Kriti Tiwari

Joe Biden takes office: What does it mean for Indo-US ties?

Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday at a historic inaugural ceremony at the US Capitol. Kamala Harris was also sworn in as America's 49th Vice President. She is also the first....Read More

Future of Quad under Biden’s presidency: Nominated Def Sec weighs in on elevating Indo-US ties

Biden administration plans to continue promoting the Indo-US defense partnership, Defense Secretary nominee has told lawmakers during his confirmation hearing on Tuesday. Retired General Lloyd Austin, told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, “If confirmed, my overarching objective for....Read More

Biden’s inauguration on 20th January: FBI vets 25k national guards

The FBI is vetting all 25,000 National Guard troops who are tasked with securing the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on January 20 across the nation’s capital, due to fears of a coordinated insider attack.....Read More

Delhi schools re-open for Class 10 & 12 students; schools asked to carry out proper safety measures

Schools in Delhi have re-opened today after being closed since March, 2020. Classes have resumed for students in standards 10 and 12 in view of the upcoming board examinations. The Delhi government on Sunday allowed all schools outside containment zones....Read More

India kickstarts Covid-19 immunization drive: 2L+ vaccinated in two days across states

On January 16, India launched the world’s largest vaccination drive. By the evening, the Union Health Ministry provided data of over 1.9 lakh people who had received the first shots of the vaccine. The first day of Covid-19 vaccination in....Read More

WhatsApp postpones implementation of new policy till May; Accounts will not be deleted after Feb 8

WhatsApp announced on Friday, that it was delaying the implementation of a new privacy policy that has faced massive backlash with tens of millions of its users moving from the platform to rivals like Signal and Telegram, by three months.....Read More

“Defining victory in war against virus”: PM Modi as he launches world’s largest vaccination drive

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has virtually launched the nation-wide covid-19 vaccination drive today. It is billed as the world's largest vaccination program, covering the country, the drive aims to first inoculate millions of its healthcare and frontline workers and reach....Read More

India kickstarts world’s largest inoculation drive: Here are all your questions answered

PM Modi has launched one of the world's largest coronavirus vaccination drives today, setting in motion a complex deployment plan aimed at curbing the wide spread of infections across a nation of more than 1.3 billion people. With much said....Read More

Deadlock over farm laws continues: 9th round of talks inconclusive, next meeting on Jan 19

The farmer unions and the government held the ninth round of talks today, which turned out to be inconclusive and the next date that has been decided to resume the discussion is January 19. Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said,....Read More

Ahead of Chinese new year, China witnesses surge in Covid-19 cases: Will history repeat itself?

Chinese authorities are struggling to keep the country’s coronavirus-free status mostly intact, but a new outbreak has left more than 22 million people under lockdown. The outbreak is concentrated in Shijiazhuang, the provincial capital of Hebei province, which surrounds Beijing.....Read More

India’s Covid-19 vaccination drive to begin on January 16: Here’s all you need to know

The biggest vaccine rollout in the history of India began on Tuesday, as Serum Institute of India - the manufacturer of Oxford University's Covishield, shipped out its first lot of the vaccine. With the ‘May all be free from disease’....Read More

Deadlock over farm laws continues: SC rebukes Centre over handling of farmer protests

It is now the 47th day of the ‘Delhi Chalo’ farmers’ protest, where thousands of farmers have been staging a sit-in protest along Delhi borders. The farmers have demanded a rollback on the new farm laws passed by the Centre....Read More

France offers to shift assembly line of Panther choppers to India

In a significant development, France has offered to completely shift the assembly line of the Panther medium utility helicopters to India, in addition to 70 per cent of Dassault Rafale fighter jet's assembly line. France has offered to move the....Read More

Concern over WhatsApp’s new privacy policy escalates; users turn to Signal and Telegram

WhatsApp, laid out fresh terms on Wednesday, asking users to agree to let owner Facebook Inc. and its subsidiaries collect user data, including their phone number and location. Many privacy activists have questioned these new terms and asked users to....Read More

India to chair crucial UNSC sanction committees on Taliban and Libya

India began its two-year tenure at the United Nation Security Council as a non-permanent member on January 1. After this addition, India is all set to chair three crucial subsidiary committees, Taliban and Libya sanctions committees as well as the....Read More

India’s vaccine rollout delayed over pricing: Brazil’s Bolsonaro nudges India to expedite process

Countries across the globe are in a rush to inoculate its citizens and get a handle on the pandemic, whereas India has at least 50 million doses and more, ready for use but the Central government and the Serum Institute....Read More

China FDI Cry: ‘India can’t be an alternative to China’ diatribe

With power transmission projects being of a strategic nature, in April, India had tightened clearances amid growing concern that power infrastructure could be targeted by forces looking to cripple its economy. The changes in the foreign direct investment (FDI) policy....Read More

China conducts military drills in Tibet: Xi Jinping says ‘be ready for war’

Chinese President Xi Jinping has ordered the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to maintain “full-time combat readiness”. On Tuesday, the Chinese military was seen conducting aerial drills over Tibet’s capital Lhasa, days after the US passed a bill to back the....Read More

Row over desecration of Hindu idols in AP: CM Jagan faces backlash

A series of incidents of vandalization of Hindu temples in different parts of Andhra Pradesh is gaining a lot of attention and protests. On December 28, the idol of Lord Rama was found desecrated at the 400-year-old Ramatirtham temple in....Read More

India eyes lithium reserves in Argentina, Chile and Bolivia

As India strives to establish a robust battery supply chain in order to meet its ambitious targets for electric vehicle (EV) uptake, India's Khanij Bidesh India (KABIL) has signed an initial agreement with an Argentinian mining company Jujuy Energia y....Read More

Karnataka businesses can now operate 24×7: All you need to know about the new rules

All shops and commercial establishments which employ ten or more people in Karnataka are now allowed to operate on a 24x7 basis said the State government. This has gone into effect today and will continue for a period of three....Read More

Covid-19 dry run in India: Here’s all you need to know

The dry run for COVID-19 vaccination across all states in India took place yesterday as Covishield, India's first COVID-19 vaccine was granted approval today. Serum Institute of India has said that it is safe, effective and ready to roll-out in....Read More

China vs NATO on dispatch of warships: Xi rattled by Britain’s moves in South China Sea

China is extremely perturbed about British warships entering the disputed South China Sea. China said that it would take necessary measures to safeguard its sovereignty, security and development interest, as well as peace and stability in the South China Sea.....Read More

India begins 2 year tenure at UNSC; key priorities include counter-terrorism

As the new year started, India also began its two-year tenure as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council along with Norway, Mexico, Ireland and Kenya. On 17 June, India was elected to the UN Security Council with....Read More

India’s Mission 2021: Plans for Pak, China and Indo-Pacific border challenges

As we enter 2021, India has rejoined the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) as a non-permanent member in the new year for a two-year term. In 2020, India faced deteriorating ties with China in the wake of the protracted military....Read More

Chinese submarine drone found in Indonesia; possible covert mission suspected

Indonesia, in recent years has found a few uncrewed underwater vehicles (UUV). The most recent spotting of one, was near Selayar Island in South Sulawesi. Experts believe that it is most likely a Chinese submarine drone in waters on a....Read More

China puts in all their effort to avert political crisis in Nepal, return empty handed

In the ongoing political crisis in Nepal, between the two factions of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP), there was unprecedented meddling from China. This interference from the Chinese came in form of a delegation led by Guo Yezhou, who....Read More

New Year’s Eve restrictions imposed by state governments: Here’s all you need to know

With the spread of the new and more contagious strain of Coronavirus, the Centre and State governments are trying to curb its spread in the country with new restrictions in place. This is naturally going to impact the awaited New....Read More

Nepal political crisis: Protestors hold torch rally against Chinese interference

As Nepal goes through an internal crisis, the citizens of Nepal are vehemently protesting against the interference of Chinese in the matter. On Tuesday night, hundreds of people took to the streets in a torch rally to protest against the....Read More

Lens Technology accused of using forced labor; China’s hue and cry over Wistron incident exposed

A well-known Chinese company, Lens Technology, which supplies consumer electronics components, is one of the recent additions to the list of companies accused of using forced labor in its manufacturing facilities. A report from the Tech Transparency Project (TTP) has....Read More

Rahul Gandhi slammed for Italy visit ahead of Congress’ Foundation Day

On the Congress party’s 136th Foundation Day today, former Congress Chief, Rahul Gandhi left for Milan, Italy for a personal visit. He is now facing a lot of criticism for his absence during the party’s Foundation Day, as well as....Read More

Covid-19 vaccine dry run in four states begins today: Here’s all you need to know

India plans to start inoculating its citizens by the start of next year, the Indian drug regulator, CDSCO is looking at the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine, AstraZeneca to grant it emergency authorization for use in the country within this week and....Read More

S Jaishankar on 2-day visit to Qatar: Indians’ return to Qatar on agenda

Indian Minister of External Affairs, S Jaishankar will be on a two-day visit to Qatar from today, December 27 till tomorrow, during which he will be meeting Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani, Qatari Deputy Prime Minister, the Foreign....Read More

China sends high-level team to Nepal to defuse ongoing political crisis

China seems wary, as it has hurriedly sent a high-level delegation led by a vice minister of the Chinese Communist Party, to Nepal to oversee and assess the current situation of the warring Nepal Communist Party leaders today. The team....Read More

39 Indian sailors stuck in ships docked at 2 Chinese ports, Indian govt. in talks to resolve the issue soon

23 Indian sailors are stuck on bulk carrier MV Jag Anand, which has been anchored off Jingtang port on Bohai Sea in northern China’s Hebei province since June. Bohai Sea is a westward, inner extension of Yellow Sea. On Wednesday,....Read More

China left embarrassed as Afghanistan’s NDS bust a Chinese espionage ring of 10

China has been left embarrassed after, a 10- member Chinese spying racket, that operated a terror cell has been busted in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security (NDS), started their crackdown on this group on December....Read More

Covid last surge: After UK, concern grows over new and more infectious strain from South Africa

South Africa's health department said last week that a new genetic mutation of the virus had been discovered and might be responsible for a recent surge in infections there. Countries around the world have in recent days closed their borders....Read More

Farmers’ protests updates: PM Modi to interact with farmers tomorrow, protestors demand higher MSP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to hold a virtual meet with nine crore farmers on December 25, former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee's birth anniversary, during which he will clarify the Centre's position on the farm laws, and release....Read More

West Bengal Election: TMC and BJP head to head in a fierce competition in the upcoming days

The approaching West Bengal Assembly elections are said to be the most crucial elections in the state in quite a while for its people and attributes. The state has seen uninterrupted rule of Trinamool Congress, led by Mamata Banerjee for....Read More

India’s Covid-19 tally crosses 1 CR mark; Centre gears up for huge vaccine announcement on December 25

India's total number of COVID-19 cases are at 1,00,99,066, out of which 2,89,240 are active cases. The Central government is expected to have some big announcement related to the vaccine on December 25. India is likely to approve Oxford/AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine for emergency....Read More

BJP, TMC spur ahead of 2021 Bengal polls: Shah to visit Bengal on Jan 12

As the West Bengal Assembly Elections are drawing closer in 2021, the heat in the state has turned up over the past few days. Trinamool Congress, led by Mamata Banerjee has had unprecedented and uninterrupted rule in the state for....Read More

US push to Indo-Pacific Agenda: Trump awards ‘Legion of Merit’ to 3 quad leaders, including PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was awarded the prestigious ‘Legion of Merit’ on Monday by the U.S. President, Donald Trump. This was awarded to PM Modi for his leadership in elevating the strategic partnership between the two countries and emergence of....Read More

India’s Vaccine Push: Centre likely to make a big announcement on 25 Dec

Taking serious note and consideration of the newly found Covid-19 strain in the United Kingdom, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is holding an emergency meeting today. The Joint Monitoring Group (JGM) called the meeting to deliberate on the....Read More

Agitation over farm laws intensifies as farmers go on a day-long hunger strike

As farmers' protest against Centre's three farm laws enters the 26th day at Singhu border, farmer unions announced a day-long relay hunger strike to happen today at all protest sites to press for the repeal of the Centre's new agri....Read More

Pakistan fortifying Gwadar on pressure from China

Pakistan has now started erecting a wall of barbed fencing around Gwadar city, which will seal off the heart of Gwadar city, leaving only one entry point and one exit point for the city’s residents. This has started after China....Read More

India, Vietnam to hold virtual summit on December 21: Development of India-Vietnam Strategic Partnership on agenda

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold Virtual Summit with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Monday, December 21, Vietnam's Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang has announced. This will be the first such virtual summit of PM Modi....Read More

Jammu & Kashmir DDC polls: Nearly 41 per cent votes polled till 1 pm

Voting for the eighth and final phase of the District Development Council (DDC) elections in Jammu and Kashmir recorded about 41% voter turnout till 1 pm. The polling began today early in the morning, in biting cold. The voting, which....Read More

Amit Shah in Bengal for a two-day visit: To hold a rally where TMC rebels are speculated to join

Union Home Minister, Amit Shah arrived in Kolkata today around 1 am, for a two-day visit. Mr Shah has arrived in Bengal ahead of the upcoming elections and has a series of rallies scheduled for his visit. He is going....Read More

AAP to contest 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections: Arvind Kejriwal

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will contest the 2022 assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Delhi Chief Minister and national AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal announced on Tuesday. He aims to provide an honest political alternative to the people of the state. Kejriwal....Read More

Suvendu Adhikari resigns: Friction amongst TMC, BJP to reap the benefits before the election

Trinamool Congress MLA, Suvendu Adhikari has given his resignation from the West Bengal assembly. The ruling party minister has given up his portfolios of transport, irrigation and waterways in the State, is speculated to join BJP. Adhikari has had differences....Read More

Farmers’ protests enter Day 21: Amid no-deal fears, economy takes a hit; toll collection reduced, factories shut down

The farmers’ protests are only intensifying on a daily basis and this agitation in many parts of India has led to disruption in supply chains and logistics, toll collection due to the blockage of highways. The economy of the country....Read More

India with Sikh pride: Remembering the Sikhs heroes of India

When we think about Sikhs in India or its history, we remember the former Chief Justice of India, Jagdish Singh Khehar, the former Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, and the former President of India, Gyani Zail Singh. Lt....Read More

PM Modi on farmers’ protest: Opposition is misguiding farmers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to meet members of the farming community, including Sikh cultivators in Gujarat, during a visit to Kutch district. "The agriculture reforms that have taken place are exactly what farmer bodies were demanding and even opposition....Read More

West Bengal elections: Tension to run high as battle between TMC and BJP is likely to increase

The forthcoming West Bengal Assembly election of 2021 will see a fine contest between Trinamool Congress and BJP. The TMC has had unprecedented rule in the region for the past 34 years but BJP’s performance in the 2019 general elections,....Read More

Gmail, YouTube and other Google services restored shortly after facing global outage

Google services like Google Drive, Gmail and YouTube on Monday stopped working for users across the world, including India. Users were unable to access Google services and any user trying to access YouTube were faced with "Something went wrong...." message....Read More

India’s Vaccine Push: All you need to know about vaccine status, distribution, cold storage and more

India is all ready for its COVID-19 vaccination drive as the Union Ministry of Health has sent its operational framework and guidelines to states and Union territories for the distribution of the vaccine when it becomes available. Health officials have....Read More

Farmer protests remain intensified: Have vested interests taken over?

As farmer protests intensify, there have been a lot of theories and statements made by Government ministers which claim that the genuine farmers’ protests have been hijacked by “Khalistani elements” and “Leftist and Maoist” groups. Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar....Read More

Pfizer vaccine roll out begins, to reach American hospitals on Monday

A Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer and partner BioNTech was the first to gain the federal government’s permission to go into use in the United States. This is considered a landmark step in efforts to beat the ongoing pandemic as the....Read More

Mahatma Gandhi’s statue vandalized in Washington D.C. in protest against farm laws

Amid the ongoing farmers’ protests in India against the three new farm laws passed by the Centre, the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Washington D.C. was vandalized and defaced by protestors. The statue which stands at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Plaza....Read More

Farmers’ protest enters Day 17: NewsX’s action plan to solve deadlock

The farmers’ protest has now entered Day 17 and the agitation among the protestors is only intensifying. Earlier this week, a meeting with Amit Shah failed to resolve any issue the protesters had, and they unanimously rejected the Centre's written....Read More

ISRO ready to launch its communication satellite, followed by SSLV

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all ready to launch the communication satellite CMS-01 onboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C50). This launch is scheduled on December 17 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota. This will be....Read More