To deny BJP an extra Rajya Sabha seat, Congress may back Deve Gowda

To deny BJP an extra Rajya Sabha seat, Congress may back Deve Gowda

NEW DELHI: Janata Dal(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda may be back in Parliament as Congress is ready to support the former PM for a Rajya Sabha seat from Karnataka, a move that is aimed at stopping BJP from gaining an extra seat in the coming elections. Congress on Friday announced party veteran and former…

Long-awaited darshan for devotees, but shrines taking abundant caution

Long-awaited darshan for devotees, but shrines taking abundant caution

With the virus keeping devotees away from religious places, it’s now time for the much-awaited darshan as restrictions are eased from Monday. Most popular shrines in the country are set to open, albeit with a lot of caution. The Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain will open its doors on June 8 after being shut for 79…

Deaths rise to 295; India’s Covid count now 6th highest in world

Deaths rise to 295; India’s Covid count now 6th highest in world

NEW DELHI: India witnessed its highest single-day death toll in the Covid-19 pandemic so far, with 295 fatalities reported on Friday, while the count of fresh infections remained over 9,000 for the second straight day. With this, the country’s total number of Covid-19 cases went past Italy’s count of 2,34,531, taking India to the sixth…

Earth vs Space: Karjakin set to take on cosmonauts

Earth vs Space: Karjakin set to take on cosmonauts

Sergei Karjakin. (Getty Images)CHENNAI: The coronavirus hasn’t been able to dim the magic of at least one sport, chess, which has boomed even as other outdoor activity has come to a near-complete standstill. It seems even the sky isn’t the limit for this game of 64 squares, which is readying for a unique ‘cosmic’ clash…

Sun Pharma to test plant-based drug for Covid-19 treatment

Sun Pharma to test plant-based drug for Covid-19 treatment

(File photo)NEW DELHI: The country’s top drug regulator has allowed Mumbai-based Sun Pharmaceutical to conduct clinical trial for the first phytopharmaceutical (plant based) drug AQCH to see if it can treat Covid-19 patients. Results of the trial are expected by October 2020. AQCH, which is being developed for dengue, has shown broad antiviral effect in…

Trump appears to lose confidence of generals amid pushback from military

Trump appears to lose confidence of generals amid pushback from military

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump appears to be losing confidence of Americans generals — who he praises incessantly when they are on his side — amid growing revulsion across the country at how the self-professed greatest democracy has turned into a militaristic police state. Nearly half dozen former and current generals have trashed or snubbed…

Trump agency inches closer to issue of time-bound student visas

Trump agency inches closer to issue of time-bound student visas

The Trump administration has inched closer to replacing the more liberal ‘duration of stay’ tenure for an international student, with a rigid ‘maximum period of authorised stay’, which will clearly indicate when students must leave the US. International students will have the option of seeking extensions of the authorised tenure. On June 3, the US…

Analysis | With Gujarat RS polls coming up, it’s back to business in politics

Analysis | With Gujarat RS polls coming up, it’s back to business in politics

As India negotiates its way out of four stages of nationwide lockdown, the first sign of ‘back to business’ style of politics came from Gujarat, which is among the top States battling the coronavirus outbreak.On Thursday, two Congress legislators stepped down ahead of the June 19 Rajya Sabha elections and a third lawmaker followed suit…

A land empties: India in lockdown

A land empties: India in lockdown

A video that captures the Indian public space during the days of the lockdown, done in collaboration with Virtual Bharat For a nation that is known for its hustle and its bustle, the last two months were a surreal experience. As India drew back into its homes and shelters, places that are usually hubs of…

Can pvt. hospitals charge COVID-19 patients at Ayushman Bharat rate: SC

Can pvt. hospitals charge COVID-19 patients at Ayushman Bharat rate: SC

The Supreme Court on Friday asked the government to respond to whether COVID-19 patients, who are not beneficiaries under the Ayushman Bharat scheme, can be treated in private hospitals at the same subsidised rates offered under the scheme.A Bench led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Sharad A. Bobde heard petitioner-advocate Sachin Jain argue that…

Need to use resources prudently in COVID-19 crisis, don’t initiate any new scheme: FinMin to Ministries

Representational Image   | Photo Credit: REUTERS Schemes that are already approved for the current financial year will remain suspended till March 31 next year or further orders The Finance Ministry has asked all Ministries and departments not to initiate any new scheme in the current financial year and said that there is a need…

Finch dismisses Clarke’s claim, says Test series against India was played in ‘right spirit’

Finch dismisses Clarke’s claim, says Test series against India was played in ‘right spirit’

NEW DELHI: Australian cricketers played the 2018-19 home Test series against India in the “right spirit” and were not trying to be nice to opposition Virat Kohli to land IPL contracts, said limited overs skipper Aaron Finch, rejecting Michael Clarke’s controversial claim. In April, former Australia skipper Michael Clarke had triggered a controversy when he…

SC mulls granting 15 days to Centre, states for transporting migrant workers, reserves order

SC mulls granting 15 days to Centre, states for transporting migrant workers, reserves order

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Friday said it intends to give 15 days to the Centre and states for transporting all stranded migrant workers to their native places and will pronounce its order on June 9 on the issue including their registration and employment opportunities. A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, SK Kaul and MR…

No need for CBI probe in Tablighi Jamaat congregation case: Centre tells SC

No need for CBI probe in Tablighi Jamaat congregation case: Centre tells SC

NEW DELHI: The Central government on Friday submitted before the Supreme Court that there is no need for a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the congregation of Tablighi Jamaat held in the Nizamuddin area of the national capital. The congregation had reportedly become an epicentre for the spread of…

Exclusive! Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s brother Shamas reacts to his niece’s sexual harassment allegations, “Thi

Exclusive! Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s brother Shamas reacts to his niece’s sexual harassment allegations, “Thi

Nawazuddin Siddiqui has been hitting headlines for all the wrong reasons. While he is battling a divorce notice from estranged wife Aaliya Siddiqui, his niece recently opened up about being sexually abused by his brother (Minaz) while the actor extended no help. In her interview with ETimes, Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s niece had spoken for the first…

No new schemes for a year, says finance ministry amid rise in Covid-19 cases

No new schemes for a year, says finance ministry amid rise in Covid-19 cases

Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman (File photo)NEW DELHI: The finance ministry has asked all ministries and departments not to initiate any new scheme in the current financial year and said that there is a need to use resources prudently in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. However, funds for schemes under the Pradhan Mantri Garib…

UP teacher ‘worked’ at 25 schools simultaneously; ‘earned’ Rs 1 crore in 13 months

UP teacher ‘worked’ at 25 schools simultaneously; ‘earned’ Rs 1 crore in 13 months

Picture for representational purpose only.LUCKNOW: A full-time science teacher employed in Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV), a residential setup for girls from weaker sections of society, allegedly “worked” at 25 schools simultaneously, earning a total of over Rs 1 crore as salaries from these schools over 13 months till February, 2020. She was able to…

LAC standoff: India eyes 4-pronged plan for Lt-Gen level talks with China

LAC standoff: India eyes 4-pronged plan for Lt-Gen level talks with China

India wants the two armies to mutually de-induct their troops from the confrontation sites in a verifiable man…Read MoreNEW DELHI: India will take care to ensure that any restoration of status quo ante does not take place on China’s terms during the Lt-General-level meeting to be held on Saturday in a bid to de-escalate the…

In urban infra, we’ve failed, says K P Singh

Kushal Pal Singhis transitioning from being the chairman of DLF, India’s largest real estate developer, to being the chairman emeritus. In a 75-minute interview with TOI, Singh discussed the failure of urbanisation policy, his relationship with the Gandhi family, including the controversial land deal with Robert Vadra, and the future of the real estate sector.…

Covid-19: 9,600 cases in a day, India’s daily count world’s 3rd highest

Covid-19: 9,600 cases in a day, India’s daily count world’s 3rd highest

NEW DELHI: India’s daily number of new Covid-19 cases crossed 9,000 for the first time when 9,651 fresh infections were reported on Thursday along with 270 fatalities, the joint-highest death toll from the virus in a single day. With infections rising steadily, India reported the world’s third highest number of new cases in a single…

WHO’s stay on HCQ trials was knee-jerk reaction: CSIR chief

WHO’s stay on HCQ trials was knee-jerk reaction: CSIR chief

NEW DELHI: A day after the World Health Organisation (WHO) endorsed resuming trials of anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) for treatment of Covid-19 patients, chief of Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Shekhar C Mande on Thursday welcomed the move saying “the suspension of the trial was based on a study which had several limitations”.…

No power to direct private hospitals to treat Covid-19 patients free, Centre tells SC

No power to direct private hospitals to treat Covid-19 patients free, Centre tells SC

NEW DELHI: The Union government on Thursday filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court saying it had no statutory power to direct private and charitable hospitals to give free treatment to Covid-19 patients. “There is no provision under the Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Act, 2010, whereby it is mandated that private hospitals running on…

Triage Within 1 Hour: Delhi Issues New Rules For COVID-19 Treatment

Triage Within 1 Hour: Delhi Issues New Rules For COVID-19 Treatment

Guidelines come amid reports of people being turned back or made to wait for a long time at hospitals.New Delhi: Amid reports of people being turned back or made to wait for a long time at hospitals, the Delhi government on Thursday issued a new standard operating procedure or SOP for treating coronavirus patients.According to…

Centre issues SOP for religious places ahead of June 8 opening amid Covid-19 pandemic

Centre issues SOP for religious places ahead of June 8 opening amid Covid-19 pandemic

Home / India News / Centre issues SOP for religious places ahead of June 8 opening amid Covid-19 pandemic Ahead of religious places and places of worship being opened for the public from June 8 under Unlock 1, the Union ministry of health and family welfare has issued a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on preventive…

Another elephant was found dead with mouth injures in Kerala in April: Forest officials

Another elephant was found dead with mouth injures in Kerala in April: Forest officials

A 10-year-old wild elephant too is suspected to have met a similar fate two months ago in Kollam.After the death of the pregnant elephant in Kerala’s Palakkad, another wild elephant is suspected to have been killed in the state by an explosive snare in Kollam’s Pathanapuram forest range. TNM spoke to the Range Officer, Pathanapuram who…

India’s ‘Draconian’ lockdown flattened the wrong curve, the GDP curve: Rajiv Bajaj to Rahul Gandhi

India’s ‘Draconian’ lockdown flattened the wrong curve, the GDP curve: Rajiv Bajaj to Rahul Gandhi

Never miss a great news story!Get instant notifications from Economic TimesAllowNot nowYou can switch off notifications anytime using browser settings.Politics and NationET Online | 04 Jun 2020, 03:20 PM ISTIndustrialist Rajiv Bajaj on Thursday said that India implemented a “draconian” lockdown that was porous and has ended up decimating its economy and flattening the GDP…

SC Seeks Uniform Policy for Travel Across NCR as Sealed Borders Cause Traffic Chaos

SC Seeks Uniform Policy for Travel Across NCR as Sealed Borders Cause Traffic Chaos

Crowds of people gathered at the border causing congestion and traffic snarls. The bench, which included Justices Sanjay K Kaul and MR Shah, said that the recommendation is that there should be one pass recognised in the NCR and this one pass should be recognised by all states. CNN-News18 Last Updated: June 4, 2020, 12:28…

Cyclone Nisarga: Alert message withdrawn, heavy rains may continue in Maharashtra

Cyclone Nisarga: Alert message withdrawn, heavy rains may continue in Maharashtra

Home / India News / Cyclone Nisarga: Alert message withdrawn, heavy rains may continue in Maharashtra The Maharashtra government on Thursday early morning withdrew the alert message, which was issued to seven coastal districts in the state on Monday because of cyclone Nisarga that hit Alibag in Raigad district the previous afternoon.Officials, however, said heavy…

PM Modi’s Silence ‘Bizarre’: Shashi Tharoor on India-China Tension

PM Modi’s Silence ‘Bizarre’: Shashi Tharoor on India-China Tension

India-China tensions: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor speaks to The Quint’s Nishtha Gautam about India-China tensions along the LAC.

Skyrocketing tensions: On U.S.-China ties

Skyrocketing tensions: On U.S.-China ties

June 05, 2020 00:15 IST Updated: June 05, 2020 00:49 IST June 05, 2020 00:15 IST Updated: June 05, 2020 00:49 IST U.S. and China must rebuild mutual trust to avoid a new kind of cold war The U.S. government’s decision to bar passenger planes from China from June 16 is but another instance of…

Killing Gajah: On the killing of an elephant in Kerala

Killing Gajah: On the killing of an elephant in Kerala

June 05, 2020 00:15 IST Updated: June 05, 2020 00:59 IST June 05, 2020 00:15 IST Updated: June 05, 2020 00:59 IST A culture of exploitation led to the painful death of an elephant in Kerala An outpouring of grief has followed the death of a pregnant elephant in Kerala, the treacherous use of a…

Piyush Goyal tells realtors to cut prices and clear unsold building stock

Piyush Goyal tells realtors to cut prices and clear unsold building stock

Union Railways and Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal has reportedly asked builders to cut prices and clear unsold inventory by “selling at any price they get now, as things were not going to improve in a hurry”. Mr. Goyal was speaking at a closed-door online meeting organised by builders’ body National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO).…

India’s unemployment rate saw a small dip in 2018-19, says survey

India’s unemployment rate saw a small dip in 2018-19, says survey

Women and rural workers showed the most improvement, says Periodic Labour Force Survey. India’s unemployment rate improved from the 45-year high of 6.1% in 2017-18 to 5.8% in 2018-19, says the latest Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS), released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation on Thursday. The labour force participation rate also improved…

LAC standoff | India-China dialogue to focus on eastern Ladakh

LAC standoff | India-China dialogue to focus on eastern Ladakh

Preparing the ground: A landing and runway strip being laid in Anantnag district amid the border tension.   Lieutenant-Generals to aim at return to pre-May 5 positions. The first-ever talks between Indian and Chinese Lieutenant-Generals over the weekend to ease the tension on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) will focus on eastern Ladakh with…

Coronavirus | Health Ministry issues new guidelines for hotels, malls

Coronavirus | Health Ministry issues new guidelines for hotels, malls

Hotels, shopping malls, restaurants, religious places and offices in containment zones shall remain closed, except for medical and essential services, according to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued by the Union Health Ministry on Thursday.It said these establishments would be open only outside the containment zones and only asymptomatic staff members, guests and visitors would…

Coronavirus lockdown | 26 lakh migrant workers in halfway houses, says official data

Coronavirus lockdown | 26 lakh migrant workers in halfway houses, says official data

The Chief Labour Commissioner’s office has counted over 26 lakh migrant workers stranded across the country, of which 10% are in relief camps or shelter homes, while 43% are in situ at workplaces and 46% are in other clusters.This is an extreme underestimation, going by the other assessments made by Central and State governments, including…

Coronavirus lockdown | Opposition, NDA divided on web House panel meetings

Coronavirus lockdown | Opposition, NDA divided on web House panel meetings

The Opposition and the ruling alliance are divided on the issue of holding meetings of parliamentary standing committees through videoconference allowing members who can’t travel Delhi to participate in them. Two key National Democratic Alliance constituents- the Akali Dal and the Lok Jan Shakti Party support the idea, while Opposition parties, the Samajwadi Party (SP)…

U.K. cites legal hurdle in Vijay Mallya extradition

U.K. cites legal hurdle in Vijay Mallya extradition

Vijay Mallya. File   | Photo Credit: It’s speculated tycoon could have sought political asylum there to stall the process Fugitive business tycoon Vijay Mallya will not be extradited to India as of now as the United Kingdom needs to resolve a ‘confidential’ legal issue, a spokesperson of the British High Commission said on Thursday.“Vijay…

Bank loans moratorium | Supreme Court questions RBI on payment of interest after three months

Bank loans moratorium | Supreme Court questions RBI on payment of interest after three months

The Supreme Court questioned the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) regulatory package requiring the continuation of payment of interest on bank loans after the three-month moratorium during the pandemic lockdown is lifted.“On one hand granting moratorium and then payment of interest… This is detrimental… These are unprecedented times… These are not normal times,” Justice Sanjay…

MHA blacklists 2,550 foreign Tablighi Jamaat members; bans entry into India for 10 years

MHA blacklists 2,550 foreign Tablighi Jamaat members; bans entry into India for 10 years

File photoNEW DELHI: The home ministry has blacklisted 2,550 foreign Tablighi Jamaat members who were staying in India during the nationwide coronavirus lockdown in violation of visa rules, and they would not be allowed to enter the country for 10 years, officials said on Thursday. The action has been taken by the home ministry after…

China easing airline access amid conflict with Washington

China easing airline access amid conflict with Washington

BEIJING: Chinese regulators said Thursday more foreign airlines will be allowed to fly to China as anti-coronavirus controls ease, but it was unclear whether the change will defuse a fresh conflict with the Trump administration over air travel. The announcement came after Washington said Wednesday it would bar four Chinese airlines from the United States…

Investigation under way, focus on three suspects: Kerala CM on killing of pregnant elephant

Investigation under way, focus on three suspects: Kerala CM on killing of pregnant elephant

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday said that an investigation is under way with focus on three suspects in the incident of killing of the pregnant elephant in Palakkad. In a series of tweets, the Kerala chief minister said, “In a tragic incident in Palakkad dist, a pregnant elephant has lost its life.…

Two more Gujarat Congress MLAs resign ahead of Rajya Sabha elections

Two more Gujarat Congress MLAs resign ahead of Rajya Sabha elections

GANDHINAGAR: Two more Gujarat Congress legislators have tendered their resignations on Thursday ahead of scheduled Rajya Sabha elections on June 19 for four seats from the state. This has further downed the party’s prospects to win the second Rajya Sabha seat from two seats which it could have won if none of their MLAs would…

Filmmaker Basu Chatterjee passes away; last rites to be performed at Santacruz at 2 pm

Filmmaker Basu Chatterjee passes away; last rites to be performed at Santacruz at 2 pm

Filmmaker Basu Chatterjee who is known for his films like ‘Ek Ruka Hua Faisla’ ‘Chitchor’, ‘Rajnigandha’ ‘Priyatama’ passed away today in Mumbai. According to the reports, the director and screenwriter passed away following age-related ailments. He was 93. Indian Film & TV Directors’ Association president Ashoke Pandit took to his Twitter handle to confirm the…

India, Australia seal deal to use each other’s military bases for logistics support

India, Australia seal deal to use each other’s military bases for logistics support

NEW DELHI: India and Australia on Thursday signed seven agreements, including landmark pact on access to military bases for logistics support, after first-ever virtual summit between PM Narendra Modi and his Aussie counterpart Scott Morrison. A process of comprehensive reforms covering almost all areas has been initiated in India as it is viewing the coronavirus…

Coronavirus live updates: Supreme Court order on Delhi-UP, Haryana border row

Coronavirus live updates: Supreme Court order on Delhi-UP, Haryana border row

TIMES OF INDIATHE TIMES OF INDIA | Jun 04, 2020, 19:51:44 ISTIndia continues to breach the 200-mark even as the number of fresh Covid-19 cases reached a new high with 9,304 patients testing positive in last 24 hours. Besides, 254 more people have died, taking the cumulative toll beyond the 6,000-mark to 6,079. Stay here…

George Floyd death | Four Minneapolis police officers face charges

George Floyd death | Four Minneapolis police officers face charges

A fired Minneapolis police officer will face a more serious murder charge and three other sacked officers will be charged as aiding and abetting in the death of an unarmed black man that triggered eight days of nationwide protest, court documents said on Wednesday.George Floyd, 46, died after Derek Chauvin, a white policeman, knelt on…

Coronavirus | India closes in on Italy, U.K. and Spain on number of confirmed cases

Coronavirus | India closes in on Italy, U.K. and Spain on number of confirmed cases

India on June 3 registered a massive spike of 9,577 new COVID-19 cases and 253 fatalities, according to data from the State Health Departments.The number of active cases stands at 2,16,735, including 1,06,658 actives ones, while 1,04,000 people have recovered. The death toll rose to 6,077.Interactive map of confirmed coronavirus cases in India | State-wise…

Seven to eleven: On India and G-7

Seven to eleven: On India and G-7

June 04, 2020 00:02 IST Updated: June 04, 2020 03:11 IST June 04, 2020 00:02 IST Updated: June 04, 2020 03:11 IST India deserves its place on the global stage, but on G-11, it must be clear about its aims Dismissing the current configuration of the “Group of Seven” or G-7 of the world’s most…

Curves and recoveries: On India’s coronavirus numbers

Curves and recoveries: On India’s coronavirus numbers

The silver lining equivalent of science in this COVID-19 pandemic for India is the relatively low case fatality rate, and the high recovery rate. Case fatality rate — the number of deaths among the cases detected — has been dropping over the months, and is at 2.79% (as of 5 p.m. on June 3). Experts…

U.S. to bar Chinese flights from June 16

U.S. to bar Chinese flights from June 16

The Trump administration on June 3 barred Chinese passenger carriers from flying to the U.S. starting on June 16 as it pressures Beijing to let U.S. air carriers resume flights amid simmering tensions between the world’s two largest economies.The move penalises China for failing to comply with an existing agreement on flights between the two…

Cyclone Nisarga | Mumbai escapes cyclone’s fury; Gujarat heaves sigh of relief

Cyclone Nisarga | Mumbai escapes cyclone’s fury; Gujarat heaves sigh of relief

Torrential rain, accompanied by wind speeds of up to 120 kmph over a radius of 60 km, marked Cyclone Nisarga’s landfall at Murud in Raigad district of Maharashtra on June 3.Nisarga, which was categorised as a severe cyclone and which had kept the authorities on their toes for the past few days, made landfall around…

Coronavirus | Hydroxychloroquine clinical trials will resume, says WHO

Coronavirus | Hydroxychloroquine clinical trials will resume, says WHO

The World Health Organisation said on Wednesday that clinical trials of the drug hydroxychloroquine will resume, after having been suspended pending a safety review in the search for coronavirus (COVID-19) treatments.“On the basis of the available mortality data… the executive group will communicate with the principal investigators in the trial about resuming the hydroxychloroquine arm,”…

India to boost infrastructure in areas along China border

India to boost infrastructure in areas along China border

To ramp up infrastructure along the China border, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has decided to spend 10% funds of a Centrally sponsored scheme only on border projects in Ladakh, Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarkhand and Sikkim.The Border Area Development Programme (BADP) has been allocated ₹784 crore in the 2020-21 fiscal and the money…

IED expert among three Jaish militants killed in Pulwama

IED expert among three Jaish militants killed in Pulwama

Flames and smoke billow from a residential building where militants are suspected to have taken refuge during a gun battle in Pulwama in J&K. File photo   | Photo Credit: AP ‘He was the mastermind of the recent foiled car bomb attack’ Three Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militants, including improvised explosive device (IED) expert and mastermind of…

254 deaths in a day take India toll past 6k

254 deaths in a day take India toll past 6k

India registered a record single-day rise in Covid-19 cases with 8,723 patients testing positive on Wednesday, the third day of the unlocking of the country, even as 254 more people died, taking the cumulative toll beyond the 6,000-mark to 6,079. With 254 casualties – India’s second highest single-day toll (the highest was 270 on May…

Hyderabad builders pay for migrants’ air tickets to lure them back to work

Hyderabad builders pay for migrants’ air tickets to lure them back to work

HYDERABAD: Migrant workers from Hyderabad may have suffered nightmarish journeys in their bid to escape the lockdown and return to their homes in UP, Bihar and Jharkhand. But many of them are all set to return, and in style. Pushed into a corner by approaching deadlines and a skeletal workforce, many desperate builders are now…

Companies get 6-month grace on defaults after lockdown

Companies get 6-month grace on defaults after lockdown

NEW DELHI: The Union cabinet on Wednesday recommended the promulgation of an Ordinance to amend the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code and provide relief for loan defaults after March 25, initially for six months. Default in repayment of loans by companies — other than financial services — up to September-end, which can be extended by another…

India’s defence secretary tests positive for Covid-19

India’s defence secretary tests positive for Covid-19

NEW DELHI: In a development that has unsettled the country’s top defence establishment in South Block on the Raisina Hill complex here, Union defence secretary Ajay Kumar has tested positive for Covid-19. Sources said defence minister Rajnath Singh and some other top military and civilian officers did not attend their offices on Wednesday after the…

Cracks in GOP as Trump is pilloried for church and bible fiasco

Cracks in GOP as Trump is pilloried for church and bible fiasco

WASHINGTON: Cracks are starting to appear in the Trump administration and in the Republican Party after Tuesday’s fiasco involving President Donald Trump’s use of the military to evict peaceful protestors in front of the White House so he could pose in front of a church with a bible in hand — and his general eagerness…

Indian-American executive becomes national hero after sheltering protesters

Indian-American executive becomes national hero after sheltering protesters

WASHINGTON: An Indian-American healthcare executive has become a local and national hero in the protest movement roiling the United States after he sheltered scores of peaceful demonstrators in his modest home as they were chased by the police in a brutal crackdown in front of the White House to make way for a photo opportunity…

India to bring specific proposals during military talks with China on June 6: Sources

India to bring specific proposals during military talks with China on June 6: Sources

NEW DELHI: Indian and Chinese military will hold high-level talks on June 6 at the level of lieutenant general and both sides are expected to deliberate on specific proposals to ease tension in the sensitive areas in eastern Ladakh, official sources said on Wednesday. The general officer commanding of Leh-based 14 Corps, Lt Gen Harinder…

3.0 magnitude earthquake hits Delhi, Noida, Faridabad surrounding areas

3.0 magnitude earthquake hits Delhi, Noida, Faridabad surrounding areas

New Delhi: An earthquake of 3.2 magnitude hit Delhi, Noida and the surrounding areas on Wednesday (June 3, 2020). According to the National Center for Seismology (NCS), “Earthquake of magnitude 3.0 struck 17km East of Faridabad (Haryana) at 10:42 pm today.” No casualties or major damage were reported at the time of filing this copy. Earlier…

“Intentional Act To Kill The Elephant”: Kerala’s Top Wildlife Officer

“Intentional Act To Kill The Elephant”: Kerala’s Top Wildlife Officer

Officials suspect the pregnant elephant had come out of the Silent Valley in search of food.Thiruvananthapuram: A high-level team has been formed to investigate the killing of the pregnant elephant in Kerala, with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan promising strict action against the people responsible. The elephant — which had come out of the Silent Valley…

Centre amends Essential Commodities Act to benefit farmers; renames Kolkata Port to Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port

Centre amends Essential Commodities Act to benefit farmers; renames Kolkata Port to Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port

New Delhi: Union Cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday (June 3) took six decisions, including 3 for agriculture, said Union I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar.  He added that the cabinet also approved the renaming of Kolkata Port Trust as Syama Prasad Mookerjee Trust. Addressing media persons, Javadekar said the government has made farmers-friendly…

Understanding COVID-19 numbers: India reported 2 lakh positive cases, but total number or world ranking of worst hit nations tells us nothing

Understanding COVID-19 numbers: India reported 2 lakh positive cases, but total number or world ranking of worst hit nations tells us nothing

Most headlines on Wednesday informed us that India registered a record jump in its coronavirus cases, crossing the 2 lakh-mark, and becoming the seventh worst-hit nation in the world. 2,00000 cases. Seventh among worst-hit nations – these are indeed eyeball grabbing points. But what do these figures mean? Is India performing better or worse than…

Akshay Kumar posts picture of sunset after Cyclone Nisarga, says it’s ‘proof every day can end beautifully’….

Akshay Kumar posts picture of sunset after Cyclone Nisarga, says it’s ‘proof every day can end beautifully’….

Home / Bollywood / Akshay Kumar posts picture of sunset after Cyclone Nisarga, says it’s ‘proof every day can end beautifully’. See here Actor Akshay Kumar has shared a picture of the sunset, after Cyclone Nisarga made landfall in Mumbai. Taking to social media, Akshay posted the picture, perhaps from Juhu beach, which is near…

5 dead, over 50 injured as blast in boiler causes massive fire in Gujarat factory

5 dead, over 50 injured as blast in boiler causes massive fire in Gujarat factory

Home / India News / 5 dead, over 50 injured as blast in boiler causes massive fire in Gujarat factory Five workers of a chemical factory were killed and 57 more were injured on Wednesday, in a massive fire triggered by an explosion in a boiler at Dahej in Bharuch district of Gujarat, news agency…

On cam: Fedex aircraft overshoots runway at Mumbai airport | City

On cam: Fedex aircraft overshoots runway at Mumbai airport | City

Jun 03, 2020, 07:17PM ISTSource: TNNAn aircraft shot off the runway on landing at Mumbai airport on Wednesday afternoon. The Fedex MD 11 aircraft was flying in from Bengaluru and landed on secondary runway 14. But it could not stop on time and went out of the runway by nine metres. Luckily, the aircraft was…

Cyclone Nisarga forces Mumbai airport to stop operations till 7 pm

Cyclone Nisarga forces Mumbai airport to stop operations till 7 pm

Home / India News / Cyclone Nisarga forces Mumbai airport to stop operations till 7 pm No aircraft will land or take off at the Mumbai airport between 2.30 pm and 7 pm on Wednesday due to Cyclone Nisarga, the Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) said.Twenty flights were scheduled to operate from the Mumbai through…

In break from past, Delhi says Modi, Trump discussed India-China border situation

In break from past, Delhi says Modi, Trump discussed India-China border situation

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: June 3, 2020 6:48:53 am Inviting Modi to the next G7 Summit to be held in the US, he conveyed his desire to “expand the ambit of the grouping beyond the existing membership, to include other important countries including India”.In a departure from precedent, New Delhi…

PSA against Shah Faesal, two PDP leaders revoked

PSA against Shah Faesal, two PDP leaders revoked

Shah Faesal   The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Wednesday revoked the stringent Public Safety Act against former IAS officer-turned-politician Shah Faesal and two PDP members, including the maternal uncle of former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, officials said.The controversial Public Safety Act (PSA) against Mr. Faesal, which was extended by three months on May 14,…

No need for U.S. intervention, says China on border row

No need for U.S. intervention, says China on border row

China’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday said there was “no need for third party intervention” on the border row with India and both nations were “capable” of resolving the issue. This comes a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed the border situation in a telephone call.New Delhi on Tuesday said…

Plea for renaming India as ‘Bharat’ can go to Centre as representation: SC

Plea for renaming India as ‘Bharat’ can go to Centre as representation: SC

Supreme Court of India in New Delhi. File   | Photo Credit: S. Subramanium “Bharat and India are both names given in the Constitution. India is already called ‘Bharat’ in the Constitution”, sayds CJI The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered that a plea to change India’s name exclusively to ‘Bharat’ be converted into a representation…

LG Polymers India has absolute liability for gas leak: NGT

South Korean company LG Polymers India has absolute liability for the loss of life and public health in the gas leak incident at its plant in Visakhapatnam, the NGT has said while directing that the interim penalty of ₹50 crore would be spent on compensation to the victims and the restoration of environment.The National Green…

Maneka Gandhi tears into Kerala government over elephant’s death, says no action taken despite frequent incidents

Maneka Gandhi tears into Kerala government over elephant’s death, says no action taken despite frequent incidents

A dead wild elephant (C), which was pregnant, is retrieved following injuries caused when locals fed the eleph…Read MoreNEW DELHI: After a pregnant elephant died of eating cracker stuffed pineapple allegedly fed to her by a local in Kerala’s Mallapuram, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and animal rights activist Maneka Gandhi slammed the State government…

Homeopathy for coronavirus treatment: Does it work?

Homeopathy for coronavirus treatment: Does it work?

TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Last updated on – Jun 3, 2020, 17:03 IST01/9Homeopathy for coronavirus treatment: Does it work?With over 5 million cases globally, the pandemic doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. In India, infection cases are close to crossing the 2 lac mark, making experts worry about the peak of the infection.readmore02/9Do alternate treatments work…

Cabinet approves historic amendment to Essential Commodities Act: Key points

Cabinet approves historic amendment to Essential Commodities Act: Key points

NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday announced amendment to the historic Essential Commodities Act which has been acting as a hindrance to investment. The Cabinet met for the second time this week for taking key decision to give a boost to the the economy which has been battered by the ongoing Covid-induced lockdowns. Briefing…

China building high-security compound at Gwadar to establish naval base

China building high-security compound at Gwadar to establish naval base

GWADAR ( PAKISTAN): China is secretly building a high-security compound near Gwadar Port in Pakistan’s Balochistan province which it will probably use for naval base. According to Forbes, a leading Aerospace and Defense magagine, analysts have been watching for the first signs of a long-expected Chinese naval base at Gwadar. “The base, to complement the…

Gujarat: 5 dead, 32 injured as explosion rocks Dahej pesticide company in Bharuch district

Gujarat: 5 dead, 32 injured as explosion rocks Dahej pesticide company in Bharuch district

BHARUCH/SURAT: At least five people were killed and 32 suffered burn injuries in a massive explosion that rocked a pesticide company located in the Dahej special economic zone (SEZ) in the Bharuch district of Gujarat on Wednesday. While the exact reason for the explosion was not immediately known, officials said that there was a fire…

Coronavirus live updates: Record single-day spike of 8,909 Covid-19 cases in India

Coronavirus live updates: Record single-day spike of 8,909 Covid-19 cases in India

TIMES OF INDIATHE TIMES OF INDIA | Jun 03, 2020, 18:09:53 ISTThe nationwide tally of confirmed Covid-19 cases crossed the 2-lakh mark with almost one lakh people testing positive for the dreaded virus infection in the last 15 days. Cases jumped by 8,909 over 24 hours in one of the highest single-day spikes, taking the…

Several strategic objectives at play in India-China border stand-off

Several strategic objectives at play in India-China border stand-off

NEW DELHI: There is a larger dynamic at work in the India-China confrontation in Ladakh, one where India faces a pushback for trying to use the communist giant’s new post-Covid vulnerabilities to reduce its ability to flex muscle on the regional and global stage. The Chinese intrusions across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in…

Police stun Americans –

Police stun Americans –

In a show of peace and solidarity, law enforcement officials with riot shields take a knee in front of protest…Read MoreWASHINGTON: They are images that surprised and moved Americans: police officers taking a knee alongside protesters in the most widespread civil unrest to rock the nation in decades — and in doing so embracing an…

Charter flights from abroad get government’s nod

Charter flights from abroad get government’s nod

NEW DELHI: India is beginning to open up again for business for foreigners in a phased manner. The Union home ministry permitted on Monday certain other categories of foreign nationals to come to India, including foreign businessmen coming here on a business visa (other than the B-3 visa for sports), on non-schedule commercial chartered flights.…

Industry must tap world’s trust in India, says PM Modi

Industry must tap world’s trust in India, says PM Modi

NEW DELHI: PM Narendra Modi on Tuesday invoked “trust and reliability” to urge domestic industry to manufacture products for the international markets and be part of the global supply chain, while suggesting that this could turn out to be the mantra for getting back on the path towards faster growth. “Today, there is greater trust…

10% of India’s population above 60 accounts for 50% of Covid deaths

10% of India’s population above 60 accounts for 50% of Covid deaths

Representative imageNEW DELHI: The elderly, who constitute 10% of India’s population, accounted for over 50% of the country’s Covid-19 deaths, the government said on Tuesday. Besides, 73% of Covid-19 deaths were among those with co-morbidities, the health ministry said, arguing that India was able to manage Covid-19 treatment and reduce deaths better than many other…

ED files chargesheet against Chidambaram, son in INX case

ED files chargesheet against Chidambaram, son in INX case

NEW DELHI: Amid lockdown, the Enforcement Directorate on Monday filed a prosecution complaint (chargesheet) against former FM P Chidambaram and his son Karti in the INX-Media money laundering case in a Delhi court. The chargesheet was filed through the e-filing facility even as the court refused to take cognizance of the matter and directed the…

Cyclone ‘Nisarga’ to hit Maharashtra coastline with high wind speed, heavy rainfall: Top developments

Cyclone ‘Nisarga’ to hit Maharashtra coastline with high wind speed, heavy rainfall: Top developments

NEW DELHI: Cyclone ‘Nisarga’ will make landfall along the Maharashtra coast on Wednesday with high wind speed ranging up to 100-110 kmph gusting to 120 kmph besides heavy rainfall and storm in Mumbai and other coastal areas of the state, the home ministry said. As cyclonic storm ‘Nisarga’ approaches fast, Maharashtra and Gujarat, already battling…

How five states are leading economy to recovery from lockdown

How five states are leading economy to recovery from lockdown

NEW DELHI: Five states contributing nearly 27% of the country’s gross domestic product are leading a recovery in the economy as it slowly emerges from the world’s biggest lockdown, a study by Elara Securities Inc shows. Kerala, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Haryana and Karnataka have seen a pickup in activity, based on an analysis of indicators…

Monumental hurry: On Central Vista project

June 03, 2020 00:02 IST Updated: June 02, 2020 23:51 IST June 03, 2020 00:02 IST Updated: June 02, 2020 23:51 IST There might be a case to redevelop Central Vista, but it must not be done in haste The Narendra Modi government is so possessed by its plan to redevelop the Central Vista, the…

Indo-Pacific in focus as Modi meets Australian PM in first bilateral virtual summit

Indo-Pacific in focus as Modi meets Australian PM in first bilateral virtual summit

NEW DELHI: The first virtual bilateral summit this week by any Indian prime minister, in the form of an interaction between PM Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison, will see a renewed focus on the Indo-Pacific, as the global pandemic rages and major powers seek to corner China over a range of issues.…

COVID-19 treatment: Notices issued to 4 top private hospitals in Mumbai

COVID-19 treatment: Notices issued to 4 top private hospitals in Mumbai

New Delhi: Maharashtra’s Health Department on Tuesday (June 2) warned prominent private hospitals in Mumbai of strict legal action for negligence in admitting coronavirus patients, and also slapped them with show-cause notices. Public Health Minister Rajesh Tope said the notices were served to four prominent private city hospitals–Bombay Hospital, Jaslok Hospital, Lilavati Hospital, and Hinduja…

Mumbai On Alert For Cyclone Nisarga, 110 KPH Winds, 6 Feet Waves Expected: 10 Points

Mumbai On Alert For Cyclone Nisarga, 110 KPH Winds, 6 Feet Waves Expected: 10 Points

Cyclone Nisarga is the second to strike India in less than two weeks after Amphan hit Bengal last monthMumbai: Cyclone Nisarga, the first such storm to threaten Mumbai in over a century, is barreling towards the Maharashtra and Gujarat coasts and is expected to make landfall near Alibaug, about 100 km from Mumbai, on Wednesday…

Sizeable number of Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh, India has done what it needs to: Rajnath Singh

Sizeable number of Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh, India has done what it needs to: Rajnath Singh

Home / India News / Sizeable number of Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh, India has done what it needs to: Rajnath Singh A “sizeable number” of Chinese troops have moved into eastern Ladakh and India too has taken all necessary steps to deal with the situation, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday, referring to…

Coronavirus India Updates, 02 June: Instead of using the word ‘community transmission’, need to know extent of Covid spread, says ICMR

Coronavirus India Updates, 02 June: Instead of using the word ‘community transmission’, need to know extent of Covid spread, says ICMR

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 2, 2020 10:36:36 pm Rajasthan, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir are some of the other states with a good record on testing. (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)Responding to a question on whether certain areas have entered the community transmission phase, Indian Council of…

COVID-19: India’s Case Tally Nears 2 Lakh; 72,300 Cases in Maha

COVID-19: India’s Case Tally Nears 2 Lakh; 72,300 Cases in Maha

Coronavirus & Unlock 1.0 live updates: India’s recovery rate stands at 48.07 percent, with 95,527 COVID-19 patients having been cured or discharged, the Health Ministry said in its briefing on Tuesda…

Delhi Government Launches ‘Delhi Corona’ App for Information on Vacant Hospital Beds, Ventilators

Delhi Government Launches ‘Delhi Corona’ App for Information on Vacant Hospital Beds, Ventilators

The Delhi government today launched a dedicated mobile app to help people find the status of total hospital beds and ventilators in the union territory. Called the Delhi Corona, the app is initially available for download on Android devices. It is designed to make it easy to find healthcare facilities for COVID-19 treatment. Chief Minister…

Five states are leading Indian economy to recovery from lockdown

Five states are leading Indian economy to recovery from lockdown

Home >News >India >Five states are leading Indian economy to recovery from lockdown Shops reopen at Nai Sarak Market in New Delhi. 2 min read . Updated: 02 Jun 2020, 01:53 PM IST Anirban Nag, Bloomberg Some of the most industrialized states such as Maharashtra and Gujarat were trailing because of tough measures still in…

Bengaluru lockdown news: Today’s updates

Bengaluru lockdown news: Today’s updates

BMTC’s AC bus services resumed on Monday. As the Central and state governments allow phase-wise relaxation in curbs to get the life up and running again following over two months of lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19, we bring you the latest updates from your city. Update at 10.48pm: Although the state government submitted…

Going swadeshi, CAPF canteen bans 1,000 products, then withdraws list

Going swadeshi, CAPF canteen bans 1,000 products, then withdraws list

Written by Deeptiman Tiwary | New Delhi | Updated: June 2, 2020 7:22:14 am Given its potential of sparking panic in the industry, the government withdrew the list of products annexed to the order. (Representational)Creating a flutter, the Kendriya Police Kalyan Bhandar, the canteen of the Central Armed Police Forces under the Ministry of Home…

Biden looks to clinch nomination as 7 states, DC vote

Biden looks to clinch nomination as 7 states, DC vote

MONTCLAIR: Joe Biden could seize the number of delegates needed to formally clinch the Democrats’ presidential nomination on Tuesday as seven states and the District of Columbia push through a pandemic and exploding racial tensions to host the largest slate of primary elections in almost three months. Voters will be asked to navigate curfews, health…

Delhi LG allows releases of Jessica Lal murder convict Manu Sharma

Delhi LG allows releases of Jessica Lal murder convict Manu Sharma

LG of Delhi allows the release of Manu Sharma (in file pic) after Sentence Review Board recommendation. He was…Read MoreNEW DELHI: Delhi lieutenant governor Anil Baijal has approved the premature release of Jessica Lal Murder case convict Manu Sharma, who is serving life sentence, according to an official order. The Delhi Sentence Review Board (SRB)…

Adesh Kumar Gupta replaces Manoj Tiwari as Delhi BJP chief

Adesh Kumar Gupta replaces Manoj Tiwari as Delhi BJP chief

NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday named Adesh Kumar Gupta as the new president of the party’s Delhi Unit. The former mayor of the north Delhi municipal corporation, and the councillor from West Patel Nagar area of the national capital, Gupta, takes over from Bhojpuri actor and singer-turned-politician Manoj Tiwari. “BJP national…

Landslides leave 20 dead, 9 injured in south Assam

Landslides leave 20 dead, 9 injured in south Assam

The landslide triggered by heavy rain. (ANI photo)GUWAHATI: At least 20 people, including women and children, were buried alive after massive landslides, triggered by incessant rain, hit three districts in southern Assam’s Barak Valley early on Tuesday morning. Nine other injured people are battling for their lives in different hospitals. “In Kaliganj area of Karimganj…

India will definitely get its economic growth back: PM Modi

India will definitely get its economic growth back: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing industry leaders at the CII annual session. NEW DELHI: A day after Moody’s downgraded India’s credit rating to a notch above junk status on growth concerns, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asserted that the country will definitely get back its economic growth and said reforms undertaken during the…

Coronavirus live updates: Yes! We will definitely get our growth back, PM Modi says

Coronavirus live updates: Yes! We will definitely get our growth back, PM Modi says

TIMES OF INDIATHE TIMES OF INDIA | Jun 02, 2020, 16:50:23 ISTThe death toll due to Covid-19 rose to 5,598 and the number of cases has climbed to 198,706 in the country. While the recovery rate in India is progressively increasing and has reached 48.19% amongst coronavirus patients, the health ministry said. Stay here for…

India-China standoff may drag on as troops dig in

India-China standoff may drag on as troops dig in

NEW DELHI: The India-China standoff is likely to drag on through the summer, sources have said. As troops dig in on both sides, India expects this to last for some time. At this point, the two sides are facing off at four points — three points in Galwan, one at Galwan junction or Patrol Point…

George Floyd’s death: Trump threatens to deploy military in U.S. cities to quell violence

George Floyd’s death: Trump threatens to deploy military in U.S. cities to quell violence

As protests, rioting and looting spread across the United States following the police killing of George Floyd, an African American man last week, U.S. President Donald Trump said he would deploy the military in cities and states if local authorities could not bring the violence under control.“Mayors and governors must establish an overwhelming law enforcement…

Coronavirus | With 2,361 new cases, Maharashtra’s total case tally breaches 70,000 mark

Coronavirus | With 2,361 new cases, Maharashtra’s total case tally breaches 70,000 mark

Maharashtra’s total case tally crossed the 70,000 mark with 2,361 new COVID-19 cases reported across the State on Monday to take the cumulative tally to 70,013, while 76 new fatalities saw the total death toll rise to 2,362.Also read: Coronavirus: 1,000 plus new cases in Maharashtra for third dayHowever, of the total cases, the number…

Ominous signals: on slowdown of India’s economy

Ominous signals: on slowdown of India’s economy

June 02, 2020 00:02 IST Updated: June 01, 2020 23:29 IST June 02, 2020 00:02 IST Updated: June 01, 2020 23:29 IST Growth figures will worsen as India waits for full impact of lockdown India’s economy is in a severe slowdown that is only going to get worse in a pandemic-stricken world. Three months after…

Workforce habits: On tweaking of labour laws

Workforce habits: On tweaking of labour laws

June 02, 2020 00:02 IST Updated: June 01, 2020 23:31 IST June 02, 2020 00:02 IST Updated: June 01, 2020 23:31 IST Instead of tweaking labour laws, States must inspire confidence in workers Over two months into the national lockdown, India’s workforce, ostensibly blessed to be part of its much-vaunted demographic dividend, is in complete…

Coronavirus | Nearly 2 lakh COVID-19 cases in India

Coronavirus | Nearly 2 lakh COVID-19 cases in India

Medical staff seen guiding the patients outside the Special Covid Ward at the LNJP hospital, which is treating most of the Coronavirus patients in New Delhi on June 1, 2020.   | Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy Smokers with weaker lungs at greater risk, says Ministry The number of new COVID-19 cases in the country continued…

Won’t interfere in border issue, says Australian envoy

Won’t interfere in border issue, says Australian envoy

Australia would not “interfere” in the ongoing situation between India and China at the Line of Actual Control (LAC), said its High Commissioner to India, indicating a different line from the U.S. on the issue.Also read: LAC standoff | India-China border row will be resolved through diplomacy, says Rajnath SinghPrime Minister Narendra Modi and his…

Maharashtra, Gujarat brace for cyclone Nisarga

Maharashtra, Gujarat brace for cyclone Nisarga

India Meteorological Department on Monday scaled up its weather warning for Mumbai. It has issued a red alert for Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigad for Wednesday. There is a red alert for Palghar alone on Thursday as well.On Sunday, a low pressure area formed over southeast and adjoining eastcentral Arabian Sea early morning and persisted…

Moody’s downgrades India’s rating; sees FY21 GDP contracting 4%

Moody’s downgrades India’s rating; sees FY21 GDP contracting 4%

Rating agency Moody’s downgraded India’s foreign currency and local currency long term issuer ratings to Baa3 from Baa2, while maintaining a negative outlook, citing prolonged period of low growth and further deterioration in the government’s fiscal position.Moody’s said the negative outlook reflects dominant, mutually-reinforcing, downside risks from deeper stresses in the economy and financial system…

CCEA nod for sharp hike in MSP for pulses, oilseeds

CCEA nod for sharp hike in MSP for pulses, oilseeds

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affai₹ (CCEA) on Monday approved an increase in the minimum support prices (MSPs) for all mandated kharif crops, including paddy, pulses and cotton, for the 2020-21 marketing season.The Union Cabinet also extended the repayment date for standard short-term loans upto ₹3 lakh for agriculture and allied activities, till August 31,…

A rude welcome for Odisha’s migrants as villages lack basic facilities

A rude welcome for Odisha’s migrants as villages lack basic facilities

After a back-breaking 1,300-km cycle ride from COVID-19 hotspot Mumbai to his village in Odisha’s Balangir district, Kishore Behera thought he had escaped hell but little did the 31-year-old mason anticipate the shock and horror waiting for him in his Biripali village. With 12 positive cases reported in the village with a population of 3,000, Mr.…

Coronavirus live updates: Cases cross over 1.9 lakh mark, death toll at 5,600

Coronavirus live updates: Cases cross over 1.9 lakh mark, death toll at 5,600

TIMES OF INDIATHE TIMES OF INDIA | Jun 02, 2020, 06:41:40 ISTCoronavirus tally in India surges to 1,92,630, and death toll has rose to 5,600 on Monday. On the first day of India’s unlocking phase, the number of fresh infections dipped slightly to 7,573, while the death toll remained above 200 for the fourth straight…

Monsoon hits Kerala; north to get ‘good’ rain

Monsoon hits Kerala; north to get ‘good’ rain

NEW DELHI: The southwest monsoon hit Kerala on Monday on its normal date of onset, the IMD said as it forecast “above normal” rainfall in north India, including Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, and “normal” seasonal rainfall with certain geographical variations during the June-September period. The forecast shows that West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and…

Centre’s Rs 10,000 easy loan coverage to aid street vendors

Centre’s Rs 10,000 easy loan coverage to aid street vendors

NEW DELHI: The government on Monday said the Rs 5,000 crore micro-lending scheme for street vendors, will allow fruit and vegetable sellers, pakoda walas, barbers, cobblers, laundry service providers and pan shops – seen as a key political constituency – to avail of loans up to Rs 10,000. The PM Svanidhi scheme will leverage the…

1,000 items dropped from police canteens, then order withdrawn

1,000 items dropped from police canteens, then order withdrawn

NEW DELHI: A Kendriya Police Kalyan Bhandar order that on Friday delisted over 1,000 products sold at central police forces canteens after classifying them as “purely imported”, was withdrawn after the home ministry found many of the delisted items to be Made-in-India. The “purely imported” items delisted by the May 29 KPKB order included ‘Real’…

Gates Foundation now WHO’s biggest funder

Gates Foundation now WHO’s biggest funder

NEW DELHI: With President Donald Trump announcing that the US will be “terminating” its relationship with the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) is set to become the biggest funder of the organisation. A private foundation becoming the biggest funder, and hence the biggest influence, on a United Nations agency…

Keep middle seats empty or give gown, says DGCA

Keep middle seats empty or give gown, says DGCA

NEW DELHI: Airlines have been allowed to keep middle seats occupied too if flights have high passenger loads. Passenger seated on the middle seat will need to be given a wrap-around gown in addition to face mask and shield. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation on Sunday issued an order which among other things, mandates…

Covid-19: Fatality rate dips amid rising cases and deaths

Covid-19: Fatality rate dips amid rising cases and deaths

Representative imageNEW DELHI: With a larger proportion of Covid-19 patients getting cured, the case fatality rate, or the percentage of deaths of the total cases, has declined steadily to 2.83% from 3.3% around 45 days ago, even as the health ministry recorded the biggest single-day spike so far with 230 new deaths and 8,392 fresh…

US House panel chair slams Chinese ‘aggression’ in border dispute with India

US House panel chair slams Chinese ‘aggression’ in border dispute with India

Home / World News / US House panel chair slams Chinese ‘aggression’ in border dispute with India Eliot Engel, chairman of the powerful US House foreign relations committee, on Monday, slammed Chinese “aggression” for continuing tensions along the border with India, adding to growing US support for India in this dispute. world Updated: Jun 01,…

Coronavirus India News highlights: Rajasthan reports 269 fresh COVID-19 cases, state total now at 9,100

Coronavirus India News highlights: Rajasthan reports 269 fresh COVID-19 cases, state total now at 9,100

Coronavirus India News LIVE Updates: Today is the sixty-ninth day of India’s nationwide lockdown, meant to curb the novel coronavirus pandemic. The Centre has extended the lockdown, now called ‘Unlock 1’, till June 30. The Home Ministry has put out a detailed list of activities that will be allowed to resume in a phased manner…

Boost to MSMEs, help for farmers, street vendors in major Cabinet decisions

Boost to MSMEs, help for farmers, street vendors in major Cabinet decisions

NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet on Monday cleared major decisions to give a boost to the MSME sector and provide support to farmers and street vendors in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Among the major decisions, the Cabinet has approved Rs 50,000 crore equity infusion for MSMEs to strengthen their growth potential…

Coronavirus India Updates June 1: India now 7th worst-hit country; holding e-Parliament in the offing

Coronavirus India Updates June 1: India now 7th worst-hit country; holding e-Parliament in the offing

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 1, 2020 8:25:01 pm As relaxations under Unlock 1.0 were announced in Gujarat, the state transport buses started their operations on Monday.With its biggest single-day spike in Covid-19 infections, India became the world’s seventh worst affected country, having over 1,90,500 cases and 5,394 fatalities. India’s…

PM Narendra Modi Cabinet meets as India enters Unlock 1; briefing at 3 pm

PM Narendra Modi Cabinet meets as India enters Unlock 1; briefing at 3 pm

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired the Union Cabinet meeting a short while ago on Monday (June 1) as the country entered the first day ‘Unlock 1’ — Centre’s three-phased unlocking plan. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) meeting was held at the Prime Minister’s residence at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg in New Delhi.  This…

CAPF canteen creates flutter by banning Dabur, Bajaj products; govt withdraws list

CAPF canteen creates flutter by banning Dabur, Bajaj products; govt withdraws list

Written by Deeptiman Tiwary | New Delhi | Updated: June 1, 2020 7:44:38 pm The order said all the items which are made from “purely imported products” were being de-listed from Kendriya Police Kalyan Bhandar or CAPF canteens from Monday. (File Photo)An order to ban over 1000 “imported” products by the management of Central Armed…

Elections For 18 Rajya Sabha Seats To Be Held On June 19

Elections For 18 Rajya Sabha Seats To Be Held On June 19

The Rajya Sabha elections to 18 seats will be held on June 19New Delhi: Elections for 18 Rajya Sabha seats will be held on June 19, the Election Commission has said. The elections, which were to be held in March, were deferred in view of the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent countrywide lockdown. Now as…

As Cyclone Nisarga forms in Arabian Sea, India Meteorological Department issues red alert for coastal Maharashtra and Gujarat

As Cyclone Nisarga forms in Arabian Sea, India Meteorological Department issues red alert for coastal Maharashtra and Gujarat

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for coastal Maharashtra and Gujarat for 4 June due to the cyclonic storm Nisarga in the Arabian Sea. The weather department says that “low pressure” formed over the Arabian Sea is expected to move towards Maharashtra and Gujarat and will cause rainfall over both the…

Fake aadhaar card recovered from Pakistan High Commission officers held for spying

Fake aadhaar card recovered from Pakistan High Commission officers held for spying

New Delhi: The Indian authorities on Sunday (May 31, 2020) nabbed two Pakistani High Commission officials red-handed in Delhi’s Karol Bagh while they were trying to source a sensitive document. For this act of espionage, India has declared them as persona non grata and they will be sent back on June 1. It is alleged…

Coronavirus | Maharashtra begins phased emergence from lockdown

Coronavirus | Maharashtra begins phased emergence from lockdown

Maharashtra government, on Sunday, announced phase wise unlocking of the nationwide lockdown. The lockdown in Maharashtra is extended till June 30 and there will be phase wise unlocking in the State, starting from June 3.Also read: Coronavirus | Maharashtra records highest single-day deathsThe first phase will be from June 3, the second phase from June…

ECI reschedules deferred Rajya Sabha elections to June 19

ECI reschedules deferred Rajya Sabha elections to June 19

A view of the logo of Election Commission of India at the headquarters in New Delhi. File   | Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy The ECI had deferred the elections in its order on March 24 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Monday announced that elections for 18 Rajya Sabha…

Colleges in Kerala log into online classes

Colleges in Kerala log into online classes

Higher Education Minister K.T. Jaleel leading a lecture to mark the launch on online classes in colleges in Kerala.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement Higher Education Minister K.T. Jaleel gave the inaugural lecture on ‘Renaissance’ Colleges in Kerala logged in en masse to online classes for the first time in history on Monday with…

Locusts enter Chhattisgarh forest area from Madhya Pradesh

Locusts enter Chhattisgarh forest area from Madhya Pradesh

A fire tender spraying pesticide in a field in Korea district.   Minimal damage to crop so far, say State government officials Swarms of desert locusts forayed into two villages of Chhattisgarh’s Korea district from neighbouring Madhya Pradesh but caused minimal damage, State government officials said on Monday.“The swarms descended on three villages on Saturday…

Delhi’s borders to be sealed for a week due to rising coronavirus cases: Kejriwal

A scene at Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border near Ghazipur on March 26, 2020.   | Photo Credit: Sandeep Saxena The decision to continue with these restrictions, however, would depend on suggestions from citizens, said the Delhi Chief Minister Delhi’s borders will be sealed in view of rising coronavirus cases in the city, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal…

PM Modi launches technology platform ‘Champions’ to empower MSMEs

PM Modi launches technology platform ‘Champions’ to empower MSMEs

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday launched the technology platform ‘Champions’ to help the smaller MSMEs by solving their grievances, encouraging and supporting them to march into the big league as national and global companies. ‘Champions’ stands for creation and harmonious application of modern processes for increasing the output and national strength. It…

Cabinet decisions for farmers, MSMEs, poor: Key points

Cabinet decisions for farmers, MSMEs, poor: Key points

Union ministers Nitin Gadkari (left) and Prakash Javadekar briefing media on Caninet decisions. (Photo: ANI)NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet on Monday formulated the roadmap for implementing the measures related to farmers, MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises) and others, as announced in the governments’ Atma Nirbhar Bharat package. Addressing the media after the meeting –…

Clashes outside White House as US cities under curfew

Clashes outside White House as US cities under curfew

Tear gas rises above as protesters face off with police during a demonstration outside the White House over th…Read MoreWASHINGTON: Police fired tear gas outside the White House late Sunday as anti-racism protestors again took to the streets to voice fury at police brutality, and major US cities were put under curfew to suppress rioting.…

Coronavirus: Testing on kids is a nervous next step on way to Covid-19 vaccine

Coronavirus: Testing on kids is a nervous next step on way to Covid-19 vaccine

NEW YORK: There are many questions surrounding children’s role in the coronavirus pandemic but one thing is clear: they’ll need a vaccine, just like adults. That means injecting dozens of kids with an experimental product — a prospect that makes many parents nervous. The University of Oxford and AstraZeneca Plc plan to start testing their…

Monsoon hits Kerala, several parts receive heavy rains; red alert in Kozhikode

Monsoon hits Kerala, several parts receive heavy rains; red alert in Kozhikode

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With the Southwest monsoon setting in over Kerala on Monday, several parts of the state received heavy to very heavy rains, especially Vatakara in Kozhikode, which received 15 cm of rain, following which a red alert was sounded for two days in the district. The red alert denotes likelihood of very heavy to extremely…

Unlock 1.0 : Things you should do, you should avoid

Unlock 1.0 : Things you should do, you should avoid

NEW DELHI: Coronavirus, Covid-19, sealdown, lockdown, quarantine, nose-throat swabs, hospital, curfew, and police enforcement. These terms have dominated our daily conversations since March. We remained confined to our homes during lockdown and when permitted to go out, many avoided it. Some who did were apprehensive. From June 1, and more so from June 8, it…

Breaking news live: EC announces Rajya Sabha binennial polls for 18 seats

Breaking news live: EC announces Rajya Sabha binennial polls for 18 seats

TIMES OF INDIATHE TIMES OF INDIA | Jun 01, 2020, 17:57:21 ISTStay here for real-time updates on breaking news from India and across the world that you can’t missRajya Sabha polls announced today are for 4 seats in Andhra Pradesh, 4 in Gujarat, 3 in Madhya Pradesh, 3 in Rajasthan, 2 in Jharkhand and 1…

Curbs are being eased but lowering of guard is not an option: PM Modi

Curbs are being eased but lowering of guard is not an option: PM Modi

NEW DELHI: A day before further easing of the lockdown, with significant curbs restricted to containment zones, Prime Minister Narendra Modi struck a note of caution and asked people to guard against complacency, while emphasising the need to maintain physical distancing, use marks and practise good hygiene. “Lowering of guard is not an option,” the…

Railways resumes operations, 1.5 lakh to board 200 trains today

Railways resumes operations, 1.5 lakh to board 200 trains today

NEW DELHI: More than 1.45 lakh passengers will board 200 special express and mail trains from Monday when the railways restarts its operations. The state-run transporter said it was monitoring booking of tickets and would soon take a decision on resuming operations of Duronto, Shatabdi and Garib Rath trains. Sources said Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Andhra…

3 Pakistan mission staffers caught spying, 2 of them expelled

3 Pakistan mission staffers caught spying, 2 of them expelled

NEW DELHI: In a joint operation conducted by the military intelligence and Delhi Police’s special cell, three staff members from the Pakistan high commission were apprehended red-handed while trying to exchange stolen classified documents, in a development that might further strain the already tense ties with the hostile neighbour. The men — Abid Hussain, Tahir…

American anarchy: US burns as pandemic unemployment meets racial disquiet

American anarchy: US burns as pandemic unemployment meets racial disquiet

WASHINGTON: America burned coast-to-coast with anger and strife over the killing of black people by militarized police with growing scenes on Saturday of arson and violence close to the centers of power and privilege: across from the White House, in Downtown Manhattan, in Beverly Hills, and in more than a dozen cities across the United…

Counter-productive Twitter war erupts as Indian & Chinese soldiers remain locked in actual confrontation in Ladakh

Counter-productive Twitter war erupts as Indian & Chinese soldiers remain locked in actual confrontation in Ladakh

NEW DELHI: A virtual online battle erupted between Indian and Chinese twitter warriors on Sunday to further stoke tensions while soldiers from the two countries remain locked in the month-long military confrontation in eastern Ladakh, which has seen rival troop build-ups and induction of heavy weapons in the high-altitude region. The competing twitter handles posted…

G-haan: Trump wants to expand G7 to G10/11 to include India

G-haan: Trump wants to expand G7 to G10/11 to include India

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump wants to reformat G7, the group of seven advanced economies in the world, to make it a G10 or G11 that would include India, Australia, South Korea, and Russia. Calling the existing formation “outdated,” Trump revealed the idea of an expanded group after announcing that he was scrubbing the G7…

Open with caution: On Unlock 1

Open with caution: On Unlock 1

It is a truth universally acknowledged now that the severe restrictions to contain COVID-19 produced traumatic displacement of the weakest sections, while the check on infection spread was modest. The Centre’s move for a phased unlocking of public activity after the rigorous lockdown since March 25 sets the stage for people to resume their jobs…

Land of the unfree: On U.S. unrest

Land of the unfree: On U.S. unrest

June 01, 2020 00:02 IST Updated: June 01, 2020 00:32 IST June 01, 2020 00:02 IST Updated: June 01, 2020 00:32 IST America is in great need of legislative reform that supports a pluralist ethos If ever there were a doubt that racism in the U.S. had outlived eight years under former President Barack Obama,…

Coronavirus lockdown | Union Home Ministry gave 94 orders in 68 days

Coronavirus lockdown | Union Home Ministry gave 94 orders in 68 days

MHA had also started three control rooms to monitor the complaints received from States and to resolve the migrant crisis.   | Photo Credit: Jignesh Mistry Directions sent to States under Disaster Management Act In the 68 days since the nationwide lockdown was imposed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the Union Home Ministry on an…

Pakistan High Commission staffers held for spying

Pakistan High Commission staffers held for spying

The Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.   | Photo Credit: AFP The two visa assistants have been asked to leave India. Two visa assistants of the High Commission of Pakistan in New Delhi have been apprehended by the Delhi Police Special Cell for allegedly indulging in espionage activities.The government has declared both officials persona…

SpaceX Crew Dragon docks with International Space Station

SpaceX Crew Dragon docks with International Space Station

A SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule carrying two NASA astronauts docked on May 31 with the International Space Station, the first time a crewed U.S. spacecraft has performed the feat in nearly a decade.It was also a first for the private sector, a triumphant moment for the company founded by Elon Musk in 2002. NASA hopes…

Youth killed in second lynching in a week in Assam

Youth killed in second lynching in a week in Assam

Debasish Gogoi, who was lynched by a mob on May 29 in eastern Assam’s Jorhat district.   | Photo Credit: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT He and his friend allegedly hit two women with the two-wheeler they were on A 23-year-old man was lynched by a mob in eastern Assam’s Jorhat district on May 29, a week after…

Coronavirus | Indefinite lockdown more harmful, say public health experts

Coronavirus | Indefinite lockdown more harmful, say public health experts

A group of public health experts, two of whom are part of a government-constituted advisory committee to contain the pandemic, has said enforcing the lockdown “indefinitely” would be too disruptive and “overtake lives saved due to lockdown mediated slowing of COVID-19 progression.”“Had the migrant persons been allowed to go home at the beginning of the…

Comment | America’s tinderbox moment

Comment | America’s tinderbox moment

Even before George Floyd’s death on May 25, the U.S. was already reeling under many internal crises. Nearly 100,000 people had died from the COVID-19 pandemic and more than a million had been infected. About 40 million people lost their jobs as the country was in the grip of the deepest economic crisis since Second…

There is a growing intolerance against the judiciary fuelled by social media, says Supreme Court judge

There is a growing intolerance against the judiciary fuelled by social media, says Supreme Court judge

Supreme Court judge Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul said there was a growing intolerance against the judiciary fuelled by the social media.He said imputations were being made against judges for their decisions. Damage was done to the judicial institution if the tendency to criticise crossed certain lines.Also read: Hours before taking up migrant workers issue, Supreme…

Two militants escape encounter site in J&K’s Anantnag

Two militants escape encounter site in J&K’s Anantnag

Army jawans stand guard near an encounter site at the Posh-Kreeri area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district on May 31, 2020.   | Photo Credit: NISSAR AHMAD A police official said the militants were engaged in a brief gunfight in south Kashmir’s Posh-Kreeri area in Anantnag in a pre-dawn cordon-and-search operation of the Army,…

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…