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1. Kerala CM, 7 other ministers go into self-quarantine ( News and Blogs )
 

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan along with seven other ministers have isolated themselves after they visited Kozhikode flight crash site and Kozhikode medical college.


2. ''Glorious lady of Indian Cinema'': World remembers Sridevi on her birth anniversary ( News and Blogs )
 

It has been two years since the legendary actor passed away and the world is still mourning the loss of the icon, whose excellence, grace and charisma are unmatched.


3. Independence Day function at Red Fort to be relatively muted due to COVID-19 ( News and Blogs )
 

The Independence Day function at Red Fort this year will be relatively muted in terms of participation of people in view of the situation created by COVID-19.


4. Violence in B'luru over 'derogatory' social media post (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

A mob gathered outside Congress legislator Akanda Srinivas Murthy's house where they shouted slogans against the derogatory post on social media by the politician's relative, and also resorted to arson.


5. Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan expecting their second child ( News and Blogs )
 

Celebrity couple Kareena Kapoor Khan and Saif Ali Khan are all set to welcome a new member in their family as they announced that they are expecting a second child on Wednesday.


6. Landslide survivors search for missing family members for 5th consecutive day ( News and Blogs )
 

As black clouds continued to loom over the site of the tragic landslide in Pettimudi a hamlet in Rajamala area of Kerala's Idukki's district, survivors of the disaster continued to anxiously wait in the rain for the fifth consecutive day for their loved ones.


7. Russia becomes first country to register COVID-19 vaccine ( News and Blogs )
 

The first COVID-19 vaccine in the world has been registered by Russia on Tuesday, reported Sputnik.


8. Equity indices trade higher, pharma and auto stocks gain ( News and Blogs )
 

Equity benchmark indices advanced by 0.8 per cent during early hours on Monday with pharma, auto and financial stocks in the lead.


9. Idukki landslide: Body of 6-month-old baby recovered, death toll rises to 43 ( News and Blogs )
 

The death toll in Kerala's Idukki landslide has surged to 43 with the recovery of 17 bodies including a six-month-old baby, an official said on Sunday.


10. 16 killed, 123 injured in Kozhikode plane crash ( News and Blogs )
 

Sixteen passengers died and 123 were injured, including 15 seriously, when Air India Express Dubai- Kozhikode IX-1344 flight from Dubai skidded off the runway at Karipur airport in Kozhikode, Malappuram Superintendent of Police (SP) said on Friday.


11. 15 dead in landslide in Kerala's Idukki, 57 still missing ( News and Blogs )
 

At least fifteen people have lost their lives in the landslide occurred in Rajamala of Kerala's Idukki district on Friday


12. China isolated on Kashmir at UNSC, US brings up terrorism ( News and Blogs )
 

China was completely isolated at the UN Security Council (UNSC) in its latest attempt to raise the Kashmir issue and the US countered it by pointing to cross-border terrorism, according to diplomatic sources.


13. Sushant''s sister Shweta hails CBI probe into late actor''s death (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

Shweta Singh Kirti is happy that the CBI has finally been allowed to investigate the death of her brother, late actor Sushant Singh Rajput.


14. Sushant's sister Shweta hails CBI probe into late actor's death (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

Shweta Singh Kirti is happy that the CBI has finally been allowed to investigate the death of her brother, late actor Sushant Singh Rajput.


15. 100 killed, nearly 4K injured in Beirut blasts (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

As many as 100 people were killed and nearly 4,000 injured in two huge explosions that rocked downtown Beirut, the Lebanese Red Cross said on Wednesday.


16. World's biggest digital billboard of Lord Ram shines at New York's Broadway ( News and Blogs )
 

New York City witnessed the largest high-definition digital display of Lord Ram and proposed temple at Ayodhya on Broadway.


17. Timeline till bhoomi pujan Ayodhya ( News and Blogs )
 

The laying of the foundation stone (bhoomi pujan) for Ram temple in Ayodhya on August 5 will be a memorable day for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has been making the demand for a grand temple at the birthplace of Lord Ram for nearly three decades.


18. Sushant Singh Rajput searched for 'painless death' on internet ( News and Blogs )
 

Late actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who was found hanging at his Bandra residence on July 14, had googled several words related to death and mental disorder towards the end, said Mumbai police on Monday.


19. DCGI gives nod to Serum Institute to hold Phase II, III COVID vaccine trials ( News and Blogs )
 

The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) gave approval to Serum Institute of India, Pune to conduct Phase II+III clinical trials of Oxford University-Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine (COVISHIELD) in India, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday.


20. ED files money laundering case in Sushant case (Ld) ( News and Blogs )
 


21. Highest single-day spike of 55,079 COVID-19 cases, India's tally crosses 16 lakh-mark ( News and Blogs )
 

With the highest single-day spike of 55,079 COVID-19 cases reported in the last 24 hours, India crossed 16 lakh-mark on Friday, informed the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.


22. 'Truth shall prevail', says Rhea Chakraborty on allegations against her in Sushant case ( News and Blogs )
 

After an FIR was registered against her in various sections including abetment of suicide in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case, actor Rhea Chakraborty on Friday said that she has faith in the judiciary and she will get justice.


23. COVID-19 vaccine development: Only 3 vaccine candidate in phase III across world ( News and Blogs )
 

In the development related to the COVID-19 vaccine across the world, only three vaccine candidates are in phase III clinical trials across the globe i.e from the USA, UK (University of Oxford's vaccine) and China.


24. With spike of 52,123 COVID-19 cases, India's count reaches 15,83,792 ( News and Blogs )
 

With a single-day spike of 52,123 COVID-19 positive cases, the total cases in the country reached 15,83,792, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Thursday.


25. 5 Rafale fighter jets land in Ambala ( News and Blogs )
 

The five French Rafale fighter jets touched down at Haryana's Ambala after covering a distance of nearly 7,000 km to join the Indian Air Force.


26. Kashmiri food truck with flavours of authentic Kashmiri dishes ( Food )
 

Not only its enchanting natural beauty, but also its exquisite cuisines attract travellers to Kashmir from across the world.


27. Rafale fighter jets refuelled on the way from France to Ambala ( News and Blogs )
 

The five Rafale fighter jets were refuelled mid-air on their way to Ambala from France as the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Tuesday "appreciated the support" provided by French Air Force in transporting the fighter jets.


28. Gold smuggling case accused yet to be identified by crucial witnesses: Kerala court ( News and Blogs )
 

Observing that the accused in the high-profile Kerala gold smuggling case are yet to be identified by crucial witnesses, an Economic Offences Court in Kochi on Tuesday sent Swapna Suresh and Sandeep Nair to the custody of the Customs department for five days.


29. Trump's NSA Robert O'Brien tests positive for coronavirus ( News and Blogs )
 


30. India's COVID-19 count crosses 14 lakh-mark with 49,931 new cases; recovery rate at 63.92 pc ( News and Blogs )
 

With a spike of 49,931 cases in the last 24 hours, India's COVID count crossed the 14 lakh-mark on Monday while the recovery rate stood at 63.92 per cent.


31. Centre releases Rs 1,65,302 cr as GST compensation to states, UTs for FY 2019-20 ( News and Blogs )
 

The Centre on Monday released Rs 1,65,302 crores as Goods and Services Tax (GST) compensation to states/Union Territories for the financial year 2019-20 against cess collection of Rs 95,444 crores.


32. Bollywood celebs hail Kargil heroes ( News and Blogs )
 

Bollywood celebrities on Sunday took to social media to pay tributes to soldiers who fought in the 1999 Kargil war, as the nation observed 21st anniversary of the conflict.


33. India''s COVID-19 tally nears 14 lakh-mark, records spike of 48,661 ( News and Blogs )
 

India reported a spike of 48,661 coronavirus cases, taking the total COVID-19 cases to 13,85,522, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday.


34. Indian Immigrants protest new green card rules in Washington ( News and Blogs )
 

A group of Indians held a rally in Washington DC, demanding immigration reforms to benefit those who are legal immigrants in the country.


35. Rajasthan political crisis: Supreme Court to hear Speaker's appeal against HC order on Monday ( News and Blogs )
 

The Supreme Court will hear an appeal on Monday filed by Rajasthan Speaker CP Joshi, against High Court's earlier order to defer anti-defection proceedings against former Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot and 18 Congress MLAs till July 24.


36. Gene fault linked to severe Covid risk in young people: Study ( Health )
 

Researchers have found that a defect in a gene Toll-like receptor 7, or TLR7 may put even young people at risk of severe Covid-19 complications.


37. Gehlot's top cop has business interests with key CM associates (IANS Special) ( News and Blogs )
 

Rajasthans top cop, Anil Paliwal, who is a trusted officer in Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's administration, is seen to be having business interests with Gehlot's associates, documents reviewed by IANS showed.


38. Bollywood pays tribute to Sushant Singh Rajput as they watch 'Dil Bechara' ( News and Blogs )
 

As late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput's last film 'Dil Bechara' premiered on Disney+ Hotstar today, several Bollywood celebrities including Riteish Deshmukh, Taapsee Pannu paid tribute to the departed actor by watching it first day.


39. Kerala Gold Smuggling: NIA seizes Rs 1 cr, 982 gms of gold from Swapna Suresh's bank lockers ( News and Blogs )
 

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday submitted before a special NIA court that around Rs 1 crore cash and 982.5 grams gold ornaments were seized from two bank lockers of Swapna Suresh, an accused in the high-profile Kerala gold smuggling case.


40. Crucial time for Kerala CM Vijayan as NIA begins questioning ex-secy ( News and Blogs )
 

Crucial days lie ahead for Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan as his former principal secretary and ex-Kerala IT secretary M. Sivasankar presented himself before the NIA on Thursday evening in the sensational gold smuggling case.


41. Now Kanpur institute develops aromatic fabric ( Fashion and Beauty )
 

The medical textile laboratory of the Fragrance and Flavour Development Centre (FFDC) in Kanpur, has developed clothes that have a fragrance of their own and can survive even after multiple washes.


42. India's COVID-19 tally crosses 12-lakh mark with highest single-day spike of 45,720 cases ( News and Blogs )
 

With the highest single-day spike of 45,720 cases, India''s coronavirus count crossed 12 lakh mark on Thursday, while 1,129 new fatalities have been recorded in the country, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.


43. India's second national-level plasma bank opened in Tamil Nadu ( News and Blogs )
 

After national capital, India's second national-level plasma bank was opened in Tamil Nadu at a cost of Rs 2.34 crore, C Vijaybhaskar, Health Minister, Tamil Nadu said here on Thursday.


44. Kerala gold smuggling: ED registers money laundering case ( News and Blogs )
 

Almost 12 days after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) registered a case in the Kerala gold smuggling issue, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) said on Wednesday it had also registered a case under the Prevention of the Money Laundering Act (PMLA).


45. HP unveils new 'OMEN' lineup, 16-inch Pavilion gaming laptop in India ( Computers )
 

Targeting the next generation of gamers in India, PC and printer major HP Inc on Tuesday unveiled new OMEN laptops and accessories, along with introducing the first 16-inch Pavilion gaming laptop in the country.


46. 'Deserves no leniency': Sex racketeer Sonu Punjaban gets 24 years jail (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

A Delhi court on Wednesday sentenced sex racketeer Geeta Arora, alias Sonu Punjaban, to 24 years rigorous imprisonment and her associate Sandeep Bedwal to 20 years in a case of kidnapping and prostitution of a minor girl.


47. Researchers develop new tools to rapidly test Covid-19 antibodies ( News and Blogs )
 

These new tools will help researchers understand whether patients are susceptible to reinfection by Covid-19 and assess the effectiveness of experimental vaccines, as well as develop antibody-based therapies against the disease.


48. NIA special court issues arrest warrant for gold smuggling case accused Faisal Fareed ( News and Blogs )
 

NIA special court issues arrest warrant for gold smuggling case accused Faisal Fareed.


49. Rare orchid in Dudhwa found bearing seeds after a century ( Animals and Plant Life )
 

Almost 118 years after it was rediscovered inside the dense forests of the Dudhwa reserve, the rare orchid specimen, known as Eulophia obtuse, is bearing fruits (seeds), giving much hope for its pollination and captive breeding.


50. Lucknow loses its favourite son, politics an era (OBITUARY: Lalji Tandon) ( News and Blogs )
 

Lalji Tandon, 85, was one of the tallest BJP leaders in Uttar Pradesh but, more importantly, he belonged to a generation of politicians that no longer exists.


51. Rajasthan Cabinet meeting to be held this evening ( News and Blogs )
 

Amid the ongoing political turmoil in the state, the Rajasthan Cabinet meeting will be held at the chief minister's residence on Tuesday evening.


52. 20 calls to Pilot to return to Congress go futile ( News and Blogs )
 

Amid internal rift in Rajasthan Congress, where former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot rebelled against the party and decided to be elusive with his supporting 18 MLAs, Congress sources say that the party leadership has tried its best to retain Pilot in the party fold.


53. Oxford's coronavirus vaccine 'safe, immunogenic': Study ( News and Blogs )
 

A vaccine candidate developed at the University of Oxford has shown encouraging results in early human testing and appears to be "safe well-tolerated, and immunogenic", according to a study published in The Lancet.


54. Five planets can be seen with naked eyes in the coming week, says scientist ( Science & Technology )
 

In the coming week, a unique phenomenon will take place when five planets can be seen with the naked eyes from several parts of the earth, a city-based scientist said on Sunday.


55. AIIMS to begin Covid vaccine human trial from next week ( News and Blogs )
 

In a major development, AIIMS Delhi will begin human trials of India's first indigenous Covid-19 vaccine, Covaxin, from next week on 100 healthy volunteers aged between 18 and 55.


56. Giant machine for space project arrives in Thiruvananthapuram ( News and Blogs )
 

A truck that set off last year from Maharashtra carrying heavy, sophisticated machinery for a space research project at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thiruvananthapuram, arrived here on Sunday.


57. With near 39K fresh cases, India crosses 10.77 lakh ( News and Blogs )
 

According to Health Ministry data, as many as 6,77,422 patients have recovered, almost twice the number of active patients at 3,73,379. though India continues to be the third worst-affected country after the US and Brazil.


58. Missing UAE Consulate Kerala Police security officer found (Ld) ( News and Blogs )
 

In a major development in the now controversial gold smuggling case, a Kerala Police officer attached to the UAE Consulate who went missing since Thursday night, was found in a semi unconscious state near his house, said police officials.


59. 'Dangerous blood clots form in leg arteries of Covid-19 patients' ( Health )
 

In a new study, the US researchers have revealed that Covid-19 is associated with life-threatening blood clots in the arteries of the legs.


60. Cong suspends 2 Pilot camp MLAs, demands FIR against Shekhawat (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

Congress on Friday suspended two MLAs from the Sachin Pilot camp -- Vishvendra Singh and Bhanwarlal Sharma -- from party's primary membership and demanded the arrest of Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat for his alleged role in horse trading.


61. Rajasthan HC to hear Sachin Pilot camp''s plea against disqualification notice tomorrow ( News and Blogs )
 

A division bench of the Rajasthan High Court, headed by Chief Justice Indrajit Mohanty, on Friday, will hear a petition filed by Sachin Pilot and 18 other Congress MLAs against disqualification notices issued to them by Assembly Speaker CP Joshi.


62. Front row access to Tarun Tahiliani's phygital Festive 2020 showcase ( Fashion and Beauty )
 

Designer Tarun Tahiliani presented his Festive and Bridal 2020 collection with a live showcase on the social media platform, Instagram, on Thursday evening.


63. Gold smuggling case: Former Principal Secy to Kerala CM M Sivasankar suspended ( News and Blogs )
 

Former Principal Secretary to the Kerala Chief Minister and former IT secretary M Sivasankar has been suspended pending enquiry for violation of service rules after his alleged links with gold smuggling accused surfaced.


64. Kulbhushan Jadhav was visibly under stress, consular access by Pak wasn't credible, meaningful: India ( News and Blogs )
 

India has said that its national Kulbhushan Jadhav was "visibly under stress" as Pakistan did not permit a free conversation between him and the consular officers on Thursday and they were not given "unimpeded, unhindered and unconditional" access.


65. CBSE Class X results: Thiruvananthapuram tops, Delhi lags at 14th spot ( News and Blogs )
 

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Wednesday declared the results of its Class X board examination with Thiruvananthapuram securing the top position, followed by Chennai and Bengaluru at number 2 and 3, respectively, while Delhi figured at a distant 14th spot.


66. Google to invest Rs 33,737cr in Jio Platforms for 7.73% stake ( News and Blogs )
 

In a mega investment announcement, Reliance Industries (RIL) Chairman Mukesh Ambani on Wednesday said that Google will invest Rs 33,737 crore in Jio Platforms for an equity stake of 7.73 per cent.


67. Gold scam kingpin Swapna was in touch with senior Minister: Phone CDRs ( News and Blogs )
 

Call Detail Records (CDR) of Swapna's mobile phone number reveal that she was in constant touch with the state's Higher Education and Minority Welfare Minister, K.T. Jaleel.


68. It's raining resignations in Rajasthan Congress after Sachin Pilot's sacking ( News and Blogs )
 

Since Sachin Pilot was removed as Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister and Pradesh Congress Committee president,59 office bearers of Congress local unit resign


69. Rape accused Bishop Franco tests Covid positive ( News and Blogs )
 

A day after a court in Kerala's Kottayam issued a non-bailable warrant against Jalandhar's former Catholic bishop Franco Mulakkal, accused of sexually assaulting a nun between 2014 and 2016, for failing to appear before it, it was told that he has tested Covid positive on Tuesday.


70. Kerala IAS officer to be quizzed in gold smuggling case ( News and Blogs )
 

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is likely to quiz senior IAS officer M. Sivasankar in connection with the ongoing probe into the Kerala gold smuggling case, reports indicated on Monday.


71. 'Let NIA probe come to CMO... all big sharks in gold smuggling should be caught', says Kerala CM ( News and Blogs )
 

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday urged to wait for the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to investigate the gold smuggling case and not to have any preconception about the case.


72. Major study finds fatty acid that kills cancer cells ( Health )
 

In a major study, the researchers have showed that a fatty acid called dihomogamma-linolenic acid, or DGLA, can kill human cancer cells.


73. PM Modi interacts with Sundar Pichai on tech, work culture ( News and Blogs )
 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday interacted with Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai on a wide range of subjects, especially on leveraging the power of technology to "transform the lives of India's farmers, youngsters and entrepreneurs"


74. Surjewala invites Pilot, all Cong MLAs with him to attend tomorrow's CLP meeting ( News and Blogs )
 

Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala on Monday said that a Congress Legislative Party (CLP) meet will be held tomorrow in Jaipur again and invited Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, along with the other MLAs with him, to be a part of it.


75. 30 Congress MLAs, some independents pledge support to Sachin Pilot: Sources ( News and Blogs )
 

As many as 30 Congress MLAs and some independent legislators who are in touch with Sachin Pilot have pledged their support to him and have vouched to stand by whatever decision he takes, sources said as the political crisis deepens in Rajasthan.


76. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, daughter Aaradhya test positive for COVID-19, Jaya Bachchan negative ( News and Blogs )
 

After Actor Amitabh and Abhishek, Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her daughter Aaradhya have tested positive for coronavirus, confirmed Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Sunday.


77. Kerala gold smuggling case: Key accused Swapna Suresh, Sandeep Nair arrested, to be produced before NIA court ( News and Blogs )
 

The two main accused in Kerala gold smuggling case, Swapna Suresh and Sandeep Nair have been arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Both the accused will be produced before NIA court in Kochi, Kerala on Sunday.


78. PM Modi will dictate future course of border demarcations with big nations standing witness: BJP's Om Mathur ( News and Blogs )
 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dictate the future course of border demarcation between India and China, BJP senior leader Om Prakash Mathur said on Saturday.


79. How Vikas Dubey was arrested (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

Dreaded gangster Vikas Dubey, who has been on the run for almost a week now, ever since the ambush and killing of eight police personnel in Kanpur, was finally arrested on Thursday from inside the Mahakaal temple in the Madhya Pradesh town of Ujjain.


80. Vikas Dubey's close aide killed, another held in encounter (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

The Special Task Force (STF) shot dead Amar Dubey, a right-hand man of gangster Vikas Dubey, who shot dead eight police personnel last Friday.


81. The disengagement process between troops of India and China was completed on Wednesday at Patrolling Point 15 and the Chinese troops have moved back by approximately 2 kilometres, according to Indian Army sources ( News and Blogs )
 

The disengagement process between troops of India and China was completed on Wednesday at Patrolling Point 15 and the Chinese troops have moved back by approximately 2 kilometres, according to Indian Army sources.


82. Complete disengagement of troops along LAC necessary: India, China agree (Ld) ( News and Blogs )
 


83. Nepal's Chinese conundrum: The imbalance and debt trap ( News and Blogs )
 

India is closely watching the developments in the neighbourhood and how China is allegedly entrapping Nepal with an eye to expand its influence in the Himalayan nation.


84. Complete disengagement of troops along LAC necessary: India, China agree (Ld) ( News and Blogs )
 

In what is being perceived to be a thaw in the India-China face off in Eastern Lasakhs Galwan Valley , the Special Representatives of India and China on the Boundary Question - Ajit Doval, National Security Advisor of India and Wang Yi, State Councillor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of China spoke on telephone.


85. UP: Devotees gather at Sangam Ghat to celebrate Guru Purnima ( News and Blogs )
 

On the occasion of Guru Purnima, devotees offered prayers and took holy dips at Sangam Ghat here on Sunday.


86. Mars Orbiter Mission captures image of Mars' biggest moon Phobos ( News and Blogs )
 

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Friday shared a recent image of the mysterious moon of Mars, Phobos, as captured by the Mars Orbiter Mission.


87. 'Age of expansionism over': Modi's clear message to China from Ladakh ( News and Blogs )
 

Addressing the armed forces, he said, "The age of expansionism is over, this is the age of development. History has been witness that expansionist forces have either lost or were forced to retreat."


88. Digital Health EMI Network Card: Now pay for treatments not covered by health insurance, on EMIs ( Finance )
 

Compliment your insurance with Digital Health EMI Network Card, a hassle-free solution from Bajaj Finserv to convert medical bills into No Cost EMIs.


89. COVID-19: Arvind Kejriwal inaugurates India's first 'Plasma Bank' ( News and Blogs )
 

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday inaugurated country's first 'Plasma Bank', via video conference, and urged people to come forward and donate plasma.


90. India sees spike of 18,653 COVID-19 cases, tally reaches 5,85,493 ( News and Blogs )
 

18,653 COVID-19 cases have been reported in India in the last 24 hours, taking the country's tally of coronavirus cases to 5,85,493, informed the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry on Wednesday.


91. India's COVID-19 tally reaches 5,66,840; recovery rate close to 60 pc ( News and Blogs )
 

With a spike of 18,522 new cases in 24 hours, India's COVID-19 count on Tuesday reached 5,66,840, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.


92. Narendra Singh Tomar flags-off helicopter for locust control operations ( News and Blogs )
 

Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar here on Tuesday flagged off a helicopter for locust control operations in Barmer, Rajasthan.


93. Beijing says ban on apps will affect employment of local Indian workers, Chinese entrepreneurs ( News and Blogs )
 

Expressing serious concern over India banning 59 Chinese apps, China on Tuesday said that the move will not only affect the employment of local Indian workers who support these apps, but also the interests of Indian users and the employment and livelihoods of many creators and entrepreneurs.


94. New swine flu with pandemic potential found in China (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

Chinese researchers have reportedly discovered a new strain of the H1N1 swine influenza virus that has the potential to become a pandemic.


95. DCGI gives nod to Bharat Biotech to conduct phase I & II Human clinical trials to develop indigenous vaccine for COVID-19 ( News and Blogs )
 

The Drug Controller General of India - CDSCO, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare granted permission to initiate Phase I & II Human clinical trials after the company submitted results generated from preclinical studies, demonstrating safety and immune response. Human clinical trials are scheduled to start across India in July 2020.


96. Government bans 59 apps including Tik Tok, UC Browser ( News and Blogs )
 

The government on Monday banned 59 mobile apps including Tik Tok, UC Browser and other Chinese apps "prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity and defence" of the country and "security of state and public order"'


97. Bharat Biotech announces India's first COVID-19 vaccine candidate 'COVAXIN' with DCGI approval for human clinical trials ( News and Blogs )
 

Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech announced that it has successfully developed Covaxin, India's first vaccine candidate for Covid-19, in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and National Institute of Virology (NIV).


98. Reusable upto 80 washes, Coimbatore based textile manufacturing company develops PPE coveralls ( News and Blogs )
 

Speaking to ANI, KG Denim, the company's Managing Director said, "It has the ability to recharge chlorine in fabric for nearly 80 washes. It has antimicrobial certification from SITRA."


99. Delhi govt to start 'plasma bank' for treatment of COVID-19 patients: Arvind Kejriwal ( News and Blogs )
 

The Chief Minister stated that the 'plasma bank' will be set-up at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences in Delhi. Anyone who needs plasma will need a recommendation from a doctor, he said.


100. Coimbatore-based robotics engineer develops 'COVID-19 Smart Swab Robot' ( News and Blogs )
 

A Coimbatore-based robotics engineer has claimed to develop a 'COVID-19 Smart Swab Robot' Costing 2000 Rs that can collect samples for COVID-19 test.


101. India moves air defence missile systems into Eastern Ladakh sector ( News and Blogs )
 

Amid heightened Chinese fighter aircraft and helicopter activities along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the Indian armed forces have deployed their advanced very quick-reaction surface-to-air missile defence systems in the Eastern Ladakh sector.


102. Health ministry recommends use of Dexamethasone drug for managing moderate to severe COVID-19 patients ( News and Blogs )
 

The Union Health Ministry has included the use of Dexamethasone as an alternative to Methylprednisolone for managing moderate to severe COVID-19 cases.


103. With highest single-day spike of 18,552 new COVID-19 cases, India's tally crosses 5 lakh ( News and Blogs )
 

India on Saturday crossed 5 lakh-mark with record highest spike of 18,552 cases of coronavirus reported in the country in the past 24 hours.


104. Sale of Chinese products down in Chandigarh markets after Galwan valley clash ( News and Blogs )
 

Shopkeepers in a market on Chandigarh said that the sale of Chinese products has gone down after the Galwan Valley clash.


105. Results for Classes X, XII based upon assessment scheme to be declared by July 15 ( News and Blogs )
 

As CBSE has decided to cancel the examinations for classes X and XII which were scheduled to be held from July 1 to July 15 in the view of coronavirus outbreak, Union Human Resources Development (HRD) Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' on Friday said that results based upon the assessment scheme will be declared by July 15.


106. India says China making untenable claims after changes in behaviour on LAC, conduct of its forces in total disregard of agreed norms ( News and Blogs )
 

India said on Thursday that deployment of a large number of troops by China and changes in behaviour along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) has also been aggravated by unjustified and untenable claims and a continuation of the current situation would only vitiate the atmosphere for the development of the relationship.


107. Lightening kills 24 in UP, CM announces Rs 4 lakh ex gratia ( News and Blogs )
 

At least 24 people died while 12 were injured in the different parts of the state due to lightning, according to a release by state's Information and Public Relation Department.


108. China moves back some troops, vehicles to depth areas in Galwan Valley ( News and Blogs )
 

In the ongoing dispute along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh sector, China has moved back some of its troops and vehicles to depth areas in Galwan Valley following the meeting with the Indian side on June 22, sources said.


109. India's COVID-19 count crosses 4.5 lakh after record 15,968 new cases; 465 deaths in last 24 hours ( News and Blogs )
 

A total of 10,495 COVID-19 patients have been cured in the last 24 hours taking the total number of patients cured to 2,58,684 and recovery rate to 56.71 per cent. The death count has gone up to 14,476 with 465 deaths in the last 24 hours.


110. Army Chief visits forward locations in Eastern Ladakh ( News and Blogs )
 

Indian Army General Manoj Mukund Naravane visited Leh on Wednesday and inspected forward areas in Eastern Ladakh as he reviewed operational situation on the ground.


111. China gets a taste of its own medicine as world opts for boycott of Chinese products ( News and Blogs )
 

While the public has started a boycott movement by burning down Chinese products and deleting Chinese-made software, officials have said that their state-run telecom companies will not buy equipment from Chinese companies such as ZTE Corp, and Huawei Technologies Co, for future 4G mobile networks.


112. India, China military reach consensus to disengage ( News and Blogs )
 

After 11 hours long Corps Commander level talks between India and China, government sources on Tuesday said that the dialogue was held in a cordial, positive and constructive atmosphere and there was a "mutual consensus to disengage".


113. Immerse yourself in books about music this World Music Day ( Arts,Crafts & Culture )
 

Music is never far from our lives, give your adrenaline an extra boost this World Music Day (June 21) with your favourite melodies and some interesting reading.


114. Trump suspends work visas including H-1B till year end ( News and Blogs )
 

The Trump administration on Monday (local time) suspended the temporary work visas, including H-1B, for foreigners till the end of the year.


115. India, China holding Corps Commander-level meeting at Moldo to discuss Ladakh dispute ( News and Blogs )
 

India and China are holding Corps Commander-level meeting at Moldo on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) opposite Chushul to discuss the ongoing dispute in Ladakh, Indian Army sources said on Monday, June 22nd.


116. Uttarakhand's Chamoli district witnesses annular solar eclipse 2020 ( News and Blogs )
 

Solar eclipse was seen in the skies of the Chamoli district in Uttarakhand on Sunday.


117. 'Yoga is endless like sea, the more you explore, the more you study' ( News and Blogs )
 

Scores of people from all quarters of the world are enthused to mark the sixth edition of International Yoga Day; observed on June 21.


118. International Yoga Day: Using Yoga to treat respiratory, lung, mental complications caused due to Covid ( Health )
 

The pandemic is delivering a very tough but persuasive lesson about staying mindful of health and hygienic practices to protect one from an unprecedented health crisis such as COVID-19 disease.


119. 'Ring of fire' solar eclipse 2020 to occur tomorrow ( News and Blogs )
 

A rare celestial event, annular solar eclipse, which is popularly known as the "ring of fire" eclipse, will be visible this Sunday in India.


120. India records highest single-day spike of 14,516 COVID-19 cases, tally reaches 3,95,048 ( News and Blogs )
 

With the highest single-day increase of 14,516 COVID-19 cases reported in the last 24 hours, India's coronavirus count stood at 3,95,048 on Saturday.


121. Solar eclipse 2020: Chardham temples to remain closed from 10 pm tonight till Sunday afternoon ( News and Blogs )
 

Due to the solar eclipse, the temple of Badrinath-Kedarnath and Gangotri-Yamunotri will remain closed from 10 pm tonight June 20th, officials said.


122. Will never let supreme sacrifice of braves at Galwan Valley go in vain, ready to counter any contingency at LAC: IAF Chief ( News and Blogs )
 

IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria on Saturday said that the force is well prepared and suitably deployed to respond to any contingency and it will never let the sacrifice of the bravehearts of Galwan go in vain.


123. Efforts underway to resolve current LAC situation peacefully despite 'unacceptable Chinese action': IAF chief ( News and Blogs )
 

IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria on Saturday said in spite of the "unacceptable Chinese action" at Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh, which claimed lives of 20 Indian Army personnel, efforts are underway to ensure that the current situation at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) is resolved peacefully.


124. COVID-19 positive Satyendar Jain's condition deteriorates, put on oxygen support ( News and Blogs )
 

The condition of Satyendar Jain, who is being treated for COVID-19 disease deteriorated on Friday and is now on oxygen support.


125. Trump admin's plan to end immigration program rejected (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

The US Supreme Court has rejected President Donald Trump administration's plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program which grants undocumented immigrants brought to the nation as children permission to live and work lawfully.


126. India, China Major General-level talks held for over six hours ( News and Blogs )
 

Major General-level talks between India and China, held to resolve the issues related to the violent face-off in Ladakh's Galwan area on June 15-16, lasted for more than six hours on Thursday, sources said.


127. No Puri Rath Yatra: CJI says Lord Jagannath won't forgive if it were allowed ( News and Blogs )
 

The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the annual Rath Yatra in Odisha's Puri, which was to start from the Jagannath Temple on June 23.


128. India, Ireland, Mexico secure temporary seats on UN Security Council, Canada loses bid ( News and Blogs )
 

With a comfortable victory of 184 votes in the 193-member General Assembly, India on Wednesday was elected unopposed as a non-permanent member of the 15 member United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the 2021-22 term.


129. Sushant Singh Rajput website to share ''all the positive energies'' ( News and Blogs )
 

Late actor Sushant Singh Rajput now has a website dedicated to him, https://selfmusing.com/,aimed at sharing all the positive energies" he left behind.


130. An entire Indian Army's Company was trapped by Chinese PLA ( News and Blogs )
 

Around 120 Indian soldiers, almost an entire company, was trapped and encircled by the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) and followed by savage and deceptive attacks, many to a point of mutilation, on Monday night, sources said.


131. 20 Indian soldiers killed in Galwan Valley standoff, toll may rise ( News and Blogs )
 

Twenty Indian Army men, including officers, were killed in an unprecedented violent clash with Chinese People's Liberation Army troops at Galwan Valley in Eastern Ladakh on Monday night, the Indian Army said on Tuesday.


132. Violent-face off between Indian and Chinese troops in Galwan Valley, three Army personnel, including an officer, dead ( News and Blogs )
 

During the ongoing de-escalation process, a violent face-off took place between Indian and Chinese troops leading to the death of three Army personnel, including an officer and two soldiers, in Galwan Valley, Ladakh.


133. Sushant Singh Rajput cremated in Mumbai's Vile Parle amid heavy downpour ( News and Blogs )
 

Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput was on Monday cremated here at Vile Parle's Pawan Hans crematorium amidst heavy downpours and a small gathering of his relatives and close friends from the cinema industry.


134. 2 Indian High Commission officials in Pak go missing ( News and Blogs )
 

Two diplomatic officials of the Indian High Commission in Pakistan went missing under mysterious circumstances early on Monday, sources said. Their whereabouts have been untraceable, the sources said, adding that India has taken up the matter with Pakistani counterparts to ensure safety of the officials.


135. Forensic team arrives at Sushant Singh Rajput's house after family alleges murder ( News and Blogs )
 

A day after actor Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead at his Mumbai residence, a team of forensic experts reached the actor's Bandra residence on Monday.


136. With an impeccable journey from small to big screen, Sushant Singh Rajput leaves his imprint everywhere ( News and Blogs )
 

Bollywood fraternity and fans from across the country mourned on Sunday following the demise of versatile actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who graced the silver screen with a variety of commendable performances. The actor passed away today at the age of 34, triggering an outpour of condolences from all quarters.


137. NIA takes woman LeT handler into custody, to bust female spy ring ( News and Blogs )
 

To bust the ring of female spies, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has taken into 10-day custody a 22-year-old Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) handler, who was in touch with several handlers in Pakistan, including 26/11 Mumbai blast mastermind Hafiz Sayeed, according to sources, here on Friday.


138. Self-swabbing tests for Covid-19 accurate and safe: Study ( News and Blogs )
 

Test samples collected by people who swabbed their own nasal passages yielded results for the Covid-19 virus that were as accurate as samples collected by a health care worker, according to a new study.


139. Health Ministry adds loss of smell, taste to symptoms of COVID-19 ( News and Blogs )
 

Union Health Ministry on Saturday added loss of smell (anosmia) and loss of taste (ageusia) in the list of symptoms of COVID-19.


140. Robotic ''Captain Arjun'' to screen passengers while boarding trains: Central Railways ( News and Blogs )
 

Railway Protection Force, Pune on Friday launched ''CAPTAIN ARJUN'', a robot to screen passengers while they board trains, said Central Railways.


141. Infosys rejects racism charge by ex-staffer in US (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

A former woman employee of global software major Infosys filed a lawsuit in a US court, alleging racial discrimination against her by the company as an act of retaliation.


142. Nearly 50% of US states report alarming uptick in Covid-19 cases ( News and Blogs )
 

America is hurtling headlong into a fresh round of chaos as the White House's election year political calculus trumps a public health apocalypse with nearly half of the country's 50 states reporting an alarming uptick in COVID19 cases after a spate of hurried re-openings.


143. India is not in community transmission: ICMR ( News and Blogs )
 

Professor (Dr) Balram Bhargava, DG, ICMR, at a press conference in New Delhi said that the prevalence of the infection is at less than one per cent in the small districts, while it is just over one per cent in the urban areas.


144. Anxious with rise in COVID cases in Delhi, lawyer moves HC with plea seeking strict lockdown ( News and Blogs )
 

With coronavirus cases rising and estimated to reach 5.5 lakh by July end in Delhi, an anxious lawyer has approached the Delhi High Court with a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking the imposition of a strict lockdown in the city.


145. Chinese Army build-up from Ladakh to Arunachal, Indian Army increases troop deployment all along LAC ( News and Blogs )
 

Even as India and China continue to discuss ways to reduce tensions in Eastern Ladakh, it is emerging that the Chinese Army has deployed its troops all along the over 4,000 kilometre-long Line of Actual Control after which India has also rushed its fighting formations to forward locations in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.


146. India reports 9,985 new COVID-19 cases as total count of cases crosses 2.76 lakh, 279 deaths in last 24 hours ( News and Blogs )
 

India reported 9,985 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday as the total count of cases crossed over 2.76 lakh with 279 deaths reported in the last 24 hours.


147. Anushka Sharma shares first look of Netflix film ''Bulbbul'' ( News and Blogs )
 

After the overwhelming response for her web series ''Paatal Lok'', actor Anushka Sharma on Wednesday shared an intriguing first look of her next venture - ''Bulbbul.''


148. Funeral of George Floyd held in Houston, hundreds gather to pay final respects ( News and Blogs )
 

Around two weeks after his death in police custody sparked worldwide campaign against racism, the funeral of George Floyd, was held on Tuesday (local time)


149. Massive fire in Assam's leaking gas well, Govt seek IAF's help (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

A massive fire broke out at the leaking natural gas producing well of Oil India Ltd (OIL) in Assam's Tinsukia district on Tuesday even as an expert team from a Singapore-based emergency management firm was trying to plug the leakage, prompting the state government to seek the Indian Air Force's help to douse the blaze.


150. Kashi Vishwanath opens, Sankat Mochan remains shut (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

With an elaborate 'Mangala aarti' , the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi threw open its doors for devotees after a gap of almost 80 days.


151. Amid corona crisis, FIIs return to India as stocks get attractive ( News and Blogs )
 

In the midst of the pandemic and global slump, Indian equities have turned out to be a favoured investment destination for foreign institutional investors (FII), courtesy low valuations and recent stimulus measures along with steps to ease liquidity by the RBI and the Centre.


152. COVID-19 crisis: Char Dham Teerth Purohits not ready to commence yatra yet ( News and Blogs )
 

While temples across the country re-opened on Monday morning following the lockdown relaxations, the Char Dham Teerth Purohits are not ready to commence the 'Char Dham Yatra' in view of the surge in COVID-19 cases.


153. With 9,971 new cases, India's COVID-19 count inches closer to 2.50 lakh mark ( News and Blogs )
 

India's COVID-19 count on Sunday inched closer to 2.50 lakh mark with the highest ever single-day spike of 9,971 new cases in the last 24 hours, as per the details shared by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).


154. COVID-19: Maha boy makes world's first 'Internet-controlled' robot ( News and Blogs )
 

A 23-year old Thane engineer has made a first-of-its kind 'Internet-controlled' robot specifically to address the needs of hospitals treating COVID-19 patients.


155. Amarnath Yatra 2020 will be from July 21 to Aug 3 ( News and Blogs )
 

This year''s annual Amarnath Yatra to the Himalayan cave shrine in Jammu and Kashmir will be of 15 days duration beginning on July 21 and ending on August 3.


156. India, China military commanders to discuss ongoing dispute along LAC in Eastern Ladakh today ( News and Blogs )
 

Military commanders of India and China are scheduled to meet today at Moldo on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC), to discuss the ongoing dispute along the LAC in Eastern Ladakh.


157. Joe Biden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination ( News and Blogs )
 

Former vice president Joe Biden clinched the Democratic presidential nomination on Friday (local time), officially setting the stage for a contentious general election fight with President Donald Trump this November.


158. 5 books to hone English language skills to overcome pandemic blues ( Books )
 

Oxford University Press recommends five titles as part of its vertical English Language Teaching for Adult Learners' to master the language that you require in all that you do.


159. AstraZeneca joins Serum Institute to supply 1bn doses of Oxford vaccine1 ( News and Blogs )
 

British-Swedish multinational biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca on Thursday announced it has reached a licensing agreement with Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) to supply one billion doses of University of Oxford's potential Covid-19 vaccine.


160. COVID-19: India records highest single-day spike of 9,851 cases, 273 deaths ( News and Blogs )
 

India registered its highest spike in COVID-19 cases with 9,851 more cases and 273 deaths reported in the last 24 hours. The total number of cases in India reached 2,26,770 including 1,10,960 active cases, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.


161. Our strategic partnership will be more important during COVID-19 period: PM Modi to Australian counterpart ( News and Blogs )
 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in talks with his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison on Thursday focused on the importance of a comprehensive strategic partnership between the two nations, especially during the COVID-19 period.


162. COVID-19: India records highest single-day spike of 9,304 cases, 260 deaths ( News and Blogs )
 

India on Thursday witnessed a record single-day spike of 9,304 coronavirus cases taking the country's tally to 2,16,919, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.


163. 'Nisarga' starts landfall process near Alibaug in Maharashtra ( News and Blogs )
 

The severe cyclonic storm 'Nisarga' made landfall near Alibaug on the north coast of Maharashtra, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Wednesday adding the landfall process will be completed during the next three hours.


164. Touching 9K cases a day, COVID tally crosses 2,07,615 in India ( News and Blogs )
 

With 8,909 new cases and 217 fatalities reported in the last 24 hours, India is now poised at the seventh place on the world tally table with just 25,000 cases behind Italy.


165. Cyclone Nisarga likely to make landfall in Maharashtra today, evacuation underway ( News and Blogs )
 

With an expected increase in wind conditions up to 120 kilometres, cyclone Nisarga is likely to make landfall on the north coast of Maharashtra later today, as per the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday.


166. Maharashtra Covid-19 cases cross 70K with 76 more deaths (Roundup) ( News and Blogs )
 

The number of Covid-19 cases shot above the 70,000-mark in Maharashtra on Monday even as the state notched a fresh death toll of 76, down by 40 from the highest 116 deaths recorded on May 29, health officials said.


167. Evidence supports physical distancing, masks, and eye protection help prevent COVID-19 ( News and Blogs )
 

Possibly N95 or similar respirators worn by health-care workers suggest greater protection than other face masks and Eye protection may provide additional benefits.


168. Bharat Biotech: Covid-19 vaccine development moving positively, next one month crucial ( News and Blogs )
 

Bharat Biotech has formed a collaborative framework with the University of Wisconsin, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the Thomas Jefferson University of Philadelphia to develop a vaccine for Covid-19.


169. Chinese fighters flying 30-35 kms from Eastern Ladakh, India watching closely ( News and Blogs )
 

Amid the ongoing tensions over People's Liberation Army (PLA) build up along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, India is keeping a close eye on the movement of Chinese fighter aircraft stationed around 100-150 kms at their bases in Hotan and Gargunsa.


170. With highest spike of 8,392 cases, India's COVID-19 tally reaches 1,90,535 ( News and Blogs )
 

India's COVID-19 tally on Monday witnessed its highest-ever spike of 8,392 cases, while 230 more deaths related to the infection were also reported in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).


171. #Unlock1: Religious places, hotels, restaurants, malls to open from June 8 ( News and Blogs )
 

Religious places and places of worship for public, hotels, restaurants and other hospitality services along with shopping malls will be permitted to open from June 8, said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Saturday.


172. #Unlock1: Limited activities including international air travel, Metro, gyms, swimming pools to be prohibited ( News and Blogs )
 

Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Saturday said the dates for the opening of international air travel of passengers, operation of metro rail, cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks will be decided based on the assessment of the situation in Phase III of #Unlock1.


173. 99 pc of Mumbai's ICU beds are occupied: BMC ( News and Blogs )
 

As the number of COVID-19 cases is rapidly surging in Mumbai, almost all intensive care unit (ICU) beds for the COVID-19 patients are occupied here, as per Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) data.


174. Donning masks and gloves, flyers reassured by strict rules, sanitisation protocol at IGI airport ( News and Blogs )
 

Indira Gandhi International Airport that serves as the country's major international aviation hub has donned a new look to avoid any kind of commotion after domestic flights resumed on May 25.


175. Covid-19 may never go away even with a vaccine : Report ( News and Blogs )
 


176. NASA, SpaceX postpone historic astronauts launch (2nd Ld) ( News and Blogs )
 

NASA and SpaceX postponed historic launch of two astronauts to space from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday due to bad weather.


177. Jaipur spends sleepless nights as locusts create havoc ( News and Blogs )
 

Jaipur residents are spending sleepless nights as locusts have led seige on the city for past three days. Starting Sunday, these swarms of insects landed on the Rajasthan capital like a biblical plague entering their houses, attacking their rooftops, galleries and devouring up their kitchen gardens and lawns


178. Diplomatic talks between India, China underway to resolve standoff, says Gen (Retd) Narsimhan ( News and Blogs )
 

Diplomatic talks between Beijing and Delhi are already underway to resolve the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops while the Indian government is watching very closely as the Army is quite experienced in handling these types of situations, says Gen (Retd) SL Narsimhan, a member of the National Security Advisory Board.


179. In a first, Indian Army Major to be honoured with UN Military Gender Advocate award ( News and Blogs )
 

Major Suman Gawani, an Indian Army officer and woman peacekeeper who has served with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), has been selected for the prestigious United Nations Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award (2019).


180. Glenmark to start new phase 3 clinical trial for hospitalised patients of moderate COVID-19 ( News and Blogs )
 

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals on Tuesday announced a new randomised, open-label study to test the combined efficacy of two antiviral drugs Favipiravir and Umifenovir as a potential COVID-19 treatment strategy.


181. Samsung confirms June 4 launch of Galaxy A31 in India ( News and Blogs )
 

Samsung on Monday confirmed that it will launch its new mid-range smartphone Galaxy A31 in India on June 4.


182. With 6,535 more cases, India's COVID-19 tally reaches 1,45,380 ( News and Blogs )
 

6,535 more coronavirus cases have been reported in India in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country to 1,45,380, informed Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday.


183. With highest ever single-day spike of 6,767 cases, India's COVID-19 count zooms to 1,31,868 ( News and Blogs )
 

There were 54,440 recoveries today as against 51,783 from Saturday taking the recovery rate to 41.28 per cent. The country recorded 147 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the toll to 3,867. Out of the total number of cases, 73,560 are active cases. Maharashtra continues to remain the worst-affected State with 50,231 COVID-19 cases, with 3,041 new cases in the last 24 hours. With 58 deaths today, the State's total corona toll now stands at 1,635. In the south, Chennai city reported 587 new COVID-19 cases today, taking the total number of patients to 10,576 in the metropolis, said Tamil Nadu Health Department. The total number of cases in Tamil Nadu is 16,277, while 8,324 patients have been cured. The number of active cases in the State is 7,839. The toll stands at 111.


184. Centre releases guidelines for domestic travel ( News and Blogs )
 

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday released a set of guidelines for domestic travel via air, train or inter-state bus travel.


185. With biggest spike of 6,654 cases, India's COVID-19 tally reaches 1,25,101 ( News and Blogs )
 

India witnessed the biggest ever spike of 6,654 positive cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of COVID-19 cases to 1,25,101, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.


186. How to safely disinfect your cherised designer shoes? ( Fashion and Beauty )
 

As one can run the risk of bringing the Covid-19 virus home through footwear one should know how to disinfect their own shoes.


187. RBI cuts key interest rates, forecasts H1 FY21 GDP growth to contract on COVID-19 impact ( News and Blogs )
 

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday unveiled a series of measures to minimise the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and subsequent countrywide lockdown which is likely to contract GDP growth rate in the first half of current financial year (H1 FY21).


188. Passengers to complete check-in, baggage drop off 60 min before departure: MoCA ( News and Blogs )
 

As domestic flight services are set to resume from May 25, passengers will need to complete the check-in procedure and baggage drop-off at least 60 minutes prior to their departure time, the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) said on Thursday.


189. Super cyclone Amphan weakens to cyclonic storm, centred over Bangladesh: IMD ( News and Blogs )
 

"The super cyclonic storm 'Amphan' moved north northeastwards with a speed of 27 kmph during past 6 hours, further weakened into a cyclonic storm and lay centred today at 5.30 am over Bangladesh near Lat. 24.7N and Long. 89.5E about 270 km north-northeast of Kolkata, 150 km south of Dhubri and 110 km south-southeast of Rangpur (Bangladesh)


190. Over 1 lakh evacuated in Odisha and 3.3 lakh in W.Bengal as cyclone Amphan hurtles towards Bengal coast ( News and Blogs )
 

Cyclone Amphan is gathering momentum to become the strongest storm on record in the Bay of Bengal with sustained wind speeds of 270 km per hour, making it stronger than the 1999 super cyclone and the joint strongest on record in the North Indian Ocean.


191. Rainfall, strong winds hit Odisha's Bhadrak ahead of cyclone Amphan landfall ( News and Blogs )
 

According to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) cyclone Amphan will cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Digha (WB) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) close to Sundarbans during the afternoon to evening hours of May 20.


192. Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman's son among two Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists killed in Srinagar encounter ( News and Blogs )
 

Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Junaid Ashraf Khan, son of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman Mohammed Ashraf Khan, was among two terrorists killed in an encounter with security forces at Nawakadal area of Srinagar on Tuesday.


193. COVID-19: Central paramilitary forces to be deployed in Mumbai from today ( News and Blogs )
 

"Total 5 companies of CISF and CRPF to be deployed in zones 1,3,5,6 and 9 in Mumbai from today," said Mumbai Police PRO while speaking to media.


194. I pray for everyone's safety, assure all possible support from Centre: PM Modi on cyclone Amphan ( News and Blogs )
 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday chaired a high-level meeting to review the response measures against cyclone 'Amphan' developing in the Bay of Bengal and has assured all support from the Central government.


195. From designing low-cost ventilators to feeding needy, how 'Caring Indians' is aiding India's COVID-19 fight ( News and Blogs )
 

While India has been helping countries around the globe with medicines in the fight against COVID-19, a team of 'Caring Indians' along with IIT Kanpur and NOCCA Robotics has come forward to give the country's healthcare system the much-needed boost by designing low-cost ventilators.


196. Chinese helicopters enter into Lahaul-Spiti's Samdho region, agencies submit reports ( News and Blogs )
 

Two Chinese helicopters entered 12 to 15 kilometres into India in Samdho region twice in April following which CID and other intelligence agencies have submitted their reports to the concerned authorities, said Rajesh Dharmani, Superintendent of Police, Lahaul-Spiti District.


197. IBC extension, reforms, focus on rural economy among laudable features of stimulus package: ASSOCHAM ( News and Blogs )
 

Describing emergent measures like one-year abeyance for the insolvency proceedings under Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) and further reducing company law compliance burden , the ASSOCHAM today said the PM's Rs 20 lakh crore economic package for dealing with the COVID-19 crisis would provide relief to stressed businesses while the medium to long term reforms would take India on the path of a fast recovery, in the post-pandemic period.


198. With spike of close to 4000 cases, India's COVID-19 count reaches 85,940 ( News and Blogs )
 

With 3,970 new COVID-19 cases being reported in the last 24 hours, the count of total confirmed cases in the country reached 85,940 on Saturday, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.


199. 'Wuhan Diary' releases in India ( Books )
 

The much-talked about 'Wuhan Diary: Dispatches from a Quarantined City' by well-known Chinese literary writer Fang Fang, has released in India in the ebook format.


200. Govt decodes TDS/TCS rate reduction, leaves many out (lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

Taxpayers who have not furnished PAN or Aadhaar while filing tax returns will not get the benefit of lower rates of the tax collection at source (TCS) and the tax deduction at source (TDS).


201. Markets should open on Odd-Even basis; schools should remain closed, says Kejriwal citing public opinion ( News and Blogs )
 

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said, the public suggested that market and market complexes should be opened on an odd-even basis while schools, barbershops, spas, salons, cinema halls, and swimming pools should remain closed.


202. 'My Son's Inheritance' an eye-opening myth-buster (Book Review) ( Books )
 

For generations, it has been drilled into Indians right from their school days onward that non-violence is the essence of the nation's culture. Not so argues a new book by Aparna Vaidik, an Associate Professor of History at Ashoka University who has previously taught at Washington's Georgetown University..


203. Kareena shares picture that ''sums up Mother''s Day and every other day with Tim'' ( News and Blogs )
 

Celebrating Mother''s Day with her little munchkin ''Tim-Tim,'' superstar Kareena Kapoor Khan on Sunday shared an extremely adorable picture of the mother-son duo on the special occasion.


204. Centre announces Rs 3 lakh crore collateral-free automatic loans for businesses, including MSMEs ( News and Blogs )
 

Sitharaman stated that borrowers with up to Rs 25 crore outstanding and Rs 100 crore turnover will be eligible for these. The loans will have a four year tenor with a moratorium of 12 months on principal payment, while interest will be capped, she added.


205. Tamil Nadu's Arumbavur wood carvings get GI tag ( Arts,Crafts & Culture )
 

The unique Arumbavur wood carving, part of Perambalur District in Tamil Nadu was awarded the Geographical Indication (GI) tag, said a senior official of Geographical Indications Registry.


206. India's COVID-19 tally reaches 74,281, death toll at 2,415 ( News and Blogs )
 

With an increase of 3,525 COVID-19 cases reported in the last 24 hours, India's tally of positive coronavirus cases rises to 74,281 cases, as of Wednesday, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.


207. MoCA releases new air travel SOP: Aarogya Setu mandatory, no cabin baggage, people over 80 yrs not allowed ( News and Blogs )
 

The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has issued a draft of the standard operating procedure (SOP) to all aviation stakeholders, including airlines and airport operators before the resumption of domestic commercial flight operations.


208. Of 15 trains, 3 will run from southern region: South Central Railway ( News and Blogs )
 

With the railways resuming passenger services gradually with trains to 15 destinations from Tuesday, close to two months after it stopped them as part of a strategy to slow the spread of COVID-19 disease, the South Central Railway has announced that three trains will be touching the southern region of the country.


209. India's coronavirus cases cross 70,000; recovery rate improves to 31.7% ( News and Blogs )
 

A total of 70,756 cases have been reported from the country of which 22,455 persons have been cured and 2,293 deaths had occurred. In the last 24 hours, 1538 patients were found cured.


210. India's coronaviurs cases rise by over 4,000 to 67,152; Maharashtra accounts for almost one-third of cases ( News and Blogs )
 

The coronavirus cases in the country rose by over 4,000 on Monday as the recovery rate also continued to go up at 31.15 with the total number of cases now 67,152.


211. There's global recognition for India's success in handling COVID-19 pandemic: PM Modi ( News and Blogs )
 

In the fifth video conference meeting with Chief Ministers on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that there is "global recognition for India's success in handling the COVID-19 pandemic."


212. White House COVID-19 task force members self-isolate ( News and Blogs )
 

Three members of the White House coronavirus task force, including the country's infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci, were self-isolating for two weeks after possible exposure to the deadly illness, a media report said on Sunday.


213. Former PM Dr Manmohan Singh admitted to AIIMS ( News and Blogs )
 

Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh was admitted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Sunday following chest pain.


214. Combating COVID-19: NIV-Pune develops India's first antibody testing kit -- ELISA ( News and Blogs )
 

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Sunday said that the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, has successfully developed India's first indigenous antibody testing kit -- ELISA -- to combat COVID-19.


215. Indian, Chinese troops engaged in two face-offs in Sikkim, Ladakh in last one week ( News and Blogs )
 

Troops of India and China were engaged in two face-offs in Eastern Ladakh and North Sikkim along the disputed Line of Actual Control in the last few days where troops from both sides suffered injuries.


216. In 60 days, Maha Covid-19 cases zoom from 2 to nearly 20K! (IANS Special) ( News and Blogs )
 

Two months after Covid-19 sneaked into Maharashtra on March 9 through a Pune-based couple arriving from Dubai, the Coronavirus pandemic has spread like wildfire to infect a whopping 19,063 persons in only 60 days.


217. Repatriation flight from Muscat to reach Kochi tonight ( News and Blogs )
 

Special flight from Muscat will reach Cochin International Airport tonight 9th May at 8.50 PM with 183 passengers, including four infants onboard.


218. India's coronavirus cases near 60,000, recovery rate almost 30% ( News and Blogs )
 

India's coronavirus cases continued to rise by over 3,000 as the total cases came close to 60,000 mark on Saturday with the recovery rate improving marginally to almost 30 per cent.


219. ICMR partners with BBIL for developing indigenous COVID-19 vaccine ( News and Blogs )
 

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Saturday announced that it has partnered with the Bharat Biotech International Limited (BBIL) to develop a fully indigenous vaccine for COVID-19 using the virus strain isolated at the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune.


220. Maharashtra train accident toll rises to 16, politics heats up (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

At least 16 migrant labourers have died after a goods train ran over a group of workers asleep on the railway tracks early on Friday in Maharashtra's Aurangabad.


221. Vizag Gas leak tragedy: Might take 48 hours to neutralize gas, says Andhra Minister ( News and Blogs )
 

Concerted efforts are being made by experts in the field to neutralize Styrene gas that leaked from the tank of LG Polymers company here killing 11 people and affecting many others, said Andhra Pradesh Industries Minister Mekapati Goutam Reddy.


222. Vizag gas leak incident: NDRF evacuates around 1500 people in Vishakhapatnam, 800 shifted to hospital ( News and Blogs )
 

The Director-General of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) SN Pradhan on Thursday said that the police and the local administration came into action after locals reported throat and skin irritation and some toxic smell following a gas leak in Visakhapatnam.


223. Feluda! India's first pocket friendly, paper testing kit delivers COVID-19 test results in 30 minutes ( News and Blogs )
 

'Feluda' a paper-based testing strip developed indigenously by a team of young scientists of the Council of Scientific Industrial Research (CISR) can now within minutes let people know whether or not they are infected with COVID-19.


224. Elon Musk shares photo of newborn son, names him ''X AE A-12 Musk'' ( News and Blogs )
 

Multi-billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk has posted the first picture of his newly-born son in response to demand coming from his fans, naming the baby ''X AE A-12 Musk''.


225. Top militant Riyaz Naikoo, associate killed, bravehearts avenged (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 


226. Top militant Riyaz Naikoo, associate killed, bravehearts avenged (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 


227. Top militant Riyaz Naikoo, associate killed, bravehearts avenged (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

In a major success in anti-militancy operations in J&K, security forces on Wednesday killed the most wanted militant commander, Riyaz Naikoo along with his associate in Pulwama district thereby avenging the deaths of five security men killed in Kupwara district on May 3.


228. Hizbul Mujahideen commander Riyaz Naikoo's body recovered: CRPF ( News and Blogs )
 

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Tuesday said that that joint troops have recovered bodies of two terrorists, one of whom has been identified as Hizbul Commander Riyaz Naikoo.


229. JEE-Main from July 18, NEET on July 26 ( News and Blogs )
 

The Joint Entrance Examination Main (JEE-Main) will be held from July 18 to July 23 while the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) will be held on July 26.


230. Covid Rescue: Air India Group to send 64 flights for Indians, passengers to be charged (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

India is set to embark on one of the largest rescue operations in the world, sending ships and planes to bring back Indians stranded abroad, with Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Tuesday announcing that the Air India Group will operate 64 flights to 12 countries to bring back over 14,000 stranded people in 7 days from May 7.


231. Turn crisis into opportunity, Gadkari tells entrepreneurs ( News and Blogs )
 

In order to boost the morale of the entrepreneurs who have been suffering due to the lockdown, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has been talking to various stakeholders and telling them not to lose hope. Gadkari has been using social media and other means like video conferencing to reach out to people, entrepreneurs and industry leaders.


232. We are transitioning to new normal, preventive measures need to be followed: Health Ministry ( News and Blogs )
 

Union Health Ministry on Monday said that the country was transitioning to a "new normal" and preventive measures need to be followed outside containment zones also including compulsory wearing of face masks.


233. Antiviral drug -- Remdesivir -- is next big thing in fight against COVID-19: Former ICMR DG Dr Ganguly ( News and Blogs )
 

Since the onset of global coronavirus pandemic, scientists, experts and medical practitioners are vigorously engaged in researching for the most effective treatment of COVID-19 patients. As per the experts, antiviral drug -- Remdesivir -- could be the answer.


234. ''End of our story'': Neetu Kapoor bids farewell to Rishi Kapoor ( News and Blogs )
 

Reminiscing fond memories of her late husband, actor Neetu Kapoor on Saturday shared a lively picture featuring acting stalwart Rishi Kapoor.


235. All 11 districts in Delhi to stay in 'red zone' till May 17: Satyendra Jain ( News and Blogs )
 

Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain on Saturday emphasised that all 11 districts in the national capital will be in the 'red zone' till May 17.


236. India's COVID-19 tally now over 37,000; 71 deaths in last 24 hours ( News and Blogs )
 

With 2,293 new cases in the last 24 hours, the highest number of cases in a single day, India's COVID-19 tally reached 37,336 on Saturday, including 1,218 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.


237. MHA issues order extending lockdown for 2 more weeks ( News and Blogs )
 

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Friday issued an order under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 to further extend the lockdown for a further period of two weeks beyond May 4.


238. After 40 days, 1st train with 1,200 migrants leaves T'gana for J'khand in complete secrecy (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

Almost 40 days after the passenger train services were suspended in a bid to combat the spread of novel coronavirus (Covid-19), the Indian Railways deployed the first special train on Friday to ferry stranded migrants from Telangana to Jharkhand.


239. COVID-19 cases in India reaches 33,610 with 1,823 new cases reported in last 24 hours ( News and Blogs )
 


240. End of an era: A look at Rishi Kapoor's journey 1952-2020 ( News and Blogs )
 

With charming lover boy looks and commanding screen presence, Rishi Kapoor, a member of the illustrious Kapoor clan, set hearts aflutter in his first lead role in the blockbuster film 'Bobby' (1973). He has left behind a rich legacy of cinematic marvels spanning across decades.


241. India's COVID-19 cases reach 33, 610 ( News and Blogs )
 

With 1,823 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the last 24 hours and 67 deaths, India's total count of coronavirus cases has gone up to 33,610, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday.


242. MHA allows movement of stranded people, asks states to make arrangements ( News and Blogs )
 

Giving a huge relief to people stuck in various states, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday allowed movement of such people - including migrant labours, workers, students, tourists and others - and also provided the procedure for the same.


243. From small screen to Hollywood: A look at actor Irrfan Khan's versatile journey ( News and Blogs )
 

An actor par excellence with an impressive array of roles under his belt, Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan died today at the age of 53, triggering an outpouring of condolences.


244. Delhi,Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai among 15 critical Covid-19 battlegrounds ( News and Blogs )
 

Delhi, Hyderabad, Pune, Jaipur, Indore, Ahmedabad and Mumbai are among the top 15 districts which have been marked at "high case load districts" in terms of COVID-19 spread, says a government assessment clarifying India's decisive fight against the deadly pandemic.


245. 20 film festivals, including Mumbai Film Festival, come together for 'We Are One' online film fest ( News and Blogs )
 

World''s top 20 film festivals including Cannes and the Mumbai Film Festival have joined hands for a 10-day-long digital film event ''We Are One: A Global Film Festival'' to stream on YouTube to treat cinema lovers across the globe.


246. Coronavirus cases in India rise to 29,974; no new cases in 17 districts in 28 days ( News and Blogs )
 


247. Coronavirus cases in India rise to 29,974; no new cases in 17 districts in 28 days ( News and Blogs )
 

The number of coronavirus cases in India surged to 29,974 on Tuesday evening after 1594 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.


248. ''Summers may ebb Covid-spread; BCG vaccine may offer partial immunity'' ( News and Blogs )
 

Sunshine and summer may ebb the spread of the coronavirus, and BCG vaccine (already given to all Indians) also may offer partial immunity, says Ravi Godse, Director of Discharge Planning, UPMC Shadyside Pennsylvania, the US.


249. COVID-19 impact will remain visible in coming months, need to fight it with impetus on economy: Modi ( News and Blogs )
 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the impact of coronavirus will remain visible in the coming months and masks and face covers will be part of life while asserting that the country needs to give importance to the economy as well as continue the fight against COVID -19.


250. COVID-19 vaccine must be considered public good with universal availability: UN chief ( News and Blogs )
 

The under-trial vaccine for coronavirus must be considered a global public good and made affordable with universal availability, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Friday.


251. IGIA's T3 to eventually open up for full fledged passenger ops; T-1 , T-2 may temporarily shut-down ( News and Blogs )
 

As it awaits clear health safety guidelines from the Centre, the national capitals IGI Airport is preparing Terminal-3 to eventually open up for full fledged flight operations.


252. Aviation professionals strengthening India's fight against Covid-19: Minister (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Friday lauded professionals in the aviation field for strengthening India's fight against Covid-19 by making life-saving medical and essential supplies available across the country under 'Lifeline Udan' scheme.


253. Convalescent Plasma Therapy is one form of treatment; it should not be looked at as magic bullets: AIIMS Director ( News and Blogs )
 

Asked if plasma therapy is seen as a treatment or a preventive measure, AIIMS director Guleria said, "Plasma therapy is currently a treatment and is not given to prevent Covid-19. It is an antibody that gives passive immunity to someone who is already having active disease."


254. COVID-19 cases in India reach 23,452 with 4,814 patients cured, discharged or migrated: Health Ministry ( News and Blogs )
 

With 1,752 new COVID-19 cases reported in the last 24 hours, the total number of cases surged to 23,452 in the country, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday.


255. India's COVID-19 tally stands at 21,700 ( News and Blogs )
 

With an increase of 1,229 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the total number of cases reached 21,700, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday.


256. Sree Chitra Institute in Kerala develops RNA extraction kit for COVID-19, applies for patent ( News and Blogs )
 

Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala has developed a magnetic nanoparticle-based RNA extraction kit for PCR and LAMP tests for COVID-19, and has also applied for a patent.


257. UNICEF issues guidelines for journalists working amid COVID-19 pandemic ( News and Blogs )
 


258. UNICEF issues guidelines for journalists working amid COVID-19 pandemic ( News and Blogs )
 

The guidelines issued include maintaining a distance of at least six feet while recording statements of government officials, disinfecting all equipment, and avoiding clip-on mics.


259. ICMR fresh guidelines suggest rapid antibody test only for surveillance, lays stress on RT-PCR tests to contain COVID-19 ( News and Blogs )
 

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has directed all States/UTs to follow fresh protocol under which the rapid antibody test should be used only for the surveillance purpose, while reiterating the RT-PCR tests must be continued vigorously as the principal diagnostic tests to contain the coronavirus infection.


260. COVID-19 patient recovers well post administration of plasma therapy ( News and Blogs )
 

The first patient, who was administered plasma therapy at Max Hospital in Saket, has shown positive results.


261. India's COVID-19 cases surge to 18,985, toll crosses 600 ( News and Blogs )
 

India's count of positive coronavirus cases reached 18,985 after 1,329 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Tuesday.


262. COVID-19: IMA warns of Black Day on April 23 if no action taken against attacks on doctors ( News and Blogs )
 

The Indian Medical Association on Monday announced that it will observe April 23 as Black Day if the government fails to enact Central Law on violence against doctors and hospitals.


263. News of around 50 journalists in Mumbai testing COVID-19 positive unfortunate: Govt ( News and Blogs )
 

"Journalists testing positive for COVID-19 is very unfortunate news. When you (journalists) attend your call of duty, kindly take the required precautions, follow the norms of social distancing and wear face masks," Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Health and Family Welfare said at a daily briefing here.


264. COVID-19 doubling rate improves to 7.5 days: Health Ministry ( News and Blogs )
 

"India's doubling rate before the lockdown was 3.4 days. It has now improved to 7.5 days. As per data on April 19, in 18 states, the rate is better than the national average," Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, said at a daily briefing here.


265. Kerala-based institute develops cheaper diagnostic kit for COVID-19 ( News and Blogs )
 

Kerala-based Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Technology, Thiruvananthapuram, has developed a cheaper diagnostic kit `Chitra Gene LAMP- N' for testing COVID-19


266. Tricolour on Swiss Alps as Switzerland expresses solidarity with India in fight against COVID-19 ( News and Blogs )
 

Switzerland and India are fighting coronavirus together and to express solidarity, strength to India, Switzerland projected India's tricolor on the iconic mountain -- Matterhorn.


267. India's COVID-19 cases surge to 14,792 ( News and Blogs )
 

With 957 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours and 36 deaths, India's total count of coronavirus cases has surged to 14,792, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday.


268. About 63,000 PPE kits from China fail quality test ( News and Blogs )
 

Around 63,000 Chinese-manufactured personal protective equipment (PPE) kits did not meet Indian standard criteria, said sources in the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry on Friday.


269. India's doubling rate for cases 6.2 for past seven days, coronavirus cases rise to 13,835 ( News and Blogs )
 

India's doubling rate of coronavirus cases is 6.2 days for the past seven days while it was about three days before the lockdown as efforts to deal with the crisis continued at various levels with the total number of confirmed cases rising to 13835.


270. Unable to get India to sign up for BRI, China penetrates through tech ( News and Blogs )
 

Unable to persuade India to sign on to its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China has entered the Indian market through venture investments in start-ups and penetrated the online ecosystem with its popular smartphones and their applications (apps).


271. India working with global partners to develop vaccines to fight COVID-19: Health Ministry ( News and Blogs )
 

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Friday said that India is working with global partners so that effective vaccines can be developed to fight against COVID-19.


272. 'Covid-19 waning in hot weather, still a conjecture' ( News and Blogs )
 

Prof. K. Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India, said some evidence suggests the novel coronavirus infection will wane in hot weather, like other coronaviruses, but it is too early to conclude on it.


273. Airlines barred from charging cancellation fee for tickets booked during lockdown ( News and Blogs )
 

The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) on Thursday ordered the airlines to not levy any cancellation charges on tickets booked during the first phase of lockdown (Mar 25-Apr 14) for travel during that period or for travel during the second phase of lockdown (Apr 15-May 3), and refund the full amount to the consumers.


274. Coronavirus found in Indian bats, scrutiny crucial for outbreak alerts ( News and Blogs )
 

Punjab moving towards community transmission as 27 coronavirus patients have no travel history: Capt Amarinder SinghThe detection of potentially pathogenic coronavirus in Indian bats stresses the need for enhancing screening for novel viruses in them, according to a study by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).


275. India's COVID-19 cases rise to 11,933, districts to be classified in three categories ( News and Blogs )
 

The government continued to gear up its preparations in the fight against COVID-19 with three-way categorisation of districts as the total number of positive cases mounted to 11,933.


276. 3 FIRs registered in connection with Bandra gathering ( News and Blogs )
 

The Mumbai Police has registered three FIRs in connection with Tuesday's gathering at Bandra railway station, said Abhishek Trimukhe, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) (Zone IX), Mumbai Police.


277. India's COVID-19 tally reaches 11,933 ( News and Blogs )
 

Out of the total tally of 11,933; 10,197 cases are active while 1,344 patients have been cured/discharged and migrated, and 392 people have succumbed to the virus.


278. India's COVID-19 tally soars past 9,000 mark, 35 new deaths in last 24 hours ( News and Blogs )
 

India's tally of positive COVID-19 cases rose to 9,152 following an increase of 796 cases in the last 24 hours, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Monday.


279. India has stock of COVID-19 kits to conduct tests for next 6 weeks: ICMR ( News and Blogs )
 

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Monday said that India has a stock of COVID-19 kits with which tests for next six weeks can be conducted easily.


280. 25 staff members of Mumbai hospital test COVID-19 positive ( News and Blogs )
 

According to an official statement issued by the hospital authorities, "25 staff members of the Bhatia hospital have been found COVID-19 positive. They are all being treated at ICU of the hospital itself. All are stable and doing good."


281. Hydroxychloroquine should be used as prophylaxis, not as treatment for COVID-19: ICMR ( News and Blogs )
 

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Saturday said that hydroxychloroquine or HCQ should be used as prophylaxis to prevent the coronavirus and not as a treatment for COVID-19.


282. India requests US to extend H1B, other visas of Indian nationals ( News and Blogs )
 

India has requested the administration of US President Donald Trump to extend the H-1B and other visas of Indian citizens till the global coronavirus pandemic is over.


283. India would have 2 lakh COVID-19 cases by now without lockdown, social distancing : Health Ministry ( News and Blogs )
 

The Centre on Saturday said had the government not taken adequate measures to contain the spread of coronavirus then the country would have witnessed 2 lakh cases by now.


284. Next 3-4 weeks critical for impact of steps taken to curb spread of coronavirus: PM ( News and Blogs )
 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday emphasized the criticality of coming 3-4 weeks for determining the impact of the steps taken to contain the coronavirus, noting that teamwork is the key to facing the challenge.


285. India's tally of COVID-19 cases crosses 6,000 mark, death toll at 199 ( News and Blogs )
 

With an increase of 547 new COVID-19 cases in the last 12 hours, India's total number of coronavirus positive cases rose to 6,412 on Friday, 10th April 2020.


286. Punjab moving towards community transmission as 27 coronavirus patients have no travel history: Capt Amarinder Singh ( News and Blogs )
 

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday said that the State is moving into the stage of community transmission as 27 people, who were tested positive for coronavirus in the State, have no travel history.


287. Kashmiri artistes reinvent rare weaving technique ( Arts,Crafts & Culture )
 

In the face of the lockdown in Kashmir, two artistes -- Majid and Fayaz Mir -- have found a way to make the most of Pashmina art by developing a rare weaving technique that was lost 60 years back.


288. Delving into the world of the mridangam, Gandhian wisdom for strategy, understanding caste aspects (IANS Books) ( Books )
 

Study the intricate art of making mrdangams, the primary percussion instrument of the Karnatik genre of music; learn about how Gandhian concepts can aid the corporate world; and finally, recognise the positive role played by caste as social capital.


289. Odisha extends lockdown till April 30 (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

The Odisha government on Thursday decided to extend the lockdown period till April 30 to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.


290. Corona figures: Gujarat has highest mortality rate, Kerala lowest1 ( News and Blogs )
 

In the ongoing corona pandemic, Gujarat has earned the dubious distinction of notching the highest mortality rate while Kerala down south has the lowest, though Maharashtra leads both in terms of the maximum deaths due to Covid-19 and positive cases, according to official data released here on Thursday.


291. Indian Railways produce about 6 lakh face masks, over 40,000 litres of hand sanitiser ( News and Blogs )
 

The Indian Railways has stepped up its efforts to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus by producing almost 6 lakh face masks and over 40,000 litres of hand sanitiser.


292. Frontline workers in corona war in UP's hinterland risk lives to collect vital info (IANS Special) ( News and Blogs )
 

In the frontline of a grim battle against coronavirus are over nine lakh Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) workers -- mainly women. Their primary task is to work as an interface between the community and the public health system. Plus, there are over 3.5 million Anganwadi workers -- again, mainly women -- whom the state governments have enlisted to fight the virus.


293. Corona crisis: Mumbai's congested Dharavi is a big cause for worry ( News and Blogs )
 

As the 13th person reported Covid-19 positive in the past five days from Dharavi in central Mumbai on Wednesday, state and civic health authorities were worried over the implications in the most congested locality on the planet which is also Asia's biggest slum.


294. COVID-19 cases continue to rise after 15 days of lockdown, Govt mulls extension ( News and Blogs )
 

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country have continued to rise even on the 15th day of the lockdown, and reached 5,274 cases on Wednesday evening, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.


295. AIIMS medical staff to get Hydroxychloroquine tablets from their respective depts ( News and Blogs )
 

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) authorities have asked its healthcare workers involved in the treatment of COVID-19 patients to get Hydroxychloroquine tablets from their respective departments if they need.


296. Countries with mass BCG immunization likely to show better resistance against COVID-19: Prof Gobardhan Das ( News and Blogs )
 

Gobardhan Das, Professor at Special Centre for Molecular Medicine, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has said that countries with mass BCG immunization are "likely to have better resistance" to coronavirus compared to other parts of the world.


297. COVID-19 cases in India reach 4,789, total deaths 124 ( News and Blogs )
 

The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in India has climbed to 4,789, as per the data provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday.


298. COVID-19: Railways converts 2,500 coaches as isolation wards ( News and Blogs )
 

The Indian Railways has converted 2,500 coaches into isolation wards, achieving almost half of its target of making 5,000 such coaches, as part of government's efforts to combat coronavirus.


299. Over 25,000 Tablighi Jamaat workers, their contacts quarantined: MHA ( News and Blogs )
 

Over 25,000 Tablighi Jamaat workers and their contacts have been quarantined across the country, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said on Monday.


300. Limited evidence on efficacy of hydroxychloroquine to deal with COVID-19, says health ministry ( News and Blogs )
 

There is limited evidence on the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine to deal with COVID-19 and there is not enough evidence proof to advise it for people, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Joint Secretary, Lal Aggarwal said on Monday.


301. KSEB expresses concern over total blackout on Sunday ( News and Blogs )
 


302. Anti-parasitic drug killed coronavirus within 48 hours in lab ( News and Blogs )
 

Amid a barrage of research on finding treatment for new coronavirus, Australian scientists have found that a common anti-parasitic drug killed SARS-CoV-2 virus, growing in cell culture, within 48 hours in lab settings.


303. COVID-19 cases surge to 3,072: Union Health Ministry ( News and Blogs )
 

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country has surged to 3,072 and 13 new deaths, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare website.


304. Bharat Biotech to develop intranasal coronavirus vaccine ( News and Blogs )
 

An international collaboration of virologists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the vaccine companies FluGen along with Bharat Biotech has begun the development and testing of a unique vaccine against Covid-19 called CoroFlu, Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech announced on Friday.


305. 647 confirmed corona cases linked to Jamaat, says govt ( News and Blogs )
 

Speaking to the media at a press conference in Delhi, Joint Secretary of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Lav Agarwal said of the total 2,301 coronavirus cases reported so far in India, 647 confirmed cases in 14 states in the country have found links with Tablighi Jamaat."


306. Robotic nurses to deliver medicine, food to TN corona patients ( News and Blogs )
 

Now technology proves the connection between food and medicine. From serving food at upmarket restaurants, robots are now being deployed to serve medicine to COVID-19 patients in Tamil Nadu in an attempt to reduce the infection risk for nurses.


307. Combating COVID-19: DRDO develops bio suit with seam sealing glue ( News and Blogs )
 

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed a bio suit to keep the medical, paramedical and other personnel engaged in combating COVID-19 safe from the deadly virus.


308. 2069 coronavirus cases in India, death toll 53 ( News and Blogs )
 

With an increase of 235 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, the total number of COVID-19 positive cases rose to 2069 on Thursday, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.


309. Coronavirus droplets could travel up to 27 feet: MIT scientist ( News and Blogs )
 

New coronavirus droplets could travel up to 27 feet as a sneeze or a cough results in a turbulent gas cloud that could contain SARS-CoV-2 droplets, an MIT researcher has claimed in a paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).


310. 110 Tablighi Jamaat attendees tests positive in TN, count mounts to 234 ( News and Blogs )
 

A total of 110 people who had attended the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi's Nizamuddin area have tested positive for coronavirus in Tamil Nadu.


311. Corona positive cases from Nizamuddin religious gathering spread across states, 6 dead in Telangana ( News and Blogs )
 

A religious congregation of 2000 people at a mosque in Delhi's Nizamuddin area which has thrown up several corona positive cases is a ticking time bomb as six of the persons who returned to Telangana have died from the virus and positive cases are emerging from at least five regions including J&K, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and the Andaman and Nicobar islands.


312. Tourism Ministry launches site to help foreign tourists stranded in India amid COVID-19 lockdown ( News and Blogs )
 

The Ministry of Tourism on Tuesday launched a portal "Stranded in India" for the benefit of foreign tourists who are stranded in the country in the wake of coronavirus lockdown.


313. COVID-19 myths busted - Government of India ( News and Blogs )
 

As the country battles the spread of COVID-19, the Government of India has listed some of the most common myths related to the virus, and has busted them using information from the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the MyGov website.


314. Tokyo Olympics to be held from July 23 to Aug 8 in 2021 (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, will now be held from July 23 to August 8 next year and the Para Olympic Games will be held from August 24 to September 5.


315. Essential health services must not stop even amidst COVID-19 crisis: WHO ( News and Blogs )
 

Director-General of World Health Organisation (WHO) TA Ghebreyesus on Monday said that even though the world is in the midst of coronavirus crisis, other essential health facilities should continue.


316. Stimulating immune responses in early stages of COVID-19 may hold key to its effective treatment ( News and Blogs )
 

Research on Injections of cocktail of cytokines rich in Interferons believed to result in a surge of cytokines in the body of the infected Covid-19 person and boost his ability to fight the virus in the early phases.


317. Combating COVID-19: MHA suspends officers for dereliction of duty, forms 11 Empowered Groups ( News and Blogs )
 

Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Sunday suspended two officers with immediate effect and served a show-cause notice to another two officers for failing in ensuring public health and safety during the lockdown restrictions to combat COVID-19.


318. Some COVID-19 patients still have virus even after symptoms go ( News and Blogs )
 

Amid the fast-spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have found that half of the patients they treated for mild COVID-19 infection still carried the coronavirus pathogen for up to eight days after symptoms disappeared.


319. Total coronavirus cases in India cross 800, 19 dead ( News and Blogs )
 

There are at least 775 active Covid-19 cases in India at present, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Saturday, taking the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country to 873.


320. Political slugfest erupts between BJP and AAP over movement of migrant workers from Delhi ( News and Blogs )
 

A slugfest ensued between Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) over the issue of movement of migrant workers from Delhi to its borders with Uttar Pradesh.


321. Coronavirus pandemic: Something more than what meets the eye? ( News and Blogs )
 

As the world grapples with coronavirus pandemic, the situation in China where the lethal virus originated last year is gradually improving.


322. UK PM tests positive for Covid-19, to work on from home (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday disclosed he has tested positive for coronavirus but will continue to discharge his duties from self-isolation.


323. 15 data-led highlights from White House task force guidance (IANS In Depth) ( News and Blogs )
 

Two renowned doctors on the White House coronavirus task force are headlining their guidance for Americans based primarily on three data sets: mortality data from Europe and data from the 8-10 week curves of China and South Korea which have moved off their infection peaks.


324. G-20 countries to inject $ 5 trillion into global economy to counteract impact of COVID19 ( News and Blogs )
 

The G-20 countries on Thursday pledged to inject over USD 5 trillion into the global economy in a bid to counteract the social, economic, and financial impact of COVID 19 that has impacted people in at least 170 countries and caused over 21,400 deaths.


325. Rs 170,000 cr relief package for weaker sections in Covid-19 shadow (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

The Centre on Thursday announced a Rs 170,000 crore relief package to protect the weaker sections of the society from the economic fallout of Covid-19.


326. Ventilator splitters can only be used in crisis situations: Experts ( News and Blogs )
 

A team of local doctors led by Talib Khan, an anaesthetist, has devised a technique by which a ventilator can support four instead of one critical patient in hours of crisis.


327. Modi tough talk tough at G20, says adopt globalisation with humanity at centre ( News and Blogs )
 

Without mincing words, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday called upon G20 leaders to switch to a new form of globalisation with human beings at the centre.


328. Prince Charles declared COVID-19 positive ( News and Blogs )
 

Britain's Prince Charles has tested positive for coronavirus, but is "otherwise in good health", his spokesman said on Wednesday. Watch video


329. Modi shuts 133 cr Indians for 21 days to save them from Covid-19 (Roundup) ( News and Blogs )
 

In an unprecedented move, PM Modi on Tuesday announced a 21 day nationwide lockdown that will bring everything except essential services to a halt in India.


330. 'Never forget - precautions not panic': PM appeals countrymen on COVID-19 ( News and Blogs )
 

As the cases of Novel Corona virus rose to 285 in India on Saturday, PM Modi urged the countrymen not to panic and take precautions to prevent any risk to their lives from the lethal infection.


331. Italy calls in military to enforce lockdown as 627 people die in one day ( News and Blogs )
 

Italy called in the military to enforce the lockdown on Friday as officials announced 627 new deaths in 24 hours, the largest single-day toll in any country since the coronavirus outbreak began.


332. Five superfoods for a stronger immune system ( Health )
 

our immune systems manage to fight the disease-causing microbes, but external forces like superfoods can help boost them.


333. COVID-19 can remain infectious for days on surfaces, reveals study ( Health )
 

As people are taking precautionary measures to combat the spread of the deadly coronavirus, a new scientific study has found that the virus that causes COVID-19 remains for several hours to days on surfaces and in aerosols.


334. 271 positive cases of coronavirus in India, says ICMR ( News and Blogs )
 

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that the total number of positive cases of coronavirus now stands at 271 in the country.


335. Positive cases of COVID-19 spike to 206 in India ( News and Blogs )
 

A total of 206 (including 32 foreigners) people have been tested positive for novel coronavirus in India so far, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Friday. Updated to 223 cases hence.


336. Kamal Nath quits before floor test to be held on Friday (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

Slamming the BJP for destabilising the Madhya Pradesh government, Chief Minister Kamal Nath resigned on Friday ahead of the trust vote in the state Assembly, ending a 15-month-old Congress rule in the state.


337. US President touts anti-malarial drug as potential treatment for coronavirus ( News and Blogs )
 

As the number of coronavirus cases in the US continued to rise, President Donald Trump on Thursday said that hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug, can potentially be effective for treating coronavirus.


338. India reports 26 new COVID-19 cases, tally reaches 195 ( News and Blogs )
 

With 26 more people testing positive for coronavirus, the total number of Covid-19 cases in India has now climbed up to 195, union health ministry said on Friday morning.


339. Nirbhaya convicts spend restless night, one refuses breakfast before hanging ( News and Blogs )
 

The four death row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case spent a restless and sleepless night before they were hanged to death early Friday morning at Tihar Jail here, authorities said.


340. Delhi court refuses to stay execution of Nirbhaya rapists; convicts to be hanged tomorrow ( News and Blogs )
 

A Delhi court on Thursday refused to stay the execution of the four death row convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case, which is scheduled to take place tomorrow morning.


341. Digvijaya refused permission to meet rebels, defers fast ( News and Blogs )
 

After a daylong high drama and bravado, senior Madhya Pradesh Congress leader Digvijaya Singh didn't go on fast as the Karnataka High Court, here on Wednesday, declined to permit him to meet the 22 Congress rebel legislators, staying at a resort, here.


342. With 13 fresh cases, India coronavirus tally reached 169 ( News and Blogs )
 

India on Thursday reported 13 fresh cases of coronavirus, taking the tally of infected people to 169 in the country with the highest number of cases: 45 from Maharashtra, including three foreign nationals.


343. ICMR revises COVID-19 testing criteria ( News and Blogs )
 

The Indian Council of Medical Research has revised the criteria for testing coronavirus (COVID-19) patients. According to the ICMR, an individual should home quarantine himself/herself for 14 days if they develop symptoms.


344. Covid-19 on prowl in Maharashtra, 41 cases, 1 death ( News and Blogs )
 

The scourge of coronavirus continued unabated in Maharashtra with one death and one new case detected each in Mumbai, Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad, taking the total positive cases to 41, even as the state government opted against a near-total lockdown on Tuesday.


345. India reports third coronavirus death from Maharashtra ( News and Blogs )
 

India on Tuesday reported the third death from coronavirus with a 64 year old patient suffering from the infection passing away in Maharashtra.


346. Promising remdesivir drug against COVID-19 in 5 clinical trials ( News and Blogs )
 

The most promising drug to potentially treat coronavirus -- Gilead Sciences' remdesivir -- is being given a second shot at clinical trials after three seriously-affected patients in the US treated with remdesivir recovered albeit with some side effects.


347. Three new Covid-19 cases reported in Kerala, total now 24 ( News and Blogs )
 

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday said three new cases of coronavirus cases have been reported in the state, taking the total to 24.


348. Floor test likely to take place in MP Assembly today to decide fate of Kamal Nath govt ( News and Blogs )
 

Amid the power crisis in Madhya Pradesh ensuing the exit of stalwart Jyotiraditya Scindia from the Congress party, the floor test to decide the fate of the Chief Minister Kamal Nath-led Congress government is likely to be held on Tuesday as per the directions of Governor Lalji Tandon.


349. Kamal Nath asks Guv to postpone floor test ( News and Blogs )
 

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Monday asked Governor Lalji Tandon to postpone the floor test in the Assembly saying that the atmosphere is not "conducive" for it.


350. Coronavirus cases in India reach 110 ( News and Blogs )
 

A total of 110 cases of coronavirus, including 17 foreign nationals have been confirmed across India, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Sunday.


351. Centre releases coronavirus helpline for states, UTs ( News and Blogs )
 

The central government on Thursday released a list of helpline numbers for all the states and Union Territories (UTs) to assist the people amid the coronavirus scare.


352. Two more tested positive for coronavirus in Kerala, number of infected up at 17 ( News and Blogs )
 

With two more persons from Thrissur and Kannur district in Kerala tested positive for COVID 19, the number of total positive cases in the state has climbed up to 17.


353. Google employee in Bengaluru tests positive for coronavirus ( News and Blogs )
 

Google said on Friday that an employee at its Bengaluru office has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus and the firm has directed all its employees in that office to work from home today as a precautionary measure.


354. 76-year-old K'taka man died due to co-morbidity, tested positive for coronavirus: Centre ( News and Blogs )
 

The central government on Thursday said that the death of a 76-year-old man from Karnataka is confirmed to be caused due to co-morbidity and was also tested positive for COVID-19.


355. COVID-19 patient shares her experience on Facebook ( News and Blogs )
 

Amid the coronavirus scare across the world, a woman from the US who was infected with coronavirus during the last week of February, shared a post on Facebook about about her experience regarding COVID-19.


356. Rupee hits 17-month low at 74.34/$ ( News and Blogs )
 

The Indian rupee on Thursday weakened to a 17-month low of 74.34 per US dollar as global markets slumped after the World Health Organization declared coronavirus as a global pandemic.


357. Rebellion against Scindia brewing, as party awaits Kamal Nath masterstroke ( News and Blogs )
 

At least 8 to 9 rebel Congress MLAs who tendered their resignations to Madhya Pradesh Speaker are said to be upset with Jyotiraditya Scindia who is likely to join the BJP on Wednesday, as they do not want to resign and contest elections again, sources claimed.


358. Senior Congress leader and former Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia joins BJP ( News and Blogs )
 

Senior Congress leader and former Union minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Wednesday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a day after he ended his 18-years-old association with the Congress party.


359. The meeting to be that could have kept Scindia in the Congress ( News and Blogs )
 

It was one meeting that could have saved the Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh. But it never took place.


360. Harry, Meghan made farewell appearance at Royal event ( News and Blogs )
 

Prince Harry and Meghan made their final official appearance as senior royals at the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on Monday.


361. Scindia, precursor young leaders feel crushed in Congress ( News and Blogs )
 

Amid high political drama in Madhya Pradesh which has pushed the Kamal Nath-led Congress government into a crisis, the party is making all efforts to make peace with the sulking Jyotiraditya Scindia as the number of supporters of the ex-royal scion of Gwalior rose to 21.


362. Yes Bank crisis: CBI files FIR against Rana Kapoor, DHFL's Kapil Wadhawan and others ( News and Blogs )
 

After the Enforcement Directorate (ED), the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has also started a probe against the Yes Bank founder Rana Kapoor in connection with a case pertaining to the alleged financial irregularities involving Yes Bank and reality company Dewan Housing Finance Limited (DHFL).


363. COVID-19: Number of confirmed cases in India climbs to 43- new cases from UP, Delhi, Jammu, Kerala ( News and Blogs )
 

The Centre on Monday confirmed that 43 cases of novel coronavirus infection have been reported in India so far - one each from Kerala, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Jammu.


364. 3-year-old boy tests positive for COVID-19 in Kerala, total cases in India now 40 ( News and Blogs )
 

A 3-year-old boy in Ernakulam in Kerala has tested positive for coronavirus, taking the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 patients to 40 in India.


365. Asianet, Media One back on air ( News and Blogs )
 

Two Kerala-based channels - Asianet and Media One - which were banned for 48 hours yesterday by the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) ministry allegedly for communally insensitive coverage of Delhi violence, were back on air on Saturday morning.


366. Ban on Malayalam news channels invites criticism from Kerala political leaders ( News and Blogs )
 

The 48-hour telecast ban imposed by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry on two Malayalam news channels for their coverage on Delhi riots has invited sharp criticism from political parties in Kerala.


367. Telecast ban an attack on 'free and fair' reporting, will legally fight against I&B order: Media One ( News and Blogs )
 


368. Delhi cold conducive for COVID-19, south India at 'low risk' (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

Despite some doctors claiming that weather has no or little role to play in the new coronavirus (COVID-19) spread in India especially in the northern parts of the country, top health experts on Friday emphasised that the present weather in Delhi and NCR is conducive for the spread of the deadly virus.


369. Sitharaman to move Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019 in Lok Sabha ( News and Blogs )
 

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday will move the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019 for consideration and passing in Lok Sabha.


370. Italians visited 6 Raj districts, came in contact with 215 (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

Rajasthan Health Minister Raghu Sharma said in the Assembly, here on Wednesday, around 215 people came in contact with the 23-member Italian tourists' group, suspected to be coronavirus carriers, which visited six districts between February 21 and February 29.


371. ISIS more advanced in using social media than US, UK : Army Chief ( News and Blogs )
 

Army Chief General MM Naravane on Wednesday said that the terrorist organisation ISIS was far more advanced in using social media than forces like the US and the UK.


372. 28 cases of coronavirus in India, universal screening to begin for all international flights ( News and Blogs )
 

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday said till now there are 28 cases of coronavirus in the country and added that universal screening of all international flights will begin to control the spread of the deadly virus.


373. All you need to know about Coronavirus / COVID-19 ( Health )
 

Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Corona Virus, its spread and safety tips(Updated). Here are some must know facts and FAQ about the Corona Virus, its symptoms, spread and safety tips (Updated)


374. COVID-19 cases in Agra; 6 suspected persons isolated; Noida school shut for sanitisation ( News and Blogs )
 

Six people who were in contact with the Delhi-based man who tested positive for COVID-19, have been put in isolation after tests showed them to display symptoms of the novel coronavirus infection, the Centre said on Tuesday.


375. COVID-19: 284 under home isolation in Karnataka ( News and Blogs )
 

The Karnataka Health and Family Welfare Services department is observing 284 people under home isolation across the state for coronavirus symptoms, a health official said on Monday.


376. India beats Russia, Poland to bag $40 million defence deal in Europe ( News and Blogs )
 

In a major success, India has bagged a deal worth USD 40 million to supply four indigenously-built weapon locating radars to Armenia by beating Russian and Polish firms.


377. New Zealand deputy PM led delegation meets Maharashtra Guv, discusses ways to strengthen ties ( News and Blogs )
 

A New Zealand business delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters met Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and discussed ways to strengthen trade, commerce, tourism and cultural relations between the two countries.


378. 182 yoga practitioners perform 'Surya Namaskar' at Statue of Unity to mark Leap Day-2020 ( News and Blogs )
 

As many as 182 yoga practitioners from Vadodara's Yogniketan performed 108 Surya Namaskars or Sun Salutations near the Statue of Unity here on Saturday, the leap day-2020.


379. Security personnel remain deployed in North-East Delhi ( News and Blogs )
 

Security personnel on Friday remained deployed in several parts of violence-affected North-East Delhi, including Khajoori Khaas, Dayalpur, Jafrabad, Gokulpuri and Bhajanpura among others.


380. IAF's C-17 Globemaster returns with 112 evacuees from coronavirus-hit Wuhan ( News and Blogs )
 

The C-17 Globemaster aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) landed here on Thursday morning from China with 112 evacuees, including 36 foreign nationals.


381. Worst riots after 1992 Babri demolition stain Delhi ( News and Blogs )
 

Three days of violence in several areas of the northeast Delhi that left 27 people dead and over 200 injured, was one of the deadliest in the national capital, almost 28 years after the demolition of Babri Mosque in Ayodhya.


382. 22 dead, 189 injured in Delhi violence ( News and Blogs )
 

As many as 22 persons have died and 189 are injured since the violence broke out in the North-East district of Delhi on Sunday night.


383. Trump talks business: Invites investments, discusses deficit (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

US President Donald Trump discussed business related issues with India's policy makers and industrialists.


384. Trump reaffirms support for India's entry into NSG without delay ( News and Blogs )
 

US President Donald Trump has reaffirmed the support of the United States for India's entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) without any delay.


385. Held discussions with PM Modi to forge economic relationship which is fair, reciprocal: Trump ( News and Blogs )
 

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said that a major focus of his discussions with PM Modi has been forging bilateral economic relationship that is fair and reciprocal and the two countries have made tremendous progress on a comprehensive trade agreement.


386. Seven killed in Delhi after violent clashes: Police ( News and Blogs )
 

As many as seven persons were killed in violent clashes between pro and anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protesters in the North-East district of the national capital on Monday.


387. India, US to sign deals worth USD 3 billion for military helicopters, says Trump ( News and Blogs )
 

Addressing the 'Namaste Trump' event at Motera stadium here, he said that the US looks forward to providing India with some of the best and most feared military equipment on the planet.


388. PM Modi welcomes President Trump to India with a hug ( News and Blogs )
 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed the US President Donald Trump on Monday as he arrived in Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport on his first official visit to India, shortly before 12 PM...read


389. Huge crowd queues outside Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad gears up for Trump's welcome ( News and Blogs )
 

Just a few hours are left for the arrival of US President Donald Trump for his first maiden trip to India while holding office and Ahmedabad has left no stone unturned in tuning up the show.


390. 25 feet tall 'shivling' decorated with pigeon peas on Maha Shivaratri in Karnataka ( News and Blogs )
 

On the occasion of Maha Shivaratri, a Brahma Kumaris center in Kalaburagi in Karnataka has decorated the shivling with the pigeon peas.


391. Police round up protestors, demanding Dr. Kafeel Khan's release, outside UP Bhawan ( News and Blogs )
 

Jamia Coordination Committee members on Thursday held a protest outside Uttar Pradesh Bhawan here demanding the release of doctor Kafeel Khan, who was detained by the Uttar Pradesh police under the National Security Act (NSA) last week.


392. Anti-CAA protest by Muslims in TN went peacefully (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

The anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) protest by Muslim outfits in Tamil Nadu demanding the state government to pass a resolution in the Assembly that it the law will not be implemented went off peacefully.


393. Saree dazzles during 'India Day' at London Fashion Week ( News and Blogs )
 

The London Fashion Week is world-renowned for its glamour, cutting edge fashions and the celebrities from far and wide who descend on the British capital to enjoy the agenda-setting fashion on display.


394. Trump signals 'very big' trade deal with India before US presidential elections ( News and Blogs )
 

President Donald Trump has signalled that a "big trade" deal might not be on the agenda during his visit to India next week, saying that he is saving "a very big" US-India deal for later.


395. SC adjourns Vijay Mallya's plea seeking stay on ED's proceedings ( News and Blogs )
 

The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned the plea of liquor baron Vijay Mallya, seeking a stay on the proceedings initiated by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to declare him a fugitive economic offender and confiscate his assets.


396. The many benefits of the Indian magic herb 'curry leaves' ( Health )
 

The many benefits of curry leaves


397. Nirbhaya convicts to be hanged on March 3 at 6 am ( News and Blogs )
 

A Delhi Court on Monday gave March 3 as the fresh date for execution of all four convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case.


398. Permanent commission to be applied to all women officers in Army service: SC ( News and Blogs )
 

The Supreme Court on Monday ordered that the permanent commission will apply to all women officers in the Indian Army in service, irrespective of their years of service.


399. Delhi gave new politics for building 21st century India: Kejriwal (Roundup) ( News and Blogs )
 

Aam Aadmi Party national convener Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday took oath as Chief Minister of Delhi at Ramlila Maidan and thanked the people of the city for the mandate saying the national capital gave birth to a new kind of politics for building a 21st century India.


400. 'Gully Boy' sweeps Filmfare awards winning all major categories ( News and Blogs )
 

Zoya Akhtar's 'Gully Boy' starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt swept the Filmfare Awards by winning all the major accolades at the event including the Best Film Award on Saturday night.


401. Kejriwal's tryst with Ramlila Maidan continues, to swear-in as Delhi CM at same venue for 3rd time ( News and Blogs )
 

The sprawling Ramlila Maidan will once again reverberate with sounds of hundreds of people cheering for AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal who is all set to take oath as the Delhi Chief Minister for the third straight time on Sunday morning.


402. Embrace skin health ( Fashion and Beauty )
 

It is important to understand your skin and choose the right products for your skin type.


403. PM Modi chairs CSIR meeting, suggests measures to enhance collaboration in R&D ( News and Blogs )
 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday chaired a meeting of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) society here and suggested measures to enhance collaboration in research and development.


404. Don't interfere in internal affairs: India slams Kashmir reference in Turkey-Pakistan joint declaration ( News and Blogs )
 

India on Saturday reacted sharply to the references of Jammu and Kashmir in the Turkey-Pakistan joint declaration, calling upon Ankara to not interfere in New Delhi's internal affairs and develop a proper understanding of the facts on the grave threat posed by terrorism emanating from Pakistan.


405. SC notice to J-K admn on plea of Omar's sister against his PSA detention, seeks response by March 2 ( News and Blogs )
 

The Supreme Court on Friday issued a notice to the Jammu and Kashmir administration on the plea of National Conference leader Omar Abdullah's sister challenging his detention under the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978.


406. Hubei, the epicentre of coronavirus sees 15,000 new cases ( News and Blogs )
 

The epicentre of the outbreak, Hubei province in China is now changing the way it counts coronavirus infected persons which led to total cases jumping by almost 15,000 on Thursday.


407. Clarify choice of poll nominees with criminal past: SC (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

The Supreme Court on Thursday asked political parties to bring on record reasons for selection of candidates with pending criminal cases, and added mere "winnability at polls" couldn't be attributed as a reason for the selection.


408. Epitomised unwavering commitment to public service: Modi remembers Sushma Swaraj on birth anniversary ( News and Blogs )
 

PM Modi remembered former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on her birth anniversary, describing her as an exceptional colleague and an outstanding minister who epitomised dignity, decency and unwavering commitment to public service.


409. Bollywood grieves death of designer Wendell Rodricks ( News and Blogs )
 

Ace designer Wendell Rodricks passed away at the age of 59 on Wednesday in Goa. Bollywood actors expressed grief over the death of ace designer on social media.


410. Centre must speed up investments, restore internet and fulfill all promises, Business community in Kashmir tells envoys ( News and Blogs )
 

The 25-member delegation of foreign diplomats, who are in Jammu and Kashmir held extensive discussions with the prominent business community and political leaders in Srinagar.


411. Nirbhaya case: SC won't entertain Centre's plea seeking stay on HC order ( News and Blogs )
 

The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to entertain Centre's plea seeking a stay on a Delhi High Court order for simultaneous execution of all four convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case.


412. AAP MLA wasn't target, assailant specifically attacked volunteer: Delhi Police ( News and Blogs )
 

Hours after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Naresh Yadav's convoy was attacked, Delhi Police on Wednesday asserted that Yadav was not the target of the attack but the assailant specifically attacked the AAP worker, who was shot dead in the incident.


413. Kejriwal wins Delhi, little 'Mufflerman' wins hearts ( News and Blogs )
 

The Mufflerman took Twitter by storm on Tuesday as the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) emerged victorious in the Delhi Assembly elections. AAP won 62 seats out of the total 70, at 3:24 pm, BJP was far behind at 8 while the Congress is looking to draw a blank.


414. Jennifer Lopez wore a limited-edition Football Neckpiece ( News and Blogs )
 


415. Delhi Election Results 2020: AAP leads on 56 seats, BJP on 14 ( News and Blogs )
 

The trends for all 70 seats in Delhi Assembly election suggest the Aam Aadmi Party heading for a clear win with its candidates leading on 56 seats, according to the official website of the Election Commission on Tuesday.


416. Confident of win as AAP worked for people in last 5 yrs, says Sisodia ( News and Blogs )
 

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and AAP leader Manish Sisodia on Tuesday said that the party is confident of victory as it has worked for the people in the last five years.


417. Renee Zellweger wins best actor Oscar for ''Judy'' ( News and Blogs )
 

Renee Zellweger on Sunday lifted her first Oscar for the portrayal of late icon Judy Garland in the biopic ''Judy''.


418. ''Parasite'' creates history, becomes first foreign language film to win Best Picture at Oscars ( News and Blogs )
 

South Korean drama ''Parasite'' on Sunday created history as it became the first foreign-language film to win the Best Picture award at Oscars, besides the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, Best International Feature Film, and Best Director.


419. Oscars 2020: Joaquin Phoenix wins Best Actor for 'Joker' ( News and Blogs )
 

Joaquin Phoenix on Sunday (local time) took home the prize of Best Actor for his portrayal of Arthur Fleck in 'Joker'.


420. PM Modi to visit Kokrajhar today ( News and Blogs )
 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Friday visit Kokrajhar to participate in the celebrations of the signing of the Bodo agreement.The Prime Minister will address a rally in Bodo-dominated Kokrajhar town of Assam.In a tweet yesterday, Modi had said that the accord marks the start of "a new era of peace and progress".


421. Trailer for you, for us Gandhi Ji is life: Modi's retort to Congress' 'Ye toh abhi trailer hai' ( News and Blogs )
 

Amid sloganeering by opposition members over BJP lawmaker Anantkumar Hegde's remarks against Mahatma Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a dig at Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in Lok Sabha and said the Father of the Nation is "our life".


422. If CAA affects Muslims, I will be the first person to stand up for them: Rajinikanth ( News and Blogs )
 

Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth on Tuesday took his stance on the Citizenship Amendment Act, saying if the Muslims are affected by it then he will be first to stand up for them.


423. Govt suspends air travel from China, declares all visas 'invalid' (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 


424. AAP to release manifesto for Delhi polls today ( News and Blogs )
 

Three days ahead of polling, the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will release its manifesto for the Delhi Assembly elections.


425. Ladakh Mountaineering Association organises Ice Climbing festival at Gangles Village ( Tourism )
 

Bringing a cheer for the adventure enthusiasts, Ladakh Mountaineering Association on Sunday organized an Ice climbing festival at Gangles Village.


426. Third case of coronavirus tested positive in Kerala: Health Minister KK Shailaja ( News and Blogs )
 

Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja on Monday said that the third case of coronavirus tested positive in Kasargod, Kerala


427. Industry reaction - Budget 2020-21 ( News and Blogs )
 

After Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the second budget of the re-elected Modi government,here are some industry-wise reactions to the Budget 2020-21.


428. Here is the complete list of winners for BAFTA awards ( News and Blogs )
 

'1917' the Sam Mendes' World War I epic dominated the BAFTA awards on Sunday night. The film received seven awards including the best film, best director and best cinematography at the Royal Albert Hall.


429. Centre proposes charter to stop harassment of taxpayers ( News and Blogs )
 

According to the new regime of personal income tax, individual taxpayers will pay tax at a reduced rate of 10 per cent for income between Rs 5 lakh and 7.5 lakh against the current rate of 20 per cent.


430. Air India special flight lands in Delhi, six Indian offloaded prior to departure from Wuhan ( News and Blogs )
 

A special Air India flight carrying 324 Indians -- who were evacuated from the coronavirus-hit Chinese city of Wuhan -- landed in the national capital on Saturday morning.


431. Nirmala Sitharaman says Budget 2020-21 woven around 3 prominent themes ( News and Blogs )
 

Aspirational India, economic development and a caring society for all are the three prominent themes of the Union Budget 2020-21, said Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday.


432. Sitharaman back with traditional 'bahi khata' for Budget 2020-21 ( News and Blogs )
 

For her second budget presentation at 11 am today, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman carried documents in a traditional 'Bahi-Khata' (ledger) wrapped in a red cloth.


433. For Delhi punters, AAP seems favourite but BJP too gains from Shaheen Bagh ( News and Blogs )
 

Betting syndicates operating online from Dubai are predicting victory for AAP in Delhi, even as BJP seems to be gaining in numbers in the past two weeks.


434. Delhi Police to produce Jamia shooting accused before Juvenile Justice Board today ( News and Blogs )
 

Delhi Police Crime Branch will produce the Jamia area firing accused before the Juvenile Justice Board later today.


435. Air India's special flight to leave for Wuhan today to evacuate Indians ( News and Blogs )
 

An Air India special flight will depart on Friday from Delhi to the Chinese city of Wuhan for the evacuation of Indians trapped in the region amid coronavirus outbreak, the national carrier's spokesperson said.


436. UP hostage crisis: All 23 children rescued, captor shot dead (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

After over nine hours of hostage crisis at a village in Farrukhabad district in Uttar Pradesh, the police here on late Thursday night rescued all the 23 children who had been held captive by a man with criminal background.


437. First Coronavirus case in Kerala, 806 people under observation ( News and Blogs )
 

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday said one positive case of Novel Coronavirus from Kerala has come to light.


438. How special are PLA special forces of China? ( News and Blogs )
 

People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China is world's largest military, which boasts special operations units across all four of its services.


439. President Kovind, PM Modi, other leaders pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on 72nd death anniversary ( News and Blogs )
 

President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with other leaders on Thursday paid floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat on his 72nd death anniversary.


440. Shimla delights tourists, locals as fresh snow gives city a picturesque postcard feel ( News and Blogs )
 

The north Indian hill town Shimla received a fresh cover of snow during the past 24 hours. The city was seen clad in a white sheet of snow to the delight of tourists in the city.


441. SC dismisses Nirbhaya convict's petition challenging mercy plea rejection ( News and Blogs )
 

The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed the plea filed by Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder convict -- Mukesh Kumar Singh -- challenging the rejection of his mercy petition by President Ram Nath Kovind.


442. Guv expresses reservation but reads out anti-CAA portion in Budget address to honour Kerala CM's wish ( News and Blogs )
 

Addressing the budget session of the Kerala Legislative Assembly on Wednesday, Governor Arif Mohammad Khan read out a portion against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in his policy address stating that he was doing so to "honour the wish" of chief minister Pinrayi Vijayan.


443. AAP's new posters predict sweeping win in Delhi polls, portray Kejriwal as people's 'caretaker' ( News and Blogs )
 

With the national capital of India inching closer to the last phase of the campaign for Assembly polls, Aam Aadmi Party, which a day earlier launched a fresh pill campaign has come out with new billboards and posters, depicting Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as a 'caretaker' of city and its people.


444. Three suspected novel coronavirus cases at RML, patients kept under isolation: RML Medical Superintendent ( News and Blogs )
 

Three persons from Delhi have been kept under observation at an isolation ward of the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital here for suspected exposure to novel coronavirus, officials said here on Tuesday.


445. They're ruled by one party, unlike Maharashtra: Ajit Pawar on States passing resolution against CAA ( News and Blogs )
 

Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Ajit Pawar, said that resolutions against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act have been passed in States like Kerala, Punjab, Rajasthan and West Bengal as they are ruled by one party, unlike Maharashtra.


446. 'Brokenhearted' fans react to Kobe Bryant's death (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

Brokenhearted" and "devastated" Kobe Bryant fans and sport icons fought back tears and shock as news of the 41 year old, 18-time NBA All-Star basketball legend's death in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California along with his daughter Gianna (13 yrs) plunged the sporting world into gloom Sunday.


447. Here's the complete list of Grammy 2020 winners ( News and Blogs )
 

Brightest stars from the music fraternity flocked to the 62nd edition of the annual Grammy Awards which took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday (local time).


448. CRPF women daredevils stun spectators on R-Day ( News and Blogs )
 

Defying security personnel, spectators moved ahead to take glimpse of a contingent of women bikers of CRPF, which performed daredevil stunts, for the first time.


449. Daylong getaways for the Republic Day ( Tourism )
 

The national holiday calls for an enjoyable day-out with friends and family. Top picks for some major cities..


450. 25 killed, 830 confirmed cases of coronavirus in China ( News and Blogs )
 

Twenty five people have been killed after developing pneumonia-like symptoms and at least 830 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported in China by the end of Thursday.


451. Vyommitra - ISRO's half humanoid to go as trial to space before Gaganyaan mission ( News and Blogs )
 

ISRO's half humanoid 'Vyommitra' will be placed in the first unmanned mission under 'Gaganyaan' and will simulate most of the human body functions.


452. Supreme Court asks high courts to restrain from passing orders on CAA ( News and Blogs )
 

The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the high courts across the country to restrain from passing any orders on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act while granting the Central government four weeks' time to file a reply on the petitions regarding the newly-amended law.


453. BJP plans campaign blitzkrieg for Delhi polls; Shah and Nadda to hold padyatra, meetings in every constituency ( News and Blogs )
 

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has planned a campaign blitzkrieg for the Delhi Assembly polls with party national president Jagat Prakash Nadda and Union Home Minister Amit Shah leading from the front.


454. Trump's historic trial starts with fight over rules, witnesses ( News and Blogs )
 

The historic trial of Donald Trump has begun in the US Senate with Democratic prosecutors from the House of Representatives and his lawyers sparred, while the US President was 6,500 kilometres away in Davos hobnobbing with the world's elite.


455. Bag with IED found at Mangalore airport; flight returns (2nd Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

The Mangalore airport is on a high alert after an unattended bag with a low-intensity explosive was recovered at the terminal building on Monday morning, sources said, adding an IndiGo flight had to be called back for checking following a threat call in the afternoon.


456. Third death from coronavirus in China, 140 new cases ( News and Blogs )
 

China has reported the third death from coronavirus and nearly 140 new cases as the disease caused by a mysterious virus spread in other parts of the country.


457. BJP to announce its national president today ( News and Blogs )
 

The Bharatiya Janata Party will on Monday announce the name of its new chief J.P Nadda, who would take over the reins of the party from Amit Shah.


458. There really was no other option: Prince Harry after 'Megxit' announcement ( News and Blogs )
 

Breaking his silence after 'Megxit' announcement, Prince Harry on Sunday (local time) said that he along with Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle decided to step back from the Royal life as there "really was no other option" left.


459. Budget 2020: Industry Expectations from the Government ( News and Blogs )
 

Realising the dream of India becoming a Five Trillion Dollar Economy by 2025 truly outlines the 'art of possible' and depends largely on the choices we make, said CP Gurnani, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Tech Mahindra.


460. Goyal asks if Amazon's huge losses stem from predatory pricing (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal not only ticked off Amazon and its boss Jeff Bezos saying that they are not doing India a favour by investing a billion dollars, but also raised concerns if its losses were a result of predatory pricing and if Amazon and Flipkart were gaining entry into multi-brand retail by using loopholes.


461. Eat walnuts daily for better gut, heart health ( Health )
 

Eating two to three ounces of walnuts (3-4 whole walnuts or 7 halves) a day as part of a healthy diet could be a good way to improve gut health and reduce the risk of heart disease


462. President rejects mercy petition of Nirbhaya convict ( News and Blogs )
 

President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday rejected the mercy petition of the 2012 Delhi gang-rape case convict Mukesh Singh.


463. Igloo stay in Manali attracts tourists, locals too! ( Tourism )
 

The igloo stay in Manali has become a new attraction for tourists visiting Himachal Pradesh.


464. How Sugar relates to Cancer ( Health )
 

Its commonly heard that sugar causes cancer or makes it grow faster. In some ways, this makes sense.


465. Odisha: 20 injured after 8 coaches of Lokmanya Tilak Express derail near Salagoan ( News and Blogs )
 

At least 20 people were injured after 8 coaches of Lokmanya Tilak Express derailed near Salagoan on Thursday morning.


466. PM Modi says Raisina Dialogue a 'vibrant forum' for discussion important global, strategic issues ( News and Blogs )
 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called the Raisina Dialogue -- India's annual global conference on geopolitics and geo-economics - as a 'vibrant forum' for discussing important global and strategic issues.


467. Traditional bull-taming sport Jallikattu begins in Madurai ( News and Blogs )
 

With start of the Pongal festival, the sport of Jallikattu also kicked off at Avaniyapuram in Madurai on Wednesday.


468. 65-month High: Dec retail inflation up to 7.35% (Roundup) ( News and Blogs )
 

A massive rise in food prices lifted India's December retail inflation to a 65-month high at 7.35 per cent from 5.54 per cent in November, official data showed on Monday.


469. Kerala govt moves SC against CAA, says act violates Constitution ( News and Blogs )
 

The Kerala government has moved the Supreme Court against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) which grants Indian citizenship to minorities from three countries - Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh.


470. 'Let Union Budget be about jobs, infrastructure and agriculture' ( News and Blogs )
 

Stressing that the upcoming Union Budget must focus on providing more jobs to the youth, serious infrastructure development and addressing the problems faced by the agriculture sector, veteran industry leaders like Sunil Kant Munjal, one of the founder promoters of the Hero Group; Venu Srinivasan, Chairman of TVS Group and Ajay S Shriram, Chairman and Senior Managing Director of DCM Shriram said that levying inheritance tax in the Budget would not really be a welcome move as the same would slow down investment and growth.


471. Republic Day flypast to comprise 41 IAF aircraft, 4 choppers of Army ( News and Blogs )
 

The Republic Day flypast will comprise 41 aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) including the newly inducted Chinook choppers and four helicopters of the Indian Army's aviation arm.


472. Drunk woman's bomb threat forces flight to return to Kolkata (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

A bomb threat by a 25-year-old woman passenger forced a Mumbai-bound flight to return to Kolkata and make an emergency landing, said an official on Sunday.


473. Iran's IRGC accepts responsibility for Ukrainian jet crash (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the aerospace commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), on Saturday said that the IRGC accepts responsibility for the crash of an Ukrainian plane over Iran's airspace.


474. Two Maradu residential apartments demolished by implosion technology ( News and Blogs )
 

Two out of four illegal residential apartments in Kerala's Maradu were demolished by the use of implosion technology here on Saturday.


475. Here’s a Quick Guide to Help you Select the Best Phone for your Needs ( Electronics )
 

It is important that you take the time to learn about the devices on offer and the key features they come equipped with in order to identify a model that suits you to a T


476. Priyanka Gandhi to meet BHU students, civil society members in Varanasi today ( News and Blogs )
 

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to visit Varanasi on Friday to meet students of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and members of civil society.


477. Heavy security and traffic restrictions ahead of JNUSU march against violence ( News and Blogs )
 

Ahead of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) march on Thursday, Delhi police have deployed heavy security and imposed traffic restrictions on the roads adjoining varsity.


478. SFI activists confine BJP MP, Visva Bharati VC for 6 hrs (lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

BJP Rajya Sabha member Swapan Dasgupta, on a visit to Visva-Bharati University to deliver a lecture on the new citizenship law CAA, was confined by CPI-M affiliated Students Federation of India activists for close to six hours inside a locked room of the varsity on Wednesday.


479. Ukrainian plane crashes in Iran, kills all 176 onboard ( News and Blogs )
 

A Kiev-bound Ukrainian plane crashed on Wednesday shortly after taking off from the Iranian capital city of Tehran, killing all the 176 people on board, authorities said.


480. Habitable Earth-size planet found by NASA ( News and Blogs )
 

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has discovered its first Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of its star.


481. Protesters protesting against JNU violence at Gateway of India evicted, relocated to Azad Maidan ( News and Blogs )
 

The Mumbai Police on Tuesday evicted those protesting here at the Gateway of India against violence in the Jawaharlal Nehru University, and relocated them to Azad Maidan citing inconvenience to tourists and locals.


482. Mistry rules out comeback to Tata Sons, hits out at Ratan Tata (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

Despite the NCLAT ruling in his favour, Cyrus Mistry said on Sunday that he is not pursuing the Tata Sons' top position but targeted Chairman emeritus Ratan Tata on multiple counts, including for ignoring the rights of minority shareholders and "oppressive and prejudicial conduct" in removing him.


483. Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver arrive effortlessly in style at Golden Globes red carpet ( News and Blogs )
 

The stars of the heart-wrenching family saga 'Marriage Story', Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, arrived at the boisterous Golden Globes red carpet keeping their style statements elegant.


484. Golden Globes: Joaquin Phoenix wins best actor- drama for 'Joker' ( News and Blogs )
 

The 77th edition of Golden Globes didn't throw a surprise in the Best Actor for a Motion Picture - Drama category, as it was already predicted that Joaquin Phoenix will take home the coveted award for 'Joker.'


485. Police register FIR in JNU violence ( News and Blogs )
 

FIR has been registered in connection with the violence that took place in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Sunday, said Delhi police sources.


486. Kerala Guv's preachings against dignity of Constitution: CPI(M) ( News and Blogs )
 

Communist Party of India (Marxist) Secretary, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan asked Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan to point out the wrongdoings of the state Assembly instead of criticizing them baselessly."Governor's preachings do not stand the dignity of the Constitution. He is saying the Assembly resolution is against the constitution.


487. UP: Congress to hold rallies against CAA, NRC; Priyanka to be present ( News and Blogs )
 

The Uttar Pradesh Congress is planning to hold rallies in a few districts across the State against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) after the Republic Day on January 26, party sources said.


488. Top Iranian commander killed in attack ordered by Trump (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

Gen Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' (IRGC) elite Quds Force, was killed in a US attack ordered by President Donald Trump, the Pentagon said in a statement.


489. Telangana govt declares 2020 as AI year, signs 8 MoU ( News and Blogs )
 

Telangana state government on Thursday declared 2020 as the year of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and signed eight Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with various companies and educational institutes to pave way for upcoming technological advancement in the state.


490. Amritsar: Devotees offer prayers at Golden Temple on Guru Gobind Singh's birth anniversary ( News and Blogs )
 

On the occasion of Guru Gobind Singh's birth anniversary, large number of devotees thronged to Golden Temple here on Thursday to offer prayers and seek blessings.


491. Outgoing army chief, Gen Bipin Rawat named India's first CDS (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

Indian Army's outgoing chief, Gen. Bipin Rawat, was Monday appointed India's first Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), the principal military adviser to the Defence Minister and head of the new Department of Military Affairs.


492. A year of big developments - Ayodhya verdict, Balakot strikes, repeal of Article 370 and enactment of CAA ( News and Blogs )
 

It was a year of significant developments with Supreme Court delivering verdict in the long-pending Ayodhya case, Prime Minister Narendra Modi returning to office with a bigger majority, India conducting airstrikes at a terror camp at Balakot in Pakistan, repeal of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and enactment of Citizenship Amendment Act.


493. Date of linking Aadhaar and PAN extended till March 2020 ( News and Blogs )
 

The date of linking Permanent Account Number (PAN) with Aadhaar has been extended from December 31, 2019, to March 31, 2020.


494. Delhi air quality turns 'severe', people advised to avoid outdoor activities ( News and Blogs )
 

The air quality declined further and plunged to the "severe" category with the air quality index (AQI) crossing 450-mark on Monday, prompting the government to advise people to avoid outdoor activities.


495. UP Police takes U-turn, no FIR against cops (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

In an unexplained U-turn, the Uttar Pradesh Police have now denied that any FIR has been lodged against six policemen by the family of a protester, Suleiman, who died in firing during the violent protests on December 20 against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).


496. From dance music to a vehicle of happiness, different ways to look at jazz ( Arts,Crafts & Culture )
 

Jazz -- a genre with the ability to embrace varied cultures -- has evolved exponentially in the past century-and-a-half and is today a major form of musical expression.


497. UP: Cong delegation to submit memorandum to Guv over law and order, CAA ( News and Blogs )
 

The Uttar Pradesh Congress delegation will meet Governor Anandiben Patel here on Monday to submit a memorandum over law and order in the state and against the Citizenship Amendment Act.


498. Indian Army rescues 1,500 tourists stranded due to snowfall in Sikkim ( News and Blogs )
 

As many as 1,500 stranded tourists were rescued by the Indian Army after heavy snowfall blocked the Jawaharlal Nehru road in Sikkim.


499. IAF decommissions MiG-27 fighters after impressive ceremony at AFS Jodhpur ( News and Blogs )
 

Indian Air Force (IAF) on Friday de-commissioned swing wing fighter aircraft MiG-27, after a ceremony held at Air Force Station Jodhpur.


500. 2019: When small films gave biggies a run for their bucks ( News and Blogs )
 

2019 established the fact that the realistic, small-budget film could co-exist with the starry, larger-than-life entertainers.


501. Delhi's air quality remains in 'very poor' category, overall AQI 332 ( News and Blogs )
 

The overall air quality in Delhi stood at 'very poor' on Friday with at Air Quality Index (AQI) docking at 332, said Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR).


502. Odisha: Miniature artist creates church in a bottle ( News and Blogs )
 

A Bhubaneswar- based miniature artist L Eswar Rao created church inside a bottle ahead of Christmas.


503. Remove all apprehensions especially of Muslims over CAA, NRC: Mayawati appeals Centre ( News and Blogs )
 

BSP supremo Mayawati on Tuesday appealed the Centre to remove all apprehensions, especially of Muslims over the issue of Citizenship law and National Register of Citizens (NRC).


504. Kerala Minister slams Citizenship Amendment Act, says joint strike inevitable ( News and Blogs )
 

Kerala Industries, Sports and Youth Affairs Minister EP Jayarajan on Monday slammed the BJP-led central government for the Citizenship Amendment Act and said a joint strike will be held against it."A joint strike is inevitable. The Communist Party of India (Marxist) will use all its power to defend democracy.


505. Calcutta HC directs WB govt to stop advertisements against implementation of CAA, NRC ( News and Blogs )
 

The Calcutta High Court on Monday directed the West Bengal government to stop all its advertisements that say National Register of Citizens (NRC) and Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) will not be implemented in the state.


506. J-K: Pak violates ceasefire in Tangdhar sector, Kanzalwan ( News and Blogs )
 

Pakistan on Saturday violated ceasefire in the Tangdhar sector and Kanzalwan, according to sources in the Indian Army.


507. Govt should dispel misgivings about CAA, NRC: Chirag Paswan ( News and Blogs )
 

The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) Chief Chirag Paswan said the government should make efforts to make people understand the difference between Citizenship (Amendment) Act and National Register of Citizens (NRC) as the government is unable to dispel the misgivings among an important section of the society.


508. Heavy security in Delhi, anti-CAA protesters detained near Red Fort ( News and Blogs )
 

Security was heightened across the national capital on Thursday with the police detaining demonstrators protesting near the Red Fort area over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), and entry and exit gates of several metro stations were closed.At Red Fort and Mandi House, there was heavy deployment of police forces in order to maintain law and order.


509. New SC bench to hear Nirbhaya gang-rape, murder convict's review plea today ( News and Blogs )
 

A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court will today hear the review plea filed by one of the four convicts awaiting death penalty in connection with the 2012 Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case.The matter was adjourned on Tuesday after Chief Justice of India SA Bobde recused himself from the bench hearing the matter citing personal grounds.


510. On Vijay Diwas, PM Modi says history made by Armed Forces will remain inscribed in golden letters ( News and Blogs )
 

On the occasion of Vijay Diwas, Prime Minister Narendra Modi cherished the courage and valour of Indian soldiers and said that the history created by Indian Armed Forces will remain inscribed in golden letters.


511. India being thrown into extreme communal divide by Modi-Shah govt : Digvijaya Singh ( News and Blogs )
 

Amid major protests against the citizenship law across the country, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah of throwing the nation into an extreme communal divide.


512. Nation salutes courage of martyrs of 2001 Parliament attack: President ( News and Blogs )
 

President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday paid tributes to the people who lost their lives on this day in the 2001 Parliament attack."A grateful nation salutes the exemplary valour and courage of the martyrs who sacrificed their lives while defending the Parliament from terrorists on this day in 2001.


513. CAB has no scope for legal scrutiny: Ram Madhav ( News and Blogs )
 

A day after the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) sailed through Parliament, BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav said that it has no scope for judicial scrutiny."Anybody can approach the judiciary but we are confident that this bill has nothing in it for any legal scrutiny or legal challenge," Madhav told ANI on Thursday.The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) filed a petition in the Supreme Court today questioning the legality the Bill which has been passed by both houses of Parliament.


514. Odisha awarded 'World Habitat Award' for Jaga Mission ( News and Blogs )
 

Odisha on Monday won the 'World Habitat Award', global recognition for its ambitious initiative -- Jaga Mission.This award is given by World Habitat, a UK-based organization, in partnership with United Nation (UN)-Habitat, every year, in recognition of innovative, outstanding, and revolutionary ideas, projects, and programmes from across the world.Jaga Mission is a slum land titling project, benefiting a million urban-poor living in the slums.


515. Telangana rape case: All 4 accused killed in police encounter ( News and Blogs )
 

All four people accused in the rape and murder of woman veterinarian in Telangana have been killed in an encounter with the police.More details are currently awaited.


516. Modi to jointly inaugurate development projects with Solih, gift interceptor craft, Rupay to Maldives ( News and Blogs )
 

India on Wednesday will jointly inaugurate key development projects with the Maldives and also gift a fast interceptor vessel to the island nation in to further strengthen deeper maritime security between the two countries.The developments will be conducted in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maldivian President Ibrahim Solih later today.


517. Delhi chokes again as AQI level deteriorates ( News and Blogs )
 


518. Delhi chokes again as AQI level deteriorates ( News and Blogs )
 

The air quality of Delhi has again deteriorated from the 'moderate' category on Tuesday, as per Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).At several major junctions of the city, the Air Quality Index (AQI) oscillated between 'poor' and 'very poor' category.


519. PM Modi congratulates newly appointed Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa ( News and Blogs )
 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday extended wishes to Mahinda Rajapaksa over his appointment as Sri Lanka's prime minister.Modi also said he looks forward to working closely with Mahinda on further strengthening fraternal India-Sri Lanka ties."Congratulations and best wishes to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.


520. 5 Reasons why an online personal loan is your best travel buddy ( Finance )
 


521. Devotees continue to throng Sabarimala temple to seek blessings of Lord Ayyappa ( News and Blogs )
 

Pathanamthitta (Kerala) | November 18, 2019: Scores of devotees on Monday continue to throng to the Sabarimala temple to offer prayers to Lord Ayyappa. The temple was opened on November 16 for the 41-day long annual Mandala-Makaravilakku puja festival.On Saturday, at least 10 women, aged between 10 to 50 years, were sent back from Pamba base camp which is nearly 6 km downhill from the temple.


522. PM Modi pays tribute to Jawaharlal Nehru on birth anniversary ( News and Blogs )
 

In India, Children's Day is celebrated on November 14 every year as a mark of respect to Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of independent India.


523. K'taka disqualified MLAs welcome SC verdict; express willingness to back BJP ( News and Blogs )
 

H Vishwanath, Roshan Baig and Ramesh Jarkiholi, who are among the 17 MLAs disqualified by Karnataka speaker, on Wednesday welcomed the Supreme Court's verdict allowing them to contest the upcoming by-elections and expressed willingness to extend support to BS Yediyurappa-led BJP government in the state.


524. India to be top player in data-driven world next decade: Michael Dell (IANS Interview) ( News and Blogs )
 

The 'data king' of the world and founder of IT giant, Dell Technologies, Michael Dell feels that the next decade would be driven and shaped by data, and India could be one of the significant players.


525. NCP will come to an understanding with Cong before holding further discussions with Shiv Sena: Ajit Pawar ( News and Blogs )
 

A day after President's Rule was imposed in Maharashtra, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar said that his party will first have an understanding with its ally Congress and then go ahead with discussion on Shiv Sena.


526. Four Indian firms including Tata, Adani in final race for Rs 25K crore chopper deal for Navy ( News and Blogs )
 

Four Indian firms including Tata, Adani, Mahindra Defence Systems and Bharat Forge have been shortlisted by the Indian Navy as strategic partners for the project involving a deal worth Rs 25,000 crore for indigenous manufacturing of 111 Naval Utility Choppers.


527. Maharashtra Governor recommends President's rule, Sena-Congress to approach SC ( News and Blogs )
 

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Tuesday recommended President's rule in the state as uncertainty over government formation prevails as BJP, the single-largest party and the second largest Shiv Sena have failed to stake a claim to form a government in Maharashtra.


528. Devotees throng Golden Temple on 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ( News and Blogs )
 

A sea of devotees thronged the Gurudwara Harmandar Sahib, popularly known as Golden Temple here on the 550th birth anniversary of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev on Tuesday.


529. Ayodhya: No tension, only apprehension ahead of verdict ( News and Blogs )
 

Security has been heightened here ahead of the verdict in the Ayodhya title dispute case. The apex court is expected to deliver its verdict before November 17.


530. High denial rates of H1B petitions for Indians under Trump admin: US think tank ( News and Blogs )
 

As a result of more restrictive Trump administration policies, rejection rates for H-1B petitions have increased significantly, with the highest denial rate among major Indian IT companies, according to an American-based think tank.


531. Home remedies to strengthen your immunity against pollution ( Health )
 

Home remedies to strengthen your immunity against pollution


532. Maha govt formation tussle: Shiv Sena to lodge its MLAs in hotel for two days ( News and Blogs )
 

Not willing to take any chances from potential poachers, the Shiv Sena has decided to shift all its 65 legislators to a private sea-facing hotel in suburban Bandra till the state political crisis is resolved, party sources said here on Thursday.


533. No new proposals will be exchanged with BJP, except "50:50" : Sanjay Raut ( News and Blogs )
 

As the deadline for government formation in Maharashtra is fast approaching, Shiv-Sena is not ready to settle for any anything less than equal share of power (50:50) that was allegedly agreed upon prior to polls.


534. Kung fu nuns of Drukpa Lineage get global award ( News and Blogs )
 

Kung fu nuns of the Drukpa lineage based here have been awarded the prestigious Asia Game Changers Award by the Asia Society in New York for inspiring and applying their unique talent to make the world a better place.


535. DefExpo will showcase our intent to achieve USD 26 bn turnover in aerospace, defence goods by 2025: Rajnath ( News and Blogs )
 

"We will showcase our plans for defence corridors in Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu where we already have investment commitments of about USD 1 billion. More than 100 business events and seminars are being planned in Defence Expo 2020," he said at the Ambassadors' Round Table conference organised by the Ministry of Defence here on Monday.


536. All you need to know about the Road-Rationing Odd-Even Scheme ( News and Blogs )
 

information about the Road-Rationing Odd-Even Scheme implemented by the Delhi government.


537. Delhi: Odd-even scheme begins, CM Kejriwal urges citizens to follow rules, use carpooling ( News and Blogs )
 

Delhi Government's odd-even scheme has come into implementation from 8 AM on Monday morning with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urging all citizens to use carpooling in order to control the deteriorating air quality in the national capital.


538. Thick smog continues to affect visibility in Delhi; AQI remains in 'severe' ( News and Blogs )
 

The air quality in the national capital and its adjoining regions continued to remain in the 'hazardous category' with the pollution level hovering near 400, making Delhi first in terms of polluted air among 10 major cities of the world.


539. 'Mahe' likely to intensify into a very severe cyclonic storm over east-central Arabian sea: IMD ( News and Blogs )
 

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the severe Cyclonic storm Maha which was over east-central Arabian Sea has moved further west-north westwards with a speed of 19 kilometers per hour in the past six hours.


540. CBI court dismisses CM Reddy's petition seeking exemption from personal attendance in disproportionate assets case ( News and Blogs )
 

A CBI court on Friday dismissed the petition of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy seeking exemption from personal attendance before it in the alleged disproportionate assets case.


541. House votes to authorise, open up Trump impeachment process (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

A politically-fractured House of Representatives voted on Thursday to authorise and open up the impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump, meeting a demand by him and the Republicans.


542. Germany, India linked by 'very close ties': Merkel at Rashtrapati Bhawan ( News and Blogs )
 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday said her country and India are linked by very close ties. The leader made the remarks after being accorded a ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan in the national capital on Friday.


543. Congress leaders pay tribute to Indira Gandhi on death anniversary, Priyanka posts emotional message ( News and Blogs )
 

Congress leaders paid tribute to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her death anniversary on Thursday, with Priyanka Gandhi posting an emotional message on Twitter.


544. PM Modi pays floral tribute to Sardar Patel at Statue of Unity ( News and Blogs )
 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid floral tribute to India's first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at Statue of Unity on the occasion of his 144th birth anniversary.


545. Goa Coast in danger with naphtha laden abandoned tanker ( News and Blogs )
 

An abandoned tanker laden with 2,800 million tonne naphtha floating off the Goa Coast could spill its toxic content with a strong cyclone set to buffet the Arabian Sea Coastline.


546. Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh come into being ( News and Blogs )
 

Today 31st October 2019, is a historic Thursday as two new Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh came into being, putting into effect the reorganization of the erstwhile state.


547. All central laws to be applicable to new UTs of J&K, Ladakh' ( News and Blogs )
 

At the stroke of midnight on October 31 as Jammu and Kashmir ceased to exist as a state and was formally bifurcated into two Union Territories, the Union Home Ministry in a gazette notification said that Central laws, Ordinances and rules will henceforth be applicable to the UTs of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.


548. Thousands of youth participate in SPOs recruitment drive in J-K's Poonch ( News and Blogs )
 

"Around 6,800 candidates have applied from all over the district. Today, we are covering the Mandi tehsil," ASP Adil Hamid said.


549. BJP will lead coalition govt, nothing decided on giving CM post to Shiv Sena: Fadnavis ( News and Blogs )
 

Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday said the BJP national president Amit Shah has not given any conformation about giving the Chief Minister's post to Shiv Sena.


550. Without legs, Roshan Jahan proves physical disability cannot stop anyone from achieving their goals ( News and Blogs )
 

Having lost both legs in a train accident but never losing her passion to fulfil her dreams, Roshan Jahan Shaikh has cleared her MBBS and proved that physical disability cannot stop a person from achieving their goal.


551. Looking forward to Aramco's participation in India Strategic Petroleum Reserves: PM Modi ( News and Blogs )
 

Asserting that India and Saudi Arabia are moving towards a "closer strategic partnership" from a purely "buyer-seller" relationship, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the country is looking forward to Saudi Aramco participation in New Delhi's Strategic Pe.


552. IS chief Al-Baghdadi killed by US special forces in Syria: Trump (Lead ( News and Blogs )
 

Fugitive Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a US military operation in Syria's northwest Idlib district, US President Donald Trump announced on Sunday.


553. Baghdadi, the 'caliph' of terror ( News and Blogs )
 

Until his death in a US special operations raid in northwest Syria overnight, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was the world's most-wanted terrorist leaders since al-Qaida's Osama Bin Laden.


554. Barring Cabinet colleagues, Khattar, Dushyant take oath (Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Haryana where the BJP formed a government, state's first non-Congress government at the helm for the second consecutive term.


555. Several independent candidates extend support to BJP in Haryana ( News and Blogs )
 

A number of independent candidates extended their support to BJP, the single-largest party in the Haryana Assembly, on Friday.


556. Khattar may stake claim today for Haryana govt formation ( News and Blogs )
 


557. Happy Dhanteras : Five-day Diwali festival begins ( News and Blogs )
 

While the nation is already soaked in Diwali fever, Dhanteras on Friday officially marked the commencement of five-day-long festival of lights!


558. We have invitation from both BJP, Cong to form govt claims JJP Haryana chief ( News and Blogs )
 

Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) Haryana president Sardar Nishant Singh on Friday claimed that his party has invitations from both BJP and Congress to form the government as both these parties lack a majority in the state assembly.


559. Maha-results: BJP-Sena leads in 125 seats (2nd Lead) ( News and Blogs )
 

Maharashtra's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Shiv Sena's dream run continued with their candidates leading in over 125 constituencies while the opposition Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) nominees were ahead in around 75 seats, in the early trends of the October 21 Assembly elections vote count here on Thursday.


560. Kerala by-polls: Congress, CPI(M) leading on two seats each ( News and Blogs )
 

Indian National Congress(UDF) and Communist Party of India (Marxist)(LDF) are leading on two seats each in the Kerala Assembly by-polls, as per the official trends on the Election Commission website.


561. India, Pakistan sign agreement for visit of pilgrims through Kartarpur corridor ( News and Blogs )
 

India on Thursday signed an agreement with Pakistan on the modalities for operationalising Kartarpur Sahib Corridor, paving the way for its inauguration next month ahead of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.


562. BJP leads in early trends in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena not far behind ( News and Blogs )
 

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is leading in 21 assembly constituencies in Maharashtra, while its ally Shiv Sena is ahead in 13 seats, as per official trends from the Election Commission (EC).


563. Terrorist group AGH has been wiped out, says J-K DGP ( News and Blogs )
 

A day after terrorist Zakir Musa's successor Abdul Hameed Lelhari was killed in Awantipora encounter on Tuesday, Jammu Kashmir DGP Dilbag Singh on Wednesday said Ansar Ghazwat-ul Hind group (AGH) has been wiped out.


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