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World Bank downgrades India’s growth forecast to 8.3% in 2021-22

After the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic battered India, the World Bank has downgraded its growth forecast for the country from 10.1 per cent in April to 8.3 per cent in 2021-22.  It has predicted a growth of 7.5 per cent for the 2022-23 financial year and 6.5 for the subsequent financial year. “In...

India reports 92,596 COVID-19 cases, 2,219 deaths in a day

The health ministry on Wednesday informed that over 92,596 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 2.90 crore. The ministry also informed that over 23.90 crore COVID-19 jabs have been administered so far. Of it,...

‘Power Bank’ fraud: Uttarakhand police unearth Rs 250-crore cyber scam

Power Bank app lured investors with double returns in 15 days; this money was allegedly siphoned off to foreign countries, according to police; app had been downloaded 50 lakh times Dehradun:  If something is too good to be true, it probably is not true. Ignoring this wisdom proved dear for numerous investors who fell for...

Major fire erupts at Mata Vaishno Devi shrine complex, no casualty reported

A major fire broke out on Tuesday inside a cash counting room in Kalika Bhavan at the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine complex in Jammu and Kashmir’s Katra. The fire broke out at around 4.15 pm and was brought under control by 5 pm. While the exact cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained,...

Vaccine wastage will affect state’s allocation, says Centre

Vaccine wastage by states will affect the allocation of jabs to them, the Union government said Tuesday in the revised guidelines for the national vaccination drive. The revised guideline comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, post the Supreme Court’s criticism, announced free vaccines for all above 18. The Centre has clarified that it will procure...

Internet outage: Many social media, news and govt websites down

Users of thousands of popular websites including Reddit, Github, Twitch, Amazon, Spotify, CNN, Vimeo, Twitter and The Verge on Tuesday faced outages due to a glitch at US-based cloud computing services provider, Fastly. Notably, due to the glitch, websites of social media platforms, news and governments were affected. The issues reportedly affected UK government websites,...

Sheel Dhabhai appointed as acting mayor of Jaipur Greater by Gehlot govt, move surprises BJP

After suspending the mayor of Jaipur Greater Municipal Corporation and three other BJP corporators for unruly behaviour, the Ashok Gehlot government has surprised many by appointing another BJP corporator Sheel Dhabhai as the acting mayor. Dhabhai can serve as the acting mayor for 60 days, according to legal provisions. The Congress’ move has surprised the...

Mahatma Gandhi’s great-granddaughter convicted for fraud by a court in South Africa

Mahatma Gandhi’s great-granddaughter Ashish Lata Ramgobin, 56, has been held guilty by a court in Durban in a fraud and forgery case, and sentenced to seven years in prison. The Durban Specialised Commercial Crime Court on Monday also refused her leave to appeal against both the conviction and the sentence. She has been held guilty...

Centre taking help from Harish Salve for bringing back Mehul Choksi from Dominica

With the fate of fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi depending upon the courts in Dominica, the Indian government is leaving no stone unturned to bring him back to India so that he can be put on trial for the Rs 14,000 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam. In this regard, the government is taking legal advice...

Uttar Pradesh: Hospital owner’s ill-timed mock drill lands him in trouble, govt orders probe

The Uttar Pradesh government has ordered a probe after a video of a private hospital owner went viral where he is heard bragging that he snapped the oxygen supply of patients for five minutes as an experiment to find out who all are going to survive. The video is of Agra-based Paras Hospital’s owner Dr...

India’s unemployment rate rises, 1.5 crore jobs lost in May

Economy shrinks further amid second wave of Covid-19; unemployment rate goes from 7.7% in April to 11.9% in May 2021, as per CMIE data #New Delhi If the unemployment scenario in India was bad last year, it has become worse this time. According to a survey conducted by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE),...

Twitter seeks more time from Centre to comply with new IT rules

After a war of words, US-based social media giant Twitter has sought more time from the Union government to comply with new information technology rules. It has clarified that it intends to comply with the new rules, but requires more time for the same due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, the government had given...