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IIT-M aces innovations ranking, 7 IITs in top 10

Non-Gandhi should be Cong chief: Priyanka

Pak terrorist linked to J&K BJP neta's killing found dead

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Atlantic plastic levels far higher than thought: Study

Why 10-time more infectious Covid-19 mutation may be 'a good thing'
A mutation of the novel coronavirus increasingly common throughout Europe and recently detected in Malaysia may be more infectious but appears less deadly, according to a prominent infectious diseases doctor.

What if Covid 'herd immunity' is closer than scientists thought?
To achieve so-called herd immunity, scientists have suggested that perhaps 70% of a given population must be immune, through vaccination or because they survived the infection. However, now scientists say that the threshold is likely to be much lower: just 50%, perhaps even less.

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Realme C15 vs Samsung Galaxy M31: Here's how the big battery phones compare
With all these specifications and price, the smartphone is expected to give tough competition to another big battery smartphone — the Galaxy M31. Wondering how they compare against each other? We bring you a spec-by-spec comparison of both smartphones.

Realme Buds Classic earphones launched at Rs 399
Along with two new C-series smartphones Realme C15 and Realme C12 -- the smartphone maker has also launched new earphones in India.

Realme C12 and Realme C15 smartphones with 6000 mAh battery launched in India
Smartphone maker Realme has expanded its C-series of smartphones with the launch of C12 and C15 in India. Both the smartphones come with 6000mAh battery and are powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio G35 processor. Both the smartphones also come with splash resistant coating.

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RBI releases framework for retail payments systems
As per the framework, the companies with a net worth of over Rs 500 crore will be eligible to set up an umbrella entity which among other things will be permitted to set up, manage and operate new payment systems in the retail space comprising ATMs, White Label PoS, Aadhaar-based payments and remittance services.

Investors gain Rs 2.71L cr as markets surge
Investor wealth rose by Rs 2.71 lakh crore in two days of stock market gain. Equity markets registered gains for the second straight day on Tuesday, with the 30-share BSE sensex closing at 38,528.32, up 477.54 points or 1.26 per cent.

Govt keen to speed up stake sale in 4 PSU banks
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office has asked officials to speed up the process of trimming government stakes in at least four primarily state-owned banks within the current fiscal year, according to two officials familiar with the discussions.

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Saw Dhoni's acumen standing in slips & told BCCI he is the next captain: Sachin
Standing in the first slip and observing Dhoni's match-reading skills convinced Sachin that he was ready for India captaincy, something he told the BCCI when he was asked for his suggestion back in 2007. "I used to interact and understand what MS was thinking. I observed his match reading and I came to a conclusion that he had a good cricketing brain, Sachin said.

Rohit, Vinesh among unprecedented five for Khel Ratna
Star cricketer Rohit Sharma, wrestler Vinesh Phogat, women's hockey captain Rani Rampal, TT player Manika Batra and Paralympic gold-winning high jumper Mariyappan Thangavelu have been picked for this year's Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award by the sports ministry's selection committee. This is the first time in the history of awards that 5 athletes have been recommended for the top sporting accolade.

Dream11 new IPL title sponsor with average bid of Rs 234cr per year
Dream 11 have made a winning bid of Rs 234 crore to bag the IPL title rights. The fantasy sports platform – a start-up pioneered by two Indian entrepreneurs – have made a bid for three years, subject to Vivo’s return next year. Should Vivo India – the title sponsors who exited the space two weeks ago – come back to the table next year, Dream 11 will have to make way.

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CHSE +2 Commerce Results 2020: Odisha 12th result to be out today @ orissaresults.nic.in

HC directs DU to expedite results of students going abroad for higher studies
DU shall also give an assurance to the foreign university that the result of concerned students will be communicated at the earliest, a bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad said.

Madhya Pradesh HC allows Indore varsity to admit students without CET this year

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Greenland ice melting past 'tipping point': Study
"Greenland's glaciers have passed a tipping point of sorts, where the snowfall that replenishes the ice sheet each year cannot keep up with the ice that is flowing into the ocean from glaciers," said a statement from Ohio State University. Climate change is having a devastating effect on the world's glaciers.

Woolly flying squirrel spotted in Uttrakhand's Gangotri National Park
Woolly flying squirrel, that was thought to be extinct some seventy years back, was spotted at Gangotri National Park in Uttrakhand's Uttarkashi, informed Forest Research Institute, on Monday.

How climate change could expose new epidemics
The Covid-19 pandemic that has swept the globe and claimed over 760,000 lives so far almost certainly came from a wild bat, highlighting the danger of humanity's constant encroachment on the planet's dwindling wild spaces.

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Mali president and PM 'arrested,' says mutiny leader

US, Russia still at odds over new nuclear arms treaty
The United States and Russia concluded two days of arms control talks Tuesday with the two sides still at odds over the US demand to include China in any new treaty but showing signs of a possible willingness to extend the existing New START deal, which expires next year. China has rejected the idea as an American ploy to avoid a new deal and said that it would gladly participate if the US would agree to nuclear parity among all nations.

Senate panel finds Russia interfered in the 2016 US election
The Senate panel described its report, totaling more than 1,300 pages, as "the most comprehensive description to date of Russia's activities and the threat they posed." The bipartisan investigation lasted almost three and a half years, much longer than the other probes.

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Greenland ice melting past 'tipping point': Study
"Greenland's glaciers have passed a tipping point of sorts, where the snowfall that replenishes the ice sheet each year cannot keep up with the ice that is flowing into the ocean from glaciers," said a statement from Ohio State University. Climate change is having a devastating effect on the world's glaciers.

Woolly flying squirrel spotted in Uttrakhand's Gangotri National Park
Woolly flying squirrel, that was thought to be extinct some seventy years back, was spotted at Gangotri National Park in Uttrakhand's Uttarkashi, informed Forest Research Institute, on Monday.

How climate change could expose new epidemics
The Covid-19 pandemic that has swept the globe and claimed over 760,000 lives so far almost certainly came from a wild bat, highlighting the danger of humanity's constant encroachment on the planet's dwindling wild spaces.

More Environment News»

Hyderabad: Cantonment road closure issue at SC door
The apex court registry has confirmed the receipt of the email from S Anoop Kumar.It indicated that the judges would soon take up the case for hearing.

10-year-old Telugu boy from Ohio motivates people to donate plasma

Three held for murder bid on auto driver

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Bid to 'grab' Rs 30 crore property in Sector 5, Punjab and Haryana HC orders probe
The Punjab and Haryana high court has issued directions to stop construction activities in a Rs 30-crore plot in city’s upscale Sector 5 and ordered the UT administration to conduct a probe after taking cognizance of a “ghost petition” filed before it in relation to the prime property.

Punjab will burn if Centre goes ahead with SYL: CM Amarinder Singh
Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday urged extreme caution on the Satluj-Yamuna Link canal issue, his state’s long-standing water-sharing dispute with Haryana, and warned the Centre that it had the potential to disturb the nation’s security.

Muktsar, Mansa MLAs test positive

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Gujarat anti-land grabbing law proposes 14 years in jail
The Gujarat government has proposed to bring a new law to curb growing instances of land grabbing by mafia. The draft bill entitled ‘The Gujarat Land Grabbing (Prohibition) Bill, 2020’, which has been prepared by the revenue department, is likely to be tabled in the upcoming monsoon session of the Gujarat assembly next month.

Ahmedabad: 5,000-odd people put in containment in Isanpur
The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has declared Samratnagar in Isanpur a micro-containment zone. The locality has 5,000-odd residents and was cordoned off as residents of the area were resisting testing.

GTU among top five govt-aided varsities

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EPS seeks Centre's support to link rivers

New education policy and erosion of states' powers

Why docs want oxygen pipelines in hosp restrooms

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Builder's property on the block for flat delay in Bengaluru
For the first time, a builder’s property will be auctioned on the orders of the Real Estate Regulatory Authority-Karnataka (K-RERA) to compensate a home buyer for delay in delivery of the apartment.

Karnataka: IISc, NMIT, PES-Mandya snap up innovation ranks
The Indian Institute of Science and Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology, both in Bengaluru, and Mandya’s PES College of Engineering feature among the top five in different categories in Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) released by the ministry of education on Tuesday.

Bengaluru doctor making apps for IS arrested
A 28-year-old ophthalmologist from Basavanagudi in south Bengaluru was arrested by National Investigation Agency late Monday night for alleged links with Islamic State-Khorasan Province (ISKP), an offshoot of ISIS.

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Housing societies more responsive to second sero-survey: BMC
BMC officials have been pleasantly surprised with the welcoming response from housing colonies in the ongoing second sero survey in three city wards.

Mandals prepare to unveil smaller Ganpati idols, shorter celebrations in Maharashtra
With barely three days to go for the largest festival of Maharashtra, Ganeshotsav mandals are putting the final touches to their smaller idols and shorter celebrations.

Maharashtra asks task force to review use of 'ineffective' Tocilizumab
"When the company that manufactures the drug says it has not been found effective against Covid, I feel doctors and patients should not insists on it.

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Enforcement officials of transport dept to get new vehicles

Man robbed by cops held for illegal biz

Buses may be allowed to carry more passengers

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Enforcement officials of transport dept to get new vehicles

Man robbed by cops held for illegal biz

Buses may be allowed to carry more passengers

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Enforcement officials of transport dept to get new vehicles

Man robbed by cops held for illegal biz

Buses may be allowed to carry more passengers

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