Rs 9,725 crore spent so far on Covid-19 vaccination drive | India News

NEW DELHI: A total of around Rs 9,725 crore has been spent so far on the Covid-19 vaccination programme including procurement of vaccines and operational cost for vaccination, the government informed the Parliament on Friday. It also maintained that there has been no delay in procurement of jabs and that the target of delivering 135 … Read more

Picked TMC parliamentary party chief, Didi in national arena | India News

NEW DELHI: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee stepped into the national political scape with Trinamool Congress MPs unanimously choosing her as chairperson of the parliamentary party at a meeting here on Friday. In her new role, Banerjee, who is not a member of any of the Houses of Parliament, will guide her party’s course in … Read more

90 dead, 70 missing as rains wreak havoc across Maharashtra | India News

MUMBAI: At least 90 people have died and nearly 70 are missing after rain-related tragedies — largely landslides — reported across the state on Friday following incessant, and sometimes record-drowning, showers. Raigad, the worst affected district, reported 60 deaths in three landslide incidents, including the worst at Taliye village in Mahad taluka that has claimed … Read more

HC: Meat ban matter of fundamental rights, not of majority vs minority | India News

NAINITAL: In a country where 70% of the population eats non-vegetarian food, the matter of banning meat is one that concerns the fundamental rights of citizens and isn’t a majority versus minority issue, the Uttarakhand high court said on Friday while hearing two petitions against a ban on slaughterhouses in Haridwar. The bench of Chief … Read more

HC quashes UP police’s notice to Twitter India MD | India News

BENGALURU: The Karnataka high court quashed on Friday UP police’s notice to Twitter India MD Manish Maheshwari to appear in connection with a probe, calling it mala fide and an “arm-twisting method”. Police in Ghaziabad, which had issued the notice, said they were awaiting a copy of the order. “We will take a call only … Read more

Intelligence Bureau says my number tapped, claims Rahul; BJP dares him to allow probe | India News

NEW DELHI: Claiming that Intelligence Bureau officers had told him that his phone was being tapped, Rahul Gandhi on Friday accused PM Narendra Modi of treason for snooping on the opposition and institutions, drawing a strong riposte from the saffron party which demanded that the Congress MP hand over his phone to the investigating agencies … Read more

Navjot Singh Sidhu bats on front foot at photo-op with CM Amarinder | India News

CHANDIGARH: The much-awaited photo op of Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh with Navjot Singh Sidhu finally happened with the CM hosting the newly appointed PCC chief and other Congress MLAs and MPs over tea at Punjab Bhawan on Friday and the two warring factions of the state Congress projecting a united face. Minutes later, the … Read more

Delhi-based Kashmiri scribes, over 25 people from Valley were potential spying targets: Report | India News

NEW DELHI: Some Delhi-based Kashmiri journalists and over 25 people from the Kashmir Valley were selected as potential targets for surveillance between 2017 and mid-2019 by an yet unidentified government agency that is also believed to be a client of the Israeli company NSO Group, The Wire reported on Friday. The leaked list that has … Read more

YouTube removes Bengal BJP chief’s videos on post-poll violence | India News

KOLKATA: West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Friday shared YouTube videos of purported post-poll violence in the state, but the authorities of the website removed them as they violated its community guidelines. YouTube was compelled to remove the clippings shared by Ghosh on Twitter as there were scenes of |”brutal violence” but that is … Read more

Tibet-China, Afghanistan-Pakistan, and climate change jostle for attention in US-India meet under pandemic cover | India News

WASHINGTON: The United States and India will resume high-level engagement early next week with clouds relating to Pakistan- Afghanistan, China, and climate change hanging over an aggravating Covid-19 crisis. US secretary of state Antony Blinken is heading out to the subcontinent this weekend, with a stopover in Kuwait thrown in, as geo-political crises jostle for … Read more