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New COVID strain: 8 new cases in India, total at 90

India on Saturday reported eight new cases of the new COVID strain taking the total tally to 90 in the country.  Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) said the total number of people infected with the UK mutant strain of Covid-19 in India stands at 90. The new COVID strain was first found...

Twitter permanently suspends US President Donald Trump’s account

Twitter on Friday decided to permanently suspend US President Donald Trump’s account on Friday. The president used his handle @realDonaldTrump to talk directly with his followers often tweeting accusations and misinformation. “After a close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account, we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of...

Maharashtra hospital fire: 10 newborn babies suffocate to death

Ten newborns died in a hospital fire in Maharashtra. In all seventeen babies were admitted at the Special Newborn Care Unit (SNCU) of the hospital in Bhandara district. Seven of them in the newborn ward were rescued by fire brigade officials while the rest died due to suffocation. The fire was reported at 2 am...

Pakistani court sentences LeT commander Lakhvi to 15 years in jail

A Pakistani anti-terrorism court in Lahore has sentenced Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander and Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi to 15 years in jail in connection with a terror-financing case. Notably, Lakhvi was arrested by Punjab province’s counter-terrorism department (CTD) on Saturday. He was out on bail in the Mumbai terror attack case since 2015. The LeT,...

8th round of talks between protesting farmers and Centre remains inconclusive

Discussion held on Friday between the protesting farmers and the Centre remained inconclusive. It was the eighth round of discussion between the two parties ever since the farmers started protests against the contentious farm laws passed by the Centre. Sources said that the Union government clarified to the farmers’ representatives that the farm laws are...

Ashok Gehlot reiterates demand for rail connectivity with Gujarat’s Kandla and Mundra

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has once again reiterated the state’s demand for rail connectivity of Jaisalmer and Barmer with the ports of Kandla and Mundra in Gujarat. Ashok Gehlot has demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should intervene in the matter to get the proposed rail connectivity approved by the railway ministry. Gehlot stressed...

Army Captain drowns in Takhat Sagar Lake

An Army commando of the rank of Captain drowned during an army exercise in Jodhpur’s Takhat Sagar Lake on Thursday. Captain Ankit Gupta, who was one of the four persons involved in the commando training exercise, drowned in the incident. Four commandos of the 10 Para Special force (SF), as a part of para jumping...

As India-UK flight resumes, Kejriwal imposes 7-day institutional quarantine for passengers

After a two-week suspension over the highly contagious mutant strain of coronavirus detected in the UK, flight services between India and the UK have resumed. Notably, an Air India flight from the UK carrying 246 passengers aboard landed in Delhi on Friday. The development comes at a time when the number of people in India...

Mark Zuckerberg says Trump’s FB, Instagram account to remain blocked for at least 2 weeks

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has severely criticised outgoing US President Donald Trump following the violence by the latter’s supporters at US Capitol. The violence resulted in four deaths and left many injured in the clashes between Trump supporters and the security forces—an event that has exposed the desperate attempts by Trump to avoid a smooth...

18,139 fresh COVID-19 cases, 234 deaths in a day in India

The health ministry on Friday informed that 18,139 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 1.04 crore. So far, the biggest single-day surge of 97,894 COVID-19 cases was reported in India on September 17. The...

Centre asks states to remain prepared for receiving COVID-19 vaccine consignment

The Centre has asked the states and Union Territories to get ready to receive the first consignments of the COVID-19 vaccine. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, in a communique to the states, said that the vaccine will be supplied to the identified consignee points of 19 states and Union Territories by the supplier....

US Congress confirms Joe Biden’s victory, Trump agrees to a peaceful transition

In a major blow to US President Donald Trump and his supporters who tried everything possible to block the transition of power, the Congress on Thursday formally certified Joe Biden as the next president. US lawmakers successfully defeated Republican efforts to deny Biden the electoral votes required to win. The affirmation of Biden’s 306-232 victory...