India

  • Cong to undertake campaign to help Covid pandemic-affected people, gather data on deceased
    New Delhi, June 16 (PTI): The Congress on Wednesday announced that it will undertake a nationwide outreach campaign to help those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and to gather data on coronavirus infected patients and the deceased. In a statement, Congress general secretary, organization, K C Venugopal said party president Sonia Gandhi and state unit presidents will also be writing condolence letters to the next of kin of those who passed away due to Covid. "This outreach
  • 12-year-old lion falls prey to Covid in Chennai zoo
    CHENNAI, JUNE 16 (IANS): A male lion named 'Pathbanathan (12) died due to Covid-19 at the Arignar Anna Zoological Park, popularly known as Vandalur Zoo, here on Wednesday. The Vandalur Zoo management said in a statement that the samples of the lion tested positive for SARS Cov-2, as per the report of the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD), Bhopal, communicated on June 3. Since then, the lion was under intensive care. Earlier this month, a nine-year-o
  • 6 Maoists gunned down in Andhra operation
    Visakhapatnam, June 16 (IANS): A senior Maoist leader is among 6 naxals killed in an encounter that took place in Wednesday morning in Visakhapatnam district, while some more leaders are believed to have escaped from the spot, sources have said. Police are continuing search operations in the area where encounter took place. Six Maoists were gunned down by Andhra Pradesh Greyhounds police on Wednesday morning at Theegalametta forest area in Visakhapatnam district. "To
  • PM to launch crash course for Covid frontline workers on June 18
    New Delhi, June 16 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch customized crash course programme for Covid-19 frontline workers on June 18 in over 26 states. Organised at 11 a.m. via video conferencing, the launch will commence the programme in 111 training centres spread over 26 states. The launch will be followed by the Prime Minister's address. The programme aims to skill and upskill over one lakh Covid warriors across the country. The training will be imparted to Cov
  • 'Social media narrative': Delhi Police moves SC against HC bail to riots accused
    New Delhi, June 16 (IANS): Delhi Police have filed an appeal in the Supreme Court challenging the bail granted by Delhi High Court to activists Asif Iqbal Tanha, Devangana Kalita and Natasha Narwal in a case of the "larger conspiracy" related to the northeast Delhi riots last year, in which 53 people were killed and more than 400 injured. Questioning the approach adopted by High Court, the police said the three judgments granting bail to three students, Tanha, Kalita and N
  • Modi calls for 'repair and prepare' as India emerges from pandemic
    New Delhi, June 16 (PTI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday called for focus on 'repair and prepare' as the nation emerges out of a devastating pandemic. "Over the past year, we have witnessed a lot of disruption in different sectors. Much of it is still there. Yet, disruption does not have to mean despair," he said at VivaTech Summit. "Instead, we must keep the focus on the twin foundations of repair and prepare," he said referring to the need
  • 6 Maoists gunned down in Andhra operation
    VISAKHAPATNAM, JUNE 16 (IANS): A senior Maoist leader is among 6 naxals killed in an encounter that took place in Wednesday morning in Visakhapatnam district, while some more leaders are believed to have escaped from the spot, sources have said. Police are continuing search operations in the area where encounter took place. Six Maoists were gunned down by Andhra Pradesh Greyhounds police on Wednesday morning at Theegalametta forest area in Visakhapatnam district. "Today (
  • Most drugs for treating adult Covid patients not recommended for kids: Govt guidelines
    New Delhi, June 16 (PTI): Drugs such as ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine, favipiravir and antibiotics like doxycycline and azithromycin prescribed for adult COVID-19 patients have not been recommended for treating children, according to a government guideline issued on Wednesday. In anticipation of likely intermittent surges in the number of COVID-19 cases, the government has come out with guidelines for operationalising Covid-care services for children. The recommendations include
  • No poverty, zero hunger, gender equality: Key priorities for urban Indians
    NEW DELHI, JUNE 16 (IANS): Poverty alleviation, achieving zero hunger and gender equality are the major priorities among the 'Sustainable Development Goals' (SDG) for urban Indians, according to a World Economic Forum-Ipsos survey. The survey also found that good health and wellbeing is among the top priorities for urban Indians, said an Ipsos statement. Further the top three SDG priorities of global citizens for 2021 were, zero hunger, no poverty and good health and well
  • Newborn recovered from Ganaga, UP CM says govt will take care
    GHAZIPUR, June 16 (IANS): A 22-day old baby girl was found abandoned in a wooden box floating in the Ganga river in Ghazipur district on Wednesday. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced that the Uttar Pradesh government will take the full responsibility of the child and will ensure its proper upbringing. According to reports, a boatmen heard the baby crying near the Dadri Ghat and saw the box. When he opened the box, he saw the baby girl. Photographs of Hindu deities an
  • Social media posts twisted facts, final product doesn't have newborn calf serum: Centre on Covaxin
    New Delhi, June 16 (PTI): Facts have been "twisted and misrepresented" in some social media posts which suggested that indigenously developed Covaxin contains newborn calf serum, the Union Health Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. Newborn calf serum is used only for the preparation and growth of vero cells. Serum from bovine and other animal are standard enrichment ingredient used globally for vero cell growth, it said. Vero cells are used to establish cell live
  • India sees daily rise of 62,224 Covid-19 cases
    New Delhi, June 16 (PTI): A single day rise of 62,224 new coronavirus infections were reported taking India's total tally of COVID-19 cases to 2,96,33,105, while the active cases were recorded below nine lakh after 70 days, according to the Union health ministry data updated on Wednesday. The COVID-19 death toll climbed to 3,79,573 with 2,542 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed. The active cases further declined to 8,65,432 comprising 2.92 per cent of the total
  • Docs warn of 'worse than 2nd wave' if Covid norms not followed
    New Delhi, June 15 (PTI): With close gathering of shoppers in markets and restaurants resuming business amid phased unlock in the national capital, doctors on Tuesday cautioned that Delhi could face a "worse than second wave situation" of COVID-19 if people do not adhere to safety norms or lower their guards. The remarks from many doctors at leading government or private facilities in Delhi come after visuals of various crowded markets surfaced in reports and on social med
  • 85% decline in new COVID cases: Health Ministry
    New Delhi, June 15 (IANS): India has witnessed a decline in daily COVID cases by up to 85 per cent since the highest daily tally was registered on May 7, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday. "We are witnessing a continued reduction in daily cases after 75 days which indicates an overall decline in infection rate," Joint Secretary, Health, Lav Agarwal, said. In the last 24 hours, India reported 86,490 new cases, while on May 7, daily cases were at 4.14 lakh, but ha
  • Inflammatory speeches and road blockades not uncommon when there is widespread opposition: HC
    New Delhi, June 15 (PTI): The making of inflammatory speeches, organising chakkajams (road blockades), and such like actions are not uncommon when there is widespread opposition to Governmental or Parliamentary actions, the Delhi High Court said on Tuesday.  The high court said that protests against Governmental and Parliamentary actions are legitimate; and though such protests are expected to be peaceful and non-violent, it is not uncommon for protesters to push the limits per
  • Amid unlock, doctors warn of 'worse than second wave' situation if norms not followed
    New Delhi, June 15 (PTI): With close gathering of shoppers in markets and restaurants resuming business amid phased unlock in the national capital, doctors on Tuesday cautioned that Delhi could face a "worse than second wave situation" of COVID-19 if people do not adhere to safety norms or lower their guards. The remarks from many doctors at leading government or private facilities here come after visuals of various crowded markets surfaced in reports and on social media,
  • Govt: Risk of death following vaccination negligible  compared to known risk of dying due to Covid-19
    New Delhi, June 15 (PTI): The health ministry on Tuesday termed as "incomplete" and of "limited understanding" media reports which stated that 488 deaths between January 16 and June 7 following vaccination were linked to post-Covid complications, and highlighted that the vaccination coverage during this period was 23.5 crore. The number of deaths reported following COVID-19 vaccination in the country is only 0.0002 per cent of the 23.5 crore doses administered, a
  • Parliamentary panel summons to Twitter officials on June 18
    New Delhi, June 15 (PTI): Days after the Centre issued a notice to Twitter, a parliamentary panel headed by Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has summoned top officials of the micro blogging site to depose before it on Friday and give a representation on prevention of misuse of the social media platform. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information and Technology has summoned several social media giants, including Facebook and Twitter, on issues related to misuse of the platform
  • Sad day for democracy if line blurs between right to protest, terrorist activity: HC
    New Delhi, June 15 (PTI): The Delhi High Court on Tuesday granted bail to JNU student Natasha Narwal in the 2020 riots 'conspiracy' case, saying terror laws cannot be applied in a "cavalier manner" and the line between the right to protest and terrorist activity is getting blurred as also that it will be a sad day for democracy if this mindset gains traction. A Bench of Justices Siddharth Mridul and Anup Jairam Bhambhani admitted her on a regular bail on furnishing
  • Supply of Covaxin to govt at Rs 150/dose not sustainable: Bharat Biotech
    New Delhi, June 15 (IANS): The supply price of Covaxin to the government of India at Rs 150 a dose is a non-competitive price and clearly not sustainable in the long run. Hence a higher price in private markets is required to offset part of the costs, Bharat Biotech said on Tuesday. It said there are live examples of such pricing policies where Human Papilloma virus vaccine is priced for GAVI supplies at $4.5/dose (Rs 320), but is also available in the private market at Rs 3,50