No fee on money transfers from Google Pay app Google Pay had 67 mn users in India as of Sept 2019

GOOGLE on Wednesday clarified that users in India will not have to pay any fee for money transfers on its payment platform, and that the charges are for users in the US. Last week, Google had announced that it is launching a redesigned Google Pay app next year on Android and iOS, starting with the US, and that users will not be able to use the service on a web browser. Reports had said that Google Pay will also add a fee on instant money transfers. “These charges and fees ar..

Terrorists see security forces as their enemy: Ex-RAW chief

PAKISTAN-BASED terrorists have increased attacks on defence establishments lately in Jammu and Kashmir because they see security forces as their enemy and also they don’t want to target civilians anymore, said former Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) chief A S Dulat. In the last four years India has witnessed several attacks on security establishments and installations...

Prefix ‘0’ for all landline to mobile calls from Jan 15

FROM January 15, callers will have to dial numbers with prefix ‘0’ for making calls from landline to mobile phone. Announcing the decision, the communications ministry said the move would free up sufficient numbering resources for future use, and nearly 2,539 million numbering series are expected to be generated as a result. There will be no change with respect to dialling numbers for fixed-to fixed, mobile-to-fixed, and mobile-to-mobile calls...

India enhanced coastal security significantly post-26/11 attacks

IT HAS been 12 years since Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorists, supported and launched by Pakistan, perpetrated dastardly attacks on Mumbai. Over 166 Indian and foreign citizens were killed and 300 injured in the mayhem that lasted for four days. While 1993 had witnessed explosives being landed by the sea route; the 2008 attack, saw terrorists hijacked a Gujarat-based fishing vessel — Kuber — and make their way ashore to Mumbai. The wounds of 26/11 have left behind scars that shall remain etched forever ..

Malayalam film ‘Jallikattu’ is India’s entry for Oscars 2021

MALAYALAM feature “Jallikattu”, directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery, has been selected as India’s official entry for the International Feature Film category at the 93rd Academy Awards, the Film Federation of India (FFI) announced on Wednesday. “Jallikattu”, which was unanimously chosen from 27 entries across Hindi, Marathi and other languages, is about a tribe of men coming together to stop a bull that has run amok in their village. “There were a total of 27 films that had entered the race from Hindi, ..

Centre ‘no’ to lockdown; allows States to impose night curfew

IN THE wake of increasing COVID-19 cases, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday issued a 19-point Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) giving nod to States and UTs to impose local restrictions if necessary. The SOPs, part of a month-long guidelines issued by the MHA, will be effective from December 1 and will remain in force up to December 31. States and Union Territories (UTs) have been allowed to impose night curfew but “shall not be allowed impose any local lockdown outside the containment ..

Cabinet nod to Lakshmi Vilas Bank, DBIL merger

THE Government on Wednesday approved merger of crisis-ridden Lakshmi Vilas Bank (LVB) with DBS Bank India Ltd (DBIL) and removed restrictions on withdrawal of deposits by depositors. The Union Cabinet has approved the merger of the LVB with DBS Bank India Limited, Union Minister Prakash Javdekar told reporters, adding that the decision will provide comfort to 20 lakh depositors and protect the services of 4,000 employees...

TN, Puducherry brace up for severe cyclonic storm ‘Nivar’

GUSTY winds and rains lashed parts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on Wednesday leaving several areas in Tamil Nadu inundated and authorities have housed over one lakh people in shelters as severe cyclone ‘Nivar’ hurtled towards the coast. ‘Nivar would intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm and it is likely to cross the coast between Tamil Nadu and Puducherry before dawn on Thursday, the India Meteorological Department said. In its latest bulletin, the ..

Ahmed Patel, ‘crisis manager’ of Congress, passes away

SENIOR Congress leader and the party’s top strategist Ahmed Patel died in a Gurugram hospital on Wednesday due to multi-organ failure. He was suffering from complications related to COVID-19. Patel (71), who was critical for a few days, was admitted to the Medanta hospital in Gurugram on November 15 after he developed complications. His son Faisal said he died at 3.30 am...

ED raids premises linked to Shiv Sena MLA Sarnaik in money laundering case

THE Enforcement Directorate (ED) raided premises linked to Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik in Maharashtra on Tuesday in connection with a money laundering case being probed against a security service provider company and others, official sources said. His party called the raids a “political vendetta” and said the Maharashtra Government or its leaders will not surrender to pressure from anyone. Sources said the searches were being conducted under Sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) ..

India announces over 100 projects for Afghanistan

INDIA on Tuesday announced a new phase of over 100 high-impact community projects in Afghanistan worth USD 80 million (Rs 592 crore) as the country’s development portfolio in the war-ravaged nation has reached over USD 3 billion (Rs 22,200 crore) so far...

President inaugurates Air India One B777 flight, flies to Chennai

PRESIDENT Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday boarded the Air India One -- B777 aircraft -- on its inaugural flight to Chennai, said Rashtrapati Bhawan statement. “This is the first flight of the Air India One -- B777 aircraft with the Head of State on board. The aircraft is fuel-efficient and has longer range than the B747-400 that are deployed for similar VVIP operations...

Akbar, Priya Ramani refuse settlement in defamation case

FORMER Minister M J Akbar and journalist Priya Ramani on Tuesday refused any settlement between them in a criminal defamation complaint filed by him against her. Senior advocate Geeta Luthra, appearing for Akbar, said that if Ramani was apologetic for her allegations, she would ask him to consider closing the complaint. Ramani’s counsel, Bhavook Chauhan, said however that she stood by her statement and if Akbar wanted to withdraw the complaint, he may do so...

Intelligence alert on SFJ’s Khalistan flag-raising call at India Gate on 26th

SECURITY agencies have alerted law enforcement agencies in Delhi to keep strict vigil in the national capital as the banned Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) group in its latest move has given a call to farmers of Punjab and Haryana to raise “Khalistan flags” on November 26 at India Gate here. Even though many of such moves of the secessionist group in the past few months turned futile, Indian agencies are taking all possible measures to maintain peace and proper functioning of the law-and-order situation in ..

Deep depression off Tamil Nadu intensifies into cyclonic storm

THE deep depression over Bay of Bengal intensified into a cyclone and is likely to cross the coast between Tamil Nadu and Puducherry as a severe storm on Wednesday. The official machinery has been put on high alert in Tamil Nadu and the neighbouring Union Territory of Puducherry and extensive precautionary measures, including evacuation of people from vulnerable areas, taken, the Governments said. The cyclone christened ‘Nivar’ was very likely to cross the coast between Karaikal in Puducherry and ..

UP Govt brings law against conversion for marriage, up to 10 yrs jail for violators

THE Uttar Pradesh Government on Tuesday approved a draft ordinance to deal with religious conversion for the sake of marriage, which could land violators in jail for up to 10 years. In recent weeks, BJP-run States like Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh have revealed plans to enact laws to counter alleged attempts to convert Hindu women to Islam in the guise of marriage, which Hindu activists refer to as “love jihad”. “The way in which religious conversions are done using deceit, lies, force ..

Govt blocks 43 more Chinese mobile apps

INDIA on Tuesday blocked 43 more Chinese mobile apps, including Alibaba Group Holding’s e-commerce app AliExpress, in a fresh wave of web sanctions amid its border standoff with China. The banned applications, which include a few dating apps, were a threat to the “sovereignty and integrity of India”, an official statement said. The Ministry of Electronics and IT issued the order for blocking the access of these apps by users in India based on the comprehensive reports received from Indian Cyber Crime ..

India successfully testfires land-attack version of BrahMos

INDIA on Tuesday “successfully” testfired the surface-to-surface supersonic cruise missile BrahMos as part of a series of planned trials of the weapon, known for its precision strike capabilities, official sources said. The range of the new land-attack version of the missile has been extended to 400 km from the original 290 km but its speed has been maintained at 2.8 Mach or almost three times the speed of sound, they said...

Focus on bringing down positivity and fatality rates: PM to CMs

NOTING that alertness has given way to “widespread” negligence about COVID-19 among people, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said a few States have seen a surge in the infection in the same way as many countries witnessed after an earlier decline and asked Chief Ministers to focus on bringing down positivity and fatality rates by curbing the virus transmission. India has come out of the “deep sea” of this crisis after the world had though..

HAL’s IJT commences spin flight testing

THE indigenous Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) designed and developed by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited to replace the ageing Kiran aircraft fleet of the Indian Air Force has commenced spin flight testing here. The flight was piloted by HALs test pilots Group Captain H V Thakur (Retd) and Wing Commander P Avasti (Retd), the Bengaluru- headquartered HAL said in a statement on Monday...

First Americans could be vaccinated next month, says White House vaccine chief

THE first Americans to receive a COVID-19 vaccine could be as early as the second week of December, according to the White House vaccine czar. American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech submitted an application to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 20 for emergency use authorisation for its COVID-19 vaccine candidate...

First Americans could be vaccinated next month, says White House vaccine chief

THE first Americans to receive a COVID-19 vaccine could be as early as the second week of December, according to the White House vaccine czar. American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech submitted an application to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 20 for emergency use authorisation for its COVID-19 vaccine candidate. An FDA vaccine advisory committee is slated to meet December on 10...

SC seeks status report from Centre, States on ‘worsened’ COVID situation

THE pandemic situation in Delhi has “worsened” and it has gone “out of control” in Gujarat, the Supreme Court said on Monday while expressing concern over the surge in number of COVID-19 cases across the country. The apex court, which asked the Centre and all States to file within two days status reports detailing the steps taken to deal with the situation, said there is spike in COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra and authorities have to take steps and “prepare for th..

India to host G-20 Summit in 2023: Grouping’s declaration

THE G-20 leaders announced on Sunday that India will host the summit of the high-profile grouping in 2023 — a year later than what was decided earlier. India was earlier slated to host the summit in 2022 with the Osaka declaration of the G-20 stating last year that “we look forward to meeting again in Saudi Arabia in 2020, in Italy in 2021 and in India in 2022”. “We thank Saudi Arabia for hosting a successful Riyadh Summit and its contribution to the G-20 process. We look forward to our next meetings ..

Oxford’s AstraZeneca vaccine shows 90 per cent efficacy

WITH an efficacy of around 90 per cent positive results from an interim analysis of clinical trials of AZD1222 in the UK and Brazil the vaccine has proved to be highly effective in preventing COVID-19, said AstraZeneca on Monday. One dosing regimen shows the vaccine efficacy of 90 per cent when AZD1222 was given as a half dose, followed b..

Negative RT-PCR test must to enter Mah from Delhi, Gujarat, Raj and Goa

MAHARASHTRA Government on Monday made it mandatory for those seeking to enter the State from Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa to carry RT-PCR negative reports. For those flying in, the RT-PCR sample collection should have been done within 72 hours of scheduled time of landing at airports in Maharashtra, a Government order said. In case of journey by trains, the collection of RT-PCR samples should have been done within 96 ..

CBSE announces tentative Class 12 practical exam dates, sets SOPs

THE Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Monday released the tentative dates for the Class 12th Board practical exams 2020-21 amid the speculation of postponing or cancellation of the exams in the wake of ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Board will conduct practical exams for Class 12th from January 1 till February 8 as per tentative dates. CBSE has clarified that the exact dates for the exams would be notified later. Though, the final notific..

2014-29 period ‘very important’ for India: PM

ASSERTING that the 2014-29 period between the 16th to 18th Lok Sabha is “very important” for a young democracy like India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the last six years have been “historic” for the country’s development and a lot remains to be done in the remaining period. As the age of 16, 17 and 18 years is very important for the youth, so is the time between the 16th and the 18th Lok Sabha for a young nation like India, he said while digitally inaugurating 76 multi-storeyed flats ..

TV actor Leena Acharya dies due to kidney ailment

TV ACTOR Leena Acharya, who featured on shows like “Class of 2020” and “Seth Ji”, passed away following a kidney ailment, according to actor Rohan Mehraa. She was in her late 30s. Mehraa, who co-starred with Acharya in “Class of 2020”, told PTI that the actor breathed her last in Delhi on Saturday. Actor Ayush Anand, who worked with Acharya on “Perfect Pati” in 2018-2019, said the actor never mentioned about her kidney ailment...

GST Council’s law panel suggests online registration with live photo, biometrics

CENTRAL and State tax officials have suggested the option of online GST registration with live photo and use of biometrics to weed out the menace of fake firms claiming input tax credit, sources said. The GST Council’s law committee, which comprises Central and State tax officials, has also suggested that a fresh registrant must go for compulsory phy..

Eight newly-elected Bihar MLCs take oath

EIGHT newly-elected Members of the Bihar Legislative Council were on Sunday administered the oath of office by acting chairman Awadhesh Narain Singh. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Deputy CM Tar Kishore Prasad and Pro-tem Speaker of the Assembly Jitan Ram Manjhi were among those present at the swearing-in ceremony. Devesh Chandra Thakur and Neeraj Kumar of the JD(U), BJP’s Nawal Kishore Yadav and NK Yadav, CPI’s Sanjay Kumar Singh and..

Indo-Pak wars’ veteran Major General (retd) R N Chibber passes away

MAJOR General (retd) R N Chibber, who had participated in 1962, 1965 and 1971 wars, died at his residence here, a defence spokesman said on Sunday. He was 86. Born on September 23, 1934, General Chibber was commissioned into the Army on June 2, 1955, and was posted in Afghanistan from 1972 to 1975 as a military attache. “He was an outstanding officer, who also commanded the 8 Jat Regiment. His expertise and exceptional strategy put him in t..

Indian Navy participates in 2-day trilateral exercise SITMEX-20

THE Indian Navy is participating in the two-day trilateral maritime exercise SITMEX-20 in the Andaman sea along with the navies of Singapore and Thailand, senior military officials said on Sunday. Indian naval ships, including indigenously-built anti-submarine warfare corvette Kamorta and missile corvette Karmuk, are participating in the 2nd edition of the trilateral exercise to be held on Sunday and Monday...

Govt authorises PG Ayurveda practitioners to be trained to perform surgeries

THE Government has issued a notification which authorises Post-Graduate practitioners in specified streams of Ayurveda to be trained to perform surgical procedures such as excisions of benign tumours, amputation of gangrene, nasal and cataract surgeries. The notification by the Central Council of Indian Medicine, a statutory body under the AYUSH Ministry to regulate the Indian systems of medicine, listed 39 general surgery procedures and around 19 procedures involving the eye, ear, nose and throat ..

Massive anti-tunnelling operation on along IB in J&K’s Samba

A MASSIVE operation is underway near the International border in Samba sector to unearth an underground tunnel which was suspected to have been used by four Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists to sneak into the country from Pakistan, said officials on Sunday...

Follow COVID-19 norms to avoid lockdown: Mah CM tells people

MAHARASHTRA Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday urged the people of the State not to lower their guard against COVID-19 and follow the safety protocols strictly in order to avoid imposition of another lockdown. He said that although he has been advised to impose a night curfew, he does not believe that anything can be achieved by imposing such restrictions. Stating that the Unlock process does not mean that the pandemic is over, Thackeray asked the people to remain cautious. Maharashtra Government ..

RBI becomes first bank in world to have more than 1 million followers on Twitter

IN A first among central banks, the Reserve Bank of India has become the first monetary authority in the world to have more than 1 million followers on its official Twitter handle. Despite much less monetary firepower, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has beaten the world’s most powerful central banks -- the US Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank -- on Twitter by a wide margin, emerging as the most popular central bank on the microblogging site with over 1 million followers...

Bharti Singh, husband sent to MCR till Dec 4

A MUMBAI court on Sunday remanded comedian Bharti Singh and husband Harsh Limbachiya, arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau following seizure of drugs from their house here, to judicial custody till December 4. The court will hear their bail pleas on Monday...

PM lays foundation stone of drinking water projects in UP

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday bemoaned the lack of development in UP’s Vindhyachal for decades after Independence and said despite resources, the region faced scarcity. The scarcity forced many people to migrate from the region, he said after laying the foundation stone of rural drinking water supply projects in Mirzapur and Sonbhadra districts of the Vindhyachal region via video conferencing. Modi also interacted with village water and sanitation committee members during the event...

False allegation of impotency amounts to cruelty, says HC

LEVELLING false allegation of impotency against a spouse amounts to cruelty, the Delhi High Court has held while upholding the divorce granted to a man, whose estranged wife had claimed that he was incapable of sexual intercourse. The High Court agreed with the submission of the husband’s counsel that the allegations levelled in the written statement filed by the wife were “grave and serious”, and likely to impact the man’s self-image and adversely affect his mental well being...

Govt duty-bound to ensure that land owners get compensated: HC

THE Bombay High Court has said that when the Government exercises its power of acquiring land for public purposes, it also has the obligation of ensuring that the land owners are paid compensation. A single bench of Justice Milind Jadhav on November 17 dismissed a petition filed by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), challenging an arbitral award to pay compensation. The court directed the NHAI to deposit the compensation amount awarded to two women, whose land was acquired for public ..

H’bad boy ‘first Indian’ to complete graduation at 14

FOURTEEN-YEAR-OLD Agastya Jaiswal from Hyderabad has claimed himself to be the first student in India to complete his graduation at the young age. Jaiswal has completed his BA Mass Communication and Journalism Degree from Osmania University, which recently published its results. Jaiswal said that he was the first boy in Telangana to pass Class 10 at the age of 9 years with 7.5 GPA. “I have become the first boy in India to complete BA at the age of just 14 ye..

Masood Azhar’s brother was handler of 4 Jaish attackers killed in Nagrota encounter

PAKISTANI spy agency ISI had given the task of carrying out a suicide attack on the scale of Pulwama attack to the Jaish-e-Mohammed for which four terrorists were infiltrated into India from Samba sector on November 18/19 soon after which they were killed in an encounter by security forces near Nagrota in Jammu sector. Senior Government sources said that the charge of carrying out a Pulwama scale terror attack bigger was given to the J..

Shah lays foundation stone for Rs 67,000 cr projects in TN

UNION Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday dedicated Rs 380 crore fifth reservoir to cater to the city’s drinking water supply and laid the foundation stone for various infrastructure projects, totalling over Rs 67,000 crore, across the State...

India aims to reduce carbon footprint by 30-35 pc: Modi

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the country was moving forward with the goal of reducing its carbon footprint by 30 to 35 per cent. He also said that efforts were on to increase the use of natural gas by four times in this decade and to double the oil refining capacity in the next five years. The Prime Minister said this while addressing the eighth convocation of Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) here via video conference...

‘PM’s ‘bold reforms’ will pave way for India’s rapid economic progress’

RELIANCE Industries Limited Chairman Mukesh Ambani on Saturday said that “bold reforms” introduced under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pave the way for India’s rapid economic progress in the years to come. Addressing Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University’s (PDPU) students virtually during the convocation ceremony, he said “his (PM Modi) passionate and dynamic leadership has made the world sit up and take notice of the emergence of a new India...

NCB arrests comedian Bharti Singh in drug case

THE Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Saturday arrested comedian Bharti Singh following seizure of ganja (cannabis) from her house in suburban Andheri, an official said. The NCB searched Singh’s house and office in the morning as part of its probe into alleged drug use in the Hindi film industry...

India says, it will take every possible action against Pak’s terrorism

INDIA on Saturday slammed Pakistan for cross-border terrorism, warning that it will take every possible action to safeguard its national security. In a reaction to the November 19 terror attack planned by the globally banned Pakistani terror outfit, Jaish-e-Mohammad, the Government summoned the High Commissioner of Pakistan and conveyed its message to him in New Delhi...

Pvt hospitals charged exorbitant COVID fees, says Parlt panel

AMID rising COVID-19 cases, inadequate beds in Government hospitals and absence of specific guidelines for COVID treatment resulted in private hospitals charging exorbitant fees, a parliamentary panel on Saturday said, asserting that a sustainable pricing model could have averted many deaths. Chairperson of the parliamentary standing committee on health Ram Gopal Yadav submitted the report on ‘Outbreak of Pandemic COVID-19 and its Ma..

PM, Sonia greet people on Chhath

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Friday greeted people on Chhath Puja and wished happiness and prosperity for all. “Wishes to everyone in the country on the grand festival of worshipping the sun. May Mother Chhathi spread happiness and prosperity in everyone’s life,” he said in a tweet. ..

Sebi moves SC for payment of Rs 62K cr from Sahara

MARKETS regulator Sebi has moved the Supreme Court seeking direction to two Sahara firms to pay Rs 62,602.90 crore in compliance with the court’s earlier orders, failing which the group’s chief Subrata Roy be taken into custody. Sebi said the contemnors, Roy and his two firms-- Sahara India Real Estate Corporation Ltd. (SIRECL) and Sahara ..

24th edition of Malabar Naval Exercise ends

IN THE ongoing Malabar exercise in the Indian Ocean region, MiG-29Ks of Indian Navy and F-18s of US Navy carried out simulated attacks on the surface force during the culmination of naval exercise on Friday. ..

India’s COVID-19 caseload crosses 90 lakh

INDIA’S COVID-19 caseload surpassed the 90-lakh mark on Friday with 45,882 new cases, while the recoveries surged to 84.28 lakh pushing the national recovery rate to 93.6 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data. The total coronavirus cases mounted to 90,04,365 and the death toll climbed to 1,32,162 with the novel coronavirus virus claiming 584 lives in a span of 24 hours in the country, the data updated at 8 am showed. The COVID-19 case fatality rate has further declined to 1.46 per ..

14 people, including 7 kids, killed as car collides with truck in UP

FOURTEEN people, including seven children, died when their car collided with a stationary truck on the Lucknow-Allahabad highway, around 70 km from Pratapgarh district headquarters, an official said on Friday..

Indo-Pacific concept a rejection of spheres of influence: Jaishankar

THE concept of Indo-Pacific is a rejection of the spheres of influence and a reiteration that the world cannot be frozen for the benefit of a few even if that is the case with the United Nations, External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar said on Friday. Addressing a global town hall event via video-conferencing, Jaishankar also said that the Indo-Pacific was an indication of a future not a throwback to the past and “only those harbouring a Cold War mindset will see such intentions”. ..

Security forces thwarted ‘major havoc, destruction’ in J&K: Modi

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held a review meeting with top security brass in the wake of the killing of four JeM terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir, and asserted that security forces have thwarted their efforts to wreak “major havoc and destruction”. ..

Bihar Edn Minister resigns over corruption taint

BIHAR Education Minister Mewa Lal Chaudhary, whose appointment to the post had triggered a controversy on account of a corruption taint, on Thursday tendered his resignation, barely three days after being sworn in as a member of the Nitish Kumar Cabinet. Chaudhary, who was allocated the portfolio on Tuesday, a day after taking oath, sent his resignation immediately after assuming charge at 1 P.M., informed sources said. Chaudhary, who belongs to the JD(U) headed by th..

State Govt’s consent mandatory for CBI inquiry in its jurisdiction: SC

THE State Government’s consent is mandatory for a CBI investigation in its jurisdiction and the agency cannot conduct probe without its nod, the Supreme Court has said. A bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and B R Gavai said the provisions are in tune with the federal character of the Constitution, which has been held to be one of its basic structures...

Rs 5,270 crore credited in interest waiver plan under moratorium: Centre to SC

SOLICITOR General Tushar Mehta on Thursday informed the Supreme Court that Rs 5,270 crore has been credited to 13.12 crore accounts in the interest waiver plan so far. The Centre has subsidised compound interest for a 6-month moratorium for all loans up to Rs 2 crore. Mehta submitted before a bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan that the Government is on top of the matter and it is taking all the necessary steps...

Malabar phase II exercise 2020 sees high tempo of fighter flying ops

THE second phase of the Malabar exercise on Thursday saw a high tempo of fighter flying operations from the decks of the two participating aircraft carriers -- INS Vikramaditya and USS Nimit. “MiG 29K’s of the IN and the F-18 of the US Navy flew along with the IN’s maritime patrol aircraft P-8I and the USN AEW aircraft E2C Hawkeye in seamless coordination,” said the Indian Navy...

Woman HC gets out-of-turn promotion for tracing 76 missing children

HEAD Constable Seema Dhaka, posted at Samaypur Badli Police station, has become the first Delhi Police officer to get an out-of-turn (OTP) promotion for tracing missing children under the incentive scheme announced by Delhi Police. As per the official statement by Delhi Police, Dhaka has traced as many as 76 missing children and 56 of them are below the age of 14 years...

CBI carries out searches at 25 locations in Andhra, T’gana in illegal mining case

THE CBI on Thursday carried out searches at 25 locations in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, including the premises of a former TDP MLA from the Gurazala seat, in connection with an illegal mining case, officials said. The searches were spread at 25 locations at Guntur, Andhra Pradesh and Hyderabad, Telangana at the premises of various private persons, includin..

JeM’s ‘big plan’ foiled, 4 ultras gunned down

FOUR suspected Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists were killed and two policemen were injured in a gunbattle on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway after a truck carrying a group of freshly-infiltrated militants was intercepted by security forces on the outskirts of Jammu city on Thursday, top police officials said. The terrorists had come to execute a “big plan” which has now been foiled, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Jammu, Mukesh Singh, said. In Srinag..

Confident that COVID vaccine will be ready in 3-4 months: Vardhan

UNION Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Thursday said that he was confident that COVID-19 vaccine would be ready in the next three-four months and added that the priority to provide the same to 135 crore Indians would be based on scientific evaluation. The Minister was addressing the FICCI FLO webinar on ‘The Shifting Healthcare Paradigm During and Post-COVID’ today. “I am confident that COVID-19 vaccine will be ready in the next three-four months. Priority for the vaccine will ..

India’s tech talent has potential to go global: PM

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said it is time for tech solutions that are designed in India but deployed for the world, and declared that the country is uniquely positioned to leap ahead in the information era. He also called on the industry to make a conscious attempt to take product-level innovations to the next level. “India as a country is uniquely positioned to leap ahead in the information era. We have the best minds as well as the biggest market...

‘People thought EC was being ‘fool-hardy’ by holding Bihar polls, but we lived up to challenge’

WHEN the Election Commission began preparing for Bihar Assembly polls amid the coronavirus pandemic, some felt it was being “fool-hardy”, but the safe and successful conduct of this massive democratic exercise has given us an across-the-board appreciation, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said on Wednesday. Arora also said he is confident that the EC will be able to hold the next set of Assembly polls on time and the internal exercise for those is already underway...

Twitter launches disappearing tweets that vanish in a day

TWITTER is launching tweets that disappear in 24 hours called “Fleets” globally, echoing social media sites like Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram that already have disappearing posts. The company says the ephemeral tweets, which it calls “fleets” because of their fleeting nature, are designed to allay the concerns of new users who might be turned off by the public and permanent nature of normal tweets...

PM to release commemorative coin on Lucknow University centenary

LUCKNOW University will become the third Indian varsity after Mysore University and Banaras Hindu University to have a commemorative coin of Rs 100 issued on its centenary year. The coin will be released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will virtually join the varsity’s foundation day celebration on November 25. He will also release a coffee table book and stamp on the occasion...

‘Lakshmi Vilas Bank depositors’ money safe’

T N MANOHARAN, the RBI-appointed administrator of Lakshmi Vilas Bank, on Wednesday said that depositors’ money is safe and expressed confidence of completing the lender’s merger with DBS Bank India within the deadline set by the regulator. On Tuesday, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) appointed former non-executive chairman of Canara Bank T N Manoharan as the administrator of Lakshmi Vilas Bank after superseding the board of the crippled private sector lender...

Army upgrades habitats for troops in Ladakh

THE Indian Army has completed establishment of habitat facilities for all troops deployed in eastern Ladakh to ensure operational efficiency in the harsh winter months, it said on Wednesday. The Army said that apart from smart camps with integrated facilities which have been built over the years, additional upgraded state-of-the-art habitats f..

11 killed, 16 hurt in Guj mishap

AT LEAST 11 people died and 16 others were injured when a mini-truck in which they were travelling rammed into another truck on the outskirts of Gujarat’s Vadodara city early on Wednesday morning, police said. The accident took place at Waghodia circle near the city around 2.45 am when the victims were heading towards Pavagadh in Panchmahal district, Vadodara Deputy Commissioner of Police Karanraj Vaghela said...

Twelve injured in grenade attack on security forces in Pulwama

TWELVE civilians sustained injuries in a grenade attack by militants on a team of security force personnel in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, police said...

Pfizer’s two-dose COVID-19 vaccine 95 pc effective

PFIZER and its German partner BioNTech released a second batch of interim results on Wednesday, saying their two-dose coronavirus vaccine candidate is 95 per cent effective and also protects the most vulnerable people in older age groups from the risk of falling prey to the virus. The company said that no serious side effects have shown up. The most common complaint was fatigue after the second vaccine dose, affecting about 4 per cent of the participants w..

SC rejects plea for CBSE exam fee waiver for class 10, 12

THE Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to entertain a plea seeking direction to the CBSE and the Delhi Government to waive exam fees for students of classes 10 and 12 in the current academic year in view of COVID-19 and financial problems being faced by some parents. A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and M R Shah dismissed the petition filed by NGO ‘Social Jurist’ against the September 28 order of the Delhi High Court...

Over 100 scientists to bust myths on COVID-19 vaccine

UNDER an UN initiative, over 100 scientists have joined hands to tackle the issue of misinformation around COVID-19 vaccines and build confidence by busting myths and sharing information on the safety and effectiveness of vaccines via the social media. The UN has collaborated with The Vaccine Confidence Project at the University of London to undertake Team Halo, an initiative which aims to counter the misinformation around COVID-19 vaccines...

‘Easy flow of Chinese weapons into Myanmar, India poses threats’

EASY flow of Chinese weapons illegally into Myanmar and India is posing threats to regional security and stability, Intelligence agencies have flagged to the Indian Government. From the northeastern States of India, a total of 423 illegal weapons, including AK-47s, M-16s and Chinese pistols, have been recovered so far this year. Intelligence agencies have also said that ..

Spiritual leaders pledge support to PM’s vocal for local campaign

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal to spiritual leaders to help popularise his Government’s ‘vocal for local’ campaign for ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ has prompted many of them to pledge their support to the cause. An official statement on Tuesday noted the public support offered by spiritual leaders such as Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Swami Awadheshanand and Devaki Nandan Thakur, besides yoga guru Ramdev, to Modi’s call...

MP Govt to bring law against ‘love jihad; 5-yr RI for offenders

THE Madhya Pradesh Government is up in arms against forcible religious conversion done in the name of marriages, normally known as ‘love jihad’. In this regard, the BJP Government is preparing to bring a Bill in next Assembly session. The Bill has a provision to declare the offence as non-bailable and proposes five years’ rigorous imprisonment (RI) for main offender. Likewise, there is a provision of five years imprisonment for co-accused as well...

‘Gupkar gang’ wants to take J&K back to era of terror, turmoil: Amit Shah

UNION Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday termed the People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), a conglomerate of political parties in Jammu and Kashmir, an “unholy global alliance” and alleged that it, along with the Congress, wants to take Jammu and Kashmir back to the era of terror and turmoil. In a series of tweets, Shah alleged that the “Gupkar Gang is going global” and wants foreign forces to intervene in Jammu and Kashmir. The conglomerate of regional and national political parties in ..

New COVID-19 cases drop below 30K after 4 months

THE number of new coronavirus infections reported in a day dropped below 30,000 after four months, taking India’s COVID-19 caseload to 88.74 lakh, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday. The last time India reported less than 30,000 COVID-19 cases was on July 15. The total coronavirus cases mounted to 88,74,290 with 29,163 infections being reported in a day while the death toll climbed to 1,30,519 with 449 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed...

Nitish allocates portfolios, keeps Home, gives Tarkishore Finance

PORTFOLIOS were allocated among members of the Nitish Kumar Cabinet in Bihar on Tuesday with the Chief Minister retaining key Departments like Home which he had held in the previous Government. Other portfolios remaining with the Chief Minister are General Administration, Cabinet Secretariat and Election besides “any other department not allocated among other members of the Council of Ministers”, according to a notification issued by Raj Bhawan. Deputy Chief Minister Tarkishore Prasad was given Finance, ..

Lakshmi Vilas Bank under moratorium, withdrawals capped at Rs 25K

THE Government on Tuesday placed Lakshmi Vilas Bank under a one-month moratorium, superseded its board and capped withdrawals at Rs 25,000 per depositor. The step was taken by the Government, on the advice of the Reserve Bank, in view of the declining financial health of the private sector lender. In a statement, the RBI said in the absence of a credible revival plan, with a view to protect depositors’ interest and in the interest of finan..

Doors of religious places reopen for devotees after 8 months in Mah

AFTER remaining shut for nearly eight months, places of religious worship reopened in Maharashtra on Monday with COVID-19 prevention protocols in place. Devotees were seen visiting the famous Siddhivinayak temple and the Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai, and some of the other prominent religious places in the State. The reopening of the places of worship coincided with the Diwali ‘Padwa’, which is an important festival in the State...

Man returns from Pak after 28 years

WHEN Shamsuddin returned home after 28 years, it took time for emotions to burst out. And when they did, there was no stopping. As tears rolled down his weather-beaten cheeks, the years of torture, torment and suffering melted away. Shamsuddin returned to his home in Kanpur, late on Sunday night, after spending 28 years in Pakistan, where he was later jailed on charges of espionage...

ITBP posts video of 5-yr-old Ladakh boy saluting jawans

OVER a month after a video of 5-year-old Nawang Namgyal saluting Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) soldiers in Ladakh was shared widely on the Internet, the paramilitary force shared another inspiring video of the boy on Sunday...

Nitish Kumar: Masterful craftsman of realpolitik

“POLITICS is the art of the possible”, German statesman Otto Von Bismarck once famously said. And who understands it better than Nitish Kumar, the modern-day craftsman of realpolitik, who has survived many a headwind to secure a fourth straight term as the Bihar Chief Minister despite his party finishing a poor third in the 243-member State Assembly. Nitish Kumar’s unusual knack for spotting friends has got him where it has despite the drastic slump in the ele..

Ex-Navy officer who served during World War II no more

VICE Admiral John Thomas Goslin Pereira (retd), Indian Navy’s former Chief of Materials, died here on Monday after a brief illness, family sources said. The 97-year-old was among the last surviving naval officers who served during the Second World War, Vice Adm I C Rao (retd), who served with him on board warship INS Delhi in 1958, told PTI...

No extra compliance burden on taxpayers for GST turnover displayed in Form 26AS: DoR

THE Revenue Department on Monday said data analytics has detected persons showing turnover of crores of rupees in GST but not paying a single rupee in income tax, and announced there would be no change in the reporting requirement with the display of GST turnover data in Form 26AS for honest taxpayers. In a statement, the Department of Revenue (DoR) reiterated that there will be no extra compliance burden on the taxpayers for GST turnover displaye..

Nitish Kumar takes oath as Bihar CM for 4th term

JANATA Dal (United) president Nitish Kumar took oath as the Chief Minister of Bihar for the fourth straight term on Monday afternoon after closely-fought legislative assembly elections in the State. Notably, it is the seventh time when Nitish Kumar is being sworn in as Chief Minister of Bihar. Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP President Jagat Prakash Nadda attended the oath-taking ceremony of JD(U) chief as the new Chief Minister of the State. BJP’s Bihar in-charge Devendra Fadnavis also participated ..

World is counting on India for accessibility, affordability of COVID-19 vaccines: Jaishankar

EXTERNAL Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar on Monday stated that the world was counting on India to make COVID-19 vaccines accessible and affordable for all. While speaking at the third edition of Deccan Dialogue, Jaishankar said: “PM Modi has committed to the UN that we will help make vaccines accessible and affordable to all. And believe me, from the regular conversations I have had with so many counterparts, the world is counting on us to do so.”..

Navies of India, US, Japan, Aus to begin 2nd phase of Malabar exercise today

THE second phase of the Malabar Naval exercise including Australia, Japan and the US, is scheduled to be held in the Arabian Sea on Tuesday and will continue till Friday. INS Vikramaditya, along with the Navy’s Carrier Battle Group, will participate in the war games with US’ Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, warships of Australia and Japan, informed Indian Navy spokesperson...

Heavy snowfall in J&K, Uttarakhand

Several high-altitude areas of Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand received heavy snowfall on Monday that affected normal life and forced closure of the key Jammu-Srinagar National Highway. In Kashmir, authorities issued an avalanche warning for four districts as the higher reaches of the Union Territory received moderate to heavy snowfall. The avalanche warning has been issued in Kupwara, Bandipora and Baramulla districts of north Kashmir, and Ganderbal district in central Kashmir, officials said. ..

World again looking towards India for guidance, says PM

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that India has always shown the path of peace, humanity, non-violence and fraternity to the whole world, which is now again looking towards our country for this guidance. “India has always shown the whole world the path of peace, non-violence and fraternity. These are the messages for which the world gets inspiration from India. For this guidance, the world is once again looking towards India,” Mod..

DGGI arrests 25 in nationwide drive against fake GST invoices fraud

GST investigation arm DGGI has arrested 25 persons over the last week for issuing fake invoices for goods like waste and scrap of non-ferrous metals, readymade garments, gold, silver and construction services, a source said. The Directorate General of GST Intelligence (DGGI) has registered about 350 cases for issuing fake invoices against 1,180 entities, and search and investigation are on to apprehend other persons involved in the racket and also the beneficiaries w..

Soumitra Chatterjee: Acting titan who took Indian cinema to the world

HE was the actor who epitomised the best of world cinema, transcending the boundaries of country, state and language to give expression to Satyajit Ray’s cinematic vision and get framed in celluloid greatness. But the legacy of Soumitra Chatterjee, who died on Sunday at the age of 85, is not limited to the Ray firmament, just as he was never only a Bengali star of Bengali cinema...

‘Black magic’ claims six-year-old girl’s life in UP; three detained

A SIX-year-old girl was killed on Diwali night in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghatampur, allegedly by those practising “black magic”, police said on Sunday. “Three suspects who could be behind the dreaded murder have been detained. Intensive interrogation is on and efforts are being made to know truth from the detained persons,” said Deputy IG (Kanpur) Dr Preetinder Singh...

Places of worship in Mah to reopen from today: Uddhav

PLACES of religious worship in Maharashtra, which have been shut since the COVID-19 lockdown in March, will reopen from Diwali ‘Padwa’ on Monday, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced on Saturday. As per the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) released by the State Government, religious places located out of COVID-19 containment zones will be allowed to remain open as per the timings decided by authorities, and devotees will be allowed inside in a staggered manner. Extending greetings to people ..

Retd cop who nabbed serial killer Raman Raghav dies

RETIRED Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Alex Fialho, credited for the arrest of dreaded serial killer Raman Raghav in Mumbai in 1968, died at his residence here, a police official said on Saturday. He was 92. He breathed his last on Friday, the official said. Fialho is survived by his wife, sons, daughter and grand children. His last rites were performed at St Andrews Church in Bandra, he said...

Jaishankar calls for respecting territorial integrity, sovereignty at East Asia Summit

IN AN oblique message to China, India on Sunday expressed concern over “actions and incidents” that “erode” trust in the South China Sea, and underlined the importance of adhering to international law, respecting territorial integrity and sovereignty. In an address at the 15th East Asia Summit (EAS), External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar also talked about the Indo-Pacific and noted the growing interest in the region as an integrated and organic maritime space with 10-nation ASEAN at its centre...

Shah takes stock of Delhi’s COVID-19 situation

TO deal with the recent spike in coronavirus cases in Delhi, the Centre on Sunday said it will soon make available 300 additional ICU beds and double the number of daily RTPCR tests in the national capital. Union Home Minister Amit Shah also said some of the hospitals under the municipal corporations of Delhi will be converted into dedicated COVID hospitals and doctors and paramedics of paramilitary forces will be deployed in the national capital to deal with the shortage of manpower...