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India 145th among 195 countries in healthcare access and quality

India 145th among 195 countries in healthcare access and quality

New Delhi – India ranks 145th among 195 countries in terms of quality and accessibility of healthcare, behind its neighbours like China, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Bhutan, according to a Lancet study. The Global Burden of Disease study, however, mentioned that India has seen improvements in healthcare access and quality since 1990.In 2016, India’s healthcare access

Centre has almost done away with blacklist of overseas Sikhs: Ram Madhav

Centre has almost done away with blacklist of overseas Sikhs: Ram Madhav

WASHINGTON: The NDA government has almost done away with the blacklist’ of overseas Sikhs which denied them an Indian visa, a senior BJP leader told Sikh community members here. The blacklisted NRI Sikhs are barred from travelling to India due to their alleged ties with Khalistan movement in the 80s and 90s. The list was prepared at

India sixth wealthiest country with total wealth of US $8,230 bn

India sixth wealthiest country with total wealth of US $8,230 bn

NEW DELHI: India is the sixth wealthiest country in the world with a total wealth of US $8,230 billion, while the US is the richest nation globally, says a report. According to the AfrAsia Bank Global Wealth Migration Review, the US is the wealthiest country in the world with a total wealth of US $62,584

Petrol price: Rs. 4 a litre hike in petrol, diesel prices in offing

Petrol price: Rs. 4 a litre hike in petrol, diesel prices in offing

NEW DELHI: A Rs 4 per litre increase in petrol and diesel prices is in the offing if the state-owned fuel retailers are to return to pre-Karnataka poll hiatus margin levels, brokerage firms said. No sooner had Karnataka polled to elect a new state government, the state-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC), Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd

Indore city cleanest, followed by Bhopal and Chandigarh

Indore city cleanest, followed by Bhopal and Chandigarh

New Delhi – Indore emerged as the cleanest city, followed by Bhopal and Chandigarh in the Central government’s cleanliness survey. The results of Swachh Sarvek – shan 2018, which aims to estimate levels of cleanliness across cities in the country, were announced on Wednesday by Minister of State for Housing Hardeep Singh Puri.Jharkhand was adjudged the

Arun Jaitley undergoes successful kidney transplant

Arun Jaitley undergoes successful kidney transplant at AIIMS

Arun Jaitley undergoes successful kidney transplant at AIIMS. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today underwent a successful kidney transplant at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), an official at the premier health institute said. Both the donor and the recipient are stable and recovering well, the official said. Jaitley, 65, was admitted to

SC/ST Act likely to be put in Schedule IX of Constitution

SC/ST Act likely to be put in Schedule IX of Constitution

NEW DELHI: The Central government is planning to bring an ordinance to overturn the Supreme Court verdict putting safeguards on arrests under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and subsequently introduce a bill to insulate it from further judicial scrutiny. The government is likely to introduce the bill in monsoon session of Parliament to incorporate

Modi among Forbes' top 10 most powerful people

Modi among Forbes’ top 10 most powerful people

New York – Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been ranked among the top 10 most powerful people in the world by Forbes in a list that has been topped for the first time ever by Chinese President Xi Jinping, who dethroned Russian President Vladimir Putin as the most influential person on the planet. Modi ranks 9th

Manmohan attacks Modi for 'economic mismanagement'

Manmohan attacks Modi for ‘economic mismanagement’

BENGALURU: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi led NDA government for its disastrous policies’ and ‘economic mismanagement,’ and said the country was facing crises that were avoidable. Singh attacked the government over a series of banking sector frauds, saying the money swindled almost quadrupled from

Democracy is in danger, says ex-PM Manmohan Singh

Democracy is in danger, says ex-PM Manmohan Singh

NEW DELHI: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday sought support for the Congress and its president Rahul Gandhi, saying the democracy of the country is in danger with the Modi government consistently undermining its Constitutional institutions. Launching an all-out attack on the government, he said it has failed to fulfil all its promises it

Over 23,000 bank fraud cases involving 1 lakh crore in 5 yrs

Over 23,000 bank fraud cases involving 1 lakh crore in 5 yrs

New Delhi – Over 23,000 cases of fraud involving a whopping Rs 1 lakh crore have been reported in the past five years in various banks, according to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). A total of 5,152 cases of fraud, up from over 5,000 cases in 2016-17, were reported in banks from April, 2017, to

Prez gives nod to death penalty for rape of girls below 12

Prez gives nod to death penalty for rape of girls below 12

NEW DELHI: President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday promulgated an ordinance to pave way for providing stringent punishment, including death penalty, for those convicted of raping girls below the age of 12 years. The Union Cabinet on Saturday had approved the ordinance to allow courts to award death penalty to those convicted of raping girls

Petrol price in Delhi touches Rs. 74.08, highest since Sept 2013

Petrol price in Delhi touches Rs. 74.08, highest since Sept 2013

NEW DELHI: Petrol price in Delhi touched a fresh high of Rs 74.08 per litre on Friday, the highest in nearly five years. In September 2013 the price had touched Rs 74.10 a litre.In Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai, too, prices climbed to new multi-year highs at Rs 76.78, Rs 81.93 and Rs 76.85 per litre,

Demonetisation led to highest fake currency, suspicious transactions

Demonetisation led to highest fake currency, suspicious transactions

NEW DELHI: The country’s banks received an all-time high amount of fake currency and also detected an over 480 per cent jump in suspicious transactions post demonetisation, a first-ever report on dubious deposits made in the wake of the 2016 notes ban has revealed. The banks, including those in the private, public and cooperative sectors, and

Modi, May for infusing new energy in bilateral ties

Modi, May for infusing new energy in bilateral ties

LONDON: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday told his British counterpart Theresa May there would be no dilution in the importance of the UK to India after it leaves the EU, as the two leaders agreed to infuse new energy into bilateral ties post-Brexit.The two leaders had “fruitful discussions” on multiple aspects of India-UK relations

PM leaves for five-day visit to Sweden, UK, Germany

PM leaves for five-day visit to Sweden, UK, Germany

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today left for a five-day visit to Sweden, Germany and the UK, where he will attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). “PM @narendramodi embarks on a tri-nation visit to Sweden, United Kingdom & Germany from 17-20 April. A visit with a rich bilateral & multilateral content in the form

Arun Jaitley takes oath for fresh Rajya Sabha term

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who was re-elected from Rajya Sabha, took oath of office on Sunday, in Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu’s chamber in the Parliament here. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley contested from Uttar Pradesh. Eight other Bharatiya Janata Party leaders contesting from the state also emerged victorious, namely GVL Narasimha Rao, Harnath Yadav, Ashok

Nitish Kumar seeks exemption of Gurdwaras 'langar' items from GST

Nitish Kumar seeks exemption of Gurdwaras ‘langar’ items from GST

Nitish Kumar seeks exemption of Gurdwaras ‘langar’ items from GST. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar sought an exemption of food prepared as ‘langar’ in Gurdwaras under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) structure. In this regard, Kumar penned a letter to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, seeking exemption of all inputs related to the provision of

Rahul Gandhi hits out at PM over proposed jet deal

Rahul Gandhi hits out at PM over proposed jet deal

NEW DELHI: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Saturday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that his friends raced to find strategic partners after the government “re-tendered” $15 billion fighter jet deal. He was citing a media report in this regard which stated that India was seeking over 100 new fighter jets in the

Jaitley under observation, to undergo surgery today

Jaitley under observation, to undergo surgery today

NEW DELHI: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday underwent a series of medical tests at the AIIMS ahead of his kidney transplant surgery. Jaitley, 65, who was admitted to the AIIMS on Friday here, has been kept under observation. Sources said that keeping a kidney transplant patient under oneday observation is a routine medical procedure

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