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  • 52K new COVID-19 cases, 803 deaths in India in 24 hours
    New Delhi, August 4 (IANS): With 52,050 new coronavirus (Covid-19) cases and 803 deaths in the last 24 hours, India's overall caseload stood at 18,55,745 while the total fatalities increased to 38,938, data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare revealed on Tuesday. The country had crossed the 18-lakh mark on Monday. Currently, 5,86,298 cases are active and 12,30,509 people have recovered from the disease. India has one of the lowest Case Fatality Rate (CFR) at 2.09 p
  • After Shah, now Dharmendra Pradhan tested COVID+
    New Delhi, Aug 4 (IANS) Soon after Home Minister Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh BJP Chief Swatantra Dev Singh were tested positive for COVID-19, another senior BJP leader has been detected with the virus. Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan announced on Tuesday that he had initial symptoms of Covid-19 following which he got himself tested and the result has come positive. "According to the advice of doctors, I have got myself admitted in
  • Haryana farmer's son tops Civil Services exam, says 'Anyone can do it' 
    Chandigarh, August 4 (IANS): 29-year-old Pradeep Singh who topped the Civil Services exam 2019 has success mantras that can help crack the prestigious test and even lifes many complicated crises codes. Speaking to the media after the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) announced the test results on Tuesday, Singh said the mantra for success is simple: "If one has determination, he will achieve success." Son of a farmer from Haryana's Sonipat district, Singh (29)
  • Half of India's Covid victims older than 60 yrs: Govt
    New Delhi, August 4 (PTI): The coronavirus infection has spread to new areas in the country, but 82 per cent of the total cases are still limited to 10 states and Union Territories, the health ministry said on Tuesday. Addressing a press briefing, Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said 50 districts account for 66 per cent of the total caseload and the COVID-19 case fatality rate has progressively declined to 2.10 per cent, the lowest since the first lockdown was imposed on March
  • Talks with China remain unsatisfactory, India plans for long haul
    New Delhi, August 4 (IANS) As China's commitment for disengagement at the border in Eastern Ladakh remains unsatisfactory, India has directed its armed forces to prepare for a long haul, sources said on Tuesday. The revelation came during a review meeting on Tuesday afternoon in the South Block as deliberation took place over the fifth round of Corps Commander level talks. The members of the China Study Group along with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Mini
  • Only 0.27% COVID patients on ventilators till August 3: Govt
    New Delhi, August 4 (IANS) The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday said that as many as 18,000 ventilators have been supplied to hospitals across the country till now and that only 0.27 percent of coronavirus patients are on them. Addressing a press conference, Ministry Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that at no point has the country reached the one percent mark on patients using ventilators in the last six months. "As many as 18,000 ventilators have reached the states till now.
  • Cong welcomes Ram Mandir construction, tries not to be ‘left out’
    New Delhi, August 4 (IANS) The Congress is now out to highlight the party's contribution to the construction of the Ram Temple, whose ground breaking ceremony is scheduled to be held in Ayodhya on Wednesday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in attendance. Congress leaders are making statements so that they should not be seen to be left out of the historic event. On Tuesday, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi issued a statement saying that the construction of the Ram T
  • Silver coin for every guest in Ayodhya
    Ayodhya, August 4 (IANS): Every guest who is invited for the 'bhumi pujan' ceremony for the grand Ram temple in Ayodhya on Wednesday, will be gifted a silver coin as 'prasad'. The silver coin, on one side, has the image of Ram Darbar which includes Lord Ram, Sita, Laxman and Hanuman and on the other side is the insignia of trust. The guests will also be given a box of 'laddoos' and a photograph of Ram Darbar. According to sources, over 1.25 lakh laddoos
  • 1 killed, holiday declared as rains pound Mumbai, MMR
    Mumbai, August 4 (IANS): At least one person was killed in Thane as heavy rain clobbered Mumbai since Monday night with the state government declaring a holiday in the city and Mumbai Metropolitan Region areas, officials said here on Tuesday. A 15-year-old boy Rakib A. Mandal was electrocuted and died on the spot when he came in contact with a live wire of a street-light pole near the Owala Hanuman Temple on Ghodbunder Road in Thane. Mumbai city recorded 23 cms while the suburbs
  • 'Speaker Brother': Loudspeakers teach Indian children after virus shutters schools
    DANDWAL, India, August 4 (Reuters): One overcast morning in a farming village in hilly western India, a group of schoolchildren sat on the mud floor of a wooden shed for their first class in months. There was no teacher, just a voice from a loudspeaker. The recorded lessons form part of an initiative by an Indian non-profit spread over six villages that aims to reach 1,000 students denied formal classes since the coronavirus pandemic forced schools to close four months ago.
  • 52K new Covid cases, 803 deaths in India in 24 hours
    New Delhi, August 4 (IANS) With 52,050 new coronavirus (Covid-19) cases and 803 deaths in the last 24 hours, India's overall caseload stood at 18,55,745 while the total fatalities increased to 38,938, data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare revealed on Tuesday. The country had crossed the 18-lakh mark on Monday. Currently, 5,86,298 cases are active and 12,30,509 people have recovered from the disease. India has one of the lowest Case Fatality Rate (CFR) at 2.09 pe
  • Longest-serving Tibetan political prisoner dies
    DHARAMSALA, AUGUST 3 (IANS): Adhe Tapontsang, popularly known as Ama Adhe and one of the longest-serving Tibetan political prisoners, died at her residence on Monday in this northern Indian hill town, the headquarters of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA). She was 88. She spent 27 years in a Chinese prison for taking part in the Tibetan resistance against the Chinese occupation in the late 1950s. Inspired by her indomitable spirit and valour with which she fought for the fr
  • Modi set to visit Ayodhya temple site despite Amit Shah having COVID-19
    LUCKNOW, India/NEW DELHI, August 3 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend a foundation-laying ceremony for the Ram temple in Ayodhya on Wednesday, organisers said, even though Home Minister Amit Shah has contracted COVID-19. Amit Shah, who is Modi's top lieutenant as well as India's home minister, was admitted to a private hospital near Delhi on Sunday, four days after attending a cabinet meeting which the prime minister presided over. But preparations are c
  • Ravi Shankar Prasad isolates after meeting Shah
    New Delhi, August 3 (PTI): IT and Communications Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday said he has gone into self-isolation for a few days as per protocol, since he had met Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday evening.      Shah, on Sunday, had said he had tested positive for coronavirus and was getting admitted to a hospital following the advice of doctors.      Prasad, who is also the law minister, tweeted on Monday that he has isolated himself at ho
  • Proud to have brother from whom I learnt value of 'love, truth and patience': Priyanka
    New Delhi, August 3 (PTI): Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday said she is proud to have a brother like Rahul Gandhi from whom she has learnt the value of love, truth and patience.    She said this as she greeted countrymen on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. "I have learnt the value of love, truth and patience from my brother while living together in happiness and sorrow. I am proud to have such a brother. My best wishes to all the countrymen
  • Can't say if India will have 2nd Covid wave: ICMR
    New Delhi, August 3 (ANI): ICMR chief Dr Balram Bhargava said has said that it is difficult to predict whether or not India will see a second wave of COVID-19 infections and there will be smaller peaks at different times due to varied geography of the country. In an exclusive interview with ANI, (Prof) Dr Bhargava also said that the situation was rapidly evolving and there have been immense variations in spread of infection and mortality rates in different geographies and across dif
  • Nothing to worry, will be discharged soon: Yediyurappa
    Bengaluru, August 3 (IANS) Allaying fears about his health after testing Covid positive, an upbeat Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa on Monday assured people that there was "nothing to worry about" and he would be discharged from the hospital soon. "There is nothing to worry about. I will be discharged soon and start work," said Yediyurappa in Kannada in a video message played in all the local news channels across the state. Yediyurappa, 77, and his da
  • K'taka Cong worker held for derogatory tweet on Amit Shah
    Bengaluru, August 3 (IANS): A Karnataka Congress worker, who is reportedly associated with the social media unit of the party, was arrested for allegedly making derogatory remarks against Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Twitter, an official said on Monday. The tweet was a reaction to reports that Shah got infected with coronavirus. "We have arrested Anand Prasad for his derogatory tweet on Shah," said a Cubbon Park police official to IANS. At around 2 a.m. on Monday
  • PM, President extend warm greetings on Raksha Bandhan
    New Delhi, August 3 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind and leaders across the political spectrum on Monday extended warm greetings on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. Raksha Bandhan celebrates the special bond between brother and sister. On this day, sisters tie a talisman or amulet around the wrists of their brothers and receive a gift in return. Rakhi symbolises love, affection and mutual trust. Taking to Twitter, PM Modi acknowledged Raksha Bandhan
  • What happened to our officer in Mumbai is not right: Bihar CM
    Patna, Aug 3 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has expressed his displeasure over the way Bihar Police IPS officer Vinay Tiwari, who is in Mumbai to probe Sushant Singh death case, was treated by the Mumbai Police. Tiwari was forcibly quarantined upon arrival in Mumbai by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation officials. The Chief Minister said whatever happened with Tiwari in Mumbai is not right. Talking to media persons in Patna, Kumar said, "What happened to the IPS offic