NIA gets custody of Kerala gold smuggling accused

TWO key accused in the sensational Kerala gold smuggling case were sent to National Investigation Agency (NIA) custody for eight days by a special court here on Monday. Considering an application by the investigating agency, the court granted the custody of Swapna Suresh and Sandeep Nair, arrested from Bengaluru on Saturday...

I am innocent, says Kalyan Singh after Babri case hearing

SENIOR BJP leader and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh on Monday blamed the then Congress Government at the Centre for levelling “false and baseless allegations” against him in the Babri mosque case and said he was “innocent”. “The then Congress Government at the Centre levelled false and baseless allegations against me ..

Premier tech institutes to help NHAI to improve highway infra

TO provide a world-class National Highways (NH) network, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has approached all IITs, NITs, and reputed engineering colleges for improving highway infrastructure leveraging local expertise. NHAI will collaborate and adopt nearby stretches of NH, on a voluntary basis, as part of Institutional Social Responsibility (ISR). A large number of IITs, NITs, and engineering colleges opted to join th..

Suspended AAP Councillor Hussain used rioters as ‘human weapons’, says court

SUSPENDED AAP Councillor Tahir Hussain allegedly used rioters as “human weapons”, who on his instigation could have killed anybody, a Delhi court said on Monday while dismissing his bail plea in the murder case of IB official Ankit Sharma during the communal violence in north east Delhi. Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Yadav said that a “powerful person” like Hussain can threaten witnesses in the case if enlarged on bail. “At this stage, I find that there is enough material on record to presume that ..

China raises apps ban issue, India cites security reasons

DAYS after India banned 59 Chinese mobile apps, China raised the issue during a bilateral meeting with New Delhi held recently. “During a meeting at the diplomatic level, the Chinese side raised the issue of ban on its mobile applications in India,” Government sources told ANI. The Indian side made it very clear to the Chinese that the action was taken in vi..

Over 1.1 crore samples tested for COVID-19: ICMR

THE Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said on Monday that a total of 2,19,103 samples have been tested for coronavirus in the last 24 hours. With this, the total number of tests in India have reached 1,18,06,265. Meanwhile, ICMR is continuously scaling up its testing facilities for COVID-19 by giving approval to Government and private laboratories...

PM, Pichai discuss data security, use of AI in agriculture

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi and Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Monday held discussions on a wide range of issues such as data security and concerns around privacy, use of technology to transform lives of farmers and ways to expand the scope of online education, the Prime Minister’s Office said. During the virtual interaction, they also spo..

Army chief visits forward areas along IB

ARMY Chief General M M Naravane on Monday visited forward areas along the International Border (IB) and reviewed the security situation and operational readiness of the troops deployed on ground in the Jammu-Pathankot region, a defence spokesperson said. He visited areas falling under the operational command of the Rising Star Corps, including Kathua, Samba, Jammu and Pathankot, to review the security situation. The Chief of Army Sta..

SC upholds Travancore royal family’s right in Padmanabhaswamy temple

THE Supreme Court on Monday upheld the rights of the Travancore royal family in the administration of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, one of the world’s richest temples, in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram. Allowing the appeal filed by members of the Travancore family, the apex court observed that the death of the Travancore ruler, who signed the covenant, do..

CBSE class 12 exam results declared, girls outshine boys by 5.96 per cent

GIRLS outshone boys in the class 12 examination, results of which were announced by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Monday, recording an increase of over 5 per cent in pass percentage against last year. The board decided against coming up with any merit list amid the exceptional circumstances arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic. The board also decided to replace the term “fail” with “essential repeat”. Acco..

Anupam Kher’s mother, brother test positive for COVID-19

VETERAN actor Anupam Kher on Sunday said his mother, Dulari, along with brother Raju and his family have tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently under quarantine. Sharing a video on Twitter, Kher said his mother wasn’t eating for the past few days and even got her blood tests done, which showed nothing alarming. “But then our doctor advised us to take her to a CT scan centre and get her scanned and it turned out she was COVID positive, mild,” he said...

Separatist leader, Jamaat members detained in Kashmir

SEPARATIST leader and chairman Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TEH) Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai was on Sunday detained by police from his residence here and is likely to be booked under the Public Safety Act (PSA), officials said. They said a police party detained Sehrai from his residence at Baghat-e-Barzulla here early this morning and he was taken to police station Saddar...

China ‘bigger threat to India’ than Pakistan, says Pawar

AMID the border tension with China, NCP president Sharad Pawar has said China is a “bigger threat to India” than Pakistan. China’s military might is “ten times greater” than India, the former Defence Minister said, adding that Beijing has “weaned away” India’s neighbours to its side...

Davinder shared ‘sensitive’ data with Pak High Commission: NIA

SUSPENDED Deputy Superintendent of Jammu and Kashmir Police Davinder Singh allegedly shared information including “sensitive” particulars with his contacts at the Pakistan High Commission which was grooming him to get some confidential details, officials have said. While probing Singh’s role, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had cracked passwords of his “secure” social media accounts which indicated his involvement with some staffers of t..

Mah adds 7,827 new COVID-19 cases in single day; total crosses 2.5 lakh

MAHARASHTRA’S COVID-19 cases rose by 7,827 to 2,54,427 on Sunday, State Health Department said. With 173 more patients succumbing to the infection, the number of fatalities has gone up to 10,289, the department said in a statement. A total of 3,340 people were discharged in the day, taking the number of the recovered cases to 1,40,325, it said...

All the country’s land is with our forces: ITBP and BSF DG

AS Chinese troops move to disengage in eastern Ladakh after a tense standoff, the chief of ITBP and BSF on Sunday said all the country’s land is under “full possession” of our security and defence forces. S S Deswal, Director General of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and the Border Security Force (BSF), was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a plantation drive held at a BSF camp in Bhondsi. “All the country’s land is with us. Our land is in full possession of our security forces,” Deswal ..

Army to place order for 72,000 American rifles

AMID the ongoing dispute with China over boundary issue, the Indian Army is going to place another order of 72,000 Sig 716 assault rifles from the United States. The order for the second batch of the assault rifles would be coming after the first lot of 72,000 rifles, has already been delivered to the Army for use by troops in Northern Command and other operational areas...

India in good position in battle against coronavirus: Shah

INDIA is at a “good position” in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic and the country will fight the disease with determination and enthusiasm, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Sunday. Shah spoke after participating in a mega plantation drive initiated by the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) that has a target to plant about 1.37 crore saplings in their country-wide campuses by this month-end. “The world is seeing that if a succes..

Aishwarya, daughter Aaradhya test +ve for coronavirus

ACTOR Abhishek Bachchan said his wife, actor Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and daughter Aaradhya will be “self quarantining at home” after they tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Sunday. A day after Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek revealed their diagnosis of COVID-19, the megastar’s daughter-in-law Aishwarya (46) and granddaughter Aaradhya (8) also tested positive for the virus. Amitabh’s wife, veteran actor-MP Jaya Bachchan, 71, has teste..

India’s 1st ‘e-Lok Adalat’ to be inaugurated in C’garh today

Chief Justice of High Court of Chhattisgarh Justice and Patron-in-Chief of Chhattisgarh State Legal Services Authority (CGSLSA) P R Ramachandra Menon will inaugurate India’s first State-level ‘e-Lok Adalat’ through video conferencing on Saturday. The inaugural function is scheduled to begin at 10.30 am. Judge of High Court and Executive Chairman of the CGSLSA Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra will preside over the function. Judge of the High Court and Chairman of Committee for Computerisation of High ..

Family of boy who was on boat that took fire from Italian marines seeks Rs 100 cr aid from Italy

THE family of a man who died by suicide has claimed that he was on a fishing boat that came under fire from Italian marines eight years ago when he was 14 years old and has appealed to the Centre to get Rs 100 crore compensation from Italy. After witnessing the firing by the marines from oil tanker “Enrica Lexie”, which killed two fishermen on February 15, 2012 off the Ke..

Families of slain policemen express relief over Vikas Dubey’s killing

AFTER the notorious gangster Vikas Dubey was killed on Friday morning, the families of the policemen who were killed in the Kanpur encounter on July 3 expressed relief. Tirath Pal, the father of the slain policeman Jitendra Pal Singh, who was one of the eight policemen killed in the Kanpur ambush, said that the news of Dubey’s death has brought some relief after suffering the loss of his son. “I am very proud of Uttar Pradesh Police. Whatever they have done today has brought solace to my soul. I thank ..

COVID-19 vaccine could be available by early next year: Parlt panel told

A VACCINE for COVID-19 is expected only by early next year, a parliamentary panel was informed on Friday. Presentations were given by the Department of Science and Technology, Department of Biotechnology, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the principal scientific adviser to the government before the Parliamentary Stan..

Bail for 82 Bangladeshis in Tablighi Jamaat case

A DELHI court on Friday granted bail to 82 foreign nationals from Bangladesh who were charge sheeted for attending Tablighi Jamaat congregation here allegedly in violation of visa norms, indulging in missionary activities illegally and violating Government guidelines issued in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Gurmohina Kaur granted the relief to the foreigners on furnishing a personal bond of Rs 10,000 each. Till date, 371 foreign ..

CJI Bobde explains why migrants’ case was not taken up urgently

CHIEF Justice S A Bobde on Friday, citing migrant workers’ case, said it is not for the apex court to take up every matter at the very first instance, especially against the backdrop that facts associated with the matter differ from one State to another. The Chief Justice said “people and lawyers’ have expressed disappointment that the Supreme Court did not urgently entertain various matters such as migrant workers case etc.” He added that the lawyers’ and people should kno..

‘Woman wanted in Kerala gold smuggling booked under UAPA’

A FORMER woman employee of the UAE consulate, key suspect in the gold smuggling bid through diplomatic baggage, has been booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the National Investigation Agency informed Kerala High Court. Making the submission while opposing the anticipatory bail application of Swapna Suresh, who is on the run, the counsels for the Centre and the NIA said she had criminal antecede..

PM dedicates 750 MW Rewa solar project to nation

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi has said that India will become a model of ‘clean energy’ in the world. Launching Asia’s largest 750 MW solar project in Rewa in Madhya Pradesh through video-conferencing, Modi also said that the State will emerge as a major hub for clean and cheap power in the country. The Rewa project comprises three solar generating units of 250 MW each located on a 500 hectare plot of land situated inside a Solar Park (total area 1500 hectare)...

India, China agree on complete disengagement from Ladakh

INDIA and China on Friday held a fresh round of diplomatic talks on the border row in eastern Ladakh and reaffirmed to ensure “complete disengagement” of the troops in the region for “full restoration” of peace and tranquility along Line of Actual Control. The Ministry of External Affairs said that the talks were held under the framework of Working Mechanism for Consultation & Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC)...

India’s coronavirus fatality rate dips to 2.72 pc: Health Ministry

FROM 2.82 per cent a month earlier, India’s COVID-19 fatality rate has declined to 2.72 per cent which is lower than that of many other countries, the Union Health Ministry said on Friday. It also noted that 30 States and Union Territories have a fatality rate lower than the national average. Also, there is an upward trend in the recovery rate which was recorded at 62.42 per cent on Friday. In 18 States and UTs the recovery rates are higher than the national average, the Ministry said...

Mukesh Ambani becomes 7th richest in the world, overtakes Warren Buffet

RELIANCE Industries (RIL) Chairman Mukesh Ambani has become the seventh richest person in the world overtaking Warren Buffet, one of the most successful investors globally, according to the Forbes Real Time Billionaires Index. As per the latest Forbes data, Ambani’s net worth rose $2 billion on Friday and currently stands at $70.1 billion. His rise among the world’s richest individuals has been boosted by the recent continuous surge in the share ..

Gangster Vikas Dubey killed in encounter in UP

GANGSTER Vikas Dubey was shot dead on Friday by police, who claim he was trying to flee after the car carrying him from Ujjain overturned on an isolated stretch of the highway on the outskirts of the city. The SUV met with the accident at Bhaunti in Kanpur district, toppling on the road which was slippery after the rains, police claimed. The car was part of a small convoy of police vehicles. However, the UP Special Task Force (STF) has claimed that a herd of cows and buffaloes suddenly appeared before ..

PM applauds UP for containing the spread of coronavirus

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said despite a population of nearly 24 crore, Uttar Pradesh managed to check the spread of coronavirus and overcame apprehensions on how the pandemic would impact the State. He also cautioned that the fight against the deadly virus is so long that one has to work continuously to deal with it. “We cannot sit satisfied,” he asserted...

My son is now with SP: Vikas Dubey’s mother

GANGSTER Vikas Dubey’s mother Sarla Devi on Thursday said that her son, arrested for the Kanpur ambush, is with the SP, a claim denied by the party. Dubey was arrested in Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain on Thursday after a six-day manhunt following the Kanpur ambush in which eight policemen were gunned down. Earlier, in a 2017 video seen on ..

NIA to probe into Kerala gold smuggling case

THE Ministry of Home Affairs on Thursday allowed the National Investigation Agency to probe the gold smuggling case detected at the Thiruvananthapuram international airport in Kerala as the incident “may have serious implications for national security,” officials said...

No new road projects in Mah tiger corridors without complying with NTCA plan: NGT

THE National Green Tribunal has said that the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways cannot proceed with new road projects in tiger corridors in Maharashtra without complying with the action plan prepared by the National Tiger Conservation Authority...

Harsh Vardhan rules out community transmission of COVID-19 in India

UNION Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Thursday sought to quell fears of community transmission of COVID-19 in the country, saying there is no such thing yet. “During our discussions today, experts again stated that there is no community transmission in India. There may be some localised pockets where transmission is high but as a country, there’s no community transmission,” the Union Minister said after a meeting of Group..

IGP blames LeT for killing BJP leader Waseem Bari

THE attack on BJP’s Bandipora District President Waseem Bari was “pre-planned” by Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Vijay Kumar said on Thursday, adding that the policemen posted for personal security of the politician were being dismissed from service. Three more policemen were arrested in connection with Wednesday’s attack, taking the total number of the arrested cops to 10. “We came here and checked the site of the incident. We have checked the CCTV cameras as well ..

Veteran actor Jagdeep passes away at 81

VETERAN actor Jagdeep, whose paan-stained grin and mischievous eyes as Soorma Bhopali in “Sholay” made him popular across generations, died on Wednesday at his residence. He was 81. The actor had not been keeping well, producer Mehmood Ali, a family friend, told PTI. “He passed away at 8.30 pm on Wednesday at his residence in Bandra...

Modi beckons global firms with investment-friendly environment

WOOING global companies, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said Asia’s third-largest economy is one of the most open in the world and offers investment friendly, competitive business environment and immense opportunities. Speaking at the India Global Week 2020, he said green shoots of economic revival are already visible in India that is coming out of co..

China completes disengagement in Hot Springs area

THE disengagement process of Chinese Army at three friction points along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh has been completed as on Thursday, the Chinese troops moved back by around 2 kilometres in the Hot Springs area. Disengagement process completed at Patrolling Point 17 (Hot Springs) on Thursday. With this, disengagement complete at PP-14, PP-15 and PP-17. Chinese Army thinning out in Finger area, Indian Army sources said...

Rajnath inaugurates 6 bridges in J&K

DEFENCE Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday inaugurated six bridges in border areas of Jammu and Kashmir, and asserted that development of remote areas in the region will continue to be a key priority for the NDA Government. The Defence Minister dedicated the bridges through video conferencing in presence of Chief of the Army Staff Gen M M Naravane, Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar, Director General of Border Roads Organisation Lt Gen Harpal Singh among others. Four bridges were constructed on the Akhnoor-Palla..

Gangster Vikas Dubey held in Ujjain

UTTAR Pradesh’s dreaded gangster Vikas Dubey, wanted in connection with killing eight cops in Chaubeypur police station area of Uttar Pradesh, was arrested from Mahakal temple premises of Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh on Thursday morning, ending a six-day manhunt for the main accused of masterminding a deadly ambush. Later, he was handed over to Uttar Pradesh Police in the evening. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan spoke to his counterpart of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath and informed about the development. ..

INAS 300 celebrates its diamond jubilee this year

INAS 300, the premier Fighter squadron of the Indian Navy has completed 60 glorious years in service of the nation. The White Tigers, as the squadron is called, has the rare distinction of operating all three fighter aircraft of the Indian Navy from all three Aircraft Carriers - INS Vikrant, INS Viraat and INS Vikramaditya. A press release from the Indian Navy said, “INAS 300, The White Tigers heralded the era of carrier borne aviation into the Indian Navy six decades ago with ..

It used to take 14 days to reach LAC, now just one, says Ladakh Scouts

CHINA is frustrated with India in Ladakh because a journey that used to take 16 to 18 days for the Indian Army to reach the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in 1962 takes just a day today. President of Ex-Services League Ladakh Region, Retired Subedar Major honorary Captain Sonam Murup while recalling his days in Ladakh Scouts Regiment of the Indian Army, told IANS that Indian defence is no longer what it used to be in 1962...

Govt to set up Rs 1 lakh cr agri-infra fund

THE Government on Wednesday approved setting up an agriculture infrastructure fund with a corpus of Rs 1 lakh crore to provide financial support to entrepreneurs, Starts-ups, agri-tech players and farmer groups for infrastructure and logistics facilities. A decision in this regard was taken in the Cabinet meeting, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Agri-Infra Fund was part of the Rs 20 lakh crore stimulus package announced in response to the COVID-19 disaster. Briefing the media about the ..

Kannada actor Susheel Gowda ‘commits suicide’

SUSHEEL Gowda, 30-year-old television actor and fitness trainer, has died by suicide at his residence in Mandya district in Karnataka, Mandya police said. The police investigation is underway and further details are awaited. Gowda, was popular for his role in Kannada soap opera ‘Anthapura’. He has played a major role in the upcoming movie ‘Salaga,’ tha..

MHA forms panel to probe three Gandhi family trusts

THE Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has set up an inter-ministerial committee to probe alleged violations of legal provisions by three Gandhi family trusts, namely Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust, and Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust. The committee led by a Special Director of the Enforcement Directorate will coordinate investigations into alleged violation of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), Income Tax Act, and Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) by these ..

India’s COVID-19 recovery rate stands at 61.53 pc

WITH 22,752 fresh cases of COVID-19 in a day, India’s virus caseload increased to 7,42,417 on Wednesday, while the death toll climbed to 20,642 with 482 people succumbing to the disease, according to the Union Health Ministry data. The number of recoveries stands at 4,56,830, while there are 2,64,944 active cases of coronavirus infection presently in the country, the updated data showed. “Thus, around 61.53 per cent of patients have recovered so far,” an official said...

Chinese troops move back from Patrolling Pts 14, 15 in Galwan

THE disengagement process in Ladakh was completed on Wednesday as Chinese troops moved fully away from Patrolling Point 14 and 15 to a location 2 kilometres away from the Line of Actual Control (LAC), Indian Army sources said. The disengagement started after a two-month military stand-off and it is happening “as per agreed terms in the Corps Commanders’ meeting”. After the disengagement process is completed, the two Armies are likely to hold further talks to take the process further. Sources said, ..

India as UNSC member looks to strengthen global peace: President

PRESIDENT Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday said that India looked forward to working with the international community to strengthen global peace and prosperity as a member of the UN Security Council for the term 2021-22. His remarks came while accepting credentials from heads of Mission from New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Uzbekistan...

Gangster Vikas Dubey’s close aide killed in encounter, six arrested

THE Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) killed an aide of gangster Vikas Dubey in Hamirpur on Wednesday and arrested six others in separate encounters in Kanpur and Faridabad for their alleged role in last week’s Bikru ambush, wherein 8 policemen were killed, a senior officer said. Two policemen were injured in the Hamirpur encounter. “Amar Dubey, who carried a reward of Rs 50,000, was killed in an encounter in Maudaha village of Hamirpur district,” Uttar Pradesh Additional Director General of ..

MEA calls Pak’s claim on Jadhav’s refusal to file review plea a ‘farce’

AFTER Pakistan claimed on Wednesday that Kulbushan Jadhav, a former Indian Navy officer being held in Pakistan, has refused to initiate review petition, the Ministry of External Affairs called it a “continuation of farce” and stated that the Indian national was coerced by Islamabad to forego his rights to seek implementation of judgment of the International Court of Justice (ICJ)...

World Bank to give $400 mn to enhance support for rejuvenating river Ganga

THE World Bank on Tuesday said it will provide USD 400 million assistance to enhance support for the Namami Gange programme that seeks to rejuvenate the Ganga river. The Second National Ganga River Basin Project (SNGRBP) will help stem pollution in the iconic river and strengthen the management of the river basin, it said in a release. “The USD 400 million operation comprises a loan of USD 381 million and a proposed guarantee of up to USD 19 million,” it said...

200 pc rise in cyber crimes in last couple of months: Ex-official

THERE has been a 200 per cent rise in cyber incidents in India in the last couple of months but there is no evidence that the cases increased due to the tensions between India and China, former Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) in the Prime Minister’s Office Gulshan Rai has said. “There have been larger cases of phishing, service issues and ransomware which have gone up...

Green shoots visible, India will bounce back: NITI Aayog CEO

NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant on Tuesday said green shoots are visible and the economy, which has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, will bounce back soon. The pandemic has impacted economic activities severely as the country had to go through a nationwide lockdown to check the spread of coronavirus. The Government had to announce a slew of measures, including fiscal package, to boost the economy. “I am a great believer that India will bounce back...

Footfalls barely touch 100 at most monuments a day after reopening

A DAY after monuments across the country reopened their doors for visitors following a gap of more than three months amid coronavirus-induced lockdown, only a handful of people visited these sites. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) which opened its monuments and museums on July 6 has capped visitor entry at every site from 1,000-2,500 per slot --9 am to 12 pm and 12 pm to 6 pm, officials said. Tickets to visit these places can be booked online...

Students object to Govt’s decision not to scrap final year exams in varsities

STUDENTS across the country have objected to the HRD Ministry’s decision to not cancel the final year exams in universities in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying they feared community spread of the infection and not examinations. The students launched multiple petitions online and took to Twitter to raise their objection using hashtag “Student lives matter”...

Clinical trials for Covaxin begin at NIMS Hyderabad

THE process of conducting clinical trials for Covaxin, a vaccine candidate for COVID-19, began on Tuesday at the Nizams Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) here, a top official of the State-run medical facility said. “We will select healthy individuals and draw blood and send the blood samples to designated labs in New Delhi...

Modi’s Act East Policy strategically more assertive, says think tank

THE Act East Policy (AEP) devised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a regional summit in Myanmar in 2014 has shifted the geostrategic posture of India in the Indo-Pacific and reformulated New Delhi’s approach to one that is more strategically assertive, says a European think tank. “The AEP has expanded the operational scope of India’s earlier Look East Policy (LEP) beyond one that is merely focused on economics to one that integrates matters of security in the Indo-Pacific region...

India’s fatality rate among lowest in world

INDIA’S total number of coronavirus cases and fatalities per million population is one of the lowest in the world, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday even as the country’s infection tally went past the 7 lakh-mark and the death toll rose to 20,160. Referring to the ‘WHO Situation Report-168’ dated July 6, the Ministry said India’s COVID-19 cases per million population is 505.37 as against the global average of 1,453.25. Chile has witnessed 15,459.8 COVID-19 cases per million population, ..

More than 60 companies of ITBP deployed along India-China LAC

THE Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) is not expected to be assigned any task related to internal security in the near future as more than 60 companies of the paramilitary force are being deployed all along the LAC against the backdrop of the recent stand-off with China in Ladakh, officials said on Tuesday. Sources in the security establishment said the force is also set to get sanctions from the Union Home Ministry to raise at least nine fresh battalions soon...

China withdraws more troops, removes structures

CHINESE military removed temporary infrastructure and continued gradual withdrawal of troops from face-off sites in Hot Springs and Gogra in eastern Ladakh for the second consecutive day on Tuesday, and the Indian Army is keeping a strict vigil on their rearward movement, Government sources said. Gogra and Hot Springs are among the key friction points where the two Armies were in an eyeball-to-eyeball situation for the last eight weeks...

SC for granting permanent commission to serving SSC women officers in Army

THE Supreme Court Tuesday granted one more month to the Centre to implement its verdict directing that permanent commission be given to all serving SSC women officers in the Army. A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra said the Centre will have to comply with all the directions in the verdict. The Centre told the bench that decision making on the issue is at a final stage and only formal orders remain to be issued...

Gangster Dubey now carries a bounty of Rs 2.5 lakh

THE Yogi Adityanath Government has increased the reward on the head of gangster Vikas Dubey to Rs 2.5 lakh. Dubey, who is the main accused in the killing of eight police personnel in Kanpur on Friday, is absconding after the incident...

NHAI to rank highways to ensure high quality roads

TO improve highways, a ranking system will be introduced based on performance audit of roads, NHAI said on Monday. NHAI has been mandated the task to develop, maintain and manage National Highways, the arterial roads of the country, for inter-State movement of passengers and goods. “In its effort to improve the quality of roads, NHAI has decided to undertake performance assessment and ranking of the highways in the country,” NHAI said in a statement...

Agra administration decides not to reopen Taj Mahal to visitors for now

AS WAS feared, the Agra district administration has decided not to reopen the Taj Mahal to visitors from Monday, as the dreaded coronavirus was still on the rampage. The Union Culture Minister Prahlad Singh had announced a couple of days ago that the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) protected monuments would reopen from July 6...

Saudi Arabia announces Haj restrictions

SAUDI Arabia on Monday announced a series of measures to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus during the annual Haj pilgrimage scheduled to take place later this month. The Kingdom will limit the number of domestic attendees to around 1,000 and touching the Kaaba, Islam’s most sacred monument, will be banned, reports the BBC. Social distancing will also be imposed...

Eight lakh Indians may be forced to leave Kuwait after approval of expat quota bill

SOME 8 lakh Indians could be forced to leave Kuwait after a parliamentary committee approved a draft expat quota bill seeking to gradually slash the number of foreign workers in the Gulf country, according to media reports. The National Assembly’s legal and legislative committee has determined that the expat quota bill is constitutional...

Chinese Army moves back tents, troops by 1-2 km in Galwan

THE Chinese Army has moved back tents, vehicles and troops by 1-2 kilometres from locations where disengagement was agreed upon at Corps Commander-level talks, Indian Army sources said on Monday. Chinese heavy armoured vehicles are still present in the depth areas in the Galwan river area. The Indian Army is monitoring the situation with caution, Army sources informed. “There is mutual disengagement between the two sides on all the four ..

NSA Doval, Chinese FM discuss disengagement of troops in eastern Ladakh

A DAY before Chinese military began pulling back from Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh, NSA Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi agreed on an expeditious withdrawal of troops, holding that a complete disengagement at the “earliest” was necessary for full restoration of peace in border areas and both sides should not allow differences to become disputes. Doval and Wang, who are special representatives for boundary talks between the two countries, held a telephonic conversation on Sunday during ..