Monday, August 10, 2020


What Delhi model are you talking about ? Punjab Health Ministers asks Cheema citing high death rate in Delhi

CHANDIGARH: Ridiculing the so-called Delhi model as nothing more than a desperate bid by the Arvind Kejriwal government to divert attention from its own failures, Punjab Health & Family Welfare Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu on Sunday said the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was making a laughing stock of itself with its absurd claims on Covid management in the national capital.

Kozhikode plane crash: CISF men in forefront of rescue mission

NEW DELHI:Assistant Sub-Inspectors Ajit Singh and Mangal Singh of the CISF prevented the loss of many lives with their quick response following the crash of an Air India Express flight at the Calicut International Airport on Friday evening.

Punjab government performs far better than other states in curbing spread of Corona - Balbir Sidhu

CHANDIGARH: The Health & Family Welfare Minister Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu said that the Punjab government performed far better to curb the spread of Coronavirus as compared to other states which has resulted in less loss of lives as compared to other states.

Sexual assault case: Cong women activists protest outside CM's residence

NEW DELHI:Women activists of the Congress on Saturday staged a demonstration outside Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence here over the issue of women's safety. They demanded justice for the 12-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted and brutally attacked at her home in Paschim Vihar on Tuesday.

Now, Rajasthan BJP sends 18-20 MLAs to Gujarat

JAIPUR:It is not only the Congress that fears poaching of its MLAs by the BJP in Rajasthan, but also the latter which wishes to keep its flock intact. Close on the heels of the Congress sending its MLAs to plush hotels, the desert state's opposition party is busy packing off 18-20 MLAs to BJP-ruled Gujarat.

PM Modi inaugurates 'Rashtriya Swachhta Kendra'

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a special project on Saturday that is close to his heart -- the Rashtriya Swachhata Kendra, which is an interactive experience centre on Swachh Bharat Mission.

BJP proposes cells to link all sections of society

NEW DELHI:The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is engaged in making inroads into all sections of the society, right from intellectuals to fishermen. The saffron party has made preparations to reconstitute 17 cells to achieve this feat. A directive has been issued by the party for the formation of these cells at the earliest along with new working committees across the states.

11 states yet to start free food distribution under PMGKAY-2.0'

NEW DELHI:Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan said that nearly 62 per cent of the foodgrain for July quota under the second phase of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY-2.0) has been distributed among 49.87 crore beneficiaries of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) but 11 states and UTs have not yet started free distribution of foodgrain in July.

Saudi holds back oil to Pak after Qureshi's threat to split OIC

ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI:Saudi Arabia has halted the provision of oil on loan for Pakistan after the Imran Khan government threatened to split the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) over Kashmir.

IMA writes to PM as 196 doctors succumb to Covid in India

NEW DELHI:Disturbed by incidences of doctors not receiving proper beds and treatments after getting infected with Covid-19, the Indian Medical Association has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday to draw his attention.

Shimla's table-top airport 'riskiest': Aviation experts

SHIMLA:Himachal Pradesh state capital's airport at Jubbarhatti -- located 2,196 metres above the sea level -- is one of country's 'riskiest' table-top airport like Kozhikode and needs timely expansion, aviation experts said on Saturday.

Armies of India, China discuss disengagement in Depsang plains

NEW DELHI:The talks between military representatives of India and China to discuss disengagement in the Depsang plains north of Galwan area started on Saturday morning near the Line of Actual Control, sources said.

Petrol, diesel prices may rise again from next week

NEW DELHI:Consumers might see fuel prices going up again as oil companies are bracing up to pass the rise in global crude and product prices on retail sales.

PM to launch Rs 1 lakh crore financing facility on Sunday

NEW DELHI:Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the financing facility of Rs 1 lakh crore under the Agriculture Infrastructure Fund on Sunday and also release the sixth instalment of funds of Rs 17,000 crore to 8.5 crore farmers under the PM-KISAN scheme.

Congress demands enquiry into Kozhikode mishap

NEW DELHI:The Congress has demanded an "immediate enquiry" into the Air India Express mishap that killed at least 17 people including the pilot and co-pilot.

Cong downplays feud between Punjab CM, two MPs

NEW DELHI:The Congress has sought to downplay the party feud in Punjab where Chief Minister Amarinder Singh is at loggerheads with two Rajya Sabha MPs in connection with the recent spurious liquor tragedy in the state.

Lady Hardinge staff stage protest over salary dues

NEW DELHI:Contractual workers of the Centre-run Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC) on Friday protested at the hospital's gate against non-payment of salaries in the last two months.

NEP shifts focus from 'What to Think' to 'How to Think': Modi

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the new National Education Policy (NEP) will change the focus from 'What to Think' to 'How to Think'.
Outlining the major shift in the education policy, Modi said, "In our education system the focus has been on 'What to Think' while the new Education Policy will emphasise on 'How to Think'."

Railways moves to end practice of appointing bungalow peons

NEW DELHI:In order to cut on operational cost, the Indian Railways is set to end the practice of appointing telephone attendants-cum-dak khalasis (TADKs) or bungalow peons deployed at the residences of senior officials.

Gehlot govt's new notification allows Raje to stay in Jaipur bungalow

JAIPUR: Amid the ongoing political crisis in Rajasthan, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's government recently brought in a new notification which permits former CM Vasundhara Raje to continue staying in the much-controversial bungalow number 13 in Civil Lines in Jaipur.

SII to produce 100M doses of Covid vax for India & LMICs

NEW DELHI:Serum Institute of India (SII), the worlds largest vaccine manufacturer by volume, has entered into a new landmark partnership with Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to accelerate the manufacture and delivery of up to 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines for India and low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Play ShareChat videos in WhatsApp soon on iOS, Android

NEW DELHI:Facebook-owned WhatsApp is reportedly working on a new feature to allow ShareChat users to play videos within its main app via the picture-in-picture (PIP) mode.

Amid security alert, visitors entry banned at airports from Aug 12

NEW DELHI:The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has sounded a security alert for airports and other civil aviation installations ahead of Independence Day celebrations, following continuous threat perception received from central security agencies.

SC surprised on PIL against 2008 agreement between Cong, CPC

NEW DELHI:The Supreme Court on Friday expressed surprise at a PIL seeking directions to National Investigation Agency (NIA)/CBI to investigate the 2008 agreement between Indian National Congress (INC) and the Communist Party of China (CPC) for exchanging high-level information and for cooperation between them under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.

PRAHAR calls for fast track implementation of EIA 2020

NEW DELHI:An NGO, PRAHAR has lauded the Environment Ministry for coming up with the new progressive draft of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) 2020 and has urged the government to fast track its approval and implementation.

It's too late, Cong leaders tell Rahul Gandhi in Bihar meet

NEW DELHI:Even as Bihar Assembly elections are a couple of months away, state Congress leaders told Rahul Gandhi during an online party meeting that it's too late to prepare for the electoral battle in the absence of an organisational structure in the eastern state, party sources said on Friday.

Trump signs order to block transactions with TikTok parent company

WASHINGTON:US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to ban transactions between American firms and Bytedance, the parent company of the Chinese app TikTok, media reports said on Friday.

Pilatus deal: ED searches at 14 locations in PMLA case

NEW DELHI:The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is conducting searches at 14 locations within India in connection with its probe into the 2009 deal worth Rs 2,893 crore for the supply of 75 Pilatus PC-7 basic trainer aircraft, officials said on Friday.

SC junks Kerala activist's plea against POCSO charges

NEW DELHI:The Supreme Court on Friday junked a plea filed by Kerala activist Rehana Fathima to challenge a High Court order that rejected her petition against a case registered under the POCSO Act and IT Act over her controversial video.

Quad shaping up as response to China's aggression

NEW DELHI / WASHINGTON:As New Delhi and Beijing have made no headway in the stand-off along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, the Quadrilateral (Quad) coalition among the US, Australia, Japan and India is rapidly taking up shape as a response to Chinese expansionism.

New education policy foundation of 21st century 'new India': PM

NEW DELHI:The new National Education Policy (NEP) is the foundation of a 'new India', Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday, adding that the policy will help close the gap between education and research.

Handloom Day: Modi urges people to be 'Vocal for Handmade'

NEW DELHI:On National Handloom Day on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi saluted those associated with the handloom and handicrafts sector and urged people to strengthen efforts towards a self-reliant India.

Delhi CM meets 12-year old assault survivor admitted to and undergoing treatment at AIIMS

NEW DELHI:Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday paid a visit to AIIMS to meet the 12-year old girl who faced a barbaric assault in Delhi on Tuesday. Following his visit to the hospital, CM Arvind Kejriwal said that the girl was in a critical state and is unconscious. He also said that he has spoken to the police commissioner who has assured him that they are trying their best to nab the culprits. CM Arvind Kejriwal also said that the Delhi government will ensure the toughest punishment for the culprits in the court by appointing the best lawyers on the case.

Two-wheeler volumes could contract by 16-18% in FY2021: ICRA

NEW DELHI:Two-wheeler industry unit sales are now likely to decline between 16 and 18 per cent to around 17 million units in FY2021 on the back of the overall macro-economic scenario, ICRA Ratings said on Thursday.

Twitter to now label state-controlled media accounts

NEW DELHI:Twitter has announced it would not amplify tweets by state-controlled media outlets and label the accounts of government-linked media, as well as key government officials from the five permanent member countries of the UN Security Council: China, France, Russia, the UK and the US.

Delhi HC nod for DU's online Open Book Exams

NEW DELHI:The Delhi High Court on Friday gave its nod for the conduct of online Open Book Examinations (OBE) for final-year students of Delhi University.
Justice Prathiba M Singh, while giving the go-ahead, passed certain directions to be followed by the DU and the University Grants Commission (UGC).

Govt asks Pak to desist from inciting communal tensions in India

NEW DELHI / ISLAMABAD:The government on Thursday asked Pakistan to desist from inciting communal tensions in India with its provocative statements on its internal matters.
Pakistan on Wednesday had strongly condemned the 'bhumi pujan' ceremony for the construction of the grand Ram temple in Ayodhya.

Come up with definite stand on 4G services in J&K: SC

NEW DELHI:The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir administration that authorities concerned must come up with a definite stand on the possibility of restoring 4G services in select areas of the Union Territory. The apex court emphasised that this matter cannot be delayed any further.

PETA urges Health Ministry to stop vaccine tests on monkeys

NEW DELHI:The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have sent letters, co-signed by an expert primatologist, calling on the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Indian Council of Medical Research, and National Institute of Virology to reverse the decision to allow the monkeys' capture and use.

Priyanka Gandhi not visiting Shimla clarifies her office

NEW DELHI:Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi's office has clarified that she is not visiting Shimla and the permission for visiting the Himachal capital was only sought for her children and domestic staff.