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Pay GST on pre-packed, hospital rooms above Rs 5K from today

NEW DELHI, Jul 17 Customers will have to pay 5 per cent GST on pre-packed, labelled food items like atta, paneer and curd, besides hospital rooms with rent above Rs 5,000 from Monday with the GST Council's decision coming into force.In addition, hote..

Naga panel lauds NNPGs, Rio-led regime inches ahead towards solution Audible voices raised against ‘delay’

N Delhi/Kohima, Jul 16 The Nagaland Government headed by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Saturday inched ahead making a concrete attempt to materialise or finalise a solution for final peace pact.The State legislators also reiterated their stance to step as..

Ex-Army chief Naravane visits Nagaland Nagaland Minister pitches for 'early solution'

New Delhi, Jul 15 A powerful section in the Nagaland Government was allegedly trying to 'delay' the peace process and maintain status quo in the name of ensuring consensus from 'all quarters', including the Naga insurgent group -National Socialist Council..

Free precaution dose for 18-59 group from July 15 at Govt centres : OfficialsLess than 1 pc in 18-59 group jabbed with booster dose

NEW DELHI, Jul 13 People in the 18-59 age group will get free precaution doses of the Covid vaccine at Government vaccination centres under a 75-day special drive likely to begin from July 15, official sources said on Wednesday.The drive, aimed at boostin..

Pandemic ‘nowhere near over’ : WHO

NEW DELHI, Jul 13 The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned all country Governments and healthcare systems to take steps to curb the spread of infection as the number of new cases worldwide had risen by 30% in the last two weeks.“I am concerned..

CBSE results soon

NEW DELHI, Jul 10 : The Central Board of Secondary Education, CBSE is going to announce the results for classes 10th and 12th soon. As per the speculations and several media reports, the CBSE Board results 2022 for classes 10th and 12th students will be d..

Small eyes quip

NEW DELHI, Jul 10 : A video of Nagaland Higher Education and Tribal Affairs Minister Temjen Imna Along speech on 'advantages of having small eyes' has gone viral on social media.In the viral video, the BJP leader can be seen taking on racism which the peo..

Bihar college teacher listens to ‘conscience’...Returns 33-month salary over Rs 23 lakh

PATNA, Jul 7 An Assistant Professor of Nitisheswar College, in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur, has returned nearly Rs 24 lakh — his total earnings since joining the job in September 2019 — as no student turned up for a single class in these 33 mont..

Modi tells BJP's NE leaders.. Reach out to Christians in Kerala

NEW DELHI, Jul 6 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislators and leaders from the North East have been tasked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to expand the party’s base in Kerala by reaching out to the Christian community and removing the misconception..

Amarinder Singh likely to be NDA's VP candidate

NEW DELHI, Jul 2 Amarinder Singh, who quit the Congress last year, is likely to be NDA’s Vice Presidential candidate, former CM’s office said on Saturday. The 80-year-old former Chief Minister of Punjab is in London for a back surgery. Prime M..

Ban on single-use plastic comes into force

New Delhi, Jul 1 The ban on select single-use plastics by the Centre in order to reduce plastic wastage came into effect from today.Single-use plastics are typically items that are discarded after being used only once and does not go for the recycling pro..

VP election on Aug 6

NEW DELHI, Jun 29: The election for the post of Vice President will be held on August 6, the Election Commission said on Wednesday.The notification for the election to decide the successor of M Venkaiah Naidu will be issued on July 5 and the last date for..

Covovax gets nod for kids aged 7 to 12 years

NEW DELHI, Jun 29 The Serum Institute of India's (SII) Covid-19 vaccine Covovax has been approved on Tuesday by the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) for children between the age group of 7 and 12 years.The DCGI's nod for restricted emergency use i..

Indian Journalists Union demands release of Muhammad Zubair

NEW DELHI, Jun 28The Indian Journalists Union (IJU) has condemned in the strongest of terms the arrest of Muhammad Zubair, co-founder of fact checking website AltNews. His arrest by the Delhi police smacks of malafide as it comes for his post in 2018, cla..

Presidential poll Draupadi Murmu files paper in Modi's presence

New Delhi, Jun 24 NDA candidate Draupadi Murmu on Friday filed her nomination for the post of President in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, senior BJP and alliance leaders.Murmu filed her papers in the chamber of the Rajya Sabha Secretary Gen..

With 17,336 cases India sees biggest 1-day spike in 4 months

New Delhi, Jun 24 India recorded 17,336 fresh COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours. This is the biggest spike in daily COVID-19 cases since February 19 when the country had reported 19,968 infections. According to the Union Health Ministry data o..

Foreigner tag on girl

New Delhi, Jun 23 :  Samajwadi Party leader Manish Jagan Agrawal mistook Manipur girl Licypriya Kangujam for a foreign tourist and attacked the BJP using her photograph near the Taj Mahal.Licypriya had tweeted a photograph of hers showing plastic pol..

Presidential polls Yashwant Sinha is Oppn's choice

New Delhi, Jun 21  Yashwant Sinha, a former Union Minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA Government, was today named the joint Opposition candidate for President polls. The BJP is yet to announce its pick for the July polls."In the forthcoming ..

Agitation against Agnipath spreads to more States, more than 350 trains cancelled

New Delhi, Jun 19 Protests against Agnipath, the Centre’s new recruitment scheme for the armed forces, continued for the third consecutive day, spreading to States such as Punjab and Kerala that were until now untouched by the violence.PTI quoted of..

India reports 12,899 new Covid cases

NEW DELHI, Jun 19India on Sunday recorded 12,899 fresh COVID-19 cases that pushed its infection tally to 4,32,96,692, while the number of active cases increased to 72,474, according to Union health ministry data.The death count climbed to 5,24,855 with 15..

MHA announces 10 pc reservation for Agniveers in Assam Rifles, CAPFs

NEW DELHI, Jun 18 : The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said on Saturday that 10% of all vacancies in the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) and Assam Rifles will be reserved for the armed forces recruits who have completed four-years of service under the ..

States asked to submit Covid samples for sequencing

New Delhi, Jun 18 States and Union territories have been asked to submit "larger number" of samples for whole genome sequencing from districts and areas which have seen a surge in COVID-19 cases over a period of seven days, official sources said on Saturd..

'Recruitment soon': Union Ministers thank PM for Agnipath scheme

NEW DELHI, Apr 17 : While at least eight States have been rocked by the massive protests over the Agnipath scheme by the Centre, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the military re..

Community outreach leads NSCN-IM & NNPG leaders into same Kohima hotel

New Delhi/Kohima, Jun 16 : It's not a bizarre thing to happen elsewhere. Two rival political parties or different organisations could definitely end up at a same hotel for respective conclaves. But in the context of Nagaland, it has been billed as rare. S..

India announces far-reaching Agnipath military reform

New Delhi, Jun 14India on Tuesday announced a new recruitment model called Agnipath for the short-term induction of soldiers in the armed forces, with the new scheme replacing the legacy system of recruitment to lower the age profile of the three services..

Modi Govt to recruit 10 lakh people

New Delhi, Jun 14Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced that his Government would be recruiting 10 lakh personnel within the next 18 months, "on a mission mode", a major drive after recruit-ment to Government jobs was derailed following the COV..

Mumbai sees 1,000 pc rise in daily Covid cases since May 17

MUMBAI, Jun 12Mumbai has recorded a 1,000 per cent increase in daily new COVID-19 cases since May 17, triggering fears of a possible fourth wave in India's financial capital.On May 17, Mumbai recorded 158 daily cases while the total active caseload stood ..

Presidential election Nadda, Rajnath to reach out to allies, Oppn

New Delhi, Jun 12Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president JP Nadda and Union Minister Rajnath Singh will hold consultations on behalf of the party with allies and those in the Opposition on the upcoming Presidential election.In a statement, the BJP said the..

Presidential elections on July 18

NEW DELHI, Jun 9Elections to choose the next President of India will be held on July 18, the Election Commission announced today. The counting, if there is a need, will be held on July 21. The new President will take oath on July 25, the Commission said.T..

Fears of 4th wave increase

New Delhi, Jun 9 : Amid fears of a fourth wave of COVID-19, India recorded 7,240 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday.The active cases rose to 28,857, while the active cases stand at 0.08 per cent of the t..

Language debate 'None is inferior to Hindi or English'

GANDHINAGAR, Jun 3 Referring to the importance given to local languages in the new National Education Policy (NEP) by the Centre, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Thursday stressed that all languages of the country are National languages.Pra..

SC rules

New Delhi, Jun 3 : There can be no mining or factories in a 1-km buffer zone of at least 1 km around wildlife sanctuaries and National parks, the Supreme Court ordered on Friday, issuing a slew of directives on regulating activities in and around eco-sens..

Hours before NSCN (IM) meet, rival group raises 'local-outsiders' bogie

New Delhi, May 31 The locals-outsiders debate, a long-lasting feature in the North East and also in Nagaland, has taken a new twist and somewhat ugly turn.On Monday, the umbrella Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) comprising seven militant groups oper..

India records 2,710 new cases

New Delhi, May 27 India logged 2,710 new coronavirus infections in a day taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 4,31,47,530, while the active cases rose to 15,814, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated today.The number of deaths climbed..

Manipur in top three in number of Covid deaths in 2020

NEW DELHI, May 26Maharashtra, followed by Manipur and Uttar Pradesh, have recorded the highest number of Covid-19 death in 2020, when 1.6 lakh people succumbed to the virus in the country.In 2020, the total number of registered deaths in the country was 8..

Take it or leave it moment for NSCN (IM), says Naga leader

New Delhi, May 25As things move towards a possible realisation that there has been enough delay and now time to settle for a pragmatic solution and peace, a key Naga legislator Kuzholuzo Azo Nienu says by inking the 2015 Framework Agreement, the potent NS..

NSCN (IM) to convene crucial meeting on May 31

New Delhi/Dimapur, May 24Things are definitely moving forward and in a constructive manner. On May 20, the NSCN (IM) put on record that it is “not opposed to an early solution” and now, amid intense speculation on the fate of Naga peace talks,..

Centre rolls out measures to stem inflation... Cuts excise duty on petrol by Rs 8/L, diesel by Rs 6/L

NEW DELHI, May 21In a step to bring down the fuel prices, the Centre on Saturday reduced the Central excise duty on petrol by Rs 8 per litre and that on diesel by Rs 6 per litre. “We are reducing the Central excise duty on petrol by Rs 8 per litre a..

Doc seeks memorial for youngest organ donor who saved 5 lives

New Delhi, May 20A six-year-old child who donated organs and saved the lives of five persons has become the youngest organ donor in the history of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here, senior AIIMS neurosurgeon Dr Deepak Gupta told IAN..

Centre to begin Har Ghar Dastak 2.0 to speed up Covid vax drive

NEW DELHI, May 20 Underlining the urgent need for an intensive push to Covid vaccination across the country to accelerate the recent placid momentum, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Friday advised all States and Union Territories to plan for a tw..

NSCN (IM)'s demand standing in the way of final pact : Patton

NEW DELHI, May 18 The stalemate over the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah)’s controversial demand for a separate Flag and Constitution as part of the Naga peace process “must end” and “there must be a breakthroug..

Delhi sweats at 49 degrees C, residents asked to stay in

New Delhi, May 16The maximum temperature recorded in the National capital on Sunday reached 49 degree Celsius, said the India Meteorological Department.While the National capital's Mungeshpur station recorded a temperature of 49.2 degrees, Najafgarh recor..

Don’t expect 100% unanimity on Naga talks : Jamir counsels PM, Shah

New Delhi, May 15 Even as the Naga peace talks have entered the last but a critical phase with the Central Government stating clearly that it “can never reconsider” demands related to a separate Flag and Constitution, veteran State politician ..

Naga outfit miffed over Shah’s ‘broad-based’ talks

NEW DELHI, May 15 The Nagaland Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) collective leadership is none too pleased with the Central Government after two days of talks—on May 12 and 13.   The Centre’s Interlocutor did not yield any ..

SC Jamir meets Amit Shah Naga Peace talks: Things are expected at the earliest

New Delhi, May 14 No further delay. That’s the message around after many months of stalemate and hiccups with regard to the 27-year-old Naga peace talks.“By now, everyone knows about the Government of India’s commitment to give a solutio..

Alleged extra judicial killings probe SC seeks status report from Centre

NEW DELHI, May 13 The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Union of India to file a status report with regard to investigation into the alleged extra judicial killings in Manipur.The investigation is being carried out by a Special Investigation Team consti..

No new FIRs to be filed till re-examination; those already charged can seek bail In historic order, SC puts on hold sedition law

NEW DELHI, May 11 The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the Central Government to re-examine and reconsider the provisions of Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which criminalises the offence of sedition.The Supreme Court, in a historic order p..

Meghalaya, Manipur among 5 States yet to reach ‘replacement-level’ fertility

New Delhi, May 11: Even though India’s overall decline of fertility rate has been encouraging, there are wide inter-regional variations with five States still not having achieved replacement-level of fertility of 2.1 — the rate at which a popu..

Oting firing incident probe complete : COAS

New Delhi, May 10  Army Chief Gen Manoj Pande on Monday said the investigation into the December 4 firing incident in Nagaland’s Oting in Mon district has been completed and the report is now undergoing legal scrutiny.In an interaction with a g..

Posers over next BJP chief

New Delhi, May 8 Amid all the speculations and names doing the rounds for its presidential nominee, the BJP may nominate a candidate either belonging to the Other Backward Class (OBC) or a woman to win their support in the run-up to the 2024 general elect..

Centre defends sedition law

New Delhi, May 8The Centre yesterday defended the sedition law and asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the pleas challenging it. The Court is hearing a batch of pleas challenging the Constitutional validity of the colonial-era law.In a written submission, ..

Ready for peace talks with Chhattisgarh Govt, say Maoists

Dantewada, May 7Responding to the Chhattis-garh Government’s propo- sal, the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoists) has shown willingness to hold peace talks with the Bhupesh Baghel-led dispensation, but also set several conditions, including t..

4.7 million excess deaths in India in 2020-21: WHO

NEW DELHI, May 5India reported 4.7 million excess deaths between Ja-nuary 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday, releasing new estimates on the death toll of the Covid-19 pandemic, which it said claimed more t..

Vaccine fatigue behind poor booster response: Poonawalla

New Delhi, May 5A year after the deadly Delta wave of Covid devastated India, Adar Poonawala, the chief of the Serum Institute of India, has told NDTV that while things may be better, "we are not out of the woods yet" and boosters will be essential to tak..

Data shows NSCN-IM most ‘active’: Back channel push on not to abrogate ceasefire

New Delhi, May 4A fresh Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) report says though on a decline, insur-gency-related incidents still persist and in 2020, the Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland, NSCN-IM, remained the most active group..

Worst Covid pandemic yet to come : Gates

NEW DELHI, May 2Just when we thought Covid was almost over and life could get back to normal after two years of pandemic, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates issued a new warning to the world. Gates has warned that there could still be a variant "even more tr..

India logs 3,157 cases

New Delhi, May 2 With 3,157 new Covid-19 infections being reported in the last 24 hours, India's total tally of cases rose to 4,30,79,188, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday (May 2, 2022). The active caseload increased to 19,500.Ind..

PM bats for use of local languages in Courts

New Delhi, Apr 30 Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while advocating use of local languages in Courts, said on Saturday that the Government is working towards simplifying laws passed in the Parliament for the common man to understand them.“Along with th..

NE lead in digital transactions in Jan to Mar period : PhonePe

NEW DELHI, Apr 30 India's North East region, which includes some of the country's remotest areas, took lead in digital transactions during the January-March period, fintech major PhonePe said as it released the "digital payment trends for Q1 2022"."North ..

India logs 3,377 new cases

NEW DELHI, Apr 29 India logged 3,377 new COVID-19 infections taking the country's total tally of cases to 4,30,72,176, while the active cases rose to 17,801, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.The death toll climbed to 5,23..

Rising cases early hints of 4th wave : Jap firm

NEW DELHI, Apr 29Rising cases are "early hints" of a fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic but do not pose any near-term risk to India's economic growth, a Japanese brokerage said on Friday.However from a medium-term perspective, there are headwinds for gr..

3,303 cases reported in 24 hours, active cases near 17,000

NEW DELHI, Apr 28India on Thursday reported another Covid-19 spike with 3,303 new infections in the last 24 hours and 39 fatalities, the Union Health Ministry reported. With this, the active caseload spiked to 16,980 while the total infections count reach..

Gap between Covid jabs, precaution dose likely to be reduced

NEW DELHI, Apr 27The Government is likely to soon reduce the gap between the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine and the precaution dose from the current nine months to six months, official sources said on Wednesday. A recommendation on lessening the gap is e..

1,399 deaths, 2,483 new cases reported in last 24 hours

NEW DELHI, Apr 26 India has reported 1,399 deaths and 2,483 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) informed on Tuesday morning.There has been a decline of 2.28 per cent in the new cases of COVID-19 re..

DCGI grants EUA to Corbevax for those aged 5-12... Covaxin for 6-12 age group

NEW DELHI, Apr 26 India's drug regulator has granted emergency use authorisation for Biological E's COVID-19 vaccine Corbevax for those aged five to 12 years and Bharat Biotech's Covaxin for children in the age group of six to 12 years, official sources s..

Rising Covid cases : PM to hold review meeting today

NEW DELHI, Apr 26  Covid-19 cases in India have seen an upward surge in the past two weeks. National capital Delhi registered above 1000 cases for two straight days. Maharashtra's capital Mumbai recorded 144 new cases on Sunday.In view of this rising..

12 States report surge in cases India’s Covid cases double in a week

NEW DELHI, Apr 25India’s Covid-19 cases have nearly doubled in a week, as at least 12 States reported a surge in their numbers on Sunday.In the week of April 18 to April 24, India reported 15,700 fresh Covid cases, an increase of 95% in comparison t..

Covishield too found weak against Omicron Take your boosters, says NIV

PUNE, Apr 24A study of vaccine effectiveness against SARS-CoV-2 variants has found that Covishield recipients with no history of Covid had the lowest levels of neutralizing activity against Omicron’s BA.1 sub-lineage, when compared to recovered pati..

Over 17 lakh test HIV+ in last 10 years due to unprotected sex NACO spells out details of HIV

New Delhi, Apr 24 Over 17 lakh people contracted HIV in the country in the last 10 years due to unprotected intercourse, according to the data provided by National AIDS Control Organization in response to an RTI query.However, the number of people contrac..

Onset of fourth wave ? Virus spread at Delhi disturbing

New Delhi, Apr 23 Amid the rising Covid-19 cases in Delhi, an analysis by IIT-Madras has revealed that every infected person is infecting two others in the National capital.According to the PTI news agency, Delhi's R-value or reproductive value, which ind..

Omicron BA.2.12.1 mutant detected in Delhi, may be driving new surge

NEW DELHI, Apr 22A new SARS CoV 2 mutant, BA. 2.12.1, related to the Omicron subvariant BA.2 but with other distinct changes, may be driving the current surge in COVID-19 cases in Delhi and surrounding districts, top sources in INSACOG, India’s coro..

Delhi extends truce pact with 3 Naga groups

New Delhi, Apr 20 The Centre has extended the ceasefire agreement with three different Naga groups for one more year. The groups are National Socialist Council of Nagaland/NK (NSCN/NK), National Socialist Council of Nagaland/Reformation (NSCN/R) and Natio..

Cong leader urges Centre to implement Naga pacts

NEW DELHI, Apr 19 There are two agreements that the Centre has signed with various Naga groups and the Government should implement them, leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said in a letter to Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday.M..

90% jump in India's daily Covid cases (2,183); Kerala sees spike in deaths

New Delhi, Apr 18  India today recorded a massive jump in its daily Covid counts, raising fears of another spike in infections. As many as 2,183 new Covid cases have been recorded over the past 24 hours, an 89.8 per cent jump from yesterday's case co..

Lt Gen Manoj Pande named next COAS

NEW DELHI, Apr 18 Lt Gen Manoj C Pande, the current Vice Chief of the Army Staff has been appointed as the next Chief of the Army Staff with effect from April 30, 2022.Born on May 06, 1962, Lt Gen Manoj C Pande was commissioned on December 24, 1982 in the..

Legal experts weigh in... ‘SC must protect the rights of State Govts’

New Delhi, Apr 17 The Supreme Court has commented on the nature of the Indian Union in several judgments, and plays a significant role in establishing and evolving “Indian federalism”, say experts.The Central Government and the State Governmen..

Covid spread up by 500 pc in last 15 days among Delhi residents : SurveySurvey covers 11,743 residents of Delhi, NCR

New Delhi, Apr 17 The number of people in Delhi-NCR reporting someone getting Covid in their close social network has risen by 500% in the last 15 days, a survey has claimed.Around 19 per cent residents of Delhi-NCR responding to a survey revealed they ha..

Covid new variants WHO cautions on new variants

NEW DELHI, Apr 16 With new Covid variants being detected, World Health Organisation (WHO) officials again asserted that it is extremely essential for all to get vaccinated against the virus and continue all the efforts to stop the virus from circulating. ..

Nod given to pursue 2 degrees together

New Delhi, Apr 13 Starting from the academic year 2022-23, students will be able to pursue two degrees simultaneously, University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman M Jagadesh Kumar said Tuesday.The UGC has been planning such a move for a long time, but rec..

‘4th wave will start in June-July and last till Sept’

Bengaluru, Apr 13 Predictive studies opine that the 4th wave of the Covid-19 will start in June-July and last till September, stated Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar on Tuesday. “Karnataka is prepared to face it,” he added.He said that the..

IAF inks MoU with IIT Madras to accelerate indigenisation efforts for ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’

NEW DELHI, Apr 13 (PIB)Indian Air Force and IIT Madras signed a MoU today for various developmental projects to support the requirements of the IAF. The MoU was signed by Air Commodore S Bahuja, Command Engineering Officer (Systems), Headquarters Mai..

NE groups oppose Centre’s Hindi move, call it an ‘imposition’

NEW DELHI, Apr 10Several North East-based organisations—including Assam’s apex literary body, the Asom Sahitya Sabha—have urged the Centre to roll back its decision to make Hindi compulsory till Class X in the region.In a statement on Sa..

Another case of XE variant detected in Gujarat

NEW DELHI, Apr 9Gujarat has detected a case of XE Covid variant, which is said to be highly trans-missible, sources have said. This comes days after Mumbai's civic body repor-ted India's first patient who got affected by the new recombinant variant that h..

Covishield, Covaxin prices cut to Rs 225

NEW DELHI, Apr 9A day before Covid vaccine booster shots become available to all Indian adults, the prices of Covishield and Covaxin at private hospitals have been slashed by more than half.  Both the vaccine doses will now cost Rs 225. While Covishi..

People from different States should speak in Hindi, not English : Amit ShahCompulsory Hindi in NE till Class X

New Delhi, Apr 8 People of different States should communicate with each other in Hindi, and not English, Home Minister Amit Shah suggested on Thursday.“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided that the medium of running the Government is the Offici..

4th wave of Covid likely to hit India soon ? Check all symptoms seen so far

NEW DELHI, Apr 8 The third wave of the virus had ebbed in the country in March and while the chances of avoiding another surge seem unavoidable, the only thing we can do to protect ourselves is to stay vigilant, remain prepared and understand the symptoms..

Booster dose for 18+ at Pvt centres from Apr 10

NEW DELHI, Apr 8The Centre on Friday announced that booster doses can now be administered to all those above the age of 18. The vaccination will begin from April 10 at private vaccination centres.Earlier, the Government had started these booster shots or ..

India daily Covid tally drops below 1,000-mark

NEW DELHI, Mar 4India on Monday logged less than 1,000 new Covid cases for the first time since April 2020. The country reported 913 fresh cases in the last 24-hours, the Health Ministry data showed, in the lowest daily Covid tally in 715 days. The drop i..

New Covid variant XE more transmissible than Omicron found : WHO

New Delhi, Apr 3A new Covid variant has been found in the UK, the World Health Organisation said in its latest report. The new mutant, called XE, may be more transmissible than any strain of COVID-19, the health body said.XE is a "recombinant" which is a ..

Mirabai wins 'BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year' award

NEW DELHI, Mar 29 Olympic silver medallist weightlifter Mirabai Chanu on Monday won the BBC Indian Sportswoman of The Year award. Chanu created history last year when she became the first Indian weightlifter to clinch a silver medal at the Summer Olympics..

Assam-Meghalaya sign pact to resolve border dispute in six places

NEW DELHI, Mar 29 : Assam and Meghalaya on Tuesday signed an agreement to resolve their five-decade-old border dispute in six of the 12 locations, with Union Home Minister Amit Shah calling it a "historic day" for the North East.The agreement was signed i..

Centre asks States to end all Covid curbs from Mar 31

NEW DELHI, Mar 23 As COVID-19 cases show a steady decline in the country, the Centre asked States and Union Territories to end all Covid containment measures from March 31. The decision to end all the Covid-related curbs came two years after the Disaster ..

Oppn urges Govt to sharpen focus on NE

NEW DELHI, Mar 15 The Opposition on Monday urged the Centre to sharpen its focus on the development of the country’s North East and mainstream the region with the rest of the country, even as BJP leaders said that the region had witnessed significan..

After total whitewash in Assembly polls Sonia asks PCC chiefs of 5 States to resign

NEW DELHI, Mar 15Congress president Sonia Gandhi has asked the PCC presidents of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur to put in their resignations, party leader Randeep Surjewala informed on Tuesday.The resignations have been asked in order..

Anti-Lynching Bills of Manipur, Rajasthan Centre seeks clarification from States

NEW DELHI, Mar 15The Centre has sought clarifications from the Governments of Rajasthan and Manipur on their respective Anti-Lynching Bills, informed Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai on Tuesday in Lok Sabha.Anandpur Sahib Congress MP Manis..

Vaccines for 12-14 age group from Mar 16

New Delhi, Mar 14 India will start vaccinating children aged 12 to 14 years from March 16 as it expands its COVID-19 vaccination coverage, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya announced on Monday. The condition of co-morbidity for people aged 60 and ab..

Sitharaman, Rijiju named observers

NEW DELHI, Mar 14 The BJP Parliamentary Board has appointed Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Union Minister of Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju as Central observer and co-observer for election of the leader of BJP Manipur Pradesh legislature wing..

BJP to form Govts after Holi : Sources

New Delhi, Mar 14 The BJP will form Governments in the four States it won in the recently concluded elections after Holi (March 18), sources said today. Chief Ministers for Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur will reportedly be chosen after the fe..

Ahead of CWC meet to discuss election rout Calls rung out for RaGa to take over

New Delhi, Mar 13 Days after the Congress suffered a crushing defeat in Assembly elections in five States, the party’s Working Committee – its top decision-making body –met on Sunday to introspect even as familiar scenes played out of so..

Congress elections may be advanced at meet today

New Delhi, Mar 12The Congress's top decision-making body, the Congress Working Committee or CWC, will meet at 4 pm tomorrow, three days after a huge defeat in State polls, and is likely to advance internal elections scheduled in Sep-tember amid renewed qu..