Indian Railways passenger traffic falls 99% due to COVID-19

India’s train passenger numbers are down nearly 99% for the five months from April to August, while freight volumes are down only 13% during the same period, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said today. “Owing to the discontinuance of passenger services after the introduction of the lockdown to contain COVID-19 pandemic, upto the end of August, […]

Rs 433 cr collected as fare for Shramik Trains: Indian Railways

Ministry of Railways, Government of India today said Indian Railways collected Rs 433 cr from the nearly 63 workers who were mass-evacuated using Shramik Special trains during the COVID-19 lockdown. However, it maintained that it did not charge the workers any money, and the amount was collected from those who organized Shramik trains — primarily […]

TRAI directs TV channels to publish new tariff immediately

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India said it is abandoning its voluntary restraint in the implementation of new TV channel pricing rules announced on January 1 as channel broadcasters are taking advantage of the same to push through price increases. TRAI has so far not taken any action against those who did not implement its […]

Kerala confirms community transmission

Kerala has become the first state in India to confirm community transmission of COVID-19. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said community transmission has been confirmed in coastal areas of Thiruvananthapuram district, based on test results from today. “We have come to the conclusion that COVID is now in community transmission in areas like Poomthura and Pulluvila,” […]

Govt to scrap jail terms for violating Cable TV Act

In keeping with the recently announced move to decriminalize smaller offences — especially those of a technical or financial nature — Government of India today proposed to remove jail terms for violating Cable TV Networks Regulation Act. At present, the violation of the cable TV Act can result in jail terms of up to two […]

Trivandrum close to community transmission with 105 local cases in 24 hours

Kerala took a step closer to officially confirming local transmission of COVID-19 in Thiruvananthapuram city with the district reporting a whopping 105 cases of local transmission today. Five cluster outbreaks have been identified in Thiruvanthapuram, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said today. Two ‘large community cluster’ outbreaks of Coronavirus have been identified in Kerala, one in […]

Kerala Gold Smuggling: Swapna Suresh says Consulate General asked her to contact customs

Swapna Suresh, one of the persons named by the media in the sensational Kerala gold smuggling case, has claimed innocence in her anticipatory bail plea, and said she acted upon the instructions of UAE’s consulate general in trying to get the bag released from the customs department. Earlier this week, sealed diplomatic cargo sent by […]

Asianet News Opinion Poll predicts LDF win in Kerala assembly polls

The first opinion poll ahead of Kerala’s assembly elections in April next year has predicted a narrow win for the ruling Left Democratic Front, while also forecasting a 20% increase in vote share for the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance. The opinion poll, conducted between June 18 and 29 among 10,409 persons, predicts that the Left […]

Kerala Govt gets 84% approval rating for COVID-19 fight: Asianet PrePoll Survey

The only survey conducted on the government response to the COVID-19 in Kerala has thrown up encouraging insights for the Left Front, while giving the BJP and the central government reasons for introspection. According to the survey of 10,409 persons conducted by C fore for Asianet News between June 18 and 29, a whopping 84% […]

Modi on China: World ready to fight expansionist powers

In his most direct attack against China’s encroachment on the Indian border, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said everyone should understand that the age of expansionism is over, and that the world today is determined and ready to fight any such power. “Friends, the age of expansionism is over,” Modi said, in a thinly veiled […]

China says India’s app blocking is discriminatory, against international trade

The Chinese embassy in India has called the Indian move to block 59 apps from China as ‘discriminatory’ and ‘against the general trend of international trade and E-commerce’. India blocked the apps yesterday in response to China ratcheting up its military presence on the Indian border, ostensibly in preparation for an attack on India. The […]

Full list of Chinese apps banned in India, with GoI statement

As the China’s People’s Liberation Army continues to amass weapons at the Indian border, Government of India has sought to secure the country’s IT infrastructure by banning all the major and popular Chinese apps available in India at present. The following is the full-text of the statement given by the government of India explaining the […]

Swamy says too much fear around; ‘Fear led to emergency’

Former Janata Party leader and current BJP MP Subramanian Swamy today said that the media, and people in general, are increasingly afraid to speak the truth in political matters, and said such unhealthy fear was a major factor that enabled the emergency 45 years ago. Swamy’s comments come in the context of the Indo-Chinese skirmish, […]

Uttar Pradesh completes evacuation of migrant workers

The Uttar Pradesh government has completed the task of bringing back stranded and jobless migrant workers from various places like Mumbai, Delhi and Gujarat, chief minister Yogi Adityanath said today. “The whole country is grateful [for the way in which] decisions were taken by the Prime Minister during the global pandemic, and for the systematic […]