• Himachal man sells cow to buy smartphone for kids' online studies
    SHIMLA, JULY 23 (IANS): It may come as a surprise, but a poor family in the BJP-ruled Himachal Pradesh had to sell their cow, a substantial source of income, for just Rs 6,000 to buy a smartphone so that their two children could stay connected with online studies amid the COVID-19 lockdown. Considering the fact that the cow is regarded as holy and often referred to as mother in the rural setup, the sacrifice cannot be described as small by any means. The man -- Kuldeep Kumar -- b
  • Signs of farm 'revolution' in India as coronavirus prompts change
    RAIPUR JATTAN, July 23 (Reuters): For more than two decades, Indian farmer Ravindra Kajal cultivated rice the way his forefathers had - every June he flooded his fields with water before hiring an army of farmhands to plant paddy seedlings. But a scarcity of workers this year because of the coronavirus forced Kajal to change. He irrigated the field just enough to moisten the soil and leased a drilling machine to directly sow seeds on his 9-acre (3.6-hectare) plot. "Sinc
  • Bajaj Auto's Q1FY21 standalone net profit down 53%
    MUMBAI, JULY 22 (IANS): Two-and three-wheeler major Bajaj Auto's standalone net profit for the first quarter of 2020-21 fell 53.10 per cent due to Covid-19 pandemic. The company's net profit during the quarter under review declined to Rs 528 crore from Rs 1,126 crore earned during the corresponding period of the previous fiscal. According to the company, the Q1/FY21 has been an extremely challenging quarter due to the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic. "Lockdown and
  • COVID-19 tally in India climbs to 11,92,915, recoveries surge to 7,53,049
    New Delhi, July 22 (PTI): India added 37,724 fresh cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday taking the country's tally to11,92,915, while recoveries surged to 7,53,049 with 28,472 people having recuperated in a day, the highest so far,according to the Union Health Ministry data. The death toll due to the disease rose to 28,732?with 648 people succumbing to the disease in the last 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed There are 4,11,133 active cases of coronavirus infection pre
  • 'Crime virus' more active than coronavirus in UP: Mayawati
    Lucknow, July 22 (PTI): BSP chief Mayawati on Wednesday said "crime virus" spread by criminals is more active than coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh. "The way heinous crimes like murder and those against women are continuing unabated, it is clear that instead of law and order, jungle raj is prevailing in UP. Crime virus of criminals is more active than coronavirus in UP. People are fed up and the government must address this issue," Mayawati said in a tweet in Hindi.
  • India's anti-tank guided missile Dhruvastra' test-fired
    Balasore (Odisha), July 22 (PTI): India has successfully conducted three flight tests of its indigenously developed anti-tank guided missile 'Dhruvastra' from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur in Odisha, defence sources said on Wednesday. Developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the helicopter-launched anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) is one of the most advanced anti-tank weapons in the world. The sophisticated missile was test-fired twic
  • 'Milking their misery': Indian state makes returning migrants pay for quarantine
    MUMBAI, July 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Coronavirus quarantine charges levied by an Indian state on migrant workers who are being flown home from Gulf nations will drive many returnees further into debt and put them at risk of destitution, campaigners and labourers said on Wednesday. India in May began a drive to repatriate nearly a million citizens from around the world as the pandemic left many jobless and struggling to survive. The arrivals are quarantined in hotels, c
  • Corona backlash: Maha villagers defy Covid-19 tests
    RAIGAD, July 22 (IANS): Hundreds of angry Bodni villagers, including at least 2 Covid-19 patients, trooped out on the road to defy the government, police and medical teams coaxing them to undergo Covid-19 tests, officials said on Wednesday. The ire of the villagers was such that one of them allegedly attempted to spit on a PPE-clad medico, ostensibly to prove that nothing was wrong with them and they didn't require Covid tests. The ruckus was witnessed in the small coastal fi
  • Spirited mother fights off kidnappers, saves her 4-yr-old
    NEW DELHI, 22 JULY (IANS): A woman resolutely held out against against two motorcycle-borne men who tried to kidnap her four-year-old child in Shakarpur area of east Delhi, forcing them to flee without their bike. The whole incident, on Tuesday, was captured on CCTV camera in which the two helmet-wearing kidnappers are seen forcibly trying to grab the child. However, the mother pounced on the bike like a lioness, making them panic and lose balance. While the woman snatched back the
  • Kerala gold smuggling: ED registers money laundering case
    NEW DELHI, JULY 22 (IANS): Almost 12 days after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) registered a case in the Kerala gold smuggling issue, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) said on Wednesday it had also registered a case under the Prevention of the Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The ED has became the third agency to register a case in the matter after the NIA and the Customs. On July 10, the NIA registered an FIR against four persons, including prime suspect Swapna Suresh, the wo
  • 11 policemen sentenced to life for Raja Man Singh murder in 1985
    NEW DELHI, JULY 22 (IANS): A local court in Uttar Pradesh's Mathura on Wednesday sentenced 11 policemen, including the then Deputy Superintendent of Police, to life imprisonment in a case pertaining to the murder of royal Raja Man Singh in 1985. District Judge Sadhana Rani Thakur announced the life imprisonment sentence a day after holding them guilty of the killing. Three policemen were, however, acquitted. Four men died during the trial. The policemen were convicted under S
  • Coronavirus cases surge among factory workers in post-lockdown India
    CHENNAI, July 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): When Bajirao Thengde voiced his fears about going to work after dozens of colleagues fell sick with coronavirus, his boss at a motorbike factory in western India said he should "learn to live with the virus". As India's coronavirus cases exceeded one million last week, unions say similar spikes in infections in reopened factories are putting workers at risk - accusing companies of skimping on health and safety as they rush
  • SC nod for 3-member judicial panel to probe Vikas Dubey encounter
    NEW DELHI, JULY 22 (IANS): The Supreme Court on Wednesday accepted the appointment of a three-member inquiry commission headed by former top court judge Justice B.S. Chauhan into the encounter of gangster Vikas Dubey, and asked it to submit the report within two months to the court and the Uttar Pradesh government. A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde also told the Uttar Pradesh police not to resort to further encounters to eliminate dreaded gangsters in the state. Solicito
  • DoT reviews National Broadband Mission's progress
    NEW DELHI, JULY 21 (IANS): The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) on Tuesday reviewed the progress of the National Broadband Mission (NBM) with officials of several states and Union Territories along with officials of Tower and Infrastructure Providers Association (TAIPA), COAI and field units of DoT through a video conference. Officials from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Punjab, Gujarat, Puducherry and Lakshadweep were present at the virtual meeting.
  • Journalist shot in front of daughters in Ghaziabad, 5 held
    NEW DELHI, JULY 21 (IANS): A brazen act of shooting a journalist has been captured on CCTV camera in Ghaziabad. The journalist was shot on Monday night in Vijay Nagar area while he was on a bike with his two minor daughters. The incident happened when the journalist Vikram Joshi was returning from his sister's home. He was waylaid and the assailants who were five in number blocked his way and attacked him. Joshi is admitted in critical condition in a hospital where a team of doc
  • HP unveils new 'OMEN' lineup, 16-inch Pavilion gaming laptop in India
    NEW DELHI, JULY 21 (IANS): Targeting the next generation of gamers in India, PC and printer major HP Inc on Tuesday unveiled new OMEN laptops and accessories, along with introducing the first 16-inch Pavilion gaming laptop in the country. The latest 'OMEN 15' gaming laptop featuring a redesigned chassis is now available in two chip variants - Intel and AMD which is making its CPU debut on the 'OMEN' series. While OMEN 15 (Intel) is available at a starting price of
  • Airtel renews pact with Ericsson for pan-India managed services
    NEW DELHI, JULY 21 (IANS): Telecom major Bharti Airtel has renewed its agreement with Swedish gear maker Ericsson to provide pan-India managed network operations, the two companies announced on Tuesday. The three-year deal will see Airtel launching 'Ericsson Operation Engine' this year. The agreement covers nationwide Artificial Intelligence-driven managed services, network and IT automation for Airtel's India mobile operations. Ericsson said it will also manage Ai
  • Amazon to run Prime Day in India on August 6-7
    NEW DELHI, JULY 21 (IANS): E-commerce giant Amazon has confirmed that it will run its Prime Day annual shopping festival in India on August 6-7, a bit later than usual. Last year, the sales holiday was conducted in mid-July, but the pandemic this year has disrupted its schedule as the company said that the roll out of the global event for other participating markets will take place even later. According to a report in TechCrunch on Tuesday, this will be the first time that Prime
  • Stock market rallies, Nifty reclaims 11,000-mark
    MUMBAI, JULY 20 (IANS): The Indian equity indices surged on Monday with the Nifty50 on the National Stock Exchange reclaiming the 11,000-mark.   The BSE Sensex settled nearly 400 points higher. Healthy buying was witnessed in finance, banking and consumer durables stocks.   The indices were supported by an inflow of foreign portfolio investments. Net FPI inflow on Monday stood at Rs 1,709.97 crore. Domestic institutional investors however took to selling during th
  • India's debt-to-GDP ratio may rise to 87.6%: SBI Ecowrap
    NEW DELHI, JULY 20 (IANS): The economic turbulence due to Covid-19 is expected to push India's debt-to-GDP ratio higher, according to a SBI Ecowrap report on Monday. Together with the declining GDP growth, debt-to-GDP ratio has been adversely affected in all countries.   "India's debt-to-GDP ratio has increased gradually from Rs 58.8 lakh crore (67.4 per cent of GDP) in FY12 to Rs 146.9 lakh crore (72.2 per cent of GDP) in FY20," it said. Higher borrowing t