India

  • Renowned journalist-author Fatima R. Zakaria dies of Covid
    AURANGABAD, April 6 (IANS): Veteran journalist Fatima R. Zakaria, the former Editor of the Sunday Times, Mumbai, and mother of renowned global media personality Fareed R. Zakaria, passed away here on Tuesday due to Covid at a private hospital, a close family friend said. Fatima R. Zakaria was the widow of former Maharashtra Minister and Islamic scholar Dr. Rafiq Zakaria, and had been admitted to a local hospital since the past few days, Aurangabad AIMIM MP Syed Imtiaz Jaleel told IA
  • Vaccination can't be opened for all at present: Health Ministry
    NEW DELHI, APRIL 6 (IANS): Amid the continued surge in Covid-19 cases in India again in the past few weeks, the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday said the vaccination is being carried out on the basis of priority. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan while addressing a press conference on Tuesday stated that vaccinations cannot be opened for everybody at this moment. "Globally vaccination drives have a single goal: to curb deaths of the most vulnerable group affected by Covid-1
  • COVID-19 spreading at fast pace, next 4 weeks critical: Centre
    New Delhi, April 6 (PTI): COVID-19 is spreading at a fast pace with an increase in the intensity of the pandemic and the next four weeks are going to be very critical, the Centre said on Tuesday as it stressed on people's participation to control the second wave of the contagion. At a press conference, NITI Aayog Member (Health) Dr V K Paul said the pandemic situation in the country worsened with a sharp rise in cases and a large part of the population is still susceptible
  • Drug traffickers instruments in inflicting death blow to young victims, says SC
    New Delhi, AprIL 6 (PTI): The Supreme Court Tuesday said that people dealing in narcotic drugs are instruments in inflicting death blow to innocent young victims who are vulnerable and cause deleterious effects on the society. Smuggling of narcotics and psychotropic substances into the country and their illegal trafficking leads to drug addiction among a sizeable section of the public, particularly adolescents of both sexes, and the menace has assumed serious and alarming proportion
  • Pakistan and India cannot afford a war, says Pak FM
    ISLAMABAD, APRIL 6 (IANS): Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that India and Pakistan cannot afford to engage in an all-out war, as both countries are powered by nuclear weapons. Pakistan Foreign Minister's comments came after questions were raised over a statement by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who had said that some counties changed their position over just one phone call. Qureshi maintained that the statement made by the Chinese Foreign Minister was
  • India reports 96,982 new Covid cases, 446 deaths
    New Delhi, April 6 (IANS) India recorded 96,982 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally to 1,26,86,049 on Tuesday. This comes a day after daily cases crossed one-lakh mark. On Monday, the country recorded 1,03,558 new coronavirus cases, the highest single-day tally since the coronavirus outbreak. Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab have shown a steep rise in the daily new cases. The Centra
  • CBI court sentences former income tax deputy director to 1 year imprisonment
    NEW DELHI, APRIL 6 (IANS): A CBI court on Tuesday sentenced Ashutosh Verma, the then Deputy Director (Investigation) of the Income Tax and two others to one year rigorous imprisonment with Rs one lakh fine each. A CBI spokesperson here said that the Special Judge for CBI cases sentenced Verma, a private person Suresh Nanda and chartered accountant Bipin Shah to undergo one year Rigorous Imprisonment with fine of Rs one lakh each in a CBI case. The CBI had registered a case on Mar
  • How Bijapur fought acute malnutrition through millets, decentralisation
    BIJAPUR, APRIL 6 (IANS): The district of Bijapur in Chhattisgarh, around 480 km from state capital Raipur, has been tackling an acute problem of malnutrition for years, especially among children. A region comprising primarily a Scheduled Tribe population, Bijapur saw a malnutrition rate of nearly 40 per cent in 2019. To curb this acute dietary problem, the district administration, under the Centres Aspirational Districts Programme, came up with the Suposhit Bijapur initiative. Under th
  • Maha becomes 1st to cross 8L-milestone of Covid jabs
    MUMBAI, APRIL 6 (IANS): Amid the raging Covid-19 scourge, Maharashtra has become the first state in India to cross the landmark 8,00,000 vaccination jabs from January 16 till date, according to official data released here on Tuesday. The state -- which has the highest number of corona cases and fatalities -- has achieved a total vaccination of 81,27,248, including 72,98,206 people who have taken their first jab and 8,29,042 second dose. Next on the list are Gujarat, Rajasthan, Ut
  • Rajasthan: 16 prisoners put chilli powder in jail staff's eyes, escape
    JAIPUR, APRIL 6 (IANS): In what seemed like a scene out of a Bollywood flick, 16 prisoners escaped from Phalodi jail in Rajasthan's Jodhpur district on Monday night by putting chilli powder in the prison staff's eyes. The prisoners then proceeded to make a daring escape in a Scorpio that had been parked strategically, right outside prison premises. DG Jail Rajeev Dasot reached Phalodi and told IANS said that four staff members have been suspended with immediate effect and
  • Shah revisits strategy to eliminate Maoists
    Bijapur (Chhattisgarh), April 5 (IANS): Union Home Minister Amit Shah presided over a key meeting, along with Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, with top security officials on Monday and revisited the strategy to eliminate armed Maoists who are orchestrating a series of deadly attacks on troopers in the jungles of the sprawling, tribal-dominated Bastar region. Shah landed in Jagdalpur, the headquarters of restive Bastar division, on Monday morning and then went in huddle wi
  • Maharashtra HM Anil Deshmukh resigns after HC orders CBI probe
    Mumbai, April 5 (IANS): Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh has resigned from his post, hours after the Bombay High Court asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe the corruption allegations levelled against him by former Mumbai Commissioner of Police Param Bir Singh, a top Nationalist Congress Party leader said here on Monday. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has appointed senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader, ex-Speaker and Labour Minister Dilip Walse-P
  • Centre, State unanimous in plan to take fight to Maoist bastions
    New Delhi, April 5 (IANS): Unlike other issues, the BJP-led Central government in New Delhi and the Congress-headed state government in Chhattisgarh, are unanimous over their offensive against Maoists in the "red corridor" of India. Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday said that the Centre will intensify counter-insurgency operations against Maoists following the massive loss of CRPF troopers in a gun-battle on Saturday. Though the BJP and the Congress remain national p
  • Kejriwal writes to PM seeking nod for mass vaccination in Delhi
    New Delhi, April 5 (IANS): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to allow a mass vaccination drive in the national capital, officials related to the development said. Kejriwal in his letter has requested Modi to allow the state government to open new vaccination centres in Delhi as well as allow relaxation in the age for the inoculation and making it available to all. With the continued rise in Covid-19 cases in the nation
  • India tops global Covid charts, hits highest average daily tally
    NEW DELHI, APRIL 5 (IANS): India' daily Covid-19 tally is now the highest in the world, surpassing Brazil and the US, as it recorded over one lakh cases in the last 24 hours. During the past one day, Brazil recorded 31,359 new Covid-19 cases, while US logged 34,282. Besides this, India, which now recorded an all time high of 1,03,558 new cases, has also surpassed Brazil's average tally of 64,324 and the US's 64,019 to become the biggest hotspot. It is now recording an
  • CA in Telangana arrested for making fake lockdown govt order
    HYDERABAD, APRIL 5 (IANS): The Hyderabad police on Monday arrested a Chartered Accountant (CA) working in a leading firm for preparing and circulating a fake Government Order (GO) about partial lockdown in Telangana. Under the joint operation of Central Crime Station (CCS), Hyderabad and Commissioner's Task Force Team, Sreepathi Sanjeev Kumar was arrested for making and circulating a fake GO in the name of Chief Secretary of Telangana on April 1. The accused has been arrested
  • Garbage bank opened in Varanasi, to fill people's pockets with money
    VARANASI, APRIL 5 (IANS): A unique waste bank has been opened in Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi, which is also the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to keep the environment clean. This bank involves transactions through plastic waste. The plastic is collected by the people of the city, volunteers of the plastic waste bank as well as consumers and deposited here. If the quantity of plastic is less, then an individual is given a cloth bag or face mask in lieu o
  • India's plan ensures vultures rule skies once again
    New Delhi, April 5 (IANS): The crash in the population of vultures, nature's scavengers, in India from estimated four crore in the early 1980s to less than a lakh by 2007 is unprecedented in the animal world. To save them from certain extinction, the government of India's Action Plan for Vulture Conservation in India -- 2020-2025, which was recently presented to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) secretariat, advocates the prevention of misuse of veterinary non-steroi
  • Bombay HC asks CBI to probe ex-top cop's allegations
    Mumbai, April 5 (IANS): Portending fresh troubles for the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, the Bombay High Court on Monday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to conduct a preliminary probe into allegations of corruption levelled against Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh by former Mumbai Commissioner of Police Param Bir Singh. A division bench comprising Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice G.S. Kulkarni has asked the CBI to complete its 'preli
  • Amit Shah to visit Chhattisgarh Naxal attack site
    New Delhi, April 5 (PTI): Union Home Minister Amit Shah will arrive in Chhattisgarh on Monday to chair a high-level meeting in connection with the Naxal attack in the state's Bastar region that claimed the lives of 22 security personnel, a senior official said. Shah will reach the Jagdalpur airport (in Bastar district) at around 10.35 am, following which he will attend the wreath-laying ceremony to pay respect to the martyred personnel at the Police Lines in Jagdalpur, he said.