COVID-19: Highest ever single-day spike in India with 1,84,372 new cases

NEW DELHI: India reported a record single-day rise of 1,84,372 new coronavirus infections pushing the total tally of cases to 1,38,73,825, while the active cases surpassed the 13-lakh mark, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday. The death toll increased to 1,72,085 with 1,027 daily new fatalities, the highest since October 18, […]

Disrespect shown must be addressed diplomatically: Tharoor on US Navy’s operation in India’s EEZ

NEW DELHI: The US did not break international law when its Navy ship carried out a freedom of navigation operation in the Indian exclusive economic zone last week, but it did show “disrespect” which must be addressed diplomatically, senior Congress leader and former UN undersecretary general Shashi Tharoor said on Wednesday. India on Friday had […]

First they ignore you…: Rahul’s swipe at Centre over fast-tracking approval for foreign vaccines

NEW DELHI: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday cited a quote of Mahatma Gandhi to imply that the government’s decision to fast-track emergency approval for foreign-produced anti-coronavirus vaccines had been prompted by his party’s suggestions. Rahul Gandhi had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, urging the government to fast-track approval for vaccines. BJP […]

Access to professional education no government largesse, says SC

NEW DELHI: Access to professional education is not a “governmental largesse” and state has an affirmative obligation to facilitate its reach at all levels, the Supreme Court has said. This obligation assumes far greater importance for students whose background imposes formidable obstacles on their path to access quality education, the apex court said. A bench […]

COVID-19: India records 1,61,736 infections, 879 deaths; active cases cross 12 lakh mark

COVID-19: India records 1,61,736 infections, 879 deaths; active cases cross 12 lakh mark

NEW DELHI: A total of 1,61,736 new coronavirus infections have been reported in a day pushing India’s tally of cases to 1,36,89,453, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate dropped further to 89.51 per cent, according to data updated by the Union Health Ministry on Monday. The death toll increased to 1,71,058 with 879 new fatalities, […]

Problem not of Covid-19 vaccine shortage but of planning: Govt

Problem not of Covid-19 vaccine shortage but of planning: Govt

NEW DELHI: Over 1.67 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses are still available with states and UTs, the Centre said on Tuesday, underlining that the problem is not of vaccine shortage but of better planning. Addressing a press conference, Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said so far states and UTs have received 13,10,90,370 vaccine doses, out of […]

EC lets off BJP’s Suvendu Adhikari with a light rap for ‘mini-Pakistan’ remark

NEW DELHI: The Election Commission has let off BJP candidate from West Bengal’s Nandigram Suvendu Adhikari with a light rap for his “mini-Pakistan” remark made at a public meeting last month. In an order issued on Monday night, the poll panel warned Adhikari and said it “advises him to desist from using such statement while […]

SC directs states to apprise it of migrant children, their condition

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Tuesday directed all states to inform it about the number of migrant children and their condition on a plea seeking directions for the protection of their fundamental rights amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. A bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian also asked […]

Centre fast-tracks approval for foreign-produced COVID vaccines cleared in other countries

NEW DELHI: With an aim to expand the basket of COVID-19 vaccines and enhance the pace of inoculation in India, the central government on Tuesday said it has fast-tracked emergency approval for foreign-produced jabs that have been granted similar clearances in other countries. The first 100 beneficiaries of such foreign vaccines shall be assessed for […]

Mamata stages dharna in Kolkata to protest EC’s move to ban her campaign for 24 hours

KOLKATA: West Bengal chief minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday sat on a dharna in the heart of the city to protest against the Election Commission’s “unconstitutional” decision to ban her from campaigning for 24 hours. Banerjee, still confined to a wheelchair owing to the injuries she sustained last month, arrived at Mayo […]