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12,143 new COVID cases, India begins drive for second shot of vaccine

India recorded 12,143 new COVID cases on Saturday taking the total tally to 10,892,746. The overall fatality touched over 1.55 lakh with 103 new deaths. India’s recovery rate is 97.32%, one of the highest in the world with total recoveries at 10,600,625. The mortality rate stands at 1.43%. As of now, the country has a...

Uttarakhand disaster: Death toll touches 38, 166 still missing

The Chamoli district administration on Friday said that the death toll in the Uttarakhand disaster has surged to 38, with another 166 people missing. Notably, two more bodies were recovered on Friday. While one of the bodies was recovered from the rubble at the Rishi Ganga Hydel Project in Raini, the other body was recovered...

ISRO, MapmyIndia join hands to provide indigenous mapping portal

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and MapmyIndia on Friday announced a collaboration to offer a fully indigenous mapping portal and geospatial services. The services will be offered by combining MapmyIndia’s digital maps and technologies with ISRO’s catalogue of satellite imagery and earth observation data. The company in a statement said, “There are...

15 dead, 36 injured in explosion at firecracker factory in Tamil Nadu

In an unfortunate incident, at least 15 people died and 36 got injured in an explosion at a firecracker factory in Virudhunagar in Tamil Nadu.  The explosion happened at around 1.30 pm during the mixing of chemicals for manufacturing firecrackers. The death toll is likely to go up. Following the incident, 10 fire tenders were...

Defence ministry refutes Rahul Gandhi’s claims on India-China border dispute

In a point-to-point rebuttal of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s claims on the border dispute with China, the defence ministry on Friday issued a statement clarifying that India has not conceded any territory as a result of the disengagement agreement in Ladakh. The ministry’s statement reads: “India has not conceded any territory as a result of...

TMC MP Dinesh Trivedi resigns from Rajya Sabha

The exodus of leaders from the Trinamool Congress (TMC) continues unabated with party MP Dinesh Trivedi announcing his resignation from the Rajya Sabha on Friday. There are speculations that Trivedi will be soon joining the saffron party ahead of the Assembly elections in West Bengal. However, the MP has not said anything in this regard....

Get ready to shell out more for domestic air travel

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has increased the lower and upper limits on domestic airfares by 10 to 30 per cent—a move that would make domestic air travel costlier for passengers. The ministry in a statement said that the new limits will remain in force up to March 31, 2021, or until further orders. The...

9,309 fresh COVID-19 cases, 75.05 lakh people vaccinated so far

The health ministry on Friday informed that 9,309 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 1.08 crore. The ministry also informed that over 75.05 lakh people have been vaccinated so far. Of it, over 4.87...

Court dismisses Rajasthan govt’s plea against Salman Khan

In a major relief for actor Salman Khan, a district and sessions court in Jodhpur on Thursday dismissed a petition filed by the Rajasthan government against the actor in connection with the blackbuck poaching case. Notably, the government in its plea had contended that the actor had submitted a false affidavit in connection with his...

Bengal polls is between BJP’s development model & TMC’s destruction model: Amit Shah

Union home minister Amit Shah on Thursday said the Assembly poll in Gujarat will be fought between Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s development model and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee’s destruction model. Shah, as part of BJP’s poriborton yatra, said this during a rally in Cooch Behar. Notably, the Assembly election is due in Bengal...

Govt warns FB, Twitter of strict action for violation of Indian Constitution

Strict action will be taken if social media is misused to spread fake news and fuel violence in the country, said Union electronics and information technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in the Parliament on Thursday. Prasad’s warning comes amid a tussle with microblogging website Twitter. The minister in his Rajya Sabha address specifically named social...

India-China Dispute: India committed to maintaining bilateral ties, says Rajnath Singh

India’s sustained talks with China have resulted in an agreement between the forces of the two countries to disengage at friction points at the north and south banks of Pangong Tso lake, Union defence minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday. Rajnath Singh said this during his suo motu statement in Rajya Sabha on the situation...