US To Conduct Rare 2nd Lottery For H-1B Visa Applicants

2021-07-30 05:52:00

Jha Washington: The US will conduct a rare second lottery for the H-1B visa to decide on the successful applicants, the USCIS has announced, a move which would provide another chance to hundreds of Indian IT professionals who could not make it in the first random selection. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said that a decision was taken after determining that the computerised draw of lots for H-1B visas conducted early this year did not give

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India, US To Virtually Co-host Indo-Pacific Business Forum In October

2021-07-30 05:15:14

Jha Washington: India and the US will virtually co-host the fourth annual Indo-Pacific Business Forum (IPBF) in October, the State Department has announced. The IPBF, now in its fourth year, is the leading event to promote trade, investment and economic cooperation between the United States and its partners throughout the Indo-Pacific region.

The two-day online event from October 28 will be co-hosted by the US and India in partnership with the US Chamber of Commerce, the Confederation of

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Aaj Ka Panchang, July 30, 2021: Check Out Tithi, Shubh Muhurat, Rahu Kaal and Other Details for Friday

2021-07-30 05:01:52

Friday will also observe the Bhadra and Ravi yoga. (Representational Image: Shutterstock)

Hindu Panchang, July 30, 2021: The day will be Shukravara, which is Friday and will also observe Sarvartha and Amrita Siddhi Yoga.

July 30 marks Saptami tithi of Krishna Paksha in the Shravana month of Vikram Samvat 2078. The day will be Shukravara, which is Friday and will also observe Sarvartha and Amrita Siddhi Yoga. Utilizing this yoga will help an individual realise their ambitions and

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India Equity Deals Set To Pick Up Pace As Investors Hunt Post-pandemic Bets

2021-07-30 04:42:38

HONG KONG: Cash-laden investors are set to step up the hunt for Indian firms, mainly tech start-ups, likely to benefit in the post-pandemic world, after pumping in a record $30 billion via public and private equity deals this year, bankers and analysts said.

Eyeing India’s large middle class with access to cheap smartphones and the internet, global investors have flocked to online platforms in the country and helped swell the ranks of unicorns, or start-ups valued at $1

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Decomposed Bodies Of Man, Woman Found In Apartment In Delhi’s Rohini

2021-07-30 00:49:15

New Delhi, Jul 29: Two highly decomposed bodies of a man and a woman were found inside a house on Thursday in Rohini’s Sector-34 here, police said. The deceased have been identified as Divya, a resident of Rohini Sector-34 and native of Patna in Bihar, and Naveen (40), a resident of Nihal Vihar and native of Darbangha in Bihar, they said. Information was received at Shahbad Dairy police station regarding the incident around 12.30 pm on Thursday and

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Covid R-value Climbing Steadily in India; Kerala, Northeastern States Top List

2021-07-30 00:14:51

The R-factor, which indicates the speed at which COVID-19 infection is spreading in the country, is climbing steadily with Kerala and the northeastern states occupying top spots fuelling worries about the pandemic rearing its head again. Among the metro cities, the R-values of Pune and Delhi are inching towards one, suggests an analysis by researchers at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences in Chennai.

The national capital on Thursday recorded 51 fresh COVID-19 cases with a positivity rate of

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Sena MLA Sarnaik Files Defamation Suit Against BJP Leader Kirit Somaiya

2021-07-30 00:05:17

Shiv Sena MLA from Thane Pratap Sarnaik said on Thursday that he has filed a “Rs 100 crore” defamation suit against BJP leader and former MP Kirit Somaiya. Somaiya has been making all kinds of baseless and slanderous allegations against him for the last few months, he said.

The “special civil suit” was filed in the Thane court, the release said.

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Tamil Nadu CM Directs Withdrawal of Defamation Cases Against Media Outlets

2021-07-30 00:00:30

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Thursday ordered withdrawal of 90 defamation cases against journalists, dailies and television channels. Fulfilling DMK’s poll promise that “all defamatory cases filed against journalists out of vengeance” would be withdrawn, Stalin ordered dropping of 90 libel cases, an official release here said.

The cases were filed between 2012 and February 2021 against editors, printers and publishers of newspapers and television channels when the AIADMK was in power.

The English dailies

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BJP MPs from Uttar Pradesh Discuss Strategy For Upcoming State Assembly Election

2021-07-29 23:40:12

The Bharatiya Janata Party has got down into action mode as party gears up for the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly Polls. A key meeting of all the 83 UP BJP MPs from Uttar Pradesh including 61 Lok Sabha members and 22 Rajya Sabha Members was held on Thursday evening in Delhi.

UP CM Yogi Adityanath along, BJP Chief JP Nadda along with organization leaders Sunil Bansal, Radha Mohan Singh and UP BJP Chief Swatantra Dev Singh were also

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Drones Spotted Thrice in J&K’s Samba District; Alert Sounded

2021-07-29 23:23:38

Drones were spotted at three different locations in Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba district late Thurrsday evening, officials said prompting authorities to issue a high alert in the region.

The first drone was spotted in the Bari Brahma area, while the second drone was seen in the Chliyari International Border area, sources said.

The third drone was spotted in Ghagwal area of Samba near the Jammu Pathankot national highway.

A high alert has been sounded in the entire Samba

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MP University Calls Apoorvanand, Gauhar Raza for Webinar, Police Tells VC ‘Sentiments Shouldn’t be Hurt’

2021-07-29 23:22:30

In an unprecedented move, a police superintendent has written a letter to the vice-chancellor of a central university in Madhya Pradesh, raising objections to certain names, who have been invited as speakers to an international webinar. The letter has cautioned the VC of filing a case under Section 505 IPC against the organisers if the presence of the speakers leads to unrest or deterioration of law and order situation.

On July 30-31, there will be an international seminar

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50 Per Cent of Gujarat’s Adult Population Given First Dose of Covid-19 Vaccine

2021-07-29 23:21:51

Gujarat has vaccinated more than 50 per cent of its adult population with at least one dose of anti-coronavirus vaccines, while the overall coverage stood at 3.26 crores, officials said on Thursday. A total of 2,48,56,000 people (in 18-plus category) have got their first jab so far, they said.

The number of vaccine doses administered so far in the state stood at 3.26 crores, more than 6 months after the inoculation drive began on January 16, an

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Arrest Warrant for Six in 2012 PMT Scandal Case as They Fail to Appear Before the Court

2021-07-29 22:57:39

The charge sheet submitted with the court had named a total of 73 accused.(Representative image)

A massive admission and recruitment scam had surfaced in 2013 when several imposters were arrested by Indore police.

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  • Last Updated:July 29, 2021, 22:57 IST

A special court in Bhopal on Thursday issued arrest warrants against six accused named in the supplementary charge sheet presented by the CBI in the court in connection to the 2012 Pre-Medical Test

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Vythiri in Wayanad Becomes First Fully Vaccinated Tourism Destination in Kerala

2021-07-29 22:57:14

Vythiri in Wayanad district has become the first fully vaccinated tourism destination in Kerala as part of the State’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign to turn all tourism destinations completely risk-free for visitors, the government said on Thursday. It became the first holiday hub to cover the entire population including tourism sector stakeholders under the initiative,according to a release.

“In the post-pandemic phase visitors will be looking for safe and hospitable places to spend time.The Government considers it as vitally

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‘Unfortunate That There Is A Campaign Against The State,’ Says Kerala Health Minister Veena George

2021-07-29 22:47:29

Kerala’s Health Minister Veena George said on Thursday that the next two to three weeks will be crucial in controlling the spread of coronavirus infections in the state. As daily caseload has been continuously high the past few weeks, the Centre has decided to send a six-member team of experts to help the state government’s efforts in dealing with the spread of the virus.

“We welcome the central team. A few weeks ago another team visited and they

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Yogi Govt, Priyanka Gandhi Trade Barbs Over Protests by Ambulance Workers

2021-07-29 22:47:21

Lashing out at Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi for her ‘irresponsible’ remark over the sacking of ambulance drivers, Cabinet Minister and Uttar Pradesh Government spokesperson Sidharth Nath Singh on Thursday said that instead of understanding the matter she is supporting people who are creating hurdles in public service.

Launching a scathing attack on the Congress scion, Singh stated, “This is difficult to comprehend that how can a leader like Priyanka behave irresponsibly and post anything on social media without

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Assam Issues Advisory Against Travel to Mizoram Amid Heightened Border Tension

2021-07-29 21:46:11

The Assam government on Thursday issued an advisory asking its citizens to refrain from travelling to Mizoram as border tensions continue to simmer between the two states.

The state has also asked people from the state living in Mizoram due to work-related compulsions to ‘exercise utmost caution’.

Six Assam Police personnel and a civilian were killed and over 50 others including a superintendent of police were injured when the Mizoram Police opened fire on a team of Assam

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‘JDS Still Strong Force in Karnataka’: BJP Leader’s Daughter ‘Congratulates’ Bommai

2021-07-29 21:38:29

Basavaraj Bommai was sworn-in as the new Chief Minister of Karnataka earlier this week.

Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai was a JDS member until 2008 when he joined the BJP.

  • Last Updated:July 29, 2021, 21:38 IST

In an interesting turn of events, former BJP MP late Ananth Kumar’s daughter Vijeta Ananthkumar on Thursday tweeted that the JDS is still a strong political force in Karnataka. The tweet comes in the background of Basavaraj Bommai being

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Maharashtra: Case Against MLA’s Two Sons After Over 2,000 Attend Their Wedding

2021-07-29 21:02:06

Only 50 people are allowed to attend a marriage function in Maharashtra at present.

The two sons of Rajendra Raut got married on Sunday at a single function on the premises of the Laxmi Sopan Agriculture Produce Committee in the town.

  • PTI Pune
  • Last Updated:July 29, 2021, 21:02 IST

Police in Maharashtra’s Solapur district have registered a case against the two sons of MLA Rajendra Raut for a violation of COVID-19 norms during their

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Study on Covid-19 Variants Could Be Breakthrough in Predicting Strains in Population

2021-07-29 20:44:51

A new study on the emergence of new Covid-19 variants has shown that Sars-CoV-2 virus mutates inside the infected patient’s body and then infects other individuals carrying the changes with it.

The research published on preprint server MedRxiv on July 27 studied samples in two time periods during the pandemic. The study found 80 per cent of the genomes sequenced in individuals had later emerged as new variants or strains, according to a report by the Times of

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