The Times Of India
Focus on Afghanistan, connectivity and infrastructure at today’s Central Asian meet
PM Narendra Modi will host the first ever India-Central Asia summit virtually on Thursday with focus on improving trade and connectivity with the resource-rich region while also looking to address the security situation in Afghanistan.
In a first on R-Day, largest-ever fleet of 75 aircraft dominates skies; aerial view from cockpit shown at flypast
The flypast of the Indian Air Force on Wednesday was the grandest ever in the history of the Republic Day parade as the largest-ever fleet of 75 aircraft, including newly-acquired Rafale fighters, participated in the air show of the country’s aerial assets over Rajpath.
Padma to Ghulam Nabi brings Congress' fissures to fore again
Slamming the “twist” given by Congress leader Jairam Ramesh to the Modi government’s decision to give him Padma Bhushan, Congress veteran Ghulam Nabi Azad said Padma awards are a “national honour” and not of “a particular political party”, even as he underlined that they were started by Jawaharlal Nehru after independence.
Amit Shah woos west UP Jat leaders ahead of assembly elections
Anxious to assuage the sullenness of sections of the Jat community in Western UP, Union home minister Amit Shah on Wednesday wooed a group of community influencers by stressing similarity of “nationalist” outlook, recalling communal riots of 2013 and promising resolution of their grievances and consideration of demands.
Covid-19: Third shots may not be given to all as experts sceptical
The government may soon revisit its policy on booster doses of Covid vaccines as its scientific experts are of the view that benefits of a third shot may not merit expansion of the coverage to other age groups, official sources said.
Daily Covid-19 cases below 3 lakh for 3rd day but deaths over 500 for 2nd day
India’s covid tally remained below 3 lakh for the third consecutive day. Deaths, however, crossed the 500 mark for the second day in a row. With data from Tripura yet to come at the time of filing this story, Wednesday’s case count stood at 286,994 cases and 501 deaths.
Omicron infection may protect against Delta: ICMR
An ICMR study has found that individuals infected with the Omicron variant have significant immune response that could neutralise not only this strain but also others, including the most prevalent Delta variant, making re-infection with the latter less likely, thereby displacing it as the dominant strain.
Girls worst hit in access to education during pandemic: Parliament panel
As the surging third wave puts the focus back on the pandemic’s impact on children’s education, the findings of a parliamentary committee highlights how the Covid crisis has disproportionately affected girls, especially their education.
Railways stalls recruitment drive after Bihar violence
The railway ministry on Wednesday suspended the ongoing recruitment process for non technical posts amid violent protests in Bihar where protesters set four empty coaches on fire. The ministry also set up a five-member high level committee to look into the issues raised by the applicants many of whom have joined the demonstrations affecting rail operations.