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Mizoram man Ziona Chana with 38 wives, 89 children dies at 76

A man from Mizoram, Ziona Chana, believed to head the world’s largest family, on Sunday died at the age of 76. Chana had 38 wives, 89 children and 33 grandchildren. He died at 3 PM at Trinity hospital in Aizawl and was suffering from diabetes and hypertension. Ziona Chana was the head of a religious...

Uttarakhand Congress leader Indira Hridayesh no more, PM Modi condoles death

Leader of Opposition in the Uttarakhand Assembly and senior Congress leader Indira Hridayesh on Sunday breathed her last after suffering a heart attack in New Delhi. The octogenarian died at the Uttarakhand Sadan in the national capital where she had gone to attend a party meeting, according to her son Sumit Hridayesh. Notably, Indira Hridayesh...

Centre refutes report that says actual COVID-19 deaths in India 5 to 7 times higher

The Union government has refuted a media report that claimed that India’s actual COVID-19 death toll could be five to seven times higher than what the government says. The report published by The Economist comes at a time when several states including Bihar and Maharashtra are revising their death toll due to the deadly viral...

PM Modi pushes for ‘One Earth One Health’ approach, TRIPS waiver in G7 leaders’ summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has stressed the need for a “One Earth One Health” approach while participating in the first outreach session of the G7 leaders’ summit being hosted by the UK. The prime minister asserted that global unity, leadership and solidarity are required to combat future pandemics, saying that democratic and transparent societies have...

India reports 80,834 COVID-19 cases, 3,303 deaths in a day

The Union health ministry on Sunday informed that over 80,834 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 tally past 2.94 crore. It is the lowest single-day surge in cases since April 2. The ministry also informed that...

Terrorists attack security forces in Sopore; 4 dead

This is the second terrorist attack in J&K in two days; of the 4 dead, two were security personnel and two civilians Kashmir: Terrorists opened fire at security forces deployed in Sopore town of Baramulla district of Jammu & Kashmir on Saturday, killing at least four persons — two security personnel and two civilians. Three...

Sedition case against Aisha Sultana: Over a dozen BJP leaders resign in protest

They have called the complaint against Lakshadweep filmmaker Sultana false and unjustified; she had alleged that Centre had used Covid as ‘bioweapon’ in the UT   Lakshadweep: Over a dozen BJP leaders have tendered their resignations in protest after Lakshadweep filmmaker Aisha Sultana was booked for sedition and hate speech. The police had registered an...

Filmmaker Ayesha Sultana booked for sedition by Lakshadweep Police

The Lakshadweep Police has booked filmmaker Ayesha Sultana for sedition and hate speech after a complaint against her was filed by the local BJP unit for her remarks regarding the COVID-19 situation in the union territory. The filmmaker blamed COVID cases in the island on administrator Praful Patel’s decisions and remarked that the Centre had...

Yogi Adityanath meets PM Modi, JP Nadda as BJP gearing up for UP elections due in 2022

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi as murmurs against him grow louder in the party for his government’s poor handling of the COVID-19 crisis. The meeting lasted for over an hour. Notably, Assembly polls are due in Uttar Pradesh next year and party leaders are concerned that the...

Covaxin’s US approval gets delayed as FDA seeks more data

In a major blow to Bharat Biotech that manufactures the COVID-19 vaccine ‘Covaxin’, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked the vaccine maker’s US partner, Ocugen, to go for the lengthier biologics license application (BLA) route and submit additional data. The development has put an end to the company’s hope of getting an...

India reports 91,702 COVID-19 cases, 3,403 deaths in a day as Maharashtra fixes tally

The Union health ministry on Friday informed that over 91,702 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 tally past 2.92 crore. The ministry also informed that over 24.60 crore COVID-19 jabs have been administered so far. Of...

Chinese national held by BSF in West Bengal’s Malda along Indo-Bangladesh border

The Border Security Force manning the Indo-Bangladesh border has intercepted a Chinese national. The 35-year-old man was held in the Malda district of West Bengal adjacent to the Bangladesh border following suspicious activities, according to BSF officials. The man, dressed in a black sweatshirt, pants and shoes, was intercepted by a BSF party around 7...