India

  • 17 MPs test positive for Covid-19 on first day of monsoon session
    New Delhi, September 14 (ANI): Seventeen Members of Parliament, including ruling Bharatiya Janata Party leaders Meenakshi Lekhi, Anant Kumar Hegde and Parvesh Singh have tested positive for coronavirus on the first day of monsoon session of the Parliament. The monsoon session 2020 of Parliament commenced on Modnay. This is the first Parliament session being held amid the COVID-19 pandemic. All safety measures have been initiated to conduct the session as per health guidelines
  • India's parliament meets after six months as COVID cases surge
    NEW DELHI, September 14 (Reuters): India's parliament met for the first time in six months on Monday, as novel coronavirus cases across the country rose by more than 90,000 in the space of a day and the total number of infections neared 5 million. Members, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, wore masks and sat in seats enclosed by glass partitions designed to prevent the spread of the virus. The assembly's hours have been truncated; the lower house will sit in the mor
  • Same sex marrriage under Hindu Marriage Act: Delhi HC asks petitioner to amend plea
    New Delhi, September 14 (IANS): The Delhi High Court on Monday posted a petition seeking allowance of registration of same sex marriage under the Hindu Marriage Act on October 21 while directing the petitioner to make certain amendments to the plea. "File a civil misc. application by the next date of hearing in order to amend the petition....the matter is adjourned on October 21," said a division bench of the high court presided by Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Pr
  • Rahul recommends BJP leader's son for KV, Cong probe on
    Thiruvananthapuram, September 14 (IANS): The Congress in Kerala is probing how party leader Rahul Gandhi got to recommend the name of a son of a BJP leader for admission in Kendriya Vidyalaya under the MP quota, a party leader said on Monday. Speaking to IANS, Congress legislator and Wayanad DCC President IC Balakrishnan said that angry party workers had complained about the recommendation. "As soon as the complaint surfaced, we decided to take appropriate action. As a first
  • Yogi's new special force can arrest anyone without warrant
    New Delhi, september 14 (PTI): The Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday said a special force will be constituted on the basis of orders of the Allahabad high court, which had expressed its displeasure over the security at civil courts last December. Briefing reporters in Lucknow, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi said, "The state government has given orders for the constitution of a special security force. A roadmap in this regard has been sought from the UP DGP.&
  • India's Covid tally tops 48 lakh with 92,071 new cases
    New Delhi, September 14 (PTI): With a spike of 92,071 new cases in 24 hours, India's COVID-19 count breached the 48-lakh mark on Monday, informed the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. With this latest spike, the coronavirus cases across the country stand at 48,46,428. As per the health ministry, there are 9,86,598 active cases while 37,80,108 patients have been cured/discharged/migrated. The country in the last 24 hours reported 1,136 deaths due to the pathogen
  • Nearly 90% candidates take NEET amid strict COVID-19 precautions
    New Delhi, September 13 (PTI): Nearly 90 per cent candidates appeared in the medical entrance exam National Eligibility cum Entrance Test held at over 3,800 centres across the country on Sunday amid strict precautions in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test began at 2 pm, but entry to centres started at 11 am. Students were allotted different slots for staggered movement to ensure social distancing. As many as 15.97 lakh candidates ha
  • Covid vaccine likely by early 2021; for old, high-risk first: Harsh Vardhan
    New Delhi, September 13 (IANS): The coronavirus vaccine might be ready by the first quarter of 2021, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Sunday. "While no date has been fixed for the vaccine launch, it may be ready by the first quarter of 2021," he said. Harsh Vardhan also said that the government is considering emergency authorisation of Covid-19 vaccination to senior citizens and people working in high-risk settings. "This shall be done
  • India's COVID-19 recovery rate at 77.88%: Govt
    New Delhi, September 13 (ANI): India's COVID-19 recovery rate now stands at 77.88 per cent after 78,399 recoveries registered in the last 24 hours, said the Union health ministry on Sunday. "India continues to report a high number of recoveries exceeding 70,000 every day. 78,399 recoveries have been registered in the last 24 hours in the country. With this, the total number of recoveries has touched 3,702,595 taking the Recovery Rate to 77.88 per cent," said the Minist
  • There is conspiracy to defame and malign Maharashtra: Uddhav
    New Delhi, September 13 (PTI): Facing flak from detractors on both political and coronavirus fronts, Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said a conspiracy is afoot to malign Maharashtra. "Whatever political storms come, I will face... I will fight coronavirus too," Thackeray said in a televised public address. A day after COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra crossed the 10-lakh mark, Thackeray said his government has done effective work to tackle the pandemic
  • RJD stalwart Raghuvansh Prasad dies due to post-Covid illness
    New Delhi, September 13 (IANS): Former Union minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, who recently resigned from the Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD), succumbed to post-Covid illness at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, on Sunday. Singh was suffering from a lung infection and was put on ventilator two days ago after his health deteriorated. He was admitted in the ICU unit of the hospital a week ago after contracting an infection in his lungs, a post-Covid illness he deve
  • Yechury's name in riots case: Cong to raise issue in Parliament
    New Delhi, September 13 (IANS): The Congress has flayed the naming of Left leader Sitaram Yechury and others in a Delhi Police supplementary charge sheet in a Delhi riots case and said it will raise the issue in Parliament. The other opposition parties too will raise the issue during the Monsoon Session of Parliament commencing on Monday. Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said: "We are definitely going to raise the issue as it is a case of misuse of official machinery."
  • Weeks after discharge, Amit Shah re-admitted to AIIMS
    New Delhi, September 13 (IANS) Two weeks after his discharge, Home Minister Amit Shah has been re-admitted to All India Institute for Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after complaining breathing issue on Saturday, multiple sources told IANS. However, the hospital did not come on record to confirm this. The sources told that Shah was admitted around 11 p.m. on Saturday night. As per the sources, he is being kept in CN tower, a facility reserved for VVIPs. Shah is getting treatment under D
  • COVID-19 tally in India breaches 47-lakh mark
    New Delhi, September 13 (PTI): India's COVID-19 tally of cases sprinted past 47 lakh with 94,372 new infections being reported in a day, while 37,02,595 people have recuperated taking the national recovery rate to 77.88 per cent on Sunday, according to the Union health ministry data. The total coronavirus cases mounted to 47,54,356, while the death toll climbed to 78,586 with 1,114 people succumbing to the infection in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed. The
  • Record 81,533 people recover from COVID-19 in 24 hrs
    New Delhi, September 12 (PTI): With a record 81,533 people recuperating from COVID-19 in a day, India's total recoveries on Saturday surged to 36,24,196 of which 60 per cent of the cases are from five states, including Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. India's COVID-19 case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.66 per cent while the recovery rate has risen to 77.77 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry. Sixty per cent of the total recovered cases are
  • India, China troops within shooting range at Spanggur Gap
    New Delhi, September 12 (IANS): China has mobilised thousands of soldiers, tanks and howitzers within rifle range of Indian Army deployment at Spanggur Gap in the southern part of Pangong Tso in eastern Ladakh, sources said, even as Indian troops are on high alert. The Chinese People's Liberation Army made provocative military deployments at Spanggur Gap, which is between Gurung Hill and Magar Hill, from August 30 after Indian soldiers seized tactical heights on the ridge line o
  • Rajnath condemns attack on Navy veteran, calls him
    Mumbai, September 12 (IANS): The assault on retired Indian Navy officer by Shiv Sainiks in Mumbai over a social media message continued to reverberate in the political arena as Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday condemned the attack and called up the victim to wish him a speedy recovery. Rajnath called up retired Chief Petty Officer Madan Sharma, 65, to enquire after his health in the wake of Friday's attack even as the four accused arrested in the case were bailed out o
  • Pilot supports Rahul Gandhi's views on economy, jobs
    Jaipur, September 12 (IANS): Former Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot on Saturday backed party leader Rahul Gandhi's views on loss of jobs and the Indian economy and said that it was facing a terrible crisis while industries were shutting. Speaking to the media here, he said: "What Rahul Gandhi says is absolutely justified; the BJP had promised to give 2 crore jobs every year if it came to power at the Centre. On the contrary, crores of jobs have been lost in the
  • India, China armies' talks remain inconclusive, top commanders to meet
    New Delhi, September 12 (IANS): To prevent the situation at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh from further escalating, the armies of India and China held an interaction on Saturday where they discussed withdrawing forces from the points where there are in eyeball-to-eyeball situations. Brigade commanders of both sides met at Chushul and held an interaction from 11 am to 3 pm but the talks remained "inconclusive". Both the countries' military delegat
  • Works worth Rs 23K cr done under Garib Kalyan Yojana: PM
    New Delhi, September 12 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that the government had completed works worth Rs 23,000 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY) and that the number of days to build a house under the PM Awas Yojana (Gramin) had gone sown from 125 days to between 45 and 60 days. Modi was speaking on the occasion of handing over of 1.75 lakh houses in Madhya Pradesh to the beneficiaries through videoconference, wherein Chief Ministe