COVID-19 update: India’s active cases count on the decline

The fall in active corona positive patients is a positive news, indeed. The all-India count of active cases is three lakh less than the peak that was achieved in the middle of October.

Base year for Index used to calculate govt staff’s DA revised

The government has revised the base year for calculating the Consumer Price Index for Industrial Worker (CPI-IW) from 2001 to 2016.The revision has been done to reflect the latest consumption patterns of the working class, the Union Labour Minister said in a statement.

Can you catch Covid on plane? WHO thinks it is possible

Amid debate over safety of travelling by planes, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that the risk of Covid-19 spreading on flights appears "very low", but cannot be ruled out.

In K’taka, minister joins Opposition leader’s call to make Caste census data p...

Bengaluru: It’s not often that politicians from different parties who are at dagger drawn indulge in a bonhomie for a common purpose. In Karnataka, the ruling BJP’s K S Eshwarappa, a leader from the Backward Class community, joined former chief minister and Opposition Congress leader Siddaramaiah's call to the state government to make the social and educational survey (caste census data) public. 

How much will the Covid vaccine cost per person? Read on to know more…

The Centre has allocated about INR 50,000 crore ($7 billion) to vaccinate the whole of India against the coronavirus, the Bloomberg quoted sources to report on Thursday.

After Bihar BJP, AIADMK govt in Tamil Nadu promises free COVID vaccine

Chennai: A vaccine for COVID may still be only in the works, but it has already become a political ballgame with parties promising free shots in the states headed for elections.After the BJP promised that it would offer the vaccine free if it returns to power along with the JD(U) in Bihar, the AIADMK-led government in Tamil Nadu has followed suit.

Delhi riots: Umar Khalid in solitary confinement, asks reason behind punishment

New Delhi: Former JNU student leader Umar Khalid, arrested under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in connection with north-east Delhi riots in February, told a court on Thursday that he was not allowed to step out of his cell and it was sort of a "solitary confinement".

Delhi riots: Court dismisses man’s bail plea in IB official’s murder case...

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Thursday dismissed the bail plea of a man arrested in connection with the murder of Intelligence Bureau (IB) official Ankit Sharma during the communal violence in north-east Delhi in February.

Dalits, OBCs furious as Kerala gives reservation for economically weak

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala cabinet has taken the controversial decision to implement reservation for the economically backward sections among the general category. It has approved amending the Kerala State Subordinate Service Rules to provide 10 per cent reservation for them, in a move that has irked Dalit and OBC organisations

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COVID-19 update: India’s active cases count on the decline

The fall in active corona positive patients is a positive news, indeed. The all-India count of active cases is three lakh less than the peak that was achieved in the middle of October.

Base year for Index used to calculate govt staff’s DA revised

The government has revised the base year for calculating the Consumer Price Index for Industrial Worker (CPI-IW) from 2001 to 2016.The revision has been done to reflect the latest consumption patterns of the working class, the Union Labour Minister said in a statement.

Can you catch Covid on plane? WHO thinks it is possible

Amid debate over safety of travelling by planes, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that the risk of Covid-19 spreading on flights appears "very low", but cannot be ruled out.

In K’taka, minister joins Opposition leader’s call to make Caste census d...

Bengaluru: It’s not often that politicians from different parties who are at dagger drawn indulge in a bonhomie for a common purpose. In Karnataka, the ruling BJP’s K S Eshwarappa, a leader from the Backward Class community, joined former chief minister and Opposition Congress leader Siddaramaiah's call to the state government to make the social and educational survey (caste census data) public. 

How much will the Covid vaccine cost per person? Read on to know more…

The Centre has allocated about INR 50,000 crore ($7 billion) to vaccinate the whole of India against the coronavirus, the Bloomberg quoted sources to report on Thursday.

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PM Modi to kick off Bihar poll campaign on Thursday with 3 rallies on day 1

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will start his election campaign for Bihar Assembly elections from Friday. On day one, Modi will address rallies in Sasaram, Gaya and Bhagalpur.

Bihar deputy CM Sushil Modi tests positive for COVID-19

Patna: Bihar Deputy Chief Minister SushilKumar Modi on Thursday said that he has tested positive forCOVID-19 and was undergoing treatment, while also assertingthat his parameters were fine and he was looking forward tohitting the campaign trail soon in the poll-bound state. Modi, one of the tallest leaders of the BJP in Bihar,had been missing from action...

‘Enormous’ socio-economic benefits in raising women’s marriageable age: SBI

As the Centre deliberates on raising the minimum marriageable age for women in India, a report released by SBI has said that such a move would result in “enormous” social and economic gains for the country.

Air pollution increases COVID risk: Know how to keep yourself safe

Air pollution is a known killer and winter makes it worse, but the coronavirus pandemic this year has put doctors and the government health machinery on guard, that have warned of a second wave of infections, especially in heavily-populated areas like Delhi, Mumbai, etc.

Visa rules relaxed for Indian, foreign nationals; curbs stay on tourist visits

All visas suspended eight months ago due to nationwide lockdown have been restored in an effort to bring normalcy to the civil aviation sector.

US’ proposal on H-1B visa for specialty jobs may affect hundreds of Indians

Washington: The State Department has proposed not to issue temporary business visas for H-1B speciality occupations which allowed several companies to send their technology professionals for a short stay to complete jobs on site in the US, a move which could affect hundreds of Indians.

Centre clears adoption of Jammu & Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act

The Centre on Wednesday cleared adoption of the Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act, saying the process for local body polls in the Union Territory will start soon.

‘You miss me so much’: Kangana reacts to summons by Mumbai police

Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut has reacted sarcastically after she and her sister Rangoli Chandel were summoned by the Mumbai police in connection with an FIR registered against them at Bandra police station.

Govt writes to Twitter over location settings showing Leh as part of China

The government has written to Jack Dorsey, the CEO of social networking site Twitter disapproving “misrepresentation of map of India” and asked the company to “respect sensitivities of Indian citizens”

BJP promises 19 lakh jobs, free COVID shots in Bihar poll manifesto

Patna: The BJP on Thursday sought to take the wind out of RJD’s sails by promising 19 lakh jobs in Bihar in its manifesto released by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

BSNL & Defence, Rail Ministries ‘close to finalising’ ‘monetis...

State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is at an “advanced stage” to monetise surplus land assets to create infrastructure as part of the Centre’s asset monetisation programme, a senior government official has confirmed.

Govt ‘committed’ to empowerment of women: Modi during Durga Puja address

Invoking Goddess Durga, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday affirmed his government's "irrevocable commitment" to women's empowerment.

Maharashtra withdraws general consent to CBI; not first state to do so

The Maharashtra government has withdrawn the general consent it had given the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe cases in the state. Now, the central agency has to seek permission from the Uddhav Thackeray’s government to investigate cases in the state.

Obama launches searing attack on Trump, appeals voters to elect Biden

Washington: Former US president Barack Obama delivered a diatribe against his successor Donald Trump on Wednesday, accusing him of mismanaging the pandemic, as he appealed to the people to come out and vote in favour of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Jumping into the electoral campaign in support of his former vice president Biden and his runni...

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial volunteer dies

A volunteer in a clinical trial of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University has died, news reports quoting agency Reuters said. 

Kangana, sister Rangoli to appear for questioning in sedition case on Oct 26

In what looks to be a never-ending run-in with the Maharashtra authorities, actor Kangana Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel have been asked to be present for questioning by the Mumbai police in a sedition case on October 26 and 27.  

US proposes not to issue business visas for H-1B speciality occupations

Washington: The US State Department in a federal notification Wednesday proposed to make changes to its existing visa regulations under which foreign professionals, which would fall under H-1B, would not be issued temporary visa for business, as has been widely prevalent currently. If finalized, this proposal will eliminate any misconception that the "B-1 in...

India recorded export growth of 4 per cent in Sept: UNCTAD

Unitednations: Export growth declined in India in the third quarter of 2020 relative to the same quarter last year but picked up pace in September, according to a global trade update by the UN. The UNCTADs new global trade update said that global trade recorded a 5 per cent drop in the third quarter of 2020 compared with the same period last year. This marks an...

Major Hurricane Epsilon: Tropical storm warning for Bermuda

Miami: Epsilon rapidly gained major hurricane strength on Wednesday afternoon and is expected to skirt east of Bermuda in the coming day, the US National Hurricane Center says. The Category 3 storm is packing top sustained winds of 185 kph and Bermuda remains under a tropical storm warning. Epsilon gained 80 kph in wind speed in just 24 hours, officiall...

US officials: Iran sent emails intimidating American voters

Boston: Iran is responsible for emails meant to intimidate American voters and sow unrest in multiple states, and Tehran and Moscow have also obtained voter registration with the goal of interfering in the election, US officials said at a rare news conference Tuesday night just two weeks before the vote. John Ratcliffe, the intelligence director, and FBI...
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