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Amid rising dengue cases, Centre rushes high-level teams to 9 states, UTs

New Delhi: Alarmed by the rise in number of dengue cases, the Centre rushed high-level teams to nine states and Union Territories to help them manage the outbreak. The teams will help these states and UTs in public health measures to control and manage the disease. The teams, comprising officials from the National Centre for...

Supreme Court refuses to accept Centre’s request for NDA exam for women from 2022

Induction of women in NDA cannot be delayed by a year, the Supreme Court observed New Delhi: Rejecting the Centre’s proposal to hold NDA exam for women in 2022, the Supreme Court on Wednesday directed UPSC to issue notification for the 2021 exams on November 14. On Tuesday, the Centre had told the Supreme Court...

Vaccination of pregnant, lactating women: Supreme Court issues notice to Centre

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to the Centre following concerns raised regarding vaccination of pregnant and lactating women. The Apex Court was hearing a writ petition by the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR). The petition had been filed in May this year amid the second wave of...

Centre removes 4% quota for differently abled in IPS, RPF, others

New Delhi: The central government has removed the 4% quota for jobs for differently abled persons in IPS, Railway Protection Force and others. This will also be applicable for police forces in Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, Daman, Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli. In a gazette notification, the Centre exempted all these services from...

Centre raises concern over crowding, COVID inappropriate behaviour at tourist hotspots

At a time when the threat of a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic looms large, the overcrowding at tourist hotspots across the country with the easing of lockdowns has raised the concerns of the Union government. Notably, visuals from several tourist places have gone viral on social media where the crowd can be seen...

Delhi govt refutes allegations of inflated oxygen demand during second wave peak

Following reports that the Delhi government exaggerated the national capital’s oxygen demand by four times during the peak of the second wave of COVID-19, the Delhi government has hit back at the Centre saying that the members of the Supreme Court’s oxygen audit committee have “not signed or approved” the interim report. Delhi’s deputy Chief...

Centre’s final notice to Twitter: Comply with IT rules or face action

Social media site will be liable for consequences as per IT Act and other penal laws of India, warns government New Delhi: Micro-blogging website Twitter must follow the new rules for social media companies or be ready to face the consequences”, the Centre warned on Saturday in its final notice to the company to implement...

Walk-in registration, vaccination for 18+ allowed at govt facilities: Centre

At a time when there is an acute shortage of vaccines with many states discontinuing the vaccination drive for the 18-44 age group, the Union government on Monday allowed the walk-in registration and vaccination of people below 45 who do not have access to a smartphone and internet. The government said it is being done...

Declare mucormycosis an epidemic, Centre tells states

With cases of mucormycosis or black fungus being reported from various states across the country, the Union government has directed all states to declare the fungal infection an epidemic and list it under the Epidemic Diseases Act. States such as Rajasthan and Telangana have already declared the rare but fatal fungal infection as epidemic. Declaration...

Arvind Kejriwal urges Centre to stop Singapore flights over fear of a new COVID variant

With India already struggling to come out of the devastating impact of the second wave of COVID-19, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has alerted the Centre about a new variant of the coronavirus detected in Singapore that appears to be dangerous for children. The Delhi CM has urged the Centre to immediately suspend flights to...

Centre issues fresh guidelines as COVID-19 pandemic makes way to rural India

With the COVID-19 pandemic gradually making inroads in small towns and rural areas, the Union government on Sunday issued fresh guidelines to contain the spread of the virus. Notably, the development comes a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a review meeting called for strengthening the health infrastructure in rural areas along with door-to-door...

Centre extends validity of driving licence, permit & registration certificate till March 31

The Union government’s transport ministry on Sunday extended the validity of motor vehicle documents like driving licence (DL), registration certificate (RC) and permits till March 31, 2021. The extension was granted due to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic in the country that has infected over 1.01 crore people. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH)...