India starts COVID-19 vaccinations for people over 60s from March 1

NEW DELHI: India plans to expand its vast but faltering coronavirus vaccination program from March 1 by offering jabs to the over 60s, the government said Wednesday.The country began vaccinating its 1.3-billion population last month and plans to inoculate 300 million people by July, but so far the

India police: Six killed in Kashmir fighting

India: Anti-India rebels in Indian-controlled Kashmir killed two police officers in an attack Friday in the disputed region’s main city, officials said. Elsewhere in the Himalayan region, three suspected rebels and a policeman were killed in two gunbattles.The violence came a day after diplo

India to test travelers from Brazil, South Africa, UK after detecting new coronavirus strains

NEW DELHI: India will make COVID-19 molecular tests mandatory for people arriving directly or indirectly from the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil in a bid to contain the spread of more infectious virus variants found in those countries.India, which has reported the highest number of overal

Covid killed 1,000 Indians a day. Then hospitals fell silent as infections fell

Five months ago, doctors at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi were struggling to find beds for Covid-19 patients as the country’s health services buckled under a wave of infections. More than 250 patients a day tried to find space in the 700-bed private hospital. But now only 18 Covid-1

India’s dramatic fall in coronavirus cases leaves experts stumped

NEW DELHI: When the coronavirus pandemic took hold in India, there were fears it would sink the fragile health system of the world’s second-most populous country. Infections climbed dramatically for months and at one point India looked like it might overtake the United States as the country

India asks states to speed up COVID-19 vaccination

MUMBAI: India’s government urged states and union territories on Saturday to accelerate COVID-19 vaccinations after a review found “substantial” room for speeding up the program.India started what it says in the world’s biggest vaccination program on Jan. 16, aiming to reac

Indian protests against agriculture reforms attract new supporters

India: Thousands of farmers in a politically important Indian state on Friday rallied in opposition to new agricultural laws, signalling growing support for a months-long campaign to have the government reforms scrapped.Angry at what they see as legislation that benefits private buyers at the expe

India starts world’s largest COVID-19 vaccination drive

NEW DELHI: India started inoculating health workers Saturday in what is likely the world’s largest COVID-19 vaccination campaign, joining the ranks of wealthier nations where the effort is already well underway.India is home to the world’s largest vaccine makers and has one of the bigg

India’s protesting farmers, government to hold new round of talk

NEW DELHI: The Indian government will hold new talks with the leaders of tens of thousands of farmers camped on the outskirts of New Delhi for almost two months protesting for the repeal of new agricultural laws they say threaten their livelihoods.Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government ha

Indian farmers burn legislation in show of defiance

Indian farmers burnt copies of the government’s new agricultural laws on Wednesday, pressing on with their protest against the reforms despite a decision by the Supreme Court to postpone implementation while their grievances are heard.Tens of thousands of farmers have been camped on the outs

Bhandara tragedy: 10 babies killed in India hospital fire

  Ten babies were killed in a maternity unit in the Indian state of Maharashtra when fire tore through a major hospital early on Saturday. Staff rescued seven of the newborn infants at the Bhandara district hospital but were beaten back before they could get to the 10 others, Pramod Kha

18 people killed in roof collapse during funeral in India

At least 18 people attending a funeral in northern India were killed when a roof they were sheltering under during heavy rainfall collapsed on Sunday afternoon, a police officer said. Around 40 mourners had gathered under the shelter at a crematorium in the district of Ghaziabad when it collapsed

India begins nationwide COVID-19 vaccination trial run

India began a massive nationwide one-day exercise for the trial run of coronavirus vaccination in the country as the drug regulator prepared to approve the first vaccine, according to the health ministry. All states are participating in the exercise for gearing up for the roll out of COVID-19 vac

India drug regulator approves AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, country’s first

NEW DELHI: India’s drug regulator on Friday approved a coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University for emergency use, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.The decision clears the vaccine’s rollout in the world’s second-most populous country

Indian trials COVID-19 vaccine roll-out

NEW DELHI: India began a two-day dry run for coronavirus vaccination in four states across the country on Monday in preparation for a full roll-out in the near future. The trial covers the northeastern state of Assam, the northern state of Punjab, the southern state of Andhra Pradesh and the

Punjab warns farm protesters against telecom mast attacks

India’s major grain-growing state of Punjab on Monday asked police to crack down on farmers and sympathisers vandalising telecommunication masts as they intensify their weeks-long protests against farm deregulation. Protesters have attacked hundreds of masts of companies such as oil-to-groc

Indian farmers launch media to ‘fight Modi lies’

NEW DELHI: Indian farmers protesting against new laws brought in by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government have started running their own media to counter the ruling party’s narrative, which they say is discrediting their struggle. Farmers from agriculture-dependent states have bee

India detains 75 in Kashmir after local election

SRINAGAR, India: India’s government detained at least 75 Kashmiri political leaders and activists to forestall political unrest after an alliance of Kashmir’s regional political parties won a local election, leaders and a police official said on Saturday.The District Council election,