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Goa wants testing of air passengers, virus-free certificates

The state, which saw a fresh wave of coronavirus cases this month, is gearing up for resumption of domestic air traffic from May 25 with 15 flights from Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Mysore and other places scheduled to arrive.

Haryana fully stocked to fight Covid-19

An official spokesman said Haryana Medical Services Corporation Limited (HMSCL) has been supplying stocks to different hospitals as well as government medical colleges in the State.

Bengaluru civic agency designates 32 municipal wards as COVID-19 hotspots

Kalaburagi district is also among the hotspots with 17 positive coronavirus cases including three deaths. These 32 wards of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) have been completely sealed and an extensive health check-up campaign has been taken up in these areas, Bengaluru Mayor M Gautham Kumar said on Thursday.

IIT-M, industry bodies to study COVID-19 impact on MSMEs

The phases of lockdown announced by the government witnessed a revenue shortfall of more than 60 per cent for the sector, creating an unprecedented crisis to the industry.

View: Covid-19 underlines vital significance of secularism

The Covid-19 pandemic serves to remind us that secularism is a vital ingredient of democracy and that it means not just separation of religion from the state but also subordination of religion to the state in matters temporal. The lesson is driven home by the conduct of certain Tablighis, fervent Ram Bhakts and Nihangs.

Delhi's Babu Jagjivan Ram Hospital medical services closed as staff members, doctors test COVID-19 positive

The total number of active cases in the national capital stands at 1,518 while 869 people have recovered so far, the minister further informed. There have been 54 deaths in the national capital, as per the Union Health Ministry.

Covid-19: Migrant workers in Surat create ruckus over fear of lockdown extension

Migrant workers in Surat on April 10 resorted to violence allegedly fearing extension of lockdown beyond April 14. Many of them pelted stones at policemen and indulged in vandalism. Police officials detained more than 60 people. A case has been registered under relevant section of IPC. Speaking on this, Surat DCP said, "Workers blocked road and pelted stones. Police reached the spot and detained 60-70 people. We have come to know that they were demanding to go back home."Covid-19: Migrant workers in Surat create ruckus over fear of lockdown extension

Companies expected to outsource more work due to Covid-19 pandemic: NTT

In this environment, the delivery of platform-enabled solutions at speed across the entire technology stack becomes even more important, it said. From cloud to networking, data centre to security and more, breadth and depth of capability are essential to recover and restore operations and position organisations strongly for the coming years.

Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan: PM Modi urges nation to buy and promote local

Prime Minister Modi in his clarion call to create a self-reliant India, emphasised the need to promote local products and brands so that the nation builds a robust supply chain that stand the weather of global storms. Watch!Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan: PM Modi urges nation to buy and promote local

Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan: PM Modi urges nation to buy and promote local

Prime Minister Modi in his clarion call to create a self-reliant India, emphasised the need to promote local products and brands so that the nation builds a robust supply chain that stand the weather of global storms. Watch!Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan: PM Modi urges nation to buy and promote local

Coronavirus lockdown: Vehicles carrying labourers stopped at Delhi-UP border

A long queue of buses was witnessed near ‘Vaishali Mor’ at the Delhi-UP border. Several vehicles of the Transport Enforcement of Government of NCT, Delhi, were also present near the same place.

Govt temporarily suspends toll collection on national highways in-view of COVID-19 pandemic

Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari announced that toll collection on national highways will be temporarily suspended in view of Covid-19 pandemic.Govt temporarily suspends toll collection on national highways in-view of COVID-19 pandemic

Covid-19: Won't recommend BCG vaccine even for health workers until study proves it, says ICMR

ICMR Scientist, Dr Raman R Gangakhedkar said that the BCG vaccine is not recommended to fight COVID-19 until a study conducted is on it. On being asked on the use of BCG vaccine to fight COVID-19, Dr Gangakhedkar said, “ICMR will begin a study next week. Till we don’t have definitive results from this, we won’t recommend BCG vaccine, even for health workers.” On being asked about the genome sequencing of coronavirus by Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre (GBRC), Dr Gangakhedkar said, “Gujarat Biotech did whole genome sequencing but it is not the first one. It had happened earlier as well. This virus has been in India for 3 months and the mutation of virus doesn’t happen too quickly. Whatever vaccine comes out now, it will work in the future as well (if the virus mutates).”Covid-19: Won't recommend BCG vaccine even for health workers until study proves it, says ICMR

31 healthcare staff, including 11 doctors, test Coronavirus positive at Delhi hospital

31 healthcare workers, including 11 doctors have tested positive for COVID-19 at Delhi's Babu Jagjivan Ram Hospital. A total of 31 staff of Delhi government-run Babu Jagjivan Ram Hospital, including 11 doctors, have tested positive, a senior official of the facility said. Details by Times Now's Mohit Sharma.31 healthcare staff, including 11 doctors, test Coronavirus positive at Delhi hospital

Mahabharata was won in 18 days, COVID-19 battle will last 21 days: PM Modi

New Delhi, Mar 25 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 25 addressed his Parliamentary constituency on day of 21-day countrywide lockdown. PM recalled the epic battle of Mahabharata to motivate them. He said that the battle of Mahabharata was won in 18 days and country has to win the battle against COVID-19 in 21 days. "Our effort is to win the battle against coronavirus in 21 days," he said. Mahabharata was won in 18 days, COVID-19 battle will last 21 days: PM Modi

Delhi sees season's highest power demand on Sunday

Tata Power Delhi Distribution said it met the peak power demand of 1493 MW on Sunday night.

Telangana imposes Rs 1,000 fine for no mask in public place

Private offices, including IT and ITES, can operate with upto 33 per cent strength in red zones including Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) area, with the remaining people working from home. However, they can operate fully in orange and green zones.All construction activities are permitted in rural areas, orange and green zones.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal announces 5T plan to tackle novel coronavirus crisis

The Delhi Chief Minister stressed on team work among different states and the Centre to tackle the Covid crisis.

Watch: Vaishno Devi Shrine prepares iftari for quarantined Muslims amid Ramazan

Amid Ramazan, Vaishno Devi Shrine prepares sehri, iftari for 500 quarantined Muslims.Watch: Vaishno Devi Shrine prepares iftari for quarantined Muslims amid Ramazan

Delhi govt sent 65,000 migrant workers back to their homes so far: Manish Sisodia

In wake of deadly COVID-19 pandemic, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on May 19 said around 65,000 migrant labourers have been sent to their respective places. Adding on it, he further said as the government gets permission from the recipient states, it will send more migrant labourers. The total number of COVID-19 cases in national capital crossed 10,000-mark. Delhi govt sent 65,000 migrant workers back to their homes so far: Manish Sisodia

Public transport resumes in Delhi after nearly 2 months, distancing norms in place

Public transport resumed in Delhi on Tuesday with buses, auto-rickshaws and taxis plying on the road, after a gap of nearly two months.

COVID-19 crisis: IMCT writes 4th letter to West Bengal Chief Secy highlighting lapses at hospitals

The Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) on Saturday wrote to West Bengal Chief Secretary (CS) Rajiva Sinha, sharing its observations from spot visits in Howrah and raised issues with regard to quarantine centres and surveillance zones. In the letter to Sinha, IMCT head Apurva Chandra, Additional Secretary with the Central government, also enquired about personal protective equipment (PPE) stock and contact tracing and quarantine of individuals, who returned from Delhi's Markaz event.COVID-19 crisis: IMCT writes 4th letter to West Bengal Chief Secy highlighting lapses at hospitals

Maharashtra: 15 COVID-19 hotspots identified in Thane

The Thane Municipal Corporation has identified 15 hot spots in the city and declared them as Quarantine Containment zones, he said. The TMC has declared areas, including Kajuwadi, Dosti Vihar, Happy Valley, Saibaba Nagar, Loda Paradise, Runwal Garden among others as quarantine containment zones.

4 more Mumbai returnees test positive in Himachal; tally 173

Four more people who returned from Mumbai tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Mandi district, taking the number of cases in Himachal Pradesh to 173 on Saturday, a health official said.

ICMR issues fresh guidelines for hydroxychloroquine usage

A revised government advisory has recommended use of hydroxychloroquine as a preventive medication for asymptomatic healthcare workers working in non-COVID-19 hospitals, frontline staff on surveillance duty in containment zones and paramilitary/police personnel involved in coronavirus infection related activities.ICMR issues fresh guidelines for hydroxychloroquine usage

Coronavirus in UP: Sadar becomes Lucknow’s most sensitive zone with 60 cases

Lucknow’s Police Commissioner, Naveen Arora visited city’s most sensitive Sadar which has emerged as hotspot of coronavirus cases. “Sadar area has become the most sensitive zone of Lucknow, positive cases increased to 60. It had started with 12 people, who were Jamaatis. People didn't practice social distancing here and violated lockdown norms,” said Lucknow Police Commissioner. Coronavirus in UP: Sadar becomes Lucknow’s most sensitive zone with 60 cases

Tamil Nadu records Rs 170 cr revenue from liquor sale on day 1 of lockdown relaxation

Tamil Nadu has recorded a Rs 170 crore revenue from the sale of liquor on day 1 after the Govt ordered to reopen the liquor stores.Tamil Nadu records Rs 170 cr revenue from liquor sale on day 1 of lockdown relaxation

COVID-19: Irdai again extends grace period for life insurance policies

​Now as the lockdown has been further extended up to May 17, 2020, the regulator has allowed extended grace period up to May 31 for all life insurance policies whose premium was due in March keeping in view the difficulty faced by some policyholders to renew the policies in time.

Coronavirus: 30 states, UTs under complete lockdown

The states which have imposed lockdown in all districts include Chandigarh, Delhi, Goa and Nagaland.

Lockdown distress: Karnataka govt announces Rs 1,610 cr package

The Karnataka government on Wednesday announced a Rs 1,610 crore relief package for the benefit of those in distress due to the COVID-19-induced lockdown. The measures announced by the Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa would bring relief to farmers, flower-growers, washermen, auto rickshaw and taxi drivers, MSMEs, large industries, weavers, building workers and barbers.Lockdown distress: Karnataka govt announces Rs 1,610 cr package

Door-to-door survey for Covid in Karnataka from today

Fifty thousand-plus booth-level officers will be deployed to identify patients with existing conditions such as non-communicable diseases, TB and AIDS, and pregnant women, Karnataka chief secretary TM Vijay Bhaskar said.

Gujarat reports 241 coronavirus cases, 17 deaths

Out of the 55 new cases, 50 are from Ahmedabad, two from Surat, and one each from Dahod, Anand and Chhotaudepur district, the state government said. Ahmedabad has so far reported 133 Covid-19 cases out of the total 241.

Coronavirus in India: 1334 new cases, 27 deaths reported in last 24 hrs

The Union Health Ministry on Sunday said that 1,334 fresh Covid-19 cases reported since Saturday, 27 deaths in last 24 hours. We have done 3,86,791 tests so far. Total cases have risen to 15,712, death toll at 507 in India. Health Secretary Lav Agarwal said that 54 other districts in 23 States/Union Territories didn't report any cases in last 14 days. 2,231 patients have been cured so far in the country "On April 18, 37,173 tests were done, out of these 29,287 tests were done in labs of ICMR network. 7,886 tested in private sector labs," Dr Raman R Ganga-khedkar, ICMR.Coronavirus in India: 1334 new cases, 27 deaths reported in last 24 hrs

India coronavirus case count, April 16: 12,380 confirmed cases, 414 dead

The number of cases globally is well over 2 million now, with more than 1,37,000 dead till date. America accounts for the highest number of casualties at 28,399.

CRPF officer tests positive for coronavirus

Two days after Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) chief medical officer was tested positive for coronavirus, DG CRPF, A P Maheshwari, has gone into self quarantine as a precautionary measure, officials said.CRPF officer tests positive for coronavirus

British PM Boris Johnson launches new Covid-19 alert system as lockdown 'modified'

In a televised address to the nation, Johnson laid out a five-level alert system that the government will be constantly monitoring based on scientific data to track the rate at which the deadly virus is spreading – referred to as the “R” rate.

Coronavirus lockdown: 10 ways to make money online

We all have been forced to take the digital way of life these days, whether we like it or not. Now with the nationwide coronavirus lockdown and the obvious domination of the Internet, many of us are working from home. But if you currently have no or little work, you can too take to the Net to earn money or supplement already existing income. In this video, we list out various ways to earn money online.Coronavirus lockdown: 10 ways to make money online

Donald Trump says he has finished taking hydroxychloroquine as coronavirus therapy

Trump has spent weeks pushing the drug as a potential treatment or prophylaxis for COVID-19 against the cautionary advice of many of his administration's top medical professionals.

Lockdown extended by 2 weeks, India split into red, green and orange zones

The extension will see some relaxations which will be regulated based on the spread of coronavirus in districts.

Cyber Police surveillance aiding fight against COVID-19 outbreak in Kashmir

The cyber police station in Kashmir registered its first FIR on February 17,2020 against people for defying government orders on social media. The FIR was registered within few weeks after the cell came into existence through a government notification.

Cabinet okays ordinance to amend insolvency law; defaults due to COVID out of IBC ambit

Payment defaults from March 25 -- the day when the nationwide lockdown to curb coronavirus infections began -- would not be considered for initiating insolvency proceedings for a certain period of time, according to sources.

Covid-19: Kerala institute ready for plasma trials, but has no patients to test

The Thiruvananthapuram-based institute, which is an institute of national importance under the Department of Science and Technology, received the clearances from the Indian Council of Medical Research a week ago to conduct clinical trials for plasma therapy, which uses antibodies from the blood of cured patients to treat others.

Take care of your heart, coronavirus can cause serious cardiovascular problems

COVID-19 can cause serious complications like heart failure, heart attacks and blood clots that can lead to strokes.

Coronavirus outbreak: India reports another death, COVID-19 patient dies due to kidney failure in Bihar

Bihar reported its first death due to COVID-19 on Sunday, as a man with a travel history to Qatar died at the AIIMS in Patna. One patient passed away on March 21 due to kidney failure and his tests have come positive for coronavirus. “A woman has also tested positive, she is admitted at AIIMS,” informed Bihar Chief Secretary Deepak Kumar. Coronavirus outbreak: India reports another death, COVID-19 patient dies due to kidney failure in Bihar

Sikkim to reopen educational institutions from June 15

Senior official in the state government said, “In phased manner classes will start from class nine to university level from June 15. However for elementary and primary level online classes will continue.”

Karnataka reports third COVID-19 death; total positive cases in state mounts to 62

In the third COVID-19 fatality in Karnataka, a 60-year-old man died at a hospital in Tumakuru on Friday hours after his test result came positive for coronavirus infection along with that of six others as the total cases in the state rose to 62.

Third lockdown is gradual de-escalation: VK Paul, Niti Aayog member

Paul, who also heads the medical emergency management plan on Covid, tells ET in an interview that the third phase of the lockdown should be seen as the country’s strategy of rational, gradual and cautious step-wise de-escalation of the lockdown.

Covid-19: Kerala has low mortality rate, very high cure rate, says Health Minister KK Shailaja

Health Minister of Kerala, KK Shailaja informed that the state has low mortality rate and very high discharging or cure rate.While speaking to ANI, she said, "Coronavirus mortality rate in Kerala is below 0.5% but in world it is more than 5%. In some places, it is even more than 10%. Most of the people who are in isolation in the hospitals are stable and very few are in critical stage. We are treating them with most care. The discharging or cure rate is also very high in Kerala because of our systematic work. We evaluate everything every day."Covid-19: Kerala has low mortality rate, very high cure rate, says Health Minister KK Shailaja

Living with Covid-19: How lives have changed

ET brings you a wrap on the virus' spread and containment measures taken over the past week.

COVID-19: India under lockdown, curfew clamped in some states as coronavirus cases climb to 433

The governments in Maharashtra and Punjab imposed state-wide curfew on Monday, as most of India huddled in a lock down and airlines prepared to stop operations in desperate measures to curtail the spread of fast-spreading COVID-19, which has infected 433 people in the country so far.COVID-19: India under lockdown, curfew clamped in some states as coronavirus cases climb to 433

Covid-19: Experts suggest a phased lifting of the lock down

The panellists included former chief economic advisor Arvind Virmani, former finance secretary Subhash Chandra Garg and author and commentator Gurcharan Das. The webinar was organised by the Times School of Media of the university.

View: Nehru and science in the age of coronavirus

With 422,829 infections, worldwide and 18,907 deaths and still counting, Nehruvian vision of science and his efforts in creating a scientific society gains immense importance and relevance. Science, according to Jawahar Lal Nehru, was the major triumph of the human mind which could liberate humankind from illness, want and misery.

8 Covid-19 related IIT-Kharagpur projects approved

"IIT Kharagpur has set up research funding for R&D work related to COVID-19. The Institute submitted a list of projects to the IIT Council of which 8 projects have been selected. An amount of Rs 50 Lakh has been allotted for phase I of 8 projects towards development of prototypes," a statement issued by the IIT-KGP said on Monday.

Gujarat under lockdown as coronavirus cases surge to 14

Barring shops dealing in medicines, vegetable, grocery and other essentials all shops and malls shall remain shut across Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Vadodara and Surat till March 25 while the government offices, boards, corporations and local bodies shall work on fifty percent strength on rotational basis till March 29.

Social distancing norms flouted at Azadpur, Ghazipur mandis amid nationwide lockdown

Social distancing norms were flouted at Azadpur and Ghazipur mandis amid nationwide lockdown. People in huge number thronged at the Ghazipur mandi ignoring the precautionary measures for COVID-19 outbreak. Huge traffic was seen outside Azadpur Sabzi Mandi, as trucks, cars and tempos stood in long queues. The Azadpur mandi was allowed to remain open for 24 hours from April 21. Social distancing norms flouted at Azadpur, Ghazipur mandis amid nationwide lockdown

Rajasthan reports 2nd COVID-19 death, confirmed cases stand at 43

Rajasthan reports 2nd COVID-19 death. 5 fresh Coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the state and the total number of cases now stands at 43.Rajasthan reports 2nd COVID-19 death, confirmed cases stand at 43

View: China's flexing military muscles in the time of COVID-19

In fact, it’s an opportunity for CPC to accelerate the process of presenting itself as a global power to the wider world. And that too not by making a case of Beijing as a benevolent power that is interested in working in concert with other powers to evolve a coordinated global response to the pandemic. But by bullying smaller neighbours and hectoring the not so small ones.

Coronavirus fallout: Revised containment plan’s all about active testing and more

Revised plan recommends defining areas of containment and strict perimeter controls.

The Black Swan author explains how to navigate the coronavirus crisis

Do not expect hotels and airlines to do well, says Nassim Nicholas Taleb.The Black Swan author explains how to navigate the coronavirus crisis

COVID-19: Delhi Metro services to be mostly closed on Monday

Services from 8-10 am will be available at a normal frequency as on regular days. During this period, everyone can travel and no identification will be required at the time of entry, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) authorities said.

Over 6,500 new coronavirus cases in India, death toll climbs to 4,167

The number of active COVID-19 cases climbed to 80,722, while 60,490 people have recovered and one patient has migrated. Around 41.61 per cent patients have recovered so far.

The world is still far from herd immunity for coronavirus

In new studies that test the population more broadly, the percentage of people who have been infected so far is still in the single digits. The numbers are a fraction of the threshold known as herd immunity, at which the virus can no longer spread widely.

Tamil Nadu reports another spike in Covid-19 cases with 96 fresh cases

Tamil Nadu reported a fresh spike in cases on Thursday with 96 people testing positive for Covid-19. Tamil Nadu Health Secretary said out of the positive cases, 84 were from a ‘single source’, without mentioning the source by name, although it is being widely understood to be referring to cases stemming from the Tablighi Jamaat.

Maharashtra issues notification extending lockdown till April 30

"The first notification was issued on March 25 as necessitated by Section 2 of Epidemic Diseases Act and provisions of Disaster Management Act, and was valid till April 14," said an official.

Delhi Police files charge sheets against 82 foreigners for attending Nizamuddin event

The police has filed 20 charge sheets against the foreigners belonging to 20 countries. A large congregation organised in March by the Tablighi Jamaat in the Nizamuddin area of the national capital had emerged as a major hotspot of coronavirus. Some of the participants, who were later tested positive for coronavirus, had travelled to their home states and other areas.

Harsh Vardhan takes charge as WHO Executive Board chairman

Last year, WHO's South-East Asia group had unanimously decided to elect India's nominee to the executive board for a three-year-term beginning May.

Odisha govt starts intense contact tracing in COVID-19 hotspots in 3 districts

The state government has imposed a 60-hour complete shutdown from 10 pm Thursday till April 26 in the three districts following a spurt in COVID-19 cases. ​With one more person found infected with the deadly virus in Bhadrak on Friday, the three districts together account for 34 of the total 90 positive cases in the state.

India lockdown: Delhi Police blocks roads leading to border areas to prevent mass exodus

Delhi Police on March 29 blocked the roads going towards Anand Vihar and nearby locations as a precautionary measure to avoid COVID-19 spread. On March 28, daily wage workers thronged the Anand Vihar Bus depot to board the buses to their respective cities/villages. Post Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's request and announcement of the arrangements, the daily wage workers gathered at the depot in huge numbers. Because of which, social distancing and all precautionary measures for COVID-19 went for a toss. India lockdown: Delhi Police blocks roads leading to border areas to prevent mass exodus

Another COVID-19 death reported in Karnataka, toll rises to 6

An 80-year-old woman, who was diagnosed with coronavirus after developing severe respiratory problems died of cardiac arrest in Gadag district early on Thursday, taking the toll in Karnataka to six, district officials said.

COVID-19 causing financial stress to poor, ration per person increased: Arvind Kejriwal

Urging people to stay indoors, Kejriwal said the government had not imposed a lockdown in Delhi for now, but would have to do it if the need arises in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.

Lockdown: Five Maharashtra districts not to allow liquor sale

​​Administrations of Solapur, Aurangabad, Jalna, Buldhana and Amravati districts have issued instructions that liquor shops will not be allowed to open. Liquor is a major source of revenue for Maharashtra, which earned about Rs 45,000 crore in the form of taxes on it in 2019-20, an official from state excise department said.

Coronavirus in Delhi: CM Kejriwal announces lockdown from March 23 to 31

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday announced a lockdown in Delhi from Monday to March 31, barring all essential services. Addressing the public along with Lt. Governor Anil Baijal, Kejriwal said all borders of Delhi will be sealed. "Lockdown in Delhi from Monday 6 a.m. to March 31 midnight. The borders will be sealed and only essential items will be allowed," Kejriwal said.Coronavirus in Delhi: CM Kejriwal announces lockdown from March 23 to 31

Govt data reveals lockdown may have flattened the coronavirus spread curve

According to ministry, 92 new cases and 4 deaths have been reported in last 24 hours.

Watch: Stern warning from Delhi Police to avoid Shab-e-Barat gatherings

The Delhi Police has urged the Muslim community in the national capital to stay indoors and follow lockdown restrictions by not gathering near mosques or in streets for Shab-e-Barat on Wednesday in the wake of coronavirus threat, officials said.Watch: Stern warning from Delhi Police to avoid Shab-e-Barat gatherings

NGT directs team of Centre, CPCB to supervise scientific disposal of COVID -19 waste

The tribunal said that while the Bio Medical Waste Rules deal with waste generated in dealing with infectious diseases, the coronavirus pandemic has presented further challenge in terms of capacity to scientifically dispose of generated waste.

20 Maharashtra police personnel died of COVID-19 so far: Official

"So far, 20 police personnel, including an officer, have succumbed to the viral infection," an official said. At least 838 police personnel, including 67 officers, have till now been discharged after recovery, he said.

Covid-19 pandemic taught India to become self-reliant: PM Modi to Gram Sarpanchs on Pachayati Raj Day

The biggest lesson the COVID-19 pandemic has taught India is to become self-reliant, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said while interacting with gram panchayat members. "The biggest lesson COVID-19 has taught us is to become self-reliant," Modi said, underlining that it is now imperative that villages also become self-reliant for their basic needs.Covid-19 pandemic taught India to become self-reliant: PM Modi to Gram Sarpanchs on Pachayati Raj Day

Coronavirus outbreak: Social distancing norms must for geotagged assets

The Centre has directed all state governments to give physical proof of the guidelines being followed. Rural houses, roads, highways and Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment works in villages are geotagged to track the real-time progress of various schemes for which central funds are released to states.

Bengaluru migrant worker with no travel or contact history tests +ve for Covid 19, infects 9 others

The daily wage labourer from Bihar was living in one of the shanties in Hongasandra. The fact that 150 people were living in close confinement has added to the worry. This is the first incident of a cluster of migrant workers living in huts reporting positive for Covid-19 in Bengaluru.

Covid-19: Rahul Gandhi takes dig at govt's preparedness

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took a jibe at the central government's preparedness to counter Covid-19 saying the "geniuses" at the Niti Aayog had predicted that the nationwide lockdown would ensure no fresh COVID-19 cases from May 16.

Shops in malls, complexes should be allowed to open on odd-even basis: Delhi govt suggests Centre

In next two-three days, the Delhi government will come out with a standard operating procedure to allow economic activities from Monday in the national capital. The nationwide lockdown was imposed from March 25 to April 14, then extended to May 3 and again to May 17 to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Punjab begins rapid Covid -19 tests in Mohali, Jalandhar

ACS Vini Mahajan said the state government had received 1000 Rapid Testing Kits for COVID-19 testing today from the ICMR. The two districts of SAS Nagar (Mohali) and Jalandhar have been given 500 kits each to start the testing process, she said, adding that the facility is likely to be extended to other districts, according to the situation of suspected cases and availability of rapid testing kits.

How govt plans to hold monsoon session of Parliament amid coronavirus

Holding the monsoon session of Parliament is seriously being considered even as coronavirus numbers are increasing. However, the government might push the session by a few weeks. Usually, the month-long monsoon session begins in July-end. Due to the pandemic, the government is planning to hold it in August-end. ET's Nidhi Sharma has more. (Text: ET Bureau)How govt plans to hold monsoon session of Parliament amid coronavirus

Confirmed coronavirus cases above 179,000: WHO

More than 11,500 people were infected with the novel coronavirus globally on Tuesday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases above 179,000, the World Health Organisation said in its latest coronavirus situation report for Tuesday. A total of 475 people died of the infection on Tuesday, raising the global death toll to 7426, the report stated. Eight more countries -- three in Africa, one in the Mediterranean Region, three in the Americas, and one in the Western Pacific Region - reported cases of the virus over the past day. Confirmed coronavirus cases above 179,000: WHO

Sweden should have done more against coronavirus but broad strategy right: Chief epidemiologist

Anders Tegnell told Swedish radio in a morning interview that Sweden, which research group Ourworldindata.org says has the eighth highest number of coronavirus-related deaths per capita, "clearly" could have done better in fighting the virus.

COVID-19: Members fear quarantine upon return from Parliament panel meet

The fear of being quarantined for up to 14 days upon return to their home state after attending the meeting of a parliamentary committee in the national capital has been cited by some members as the reason for their inability to attend.

BJP activates cadre to deal with coronavirus lockdown challenges

Before the Covid-19 outbreak, the party had used its cadre from the booth committee level up to propagate its views on issues such as abrogation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir, the Ram temple at Ayodhya and the amendment to the Citizenship Act.

Covid-19 relief announcements: FM Sitharaman to hold 3rd press briefing at 4pm today

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to hold press briefing today at 4pm with the Round 3 of relief announcements. FM Sitharaman will also hold a briefing on Saturday and Sunday too at 4pm.Covid-19 relief announcements: FM Sitharaman to hold 3rd press briefing at 4pm today

Indore's journey from cleanest city to coronavirus hotspot

Indore was ranked the cleanest city in the country for the fourth time in a row last year in the Central government's cleanliness survey. In the last four years the Indore municipal corporation has eliminated garbage dumps and ensured 100 per cent household-waste segregation. Indore has so far recorded as many as 173 COVID-19 cases and 16 deaths resulting from the contagion.

Coronavirus scare: Centre, West Bengal stare at each other

Central government teams take help of BSF and SSB to move around the state; chief minister Mamata Banerjee cites breach of protocol, refuses logistical support

India fights Covid-19: Odisha Govt to impose lockdown in Bhubaneswar, Bhadrak starting from 8 PM tonight

Odisha Govt to impose lockdown in Bhubaneswar and Bhadrak for 48 hours starting from 8 PM tonight to prevent community transmission.India fights Covid-19: Odisha Govt to impose lockdown in Bhubaneswar, Bhadrak starting from 8 PM tonight

India could lead post-Covid world, says billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban

The Covid-19 pandemic will force countries to look at their dependence on imports for essential goods, he said. With China leading the world in exports, Cuban said, countries like India would start relying inwards. "Every country will want to build critical products at home," he added.

COVID-19: Women constables sew masks for needy at Delhi police station

New Delhi, Apr 12(ANI): Where the whole world is trying to fight with COVID-19 virus, Delhi police women constables are sewing masks and sanitizers at Greater Kailash police station for the poor people who are not capable of buying it. The initiate started with a team of 3 women constables, who brought their sewing machines after they received a call from unknown people for not wearing masks. Speaking to ANI, Sunni, one of the three women said that it feels very good when you help people who are in need. “I use these masks myself too, you can wash them and sanitize every day, poor people cannot spend money in purchasing masks every day,” she added. Greater Kailash Police station, SHO, Somnath said, “We are also preparing sanitizers by our own and giving it to people who are in need.” COVID-19: Women constables sew masks for needy at Delhi police station

India case count on April 17: 13,835 confirmed Covid cases, 452 dead so far

America tops the casualties list with 34,784 deaths. Meanwhile, the death rate is falling for Italy and Spain — signs that the worse could be over for the two European epicentres of the disease.

Coronavirus vaccine may never be found, warns UK PM Boris Johnson

"A mass vaccine or treatment may be more than a year away," said UK PM Boris Johnson, highlighting the work being done in the UK by scientists at Oxford University and Imperial College London towards this mission.

Raghuram Rajan cautions against giving communal colour to coronavirus

Despite rebound in economic activities in H2 of 2020, global growth will still be negative this year, he said.

Delhi crime branch arrives at Markaz Nizamuddin for investigation

'Can't respond to questions as I am quarantined & the documents are locked in the Markaz,' says Markaz chief, Maulana Saad in response to Delhi Police's Questionnaire. Over 1000 Coronavirus cases have been reported connected to the Markaz event. Watch the video to know more!Delhi crime branch arrives at Markaz Nizamuddin for investigation

Different economic activities to be allowed in Delhi from Monday based on Centre's decision: CM Arvind Kejriwal

"We have to work hard to open up the economy," he said, adding that people suggested strict action against those not wearing mask and violating social-distancing norms. The chief minister said that the government received good suggestions from people on lockdown relaxations post May 17.

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