• Over 50,000 Covid cases in 24 hours for first time
    New Delhi, July 30 (ANI): India witnessed a single-day spike of 52,123 COVID-19 cases as the total cases in the country reached 15,83,792, the Union ministry of health and family welfare said on Thursday. The total cases include 5,28,242 active cases and 10,20,582 cured/discharged cases, the health ministry added. A total of 775 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours taking the death toll to 34,968. Maharashtra continues to be the worst-affected state as it reported 9,211 new
  • India found cybersecurity lapses at National Payments Corp in 2019 - government document
    NEW DELHI, July 30 (Reuters) - A government audit of India's flagship payments processor last year found more than 40 security vulnerabilities including several it called "critical" and "high" risk, according to an internal government document seen by Reuters. The audit, which took place over four months to February 2019, highlighted a lack of encryption of personal data at the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) which forms the backbone of the coun
  • UP village celebrates its Rafale pilot
    BALLIA, July 29 (IANS): The Bakwa village in Bansdih in Ballia district broke into a jig the moment five Rafale fighter jets landed at the IAF airbase in Ambala on Wednesday, as Wing Commander Manish Singh, who belongs to this village, piloted one of the aircraft from France. Manish's father, Madan Singh, is a retired army jawan. "I have distributed sweets in the entire village because my son is a part of a history-making initiative. People are also bursting crackers and li
  • Unlock 3.0: Gyms to reopen, I-Day functions allowed
    NEW DELHI, JULY 29 (IANS): The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), here on Wednesday, issued guidelines for the 'Unlock 3.0', which will come into effect from August 1. According to the guidelines, restrictions on movement of individuals during night have been scrapped, and yoga institutes and gymnasiums have been allowed to open from August 5. International air travel has been permitted in a limited manner under the Vande Bharat mission. Further opening-up will take place in
  • 'HC encroaching on powers': Rajasthan Speaker moves SC
    NEW DELHI, JULY 29 (IANS): Rajasthan Assembly Speaker C.P. Joshi has moved the Supreme Court, challenging the state High Court's July 24 order staying proceedings on disqualification petitions against 19 rebel MLAs, including dropped Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot. "It is submitted that the impugned order interdicts the petitioner/Speaker from acting under the Tenth Schedule at the stage of notice itself and restrains him from even proceeding to call for replies/comment
  • Those wanting to threaten India's territorial integrity should be worried: Rajnath on arrival of Rafale jets
    New Delhi, July 29 (PTI): The arrival of five Rafale jets will make the Indian Air Force much stronger to deter any threat facing India and those wanting to threaten the country's territorial integrity should be worried about its new capability, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Wednesday. The remarks are largely seen as a veiled message to China with whom India is locked in a bitter border row in eastern Ladakh. China has significantly enhanced deployment of its fighter je
  • Maharashtra crosses 2 million Covid tests-mark
    MUMBAI, JULY 29 (IANS): Maharashtra on Wednesday crossed the 2 million Covid-19 tests threshold mark, the highest in the country for any state, officials said, here. As per the official data, the state has conducted 20,21,437 tests -- 10,21,063 in government laboratories and 10,00,374 in private labs. Of these, only 407,877 (20.18 per cent) turned positive. The state accounts for the highest 391,440 Covid-19 cases, including 144,694 active cases, 14,165 fatalities and 232,277 rec
  • 5 Rafale jets land safely at IAF airbase in Ambala
    New Delhi, July 29 (IANS):  Five of the 36 medium multi-role Rafale fighter jets built by French aircraft manufacturer Dassault landed safely at the IAF airbase in Ambala on Wednesday afternoon. Significantly, the frontline IAF airbase is likely to be used in case of conflict at the northern or the western borders. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said in a tweet, "The Birds have landed safely in Ambala." "The touchdown of Rafale combat aircraft in India marks t
  • Mumbai slummers, women lead march to Covid herd immunity: Survey
    MUMBAI, JULY 29 (IANS): In a heartening development for health authorities, a sero-survey conducted in Mumbai has indicated that slum dwellers and women are at the forefront in the march to herd immunity against coronavirus, officials said here on Wednesday. The 'Serological Surveillance for SARS-CoV2 Infection' survey was done by BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation, along with NITI Aayog and TISS for 12-14 days in the first half of July covering 6,936 people. Conducted in
  • Vice Prez calls for promoting native languages
    NEW DELHI, JULY 29 (IANS): Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday called for protecting and promoting various Indian languages through the use of mother tongue in different fields from education to administration. Calling for imparting education in the mother tongue up to primary school, the Vice President stressed that a language would gain popularity only through widespread usage. Naidu said it was a fallacy to think that progress could be achieved only if education was pur
  • With 48K fresh cases India's Covid tally crosses 15L-mark
    New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) India on Wednesday went past the psychological 15-lakh mark and registered 48,513 fresh novel Coronavirus cases and 768 new deaths, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data showed. India still the third worst-hit nation by the pandemic now has 15,31,669 cases and 34,193 people have lost their lives to the virus while 9,88,029 have recovered. The total number of active cases are 5,09,447. The recovery rate has further improved to 64.50 per cen
  • Kashmir domicile law raises fears of losing land, culture
    NEW DELHI, July 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): At 75 years old, Zareef Ahmad Zareef has been witness to several major events that have shaped Kashmir - for the worse, he says - since it became part of India in 1947. Now, the historian and poet worries for the future of Kashmir's culture and its people, after India passed a new law in May that allows non-locals to become permanent residents of the Muslim-majority territory. "Our Kashmir is a garden. The new laws ha
  • Jharkhand blames Bihar, Bengal for rise in corona cases
    RANCHI, JULY 28 (IANS): Jharkhand is witnessing an increase in the number of coronavirus cases due to neighbouring states of Bihar and West Bengal, a senior officer said on Tuesday. Health Secretary Nitin Madan Kulkarni pointed out that 65 per cent of the COVID-19 cases in Jharkhand had link either to Bihar or West Bengal. "People suffering from coronavirus are coming to Jharkhand from Bihar due to better treatment here. As many as 65 per cent of corona patients have come fr
  • This is how you're concerned about students' careers: HC to DU
    NEW DELHI, JULY 28 (IANS): The Delhi High Court on Tuesday questioned Delhi University over its preparedness and lack of facilities for the specially abled students to enable them to appear in the OBE for final year undergraduate courses. "This is how you're concerned about the career and future of the final year students?" remarked a division bench of the high court presided by Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad while hearing a batch of petitions in connection
  • Gehlot emerges as fighter amid political crisis in Rajasthan
    NEW DELHI, JULY 28 (IANS): Amid political crisis in Rajasthan, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has brought some solace to the Congress camp by standing up against the BJP and rebel MLAs like a solid rock. His ability to keep the fight on has compelled the Governor to yield to the demand to call the assembly session, though with conditions. This beligerant face of the Congress is in complete contrast to the Madhya Pradesh episode where the Chief Minister was caught napping till the MLAs
  • Floods, coronavirus hobble two of India's poorest states
    Mumbai, July 28 (Reuters): Floods caused by heavy monsoon rains in two of India's poorest states have displaced or affected 8 million people and killed 111 since May, authorities said on Tuesday, at a time when coronavirus cases have swelled there. The Brahmaputra river in the northeastern state of Assam is flowing above the "danger level" in many places, while heavy rains that began this week in Bihar in the east will last until Wednesday, officials say. Since the
  • Over 47K new Covid cases push India's tally to 14.83 lakh
    New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) India on Tuesday registered 47,703 fresh novel coronavirus cases taking the total tally to over 14.83 lakh cases while with 654 new deaths, total fatalities crossed 33,425, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare stated. According to the latest data, the total number of cases in India reached 14,83,156 of which 33,425 people have died while 9,52,743 have recovered. The total number of active cases are 4,96,988. The recovery rate further improved to
  • India's Covid death rate is falling and falling
    New Delhi, July 27 (PTI): India's COVID-19 fatality rate has been progressively falling and currently stands at 2.28 per cent which is among the lowest in the world, the government said on Monday, attributing the dip to factors like aggressive testing and an effective containment strategy. It also said that the recovery rate has been improving consistently and the total recoveries have now crossed the nine lakh-mark.  The focused efforts of the Centre, state governments and
  • Took right decision at right time to fight Covid: Modi
    New Delhi, July 27 (IANS) India has become the second largest personal protective equipment (PPE) kits manufacturer in the last four months, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday while inaugurating the three more high tech state of the art testing labs for the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and West Bengal. Modi said that the right decisions taken at the right time led India to be in a better position as compared to other countries to fight coronavi
  • 11 districts in Bihar inundated, 15 lakh people affected
    Patna, July 27 (IANS) The surging floods in Bihar have spread to 11 districts, affecting nearly 15 lakh people in the state. Relief and rescue operations by the state government have not proved adequate. Major rivers in the state are in spate and flowing above the danger mark. The water resources department report said the water level of Kosi, near Veerpur barrage, rose from 1.55 lakh cusec at 6 am on Monday to 1.62 lakh cusec at 8 am. The Gandak river was flowing at 1.89 lakh cusec