Sunday, July 12, 20205.1-magnitude earthquake jolts China; tremors felt in Beijing

Beijing: A 5.1-magnitude earthquake on Sunday jolted China’s north Hebei province’s Tangshan city, according to officials.
Strong tremors were felt in the nearby regions, including Beijing, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
The epicentre of the quake, which struck Guye district at 6:38 am local time, was monitored at 39.78 degrees north latitude and 118.44 degrees east longitude, the C


Sunday, July 12, 2020Increasing suicidal tendency among children during lockdown in Kerala; Over 60 end lives since March 25

Thiruvananthapuram: At least 66 children have ended their lives in Kerala since the COVID-19 lockdown began on March 25 with youngsters facing stress unable to bear the unprecedented situation where schools are shut and friends out of reach to share their woes.
According to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, there has been an increasing instance of suicidal tendencies among children in the state d


Sunday, July 12, 2020Nadda says colour of gold is red in Kerala, attacks Vijayan-led govt

'In times to come, there will be ‘kamalam’, ‘kamalam’ and only ‘kamalam’ (lotus, lotus and lotus) everywhere in Kerala’

New Delhi: In an all-out attack against Pinarayi Vijayan-led government in Kerala, BJP president JP Nadda on Sunday questioned its alleged involvement in the high-profile gold smuggling case and accused it of “suppressing actual figures” and “messing up” the coronavirus crisis in the state.
Addressing a virtual rally at the inauguration of BJP District Committee office, ‘Dr Syama Prasad Mookerje


Sunday, July 12, 2020In a first, railway parcel train transports dry chillies across border to Bangladesh

New Delhi: The Railways has operated its first-ever special parcel train to Bangladesh, transporting dry chillies from Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur district to the neighbouring country.
Farmers and merchants in and around Guntur area earlier transported dry chillies by road to Bangladesh in small quantities. During the lockdown period when they could not move this essential commodity by road, Railway


Sunday, July 12, 2020Bangladeshi woman, child intercepted by BSF while trying to cross border illegally

Kolkata: A Border Security Force (BSF) patrol party intercepted a Bangladeshi woman and her child as they were trying to cross over to the neighbouring country at Gojadanga outpost, a spokesman of the paramilitary force said on Sunday.
The border guards spotted the Bangladeshi national, her two-year-old child and another woman when they were approaching the Gojadanga post in North 24 Parganas di


Sunday, July 12, 2020Police team attacked as it tries to arrest murder accused in UP

Bulandshahr: A special operations group (SOG) team of the Uttar Pradesh Police was attacked by some persons when it had gone to arrest a man wanted in a murder case here, police said on Sunday.
The incident took place Saturday evening when the team tried to apprehend one Shahid, a resident of Sarai Kaaji locality in the Kotwali Nagar area, wanted in a murder case, they said.
As soon as the accu


Sunday, July 12, 2020Police officer, suspended for alleged role in Vikas Dubey case, moves SC seeking protection

SI Sharma, along with three others, was suspended on July 5 for his alleged involvement in passing on information to Dubey about police movement towards to arrest him

New Delhi: A police officer, suspended and arrested for his alleged role in passing on crucial information about a raid to nab history-sheeter Vikas Dubey, has moved the Supreme Court seeking protection citing the spate of encounters in which the gangster and his aides were killed.
The plea, filed through his wife Vinita Sirohi, apprehended that her husband Krishn Kumar Sharma may be eliminated


Sunday, July 12, 2020UP govt announces complete lockdown on weekends to check Covid-19 spread

Lockdown will remain effective in both urban and rural areas

Lucknow: To stop the spread of COVID-19 infection, the Uttar Pradesh Government has decided to implement strict lockdown across the state on weekends, a senior official said on Sunday.
“The lockdown on weekends will be implemented from the coming Saturday and Sunday, especially in the crowded areas. The markets and offices will remain closed on these days. However, the banks will remain open,”


Sunday, July 12, 2020Decision on monsoon session of Parliament soon: Pralhad Joshi

Budget session was curtailed due to coronavirus pandemic

New Delhi: Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said a decision will be taken “very shortly” on when to start the monsoon session of Parliament.
Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned sine die on March 23, nearly two weeks before schedule, as the Budget session was curtailed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“There will be monsoon session. But will decided very shortl


Saturday, July 11, 2020Six insurgents killed in encounter in Arunachal Pradesh

One soldier of Assam Rifles was injured in the operation, condition stable

New Delhi: Six NSCN (IM) insurgents were killed in an encounter with security forces in Khonsa area of Arunachal Pradesh early on Saturday morning, military sources said.
One soldier of Assam Rifles was injured in the operation and his condition was stated to be stable, they said.
Khonsa is in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh, and at a distance of 50 km from Tinsukia, a leading industrial to


Saturday, July 11, 2020ED seizes Rs 3.57 crore unaccounted cash of several tour and travel companies under FEMA

Officials in the central financial probe agency said the searches were conducted at eight different locations in Delhi and Ghaziabad

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday said it had seized Rs 3.57 crore unaccounted cash of several tour and travel companies in a search conducted under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) in the national capital and adjoining Ghaziabad.
Officials in the central financial probe agency said the searches were conducted at eight different locations in Delhi and Ghaziabad, i


Saturday, July 11, 2020Vikas Dubey’s absconding aide arrested near Mumbai

Arvind alias Guddan Ramvilas Trivedi and his driver held by Maharashtra ATS after a tipoff

Mumbai: The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of Maharashtra Police arrested two men, including an absconding aide of slain gangster Vikas Dubey, in neighbouring Thane on Saturday, an official said.
Arvind alias Guddan Ramvilas Trivedi (46), an aide of Dubey, was allegedly involved in the killing of eight policemen during a raid on the slain gangster's house in Kanpur district.
Trivedi and his driver


Saturday, July 11, 2020Amitabh Bachchan’s fan who came from UP to see him stabbed at Juhu, two arrested

Two rowdies, who stabbed a cloth merchant (35) from Uttar Pradesh (UP) and robbed his mobile phone and cash, were arrested by Mumbai Police on Saturday.

Mumbai: Two rowdies, who stabbed a cloth merchant (35) from Uttar Pradesh (UP) and robbed his mobile phone and cash, were arrested by Mumbai Police on Saturday.
The cloth merchant, identified as Aquil Shaikh, had come to Mumbai in end-June flouting prevailing lockdown restrictions, which were imposed since end-March in a bid to contain the spread of the raging coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outb


Saturday, July 11, 2020HC directs Aurangabad District Central Cooperative Bank to disburse loans to farmers

An Aurangabad division bench of the Bombay high court (HC) has directed the Aurangabad District Central Co-operative Bank to disburse loans to farmers with immediate effect.

Mumbai: An Aurangabad division bench of the Bombay high court (HC) has directed the Aurangabad District Central Co-operative Bank to disburse loans to farmers with immediate effect.
Earlier, the bank authorities had refused to disburse fresh loans, as they were seeking to recover interests accrued on loans, which were waived off by the Maharashtra government under the Mahatma Phule Karj Mukti Yo


Saturday, July 11, 2020Seismologists warn big Himalayan earthquake is ‘overdue’; Delhi, Shimla unprepared

Seismologists are not sure whether the next tremor will strike soon or in a few hundred years.

New Delhi: Seismologists are increasingly worried about at least one big Himalayan earthquake that is “overdue in the region” and have cautioned that both mountain towns like Shimla as well as cities in the plains like New Delhi are woefully unprepared for a mega quake.
The last big tremor in the Himalayas was the Nepal earthquake of 2015 with a moment magnitude (Mw) of 7.8, killing nearly 9,000


Saturday, July 11, 2020Portion of Eden Gardens to be used for quarantine for Kolkata Police

Kolkata: The Kolkata Police on Friday requested the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) to make use of under galleries for makeshift quarantine facility for police personnel on an urgent basis.
There was an emergent meeting held at the Kolkata Police Headquarters in Lalbazar with CAB senior officials and it was followed by a joint inspection at the Eden Gardens.
CAB president Avishek Dalmiya an


Saturday, July 11, 2020Delhi cancels all upcoming semester, final exams of universities

Sisodia said Delhi government’s decision did not concern the Delhi University (DU), the JNU and other central universities in the national capital

New Delhi: The Delhi government has decided to cancel all forthcoming semester and finals exams of universities under it due to the COVID-19 situation, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Saturday.
Sisodia said these state universities had been asked to promote their students and award them degrees adopting some methodology of evaluation.
He said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had writ


Saturday, July 11, 2020Locust swarms: Centre takes various measures to prevent crop losses

Control operations have been done in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana

New Delhi: The Centre has taken various steps to control locust swarms, and carried out operations in over 1.5 lakh hectares area since April 11 to prevent crop losses.
“As per the instructions of Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, continuous action is being taken to control locust swarms,” an official statement said on Saturday.
Starting from April 11 till July 9, control operations h


Saturday, July 11, 2020SpiceJet to operate flights to Ras Al Khaimah in UAE from India

Flights will be operated from Delhi, Mumbai, Kozhikode and Kochi from July 12-26

New Delhi: SpiceJet said on Saturday it would operate flights from four Indian cities to Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE between July 12 and July 26 for eligible "ICA-approved UAE residents".
The ICA stands for the UAE's Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship. A passenger having a valid residency permit of the UAE needs to take ICA approval before taking any flight to enter that country.
In a


Saturday, July 11, 20202,500 attend religious function in Gujarat despite ban on gatherings; 21 held

Ahmedabad: Police arrested 21 people for organising and taking part in a religious event and procession at a village in Gandhinagar district of Gujarat on Friday despite a ban on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an official said.
After being alerted about the event, police reached Paliyad village and stopped the procession mid-way and an offence was registered against the organisers late


Saturday, July 11, 2020Sushant gets road, roundabout named after him in hometown Purnea

Purnea, July 11: A road and a roundabout here have been renamed in memory of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput, a resident of Bihar.

The people of Purnea, Sushant''s home district, had been demanding the renaming of a road and chowk in memory of the actor. The municipal corporation has now changed the name of Ford Company Chowk to Sushant Singh Rajput Chowk. Savita Devi, the mayor of Purnea, ina


Saturday, July 11, 2020PM directs for real-time monitoring of COVID-19 situation

New Delhi, July 11: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday directed for real- time monitoring of novel coronavirus pandemic at the national level, stressing on guidance to all affected states that have a high test-positivity rate.

The Prime Minister gave the direction during a COVID-19 review meeting he chaired to take stock of the coronavirus situation across the country and the preparedne


Saturday, July 11, 2020Tablighi Jamaat: Delhi court grants bail to 75 Thai and Nepalese nationals

New Delhi, Jul 11: A Delhi court Saturday granted bail to 75 foreign nationals from Thailand and Nepal, who were charge-sheeted for attending a Tablighi Jamaat congregation here allegedly in violation of visa norms, indulging in missionary activities illegally and violating government guidelines issued in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Gurmohina Kaur granted t


Saturday, July 11, 2020Share initiatives that have changed lives: PM appeal for Mann Ki Baat

New Delhi, July 11: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday appealed to the people to share the initiatives of individuals that have transformed many lives in the upcoming Mann Ki Baat, which is slated for July 26 this month.

"I am sure you would be aware of inspiring anecdotes of how collective efforts have brought about positive changes. You would surely know of initiatives that have transf


Saturday, July 11, 2020Sonia holds meet with Cong LS MPs to discuss political, COVID-19 situation in India

New Delhi, Jul 11: Congress president Sonia Gandhi held a meeting with the party's Lok Sabha MPs through video conferencing on Saturday and is learnt to have discussed with them the COVID-19 situation in the country.

According to sources, she also discussed the current political situation and the key issues that would be raised by the Congress in the next Parliament session where the party wil


Saturday, July 11, 2020Rahul Gandhi Attacks PM Modi Over "Asia's Largest Solar Project" Remark

New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his assertion that the Rewa Ultra Mega Solar project in Madhya Pradesh is the largest in Asia.

Prime Minister Modi, on Friday, launched the 750 MW solar project in Rewa in Madhya Pradesh through video-conferencing.

"Asatyagrahi" (which roughly translates to 'one who does not believe in the struggle for


Saturday, July 11, 2020J&K, Ladakh record deficit rainfall

Jammu, July 11: Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh have recorded below normal rainfall during last 40 days even as the weather is expected to continue to be dry for next one week, the Meteorological Department said.

“Both Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh received deficit rainfall between June 1 and July 10. There is no major forecast for rains during next one week in both the UTs,” Director MeT, Sonam Lotus


Saturday, July 11, 2020Madhav to visit Valley tomorrow

SRINAGAR: Bhartiya Janata Party national General Secretary Ram Madhav is all set to visit Kashmir on Sunday to offer condolences to the bereaved family members of slain BJP leader from north Kashmir’s Bandipora district Waseem Bari.
Sources in the BJP informed Madhav has confirmed his visit to Kashmir with a sole aim of visiting Muslimabad residence of slain Bari in Bandipora district.
“He wil


Saturday, July 11, 2020India's tally crosses 8 L, in four days

NEW DELHI: With another big single-day jump in coronavirus cases, India's COVID-19 tally crossed the eight-lakh-mark on Friday, just four days after the number of infections in the country had reached seven lakh.
According to Union health ministry figures updated in the morning, yet another record single-day jump of 26,506 COVID-19 cases pushed India's tally to 7,93,802, while the death toll cli


Saturday, July 11, 2020Delhi HC allows exclusion from online classes on fee default

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court has partially read down the Delhi Government's order restraining private schools from precluding such students from attending online classes, who do not pay tution fee.
In a plea led by the Queen Mary School Northend, a single bench of Justice Jayant Nath has held, "Where the parents are in default for payment of tuition fee for more than two months, the petition


Friday, July 10, 2020School challenges circular to not deny online classes to students who can’t pay fees: HC seeks reply

PTI: The Delhi High Court has sought the AAP government’s response on a school’s plea challenging its circular directing all schools not to deny ID and password for online classes to students who did not pay fees due to financial constraints.
Justice Jayant Nath issued notice to the Delhi government’s Directorate of Education (DoE) and sought its stand on the plea which has challenged its April


Friday, July 10, 2020US aerospace major Boeing completes delivery of 37 military helicopters to India

AH-64E Apache is one of the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopter

New Delhi: In the midst of India’s tense border standoff with China, US aerospace major Boeing delivered the final five of the 22 Apache attack helicopters to the Indian Air Force last month, and the fleet has now been part of the assets deployed in key air bases along the Line of Actual Control, officials said on Friday.
Boeing said it completed delivery of all 22 Apache and 15 Chinook military


Friday, July 10, 2020Family of man who died by suicide seeks compensation of Rs 100 crore from Italy

Claims he was on boat when Italian marines fired eight years ago

Claims he was on boat when Italian marines fired eight years ago
Kochi: The family of a man who died by suicide has claimed that he was on a fishing boat that came under fire from Italian marines eight years ago when he was 14 years old and has appealed to the Centre to get Rs 100 crore compensation from that country.
After witnessing the firing by the marines from oil tanker “Enrica Lexie”, wh


Friday, July 10, 2020National Institute of Open Schooling cancels secondary, senior public exams

Instead relies on previous performance

New Delhi: National Institute of Open Schooling cancelled its secondary and senior public exams that it had previously put off to July 17.
The institution has instead come with a different marking system, officials said.
Students will be assessed on the basis of their previous performance: those who passed four subjects will get an average of marks obtained in best of three, officials said, wh


Friday, July 10, 2020Vikas Dubey ‘encounter’: What it means for BJP govt in UP

It remains to be seen what shape state’s caste-driven political cauldron takes in run-up to Assembly polls

New Delhi: The largest state in the county that sends 80 MPs to the 545-member Lok Sabha will go to polls less than two years from now. The term of the current BJP government led by Yogi Adityanath is expiring in March 2022.
It is in such a politically dynamic situation that dreaded criminal Vikas Dubey was today killed by the police in an encounter, a week after the horrific Bikru incident in w


Friday, July 10, 2020Justifiable grounds for extending probe time in UAPA case against Sharjeel: HC

Imam came into limelight after a video showed him making controversial comments before a gathering at Aligarh Muslim University

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday held there were good and justifiable grounds for extending the time to complete investigation against JNU student Sharjeel Imam in a case related to alleged inflammatory speeches during the protests against the CAA and the NRC.
The high court said after perusing the details of the investigation carried out till the application or report was filed by the


Friday, July 10, 2020Tablighi Jamaat: Court allows 62 Malaysians, 11 Saudis to walk free on fine of Rs 7,000 and Rs 10,000

A lawyer, who appeared for the foreign nationals, said the Metropolitan Magistrate passed the order after the Malaysians sought lesser punishment under plea bargain process by accepting mild charges

New Delhi: A Delhi court Friday allowed 62 Malaysians and 11 foreigners from Saudi Arabia to walk free on payment of fine of Rs 7,000 and Rs 10,000 each, respectively, after they accepted mild charges, under the plea bargain process, related to various violations including visa norms while attending Tablighi Jamaat congregation here during the COVID-19 lockdown.
A lawyer, who appeared for the fo


Friday, July 10, 2020CISCE declares classes 10, 12 results; no merit list this year

Result calculated on basis of alternative assessment scheme as pending exams were cancelled due Covid-19

New Delhi: The Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) on Friday announced results for class 10 and 12 exams even as it decided against bringing out a merit list this year in view of “exceptional circumstances”.
The result is available on website
While the board recorded a pass percentage of 99.34 per cent for class 10 exams, up by 0.8 per cent since last year,


Friday, July 10, 2020SC allows service of summonses, notices through WhatsApp

Also permits RBI to extend validity of cheques in view of COVID-19 pandemic

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday allowed service of summonses and notices through WhatsApp and telegram along with email and fax in legal proceedings.
However, it clarified that all methods were to be used to prove a valid service of summonses and notices to a party.
This is the first time the Supreme Court had permitted service of summonses and notices in court proceedings through WhatsA


Friday, July 10, 2020CBSE Board exams for Classes XII and X out on July 11, 13 respectively

New Delhi, Jul 10: Central Board of Secondary Education results for Classes XII and X will be declared on July 11 and 13 respectively.

Announcing this on Friday, CBSE said that "due to high demand and owing to the remaining admission process of students in various universities and colleges in India and/or abroad, CBSE along with the Ministry of HRD has decided to reslease the results of studen


Friday, July 10, 2020Delhi riots: No relief to Sharjeel Imam from HC

New Delhi, July 10: The Delhi High Court granted no relief to former JNU student Sharjeel Imam as it dismissed his petition challenging the trial court''s order granting more time to complete the probe against him and also seeking default bail in a case pertaining to inflammatory speech during the anti-CAA protests.

A single judge bench of the high court presided by Justice V Kameshwar Rao tur


Friday, July 10, 2020SC refuses to entertain parents' plea on school fees

New Delhi, July 10: The Supreme Court on Friday declined to entertain a plea by a group of parents, from different states, seeking directions to the Centre and state governments to direct all private unaided/aided schools not to charge fees for April-July or till the commencement of physical classes.

A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde noted that the fee issue should have been raised bef


Friday, July 10, 2020Over 5.80 lakh Indians have returned under Vande Bharat mission: MEA

NEW DELHI: Over 5.80 lakh Indians have returned from abroad after the government launched the "Vande Bharat" evacuation mission on May 7 in view of the coronavirus pandemic, the Ministry of External Affairs said.

Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said more than 97,000 Indians returned through land border checkpoints from Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh out of the total n


Friday, July 10, 2020India, South Korea to further promote defence ties between armed forces

New Delhi, Jul 10: Reviewing the ongoing bilateral defence ties initiatives, India and South Korea on Friday expressed commitment to further promote defence cooperation engagements between their Armed Forces.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had a telephonic interaction with his South Korean counterpart Jeong Kyeong-Doo and agreed to take forward the agreements in the field of defence industry


Friday, July 10, 2020Tablighi Jamaat: Delhi court grants bail to 82 Bangladeshi nationals

New Delhi, Jul 10: A Delhi court Friday granted bail to 82 Bangladeshi nationals who were chargesheeted for attending Tablighi Jamaat congregation here for allegedly violating visa conditions, indulging in missionary activities illegally and violating government guidelines, issued in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Gurmohina Kaur granted the relief to the foreigner


Friday, July 10, 2020Rahul seeks cancellation of varsity exams, says promote students on past performance

New Delhi, Jul 10: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday demanded cancellation of university exams and urged the UGC to promote students on the basis of past performance during the coronavirus pandemic.

Accusing the University Grants Commission (UGC) of creating confusion, Gandhi said it is unfair to conduct examinations during the COVID-19 pandemic and the UGC should listen to the voice of s


Friday, July 10, 2020Hours before Dubey's encounter, plea in SC apprehended Vikas' fate

New Delhi, July 10: A plea has been moved in the Supreme Court seeking directions for the Uttar Pradesh government to conduct a thorough investigation into the killing/alleged encounter of five aides of gangster Vikas Dubey who might have been involved in the killing of eight policemen in Kanpur on July 3.

The petitioner also expressed apprehension of Dubey''s encounter killing and sought CBI


Friday, July 10, 2020Gangster Vikas Dubey killed in encounter: UP Police

Kanpur, Jul 10: In a dramatic turn of events, Uttar Pradesh's most wanted gangster Vikas Dubey, who was on Thursday apprehended at Madhya Pradesh's Ujjain, was on Friday killed in an encounter with STF when he tried to flee from the police custody, Inspector General of police (IG) Mohit Agarwal and SSP Dinesh P confirmed.

Police here said that the incident occurred at Bhauti police station on


Friday, July 10, 2020Chinese withdrawal completes in 3 areas; India rejects claim on Galwan

NEW DELHI: China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Thursday completed withdrawal of its troops from two more face-off sites in Gogra and Hot Springs in eastern Ladakh in line with a mutually agreed disengagement process with India even as the two countries are set to hold a fresh round of diplomatic talks on Friday to further de-escalate the situation.
As the first phase of the disengagement n


Thursday, July 9, 2020RSS-affiliate Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh calls for nationwide campaign against govt

New Delhi: The RSS-affiliate Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) has shed off its gloves against the BJP-led Union government giving a call for nationwide week long campaign, starting July 24, to shake it up to the realisation of workers’ problems.
The Union government, which is already entangled in various issues, is bound to be chary at the development thrown up by an outfit of the same ideological


Thursday, July 9, 2020Govt university professor booked for posting Pakistan flag, map pictures on Facebook

The case was registered at the Baradar police station on Wednesday on a complaint of VHP leader Neeru Bhardwaj

Bareilly (UP): An FIR has been lodged against a government university professor here for allegedly posting pictures of Pakistani flag and map on a social networking site, police said on Thursday.
The case was registered at the Baradar police station on Wednesday on a complaint of VHP leader Neeru Bhardwaj, they said.
Bhardwaj has alleged that Salim Khan, a Physics professor at the Rohilkhand Un


Thursday, July 9, 202087-yr-old woman, her nonagenarian husband defeat COVID-19

Delhi couple’s recovery provides a ray of hope to other patients, say doctors

New Delhi: An octogenarian woman in Delhi and her 90-year-old husband suffering from Alzheimer's disease have recovered from the coronavirus infection and discharged from hospital.
Doctors at a city hospital where the elderly couple were treated said that their recovery from COVID-19 in the face of high mortality rate in the older population globally due to the infection was a ray of hope to oth


Thursday, July 9, 2020Girl hangs self after tiff with brother over mobile phone

Jaipur: The ugly face of mobile phone addiction once again came to fore when a 16-year-old girl committed suicide in Jhunjhunu town of Rajasthan after scuffle with brother over phone.
The mother, who intervened in the brother-sister fight, warned that she will not recharge the phone which irked the girl so much that she hanged herself, said police officials on Thursday.
The case has been lodged


Thursday, July 9, 2020WhatsApp Business hits 50mn users globally, 15mn in India(

New Delhi, July 9: With the Covid-19 disruptions bringing more businesses online, WhatsApp Business has reached a new milestone of 50 million monthly users globally with almost a third of them being in India, the Facebook-owned platform said on Thursday.

In India, there are more than 15 million monthly WhatsApp Business app users.

The platform on Thursday also introduced new features to sta


Thursday, July 9, 2020Do not set wrong narrative about syllabus cut: Nishank

New Delhi, July 9: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has slashed its syllabus by 30 per cent for students from Class IX to XII to reduce course load in view of the extraordinary situation arising due to the coronavirus pandemic. The move is applicable only for the current academic year.

However, the slashing of the syllabus has also sparked a political controversy as the governme


Thursday, July 9, 2020SC issues notice on plea to transfer funds from PM CARES to NDR Fund

New Delhi, June 17: The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notice to the Centre on a PIL seeking to transfer funds from PM CARES Fund to National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF).

A bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and M.R. Shah asked the Centre to file a response within four weeks. The Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) in the plea claimed that in the backdrop


Thursday, July 9, 2020DU gets more time to plan for holding final year exams

New Delhi, July 9: The Delhi High Court on Thursday granted more time to the Delhi University to draw up a plan for conducting examinations for final year students studying in the varsity.

A division bench of the High Court presided by Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad granted the time after senior advocate Sachin Dutta appearing for the varsity informed the court that a new plan has


Thursday, July 9, 2020PM Modi's visit to his village Nimo, comforts 1962 war veteran

Nimo/Leh, July 9: In a quaint little village with tall poplars swinging gently in the summer bloom against the bare lofty mountains, 1962 war veteran Tsering Tashi giggles with exuberance over the thought that Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited his village just a week ago.

''I did not know that he, the Prime Minister of India, was right here in my village, talking to soldiers. Got to know af


Thursday, July 9, 2020India has lowest cases and deaths/million population: Dr Harsh Vardhan tells GoM

New Delhi, Jul 9: Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and three other states account for 86 per cent of total Coronavirus deaths, while 32 districts account for 80 per cent of the deaths.
Briefing the high-level Group of Ministers (GoM) on Covid-19 on efforts being made in the regions showing higher Case Fatality Rate, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan briefed the GoM on the global comparison


Thursday, July 9, 2020Shah greets ABVP members on its 72nd Foundation Day

New Delhi, Jul 9: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday greeted the members of student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP)on its 72nd Foundation Day.

The ABVP is the country's largest student organization.

Taking to Twitter, Mr Shah said, “ABVP, with its nationalist ideology, is playing an important role in motivating the youth towards national service since long and by follo


Thursday, July 9, 2020Pregnant woman transported on makeshift basket to hospital in Chattisgarh

Health care workers carried a pregnant woman on a makeshift basket, to take her to hospital for delivery in Kondagaon's Mohanbeda village in Chattisgarh.

As per reports, the ambulance could not reach her village due to unavailability of road, so they carried her to hospital in the basket. TR Kanwar, Chief Medical Health Officer (CMHO), Kondagaon said.

“The husband of lady had called up 102


Thursday, July 9, 2020Priyanka Gandhi demands CBI probe in Vikas Dubey case

New Delhi, July 9: After the arrest of Vikas Dubey in Ujjain, the Congress has upped its ante on the Yogi Government, party General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Thursday demanded a CBI inquiry into the whole case.

Priyanka Gandhi said in order to reveal the nexus between the criminal and the higher ups, an inquiry by the CBI was necessary.

In her tweets in Hindi Priyanka said, "After


Thursday, July 9, 2020#COVID-19 recovery rate improves to 62.08%; Four lakh 76 thousand 378 people recovered so far

NEW DELHI: Government today said the #COVID19 recovery rate has improved to 62.08 per cent and a total of four lakh 76 thousand 378 people have recovered from the infection in the country so far. In the past 24 hours alone, 19 thousand 547 people have recovered from CORONAVIRUS.

The Health and Family Welfare Ministry said, a total of 24 thousand 879 new cases have been reported in the country



Ushering in a new revolution in the connectivity of roads and bridges in sensitive border areas close to the International Border (IB) and Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh dedicated six major bridges to the nation through video conferencing from New Delhi. These bridges of strategic importance were completed by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) in a r


Thursday, July 9, 2020BJP leader Wasim Bari was nationalist who always fought for India: Ram Madhav

Jammu: BJP leader Ram Madhav has said that Wasim Bari, who along with his father and brother was killed in a militant attack, was a nationalist who always fought for India.

Madhav said that the Jammu and Kashmir administration is taking steps to punish those responsible for this laxity.

"Yesterday, there was a militant attack on Wasim Bari, one of our young and dynamic workers in Bandipora


Thursday, July 9, 2020ED questions Congress leader Ahmed Patel for 4th time in PMLA case

New Delhi, Jul 9: ED sleuths began the fourth round of questioning of senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel at his official residence here on Thursday in connection with the Sandesara brothers' bank fraud and money-laundering case, officials said.

A three-member team of the federal probe agency reached the Rajya Sabha MP's 23, Mother Teresa Crescent residence in the Lutyens' zone of central Delhi


Thursday, July 9, 2020PM applauds role of people of Varanasi in helping needy during COVID crisis

New Delhi, Jul 9: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday applauded the contribution of people, authorities and NGOs of Varanasi in helping the needy during the COVID-19 pandemic, and urged citizens to strictly adhere to guidelines to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

Interacting with representatives of various Varanasi-based non-government organisations via video link, he said Kashi ha


Thursday, July 9, 2020Is govt diluting India's claim on Galwan Valley: Cong

New Delhi, July 9: The Congress on Thursday raised questions before Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the status of India''s position in the Galwan Valley. It asked whether a buffer zone in own territory was being created and the claim over the Galwan Valley being diluted.

Congress Chief Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala amid reports that the Indian forces were pulling back asked four questions to


Thursday, July 9, 2020After 5-Day Run, Gangster Vikas Dubey Arrested At Madhya Pradesh Temple

Gangster Vikas Dubey was caught in Ujjain around the same time two of his aides were killed in separate encounters in Uttar Pradesh

New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh gangster Vikas Dubey, accused of killing eight policemen last week, was arrested from a temple in Madhya Pradesh after a nearly week-long chase involving the police across three states. Vikas Dubey was caught in Ujjain around the same time two of his aides were killed in separate encounters in UP. His closest aide, Aman Dubey, was killed yesterday.

CCTV footage showed


Thursday, July 9, 2020MHA reviews Amarnath preparation, mulls to open Vaishno Devi for locals

Jr HM, Jitendra, Murmu discuss development works

JAMMU: The annual Amarnath Yatra in the Himalayas likely to begin from July 21 will be conducted in a staggered manner and not more than 500 pilgrims will be allowed to visit the sacred cave shrine of Lord Shiva daily due to the coronavirus pandemic, even as the government is contemplating to allow locals for Mata Vaishno Devi shrine.
The issue of pilgrimages to the Amarnath and Vaishnodevi shri


Thursday, July 9, 2020IGP Basant Rath suspended

MHA action for ‘gross misconduct’, ‘misbehaviour’

JAMMU: Inspector General of Jammu and Kashmir police Basant Rath, who has been in the news for being involved in a tussle with the union territory's police chief Dilbag Singh, has been suspended with "immediate effect" for alleged "gross misconduct and misbehaviour".
According to an order issued by the Union Home Ministry on Tuesday evening, Rath, a 2000-batch IPS officer at present posted to th


Thursday, July 9, 2020HC seeks report on govt houses within 4 weeks

JAMMU: In a significant order, a Division Bench of J&K High Court comprising Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Sanjay Dhar directed the J&K administration to file a status report within a period of four weeks in a petition highlighting illegal occupation of Ministerial Bunglows and A-Type Kothis by former Ministers and legislators in Jammu and Srinagar.
The bench issued notices to the Secre


Thursday, July 9, 2020Modi to address IGW-20

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver on Thursday the inaugural address at the India Global Week 2020, a virtual conference being organised in the UK, which will also feature a "never-seen-before" performance on the Aatma Nirbhar Bharat campaign, the Prime Minister's Office said.
Themed 'Be The Revival: India and a Better New World', the event will have 5,000 global participants f


Thursday, July 9, 2020Chinese withdrawal in Hot Springs complete; continues in other areas

Both militaries to verify disengagement process

NEW DELHI: The Chinese military removed all temporary structures and completed withdrawal of its troops from the face-off site in Hot Springs in eastern Ladakh on Wednesday even as the Indian Army kept a close watch on the pull back and maintained a high-level of combat readiness in the region, people familiar with the developments said.
They said the two armies are expected to carry out a joint


Wednesday, July 8, 2020Amazon India’s unit gets $308 mln in fresh funds from parent

The company’s Indian arm in May said it would hire 50,000 temporary workers to meet a surge in online shopping in the country.

Bengaluru: Inc has invested 23.10 billion rupees ($308.02 million) in Amazon Seller Services, an Indian unit, strengthening the business at a time when more people shop online in a bid to avoid crowded public places.
Amazon Singapore made a significant portion of financing, data from business intelligence firm Tofler showed.
The company’s Indian arm in May said it would hire 50,000 t


Wednesday, July 8, 2020Cabinet approves extension of government support to PF contributions till August

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced she was extended the scheme for June, July and August

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the proposal to extend the scheme for payment of the employer and employee's PF contribution by three months until August.
"Cabinet has approved the extension of the scheme where government pays contributions of employee and employers till August," Union Minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters after a Cabinet meeting that Prime Minister Narend


Wednesday, July 8, 2020Cabinet nod for extension of PMGKAY for 5 months till November

Comes after PM Modi announced he was extending the scheme

New Delhi: The Cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal to extend distribution of free foodgrains and pulses under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) to 81 crore PDS beneficiaries for five months till November.
The scheme was initially rolled out for three months till June to ensure no poor goes hungry during the COVID-19 crisis. Under the scheme, five kg of wheat or rice and one kg o


Wednesday, July 8, 2020Covid patient jumps to death from Rajasthan hospital

The 78-year-old patient was a resident of Jaipur, and was admitted in the Covid-dedicated RUHS' ICU on Tuesday

Jaipur: A Covid-19 patient on Wednesday jumped to his death from the second floor of the Rajasthan University of Health Sciences (RUHS) building here.
Officials confirmed that the incident was reported around 10.30 a.m. The 78-year-old patient was a resident of Jaipur, and was admitted in the Covid-dedicated RUHS' ICU on Tuesday. On Wednesday, after breaking the net of the semi-ICU, he jumped to


Wednesday, July 8, 2020Andhra launches mobile Covid-19 sample collection centres, Aadhaar must

State nodal officer for Covid-19 Dr Arja Sreekanth said the state medical and health department has acquired 20 mobile sample collection centres, which would be increased by another 50 shortly to meet the growing demand for testing.

Hyderabad: As part of stepping up testing for Covid-19 in the wake of fast spreading of the virus, the Andhra Pradesh government has introduced mobile sample collection centres to collect the samples of people suffering from symptoms of the disease.
State nodal officer for Covid-19 Dr Arja Sreekanth said the state medical and health department has acquired 20 mobile sample collection centres, wh


Wednesday, July 8, 2020Stalker kills woman’s 8-year-old child, dumps body in well; arrested

The accused Man Singh Baghel, 31, a resident of Lahar of Bhind district was arrested by police on Tuesday.

Bhopal: An eight-year-old boy was abducted and killed in Bhopal’s Bhind district by a man who used to stalk his mother, said police.
The accused Man Singh Baghel, 31, a resident of Lahar of Bhind district was arrested by police on Tuesday.
Lahar, Sub-divisional officer of police (SDOP), DS Bais said, “Baghel committed the crime when the boy’s mother, a resident of Lahar, scolded the man for mak


Wednesday, July 8, 2020Fake babas giving bad name to genuine spiritual leaders: Supreme Court

An SC bench was hearing a plea seeking action against various ashrams run by fake spiritual gurus, who have allegedly confined inmates, particularly women, in unhygienic living conditions, amid fears of the spread of the raging coronavirus disease outbreak.

New Delhi: Fake babas and their illegal activities are giving a bad name to genuine spiritual leaders, the Supreme Court (SC) observed on Wednesday while directing the Central government to suggest measures to tackle these bogus personalities, who are fooling their gullible disciples and the public at large.
An SC bench, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI), SA Bobde, was hearing a plea seekin


Wednesday, July 8, 20202 cops arrested in Kanpur as hunt for UP’s most wanted man gathers steam

Station Officer of Chaubeypur police station Vinay Tiwari allegedly had links with gangster Vikas Dubey while Sub Inspector K K Sharma is suspected of leaking information to the don about Friday’s midnight raid by the police.

New Delhi: Police in Kanpur arrested Station Officer of Chaubeypur police station Vinay Tiwari and sub inspector K K Sharma on Wednesday for their alleged nexus with gangster Vikas Dubey who is accused of masterminding the massacre of eight policemen last week.
Both Tiwari and Sharma had already been suspended shortly after the incident as the Uttar Pradesh police launched a massive manhunt for


Wednesday, July 8, 2020Enhancing global cooperation need of the hour to effectively tackle COVID-19: Prez Kovind

President Ram Nath Kovind today accepted credentials from Heads of Mission from New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Uzbekistan. This was the second time that credentials presentation in Rashtrapati Bhavan happened through video-conference in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic.

The Heads of Mission, who presented their credentials, are High Commissioner of New Zealand David Pine, High Commissioner o


Wednesday, July 8, 2020Suspended UP Cop Accused Of Tipping Off Gangster Vikas Dubey On Raid Arrested

New Delhi: Suspended Uttar Pradesh police officer Vinay Tiwari was arrested today over allegations that he alerted gangster Vikas Dubey to a raid on Friday, after which eight policemen were killed.

Vinay Tiwari was in charge of the police station near Vikas Dubey's village and had allegedly watered down charges against him in earlier cases.

He was suspended on Sunday over his links with the


Wednesday, July 8, 2020No registration of BS-IV vehicles sold after March 31: SC

New Delhi, July 8: The Supreme Court on Wednesday recalled its March 27 order, where it had allowed the sale of BS-IV compliant vehicles for 10 days, barring in Delhi-NCR, after the lifting of the nationwide lockdown imposed to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

In its March order, the top court had allowed some relief to the auto dealers, permitting the sale of 10 per cent unsold BS-IV inventory


Wednesday, July 8, 2020Cabinet approves extension of PF contributions by Govt till Aug

New Delhi, Jul 8: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the proposal to extend the scheme for payment of the employer and employee's PF contribution for three months until August.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced the extension of the benefit in May this year.

"Cabinet has approved the extension of the scheme where government pays contributions of employee and employers ti


Wednesday, July 8, 2020NGT dismisses plea to allow 15 year petrol vehicles during corona pandemic

New Delhi, Jul 8: The National Green Tribunal Wednesday refused to entertain a plea seeking modification of its order banning vehicles over 15 years old from plying on Delhi roads on the ground that it will save lives of senior citizens during corona pandemic.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel dismissed the plea filed by Delhi resident and senior citizen Kamal Sahai a


Wednesday, July 8, 2020UAE-based Indian woman stuck at Frankfurt airport for 4 days appeals for help

Dubai, Jul 8: An Abu Dhabi-based Indian woman, who is stranded at Germany's Frankfurt International Airport for nearly four days due to incomplete papers, has appealed to authorities to let her back into the UAE, a media report said on Wednesday.

Priya Mehta, an advertising professional, travelled from the US' San Francisco International Airport to Frankfurt to catch a connecting flight to Dub


Wednesday, July 8, 2020Pak court rejects petitions challenging construction of first Hindu temple in Islamabad

Islamabad: A Pakistani court has dismissed three identical petitions challenging the construction of the first Hindu temple in the country’s capital.

A single bench of the Islamabad High Court (IHC), comprising Justice Aamer Farooq, delivered the judgement late on Tuesday, making it clear that there was no bar on the Institute of Hindu Panchayat (IHP), which was allotted the land for the const


Wednesday, July 8, 2020Test trial of train with battery engine successful

New Delhi, July 8: Taking yet another step towards adoption of clean fuel, Indian Railways has successfully tested a battery-powered rail engine.

The engine named 'Navdoot' has been built in the Jabalpur division of the railway and works in dual mode.

Railways Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted a video of the engine to inform of the success of the 'Navdoot' test run. He wrote, "This battery-powe


Wednesday, July 8, 2020Postponing final year exams from July 10 to next month, DU informs HC

New Delhi, Jul 8: Delhi University informed the Delhi High Court on Wednesday that it has decided to postpone the Open Book Examinations (OBE), scheduled from July 10, for final year under-graduate courses to next month.

The DU submitted before Justice Prathiba M Singh that it will to hold exams after August 15.

The court, which conducted the hearing through video conferencing, expressed di


Wednesday, July 8, 2020Why should India agree on creation of “buffer zone” on its side of LAC, asks Cong

New Delhi, Jul 8: Continuing its attack on the NDA government on the India-China border standoff, the Congress on Wednesday questioned as to why the Indian government agreed to creation of a “buffer zone” on Indian side of LAC and said that such an agreement goes against restoration of “status quo ante” in Galwan Valley and other points.

In a series of tweets addressed to Prime Minister Narend


Wednesday, July 8, 2020NLU student death: SC directs police to complete probe in 2 months

New Delhi, July 8: The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Rajasthan police to complete the probe, within two months, into the death of a third year student of Jodhpur-based National Law University in August 2017.

A bench comprising Justices R.F. Nariman, Navin Sinha and B.R. Gavai gave the direction on a plea filed by Neetu Kumar Nagaich, through advocate Sunil Fernandes, mother of 21-yea


Wednesday, July 8, 2020PM Modi to address global audience on Thursday

New Delhi, July 8: 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 a


Wednesday, July 8, 2020Tendulkar inaugurates COVID-19 plasma therapy unit at Mumbai hospital

Mumbai, July 8: Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday inaugurated the plasma therapy unit for treating COVID-19 patients at Seven Hills Hospital in Andheri. An initiative of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the plasma therapy unit opens a new front in the battle against the novel coronavirus.

"We are facing an unprecedented challenge to our health in the form of the COVID-19


Wednesday, July 8, 2020Govt panel to probe violations by Rajiv Gandhi Foundation

New Delhi, July 8: The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has set up an inter-ministerial committee to probe the various violations of legal provisions by the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust and Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust.

The committee will coordinate investigations into violation of provisions like the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), Income Tax Act and Foreign


Wednesday, July 8, 2020PM wishes Brazilian President speedy recovery from COVID-19

New Delhi, Jul 8: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday wished Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro a speedy recovery from COVID-19.

Bolsonaro had on Tuesday said that he has tested positive for coronavirus.

"My friend President @jairbolsonaro (Jair Bolsonaro), my prayers and best wishes for your speedy recovery," Modi tweeted in Portuguese and English.


Wednesday, July 8, 2020CM Kejriwal seeks report from health secy on COVID-19 deaths

New Delhi, July 8: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has sought a detailed analytical report from the Delhi government's health secretary on factors responsible for COVID-19 deaths in the city in the last fortnight, officials said.

Delhi reported 736 deaths in the last two weeks, with 397 people succumbing to the disease in the first week of July.

Officials said the objective of seeking the re


Wednesday, July 8, 2020Sreesanth's India XI: Rohit over Kohli for T20I captain

New Delhi, July 7: S. Sreesanth feels that Rohit Sharma would make a better captain in T20Is and says that Suresh Raina would get a place in his Indian XI. While Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are sharing the captaincy, Sreeasanth said that he believes in having one team for all formats of the game.

"I firmly believe in one team for all formats," Sreesanth told WION. "Suresh Raina is someone wh


Wednesday, July 8, 2020Gangster Vikas Dubey 'Spotted' At Faridabad Hotel, Gives Police The Slip Again

Gangster Vikas Dubey, who is absconding since his henchmen killed eight policemen in Kanpur during a raid, has reportedly been spotted at a hotel in Faridabad on Tuesday night.

However, by the time police could close in on him, he fled the hotel.

The CCTV footage showed a man resembling Vikas Dubey at a Faridabad hotel. The police have raided the hotel.

As per the intelligence reports, D


Wednesday, July 8, 2020J&K infections tally nears 9k, govt reopens parks, gardens from today

50 SFs among 256 new cases; 5 new deaths take toll to 143

JAMMU/SRINAGAR: In a move which has taken many by surprise, the Jammu and Kashmir administration has decided to open all the parks and gardens in the union territory to the public from Wednesday, as a plan to reopen tourism in the region.
The decision was announced on a day when Jammu and Kashmir reported 256 fresh Covid-19 cases taking its infections tally to 8931, while five more patients die


Wednesday, July 8, 2020Ladakh row: 60 ITBP Coys move towards LAC Chinese withdrawal continues, IAF carries out night time patrol

LEH: In a demonstration of its aerial prowess, the Indian Air Force is carrying out night time combat air patrols over the mountainous eastern Ladakh region as part of its decision to maintain a high-level of readiness notwithstanding disengagement of troops by China from a number of friction points in the area, government sources said on Tuesday.
The frequency of day and night operations by fro


Wednesday, July 8, 20208 officers posted in ACB, 4 repatriated

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday transferred eight police officers to the Anti Corruption Bureau, while repatriating four officers from the anti-graft body.
As per an official order in this regard, Joginder Singh, SSP, Traffic City, Jammu, Al-Tahir Geelani, SP, North Srinagar, Dr Ashok Sharma, DySP, AHJ Airport, Jammu, Zafer Iqbal Nawaz, DySP, DAR Poonch, Sagar Singh, SO to DI


Wednesday, July 8, 2020No pleasure in killing ultras, want them to surrender: Lt Gen BS Raju

‘Militants choosing mosques, busy places for attacks’

SRINAGAR: General officer Commanding of Srinagar-based 15 Corps Lieutenant General BS Raju Tuesday said that the armed forces don't want to kill militants and that an opportunity to surrender is given to every militant.
In a short video uploaded on the official handle of Chinar Corps (15 Corps), Lt General Raju said that any loss of life is sad.
“Six-year-old boy who was killed in Bijbehara (A


Wednesday, July 8, 2020CBI quizzes govt officers on land allotment to Lal Singh’s edu trust

JAMMU: The CBI has sought details from some officers of the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir state government in connection with its probe into allegations of land grabbing by a Kathua-based educational trust run by former minister Choudhary Lal Singh.
The officers were called in-person on Monday and Tuesday to New Delhi in connection with its enquiry into the matter which involves Singh, officials s


Wednesday, July 8, 202036 positive in Ladakh; 24 cured

LEH: Thirty-six persons tested positive for coronavirus in Ladakh, taking the total number of cases in the Union territory to 1,041, officials said on Tuesday.
However, the number of active cases in the region dropped to 180 after 24 more patients - 17 in Kargil and seven in Leh - were cured of the disease, they said.
All the fresh COVID-19 positive cases were detected in Leh district, official


Tuesday, July 7, 2020Reliance launches unlimited free conferencing app JioMeet as competition to Zoom

New Delhi, Jul 4 : After raising billions of dollars from the likes of Facebook and Intel for its digital business, billionaire Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries has launched JioMeet video conferencing app with unlimited free calling that is being seen as rate war on rival Zoom.
The JioMeet video conferencing app is available across Android, iOS, Windows, macOS and web since Thursday evening a


Tuesday, July 7, 2020HC raps officials for ‘pathetic’ condition of Maharashtra’s famed Lonar crater lake

The High Court had set up a panel to survey the lake and submit a report. Based on the report’s findings the court observed that authorities responsible for preserving the lake had failed in their responsibilities.

Mumbai: The Nagpur bench of the Bombay high court (HC) on Monday came down heavily on state bodies for failing to preserve the 113-hectare Lonar Crater Lake in Buldhana district.
The Lake, declared a notified National Geo-heritage Monument in 1979, had turned reddish-pink since June 9-10 due to high salinity, acidity (pH) and an algal bloom, the forest department had said. However, the exact rea


Tuesday, July 7, 2020UAE embassy says diplomats had no role in gold smuggling case

The UAE’s ambassador to India, Ahmed Al Banna, has told the media in Dubai that he will coordinate with officials in Kerala for the investigation into the incident.

New Delhi: A former Indian employee of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) consulate in Kerala, fired for misconduct, was allegedly behind an attempt to smuggle 30 kg of gold through a diplomatic bag and no diplomats were involved in the matter, UAE authorities have said.
Customs officials at the airport in Thiruvananthapuram seized a diplomatic bag addressed to the UAE consulate on Friday after gett


Tuesday, July 7, 2020Maoists abduct policeman’s parents in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada

Superintendent of Police , Dantewada , Abhishek Pallava told Hindustan Times that around dozen Maoists entered the Gumiypal village on Monday night and abducted constable Ajay Telam’s parents.

Raipur: Maoists have abducted the parents of a policeman in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district, police said on Tuesday. The incident happened after the cop put up posters of the rebels in his village urging them to surrender during a campaign last month.
Superintendent of Police , Dantewada , Abhishek Pallava told Hindustan Times that around dozen Maoists entered the Gumiypal village on Monday n


Tuesday, July 7, 2020Selfie points to be set up on British era bridges in Haridwar

Haridwar-Roorkee Development Authority (HRDA) has prepared a project to make these bridges more decorative by making selfie points so that tourists take back with them scenic images of the city.

Dehradun: Selfie points will be set up on British era bridges of Ganga canal in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar to attract tourists and discourage them from taking selfies at dangerous places along Ganga.
Haridwar-Roorkee Development Authority (HRDA) has prepared a project to make these bridges more decorative by setting up selfie points so that tourists take back with them scenic images of the city.


Tuesday, July 7, 2020SC gives Centre a month's time for giving permanent commission to women officers in Army

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday gave one more month to the Centre to implement its February 17, 2020 verdict for permanent commission to women officers in the Army.
A Bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud asked the government to ensure complete compliance with its order even as the Ministry of Defence said the decision making was at the final stage and only the formal order remained to


Tuesday, July 7, 2020India’s COVID-19 tally, fatality rate per million population lowest in world: Health ministry

505 cases per million in country as against global average of 1,453

New Delhi: 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 Tuesday 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, the ministry said India’s COVID-19 cases per million population is 505.37


Tuesday, July 7, 2020DRDO updates policy on development of aviation systems after 18 years

Policy was first issued in 1975 and then revised in 2002

Chandigarh: Almost two decades after it was last updated, the Policy for Design Development and Production of Military Airsystems and Airborne Stores (DDPMAS) is being revised to keep pace with contemporary technical and commercial advancements in the aviation sector.
The policy, brought out by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) sets out the procedure to be followed for des


Tuesday, July 7, 2020Mumbai: Teen kidnapped, raped by Facebook friend; five held

Mumbai: A 13-year-old girl from Agripada in central Mumbai was allegedly kidnapped and raped by her Facebook friend, police said on Tuesday.
The police on Monday arrested the 22-year-old main accused and four of his aides in separate raids at Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and rescued the victim, an official said.
The victim went missing from her home on July 1, following which her mother lodged


Tuesday, July 7, 2020ED files money laundering case against GVK group, MIAL in Mumbai airport scam case

Comes after CBI FIR filed against the same entities

New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a money laundering case against the GVK group, the Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) and others to probe alleged irregularities to the tune of Rs 705 crore in running the Mumbai airport, officials said on Tuesday.
The central probe agency has filed an enforcement case information report (equivalent of a police FIR) under the Prevent


Tuesday, July 7, 2020CRPF jawan drowns while fishing in river in UP

Pratapgarh, Jul 7: A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan drowned while fishing in Bakulahi river in Uttar Pradesh's Pratapgarh district on Tuesday, police said.

The jawan, Ravi Kumar (25), was a resident of the district's Jogpur area. He had come home on a seven-day leave, they said.

Kumar had gone fishing with his father and brother. During fishing in Bakulahi river, he ventured into


Tuesday, July 7, 2020SC extends protection to journalist till Jul 15 in sedition case

New Delhi, Jul 7: The Supreme Court Tuesday extended till July 15 the protection granted to senior journalist Vinod Dua from any coercive action in a sedition case filed against him by a local BJP leader in Himachal Pradesh over his YouTube show.

A bench headed by Justice U U Lalit, in a hearing conducted through video conferencing, restrained the Himachal Pradesh police from arresting Dua in


Tuesday, July 7, 2020Bhansali couldn't work with Sushant due to date issues: Police

Mumbai, Jul 7: Mumbai Police on Tuesday said Bollywood director Sanjay Leela Bhansali was planning to cast late actor Sushant Singh Rajput in four films, but due to unavailability of his dates the movies were offered to other actors.

Rajput (34) was found hanging at his suburban Bandra residence on June 14.

The Bandra police, who are probing professional rivalry angle in the case of Rajput'


Tuesday, July 7, 2020University Grants Commission revisits its earlier guidelines related to university examinations

New Delhi: The University Grants Commission has revisited its earlier guidelines related to university examinations. In view of the safety, career progression and placements of the students and their larger interests, UGC has decided that Intermediate semester students will be evaluated based on internal assessment as per earlier guidelines issued.

UGC has also decided that the evaluation of t


Tuesday, July 7, 2020Over 4 lakh 39 thousand people recovered from Coronavirus so far in the country

Government today said a total of four lakh 39 thousand 947 people have recovered from COVID19 so far and the recovery rate has improved to 61.13 per cent in the country. In the past 24 hours alone 15 thousand 514 people have recovered.

The Health and Family Welfare Ministry said a total of 22 thousand 252 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the country during the last 24 hours taking the to


Tuesday, July 7, 2020Rajnath Singh reviews infra requirements at borders

New Delhi, July 7: Amid ongoing tension at the borders with China, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held a review meeting with Border Roads Origination (BRO) officials on Tuesday to discuss the improvement of infrastructure near Line of Actual Control with China and Line of Control with Pakistan, sources said.

"Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the ongoing projects with DG BRO (Border Road


Tuesday, July 7, 2020'Man whose composure, patience continues to inspire': MS Dhoni turns 39

New Delhi, July 7: Cricket fraternity thronged to social media to extend birthday wishes for former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who turned 39 on Tuesday.

Regarded as one of the most successful captains of the Indian cricket team, Dhoni has been on a sabbatical ever since the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup where India lost to New Zealand. Its been almost an year that he has been awa


Tuesday, July 7, 2020Why has status quo ante not been insisted on, asks Rahul

ew Delhi, July 7: Amid reports of Chinese troops withdrawal from the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has raised a set of questions, saying when the national interest is "paramount", government's duty is to protect it, and why the status quo ante is not being insisted on?

Taking to Twitter, he asked when national interest is Paramount then "why has status quo ante


Tuesday, July 7, 2020Shiv Sena targets PM Modi over COVID-19 crisis

Mumbai, Jul 7: The Shiv Sena on Tuesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had expressed confidence that the battle against COVID-19 would be won in 21 days, but it has been over 100 days and the crisis still persists.

The fight against COVID-19 is more difficult than the mythological war of Mahabharata, an editorial in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' said, adding that the battle against the pandemic


Tuesday, July 7, 2020Centre seeks 6 months more to give permanent commission to women in army

New Delhi, July 7: Citing the Covid induced lockdown, the Centre has asked the Supreme Court to grant it six months extra to comply with its verdict granting permanent commission to eligible women officers in the army and also making provisions for them in command posts.

In an application, the Ministry of Defence said: "The applicants have commenced the process of substantial compliance of the


Tuesday, July 7, 2020Ladakh row: Chinese troopers begin limited pull-back on LAC

Both nations agree on ‘expeditious’ disengagement

NEW DELHI: In the first signs of tensions easing, the Chinese military on Monday began a limited pull-back from a number of friction points in eastern Ladakh, a day after NSA Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi agreed on completing the ongoing disengagement process along the LAC "expeditiously", government sources and officials said.
Doval and Wang, who are designated Special Represe


Tuesday, July 7, 2020UP police nabs Bani man for terror links in Pakistan

Major revelations expected in Nagrota, Bann attacks

JAMMU: A Kathua man, suspected of playing roles in facilitating terror attacks in Nagrota and Bann, and having links with intelligence agencies of Pakistan terrorist has been arrested by Uttar Pradesh Police, who have taken him along for further investigation.
The espionage ring was busted by UP Police’s special task force which conducted raids in village Chandok in Loi Mallar area of Bani in th


Monday, July 6, 2020SC sets aside Delhi HC order for Navlakha transfer record

New Delhi, July 6: The Supreme Court has set aside the Delhi High Court order, directing the NIA investigating officer to produce the entire set of records in connection with the production warrant and extension of social activist Gautam Navlakha''s judicial remand in the Bhima Koregaon case.

Allowing the NIA appeal, a bench of Justices Arun Mishra, Navin Sinha and Indira Banerjee passed direc


Monday, July 6, 2020Bring down VAT on petroleum products to augment revenue: DPDA

New Delhi July 6: To augment revenue and bring down inflation, the Delhi Petrol Dealers Association (DPDA) has urged the Delhi state government to reduce VAT (value added tax) on petroleum products in the national capital.

According to the association, Delhi government had increased VAT on petrol to 30 per cent from 27 per cent, previously on May 5, 2020.

In the case of diesel, VAT has been


Monday, July 6, 2020Over one crore COVID-19 tests performed in India since pandemic outbreak

India achieved a remarkable feat today by performing more than one crore COVID-19 tests since the outbreak of Corona pandemic in India. Starting from less than 100 tests per day, a multiple-fold increase in a few months was made possible by dedicated teams of various stakeholders including research institutions, medical colleges, testing laboratories, Ministries, airlines and postal services.


Monday, July 6, 2020NSA Ajit Doval, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi hold telephonic conversation over border issues

NEW DELHI: National Security Advisory Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi discussed border issues in a telephone conversation on Sunday.

The two Special Representatives of India and China on the Boundary Question had a frank and in-depth exchange of views on the recent developments in the Western Sector of the India-China border areas.

External Affairs Ministry said that the two


Monday, July 6, 2020Travellers to Punjab asked to e-register from Monday midnight

Chandigarh, July 6: After Chief Minister Amarinder Singh ruled out relaxation in the 14-day home quarantine for domestic travellers, the process of e-registration for all those wishing to travel to the state has been made mandatory from Monday midnight, officials said.

Prospective travellers to Punjab or passing through can self-register either through COVA app or through a weblink -- https://


Monday, July 6, 2020Amid tension along LAC, Rijiju, world leaders greet Dalai Lama

Dharamsala, July 6: 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 le


Monday, July 6, 2020HC seeks Delhi govt reply on helpline for nurses to complain lack of PPE kits, masks

New Delhi, Jul 6: The Delhi High Court Monday sought the AAP government's reply on suggestions for setting up a helpline for nurses to complain against private hospitals for failing to providing N-95 masks and PPE kits as also considering ex-gratia to those who die attending to COVID-19 patients.

A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan asked the Delhi government to also re


Monday, July 6, 2020Ranveer's fans donate computers to village school on actor's 35th birthday

Mumbai: Bollywood star Ranveer Singh turned 35 on Monday. To mark the occasion his fans have donated computers to a school, supporting education for underprivileged children in a village of Indore district.

The actor''s fan club, called Ranveer Ka Fan Club, have been active since 2015 and the members do voluntary work.

Atharva Khendekar, a fan of Ranveer''s said: "As you know, Ranveer Ka Fa


Monday, July 6, 2020COVID-19 recovery rate improves to 60.85 pct in country

The Union Government today said, a total of four lakh 24 thousand 433 people affected with Coronavirus have recovered in the country so far. In the past 24 hours, 15 thousand 350 people recovered from COVID-19 and with this, the recovery rate reached to 60.85 per cent.

The Health and Family Welfare Ministry said, a total of 24 thousand 248 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the country du


Monday, July 6, 2020BJP's Sambit Patra donates plasma

New Delhi, Jul 6: BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra, who recovered from COVID-19 last month, donated plasma on Monday.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP have given party workers the mantra of 'seva bhav' (service). Inspired by it, I took blessings of our president J P Nadda and donated plasma today. Request all those who suffered from COVID and have regained fitness to donate plasma," Patr


Monday, July 6, 2020Vice President Naidu recalls SP Mookerjee's contribution on birth anniversary

New Delhi, Jul 6: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday remembered Bharatiya Jan Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee on his birth anniversary, saying his love for the motherland will always remain an inspiration for every Indian.

"He was a great patriot who fought relentlessly to preserve national unity and total integration of Jammu & Kashmir into India. His love for motherland will alwa


Monday, July 6, 2020TMC government has to be removed lock, stock and barrel: Nadda

Kolkata, Jul 6: BJP president J P Nadda Monday launched a broadside against the TMC government in West Bengal, alleging criminalisation of politics and corruption have scaled new heights under it and calling for its ouster.

Lauding Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee for fighting for a united India and opposing the "appeasement politics" of Jawaharlal Nehru, Nadda said it is an honour to


Monday, July 6, 2020Delhi CM appeals to cured Covid patients to donate plasma

New Delhi, July 6: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday appealed to the cured COVID-19 patients to donate plasma to treat those infected with the virus in the national capital.

Signalling that demand of plasma is more than its uses, Kejriwal said there is no harm in donating plasma and the process does not hurt anyone.

His appeal came at a time when a total of 99,444 confirmed COV


Monday, July 6, 2020Both Indian, Chinese troops retreat 2km each in Galwan

Leh, July 6: Both Indian and Chinese troops have retreated two kilometres each along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Galwan Valley, where 20 Indian and unknown number of Chinese soldiers were killed in a violent face-off last month.

Top official sources told TNN that both sides retreated two kilometres simultaneously on Sunday, following several rounds of talks which had begun after th


Monday, July 6, 2020Chinese Army removing tents, seen withdrawing troops from Galwan Valley: Sources

New Delhi, Jul 6: The Chinese Army is removing tents and moving back from certain areas of the Galwan Valley, in a first sign of disengagement of troops from the area, government sources said on Monday.

They said disengagement of the Chinese troops has started as per an agreement between the Corps Commander's of the two sides.

The Chinese Army is seen removing tents and structures at Patrol


Monday, July 6, 2020Rahul says future Harvard studies will be held on Modi's failed policies

New Delhi, July 6: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday launched a scathing attack on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government and called its handling of COVID-19 situation, demonetisation, and GST implementation all ''failures'' that will be subject of analysis in future classes.

Gandhi said that these policies will be studied by the Harvard Business School. "Future HBS case studies


Monday, July 6, 2020PM calls on Kovind, briefs him on various issues

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday at Rashtrapati Bhavan here and apprised him of recent developments.

Sources in Rashtrapati Bhavan said Mr Modi apprised the President of the recent issues of national and international importance.

Mr Modi, who visited Leh on Saturday after a violent face-off between Indian and Chinese soldiers in the Galwa


Monday, July 6, 2020Morale high, forces ready to sacrifice lives: ITBP DG

NEW DELHI: The morale of the Indian armed forces is "very high" and the troops are ready to sacrifice their lives for the nation like in the past, ITBP chief S S Deswal said on Sunday as the military standoff with China continued in Ladakh.
The ITBP Director General (DG) said the recent visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Ladakh and his address to troops in Nimu "have raised the morale of a