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Highest ever heroin seized by BSF along Pakistan border in Rajasthan

The Border Security Force (BSF) has seized 54 packets of heroin along the Indo-Pak border in Rajasthan weighing 56.63 kg. It is the highest-ever quantity recovered along the Pakistan border in the state. The market value of the confiscated heroin is estimated to be around Rs 270 crore. The Pakistani drug mafia was using PVC...

Rajasthan cancels board exams amid second wave of COVID-19

Rajasthan has followed the decision of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh governments and cancelled the state board exams of class 10 and 12. The Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday late in the night decided to scrap the board exams because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 21.58 lakh students were...
Camel smugglers nabbed by Rajasthan police in Bharatpur

Camel smugglers nabbed by Rajasthan police in Bharatpur

With the growing demand for camel meat, the smuggling of the animal out of Rajasthan has increased in the recent past. In this context, the Bharatpur Police has nabbed two smugglers who were smuggling 31 camels for slaughtering. The police were given a tip-off by the villagers of Neham that some persons were taking the...

Here’s why Rajasthan is emerging as a leader in solar power generation

The Thar Desert, the world’s ninth-largest hot sub-tropical desert, which was once a curse and unfit for human habitation, is now thriving with not only solar energy but also with other variants of renewable energy. It is emerging as the most promising solar hotspot in India. Interestingly, Rajasthan receives solar radiation of 6.0–7.0 kWh/m2. As...

Truckers prefer Gujarat, Haryana over Rajasthan for refuelling. Here’s why

Driving a vehicle has become a real luxury in Rajasthan. The state is among the costliest as far as the prices of motor fuels are concerned. In 29 out of the 33 districts in Rajasthan, petrol costs Rs 100 or a little more. The cost of petrol is Rs 100.17 in Jaipur, but it is...

Non-BJP ruled states want GST exemption on COVID vaccines

Ahead of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) council meeting on Friday, non-BJP ruled states held a virtual meeting on the issue of taxation on COVID-19 vaccines. The states decided to ask the Centre for zero taxation on COVID vaccines. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who also holds the finance portfolio, deputed urban development minister,...

Rajasthan govt extends lockdown until June 8

The Rajasthan government has extended the COVID-19 induced lockdown in the state by another 15 days and now, it will remain in force till June 8. After the recommendation of the Cabinet, the Ashok Gehlot government extended the “three-tier public discipline” lockdown. The weekend curfew has also been extended and it will be imposed from...

Asaram Bapu being given Ayurvedic treatment in jail

Controversial self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, whose oxygen level dipped on Sunday, is being provided with Ayurvedic treatment as desired by him. Asaram, who is lodged in Jodhpur jail, is being administered oxygen in the prison after he refused to go to AIIMS Jodhpur. Asaram had tested positive for COVID-19 and was discharged from AIIMS two...

Former Rajasthan CM Jagannath Pahadia succumbs to COVID-19

Rajasthan’s former chief minister Jagannath Pahadia, 89, who passed away due to COVID-19 in a private hospital in Gurugram on late Wednesday night, will be cremated at Delhi’s Lodhi Road cremation ground on Thursday afternoon with full state honours. His wife Shanti Pahadia, a former member of Rajya Sabha, is also critically ill after testing...

Mucormycosis declared as epidemic by Rajasthan govt

The Rajasthan government has declared mucormycosis, commonly known as black fungus, as an epidemic. The health department has made the deadly fungal infection a notified and notifiable disease under the Rajasthan Epidemic Act, 2020. Following the order, all hospitals will have to keep a record of patients suffering from this disease, said health secretary Akhil...

Rajasthan struggles as mucormycosis cases surge

Even as cases of mucormycosis are on the rise with reports suggesting over 750 cases of the rare fungal infection, the Rajasthan government claims only 100 reported cases of mucormycosis, also known as ‘black fungus’. Health minister Dr Raghu Sharma citing government records said there are only 100 patients. The state government has floated global...

Cairn Energy files lawsuit in US suing Air India to realise $1.2B arbitration award

UK-headquartered oil and gas major Cairn Energy has filed a lawsuit in the US suing Air India in order to realise a $1.2 billion arbitration award it won in December 2020 over a tax dispute with the Indian government. The development is seriously going to impact India’s international credibility at a time when the government...