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Jodhpur: 11 migrants from Pakistan found dead

Eleven members of a family, all migrants from Sindh province of Pakistan, were found dead in mysterious circumstances in Jodhpur district. The incident took place in village Lorta Achlawta under Dechu police station of Jodhpur district. These migrants from Sangra district in Sindh province of Pakistan migrated to India in 2014. Lone survivor The family...

PM-KISAN Scheme: Rs 17,100 cr released to 8.55 cr farmers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday released the sixth-installment of Rs 17,100 crore to more than 8.55 crore farmer-beneficiaries. It was released under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme. Under the PM-KISAN scheme, the government is providing annually Rs 6,000 in three equal installments to 14 crore farmers. The amount is directly transferred...

Vijaywada Fire: 11 dead, 30 injured at COVID-19 treatment centre

A massive fire in a hotel in Vijaywada has resulted in the death of 11 persons and left 30 others injured. The hotel was leased by a Vijaywada-based private hospital for treating coronavirus infected patients. The incident took place on Sunday morning. Several fire tenders rushed to the site to douse the flames. Those rescued...

Atmanirbhar Bharat: Defence ministry imposes import embargo on 101 items

In a major push towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for Atmanirbhar Bharat, the defence ministry has decided to impose a ban on the import of 101 items required by the armed forces. The move, on the lines of Atmanirbhar Bharat, aims to promote indigenisation of defence production in India. Defence minister makes announcement Defence...

COVID-19: India’s death toll crosses 43k-mark

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday informed that 64,399 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case count in the country to 21.53 lakh. 43,379 deaths due to coronavirus Also, 861 COVID-19 related deaths were...

This is how Independence Day Celebration will differ in 2020

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued a fresh set of guidelines for this year’s 74th Independence Day celebration. Here is what will be new… Celebrations at Red Fort will be limited to the Prime Minister’s speech, a 21-gun salute, the unfurling of the national flag, the national anthem and the...

India COVID-19: 61,537 new cases recorded in a day

India recorded 61,537 new cases of COVID-19 taking the total tally to 20,88,61 on Saturday. This is the ninth consecutive day that COVID-19 cases have increased by more than 50,000 in the country.  India is the third country in the world to cross 20 lakh coronavirus cases after the United States and Brazil. This is...

Kozhikode Airport plane crash: Black boxes recovered

The black box of the Air India Express which crashed at the Kozhikode Airport in Kerala while landing has been recovered. 18 people have been confirmed dead in the incident.  The Air India Express flight was ferrying 190 passengers from Dubai as part of the Vande Bharat Mission. It crashed at the Kozhikode airport on Friday...

Court slaps Patanjali with Rs 10 lakh fine for ‘Coronil’

The Madras High Court on Thursday imposed a cost of Rs 10 lakh on Patanjali Ayurved for ‘Coronil’—a drug which the company claimed cures COVID-19 only to make a U-turn later. Patanjali was fined for “chasing profits by exploiting the fear and panic among the general public by projecting a cure for coronavirus when actually...

SC rejects plea seeking NIA probe in Congress’ agreement with China

The Supreme Court (SC) has refused to entertain a PIL seeking NIA probe into the alleged 2008 agreement between Congress and the Communist Party of China. The PIL in SC was filed by a certain Shashank Shekhar Jha and Savio Rodrigues. Instead of entertaining the PIL, the apex court asked the petitioners to approach the...

Serum Institute gets $150 mn funding for COVID-19 vaccine

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and GAVI vaccines alliance have decided to provide funding of $150 million to the Serum Institute of India. The funding will be provided to Serum Institute to make 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses for India and other developing economies by 2021. The vaccine to be priced at $3 per...

Landslide in Kerala leaves 13 dead, toll to go up

In an unfortunate incident, 13 people lost their lives and over 60 are missing after heavy rainfall resulted in a landslide in Kerala’s Idukki district on Friday. Police said the landslide happened in Rajamalai area–25 km away from the tourist town of Munnar. Twelve people have been rescued so far. They are undergoing treatment at...