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World’s biggest coastal cleanup campaign at Puri beach

It was a heart-warming picture to see the voluntary participation of hundreds of people who have been motivated to stop unnecessary littering and also extended help towards the cleaning drive.

Women respond quicker to natural disasters than men: Study

According to the researchers, eliminating the male head-of-household model is crucial for speeding overall household recovery.

After Pala, Kerala prepares for Assembly bypolls to 5 seats

With a month left for the by-elections to the five Assembly constituencies, the Left, the UDF and the BJP are expected to announce their candidates soon.

Dior exhibition held at silk museum in China

The exhibition will run until January 1, 2020.

NRAI slams Zomato for extending “Gold” programme on delivery

Gold on delivery will offer the second-highest priced item on the order for free, except for combos, MRP items and special dishes.

AI is offering more personalised services to the users

Playlists reflect music linked to different ethnicities and regions. A person with ancestral roots in Bengaluru, for example, might see Carnatic violinists and Kannada film songs on their playlists.

Bronze medal in World Wrestling Championship is not a victory, but motivation, says Bajrang...

Alongwith Punia, Ravi Kumar Dahiya also bagged bronze in the 57-kg category after he beat Iran's reigning Asian champion Reza Atri 6-3 to win his maiden Worlds medal.

Carolina Marin enters China Open final

In the other semifinal, Taiwan's Tai Tzu-ying defeated China's Chen Yufei 6-21, 21-13, 22-20 in 53 minutes to set up a summit clash with Marin, which will be played on Sunday.

Demanding the resignation of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi; anti-government protest beak out in Egypt

The demonstrations on Friday night were in response to corruption allegations against President Sisi's government

Boris Johnson will talk about climate change and instability in the Middle East in...

Johnson and the other world leaders are expected to discuss a series of ideas put forward by the UK on Thursday aimed at breaking the current deadlock, according to a UK government official.

“The country needs to focus on making its people healthier, especially at the grassroots,...

Kumar was delivering the valedictory address at JGU's two-day conclave on "Building a $5 Trillion Indian Economy: The Way Forward" this week.

Election Commission announces bypolls in 17 states, Puducherry on October 21

The EC said the notification for the bye-elections will be released on September 23.

Researchers have developed a wearable device which regrow hair

In side-by-side tests on hairless mice, the devices stimulated hair growth just as effectively as two different compounds found in baldness medicines, said the study published in the journal ACS Nano.

IMF mission concludes visit to Pakistan

The IMF mission, led by its Pakistan, Middle East and Central Asia Mission Chief Ernesto Ramirez Rigo, had visited Islamabad and Karachi from September 16-20 to take stock of economic developments since the start of the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) and discuss progress in the implementation of economic policies.

Mexican football moves to tackle homophobic slurs

The maximum penalty for Liga MX clubs will be a requirement to play future home matches behind closed doors.

Aadhaar becomes mandatory for claiming GST refunds

Sitharaman said that the Council had taken an "in-principle decision to link Aadhaar with registration of taxpayers under GST and examine the possibility of making Aadhaar mandatory for claiming refunds".

” I still feel like a student,” says, Swara Bhasker

Swara Bhasker was last seen in "Veere Di Wedding" (2018) along with Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor and Shikha Talsania.

Jio MAMI all set to host Word To Screen Market 2019

A total of 21 publishers will be participating in this edition of the Word to Screen Market including Harper Collins, Penguin Random House, Juggernaut Books, DC Books, Westland Publications and Rajkamal Prakashan among others.

Delhi Government is planning to expand bike ambulance services to entire city

The Delhi government had in February this year flagged off 16 bike ambulances on a pilot basis in one district of east Delhi.

Dalai Lama declares support for global climate strike

Tens of thousands of students across the globe staged protests, calling for urgent action on climate change ahead of the UN climate summit.

Italy set to join European military intervention force

The French-led initiative was formed in June 2018 and was proposed the previous year by Macron, who has called for a European army.

Experts panel is analysing cause of Vikram’s failure

The lander was also carrying a rover Pragyan which was to roll down from Vikram if it had soft-landed instead of the crash landing.

GST relief for FIFA under-17 Women’s WC 2020

The Women's under-17 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to be held in Odisha in November next year.

US dollar rises on positive economic outlook

The dollar index, which measures the greenback against six major peers, rose 0.25 per cent at 98.5200 in late trading.

Union Home Ministry announces the Sardar Patel National Unity Award

In a notification issued on Friday, the ministry said the decoration shall be conferred by the President by a 'Sanad' (certificate) "under his hand and seal".

Brazil opens it’s consulate in Bengaluru

As a few Brazilian firms are in Bengaluru and a couple of the city-based companies have subsidiaries in Brazil, the consulate will promote two-way trade between the countries.

Flavoured e-cigarettes can worsen asthma

The researchers didn't analyse the liquids directly, to confirm what they contained, however there is evidence from previous research that flavours categorised as "buttery/creamy" and "cinnamon", which likely include "Banana Pudding" and "Cinnacide", respectively, are toxic.

Global climate March conducts in Pakistan

Celebrities as well as leaders, including Senator Sherry Rehman, have called on people to participate in the climate march.

Sourav Ganguly inaugurates ‘Pavilion’- first cricket-themed restaurant

This rich and massive collection of cricket memorabilia has been collected by Moin Bin Moksud over a period of twenty years.

Twitter purges over 10,000 propaganda accounts in 6 nations

The micro-blogging platform has permanently suspended DotDev, and all accounts associated with them.

Tax cuts may impact fiscal deficit, capex: Economists

The effective tax rate for these companies shall be 25.17 per cent inclusive of surcharge and cess.

Tax sops to boost stock market for Modi’s US trip: Rahul Gandhi

The total revenue loss for the reduction in corporate tax rate and other relief is estimated at Rs 1,45,000 crore.

Scientists reconstruct face of another human ancestor

To test the method the researchers developed, they first applied it to two species whose anatomy is known: the Neanderthal and the chimpanzee.

Kerala Congress warns Pinarayi Vijayan

Leader of Opposition and senior Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala said that everyone knows Vijayan's role in the case.

Finance Ministry cut down corporate taxes

The sharp tax rate cut has been announced even as revenue collection on account of both direct and indirect taxes are far below expectations.

Afganisthan Bomb Blast; death toll rises to 39

There has been a surge in militant attacks in Afghanistan in the past few weeks ahead of the presidential election on September 28.

Chinmayanand confesses to crime, SIT doesn’t book him for rape

The police have booked Chinmayanand under Sections 376c (intercourse by a person of authority), 354 D (stalking), 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.

Yechury accuses Modi govt of crony capitalism, calls it a ‘circus’

The Communist Party of India-Marxist leader also hit out at the government's announcement on Friday to cut corporate tax to fuel investment in the manufacturing sector.

“Mission Neymar is possible,” says Enrique Tombas

Neymar's possible return to the La Liga club seemed to be imminent during the summer transfer market but never came to fruition.

Pak-British author stripped of award for pro-Palestine views

The German city of Dortmund had announced earlier this month that this year's Nelly Sachs Prize would go to the British Pakistani author Kamila Shamsie.

The White House has withdrawn its pick to lead the FEMA

Trump is expected to pick acting FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor as his next nominee.

Pakistan is having alarming number of reported dengue cases

Islamabad and Rawalpindi have been badly hit by the disease, while 43 cases were notified in Punjab from other provinces.

CBI chargesheets 27 in Kerala BMS leader’s murder case

According to the CBI, the charge sheet mentions about 130 witnesses, 112 documents and the weapons used in the assault.

No govt ration if one fails to pay electricity bills

No application relating to any welfare scheme of government including distribution of subsidised ration would be entertained if the resident has not paid his/her electricity bill

Ranveer Singh gets his wax statue at Madame Tussauds

Ranveer made the announcement while receiving an award at IIFA 2019 here on Wednesday.

Snowden’s much awaited memoir ‘ Permanent Record’ releases

Snowden himself has been involved with the design and creation of some of these through his work heading the Freedom of the Press Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to protecting and empowering public-interest journalism.

Blood Lipid Changes at Age 8 in Kids Genetically Prone to Diabetes

Data was taken once in childhood -- at 8 years old, twice in adolescence aged 16 and 18 years and once in young adulthood aged 25 years.

Human-Elephant conflict is increasing in Chhattisgarh

Wildlife experts believe that protecting large tracts of forest will help conserve the jumbos and bring down incidents of human-pachyderm conflict.

Rising onion prices bring tears to eyes

According to traders, the onion prices have gone up due to the fall in its stock which in turn has affected the supply to wholesale markets.

IIT-M hosts the first meeting of Space Technology Cells

The ISRO and the Central government's Department of Space have established and operated the Space Technology Cells for over three decades in IIT-M, IIT Bombay, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Guwahati, IIT Roorkee, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, and Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, to carry out focused research in space-related technologies

UNSC fails to adopt resolution on ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib

A draft resolution needs at least nine positive votes, on the condition of no negative votes from the five permanent members -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the US -- to pass.

Sri Lanka’s Akila Dananjaya bans from International Cricket for 1 year

Dananjaya will be entitled to approach the ICC for a re-assessment of his bowling action after the expiry of this one-year period.

Delhi become the first state having 95% CNG-powered industries

The report says only 85 industries were yet to be made CNG-adaptive and CNG-operational.

Singer Nikhil Dsouza has come out with his first solo non-film Hindi song

He has also written his own songs in English.

Cristiano Ronaldo looking for McDonald’s girl, who fed him free burgers as a kid

He also rued the fact that his father, who died when the star footballer was just 20, never got to enjoy his success.

India must develop indigenous cutting-edge technologies to save precious foreign exchange, Defence Minister Rajnath...

On September 17, addressing the annual session of the Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers in New Delhi, Singh had said that the aim is to make India a USD 5 trillion economy by 2024 and take it to USD 10 trillion by 2030-32

Realme and Samsung have the lowest return rates among all smartphone brands in India,...

The lowest return rates are determined by the first visit to the brand's service centre within the first six months of purchase, for either repair or replacement, by both online as well as offline buyers.

Indian Premier League (IPL) has seen its growth slow down to 13.5 percent

While reigning champions Mumbai Indians continued to top the charts for the fourth time with an 8.5% increase in brand value at Rs 809 crores

Dia Mirza, Manoj Bajpayee urge Indians to take part in Global Climate Strike

Several Bollywood stars have protested the Mumbai civic body's decision to cut down 2,700 trees of Aarey Colony to accommodate a proposed Metro car shed project.

Bajrang Punia and Ravi Kumar Dahiya blocks two quotas for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

He had defeated David Habat of Slovakia 3-0 in the pre-quarterfinals. Earlier in the day, Punia kicked off his campaign with a 9-2 win over Poland's Krzysztof Bienkowski.

IDBI Bank approves preferential issues to LIC and Govt

The board of directors, at a meeting on September 19, approved the proposal for preferential issue of capital to the government and LIC aggregating up to Rs 4,557 crore and Rs 4,743 crore, respectively, subject to regulatory approvals, if any

Indias doubles pair of G. Sathiyan and A. Sharath Kamal entered the quarterfinals of...

Earlier, after receiving a first-round bye, the Indians had accounted for Jordan's Abo Yaman Zaid and Aldmaizy Zeyad 11-4, 11-7, 11-7 in the round of 32.

Apple will use recycled rare earth materials in new iPhones

Apple is also using recycled cobalt from iPhone batteries recovered by its disassembly robot "Daisy" combined with scrap from final assembly sites for brand-new Apple batteries.

Ten shortlisted writers will be invited to attend the Jaipur BookMark

The iWrite shortlist will be announced on December 15 on the JBM website.

Instagram bans the promotion of cosmetic surgery and weight-loss products

The results suggest that the marketing of unhealthy foods, via vloggers' Instagram pages, increases children's immediate energy intake.

Usage of E-cigarette among US kids doubled in 2 years

In 2019, the prevalence of past month nicotine vaping was more than one in four students in Class 12, one in five in Class 10 and one in 11 in Class 8.

Washington to challenge plan to block stricter vehicle emission

Inslee said Washingtonians deserve better than Trump's "dangerous anti-environment policy".

Netanyahu calls on Gantz to form unity government

In a video message, the Prime Minister acknowledged he would be unable to form a coalition with other right-wing and ultra-Orthodox parties and called on Gantz to lend his cooperation.

ED to invoke Fugitive Economic Offenders Act against Zakir Naik

According to the ED officials, under the FEOA, any person against whom an arrest warrant has been issued in respect of a scheduled offence and who has left India to avoid criminal prosecution or is abroad or refuses to return to India will face criminal prosecution.

INX Media Case: Delhi court extends P Chidambaram’s judicial custody

Chidambaram is in Tihar Jail in the INX Media corruption case being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Imran Khan leaves for two-day Saudi Arabia visit to discuss Kashmir issue

The Prime Minister has had called the Crown Prince earlier this month to brief him over the situation in the region.

Priyanka questions Yogi government on Chinmayanand issue

Later, the Congress took on the Yogi government on its completing 2.5 years in office. The party fielded two women spokespersons, Supriya Shrinate and Sharmistha Mukherjee, to attack the UP government.

Hindi Row: Amit Shah clarifies, DMK postpones ‘language protest’

Delhi/Chennai: As his statement turned controversial, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday claimed that he never spoke of imposing Hindi over the speakers of...

Supreme Court asks UP Home Secretary to appear in minor Muslim girl’s marriage case

The court was hearing the plea of a 16-year-old Muslim girl, who has been ordered to stay in a shelter home for women in Uttar Pradesh, after her marriage was found to be void by the Allahabad High Court.

Mamata Banerjee to demand Bengal’s name change from Shah

Soon after Wednesday's meeting with Modi, Banerjee said: "The meeting with Prime Minister was good. We discussed changing the name of West Bengal to 'Bangla'. He has promised to do something about the matter."

CITU continues strike against Muthoot Finance

The strike is supported by the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M)-backed Centre for Indian Trade Unions (CITU).

Transport strike against amended MVA affects Delhi-NCR

Not only office-goers faced difficulties in reaching their workplaces, parents too had a hard time while taking their children to schools on Thursday morning. In fact, some schools in Delhi remained shut in view of the strike.

Accountability court extends remand period of Maryam Nawaz by 7 days

Maryam Nawaz, who is detained at the daycare centre of NAB Headquarters in Lahore in connection with Chaudhry Sugar Mills (CSM) case, was presented in the court of Judge Ameer Muhammad Khan amid heightened security on Wednesday, along with one of her cousins, Yousuf Abbas, who is also one of the accused, reports The Express Tribune.

Heavy rains likely in Mumbai, holiday for schools

Mumbai and the coastal Konkan districts have been lashed by a fresh spell of rain since the past three days and the India Meteorological Department has predicted a wet week for the region.

No use talking to India until J&K issue resolved, says Imran Khan

The Prime Minister said that "unless they (New Delhi government) lift curfew in Kashmir and rescind the revocation of Article 370, there is no chance of negotiations (with India)".