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6 more months needed to frame CAA rules, MHA informs Parliament

New Delhi, Jul 27 The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) informed Parliament on Tuesday that it has sought six more months to frame rules for the Citizenship Amendment Act or CAA. The MHA said it has asked committees on subordinate legislation in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha time till January 9, 2022.Replying to a question posed by Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi, Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai said that the CAA has been notified on December 12, 2019 and has come into force from January 10, ..

Smriti launches 24/7 helpline for women affected by violence

NEW Delhi, Jul 27For the safety and security of women across the Nation and in line with the Union Government’s efforts towards overall betterment of women, the Union Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Zubin Irani today inaugurated the National Commission for Women’s 24/7 helpline - 7827170170.The helpline aims to provide 24/7 online support to women affected by violence through referral by linking them with appropriate authorities such as police, hospitals, District Legal ..

Red carpet rolled out for Mirabai at Delhi Airport

NEW DELHI, Jul 26Olympic silver medallist Mirabai Chanu returned from Tokyo, to a rousing welcome amidst tight security, at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here on Monday. Quite thoughtfully Mirabai retained her face shield and mask, when she was escorted by security personnel and other officers.“It is a fruit of five years of hard work. I learnt a lot from the Rio failure. Winning an Olympic medal was my dream. I was confident that I would do my best and return with a medal this time. ..

Chinese lifter to be tested for anything adverse in first sampleGlimmer of ‘golden hope’ for Mirabai

NEW DELHI, Jul 26China's Zhihui Hou is set to undergo a doping test at the Tokyo Olympics, 2 days after she won the women's 49kg weightlifting gold, setting a new Olympic record of 210kg.It was Zhihui Hou who finished above India's Mirabai Chanu and won t..

Trial of Covaxin on 2 to 6 years by next week

New Delhi, Jul 26  All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi will start the second dose trial of Bharat Biotech's Covid-19 vaccine, Covaxin for children aged 2-6 years.The second dose of Covaxin has already been given to children age..

Editors Guild expresses concern

New Delhi, Jul 23 : A day after the Income Tax Department conducted searches in several offices of the Dainik Bhaskar group, residences of its promoters, and the office of the Lucknow-based Bharat Samachar news channel, the Editors Guild of India expresse..

Amit Shah to meet all NE CMs in Shillong on July 24

NEW DELHI, Jul 22Union Home Minister Amit Shah will hold a meeting of all Chief Ministers, Chief Secretaries and DGPs of North Eastern States on July 24 during which he is expected to take stock of the law and order and COVID-19 situation in the region.During the two-day visit on July 24-25, the Home Minister will also inaugurate a cryogenic oxygen plant, visit the headquarters of the Assam Rifles in Shillong and attend an event in Guwahati.The Home Minister will chair a meeting of Chief Ministers, ..

41,383 new cases, 507 more deaths reported

NEW DELHI, Jul 22India on Thursday recorded 41,383 new cases and 507 more deaths due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), taking the caseload and death toll to 31,25,7,720 and 418,987 respectively, according to the Union Health Ministry’s update a..

‘Pandemic orphaned 1.2 lakh in India’

NEW DELHI, Jul 22As many as 1.19 lakh children in India lost their primary caregiver (parent or custodial grandparent) due to COVID-19, placing the country at the third spot after Mexico (1.4 lakh) and Brazil (1.3 lakh), according to estimates in a new st..

India reports highest Covid deaths in a month

NEW DELHI, Jul 21 : India reported on Wednesday 42,015 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, while daily deaths jumped to 3,998, their highest since June 12, health ministry data showed.The spike in daily deaths have come after Maharashtra carr..

188 crore Covid vaccine doses required to inoculate 18-plus population: Centre

NEW DELHI, Jul 21The projected 18-plus population in the country is 94 crore and therefore, the total requirement of COVID-19 vaccine doses for the beneficiaries in this age group is 188 crore, but the number may reduce if in the future, single-dose vaccines are approved and used, the government told Parliament on Tuesday.In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha on whether the present Covid vaccine manufacturing firms have the capacity to produce the required quantity, Minister of State ..

Rohingya migrants pose threat to National security, Govt tells LS

NEW DELHI, Jul 20 Illegal Rohingya migrants pose a threat to National security and there are reports that some of them have indulged in illegal activities, Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai's written reply ca..

Sarang performs at MAKS Air Show

NEW DELHI, Jul 20 (PIB)The Sarang Helicopter Display Team of the IAF is all set to perform for the first time at the MAKS International Air Show held at Zhukovsky International Airport, Russia. 'The air show is a biennial fixture and this year’s edi..

Delta variant accounts for 80 per cent of new Covid cases: Government expert panel chief

NEW DELHI, Jul 19 The Delta variant was primarily responsible for the second wave of COVID-19 in the country, accounting for over 80 per cent of new cases, Dr N K Arora, co-chair of Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium said, underlining that the cases may go up if a new, more infectious variant comes.The variant is also around 40-60 percent more transmissible than its predecessor, Alpha variant, and has already spread to more than 80 countries, including the UK, the US and Singapore.The Delta Plus ..

India records 38,164 fresh Covid-19 cases

NEW DELHI, Jul 19India recorded 38,164 new cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the last 24 hours, taking the country’s cumulative tally to 31,144,229, according to an 8am update by the Union ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW) on Mo..

COVID-19 could explode: AIIMS doctor warns against festival crowds

NEW DELHI, Jul 19A senior doctor at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has warned that the COVID-19 pandemic could explode due to crowding during the festive season."Idea of festivals is to share happiness, not COVID-19. For the next 1-2 ..

Delhi reports zero Covid deaths

NEW DELHI, Jul 18 No death was reported due to COVID-19 in Delhi which recorded 51 new cases with a positivity rate of 0.07 per cent, according to a health bulletin issued on Sunday. Eighty patients recovered from the infection in the past 24 hours, it sa..

41,157 new cases logged

NEW DELHI, Jul 18India logged 41,157 new coronavirus cases, which took the infection tally to 3,11,06,065, while the toll climbed to 4,13,609 with 518 more fatalities, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.The active cases have dec..

Zydus Cadila's vaccine ‘Shots for kids may be available soon’

Ahmedabad, Jul 16 Indian drugmaker Zydus Cadila's Covid-19 vaccine may be available for children in the 12 to 18 age group soon, the Central Government has told Delhi High Court."Zydus Cadila has concluded its trial for children between the age group of 1..

Why do you need the ‘colonial law’ of sedition after 75 years of Independence, CJI asks Govt

NEW DELHI, Jul 15 Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, in what may be an unprecedented judicial criticism of the way the sedition law is used by the Government to crush liberties, asked why a colonial law used against Mahatma Gandhi and Bal Gangadhar Tilak continued to survive in the law book after 75 years of Independence.“Sedition is a colonial law. It suppresses freedoms. It was used against Mahatma Gandhi, Tilak... Is this law necessary after 75 years of Independence ?” Chief Justice ..

‘Covid third wave likely at end of Aug’

NEW DELHI, Jul 15The third wave of Covid is likely to hit the country at the end of August and chances are that it will not be as intense as the second wave, Dr Samiran Panda, Head of Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases at the Indian Council of Medical Research, has told NDTV."There would be a Nationwide third wave but that does not mean that it would be as high or as intense as the second wave," Dr Panda told NDTV in an exclusive interview.  Four things, he said, could lead to the third wave. ..

Defence Minister launches AI-powered grievance management app

NEW DELHI, Jul 15 (PIB)Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launched an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered grievance management application, developed by IIT-Kanpur, in the presence of Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Personnel, Public Grievan..

Second wave not yet overNo room for complacency : Centre tells States

NEW DELHI, Jul 14Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla on Wednesday wrote to Chief Secretaries of all the States, including Manipur, and asked them to ensure the strict compliance of Covid norms by the public."Blatant violations of Covid norms have been observed in several parts of the country, especially in public transport and at hill stations," Bhalla wrote.The official asked the States to ensure those defaulting on the norms are booked under relevant provisions."It is emphasized that the second wave ..

India reports 38,792 fresh cases, 624 deaths in 24 hours

NEW DELHI, Jul 14India reported 38,792 new Covid-19 cases and 624 deaths in 24 hours on Wednesday, as per the Union Health Ministry's data. The Nation's cumulative Covid case count is now 3.09 crore and the total toll stands at 4,11,408.The country also registered 41,000 recoveries in the same period, taking the current active caseload to 4,29,946 cases.As compared to Tuesday's figures, more than 7,000 additional fresh cases were registered on Wednesday. On Tuesday, India had reported its lowest daily ..

India reports 31,443 cases, 2,020 deaths in last 24 hrs

NEW DELHI, Jul 13India's COVID-19 death toll climbed to 4,10,784 with 2,020 new deaths recorded after Madhya Pradesh reconciled its fatality data, while 31,443 new coronavirus cases were reported, the lowest in 118 days, according to the Union Health Mini..

PM asks NE CMs to control COVID-19

NEW DELHI/GUWAHATI, Jul 13Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday urged the Chief Ministers of eight North Eastern States to ramp up vaccination rates, set up temporary hospitals and form micro containment zones with aggressive cluster testing and tracking to control the COVID-19 situation.Mr Modi addressed the Chief Ministers of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Tripura, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur via video conferencing, as according to the Union Health Ministry, 80% of cases were from ..

Modi to review Covid situation with CMs of NE States today

New Delhi, Jul 12 Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to review the situation pertaining to coronavirus disease (Covid-19) with the Chief Ministers of the North Eastern States at 11 am on Tuesday, sources close to development said on Monday.PM Modi'..

‘Speed of spread in Kerala, NE worrisome’

New Delhi, Jul 12 Giving rise to fresh worries about the Covid-19 pandemic rearing its head again, the R-factor, which indicates the speed at which the infection is spreading in the country, has risen recently leading to a sluggish pace in the decline of ..

Finalise all projects in NE on time : DoNER Minister

NEW DELHI, Jul 11Union Minister G Kishan Reddy on Sunday said the socio-economic development of the North East at a fast pace will be his key focus area and stressed the completion of the ongoing projects on time. He said this while reviewing various ongoing development activities and programmes in the North East.Reddy, who took charge as the Minister for the Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) on Thursday, had two days of comprehensive review meetings of the Ministry.He emphasised that the ..

41,506 new cases, 895 deaths reported

NEW DELHI, Jul 11India reported 41,506 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, slightly lower than yesterday, and added 895 deaths. The daily count of new cases has remained stuck in the 40,000s for more than two weeks now. Kerala continues to be the ..

Shah to chair meeting with NE CMs

NEW DELHI, Jul 10 Union Home Minister Amit Shah will chair a meeting with CMs of North East States on July 17, during which he is likely to take up the matter of inter-State border disputes among other issues, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said..

45,892 new cases, 817 deaths reported

NEW DELHI, Jul 8India on Thursday recorded 45,892 fresh cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and 817 new deaths, according to the Union Health Ministry dashboard. With this, the country's cumulative Covid-19 infection tally went up to 3,07,09,557 a..

India reports 43,733 new cases

NEW DELHI, Jul 7India on Wednesday morning recorded 43,733 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, pushing the country’s overall count since the pandemic broke out in January 2020 to 3,06,63,665. This is a 26% increase from the daily infections cou..

43 take oath in mega overhaul, 7 Cabinet Ministers sacked

New Delhi, Jul 7 Thirty-six new Ministers joined the Government and four high-profile Ministers quit today in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mega Cabinet reboot to offset criticism as the country emerges from a fierce second wave of Covid ahead of key ele..

Covid-19, dists of concern rising in NE

NEW DELHI, Jul 5Of the 77 high positivity reporting districts in India, over 62 per cent (48 districts) high positivity districts are in seven States of North East India, data accessed by India Today show.The country's National weekly positivity rate is c..

Imphal, Agartala to get Intl airports: Jitendra Singh

NEW DELHI, Jul 4 Two more international airports will be added in North Eastern States, at Imphal and Agartala, with the aim of increasing connectivity in the region, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said on Saturday.Singh, who is the Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region, said the airport at Itanagar will be functional by the end of the year and that a facility is also coming up at Kohima."At present, there is an international airport in Guwahati. We are planning to have airports ..

Expert calls unvaccinated people ‘variant factories’ as Delta continues to evolve

New Delhi, Jul 4 An infectious diseases expert has said that unvaccinated individuals do not merely risk their own health but are potential ‘factories’ of coronavirus variants, according to CNN. Countries are running against time to vaccinate people against coronavirus disease (Covid-19) as highly transmissible variants are rapidly spreading across the world.The lack of vaccine availability in low- and lower-middle-income countries, along with vaccine hesitancy across the world, has been ..

43,071 new cases reported

NEW DELHI, Jul 4India reported 43,071 cases on Sunday with 955 casualties in the last 24 hours till 8 am, as per the Health Ministry data. Cumulatively, India reported 3,05,45,433 of which active caseload was 4,85,350, recovered cases were 2,96,58,078 and..

At 44,111, India sees decline in new cases; active cases slip below 5 lakh

NEW DELHI, Jul 3A further decline was seen in new Covid-19 cases across the country with 44,111 people testing positive in the last 24 hours, said the Union Health Ministry on Saturday.The number stood at 46,617 the day before. With the addition of new in..

As Delta variant continues to mutateWorld in ‘very dangerous period’ : WHO chief

New Delhi, Jul 3The world is witnessing a very “dangerous period” compounded by the rapid transmission of the Delta variant of coronavirus, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned. The WHO chief told a ..

‘Covaxin effective’

New Delhi, Jul 3 : Bharat Biotech's Covaxin is overall 77.8 per cent effective against Covid, the vaccine maker said today in a statement, citing the data from the third phase of clinical trials. The data, however, is yet to be peer-reviewed.The vaccine o..

46,617 new cases, 853 deaths reported

NEW DELHI, Jul 2With 46,617 new Covid-19 cases registered in India in the last 24 hours, the country's case tally climbed to 3,04,58,251 on Friday. The current death toll, as per Union Health Ministry data, stands at 4,00,312 with the addition of 853 fata..

Central teams rushed to 6 States reporting increased COVID-19 casesSteps to contain pandemic to be strengthened

New Delhi, Jul 2 The Central Government has sent six high-level multi-disciplinary public health teams to six States reporting a high number of COVID-19 cases. The teams will assist the States of  Kerala, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Odisha, Chhattisg..

Pregnant women now eligible for Covid vaccination

New Delhi, Jul 2 The Union Health Ministry on Friday formally announced that pregnant women are now eligible for Covid-19 vaccination for which they can register on the CoWIN portal or walk in to the nearest Covid Vaccination Centre (CVC).The Union Health..

PM's Mega Cabinet changes coming soon

NEW DELHI, Jul 1Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to factor in polls in five States next year and the 2024 National election as he expands his Cabinet for the first time in his second term.The shuffle expected in a day or two may reward Jyotiraditya ..

Not much data to suggest Delta+variant is more infectious: Delhi AIIMS chief

New Delhi, Jul 1 The Director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, Dr Randeep Guleria on Thursday said that there is not much data available on the Delta plus variant to suggest that it is more infective or has a higher rate of morta..

'Third-wave may not come if Covid norms are followed'

New Delhi, Jul 1If people are careful and India is able to vaccinate a large number of population, then the third wave of COVID-19 pandemic may not even come, said All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Director Dr Randeep Guleria on Thursday. "That depends on how we behave, if we are careful and we have good vaccination coverage, then the third wave may not come, or it will be very little," Dr Guleria told ANI while talking about the third wave of COVID-19.Sharing his view on the mixing ..

Ex gratia for Covid deathsSC orders Centre to frame guidelines within 6 weeks

New Delhi, Jun 30The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to frame guidelines for payment of ex gratia compensation to family members of persons who succumbed to COVID-19, news agency ANI reported.A three-Judge bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan, in its judgement, also directed the NDMA to ascertain ex-gratia amount that can be paid to the family members of those who died due to the infection within 6 weeks.The Court’s order came in response ..

India reports 37,566 new cases, 907 deaths in last 24 hours

NEW DELHI, Jun 29 : India on Tuesday reported 37,566 daily new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, according to data from the Union Health Ministry at 9 am. The country has reported less than 40,000 daily new cases after 102 days. With this, the total nu..

About 49% of above 60 have got 1st dose

NEW DELHI, Jun 29About 49 per cent of the population aged 60 years and above has been vaccinated with the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, the Government said on Tuesday.Out of an estimated 59.7 crore people in the age group of 18-44 years, about 15 per ce..

Cipla gets DCGI nod to import Moderna's Covid jab for emergency use in India

MUMBAI, Jun 29Cipla, a multinational pharmaceutical company headquartered in Mumbai, on Tuesday received the approval from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) to import Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine for restricted emergency use in India.At ..

40,845 cases of Black Fungus infection so far

NEW DELHI, Jun 28India has reported 40,845 cases of mucormycosis infection so far during the second wave, said Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday while chairing the 29th meeting of the Group of Ministers (GoM) on COVID-19 by a video-conference.He sai..

India reports lowest deaths at 979 since Apr 13

NEW DELHI, Jun 28India reported 46,148 fresh Covid cases on Monday with 979 casualties in the last 24 hours till 8 am, the lowest since April 13, when the country had reported 879 casualties, according to the Health Ministry data. Cumulatively, India repo..

India overtakes US in vaccine doses

NEW DELHI, Jun 28Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Monday said it is ''historic'' that India has overtaken the United States of America in the total number of COVID-19 vaccines administered so far.USA with a population of about 32.82 crore has adm..

Modi urges people to shed vaccine hesitancy

NEW DELHI, Jun 27Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged the country to shed vaccine hesitancy and get themselves inoculated soon, and to trust science and scientists to combat the ‘threat of the COVID-19 which still remains among us.’He spoke to some residents of Dulariya village, a tribal area in Betul district of Madhya Pradesh, during his monthly radio broadcast Mann ki Baat (straight from the heart), after they shared their fear of getting vaccinated after some rumours of its ..

Cadila’s Covid vaccine for children above 12 years likely in AugustTrials to be completed by July end

NEW DELHI, Jun 27The National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) Chairman Dr NK Arora on Sunday said that the Covid-19 vaccine developed for children above the age of 12 years by pharmaceutical company Zydus Cadila will be available by August.Dr Arora also said that the trials are likely to be completed by July-end. “The trials will almost be complete till July-end. We will be able to vaccinate children aged between 12-18 years in August,” Dr Arora said.Zydus Cadila’s ..

50,040 new cases, recovery rate of 96.75% reported

NEW DELHI, Jun 27As many as 50,040 more people tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative caseload to 3,02,33,183 said the Union Health Ministry on Sunday.The number is slightly more than yesterday when the infection count re..

BJP discusses 2022 poll preparations

New Delhi, Jun 26 Preparations for the Assembly polls in five States early next year was the main agenda of a meeting of senior BJP leaders, including several Union Ministers, today as they deliberated on political and governance issues linked to these St..

8 Delta Plus cases found in 11 States

New Delhi, Jun 25 There are 48 cases of the 'Delta Plus' variant of COVID-19 spread across 11 States the Government said Friday, adding that the maximum number of cases had been reported from Maharashtra (20).Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh have nine and se..

At 51,667, India reports slight dip in new cases; 1,329 deaths in 24 hours

NEW DELHI, Jun 25A slight decrease in new Covid-19 cases was seen in the country on Friday with 51,667 more people testing positive, said the Union Health Ministry. The cumulative caseload has now reached 3,01,34,445.The number of fresh infections stood a..

Fuel cess can be cut by Rs 4.5 per litre without revenue loss : ICRA

NEW DELHI, Jun 25The Union Government has room to cut the cess levies on Petrol and Diesel by Rs 4.5 per litre without losing revenues, to ease inflationary pressures, rating agency ICRA said on Friday.Stressing that consumer sentiment had been singed by ..

Three likely scenarios for 3rd wavePeak in Sept-Oct, 2-5 lakh cases/day : IIT-K team

New Delhi, Jun 22 A possible third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in India is likely and it will peak between September and October this year, assuming India fully unlocks by 15 July, according to a prediction model by researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur. The team also noted that daily cases could peak at over 5 lakh cases a day in September, in the worst-case scenario.The prediction model, however, does not take into account the effect of vaccinations in India, which the researchers ..

Arms bound for Myanmar seized in Mizoram

NEW DELHI, Jun 22In one of the major arms recoveries in recent times in Mizoram, the Assam Rifles on Tuesday seized a large haul of war-like stores being smuggled to Myanmar and apprehended two individuals.“These explosives are believed to be transported from Mizoram to Myanmar for use by the Chin national Army (CNA) against the Myanmar army,” an Assam Rifles official said on condition of anonymity.The recoveries include 3,000 special detonators in six cartons, 925 electric detonators ..

Delta plus variant spreading3 States report cases of new variant

NEW DELHI, Jun 22As India continues to fight the second wave of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, it is also struggling to control the increasing spread of the Delta variant, which has further mutated as Delta plus. According to a report by HT&..

42,640 new cases, 1,167 deaths in last 24 hours

NEW DELHI, Jun 22 India on Tuesday reported 42,640 daily new Covid cases, the lowest in over three months, pushing the country's total tally to 29,977,861, according to the data updated by the Union Health Ministry at 9 am. This is the 15th day in a row w..

Record 75 lakh people vaccinated on Day 1 of new vaccine regime

New Delhi, Jun 21More than 75 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered across the country in the last 24 hours, the highest single-day coverage till now, on Day 1 of Centre's new vaccination policy roll-out.The Centre started providing vaccines free of charge to all above 18 from today and took back control of vaccination from States, reversing a policy change that was enforced just about a month ago.The Centre also started the process of buying 75 per cent of the vaccines produced by companies, ..

India reports 53,256 new cases; daily positivity falls to 3.83%

New Delhi, Jun 21India logged 53,256 new coronavirus infections, the lowest in 88 days, taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 2,99,35,221, while the active cases further reduced to 7,02,887, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Mon..

3.6 pc of India’s population fully vaccinated till June 19

NEW DELHI, Jun 20India recorded 56,687 new COVID-19 cases, and 1,527 new deaths till 9.15 pm on June 19. The country has so far reported a total of 2,98,79,477 cases and 3,86,694 deaths.Kerala reported 12,443 new infections, followed by Maharashtra (8,912) and Tamil Nadu (8,183). Maharashtra recorded 682 new fatalities, followed by Tamil Nadu (180) and Karnataka (161). Maharashtra’s fatalities include backlog deaths which were missed in the previous reports.The figures do not include cases and ..

Widespread corruption and lack of pay parity driving a wedge in NSCN (IM) allegations raised

NEW DELHI, Jun 19 Amidst continued questions over the Naga peace talks, the Central Government has claimed that the NSCN (IM), a Naga Nationalist separatist group operating mainly in North East India, is headed for a split. The Government has also accused NSCN (IM) of indulging in rampant corruption leading to disillusionment in its rank and file.The outfit has trashed the claim.Quoting sources within the NSCN (IM), the Centre said that several senior functionaries of the Naga group were defecting ..

India reports 60,753 new Covid-19 cases, 1,647 deaths on Saturday

NEW DELHI, Jun 19India reported 60,753 cases on 1,647 deaths in the last 24 hours till 8:00 AM on Saturday. This is the fifth straight day when the Covid infections are below 70,000-mark.The number of daily recoveries continued to outnumber daily fresh ca..

Rule of land supreme, not your policy: Parliamentary panel on information technology to Twitter

PTINew Delhi, Jun 18 :  Amid a tussle between the Union government and Twitter over the new IT rules, members of a parliamentary panel on Friday strongly objected to Twitter India officials’ observations that they abide by their policy and cate..

CBSE, CISCE submit class 12 assessment formula to Supreme Court Results of Class XII to be declared by July 31

NEW DELHI, Jun 17 The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) on Thursday submitted the assessment system for Class 12 students in the Supreme Court and said the results will be de..

India reports 62,224 new Covid cases

NEW DELHI, Jun 16Continuing the rapid fall in new cases, India reported over 62,000 new COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours, bringing the country's total caseload to over 2.96 crore. After more than 2,500 deaths in the same period, the death toll in ..

Now 18+ can walk-in for CoWin registration, vaccination : Govt

New Delhi, Jun 15Anyone over the age of 18 can walk in to the nearest vaccination centre to get registered on the CoWIN digital platform and be inoculated against COVID-19, the Union Health Ministry said Monday afternoon.It is not mandatory to pre-register online or book an appointment to get the vaccine, the Government said, as it seeks to increase the pace of vaccinations and tackle the 'vaccine hesitancy' it has blamed for the slow rollout of vaccines in parts of the country, including rural areas.'Vacc..

India records 60,471 new cases, lowest in 75 days

NEW DELHI, Jun 15India recorded 60,471 new COVID19 cases on Tuesday, the lowest number in 75 days. So far, 1,17,525 persons have recovered. According to the Union Health Ministry, there have been 2,726 deaths registered in the last 24 hours. With this, th..

India confirms first death following vaccination

New Delhi, Jun 15 A Government panel studying Covid-19 vaccine side effects has confirmed the first death due to anaphylaxis following vaccination.The causality assessment of 31 reported Serious Adverse Events Following Immunisation (AEFI) cases following..

Delta Plus: New Covid-19 variant identified in India

New Delhi, Jun 14 The highly transmissible Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 has mutated further to form the ‘Delta plus’ or ‘AY.1’ variant but there is no immediate cause for concern in India as its incidence in the country is still low, scientists here said.The new Delta plus variant has been formed due to a mutation in the Delta or B.1.617.2 variant, first identified in India and one of the drivers of the deadly second wave. Though there is no indication yet of the severity of ..

India plans to restore 2.6 crore hectares of degraded land by 2030: PM Modi

New Delhi, Jun 14 : India is working towards restoring 2.6 crore hectares of degraded land by 2030 and assisting fellow developing countries to develop land-restoration strategies, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at a high-level United Nations dialogue today.Asserting that land degradation affects over two-thirds of the world today, PM Modi said if left unchecked, it will erode the very foundations of our societies, economies, food security, health, safety and quality of life."Therefore, we have ..

India logs 70,000 cases, lowest since March 31

NEW DELHI, Jun 14India's Covid cases continued to witness decline as it recorded 70,421 new Covid cases, lowest since March 31 and 3,921 deaths due to the virus in the last 24 hours, according to data released by the Union Health and Family Welfare Minist..

India reports 80,834 new cases, lowest in 71 days

New Delhi, Jun 13 With 80,834 COVID-19 reported cases in the last 24 hours India continued its declining trend of new infections and reported the lowest single-day count in 71 days, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Sunday.The new ca..

‘Children may not be more affected in 3rd wave’

New Delhi, Jun 12 There appears to be no substantial evidence to suggest that children will be more affected or have greater illness severity due to COVID-19 in the anticipated third wave, according to a new report.The Lancet COVID-19 Commission India Tas..

IMA to hold Nationwide protest against assault on doctorsWe want protection law : IMA

NEW DELHI, Jun 12 The Indian Medical Association (IMA) will hold a protest against various incidents of assault on doctors on June 18, its chief Dr JA Jayalal said on Saturday.Jayalal said that in recent months, incidents of assault have increased on doct..

India reports 91,702 new Covid cases, 3,403 deaths in last 24 hours

New Delhi, Jun 11 : The daily Covid-19 count in India remained below the one-lakh mark for the fourth consecutive day with the country reporting 91,702 fresh cases, while the daily positivity rate dropped to 4.49 per cent, according to the Union Health Mi..

Cabinet reshuffle on the cards? PM Modi meets Shah, Nadda amid murmurs

New Delhi, Jun 11 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held meetings with Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP president J P Nadda amid speculation about a reshuffle in the Union cabinet, an exercise Modi has not undertaken since forming the government for a second time in May 2019.Tomorrow, Dharmendra Pradhan, Narendra Singh Tomar, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Mahendra Nath Pandey, Hardeep Puri will be reviewing the work of their respective ministries. VK Singh also held a review meeting with the PM ..

Rajnath Singh inaugurates two Centres of Excellence

NEW DELHI, Jun 11 (PIB)Union Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh dedicated to the Nation two Centres of Excellence established by Border Roads Organisation (BRO) at Seema Sadak Bhawan in New Delhi, today, said a statement of PIB Defence Wing.These Centres hav..

Kovind, Modi lead in paying homage to late boxer

NEW DELHI/IMPHAL, Jun 10 Tributes poured in from all corners as 1998 Bangkok Asian Games gold medallist boxer Dingko Singh passed away at his home at Sekta Mayai Leikai. President Ram Nath Kovind expressed his sorrow over Ngangom Dingko Singh's demise. "Ngangom Dingko Singh’s untimely demise has saddened me. He was a great boxer and an exceptional sportsperson. His life was brief but will remain inspiring to the youth, especially from Manipur, for long. My condolences to his family and fans."Prime ..

India logs 86,498 new cases, lowest in 66 days

NEW DELHI, Jun 8 India on Tuesday reported a daily rise in new coronavirus infections of 86,498 cases over the past 24 hours, the lowest in 66 days, according to the Government. With this, the country reported less than 1 lakh daily new Covid-19 cases for..

Top quotes from Prime Minister Modi's address to the Nation

*Two weeks into the month of May, States began to say that the Centralised system (of vaccine distribution) was better. We will take care of the 25% work given to States. It will be implemented in two weeks. From June 21, we will provide free vaccines to States for those above 18.*Only free vaccines will be provided (to States). But those who don't want free vaccines can get vaccinated at private hospitals. Private hospitals can still procure 25% of vaccines being manufactured by the firms. They can ..

PM announces new vaccine policy, to give free vaccines to States

New Delhi, Jun 7Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced that the Centre would take back control of vaccination from the States and provide free vaccines to all in the next two weeks."The Centre is taking back total control of vaccination now, which w..

India reports 1 lakh new cases, lowest in 2 months

NEW DELHI, Jun 7India has reported the lowest daily Covid-19 case rise with 1 lakh new cases in the past 24 hours. This is the lowest single-day rise in Covid-19 cases in over two months.India has recorded 1,00,636 fresh Covid-19 cases and 2427 deaths in ..

IMA takes case to PM Modi

New Delhi, Jun  7  (PTI)In the wake of assaults on doctors by relatives of patients, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Monday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention in ensuring "optimum milieu" for medical professionals so that..

India reports 1.14 lakh new cases, 2,677 deaths

NEW DELHI, Jun 6India on Sunday reported 1,14,460 new coronavirus cases, according to the data by the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry. This is the lowest number of cases reported in the last two months. With this, the coronavirus tally stands at 2,88,09,339.With 2,677 more fatalities in the last 24 hours, the death toll has climbed to 3,46,759, data from the Health Ministry showed.On the other hand, daily recoveries continue to outnumber daily new cases for the 24th consecutive day. Steady ..

Older people may need 3rd shot to stay protected against Delta Covid variant : Lancet

New Delhi, Jun 5 Older adults may need a third vaccine shot in countries where B.1.617.2—the ‘Delta’ Covid variant first identified in India—is prevalent, according to a team of scientists who published their findings in The Lancet journal.The team from the UK suggests that B.1.617.2 possibly brings a dual challenge of reduced vaccine efficacy as well as increased transmission.The team, that only studied efficacy of Pfizer’s mRNA vaccine (BNT162b2), said the vaccine was ..

With 1.2 lakh new cases...Lowest daily rise in 58 days recorded

NEW DELHI, Jun 5Amid numerous States and Union Territories reporting a massive decline in the number of Covid-19 infections, India logged its lowest daily rise of coronavirus cases in 58 days on Friday as the country reported 1.3 lakh new infections.India..

New strain responsible for Covid surge in NE India, say experts

NEW DELHI, Jun 4 While experts are trying to identify the causes which led to the huge surge of Covid-19 positive cases in North East India during the second wave, one reason being attributed is the new strain hitting the region.North East India, which stood largely unaffected by the first wave, has been resorting to lockdowns and other restrictions since the last couple of months as cases spiked even in the tea estates.Researcher and Assam Medical College Assistant Professor Dr Gayatri Gogoi told ..

Evaluation strategy by Jun 15 : CBSE

New Delhi, Jun 4 The CBSE on Friday constituted a committee to decide well-defined objective criteria for the evaluation of Class 12 students. The committee will submit its report within 10 days. After CBSE, CISCE, today Karnataka Government has cancelled..

Next Covid wave will reach its peak faster, Centre warns

NEW DELHI, Jun 4 As the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has started flattening in the country with every State registering a significant dip in the number of daily infections and fatalities, the Centre on Friday issued a warning saying the situation ..

India reports 1.32 lakh new cases in 24 hrs, lowest deaths since April 26

NEW DELHI, Jun 4Continuing the downward trend in the daily cases of coronavirus infection, India on Friday recorded 1.32 lakh new cases and 2,713 deaths in the last 24 hours.The Union Health Ministry data released this morning showed a minimal decline in ..

1.34 lakh new Covid cases, 2,887 deaths reported in last 24 hrs

New Delhi, Jun 3With 1,34,154 fresh cases, India’s COVID-19 tally has climbed to 2,84,41,986, while the daily positivity rate has further dropped to 6.21 per cent, the Health Ministry said on Thursday.The death toll due to the viral disease has clim..

Enroute to Israel Covid stalls journey of 40 from Manipur

NEW DELHI, Jun 3  For over a hundred Bnei Menashe Jews from Manipur going to Israel, Covid-19 proved a damper. On Monday, hours before checking out from their Karol Bagh hotel for Indira Gandhi International Airport, 40 of them tested positive for Co..