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  • India now inching closer to 1L Covid cases/day
    New Delhi, September 10 (IANS): India on Thursday witnessed a record spike of 95,735 new Covid-19 cases, the highest single-day increase till date, taking the total tally to 44,65,863, the Union Health Ministry data revealed. There were 1,172 deaths reported in the past 24 hours, which is also the highest fatality in a single day so far. India on Tuesday recorded 1,133 deaths and on July 29 there were 1,129. India's deaths per day are now crossing US' which is the worst-hit
  • Indian and Chinese troops man remote Himalayan outposts just hundreds of metres apart
    NEW DELHI, September 9 (Reuters): Indian and Chinese troops were facing off on Wednesday, barely a few hundred metres apart, in a remote Himalayan region where shots were fired for the first time in decades, Indian officials said. The nuclear-armed neighbours have accused each other of firing in the air during a fresh flare-up in the Ladakh region on Monday, violating long-standing protocols to avoid using firearms along their undemarcated borders. "The situation is ten
  • Completing 50 yrs as MLA, Chandy stands tall among Kerala leaders
    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, SEPTEMBER 9 (IANS): Former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy is all set to make history next month when he completes 50 years as a legislator from Puthupally Assembly constituency in Kottayam district. The two-time Kerala CM began his political career as a legislator after the 1970 Assembly polls. Then a greenhorn at 26, Chandy won his very first electoral battle and has been repeating the poll results in successive Assembly polls ever since. When he complet
  • SC agrees to examine if religious places of all faiths can be reopened
    NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 9 (IANS): The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought a reply from the Centre on a plea seeking to open all religious places of worship across the country, which were closed amid the Covid-19 pandemic. A plea seeking opening of the places of worship in the country has been filed by Ahmedabad-based Gitarth Ganga Trust, a religious research institute. A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and comprising Justices A.S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian issued notice to
  • India coronavirus infections surge to 4.3 million
    MUMBAI, September 9 (Reuters): India reported 89,706 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday, taking its total caseload to 4.3 million, data from the health ministry showed. The South Asian nation has the highest number of coronavirus infections outside of the United States, reporting the largest single-day increases in cases every day for more than a month. Its death rate has remained relatively low, but is starting to show signs of rising, with more than 1,000 deaths repor
  • SOPs for partial reopening of schools for Classes 9-12 issued
    New Delhi, September 8 (IANS): The Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry on Tuesday issued standard operating procedures (SOPs) for partial resumption of teaching activities in schools for students of Classes 9 to 12, on a voluntary basis, from September 21. In a statement, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said: "Government of India is following a phase-wise unlocking of activities. In days to come, this would also involve partial resumption of activities in schools for student
  • Chinese troops with spears, guns again near Indian position at LAC; fresh skirmish likely
    New Delhi, September 8 (IANS): Around 40 to 50 PLA soldiers, armed with spears and other sharp-edged weapons as well as guns, have come just a few metres from the Indian Army position on the heights north of Rezang La in eastern Ladakh, and are likely to make a fresh attempt to dislodge the Indian soldiers, sources said on Tuesday. The fresh incident comes a day after Monday's skirmish where Chinese People's Liberation Army troops indulged in provocative military movements a
  • Rafales to be formally inducted into IAF on Thursday
    New Delhi, September 8 (PTI): Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, his French counterpart Florence Parly and India's top military brass will attend a ceremony in Ambala airbase on Thursday to formally induct five Rafale fighter jets into the Indian Air Force, officials said. Parly and Singh will hold talks in Ambala on ways to further deepen bilateral defence and security cooperation after the ceremony, they said. The French defence minister is scheduled to arrive Thursday morning
  • Villagers near China border say ready to serve the country
    New Delhi, September 8 (PTI): Amid tensions on the Line of Actual Control between India and China, villagers in border areas of Uttarakhand's Pithoragarh recalled the 1962 War and said they were committed to serve the country. "We are ready to face the enemy whenever the Army needs our help," 80-year-old Gopal Singh Napalchayal, a resident of Napalchu village in Vyas Valley, said. "We have a strong sense of commitment towards the nation and its armed forces,&qu
  • Cong dissidents, loyalists agree to corner govt on China, economy and Covid
    New Delhi, September 8 (IANS): In a first sign of truce, Congress dissidents and loyalists sat together on Tuesday to devise the party strategy for the upcoming Monsoon Session of Parliament. The Congress dissidents who call themselves reformists, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma and surprise invitee Manish Tewari participated in the meeting chaired by interim President Sonia Gandhi. This was the first instance after the stormy Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting that Rahul Gandh
  • With all odds against him, this Mumbai boy makes it to IIM
    LUCKNOW, SEPTEMBER 8 (IANS): He fought competition, cerebral palsy, dyslexia and dysarthria to crack CAT-2019 with 92.5 per cent marks. Yash Avadesh Gandhi, 21, is now a student of IIM-Lucknow and has been attending online classes from his home in Mumbai for the past one month. "I face problems with numbers. So, I had to put in extra effort, particularly in the quantitative ability section. It was tough, but not impossible," he said in an interview to a local daily
  • India records highest coronavirus deaths in more than a month
    MUMBAI, September 8 (Reuters): India recorded its highest daily deaths from the coronavirus in more than a month on Tuesday, even as new infections slowed, data from the health ministry showed. The health ministry said 1,133 people had died of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the highest since July, taking total mortalities to 72,775. But new daily cases were at 75,809, the lowest in a week. India surprassed Brazil on Monday to become the country with the most number of corona
  • Indian media also needs to go global: PM Modi
    NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 8 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that at a time when India's voice and local products are going global, the country's media industry also needs to go global. Inaugurating the Patrika Gate in Jaipur via video conferencing, the Prime Minister said, "India's local products are going global. India's voice is also becoming more global. The world listens to India more intently. India has a strong presence on every internation
  • Education for all is Modi govt's mission: Amit Shah
    NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 8 (IANS): Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said that the Central government has been working tirelessly to achieve the goal set by Prime Minister's "Education for All" mission. Greeting the nation on the International Literacy Day on Tuesday, the Minister said the government is trying to achieve the goal through reforms like New Education Policy 2020, Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao, Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan and many more such initiatives.
  • Fresh skirmish between Indian & Chinese troops, warning shots fired
    New Delhi, September 8 (IANS): India and China indulged in a fresh skirmish at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh where the militaries of both countries fired warning shots in the air to scare and push back each other. The incident took place near Shenpao mountain close to the south bank of Pangong Tso (Lake) on Monday. China issued a statement that the Indian Army "blatantly fired threats" to the patrol personnel of the Chinese border guards who had mad
  • India's monsoon rains turn patchy, to pick up later this month
    NEW DELHI, September 7 (Reuters) - Monsoon rains, which turned patchy in the first week of September, will pick up in the second half of the month, the state-run India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Monday. India, where nearly half of the country's farmland lacks irrigation, has so far received 7% above average rainfall since June 1, when the monsoon arrived on the southernmost Kerala coast, said Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, director-general of the IMD. The IMD defines aver
  • Taj, Agra Fort to reopen from September 21
    Agra, September 7 (IANS): The Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort would be reopened for public viewing from September 21, it was announced on Monday. Agra District Magistrate P.N. Singh made the announcement in a tweet. Guidelines for social distancing and mask wearing have been circulated. While only 5,000 people would be permitted to visit the Taj daily, the Agra Fort will allow only 2,500. The two world heritage monuments were closed since March 17 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Fall in India's GDP alarming, warns Raghuram Rajan
    New Delhi, September 7 (PTI): Terming the 23.9 per cent fall in economic growth in June quarter alarming, former Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan has said bureaucracy should come out of complacency and take meaningful action. The current crisis requires a more thoughtful and active government, he said, adding unfortunately, after an initial burst of activity, it seems to have retreated into a shell.  "The sharp decline in economic growth should alarm us all. The 23.9 p
  • Xi reportedly angered by Indian defiance at LAC
    New Delhi, September 7 (ANI): China has reacted angrily to successful Indian military action along the Line of Actual Control, with the People's Liberation Army caught napping when Indian troops moved to occupy hilltop features near Lake Spanguur on the night of August 29-30.  This anger allegedly ascends all the way to the top of China's military hierarchy, Chairman Xi Jinping. China has for a long time relied on India behaving reactively rather than preemptively, a
  • NEP focuses on learning instead of studying: PM Modi
    New Delhi, September 7 (PTI): The new National Education Policy policy focuses on learning instead of studying and goes beyond curriculum to focus on critical thinking, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday asserting that it is a collective responsibility of all stakeholders to implement the policy in letter and spirit. In the NEP, first since 1986, the pressure on students for taking specific streams have been removed, he said. "Our youth will now be able to learn acc