India

  • Salman Khurshid, Prashant Bhushan named in Delhi riots charge sheet's disclosure statements
    New Delhi, September 24 (IANS) : From politicians to lawyers and activists, names of various prominent personalities have come up in the charge sheet filed by the Delhi Police in the Delhi riots case. This includes the name of Congress leader Salman Khurshid and advocate Prashant Bhushan. Their names have come up in the disclosure statement of the former Congress councillor Ishrat Jahan and one accused Khalid Saifi. Such statements are inadmissible under Section 25 of the Indian Evi
  • SC moved for postponing UPSC exam due to Covid-19, floods
    New Delhi, Sep`tember 24 (IANS): A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court, seeking postponement of the Civil Services Examination 2020, slated on October 4, against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic and heavy rain and floods in several parts of the country. Listing the matter for hearing on September 28, a bench of Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and Sanjiv Khanna on Thursday said: "Liberty is granted to serve advance copy on the Standing Counsel for the Union Public Service Com
  • Congress leaders' families in SC: Electronic media bears parallels with 'Nazi Germany'
    New Delhi, September 24 (IANS): Two Congress leaders' families have moved the Supreme Court seeking to intervene in the Sudarshan News case. The families say the present state of the electronic media bears "unhappy and undesirable parallels with Nazi Germany". The applicants include the widow of Congress politician Rajiv Tyagi who died recently of a heart attack after participating in a TV debate, and Congress spokesman Pawan Khera's wife. The applicants urged the
  • Former Atomic Energy Commission chairman succumbs to Covid-19
    Chennai, September 24 (IANS): Noted nuclear scientist Sekhar Basu (68), former Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), passed away on Thursday due to Covid-19 at a private hospital in Kolkata. A Padma Shri awardee, soft-spoken Basu is survived by his wife and son. Prior to becoming the AEC Chairman, Basu was the Director of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC). In the Indian nuclear science circle, the unassuming Basu was te
  • Covid 2nd wave has hit its peak in Delhi: Kejri
    New Delhi, September 24 (PTI): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said the second wave of coronavirus pandemic has hit its peak in the national capital with experts hinting that the cases of infection will decline in the coming days. He said the government was 'keeping its fingers crossed' and hoped that the COVID-19 cases will 'gradually' come down due to the steps taken by the Aam Aadmi Party dispensation. Delhi has been witnessing a surge in the n
  • Non-Personal Data Policy: Citizens cite risks of targeting, surveillance, data misuse
    New Delhi, September 24 (IANS): The citizen feedback on the Non-Personal Data draft policy is not positive as people say there is very little to gain and the risk is of increased targeting, surveillance and data misuse. According to Local Circles, Non-Personal Data draft policy has gotten the dialogue started amongst citizens and businesses, it needs to be revisited considering the findings of a survey. "From a citizen standpoint, there is very little to gain and the risk is of
  • Class 12 compartment exams results by Oct 10: CBSE to SC
    NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 24 (IANS): The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Thursday informed the Supreme Court that it will declare the compartment results for Class 12 students on or before October 10. Even as the counsel for University Grants Commission (UGC) submitted before a bench comprising Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and Sanjiv Khanna that as per its academic calender the admissions will close by October 31. The bench recorded the submissions of the counsel. On Tue
  • Delhi riots: Umar Khalid sent to judicial custody till Oct 22
    NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 24 (IANS): A Delhi court on Thursday sent former Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Umar Khalid, arrested in connection with a case related to the widespread violence which broke out in Delhi's North-East area in February, to judicial custody till October 22. Delhi Police's Special Cell had arrested him on September 13 night under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, following which he was sent to 10 days police custody. He was prod
  • India's COVID-19 tally breaches 57-lakh mark
    New Delhi, September 24 (PTI): India's COVID-19 caseload raced past 57 lakh, while over 46 lakh people have recovered from the disease pushing the national recovery rate to 81.55 per cent, according to the Union health ministry data updated on Thursday. The total coronavirus cases mounted to 57,32,518 with 86,508 people testing positive in a day while the death toll climbed to 91,149 with 1,129 people succumbing to the disease in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am show
  • MoS Railways Suresh Angadi dies of coronavirus
    New Delhi, September 23 (PTI): Minister of State for Railways and Karnataka BJP MP Suresh Angadi passed away on Wednesday, days after he tested positive for COVID-19. The 65-year-old passed away at around 8 pm at the AIIMS trauma centre which has been converted into a dedicated COVID-19 facility, sources at the hospital said. A fourth-term MP from Belagavi, Angadi is the first Union minister to have died of coronavirus. At least six MLAs and three MPs have earlier succumbed to it
  • Modi raises red flag for India's 60 districts with CMs
    NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 23 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday raised a red flag about 60 districts of the country spread across seven states, as far as their handling of the current pandemic is concerned. The PM emphasised upon the need for better communication and staying alert against those spreading rumours. "There are more than 700 districts in the country.However, only 60 districts in 7 states are a cause of worry," said the Prime Minister. He sugges
  • Parliament passes FCRA Bill making Aaadhar mandatory for NGOs amid opposition boycott
    New Delhi, September 23 (IANS): The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday passed a Bill sans opposition making Aadhaar mandatory for registration of organisations receiving foreign funds, and also to give the government powers to stop utilisation of foreign funds by an organisation through a "summary enquiry". The Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2020, which seeks an amendment to the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010, proposes to include "public servants
  • Congress in Telangana to stage protests over new farm laws
    HYDERABAD, SEPTEMBER 23 (IANS): The opposition Congress party in Telangana will stage state-wide protests on September 25 against the farm bills passed by the Parliament. Protest demonstrations will be held in all district headquarters and Assembly constituencies to demand the Centre to withdraw the "anti-farmer" legislation. Ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and the Congress have common ground in opposing the farm bills. While the TRS protest is confined to the Pa
  • Heavy rain cuts off Bengal-Sikkim highway after landslides
    KOLKATA, SEPTEMBER 23 (IANS): Multiple landslides due to heavy rain have resulted in the closing of a stretch of a national highway that connects Sikkim with Darjeeling district of West Bengal, resulting in massive traffic jams, officials said on Wednesday. The NH-10 connects Sikkim's capital Gangtok to Kalimpong district and Siliguri town. An orange alert has also been sounded by the MeT department in Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts of West Bengal and in neighbouring Sikkim
  • NIA sleuths found secret arms manufacturing unit at Abu Sufian's residence: Sources
    KOLKATA, SEPTEMBER 23 (IANS): The National Investigation Agency (NIA) sleuths have found a secret arms manufacturing unit at Abu Sufiyan's residence at Raninagar in Domkal subdivision of West Bengal's Murshidabad district, sources said. Earlier, NIA officials on Sunday night had also conducted a raid at the house of Abu Sufiyan, one of the six Al-Qaeda members arrested from Murshidabad, and questioned his family members. They had also seized electrical circuits and other dev
  • Feeling the heat, Vijayan may take legal action against media
    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, September 23 (IANS): After facing the heat from the media in various high profile cases, the ruling Pinarayi Vijayan government decided at a state cabinet meeting on Wednesday to take action against the mediapersons. Advice was sought from the legal authorities on the way forward and it has been decided to take legal action under the CrPC, said sources. The Vijayan government faced flak after a fire broke out in the General Administration Department (GAD) in t
  • India with over 56L Covid cases, goes past 90K deaths
    New Delhi, September 23 (IANS): India's tally on Wednesday crossed 56 lakh cases following a spike of 83,347 fresh coronavirus infections reported in 24 hours, according to data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. There were 1,085 new deaths as the toll in past more than eight months reached 90,020 and the total cases mounted to 56,46,010. India is the second worst hit country by the pandemic just behind the US, where they have recorded 2 lakh deaths. Out of th
  • Privacy concerns as India pushes digital health plan, ID
    Digitisation of medical records and a Health ID for every Indian citizen raise privacy and surveillance concerns September 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India's government is using the coronavirus pandemic to push its plan to digitise the health records and data of its 1.3 billion people, despite concerns about privacy and increased surveillance, technology and human rights experts say. India's number of confirmed coronavirus cases have topped 5.4 million according to
  • Video shows Chinese soldiers crying as they allegedly head to Sino-India border
    New Delhi, September 23 (ANI): A video has surfaced on social media in which a group of young People's Liberation Army soldiers are seen sobbing while heading towards the India-China border at Ladakh to face the Indian Army, amid the tensions between the two countries. On September 20, Pakistani comedian Zaid Hamid posted a video on Facebook, wherein several PLA recruits are seen crying on a bus as they are being transferred to the border area in Ladakh. The troops are strugg
  • Daily Covid recoveries more than new cases for 4th day: Govt
    New Delhi, September 22 (PTI): With India recording the highest number of COVID-19 recoveries in the world, the government on Tuesday said that for the past four consecutive days the number of daily recovered cases surpassed the new infections reported per day. Addressing a press briefing, Union Health Ministry Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said India has the highest number of recovered cases in the world at 44,97,867. "India's COVID-19 cases share is 17.7 per cent of global