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Bihar reports 107 COVID-19 fatalities, 4,002 fresh cases

Patna : The COVID-19 situation continued to be grim in Bihar on Saturday as improvements in rates of infection and recovery notwithstanding, over 100 fatalities were reported and the death toll surged past the 4,500-mark. According to the health department, 107 more patients succumbed to the dreaded virus and the toll stands at 4,549. The state logged 4,002 fresh cases, ... Read More »

Black fungus: Experts to study possible causes including industrial oxygen use

Bengaluru : Experts in Karnataka will study whether the rise in the Mucormycosis cases is linked to use of industrial oxygen and its possible contamination. Deputy Chief Minister C N Ashwath Narayan, who is also the head of the state”s COVID task force, held a meeting on Sunday with the treatment protocol committee where the possible sources of the infection ... Read More »

Lockdown extended in Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan

New Delhi : Lockdown was extended on Sunday in Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Puducherry with many states already imposing COVID-induced restrictions till May-end to rein in infections and deaths during the second wave of the pandemic. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that the ongoing lockdown in the national capital will continue for another week and said the process of ... Read More »

Wrestler murder case: Police seeks 12 days custody of Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar

New Delhi : The Delhi Police on Sunday sought a 12-day custody of two-time Olympic medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar to question him over his alleged involvement in the death of a 23-year-old wrestler at Chhatrasal Stadium. Metropolitan Magistrate Divya Malhotra reserved the order on the police remand application. Kumar was physically produced before the court, following which the police was ... Read More »

Decision on Class 12 board exams to be taken at the earliest: Minister

New Delhi : An “informed, collaborative” decision on the Class 12 board exam will be taken at the earliest, the Union Education Minister said on Sunday after a high-level meet could not take a call with the Delhi government and a section of parents pitching for its cancellation amid the pandemic and others favouring holding it at a later period. ... Read More »

COVID-19: Team of engineers in MP provides free technical service related to ventilators

Indore : A team of three engineers from Indore in Madhya Pradesh has been rendering their ventilator-related technical services free of cost in government-run hospitals in different parts of the state amid the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. The team, popularly known as ”Ventilator Express” on social media, not only installs new ventilators sent under the Central government”s PM ... Read More »

Covid cases in Delhi dips below 2,000, positivity rate down to 2.42 pc

New Delhi : Delhi recorded 1,649 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest since March 30, and 189 fatalities on Sunday, while the positivity rate slipped to 2.42 per cent, even as Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal extended the lockdown in the capital by another week. This is the second day on the trot that the number of deaths remained less than 200. ... Read More »

Chhattisgarh: Surajpur collector removed after video shows him hitting man

Raipur : The collector of Chhattisgarh”s Surajpur district, Ranbir Sharma, was removed from the post on Sunday after a viral video showed him slapping a man and throwing his mobile phone for alleged COVID-19 norms violation. Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel issued instructions for the removal of the IAS officer from the post. The collector along with some policemen on Saturday ... Read More »

Diesel crosses Rs 84 mark in Delhi, petrol nears Rs 100 in Mumbai

New Delhi : Diesel price in the national capital on Sunday crossed Rs 84 mark while petrol rate in Mumbai neared Rs 100 a litre after fuel prices were raised again. Petrol price was increased by 17 paise per litre and diesel by 29 paise a litre, according to a price notification of state-owned fuel retailers. The hike – 12th ... Read More »

BRICS countries underline importance of enhancing collaboration among astronomers

Delegates from BRICS nations highlighted the importance of enhancing collaboration among astronomers from the countries at the seventh meeting of the BRICS Astronomy Working Group Meeting. Under the Science, Technology, and Innovation track of the BRICS 2021 calendar, India hosted the seventh meeting of BRICS Astronomy Working Group (BAWG) meeting of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, as well ... Read More »

Rate of Minimum Wages Revised for Central sphere Employees

At a time when the country is struggling with the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, in a major relief to different category of workers engaged in various scheduled employments in the central sphere, the Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government of India has notified and revised the rate of Variable Dearness Allowance (VDA) with effect from 1.4.2021. The VDA is ... Read More »

Release of- High Resolution Emission Inventory (400 meters) for 2019-20

The most awaited Pune emission inventory report to understand the contribution of various sources of emissions in Pune Air quality has been released by Prof. Nitin Kalmarkar, Vice-Chancellor of SPPU.  The final product yielded mapping of pollution sources in each 400m x 400m grid of PMR for 8 major pollutants namely, PM2.5, PM10, NOx, CO, SO2, BC, HC. The report has ... Read More »

Nationwide Cumulative Vaccination Coverage exceeds 19 Crore

India has achieved a new milestone in its vaccination drive as the cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has exceeded 19 Cr (19,18,79,503) today under the Phase-3 of the nationwide Vaccination Drive. A total of 19,18,79,503 vaccine doses have been administered through 27,53,883 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am today. These include 97,24,339 HCWs who have taken the 1st dose ... Read More »

Oxygen Expresses deliver record 1118 MT of Oxygen in a day

Overcoming all hurdles and finding new solutions, Indian Railways is continuing its journey of bringing relief by delivering Liquid Medical Oxygen(LMO) to various states across the country. So far, Indian Railways has delivered nearly 13319 MT of LMO in more than 814 tankers to various states across the country. It may be noted that 208 Oxygen Expresses have completed their ... Read More »

PM interacts with doctors and officials of Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with doctors and officials of Varanasi today through video conference. During the interaction, the doctors and officials of Varanasi thanked the Prime Minister for his continuous and  proactive leadership that helped in ramping up health infrastructure and ensured adequate supply of necessary medications and critical equipment like ventilators and oxygen concentrators. The Prime Minister was ... Read More »

Apeda organises virtual buyer seller meet for boosting mango exports to South Korea;

In a bid to increase mangoes exports to South Korea, APEDA in collaboration with Indian embassy, Seoul and Indian Chamber of Commerce in Korea (ICCK), organised a Virtual Buyer Seller Meet (VBSM). Senior officials from APEDA, Embassy of India, ICCK, exporters from India and importers from South Korea participated in the VBSM organised yesterday. Due to the ongoing Covid19 pandemic, ... Read More »

BJP MP Rita Bahuguna writes to Sonia Gandhi over her letter to PM Modi

New Delhi : A day after Congress chief Sonia Gandhi”s letter to the Prime Minister regarding rehabilitation of children orphaned due to COVID-19, BJP MP Rita Bahuguna Joshi wrote to her, saying the Centre and BJP-ruled states, including UP, have taken steps to help such children, and asked her to “monitor” the Congress-ruled states where the impact of the pandemic ... Read More »

Govt objects to Twitter”s ”manipulated media” tag on toolkit tweets; seeks removal of tag as probe on

New Delhi : Hours after a BJP spokesperson”s tweets on an alleged Congress ”toolkit” on the Centre”s COVID-19 response were labelled as ”manipulated media”, the government on Friday asked Twitter to remove the tag, saying the social media platform cannot pass judgment on a matter under investigation. The Ministry of Electronics and IT wrote “a strong communication” to Twitter registering ... Read More »

500 vials of Covishield missing from Hyderabad hospital

Hyderabad : A total of 500 Covishield vials have been reported missing from a government hospital here, police said on Friday. The medical superintendent of the hospital at Kondapur has lodged a complaint that 50 boxes containing 500 Covishield vaccines have gone missing, the police said. The boxes were found missing when the superintendent asked one of his colleagues to ... Read More »

Uninterrupted delivery of Medical Essentials continues from Trivandrum Airport

Trivandrum Airport and its frontline corona warriors have been playing an active role to combat Covid-19 by facilitating the seamless delivery of medical essentials. A total 313 boxes (9.76 MT) of COVID-19 vaccines have been transported through various airlines till 19th May 2021 through the Trivandrum Airport. To overcome the oxygen crisis, a total of 300 oxygen concentrators, 180 oxygen cylinders were transported ... Read More »

Government takes historic pro-farmer decision of hiking fertiliser subsidy onetime

Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers D.V. Sadananda Gowda today expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking historic decision to onetime enhance subsidy rates for DAP and other P & K fertilisers for upcoming Kharif season, which he said would hugely benefit millions of farmers. It may be noted that prices of Phosphatic and Potassic (P&K) ... Read More »

Delhi records 3,009 COVID-19 cases, 252 deaths; positivity rate dips to 4.76 pc

New Delhi : Delhi recorded 3,009 COVID-19 cases and 252 fatalities on Friday, with the city”s positivity rate slipping to 4.76 per cent, data shared by the health department showed. As per the latest health bulletin, these new fatalities pushed the COVID-19 death toll in the national capital to 22,831. This is the third consecutive day when Delhi”s count of ... Read More »

Rajasthan High Court rejects Asaram’s bail plea

Jodhpur : Self-styled godman Asaram”s plea for interim bail to pursue medical treatment through Ayurveda in Haridwar was rejected by the Rajasthan High Court on Friday. The court”s rejection came after perusal of the rape convict”s medical report submitted by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Jodhpur. Asaram was admitted to the facility after contracting COVID-19. Passing the ... Read More »

Union Labour Minister inspected the upgraded Covid related medical facilities at ESIC Medical College & Hospital, Alwar

Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Labour & Employment, Govt. of India visited Alwar (Rajasthan) today i.e. on 20.05.2021 and inspected the upgraded Covid related medical facilities at ESIC Medical College & Hospital, Alwar. During his visit, he inspected and reviewed all the facilities being made available during Covid-19 including ICUs and HDUs beds, Mobile X-ray ... Read More »

Nearly 200 cases of black fungus in Delhi hospitals

New Delhi : Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Friday said there were 197 cases of black fungus in hospitals across Delhi till Wednesday night, including non-residents who have come to the city for treatment. The minister also said many inoculation centres for the 18-44 age group are being shut in Delhi from Friday as the city has run out of ... Read More »

IAF pilot killed as MiG-21 Bison crashes in Punjab field, Court of Inquiry ordered

Moga : An IAF MiG-21 Bison aircraft crashed during heavy rain in a field in Punjab”s Moga district, killing its pilot Squadron Leader Abhinav Choudhary, officials said The aircraft was on a training sortie from Suratgarh in Rajasthan when it crashed in Langeana village on Thursday night, said Moga Superintendent of Police Gurdeep Singh. The Indian Air Force has ordered ... Read More »

Five held for black marketing of anti-fungal injections in Gujarat

Ahmedabad : Five persons have been arrested for allegedly trying to black market an anti-fungal injection used in the treatment of mucormycosis in Gujarat”s Ahmedabad city, police said on Friday. Officials of the Food and Drug Control Administration (FDCA) and Gujarat police nabbed the five accused from different parts of the city on Thursday, an official said. The Gujarat government ... Read More »

Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports invites nominations for Sports Awards 2021

Sports Awards are given every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports. Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award is given for the spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four years; Arjuna Award is given for consistent outstanding performance for four years; Dronacharya Award goes to the coaches for producing ... Read More »

Goa court acquits journalist Tarun Tejpal of rape charges

Panaji : A sessions court in Goa on Friday acquitted journalist Tarun Tejpal of sexually assaulting a former female colleague. Tejpal, former Tehelka editor-in-chief, was accused of sexually assaulting the colleague inside the elevator of a luxury hotel in Goa in 2013. Additional sessions judge Kshama Joshi acquitted Tejpal, who was present in the court along with his family members ... Read More »

Amendment in Central Motor Vehicles Rules to promote clean fuel in rural India

New Delhi : The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has notified an amendment in the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, with an aim to promote clean fuel in rural India. Following the amendment, agriculture tractors, power tillers and construction equipment vehicles that run on diesel and petrol can be retrofitted with CNG, bio-CNG and LNG fuel engines. “MoRT&H notifies an ... Read More »

Army chief reviews situation along northern border in Arunachal Pradesh

New Delhi : Army Chief Gen MM Naravane reviewed India”s operational readiness along the border with China in the Arunachal Pradesh sector during a two-day visit to the Northeastern region that began on Thursday. His visit to the region came amid the Indian Army”s continued standoff with the Chinese military in some of the friction points in eastern Ladakh. Officials ... Read More »

Odisha reports highest single-day spike of 12,523 new COVID cases

Bhubaneswar : Odisha on Friday reported the highest single-day spike of 12,523 new COVID-19 cases and a record 27 more deaths, a Health Department official said. The new cases were recorded after testing 61,665 samples on Thursday, taking the positivity rate to 20.30 per cent. The state has so far reported 6,68,422 cases of COVID-19 and 2,430 deaths. Of the ... Read More »

COVID-19: India records 2.59 lakh fresh cases, 4,209 fatalities

New Delhi : The daily rise in coronavirus cases in India remained below 3 lakh for the fifth consecutive day with 2.59 lakh new cases recorded in a single day, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday. With a total of 2,59,551 fresh cases, India”s total tally of COVID-19 cases climbed to 2,60,31,991. The death toll climbed to 2,91,331 ... Read More »

EPFO adds 11.22 lakh net subscribers in the month of March, 2021

The provisional payroll data of EPFO has been published on 20th May, 2021 highlights that EPFO has added around 11.22 lakh net subscribers in the month of March, 2021. Despite Covid-19 pandemic, cumulative net payroll addition for FY 2021 is almost at par with last year, with 77.08 lakh net additions to subscribers base. Quarterly analysis of payroll for the ... Read More »

Launch of new e-filing Portal of the Income Tax Department – Non-availability of e-filing services from 01.06.2021 to 06.06.2021

The Income Tax Department is going to launch its new e-filing portal on 7thJune, 2021. The new e-filing portal ( is aimed at providing taxpayer convenience and a modern, seamless  experience to taxpayers: New taxpayer friendly portal integrated with immediate processing of Income Tax Returns(ITRs) to issue quick refunds to taxpayers; All interactions and uploads or pending actions will be ... Read More »

Union Education Minister chairs a meeting with Directors of IISc,IITs,IIITs,IISERs and NITs to review the situation of COVID management and imparting online education

Union Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ today chaired a meeting with Directors of IISc/IITs/IIITs/IISERs and NITs through Video Conferencing. Minister of State for Education Sanjay Dhotre also attended the meeting. During the meeting, Amit Khare, Secretary, Higher Education Ministry of Education and Directors of IITs, IISc, IISERs, NITs, IIITs were also present. Union Minister exhorted that there is a ... Read More »

Vaccination Drive by POWERGRID

POWERGRID Corporation of India Ltd , a Maharatna PSU under Ministry of Power, has organised vaccination camps in many locations for its employees at its establishments across the country like Kota, Bhiwadi, Misa, Namsai, Rourkela, Ara, Biharsharif, Saharsa, and Muzaffarpur etc .For all the camps the cost  on account of vaccination was borne by POWERGRID. Among the camps organised at various locations, ... Read More »

Van Dhan Yojana: Promoting enterprise among rural women in Rajasthan

The Van Dhan tribal start-ups and the Mechanism for Marketing of Minor Forest Produce (MFP) Through Minimum Support Price (MSP) & Development of Value Chain for MFP’ Scheme that provides MSP to gatherers of forest produces and introduce value addition and marketing through tribal groups and clusters are among the many initiatives of TRIFED, Ministry of Tribal Affairs that have ... Read More »

India records 2,76,110 COVID-19 cases; daily deaths below 4,000

New Delhi : With 2,76,110 new coronavirus infections being reported in a day, India”s total tally of COVID-19 cases climbed to 2,57,72,440, while the daily deaths were recorded below 4,000 after four days, taking the toll to 2,87,122, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday. A total 3,874 fatalities due to COVID-19 were registered in a span of ... Read More »

Toolkit case: Cong writes to Twitter seeking suspension accounts of JP Nadda, Smriti Irani

New Delhi : Two days after filing a police complaint in the ”Covid-19 toolkit” case, the Congress Thursday wrote to Twitter asking it to permanently suspend the accounts of BJP leaders including party chief JP Nadda and Union minister Smriti Irani for allegedly “spreading misinformation and unrest in the society”. The Congress had Wednesday lodged a police complaint seeking registration ... Read More »

Water shower for ashes of unclaimed bodies in Banswara crematorium 

Udaipur : The wave of death from the COVID-19 pandemic has forced transformations to the long-established religious rituals. At a time when even kith and kin of COVID victims refuse to claim bodies or participate in cremation due to the fear of catching infection themselves, sanitation workers or crematorium staff are performing the rituals. At Banswara, five bags of ashes ... Read More »