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  • India warns Twitter, says misrepresentation of map unacceptable
    New Delhi, October 22 (IANS): Taking strong exception to misrepresentation of the India map, the government has written a stern letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, saying that any attempt by the platform to disrespect the sovereignty and integrity of India, which is also reflected by the maps, is totally unacceptable. The same is also unlawful, Ajay Sawhney, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and IT, said in the letter, according to IT Ministry sources. The government issued the l
  • West Bengal hits record daily COVID-19 cases amid festival
    KOLKATA/MUMBAI, October 22 (Reuters): The Indian state of West Bengal reported its biggest daily tally of new COVID-19 infections as thousands of people thronged the streets for a major Hindu festival that began last week. India has seen a sharp drop in infections since a September peak, but experts have warned it could see a resurgence during Durga Puja this week, and Diwali, the festival of light, in mid-November. West Bengal's health ministry reported 4,069 new COVID-
  • India warns Twitter, says misrepresentation of map unacceptable
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 22 (IANS): Taking strong exception to misrepresentation of the India map, the government has written a stern letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, saying that any attempt by the platform to disrespect the sovereignty and integrity of India, which is also reflected by the maps, is totally unacceptable. The same is also unlawful, Ajay Sawhney, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and IT, said in the letter, according to IT Ministry sources. The government issued the l
  • India successfully tests anti-tank guided missile Nag, ready for induction in Army
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 22 (IANS): India successfully carried out the final trial of anti-tank guided missile -- Nag -- on Thursday. The missile will be inducted soon in the India Army. In 2008, Ministry of Defence approved procurement of 300 Nag missiles and 25 missile carriers for Army. The test was carried out at 6.45 a.m. at the Pokhran field firing ranges in Rajasthan, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) said. The missile was integrated with the actual warhead an
  • Bihar polls: 10 lakh jobs promise draws crowds to RJD
    Masaudhi, October 22 (IANS): The promise by RJD's chief ministerial candidate, Tejashwi Yadav to offer 10 lakh jobs to the people of Bihar if it forms government in the state has managed to draw crowds to the party's election rallies ahead of the Assembly polls. The lucrative offer of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Mahagathbandhan have been so far successful in bringing people out of their homes to listen to Tejashwi at the rally venues. Tejashwi was in Masaudhi on We
  • COVID-19: India breaches 77L cases as daily spike declines
    New Delhi, October 22 (IANS): With a fresh spike of 55,839 coronavirus infections and 702 deaths in 24 hours, India's tally on Thursday stood at 77,06,946. In a respite, India has been registering less than 60,000 fresh cases per day over the last four days. Out of the total Covid cases, 7,15,812 are currently active, 68,74,518 have been discharged, while 1,16,616 lost the battle against the pandemic. While the recovery rate stands at 88.81 per cent, the fatality rate is 1.51
  • Over-speeding caused most road crashes, deaths in 2019: Govt report
    358 accidents in Nagaland New Delhi, October 21 (IANS): Over-speeding led to maximum number of road crashes and deaths in India in 2019, revealed the annual road accident report of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. According to the report released by the ministry's Transport Research Wing, 1,51,113 people were killed, and 4,51,361 persons were injured in 4,49,002 road crashes in India in 2019. The country saw 1,230 road crashes and 414 deaths every day or 51 crashe
  • U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to visit India next week for strategic talks
    NEW DELHI, October 21 (Reuters): U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper will travel to India next week for a top-level ministerial dialogue, a statement from India's external affairs ministry said on Wednesday, and are expected to discuss defence and trade issues. Pompeo and Esper will hold two-plus-two talks with Indian defence minister Rajnath Singh and external affairs minister S.Jaishankar on Oct. 27, the statement said. The so-called tw
  • 'I feel I belong': India's first trans-run dairy farm brings jobs and respect
    MUMBAI, October 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): As head of India's first dairy farm run by transgender women, Bhoomika has finally found security, having spent years as a beggar after fleeing parents who taunted their sari-wearing son. The state-backed Transgenders' Milk Producers' Cooperative Society officially opened its doors in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu last month, providing 30 trans women each with an individual home, a cow and a shared business
  • Cabinet okays MoU between India and Nigeria on space cooperation
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 21 (IANS): The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Wednesday apprised of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Nigeria on cooperation in the exploration and uses of outer space for peaceful purposes. The MoU was signed between Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) of India at Bengaluru in June this year and by the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) of Nigeria at Abuja in August this year.
  • PM's farsightedness helped lessen corona severity in India
    Bhopal, October 21 (IANS): BJP's Rajya Sabha MP Jyotiraditya Scindia has said that the farsightedness of Prime Minister Narendra Modi had ensured that the severity of coronavirus pandemic in India was lesser compared with other countries. He told IANS in an exclusive interview that the pandemic's ill-effects on the Indian economy will soon be wiped out and it will bounce back in the next one year. Recalling the Centre's steps taken to tackle the economic situation, he
  • SC to examine if universities can be sued under consumer law
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 21 (IANS): The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal, challenging a verdict of National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC), which raised the question, whether an educational institution or university can be sued for deficiency in services under the consumer protection law. A bench of Justices D.Y. Chandrachud, Indu Malhotra and Indira Banerjee, admitting the appeal, said: "Since there are divergent views of this court bearing on the subject a
  • Air pollution in India caused over 1.16L infant deaths in 2019: Study
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 21 (IANS): The first-ever comprehensive analysis of air pollution's global impact on newborns finds that outdoor and household particulate matter pollution contributed to the deaths of more than 1,16,000 Indian infants in their first month of life in 2019, a new global study on Wednesday. However, the study found progress in reducing household air pollution exposures but levels stagnant for outdoor PM2.5. The report, State of Global Air 2020, said more than
  • India to observe Oct 22 as Black Day to highlight Pak-backed militia's invasion of J&K
    SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 21 (IANS): India will observe October 22 -- the day of the raid in 1947 in Jammu and Kashmir -- as the 'Black Day' to protest against Pakistan's role in instigating violence and terror in the valley. On October 22, 1947, Pakistani invaders illegally entered into Jammu and Kashmir and plundered and committed atrocities. "The 'lashkars' (militia) of tribal men armed with axes, swords and guns and backed by the Pakistan Army attacked Kashmi
  • What is the Malabar exercise, and why is it significant?
    NEW DELHI, October 21 (Reuters): Australia will join three-way naval exercises involving the United States, Japan and India, in a move that could provoke concern from China, which has criticised similar joint drills in the past. Here are some of the most common questions on the Malabar exercise: WHAT IS THE MALABAR EXERCISE? The Malabar naval exercise began in 1992 as a training event between the United States and India. Japan joined it in 2015, but Australia has not
  • Indian side returns Chinese soldier who crossed Himalayan border - China military paper
    BEIJING, October 21 (Reuters): A Chinese soldier who had strayed across a contested de facto border with India in the Himalayas has been handed back by the Indian side, according to a report by China's official military newspaper, the PLA Daily. The soldier was handed over early Wednesday morning, according to the report. Both countries have amassed thousands of troops in the region after a deadly clash in June. The nuclear-armed neighbours have been locked in a month
  • Proud of diligence and readiness of police forces: PM
    New Delhi, October 21 (IANS):  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday lauded the efforts of policemen on the occasion of Police Commemoration Day, saying "we are proud of their diligence and readiness to assist citizens". Modi paid tribute to police personnel killed in the line of duty on Police Commemoration Day. "Police Commemoration Day is about expressing gratitude to our police personnel and their families all across India. We pay tributes to all the p
  • Rajasthan follows Punjab, to call spl Session to reject Centre's farm laws
    Jaipur, October 21 (IANS): After Punjab, Rajasthan's Chief MInister Ashok Gehlot too has decided to convene a special session of the Assembly to discuss the farm laws. On Tuesday, Gehlot called a cabinet meeting and announced that Rajasthan will also call a special session of the Legislative Assembly 'to preserve farmers' interest'. He tweeted after the cabinet meeting: "The Council of Ministers have decided that a special session of the Legislative Assembly
  • India now has over 76.5L COVID-19 cases
    New Delhi, October 21 (IANS): With a fresh spike of 54,044 coronavirus infections and 717 deaths in 24 hours, India's tally on Wednesday stood at 76,51,107. Out of these, 7,40,090 are currently active, 67,95,103 have been discharged, while 1,15,914 lost the battle against the pandemic. The country saw 7,254 more than Tuesday's fresh infections, after witnessing slight decline in new cases. While the recovery rate stands at 88.81 per cent, the fatality rate is 1.51 per
  • In a first, Punjab Assembly rejects Centre's farm laws
    Chandigarh, October 20 (IANS): In a first in the country, the legislative Assembly in Punjab led by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday unanimously passed three legislations and formally rejected the Centre's 'black' agricultural laws brought by the BJP-led Union government. The Bills provide for imprisonment of not less than three years and a fine for sale or purchase of wheat or paddy under a farming agreement below the MSP, exemption of farmers from attachm