BRO to collect toll from civilian traffic on 4 key Ladakh routes
For the first time, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) plans to collect toll from civilian traffic plying on the roads it builds, especially in the Himalayan states bordering China and Pakistan. The agency — under the defence ministry — plans to start with four routes covering a distance of 941 kms in Ladakh, including the Leh-Srinagar highway, and Leh’s link to Chalunka in the Nubra valley that is flanked by Chorbat area of Pakistan in the west and Siachen in the north.
HC notice to Malik on ‘wilful breach’ of his undertaking
The Bombay high court on Tuesday directed state minister Nawab Malik to file an affidavit, explaining why action not be taken against him for wilful breach of his undertaking not to post or make statements against Dnyandev Wankhede and his son — Narcotics Control Bureau officer Sameer Wankhede — and their family.
'2k serious cases of AEFI, 0.004% of 123cr of shots given'
Adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) were recorded after 0.004% of the total around 123 crore Covid jabs administered till November 30. Of the 49,819 reported adverse events, 47,691 were minor, 163 severe and 1,965 were serious cases, the government told the Parliament on Tuesday.
'PDP will contest polls, but I won’t till Art 370 is restored'
Former J&K CM and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday said her party shall fight assembly polls in the UT, as and when they are held, so as not to cede any space to BJP. However, she added that she would not contest polls individually unless Article 370 and Article 35A are restored and J&K returns to its pre-August 5, 2019 status.
SC upholds bail for Sudha Bharadwaj, junks NIA plea
The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the Bombay high court’s order granting default bail to lawyer-activist Sudha Bharadwaj in the 2018 Bhima Koregaon case and dismissed the plea of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which had challenged the high court verdict.
'Not enough orders, may cut Covishield output by 50%'
With not enough orders for Covishield from the Centre, Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla on Tuesday said the company is looking at slashing monthly production of vaccines by at least 50% %. SII has written to the government to seek clarity on its requirement, if any, for normal two doses for eligible people and also on booster doses.
'Change yourself, or changes will happen'
Upset over the stubborn truancy among BJP MPs, Prime Minister Narendra Modi dropped a stern hint that attendance in Parliament could be included among the criteria for the distribution of party tickets. According to sources, the PM, who has repeatedly frowned upon rampant absenteeism, was upset because there have been occasions when proceedings had to be adjourned for lack of quorum this session.
2-mth-old’s dad, man married for 9 days among Oting’s 13
Thirteen is more than dead statistics for Oting in Nagaland’s Mon district — for a village that lost as many of its sons to a botched Army ambush and subsequent violence on Saturday, the number will remain wrapped in a range of emotions for years to come. It will be remembered by a baby when she grows up as her father was among the dead that day. Or by the wife of a man who got married just nine days before the tragedy.
Farmers’ call today on ending stir as govt ‘meets’ 5 demands
Amid indications of a narrowing of differences, the Centre on Tuesday formally offered agitating farmer unions a draft proposal, addressing five of their six demands. It included withdrawal of cases against farmers, provided they end their agitation which has seen blockades on major roads at Delhi’s borders.
Live: 'Normalcy by June if Omicron stays less virulent'
Life could get back to normal by June 2022 if Covid’s latest avatar, Omicron, turns out to be less virulent than other variants like Delta, which caused the mega second wave in India this year. Stay with TOI for all updates
US warns Russia of crippling sanctions if it invades Ukraine
Video footage released by Kremlin showed United States President Joe Biden and Russia's Vladimir Putin exchanging wide smiles and warm opening words as they met virtually on Tuesday morning. But outside of the velvety civility, there was little doubt that iron fists were bared.
India vs SA: Selectors seek time on ODI team and captaincy
Picking the team for the tour of South Africa has become a tricky affair for the selectors. TOI understands that the selection panel headed by Chetan Sharma has sought more time to pick the ODI squad while the Test team is likely to come out in a day or two. This means the decision on captaincy of the ODI team will be delayed.
AWS outage impacting Amazon and other services for thousands of users
News/Business: Several Amazon.com Inc services, including Prime Video, its namesake e-commerce website and applications that use Amazon Web Services (AWS) were down for thousands of users around the world on Tuesday.
Nasa picks Indian-origin doctor as astronaut for future missions
Indian-origin physician Anil Menon, a lieutenant colonel at the US Air Force, has been selected by NASA along with nine others to be astronauts for future missions, the American space agency has announced. Menon, 45, was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Ukrainian and Indian immigrants. He was SpaceX's first flight surgeon, helping to launch the company's first humans to space.