No water in 72% of school toilets built by PSUs, says...

NEW DELHI: In a survey conducted on school toilets constructed by central public sector enterprises (CPSEs) in government schools, the Comptroller and Auditor General has found that in 75% of the cases toilets were not maintained hygienically, 72% had no running water and 30% were not in use due to damages and other reasons. The…

200% post-Pulwama duty not for goods that arrived before notification: SC

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that the Centre’s decision post-Pulwama terror strike to impose 200% customs duty on goods imported from Pakistan could not apply retrospectively to consignments that had arrived from across the border before the notification but were lying with Indian customs authorities at Attari border point. A bench of Justices D…

200,000 dead as Trump vilifies science, prioritizes politics

NEW YORK: With the nation's Covid-19 death toll at 200,000, President Donald Trump is engaged in an ongoing war against his administration's own scientists. Over the past six months, the Trump administration has prioritized politics over science at key moments, refusing to follow expert advice that might have contained the spread of the novel coronavirus…

China says Trump’s remarks against it full of lies

BEIJING: China on Wednesday hit out at US President Donald Trump for his hard-hitting remarks against Beijing at the UN General Assembly session, saying his allegations were full of "fabricated lies" driven by "shady political motives". In his address on Tuesday, Trump blasted China for "unleashing" the plague of the "China virus" onto the world,…

Tributes paid to Indian soldiers who liberated Israeli city of Haifa

HAIFA: The Indian embassy here on Wednesday paid tributes to Indian soldiers who liberated the northern Israeli coastal city of Hafia from the Ottomans over a century ago by displaying a picture of them marching into the city on its social media handles. As a mark of respect to the soldiers, the Indian mission changed…

BJP used former Bihar DGP to malign Maharashtra: Congress

Former Bihar DGP Gupteshwar Pandey, who has taken voluntary retirement from service, arrives to address a press conference, in Patna, Wednesday, Sept. 23 (PTI)MUMBAI: The Congress on Wednesday accused the BJP of using former Bihar director general of police (DGP) Gupteshwar Pandey to defame Maharashtra, and said he was now being "rewarded". While Pandey has…

Pandemics caused by new virus infect humans in multiple waves: Govt

NEW DELHI: Pandemics caused by a new virus have the propensity to infect human population in multiple waves and some countries which initially successfully contained the Covid-19 outbreak are now reporting a resurgence of cases, the Lok Sabha was told on Wednesday. Government of India has accordingly advised states to upgrade health infrastructure based on…

Is your conduct consistent with claim for fair trial, investigation: Delhi...

NEW DELHI: The Delhi high court on Wednesday asked Mehul Choksi, an accused in the $2 billion PNB scam who went to the US for treatment and ended up taking citizenship of Antigua, whether his claims for a fair trial and investigation were consistent with his own conduct. The query by a bench of Chief…

G-4 nations call for ‘decisive push’ for long-delayed UNSC reforms

NEW YORK: The G-4 nations of India, Germany, Brazil and Japan on Wednesday called for a "decisive push" for the long-delayed reforms of the UN Security Council. "Participated in G4 Foreign Ministers Meeting that called for a decisive push for UNSC reforms during UN75. Unanimous call for text based negotiations in a fixed time frame.…

Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter moves SC seeking to amend plea against continued...

SRINAGAR: Iltija Mufti, the daughter of former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, has approached the Supreme Court seeking to modify her petition challenging the detention of her mother under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA). Mehbooba, the president of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was arrested on the eve of the abrogation of Jammu…

Eiffel Tower reopens to visitors after being evacuated

Eiffel Tower reopens to visitors after being evacuatedTop SearchesUS Elections 2020Donald TrumpXi JinpingKamala HarrisJoe BidenNewsWorld NewsEurope NewsEiffel Tower reopens to visitors after being evacuatedReuters / Updated: Sep 23, 2020, 19:20 ISTFacebookTwitterLinkedinEMailAAText SizeSmallMediumLargeUp NextEiffel Tower reopens to visitors after being evacuatedPresident of Belarus inaugurated despite disputed electionNavalny 'is free' to return to Russia: KremlinCovid-19: German virus…

President of Belarus inaugurated despite disputed election

MINSK: President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus has assumed his sixth term of office in an inauguration ceremony that wasn't announced in advance. State news agency Beltra reported that Wednesday's ceremony is taking place in the capital of Minsk, with several hundred top government official present. It comes after six weeks of mass protests against the…

German virus app transmitted 1.2 m test results in 100 days

BERLIN: Germany's coronavirus tracing app has been used to transmit 1.2 million test results from labs to users during the first 100 days, officials said on Wednesday. The Corona-Warn-App, downloaded more than 18 million times since its launch in June, was touted by the government as a key tool in the country's effort to contain…

Harry – Meghan encourage Americans to vote

LONDON: Britain's Prince Harry and his American wife Meghan have called on Americans to register to vote in the upcoming US presidential election, entering into political territory where British royals traditionally do not venture. In a video for 2020 Time 100, the US magazine's list of the world's most influential people, the couple said people…

Essential commodities bill gets Parliament nod

NEW DELHI: Parliament on Tuesday passed the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill with Rajya Sabha approving this third farm sector-related legislation which seeks to remove commodities like cereals, pulses, oilseeds, edible oils, onion and potatoes from the list of essential commodities. The provision will allow traders, exporters or big retailers to keep stocks of such items…

‘China’s built 13 military positions since Doklam’

NEW DELHI: It’s well-established that the multiple incursions into eastern Ladakh in May came after months of planning and approval by the top political hierarchy in Beijing. Now, a report says China began constructing at least 13 new military positions right after the Doklam face-off with India in 2017. Stratfor, a US-based global security and…

Recoveries outstrip new cases since last 4 days

NEW DELHI: The daily recoveries of patients infected with Covid-19 have outstripped new cases over the last four successive days for the first time since May and, on the whole, the number of active cases is about one fifth of the total cases recorded so far in India. The rising recoveries has come even as…

Congress makes 3 demands on farm bills for ending boycott of...

NEW DELHI: The Congress on Tuesday said its boycott of Rajya Sabha will not end till the government brings another bill making it illegal for private players to buy food grains from farmers below the MSP, all state agencies comply by the MSP and the procurement price is fixed as per the Swaminathan panel's recommendations.…

Centre cleared all doubts by hiking MSP of Rabi crops: Dushyant...

CHANDIGARH: Haryana deputy chief minister Dushyant Chautala thanked the central government for increasing the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Rabi crops from Rs 50 to Rs 300 per quintal. He said that the increase in MSP has proved that the tall claims made by opposition that the farm bills are a threat to MSP were…

Hooda demolishes BJP’s claims, says increase in MSP insignificant

CHANDIGARH: Former Haryana CM and the leader of opposition, Bhupinder Singh Hooda launched a blistering attack on the government and said the new MSP rates announced by the government are insignificant, compared to what the farmers got during the UPA years. He said prices of paddy, millet, maize, moong and cotton have crashed and there…

PM Modi to review Covid management in seven worst-hit states on...

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair a high-level virtual meeting with the chief ministers and health ministers of seven Covid high burden states/UT on Wednesday to review the status and preparedness to manage the situation. Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Punjab account for more than 63% of the…

DRDO conducts successful flight test of ABHYAS

NEW DELHI: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Tuesday conducted a successful flight test of ABHYAS - High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) from the Interim Test Range, Balasore in Odisha. During the trials, two demonstrator vehicles were successfully test flown, according to government sources. "The vehicle can be used as a target for…

Lok Sabha takes up three labour codes amid boycott by opposition

NEW DELHI: The labour reforms that are being undertaken by the government will prove to be a milestone for the welfare of workers, labour minister Santosh Gangwar said in Lok Sabha on Tuesday. Lok Sabha took up bills on the labour codes, which were moved by Gangwar, amid boycott of the House proceedings by several…

UK shuts pubs early to fight worrying coronavirus rise

LONDON: The UK government on Tuesday tightened restrictions to stem a rising tide of coronavirus cases, ordering pubs in England to shut early and abandoning calls for people to return to the workplace to help kickstart the battered economy. Britain is following Europe in facing a second wave of infection and Prime Minister Boris Johnson…

Russia faces problems looking into Navalny case after evidence removed: Kremlin

MOSCOW: The Kremlin on Tuesday said that Russian efforts to look into the case of opposition politician Alexei Navalny, who Germany says was poisoned, were encountering problems because his allies had removed evidence from the country. Navalny, a prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin, was airlifted to Germany last month after collapsing on a flight…
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