Rahul Gandhi’s problem is…, Prashant Kishor fires latest salvo at Co...

Poll strategist Prashant Kishor did some plain talking in Goa stripping away any illusions people may have of the BJP disappearing from India’s political firmament anytime soon. And, he also fired a new salvo at the Congress leadership and Rahul Gandhi in particular.

Microsoft almost takes over Apple as world’s most-valuable firm

Global IT major Microsoft nearly took over Apple Inc. as the world’s most valuable company, after its shares on Wednesday (October 27) rallied to a record high, buoyed by a strong quarterly growth in its Azure cloud-computing business. Microsoft shares jumped by 4.2 per cent to $323.17, raising its market capitalization to $2.43 trillion against...

Agra students arrested for praising Pak win, to face sedition charges

India may have lost its opening T20 World Cup match against Pakistan by 10 wickets, but the impact is still playing out in different parts of the country. After being suspended by their engineering college for celebrating Pakistan’s win, the three Kashmiri students have been arrested in Uttar Pradesh's Agra yesterday (October 27).

32 class 9-12 students test Covid positive in Karnataka’s Kodagu

​​As many as 32 students in a residential school in Karnataka's Kodagu district have tested positive for Covid-19.

Singapore’s daily COVID cases top 5,000 for first time due to ‘unusual surge’

The infection numbers are unusually high, mostly due to many COVID-positive cases detected by the testing laboratories within a few hours in the afternoon, authorities said

India logs lowest active COVID cases in 243 days; AY.4.2 reported in 6 states

India on Tuesday (October 28) reported a decline in active COVID-19 cases to 1,60,989, the lowest in 243 days even as 16,156 people tested positive for the virus, taking the country’s total tally to 3,42,31,809. According to Health Ministry data, the death toll climbed to 4,56,386 with 733 fresh fatalities including 622 from Kerala. Meanwhile...

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Haryana: Two women farmers killed after truck hits them near protest site

Three women were killed and two injured when a speeding truck hit them near the farmers’ protest site on the Delhi-Haryana border. The women were allegedly sitting and chatting on the divider near Bahadurgarh in Haryana’s Jhajjar district and waiting for an auto-rickshaw on Thursday at 6am when the accident took place. According to a report b...

Schools fret over hybrid teaching as Bengal braces to restart offline classes  

Schools are bracing for the challenges of hybrid teaching after the West Bengal government announced to resume physical classes for 9 to 12 along with colleges and universities from November 16. Though the state government is yet to come out with a standard operating procedure (SOP) for conducting in-person classes, it is learnt that initially t...

Kiran Gosavi, NCB witness in Aryan Khan case, arrested in Pune

Pune Police on Thursday (October 28) arrested Kiran Gosavi, a witness of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) in the drugs-on-cruise case involving Aryan Khan, and said that he is being questioned in a cheating case. Gosavi is the man seen in a viral selfie with Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, hours after the NCB raided a cruise s...

India successfully test-fires Agni-5 missile having range of 5,000 km

In a major boost to its military might in the midst of the eastern Ladakh row, India on Wednesday successfully test-fired surface-to-surface strategic missile Agni-5 that can strike targets at ranges up to 5,000 km with a very high degree of accuracy. The test-firing of the nuclear-capable missile was carried out around 7:50 pm from the APJ Abdu...

Zero death milestone: Is the nightmare really over for Mumbai?

When the pandemic first struck India in March 2020, very little was known about coronavirus apart from the fact that it originated in China, was zoonotic and could even kill people if they came in contact with infected persons. In overcrowded Mumbai though, what people didn’t know was how not to come in contact with people. With a population of ...

Is EPS cornered? DMK, OPS and Sasikala team sense an opportunity

Former Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami’s (EPS) political future is under increasing jeopardy with his opponents in both the government and his own party, the AIADMK, attempting to corner the strongman from the western Kongu belt. Although the AIADMK was routed in the assembly election earlier this year by the M K Stalin-led DMK, t...

COVID apart, India lost $87 billion to natural calamities in 2020

The year 2020 was the warmest on record for Asia, and droughts proved the greatest cause of damage for India

Tropical cyclones augur well for mangroves, but…

Tropical storms, in the last 21 years, have had an overall positive impact on the ability of mangroves in India to fix carbon dioxide, a key climate-warming greenhouse gas, says a study. Researchers at the department of geography at the University of Georgia in the United States, looked at how mangrove productivity or carbon assimilation (indica...

Do cyclones only affect life & property? Time to assess impact on nature, societ...

Every time a natural calamity strikes or is about to strike, the government focuses its energies on two onerous tasks: moving people to safety and providing financial compensation. While it is true that improved early warning systems and a robust relief mechanism have helped minimise loss to life, the same cannot be said about financial aid. The da...

Teacher who ‘celebrated’ Pakistan’s win with a WhatsApp update arre...

Even a WhatsApp status update can land you in trouble. A private school teacher in Rajasthan's Udaipur, who was sacked after she posted a 'celebratory' WhatsApp status following Pakistan's victory over India in their World Cup T20 match on Sunday, has now been arrested. Nafeesa Attari, a teacher at Neerja Modi School Udaipur, had put out ...

Tamil Nadu has said will open Mullaperiyar dam on Oct 29: Kerala Water Minister

Tamil Nadu government has informed it will open the Mullaperiyar dam on Friday if the water level there does not fall, Kerala Water Resources Minister Roshy Augustine said on Wednesday. The current water level in the over-a-century-old dam is 137.75 feet. The minister, in a Facebook post, said Kerala is prepared for dealing with the ...

SC stand on Pegasus scandal vindicates Congress, says Rahul Gandhi

With the Supreme Court finally setting up an expert technical committee to probe the ‘Pegasus snoopgate’ scandal, the Congress has launched a fresh broadside against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government, indicating that it would continue to demand a debate on the issue in Parliament when it convenes for the Winter session. Congress le...

Diwali fireworks! ‘Annaatthe’ crackles with Rajini-style action & dr...

Rajnikanth, who was recently honoured with the country’s topmost honour, the Dadasaheb Phalke award, is now all ready to scorch the silver screen with his new Tamil film, ‘Annaatthe’, which is all set for a Diwali release.

Meet the three SC-appointed experts probing Pegasus snooping scandal

The Supreme Court has appointed a three-member panel, supervised by retired judge Justice RV Raveendran, to look into charges of snooping and phone-tapping using the Israel-origin Pegasus spy software. The committee, which has to submit its report in eight weeks, comprises Dr Naveen Kumar Chaudhary, Dean of National Forensic Sciences University ...

Amarinder seeks media attention, but has only rhetoric to offer

The keenly anticipated press conference by former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh, held in Chandigarh on Wednesday (October 27), was a drab affair. The Congress rebel’s scheduled interaction had, for the past few days, been touted as ‘the’ political event to look forward to in Punjab – a state bound for the Assembly polls in four months. I...

Mosque vandalised, shops set afire in Tripura during VHP rally

A mosque was vandalised and two shops set ablaze in north Tripura on Tuesday evening during a Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) rally taken out in protest against the recent violence against Hindus in neighbouring Bangladesh, district superintendent of police Bhanupada Chakraborty was reported as saying in the media. The state police have provided pro...

Kerala HC orders probe after NEET candidate alleges OMR sheet manipulation

The Kerala High Court on Tuesday ordered an investigation into an alleged optical mark recognition (OMR) sheet scam in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2021. Justice N Nagaresh ordered the National Testing Agency (NTA), which administers NEET, to conduct an investigation after considering a petition filed by a candidate named Rith...

China’s new boundary law can have implication on bilateral deals: India

China’s unilateral new land legislation can have an “implication” on existing bilateral agreements on border management as well as on the boundary question and this is a matter of concern to India, said a Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) statement issued on Wednesday (October 27).

India posts 585 COVID deaths in 24 hours – 482 from Kerala alone

India on Wednesday posted a sudden spurt in COVID fatalities, with 585 deaths on record in the last 24 hours, according to data from the Union health ministry. Of these, Kerala reported the highest number of deaths at 482 as it added the backlog of data in the national tally. “For Kerala, as per state media bulletin: 53 deaths reported on 25th O...

Agra college suspends 3 students for WhatsApp posts on Pak victory

An engineering college in Agra has suspended three Kashmiri students for an alleged WhatsApp status praising Pakistani players after their victory over India in a T20 World Cup match. Arsheed Yousef, Inayat Altaf Sheikh and Showkat Ahmed Ganai are from Raja Balwant Singh Engineering Technical Campus in Bichpuri. The college hostel termed the stud...