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 ..

Assaulted by police during arrest, claims Goswami

Mumbai, Nov 4Hours after he was arrested, Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami was produced before a Court in Mumbai on Wednesday where he claimed that he was assaulted by police officials.Goswami told the Court that he suffered injuries on his hand,..

Upward trend

New Delhi, Nov 3 : Delhi, Kerala, West Bengal and Manipur have been showing an increasing trend in the number of active covid-19 cases when compared to the month of October, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.The Govt emphasized that chain of trans..

81 lakh total cases

New Delhi, Nov 1 : With 46,963 new cases, India's COVID-19 tally has risen to over 81.84 lake cases, while the death count due to the highly contagious disease touched 1.22 lakh with 470 fresh fatalities, according to the Union Health Ministry figures thi..

Kerala best

NEW DELHI, Oct 31 : Kerala was adjudged the best-governed State in the country while Uttar Pradesh was at the last spot in the large States category while Goa, Meghalaya and Himachal Pradesh were among the top three in the small States category according ..

Tally surges to 80.8 lakh

NEW DELHI, Oct 30With 48,648 new cases of COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours, India's total number of cases surged to 80,88,851, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Friday.As per the Ministry, the death toll has m..

Irani tests positive, India records 43,893 new cases

New Delhi, Oct 28Union Minister Smriti Irani on Wednesday said she has tested positive for the coronavirus."It is rare for me to search for words while making an announcement; hence here's me keeping it simple - I've tested positive for #COVID and would r..

With 36,370 fresh cases, India sees lowest 1-day tally in over 3 months

New Delhi, Oct 27 With a jump of 36,370 fresh COVID-19 cases in a day India reported the lowest number of new coronavirus infections in the country since mid-July, taking its tally to 79.46 lakh, Government data shows. July 18 was the last time India repo..

Most guidelines remain unchanged

New Delhi, Oct 27  The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Tuesday extended the guidelines for re-opening the country, which were issued last month, till November 30. There are no fresh changes and all major activities have already been allowed b..

India will drive global energy demand: PM Modi

New Delhi, Oct 26India will drive the global energy demand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday as he showcased his Government's recent reforms in the sector to global investors.Speaking at the India Energy Forum by CERAWeek, Modi said the coronavirus pandemic had resulted in global energy demand falling by one-third, investment decisions being impacted and predictions of a contraction in demand over the next few years.But India is likely to see energy consumption double over the long term, ..

Myanmar army launches Operation Sunrise-3 Combing operations on at Indo-Myanmar border

NEW DELHI, Oct 26Myanmar army has launched Operation Sunrise-3 to crack down on various insurgent groups gathered at the Indo-Myanmar border. Zee News in its earlier report revealed that the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K), led by..

Tremors reported

New Delhi, Oct 26 Moderate earthquakes measuring 3.2 and 3.6 on the Richter scales hit Manipur and Sikkim respectively on Sunday, officials said. According to the Disaster Management officials of the two North Eastern States, no report of loss of life or ..

Final-stage trials

NEW DELHI, Oct 26 : Amid the race to develop a 'potential' vaccine against novel coronavirus pandemic, India's first indigenously developed Covid-19 vaccine, Covaxin will commence its Phase III clinical trials at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar soon, an..

India sees 580 more Covid deaths, lowest in 98 days

NEW DELHI, Oct 25 Deaths from Covid-19 infections in India fell to 580 on Saturday, the lowest single-day toll from the virus in 98 days, as the pandemic continued to slow down in most parts of the country.India had last recorded a lower daily death count on July 18, as per TOI’s database collated from official numbers released by State Governments. The average daily death toll this week has fallen to half the numbers reported during the pandemic’s peak in the country in mid-September. ..

India's Covid recovery rate now 90%

New Delhi, Oct 25About 90 per cent of Covid patients have recovered in India so far, the Health Ministry said this morning, adding that the country has logged over 78.64 lakh cases since the beginning of the pandemic. In the last 24 hours, the country rep..

Onion prices go up as crops damaged by rainfall, consumers worried

Nashik, Oct 24Onion prices have increased in Nashik as supply has been hit after rainfall damaged crops in several parts of the country.The price of onions and other vegetables has increased because the supply chain from the farms was severely affected due to rains. Many customers are buying a smaller quantity of onions than earlier."The rising prices of onions are a major cause of worry during the pandemic as so many of us have suffered from job losses and health issues. It is hard to afford onions," ..

Over 53,000 new cases in a day as India's Covid tally passes 78 lakh-mark

New Delhi, Oct 24India's coronavirus count has crossed 78 lakh with a jump of 53,370 cases in the last 24 hours, Government data shows. And 650 deaths in the last 24 hours have pushed the total death count to 1,17,956. Meanwhile, 70,16,046 people in the c..

UPSC CSE Prelims exam 2020 result declared, Main on Jan 8

New Delhi, Oct 23The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) today declared the result for the Civil Services Examination (CSE) preliminary round at The result is also available at The exam was held amid the pandemic on October 4 and candidates who appeared for the exam can check their results now.Qualifying candidates will have to now fill the Detailed Application Form-I (DAF-I) for the Civil Services Main examination. The DAF will be available on the website of the ..

Chinese media meant to threaten India, ends up confessing role in NE

New Delhi, Oct 22An ambush in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tirap sector that led to the death of an Assam Rifles soldier on Tuesday has put the spotlight back on China’s role to fuel insurgency in the North East. Tuesday’s attack by the National ..

Recovery rate inches up

NEW DELHI, Oct 21 Coronavirus cases in India increased by 54,044 new infections in the last 24 hours, taking the total covid tally to 7.6 million, informed the Health Ministry. India recorded 717 new deaths, toll death count mounted to 1,15,914.India's to..

PM Modi's address to the Nation Steps on to ensure vaccine reaches every Indian : PM

NEW DELHI, Oct 20 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that the lockdown may have ended but the virus still exists as he urged the citizens to continue taking all precautionary measures in the battle against Covid-19.Addressing the nation for the seventh time about the Covid pandemic, the Prime Minister said that the government is taking efforts to ensure that a vaccine reaches everyone.PM Modi's address to nationHere are the top quotes from PM Modi's address:* All countries are working on ..

Mouthwashes, oral rinsing may kill 99.9% of human coronaviruses : Study

MUMBAI, Oct 20 According to a new study carried out by the Penn State College of Medicine, several oral antiseptics and mouthwashes have the ability to destroy the human coronaviruses.The findings, published in the Journal of Medical Virology, of the study suggested that some of these products might be useful for reducing the viral load, or amount of virus, present in the mouth after Covid-19 infection. This may also help in containing the spread of the coronavirus.Earlier studies also indicated that ..

India reports lowest new cases in nearly 3 months, active cases now below 7.5 lakh

NEW DELHI, Oct 20India today reported single-day rise of 46,790 in new Covid cases, the lowest single-day tally in nearly three months. Total case load increased to 75.97 lakh while death toll rose to 1.15 lakh. The number of active cases dipped below 7.5..

Community spread limited to certain districts, admits Harsh Vardhan

New Delhi, Oct 18 Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Sunday admitted that community transmission of Covid-19 virus has occurred in certain districts in a limited number of States. “But this is not happening countrywide,” the Minister said as he was addressing his weekly social media programme Sunday Samvaad.On being asked to comment on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s admission that community transmission started in some areas of the State, the Union minister admitted ..

Covid peak over, can be controlled early next year, says panel

New Delhi, Oct 18The country is past the coronavirus peak, a Government appointed panel said today, pointing to the tapering number of cases over the last two weeks. From a peak of 97,000-plus cases, India is now logging 60,000-plus cases a day. The daily..

Active cases below 8 lakh

New Delhi, Oct 17 : India has scaled an "unprecedented" peak as active coronavirus cases dropped below the 8-lakh mark for the first time in 1.5 months, the Health Ministry said this morning when the country's Covid tally surged to 74.3 lakh after 62,212 ..

Former DG appointed

NEW DELHI, Oct 17 : Election Commission on Friday appointed ex-IPS officer Mrinal Kanti Das as special police observer for the upcoming Assembly bypolls in Madhya Pradesh.Das, a 1977 batch IPS who had retired as DGP of Manipur police, has been assigned to..

Man from Manipur among six held for operating fake call centre

Gurugram, Oct 17The Haryana chief minister's flying squad late on Thursday night busted yet another illegal call centre operating from the Udyog Vihar Phase-1 in Gurugram.The investigation team suspect that the owner of the call centre was a contractor at..

Nagas will never join Indian Union nor accept India's Constitution: Thuingaleng Muivah ‘Nagalim remains an important part of NSCN's position’

New Delhi, Oct 16 In an interview that is likely to upset and even annoy the Government at the Centre and which starkly reveals the sharp differences that are still separating the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) from the Indian Government, the general secretary of the NSCN (IM) has repeatedly and forcefully said that the Nagas will never be part of the Indian Union nor will they accept India’s Constitution.Thuingaleng Muivah added that there could be no compromise on ..

Recoveries outpace fresh cases in India

NEW DELHI, Oct 15 Active coronavirus cases in India continued to edge lower as recoveries outpaced the increase in daily new cases. According to Health Ministry figures released today, there were 8.12 lakh active covid cases in the country after 67,708 ne..

‘Blood type O least vulnerable to Covid’

MUMBAI, Oct 15 New research suggests that people with O blood type are less likely to contract the novel coronavirus. For such blood type, the risk of developing severe symptoms, including organ failure, is also reduced.However, people who have blood type..

63,509 fresh cases take India to 72.3 lakh

New Delhi, Oct 14India's coronavirus tally has surged to 72.39 lakh cases after a fresh spike of 63,509 infections in the last 24 hours, the Government data showed this morning. The number of fatalities stood at 1,10,586 after 730 deaths were registered in a day. About 63 lakh patients in the country have recovered so far; 74,632 patients have recovered since yesterday. On Tuesday, the country - second-worst affected by the pandemic - recorded an increase of 55,342 infections, the lowest one-day surge ..

Consultative meet today sans NSCN (IM), NNPGs

New Delhi, Oct 14Ahead of the consultative meeting called by the Government of Nagaland to discuss the ongoing peace talks and the political issue tomorrow (October 15), an official said this meeting will only focus on the civil society groups which inclu..

Schools, cinema halls to reopen today

New Delhi, Oct 14The country will reopen further from Thursday as schools, cinema halls, multiplexes, entertainment parks, swimming pools--all outside containment zones--will reopen with strict Covid-19 norms in place. In its guidelines for the fifth phase of Nationwide unlock, on September 30, the Union Home Ministry had given permission for these places to reopen from October 15.While schools had reopened partially, on voluntary basis for class 9-12 on September 21 during Unlock 4, other places ..

Weekly positivity rate declines to 6.24% from 8.5%, says Govt

NEW DELHI, Oct 13 The Health Ministry Tuesday said there was a decline in cumulative, weekly and daily COVID-19 positivity rates. They now stand at 8.07%, 6.24% and 5.16% respectively, it added.The Ministry in its press briefing told reporters that the av..

India's first coronavirus vaccine What we know about its development

NEW DELHI, Oct 12 Covaxin, the vaccine candidate developed by Bharat Biotech in collaboration with Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is in Phase 2 clinical trial in the country. And now the makers have sought approval from drug regulators to start the third phase clinical trial. As per reports, the Drugs Controller General of India (DGCI) has asked Bharat Biotech to submit "complete safety and immunogenicity data of the phase II trial" and some clarifications before proceeding for the next ..

India's Covid-19 cases cross 71 lakh mark

New Delhi, Oct 12 India added 66,732 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the data released by the Health Ministry this morning showed. The country also reported 816 Covid-related deaths during the period.Total case tally now stands at 71,20,538 inclu..

Will Covid-19 cases increase in India during winter ? Likely, says Harsh Vardhan

NEW DELHI, Oct 11 Amid several reports indicating that the number of Covid-19 cases will increase during winter, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday confirmed that the possibility of the same in Indian context can’t be dismissed at all...

New cases lower than recovery for 7 days on the trot

MUMBAI, Oct 10 For seven straight days now, the detection of new cases of coronavirus infection in the country has remained lower than the number of people recovering from the disease. This is the longest unbroken run for this trend so far.The new detecti..

Can't deliver in Nagaland as it is outside India : Flipkart Outside India faux pas draws ridicule

New Delhi, Oct 10 A faux pas by an employee handling e-retail website Flipkart’s social media handle sparked outrage after a customer in Nagaland was told that a service couldn’t be provided since the location was “outside India”.A..

COVID-19: Active cases in India fall below 9 lakh after one month

New Delhi, Oct 9 India's COVID-19 tally of cases went past 69 lakh with 70,496 infections being reported in a day, while active cases of infection fell below 9 lakh after a month comprising 12.94 per cent of the total caseload, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.The total coronavirus cases mounted to 69,06,151. The death toll climbed to 1,06,490 with 964 people succumbing to the disease in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed.The total recoveries have surged ..

Positivity rate declines to 8.19% : Government

NEW DELHI, Oct 8 India’s cumulative positivity rate for covid-19 is declining and is currently 8.19%, the Government said on Thursday.While seven States have reported positivity rate less than 5%, 22 States have positivity rate less than the Nationa..

Paswan dies at 74

NEW DELHI, Oct 8 : Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan passed away on October 8. Paswan (74), recently underwent a heart surgery in a Delhi hospital and was said to be in a critical condition.He was active in politics for over five decades and is one of the c..

Naga accord 'draft' finalised, demand for separate flag rejected

NEW DELHI, Oct 7Ignoring the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah)’s defiant posturing and demands, the Government of India has decided to go ahead with its plan to sign a peace accord with all the other armed rebel groups and civil society organisations of Nagaland soon.Security sources admitted that a section of NSCN (I-M) led by its secretary general Th Muivah has not given their final consent for signing the peace accord, but asserted that the ball is now in the NSCN (I-M)’s ..

Fake varsities

New Delhi, Oct 7 :  The University Grants Commission (UGC) on Wednesday announced a list of 24 self-styled, unrecognised institu- tions in the country, terming them as fake with maximum of them operating from Uttar Pradesh followed by Delhi.“St..

Former Governor Ashwani Kumar commits suicide

NEW DELHI, Oct 7: Former Governor of Nagaland and Manipur and ex-CBI Director Ashwani Kumar was found hanging at his residence in Shimla on Wednesday.He was 69.According to media reports, Kumar had been depressed for several weeks.The former CBI Director ..

India's new paper Covid-19 test could be a ‘game changer’

NEW DELHI, Oct 6 A team of scientists in India has developed an inexpensive paper-based test for coronavirus that could give fast results similar to a pregnancy test. The BBC's Soutik Biswas and Krutika Pathi unpack how it works.The test, named after a famous Indian fictional detective, is based on a gene-editing technology called Crispr. Scientists estimate that the kit - called Feluda - would return results in under an hour and cost 500 rupees (about $6.75; £5.25).Feluda will be made by a leading ..

Covid-19 tally crosses 6.5 million

New Delhi, Oct 4 India recorded 75,829 cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and 940 related deaths in the last 24 hours, taking its tally over 6.5 million, data from the Union Health Ministry showed on Sunday morning.India sustained its trend of mainta..

YSR Congress leader succumbs to COVID-19

Visakhapatnam, Oct 4 YSR Congress leader and former MLA Dronamraju Srinivas succumbed to COVID-19 here on Sunday.He was 59 and survived by his wife, son and daughter.Srinivas got infected with coronavirus a month ago and was shifted to a corporate hospita..

Army chief, Foreign Secy to seal security ties with Myanmar

New Delhi, Oct 3On the eve of Myanmar general elections, Indian Army Chief General MM Naravane and Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla are headed towards Naypyidaw on Sunday to seal the much-awaited coastal shipping agreement to activate the Kaladan multi-modal project and cement security ties against insurgent groups. Gen Naravane and Shringla will meet senior General Min Aung Hlaing and Aung San Suu Kyi, the State counsellor of Myanmar, as last incoming foreign visitors before November 8 elections.According ..

Deaths cross 1 lakh mark

NEW DELHI, Oct 3 India's coronavirus related deaths crossed 1 lakh mark on Saturday with 1,069 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, informed Union Health Ministry. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease crossed 54 lakh pushing the rec..

Four Kashmiri youth planning terror strikes in Delhi arrested: Police

New Delhi , Oct 3 The Special Cell of Delhi Police on Saturday said it has arrested a group of four radicalised Kashmiri youth who were allegedly planning terror strikes in the national capital.In a statement, the police said the accused were nabbed ..

Vaccine likely in Jan 2021 : AIIMS chief

NEW DELHI, Oct 2 All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Director Dr Randeep Guleria on Friday said that the vaccine for the virus can be expected in India by January 2021 if all goes as per the plan. However, he made it clear that the initial ava..

Death tally inches to 1 lakh mark, stands at 98,678

New Delhi, Oct 1 India recorded 86,821 new coronavirus cases and 1,181 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking its COVID-19 tally past the 63-lakh mark, according to the Health Ministry data released this morning. The country now has 63,12,585 cases of coronavirus, including 9,40,705 active cases, 52.7 lakh recoveries and 98,678 deaths. At 85,376, India recorded fewer one-day recoveries than new cases. The overall recovery rate in the country is 83.5 per cent. Its daily positivity rate was 6.1 per cent ..

Here's how life in India changes from Oct 1 under Unlock 5.0

NEW DELHI, Oct 1 Unlock 5.0 has been set in motion from today after consultations and feedback from States, UTs and Central Ministries. The new set of guidelines aims to further open up economic activities.We are now five unlocks into the COVID-19 crisis,..

Unlock 5 : Re-opening schools up to State Govts after Oct 15

New Delhi, Sep 30 The Ministry of Home Affairs has announced a detailed guideline of Unlock 5, to be effective from October 1. Despite a steep rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in the country, the Home Ministry has made it clear that there would be more relaxations and fewer restrictions, though local administrations in some States are heavily relying on voluntary curfew, local lockdowns etc.Here are the guidelines:*Cinemas/theatres/multi-plexes will be permitted to open with upto 50% of their ..

I am doing well, says Venkaiah Naidu a day after he tested positive for Covid-19

NEW DELHI, Sep 30Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, who has tested positive for Covid-19, on Wednesday thanked the vice president of Maldives for his message wishing him speedy recovery, and said he appreciates his spontaneous response and sincere concern.R..

First Covid-19 vaccine in India by early 2021 : Health Ministry

New Delhi, Sep 28 As the world races to develop a potential vaccine against coronavirus (Covid-19), the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday said that the first vaccine in India will most likely be available by early 2021.The Health Ministry said the research to develop a Covid-19 vaccine is being “done expeditiously”.During a media briefing, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said, “Research to develop a vaccine is being done expeditiously. There are at least 3 viable ..

Unlock 5.0: What relaxations to expect

NEW DELHI, Sep 28 The fourth phase of coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown relaxations is set to end on September 30 and Unlock 5.0 will begin from October 1. It is to be noted that the Centre is yet to announce any guideline for Unlock 5.0 but it is expected that many new relaxations will be given in the next phase of unlock.In the recent meeting with Chief Ministers of the seven worst-affected States, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the CMs that steps must be taken to  implement the idea of “micro-..

NIA to have new branches in Imphal, Chennai and Ranchi

New Delhi, Sep 28 : The Ministry of Home Affairs has approved three new branches for the National Investigation Agency in Imphal, Chennai and Ranchi, an NIA official said on Monday.The decision will help in responding quickly to any emergent situation in ..

Government extends ban on Khaplang faction of NSCN

New Delhi, Sep 28: The Centre on Monday extended the ban on NSCN-K, saying the Naga insurgent group has been engaged in violence, extortion and secessionist activities.In a notification, the Union Home Ministry said the militant group has been involved in..

Cases cross 60 lakh in India

New Delhi, Sep 27 More than 85,000 new Covid cases were reported across India in the past 24 hours, Government data showed on Sunday, taking the total number of coronavirus cases in the country past the 60 lakh-mark. Over 1,000 deaths were also recorded i..

India's culture incomplete sans NE : Amit Shah

NEW DELHI, Sep 27 Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said that North Eastern culture is the jewel of Indian culture and without North East, India and Indian culture are incomplete."Without the North East, India and Indian culture are incomplete. Indi..

Former BJP leader Jaswant Singh passes away

NEW DELHI, Sep 27 Former Union Minister Jaswant Singh, a close associate of ex-Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, died here on Sunday following a long spell of illness. He was 82.Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other top BJP leaders paid rich tributes to Singh, saying that he served India diligently and will be remembered for his unique perspective on matters of politics and society. Singh was cremated in Rajasthan's Jodhpur.Singh, a former Army officer, had been ill after a fall at his home in ..

Quarantine rules

NEW DELHI, Sep 27 : The changing dynamics of the Covid-19 pandemic in India has seen States revising their quarantine and self-isolation guidelines for travellers from time to time to control the spread of the novel coronavirus. Manipur quarantine rulesAl..

85,362 new cases take India's tally past 59 lakh

New Delhi, Sep 26 More than 85,000 new Covid cases were reported across India in the past 24 hours, Government data showed on Saturday, taking the total number of coronavirus cases in the country past the 59 lakh-mark. Over 1,000 deaths were also recorded..

'Destination NE 2020’ set to be inaugurated

NEW DELHI, Sep 26 Union Minister for Home Affairs Amit Shah, who is also the Chairman of the North Eastern Council will virtually inaugurate "Destination North East-2020" on Sunday.According to an official release, Destination North East is a calendar eve..

NE based UG groups forced to relocate, claim Intel agencies

New Delhi, Sep 25Indian Insurgent Groups (IIGs) operating from Myanmar, particularly ULFA-I (United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent), NSCN-K (National Socialist Council of Nagaland – Khaplang), led by its current chairman Yung Aung, and NSCN-IM..

Chinese agencies trying to disrupt, delay Naga peace settlement : Intel

New Delhi, Sep 24Going beyond snooping high-value individuals in India, sources in the security establishment have said Chinese intelligence agencies have been working overtime in North Eastern States to somehow influence rebel leaders to further deepen &..

COVID-19 claims Union MoS for Railways

New Delhi, Sep 23 Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi died of COVID-19 in New Delhi on Wednesday. He was 65-years-old.Suresh Angadi had tested positive for COVID-19 on September 11 and was initially asymptomatic and said he was "doing fine". The BJP MP was later admitted to the dedicated COVID-19 facility at the AIIMS Trauma Centre where he passed away.He is the first member of the Union Cabinet to succumb to coronavirus. He is also the second member of Parliament from Karnataka to die of ..

Daily recoveries exceed daily cases for 5th day

New Delhi, Sep 23 Daily COVID-19 recoveries have exceeded the new cases for the fifth consecutive day, the Union Health Ministry said Wednesday, as the total recoveries surged to 45,87,613 pushing the National recovery rate to 81.25 per cent.A total of 89..

Covid-19 : PM chairs meet with CMs of 7 States

New Delhi, Sep 23 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday chaired a high-level virtual meeting with Chief Ministers and Health Ministers of seven States which have reported very high number of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases.These States and the Un..

India’s tally crosses 55 lakh

New Delhi, Sep 22India on Tuesday crossed the 5.5 million mark in terms of the number of coronavirus disease cases. But the Union Health Ministry said that the country’s active cases are less than a fifth of the total tally.Addressing a press confer..

Suspended RS MPs end dramatic sit-in after oppn decides to boycott House

Suspended RS MPs end dramatic sit-in after oppn decides to boycott House..

86,961 COVID-19 cases recorded, lowest since Sept 16, as recovery rate rises over 80%

New Delhi, Sep 21 India recorded 86,961 cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), lowest in six days, and 1,130 deaths between Sunday and Monday morning, according to the Union Health Ministry on Monday. The country’s tally rose to 5,487,580 and ..

No proposal to scrap ILPS : Centre

New Delhi, Sep 21 The Centre has no proposal to abolish the Inner Line Permit (ILP) System currently prevalent in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur, Parliament was informed on Sunday.In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Union ..

Schools to reopen in some States from Monday

New Delhi, Sep 12Some States have allowed schools to reopen partially from Monday after a gap of more than five months as the coronavirus pandemic forced authorities to shut educational institutes across the country to contain the spread of the viral dise..

Mizoram, Sikkim & Arunachal in top 10 ‘happy’ States Free library in Ukl village park

New Delhi, Sep 20 Mizoram, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh have been ranked among India’s top 10 happy States in a Nationwide survey measuring happiness.Mizoram has topped the rankings, followed by Punjab and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, in the lis..

Tally crosses 54 lakh mark with 92,605 cases in a day

NEW DELHI, Sep 20With a single-day spike of 92,605 new covid-19 positive cases, India has reported total 54,00,620 cases, said the Union Health Ministry in a bulletin.With this latest spike, the count of covid-19 cases stands at 54,00,620 of which, there ..

NE to be business destination of India post COVID-19: Jitendra

NEW DELHI, Sep 19 DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh on Friday said that North Eastern Region will be one of the favourite business destinations of India post-COVID-19 and Bamboo is going to be the key pillar of the economic activities.“Many business houses are looking at the North Eastern Region to exploit its vast agro-farming resources and we should not miss this opportunity,” said Dr Singh on the occasion of the World Bamboo Day.He was addressing two separate Webinars organized by the Cane ..

India's single-day recoveries exceed fresh cases as record 95,880 recuperate

NEW DELHI, Sep 19India's single-day recovery outstripped the number of new infections as nearly 96,000 people recuperated from the novel coronavirus, even as the total caseload went past 53 lakh, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Satu..


New Delhi, Sep 19 : The insurgents' groups active across India's North East States and at the Indo-Myanmar border are taking advantage of the large scale of unemployment caused by the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic and are conspiring to recruit more youth ..

COVID-19 tally in India past 52 lakh, recovery rate at 78.86 pc

New Delhi, Sep 18  India's COVID-19 tally raced past 52 lakh with 96,424 people testing positive in a day, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease rose to 41,12,551 on Friday, according to the Union Health Ministry data.The c..

3 vaccines at clinical trial stage in India

New Delhi, Sep 15The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said on Tuesday three vaccine candidates against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are in the clinical stage of trials in India and one of them will soon begin Phase 3 trials after getting cl..

First day of Parliament's Monsoon session 24 LS MPs test positive for COVID-19

New Delhi, Sep 14 Twenty-four members of the Lok Sabha tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the first day of Parliament’s Monsoon session, Secretariat officials told Hindustan Times on Monday. Junior Railways Minister Suresh Angadi, the BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi, Anant Kumar Hegde, Parvesh Sahib Singh, Rita Bahuguna Joshi and Kaushal Kishore were among the 24 MPs who have contracted the viral disease.The COVID-19 positive Lok Sabha members have informed the Secretariat ..

Tally crosses 48-lakh mark with 92,071 new cases

New Delhi, Sep 14 The coronavirus cases in India crossed the 48-lakh mark on Monday (September 14, 2020) with 92,071 new cases reported in the last 24 hours, informed the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.With this latest spike, the coronavirus cases across the country stand at 48,46,428. As per the Health Ministry, there are 9,86,598 active cases while 37,80,108 patients have been cured/discharged/migrated.The country in the last 24 hours reported 1,136 deaths due to the deadly virus taking ..

India's cases cross 47 lakh, 94,372 new cases in a day

New Delhi, Sep 13A single-day spike of 94,372 cases has pushed India's coronavirus tally to 47,54,356, the Union Health Ministry data this morning showed. The death count has risen to 78,586 with 1,114 more fatalities in 24 hours. And 37,02,595 patients h..

India records one day jump of 97,570 cases

New Delhi, Sep 12India's coronavirus tally surged to 46,59,984 as it recorded the biggest single-day spike in cases with 97,570 new patients in the last 24 hours, the Government data showed this morning. More than 36 lakh patients have recovered so far; about 9.58 lakh cases - 20.56 per cent of the total cases - are active. India reported a record 81,533 recoveries in the last 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry. 1,201 Covid-linked deaths have been registered since yesterday, taking the number ..

Drug cartel with link to Manipur busted

NEW DELHI, Sep 12 An international narcotic drug cartel was busted by the Delhi Police on Friday (September 12) with the seizure of 23 kilograms of fine quality heroin worth over Rs 90 crore. Five key members of the cartel were arrested including the king..

Centre moving amendment to Election Act to allow delimitation in four NE States

New Delhi, Sep 11The Centre is preparing to move an amendment to the Representation of People’e Act, 1950 in the upcoming Parliament session to ensure sound legal footing for delimitation of Constituencies in four North Eastern States. An amendment is proposed to Section 8A of the Representation of People’e Act, 1950 to allow the recently constituted Delimitation Commission to redraw the boundaries of Constituencies in the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur and Nagaland. The above ..

India sees record one day surge with 96,551 cases

New Delhi, Sep 11India saw a record single-day surge in coronavirus cases and the fatalities linked to the highly infectious disease with 96,551 new infections and 1,209 deaths registered in the last 24 hours, taking the tally past 45 lakh, the Government..

Centre asks States, UTs to test all symptomatic -ve cases of RAT

New Delhi, Sep 10With a view to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in India, the Union Health Ministry on Thursday directed all States and Union Territories (UTs) to compulsorily test all symptomatic negative cases of rapid antigen tests through RT-PCR tests in order to ensure no positive cases are missed.When contacted a source from the State Health Department said that Manipur has been following this practise for long and explained that symptomatic persons found negative ..