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India on Wednesday reported the single day rise of 2,82,970 new Covid-19 infections, as per the data by the Union health ministry, taking the cases' tally to 3,79,01,241. This includes 8,961 cases of the Omicron variant, according to the government data updated today. There has been an 0.79 per cent increase in Omicron cases since Tuesday, the ministry said.
India recorded a sharp uptick in Covid-19 deaths on Tuesday, with the toll rising 40% in a day to cross 350, even as fresh cases surged again after three days to the highest tally in the third wave so far. There were 353 deaths reported on Tuesday, with data from Tripura awaited, nearly 100 more than the previous day’s toll of 254, making it the sharpest single-day increase during the current wave.
Telecom Reliance Jio on Wednesday said it has paid Rs 30,791 crore, including accrued interest, to the Department of Telecom to clear the entire spectrum payments liabilities that the company acquired before March 2021 auctions.
The sustained boom in global tech spending, a revival of local housing demand and a rebound in bank earnings are expected to be among the key drivers of gains for India’s stock market this year.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday lauded youngsters in the 15-18 age group for showing enthusiasm in getting vaccinated against Covid-19 and called for continuing the momentum.
Three Indian Navy sailors were killed and 11 sustained burn injuries in an explosion on board the Rajput-class destroyer, INS Ranvir, at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai on Tuesday. The explosion occurred around 4.45pm in an internal compartment of the destroyer, which was anchored at Mumbai on cross-coast deployment from eastern Naval Command at Visakhapatnam.
Data filed by states in the Supreme Court shows that the number of Covid compensation claims received by some of them far exceed their official count of deaths. In Gujarat and Telangana, it’s as high as almost nine and seven times, respectively, while in absolute numbers, the gap between the official toll and compensation claims is the largest in Maharashtra.
AAP on Tuesday declared Sangrur MP and former stand-up comic Bhagwant Mann as its candidate for Punjab CM, based on 93% of 21 lakh responses received in a reality show-like telephone poll in which Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu curiously ended up with the second highest votes. AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal said some people voted for him, too, but that wouldn’t count as he was never in the race.
Indian fugitive business tycoon Vijay Mallya and his family are set to be evicted from their multi-million-pound London home after mortgagee Swiss bank UBS won the right in court on Tuesday to repossess it and sell it. If the family do not leave immediately of their own accord, they may get evicted from the house by bailiffs.
Covid's third wave is likely to peak by January 25 in Bengaluru, with daily fresh infections touching 35,000 cases, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials told Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai during a review meeting on the pandemic on Monday. The city reported 25,595 new cases on Tuesday, taking active cases across the state to nearly 1.8 lakh.
The government has approved the appointment of Eastern Command chief Lt General Manoj Pande as the next Army vice-chief, even as the decision on the next chief of defence staff (CDS) is still awaited. Lt Gen Pande will succeed Lt-General CP Mohanty, who is slated to retire on January 31, sources said on Tuesday.
After demolishing the gender barrier and directing entry of women aspirants in the National Defence Academy (NDA) which was earlier allowed only for men, the Supreme Court has agreed to examine a plea for letting women compete with men for admission for all seats without putting restrictions on the number of women to be enrolled.
The number of Omicron cases in most metros has started falling but health experts are of the view that a "pan-India peak" is still lurking ahead as infection is now spreading to smaller cities, which are likely to see a surge over the next two to three weeks. Taking note of this, the Centre has asked states and Union territories to enhance testing to identify new clusters and hotspots of infection.
A day after the SC verdict, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday attacked Congress for “committing a fraud on the country” in the Devas deal with Antrix, and said it would move aggressively and target assets owned by promoters of the company, both in India and abroad. "It was a fraud of Congress, by Congress and for Congress... It’s Congress’s turn to explain,” Sitharaman said.
Bemused by the Centre's deadpan statement that there are no starvation deaths in the country, the Supreme Court on Tuesday asked whether the government seriously believed that the apex court would accept such a stand when statistics and data, both from domestic and foreign surveys till recently, indicated much to the contrary.
With surge in daily Covid cases, Kerala has seen a 15% increase in ICU bed occupancy and 20% increase in oxygen-bed occupancy within a day. As the coronavirus infection fuels daily record infection rates in the state, public health experts fear that the most vulnerable this time are senior citizens and those with comorbidities, who were protected during the first and second waves.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has written to PM Narendra Modi opposing the proposed amendments to Rule 6 of IAS (Cadre) Rules, 1954, which would allow the Centre to post any IAS officer working in the state for central deputation. The proposed amendment asks the states to nominate a pre-decided number of IAS officers for central deputation reserve and allows the Centre to post these officers.
Nearly a dozen homes and offices belonging to a nephew of Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi and some of his aides were searched in concerted raids by the Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday as part of a new probe into money laundering allegations linked to the 2018 illegal sand mining case. The raids yielded around Rs 6 crore in unaccounted cash, directorate officials said.
The government has included tuberculosis as a comorbidity that can put patients at "high risk" of severe coronavirus infection and also advised TB testing post Covid-19, if cough persists for more than two to three weeks, in new clinical management protocol for the disease. Both Covid and TB are infectious and primarily attack the lungs, presenting similar symptoms of cough, fever and difficulty in breathing.
BJP MP from Allahabad Rita Bahuguna Joshi has said that she is "ready to step down as an MP if her son, Mayank Joshi, is fielded from Lucknow Cantonment in the state assembly elections". The former Congress leader, who joined BJP in 2016, said that she had sent this proposal to party national president JP Nadda.
India skipper KL Rahul on Tuesday hinted that all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer is likely to be groomed as the additional pace bowling option that the team has lacked ever since Hardik Pandya's back injury while declaring that he will open alongside veteran Shikhar Dhawan in the first ODI against South Africa.
Microsoft Corp said on Tuesday it would buy "Call of Duty" videogame maker Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion in cash, the largest deal in the sector making the Xbox maker the third-largest gaming company by revenue.
Indonesia's parliament on Tuesday passed a law approving the relocation of its capital from slowly sinking Jakarta to a site 2,000 kilometres (1,200 miles) away on jungle-clad Borneo island that will be named "Nusantara". Home to more than 30 million people in its greater metro area, Jakarta has long been plagued by infrastructure problems and flooding, with experts predicting up to a third of the city could be underwater by 2050.
Senior bureaucrat Vikram Dev Dutt has been appointed as the chairman and managing director of Air India as part of a senior-level bureaucratic reshuffle effected by the Centre on Tuesday.
Which way will the Dalit votes go? That's the big question that has attained much pertinence amid BJP and SP taking the pole positions even as BSP chief Mayawati remains conspicuous by her ground-level absence ahead of the high-stake Uttar Pradesh polls.
While there is one school of thought that Rohit Sharma should be handed the Test captaincy as well, others feel a youngster like KL Rahul or Rishabh Pant perhaps might be a better bet in the long run. And then there are other potential candidates like R Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday wrote to West Bengal and Tamil Nadu chief ministers over the exclusion of the states' tableaux for Republic Day celebrations. In a letter, the defence minister wrote, Tamil Nadu's tableaux could not make it into the final list of 12 tableaux selected for participation in the Republic Day Parade.
The department of telecom (DoT) said on Tuesday it has revised policy for issue/renewal of no objection certificate (NOC) for sale/rent of international roaming SIM cards and global calling cards of foreign operators in India.
Mukesh Ambani led Reliance Retail has acquired a 54 per cent stake in domestic robotics company Addverb for $132 million (about Rs 983 crore), a senior official of the robotic firm said Tuesday.
The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) under the IT ministry has issued a new advisory for Twitter users. In the advisory, the CERT-In has asked users to secure their Twitter accounts.
The Centre is likely to continue with its fiscal consolidation plans in the 2022-23 Budget, despite lower than estimated receipts from privatisation of state-run companies, and largely stick to its deficit targets. Robust revenues, both on the indirect and direct taxes front, are expected to provide enough headroom to the government to balance its fiscal goals and spending needs for the year ahead.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asked BJP workers to encourage farmers for chemical-free farming.While interacting with BJP party workers in Varanasi, PM Modi said "We need to give a push to natural farming. Farmers should be encouraged for chemical-free farming. We should connect everyone in celebration of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav."
Supply chain company Delhivery has received capital markets regulator Sebi's approval to raise Rs 7,460 crore through an initial public offering (IPO). The IPO comprises fresh issuance of equity shares worth Rs 5,000 crore and an offer for sale (OFS) component of Rs 2,460 crore by existing shareholders, according to the draft red herring prospectus (DRHP).
A substantial 68% of Covid patients who died of complications at state-run medical colleges and hospitals in the last 48 days were unvaccinated, the latest report by Maharashtra's Medical Education and Drug Department has said.
You will get to actually own India’s biggest insurer, at least partially, if you can lay hands on a part of Life Insurance Corporation's stake that will be up for sale soon. Here's what the share sale is all about.
India on Tuesday reported 2.38 lakh new Covid-19 cases, while the active cases rose to 17,36,628 according to the Union health ministry data. 8,891 cases of Omicron variant have been reported across 28 states and union territories. The death toll climbed to 4,86,761 with 310 fresh fatalities according to the data updated at 9am.
Soon after a new combat uniform was unveiled by the 13-lakh strong Army, a major battle has erupted over who will manufacture them. Employees of the state-owned ordnance clothing factories (OCFs) contend they should get the mega contract, while the Army wants an open tender with private companies also in the fray to ensure soldiers get the best possible camouflage fatigues at the cheapest rates.
Equity benchmark sensex climbed over 135 points in opening trade on Tuesday, tracking gains in index-majors ITC, Tech Mahindra and Bajaj Finserv amid a largely positive trend in the global markets.
Two deposed captains, Virat Kohli and Quinton de Kock, could play significant roles in a three-match one-day international series between South Africa and India, starting at Boland Park in Paarl on Wednesday.
The US, its allies and even Russia and China have yet to recognize the Taliban government due to concerns over continued links with terrorism as well as human rights abuses and banning girls’ education. Some of the Taliban’s cabinet members are blacklisted under US and UN sanctions.
For almost two years, India has steeled itself for a gargantuan task: readying the country’s premier insurer -- with nearly $500 billion in assets and a valuation estimated as high as $203 billion -- for what could become its biggest-ever stock listing.
Brushing aside the Centre's "it's states' responsibility" stand, the Supreme Court on Monday asked the Union government to draft model national builder-buyer and agent-buyer agreements to protect homebuyers from remaining at the mercy of real estate companies and getting fleeced by them.
Daily cases of Covid fell below 2.5 lakh for the first time in five days as lower testing over the weekend led to detection of around 2.35 lakh fresh infections on Monday, down from nearly 2.59 lakh on previous day. Deaths from the virus continued to inch up for the seventh consecutive day with 250 fatalities reported in India, as compared to 235 on Sunday.
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Monday promised interest-free loans for farmers and setting-up of a revolving fund to pay sugarcane growers the price of their produce within 15 days if voted to power in the 2022 assembly polls. "A revolving fund will also be set up to pay farmers the price of their produce within 15 days after them selling their yield," Akhilesh said.
Brent crude prices hit their highest level in more than seven years on Tuesday on growing demand optimism, easing concerns about the Omicron Covid variant and geopolitical tensions. The contract hit $86.84 in Asian trade, a level not seen since late October 2014.
Banks are dreading the elections in Punjab and their fears found an expression through Patiala Central Cooperative Bank Ltd which told the Supreme Court on Monday that no farmer is returning the loan taken from banks as they are hoping for a waiver by the government that will come to power after the polls.
PM Narendra Modi made a bold pitch for foreign investment, assuring all support to investors, saying India has fast-pedalled on reforms and infrastructure and the financial mood is positive even as it is facing another wave. “The spirit of entrepreneurship in the country can provide new energy to every global partner. This is the best time to invest in India,” he said at the World Economic Forum’s annual meet.
The biblical adage about reaping what you sow holds a whole new meaning for Hukumchand Patidar. Dropping out of school in Class 10 to work in the fields, the farmer from Rajasthan's Jhalawar is now rubbing shoulders with scientists and academics in a team assigned the task of designing the curriculum on organic farming for India's agricultural universities.
In August 2020, Pakistan had for the first time acknowledged the presence of Dawood Ibrahim on its soil
India's Omicron tally has reached 8,961 — an increase of 0.79 per cent since yesterday, the Ministry said.
The case relates to a mortgage taken out by Rose Capital Ventures, one of Mallya's companies, with the former Kingfisher Airlines boss, his mother Lalitha and son Sidhartha Mallya listed as co-defendants with right of occupancy of the property.
India's Permanent Representative to the UN said that the Islamic State has changed its modus operandi with its core focus is now on regaining ground in Syria and Iraq, and its regional affiliates are strengthening their expansion, especially in Africa and in Asia.
The development comes after a meeting on Tuesday between ministry officials and the new India Edtech Consortium, in which the latter was represented by five edtech firms and IAMAI.
“It is time to completely do away with sedition laws and allow free speech so long as it does not exhort somebody to violence,” he said.
The first encounter was between the armed Maoists and Telangana's Greyhounds assisted by Chhattisgarh's DRG (District Reserve Guard) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Tuesday morning.
Malyalam actor Dileep, one of the accused in the sexual assault case had a case registered against him for allegedly threatening investigation officers probing the case.
The ACB is conducting an open enquiry against Singh on the complaint lodged by police inspector Anup Dange, who had levelled allegations of corruption against the former Mumbai top cop.
HC has dismissed a plea by BJP corporators challenging the Uddhav Thackeray government’s move to increase the total number of the Mumbai civic body wards from 227 to 236 in the run-up to the BMC polls
Questioning the rationality of the Assembly action, Justice C T Ravikumar, sharing a three-judge bench, posed the query to Senior Advocate Arayama Sundaram, who appearing for Maharashtra tried to argue that there is no constitutional bar on suspending a member for one year.
A total of 20 lakh households are expected to get free broadband connectivity and the remaining subsidised connections when the project is realised.
Starting this weekend, Shah will be more visible on the ground, with the party hoping it will give the campaign momentum as well as boost the morale of the cadre.
The party argued Channi is not Captain Amarinder Singh who could be suppressed by the BJP. It alleged that the raids on the kin of Channi, the only Dalit chief minister in the country, reveals the BJP's anti-dalit mindset.
The BJP, which till a few months ago was struggling to find Sikh faces in Punjab, now has new members with strong Panthic credentials apart from disgruntled Akali and Congress leaders.
The new ICMR guidelines had stated that all those who are symptomatic and at-risk contacts of laboratory-confirmed cases must be tested — while there was no need to do so for asymptomatic people.
States and Union Territories (UT) have been advised they invite participation from one or more other states for their own Republic Day parade to “enhance mutual understanding and bonding”.
Vaccination for children should be introduced after a proper study on the safety of children keeping in mind India's epidemiological and social context, he said.
Bhupender Yadav and economist Ila Patnaik talk to The Indian Express about their book, ‘The Rise of the BJP: The Making of the World’s Largest Political Party,’ which traces the party's history.
The HC had on November 25 rejected the anticipatory bail pleas of businessman Raj Kundra, co-accused Sherlyn Chopra, Pandey, Umesh Ganpat Kamat, Sam Ahmed Bombay and Suvojit Chowdhury in the case registered in 2020.
The guidelines recommend testing for tuberculosis and other conditions if cough persists for more than 2-3 weeks.
“Identities of 2 deceased Indian nationals established. @IndembAbuDhabi officials are in touch with their family members. The Mission is working closely with UAE authorities, including ADNOC, for early repatriation of mortal remains,” the Indian Embassy in UAE tweeted.
ED officials, who were part of the raiding team, said Rs 6 crore was seized during the raid — including Rs 4 crore from Channi’s nephew Bhupinder Singh Honey.
The court stated that it is a case of “fraud of a huge magnitude which cannot be brushed under the carpet, as a private lis (suit)”.
Police said a speeding car started following the three minor girls, and one of them was kidnapped and taken to a deserted spot and gang-raped. The girl was later spotted by a passerby, who informed the police.