Tuesday, November 24, 2020India-Africa relations scope for greater engagement

India hopes to open up to 47 missions in Africa by 2022

New Delhi: Outlining India’s outreach to Africa and the tremendous scope to increase relations with the continent was the highlight of a discussion on how to take the ties forward, with Africa suggesting India could expand cooperation and investment in agriculture, banking, and tourism and telecom sectors.

Stressing that India should be able to realise as a strong and reliable partner of Afri


Tuesday, November 24, 2020Customs arrests Sivasankar in gold smuggling case

Sivasankar is the former Principal Secretary of Kerala Chief Minister

Kochi: After getting the court's nod to arrest the former Principal Secretary of Kerala Chief Minister, the Customs on Tuesday effected the arrest of Sivasankar.

It was the Ernakulam Principal Sessions Court that gave the nod to the Customs Department on Monday to arrest Sivasankar in the gold smuggling case, which first surfaced on July 5.

Following this, a team of the Customs officials ar


Tuesday, November 24, 2020UP Cabinet approves ordinance against conversions for marriage

Decision taken at Cabinet meeting over what BJP calls 'love jihad'

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday approved the draft of a stringent law to deal with religious conversion for the sake of marriage, which BJP leaders refer to as “love jihad”.

An official spokesperson said the approval for the ordinance was given at a meeting of the state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Adityanath here.


Tuesday, November 24, 2020'Arre yaar!’: Boy's innocent protest while getting a haircut goes viral

A clip was shared by Anushrut's father Anup which showed him getting a haircut while wearing a cape

Chandigarh: Going to the barber was not always a pleasant memory for every kid. A parent struggles to convince his or her kid to get a haircut. If you're one of those kids, then this clip shared on Twitter will bring a smile to your face.

A clip was shared by Anushrut's father Anup which showed him getting a haircut while wearing a cape.

In the clip, the little Anushrut innocently protest i


Tuesday, November 24, 2020India successfully test-fires land-attack version of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile

Range of the new missile has been extended to 400 km from the original 290 km, speed maintained at 2.8 Mach

New Delhi: India on Tuesday "successfully" test fired the surface-to-surface supersonic cruise missile BrahMos as part of a series of planned trials of the weapon, known for its precision strike capabilities, official sources said.

The range of the new land-attack version of the missile has been extended to 400 km from the original 290 km but its speed has been maintained at 2.8 Mach or almost


Tuesday, November 24, 2020SC nixes ex-BSF jawan's plea challenging PM Modi's election from Varanasi

New Delhi, Nov 24: The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed former BSF jawan Tej Bahadur's plea that challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi's election from Varanasi constituency.

"We are of the opinion that the petition was rightly nipped in the bud by the Allahabad HC. The Civil Appeal is thereby dismissed", a bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde and justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubraman


Tuesday, November 24, 2020Foreign Secretary briefs ambassadors of various countries on Pakistani terrorists' plot to carry out attack in J&K

New Delhi: Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla briefed a select group of Heads of Missions on the planned terrorist attack in Nagrota district in Jammu and the implications of the incident on security, diplomacy and the battle against terrorism.

Terrorist attack was foiled on 19th of this month by the security forces.

Sources said this is the first of several briefings to be conducte


Tuesday, November 24, 2020President arrives in AP, to worship Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala temple

Tirupati , Nov 24: President Ram Nath Kovind along with his family members arrived at Renigunta Airport near here by a special Indian Air Force flight from New Delhi on Tuesday.

Mr Kovind and his family members will offer prayers to Lord Venkateswara Swamy in Tirumala temple later in the day.

Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan, Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, TTD Chairman


Tuesday, November 24, 2020Bilateral agreement with Saudi in Dec; Hajj rates to increase due to COVID-19: Naqvi

Srinagar, Nov 24: Asserting that the rates to perform Hajj-2021 will increase in view of guidelines (social distancing) to curtail the spread of COVID-19 during the pilgrimage, Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the bilateral agreement between India and Saudi Arabia will likely happen in December.

The bilateral agreement with Saudi Arabia in December will clarify


Tuesday, November 24, 2020PIL in Delhi HC seeks FIR against Mehbooba Mufti for tricolour remark

New Delhi: A plea has been filed in the Delhi High Court seeking registration of an FIR against former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for her controversial statement regarding the national flag.

The plea filed by advocate Vineet Jindal alleges that Mufti has made “derogatory and instigating” statements against the duly elected Indian government.

“It is an inciting statement


Tuesday, November 24, 2020PM Modi holds virtual meet with states over COVID-19 situation

New Delhi, Nov 24: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday interacted via video conferencing with chief ministers of states that are witnessing a surge in coronavirus cases to review the COVID-19 situation.

The leaders attending the meeting include Home Minister Amit Shah, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Maharas


Tuesday, November 24, 2020Lieutenant Governor’s Message on the ‘Martyrdom Day’ of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji

JAMMU: Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, on the ‘Martyrdom Day’ of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji, has paid rich tributes to the ultimate sacrifice of the Ninth Sikh Guru, who inspires the entire nation to protect faith, belief and rights of the people.

"Teachings and martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji underlines one of the most fundamental principles of human existence which is ensuring the right of ev


Tuesday, November 24, 2020J&K people joined mainstream of development first time: PM Modi

Jammu: Asserting that the 17th Lok Sabha has become a part of history due to a number of landmark decisions including abrogation of Article 370, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that people of Jammu and Kashmir have also joined the mainstream of development, with many new laws coming into effect in the union territory for the first time.
As the age of 16, 17 and 18 years is v


Tuesday, November 24, 2020CBI to probe role of top leaders in Roshni Scam

New Delhi: In a major development, Roshni land scam amounting to whopping Rs 25,000 crore has been unearthed in Jammu and Kashmir, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is set to investigate the role of top leaders of the state in multi-crore land grab case.
Role of a former J&K Chief Minister will also be investigated, the reports said.
Under the Roshni scheme, encroached state land was t


Monday, November 23, 2020Sena MP to Fadnavis: Wrest back PoK before talking of Karachi

Mumbai, Nov 23: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Monday said Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) should be wrested back before one can talk of Karachi being part of India.

Raut was responding to remarks by BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis, who said his party believes Karachi will be a part of India one day.

The remarks by Fadnavis, former Maharashtra chief minister, came days after a Shiv Sena worker as


Monday, November 23, 2020PM to attend Centennial celebration of Lucknow University on Nov 25

Lucknow, Nov 23: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the celebration of Centennial Foundation Day of University of Lucknow on November 25.

The PM will attend the concluding function at 1730 hrs on November 25 through video conferencing, officials here on Monday said.

According to the programme, the Prime Minister will unveil the University’s Centennial Commemorative Coin on the occasio


Monday, November 23, 2020SC express concern over COVID situation, asks all states to file status reports

New Delhi, Nov 23: Expressing its concern over COVID situation in Delhi and other states, the Supreme Court on Monday sought status reports from all states in two days over the spike in coronavirus cases.

A three-judge bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subash Reddy and MP Shah, while taking suo motu cognisance, said that the corona cases are rising rapidly across the country and added that t


Monday, November 23, 2020PM inaugurates multi-storeyed flats for MPs

New Delhi, Nov 23: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated multi-storied flats for Members of Parliament through video conference.

Accommodation for the MPs has been a long standing problem but it is now solved, he said.

'Decades old problems don’t end by avoiding them, but by finding solutions,' the Prime Minister said

after the inauguration.

The Prime Minister listed many


Monday, November 23, 2020Soldier killed in Pak firing cremated in native Maha village

Pune: Amid chants of "Bharat Mata Ki Jai", the last rites of martyred Army Havaldar Sangram Patil were conducted with full military honours on Monday at his native place in Maharashtra's Kolhapur district.

Hundreds of locals and family members bid an emotional farewell to Patil, the Maratha Light Infantry soldier who was killed on Saturday in an unprovoked firing by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashm


Monday, November 23, 2020India clocks fresh spike of 45,209 COVID cases, 501 deaths

New Delhi, Nov 22: India has registered a fresh spike of 45,209 nCoV cases in the past 24 hours, pushing the tally close to 91 lakh on Sunday, the Union Health Ministry said in its daily update here.

After adding the new cases, the nation's overall case count has now reached 90,95,807 till date.

The active case load of COVID contagion has slightly increased by 1,215 since Saturday and prese


Monday, November 23, 2020Azad hits out at ‘5-star culture’ in Congress

NEW DELHI: The Congress churn over its rapidly depleting electoral base continued on Sunday with letter writer and veteran Ghulam Nabi Azad saying the party had been hit by a “five-star culture” and stood disconnected from the grassroots.

Calling for urgent elections at the level of block, district and state Congress committees, Azad, who was among 23 leaders to urge Congress president Sonia G


Monday, November 23, 2020Ladakh reports two more COVID-19 deaths, 79 new cases

Leh: Ladakh has recorded two more coronavirus-related deaths and 79 fresh cases, taking the fatality figure to 98 and the virus tally to 7,866, officials said on Sunday.

Both the deaths and new cases were reported from Leh district, which has witnessed a surge in the COVID-19 cases over the past one month, the officials said, as a civil society group called for a voluntary week-long lockdown f


Monday, November 23, 2020India to achieve 450 GWs of renewable energy by 2030: Modi

New Delhi: In order to adopt low-carbon and climate-resilient development practices, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that India is taking a big step ahead to achieve 450 GigaWatts of renewable energy by 2030.

Speaking on the occasion of virtual G-20 Summit Side Event: ‘Safeguarding the Planet - The Circular Carbon Economy Approach’, the Prime Minister said, “We will meet our goal o


Sunday, November 22, 2020Rampur royal family value pegged at Rs 2,664 crore

The five properties have 18 claimants, including former MP Begum Noor Bano and former MLA Kazim Ali Khan.

Rampur (Uttar Pradesh): The royal family of Rampur has finally been assigned a value -- Rs 2,664 crores.

In their submissions to the district and sessions judge of Rampur, the court-appointed commissioners on Saturday filed their estimates of assets that belonged to the last Nawab of Rampur.

The court will now hold daily hearings to meet the December deadline that the Supreme Court had set


Sunday, November 22, 2020Delhi’s air quality ‘poor’, likely to deteriorate further

Stubble burning accounts for 12 pc of PM2.5 pollution on Sunday

New Delhi: Delhi’s air quality remained “poor” on Sunday and government agencies said it is likely to deteriorate further due to unfavourable meteorological conditions.

The city’s 24-hour average AQI was 274 on Sunday. It was 251 on Saturday, 296 on Friday, 283 on Thursday and 211 on Wednesday.

An AQI between zero and 50 is considered “good”, 51 and 100 “satisfactory”, 101 and 200 “moderate


Sunday, November 22, 2020Four dead as car rams into stationary tanker in Rajasthan’s Ajmer

Crash occurs on Jaipur-Ahmedabad highway

Jaipur: Four people died and one was injured when a car rammed into a stationary tanker in the Beawar area of Ajmer district on Sunday, police said.

The crash took place on the Jaipur-Ahmedabad highway, they said, adding three occupants of the car and the truck’s cleaner, who was cooking, died.

They were identified as Sushma Devi (50), her son Bule (15) and daughter Devika (20), all residen


Sunday, November 22, 2020Ahead of elections, top BPF leaders join BJP in Assam

Two parties, however, are fighting against each other in Bodoland Territorial Council polls

Guwahati: Ahead of the next year’s assembly polls, with a shot in the arm for BJP, two top leaders of Bodoland Peoples Front (BPF), an ally of the ruling saffron party in Assam, including founding leader and Rajya Sabha MP Biswajit Daimary, on Sunday joined the leading partner.

Along with Daimary, who has resigned from the Rajya Sabha on Saturday, BPF’s General Secretary and MLA Emmanuel Mosah


Sunday, November 22, 2020Death toll rises to 2 in Tripura firing incident

Demonstrators protest against govt plan to rehabilitate over 6,000 Brus in Kanchanpur sub-division

Agartala: The death toll in the firing incident in Panisagar area of Tripura rose to two on Sunday with a fire service employee succumbing to his injuries, a police officer said.

43-year-old Srikanta Das, a carpenter who was among the protesters, was killed and at least 23 others were injured when police opened fire at picketers, who had blocked the Assam-Agartala National Highway at Panisagar


Sunday, November 22, 2020India clocks 46,232 fresh nCoV cases, 564 deaths

New Delhi: India witnessed a fresh spike of 46,232 COVID cases in the past 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry update said here.
Nation's contagion tally has now surged to 90,50,598 after the latest spike in cases.
Talking of the deaths due to the pandemic, 564 more lives were lost in the past 24 hours, wherein 118 were from the National Capital pushing the country's death toll to 1,32,726 till


Sunday, November 22, 2020Nagrota Encounter: India summons Pak official

New Delhi: India today summoned the Charge d’Affaires of the Pakistan High Commission to raise concerns over Thursday’s encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Nagrota, in which four suspected Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists were killed.
The Foreign Ministry registered a strong protest, demanding Pakistan to stop supporting terrorists and terror groups operating from their territory while dismantling the t


Saturday, November 21, 2020Whole population must be vaccinated against Covid: Parliamentary panel to Centre

Asks govt to raise public spending on health research as a percentage of GDP

New Delhi: In the first review of India’s COVID-19 response, the parliamentary standing committee on health on Saturday said the entire population of the country must be vaccinated against the respiratory virus and the government should be cautious against potential black marketing of the vaccine when it is available.

In a comprehensive report on pandemic management in the country, the committ


Saturday, November 21, 2020Nashik boy cycles from Kashmir to Kanyakumari in 8 days, sets record

Om Mahajan next challenge is RAAM, often described as toughest cycle race on the planet

Mumbai: Om Mahajan will be turning 18 only next month, but he has already broken the record for the fastest bicycle journey across India.

Mahajan, resident of Nashik in Maharashtra, covered the distance of 3,600 km from Srinagar to Kanyakumari on bicycle in eight days, seven hours and 38 minutes, finishing on Saturday afternoon.

“I was always into cycling, but it was more about sprinting. I


Saturday, November 21, 2020Amit Shah springs a surprise, walks on Chennai road to greet supporters

Soon after his arrival from Delhi, Shah was received by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami

Chennai: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday sprang a surprise here when he virtually broke protocol to get out of his vehicle and walk on the busy GST Road outside the airport to greet supporters, minutes after he landed here for a two-day visit of the city.

Shah, who thanked the metropolis for its love, said it was "great" to be in Tamil Nadu.

Shah is slated to attend a Tamil Nadu g


Saturday, November 21, 2020Shivakumar gets CBI summons in disproportionate assets case

Probe agency on October 5 had conducted searches at 14 locations at the premises linked to Shivakumar and others

Bengaluru: Congress Karnataka unit president DK Shivakumar on Saturday said he had received summons from the CBI in connection with a disproportionate assets case, and he will be appearing before the investigating agency on November 25 .

"It is true that the CBI has issued summons, on November 19. CBI officers had come to my house to issue summons, but we were not here as we were attending a p


Saturday, November 21, 2020Kanpur ambush: UP DGP told to take action against over 30 cops

Eight policemen were killed by henchmen of gangster Vikas Dubey in July

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government has directed the state DGP to initiate action against over 30 police personnel for laxity leading to the Kanpur ambush, in which eight policemen were killed by henchmen of gangster Vikas Dubey in July this year.

In a letter to the DGP earlier this month, the government directed for punishment to 14 policemen. The government said eight of them, including th


Saturday, November 21, 2020Amit Shah springs a suprise, walks on Chennai road to greet supporters

Chennai, Nov 21: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday sprang a surprise here when he virtually broke protocol to get out of his vehicle and walk on the busy GST Road outside the airport to greet supporters, minutes after he landed here for a two-day visit of the city.

Shah, who thanked the metropolis for its love, said it was "great" to be in Tamil Nadu.

Shah is slated to attend a Tami


Saturday, November 21, 2020Covid antibodies detected up to 3 months after infection: Study

Researchers have revealed that the vast majority of individuals have detectable antibodies up to three months post contracting the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the virus that causes Covid-19.

The study, published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, shows that IgA and IgM antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 decay quickly, while IgG antibody levels are maintained for at least three months after infection.

In th


Saturday, November 21, 2020National Covid-19 recovery rate reaches 93.67 pct

New Delhi: With 46 thousand 2 hundred 32 new COVID-19 infections, India's total cases touched 90 lakh 50 thousand 598. With 564 new deaths in the last 24 hours, the death toll has gone up to 1 lakh 32 thousand 726.

The Health Ministry said, active cases stand at 4 lakh 39 thousand 747. Total discharged cases are at 84 lakh 78 thousand 124. In the past 24 hours, 49 thousand 7 hundred 15 people


Saturday, November 21, 2020India summons senior Pak diplomat; Lodges strong protest on terror attack planned by JeM in J&K

New Delhi, Nov 21: India on Saturday summoned the Charge d'Affaires of the Pakistan High Commission and lodged a strong protest with him over attempts by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed to carry out attacks in Jammu and Kashmir ahead of local elections there.

Referring to the Nagrota incident, the ministry said the huge cache of arms, ammunition and explosive material indicate det


Saturday, November 21, 2020NCB searches comedian Bharti Singh's house, recovers cannabis

Mumbai, Nov 21: The NCB on Saturday conducted a search at the residence of comedian Bharti Singh and her husband Harsh here and recovered small quantity of cannabis from the place, an official said.

The search was conducted as part of the ongoing probe by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) into alleged drug use in the entertainment industry, he said.

"A team led by NCB's zonal director Sam


Saturday, November 21, 2020Harsh Vardhan inaugurates blood donation camp held by Delhi BJP youth wing

New Delhi, Nov 21: Donating blood is a great virtue and it has health benefits too, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Saturday as he inaugurated a blood donation camp organised by the Delhi BJP Yuva Morcha here.

Vardhan thanked the Delhi BJP and its youth wing for coming forward to pledge 500 units of blood at a time when routine donation has dipped due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The


Saturday, November 21, 2020Bandipora-Gurez road remains shut, all other border roads reopen

Srinagar, Nov 21: Barring Bandipora-Gurez, all other roads connecting dozens of far-flung and remote villages, including those near the Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir reopened on Saturday after remaining closed due to snowfall.

An official of Police Control Room (PCR) from Bandipora told TNN that Gurez, which is surrounded from Pakistan-occupied- Kashmir (PoK) from three sides, remaine


Saturday, November 21, 2020Jaish terrorists planned ‘something big’ on 26/11

PM holds review meeting, Thanks SFs for foiling it

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held a review meeting with the top security brass, including Home Minister Amit Shah, as it emerged that Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists killed in an encounter on the outskirts of Jammu, were planning a big terror operation on the anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai attack.
Government sources said NSA Ajit Doval, foreign secretary and top intelligence of


Saturday, November 21, 2020G20 Summit to begin today

New Delhi, Nov 21: The 15th G20 Summit with the theme -- Realizing Opportunities of the 21st Century for all -- is set to begin from Saturday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for two days -- November 21-22.

To be chaired by His Majesty King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, the G20 Leaders' Summit will also focus on fostering international action to realize opportunities of the 21st century


Saturday, November 21, 2020Haryana minister first to get COVID vaccine dose

Ambala: Haryana's Health Minister Anil Vij was on Friday administered a trial dose of potential coronavirus vaccine Covaxin here, becoming the first volunteer for the phase three trial of the vaccine across the country.
The phase three trial of Bharat Biotech's Covaxin began in the state on Friday and the 67-year old senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader was administered the trial dose at the Civ


Saturday, November 21, 2020COVID-19 caseload in India breaches 90-lakh mark

NEW DELHI : India’s COVID-19 caseload surpassed the 90-lakh mark on Friday with 45,882 new cases, while the recoveries surged to 84.28 lakh pushing the national recovery rate to 93.6 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data.
The total coronavirus cases mounted to 90,04,365 and the death toll climbed to 1,32,162 with the novel coronavirus virus claiming 584 lives in a span of 24 hour


Saturday, November 21, 2020CBSE Board exams soon, says Secy

NEW DELHI: The CBSE exams for class 10 and 12 will happen for sure and a schedule is likely to be announced soon, board secretary Anurag Tripathi said on Friday.
The comments by Tripathi come amid demands from various quarters for cancellation or postponement of board exams in view of rising COVID-19 cases.
“The board exams will happen for sure and a schedule will be announced very soon. The CB


Friday, November 20, 2020‘Love jihad' a term coined by BJP to disturb communal harmony: Ashok Gehlot

Evokes sharp reaction from Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawa

Jaipur: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday said “love jihad” is term “manufactured” by the BJP to disturb communal harmony, provoking a sharp reaction from Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.

In a tweet, Gehlot said marriage is a matter of personal liberty and bringing a law to curb it is unconstitutional. Hitting back, Shekhawat asked if marriage is a matter of personal libe


Friday, November 20, 2020AG grants consent for contempt proceedings against Kunal Kamra over fresh tweet

Kamra, in his November 18 tweet, had made an objectionable gesture while making a comment against the Chief Justice of India

New Delhi: Attorney General K K Venugopal Friday gave consent for initiating contempt proceedings against stand-up comic artist Kunal Kamra for his November 18 tweet, saying it was “grossly vulgar and obnoxious” and tended to lower the authority of the Supreme Court.

The top law officer had last week granted consent for initiation of contempt proceedings against Kamra for his earlier tweets wh


Friday, November 20, 2020ED files money laundering case in fake TRP scam probed by Mumbai police

TRP is important as advertising revenue of channels depends on it

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a money laundering complaint in the alleged TRP rigging scam that is being investigated by Mumbai police, official sources said on Friday.

They said the central probe agency has filed the enforcement case information report (ECIR) that is equivalent to a police FIR. The ED complaint was filed after studying a Mumbai Police FIR that was regi


Friday, November 20, 2020Union Labour Ministry notifies draft rules

It has been notified inviting objections and suggestion to the proposed rules embodied in the draft

New Delhi: Union Labour Ministry has notified draft rules under the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code towards operationalising of the related Act legislated by Parliament.

It has been notified inviting objections and suggestion to the proposed rules embodied in the draft.

The Occupational Safety, Health and Working Environment Code Bill received presidential assent on


Friday, November 20, 2020NIA conducts searches in 5 locations in Kerala in gold smuggling case

New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday carried out searches in five places in Kerala in connection with the gold smuggling case, its spokesperson said here.

The searches were conducted at the residences of five accused -- Mohamed Aslam, Abdul Latheef, Nazarudheen Sha, Ramzan P and Muhammed Mansoor.

These accused conspired with the already arrested accused and facilita


Friday, November 20, 2020Killing of 4 JeM terrorists thwarted efforts to wreak 'major havoc and destruction': PM

New Delhi, Nov 20: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held a review meeting with top security brass in the wake of the killing of four JeM terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir, and asserted that security forces have thwarted their efforts to wreak "major havoc and destruction".

Government sources said that the terrorists were planning "something big" on the anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai terr


Friday, November 20, 2020Envoys of 4 countries present credentials to Prez Kovind

New Delhi, Nov 20: New envoys to India from Hungary, Maldives, Chad and Tajikistan on Friday presented their credential to President Ram Nath Kovind during a virtual ceremony here.

Those who presented their credentials were Hungarian Ambassador Andras Laszlo Kiraly, High Commissioner of Maldives Hussain Niyaaz, Ambassador of Chad Soungui Ahmed, and Ambassador of Tajikistan Luqman Bobakalonzoda


Friday, November 20, 2020G20 Summit to focus on sustainable recovery from Covid-19

New Delhi: The 15th edition of G20 Summit to be held virtually on November 21-22, will focus on an inclusive, resilient, and sustainable recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Ministry of External Affairs statement, Prime Minister Narendra will attend the summit, hosted by Saudi Arabia, through video conference from here.

The theme of this edition is "Realising the Opportunities


Friday, November 20, 2020India slams Pakistan for aiding & abetting cross border terrorism

New Delhi: India has slammed Pakistan for aiding and abetting cross border terrorism. It said Pakistani forces continue to engage in providing supporting cover fire to infiltrators despite repeated calls for restraint and adherence to the ceasefire understanding of 2003 for maintaining peace and tranquillity.

Replying to a media query, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava


Friday, November 20, 2020COVID-19 recovery rate improves to 93.60 pct in country

New Delhi: The Covid-19 recovery rate of the country has further improved to 93.60 per cent. More than 84 lakh 28 thousand people have recovered so far. In the past 24 hours, 44 thousand 807 recoveries have been reported across the country.

The active cases currently comprise only 4.93 per cent of the total positive cases and the total number of active cases in the country is four lakh 43 tho


Friday, November 20, 2020PM Modi, Bhutanese counterpart Lotay Tshering jointly launch e-RuPay card Phase-II

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bhutanese counterpart Lotay Tshering jointly launched e-RuPay card Phase-II today. Both the leaders had jointly launched Phase-I of the project during the State Visit of Prime Minister to Bhutan in August last year.

Mr Modi said, India stands with Bhutan in difficult hour of COVID-19 pandemic. He said Bhutan's requirements will always be top pri


Friday, November 20, 2020Dozens of far-flung, remote areas again cutoff in north Kashmir

Srinagar, Nov 20: Dozens of far-flung and remote villages, including border towns of Karnah and Machil, were again cut off on Friday in north Kashmir due slippery road conditions following fresh snowfall.

Meanwhile, traffic to border town of Keran in Kupwara and Gurez in Bandipora remained suspended from about a week due to accumulation of two to three feet of snow.

“Traffic was suspended t


Friday, November 20, 2020Congress, CPI(M) should make their stand clear on Gupkar alliance in J&K: Union Min

Thiruvananthapuram: Union Minister Muraleedharan attacked the Congress and CPI(M) accusing them of joining hands with the Gupkar alliance in Jammu and Kashmir.

Addressing the press, Muraleedharan demanded that the Congress and the CPI(M) should make their stand clear on backing 'anti-national forces'.

People's Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) has several Jammu and Kashmir parties as


Friday, November 20, 2020Govt reserves 5 MBBS seats under central pool for children of COVID-19 warriors

JAMMU: The government has decided to reserve five MBBS seats under the central pool for wards of COVID-19 warriors for the academic year 2020-2021.

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said the move aims to dignify and honour the noble contribution made by COVID-19 warriors who have lost their lives due to the infection or died accidently on account of COVID-19-related duty.

The Union Health


Friday, November 20, 2020 Javadekar, Naqvi greet people on Chhath Puja

New Delhi, Nov 20: Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar and Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Friday greeted the people on the occasion of Chhath Puja.

The four-day festival, that started on November 18, will conclude on Saturday with devotees offering their prayers to the rising Sun.

Mr Javadekar tweeted, "Hearty greetings to all of you on the auspiciou


Friday, November 20, 2020Effective measures being taken to check infiltration by terrorists: BSF DG

Srinagar: Amid a spike in infiltration attempts by terrorists along the Line of Control (LoC), the BSF chief on Thursday said the period before very heavy snowfall in Kashmir is “very suitable” for militants to cross over to this side and that security forces were prepared to tackle the situation.
Director General of Border Security Force (BSF) Rakesh Ashtana said the forces were fully prepared


Friday, November 20, 2020MHA may soon make photos, crime citations of corrupt cops’ public

Jammu: Taking a serious note of corruption cases allegedly rising in the police forces, the Union Home Ministry may soon take a call on publicizing photos and crime citations of corrupt cops at police stations across the country.
Top sources here said that the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, which is responsible for the country's internal security—has prepared a roadmap to expose the corrupt cop


Friday, November 20, 2020Art 370’s abolition demolished ‘speed breaker’ of redundant laws in J&K: Naqvi

Srinagar: Senior BJP leader and Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Thursday said the abolition of Article 370 has demolished the “speed breaker” of redundant laws which had obstructed the development process in Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
He also said ‘Gupkar Declaration’, an alliance of various mainstream political parties demanding the restoration of special status to Jammu and Kashmir,


Friday, November 20, 2020Hafiz Saeed sentenced to 10 yrs jail

LAHORE: Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed was on Thursday sentenced to 10 years in jail by an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan in two more terror cases.
Saeed, a UN designated terrorist whom the US has placed a USD 10 million bounty on, was arrested on July 17 last year in the terror financing cases. He was sentenced to 11 years in jail by an anti-terroris


Friday, November 20, 2020India slams Pak, says polls in Gilgit-Baltistan aimed at hiding illegal occupation of territory

New Delhi: India slammed Pakistan for holding elections in Gilgit-Baltistan, saying it was aimed at hiding Pakistan's illegal occupation of its territory.
Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava asserted that Gilgit-Baltistan was an integral part of India since 1947.
Asked at an online briefing about elections held in Gilgit-Baltistan and protests against the poll process th


Friday, November 20, 2020Ladakh records 60 new COVID-19 cases

LEH: Ladakh has reported 60 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the infection tally to 7,623, while 66 patients have recovered from the disease during the past 24 hours, officials said on Thursday.
A total of 94 people have died due to COVID-19 in the twin districts of Leh and Kargil.
While 54 deaths had taken place in Leh, 40 others succumbed to the virus in Kargil since the outbreak of the pandemic,


Friday, November 20, 2020#COVIE19 || Fresh spike of 45,576 new cases in India

New Delhi: India on Thursday witnessed a fresh spike of 45,576 nCoV cases pushing the country's COVID tally to 89,58,484, the Union Health Ministry update said.
Talking of fatalities, 585 more people lost their lives to the highly contagious virus in the past 24 hours taking the pandemic death toll to 1,31,578.
Active case count of the nation has further witnessed a dip by 3,502 since Wednesday


Friday, November 20, 2020Rajnath launches portal for defence land mgmt system

NEW DELHI: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday launched a portal for defence land management system (LMS) that is expected to bring greater transparency, efficiency and speed in dealing with land management matters.
“As part of efforts to improve overall management of defence land, for the first time an LMS has been developed by the Department of Defence (DOD) in conjunction with the Dire