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Jan 31, 2022 11:27 PM IST
UK to toughen sanctions regime against Russia over Ukraine
UK foreign minister Liz Truss said on Monday that her government will impose tougher sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis.
Jan 31, 2022 10:53 PM IST
Centre extends work from home for 50% non-senior employees till Feb 15
The Union personnel ministry announced continuation of ‘work from home’ for 50 per cent of central government employees below the level of Under Secretary till Feb 15.
Jan 31, 2022 10:27 PM IST
India in touch with concerned parties: TS Tirumurti at Security Council meet on Ukraine crisis
“India’s interest is in finding a solution that can provide for immediate de-escalation of tensions. We’ve also been in touch with concerned parties,” says Permanent Representative of India to UN TS Tirumurti at the Security Council meet on ‘threats to international peace & security (Ukraine)’.
Jan 31, 2022 09:45 PM IST
Karnataka’s Hoysala temples shortlisted for India’s entry as World Heritage site this year
Hoysala Temples of Belur, Halebid and Somnathapura in Karnataka finalized as India’s nomination for consideration as World Heritage for the year 2022-2023.
Jan 31, 2022 08:09 PM IST
Chandigarh allows reopening of schools, colleges from Feb 1
Higher educational institutions, that is schools for classes 10 to 12, along with colleges, universities, training institutes, ITIs and public libraries have been permitted to reopen in Chandigarh from February 1.
All staff and students above the age of 18 years should be fully vaccinated to attend their respective institutions. Children aged between 15-18 years should have at least the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Jan 31, 2022 07:21 PM IST
Mumbai reports 960 new Covid-19 cases, 11 deaths in last 24 hours
Mumbai reports 960 new Covid-19 cases, 1,837 recoveries, and 11 deaths in the last 24 hours. Active cases stand at 9,900.
Jan 31, 2022 07:01 PM IST
West Bengal relaxes Covid-19 curbs: What’s allowed, what’s not allowed
Night curfew to be in force between 11pm-5am instead of 10pm-5am. Restaurants, bars, and cinema halls to operate at 75% capacity. Parks & tourist places to reopen with COVID safety protocols, announced West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
Local trains and Metro presently running with 50% capacity will run with 75% capacity from tomorrow.
Jan 31, 2022 06:15 PM IST
Pegasus row: Opposition demands discussion, Pralhad Joshi says ‘only Budget related issues in 1st part of Parl session’
“Many parties have raised the Pegasus issue. We have made it clear that the Supreme Court-appointed committee is investigating the matter and that issues related to the Budget should be raised (in the first part of the Budget session),” says Union parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi.
Jan 31, 2022 05:44 PM IST
Andhra Pradesh raises retirement age of govt employees from 60 to 62 years
Andhra Pradesh Govt promulgates ordinance to raise the retirement age of State Govt employees from 60 years to 62 years from January 1, 2022.
Jan 31, 2022 04:40 PM IST
Services sector worst-hit, tourism suffers by 8.5% below pre-pandemic levels: Sanyal
“The services sector was the most affected by the lockdowns. It is just a little short of where it was pre-pandemic. The segment (of services sector) which includes tourism, travel, and hotels is still 8.5% below where it was before the pandemic. It is a sector that is still impacted,” he says.
Jan 31, 2022 04:38 PM IST
Agriculture sector grows 4.1% above pre-pandemic levels, says Sanjeev Sanyal
Agriculture sector, not surprisingly, was least affected by lockdowns of various kinds. This sector grew in even 2020-21 & again in 2021-22. Industrial sector did go through a contraction & now it is about 4.1% above pre-pandemic levels, says Sanyal.
Jan 31, 2022 04:36 PM IST
Inflation caused by lockdown, CPI now back into tolerance band at 5.6%: Sanjeev Sanyal
“The inflation during the year 2021 reflected the disruptions caused by the lockdown & supply chain disruptions. Since things opened up this year, Consumer Price Index (CPI) came back into the tolerance band & remain so at 5.6%,” Sanyal says.
Jan 31, 2022 04:33 PM IST
Revival in activities to pre-pandemic levels, says principal economic advisor Sanjeev Sanyal
The economy is estimated to have grown by 9.2% this year after a contraction of 7.3% in the previous year, says principal economic advisor Sanjeev Sanyal.
“There has been a revival in economic activities to pre-pandemic levels in the year 2021-22. Even though the health cost of the second COVID wave was much more severe, the economic cost of it was much milder,” he says.
Jan 31, 2022 03:57 PM IST
All-party meeting called by Parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi underway
An all-party meeting called by Parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi virtually is underway.
Jan 31, 2022 03:37 PM IST
Election Commission extends ban on physical rallies still February 11
Election Commission has extended the ban on physical rallies till February 11. The ECI, however, permitted public meetings with a maximum capacity of 1,000 people and indoor meetings to have a maximum capacity of 500 people. Up to twenty people are allowed for door-to-door campaigns.
Jan 31, 2022 03:01 PM IST
Budget 2022: Rajya Sabha adjourned till Feb 1
Rajya Sabha adjourned till Febuary 1, 2022.
“The sitting of the Rajya Sabha will commence after one hour of the conclusion of the presentation of the Union Budget in Lok Sabha on Feb 1,” Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu says
Jan 31, 2022 02:39 PM IST
Budget 2022: Lok Sabha chair Om Birla calls for all-party meeting today
An all-party meeting was called by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla today a day ahead of the Union Budget session.
Jan 31, 2022 02:37 PM IST
Goons desperate to come to power in UP: PM Modi
“The BJP Govt in Uttar Pradesh has taught the meaning of the law to the mafias and goons who used to consider themselves above the law. That is why these goons are desperate to come to power anyhow,” says Modi, sounding the poll bugle.
“We are working hard to bring about a change in Uttar Pradesh. On the other hand, they are looking for an opportunity to seek revenge from you (public). Seeking revenge is their ideology,” he adds.
Jan 31, 2022 02:33 PM IST
‘When UP was burning in riots, past govts celebrated,’ says PM Modi in virtual rally
“Five years ago, dabangg (strongmen) & dangai (rioters) used to run the show in UP. Their words were treated as Govt orders. People of western UP can never forget that when this region was burning in riots, the then Govt was celebrating,” says Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing a virtual rally in Uttar Pradesh.
“The illegal occupation of the homes, land and shops of the poor, Dalits, backwards and the downtrodden was a sign of socialism five years ago,” the PM said.
Jan 31, 2022 01:58 PM IST
BJP to contest Tamil Nadu urban local body polls alone: State chief K Annamala
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will contest the upcoming urban local body elections in Tamil Nadu alone, announces party’s state chief K Annamala.
Jan 31, 2022 01:10 PM IST
SC grants protection to Bikram Singh Majithia from arrest till Feb 23
The Supreme Court on Monday granted protection to SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia from arrest till Feb 23 in a drugs case.
Jan 31, 2022 12:22 PM IST
Madras HC orders transfer of Thanjavur student death case to CBI
The Madras high court on Monday ordered the transfer of Thanjavur student death case to the CBI, reports news agency ANI.
Jan 31, 2022 10:26 AM IST
Army chief Naravane visits South Western army command headquarters in Jaipur
Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane is on a visit to South Western army command headquarters in Jaipur where he will be given an update on operational preparedness and briefed by the commanders, reports news agency ANI.
Jan 31, 2022 08:58 AM IST
India reports 2,09,918 new Covid-19 cases, 959 deaths in last 24 hours
India on Monday reported 2,09,918 new Covid-19 cases and 959 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the positivity rate to 15.77 per cent. Read more
Jan 31, 2022 08:18 AM IST
Budget session of Parliament begins today
The Budget session of Parliament will begin with the address by President Ram Nath Kovind to both Houses in the Central Hall on Monday. Read more
Jan 31, 2022 06:45 AM IST
Assembly elections 2022: Poll panel to take a call on physical rallies ban today
As the country battles with the third wave of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), the Election Commission of India (ECI) will meet on Monday to assess the pandemic situation and decide whether the ban on conducting the physical rallies will continue in the five states headed for polls, including Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. Read more
Jan 31, 2022 06:39 AM IST
North Korea says tested most powerful missile since 2017
North Korea has confirmed it had tested a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM), news agency Reuters reported citing the state media. This came as the US and South Korean officials warned Sunday’s launch could lead to resumed testing of long-range weapons and nuclear bombs.
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The US space shuttle Columbia, with India-born Kalpana Chawla among a seven-member crew, disintegrated in flames over Texas 16 minutes before it was to land on Saturday morning at the end of a 16-day mission
Updated on Jan 31, 2022 11:17 PM IST
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Odisha relaxes night curfew for 1 hour; schools and colleges to remain shut
The fresh order said all shops, malls, shopping complexes, markets, cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment complexes, theatres, auditoriums, assembly halls and similar places shall remain open across the state from 5 am to 10 pm every day during the month of February.
Updated on Jan 31, 2022 11:24 PM IST
MP schools to re-open from February 1 with 50% attendance
Earlier on January 14, the MP chief minister had announced that schools will be shut till January 31 after Covid-19 cases increased rapidly and the positivity rate increased to 1.5% from .001 %.
Published on Jan 31, 2022 10:44 PM IST
Kerala high court stays I&B ministry bar on Malayalam news channel MediaOne
Senior advocate S Sreekumar appearing for ‘MediaOne’ said initially the ministry said the channel’s licence was revoked on security grounds and later it said it had not applied for security clearance and the licence expired automatically. He also argued that the petitioner was not given a chance to explain its position and it violated principles of natural justice.
Published on Jan 31, 2022 10:21 PM IST
Indian army hands missing Arunachal teenager to family
Taron, a native of Zido village in Upper Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh, went missing from near the LAC on January 18.
Updated on Jan 31, 2022 09:56 PM IST
IMD predicts colder days, rainfall over north India in February
According to the monthly outlook for rainfall and temperature for February, the India Meteorological Department said the forecast suggests that normal to below normal rainfall is most likely over most parts of North India except most parts of Punjab and Haryana where above normal rainfall was expected.
Published on Jan 31, 2022 09:38 PM IST
India raises incorrect depiction of country’s map with WHO, health watchdog issues disclaimer
The matter was raised this week by Trinamool Congress MP Santanu Sen, who wrote in a letter to the Prime Minister that the world map displayed on WHO’s site on the Covid-19 pandemic had a “blue map with surprisingly two colours for Jammu and Kashmir”.
Updated on Jan 31, 2022 09:14 PM IST
SC refuses to hear petition to pull down movie against Gandhiji
The petition sought an order to remove all content from the movie that was launched on an OTT platform on Sunday, coinciding with the death anniversary of the Father of the Nation.
Published on Jan 31, 2022 08:52 PM IST
TRS MPs shun President Kovind’s address in Parliament
The MPs, including nine Lok Sabha members and five Rajya Sabha members, left for New Delhi on Monday evening to attend the parliament session from Tuesday, when Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman would present the annual Budget.
Published on Jan 31, 2022 08:12 PM IST
Parliament: Pralhad Joshi says no scope for discussion on Pegasus row
Parliament Budget Session: The parliamentary affairs minister however, said that if Opposition parties wanted to raise any issue, they may do so while speaking on the Motion of Thanks on the President’s address.
Published on Jan 31, 2022 07:54 PM IST
Mamata Banerjee blocks Guv Dhankhar on Twitter, accuses him of tapping phones
The chief minister flared up hours after Sudip Bandopadhyay, leader of the TMC legislative party in Lok Sabha, directly asked President Ramnath Kovind when the Centre will recall Dhankhar. This happened when Kovind was exchanging greetings with senior Lok Sabha members at the inauguration of the Parliament’s Budget Session.
Updated on Jan 31, 2022 10:07 PM IST
Private investment critical for agriculture, states Economic Survey
Private corporate investments need to be crowded in by offering an appropriate policy framework, the Economic Survey said.
Published on Jan 31, 2022 06:38 PM IST