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Future Group stocks tank, Future Retail hits 5% lower circuit for 13th day

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Maha: 5 vehicles with over 140 people stopped; drivers held

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Over 130 labourers and 13 members of two families were stopped while they were trying to leave Maharashtra in goods vehicles amid the nationwide lockdown, police said on Monday. Five drivers have been arrested in this connection, they said. During checking in Sewree area here on Sunday night, the police intercepted a truck carrying 53 labourers to Balrampur in Uttar Pradesh and arrested its driver Shahban Ziyaullah Rehmani (44), sub-inspector Kiran Mandre said. A mini tempo trying to ferry six members of a family to Rajasthan was also stopped in the same area and the vehicle's driver Zaheer Akbarali Ahmed was arrested, he said. The labourers found in the truck used to work in commercial godowns, hotels and shops in Mumbai. The workers as well as the six family members found in the mini tempo were left off, he added. Two more trucks carrying 78 labourers to Uttar Pradesh were stopped in Ganesh Nagar area on Sunday night and their drivers - Kamal Shah (41) and Lalji Pancham..
                 

ADB to invest USD 100 million in Indian infrastructure sector via NIIF

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Multilateral institution Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Monday announced a USD 100 million funding for the Indian infrastructure sector through the government-promoted NIIF. The Manila-based body will be investing in the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund's (NIIF) fund of funds which will ensure that the actual money invested will be a few times more than the USD 100 million. The investment announcement comes at a critical time for India, as the already sagging economic growth is feared to be taking a heavy hit due to the coronavirus pandemic. ADB's commitment to NIIF fund of funds during these extraordinary and challenging times is highly meaningful, NIIF's managing director and chief executive Sujoy Bose said. He added that the commitment should be seen as reflective of ADB's confidence in the continued growth and potential of the Indian economy, its skilled private equity fund managers and the large pool of determined entrepreneurs who seek capital to grow and strengthen ...
                 

Bar Council of Delhi urges govt to ensure no lawyer thrown out for non-payment of rent

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The Bar Council of Delhi on Monday approached the Delhi High Court seeking direction to the Centre, AAP government and police to ensure no advocate is shunted out of rented accommodation due to failure to pay monthly rent amid the lockdown due to coronavirus. BCD chairman K C Mittal, in the plea, also sought to issue directions to all authorities, identical to the RBI directions, to defer all dues till the time normalcy restores. "Many advocates staying in Delhi/NCR in rented accommodation are not in a position to pay rent and are likely to be thrown out with their bags and baggage on the roads, which will create more complication. They are helpless and require immediate remedy and redressal, with the help of the government," the plea said. It said the Bar Council of Delhi (BCD), with its minimal resources, has decided to provide some initial financial help to such advocates. The plea said due to the total lockdown, lawyers are not able to earn their livelihood and payment of rent in ...
                 

Ensure advocates are not made to vacate rented accommodations : BCD approaches Delhi HC

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Bar Council of Delhi (BCD) has approached Delhi High Court seeking directions to Centre, Delhi government and Delhi police to ensure that no advocate should be made to vacate their rented accommodations on account of failure to pay monthly rent.This comes in the backdrop of coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent lockdown imposed to contain its spread.BCD Chairman, Advocate KC Mittal further seeks issuance of directions to all, governmental and non-governmental agencies to defer all dues, until the restoration of normal conditions, on such terms and conditions as may be considered appropriate.BCD application to Delhi High court stated that "many advocates staying in Delhi/NCR in rented accommodation are not in a position to pay rent and are likely to be thrown out with their bags and baggage on the roads, which will create more complication, they are helpless and require immediate remedy and redressal, with the help of the government".The application further informed the court that, ....
                 

AIIMS to convert Trauma Centre into COVID-19 hospital

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Joining the fight against the coronavirus, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here has decided to convert its sprawling Trauma Centre building into a COVID-19 hospital. Preparations are underway to convert the facility, which provides treatment mostly to victims of road accidents, into a dedicated COVID-19 hospital, official sources said, adding that initially, it will have around 260 beds. The AIIMS administration is likely to make an official announcement in this regard very soon. "The entire trauma casualty and the emergency is being shifted to the AIIMS' main emergency. Most of the patients have already been shifted to multiple wards at the main AIIMS hospital," a source said. The Trauma Centre currently has 242 beds and 18 more are being added to it. Of the total number of beds, there are about 50 ICU beds and around 30-40 beds in the high-dependency unit. It has around 70 ventilators. "The capacity can be ramped up, depending on the requirement," a source .....
                 

No plan to extend 21-day coronavirus lockdown: Govt quashes rumours

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Coronavirus: ITTF suspends all events till June 30, freezes world rankings

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Nobel laureates Abhijit Banerjee, Duflo to aid Bengal awareness drive

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Covid-19: White House estimates 200,000 Americans could die in worst case

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On this day 9 years ago, India defeated Pakistan to enter finals of 2011 WC

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Punjab village sealed after 21-year-old tests positive for COVID-19

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No shortage of petrol, diesel, LPG amid coronavirus lockdown: HPCL chairman

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Body suits, sanitizers, and N99 masks: DRDO gears up to fight coronavirus

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Covid-19: Investors bullish on US stocks, but doubt looms despite rally

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Mohali resident tests positive for COVID-19, count rises to 39 in Punjab

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A 65-year-old Mohali resident tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday, taking the total number of COVID-19 cases to 39 in Punjab, officials said. The man was admitted to the PGIMER hospital six days ago, Mohali Deputy Commissioner Girish Dayalan said, adding, "He was taken to the hospital after he complained of chest pain and breathlessness. Now his test report for coronavirus has come positive." "We are tracing all his contacts and their tests will be conducted," he said. With this, the total number of coronavirus cases rose to 39 in the state. On Sunday evening, a62-year-old coronavirus patient died at the Government Medical College in Amritsar, the second death due to COVID-19 in the state. Of the 39 cases, 19 were reported from Nawanshahr, seven from Mohali, six from Hoshiarpur, five from Jalandhar and one each from Amritsar and Ludhiana. Of them, two patients have died and one has been discharged from the hospital after his second test results came negative...
                 

Covid-19 crisis: Goa govt allows Swiggy, Zomato to deliver food, groceries

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Prohibitory orders issued in Kottayam, day after migrant workers stage stir

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Prohibitory orders under section 144, CrPC were issued in Kottayam district on Monday, a day after a village near Changanassery saw a massive protest by hundreds of migrant workers, violating the 21-day lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to curb the spread of the coronavirus. District Collector P K Sudheer Babu issued the prohibitory orders as a measure "to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the district", officials said. The orders were issued following reports submitted by the district police chief and sub-divisional magistrate, stating that there were instances of public gathering in the district even after the government announced measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus, officials said. Seeking transportation to travel to their native places, hundreds of migrant workers took to the streets in Payippad village, near Changanassery, on Sunday, violating the 21-day nationwide lockdown. The Kerala government quickly stepped in to defuse the tension by .....
                 

COVID-19 : SKV in Delhi's Ghazipur converted to temporary shelter home for migrant workers

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Lockdown : Karnataka brought back over 2000 labourers working in Maharashtra

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Market Ahead, March 30: Top Factors That Could Guide Markets This Week

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MARKET LIVE: SGX Nifty sheds 200 pts, suggests a lower start in Indian mkts

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35 Lok Sabha MPs allocate Rs 1 cr from MPLADS fund to fight Coronavirus

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Paid leave must for those quarantined, daily wagers during lockdown: Noida

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COVID-19: Textile store owner in Madurai distributes 8,000 cotton masks to poor people, cop

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Social distancing, hygiene at supermarkets must to contain spread of COVID-19

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Dr Praveen Kumar Kulkarni, KIMS Hospital on Sunday said that it is necessary to maintain proper sanitisation and social distancing when people go out to buy something to contain the spread of COVID-19."The government locked down the entire state but gave permission to go out for daily utilities. It is necessary to maintain proper sanitisation when you go out to buy something. If this virus spreads in areas where there is no proper precautionary measures then the number of positive cases might increase," Kulkarni told ANI."You have to maintain social distancing even at shops. Wearing basic gloves is one of the solutions to stop the spreading of this virus through local vegetable vendors," he said.According to the Telangana Health Department, a total coronavirus positive cases in the state stand at 70 including one discharged and one death...
                 

Telangana CM appeals to migrants to stay, announces financial aid, ration for them

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Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Sunday said that the migrants in Telangana will get financial assistance of Rs 500 and 12-kilogram rice or wheat flour amid nationwide lockdown while appealing them to stay at their places."All migrants from other states will be treated as our own natives. They must be treated like our children. They are 'Telangana State's Development Partners'. The majority of migrants are in Rangareddy, Medchal, and Hyderabad. All the migrants in the state will be given Rs 500, 12-kilogram rice or wheat flour/per head. Orders are already given to collector," Rao said."These migrants from other states are considered as Telangana State Development Partners. At any cost, any person in the state must not starve. I request you all to stay in the places where you are, the government will take care of you in all the ways. If there is any problem, you can meet the local police, collector or MLA. I kindly request you all not to worry about your stay in the state," he ....
                 

Lockdown effect: Surge in premium TV viewers; sharpest rise in Mumbai

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Lack of money, food drove migrants back to home

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Labourers reaching Lucknow from Delhi and other states had a similar tale to narrate that they had no money and food, forcing them to return to their homes. The state government has decided not to charge any ticket amount to any labourers, workers and families who are travelling in state-run buses, said Raj Shekhar, the managing director of the Uttar Pradesh State Roadways Transport Corporation. He added that the conductor need to maintain the way bill details for further necessary action, and the expenditure will be reimbursed by the government. "This will be implemented with immediate effect," he said. After covering several kilometres on foot along with their families, the labourers, who reached Charbagh bus station in Lucknow on Saturday and Sunday, said there was no point staying in Delhi as they have exhausted their funds and it would be better for them to return to their homes. Pankaj Chauhan, who returned to Lucknow from Hazrat Nizamuddin, had his face covered with a .....
                 

4.5M quake jolts Chamba, sixth in three days

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Doctor says struggling to get tested for COVID-19, tweets to Punjab CM

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A 26-year-old resident doctor of a hospital claimed on Sunday she is struggling for three days for a COVID-19 test but she was declined because she was asymptomatic. Talking to media here, Pariminder Kaur said her condition is not good as she is suffering from high fever, chest pain, cough, dizziness and symptoms related to COVID-19. She said she had requested the authorities at Guru Nanak Dev Medical College and Hospital for a COVID-19 test but they declined saying "we should wait for some time more". She tweeted to Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday. "After a few hours I received a call from the CM Office telling me to go for the test and there would be no hurdle." But the doctors at the isolation ward of the hospital were forcing me to get admitted first. "In isolation ward there are two positive patients. If I go there, I may contract COVID infection if I don't have now," she quipped. "The staff in the medical college is saying they are short of testing kits which would .....
                 

COVID-19: Prepare for second-order effects

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Maryland nursing home hit by virus outbreak

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One resident of a Maryland nursing home died after contracting COVID-19 in an outbreak that has sickened dozens of the facility's residents and strained its staff, health officials said. A man in his 90s who was a resident at the Peasant View Nursing Home died Saturday night after testing positive for COVID-19, Carroll County Health Health Officer Ed Singer said at a news conference. Singer said 66 residents have tested positive and 11 were hospitalized, the same numbers that were reported the previous night. Outside the nursing home on Sunday, a sheriff's deputy and state trooper parked their patrol vehicles and checked all incoming vehicles to make sure people were authorized to enter the premises. The nursing home with 104 beds is also facing a staffing shortage as staff members say they can't come to work. They're struggling to be able to do their administration and to be able to staff and take care of their patients, Singer said. Singer said that to his knowledge, no staff .....
                 

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The liquidity gush

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Statsguru: Covid-19 cases on the rise in India, Maharashtra worst affected

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UP CM exhorts party workers to take up anti-corona fight

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday held video-conferencing with 1.63 lakh BJP booth heads and asked them to apprise people of the Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan package, a statement issued by the UP government said. The chief minister also asked party workers to apprise people of various announcements made by the state government related to precautions and preventive measures against the coronavirus spread. Adityanath also asked party workers keep a tab on people returning from other states to their native places and make available their details to local district administration so that they can be properly monitored. The chief minister also asked the party's booth presidents to provide food to 10 poor people everyday. "One food packet should be prepared from each household, and food be given to 10 needy and poor people," he said. Ending his conversation with party workers, Adityanath also asked them to work on the call given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi 'Corona .....
                 

Centre suspends 2 Delhi officers, issues notices to 2 others for 'serious lapses' during lockdown

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The Centre on Sunday suspended two senior Delhi government officers and served show-cause notices on two others for "serious lapses" in duty during the ongoing lockdown. A Home Ministry spokesperson said the two officers who have been suspended with immediate effect are: Additional Chief Secretary (Transport) Renu Sharma and Principal Secretary (Finance) Rajeev Verma, who also holds the post of divisional commissioner. The two officers who have been served with show-cause notices are Additional Chief Secretary (Home and Land Buildings) Satya Gopal and SDM (Seelampur) Ajay Arora. While Sharma, Verma and Gopal are senior IAS officers, Arora is reportedly an officer belonging to Delhi Andaman Nicobar Islands Civil Service (DANICS). The Central government has initiated disciplinary proceedings against the four officers for dereliction of duty regarding containment of the spread of COVID-19, the spokesperson said. It has been brought to the notice of the competent authority that the .....
                 

Modi condoles death of IAF veteran

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday condoled the death of Air Vice Marshal (retd) Chandan Singh Rathore, describing him as a valorous air warrior. Rathore, 95, died at his Jodhpur residence on Sunday morning. He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter. He had distinguished himself as a young air warrior during the Sino-India 1962 war and the 1971 Indo-Pak war. "India will always remember the impeccable service of Air Vice Marshal (Retd.) Chandan Singh Rathore. He was a valorous Air Warrior who contributed towards a stronger and safer India," Modi tweeted. "Pained by his demise. Condolences to his family. Om Shanti." Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also paid tributes to the IAF veteran. "Pained by the demise of Maha Vir Chakra (MVC) Recipient, Air Vice Marshal (Retd.) Chandan Singh Rathore. His contribution as Air Warrior in 1962 and 1971 war will never be forgotten," Singh tweeted. "I salute his outstanding service and express my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family," ...
                 

Cong slams 'thoughtless' lockdown, links it to demonetisation

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The Congress on Sunday slammed the lack of preparedness by the Modi government before announcing the "thoughtless" lockdown to curb the coronavirus outbreak, alleging it was making "hasty" decisions in the same manner as it did during the 2017 demonetisation exercise. "Unfortunately, history is repeating itself today," Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said. "The lockout was announced in the same way as the hasty demonetisation was done. Please do not make such decisions," he said at a press briefing via a video link, referring to the mass exodus of migrant labourers being reported from several parts of the country, including Delhi. However, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said India must remain strong and united in the fight against the virus and it's everyone's "national duty" to stand behind Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Endorsing Congress president Sonia Gandhi's call to rise above sectarian divisions, Sharma said, "Our response must be national and uniform not a .....
                 

240 tourists including 100 foreigners stranded in Himachal Pradesh

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A petition for financial emergency

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Punjab CM seeks amendment for utilisation of 14th Finance Commission grants

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To combat the COVID-19 crisis, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday urged Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to amend the conditions for the utilisation of the 14th Finance Commission grants for emergency relief in urban areas.According to a press release, seeking the personal intervention of the Union Finance Minister, Singh asked her to advise the Ministries of Housing and Urban Affairs and Panchayati Raj to initiate immediate action in this regard so that the said grants could be used to make provision of emergency relief -- medicines, food, etc. -- for the poorest sections by the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) as a fit charge.ULBs and PRIs should be allowed to utilise grants received under the 14th Finance Commission for emergency provision of relief to mitigate the suffering caused in towns and villages due to the lockdown imposed in the country on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, said the Chief Minister.In his letter, ...
                 

Muslim woman donates her savings for Hajj to RSS-affiliate

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A Muslim woman from Jammu and Kashmir has donated her savings of Rs 5 lakh, meant for the Hajj pilgrimage, to the RSS-affiliated 'Sewa Bharati' after apparently being "impressed with the welfare work" done by the outfit amid the lockdown due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Khalida Begum, 87, who saved Rs 5 lakh for Hajj, was forced to defer her plans for the pilgrimage to due to ongoing lockdown. Hajj is the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, the holiest city of Muslims. "Khalida Begum ji was impressed with the welfare work done by the Sewa Bharati in Jammu and Kashmir during the tough time the country is passing through due to sudden outbreak of COVID-19 and decided to donate Rs 5 lakh to the organisation," Arun Anand, head of RSS media wing Indraprastha Vishwa Samvad Kendra (IVSK), said. The woman wants that this money should be used by the community service organisation Sewa Bharati for the poor and the needy in Jammu and Kashmir. She had saved this amount for ....
                 

Goa Health Minister rules out death of 68-yr-old due to COVID-19

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Goa govt allows Swiggy, others to deliver food during lockdown

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HIGHLIGHTS AT 2300 HRS

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Following are the top stories at 2300 hrs: Top stories DEL111 LDALL LOCKDOWN-MIGRANTS Migrant labourers in time of corona: Jobless, homeless and miles to go to return home New Delhi: Some are finding their own villages in Bihar blocking their entry; a few had to make trees their temporary homes in West Bengal; hundreds left relief camps and hit the roads in Kerala in protest. And thousands of migrant workers are still walking on highways and railway tracks even at the risk of getting quarantined. DEL178 3RDLDALL VIRUS Coronavirus: Confirmed cases cross 1,000; Govt orders sealing of state, district borders to check mass infection New Delhi: The nationwide tally of confirmed Coronavirus cases crossed the 1,000-mark and the death toll reached 27 on Sunday, even as the central government ordered sealing of all state and district borders to check community transmission of the deadly virus by migrant workers and asked those having left already to be quarantined for 14 days. DEL179 .....
                 

Letter to BS: Police doing a laudable job in fight against COVID-19

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Centre suspends 2 Delhi govt officers, showcauses 2 others over lapses' during lockdown

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The Centre on Sunday suspended two senior Delhi government officers and served showcause notices on two others for "serious lapses" in duty during the ongoing lockdown. A Home Ministry spokesperson said the two officers who have been suspended with immediate effect are: Additional Chief Secretary (Transport) and Principal Secretary (Finance), who also holds the post of Divisional Commissioner. The two officers who have been served with showcause notices are Additional Chief Secretary (Home and Land Buildings) and SDM (Seelampur). The Central government has initiated disciplinary proceedings against the four officers of Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) for dereliction of duty regarding containment of the spread of COVID-19, the spokesperson said. It has been brought to the notice of the competent authority that the officers, who were responsible to ensure strict compliance to the instructions issued by Chairperson, National Executive Committee, formed under .....
                 

23 fresh coronavirus cases in Delhi, total mounts to 72

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With 23 fresh cases, the total number of coronavirus cases in the national capital climbed to 72 on Sunday, according to the Delhi Health Department. Till Saturday night, the number of COVID-19 cases in Delhi stood at 49, including two deaths. Of the 72 cases reported so far, 64 patients are undergoing treatment at different hospitals, the health department said. Five patients have been discharged, two have died and one migrated out of the country, it added. A 60-year-old old Yemini national who died at a private hospital here on Thursday became the second casualty of COVID-19 in Delhi, authorities had said on Saturday. Total number of coronavirus samples sent for testing till date stands at 2,049 and reports for 1,680 have been received, the health department said. A total of 2,09,567 passengers who returned from the coronavirus-hit countries have been screened at the Delhi airport till March 29 and placed under surveillance, it said. According to the health department, as many as .....
                 

Don't put the 'gamchha' down: Tripura CM's advice to fight coronavirus

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COVID-19 claims second life in J-K, five more test positive in valley

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A 65-year-old coronavirus patient died while five people tested positive in Kashmir on Sunday, taking the number of cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 38, even as the administration roped in private hospitals and nursing homes to create additional isolation facilities in the Union Territory. The man, a resident of Tangmarg area in Baramulla district, was undergoing treatment for some ailment at SMHS Hospital, where he tested positive for the disease on Saturday. The officials said he was shifted to the Chest Diseases Hospital but died early Sunday morning. "Sad start to the day. Unfortunate demise of a coronavirus patient in Srinagar this morning," government spokesperson Rohit Kansal said in a tweet. With this, the death toll due to the pandemic in the union territory has risen to two. Another 65-year-old man died of coronavirus on Thursday. Of the fresh five cases in the Union Territory, Srinagar and Budgam reported two each, while Baramulla one. The administration is roping in private ...
                 

Smriti Irani sends over 100 food grain packets to Amethi

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More than 100 packets containing essential edible items were distributed in different parts of Amethi on Sunday. The packets were sent by local MP Smriti Irani, who is also the Union Minister for Women and Child Development, and distributed among the needy people while also respecting the social distancing norms. Vijay Gupta, a spokesperson for the Union minister here, said the packets, which have Irani's photos on them, are being distributed in different parts of Amethi. "It contains essential edible items such as wheat flour, rice and pulse (dal). It will be given to needy people in remote areas with the help of Utthan Seva Sansthan (a non-government organisation)," he said. The minister has asked the district administration to provide a list of people, who have got no help from anywhere else, to give them such packets. In order to provide immediate help to people during the coronavirus (lockdown), the minister has prepared packets named Modi Kit', he said. He also said that a team..
                 

Authorities try to stop migrants' exodus from Delhi, CM says all arrangements in place

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After three days of chaos, Delhi police on Sunday dispersed the hundreds of migrants who were converging at the inter-state bus terminals in a bid to return to their native places, as the Centre directed strict enforcement of the lockdown curbs to check the spread of coronavirus including sealing of borders. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said if the lockdown is not followed, the country will fail to contain the coronavirus outbreak, and assured the migrant workers that his government has made food and boarding arrangements for them. Police said more than 150 cases were registered and 3,811 people detained on Sunday for violating government orders. Though all inter-state bus service were suspended following the 21-day lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday night, thousands of daily wagers and labourers from Delhi, Haryana and even Punjab had been reaching Anand Vihar, Ghazipur and Ghaziabad's Lal Kuan areas since Thursday after arduous treks on foot in a bid to ...
                 

Balance required between necessary lockdown & need to allow people access essential supplies: Omar

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The Jammu and Kashmir administration should find a balance between the necessary lockdown imposed to combat coronavirus and the vital need to allow people access to essential supplies, National Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah said on Sunday. Abdullah made the remarks over reports of people having difficulty accessing essential supplies like vegetables, milk and medicines in various parts of Srinagar and other areas because of the lockdown. "Hearing from various parts of Srinagar, probably true for other parts of J&K as well. People are struggling to access essential supplies like vegetables, milk & medicines because of the way the lockdown is being enforced," the NC leader wrote on Twitter. "I would urge the administration to urgently intervene & find a balance between the necessary lockdown & the vital need to allow people to access essential supplies," he said. In another tweet, Abdullah said the central government should have ordered a complete .....
                 

Covid-19: Migration should stop in 2-3 days, says NDRF's Satya Pradhan

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UP Cong demands fee waiver for all school students in state in view of lockdown

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The Uttar Pradesh Congress on Sunday demanded that schools in the state should not charge fees from their students for three months owing to the nationwide lockdown announced to combat coronavirus. Convenor of UP Congress (media department) Lalan Kumar issued a statement here in this regard. "Similarly, strict instructions should be given to all the landlords in the state not to charge rent from their tenants for three months, and it may be adjusted later. This will provide relief to people from the middle income group, and the labourers," he said. Kumar also demanded that three months' electricity bills of farmers be waived off. Addressing a press conference earlier in the day, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Kumar Awasthi said no landlord should charge next month's rent from workers or labourers. He warned of strict police action against any landlord found violating the order...
                 

Vijayan blames 'forces' out to create unrest behind migrant

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As migrant workers his roads in the state violating lockdown, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday said there was a conspiracy behind it and lashed out at "forces" which were trying to create unrest in the society by provoking the working class during the coronavirus pandemic. Hundreds of migrant workers in Chenganassery in Kottayam district came out on the street, violating the 21-day lockdown restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, demanding that arrangements be made for their travel to native villages in northern states. Vijayan said all arrangements have been made for medical assistance to them and the government was constantly engaging with the "guest workers", as he calls them, to ensure their well-being. "Yet there were attempts to stir up misunderstandings among them and it's a move against the state," Vijayan said adding that there "are clear indications about those forces" which had "misled and provoked" the working class. He .....
                 

GST compliance of companies under IBC: Gaps in the new mechanism

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European tourists run short of cash, Delhi hotels come to their rescue

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Tourists from the European countries stranded in the national capital are facing problems due to the nationwide lockdown imposed to contain the spread of coronavirus. They are short of cash but their hotels are providing them with food without asking for any money.These tourists from the European countries are residing in Delhi's Paharganj hotels. They are grateful to the hotels, which are providing them with food and are not even asking them to vacate the rooms."I am facing a lot of difficulties while moving around. It is very hard for us to get basic essential items as most of the grocery shops are shut," Anastejiya Jerani of Greece told ANI."A very few of the medical shops are open. The only place where we can get food is the hotel. We are very grateful for this," added Jerani."It has been more than a week since we have been trying to return to our countries. Our flights have been cancelled. We are now running out of cash. We just want to go back to our home," she added.Demetrio, ....
                 

COVID-19 : Congress writes to mobile cos seeking free calls for migrants

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The Congress party on Sunday wrote a letter to owners of Jio, Vodafone-Idea, BSNL and Airtel seeking free calls on their networks for migrants amid coronavirus lockdown in the country."Congress has written to Mukesh Ambani (Jio), Kumar Mangalam Birla (Vodafone-Idea), PK Purwar (BSNL), and Sunil Bharti Mittal (Airtel) urging them to make incoming-outgoing calls free on their networks, for one month, for migrants amid coronavirus lockdown," said Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi.Earlier in the day, the central government has issued directives to state governments and union territories to put returning migrants in the nearest shelter by the State/Union Territory government quarantine facilities after proper screening for a period of 14 days as per standard health protocol.The development comes after hundreds of migrants, including daily wage workers, started to walk all the way to their hometowns from several cities, after the country was placed under a 21-day lockdown to contain .....
                 

COVID-19: Delhi HC judges to donate Rs 10K each to PM-CARES Fund

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Delhi High Court judges on Sunday decided to donate Rs 10,000 each to the relief fund announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to help fight the coronavirus outbreak in the country. The decision was taken by Chief Justice D N Patel and other judges of the high court, a statement issued by the Registrar General's office said. "It is the need of the hour that this court and the courts subordinate to this court make voluntary donations in the said account (fund). It is, therefore, proposed that judges of this court donate Rs 10,000 each towards the PM-CARES Fund," the statement said. The high court has also suggested that it would be "desirable" that its officials and the judicial officers of the district courts "may also contribute one day's salary to the fund", it said. "The contributions can be more than what is suggested," the statement said...
                 

Uttarakhand revokes relaxation in lockdown for March 31

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After the Union Home Ministry issued an order to implement lockdown measures strictly across the country, the Uttarakhand government on Sunday revoked its decision to give relaxation in the nationwide curfew on March 31.The Union Home Ministry, under Section 10(2)(I) of the Disaster Management Act issued the order to implement lockdown measures for the containment of the spread of COVID-19 in the country.The Chief Minister's Office informed that the decision to grant relaxation in curfew on March 31 between 7 am and 8 pm now stands cancelled.Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 24 announced a 21-day lockdown in the entire country to deal with the spread of the coronavirus, saying that "social distancing" is the only option to deal with the disease, which spreads rapidly.A total of 1024 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India. 27 deaths have been caused due to COVID-19 in the country, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Sunday...
                 

Combating COVID-19 : Centre sets up 11 empowered groups

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The central government on Sunday set up 11 empowered groups for ensuring a comprehensive and integrated response to COVID-19, government sources said."The central government on Sunday set up 1111 empowered groups for ensuring a comprehensive and integrated response to COVID-19. These empowered groups have been set up under the Disaster Management Act. The Department of Expenditure has issued special instructions to enable expeditious decision making in procurement matters," sources said.Sources told that each group has a senior representative from PMO and Cabinet Secretariat to ensure seamless coordination."Out of these 11 empowered groups, 8 are headed by Secretary level officers while 2 by NITI Aayog members and 1 by CEO of NITI, Aayog. The groups have been empowered to formulate plans and to take all necessary steps for their time-bound implementation," sources added.The Central government had on Tuesday announced a 21-day lockdown in a bid to stop the spread of the deadly virus .....
                 

Delhi Police receives over 1,100 calls on helpline number in 24 hrs

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Delhi Police received over 1,100 calls since Saturday on its 24-hour helpline dedicated to addressing queries related to the coronavirus lockdown, officials said. The police has set up a 24-hour helpline number, 011-23469526, to resolve issues related to the ongoing lockdown through direct intervention as fast as possible, they said. Out of the 1,105 calls received, 213 were from outside Delhi, while 156 related to complaints of no food and money, which were also forwarded to NGOs for direct relief at their addresses. Fourteen calls were received regarding medical issues, while 536 about movement passes. The helpine number is being supervised by Deputy Commissioner of Police (Licensing) Asif Mohd Ali. The food delivery network established in all 15 districts with involvement of nearly 400 NGOs/RWAs and good samaritans facilitated by Delhi Police has led to provision of meals and food packets at more than 250 locations which enabled feeding of nearly 1,32,000 people, police said...
                 

Govt sets up high-level panels to deal with situation post lockdown; restore normalcy

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The government on Sunday constituted 11 empowered groups to suggest measures to ramp up healthcare, put the economy back on track and reduce misery of people as quickly as possible post 21-day lockdown imposed to contain the coronavirus pandemic. These groups constituted for ensuring a comprehensive and integrated response to COVID-19 and work under the overall guidance of P K Mishra, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, sources said. The initiative is being viewed as pro-active step by the government to deal with multiple challenges, which the outbreak of pandemic COVID-19 has posed and made the country deal with emergency situation, they said, adding these groups will also work on strategy for restoring normalcy in their respective sectors, including healthcare, in the shortest possible time frame. The sources further said that these groups have been set up under the Disaster Management Act, and the Department of Expenditure has issued special instructions to enable .....
                 

Clarifications on shipment issues

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Sanction unemployment allowance for MGNREGA workers: Odisha CM

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modis intervention for sanction of unemployment allowance amounting to over Rs 380 crore to MGNREGA workers of the state for the 21-day lockdown imposed in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. In a letter to Modi, the chief minister said while taking measures against COVID-19, it is also necessary to minimise the suffering of the people. While we are taking all preemptive steps as a nation to minimise the damage due to COVID 19, a global pandemic, we must also see that the suffering of the people, particularly those at the bottom of the pyramid is minimised, Patnaik said. Stating that the people of Odisha have positively responded to the call of the prime minister during the 'Janata Curfew' and the lockdown, he said the state government also took many proactive steps to ensure the safety and security of the people. While we continue our fight with the impending challenge, I would like to .....
                 

Coronavirus: Jharkhand self-help groups preparing masks,

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Amid the battle against coronavirus during the 21-day nationwide lockdown, the Central Coalfields Limited has produced six lakh tonnes of coal to meet the requirements of power plants while women of self-help grups are making masks, sanitizers and serving food to poor and needy across Jharkhand. The state is on high alert though no positive coronavirus case has been reported in Jharkhand so far. Under the Jharkhand Rural Development Department, the Jharkhand State Livelihood Promotion Society-sponsored Sakhi Mandals (self-help groups) are actively shouldering the responsibility with several women making masks, sanitizers, and running Daal-Bhat canteens, an official release of the department said. The Sakhi Mandals in Palamau district made nearly 30,000 masks and 9,000 sanitizers, and women of such self-help groups made over 1.08 lakh masks and 27,000 bottles of sanitizers across the state, the release said. The CCL, a Coal India subsidiary headquartered here, said in a ...
                 

No knocking doors: In lockdown, India Post calls to say you've got mail

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With judiciary embracing technology, time to push dispute resolution online

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EPCH cancels IHGF spring fair amid coronavirus outbreak

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Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts has cancelled IHGF-Delhi Fair, which was scheduled to be held in April, in view of the coronavirus outbreak, Textiles Ministry said on Sunday. Director General of EPCH, Rakesh Kumar said as the nation is in a state of lockdown, it has become unviable to organise a show of such magnitude in near future. The fair, which was slated to be held from 15-19 April, was postponed on expectations that the situation would improve and it could be organised sometime in June or July. Over 10,000 visitors, including 7,000 overseas buyers and their representatives, were expected to turn up for the show, which was to host over 3,200 exhibitors, displaying handicrafts from across the country. "Handicraft being a cluster based activity, the exports from major craft clusters like Moradabad, Saharanpur, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Agra, Narsapur, Firozabad, North-eastern region and many others is going to be affected with the cancellation of this fair," the ministry .....
                 

COVID-19: 45 undertrials released in Assam as per SC order

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The Nalbari District Jail Authority on Sunday released 45 undertrials as per a Supreme Court directive to decongest prisons in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Jail officials said the 45 inmates were from Nalbari, Kamrup and Baksa districts of Assam. After the guidelines of the Supreme Court in view of the situation due to CoronaVirus outbreak, we released them from jail. The released jail inmates included 10 from Nalbari, 20 from Baksa and 15 from Rangia of Kamrup, an official said. The Nalbari District Jail Authority dropped the jail inmates at their respective homes. Altogether 369 undertrials and convicts were lodged at the Nalbari District Jail as against the capacity to keep 155 prisoners. Out of the total inmates, 63 persons have been convicted in various cases and 13 are women. On Saturday, the Tezpur Central Jail released 41 prisoners as per the apex courts order to contain the spread of COVID-19. On March 23, the Supreme Court had directed all states and .....
                 

Dhoni wanted to earn Rs 30lakh and live peacefully: Wasim

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Former India World Cup-winning captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni wanted to earn just Rs 30 lakhs and live peacefully at his home town Ranchi, recalled veteran batsman Wasim Jaffer, who had shared the dressing room earlier in his career. Dhoni, who has captained India to the 2007 T20 World Cup and 2011 50-over World Cup titles, is a revered figure in world cricket but Jaffer said once he had told him that all he wanted was to "make 30 lakh from playing cricket". "In his 1st or 2nd year in Indian team, I remember he said, he wants to make 30lakhs from playing cricket so he can live peacefully rest of his life in Ranchi," Jaffer answered on his twitter handle to a query from a fan on Saturday. The Mumbaikar, who earlier this month retired from all forms of cricket, was replying when a fan asked him his favourite memory with MS Dhoni. Dhoni has not played for India in the last eight and a half month ever since the World Cup semifinal loss against New Zealand. He was supposed to make a comeback..