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NCB busts international drug trafficking module, arrests 8

IN A continuous operation from September 1 to September 16, Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) has busted an international module of drug trafficking and arrested eight including the handler of the syndicate in India, while seizing around 8 kilograms of heroin, 455 grams of cocaine and 1.1 kilograms of marijuana. According to a statement issued by the NCB, the entre India based module of the syndicate has busted. “Initially one parcel containi..

‘Daily recoveries from COVID-19 more than new infections reported per day’

WITH India recording the highest number of COVID-19 recoveries in the world, the Government on Tuesday said that for the past four consecutive days the number of daily recovered cases surpassed the new infections reported per day. Addressing a press briefing, Union Health Ministry Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said India has the highest number of recovered cases in the world at 44,97,867. “India’s COVID-19 cases share is 17.7 per cent of global infections, while those who have recuperated are 19.5 per ..

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

WITH the Opposition deciding to boycott the Rajya Sabha, its eight suspended MPs on Tuesday ended their overnight sit-in inside the Parliament House complex and said they would take their fight against the Farm Bills to the street. The suspended Rajya Sabha parliamentarians, who spent the night on the lawns near Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in what several old-timers said was the first such overnight protest in the complex...

Noted Marathi actress Ashalata Wabgaonkar passes away

VETERAN actress Ashalata Wabgaonkar, who had worked in a number of Marathi and Hindi films, died on early Tuesday morning at a private hospital here after battling COVID-19, hospital authorities said. She was 79. Wabgaonkar was also a noted Marathi theatre personality and had featured in several plays. The actress had tested positive for COVID-19 and was admitted to the private hospital on September 17 where she was diagnosed with bilateral pneumonia, a senior doctor from the medical facility said...

PM lauds Harivansh for offering tea to protesting Opposition MPs

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi showered praise on Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh on Tuesday after he offered tea to Opposition MPs sitting on dharna in Parliament complex, and also hailed his letter to President Ram Nath Kovind and the Vice President as inspirational. Modi said the “inspiring” and “statesmanlike” conduct of Harivansh will make every democracy lover proud. Harivansh had gone to meet Opposition MPs, who were on dharna to protest their suspension from Rajya Sabha for their “unruly” ..

India flight-tests indigenous target drone ABHYAS successfully

INDIA on Tuesday successfully conducted the flight-test of ABHYAS - High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) - from a test range in Odisha, defence sources said. The trial, carried out by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur near here, was tracked by various radars and electro-optic syste..

India, China announce slew of decisions to bring down tensions in eastern Ladakh

ANNOUNCING a slew of decisions to bring down tensions in eastern Ladakh, the Indian and Chinese Army have decided to stop sending more troops to the frontline, refrain from unilaterally changing the situation on the ground, and avoid taking any actions that may further complicate the environment. The decisions were mentioned in a joint statement issued by the two Armies late Tuesday, a day after the sixth round of Sino-India Corps commander-level talks that lasted for 14-hours...

Schools in J&K reopen with a few students amid COVID-19 scare

ONLY a few students turned up to attend special classes in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday as schools for higher classes reopened after a gap of over six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the union territory administration said. Principal Secretary, School Education and Skill Development, Asgar Hassan Samoon said, the reopening of schools was not meant for regular classes...

Noble gesture: Ladakhis sending food for Army jawans at LAC

FOR the last one week Namgiyal Phunsung has been travelling to villages in Ladakh to collect ethnic food materials for jawans at the Line of Actual Controll (LAC). In many remote areas of Ladakh people are keen to part a portion of the foods preserved by them for the harsh winter months when temperature drops from minus 20 to minus 30 degrees for the men guarding the borders...

More people working for Al-Qaeda in WB, says NIA

THE National Investigation Agency (NIA), which has arrested six Al-Qaeda terrorists from Murshidabad district of West Bengal, has found that more people in the State are working for the terror outfit, an official of the investigating agency said. On interrogating the six arrested from Murshidabad on Saturday, the NIA sleuths have unearthed the identities of two persons from Malda working in tandem with them, he said. “There are more members spread in other districts of West Bengal as well as other ..

UP man acquitted after 24 years of court battle

IT TOOK a man in Uttar Pradesh three months in jail and 24 years of court battle to prove his innocence. Ram Ratan, now 65, has finally been acquitted by a local court in Muzaffarnagar because police failed to produce any evidence against him. Twenty-four years ago, he was booked for possessing an illegal firearm and also served three months in jail. His family claimed the charges against him were false and he was booked due to an electoral enmity during Panchayat polls...

Didn’t make illegal alterations in my bungalow: Kangana to HC

ACTOR Kangana Ranaut on Monday denied the Mumbai civic body’s claim in the Bombay High Court that she had made illegal structural alterations at her Pali Hill bungalow, part of which was demolished on September 9. In a rejoinder affidavit filed in response to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) reply to her plea, Ranaut stated she didn’t make any structural changes or repairs illegally. She also denied that her plea seeking that the demolition be declared illegal and that she be paid Rs ..

2-year wait for States not opting for GST compensation formula

STATES which failed to submit their options before the GST Council meeting in October will have to wait for at least two years to get compensation on Goods and Services Tax collection shortfall expected during the transition period, Finance Ministry sources said on Monday...

Farm bills need of 21st century, mandis and MSP will stay: PM

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi asserted on Monday that the farm sector reform bills passed by Parliament were the need of 21st century India and again reassured farmers that the Government purchase of their produce coupled with the minimum support price mechanism will continue. With Opposition parties vehemently criticising the legislations as “anti-farmers” and protests continuing in States like Punjab and Haryana, Modi again mounted a strong defen..

13 killed in building collapse in Mah

THIRTEEN persons, including seven children, died and 20 others, including a four-year-old boy, were rescued after a three-storeyed building collapsed in Maharashtra’s Bhiwandi town on Monday, police said. The 43-year-old Jhilani building caved in at 3.40 am, police said, adding a two-year-old boy is among the dead...

India holds 6th round of military talks with China

INDIA on Monday pressed for an early and complete disengagement of Chinese troops from friction points in eastern Ladakh as their senior Army commanders held a sixth round of talks that primarily focused on implementing a five-point bilateral agreement to ease the prolonged border stand-off, Government sources said. The latest round of Corps commander-level talks that began at around 9 am in Moldo on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) across India’s Chushul sector in eastern Ladakh ..

8 MPs suspended in RS; Venkaiah rejects no-confidence motion against Dy Chairman

EIGHT Opposition MPs in Rajya Sabha, including TMC leader Derek O’Brien and Sanjay Singh of AAP, were on Monday suspended for the remainder of the Monsoon session of Parliament for “unruly behaviour” during the passage of two farm bills, prompting the suspended leaders to go on an indefinite sit-in inside Parliament complex. The suspended members refused to leave the House which witnessed multiple adjournments. A motion for the suspen..

IAF’s Rafale fleet to have first woman pilot soon

A WOMAN fighter pilot of the Indian Air Force will soon join the Golden Arrows squadron operating the newly-inducted Rafale fighter jets, official sources said on Monday. The woman pilot is undergoing training to fly Rafale aircraft, they said. She has been flying MiG-21 fighters and was selected for the Rafale fleet following an i..

FCRA Bill in LS to make Aadhaar mandatory for foreign funding

THE Centre on Sunday introduced the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2020 in the Lok Sabha to make the earlier law more stringent and make Aadhaar mandatory for registration and to give the Government powers to stop utilisation of foreign funds by an organisation through a “summary enquiry”. The Bill, which seeks amendment to the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010, proposes to include “public servants” in the prohibited category and decrease administrative expenses through ..

Our ‘code of ethics’ should be applied to TV news: NBA to SC

THE News Broadcasters Association (NBA) has suggested to the Supreme Court that its “code of ethics” should be made part of statutory rules on cable TV by the Central Government to ensure it becomes binding on member and non-member news channels alike. Taking note of the NBA’s alleged inadequacy in regulating “hurtful” and “communal” contents in television programmes of news channels, the top court on September 18 had sought suggestions from it and the Centre to strengthen the association’s self-regulatory ..

Trying to reserve 13 pc seats for Marathas during police recruitment: Mah Minister

THE Uddhav Thackeray-led Government is making all efforts to reserve as much as 13 per cent of the 12,500 vacant positions of the Maharashtra Police for the Maratha community, said State Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Sunday...

3 months posting at district hospital mandatory for PG medical students

ALL post-graduate students pursuing MD or MS in broad specialities in medical colleges across the country will have to undergo a compulsory residential rotation of three months in district hospitals as part of the course curriculum in the academic session 2020-21. Such rotation shall take place in the 3rd, 4th or 5th semester of the postgraduate programme...

Let us strive to make J&K a ‘Firdaus’ on the Earth: President Kovind

DETERMINED efforts should be made to make Jammu and Kashmir a hub of knowledge, innovation and learning by implementing the new National Education Policy (NEP) in letter and spirit, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Sunday. He said Jammu and Kashmir is a reservoir of extremely intelligent, talented and innovative children and the implementation of the new education policy will produce students with ignited minds...

21 States opt Rs 97,000 cr borrowing proposal to meet GST shortfall

AS many as 21 States, mostly ruled by BJP or parties which have supported it on various issues, have opted to borrow Rs 97,000 crore to meet the GST revenue shortfall in the current fiscal, sources said on Sunday. The States and Union Territories (UTs) which have intimated their decision to the Centre are Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, M..

RS passes 2 Farm Bills; Oppn members tear papers, heckle presiding officer

RAJYA Sabha on Sunday passed two key Farm Bills amid a bedlam as Opposition members charged towards the podium of the presiding officer, flung the rule book at him, tore official papers and heckled him over their demand for a division of vote. The Upper House, which witnessed a brief adjournment due to the pandemonium, passed by voice vote the Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm ..

Indian Army has occupied six new major heights on LAC

IN THE last three weeks, the Indian Army has occupied six new major hill features on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) during the ongoing conflict with the Chinese Army in the Eastern Ladakh sector. “The Indian Army has occupied six new heights between August 29 and the second week of September. The new hill features being occupied by ..

Terrorists dig bunkers in orchards, stream to escape Army in Valley

HIDEOUTS in higher reaches and seeking refuge in local houses are a thing of the past as terrorists in Kashmir Valley now dig underground bunkers in dense orchards and even in seasonal streams to escape the dragnet of Army and security forces. “This trend has been witnessed off late in twin districts of Pulwama and Shopian with the latter having a majority of them in view of dense apple orchards and jungles,” says Colonel A K Singh, heading the 44 Rashtriya Rifles, the Army’s counter-insurgent ..

Airdropping of weapons by drones new challenge: BSF

ASSERTING that the terror infrastructure in Pakistan is intact, a top Border Security Force (BSF) officer on Sunday said airdropping of weapons by drones in Jammu and Kashmir is a new challenge along with various anti-India elements coming together. Inspector General of Border Security Force (BSF), Jammu frontier, N S Jamwal said all security agencies are alive to the new security challenges and are maintaining tight vigil to scuttle the nefarious designs of the enemy forces...

J&K villages along LoC connected with national electricity grid after 7 decades

SHOUTS of ‘Bijli’ from thrilled villagers lit up the face of Kupwara Deputy Commissioner Anshul Garg after efforts for over a year finally connected habitats in Keran and Machil in far north Kashmir to the national power grid, ending an over seve..

Rs 1,350 crore economic package to boost tourism, other sectors in J&K

JAMMU and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha announced a Rs 1,350 crore economic package for the Union Territory on Saturday to give a much needed boost to tourism and other sectors hit by the economic slowdown caused due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the security scenario. ..

Army deploys additional brigade on LoC to plug infiltration from Pak

WITH Pakistan Army trying hard to push terrorists across the Line of Control (LoC), the Indian Army has deployed additional 3,000 troops in Jammu and Kashmir to plug any such infiltration attempts. “An additional brigade has been deployed on the LoC to plug infiltration and this move has given good results too,” top sources told ANI...

Modi to lay foundation of nine highway projects of over Rs 14,000 cr in Bihar on Monday

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of nine highway projects in Bihar through video conference on Monday and also inaugurate optical fibre Internet services through which the State’s all 45,945 villages will be connected, the PMO said on Saturday. These nine highway projects involve a road length of about 350 kilometr..

Phase-III trial of Oxford vaccine to begin in Pune next week

THE phase-III human clinical trial of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII) will begin at the Sassoon General Hospital in Pune next week. Dean of the State-run Sassoon General Hospital Dr Muralidhar Tambe told this to PTI on Saturday. “The phase-III trial of ‘Covishie..

NEP aims to achieve twin objectives of inclusion, excellence: President

THE new National Education Policy (NEP) aims to reorient the education system towards meeting the needs of the 21st century by achieving the twin objectives of inclusion and excellence, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Saturday. Addressing the Visitors’ Conference on ‘Implementation of National Education Policy 2020 in Higher Education’, the President said the policy sets the vision of developing an equitable and vibrant knowledge society by providing quality education to all. “Higher education institutio..

3 LeT men arrested in Jammu and Kashmir

PAKISTAN dropped weapons and some cash in Indian currency using a drone in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district, Director General of Police Dilbag Singh on Saturday said, announcing the arrest of three LeT terrorists who had picked up the consignment near the Line of Control. Singh said the major success was achieved on Friday evening, following a well-coordinated joint operation by police and 38 Rashtriya Rifles in Rajouri sector of Jammu region, frustrating Pakistan’s design to step up violence ..

Rajya Sabha passes amendment in Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code

THE RAJYA Sabha on Saturday passed the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill, 2020, whereby fresh insolvency proceedings will not be initiated for at least six months starting from March 25 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Replying to a debate on the Bill in the House, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the intention of the IBC is to keep companies a “going concern” and not liquidate them. The Bill..

India has best COVID-19 recovery rate globally, says Health Ministry

“IN A landmark global achievement”, India has overtaken the US and become the top country in terms of COVID-19 recoveries, the Health Ministry said on Saturday. The country has reported the highest number of recoveries with 42,08,431 COVID-19 patients having recovered from the disease so far, pushing the national recovery rate to nearly 80 per cent, while the case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.61 per cent, the Ministry said. “In..

‘Viraat’ sets sail for Gujarat, to be dismantled and sold as scrap

INDIAN Navy’s decommissioned aircraft carrier Viraat on Saturday set sail for the last time, on way to Alang in Gujarat, where it will be broken down and sold as scrap. For Navy veterans who watched the huge vessel being towed away by a tug boat, it was an emotional moment as they stood near the Gateway of India, waving at the o..

NIA arrests 9 Al-Qaeda terrorists from WB, Kerala

FOILING an attempt by internationally banned terror group Al-Qaeda to set up a base in India, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) swooped on its cadres in West Bengal and Kerala and arrested nine of them, an official spokesperson said on Saturday. Acting on a tip-off provided by central Intelligence agencies, the NIA, with the help of the State police forces, carried out raids in the intervening night of September 18 and 19 at Ernakulam in Kerala and Murshidabad in West Bengal and arrested the ..

Malware attack on 100 NIC computers

IN A massive security breach, a malware has attacked approximately 100 computers of the National Informatics Centre (NIC), the Government’s nodal agency which is responsible for securing critical cyber-infrastructure in the country and comes under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY). ..

Trump lauds Modi as ‘great leader, loyal friend’ on his 70th birthday

US President Donald Trump greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his 70th birthday, praising him as a “great leader and loyal friend”. Trump was among a host of world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who wished Modi on his birthday and lauded him for strengthening ties with their countries. “I would like to extend best wishes and a very happy 70th birthday to the Prime Minister of India, @narendramodi. ..

PM holds telephonic

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi extended an invitation to the Bhutanese king and his family to visit India at a mutually convenient time during a telephonic conversation with him in which both leaders underlined the unique ties of trust and affection that bind their countries. ..

MSRTC buses start operating with full passenger capacity

MAHARASHTRA State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) started operating its buses with 100 per cent passenger capacity, instead of earlier 50 per cent, from Friday morning. MSRTC was operating its buses with 50 per cent passengers capacity, allowing only one person per seat, since resuming intra-district services from May 22 and inter- district trips from August 20 after COVID-19-induced lockdown was eased. ..

‘India, Japan looking at working in third countries’

AT A time China is attempting to expand its influence in the region, India and Japan are looking at working together in third countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Myanmar, reflecting growing congruence of their strategic interests. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday said that both India and Japan have actually started to look at working practically in third countries, adding “we have done a little bit of that in Sri Lanka.” ..

NATO forces’ M4 gun falls in JeM hands in J&K

THE UN Security Council (UNSC) designated international terrorist and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) founder Maulana Masood Azhars three nephews, each carrying a US-made M4 sniper, have been killed in three different encounters in Kashmir in the last three years.A number of US-made M4 sniper rifles, used by NATO forces to fight terrorism in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, have fallen in the hands of Azhar’s guerrilla group, JEM, in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). Released by India in exchange for the IC-814 hostages ..

COVID-19 tally in India past 52 lakh, recovery rate 78.86 per cent

INDIA’S COVID-19 tally raced past 52 lakh with 96,424 people testing positive in a day, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease rose to 41,12,551 on Friday, according to the Union Health Ministry data. The country’s recovery rate stands at 78.86 per cent. ..

She left with dreams, fulfilled them

SANJU Rani Verma, now in her early thirties, had walked out of her home in 2013 because she did not wish to get married and ‘settle down’ like other girls. Seven-year later, she cracked the prestigious state Public Service Commission examinations, results of which were announced last week, and is all set to become a Government officer. “I am still not content, I want to pass civil services exams and become an IAS officer,” she said...

Doctors save man’s life with 15% active heart

TIMELY and prompt treatment by a multidisciplinary team of doctors at Max Hospital, Saket, provided a new lease of life to a man whose heart functioned merely at 15 per cent of its capacity. In addition to his complications, he had also developed acute renal failure post his heart operation. His life was saved after a set of complex surgeries...

British Police returns to India 15th century idols stolen 40 years ago

THREE sculptures, dating back to the 15th century A.D. Which were stolen from a temple in Tamil Nadu 40 years ago, were handed over to the Indian High Commission in London by the British Police on Tuesday, the Ministry of Culture said in a statement. Union Minister of Culture and Tourism Prahlad Patel virtually attended the handing over ceremony of the three ..

‘Changes in banking regulation law aimed at improving governance in cooperative banks’

FINANCE Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday said amendments to the banking regulation law seeking to extend the supervision of RBI to cooperative banks are aimed at improving their governance and protecting depositors’ money. Moving the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020 in the Lok Sabha, Sitharaman said the Government was compelled to come out with an ordinance during the lockdown period as the condition of the cooperative..

World’s longest highway tunnel connecting Manali with Leh completed in 10 years

THE construction of the Atal Tunnel connecting Manali with Leh, which is the world’s longest highway tunnel above 10,000 feet, has been completed in a span of 10 years whereas the original estimated time was less than six years. “Atal Tunnel, connecting Manali to Leh, is the world’s longest highway tunnel above 10,000 feet. The estimated period for completion of this tunnel was less than 6 years but it was completed in 10 years,” said KP Purushothaman, Chief Engineer...

Army readies Bofors guns in Ladakh

AMID the ongoing tensions over transgressions by the Chinese in Eastern Ladakh, the Indian Army is keeping its formidable Bofors howitzers ready for operations. In a visit to the maintenance facilities for the Bofors guns in Ladakh, ANI could see the effort with which the engineers of the force are servicing and maintaining the 155mm Bofors gun in Ladakh. The Bofors gun, which was inducted into the regiment of artillery in the mid-1980s, is capable o..

Record 82,961 COVID-19 patients recovered in a day: Health Ministry

A RECORD 82,961 new COVID-19 recoveries were reported on Wednesday, almost a quarter of them from Maharashtra alone, pushing the overall figures close to 39.5 lakh and the recovery rate to 78.53 per cent, Health Ministry data showed. In its figures updated at 8 am on Wednesday, the Ministry said that the number of active cases stands at 9,95,933 (or 19.84 per cent of the total caseload ), while the number of recovered patients is 39,42,360...

Economy showing signs of stability: RBI Governor

INDIA’S economic recovery is likely to be gradual as the country is still reeling from the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) and rising infections continue to pose a risk, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das said on Wednesday...

Chinese build-up observed near U’khand border

AMID border tension at eastern Ladakh, Chinese construction activities were observed near the border at Uttarakhand. “Hut-like structures on the Chinese side, very close to Tinkar-Lipu pass of Nepal, were observed,” sources said on Wednesday. “It was also found that China is engaged in construction activities in Chinese side of the General Area of Jojo..

Russia to supply 100 million doses of vaccine to India

THE Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Limited, a global pharmaceutical company headquartered in India, have agreed to cooperate on clinical trials and distribution of Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine in India, Russia’s sovereign wealth fund revealed in a statement on Wednesday. Sputnik V, an adenovirus vector-based vaccine, was developed by the Gamaleya Scientific Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, along with the Ru..

India beats China to win crucial election to UN commission on women

UNITED NATIONS, IN A SIGNIFICANT victory, India got elected as Member of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the principal global body focussed on gender equality and women empowerment, beating China in a hotly-contested election. The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a functional commission of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The 54-member ECOSOC, holding the first plenary meeting of its 2021 session in the..

2002 Gujarat riots convict who jumped parole held

A MAN convicted in the 2002 post-Godhra riots case in Gujarat, who jumped parole about two months back, has been arrested by Ahmedabad Police, an official said on Tuesday. The convict, Kalubhaiya Rathod (43), was nabbed on Monday and primary investigation revealed he jumped parole to look after his ailing mother, Krushnanagar police station’s senior inspector J R Patel said...

Facebook took political manipulation lightly: Leaked 6,600-word memo

FACEBOOK has been accused of ignoring fake accounts undermining political affairs around the world, according to a memo by a former employee of the social networking giant shared with BuzzFeed News. In the 6,600-word memo, former Facebook data scientist Sophie Zhang wrote that she found evidence of coordinated campaigns to boost or hinder political candidates or outcomes in India and other countries like Ukraine, Spain, Brazil, Bolivia, and Ecuador...

Chinese troops’ movement in depth areas opposite Arunachal Pradesh noticed

AFTER the Chinese Army’s attempts to occupy dormant heights in Southern Pangong Tso area were foiled by the Indian security forces, Indian agencies are keeping a close watch on their movements opposite other sectors, especially Arunachal Pradesh, where the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has been moving troops in the depth areas. “A strict vigil is being maintained in almost all the sectors with China from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh as the Chinese suffered a setback in the southern Pangong Tso ..

SIT to probe rising ‘love jihad’ cases in Kanpur

THE Kanpur Police has set up an eight-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe allegations into several cases of forced conversion on the pretext of marriage. The decision was taken after about 11 cases of ‘love jihad’ were reported in the past one month from the same district and Hindu organisations met IG Kanpur Mohit Agarwal demanding probe into the matter...

Kangana seeks compensation of Rs 2 cr from BMC

ACTOR Kangana Ranaut has amended her petition before the Bombay High Court to seek a compensation of Rs 2 crore from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for “illegal” demolition at her bungalow. After the BMC demolished what it termed as illegal alterations at the ‘Queen’ actor’s bungalow at Pali Hill in suburban Bandra on September 9, Ranaut moved the High Court...

Modi launches 7 projects worth Rs 541 cr in Bihar

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday slammed previous Governments in Bihar for indulging in “vote bank politics” and catering to their “selfish interests” over governance, and lauded Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s rule, as he launched seven urban infrastructure projects worth Rs 541 crore in the poll-bound State. Modi inaugurated four projects under ‘Namami Gange’ Yojana and ‘Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation’ (AMRUT) in the State, and laid foundation stones for water supply ..

Ex-Navy man affirms support for BJP-RSS

FORMER Navy man Madan Sharma, who was recently attacked by Shiv Sena workers, on Tuesday said he will associate with the BJP and RSS from now on. Sharma, who met Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhawan, along with local BJP leaders Mangal Prabhat Lodha and Atul Bhatkhalkar, said he wants stringent action against those who assaulted him. “From today onwards, I am with BJP-RSS. When I was beaten up, they had levell..

Active cases 1/5th of total COVID-19 cases in India: Health Ministry

THE number of active COVID-19 cases under medical care are one-fifth (1/5th) of the total number of coronavirus cases reported in the country, Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday. “The active cases under medical supervision are one-fifth of the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country. There are 14 states/UTs having less than 5,000 active cases...

China’s attempt to unilaterally alter status quo unacceptable: Rajnath

DEFENCE Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said India is committed to a peaceful resolution of the current border stand-off with China in Ladakh but any attempt to unilaterally alter the status quo by the neighbouring country is unacceptable. Making a statement in Lok Sabha, Singh also said the Indian Army has inflicted heavy costs including casualties on the Chinese side during the clash with the PLA at the Galwan valley on June 15...

‘India’s role in production of COVID-19 vaccine critical’

BILLIONAIRE philanthropist Bill Gates has said India’s willingness to play a “big role” in manufacturing COVID-19 vaccine and allow it to supply to other developing countries will be a critical part in containing the pandemic globally. In an exclusive interview to PTI, Gates, whose foundation is focusing on fighting the pandemic, called it the “next biggest thing” the world has been confronted with after the World War. The Microsoft co-founder said the world is looking to India for large scale production ..

Ex-JNU student leader Umar Khalid gets 10-day police custody in UAPA case

A DELHI court on Monday sent former JNU student leader Umar Khalid, arrested under the stringent anti-terror law Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, to police custody for 10 days in a case related to the communal violence in north-east Delhi in February. Khalid was produced before Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat through video conferen..

Bhushan pays Re 1 fine, files review plea against conviction

ADVOCATE Prashant Bhushan on Monday filed a review petition in the Supreme Court, challenging its verdict convicting him for criminal contempt of court by making derogatory statements against the judiciary through tweets. On September 12, Bhushan had moved a plea filed in the apex court seeking a right of appeal against his conviction, to be heard by a larger and a different bench...

For the 1st time, LS members sit in RS chamber

IN A first, some Lok Sabha members attended the House proceedings on Monday while seated in the Rajya Sabha chamber as Parliament met for the Monsoon Session amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaker Om Birla said in Lok Sabha that rules and procedures have been eased to allow Lok Sabha members sit in the Upper House and Rajya Sabha members occupy seats in Lower House due to social distancing norms. While Lok Sabha is meeting between 9 am and 1 pm on Monday, Rajya Sabha will assemble between 3 pm and ..