• India has never gone to war for selfish reasons: NSA Doval
    New Delhi/Rishikesh, October 26 (IANS): National Security Advisor Ajit Doval has said that India has never gone to war with anyone for selfish reasons and urged spiritual gurus to spread the Indian civilisational values of peace and spirituality around the world. Addressing ascetics, sages and priests at Parmarth Niketan, the largest spiritual centre on the banks of the river Ganga in Rishikesh on Saturday, he recalled the strength of India's spiritual history and the philosophy
  • India records lowest daily spike in Covid cases in over 3 months
    New Delhi, October 26 (IANS): With a fresh spike of 45,148 coronavirus infections and 480 deaths in 24 hours, India's tally on Monday stood at 79,09,959. In a respite, the country logged the lowest new cases since July. Out of the total Covid-19 cases, 6,53,717 are currently active, 71,37,228 have been discharged, while 1,19,014 lost the battle against the pandemic. While the recovery rate stands at 90.23 per cent, the fatality rate is 1.50 per cent, the data from the Ministr
  • Dussehra celebrations worsen Delhi's air pollution woes
    NEW DELHI, October 26 (Reuters) - New Delhi's appalling air quality turned a lot worse over the weekend as Hindus in India's capital burned effigies of the mythological demon king Ravana and lit firecrackers to celebrate the triumph of good over evil during the Dussehra festival. As pollution spiked on Monday morning, India Gate - a monument near the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office - was blanketed in smog, and the mega-city's 20 million people breathed in "
  • If GST has failed, revert to the old tax system: Thackeray
    Mumbai, October 25 (IANS): In a significant statement, Shiv Sena President and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said that if the system of GST has failed, then the Centre should honestly admit it and revert to the old system of taxation in the country. Addressing the party's annual Dassehra Rally online with only 50 people present in an auditorium near Shivaji Park, Thackeray said that Maharashtra has not been refunded its Goods & Service Tax (GST) dues
  • With winter and Covid, be prepared for 'Twindemic': Experts
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 25 (IANS): In view of the winter season, health experts on Sunday said that they are worried about "twindemic", as it is highly possible that people may contract both influenza and the Covid-19 infection, resulting in devastating consequences. With the medical care system already overwhelmed, experts are worried about the fast-approaching season of sniffles and coughs as the threat of 'Twindemic'. It is now more important to be prepared for th
  • If GST has failed, revert to the old tax system: Thackeray
    MUMBAI, OCTOBER 25 (IANS): In a significant statement, Shiv Sena President and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said that if the system of GST has failed, then the Centre should honestly admit it and revert to the old system of taxation in the country. Addressing the party's annual Dassehra Rally online with only 50 people present in an auditorium near Shivaji Park, Thackeray said that Maharashtra has not been refunded its Goods & Service Tax (GST) dues
  • Hindutva 'applicable' to 1.3 billion people: Bhagwat 
    New Delhi, October 25 (IANS): Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday claimed that 'Hindutva' as an "expression of our identity" was applicable to 1.3 billion people living in the country. "Hindutva is a word expressing our identity along with the continuity of spirituality-based traditions and an entire wealth of value system in the land of Bharat. Therefore, this word is applicable to all the 1.3 billion people," Bhagwat said
  • Dussehra in the shadow of Covid, air pollution
    New Delhi, October 25 (IANS): 'Dussehraa', the penultimate day of Navratri when Ravan is set on fire, is being prepared in the national capital with smaller Ravans, controlled crowd and a lesser fervor this time. Some have even called off the event this time, given the Covid-19 situation and the rising air quality woes. In the capital's Ram Lila maidan, pink faced Ravan, Kumbhkaran and Meghnad effigies are being readied. Relatively smaller in size, the organizers also ha
  • Nehru responsible for J&K's delayed accession: Jitendra Singh
    New Delhi, October 25 (IANS): Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Sunday accused India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru of delaying accession of the region and said that the process is now final and complete. The minister made the remarks on the eve of the Accession Day of Jammu and Kashmir while responding to queries why the accession of the region Kashmir with independent India did not take place on or before August 15, 1947. "If there was a delay of over two month
  • Light candles for brave men on borders, says PM; stresses unity
    New Delhi, October 25 (IANS): Urging the countrymen to honour the armed forces guarding the Indian borders by lighting candles at homes this festive season, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday stressed the need for unity among indians and cautioned them about divisive forces. Addressing the nation in his monthly radio programme 'Mann ki Baat', he also urged the citizens to light candles in homes this festive season to honour the brave hearts guarding India's borders.
  • In MP bypolls, 18% nominees face criminal cases: ADR
    New Delhi, October 25 (IANS): A total of 18 per cent of the candidates in fray for the November 3 by-elections in 28 Assembly segments in Madhya Pradesh have criminal cases pending against them, with 11% declaring cases of very serious nature, the Madhya Pradesh Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) said. An analysis of poll affidavits of 355 candidates revealed that 63 had declared pending criminal cases, with the Congress leading the list in this category. Wh
  • With spike of over 50k cases, India's Covid-19 caseload reaches 78,64,811
    New Delhi, October 25 (IANS): With a spike of 50,129 Covid-19 cases and 578 deaths in the last 24 hours, India's overall infection tally and the death toll increased to 78,64,811 and 1,18,534, respectively, on Sunday, according to the Health Ministry. Presently, there number of active cases stand at 6,68,154 after a decrease of 12,526 in the last 24 hours. On the other hand, the total recoveries have reached 70,78,123, of which 62,077 were cured and discharged in last 24 hour
  • India needs to be militarily better prepared against China: Mohan Bhagwat
    New Delhi, October 25 (IANS): Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) supremo Mohan Bhagwat in his Vijay Dashami speech, the organisation's biggest annual event, said on Sunday that India needed to be militarily better prepared against China. Bhagwat also called the dragon 'expansionist', while urging the government to forge an alliance against China with its immediate neighbours like Nepal, Sri Lanka and others. "Indian defence forces, government & the people rema
  • Centre extends deadline of filing tax returns to Dec 31
    New Delhi, October 24 (IANS): In a major relief to taxpayers, the Government on Saturday announced extension of the due date for filing income tax returns for the assessment 2020-21 by another month to December 31, 2020. The earlier extension allowed such filing by general taxpayers by November 30. Along with general category of taxpayers, the government also extended the date of filing returns by taxpayers (including their partners) who are required to get their accounts audited an
  • Everybody in India must get Covid vaccine free, says Kejriwal
    New Delhi, October 24 (IANS): According to the Delhi government, every Indian must get the Coronavirus vaccine free of cost, whenever it is ready. The BJP has included the promise of providing the Covid-19 vaccine free of cost in its manifesto issued for the Bihar assembly elections, stirring up a political controversy. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Saturday, "The entire country must get a free vaccine. It is the right of every citizen in the country," Ke
  • Assam Rifles DG briefs Army chief on Indo-Myanmar border situation
    New Delhi, October 24 (IANS): Assam Rifles Director General Lt Gen Sukhdeep Sangwan has met Indian Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane to apprise him about prevailing threats and the security situation along the India-Myanmar border, sources said. In their meeting in Delhi on Friday, Lt Gen Sangwan gave a detailed briefing about the prevailing threats on the India-Myanmar border and the contribution of the Assam Rifles in maintaining peace and security in the northeast region.
  • IISc to honour 4 scientists including DRDO programme director, Dr Rajlakshmi Menon
    Bengaluru, October 24 (IANS): The country's premier research institute, the Indian Institute of Science, announced its annual award Distinguished Alumnus Award to four scientists - Dr Rajalakshmi Menon, Prof. B. S. Murthy, Prof. Sethuraman Panchanathan, and Dr Keshab Panda - on Saturday. Speaking to reporters, IISc., Director, Prof. Govind Rajan said, "We are honoured to confer this award upon these highly accomplished individuals who have made exceptional contributions to
  • Pakistan again violates ceasefire on LoC in Poonch district
    Jammu, October 24 (IANS): Violating the ceasfire agreement, Pakistan resorted to unprovoked firing and shelling on the Line of Control (LoC) on Saturday in J&K's Poonch district. At about 6.30 p.m. on Saturday Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms and shelling with mortars along the LoC in Degwar sector of Poonch district, said defence ministry spokesman Colonel Devender Anand. The spokesman said Indian army retaliated befittingly.
  • 'From lantern era to LED era', Nadda's dig at RJD in Bhagalpur rally
    New Delhi, Octòber 24 (IANS): In a clear dig at the RJD, whose electoral symbol is the lantern, BJP President JP Nadda said that the BJP-led NDA government is taking Bihar out of the age of lantern era to that of a LED era. He was addressing a rally at the Hawai Adda Maidan in Bihar's Bhagalpur district. "Our government is moving out of the lantern era into the LED era. Leaving the muscle power behind and going towards development," Nadda said amid cheers fro
  • China illegally occupies Nepal's land at many places, India's intelligence agencies sound alert
    New Delhi, October 24 (IANS) China has illegally occupied Nepal's land at several places spreading over seven bordering districts and Indian intelligence agencies have sounded an alert in New Delhi. The agencies have flagged that Beijing is fast moving forward and further pushing Nepali boundaries by encroaching more and more landmass. "The actual scenario could be worse as the Nepali Communist Party (NCP) is trying to shield the expansionist agenda of the Chinese Communist