Resolve logjam in RS, Venkaiah asks govt, oppn
With the suspension of the 12 opposition members continuing to disrupt Rajya Sabha, chairperson M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday asked the ruling and opposition benches to resolve the logjam, while stressing that ‘disapproval of undemocratic conduct in the House cannot be decried as undemocratic’.
‘In national interest’: India defends S-400 buy as curbs loom
As the threat of US sanctions looms over India’s purchase of S-400 system from Russia, India on Thursday reiterated that it follows an independent foreign policy and its defence acquisitions will continue to be guided by “national security interests”.
Covid: Coverage of 1st dose up by 5.9%, 2nd shot by 11.7%
The coverage of the first and second dose of Covid vaccine has increased by 5.9% and 11.7%, respectively, till end of November following the government’s door-to-door ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ campaign that started from November 3. However, around 12 crore beneficiaries are still due for their second dose despite the government’s vaccination push.
Jobless rate: 11 states hit double digits in January-March
Urban joblessness rates in all age groups in at least 11 states remained in double digits, while it was stubbornly high among 15 to 29 year olds across all states, with this segment’s overall unemployment rate hitting 22.9% in the January-March quarter of 2020-21, latest data showed. In the October-December quarter, 12 states had reported double-digit urban joblessness rates.
'Wide range of vaccines act as booster to AstraZeneca, Pfizer shots'
Up to six different Covid-19 boosters were found to be safe, and provoked strong immune responses in people who have previously received a two-dose course of the Oxford-AstraZeneca-developed Covishield, or Pfizer-BioNTech’s BNT162b2, the first randomised phase 2 trial of boosters given after two doses of either vaccine, published in The Lancet shows.
China suspends Sri Lankan solar plants after India protest
China has decided to suspend a project for construction of Hybrid Energy Systems in Sri Lanka by Chinese firm Sino Soar Hybrid Technology, a Lankan media report said. These systems were to be constructed in three northern islands located close to India.
India slams UN rights body for Jammu and Kashmir statement
India slammed the UN high commissioner for human rights office on Thursday for making "baseless and unfounded" allegations against Indian forces in J&K, asking it to develop a better understanding of the negative impact of terrorism on human rights.
‘Fascistic mindset’, says Congress after Mamata’s ‘what UPA?’ remark
A day after TMC chief Mamata Banerjee declared that UPA was dead and Congress was not fighting BJP with Rahul Gandhi often going abroad, a virtual war of words broke out with the grand old party accusing her of having a “fascistic mindset” and narrating her long history of alliance with BJP.
South African traveller, Bengaluru doctor are India’s first Omicron patients
India’s first two Omicron-infected Covid-19 patients have been detected in Karnataka. One of them is a 66-year-old man who travelled from South Africa while the other is a 46-year-old anaesthetist based in Bengaluru, the health ministry said on Thursday. Their contacts have also been traced, it added.
Michigan school shooting reveals the epidemic America is ignoring
Guns do kill people -- in significant numbers, more quickly and easily than many other weapons. Time and time again, guns have been used in mass killings, including at schools where children should be focusing on their education rather than practicing how to fend for themselves in active shooter drills.