Vaccines now to be available in hospitals

New Delhi, Jan 27 Covishield and Covaxin have been cleared by India's drugs regulator for sale in the market, sources have said. However, this doesn't mean the two COVID-19 vaccines will be available at shops soon though people would be able to buy them f..

ECI keeping close watch on expenditure of virtual rallies

NEW DELHI, Jan 27 Since the Election Commission has banned physical campaigning due to the prevailing Covid-19 situation in the country and the political parties are doing virtual rallies, the Commission is keeping a close tab on the money spent on these ..

Omicron in community spread stage, dominant strain in cities

New Delhi, Jan 23The Omicron variant of the coronavirus is in the community transmission stage in the country and has become dominant in several metros where new cases have been spiking exponentially, INSACOG said in its latest bulletin.Short for Indian S..

EC extends ban on rallies till Jan 31

New Delhi, Jan 22The Election Commission has extended its ban on physical poll rallies and road shows ahead of the five Assembly elections scheduled next month till January 31, 2022. This ban was imposed by the Election Commission earlier this month on ac..

On the demand to repeal AFSPA Will be 'most happy' if Army is relieved : COAS

New Delhi, Jan 20 Army Chief General MM Naravane, on Wednesday, said that the argument on repealing the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) needs a different approach, wherein the Disturbed Areas status of States needs to change.Taking the example of ..

Plea before SC seeks postponement of State Assembly elections

NEW DELHI, Jan 20A petition has been filed before the Supreme Court seeking postponement of Assembly elections in States of Goa, Manipur, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh in view of the surge in COVID-19 cases [Kanwariya Sena Sangathan v. Union of In..

In blow to India's Covid genome sequencing, 5 labs shut : Sources

New Delhi, Jan 20 Delays in genome sequencing samples from Covid patients-to identify the strain of virus in each case-is due to a lack of funds for chemical reagents, top Health Ministry sources have told NDTV.Five labs across the country-part of INSACOG..

Omicron to peak in India by Feb 15, may spell end of 3rd wave: Experts

MUMBAI, Jan 19Most of India will see a peak in Omicron cases by mid February, health experts said on Tuesday.Speaking to IANS, Dr Shashank Joshi, member of Covid-19 Maharashtra State Task Force noted that Omicron has followed the South African pattern in ..

India’s third wave likely to peak on Jan 23: IIT Kanpur scientist

New Delhi, Jan 19 The third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in India may peak on January 23 with daily cases likely to remain below the 4 lakh mark, according to a scientist at the Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur.Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata have already..

Plea seeking action against parties over tainted candidates Supreme Court agrees to consider case

New Delhi, Jan 18 The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to examine a seeking direction to the Election Commission to de-register a political party, which fails to comply with the Court's direction to disclose criminal antecedents of candidates fielded in po..

Vaccination for 12-14 age group... Jabs likely from March : NTAGI chief

NEW DELHI, Jan 18India may begin inoculating children in the 12-14 age group against COVID-19 in March as the 15-17 population is likely to get fully vaccinated by then, NK Arora, Chairman of the COVID-19 Working Group of the National Technical Advisory G..

Vaccination drive completes 1 year, over 156 Cr doses administered so far

NEW DELHI, Jan 16The countrywide vaccination drive against COVID-19 on Sunday completed one year, during which over 156.76 crore vaccine doses were administered.According to Health Ministry officials, over 92 % of the adult population have received at lea..

India sees fresh surge with 2,71,202 cases

New Delhi, Jan 16 India on Sunday reported another major surge in Covid-19 cases with 2,71,202 fresh infections being registered in the past 24 hours. With this, the active caseload currently stood at 15,50,377 that comprised 4.81 per cent of the total in..

ECI extends ban on rallies, road shows till Jan 22

New Delhi, Jan 15  The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Saturday extended the ban on the physical rallies and road shows till January 22, however, it has allowed the political parties to hold indoor meetings of maximum of 300 persons or 50 per c..

ECI briefs observers of 5 poll-bound States

New Delhi, Jan 14 Election Commission of India (ECI) on Friday organized a meeting for observers, who will be deployed for the upcoming Assembly elections of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa. The ECI had announced the schedule for the f..

Modi holds review meeting on Covid with CMs ‘Focus on local containment, vaccination biggest weapon’

New Delhi, Jan 13 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday held a virtual meeting with Chief Ministers to review the COVID-19 situation in their respective States. During the meeting PM Modi raised concern saying compared to Delta variant, Omicron is spre..

Nagaland incident regrettable : COAS

NEW DELHI, Jan 12 The Army is thoroughly investigating the “regrettable incident” in Nagaland’s Mon district on December 4, in which 14 were killed in a firing, and the inquiry report should be ready in a day or two, Army Chief General M..

Most dists of poll-bound UP, Punjab, Manipur vulnerable to Covid: Empowered group

NEW DELHI, Jan 12Most of the districts in three poll-bound States – Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Manipur – have been found to “represent high vulnerability to emerging Covid pandemic due to Omicron variant”, with their population at &..

NE rebels regrouping in China-Myanmar borderlands : Experts

KOLKATA, Jan 11Security experts believe a resurgence in militant attacks, which have rocked India’s North East in recent months, have come about as militants work to regroup in China’s borderlands with Myanmar, and expect more to follow even a..

1.68 lakh more cases recorded

NEW DELHI, Jan 11India reported a decline in daily Covid-19 cases on Tuesday. The country reported 168,063 coronavirus cases and 277 deaths in a span of 24 hours. Yesterday, India had added 1,79,723 Covid cases.  The number of Omicron tally surged to..

5-10% Covid cases require hospitalisation this time : Centre

NEW DELHI, Jan 10Five to 10% of the active Covid cases this time so far needed hospitalisation but the situation is dynamic and may change rapidly, the Centre said on Monday and asked States to keep a watch on cases under home isolation and in hospitals.D..

India adds 1.79 lakh cases; Omicron tally reaches 4,033

NEW DELHI, Jan 10India logged 1,79,723 fresh Covid-19 cases on Monday, the most since late May, while the active cases increased to 7,23,619, according to the data updated at 8 am. With this, India's Covid-19 caseload has surged to 35.71 million. Of the 1..

What the Model Code of Conduct entails

New Delhi, Jan 9The Election Commission of India (EC), on Saturday, announced the schedule for the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur. While the election in Uttar Pradesh will be held in 7 phases from Feb 10 to March..

Combination of Delta and Omicron ... New strain Deltacron detected

NEW DELHI, Jan 9A new Covid-19 strain ‘Deltacron’ that combines Delta and Omicron was found in Cyprus, according to Leondios Kostrikis, Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Cyprus and head of the Laboratory of Biotechnology an..

Most patients during 3rd wave are infected with Omicron: Dr Arora

New Delhi, Jan 9 In an exclusive interview with India Today, Chairman of India's technical advisory group on Covid-19 vaccination Dr NK Arora said that around 70-80 per cent of Covid-19 cases during India’s third wave are of the Omicron variant of t..

With poll schedule out, 690 ACs to vote in next 2 months

New Delhi, Jan 8 Dates for Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Manipur, Punjab, and Uttarakhand were announced Saturday afternoon. Polling will be held over seven phases starting in UP on February 10, with counting of votes scheduled for March 10.Ut..

India reports over 1,41,000 fresh Covid cases

NEW DELHI, Jan 8India saw a single-day rise of 1,41,986 new coronavirus cases, raising the tally to 3,53,68,372, which included 3,071 cases of Omicron variant reported across 27 states and union territories so far, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturd..

EC hikes expenditure limits for candidates

NEW DELHI, Jan 7 The Election Commission on Thursday announced a hike in expenditure limit for candidates to Rs 95 lakh (up from Rs 70 lakh) for Lok Sabha elections, and Rs 40 lakh (up from Rs 28 lakh) for Assembly polls.The Government’s decision is..

India's daily Covid tally crosses 1 lakh mark, Omicron count at 3,000

New Delhi, Jan 7 India on Friday breached the one-lakh mark in its daily Covid-19 tally with as many as 1,17,100 new cases being recorded in the last 24 hours. According to the latest updated data with the Union Ministry of Health and Family Affairs, the ..

India reports 37,379 new cases highest since Sept and 124 deaths; Omicron tally at 1,892

NEW DELHI, Jan 4 India on Tuesday reported 37,379 new Covid cases, highest since early September while the active cases rose to 1,71,830, according to the Union Health Ministry data.There are 1,892 Omicron cases in India with 23 States reporting the new C..

‘Third Wave on, 75% cases in Metros are Omicron’

NEW DELHI, Jan 3A large chunk of Omicron cases in India as the country faces a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic have been reported from big cities, the head of the country's vaccine task force told NDTV today, adding the third wave of the pandemic is v..

2 Covid vaccines, 1 pill okayed in a single day

NEW DELHI, Dec 28 India has cleared two more Covid vaccines and one pill today. The two latest vaccines approved by drug regulator CDSCO are Corbevax and Covovax. The anti-viral drug Molnupiravir can be used only in an emergency, informed Union Health Min..

Health Secy briefs ECI

NEW DELHI, Dec 27 : As the Election Commission of India (ECI) prepares for Assembly polls in Goa, Manipur, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab in early 2022, it was on Monday briefed by Union Health and Family Welfare Secretary Rajesh Bhushan about the ..

Army probe team to visit Nagaland firing site on Dec 29

NEW DELHI, Dec 27An inquiry team of the Indian Army will visit the site in Oting, Nagaland where 14 civilians were killed in a botched up anti-insurgency operation by the security forces. The team will visit the incident site on December 29 and will also ..

Poll schedule for Assembly elections in 5 States likely to be announced in Jan: Sources EC team set to arrive at Manipur again

New Delhi, Dec 26 The poll schedule for Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Uttarakhand, Goa, and Punjab, will not be announced this year. The schedule will likely be announced around January 5, as per sources in the Election Commission.Accordin..

Consider curbs, night curfews : Centre

NEW DELHI, Dec 23To maintain preparedness amid the rising Omicron cases in India, the Modi Government on Thursday advised States to impose restrictions and undertake containment measures ahead of the festivities.The States have been asked to put in place ..

Omicron tally rises to 213

New Delhi, Dec 22 The country has so far reported 213 cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Maharashtra on Tuesday recorded 11 new infections of the Omicron variant which took the tally of suc..

NE on Home Ministry's priority list in 2022

NEW DELHI, Dec 21As 2021 draws to a close, the Home Ministry would focus more attention to the North East region of India in the aftermath of an ambush in Manipur in which Assam Rifles’ commanding officer, his son and wife and other jawans died, and..

200 Omicron cases in India, 54 each for Maharashtra, Delhi

New Delhi, Dec 21The number of cases of Covid's fast-spreading strain Omicron has crossed the 200-mark in India, the Union Health Ministry said today.Out of them them, 77 patients have recovered or migrated, the Ministry added.Maharashtra and Delhi have r..

Centre blocks 20 YouTube channels

New Delhi, Dec 21The Information and Broadcasting Ministry on Tuesday said in a "closely coordinated" effort with intelligence agencies, it has ordered blocking of 20 YouTube channels and two websites as they were spreading anti-India propaganda and fake ..

India's Omicron tally reaches 151 as 2 UK returnees test positive

MUMBAI, Dec 19Maharashtra on Sunday reported six more cases of infectious Omicron variant of Covid. Telangana's tally jumped from eight to 20, while Karnataka and Kerala reported six and four cases respectively. So far Omicron cases have been detected in ..

Omicron driven 3rd wave likely to peak in Feb

NEW DELHI, Dec 18There will be definitely a third wave of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in India once the Omicron variant starts repla-cing Delta as the dominant strain, according to members of the National Covid-19 Supermodel Committee. Vidyasagar, the ..

101 Omicron cases in India, avoid unnecessary gatherings: Centre

New Delhi, Dec 17The Omicron variant of the coronavirus is "spreading rapidly" - there are now 101 cases in 11 states in India - the Health Ministry said Friday, warning that 19 districts were at high risk of a surge in COVID-19 cases.Faced with the threa..

Omicron threat Centre asks States for mock drill of oxygen devices

NEW DELHI, Dec 15 In a review meeting with States on the status of oxygen equipment, the Centre on Wednesday pulled up some of them for the delay in dispatching crucial medical devices to districts and not making them functional yet in a large number of h..

SII plans to launch Covid vaccine for children in 6 months

New Delhi, DEC 14Serum Institute of India (SII) plans to launch a Covid-19 vaccine for children in the next six months, the com-pany's CEO Adar Poona- walla said on Tuesday. Participating in an industry conference, Poonawalla said the vaccine 'Covovax' is..

Manipur and Assam resisted MHA decision to remove AFSPA tag

NEW DELHI, Dec 13After the recent civilian killings in Nagaland, there is a clamor in the northeast States to revoke the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act or the AFSPA. However, four years ago, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) decision to remove a..

Oting incident proves high time AFSPA is repealed: Sharmila

Kolkata, Dec 13Rights activist Irom Shar-mila, who was on a 16-year hunger strike against the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), feels the recent killing of civilians in firing by security forces in Nagaland should be an eye-opener to repeal the c..

Keep strict vigil on Covid situation: Centre to States

NEW DELHI, Dec 11Drawing attention towards three States where eight districts have been reporting over 10 per cent Covid positivity rate, the Centre has asked all States and Union Territories to maintain strict watch on the situation with focused district..

Farmers end 15-month protest, to vacate protest sites

New Delhi, Dec 9 Farmers who have been protesting for over 15 months against the (now scrapped) farm laws and other issues including a legal guarantee of Minimum Support Price (MSP) have announced that they will end their protest on Saturday, December 11,..

SC sets aside order of Speaker disqualifying 3 MLAs

NEW DELHI, Dec 8 The Supreme Court has on Wednesday set aside the order passed by the Speaker of the Manipur Assembly disqualifying three Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) for allegedly defecting to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).The Bench of Justi..

Defence Chief General Bipin Rawat dies in chopper crash

NEW DELHI, Dec 8 Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat died today after an Air Force helicopter carrying him and 13 others crashed shortly after take-off in Tamil Nadu.General Rawat's wife Madhulika Rawat was also killed.The crash took place shortly after th..

Officer of Maj Gen rank to head enquiry

New Delhi, Dec 7The Indian Army has ordered a court of inquiry headed by an officer of Major General rank into the Nagaland firing incident in which 14 civilians were killed, official sources said on Tuesday.Former senior Army officers on Monday called th..

Centre expresses regret over Nagaland firing incident: Amit Shah

NEW DELHI , Dec 06Expressing regret over the Nagaland firing incident, Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday said that a probe by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) will be comple-ted within a month and asserted that all agencies must ensure such happen-ings ..

Over 50 pc of India's adult population fully vaccinated: Union Health Minister

New Delhi, Dec 5Over 50 per cent of India's eligible adult population is now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Union Health Minister Mansukh Manda-viya said on Sunday as the cumulative vaccine doses administered in the country exceeded 127.61 crore.Accor..

Omicron: India tally touches 21

PUNE, Dec 5As many as seven new samples in Maharashtra were found to be infected with the Omicront variant of Coro-navirus disease on Sunday.Moreover, four members of a family and five others from Adarsh Nagar in Jaipur tested positive for Omicron on Sund..

Omicron tally reaches four

New Delhi, Dec 4 : India reported two more cases of Omicron Covid variant on Saturday, taking the country's total tally of the new strain to four.The first case was detected from India's western Gujarat state, where a 72-year-old man tested positive.A res..

India’s first Omicron cases detected in Karnataka

BENGALURU, Dec 2Amid threat of Omicron variant, the Union Health Ministry on Thursday updating on the COVID-19 situation in India said that two cases of Omicron have been reported in the country so far and both cases are from Karnataka.The Omicron cases h..

State reports third highest UAPA arrests

NEW DELHI, Dec 2Uttar Pradesh reported the highest number of arrests under the stringent Unlaw-ful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), 1967, follow-ed by Jammu and Kashmir, and Manipur, according to data tabled by the Govt in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.UP r..

Peace talks at important stage, says Nagaland CM

NEW DELHI, Dec 1Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Wednesday said the peace talks between the Centre and Naga insurgent groups have reached a stage where he is hopeful of an early resolution to the decades-old issue. He said the Nagas continue to earn..

Health Ministry directs States to enhance testing

NEW DELHI, Nov 28 Cautioning that overall testing as well as the proportion of RT-PCR tests have declined in some States, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on November 28 directed that “ample testing infrastructure need to be operationalised to tackle..

Govt extends 5-kg free foodgrains scheme till March 2022

New Delhi, Nov 24The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a pro-posal to extend distribution of 5kg foodgrains per month for free under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) to over 80 crore ration card holders for four months till March 2022, a de..

Centre raises concern over fall in Covid testing rates

New Delhi, Nov 24Citing multiple surges in coronavirus cases in several countries, the Union Health Ministry has written to 13 States and Union territories, including West Bengal, Kerala, Maharashtra and Punjab, expressing concerns over declining weekly t..

Cabinet approves Farm Laws repeal Bill

NEW DELHI, Nov 24The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a Bill to repeal the three farm laws, which triggered protests at Delhi borders by thousands of farmers.The Cabinet has approved repeal of farm laws, said Union Minister Anurag Thakur after the Cabi..

SC seeks data on compensation paid to families of Covid dead

SC seeks data on compensation paid to families of Covid deadNew Delhi, Nov 23The Supreme Court has asked the Centre to gather information from the States on the progress made on disbursal of compensation of Rs 50,000 to the families of COVID-19 victims an..

Kejriwal promises Rs 1000 per month

New Delhi, Nov 22: Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced that every woman aged 18 and above will be given Rs 1000 per month in their bank accounts if his party forms Govern-ment in Punjab in the upcoming Assembly elections in 2022.R..

Union Health Minister urges State to speed up Covid vaccination

New Delhi, Nov 22Union Health Minister Man-sukh Mandaviya on Monday urged Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Puducherry, which have been reporting a low vaccination coverage, to launch aggressive campaign to increase the pace and ensure full COVID-19 inocu-..

Union Health Minister to discuss low vaccination

NEW DELHI, Nov 21: Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will hold a meeting on Monday to discuss the low Covid-19 first dose coverage in Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Puducherry. The Covid-19 first dose vaccine coverage is less th..

PM Modi announces repeal of three contentious farm laws

NEW DELHI, Nov 19Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced the repeal of three conten-tious farm laws, assuring farmer groups protesting against them for the past year that the legislative process for the repeal would be completed in the upcoming w..

Fully vaccinated Indians surpass those with just one jab

NEW DELHI, Nov 17In a notable measure of India's vaccination progress, more adults are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19 than those who are just partially vaccinated.According to the latest figures on CoWin, over 38 crore people have received both dos..

Delhi air pollution: Schools, colleges to remain closed till further orders

NEW DELHI, Nov 17The Delhi Government has decided to shut schools and other educational institut-ions, and ban the entry of vehicles from outside, except for essential services, till further orders amid rising pollution levels in the National capital, Env..

Dr Ranjan reaffirms India's commitment to strengthen IORA

NEW DELHI, Nov 17India virtually participated in the 21st Annual Council of Ministers (COM) meeting of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) today led by the Minister of State, External Affairs (MoS), Dr Rajkumar Ranjan Singh. The IORA COM was held in a..

Indian companies eye Covid medicine

MUMBAI, Nov 17With the focus shifting to treatment of Covid-19 through oral pills, domestic companies including Cipla, Dr Reddy’s, Sun Pharma and BDR Pharma are eyeing antivirals including Pfizer’s new drug, Paxlovid. Importantly, most of thes..

Selection of BJP candidates likely to begin from Dec

New Delhi, Nov 16 The BJP is likely to begin the process of selecting its candi-dates from December for the upcoming Assembly polls in five States.A senior BJP leader associated with the party's election management told IANS that while selecting the party..

Ready for complete lockdown: Delhi Govt tells SC on air pollution

NEW DELHI, Nov 15 Delhi Government today informed the  Supreme Court that it is ready to impose a complete lockdown in Delhi to control air pollution.The Delhi Government suggested to the apex Court that it would be meaningful if lockdown is implemen..

IMA pushes for Covid vaccine for all diabetes patients

NEW DELHI, Nov 15The Indian Medical Asso-ciation (IMA) on Sunday demanded COVID-19 vacci-nation for all diabetes patients, including a booster dose, if needed. The association launched a campaign for early detection and mitigation of diabetes complication..

India comments on China construction in Arunachal

New Delhi, Nov 11India has taken strong note of a Pentagon report that refers to a 100-home Chinese village in Arunachal Pradesh, first reported by NDTV."China has undertaken construction activities in the past several years along the border areas, includ..

Centre to restore MPLAD scheme

NEW DELHI, Nov 10The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved restoration and continuation of the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS), which was suspended in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.Addressing a press conference after a meeting of..

Congress leaders meet Sonia Gandhi

NEW DELHI, Nov 9 Ahead of the 2022 Assembly elections, Manipur Congress leaders on Tuesday met party interim president Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi.All India Congress Committee (AICC) Manipur in charge Bhakta Charan Das, senior observer Jairam Ramesh along w..

India reports 526 Covid deaths

NEW DELHI, Nov 7 : India on Sunday reported 10,853 new Covid cases and 526 deaths.Active cases account for less than 1% of total cases and are currently at 0.42%. This is the lowest since March 2020. India's active caseload stands at 1,44,845. The active ..

Go door-to-door, take religious leaders' help : PM on vaccinations

New Delhi, Nov 3 Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said Covid vaccines should now be taken door-to-door and there should be equal focus on the second dose. For this campaign, he suggested that religious leaders and youth organisations like National Cadet..

Govt slashes petrol excise duty by Rs 5 and diesel excise duty by Rs 10

NEW DELHI, Nov 3 On the eve of Diwali, the Centre announced its decision to slash excise duty on petrol by Rs 5 and on diesel by Rs 10.The Government said these prices will come into effect from November 4 midnight."The reduction in excise duty on diesel ..

Centre's warning to Assam, WB as Covid cases rise, tests decline

NEW DELHI, Oct 30In view of rising coronavirus cases, weekly positivity rates and decreasing testing figures in Assam and West Bengal, the Centre has asked the State Governments to undertake a review of these parameters while stressing on strict enforceme..

5 States report cases of new variant AY.4.2

MUMBAI, Oct 28Amid fear of COVID-19 third wave, the new AY.4.2 variant of coronavirus has reached Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Telangana and Jammu and Kashmir. The new variant is under investigation and according to experts the new vari..

DSU to organise virtual conclave on 'Computer Vision Impelled Technology'

BENGALURU, Oct 27The Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, School of Engineering, Dayananda Sagar university (DSU) in collaboration with Atal Incubation Centre, DSU is organising the second edition of virtual conclave on 'Computer Visio..

India records 12,428 new Covid cases

NEW DELHI, Oct 26 In a big sigh of relief, India on Tuesday recorded the lowest daily surge in nearly eight months with only 12,428 new COVID-19 cases being reported according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.The Health Ministry's latest ..

Defence Minister chairs Ambassador's Round Table for DefExpo 2022

NEW DELHI, Oct 25 (PIB)In a major outreach to the friendly foreign countries and also to the defence manufacturing industries of the world, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh chaired the Ambassadors’ Round Table for DefExpo 2022, in New Delhi today.The ..

Vaccine boosters after a year : AIIMS chief

New Delhi, Oct 23 Booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine might become necessary sometime next year-depending on how long the first two doses protect against hospitalisation and death-Dr Randeep Guleria, chief of Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Scien..

India won't see a new devastating wave of Covid : Experts

NEW DELHI, Oct 23Experts have said that it is unlikely that India will witness a new devastating wave of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic like the second one unless there is a new immune escaping variant, news agency PTI reported on Friday. How..

Covid advisory

New Delhi, Oct 23 : States must ensure coronavirus precautions are followed strictly during the festive season, the Government said in an advisory on Saturday, listing measures like promoting online shopping and avoiding unnecessary travel to stop infecti..

India now has protective shield of 100 crore vaccine doses against Covid pandemic: PM Modi

NEW DELHI, Oct 21The country now has a strong "protective shield" of 100 crore vaccine doses to combat the biggest pandemic in 100 years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday.India achieved a major milestone in its vaccination programme against C..

With Modi’s address today, BJP to kickstart its poll mission

New Delhi, Oct 17 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday will give tips to all the BJP’s National office-bearers and the party’s Morcha (wing) chiefs on how to take forward the achievements of the Central Government to the masses ahead of the ..

Upcoming Assembly polls in Punjab, Goa, Manipur, Uttarakhand, UP Amit Shah attends BJP War Room meeting

New Delhi, Oct 13 Led by Union Minister Amit Shah, the BJP held a meeting at its war-room in Delhi to discuss the coming round of State elections early next year. Five States are expected to have Assembly elections in February and March--Punjab, Goa,..

3rd wave risk

New Delhi, Oct 13: Gita Gopinath, International Monetary Fund's Chief Economist, told NDTV today that with 50 per cent vaccination, India is high in confidence, especially in the backdrop of many Nations failing to meet the 40 per cent target. But concern..

Covaxin gets approval for kids aged 2-18 years

NEW DELHI, Oct 12An expert panel on Tuesday recommended Covaxin-Bharat Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine-for use on children between the ages of two and 18.  "Bharat Biotech has submitted data from clinical trials in the two-18 age group for Covaxin to CDSC..

Centre flags five States for high number of active COVID-19 cases

New Delhi, Oct 7 The Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry said on Thursday that India’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing, insisting that “to some extent, we say that we haven't controlled the second wave of Covid”. ..

India reports 20,799 new Covid cases

NEW DELHI, Oct 4: India has reported 20,799 new Covid-19 cases, and 180 deaths in a span of 24 hours, the Union health ministry said on Monday. The current recovery rate is 97.89%, highest since March 2020 it stated.With a decline of 6,099 active cases, t..

SC approves Centre's Covid deaths compensation scheme

NEW DELHI, Oct 4  : The Supreme Court today accepted the Centre's submission that Rs 50,000 compensation shall be paid to the relatives of those who died after contracting the coronavirus. The financial compensation - that will include past and futur..

Need to focus on developing dual-use technologies: Rajnath Singh

NEW DELHI, Oct 4India needs to focus on developing dual-use technologies for both military and civilian agencies and special attention should be paid to research and development for manufacturing state-of-the-art defence platforms, Defence Minister Rajnat..

India records 24,354 new Covid cases

New Delhi, Oct 2 India reported 24,354 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, a slight decrease of 8.8 per cent from yesterday, taking the overall caseload to 3,37,91,061. At least 234 deaths due to coronavirus were also reported in last 24 hours.Here a..

100 Chinese troops crossed into India: Reports

New Delhi, Sep 30: In yet another reminder that the de facto border between India and China remains conten-tious in several regions beyond Ladakh, details are emerging about the latest incursion by Chinese forces, this time in Uttarakhand's Barahoti regio..