India

  • In a first, Punjab Assembly rejects Centre's farm laws
    Chandigarh, October  20 (IANS): In a first in the country, the legislative Assembly in Punjab led by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday unanimously passed three legislations and formally rejected the Centre's 'black' agricultural laws brought by the BJP-led Union government. The Bills provide for imprisonment of not less than three years and a fine for sale or purchase of wheat or paddy under a farming agreement below the MSP, exemption of farmers from attach
  • Virus can hit recovered Covid patients once antibodies start depleting: ICMR
    New Delhi, October 20 (IANS): Patients who have recovered from Covid-19 can again get infected by the virus once the antibodies of the viral disease starts depleting, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said on Tuesday. "According to the Centre for Disease Control (USA), you call it a reinfection (of Covid-19) if the person is reinfected after 90 days from turning negative to the Sars-CoV-2 after testing positive to it. "However, there are multiple studies whi
  • Life along the LoC: Cross-border shelling a constant with exam preparation for students
    LOLAB VALLEY, October 20 (IANS): "I want to be a doctor and I am sure I will crack the entrance examination," says Mubashir, a Class 11 student at the Army Goodwill School, Chandigam, in Jammu and Kashmir's Lolab Valley, located just kilometres away from the Line of Control. Studies and continuous cross-border shelling are the only constants in the life of Mubashir and his fellow students, who live, play and study amid incessant firing from the Pakistan side. A year af
  • Modi says government committed to provide COVID-19 vaccine to all citizens
    MUMBAI, October 20 (Reuters): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the government was working rapidly to ensure the supply of COVID-19 vaccines to all citizens once they are available. In his address to the nation, Modi urged Indians to continue wearing masks and uphold social distancing rules to prevent further spread of the pandemic ahead of India's festive season. "Whenever the corona vaccine comes, how it reaches to every Indian as soon as possible, the
  • 'Don't appreciate', 'unfortunate': Rahul on Kamal Nath's remark
    New Delhi/Wayanad, October 20 (IANS): Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that he "did not appreciate" the 'item' remark used by senior party leader and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath for the state's Dalit woman Minister Imarti Devi. "Kamal Nathji is from my party, but personally I don't like the type of language that he used; I don't appreciate it, regardless of who he is. It is unfortunate," Rahul Gandhi told the me
  • Painful to see journalism reduced to soap opera: S. Hussain Zaidi
    New Delhi, October 20 (IANS): Stressing that he still misses the thrill of reporting on crime, but considering the era where even tweets from a celebrity can become front page news, one of India's best known crime writers and former journalist S. Hussain Zaidi, is sure, "It would have been against my principles to be a part of such a media-circus." Zaidi, whose first book 'Black Friday', chronicling the Mumbai blasts hit the stands while he was still in the pro
  • 'National Deworming Day records decline in worm infection in 14 states'
    New Delhi, October 20 (IANS): Since the launch of the 'National Deworming Day' in 2015, 14 states have shown a reduction in worm infections prevalent among children while nine states showed a substantial decline, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday. The National Deworming Day (NDD), advised by the World Health Organization, is meant to eliminate worm infestation among children and adolescents living in areas with a high soil-transmitted helminthiases (STH) burden. In the
  • Shivraj's 5 months outweigh Kamal Nath's 15: Scindia
    Bhopal, October 20 (IANS): BJP Rajya Sabha member Jyotiraditya Scindia has launched a scathing attack on Kamal Nath and said that Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's five months in power outweighed the 15-month rule of his Congress predecessor who he claimed headed a "disruptive" government in the state. Scindia alleged that Congress leader Kamal Nath did not even come out of the Vallabh Bhavan during the 15 months he was the Chief Minister and did no
  • No respite from rain in Andhra, heavy forecast for 3 days
    AMARAVATI, OCTOBER 20 (IANS): There seems to be no respite from rain as deep depression over Andhra Pradesh has already caused flooding in several places in the state, with the Met department predicting heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places in coastal Andhra and Yanam. Heavy rainfall has also been forecast at isolated places in Rayalaseema. Several places in West Godavari district have been witnessing rainfall since Monday evening. Tuesday began with showers and drizzle
  • Delhi Police constable imparting education to slum kids
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 20 (IANS): Concerned about the education of poor children, Delhi Police constable Than Singh has set up a school in a temple behind the Red Fort. He starts his classes at 5 in the evening after he finishes his duty. He started the school in 2016 with four children but now has almost 50-60 students from nearby slums. The students between 5-15 years of age greet him when they come to the school in the evening. Constable Singh also provides books, copies, penci
  • Jindal School launches 1st of its kind BA (H) in Finance & Entrepreneurship in India
    NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 20 (IANS): The Jindal School of Banking & Finance of O.P. Jindal Global University has launched a unique, industry-relevant undergraduate programme B.A. (Hons.) Finance and Entrepreneurship. As the first of its kind in India, this programme combines coursework, which instils entrepreneurial spirit in the students with a sound theoretical understanding of, and practical exposure to, finance. The programme aims to train a new generation of Indian entrepreneur
  • PM Modi to address nation at 6 p.m. on Tuesday
    New Delhi, October 20 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said he will be sharing a message with the country at 6 p.m. on Tuesday where he is expected to make an important announcement. There is a possibility that he might inform the people about the ongoing war against the corona pandemic. Modi tweeted, "I will address the nation with a message at 6 pm today. I will share a message with my countrymen and urge the people to join me." The PM might speak to the people o
  • Decline in new Covid cases continues as India's tally nears 76L
    New Delhi, October 20 (IANS) With a spike of 46,790 coronavirus cases and 587 deaths in 24 hours, India's tally on Tuesday was 75,97,063 cases. This is one of the lowest spikes in a single day in the last two and half months. Out of these, 7,48,538 are currently active; 67,33,328 have been discharged, while 1,15,197 lost the battle against the pandemic. According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), India's active cases have fallen below eight lakh aft
  • India at forefront of vaccine development: Modi
    New Delhi, October 19 (IANS): India is now at the forefront of vaccine development for Covid-19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday while virtually addressing the 'Grand Challenges' annual meeting. The assertion came just 48 hours after the Prime Minister chaired a meeting to review India's vaccine delivery, distribution and administration process. Earlier, the Centre had said that three vaccines are in advanced stages of development in India, out of which 2
  • Set up helpline to address problems of LGBTQ community: NHRC to govt
    New Delhi, October 19 (IANS): In a bid to safeguard the LGBTQ+ community and ensure that the basic human rights of this community are not compromised due to the COVID-19 crisis, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Monday issued fresh guidelines in this regard. The human rights body has suggested a separate 24x7 toll free helpline number for the LGBTQI+ community. "A separate helpline number may be set up to provide support in different regional languages for cop
  • ED summons to Farooq creates flutter in J&K's political circles
    Srinagar, October 19 (IANS): The summoning of National Conference (NC) president, Dr. Farooq Abdullah for questioning by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday has created quite a flutter in the political circles of Jammu and Kashmir. Reacting to the ED summons to his father, Omar Abdullah, former chief minister, took to Twitter, "The party will be responding to this ED summon shortly. This is nothing less than political vendetta coming days after the formation of the
  • Australia will join naval drills involving India, U.S., Japan
    NEW DELHI/SYDNEY, October 19 (Reuters) - Australia will join three-way naval exercises involving the United States, Japan and India, the countries announced on Monday, in a move that could raise concerns in China, which has criticised similar joint drills as destabilising. India, which holds the annual drills called Malabar with the U.S. and Japanese navies each year, agreed to invite Australia for next month's exercise in the Bay of Bengal, it said, in a sign of cooperation bet
  • PM lauds more enrollment of girls in higher education
    Mysuru, October 19 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday lauded more enrollment of girls in higher education, especially in professional courses like engineering and medicine. "I am glad to learn more girls are enrolling for higher education, which augurs well for the country's development. In IITs (Indian Institute of Technology), their (girls) enrollment has gone up to 30 per cent in 6 years from 8 per cent in 2014," said Modi in Hindi while delivering the c
  • Tamil Nadu announces Rs 10 cr aid to flood-hit Telangana
    Hyderabad, October 19 (IANS): The Tamil Nadu government on Monday announced Rs 10 crore aid to Telangana for relief works in flood-affected Hyderabad and other districts. Chief Minister E.K. Palaniswami conveyed in a letter to his Telangana counterpart K. Chandrasekhar Rao that he has ordered immediate contribution of Rs 10 crore from the Chief Minister's Public Relief Fund as a token of support. The Tamil Nadu government will also send blankets and mats as relief materials t
  • As India bolsters security, Pak tells Hafiz Saeed and Syed Salahuddin to push militants into Valley
    New Delhi, October 19 (IANS) : As India enhanced its infiltration grid at Line of Control, Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) held a meeting with Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed and Hizbul Mujahideen head Syed Salahuddin to push militants into Kashmir to carry out unrest in the valley, a top government source said. Salahuddin and Saeed are Specially Designated 'Global Terrorist' by the US Department of State. To execute this, Pakistan's Inter-Services