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Govt snatching lifeline from poor, says Rahul Gandhi on railways’ privatisation plans

After the Indian Railways kickstarted plans to allow private entities to operate passenger trains on its network, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday sharpened his attack on the Narendra Modi government saying the government was taking away the lifeline of the country from the poor, and that the people would give a befitting reply. “Rail...

Landslide at a jade mine in Myanmar kills 100 workers, death toll to go up

A landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar killed at least 100 people, with more feared dead, authorities said on Thursday, after a pile of mine waste collapsed into a lake, triggering a wave of mud and water that buried scores of workers. The miners were collecting stones in the jade-rich Hpakant area of...

Kolkata family forced to keep 71-year-old man’s body in ice-cream freezer for 2 days

A family in Kolkata was forced to hire an ice-cream freezer to keep the body of a 71-year-old man who died at home on Monday, hours after being tested for coronavirus but much before results came in. The body was removed by civic authorities after 48 hours of horror and helplessness. The family’s two-day nightmare...

For the first time in history, Indian Railways achieve 100% punctuality

Indian Railways has said for the first time in the history of the Railways, all trains achieved 100 per cent punctuality on July 1. No trains were delayed among the 201 that run on this day, said the Indian Railways. In the ongoing lockdown, Indian Railways is running on a restricted capacity with all regular...

Banning Chinese apps in India was a “digital strike”: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said India’s surprise move to ban 59 Chinese apps days after a violent face-off between Indian and Chinese soldiers in eastern Ladakh was a “digital strike”. “We banned Chinese apps to protect data of countrymen. It was a digital strike,” Prasad said at a BJP rally in West...

India’s COVID-19 case count crosses 6 lakh, death toll climbs to 17,834

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has informed that 19,148 fresh cases of novel coronavirus were reported in the country during the past 24 hours ending Thursday morning. The addition of the fresh cases has taken India’s total case count beyond the 6 lakh-mark. Also, 434 people have succumbed to the deadly virus during...

Good decision: Centre to induct transgender officers in paramilitary forces

The Indian government has decided to induct members of the transgender community in the country’s elite paramilitary forces ending discrimination against the marginalised section. Working upon the modalities in that direction, the Ministry of Home Affairs has sought suggestions and comments from the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) on the matter. The ministry is...

CBI books GVK Group chairman, airport authority in Rs 805 cr Mumbai airport scam

A case has been registered against G Venkata Krishna Reddy, the chairman of the GVK Group of Companies and the Mumbai International Airport Ltd for alleged irregularities to the tune of Rs 805 crore. The case, filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation, also names officials of the Airport Authority of India (AAI) and nine...

Will lift suspension on H-1B visa if elected president: Joe Biden

Democratic presidential candidate and former US Vice President Joe Biden has said that he will lift the temporary suspension on H-1B visas, the most sought-after by Indian IT professionals, if he wins the November presidential elections. On June 23, in a huge blow to Indian IT professionals eyeing the US job market, the Trump administration...

Pak army gets its first female lieutenant general

In a first, Pakistan promoted a female officer to the rank of lieutenant general, media reports said. Major General Nigar Johar has also been appointed as the first female surgeon general of the Pakistan Army. Johar, who belongs to Swabi district was the only third woman officer in the history of the Pakistan Army to...

Anandiben Patel takes charge as Madhya Pradesh Governor

Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel on Wednesday took oath as governor of Madhya Pradesh at a ceremony at Raj Bhawan in Bhopal. Patel was given additional charge as Madhya Pradesh governor following the illness of incumbent governor Lal Ji Tandon. Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court Ajay Kumar Mittal administered the oath of...

Prime Minister Modi’s account on Weibo goes blank

After the government banned 59 Chinese apps in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also quit Chinese microblogging website Weibo. The account of Modi went blank on Wednesday. Modi had joined the Twitter-like account in 2015. Modi had 115 posts on Weibo of which 113 posts were manually deleted. Media reports quoted officials as saying...