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Netaji Museum ‘fails’ to woo visitors

Puri: Netaji Museum, the ancestral house of legendary freedom fighter Subhas Chandra Bose at Gopalballav Road here, has failed to draw visitors, thanks to lack of will power of the administration for its publicity. After a long legal tangle, the museum was inaugurated by then Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Maheswar Mohanty in January 2019. “The Holy City witnesses a footfall of thousands of visitors from across the globe on a...

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India slowdown to push down gobal growth: IMF

Washington: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Monday trimmed back its 2020 global growth forecasts due to sharper-than-expected slowdowns in India and other emerging markets but said a US-China trade deal was another sign that trade and manufacturing activity may soon bottom out. The IMF said global growth would reach 3.3% in 2020, compared to 2.9% in 2019, which was the slowest pace since the financial crisis a decade ago. Estimates for...

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India ranks low at 76 on Social Mobility Index

Davos: India has been ranked very low at 76th place out of 82 countries on a new Social Mobility Index compiled by the World Economic Forum, while Denmark has topped the charts. The report, released ahead of the 50th Annual Meeting of the WEF, also lists India among the five countries that stand to gain the most from a better social mobility score that seeks to measure parameters necessary for creating...

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Nirbhaya’s father urges SC to frame guidelines on number of pleas convict can file

New Delhi: Nirbhaya’s father has urged the Supreme Court to frame guidelines on the number of pleas a convict can file so that time-bound justice can be delivered, claiming that the four death row convicts in the 2012 gangrape and murder case were employing ‘delaying tactics’ by filing petitions. Nirbhaya’s mother also said the convicts were wasting the ‘court’s time’. Their remarks came after the Supreme Court rejected Monday the plea...

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Concern over dwindling tourist footfall in Ratnagiri  

Ratnagiri: Despite measures to attract tourists from South Asia and Southeast Asia to the Buddhist triangle, known as Diamond Triangle of Ratnagiri, Lalitgiri and Udayagiri, the ground reality evinces a different tale. Ratnagiri hills under Bari block of Jajpur district can be taken as a case in point. Several tourists and locals have alleged that funds sanctioned...

Three rockets hit near US embassy in Baghdad, say security sources

Baghdad: Three rockets hit near the US embassy in the Iraqi capital’s high-security Green Zone, security sources said, with no immediate reports of casualties. Sirens could be heard across the zone immediately after the rockets made impact. The US has blamed Iran-backed paramilitary groups for a spate of similar attacks in recent months on the Green Zone,...

VSSUT to sign MoU with ISRO

Sambalpur: The Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT), Burla, is likely to sign an MoU with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) soon for setting up of an innovation-cum-incubation centre here. Acording to VSSUT Vice-Chancellor, the MoU is likely to be signed sometime in February-end or first week of March. But it is to be cleared first...

Is your baby less active? Then you must read this!

New York: Parents, please take note. Researchers have revealed that less active infants may accumulate more fat, which in turn may put them at risk for obesity later in life. For the study, published in the journal Obesity, researchers tracked the physical activity levels of 506 infants using small ankle-worn accelerometers for four days per tracking period...

Now Aurangabad village seeks funds claiming Saibaba was first spotted there

Aurangabad: Amid a row over the actual birthplace of Saibaba, villagers of Dhoopkheda in Maharashtra's Aurangabad district have demanded funds to the tune of Rs 50 crore for development of the place claiming that the 19th century saint had been first spotted in their village. Terming Dhoopkheda as Saibaba’s ‘Prakatbhoomi’ or the land where he was spotted...

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Japan, Odisha to come together for cultural confluence

Puri: The land of Lord Jagannath will don the rare look of a mini Japan while celebrating two-day Odisha-Japan festival 8th and 9th February (Sat & Sun) at Jagannath stadium, CT road here. The free-entry event will continue from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. The event will be inaugurated by Masayuki Taga, the Consul General of Japan in Kolkata...

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All-seeing State

According to a recent judgement of the Supreme Court of India, we the citizens are entitled to enjoy privacy as a fundamental right. But the biggest violator of this right, apparently, is the State itself. In a world where our smartphones are snooping on us each second and extracting data in multiple forms, be it video, audio,...

 

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