Over 300% Covid spike in two weeks Scenes in WB, Assam amid polls say it all

New Delhi, Apr 13Almost all five States now in the middle of the electoral process have seen a doubling of the number of Covid-19-positive cases over the past fortnight. Some of them, like Assam and West Bengal, saw campaigning even before the Election Commission announced the schedule on February 26. Once the dates were declared, it has been a no-holds barred outing for political parties with the Covid-19 protocol barely followed during rallies and marches. The result is that they have witnessed ..

India overtakes Brazil again as world’s second worst-hit country, 1.68 lakh new cases reported

NEW DELHI, Apr 12 India has reported a record 168,912 COVID-19 infections overnight, data from the Health Ministry showed, overtaking Brazil to become the second-most affected country globally by the coronavirus.Deaths in India stood at 904, taking the total to 170,179, data showed on Monday.India’s overall tally reached 13.53 million, while John Hopkins University put the total number of cases in Brazil at 13.48 million. The United States leads the global tally with 31.2 million cases.India ..

Truce pact with 3 NSCN factions extended

NEW DELHI, Apr 12 The Centre on Monday extended the ceasefire agreements with three insurgent groups of Nagaland for one more year till April next year.The Ministry of Home Affairs in a statement said the ceasefire agreements are in operation between the ..

Modi launches ‘Tika Utsav’ as country records new high of 1,52,879 cases

New Delhi, Apr 11India, in the last 24 hours, added 1,52,879 fresh Covid-19 infections, setting another grim one-day record as the country’s tally reached over 1.33 crore cases. As many as 839 deaths in the last 24 hours pushed the toll to 1.69 lakh.This comes on a day when the country kicked off a 4-day-long “Tika Utsav” or vaccine festival to inoculate maximum number of eligible people against the coronavirus. It is being held following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal ..

India records 1,45,384 cases

New Delhi, Apr 10: With a record 1,45,384 fresh cases, India’s Covid-19 tally has climbed to 1,32,05,926, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday.The number of active cases has breached the 10-lakh mark again after around six-and-a-half months, w..

India reports over 1.31 lakh daily cases in new high, 780 deaths

NEW DELHI, Apr 9 As many as 1,31,968 more people tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative tally to 1,30,60,542, said the Union Health Ministry on Friday.This is the third day in the row that the number of positive cases has crossed the 1 lakh mark since April 7.This is the biggest jump in new infections the country has reported since the outbreak of the disease. The last biggest jump was of 1,26,789 new cases on Thursday.The Central Government had stated on Thursday ..

India records new high of 1,26,789 cases, PM Modi takes second jab

New Delhi, Apr 8India detected 1,26,789 new cases of the novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours, the highest so far. Of the total, Maharashtra recorded a new high of 59,907 cases, while Chhattisgarh’s count went past the 10,000-mark for the first time. Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh, too, reported more than 6,000 cases. The country also recorded 685 related deaths, pushing up the toll to 1,66,862.India’s caseload now stands at 1,29,28,574. Registering a steady increase for the 29th day in ..

Coronavirus in India 115,736 new Covid-19 cases, highest so far

NEW DELHI, Apr 7India detected 115,736 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, the highest so far. Of the total, Maharashtra reported 55,469 cases while Chhattisgarh scaled a new peak of 9,921 cases. Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi reported more..

Next 4 weeks very critical : Govt on second wave of Covid-19

NEW DELHI, Apr 6 The Union Health Ministry today said that the recent spike in coronavirus cases in India is spreading faster in the country compared to last year.Dr VK Paul, Member-Health, Niti Aayog said, "The impact of the pandemic has increased in the..

India records over 1 lakh new COVID-19 cases on single day for first time

NEW DELHI, Apr 5 (PTI) Coronavirus cases in India hit a record daily high since the outbreak of the pandemic with 1,03,558 new infections pushing the nationwide COVID-19 tally to 1,25,89,067, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Apr..

India reports over 93,000 new cases for first time since mid-Sept

NEW DELHI, Apr 4As many as 93,249 more people tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours as the second wave of the infection rages across the country, said the Union Health Ministry on Sunday.With this, the cumulative caseload in India has reached ..

Maoists strike at Chhattisgarh 22 jawans killed, 32 injured

NEW DELHI, Apr 4At least 22 security personnel were killed, 32 injured and one jawan was reportedly missing in a four-hour-long encounter with Maoist that took place on Saturday afternoon near Jonaguda village which falls under Jagargunda police station a..

No operational, intel failure, nearly 30 Maoists killed: CRPF chief

New Delhi, Apr 4 Director-General (DG) of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Kuldiep Singh, who is in Chhattisgarh to monitor the situation following the Maoist attack, on Sunday said that there was absolutely no intelligence or operational failure in th..

India reports just under 90,000 daily COVID-19 cases

New Delhi, Apr 3India on Saturday recorded 89,129 new daily COVID-19 cases, the highest daily rise in around six-and-half-months, taking the Nationwide tally of infections to over 1.23 crore, according to the Union Health Ministry data on Saturday.The death toll increased to 1,64,110 with 714 more fatalities in a day, also the highest since October 21.The jump in cases reported on Saturday was the highest since September 20 last year, when 92,605 new infections were recorded in a span of 24 hours.Correspon..

Biggest 1 day jump in 6 months with 81,466 cases 469 deaths recorded, highest since Dec 6

New Delhi, Apr 2India yet again saw the biggest daily surge in Covid cases with 81,466 fresh infections reported since yesterday, taking the tally to 1.23 crore. The country also saw 469 new fatalities, the highest since December 6, the data updated at 8 ..

We condemn any use of violence, says India on Myanmar situation

New Delhi, Apr 2As Myanmar's army continued crackdown on civilians protesting against the February 1 coup, India condemned any use of violence and said it stands for the restoration of democracy in the country.At a media briefing, spokesperson in the Mini..

Vaccination all through Apr, including holidays

New Delhi, Apr 1 Covid-19 vaccinations will be done throughout the month of April, including on gazetted holidays, the Government informed today. It has decided to operationalise both public and private sector vaccination centres for this purpose. All Sta..

India sees biggest jump in nearly 6 months

NEW DELHI, Apr 1 As many as 72,330 more people tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative caseload to 1,22,21,665, said Union health Ministry on Thursday.This is the biggest jump in the daily infections the country has seen i..

COVID-19 surge Second wave could be worse than the first : Prof Ashish Jha

NEW DELHI, Mar 31 One of the world’s most highly regarded public health experts has said that he fears the second coronavirus spike in India could be worse than the first. Professor Ashish Jha says: “This is a concerning situation. The speed at which infections are rising suggests exponential growth, particularly in Maharashtra”. He says this year’s growth data compared to that of the first spike last year shows “the speed of growth is faster”. In the US and Europe, ..

India records 53,480 new cases of Covid-19 in 24 hrs; sharp spike in toll with 354 fatalities

New Delhi, Mar 31 India's coronavirus disease tally went up to 12,149,335 on Wednesday after 53,480 new cases were recorded in the last 24 hours, the data from Union Health Ministry showed.The number of active cases went up by 11,846, and currently stand at 5,52,566, the Ministry's data showed.The disease also killed 354 people, which pushed the death toll to 1,62,468. The number of patients who have been discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours is reported to be 41,280.Covid-19 situation ..

Last date to link Aadhaar with PAN extended to June 30

New Delhi, Mar 31 The Income Tax (I-T) Department has extended the last date for linking the Aadhaar number with PAN (Permanent Account Number) from March 31, 2021 to June 30, 2021, in order to provide relief amid the COVID-19 pandemic."Keeping in view th..

COVID-19 pandemic India witnesses sharpest rise in weekly cases since May 2020

NEW DELHI, Mar 27While India this week has seen the sharpest rise in weekly covid-19 cases and fatalities since May 2020, at 7.7% and 5.1%, respectively, almost 90% of the deaths continue to be in the category of those aged above 45 years.Amidst resurgence of covid-19 cases in the country, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Saturday chaired a high-level review meeting with Additional Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries and Secretaries (Health and Family Welfare) of 12 States and municipal ..

Over 59,000 new Covid cases recorded

New Delhi, Mar 26  India saw a huge spike of 59,118 fresh coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, the Government data showed this morning, taking the country's tally to 1,18,46,652 total infections. With active cases yet again crossing the four lakh-..

India reports more than 50,000 cases

NEW DELHI, Mar 25 India recorded 53,476 new Covid-19 cases in a span of 24 hours, the highest single-day rise so far this year, taking the Nationwide coronavirus tally to 1,17,87,534, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday.Now, India has over 1.17 cro..

India records biggest spike in new cases in over 4 months

NEW DELHI, Mar 24 As many as 47,262 more people tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative caseload in India to 1,17,34,058, said the Union Health Ministry on Wednesday.This is the biggest spike in daily cases the country has seen in over 130 days. India had last recorded over 47,000 cases in early November 2020.Wednesday's number is also a steep hike when compared to a day ago when the daily cases had seen a slight decline and rested at 40,715.Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, ..

Vaccine for those 45 and above from Apr 1

New Delhi, Mar 23People who are 45 and older can be vaccinated from April 1, the Government said today, ramping up the Nationwide inoculation drive at a time Covid cases have surged in many States. “I appeal to every citizen who is 45 or above to re..

NE Grocery Store

New Delhi, Mar 23 : It’s called North East Grocery Shop but it is not in north-east Delhi. It is, in fact, in the southern part of the city, in Chirag Delhi village.And yet the name has a logic, for the daily-life stuff sold here is usually found in..

India sees biggest single-day surge since early Nov

New Delhi, Mar 22 As India stares at the second Covid wave, 46,951 fresh coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours - biggest single-day jump since November 7-took the country's tally to 1,16,46,081 total infections, the Government data this morning showed. Of these, over 1.11 crore people have recovered so far, and 1,59,967 total deaths have been recorded. In the last one week, India has seen the sharpest surge in fresh infections in nearly four months after the spread of virus had seemed to slow down. ..

Large crowds, mutant strains behind India's Covid surge: AIIMS chief Highest single-day spike recorded with 43,846 new cases

New Delhi, Mar 21 There is nothing to stop the second wave of Covid-19 in India from being as severe as the first unless people follow appropriate behaviour and are quickly vaccinated, All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) chief Dr Randeep Guleria has warned. The recent spike in infections is likely being caused by slip-ups in precautionary measures and variants of the virus, he said. The cases could spread even more rapidly if basic protective steps like wearing masks and rigorous contact-tracin..

‘Catch the Rain’

New Delhi, Mar 21 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the "Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Catch the Rain" campaign on the World Water Day on Monday.The historic MoU to implement the Ken Betwa Link Project, the first project of the National perspective plan fo..

LS Speaker positive

NEW DELHI, Mar 21: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla has tested positive for coronavirus, ANI reported on Sunday, citing a statement from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi.Birla had tested positive for the infection on March 19. “He was ..

Bengal BJP manifesto promises implementation of Citizenship Amendment Act, 1 job per family

Kolkata, Mar 21The BJP on Sunday unveiled its manifesto for the West Bengal elections, promising to build a "Sonar Bangla" by providing employment, strengthening social security schemes and vowing to clear the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act in the first cabinet meeting of the new government.Unveiling the "Sonar Bangla Sankalpa Patra" at EZCC in Salt Lake, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that BJP will ensure the implementation of the Ayushman Bharat healthcare scheme and the PM-Kisan ..

India sees worst Covid spike this year, nearly 40,000 cases in last 24 hours

New Delhi, Mar 19In what is India’s highest daily spike in cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) this year, nearly 40,000 fresh infections were reported in the country in the last 24 hours, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s (MohFW) dashboard showed on Friday morning. India recorded 39,726 new cases in this period, taking the infection tally to 11,514,331, the dashboard showed.This is also the ninth day in a row that India has seen more than 20,000 new daily cases. ..

‘Vaccination drive to be extended soon’

New Delhi, Mar 19Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan today said the COVID-19 vaccination drive will be extended in the coming days and assured that there should not be any misconceptions about the two Indian vaccines being administered in in the country.D..

Daily Covid cases surge to 35,871 Highest spike since early December

New Delhi, Mar 18 With a huge spike of 35,871 fresh coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, the highest daily rise since early December, India continues to see a surge in Covid caseload. The Government yesterday said a total of 70 districts in 16 States have seen an increase of more than 150 per cent in active cases between March 1 and 15. Amid a worrying rise, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday held a meeting with Chief Ministers. Decisive steps like management of micro-containment zones and ..

SC allows discharge of officer from SIT probing alleged fake encounters New officer must come immediately : Gonsalves

New Delhi, Mar 18The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the discharge of Senior Superintendent of Police Mahesh Bhardwaj in the NHRC from the SIT probing alleged fake encounters in Manipur.Bhardwaj has been promoted as DIG in his parent AGMU cadre.Senior ..

‘NE to be alternative to foreign tourist destinations’

DELHI, Mar 18 DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh has said that there was an immediate need to avail the post-Covid opportunities in the tourism sector in India, particularly the North East.“North East can offer an alternative to some of the European dest..

Cannot send Myanmar exiles back, says Mizoram MP

NEW DELHI, Mar 17A Rajya Sabha member from the Mizo National Front (MNF) said on Tuesday that more than 300 people who have entered Mizoram from Myanmar fearing the military crackdown in that country include pregnant women and children.K Vanlalvena told The Hindu that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) was indulging in doublespeak as the Chief Minister had been assured recently that no one will be deported but on the other hand, the Ministry sent letter to the State Governments of Nagaland, Arunachal ..

Cases of deaths post Covid vaccination Health experts demand urgent investigation

New Delhi, Mar 17Health experts have written to the Centre demanding an "urgent investigation" into the deaths and serious adverse events following the administration of Covid-19 vaccine. They also raised concerns over the possibility of blood clots among..

Manipur encounters: SC to hear NHRC’s plea seeking release of officer from SIT on Mar 17

New Delhi, Mar 10 The Supreme Court said on Wednesday it would hear on March 17 a plea filed by the NHRC seeking release of its Senior Superintendent of Police Mahesh Bhardwaj, who has been promoted as DIG in his parent cadre, from the SIT probing alleged..

Delhi Govt honours Licypriya with Intl Women’s Day Award

NEW DELHI, Mar 9Nine years old Indian climate and environmental activist Licypriya Kangujam has been honoured with International Women’s Day Award 2021 by Delhi Commission for Women, Government of Delhi in recognition of her efforts towards empowerment of women and for being an inspiration for the country in the field of environment. The award carries a cash prize and a seal.Around 50 people, including men, women and transgender people from across India were felicitated on International Women’s ..

India orders AR to prevent influx from Myanmar

Kolkata, Mar 7 The Union Home Ministry has asked the paramilitary Assam Rifles to prevent any Myanmar National from crossing into Indian territory and push back any one found attempting to cross over.The Assam Rifles guards the India-Myammar border in the Northeast, while the BSF guards the border with Bangladesh.Top sources in the paramilitary force said that the "instructions from the top" was clear and unambiguous -- no Myanmar National should be allowed to enter India without valid visa or travel ..

2nd part of Budget session from today

New Delhi, Mar 7: The second part of the Parlia-ment’s Budget Session will reconvene on Monday. The first part of the Budget Session, which had commen-ced on January 29 had ended on February 29.This comes at a time when most political parties are bu..

Myanmar asks India to return 8 fugitive police officers

New Delhi, Mar 6Authorities in Myanmar have asked India to return several police officers who sought refuge to avoid taking orders from a military junta that seized power in the Southeast Asian country last month, an official in northeast India said on Sa..

EC sees ‘no ground for disqualification’ of 12 Manipur BJP MLAs in office of profit case

New Delhi, Mar 2The Election Commission (EC) has opined in favour of 12 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs from Manipur, who were facing disqualification in a 2018 ‘office of profit’ case for holding the position of parliamentary secretaries, T..

Modi takes first dose of vaccine at AIIMS

New Delhi, Mar 1Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday took his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS here and appealed to all those who are eligible to get inoculated.Sister P Niveda, from Puducherry, administered Bharat Biotech's COVAXIN to the Prime Minister, sources said."Took my first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS. Remarkable how our doctors and scientists have worked in quick time to strengthen the global fight against COVID-19," Modi tweeted after taking the vaccine shot."I appeal ..

Vaccine for 60-plus and above 45 with comorbidity from Mar 1

New Delhi, Feb 24People aged more than 60 years and those who are 45 plus and have comorbidities will be able to get a vaccine against Covid-19 at a Government centre or a private hospital from March 1.Announcing this, the Central Government on Wednesday said people above 45 years of age will have to show a certificate stating they have comorbidities.Addressing a press briefing on Cabinet decisions, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said the vaccination will be carried out at more than 10,000 Government ..

PR in Puducherry

New Delhi, Feb 24 : The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal to impose President’s Rule in Puducherry, days after a Congress-led Government in the Union Territory lost power during a vote of confidence.Announcing the Cabinet decision, Unio..

Mary Kom: How long can you fear the virus?

NEW DELHI, Feb 22The fear of the coronavirus has made way for a fierce desire to compete in star Indian boxer MC Mary Kom's mind as she gears up for her first tournament in a year next week, having recovered from the muscle loss triggered by a recent bout of dengue.The 37-year-old six-time world champion mostly trained at home in 2020 and joined the national camp in Bengaluru for a fortnight last month after recovering from dengue.Next week at the Boxam International tournament in Spain, she will ..

Need to increase pace of COVID-19 vaccinations: Centre to States

New Delhi, Feb 21The Union Health Ministry has written to all States and UTs highlighting the need to significantly enhance the pace of COVID-19 vaccina-tions, noting that a large number of healthcare and frontline workers still remain to be covered.In a letter addressed to Chief Secretaries of all States and UTs, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said the number of days of vaccination in a week should also be increased to a minimum of four days per week at the earliest to speed up the process ..

Compensation for alleged extra-judicial killings Delhi HC prods State Govt, NHRC

NEW DELHI, Feb 12The Delhi High Court on Friday sought response of the Manipur Government and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on a plea alleging that the Commission has "failed" to enforce its direction to the State to pay compensation to the ..

Elections in Puducherry, Tamil Nadu to be held simultaneously: Poll body

Puducherry, Feb 12: Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said in Puducherry on Friday the Assembly polls due in the next few months in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry would be held simultaneously.He was addressing reporters in Puducherry before ending his tw..

Uttarakhand glacier burst: Two more bodies recovered, death count rises to 38

Tapovan, Feb 12: Two more bodies were recovered from the flash flood-hit areas of Uttarakhand's Chamoli district on Friday, taking the count in the calamity to 38, as rescue teams battled on against the odds for the sixth consecutive day to get to 25-35 people trapped in a sludge-choked tunnel in Tapovan.One body was recovered from the rubble at the demolished Rishi Ganga Hydel Project in Raini and the other from Maithana, district administration officials here said.A separate team of rescuers was ..

Financial education

NEW DELHI, Feb 10 : Financial education workbooks will be incorporated in the school curriculum of the State board in Manipur for the 2021-22 academic session, a senior Reserve Bank of India official said on Monday.RBI Imphal has collaborated with the Sta..

Recovering from lockdown, Myanmar coup deals a fresh blow to Moreh traders

Kolkata, Feb 7 Mohammad Faizal’s voice cracks with emotion as he begins to narrate his ordeal. Since March last year, after the coronavirus outbreak led to a Nationwide shutdown in India, the 48-year-old who runs a grocery shop in Moreh, the last Indian town before the international border between India and Myanmar, has struggled to make ends meet.Just when Faizal had expected his financial troubles to ease, with the proposed start of cross-border trade on February 1, Myanmar’s military ..

12,899 new cases in India

New Delhi, Feb 4 (NDTV) India's COVID-19 tally of cases rose to 1,07,90,183 with 12,899 new infections being reported in a day, while the recoveries surged to 1,04,80,455, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday. The death count increased to 1,54,703 with 107 daily new fatalities, the data showed. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,04,80,455 pushing the National COVID-19 recovery rate of 97.13 per cent, while the COVID-19 case fatality rate ..

Over 300 cops injured, 200 detained over tractor rally violence

New Delhi, Jan 27The Delhi Police have detained 200 people in connection with the violence during the Republic Day tractor rally by farmers protesting against the Centre's three contentious farm laws passed in September.More than 300 policemen were injured in the violence, which took place mostly in and around Mukarba Chowk, Gazipur, ITO, Seemapuri, Nangloi T-Point, Tikri Border and the Red Fort. Baricades were broken at Ghazipur, Tikri and Singhu borders, Delhi Police said. Twenty-two cases have ..

Over 20 lakh people vaccinated so far: Centre

New Delhi, Jan 27Over 20 lakh healthcare workers across the country have received COVID-19 vaccine jabs till Tuesday evening, as per provisional reports, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.The Ministry said that on the eleventh day of the nationwide immunisation drive, 5,615 beneficiaries were vaccinated till 7 pm in five States -- Tamil Nadu (4926), Karnataka (429), Rajasthan (216), Telangana (35) and Andhra Pradesh (9) -- through 194 sessions."The cumulative number of healthcare workers vaccinated ..

Amit Shah says Bodoland win a trailer for Assam polls

Kokrajhar/Nalbari, Jan 24The BJP, with its allies, will form the next Assam Government, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said today, promising to make the State "violence-free", "infiltrator-free", and "flood-free". He based his forecast on the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) victory his party scored last December in alliance with the hardliner United People's Party Liberal (UPPL). Speaking in Kokrajhar today, he also reiterated Prime Minister Narendra Modi's emphasis on ensuring the political and ..

Need to defeat "Network of lies" on Covid vaccine : PM

New Delhi, Jan 24 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said Indian scientists have done their duty by developing the COVID-19 vaccine and "now we have to fulfill ours" by defeating through the right information every network spreading lies and rumours.A..

‘Over 16 lakh healthcare workers vaccinated till now’

New Delhi, Jan 24Over 16 lakh healthcare workers have been vaccinated against the deadly coronavirus till now, the Government said today in a statement.Over 31,000 people were vaccinated in five States today till 7.30 pm, the Centre said.Karnataka has the..

Modi likely to receive vaccine shot in second phase

New Delhi, Jan 21 Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to take the Covid-19 vaccine shot in the second phase of the inoculation drive when it will be administered to those above 50 years of age and people with co-morbidities, sources told The Indian Express on Thursday.The Prime Minister kicked off the Nationwide Covid-19 vaccination programme via video conferencing Saturday, as he congratulated India and the country’s scientists and researchers for developing two vaccines in such a short ..

PM Modi greets

NEW DELHI, Jan 21 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday greeted the people of Manipur, Tripura and Meghalaya on their Statehood days and offered his best wishes to them."Statehood day greetings to the people of Manipur, India is proud of its contribu..

Covid vaccine : What are common, uncommon side effects ?

NEW DELHI, Jan 19 On January 16, India launched world's largest vaccination drive against Covid-19, targeting healthcare and frontline workers in the first phase. According to Health Ministry, a total of 3,81,305 people were vaccinated till Monday and 580 adverse events following vaccination were reported.Side effects, adverse events, adverse reactions or adverse drug reactions are often used interchangeably, but they do not mean the same. TOI takes a look.SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects of a drug/vaccine ..

China has built village in ArP, satellite images show

New Delhi, Jan 18 China has constructed a new village in Arunachal Pradesh, consisting of about 101 homes, show satellite images accessed exclusively by NDTV. The same images, dated November 1, 2020, have been analysed by several experts approached by NDTV, who confirmed that the construction, approximately 4.5 kms within Indian territory of the de facto border, will be of huge concern to India.The village, located on the banks of the River Tsari Chu, lies in the Upper Subansiri district, an area ..

Over 17,000 vaccinated on Day 2 of inoculation drive Adverse reactions minor : Health Ministry

New Delhi, Jan 17 Over 17,000 people were vaccinated across 553 sites in six States on Day 2 of India's coronavirus vaccination drive, the Health Ministry said Sunday evening, adding that the number who had received at least one shot was around 2.24 lakh. The six States that conducted vaccinations today were Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Manipur and Tamil Nadu.On Saturday (Day 1) 1.91 lakh were vaccinated at 3,006 sites across India after Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched ..

Take both shots with 1-month gap, don’t forget Covid protocol: PM Modi

New Delhi, Jan 16Launching India’s massive coronavirus vaccination drive Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted the importance of taking both doses of the vaccine, with a month-long gap between the two. He also urged people to strictly o..

Over 3 lakhs to get vaccine shots on Day I

NEW DELHI, Jan 15 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually launch India's vaccination drive against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on Saturday as around 100 beneficiaries will be vaccinated at over 3,000 session sites across the country, the gove..

India sees 15,968 new Covid cases, 1.04 crore total cases

New Delhi, Jan 13As first batch of thousands of doses of coronavirus vaccines reach different parts of the country, India saw a jump of 15,968 fresh infections in the last 24 hours, nearly 26 per cent higher than yesterday's 12,584. More than 1.01 crore Covid patients have already recovered since the beginning of the pandemic; 2.14 lakh cases are active. Yesterday, the Government urged people to continue to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour ahead of the start of countrywide vaccine rollout, set to ..

6 more test positive for UK variant of Covid

New Delhi, Jan 13The number of people who have tested positive for the new UK variant of SARS-CoV-2 in India has climbed to 102, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.The total number of UK returnees having tested positive for the mutant virus in India wa..

Covid vaccine flights begin to take off from Pune to meet January 16 vaccination drive Domestic carriers start flying Covishield doses to cities across the country

New Delhi, Jan 12India’s first Covid-19 vaccine consignments were shipped from Pune early on Tuesday—with 56.5 lakh doses expected to be transported during the day by Air India, SpiceJet, GoAir, and IndiGo.The first flight carrying Serum Institute of India’s Covishield vaccine was SpiceJet’s SG8937 that left for Delhi carrying 34 boxes weighing 1,088 kg—just after 8 am on Tuesday. Shortly after the SpiceJet flight departed, GoAir’s flight G8-904 left for Chennai ..

SC puts on hold 3 Farm Laws, sets up committee to resolve impasse

New Delhi, Jan 12In a big setback to the Centre, the Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the implementation of controversial new Farm Laws till further orders and ordered the setting up of a committee.The big development came a day after the Supreme Court rap..

Army looks to cut troops deployment in NE

New Delhi, Jan 12The Army is planning to gradually reduce the number of troops deployed for internal security duties in the North East, but is not contemplating moving soldiers out of Jammu and Kashmir because of the prevailing terror situation in the Uni..

Centre to bear expenses for first round of Covid-19 vaccination : PM Modi

NEW DELHI, Jan 11 Central Government will bear the total cost of immunising over 3 crore people with covid-19 vaccines in the first phase of vaccination drive starting from January 16, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday. The Prime Minister said that State Governments will not have to bear any cost towards vaccinating these priority groups in the first stage.Chief Minister N Biren also attended the video conference which was also attended by Union Home Minister Amit Shah.The Prime Minister ..

Farm Laws may be stayed until deadlock resolved : SC

New Delhi, Jan 11 The Supreme Court Monday hinted that it could stay the implementation of the three contentious Farm Laws as it came down heavily on the Government for insisting on continuing with the legislations despite the farmers’ protest.A bench led by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde told senior Government law officers—Attorney General KK Venugopal and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta—that the Government had failed to hold effective negotiations with the protesting farmers, and ..

Oxford vaccine costs Rs 200 a vial Purchase order likely today : Sources

New Delhi, Jan 11 The Covishield vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII) will be priced at Rs 200 a vial after a price agreement was arrived at with the Government, sources have said.  The first 100 million doses will be priced Rs ..

ToI headline becomes online blockbuster

NEW DELHI, Jan 10 The Times of India headline on the assault on the Capitol by Trump supporters — “Coup Klux Klan : Don Triggers Mob & Rob Bid” — has become a rage on social media. Thousands of tweeple said it was the most apt headline for the insurrection— using words like “awesome, amazing, epic, brilliant, excellent, outstanding, the most dramatic, the truest, clever and chillingly accurate, nailed it”—while others said it was already a leading ..

Covid-19 vaccination drive to begin from Jan 16

NEW DELHI, Jan 9The Centre said on Saturday the Covid-19 vaccination drive would begin in the country on January 16 when nearly 30 million healthcare and frontline workers will be innoculated, followed by those above 50 years of age and the under-50 population groups with co-morbidities."The roll-out of Covid-19 vaccine will provide priority to the healthcare workers and the frontline workers who are estimated to be around 3 cr, followed by those above 50 years of age and the under-50 population groups ..

Bird Flu confirmed in seven States

NEW DELHI, Jan 9: Central Government on Saturday issued status report of avian influenza in the country, saying the disease has been confirmed in seven States."After confirmation of avian influenza positive samples from ICAR-NIHSAD in poultry (two poultry..

NE India Consul

NEW DELHI, Jan 9The Embassy of Israel in India has appointed Joyshree Das Verma as the Consul of North East India, to be based in Assam having jurisdiction over the States of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Naga-land, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Tripura and Si..

Covid-19 vaccination: India to hold 2nd dry run today

NEW DELHI, Jan 7A second dry run of the Covid-19 vaccination will be held across all States and Union Territories on 8 January, the Central Govern-ment said on Wednesday."In a massive country-wide exercise, another mock drill on Covid-19 vaccine administration to be conducted in all States and UTs on 8 January. Around 1.7 lakh vaccinators and 3 lakh vaccination team members trained in vaccine administration," said the Government.The first dry run across the country was conducted on 2 January to plug ..

Govt ready to roll out COVID vaccine by next week

NEW DELHI, Jan 5A few days after the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) approved Bharat Biotech's Covaxin and the Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine for "restricted use in emer-gency situations", the Health Ministry said the vaccine will be rolled out within 10 days from date of emergency use authorisation. The DGCI had granted approval for the two vaccines on January 3. "We are prepared to roll out vaccine within 10 days of emergency use authorisation approvals. The final call will be taken by the Government..

Union budget to be tabled on Feb 1

New Delhi, Jan 5: The Union budget will be presented in Parliament on February 1, sources said, adding President Ram Nath Kovind will address both the Houses - Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha - on January 29.The budget session of Parliament will be conducted in..

Covid vaccine to be taken 28 days apart Antibodies will develop 2 weeks after last dose: AIIMS

New Delhi, Jan 4As India gears up for the world''s largest vaccination programme, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare addressed apprehensions ex-pressed by the public regar- ding the COVID-19 vacci-ne's effectiveness, safety and availability, among others.In a video issued by the Health Ministry, Dr Ran-deep Guleria, Director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) answered commonly asked questions regarding the dosage of the vaccine saying that two doses of the vaccine will have ..

COVID vaccines: Covishield, Covaxin get approval

New Delhi, Jan 3Two vaccines for corona-virus, Oxford Institute's Covishield, which is being developed by the Pune-based Serum Institute, and Bharat Biotech's Covaxin, received emergency approval from the country's drug regulator today. "We'll never approve anything if there is slightest of safety concern. The vaccines are 110 per cent safe," Drug Controller General of India VG Somani said, adding Covishield was found to be 70.42 per cent effective and Bharat Biotech's Covaxin was "safe and provides ..

3 cr on frontline to get free vaccine in 1st phase

New Delhi, Jan 2Free coronavirus vaccines will be given in the first phase to three crore people who have been on the frontline in the fight against the highly contagious disease, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said today. The Government will give priority..

Dry run in all States for Covid vaccination from Jan 2

New Delhi, Dec 31All States will begin the dry run for Covid-19 vaccination from January 2. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting of the Union Health Ministry on Thursday.The dry run will be conducted by all the State and UT Governments on 2nd January 2021 (Saturday). The Ministry has proposed that the dry run be conducted in all State capitals in at least three session sites.In Manipur the dry run will be held at Imphal West and Thoubal, informed a well placed source. “Some States ..

CBSE board exams 2021 from May 4

New Delhi, Dec 31After a long wait, students can finally breathe a sigh of relief. Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal announced that the CBSE Board exams will begin from May 4, while the board practical exams will begin from March 4. The exams will go on..

NIA files charge sheet against 5 NSCN (IM) members

NEW DELHI, Dec 30 The National Investigation Agency (NIA) filed a charge sheet against five NSCN (IM) members for alleged extor-tion and criminal intimidation of various companies under-taking road construction projects in Manipur.The Isak Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (IM), one of the largest Naga groups, signed a Framework Agreement on August 3, 2015 to end the decades-old Naga issue and is currently engaged in negotiation with the Intelligence Bureau (IB).The NIA ..

Dry run held successfully in 4 States

New Delhi, Dec 29The two-day dry run for the Covid-19 vaccination in Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, and Gujarat has been successfully conducted, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Tuesday. Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare..

NSCN(IM)'s separate Naga flag, Constitution demands hinder peace talks in 2020

PTI NEW DELHI, Dec 29 : NSCN (IM)'s demands for a separate Naga flag and Constitution amid the Covid-19 outbreak prevented conclusion of Naga peace talks in 2020. Many Nagas had hoped for a resolution of the issue, with the conclusion of separate talks between the Centre and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) and the Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) comprising seven organisations, in October last year.Nagaland, with its limited resources, initially struggled to grapple ..

50,356 fresh COVID-19 cases in India on Saturday

New Delhi, Nov 7India recorded 50,356 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours and 577 deaths linked to COVID-19, shows the Government data, according to which Delhi has the highest number of one-day Covid cases. The Friday case tally was the second time more than 50,000 cases were recorded in the last three days, data shows. India has been recording an average of 48,000 cases in the past week. Some 53,920 people also fought off the highly contagious disease in the last 24 hours. There are ..

Docs, MBBS students to get COVID-19 vaccine first

New Delhi, Nov 7: As Bharat Biotech is aiming to launch its vaccine — Covaxin — in February, which could be the first vaccine available in India, the Centre is finalising the vaccine delivery procedure, including identifying the priority group..

Final phase of Bihar polls records 55.22 pc turnout

New Delhi, Nov 7The threat of coronavirus could not affect polling in the third and final phase of Bihar State elections, with 55.22 per cent people turning up to vote -- a shade lower than the 56.66 per cent in 2015. Two of three exit polls so far have predicted an advantage for the alliance of Tejashwi Yadav's Rashtriya Janata Dal, the Congress and the Left parties. The election will be crucial for Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who is seeking a fourth straight term. Mr Kumar -- who is facing challenge ..

Talks with NSCN (IM) in advance stage : Govt

New Delhi, Nov 6Talks with the NSCN-IM for final settlement of the decades-long Naga issue are in an advance stage and the Government is providing all assistance to the North Eastern States to deal with rebel groups, Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla on Friday said. Participating in the diamond jubilee webinar organised by the National Defence College here, he said the Central Government is in peace negotiations with almost all groups of the North East including the ULFA and the major ones who ..

Terrorist killed in encounter with security forces in J&K's Pulwama

Srinagar, Nov 6A terrorist was killed in an overnight encounter with security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Friday.Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Lalpora area of Pampore in south Kashmir distric..

India's tally rise to 83.64 lakh

NEW DELHI, Nov 5 With a jump of 50,209 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the country's overall coronavirus case numbers touched 83,64,086, Health Ministry data shared on Thursday shows.The death toll rose to 1,24,315 after 704 more fatalities were ..

Air pollution increases risk of mortality from Covid-19, NGT informed

New Delhi, Nov 5Air pollution is an important cofactor increasing the risk of mortality from Covid-19 as per latest research, the National Green Tribunal was informed on Thursday.Senior advocate Raj Panjawani and advocate Shibhani Ghosh, who have been app..

Revised COVID-19 guidelines issued by Centre for international arrivals

New Delhi, Nov 5The government on Thursday issued a set of revised guidelines for international arrivals, under which travellers seeking exemption from institutional quarantine will need to submit a negative RT-PCR report 72 hours before undertaking the j..

Shades of Emergency Condemnations against arrest of Arnab Goswami pour in

Mumbai, Nov 4 Republic TV's Arnab Goswami was arrested today in a two-year-old suicide case in which investigations were reopened recently, the Mumbai police said. Several Union Ministers are among those who have condemned the arrest as a reminder of the Emergency, when the Indira Gandhi Government cracked down on the media."Congress and its allies have shamed democracy once again. Blatant misuse of State power against Republic TV and Arnab Goswami is an attack on individual freedom and the 4th pillar ..