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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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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Ghata Paribartan fiasco: SJTA action refreshes tiff over Daru selection

Puri: The initiation of action against 11 Srimandir servitors with regard to the Ghata Paribartan fiasco of 2015 has triggered allegations and counter-allegations between a Maharana (carpenter) servitor and Daita Niyog. Senior Maharana servitor Krushna Chandra Maharana Wednesday claimed that the Daru (holy logs) selected for the construction of idols during the Nabakalebara festival were not up to the mark. “We had raised the issue with then Shree Jagannath temple chief...

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Wife of Malaysia’s former PM Najib charged with two counts of graft

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Thursday accused Rosmah Mansor, the wife of former Prime Minister Najib Razak, on charges of soliciting and receiving bribes involving a sum of 189 million ringgit ($45.12 million) to help a company secure a government project. Rosmah Mansor, wife of Malaysia's former Prime Minister Najib Razak, arrives to give a statement to the Malaysian...

Ollywood actress alleges ‘harassment’ by director

Bhubaneswar: A hotel in Bhubaneswar was amid chaos during the audio release of an Odia movie Wednesday night. The actress of the movie, Elsa Ghosh leveled mental harassment charges against the director. A video footage of the incident has gone viral on social media. According to sources, during the audio release ceremony of the upcoming movie ‘Tu...

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk participates in a "fireside chat" at the National League of Cities (NLC) 2018 City Summit in Los Angeles, California, U.S. November 8, 2018. REUTERS

Elon Musk’s ‘Teslaquila’ drink faces clash with Mexican tequila industry

MEXICO CITY: Tesla Inc co-founder Elon Musk and Mexico’s tequila producers could be headed for a collision after the agave-based drink’s industry group opposed the flamboyant billionaire’s efforts to trademark an alcoholic drink dubbed “Teslaquila.” One of the world’s richest people and chief executive of Tesla, Musk is known for ambitious and cutting-edge projects ranging from auto...

Employees enter a Yes Bank branch at its headquarters in Mumbai, January 17, 2018. REUTERS

Yes Bank sinks; chairman’s departure heightens concerns

Yes Bank Ltd shares fell sharply Thursday, a day after non-executive independent chairman Ashok Chawla resigned, further fuelling the uncertainty over the management of the country’s fifth largest private-sector lender. Employees enter a Yes Bank branch at its headquarters Mumbai, January 17, 2018. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files Yes Bank shares fell as much as 9.1 percent to 202.25 rupees,...

GSAT-29 communication satellite orbit raised

Chennai: India's latest communication satellite GSAT-29's orbit was successfully raised Thursday by firing its motors for 4,875 seconds, said the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The first of its scheduled three orbit raising operations was successfully carried out by firing the liquid apogee motor on board the satellite, it said. The motor was fired at 8.34 a.m....

112-year-old Chacha Nehru School gives Children Day a miss

Berhampur: A 112-year-old school in the silk city, showed a stark departure from norm when it did not celebrate Children’s Day this year and defaulted its century old tradition. Sishu Diwas or Children’s Day has been celebrated in the school since its inception for the strong reason that it has been named after Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the...

Instagram’s new feature to track users’ time spent on the app

San Francisco: Facebook-owned photo-messaging app Instagram is now rolling out its own "Your Activity" feature that would track how much time users spend on the app. The feature, which lies inside the "hamburger" icon on the upper right corner of your profile page, includes tools for setting daily time limits and the option to temporarily mute push...

Sub-Division status eludes Muniguda

Muniguda: The residents alleged that the state government has been showing an apathetic attitude to their demands for sub-division status to Muniguda. The state government had provided Notified Area Council (NAC) status to Muniguda, Baliguda and Dharmagarh. While the mechanism has started functioning at Baliguda and Dharmagarh, there was no luck for Muniguda yet. Locals alleged there...

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’: A sugar-coated memento (REVIEW)

Film: "Bohemian Rhapsody" Director: Bryan Singer Cast: Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Allen Leech, Tom Hollander and Mike Myers Rating: 3 Stars The film "Bohemian Rhapsody" gets its name from one of the most iconic songs of the unconventional, British rock band Queen and is aptly used to portray the...

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