Day: March 11, 2021

A year on, WHO still struggling to manage pandemic response

GENEVA — When the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic one year ago Thursday, it did so only after weeks of resisting the term and maintaining that the highly infectious virus could still be stopped. A year later, the U.N. agency is still struggling to keep […]

Tens of thousands of Hindu devotees take holy plunge in Ganges

Tens of thousands of Hindu devotees plunged into India’s Ganges river on Thursday as the country kicked off one of the world’s largest religious festivals, even as officials reported the biggest spike in coronavirus cases for three months. Hindu ascetics known as Naga sadhus, many naked apart from […]

India sees worst COVID-19 increase since Christmas as Maharashtra battles surge

India reported its worst single-day increase in COVID-19 cases since late December on Thursday, as the western state of Maharashtra battled a fresh wave of infections and imposed a lockdown in one of its most densely populated cities. A total of 22,854 new coronavirus cases were reported in […]

Apple starts iPhone 12 assembly in India

Apple Inc (AAPL.O) has started the assembly of iPhone 12 in India, the U.S. tech giant said, as the company ramps up manufacturing operations in the world’s second-biggest smartphone market. “We are proud to be starting production of iPhone 12 in India for our local customers,” Apple said in a […]

India likely to block China’s Huawei over security fears -officials

India is likely to block its mobile carriers from using telecom equipment made by China’s Huawei, two government officials said, under procurement rules due to come into force in June. New Delhi is wary about awarding new technology business to Chinese firms both because of security fears and […]

China’s parliament moves to overhaul Hong Kong’s electoral system

China’s parliament approved on Thursday a draft decision to change Hong Kong’s electoral system, further reducing democratic representation in the city’s institutions and introducing a mechanism to vet politicians’ loyalty to Beijing. The measures are part of Beijing’s efforts to consolidate its increasingly authoritarian grip over the global […]

17 States implement One Nation One Ration Card system

Get additional borrowing of Rs. 37,600 crore DELHI, MARCH 11: Seventeen (17) States have successfully operationalised “One Nation One Ration Card system” with Uttarakhand being the latest State to complete the reform. States completing One Nation One Ration Card system reform are eligible for addtional borrowing of 0.25 […]


DELHI, MARCH 11: INS Shardul, a ship of the First Training Squadron of the Indian Navy (IN) is visiting Port Louis, Mauritius from 10 to 13 March, 2021 as part of an overseas deployment to Southern Indian Ocean nations. The ship will undertake EEZ surveillance of Mauritius, in coordination […]

NBA announces return of its junior program in India

New Delhi, Mar 11: The National Basketball Association (NBA), in collaboration with Reliance Foundation, on Thursday announced the return of its junior program for boys and girls across India. The 12-week live series, which will be conducted via Zoom and is free to anyone who wants to attend, tipped […]

Illegal arms factory unearthed in Amethi

Amethi (UP), Mar 11: An illegal arms factory was unearthed by a police team here on Thursday and 12 country-made pistols recovered, police said. The team conducted a raid in Adhanpur village at about 2 am. Besides country-made pistols, live cartridges and equipment were recovered from the spot, Additional […]

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