Vaccine boosters after a year : AIIMS chief

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

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

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

Covid advisory

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3rd wave risk

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

Covaxin gets approval for kids aged 2-18 years

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

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

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

India reports 20,799 new Covid cases

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

SC approves Centre's Covid deaths compensation scheme

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

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

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

India records 24,354 new Covid cases

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

100 Chinese troops crossed into India: Reports

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

69% of adult population given one dose

NEW DELHI, Sep 30: The Government said that increased population density raises chances of COVID-19 spread and it will be prudent to avoid non-essential travel and observe festivity at low key.Around 69% of the country's adult population has received at l..

36th annual convocation of VIT Vellore held virtually

VELLORE, Sep 28Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), Vellore conducted its 36th annual convocation virtually on Tuesday (September 28, 2021). Prof Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras took part in the convocation as c..

India logs 28,326 new cases, 260 deaths in last 24 hrs

NEW DELHI, Sep 26 India has reported a surge in its active Covid-19 cases and deaths on Sunday, as per the latest data by the Union Ministry of Health. India saw a rise of 2,034 active cases in a day. At present, India's active case count stands at 3,03,4..

VIT-AP University conducts virtual convocation

Amaravati, Sep 24VIT-AP University conducted virtual 'Convocation' for the class of 2021 on September 23, 2021 with Nobel Laureate Dr M Stanley Whittingham of Binghamton University(SUNY), USA as the chief guest.On the occasion, Dr M Stanley Whittingham de..

After undergoing robotic surgery for colorectal cancer, doctor secures Gold Medal in PG

Chennai, Sep 24It was an emotional moment at the Apollo Institute of Colorectal Surgery, Chennai as Dr JD (name changed for privacy), a 28-years-old post-graduate medical student who had successfully undergone Robotic Colorectal surgery for low rectal can..

India's Covid R-value below 1, scientists say spread has slowed

New Delhi, Sep 21The R-value, or reproductive number, for COVID-19 in India dropped from 1.17 in August-end to 0.92 in mid-September, indicating that the spread of the infection across the country has slowed down, according to researchers.However, the R-v..

Centre in a tight spot over Interlocutor's position for Naga talksRavi picked by Doval; Amit Shah backing Mishra's name

New Delhi, Sep 15 The Centre's attempts to resume the stalled talks with Naga rebels in India's North East haven't borne fruit despite a potential new Government Interlocutor having been finalised. The reason: the incumbent is yet to relinquish the post.T..

‘Big drop in antibodies within 4 months of Covid shot’Study yet to be peer reviewed

Bhubaneswar, Sep 15A study of 614 fully vaccinated health workers in India found a "significant" drop in their COVID-fighting antibodies within four months of the first shot. The findings could help the Government decide whether to provide booster doses a..

Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, 8 others get FM nod to borrow Rs 15,721 Cr

NEW DELHI, Sep 14 The Finance Ministry has permitted 11 States to borrow an additional amount of Rs 15,721 crore after these States achieved the capital expenditure target set for the June quarter.These States are Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh,..

City, University of London’s Business School renamed as Bayes Business School

NEW DELHI, Sep 14The Business School of City, University of London has been renamed as Bayes Business School ahead of the 2021/22 academic year.The decision to select Bayes as the new name followed a comprehensive and transparent consultation process, whi..

27,254 new cases logged in last 24 hours

NEW DELHI, Sep 13India on Monday reported 27,254 new Covid cases in the last 24 hours, pushing the country’s coronavirus tally to 33,264,175, according to data updated by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare at 9 am.The count of daily new cases..

Booster dose likely to get nod as clinical trials find 20% vaccinated have no antibodies : ILS

NEW DELHI, Sep 12Booster dose may be given to vaccinated people with lower antibody levels as 20 percent of the inoculated people have failed to develop antibodies against Covid-19, an expert has said. According to a report in The New Indian Express, arou..

India logs 33,376 new cases, 308 deaths

NEW DELHI, Sep 11India recorded 33,376 new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours on Saturday. This is 4.6 percent lower than the daily case count of 34,973 cases recorded on Friday. There are 3,91,516 active cases in the country at present, which is 870 more than wh..

LG Electronics unveils new model of InstaView French Door Refrigerator

New Delhi, Sep 11LG Electronics, India’s leading consumer electronics brand has announced the launch of a new model of InstaView French Door Refrigerator in India.  The latest refrigerator model comes with a sleek mirrored glass panel that illu..

SRM offers scholarships to 300 students from Perambalur constituency

Kattankulathur, Sep 8SRM Institute of Science and Technology (SRMIST), Kattankulathur is offering scholarships to 300 students from the Perambalur constituency, announced Dr T R Paarivendhar, SRMIST’s Founder Chancellor and Perambalur Constituency M..

Increased financial powers to armed forces approved

NEW DELHI, Sep 7Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday approved the expansion of financial powers to the armed forces for revenue procurement to cut delays in making pur-chases for operational prepa- redness and quickly meet requirements of the field f..

Covid third wave here already: says Mumbai Mayor

Mumbai, Sep 7The third wave of Covid is already upon Mumbai, the city's Mayor has said, pointing to a sudden spike in cases. "The third-wave of Covid-19 is not coming, it is here," said Kishori Pednekar, adding that an announce-ment regarding the matter h..

Survey predicts BJP to sweep polls in Manipur

IANSNew Delhi, Sep 5 : The ruling BJP in Manipur, Goa, and Uttarakhand will retain power there comfortably when the three States go to the polls next year, as per the projections of the ABP-CVOTER-IANS BATTLE FOR THE STATES - WAVE 1 survey.According to th..

India reports 42,766 fresh Covid cases

NEW DELHI, Sep 5 India reported 42,766 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, with 308 people succumbing to the infection in the last 24 hours, according to data shared by the Union Health Ministry.Total recoveries were at 3,21,38,092 across the country, while act..

Centre's 4-member committee to report on NE border conflict

New Delhi, Aug 31As border disputes in northeast states remain unresolved, a central government-appointed committee from the Manohar Parikkar Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis will visit the region and submit a report on the cause of the conflict ..

India reports 42,909 fresh Covid cases

NEW DELHI, Aug 30India recorded a single-day rise of 42,909 new Covid-19 infections, taking the total tally of cases to 3.27 crore.While the death toll has climbed to 4,38,210 with 380 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am.The active cas..

India reports 45,083 new cases, Kerala accounts for 70 pc

NEW DELHI, Aug 29India’s daily caseload crossed the 40,000-mark for the fourth day in a row as the country saw 45,083 fresh cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, according to the Union Health Ministry’s data.Five States accounted for 89.17 per cent of ..

MHA cautions ahead of festival season

New Delhi, Aug 28The Centre Saturday asked all States and Union Territories to ensure there is no large gathering during the upcoming festival season and, if necessary, impose local restrictions to check the spread of coronavirus.Extending the ongoing COV..

Intellectuals have a duty to expose lies of State : SC Judge‘Press should be free from influence’

NEW DELHI, Aug 28Public intellectuals have "a duty to expose the lies of the State", Supreme Court Justice DY Chandrachud said Saturday morning, stressing that in a democratic country it is important to hold Governments in check and guard against falsehoo..

India reports 46,164 new cases in last 24 hrs

NEW DELHI, Aug 26India on Thursday reported 46,164 new Covid-19 infections in the last 24 hours, the highest in nearly two months. With this, the overall tally of Covid-19 cases in the country has gone up to 32,558,530, according to data updated by the Un..

India closer to get first woman CJI

NEW DELHI, Aug 26 All nine names proposed by the Supreme Court Collegium led by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana for recruitment as Supreme Court Justices are said to have been approved by President Ramnath Kovind after being cleared by the Government.One..

Covishield 84-day dose gap being reconsidered again

NEW DELHI, Aug 26The 84-day dose gap for Covishield is being reviewed and may be reduced, Government sources said today.“Reducing the gap between two doses of Covishield is being considered and it will be further discussed in NTAGI (National Technic..

Disqualification of three MLAs SC agrees to hear pleas challenging HC verdicts

New Delhi, Aug 25 (PTI)The Supreme Court Wednesday agreed to hear the petitions filed by three former Congress MLAs who have challenged the Manipur High Court verdicts upholding the order of the Assembly Speaker disqualifying them from being members of the House.The apex Court issued notices and sought responses from the office of Assembly Speaker and others on three separate petitions filed by the disqualified MLAs who have challenged the June 2, 2021 verdicts of the High Court which had said there ..

Experts warn of imminent third wave in Sept-Oct

NEW DELHI, Aug 23An expert panel, set up by an institute under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), has predicted a third wave of COVID-19 hitting the country anytime between September and October and suggested significantly ramping up vaccination pace.The..

‘Over 1 lakh houses in NE under PMAY-U’

NEW DELHI, Aug 20Union Housing and Urban Affairs Secretary Durga Shanker Mishra on Thursday said over one lakh affordable houses have so far been constructed in the North East under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban).He said Tripura is leading the chart in the region with the completion of 50 per cent of the sanctioned number of houses while Assam has completed 23 per cent of its share of the total 3.7 lakh houses sanctioned for all the North Eastern States.Addressing a seminar on “Inclusive ..

Covid vaccine for kids above 12 approved

BENGALURU, Aug 20India's drug regulator today approved Zydus Cadila's three-dose COVID-19 DNA vaccine for emergency use in adults and children aged 12 years and above, bringing in the sixth vaccine authorised for use in the country.The company said it plans to manufacture 100 million to 120 million doses of ZyCoV-D annually and has started to stockpile the vaccine.The generic drugmaker, listed as Cadila Healthcare Ltd, applied for the authorisation of ZyCoV-D on July 1, based on an efficacy rate of ..

36,571 new cases, 540 deaths reported

NEW DELHI, Aug 20India on Friday reported 36,571 daily new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, pushing the country's case tally to 3,23,58,829, the Union health Ministry said.The death toll due to Covid-19 rose to 4,33,589 with 540 people succumbing to t..

‘Prepared for third wave’

NEW DELHI, Aug 20The Centre is fully ready to tackle a possible third wave of COVID-19 and a provision of Rs 23,123 crore has been made for this purpose, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur said here on Friday.He said special emphasi..

India reports 36,401 new Covid cases, 530 deaths

NEW DELHI, Aug 19India on Thursday reported 36,401 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said.The death toll rose to 4,33,049 with 530 fresh fatalities.India’s active cases have declined to 3,64,129. "Active cases accoun..

Inter-State boundary issue in North East regionRijiju calls on States for status quo

NEW DELHI, Aug 19Union Minister Kiren Rijiju on August 19 called for maintaining status quo by the North Eastern States on the inter State boundary issue and asked them to handle the matter at the local levels.The boundary dispute between several North Ea..

NE Agri-Marketing Corporation

New Delhi, Aug 18 : The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Wednesday approved a Rs 77.45 crore package for the revival of State-run North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation Ltd.North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Co..

India reports 32,937 new cases

NEW DELHI, Aug 16 India on Monday reported a net decrease of 3,389 in active coronavirus cases to take its count to 381,947. India’s share of global active coronavirus cases now stands at 2.23 per cent (one in 44). The country is tenth among the mos..

ED attaches assets of NSCN-IM leader Muivah’s aide, others under PMLA

NEW DELHI, Aug 16The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday said it has attached assets worth Rs 6.88 crore of a close aide of top NSCN-IM leader Thuingaleng Muivah and others in a money laundering case.The Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN)..

India records 35,499 new cases, 447 deaths

New Delhi, Aug 9 With 35,499 more people testing positive for COVID-19, India’s infection tally now stands at 3,19,69,954, while the death toll climbed to 4,28,309 with 447 fresh fatalities, according to the Union Health Ministry on Monday.The numbe..

Mixing Covaxin and Covishield doses Better immune response against Covid : ICMR study

Pune, Aug 8 Mixing doses of Covishield and Covaxin vaccines is not only safe but also elicits better immunogenicity, a new study by the Indian Council of Medical Research study has found.This is the first study which reports the effects of heterologous prime-boost vaccination with an Adenovirus vectored vaccine followed by an inactivated whole virus vaccine, researchers have said.The study titled ‘Serendipitous Covid-19 Vaccine-Mix in Uttar Pradesh, India: Safety and Immunogenicity Assessment ..

39,070 new cases, 491 deaths reported

NEW DELHI, Aug 8India reported 39,070 new cases of the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday. A decrease of 5,331 cases has been recorded in the active Covid-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.The fresh cases have now t..

Vaccinated certificate

NEW DELHI, Aug 8 : The Covid vaccination certificate can now be obtained via WhatsApp within seconds, the Union Health Ministry informed today.This is a significant move at a time when several States are insisting on vaccination certificates for inter-Sta..

38,628 cases reported

NEW DELHI, Aug 7 : India has reported 38,628 new Covid-19 cases and 617 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the country’s active caseload to 4,12,153.The Covid recovery rate in India now stands at 97.37%.The country also reported 40,017 recoveries i..

What is a micro-containment zone ?

For this, first, we must know what is a containment zone and how is the micro-containment zone different from the containment zone. What is a Micro-containment zone ?Micro-containment zones are specific areas where a number of Covid-19 cases have been rep..

India gets fifth Covid vaccine

NEW DELHI, Aug 7 India’s apex drug regulator on Saturday approved the single dose Covid vaccine by Janssen, a subsidiary of the US pharma giant Johnson and Johnson, making it the fifth vaccine against coronavirus to receive emergency use authorisati..

Centre asks States to impose local curbs

NEW DELHI, Aug 5India reported 42,982 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, taking the country’s tally to 3,18,12,114 since the pandemic broke out in January last year. The new cases are marginally higher than Wednesday’s count of 42,625.The coun..

Why the NE has hot border disputes

NEW DELHI, Jul 28  Peace in India’s North East, home to a dazzling array of ethnic communities and distinct cultures, was shattered when police forces of Assam and Mizoram clashed over a border dispute on Monday. Five policemen from Assam died. The violence shocked the country.North Eastern States have a history of ethnic strife. Internal border disputes go back at least a century. The triggers for them often are disputed claims over land, forest resources, perceived encroachment, ethnic ..

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..