Friday, April 23, 2021


SPSTI hosts webinar on "Water in Classroom and World"

CHANDIGARH: The Society for Promotion of Science and Technology in India (SPSTI) in association with Chandigarh Chapter of National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI) jointly conducted a webinar on "Water in the Classroom and the World". The webinar was organized to popularize the theme "Restore the Planet Earth" of the World Earth Day 2021 and was supported by Haryana State Council for Science, Innovation & Technology, Govt. of Haryana.

On India's request for vaccine raw materials, US says first obligation is to Americans

NEW YORK: It is in the world's interest that Americans are vaccinated and the US has to first to take care of the requirements of its own people, State Department Spokesperson Ned Price has said about Washington's restrictions on exporting raw materials for making the Covid-19 vaccines.

'Developed nations should contribute more to tackle climate change'

UNITED NATIONS: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on developed countries to contribute more to defeating climate change during a US-hosted virtual event.

Modi announces US-India partnership to fight climate change

NEW DELHI: Warning that the Covid-19 pandemic is a grim reminder of the dangers of climate change, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday announced a global initiative in cooperation with the US to mobilise investments for the greening of the world and promote collaboration to fight global warming.

Punjab CM announces vaccination for 18-45 years age group to start from May 1

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday announced that the State Government would undertake vaccination in age group of 18-45 years from May 1, and it would be ensured that the vaccine would be supplied free of cost in all Government healthcare facilities across the State.

Biden to pledge halving US emissions by 2030 at climate summit

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden will pledge on Thursday to cut US greenhouse gas emissions by half by the end of the decade compared to 2005 levels, officials said.

Pregnancy raised depression among women during pandemic: Study

NEW YORK: Pregnant and postpartum women reported high levels of depression, anxiety, loneliness, and post-traumatic stress during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a worldwide survey.

Akshay Oberoi: You look at Randeep Hooda and realise you don't need connections

MUMBAI: Actor Akshay Oberoi worked with Randeep Hooda in the film "Laal Rang", and he says the experience taught him something important in life. Looking at Randeep, Akshay realised it was possible not to have connections and yet make it big.

Arjun Bijlani roots for sustainable fashion on Earth Day

MUMBAI: On the occasion of Earth Day on Thursday, actor Arjun Bijlani noted how everyone was suffering owing to the pandemic, and this was all the more a reason for us to conserve nature. Arjun also spoke of the need to move towards sustainable fashion.

Pfizer offers Covid jabs at 'not-for-profit' price in India

NEW DELHI: US pharma major Pfizer on Thursday offered to supply the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at a "not-for-profit" price, media reports have cited.

National and interfaith leaders join for prayer at Sikh Satsang Gurdawra in Indiapolis

INDIANAPOLIS:Shock-waves continue to ripple through Hoosier Sikhs and our friends across the USA and the other communities in American and around the world, following the mass shooting on April 15 night at the FedEx facility in Indianapolis that claimed eight innocent lives and injured several others.

Oracle's GoldenGate now a cloud-native, fully-managed service

SAN FRANCISCO: Cloud major Oracle on Wednesday announced that it's making GoldenGate, its popular real-time data fabric, available as a highly automated and fully-managed cloud service to help ensure that valuable customer data is always available.

Drug syndicate with links to India, US busted in Canada, 33 held

NEW DELHI: A drug syndicate active in Canada's Ontario, British Columbia and the US' California has been busted with the arrest of 33 people who were charged with over 130 criminal offences, officials said.

Covishield to be sold at Rs 400 to State, Rs 600 to pvt hospitals

NEW DELHI: Covishield will be sold at Rs 400 per dose to the state government and Rs 600 to private hospitals, Serum Institute of India (SII) said on Wednesday. Covishield is known as AstraZeneca vaccine across the world.

Ex-policeman guilty in killing that 'ripped blinders off' US systemic racism

NEW YORK: In a catharsis for a nation rocked by protests and racial tension for nearly a year, a White former policeman has been convicted of murdering an African American man by kneeling on his neck.

Where is the leadership and planning, Priyanka ask Modi

NEW DELHI: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra speaking exclusively to IANS has questioned the government on its response to the rapidly rising Covid numbers in the country. She has accused the government of lack of planning to handle the crisis. Here are some highlights from the rare interview from the Congress party leader.

Vaccine strategy is no less than demonetisation: Rahul

NEW DELHI: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday attacked the Centre's vaccine strategy and alleged it's akin to demonetisation.

Global Covid-19 caseload tops 142.6mn

WASHINGTON: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 142.6 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.04 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

UNGA president reaffirms support for boosting biodiversity

UNITED NATIONS: The president of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Volkan Bozkir, pledged on Tuesday that efforts must be made to make progress on the "Road to Kunming," reaffirming his strong support for boosting biodiversity.

Lockdown should be the last resort: Modi

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday advised the state governments to use lockdown as the last resort to contain the spread of the Covid-19 cases. He said that instead of lockdown, the focus should be on creating 'micro containment zones'.

Kareena to mom Babita: Lolo and I will trouble you forever

MUMBAI: Kareena Kapoor Khan on Tuesday penned a note on the 74th birthday of her mother Babita, whom she tagged as her strength and her world. On a lighter note, she added that her sister Karisma and she would trouble Babita forever.

Kapil, Sachin, Virat among 5 greatest players of ODI era: Wisden

NEW DELHI: Kapil Dev (the 1980s), Sachin Tendulkar (the 1990s) and Virat Kohli (the 2010s) have been named among the five greatest players of the five decades in which ODIs have been played in the 158th Edition of the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2021 that also describes India as "the new masters" of cricket – and heaps praise on its 2-1 victory in the 2020-21 tour of Australia.

'Tapping food processing sector to support agrochem industry'

NEW DELHI: Agrochem company Insecticides (India) Ltd has said that government's focus on the food processing industry will also support the agrochemical industry.

India to be third contributor to global GDP by 2040: US report

NEW DELHI: While China will overtake the United States as the largest economy in the world by 2040, India will be a distant third contributor to the global GDP.

How can he laugh? -- Priyanka Gandhi

NEW DELHI: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has said that she is totally devastated by the pandemic and the news of people dying without any medical support.

Harsh should not have replied ‘So Harshly’ to the sublime suggestions of Dr. Manmohan Singh: Bir Devinder Singh

CHANDIGARH: Former Deputy Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha Bir Devinder Singh has taken serious objection to language and tone of Union Health Minister Harsh Wardhan while replying to letter written by former Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh to Narender Modi.

Monuments dwarfed by encroachments

AGRA: Alhough Agra could not celebrate World Heritage Day on April 18 due to the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, conservationists and green activists have once again highlighted the failure of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to free the string of monuments in the city of encroachments that were seen as a major threat to the health and safety of these precious properties.

$14,000 prize for idea on ocean sustainability

NEW DELHI: To celebrate Earth Day on April 22, the Commonwealth Secretariat and Satellite Applications Catapult are launching the first-ever 'Hack the Planet' competition, in search of innovative, impactful and scalable ideas that will tackle the threats facing communities around the world, linked to ocean degradation and the climate crisis.

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra: People across the world will identify with 'Toofaan'

MUMBAI: Filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra feels his upcoming boxing film "Toofaan" is an underdog tale about "spreading love", which is why the audience is sure to connect with the Farhan Akhtar-starrer.

Global Covid-19 caseload tops 141.8mn

WASHINGTON:The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 141.8 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.02 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

UN chief says China-US cooperation vital

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday said that the cooperation between China and the US is important and expressed the hope that big countries will commit to net zero emissions of greenhouse gases by the middle of this century.

Everyone above 18 eligible for anti-Covid vax from May 1

NEW DELHI: The Union Government on Monday announced that everyone above the age of 18 will be eligible to get a vaccine against Covid-19 from May 1. The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Religious, political parties misused Islam to damage Pakistan: Imran

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has lashed out at political and religious parties in the country for misusing religion for their own personal gains.

Punjab CM gives go ahead to 19 new ITIs, nod to upgrade Guru Gobind Singh institute of skills to University

CHANDIGARH: To upgrade the existing technical education ecosystem in the state, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday gave the go-ahead for 19 new ITIs including one in Beas, with classes to be commenced in the forthcoming session.

Everyone above 18 eligible for anti-Covid vax from May 1

NEW DELHI: The Union Government on Monday announced that everyone above the age of 18 will be eligible to get a vaccine against Covid-19 from May 1. The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Biden summit 'needs' emissions reduction, finance commitments

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden invited 40 world leaders to the Leaders' Summit on Climate on April 22-23.

ICC bans Sri Lanka cricketer Lokuhettige for eight years

DUBAI:Former Sri Lanka ODI and T20 cricketer Dilhara Lokuhettige was on Monday banned from all forms of cricket for eight years after an International Cricket Council (ICC) Anti-Corruption Tribunal found him guilty of breaching the world cricket governing body's Anti-Corruption Code.

What lies behind Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan's challenge to the state?

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's government has been put under a severe challenge and test by an Islamist party, which has wreaked havoc in the country this week with its anti-France protests, demanding the government to expel the French Ambassador and cut all relations with the European nation over blasphemous cariacatures against the Prophet Mohammad.

Urvashi Rautela recalls working with late actor Vivekh

MUMBAI: Actress Urvashi Rautela took to social media on Sunday to mourn the demise of Padma Shri actor Vivekh and recall her experience of working with him in her upcoming Tamil debut film.

China, US to cooperate on climate

BEIJING/WASHINGTON: Following talks between US climate envoy John Kerry and his Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua, the world's two largest producers of greenhouse gases issued a joint statement saying they would cooperate on mitigating climate change.

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