Air quality improved during lockdown in India, study shows

Research by scientists from the University of Southampton (UK) and the Central University of Jharkhand (India) and has shown the first COVID-19 lockdown in India led to an improvement in air quality and a reduction in land surface temperature in major urban areas across the country. The study found that travel and work restrictions […]

G7 leaders intend to back Japan’s Tokyo Olympics efforts

The Group of Seven (G7), consisting of the world’s leading economies, is expected to pledge support to Japan’s efforts in organizing and carrying out upcoming summer Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo following the G7 summit next week, Kyodo reported on Wednesday citing sources familiar with the matter. A relevant statement will be released after the summit, scheduled for […]

Sardar Ajit Singh, former AIR artist who performed with Beatles, passes away at 85

Sardar Ajit Singh, once among the All India Radio’s top grade artists, passed away on Tuesday in Dehradun at the age of 85. Sardar Ajit Singh was one of the select few who had the opportunity to perform with the Beatles when they toured Rishikesh and Dehradun in 1968. He remained with the group throughout their […]

BJP’s Central leadership quells murmurs in Uttar Pradesh, backs Yogi Adityanath

Bharatiya Janata Party’s Central leadership has thrown its weight behind Yogi Adityanath, putting a stop to murmurs against the state government months ahead of the Assembly polls. Knowing that a divided house in Uttar Pradesh can cost the BJP dearly, the party’s Central leadership has assured leaders that they will be heard. However, […]

Uttarakhand CM inaugurates 500-bed Covid-19 Care Centre at Haldwani

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat on Wednesday virtually inaugurated a 500-bed COVID-19 Care Centre built by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in Haldwani. The Centre has been dedicated and named after late former Army chief Gen Bipin Chandra Joshi. According to DRDO, the Centre will become fully operational from tomorrow. The centre, […]

JNU entrance exam will be conducted whenever it is safe for students, assures VC Jagadesh Kumar

The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) entrance exam will be conducted whenever it is safe for the students to write it, assured JNU Vice-Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar on Wednesday. He added that the decision to cancel the Class 12 Board exams in light of the COVID-19 pandemic was pragmatic and rational, and the University would adjust its academic calendar if […]

Matthew Perry calls it quits with fiancee Molly Hurwitz

‘Friends’ star Matthew Perry has announced the decision to end his engagement with fiancee Molly Hurwitz, saying ‘sometimes things just don’t work out’. The 51-year-old star confirmed the news to People magazine that he and his literary manager fiancee Molly Hurwitz have decided to go their separate ways. “Sometimes things just don’t work out and this is […]

DCGI waiver likely to bring foreign vaccines like Pfizer, Moderna a step closer

The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has done away with specific trials of COVID-19 vaccines that have been approved by other international regulatory bodies – a big move likely to clear the way for foreign vaccines like Pfizer and Moderna for the country’s urgent requirement. In a letter, DCGI Chief VG Somani letter […]

PM Modi, President Kovind greet people of Telangana on State Formation Day

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday extended his best wishes to the people of Telangana on the occasion of the State Formation Day. Taking to Twitter, the Prime Minister appreciated the achievements of the people belonging to the state and wrote, “Best wishes to the people of Telangana on the state’s Formation Day. The state is blessed with […]

Rakesh Tikait slams Centre for inflation, punishing people for raising voice against govt

In a fresh attack on the Central government over rising inflation, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Tuesday said that if someone raises its voice against the government, they are punished and compared the government North Korea. Taking to Twitter, the farmer leader said that speaking against ‘Raja’ makes you […]