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Economic Times | 14 Feb, 2021 | 11.31PM IST
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Lebanon kicks off Covid vaccinations
The country has been under lockdown since mid-January, after an unprecedented spike in cases blamed on holiday gatherings forced overwhelmed hospitals to turn away patients. Medical workers and those aged over 75 were the first to receive Pfizer/BioNTech shots at three major Beirut hospitals, a day after a shipment of 28,500 doses arrived at the capital's airport.
Pakistan end South Africa's unbeaten Asia record
Tail-ender Hasan Ali hit two sixes in the penultimate over to help Pakistan clinch the Twenty20 international series against South Africa with a four-wicket win in the third and final match in Lahore on Sunday. Hasan finished with a seven-ball 20 not out as Pakistan overhauled a 165-run target in 18.4 overs to win the series 2-1, South Africa's first T20I series defeat in Asia.
Brazil confirms UK variant in two coronavirus patients
Zimbabwe to receive delivery of China's Sinopharm vaccines
Zimbabwe is preparing to receive its first delivery of China's Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine, saying the shipment will first undergo ``rigorous examinations'' before being rolled out, officials said. It will be one of China's first shipments of vaccines to Africa, after deliveries to Egypt and Equatorial Guinea.
The BJP-led government at the Centre and the ML Khattar government in Haryana should step down in the interest of the nation as they have lost the moral and ethical right to continue to rule
- Captain Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister, Punjab
WHO team finds possible signs of wider COVID-19 outbreak in 2019
The lead investigator for the WHO mission, Peter Ben Embarek, told CNN in a wide-ranging interview that the mission had found several signs of the more wide-ranging 2019 spread, including establishing for the first time there were over a dozen strains of the virus in Wuhan already in December. The team, which arrived in China in January and spent four weeks looking into the origins of the COVID-19 outbreak, also met the first patient Chinese officials said had been infected, an office worker in his 40s, with no travel history of note, reported infected on December 8.
Prisoners released on parole due to COVID-19 to be sent back in
Prisoners who were released on parole in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic will be sent back to jails again in Punjab, subject to a negative test report, officials said on Sunday. "In the light of substantial downward trend in cases of COVID in Punjab, the high powered committee constituted by the Supreme Court of India for dealing with COVID in prisons has decided not to extend the parole of prisoners any further," said an official spokesperson of the Punjab Jails Department.
LPG prices hiked by Rs 50
No news in Manipur as journalists cease work
No newspaper was published and no TV news was produced in Manipur on Sunday as journalists ceased work, protesting against the attack on Manipuri daily Poknapham. The decision to cease work was taken by the All Manipur Working Journalists' Union (AMWJU) and the Editors Guild of Manipur (EGM)
All central government employees to attend offices on working days
Myanmar security forces fire at protestors
Myanmar security forces fired to disperse protesters outside a power plant in the northern state of Kachin, footage broadcast live on Facebook showed, although it was not clear if they were using rubber bullets or live fire. Hundreds had gathered late Sunday outside a power plant that soldiers had occupied in the city of Myitkyina. As darkness fell, riot police accompanied by soldiers arrived to drive away the crowds, the footage showed.
Heavy clashes rage in central Yemen; dozens killed
The Iranian-backed rebels earlier this month renewed their attack on the oil-rich province, an anti-Houthi stronghold held by the internationally recognized government. But they faced stiff resistance and have not made progress amid heavy causalities mostly from the Houthis, military officials from both sides said. Yemen's war started in 2014, when the rebels seized the capital, Sanaa, and much of the country's north. A Saudi-led, U.S.-backed intervened months later to dislodge the Houthis and restore the internationally recognized government. The conflict has killed some 130,000 people and spawned the world's worst humanitarian disaster.
Piyush Goyal flags off Mau-Anand Vihar biweekly special train
Mau-Anand Vihar Terminus (05139) Biweekly Special shall depart from Mau every Tuesday and Friday at 20: 50 hours and shall reach Anand Vihar Terminus the next day at 11: 30 hours. Anand Vihar-Mau Biweekly Special (05140) shall depart from Anand Vihar terminus every Wednesday and Saturday at 16: 45 hours and shall reach Mau at 06: 20 hours the next day.
Guinea confirms three dead from Ebola, first cases since 2016
Health officials in Guinea on Sunday confirmed that at least three people have died from Ebola there, the first cases declared since it was one of three West African nations to fight the world's deadliest Ebola epidemic that ended five years ago. An additional five people have tested positive for Ebola in Gueckedou town in the country's south, according to Dr. Sakoba Keita, the head of Guinea's National Health Security Agency.
U.S embassy in Myanmar cautions its citizens
The U.S embassy in Myanmar urged its citizens to "shelter-in-place" on Sunday, citing reports of military movements in the commercial capital Yangon, after armored vehicles were sighted there for the first time since the Feb. 1 military coup.
Centre eases curbs on steel for highway construction
Earlier, the contract provisions required use of steel produced by primary/integrated steel producers only. The move is aimed at ensuring cost reduction in highways construction using steel. "The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued orders that all steel – whether produced from ore, billets, pellets or melting of scrap - would be allowed to be used for National Highway construction, as long as it meets the standards required for specific grades of steel," the Ministry said in a statement.
Major terror plan averted in Jammu, four held
A major terrorist plan to set off an explosion at a crowded place here on the second anniversary of the Pulwama attack was scuttled with the recovery of a powerful IED from a nursing student who was arrested along with three others, a top police officer said on Sunday. Inspector General of Police, Jammu Range, Mukesh Singh also said six pistols and 15 small Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were seized from Samba district in a separate operation.
There is a need to unite the country. The BJP always asks what the Congress has done in the last 70 years, I would like to reply that they strengthened India's unity and integrity
- Bhupesh Baghel, Chief Minister, Chhattisgarh
Upgrad to enter exam preparation space
Upgrad, an online upskilling platform for working professionals, is entering the government competitive exam preparation space with a new subsidiary, Upgrad Jeet, and targetting a large pie of the Rs 40,000-crore market. The small town-focused Upgrad Jeet, which is a souped up version of its recent The Gate Academy, will be mostly focused on the Hindi-speaking small town folks who are looking for mid-scale government jobs, Upgrad co-founder and Chairman Ronnie Screwvala told PTI.
Sikkim to reopen schools for LKG-class 5 students
Schools in Sikkim will reopen on Monday for pre-primary and primary students after a gap of 11 months with strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocol, the state government said.
India stretch lead after spinners wreck England
The hosts finished day two on 54-1 for an overall lead of 249 runs on a deteriorating track. Rohit Sharma, who made a superb 161 in the first innings, was unbeaten on 25 at the close with Cheteshwar Pujara on seven. Earlier, Moeen Ali and Olly Stone split the last four Indian wickets as the hosts added 29 runs to their overnight score before being all out for 329 in their first innings.
Delhi Police claim Disha Ravi gave Greta protest toolkit
Disha Ravi, a 21-year-old climate activist, who has been remanded to five days in custody by a Delhi court has been accused by the Delhi Police of collaborating with the Poetic Justice Foundation - an organisation they claim is pro-Khalistani - to spread disaffection against the Indian State. Further, the cops allege that she shared the protest toolkit with Greta Thunberg.
Hundreds of thousands protest in Myanmar
Hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets in Myanmar for a ninth day of anti-coup demonstrations on Sunday, as the new army rulers grappled to contain a strike by government workers that could cripple their ability to run the country. Trains in parts of the country stopped running after staff refused to go to work, local media reported, while the military deployed soldiers to power plants only to be confronted by angry crowds.
PM dedicates to nation BPCL's petro-chem complex in Kerala
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday dedicated to the nation a Rs 6,000 crore petrochemical complex of oil major Bharat Petroleum here and Ro-Ro vessels of Inland Waterways at Willingdon Islands, asserting these projects would energise India's growth trajectory.
- On a brief visit to Kerala, the Prime Minister also inaugurated the Cochin Port Trust's International Cruise Terminal and Cochin Shipyard's Vigyana Sagar, a campus for Marine Engineering Training Institute.
Delhi reports 150 new COVID19 cases, 158 recoveries and 2 deaths today
- Total cases: 6,36,946
- Total recoveries: 6,25,024
- Death toll: 10,891
- Active cases: 1,031
Tourism sector in India has grown well during last five years. In the World Tourism Index, India's ranking has jumped from 65th to 34th
- PM Modi
Indians working in the Gulf should know that the full support of the government is there to ensure their welfare
- PM Modi in Kochi
Today, India is embarking on an ambitious program of broadband connectivity to every village: PM Modi
Through the national infrastructure pipeline, Rs 110 lakh crores being invested. In this, special attention is being given to coastal parts, the North east & mountain areas, said PM Modi in Kochi
IND vs ENG; 2nd Test, Day 2: India lead by 249 runs at Stumps
Propylene Derivatives Petrochemical complex of Kochi Refinery
This project will help strengthen our journey towards being Atmanirbhar. A wide range of industries would gain employment opportunities: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Kerala
We have gathered here to celebrate the development of Kerala and India: PM in Kerala
The works being inaugurated today cover a wide range of sectors. They will energize the growth trajectory of India: PM Narendra Modi in Kochi
Kerala: PM Narendra Modi inaugurates various development projects to the nation, at Kochi
Kerala: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurate various development projects to the nation, at Kochi https://t.co/9QU7ZCKqPR
— ANI (@ANI) 1613300887000
We were on high alert as we had inputs that terror groups were planning an attack : Jammu IG
- We were on high alert as we had inputs that terror groups were planning an attack on the anniversary of Pulwama attack. Last night we arrested a person named Sohail and recovered 6-6.5 kgs of IED from his possession: Jammu Inspector General of Police (IG) Mukesh Singh
- He (arrested accused Sohail) revealed during probe that he studies in Chandigarh and he received message from Pakistan's Al Badr Tanzeem to plant IED here.
Expressing our Amistad. Mexico receives Made in India vaccines
- tweets Dr S Jaishankar
India's 27.37 pc prison inmates 'illiterate', over 5,600 techies: Govt data
Jharkhand: Naib Subedar Sandeep Kumar qualifies for Tokyo Olympics
Naib Subedar Sandeep Kumar of 16 JAT Regiment and Grenadier Rahul of 18 Grenadiers have qualified for Tokyo Olympics 2021, at the 8th National Race Walking Championship, held at Ranchi. Sandeep Kumar won Gold medal & created new national record.
Indiabulls Housing Fin to raise Rs 5,000 cr from securitisation in current quarter
- Securitisation is the process of pooling and repackaging of homogenous illiquid financial assets into marketable securities that can be sold to investors.
- "Our securitisation pipeline is strong. We should be able to raise almost Rs 3,000 crore from the wholesale book and another Rs 2,000 crore from the retail in this (Q4 FY21) quarter," the company's Deputy Managing Director Ashwini Kumar Hooda told PTI.
IND vs ENG; 2nd Test, Day 2: England all out at 134, trail by 195 runs
J&K govt simplifies business establishment process, opens door for investors
- As per the decision taken by the Administrative Council (AC), which met under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha here on Saturday, the pre-requisite 'no objection certificates' (NoCs) or approvals have been relaxed for setting up of a business unit, the spokesman said.
- He said the Udyog Aadhaar memorandum as per the condition of the Government of India would be the only requirement for a business unit to be set up.
Assam's tea garden workers get Rs 167 per day wage while traders in Gujarat get tea gardens: Rahul in Assam
Assam's tea garden workers get Rs 167 per day wage while traders in Gujarat get tea gardens. We promise to give tea garden workers of Assam Rs 365 per day wage. Where will the money come from? It will come from Gujarat's traders: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in Assam
Ravichandran Ashwin surpasses Harbhajan for Test wickets in India, now only behind Kumble
Ashwin got past Harbhajan, who took 265 wickets at an average of 28.76, by dismissing Ben Stokes with a perfect off-spinner on the second day of the second Test against England here. Ashwin's average is 22.67.
Uttarakhand | 12 bodies recovered today, so far. The total number of bodies recovered reaches 50: State Disaster Response Force
A Delhi court remands climate activist Disha Ravi to 5-day Delhi Police Special Cell custody
Delhi Police Cyber Cell arrested 21-year-old climate activist Disha Ravi from Bengaluru on 13th February for her alleged role in spreading 'toolkit' related to farmers protest
Assam: Congress leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, seen wearing 'No CAA' gamchas
No power in the world can break Assam. Whoever will try to touch the Assam Accord or spread hatred, Congress party… https://t.co/9ivzfKbL9o
— ANI (@ANI) 1613290480000
I and all Congress workers will protect principle of Assam Accord; we will not deviate an inch from it
- Rahul Gandhi at Sivasagar rally
Punjab civic body polls: Bathinda records highest voter turnout till 12 noon
As polling for 117 local bodies including eight municipal corporations and 109 municipal councils and nagar panchayats is underway in Punjab, Bathinda records the highest voters' turnout with 48.42 per cent polling till 12 pm on Sunday.
Jammu and Kashmir: Explosive material recovered from Jammu bus stand. More details awaited
Nirmala Sitharaman to address post-Budget RBI board meet on Tuesday
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is scheduled to address the post-Budget meeting of the RBI's central board on Tuesday and highlight key points of Union Budget 2021-22, including the fiscal consolidation roadmap.
World is looking at India with great enthusiasm and positivity. This decade is going to be India's because of the hard work of 130 crore Indians
- PM Modi in Chennai
The Central Government has accepted the long-standing demand of Devendrakulla Vellalar community to be known by their heritage name and not by the 6-7 names listed in Schedule to the Constitution
- PM Modi in Chennai
Currently, there are no Indian fishermen in Srilankan custody: PM in Chennai
Similarly, 313 boats have also been released and we are working on the release of the rest of the boats.
The issue of Tamil rights has been taken up by us consistently with Sri Lanka. We are committed to ensuring that they live with equality, justice, peace and dignity
- PM Modi in Chennai
India’s COVID19 recovery rate of 97.31% is amongst the highest in the world
Over 1.06 cr people have recovered/discharged so far. The difference between recovered & active cases has grown to 1,04,74,164 today: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Tamil Nadu evolving as the tank manufacturing hub of India: PM Modi
- Tamil Nadu is already a leading automobile manufacturing hub of India. Now, I see, Tamil Nadu evolving as the tank manufacturing hub of India.
- One of the two defence corridors is in Tamil Nadu. It has already received an investment commitment of over Rs 8100 cr, said PM.
No Indian can forget this day. Two years ago, the Pulwama Attack happened. We pay homage to all the martyrs we lost in that attack. We are proud of our security forces. Their bravery will continue to inspire generations
- PM Narendra Modi
Always remember the mantra of 'Per drop, more crop': PM Modi in Chennai
"I want to appreciate the farmers of Tamil Nadu for record food grain production and good use of water resources. We have to do whatever we can do to conserve water"
Chennai is full of energy and enthusiasm. It is a city of knowledge and creativity. From here, we begin key infrastructure projects. These projects are symbols of innovation and indigenous development
- PM Modi in Chennai
Chennai: PM Modi lays the foundation stone for the Discovery Campus of IIT Madras
The Campus will be built at Thaiyur near Chennai at an estimated cost of Rs 1000 crores in the first phase, over an area of 2 lakh sqm.
Chennai: PM Modi inaugurates the fourth Railway line between Chennai Beach and Attipattu
This 22.1 km section, laid at a cost of Rs 293.40 crores, traverses through Chennai and Thiruvallur Districts
Chennai: PM Modi inaugurates the Chennai Metro Rail Phase-I extension
The project is completed at a cost of Rs 3,770 crores. This 9.05 km long extension will link North Chennai with the Airport and Central Railway Station.
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