New Delhi (Sputnik): India halted all flight operations after imposing a nation-wide lockdown in light of the coronavirus pandemic. However, under the government’s Vande Bharat Mission, national carrier Air India has been operating flights to bring back Indians stranded abroad.
New Delhi (Sputnik): The game of cricket is not just limited to sports in India – for many it’s like a religion and presently, Captain Virat Kohti enjoys a huge fan following in the country. Until now, the Indian skipper has been making the rounds on social media amid the coronavirus-lockdown for his entertaining videos, but today that changed.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is known for his oratory skills and speeches, spoke from his heart on Saturday. India's 69-year old leader has now entered his sixth year as head of the country.
New Delhi (Sputnik): As border tensions between the India and China are rising, and US President Donald Trump has not only offered to mediate between the Asian giants but even said that he talked to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, adding that “he is not in a good mood about what's going on with China”.
New Delhi (Sputnik): On 25 May, a Chinese woman was beaten with sticks outside her home in Uttar Pradesh’s Gautam Buddh Nagar district. She took to Twitter and narrated her ordeal following which the police swung into action.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Scores of dead fishes were found floating in India’s Kommaghatta lake in Bengaluru on Friday. Locals allege that the lake has become a dumping ground for nearby factories.
Some parts of India are situated in the seismically active zones, so the country periodically faces tremors of various strength. In mid-April, an earthquake measuring 5.8 shook the Myanmar-Indian border region with the epicentre registered 168 kilometres southeast of Aizawl.
New Delhi (Sputnik): The Indian economy had been slowing down since 2018 due to the combined impact of the US-China trade war as well as instability in domestic financial markets. From highs of over 8 percent in 2018, growth almost halved to 4.7 percent at the end of 2019.
New Delhi (Sputnik): The High Court of Delhi took notice of newspaper reports about “highly dissatisfactory” storage and cremation facilities for COVID-19 victims and issued a notice to the city government on 28 May. The court took particular note of reports that the corpses of those who died five days ago were yet to be cremated.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Harmless to humans, the mysterious looking bats who spend most of their life hanging upside down are now looked at with even more suspicion since some initial studies and media reports held them responsible for the new coronavirus, although this theory has not been confirmed yet.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Locust invasion is not a new phenomenon in India, however the intensity and the early onset of the wave in the country has never been this severe in the past 26 years. While states are trying to minimise the agricultural damage caused by the insect by deploying drones, the swarm of the migratory pest is all set to reach Delhi.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Voices favoring gender equality have grown louder in recent times. India has witnessed the roar of its girls, and Bollywood also seems ready now to glorify women on screen – finally.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Border tension has been simmering between India and China after a skirmish between patrol parties in Ladakh's Galwan Valley sector earlier this month. Both sides have declined US President Donald Trump's offer to intervene in the matter.
New Delhi (Sputnik): India has been under a lockdown since March due to the fear of COVID-19 spread. As the restrictions are easing in their fourth phase, India’s COVID-19 cases have reached 165,798.
New Delhi (Sputnik): While heated verbal attacks are routine in any news channel debate these days, an Indian station became the target of mockery after pundits started threatening each other with weapons during a live show.
New Delhi (Sputnik): The Indian Navy has dominated news headlines for developing in-house tech equipment to minimise the risk of the coronavirus infection from spreading; 26 Indian naval personnel tested positive in April.
New Delhi (Sputnik): The lockdown in India imposed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 has brought untold misery to hundreds of thousands of poor daily wage earners. They lost their livelihood, and without any earnings, many trudged hundreds of kilometres to return their homes, while many more were sent back by trains and buses.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Some of the most awaited high-fashion events of the year, including the Met Gala have been cancelled this year due to the pandemic, which came as a major buzzkill, clouding the world with gloom and fear. But for some time to come, one new accessory is expected to make for dazzling red carpet looks – face masks.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Thanks to intelligence inputs, Jammu and Kashmir police along with the Army intercepted militant groups that were planning to launch a suicide attack against security forces using an explosive-laden car on 28 May. While the terrorist plot was successfully foiled by the security forces, the driver of the car fled the scene.
New Delhi (Sputnik): Indian security forces on Thursday defused an explosive-laden vehicle in Jammu and Kashmir, foiling an attempted terror attack.