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‘Legal issues need to be resolved before Mallya can be extradited’

Business tycoon Vijay Mallya cannot be extradited unless a legal issue is resolved, the NDTV quoted a British High Commission official as stating. The news portal said that the source in the commission also stressed that the issue is confidential. “Vijay Mallya last month lost his appeal against extradition, and was refused leave to appeal...

India viewing coronavirus crisis as opportunity: PM Modi to Morrison

A process of comprehensive reforms covering almost all areas has been initiated in India as it is viewing the coronavirus crisis as an “opportunity”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday at an online summit with his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison. In his opening remarks, Modi also pitched for a coordinated and collaborative approach to...

Veteran filmmaker Basu Chatterjee no more

Veteran filmmaker Basu Chatterjee, known for his middle-of-the-road cinema and films such as Chhoti Si Baat and Rajnigandha, died on Thursday from age related health issues. He was 93. Basu died in his sleep at his Santacruz residence. “He passed away peacefully in his sleep in the morning. He wasn’t keeping well for quite some...

Defence secretary Ajay Kumar tests positive for COVID-19, placed under home quarantine

Defence secretary Ajay Kumar has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been placed under home quarantine. He got himself tested for COVID-19 after developing mild fever and was found to be infected. Kumar is the first top government official to test positive for the viral infection. “He tested positive on Tuesday. His condition is stable...

Mahatma Gandhi’s statue outside Indian embassy in US desecrated in violent protests

The statue of Mahatma Gandhi outside the Indian Embassy in Washington DC has been reportedly desecrated by unknown persons allegedly involved in the ongoing protests in the US against the custodial killing of African-American George Floyd. The United States Park Police has launched an investigation and more details regarding the incident are awaited, a news...

India flattened the wrong curve, not coronavirus but GDP: Rajiv Bajaj

At a time when several questions have being raised about India’s prolonged lockdown, Bajaj Auto MD Rajiv Bajaj said India has flattened the wrong curve, not coronavirus but GDP. Bajaj, who had been expressing dissent against the prolonged strict lockdown in India, said, “I think unfortunately India not only looked West it went to the...

#Column: Will flight elections in 2022 with those who can’t be bought

Shankersinh Vaghela: The policy and politics of the ruling BJP’s national leadership and the Gujarat government’s compulsion to blindly toe their line is seriously affecting the interests of Gujaratis in the state. It used to happen when the Congress was in power and continues till date.  Therefore, I plan to deliberate with intellectuals and experts...

Migrants leaving quarantine centre in Bihar given condoms

In a bid to promote safe sex and prevent unwanted pregnancies, thousands of migrant labourers who are leaving quarantine centres and those who are under home quarantine across Bihar are getting condoms from State Health Society amid the coronavirus lockdown. “Migrant labourers are going to their homes after completing the 14-day institutional quarantine. Since there...

Cyclone Nisarga: 20,000 people evacuated from Valsad and Navsari

The Valsad and Navsari district administrations has begun evacuating close to 20,000 people from 47 villages on the state’s coastline as it braces for Cyclone Nisarga. Earlier the India Meteorological Department (IMD) had on Tuesday indicated that the cyclone may not make a landfall on the Gujarat coast but the state will be subject to...

Pvt labs can test for COVID-19 without govt nod when prescribed by a doctor

A private doctor can prescribe a COVID-19 test for a symptomatic suspected patient without having to wait for the government’s nod. The test can be conducted either at government or private laboratories and would not require a nod from the local health official. However, the laboratory and the doctor will need to upload the details...

198 migrants lost lives in road accidents during lockdown: Report

One hundred and ninety eight migrant workers lost their lives in road accidents during the lockdown period, according to the data compiled by the SaveLIFE Foundation, a road safety NGO. There were at least 1,461 accidents over the course of the nationwide lockdown from March 25 to May 31 in which at least 750 people...

India approves emergency use of antiviral drug ‘remdesivir’ for COVID-19

The Union government on Tuesday said it has approved Gilead Sciences Inc’s antiviral drug remdesivir for emergency use in treating COVID-19 patients. Remdesivir is the first drug to show improvement in COVID-19 patients in formal clinical trials. It was granted emergency use authorisation by the US Food and Drug Administration last month and has received...