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Kashmir: Union home secretary reviews security preparedness ahead of PM Modi's visit, Amarnath Yatra, polls
India

Kashmir: Union home secretary reviews security preparedness ahead of PM Modi's visit, Amarnath Yatra, polls

Ajay Bhalla will take stock of progress on various development projects under prime minister's development programme ahead of the prime minister’s visit to Jammu on 24 April

Centre ends COVID-19 containment measures from 31 March; wearing of face mask to continue
India

Centre ends COVID-19 containment measures from 31 March; wearing of face mask to continue

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare advisories on COVID containment measures will continue to guide the overall national response to the pandemic, said Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla

Omicron scare: Centre to review decision on restarting international flights, SOP for incoming passengers
India

Omicron scare: Centre to review decision on restarting international flights, SOP for incoming passengers

The meeting was held a day after a high-level review by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the new COVID-19 variant of concern 'Omicron'

Gupkar Alliance members including Farooq Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti set to meet Narendra Modi: All you need to know
Politics

Gupkar Alliance members including Farooq Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti set to meet Narendra Modi: All you need to know

This is the first such meeting that will be held since Jammu and Kashmir’s special status was scrapped and it was divided into two Union Territories

COVID-19: Centre tells states to ensure unlock process is 'carefully calibrated', no crowding in markets
India

COVID-19: Centre tells states to ensure unlock process is 'carefully calibrated', no crowding in markets

In a letter, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla also said that vaccination against COVID-19, in the present scenario, is critical to break the chain of transmission

Over 19.5L COVID-19 vaccinations, 348 AEFIs so far; Delhi heading to 'herd immunity', suggests sero-survey
India

Over 19.5L COVID-19 vaccinations, 348 AEFIs so far; Delhi heading to 'herd immunity', suggests sero-survey

India recorded the lowest number of coronavirus fatalities in over eight months, with 131 deaths being reported on Monday, the health ministry said

Centre to review COVID-19 sitaution in Delhi as cases spike; Rajasthan brings new bill to make masks mandatory
India

Centre to review COVID-19 sitaution in Delhi as cases spike; Rajasthan brings new bill to make masks mandatory

India's case fatality rate fell below 1.5 percent on Saturday, the Union health ministry said, crediting the Centre-led strategy of 'test, trace, track and treat' for keeping coronavirus-related deaths low

MHA directs West Bengal govt not to obstruct central teams assessing lockdown measures; TMC dubs visit 'adventure tourism'
Politics

MHA directs West Bengal govt not to obstruct central teams assessing lockdown measures; TMC dubs visit 'adventure tourism'

Centre has directed the West Bengal government not to obstruct the work of two central teams visiting the state for an on-the-spot assessment of implementation of lockdown measures taken to fight novel coronavirus

Coronavirus Outbreak: Invoke stringent law against those hoarding, black marketing essentials, Centre tells states and Union Territories
India

Coronavirus Outbreak: Invoke stringent law against those hoarding, black marketing essentials, Centre tells states and Union Territories

Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said the MHA has allowed manufacture or production, transport and other related supply-chain activities in respect of essential goods like foodstuff, medicines and medical equipment during 21-day lockdown

Home ministry convenes meet to discuss modalities for 2020 Census, NPR today; Union minister Nityanand Rai to chair meeting
India

Home ministry convenes meet to discuss modalities for 2020 Census, NPR today; Union minister Nityanand Rai to chair meeting

The Union Home Ministry has convened a meeting on Friday to discuss the modalities for the 2020 Census and the National Population Register (NPR), officials said

IAS officer Ajay Bhalla appointed officer on special duty in MHA, set to become home secretary
India

IAS officer Ajay Bhalla appointed officer on special duty in MHA, set to become home secretary

Bhalla will have a fixed two-year tenure till August 2021 if appointed as the union home secretary.

Mastercard and Indian government team up to create low-cost payment technologies
News & Analysis

Mastercard and Indian government team up to create low-cost payment technologies

Leading global payments company Mastercard is working closely with the Indian government and industry to drive low-cost payment technologies.

Now, Mastercard wants you to authenticate payments through 'Credit Card Selfies'
Business

Now, Mastercard wants you to authenticate payments through 'Credit Card Selfies'

MasterCard is experimenting with a smartphone app which allows people to confirm their identity and authenticate online transactions via a facial scan.