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Mar 18, 2022 01:05 PM IST
Taliban officially bans all foreign TV series in Afghanistan
The Taliban has officially banned the broadcasting of all foreign TV series in Afghanistan. As reported by Russian news agency Sputnik, there is no film industry in Afghanistan, and no other shows that can replace the foreign ones.
Mar 18, 2022 12:44 PM IST
Saudi Arabia extends Ukrainian’s visas on humanitarian grounds
Saudi Arabia has issued a royal directive to extend Ukrainian tourist and business citizens’ visas on humanitarian grounds. Reportedly, the vias will be extended without any fees or fines.
Mar 18, 2022 12:42 PM IST
Shanghai pushes mass Covid tests amid surge
The Chinese commercial hub – Shanghai is conducting mass Covid-19 testing as China witnesses a massive surge in cases.
Mar 18, 2022 12:16 PM IST
Moderna seeks EUA for 2nd booster shot
Amid the surge in covid-19 cases across the world, Moderna Inc on late Thursday sought emergency use authorization for a second Covid-19 booster shot from the US health regulators.
Mar 18, 2022 11:52 AM IST
ISKCON temple in Bangladesh vandalized
ISKCON Radhakanta temple in Bangladesh’s Dhaka has been vandalized on March 17.
Mar 18, 2022 11:51 AM IST
Vivek Agnihotri gets ‘Y’ category security cover
Bollywood filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri – director of ‘The Kashmir Files’ gets ‘Y’ category security cover – deployment of four to five armed commandos in close proximity. He will be protected by the CRPF during his stay or travel all over India.
Mar 18, 2022 11:12 AM IST
TN budget: ₹3,384 crores allocated for water management
The Tamil Nadu Assembly has allocated ₹3384 crores for water management in the state.
Mar 18, 2022 10:56 AM IST
Indian-American Ro Khanna named to NSC on Emerging Biotechnology
Indian-American Congressman Ro Khanna has been named to National Security Commission on Emerging Biotechnology.
Mar 18, 2022 10:22 AM IST
Union Health Secretary writes to states/UTs on Covid strategy
Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has written to all Additional Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries, Secretaries (Health) of all States/UTson Covid-19 strategy.
He emphasized that there should be a continued focus on the five-fold strategy – Test-Track-Treat-Vaccination and adherence to COVID Appropriate Behavior.
Mar 18, 2022 09:07 AM IST
Australian PM Scott Morrison extends Holi greetings to Indian Australian community
Australian PM Scott Morrison extended Holi greetings to the Indian Australian community. In a message, he wrote, “Holi holds even more meaning this year. As we reach the end of a 2nd pandemic year, we can be thankful for the many things that have sustained us -our family, community & faith.”
Mar 18, 2022 08:54 AM IST
India’s Covid cases consistently drop, new deaths at 149
India records a consistent decline in the daily Covid cases with 2,528 new infections in the last 24 hours. According to the data, 149 new Covid deaths have been reported. 3,997 people have been discharged in the past 24-hours.
Mar 18, 2022 08:51 AM IST
PM Modi extends wishes on Holi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended greetings to the people of the country on the occasion of Holi. Taking to Twitter, he wrote, “Wishing you all a very Happy Holi. May this festival of colors, a symbol of mutual love, affection, and brotherhood, bring every color of happiness in your life.”
Mar 18, 2022 07:32 AM IST
US lawmakers urge India to speak out against Russia’s attacks in Ukraine
Following a bipartisan call with Ambassador of India to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu, US lawmakers urge India to speak out against Vladimir Putin’s targeting of civilians in Ukraine.
Mar 18, 2022 06:57 AM IST
Taliban suspends operations of insurance companies in Afghanistan
The Taliban-led government in Afghanistan has suspended operations of insurance companies in the war-torn country until further notice, a report by Khaama Press said.
According to an official letter sent to insurance companies, the Taliban said that the spirit of insurance is under discussion in the Science Academy of Afghanistan to decide whether (insurance) is against Islamic practices or not.
Mar 18, 2022 06:18 AM IST
Srinagar: 15 arrested for pelting stones at security forces post-encounter
Fifteen people have been arrested for pelting stones at security forcesafter an encounter in Srinagar in which three militants were killed.
“A large unruly mob assembled from adjacent areas of Shankerpora Wanabal carrying ‘lathies’ and stones in their hands and pelted stones on the deployed staff. In order to disperse the mob smoke shells had to be used,” the Srinagar Police said in a statement on Thursday.
Mar 18, 2022 06:03 AM IST
South Korea to end Covid-19 curbs despite record spike in cases
South Korea will end all restrictions imposed to contain the spread of Covid-19 despite a record spike in daily infections. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), South Korea leads the world in newly reported cases in the last seven days.
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Published on Mar 18, 2022 12:40 PM IST
Vivek Agnihotri, ‘The Kashmir Files’ director, to get Y-category security cover
Vivek Agnihotri will be protected by CRPF during his stay and travel all over India, people familiar with the development said.
Published on Mar 18, 2022 12:17 PM IST
On Southeast Asia Covid surge, Centre’s note to states: ‘Keep a vigil’
The five fold strategy of ‘Test-Track- Treat-Vaccination and adherence to Covid appropriate behaviour’ has yet again been reiterated by the government.
Updated on Mar 18, 2022 12:04 PM IST
Written by Harshit Sabarwal | Edited by Swati Bhasin, New Delhi
4 held in Rajasthan for selling fake helicopter tickets to Vaishno Devi pilgrims
Cyber police Jammu lodged an FIR and during the course of investigation, it obtained information from domain provider ‘GoDaddy’ about these fake websites.
Published on Mar 18, 2022 10:29 AM IST
On Holi, PM Modi says, ‘May this festival bring every colour of happiness…’
“Wishing you all a very happy Holi. May this festival of colours, which is a symbol of mutual love, affection and brotherhood, bring every colour of happiness in your life,” the prime minister wrote on Twitter in Hindi.
Updated on Mar 18, 2022 09:03 AM IST
Written by Harshit Sabarwal | Edited by Swati Bhasin