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New Delhi, Mar 16: P K Sinha, the principal advisor to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has resigned, sources said on Tuesday. Sinha, a retired IAS officer of 1977 batch, was appointed as Principal Advisor to the Prime Minister in September 2019, after a brief stint as an officer on special duty (OSD). Sinha was made OSD to the Prime Minister in August 2019, after he had served four years as Cabinet

New Delhi was the world's most polluted capital for the third straight year in 2020, according to IQAir, a Swiss group that measures air quality levels based on the concentration of lung-damaging airborne particles known as PM2.5. India was home to 35 of the world's 50 most polluted cities, according to IQAir's 2020 World Air Quality Report, which gathered data for 106 countries. The findings were

New Delhi: More than 30 lakh people were inoculated against COVID-19 on March 15, the highest in a day so far, taking the total number of vaccine doses administered in the country to 3,29,47,432, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated today. The vaccination of beneficiaries aged over 60 has touched 1 crore within 15 days, the ministry said. Of the total 30,39,394 doses given in a span

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, in a letter to the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government, has said the state is "in the beginning of a second wave of Covid-19 pandemic". Amid concern of rising Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra, the central government team has asked the state to focus on containment strategies and scale up the pace of vaccination campaign, especially in districts

More than 400 people from Myanmar, many of them policemen, have crossed into neighbouring India since late February illegally, an Indian police officer said on Monday, as Myanmar security forces seek to crush pro-Aung San Suu Kyi demonstrators after last month's coup. The policemen said that they had fled because they feared persecution after refusing to obey the military junta's orders to shoot

New Delhi, Mar 16: India recorded 24,492 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, taking the country's infection tally to 1,14,09,831, according to Union health ministry data. The death toll due to the disease increased to 1,58,856 with 131 more fatalities being recorded in a day, the data updated at 9 am showed. Registering an upward trend for five days in a row, the total active caseload has gone up to 2

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday, March 15, said that it has conducted searches at 11 locations in Delhi, Kerala and Karnataka in ISIS module case. "NIA along with local police units conducted simultaneous searches at 11 locations including eight locations in Kerala spread over Districts of Kannur, Mallapuram, Kollam and Kasargod, two locations in Bengaluru and one location in

West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee on Monday said no conspiracy can stop her from campaigning ahead of the assembly polls in the state and will continue to fight against the BJP. Addressing her first rally in a district after being injured at the hustings in Nandigram, Banerjee said as long as she has her voice and her heart functions, she will continue to fight. "Wait for

Mumbai, Mar 15: Assistant police inspector Sachin Waze’s brother Sudharm Waze today filed a habeas corpus petition before Bombay high court, alleging that former’s arrest by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) is illegal. He alleged that super cop Waze was “made a scapegoat by certain political powers’’ by using Vimla Hiren, widow of Mansukh Hiren whose whose body was found is Kalwa creek days

New Delhi, Mar 15: Indirectly admitting that the introduction of Rs 2,000 contributed towards black money, the government of India today said that no new Rs 2,000 notes have been printed since April 2019, in an attempt to prevent its hoarding and curb the circulation of black money in the economy. In a written reply in Lok Sabha, minister of state for finance Anurag Thakur said that printing of