India

  • MHA notification on citizenship for non-Muslims not linked to CAA, SC told
    New Delhi, June 14 (IANS): The Centre has told the Supreme Court that the Ministry of Home Affairs' May 28 order, which empowered certain districts to grant citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh, has no relation with the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA). The MHA, in an affidavit, said: "It is submitted that the notification dated May 28, 2021, has no relation whatsoever with the CAA." "Similar delegation of power ha
  • CBSE panel yet to submit report on evaluation criteria for class 12 students
    New Delhi, June 14 (PTI): A CBSE constituted panel is yet to submit its recommendations for the criteria to evaluate class 12 students whose exams have been cancelled in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to sources. The 13-member panel, set up by the board for the purpose, was supposed to submit its report by Monday. However, it is likely to take a few more days for finalising the criteria. "The panel has not submitted its report. Widespread discussions have been held
  • Am not going to move out: 'Ousted' Catholic Nun says
    Thiruvananthapuram, June 14 (IANS): A Catholic nun who was dismissed from her congregation said on Monday that she was not heard by the Vatican and she will not move out from the convent where she is presently staying in Wayanad, Kerala. It was in August 2019, the Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC) after getting the clearance from the Vatican dismissed Sister Lucy Kalapurakkal from the church at Manathavady in Kerala for disobeying church authorities. Sister Kalapurakkal had l
  • Noise-free environment part of right to life, its violation criminal offence: NGT
    New Delhi, June 14 (PTI): Noise-free environment is part of the right to life and its violation is a criminal offence, the National Green Tribunal has said while directing authorities to look into a plea alleging noise pollution at Gurudwaras in Hoshiarpur district of Punjab. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel noted that the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the States of Punjab, Haryana and Union Territory of Chandigarh to ensure that no loudspeake
  • About 20.8 pc elders surveyed lost family members or friends to COVID-19: Report
    New Delhi, June 14 (PTI): About 20.8 per cent elders have lost either family members or friends due to COVID-19 and most of them believe that a better medical and health infrastructure could have saved these lives, according to a report that surveyed 3,526 elderly people in the country. Marking the "World Elder Abuse Awareness Day", HelpAge India on Tuesday released the findings of its six-city survey, "The Silent Tormentor: Covid 19 and the Elderly", delving int
  • Big scam by Ram temple trust; SC must take cognisance: Cong on alleged Ayodhya land deal fraud
    New Delhi, June 14 (PTI): The Congress on Monday alleged corruption in purchase of land in Ayodhya by the Ram temple trust and demanded a Supreme Court-monitored probe into the charge. The party also alleged that it was a "big scam" committed using funds collected from devotees and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should answer whether those behind it had his protection. Congress general secretary and chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala alleged at a press conference t
  • One nation one ration card makes food security portable: Centre to SC
    NEW DELHI, JUNE 14 (IANS): The Centre on Monday informed the Supreme Court that its flagship 'One Nation One Ration Card' (ONORC) scheme makes food security portable, and primarily aims to enable migratory National Food Security Act (NFSA) beneficiaries to access the Public Distribution System (PDS) from any ePoS enabled fair price shop (FPS) in the country through portability. The Centre, in its written submission in suo motu case of problems and miseries of migrant workers
  • Recruitment for clinical trial of Covaxin in 6-12 age group to start at AIIMS from Tuesday
    New Delhi, June 14 (PTI): The recruitment for the clinical trial of the country's first indigenously-developed COVID-19 vaccine, Covaxin, among children in the age group of 6-12 years will begin at the AIIMS here from Tuesday. This will be followed by the clinical trial of children in the age-group of 2-6 years. The enrolment of children volunteers aged 12-18 years at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has been completed and they have been given the first dos
  • PM Modi expresses gratitude for Netanyahu, congratulates Bennett
    New Delhi, June 14 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday expressed his gratitude for the outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's leadership and contribution to India-Israel strategic partnership. Hours after a vote that ousted Netanyahu and brought his successor Naftali Bennett to power in Israel, Prime Minister Modi tweeted, "As you complete your successful tenure as the Prime Minister of the State of Israel, I convey my profound gratitude for yo
  • Single dose sufficient for those already infected by Covid: Study
    Hyderabad, June 14 (IANS): A single dose of vaccine is sufficient for those already infected by Covid-19, revealed a study by Hyderabad's AIG Hospitals. The hospital announced on Monday that it conducted a study on 260 healthcare workers who got vaccinated between January 16 and February 5 to assess the immunological memory response in all those patients. All patients were given the Covishield vaccine. Two significant observations came out of the study, which has been pu
  • India logs 70K Covid cases, lowest since March 31 and 3,921 deaths
    New Delhi, June 14 (IANS): India's Covid cases continued to witness decline as it recorded 70,421 new Covid cases, lowest since March 31 and 3,921 deaths due to the virus in the last 24 hours, according to data released by the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry on Monday. This is the seventh consecutive day when India has reported less than one lakh Covid cases. On June 13, India recorded 80,834 cases. India's overall tally of Covid-19 cases now stands at 2,95,10
  • Delhi AIIMS to begin Covaxin trial on children from Tuesday
    New Delhi, June 14 (IANS): The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) is learnt to have started screening of children aged 6-12 years for the clinical trials of India's first indigenously developed Covid-19 vaccine, Bharat Biotech's Covaxin. Sources said that the recruitment and clinical trials of the children aged 6-12 years will start from Tuesday. The trial on children aged 6-12 has already started at AIIMS Patna. Participants would be given the vaccine after
  • India begins 'Extension of Hospitals' project to fight Covid
    New Delhi, June 13 (IANS): To plug a major health infrastructure gap in India's fight against Covid-19, especially in rural areas and smaller towns, India has started project 'Extension of Hospitals' in various states. Modular hospitals are an extension of hospital infrastructure and can be built adjacent to an existing hospital building. As Covid-19 cases surged in different parts of the country, infrastructure in hospitals was under immense pressure. Keeping in view o
  • Share origin of posts advertising direct adoption of Covid orphans: NCPCR to social media sites
    New Delhi, June 13 (PTI): The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights on Sunday asked social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook, to share origin of posts advertising direct adoption of children orphaned by Covid, and warned of strict action if its directions are not complied with. During the second surge of coronavirus cases, the commission said, it had received complaints and been made aware of many social media pages and posts that advertised about adoption
  • Car sinks' in Mumbai housing society premises; video goes viral
    Mumbai, June 13 (PTI): A video of a car disappearing into a pool of water in a Mumbai housing complex after the spot where it was parked caved in went viral on social media on Sunday. Responding to the viral video, the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said the spot where the car sank used to be a well but was partially covered with cement concrete by the housing society. The incident took place at the Ram Nivas society located at Kama lane in Ghatkopar West area on Sunday
  • No clarity on COVID-19 vaccine procurement, say private hospitals; seek proper guidelines
    New Delhi, June 13 (PTI): Several private hospitals across the country said they have no clarity on procuring COVID-19 vaccines under the new policy announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and that it has led to the vaccination being put on hold at their centres. The hospitals have sought a proper mechanism and a single-window system to be put in place for procurement of vaccine doses. They also claimed that they had approached the vaccine manufacturers -- Bharat Biotech and Serum
  • Children orphaned in pandemic stare at uncertain future, scramble for aid
    New Delhi, June 13 (PTI): Losing a loved one is never easy but if one were to compare, there would not be a loss that could quite match the severity of losing one's parents, especially for dependent children. The death of a parent strips away the child of not just the emotional blanket of comfort, but also in several cases takes away the financial support, leaving their futures in a lurch. According to the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), 3,621 chil
  • States/UTs to get over 4L Covid vaccine doses in next 3 days
    NEW DELHI, JUNE 13 (IANS): More than four lakh (4,48,760) vaccine doses are in the pipeline and will be received by the States and the Union Territories (UTs) within the next 3 days. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) made the announcement through a statement and also clarified that more than 1.53 crore (1,53,79,233) Covid-19 vaccine doses are still available with the states and the UTs to be administered. The Ministry further said that more than 26 crore (26,64,84,350
  • Village makes it mandatory for newlyweds to plant tree
    KAUSHAMBHI, June 13 (IANS): In a new initiative for eco-conservation, the residents of a village in Kaushambhi district have made it mandatory for every newly wedded couple to plant a tree. The residents of Amni Lokipur village of Mooratganj development block have resolved that every newly married couple of the village would be allowed to enter their house only after planting the sapling of a fruit bearing tree and pledging to nurture it as their 'first child'. Swatantra
  • Over 80K new Covid cases, 3,303 deaths in 24 hrs in India
    New Delhi, June 13 (IANS) India's Covid cases continued to witness decline as it recorded 80,834 new Covid cases, lowest since April 1 and 3,303 deaths due to the virus in the last 24 hours, according to data released by the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry on Sunday. This is the sixth consecutive day when India has reported less than one lakh Covid cases. On April 1, India recorded 81,466 cases. India's overall tally of Covid-19 cases now stands at 2,94,39,989