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UP: Authorities suspend teacher for making objectionable remark against Shabana Azmi

The teacher is posted in a junior high school in Dadri area and was suspended as part of disciplinary action.

Australian Open: Federer to face Djokovic in semis

Federer won the first set but later conceded the second and third. Sandgren, who was looking to get to his first Grand Slam semi-final in seven attempts, reached match point seven times in the third set.

Trump announces Mideast peace plan backing Israel

Even before the plan crafted under the guidance of Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner over three years was unveiled, Palestine Authority President Mahmoud Abbas had rejected it Despite Trumps lure of a $50 billion for the Palestine state.

Armed Man Enters Shaheen Bagh, Caught by Protesters

A twitter account associated with the Shaheen Bagh protest site tweeted, "armed anti-social elements have entered the protest area. Infiltrators have been caught and neutralized, and the situation is back to normal," it added.

#Breaking: Wuhan Virus; List of students Stuck in China

Wuhan: Amidst lockdown in Wuhan city, 86 Indian students of Three Gorges University in Yichang City are stuck with nowhere to go. The students have...

#Breaking News: 86 Indian Students Locked Down in China, Sought Embassy Help

"56 cases have been reported from this area alone. We are scared. We need immediate help," the students said. 

#Breaking: Coronavirus; Malayali Students Stuck in China Seek Help

Wuhan: Amidst lockdown in Wuhan city,  a few Malayali students of Three Gorges University in Yichang City are stuck with nowhere to go. Close to 86...

Sara Ali Khan’s before transformation video goes viral

Sara took to Instagram, where she shared a video in which she is seen playing a prank on her friends in an aircraft, way before her weight loss transformation.

Joaquin Phoenix’s ‘Joker’ to re-release in India

Todd Phillips along with Phoenix turned the story of a mentally unstable loner and failed comedian Arthur Fleck, who picks violence to find calmness in his life, into a blockbuster. It was earlier released in India on October 2, 2019.

Protests in Pakistan after court rejects Manzoor Pashteen’s bail

The court granted permission to the police for his transfer to the Dera Ismail Khan jail from the Peshawar Central Jail where he was sent to a 14-day judicial remand.

SC bails out 15 Gujarat riot case convicts to do social work

A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and comprising Justices B.R. Gavai and Surya Kant has put them in two groups -- six of them will remain in Indore and the rest will go to Jabalpur. They will however not be allowed to enter Gujarat.

Leander Paes crashes out of Australian Open

Paes, who was pairing up with Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko, lost to the duo of Bethanie Mattek-Sands-Briton Jamie Murray 6-2, 7-5 in a match that lasted one hour and seven minutes.

Anti-CAA protesters disrupt Calcutta university convocation

The students of different colleges forcibly entered the convocation venue Nazrul Mancha and said that they won't allow Dhankhar to attend the programme, calling him a "BJP stooge".

Health personnel arrive in Wuhan as coronavirus toll reaches 106

More than 4,100 doctors from various parts of China have arrived in Wuhan, with another 1,800 expected to join on Tuesday, Efe news reported citing officials as saying.

7 more ministers to be inducted in Hemant Soren cabinet

The cabinet expansion will take place in Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Maharashtra CM inaugurates Nagpur Metro’s Aqua Line

Known as the Aqua Line, a total of 24.50 kms of metro with six stations has become operational for the people of the state's second capital, while another five stations are likely to be operational by April, said an official.

Barty 1st Australian woman in 36 years in Australian Open semis

Barty defeated No.7 seed Kvitova of the Czech Republic, 7-6(6), 6-2 in a match that lasted one hour and 44 minutes.

Delhi Police conduct multiple raids to nab Sharjeel Imam

A top Delhi Police officer told IANS on Monday that the police feared that Sharjeel Imam has fled to Nepal. "If he has sneaked into Nepal, then it will be very difficult to bring him to India," the police said.

350 speakers to take part in Mathrubhumi Festival of Letters

The festival will host nearly 40 foreign speakers, 200 representing different generations in Malayalam, and 100 from the rest of India.

Sri Lanka confirms first coronavirus case

On Monday night, the Health Promotion Bureau said that the woman was admitted to the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) and was confirmed to have been infected during treatment, reports the Daily Financial Times.

New Zealand PM announces general election date

"I will be asking New Zealanders to continue to support my leadership and the current direction of the government, which is grounded in stability, a strong economy and progress on the long-term challenges facing New Zealand," Xinhua news agency quoted Ardern as saying.

Thai woman dies of coronavirus like symptoms in Bengal hospital

Hospital sources said the woman was admitted to the hospital at 11 p.m. on January 21 and transferred to the ICU with a stomach problem, nausea and fever.

Coronavirus kills 106, infects 4,515 in China

The National Health Commission said that 976 patients remained in critical conditions and a total od 6,973 people were suspected of being infected with the virus as of Monday night, reports Xinhua news agency.

UP: Education officer deploys women teachers to prepare brides for mass wedding

Often teachers working in government-run schools are assigned duties other than teaching children. However, this one time it has turned rather bizarre as some of these women who were asked to turn beauticians overnight had no clue about makeup, they said.

Avast antivirus sold users’ data to Google, Microsoft, says Report

The joint investigation by Motherboard and PCMag that relied on leaked user data and other company documents found that "the sale of this data is both highly sensitive and is, in many cases, supposed to remain confidential between the company selling the data and the clients purchasing it".

Govt calls for applications for new SEBI Chairman

An order dated January 24 has been issued by the Economic Affairs Division of the Finance Ministry titled, "Filling up the Post of Chairman, Securities and Exchange Board of India".

Pakistan Senate passes bill allowing paid maternity, paternity leaves

As per the Maternity and Paternity Leave Bill, 2018, the leaves policy will be applicable in both public and private establishments in the federal capital territory, Dawn news reported.

Respond to plea against law on transgenders, SC tells Centre

The plea filed by transgender rights activist Swait Bidhan Baruah said that the Act mandated a transgender to undergo certification of gender identification by a District Magistrate and additionally may also go through gender affirming surgery by a medical officer.

West Bengal Assembly passes anti-CAA resolution

The resolution, moved by Bengal Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee, was backed by the members of the Congress and the Left Front, while the BJP opposed it, at a special session of the House.

Google Pay now has UPI recharge option for FASTag users

According to the company, to recharge their FASTag accounts, users need to open their Google Pay app, look for the FASTag category under the "Bill Payments" section and select the bank that has issued their FASTag.

UK to unveil fast-track visa for scientists in Feb

The Global Talent visa will be open from February 20 to those who work in a qualifying field and have been endorsed by a recognised UK body, the BBC said in a report.

Mayawati seeks withdrawal of cases against women protesters

BSP president Mayawati tweeted: "Wrong cases filed against women and others protesting against CAA/NRC by the BJP-led Uttar Pradesh government should be immediately withdrawn, and those who lost their lives during this time should also be extended proper help. This is the demand of BSP."

EU urges Myanmar to comply with ICJ Rohingya ruling

"The EU welcomes these important first steps towards acknowledging the severity and scale of the violence that occurred, the gross violations of human rights and the disproportionate use of force by Myanmar's military and security forces," Efe news quoted the bloc's delegation to the country as saying.

Bengal government tables anti-CAA resolution in Assembly

The resolution was moved by Bengal Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee at a special session of the House.

Anti-CAA protests: CPI(M) worker, who set himself afire, dies

Prajapati was an activist of the CPI(M), and the party has said that it was a step taken by him in frustration.

India suffer 1-2 loss to New Zealand in women’s hockey

It was New Zealand who were quick to get off to an attacking start as they created a penalty corner early in the first quarter.

Novel coronavirus: Govt deploys health team on Nepal border

The recent deployment of health team has taken place at Panitanki in West Bengal, entry point from Nepal, said the Health Ministry on Monday.

Indian-Americans protest against CAA, NRC, NPR on R-Day

The protest rally took place on Sunday in the city of Artesia, about 19 miles from Los Angeles, reports Indica News.

Nirbhaya: Convict moves SC on rejection of mercy plea

Mukesh Kumar Singh (32) submitted the plea last week. His mercy plea was dismissed by the President on January 17.

Kerala politicos welcome anti-CAA campaign in Australia

In a message to the Forum, Vijayan said that he is glad to hear the signature campaign that has been launched to get the support of Indian diaspora and the efforts of the Forum can be replicated in other countries too.

DIPAM invites bids for Air India sale with easy debt

The deadline for submission of EoI for 100 per cent divestment in Air India and the airline's stake in low-cost unit Air India Express and airport services company AISATS is March 17, according to a preliminary information memorandum issued by DIPAM on Monday.

Congress questions Padma award to Adnan Sami

Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill tweeted: "Why Padma Shri to Adnan Sami?"

Michelle Obama wins a Grammy

"Becoming" was read by Obama in the audiobook.

NBA legend Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash in Calabasas

"It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of Kobe Bryant and four others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas," the City of Calabasas confirmed on its official Twitter account, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Facebook blames Apple iOS for Bezos’ phone hacking

Investigators believe that Bezos's iPhone was compromised after he received a 4.4MB video file containing malware via WhatsApp - in the same way when phones of 1,400 select journalists and human rights activists were broken into by Pegasus software from Israel-based NSO Group last year.

Will be back in Telangana soon, tweets Chandra Shekhar Azad

The Dalit leader tweeted Monday morning that the police brought him to Hyderabad Airport and was sending him to Delhi.

WHO chief to visit China over coronavirus outbreak

Taking to Twitter on Sunday, Ghebreyesus said during his visit, he will meet government officials and health experts which will help his team understand the latest developments in an effort to provide further protection against the outbreak, reports Xinhua news agency.

Constitution in danger, says Yashwant Sinha

Sinha, who arrived in Lucknow on Saturday, said in an informal chat with reporters, "We are out to spread the message of peace, non-violence.

Trump’s lawyers begin his defence at Senate trial

White House lawyer Pat Cipollone said the impeachment was a Democratic Party attempt to overturn the 2016 elections and bar him from the November election. Instead, he said, "Let the people decide that".

Threat to kill actor Prakash Raj, Brinda Karat, Kumaraswamy

The threat was posted in a letter penned in Kannada on Raj's Twitter handle dated yesterday, the actor said in a post on Sunday.

Torrential rain claims 30 lives in Brazil

Another 17 people were listed missing and 2,600 evacuated in Minas Gerais state, marooned by 48 hours of torrential rain, Sky News reported.

7 million join Kerala human chain to protest against CAA

People came out in large numbers to participate. After a trial at 3.30 p.m., the chain running on the side of the National Highway from Kasargode to Thiruvananthapuram, a distance of about 600 km, began forming at 4 p.m.

Nirbhaya case convict seeks review of mercy plea rejection

On January 17, the President rejected the mercy petition of Mukesh Kumar Singh (32). Now he has filed a review petition under Article 32 for the judicial review of the rejection of mercy plea in the backdrop of the apex court verdict in the Shatrughan Chauhan case.

Central teams to visit airports to screen for coronavirus

Although no nCoV cases have been detected in the country so far, the government is reviewing and monitoring the preparedness on a daily basis.

Six Indian Army personnel to get Shaurya Chakra

Naib Subedar Narender Singh of Parachute Regiment (Special Forces) received the award for preventing infiltration bid across the Line of Control (LoC).

China coronavirus: HK declares highest level of emergency

Addressing the media here, Lam said that she will personally chair an inter-departmental steering committee which will hope to issue strategic and other measures as soon as practicable, reports the South China Morning Post newspaper.

Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurates world’s first Super Fab Lab outside US

It is billed as the world's first such facility to function outside of the US and has been set up at the Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) complex in Kalamassery near Kochi.

Rape accused bishop files discharge petition

Mulakkal, who is on bail, filed the petition in the Kottayam additional district sessions court, which had denied his January 6 plea seeking more time. The court posted Mulakkal's fresh petition for February 4.

EC notice to Bagga over his campaign song expenditure

The notice from the poll panel to the Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) comes after he uploaded his campaign song "Bagga Bagga Har Jagah" was uploaded on Twitter minutes after his candidature was announced.

Women brigade continues their anti-CAA stir in Lucknow

A woman, who has been at the protest site with her four-year-old child, said: "Citizens across the country are on the streets protesting against the new law, which is against the very basic tenets of Indian Constitution.

Johnson signs Brexit withdrawal agreement

After three years of bitter dispute, Johnson's deal officially became law after clearing all parliamentary hurdles and receiving royal assent on Friday, reports metro.co.uk.

Kerala Congress serves notice to discuss recall of Governor

Khan was quick to respond and welcomed the move.

Fresh anti-US protests grip Baghdad

Protesters gathered in the Al Jadriyah neighbourhood of the capital after Shiite cleric Muqtada al Sadr called on Iraqis to demonstrate, reports Efe news.

Pakistan govt rejects ‘biased’ corruption report

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Friday, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information Firdous Ashiq Awan, said: "There is a huge question mark over the transparency of TI.

PETA says, like R-Day parade ban, stop performances by elephants

PETA India has sent a letter to the Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Giriraj Singh requesting that elephants be added to the list of wild animals banned from being exhibited or trained for performances in India.

England becomes 1st team to score half-a-million Test runs

On Friday - the opening day of the Test match -- England captain Joe Root's single through the covers took the Three Lions to a landmark 500,000 run-mark in the longest format of the game. They achieved the feat in their 1022nd Test match.

Earthquake Strikes Turkey, Killing 18

The powerful quake jolted the Elazig province, some 750 km east of the capital Ankara. It took place around 8:55 p.m. local time (1755 GMT) at the epicenter, the town of Sivrice, according to the Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute at Bogazici University, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Congress names 12 VPs, 34 General Secretaries of Kerala unit

The Congress high command finally released its first list of 47 office-bearers of the state unit, after numerous rounds of talks at various levels in Kerala and in Delhi.

Eating yogurt daily may cut breast cancer risk

Yoghurt contains beneficial lactose-fermenting bacteria commonly found in milk, similar to the bacteria -- or microflora 00 found in the breasts of mothers who have breastfed.

Kerala CM to launch Super Fab Lab on Saturday

The Super Fab Lab is based in Kochi and has been built in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

France, Australia confirms coronavirus cases

The French Ministry for Solidarity and Health said on Friday that the first case of the coronavirus was a 48-year-old man who had recently returned from China where he spent several days and had also visited Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei province and the epicenter of the 2019-nCoV outbreak, Xinhua news agency reported.

2G internet to be restored across J&K from Saturday

This is the biggest breakthrough in internet connectivity in the region since August 5 last year when the government imposed restrictions on mobile internet in J&K after the abrogation of Article 370.

MP police arrests BJP leader for objectionable remark against Collector

While addressing a gathering in Biaora in Rajgarh district on Wednesday, Yadav made an objectionable statement on the Rajgarh Collector. He said the Collector feeds the Congressmen on her lap and slaps BJP members. The Congress had raised strong objections to the statement made by Yadav.

Nurture our daughters with equal opportunities, says Sachin

"Daughters are our pride and the light in our lives. Let's nurture them with love and equal opportunities to follow their dreams," Tendulkar said in a tweet.

Congress hits out at Vijayvargiya on ‘poha’ remark

Congress said, "this is the real face of the government which is watching your eating habits."

UP announces cash rewards for Tokyo Games medalists

Apart from this, those winning silver and bronze medals at the prestigious quadrennial event will be rewarded with Rs 4 and 2 crore, respectively.

Telegram introduces new feature to enhance chat experience

With this, the users can now explore three new kinds of Telegram Polls - Visible Votes, Multiple Answers and Quiz Mode.

Iraqi Shia leader calls for scheduled pullout of US troops

Al-Sadr made the call in a letter sent to a massive rally of Iraqis in al-Jaderiyah district, central Baghdad, reports Xinhua news agency.

RBI Includes NPR in KYC Papers, Tamil Nadu Village Responds by Emptying Bank Accounts

Since December 13, India has been witnessing relentless voices of dissent against the Citizenship Amendment Act. The CAA-NRC-NPR has been welcomed with fear and insecurity and had triggered never-ending demonstrations and marches. The decision of the central government was clearly seen as an organized attempt to create an environment of panic. And this incident that happened at Kayalpattanam, a village in Tamil Nadu shows exactly how people view this recent exercise. 

JNU students get relief from HC

"So far as the remaining students are concerned, they need to register within one week as per the old manual. No late fees will be charged from them too," says Justice Rajiv Shakdar.