India

  • Renowned neurologist Panagariya succumbs to post-Covid complications
    JAIPUR, JUNE 11 (IANS): Renowned neurologist Ashok Panagariya passed away here on Friday after suffering from post-Covid complications. He was in a hospital for over 25 days as his lungs were damaged even as he recovered from Covid. Panagariya has over 90 research papers in different health journals in his name. He has won UNESCO Award for his medical and social cooperation, and was also conferred the Padma Shri. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot condoled his death. "Condole
  • Govt welcomes suggestions from experts on COVID-19
    New Delhi, June 11 (PTI): The Centre on Friday welcomed recommendations by a group of experts that mass, indiscriminate and incomplete vaccination can trigger emergence of mutant strains and that there is no need to inoculate those who had documented coronavirus infection, saying the suggestions will be deliberated upon. In their latest report which has been submitted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the group of public health experts, including doctors from AIIMS and members from t
  • One who lives in glass houses, shouldn't throw stones at others: SC to Ex-Mumbai CP
    NEW DELHI, JUNE 11 (IANS): The Supreme Court on Friday expressed shock and declined to entertain a plea by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh seeking transfer of all inquiries against him outside Maharashtra and also for transferring of all investigations from state police to an independent agency. A bench comprising Justice Hemant Gupta and V. Ramasubramanian told counsel representing Singh: "The person living in a glasshouse shouldn't throw stones at others
  • ICMR to start national sero surveys to assess COVID-19 spread: Health ministry
    New Delhi, June 11 (PTI): The ICMR will start national-level sero surveys to assess the spread of COVID-19 and all states/UTs should also be encouraged to conduct them so that information from all geographies can be collected, the Union health ministry said on Friday. The ministry also said that the Covid situation in the country appears to be stabilising, but urged people to continue following the appropriate behaviour and social distancing norms. The Indian Council of Medical R
  • Pregnant woman moves Delhi HC for inclusion in COVID-19 vaccination drive on priority
    New Delhi, June 11 (PTI): A pregnant woman Friday approached the Delhi High Court seeking direction to the Centre to include pregnant women in COVID-19 vaccination drive on priority basis. The high court was informed by the Centre's counsel that the government is seized of the issue and will take a decision on the same. Noting the statement made by the Centre's counsel, Justice Amit Bansal said no further orders are required and disposed of the woman's petition. Ad
  • SC says fixing June 16 for holding INI CET 2021 is arbitrary, postpones test by a month
    New Delhi, June 11 (PTI): The Supreme Court Friday termed as "arbitrary" the fixing of June 16 for conducting INI CET 2021 and directed All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to hold the post graduate medical entrance test after one month. A vacation bench of Justices Indira Banerjee and M R Shah disposed of a plea filed by doctors seeking admission in PG medical and challenging the notification of fixing June 16 as date of INI CET 2021. The bench said that hav
  • Working closely with states to address vaccine hesitancy: Govt
    New Delhi, June 11 (PTI): Amid media reports alleging 'vaccine hesitancy' among health workers in rural areas, the Union Health Ministry on Friday said it is working closely with states and union territories to address the issue. The government of India has been supporting the efforts of states and UTs for an effective vaccination drive under the 'Whole of Government' approach since January 16 this year, it said. There have been certain media reports alleging '
  • SC to order closure of case against Italian marines in India for killing 2 Kerala fishermen
    New Delhi, June 11 (PTI): The Supreme Court Friday said it would pass orders on June 15 on closure of proceedings in India against two Italian marines, accused of killing two fishermen off the Kerala coast in February 2012, and the disbursal of Rs 10 crore compensation to the heirs of the victims. Referring to the international arbitral award and the terms of the agreement among India, Italy and the Kerala government, a vacation bench comprising justices Indira Banerjee and M R Shah
  • GDP crashing and BJP looting India: Rahul Gandhi
    New Delhi, June 11 (IANS): On the day when the Congress is protesting against fuel price hike across the country, former party president Rahul Gandhi attacked the government for looting the country. In a tweet on Friday he said, "GDP crashing, Unemployment soaring, Fuel prices skyrocketing. In how many more ways is #BJPLootingIndia?" Hundreds of Congress workers on Friday staged protests at several petrol pumps across the national capital over the increase in the p
  • 'Decision to scrap board exams good, but don't quell students' anxiety'
    Jaipur, June 11 (IANS): Following Centre's decision to cancel the Class 12 examinations of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the Rajasthan government on June 2 also cancelled the state board examinations for students of Class 10 and 12, which has evoked a mixed response. Rajasthan's Education Minister Govind Singh Dotasra announced the cancellation of the RBSE board exams to keep students safe in the wake of the Covid pandemic. Chief Minister Ashok Geh
  • Lalu celebrates 74th birthday in Delhi, daughter Misa shares photo
    Patna, June 11 (IANS): Former Bihar Chief Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) President, Lalu Prasad celebrated his 74th birthday at daughter Misa Bharati's residence in New Delhi on Friday. Misa shared the photographs on her Twitter handle. A blood donation camp was organised in the RJD office on the occasion, while party workers held food programmes for the poor and the deprived. The RJD supremo cut a cake along with wife Rabri Devi. Sharing the picture Misa Bharti
  • India records 91K Covid cases & 3,403 deaths
    New Delhi, June 11 (IANS) India recorded 91,702 new Covid cases as 3,403 people succumbed to the virus in last 24 hours, according to data released by the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry on Friday. This is the fourth consecutive day when India has reported less than one lakh case. On June 8, India recorded 86,498 cases, lowest since April 2 when the country logged 89,129 new cases. India's overall tally of Covid-19 cases now stands at 2,92,74,823 with 11,21,671 ac
  • Eight children among 11 killed in Mumbai building collapse; police arrest contractor
    Mumbai, June 10 (PTI): At least 11 people, including eight children, were killed and seven others injured after two floors of a three-storey residential building collapsed on an adjoining single-storey house in Malwani in suburban Mumbai, officials said on Thursday. The incident took place around 11.15 pm on Wednesday, when Mumbai experienced heavy rains throughout the day, at the New Collector Compound on Abdul Hamid Road in the Malwani area of suburban Malad, the officials said.
  • Better-fitting face masks greatly improve COVID protection: Study
    Washington, June 10 (PTI): Poorly fitting face masks greatly increase the risk of infection from airborne diseases like COVID-19, compared to custom-fitted masks, according to a study. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati in the US used CT scans of three different-sized face masks attached to three different-sized dummy heads to measure the gaps between the face and the fabric. They then calculated the leaks from these gaps to determine the infection risk. The study, pu
  • Child labour records 1st rise in 20 years, 16 crore worldwide: Report
    New Delhi, June 10 (PTI): The number of children in child labour has risen to 16 crore worldwide -- first increase in two decades -- with millions more at risk due to COVID-19, according to a new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the UNICEF. The report -- 'Child Labour: Global estimates 2020, trends and the road forward' -- released ahead of the World Day Against Child Labour on June 12, says the progress to end child labour has stalled for the first
  • Ramdev changes his mind, says will take Covid vaccine
    Dehradun, June 10 (PTI): Yoga guru Ramdev, who had said he does not need the Covid vaccine as he has protection of yoga and ayurveda, on Thursday did a summersault, saying he will soon get the jab and described doctors as "God's envoys on earth". Ramdev had earlier stirred a controversy with his comments on the efficacy of allopathic drugs against COVID-19, drawing the ire of the medical fraternity. Now, welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement abou
  • UPSC to commence interviews for  civil services exam from August 2
    New Delhi, June 10 (PTI): The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has decided to commence interviews for civil services examination 2020, which were deferred due to a surge in COVID-19 cases, from August 2, according to an official statement. The civil services examination is conducted annually by the UPSC in three stages -- preliminary, main and personality test (interview) -- to select officers of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and the Ind
  • Man given 2 vax doses in 5 minutes in UP, probe ordered
    Lalitpur (UP), June 10 (IANS) In a case of shocking negligence, a man in Lalitpur district was given both doses of the Covid vaccine within five minutes. This incident took place at a vaccination centre in Ravarpura locality. According to reports, the man who went there to take the jab on Wednesday has alleged that the nursing staff was so busy talking among themselves that they administered both the doses of vaccine to him within five minutes. He said he did not know that the
  • 125-year-old man takes jab in Varanasi
    Varanasi, June 10 (IANS): Setting aside all vaccine hesitancy talks, a 125-year-old man had got himself inoculated against Covid-19 in Varanasi. The man Swami Shivanand reached a vaccine centre in Durga Kund on Wednesday and left the medical staff stunned into silence when he presented his Aadhaar card. His date of birth on the Aadhar card is mentioned as August 8, 1896, which makes him 125-year-old. The medical staff showed some hesitancy but Shivanand had none. He insisted o
  • Youth Cong sends bicycles to Modi, Shah over fuel price rise
    New Delhi, June 10 (IANS): Amid the rise in the prices of petrol and diesel across rhe country, the Indian Youth Congress (IYC) on Thursday sent bicycles through courier to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and several others as a mark of protest. The IYC activists under the leadership of National President Srinivas B.V. expressed outrage on the rising petrol and diesel prices. The IYC members sent bicycles to the Prime Minister, Union Home Minister, Pet