India

  • Bird flu: Centre asks states to maintain sufficient stock of PPE kits
    New Delhi, January 12 (PTI): The Centre on Tuesday said it has issued advisories to states regarding testing protocols for bird flu and also asked them to maintain sufficient stock of PPE kits and accessories required for culling operations. Till Monday, bird flu outbreak was confirmed in 10 states - Delhi, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Gujarat. "Till 12 January 2021, additional cases of Avian Influe
  • Farmer leaders ready to resume talks with Govt on Dec 29
    New Delhi, December 26 (PTI): The protesting farmer unions on Saturday decided to resume their dialogue with the government and have proposed December 29 as the date for the next round of talks to resolve the deadlock over the Centre's three farm laws. The decision was taken at a meeting of Sanyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of 40 farmer unions protesting at various Delhi border points against the new agriculture laws. Addressing a press conference, farmer leaders made it
  • COVID-19: Daily deaths below 300 after over 6 months, 22,273 new cases reported
    New Delhi, December 26 (PTI): India's daily new COVID-19 fatality count was reported below 300 after over six months, taking the death toll to 1,47,343, while the infection tally rose to 1,01,69,118, according to data updated by the Union Health Ministry on Saturday. A total of 251 more deaths and 22,273 new infections were reported in a 24-hour period, the data updated at 8 am showed. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 97,40,108, pushing t
  • Automated systems flagged 'Kisan Ekta Morcha' page: Facebook
    New Delhi, December 21 (IANS): A day after facing flak for briefly blocking the "Kisan Ekta Morcha" page on Facebook, the social networking giant on Monday said that the action was taken after its automated systems flagged the page as spam. The agitating farmers unions on Sunday alleged that Facebook had blocked their page at the Central government's behest after they published a video countering its claims on farm laws. Facebook restored the page after massive soci
  • PM Modi lays foundation stone of new Parliament building
    New Delhi, December 10 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday laid the foundation stone of the new Parliament building which will be equipped with all modern audio visual communication facilities and data network systems -- making it a symbol of Atmanirbhar Bharat. He also performed 'Bhoomi Poojan' for the construction of the four-storied new Parliament building, one of the most magnificent buildings in the country, would be built in an area of 64,500 square metre
  • Will have good communication with India, China on its plan to build big dam over Brahmaputra river
    Beijing, December 3 (PTI): China on Thursday played down its plan to build a major dam in the lower reaches of the Brahmaputra river in Tibet, saying there is no need to have "any anxiety over the project and Beijing will continue to have "good communication" with lower riparian states - India and Bangladesh. China's plan to build the dam over Brahmaputra river, reportedly at Medog in Tibet, which borders Arunachal Pradesh, was disclosed by Yan Zhiyong, chairman o
  • India 'carefully monitors' all developments on Brahmaputra: MEA on China's plan to build major dam
    New Delhi, December 3 (PTI): Amidst reports that China plans to build a major dam on the Brahmaputra, India on Thursday said it "carefully monitors" all developments relating to the river, and that it intends to remain engaged with China on the issue of trans-border rivers to safeguard its interests. The Brahmaputra river, known as the Yarlung Tsangpo in China, originates from Tibet and flows into Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. At a media briefing, External Affairs Minist
  • India bans 43 more Chinese mobile apps; Checkout the full list here
    New Delhi, November 24 (IANS): Continuing with its ban orders on Chinese apps, the Indian government on Tuesday blocked 43 new mobile apps, including shopping website AliExpress owned by e-commerce behemoth Alibaba. Other popular apps that have been banned include WeWorkChina, CamCard and Snack. These apps have been banned by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) for engaging in activities which are "prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of the c
  • India records 50% rise in daily corona cases over two days
    New Delhi, November 19 (IANS): With 45,576 more coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours on Thursday, India witnessed a jump of over 50 per cent in such cases reported on Tuesday, pushing its cumulative tally to 89,58,483. As per Health Ministry data, the total death toll rose to 1,31,578 with 585 more fatalities in the last 24 hours, a jump of 24 per cent over the previous day's figure. On Wednesday, India reported 38,616 new cases and 449 deaths, and on Tuesday 29,154 new cas
  • Post Diwali, India records lowest Covid cases since mid-July
    New Delhi, November 16 (IANS): In a big relief to the people, India witnessed 30,548 new Covid-19 cases post Diwali on Monday, which is the lowest reported since the mid of July. The deaths remained under 500 with a new figure of 435, while the recoveries reported were 43,851 in the last 24 hours. The new figures have pushed the death toll to 1,30,070, while the cumulative tally stands at 88,45,127. Meanwhile, India has now 4,65,478 active cases after a net decrease of 13,738
  • 400mn Indians can now send money via WhatsApp
    NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 6 (IANS): After two years of waiting, WhatsApp payment service has received approval from the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) to go live on Unified Payment Interface (UPI) with over 160 supported banks. Over 400 million WhatsApp users in India can now securely send money to friends and family, and payments feature is now available for iPhone and Android users who are on the latest version of the app. "I am excited today that WhatsApp has bee
  • 631 rescued children test positive for Covid-19 in Andhra
    AMARAVATI, NOVEMBER 5 (IANS): As many as 631 rescued children among the 2,195 tested from the total 16,457 children rescued as part of Andhra Pradesh police department's 'Operation Muskaan' have tested positive for Covid-19. "A total of 2,195 kids have already been tested for Covid until now, tests for the rest of them are underway. Unfortunately, out of those whose results have been declared, 631 kids have tested positive and are being given necessary medical atten
  • Over 83L cases in India as daily numbers on rise
    New Delhi, November 4 (IANS): With a fresh spike of 46,253 coronavirus infections and 514 deaths in 24 hours, India's tally on Wednesday rose to 83,13,876, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. There is a slight spike in cases as India had recorded 38,310 cases on Tuesday. Delhi recorded a single day spike of 6,725 Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, the highest so far, taking the total Delhi tally to 4,03,096. Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit with a total
  • The truckers who keep India's coronavirus patients breathing
    SELAQUI, November 3 (Reuters):  Subhas Kumar Yadav has fought fear, deadlines and hunger to truck liquid oxygen from a factory in India's Himalayan foothills to hospitals in the northern plains during the coronavirus epidemic. The worst time, he said, was in the weeks after the federal government imposed a sweeping lockdown to contain the disease in late March, when roads were deserted, police made arbitrary checks and roadside restaurants, repair shops and motels were
  • India logs 45K new Covid cases, tally mounts to 8.2 million
    New Delhi, November 2 (IANS):  With a fresh spike of 45,230 coronavirus infections and 496 deaths in 24 hours, India's tally on Monday rose to 82,29,313 said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Out of the total Covid-19 cases, 5,61,908 are currently active, 75,44,798 have been discharged, while 1,22,607 lost the battle against the pandemic. While the recovery rate stands at 91.68 per cent, the fatality rate is 1.49 per cent, the data from the Ministry of Hea
  • Hizbul's Saifullah, last of most wanted local militant commanders, killed
    SRINAGAR, NOVEMBER 1 (IANS): In a serious blow to "homegrown militancy" in the Kashmir Valley, Hizbul Mujahideen's operational commander Saifullah Mir was killed in a gunfight with police and security forces in Srinagar district on Sunday, officials said. His associate was arrested alive in the encounter in Rangreth area. A top police officer said the operation was based on hard intelligence generated by the police. The gunfight broke out after security forces, w
  • Pakistani PM says he will upgrade status of part of Kashmir, angering India
    ISLAMABAD, November 1 (Reuters): Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Sunday his government will give provisional provincial status to part of Kashmir, drawing condemnation from India, which has long objected to any such changes by Islamabad. Khan's proposal would apply to Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan's only land link to China, which is the northern part of the larger Kashmir region. Both Delhi and Islamabad have claimed all of Kashmir since gaining independence 73
  • Centre plans Covid vax rollout with healthcare workers first, distribution to take a year
    New Delhi, November 1 (IANS): The government has planned to start the distribution of Covid-19 vaccine first to the healthcare workers followed by other groups to be added "sequentially". The distribution drive would take place over a year. For this, the states and union territories would form a three-tier system as per the Centre's directions. "In all likelihood, the Covid-19 vaccine introduction will span over a year with multiple groups being included sequen
  • Covid positive TN Agri Minister critical
    Chennai, October 31 (IANS): Tamil Nadu Agriculture Minister R. Doraikkannu, who had tested positive for Covid-19, has suffered significant deterioration in vital functions, said a senior official of Kauvery Hospital on Saturday. The 72-year-old minister "is extremely critical despite being on maximal life support", said Aravindan Selvaraj, Executive Director in a statement issued here. Doraikkannu was admitted to the hospital on October 13 with serious breathlessness an
  • Not wearing face mask? Then, clean up roads in Mumbai!
    MUMBAI, OCTOBER 30 (IANS): Cracking the whip against people who don't wear face masks in public and refuse to pay the fine, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has warned that they will have to sweep the city roads as a punishment. In the past two days (Thursday-Friday), over a hundred persons caught without face masks who refused or were unable to shell out the Rs 200 fine, were handed brooms or mops and made to sweep or clean up stretches of roads in the city. Inte