India

  • PM Modi to address global audience on Thursday
    NEW DELHI, JULY 8 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be making the inaugural address at the India Global Week 2020 on Thursday, his first speech to a global audience in the post Covid-19 era.   Modi tops a list of speakers across three days between Thursday and Saturday, including External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal, IT & Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Skills Minister Mahendra Nath Pandey, from India.   The line
  • SC plea says police use 'colonial coercive machinery', seeks norms to curb custodial death
    NEW DELHI, JULY 8 (IANS): In the backdrop of the alleged custodial death of father-son, Jayaraj and Bennix, in Tamil Nadu, a plea has been moved in the Supreme Court seeking laying down of guidelines to prevent custodial torture/ deaths/ rape.   The petition moved by People's Charioteer Organization (PCO), through its secretary legal cell Devesh Saxena contends that paradoxically, Indian police system under Indian Police Act, 1861 continues to have colonial coercive mach
  • India may see 2.87 lakh Covid cases a day by winter 2021: MIT study
    New Delhi, July 8 (IANS) In the absence of a COVID-19 vaccine or drugs, the researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have warned that India might record 2.87 lakh coronavirus cases per day by the end of winter 2021.   The world may witness 249 million (24.9 crore) cases and 1.8 million (18 lakh) deaths by spring 2021 if there are no effective treatments or vaccination, according to the study conducted by the researchers Hazhir Rahmandad, TY Lim and John S
  • With over 20k cases, India Covid tally crosses 7.4 lakh
    New Delhi, July 8 (PTI): With 22,752 people testing positive for coronavirus infection in a day, India's COVID-19 caseload increased to 7,42,417 on Wednesday, while the death toll climbed to 20,642 with 482 people succumbing to the disease, according to the Union health ministry data.   The number of recoveries stands at 4,56,830, while there are 2,64,944 active cases of coronavirus infection presently in the country, the updated data at 8 am showed.   "T
  • WB to impose total lockdown in containment zones from July 9
    Kolkata, July 7 (IANS) The Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government on Tuesday decided to impose complete lockdown in all the designated Covid-19 containment zones across the state from July 9.   According to sources in the state secretariat Nabanna, the new restrictions will be imposed in all the containment zones from 5 p.m. on July 9.   No business activities would be allowed in the containment zones, so that the spike in the number of fresh Covid-19 cases ca
  • Economic mismanagement a tragedy, will destroy millions: Rahul
    New Delhi, July 7 (IANS) Reacting to a research report that Indians are worst-hit on the economic front and that 8 out of 10 rural households had lost income during the coronavirus pandemic, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday alleged that the economic mismanagement was a tragedy that was out to destroy millions.   "India's economic mismanagement is a tragedy that is going to destroy millions of families," he tweeted.   He said that it would no l
  • CBSE to reduce syllabus by 30% for Class 9, 12
    New Delhi, July 7 (PTI): The Central Board of Secondary Education has rationalised the syllabus for classes 9 to 12 for the academic year 2020-21 by up to 30 per cent to make up for academic loss caused due to COVID-19, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' announced on Tuesday. "Looking at the extraordinary situation prevailing in the country and the world, CBSE was advised to revise the curriculum and reduce course load for the students of classes 9 to 12.&n
  • India will bounce back from COVID-19: Amitabh Kant
    New Delhi, July 7 (IANS) Noting the emergence of "green shoots" in the economy, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant on Tuesday emphasised that India will soon bounce back from the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 crisis.   Citing examples of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), he said key sectors like FMCG have already come back to work in positive signs to bring back the economy from the crisis.   "I am optimistic that we will bounce back with vengeance,"
  • India’s COVID-19 tally, fatality rate per million population lowest in world: Health Ministry
    India has ramped up its hospital infrastructure to adequately and effectively manage coronavirus cases, the Ministry said. New Delhi, July 7 (PTI): India’s total number of coronavirus cases and fatalities per million population is one of the lowest in the world, the Union Health Ministry said on July 7 even as the country’s infection tally went past the 7 lakh-mark and the death toll rose to 20,160. Referring to the ‘WHO Situation Report-168’ dated July 6, th
  • Bihar CM's relative, staying at his official residence, tests positive for Covid
    New Delhi, July 7 (PTI): A close relative of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who had been staying at his official residence in Patna, has tested positive for COVID-19, highly placed sources said on Tuesday. They said test reports of the relative, niece of the chief minister, came out on Monday after which she was taken to the isolation ward at a hospital here for treatment.    The sprawling 1, Anne Marg premises were, meanwhile, being sanitised thoroughly, they added
  • NIA makes seventh arrest in Pulwama terror case
    New Delhi, July 7 (ANI): The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday said it has made the seventh arrest in the Pulwama attack case, in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed in an IED blast on February 14, 2019. NIA arrested the seventh accused named, Bilal Ahmed Kuchey, whom the agency has termed as "a terror associate" on July 5.    According to the agency, Kuchey a resident of Hajibal, Kakapora, Jammu and Kashmir, runs a sawmill at his place and harbou
  • Dubey was impressed with Sunny Deol's 'Arjun Pandit'
    New July 7 (IANS) Vikas Dubey's plunge into crime coincided with Sunny Deol thriller "Arjun Pandit" which released in 1999. Taking a cue from the movie Dubey also became Vikas Pandit, and has been known so in political circles and even among the police personnel, who referred to him as 'Pandit'.   Local journalist who came to know him, on condition of anonymity said that he was fond of being called Pandit.   The Bollywood thriller though pann
  • No pullback of Chinese troops, materiel from Pangong Lake, Depsang
    New Delhi, July 7 (IANS) The Indian military sees no pullback of Chinese People's Liberation Army troops and materiel from Pangong Lake and Depsang in eastern Ladakh, sources said on Tuesday.   The disengagement of Indian and Chinese troops has happened in Galwan valley, Hot Springs and Gogra post in Ladakh sector. However, it has not been verified on the ground yet.   The disengagement started after a two-month military standoff and it is happening "as p
  • IAF fighter jets conduct night ops near Indo-China border
    New Delhi, July 7 (ANI): Amid tensions with China, the Indian Air Force carried out night time combat air patrols over the Eastern Ladakh sector. The Indian Air Force carried out intensive night operations involving its fighter aircraft including the MiG-29 and Sukhoi-30MKI along with its Apache attack helicopters and the Chinook heavy-lift helicopters.   Notwithstanding the strong winds and the chilling weather, the ground crew and pilots flew using even very small windows
  • India's coronavirus death toll hits 20,000 as infections surge
    July 7 (Reuters) - India’s death toll from the coronavirus pandemic surpassed 20,000 on Tuesday and case numbers surged as the south Asian nation pushed ahead with relaxations to its almost two-month lockdown amid grim economic forecasts.   The rate of both new virus infections and deaths are rising at the fastest pace in three months, as officials lift a vast lockdown of India’s 1.3 billion people that has left tens of thousands without work and shuttered busine
  • Journalist undergoing Covid treatment ends life at AIIMS
    New Delhi, July 6 (PTI): A 37-year-old journalist undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at the AIIMS Trauma Centre in New Delhi died after allegedly jumping off the fourth floor of the hospital building on Monday afternoon, officials said.   The journalist used to work for a Hindi daily and was a resident of northeast Delhi's Bhajanpura, they said.   The incident took place around 2 pm. The man jumped from the fourth floor of the Trauma Centre and was shifted to I
  • 7 in 10 Indians worried about impact of climate change on their future
    New Delhi, July 6 (IANS) The IANS CVoter GMRA Happiness Index tracker is being developed to find out the happiness quotient of Indians. In the survey conducted, some interesting findings have come out. On the topic of climate and environmental related issues, over half the people strongly agreed with the question "Does climate and environmental issues make you fearful of your future?"   In the survey, a gender gap was visible with 59.5 per cent female strongly agre
  • Given a chance, only 6% Indians would want to leave India
    New Delhi, July 6 (IANS) Indians carry their Blue Passport with pride. In a survey conducted across India, as part of developing a Happiness Index for Indians, the pride of Indian passport has reflected vividly with almost 94 per cent of Indians not wishing to move out even if given an opportunity to do so.   Of all those who participated in the survey, 84.3 per cent showed no interested in leaving India while 0.3 per cent responded with "depends" and 9.3 per cent
  • Only 1 in 40 disagree that development of country increases their individual wellbeing
    New Delhi, July 6 (IANS) Indians believe that a rising tide lifts all boats. In a survey conducted recently as part of an effort to create a Happiness Index for India, almost everyone agreed that development of the country would have them individually better off.   On a question on how overall development of the country will impact people's happiness, most Indian very strongly agreed with the statement that the overall development of the country increases their individua
  • MHA allows universities to conduct exams
    New Delhi, July 6 (PTI): The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Monday allowed universities and other academic institutions to conduct examinations during the ongoing 'Unlock 2' phase.   In a statement, the MHA said it has sent a letter to the Union Higher Education Secretary permitting universities and institutions to conduct examinations.   'The final-term examinations are to be compulsorily conducted as per the UGC guidelines on examinations and acad