India

  • 26 health care staff at AIIMS, Delhi test positive for Covid
    NEW DELHI, APRIL 9 (IANS): As many as 26 health care staff, including doctors, have tested Covid-19 positive at the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), sources told IANS here on Friday. "Of these, 20 are doctors and 6 MBBS students of AIIMS who have been found Covid-19 positive over the last 10 days," a source said. Of the 26 who've tested positive, only two had taken both the doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, added the source. This comes a day after it was
  • India rejects US contention that its domestic maritime law violates UN convention
    NEW DELHI, APRIL 9 (IANS): India has rejected the US contention that its domestic maritime law is in violation of the United Nations convention on the Law of the Sea, and expressed its concerns about a US naval ship entering into Indian waters. The Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement, "The government of India's stated position on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea is that the Convention does not authorise other states to carry out military exer
  • Will close Italian Marines case only after compensation deposited: SC
    NEW DELHI, APRIL 9 (IANS): The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Centre to deposit Rs 10 crore compensation, received from the Italian government to be paid to the families of fishermen killed by the two Italian marines, with the court within a period of one week. A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and comprising Justices A.S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian said the compensation will be deposited with the court for disbursement among the victims, and the case against the
  • Nepal, India to cooperate in fight against Covid, vaccine supplies
    KATHMANDU, APRIL 9 (IANS): Nepal and India have agreed to continue the cooperation to fight the Covid-19 pandemic during a telephonic conversation between the foreign ministers of both the countries. The foreign ministers of Nepal and India held a telephonic conversation on Friday afternoon to discuss cooperation in the fight against the pandemic, including supply of vaccines, among other matters. Nepal Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali called his Indian counterpart S. Jaishankar
  • Rafale row: India cheated to tune of Rs 21,000 crore, alleges Congress
    NEW DELHI, APRIL 9 (IANS): The Congress on Friday questioned the Narendra Modi-led government over the explosive revelations made by a French news portal in the Rafale deal alleging that there was 'massive corruption' and 'loss to public exchequer of at least Rs 21,075 crore. The remarks came after a French news portal mediapart.fr in a three series investigation claimed that it was in possession of documents that showed Dassault Aviation, which manufactures the Rafale j
  • Three day-old student passes Class 8, shows Bihar school certificate
    PATNA, APRIL 9 (IANS): A Transfer Certificate issued by a Bihar school shows that a three day-old student passed Class 8 exams. As per the TC, the student was born on March 20, 2007 while he passed the exam on March 23, 2007. The student identified as Prince Kumar told the mediapersons, "I passed Class 8 on March 23, 2007 from Gosaidas Tengrari Government School in Muzaffarpur. The school provided the TC with my date of birth as March 20, 2007. Interestingly, the principal of t
  • 3 UP women given anti-rabies vax instead of Covid jab
    Shamli (Uttar Pradesh), April 9 (IANS): A probe has been ordered in the shocking incident in which three women were allegedly administered anti-rabies injections instead of the Covid vaccine at a government hospital in Shamli district. Three women -- Saroj, 70, Anarkali, 72 and Satyavati, 60, -- had gone to the government community health centre in Kandhla on Thursday to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. After the vaccination, the women were handed anti-rabies vaccine slips
  • Ex-IAS officer lodges case of theft against son
    LUCKNOW, APRIL 9 (IANS): A retired IAS officer has filed a complaint against his son and daughter-in-law, accusing them of criminal breach of trust and stealing Rs 24 lakh in cash and several gold ornaments from his flat in Gomti Nagar extension area. The former IAS officer, Madanpal Arya, said in his complaint that his son Rajat Arya and daughter-in-law Barkha, both residents of New Delhi, came to his flat in the last week of February and requested him to let them stay with him.
  • Scientists predict 2nd Covid wave to peak between April 15-20
    KANPUR, April 9 (IANS): Scientists are now working on a mathematical model to examine the Covid-19 spread and have predicted that the current second wave will peak somewhere between April 15-20 and then see a decline. The number of 'active' symptomatic cases during this period would hit a high, roughly a week later, at the same level of around 10 lakh cases that the country had seen in September last year, said the scientists. They have predicted after using a mathematica
  • The farmers' da Vinci of K'taka who swears by the Sun
    VIJAYAPURA, April 9 (IANS): A self-made inventor from a rural background, Girish Badragond's innovations are giving farmers in Karnataka, a fighting chance at making agriculture a winning proposition. He has designed a number of devices that can help farmers save labour, energy, and money. Compared to conventional farming equipments which are usually huge, expensive, and power-guzzling monsters, Girish creates machines that are handy, convenient, and economically priced. What
  • Is it right to export Covid vaccines amid surge in cases: Rahul
    New Delhi, April 9 (IANS): Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday took potshots at the BJP-led Central government over the export of Covid vaccines and said that the government should help all states without any discrimination. In a tweet in Hindi, Rahul Gandhi said, "Amid the growing cases of Covid-19, lack of vaccines is a serious issue and not a celebration. By putting own countrymen at risk is it right to export Covid vaccines? Central government should help all s
  • AGuH chief among 2 killed in Pulwama encounter
    Srinagar, April 9 (IANS): Chief of proscribed terror outfit Ansar Gazwat-ul-Hind (AGuH) was among the two militants killed during an encounter at Tral in South Kashmir's Pulwama district on Friday, officials said. "AGuH chief terrorist Imtiyaz Shah killed in Tral encounter. IGP Kashmir congratulates Police/security forces for the sucessful (sic) operation. Search going on," police tweeted. Police on Friday said two terrorists were killed in the encounter in Pulwama.
  • Amid vaccine spat, Maharashtra tops with 93L jabs
    Mumbai, April 9 (IANS): Amid a major 'vaccine-war' with the Centre, it has emerged that Maharashtra continues to fly high in terms of the inoculation drive despite having nearly-exhausted its stocks, officials said here on Friday. As per the latest data released for April 9 (today), the state has administered the highest 93,38,531 jabs, comprising 84,35,010 first doses and 903,521 second doses, making it the best performer in the national vaccination programme, officials poi
  • Kerala: Cong to probe how its posters landed in scrap shop
    Thiruvananthapuram, April 9 (IANS): In a case of serious callousness by a section of the Congress workers here, the party has decided to conduct a probe on how unused election posters landed in a scrap shop. This incident occurred at the Vattiyoorkavu Assembly constituency in the heart of the state capital city where the state Congress headquarters is located. On Thursday, about 50 kilograms of unused posters of Congress candidate Veena Nair were located at the scrap dealer's
  • India records highest daily spike of over 1.31 lakh Covid cases
    New Delhi, April 9 (PTI): India registered a record single-day spike of 1,31,968 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, pushing its infection tally to 1,30,60,542, while the death toll increased to 1,67,642 with 780 more fatalities in a day, highest since October 18, the Union health ministry data showed. Registering a steady increase for the 30th day in a row, the number of active COVID-19 cases increased to 9,79,608, which is 7.5 per cent of the total infections, according to the data upda
  • SC rejects pleas of Maha Govt, Anil Deshmukh against CBI probe into graft allegations
    New Delhi, April 8 (PTI): In a setback to Uddhav Thackeray-led-Maharashtra government and its former home minister Anil Deshmukh, the Supreme Court Thursday dismissed their pleas challenging the Bombay High Court order directing a CBI probe into allegations of corruption and misconduct levelled against him by former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh. Terming it as a "matter of public confidence", a bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Hemant Gupta said, De hor
  • India, Maldives call for strengthening global cooperation to combat terror
    New Delhi, April 8 (PTI): India and the Maldives on Thursday strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms, including cross-border terrorism, and emphasised the need for strengthening international cooperation to combat the menace in a comprehensive and sustained manner. The two countries also underlined the urgent need for all countries to take immediate, sustained, verifiable and irreversible action to ensure that no territory under their control is used for terrorist attacks on o
  • Highest force deployment for fourth phase of Bengal polls
    KOLKATA, APRIL 8 (IANS): The Election Commission of India has decided to deploy 789 companies of Central forces -- the highest force concentration so far -- in the fourth phase of elections in West Bengal when 44 Assembly constituencies spread across seven districts in the state will go to the polls on April 10. "Presently, there are around 800 companies of Central forces in the state, but the commission has assured to send another 200 companies from Assam where elections have
  • CoBRA commando Rakeshwar Singh Manhas released by Maoists: CRPF
    RAIPUR, APRIL 8 (IANS): CRPF commando Rakeshwar Singh Manhas, who was held captive by the Maoists in Chhattisgarh for over 100 hours after the April 3 gun battle, was released on Friday evening, the CRPF said. Manhas, a constable of the 210th CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action), an elite wing of the CRPF, was safely handed over to the state police and to Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). "Our CoBRA commando Rakeshwar Singh Manhas has reached our camp safely. He
  • PM hails social service by Sikhs, calls for proper research
    NEW DELHI, APRIL 8 (IANS): Hailing the social service by Sikh community and Gurudwaras all over the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday stressed the need to do "proper research and documentation" on this aspect of the Sikh tradition. The Prime Minister expressed his views while chairing the meeting of the High-Level Committee to commemorate 400th Birth Anniversary (Prakash Purab) of Guru Tegh Bahadur--ninth of the ten Gurus who founded the Sikh religion and was t