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Modi’s popularity intact, BJP emerges stronger

Though his government’s response to the Covid-19 crisis has often evoked sharp criticisms from many quarters, the result of latest round of elections – the all-crucial assembly election in Bihar and a slew of by-elections – once

Azim Premji tops list of Indian philanthropists

Wipro founder-chairman Azim Premji and his family have emerged as the top philanthropists in India, followed by Shiv Nadar, founder-chairman of HCL Technologies, richest Indian Mukesh Ambani, chairman, Reliance Industries, Kumar Mangalam Birla, ch

Amid Covid, Mumbai to have a quiet Diwali

Aiming to curb pollution amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the BrihanMumbai municipal corporation (BMC) on Monday imposed a ban on the use of firecrackers and fireworks – during the festival of Diwali – and issued guidelines and rules for pu

Amid Covid-19, Maharashtra considers banning fireworks

As the Maharashtra government has appealed people to avoid the use of firecrackers during the Diwali season amid the Covid-19 pandemic, health minister Rajesh Tope Saturday said the government would formally come out with a decision to ban firecra

Covid-19: Fresh recoveries remain more than new cases for over a month

India’s daily new recoveries have been exceeding the daily new cases for more than a month now, even as some states have witnessed a spike in Covid-19 infections ahead of the annual festival season. In contrast to 50,356 new r

Conditional cash transfers in maternal and child health promotion

Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) is a concept aimed at providing a cash incentive directly to the intended beneficiaries upon fulfilling certain predetermined conditions. It originated in Latin American countries where the demand for social service

Media not muzzled, maintains Nalin Kohli

India has a robust media and if that was not the case news channels and outlets would not be reporting against the government and the ruling parties, BJP national spokesperson Nalin Kohli has said. Terming media the fourth pillar of

Mumbai civic body’s campaign ups Covid-19 recovery rate

Prompted by a high incidence of Covid-19 infection, the BrihanMumbai municipal corporation (BMC) launched an awareness-outreach campaign, ‘My Family My Responsibility’, on September 15, which has succeeded in pushing up the recovery ra

Amid pandemic, Mumbai had a quiet Eid

Mumbai had a quiet Eid-e-Milad this year, with the maximum noise decibel level of 66.1 dB, thanks to restrictions in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has made people celebrate various festivals more responsibly.   Subm

Some people’s misdoings can’t put BARC under spotlight: Shashi Sinha

As the Broadcast Audience Research Council comes under a cloud, the chairperson of its technical committee and a media veteran, Shashi Sinha, has argued that it is one of the best systems of its kind in the world. Sinha said that su

Reopening: Old guidelines extended to November

As the Covid-19 situation continues to improve in India, the ministry of home affairs (MHA) has decided to continue the Guidelines for Reopening, which have already done away with nearly all of Lockdown restrictions in areas outside the containmen

India records lowest new cases in three months

After a scare in September with the number of daily fresh cases inching above 90,000, India seems to have gone down the peak, with several key parameters giving cause for relief just in time for the annual festive season. The new confirmed cases i

India’s case fatality rate lowest since Janata curfew

The annual festive season has brought good news for India: the country’s case fatality ratio has gone down to touch 1.5 percent, and the number of deaths per day has dipped below 500 in the 24 hours to Monday morning – bringing the sit

“Script is the real hero”

Basking in the success of the new web series, ‘Scam 1992: The Harshad  Mehta Story ’,on SonyLIV, the OTT platform from Sony stable where the lead actors are new faces, NP Singh, MD and CEO of Sony Pictures Networks, has said that

India’s active cases below 10% of total cases for three days

India’s trend of steadily decreasing active cases continues unabated. The number of Active Cases has remained below 10% of the total cases for the last three days, suggesting only one in 10 cases is active Covid-19 patient. Th

Cabinet clears bonus for non-gazetted employees

The union cabinet chaired by prime minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday gave its approval to pay productivity linked bonus (PLB) for 2019-20 to 16.97 lakh non-gazetted employees of commercial establishments like Railways, Posts, Defence, EPFO, and

Covid-19: Daily new cases fall below 50K

India has leaped across several significant milestones in its fight against Covid-19. The new confirmed cases in the 24 hours to Tuesday morning have fallen below 50,000 (46,790, to be precise) for the first time in nearly three months. The last t

Media taking advantage of a divided Bollywood: Shatrughan Sinha

Legendary film star and politician Shatrughan Sinha has said that friendship in Bollywood is limited to onscreen, and there is no unity and some news channels are taking advantage of this situation. “Groups within the industr

‘2.40 lakh TB cases went unreported in India in 2019’

In India, only 2.40 million out of an estimated 2.64 million cases of tuberculosis were reported to the government, that is, 2,40,000 TB patients went unreported, in 2019, according to the WHO Global Tuberculosis Report 2020. The re

Uddhav shoots back at governor’s sarcasm

As Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari went sarcastic and wrote to chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, asking him if he had turned ‘secular’ – an epithet he hated, as the places of worship remain closed amid the Covid-19 pand

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