India

  • Declare deceased Covid frontline workers as martyrs: Manjunath
    Mysuru, October 17 (IANS): C.N. Manjunath, noted cardiologist, Covid warrior and Director of Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research here, on Saturday appealed to the Karnataka government to take steps to declare deceased Covid frontline workers as martyrs. Delivering his inaugural speech after launching the 10-day Dasara festivities here, he said the state government has taken the first step to recognise the health staff who are working hard to fight the drea
  • J&K Panchayati Raj Rules amended to pave way for district councils
    Srinagar, October 17 (IANS): The Jammu & Kashmir administration on Saturday amended the J&K Panchayati Raj Rules 1996 to pave the way for establishment of elected District Development Councils in J&K. An official statement said that the J&K Panchayati Raj Rules 1996, have been amended to provide for the establishment of elected district development councils in the Union territory. "The move to have elected third tier of Panchayati Raj institutions marks the i
  • IMA scam: CBI names K'taka IPS officers, 26 others in chargesheet
    Bengaluru, October 17 (IANS): The Central Bureau of Investigation on Saturday filed an additional chargesheet against 28 accused persons, including five police officers, in connection with the multi-crore IMA scam. The police officers named in the chargesheet include IGP Hemanth Nimbalkar and DCP Ajay Hilori. The investigation pertains to the I-Monetary Advisory, popularly known as IMA ponzi scam, in which thousands of gullible depositors were duped of their hard-earned money after
  • PM to virtually address Mysore University Convocation on Monday
    New Delhi, October 17 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the Centenary Convocation of the University of Mysore, the very first university of Karnataka, on Monday via video conferencing. He is scheduled to address at at 11:15 am on MOnday morning. The Governor of Karnataka, along with other dignitaries of the University, would be present on the occasion. Members of the Syndicate and Academic Council, MPs, MLAs, MLCs, Statutory Officers, District Officers, Former
  • Declare deceased Covid frontline workers as martyrs: Manjunath
    Mysuru, October 17 (IANS): C.N. Manjunath, noted cardiologist, Covid warrior and Director of Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research here, on Saturday appealed to the Karnataka government to take steps to declare deceased Covid frontline workers as martyrs. Delivering his inaugural speech after launching the 10-day Dasara festivities here, he said the state government has taken the first step to recognise the health staff who are working hard to fight the drea
  • Startups to soon avail countrywide science & tech infra: Centre
    New Delhi, October 17 (IANS): Startups and industries will soon have access to equipment and science and technology infrastructure in different institutions, universities and colleges spread all over the country to carry out experiments and tests they require for their research and development, technology and product development. The Department of Science and Technology is restructuring its FIST (Fund for Improvement of S&T Infrastructure in Universities and Higher Educational i
  • India begins selecting people for priority coronavirus vaccines
    MUMBAI, October 17 (Reuters): India’s coronavirus infections rose by another 62,212 cases over the previous day and a local media report said on Saturday that the government had begun identifying about 300 million people who would be given the vaccine first when it is ready. The Times of India said that frontline health and sanitation workers, police officials and elderly people with co-morbidities will get the vaccine on priority. The plan, which is still in the draft
  • Infiltration along LoC has reduced substantially: Lt Gen BS Raju
    Srinagar, October 17 (IANS) : Infiltration along the Line of Control with Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir has reduced substantially, said the Indian Army's commander in Kashmir Lieutenant General B.S. Raju, pointing that a lot of efforts, including use of drones, have been put in by ground troops to dominate the area. The Line of Control is a de facto border between India and Pakistan in the region of Kashmir. Last year, there were 130 infiltrations that took place and this yea
  • Bihar polls: Caste factor reflects in selection of RLSP candidates
    Patna, October 17 (IANS): Despite the claims of the political parties that development will be the core issue in the Assembly election this year in Bihar, caste politics continues to play the crucial role. The parties are selecting candidates on the basis of caste dominance in a particular area and the same reflects in the candidate list of the Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP). The party issued a list of 37 candidates for the first and the second phase on Friday night, and 18 of the
  • NEET success: Odisha NGO helps poor students build careers and lives
    Bhubaneswar, October 17 (IANS): Odisha-based NGO Zindagi Foundation has once again helped 19 more medical aspirants hailing from poor families to chart new journeys in their lives as all of them have cracked the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) 2020. Neither poverty nor coronavirus could dampen the spirits of these students to achieve their life goals to become doctors. 'Zindagi' programme is run by academician Ajay Bahadur Singh, who himself wanted to become
  • PM Modi says use poll experience for vaccine delivery system
    New Delhi, October 17 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday reviewed the Covid-19 pandemic situation in the country and the preparedness of vaccine delivery, distribution, and administration. The Prime Minister noted the steady decline in the daily Covid cases and growth rate. He further directed that the country should make use of experience gained in successful conduct of elections and disaster management for the vaccine delivery system. Modi said that in a similar m
  • India records decline in new Covid cases, tally over 74L
    New Delhi, October 17 (IANS): With a spike of 62,211 new Covid-19 cases and 837 deaths in 24 hours, India's tally reached 74,32,680, the Union Health Ministry data said on Saturday. The spike is lower than the Friday figures of 63,371 coronavirus new cases and 895 deaths recorded in 24 hours. India's doubling time has also sharply increased to 70.4 days. This indicates a substantial fall in the daily new cases and the consequent increase in time taken to double the total
  • PM Modi to address global meet on Covid on Sunday
    New Delhi, October 17 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address eminent scientists and researchers from across the globe on Sunday in the Grand Challenges Annual Meeting 2020 organised to discuss key priorities related to the Covid-19 pandemic. The meeting is being organised for accelerating progress across the Sustainable Development Goals in the post-pandemic world and ways to manage the Covid-19 challenge. The Grand Challenges India works across a range of health and d
  • Modi greets nation on Navratri
    New Delhi, October 17 (IANS): in on Saturday greeted the nation on the beginning of the Navratri festival, and wished for a safe, healthy and prosperous planet. "Greetings on the auspicious festival of Navratri. May Lord Jagadamba, bring happiness, peace and prosperity to all of you. Jai Mata Di," Modi said in a tweet. In another tweet, Modi said, "Pranams to Maa Shailputri on Day one of Navratri. With her blessings, may our planet be safe, healthy and prosperous.
  • Delhi doctors implant permanent pacemaker in newborn baby's heart
    New Delhi, October 17 (IANS): Doctors at a Delhi hospital displayed their commitment to patient-centric care and skills in clinical excellence during the current pandemic by immediately responding to an emergency case of a pre-term baby born with a complete congenital heart block. At the time of birth, baby Bhavishya's heart was beating 40 times a minute as compared to 140-160 times a minute of a healthy newborn. The birth of the baby took place in another hospital in New Delhi
  • Punjab CM, Rahul vow to force Centre to revoke farm laws
    Chandigarh, October 17 (IANS): Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday joined Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in pledging to force the Union government to revoke the 'draconian' farm laws. Both said these laws would be debated in a special Vidhan Sabha session on Monday with the aim to aggressively and effectively combat the damaging impact of these legislations on farmers. Asserting that his government will take all steps to counter the 'black' laws and pr
  • NIA court sentences 15 in ISIS conspiracy case
    New Delhi, October 17 (IANS): The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday said that a Delhi court has sentenced 15 persons to rigorous imprisonment of five to 10 years, who were earlier convicted in the ISIS conspiracy case. The case pertains to the recruitment of Indian Muslim youth by Syria based IS media chief Yusuf-Al-Hindi to work for the terror organisation and commit acts of terrorism in India at its behest. An NIA spokesperson on Saturday said, "A Delhi court
  • Govt to digital media: May issue PIB cards, form self regulating bodies
    New Delhi, October 16 (IANS): In what will go a long way to boost online journalism in India, the Centre announced on Friday that the I&B ministry "will be considering" to extend certain benefits like issuing PIB cards to journalists from the digital media in the "near future". PIB accreditation for its reporters, cameramen, videographers will enable them with "better first-hand information", said the Centre while providing access including particip
  • Delhi residents worry about toxic mix of pollution, COVID-19
    NEW DELHI, October 16 (Reuters) - Families in Delhi with pre-existing health conditions such as asthma are stocking up on oxygen cylinders and pulse oximeters, fearing that the city's worsening air quality will make them more vulnerable to the coronavirus. After months of relatively clean air because of a lockdown imposed to fight the virus, pollution levels have spiked to their worst in two years for October, caused by farmers burning crop stubble in surrounding states and cool
  • Potters hope business booms due to Deepawali, India-China dispute
    New Delhi, October 16 (IANS): Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, while many industries have suffered major economic blows, there are some who are likely to benefit because of the India-China dispute. Among these hopefuls are the artisans who have been working in potters colony in southwest Delhi's Uttam Nagar for almost 40 years. In addition to the wholesale market for hand-made earthenware, there are retail markets too in the colony. People from across the country come here to buy the