• India gave medical aid to 150 nations to fight COVID: PM
    NEW DELHI, JULY 17 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that India has a deep commitment to maintaining global harmony, improving socio-economic equity, preserving nature's balance, and that India will play its role in full support of the UN agenda.   Speaking at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Modi said that the COVID-19 pandemic has severely tested the resilience of all nations but India has tried to make the fight against the pa
  • Community spread detected in T'puram coastal hamlets: Vijayan
    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, JULY 17 (IANS): Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday said the coastal hamlets in the state capital district are precariously placed as two villages have been identified of having a community spread of Covid-19.   "Poonthura and Pulluvilla have been identified as having community spread. Situation in a few other villages also is serious. Hence we have decided to demarcate these areas into three different zones, which would be under the con
  • Mumbai building crash toll climbs to 10, 12 injured
    MUMBAI, JULY 17 (IANS): In Mumbai's worst building disaster this monsoon season, the death toll in the Thursday's collapse of a part of Bhanushali Building near the GPO shot up to 10 while 12 others were injured, the BMC Disaster Control said on Friday.   Besides, two others were killed in another simultaneous tenement crash in Plot No 8B of Collector Compound, Malvani in suburban Malad west, and several more were injured.   In both instances, the relief a
  • Clinical trials begin for Bharat Biotech's Covid-19 vaccine
    HYDERABAD, JULY 17 (IANS): Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech on Friday announced that the Phase-I clinical trials of India's first indigenous Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin began across the country on July 15.   "This is a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial on 375 volunteers in India," the company said in a brief statement.   The leading vaccine maker had announced on June 29 that it successfully developed Covaxin in collaboration wit
  • Indian court grants bail to jailed gang rape complainant
    LUCKNOW, July 17(Thomson Reuters Foundation): An Indian woman who was jailed for contempt of court days after she reported being gang raped has been granted bail following widespread anger over her case and demands for deeper reform by women's rights campaigners.   The woman, 22, was imprisoned for two weeks because she insisted that two charity workers be present in court when she signed a transcript of her statement, local police officer Pushkar Kumar said. &nb
  • SC to decide if states can free life-term convicts before 14 yrs
    NEW DELHI, JULY 17 (IANS): Can a state government frame a policy, irrespective of the gravity of the crime committed, for the release of a life-term convict prematurely before completing 14 years in jail? The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Chief Justice to constitute a Constitution Bench to consider this issue.   Article 161 empowers the Governor to commute, remit and pardon the sentence of a convict, while Section 433A of the CrPC says there is no scope for any pardon or
  • New model of Realme X2 to go on sale in India on July 21
    New Delhi, Juky 17 (IANS): Realme has announced today that a model of Realme X2 will go on sale via Flipkart and Realme India site at 8 pm on July 21. Realme X2, which was launched in the country in December last year, gets a new model with 256GB storage and 8GB RAM in India. The new model adds up to the existing three models. However, Realme has not announced the price of the new model.   Recently, the company launched a model of Realme 6 with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage
  • Over one million: India joins US, Brazil in grim coronavirus club
    MUMBAI, July 17  (Reuters):  India on Friday became the third country in the world to record more than one million cases of the new coronavirus, behind only the United States and Brazil, as infections spread further into the countryside and smaller towns.   Given India's population of around 1.3 billion, experts say, one million is relatively low - but the number will rise significantly in the coming months as testing increases, further straining a healthc
  • India says Pakistan broke agreement on unimpeded consular access to convicted spy
    NEW DELHI, July 17 (Reuters): India on Thursday said its diplomats protested and left a meeting arranged by Pakistan in Islamabad with an Indian man condemned to death on charges of spying, saying an agreement to allow "unimpeded" consular access had not been honoured by Pakistani officials.   Former Indian Naval Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav was arrested in 2016 in Pakistan's southwestern province of Baluchistan and convicted of espionage and sabotage by a
  • All VW group vehicles in India are compliant with applicable norms: Audi
    NEW DELHI, JULY 17 (IANS): Following the lodging of an FIR against Volkswagen, Audi and officials in Noida for installing cheat devices, the company said its vehicles are compliant with applicable norms.   In a statement, Audi India said, "Audi India has not received any concern from Mr. Aniljit Singh. We will look into the matter as and when it is escalated to us. We wish to clarify that all VW group vehicles in India are compliant with applicable norms and the matter
  • 'India wants peace but no guarantee of outcome of China talks'
    Leh/New Delhi, July 17 (IANS): India wants peace but there is no guarantee of the final outcome of talks with China, said Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday in eastern Ladakh region as he reviewed the ground situation of troops in the hostile border areas.   India and China are engaged in military and diplomatic deliberations to de-escalate the tense situation at the border areas on the LAC. The two countries are locked in a 10-week-long standoff at multiple poin
  • NTPC, NIIF in pact to explore business opportunities in India
    NEW DELHI, JULY 16 (IANS): India's largest power generation company, NTPC has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF), acting through National Investment and Infrastructure Fund Ltd (NIIFL), to explore opportunities for investments in areas like renewable energy, power distribution, among other areas of mutual interest in India.   With this MoU, NTPC and NIIF aim to collaborate to further help the visio
  • Samsung launches Galaxy M01s for Rs 9,999 in India
    NEW DELHI, JULY 16 (IANS): Expanding its popular Galaxy M series, Samsung on Thursday launched a new budget smartphone Galaxy M01s for Rs 9,999 in India.   The phone comes with a 6.2-inch Infinity-V display. It is powered by MediaTek Helio P22, Octa Core ( 2Ghz, 1.5Ghz) processor paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage, an expandable storage of up to 512GB via a Micro-SD card.   The smartphone is available across Samsung's offline retail stores, Sam
  • Fall in India's merchandise exports eases in June
    NEW DELHI, JULY 15 (IANS): The contraction in India's exports narrowed down further in June, as merchandise exports stood at $21.91 billion.   Accordingly, the contraction caused by Covid-19 pandemic narrowed down to ( -) 12.41 per cent in June on a year-on-year basis from a (-) 36 per cent fall reported for May.   On a YoY basis, the country's exports fell during the month under review to $21.91 billion from $25.01 billion reported for the corresponding p
  • FY21 domestic air passenger traffic expected to shrink by 40-45%: Crisil
    NEW DELHI, JULY 15 (IANS): Curtailed mobility of people due to the Covid-19 pandemic is expected to shrink India's domestic air passenger traffic by 40-45 per cent in FY21, rating agency Crisil said on Wednesday.   Similarly, India's air passenger traffic in the international sector is expected to plunge by 60-65 per cent, Crisil Research said in a report.   "The demand destruction can be gauged from the fact that even after resumption of domestic air
  • Act against hospitals denying cashless Covid-19 treatment: IRDAI
    CHENNAI, JULY 15 (IANS): The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDAI) has asked insurers to take action against hospitals that decline cashless treatment facility for Covid-19 to policyholders.   Citing complaints against such hospitals' refusal despite their agreements with insurers and claims processing agencies, the IRDAI has asked insurers to make complaints to the appropriate government agencies in different states.   The IRDAI also asked th
  • Wipro to acquire Brazil-based IT services provider
    BENGALURU, JULY 14 (IANS): Software major Wipro on Tuesday said it has signed an agreement to acquire IVIA Servicos de Informatica Ltda, a specialised IT Services provider to financial services, retail and manufacturing sectors in Brazil, for an undisclosed sum.   Founded in 1996, IVIA provides IT solutions including system development, maintenance, consulting and project management services to clients in different sectors.   Wipro said IVIA's local talent and
  • India faces power deficit despite low demand on Covid-19
    NEW DELHI, JULY 14 (IANS): The Covid-19 pandemic and slowdown in demand across sectors has not eased the country's power supply deficit situation which widened to 0.5 per cent in April-June quarter of 2020, up from 0.4 per cent in the same period last year.   According to power supply data released by Central Electricity Authority (CEA), about 291.8 billion units (BU) of power was supplied in the first quarter of current financial year against a demand of 293.29 BU. This
  • CBSE class 12 exam results declared, girls outshine boys
    The board decides against coming up with any merit list amid the exceptional circumstances arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic   New Delhi, July 13 (PTI): Girls outshone boys in the class 12 examination, results of which were announced by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Monday, recording an increase of over 5 per cent in pass percentage against last year.   The board decided against coming up with any merit list amid the exceptional circumstanc
  • Anti-China sentiment to benefit Samsung mobile biz in India: Analysts
    SEOUL/NEW DELHI, July 12 (IANS): As anti-China sentiments grow in India after the ban on 59 apps and a public boycott of Chinese-made goods, Samsung Electronics is expected to increase its presence in the Indian smartphone market, industry analysts have said.   The fluid market situation offers new opportunities for various smartphone makers, especially the non-Chinese ones, to realign their strategies and regain the lost market share in the face of fierce Chinese competitio