India

  • With 97,570 new cases India's single day surge highest
    New Delhi, September 12 (IANS): India on Saturday once again recorded an unprecedented spike in a single day as 97,570 fresh Covid cases were recorded taking the total tally to 46,59,984, the Union Health Ministry data revealed. It is more than double the single day spike in the US, which is the only country ahead of India. There were 1,201 deaths reported in the past 24 hours, with the toll reaching 77,472 so far. Out of the total cases, 9,58,316 are active, 36,24,196 have re
  • Sonia brings a dissenter into special panel, reshuffles CWC
    New Delhi, September 11 (IANS): In wake of the August 24 CWC meet held after a section of Congress leaders demanded party reforms, Congress' interim President Sonia Gandhi has set up a special six-member panel to assist her and accommodated one of the "dissenters" in it, while reconstituting the Working Committee - the party's highest decision-making body. "Congress President has constituted a special committee, with following members to assist the Congress Pr
  • Loyalists, Team Rahul score big in Congress rejig
    New Delhi, September 11 (IANS): Congress' interim chief Sonia Gandhi on Friday set up a special committee to assist her in operational and organisational matters, reshuffled the Congress Working Committee and and appointed General Secretaries and state in-charges with loyalists dominating the restructuring which bore a visible stamp of Rahul Gandhi. In the special committee which will function till the leadership election is held at the next party session, only Mukul Wasnik, amo
  • DGCA asks IndiGo to take action against passengers breaking flight rules
    NEW DELHI, September 11 (Reuters):  India's airline regulator on Friday asked IndiGo, the country's largest airline, to take action against passengers that broke flying rules while chasing a Bollywood actress onboard an aircraft, a government official told Reuters. Actress Kangana Ranaut, who has been in the limelight lately due to a tussle with the ruling political party in the western state of Maharashtra, was traveling from the northern city of Chandigarh to Mum
  • Maharashtra exceeds 1 million coronavirus cases, rivalling Russia, stifling recovery
    MUMBAI, September 11 (Reuters): India's biggest and richest state, Maharashtra, recorded its millionth coronavirus infection on Friday, putting it on par with Russia in the pandemic and stifling India's attempts to turn around an economic plummet. Cases in the western state, home to financial capital Mumbai, passed 1 million as infections have been rising some 20,000 a day recently. If it were a country, the state would now rival Russia for the fourth-highest caseload g
  • EC: Candidates must publicise criminal background thrice
    New Delhi, September 11 (IANS):The Election Commission (EC) on Friday decided that candidates as well as political parties will publish details of criminal antecedents, if any, in newspapers and television thrice, regarding candidates nominated by them. Articulating the specific manner in which it needs to be done, the EC stated that the first publicity needs to be done within the first four days of the last date of withdrawal of candidature, while the second publicity must be done
  • Students to study NEP curriculum in 2022: PM
    New Delhi, September 11 (PTI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that students will study under a new curriculum drawn from the National Education Policy when the country celebrates its 75th year of Independence in 2022, and asserted that the curriculum will be "forward-looking, future ready and scientific". Addressing a conclave on "School Education in 21st Century" under the NEP 2020, Modi also emphasised on the need for children to study in their mot
  • Rahul Gandhi makes first appearance at defence panel meet
    New Delhi, September 11 (IANS): Amid the India-China faceoff, Congress former President Rahul Gandhi for the first time attended the meeting of the Standing Committee on Defence on Friday. Rahul Gandhi has been a vocal critic of the government policy on China. After being criticised by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for not attending the meetings, this was the Congress leader's first appearance since he was nominated to the Committee. Rahul Gandhi in a tweet said, &q
  • Millions of COVID-19 cases went undetected in India, research paper estimates
    MUMBAI, September 11 (Reuters) - Millions of coronavirus cases may have gone undetected in India earlier this year, a research paper estimates, saying that for every confirmed case in May, there were 82 to 130 infections that were not recorded. The paper, published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research, estimated that the country had nearly 6.5 million cases as early as May. Total cases stood at more than 180,000 in late May, according to the health ministry. Infections
  • Engage in critical thinking, Modi advises students
    New Delhi, September 11 (IANS): Emphasising on the need to impart learning in a language that a student understands, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday asked students to engage in critical thinking and study new things. The Prime Minister said that the new 'mantra' for new-age learning is 'Engage, Explore, Experience, Express, and Excel'. He was speaking at a two-day conclave on 'School Education in 21st Century' under the new National Education policy
  • China sets up military base at Finger 5 of Pangong Lake, cutting off Indian Army
    New Delhi, September 11 (IANS): China has set up a military base near Finger 5, in the north bank of Pangong Lake, completely cutting off the Indian Army. The north bank of the lake is divided into 8 Fingers (fingers are mountain spurs jutting into a lake in military parlance) that are contested by both sides. India claims the Line of Actual Control at Finger 8 and had been holding on to area till Finger 4 but in a clear alteration of status quo, the Chinese have been camping at
  • States should implement Centre's SOP on Covid-19, says SC
    New Delhi, September 11 (IANS): The Supreme Court on Friday said state governments are obligated to implement the Centre's standard operating procedure (SOP) on the Covid-19 pandemic, including on transporting a confirmed case or a person suspected of infection. A bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, R. Subhash Reddy and M.R. Shah said all states should follow the SOP and take appropriate measures in connection with augmenting the capacity of ambulances. The observation b
  • Uttar Pradesh uses draconian law to detain those accused of killing cows
    LUCKNOW, September (Reuters): More than half the arrests this year under a tough national security law in India's most populous state of Uttar Pradesh have involved suspects in cases of cow slaughter, data showed. The northern state has used the National Security Act (NSA), which allows for those deemed a threat to national security to be detained without charge for up to a year, almost 140 times in the first eight months of the year. "The NSA has been invoked in 13
  • With unprecedented surge in single-day spike of Covid cases, deaths, India crosses 45L
    New Delhi, September 11 (IANS): India on Friday recorded an unprecedented rise in single-day spike both in number of fresh cases and deaths in 24 hours. There were 96,551 new infections reported that took the total tally to 45,62,414, the Union Health Ministry data revealed. There were 1,209 deaths reported in the past 24 hours, which is also the highest fatality in a single day, with the toll reaching 76,271 so far. Out of the total cases, 9,43,480 are active, 35,42,663 have rec
  • India, China agree on 5-point plan to resolve border standoff
    New Delhi, September 11 (PTI): Noting that the current situation at their border is not in the interest of either side, India and China have agreed on a five-point roadmap including quick disengagement of troops and avoiding any action that could escalate tensions for resolving the four-month-long face-off in eastern Ladakh. As the two countries reached the agreement during the talks between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Thursday eveni
  • 100% surge in COVID recovery rate in last 29 days
    New Delhi, September 11 (ANI): Even as there has been been an unprecedented rise in COVID-19 cases, there has been a 100 per cent surge in recovered patients in the last 29 days, the Union health ministry said on Friday. "There has been an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 recoveries in India. There is a more than 100% increase in patients recovered and discharged in the past 29 days," it said. Pointing out that the high recovery rate was possible due to early identificat
  • Serum Institute pauses Covid vax trials in India
    MUMBAI, September10 (Reuters):  Serum Institute of India has put on hold trials of AstraZeneca's potential COVID-19 vaccine in the country until the British drugmaker restarts them, the company said on Thursday. "We are reviewing the situation and pausing India trials," Serum, the world's biggest vaccine manufacturer by volume, said in a brief statement. AstraZeneca said on Tuesday it had paused trials of its experimental coronavirus vaccine following an un
  • You are not going anywhere, Lalu to Raghuvansh Prasad Singh
    Ranchi, September 10 (IANS): Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav has written a letter to Raghuvansh Prasad Singh trying to pacify him after he sent a handwritten resignation to him. In his letter to Singh, Lalu said, "Dear Raghuvansh Babu, a letter said to be yours is circulating in the media. I cannot believe it. My family and the RJD family wants to see you back soonest after recovery. For four decades, we have taken every political, social and even family
  • Withdraw ban on protest by government servants: Goa Oppn
    Panaji, September 10 (IANS): Goa's opposition parties on Thursday demanded the immediate withdrawal of an official circular banning civil servants from joining popular agitations and participating in signature campaigns against the state government's policies and decisions. "(The) Right to Protest against injustice is (a) democratic right of every Citizen.@GovtofGoa must withdraw (the) 'Ban on Protest' order & ensure that hardworking Govt. Employees are give
  • Rajasthan first state to make Community Outreach compulsory in higher education
    Jaipur, September 10 (IANS): Community service will now be a credited subject in Rajasthan to instill values like 'Joy of Giving' in students in higher education institutes who will be familiarised with community service as part of their syllabus in this session. The Ashok Gehlot government is in the process to introduce 'Aanandam' scheme to inspire college students to contribute towards society and earn academic credits in return. A first in the country, the state g