PM Modi holds summit talks with Russian President Putin

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin on Monday held the 21st India-Russia summit, covering an array of areas with an ai...

Nagaland firing: FIR states Army men fired with ‘intention to murder’

The Nagaland police on Monday (December 6) filed an FIR naming the 21 Para Special forces of the Army for opening fire on villagers along the Assam border on Saturday which claimed 14 lives. The police accused the Armed forces of deliberately firing at innocent Oting villagers with an “intention to murder and injure civilians”. The FIR stated...

Don’t cancel travel plans, follow COVID protocols: Tourism minister

Pause, before you hit that cancel button on your ticket for that much-anticipated holiday. Yes, the Omicron is here but that doesn’t mean you have to roll-back travel plans to avoid the tedium of long queues and airport drills especially if you are vaccinated. Union tourism minister G Kishan Reddy said as much on Saturday, as he urged tourist...

India may see mild 3rd wave of COVID in early 2022: IIT scientist

India may witness an Omicron-driven mild third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic between January and February next year, an IIT professor has claimed, quoting the findings of a government-sponsored mathematical project. Manindra Agrawal, a professor at IIT Kanpur and the co-founder of the Sutra model, used to mathematically map the course of the pan...

BJP leader offered me money, cabinet post to switch sides: AAP’s Bhagwant Mann

AAP president for Punjab Bhagwant Mann claimed on Sunday that a senior BJP leader offered him money and a berth in the Union Cabinet to join their party ahead of the state Assembly polls next year. Telling mediapersons in Chandigarh that he could not be bought, Mann slammed the saffron party for “horse-trading”. Accusing the BJP of frequently po...

JD(U) leader KC Tyagi's son joins BJP

Janata Dal (United) national general secretary KC Tyagis son Amrish Tyagi joined the BJP here on Sunday in the presence of Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma and other senior party leaders. Apart from Tyagi, several workers from different political parties, including the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), and ot...

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Seven more Omicron cases found in India, tally now 12

Seven more people have tested positive for the Omcron variant of COVID-19 in Pune, Maharashtra. A 44-year-old woman from Lagos, Nigeria, who came to visit her brother on November 24, 2021, in Pimpri-Chinchwad, along with her two daughters, has been found to be infected with the new variant by the National Institute of Virology in Pune. Her 45-year...

US lawmaker posts family photo with guns, days after school shooting

A Republican congressman in the US on Saturday posted a Christmas picture of himself and his family posing with assault weapons – guns resembling an M60 machine gun, AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and a Thompson submachine gun – days after four teenagers were killed in a high school shooting in Michigan. “Merry Christmas! ps. Santa, please bring ammo,...

Tharoor’s Protection from Lynching Bill calls for jail for erring policemen and DMs

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor tabled The Protection from Lynching Bill, 2019, in the Lok Sabha last Friday, which proposes a life term for one who lynches people, as well as a year’s jail for a police officer who fails to prevent an incident of lynching and acts in a dubious way during the probe. A district magistrate who fails to take proper action s...

As Putin lands in Delhi, Russia-India poised to sign over 10 agreements

President Vladimir Putin will arrive in New Delhi on Monday (November 6) for the 21st India-Russia Annual Summit. He will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the first time since their meeting on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in November 2019. During the summit, Modi and Putin will review bilateral relations between India and Russia and will...

Sidhu joins Delhi guest teachers’ protest outside Kejriwal’s home

Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee leader Navjot Singh Sidhu on Sunday joined the protest of Delhi government schools’ guest teachers outside the residence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.  Sidhu alleged that Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government had failed, as promised, to create “eight lakh new jobs and 20 new colleges” in the capital. T...

Mamata wants Congress-less alliance to take on BJP, says Sena leader

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Sunday said West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was contemplating a Congress-less alliance to take on the BJP. In his weekly column 'Rokhthok' in the Sena mouthpiece Saamana, Raut also claimed Banerjee having said that her party, the Trinamool Congress (TMC), would not test political waters in Maharashtra. The T...

India reports 2,796 COVID deaths as Bihar, Kerala reconcile data

India saw a single-day rise of 2,796 COVID-19 fatalities, with Bihar carrying out a reconciliation exercise of its data, pushing the country’s death toll to 4,73,326, while 8,895 new infections were reported, according to health ministry data updated on Sunday. India’s total tally of COVID-19 cases has increased to 3,46,33,255, according to the da...

Delhi reports India’s 5th Omicron case: Traveller from Tanzania

Delhi on Sunday reported its first case of Omicron variant and the fifth in the country with a man recently arrived from Tanzania testing positive for the virus. The infected person has mild symptoms and is undergoing treatment at Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital (LNJP). “Twelve samples had been sent to the National Centre for Disease Control. ...

Cyclone Jawad to turn into depression, orange alert in Odisha cities

Cyclone Jawad, which has weakened into a deep depression is likely to turn into a depression when it reaches the Odisha coast near Puri around noon on Sunday. The Deep Depression remnant of cyclonic storm Jawad lays about 230 km east-northeast of Vizag, 130 km south-southwest of Gopalpur, 180 km south-southwest of Puri and 270 km south-southwest...

Mobile, internet services shut in Nagaland’s Mon; Hornbill festival cancelled

Mobile and internet services have been suspended in Nagaland’s Mon district hours after 14 people including a soldier were killed during a counter-insurgency operating at Oting on Sunday. The Army has said that a probe of the highest level is underway to determine whether the incident was a case of mistaken identity, following which action would...

Harvard adds caste as protected category for student workers

Harvard University has added caste as a protected category for all graduate and undergraduate student workers. The historic addition marks Harvard as the first Ivy League school to have caste equity protection in its non-discrimination clause for unionised student workers. This decision will affect more than 4,900 student workers at Harvard and th...

Congress biggest threat to ‘fascist’ BJP: Sena slams Mamata’s ‘no UPA’ remark

The Shiv Sena has criticised West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for dismissing the UPA, led by the Congress – the party that is part of the power-sharing agreement in Sena-ruled Maharashtra – during her recent visit to Mumbai. Mamata on Wednesday said there was no UPA left and made a pitch for unifying opposition parties to take on the BJP...

Farmers won’t move from protest sites until cases are withdrawn: SKM

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) announced on Saturday that farmers protesting against the three farm laws, which were repealed earlier this week, will not move from the demonstration sites at the borders of Delhi until the Centre withdraws cases registered against them during the course of their protests. Demanding an assurance in writing for th...

Veteran Hindi journalist-broadcaster Vinod Dua dies age 67

Broadcast journalist Vinod Dua died on Saturday age 67. Dua was a pioneer in broadcast Hindi journalism with stints in Doordarshan and NDTV. More recently, he was known for his political commentary in web shows for digital media platforms The Wire and HW News. His daughter Mallika Dua took to Instagram to confirm the news. “Our irreverent, fearle...

India known as ‘internet shutdown capital’ of the world

India has earning the dubious distinction of “internet shutdown capital” of the world, ranking first globally for shutting down the internet. Internetshutdowns.in, an internet tracker maintained by Software Freedom Law Centre (SFLC), records a total of 550 internet shutdowns in India so far since 2012, and over 50 per cent of these shutdowns wer...

After Gujarati, Mumbai man back from South Africa found with Omicron

A man from Kalyan Dombivli municipal area near Mumbai who had arrived at the Delhi airport from South Africa via Dubai before flying to Mumbai has tested positive for the Omicron variant of coronavirus, officials said on Saturday, adding that it is the first such case from Maharashtra. The 33-year-old man had arrived in Delhi on November 23 and ...

India approves plan to manufacture 5 lakh AK-203 rifles in UP

The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has given final approval for a deal with Russia to manufacture more than five lakh AK-203 assault rifles in India.  The deal will be signed on December 6 during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s two-day visit to India. The 7.62 x 39 mm caliber AK-203, which has an effective range of 300 metres, will replac...

Akhilesh Yadav ‘wipes out’ BJP and Congress in UP, ‘welcomes’ Mamata Banerjee

An alternate political front speculated to be led by TMC’s Mamata Banerjee to take on the BJP in the next general election may get an ally in SP chief Akhilesh Yadav. Yadav hinted as much on Friday when he praised Banerjee for “the way she wiped out the BJP in Bengal”. The SP chief is himself busy stitching up a platform to challenge the BJP ...

40% deaths on highways caused by rear-end collisions, finds government audit

An audit commissioned by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways on road accidents, has found that around 40 per cent of accident-related deaths on highways are caused due to read-end collisions. The audit, conducted on a pilot basis, by NGO SaveLife Foundation, took into account data of road accidents on four highways in Uttar Pradesh...

Ex-CM of united Andhra Pradesh Rosaiah dies at 88, leaders condole

Former Chief Minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh and veteran Congress leader Konijeti Rosaiah died on Saturday at the age of 88. Rosaiah died while being taken to a private hospital here after he fell ill on Saturday (December 4), according to the party sources. “We are profoundly saddened upon the news of K. Rosaiah Garu passing away. His w...