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A junior engineer posted in Varanasi has been suspended for allegedly posting derogatory comments against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and criticising government policies on Facebook

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12 Sep 2020, 7:54 PM

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri says flight operations from Deoghar international airport in Jharkhand will begin in first week of November

12 Sep 2020, 7:54 PM

Junior engineer in Varanasi suspended for derogatory post against PM

A junior engineer posted in Varanasi has been suspended for allegedly posting derogatory comments against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and criticising government policies on Facebook.

Junior Engineer (Technical) Praveen Kumar, posted in Nalkoop division of Varanasi, had "made adverse comments against the prime minister on his Facebook wall using derogatory language and also shared pictures presenting himself as the future MLA", an official release issued here said.

He had also criticised the policies of the Centre and the Uttar Pradesh government and had been missing from work since August 26 without informing, the release said.

Kumar has been suspended with immediate effect on the recommendation of chief engineer Nalkoop division and the district magistrate, Varanasi.

12 Sep 2020, 7:32 PM

Oxford COVID vaccine trials by AstraZeneca resumes with green light

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12 Sep 2020, 7:16 PM

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal says AAP's 'Oximitra' campaign to check oxygen levels of people can save lives directly

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12 Sep 2020, 6:56 PM

Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel writes to Union Health Minister demanding Rs 736.74 crores for COVID-19 hospitals

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel (file pic) writes to Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan demanding Rs 736.74 crores for COVID-19 hospitals & centres, increasing ICU beds in AIIMS Raipur from 54 to 200 & to purchase medicines related to COVID treatment.

12 Sep 2020, 6:51 PM

A NEET-aspirant commits suicide in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu: A NEET-aspirant allegedly died by suicide in Madurai today. A note left behind by her reads, "...I really studied well but I'm afraid if I can't get seat I'll disappoint everyone. I'm sorry..." Police present at spot. NEET(UG) exams are scheduled to be held tomorrow.

12 Sep 2020, 6:25 PM

3 held on charge of glorifying terrorism in J&K

The Jammu and Kashmir Police said on Saturday that it had arrested three persons on charge of glorifying terrorism by pasting posters and displaying banners of terrorists in south Kashmir's Pampore town.

The posters were pasted and banners of terrorists displayed on September 6 in Pampore by Nadeem Ahmad Dar of Dranbal, Irshad Ahmad Sofi of Tulbagh, and Shakir Ahmad Dar of Jalalabad in Sopore area of Baramulla.

"Incriminating material, including two computer systems along with accessories, and one printer were seized from a printing press, namely Rampage Advertising Agency, in Rengreth in Srinagar," police said.

An FIR has been registered by police, which is investigating.

12 Sep 2020, 6:19 PM

Kerala reports 2,885 new COVID-19 positive cases, 28,802 total cases

Kerala reports 2,885 new COVID-19 positive cases today. Active cases now at 28,802, while 75,848 patients have recovered so far: Kerala Government

12 Sep 2020, 5:38 PM

1421 new COVID-19 cases in Bihar,1,56,866 total cases

1421 new COVID-19 cases and 1700 recovered cases reported in Bihar in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 1,56,866 so far including 14,899 active cases, 1,41,158 recovered cases & 808 deaths: State Health Department, Bihar

12 Sep 2020, 5:35 PM

Narcotics Control Bureau detains Karamjeet from Andheri West area of Mumbai

Narcotics Control Bureau detains one, Karamjeet from Andheri West area of Mumbai allegedly in connection with drugs case related to Sushant Singh Rajput's death case.

12 Sep 2020, 4:56 PM

485 police personnel of Maharashtra Police test positive for COVID-19

485 police personnel of Maharashtra Police tested positive for COVID-19 & 1 died in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of infections in the force to 18,890 including 3,729 active cases, 14,975 recovered cases and 186 deaths: Maharasthra Police.

12 Sep 2020, 4:08 PM

Modi Govt’s sudden, unplanned lockdown has snowballed India’s already-precarious economy, says Rahul

One of India's biggest employers is in "wait and see" mode since Covid cases are rising. So, no hope of job creation & safe future for youth anytime soon. Yet another outcome of Modi Govt’s sudden & unplanned lockdown which has snowballed India’s already-precarious economy, tweeted Rahul Gandhi

12 Sep 2020, 3:46 PM

Congress launches campaign for MP assembly bypolls

The Congress in Madhya Pradesh on Saturday kicked off its campaign for 27 Assembly bypolls with state unit president Kamal Nath offering prayers at famous Baglamukhi temple at Nalkheda in Agar Malwa district.

12 Sep 2020, 2:49 PM

I would like to advise them that BJP should become self-reliant first in Bihar, says Tejashwi

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12 Sep 2020, 2:45 PM

Corona kit scam has taken place in almost all the districts of UP, says Priyanka Gandhi

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12 Sep 2020, 2:33 PM

Puducherry logs 419 new COVID-19 cases, five more deaths

With 419 more people testing positive for coronavirus in Puducherry on Saturday, the overall tally of infections rose to 19,439 in the union territory.

12 Sep 2020, 2:20 PM

2 Army officers killed in Rajasthan accident

Two Indian Army officers were killed when the official vehicle they were travelling in met with an accident on the Bikaner-Jaipur highway early Saturday, confirmed Army officials.

12 Sep 2020, 1:51 PM

Nitish and Nadda hold seat-sharing talks for Bihar polls

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday held a crucial meeting with BJP president Jagat Prakash Nadda on seat-sharing among the NDA alliance partners for the assembly elections in the state.

12 Sep 2020, 1:26 PM

Odisha reports 3,777 new COVID-19 cases, 11 more deaths

Odisha's COVID-19 tally mounted to 1,46,894 on Saturday with 3,777 more people testing positive for the disease, while 11 fresh fatalities pushed the state's death toll to 616, a health department official said.

12 Sep 2020, 1:24 PM

3 policemen suspended after 2 prisoners escape from COVID hospital in UP

Three constables, from whose custody two prisoners escaped from a COVID-19 hospital here, have been suspended, police said on Saturday.

12 Sep 2020, 1:03 PM

CM Captain Amarinder Singh announces a separate state-funded scheme to provide subsidized rations

CM Captain Amarinder Singh announces a separate state-funded scheme to provide subsidized rations to 9 lakhs beneficiaries not covered under National Food Security Act (NFSA). He also launched a Smart Ration Card scheme to cover 1.41 crore beneficiaries in the state: Punjab CMO

12 Sep 2020, 12:36 PM

COVID-19: Rajasthan reports 739 new cases, 7 more deaths

Rajasthan reported 739 fresh COVID-19 cases and seven deaths on Saturday, officials said.

12 Sep 2020, 12:01 PM

2,278 new corona cases push Telangana's tally over 1.54 lakh

Telangana reported 2,278 more coronavirus cases on Saturday, pushing its total tally over 1.54 lakh, even as 2,458 more recoveries were recorded in the state.

12 Sep 2020, 11:03 AM

Fire breaks out in plastic factory in Delhi's Inderlok, no casualty

A fire broke out in a plastic factory at Shahzada Bagh in Delhi's Inderlok area on Saturday morning, a Delhi Fire Service official said.

12 Sep 2020, 11:00 AM

94 new COVID cases in Agra as 14 special trains resume op

Agra district authorities are fully geared up to put the city back on normal tracks even as the COVID-19 cases continue to surge. In the past 24 hours, Agra reported 94 fresh cases, including half a dozen doctors and health workers.

12 Sep 2020, 10:53 AM

Two killed in LA plane crash

Two people were killed after a small plane crashed into a parking lot near the Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles County, according to officials.

12 Sep 2020, 10:14 AM

New Zealand reports 2 new community COVID-19 cases

New Zealand reported two new community COVID-19 cases on Saturday which were epidemiologically linked to the existing cluster in west Auckland, said the Ministry of Health.

12 Sep 2020, 10:10 AM

Swami Agnivesh fought with great courage for marginalised: Sonia

Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Saturday consoled the demise of social activist Swami Agnivesh saying all his life he fought with great courage and conviction for the most marginalised sections of society.

In a statement, Sonia Gandhi said, "I am grieved to learn the passing way of Swami Agnivesh. All his life he fought with great courage and conviction for the most marginalised sections of our society, fearless in defending their rights and in facing upto those who exploited and oppressed them and terrorised the poor, often at great personal risk."

The Congress leader said that Swami Agnivesh was a "most powerful" and "effective" voice for the vulnerable and the defenceless.

Swami Agnivesh's energy and faith in constructive social activism was indeed admirable and inspiring, she said.

Recalling the works of Swami Agnivesh, Sonia Gandhi said, "He worked with equal dynamism to promote interfaith, understanding and dialouge, non-violence, and justice for the tribal people of Chhattisgarh, caught in a violent conflict. He will be widely mourned and India will honour the memory of this brave and noble soul."

Swami Agnivesh died after suffering a cardiac arrest at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences on Friday evening. The hospital attempted to revive him for 30 minutes before declaring Agnivesh dead at 6.30 p.m.

The social activist was admitted at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS), Delhi on Tuesday. He was critically ill and suffered from liver cirrhosis and had been on ventilator support since Tuesday owing to multi-organ failure. His condition deteriorated on Friday.

Body of Swami Agnivesh will be kept at the Bandhua Mukti Morcha (BMM) office on Saturday to allow the public to pay their final respects, albeit adhering to Covid rules, said Professor Vithal Rao Arya, his close associate and former general secretary of Bandhua Mukti Morcha.

12 Sep 2020, 10:10 AM

6.1-magnitude quake jolts Japan

An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale struck Japan's Miyagi prefecture on Saturday, officials said, adding that no tsunami was issued.

12 Sep 2020, 10:01 AM

Youth Congress workers were detained by police in Kerala

Youth Congress workers were detained by police following their protest outside state minister KT Jaleel's residence in Malappuram's Valanchery last night over his alleged involvement in the gold smuggling case.

12 Sep 2020, 9:27 AM

India's COVID-19 case tally crosses 46 lakh mark with a spike of 97,570 new cases

India's COVID-19 case tally crosses 46 lakh mark with a spike of 97,570 new cases & 1,201 deaths reported in the last 24 hours. The total case tally stands at 46,59,985 including 9,58,316 active cases, 36,24,197 cured/discharged/migrated & 77,472 deaths: Ministry of Health

12 Sep 2020, 9:26 AM

DMRC starts Pre-paid Auto Service at Shivaji Stadium

In coordination with Delhi Police, DMRC starts Pre-paid Auto Service at Shivaji Stadium. Passengers of Delhi Metro Airport Line can avail Pre-paid Auto Service at Shivaji Stadium from today: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC)

12 Sep 2020, 9:15 AM

Rahul Gandhi slams Modi govt over GDP, job loss, bank loans and Coronavirus

Modi Govt’s ‘well-planned fight’ against Covid has put India in an abyss of: 1. Historic GDP reduction of 24% 2. 12 crore jobs lost 3. 15.5 lac crores additional stressed loans 4. Globally highest daily Covid cases & deaths. But for GOI & media ‘sab changa si’, tweeted Rahul Gandhi

12 Sep 2020, 8:42 AM

Global COVID-19 cases top 28.3mn: Johns Hopkins

The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 28.3 million, while the deaths have increased to over 913,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

As of Saturday morning, the total number of cases stood at 28,331,121 and the fatalities rose to 913,015, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

The US accounted for the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 6,443,048 and 192,968 respectively, according to the CSSE.

India is currently in the second place in terms of cases at 4,562,414, while the country's death toll stood at 76,271.

In terms of cases, Brazil ranks third (4,238,446), and is followed by Russia (1,048,257), Peru (710,067), Colombia (694,664), Mexico (658,299), South Africa (646,398), Spain (566,326), Argentina (535,705), Chile (430,535), France (401,890), Iran (397,801), the UK (364,085), Bangladesh (334,762), Saudi Arabia (324,407), Pakistan (300,371), Turkey (288,126), Italy (284,796), Iraq (282,672), Germany (259,735), Philippines (252,964), Indonesia (210,940), Ukraine (152,373), Israel (148,564), Canada (137,676), Bolivia (125,172), Qatar (121,287), Ecuador (114,732), Kazakhstan (106,729), Dominican Republic (102,232), Romania (101,075), Egypt (100,708) and Panama (100,330), the CSSE figures showed.

The other countries with over 10,000 deaths are the Brazil (129,522), Mexico (70,183), the UK (41,703), Italy (35,597), France (30,901), Peru (30,344), Spain (29,747), Iran (22,913), Colombia (22,275), Russia (18,309), South Africa (15,378), Chile (11,850), Argentina (11,148) and Ecuador (10,836).

12 Sep 2020, 8:42 AM

COVID-19 cases in Mizoram stands at 1,379 including 589 active cases and 790 discharged

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Mizoram stands at 1,379 including 589 active cases and 790 discharged, says State Government

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