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Air India sale: Centre begins process of inviting financial bids; deal likely to conclude by September
Business

Air India sale: Centre begins process of inviting financial bids; deal likely to conclude by September

Last month, civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri said there is no choice but to either "privatise or close" the airline which has a debt of 60,074 crore

Centre directs fertiliser companies not to hike MRP on non-urea products, says 'farmers are priority'
India

Centre directs fertiliser companies not to hike MRP on non-urea products, says 'farmers are priority'

The order was issued to fertiliser companies at a high-level meeting on Thursday in the wake of an increase in domestic retail prices of non-urea soil nutrients

Vaccinating teachers, students for board exams should've begun in January; offline exams risky now, says IWPA president
India

Vaccinating teachers, students for board exams should've begun in January; offline exams risky now, says IWPA president

Anubha Shrivastava Sahai, lawyer and president of the India Wide Parents Association, on the risks of holding board exams, and possible alternatives

COVID-19 vaccination at public and private centres to be available on all days of April, including gazetted holidays
India

COVID-19 vaccination at public and private centres to be available on all days of April, including gazetted holidays

The government opened the COVID-19 vaccination drive to include everyone above the age of 45 today based on a recommendation by the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration

Kerala Police book ED officials for 'forcing' Swapna Sunesh to name CM in gold smuggling case
Politics

Kerala Police book ED officials for 'forcing' Swapna Sunesh to name CM in gold smuggling case

The case was registered two days ago on the basis of a report filed by the Crime Branch team which has been probing the leak of a voice clip, purportedly belonging to Suresh, police said

Centre asks Delhi HC to restrain WhatsApp from implementing new privacy policy from 15 May
India

Centre asks Delhi HC to restrain WhatsApp from implementing new privacy policy from 15 May

The Centre's statement was in response to a plea challenging the messaging platform's new policy. Petitioners contended that it indicates 'fissures' in Indian data protection

Bharat Bandh: Farmer unions call for shutdown on 26 March to mark four months of agri law protests
India

Bharat Bandh: Farmer unions call for shutdown on 26 March to mark four months of agri law protests

“Kisan Yatras” will be taken out in Bihar from 11 March and conclude on 18 March on Kisan Kranti Divas and copies of the new agri laws will be burned during ‘Holika Dahan’ on 28 March, farmer leaders added

COVID-19 vaccine price cap too low, companies 'feel betrayed', says Biocon chairperson Kiran Mazumdar Shaw
India

COVID-19 vaccine price cap too low, companies 'feel betrayed', says Biocon chairperson Kiran Mazumdar Shaw

The government's capping of the vaccine price at private hospitals comes at a time when India is preparing to vaccinate people aged above 60 years and those over 45 with co-morbidities from tomorrow

'Only husband and wife make a family': Centre opposes same-sex marriage in Delhi HC
India

'Only husband and wife make a family': Centre opposes same-sex marriage in Delhi HC

The affidavit comes after four people from the gay and lesbian community urged the court to declare that marriages between any two persons irrespective of their sex be solemnised under the Special Marriage Act

Some people agitating just for sake of protest, says Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar on farmers' stir
India

Some people agitating just for sake of protest, says Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar on farmers' stir

However, if through positive dialogue, any amendment in these laws is required, then the Union government will always be ready for it, the chief minister added

State govt examining committee report on Clause 6 of Assam Accord, MHA tells Rajya Sabha
India

State govt examining committee report on Clause 6 of Assam Accord, MHA tells Rajya Sabha

The committee, headed by Justice (Retd) BK Sharma will "recommend the appropriate level of reservation of seats in Assam Legislative Assembly and local bodies for the Assamese people"

No COVID-19 deaths in 15 states and UTs over past 24 hrs, South African variant not found in India till now, says Centre
Health

No COVID-19 deaths in 15 states and UTs over past 24 hrs, South African variant not found in India till now, says Centre

Meanwhile, the number of healthcare and frontline workers vaccinated against COVID-19 reached 65.28 lakh on day 25 of the nationwide inoculation drive, the Union Health Ministry said

'I'm a streetfighter, can't be intimidated,' says Mamata, claims there's no alternative to TMC in Bengal
India

'I'm a streetfighter, can't be intimidated,' says Mamata, claims there's no alternative to TMC in Bengal

Alleging that the BJP is a "dangerous party", which has "sold off" the country, Mamata Banerjee said that the saffron party needs to look into the mirror before eyeing West Bengal

Delhi Police says 'no one named', FIR against creators of toolkit; 'I #StandWithFarmers', tweets Greta Thunberg
India

Delhi Police says 'no one named', FIR against creators of toolkit; 'I #StandWithFarmers', tweets Greta Thunberg

After the tweets from international celebrities, the Ministry of External Affairs had said it is unfortunate to see vested interest groups trying to enforce their agenda on the protests and derail them

China's attempts to transgress LAC since May met with appropriate response: Centre tells Lok Sabha
India

China's attempts to transgress LAC since May met with appropriate response: Centre tells Lok Sabha

Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan made the statement replying to questions on the border row and talks with China

Centre 'continuously' trying to resolve protesting farmers' issues through talks, says Narendra Modi in all-party meet
India

Centre 'continuously' trying to resolve protesting farmers' issues through talks, says Narendra Modi in all-party meet

Leaders of various political parties were part of the customary all-party meeting convened by the Centre for the smooth conduct of the Budget Session

Centre won't withdraw farm laws, says Manohar Lal Khattar after farmers vandalise kisan mahapanchayat venue
India

Centre won't withdraw farm laws, says Manohar Lal Khattar after farmers vandalise kisan mahapanchayat venue

Khattar earlier on Sunday was to address a 'kisan mahapanchayat' in Haryana's Karnal district and highlight the benefits of the Centre's three agriculture laws

Mehbooba Mufti slams Centre for 'criminalising dissent', says J&K parties are 'everybody's favourite whipping boy'
Politics

Mehbooba Mufti slams Centre for 'criminalising dissent', says J&K parties are 'everybody's favourite whipping boy'

The former CM said the Gupkar Alliance has vowed to fight for the restoration of Jammu and Kashmir's special status through democratic and peaceful means

Farm protests: Hooligans destroying mobile towers are denting India's image and harming farmers' cause
India

Farm protests: Hooligans destroying mobile towers are denting India's image and harming farmers' cause

These incidents are taking place at a time when Indian recession-hit economy is struggling to turn around and looking for foreign investments. The violence and vandalism make a mockery of India’s effort to showcase itself as a 'land of opportunity' and undermine efforts to be a part of global supply chains.

Centre extends validity of vehicle registration certificate and driving licence till 31 March
India

Centre extends validity of vehicle registration certificate and driving licence till 31 March

The Union transport ministry said authorities are advised to treat such documents valid till 31 March and that "this will help out citizens in availing transport related services, while maintaining social distancing"