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WHO chief says coronavirus can be contained, cites example of Dharavi

The World Health Organisation has acknowledged that the measures taken in Mumbai’s densely-packed Dharavi area had shown positive results in containing the coronavirus pandemic, saying community engagement and testing is key to breaking the chain of transmission and suppressing the virus. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus cited examples of several countries and said that...

Congress questions PM Modi’s claim on Rewa solar power project

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s claim that the 750 megawatt (MW) Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Power Project in Madhya Pradesh was the largest in Asia. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on Friday dedicated the “game-changer” Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Power Project, which the government has also said will reduce...

ED initiates probe into assets of gangster Vikas Dubey, his associates

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has started an investigation into the properties of Vikas Dubey, who was killed by the Uttar Pradesh Police in an encounter in Kanpur on Friday, and the gangster’s associates. Vikas Dubey was shot dead by police, who claimed he was trying to flee after the car carrying him on an overnight...

Over 27,000 COVID-19 cases take India’s case count beyond 8 lakh-mark, death toll at 22,123

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has informed that 27,114 fresh cases of the novel coronavirus have been reported in the country during the past 24 hours ending Saturday morning. It is the highest single-day surge in COVID-19 cases in the country that has taken India’s total tally beyond the 8 lakh-mark. According to...

Govt officials informed parliamentary panel COVID-19 vaccine not possible until 2021

A coronavirus vaccine will not be possible till at least next year, government officials told the parliamentary standing committee on science and technology on Friday, amid a global race by scientists and researchers to tackle the pandemic. In a memo sent to researchers earlier this month, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) had set...

Court summons can be sent via email, fax, WhatsApp amid coronavirus pandemic: SC

Court summons and notices can be sent via email, fax and instant messaging applications like WhatsApp amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Supreme Court said on Friday. “It has been brought to our notice that it was not possible to visit post offices for services of notices, summons, pleadings. Such service of all the above may...

India’s COVID-19 death rate declines to 2.72%, lower than many countries: Health ministry

From 2.82 per cent a month earlier, India’s COVID-19 case fatality rate has declined to 2.72 per cent which is lower than that of many other countries, the Union health ministry said on Friday. It also noted that 30 states and union territories have a fatality rate lower than the national average. Also, there is...

India can teach the world about sustainable future amid corona crisis: Prince Charles

Prince Charles on Friday hailed India’s ‘sustainable’ way of life as he advocated that people should look at rebuilding the world in the current crisis by putting “people” and “planet” at the heart of their economy. Speaking at India Global Week through a virtual link from London, the Prince of Wales said, “As we rebuild...

India, UK “energetic champions” of free trade: Dominic Raab

Britain and India will be the “energetic champions” of free trade to boost small businesses, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Friday as he pitched the two nations as leaders in tackling challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. Addressing the Annual UK-India Day during India Global Week 2020 on Friday, the senior Cabinet minister...

7 country-made bombs recovered from shop of Vikas Dubey’s aide

Seven country-made bombs were recovered from a ration shop in Kanpur owned by an accomplice of Vikas Dubey, who was killed in an encounter with the police, Kanpur Police said on Friday. “Seven country-made bombs have been recovered from the government ration shop owned by Dayashankar Agnihotri, an accomplice of Vikas Dubey at Bikru village...

82 Bangladeshis who attended Tablighi Jamaat meet in Delhi secure bail

A Delhi court on Friday granted bail to 82 Bangladeshi nationals who were chargesheeted for attending Tablighi Jamaat congregation in the national capital for allegedly violating visa conditions, indulging in missionary activities illegally and violating government guidelines issued in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak. Chief metropolitan magistrate Gurmohina Kaur granted the...

China’s central bank reduces stake in HDFC

China’s central bank has sold at least some of its stake in Housing Development Finance Corporation, according to shareholder details filed with the exchanges. The People’s Bank of China has dropped off the list of investors holding at least a 1 per cent stake in the company as of end-June. The PBOC held about 17.5...