported its first death due to coronavirus on Thursday as the number of positive cases soared to 74, with authorities taking emergency measures to contain its spread like shutting down schools, colleges and cinema halls in the national capital and some other places. The Union health ministry confirmed that a 76-year-old man from Kalaburagi in Karnataka, …

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ED arrests CEO of Goa firm for duping foreigners

PTI New Delhi The ED has arrested the CEO of a Goa-based company for allegedly laundering money by cheating foreigners on the pretext of selling them real estate in the beach state. Ankit Kumar Jain, CEO and former director of Sanatan Financers and Real Estates Pvt Ltd, was arrested under the provision of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. “The …

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