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  • India extends USD 527 million financial assistance to Mauritius towards Metro Express
    New Delhi [India] (ANI): The government of India has extended financial assistance to the tune of USD 527 million (USD 267 million as Grant and USD 260 million as Line of Credit) towards the Metro Express project in Mauritius, according to sources.The 26- km long Metro project is being implemented in two phases – Phase I connecting Port Louis and Rose Hill was completed and e-inaugurated jointly by the two Prime Ministers on October 3, 2019, according to sources. Phase II connecting Rose Hill to Curepipe is underway and is expected to be completed by December 2022. An interim part of Phase II i.e. between Rose Hill and Quatre Bornes (approx 2.7 km) was inaugurated by Mauritius Prime Minister on June 20, last year, according to sources.The MoU regarding Indian grant assistance for implementation of Small Development Projects in Mauritius were exchanged on Thursday.In view of the significant impact of the HICDPs (High Impact Community Development Projects) at the local level, MoU was drafted on lines similar to HICDP agreements concluded with some other countries.The projects under this MOU will relate primarily to socio-economic development, particularly the creation of infrastructure in the education, basic health-care and community development sectors. Livelihood activity, skill development, renewable energy, conservation of environmental and cultural heritage, empowerment of women and child welfare, and disaster risk reduction, shall be primary themes of such projects.The implementation of Small Development Projects will […]
  • Rohit, Rishabh Pant and Ashwin named in ICC Men’s Test Team of 2021
    Dubai [UAE] (ANI): Three Indians — Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, and Ravichandran Ashwin have been named in ICC Men’s Test Team of the Year.Kane Williamson has been named as the leader of the ICC Test Team of 2021. Under Williamson, New Zealand had defeated India last year to win the World Test Championship. Apart from three Indians, the side has two New Zealand players, three Pakistan players, one Australian, one Sri Lankan, and one player from England.Rohit Sharma came into his own as an opener in the longest format of the game. He cracked 906 runs in the calendar year at an average of 47.68 with two centuries. Both of the centuries were memorable knocks in contrasting conditions against England – one at home in Chennai and the other in overcast conditions away from home at the Oval. With key assignments coming up, Sharma will have a key role to play for India in 2022.Rishabh Pant further established himself as India’s first-choice wicketkeeper-batter in all three formats, with his continuous development especially coming to the fore in the Test arena. He scored 748 runs in 12 matches at an average of 39.36 with one memorable ton against England at Ahmedabad. He also accounted for 39 dismissals in 23 innings, with his glovework continuing to improve.The off-spinner Ashwin bamboozled many batters with his sheer wizardry. Ashwin scalped up 54 wickets in 9 matches at an […]
  • COVID-19 vaccination for children below 15 yrs to begin after scientific evidence: Centre
    New Delhi [India] (ANI): The Union Health Ministry will decide about COVID-19 vaccination for children less than 15 years of age only after scientific evidence, said Rajesh Bhushan, Health Secretary while addressing a press briefing on Thursday. “From January 16, 2021, COVID-19 vaccination has been started and rolled out based on scientific evidence and assumptions of protecting the most vulnerable people. So, as the scientific evidence evolved, we will be expanding the coverage of vaccination. We will take a decision on the basis of scientific evidence for below 15 years old children,” Bhushan said.Further, Dr VK Paul, Member (Health) Niti Aayog explained, “COVID-19 vaccination for 12 years old is our next goal. These decisions will only be taken after scientific information and scientific decision. We are working on it also.”Earlier, the official sources reported ANI that vaccination for those under 15 years of age has not been yet taken by the Union Health Ministry.The Central government also informed that 72 per cent of India’s adult population is fully vaccinated whereas around 52 per cent of children in the 15-18 years old age group have been inoculated with the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.Meanwhile, the health officials said that the adolescents in the age group of 15-18 years are actively participating in the COVID-19 vaccination drive.On Monday, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya also said that over 3.5 crore teenagers between the age limit of 15 […]
  • BJP announces 59 candidates for Uttarakhand Assembly polls, drops 10 sitting MLAs
    New Delhi [India]: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday announced the names of candidates for 59 out of 70 seats in Uttarakhand for the upcoming assembly polls. Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami will contest the upcoming elections from Khatima. Dhami is two-time MLA from Khatima constituency. In the first list issued by the party, there are six women candidates. There are 14 Brahmin candidates, 22 Rajput candidates, 13 SC candidates while one candidate is from the ST community. Among the 59 candidates, 18 hold a postgraduate degree while 31 are graduates. BJP has also given tickets to an ex-serviceman, a doctor and seven farmers. Four spiritual leaders have also been given tickets. Notably, in the first list released today, 40 sitting MLAs have been given tickets while the party has dropped 10 sitting MLAs. The ticket of Ritu Khanduri, daughter of former Chief Minister Major General Bhuvan Chandra Khanduri, was cut from the list of 59 candidates released by BJP today. Ritu is the MLA from Yamkeshwar. Those who have not been given tickets include Khanpur MLA Pranav Singh Champion, Tharali MLA Magan Lal Shah, Karnprayag MLA Surendra Singh Negi, Yamkeshwar MLA Ritu Khanduri and Pauri MLA Mukesh Singh Koli. Further, tickets were not given to Meena Gangola, MLA from Gangolihat, Kapkot MLA Balwant Singh Bhoryal, Dwarahat MLA Mahesh Singh Negi, Almora MLA Raghunath Singh Chauhan and Kashipur MLA Harbhajan Singh Cheema. Uttarakhand […]
  • Indian stocks tumble for 3rd straight day; Sensex dips 634 points, Nifty down 1.01 per cent
    Mumbai [India]: The Indian equities markets key indices tumbled for the third straight day on Thursday dragged by heavy selling pressure in IT, financial and energy stocks. The benchmark Sensex has lost 1,844 points in the last three sessions, while Nifty 50 has slumped 552 points. Negative global cues and a sharp rise in crude oil prices in the international markets have dampened investors’ sentiments.The 30 stock S&P BSE Sensex of the Bombay Stock Exchange closed at 59,464.62 points, which is 634.20 points or 1.06 per cent down from its previous day’s close at 60,098.82 points. The Sensex started the Thursday trade marginally down at 60,045.48 points, which also remained the highest level for the day. The index tumbled to a low of 59,068.31 points in the intra-day. The index has closed sharply down for the third straight day. The Sensex had lost 656 points and 554 points in the previous two sessions, respectively. The broader Nifty 50 of the National Stock Exchange closed at 17,757 points, which is 1.01 per cent or 181.40 points down from its previous day’s close at 17,938.40 points. The Nifty slumped to a low of 17,648.45 points in the intra-day trade. The Nifty has lost 552 points in the last three sessions. IT stocks witnessed heavy selling pressure for the third straight day. Infosys tumbled 2.33 per cent to Rs 1824.15. TCS slumped 2.25 per cent to Rs […]
  • Ashutosh Gowariker On Meeting PM Narendra Modi: ‘Truly Inspired By Your Thoughts’
    New Delhi [India], January 20 (ANI): Filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker recently met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the capital. Taking to Twitter on Thursday, Ashutosh shared a glimpse of his meeting with Modi. In the images, the two can be seen posing with each other. Ashutosh also penned a sweet note for Modi, saying he is truly inspired by his thoughts. “It was an absolute honour, privilege and a pleasure to have had a meeting with you, Hon’ble PM @narendramodi ji. Your forthrightness and passion to achieve your vision for the country is incredible! Truly inspired by your clear thoughts and visionary ideas during our meeting,” Ashutosh wrote. However, it’s not known why and when the two exactly met.
  • Our progress lies in progress of nation, says PM Modi
    New Delhi [India] (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that the progress of the people lies in the progress of the nation itself.“Today crores of Indians are putting the foundation stone of Swarnim Bharat. Our dreams and the country’s dreams are not different. Our personal and country’s achievements are not different. Our progress lies in the progress of the nation,” the Prime Minister said while virtually delivering the keynote address at the national launch ceremony of ‘Azadi Ke Amrit Mahotsav se Swarnim Bharat Ke Ore’. Speaking at the event the Prime Minister further said, “The nation exists from us, and we exist from the nation. This realization is becoming the biggest strength of Indians in the making of a new India.”The Prime Minister also said that with ‘Azadi Ke Amrit Mahotsav Se Swarnim Bharat Ke Ore’, today we are starting a very important event for the country.The program unveiled yearlong initiatives dedicated to Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav by the Brahma Kumaris, which include more than 30 campaigns and over 15000 programs and events.During the event, Prime Minister flagged off seven initiatives of Brahma Kumaris. These include My India Healthy India, Aatmanirbhar Bharat: Self Reliant Farmers, Women: Flag Bearers of India, Power of Peace Bus Campaign, Andekha Bharat Cycle Rally, United India Motor Bike Campaign and green initiatives under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.Brahma Kumaris is a worldwide spiritual movement dedicated to personal transformation and […]
  • PM Modi inaugurates launch of ‘Azadi Ke Amrit Mahotsav se Swarnim Bharat Ki Ore’
    New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday inaugurated the launch of ‘Azadi Ke Amrit Mahotsav se Swarnim Bharat Ki Ore’. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is delivering the keynote address at the national launch ceremony of ‘Azadi Ke Amrit Mahotsav se Swarnim Bharat Ke Ore’ today via video conferencing. The program unveiled yearlong initiatives dedicated to Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav by the Brahma Kumaris, which include more than 30 campaigns and over 15000 programs and events.During the event, Prime Minister flagged off seven initiatives of Brahma Kumaris. These include My India Healthy India, Aatmanirbhar Bharat: Self Reliant Farmers, Women: Flag Bearers of India, Power of Peace Bus Campaign, Andekha Bharat Cycle Rally, United India Motor Bike Campaign and green initiatives under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Brahma Kumaris is a worldwide spiritual movement dedicated to personal transformation and world renewal. Founded in India in 1937, Brahma Kumaris has spread to over 130 countries. The event is being held on the occasion of the 53rd Ascension Anniversary of Pitashree Prajapita Brahma, Founding Father of Brahma Kumaris. (ANI/Image -Instagram)
  • India logs over 3.17 lakh COVID-19 cases; daily positivity rate 16.41 pc
    New Delhi [India]: India has logged 3,17,532 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours and the daily positivity rate stood at 16.41 per cent, said Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday. India reported 2,82,970 new COVID-19 cases with a daily positivity rate of 15.13 per cent yesterday.The weekly positivity rate stood at 16.06 per cent, as per government’s data released today. With the addition of new infections recorded in the country, the active cases mounted to 19,24,051. As per the ministry, the active cases account for 5.03 per cent of the total cases. In the last 24 hours, 2,23,990 recoveries were reported, With this, the total recoveries climbed to 3,58,07,029. Consquently, the recovery rate is currently at 93.69 per cent. The number of people who succumbed to the virus in the last 24 hours is 491. The death toll is at 4,87,693. The country has so far registered 9,287 cases of COVID-19 variant Omicron. There is an increase of 3.63 per cent in its cases since Wednesday, as per the ministry. To detect the presence of the virus, 19,35,180 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours. Since the onset of the pandemic in 2020, 70.93 crore tests have been conducted. Meanwhile, in the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination drive, 159.67 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far. Notably, India’s vaccination drive commenced on January 16, 2021 and it has completed one […]
  • Germany registers record 133,536 new COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours: Institute
    Berlin [Germany], (ANI/Sputnik): Germany has registered 133,536 new coronavirus cases within the past 24 hours, marking thus the largest daily increase since the start of the outbreak, Robert Koch Institute said on Thursday. The total number of COVID-19 cases in Germany currently has surpassed 8.3 million.The death toll has risen by 234 to 116,315 people within the same period of time. Like many other countries, Germany is now facing a new wave of the COVID-19 pandemic linked to the spread of the Omicron strain. (Image – DW)
  • India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage surpasses 159.67 crores
    New Delhi [India] (ANI): With the administration of over 73 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s cumulative vaccination coverage has exceeded 159.67 crore, said Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday. As per government data, 73,38,592 vaccine doses were administered to eligible population in the last 24 hours. Consquently, the total vaccines administered so far mounted to 1,59,67,55,879, as per provisional reports till 7 am today.This has been achieved through 1,71,82,273 sessions, the ministry said in a statement. The government data reveals that 61,75,049 precaution dose of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of these, 22,95,385 doses were given to healthcare workers, 20,16,534 doses to frontline workers and 18,63,130 doses to those above 60 years of age with coomorbidities. To children aged between 15-18 years, 3,84,93,979 vaccine doses have been given so far. The vaccination of this age group was started on January 3, this year. India COVID vaccination drive completed one year on January 16, 2022. (image -kshvid)
  • Border row: CMs of Assam, Meghalaya to meet Amit Shah today in Delhi
    By Payal Mehta New Delhi [India] (ANI): A vital meeting regarding the resolving of the border dispute between neighbouring states of Assam and Meghalaya will take place with Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday evening in the national capital.Assam chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma will travel together from Guwahati for this meeting. Both the Chief Ministers are expected to meet Home Minister after 6 pm and then both the leaders will head back to Guwahati right after the meeting. On Tuesday, after his cabinet meeting, Conrad Sangma had said, “Our Cabinet has approved the recommendations of all 3 Regional Committees as process to resolve the Meghalaya-Assam border issue. These recommendations along with the recommendations by the government of Assam would be further discussed and submitted with the Union Home Minister.” Assam Chief Minister Sarma also held an all-party meeting on Tuesday and had tweeted, “Our efforts to resolve the Assam-Meghalaya border row have started bearing fruits as 6 of the 12 areas of difference have been identified for resolution in the first phase. During an interaction, briefed representatives of all political parties on the progress made so far.” “Sought their cooperation in our mutually agreed principles to solve the long-pending problem. Also apprised them of the harmonious talks that led to taking up 6 areas – Ratacherra, Tarabari, Boklapara, Khanapara-Pillingkata, Hahim and Gizang – for finding amicable […]
  • 13 Delhi-bound Trains Delayed As Dense Fog Engulfs The National Capital
    New Delhi [India], January 20 (ANI): With a blanket of dense fog engulfing the national capital on Thursday morning leading to poor visibility, several Delhi-bound trains were delayed, informed the Northern Railway. According to the Northern Railway, 13 Delhi-bound trains are running late following a drop in visibility due to fog. “About 13 trains running late for today, including Howrah-New Delhi Express, Puri-New Delhi Express, Gorakhpur-New Delhi Express, Mumbai-New Delhi Express, Kanpur -New Delhi Express,” said CPRO, Northern Railways. As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the minimum temperature in the city was recorded at 8 degrees Celsius at 7 am today while the maximum is expected to touch 18 degrees Celsius. Moreover, the visibility in the Palam area of the national capital dropped to 50 metres today. “Dense fog is being reported at 0830 hrs IST over Delhi (Palam 50m), Punjab (Amritsar 50m), Haryana (Karnal and Hissar 50m each), UP (Lucknow 50m), northwest MP (Gwalior 50m) Bihar(Patna and Gaya 50m), Sub Himalayan west Bengal (Cooch Behar 50m) and Assam (Dhubri 50m),” tweeted IMD today. People were also seen comforting themselves by lighting a bonfire amid cold weather conditions in the national capital. Meanwhile, flight operations at the Delhi airport were normal on Thursday morning despite low visibility due to the fog. “Low visibility procedures are in progress at Delhi airport. All flight operations are presently normal,” said Delhi International Airport Limited. The airport […]
  • South Africa vs India, 1st ODI: Bavuma, van der Dussen score centuries as Proteas post 296/4
    Paarl [South Africa]ANI): Rassie van der Dussen (129*) and Temba Bavuma (110) were the bright spots with the bat as South Africa posted 296/4 against India in the first ODI of the three-match series here at Boland Park, Paarl on Wednesday. Bavuma and van der Dussen put on a stand of 204 runs for the fourth wicket and this is the second-highest by a South African pair in ODIs against India.Opting to bat first, South Africa got off to a bad start as the hosts lost opener Janneman Malan (6) in the fifth over of the innings. The batter was sent back to the pavilion by pacer Jasprit Bumrah and this brought skipper Temba Bavuma to the middle. After the first ten overs, the Proteas’ score read 39/1. Indian bowlers were able to maintain a stranglehold over the Proteas batters and Bavuma and de Kock found the going tough in the middle. The 39-run stand for the second wicket came to an end in the 16th over as Ravichandran Ashwin bowled De Kock (27). Soon after, Venkatesh Iyer’s direct hit got the better of Aiden Markram (4) and Proteas were reduced to 68/3 in the 18th over. Rassie van der Dussen then joined Bavuma in the middle and the duo revived Proteas’ innings by mixing caution with aggression. The partnership saw both batters going past their respective fifty-run mark. Bavuma brought up his ton […]
  • With 11,352 new COVID-19 cases, Nepal records highest single-day spike since pandemic began
    Kathmandu [Nepal](ANI): With 11,352 cases being reported in the last 24 hours, Nepal recorded the highest COVID-19 single-day spike since the pandemic began, according to official data. According to the daily update provided by the Ministry of Health and Population a total of 18,078 samples were tested for contagion using the Real-Time- Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) method.Out of tested, using RT-PCR 9,502 samples resulted positive for virus while 1,850 samples confirmed infection after 5,331 samples using antigen method. With four coronavirus-related death reported in the past 24 hours, the cumulative death toll in the country reached 11,628. Along with this, 613 people have recovered from the virus while the number of active cases in the Himalayan nation stands at 47,929 in the nation. Nepal on Tuesday reported 8,730 new PCR confirmed coronavirus cases. As per the ministry, the number of cases in Nepal has increased by almost 30 per cent in the last one week alone, it was near to doubling the cases in a week. “In past one week, a total of 62,753 RT PCR tests were conducted which this week has been increased by 54 per cent and increased to 96000,” Dr Krishna Paudel, Director of Epidemiology and Disease Control Division said in Wednesday’s daily briefing. “Out of the total tests conducted, 39,342 new cases has been confirmed. Along with this, the infection rate also has increased to 40.6 per cent. […]
  • Sania Mirza reveals retirement plans, says 2022 season will be her last
    Melbourne [Australia] (ANI): India’s first women’s tennis superstar, Sania Mirza on Wednesday announced her retirement plans, confirming that the 2022 season will be her last. The Indian tennis player has won six Grand Slams and has reached the summit of the WTA doubles ranking. Mirza is also the first Indian to break into the top 30 in the WTA singles ranking.Mirza announced her retirement plans after her opening-round loss in women’s doubles event at the ongoing Australian Open. The 35-year-old after her match said: “There’s a few reasons for it. It’s not as simple as ‘okay I’m not going to play’. I do feel my recovery is taking longer, I’m putting my 3-year-old son at risk by travelling so much with him, that’s something I have to take into account. I think my body is wearing down. My knee was really hurting today and I’m not saying that’s the reason we lost but I do think that it is taking time to recover as I’m getting older.” “Also for me to find that motivation everyday to come out. The energy is not the same anymore. There are more days than there used to be where I don’t feel like doing that. I’ve always said that I will play until I enjoy that grind, the process which I’m not sure I’m enjoying as much anymore.” “Having said that, I still want to play the season […]
  • Bilawal flays Imran khan over religious article, says trying to hide ‘economic failures’
    Islamabad [Pakistan] (ANI): After Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s religious article on lessons to learn from Madina got published in leading newspapers, Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Tuesday said that Khan repeatedly speaks of Riyasat-e-Madina to “draw the people’s attention away” from the government’s “economic failures”.He gave the example of war-torn Afghanistan where a strict interpretation of Islam is being enforced and rebuked Imran khan. He said that the “talk of religion will be ramped up to divert the people’s attention”. Bilawal made the remark during a press conference alongside Leader of Opposition in the Senate Yousuf Raza Gilani after Khan’s article was published, reported The News International.“Here too, as our economy witnesses a downturn, the Prime Minister speaks of Riyasat-e-Madina to draw the people’s attention away,” he said.“Those who attempt to divert people’s attention can say their prayers, can keep their fasts and can make arrangements for their eternal abode in heaven. We, too, will continue in our struggle,” Bilawal added.Bilawal also attacked the Imran khan government on passing the Supplementary Finance Bill and said, that the government “forcibly passed the anti-people mini-budget”.He said such an “attack on Pakistan’s sovereignty had never before taken place in the history of Pakistan”.Speaking of the State Bank of Pakistan (Amendment) Bill 2021, he said that the central bank “will no longer be answerable” to Parliament, judiciary or the people, and will “operate under dictation” […]
  • Will contest elections after taking permission from people of Azamgarh: Akhilesh Yadav
    Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India] (ANI): Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday said that he will contest elections after taking permission from Azamgarh residents.Yadav is currently an MP from Azamgarh. Addressing a press conference today, Yadav said, “I will contest elections after taking permission from the people of Azamgarh.”This statement comes ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. Elections for the 403 Assembly constituencies in Uttar Pradesh will be held in seven phases starting February 10. The polling in Uttar Pradesh will be held on February 10, 14, 20, 23, 27 and March 3 and 7 in seven phases.The counting of votes will take place on March 10. (Image source: Instagram)
  • India reports over 2.8 lakh new COVID-19 cases, daily positivity rate at 15.13 pc
    New Delhi [India]: India reported 2,82,970 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours with a daily positivity rate of 15.13 per cent, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed on Wednesday. The fresh infections are 2,369 more than yesterday. On Tuesday, India logged 2,38,018 fresh COVID-19 cases.With the addition of new cases, the total cases of COVID-19 in India rose to 3,79,01,241 including 18,31,000 active cases. Active cases account for 4.83 per cent of the total cases. The country has so far detected 8,961 cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. As per the health ministry, there is an increase of 0.79 per cent in Omicron cases since yesterday. The daily positivity rate is at 15.13 per cent while the weekly positivity rate is 15.53 per cent. Meanwhile, the country’s recovery rate stands at 93.88 per cent. The ministry said that 1,88,157 people recovered from the infection in the last 24 hours, taking the recovery tally to 3,55,83,039. The country also witnessed 441 new COVID-related deaths in the last 24 hours. As many as 4,87,202 people have succumbed to the infection so far. A total of 70.74 crore samples have been tested so far of which 18,69,642 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. As far as the COVID-19 vaccination is concerned, as many as 1,58,88,47,554 vaccine doses have been administered so far under the nationwide vaccination drive of which 76,35,229 […]
  • Covid Cases: Malaysia reports 3,245 new COVID-19 infections, 9 new deaths
    Kuala Lumpur [Malaysia], (ANI/Xinhua): Malaysia recorded 3,245 new COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 2,813,934, according to its health ministry. The new infections included 274 imported cases and 2,971 local transmissions, showed data released on the health ministry’s website.An additional nine deaths from the pandemic were recorded, bringing the total death toll to 31,818. The health ministry also reported 3,093 new recoveries from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 2,741,355. Currently, 40,761 active cases have been reported in Malaysia, with 183 of them held in intensive care units, and 84 of them in need of assisted breathing. The country administered 129,597 vaccine doses on Tuesday. A total of 79.7 per cent of the population have received at least one dose, 78.6 percent are fully vaccinated and 29.8 per cent have received a booster dose. (Image – BB)
  • People should learn to live with COVID-19: Top infectious disease expert Dr Faheem Younus
    New Delhi [India](ANI): People should learn to live with COVID-19 disease and should not throw caution to the wind, said Dr Faheem Younus, Chief of Infectious Disease at the University of Maryland, on Tuesday. Speaking to ANI, Dr Younus, top infectious disease expert, said, “We should learn to live with COVID-19. It doesn’t mean dropping our guard against COVID-19. We should get vaccinated or get a booster dose in order to avoid a high-risk situation. Going to a concert or to a bar may not be essential but taking care of our parents is important.”He also emphasized on wearing good quality masks and getting vaccinated which will help people in keeping high-risk situations at bay. “So as long as we continue to get vaccinated and wear good quality masks, then we can live with it. Wearing good quality masks and being vaccinated will help prevent death and hospitalisation,” Dr Younus added. (Image – Instagram)
  • Arvind Kejriwal to officially announce AAP’s Goa CM face tomorrow
    Panaji (Goa) [India] (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will be announcing the party’s CM candidate for Goa during a press conference in Panaji on Wednesday.Kejriwal had held a door-to-door campaign on Sunday in Cortalim village of Goa, which is scheduled to go to polls this February. As a part of the campaign, Kejriwal along with other party members was seen interacting with voters in Cortalim. Pamphlets were distributed to the voters during the campaign.Goa will go to the assembly polls on February 14. The counting of votes will take place on March 10.Earlier today, AAP announced its Lok Sabha MP Bhagwant Mann as the party’s chief ministerial candidate for Punjab Assembly elections. (Image source: Instagram)
  • R-Day celebrations: 1000 drones to display multiple formations in sky to celebrate 75 years of independence
    New Delhi [India] (ANI): To encourage a startup led by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, for the first time in the country, a drone show consisting of 1,000 drones will be held during the Beating Retreat event in Republic Day celebrations this year, said an official from the Ministry of Defence on Tuesday. After China, Russia and UK, India will be the fourth country to perform drone show.The official also said that this year, the Beating Retreat ceremony will also witness projection mapping to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of Independence.“Botlab Dynamics, a start-up incubated at IIT Delhi, will organize the show where 1,000 drones will configure themselves in multiple formations during the show,” he added.He said that all drones are indigenously developed and designed. Indian will become fourth country after China, Russia and United States to organize such a massive drone show.“Projection mapping on parapet of North and South block walls will be used to create immersive environment during the event. The theme will be 75 years of Independence,” he added.The Beating Retreat ceremony mainly consists of performances of the bands of the three services on the last day of Republic Day celebrations. The ceremony takes place at Vijay Chowk on January 29 every year.Meanwhile, Delhi Police has fortified areas in and around Rajpath with multi-layer security, facial recognition systems and more than 1,000 CCTVs in view of the republic day […]
  • Amitabh Bachchan’s Heartfelt Message For Father Harivansh Rai Bachchan On 19th Death Anniversary
    Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], January 18 (ANI): Amitabh Bachchan’s father Harivansh Rai Bachchan passed away in 2003, and on his 19th death anniversary today, the ‘Agneepath’ star penned a heartfelt message for him on his blog. “And the midnight has passed by to the day of the next .. and the remembrance of Babuji .. his ‘punya tithi ‘ .. punny tithi .. on the virtuous moment .. of the completion of his exceptional life ..and we have not even touched a hair of his contribution to the world of literature .. nor has there been attempt to do so .. but there are some who value and exhibit their desires .. like the City of Wroclaw in Poland, where his miniature statue adorns the street,” he wrote. Click the link below to see the post: https://srbachchan.tumblr.com/ Later, he took to Twitter to thank people for giving immense respect to Harivansh Rai Bachchan. Harivansh Rai was a renowned poet and writer whose words have not only been immortalised through his writings but also through their use in several Bollywood films.
  • Cartoonist Narayan Debnath Dies At 97, Mamata Banerjee Mourns His Demise
    Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], January 18 (ANI): As the legendary cartoonist Narayan Debnath passed away after a prolonged illness at the age of 97, on Tuesday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee mourned his demise with a social media tribute for the late Padma Shri awardee. Debnath was the creator of several Bengali comic characters and was undergoing treatment at Bellevue Hospital in Kolkata. Taking to her official Twitter handle, the CM expressed her grief by writing, “Extremely sad that the noted litterateur, illustrator, cartoonist, and creator of some immortal characters for children’s world, Narayan Debnath is no more. He had created Bantul the Great, Handa- Bhonda, Nonte- Fonte, figures that have been etched in our hearts for decades.” In a subsequent tweet, she added, “We were proud to bestow upon him Bengal’s highest award Banga Bibhusan in 2013. His passing away is certainly an immeasurable loss to the world of literary creativity and comics. My deepest condolences to his family, friends, readers and countless fans and followers.” Debnath, who was born and spent most of his life living in Shibpur, Howrah, India, holds the record of longest-running comics by an individual artiste for his ‘Handa Bhonda’ comics series that completed its continuous 53 years of running. He was also the only comic artist in India who received a D.Litt degree. Debnath was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India, in […]
  • AAP declared Bhagwant Mann as Punjab CM face based on fake response calls, claims Cong leaders
    Amritsar (Punjab) [India]: Congress leader Raj Kumar Verka on Tuesday alleged that on the basis of fake response calls, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had declared MP Bhagwant Mann as the party’s chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming Punjab Assembly polls. “There is no truth in the response calls that Arvind Kejriwal is talking about and to cheat the people of Punjab and Bhagwant Mann, Kejriwal has played a new trick,” said the Congress leader.Verka further alleged that the AAP is afraid of the popularity of Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and that is why Kejriwal has declared Bhagwant Mann as the face of the Chief Minister, who was already sidelined. “The fort of Bhagwant Mann has already been destroyed. The AAP had lost in the municipal elections, Panchayat elections and Zilla Parishad elections. The popularity of Bhagwant Mann is negligible even in his own constituency, so the public has already rejected Bhagwant Mann,” he said. Verka said that the people of Punjab have now made up their mind that the Dalit’s son Charanjit Singh Channi will now be the next Chief Minister of Punjab. “Aam Aadmi Party is not going to get a total 5 lakh votes in Punjab and they are talking of more than 20 lakh call response on the basis of lies,” added the Congress leader. Earlier today, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Bhagwant Mann has been named as […]
  • Porn film case: SC grants pre-arrest bail to Poonam Pandey
    New Delhi [India](ANI): The Supreme Court on Tuesday granted pre-arrest bail to actor and model Poonam Pandey in a case related to a porn films racket also involving Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty’s husband Raj Kundra. A Bench of Justices Vineet Saran and BV Nagarathna issued notice on the appeal filed by Pandey challenging the November 25, 2021 order of the Bombay High Court which had declined her plea for anticipatory bail.The Bench said, “No coercive action against the appellant. Issue notice.” Pandey’s plea said that her anticipatory bail plea was rejected despite she has participated in the investigation conducted by the police and no offence, even prima-facie, made out against her. The plea said that she has actively assisted in the investigation and has provided all information as requested by the investigating authorities, however, the High Court has without any basis, rejected the anticipatory bail application. She said the ingredients of the offence are not made out against her as the contents of the complaint and the FIR do not disclose any offence or attributable to her. “While the Petitioner is not the owner or business partner in any such, websites or Online Platform, the only allegation against the Petitioner is that some video allegedly portraying the Petitioner is available on the website… In this regard, it is necessary to note that these websites, which allegedly have some videos of the petitioner have already […]
  • Over 3.5 cr children between 15-18 receive 1st dose of COVID vaccine in India so far
    New Delhi [India] (ANI): Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya on Monday informed that over 3.5 crore children between the 15-18 age group have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine so far in the country, since January 3, the commencement of vaccination drive for the age group.Taking to Twitter, Mandaviya said, “Amazing enthusiasm among Young India for COVID-19 vaccination. Over 3.5 crore children between the 15-18 Age group have received 1st dose of COVID-19 vaccine, since 3rd January. Congratulations to all my young friends who have got vaccinated.” As per the Union Health Ministry, with the administration of more than 39 lakh (39,46,348) vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has exceeded 157.20 Cr (1,57,20,41,825) as per provisional reports till 7 am today. (Image source: Instagram)
  • No COVID-19 vaccination could mean no Roland Garros for Djokovic
    Paris [France] (ANI): World number one Novak Djokovic could be barred from playing in the French Open after France’s Sports Ministry on Monday said that there would be no exemption from the country’s new vaccine pass law for the anti-vaccine tennis player.Djokovic was deported from Australia on Sunday after the Serbian lost his court case and hence he would not be able to defend his Australian Open title. “The rule is simple. The vaccine pass will be imposed, as soon as the law is promulgated, in establishments that were already subject to the health pass,” France’s Sports Ministry said, Sydney Morning Herald reported quoting Reuters.“This will apply to everyone who is a spectator or a professional sportsperson. And this until further notice. Now, as far as Roland Garros is concerned, it’s in May. The situation may change between now and then and we hope that it will be more favourable. So we’ll see, but clearly, there’s no exemption,” it added.France’s vaccine pass law that was approved by parliament on Sunday, will require people to have a certificate of vaccination to enter public places such as restaurants, cafes, cinemas, and long-distance trains.Djokovic on Sunday had said that he is “extremely disappointed” by the Australian court’s ruling to dismiss the tennis player’s application for judicial review of the cancellation of his visa.The world number one men’s singles player further confirmed that he will not participate in […]
  • Tamil Nadu: All school students between 15 to 18 years vaccinated with first COVID-19 dose
    Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], (ANI): Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian on Monday said the state has vaccinated all school students aged between 15-18 years with the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. “100 per cent of school students between 15 to 18 years in Tamil Nadu have been inoculated with the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine,” Subramanian said while addressing reporters.COVID-19 vaccination for the 15-18 age group began on January 3 across the country. On Sunday, the Tamil Nadu government had informed that schools have been shut in for all classes, due to an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the state. “The exams which were supposed to be held on January 19 are now postponed,” informed the order copy. Tamil Nadu recorded 23,989 new COVID-19 cases and 11 fatalities on Sunday, as per the state health department’s bulletin. This took the total number of cases reported so far to 29,15,948 and the death toll to 36,967. (Image -instagram)
  • Punjab Assembly poll postponed, voting on February 20
    New Delhi [India]: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has decided to postpone the voting dates for the Punjab Assembly election to February 20. Earlier, the State was scheduled to go for polls on February 14. This comes after several political parties, including Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party and former chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s party Punjab Lok Congress, requested the Commission to postpone the elections.Sources said that the request was made as many people from the Scheduled Caste community from State are likely to visit Varanasi, in view of Guru Ravidas birth anniversary on February 16. According to the statement issued by the ECI, the last date for filing the nomination for the candidates is on February 1, while the candidates can withdraw their nominations till February 2. The results will be announced on March 10. (ANI/Image – ANi)
  • Wealth of 10 richest persons doubled while incomes of 99 per cent people declined during pandemic
    New Delhi [India] (ANI): The world’s ten richest men more than doubled their fortunes from $700 billion to $1.5 trillion –at a rate of $15,000 per second or $1.3 billion a day– during the first two years of a pandemic that has seen the incomes of 99 per cent of humanity fall and over 160 million more people forced into poverty, according to an Oxfam International report released on Monday.“If these ten men were to lose 99.999 per cent of their wealth tomorrow, they would still be richer than 99 per cent of all the people on this planet,” Oxfam International’s Executive Director Gabriela Bucher said in the report. “They now have six times more wealth than the poorest 3.1 billion people,” she added.Billionaires’ wealth has risen more since COVID-19 began than it has in the last 14 years. At $5 trillion dollars, this is the biggest surge in billionaire wealth since records began.Oxfam International said, its calculations are based on the most up-to-date and comprehensive data sources available. “Figures on the very richest in society come from Forbes’ 2021 Billionaires List. Figures on the share of wealth come from the Credit Suisse Research Institute’s Global Wealth Databook 2021. Figures on the incomes of the 99 percent are from the World Bank.”According to Forbes, the 10 richest people, as of 30 November 2021, have seen their fortunes grow by $821 billion dollars since March […]
  • India’s first homegrown mRNA vaccine to be tested amid Omicron spike: Official sources
    New Delhi [India], January 17 (ANI): The country’s first messenger mRNA vaccine is expected to begin trials on humans in February.The Pune-based Gennova Biopharmaceuticals has submitted phase 2 data of mRNA vaccine and has also completed the recruitment of phase 3 data. Drugs Controller General of India’s (DCGI) Subject Expert Committee (SEC) is expected to review the data soon, the official sources said. Gennova Biopharmaceuticals has also developed the mRNA vaccine for the Omicron variant that will be tested on humans for efficacy and immunogenicity soon, the official sources said.Earlier in the month of September 2021, the Gennova issued a press statement and updated about the vaccines trials, “The Drug Controller General of India, had approved Phase II and Phase III study protocols for HGCO19, India’s first mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine, developed by Gennova Biopharmaceuticals Limited (“Gennova”) back in August.”“Gennova had submitted the interim clinical data of the Phase I study to the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), the Government of India’s National Regulatory Authority (NRA). The Vaccine Subject Expert Committee (SEC) had reviewed the interim Phase I data, and found that HGCO19 was safe, tolerable, and immunogenic in the participants of the study,” it saidThe company also mentioned the number of trials sites, “The study is being conducted in India at approximately 10-15 sites in Phase II and 22-27 sites in Phase III. Gennova is using the DBT-ICMR clinical trial network sites for […]
  • Political Fraternity Mourns The Demise Of Pandit Birju Maharaj
    New Delhi [India], January 17 (ANI): People from different walks of life are paying heartfelt tributes to Kathak maestro Birju Maharaj. Political fraternity, too, expressed grief after learning about the demise of Birju Maharaj. “The demise of legendary Pandit Birju Maharaj marks the end of an era. It leaves a deep void in the Indian music and cultural space. He became an icon, making unparalleled contribution to popularise Kathak globally. Condolences to his family and admirers,” President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted. Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu, described Pandit Birju Maharaj as “an institution and inspiration.”“Deeply saddened by the passing away of the legendary Kathak dancer, Pandit Birju Maharaj. The world renowned Kathak exponent with his unique style was an institution and an inspiration across the globe. His death is a huge loss to the world of performing arts,” he wrote on Twitter. The 83-year-old, who was the torchbearer of the Kalka-Bindadin gharana of the Lucknow style of Kathak, breathed his last on Monday. Reportedly, he suffered a heart attack. Union Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted that Pandit Birju Maharaj and Kathak were complementary and synonymous to each other. Paying her heartfelt condolences, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, tweeted, “India loses a legend of performing arts. Kathak exponent Pandit Birju Maharaj is no more. Born into a family of Kathak masters, belonging to the Lucknow gharana, Pandit Birju Maharaj took kathak to wider audience. […]
  • PM Narendra Modi Grieves Death Of Pandit Birju Maharaj
    New Delhi [India], January 17 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed anguish over the sudden death of Kathak maestro Pandit Birju Maharaj. In his tweet, Modi acknowledged Pandit Birju Maharaj’s remarkable contribution to the Indian dance form. “Extremely saddened after learning about the demise of Pandit Birju Maharaj, who gave Indian art a special recognition across the globe. It’s an irreparable loss to the entire art world. My heartfelt condolences to his family and fans. Om Shanti,” he tweeted. Maharaj-ji, as he was popularly known, died surrounded by his family on Monday after suffering breathlessness. He was 83. Reportedly, the Kathak exponent had been suffering from a kidney ailment and was under treatment for the past one month. 
  • CBSE Term 2 Class 10 & 12 Subjective Sample Paper released for Exams 2022, read for more details
    New Delhi [India]: CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) has released the Sample Paper for Class 10 12 Term 2 Exams 2022. CBSE released the sample papers on their official website for both the Classes 10th and 12th, and these papers are in a subjective format. It hints that the exam pattern may be subjective only but can’t assure us because CBSE may also release their Sample Papers in Objective form.Students can check the sample paper at Steps to check CBSE Term 2 Sample Papers Class 10 12 Board Exams 2022: Go to the CBSE’s official website: https://cbseacademic.nic.in/ Click on the Link of Sample Paper 2022: https://cbseacademic.nic.in/SQP_CLASSX_2021-22.html Click on the Subjects and Open the Sample Paper Download the Paper Speculations stated that CBSE would plan their exams at a given time (March-April) after releasing their Sample Papers for Term 2 Exams 2022. Students can also see the exam pattern and marking scheme of particular subjects. Students and Parents can check the sample papers on the official website for every subject. Sample papers will give you an idea about the type of questions and choices. This is a crucial time for the students to prepare for their exams as CBSE has clearly stated that exams would happen on time, so without thinking about the delay in CBSE Class 10 12 Boards Exams 2022. Students can also plan their exams with Oswaal CBSE Class 10 & […]
  • Angry CM Mamta Bannerjee urges PM Modi to include tableau of freedom fighters in Republic Day Parade
    Howrah (West Bengal) [India]: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to include the tableau of freedom fighters from the state in the Republic Day parade on the 75th year of India’s independence. The Chief Minister, through the letter, expressed her disappointment by the decision to abruptly exclude the proposed tableau of the West Bengal Government.“It is even more baffling for us that the tableau was rejected without assigning any reasons or justifications,” she wrote. The proposed tableau was commemorating the contributions of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and his NIA’s 125th birth anniversary year and was carrying portraits of some of the most illustrious sons and daughters in this country – Vidyasagar, Rabindranath Tagore, Vivekananda, Chittaranjan Das, Sri Aurobindo, Matangini Hazra, Birsa Munda, Nazrul Isla, the letter read. “All the people of West Bengal are deeply pained by this attitude of the Central Government. Bengal was at the forefront of the Indian freedom struggle and has paid the heaviest price for the country’s Independence through the partition,” she added. She further urged PM Modi to reconsider the decision and said, “the tableau which showcases the sacrifices and contribution of the lakhs of freedom fighters will be the most befitting way to pay our respect and homage to all those great souls who fought for our freedom.” Republic Day is celebrated in India every year on […]
  • Maharashtra reports 41,327 new COVID-19 cases
    Mumbai (Maharashtra): Maharashtra reported 41,327 new cases of COVID-19 during the last 24 hours, said the state health department on Sunday. The state also reported eight new cases of Omicron variant of COVID-19, taking the state tally of Omicron to 1,738.With this, the total cases in the state have gone up to 72,11,810. During the last 24 hours, 40,386 people recovered from the infection, taking the total recoveries in the state to 68,00,900. 29 people lost their lives to the deadly virus during the last 24 hours. The death toll in the state due to the virus currently stands at 1,41,808. There are currently 2,65,346 active COVID-19 cases in the state. ( ANI/Image – Kshvid/Instagram ) .
  • PM Modi to deliver ‘State of the World’ special address at WEF’s Davos Agenda
    New Delhi [India] (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver the ‘State of the World’ special address at the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Davos Agenda on Monday, said Prime Minister’s Office on Sunday.PM Modi will address the WEF at 8:30 PM IST via video conference on Tuesday, the office said in a press release. The virtual event will be held from January 17-21. Several heads of state will address the event including Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and EU Commission’s chief Ursua von der Leyen.The event will also witness the participation of top industry leaders, international organisations and civil society, who will deliberate on critical challenges being faced by the world today and discuss how to address them. (Image source: Instagram)
  • India was able to provide COVID-19 vaccines to over 100 countries with philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: ICMR
    New Delhi [India] (ANI): As India marks one year of the COVID-19 vaccination drive on Sunday, Dr Balram Bhargava, DG ICMR said that the country was able to provide vaccines to over 100 countries in line with our philosophy of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’.Speaking to ANI during the launch of commemorative postal stamps on indigenously developed Covaxin to mark one year of the vaccination drive, Dr Bhargava said, “It’s the largest vaccination drive in the world. We’ve administered over 156 crore doses in a year and were able to provide vaccines to over 100 countries in line with our philosophy of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’.” “It’s a great satisfaction for our country that we did not need to ask any country for the vaccine doses,” the ICMR official saidSpeaking about the Omicron variant of coronavirus infection, he said, “We are in the midst of the Omicron variant. Although it’s slightly milder, it spreads very fast. We are worried about it and have started giving a precautionary dose to people above 60 years of age and people with comorbidities.”Dr Bhargana further said that hopefully, the country will do much better this time with the lesser of hospitalisations and serious diseases with a large population.Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya who virtually attended the event informed that around 70 per cent of India’s adults have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 while 93 per cent received the first jab.“The drive was rolled […]
  • Anushka Sharma: ‘I’m Proud Of Virat’s Growth As The Captain Of The Indian National Cricket Team’
    Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], January 16 (ANI): A day after Virat Kohli stepped down as India’s Test captain after leading the side for seven years, his wife and actor Anushka Sharma expressed how proud she is of his growth. Taking to her Instagram handle on Sunday, Anushka shared pictures of Virat and recalled how his journey began in 2014. She wrote, “I remember the day in 2014 when you told me that you have been made the captain as MS had decided to retire from test cricket.” Anushka talked about how she has observed his “immense growth”. “I remember MS, you & I having a chat later that day & him joking about how quickly your beard will start turning grey. We all had a good laugh about it. Since that day, I’ve seen more than just your beard turning grey. I’ve seen growth. Immense growth. Around you & within you. And yes, I am very proud of your growth as the captain of the Indian National Cricket team & what achievements the team had under your leadership. But I’m more proud of the growth you achieved within you,” she added. Anushka did not skip mentioning the challenges he had faced, on and off-field. She shared, “In 2014 we were so young & naive. Thinking that just good intentions, positive drive & motives can take you ahead in life. They definitely do but, not without […]
  • COVID vaccination drive added strength to fight against infection, saved lives: PM Modi
    New Delhi [India] (ANI): As India marks one year of the COVID vaccination drive on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the vaccination programme added great strength to the fight against the COVID-19.The Prime Minister said that the vaccination drive led to saving lives and protecting livelihood. “Today we mark one year of Vaccine Drive. I salute each and every individual who is associated with the vaccination drive. Our vaccination programme has added great strength to the fight against COVID-19. It has led to saving lives and thus protecting livelihoods,” the Prime Minister tweeted.Earlier in the day, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya had called the COVID vaccination drive the “most successful” in the world.Taking to Twitter, he wrote, “Today the world’s largest vaccination campaign completes one year. Started under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi, with everyone’s efforts, today, it is the most successful vaccination campaign in the world. I congratulate all the health workers, scientists and countrymen.”“Due to the unity of people and commitment of PM Modi, India not only manufactured the vaccination against COVID-19 but also vaccinated a large part of the population. The one year of the COVID vaccination drive represents willpower of the country,” Mandaviya tweeted in Hindi.India’s cumulative COVID-19 vaccination coverage has exceeded 156.76 crore in a span of an year.India commenced its nationwide COVID vaccination drive on January 16, 2021. Starting initially by inoculating vaccines to healthcare […]
  • PV Sindhu bows out of India Open 2022 after losing semi-final clash
    New Delhi [India] (ANI): Shuttler PV Sindhu on Saturday bowed out of the ongoing India Open 2022 here at the KD Jadhav Stadium.The 26-year-old Sindhu was outclassed by Thailand’s Supanida Katethong 14-21, 21-13, 10-21 in the semi-final clash that lasted for 59 minutes. Supanida Katethong reigned supreme in the first game and did not give Sindhu any chance. The Thai opponent won the first game 21-14, and she was just one game away from storming into the finals.Sindhu then staged a comeback in the second game, winning it 21-13, and as a result, the match progressed to the third and deciding game.However, the Thai opponent raised her game and she ended up winning the match and hence progressing to the finals.Earlier in the day, India shuttler Lakshya Sen entered the finals of men’s singles after winning a three-game thriller against Malaysia’s Ng Tze Yong.Sen came back from a game down in the semi-final to win 19-21, 21-16, 21-12 and reach the first Super 500 final of his career. (Image source: Instagram)
  • Virat Kohli steps down as India’s Test captain
    New Delhi [India] (ANI): Virat Kohli on Saturday announced that he is stepping down as the captain of the Indian Test team.Last year, Kohli had stepped down as the T20I captain and then he was removed as the ODI leader as the selectors wanted one captain for the white-ball format. “It’s been 7 years of hard work, toil and relentless perseverance everyday to take the team in the right direction. I’ve done the job with absolute honesty and left nothing out there. Every thing has to come to a halt at some stage and for me as Test Captain of India, it’s now. There have been many ups and also some downs along the journey, but never has there been a lack of effort or lack of belief. I have always believed in giving my 120 percent in everything I do, and if I can’t do that, I know it’s not the right thing to do. I have absolute clarity in my heart and I cannot be dishonest to my team,” Kohli said in a statement.“I want to thank the BCCI for giving me the opportunity to lead my country for such a long period of time and more importantly to all the teammates who bought into the vision I bad for the team from day one and never gave up in any situation. You guys have made this journey so memorable and beautiful. […]
  • Covid Report : India reports over 2.68 lakh fresh cases, 402 fatalities in last 24 hours
    New Delhi [India]: India recorded 2,68,833 fresh COVID-19 cases and 402 fatalities in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Saturday. The fresh infections are 4,631 more than yesterday. On Friday, India logged 2,64,202 fresh COVID-19 cases.With the addition of new cases, the total cases of coronavirus in the country rose to 3,68,50,962 including 14,17,820 active cases. Active cases account for 3.85 per cent of the total cases. Of the total infections reported till date, 6,041 cases of Omicron variant of COVID-19 have been detected so far which is an increase of 5.01 per cent since yesterday. As many as 16,13,740 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours wherein a daily positivity rate of 16.66 per cent was observed. Further, 70.07 crore total tests to detect the presence of the virus in individuals have been conducted so far in which a weekly positivity rate of 12.84 per cent was observed. However, the death toll of those infected with the virus reached 4,85,752 with 402 more fatalities, the health ministry said. Also, 1,22,684 new recoveries were reported in the last 24 hours thereby taking the total tally to 3,49,47,390. The recovery rate is currently at 94.83 per cent. India has, meanwhile, upscaled its vaccine drive. 156.02 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far under the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive. (ANI/ Image – Kshvid)
  • India is proud of stellar contribution of Army: PM Modi extends greetings on Army Day
    New Delhi [India] (ANI): As India is celebrating Indian Army Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said India is proud of the stellar contribution of the Army in Peacekeeping Missions overseas.The Prime Minister also highlighted that Indian Army personnel serve in hostile terrains and are at the forefront of helping fellow citizens during a humanitarian crisis. “Indian Army personnel serve in hostile terrains and are at the forefront of helping fellow citizens during humanitarian crisis, including natural disasters. India is proud of the stellar contribution of the Army in Peacekeeping Missions overseas as well,” PM Modi tweeted.Army Day is observed every year on January 15 to celebrate the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army – Field Marshal Kodandera M Cariappa.The position was taken over on January 15, 1949, from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India. (Image source: Instagram)
  • US To Ban All Commercial Flights To China Ahead Of Beijing Winter Olympics
    Washington [US], January 15 (ANI): The US will be banning all commercial flights to China from January 19 as Beijing tries to keep coronavirus infections at bay ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics. Starting next week, there are likely to be no commercial flights bound for Beijing ahead of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, reported CNN. Beginning January 19 and continuing for at least two weeks, all flights from the United States to China have either been cancelled or are likely to be suspended because of Chinese aviation regulations, according to CNN Business research of government announcements and published flight schedules. As of Friday, only two flights still appeared eligible to operate for that period, one of them with United Airlines (UAL). The Beijing Winter Games open on February 4, and participants are mostly taking special flights restricted to people with Olympics credentials as part of a strict bubble that authorities are implementing around the event, reported CNN. Since June, the Civil Aviation Administration of China has applied a so-called “circuit-breaker” rule to international flights. That rule means that a flight is automatically suspended for two weeks if five or more passengers test positive upon landing in China. If 10 or more passengers test positive, the suspension period increases. China has defended its “circuit-breaker” regulations as “an important step to reduce the risk of cross-border spread of the epidemic.” “The measures, which are open […]
  • Delhi Police recovers IED in Ghazipur Phool Mandi ahead of Republic Day celebrations
    New Delhi [India] (ANI): Days ahead of the Republic Day celebrations, Delhi Police on Friday recovered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in the city’s Ghazipur Phool Mandi and ensured there were no casualties, said the police.The police said the IED was disposed of by the National Security Guard’s Bomb Disposal Squad using a controlled explosion.“Ensuring no casualties, #DelhiPolice recovers IED in Ghazipur Phool Mandi. Device was disposed of by NSG’s Bomb Disposal Squad using a controlled explosion,” tweeted Delhi Police.Minutes after the incident, the Delhi Police said, “A case has been registered in the Delhi Police Special Cell under provisions of the Explosive Substances Act.”Sensing the severity of the matter, NSG commandos were sent. Later, NSG officials told ANI, “A bomb disposal squad of NSG has defused the IED recovered from Ghazipur. Samples of the IED have been collected and the NSG team will later submit a report of the chemical component used to assemble the explosive.”Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana told ANI on phone, “Based on the information received, an IED has been recovered.” (Image source: Instagram)
  • PM directs Central Ministries, departments to formulate document for ‘Vision India@2047’ to identify long-term goals
    New Delhi [India] (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed all the Central Ministries and Departments to formulate documents for “Vision India@2047” to identify the long-term goals and corresponding outcomes for this decade with timelines and milestones.In order to suggest the structural and institutional reforms necessary to attain the envisaged “Vision India@2047” on governance, the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG) will convene a meeting with sectoral experts, academics and the scientific community on Saturday. In this regard, Union Minister Jitendra Singh is slated to chair DARPG’s first “Vision India@2047” meeting with Sectoral Experts on governance issues on Saturday, said Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.Key issues pertaining to improving efficiency in decision making in the Central Secretariat, reducing pendency, rationalizing working of ministries and departments, ethics, transparency and accountability in public service, creation of effective executive agencies, core principles of reforms in the government, benchmarking governance in states, management practices in 21st-century governance, citizen-centric governance, reforms in state secretariats, district collectorates, use of technology in governance and creation of institutions of excellence would be discussed in the meeting.Fifteen sector specialists who would be participating in the discussions comprise former Cabinet Secretaries, former Secretaries of Department of Personnel and Training (DOPT), directors of select IITs and IIMs, ASCI and Capacity Building Commission.Secretary DARPG V Srinivas and Director General IIPA Dr SN Tripathi would be attending the meeting.“Following the consultative meetings with […]
  • COVID-19: Schools in Madhya Pradesh to remain closed from Jan 15-31
    Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) [India](ANI): Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, all government and private schools in Madhya Pradesh will remain closed for students of classes 1-12 between January 15-31. The decision was announced by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan after he held a meeting with the crisis management group on Friday in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.The chief minister further said that all political, religious gatherings and fairs will be banned in the state till further orders. However there is no ban on Makar Sankranti ‘snan’ (Holy bath), he added. “The state administration has banned all political and religious rallies. However, programmes can be held in the hall, with less than 50 per cent seating capacity,” said Chouhan. “No audience will be allowed during professional sports activities in the state,” he added. Further, the pre-board exams which were supposed to be held from January 20 in the state will now be conducted through online mode and will be given by the students from their homes. Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh on Thursday reported 4,037 COVID-19 cases and 783 recoveries. The active caseload in the state stands at 17,657. (image – Instagram)
  • UP: Former BJP Ministers Swami Prasad Maurya, Dharam Singh Saini join Akhilesh Yadav
    Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India] (ANI): Former Uttar Pradesh Ministers Swami Prasad Maurya and Dharam Singh Saini, who resigned this week from the Yogi Adityanath government and the ruling BJP ahead of Assembly polls, have joined the Samajwadi Party (SP) on Friday in presence of the party chief Akhilesh Yadav. Along with the former Ministers, the sitting MLAs Bhagwati Sagar, Vinay Shakya, Roshan Lal Verma, Mukesh Verma and Brajesh Kumar Prajapati have also joined SP.Apna Dal MLA Chaudhary Amar Singh, Former BSP MLA Neeraj Kushawaha Maurya, former BJP MLC Harpal Saini, former BSP MLA Balram Saini, former BJP MLA Rajendra Pratap Singh, former Minister of State Vidrohi Maurya, former Chief Security Officer Padam Singh and former Congress MLA Bansi Singh Pahadiya joined the party. The spate of resignations began with Swami Prasad Maurya quitting the cabinet. Maurya, a prominent leader from the OBC community, had joined the BJP from BSP. Dara Singh Chauhan had resigned as minister on Wednesday. Dharam Singh Saini became the third minister on Thursday. Samajwadi Party has stitched a coalition of smaller parties for the assembly polls and has emerged as the main rival of the ruling BJP in the state. Earlier BJP MLAs Mukesh Verma, Vinay Shakya, Avtar Singh Bhadana, Roshan Lal Verma, Brijesh Prajapati and Bhagwati Sagar resigned from the party. Uttar Pradesh assembly elections will be held in seven phases from February 10 to March 7. The polling […]
  • Dubai: Hundreds of lives saved after collision between two India-bound flights averted
    By Ashoke Raj New Delhi [India]: Hundreds of lives were saved on Sunday after a major collision between two Emirates planes was averted during take-off at Dubai airport.EK-524 Dubai to Hyderabad was scheduled for take-off at 9:45 PM and EK-568 Dubai to Bengaluru Emirates flight was also scheduled to take off for its destination. Unfortunately, the two aircraft that were scheduled for take-off came on one runway. According to the Emirates flight schedule, there is a five-minute gap between the departure times of both flights. “EK-524 from Dubai-Hyderabad was accelerating for take-off from runway 30R, when the crew saw a aircraft coming in the same direction at high speed. Take-off was immediately instructed by ATC to be rejected. The aircraft slowed down safely and cleared the runway via taxiway N4, which crossed the runway. Another emirates flight EK-568, from Dubai to Bangalore, was rolling for departure was to take-off from same runway 30R,” a person aware of the incident told ANI. After the ATC intervention, Bengaluru-bound Emirates flight took off and the Hyderabad-bound Emirates flight went back to the taxi bay and took off a few minutes later. An investigation was launched by the UAE’s aviation investigations body The Air Accident Investigation Sector, (AAIS). A serious safety lapse was reported to the airlines. Emirates Air has confirmed the incident and told ANI about the serious breach of safety. “On 9 January, flight EK524 was […]
  • Imran govt’s mini-budget will push Pakistanis to ‘miserable’ death, says Shahbaz Sharif
    Islamabad [Pakistan](ANI): The mini-budget of the Imran Khan government will push poor Pakistanis to “miserable” death as the bill proposes to hike taxes in a variety of sectors, said Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief Shahbaz Sharif on Thursday as the country’s National Assembly passed the Finance (Supplementary) Bill, reported local media. “Imran Khan has been imposed on the country and leading the country towards destruction, pushing the poor to the brink of death,” The News International quoted Shehbaz Sharif as saying in the National Assembly while addressing the participants.The PML-N leader also said that people will have to take to the streets against inflation. “We will have to get the country out of economic misery,” he added. Stressing that mini-budget was a budget that would push the poor people towards “miserable” death, Shahbaz said, “Remember the time of Nawaz Sharif when there was no inflation; electricity was cheap under the PML-N government.” The leader also termed the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government as the most incompetent government in the history of Pakistan. It comes as Pakistan’s National Assembly on Thursday passed the controversial Finance (Supplementary) Bill, generally known as the “mini-budget”, and the State Bank of Pakistan (Amendment) Bill 2021 during an hours-long session amid fierce objection from the opposition benches, according to Dawn. (Image -Instagram)
  • British Prince Andrew stripped of military honours over sex assault accusations
    London [UK],(ANI): Soon after a New York judge gave the green light to a civil lawsuit by Virginia Giuffre, who alleged that Britain’s Prince Andrew sexually abused her when she was 17, the Queen’s stripped The Duke of York of his military ranks and royal patronage. The Duke of York will defend the sex assault case as a private citizen.British Prince Andrew, son of Queen Elizabeth II, is stripped of his military ranks and royal patronage after facing sex assault accusations, according to the press service of Buckingham Palace. “With the Queen’s approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen,” The Royal Family said in a statement on Thursday. “The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen,” the statement added. It came after human rights activist Virginia Giuffre filed a lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan and accused Prince Andrew of raping her when she was 17 years old. However, Prince Andrew has denied the allegations, reported CNN. The New York judge on Wednesday ruled against the motion by Andrew’s legal team to dismiss a civil lawsuit brought against him by Virginia Giuffre. She alleged that she was trafficked by disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein and forced to perform sex acts with the prince at the age of 17. Andrew has vigorously […]
  • Jallikattu begins at Avaniyapuram village in Madurai
    Madurai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Jallikattu competition began today at 8 am amid the increasing number of COVID-19 cases. Amid loud whistles, applause and cheers at Avaniyapuram village in Madurai district, as many as 300 bulls were let out into the arena of bull tamers.The Tamil Nadu government had allowed Jallikattu with 300 bulls and 150 spectators. However, hundreds of villagers gathered on roofs and outside the barricades at Avaniyapuram to watch the events. During the event, one participant suffered from a respiratory problem and was rushed to the hospital for treatment. A bull owner said, “Coronavirus is quickly spreading in the state. However, we are happy that the government has allowed the conduct of Jallikattu in the state.” The Jallikattu event organisers have announced gift hampers like gold coins, washing machines, cars and bikes. Every year during Pongal, Jallikattu competition is conducted in villages of Tamil Nadu. (Image – ANI)
  • India logs over 2.6 lakh fresh COVID-19 cases, positivity rate nears 15 pc
    New Delhi [India]: India reported 2,64,202 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours with a positivity rate of 14.78 per cent, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed on Friday. The fresh infections in the country are 6.7 per cent higher as compared to yesterday’s figures as India reported 2,47,417 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday.Of the fresh infections added today, Maharashtra reported 46,406 new COVID-19 cases, Delhi reported 28,867 new COVID-19 cases, Karnataka reported 25,005 new COVID cases, Tamil Nadu reported 20,911 new cases, West Bengal reported 23,467 new cases, Uttar Pradesh added 14,765 fresh COVID-19 cases, Kerala reported 13,468 new cases and the rest of the cases were added by other states. With the addition of new cases, the total cases of COVID-19 in India rose to 3,65,82,129 including 12,72,073 active cases. Active cases account for 3.48 per cent of the total cases. With 17,87,457 tests conducted in the last 24 hours, a daily positivity rate of 14.78 per cent was observed which is also slightly higher as compared to yesterday. On Thursday, the positivity rate was at 13.11 per cent. Further, the weekly positivity rate touched 11.83 per cent in the country as 69.90 crore total tests have been conducted so far. Of the fresh infections reported in the country, India logged 5,753 cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. The health ministry said that the daily Omicron tally saw […]
  • Imran Khan to attend Beijing Olympics opening ceremony despite West’s Boycott
    Islamabad [Pakistan] (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will attend the scheduled Beijing Winter Olympic ceremony next month despite the West’s Boycott.Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit China next month to attend the opening ceremony of the 2022 Beijing Olympics and hold discussions on bilateral ties between the two countries, according to News International. The announcement that PM Imran Khan will attend the event follows a boycott announced by Western countries.The US, Britain, Australia, and Canada have announced a diplomatic boycott of the event, while North Korea was the latest country to pull out, citing the pandemic.Though athletes from around the world will travel to compete in the four-yearly event, no dignitaries from these western countries are expected to watch the games.Western countries ranging from the US have boycotted the Beijing Olympics citing China’s poor human rights record in the recent past ranging from actions against Uyghurs and Tibetians.The Prime Minister will arrive in Beijing for a three-day official visit — from February 3 to 5 — at the invitation of the Chinese leadership. During his visit, he will hold important meetings with China’s top leadership, said the spokesperson during his weekly news briefing in the federal capital, according to News International. (Image source: Instagram)
  • Jalpaiguri train derailment: NDRF dispatches two teams; 6 dead, 20 injured
    New Delhi [India], (ANI): The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has rushed two teams to rescue passengers trapped after multiple bogies of the Guwahati-Bikaner Express (15633) derailed in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district on Thursday. According to initial reports 3 people were killed and 20 injured in the mishap. The incident took place near Domohani (West Bengal), this evening. Soon after, NDRF Director General Atul Karwal directed the dispatch of two teams to rescue people.“NDRF’s two teams have been dispatched and will reach shortly,” NDRF Director General told ANI. Some estimates suggest that as many as 12 coaches suffered damage when the derailment took place. Indian Railways confirmed three deaths and injuries to 20 people in the accident. It said that the injured have been taken to Jalpaigudi District Hospital and New Moinagudi district hospital. The train that originated from Bikaner in Rajasthan was heading to Guwahati in Assam via Patna when the accident took place near Domohani in Jalpaiguri around 5 pm on Thursday. The train was merely passing Jalpaiguri at the time of the incident. It is estimated that over 1,000 passengers were on board, including 308 who boarded the train from Bikaner. “Following a sudden jerk, several bogies overturned,” a passenger told ANI. (Image – ANI)
  • Omicron spreading rapidly, stay alert, avoid panic: PM Modi on COVID-19 situation
    New Delhi [India] (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that Omicron variant of COVID-19 is spreading rapidly as compared to other variants adding that there is a need to stay alert but also ensure that panic is not created.“Compared to previous variants Omicron is rapidly spreading…it’s more transmissible…Our health experts are assessing the situation. It’s clear that we have to stay alert, but also ensure to avoid panic,” the Prime Minister said during the virtual meeting with Chief Minsters of the states over COVID-19 situation. To contain the spread of the virus, the Prime Minister said the “pre-emptive, pro-active and collective approach” adopted by the central and state governments is the “mantra of victory” this time as well.India has reported a surge in COVID-19 cases in the recent past.India on Thursday reported 2,47,417 fresh COVID-19 cases. The new cases reported on Thursday are about 27 per cent higher as compared to yesterday’s figures. On Wednesday, the country had seen 1,94,720 new COVID-19 cases. (Image source: Instagram)
  • Another four BJP MLAs are leaving the party today: Sharad Pawar
    Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], (ANI): Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Thursday took a jibe at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and claimed that four BJP MLAs are leaving the party today itself. Briefing media persons in Mumbai today, Pawar said, “Not a single day passes when a BJP leader does not leave the party. Take Uttar Pradesh, for example, 13 MLAs are leaving BJP to join another party.”“I have come to know that four BJP MLAs are leaving it today itself,” the NCP chief said. Earlier today, BJP MLA Bidhuna Vinay Shakya has put down his papers. Shakya, his brother Devesh Shakya and their mother Draupadi Shakya came to Maurya’s residence on Thursday and handed over his resignation letter. In addition, Mukesh Verma, BJP MLA from Shikohabad (Firozabad), also resigned from the primary membership of the party. “Swami Prasad Maurya is our leader. We will support whatever decision he takes. Many other leaders will join us in the coming days,” he said. Continuing this chain of resigning from BJP, UP minister Dharam Singh Saini resigned from his post on Thursday. In his resignation letter, the BJP leader mentioned the callous attitude of the BJP government in the state towards farmers, Dalits, the unemployed and those belonging to other backward classes. Pawar on Tuesday also announced that the NCP will contest the forthcoming assembly elections in Goa, Uttar Pradesh and Manipur. He said […]
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