India

  • At 103, India's first voter casts vote in HP panchayat polls; over 70 pc turnout recorded
    Shimla, January 17 (PTI): Despite his failing vision and aching knees, India's first voter Shyam Saran Negi reached his polling booth in Himachal Pradesh's Kinnaur to exercise his franchise in the state's panchayat elections, for which over 70 per cent turnout was recorded on Sunday. In the first round of the three-phase elections, 1,227 panchayats went to the polls on Sunday. The remaining two phases are slated to be held on January 19 and 21. The state has 3,615 gram p
  • Farmers ready to protest till May 2024: Union leader
    New Delhi, January 17 (PTI): Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait on Sunday said farmers are prepared to protest against the Centre's new farm laws "till May 2024", and termed the ongoing agitation by peasants at Delhi borders as an "ideological revolution". Addressing a press conference in Nagpur, Tikait said they want a legal guarantee on minimum support price Farmers have been protesting near Delhi since November 26, 2020, demanding scrapping of t
  • PM flags off 8 trains to Statue of Unity in Gujarat
    New Delhi, January 17 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday flagged off eight trains connecting major destinations in various states of the country with the Statue of Unity in Gujarat's Kevadiya, via video-conferencing. The trains will connect Kevadiya to Varanasi, Dadar, Ahmedabad, Delhi's Hazrat Nizamuddin, Rewa, Chennai and Pratapnagar. These trains will facilitate seamless connectivity to the Statue of Unity. During the programme, the Prime Minister also inau
  • 6 killed as bus comes in contact with live wire in Rajasthan
    JAIPUR, JANUARY 17 (IANS): A total of six persons were killed and seven injured in Rajasthan's Jalore district when a bus caught fire after coming in contact with a high tension wire of 11,000 volts, police said on Sunday. The bus was on its way to Ajmer (and Beowar situated near it) from Nakoda pilgrimage on Saturday late night when the incident happened. The bus apparently lost its way while following the google map and reached a small village. While making its way through
  • India rises to the occasion in world war to defeat Covid-19
    NEW DELHI, JANUARY 17 (IANS): India has risen to the occasion in the war against the deadly coronavirus pandemic by not only launching the worlds biggest inoculation campaign in the country but also with the production of affordable and easy-to-handle vaccines for which demand is pouring in from Latin America, Africa, Asia and some east European countries. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had stated in his address at the UN General Assembly that India as the largest vaccine manufacturer
  • 20 Indian-Americans in Biden administration
    New Delhi, January 17 (PTI): United States President-elect Joe Biden has nominated at least 20 Indian-Americans, including 13 women, to key positions in his incoming administration, a record for the small ethnic community that constitutes one per cent of America's population. As many as 17 of them, including Neera Tanden who has been nominated as the Director of Management and Budget, would be part of the Biden administration in the powerful White House complex. The January 2
  • Kolkata nurse fainted after taking Covid vaccine, stable
    New Delhi, January 17 (PTI): The health condition of a 35-year-old nurse, who fell ill in Kolkata following the administration of COVID-19 vaccine, is currently stable, and a medical board of experts has been formed to find out why she fainted after taking the shot, a senior official said on Sunday. The health department official, who is also a prominent doctor, said the experts are examining her condition as of now, and the analysis might take some time. "She is is stable.
  • Biden names Indian-American Uzra Zeya as Under Secy at State Dept
    Washington, January 17 (IANS): US President-elect Joe Biden has named Uzra Zeya, an Indian-American diplomat who quit her State Department job in protest against the outgoing administration's alleged racial and sexist bias, as his Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights. Confirming the development on Saturday night, Zeya tweeted: "In my 25+years as a diplomat, I learned that America's greatest strength is the power of our example, diversity &a
  • Vaccination drive hailed as decisive moment in fight against COVID-19
    New Delhi, January 17 (PTI): Loud applause and cheers rang out as the first jabs were administered to frontline workers at hospitals and healthcare centres across the country on Saturday at the start of the gargantuan COVID-19 vaccination exercise, hailed as a 'momentous' occasion in India's fight against the pandemic. "This is the beginning of the final war," said Dr Naveen Thacker, a paediatrician and member of the Gujarat government's task force on coron
  • Vaccination: Delhi guard, Kolkata nurse admitted to hospital
    New Delhi, January 17 (PTI): A security guard who was administered a shot of Covaxin at All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi on Saturday was admitted at the hospital after he developed an allergic reaction as part of 'severe' adverse events following immunisation. Meanwhile, a 35-year-old nurse in Kolkata was admitted to the critical care unit (CCU) of a hospital after she lost consciousness within minutes of taking the COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday, officials
  • India continues with low streak of daily Covid cases
    New Delhi, January 17 (IANS): With 15,145 new coronavirus infections reported in the last 24 hours, India on Sunday continued with its low streak of single-day cases, posting an overall tally of 1,05,57,986, according to the Union Health Ministry. On Tuesday, India had recorded 12,584 new cases, the lowest single-day figure in over seven months. The country has been recording less than 20,000 daily new cases from the past eight days. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said
  • PM announces Rs 1,000-cr 'Startup India Seed Fund'
    New Delhi, January 16 (PTI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday announced the launch of Rs 1,000-crore 'Startup India Seed Fund' to support startups and help budding entrepreneurs pursue innovative ideas. Addressing the 'Prarambh: Startup India International Summit', Modi exuded confidence that the growth of startups will help in generating jobs and improving lives of people in the region. "In order to provide initial capital for startups, the nation is
  • Delhi will increase vaccination sites: Kejriwal
    New Delhi, January 16 (IANS): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Saturday that the Delhi government is prepared to increase vaccination sites as and when it receives more vaccines. On the inaugural day of the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive on Saturday, vaccines were administered at 81 sites in the national capital. The Chief Minister talked about an increase in the number of vaccination sites during an inspection at the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) hospit
  • Modi should get himself vaccinated first: Ambedkar
    Aurangabad, January 16 (PTI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi should first get himself vaccinated for COVID-19 to clear doubts in the minds of people, Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) leader Prakash Ambedkar said on Saturday. Speaking to reporters, Ambedkar said the VBA will hold protests across Maharashtra on January 27 in support of the ongoing agitation by farmers at borders of Delhi for the repeal of three new farm laws. "The prime minister and CM (Maharashtra chief minister Ud
  • Consent form for Covaxin assures compensation in case of adverse events
    New Delhi, January 16 (PTI): Health workers who got their first shots of Covaxin at AIIMS on Saturday were made to sign a consent form that promised compensation in case of a "severe adverse event" related to the vaccine. Covaxin has demonstrated the ability to produce antibodies against COVID-19 in phase one and phase two trials. "However, the clinical efficacy is yet to be established and it is still being studied in phase 3 clinical trial," the form read.
  • Kerala, NE top in satisfaction with sitting MPs
    New Delhi, January 16 (IANS): Kerala and norteastern states are neck and neck when it comes to satisfaction level with the sitting Lok Sabha MPs, while people in Haryana and Puducherry have registered their satisfaction level in the negative, as per the IANS C-Voter State of the Nation 2021 survey. According to the survey, in Kerala, 37.31 per cent of the people are satisfied with the sitting Lok Sabha MPs, while 42.87 per cent are satisfied with them to some extent and merely 16.44
  • Proud moment, says kin of Kashmiri-origin woman named in Biden team
    Srinagar, January 16 (PTI): Kashmiri-origin Sameera Fazili's parents wanted her to be a physician, but she was not quite in agreement. Fazili's plans fructified on Friday when the Biden-Harris Transition named her as the deputy director of the National Economic Council at the White House. The council coordinates the economic policy-making process and provides advice to the US president. Fazili is the second Kashmiri-origin Indian-American appointed to a key position in th
  • WhatsApp delays policy update rollout to May 15
    New Delhi, January 16 (PTI): WhatsApp has decided to delay the rollout of its new policy update to May 15 after massive criticism from users globally, including India, over concerns that data was being shared with its parent company Facebook. The move assumes significance for users in India given that the country is among the biggest markets for WhatsApp with over 400 million users. In a blog post, WhatsApp said it is moving back the date on which people will be asked to review a
  • COVID-19 vaccines are 'Sanjivani' in fight against pandemic: Vardhan
    New Delhi, Jauary 16 (PTI): Union health minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday described the COVID-19 vaccines as 'Sanjivani' in the fight against the infectious disease as he urged people not to pay heed to hearsay and instead believe in experts and scientists. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the world's largest vaccination programme covering the entire length and breadth of the country and urged people to show patience during the COVID-19 immunisation drive as they
  • All you need to know about India's 2 Covid vaccines
    New Delhi, January 16 (IANS): Amid the rollout of the world's largest Covid-19 vaccination programme by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, here are a few things that you need to know about the two vaccines -- 'Covaxin' and 'Covishield' -- selected by the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI). So far, the government has procured 1.1 crore Covishield and 55 lakh Covaxin vaccines at a cost of Rs 200 and Rs 206 per dose, respectively. Covaxin, developed by Hyderabad