India

  • Shah tests negative for corona, to remain in home isolation
    NEW DELHI, AUGUST 14 (IANS): Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who had earlier tested positive for coronavirus, said on Friday that his latest report was negative though he will remain in home isolation for some more days. "I thank God and express my heartfelt gratitude to all those who have wished well for me and my family during this period. I Will stay in home isolation for a few more days on the advice of doctors," Shah tweeted. He also tweeted to thank the doctors and
  • 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
  • Gehlot government wins trust vote
    Jaipur, August 14 (PTI): The Ashok Gehlot government won a confidence vote in the Rajasthan Assembly on Friday, ending the threat triggered by a rebellion within the Congress ranks in the state. The motion of confidence moved by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Dhariwal was passed by voice vote, an expected win after the return of the 19 dissident Congress MLAs led by Sachin Pilot to the party-fold. Replying to the debate on the motion, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot criticised
  • 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
  • B'luru riots: MLA's nephew 'admits' to posting derogatory remark
    Bengaluru, August 14 (IANS): Karnataka Congress legislator's nephew P Naveen has admitted to the posting of a derogatory remark on Facebook, which triggered riots in the city's eastern suburb on August 11, police said on Friday. "In the course of questioning, Naveen admitted to have posted the derogatory remark after denying it earlier and claiming that his Facebook account was hacked, when he was arrested on August 12," Bengaluru East Deputy Commissioner of Police
  • 2 cops killed in Srinagar terror attack
    Srinagar, August 14 (IANS): Two Jammu and Kashmir policemen were killed while another was injured after terrorists fired upon a police party at the Nowgam Byepass in Srinagar on Friday. "Terrorists fired indiscriminately upon the police party injuring three personnel," the police said. "They were shifted to a hospital for treatment where two succumbed to their injuries." The police has cordoned off the area. The incident comes ahead of Independence Day w
  • Stray dogs maul 10-year-old to death
    Pilibhit (Uttar Pradesh), August 14 (IANS): A 10-year-old boy in Uttar Pradesh was mauled to death by a pack of stray dogs in Pilibhit district while he was on his way to his father's farm. Aziz Raza, a student of Class 5, succumbed to his injuries while being shifted to a medical facility. Bisalpur SDM Chandra Bhan Singh, on Thursday, sought the assistance of forest and wildlife division as well as the department of animal husbandry to trap these stray dogs from Rasiakhanpur
  • Hapur rape accused leaves behind suicide note and suspicion
    Amroha (Uttar Pradesh), August 14 (IANS): The police in Amroha have found a set of clothes, an identity card and a purported suicide note of Dalpat, the accused in the brutal rape of a six-year-old girl in Uttar Pradesh's Hapur. The note said that he does not want to be killed in an encounter. "I know I will be killed in an encounter and I do not want to die like that. I will choose my own means to end life. Please do not harass my children," the note read. The poli
  • India now past 24L Covid cases, recovery above 71%
    New Delhi, August 14 (IANS) India's Covid-19 tally crossed the 24-lakh mark on Friday with 64,553 new cases in 24 hours, while the toll climbed to 48,040 with 1,007 more fatalities, said the Health Ministry. Out of the total 2,461,190 cases, recoveries have surged to 1,751,555 with a record 55,573 more people recuperating in the past 24 hours, taking the recovery rate to nearly 71.17 per cent. The actual caseload of the country is the active cases, which currently stands at 6
  • Covid-infected Amravati MP taken to Mumbai as health worsens
    Amravati (Maharashtra), August 13 (IANS): The condition of Amravati MP, Navneet Kaur-Rana - who tested Covid-19 positive last week - has worsened and she is being rushed to Mumbai, her husband and Independent legislator Ravi Rana said on Thursday. After initial treatment in Amravati, she was taken to a private hospital in Nagpur where she developed serious breathing problems, Rana - who is also being treated for Covid-19, said. Accordingly, it was decided to shift her for tr
  • Modi replaces Vajpayee as longest-serving non-Cong PM ever
    New Delhi, August 13 (IANS): Narendra Modi has yet another milestone to his credit - becoming the longest serving non-Congress Prime Minister of India. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who held that distinction so far had three runs at India's top post - first for 13 days from May 16, 1996 till May 28, 1996, followed by his 408 day second tenure from March 19, 1998 till April 17, 1999 and finally his third tenure of 1,847 days from October 13, 1999 till May 22, 2004 bringing the total to 2
  • Congress revokes suspension of 2 Pilot camp MLAs
    New Delhi, August 13 (PTI): The Congress on Thursday revoked the suspension of Bhanwarlal Sharma and Vishvendra Singh, two MLAs who had rebelled against the Ashok Gehlot government in Rajasthan. They were suspended from the party's primary membership last month over their alleged involvement in a "conspiracy" to topple the Congress government in the state. The decision to revoke the suspension of the two MLAs follows a patch-up between Ashok Gehlot and his sacked de
  • Recovery rate from Covid-19 infection crosses 70% in India
    New Delhi, August 13 (IANS): The government on Thursday stated that 70.77 per cent people infected of deadly coronavirus have recovered and left hospital and quarantine centres. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare stated that 66,999 new Covid-19 cases have been detected in the last 24 hours taking the total tally of the cases to 23,36,637. The ministry stated that there are 6,53,622 active cases. It also stated that 16,95,982 people were discharged so far. In the last 24 hours
  • Newsprint paper manufactures voice concerns
    New Delhi, August 13 (IANSlife) Indiscriminate import and dumping of newsprint paper is threatening the very survival of the domestic newsprint industry, says the Indian Newsprint Manufacturers Association (INMA), the apex body of newsprint manufacturers in India. In the first quarter of the current fiscal year, as much as 85 percent of domestic demand for newsprint paper was met by imports while the country has adequate manufacturing capacities to meet the demand both in terms of q
  • 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
  • India Sees Record Spike of Nearly 67,000 Cases, 942 Deaths in 24 Hrs
    New delhi, August 13 (PTI): With a record single-day increase of 66,999 cases, India's COVID-19 tally mounted to 23,96,637 on Thursday, while the number of patients who have recovered from the disease surged to 16,95,982, pushing the recovery rate to 70.77 per cent in the country, according to the Union health ministry. The death toll due to COVID-19 climbed to 47,033 with 942 people succumbing to the disease in the last 24 hours, health ministry data updated at 8 am showed.
  • Cong blames 'toxic' TV debate for Tyagi's untimely demise
    New Delhi, August 13 (IANS) The Congress has blamed 'toxic' TV debate for the untimely demise of its spokesperson Rajiv Tyagi, who passed away on Wednesday after suffering a cardiac arrest. The Congress leader had attended a television debate at 5 p.m. and complained of chest pain soon after the programme ended. He then fell unconscious and was rushed to the Yashoda Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead. Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted, &
  • Top hawala operator nabbed in Delhi suspected of working for Chinese intelligence
    New Delhi, August 12 (IANS): Nabbed in a crackdown on a multi-billion hawala racket operating in Delhi-NCR, Luo Sang, alias Charlie Peng, is suspected to be an agent of the Chinese intelligence service, the Ministry of State Security (MSS). Luo Sang, who created the fake Indian identity of Charlie Peng through forged Aadhaar cards and travel documents, was earlier arrested by Delhi Police on charges of espionage in 2018, top intelligence sources revealed to IANS. A permanent resi