India

  • In a first, Punjab Assembly rejects Centre's farm laws
    Chandigarh, October  20 (IANS): In a first in the country, the legislative Assembly in Punjab led by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday unanimously passed three legislations and formally rejected the Centre's 'black' agricultural laws brought by the BJP-led Union government. The Bills provide for imprisonment of not less than three years and a fine for sale or purchase of wheat or paddy under a farming agreement below the MSP, exemption of farmers from attach
  • Airtel's privacy policy updated after furore
    New Delhi, October 20 (IANS): Airtels privacy policy statement has been updated after a controversy over sexual orientation being part of the personal information that can be accessed. The privacy policy of Airtel mentioned that it can collect users' personal information and data like genetic information, sexual orientation, racial and ethnic origin, religious and philosophical belief, trade union membership, health data, financial information and political opinion and share the
  • No respite from rain in Andhra, heavy forecast for 3 days
    AMARAVATI, OCTOBER 20 (IANS): There seems to be no respite from rain as deep depression over Andhra Pradesh has already caused flooding in several places in the state, with the Met department predicting heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places in coastal Andhra and Yanam. Heavy rainfall has also been forecast at isolated places in Rayalaseema. Several places in West Godavari district have been witnessing rainfall since Monday evening. Tuesday began with showers and drizzle
  • Delhi Police constable imparting education to slum kids
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 20 (IANS): Concerned about the education of poor children, Delhi Police constable Than Singh has set up a school in a temple behind the Red Fort. He starts his classes at 5 in the evening after he finishes his duty. He started the school in 2016 with four children but now has almost 50-60 students from nearby slums. The students between 5-15 years of age greet him when they come to the school in the evening. Constable Singh also provides books, copies, penci
  • Jindal School launches 1st of its kind BA (H) in Finance & Entrepreneurship in India
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 20 (IANS): The Jindal School of Banking & Finance of O.P. Jindal Global University has launched a unique, industry-relevant undergraduate programme B.A. (Hons.) Finance and Entrepreneurship. As the first of its kind in India, this programme combines coursework, which instils entrepreneurial spirit in the students with a sound theoretical understanding of, and practical exposure to, finance. The programme aims to train a new generation of Indian entrepreneur
  • Set up helpline to address problems of LGBTQ community: NHRC to govt
    New Delhi, October 19 (IANS): In a bid to safeguard the LGBTQ+ community and ensure that the basic human rights of this community are not compromised due to the COVID-19 crisis, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Monday issued fresh guidelines in this regard. The human rights body has suggested a separate 24x7 toll free helpline number for the LGBTQI+ community. "A separate helpline number may be set up to provide support in different regional languages for cop
  • ED summons to Farooq creates flutter in J&K's political circles
    Srinagar, October 19 (IANS): The summoning of National Conference (NC) president, Dr. Farooq Abdullah for questioning by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday has created quite a flutter in the political circles of Jammu and Kashmir. Reacting to the ED summons to his father, Omar Abdullah, former chief minister, took to Twitter, "The party will be responding to this ED summon shortly. This is nothing less than political vendetta coming days after the formation of the
  • ICUs without air-conditioning could shield doctors from COVID-19: study
    BENGALURU, October 19 (Reuters): Intensive care units (ICUs) at hospitals treating COVID-19 patients should do away with air-conditioning to limit the risk of infecting doctors, a study from a top Indian research institute has said. Frontline health workers around the world have borne the brunt of the coronavirus crisis. More than 500 doctors have died from COVID-19 in India - the world's second-worst hit nation - as infections near 8 million, straining the country's we
  • Bookings for M&M's all-new Thar SUV crosses 15K
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 19 (IANS): Automobile major Mahindra & Mahindra has reported that bookings for 'All-New Thar' SUV has now crossed 15,000 bookings, since its launch on October 2, 2020. "Today 57 per cent of all buyers of the All-New Thar are first time car buyers and a significantly large share of all bookings are for the automatic variants," the company said in a statement on Monday. The all-new Thar will be available in two trims, namely "AX & L
  • Half of Indians may have had coronavirus by February, government panel estimates
    MUMBAI, October 19 (Reuters): At least half of India's 1.3 billion people are likely to have been infected with the new coronavirus by next February, helping slow the spread of the disease, a member of a federal government committee tasked with providing projections said on Monday. India has so far reported 7.55 million cases of the coronavirus and is second only to the United States in terms of total infections. But COVID-19 infections are decreasing in India after
  • Paytm enters credit card biz, to issue 20 lakh in 12-18 months
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 19 (IANS): Leading digital financial services platform Paytm on Monday said it will partner with various card issuers to introduce co-branded credit cards and is aiming to issue 20 lakh cards in the next 12-18 months. The move is aimed at transforming the credit market by enabling "new to credit" users to join the digital economy, the company said. "In our country, credit cards are still considered a product for the affluent sections of the socie
  • COVID-19: Daily spike remains low, India's tally crosses 75-lakh mark
    New Delhi, October 19 (IANS): With a spike of 55,722 coronavirus cases and 579 deaths in 24 hours, India's tally on Monday crossed the 75-lakh mark with a total of 75,50,273 cases. Out of these, 7,72,055 are currently active; 66,63,608 have been discharged, while 1,14,610 lost the battle against the pandemic. According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India's active cases have fallen below eight lakh after six weeks and continue to slide further down. The
  • Hyderabad floods affected over 37,000 families
    Hyderabad, October 18 (IANS): Torrential rains and flash floods in Hyderabad have affected over 37,000 families, a top civic official said on Sunday. The heavy rains and floods on October 13-14 and again on October 17 inundated many areas, affecting 37,400 families. Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Commissioner Lokesh Kumar said due to heavy rains on October 13, various localities were inundated and about 35,309 families were affected. Another 2,100 families were
  • 60-70 polluting power plants to be closed soon: Javadekar
    New Delhi, October 18 (IANS): Union Environment, Forests and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday announced that 60-70 pollution-causing power plants would be identified and closed in the next two years as he discussed steps taken by the Narendra Modi government to tackle the pollution menace. Launching a social media connection with people, he made the announcement in a question and answer session on Facebook Live. The minister said that power plants of Badarpur a
  • UP Assembly bypolls a crucial political test for BJP
    Lucknow, October 18 (IANS): Even as preparations for by-elections for seven Assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh are on, political analysts have pointed out that these elections before the Assembly electoral battle in 2022 would be a "crucial political test" for the ruling BJP which held six of the seven seats. All eyes are on the bypolls which would be held amid the coronavirus crisis in the northern state, construction of the grand Ram temple at Ayodhya, and the recent Hathra
  • After months of denial, govt finally admits community transmission
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 18 (IANS): Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday admitted that India is in the community transmission stage. However, it is limited only to certain districts and states. The statement has come in the backdrop of West Bengal's Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's admission on Monday that the community transmission of Covid-19 has started in the state. Vardhan's statement was a response to a query made during his weekly webinar, 'Sunday Samvaa
  • India's gold imports halve to $6.8B in Apr-Sep FY21
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 18 (IANS): Gold imports by India declined 57.12 per cent in the first half of the current financial year (2020-21) to $6.77 billion as demand has been largely hit by the pandemic. During April-September FY20, the value of gold imports stood at $15.80 billion. As per the Commerce Ministry data, import of the yellow metal last month stood at $601.43 million, 52.85 per cent lower on a year-on-year basis. Silver imports too have slumped during over the past six
  • 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
  • India's COVID-19 doubling time ‘sharply’ improves: Health ministry
    New Delhi, October 15 (IANS): The Union Health Ministry on Thursday said the country's doubling time of Covid-19 cases has sharply increased to 70.4 days from 25.5 days in mid-August, which is nearly thrice the time being taken earlier. "This indicates a substantial fall in the daily new cases and the consequent increase in time taken to double the total cases," the Ministry tweeted as India recorded a spike of 67,708 coronavirus cases and 680 deaths in 24 hours, as th
  • India's peak holiday season set to send COVID-19 cases surging
    BENGALURU/KOLKATA, October 15 (Reuters): Already on track to overtake the United States with the world's most novel coronavirus infections, India is bracing for a surge of cases in coming weeks as it heads into its main holiday season with an economy freed of virus restrictions. The recent experience of the southern state of Kerala, which was praised for its initial handling of the pandemic, indicates how rapidly the situation can worsen. Reported infections there have