Omicron as ‘Variant under Investigation’

LONDON:A new form of Omicron named BA.2 has been designated a "variant under investigation", with 426 cases of the Covid-19 strain's sub-lineage confirmed in Britain, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said. "Overall, the original Omicron lineage, BA.1, is dominant…

Nation

6 Dead, 23 Injured in Massive Fire at Mumbai High-rise

MUMBAI:At least six persons were killed and 23 others injured in a major fire that broke out on the 19th floor of a residential building in Tardeo area of central…

Delhi Police Busts Illegal Arms Factory in Aligarh

NEW DELHI:An illegal arms factory that was manufacturing around 1,000 weapons per year was busted by Delhi Police in Uttar Pradesh's Aligarh district and one man was apprehended in this…

Maju Varghese Quits as White House Military Office Head

NEW YORK:Indian-origin Maju Varghese is leaving his position as the director of the White House Military Office, according to a media report quoting him. "Right now, it's best for me…

Kerala

Beypore Water Fest Fascinates French Team

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:The pioneering Beypore Water Fest that concluded ahead of the New Year has added a new event from Kerala on the global tourism map, earning plaudits from domestic and foreign…

Noted Malayalam Actor G.K.Pillai Dead at 97

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:Thespian actor G.K.Pillai, who donned the grease paint in Malayalam films besides Television serials for well over six decades, passed away on Friday, industry sources said. He was 97. He…

Article

The Hopeful Reforms; Decriminalisation of Cheques & Amendments in Labour Law

By Adv Mehb NawasYab Legal GroupWith the change in the law on January 2 next year, check bounce cases due…

Shipping Industry – Needs more Agility to Overcome the Current Challenges

By Rajiv TheodoreMaritime shipping has been one of the world’s oldest industries dating back to tens of thousands of years.…

Entertainment

Mud Race Film ‘Muddy’ to be Streamed in Amazon Prime

KOCHI:The adventurous action thriller film 'Muddy' will be streamed on Amazon Prime Video from December 31, 2021. India's first 4X4 mud race thriller was released…

IMAX Signs Deal with Broadway for IMAX Theatre at Coimbatore

NEW YORK:IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) and Broadway Megaaplex today announced that they have signed an agreement to develop a new IMAX theatre in Coimbatore, India, at…

Business

L&T Dispatches World’s Largest Coke Drums to Mexico

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:The Heavy Engineering arm of Larsen & Toubro, dispatched six of the World’s largest Coke Drums weighing 658 Tons each for a refinery project in Mexico ordered by PTI Infraestructura de Desarrollo, (PTI-ID), a subsidiary of the Mexico’s state-owned oil…

SBI Life Insurance Registers New Business Premium of Rs 18,791 Crores

KOCHI:SBI Life Insurance, one of the leading life insurers in the country registered a New Business Premium of Rs 18,791 crores for the period ended on 31 st December, 2021 vis-à-vis Rs 14,437 crores for the period ended December 31,…

Automobile

Hero Electric and Mahindra & Mahindra Announce Strategic Partnership

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI:Hero Electric, India’s No.1 EV company and the Mahindra Group today announced their collaborative intent as part of Hero’s growth and expansion plans to…

Hero Centre for Innovation & Technology (CIT) Achieves ‘Greenco Platinum’ Rating

CHENNAI:True to its commitment of creating a sustainable future, Hero MotoCorp, world's largest two-wheeler manufacturer, has been conferred the coveted ‘GreenCo Platinum’ rating for Hero…

Travel

Kerala Tourism to Hold Expo of Tourist Caravans

KANNUR:Kerala Tourism will display three tourist caravans for major national tour operators, who are visiting Malabar under the ‘Fam 2…

Education

BYJU’S And The Akshaya Patra Foundation Join Forces To Support Underprivileged Students

BENGALURU:BYJU’S, the world’s leading edtech company, has partnered with The Akshaya Patra Foundation in an endeavor to strengthen its mission…

Food

Taco Bell Teams up with Microsoft

KOCHI:Taco Bell,the world's leading Mexican-inspired restaurant brand, partners with Microsoft’sXboxto provide consumers with yet another novel experience. Thisspecial initiative brings…

Political News

I was Never a Politician: Metroman Sreedharan Quits Politics

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:In a surprise move, Metroman E.Sreedharan on Thursday said he was quitting from active politics. Speaking to the media at…

TRS Makes Clean Sweep in Telangana Council Polls

HYDERABAD:The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) made a clean sweep in the biennial elections to six seats of the Legislative…

Repeal of Farm Laws will Help in Forthcoming Assembly Polls, feels BJP

NEW DELHI:The BJP believes that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement to repeal three farm laws will help the party in…

Sudheeran Now Quits as Congress Member as Well

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:Just days after top Congress leader from Kerala, V.M.Sudheeran stepped down from the political affairs committee (PAC) of the party,…

Agriculture

Minimum Support Price (MSP) for Copra for 2022 Season Announced

KOCHI:The MSP for Fair Average Quality (FAQ) of milling copra has been increased to Rs10,590/- per quintal for 2022 season…

Milma Extends Subsidy on Cattle Feed till Jan 31

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:Milma has extended the Subsidy on its two premium brands of cattle feed as a New Year gift to all…

Technology Updates

ISRO & OPPO India Collaborates To Provide NavIC Application

NEW DELHI:Indian Space Research Organisation, Department of Space, Government of India signs an MoU with OPPO India to strengthen the…

KSUM’s VST IoT Comes up with Anti-virus Mask Ahead of School Reopening

KOCHI:VST IoT Solutions under Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) has launched a special mask that can kill viruses in five seconds…

Career

CUSAT: Student Counsellor Vacancy

KOCHI:Cochin University of Science and Technology has invited applications for the appointment of Student Counsellor. The appointment will be on…

UNICEF India & YuWaah’s Call for the Second Batch of Young People’s Action Team

KOCHI:UNICEF India and YuWaah are calling entries for the second batch of their youth advisory, or Young People’s Action Team…

World

Maju Varghese Quits as White House Military Office Head

NEW YORK:Indian-origin Maju Varghese is leaving his position as the director of the White House Military Office, according to a…

Omicron as ‘Variant under Investigation’

LONDON:A new form of Omicron named BA.2 has been designated a "variant under investigation", with 426 cases of the Covid-19…