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Dec 30, 2020 11:10 AM IST Daybreak

States Intensify Hunt for New Strain as 14 More UK Returnees Test +ve for Britain Variant; Total 20

Twenty people who returned to India from the United Kingdom have tested positive for the new UK variant genome of SARS-CoV-2 so far, the Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday. The tally includes six people who were found positive for the new virus strain on Tuesday.

Smaller Contingents, No Red Fort: Republic Day Parade 2021 Undergoes Big Changes Due to Covid-19

In a bid to avoid overcrowding and ensure social distancing amid raging coronavirus pandemic, the central government made a number of changes in Republic Day parade in 2021. For the first time in the history of R-Day, the parade will not culminate at the Red Fort. It will start from Vijay Chowk and end at the National Stadium. The distance of the parade has been cut down to half -- from an earlier 8.2 kilometres to 3.3 kilometres now.

Talks with China Underway, But No Meaningful Outcome Yet, Says Rajnath Singh on LAC Standoff

Talks between India and China have been underway but no success has been achieved yet, said Union Defence Ministry Rajnath Singh on Thursday, adding that the next round of talks on military level between the two countries may be conducted anytime.

River Stream Found Under Ram Mandir Foundation Makes Model 'Unfeasible', Trust Asks IITs for Help

The Ram temple trust in Ayodhya has asked the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) to suggest better models for the foundation of the temple as a stream of the Sarayu river has been found below it, sources said on Tuesday. The construction committee of the temple, chaired by former principal secretary to the prime minister Nripendra Misra held deliberations over the matter here on Tuesday, they said. During the deliberations, it was realised that the existing model for the foundation of the temple was not feasible as a stream of the Sarayu river is flowing below the temple, a source said.

12-Year-Old Among 6 Killed as Powerful Earthquake Rocks Croatia; This is Like Hiroshima, Says Mayor

A strong earthquake hit central Croatia on Tuesday, destroying buildings and sending panicked people fleeing into rubble-covered streets in a town southeast of the capital. Authorities said six people were killed and at least 20 were injured. The European Mediterranean Seismological Center said a magnitude 6.3 quake hit 46 kilometers (28 miles) southeast of Zagreb. It caused widespread damage in the hardest-hit town of Petrinja. The same area was struck by a 5.2 quake on Monday.

‘American Accent!’: 1st Public Speech of Harry, Meghan's Son Sends UK Media into Frenzy

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's toddler son Archie was heard speaking for the first time Tuesday, as the couple released their first podcast, with British media seizing on his "American" accent. Archie, born in May 2019, giggles and wishes listeners "Happy New Year" at the end of the couple's debut on the Spotify audio streaming platform.

Censor Board Denies Nod for Malayalam Movie Varthamanam Based on JNU Agitation

Malayalam film 'Varthamanam', set in the backdrop of students protest held in Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi early this year, has been denied permission for screening by the Censor Board of Film Certification's (CBFC) regional office. Directed by noted filmmaker Sidhartha Siva with award- winning actress Parvathy Thiruvoth in the lead role, the movie revolves around the journey of a Keralite woman who goes to the JNU campus from the home state for her research studies.