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Domestic flights won’t be curtailed, says aviation minister as India sees surge in COVID cases

Aviation Minister on Saturday clarified that domestic flights services will not be curtailed as the country sees a surge in COVID cases amid the second wave of the pandemic. At present flights are operating at 80% of the capacity. Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri told reporters that domestic flights were originally intended to resume service...

TMC alleges voter turnout discrepancy, BJP leader’s brother attacked…as West Bengal begins 1st phase of elections

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Saturday alleged a discrepancy in poll turnout as West Bengal went to the polls for the first phase of elections. Voting for 30 of the 294 assembly seats is on in the state. It has also alleged the malfunctioning of EVMs. TMC MP Derek O’Brien in a letter to the...

India sees over 62,000 new COVID cases, Sachin Tendulkar among those who tested positive

India recorded 62,258 new COVID cases in the last 24 hours, the highest single-day spike this year taking the total caseload to over 1.19 crore. The country also saw 291 new COVID deaths taking the total number of fatalities to 1,61,240. Of the total deaths, 117 were in Maharashtra and 59 in Punjab. India has the...

Phone Tapping Case: Union minister files FIR against Rajasthan police

Union jal shakti minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has lodged an FIR in Delhi’s Tughlak Road police station complaining about his illegal phone tapping by the Rajasthan police. The phone tapping allegedly was done during the political crisis in Rajas than in July-August last year. The political crisis was caused by the then deputy Chief Minister...

Nearly 240 ships stuck in marine traffic jam on both sides of Suez Canal

Nearly 240 ships are stuck on both sides of the Suez Canal after a huge container ship ‘Ever Given’ ran aground in the Egyptian canal after being caught in wind and sandstorm that resulted in low visibility and poor navigation. Notably, the entire crew of the ship that got stuck in the Suez Canal is...

Rajasthan govt takes U-turn, allows Holi celebrations with restrictions

At a time when COVID-19 cases are surging across the country, the Rajasthan government, like several other state governments, decided to ban the community celebrations on Holi. The government, in fact, had issued orders restricting assembly of people for both Holika Dahan on March 28 and Holi on March 29. However, the Ashok Gehlot government,...

Freedom struggle of Bangladesh was a significant moment in my journey too: PM Modi

Soon after his arrival on a two-day visit to Bangladesh, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi visited the National Martyrs’ Memorial, the National monument of Bangladesh, to pay tributes to the valour and the sacrifice of those who gave their lives in the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971. The monument is located in Savar, about 35...

President Ram Nath Kovind under observation in Army Hospital for chest discomfort

Following chest discomfort, President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday visited the Army’s Research and Referral Hospital in New Delhi. The President is undergoing a check-up and is his condition is stated to be stable, the hospital said. Hospital says Ram Nath Kovind’s condition stable In a statement on Friday, the Army’s Research and Referral (R&R)...

IIMA emerges as latest COVID-19 hotspot in city, over 40 test positive

The Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) has emerged as the latest hotspot for COVID-19 in the city. Over 40 people have tested positive for the virus in the past four days which includes five students who went to watch the first T20I match between India and England at the Narendra Modi Stadium on March...

SC backs removal of Cyrus Mistry from Tata Group, sets aside NCLAT order

In a major victory for Tata Sons, the Supreme Court on Friday set aside the verdict of the company law tribunal and hailed that the decision to remove Cyrus Mistry as the chairman was right. Notably, Mistry was removed by the Tata Group in 2016 and the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) had ordered...

Massive fire in Mumbai mall that housed COVID hospital, 10 dead

At least 10 people died after a massive fire broke out at Dreams Mall in Mumbai’s Bhandup on Thursday night.  Three bodies are yet to be identified, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. The mall houses a COVID-19 hospital on the top floor where 76 patients were admitted. Out of them, 73 were availing treatment...

59,118 COVID-19 cases, 257 deaths in a day in India

In a major cause of concern for the Centre and the state, the health ministry on Friday informed that 59,118 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. It is the highest single-day surge in cases in 2021. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case...