• Maha farmer faces 'social boycott', fine for damaging village deity
    Gondia (Maharashtra), June 18 (IANS): In a bizarre development, a farmer has been slapped with a penalty of Rs 21,000 for allegedly damaging a stone idol symbolising the village deity at his farm and also threatened with 'social boycott' if he failed to cough out the money, a Gondia police officials said here on Friday. The incident occurred on June 9 when the peasant, Tikaram P. Pardhi was carrying out the ground levelling work in his farm where the stone idol got accidenta
  • CBSE notifies policy for Class 12 evaluation, results to be declared by July 31
    New Delhi, June 17 (PTI): The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Thursday notified its policy for evaluation of Class 12 students which will be based on a combination of marks scored in classes 10, 11 and pre-board exams and informed the results will be declared by July 31. The policy was notified after the approval from the Supreme Court. The exams for Class 12 were cancelled earlier this month in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the policy decided by a 13
  • Govt amends Cable TV Network Rules to provide statutory mechanism for complaint redressal
    New Delhi, June 17 (PTI): The Centre has amended the Cable Television Network Rules to provide for a statutory mechanism for the redressal of complaints relating to content broadcast by the television channels. The Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry notified the Cable Television Networks (Amendment) Rules, 2021 in an official gazette on Thursday. The ministry said the rules have been amended to provide a transparent statutory mechanism that would benefit the citizens
  • J&K integral part of India; no amount of questioning can change reality: MEA
    New Delhi, June 17 (PTI): India on Thursday said that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of it and no amount of questioning can change the reality, an assertion that came following a letter by the Pakistan foreign minister to two top UN officials alleging a design by New Delhi to change the demographic structure of the region. Spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Arindam Bagchi also said that no amount of justification can make cross-border terrorism acceptable.
  • SC to hear on Friday appeals of Delhi Police against HC order on bail to three student activists
    New Delhi, June 17 (PTI): The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear on Friday the appeals of Delhi Police challenging the Delhi High Court verdicts granting bail to three student activists in a case related to the last year's communal violence in north-east Delhi during protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). A vacation bench of Justices Hemant Gupta and V Ramaburamanian will hear three separate appeals filed by Delhi police which said that the High Court's findin
  • 'Super teacher' keeps slum children engaged, wants to empower them through education
    Jammu, June 17 (PTI): Kanchan Sharma, a retired government teacher, occasionally visits slum dwellers at Maratha Basti here to conduct a two-hour open class with the motive to keep the underprivileged children engaged and empower them through education. The 61-year-old is actively working with the community, originally hailing from Pipri village of Maharashtra's Nagpur, since 2009 after motivating their elders for several years to get the children enrolled in her makeshift prima
  • International debate on 'vaccine passports' must focus on 'vaccine equity': India
    New Delhi, June 17 (PTI): India on Thursday said the ongoing global debate on 'vaccine passports' for international travel needs to be linked to the issue of vaccine equity as many developing countries have not been able to vaccinate a large percentage of their population against COVID. The assertion by India comes after Japanese government announced that it will make 'vaccine passports' available from next month for Japanese travellers. Asked about Japan's de
  • 60-year-old Odisha man on solo foot march to generate environmental awareness
    Berhampur (Odisha), June 17 (PTI): A sexagenarian green activist has been undertaking a solo 10-km foot march in Berhampur city of Odisha's Ganjam district every day to create awareness about the need for environmental conservation. The march started on June 7 -- two days after the World Environment Day -- and will continue for at least a month, the academic said. Every morning, Sudhir Kumar Rout holds the silent march carrying placards espousing the cause of his 'padayat
  • India 'priest' of world peace, but capable of replying to aggression: Rajnath
    Kimin (Arunachal), June 17 (PTI): In a statement seen as an implicit message to Beijing, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said that though India is a peace loving country, it has the capability to reply to aggression. Dedicating 12 strategic roads constructed by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) to the nation here, Singh described India as a priest of world peace but added any serious disturbance to peace and tranquility in border areas would have adverse implications.
  • Choksi planned escape, concealed evidence as he knew about impending enquiries: CBI
    New Delhi, June 17 (PTI): Absconding diamantaire Mehul Choksi had prior knowledge of the impending Enforcement Directorate (ED) enquiries against him in 2017 which triggered him to plan his escape from India and cover his tracks by concealing evidence, the agency has said. The CBI in its supplementary charge sheet has invoked Section 201 of the IPC among other charges which pertain to the destruction of evidence by a suspect as part of criminal conspiracy. Choksi allegedly in a c
  • India targeted through cyber intrusions by RedFoxtrot linked to Chinese military
    NEW DELHI, JUNE 17 (IANS): Active since 2014, RedFoxtrot predominantly targets aerospace and defense, government, telecommunications, mining, and research organizations in India among other countries. The other countries are Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, aligning with the operational remit of PLA Unit 69010. Recorded Future, the world's largest provider of intelligence for enterprise security, on Thursday, revealed cyber espionage
  • No relook at decision to cancel class 12 exams, says SC; approves CBSE, CISCE assessment schemes
    New Delhi, June 17 (PTI): There will be no roll back of the decision to cancel class 12 board exams, the Supreme Court said on Thursday and approved the assessment schemes of CISCE and CBSE, which has adopted 30:30:40 formula for evaluation of marks for students based on results of class 10, 11 and 12 respectively. The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) said however that it would consider the performance of students for last six classes, unlike CBSE which
  • NIA arrests ex-Mumbai cop Pradeep Sharma in Ambani security scare-Hiran murder case
    Mumbai, June 17 (PTI): The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday arrested former "encounter specialist" police officer Pradeep Sharma in Mumbai for his alleged involvement in the Antilia' bomb scare case and the murder of businessman Mansukh Hiran, an official said. An NIA team had picked up Sharma from Lonavla near Mumbai late on Wednesday night, after which he was brought to the central agency's office in south Mumbai for questioning, he said. "
  • Govt makes PUC certificate for all vehicles uniform across country
    New Delhi, June 17 (PTI): The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued a notification to make the PUC (Pollution Under Control) certificate for all vehicles uniform across the country and also to link the PUC database with the National Register. After the changes in the Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989 by the road ministry, the QR code shall be printed on the PUC form and will have details of the vehicle, owner and the status of the emission. "The Ministry of Road
  • CBSE will adopt 30:30:40 formula for evaluation of marks of class 12 students: Centre to SC
    New Delhi, June 17 (PTI): The Centre on Thursday told the Supreme Court that the CBSE will be adopting a 30:30:40 formula for evaluation of marks of class 12 students based on results of class 10, 11 and 12 respectively. A bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari was told by Attorney General K K Venugopal that CBSE students who are not satisfied with the evaluation formula will be given an opportunity to take up Class 12 examination when the pandemic situation becomes c
  • MP: Village achieves target of giving first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to all eligible residents
    Bhopal, June 17 (PTI): The panchayat of Mehgavan Pariyat village has managed to administer the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to all its eligible residents, including two centenarians, making it the first village in Madhya Pradesh's Jabalpur district to be completely covered in the inoculation drive, a senior official said on Thursday. The village, which comes under Panagar block, has 1,002 registered voters, of whom 956 have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine till
  • India records 67K new Covid cases, 2,330 deaths
    New Delhi, June 17 (IANS) India on Thursday recorded 67,208 new cases of Covid and 2,330 fatalities in the last 24 hours, according to data released by the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry. This is the 10th consecutive day when India has reported less than one lakh Covid cases. On June 15, India recorded 60,461 cases, lowest since March 29. India's overall tally of Covid-19 cases now stands at 2,97,00,313. The active cases have come down below 10 lakh. The country
  • Covid-hit family starves at home, hospitalised
    Aligarh (UP), June 16 (PTI): A Covid widow who lost her job due to the pandemic and her five children have been admitted to a hospital here, apparently after going without food for days. Doctors at the Malkhan Singh District Hospital said the six family members were barely able to talk or stand up when they were admitted on Tuesday by some Good Samaritans. The mother, Guddi (40), told mediapersons that after having lost her husband, who was the sole breadwinner, to Covid last yea
  • 730 doctors died of COVID-19 in second wave: IMA data
    New Delhi, June 16 (PTI): As many as 730 doctors have succumbed to coronavirus infection during the second wave, according to data available by the Indian Medical Association (IMA). Bihar saw the maximum number of 115 deaths, followed by Delhi at 109, Uttar Pradesh 79, West Bengal 62, Rajasthan 43, Jharkhand 39, and Andhra Pradesh 38, the data showed. According to the IMA, 748 doctors died in the first wave of the pandemic. "Last year 748 doctors across India succumbed to
  • CBSE to submit class 12 assessment formula in SC on Thursday
    NEW DELHI, JUNE 16 (IANS): The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is likely to submit before the Supreme Court on Thursday the assessment system for class 12 students. Senior officials of the CBSE have expressed hope that the evaluation criteria, which has been prepared on the basis of the report of the 12-member committee of experts, may be released this week. The committee was formed to prepare the formula for giving results and marks for class 12 students. The committ