Covid: Daily cases hit 73-day low, zero deaths in Jharkhand
Jharkhand became the first state in the country outside the northeast to report zero daily deaths from Covid-19 in at least the last 50 days, even as the country on Saturday recorded the lowest number of fresh cases since March 31.
Covid, steroid use for treatment likely cause for rise in diabetes cases: Doctors
Gujarat, the diabetes capital of India, seems poised for a jump in the number of diabetics post Covid-19 as experts report a perceptible rise either triggered by or detected during the Covid episode. “A global analysis published in Journal of Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism last year demonstrated that 14.4% of patients hospitalised with severe Covid developed diabetes,” says endocrinologist Dr Sanjeev Phatak
‘Courtesy call’ stirs rumours of BJP neta’s return to TMC
Ex- state minister turned-BJP leader Rajib Banerjee made an hour-long “courtesy call” to TMC general secretary Kunal Ghosh on Saturday, kicking off speculation of a second blow to the saffron camp in Bengal after Mukul Roy’s ‘ghar wapsi’.
Lakshadweep: BJP netas quit over Aisha sedition case
A day after 12 senior BJP members in Lakshadweep, including party state secretary Abdul Hameed, resigned in protest against the slapping of a sedition case against filmmaker-activist Aisha Sultana, few more saffron party leaders in the island quit on Saturday.
2 civilians, cop duo killed in J&K terror attack
Two civilians and as many cops were killed in indiscriminate firing by Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists at Arampora in Sopore town of north Kashmir's Baramulla district on Saturday. Two other civilians and three police personnel, including an ASI, were injured in the ambush, which started with grenades being hurled in the direction of the cops on duty before a pair of terrorists emerged from their hiding place to fire several rounds, witnesses said.
Turmoil in Rajasthan as Pilot camp fires fresh ‘phone tap’ salvo
Phone-tapping charges have come back to haunt the Ashok Gehlot government in Rajasthan. Congress MLA from Jaipur district’s Chaksu seat, Ved Prakash Solanki, a vocal supporter of Sachin Pilot, claimed on Saturday that some legislators had told him about their phones being tapped.
PM Modi seeks support for TRIPS waiver for Covid tech
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday sought G7's support for the proposal moved at the WTO by India and South Africa for a TRIPS waiver on Covid-related technologies while also committing to India's support to collective efforts at improving global health.
Digvijay sets off storm with Article 370 remarks
Congress functionary Digvijaya Singh found himself in the middle of a fresh controversy over comments on the Clubhouse platform during a conversation with a Pakistani journalist, where he said the party can consider reversing the Article 370 decision if it returned to office.
Govt says Covid data transparent, junks international media report
The Centre on Saturday said it has been transparent in Covid data management and has been urging states and Union Territories to maintain robust reporting mechanism for monitoring district wise cases and deaths on a daily basis.
Biden mandarins twit India on human rights even as they talk up broader ties
Apprehensions in New Delhi that human rights and civil liberties issues will come to the fore in a Biden administration was vindicated this week when a senior US administration official expressed concern about recent actions of the Modi government that he said do not conform to the country's democratic values.
West Bengal FM says his voice 'muzzled' in GST Council meet, dissent not heard
The 44th GST Council meeting, chaired by Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman and comprising state ministers, on Saturday slashed tax rate on Covid drugs such as Remdesivir and Tocilizumab as well as on medical oxygen, and oxygen concentrators but ignored demands for a reduction in taxes on vaccines.