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Monday, May 25, 2020Pune: Army man tries to kill wife, then attempts suicide

Pune A 33-year-old Army jawan allegedly tried to kill his wife with a kitchen knife following a quarrel and later attempted suicide in Vishrantwadi area of Pune in the early hours of Sunday, police said.

The woman is hospitalised and out of danger, while the man has been discharged and will be arrested soon, said a Vishrantwadi police station official.

"The jawan is posted in Jammu and Kas


Monday, May 25, 2020Record 6,977 new COVID-19 cases in India in last 24 hours; death toll climbs to 4,021

New Delhi: India registered biggest single day spike of COVID-19 cases for the fourth consecutive day on Monday with 6,977 new infections, reported in the last 24 hours, taking the country's tally to 1,38,845, while the death toll rose to 4,021, according to the Union Health Ministry.

A total 154 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours till Monday 8 am.

The number of active COVID-19 cases


Saturday, May 23, 2020Doubling rate of corona virus cases in country slows down to over 13 days: Health Ministry

Government has said that the decision of nationwide lockdown has helped contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country. In a press briefing by Health Ministry, Dr. V K Paul, Chairman of one of the empowered groups formed for handling COVID related matters, said, doubling rate of Covid-19 cases was 3.4 days when lockdown was started and it is now at 13.3 days.

He said, the lockdown proved gainf


Saturday, May 23, 20202,600 more Shramik trains in next 10 days: Railways

New Delhi: Railways has decided to operationalise two thousand 600 more Shramik Special Trains in next ten days across the country. This initiative is expected to benefit 36 lakh stranded passengers.

Railways had started running Shramik Special trains from 1st May, to move migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons stranded at different places due to lock down. These speci


Saturday, May 23, 2020LAC troops deployment up as India, China take diplomatic route

New Delhi, May 23: Increased tension between China and India along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) has forced both the countries militaries to increase deployment of men in thousands and assets at forward locations within their respective territories.

Both Chinese and Indian armies are on high alert at the forward locations where tensions and skirmishes took place.

Indian military has clar


Saturday, May 23, 2020All domestic flights from Delhi to operate from T3

New Delhi: All the domestic flights scheduled from the National Capital from Monday will be taking off from Terminal 3 of the airport.
Passengers taking flights will be allowed to enter the terminal building only after taking printout of the soles sanitization, baggage disinfection, green signal in the Arogya Setu app and the boarding pass.
All flights will operate from the international termin


Saturday, May 23, 2020Covid-19: WHO calls South America 'a new epicenter' as Brazil's total surpass 330,000

Brasilia, May 23: The total number of Covid-19 cases in Brazil has climbed to 330,890, which means that the South American country has emerged as the country with the second-highest number of Corona virus infections in the world, only behind the United States.

Despite the high number of infections and as many as 21,048 deaths so far experts feel that there has been under-testing in the country


Saturday, May 23, 2020Modi discusses coronavirus situation with Lankan Prez, Mauritius PM

New Delhi, May 23: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday discussed the situation arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth.

Sri Lanka is fighting COVID-19 effectively under Rajapaksa's leadership, Modi wrote on Twitter.

"India will continue to support our close maritime neighbour in dealing with the pa


Saturday, May 23, 2020No sporting event in near future, have to live with new normal of sports behind closed doors: Rijiju

New Delhi, May 23: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday said India will not host any international event in immediate future and fans will have to learn to live with the new normal of sporting activities happening behind closed doors in the post COVID-19 world.

Rijiju's statement gain greater significance in the context of the suspended IPL, which the BCCI wants to host in October-November


Saturday, May 23, 2020Smart Cities Mission to support Karnataka to tackle COVID-19

Bengaluru, May 23: The Centre's Smart Cities Mission has proposed to upscale its current projects to handle the COVID-19 situation and will help Karnataka government to contain its spread, by focusing on strengthening health infrastructure, among others, officials said.

The Smart Cities Mission, which was set up to improve the quality of life of Indian citizens through local development and te


Saturday, May 23, 2020Minister hails Sonu Sood for arranging buses for migrants

Mumbai, May 23: Maharashtra minister and NCP leader Jayant Patil on Saturday praised Bollywood actor Sonu Sood for arranging buses for migrant workers desirous of returning to their homes.

Noting that Sood has played a villain in some of his films, the water resources minister termed the actor as an "inspiring hero" in reality.

"Sonu Sood is arranging buses for migrants who want to go back


Saturday, May 23, 2020Man arrested for raping woman lawyer in Delhi

New Delhi: 23-year-old man was arrested for allegedly barging into the house of a lawyer in southeast Delhi's Nizamuddin area and raping her, police said.

He also tried to strangulate the woman, they said.

The complainant alleged that the accused barged into her house through a balcony on May 17. He held her hostage and raped her. When he tried to strangulate her, she raised an alarm and th


Saturday, May 23, 2020Ivanka praises Indian girl who cycled down 1200 km carrying ailing father

Washington: US President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump has praised 15-year-old Jyoti Kumari, who cycled down 1200km carrying her ailing father during the nationwide lockdown in India, terming her act as a "beautiful feat of endurance and love".

Stuck in Gurugram in Haryana due to the COVID-19-induced travel restrictions and lockdown, a tenacious Jyoti aske


Saturday, May 23, 2020Valley reports another Covid-19 death, 55-year-old covid-19 woman dies at SKIMS, J&K toll 21

Srinagar: A 55-year-old woman from Urnhal area of south Kashmir, who had tested positive for COVID-19, died at the SKIMS Soura on Saturday, taking the overall death toll due to the infection in Jammu and Kashmir to 21.

Medical Superintendent SKIMS Soura, Professor Farooq Jan told The News Now that the woman was admitted to the hospital’s isolation facility and had underlying ailments includi


Saturday, May 23, 2020Raj govt to run free buses to to Uttarakhand for ash immersion by families

Jaipur, May 23: The Rajasthan government will run free buses to Haridwar and other places in Uttarakhand to facilitate travel of families for ash immersion of their loved ones, officials said.

Due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown, many grieving families were not able to go for ash immersion of their loved ones. After getting permission from the Uttarakhand government, the Rajasthan governme


Saturday, May 23, 2020Mah:12 workers of sugar factory hospitalised after suffocation

Pune, May 23: At least 12 workers of a sugar factory in Maharashtra's Pune district were hospitalised on Saturday morning after they complained of suffocation while cleaning a vacuum pan, officials said.

The incident occurred when some kind of gas got released during cleaning of the pan by workers.

"Five to six workers were conducting a cleaning activity inside a vacuum pan at the factory w


Saturday, May 23, 2020At Delhi-UP border: Some scrambling to reach home for Eid; others on wing and prayer

New Delhi, May 23: Carrying a sack full of belongings and a backpack on shoulders daily wager Mohammed Sunny and his friend Mohammed Danish are determined to reach home for Eid in Bihar's Araria district, facing all odds stacked up against them.

Shahjehanpur native Adesh Singh with his wife and three little children, who left their residence in south Delhi three days ago, are still scrambling


Saturday, May 23, 2020Qureshi calls UN chief to discuss situation in Kashmir

Islamabad: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi telephoned UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to convey its concern over India's decision to change the domicile law for Jammu and Kashmir.

Under the domicile rules, all those persons and their children who have resided for 15 years in Jammu and Kashmir or have studied for seven years and appeared in class 10 or 12 examinations in an


Saturday, May 23, 2020Senior Pak official warns of increase in COVID-19 cases; nationwide tally crosses 52,000

Islamabad, May 23: The number of COVID-19 cases in Pakistan would continue to multiply if people did not follow the precautions to keep the virus at bay, a senior government official has warned as the nationwide tally of the infections crossed 52,000 with 1,101 deaths.

Pakistan Prime Minister's Special Assistant on Health Zafar Mirza on Friday said that the last week's virus tracking reports w


Saturday, May 23, 2020Immense suffering, say migrants to Rahul in Cong documentary

New Delhi, May 23 Emphasising on the plight of the migrant workers, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday released a documentary of his meeting with the migrant workers walking back to their native place in Uttar Pradesh''s Jhansi from Haryana and said that the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) has hit them hard.

The 16-minute documentary was released by the Congress on its YouTube cha


Saturday, May 23, 2020Pak crash survivor has India connection

New Delhi, May 23: The PIA plane which crashed has only two survivors -- one of whom is Bank of Punjab top executive Zafar Masud. His roots are in western Uttar Pradesh''s Amroha and he belongs to the family of Kamal Amrohi of "Pakeezah" fame.

Masud, who was onboard the flight that crashed near the Karachi airport leaving 90 dead, escaped with injuries on his hip and collar bone.

His family


Saturday, May 23, 2020Indo-China talks fail to ease tension

NEW DELHI: At least five rounds of talks between Indian and Chinese troops this week have failed to de-escalate tension in Pangong Tso lake and Galwan Valley in Ladakh as the two sides maintained aggressive posturing in the disputed border areas, government sources said on Friday.

The Indian Army has been matching up to the Chinese build up in both Pangong Tso lake and Galwan Valley, the two l


Saturday, May 23, 2020CAT bench in J&K: SC seeks response of Centre, UT govt

JAMMU: The Supreme Court Friday sought responses from the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir on a plea seeking setting up of a permanent bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) to deal with service disputes of government employees in the Union Territory.

A bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and Hrishekesh Roy issued notices to parties including DoPT and the


Saturday, May 23, 202066 killed as plane crashes in Karachi

KARACHI: At least 66 people were killed when a Pakistan International Airlines plane with 99 people on board crashed into a densely populated residential area near the Jinnah International Airport here, officials said, nearly a week after the COVID-19-induced air travel restrictions were lifted by the government.

Flight PK-8303 from Lahore was about to land in Karachi when it crashed at the Ji


Saturday, May 23, 2020AMPHAN: Modi gives Rs 1500 cr

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced an interim assistance of Rs 1,500 crore for West Bengal and Odisha after reviewing the situation caused by cyclone 'Amphan' that claimed 80 lives, lay waste to standing crops in thousands of hectares, and ruined infrastructure.

Modi reviewed the situation in West Bengal and Odisha with chief ministers Mamata Banerjee and Naveen Patnai


Friday, May 22, 2020KKR to Invest ₹ 11367 Crore in Jio Platforms

Mumbai: Reliance Industries Limited (“Reliance Industries”) and Jio Platforms Limited (“Jio Platforms”), India’s leading digital services platform, announced today that KKR will invest ₹ 11,367 crore into Jio Platforms. This transaction values Jio Platforms at an equity value of ₹ 4.91 lakh crore and an enterprise value of ₹ 5.16 lakh crore. This is KKR’s largest investment in Asia and will trans


Friday, May 22, 2020#COVID19: 8600 Tests per day

JAMMU: Almost 8600 tests are being conducted in Jammu and Kashmir on a daily basis, and the authorities plan to enhance the capacity to over 18500 tests per day in coming weeks.
This was informed by Financial Commissioner Health and Medical Education, Atal Dulloo in a review meeting chaired by Union Minister of State in PMO, Dr Jitendra Singh.
Dulloo said that efforts are being made to increase


Friday, May 22, 2020In J&K, it’s time for restoration of full-fledged political activity: Ram

‘Special Circumstances after August 5 over, Give people 4G’ ‘Time that state is run by its people rather than bureaucrats’ ‘Govt should pay people for their openness to new change’

JAMMU: Asserting that the ‘special circumstances’ under which the Jammu and Kashmir was brought on August 5 last year are almost over, BJP national general secretary and party’s pointman on the strife-torn region Ram Madhav has strongly pitched for restoration of full-fledged political activity in the union territory.
Saying that the process which initiated with the abrogation of provisions of A


Friday, May 22, 2020Total cases 1.16 lakh, up by 50% in 14 days; deaths 3494

One-third domestic flights to resume from Monday

NEW DELHI: India's COVID-19 tally crossed 1.16 lakh on Thursday with more than half of it getting reported in just about a fortnight amid large-scale movement of migrants in special trains and arrival of stranded Indians and expatriates from abroad. The government, however, stressed that the mortality rate in India has remained less than half of the global average of 6.65 per cent.
Authorities a


Friday, May 22, 2020Amphan kills 72 in West Bengal

KOLKATA: Cyclone Amphan weakened Thursday, a day after tearing through West Bengal where 72 people were killed and two districts were completely devastated with thousands of people left homeless, bridges washed away and low-lying areas in waist deep water.
The fiercest cyclone to hit West Bengal in 100 years destroyed mud houses and crops, and uprooted trees and electric poles. It also wreaked h


Thursday, May 21, 2020Concurrent calamities demand more outlay in public safety, health

New Delhi/Kolkata, May 21: India needs to be prepared to handle more than one disasters simultaneously as the double whammy of Covid-19 and cyclone Amphan is testing country's disaster response mechanism.

"No one could have predicted the current situation. But with studies showing extreme weather phenomena increasing in frequency over the last two decades, concurrent calamities have to be fac


Thursday, May 21, 2020Cong to hold social media live over bus controversy on Rajiv Gandhi's death anniversary

Lucknow, May 21: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra announced to hold a social media live on Thursday afternoon to commemorate former prime minister and her father Rajiv Gandhi's 30th death anniversary.

In her message this morning, Ms Gandhi said that a Facebook live would be organised by the party on Thursday afternoon at 1300 hours with over 50,000 people joining in.



Thursday, May 21, 20203 militants arrested in Kashmir

Srinagar: The J&K police on Thursday said three Kashmiri men from Kupwara district who recently joined terrorist ranks have been arrested.

The three had posted pictures brandishing weapons on the social media recently announcing their joining.

SSP Kupwara Sriram Ambarkar told agency that the three were arrested after a Cordon And Search Operation (CASO) by police and army was launched in a


Thursday, May 21, 2020Modi remembers Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary

New Delhi, May 21: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday paid tribute to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary.

Modi tweeted: "On his death anniversary, tributes to former PM Shri Rajiv Gandhi."

Gandhi was assassinated on this day in 1991 during a late night election rally in Sriperumbudur village of Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu ahead of the Lok Sabha polls wh


Thursday, May 21, 2020Cyclone Amphan leaves behind trail of destruction in West Bengal, 12 dead

Kolkata, May 21 (PTI) Kolkata and several other parts of West Bengal wore a battered look on Thursday after the extremely severe cyclone 'Amphan' ripped through the state, leaving 12 people dead and blowing up shanties, uprooting thousands of trees besides swamping low-lying areas.

There are unconfirmed reports of eight more deaths from various parts of the state.

Large parts of Kolkata and


Thursday, May 21, 2020Delhi HC judge Sangita Dhingra Sehgal resigns, to join as Prez of Delhi State Consumer Commission

New Delhi, May 21: Delhi High Court judge, Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal has tendered her resignation from the post following her appointment as President of the Delhi State Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission.

Justice Sehgal, who was set to retire as the Judge of the High Court in June this year, will soon take over her new post. The retirement age of a high court judge is 62 years.



Thursday, May 21, 2020Nearly 1.5 lakh tickets booked in first 2 hrs for trains running from June 1

New Delhi, May 21: Almost 1.50 lakh tickets were booked within two hours of opening the bookings for the 100 pairs of passenger trains that the railways will operationalise on June 1, officials said Thursday.

On Wednesday, railways issued a list of 100 pairs of trains that it will operate from June 1. The list included popular trains such as Durontos, Sampark Krantis, Jan Shatabdis and Poorva


Thursday, May 21, 2020India, China enhance military presence in Ladakh as tension mounts

New Delhi: Indian and Chinese armies rushed in additional troops in areas around Pangong Tso lake and Galwan Valley in Ladakh, signalling hardening of their aggressive posturing two weeks after they were engaged in a fierce face-off, military sources said.

It is learnt that the India's top military brass is constantly monitoring the evolving situation even as the US said the aggressive behavio


Thursday, May 21, 2020Pak conducts highest number of coronavirus tests over 24-hour period as cases cross 48,000-mark

Islamabad, May 21 (PTI) Pakistan conducted the highest number of tests per day during the last 24 hours as the coronavirus cases crossed 48,000-mark on Thursday, the health ministry said.

Pakistan recorded 2,193 new cases, taking the total number of infections to 48,091. The death toll stands at 1,017 with 32 new fatalities.

As many as 15,346 coronavirus tests, the highest in a single day,


Wednesday, May 20, 2020Nationwide tally over 1.05 lakh; deaths 3145

Govt says mortality rate much lower in India

NEW DELHI: The nationwide COVID-19 tally crossed 1,05,000 with over 5,000 more people testing positive for the deadly virus infection, including many having returned from other states or from abroad, even as officials said India's mortality rate has been very low and it has taken much longer here for the count of infected ones to hit the one-lakh mark than many other countries.
In its morning 8


Tuesday, May 19, 2020Nawakadal Encounter: One Militant killed, policeman and CRPF personnel injured, operation on

Srinagar: A Militant has been killed, CRPF personnel and policeman also injured in ongoing encounter which broke out between militants and security forces in Kanimazar area of Nawakadal in Central Kashmir's Srinagar district on Tuesday.

A senior Police officer told news agency that a militant has been killed in an ongoing encounter, the identity of militant is yet to be ascertained as operatio


Tuesday, May 19, 2020Nationwide tally crosses 1-L mark; Lockdown 4.0 kicks in

NEW DELHI: The nationwide tally of COVID-19 cases crossed one lakh with more people testing positive for the deadly virus in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and other states, even as a much-relaxed fourth phase of the lockdown began with restarting of market complexes, autos, taxis and inter-state buses in various parts of the country.
The death toll due to COVID-19 crossed the 3,000-mark too.


Tuesday, May 19, 2020On NREGA outlay, Rahul Gandhi tweets thank you to PM Modi. Then takes a dig

New Delhi: Former congress President Rahul Gandhi thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for approving a 66% jump in the allocated budget for the flagship rural job guarantee scheme initiated during the Congress rule. However, he ended his congratulatory note by taking a dig at the PM for one of his statements regarding the scheme in parliament.

“The Prime Minister has approved an additional bud