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Centre announces bonus for 30 lakh govt employees

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved bonus for 30.67 lakh Central government employees for the year 2019-20. The announcement in this regard by Union minister Prakash Javadekar has brought an end to the uncertainty over the issue amid the festive season. The decision to offer bonuses will cost the exchequer around Rs 3,737 crore, the...

5 killed, 20 injured in explosion in Pakistan’s Sindh

Five people were killed and 20 others got injured on Wednesday due to a powerful explosion in a four-storey building in Pakistan’s Sindh province. Two floors of the building near Maskan Chowrangi in the Gulshan-e-Iqbal area in Karachi were severely damaged, creating fears that casualties may rise. The death toll in the incident has increased...

Jio, Qualcomm join hands for faster 5G rollout in India

In a bid to fast-track development and rollout of 5G network services in India, Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio and American technology conglomerate Qualcomm have announced that they are working together on the same. Utilising Qualcomm’s technology, Jio has indigenously developed a 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) product that has achieved ultra-high throughputs, and the...

Chirag Paswan promises coaching hub, Sita temple in poll manifesto

Ahead of the Bihar Assembly elections, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Chirag Paswan on Wednesday released the party’ manifesto—‘Bihar 1st Bihari 1st’. Chirag Paswan said the election manifesto has been prepared after consulting 4 lakh people and will resolve the various problems faced by the people of Bihar. The LJP chief said that it is...

NCW chief Rekha Sharma rakes controversy on “love jihad”, faces criticism

National Commission for Women (NCW) chief Rekha Sharma’s meeting with Maharashtra Governor BS Koshyari on Tuesday has raked up a major controversy. According to the commission, Rekha Sharma discussed “rise in love jihad cases” and women’s safety in Maharashtra. Notably, during the meeting, Rekha Sharma told Koshyari that there was a rise in “love jihad”...

India’s COVID-19 tally rises to 76.51 lakh

The health ministry on Wednesday informed that 54,044 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 76.51 lakh. So far, the biggest single-day surge of 97,894 COVID-19 cases was reported in India on September 17. The...

Indian Railways to replace pantry cars with AC-3 tier coaches

The Indian Railways is contemplating to remove pantry cars from 300 long-distance trains and replace them with an additional AC-3 tier coach once the normal train services resume post-COVID-19. The move is expected to garner additional revenues to the tune of Rs 1,400 crore for the railways. It would also help in clearing the waiting...

Rajasthan ACB traps official accepting bribe in Delhi

In a surprise action, the Rajasthan anti-corruption bureau (ACB) trapped an officer red-handed in Delhi while accepting a bribe of  Rs 1 lakh. The cops from the Kota unit of Rajasthan trapped the officer in the Delhi office of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). The officer, Pankaj Goyal, an assistant director, was caught...

Govt gearing up to make COVID-19 vaccine available to all Indians: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that his government is gearing up to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines are made available to all Indians at the earliest, once it is made available. PM Modi, while addressing the nation, said that several COVID-19 vaccine candidates are at an advanced stage of trials and have shown positive...

No Dussehra celebration at Ravan Ka Chabutra

The people of Jodhpur will not be able to celebrate Dussehra this time. The district administration has ordered that Dussehra celebrations will not be allowed this time at Ravan Ka Chabutra in the old historic city. The annual event is celebrated by burning the effigy of Ravana at Ravan Ka Chabutra, a small congested place...

Rahul Gandhi criticises Kamal Nath for “item” remark

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday criticised party’s senior leader Kamal Nath for his “item” remark on Congress turncoat Imarti Devi, who is in the fray as a BJP candidate in the Assembly bye-elections. Rahul Gandhi, while addressing the media, said: “Kamal Nath ji is from my party, but personally, I don’t like the type...

Durga Puja organisers move Calcutta HC for review

Nearly 400 Durga Puja organisers in Kolkata have approached the Calcutta High Court to review its order declaring all puja pandals a no-entry zone for visitors. The organisers approached the high court through their umbrella body Durgotsav Forum for a review, with just two days left for the main festival to begin. The Calcutta High...