India

  • Chinese aggression is a conspiracy to change status quo: Indian Army Chief
    New Dellhi, January 15 (IANS): Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane said on Friday that Chinese aggression is a "conspiracy to change status quo" and stressed that the sacrifices of those killed in Galwan won't go to waste. Speaking at an event marking Army Day here, General Naravane referring to the Chinese standoff in Ladakh also said: "Nobody can test our patience." "Regarding conspiracy to unilaterally change status quo on borders, a be
  • Seven injured in 'Jallikattu' in TN's Madurai
    Chennai, January 15 (IANS): Seven persons were injured while participating in 'Jallikattu' in Madurai district on Friday, police said. Police said the injuries were reported during the traditional bull taming sport event at Palemedu. The injured were taken to a government hospital for treatment. About 650 bull-tamers have registered to showcase their skills to tame the running bovines in the arena. The event was flagged off by Tamil Nadu Minister for Revenue and Disast
  • Mumbai Police seizes 345 kg marijuana, arrests one accused
    Mumbai, January 15 (IANS): In another major haul within a week, Mumbai Police seized over 345 kg marijuana or 'ganja' valued at around Rs 52 million, officials said here on Friday. Following a tip-off regarding a huge consignment of contraband hidden in a building in Sangharsh Nagar, a Chandivali suburb in north-east Mumbai, a team of Saki Naka police station raided the premises, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 10) Maheshwar Reddy said. The 'ganja' was found h
  • India records 15,590 new Covid-19 cases, 191 deaths
    New Delhi, January 15 (IANS): With 15,590 new coronavirus infections reported in the last 24 hours, India on Friday continued with its streak of low single-day cases, increasing the overall tally to 1,05,27,683, according to the Union Health Ministry. On Tuesday, India had recorded 12,584 new cases, the lowest single-day figure in over seven months. The country has been recording less than 20,000 daily new cases from the last eight days. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
  • Garima Verma named digital director for Jill Biden
    New York, January 15 (IANS): A media strategist, Garima Verma, has been named the digital director for Jill Biden, who will become the First Lady next week. Making the announcement about Verma and other additions to her staff, President-elect Joe Biden' wife Jill Biden said, "Together, we will work to open the White House in new, inclusive and innovative ways, reflecting more fully the distinct beauty of all our communities, cultures and traditions." On Jill Biden&#
  • CBI books its 4 personnel for taking bribe from bank fraud accused, conducts searches
    New Delhi, January 14 (PTI): The CBI has booked its four personnel, including two deputy superintendents of police, for allegedly receiving bribe to compromise on investigation against companies accused of bank fraud, and started a search operation on Thursday morning at its training academy in Ghaziabad and 13 other locations, officials said. The agency did not give out much details about the case in which its own personnel are under scanner for allegedly taking huge amounts of bri
  • BKU leader Mann recuses himself from SC committee on farm laws
    Chandigarh, January 14 (PTI): Bhartiya Kisan Union national president Bhupinder Singh Mann on Thursday said he is recusing himself from the four-member committee appointed by the Supreme Court to resolve the deadlock between farmers and the Centre over the new agri-marketing laws. Mann's announcement came on a day when his organisation's Punjab unit decided to disassociate itself from him. Farmer unions and opposition parties too had raised doubts over the composition of
  • Befitting reply if any "superpower" hurts national pride: Rajnath Singh
    Bengaluru, January 14 (PTI): India does not want a war but its soldiers are capable of giving befitting reply if any 'superpower' hurts the country's pride, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday amid the eight-month-old border standoff with China. "We don't want war and we are in favour of protecting everyone's security but I want to say this in clear terms that if any superpower wants to hurt our pride then our soldiers are capable of giving them
  • Trinity of education, agri, labour reforms to immensely help students, farmers, youth: PM
    New Delhi, January 14 (PTI): The "trinity of reforms" undertaken by his government in the education, agriculture and labour sectors will immensely help students, farmers and youth of the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said while asserting that reforms used to be hostage to "political expediencies" earlier but "political calculations matter only when a nation is aiming low". He also said India emerged as "a pharmacy to the world" in
  • 109 people test positive for UK variant of Covid
    New Delhi, January 14 (PTI): The number of people who have tested positive for the new UK variant of SARS-CoV-2 in the country has climbed to 109, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday. "The total number of persons found infected with the new UK variant genome stands at 109 today," the ministry said. All these people have been kept in single room isolation in designated healthcare facilities by respective state governments, the ministry had said earlier. Their c
  • Govt-farmers to hold 9th round of talks on Friday
    New Delhi, January 14 (PTI): The government's ninth round of negotiations with protesting farmer unions will take place as scheduled on Friday and the Centre is hopeful of positive discussions, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Thursday. "The government is ready to hold talks with farmers' leaders with an open mind," Tomar told reporters. Clearing the confusion over the fate of the ninth round of talks, which was the only outcome in the last meet
  • PM Modi to launch COVID-19 vaccination drive on Jan 16
    New Delhi, January 14 (PTI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the rollout of India's COVID-19 vaccination programme on January 16, the Union health ministry said on Thursday. He is likely to interact via video link with some healthcare workers from across the country who will be receiving the shots on the first day, according to sources. Modi is also likely to launch the Co-WIN (COVID Vaccine Intelligence Network) App, a digital platform created for real-time monitori
  • Govt to examine WhatsApp's user policy changes amid privacy debate
    New Delhi, January 14 (PTI):The government is examining and evaluating the recent privacy policy update announced by WhatsApp, amid an outcry over the controversial changes linking data of WhatsApp users to Facebook's other products and services, according to sources. Internal discussions are on within the IT ministry over the implications of the recent move by the Facebook-owned messaging platform, they said. The issue needs to be looked at, in detail, given that concerns ha
  • Govt conspiring to destroy farmers: Rahul on new farm laws
    New Delhi, January 14 (PTI): Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday hit out at the Centre over the contentious new farm laws, alleging that the government was "conspiring to destroy" the ryots and assured that his party will stand with them. Speaking to reporters in Madurai, the Lok Sabha MP also accused the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National democratic Alliance government at the Centre of trying to benefit "two or three of their friends" on the matter. &qu
  • Study in Goa flags alarming levels of microplastics in seafood
    Panaji, January 14 (PTI): The levels of microplastics found in fish and other seafood samples from the Sal Estuary in Goa is worrisome, a study by researchers of the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) here has said. The study, led by senior scientist Dr Mahua Saha, indicated presence of microplastics in water, sediment and biota (local animal and plant life) from the estuary. A paper based on the study, result of two-year-long research by scientists from CSIR-NIO, was
  • Parliament session from Jan 29, FM to present Budget on Feb 1
    New Delhi, January 14 (IANS): The Budget session of Parliament will commence from January 29, with Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman set to present the Union Budget on February 1. The session will be held in two parts -- from January 29 to February 15 and March 8 to April 8. The 5th session of the 17th Lok Sabha will have 35 sittings -- 11 in the first part and 24 in the second part. President Ram Nath Kovind will address both Houses of Parliament -- the Rajya Sab
  • In death, 20-month-old girl gifts life to five people
    NEW DELHI, JANUARY 14 (IANS): Thirty nine-year-old Ashish Kumar and his wife Babita were devastated when their daughter, who was about to celebrate her second birthday, died last week after falling from a balcony of their house in Rohini. However, their grief turned into pride after they found that the death of their little one has given a new lease of life to five patients including a 5-month-old infant, who were on their deathbed. Twenty-month-old Dhanishtha has become the younges
  • National Polio immunisation programme rescheduled to Jan 31
    New Delhi, January 14 (PTI): The National Polio immunisation programme, as part of which children in the age group of 0-5 years are administered polio drops, has been rescheduled to January 31. The National Immunisation Day (NID), commonly known as Pulse Polio Immunisation programme, was earlier scheduled for January 17 across India. "The massive countrywide COVID-19 vaccination drive will be rolled out by Prime Minister from January 16. This would be the world's largest
  • 50 archaeological sites found in Prayagraj
    PRAYAGRAJ, JANUARY 14 (IANS): Nearly 50 archaeological sites have been found in Prayagraj by a team from the department of Ancient History, Culture and Archaeology in the Ishwar Saran PG College. The team conducted an archaeological village-to-village survey on foot in the vicinity of the confluence of the Ganga and the Yamuna rivers of Prayagraj, from Jhunsi to Shringverpur and from Daraganj to Kali Paltan in Kaushambhi district on both sides of the Ganga river. The survey stret
  • Rise in Severe Acute Malnutrition in children a major worry: CMAM Association
    NEW DELHI, JANUARY 14 (IANS): The results of the Phase 1 of the 5th National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5) released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare recently, show that there has been an increase in the percentage of severely wasted children under five years of age, in as many as 16 out of the 22 surveyed states and union territories in NFHS-5 in comparison to NFHS-4. The CMAM Association of India has expressed its concern on the rising trend of severe wasting or Severe