• 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
  • Now, 'Corona vaccine war' rages between Centre, Maharashtra
    MUMBAI, APRIL 8 (IANS): With the state reportedly left with barely one and half day's doses, a vaccine "war" has been raging between Maharashtra and the Centre in the past couple of days with state Health Minister Rajesh Tope now on Thursday comparing the grim situation in the state vis-a-vis Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled states like Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh. Hours after Tope on Wednesday said that the state had only 3 days doses of the Covid vaccines in stock, Union H
  • 5 killed in explosion in illegal cracker unit in UP
    BIJNOR, April 8 (IANS): Five persons were killed and four others were critically injured in an explosion in an illegal cracker factory in Bijnor district of Uttar Pradesh. The incident took place on Thursday afternoon in Bakshiwala area in the house of one Yusuf, who was running a cracker unit in his house. The explosion was so severe that a part of the house was completely destroyed and the bodies of five labourers were buried under the debris. Sources said that the explosive
  • Ten states showing upward trajectory of daily new COVID-19 cases
    New Delhi, April 8 (PTI): Ten states including Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Kerala and Punjab have shown a steep rise in the daily COVID-19 cases accounting for 84.21 per cent of the 1,26,789 new infections, the health ministry said on Thursday. The national weekly COVID-19 positivity rate has increased by 6.21 per cent from 2.19 to 8.40 per cent in the first seven days of March and April, the ministry said. Indi
  • India, China to hold 11th round of talks for disengagement
    NEW DELHI, APRIL 8 (IANS): India and China will hold 11th round of Corps Commander talks on Friday at Chushul to iron out differences for the next phase of disengagement in Eastern Ladakh. After nearly a two month gap, the Corps Commander level talk is again happening between the two countries. The focus of the talk would be disengagement on other friction points. After Pangong disengagement, both the countries have planned to carry out disengagement on other friction points like Go
  • India reports highest daily spike of over 1.26 lakh new Covid cases
    New Delhi, April 8 (PTI): India registered a record single-day spike of 1,26,789 new COVID-19 cases, pushing its infection tally to 1,29,28,574, while the number of active cases too went upwards to breach the nine lakh-mark again, Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday showed. The death toll due to the disease in the country increased to 1,66,862, with 685 new fatalities being reported in a day, according to the data updated at 8 am. Registering a steady increase for the
  • PM Modi takes second dose of COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS
    New Delhi, April 8 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday took second dose of COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS here, and asked those eligible for the shot to take it soon to defeat the virus. He had taken his first jab on March 1 at the hospital. "Got my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS today. Vaccination is among the few ways we have, to defeat the virus. If you are eligible for the vaccine, get your shot soon. Register on," he tweeted.
  • Yale Prof: New Covid-19 variants infiltrating Indian population, more lethal & infectious
    New Delhi, April 7 (IANS): India recorded 1,15,736 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the biggest-ever single-day spike since the onset of the pandemic, taking the overall tally to 12,801,785 on Wednesday. The steep incline in cases is very concerning, as the new Covid variants have infiltrated the population, and some of these variants are known to be more infectious and lethal, said Manisha Juthani, Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Yale School of Medicine and
  • Wearing of mask while driving alone is compulsory during Covid pandemic: HC 
    New Delhi, April 7 (PTI): Wearing a mask while driving alone in a private vehicle is compulsory in the context of COVID-19, the Delhi High Court said on Wednesday and described the face covering as a suraksha kavach', or protective shield, against the spread of the infection. Justice Prathiba M Singh also refused to interfere with the Delhi government's decision to impose challans for not wearing a mask while driving a private car alone, saying a vehicle even if occupied by
  • India becomes fastest Covid vaccinating country, surpasses US
    NEW DELHI, APRIL 7 (IANS): India has become the fastest Covid-19 vaccinating country in the world with a daily average of 30,93,861 vaccine doses, the Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday. With this, India has surpassed the US which is vaccinating 30.93 lakh people per day on an average. According to the ministry, the cumulative number of coronavirus vaccine doses administered in India so far has crossed 8.70 crore on Day 81 of the vaccination drive that was launched on January 1
  • 2nd Covid wave: New symptoms baffle Indian health fraternity
    NEW DELHI, APRIL 7 (IANS): As India witnesses a sharp second wave of Covid-19 pandemic after a brief lull, health experts on Wednesday warned that the virus and its variants may hit people really badly as it is now more lethal with several new symptoms not observed before. According to the experts, joint pain, body ache, abdominal pain and ulceration in the stomach are among the new symptoms. They also found the absence of cough and fever, and yet people being tested Covid positive.
  • Telangana man burns bribe money to avoid being caught
    HYDERABAD, APRIL 7 (IANS): Telangana's Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has arrested a man who tried to burn Rs 5 lakh cash he had received as a bribe on behalf of a government official. The anti-graft agency arrested Venkataiah Goud, who set afire the currency to avoid being caught at his residence at Kalwakurthy in Nagarkurnool district on Tuesday. The agency also arrested Saidulu, the tehsildar of Veldanda mandal, who had asked Goud to collect the bribe for doing an official f
  • COVID-19 variants, susceptible population, slack in following COVID appropriate behaviour behind second wave: Experts
    New Delhi, April 7 (PTI): Slack in following COVID appropriate behaviour, a susceptible population and spread of variants could be among the main reasons for the second wave of coronavirus that has hit the country, healthcare experts have said. The number of new coronavirus cases in India touched a record daily high since the outbreak of the pandemic with over 1.15 lakh new infections being reported in a span of 24 hours, pushing the nationwide COVID-19 tally to 1,28,01,785 on Wedne
  • UP boy mistakes bomb for ball, suffers injuries in blast
    LUCKNOW, APRIL 7 (IANS): A 12-year-old boy suffered injuries after he picked up a crude bomb, mistaking it for a ball, from a garbage heap and then threw it away, causing an explosion. The incident took place on Tuesday evening when the boy, Sachin, was returning home from coaching classes with his friends. His father Ram Khelawan told police that, "Sachin spotted a ball like object wrapped with twine, lying in the heap of garbage and picked it up." Ram Khelawan said Sa
  • India records 1,15,736 Covid-19 cases, highest ever daily tally
    NEW DELHI, APRIL 7 (IANS): India recorded 1,15,736 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the biggest-ever single-day surge since the onset of the pandemic early last year, taking the overall tally to 12,801,785 on Wednesday, according to the Health Ministry. Active cases crossed the 800,000 mark in the last 24 hours and now stands at 843,473, comprising 6.59 per cent of the total infections. Reports suggest that India is now the fourth most affected country in the world in ter
  • CRPF man is our captive, appoint interlocutors: CPI (Maoists)
    Bijapur, April 6 (PTI): The outlawed CPI (Maoist) has claimed that CoBRA commando Rakeshwar Singh Manhas, who went missing after the April 3 ambush in Chhattisgarh's Bastar region, is in captivity of ultras, and asked the state government to appoint interlocutors for his release. The Maoists have, however, not raised any formal demands for the release of the commando. Police are verifying the authenticity of the statement, purportedly issued by the outlaws. The banned outfit als
  • Night curfew in Delhi till April 30
    New Delhi, April 6 (PTI): The Delhi government on Tuesday announced seven hours of night curfew for this entire month as COVID-19 cases continued to rise with 5,100 fresh cases and 17 deaths being reported in 24 hours, even as the AAP dispensation ruled out any plans for a lockdown, saying it is exploring other alternatives. The emergency measure for the "wellbeing and safety" of people was decided after the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) reviewed the coronavir
  • AP Police personnel on poll duty, win Tamil hearts with humane touch
    ONGOLE/VILLUPURAM, APRIL 6 (IANS): Nearly 300 policemen from Andhra Pradesh's Prakasam district police department who were deputed in Tamil Nadu for the Assembly election duties on Tuesday won the hearts of the Tamil people with their humane services. Prakasam police took wheelchair-bound voters to exercise their franchise, including carrying several other specially abled people with their own hands and also some voters along with their chairs, replicating scenes witnessed durin
  • With 2nd wave of bird flu, hundred birds found dead in HP
    Shimla, April 6 (PTI): Around 100 migratory birds have been found dead in Pong Dam Lake in the last two weeks after the outbreak of a second wave of bird flu in Himachal Pradesh, wildlife officials said on Tuesday. Bird flu had first been confirmed among migratory water-birds at Pong Dam Lake Wildlife Sanctuary in early January that left around 5,000 birds dead in a month. It was contained in early February but has now resurfaced since late March beginning with the discovery of a do