India

  • 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
  • Pullback in Galwan as NSA Doval held talks with China's FM
    New Delhi, July 6 (ANI): National Security Advisor Ajit Doval has held talks with Chinese Foreign Minister and State Councilor Wang Yi, sources said.   The talks took place over video call on Sunday. According to sources, talks were held for over two hours in a cordial and forward-looking manner.   The focus was on full and enduring restoration of peace and tranquillity and to work together to avoid such incidents in future, sources added.   The talks w
  • Aadhaar-PAN linking deadline extended to March 31, 2021
    New Delhi, July 6 (ANI): The government on Monday extended the last date for linking Aadhaar and Permanent Account Number or PAN to March 31 next year.   The decision was taken keeping the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting difficulties in mind.   "Understanding and keeping in mind the times that we are in, we have extended deadlines. PAN - AADHAAR linking can be done till 31st March, 2021. We do hope this helps you plan things better," the Income Tax d
  • Credit to armed forces for Chinese army retreat: Congress
    New Delhi, July 6 (IANS) In wake of reports that Chinese Army has retreated two km behind the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the Congress, which has been questioning the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Chinese transgressions, on Monday credited the armed forces for the development.   "We know that the PLA can't withstand the Indian forces, so they have retreated but the Prime Minister has to reply to tough questions," part spokesperson Pawan Khera said at a pres
  • Recite prayers from home: Dalai Lama's appeal on his birthday
    Dharamsala, July 6 (IANS) Revered globally as a 'living god', Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, who transcends all barriers of religion, language and even distances, turned 85 on Monday and his followers began the global virtual celebrations to dedicate him the 'Year of Gratitude'.   The spiritual leader in a video message from his abode here asked his followers that it was not possible for a large number of people to hold a big celebration because of
  • IT spending on Internet connectivity, security to rise in India: Report
    New Delhi, July 6 (IANS) While overall IT budget is likely to reduce by four per cent on average amid Covid-19 pandemic, Indian enterprises will increase spending on Internet connectivity, security solutions and networking products, a new report said on Monday.   The IT budget has shifted towards more immediate priorities, to build resilience for the new normal, said the study.   "The big bang transformations of the pre-COVID era have been streamlined, in fav
  • India, China agree that differences should not become disputes after key phone call
    Beijing, July 6 (IANS) With Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting the forward areas in Ladakh over the weekend coupled with sustained diplomatic pressure, the India-China border face-off appears to have reached some sort of settlement. This disclosure comes day after a disengagement process began in three of the four friction points along the LAC in Ladakh.   On Sunday evening, Chinese Foreign Minister, State Councillor and Special Representative on the Sino-Indian Boundary
  • 30,000 Indian troops in eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation with Chinese
    Leh, July 6 (IANS): Around 30,000 troops of Indian Army are in an eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation with Chinese troops along the Line of Actual Control (LoC) in Ladakh, following the additional deployment of three brigades since the violent face-off last month.   Highly placed sources told IANS that in normal times six brigades, that is two divisions are maintained along the LAC in Ladakh, even as troops are deployed in and out on a rotation basis. However, after the June 15
  • Amid tension along LAC, Rijiju, world leaders greet Dalai Lama
    Dharamsala, July 6 (IANS): Amid the heightened tension in India and China's relations due to the border buildup along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju was the first member of the Modi government to greet the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama on his 85th birthday on Monday.   The spiritual leader was also greeted by many world leaders and other dignitaries. Former US President George W. Bush, Speake
  • Vikas Dubey now carries a bounty of Rs 2.5 lakh
    Lucknow, July 6 (IANS): The Yogi Adityanath government has increased the reward on the head of gangster Vikas Dubey to Rs 2.5 lakh.   Dubey, who is the main accused in the killing of eight police personnel in Kanpur on Friday, is absconding after the incident.   The government had earlier announced a reward of Rs 50,000 for anyone who gave information about Dubey's whereabouts. The amount was later increased to Rs one lakh.   Uttar Pradesh Director
  • Chinese army moves back tents, troops by 1-2 km in Galwan
    New Delhi, July 6 (ANI): The Chinese army has moved back tents, vehicles and troops by 1-2 kilometres from locations where disengagement was agreed upon at Corps Commander-level talks, Indian Army sources said on Monday.   Chinese heavy armoured vehicles are still present in the depth areas in the Galwan river area. The Indian Army is monitoring the situation with caution, army sources informed.   The third round of Corps Commander-level meeting between armies of
  • India is now 3rd worst-hit by Covid
    New Delhi, July 6 (PTI): India went past Russia on Sunday to become the third worst-hit nation by the COVID-19 pandemic. Only the US and Brazil are ahead of India in terms of total coronavirus infections. According to the Monday morning update of the Union Health Ministry, a single-day jump of 24,248 COVID-19 cases pushed India's tally to 6,97,413.   With a steady rise, the number of recoveries stands at 4,24,432 in the country, while one patient has migrated. There are
  • India puts back Taj Mahal reopening citing COVID-19 risks
    NEW DELHI/AGRA, July 5 (Reuters):  India has withdrawn a planned reopening of the Taj Mahal, citing the risk of new coronavirus infections spreading in Agra from visitors flocking to see the 17th century monument to love.   Local authorities issued a new advisory late on Sunday ordering an extension of lockdown curbs on monuments in and around Agra. The government order did not specify the duration of the lockdown for monuments that have been closed since Marc
  • America loves India: Trump
    New Delhi, July 5 (PTI): President Donald Trump has said that America loves India, as he thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for greeting him and the people of the country on the occasion of the 244th Independence Day of the United States.   The Fourth of July -- also known as the Independence Day -- is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the publication of the declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776.   Prime Minister Modi on Satur
  • Record 24,850 COVID-19 cases in single day in India
    New Delhi, July 5 (PTI): With 24,850 people testing positive for coronavirus infection and 613 succumbing to the disease in a day, the highest so far, India's COVID-19 caseload soared to 6,73,165, while the death toll climbed to 19,268 on Sunday, according to the Union health ministry data.   This is the third consecutive day that coronavirus infections have increased by more than 20,000 in the country.   The number of recoveries stands at 4,09,082 while one p
  • Nitish takes test after meeting Covid +ve leader
    New delhi, July 4 (PTI): Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday sent his swab sample for COVID-19 test after he shared the dais with Legislative Council Acting Chairman Awdesh Narayan Singh, who has been found infected with the contagious virus, at an official event, officials said. The sample has been sent to Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences in Patna, they said.       Besides the chief minister, samples of 15 staffers of the Chief Minister'
  • Bajaj Auto unions demand factory halt after 250 workers catch coronavirus
    NEW DELHI/MUMBAI, July 4 (Reuters) - Workers at Bajaj Auto, India's biggest exporter of motorbikes, are demanding the temporary closure of one of its plants after 250 employees there tested positive for coronavirus, its unions said on Saturday, as companies struggle to ramp up operations.   India went into complete lockdown in late March to curb the spread of the virus but it has recently eased restrictions despite the number of cases surging, putting some companies in a
  • Message to China: Experts hail PM's Ladakh visit
    New Delhi, July 4 (PTI): By visiting Ladakh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sent a very clear signal that India is ready to escalate the cost on China for its "misadventurism" and that the armed forces are adopting a firm approach in defending the country's territories, strategic affairs experts said on Saturday.      They also said that China is increasingly getting isolated internationally for its aggressive military posturing in Ladakh, South Chi
  • Shoot him wherever he is: UP gangster's mother
    New Delhi, July 4 (PTI): Shoot him wherever he is," said the angry mother of history-sheeter Vikas Dubey, whose henchman killed eight policemen in an ambush when they came to arrest him from his hideout in a village near Kanpur. Uttar Pradesh Police has announced a Rs 50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Dubey, who has at least 60 cases against him including murder and attempt to murder.  An official said there was a possibility that Dubey may have
  • Lightning kills 15 more in Bihar
    Patna, July 4 (IANS) Fifteen more people lost their lives due to lightning amid heavy rain and thunderstorms in seven districts of Bihar in the last 24 hours.   According to the information received from the districts, 15 persons were killed by lightning during the past 24 hours in the state. Of these, six persons died in Vaishali, two in Lakhisarai, three in Samastipur and one each in Gaya, Banka, Nalanda and Jamui districts.   The meteorological department has i