India

  • Those without access to internet have right to life: Rahul
    New Delhi, June 10 (IANS): Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday demanded that every citizen of the country walking into the vaccination centre shout get inoculated and also those who do not have access to the internet have the right to life. "Online registration is not enough for the vaccine. Every person walking at the vaccination centre should get the jab. Those who do not have access to internet also have right to life," Rahul tweeted. The Congress leader ha
  • 11, including 8 children, killed in Mumbai building collapse
    New Delhi, June 10 (PTI): At least eight children and three adults were killed and seven other people injured after a single-storey house collapsed on another structure in Malwani area of Mumbai, a civic official said on Thursday. The incident took place around 11.15 pm on Wednesday at the New Collector Compound on Abdul Hamid Road in the Malwani area, he said. Fire brigade and other agencies immediately rushed to the spot and started a search and rescue operation, the official f
  • At 6,148, India records max Covid deaths in a day
    New Delhi, June 10 (IANS) India recorded 6,148 deaths in last 24 hours, highest since the pandemic hit last year, according to data released by the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry on Thursday. This is even as daily infections have been steadily showing a downward trend -- with 94,052 fresh Covid infections reported in a day -- less than one lakh for the third straight day. India earlier registered highest fatalities due to Covid-19 on May 21 with 4,529 deaths, which cros
  • Agri minister Tomar says ready for talks, but farmer unions unmoved
    New Delhi, June 9 (PTI): With the talks between the Centre and the agitating farmer unions stalled since January, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Wednesday expressed readiness to resume the dialogue to resolve their objections to the three new agri laws, but the unions remained adamant on their demands for a repeal of the legislations and a legal guarantee on the MSP. Amid the deadlock, West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee and SAD ch
  • Govt allocates additional 1.7 lakh vials of Amphotericin-B to states, UTs: Gowda
    New Delhi, June 9 (PTI): The government has allocated an additional 1.7 lakh vials of Amphotericin-B drug, used to treat black fungus infection, to states and union territories, Union Minister Sadananda Gowda said on Wednesday. "Ensuring adequate availability and smooth supply of #Amphotericin-B across the country, additional 1,70,000 vials of the drug have been allocated to all the States/UTs & Central Institutions today," the chemicals and fertilisers minister tweete
  • Efforts on to ensure more Indian institutions scale global excellence: PM Modi
    New Delhi, June 9 (PTI): Efforts are underway to ensure more universities and institutions of India scale global excellence and support intellectual prowess among the youth, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday as he congratulated those figuring in the top-200 positions in QS World University Rankings 2022. According to the 18th edition of the rankings, the India Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, is India's top ranked institution for the fourth consecutive year.
  • Centre asks states not to share data on vaccine stocks, temperature of vaccine storage in public
    New Delhi, June 9 (PTI): The Centre has written to the states and Union territories, advising them not to share the data of the Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN) system on vaccine stocks and the temperature of vaccine storage at public forums, and stating that it is a "sensitive information and to be used only for programme improvement". In a recent letter to the states, the Union health ministry said the Centre, with support from the United Nations Developmen
  • Farmers' protest: Cong demands Agri minister's resignation, says repeal of farm laws only option
    New Delhi, June 9 (PTI): The Congress on Wednesday asserted that the only way to end the ongoing farmers' protest is to withdraw the three contentious farm laws, and demanded Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar's resignation over what it said was his "egoistic" stance on the issue. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi expressed support for the farmers who have been agitating against the Centre's farm laws for over six months now, and said they have died fearlessl
  • Mamata says aims to 'remove Modi', promises to rally opposition-ruled states behind agitating farmers
    Kolkata, June 9 (PTI): In a move that may take her political battle against the BJP into the Hindi heartland, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday promised to rally opposition-ruled states in support of the agitating farmers, and said she aims to "remove the Narendra Modi government from power". At a meeting with farmer leaders led by Rakesh Tikait and Yudhvir Singh here during the day, the TMC chief said that there should be a platform where states coul
  • "My second life," says Indian freed from death row in UAE
    Kochi, June 9 (PTI): The 45-year-old Indian recently freed from death row in the UAE after an NRI businessman paid "blood money" arrived here on Wednesday and said his release was a "second life" for him. Becks Krishnan,who was on death row in the United Arab Emirates for killing a young Sudanese boy in a road accident in 2012, was freed afterprominent NRI businessman and philanthropist M A Yusuff Ali helped pay his "blood money" amounting to nearly Rs
  • India records over 92K Covid cases, 2,219 deaths in 24 hrs
    New Delhi, June 9 (IANS): India on Wednesday logged 92,596 new Covid infections in 24 hours, less than one lakh cases for the second straight day and 6,098 cases more than Tuesday, the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry said. On June 8, India recorded 86,498 cases, lowest since April 2 when the country logged 89,129 new cases. In the past 24 hours, 2,219 more people succumbed to the pandemic. India's overall tally of Covid-19 cases now stands at 2,90,89,069 with 12,3
  • Retired IAS Anup Chandra appointed Election Commissioner
    New Delhi, June 9 (IANS): President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed retired IAS officer Anup Chandra Pandey as Election Commissioner. The appointment restores the three-member commission to its full strength, which will now oversee the next set of crucial assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Manipur and Uttarakhand next year. Pandey, a 1984-batch Uttar Pradesh cadre officer, has been appointed to the post in the Election Commission with effect from the date he assumes
  • Agri Min says govt ready to talk with farmer unions; asks them to share objection on farm laws
    New Delhi, June 9 (PTI): Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Wednesday said the government is ready to resume talks with protesting farmers but asked the unions to point out their objections to the provisions of the three farm laws with sound logic. The government and unions have held 11 rounds of talks, the last being on January 22, to break the deadlock and end the farmers' protest. Talks have not resumed following widespread violence during a tractor rally by p
  • 15 days special casual leave for govt employees whose parents test Covid positive: Centre
    New Delhi, June 9 (PTI): All central government employees will be able to get 15 days of special casual leave (SCL) in case their parents or any dependent family members test COVID-19 positive, according to an order issued by the personnel ministry. "In case of active hospitalisation of any of the family members/parents even after 15 days of the expiry of SCL, the government servants may be granted leave of any kind due and admissible beyond 15 days of SCL till their discharge
  • Heavy rains, water-logging mark arrival of monsoon in Mumbai; IMD issues red alert
    Mumbai, June 9 (PTI): The south-west monsoon arrived in Mumbai and its neighbouring areas on Wednesday, the IMD announced as heavy rains lashed the city and suburbs since early morning, causing water-logging at many places and disrupting local train services. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a red alert for Mumbai, and neighbouring Thane, Palghar and Raigad districts, warning of very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall at isolated places there during the day. "
  • 'Only in India we are liberal with health concerns', says SC on bail plea in food adulteration case 
    New Delhi, June 9 (PTI): Only in India we are liberal with the health concerns, the Supreme Court observed while refusing to entertain pre-arrest bail pleas of two Madhya Pradesh-based businessmen who are accused in a food adulteration case. A vacation bench comprising Justices Indira Banerjee and M R Shah was hearing the anticipatory bail applications of Prawar Goyal and Vineet Goyal of Neemuch district in Madhya Pradesh. Hearing appeals against dismissal of their pre-arrest bai
  • What steps taken to publicise SOPs for vaccinating people without prescribed IDs? HC to govt
    Mumbai, June 9 (PTI): The Bombay High Court on Wednesday asked the Maharashtra and Union governments what steps they had taken to inform citizens about the Centre's SOPs on COVID-19 vaccination for people who do not possess one of the seven identity cards prescribed for the purpose. A bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and G S Kulkarni also asked the Union government to inform the court of the steps taken to cover under its vaccination drive the people who were mentally ill a
  • Carry out 'surgical strike' on coronavirus: HC to Centre
    Mumbai, June 9 (PTI): The Bombay High Court on Wednesday said the Centre's approach against coronavirus, which is the society's biggest enemy at present, should be "like a surgical strike" instead of standing at the borders waiting for the virus to come out. A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice G S Kulkarni said the Union government's new "near to home" vaccination programme was like waiting for the virus carrier to come to the
  • Man threatens to hijack plane from Bhopal & Indore airports, held
    BHOPAL, JUNE 9 (IANS): The officials of the Raja Bhoj airport in Bhopal received a call, threatening to hijack the plane to Pakistan, police said here on Tuesday. After the threat, the security at Bhopal and Indore airports has been beefed up. According to the police, the manager of Raja Bhoj airport Dharmaraj Verma late on Tuesday evening, received an unknown call, threatening that the plane would be hijacked. Verma alerted the security officer of the airport and the police of G
  • Priest asked to bring God's Aadhaar to sell temple produce
    BANDA, June 9 (IANS): In a bizarre incident, a priest who went to a government procurement centre to sell wheat grown in land belonging to the temple, was asked to produce the Aadhaar card of the deity. The incident took place two days ago in Kurhara village in Attara tehsil in Banda. Mahant Ramkumar Das, the priest and chief caretaker of the Ram Janki temple, said he wanted to sell 100 quintals of wheat in a government mandi (market). He had done the online registration with the