India

Amarinder to form own party, open to seat-sharing with BJP


Chandigarh: Formally saying goodbye to the Congress, former Punjab CM Amarinder Singh said he would soon announce the launch of his own political party to serve the interests of the people, including the farmers who've been fighting for their rights for over a year now. The former CM also said that he is hopeful of...

India crosses historic 1 bn Covid vaccination mark


New Delhi: India crossed a major milestone on October 21 when the number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country crossed the 100 crore (1 billion) mark. The number is twice the number of vaccines administered in the United States, five times that of Japan, nine times that of Germany, and 10 times the number...

Post-pandemic festival season brings out the spirit of India


By Arvind Singh in Jaipur Due to Covid-19 guidelines, the start of the festive season leading up to Diwali remained a low-key affair in India but it could not subdue the festive spirit and vibrancy of the people. The Indian government issued an advance guideline for the festivities starting with Navratri and cautioned people against...

NITI Aayog launches Geospatial Energy Map of India


New Delhi: NITI Aayog of India has launched the Geospatial Energy Map of India on October 18. NITI Aayog in collaboration with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has developed a comprehensive Geographic Information System (GIS) Energy Map of India with the support of various ministries of the Government of India. The Geospatial Energy Map of...

IIA scientist closes in to accurately predict Coronal Mass Ejection from Sun


New Delhi: Changing the structure of the magnetic field on the Sun’s surface determined whether a flare or a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was emitted. This understanding will be useful in improving predictions of solar weather, which affects electrical, and communication systems on Earth and satellite systems in space. Dr P Vemareddy of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics...

Indian Army Chief reviews security in J&K amid terrorist killings


Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane on Tuesday reviewed the situation in Jammu and Kashmir amid his two-day visit to the Union Territory. This comes amid increased terrorist attacks and targeted killings in the valley. In addition, General MM Naravane's visit also gains significance as forces have stepped up their ante against terrorists in Poonch...

Of ‘diminished’ comrades and Congress


By Nirendra Dev The Congress party's base has shrunk and Communists have, in an ironical turn of events, vanished from West Bengal. Now, it is Mamata Banerjee all the way. Importantly, she is seen as 'more Left than the Left' and hence she thrives. Her outfit -- a splinter organization from the mother' Congress is...

Are India’s borders under renewed threat?


By Lt Gen Syed Ata Hasnain (Retd) Last week the Indian public was jolted by a cascading set of events in some of India's border regions. These are related to the borders in J&K, Ladakh, Uttarakhand, and Arunachal Pradesh. The 13th Corps Commander level talks at Ladakh's Moldo-Chushul between senior military commanders of the Indian Army...

Modi calls on Boris Johnson as UK withdraws quarantine rules for Indians


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had a conversation over the phone on October 11. The timing of the talk was significant as it took place on the day the withdrawal of mandatory quarantine rules for Indian travellers to the UK despite being fully vaccinated came into effect.  Earlier, the...