India

  • PM Modi interacts with Sundar Pichai on tech, work culture
    New Delhi, July 13 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday interacted with Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai on a wide range of subjects, particularly leveraging the power of technology to transform the lives of India's farmers, youngsters and entrepreneurs. They also spoke on the new work culture emerging during the corona crisis.   In the virtual meeting with Pichai, the Prime Minister also discussed the new work culture that is emerging during the COVID-19 c
  • India records 28,701 Covid-19 cases, 500 deaths in 24 hours
    New Delhi, July 13 (IANS) India recorded its highest single-day spike of 28,701 coronavirus cases and 500 deaths in the last 24 hours, pushing the total tally to 8,78,254 cases with a total of 23,174 deaths, the Health Ministry's data stated on Monday.   According to the data, of the total cases, as many as 5,53,470 patients have recovered, over twice the number of active patients which stand at 3,01,609.   The rate of recovery of the Covid-19 patients has tou
  • India needs 'a Manmohan Singh': Sharad Pawar
    Mumbai, July 12 (IANS) Given the current financial crisis, India needs an economic expert like former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar said here on Sunday.   Pawar recalled how he was a Union minister when Singh was the Finance Minister and the country was passing through a financial crisis in the early 1990s.   "However, it was Manmohan Singh who gave the country a new direction and pulled the country out of th
  • With Rahul's intervention Raj Cong crisis may defuse
    New Delhi, July 12 (IANS) Amid the political crisis in Rajasthan, former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi had a conversation with Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, claimed sources in the party.   "Pilot had a conversation with former party chief Rahul Gandhi over the political crisis in the state, source claimed.   According to party sources, Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, who has been in Delhi-NCR along with over 25 MLAs, is set to arrive in the state capi
  • Corona testing reaches 8K per million, nearly 63% cured
    New Delhi, July 12 (IANS) As India on Sunday recorded 8.5 lakh coronavirus cases, the testing per million crossed 8,000 figure with 62.93 per cent patients recovering from the disease, a positive sign amid pandemic.   Focussed and coordinated steps taken in tandem by the Centre along with the states and the Union Territories (UTs) through a 'whole of government' approach, bolstered by effective clinical management of COVID-19 after early detection and timely diagnosi
  • India leading successful fight against COVID-19: Shah
    New Delhi, July 12 (IANS) Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said India was leading a successful fight in managing the coronavirus pandemic at a time when health services of most countries were collapsing.   The Home Minister said that the whole world was concerned about how India -- a huge densely populated country with a federal structure -- would fight this pandemic, but today "the most successful fight against this pandemic has been fought in India." &n
  • Amid tensions, India to place order for 72,000 US assault rifles
    New Delhi, July 12 (ANI): Amid the ongoing dispute with China over boundary issue, the Indian Army is going to place another order of 72,000 Sig 716 assault rifles from the United States.   The order for the second batch of the assault rifles would be coming after the first lot of 72,000 rifles, has already been delivered to the army for use by troops in Northern Command and other operational areas.   "We are going to place an order for 72,000 more of these r
  • Record 28,637 COVID-19 cases take India's tally to 8.49 lakh
     New Delhi, July12 (ANI): With the highest single-day spike of 28,637 new cases in the last 24 hours, India's COVID-19 count reached 8,49,553 on Sunday.   The death toll climbed to 22,674 with 551 people succumbing to the disease in 24 hours, the updated data at 8 am showed.   According to Union health ministry data, the number of recoveries stands at 5,34,621 while there are 2,92,258 active cases.   The toll due to the disease has reached 22,6
  • VITEEE 2020 stands cancelled, admission on basis of Class 12 marks
      Vellore, July 11 (MExN): The VIT Engineering Entrance Examination (VITEEE) 2020 for admission to various engineering programmes under Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) group of Institutions has been cancelled, an official release informed today.    “Conducting VITEEE-2020 in various cities with rising infections has become risky and dangerous. To keep the student and parent community safe, VITEEE-2020 stands cancelled,” stated the release from&
  • Bring ordinance to control population: BJP leader to PM
    New Delhi, July 11 (IANS) BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay on Saturday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to bring an ordinance to control India's population which, he claimed, was linked to how much "atmanirbhar" or self-reliant the country became.   Interestingly, he cited the example of China, calling it "mahashakti" or superpower, and credited the communist country's rise in the world pecking order to its population control measures.   &
  • Rahul, Priyanka have the guts to take on Modi-Shah: Digvijaya
    New Delhi, July 11 (IANS) Veteran Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Saturday asserted that the party leadership must take up the challenge of building the party organisation under the "dynamic" leadership of Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi. He said both have the guts and courage to take on the invincible duo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah.   "The Congress leadership must take up the challenge of building the party organisat
  • 'Around 300 terrorists waiting in launch pads to infiltrate into India'
    Srinagar, July 11 (IANS) Pakistan is trying to step up infiltration and push in more terrorists into J&K after failing to instigate the people of Kashmir following last year's August 5 decision of revoking Article 370 .   GoC 19 Infantry Division Kashmir Major General Virendra Vats said this at a press conference in Baramulla, North Kashmir on Saturday.   "Pakistan has been failing in its attempt to instigate the people of Kashmir ever since we had th
  • WHO acknowledges Dharavi's success over Covid-19
    Mumbai, July 11 (IANS) In a major boost to the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation and Maharashtra government's morale, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has lauded their success over the Covid-19 outbreak in Dharavi - Asia's largest slum.   WHO Director-General Tedros A. Ghebreyesus, at a press conference late on Friday, referred to the achievements made in the Dharavi among other similar examples globally.   "Even in Dharavi, a densely packed area
  • Time to fight Covid, not polls: Prashant Kishor to Nitish
    New Delhi, July 11 (PTI): Poll strategist Prashant Kishor took a swipe at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday, saying this is time to fight the coronavirus not elections and that he should not endanger people's lives in a "hurry" to hold the assembly polls. "The coronavirus situation in Bihar is worsening like it is in many other states of the country. But a big part of government machinery and resources are busy making preparation for the polls.
  • Jharkhand CM, wife being tested for COVID-19
    New Delhi, July 11 (PTI): The swab samples of Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren, his wife Kalpana and officials working in the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) were collected on Saturday for COVID-19 tests, a statement said.   Health workers took swab samples of the chief minister, his wife Kalpana Soren, Press Adviser Abhishek Prasad, senior personal secretary Sunil Srivastav and other officials and police officers working in the CMO, the statement from the CMO said.
  • No guarantee Trump will back India against China: Ex-US NSA
    New Delhi, July 11 (PTI): Former United States national security advisor John Bolton has said that if the Sino-India border tensions escalate, there is no guarantee that President Donald Trump will back India against China.   China has been behaving in a belligerent fashion all around its periphery, certainly in the East and South China sea, and its relations with Japan, India as well as others have declined, Bolton told WION TV in an interview.   On how far Trump
  • PM directs for real-time monitoring of COVID-19 situation
    New Delhi, July 11 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday directed for real- time monitoring of novel coronavirus pandemic at the national level, stressing on guidance to all affected states that have a high test-positivity rate.   The Prime Minister gave the direction during a COVID-19 review meeting he chaired to take stock of the coronavirus situation across the country and the preparedness of different states.   The meeting comes at a time when India
  • Rahul takes jibe on Modi with one word 'asatyagrahi'
    New Delhi, July 11 (IANS): Former Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi on Saturday took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his claim that the 750 megawatt (MW) Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Power project in Madhya Pradesh is Asia's largest. Rahul Gandhi wrote just one word -- "asatyagrahi".   In a tweet, Rahul Gandhi said, "Asatyagrahi" tagging a tweet of Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Friday after he dedicated the "game-changer" Rewa Ultra Mega
  • 27,114 new Covid cases take India's tally to over 8.2 lakh
    New Delhi, July 11 (IANS) India recorded its highest single-day spike of 27,114 new coronavirus cases and 519 deaths in the last 24 hours, pushing the total tally to over eight lakh with a tota of 22,123 deaths, Health Ministry's data stated on Saturday.   Alarmingly, the country added one lakh cases in merely four days. On Tuesday, the tally had surpassed the grim mark of seven lakh cases.   According to the data, out of a total of 8,20,916 cases, 5,15,385 pa
  • Air India ends services of trainee cabin crew citing aviation scenario
    New Delhi, July 11 (IANS) Citing the current dismal aviation scenario, Air India is terminating the services of trainee cabin crew and cabin crew by withdrawing the offer of employment of those who were under training.   As per sources, the new crew and trainee pilots might reduce contracts from five years to one year. Sources said Air India is terminating 1,200 crew and employees who are more than 55-yr-old including 190 trainee pilots.   In a letter reviewed by