States ask Centre to increase supply of oxygen cylinders, Remdesivir to hospitals

NEW DELHI: Increasing supply of oxygen cylinders and Remdesivir in hospitals, adding ventilator stocks and enhanced supply of vaccine doses were issues raised by 11 states and Union Territories at a meeting convened by the Centre on Saturday amid a spurt in coronavirus cases. The high-level meeting was chaired by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan […]

COVID has hit with fury; despite a year to prepare, we were caught off guard again: Sonia Gandhi

NEW DELHI: With the country witnessing a massive rise in COVID-19 cases, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday accused the Modi government of “gross unpreparedness” and “adhocism” in managing the crisis and suggested reducing the immunization age to 25 years and providing income support to people. Chairing the meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), […]

COVID-19: Highest-ever single day spike in India with 2,17,353 fresh cases; 1185 deaths reported

COVID-19: Highest-ever single day spike in India with 2,17,353 fresh cases; 1185 deaths reported

NEW DELHI: India added a record 2,17,353 new coronavirus infections in a day taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 1,42,91,917, while active cases surpassed the 15-lakh mark, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday. This is the second consecutive day that the country has reported over two lakh cases. The […]

Vaccination not shield against COVID, can reduce severity, lower fatality: Experts

NEW DELHI: Amid cases of the coronavirus infection being reported post vaccination from a few parts of the country, experts have said inoculation against COVID-19 “does not produce a shield” against the deadly virus, but helps reduce the severity of the infection and chances of death. They have also said that “no causal link has […]

India records highest-ever spike with over two lakh COVID-19 cases, 1,038 die in last 24 hours

India records highest-ever spike with over two lakh COVID-19 cases, 1,038 die in last 24 hours

NEW DELHI: India added a record over 2 lakh new COVID-19 infections in a day pushing the total tally of cases to 1,40,74,564, while the active cases surpassed the 14-lakh mark, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday. A total of 2,00,739 new COVID-19 cases have been registered in a span of […]

Long-term arrangements needed to fight Covid-19, says Gadkari

Long-term arrangements needed to fight Covid-19, says Gadkari

NAGPUR: Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday stressed on making long-term arrangements for fighting COVID-19 and dubbed the pandemic situation as very serious. The Lok Sabha MP from Nagpur was speaking after inaugurating a private 100-bed COVID-19 care centre at the National Cancer Centre in the city. BJP leader and former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra […]

‘No tests, beds, ventilators’: Rahul mocks Modi government’s ‘vaccine festival’

NEW DELHI: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday attacked the government over the handling of the COVID-19 situation and alleged that it is only indulging in a “sham” of a ‘vaccine festival’. He also alleged that there is no testing, no beds in hospitals, neither ventilators or oxygen and vaccine is also not available. Gandhi […]

India is a trusted partner; limited cooperation with Pakistan: Russia

India is a trusted partner; limited cooperation with Pakistan: Russia

NEW DELHI: Describing India as a “trusted partner”, Russia on Wednesday said there were no divergences or misunderstandings between the two countries and that it has “limited cooperation” with Pakistan based on “independent” relations. Deputy Chief of the Russian mission Roman Babushkin also welcomed the recent commitment by India and Pakistan to follow the 2003 […]

Indo-Pacific construct reflects overcoming of Cold War: EAM Jaishankar

Indo-Pacific construct reflects overcoming of Cold War: EAM Jaishankar

NEW DELHI: The Indo-Pacific construct reflects a more contemporary world, mirroring the overcoming of the Cold War and not reinforcing it, external affairs minister S Jaishankar said on Wednesday at a virtual dialogue with his French and Australian counterparts. He said the Indo-Pacific refers to a seamless world that was historically present in the form […]

Encouraged by disengagement efforts by India, China: Russia on eastern Ladakh

Encouraged by disengagement efforts by India, China: Russia on eastern Ladakh

NEW DELHI: Russia on Wednesday said it was following developments at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh, and is encouraged by India and China focusing on “disengagement efforts” and to promote constructive dialogue. Deputy Chief of the Russian mission Roman Babushkin said Russia encourages both sides to take opportunities in advancing their […]