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EU to hold meeting on Afghanistan crisis tomorrow, says Josep Borrell

Foreign ministers of European Union nations will hold a virtual meeting regarding the Afghanistan crisis on Tuesday. The development comes as the EU nations are desperately trying to evacuate their foreign and Afghan staff out of Kabul as the crisis intensified post the takeover of the capital by the Taliban. The bloc’s foreign policy chief...

Congress leaders attack party’s high command after Sushmita Dev’s exit

Congress leaders have once again criticised the party’s top leadership for moving with “eyes wide shut” after former parliamentarian and a Congress member for three decades Sushmita Dev quit the century-old party. The Assam politician is likely to join the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and is reportedly in Kolkata to meet party chief Mamata Banerjee and...

Pegasus Row: Union govt denies snooping allegations in SC, to set up committee to probe the issue

The Union government has denied allegations of snooping and illegal surveillance levelled against it in the Pegasus snooping row. Several petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court seeking an independent probe into the alleged Pegasus snooping matter. The government, through an affidavit submitted by the Ministry of Electronics and IT’s additional secretary Rajendra...

Taliban takes over Afghanistan, says war is over

As the US and allied forces left Afghanistan and the Taliban took over the presidential palace in Kabul, the terror group which is set to rule declared that war in the nation was over. The Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has already fled the country as the insurgents make their way into the capital city. Notably,...

India reports 32,937 COVID-19 cases, 417 deaths in a day

The health ministry on Monday informed that 32,937 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 3.22 crore. The ministry also informed that over 54.58 crore COVID-19 jabs have been administered so far. Of it, over...

Air India flight returns to Delhi from Kabul with 129 passengers

An Air India flight, AI-244, with 129 passengers from war-torn Afghanistan landed in New Delhi on Sunday evening. It was likely the last Kabul-Delhi Air India flight, at least for the time being, as flight operations in Afghanistan remain uncertain as the Taliban continues to take over more areas of the country, including capital Kabul....

Taliban enters Kabul, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to step down

As the US continues to evacuate its diplomats from Afghanistan’s Kabul, Taliban insurgents entered the capital city on Sunday. A senior interior ministry official said that the insurgents were coming from all sides, without divulging any further detail. US officials said the diplomats were being ferried to the airport from the embassy in the fortified...

PM Modi presents India’s growth blueprint for the next 25 years focusing on “Sabka Prayas”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday presented a blueprint for India’s development journey for the next 25 years in his address to the nation from Red Fort on the occasion of the 75th Independence Day. His speech focused on the aspect of “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Prayaas” as the country marches...

CJI NV Ramana criticises Parliament’s functioning, says no proper debate on laws

As the country celebrates its 75th Independence Day, Chief Justice of India NV Ramana has criticised the functioning of the Parliament as far as the passing of legislations is concerned, terming the situation as a “sorry state of affairs” in the absence of “proper debate” in the house. No clarity of laws “(There is) No...

India reports 36,083 COVID-19 cases, 493 deaths in a day

The health ministry on Sunday informed that 36,083 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 3.21 crore. The ministry also informed that over 54.38 crore COVID-19 jabs have been administered so far. Of it, over...

President Kovind urges people to follow COVID safety norms, says pandemic not over

President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday addressed the nation on the eve of the 75th Independence Day and appealed to people to follow COVID-19 related safety guidelines while asserting that the pandemic is not over. The President said, “The second wave brought our public healthcare infrastructure under stress. The reality is that no infrastructure, even...

4 sites in Gujarat and Haryana recognised as Ramsar sites—All you need to know

Four more sites in India—two each in Gujarat and Haryana—have got recognition from the Ramsar Secretariat as Ramsar sites. With the addition of the four sites, the total number of Ramsar sites in India has now touched 46. The four sites that have been recognised as wetlands of international importance under the Ramsar Convention include...