The Times Of India
Covid-19: India overtakes Brazil as world's second worst-hit country
India reported a record 168,912 Covid-19 infections overnight, data from the health ministry showed on Monday, overtaking Brazil to become the second-most affected country globally by the coronavirus. India's overall tally reached 13.53 million, surpassing Brazil's 13.45 million cases, according to data compiled by Reuters. The US led the global tally with 31.2 million cases.
Terrorists misused mosques for attacks in J&K's Pampore, Sopore and Shopian: IGP Kashmir
"Terrorists misused mosques for terror attacks in Pampore on June 19, 2020, Sopore on July 1, 2020, and Shopian on April 9, 2021. Public, Masjid Intizamia, civil societies and media should condemn such acts," he said.
SC judges to function from home, over 50% staff test Covid positive
Facing a grim scenario of 50 per cent of its staff testing positive for Covid, the Supreme Court on Monday decided that all Judges would function from their homes and the benches will assemble through video links. The entire SC premises, including the courtrooms, are being sanitised and the benches will assemble an hour later than the scheduled time of either 10.30 or 11.30 am.
Congress leader among attack targets, bombs found as phase 5 poll looms
Clashes, attacks and recovery of arms and ammuition on Sunday marked West Bengal’s run-up to the fifth phase of polls scheduled for Saturday. Most clashes were reported between Trinamool Congress and BJP. The trend was broken in Malda where a clash broke out between Congress and Trinamool supporters.
Violence follows victory of Tripura royal scion, Sec 144 in 5 districts
A day after Tripura royal scion Pradyot Kishore Debbarman’s newly-formed alliance defeated BJP in the tribal council polls, violence swept several districts of the state amid allegations that supporters on the winning side targeted offices and workers of the saffron party and its ally, the Indigenous Peoples’ Front of Tripura.
Maharashtra administers over 1cr doses, highest in country
Maharashtra reached a major Covid-19 milestone on Sunday as it crossed the one crore-mark in vaccine doses administered, the highest by any state. It took the state a little less than 70 days to cover nearly one-third of the target population with at least one dose, officials said. Rajasthan is a close second with nearly 96lakh doses administered.
Travelling on Rajdhanis with modern coaches gets costlier
Travel in Rajdhani trains with upgraded modern Tejas-type coaches will cost more. The Indian Railways had introduced a 5% hike in the base fare of the Delhi-Agartala Tejas-Rajdhani train which started operation in February.
Hanuman’s place of birth: Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh engage in epic battle
While Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh have claimed that the birthplace of Lord Hanuman is on their land, a religious head from Shivamogga made yet another claim, saying the trusted companion of Lord Ram was born in the pilgrim centre Gokarna in Karnataka’s Uttara Kannada district.
China changes tack, plays hardball on Gogra-Hot Springs de-escalation
The recent round of military talks between India and China saw the Chinese side switching track, taking a rigid position on de-escalation in the Gogra-Hot Springs area, in contrast to its earlier posture when it was more fixated on the Finger area near Pangong lake.
Now, AI-based device to alert drivers when they doze off
The need to ensure drivers of defence vehicles don’t doze off while driving long distances has resulted in the invention of an artificial intelligence-based device that can alert the driver with a loud buzzer if his eyes close for more than three seconds.
Congress, Sena in fresh slugfest over Rs 36 crore-fund distribution
A war of words has broken out between Congress and Shiv Sena over distribution of District Planning and Development Council (DPDC) funds for Mumbai suburban district. Congress leader Janardhan Chandurkar alleged around Rs 36 crore of the funds have been allocated to beautification proposals by Shiv Sena corporators, while Congress corporators have been left high and dry.
Didi trying to politicise the deaths, says Shah in Bengal
Accusing chief minister Mamata Banerjee of attempting to “politicise” the Sitalkuchi deaths, home minister Amit Shah on Sunday told her that it was her “gherao CRPF” comment that was responsible for the death of four people. He also responded to her call for resignation, saying he was ready to do so “if people in Bengal ask him to”, but added that it would be Banerjee herself who would have to resign on May 2.
It’s Nandigram-style ‘genocide’: Mamata Banerjee
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on Sunday said that Saturday’s deaths in Sitalkuchi were a “Nandigram-style genocide”. She said the Election Commission should rename the Model Code of Conduct as the “Modi Code of Conduct” and said the poll panel’s 72-hour ban on travelling to Cooch Behar — which prevented her from meeting the victims’ kin — was “inhuman and unprecedented”.
Cooch Behar violence: Anger and tension at Ground Zero
A day after the firing deaths, several hundred villagers gathered at Amtali Madhyamik Siksha Kendra in Sitalkuchi, angry and tense. Such was their anger that the local administration had to seek police protection to hand over the bodies to the bereaved families.
Cooch Behar violence: Bengal teen reveals what started it all
The bloodbath at Sitalkuchi on Saturday may have led to barbs being exchanged between TMC and BJP top brass, but the parents of the 14-year-old boy — whose injury is said to have led to the fracas — are unable to pay for his treatment, including ultrasonography and CT scan that he requires.