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Lead, nickel in drinking water, milk likely behind mysterious disease in Andhra Pradesh

The presence of lead and nickel in drinking water and milk is being claimed as the root cause of the mysterious illness that has swept Andhra Pradesh’s Eluru. Notably, the mysterious disease has already resulted in one death and over 510 people getting admitted to hospitals for treatment in the past two days. Nearly 430...

Parthiv Patel retires from competitive cricket

After playing 25 Tests, 38 ODIs and a few T20Is, Parthiv Patel on Wednesday announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. The cricketer in a post on his social media accounts said, “Today, I announce retirement from all forms of cricket and as I bring down curtains on this 18-year-old cricketing journey, I feel...

Farmers’ meeting with Amit Shah fails, scheduled meeting with Centre cancelled

When Union home minister Amit Shah invited the representatives of protesting farmers’ groups for talks, there were high hopes that the BJP’s “Chanakya” might be able to put an end to the protest and resolve the issues. However, the late-night meeting of farmers’ representatives and Amit Shah ended in a failure. The protesting farmers have...

India reports 32,080 fresh COVID-19 cases, death toll at 1.41 lakh

The health ministry on Wednesday informed that 32,080 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 to 97.35 lakh. So far, the biggest single-day surge of 97,894 COVID-19 cases was reported in India on September 17. The...

Bharat Bandh remained peaceful in Rajasthan

Bharat Bandh in Rajasthan remained successful on Tuesday after the ruling Congress extended its support to the farmers’ call for a nationwide strike. Except for stray incidents of clashes between BJP and Congress workers and stone-pelting, the strike remained peaceful. State-owned Rajasthan State Roadways Corporation did not operate its buses causing hardship to passengers....

Opposition parties to approach President Kovind on farm laws: Sharad Pawar

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Tuesday said several political parties that are against the contentious farm laws recently enacted by the Centre will soon convene a meeting to take a collective stand before approaching President Ram Nath Kovind. Notably, several political parties have extended their support to the protesting farmers’ call for...

Amit Shah invites farmers for talks

Union home minister Amit Shah has stepped in to resolve the farmers’ protest against the farm laws recently enacted by the Centre. He has invited the protesting farmers for talks on Tuesday evening. The meeting invite comes a day before another round of talks are scheduled between the Centre and the farmers’ representative. Bharatiya Kisan...

Bharat Bandh: Top developments of the day

Protesting farmers’ groups observed a peaceful Bharat Bandh between 11 am and 3 pm on Tuesday, with support pouring in from several political parties including the Congress, AAP, TRS, DMK, NCP and the Left Front among others. Road and rail traffic was affected due to the strike in several states including Maharashtra, West Bengal, Punjab,...

Jio to roll out 5G services in 2021: Mukesh Ambani

Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani on Tuesday announced that Reliance Jio has plans to roll out 5G services in India in the second half of 2021. He said this during his address at the India Mobile Congress. The Reliance chief, however, said that policy steps are required to accelerate the early rollout of 5G services...

CM Arvind Kejriwal put under house arrest by Delhi police, claims AAP

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been put under house arrest by the Delhi Police after he met with the protesting farmers on Monday. This was alleged by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday morning. AAP also alleged that the police have forced the CM to cancel his meetings scheduled on Tuesday. The allegations,...

Indian origin health expert Anil Soni appointed as CEO of WHO Foundation

An Indian origin health expert Anil Soni has been appointed by the WHO Foundation as its inaugural Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Anil Soni will assume his charge from January 1. Notably, the Foundation, an independent grant-making agency headquartered in Geneva, was launched in May 2020 to work alongside the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the...

India’s COVID-19 tally crosses 97 lakh, death toll at 1.40 lakh

The health ministry on Monday informed that 26,567 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 to 97.03 lakh. So far, the biggest single-day surge of 97,894 COVID-19 cases was reported in India on September 17. The...