Free smartphones for women SHGs

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to make women digitally empowered, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Wednesday said the state will provide free smartphones to all women self-help groups under Mission Shakti. Addressing a seminar on women entrepreneurship at Make in Odisha Conclave here, Naveen said, “Women in Odisha have come a long...

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Khashoggi killing: Saudis seek death penalty for 5

Riyadh: Saudi prosecutors said Thursday that they have requested the death penalty for five people who they say were involved in murdering Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. A total of 11 people were charged, the Saudi Public Prosecutor's office said, adding that the five people facing capital punishment were directly involved in "ordering and executing the crime", according to a report in CNN. Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and a critic of...

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Cold ‘super-Earth’ exoplanet discovered orbiting nearby star

London: An international team of researchers have discovered a cold super-Earth exoplanet orbiting around the red dwarf Barnard -- the second closest star system to Earth. The new planet candidate, called Barnard's star b (or GJ 699 b), is a super-Earth with a minimum of 3.2 Earth masses. It orbits its red star every 233 days near the snow-line, a distance where water freezes. Lacking atmosphere, its temperature is likely to...

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California wildfires toll climbs to 58, over 130 missing

San Francisco: The death toll from the three raging wildfires in California has increased to 58, while authorities have continued their search for more human remains and also track down 130 people who remain unaccounted for. The majority of the missing were reported from the town of Paradise, where the Northern California's Camp Fire, deemed as the worst wildfire in the US state's history, started on the morning November 8, CNN...

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Key Indian equity indices open in green

Mumbai: The key Indian equity market indices Thursday opened in green but on a flat note following a muted trend in global markets. The Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the BSE, which had closed at 35,141.99 Wednesday, opened marginally higher at 35,145.75. Minutes into trading, it was quoting at 35,166.56, up by 24.57 points, or 0.07 per cent. At the National Stock Exchange (NSE), the broader 50-scrip Nifty, which had closed at...

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Rahul targets Modi over Rafale: “Watchman sold out”

New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi Thursday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi questioning if the pact to buy 36 Rafale jets from France was at all a government-to-government deal. "The latest skeleton to tumble out of the Rafale cupboard: No guarantee by the French government backing the deal. "But, our Prime Minister says there's a letter from...

PM May battles to save Brexit deal as ministers quit

LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May battled Thursday to save a draft divorce deal with the European Union after her Brexit secretary and other ministers quit in protest at an agreement they say will trap Britain in the bloc’s orbit for years. Just over 12 hours after May announced that her team of top ministers had agreed to...

Khashoggi killing: Saudis seek death penalty for 5

Riyadh: Saudi prosecutors said Thursday that they have requested the death penalty for five people who they say were involved in murdering Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. A total of 11 people were charged, the Saudi Public Prosecutor's office said, adding that the five people facing capital punishment were directly involved in "ordering and executing the crime", according...

Sensex up 118 points, Nifty ends at 10,616

Mumbai: Broadly positive global cues along with recovery in the domestic currency helped the key Indian equity indices to end with gains Thursday as the BSE Sensex closed 118 points higher and the Nifty ending at 10,616. Healthy buying was witnessed in finance, banking and realty stocks, while telecom lost 1.16 per cent, most among all the...

Campaigning picks up for Mizoram Assembly polls

Aizawl: Electioneering has gained momentum in Mizoram for the upcoming assembly polls with candidates trying to woo voters under the supervision of a church-backed election watchdog. Elections to the 40-member Mizoram Assembly will be held November 28. Mizoram is the only northeastern state where the Congress is in power and the BJP is keen on making inroads...

Rajnath jibes at Afridi’s remark

Raipur: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Thursday made light of Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi's comment on Kashmir, saying "what he said is right". "They (Pakistani government) are not able to manage Pakistan. How can they manage Kashmir? Kashmir was, is and will be a part of India," Singh said during his two-day campaign in Chhattisgarh. In a viral...

Alert in Punjab after terrorists ‘sneak in’

Chandigarh: The counter intelligence wing of Punjab Police Thursday put the state on high alert about the presence of at least half-a-dozen terrorists belonging to Pakistan-based group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in the state and said they could be moving towards the national capital. The reports suggest that the terrorists entered India from the international border in Ferozepur area....

Why music is used as a potential sleep aid?

London: Besides its potential to help reduce anxiety as well as the negative effects of physical pain, a new study suggests that music might serve as a cheap, non-pharmaceutical sleep aid for people facing difficulty in getting proper sleep. Sleep loss is a widespread problem and poses serious physical and economic consequences. However, there is a lack...

Teacher’s oration on ‘Netaji’ for Children’s Day

Govindapali/Mathili: Kadaguda Primary School under Khairaput block in Malkangiri district Wednesday observed Children’s Day in a very different way by remembering Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. This is an indication of how the teachers upon whom the responsibility of shaping the society rests, are imparting education in rural pockets. Inside a class room, a portrait of Pandit Jawaharlal...

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