India

  • New Education Policy will make India innovation hub: Naidu
    NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 10 (IANS): Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday expressed confidence that the New Education Policy (NEP), 2020 would facilitate India to fully realise the demographic dividend and make the country a knowledge and an innovation hub in the 21st century. NEP, 2020 was the first education policy of the 21st century which was announced after 34 years of the previous National Policy on Education, 1986. NEP, 2020 was directed towards initiating major reform
  • Completing 50 yrs as MLA, Chandy stands tall among Kerala leaders
    THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, SEPTEMBER 9 (IANS): Former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy is all set to make history next month when he completes 50 years as a legislator from Puthupally Assembly constituency in Kottayam district. The two-time Kerala CM began his political career as a legislator after the 1970 Assembly polls. Then a greenhorn at 26, Chandy won his very first electoral battle and has been repeating the poll results in successive Assembly polls ever since. When he complet
  • SC agrees to examine if religious places of all faiths can be reopened
    NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 9 (IANS): The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought a reply from the Centre on a plea seeking to open all religious places of worship across the country, which were closed amid the Covid-19 pandemic. A plea seeking opening of the places of worship in the country has been filed by Ahmedabad-based Gitarth Ganga Trust, a religious research institute. A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde and comprising Justices A.S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian issued notice to
  • India coronavirus infections surge to 4.3 million
    MUMBAI, September 9 (Reuters): India reported 89,706 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday, taking its total caseload to 4.3 million, data from the health ministry showed. The South Asian nation has the highest number of coronavirus infections outside of the United States, reporting the largest single-day increases in cases every day for more than a month. Its death rate has remained relatively low, but is starting to show signs of rising, with more than 1,000 deaths repor
  • Over 50,000 kirana stores onboard Flipkart for festive season
    BENGALURU, SEPTEMBER 9 (IANS): In a move to make ecommerce more inclusive, Flipkart on Wednesday said more than 50,000 kiranas have partnered the platform in preparation for the festive season and the 'Big Billion Days sale. Flipkart said it has significantly expanded its kirana onboarding programme to make deliveries to customers in more than 850 cities. The number of kiranas joining the programme has doubled since last year. "Through a combination of their hyperloca
  • With all odds against him, this Mumbai boy makes it to IIM
    LUCKNOW, SEPTEMBER 8 (IANS): He fought competition, cerebral palsy, dyslexia and dysarthria to crack CAT-2019 with 92.5 per cent marks. Yash Avadesh Gandhi, 21, is now a student of IIM-Lucknow and has been attending online classes from his home in Mumbai for the past one month. "I face problems with numbers. So, I had to put in extra effort, particularly in the quantitative ability section. It was tough, but not impossible," he said in an interview to a local daily
  • India records highest coronavirus deaths in more than a month
    MUMBAI, September 8 (Reuters): India recorded its highest daily deaths from the coronavirus in more than a month on Tuesday, even as new infections slowed, data from the health ministry showed. The health ministry said 1,133 people had died of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the highest since July, taking total mortalities to 72,775. But new daily cases were at 75,809, the lowest in a week. India surprassed Brazil on Monday to become the country with the most number of corona
  • Indian media also needs to go global: PM Modi
    NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 8 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that at a time when India's voice and local products are going global, the country's media industry also needs to go global. Inaugurating the Patrika Gate in Jaipur via video conferencing, the Prime Minister said, "India's local products are going global. India's voice is also becoming more global. The world listens to India more intently. India has a strong presence on every internation
  • Game changer
    Imlisanen Jamir They were equalizers of sorts—things which democratized the gamer tag, one preciously held on to and guarded by only a certain section of people for a very long time.  The two most talked about banned apps in the Government of India’s latest moves amidst increasing tensions with the Chinese government amassed their popularity with the Indian audience largely due to them being mobile games. India has never been a Personal Computer (PC) or console b
  • Exhausted Indian doctors battle surging COVID-19 cases
    NEW DELHI, September 7 (Reuters): Doctors at one of the largest private COVID-19 facilities in the Indian capital say they are exhausted and facing staff shortages after nearly six months of relentless work. India's total cases of the novel coronavirus crossed 4.2 million on Monday, overtaking Brazil as the second worst-hit country after the United States. The federal government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given states more freedom to reopen their economies a
  • Indian army asks China's PLA if missing civilians in their custody
    GUWAHATI, September 7 (Reuters): The Indian Army has asked its Chinese counterpart if five civilians who went missing from an eastern border state days ago were in their custody, an Indian military spokesman said on Monday. Relations between the nuclear-armed Asian giants have hit a multi-decade low since clashes at their western Himalayan border in June that killed 20 Indian soldiers. Both sides have since stepped up monitoring of their largely unsettled 3,488 km (2,167 miles) b
  • Landslide blocks stretch of Chandigarh-Manali highway
    SHIMLA, SEPTEMBER 6 (IANS): Traffic on the Chandigarh-Manali National Highway was affected following a massive landslide on a stretch along the Beas river in Himachal Pradesh, police said on Sunday. There were no reports of any casualty. An official said they hoped to restore normal traffic flow by late Sunday evening. Nearly 100 metres of the National Highway was badly damaged in the landslide near Dwada in Mandi district on Friday night. Hundreds of vehicles, largely trucks
  • Vodafone Idea's Board gives nod to raise Rs 25,000 cr
    NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 4 (IANS): The Board of Directors of Vodafone Idea on Friday approved a proposal to raise up to Rs 25,000 crore through Global Depository Receipts (GDR), American Depository Receipts (ADR), non-convertible debentures, and other routes. The development comes after the Supreme Court's September 1 verdict on the Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) issue, wherein the top court gave a 10-year timeline to the telecom companies to repay their dues, with an upfront payment
  • Worst behind us, Indian economy witnessing V-shaped recovery: DEA
    NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 4 (IANS): Days after India reported a 23.9 per cent contraction in its gross domestic product (GDP), the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) in its Monthly Economic Review for August has said that the worst is over now as the Indian economy is going through a V-shaped recovery. DEA cited the uptick in manufacturing purchasing managers' index, auto sales, e-way bills among others to show that the country is witnessing a recovery. It noted that as countrie
  • Stop printing calendars, diaries, go digital: Centre to Depts
    New Delhi, September 2 (IANS): Amid ever-increasing cases of coronavirus in the country and the economy going through an unprecedented recession, the Centre has come up with an interesting directive as it has told all ministries and departments to halt the printing of calendars, diaries, schedulers and other printed materials and asked them to publish them online in digital format. An official statement said on Wednesday that all public sector units and state-run banks also have bee
  • Maharashtra tops the country's suicide chart, TN next
    NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 2 (IANS): A total of 1,39,123 suicides were reported in the country in 2019, showing an increase of 3.4 per cent in comparison to 2018, and the rate of suicide has increased by 0.2 per cent during 2019 over 2018, NCRB data revealed. According to NCRB, majority of the suicides were reported in Maharashtra (18,916), followed by Tamil Nadu (13,493), West Bengal (12,665), Madhya Pradesh (12,457) and Karnataka (11,288) accounting for 13.6 per cent, 9.7 per cent, 9.1
  • Centre increases sports disciplines for direct recruitment of meritorious sportspersons in govt jobs
    New Delhi, September 1 (PTI):  The Centre has included 20 more sports disciplines like tug-of-war, mallakhamb and para-sports among others for direct recruitment of meritorious sportspersons in Group C level government posts, the Personnel Ministry said in an order issued on Tuesday. The move comes following a proposal from the Department of Sports for inclusion of some more disciplines in the list of 43 sports for recruitment of sportspersons to any Group C post in ministries/
  • Covid Impact: GST collection drops 12% to Rs 86,449 cr in Aug
    NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 1 (IANS): The Covid-19-induced shrinking of economic activity for the past few months has continued to have an impact on the government's tax collections with revenue under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) falling far below the psychological level of Rs 1 lakh crore to Rs 86,449 crore in August. This is second consecutive month of a fall in GST collections after the number crossed over Rs 90,000 crore in June. The August collection, which is 88 per cent o
  • India leads global rise in new weekly COVID-19 cases, while deaths down - WHO
    GENEVA, September 1 (Reuters): India reported the most new COVID-19 cases of any country in the past week, its nearly half a million fresh infections pushing the global tally up by 1 percent, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. Overall global new deaths in the past seven days fell by 3% compared to the previous week, the WHO reported, adding that overall new infections around the world rose by 1.8 million. The respiratory disease is also spreading in th
  • Ex-Finance Secy Rajeev Kumar assumes charge as new Election Commissioner
    NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 1 (IANS): Former Finance Secretary and retired IAS officer Rajeev Kumar on Tuesday assumed charge as the third Election Commissioner, alongside Sunil Arora, the chief of the panel, and Sushil Chandra. The Union Ministry of Law and Justice on August 21 cleared the appointment of Kumar to the post after Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa, who is known to have had a tense relationship with the Narendra Modi government, resigned from his post with effect from August