Covid-19: Boosters will be untimely now, says expert
Epidemiologist Dr JP Mulayil, member of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation in India (NTAGI), on Tuesday said booster dose against Covid-19 in the current time would be untimely, two days after another NTAGI member told TOI that benefits of a third shot might not merit expansion of the coverage to all age groups.
Air India takes off on long haul to revival
Air India flights started operating under the Tata banner from Friday after nearly seven decades. Getting the most suitable buyer means the debt-laden airline has avoided a shutdown like Kingfisher or Jet Airways. But what does it mean for passengers?
Temple can’t usurp land, God is ‘omnipresent’: HC
“God is omnipresent. God does not need a specific place for his divine presence. It is the fanatic who is the root cause of all problems to divide people in the name of religion (sic),” Madras high court said on Friday, refusing to stall the removal of a temple standing on public land.
After Jio deal, Google to invest $1 billion in Airtel now
Sunil Mittal’s Airtel secured a $1 billion ‘strategic funding’ from Google as the American tech giant widened its investment spread in India beyond the $4.5 billion (Rs 33,737 crore) deal it had signed up with Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio in July 2020.
India reports over 600 Covid deaths, 103 in Maharashtra
Maharashtra recorded more than 100 deaths from Covid-19 on Friday while the toll in Kerala was over 90 as daily fatalities from the virus in India crossed 600 for the first time during the current wave of the pandemic. Meanwhile, fresh cases of the coronavirus continued to fall, indicating that the third wave may have peaked in the country, although testing remained lower than the previous week’s numbers. India reported 2,35,396 new cases on Friday, the lowest in 11 days, with data from one state awaited.
SC revokes 1-year suspension of 12 Maha BJP MLAs
Holding that suspension of a member from any assembly beyond one session is grossly violative of “basic democratic values” and worse than expulsion, the Supreme Court Friday held the July 2021 resolution passed by the Maharashtra assembly to suspend 12 BJP MLAs for allegedly misbehaving with the presiding officer of the House as “unconstitutional, grossly illegal and irrational” as the period of suspension extended beyond the remainder of the session concerned.
Don’t blindly follow West in criminalising marital rape: Govt
Opposing the PILs related to “marital rape”, the Centre has told the Delhi high court that, among other things, misuse of Section 498 of the IPC related to dowry harassment and lack of a mechanism to verify when consent stands withdrawn by the wife are concerns because of which India should move cautiously and not follow other countries blindly on the issue. This has been conveyed to the court in a written submission.
Let’s open up more shrines to pilgrims, India proposes to Pakistan
Even as bilateral ties with Pakistan remain in deep freeze, India is looking to build on the goodwill created by religious tourism by expanding the agreed list of shrines pilgrims from both sides are allowed to visit. India proposed the same to Pakistan in a note verbale Friday saying that pilgrims be also allowed to travel by air.
Amid tensions over Ukraine, India tries to appear neutral
While treading cautiously on the Ukraine crisis, India Friday backed diplomatic efforts to resolve the situation saying it was closely following the ongoing high-level discussions between Russia and the US. In its first remarks on the threat of a military flare-up between Russia and NATO forces, the government called for a peaceful resolution of the situation through sustained diplomatic efforts "for long term peace and stability in the region and beyond".
Firearms rights group sues San Jose over proposal to make gun owners carry insurance and pay annual fee
A firearms rights group has sued the California city of San Jose over a proposal that would require many of the city's gun owners to carry liability insurance for accidents and negligence -- which would be a first in the nation -- as well as pay a new annual fee.