‘The value of your lives is supreme’: Modi extends India’s nationwide Covid-19 lockdown until May 3 as country tops...

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an extension of the country’s coronavirus lockdown, noting that while social distancing is working, another month of restrictions is needed as the nation fights the pandemic. The prolonged lockdown came on Tuesday morning, with the PM telling citizens in a national address that...

PM spoke about extending lockdown till April 30, West Bengal also on same page: CM Mamata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken about extending the nationwide lockdown till April 30, as the next two weeks are going to be "crucial and critical" in battling the Covid-19 pandemic. Banerjee said West Bengal, too, is in favour of continuing...

Locked down, literally: Indian officials PUT LOCKS on homes of quarantine violators to prevent them from sneaking out

Local authorities in two towns in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh went to great lengths to stop the spread of coronavirus, sealing quarantine violators in their homes, while ensuring they have food and essentials delivered. With India in a state of complete lockdown since March 25, state officials are...

‘Stay indoors & healthy’: India holds coronavirus ‘self-curfew drill’ as infections reach 300,000 globally

As a part of a drill to increase Covid-19 pandemic awareness and prepare for the worst, India has launched a 14-hour ‘self curfew’ to test Indians’ readiness for social isolation and quarantine. “Let us all be a part of this curfew, which will add tremendous strength to the fight against...

Coronavirus: IIT Dhanbad direct students to leave hostels, access to reading rooms, mess prohibited

Suspension of mess facilities, closure of libraries and common areas and restrictions on movements are some of the problems students may have to face as universities and educational institutions in the country advise them to leave hostels in view of the coronavirus outbreak. The Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School...

Tsunami, earthquake & Covid-19: India officially gives ‘Notified DISASTER’ label to coronavirus outbreak

India has stepped up its efforts to tackle the coronavirus spreading throughout the country, labeling the virus a “Notified Disaster.” The designation allows local governments to tap into a special disaster-relief fund. Covid-19 virus, which has already infected over 80 people across India, was formally branded a “notified disaster” by the Ministry...

‘Worked majorly under BJP govt’: Raghuram Rajan hits back at Nirmala Sitharaman

Former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, who faced a stinging attack from Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for presiding over the “worst phase” of the Indian banking sector, on Thursday reminded her that two-third of his tenure as the head of the central bank was under the BJP government. Rajan, who was...

Manipur celebrates National Unity Day despite shutdown called by COCOMI

Manipur on Thursday celebrated National Unity Day despite a shutdown call by Coordination Committee on Manipur Integrity (COCOMI). A 'Run for Unity' event was organised by the State Youth Affairs and Sports Ministry at the Khuman Lampak Sports Complex. The Run for Unity marathon was flagged off by state Youth...

‘Artificial wall broken down’: Kashmir’s autonomy in India officially ceases to exist

The Indian-ruled part of disputed Kashmir was split into two parts, with its long-lasting self-governing status officially extinguished. Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised the move will usher in a new “age of stability.” On Thursday, India’s Muslim-majority state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) was officially split into two new union...

PM Modi has colonial hangover, considers EU more competent: Adhir Chowdhury

Leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha, Adhir Chowdhury Tuesday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allowing an Eastern Union delegation to visit Jammu and Kashmir to assess the ground situation there. Terming this as "paradoxical", he said Modi has a colonial hangover and views Indian delegation as...

Statues of criminals – A dangerous trend in UP

The trend of installing statues of persons with deemed a criminal antecedent threatens to acquire dangerous proportions in Uttar Pradesh. The installation of the statue of the Bulandshahr riot accused, Sumit Kumar, is a step in this direction. In 2016, a statue of dreaded dacoit Dadua and his wife was installed...

JNU students block ambulance for ailing professor during protest

Some students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University on Monday allegedly blocked an ambulance and stopped doctors from meeting an ailing professor on campus, following which authorities threatened to take "severe action" against them. In the morning, a meeting of the Inter Hostel Administration was going on at the convention centre...

Govt allowing EU MPs to visit J-K, not Indian leaders, an insult: Congress

The Congress on Monday questioned the government for allowing a European Union delegation to visit Jammu and Kashmir while preventing Indian leaders from going to the state, and claimed that it was an insult to India’s Parliament and democracy. Senior party leader Jairam Ramesh asked as to why the “chest-beating...

‘Hindutva’ won’t be safe if population control law is not made: BJP MLA Surendra Singh

BJP MLA from Ballia, Surendra Singh reacted sharply to All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief Badruddin Ajmal's statement that 'Muslims will continue to produce children'. Surendra Singh said, "If population control law is not made in India then in next 50 years, 'Hindutva' will not be safe even in India. You...

All India corruption washing machine is on: Priyanka Gandhi on Ajay Chautala’s furlough

In a veiled attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday termed as "corruption washing machine", the two-week furlough granted to Ajay Chautala, father of Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) leader Dushyant Chautala. "Akhil Bhartiya corruption washing machine is on!" Priyanka Gandhi said in a...

Railway freight earnings down by Rs 3,901 crore in Q2: RTI

The Indian Railway seems to have been hit hard by the economic slowdown with the earnings of the national transporter suffering a dip of Rs 155 crore and Rs 3,901 crore in passenger and freight fares respectively in the second quarter of the current fiscal, compared to the previous...

MP astrologer who predicted his death in 2005, dies 14 yrs later

Self-styled fortuneteller Kunjilal Malviya, who had predicted his own death in 2005 and later sought a share in profit earned by Aamir Khan’s “Peepli Live” claiming that a character in the 2010 film was similar to his life story, died here on Saturday, 14 years later. Malviya died on the...

PM Modi says political parties played mature role in uniting people after 2010 Ayodhya verdict

Days before the Supreme Court is to deliver its verdict on the Ayodhya issue, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday recalled how political parties and the civil society played a mature role in uniting people when efforts were made to create fissures ahead of the 2010 Allahabad High Court ruling...

Russia may help India with construction of its 1st manned spacecraft

India is looking to install Russian-developed equipment for life support and heating systems aboard the Gaganyaan, the spacecraft that will be used for the nation’s first manned space mission, Roscosmos has announced. The contract to review the possibility was signed by the head of Russian space agency Roscosmos subsidiary and...

Clashes along Kashmir border as India claims 2 soldiers & 1 civilian killed in Pakistani attack

The Indian military has accused Pakistan of a ceasefire violation in Kashmir that killed two of its soldiers and left one civilian dead. Islamabad says India killed six civilians in the cross-border skirmish. New Delhi claims that the incident, which occurred in the Tangdhar sector along the Line of Control...

‘I always do what I promise’: Modi warns Pakistan he’s serious about using 100% of Indian river waters

Indian PM Narendra Modi has warned Pakistan he means what he said about not wasting a single drop of ‘Indian water’, after Islamabad stated that any attempt to divert rivers would be viewed as an ‘act of aggression.’ “Once I decide to do something, I always accomplish that,” the PM...

Indian state bans cellphones at all colleges and universities

Phones have been banned in all colleges and universities in Uttar Pradesh, a state in northern India, because the regional government reportedly believes that students spend too much time on their mobile devices. The state’s Directorate of Higher Education issued a circular announcing the new rule, which applies to both...

Boat with 45 passengers capsizes in Assam, one missing

A mechanised boat with about 45 passengers onboard capsized in Jiabharali river in Assam’s Sonitpur district on Thursday and one person went missing after it, a government official said. Half of the passengers swam to safety, while others were rescued by the State Disaster Response Force after the capsize at...

People with nationalistic ideology being killed in Bengal: RSS

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has termed as "unfortunate" the "killing of people having faith in nationalistic ideology" in West Bengal. RSS joint general secretary Manmohan Vaidya said this in reply to a question on the Murshidabad triple murder case in neighbouring West Bengal. The organisation had claimed that the slain...

India halved its poverty rate since 1990s – World Bank

India, the second-most populous country in the world, has achieved annual growth exceeding 7 percent over the last 15 years and continues to pull millions of people out of poverty, according to the World Bank. The country has halved its poverty rate over the past three decades and has seen...

Man detained for posting derogatory comments on Facebook in Meghalaya

man was detained by police in Meghalaya's West Jaintia Hills district for allegedly posting derogatory comments against a Catholic priest on his facebook wall, a senior police officer said Wednesday. The man identified as Rimialson Daw was detained after a complaint was lodged against him for posting derogatory comments against...

‘Focus more on women instead of cows’: Beauty pageant contestant to PM

A witty reply by a contestant in a beauty pageant in Kohima has gone viral on social media. When 18-year-old Vikuonuo Sachu was asked a question related to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, her impromptu response created much mirth amongst the audience. https://twitter.com/RizviUzair/status/1183848111715700736 During the Miss Kohima 2019 contest in Nagaland, Sachu was...

45-50 terrorists, including suicide bombers, training at Balakot camp: Report

Eight months after Indian Air Force (IAF) bombed the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist camp in Pakistan’s Balakot, intelligence agencies have received inputs that 45-50 hardcore terrorists including suicide bombers are being trained there. “Around 45-50 suicide bombers are training inside the Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist camp in the Balakot town of Pakistan,” top...

Indian economy on shaky ground: Nobel Prize-winning economist Abhijit Banerjee

Indian-American Abhijit Banerjee, who on Monday won the 2019 Nobel for Economics, said Indian economy is on a shaky ground. The data currently available do not hold any assurance for the country’s economic revival anytime soon, he stated. “The condition of Indian economy is on a shaky ground. After witnessing the present (growth)...

Mamata Banerjee congratulates Abhijit Banerjee for winning Nobel prize in economics

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday congratulated Abhijit Banerjee for winning the 2019 Nobel Prize for Economics. Banerjee, an Indian-American, has jointly won the prestigious award along with his wife Esther Duflo and economist Michael Kremer. “Hearty congratulations to Abhijit Banerjee, alumnus of South Point School & Presidency College Kolkata, for...

Rajasthan: Balloon with imprint of Pakistani flag found Ganganagar

Aballoon with an imprint of the Pakistan flag and "14 August Mubarak" written on it was found in a field in Rajasthan's Ganganagar district on Thursday, police said. A villager in Raisingh Nagar area spotted the balloon and informed the police. Pakistan's Independence Day is celebrated on August 14. Ganganagar is...

Monkey business: Primate cleans cop’s hair as officer continues with paperwork (VIDEO)

A policeman in Uttar Pradesh, India was filmed steeped in paperwork while his unlikely ‘assistant’ sat perched on one shoulder and cleaned through his hair. The monkey’s antics were greeted with hilarity on social media. The comical clip was shared on Twitter by police superintendent Rahul Srivastav, who suggested that...

Teen girls WHIPPED in Hindu ritual believed to cure illnesses & ward off evil spirits (VIDEO)

Women and young girls queued up to receive therapeutic lashings during an annual Hindu festival held in southern India. The extreme religious ceremony is said to cure illnesses and exorcise evil spirits. Seemarekha footage shows women kneeling down in a “lashing ground” and having their backs and hands whipped by priests,...

Kashmir – your next holiday destination? India orders lifting of travel advisory after 2-month ban

Tourists will be allowed back to Jammu and Kashmir after the local governor ordered an advisory for travelers to avoid the area to be lifted. The security alert was imposed days before India withdrew the region’s special status. The decision is effective Thursday, according to the governor of Jammu and...

Curfew imposed in Rajasthan’s Malpura town after communal tension over Dussehra procession

Curfew was imposed in Malpura town of Rajasthan's Tonk district Tuesday morning following communal tension that broke out when some miscreants pelted stones at a Dussehra procession, police said. A Dussehra procession was moving on and some miscreants pelted it with stones. This led to commotion and effigy of Ravana...

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