New Delhi (Sputnik): On 3 July, eight policemen were killed while raiding a wanted criminal, Vikas Dubey, and his accomplices in Uttar Pradesh, India. The incident took place in a village in the industrial city of Kanpur, where his gang was said to be hiding. Soon after, State Chief Yogi Adityanath told police to prioritise Dubey's arrest.
New Delhi (Sputnik): We all know the three monkeys who accompany the old adage "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil", but in 2020, perhaps covering your face with your hands isn't enough for simians trying to play it safe.
New Delhi (Sputnik): India has been tightening its noose on foreign mobile apps, citing a threat to national security. There have been incidents where soldiers have been honey trapped by foreign intelligence agencies and coaxed into divulging information. The country recently banned 59 Chinese apps following the border standoff in Ladakh.
New Delhi (Sputnik): India is undergoing the longest and harshest lockdown anywhere in the world as a containment measure to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. But still there is no sign of abatement of the pandemic, with data scientists predicting a long haul ahead for India, and the country might see 287,000 cases per day by early 2021.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Indian Customs arrested a former employee of the UAE Consulate for his alleged involvement in a smuggling racket after finding 30 kilograms of gold in a diplomatic bag on 5 July. The UAE mission in New Delhi has denied that any of its diplomats was involved.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Indian cinemas have been shut for over three months now as part of measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Cinemas were among the first public spaces to be closed, even before the nationwide lockdown began on 25 March.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Despite its ubiquity and utility, the internet has exposed individuals and businesses around the world to major vulnerabilities. Just days after the Indian government released a proposed set of e-commerce rules focusing on data privacy, a major hacking incident has come to light.
New Delhi (Sputnik): 3,165 people have died from COVID-19 in India's capital, more than in any Indian city other than Mumbai. Delhi's state government had last month come under scrutiny for hiding the number of deaths in the capital and problems facing its hospitals, which have been overwhelmed by the mounting case load.
New Delhi (Sputnik): India recently banned 59 Chinese apps from operating in the country, citing national security reasons, following the border faceoff with the Chinese army in the Ladakh region. The popular Chinese app TikTok also got banned in India, worrying creators who use it to reach their audience.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month urged Indians to go 'Vocal For Local' as he claimed that the pandemic had taught the nation the importance of self-reliance. Since then, the federal government has launched its 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' (self-reliant India) campaign, encouraging Indians to buy local products.
New Delhi (Sputnik): The coronavirus-induced lockdown triggered a migrant crisis in India, leaving millions of labourers displaced. In a desperate move to reach their home villages, many were forced to make long journeys on foot and more than 100 died.
New Delhi (Sputnik) India recently became the third worst hit country in the world with the COVID-19 virus. Despite this, the government is slowly opening up certain businesses across several states in order to get the economy moving again.
New Delhi (Sputnik): On 12 May, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a $266 billion stimulus package to help the economy and businesses overcome the challenges posed by the pandemic. Economic growth slid to a 12-year low of 3.1 percent in the first quarter of 2020.
New Delhi (Sputnik): On Saturday, Bharatiya Janata President JP Nadda had accused Sonia Gandhi and family of conniving with China by receiving funds from the country for the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation. Allegations had come amidst the attack on Modi Government by Opposition over stand-off with China.
New Delhi (Sputnik): A biker in the Indian financial capital of Mumbai unwittingly gave a lift to a scaly stranger on his way to work. According to reports, the rider was alerted by another biker who spotted the snake slithering under the rear seat of his Royal Enfield bike. The man had ridden several kilometres with the stowaway serpent.
New Delhi (Sputnik): The World Health Organisation (WHO) until recently had not admitted that the novel Coronavirus could spread through the air. COVID-19 has resulted in the death of over 546,000 people globally. It is known to latch itself to the respiratory system of humans. India recently became the world’s third most infected nation.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Beware of Cobras: The deadliest serpents, king cobras are the longest of all venomous snakes and the most poisonous ones on the planet. The south Asian species can literally 'stand up', lifting a third of its body off the ground to look you in the eye. Sadly, the amazing creatures are vulnerable to extinction.
New Delhi (Sputnik): With 11.4 million COVID cases across the globe, drug manufacturers are racing against the clock to develop a vaccine and bring life and the economy back to their normal course. Among 140 companies, Bharat Biotech expressed confidence in being able to make their vaccine ready by the country's independence day on 15 Aug.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Schools and colleges across India have been closed since 25 March, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a national lockdown as a containment measure to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The lockdown has also disrupted the annual examinations in schools and colleges.
New Delhi (Sputnik): United States' Secretary of State Michael Pompeo spoke to India's External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar at the height of border tensions between India and China following the violent face-off between Indian and Chinese soldiers in Ladakh's Galwan Valley.