NEW DELHI (Sputnik) - Over eight million people received a vaccine against COVID-19 in India on the first day of free vaccination for the entire elderly population, the country’s health ministry said on Monday.
According to official statistics, India has a population of more than 1.3 billion, making it the world's second-most populous country after China (1.41 billion people). According to estimates from the United Nations, India's population may overtake China's by 2026.
Mixing yoga with acrobatics, ‘acro-yoga’ has been something of a craze for the past few years. It is a popular form of workout that brings partners together as they lift and balance their other half to create acrobatic formations. It also draws on the traditions of circus arts, cheer-leading, and dance.
Several times in the past, Nepal has staked claims to India's Hindu mythological heritage. Last year, its prime minister, Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli, started a political storm stating that the Hindu god Rama was not, in fact, Indian as his real birthplace was in Nepal. India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rejected the claim with scorn.
India, though one of the largest makers of vaccines in the world, is struggling to meet domestic demand. The Modi government has been accused of exporting vaccines although supply is short at home and is now trying to amend its ways. But is it working?
Indian police have recovered a register from the accused that contains details of the people who were converted to Islam by the duo over the past 18 months.
Assam has been embroiled in a border conflict with Arunachal Pradesh since last year, when the former claimed Arunachalis had encroached upon 6,375 hectares of its forest land.
Yoga is now back in demand, especially among Indian millennials. The tech-savvy generation is now slowly incorporating the age-old practice into their routine to care for their physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.
Yoga, the combination of mental, physical, and spiritual exercises is an ancient Indian art that originated in the Himalayan town of Rishikesh over 5,000 years ago. In 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared 21 June the "International Day of Yoga" to promote healthy lifestyles for people around the globe.
Tracing its roots back to somewhere around 1,500 BC, some of the oldest written records in India mention the practice of “dhayana”, a quieting of the voice of the mind. In modern terms, this practice is called meditation. Between the second and sixth centuries, Indian sages began exploring meditation more deeply, leading to the birth of yoga.
In addition to COVID-19, post-pandemic complications continue to claim millions of lives across the globe. On 19 June, legendary Indian sprinter Milkha Singh also died at the age of 91 due to post-COVID complications, a month after battling with the virus.
Indian citizens appear not to have learned a lesson from the dangerous second COVID-19 wave. People have started flocking to the streets and religious processions are also witnessing huge crowds.
The Madras High Court has dismissed a bail application of a former minister of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, saying that there is no merit in the petition seeking anticipatory bail as the probe is in the preliminary stage, while also pointing to the gravity of the alleged offence.
Federal as well as state governments in India are taking steps to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the most vulnerable sections of society. Indian PM Modi earlier extended the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana scheme under which economically weaker families are provided with 5 kg of rice or wheat and 1 kg of pulse, until November 2021.
Hilarious situations occur every day here and there across the world and often get caught on camera, so this time a video of a monkey seen enjoying a fun ride on the Delhi metro has tickled the funny bone of internet users.
Affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, India’s Sheroes Hangout Café, run by acid-attack survivors - the first such business in the country - in two locations in Uttar Pradesh's Agra and Lucknow, were forced to shut down last year, resulting in a significant financial burden to the survivors for their medical treatment and their livelihoods.
Although he failed to win a medal in the 1960 Rome Olympics, finishing the 400 metres final in 45.6 seconds, 0.1 seconds short of winning the bronze, Milkha Singh's time remained a national record in India for 38 years.
Bollywood filmmaker Omung Kumar shot to fame with his biopic on six-time World Boxing Champion "Mary Kom" (2014) starring Priyanka Chopra Jonas. He also tasted success with the flick "Sarbjit" (2016) based on an Indian national convicted of espionage by a Pakistani court.
The coronavirus has not just affected millions in India, it has also affected regular health services. In April and May, when cases surged, the Outpatient Department (OPD) services of several hospitals were also shut, raising concerns about missed diagnoses and surgeries. The Lancet also reported critical patients preferred not to visit hospitals.
Miyazaki mangoes got their name from the town of Miyazaki in Japan where the production of this variety began about 50 years ago. The city's warm weather, which sees abundant rain and long hours of sunlight, enabled the farmers to grow these fruit. The mangoes, which are often used as expensive gifts, are flaming red and egg-shaped.