India

  • With over 26k fresh cases, India inches closer to 8 lakh
    New Delhi, July 10 (IANS) India recorded the highest single-day spike of over 26,502 new coronavirus cases and 475 deaths in the last 24 hours, pushing the total tally close to eight lakh with 21,604 deaths, Health Ministrys's data revealed on Friday.   According to the data, out of total 7,93,802 cases, 4,95,513 have recovered while 2,76,685 remain active in the country. With more Covid-19 patients recovering, the gap between the number of recovered cases and active cas
  • 'One Nation, One Ration Card to start working across India by Jan'
    New Delhi, July 10 (IANS) Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan has reiterated that 'One Nation, One Ration Card' (ONORC) scheme would likely start working across India by January next year, ahead of its March 31 deadline.   Paswan on Thursday said the ministry is trying to include all remaining States/UTs onboard of ONORC by January 2021. He said that earlier many States/UTs highlighted the challenges related to slow netw
  • UP gangster Vikas Dubey killed in encounter while being taken to Kanpur
    New Delhi, July 10 (PTI): Gangster Vikas Dubey was killed in an encounter on Friday after a police vehicle carrying him from Ujjain to Kanpur met with an accident and he tried to escape from the spot in Bhauti area, a senior police official said.   "Dubey was injured in the encounter and he was declared dead in the hospital," Additional Director General of Police Kanpur range, J N Singh said.   After the accident, Dubey snatched the pistol of an Special
  • China completely withdraws from 2 areas in Ladakh
    New Delhi, July 9 (PTI): China's People's Liberation Army on Thursday completed moving back its troops from the face-off sites in Gogra and Hot Springs in eastern Ladakh in line with the understanding reached with the Indian Army, and the two sides are set to hold high-level military talks to further de-escalate tension in the region, people familiar with the development said. They said both sides have completed creation of a buffer zone of three kilometres in the three fr
  • No community transmission in India yet, says govt
    New Delhi, July 9 (PTI): Amid a spurt in coronavirus cases, the government on Thursday said India has not yet reached the community transmission stage of COVID-19 and asserted that there have been localised outbreaks in some geographical areas.   The Centre's assertion came on a day India registered a record single-day surge of 24,879 COVID-19 cases, taking the caseload to 7,67,296.   The death toll climbed to 21,129 with 487 new fatalities, the updated data a
  • Situation along LAC is stable, improving: China
    New Delhi, July 9 (PTI): China on Thursday said Chinese and Indian troops have taken "effective measures" to disengage at the Galwan Valley and other areas along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh and the situation is "stable and improving," days after the two sides agreed on an expeditious withdrawal of soldiers from all the standoff points.   The remarks by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian came a day after people in New Delhi fam
  • Priyanka Gandhi demands CBI probe in Vikas Dubey case
    New Delhi, July 9 (IANS) After the arrest of Vikas Dubey in Ujjain, the Congress has upped its ante on the Yogi Government, party General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Thursday demanded a CBI inquiry into the whole case.   Priyanka Gandhi said in order to reveal the nexus between the criminal and the higher ups, an inquiry by the CBI was necessary.   In her tweets in Hindi Priyanka said, "After the heinous murders in Kanpur, the promptness with which the
  • I have no role in gold smuggling: Swapna Suresh
    Thiruvananthapuram, July 9 (IANS) The prime suspect in the recent gold smuggling case in Kerala, Swapna Suresh, who is on the run, has finally broken her silence in an audio message, saying she had no role to play in the matter.   The seizure of 30 kg gold from a diplomatic consignment at the Trivandrum International Airport on Sunday has snowballed into a major political controversy in Kerala as the prime suspect, Swapna, a high-profile woman who wears many hats, happens to
  • Brazil with same population as UP recorded more deaths: Modi
    New Delhi, July 9 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday compared Uttar Pradesh with Brazil and asserted that even though the Indian state has the same population as the latter, it has witnessed less deaths due to coronavirus.   PM Modi made the remarks pursuant to his interaction with the representatives from Non-Governmental Organisations based in his parliamentary constituency, Varanasi.   "A huge country like Brazil, with a similar population to
  • WhatsApp Business hits 50mn users globally, 15mn in India
    New Delhi, July 9 (IANS) With the Covid-19 disruptions bringing more businesses online, WhatsApp Business has reached a new milestone of 50 million monthly users globally with almost a third of them being in India, the Facebook-owned platform said on Thursday.   In India, there are more than 15 million monthly WhatsApp Business app users.   The platform on Thursday also introduced new features to start a chat with a business on WhatsApp like starting a chat with a
  • India plans rental homes to entice migrant workers back to cities
    BANGKOK, July 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): India has approved a plan to develop affordable rental housing for migrant workers after millions of labourers fled the nation's cities for villages amidst coronavirus lockdowns that left many of them without jobs and homes.   The scheme, part of a federal housing project aimed at providing housing for all by 2022, aims to convert existing vacant government housing into affordable rental housing complexes (ARHC). Private
  • India has done its best to respond to Chinese aggression: Pompeo
    New York, July 9 (IANS) India has done its best to respond to China's confrontation and the world must unite to act on Beijing's pattern of aggressive behaviour seen in Ladakh, Bhutan and around Asia, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday.   "The Indians have done their best to respond" to China's "incredibly aggressive action," which fits a pattern, Pompeo said at a news conference in Washington.   He said that he had
  • Gangster Vikas Dubey, wanted for Kanpur ambush, arrested from Ujjain
    Lucknow/Ujjain, July 9 (IANS) Dreaded gangster Vikas Dubey, who has been on the run for nearly a week after the killing of eight police personnel in Kanpur, was finally arrested on Thursday from inside the Mahakaal temple in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh.   According to sources, Dubey reached the temple around 8 a.m and then informed the security men about his identity and asked them to inform the police.   The Uttar Pradesh Police has officially confirmed the arrest o
  • With nearly 25,000 COVID-19 cases, India's tally at 7.6 lakh
    New Delhi, July 9 (ANI): India reported the highest single-day spike of 24,879 new positive cases and 487 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country to 7,67,296, according to the Union ministry of health and family welfare.   Out of the total number of cases, 2,69,789 are active, 4,76,378 have been cured/discharged/migrated and 21,129 have died.   Maharashtra remains the worst-affected state due to COVID-19 with as many a
  • Those who fight for truth cannot be intimidated: Rahul
    NEW DELHI, JULY 8 (IANS): After the Union Home Ministry set up an inter-ministerial committee to probe alleged violations of law by Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Rajiv Gandhi Trust and Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi hit back saying truth cannot be "intimidated".   Rahul Gandhi in a tweet said, "Mr Modi believes the world is like him. He thinks every one has a price or can be intimidated." "He will never understand that those wh
  • Vandalism of Ambedkar's Mumbai home sparks political furore
    MUMBAI, JULY 8 (IANS): The shocking incident of at least two persons vandalising 'Rajgruha' - the Mumbai home of the late Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar - sparked off a political uproar in Maharashtra on Wednesday with various political parties demanding for stringent action.   Describing Rajgruha as a "place of reverence", Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said the government will not tolerate what has happened and strict action will be taken against the culprits.
  • SC notice on DMK leader plea on disqualification petition of 11 MLAs
    NEW DELHI, JULY 8 (IANS): The Supreme Court Wednesday issued notice on a plea by DMK leader R. Sakkrapani seeking a direction to the Speaker of the Tamil Nadu Assembly to immediately decide on disqualification petition in connection with 11 MLAs, who had voted against Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami in 2017.   A bench comprising Chief Justice of India S.A. Bobde, R. Subhash Reddy and A.S. Bopanna took up the matter through video conferencing. The bench refused to hear
  • India arrests South Korean CEO, 11 others for gas leak at LG Polymers
    CHENNAI, July 8 (Reuters):  Indian police have arrested 12 LG Polymers officials, including its South Korean Chief Executive Sunkey Jeong, an officer said on Wednesday, two months after a gas leak at the company's south Indian chemical plant killed 12.   The arrests were made under a case of culpable homicide filed against the company, a unit of South Korea's LG Chem Ltd, and its officials, stemming from the leak that occurred in the early hours on May 7 in th
  • Chinese PLA moves back at Patrolling Points 14, 15
    NEW DELHI, JULY 8 (IANS): The Chinese People's Liberation Army troops have pulled back around 2 kilometres at Patrolling Point 14 and Patrolling 15 in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh while the process of pull back has started at the Hot Springs, sources said on Wednesday.   The disengagement started after a two-month military standoff and it is happening "as per agreed terms in the Corps Commanders' meeting". However, it has not been verified on the gro
  • Don't offer sacrifice on roads in Bakrid: JIH to Muslims
    NEW DELHI, JULY 8 (IANS): The Jammat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) has urged Muslims to take precautions during Eid ul-Adha (Bakrid), to be celebrated in the last week of July, and has issued guidelines on offering prayers and sacrifices.   "The namaz should be offered by adhering to the social distancing norms at eidgahs and mosques. Muslims should offer the Eid prayer at home in the same manner as they had done during Eid ul-Fitr in areas where restrictions have been imposed du