Month: May 2020

2 Pakistan High Commission officials in Delhi caught spying, asked to leave country in 48 hours

2 Pakistan High Commission officials in Delhi caught spying, asked to leave country in 48 hours

Pakistan Two officials at Delhi’s Pakistan High Commission were caught spying by Indian authorities on Sunday (May 31, 2020). The last time such an incident happened was in 2016. New Delhi: Two officials at Delhi’s Pakistan High Commission were caught spying by Indian authorities on Sunday (May 31, 2020). The last time such an incident happened was…

In Maharashtra’s Mission Begin Again, lockdown extended to June 30; markets, shops to open from June 5

In Maharashtra’s Mission Begin Again, lockdown extended to June 30; markets, shops to open from June 5

Mumbai: Maharashtra government on Sunday (May 31, 2020) released new COVID-19 lockdown relaxation guidelines in order to restart activities in the state after the coronavirus outbreak restricted people inside their homes. The State government has called it the “Mission Begin Again” which will be implemented in a phased manner for the non-COVID-19 containment zones. The…

From Maharashtra to UP, states & UTs issue guidelines for Unlock 1.0

From Maharashtra to UP, states & UTs issue guidelines for Unlock 1.0

NEW DELHI: As the Centre eased restrictions across the country with Unlock 1.0, the state governments have come up with their own revised guidelines to contain the spread of the Covid-19. The Union ministry of home affairs had on Saturday said ‘Unlock-1’ will be initiated in the country from June 8 under which the nationwide…

Covid-19: India now seventh worst-hit country in the world

Covid-19: India now seventh worst-hit country in the world

India is now the seventh worst hit country by the Covid-19 pandemic with a tally of 1,82,143 cases including 5,164 casualties, according to the World health Organisation coronavirus tracker.On Sunday, the total number of Covid-19 cases across the world stood at 5,934,936 including 367,166 deaths, the WHO said.Despite India’s surging numbers it can take solace…

Covid latest: AIIMS, Safdarjung accused of reporting deaths late, served show cause notice

Covid latest: AIIMS, Safdarjung accused of reporting deaths late, served show cause notice

Home / India News / Covid latest: AIIMS, Safdarjung accused of reporting deaths late, served show cause notice Top Delhi hospitals including AIIMS, Safdarjung, RML were questioned by the Delhi government on Saturday for alleged delay in reporting Covid-19 deaths in the capital a day after 57 deaths, spread over 21 days since April 5…

200 passenger trains to resume services tomorrow. Check train list, booking and fare details

200 passenger trains to resume services tomorrow. Check train list, booking and fare details

200 passenger trains to resume services tomorrow. Check train list, booking and fare details&nbsp Key Highlights All static catering and vending units at stations will remain open In case of food plaza and refreshments rooms etc, cooked items may be served as take away only with no sit-down eating arrangements in place New Delhi: Railways…

Maharashtra to issue new lockdown guidelines today, few relaxations likely: Report

Maharashtra to issue new lockdown guidelines today, few relaxations likely: Report

According to a report, the Maharashtra government is not ready to relax restrictions yet, as a large part of the total confirmed cases in the country have been reported from the state. Representative image Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will take a decision on the new lockdown rules in the state and release guidelines regarding…

Delhi govt seeks Rs 5,000 crore from Centre to pay employees’ salaries

Delhi govt seeks Rs 5,000 crore from Centre to pay employees’ salaries

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 31, 2020 2:42:37 pm Sisodia said that Delhi had not received any funds from the Centre under the disaster relief fund so far. (File)Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said Sunday that he had written to the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman asking for a…

PM Modi’s Mann ki Baat: Poor hit hardest by lockdown

PM Modi’s Mann ki Baat: Poor hit hardest by lockdown

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 31, 2020 2:40:33 pm Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday said that the poor and the labourers have been hit the hardest by the coronavirus outbreak and their pain cannot be explained in words. (File photo)Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday said that the poor have been…

Former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi Buried With Full State Honours

Former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi Buried With Full State Honours

Ajit Jogi, a bureaucrat-turned-politician, died in Raipur on Friday (File)Bilaspur: Former Chhattisgarh chief minister Ajit Jogi was buried in a cemetery in GaurelaPendra-Marwahi (GPM) district with full state honours at around 8pm on Saturday amid prayers by bishops and pastors, an official said.Jogi, a bureaucrat-turned-politician and the state’s first CM, died in Raipur on Friday…

Honoured & humbled: Rohit Sharma on being nominated for Khel Ratna

Honoured & humbled: Rohit Sharma on being nominated for Khel Ratna

MUMBAI: India white-ball vice-captain Rohit Sharma on Sunday expressed his gratitude after being nominated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. The BCCI uploaded a video of Rohit thanking everyone and the post read: “I am extremely honoured and humbled,” @iamRo45 on being nominated…

200 special trains start operations from June 1; over 1.45 lakh passengers to travel on Day 1

200 special trains start operations from June 1; over 1.45 lakh passengers to travel on Day 1

NEW DELHI: The Railways on Sunday said it will begin operations of 200 special trains from June 1 and more than 1.45 lakh passengers will travel on the first day. It also said around 26 lakh passengers have booked for Advance Reservation Period (ARP) from June 1 to June 30. These services will be in…

New I-T return forms enable deduction claims in FY 2019-20, for investments made by June end

New I-T return forms enable deduction claims in FY 2019-20, for investments made by June end

MUMBAI: The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has notified the Income-tax (I-T) return forms for taxpayers, for filing their returns for the financial year ended March 31, 2020 (assessment year 2020-21). The I-T return forms (ITR-1 to ITR-7) incorporate the recent announcement made by the Finance Minister, to ease the burden on taxpayers owing…

Low pressure area over Arabian sea may become cyclonic storm: IMD

Low pressure area over Arabian sea may become cyclonic storm: IMD

MUMBAI: A low pressure area is formed into the Arabian sea which might develop into a cyclonic storm and could move towards the coasts of Maharashtra and Gujarat by June 3, a Met statement said on Sunday. “A low pressure area has formed over southeast and adjoining east central Arabian sea and Lakshadweep area with…

Covid-19: India’s recovery rate improves to 47.76%

Covid-19: India’s recovery rate improves to 47.76%

NEW DELHI: The recovery rate of coronavirus patients has increased to 47.76 per cent, said the Union ministry of health and family welfare on Sunday. “In the last 24 hours, 4,614 patients were cured. A cumulative total of 86,983 people have been cured. This takes the total recovery rate to 47.76 per cent,” read an…

Terrorist camps, launch pads in PoK full, Army’s response to ceasefire violations swift and hard: Lt Gen Raju

Terrorist camps, launch pads in PoK full, Army’s response to ceasefire violations swift and hard: Lt Gen Raju

A valley along the Line of Control that runs through Kashmir (NYT)NEW DELHI: All the terrorist camps and around 15 launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) “are full”, according to top army commander Lt Gen B S Raju, who anticipates an increase in infiltration attempts from across the border this summer to replenish the diminishing…

Coronavirus live updates: Maharashtra extends lockdown till June 30, strict curbs from 9pm to 5am

Coronavirus live updates: Maharashtra extends lockdown till June 30, strict curbs from 9pm to 5am

Religious places and places of worship, hotels, restaurants, hospitality services, shopping malls, barber shops, spas, salons and beauty parlours to remain closed across the state: Maharashtra govt guidelines

Coronavirus India lockdown Day 68 live updates | Over 60 lakh COVID-19 cases detected worldwide

Coronavirus India lockdown Day 68 live updates | Over 60 lakh COVID-19 cases detected worldwide

Malls, restaurants, religious places are among those that will be allowed to function in all areas except containment zones from June 8, according to guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs. All kinds of social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural and religious congregations would, however, remain suspended.Here is a list of State Helpline numbers.…

Protests over George Floyd’s death: Tear gas and burning cars in U.S. cities as unrest continues

Protests over George Floyd’s death: Tear gas and burning cars in U.S. cities as unrest continues

Tense protests over the death of George Floyd and other police killings of black men grew Saturday from New York to Tulsa to Los Angeles, with police cars set ablaze and reports of injuries mounting on all sides as the country lurched toward another night of unrest after months of coronavirus lockdowns.The protests, which began…

NASA resumes human spaceflight from U.S. soil with historic SpaceX launch

NASA resumes human spaceflight from U.S. soil with historic SpaceX launch

SpaceX, the private rocket company of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, launched two Americans into orbit from Florida on Saturday in a landmark mission marking the first spaceflight of NASA astronauts from U.S. soil in nine years.A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center at 3:22 p.m. EDT (1922 GMT), launching Doug…

LAC standoff | India-China border row will be resolved through diplomacy, says Rajnath Singh

LAC standoff | India-China border row will be resolved through diplomacy, says Rajnath Singh

The standoff along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China would be resolved through diplomatic dialogue and India’s effort was also to ensure that tensions did not rise further, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Saturday, in the first comments by a member of the Cabinet Committee on Security on the almost month-long standoff.“As…

Coronavirus | PM CARES is not a public authority under RTI Act: PMO

Coronavirus | PM CARES is not a public authority under RTI Act: PMO

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has refused to disclose details on the creation and operation of the PM CARES Fund, telling a Right to Information applicant that the fund is “not a public authority” under the ambit of the RTI Act, 2005.Full coverage on coronavirusThe Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM…

Coronavirus | CSIR chief flays hydroxychloroquine trial suspension

Coronavirus | CSIR chief flays hydroxychloroquine trial suspension

The head of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) — India’s largest chain of industrial laboratories — and two other scientists have castigated an influential study published in the Lancet, which purported to show hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), a prominent antimalarial, as being unhelpful and harmful to coronavirus (COVID-19) patients.The letter signed by Shekhar Mande,…

COVID-19 setback to business could be serious: Infosys

COVID-19 setback to business could be serious: Infosys

The COVID-19 pandemic has its footprints all over Infosys’s annual report of fiscal 2020 that was released on Saturday.The economic slowdown or other factors affecting the economic health of the U.S., the U.K., the EU and Australia are expected to cast a gloom on the financials of the Indian IT services giant. Infosys, on account…

Can coronavirus spread through airborne transmission of aerosols?

Can coronavirus spread through airborne transmission of aerosols?

Direct contact with an infected person, droplet transmission and contact with contaminated surfaces are some of the most common routes of transmission suggested for novel coronavirus. But a Perspective piece published in Science by a team led by Kimberly A. Prather seems to suggests that a “large proportion of the spread of coronavirus disease 2019…

You may say I’m a dreamer

You may say I’m a dreamer

Imagine the following story taking place in one of our larger States. Say the State is one that has traditionally prospered over the decades, having managed some things really well: advanced infrastructure; ease of doing business; absence of crazily rampant corruption among politicians and bureaucrats; an enviable work culture and ‘business sense’ produced by a…

Fourth estate and the fifth column

Fourth estate and the fifth column

Some readers ask how my columns about the larger information ecology and about social media are linked to the journalism of this newspaper. When the government fails to deliver, it invents multiple means to deflect the attention of the citizens from scrutinising its functions. The deflections may vary from waging a full-fledged war to demonising…

Trump postpones G7 summit, seeks to expand invitation list

Trump postpones G7 summit, seeks to expand invitation list

US President Donald Trump (Reuters)ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE: U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he would postpone the Group of Seven summit that he wanted to hold in late June and expand the list of countries invited to include Australia, Russia, South Korea and India. Speaking to reporters on Air Force One during his…

Lockdown 5.0 live updates: Conduct sero-survey to track Covid spread, says ICMR to states

Lockdown 5.0 live updates: Conduct sero-survey to track Covid spread, says ICMR to states

US records 960 coronavirus deaths in 24hrs, Johns Hopkins Universitym reports AFP.US records 960 coronavirus deaths, bringing its total to 103,758 since the pandemic began, with 1,769,776 overall cases of the virus, far more than any other nation, according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

India, China talking though diplomatic, military channels to resolve Ladakh standoff: Rajnath Singh

India, China talking though diplomatic, military channels to resolve Ladakh standoff: Rajnath Singh

NEW DELHI: India and China are talking through diplomatic and military channels to resolve the ongoing troop confrontation in eastern Ladakh, said defence minister Rajnath Singh, adding even the major 73-day Doklam face-off in 2017 had also been defused through bilateral dialogue. But the minister, in an interview to a television channel, deflected a question…

Covid-19: 8,000+ fresh cases in a day, toll crosses 5,000

Covid-19: 8,000+ fresh cases in a day, toll crosses 5,000

NEW DELHI: India’s Covid-19 caseload went past 1.75 lakh on Saturday, three days after crossing the 1.5 lakh milestone, as the number of new infections touched another new peak, going past 8,000 for the first time in a single day. Fresh cases have risen to new highs in seven of the last 10 days. The…

SpaceX rocket lifts off on historic private crewed flight

SpaceX rocket lifts off on historic private crewed flight

SpaceX rocket lifts off on historic private crewed flight. (Twitter/NASA)KENNEDY SPACE CENTER: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying two veteran NASA astronauts lifted off on Saturday on an historic first private crewed flight into space. The two-stage Falcon 9 rocket with astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley aboard blasted off smoothly in a cloud of…

With its oppn endorsing PM Oli’s map ‘update’ plan, Nepal’s ties with India set to worsen

With its oppn endorsing PM Oli’s map ‘update’ plan, Nepal’s ties with India set to worsen

NEW DELHI: With Nepal’s chief opposition party Nepali Congress endorsing Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli’s constitutional amendment, the move to “update” Nepal’s map to include Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani in the national emblem is likely to go through with the required two-thirds majority, a development that will worsen the crisis in India-Nepal relations. If…

Minneapolis killing: Trump plays with fire as America burns

Minneapolis killing: Trump plays with fire as America burns

WASHINGTON: The White House went into a lock down in Washington DC, the CNN headquarters in Atlanta was vandalized, and a protester and police officer were killed in gunfire during clashes in California and Michigan respectively on Friday as the United States was roiled by civil unrest for the fourth successive day after a black…

Coronavirus Outbreak LIVE Updates: Confirmed cases in Odisha climb to 1,819 as 96 more test positive; toll stands at seven

Coronavirus Outbreak LIVE Updates: Confirmed cases in Odisha climb to 1,819 as 96 more test positive; toll stands at seven

Auto Refresh Feeds Coronavirus Outbreak LATEST Updates:  Ninety-six more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Odisha on Saturday, taking the state’s tally to 1,819, a health department official said.  Lockdown has been extended in West Bengal till June 15 with further relaxations, conditions, according to a order issued by the state government. In light of the…

Agriculture to defence: PM Modi shares vision to boost key sectors

Agriculture to defence: PM Modi shares vision to boost key sectors

NEW DELHI: On the completion of one year of BJP government’s second term in office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday shared a roadmap for key sectors like agriculture, defence, health and education. In a series of tweets, PM Modi shared documents on four key sectors, saying the content gives a comprehensive picture of the…

Fifth phase of lockdown begins Monday. Here’s what you must know

Fifth phase of lockdown begins Monday. Here’s what you must know

Written by Deeptiman Tiwary , Edited by Explained Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 30, 2020 9:56:40 pm Sweet shop opens in Pune with 25 per cent staff amid a relaxed nationwide lockdown (Express photo by Ashish Kale)Why has the lockdown been extended for a month? This is actually not an extension of the…

In Unlock 1, re-opening of economic activities except in containment zones

In Unlock 1, re-opening of economic activities except in containment zones

Home / India News / In Unlock 1, re-opening of economic activities except in containment zones The Centre on Sunday issued guidelines for re-opening all the activities in a phased manner from June 1 with a view to return to normalcy, more than two months after first nationwide lockdown was announced to contain the spread…

Punjab extends lockdown till June 30

Punjab extends lockdown till June 30

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. File photo Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 30 Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday announced a four-week extension in the lockdown in Punjab, till June 30, with certain more relaxations, subject to the guidelines of the central government. Though experts have advised against opening of the hospitality industry…

PM Modi wishes Kashmiri Pandits on Jyeshtha Ashtami

PM Modi wishes Kashmiri Pandits on Jyeshtha Ashtami

Home / India News / PM Modi wishes Kashmiri Pandits on Jyeshtha Ashtami In Jammu and Kashmir, Jyestha Ashtami is celebrated at the shrine of Khir Bhawani in Tullamula in honour of their patron goddess Ragnya Devi. india Updated: May 30, 2020 17:36 IST New Delhi, May 12 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the…

Elgar Parishad case: Court asks JJ Hospital to submit report on P Varavara Rao’s health

Elgar Parishad case: Court asks JJ Hospital to submit report on P Varavara Rao’s health

Home / India News / Elgar Parishad case: Court asks JJ Hospital to submit report on P Varavara Rao’s health Rao’s family approached the special court on Saturday for direction to JJ Hospital for his detailed medical report. The activist, who has various ailments, was taken to the hospital on Thursday evening after he fell…

Indian Railways to start 200 trains from Monday: New rules you must know

Indian Railways to start 200 trains from Monday: New rules you must know

The Indian Railways will start the operations of 200 trains from 1 June, in addition to already operational 30 Rajdhani like special AC trains and Shramik special trains for migrant labourers. The decision to run the mail and express trains came two months after the lockdown was announced across India to prevent the spread of…

Most states want lockdown to be extended, say home ministry sources

Most states want lockdown to be extended, say home ministry sources

New Delhi: Union home minister Amit Shah on Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and briefed him about the suggestions and feedback he got from all the chief ministers on the extension of the nationwide lockdown beyond May 31, officials said. Shah on Thursday had telephonic chats with the CMs as he sought to know…

7,964 new coronavirus cases, 265 deaths in 24 hours: India’s biggest spike in COVID-19 count

7,964 new coronavirus cases, 265 deaths in 24 hours: India’s biggest spike in COVID-19 count

Home > News > India > 7,964 new coronavirus cases, 265 deaths in 24 hours: India’s biggest spike in COVID-19 count Maharashtra’s coronavirus count crossed the grim milestone of 60,000-mark on Friday 2 min read . Updated: 30 May 2020, 10:37 AM IST Written By Anulekha Ray While Delhi has recorded over 1,000 cases for…

Covid-19 doubling time improves to 15.4 days: Health ministry

Covid-19 doubling time improves to 15.4 days: Health ministry

NEW DELHI: The doubling time of coronavirus cases in India has improved to 15.4 days from 13.3 days, the Union health ministry said on Saturday, as the country’s Covid-19 death toll climbed to 4,971 and the total cases rose to 1,73,763. The doubling time improved during the past three days, it said. As many as…

Lockdown 5.0: Only essential activities in containment zones till June 30

Lockdown 5.0: Only essential activities in containment zones till June 30

NEW DELHI: The Centre on Saturday announced that lockdown will continue to remain in the containment zones till June 30. The power to demarcate the containment zones has been given to the district authorities, who need to consider the guidelines provided by the health ministry in declaring these zones. In the containment zones, only essential…

Inter-state movement: No restrictions, no e-permit but states can impose conditions

Inter-state movement: No restrictions, no e-permit but states can impose conditions

NEW DELHI: The ministry of home affairs on Saturday said there will not be any restrictions on the intra-state and inter-state movement of people and goods from June 1 outside containment zones. In fresh guidelines to reopen the country after the end of lockdown 4.0, the MHA said that no separate permission or e-permit will…

BCCI nominates Rohit Sharma for Khel Ratna, Shikhar Dhawan, Ishant Sharma and Deepti Sharma for Arjuna award

BCCI nominates Rohit Sharma for Khel Ratna, Shikhar Dhawan, Ishant Sharma and Deepti Sharma for Arjuna award

NEW DELHI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday nominated opener Rohit Sharma for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award 2020 while Ishant Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Deepti Sharma have been nominated for the Arjuna Awards. The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports had sought invitations for the respective awards…

Unlock 1.0: What’s open and from when

Unlock 1.0: What’s open and from when

NEW DELHI: The ministry of home affairs on Saturday issued fresh guidelines to reopen the country in a phased manner as the fourth phase of lockdown draws to an end on May 31. However, the lockdown will continue in the containment zones till June 30 where only essential activities will be allowed: Here is what…

MHA guidelines on phased reopening: Full text

MHA guidelines on phased reopening: Full text

NEW DELHI: The nationwide lockdown has been extended in the containment zones till June 30, the ministry of home affairs said on Saturday. The MHA has also issued phase-wise guidelines on re-opening of activities after the phase four of lockdown ends on May 31. According to the guidelines, religious places, hotels and malls will be…

Protests flare across US over Minneapolis killing

Protests flare across US over Minneapolis killing

MINNEAPOLIS: Protests flared late into the night in many cities in the United States over the killing of George Floyd, a black man who died this week after being pinned down by the neck by a white police officer in Minneapolis. The sometimes violent demonstrations hit cities from New York to Atlanta in a tide…

Skymet announces arrival of monsoon over Kerala, IMD differs

Skymet announces arrival of monsoon over Kerala, IMD differs

The southwest monsoon has arrived in Kerala before its onset schedule, private agency Skymet Weather announced on Saturday, but India’s official forecaster IMD said conditions are not yet ripe for the declaration.Skymet Weather CEO Jatin Singh said all conditions such as rainfall, Outwave Longwave Radiation (OLR) value and wind speed have been met to declare…

Year of disappointment, disastrous management and diabolical pain: Congress on Modi govt anniversary

Year of disappointment, disastrous management and diabolical pain: Congress on Modi govt anniversary

K.C. Venugopal. File   The Congress on Saturday described the first year of the Modi government as a “year of disappointment, disastrous management and diabolical pain”.Congress leader K.C. Venugopal said the six years of the Modi dispensation have seen fraying of bonds of empathy, fraternity and brotherhood with increase in acts of communal and sectarian…

Court seeks report on Varavara Rao’s health

Court seeks report on Varavara Rao’s health

Varavara Rao   A special lockdown court has ordered the Superintendent of JJ Hospital to report about the health condition of 81-year-old Telugu poet Varavara Rao.The court presided by Judge D.E. Kothalikar gave the order on Saturday. The order came after Mr. Rao’s wife P. Hemalatha moved court seeking for the medical reports of her husband.Mr.…

No total lockdown tomorrow in Karnataka

No total lockdown tomorrow in Karnataka

Curfew will be imposed from 7 p.m. on Sunday till 7 a.m. on Monday   | Photo Credit: AP Buses to run till 7 p.m., shops to remain open The State government on Saturday announced that there will be no total lockdown on Sunday and all activities will be allowed between 7 a.m. and 7…

Coronavirus India lockdown Day 67 live updates | Over 7,500 cases in 24 hours

Coronavirus India lockdown Day 67 live updates | Over 7,500 cases in 24 hours

India registered its highest single-day increase in new COVID-19 cases with 7,964 cases and 265 deaths reported in the past 24 hours. India has been reporting over 6,000 cases per day since May 22.Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Delhi have become the top three COVID-load States, with over 56,000 active cases.Here is a list of State…

Tough, big decisions marked Modi 2.0 first year: Nadda

Tough, big decisions marked Modi 2.0 first year: Nadda

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being felicitated during the BJP Parliamentry party meeting in New Delhi. File photo   | Photo Credit: Sandeep Saxena The PM has given a new direction to the country’s democracy, says BJP chief Nadda BJP president J P Nadda on Saturday acknowledged that India faced twin challenges of combating COVID-19…

Two militants killed in Kulgam encounter

Two militants killed in Kulgam encounter

Peerzada Ashiq Srinagar, May 30, 2020 09:03 IST Updated: May 30, 2020 10:32 IST Army jawan stand guardin Kulgam District in south Kashmir. File photo.   | Photo Credit: Nissar Ahmad Peerzada Ashiq Srinagar, May 30, 2020 09:03 IST Updated: May 30, 2020 10:32 IST The security forces got a tip off about the presence…

Coronavirus lockdown | West Bengal announces easing of lockdown restrictions from June 1

Coronavirus lockdown | West Bengal announces easing of lockdown restrictions from June 1

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has announced a number of relaxations to the lockdown in the State, which will come into effect from June 1. Government and private offices in the State will be allowed to open from June 8.The relaxations come at a time when the number of COVID-19 cases in the State…

Coronavirus live updates: India’s managed to ‘distribute’ corona curve, says ICMR chief

Coronavirus live updates: India’s managed to ‘distribute’ corona curve, says ICMR chief

US records 1,225 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours: Johns HopkinsUS records 1,225 coronavirus deaths, bringing its total to 102,798 since the pandemic began, with 1,745,606 overall cases of the virus, far more than any other nation, according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University, reports AFP.

No threat to urban areas from locusts: UN body

No threat to urban areas from locusts: UN body

NEW DELHI: Extent of locust invasion in India may spread further and swarms may reach as far as Bihar and Odisha in June-July before they eventually return to Rajasthan with the progress of monsoon, a UN body has warned. However, its impact in cities, including Delhi, will not be felt as locusts overfly urban areas…

Rajnath Singh discusses border situation with US def secy

Rajnath Singh discusses border situation with US def secy

NEW DELHI: India will need to firmly keep up its guard against China’s creeping cartographic aggression in eastern Ladakh, sources said on Friday, even as defence minister Rajnath Singh briefed his US counterpart Mark Esper about the ongoing confrontation between Indian and Chinese troops in the high-altitude region. Sources said Singh told Esper, in a…

Covid 19: Star hotels to add 2,000 beds for viral fight

Covid 19: Star hotels to add 2,000 beds for viral fight

NEW DELHI: With the number of coronavirus cases on a surge, Delhi government on Friday decided to take over five starred hotels for conversion into temporary hospitals to augment the beds available for Covid-19 patients. The hotels will be linked with the nearest private hospital designated as a Covid hospital. The government has also enlisted…

Jan-March expansion at 40 quarter low of 3.1%, 2019-20 GDP growth at 11-year low of 4.2%

Jan-March expansion at 40 quarter low of 3.1%, 2019-20 GDP growth at 11-year low of 4.2%

NEW DELHI: The country’s economic growth in the January-March quarter of 2019-20 expanded at its slowest pace in 40 quarters at 3.1%, dragged down by the manufacturing and construction sectors and some impact of the national lockdown in late March. Only the farm sector and government spending stayed firm. Data released by the National Statistical…

PM Modi, Amit Shah discuss lockdown; curbs may be eased further

PM Modi, Amit Shah discuss lockdown; curbs may be eased further

A migrant walks past police barricades placed near Ghazipur during a nationwide lockdown. (Photo: PTI)NEW DELHI: Home minister Amit Shah met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday to discuss the ongoing lockdown as well as the way ahead post-May 31, amid indications that curbs will be further eased with states being allowed more leeway to…

Trump says US to quit WHO, announces mild sanctions against China

Trump says US to quit WHO, announces mild sanctions against China

US President Donald Trump announced that his country is terminating its relationship with the World Health Org…Read MoreWASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Friday announced on Friday he is terminating Washington’s relationship with the World Health Organisation and imposing a range of sanctions against China for its deception with regards to the coronavirus pandemic and…

Coronavirus | Trump says terminating U.S. relationship with World Health Organization

Coronavirus | Trump says terminating U.S. relationship with World Health Organization

U.S. President Donald Trump   | Photo Credit: AP The U.S. president said that the WHO had failed to make reforms to the organization that he had demanded earlier this month. U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he is terminating the U.S. relationship with the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus,…

Awful silence: On India-China standoff

Awful silence: On India-China standoff

May 30, 2020 00:02 IST Updated: May 30, 2020 01:06 IST May 30, 2020 00:02 IST Updated: May 30, 2020 01:06 IST India must publicly clarify the seriousness of the situation with China along the LAC Nearly a month after the first skirmishes on the LAC between Indian and Chinese soldiers were reported, the situation…

Belated, but welcome: On Supreme Court move on migrant workers

Belated, but welcome: On Supreme Court move on migrant workers

May 30, 2020 00:02 IST Updated: May 30, 2020 01:13 IST May 30, 2020 00:02 IST Updated: May 30, 2020 01:13 IST After taking note of pandemic-induced crisis, SC must now enforce rights of the vulnerable It is a matter of relief that the Supreme Court has at last taken cognisance of the plight of…

States show variations in testing contacts, says study

States show variations in testing contacts, says study

States that are grappling with the highest burden of COVID-19 are those that least tested the contacts of persons who were confirmed positive, suggests data from an analysis of nearly 1,00,000 individuals tested for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and published by a core group of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) scientists and independent epidemiologists leading…

Reports of “lost” trains fake, says railways

Reports of “lost” trains fake, says railways

Railway Board Chairman V.K. Yadav on Friday termed reports of Shramik Special trains “getting lost” as “fake news,” and said only four trains of a total of 3,840 run so far since May 1 have taken more than 72 hours to reach their destinations.He said only 1.8% of all such trains run so far, or…

‘Dinner meeting’ of Karnataka BJP MLAs sets alarm bells ringing in party

‘Dinner meeting’ of Karnataka BJP MLAs sets alarm bells ringing in party

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa is yet again facing rebellion in his ranks.A “dinner meeting” held by a section of MLAs from North Karnataka on Thursday night points to simmering discontent in the ruling BJP bubbling up once more.The impending elections to the Rajya Sabha and the Legislative Council…

LAC standoff | India-China border tensions unlikely to escalate, say former diplomats

LAC standoff | India-China border tensions unlikely to escalate, say former diplomats

The ongoing border tensions with China along several points along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) are unlikely to escalate into a conflict with China, two former senior Indian officials said on Friday.Also read: China’s media slams Trump over border comments, says he is ‘driving a wedge’“The most important thing is to not view every…

Trump’s gaffe on call with PM Modi is not a first, but a pattern

Trump’s gaffe on call with PM Modi is not a first, but a pattern

Government officials have dismissed U.S. President Donald Trump’s claim that he spoke with Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the situation at the Line of Actual Control with China, as untrue. While this is the first time Mr. Trump has been accused by New Delhi of fabricating a conversation entirely, it is not the first time…

GDP growth slows to a 11-year low of 4.2%

GDP growth slows to a 11-year low of 4.2%

Economic growth slowed to an 11-year low of 4.2% in 2019-20, according to data released by the National Statistical Office on Friday.In the final quarter of the year, that is, January-March, the growth rate of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) fell to 3.1%, reflecting the impact of the first week of the COVID-19 lockdown which began…

Coronavirus lockdown | Centre likely to retain limited role and allow States have more say after May 31

Coronavirus lockdown | Centre likely to retain limited role and allow States have more say after May 31

The government is all set to announce Lockdown 5.0 for two weeks, with strict implementation in 13 cities that have recorded 70% of the total COVID-19 cases. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) will issue revised guidelines soon, a senior government official said.India coronavirus lockdown Day 66 updates | Helpline numbersUnion Home Minister Amit Shah met…

DGCA issues circular on locust impact on flying

MUMBAI: Flights should be avoided through any known locust swarm, said the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in a circular issued on Friday. Pilots are required to share information of locust swarm they spot in the course of flight. “Generally locus are fond at lower levels and therefore pose a threat to aircraft the…

Astrologer Bejan Daruwalla dies of coronavirus COVID-19 complication in Ahmedabad

Astrologer Bejan Daruwalla dies of coronavirus COVID-19 complication in Ahmedabad

Bejan Daruwalla Famous Indian astrologer Bejan Daruwalla is no more. The man, whose astrological predictions were avidly followed by millions across the country, breathed his last on Friday (May 29) at a hospital in Ahmedabad. The astrologer reportedly died of coronavirus COVID-19 complications. Famous Indian astrologer Bejan Daruwalla is no more. The man, whose astrological…

China rejects Trump’s offer to mediate in border standoff with India

China rejects Trump’s offer to mediate in border standoff with India

BEIJING: China on Friday rejected US President Donald Trump’s offer to mediate between India and China to end their current border standoff, saying the two countries do not need the intervention of a “third party” to settle their differences. In a surprise move, Trump on Wednesday offered to “mediate or arbitrate” the raging border dispute…

Can’t set Covid-19 testing facilities in each district, Bombay HC expresses displeasure

Can’t set Covid-19 testing facilities in each district, Bombay HC expresses displeasure

Home / Mumbai News / Can’t set Covid-19 testing facilities in each district, Bombay HC expresses displeasure Maharashtra government authorities on Friday expressed its inability to a two-member division bench Bombay high court (HC) about setting up a full-fledged coronavirus disease (Covid-19) testing facility in all 36 districts in the state, but maintained that they…

Ajit Jogi, Chhattisgarh’s first CM, passes away

Ajit Jogi, Chhattisgarh’s first CM, passes away

Former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi, 74, died on Friday after being hospitalised in Raipur following a heart attack. His death was announced on Twitter by his son Amit Jogi. The former bureaucrat-turned-politician, who was the incumbent MLA from the Marwahi seat, was the first chief minister of Chhattisgarh after it was carved out of Madhya…

How important is Hong Kong to China as a free finance hub?

How important is Hong Kong to China as a free finance hub?

Bankers and investors fear China’s push to impose national security laws on Hong Kong threaten the city’s future as an international financial centre. If it gets to that stage, Beijing’s move will come at a cost for China’s economy.WHY DOES CHINA NEED HONG KONG AS IT IS?China still has extensive capital controls and often intervenes…

Travel when necessary: Indian Railways’ request to ‘vulnerable’ people after deaths on Shramik Spec…

Travel when necessary: Indian Railways’ request to ‘vulnerable’ people after deaths on Shramik Spec…

Home / India News / Travel when necessary: Indian Railways’ request to ‘vulnerable’ people after deaths on Shramik Specials The Indian Railways on Friday appealed to people not to travel on Shramik special trains if they are suffering from pre-existing medical conditions amid the rising number of deaths being reported on board.At least nine passengers…

Govt Lawyer’s ‘Vulture’, ‘Prophets of Doom’ Remarks in SC Draw Ire

Govt Lawyer’s ‘Vulture’, ‘Prophets of Doom’ Remarks in SC Draw Ire

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta’s complaint to the Supreme Court on Thursday, 28 May, about “prophets of doom who always spread negativity” during a hearing on migrant workers has drawn sharp reaction…

With 165,799 Covid-19 cases, India now world’s ninth worst-hit country

With 165,799 Covid-19 cases, India now world’s ninth worst-hit country

Home / India News / With 165,799 Covid-19 cases, India now world’s ninth worst-hit country India now has the world’s ninth worst coronavirus disease (Covid-19) case count as the number of those infected in the country rose to 165,799 and its death toll crossed China’s official count, data has shown.At least 213 countries and territories…

Monsoon likely to hit Kerala on June 1-2; north set to get rain: Met

Monsoon likely to hit Kerala on June 1-2; north set to get rain: Met

NEW DELHI: Cyclone Amphan had rushed the southwest monsoon into Andaman and Nicobar Islands on May 17. Now, the monsoon is set to ride another storm—a cyclonic circulation forming over the Arabian Sea—to reach Kerala by June 1 or 2, the Met department said. June 1 is the normal date of monsoon’s arrival over Kerala,…

Delhi Reports Over 1,000 Coronavirus Cases In Highest Single-Day Spike

Delhi Reports Over 1,000 Coronavirus Cases In Highest Single-Day Spike

Delhi coronavirus: The national capital is one of the worst-hit states with 16,281 casesNew Delhi: Delhi reported the highest spike in coronavirus cases today with 1,024 new cases, taking the total to over 16,000. The total number of deaths in the national capital now stands at 316.This is the first time that over 1,000 COVID-19…

Here’s how Zoom is set to ‘change’ from May 30 | Gadgets Now

Here’s how Zoom is set to ‘change’ from May 30 | Gadgets Now

1 / 12Here’s how Zoom is set to ‘change’ from May 30No one would blame you if you hadn’t heard of Zoom on March 1. But this is a different world than it was 80 days back. Now, Zoom is a household name with working professionals, teachers, students — everyone relying on it to get…

Coronavirus live updates: India now No. 9 among Covid-hit countries as cases cross 1.6 lakh

Coronavirus live updates: India now No. 9 among Covid-hit countries as cases cross 1.6 lakh

India’s Covid-19 count crossed the 1.6 lakh mark, with fresh cases surging to another single-day high of 6,926 on Thursday. The death toll continued to rise, as 177 fatalities were reported during the day, the third highest number so far. India climbed to the ninth spot among countries with the highest Covid-19 caseloads, overtaking Turkey…

No room for third party in India-China issues, says govt

No room for third party in India-China issues, says govt

NEW DELHI: A day after US President Donald Trump made an unsolicited offer to mediate, India made it clear there was no room for any third party in bilateral issues with China and stressed that it was “fully engaged with the Chinese side to peacefully resolve the issue” of Chinese incursions in Ladakh. Coming after…

Trump signs order targeting social media giants’ legal protections

Trump signs order targeting social media giants’ legal protections

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump issued an executive order Thursday seeking to strip social media giants like Twitter of legal immunity for content posted by users. If this was enacted, the likes of Twitter and Facebook would become open to lawsuits and greatly increased government regulation. Trump — angered this week after Twitter tagged one of…

6 local vaccine candidates identified, 30 groups on job

6 local vaccine candidates identified, 30 groups on job

NEW DELHI: India has identified at least six local vaccine candidates with 30 groups trying to develop a vaccine for Covid-19. Besides, around 10 drugs are being re-purposed for use in treatment of the disease and are under different stages of trials, the government said while also highlighting that it was working on guidelines to…

Amit Shah speaks to CMs on way ahead after Lockdown 4.0

Amit Shah speaks to CMs on way ahead after Lockdown 4.0

NEW DELHI: Union home minister Amit Shah on Thursday spoke to all chief ministers on the lockdown enforced to contain the spread of Covid-19 amid indications that states will continue to have a major say in deciding the curbs and opening-up measures. Shah is said to have elicited the CMs’ views on the way ahead…

Nepal pushes for talks, India says need to create trust first

Nepal pushes for talks, India says need to create trust first

NEW DELHI: With Nepal insisting on foreign secretary-level talks to address the Kalapani border issue, even while simultaneously pushing through a constitutional amendment to validate its new map, India said on Thursday it was important to create an environment of trust and confidence for dialogue. After the main opposition party, Nepali Congress, sought more time…

No train or bus fares for migrants, orders SC

No train or bus fares for migrants, orders SC

The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered that stranded migrant workers will not be charged train or bus fares for their journey back home to their villages.The fare would be pooled between the State from where their journey originated and the destination State. Shelter, food and water would be provided by the originating State at notified…

BJP plans ‘digital rallies’ to mark Modi govt. anniversary

BJP plans ‘digital rallies’ to mark Modi govt. anniversary

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the swearing-in ceremony at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on May 30, 2019.   | Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy General secretary Bhupendra Yadav said this at a video presser, while reiterating that the BJP “stood with the general public in the fight against COVID-19”. The ongoing COVID-19…

Locust attack: About 90,000 hectares hit in 20 Rajasthan districts

Locust attack: About 90,000 hectares hit in 20 Rajasthan districts

This May 10, 2020 photo shows locusts swarming over city and near by area in Ajmer, Rajasthan.   | Photo Credit: AP About 90,000 hectares in 20 districts of Rajasthan have been affected due to the locust attack, an official said Thursday. Swarms of locust have moved from Sri Ganganagar, Nagaur, Jaipur, Dausa, Karauli and…

Elgar Parishad case | Delhi HC says NIA acted in haste in taking Navlakha to Mumbai

he Delhi High Court has questioned the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for acting in “inexplicable, frantic hurry” to whisk away civil rights activist Gautam Navlakha to Mumbai, even when his interim bail plea was pending before the high court here.Justice Anup J. Bhambhani, who conducted the hearing through video conferencing, remarked that the NIA moved…

No fare to be charged from migrant workers returning home: Key points of SC order

No fare to be charged from migrant workers returning home: Key points of SC order

TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: May 28, 2020, 17:44 ISTNEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday directed that no fare for travel either by train or bus be charged from the migrant workers stranded across the country due to the Covid-induced lockdown and they be provided food and water. A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan said…

Trump to sign executive order after threatening to shutter social media

Trump to sign executive order after threatening to shutter social media

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Thursday after threatening to shutter social media platforms following Twitter’s move to label two of his tweets misleading. After long resisting calls to censure Trump over his truth-defying posts, Twitter on Tuesday accused the President for the first time of making false…

Cricket Australia announce schedule, India series listed in it

Cricket Australia announce schedule, India series listed in it

MELBOURNE: Ending weeks of speculation, Cricket Australia on Thursday confirmed that India will make the trip Down Under starting October this year for a financially critical assignment comprising four Tests, ODIs as well as T20 Internationals. Cricket Australia announced the much-anticipated resumption of the game after the COVID-19 pandemic with a six-month home summer schedule,…

Locust attack: About 90,000 hectares hit in 20 Rajasthan districts

Locust attack: About 90,000 hectares hit in 20 Rajasthan districts

JAIPUR: About 90,000 hectares in 20 districts of Rajasthan have been affected due to the locust attack, an official said Thursday. Swarms of locust have moved from Sri Ganganagar, Nagaur, Jaipur, Dausa, Karauli and Swai Madhopur towards other areas in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh after the authorities conducted operations to tackle them. Crop over…

Border row: ‘Don’t read too much into China’s statements’

Border row: ‘Don’t read too much into China’s statements’

Indian Army truck crosses Chang la pass near Pangong Lake in Ladakh region (File photo for representation purp…Read MoreNEW DELHI: The Army top brass kicked off an operational review of the overall security situation on Wednesday, even as the military assessment was that Chinese soldiers will have to unconditionally withdraw from Indian territory in eastern…

Rs 188 crore or Rs 900 crore or more? Mystery over Jayalalithaa’s assets

Rs 188 crore or Rs 900 crore or more? Mystery over Jayalalithaa’s assets

CHENNAI: Her legal heirs have been determined, but what is the fair market value of Jayalalithaa’s sizeable list of assets? Three figures have been presented before the Madras high court. Jayalalithaa’s legal heirs — J Deepa and J Deepak — said the total value of their aunt’s properties was Rs 188 odd crore; two AIADMK…

Faces masked, lipstick sales take a hit; focus shifts to eye makeup

Faces masked, lipstick sales take a hit; focus shifts to eye makeup

MUMBAI: The “lipstick index”, which usually rises during an economic downturn, appears to have lost a bit of its shine with the Covid-led lockdown. Lipstick sales have taken a hit with people staying indoors and the consumer’s makeup usage behaviour changing in a dramatic way. With masks becoming a must-have accessory and no occasion for…

Entire country heard cries of migrants but not govt: Sonia Gandhi

Entire country heard cries of migrants but not govt: Sonia Gandhi

NEW DELHI: Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday said the entire country has heard the cries of pain of migrants “except the government” and urged the Centre to unlock its coffers to help those affected by the coronavirus-induced lockdown. LIVE: Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi’s message to the people & the BJP govt. #SpeakUpIndia https://t.co/OqpYFaU6AD—…

Hizbul Mujahideen, Jaish-e-Mohammad wanted to carry out 2019-type attack in Pulwama: Jammu and Kashmir police

Hizbul Mujahideen, Jaish-e-Mohammad wanted to carry out 2019-type attack in Pulwama: Jammu and Kashmir police

Jammu and Kashmir Hours after the personnel of the bomb disposal squad successfully defused an improvised explosive device (IED) planted inside a Santro car in Jammu Kashmir’s Pulwama, Vijay Kumar, IG Police Jammu and Kashmir said that the occupant of the car identified as Adil is a Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist, who is also in touch…

Delhi issues advisory to tackle locust threat as capital braces for attack

Delhi issues advisory to tackle locust threat as capital braces for attack

Home / India News / Delhi issues advisory to tackle locust threat as capital braces for attack The Delhi government on Thursday issued an advisory on preventive measures to control a probable locust attack in the national capital.It called for organising awareness programmes for the public/farmers to prevent/control the probable attack of swarms of locusts…

Centre Complains About “Prophets Of Doom” In Top Court On Migrant Crisis

Centre Complains About “Prophets Of Doom” In Top Court On Migrant Crisis

Coronavirus: Lakhs of migrant workers were left stranded during the COVID-19 lockdownNew Delhi: Grilled over the migrant crisis by the Supreme Court today, the government complained about “prophets of doom” who only spread negativity and who refused to acknowledge the steps taken by it.”We have something called prophets of doom who only spread negativity. All…

Cyclone Amphan and Covid-19: Survivors recount tales of horror and grit

Cyclone Amphan and Covid-19: Survivors recount tales of horror and grit

Home / India News / Cyclone Amphan and Covid-19: Survivors recount tales of horror and grit Cyclone Amphan which affected more than 10 million and killed 86 people was the strongest cyclone to hit West Bengal in a decade. Tanmay Chatterjee and Joydeep Thakur spoke to the people who faced the full fury of the…

Explained: The state of international air travel in India and the world

Explained: The state of international air travel in India and the world

By: Explained Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 28, 2020 12:39:26 pm An aircraft of the German airline Lufthansa takes of at the airport in Munich, Germany, Tuesday, May 26, 2020. (AP Photo: Matthias Schrader)The aviation sector has been among the worst-hit during the coronavirus pandemic. However, while easing lockdowns, several countries have resumed…

“Leave Our Employees Out Of It”: Twitter CEO Hits Back At Trump

“Leave Our Employees Out Of It”: Twitter CEO Hits Back At Trump

Twitter’s Jack Dorsey said “more transparency from us is critical…”New Delhi: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey today reinforced his stance on pointing out “incorrect or disputed information about elections globally”, a day after US President Donald Trump threatened to shutter social media over Twitter’s actions on his posts.Mr Dorsey appealed to “leave our employees out of…

How India fares against US in number of covid-19 cases, testing, mortality rate

How India fares against US in number of covid-19 cases, testing, mortality rate

Home > News > India > How India fares against US in number of covid-19 cases, testing, mortality rate A man carries an air-cooler on his head as he walks on a footpath amid rising temperatures in New Delhi 2 min read . Updated: 28 May 2020, 12:06 PM IST Ravi Prakash Kumar As per…

Explained: Why the present heatwave in North India is unusual

Explained: Why the present heatwave in North India is unusual

Written by Anjali Marar , Edited by Explained Desk | Pune | Updated: May 28, 2020 7:32:46 am At 46 degrees, Delhi saw its hottest May day since 2002 on Tuesday (Express photo by Anil Sharma)For the past five days, Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra have been experiencing severe to very severe…

Punjab to take call on curbs on May 30

Punjab to take call on curbs on May 30

Tribune News Service Chandigarh, May 27 The state government will decide on the future course of action with respect to the lockdown on May 30. Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh will chair a review meeting with departments on the Covid situation on May 30, and announce the government’s decision on lifting or extending the lockdown.…

US passes dire milestone of 100,000 Covid-19 deaths

US passes dire milestone of 100,000 Covid-19 deaths

WASHINGTON: Unthinkable just four months ago, the United States on Wednesday surpassed the grim milestone of 100,000 coronavirus deaths, as the pandemic tightened its grip on Latin America. With the European Union unveiling a massive recovery plan to step up its emergence from the crisis, the catastrophic US figure was a reminder of the devastation…

US bill to pressure China over Uighur rights goes to Trump for decision

US bill to pressure China over Uighur rights goes to Trump for decision

AFP photoWASHINGTON: The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation on Wednesday calling for sanctions on Chinese officials responsible for oppression of Uighur Muslims, sending the bill to the White House for President Donald Trump to veto or sign into law. The tally was 413-1. The near-unanimous support in Congress – the Senate passed the…

In a first, drone used to clear locust swarms in Chomu

In a first, drone used to clear locust swarms in Chomu

JAIPUR: In a first, the state agriculture department is using a drone to clear locusts in the state. The first batch of tailor-made drones given by the Union ministry of agriculture was handed over to the state agriculture department on Tuesday. Its operation started on Wednesday morning at Samod village in Chomu tehsil of Jaipur…

Day after controversy, Rahul Gandhi lauds Maharashtra work on Covid-19

Day after controversy, Rahul Gandhi lauds Maharashtra work on Covid-19

MUMBAI: A day after his statement that the Congress was “only supporting” and “not running” the Maharashtra government sparked talk of a rift in the Maha Vikas Aghadi, Rahul Gandhi spoke to state environment minister and son of CM Uddhav Thackeray, Aaditya, saying “Maharashtra is doing good work on tackling Covid-19” and called for a…

India tally over 1.5 lakh, last 50k in 9 days

India tally over 1.5 lakh, last 50k in 9 days

NEW DELHI: India crossed the grim milestone of 1.5 lakh Covid-19 cases by registering 6,366 fresh cases on Wednesday, taking the country’s total caseload to 1,54,141. While it took 109 days to breach the mark of one lakh cases, it took just nine days to cross the level of the next 50,000 cases, indicating a…

Envoy reaches out, says India and China pose no threat to each other

Envoy reaches out, says India and China pose no threat to each other

Sun said India and China should adhere to the “basic judgment” that they were each other’s opportunities and p…Read MoreNew Delhi: Amid tensions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and some aggressive commentary in Chinese media, China’s ambassador to India Sun Weidong on Wednesday seemed to convey a more conciliatory message as he told…

The swarm: On locust attack

The swarm: On locust attack

May 28, 2020 00:02 IST Updated: May 28, 2020 01:05 IST May 28, 2020 00:02 IST Updated: May 28, 2020 01:05 IST The locusts in western parts add a new dimension to other disasters facing India Just last week, eastern India was battered by one of the most powerful cyclones in decades and now, even…

Rising tide: On return of protests in Hong Kong

Rising tide: On return of protests in Hong Kong

May 28, 2020 00:02 IST Updated: May 28, 2020 01:13 IST May 28, 2020 00:02 IST Updated: May 28, 2020 01:13 IST China’s effort to tighten grip on Hong Kong with tough laws may not help its cause Protests and violence returned to Hong Kong on May 24. In scenes that became all-too-familiar through much…

India should pull out forces from Kalapani: Nepalese Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali

India should pull out forces from Kalapani: Nepalese Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali

India should withdraw security forces from the Kalapani region and restore status quo, Nepalese Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali said on Wednesday.Also read: Nepal approves new map including Lipulekh, Kalapani, Limpiyadhura amidst border row with IndiaHe said a solution to the border dispute should be found urgently, even as Indian sources confirmed that they were…

U.S. strips Hong Kong of special trading status

U.S. strips Hong Kong of special trading status

Mike Pompeo.   | Photo Credit: AFP Hours before Beijing will hold a key vote on a controversial new security law on Hong Kong, Mr. Pompeo sent a notice to Congress that China was not living up to obligations from before it regained control of the territory from Britain in 1997. U.S. Secretary of State…

Don’t let differences shade ties, says China’s Ambassador Sun Weidong

Don’t let differences shade ties, says China’s Ambassador Sun Weidong

Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong.   India and China have kept up “close communication and cooperation” since the COVID-19 outbreak, said China’s Ambassador to India Sun Weidong, adding that he was “impressed” by India’s handling of the pandemic thus far. While he made no direct reference to the ongoing stand-off between the two neighbours armies at…

Locust threat is bigger this year, warns Agriculture Ministry monitor

Locust threat is bigger this year, warns Agriculture Ministry monitor

The threat of locusts, which have invaded vast swathes of land in Rajasthan and entered neighbouring Madhya Pradesh, is bigger this year in comparison with the damage caused to standing crops in a limited area in 2019. The tropical grasshoppers have been crossing over to India via Pakistan’s Sindh province since April 11.The Union Agriculture…

Coronavirus | ICMR removes ₹4,500 cap on COVID-19 test

Coronavirus | ICMR removes ₹4,500 cap on COVID-19 test

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has written to all the States and the Union Territories, suggesting that the upper ceiling of ₹4,500 for the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test be removed so that they can negotiate with the approved laboratories and introduce cheaper tests. The ICMR said the option was being given…

LAC stand-off | Trump surprises with offer to mediate as India, China stress bilateral resolution

LAC stand-off | Trump surprises with offer to mediate as India, China stress bilateral resolution

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he had offered to help New Delhi and Beijing resolve their ongoing tensions at the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The offer came as a surprise on a day when the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) appeared to soften its line on the stand-off, suggesting the…

Amid India-China border standoff, Army Commanders Conference begins

Amid India-China border standoff, Army Commanders Conference begins

The continuing tensions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) are likely to top the agenda as the biannual Army Commanders Conference (ACC) began on Wednesday, with discussions led by the Army chief and the seven commanders, with a specific session devoted to each command over three days.The sessions by the Northern and Eastern Commands…

Migrant workers | Video of baby with dead mother in Bihar railway station goes viral

Migrant workers | Video of baby with dead mother in Bihar railway station goes viral

Amid several videos showing the woes of migrant workers returning to Bihar these days, a chilling video went viral on social media on Wednesday. In it, a half-naked baby is seen playfully tugging at a sheet partially covering its dead mother at the Muzaffarpur Railway Station in Bihar. The woman, said to be Arvina Khatun,…

Trump threatens to regulate or shut down social media companies

Trump threatens to regulate or shut down social media companies

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to regulate or shut down social media companies, one day after Twitter Inc for the first time added a warning to some of his tweets prompting readers to fact check the president’s claims. Trump, without offering any evidence, reiterated his accusations of political bias by such technology…

Uddhav Thackeray holds meeting with key Maha Vikas Aghadi leaders

Uddhav Thackeray holds meeting with key Maha Vikas Aghadi leaders

MUMBAI: Against the backdrop of the recent political activities in Maharashtra and with just a few remaining for the fourth phase of the lockdown to end, state chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday held a meeting of key leaders of the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA). Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat,…

Nepal postpones scheduled discussion on constitutional amendment to update map

Nepal postpones scheduled discussion on constitutional amendment to update map

KATHMANDU: The discussion to amend Nepal’s constitution to update the country’s map, earlier slated for Wednesday, now has been taken out of schedule. Nepal’s House of Representatives was scheduled to hold the discussion in the Parliament for the amendment, which has already been delayed for some time as parties decided to seek a national consensus…

Situation at India border ‘overall stable and controllable’: China

Situation at India border ‘overall stable and controllable’: China

BEIJING: China on Wednesday said that the situation at the border with India is “overall stable and controllable,” and both the countries have proper mechanisms and communication channels to resolve the issues through a dialogue and consultation. The comments by the foreign ministry spokesman came in the backdrop of the continuing standoff between the militaries…

How Wuhan tested 6.5 million for coronavirus in days

How Wuhan tested 6.5 million for coronavirus in days

WUHAN: In Wuhan, medical workers armed with coronavirus test swabs scoured construction sites and markets to look for itinerant workers while others made house calls to reach older residents and people with disabilities. Officials aired announcements over loudspeakers urging people to sign up for their own good. These are the front lines of an unprecedented…

IAF operationalises second squadron of Tejas fighter jets: All you need to know

IAF operationalises second squadron of Tejas fighter jets: All you need to know

TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: May 27, 2020, 14:38 ISTNEW DELHI: IAF chief RKS Bhadauria on Wednesday operationalised a new squadron armed with the indigenous fighter aircraft Tejas. Here is all you need to know about IAF’s new squadron —The No. 18 Squadron is known as ‘Flying Bullets’. The Squadron is armed with newly-inducted, indigenous fighter aircraft…

Coronavirus live updates: Will wait for PM’s decision over re-opening of temples, mosques and churches, Karna

Coronavirus live updates: Will wait for PM’s decision over re-opening of temples, mosques and churches, Karna

TIMES OF INDIATHE TIMES OF INDIA | May 27, 2020, 17:54:01 ISTWith 6,387 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, India’s count of Covid-19 rose to 1,51,767 today, 170 people have also died in the last 24 hours due to the infection. Among all states, Maharashtra has the highest number of Covid-19 cases with…

We will have new world after Covid-19, balance of power between China and US will change: Rahul Gandhi

We will have new world after Covid-19, balance of power between China and US will change: Rahul Gandhi

File pic of Congress leader Rahul GandhiNEW DELHI: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said he feels that “we will have a new world after this virus” and “balance of power between China and the United States will change post-COVID-19”. During an interaction with Ashish Jha, Director Harvard Global Health Institute and a recognised public…

Rahul Gandhi speaks with Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, assures support

Rahul Gandhi speaks with Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, assures support

Home / India News / Rahul Gandhi speaks with Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, assures support A day after his comment led to speculations that all was not well within Maharashtra’s ruling coalition, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi spoke with chief minister Uddhav Thackeray over the phone on Wednesday morning.Rahul Gandhi had said in a press…

PM Modi’s ‘Doklam team’ back in action to stand up to China in Ladakh

PM Modi’s ‘Doklam team’ back in action to stand up to China in Ladakh

Home / India News / PM Modi’s ‘Doklam team’ back in action to stand up to China in Ladakh India has pushed in high altitude warfare troops with support elements to the eastern Ladakh theatre to counter Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) aggressive posture designed to browbeat the government to stop building border infrastructure in…

Hours before taking up migrant workers issue, Supreme Court got stinging letter from senior lawyers

Hours before taking up migrant workers issue, Supreme Court got stinging letter from senior lawyers

Hours before taking suo motu cognisance of “certain lapses” in government measures dealing with migrant workers, the Supreme Court received a stinging letter from 10 senior lawyers each from Delhi and Mumbai that was critical of its “self-effacing deference” to the government, “unwillingness” and “apparent indifference” in the face of the “enormous humanitarian crisis”.The senior…

Air Force Operationalises 2nd Squadron Of Home-Made Tejas Combat Aircraft

Air Force Operationalises 2nd Squadron Of Home-Made Tejas Combat Aircraft

LCA Tejas is the “lightest and smallest” in its group of 4th generation supersonic combat aircraftCoimbatore, Tamil Nadu: The Indian Air Force has operationalised its No.18 Squadron, the “Flying Bullets”, at Sulur near Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, equipping it with the fourth generation Mk1 LCA (Light Combat Aircraft) Tejas.The indigenous tailless compound delta wing aircraft…

At least 20 zones in city are no longer in the red

At least 20 zones in city are no longer in the red

Restrictions in containment zones lifted over last month At least 20 places in Bengaluru, which were identified as “containment zones” to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the neighbourhood, have been freed from all restrictions over the last month, as zero Covid-19 positive cases were detected here over the period. The number of such zones,…

India coronavirus numbers explained: Fewer cases in some states, but faster growth rate

India coronavirus numbers explained: Fewer cases in some states, but faster growth rate

Written by Amitabh Sinha , Edited by Explained Desk | Pune | Updated: May 27, 2020 11:36:38 am India coronavirus numbers explained: On Tuesday, India’s total caseload crossed 1.5 lakh, more than 83,000 of which are ‘active’ cases.Their numbers may still be small, but several states with low caseloads have been reporting relatively faster rate…

North India globe’s hottest region on Tuesday

North India globe’s hottest region on Tuesday

NEW DELHI: As super-hot winds continued to pump into the region from the northwest ever since cyclone Amphan hit Bengal, severe heat wave conditions gripped many parts of north India on Tuesday, with Delhi experiencing its hottest day in May in 18 years. North India (along with south-east Pakistan) was the warmest region of the…

Assam flood situation deteriorates, 2 lakh people in 7 districts affected

Assam flood situation deteriorates, 2 lakh people in 7 districts affected

Home / India News / Assam flood situation deteriorates, 2 lakh people in 7 districts affected Nearly two lakh people in seven districts in Assam have been affected by floods as incessant rain across much of the state worsened the situation on Tuesday.According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), 229 villages in 17…

After Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and UP, locusts invade eastern Maharashtra

After Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and UP, locusts invade eastern Maharashtra

After Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, a swarm of locusts, which destroy crops, have invaded the eastern part of Maharashtra over the past five days, PTI reported on Tuesday. Agricultural department personnel have begun to spray chemicals on crops and other vegetation to save them from the pests. The Central Integrated Pest Management Centre…

Data | The curious case of Gujarat’s COVID-19 curve: remained flat throughout May

Data | The curious case of Gujarat’s COVID-19 curve: remained flat throughout May

A health official (left) collecting sample for a swab test from a mobile testing van in Ahmedabad, Gujarat on April 27, 2020. File   | Photo Credit: PTI The unique pattern of case increase in Gujarat highlights the need to ramp up testing relative to the size of the outbreak in the State Among the…

Coronavirus | No WHO bar on India testing HCQ as a preventive drug, says WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan

Coronavirus | No WHO bar on India testing HCQ as a preventive drug, says WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan

The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) moratorium on testing hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), the controversial anti-malarial drug, for treating COVID-19, which was announced on Monday, doesn’t imply that India should pause testing the drug as a preventive, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist, WHO, told The Hindu in an email. However, she stressed that India ought to be doing…

Lockdown | Schools, colleges still not allowed to open: MHA

Lockdown | Schools, colleges still not allowed to open: MHA

Image for representational purposes only   | Photo Credit: Ramesh Kurup S The statement was issued after a section of media reported that the Ministry has given permission to all States to open schools. No decision has been taken on the opening of schools and colleges and all education institutions across the country are still…

Oil price pickle: On fuel duty hike

Oil price pickle: On fuel duty hike

May 27, 2020 00:02 IST Updated: May 27, 2020 01:05 IST May 27, 2020 00:02 IST Updated: May 27, 2020 01:05 IST The increased duty on fuel can fund welfare, but arbitrary methods will have implications Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan’s recent remark that the Centre is taking a ‘cautious and conscious approach’ of ensuring…

The common factor: On China in U.S. politics

The common factor: On China in U.S. politics

May 27, 2020 00:02 IST Updated: May 27, 2020 01:11 IST May 27, 2020 00:02 IST Updated: May 27, 2020 01:11 IST China is now a dominant subject in U.S. politics as the election draws closer President Donald Trump is entering deeper into a political quagmire on three related fronts: America’s death toll from COVID-19…

Coronavirus lockdown | Migrant workers in Mumbai sell goats, ring to pay airfare

Coronavirus lockdown | Migrant workers in Mumbai sell goats, ring to pay airfare

Three migrant labourers from West Bengal living in Diva near Thane sold their goats and a gold ring and borrowed money to buy air tickets. But they were left high and dry because the flight was cancelled.Also read | Supreme Court orders Centre and States to immediately provide transport, food and shelter free of cost…

Cyclone evacuees and migrants under one roof in West Bengal

Cyclone evacuees and migrants under one roof in West Bengal

Before cyclone Amphan struck on May 20, officials of the Achintyanagar gram panchayat in Pathapratima block of West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas tried to move as many people as possible to cyclone shelters. The gram panchayat, with a population of 30,000, is situated close to the sea, over 100 km away from Kolkata. The impact…

India-China LAC standoff | Narendra Modi reviews situation with NSA, CDS and 3 Service Chiefs

India-China LAC standoff | Narendra Modi reviews situation with NSA, CDS and 3 Service Chiefs

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday reviewed the current situation on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and the ongoing standoff with China with National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Gen. Bipin Rawat and the three Service Chiefs, multiple sources said. The meeting comes a day before the biannual Army Commanders…

Supreme Court takes suo motu cognisance of migrant workers issue

Supreme Court takes suo motu cognisance of migrant workers issue

A three-judge Bench of the Supreme Court on may 26 said there have been “inadequacies and certain lapses” on the part of the Central and State governments in dealing with the migrant workers crisis during the lockdown.The court ordered the Centre and the States to immediately provide transport, food and shelter free of cost to…

Order on full wages withdrawn: Centre informs Supreme Court

Order on full wages withdrawn: Centre informs Supreme Court

The court asked the government to consider the issues raised by the petitioners with urgency. The court said a lot of people were affected. The Centre on Tuesday informed the Supreme Court that it had withdrawn a contentious March 29 order requiring private employers to pay full wages to their workers during the lockdown.Appearing before…

Online Leadership Conclave on The Big Luxury Squeeze in the Times of COVID-19 | ETMasterclass

Online Leadership Conclave on The Big Luxury Squeeze in the Times of COVID-19 | ETMasterclass

About the programme Coronavirus and fears around the dreaded disease have shaken the foundations of the global and the Indian luxury industry to the core. At a time when survival, sustainability, and protection of the economy and jobs remains the biggest of the concerns, are people going to indulge themselves in luxury? Would the restrictions…

Coronavirus live updates: Tripura reports 23 new Covid-19 positive cases

Coronavirus live updates: Tripura reports 23 new Covid-19 positive cases

TIMES OF INDIATHE TIMES OF INDIA | May 27, 2020, 06:28:12 ISTTotal number of cases in India crossed 1.45 lakh. The country recorded more than 6,000 new Covid-19 cases, and over 4167 deaths. Meanwhile, worldwide coronavirus cases have topped 5.5 million. Stay with TOI for live updates.US records less than 700 new coronavirus deaths for…

North India globe’s hottest region on Tuesday

North India globe’s hottest region on Tuesday

NEW DELHI: As super-hot winds continued to pump into the region from the northwest ever since cyclone Amphan hit Bengal, severe heat wave conditions gripped many parts of north India on Tuesday, with Delhi experiencing its hottest day in May in 18 years. North India (along with south-east Pakistan) was the warmest region of the…

After rejecting PILs, SC suo motu takes up plight of migrants

After rejecting PILs, SC suo motu takes up plight of migrants

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday took suo motu cognisance of the plight of migrant workers during the lockdown following constant criticism by activists, activist-lawyers and even retired judges that the court was “insensitive” and had “bowed to the government” by refusing to entertain PILs highlighting the condition of workers who are walking home…

Locust swarms ‘headed’ to Delhi, UP braces for 2nd attack

Locust swarms ‘headed’ to Delhi, UP braces for 2nd attack

NEW DELHI: A swarm of desert locusts that infested Jaipur on Monday morning could be headed towards the capital, if wind speed is favourable. Delhi has been kept on alert as such swarms are currently active in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, which is the most affected state. Normally, desert locusts are…

Covid-19: India unfazed by HCQ trial halt but will check before donating

Covid-19: India unfazed by HCQ trial halt but will check before donating

Representative imageNEW DELHI: While WHO has suspended HCQ trials, stoking further doubts about the efficacy of the drug in dealing with Covid-19, India is unlikely to roll back its medicine diplomacy in haste. The government, however, has asked its missions to check with countries it was looking to donate HCQ to if they still wanted…

As US toll nears 1,00,000, Trump, allies berate Beijing

As US toll nears 1,00,000, Trump, allies berate Beijing

WASHINGTON: Deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in the United States is poised to tick over 100,000 on Tuesday even as President Donald Trump congratulated himself for “great reviews on our handling of Covid-19” amid a bitter partisan political battle over his administration’s approach to the crisis and rising tensions with China. The US President has…

Crime Patrol actress Preksha Mehta commits suicide; posts a cryptic last message on her social media

Crime Patrol actress Preksha Mehta commits suicide; posts a cryptic last message on her social media

Crime Patrol actress Preksha Mehta commits suicide; posts a cryptic last message on her social media Share this on: FacebookTwitterPintrestBy – TIMESOFINDIA.COMUpdated: May 26, 2020, 18:30 ISTfacebooktwitterincomCrime Patrol actress Preksha Mehta (25) committed suicide at her residence in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. The actress, who had appeared in several shows including Meri Durga and Laal Ishq,…

ICC has successfully finished cricket in last 10 years: Shoaib Akhtar

ICC has successfully finished cricket in last 10 years: Shoaib Akhtar

NEW DELHI: The ICC has “successfully finished” cricket in the last 10 years and brought it down to its knees, former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has insisted in a scathing criticism of the sport’s global body. During a conversation with Sanjay Manjrekar for ESPNcricinfo’s podcast, Akhtar expressed his anguish at some of the playing conditions…

145 Shramik Special trains planned for Maharashtra, only 13 run so far: Railway minister Piyush Goyal

145 Shramik Special trains planned for Maharashtra, only 13 run so far: Railway minister Piyush Goyal

NEW DELHI: As the feud between the Maharashtra government and the Railways refuses to die down, the national transporter on Tuesday accused the state of not providing information about passengers as a result of which many Shramik Special trains could not be run. Union railway minister Piyush Goyal tweeted that the Railways had planned 145…

Pakistan round-up: PIA plane crash, Covid-19 situation and more

Pakistan round-up: PIA plane crash, Covid-19 situation and more

NEW DELHI: The Pakistan International Airlines aircraft crash in Karachi on May 22 that left over 100 people onboard dead dominated the headlines last week. The continuous rise in coronavirus cases and a Game of Thrones-style Turkish drama which has captivated the audiences are among the other things that made news across the border. Here…

Locusts attack crops in several Indian states: All you need to know

Locusts attack crops in several Indian states: All you need to know

TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: May 26, 2020, 14:32 ISTNEW DELHI: Crops and vegetation in several Indian states have been threatened by humongous swarms of desert locust known to be the most dangerous of the migratory pests in the world. They are known to devour everything in their path, posing an unprecedented threat to the food supply…

China’s ‘Bat Woman’ warns coronavirus is just tip of the iceberg

China’s ‘Bat Woman’ warns coronavirus is just tip of the iceberg

Chinese virologist Shi Zhengli inside a laboratory in Wuhan.BEIJING: Shi Zhengli, a virologist renowned for her work on coronavirus in bats, said in an interview on Chinese state television that viruses being discovered now are “just the tip of the iceberg” and called for international cooperation in the fight against epidemics. Known as China’s “bat…

India looks to store cheap oil in United States: Dharmendra Pradhan

India looks to store cheap oil in United States: Dharmendra Pradhan

NEW DELHI: India is looking at storing some low priced US oil in facilities there as its local storage is full, oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan said. India’s plan could be similar to a move by Australia, which last month said it would build up an emergency oil stockpile initially by buying crude to store in…

‘Very heavy’ rainfall expected in Assam, Meghalaya from May 26-28, IMD issues red alert

‘Very heavy’ rainfall expected in Assam, Meghalaya from May 26-28, IMD issues red alert

A fisherman looks at his fishing net which is submerged by the rising flood water of Brahmaputra in Guwahati on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: Ritu Raj Konwar A red-colour coded weather alert has been issued for Assam and Meghalaya from May 26-28, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday, predicting very heavy rainfall…

2 Delhi Police constables sent to district lines for beating woman

2 Delhi Police constables sent to district lines for beating woman

A police personnel chasing people, who gathered outside a liqour shop during nationwide lockdown against global coronavirus crisis, in New Delhi on May 04, 2020.   | Photo Credit: Sushil Kumar Verma An inquiry into the matter has been initiated, according to police Two Delhi Police constables were sent to district lines after a video…

Rajasthan restores working hours to eight in factories

Rajasthan restores working hours to eight in factories

PTI Jaipur, May 26, 2020 14:28 IST Updated: May 26, 2020 14:39 IST Photo for representation.   PTI Jaipur, May 26, 2020 14:28 IST Updated: May 26, 2020 14:39 IST On April 24, the Government had increased working hours to twelve, from eight hours per day The Rajasthan government has restored working hours for factory…

Centre’s lockdown strategy has failed: Rahul Gandhi

Centre’s lockdown strategy has failed: Rahul Gandhi

He said India was the only country in the world to have relaxed the lockdown when the virus was still “exponentially rising”. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on May 26 said the four phases of nationwide lockdown have “failed” and not given the results that Prime Minister Narendra Modi expected.Addressing a press conference, he asked the…

No immediate Supreme Court relief for anti-CAA activist Sharjeel Imam

No immediate Supreme Court relief for anti-CAA activist Sharjeel Imam

Bench seeks replies from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh; hearing adjourned for two weeks Anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) activist Sharjeel Imam on Tuesday failed to get any immediate relief from the Supreme Court despite arguing that several First Information Reports (FIRs) registered against him in different States were politically coloured and a ruse…

Analysis | Can the Congress form a new class of voters?

Analysis | Can the Congress form a new class of voters?

Long before the rest of India learnt about the ‘Gujarat model of development’, migrant labourers from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar were meant to be the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s brand ambassadors.While the Hindi heartland States failed to offer ‘rozi roti’ (daily bread), Gujarat under Mr. Modi filled that vacuum.In a leading business paper, Swaminathan…

Uddhav Thackeray meets Sharad Pawar, Sena says Maharashtra govt strong

Uddhav Thackeray meets Sharad Pawar, Sena says Maharashtra govt strong

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and NCP president Sharad Pawar. File photos   | Photo Credit: PTI Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray held a meeting with NCP president Sharad Pawar here, senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said on Tuesday while asserting that the state government is “strong”.The two leaders met for about one-and-a-half hours…

CM Uddhav Thackeray meets Sharad Pawar, Sena says Maha govt strong

CM Uddhav Thackeray meets Sharad Pawar, Sena says Maha govt strong

MUMBAI: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray held a meeting with NCP president Sharad Pawar here, senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said on Tuesday while asserting that the state government is “strong”. The two leaders met for about one-and-a-half hours late Monday evening, Raut said while dismissing speculations about the Thackeray-led government’s stability. The Sena…

Biggest Modi Fan? BJP MLA Who Launched ‘Modi Aarti’ Now Wants to Build a Temple With the PM’s Idol

Biggest Modi Fan? BJP MLA Who Launched ‘Modi Aarti’ Now Wants to Build a Temple With the PM’s Idol

Image for representation. Joshi believes that the Prime Minister works 18 hours a day which, he says, indicates that he is ‘blessed with some divine power’. News18.com Last Updated: May 26, 2020, 12:09 PM IST Share this: Days after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) functionaries in Uttarakhand came up with ‘Modi Aarti’ to praise the Prime…

India’s Covid-19 tally over 1.45 lakh, death toll at 4,167

India’s Covid-19 tally over 1.45 lakh, death toll at 4,167

India reported 145,380 cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) after 6,535 new infections were reported between Monday and Tuesday morning, the Union health ministry said.The health ministry data at 8am showed that 146 people, down from 154 fatalities on Monday morning, also died after contracting Covid-19. So far, 4,167 people have succumbed to the disease.…

Kerala is no place for communal forces to play games: CM Pinarayi on demolition of film set

Kerala is no place for communal forces to play games: CM Pinarayi on demolition of film set

Actors, producers and filmmakers react against the demolition of a church set raised for ‘Minnal Murali’ by Hindu groups.Kerala is not a land where communal forces can play their game, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said about the destruction of a church set built as part of a film shooting in Kalady. “Strict action will be…

Former Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan admitted to Mumbai hospital after testing COVID-19 positive

Former Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan admitted to Mumbai hospital after testing COVID-19 positive

Mumbai: Ashok Chavan, Maharashtra cabinet minister and senior Congress leader, who has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, was on Monday admitted in a hospital in Mumbai, a close aide said. He became the second cabinet minister after NCP leader Jitendra Awhad to test COVID-19 positive. “The minister had contracted the infection a few days…

Coronavirus India lockdown Day 63 live updates | The purpose of the lockdown has failed, says Rahul Gandhi

Coronavirus India lockdown Day 63 live updates | The purpose of the lockdown has failed, says Rahul Gandhi

The SSLC and vocational higher secondary education (VHSE) examinations will resume in Kerala today amid unprecedented arrangements against the backdrop of the COVID-19 threat. The higher secondary education (HSE) examinations are slated to begin on Wednesday. Around 13.74 lakh students are expected to appear for these examinations.The Hindu has brought out a multi-language e-book on…

Indians soar in skies again! 5-year-old travels alone, meets mother after 3 months

Indians soar in skies again! 5-year-old travels alone, meets mother after 3 months

New Delhi: A five-year-old boy who travelled alone from Delhi under the “special category” to reunite with his mother in Bengaluru after nearly three months, and a 28-year-old woman, with two infant twins, who flew from Delhi to her matrimonial home in Ahmedabad were among several stranded passengers in various parts of the country who…

2.4 lakh Tirupati laddus sold in Andhra Pradesh on day-one

2.4 lakh Tirupati laddus sold in Andhra Pradesh on day-one

Home / Andhra Pradesh / 2.4 lakh Tirupati laddus sold in Andhra Pradesh on day-one About 2.4 lakh ‘Tirupati laddus’ of the hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala near here were sold on the first day of sales at subsidised price in headquarters of 12 districts in Andhra Pradesh on Monday, a temple official…

Heatwave intensifies in northern India, Churu hottest at 47.5 deg C

Heatwave intensifies in northern India, Churu hottest at 47.5 deg C

Girls cover their faces with scarfs to protect themselves from the scorching heat in New Delhi.NEW DELHI: Heatwave conditions intensified in most of the northern states of India on Monday, with Churu in Rajasthan scorching at 47.5 degrees Celsius and the mercury breaching the 46-degree mark in parts of the national capital. While the daytime…

Watch: Scenes from airports across India on Day 1 of resumption of domestic flights

Watch: Scenes from airports across India on Day 1 of resumption of domestic flights

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 25, 2020 8:32:22 pm The Delhi airport saw its first departure at 4.45 am to Pune while Mumbai airport’s first departure was at 6.45 am to Patna, the officials said. (Express photo: Nirmal Harindran)Confusion and chaos prevailed on Monday as domestic passenger flight operations resumed after…

ICMR sits on proposal to try Rs 5 arthritis drug in Covid cases

ICMR sits on proposal to try Rs 5 arthritis drug in Covid cases

Representative imageCHENNAI: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is sitting on a proposal for a clinical trial of an affordable and time-tested anti-inflammatory arthritis drug that has the potential to prevent thousands of deaths due to Covid-19. Indomethacin has been used to prevent cytokine storm – an abnormal immune reaction that kills Covid-19 patients…

As migrants go home, ICMR ramps up testing

As migrants go home, ICMR ramps up testing

NEW DELHI: Taking cognisance of the expected surge in Covid-19 cases due to influx of migrant workers in states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Odisha, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is working to scale up testing facilities and capacities. Testing capacity – already increased to 1.4 lakh samples per day -…

India-China standoff: Political-diplomatic talks seen as only way out

India-China standoff: Political-diplomatic talks seen as only way out

NEW DELHI: Direct top-level politico-diplomatic intervention is now likely to de-escalate the almost month-long military confrontation between Indian and Chinese soldiers in eastern Ladakh, which has seen both sides continuing to pump in additional troops and build fortifications for the long haul in the region. There are an estimated 1,200-1,500 People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers…

Govt body for uniformity in boards evaluation likely

Govt body for uniformity in boards evaluation likely

TOI TimesPointsHOW TO EARNMY ACTIVITYFAQsDAILY CHECK-INS: 0/5 completedLifetime0Expired0Redeemed0* TimesPoints expire in 1 year from the day of creditNews / Govt body for uniformity in boards evaluation likelyThe HRD ministry is ready with a proposal to set up a National Assessment Centre (NAC) as an overarching body to get various school boards to set uniform standards…

WHO warns of ‘second peak’ in areas where Covid-19 is declining

WHO warns of ‘second peak’ in areas where Covid-19 is declining

GENEVA: Countries where coronavirus infections are declining could still face an “immediate second peak” if they let up too soon on measures to halt the outbreak, the World Health Organization said on Monday. The world is still in the middle of the first wave of the coronavirus outbreak, WHO emergencies head Dr Mike Ryan told…

Early take-off: On resumption of air travel

Early take-off: On resumption of air travel

May 26, 2020 00:02 IST Updated: May 25, 2020 23:53 IST May 26, 2020 00:02 IST Updated: May 25, 2020 23:53 IST With no consensus on health monitoring of passengers among States, travel remains risky Even after long negotiations with States, and with a truncated schedule, the Centre has found it difficult to relaunch domestic…

Batting for free speech: On filing of defamation cases against press

Batting for free speech: On filing of defamation cases against press

May 26, 2020 00:02 IST Updated: May 25, 2020 23:56 IST May 26, 2020 00:02 IST Updated: May 25, 2020 23:56 IST Reckless filing of criminal defamation cases against the press must end A feature of public life in Tamil Nadu in the last three decades has been the indiscriminate institution of criminal defamation proceedings…

Flights to repatriate stranded Chinese nationals from June 2

Flights to repatriate stranded Chinese nationals from June 2

Passengers at the Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Mumbai.   | Photo Credit: PTI The costs for the tickets and for quarantine expenses for 14 days on arrival in China would be borne by the passengers. China has announced plans to repatriate its nationals in India who have been unable to return because of the…

Coronavirus lockdown | 532 flights take off but over 50% seats go empty

Coronavirus lockdown | 532 flights take off but over 50% seats go empty

Airlines ferried more than 39,000 passengers on 532 flights on Monday as domestic air travel was resumed after two months. But a large number of passengers were left stranded as airlines were forced to cancel half the flights they planned just hours before take-off due to poor co-ordination between the Centre and the States.COVID-19 |…

Coronavirus | WHO suspends clinical trials of hydroxychloroquine over safety concerns

Coronavirus | WHO suspends clinical trials of hydroxychloroquine over safety concerns

The World Health Organization said on Monday that it had “temporarily” suspended clinical trials of hydroxychloriquine as a potential treatment for COVID-19 being carried out across a range of countries as a precautionary measure.The decision came after the publication last week of a study in the Lancet indicating that the using the drug on COVID-19…

Coronavirus | Single-day spike continues its trend for the seventh day on Monday

Coronavirus | Single-day spike continues its trend for the seventh day on Monday

India’s single-day spike continued its trend for the seventh day on Monday with over 6,900 new COVID-19 cases being reported along with more than 150 deaths.While this is the highest 24-hour spike so far, the tally now stands at 1,44,659 cases, 79,959 active cases, 60, 530 cured and 4,170 deaths.COVID-19 | Interactive map of confirmed…

Coronavirus | COVID-19 testing capacity up in States seeing huge migrants’ flow

Coronavirus | COVID-19 testing capacity up in States seeing huge migrants’ flow

The Union Health Ministry has admitted that Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Odisha, currently witnessing large-scale return of migrant workers, and remote areas need aggressive COVID-testing capacity scale-up to clear any backlogs.Full coverage on coronavirusThe admission comes at a time when the country is among the top 10 hot spot of COVID-19 worldwide, adding…

Deliberations on to resolve LAC tensions

Deliberations on to resolve LAC tensions

Deliberations are continuing on a daily basis between military commanders of India and China on the ground in addition to other channels of communication to resolve the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), official sources said on Monday.Tensions continue at various places along the LAC with both sides digging in with reinforcements and…

Reverse migration to villages has set economy back by 15 years, says JNU professor

Reverse migration to villages has set economy back by 15 years, says JNU professor

Santosh K Mehrotra, Professor of Economics at the Centre for Informal Sector & Labour Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University and author of the recently launched book Reviving Jobs: An Agenda For Growth said the current reverse migration has set the country back by 15 years, and stressed that the economic stimulus package announced by the…

Economic package is a mix of supply-side and demand-side measures: Dharmendra Pradhan

Economic package is a mix of supply-side and demand-side measures: Dharmendra Pradhan

Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan speaks to Nistula Hebbar on the lockdown due to COVID-19, oil prices and global oil politics set to heat up the world over…Do you think a harsh lockdown, the kind we have had in India, was justified?A decision was needed in the interest of saving lives. It was made. That gave…

Need to adopt AI aggressively to ensure inclusive development in corona-hit world: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Need to adopt AI aggressively to ensure inclusive development in corona-hit world: Ravi Shankar Prasad

NEW DELHI: Emphasising that the government’s Aarogya Setu app protects individual user’s privacy, Telecom and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Monday that the coronavirus-hit world needs to adopt technology and artificial intelligence even more strongly and the efforts are required in areas such as agriculture, healthcare, education and innovation. Speaking at the global…

‘Some ICC guidelines on resumption of cricket impractical, will need review’

‘Some ICC guidelines on resumption of cricket impractical, will need review’

NEW DELHI: Some of the ICC guidelines on resumption of cricket border on the impractical and will need a review when the cricketing world is closer to action, feel former players Aakash Chopra, Irfan Pathan and Monty Panesar. Last week, the International Cricket Council recommended a host of “back to cricket” guidelines including 14-day pre-match…

Heatwave likely to abate only after May 28; dust storm, thunderstorm expected on May 29-30: IMD

Heatwave likely to abate only after May 28; dust storm, thunderstorm expected on May 29-30: IMD

NEW DELHI: Dust and thunderstorms are likely over several parts of north India on May 29-30, bringing the much-needed relief from the intense heatwave, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Monday. Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab and parts of Uttar Pradesh have been experiencing blistering heat for days with temperatures soaring over 45 degrees Celsius…

SC allows Air India to operate flights till June 6 with middle seats filled to fly stranded Indians

SC allows Air India to operate flights till June 6 with middle seats filled to fly stranded Indians

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday allowed Air India to keep the middle seats occupied while operating its non-scheduled flights to bring back Indians stranded abroad up to June 6 while observing that the government should be more worried about the health of citizens rather than the health of commercial airlines. The top court…

Domestic flight services resume in India after two months

Domestic flight services resume in India after two months

NEW DELHI: After a gap of two months, domestic passenger flight operations resumed on Monday amid reluctance by various states to open up their airports in view of rising cases of the novel coronavirus. The first flight took off from Delhi for Pune at 4.45 am under strict regulations recommended by civil aviation authorities. The…

Did Japan just beat the coronavirus without lockdowns or mass testing?

Did Japan just beat the coronavirus without lockdowns or mass testing?

TOKYO: Japan on Monday lifted state of emergency with new cases of the coronavirus dwindling to mere dozens. It got there despite largely ignoring the default playbook. No restrictions were placed on residents’ movements, and businesses from restaurants to hairdressers stayed open. No high-tech apps that tracked people’s movements were deployed. The country doesn’t have…

UP government to set up migration panel to ensure job security

UP government to set up migration panel to ensure job security

LUCKNOW: In a bid to provide employment and social security to over 23 lakh migrant workers who have come back to the state from various states in the past two months, chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday announced to set up a migration commission. The commission, Yogi said, would provide social security to the migrants…

Chinese troops come inside Indian territory in eastern Ladakh: Report

Chinese troops come inside Indian territory in eastern Ladakh: Report

The Chinese troops have “come in” about three kilometres inside Indian territory South East of the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh, ThePrint has reported.Moneycontrol could not independently verify the report.Contrary to inputs of a large number of Chinese troops positioned at Galwan Valley, their presence is within the Chinese Claim Line (CCL), the report further…

“Where’s The List For Trains?” Railway Minister vs Maharashtra At 2:11 AM

“Where’s The List For Trains?” Railway Minister vs Maharashtra At 2:11 AM

Uddhav Thackeray said that Maharashtra had paid Rs 85 crore for the trains till now. (File photo)New Delhi/Mumbai: In a wrangle with Uddhav Thackeray over trains for migrants, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted on Sunday that his ministry would work overnight if it received within one hour a list of trains, passengers and destinations from…

Coronavirus update: COVID-19 cases in India reach 1.38 lakh, nearly 7,000 new cases in last 24 hours

Coronavirus update: COVID-19 cases in India reach 1.38 lakh, nearly 7,000 new cases in last 24 hours

Home > News > India > Coronavirus update: COVID-19 cases in India reach 1.38 lakh, nearly 7,000 new cases in last 24 hours Delhi recorded over 500 coronavirus cases in last 24 hours. (PTI) 3 min read . Updated: 25 May 2020, 10:38 AM IST Written By Anulekha Ray The number of deaths in India…

‘I was nervous’: First flyers share experience as domestic air services resume

‘I was nervous’: First flyers share experience as domestic air services resume

Home / India News / ‘I was nervous’: First flyers share experience as domestic air services resume The passengers who took the first flights from various cities in India saw different set of rules at airports. The flights resumed on Monday after a gap of two months.“I was nervous before the flight but all passengers…

Bengal Guv tells Mamata not to inflate figures on losses due to cyclone Amphan

Bengal Guv tells Mamata not to inflate figures on losses due to cyclone Amphan

Home / India News / Bengal Guv tells Mamata not to inflate figures on losses due to cyclone Amphan West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Sunday said that the army could have been called in for the restoration works three days ago had the chief minister maintained contacts with him. He also advised to chief…

After wreaking havoc in Rajastan and MP, locusts attack UP

After wreaking havoc in Rajastan and MP, locusts attack UP

Desert locusts feed on plants. (AP)BIJNOR/JAIPUR/INDORE: Leaving a trail of crop destruction in 18 districts of Rajasthan and a dozen districts of Madhya Pradesh, an army of desert locusts has reached Jhansi and Agra in Uttar Pradesh, prompting the government to declare a state-wide alert. The crop-eating pests had first entered Rajasthan from Pakistan in…

Travelling by flight, train or bus? Here’s what you need to keep in mind

Travelling by flight, train or bus? Here’s what you need to keep in mind

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 24, 2020 9:55:38 pm India resumes its domestic flight operations from Monday. (Representational)Coronavirus (Covid-19): With India resuming its domestic flight operations from Monday and its passenger train operations from June 1 after a gap of two months due to coronavirus lockdown, the Ministry of Health…

Reforms do not mean complete abolition of labour laws, says Rajiv Kumar

Reforms do not mean complete abolition of labour laws, says Rajiv Kumar

NEW DELHI: Amid concerns over changes in labour laws in various states, Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar on Sunday said reforms do not mean complete abolition of labour laws and that the central government is committed to protecting the interests of workers. In recent weeks, various state governments, including Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat, have…

International flights likely to restart by July

International flights likely to restart by July

New Delhi: As airports round the country are getting ready for the resumption of domestic flights from Monday, there is a strong possibility that international flights will resume by July. Union minister for civil aviation Hardeep Singh Puri said Saturday that if the novel coronavirus infection rates are within control, then the government will consider…

TTD to auction 23 assets in Tamil Nadu, but it isn’t a new decision…

TTD to auction 23 assets in Tamil Nadu, but it isn’t a new decision…

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (File Photo |EPS) By Express News Service TIRUPATI: The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has decided to auction 23 immovable properties, including house sites and agriculture land, at different places in Tamil Nadu. The total upset value (bidding value) of the 23 properties has been fixed at a little over Rs 1.54 crore. …

For farms and farmers: on launching of Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana

For farms and farmers: on launching of Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana

May 25, 2020 00:02 IST Updated: May 24, 2020 23:14 IST May 25, 2020 00:02 IST Updated: May 24, 2020 23:14 IST Income support serves a purpose, but the farm sector needs a lot more The Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyay Yojana launched by Chhattisgarh last week aims to supplement the income of the State’s 18…

Danger in the air: On PIA flight crash

Danger in the air: On PIA flight crash

May 25, 2020 00:02 IST Updated: May 24, 2020 23:16 IST May 25, 2020 00:02 IST Updated: May 24, 2020 23:16 IST The PIA crash is a reminder that the aviation industry provides little margin for error From a “we are comfortable now, established on ILS 25L” that soon led to a repeated declaration of…

COVID-19 cases: India now in top 10

COVID-19 cases: India now in top 10

India on Sunday reported the highest single-day spike so far of 7,097 COVID-19 cases, taking the overall tally to 1,38,526, according to reports from the State Health Departments. The number of active cases stood at 76,902, while 57,605 people have recovered. The death toll crossed 4,000, with 150 new fatalities.COVID-19 | Interactive map of confirmed…

‘Are Modi, Shah aware of what’s happening in their home State?’ asks Congress

‘Are Modi, Shah aware of what’s happening in their home State?’ asks Congress

Cong. cites Gujarat HC order flagging poor medical facilities A day after the Gujarat High Court (HC) passed a strong order against the State government over poor medical facilities to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the Congress on Sunday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah “if they are aware of what is…

Coronavirus lockdown | Many States follow Centre’s flight rules

Coronavirus lockdown | Many States follow Centre’s flight rules

Many States are simply following the Union Health Ministry’s guidelines for arriving air passengers, but Karnataka will require travellers boarding from such “high-risk States” as Maharashtra, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh to undergo seven days of institutional quarantine on arrival in Bengaluru.Click here to read the domestic travel guidelinesClick here to read…

Coronavirus lockdown | Chhattisgarh CJ throws a lifeline to stranded students

Coronavirus lockdown | Chhattisgarh CJ throws a lifeline to stranded students

Chief Justice P.R. Ramachandra Menon   He helps group from AIIMS, stuck for 2 months, return home At a time when thousands of people are stranded across the country due to the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, Chhattisgarh High Court Chief Justice P.R. Ramachandra Menon has quietly helped scores of medical and nursing students of AIIMS Raipur…

Coronavirus | Maharashtra’s total case tally surges past 50,000

Coronavirus | Maharashtra’s total case tally surges past 50,000

Maharashtra’s cumulative COVID-19 case tally breached the 50,000 mark on Sunday, with the State reporting a massive surge of 3,041 cases — its highest till date — to touch 50,231, while 58 more deaths saw the total death toll surge to 1,635. Of the cumulative cases, 33, 988 are currently active, with as many as…

PLA actions at LAC in Ladakh denote shift from past: experts

PLA actions at LAC in Ladakh denote shift from past: experts

As the standoff between Indian and Chinese soldiers at several points along the LAC in the “Western” or Ladakh sector and Sikkim continues, at least three facts point to why this standoff is different from past incidents that break out in the summer, say strategic experts.Also read: Army denies ‘detention’ of troops by Chinese forces…

Army denies ‘detention’ of troops by Chinese forces along LAC

Army denies ‘detention’ of troops by Chinese forces along LAC

The Indian Army on Sunday “categorically denied” reports that Indian patrol teams had been detained by PLA troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh, during the current standoff between the Indian and Chinese armies.Also read: Tension continues on LAC between India and China“There has been no detention of Indian soldiers at…

COVID-19: Health Ministry releases guidelines for international arrivals/domestic travel

COVID-19: Health Ministry releases guidelines for international arrivals/domestic travel

Amid growing uncertainty on the number of flights allowed at specific airports and health protocols to be followed by passengers in each State, the Ministry of Civil Aviation held a meeting on Sunday evening with airlines and airports to finalise routes that could be opened from Monday.With all domestic (air/ rail/ inter-State bus) travel to…

India now No. 10 among Covid-hit nations; 6,500+ cases on Sunday

India now No. 10 among Covid-hit nations; 6,500+ cases on Sunday

NEW DELHI: As the country’s Covid-19 count continued to surge, India overtook Iran on Sunday in total recorded cases of the coronavirus to take the 10th spot among nations worst-hit by the pandemic. New cases reported in the past 24 hours spiralled to 6,566, the highest single-day rise so far and the sixth peak in…

Covid-19: Positivity rate per 100 tests rises to 5% in last 2 weeks

Covid-19: Positivity rate per 100 tests rises to 5% in last 2 weeks

NEW DELHI: The countrywide positivity rate of coronavirus cases per 100 tests has increased to 5% if tests in the last two weeks (between May 7 and May 21) are taken into account. The figure was 4% for tests conducted from February till May 21. However, some states like MP, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh have…

Coronavirus live updates: 87 on Mumbai to Haridwar Shramik Special test positive

Coronavirus live updates: 87 on Mumbai to Haridwar Shramik Special test positive

TIMES OF INDIATHE TIMES OF INDIA | May 25, 2020, 06:40:53 ISTThe total number of coronavirus cases in India has now risen to 1,38,536, including 76,820 active cases, 57,692 cured/discharged and 4,024 deaths. Total cases across the world have crossed the 5-million mark. Meanwhile, domestic flight operations will resume across the country from today except…

SOPs revised for flights to bring Indians home

SOPs revised for flights to bring Indians home

NEW DELHI: The Union home ministry on Sunday revised its standard operating procedures for special flights ferrying Indian nationals stranded abroad as also persons stranded in India who wish to travel abroad. For international arrivals and quarantine arrangements, guidelines issued by the ministry of health and family welfare on Sunday will be applicable. As per…

UP govt to put quarantine posters outside houses of returnees

UP govt to put quarantine posters outside houses of returnees

AGRA: The Uttar Pradesh government has reiterated its May 1 order directing all district administrative officials to ensure that quarantine posters are put outside the houses of all new entrants into the state, including the 23 lakh migrant workers who have returned in the past few weeks. Officials revealed that while many districts, including Kanpur…

India to continue border activities in Ladakh as standoff with China heads for long haul

India to continue border activities in Ladakh as standoff with China heads for long haul

Chinese intrusions on the north bank of the Pangong Tso lake in Ldakh has been a concern for India (File photo…Read MoreAs Indian and Chinese troops remain locked in stand-off positions in several points in Ladakh, at the senior levels of government there is a determination that India will not stop its border development activities.…

2,749 Khelo India athletes given Rs 30,000 each: SAI

2,749 Khelo India athletes given Rs 30,000 each: SAI

TOI TimesPointsHOW TO EARNMY ACTIVITYFAQsDAILY CHECK-INS: 0/5 completedLifetime0Expired0Redeemed0* TimesPoints expire in 1 year from the day of creditNEW DELHI: The Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Sunday said that it has deposited Rs 30,000 each as out of pocket allowance in accounts of 2,749 Khelo India athletes, adding up to Rs 8.25 crore in all.…

Day 61 of coronavirus lockdown: Ground report from Indian cities

Day 61 of coronavirus lockdown: Ground report from Indian cities

TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: May 24, 2020, 18:05 ISTA deserted view of Vidhan Soudha, Bengaluru.NEW DELHI: Covid-19 cases in India saw the biggest spike for the third consecutive day on Sunday with 6,767 new infections reported in the last 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 1,31,868, while the death toll due to the disease rose…

There will be no delay in supply of Rafale jets to India: France

There will be no delay in supply of Rafale jets to India: France

NEW DELHI: There will be no delay in delivery of 36 Rafale jets to India as the timeline finalised for the supply of the fighter jets will be strictly respected, French Ambassador Emmanuel Lenain has said. India had signed an inter-governmental agreement with France in September 2016 for the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets…

How China pounced on Hong Kong while Covid overwhelmed the world

How China pounced on Hong Kong while Covid overwhelmed the world

Dennis Kwok was with his two children, hiking through the lush jungles of Hong Kong’s Victoria Peak in April, when he realized how far China was willing to go to quell dissent in the former British colony. Kwok’s phone lit up with texts and calls asking about an alarming and unprecedented statement from China’s top…

Uddhav seeks more time to resume domestic flights, says can’t lift lockdown in one go

Uddhav seeks more time to resume domestic flights, says can’t lift lockdown in one go

MUMBAI: Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said he has sought more time from the civil aviation ministry to resume domestic air travel in the state and added that he cannot ensure if lockdown will be over by May 31 as “multiplication of virus” is picking up. “It was wrong to impose the lockdown…

Indian Army dismisses reports claiming detention of its soldiers by Chinese forces

Indian Army dismisses reports claiming detention of its soldiers by Chinese forces

TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: May 24, 2020, 14:32 ISTRepresentative imageNEW DELHI: Indian Army on Sunday strongly rejected media reports which claimed that its soldiers were briefly detained by the Chinese forces in Ladakh. The army also said that such “unsubstantiated reports” hurt country’s national interests. “There has been no detention of Indian soldiers at the borders.…

4 crack RBI teams keep financial system up & running in lockdown

4 crack RBI teams keep financial system up & running in lockdown

NEW DELHI: Since the national lockdown was announced in late March, a team of more than 200 personnel from the Reserve Bank of India and services providers are holed up in four locations to ensure that the financial markets and the system across the country works uninterrupted and provides glitch free service to users. Top…

Hong Kong police fire tear gas on biggest protests since COVID-19 curbs

Hong Kong police fire tear gas on biggest protests since COVID-19 curbs

Hong Kong police fired tear gas and pepper spray to disperse thousands protesting on Sunday against Beijings plan to directly impose national security laws on the city, the biggest flare-up in the city since COVID-19 lockdowns began.Crowds thronged the bustling shopping district of Causeway Bay, where protesters chanted, “Revolution of our time. Liberate Hong Kong,”…

Coronavirus India lockdown Day 61 live updates | Record 6,767 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours, says Health Ministry

Coronavirus India lockdown Day 61 live updates | Record 6,767 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours, says Health Ministry

India must gear for at least two more months of COVID-19, a summary of a meeting on Saturday involving top officials from the Health Ministry suggests.About 70% of India’s cases are emerging from 11 “municipal areas” in seven States: Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Rajasthan, the Ministry said in a statement.The Hindu has…

Gotabaya seeks additional $1.1 billion SWAP facility from Modi

Gotabaya seeks additional $1.1 billion SWAP facility from Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa ahead of their bilateral meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, on November 29, 2019. | File   | Photo Credit: V.V. Krishnan Ready to help under terms that are favourable to Sri Lanka: Indian PM Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Saturday sought a…

What explains the India-China border flare-up?

What explains the India-China border flare-up?

The story so far: The India-China border has been witnessing tensions over the past month, with incidents reported in at least four different locations along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). On May 14, Indian Army Chief General Manoj Naravane said incidents at the Pangong lake in Ladakh on May 5 and at Naku La…

During lockdown, MoEFCC panels cleared or discussed 30 projects in biodiverse forests

During lockdown, MoEFCC panels cleared or discussed 30 projects in biodiverse forests

Dibang Valley in Arunachal Pradesh has a decidedly other-worldly feel. “Yeh kaunsi duniya hai,” my colleague exclaimed as we climbed the towering mountains — home to the endemic goat-antelope Mishmi takin, the ‘bright-eyed’ butterfly Callerebia dibangensis, and the Mishmi wren-babbler. I had read about the cultural practices of the Idu Mishmi community in the valley…

Coronavirus Outbreak LIVE Updates: India registers 6,767 new infections, 147 deaths in past 24 hours; total cases now at 1.31 lakh, 3,867 fatalities

Coronavirus Outbreak LIVE Updates: India registers 6,767 new infections, 147 deaths in past 24 hours; total cases now at 1.31 lakh, 3,867 fatalities

Auto Refresh Feeds Coronavirus Outbreak LATEST updates: The total confirmed COVID-19 cases in India have risen to 1,31,868, according to the latest update from the Union Health Ministry. The toll in the country is now at 3,867. The reported active COVID-19 cases in India now stand at 73,560, as many as 54,441 COVID-19 patients have been…

Tension mounts in Ladakh as China brings in more troops; India maintains aggressive posturing

Tension mounts in Ladakh as China brings in more troops; India maintains aggressive posturing

New Delhi: The Chinese military is fast increasing its troops in areas around Pangong Tso lake and Galwan Valley along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, sending a clear signal that it was not ready to end its confrontation with the Indian Army anytime soon, people familiar with the situation in the disputed region…

Centre’s Plan For Resuming Flights Runs Into Turbulence In States

Centre’s Plan For Resuming Flights Runs Into Turbulence In States

Coronavirus lockdown: The centre has said flights can resume from Monday. (AFP)HighlightsSome states have red-flagged centre’s plan to restart passenger flights Maharashtra not keen on accepting influx of people Tamil Nadu asks Civil Aviation Ministry to delay plans till May 31New Delhi: A day before domestic flights are set to resume across the country, there…

On Camera, Cops Beat Man With Batons In Madhya Pradesh; Probe Ordered

On Camera, Cops Beat Man With Batons In Madhya Pradesh; Probe Ordered

The video from Madhya Pradesh triggered huge criticism on social media.Bhopal: Two policemen are seen raining blows on a man, apparently intoxicated, with their batons in a video that has been widely shared on social media, triggering huge criticism. The video from Madhya Pradesh’s Chhindwara, about 300 km from state capital Bhopal, has now prompted…

Top hottest cities in India amid heatwave warning till next week

Top hottest cities in India amid heatwave warning till next week

Home / India News / Top hottest cities in India amid heatwave warning till next week An orange alert is issued when a heatwave is likely to persist for more than four days or a severe heatwave for more than two days. india Updated: May 24, 2020 08:00 IST A severe heatwave is declared when…

Centre says Aarogya app passport to fly, some states disagree

Centre says Aarogya app passport to fly, some states disagree

Written by Pranav Mukul , Gargi Verma | New Delhi, Raipur | Updated: May 24, 2020 7:05:06 am With just a day to go, airlines expressed anguish at the lack of coordination between the Centre and states.With just a day to go for the resumption of domestic flights, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri Saturday…