India

  • Mild infection good sign, shows immune system responding to vax: AIIMS chief
    New Delhi, January 16 (IANS): AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria on Saturday joined scores of healthcare workers across the country who were administered Covid-19 vaccine shots on the first day of the nationwide vaccination drive. Dr Guleria said mild infection or adverse reaction after vaccination is a good sign because it shows the immune system of the body is reacting to the vaccine and creating antibodies. Moments after Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the vaccination drive
  • India records 15K new Covid cases, 175 deaths
    New Delhi, January 16 (IANS): With 15,158 new coronavirus infections reported in the last 24 hours, India on Saturday continued with its low streak of single-day cases, posting an overall tally of 1,05,42,841, 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 sa
  • PM launches world's largest vaccination drive in India
    New Delhi, January 16 (IANS): India began the world's largest Covid-19 vaccination programme on Saturday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi launching the drive aimed at ending the pandemic which so far has killed 1,52,093 people in the country and ravaged the economy. Addressing the country digitally, the Prime Minister said that India managed to make two 'Made-in-India' vaccines in a very short period which usually takes years. Lauding the efforts of scientists who ar
  • India has world's largest diaspora: UN
    United Nations, January 16 (IANS): India has the world's largest diaspora with about 18 million people born there now living abroad, according to John Wilmoth, the director of UN's Population Division at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Presenting the International Migration Report 2020 on Friday, he said that the US was the top host country for migrants with 51 million of them or 18 per cent of the world's total living there. The report said that betwee
  • Facing scrutiny, WhatsApp defers new data privacy policy
    New Delhi, January 16 (IANS): Facing intense criticism worldwide and now a court case in India, WhatsApp has deferred its new data privacy policy and no one will lose his or her account from February 8 for not accepting the updated terms of service, the Facebook-owned platform said on Saturday. WhatsApp said they are moving back the date on which people will be asked to review and accept the terms. "No one will have their account suspended or deleted on February 8. We're
  • India all set for world's largest vaccination drive 
    New Delhi, January 15 (IANS): Almost a year after reporting the first case of deadly coronavirus, which has claimed over 1.5 lakh lives in India till now, the country is set to witness a historic moment on Saturday with the commencement of the eagerly-awaited vaccination drive against the dreaded disease. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually launch the world's largest vaccination programme at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and almost three lakh beneficiaries, belonging to the pri
  • 2020 was one of 3 warmest years on record
    New Delhi, January 15 (PTI): The year 2020 was one of the three warmest years on record and rivalled 2016 for the top spot, indicating the pace of the "human-induced" climate change which is now as powerful as the force of nature, the United Nations weather agency has said. All five datasets surveyed by the World Meteorological Organisation concur that 2011-2020 was the warmest decade on record, in a persistent long-term climate change trend. The warmest six years have
  • Around 300-400 Pak terrorists trying to infiltrate across LoC: Indian Army Chief
    January 15 (IANS): Around 300 to 400 Pakistan-based terrorists are waiting in launchpads across the Line of Control to infiltrate into the Indian side, said Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane on Friday, adding that forces at forward locations are keeping an eye on their activities. The Army Chief also said that the forces deployed at Line of Control are giving a befitting reply to Pakistan's Ceasefire violations. "There has been a around 44 per cent inc
  • National capital all geared up for vaccination drive
    New Delhi, January 15 (IANS): A day ahead of the commencement of the world's biggest immunization exercise, the national capital has completed all the preparations to innoculate its priority groups, with healthcare workers, who will be the first to receive the silver bullet, clearly excited. The vaccination drive is slated to kick off on Saturday. The rollout is expected to cover three lakh frontline healthcare workers at 3,006 sites across India on the first day. The Central
  • Rahul, Priyanka join Cong protest against farm laws in Delhi
    New Delhi, January 15 (IANS): Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi and former party chief Rahul Gandhi on Friday joined a protest march here to show solidarity with the protesting farmers, and walked towards Raj Niwas which houses the residence and office of Delhi's Lt. Governor. Later, both went to Jantar Mantar and joined the ongoing protest of the Punjab MPs against the newly passed farm laws. Speaking on the occasion, Rahul Gandhi said: "Prime Minister Narendra
  • Stalemate over farm laws continues, next meeting on Jan 19
    New Delhi, January 15 (IANS): The ninth round of talks between the government and the agitating farmers ended inconclusively on Friday. The next round of meeting has been scheduled for January 19. The meeting of the farmer leaders with the government, which started at 12 noon on Friday and went on for around five hours, over the three contentious farm laws and the demand for minimum support price (MSP) ended in a stalemate. Speaking to the media after the meeting, Bharatiya Kisan
  • Governments can come and go but cultural nationalism is here to stay
    New Delhi, January 15 (IANS): On Friday, when President Ramnath Kovind donated Rs 5 lakh in personal capacity for the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya to the trust, life came a full circle for the Indian Republic. In 1951, when deputy Prime Minister Sardar Patel wanted the Somnath temple to be renovated by the Congress, it was opposed tooth and nail by Pandit Nehru, who wanted the new state to be at arm's length from the renovation of the Somnath temple in Gujarat. It led t
  • 13 killed in K'taka road mishap, PM condoles deaths
    Dharwad (Karnataka), January 15 (IANS): In a major road mishap, at least 13 people, including 11 women, were killed and six others were critically injured when a tempo traveller collided with a truck near Itigatti village in Karnataka's Dharwad district on Friday morning. The deceased have been identified as Asha Jagadish, Praveena, Poorninma, Manasi, Pramjyothi, Rajeshwari Shivakumar, Shakuntala, Usha, Veda, Nirmala, Manjula Neelesh, Rajini Srinivasa and Preethi Ravikumar. A
  • India took 'very decisive' steps to deal with coronavirus pandemic: IMF chief
    Washington, January 15 (PTI): IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva has praised India for taking "very decisive" steps to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and its economic consequences and asked the country to do more this year to support an accelerated transformation of the economy. Participating in a global media roundtable on Thursday, the chief of the International Monetary Fund predicted a less bad outlook for India in the upcoming World Economic Update due to
  • Defence Minister unveils India's first indigenously developed driverless metro car
    Bengaluru, January 15 (PTI): Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday unveiled the country's first indigenously developed Driverless Metro Car at the BEML manufacturing facility here. The Minister, who visited the facility, said he was proud of the good work the team of engineers and technicians are doing at BEML. "They are the real warriors of 'Atmanirbhar Bharat', taking India ahead, he tweeted.  
  • Dubai-based Indian teenager helps recycle 25 tonnes of e-waste
    Dubai, January 15 (PTI): A Dubai-based 15-year-old Indian girl has launched a campaign, which helped in the recycling of 25 tonnes of electronic waste in the Gulf nation, according to a media report on Friday. Riva Tulpule, a student of grade 10, got the idea to start the campaign while clearing out drawers filled with broken devices in 2016, the Gulf News reported. While shifting to a new house a few years ago, Tulpule found lots of disused electronics while helping her mom clea
  • Rahul seeks public support for campaign in favour of farmers, against fuel prices
    New Delhi, January 15 (PTI): Asking people to join the farmers' "satyagraha" against the Modi government, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday spoke out in support of the ongoing protests and against rising fuel prices in the country. The Congress is observing the day as Kisan Adhikar Divas and will take out protest marches in all state capitals. Participating in the "SpeakUpForKisanAdhikar" campaign of his party, Gandhi said on Twitter, "The countr
  • Leopard 'plays' with motorists in Himachal, raises concern
    SHIMLA, JANUARY 15 (IANS): Videos of a well-built leopard 'playing' with motorists in Himachal Pradesh's Tirthan Valley located in interiors of Kullu district has raised concern among wildlife experts. The one-and-half-year leopard was seen playfully interacting with motorists time and again and its high comfort level amidst the presence of 15-20 people, who were busy in shooting it on their mobile cameras, indicates the wild cat was initially hand-reared, a wildlife off
  • Offensive drones now part of Indian Army's autonomous weapon systems
    NEW DELHI, JANUARY 15 (IANS): From artificial intelligence to autonomous weapon systems to quantum block chains and now robotics, the Indian Army is now into offensive technology. For the first time, the force demonstrated use of offensive drone technology during the Army Day Parade held at Delhi Cantonment on Friday. The Indian Army has, in fact, also bought offensive drones since August last year. In August, 2019, the force procured five drones, in October 20 drones and in Decembe
  • 9th round of talks between Centre, farmers on in Delhi
    New Delhi, January 15 (IANS): The ninth round of talks between farmer leaders and the Centre on the farmers’ two main demands pertaining to three new central farm laws and MSP for crops is on in Delhi, officials said on Friday. Apart from 41 representatives of farmer unions, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, and Minister of State Som Prakash are participating in the talks that began around 12.20 pm at the Vigyan Bhavan here. Bef