India

  • Who is responsible for kids infected with Covid: Parents to RBSE
    Jaipur, July 2 (IANS) As a class X student in Kota tested positive for COVID-19 on June 30 after appearing in RBSE exams held on June 29 and 30 and 357 students from her examination centre were sent for home quarantine, the parents in Rajasthan have expressed their concern on the issue and asked who will take the onus of the kids who were infected with COVID-19.   "When CBSE and ICSE boards have cancelled the remaining exams, why did RBSE organise these exams? Weren'
  • India rushes to buy fighters amid border standoff with China
    New Delhi, July 2 (IANS) Amid the tense situation at the border with China, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday approved a proposal for procurement of 21 MiG-29 fighter aircraft, along with upgradation of 59 Mig-29s, and 12 more Su-30 MKI aircraft.   To strengthen the armed forces for defending the borders, the Defence Acquisition Council meeting, chaired by Rajnath Singh, accorded approval for capital acquisitions of various platforms and equipment required by the th
  • Bolstering ties with India to be high priority: Biden
    New Delhi, July 2 (PTI): Democratic presidential candidate and former United States vice-president Joe Biden has said that if he wins the November elections, strengthening relationship with India which is America's 'natural partner', will be a high priority for his administration.   "India needs to be a partner in the region for our safety's sake and quite frankly for theirs," he said in response to a question on India-US relationship during a virtu
  • India now has over 6L corona cases, death toll reaches 17,834
    New Delhi, July 2 (IANS) India on Thursday crossed the six lakh mark in the coronavirus cases with the highest spike of 19,148 positive cases and 434 deaths in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.   A total of 3,59,859 people has recovered and discharged from hospitals. The recovery rate is 59.51 per cent among the COVID-19 patients.   According to the Health Ministry data, the COVID-19 death toll has reached 17,834 in the country as
  • Courts not to solve your personal issues: HC on Centre, Delhi tussle on riots
    NEW DELHI, JULY 1 (IANS): After the tussle between the Centre and Arvind Kejriwal government again popped up in the courtroom over the representation of Delhi Police in matters concerning northeast Delhi riots, the Delhi High Court while taking a strong note of the same remarked "courts are not here to solve your personal issues".   "Courts aren't here to solve your personal issues...Instead of wasting the time of the public, you both should concentrate on
  • Security threat: Now, deliberations on Huawei, ZTE's future in India
    NEW DELHI, JULY 1 (IANS): After banning 59 Chinese apps, the Indian government is considering whether the presence of China's Huawei Technology Co and ZTE Corp may pose threat to security as some reports suggest their links to the Chinese ruling party and the People's Liberation Army (PLA).   The matter has led to deliberations among officers in the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday after the two companies were on
  • Priyanka asked to vacate govt accommodation within 1 month
    NEW DELHI, JULY 1 (IANS): The government has asked Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, daughter of party chief Sonia Gandhi, to vacate her government accommodation within a month as she is no longer in the list of Special Protection Group (SPG).   But the Priyanka Gandhi's office said it had not received any notice from the government yet.   The government in an order, here on Wednesday, said it had cancelled the government accommodation allotted
  • Indians download many apps, time now to upload some: IT Minister
    NEW DELHI, JULY 1 (IANS): Giving a clear signal for greater support to startups working towards enriching the digital universe, Information and Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Wednesday that while Indians download a lot of apps from Google Play Store and Apple App Store, it is time to upload some.   His comments came in the backdrop of India banning 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok and UC Browser.   Taking part in a virtual event to mark five year
  • 37-year-old Mewar royal property dispute finally settled
    JAIPUR, JULY 1 (IANS): The 37-year-old dispute over the property of the Mewar royalty worth hundreds of crores of rupees has finally been settled.   The Additional District and Sessions Judge Mahendra Kumar Dave announced the 25 per cent of the share in the name of former Maharana late Bhagwat Singh (last titular ruler of Udaipur princely state), while the remaining 75 per cent will be distributed to his three children -- 25 per cent each to his two sons, namely, Mahendra Si
  • VHP website hacked, objectionable content posted
    NEW DELHI, JULY 1 (IANS): The website of the most influential RSS affiliate - Vishwa Hindu Parishad was hacked on Wednesday. The website whose domain name is www.vhp.org currently shows it as "under maintenance".   But earlier, the website had objectionable content posted on its homepage where a clarion call to "rise" against the ruling BJP was given. According to a screenshot of the hacked website available with IANS, which was removed before it showed &
  • 9 Bengaluru hospitals issued notice for denying Covid treatment
    Bengaluru, July 1 (IANS): The Karnataka health department has issued a notice to nine private hospitals in the city for refusing treatment to a 52-year-old man with Covid symptoms who later died, an official said on Wednesday.   "You are required to reply to the show cause (notice) within 24 hours as to why action should not be initiated against you under the provisions of KMPE and State Disaster Management Act," said Health Commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pandey to the
  • Over 97% emissions in Himalayas due to household space heating
    NEW DELHI, JULY 1 (IANS): Over 78 per cent of the total emissions in the Indian Himalayan region are from space heating in residential dwellings in rural areas, with 71.4 per cent attributed to the northern states of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir, according to a recent report by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).   Around three per cent of overall emissions from space heating are attributed to commercial
  • UPSC allows Civil Services aspirants to change exam centres
    NEW DELHI, JULY 1 (IANS): The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has decided to allow candidates for Civil Services (preliminary) examination, 2020 scheduled to be held on October 4 to change their exam centres in view of coronavirus pandemic.   The opportunity to change the centres will also be applicable to Indian Forest Service (preliminary) examination, 2020 which will also be held along with the Civil Services examination all over India on the same date as per the r
  • Uddhav, wife perform 'mahapooja' at Vitthal temple
    Mumbai, July 1 (PTI): Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday performed the 'mahapooja' of Lord Vitthal and Goddess Rukmini at the temple town of Pandharpur in Solapur district on the occasion of 'Ashadhi Ekadashi'.   As per the convention, the chief minister performed the pooja with his wife Rashmi Thackeray at the temple of Lord Vitthal at 2.30 am, and prayed to God to make Maharashtra and the country free of coronavirus and to grant peace
  • No Lalbaughcha Raja this yr for the first time in history
    New Delhi, July 1 (ANI): For the first time in the history of Lalbaughcha Raja, Lord Ganpati's idol will not be established due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   Mumbai's Lalbaughcha Raja Ganeshotsav Mandal has decided not to hold Ganeshotsav this time in wake of the coronavirus pandemic and would instead set up a blood donation camp, informed Mandal officials.   "Mumbai's Lalbaughcha Raja Ganeshotsav Mandal has decided that they will not celebrate Gane
  • India sees spike of 18,653 COVID-19 cases in 24 hrs
    New Delhi, July 1 (ANI): As many as 18,653 COVID-19 cases have been reported in India in the last 24 hours, taking the country's tally of coronavirus cases to 5,85,493, informed the Union health and family welfare ministry on Wednesday.   As per the ministry, there are presently 2,20,114 active cases in the country.   The number of patients cured/discharged and migrated stands at 3,47,979.   507 deaths due to COVID-19 were reported in the last 24 ho
  • UP govt trying to cover up massive unemployment through ads: Priyanka
    New Delhi, June 30 (IANS) Just four days after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath claimed to have launched an employment programme for over 1.25 crore people in the state, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday accused the state government of trying to cover up "massive unemployment" through advertisements, and said the ground reality was far different as 1.5 lakh residents have left the state in search of employment.   "Uttar Pr
  • 'No one is above law': PM appeals people to follow COVID-19 rules
    New Delhi, June 30 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday appealed to the local administration to act against those flouting coronavirus lockdown restrictions, imposed to curb the spread of the disease asserting that no one is above the law.   "All those who are not following rules will have to be stopped and made aware of the problem. You have seen in the news that a fine of Rs 13,000 imposed on a prime minister because he went to a public place without a mask,
  • Concerned over ban on Chinese apps, Xi govt reaches out to India
    New Delhi, June 30 (IANS) China on Tuesday reached out to India, expressing anxiety about the ban imposed by the Indian government on popular Chinese mobile applications like TikTok and WeChat, among others.   During a daily news briefing on Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters in Beijing, "China is strongly concerned about the relevant notice issued by the Indian side. We are checking on and verifying the situation."  
  • New method to help detect at-risk areas for Covid-19 spread
    New York, June 30 (IANS) In the fight against Covid-19, researchers have developed a strategy to use data from existing cellular wireless networks to identify areas that are at the greater risk of disease.   The new method helps identify places where asymptomatic carriers have a higher chances of coming in close contact with large numbers of healthy people.   The technique, published in the IEEE Open Journal of Engineering in Medicine and Biology, could help regio