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Defence ministry approves acquisition of 33 new fighter jets for IAF from Russia

The Defence Ministry on Thursday approved a proposal to acquire 33 new fighter aircraft including 12 Su-30MKIs and 21 MiG-29s along with upgradation of 59 MiG-29s at a cost of Rs 18,148 crore. “Addressing the long-felt need of the Indian Air Force to increase its fighter squadrons, the DAC also approved the proposal for procurement...

Voters over 65, COVID-19 patients, those in quarantine can vote via postal ballots in Bihar polls

Voters over the age of 65 years will be able to vote via postal ballot in view of the COVID-19 pandemic for the upcoming Bihar polls, the Election Commission said on Thursday. The state is scheduled for assembly elections October-November. The Commission said that the facility will also be extended to those infected with COVID-19...

Heritage monuments managed by ASI to reopen for public from July 6

All monuments, including the world-renowned Taj Mahal and Delhi’s Red Fort, will be reopened to the public from Monday for the first time since the country went into lockdown in March to fight the spread of coronavirus. Over 3,400 monuments were shut down by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on March 17, days before...

Bodies of suspected COVID-19 patients to be handed to relatives without waiting for confirmation: Centre

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has asked all states to hand over bodies of suspected COVID-19 cases to their relatives without waiting for laboratory confirmation of the infection. The ministry, however, clarified that the mortal remains should be disposed of as per government guidelines. A letter on the matter was sent to all...

IndiGo offers 25% discount to doctors, nurses till December 31 for fighting the COVID-19 battle

IndiGo said on Thursday it will give a 25 percent discount on the airfare to doctors and nurses till the end of 2020 as they are at the forefront of the battle against the coronavirus pandemic. “The nurses and doctors will be required to provide valid hospital IDs at the time of check-in as a...

Govt snatching lifeline from poor, says Rahul Gandhi on railways’ privatisation plans

After the Indian Railways kickstarted plans to allow private entities to operate passenger trains on its network, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday sharpened his attack on the Narendra Modi government saying the government was taking away the lifeline of the country from the poor, and that the people would give a befitting reply. “Rail...

Landslide at a jade mine in Myanmar kills 100 workers, death toll to go up

A landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar killed at least 100 people, with more feared dead, authorities said on Thursday, after a pile of mine waste collapsed into a lake, triggering a wave of mud and water that buried scores of workers. The miners were collecting stones in the jade-rich Hpakant area of...

Kolkata family forced to keep 71-year-old man’s body in ice-cream freezer for 2 days

A family in Kolkata was forced to hire an ice-cream freezer to keep the body of a 71-year-old man who died at home on Monday, hours after being tested for coronavirus but much before results came in. The body was removed by civic authorities after 48 hours of horror and helplessness. The family’s two-day nightmare...

For the first time in history, Indian Railways achieve 100% punctuality

Indian Railways has said for the first time in the history of the Railways, all trains achieved 100 per cent punctuality on July 1. No trains were delayed among the 201 that run on this day, said the Indian Railways. In the ongoing lockdown, Indian Railways is running on a restricted capacity with all regular...

Banning Chinese apps in India was a “digital strike”: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said India’s surprise move to ban 59 Chinese apps days after a violent face-off between Indian and Chinese soldiers in eastern Ladakh was a “digital strike”. “We banned Chinese apps to protect data of countrymen. It was a digital strike,” Prasad said at a BJP rally in West...

India’s COVID-19 case count crosses 6 lakh, death toll climbs to 17,834

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has informed that 19,148 fresh cases of novel coronavirus were reported in the country during the past 24 hours ending Thursday morning. The addition of the fresh cases has taken India’s total case count beyond the 6 lakh-mark. Also, 434 people have succumbed to the deadly virus during...

Good decision: Centre to induct transgender officers in paramilitary forces

The Indian government has decided to induct members of the transgender community in the country’s elite paramilitary forces ending discrimination against the marginalised section. Working upon the modalities in that direction, the Ministry of Home Affairs has sought suggestions and comments from the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) on the matter. The ministry is...