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Colin Powell, who broke US racial barriers in politics, military, dies at 84

The son of Jamaican immigrants, he showcased America's opportunities for immigrant families. Growing up in the impoverished Harlem section of New York City, he attended a local college where he excelled in the Reserve Officers Training Corps -- the equivalent of the NCC -- leading to a distinguished army career that led him to the military's highest position of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He served two tours of duty as a young military officer in Vietnam winning several military h

18 Oct 2021 9:20 pm
AI data offers reliable 14 day Covid admissions forecast

Stockholm, Oct 18 (IANS) Forecasting the daily number of near-term Covid-19 admissions has been a vital part of hospital planning during the pandemic. New research has now shown that artificial intelligence (AI) and mobile network data can help deliver an accurate forecasting model of near-term Covid-19 patient admissions 14-to-21 days ahead of time. The AI model developed by telecommunications companies Ericsson, Telia was put to trial in Swedish hospitals. The AI experts first developed and tu

18 Oct 2021 9:01 pm
All he would be looking for is to win the T20 competition: Gambhir on Kohli

Mumbai, Oct 18 (IANS) Former India opener Gautam Gambhir said that captain Virat Kohli will be looking to win the ICC mens T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman. He added that he was sure the Indian team would look to do well as India havent won the event after winning the inaugural edition in 2007. The tournament marks the last time Kohli will be leading India in T20Is. All he would be looking for is to win the T20 competition and I'm sure that the entire team will be looking to do that as well bec

18 Oct 2021 5:01 pm
1st polio vaccination drive in Afghanistan since Taliban takeover (Ld)

Kabul, Oct 18 (IANS) A country-wide polio vaccination drive will begin in Afghanistan on November 8 for the first time since the Taliban took over the country in August, the Unicef announced on Monday. In the years after the Taliban was overthrown in 2001 by a US-led coalition, vaccination campaigns made much progress in the country. However, as the Taliban made inroads again, door-to-door visits by polio workers had been banned in Afghanistan, for three years now. The World Health Organization

18 Oct 2021 4:20 pm
More Indians prioritise audio quality while purchasing smartphones

New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) Audio quality is the top-most driver (69 per cent) influencing consumer smartphone purchases in India, ahead of battery (65 per cent) and camera (63 per cent), a study showed on Monday. The digital natives (in the age group of 18-24 years) are the most active content consumers, spending more than 20 hours per week online on audio consumption. According to the study by market research firm CyberMedia Research (CMR) in collaboration with Dolby, over the past year, audio ha

18 Oct 2021 4:01 pm
1st polio vaccination drive in Afghanistan since Taliban takeover

Kabul, Oct 18 (IANS) A country-wide polio vaccination drive will begin in Afghanistan on November 8 for the first time since the Taliban took over the country in August, the Unicef announced on Monday. The World Health Organization (WHO) and Unicef welcome the decision by the Taliban, who support the resumption of house-to-house drive across the country, the agency said in a statement. The campaign will be the first in over three years to reach all children in Afghanistan, including more than 3.

18 Oct 2021 2:00 pm
NZ increases support to countries vulnerable to climate emergency: PM

Wellington, Oct 18 (IANS) The New Zealand government is making a four-fold increase in the support it provides to countries most vulnerable to the climate emergency, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday. New Zealand will provide NZ$1.3 billion ($921 million) over four years to support countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, she said in the lead up to the UN climate conference in Glasgow, reports Xinhua news agency. The investment will support clean energy projects in

18 Oct 2021 1:40 pm
Pokemon Unite emerges as most downloaded mobile game worldwide for Sep

San Francisco, Oct 18 (IANS) Pokemon Unite from The Pokemon Company, in collaboration with Tencent, emerged as the most downloaded mobile game worldwide for September 2021 with approximately 33 million installs. According to Sensor Tower, the countries with the most installs of the app during this period were the US at 21.8 per cent of its total downloads and Brazil at 12 per cent. The full top 10 ranking of mobile games worldwide by downloads for September 2021 is above. Destiny Run from Voodoo

18 Oct 2021 12:21 pm
ADIF, CAIT condemn Amazon's 'predatory' practices to kill Indian brands

New Delhi: The Alliance of Digital India Foundation (ADIF) and the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) on Thursday condemned Amazon's predatory playbook of allegedly copying, rigging and killing Indian brands, urging the Centre for timely intervention. On Wednesday, a Reuters report revealed that Amazon team in India secretly exploited internal data from to copy products sold by other companies, and then offered them on its platform, and also igged Amazon's search results so tha

18 Oct 2021 11:07 am
Anti-Corruption department raids locations of former Tamil Nadu minister

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], October 18 (ANI): The Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) Wing in Tamil Nadu on Monday conducted raids at locations of former state health minister C Vijayabaskar in connection with disproportionate assets case. The search operation began early in the morning. Further details are awaited. Vijayabaskar's residence was earlier searched by the Income Tax department in May 2017. Several income tax officials raided Vijayabaskar's Greenways Road residence

18 Oct 2021 9:30 am
India-Pak T20 World Cup match 'should be reconsidered', says Giriraj Singh

Jodhpur (Rajasthan) [India], October 18 (ANI): Union Minister Giriraj Singh has said that the cricket match between India and Pakistan in the T20 World Cup should be reconsidered as the ties between both countries are ot good. I think if relations (between India and Pakistan) are not good then this should be reconsidered, Singh told reporters here when asked if the India-Pakistan match should take place in the wake of targeted killings in Jammu and Kashmir. The much-awaited high-octane clash be

18 Oct 2021 9:30 am
Palestinian president calls on international community, US to end Israeli occupation

Gaza [Palestine], October 18 (ANI/Xinhua): Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned on Sunday that the situation in the Palestinian territories has become unbearable due to the Israeli violations, reported the official news agency WAFA. He called on the United States to turn its words on the cause of Palestine into deeds and urged the international community to move quickly to end the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. Abbas made the remarks during a meeting with Palestinian bu

18 Oct 2021 7:25 am
Lakhimpur Kheri incident: Farmer union calls for 'rail-roko' agitation today demanding MoS Teni's resignation

New Delhi [India], October 18 (ANI): The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) has called for a six-hour-long nationwide 'Rail roko' agitation on Monday demanding the removal of Union Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni from the Union Cabinet over the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, in which his son Ashish Mishra Teni is an accused. A statement issued by the umbrella body of farmers' unions on Sunday read, To press for its demand for Ajay Mishra's dismissal and arrest, so that justice can

18 Oct 2021 5:30 am
Nitish Kumar plays Muslim card ahead of Bihar by-elections

Patna, Oct 17 (IANS) Ahead of the crucial October 30 Assembly bypolls, Bihar's ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) on Sunday sought to woo the Muslim community as both the Tarapur and Kusheshwar Asthan constituencies have sizable numbers of Muslim voters. No one would dare to look up askance at the Muslim community until Nitish Kumar is in the power. After Independence, whatever development works have been done for the Muslim community, the contribution of Nitish Kumar is maximum. That is the reason

17 Oct 2021 10:40 pm
Two bike riders fall off Gurugram flyover, one dead

Gurugram, Oct 17 (IANS) Two youths, returning from Delhi, fell off the flyover near Iffco Chowk on the Delhi-Jaipur Expressway after their bike rammed its wall at a high speed, police said on Sunday. One youth died in the accident, while the other youth is in a private hospital in a critical condition. According to the police, Mohammad Zaid, a resident of Haryana's Mewat, and Mohammad Sayyed-ul-Rehman, a resident of Jammu and Kashmir, were coming towards Gurugram from Delhi at around 11.30 p.m.

17 Oct 2021 8:40 pm
Mumbai records zero Covid deaths, for first time in 20 months

Mumbai, Oct 17 (IANS) Notching an achievement, Mumbai on Sunday reported zero Covid-19 deaths, for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic gripped the city around 20 months ago in March 2020. The city also recorded 367 new cases, while 518 fully recovered patients went home on Sunday. Presently, 5,030 active cases still remain in the city as the health authorities heave a sigh of relief. Covid-19 scarred the country's commercial capital considerably with 751,293 total infections till date and

17 Oct 2021 7:40 pm
Warning in China of twindemic of Covid combined with influenza in winter

New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) China's National Health Commission has warned of a potential windemic this winter and it stresses influenza prevention as flu activity in the southern provinces has increased since September with the flu season approaching and the remaining high risk of imported Covid-19 infections, Global Times reported. Autumn and winter are the two seasons with high incidence of respiratory infections such as influenza. The health commission released a notification to strengthen infl

17 Oct 2021 7:20 pm
Twin teens fall to death from 25th floor in Ghaziabad

New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) Twin brothers, both 14-year-olds, died after accidentally falling from their balcony on the 25th floor, near here in Ghaziabad, an official said here on Sunday. The official told IANS that the incident occurred at around 1 a.m. in the night. Apart from the two children, their mother was also present in the house located in Prateek Grand Society, Siddharth Vihar in Ghaziabad. We received the information about the incident at around 1.05 a.m. after which a team of cops was

17 Oct 2021 3:20 pm
IS says it will target Shia Muslims everywhere

New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) The Islamic State (IS) terror group has said that they will attack Shia Muslims everywhere, Khaama Press reported. The group's Al-Naba weekly has published the warning on Saturday, which adds that Shia Muslims will be targeted in their homes and centre. The warning came a day after the terror group's Khorasan branch (IS-K) carried out the twin bombings inside the Shia mosque in Kandahar, that claimed the lives of 63 people while injuring 83 others. Friday's attack took p

17 Oct 2021 3:20 pm
Iraqi cleric sets conditions for dealing with US if he takes office

Baghdad, Oct 17 (IANS) Iraq's prominent Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has set several conditions to deal with the US if his Sadrist Movement takes office. One of the conditions is that the diplomatic relations between the US and Iraq should be state-to-state with full sovereignty, al-Sadr tweeted on Saturday, after his party appeared the frontrunner in the October 10 parliamentary elections. Al-Sadr noted that the talks should be serious about the US troops' withdrawal from Iraq, reports Xinhua ne

17 Oct 2021 2:40 pm
China tests nuclear-capable hypersonic missile: Report

Beijing [China], October 17 (ANI): China allegedly carried out its first-ever test of a uclear capable hypersonic missile taking by surprise US intelligence, according to a report in a UK-based newspaper. Citing the UK daily, NHK World reported that China carried out a test on a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile in August. According to the newspaper, the missile flew through low-orbit space before cruising toward its target. It missed the target but the test is said to show astounding progress

17 Oct 2021 2:25 pm