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Rs 25,000 aid for flood- hit families: K’taka CM

KARNATAKA Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Saturday announced a compensation of Rs 25,000 for every family affected by flooding caused due to torrential rains in several parts of the city. The Chief Minister also assured a permanent solution to ensure that such incidents don’t repeat as he announced that all encroachments along the storm water drains in the city will be cleared mercilessly...

Farooq Abdullah named Chairman of PAGD; Mehbooba Mufti to be deputy

NATIONAL Conference President Farooq Abdullah was on Saturday unanimously chosen as theChairman of the recently-floated People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD) while PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti will be his deputy, the amalgam said. CPM leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami is the convenor of the alliance, while Sajad Lone of People’s Confer..

India, US likely to ink strategic info sharing pact during 2+2 meet

THE Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA), a breakthrough pact for sharing important strategic information, is likely to be signed during the 2+2 ministerial dialogue between the top foreign affairs and defence officials of India and the US next week, a senior official in President Donald Trump’s administration has hinted...

Pak political crisis could impact CPEC, economic growth

THE current civil war-like situation in Pakistan may deal a blow to the execution of the ongoing China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a collection of mega infrastructure projects, and thereby dent its economic revival process. Opposition parties in the country led a joint rally protesting against Prime Minister Imran Khan’s “puppet” Government and the Army. Besides, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has also ruled against taking Pakistan off the ‘grey list’ and gave Islamabad time till February ..

Govt may ban sale of Chinese goods from military canteens

THE Defence Ministry is working towards banning the sale of imported items from countries including China at its canteen stores department as part of its efforts to promote local goods under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat scheme. “A number of imported items are going to be stopped from being sold in the Canteen Stores Department (CSD) and the unit run cante..

H’bad toddler secures name in 2 Records for sharp memory

A TODDLER from Hyderabad has earned laurels for his sharp memory and has secured his name in the India Book of Records as well as Bravo International Book of World Records. He has now been nominated for another award- The Global Kids Achievers Award 2020. At the tender age of two years and eleven months, Devaansh Surpur can recognise deities, car logos, colours, all the letters of the English alphabet, domestic animals, wild animals, professions, body p..

Himalayas threatened by series of massive quakes: Study

THE entire Himalayan arc is threatened by a possible sequence of massive earthquakes, and the next big quake -- of the magnitude of 8 or above -- may occur during our lifetimes, according to a study reviewing geological, historical, and geophysical data.. The human toll of such an event in the densely populated countries across the arc is likely to be unprecedented, the researchers said. The study notes that the sequence of future Himalaya..

Complaint filed against Kangana for tweet about judiciary

   MUMBAI :  A CITY-BASED lawyer on Thursday filed a criminal complaint against actor Kangana Ranaut for allegedly posting a “malicious” tweet against the judiciary after a local court ordered the registration of an FIR against her. The police have already summoned Ranaut and her sister for questioning next week after a case was registered against them on the Bandra Metropolitan Magistrate’s order on another complaint. ..

Hyderabad man stuck in Kuwait, kin seeks Centre’s help to bring him back

THE brother of a Hyderabad man, who was doing a job in Kuwait and is now stranded in the Gulf country, has urged the Central Government to ensure his brother’s safe return. Mirza Mukheemuddin told ANI here on Wednesday that his brother Mirza Mujeebuddin has become jobless now after working in Kuwait since last 23 years. Mirza Mujeebuddin’..

Govt relaxes visa rules; OCI and PIO card holders can visit India

UNION Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has given a major relaxation to all Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) and Person of Indian Origin (PIO) card holders and all other foreign nationals intending to visit India for any purpose. But, this excludes foreigners, OCI and PIO holders applying to come on tourist visa. The move comes in an effort to provide relaxation to people trying to come to India amid COVID-19 pandemic. “The Government has now decide..

INS Kavaratti commissioned into Navy

CHIEF of Army Staff General M M Naravane on Thursday commissioned the Anti-Submarine Warfare stealth corvette INS Kavaratti into the Indian Navy at the Naval Dockyard here. INS Kavaratti is the last of the four indigenously-built ASW stealth corvettes under Project 28 (Kamorta class) and has been designed by the Directorate of Naval Design, the Indian Navys in-house wing. It has been commissioned into the Navy as a combat- ready platform as th..

Navy’s first batch of three women pilots mission-ready

SCRIPTING a new chapter, the Indian Navy has got ready its first batch of three women pilots for Maritime Reconnai ssance (MR) missions on Dornier aircraft. Lieutenant Divya Sharma, Lt Shubhangi Swaroop and Lt Shivangi are now ready to take on all MR missions on Dornier aircraft, a Defence spokesman said on Thursday. They have been “operationalised (mission ready) on Dornier aircraft” by the Southern Naval Command (SNC) here on Thursday, he said...

Final user trial of NAG missile successful: DRDO

INDIA on Thursday successfully carried out the final user trial of the third-generation anti-tank guided missile NAG at Pokhran desert in Rajasthan, in a significant milestone that paves the way for deployment of the weapon in strategically sensitive sectors, officials said. The missile has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to engage highly fortified enemy tanks in day and night conditions...

Govt warns Twitter for showing Leh in China

INDIA has warned Twitter over its location setting that showed Leh in China, saying any disrespect of the country's sovereignty and integrity is totally unacceptable. In a strongly-worded letter, Ajay Sawhney, Secretary in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), asked Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to respect the country's sensitivities, sources in the Ministry said...

Govt committed towards women empowerment: PM

INVOKING Goddess Durga, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday reaffirmed his Government’s irrevocable commitment to women’s empowerment and safety. Reaching out to the people of West Bengal during the State’s biggest festival Durga Puja, the Prime Minister said though it was being celebrated on a limited scale due to the COVI..

Air pollution in India caused deaths of over 1.16 lakh infants in 2019: Study

THE first-ever comprehensive analysis of air pollution’s global impact on newborns finds that outdoor and household particulate matter pollution contributed to the deaths of more than 1,16,000 Indian infants in their first month of life in 2019, a new global study on Wednesday. ..

Police forces being modernised to tackle newer challenges: Shah

The Government is undertaking a comprehensive modernisation programme to prepare the police and paramilitary forces of the country for newer challenges of terrorism, cyber crime and border security, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said here on Wednesday. Shah made the remarks while addressing a joint column of police and Central Armed Police For..

Integrated theatre commands next step in defence reforms: Army chief

THE next logical step in the process of defence reforms in India is the formation of Integrated Theatre Commands to synergise the capabilities and combat potential of the three armed services during war and peace, Indian Army chief, General Manoj Mukund Naravane said on Wednesday...

IAF’s first woman commissioned officer no more

  BENGALURU ;  WING Commander (Retd) Dr Vijayalakshmi Ramanan, the first woman commissioned officer of the Indian Air Force, has died at the age of 96. Ramanan, a recipient of Vishisht Seva Medal (VSM), died peacefully due to old age ailments on Sunday at her daughter’s home here, her son-in-law S L V Narayan said. ..

Abdullah grilled by ED again

FORMER Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate for the second time in three days on Wednesday in connection with a multi-crore scam in the JK Cricket Association, with his National Conference terming the summons “yet another attempt to browbeat” the Opposition...

Dhoot family offers to pay Rs 30,000 cr to lenders

THE Dhoot family has offered to pay Rs 30,000 crore to lenders to settle their outstanding loans and pull out 13 Videocon group companies from the insolvency proceedings. A proposal for paying the amount has been forwarded to the Committee of Creditors (CoC) of the Videocon Industries, Venugopal Dhoot told PTI. Venugopal Dhoot was the Chairman and Managing Director of the suspended board of Videocon Industries. The company’s board was..

‘Lost’ river that ran through Thar Desert 1,72,000 yrs ago found

RESEARCHERS have found the evidence of a “lost” river that ran through the central Thar Desert, near Bikaner, as early as 172 thousand years ago, and may have been a life-line to human populations enabling them to inhabit the region...

Vice Chief of Army visits US Indo-Pacific Command

VICE Chief of Army Lt Gen S K Saini on Tuesday visited the US Indo-Pacific Command in Hawaii and held talks with senior American military commanders on ways to enhance strategic cooperation between the two forces, officials said. The US Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM), comprising over 3,75,000 military and civilian personnel, is one of the largest unifi..

Boost SOPs to prevent crimes against women in COVID centres: NCW to Mah

ALARMED by cases of rapes and molestations reported at COVID-19 centres in Maharashtra, the National Council for Women on Tuesday asked the State Government to ensure that Standard Operating Procedures are strengthened to prevent such crimes. NCW Chairperson Rekha Sharma, who is on a 3-day visit to Maharashtra, asked whether such SOPs have been established and adhered to for the safety and protection of women patients at COVID centres. “She expressed her anguish at crimes of molestation and rape of ..

4 ultras killed in J&K encounters

FOUR militants were killed in two separate encounters with security forces in Shopian and Pulwama districts of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, taking the death toll of the ultras in the two operation to five, the Army said. Security forces launched a cordon and search operation at Melhura in Zainapora area of Shopian on Monday evening, following information about pre..

Be cautious, lockdown ended but virus still there: PM

WITH the onset of festival season, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday made an impassioned appeal to people to follow COVID-19 guidelines, saying this is not the time to be careless as the virus is still around and even a small negligence can dampen the festive spirit. In his seventh address to the nation following the COVID-19 outbreak, Modi cited examples of the US and several European countries to note that the coronavirus cases there have seen a sudden and worrisome rise after witnessing a ..

Relief amid caution as new cases dip below 50,000

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement about end of lockdown and the word of caution triggered across the country a sense of happiness and relief when the number of new coronavirus infections reported daily in India dropped below 50,000 for the first time in nearly three months, taking the COVID-19 caseload to 75,97,063 on Tuesday, according to the Union Health Ministry. A total of 46,790 fresh infections were reported in a day, while the d..

‘Over 50 pc farmers have no info about Farm Laws’

AMID a political furore over the three new farm laws, a Gaon Connection survey has found that more than half of the country’s peasantry oppose these, but one-third of them did not know details of the legislations. Similarly, of the 35 per cent respondents supporting the agri laws, almost 18 per cent were not informed about them. The survey, “The Indian Farmer’s Perception of the New Agri Laws,” found that out of the 52 per cent who opposed the..

CBI takes over probe into UP-origin complaint of alleged TRP manipulation

THE CBI has registered an FIR into alleged manipulation of Television Rating Points (TRP) on the basis of a reference from the Uttar Pradesh Police. Whereas in Mumbai, Crime Branch cops arrested two former employees of Hansa research agency in connection with the fake TRP racket, an official said. This takes the number of arrested persons in th..

Battle royale for India’s retail crown

THE arbitration proceedings between Amazon and Kishore Biyani have begun in Singapore. The judgement will eventually decide the fate of Reliance’s deal with the Future Group. Amazon’s investment in Future Group is around Rs 1,500 crore, which is an insignificant amount for Jeff Bezos -- the richest man in the world and CEO of Amazon...

Can Nanded Gurudwara procession be held at 5 am?: SC asks Mah Govt

THE Supreme Court on Monday asked the Maharashtra Government to examine whether the Nanded Gurudwara can be allowed to hold Dussehra festivities and the Guru Granth Sahib procession at 5 am, with limited gathering. A vacation bench comprising Justices L. Nageswara Rao, Hemant Gupta and Ajay Rastogi said the Maharashtra State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) should take decision in the matter against the backdrop of the COVID-129 scenario...

Nearly 1.39 cr domestic fliers since May 25: Puri

OVER 1.8 lakh passengers have flown within the country on October 18, taking the total count of domestic fliers to 1.39 crore since May 25 amid the COVID-19 outbreak, Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Monday. Nearly 1.39 crore domestic fliers since May 25: Hardeep Singh Puri The Minister, in a tweet, said that the airports across the country received a footfall of 3,63,757...

CBI books BSP MLA, wife in bank fraud case

THE CBI has booked BSP MLA Vinay Shankar Tiwari and his wife Rita Tiwari in a case of alleged fraud of Rs 754.24 crore in a Bank of India-led consortium, officials said Monday. The team booked Tiwari, who is MLA from Chillupar (Gorakhpur) in Uttar Pradesh, his wife Rita, a company named Gangotri Enterprises and its Director Ajit Pandey, they said. They carried out searches in Lucknow and Noida on Monday including the Lucknow office of Gangot..

Mah taking loan for rain-hit farmers not sin: Fadnavis

SENIOR BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on Monday said the Maharashtra Government must take a loan to provide relief to farmers affected by heavy rains as doing so was not a “sin” nor would it be unprecedented. Speaking to reporters while touring rain-hit regions of Pune and Solapur, Fadnavis said the state’s limit to obtain loans had not even been utilised “50 per cent”. Fadnavis said he agreed with NCP chief Sharad Pawar that the State Governme..

Air India bid deadline may be extended till Dec 15, Govt to ease asset valuation norm

TO ATTRACT potential suitors, the Government will ease asset valuation norms for Air India by allowing bidders to put in offers on an enterprise value basis, a source said on Monday. To begin with, the Government is likely to further extend the deadline for putting in a preliminary expression of interest for the loss-making national carrier to December 15...

Changes being made in all sectors to ensure country’s growth: PM

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said necessary changes are being made in every sector to ensure growth and to make this decade India’s. He also said that efforts are being made at all levels to make the country a global hub for higher education and its youth competitive. “In the last 6-7 months you might have seen the speed and the ambit of reforms is increasing. Whether it is agriculture, space, defence, aviation or labour. In every sector necessary changes are being made for growth,” Modi ..

World struggles as confirmed COVID-19 cases pass 40 million

THE number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the planet has surpassed 40 million, but experts say that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the true impact of the pandemic that has upended life and work around the world. The milestone was hit on Monday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University, which collates reports from around the world. The actual worldwide tally of COVID-19 cases is likely to be far higher, as test..

Kapil Wadhawan offers Rs 43,000 cr family assets to repay DHFL lenders

THE jailed promoter of crisis-hit mortgage lender DHFL, Kapil Wadhawan, has offered his personal and family properties, which he claims are worth Rs 43,000 crore, for repayment of outstanding loans of lenders to the company. Wadhawan wrote to RBI-appointed administrator R Subramaniakumar on October 17 saying his offer would ensure maximum value for the assets that have been put on the block to repay loans. Currently under judicial custody, Wadhawan has proposed to the transfer of the right, title ..

Indian-American teen discovers molecule that can stop COVID-19 virus

A 14-YEAR-OLD Indian-American girl has won a USD 25,000 young scientist challenge for a discovery that could provide a potential treatment for COVID-19. Anika Chebrolu, an eighth grader from Frisco in Texas, won the 3M Young Scientist Challenge, regarded as the US’ premier middle school science competition, for her work using in-silico methodolog..

Jio planning to sell 5G smartphones for Rs 2,500-3,000 apiece: Company official

RELIANCE Jio is planning to launch a 5G smartphone for less than Rs 5,000 and gradually reduce the price to Rs 2,500-3,000 a unit when it scales up the operation, according to a company official. The company will target 20-30 crore mobile phone users who use 2G connection at present. “Jio wants to bring the device for less than Rs 5,000. When we scale up the sales, it can be priced in the range of Rs 2,500-3,000,” a company official said on the condition of anonymity...

Over 1.1 lakh sellers received orders in first 48 hours of festive sale: Amazon India

E-commerce major Amazon India on Sunday said over 1.1 lakh sellers on its platform received orders during the first 48 hours of its ‘Great Indian Festival’ sale, with a bulk of orders coming from smaller parts of the country. Amazon’s ‘Great Indian Festival’ started on October 17 and will go on for about a month to coincide with the festive season...

Govt unlikely to extend credit guarantee scheme for MSME sector beyond Oct

THE Government is unlikely to extend the Rs 3 lakh crore-Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) for MSME sector beyond October even though the sanctioned amount so far is only nearly 65 per cent of the target, sources said. The scheme is meant to provide financial support to businesses, primarily Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), impacted by slowdown triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. The sources said the objective is to provide support to all those affected and if there are ..

Republic TV moves Bombay HC for quashing of FIR

ARG Outlier Media Pvt Ltd, which owns Republic TV, and its Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami have moved the Bombay High Court seeking to quash the FIR lodged against the channel in the alleged fake TRP (television rating points) scam...

2 persons killed as heavy rain inundates Hyderabad again

TWO persons were killed in a fresh spell of overnight heavy rain, which left dozens of residential colonies inundated in the city and adjoining areas, adding to the woes of people who are yet to recover in the aftermath of last week’s deluge...

Five Naxals killed in Gadchiroli encounter

GADCHIROLI, Five Naxalites were gunned down by C-60 commandos of the Gadchiroli Police around 4 pm on Sunday. The outlaws engaged into a gunbattle with the police party that was on routine patrolling duty in Gyarapatti area of Gadchiroli district when the face-off took place in Kosmi-Kisneli forest. The deceased include three women cadres...

COVID has triggered edn crisis, fuelled gender inequality: UNESCO

THE COVID-19 pandemic has triggered an education crisis, fuelled by deep and multiple forms of inequality having gender roots and implications, the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) report by UNESCO has pointed out. Increase in gender-based violence during the period families spent at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, potential rise in teenage pregnancies or early marriages, possibility of a section of girls dropping ou..

Community transmission limited only to some States, says Vardhan

UNION Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday admitted that India is in the community transmission stage. However, it is limited only to certain districts and States. The statement has come against the backdrop of West Bengal’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s admission on Monday that the community transmission of COVID-19 has started in the State. Vardhan’s statement was a response to a query made during his weekly webinar, ‘S..

Head of Mar Thoma Church passes away

JOSEPH Mar Thoma Metropolitan, the supreme head of the Thiruvalla headquartered Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church passed away early on Sunday, said church officials. He was 89. The Metropolitan was battling cancer for a while and was admitted to a private hospital at Thiruvalla for a few days. Till recently he was conducting the weekly Sunday mass at the Thiruvalla church, located about 130 km from here. The last rites would be held at the church ..

India test-fires BrahMos missile from INS Chennai in Arabian Sea

A NAVAL version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile was successfully test-fired from an indigenously built stealth destroyer of the Indian Navy in the Arabian Sea on Sunday, officials said. The missile was fired from INS Chennai, a stealth destroyer, and it hit the target with pin-point accuracy after performing “extremely complex” manoeuvres, they said. “BrahMos as ‘prime strike weapon’ will ensure the warship’s invincibility by engaging naval surface targets at long ranges, thus making the ..

Mah Govt allows gyms, fitness centres to reopen from Oct 25

MAHARASHTRA Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday said gymnasiums and fitness centres in the State will be allowed to reopen from Dussehra, which falls on October 25. During a virtual meeting with representatives of gyms and fitness centres, the Chief Minister said group activities like zumba and yoga and steam and sauna facilities will not be allowed...

I put pandemic time to good use: NEET 2020 topper

ODISHA’S Soyeb Aftab, who has created history by scoring 100 per cent in National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) 2020, said on Saturday that COVID-19 pandemic came as a blessing in disguise for him and he put it to good use to concentrate more on his studies...

Shaurya Chakra awardee Balwinder Singh cremated

A LARGE number of people turned up on Saturday at the cremation of Shaurya Chakra awardee Balwinder Singh Sandhu, who was shot dead by two unknown assailants in Punjab’s Tarn Taran district. Earlier, the family had refused to cremate the body unless the accused were arrested, but then agreed to conduct the last rites after an assurance was given by the Tarn Taran district administration about prompt action in the case. The administration also assured them about their request for a government job for ..

Modi says, use poll experience for vaccine delivery system

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday reviewed the COVID-19 pandemic situation in the country and the preparedness of vaccine delivery, distribution, and administration. The Prime Minister noted the steady decline in the daily COVID-19 cases and growth rate. He further directed that the country should make use of experience gained in successful conduct of elections and disaster management for the vaccine delivery system. Modi said..

15 get RI in IS conspiracy case

THE National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday said that a Delhi court has sentenced 15 persons to rigorous imprisonment of five to 10 years, who were earlier convicted in the IS conspiracy case. The case pertains to the recruitment of Indian Muslim youth by Syria based IS media chief Yusuf-Al-Hindi to work for the terror organisation and commit acts of terrorism in India at its behest...

India’s active COVID-19 caseload drops below 8 lakh after one-and-half months

INDIA’S active COVID-19 caseload fell below eight lakh for the first time in one-and-a-half months and account for merely 10.70 per cent of the total cases, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday. There are 7,95,087 active cases of coronavirus infection as on date. The active caseload was below the 8 lakh mark (7,85,996) last on September 1, the Ministry said...

Army destroys five live mortar shells in J&K

THE ARMY destroyed five unexploded 120-mm mortar shells fired by Pakistan during ceasefire violations in different villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, officials said...

73 years since Operation Gulmarg, Pak continues its attempt to seize, destroy J&K: European think tank

THE darkest day in the history of Jammu and Kashmir was the intervening night of October 21-22, 1947, when Operation Gulmarg was launched in a bid to seize and destroy the territory, and 73 years have gone by, but Pakistan’s template has remained the same, according to a European think tank. European Foundation for South Asian Studies (EF..

Chinook helicopter takes off from Kedarnath with debris of IAF’s MI-17 helicopter

A CHINOOK helicopter on Saturday took off the debris of Indian Air Force’s MI-17 helicopter that caught fire following a collision with an iron girder while landing at the helipad near Kedarnath temple in 2018. The debris of the MI-19 helicopter will be carried to a nearby airbase. The preparations for lifting the debris has been going on for the last 15 days...

19 poor medical aspirants in Odisha crack NEET examination

KEEPING alive its motto of giving wings to medical aspirants hailing from the deprived sections of the society, an Odisha-based charitable group has achieved remarkable success this year also as all 19 students cracked the medical entrance examination NEET. The results of the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) were declared on Friday. They are children of humble daily labourer, vegetable seller, truck driver, fisherman and idli-vada seller...

BJP accuses LJP of spreading confusion, lies ahead of Bihar polls

IN ITS most direct attack on the Lok Janshakti Party, the BJP on Friday accused its President Chirag Paswan of trying to create confusion by harping on his relations with senior leaders of BJP, and asserted that it had no ties with the LJP...

India will act against those who plan to harm: Reddy

INDIA believes in the policy of ‘vasudhaiva kutumbakam’ or the world is one family but if someone plans to harm it then the country is capable to undertake appropriate action to thwart such attempts in a “decisive” way, Union Minister G Kishan Reddy said on Friday. ..

Rajnath presents Raksha Mantri Trophy for Command Hospitals of Armed Forces

DEFENCE Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday presented the Raksha Mantri Trophy for the Best and Second Best Command Hospitals of the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) for the year 2019. Command Hospital (Air Force) Bengaluru and Command Hospital (Eastern Command) Kolkata were judged as the Best and Second Best Command Hospital for the year 2019 respectively. The award ceremony was attended by the Defence Secretary besides senior service and civilian dignitaries. ..

Vice Chief of Army Staff on 4-day US visit from today

VICE Chief of the Army Staff Lt Gen S K Saini will embark on a four-day visit to the US beginning Saturday to explore ways to further deepen military cooperation between the two countries. The visit comes ahead of the third edition of the two-plus-two dialogue between India and the US which is slated to be held in India later this month. The Army said Lt Gen Saini will visit the US Army’s Pacific Command (USARPRAC) and exchange ideas with the military leadership there. ..

80 cr poor provided free ration for last 7 to 8 months: Modi

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that India has been providing free ration to about 80 crore poor for the last seven to eight months amid COVID-19 pandemic. “During the coronavirus crisis, many kinds of discussions are going on around the world about starvation and malnutrition. India has been providing free ration to about 80 crore poor for the last 7-8 months. During this time, India distributed foodgrains worth about Rs. 1.5 lakh crores to the poor,” Prime Minister Modi said during an ..

Balwinder Singh, who fought terror in Punjab, shot dead

SHAURYA Chakra awardee Balwinder Singh Sandhu who fought terrorism in Punjab was shot dead by unknown assailants in Tarn Taran district on Friday, months after the Government withdrew his security cover. ..

India gained a decade of life expectancy since 1990: Lancet

INDIA has gained more than a decade of life expectancy since 1990, but there are wide inequalities between States, according to a new study which assessed more than 286 causes of death and 369 diseases and injuries in more than 200 countries and territories across the world. ..

Let Allahabad HC deal with Hathras case: SC

THE Supreme Court on Thursday said the Allahabad High Court be allowed to monitor the Hathras case in which a Dalit girl was allegedly brutally raped and died of injuries. The top court, which was hearing a PIL and several intervention pleas of activists and lawyers, was told that no fair trial was possible in Uttar Pradesh as the investigation has been allegedly botched up. Allaying the apprehension, a bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde, said “Let the High Court deal with it. We are here if ..

Smoky haze shrouds Delhi-NCR; air quality enters ‘very poor’ zone

STRICTER anti-pollution measures, including a ban on electricity generators, under the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) came into effect in Delhi-NCR on Thursday as a layer of haze hung over the region and air quality slipped to ‘very poor’ levels. NASA’s satellite imagery showed a large cluster of farm fires near Amritsar, Patiala, Tarn Taran, and Firozpur in Punjab, and Ambala and Rajpura in Haryana. However, the Ministry of Earth Sciences’ Air Quality Early Warning System for Delhi said its impact ..

One Kerala gold smuggling case accused linked to Dawood: NIA

IN A major development in the Kerala gold smuggling case, the NIA has found links between one of the accused and India’s most wanted underworld don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar and his gang. The National Investigation Agency probe has revealed that as one of the accused visited Tanzania, where the 1993 Mumbai accused has vast networks, to launch..

World facing new ‘Bretton Woods’ moment: IMF MD

FACING the twin task of fighting the coronavirus pandemic today and building a better tomorrow, the world is experiencing a new Bretton Woods moment, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said on Thursday. Addres- sing the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund’s Board of Governors, she said that what was true at Bretton Woods, when allies at the end of World War II gathered for a conference to create t..

Space probe makes 1st Venus fly-by on way to Mercury

A SPACECRAFT bound for Mercury swung by Venus on Thursday, using Earth’s neighbour to adjust its course on the way to the solar system’s smallest and innermost planet. Launched almost two years ago, the European-Japanese probe BepiColombo took a black-and-white snapshot of Venus from a distance of 17,000 kilometers (10,560 miles), with some of ..

Relief operations underway in rain-hit areas of T’gana

RELIEF operations were underway on Thursday in Hyderabad and other places in Telangana in the wake of heavy rains thatcaused inundation of low-lying areas, damage to property and also standing agriculture crops. Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao would hold a meeting with Ministers and officials on Thursday afternoon on the rain relief measures...

India’s COVID-19 recovery rate 87.35 pc

INDIA’S COVID-19 tally of cases climbed to 73.07 lakh with 67,708 new cases in a day, while 63,83,441 people have recuperated so far pushing the national recovery rate to 87.35 per cent on Thursday, according to the Union Health Ministry data...

Rains claim 27 lives in 3 Mah distts in 2 days

AT LEAST 27 people have died in rain-related incidents in Solapur, Sangli and Pune districts of Western Maharashtra, officials said on Thursday. Over 20,000 people were evacuated to safer places in these three districts. State capital Mumbai too witnessed water-logging in many areas after overnight rains on Thursday. The districts in Western Maharashtra -- Pune, Solapur, Sangli, Satara and Kolhapur -- are witnessing heavy showers in the last two ..

SC asks Republic TV to approach Bombay HC

THE Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Republic Media Group to approach the Bombay High Court in the Television Rating Points (TRP) scam case registered by the Mumbai Police. A bench comprising Justice D Y Chandrachud, Indu Malhotra and Indira Banerjee said the High Court has been working throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and the media group..

Review petitions on orders passed by Lokpal cannot be entertained

ANTI-corruption ombudsman Lokpal has held that review petitions regarding an order passed by its bench cannot be entertained due to the absence of related provisions in the law governing it, according to an official order. The move comes after the Lokpal witnessed an increasing number of complainants desirous of a “reconsideration” or “review” of the orders passed by it. A committee comprising three Lokpal members -- Justices Abhilasha Kumari, ..

Woman locked inside toilet for over a year by husband rescued

A WOMAN, who was allegedly locked inside a toilet for over a year by her husband here in Rishpur village, was rescued by Women Protection and Child Marriage Prohibition Officer Rajni Gupta along with her team. While talking to ANI, Gupta said that she acted upon information and rescued the woman on Wednesday. “I received information that a woman was locked in the toilet for over a year...

Soldiers in Kashmir are being trained to kill drones

THREAT of terrorists using hexacopters to lob grenades at security forces at Line of Control (LoC) as well as in the Kashmir hinterland have made armed forces adopt new training course for the troops. Now, soldiers are learning how to kill drones. The Indian Army has adopted a new training module for their troops deployed in Jammu and Kashmir for counter insurgency and counter terror operations...

‘Common man’s Diwali in your hands’: SC to Centre on speedy interest waiver

THE Supreme Court on Wednesday told the Centre that the common man’s Diwali is in the Government’s hands, as it sought implementation of the decision to waive interest-on-interest for loans up to Rs 2 crore for eight categories. The top court gave time till November 2 to the Centre to update it on the issuance of circulars in this matter...

Mah to probe into ‘Jalyukt Shivar’ scheme of Fadnavis regime

MAHARASHTRA Government on Wednesday announced it has decided to probe the Jalyukt Shivar water conservation scheme launched by the Devendra Fadnavis - led Government. The decision was announced after a meeting of the State Cabinet here earlier in the day, an official said...

CBSE extends deadline for 2021 board exam fee payment till October 31

THE Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Wednesday extended the deadline for payment of examination fees for classes 10 and 12 students till October 31, according to officials. “Looking into the problems faced by schools and parents, the last date for submission of List of Candidates (LOC) for classes 10 and 12 for 2021 board exams without late fees has been extended from October 15 to 31 and with late free from November 1 to 7,” said Sanyam Bhardwaj, CBSE’s Examination Controller. “From ..

Lockdowns led to decline in global CO2 emissions

THE lockdown measures enforced to prevent the spread of COVID-19 were associated with an unprecedented decline in global carbon dioxide emissions, larger than during the financial crisis of 2008, the oil crisis of the 1979, or even World War II, according to a new study by an international team of researchers...

Can make any missile that Armed Forces want: DRDO

BUOYED UP by the strength of successful missile tests in last 40 days, DRDO chief G Satheesh Reddy on Wednesday said that India has achieved self-reliance in the field of missile systems and can produce whatever is required by the Armed Forces within the country itself. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has conducted around 10 successful missile tests in the last over five weeks including that of the Shaurya hypersonic missile..

Only ‘standard’ loans as of March 1 eligible for restructuring: RBI

THE Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has clarified that loans which have remained standard without any defaults as of March 1, 2020, will be eligible for restructuring under the pandemic-related resolution framework issued in August...

COVID-19 positivity rate in India on a continuous decline: Health Ministry

THE total number of tests for detection of COVID-19 has crossed nine-crore in India, while the cumulative positivity rate is 8.04 per cent and is on a “continuous decline”, the Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday. “Twenty States and UTs h..

This winter could be colder due to La Nina: IMD DG

WINTER could be colder this season due to the prevailing La Nina conditions, India Meteorological Department (IMD) Director General Mrutunjay Mohapatra said on Wednesday. He said, there should not be an impression that climate change leads to rise in the temperature, but on the contrary, it leads to erratic weather...

Heavy rains inundate Telangana, 15 killed in related incidents

FIFTEEN people have died in Hyderabad in rain-related incidents, following incessant rainfall that lashed the city and different parts of Telangana, leading to waterlogging on roads and inundation of some low-lying areas.The deaths were reported since Tuesday night as downpour triggered wall and house collapse in different places here, officials said. The State Government has declared a holiday on Wednesday and Thursday for all privat..

CBI team examines family members of Hathras victim

A CBI team on Tuesday quizzed the family members of the 19-year-old Dalit victim in the gangrape and murder case in Hathras district of Uttar Pradesh and examined the crime scene, officials said. The team, which reached the crime scene in Bulgarhi village on Tuesday morning after registering the FIR two days back, took the brother of the victim to record his statement, they said...

Govt taking steps for speedy justice to women: Reddy

ASSERTING that Central Government believes in “zero tolerance in criminal and terror cases”, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy on Tuesday assured that it will take all steps to ensure “speedy and decisive justice” to all victims of crimes against women and the downtrodden. “Under the leadership of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, our aim is to create crime-free India,” Reddy said, adding that the Government does not believe in viewing a crime from the prism of caste, creed, religion, or ..

India’s human space flight may face slight delay: ISRO chief

INDIA’S human space flight mission Gaganyaan will be “slightly delayed” owing to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic even as ISRO resumes rocket launch activities from the first week of November, space agency chief K. Sivan said on Monday. Answering a query at the plenary session of the International Astronautical Congress 2020, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman said India’s first human space flight was targeted in August 2022, but ow..

GoM mulls strategy for COVID vaccine availability, distribution by July 2021

GROUP of Ministers (GoM), headed by Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, met on Tuesday to discuss the current national and international scenario of SARS-CoV2 virus and strategies that are to be adopted for availability and distribution of vaccines in the coming days...

India’s COVID strategies bearing fruits

WITH focused strategies and calibrated measures, India has sustained its global position of being the country with one of the lowest COVID-19 cases per million and reported deaths per million, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday. From the last five weeks, there has been a continuous decline in the average daily new cases. ..

EPFO’s WhatsApp facility for speedy redressal

RETIREMENT fund body EPFO has launched a WhatsApp helpline service for speedy redressal of grievances of its subscribes, the Labour Ministry said on Tuesday. This facility is in addition to various other means of grievance redressal forums of EPFO which include EPFiGMS portal, CPGRAMS, social media platforms (Facebook & Twitter) and a dedicated 24x7 call centre...

Farm reforms will help turn farmers into entrepreneurs: PM

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said his Government’s ‘historic’ farm reforms will create opportunities to take farmers to entrepreneurship and added his regime is focused on increasing their income. Modi was speaking after releasing the autobiography of former Union Minister Balasaheb Vikhe Patil and renaming the Pravara Rural Education Society in Ahmednagar district after the Padma Bhushan recipient, via video conferencing...

Tamil Nadu CM bereaved

TAMIL Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK co-coordinator K Palaniswami’s mother Davusayammal died of heart attack on Tuesday in Salem. She was 93 and passed away at a private hospital in the western city of the State . Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Deputy CM O Panneerselvam, DMK chief M K Stalin, BJP State unit President L Murugan, PMK founder leader S Ramadoss, DMDK General Secretary Vijayakanth and other top leaders were among those who condoled her death...

India generated over 18,000 tonnes COVID-19 waste since June

INDIA generated 18,006 tonnes of COVID-19 biomedical waste in the last four months, with Maharashtra contributing the maximum (3,587 tonnes) to it, according to a Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data. Around 5,500 tonnes of COVID-19 waste was generated across the country in September - the maximum for a month so far...

Video of kid saluting ITBP troops with ‘high josh’ goes viral

A VIDEO shared by Indo-Tibetian Border Police (ITBP), where a young boy is saluting the troops, is going viral on social media. A video clip shared by ITBP’s official Twitter handle shows a boy named Namgyal standing on the roadside in Chushul when security personnel are passing by...

Richa Chadha, Payal Ghosh get 2 days to file consent terms

THE Bombay High Court on Monday granted two days time to actor Richa Chadha and aspiring actor Payal Ghosh to file ‘consent terms’ for settling the dispute between them with regard to the defamation suit filed by Chadha against Ghosh. Last week, Chadha filed the suit against Ghosh for making a “false, baseless, indecent and derogatory” statement against her and sought monetary compensation as damages. Ghosh, while levelling allegations of rape against filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, had also dragged ..

Major power outage paralyses Mumbai

A RARE citywide power outage paralysed Mumbai on Monday, halting local train services, trapping people in lifts and disrupting work from home adopted by millions during the ongoing pandemic. Power restoration efforts began on “war footing” and pocket-wise resumption in supply was started around 12 noon onwards, nearly two hours after th..

Why not have statutory body to regulate TV news content, asks HC

THE Bombay High Court on Monday asked the Union Government why there should not be a statutory body to regulate the content broadcast through television news channels, a poser coming in the backdrop of frenzied media coverage of actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. The court sought to know why the electronic media should have an “open hand” over its coverage. “Is there a statutory mechanism for (TV news) broadcasters?” the HC asked. “Just as how the Press Council of India exists for the print media, ..