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

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

Arms bound for Myanmar seized in Mizoram

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

Delta plus variant spreading3 States report cases of new variant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

India reports 62,224 new Covid cases

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

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

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

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

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

India confirms first death following vaccination

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

Delta Plus: New Covid-19 variant identified in India

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

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

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

India logs 70,000 cases, lowest since March 31

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rajnath Singh inaugurates two Centres of Excellence

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

Kovind, Modi lead in paying homage to late boxer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

India reports 1 lakh new cases, lowest in 2 months

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

IMA takes case to PM Modi

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

India reports 1.14 lakh new cases, 2,677 deaths

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Evaluation strategy by Jun 15 : CBSE

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

Next Covid wave will reach its peak faster, Centre warns

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

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

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

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

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

Enroute to Israel Covid stalls journey of 40 from Manipur

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

Over 2000 cops in Uttarakhand test Covid positive93% of them have been vaccinated

Dehradun, Jun 3 At a time when the coronavirus cases are on a declining trend in the rest part of the country, the Uttarakhand Government on Thursday said that over 2000 personnel of the Uttarakhand Police have tested positive for coronavirus. As per the ..

Mapping India’s Covid count, trends etc

NEW DELHI, Jun 3  India’s COVID-19 case tally exceeded 2.84 crore with 1,34,154 new cases reported, as per the Health Ministry’s June 3 update. Daily new cases below 2 lakh for the seventh day in a row.As many as 2,887 new deaths reported..

DRDO sets up 500 bedded Covid Care Hospital in Uttarakhand

IMPHAL, Jun 2 (PIB)A 500 bedded COVID Care Hospital set up by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in Haldwani was virtually inaugurated by Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Tirath Singh Rawat today.This facility comprises 375 oxygen beds and 125 ICU beds with ventilators. With 100 per cent power backup, it is centrally air conditioned for all weather conditions. Pathology laboratory, Pharmacy, X-Ray and ECG etc. are inherent part of the facility. The Centre will become fully operational ..

India reports 1.32 lakh fresh cases, 3,207 deaths in 24 hrs

New Delhi, Jun 2 India reported 1,32,788 new coronavirus infections taking the country's tally of COVID-19 cases to 2,83,07,832, while the daily positivity rate has further dropped to 6.57 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday.The COVID-19 death count climbed to 3,35,102 with 3,207 fresh deaths. The active cases were recorded below 20 lakh for the second consecutive day, the data updated at 8 am showed. Also, 20,19,773 tests were conducted on Tuesday taking the ..

Former Supreme Court Judge Arun Mishra appointed chief of NHRC

PTINew Delhi, Jun 2 : Former Supreme Court judge Justice Arun Mishra on Wednesday took charge as the new chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission, officials said.Justice Mishra, who had created a flutter after praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an event last year, is the eighth chairperson of the commission.Speaking at the International Judicial Conference 2020, he had termed PM Modi as an "internationally acclaimed visionary" and a "versatile genius, who thinks globally and acts ..

ECI confident of holding timely 2022 Assembly polls in 5 States

New Delhi, Jun 1The Election Commission (EC) is confident of holding the five Assembly polls due early next year, including in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, on time as the poll panel has gained a lot of experience from the electoral exercise in Bihar, West Bengal and four other Assemblies during the raging pandemic, Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra has asserted.The terms of the legislative Assemblies of Goa, Manipur, Punjab and Uttarakhand are coming to an end in March 2022, while the term of ..

CBSE Class 12 board exams cancelled

NEW DELHI, Jun 1Class 12 board exams conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) have been cancelled'Health and safety of our students is of utmost importance and there would be no compromise on this aspect,' PM Narendra Modi said during ..

Spike of 1.65 lakh cases, lowest in 46 days recorded

NEW DELHI, May 30India on Sunday reported the lowest number of new Covid-19 cases in 46 days with a single-day rise of 1.65 lakh cases. India's Covid caseload stands at more than 2.78 crore and the death toll at over 3.25 lakh, as per the official count.With 1,65,553 new cases, India's tally of total Covid-19 stands at 2,78,94,800, as per Union Health Ministry data at 9 am.The count of the daily new cases is the lowest in 46 days. India recorded 1,61,736 infections on April 13.The daily positivity ..

PM Cares Fund Govt announces Rs 10 lakh, free edn for children orphaned in pandemic

New Delhi, May 29Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday announced the roll-out of a slew of benefits under PM Cares For Children, in a bid to support children who lost their parents to the Covid-19 pandemic.The decision was taken following a high-level ..

Pension benefits for dependents of Covid victims assured

New Delhi, May 29 The Central Government on Saturday announced financial assistance for families who have lost their earning members to Covid-19. The assistance includes a family pension and insurance benefits.Prime Minister Narendra Modi said these measu..

India records 1.86 lakh new cases, lowest since April 14

NEW DELHI, May 28 India on Friday reported 1,86,364 fresh COVID-19 cases while 3,660 patients succumbed to the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry said.This is for the second time since April 14 that India has re..

Over 2.11 lakh new cases, more than 3,800 deaths reported

CHENNAI, May 27India recorded 2,11,275 new COVID-19 cases and 3,841 deaths on May 26. The country has so far reported a total of 2,73,67,935 cases and 3,15,263 deaths.Tamil Nadu reported 33,764 new infections, followed by Kerala (28,798) and Karnataka (26..

Nearby vaccination centres for elderly and differently-abled okayed

NEW DELHI, May 27Elderly and differently-abled citizens will now have Near-to-Home Covid Vaccination Centres (NHCVC) for easier access to receiving the crucial shots.The Union Health Ministry on Thursday accepted the proposal and recommendations of a Tech..

2.08 lakh new Covid cases reported, highest number of tests in 24 hours set

NEW DELHI, May 26India on Wednesday recorded 2.08 lakh fresh Covid-19 cases, maintaining the ongoing declining trend, though the 24-hour tally registered a slight increase from the number of cases reported on Tuesday. With this, the total tally reaches 2,71,57795, with a daily positivity rate of 9.42 per cent, the health ministry's bulletin showed. In the last 24 hours, over 22 lakh samples were tested for Covid-19, which is the highest single-day test.India also set a new record with the highest ..

Lancet floats 8 recommendations to Centre, States for Covid management

PTINew Delhi, May 26 : A Lancet panel of experts on India today proposed central systems for the procurement and distribution of free Covid vaccines, part of an eight-point charter of recommendations to "curtail the loss of life and suffering" caused by t..

North East may be next Covid hotspot

NEW DELHI, May 25 The North East could be poised to become the next target of the ongoing second wave of Covid, according to a forecasting tool based on data till May 21.Development Data Lab, a research organisation working on open data, and a team led by University of Chicago’s Prof Anup Malani calculates the reproductive rate (Rt) for the Covid-19 outbreak each day. This is a measure of how many people an infected person is likely to infect in a community. The calculations show that the Rt ..

Covid victims among employees Tata Steel to continue salaries

NEW DELHI, May 25Tata Steel has said it will compensate the families of its workers in India that die of Covid-19.The firm said it will pay deceased employees' salaries, housing and medical benefits until what would have been their retirement at the age o..

No home isolation in rural, semi-urban areas, rules Maharashtra Government

Mumbai, May 25The Maharashtra Government on Tuesday decided to ban home isolation for Covid patients in rural and semi-urban areas in districts that still have positivity rate higher than 10 per cent. A ll new patients testing positive for virus in these ..

Daily cases drop below 2 lakh; 3,511 deaths in 24 hours

New Delhi, May 25India's daily cases of Covid-19 dropped below two lakh with 1,96,427 lakh fresh infections reported in the last 24 hours. The death toll, meanwhile, climbed to 3,07,231 with 3,511 deaths in a day. The country crossed the grim milestone of..

Two brothers die of Covid within 48 hours

Pune, May 23In second tragedy of its kind, two young brothers living in the Akurdi area of Pimpri-Chinchwad succumbed to Covid-19 in a span of two days. The duo had no co-morbidity. Their father, who is also undergoing treatment for the virus, is yet to be informed of the deaths.The two brothers have been identified as Aditya Vijay Jadhav(28) and Apurva Vijay Jadhav (25). Apurva was unmarried while Aditya had married over a year ago and has no kids. Last year in July, three brothers living in the ..

India reports 2,40,842 new cases

New Delhi, May 23: The daily rise in coronavirus cases in India remained below the 3 lakh-mark for the seventh consecutive day, with 2.4 lakh new cases recorded in a single day, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday.With the fresh cases, India's tally ..

'Mucormycosis can spread through air'

NEW DELHI, May 22With many States witnessing a surge in mucormycosis or black fungus infections, AIIMS Professor and Head of Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Dr Nikhil Tandon on May 22 said that mucormycosis can spread through air but won’t cause any problem if person is healthy.The doctor also said that mucor may enter into lungs but the chances are very low."Mucor can spread through the air. It won't cause any problem if a person is healthy. Mucor may enter into lungs but the chances ..

420 docs have died in second wave : IMA

New Delhi, May 22The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has said 420 doctors, including 100 in Delhi, have succumbed to the coronavirus infection in the crippling second wave of the pandemic that has overwhelmed the hospitals and has kept the crematoriums b..

2.57 lakh new Covid cases in India

New Delhi, May 22India recorded 2.57 lakh fresh Covid cases and 4,194 deaths in the last 24 hours. The country saw a new record with 20,66,285 samples tested since yesterday. The overall case count surged past the 2.62 crore-mark this morning.Here are ten..

Ministry of Education calls meeting on pending Class 12 board exams on May 23

PTINEW DELHI, May 22 : The Ministry of Education has called a crucial meeting on Sunday to discuss the issue of pending Class 12 board exams, which were postponed in view of the second wave of COVID-19, Union minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' said.The m..

New cases dip to one-month low, daily recovery over 3.5 lakh

NEW DELHI, May 21 India reported 2,59,591 new COVID-19 cases and 4,209 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare's data on Friday.As many as 3,57,295 discharges have been made in the last 24 hours, which is more than the daily cases reported.The cumulative caseload stands at 2,60,31,991, including 2,27,12,735 recoveries, 30,27,925 active cases and 2,91,331 deaths.A total of 19,18,79,503 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across the country so ..

India faces black fungus epidemic as cases climb

New Delhi, May 21 At least 7,250 people are confirmed to have mucormycosis in India but the actual spread may be much wider, and authorities in several States have now sounded the alarm on the rare life-threatening disease that is rapidly popping up acros..

"Unconstitutional": Court on IGST on imported oxygen concentrators for personal use

PTINew Delhi, May 21 : The Delhi High Court Friday held as "unconstitutional", the imposition of Integrated Goods and Services Tax (IGST) by the Centre on import of oxygen concentrators by individuals for personal use.A bench of Justices Rajiv Shakdher and Talwant Singh quashed the May 1 notification issued by the Ministry of Finance which says that such oxygen concentrators imported for personal use, irrespective of whether they are a gift or otherwise, will be charged with an IGST of 12 per cent.The ..

Covid-19 pandemic moving to NE States

NEW DELHI, May 20 After metropolitan cities and peri urban and rural areas, the covid-19 pandemic is shifting towards North Eastern States. While in Mizoram, all districts are showing a rise in new cases, Nagaland has shown a sharp increase in daily cases..

Japan and UNDP join hands... To boost oxygen supply to NE

New Delhi, May 20As the second wave of the pandemic continues to spread in India at an unprecedented pace, the Government of Japan and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) India have partnered to provide oxygen generation plants to the North Easter..

2.76 lakh cases recorded; daily deaths below 4,000

NEW DELHI, May 20With 2,76,110 new Coronavirus infections being reported in a day, India's total tally of COVID-19 cases climbed to 2,57,72,440, while the daily deaths were recorded below 4,000 after four days, taking the toll to 2,87,122, according to th..

Higher vaccination rates go hand in hand with lower oxygen demand

NEW DELHI, May 19 India’s second wave of Covid-19 has been marked by a grave oxygen crisis. More than 500 patients have died just in hospitals because of a shortage of the life-saving gas. Some of these deaths could have been prevented had the country vaccinated its people at a faster clip, data suggests.On the evening of May 14, the oxygen crisis reached Imphal, Manipur, where a leading private hospital suspended admission of new patients because it had run out of medical oxygen amid a Covid-19 ..

India reports most deaths with 4,529 in 24 hours

NEW DELHI, May 19India's daily spike has remained below 3 lakh for the third consecutive day.However, the death toll has seen a huge jump with 4,529 more people succumbing to the disease in the last 24 hours. This is the biggest jump in daily fatalities ever recorded in the country.The cumulative toll in the country now stands at 2,83,248, inching closer to the grim mark of 3 lakh.As a sign of relief, the number of discharges surpassed the new infections by over a lakh in the same duration. As many ..

Advisory for Covid positive persons Inoculate 3 months after recovery : NEGVAC

New Delhi, May 19 The Union Health Ministry has accepted the new recommendations of the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration (NEGVAC) with regard to Covid vaccination.As per the new recommendations of NEGVAC, COVID-19 vaccination should be defe..

India records biggest single-day toll with 4,329 deaths ; over 2.63 lakh positives

NEW DELHI, May 18India reported 2,63,533 new Covid infections and 4,329 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry data on Tuesday.This is the highest number of daily deaths recorded in India since the outbreak of the Covid pandemic in the country. Previously, India had recorded 4,205 deaths in a day on May 12.With over 2.63 infections, the lowest in 28 days, India's total Covid case count had surged past the 2.5 crore mark. A total of 2,59,170 cases were reported in a span ..

‘Over 300 journalists have died of Covid’

New Delhi, May 18Last year, a large number of front-line workers such as doctors, health workers and policemen lost their lives due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Which is why, when India started its immunisation drive, they were given priority vaccination. Priority inoculation had a positive impact as the number of frontline workers who lost their lives in the second wave of the pandemic is significantly lower than the first. But journalists were not so lucky.Despite constantly being on the field and ..

270 docs have died in second wave : IMA

NEW DELHI, May 18 The Indian Medical Association said on Tuesday that the country lost 270 doctors in the second wave of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, which has been more deadly and fast spreading. Former IMA president Dr KK Aggarwal was th..

Daily cases drop below 3 lakh for first time since April 21

NEW DELHI, May 17India recorded 2.81 lakh fresh cases of Coronavirus in last 24 hours taking the total tally of Covid-19 infections to 2,49,65,463, according to the Union Health mMinistry data updated on Monday.On Monday, the daily Covid cases reported in the country fell below the 3-lakh mark for the first time since April 21.The number of active cases stands at 35,16,997, accounting for 14.09 per cent of the total infections. The National recovery rate has improved to 84.81 per cent, the data updated ..

First batch of anti-Covid drug 2-DG released

PTINew Delhi, May 17: The first batch of anti-COVID oral drug 2-DG, developed by the DRDO, was released on Monday by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Health Minister Harsh Vardhan.The Drugs Controller General of India (DGCI) approved the 2-deoxy D-glucose (2-DG) drug for emergency use as an adjunct therapy in moderate to severe coronavirus patients earlier this month.In his brief remarks, Mr Singh said the drug has brought a new ray of hope for the treatment of COVID-19 patients."This is a great ..

Lowest rise of 3.11 lakh new cases after 25 days; 4,077 deaths in past 24 hours recorded

New Delhi, May 16With 3.11 lakh fresh coronavirus infections, India saw the lowest rise in daily COVID-19 cases after a gap of 25 days, while the death toll rose to 2,70,284 with 4,077 new fatalities, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday.A total of 3,11,170 new cases were reported in a day, taking India’s total tally of COVID-19 cases to 2,46,84,077.A total of 2,95,041 cases were reported in a span of 24 hours on April 21.The active cases have reduced to 36,18,458 comprising ..

PM stresses on localised containment strategies

New DelhiIn a high-level meeting chair-ed to take stock of the Covid-19 situation in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday took note of reports about ventilators lying unutilised in some States and directed that an immediate audit of installation and operation of ventilators provided by the Centre should be carried out. Modi also stressed on the need of localised containment strategies in areas where the positivity rate is high.“The Prime Minister added that refresher training ..

Covid-19 patients on home care should not take Remdesivir: AIIMS doctors

New Delhi, May 15: Covid-19 patients on home care should not take Remdesivir medication and they should get admitted to a hospital if the oxygen level drops below 94, AIIMS doctors advised on Saturday.The doctors were addressing a webinar on 'Medication a..

India 'on war footing' as infections pass 24 mln

NEW DELHI, May 14 Prime Minister Narendra Modi sounded the alarm over the rapid spread of the Coronavirus through India's vast countryside on Friday, as the official tally of infections crossed 24 million, and 4,000 people died for the third straight day.The highly transmissible B.1.617 variant of the Coronavirus first detected in India is also spreading across the globe, and Modi said his Government was "on a war footing" in its fight against the contagion."The outbreak is reaching rural areas with ..

Delhi Government to educate children orphaned by Covid : Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi, May 14Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said the Delhi Government will extend financial help to families which have lost their earning members to the Coronavirus and also bear the cost of education and upbringing of children orphaned by the pandemic.He said in the past 24 hours, Delhi has recorded around 8,500 cases as against over 28,000 cases on April 20 and that the positivity rate has come down to 12 per cent as against 36 per cent on April 22.But the fight against the Coronavirus ..

4 of family die of Covid in 12 days in UP, leave behind two girls, aged 6 and 8

Ghaziabad, May 13The second wave of the deadly coronavirus continues to wreak havoc in the country. The pandemic is breaking families, destroying lives. Media reports have shown heart-breaking stories of loss and grief. One such horror story has been repo..

12 to 16 week gap for Covishield doses : Govt

New Delhi, May 13The gap between the first and second doses of the Covishield COVID-19 vaccine can be increased to 12-16 weeks-from the existing six-eight weeks-the Centre said Thursday. No changes have been announced in dosage intervals for Covaxin, whic..

Religious, political events among factors behind Covid-19 spike in India: WHO

UN, May 13The World Health Organisation has said a recent risk assessment of the situation in India found that “resurgence and acceleration” of COVID-19 transmission in the country had several potential contributing factors, including “several religious and political mass gathering events which increased social mixing”.The WHO, in its COVID-19 Weekly Epidemiological Update, published Wednesday, said that viruses in the B.1.617 lineage were first reported in India in October ..

India reports over 4,200 deaths, new cases close to 3.5 lakh

NEW DELHI, May 12New cases in India saw a slight increase when compared to the day before with 3,48,421 more people testing positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, said the Union Health Ministry on Wednesday morning.After the surge, the cumulative caseload in the country has risen to 2,33,40,938.This comes in the backdrop of several States, which were earlier showing a record spike, having started recording a downward trend. Maharashtra, where infections had risen close to 70,000 once, saw 40,956 ..

India reports 3.29 lakh new cases, lowest in 14 days

NEW DELHI, May 11 India on Tuesday recorded its lowest count of daily Covid-19 cases in fourteen days but still well beyond the 3-lakh mark, as per the data updated by the Union Health Ministry at 8.30 am.The country reported 3,29,942 cases in the last 24 hours taking the total caseload of Covid-19 cases to 2,29,92,517. The last time India recorded around 3.20 lakh cases in a day was on April 27 when a 24-hour count stood at 3,23,144 cases.The highest single-day count of new Covid-19 cases in India ..

India records 3.66 lakh new cases, 3,700 deaths in 24 hours

NEW DELHI, May 10 India's daily rise in coronavirus cases retreated from the 400,000 mark on Monday, while its daily rise in deaths also fell after two straight days of more than 4,000 fatalities.The Health Ministry reported 366,161 new Covid-19 infections and 3,754 more deaths. India's total caseload now stands at 22.66 million, with 246,116 deaths.The number of active cases of the Coronavirus infection in the country has gone up to 37,45,237, accounting for 16.53 per cent of its total caseload, ..

Japan and UNDP to boost oxygen supply in NE

NEW DELHI, May 10 Amid a devastating second wave of coronavirus in India, the Japanese Government and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have partnered to provide oxygen generation plants to the North Eastern Region in India. While taking to ..

Himanta Biswa Sarma From a disgruntled Congman to Assam's next CM

New Delhi, May 9Himanta Biswa Sarma is set to become the next Assam Chief Minister after he was unanimously elected as BJP Legislature Party leader in the State. He was elevated after his name was proposed by outgoing CM Sarbananda Sonowal and others present at the meeting.Himanta Biswa Sarma has, over time, emerged as a force more dominant in stature than former Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal. Himanta Biswa Sarma quit Tarun Gogoi-led Congress Government ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and quit the ..

Daily fatalities see slight dip, new cases remain over 4 lakh

NEW DELHI, May 9 As many as 4,03,738 more people tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative caseload to 2,22,96,414, said the Union Health Ministry on Sunday morning.The daily tally has only seen a slight increase when compared to Saturday. However, the country has seen over 4 lakh cases for five consecutive days now.New fatalities saw a minimal dip in the last 24 hours with 4,092 more people succumbing to the disease. The cumulative death toll now stands at 2,42,362.The ..

‘Covid virus airborne, can spread beyond 6 feet’

New Delhi, May 9The principal mode by which people are infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is through very fine aerosolised particles released during respiration, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in new guidelin..

Doc who got 2nd vaccine in March dies of virus

New Delhi, May 9 Before Dr Anil Kumar Rawat was put on a ventilator at Delhi’s Saroj Hospital, he told a colleague: “I will come out of this. I have been vaccinated, I will come out.” On Saturday morning, the 58-year-old surgeon succumbe..

India records 4,187 Covid deaths, 4.01 lakh new cases

New Delhi, May 8India recorded more than 4,000 coronavirus deaths in a day for the first time as more states imposed lockdowns in a desperate bid to halt the devastating new COVID-19 surge.The 4,187 new deaths took India’s overall toll to 238,270 since the pandemic started. It added another 401,078 new cases in 24 hours taking its caseload to nearly 21.9 million – second only to the United States.Health experts, who have expressed doubts about the official death toll, say the new wave ..

DRDO's anti-Covid drug approved for emergency use

New Delhi, May 8The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has approved the emergency use of drug 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG) as an adjunct therapy in moderate to severe Covid-19 patients.The Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), a lab..

NE students urge support for Manipur citizens in Delhi

NEW DELHI, May 7 The Manipur Students’ Association, Delhi (MSAD), Naga Students’ Union, Delhi (NSUD), and the Kuki Students’ Organisation, Delhi & NCR (KSO), have jointly written to Chief Minister N Biren to provide medical assistanc..

Record 4.14 lakh cases in 24 hours

New Delhi, May 7 India on Friday recorded a new high of 4,14,188 new Covid-19 cases, taking the caseload to 2,14,91,598, according to the Union Health Ministry, amid growing calls from several quarters for a National lockdown.Health Ministry numbers showe..

Myanmar Junta bans satellite TV, restricts internet, media

New Delhi, May 6 As Myanmar’s military junta intensifies a crackdown on access to independent news outlets, it has now completely banned satellite TV, threatening prison sentences and hefty fines for anyone who uses satellite dishes. The ruling State Administration Council announced this week that anyone using satellite dishes to watch television will face up to one year in prison or a fine of 500,000 kyat ($320). The military junta claimed that “illegal organisations and news agencies” ..

India reports 4,12,262 new cases, 3,980 deaths in 24 hours, both highest so far

NEW DELHI, May 6 India on Thursday reported 4,12,262 new Covid-19 cases and 3,980 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, both highest so far. The country's tally has now surged past the 2.1 crore mark. Maximum casualties were reported in Maharashtra (920), followed by Uttar Pradesh with 353 deaths.India had become the first country in the world to register over 4 lakh cases in a single day on April 30, when it reported 4.08 lakh infections.The top five ..