India

  • Delhi's anti-dengue campaign garners celebrity support
    New Delhi, October 24 (IANS): The Arvind Kejriwal government-led campaign to combat the dengue menace in the national capital is garnering support from celebrities. Running into its eighth week, the aim of the "10 Hafte 10 Baje 10 Minute" is to encourage citizens to take steps in combating the vector-borne disease like changing the accumulated and stagnant water to prevent the Dengue mosquito from breeding. Prominent singer Shankar Mahadevan is expected to participate i
  • India, US likely to ink strategic info sharing pact during 2+2 meet
    New York, October 24 (IANS): The Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA), a breakthrough pact for sharing important strategic information, is likely to be signed during the 2+2 ministerial dialogue between the top foreign affairs and defence officials of India and the US next week, a senior official in President Donald Trump's administration has hinted. "We've made significant progress towards concluding the last foundational defence enabling agreement, the BECA
  • As spike continues, India's Covid tally crosses 78L-mark
    New Delhi, October 24 (IANS): After dipping below 47,000 four days back, a spike in daily fresh corona cases has once again been recorded. A total of 53,370 new infections and 650 deaths reported in the last 24 hours has taken India's total tally to 78,14,682, data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Saturday. Out of the total Covid cases, 6,80,680 are currently active, 70,16,046 have been discharged, while 1,17,956 lost the battle against the pandemic. Whi
  • India seeks health worker database for possible COVID-19 vaccination
    MUMBAI/BHUBANESWAR, October 23 (Reuters): India is urgently preparing a database of all government and private health personnel to quickly vaccinate them against the novel coronavirus once it is safe to do so, health authorities said on Friday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised to provide any successful vaccine to each of India's 1.3 billion people, but frontline health workers would be the first to get the shots. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is aiming to
  • Cong, BJP in K'taka cross swords over vaccine promise
    BENGALURU, OCTOBER 23 (IANS): Taking serious exception to the BJP's poll promise in Bihar of providing free Covid vaccine if the party is voted to power, the Congress in Karnataka termed the saffron party as "Opportunist BJP" while the Karnataka BJP countered it by asking the Congress to "remove hate Modi glasses" and know the difference between governance and poll promise. Launching a scathing attack through his Twitter handle, Leader of the Opposition Sidda
  • Ahead of Bihar polls, Congress demands White Paper on demonitisation
    New Delhi, October 23 (IANS): Just five days ahead of the first phase of elections to the Bihar Assembly, the Congress on Friday again raked up the 2016 demonetisation, dubbing it "notebadli and not notebandi" and demanding a White Paper by the Centre on the issue. Addressing a press conference, Congress spokesperson Gaurav Vallabh said: "The Indian economy is still reeling under the aftershocks of this ill-advised move. Before starting to accomplish a goal, its objec
  • Potable water, groundwater wastage or misuse now punishable offence in India
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 23 (IANS): In a landmark development in the history of groundwater preservation in the country, wastage and misuse of potable water or groundwater will, henceforth, be a punishable offence, with the Central Ground Water Authority issuing a notification directing civic bodies to evolve a compliance mechanism with coercive measures for violations. The notification issued by the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) under Section 5 of the Environment (Protection
  • Trump's description of India as filthy sets off calls for cleaner air
    NEW DELHI, October 23 (Reuters): U.S. President Donald Trump's description of India as a filthy place with polluted air has unleashed calls on social media for urgent clean-up action, particularly over New Delhi, the world's most polluted capital. Defending the clean air in the United States, Trump made the comment during his final debate on Thursday with Democratic rival Joe Biden ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election, saying "Look at India. It's filthy. T
  • Punjab lynch mob attacks child rapist & his grandpa
    CHANDIGARH, OCTOBER 23 (IANS): A lynch mob went berserk on Friday and assaulted an accused and his grandfather, who were in police custody on charges of raping and burning a six-year-old girl of a migrant labourer in Punjab's Tanda town. The mob demanded the handover of the accused -- Gurpreet Singh and his grandfather Surjit Singh -- so they could punish them with their own hands and bring justice to the victim. The accused allegedly killed the child and then burnt her body
  • Women, 2 minor girls drown as raft capsizes in Maha river
    Beed (Maharashtra), October 23 (IANS): A 32-year-old woman and her two minor daughters drowned when their raft overturned in a swollen stream near the Khalwat-Nimgaon village in the district, police officials said here on Friday. The incident occurred around 6 p.m. on Thursday when a group of farm labourers was returning home from the fields after completing the day's work. "En route they have to cross a small river flowing out of a nearby dam in a raft to reach their vi
  • Modi compares 15-yr 'lawless rule' with NDA's development era
    Sasaram (Bihar) October 23 (IANS): Five days ahead of the first phase of Bihar Assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that the state's people cannot forget the "lawlessness" seen during the 15-year rule of the opposition (Rashtriya Janata Dal). "People of Bihar know what the situation was at that time. People were killed in broad daylight, kidnappings took place, and criminals were protected by leaders of the ruling party. Massacres happen
  • VVIP chopper scam: Accused-turned-approver Rajiv Saxena granted interim bail
    New Delhi, October 23 (IANS): A Delhi court on Friday granted interim bail to accused-turned-approver Rajiv Saxena in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal scam case being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation. Special Judge Arvind Kumar granted interim bail to him on the personal bond of Rs 2 lakh and surety of like amount till the next date of hearing. His bail application was vehemently opposed by the probe agency and the matter will now come up on December
  • India's daily spike again on rise as total mounts to 77.61L
    New Delhi, October 23 (IANS): After dipping below 47,000 new cases three days back, spike in daily fresh corona cases has been on the rise ever since. A total of 54,366 new infections and 690 deaths in 24 hours, took India's tally on Friday to 77,61,312. Out of the total Covid cases, 6,95,509 are currently active, 69,48,497 have been discharged, while 1,17,306 lost the battle against the pandemic. India's cumulative Positivity Rate is 7.81 per cent and the daily figure is
  • Battle of the biggies: Modi, Rahul to address rallies in Bihar on Friday
    Patna, October 22 (IANS): With campaigning for assembly elections on at full swing in Bihar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Congress president Rahul Gandhi will add further heft and heat to the proceedings from Friday. Prime Minister Modi will launch his campaign on Friday by addressing a rally at Dehri in Rohtas district. This will be followed by a second rally at Gaya's historic Gandhi Maidan venue and the third at Bhagalpur. According to the BJP, the Prime Ministe
  • 24 Indian children nominated for International Children's Peace Prize
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 22 (IANS): Twenty-four young changemakers from India are the nominees for the prestigious International Childrens Peace Prize 2020. They are among the 142 nominees from 42 different countries, who qualified for the coveted award. The prestigious prize is annually awarded to a child who has made a special effort to promote children's rights and better the situation of vulnerable children. Last year, the prize was awarded to Greta Thunberg from Sweden and Divina
  • SC asked to hear pleas for uniform minimum age for marriage
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 22 (IANS): A plea has been moved in the Supreme Court seeking transfer of pleas pertaining to a "uniform minimum age of marriage" for both men and women from the Delhi and Rajasthan High Courts to the top court, so as to evade conflicting views and multiplicity of litigations. The plea, filed by BJP leader and advocate Ashwini Upadhyay, said: "The fundamental basis of the legal system is that the dispute should be finally settled... when the same/si
  • Doctors in Delhi see jump in breathing issues amid COVID-19, pollution
    NEW DELHI, October 22 (Reuters): Top doctors in New Delhi are reporting a jump in respiratory problems among its residents, coinciding with the onset of peak pollution season in India's capital and raising concerns about complications for COVID-19 patients. Doctors from five different Delhi hospitals told Reuters they have received twice the number of patients with respiratory illnesses such as bronchitis in the past two weeks. Dust and smoke fill Delhi's air every w
  • BJP releases manifesto for Bihar polls, promises free Covid vaccine
    Patna, October 22 (IANS): With just six days left for polling for the first phase in the three-phase Bihar Assembly elections, the BJP on Thursday released its election manifesto or 'Sankalp Patra', making a slew of promises. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman released the manifesto at a function held in Patna. Speaking on the occasion, Sitharaman said that Bihar's development is essential for the nation's progress and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) ne
  • Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Modi tested Covid-19 positive
    Patna, October 22 (IANS): After Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Syed Shahnawaz Hussain, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi has also been found positive for Covid-19 amid the electoral chaos in the state. He tweeted on Thursday: "Tested positive for CORONA. All parameters perfectly normal. Started with mild temp. No temp for last 2 days. Admitted to AIIMS Patna for better monitoring. CT scan of lungs normal. Will be back soon for campaigning." It is notewo
  • Yogi govt working on permanent solution to flood problem
    Lucknow, October 22 (IANS): The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh is working on an action plan for a permanent solution to the problem of floods in the state. The Chief Minister on Thursday said until a permanent solution to the problem is found, the standard flood control procedures will be in place at flood-sensitive points in the state. "It is because of the proactive approach of the government towards the problem that no serious flood-related issues came up des