• Modi accepts Trump's offer to be part of 'expanded' G7 to discuss China
    New Delhi, June 2 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a telephonic conversation with the US President Donald Trump on Tuesday, accepted his offer to be part of the ‘expanded G7', the group of most powerful nations to discuss the collective approach to China.   Earlier this week, Trump decided to postpone the G7 meeting till September and invite India, Russia, Australia and South Korea to discuss a plan on how to deal with the future of China.   The U
  • Maharashra, Gujarat hunker down for Cyclone Nisarga
    Mumbai, June 2 (PTI): As cyclonic storm 'Nisarga' approaches fast, Maharashtra and Gujarat activated their disaster response mechanism as they deployed National Disaster Response Force teams and started evacuating people from vulnerable areas on Tuesday to avoid loss of life.   The two western states, already battling a raging pandemic, which has put their health infrastructure under severe strain, opened new fronts to tackle the fallout of the storm which is expecte
  • India far away from COVID-19 peak: Govt
    New Delhi, June 2 (PTI): India is far away from the peak of COVID-19 spread and its preventive measures have been "very effective", putting it in a much better position in comparison with other countries, the Centre said on Tuesday, even as the case count and death toll continued to mount.   Addressing a press conference on the COVID-19 situation, Joint Secretary in the health ministry Lav Agarwal said it is wrong to just look at the total number of cases and state
  • Indian app highlights backlash against Chinese business
    NEW DELHI, June 2 (Reuters) - India's top trending free app on Google's mobile app store, with more than 5 million downloads since late May, is called "Remove China Apps" and does exactly what it says on the label.   Its popularity comes amid calls for a boycott of Chinese mobile apps in India as a Himalayan border dispute fuels a backlash against products from China.   Popular Indian yoga guru Baba Ramdev posted a video on Twitter on Sunday
  • U.S. rebukes China for border 'aggression' with India
    NEW DELHI/SRINAGAR, June 2 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a senior congressional leader have reprimanded China for bullying behaviour towards India during a military standoff on their disputed border.   Thousands of Indian and Chinese troops have faced each other for weeks at three or four locations in the western Himalayas after Beijing's forces intruded into Indian territory, according to Indian security officials and local media.  
  • 198 migrant workers died in road accidents during lockdown
    New Delhi, June 2 (IANS): Around 200 migrant workers on their way to home were killed in 1,461 road accidents during the nationwide lockdown between March 25 and May 31.   According to data compiled by SaveLIFE Foundation, as many as 750 people, including 198 migrant workers, died in these accidents.   Thousands of migrant workers along with their families hit the road in various cities as they lost jobs due to lockdown imposed to break the coronavirus infection c
  • Barring 3 states, Modi has high ratings compared to Rahul
    New Delhi, June 2 (IANS): Excluding three states in the country, the popularity of the Prime Minister is soaring high despite the coronovirus pandemic and nationwide lockdown. The highest endorsement rate of the Prime Minister is in Himachal Pradesh with 95.1 per cent people endorsing Modi as Prime Minister.   According to survey conducted by IANS-C voter, the last week of May has different story to tell. The Prime Minister was facing flak from the opposition over migrant cr
  • Christian priest dies of Covid, 86 new cases in Kerala
    Thiruvananthapuram, June 2 (IANS) A 76-year-old Christian priest, who was admitted at the Medical College hospital here after a road accident and underwent surgery, passed away on Tuesday. He was subsequently found to be Covid positive, taking the total death toll in Kerala due to Covid-19 to 11.   State Health Minister K.K. Shailaja also the media that 86 people turned positive, which is the highest tally of positive cases on a single day.   "(As many as) 77
  • India's Covid-19 fatality rate lowest in the world: Health Ministry
    New Delhi, June 2 (IANS) The Health Ministry on Tuesday asserted that the coronavirus recovery rate is continuously improving, while the fatality rate is on the decline and one of the lowest in the world.   In a press briefing, Joint Secretary, Health, Lav Agrawal said: "Recovery rate of the nation is continuously improving, a total of 95,527 patients have been cured. Recovery rate is now 48.07 per cent, up from 11.42 per cent on April 15."   He said tha
  • 8171 more COVID-19 cases, 204 deaths in India
    New Delhi, June 2 (PTI): The novel coronavirus death toll rose to 5,598 in India on Tuesday with 204 more fatalities, while 8,171 new cases took the number of infections to 1,98,706, the Health Ministry said.   The active cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) climbed to 97,581 and as many as 95,526 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, according to the data.   Around 48.07 per cent patients have recovered so far, a ministry official said. &n
  • UP man held for putting wife's 'honour for sale' on social media
    AZAMGARH, JUNE 2 (IANS): In a bizarre incident in Uttar Pradesh, a man put up his wife's 'honour for sale' on the social media after his demand for a motorcycle was not fulfilled by his in-laws. The man has been arrested.   The incident took place in Thuthia village under Mehnagar police circle, where accused Puneet had allegedly been harassing his wife for a motorcycle and would often beat her up. The women then returned to her parents' house that falls in K
  • Will initiate more structural reforms to get growth back: PM
    NEW DELHI, JUNE 2 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that his government will ensure more policy reforms to speed up economic growth and remove structural bottlenecks in the Indian economy.   Accordingly, the country will also implement steps to reduce import-dependence and strengthen domestic supply chains.   Furthermore, Modi exuded the confidence that India would get its GDP growth back very soon.   In an online address at the 125th
  • Panicked passengers force woman off train in Karnataka
    BENGALURU, JUNE 2 (IANS): Lack of awareness on rail travel norms led to a tense situation on a Karnataka train as a female passenger was forced to disembark midway after her fellow passengers raised a hue and cry on seeing her knuckle stamped, mistaking it for a quarantine stamp, an official said on Tuesday.   "Many passengers on the train with the woman raised a hue and cry on seeing her stamped and complained to the TTE. She was later disembarked at Tumkur," a So
  • India approves emergency use of remdesivir to treat COVID-19 patients
    BENGALURU, June 2 (Reuters): India's government said on Tuesday it has approved Gilead Sciences Inc's antiviral drug remdesivir for emergency use in treating COVID-19 patients.   Remdesivir is the first drug to show improvement in COVID-19 patients in formal clinical trials. It was granted emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last month and has received approval by Japanese health regulators.   "(Remdesivir) approv
  • EC announces RS polls for six seats in three states
    New Delhi, June 1 (PTI) : Rajya Sabha polls for a total of six seats in Arunachal Pradesh, Karnataka and Mizoram will be held on June 19, the Election Commission (EC) announced on Monday.While Kupendra Reddy (JD-S), Prabhar Kore (BJP), M V Rajeev Gowda (Congress) and B K Hariprasad (Congress) from Karnataka are retiring on June 25, the term of Mukut Mithi (Congress) from Arunachal Pradesh ends on June 23. The term of Mizoram MP Ronald Sapa Tlau (Congress) ends on July 18. The noti
  • Maha Covid-19 cases cross 70K with 76 more deaths
    Mumbai, June 1 (IANS) The number of Covid-19 cases shot above the 70,000-mark in Maharashtra on Monday even as the state notched a fresh death toll of 76, down by 40 from the highest 116 deaths recorded on May 29, health officials said.   In a major development, Thane district with 9,941 cases has become the second worst-hit in the state, overtaking Pune district's tally of 8,045 cases.   Monday's toll includes a whopping 60 deaths in the Mumbai Metropolit
  • Situation at border with India stable: China
    New Delhi, June 1 (PTI): China on Monday said that the overall situation at the border with India was "stable and controllable", and both the countries have "unimpeded" communication channels to resolve the issues through dialogue and consultations.      The comments by foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian came in the backdrop of the continuing standoff between the militaries of India and China at the Line of Actual Control.   
  • India's coronavirus infections overtake France amid criticism of lockdown
    NEW DELHI, June 1 (Reuters) - India's cases of coronavirus crossed 190,000, the health ministry said on Monday, overtaking France to become seventh highest in the world, as the government eases back on most curbs after a two-month-long lockdown that left millions without work.   With a record 8,392 new cases over the previous day, India is now behind the United States, Brazil, Russia, Britain, Spain and Italy, according to a Reuters tally.   Criticism has
  • Recovery rate rising, case fatality going down: Health Ministry
    New Delhi, June 1 (IANS) The Union Health Ministry on Monday said that two specific trends were noticed in the Covid-19 situation - while the recovery rate is increasing on one hand, case fatality is going down on the other.   The ministry said at least 4,835 Covid-19 patients had been cured in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cured patients to 91,818.   "The recovery rate in the country is progressively increasing and has reached 48.19 per cent
  • 3 Pak militants killed during infiltration bid
    New Delhi, June 1 (IANS): Three Pakistan-based terrorists were killed while attempting to infiltrate into Indian territory across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday.   Defence sources said: "In an ongoing counter-infiltration operation since 28 May 2020, alert troops of Indian Army eliminated an infiltration bid along the Line of Control in Naushera Sector."   The terrorists were heavily armed and were trained in Pakistan. The security fo