US welcomes India-Pakistan joint statement on ceasefire
The United States has welcomed the joint statement of India and Pakistan to strictly observe all agreements on ceasefire along the Line of Control and other sectors, saying it is a positive step towards greater peace and stability in South Asia.
Congress has joined AIUDF in ‘lust for power’, can’t secure Assam: Amit Shah
Congress cannot provide security to Assam after joining hands with Badruddin Ajmal in its “lust for power”, Union home minister Amit Shah said at an election rally at Batadrava, the birthplace of Vaishnavite saint Srimanta Sankardeva, in Assam’s Nagoan district on Thursday.
PM Modi in Tamil Nadu: Oppn netas want to grab office to fill their pockets
Promising to give “governance with compassion”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi kickstarted BJP’s election campaign from Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu on Thursday with a strident attack on the DMK-Congress combine branding them as corrupt parties that cannot provide good governance to the state.
LPG refill price hiked by 25, now up 100 in just February
Household cooking gas became costlier by Rs 25 on Thursday, marking the third increase this month, taking the total increase to Rs 100 per cylinder. The increase comes on a day benchmark Brent crude hit a 13-month high at $67.70 and global LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) has spiked on higher demand due to the recent cold wave that swept across the United States and Europe.
Centre scraps curbs on hosting webinars
The government has withdrawn its order that required scientific institutions to seek prior approval before organising any international online seminar or conference. In its fresh order, issued on Wednesday, the MEA said the guidelines, issued on November 25, regarding political clearance for international conferences/ seminars/ training etc.
Muluk gets interim shield from arrest in toolkit case
A Delhi court on Thursday granted climate activist Shantanu Muluk interim protection from arrest in the farm agitation toolkit case till March 9. Additional sessions judge Dharmender Rana, who heard Muluk’s anticipatory bail plea, passed the order after Delhi Police filed a reply mentioning the findings of the investigation so far but sought seven more days to submit a more “detailed and comprehensive” response.
Active Covid cases surge in 10 states/UTs
India recorded more than 16,000 fresh Covid-19 cases for the second day running, even as the number of active cases has surged in 10 states and Union territories in the last seven days while rising by nearly 15,000 nationally to more than 1.5 lakh.
45+ with comorbidities will need doc certificate for jab: Govt
People aged between 45 and 60 years having co-morbidities will just need a certificate from a registered medical practitioner — from the public or private sector — verifying that they have a disease that can increase the risk of infection, hence eligible to get the Covid-19 vaccine on priority, according to officials.
Co-Win is robust, issues are state-specific: NHA chief
Amid concerns about software glitches in Co-Win, the government said the software is robust and the issues are related to data in specific states like Maharashtra. “There are no software-related glitches. The platform can handle much more traffic than it is getting right now,” R S Sharma, chief executive of National Health Authority and head of the Empowered Group on Covid-19 vaccinations, told TOI.
At UN, India defends ‘pre-emptive’ hits
Stating that some states are resorting to proxy war by supporting non-state actors such as terrorist groups to evade international censure, India said at the UN on Wednesday that a country would be compelled to undertake “pre-emptive strike” when confronted by an “imminent armed attack” from a non-state actor operating in a third state.
Surge in births at home in Delhi due to Covid scare
The latest birth registration data of municipal bodies has revealed that in the past few months, the consistent trend of institutional deliveries going up – less than 10% non-institutional births were registered in 2019 – got reversed because of Covid.