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New Delhi: With 53,476 fresh COVID cases reported in 24 hours, India saw the biggest single-day jump in total infections in nearly five months. As the country continues to see a worrying surge in infections amid concerns over a second COVID wave, the government of India yesterday said a new “double mutant variant” of the coronavirus has been detected in 18 states in the country in addition to many other strains or variants of concern…

New Delhi: The priest of a Ghaziabad temple, where a Muslim boy was thrashed for drinking water on its premises, targeted former president APJ Abdul Kalam on Tuesday over his religion, calling him a “jihadi”, a report by news agency PTI said. “Any Muslim in the top echelons of the country cannot be pro-India and Kalam was a jihadi,” Dasna Devi Temple’s Yati Narsinghanad Saraswati told reporters in Aligarh, the report said. Levelling allegations without…

New Delhi: On Tuesday, the main opposition parties in Tamil Nadu, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and its allies including the MDMK, condemned the Government of India for abstaining from voting on a United Nations Human Rights Council resolution against Sri Lanka and termed it “an unpardonable betrayal” of the Eelam Tamils, news agency PTI reported. DMK chief M K Stalin alleged that abstaining from voting only reflected support for Sri Lanka and that the BJP-led…

New Delhi: In the last 24 hours, India has recorded fresh 46,951 coronavirus cases, the biggest single-day jump since November 7, taking the country’s tally to 1,16,46,081. Of these, over 1.11 crore people have recovered so far, and 1,59,97 total deaths have been recorded, the Health Ministry of India data shows. In the last one week, India has seen the sharpest surge in fresh infections in nearly four months after the spread of the virus…

New Delhi: All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) chief Dr Randeep Guleria has warned that there is nothing to stop the second wave of COVID in India from being as severe as the first unless people follow appropriate behaviour and are quickly vaccinated, a Delhi-based news organisation NDTV reported. The recent spike in infections is likely being caused by slip-ups in precautionary measures and variants of the virus, he said. The cases could spread even…

New Delhi: Health Minister of Karnataka Dr K Sudhakar on Sunday said the second wave of coronavirus had begun, seeking people’s cooperation to contain the spread of the virus. “We are at the beginning of the second wave of coronavirus. Let us all join hands to control it because the next three months are crucial for us,” a report by The Indian Express quoted Sudhakar as saying. Meanwhile, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla tested positive…

‘Farmer leaders claim numbers are much higher than police estimate’ New Delhi: Amid the ongoing farmers agitation against the Government of India (GoI) introduced farm laws, top officers of Haryana police estimate the presence of around 40,000 “committed supporters” from Punjab and Haryana at Singhu and Tikri borders even after the passing of nearly four months since the agitation shifted to Delhi late November last year. At ground level in Haryana, the farmers are busy…

New Delhi: In the last 24 hours, India has witnessed fresh 43,846 coronavirus cases, setting another highest daily-high in nearly four months. The worrying surge in the COVID infections has prompted states like Punjab, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu to consider the return of school closures, restrictions on public gatherings and other virus-fighting measures, including lockdown in their worst-hit districts. According to the Health Ministry of India, the daily rise in infections today was…

New Delhi: With a spike of 35,871 fresh coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, the highest daily rise since early December. The Health Ministry of India on Wednesday said that a total of 70 districts in 16 states have seen an increase of more than 150 per cent in active cases between March 1 and 15. On Wednesday, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi held a meeting with chief ministers. Decisive steps like management…

New Delhi: A Group Captain of the Indian Air Force was killed after a MiG-21 Bison aircraft was involved in a fatal accident on Wednesday morning, said the Indian Air Force. “A MiG-21 Bison aircraft of IAF was involved in a fatal accident this morning, while taking off for a combat training mission at an airbase in central India. The IAF lost Group Captain A Gupta in the tragic accident. IAF expresses deep condolences and…