5 persons received Rs 1.61cr for executing conspiracy in Delhi riots

Former Congress Councillor Ishrat Jahan, activist Khalid Saifi, suspended AAP Councillor Tahir Hussain, Jamia Millia Islamia Alumni Association President Shifa Ur Rehman and Jamia student Meeran Haider allegedly received Rs 1.61 crore for managing protest sites against the Citizenship Amendment Act in Delhi and executing the conspiracy …

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‘Covid patients from outside straining Mumbai hospitals, city is prepared’

The total number of COVID-19 cases in India has now crossed the 5 million mark. In Mumbai, the number is now over 175,000 with over 8,200 deaths. The hospital beds in the city, particularly in intensive care units, seem to be under much greater pressure than they …

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DMK, Congress oppose Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill in Lok Sabha

The Congress and DMK were among the Opposition parties that opposed the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, raising concerns that the proposed legislation will infringe upon the rights of states. The bill, which seeks to bring cooperative banks under the …

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80% parents in 5 states say digital schooling failed during lockdown: Study

More than 80% of parents with children studying in government schools reported that education was “not delivered” during the lockdown, according to a new five-state survey conducted by the non-profit Oxfam India. In Bihar, 100% of the parents interviewed voiced this view. This failure was mostly because …

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Parliamentary panels’ role reduced, functioning at all-time low, data show

There was not a single meeting of any parliamentary committee in the four months following the national lockdown imposed on March 24, 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Of the 24 departmentally-related standing committees, not one met virtually either during the lockdown. Departmentally-related standing committees are committees with …

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Falling oil prices, raging pandemic have exposed weaknesses of the wealthy

During the reign of the Emperor Justinian I (527-565 AD), a mysterious plague spread out of the Nile Valley to Constantinople and finished off the Roman Empire. Appearing first in China and North India, the “Black Death” (Yersinia pestis) radiated throughout the Mediterranean and into Northern Europe. …

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China’s billion tree forest program is environmental lesson for the world

Few environmental campaigns in China have been so enthusiastically pursued or so controversial as its Great Green Wall. Every spring, government officials, teachers, students, and company employees go on group tree-planting trips. State media single out forest workers for praise. Film stars line up to …

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Parliament monsoon session: Oppn demands discussion on LAC standoff, Covid

The issues of ongoing LAC standoff, handling of the coronavirus pandemic and economic slowdown are likely to dominate the Monsoon session of Parliament which begins on Monday, with the opposition demanding a discussion on them, while the government has listed nearly two dozen new legislations for passage …

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