• Karnataka among highest Covid-testing states in India
    BENGALURU, AUGUST 19 (IANS): Karnataka has conducted 20 lakh coronavirus tests in less than five months to emerge as one of the highest coronavirus-testing states in India, an official said on Wednesday. "Karnataka has conducted more than 20 lakh Covid tests from March 23 to August 16 (Sunday) and stands as one of the top states conducting maximum number of tests," the health official added. Initially, to complete the first one lakh tests, the southern state took n
  • IT services, RIL among beneficiaries as digital dominates India Inc's commentary
    NEW DELHI, AUGUST 17 (IANS): IT services companies, automation firms and new economy plays like Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) will be the key beneficiaries of India Incs renewed digital push. According to a research report by foreign brokerage Bernstein, "We tap into the combined wisdom of 40 top management teams, as we assess their commentary in recently released annual reports. We observed a few common themes - digitization, renewed focus on cash flow, cost efficiency and
  • Build and strengthen institutions of accountability, justice and fair play: Nagaland Governor 
    Break the ‘vicious circle of vested interests’ and transformed it into ‘virtuous circle of peace, prosperity and happiness,’ Ravi urges in his message on India's 74th Independence Day   Kohima, August 15 (MExN): The Governor of Nagaland, RN Ravi today said that in Nagaland cannot be left behind amid “India’s grand march forward” and called for building and strengthening “institutions of accountability, justice and fair p
  • On Independence Day eve, President issues veiled warning to China
    New Delhi, August  14 (PTI): In a veiled message to China amid the border standoff, President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday asserted that while India believes in peace it is also capable of giving a befitting response to any attempt of aggression as he said "some in our neighbourhood" tried to carry out "misadventure of expansion". In his address to the nation on the eve of the 74th Independence Day, Kovind also spoke about the 'Aatmanirbhar' initiative
  • Come up with books on citizens' duties, Law Ministry tells NCERT
    NEW DELHI, AUGUST 14 (IANS): The Ministry of Law and Justice has requested the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) as well as the state governments to come up with books on citizens' duties. As part of its concerted efforts to create public awareness on the matter, the Ministry's Department of Justice has also appealed for inclusion of chapters on civics and political science in books, with a special emphasis on citizens' duties. Addressing a
  • Student develops 'Robo Helmet' to strengthen security forces
    VARANASI, AUGUST 14 (IANS): A student from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's parliamentary constituency of Varanasi has developed a helmet that can help to strengthen security forces. The 'Robo Helmet', which works on radio signals can remotely fire at enemies in war-like situations. The remote operated device equipped with wheels, micro gun and wireless system can also enter in the opponent's area and open fire. Anjali Shrivastava, a student of the Ashoka Institute
  • Hapur rape accused shot, captured
    LUCKNOW, AUGUST 14 (IANS): Uttar Pradesh Police on Friday arrested Dalpat, the man accused of kidnapping and brutally raping a six-year-old girl in Hapur district. Dalpat, was shot in the leg when he snatched a policeman's gun and tried to flee after his arrest, said the police who managed to arrest him more than a week after the minor girl was attacked. The girl was kidnapped on August 6 evening when she was playing outside her house in Garhmukteshwar Kotwali area. She was f
  • Local lockdown, labour crunch impact realty construction
    NEW DELHI, AUGUST 14 (IANS): With the staggered lifting of the nationwide lockdown, construction activity in the real estate sector has gradually picked up. However, developers and sector experts say the local lockdowns in several states and the lack of construction workers, who mostly returned to their villages during the initial phase of the lockdown, is impacting the pace of construction. Anuj Puri, Chairman of Anarock Property Consultants said that construction activity across t
  • Godrej Industries logs Rs 106 cr consolidated net profit in Q1
    MUMBAI, AUGUST 13 (IANS): Godrej Industries on Thursday reported a consolidated net profit of Rs 106.17 crore for the April-June quarter. During the corresponding period of the last fiscal, the company had reported a consolidated net profit of Rs 178 crore. In a regulatory filing, the company said that the consolidated results are not comparable on a year-on-year basis in view of acquisitions and changes in the company's or the group's shareholdings during the period in s
  • Last doctor standing: Pandemic pushes Indian hospital to brink
    BHAGALPUR, August 13(Reuters): Guards armed with rifles escort Dr. Kumar Gaurav as he makes the rounds at his hospital on the banks of the Ganges River. The guards are there to protect him from the relatives of patients, including those suffering from COVID-19. The relatives keep barging into the wards, even the ICU, to stroke and feed their loved ones, often without wearing even the flimsiest of masks as barriers against the novel coronavirus. "If we stop them, they ge
  • 'One of our own.' Indians cheer Biden's pick of Kamala Harris as White House running mate
    CHENNAI, August 12 (Reuters): On annual trips to India as a child, Kamala Harris would go for strolls on the humid beaches of Chennai with her maternal grandfather and his friends, listening intently as they chatted about democracy and the need to treat everyone equally. Harris, born to an Indian mother and a Jamaican father who both immigrated to the United States to study, made history on Tuesday when U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden picked her as his vice pre
  • PM to launch platform for honouring honest taxpayers
    NEW DELHI, AUGUST 12 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch a platform to honour honest taxpayers on Thursday. The launch of the platform for 'Transparent Taxation - Honoring the Honest' will further carry forward the journey of direct tax reforms, said an official statement. Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Nirmala Sitharaman and Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Anurag Singh Thakur will also present at the launch which will b
  • Exclusive: India considers resettling Kashmiri youth who give up arms
    NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR, August 12 (Reuters): India is considering offering young Kashmiri militants an escape from a life of violence by temporarily resettling them in more peaceful parts of the country, according to the top military commander in the Kashmir Valley. Lieutenant General B.S. Raju revealed the plan for a new scheme to offer a way out of militancy during a telephone interview from his headquarters in Srinagar, Kashmir's main city. He told Reuters recommendations
  • Derogatory social media post accused arrested in B'luru
    BENGALURU, AUGUST 12 (IANS): City police have arrested the person accused of posting a derogatory message which triggered riots in Bengaluru east last night, an official said on Wednesday. "With regard to the incidents in D.J. Halli, accused Naveen was arrested for posting derogatory posts," said city Police Commissioner Kamal Pant. Naveen is said to be the relative of Congress MLA Akanda Srinivas Murthy. Following his social media post, irate mobs resorted to riotin
  • Derogatory social media post accused arrested in Bengaluru
    3 dead, 110 arrested for rioting over Facebook post   Bengaluru, August 12 (IANS): City police have arrested the person accused of posting a derogatory message which triggered riots in Bengaluru east last night, an official said on Wednesday. "With regard to the incidents in D.J. Halli, accused Naveen was arrested for posting derogatory posts," said city Police Commissioner Kamal Pant. Naveen is said to be the relative of Congress MLA Akanda Srinivas Murthy.
  • India's COVID-19 lockdown threatens efforts to stop spikes in child marriage
    MUMBAI, August 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): When the police knocked on the door as 15-year-old Muskaan prepared to head to the temple in their village in northern India, the bride-to-be was distraught. With a sick father and unemployed brother, Muskaan believed that getting married to a distant relative's son would alleviate the financial burden on her family and offer a better future. Yet a tip-off to the authorities in June by local activists concerned about a spik
  • Reliance at record high of 96 in Fortune Global 500, tops Indian contingent
    NEW DELHI, AUGUST 11 (IANS): Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) jumped 10 places to rank 96th in the Fortune Global 500 published on Tuesday. Its highest ranking so far was at 99 in 2012. In 2019, Reliance became India's top name in the Fortune Global 500 listing, drawn up on the basis of revenues. This year, too, Reliance maintained its pole position among Indian companies in the list. India has seven companies figuring in the 2020 edition. The 96th rank that Reliance Industries
  • CAIT seeks barring Huawei, ZTE from India's 5G plans
    NEW DELHI, AUG 11 : The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) on Tuesday wrote to Union Minister for Communications Ravi Shankar Prasad seeking a ban on Chinese technology companies Huawei and ZTE from the 5G network rollout in India. The traders' body has been at the forefront of the protests against any form of participation of Chinese companies in the Indian market, ranging from retail to technology, and has been running a campaign for the same, post the border skirmish i
  • Galaxy Note20 pre-registration hits 5 lakh in India: Samsung
    NEW DELHI, AUGUST 11 (IANS): Samsung on Tuesday said that the pre-registration for its 'Make in India Galaxy Note20 smartphone crossed more than 5 Lakh this year, which is more than double the figure the company achieved last year with Galaxy Note10. The South Korean major last week opened pre-booking for its Galaxy Note20 series in India, The 6.7-inch Galaxy Note20 (8GB+256GB) was launched at the original price of Rs 77,999 while the 6.9-inch Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G (12GB+256GB)
  • India records 62,064 new corona cases, record over 1,000 deaths
    New Delhi, August 10 (IANS): India, the third country worst hit by COVID-19 pandemic, recorded a spike of 62,064 coronavirus cases on Monday, pushing the total tally to 2,215,074. The country tested a record over 1,000 deaths in a single day. The number of recoveries mounted to over 15 lakh, more than twice the active cases. Out of the total cases, 6,34,945 are active cases, 1,535,743 have recovered from the disease while 44,386 people have lost their lives in the fight against