• International flights to remain suspended till August 31
    New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) The Central government on Friday extended the suspension on scheduled commercial international flight operations to and from India till August 31. "The government has decided to extend the suspension on the Scheduled International Commercial Passenger Services to or from India up to 23:59 hours IST of 31st August. Specific Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) has been issued accordingly," an official statement said. The restriction, however, will not be ap
  • With Jio, WhatsApp Pay to empower millions of Indians: Zuckerberg
    New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) Reiterating his commitment to launch WhatsApp Pay for over 400 million users of the messaging platform in India, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the Reliance Jio partnership is a huge opportunity to enable small businesses and individuals in the country to buy and sell things through WhatsApp. Talking to analysts during an earnings call on Thursday, Zuckerberg said that a lot of people use WhatsApp, especially in India. "We want to enable tha
  • Spurious liquor tragedy toll reaches 21, Punjab CM orders probe
    Chandigarh, July 31 (IANS): Even as at least 21 persons died due to alleged consumption of spurious liquor in Amritsar, Batala and Tarn Taran districts of Punjab, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday ordered a magisterial inquiry led by the Jalandhar Divisional Commissioner into the matter. Five more deaths were reported on Friday in Batala. One person was admitted in hospital in a critical condition. Four more deaths have also been reported from Tarn Taran. The inquiry pa
  • Jaish, Lashkar militants trained in Af to attack India ahead of Aug 5
    New Delhi, July 31 (IANS): Pakistan Army's Special Service Group (SSG) has trained around 20 Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists in Afghanistan to carry out attacks in India ahead of August 5, the first anniversary of the constitutional reorganization of Jammu and Kashmir and August 15, the Independence Day. Intelligence sources told IANS Pakistan Army's SSG, a special force which is skilled in unconventional warfare (cross-border terrorism), has trai
  • Over a million COVID-19 patients have recovered in India: Govt
    New Delhi, July 31 (PTI): The number of recovered coronavirus patients crossed the 10-lakh mark on Thursday and is now 1.9 times the total active cases while the fatality rate has dropped to 2.21 per cent, the Union health ministry said. Addressing a press briefing, Officer on Special Duty in the Health Ministry Rajesh Bhushan said 21 states and Union Territories have case positivity rate less than 10 per cent, while in four it is less than five per cent. The COVID-19 positivity
  • Modi govt's Vision 2022 to make India poverty, corruption free
    New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) Modi government is pursuing big goals to mark the 75th anniversary of the independence in 2022. The government has prepared a vision document through which it aims to make a New India by 2022 by eradicating poverty and corruption. It plans to achieve this goal through inclusive and sustainable development. Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year said that celebration of 75th Independence day in 2022 will mark the celebration of the dream of New India in an u
  • Record spike of over 55K coronavirus cases
    New Delhi, July 31 (IANS) India reported the single-day spike of 55,079 coronavirus cases and 779 deaths in the last 24 hours pushing the total tally to 16,38,871 and 35,747 deaths, stated the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday. More than one million people have recovered till now, over 1.9 times the number of active cases. As many as 10,57,805 have been discharged, while 5,45,318 still remain affected. As many as 16 states and UTs have a recovery rate more tha
  • KIIT-DU to offer free education for children of COVID-19 deceased in Odisha
    Bhubaneswar, July 30 (MExN): Stating that the COVID-19 pandemic has infected millions and caused much panic across the globe, KIIT ‘Deemed to be University’ has announced its decision to provide technical and professional education free of cost to children of the people succumbing to COVID-19 in Odisha. ‘KIIT has always reached out to the distressed people at the time of natural calamities in the state and decided to extend helping hand to the families of the Covid
  • Bring back Rahul, say Congress Rajya Sabha MPs
    New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) The Congress Rajya Sabha MPs met here on Thursday, in a meeting presided over by interim party President Sonia Gandhi who is completing her one year term as the interim chief in August. The Rajya Sabha MPs demanded in the meeting that Rahul Gandhi should be brought back as party president to handle the political crisis. Sources said Rajiv Satav, PL Punia and Digvijaya Singh were the prominent members who demanded that Rahul should be brought back. Earlier t
  • China, India can't live without each other, says Chinese envoy
    July 30 (Reuters) - China warned on Thursday that a "forced decoupling" of its economy with India, following a Himalayan border clash last month that killed 20 Indian soldiers, would hurt both countries. The Chinese ambassador said China was not a strategic threat to India and that the "general structure that we can't live without each other remains unchanged". The statement came after New Delhi's recent moves to ban or sideline Chinese business intere
  • Teaching up to class 5 in mother tongue, regional language: School principals have varied views
    New Delhi, July 30 (PTI): While teaching students up to class 5 in the mother tongue or regional language will promote multilingualism, students may face difficulties coping up in upper classes where medium of instruction is English, according to many school principals. As per the new National Education Policy (NEP), the medium of instruction until at least class 5, but preferably till class 8 and beyond, will be the home language, mother tongue, local language and regional language
  • India's big edge over China in Ladakh
    New Delhi, July 30(ANI): Preparing for a long haul in the eastern Ladakh sector in extreme winters, the Indian Army has an edge over the Chinese as it has deployed 35,000 troops there who have already done tenures in high altitude and cold conditions. The Indian troops deployed there are mentally prepared for tackling the weather and terrain. In contrast, the Chinese troops deployed along the Line of Actual Control are not used to these conditions as they have been brought from m
  • India-Mauritius partnership is destined to soar higher: PM
    New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that the partnership between India and Mauritius is destined to soar higher in future. He was inaugurating the Supreme Court building of Mauritius with his counterpart Pravind K. Jugnauth via video confefrence. The virtual inauguration took place in presence of senior members of judiciary from Mauritius and other dignitaries from both the countries. "Our partnership is destined to soar even higher in the
  • Ram temple is culmination of my dreams, says Kalyan Singh
    Lucknow, July 30 (IANS) Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh has said that the 'bhoomi pujan' of the Ram temple in Ayodhya is a culmination of his dreams. Singh was the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh when the Babri mosque was demolished on December 6, 1992. His government was dismissed after the demolition and he was later convicted for contempt of court. He even had to spend a day in jail and was fined Rs 2,000. Talking to a news channel, he said, "The
  • Ayodhya priest, security men test positive for corona
    Ayodhya, July 30 (IANS) Acharya Pradeep Das, the assistant to the chief priest of the Ram Janmabhoomi temple, said that he has tested positive for coronavirus. Besides, 16 policemen on duty at Ayodhya, where the 'bhoomi pujan' ceremony for the Ram temple is scheduled to be held on August 5, have also tested positive for Covid-19. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to attend the ceremony along with about 200 guests. Last Saturday, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath
  • Not holding final year exams will damage students' future: UGC
    New Delhi, July 30 (IANS) The University Grants Commission (UGC) has told the Supreme Court that it is not possible to alter its July 6 guidelines mandating universities across India to conduct their final year examination by September end. The UGC informed the court that the expert committee, headed by Prof R.C. Kuhad, submitted a report recommending that terminal semester examinations should be conducted by universities/institutions by the end of September. This report was deli
  • Bihar floods worsen, 38 lakh people affected in 12 districts
    Patna, July 30 (IANS) The flood havoc in Bihar is continuously worsening as people in 12 districts are bearing the brunt of floods due to overflow in almost all major rivers and tributaries in the state. Over 38 lakh people of the state are affected by the floods, while 11 people have died so far in various incidents. Meanwhile, the government is claiming relief and rescue work is on. The report of the Department of Water Resources states that Kosi has a trend of increasing the w
  • 70% Indians believe India is successful in fighting Covid-19: Survey
    New Delhi, July 30 (IANSlife) While COVID-19 numbers increase exponentially, a survey reveals that there is a wide gap between perception and reality. As many as 70 percent people believe that India has successfully battled against Covid-19, revealed the survey in which over than 8 lakh people from across 300 districts in India participated. Only 18.18 percent people said that a major cause of spread of coronavirus is relaxation in lockdown norms by the government, while 60 perce
  • Bihar floods worsen, 38 lakh people affected in 12 districts
    PATNA, JULY 30 (IANS): The flood havoc in Bihar is continuously worsening as people in 12 districts are bearing the brunt of floods due to overflow in almost all major rivers and tributaries in the state. Over 38 lakh people of the state are affected by the floods, while 11 people have died so far in various incidents. Meanwhile, the government is claiming relief and rescue work is on. The report of the Department of Water Resources states that Kosi has a trend of increasing the
  • Highlights of National Education Policy 2020
    New Delhi, July 30 (PTI) The Union Cabinet approved the National Education Policy 2020 on Wednesday. Below are some of the key features of the new policy: * This is the first education policy of the 21st century and replaces the thirty-four-year-old National Policy on Education (NPE), 1986. * The new policy aims for universalisation of education from pre-school to secondary level with 100 per cent Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in school education by 2030 and aims to raise GER in hi