CM inaugurates two COVID health centres developed by CIDCO

 MAHARASHTRA Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday inaugurated two dedicated COVID-19 health centres (DCHCs) developed by CIDCO in Kalamboli and Kanjurmarg.The Chief Minister virtually inaugurated the two DCHCs and the CIDCO Investment and Infras..

Bombay HC allows unmarried teen to terminate 26-week pregnancy

  THE Bombay High Court has permitted an 18-year-old unmarried woman to medically terminate her 26-week pregnancy, even though the foetus was deemed healthy and the condition posed no risk to her physical or mental health.In an order passed on W..

Hype around Lakhimpur incident won’t revive Cong’s fortunes: Prashant Kishor

 THE Congress party’s fortunes in Uttar Pradesh, which goes to the polls next year, would not be revived despite all the “hype” generated around the Lakhimpur-Kheri incident, and the subsequent arrest of party General Secretary Priy..

Govt will give all support if Tesla makes electric cars in India: Gadkari

  UNION Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday said he has asked US-based Tesla several times to manufacture its iconic electric vehicles in India, while assuring that all support will be provided by the Government to the company. Addressing ‘In..

200 Chinese soldiers detained after entering Indian territory, let off after talks: Sources

  AROUND 200 troops of China’s People’s Liberation Army entered into Indian territory last week leading to a face-off with the Indian Army at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Arunachal Pradesh, sources said.It happened during a routine..

Filipino, Russian journos win Nobel Peace Prize

THE 2021 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to journalists Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov of Russia.The Norwegian Nobel Committee cited their fight for freedom of expression, stressing that it is vital in promoting peace.“Free, ..

IAF’s prompt actions in Ladakh show its combat readiness: Chief

THE IAF’s prompt actions in response to developments in eastern Ladakh last year were a testament to its combat readiness and its ongoing capability enhancement programme is aimed at achieving desired results “swiftly and decisively” acr..

‘Air India’: Ready for a fresh take-off

  By Vijay PhanshikarTHAT morning in Bombay (now Mumbai) in 1953, it was raining heavily, and as he proceeded to the Santacruz Airport, J.R.D. Tata’s eyes, too, were flowing -- in grief, in frustration. For, he was on his way to handing ov..

At least 100 killed or wounded in Afghan mosque blast

 By Samya Kullab and Tameem AkhgarAN EXPLOSION went off on Friday among Shiite Muslim worshippers at a mosque in northern Afghanistan, killing or wounding at least 100 people, a Taliban police official said.There was no immediate claim of responsibil..

Tatas retake Air India, make Rs 18K cr winning bid

  Tatas will get access to over a hundred planes, thousands of trained pilots, crew, lucrative landing and parking slots all around worldTATA Sons will retake Air India - the airline it founded nearly 90 years back - as the Government accepted i..

7 killed in bus-container collision in MP’s Bhind

As many as seven people, including six men and one woman, were killed and fifteen others were injured in a road mishap happened on Bhind-Gwalior highway in Bhind district in Madhya Pradesh on Friday morning. MP Government has announced financial assistanc..

Dubai Expo opens, brings first world’s fair to Mid-East

 AFTER eight years of planning and billions of dollars in spending, the Middle East’s first world’s fair opened on Friday in Dubai, with hopes that the months-long extravaganza will draw both visitors and global attention to this desert-t..

Air Marshal Sandeep Singh is new Vice Chief of IAF

  AIR Marshal Sandeep Singh on Friday took charge as the new Vice Chief of the Indian Air Force.He succeeded Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari, who became the 27th Chief of the Air Staff on Thursday. An alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Air ..

President Ram Nath Kovind turns 76; V-P, PM greet him

PRESIDENT Ram Nath Kovind turned 76 on Friday. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished him good health and many more years in the service of the nation on his birthday.Kovind was born on October 1, 1945, at Paraunkh village..

Shah approves release of Rs 7,274 cr to 23 States as Central share of SDRF

 THE Centre has approved release of the second installment of its share of the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) amounting to Rs 7,274.40 crore, in advance, to 23 States.The decision has been taken by Union Home Minister Amit Shah as part of the Mo..

Anurag Thakur launches nationwide Clean India Programme from Prayagraj in UP

 UNION Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur participated in cleanliness drive after launching nationwide Clean India programme from Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh (UP) on Friday. Speaking on the occasion marked by the presence of Deputy Ch..

Devpts in Afghanistan will have very, very significant consequences: Jaishankar

INDIA was not taken into confidence on various aspects of the Doha deal inked between the US and the Taliban last year and the latest developments in Afghanistan will have “very, very significant consequences” for the region and beyond, Extern..

Channi urges Modi to repeal farm laws

PUNJAB Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence here and urged him to repeal the three farm laws.Channi also said that he has called for early resolution of the farmers’ agitation.The Prime Mi..

Tata Sons top bidder for Air India: Sources

  TATA Sons has emerged as the top bidder for the takeover of debt-laden state-run airline Air India but the bid is yet to be approved by a Group of Ministers headed by Home Minister Amit Shah, sources said.Financial bids put in by the salt-to-s..


  THE legal battle between ace paddler Manika Batra and the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) is in line of the grudge matches being witnessed in India’s sporting fraternity, especially in the national sporting federations. Many a pl..

Kovind confers National Service Scheme Awards for 2019-20

   PRESIDENT Ram Nath Kovind conferred the National Service Scheme (NSS) Awards for 2019-20 from Rashtrapati Bhawan through virtual mode on Friday.Addressing the ceremony, Kovind said, “India is called a young country. I congratulate ..

No differences in MVA over ward structure for civic polls:

  THERE is no difference of opinion among members of the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) in Maharashtra over the multi-member ward system for civic body elections, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar claimed on Friday. Pawar, Guardian Minister of Pu..

Amit Shah to meet CMs of 10 Naxal-hit States tomorrow

 UNION Home Minister Amit Shah will chair a high-level meeting with Chief Ministers of ten Naxal-hit States in Delhi on Sunday to review the current status as well as to discuss future road map for security and development issues, said official sourc..

Govt seals mega deal with Airbus for 56 C-295 military transport aircraft

  INDIA on Friday inked a nearly Rs 20,000 crore contract with Airbus Defence and Space to procure 56 C-295 transport aircraft to replace the Avro-748 planes of the IAF under a project that entails manufacturing of military aircraft in the count..

Gunmen in lawyers’ dress kill gangster inside Rohini court, 2 attackers killed

  JAILED gangster Jitendra Gogi was shot dead on Friday inside a packed Rohini courtroom here by two assailants dressed as lawyers who were also killed in a police counter-fire, officials said. In video footage of the shootout involving the two ..

761 candidates clear civil services exam, Shubham Kumar tops: UPSC

    A TOTAL of 761 candidates have cleared the coveted civil services examination 2020, with engineering graduates Shubham Kumar and Jagrati Awasthi bagging the first and second ranks respectively.The Union Public Service Commission (U..

Most schools in Mah to reopen from Oct 4

    IN A major confidence-building step, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday gave the green signal to reopen a majority of the day-schools in the State, with restrictions, from October 4 onwards.Accordingly, the schoo..

Modi, Kamala agree to boost Indo-US strategic ties

   By Lalit K JhaPRIME Minister Narendra Modi has described India and America as “natural partners” as he held the first in-person meeting with Vice President Kamala Harris at the White House during which they decided to further..

Sensex conquers historic 60K-mark

THE BSE Sensex made history on Friday by reaching the 60,000-mark for the first time ever as investors continued to accumulate banking, finance and auto stocks despite lacklustre global cues and concerns over frothy valuations.The 30-share benchmark rose ..

India, US ties destined to be stronger: Biden

    By Lalit K JhaTHE relationship between India and US, the two largest democracies in the world, is destined to be “stronger, closer and tighter,” US President Joe Biden said on Friday as he hosted Prime Minister Narendra..

PM chairs high-level meet on COVID

  PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Friday chaired a high-level meeting on the COVID situation and vaccination as the Government noted high caseloads in States like Kerala and Maharashtra to say that there can be no room for complacency.Modi revie..

Mah Ganesh festival begins under COVID shadow; ‘darshan’ goes online

  MAHARASHTRA Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday urged citizens to launch a strong movement against coronavirus and said he prayed to Lord Ganesh to destroy all “evil and negativity” as the 10-day festival dedicated to the dei..

Congress ‘no’ to join panel set to probe violence in RS

THE Congress has refused to be a part of the proposed inquiry committee of MPs being set up to investigate the violent incidents that took place in the House during the monsoon session on August 11. According to sources, Leader of the Opposition Mall..

Mamata files nomination for Bhabanipur

TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee on Friday filed her nomination for the September 30 Bhabanipur Assembly by-poll winning which is an absolute necessity for her to continue as the Chief Minister.She will be pitted against Left Front’s Srijib Biswas. The C..

Rainfall recorded in Aug lowest in 12 years: IMD

  RAINFALL in August, which recorded 24 per cent deficiency, was lowest in 12 years, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Friday.Two major spells of weak monsoon prevailed over the country -- from August 9-16 and August 23-27 -- whe..

India, US to collaborate on emerging fuels

  INDIA and the US have agreed to expand their energy partnership by adding emerging fuels to the list of areas of cooperation that previously included power and energy efficiency, oil and gas, renewable energy and sustainable growth, an officia..

Govt enhances scope of TMA scheme for agri exports, includes dairy products

THE Government on Friday enhanced the scope of Transport and Marketing Assistance (TMA) scheme for specified agriculture products by including dairy products under its purview and increasing the rates of assistance.The scheme has been extended till March ..

India-England fifth Test cancelled

  A COVID-19 outbreak that triggered “anxiety” among Indian players forced the cancellation of their final Test against England a couple of hours before the toss in a chaotic and unprecedented turn of events, leaving the status of th..

Chandrayaan-2 orbiter payloads made major findings, reveals ISRO

  THE observations of the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter payloads have yielded discovery-class findings, according to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). There were eight scientific payloads hosted on the orbiter craft.They are: Chandrayaan-2 ..

Afghanistan teetering on brink of ‘universal poverty’, says UN

Taliban takeover of Afghanistan has put 20 years of steady economic gains at risk, says UN development agencyTHE United Nations development agency has said that Afghanistan is teetering on the brink of “universal poverty” which could become a ..

IAF chief attends commanders’ conference of Eastern Air Command in Shillong

AIR Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria attended a two-day-long commanders’ conference of the Eastern Air Command in Shillong which came to a close on Friday.“The conference reviewed the progress of operational goals set for the Command and highligh..

Advancement in technology can make India superpower: Rajnath

DEFENCE Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that if India achieves advancement in technology, it can become a superpower. He said this while addressing students and researchers here at the Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT), a deemed univer..

Discipline needed for development: President Kovind at Sainik School

 DISCIPLINE is necessary to run the country successfully, and this must be why former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Dr Sampurnanand set up the Sainik School in Lucknow, President Ram Nath Kovind said here on Friday.The only thing on Dr Sampurnanand..

Nations begin to wrap up Afghan evacuations

Spain, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Canada have wrapped up their evacuation operations from Afghanistan. United Kingdom, France, US will end their operations soon by August 31.The Spanish Government says it has ended its evacuation operation from Afghan..

I know lot of things: Rane warns Sena

 IN A veiled warning to the ruling Shiv Sena in Maharashtra, Union Minister and BJP leader Narayan Rane, who is locked in a bitter fight with it, on Friday said he knew a lot of things about the party and its leaders and would bring out cases “..

India plans to emerge as a global leader in green hydrogen: Singh

 INDIA plans to emerge as a global leader in green hydrogen and the country is proposing to mandate using green hydrogen in fertilizer and in refining, Power Minister R K Singh has told the US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate (SPEC) John Kerry...

ED attaches assets worth over Rs 5 cr of Khadse, others

 THE Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday attached assets of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Eknath Khadse and others worth more than Rs 5 crores in a money laundering case.As per the official statement by the law enforcement agency, it inf..

Death toll in Kabul airport suicide bombings over 100

 EVACUATION flights from Afghanistan resumed with new urgency on Friday, a day after two suicide bombings targeted the thousands of people desperately fleeing a Taliban takeover and killed more than 100. The US warned that more attacks could come ahe..

Sensex closes above 56K for 1st time; Nifty scales 16,700

EQUITY benchmark Sensex climbed 175 points to close above the 56,000-mark for the first time on Friday, driven by strong buying in infrastructure, finance and pharma stocks despite lacklustre global cues. A strengthening rupee, which surged 53 paise again..

TN Governor Banwarilal Purohit gets addl charge of Punjab, Chandigarh

 TAMIL Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit has been given the additional charge of Punjab and the Union Territory of Chandigarh, according to an official statement issued on Friday.Earlier, V P Singh Badnore was the Governor of Punjab and the administra..

‘Had to fall at bureaucrats’ feet 50 yrs ago’

  RECALLING how the industry used to face “hardships” in securing permissions and “harassment from bureaucrats” 50 years ago, Chairman of the city-based vaccine maker Serum Institute of India (SII), Dr Cyrus Poonawalla, on Friday hailed the Modi Government saying that red-tapism and licence raj have come down under its rule. He also said that in the past, he had to “fall at the feet” of bureaucrats and drug controllers in order to get permissions, ..

Shivaji Maharaj’s ‘Hindavi swarajya’ finest example of good governance, says PM Modi

 PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said it was difficult to imagine what the present form of India would have been if Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was not there, and added that his ‘Hindavi swarajya’ was the finest example of good governance. He also said that the works done by Shivaji Maharaj on various fronts, including effective use of marine power and watershed management, are still imitable.Modi made the remarks in his 11-minute-long pre-recorded video message that was played ..

We have to keep our unity, integrity intact: CDS

 CHIEF of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat on Friday said that Indian Armed Forces will take strong action against organisations that will try to hamper our unity while adding that “we have to keep unity and integrity intact.”While addressing an event organised by the Ministry of Defence as part of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, Rawat said that after attaining freedom, India was forced to enhance the capabilities of its Armed forces in the wake of attacks. “After ..

Oppn and ruling party are like my two eyes: Venkaiah

  RAJYA Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday asserted that the Opposition and the treasury benches in the House were like his two eyes and are equal for him. Naidu said this during an informal interaction with a small group of media persons after the conclusion of the Monsoon Session of Parliament.The Chairman said that proper vision is only possible with both eyes. He said he held both sides in equal esteem and it was the collective responsibility of both sides to enable smooth functioning ..

Vehicle scrappage policy will boost circular economy: PM

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Friday launched the National Automobile Scrappage Policy and said the initiative will promote a circular economy and make the process of economic development more sustainable and environment-friendly.The policy, aimed at recycling old and unfit vehicles, will give new identity to India’s mobility and auto sector, Modi said in his address while virtually launching the initiative during ‘Investors Summit’ organised in Gandhinagar. The summit, which saw ..

Sensex scales 55K-mark, Nifty ends above 16,500

 THE BSE Sensex vaulted above the 55,000-mark for the first time on Friday as investors remained in risk-on mode amid favourable macroeconomic data and growth optimism. Index heavyweights TCS, RIL, Infosys and HDFC twins saw robust buying, while pharma stocks slipped. Rallying for the second straight session, the 30-share Sensex jumped 593.31 points or 1.08 per cent to its new all-time high of 55,437.29. It touched an intra-day record of 55,487.79. Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty breached the ..

Rajnath launches ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ events

  DEFENCE Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday virtually launched multiple major events to commemorate the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence. “Due to these programmes, not only there is a rise in national consciousness, but there is also an increase in the self-esteem the country has,” he said during a speech.One of the events launched was of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) whose 75 teams would be leaving Friday for 75 remote places in the border areas of the country ..

Child killed, 7 hurt in grenade attack on BJP leader’s residence in Rajouri

 A 4-YEAR-OLD child was killed and seven others injured in a grenade attack on BJP Mandal President Jasbir Singh’s residence at Khandli Chowk in J&K’s Rajouri district on Thursday night. The deceased is a nephew of the BJP leader and injured people are his family members.“A child has died and seven others have been injured in the grenade attack. The incident took place around 9 pm on Thursday. The house is on the roadside. An FIR has been registered by the police,” ..

Pak terrorist planning attack on J&K highway killed in encounter

SECURITY forces achieved a major success as a Pakistani terrorist planning an attack along the National Highway in Jammu and Kashmir was killed in an encounter in Kulgam district, officials said Friday.They said the overnight encounter began after two terrorists, who had positioned themselves in a building, started firing “indiscriminately” on a BSF convoy on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway. Kashmir Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar said the slain ultra, identified as Usman from ..

Taliban gain full control of South Afghanistan

 By Tameem Akhgar, Rahim Faiez & Joseph KraussTHE Taliban completed their sweep of the country’s South on Friday as they took four more provincial capitals in a lightning offensive that is gradually encircling Kabul, just weeks before the US is set to officially end its two-decade war.In just the last 24 hours, the country’s second- and third-largest cities — Herat in the West and Kandahar in the South — have fallen to the insurgents as has the capital of the southern ..

Top LeT commander among two terrorists gunned down in J&K

 TWO Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorists, including a top commander of the outfit, were killed in an overnight encounter with security forces in the Sopore area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district, police said on Friday.A police spokesperson said the security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in the Warpora area of Sopore on Thursday, following specific information about the presence of ultras there.“During the search operation, as the presence of terrorists got ascertained, ..

Raj Kundra’s PCR extended till 27th

  A COURT in Mumbai on Friday extended till July 27 the police custody of businessman Raj Kundra in a case related to alleged creation of pornographic films and publishing them through some apps.Kundra, husband of actor Shilpa Shetty, was arrested on the night of July 19 by the city police’s crime branch after being booked under relevant sections of IPC and the IT Act. He was produced before the magistrate court at the end of his earlier remand on Friday. Police sought extension of ..

EAM meets Afghan peace negotiator

 EXTERNAL Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar on Friday held talks with top Afghan peace negotiator Abdullah Abdullah on the overall situation in Afghanistan amid a rise in violence there in the wake of quick withdrawal of the US troops.Abdullah, the chairman of the powerful High Council for National Reconciliation, has been playing a key role in negotiating with all the stakeholders to bring lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan. It is learnt that the influential Afghan leader is in India ..

Sidhu takes over as Punjab Cong

  NAVJOT Singh Sidhu here on Friday took over as the new chief of the Punjab Congress at an event attended by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, who said they will work together for the State’s welfare.Sidhu, who replaces Sunil Jakhar as the State party chief, took charge along with four working presidents at the party headquarters, which was jam-packed with Congress leaders and workers.The party high command had appointed Sangat Singh Gilzian, Sukhwinder Singh Danny, Pawan Goel and Kuljit ..

SC rejects pleas of telecom majors alleging errors in AGR-related dues

 THE Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the applications filed by telecom majors, including Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel, seeking rectification of the alleged errors in calculation of Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) related dues payable by them.“All the miscellaneous applications are dismissed,” a bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao said while pronouncing the order.The telecom companies had submitted before the apex court that arithmetical errors in the calculation be rectified ..

Tata Boeing Aerospace delivers 100th fuselage for AH-64 Apache helicopters

  TATA Boeing Aerospace Ltd (TBAL) on Friday announced the delivery of the 100th fuselage for production of AH-64 Apache combat helicopters from its manufacturing facility in Hyderabad. The fuselage will be transported to Boeing’s manufacturing facility for AH-64 Apache in Mesa in Arizona for integration into the final assembly line. TBAL, a joint venture between Boeing and Tata, has been delivering Apache fuselages since May 2018. President of Boeing India Salil Gupte said that the ..

TMC’s Sen suspended from RS for remaining part of session

  TRINAMOOL Congress (TMC) MP Santanu Sen was suspended from the Rajya Sabha for the remaining period of the monsoon session on Friday after a motion moved by the Government was passed by the House.Soon after the obituary references and laying of papers, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs V Muraleedharan moved a motion for Sen’s suspension after TMC member snatched papers from Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and tore those in the House on Thursday.The motion ..

Toned-down Tokyo Games begin

 THE Olympics like no other opened here on Friday sans the customary razzmatazz, the toned-down ceremony showcasing Japan’s grandeur, rich culture and heritage while reflecting the sombre mood of a world ravaged by an unrelenting pandemic.Japanese emperor Naruhito declared the Games open, a month after voicing concerns over the possible spread of coronavirus during the Olympics, becoming the third member from his family to do the honours.A total of 19 Indian athletes, including flag-bearers ..

Heavy rains, landslides claim 129 lives in Mah

AS MANY as 129 people have died in rain-related incidents including landslides in Maharashtra in the last 48 hours, a senior official from the State Disaster Management Department said on Friday .This included 38 deaths in a landslide in a village in the coastal Raigad district’s Mahad tehsil on Thursday, he told PTI.“The death toll in Maharashtra in the last 48 hours has reached 129. Most of the deaths are from Raigad and Satara districts,” the official said. Besides landslides, ..

35 pc of India’s tiger ranges are outside protected areas: Report

THIRTY-FIVE per cent of India’s tiger ranges are outside protected areas and human-animal conflict affects over 75 per cent of the world’s wild cat species, according to a new report.The study, which has been done by WWF and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) with contribution from 155 experts from 40 organisations based in 27 countries, also stated that human-wildlife conflict is the greatest threat to animals.“Currently, 35 per cent of India’s tiger range, 40 ..

Following PM’s advice, newly-inducted Ministers meet their predecessors

  FOLLOWING Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s advice on Thursday, many newly-inducted Ministers in the Union Council of Ministers have called on their predecessors to seek their “guidance and relevant experience”. Union Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju met his predecessor and senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad and ‘sought his guidance’.“Called on my senior colleague and predecessor as Union Law & Justice Minister Shri @rsprasad ji. Sought his ..

Home Minister Amit Shah calls on President Kovind

  UNION Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday met President Ram Nath Kovind and the meeting was described as a courtesy call.Shah called on the President two days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi effected a major reshuffle of his Ministry.“I have made a courtesy call to honourable President Shri Ram Nath Kovind today,” Shah tweeted in Hindi, along with a picture of him and the President.In the reshuffle, effected on Wednesday, the Prime Minister dropped 12 ministers, brought in ..

Navy prohibits flying of drones over its assets

 INDIAN Navy on Friday prohibited flying of non-conventional aerial objects like drones and UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) within 3 kms of Naval Base, Naval Units and Naval assets. “Any non-conventional aerial object, including RPAs (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems) found violating this prohibition, will be destroyed or confiscated without any liability, and additionally actions may be initiated under sections of IPC against the operator”, a Defence statement said. The decision ..

Who governs Afghanistan has a legitimacy aspect: Jaishankar

VOICING concern at the spiralling violence in Afghanistan, India on Friday called for immediate reduction in bloodshed in the war-torn nation and underlined that the “legitimacy aspect” of who should rule the country is of importance and should not be ignored. “Of course we are concerned at the direction of events in Afghanistan,” External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said while responding to a question during a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart Sergey ..

Bhima-Koregaon: Pawar’s statement to be recorded

 MAHARASHTRA Government-appointed inquiry commission will record the statement of Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar in the Bhima-Koregaon violence case.While speaking to ANI, Ashish Satpute, inquiry commission lawyer said, “Maharashtra Government-appointed inquiry commission will record the statement of NCP chief Sharad Pawar in the Bhima-Koregaon violence case. Witnesses’ statements to be recorded from August 2 and Pawar will be summoned as well.” Recently, Bhima ..

Modi reviews progress in oxygen supply issue

   MORE than 1,500 PSA (Pressure Swing Adsorption) oxygen plants are coming up across the country, the Government said on Friday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the progress of augmentation and availability of the life-saving gas.The PMO, in a statement, said Modi asked officials to ensure that these plants are made functional at the earliest and also told them to work closely with State Governments in this regard.These upcoming oxygen plants include those being built with the contributi..

New IT rules: SC refuses to stay proceeding before various HCs

 THE Supreme Court on Friday refused to stay proceedings in connection with petitions challenging the constitutional validity of the Centre’s new IT rules before various High Courts.The Centre had moved the Supreme Court seeking transfer of all petitions to it, citing multiplicity of proceedings. Several High Courts, including Delhi, Bombay, Madras and Kerala High Courts are hearing petitions against the IT rules.In its plea, the Centre said, the issue of regulating the OTT platform was ..

Delimitation in J&K will be based on 2011 Census: CEC

THE Delimitation Commission on Friday said that delimitation will be conducted on the basis of the 2011 Census and the final draft will be prepared after taking all demands and recommendations into account.While addressing a press conference, Chief Election Commissioner of India Sushil Chandra said, “The first full-fledged delimitation commission was formed in 1981 which could submit its recommendation after 14 years in 1995. It was based on the 1981 census. Thereafter, no delimitation has taken ..

52 killed in massive fire in B’desh food factory

 By Anisur RahmanAT LEAST 52 people were killed and scores wounded as a massive fire overnight engulfed a multi-storied food and beverage factory on the outskirts of Bangladesh’s capital, officials said on Friday. Fire service officials and witnesses said the blaze broke out on Thursday evening and tore through the factory at the Rupganj area of Narayanganj.Residents in the neighbourhood said most of the factory workers were teenagers. “Fifty two people have been killed so far but ..

President boards train to visit birthplace in UP

  PRESIDENT Ram Nath Kovind on Friday embarked on a train journey to visit his birthplace in Uttar Pradesh, where he will interact with his old acquaintances from school days and the early days of his social service.It would be after a gap of 15 years that an incumbent President is travelling by train.“President Kovind boards a special presidential train from Safdarjung railway station to Kanpur. The train will make two stop-overs, at Jhinjhak and Rura of Kanpur Dehat, and will reach ..

Ratnagiri woman first in Mah to die of Delta Plus variant

MAHARASHTRA on Friday reported the first death from the ‘Delta Plus’ variant of COVID-19, with an octogenarian woman succumbing in Ratnagiri civil hospital, a senior official said.The woman hails from Sangameswar and was admitted to the hospital, over 330 kilometres from Mumbai, a few days ago, Sanjay Shinde, Additional Collector, Ratnagiri told PTI.He said, the woman’s death was being audited to see if she suffered from comorbidities.Shinde said, district officials have been told ..

SC asks Mamata, WB Law Minister to move HC afresh

THE Supreme Court on Friday asked West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Law Minister Moloy Ghatak to move Calcutta High Court afresh with their plea to file affidavit in Narada scam case.The top court stayed the June 9 High Court order, which refused to take reply-affidavits of Banerjee and Ghatak on the CBI’s transfer plea in the case. A bench comprising Justices Vineet Saran and Dinesh Maheshwari asked the High Court to decide their plea in connection with filing of affidavits, with ..

Pakistan continues to be in FATF ‘Grey List’

 PAKISTAN continues to remain in the ‘Grey List’ of FATF as the global body against money laundering and terror financing on Friday said that Islamabad has failed to take action against UN-designated terrorists like India’s most wanted Hafiz Saeed and Masood Azhar.The FATF also said that Pakistan should continue to work to address its strategically-important deficiencies.Financial Action Task Force (FATF) President Marcus Pleyer said that the decision has been taken at the conclusion ..

48 cases of Delta Plus variant detected, Mah has maximum: Govt

  FORTY-EIGHT cases of Delta Plus variant of the coronavirus have been detected from 45,000 samples sequenced so far in the country with Maharashtra reporting the highest number of 20, the Centre said on Friday, stressing that there are still “very limited” cases of this mutation and it cannot be said that it is showing an upward trend.Sujit Singh, Director of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), said 20 cases of Delta Plus variant has been found in Maharashtra, followed ..

‘Delhi made exaggerated claims for O2’

THE sub-group constituted by the Supreme Court to audit Oxygen consumption in hospitals in national capital during the second wave of COVID-19 said that the Delhi Government “exaggerated” the consumption of oxygen and made a claim of 1140 MT, four times higher than the formula for bed capacity requirement of 289 MT.The five-member panel headed by AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria said the Delhi Government had made the claims for allocation of 700 MT oxygen on April 30 of medical grade Oxygen ..

Militant killed in J&K encounter

   A MILITANT was killed while another surrendered during an encounter with security forces in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, police said.Security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in the Hanjipora area of Shopian district following information about presence of militants there, a police official said. He said the search operation turned into an encounter after militants opened fire on the security forces personnel, drawing retaliation.In the ensuing gunfight, ..

Twitter blocks IT Minister’s a/c; Prasad says, ‘gross violation’

AMID its strained relations with the Indian Government, Twitter on Friday briefly blocked IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad from accessing his account over alleged violation of the US copyright law - a move that was immediately slammed by him as being arbitrary and against IT rules.This is the first instance of a Twitter account of a Union Minister getting blocked.While the exact nature of the violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) was not immediately known, Prasad could not access ..

Level 3 curbs imposed in Mah as concerns over Delta plus grow

  IN VIEW of cases of the Delta plus variant of COVID-19 emerging in Maharashtra, the State Government on Friday announced ‘state-level trigger’ for imposing restrictions in administrative units irrespective of weekly positivity rate and oxygen bed occupancy percentage.Weekly positivity rate regarding levels of restrictions will be determined on the basis of RT-PCR tests, and not rapid antigen or other tests, State Government said and described Delta plus as a variant of concern.Restr..

First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier next yr Rajnath

INDIA’S first Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC), INS Vikrant, will be commissioned next year and its combat capability, reach and versatility will add formidable capabilities in the country’s defence, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said here on Friday.In a statement to the media after visiting the IAC at Ernakulam wharf of the Cochin port to review its construction progress, Singh described it as India’s pride and a shining example of Atmanirbhar Bharat. “The project was originally ..

21 Mah districts get excess rains in first 10 days of June: IMD

  The districts of Ratnagiri on the coast and Buldana, Nagpur and Bhandara in eastern Maharashtra received “excess” rainfall while another eight districts received normal rainfall.AS MANY as 21 out of 36 districts of Maharashtra got 60 per cent excess rains in the period between June 1 to 10 thanks to heavy showers in the first week, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Friday.The rainfall in these districts during June 1 to 10 was “largely excess”, that ..

Padma Shri recipient Dr Panagariya passes away

   PROMINENT neurologist and Padma Shri recipient Dr Ashok Panagariya died of post-COVID complications here on Friday. He was 71.Dr Panagariya was on ventilator support for the past several days at a private hospital.His condition deteriorated in the past two days and he died on Friday, hospital sources said.Expressing grief over his death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet that his pioneering work in the medical field will benefit generations of doctors and researchers.“Dr ..

G7 gathers to pledge 1 bn vaccine doses

  By Zeke Miller, Aamer Madhani & J LawlessBRITISH Prime Minister Boris Johnson greeted world leaders on a wooden boardwalk on the freshly raked sand of Carbis Bay to open the Group of Seven summit on Friday, offering elbow bumps to dignitaries gathering for the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus was set to dominate their discussions, with leaders of the wealthy democracies club expected to commit to sharing at least 1 billion vaccine shots with struggling ..

Nation records 91,702 new COVID cases, 3,403 deaths

 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 Ministry data updated on Friday.With the fresh cases, the total tally of cases has climbed to 2,92,74,823. The COVID-19 death toll climbed to 3,63,079 with 3,403 fresh deaths, the data updated at 8 am showedThe active cases further declined to 11,21,671 comprising ..

SC slams Param Bir for not trusting Mah Police

  PEOPLE living in glass houses should “not throw stones” at others, the Supreme Court said on Friday and termed it “shocking” that former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh, who has served the State cadre for over 30 years, is now stating that he has no trust in the State Police.The apex court, which was hearing Singh’s plea seeking transfer of all inquiries against him to an independent agency outside Maharashtra, said the petitioner should not have ..

Pak National Assembly passes Bill to give right of appeal to Jadhav

   By Sajjad HussainTHE Pakistan Government has rushed through the National Assembly a Bill to provide the right of appeal to Indian death-row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav amidst ruckus and boycott by the Opposition.The Lower House of Parliament passed the ICJ (Review and Re-consideration) Bill, 2020 on Thursday. The Bill is aimed at allowing Jadhav to have consular access in line with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) verdict. Jadhav, the 51-year-old retired Indian Navy officer, ..

Mukul Roy, son back in TMC fold

  IN A blow to the prestige of the BJP, party’s national Vice President Mukul Roy along with son Subranshu, re-joined the Trinamool Congress on Friday, with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and other leaders of the State’s ruling party welcoming him back to the fold.Roy, who was closeted with Banerjee in Trinamool Bhawan before his formal re-induction in the party he helped set up, said he was “happy to see all known faces again”.Addressing a press meet ..

PM meets Shah, Nadda amid Cabinet reshuffle buzz

  PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held deliberations 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.There is also a growing buzz about the Cabinet expansion in Uttar Pradesh after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath met the BJP top brass during his two-day visit to the national capital. The deliberations among the top BJP leaders ..

Cong holds nationwide protests against rising fuel prices

 THE Congress held a nationwide protest on Friday in view of the rising prices of petrol and diesel.Congress leaders along with party workers demonstrated across the country holding placards and raising slogans against the Central Government. Speaking to ANI, Congress general secretary K C Venugopal said, “Modi Government should stop looting the common people of the country. In the last five months, they have increased the fuel prices 44 times. On one side people are suffering from the ..

ED slaps FEMA notice against India’s largest cryptocurrency exchange

 THE Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday said it has issued a show cause notice to the country’s largest cryptocurrency exchange for undertaking transactions worth over Rs 2,790 crore in alleged violation of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).Mumbai headquartered WazirX is as a domestic crypto currency and bitcoin exchange start-up registered under the company name Zanmai Labs Pvt Ltd that was incorporated in December, 2017. The notice issued by the central probe agency under ..

IAF pilot killed as MiG-21 Bison crashes in Punjab field

AN IAF MiG-21 Bison aircraft crashed during heavy rain in a field in Punjab’s Moga district, killing its pilot Squadron Leader Abhinav Choudhary, officials said. The aircraft was on a training sortie from Suratgarh in Rajasthan when it crashed in Langeana village on Thursday night, said Moga Superintendent of Police Gurdeep Singh. The Indian Air Force has ordered a Court of Inquiry to ascertain the cause of the accident and said it condoles the tragic loss of its officer. “The ..