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Aug 18, 2021 10:37 PM IST
West Bengal logs 646 new Covid-19 cases and 7 deaths
West Bengal reports 646 new Covid-19 cases, 660 recoveries and seven deaths. Total cases rise to 1,540,258.
Aug 18, 2021 09:51 PM IST
Ahead of festivals, Maharashtra CM's request to people
Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray urges people to not violate Covid-19 protocols in the state.
Aug 18, 2021 09:18 PM IST
36 new Covid-19 cases and 4 deaths in Delhi
Delhi logs 36 new Covid-19 cases, four deaths and 76 recoveries. Total cases at 1,437,192 including 1,411,688 recoveries, 25,077 deaths and 427 active cases. Positivity rate at 0.05%.
Aug 18, 2021 08:43 PM IST
Fresh Covid-19 cases rise in Maharashtra and Mumbai
Maharashtra records 5132 new Covid-19 cases after three straight days of less than 5000 fresh infections. 285 people test positive in Mumbai, up from 196 on August 17.
Aug 18, 2021 08:16 PM IST
US authorises Covid-19 booster shots for all Americans from September 20
US authorises Covid-19 booster shots for all Americans from September 20, warns of reducing vaccine efficacy.
Aug 18, 2021 08:03 PM IST
NATO foreign ministers to meet on Friday to discuss Afghanistan
"I have convened an extraordinary virtual meeting of NATO foreign ministers this Friday to continue our close coordination and discuss our common approach on Afghanistan," tweets NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg.
Aug 18, 2021 07:44 PM IST
Himachal announces easing of Covid-19 curbs
Covid-19 restrictions eased for "all goods carriers, daily/weekend commuters or people who intend to commute for medical purpose. Children below 18 accompanied by parents with vaccination certificates (double doses) or negative RT-PCR report are also excluded": Himachal Pradesh govt
Aug 18, 2021 07:28 PM IST
Afghan president Ashraf Ghani taken in by UAE: Report
Afghan president Ashraf Ghani and family taken in by UAE on "humanitarian grounds", reports AP
Aug 18, 2021 07:25 PM IST
No vaccination in Mumbai on Aug 19 and 20, says BMC
Due to shortage of Covid-19 vaccines, there will be no vaccination in government and municipal corporation-run centres in Mumbai on August 19 and 20. Vaccination will resume from August 21: Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)
Aug 18, 2021 06:55 PM IST
'Deeply worried about Afghan women': Joint statement
We're deeply worried about Afghan women and girls, their rights to education, work and freedom of movement. We call on those in positions of power and authority across Afghanistan to guarantee their protection. We stand ready to assist them with humanitarian aid. We will monitor closely how any future govt ensures rights and freedoms that have become an integral part of the life of women and girls in Afghanistan during the last 20 years: 21 countries including the US, UK and Canada in a joint statement.
Aug 18, 2021 06:30 PM IST
'2nd Covid-19 wave under control': Maharashtra govt
"Zero patient in Nandurbar while less than 10 in six districts. Less than 100 in eight districts. Positivity rate 2.4. About 50 percent citizens above 45 have been given at least one dose of vaccine. As also, 25 percent in 18-45 age group," says Maharashtra govt in press release after meeting of state cabinet.
Aug 18, 2021 06:06 PM IST
Kerala logs 21,427 new Covid-19 cases and 179 deaths
Kerala reports 21,427 new Covid-19 cases, 179 deaths and 18,731 recoveries. Positivity rate at 15.5%.
Aug 18, 2021 05:23 PM IST
'Maintain branch-wise list of vacant lockers': RBI tells banks
Banks to maintain a branch-wise list of vacant lockers as well as a wait-list for the purpose of allotment of lockers and ensure transparency in allotment of lockers. Revised instructions will come into effect from January 1, 2022: Reserve Bank of India (RBI)
Aug 18, 2021 04:58 PM IST
Cong appoints Dr Ajoy Kumar as in-charge of 3 northeastern states
Congress appoints Dr Ajoy Kumar as All India Congress Committee (AICC) incharge of Sikkim, Nagaland and Tripura.
Aug 18, 2021 04:18 PM IST
Tsunami alert issued after quake off Vanuatu
Tsunami alert issued after 6.8-magnitude earthquake off Vanuatu, reports AFP.
Aug 18, 2021 04:00 PM IST
Local trains suspended on Mumbai's Harbour Line
Local train services suspended on the Harbour Line between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) and Vadala due to technical issues. Trains are operating between Kurla and Panvel railway stations.
Aug 18, 2021 03:49 PM IST
Cabinet approves implementation of National Mission on Edible Oils
"Union Cabinet has approved the implementation of National Mission on Edible Oils–oil palm with a financial outlay of ₹11,040 crores. The focus is on increasing area and productivity of oilseeds and oil palm," announces Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar.
Aug 18, 2021 03:35 PM IST
UNHRC to hold special session on Afghanistan on August 24
UNHRC to hold one-day special session on August 24 to address "Serious Human Rights Concerns and Situation in Afghanistan." Session to be convened with the support of 60 observer states so far, including India, France, UK, Japan and Pakistan.
Aug 18, 2021 03:01 PM IST
Cong MPs break down while addressing media over RS ruckus
Congress MPs Chhaya Verma and Phulo Devi Netam break down in Raipur while addressing the media on the August 11 ruckus in Rajya Sabha.
Aug 18, 2021 02:12 PM IST
'21 Indians onboard France's first evacuation flight from Kabul'
"The first French evacuation flight from Kabul yesterday included 21 Indian nationals," tweets Emmanuel Lenain, the French ambassador to India.
Aug 18, 2021 02:01 PM IST
Taliban Ring Kabul Airport With Checkpoints
Taliban fighters have ringed Kabul’s international airport with security checkpoints, raising concerns the group will prevent hundreds of Afghans from leaving the country after the US-backed government collapsed.
Aug 18, 2021 01:46 PM IST
Taliban destroy statue of Shiite foe from 1990s civil war
The Taliban have blown up the statue of a Shiite militia leader who had fought against them during Afghanistan's civil war in the 1990s, according to photos circulating on social media Wednesday.
Aug 18, 2021 01:31 PM IST
Gujarat: 2 killed, 5 injured in road accident; 2 drown during religious event
Two people were killed and five others injured when a car hit them in Gujarat's Banaskantha district on Wednesday, police said. Besides, two persons drowned in a river during a religious programme in Anand district, they said.
Aug 18, 2021 12:28 PM IST
Bombay HC grants interim relief to businessman Raj Kundra in pornography case
Bombay High Court grants interim relief to businessman and Shilpa Shetty's husband Raj Kundra and keeps his anticipatory bail application for hearing next Wednesday, 25th August.
Aug 18, 2021 12:15 PM IST
Over 56 crore Covid-19 vaccines administered in India
India achieved a landmark of administrating over 56 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses till date under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive, the Union Ministry of Health informed on Wednesday.
Aug 18, 2021 11:44 AM IST
Supreme Court directs women can sit for National Defence Academy entrance exams
Supreme Court directs women can sit for exams for entry in the National Defence Academy (NDA). The exam is slated for Sep 5. Admissions etc will be subjected to the final orders of the court.
Aug 18, 2021 11:43 AM IST
UK inflation slows in July: Official data
Britain's annual inflation rate slowed sharply last month on falling prices for clothing, footwear and recreational goods and services, official data showed Wednesday.
Aug 18, 2021 11:27 AM IST
SC dismisses Maha govt plea challenging CBI probe against ex-HM Anil Deshmukh
SC dismisses petition filed by Maharashtra government challenging CBI probe against former Home Minister Anil Deshmukh. The Court said, “An impression is being given that the state is trying to protect this man….investigation is not against state but your Home Minister”.
Aug 18, 2021 11:10 AM IST
Delhi Court discharges Congress leader Shashi Tharoor in connection with Sunanda Pushkar death case.
Delhi court discharges Congress leader Shashi Tharoor in connection with Sunanda Pushkar death case.
Aug 18, 2021 10:44 AM IST
First batch of Indian athletes leaves for Tokyo Paralympics amid warm send-off
The first batch of Indian athletes for the upcoming Tokyo Paralympics, including flag bearer Thangavelu Mariyappan left for the Games on Wednesday amid a warm send-off.
Aug 18, 2021 10:26 AM IST
Haryana CM asks Neeraj Chopra to head a centre off excellence
I have asked Olympic gold medallist javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra to head a centre of excellence to groom athletes for the Olympics. We want to make Haryana a hub of sports: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar.
Aug 18, 2021 10:01 AM IST
Over 2,200 people evacuated on Kabul military flights: Security official
Over 2,200 diplomats and other civilians have so far been evacuated on military flights out of Kabul, a Western security official in the Afghan capital told Reuters on Wednesday.
Aug 18, 2021 09:15 AM IST
India records 35,178 fresh Covid-19 cases in last 24 hours
India reports 35,178 new Covid-19 cases, 37,169 recoveries and 440 deaths in the last 24 hrs, as per Health Ministry.
Total cases: 3,22,85,857
Total recoveries: 3,14,85,923
Active cases: 3,67,415
Death toll: 4,32,519
Aug 18, 2021 08:52 AM IST
Sydney warned worse to come as Delta cases surge
Sydney's Delta outbreak has not peaked and residents must brace for more deaths, authorities said on Wednesday, as Australia's largest city continued to break records for new daily infections despite a nearly two-month lockdown.
Aug 18, 2021 08:28 AM IST
New Zealand PM announces lockdown over single suspected Delta variant case
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a nationwide lockdown after the country confirmed the first locally transmitted Covid-19 since February.
Aug 18, 2021 08:18 AM IST
Japan extends Covid-19 emergency lockdown as cases surge
Japan on Tuesday extended its state of emergency in Tokyo and other regions and announced new measures covering seven more prefectures to counter a spike in Covid-19 infections that is threatening the medical system.
Aug 18, 2021 07:34 AM IST
Assam's revised Covid-19 guidelines comes into effect from today
The Assam government's new set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in regard to Covid-19 pandemic will come into effect from Wednesday.
Aug 18, 2021 07:05 AM IST
US military has evacuated 3,200 people from Afghanistan so far
US military has evacuated 3,200 people from Afghanistan so far: AFP news agency quoting official.
Aug 18, 2021 06:30 AM IST
FM Jaishankar, Estonia counterpart exchange views on Afghan crisis
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday met Estonia counterpart Eva Maria Liimets and exchanged views on the developments in Afghanistan.
Aug 18, 2021 06:15 AM IST
Iran to make efforts to stabilise Afghanistan: President Raisi
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Monday said that his country would make serious efforts to stabilise Afghanistan as the country's government fell on Sunday and the Taliban took over the control, a media report said.
Aug 18, 2021 05:48 AM IST
Delhi Riots: HC to hear former AAP leader Tahir Hussain's bail pleas today
The Delhi high court is set to hear today the bail pleas of suspended Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) councillor Tahir Hussain in connection with the four separate instances of violence during the northeast Delhi riots in January last year.
Aug 18, 2021 05:40 AM IST
Haiti earthquake death count rises to 1,941: Officials
The death toll from a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti has risen to 1,941, the Caribbean nation's civil protection agency said Tuesday, as a tropical storm brought torrential downpours on survivors already coping with catastrophe.
Aug 18, 2021 05:28 AM IST
Belur Math in Kolkata to re-open for public from today
Belur Math, the global headquarters of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, will be open for devotees and visitors for about five hours from today, a spokesman had said on August 11.
Aug 18, 2021 05:19 AM IST
UK plans to welcome thousands of Afghans in new refugee plan
Britain on Tuesday announced plans to welcome up to 5,000 Afghans fleeing the Taliban during the first year of a new resettlement programme that will prioritise women, girls and religious and other minorities.
Aug 18, 2021 05:08 AM IST
California to review 2009 fatal shooting at train station
California's attorney general said Tuesday that his office will conduct its own review of a transit officer's involvement in the shooting death of a 22-year-old Black man at a San Francisco Bay Area train station in 2009.