• Government imposes stock limit on onion to moderate prices
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 23 (IANS): Against the backdrop of the price rise observed since the second week of September, the Central government on Friday imposed a stock limit on onion with immediate effect to moderate its prices and availability in the retail market. The stock limit will now be 25 metric tons for wholesellers and 2 metric tons for retailers for a period up to December 31. The step was taken the monitoring of the rise in prices of onion, on a day-to-day basis through a
  • Cong, BJP in K'taka cross swords over vaccine promise
    BENGALURU, OCTOBER 23 (IANS): Taking serious exception to the BJP's poll promise in Bihar of providing free Covid vaccine if the party is voted to power, the Congress in Karnataka termed the saffron party as "Opportunist BJP" while the Karnataka BJP countered it by asking the Congress to "remove hate Modi glasses" and know the difference between governance and poll promise. Launching a scathing attack through his Twitter handle, Leader of the Opposition Sidda
  • Potable water, groundwater wastage or misuse now punishable offence in India
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 23 (IANS): In a landmark development in the history of groundwater preservation in the country, wastage and misuse of potable water or groundwater will, henceforth, be a punishable offence, with the Central Ground Water Authority issuing a notification directing civic bodies to evolve a compliance mechanism with coercive measures for violations. The notification issued by the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) under Section 5 of the Environment (Protection
  • Trump's description of India as filthy sets off calls for cleaner air
    NEW DELHI, October 23 (Reuters): U.S. President Donald Trump's description of India as a filthy place with polluted air has unleashed calls on social media for urgent clean-up action, particularly over New Delhi, the world's most polluted capital. Defending the clean air in the United States, Trump made the comment during his final debate on Thursday with Democratic rival Joe Biden ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election, saying "Look at India. It's filthy. T
  • Punjab lynch mob attacks child rapist & his grandpa
    CHANDIGARH, OCTOBER 23 (IANS): A lynch mob went berserk on Friday and assaulted an accused and his grandfather, who were in police custody on charges of raping and burning a six-year-old girl of a migrant labourer in Punjab's Tanda town. The mob demanded the handover of the accused -- Gurpreet Singh and his grandfather Surjit Singh -- so they could punish them with their own hands and bring justice to the victim. The accused allegedly killed the child and then burnt her body
  • 24 Indian children nominated for International Children's Peace Prize
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 22 (IANS): Twenty-four young changemakers from India are the nominees for the prestigious International Childrens Peace Prize 2020. They are among the 142 nominees from 42 different countries, who qualified for the coveted award. The prestigious prize is annually awarded to a child who has made a special effort to promote children's rights and better the situation of vulnerable children. Last year, the prize was awarded to Greta Thunberg from Sweden and Divina
  • SC asked to hear pleas for uniform minimum age for marriage
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 22 (IANS): A plea has been moved in the Supreme Court seeking transfer of pleas pertaining to a "uniform minimum age of marriage" for both men and women from the Delhi and Rajasthan High Courts to the top court, so as to evade conflicting views and multiplicity of litigations. The plea, filed by BJP leader and advocate Ashwini Upadhyay, said: "The fundamental basis of the legal system is that the dispute should be finally settled... when the same/si
  • Suzuki's Guj plant reaches accumulated production of 1 mn vehicles
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 22 (IANS): Suzuki Motor Corporation's subsidiary Suzuki Motor Gujarat Private Ltd (SMG) has achieved accumulated automobile production of 1 million units, the company said on Thursday. According to the company, the production milestone was achieved on Wednesday (October 21). "SMG becomes the fastest production site of Suzuki to reach 1 million units in just 3 years and 9 months since starting production in February 2017," the company said in a sta
  • India's smartphone shipments hit record 50mn in Q3, Xiaomi leads
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 22 (IANS): Smartphone shipments in India hit an all-time high of 50 million units in the third quarter of this year, registering eight per cent year-over-year growth, said a Canalys report on Thursday. Xiaomi remained the market leader, growing nine per cent to ship 13.1 million units and capturing 26.1 per cent market share in the July-September quarter. Samsung took the second place from Vivo, with 10.2 million units, up seven per cent compared to the same quart
  • Doctors in Delhi see jump in breathing issues amid COVID-19, pollution
    NEW DELHI, October 22 (Reuters): Top doctors in New Delhi are reporting a jump in respiratory problems among its residents, coinciding with the onset of peak pollution season in India's capital and raising concerns about complications for COVID-19 patients. Doctors from five different Delhi hospitals told Reuters they have received twice the number of patients with respiratory illnesses such as bronchitis in the past two weeks. Dust and smoke fill Delhi's air every w
  • Indian garment workers cover bosses' lockdown losses
    CHENNAI, October 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): From unpaid overtime to wage cuts, Indian garment workers say they are being made to compensate their bosses for the food, shelter and salary provided in the coronavirus lockdown. But it is a steep price for a workforce that was already juggling low pay and poor conditions before the pandemic shuttered their factories and strangulated orders. Workers say they are being offered the choice of less money or working extra shifts
  • West Bengal hits record daily COVID-19 cases amid festival
    KOLKATA/MUMBAI, October 22 (Reuters): The Indian state of West Bengal reported its biggest daily tally of new COVID-19 infections as thousands of people thronged the streets for a major Hindu festival that began last week. India has seen a sharp drop in infections since a September peak, but experts have warned it could see a resurgence during Durga Puja this week, and Diwali, the festival of light, in mid-November. West Bengal's health ministry reported 4,069 new COVID-
  • India warns Twitter, says misrepresentation of map unacceptable
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 22 (IANS): Taking strong exception to misrepresentation of the India map, the government has written a stern letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, saying that any attempt by the platform to disrespect the sovereignty and integrity of India, which is also reflected by the maps, is totally unacceptable. The same is also unlawful, Ajay Sawhney, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and IT, said in the letter, according to IT Ministry sources. The government issued the l
  • India successfully tests anti-tank guided missile Nag, ready for induction in Army
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 22 (IANS): India successfully carried out the final trial of anti-tank guided missile -- Nag -- on Thursday. The missile will be inducted soon in the India Army. In 2008, Ministry of Defence approved procurement of 300 Nag missiles and 25 missile carriers for Army. The test was carried out at 6.45 a.m. at the Pokhran field firing ranges in Rajasthan, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) said. The missile was integrated with the actual warhead an
  • Economy not circus lion that responds to ringmaster's stick: Chidambaram
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 22 (IANS): Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Thursday criticised the Centre for its claims on reviving the economy. He said the economy was largely determined by the market, by the laws of demand and supply, and by the purchasing power and the sentiments of the people, which are missing currently. "Unless the government puts money in the hands of the bottom half of the families and puts food on the plates of the poor, the economy will not revive
  • Festive season to give temporary boost to economy: Report
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 22 (IANS): Festival season is expected to give a temporary boost to India's economic prospect, brokerage major Motilal Oswal Financial Services said. Accordingly, the brokerage firm's EcoScope report said favourable base effect, pent-up demand and strong inventory re-building in the hope of a grand festive season have led to the better-than-expected economic growth in Aug-Sep'20. "It is likely that these factors will push the growth even higher
  • COVID-19: India breaches 77L cases as daily spike declines
    New Delhi, October 22 (IANS): With a fresh spike of 55,839 coronavirus infections and 702 deaths in 24 hours, India's tally on Thursday stood at 77,06,946. In a respite, India has been registering less than 60,000 fresh cases per day over the last four days. Out of the total Covid cases, 7,15,812 are currently active, 68,74,518 have been discharged, while 1,16,616 lost the battle against the pandemic. While the recovery rate stands at 88.81 per cent, the fatality rate is 1.51
  • U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to visit India next week for strategic talks
    NEW DELHI, October 21 (Reuters): U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper will travel to India next week for a top-level ministerial dialogue, a statement from India's external affairs ministry said on Wednesday, and are expected to discuss defence and trade issues. Pompeo and Esper will hold two-plus-two talks with Indian defence minister Rajnath Singh and external affairs minister S.Jaishankar on Oct. 27, the statement said. The so-called tw
  • 'I feel I belong': India's first trans-run dairy farm brings jobs and respect
    MUMBAI, October 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): As head of India's first dairy farm run by transgender women, Bhoomika has finally found security, having spent years as a beggar after fleeing parents who taunted their sari-wearing son. The state-backed Transgenders' Milk Producers' Cooperative Society officially opened its doors in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu last month, providing 30 trans women each with an individual home, a cow and a shared business
  • KVIC launches khadi footwear, eyes Rs 1,000 cr market share
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 21 (IANS): Eyeing the Rs 50,000 crore footwear market in India, Khadi Village Industries Corporation (KVIC) on Wednesday launched a range of footwear made of khadi fabric and said that it targets a Rs 1,000-crore market share in the first year. The footwear range for both men and women was launched by MSME Minister Nitin Gadkari, Minister of State for MSME Pratap Chandra Sarangi, and KVIC Chairman Vinai Saxena. Speaking at the launch, Gadkari said: "Global