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1,300 Americans repatriated from India; many developing cold feet: Official

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WB Finance Minister urges Nirmala Sitharaman to release entire sum of Revenue Deficit Grant in 3 installments

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West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra on Monday wrote to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman urging to release the entire sum of Revenue Deficit Grant provided by the 15th Finance Commission to the state of Rs 5,031 crores in three installments.Mitra said the states will continue to face financial stress in a situation where revenue receipts are drying up, while the expenditure to tackle the COVID 19 crisis."In order to tide over this critical situation, we had made a request for advance release of the Revenue Deficit Grant provided by the 15th Finance Commission, where we urged you to release the full amount of the grant during the months of April, May and June 2020," Mitra said in the letter.He said in the case of West Bengal, this release will amount to Rs 5,013 crores in three installments of Rs 1,671 crores, for each of the three months of April, May and June, respectively."But we are dismayed that the Centre has released only an amount of Rs 417 crores for the month of ....
                 

Facebook draws user data to help scientists anticipate coronavirus spread

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Best of BS Opinion: Unemployment rate over 23%, Covid-19 lockdown, and more

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Govt removes export restrictions on 12 APIs

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The Central government has removed restrictions on the export of 12 Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) and their formulations, the Union Commerce and Industry Ministry said on Monday.A notice issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce and Industry highlighted the 24 pharma ingredients and formulations.These include Tinidazole, Metronidazole, Acyclovir, Vitamin BI, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12.The notice said APIs and formulation made from these APIs are made free for export, with immediate effect.Restrictions on paracetamol have however not been lifted yet.On March 6, Union Minister of State for Shipping, and Chemical and Fertilizers, Mansukh Mandaviya had said that the government has imposed short term restrictions on some active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) with regards to coronavirus preparedness.The total number of COVID-19 positive cases in India has reached 4,281 according to the latest government estimates...
                 

Dow Jones, S&P rise over 7% on hopes of slowing coronavirus deaths

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Indian astronauts' training on hold in Russia due to COVID-19 lockdown

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Due to the ongoing lockdown in Russia over COVID-19 outbreak threat, the Russian authorities have put on hold the training of four Indian officers aspiring to become astronauts for the human flight under the Gaganyaan mission planned in 2022."The four pilots of the Indian Air Force including a Group Captain and three Wing Commanders have been training at the Yu. A Gagarin Research and Test Cosmonaut Training Centre near Moscow which has been shut down in view of the lockdown there," IAF sources said.One of the four Indian Air Force pilots would be chosen to go onboard the Gaganyaan during its flight and will be chosen after a long selection procedure.The duration of the training programme of the Indian pilots is planned to span around one year.For the Indian astronauts scheduled to go into Space in Mission Gaganyaan, food items including egg rolls, vegetable rolls, Idli, moong dal halwa and veg pulav have been prepared by the Defence Food Research Laboratory, Mysore. The laboratory is..
                 

Rush hour and tougher questions ahead for both Mint Raod and banks

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'Hang in there': Prime Minister Modi wishes hospitalised British PM Johnson early recovery from COVID-19

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday wished his British counterpart an early recovery after the latter was on Sunday hospitalised with the highly infectious COVID-19.Prime Minister Modi tweeted, "Hang in there, Prime Minister @BorisJohnson! Hope to see you out of the hospital and in perfect health very soon."Boris Johnson was on Monday moved into intensive care after being taken to hospital a day before for further tests as a precautionary step after he continued to showCOVID-19 symptoms 10 days after testing positive for the novel coronavirus.The British Prime Minister has since then been in isolation and was working from his office 10 Downing Street.A late evening statement from the British Prime Minister's office confirmed that Johnson was taken to the hospital.Prime Minister Johnson had tweeted from hospital: " Last night, on the advice of my doctor, I went into hospital for some routine tests as I'm still experiencing coronavirus symptoms. I'm in good spirits and keeping in .....
                 

UK PM Boris Johnson in intensive care after coronavirus symptoms worsen

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Army soldiers show grit, valour in battle on high slopes to neutralise five Pakistan-backed terrorists

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Operation Rangdouri Behak was conducted over five days and reflected the determination of the Army not to let the designs of Pakistan succeed. The soldiers were operating in extremely challenging terrain in very high snow levels and over extremely steep slopes in hot pursuit of the terrorists sent by Pakistan.Giving details of the operation in which five personnel of Special Forces lost their lives, Lt Gen BS Raju, Commander of Srinagar-based 15 Corps, said all the five terrorists who were killed came from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.He said the infiltration happened on April 1 early in the morning and the bid was immediately detected by the battalion deployed along LoC and they were given a chase.Despite extremely challenging conditions, the battalion was able to make contact with terrorists at 1 pm and in the brief fire-fight that took place, the terrorists abandoned their heavy loads and bolted down a deep gorge.Lt Gen Raju said by late evening, the formation responsible for that .....
                 

Suzlon Energy bondholders okay resolution plan for $172 million bonds

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People of Jharkhand village say they are going hungry due to

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People at a village in Jharkhand's Godda district said that they are going hungry due to the nationwide lockdown and are not getting supplies as they do not have ration cards, prompting Chief Minister Hemant Soren to step in and direct local authorities to take action. The incident happened in the Dumarya panchayat area where a large number of people from the Santhali community live. The locals complained that people are going hungry in the area due to the lockdown and they don't even have salt. Further, they are not getting supplies as they don't possess ration cards. As soon as Soren got to know of it, he asked Godda deputy commissioner Kiran Passi to ensure ration and food to the people and also file an action taken report, according to an official statement. He said that more than five lakh people are getting meals in the state through the Mukhya Mantri Didi Kitchens and the police departments kitchens. Our aim is that no person in Jharkhand remains hungry, Soren .....
                 

COVID-19: Andhra minister visits red zone in Machilipatnam, assures people of all help

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Andhra Pradesh transport minister Perni Venkatramaiah along with the police visited the red zones of Machilipatnam on Monday and assured the people of all help amid the lockdown.Police have tightened the restrictions in the town and several areas have been put under high alert after one positive case of coronavirus was detected on Saturday.Urging the people to act responsibly, the minister said: "I appeal to the public not to come out of the area. I assure all of you that daily needs will be door delivered by ward volunteers if needed. Even then if a problem is not resolved, you can call me at any time."Check posts have been set up all over the town to monitor the situation. District SP Raveendranath Babu himself took stock of the situation and urged the people in the red zone area not to come out until April 10. The police have stopped all vehicular movement in the area.As many as 37 new cases of coronavirus were reported in Andhra on Monday, taking the total tally of cases in the .....
                 

Combating COVID-19: IIT-Roorkee professor develops surveillance system to track overcrowding

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To augment government efforts for surveillance of COVID suspects, Prof Kamal Jain of Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Roorkee, has developed a tracking mobile application."The tracking system allows for state-of-the-art surveillance during COVID-19. Besides facilitating quarantine management, it helps to overcome overcrowding at any location by issuing an alert to the predefined agency," said Prof Jain.The application can track individuals and draw a geofence around them. The system automatically gets an alert if the quarantined person violates the geofencing. Besides live tracking, the administrator can also view the entire movement history of the individual.Apart from using the GPS data, the location of the person can also be received through SMS, in case the internet is not working.Other features of the app include multi-camera support, surveillance magnetic device, halt time and auto camera click."We are committed to aiding the efforts of the government during this .....
                 

Over 14,000 quintals of forest produce collected in Chhattisgarh

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Over 14,000 quintals of minor forest produces have been collected by the forest dwellers and villagers in Chhattisgarh during the ongoing season so far.Forest Minister Mohammad Akbar said that during the ongoing season, the target is to collect 8,46,920 quintals of minor forest produces amounting to Rs 253 crore.Principal Secretary, Forest, Manoj Kumar Pingua said that as per the target fixed, the maximum of 839 quintals has been collected by Khairagarh forest division and 545 quintals of minor forest produces have been collected in Kabirdham district.839 quintals of forest products have been collected in Khairagarh amounting to Rs 27 lakh, 545 quintals of Rs 13 lakh in Kawardha and 3037 quintals amounting to Rs 80 lakh in Jagdalpur.Similarly, 1,573 quintals amounting to Rs 46 lakh have been collected in the forest division of Dantewada, 762 quintals of Rs 12 lakh in Kanker, 332 quintals of Rs 6 lakh in Bilaspur, 146 quintals of Rs 2.5 lakh in Balod and Rs 15 lakh in Bijapur...
                 

Another doctor, 11 nurses of DSCI tested positive for COVID-19

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Another doctor and 11 nurses of Delhi State Cancer Institute (DSCI) have tested positive for coronavirus, taking the total positive health staff of DSCI for COVID-19 to 2 and 16 respectively on Monday."One more doctor and 11 nursing officers of Delhi State Cancer Institute have tested positive for COVID-19. A total of 2 doctors and 16 nursing officers of the Institute have tested positive till now," DSCI official said.The national capital has reported 525 positive cases including 329 linked to Tablighi Jamaat.India continued its battle against coronavirus with the lockdown entering the 13th day and the total number of cases reached 4,281 after the biggest single-day jump of 704 on Monday.According to the latest update of the Health Ministry, there are 4,281 cases in the country including 3,851 active cases and 318 cured or discharged and 111 deaths.It said there has been an increase of 704 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, which is the biggest rise so far in India in a day. .....
                 

KC Venugopal urges Harsh Vardhan to ensure adequate supply of PPE to medical staff

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All India Congress Committee General Secretary K.C. Venugopal on Monday wrote to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan drawing his attention to lack of Personal Protective Equipment for the medical staff."The growing number of doctors, nurses and health workers with coronavirus infections underscores the need for ensuring protective gears, masks and hazmat suits. In many instances, the healthcare workers got infected while attending to patients without securing themselves with Personal Protective Equipment. It is deeply regrettable that they have been exposed to greater danger during this time of crisis, even as they were dedicating their life for saving ordinary Indians," Venugopal wrote in his letter.He further wrote, "While the collective expression of gratitude to the health workers was need of the hour, the utmost obligation to guarantee Personal Protective Equipment to the health workers should not be neglected by the Government. The Government needs to take urgent and immediate ....
                 

Delhi HC directs real estate company to pay pending installments

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The Delhi High Court on Monday directed Anant Raj Limited, a real estate company, to pay the due installment till April 25 to Yes Bank.The order came after the company said that it will pay on or before April 25, the installment which fell due as on January 1 along with interest accrued thereon till the date of the payment irrespective of the lockdown position."The statement is taken on record. Petitioner (Anant Raj) shall pay on or before April 25.04.2020, the installment which fell due as on 01.01.2020 along with interest accrued thereon till the date of the payment irrespective of the lockdown position," Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva said."It is clarified that the payment would be without prejudice to the rights and contentions of the parties," the court said and listed the matter for May 4.The court was hearing a petition filed by Anant Raj seeking a direction to Yes Bank not to take coercive or adverse steps as proposed in its e-mail dated March 25, 2020, and March 27, 2020, including..
                 

Govt eases export curbs on 24 pharma ingredients, medicines

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The government on Monday relaxed export curbs on 24 pharma ingredients and medicines, including vitamin B1 and B12, according to an official notification. But export restrictions on paracetamol and formulations made of paracetamol would remain, the notification by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade stated. On March 3, the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), under the commerce ministry, had imposed export restrictions on 26 active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and formulations, under which exporter has to obtain a licence or permission from the DGFT. Easing of curbs on 24 APIs and its formulations assumed significance as certain pharma companies have raised concerns over these restrictions. "24 APIs and formulations made from these APIs are made free for export with immediate effect," the DGFT said. With this, export of these items is allowed freely without any restrictions. Earlier, there were no restrictions on outbound shipments of these products. APIs are raw .....
                 

Better late than never

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Parliamentarians partner NGOs, firms to strengthen fight against Covid-19

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Contraction in Indian economy due to Covid-19 may be short-lived: UBS

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Letter to BS: The need of hour is scientific information, not 'infodemic'

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Unemployment rate over 23%; labour participation rate at all-time low

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Karim Morani's other daughter, actor Zoa Morani, tests positive for COVID-19

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Hours after Bollywood producer Karim Morani revealed that his daughter Shaza Morani had tested positive for COVID-19, her actor-sister Zoa has also been infected, according to family sources. Shaza, who had returned from Sri Lanka in the first week of March, showed no symptoms but was admitted to Nanavati Hospital here, on Monday. According to sources, Zoa, who had returned from Rajasthan around mid-March, tested positive for COVID-19. "She had tested today for COVID-19 and her results came positive by evening. She is in Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, whereas Shaza is under medication at Nanavati. "Shaza will be tested again after two days. As of now, the immediate family, house helps are also getting tested. They are all under quarantine," a source told PTI. Earlier in the day, Morani had said that both the daughters were under observation. "Shaza had no symptoms but has tested positive. Zoa, my other daughter, has a few symptoms so we got both of them tested. Zoa, however, .....
                 

Vivad se Vishwas: Rupee fall lures MNCs to opt for tax settlement scheme

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Consumer companies assess impact of nationwide lockdown on businesses

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COVID-19: Lucknow scientist develops drone for sanitising

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Nothing wrong with people bursting firecrackers: Dilip Ghosh

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Amid a raging controversy over people bursting crackers in response to the prime minister's '9 pm-9 minutes' call, West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Monday said there was nothing wrong with lighting fireworks as an "expression of happiness", amid the nationwide lockdown. Several overenthusiastic people on Sunday ventured out into the streets, lit firecrackers and released paper lanterns, blowing holes into the primary intent of the lockdown order. Social media exploded, with netizens questioning the reason behind such celebrations at a time when the country, and the entire world, was struggling to contain the pandemic. In Kolkata, police had launched a crackdown and arrested 98 people for flouting the norms. The prime minister had urged people to switch off lights at their homes and light up lamps, candles or mobile phone torches for nine minutes at 9 pm on Sunday to display the country's "collective resolve" to defeat coronavirus. Ghosh on Monday came out in .....
                 

MP's total COVID-19 positive cases breach 250 mark

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Muslim body moves SC seeking end to spread of 'fake news' related to Tablighi Jamaat event

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Alleging that a section of the media is spreading communal hatred over last month's Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind has moved the Supreme Court seeking directions to the Centre to stop dissemination of "fake news" and take strict action against those responsible for it. The plea filed by Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind and the secretary of its legal cell, through lawyer Ejaz Maqbool, contended that the unfortunate incident of the Tablighi Jamaat was being used to "demonise" and blame the entire Muslim community. At least 9,000 people had participated in the religious gathering at Tablighi Jamaat's headquarters in Nizamuddin West last month. The congregation became a key source for the spread of COVID-19 in India as many of the participants travelled to various parts of the country for missionary works. Out of the over 4,000 cases of coronavirus in the country, at least 1,445 have been found to be linked to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi, the Union health ...
                 

5 Pak supported terrorists, 5 Indian Army jawans killed in foiling infiltration bid in J-K

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The Indian Army on Monday came out with the details of the operations carried out along the Line of Control (LoC) in Keran sector, saying that five Pakistan supported terrorists were killed and five of its own Special Forces troops also lost their lives.Army spokesperson Col Aman Anand on Monday said the troops had launched a daring operation at the LoC and engaged Pakistan supported infiltrators in close combat in heavy snow and neutralised the entire infiltrating batch of five terrorists.Four soldiers under the command of a Junior Commissioned Officer from one of the most professional Para Special Forces Units were airdropped near the LoC after the information about the infiltrators was received. The incident took place on Sunday."An intense hand to hand battle ensued and all five terrorists were eliminated," the spokesperson said.He further said, "At the first light of April 5, one squad, following the footsteps of terrorists on the snow realised late that they were on a cornice. ....
                 

Deceased man tests positive for coronavirus in Nagpur

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Tata Sons likely to raise Rs 7,000 cr to retire old high-cost debt

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Rajasthan CM writes to PM Modi, seeks Rs 1 lakh cr package for States

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Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking urgent steps to empower the State governments.He has requested Prime Minister Modi to announce economic package including a grant of Rs 1 lakh crore for the States without any further delay."I would like to reiterate that our State's financial condition is rapidly deteriorating due to decline in revenues and the State government was forced to partially defer the salaries of the State government employees for this month," writes Gehlot in the letter.Gehlot has further mentioned that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) recently increased the limit of Wage and Means Advance (WMA) by 30 per cent but not as interest-free as requested in the last letter. The RBI in such tough times should provide interest-free WMA facility to the State governments to effectively deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.He once again requested to include inter-alia relaxing the borrowing limits of the States; granting moratorium of..
                 

Prasad recognises IT industry response in lockdown as report questions work from home infra in India

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Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday acknowledged Indian IT and IT-enabled service industry's role in ensuring business continuity while working from home during the lockdown. The comments has come against the backdrop a report questioning infrastructure support in India to provide call centre services while working from home. Meanwhile, the Indian IT industry has also contested the report, saying that the speed at which the service ecosystem has responded is phenomenal. The report by HFS Research mentioned inadequate home environments with spotty broadband and the need for new computers to process calls among challenges that the BPO industry might be facing in their operations during the lockdown. "Nearly 90 per cent of India's IT workforce is now working from home & only those performing critical functions are going to offices. This has ensured that business operations are not affected. I am delighted to see the resilience of Indian IT sector during this crisis," Prasad..
                 

Suspension of MPLAD fund will undermine role of MPs: Randeep Surjewala

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Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala on Monday said that the party supports Centre's decision to introduce salary cut to aid COVID-19 relief effort in the country. However, it does not agree with the temporary suspension of Members of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) fund as it will undermine the role of MPs."Dear PM, INC supports the salary cut for MPs! Please note that MPLAD (Members of Parliament Local Area Development) is meant to execute developmental works in the constituency. Suspending it is a huge disservice to the constituents & will undermine the role & functions of MP," Surjewala wrote on Twitter."Make a cut on the salary of MPs, but if the government cuts its spending by 30 per cent, then several lakh crores rupees will be added to the battle with Corona," he added.The Cabinet on Monday approved ordinance amending salary/allowances of MPs and temporary suspension of MPLAD Fund during 2020-21 and 2021-22 for managing the adverse impact of the .....
                 

Bedi volunteers to contribute 30 pc of salary to COVID

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Lt Governor Kiran Bedi on Monday announced she would contribute 30 per cent of her salary every month to the COVID-19 fund for the whole of this financial year. Bedi in a release said she had sent an e-mail to President Ram Nath Kovind conveying her decision. In her message to the President on Sunday night, the former IPS officer said "Under your most able leadership our country is succeeding compared to many developed and rich countries and is containing the spread and also the extent of havoc the virus has the potential to cause. "With the Government of India having begun with several relief measures to immediately mitigate the suffering, I feel it is my duty also to make a small contribution by offering a voluntary reduction of 30 per cent in my salary for this financial year. I seek your blessings for the small offering," she said...
                 

Railways addresses 1.25 lakh queries on its helplines in 10 days of lockdown

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The Indian Railways said on Monday its helplines for passengers has received 1.25 lakh queries in the first ten days of lockdown, 87 per cent of which were handled through direct human intervention. The Railways had opened a control office after the 21-day lockdown was announced. The control office is being manned by director-level officers, who monitor citizen feedback on social media and email, and ensure appropriate action is taken, especially in goods transportation. The control office has been doing 24x7 monitoring of four communication platforms - Helplines- 139, 138, social media (Twitter) and email (railmadad@rb.railnet.gov.in). "Since its inception a few days back, the facility has become a huge management success so much so that railway personnel have responded to over 1,25,000 queries in the first 10 days on designated communication platforms, 87 per cent (over 1,09,000) of which were handled through direct human interaction over the phone, the national transporter said in ...
                 

Combating COVID-19: India receives 170 lakh PPE coveralls from China

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India on Monday opened supply lines with the receipt of 1.70 lakh Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) coveralls from China amid the coronavirus crisis.Along with domestic supplies of 20,000 coveralls, a total of 1.90 lakh coveralls will now be distributed to hospitals and will add to the 3,87,473 PPE kits already available in the country as of now.A total of 2.94 lakh PPE coveralls have been arranged and supplied by the Government of India now.In addition to this, two lakh domestically produced N95 masks are also being sent to various hospitals. Including these, over 20 lakh N95 masks have been supplied by the Government of India.About 16 lakh N95 masks are presently available in the country, and this figure will increase with the fresh supply of two lakh masks.Major portions of the fresh supplies are being sent to States with a comparatively higher number of coronavirus cases such as Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Delhi, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Rajasthan.Supplies are also .....
                 

Extensive health survey will be conducted in Goa from April 11-13: CM

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Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday said that the government will conduct an extensive health survey from April 11 to April 13.He said that the survey will map the travel history of people and check whether anyone is having symptoms like that of COVID-19."An extensive survey would be conducted from April 11 till April 13. The health survey will map the travel history of people and check whether anyone is having symptoms like that of COVID-19," he said.He said that the government servants including teachers and Anganwadi workers will visit house to house booth-wise, by engaging 7,000 to 8,000 government servants."Our government servants including teachers and Anganwadi workers will visit every house booth-wise. By engaging 7000 to 8000 government servants, the survey would be conducted on three days," Sawant said.Meanwhile, Goa government has announced special insurance cover up to Rs 50 lakh for all the staff including that from the private sector working in quarantine facility..
                 

India may lift pharma export curbs over easing China supply, US pressure

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13 new positive cases in Kerala, active cases 266

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Thirteen more people, including three who had returned after attending the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in New Delhi, have tested positive for coronavirus in Kerala on Monday, taking the total number of active cases to 266, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said. Kasaragod, the worst affected district in the state, accounted for nine cases, while two cases were reported from Malappuram and one each from Kollam and Pathanamthitta, he told reporters after taking stock of the COVID-19 situation at a review meeting here. "Six out of the nine cases in Kasaragod are foreign returnees while three from there are the contacts of affected persons," he said. The two people from Malappuram and one person from Kollam had returned to the state from the Tablighi congregation at Delhi last month and the new case from Pathanamthitta was also a foreign-returnee, Vijayan said. So far, the southern state has reported 327 positive cases and two fatalities. As many as 1,52,804 people are under ....
                 

Guj: School principal held for sharing derogatory post on PM

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Principal of a Gujarat government-run primary school in Vadodara district was arrested on Monday for allegedly sharing derogatory content on social media on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and media with the reference to coronavirus and the Nizamuddin Markaz. Noor Mohammad Malek (50), the principal of a primary school in Sejakuva village near Padra town, was arrested under the charges of Indian Penal Code for promoting enmity between groups on the ground of religion, making statements creating enmity and promoting hatred between classes, apart from the Disaster Management Act, a police officer said. Malek forwarded a photo with the lines: "For media, people are hiding in Nizamuddin but stranded in Vaishnodevi and "Media is dangerous than Coronavirus", and a video in a WhatsApp group of teachers and principals on Sunday, said Padra police inspector SA Karmur quoting the complaint. "Similarly, a person can be heard making derogatory remarks about the PM in a video shared by .....
                 

Hope Centre listens to AIIMS doctors' appeal for PPE: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

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Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday urged the Central Government to provide the Personal Protection Equipment to the medical staff as requested by the AIIMS doctors association."In this critical time, doctors, health workers and sanitation workers are the leading soldiers of this fight. It is our collective responsibility to protect their equipment, their honor and their voices. Hope that our government will hear the plea made by the AIIMS doctors association," Vadra tweeted.Earlier today, Resident Doctor's Association (RDA) of AIIMS, Delhi, had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over 'targeting of doctors for raising genuine concerns related to COVID-19 preparedness'."Over the last few days, our frontline healthcare workers-doctors, nurses and other support staff have come forward with their problems and issues related to the availability of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), COVID testing equipment and quarantine facilities, on social media. The officials should ....
                 

Maha: Collector seeks probe as 12 travel to Latur from Haryana

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A letter has been sent to the chief commissioner in Haryana to probe how a group of 12 people travelled from the northern state all the way to Maharashtra's Latur using emergency passes in violation of the lockdown in place for the coronavirus outbreak, Collector G Sreekanth said on Monday. The 12, all Andhra Pradesh residents who had attended a religious gathering in Ferozepur Jhirka in Haryana, were apprehended from a mosque in Nilanga in Latur on Friday, and eight of them tested positive for coronavirus the next day, officials said. "People are given such passes on humanitarian grounds. However, there is no rule to issue them during a national disaster. I have written to the Haryana chief commissioner to probe this oversight and act against the guilty officials," Sreekanth said. "This group travelled through several states on the basis of the emergency pass," he said...
                 

Marico announces a initial grant of Rs 8 cr to fight Covid-19

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FMCG firm Marico Ltd on Monday announced an initial grant of Rs 8 crore to support the government,workers and medical fraternity in their fight against COVID-19 pandemic. The company has increased the safety measures and adopted necessary precautions to keep people, who are working tirelessly in their attempt to deliver essential products to its consumers safely in compliance with the government guidelines, said a statement. Commenting on thisMarico Managing Director and CEOSaugata Guptasaid, "We extend our support to the communities we live in and to the front-runners in this battle medical professionals, the police force, primary healthcare workers, emergency services staff and fellow citizens who have been worst affected in this crisis. Our outreach in this fight against COVID-19 encompasses several areas to which we have committed an initial outlay of INR 8 Crore, it added India is presently going through an unprecedented complete lockdown of three weeks, ending on April 14, to ....
                 

Covid-19: Metropolis Healthcare seeks clarity on regulatory issue to expand testing

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Diagnostic labs chain Metropolis Healthcare on Monday said it has tested 2,500 COVID-19 samples and is looking for clarity on various regulatory issues in order to expand testing. All the tests conducted on samples from Maharashtra at its facility in suburban Mumbai, the company's managing director Ameera Shah told PTI. To act as a force multiplier, a host of private sector participants, including Metropolis, were allowed to test the samples last month. This was followed by instructions on which kits to be used, including the indigenously developed one by Pune-based Mylab Discovery and also by German company Altona. There is a cap of Rs 4,500 per test. Shah said Metropolis has tested 2,500 samples as of Friday evening and made it clear that the company is not looking at it as a revenue maximisation or business opportunity. She said it is an expensive affair to conduct a test because of the training that require utmost care in handling at the time of sample collection and while testing..
                 

Coronavirus: 3 areas in Kashmir declared as red zones by authorities

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Authorities on Monday declared three areas in Srinagar and Ganderbal districts as red zones to prevent the spread of coronavirus after positive cases were detected from these areas, officials said. Two areas -- Chattabal yam -- in Srinagar and Guzhama in Ganderbal have been declared as red zones, the officials said. They said all entry and exit points leading to these areas were sealed after cases of COVID-19 affected persons were reported from these areas. No outward or inward movement of any individual for any reason would be allowed in these areas, they added. Srinagar District Magistrate Shahid Iqbal Choudhary issued an order for sealing Chattabal area, saying it was aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus infection. The DM said it is also aimed at enabling smooth conduct of a survey to detect suspects in the area. The proposed survey is aimed at determining whether the infection has spread in the area and whether there is a need for isolating any of its residents, he .....
                 

Kia Motors India pledges Rs 2 cr to AP CM relief fund for combating coronavirus

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Kia Motors India (KMI) on Monday pledged Rs 2 crore to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister's Relief Fund to provide immediate and long-term relief against the coronavirus outbreak in the state. Kia Motors India is committed to extending every possible support to the community and is taking all necessary measures to fight coronavirus that has wreaked havoc globally, the company said in a statement. While the Indian government has implemented several measures and announced economic aid to tackle the situation, Kia Motors is doing its bit in ensuring effective healthcare support to the citizens, it added. KMI will continue to support the country, governments and is committed to being a partner in the national fight against Coronavirus. "With the public life and businesses coming to a standstill amid the 21-day lockdown, the company is constantly analysing the situation on the ground and is ensuring relentless support to its customers," the company said, adding it will be providing extended .....
                 

TMC says centre's decision to suspend MPLAD scheme 'whimsical'

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The Trinamool Congress on Monday lashed out at the BJP-led central government claiming that its decision to temporarily suspend the MPLAD scheme was "arbitrary and whimsical" as it would prevent MPs from carrying out developmental work in their areas. The Union Cabinet and Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided on the issue without consulting all the parties, senior TMC leader and MP Sougata Roy said. The state unit of the BJP, however, said the decision was taken keeping in mind the larger interest of the masses and those crying foul over it are the ones who do not utilise the funds properly. "The decision to temporarily suspend the MPLAD is arbitrary and whimsical. We are opposing it. The Union Cabinet and the prime minister are taking decisions pertaining to all the MPs without even discussing the matter with us," Roy, a veteran parliamentarian, told PTI. This would deprive the parliamentarians of funds needed to carry out developmental work in their areas, he said. The government on..
                 

Textiles sector EBITDA likely to dip by 15% in FY21: Ind-RA

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The nationwide lockdown in India is likely to impact the textiles sector both in terms of demand and supply and the EBITDA might drop by least 15 per cent in 2020-21 across the industry portfolio, a report said. India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) in a report said the fall in consumer income and increase in household leverage will continue to have a negative sentiment through FY21. While India's dependency on imports is limited, it is dependent on exports and hence, the return of demand from the key markets including the US, the UK, the UAE and China is critical. The EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) will drop at least 15 per cent in FY21 across its textile portfolio, the report said. Further, it said the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to continue to impact the global textile production and supply chains and thereby textile product prices. The Indian textiles industry has taken a major hit because most of Indian yarn exports are to China, it .....
                 

Railways reports 2nd COVID-19 death: Technician dies in Siliguri, 24 quarantined

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The Railways has reported its second COVID-19 casualty as a 53-year-old technician with no travel history died at a hospital in West Bengal's Siliguri, prompting authorities to order home-quarantine for his 12 colleagues and as many medics who treated him. The deceased, who was a technician at the diesel shed at West Bengal's Siliguri, died at the isolation ward of the North Bengal Medical College & Hospital in the town on Sunday, officials said, adding he had tested positive for coronavirus. The national transporter had reported its first COVID-19 fatality on March 23 when an accounts department employee at the general manager's office in the Eastern Railway had died in Kolkata. Giving details about the latest fatality, the officials said initially, he was admitted with fever and cough on March 24 at NJP Railway Hospital, from where he was referred to the Desun Nursing Home on March 25, The next day, he was shifted to the isolation ward of the North Bengal Medical College & ....
                 

Coronavirus equally fatal to young with comorbidities: Union Health Ministry

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The novel coronavirus can be equally fatal to the young people having comorbiditieslike diabetes, hypertension, chronic kidney and heart-related issues as to the elderly, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday. Presenting an analysis of the deaths due to COVID-19 reported so far in the country on the basis of age, Health Ministry's Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal urged young people having comorbidities to take precautions and follow social distancing to prevent contracting the disease. "As of now, 86 per cent death cases have exhibited co-morbidity related to diabetes, chronic kidney issues, hypertension and heart-related problems. Although 19 per cent confirmed cases have been reported among the elderly, since 63 per cent deaths have been observed among them, elderly people form a high risk population," Agarwal said. "Further, though 37 per cent deaths are reported from people below 60 years and approximately 86 per cent of deaths have happened in people with comorbidities highlights ....
                 

Hospital sets up Kiosks at premises to test COVID-19 patients

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Inspired by South Korea's innovative way of testing for COVID-19 symptoms, a Government Medical College Hospital here has set up low cost kiosks at its premises for safe collection of samples of symptomatic people. The indigenously built COVID WISK (Walk-in Sample Kiosk) installed at the Medical College Hospital is shaped like an old telephone booth that is closed from four sides. One side is made of glass with two holes where detachable and disposable rubber gloves are fixed. The gloves are fixed for the health worker to insert a hand and collect blood and swab samples from symptomatic patients. Ernakulam District Collector S Suhas launched the two kiosks at the hospital premises here. "This kiosk is a very safe easy makeable thing. Any health facility in India can make it. More important is that it gives adequate protection to the healthcare workers, as well as the patients. This keeps health workers safe while collecting samples", Resident Medical Officer of the .....
                 

Petrol sales shrink 17.6%, diesel 26% in March as lockdown wipes demand

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COVID-19 cases in J-K rise to 109

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No fresh movement of migrant workers in Delhi amid lockdown: AAP govt

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No fresh movement of migrant workers has been reported in the national capital amid the lockdown imposed to arrest the spread of coroanvirus, the Delhi government said on Monday. In an official statement, Chief Secretary Vijay Dev said the migrant workers, who were initially heading to their native states, have been focused as a target group with special facilities being provided to them. He also directed to take pro-active measures to enforce the lockdown. The AAP-led Delhi government has set up 111 shelter homes specifically for migrant workers rendered homeless due to the nationwide lockdown. "Till Sunday, 4,788 migrants have been housed in these shelter homes. The relief camps have the capacity to accommodate 40,000 persons," the statement said. These shelters are in addition to the 223 permanent shelters managed by the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board and 10 more such night shelters for the homeless, it said. "In case of any symptomatic person housed in these shelter homes, ...
                 

COVID-19: President, PM, MPs to take pay cut; About Rs 7900 crores MPLAD money to fund govt's efforts to fight coronavirus

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The Union cabinet on Monday decided to cut 30 per cent salary of all MPs for one year, and divert MPLAD funds for two years --nearly Rs 7,900 crores--to fund the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Announcing the cabinet decision, Union minister Prakash Javadekar also said the President, the Vice President, governors of states have also voluntarily decided to take a pay cut as a social responsibility. The cabinet gave its nod to an ordinance amending the Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament Act, 1954 reducing allowances and pension by 30 per cent from April 1 2020 for a year, he told reporters, adding this will include the prime minister and the Union ministers. "Cha rity begins at home," he said. While the salary of all parliamentarians, including ministers, is more or less same at around Rs one lakh per month, there is a difference in allowances between ministers and common MPs. However, allowances have not seen any cut. A decision of more financial import and .....
                 

Surat doctor faces verbal abuse from neighbour for stepping out to perform duty

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Coronavirus spread: Uber, Flipkart join hands to deliver essential products

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SC directs courts to adopt video conferencing for hearing cases

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The Supreme Court Monday directed district courts across the country to adopt video-conferencing prescribed by the concerned high Court for adjudicating the cases in view of COVID-19 pandemic. "The concerned courts shall maintain a helpline to ensure that any complaint in regard to the quality or audibility of feed shall be communicated during the proceeding or immediately after its conclusion failing which no grievance in regard to it shall be entertained thereafter," a bench headed by Chief Justice Bobde said. The bench directed that courts shall duly notify and make available the facilities for video-conferencing for such litigants who do not have the means or access to such facilities. "If necessary, in appropriate cases courts may appoint an amicus-curiae and make video conferencing facilities available to such an advocate," it said, adding, "Until appropriate rules are framed by the high courts, video conferencing shall be mainly employed for hearing arguments whether at the .....
                 

12 have tested positive for COVID-19 in WB since Saturday; active cases 61: Mamata

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said 12 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the state since Saturday evening, taking the total number of active cases to 61. So far, there are only three COVID-19 related deaths in the state, Banerjee told reporters at the state secretariat. "Till Monday noon, there were 61 active COVID-19 cases in West Bengal. Out of these, 55 belong to seven families," Banerjee told reporters. Most of these 61 people have either returned from abroad or came in contact with someone who is a foreign returnee, she said. Meanwhile, as many as 62 health care workers including 39 doctors of the state-run Nil Ratan Sircar Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata have been put under quarantine following a patient's death, a health department official said. The CCU of the hospital was shut down temporarily on Monday and will reopen only after disinfection of the entire unit is over, the official said. The 35-year-old patient who was admitted to ....
                 

I have no regrets, my career has been fulfilling, says Vengsarkar as 'Colonel' turns 64

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The epithets of colossus and regal were reserved for Sunil Gavaskar and Gundappa Viswanath but Dilip Vengsarkar has no regrets that he was not as feted as his two illustrious colleagues, saying he cherished an "extremely fulfilling" career. Vengsarkar, who turned 64 on Monday, was India's batting mainstay during the mid 80s when he outscored the iconic Gavaskar as his upright stance and ability to play swing and spin with aplomb was a delight for Test afficianados. In an interview with PTI, Vengsarkar spoke about his enriching journey as an India player for 16 years. "When I look back, it's been a very happy and fulfilling journey. Playing 116 Tests for India is the biggest satisfaction. Add to it, the 129 ODIs, winning World Cup and World Championship of Cricket. And to top it all, being an India captain. It was a great journey," the 'Colonel' said during an interaction. Being the only international cricketer outside England to hit three hundreds at Lord's and raise six centuries at ...
                 

PTI tally of COVID-19 cases and deaths in India at 9pm

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Following is a state-wise tally of the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in India at 9pm as per information provided by respective governments. State/UT Confirmed Discharged Deaths ------------------------------------------------------------ Andaman & Nicobar 10 0 0 ------------------------------------------------------------ Andhra Pradesh 303 5 3 ------------------------------------------------------------ Arunachal Pradesh 1 0 0 ------------------------------------------------------------ Assam 26 0 0 ------------------------------------------------------------ Bihar 32 3 1 ------------------------------------------------------------ Chandigarh 18 5 0 ------------------------------------------------------------ Chhattisgarh 10 9 0 ------------------------------------------------------------ Delhi 523 18 7 ------------------------------------------------------------ Goa 7 0 0 ------------------------------------------------------------ .....
                 

'Activists seek govt's intervention to stop anti-Muslim propaganda dubbing them as corona carriers'

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Expressing concern over alleged targeting of Muslims over the spread of coronavirus, rights activists here have demanded urgent intervention by the Rajasthan government, fearing that the blame game can become a precursor to another spate of lynching. The activists submitted a joint memorandum to additional chief secretary (Home) seeking his intervention on the matter on Sunday. We fear that this can become a precursor to lynching. On the social media among the people of the majority community, one of the main discourse is the Muslims, being dubbed as transmitter of the infection by spitting on fruit and other means, they said. Citing certain examples of Jaipur, the activists alleged that a section of people are preventing Muslim fruit and vegetable vendors Muslims from entering various housing colonies. There have also been instances of people returning fruits or vegetables after coming to know that the vendor was a Muslim, said the memorandum, adding that people have also been .....
                 

11 more test positive for coronavirus in Punjab; total cases 79

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Eleven more people were found infected with coronavirus in Punjab on Monday, taking the count of confirmed cases to 79 in the state, a medical bulletin said. According to the bulletin, Fatehgarh Sahib and Kapurthala districts reported their first cases on Monday. Five of the fresh cases were linked to the Tablighi Jamaat members who had attended the organisation's religious congregation in New Delhi's Nizamuddin last month. Two of the infected Jamaat members were traced to Fatehgarh Sahib while others were located in Mohali, Ludhiana and Kapurthala districts of the state. The maximum four cases, including a Jamaat member, were reported from Mohali, the medical bulletin said, adding that two patients were detected in Rupnagar and one in Amritsar. So far, coronavirus cases have been reported from 14 districts of the state. Nawanshahr and Mohali have reported the maximum 19 cases each, followed by nine in Amritsar, seven in Hoshiarpur, six each in Jalandhar and Ludhiana, three each in ....
                 

COVID-19: Adhere to lockdown norms, says discharged MP man

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Eleven people were discharged on Monday in Indore in Madhya Pradesh after recovering from the novel coronavirus infection, health officials said. One of them, a 47-year-old male nurse posted in the state-run MY Hospital, said there was nothing to fear from the disease but it was important that people adhere to norms in place, like lockdown, to fight the outbreak. "I was very nervous initially when I got to know about my infection. We don't need to fear COVID-19. But, in order to avoid it, one must follow government decisions like lockdown," he told PTI. He said he was on duty in an isolation ward and suspects he may have got the infection while a woman COVID-19 patient was being treated there. Eyewitnesses said when the male nurse came out of the Government Manorama Raje TB (MRTB) hospital after eight days of treatment, those around clapped. Jyoti Bindal, dean of Government Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (MGM) Medical College, said the male nurse was discharged after he tested ....
                 

ACT moots self-KYC process for issuing SIMs to new mobile subscribers amid lockdown; writes to DoT

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With new subscriber acquisitions virtually coming to a halt amid the lockdown to contain coronavirus, the Apex Advisory Council for Telecom in India (ACT) has approached the government to allow a well-defined self-KYC process for subscriber verification for new mobile connections. The Apex Advisory Council for Telecom in India (ACT), a joint industry initiative supported by Cellular Operators' Association of India (COAI) and telecom service providers, said that such an alternate digital process is the "need of the hour" given the uncertainty regarding the period for which social distancing restrictions will be imposed in the country. ACT, in a letter to Telecom Secretary Anshu Prakash, said that during this "unprecedented lockdown period", there are no options available for buying a new mobile connection. "Hence there is an urgent need to facilitate customers for obtaining new mobile connections through a self KYC process which can be performed by an end to end online digital process ...
                 

Union min Arjun Munda welcomes decision to cut MPs' salaries

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AIIMS doctor breaks down speaking about COVID-19

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A doctor, who is posted at COVID-19 treatment ward of Delhi's AIIMS, on Monday broke down while speaking about challenges amid coronavirus global pandemic.Dr Ambika, who is staying away from her family and treating patients of COVID-19, said the situation was very challenging."It is a challenging time for us when cases of coronavirus are increasing by the day. We all need support from our family in this type of situation," Ambika told ANI.Remembering her parents, Ambika said, "If anyone from the family falls sick and we are not able to treat them, that guilt never goes," she said."We are here to treat people and also need support from our families. Everyone here supports us - colleagues, friends, staff members - but family support is different and we all need that," she said with tears in her eyes...
                 

J'khand police given free hand to curb Left-wing extremism: Fin Min

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Jharkhand Finance Minister Rameshwar Oraon on Monday said that the state police has been given a free hand to curb Left-wing extremism. Three Maoists were gunned down in an encounter with security forces in West Singhbhum district on April 4. "The police has been given complete freedom to rein in crime and Naxal incidents," Oraon was quoted as saying by a Congress release. Oraon, also the Jharkhand Pradesh Congress Committee president, was addressing a meeting of the 'Relief Monitoring Committee for COVID-19' at a party office here, the release issued by PCC spokesperson Alok Kumar Dubey said. The JMM-Congress-RJD government, that has completed its 100 days in office amid the lockdown, has taken several pro-people decisions, Oraon said. The Hemant Soren-led government was sworn-in on December 29 last year. "Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the state government has prioritised making food and healthcare available to the people," Oraon, who also holds the food and consumer ....
                 

100 FIRs in Maharashtra for spreading fake news about COVID-19

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A total of 100 FIRs have been registered by the Maharashtra Police against the people who have allegedly spread fake and unverified news on Twitter relating to COVID-19, Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said on Monday."A total of 1,410 arrests have been made for defying the lockdown in Maharashtra. 7,570 vehicles have been seized and a total fine of Rs 65,43,624 has been levied," added Deshmukh.The state Home Minister further also gave the figures of the people, who have been quarantined in the State."49,708 people have been quarantined till now. 4,47,050 migrant labourers have been given shelter in 4,532 camps across the state," Deshmukh said.The total number of COVID-19 positive cases in India climbed to 4,281, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday.As many as 111 deaths have been reported across the country due to the deadly disease. There are 3,851 active cases in the country while 319 people have been cured/discharged/migrated...
                 

Covid-19: Chewing gum ban not backed by any scientific study, say makers

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Chewing gum and bubble gum makers have said that ban imposed by the state governments of Haryana and Himachal Pradesh as measures to curb spread of pandemic of Covid-19 is without any scientific evidence. The makers such as Perfetti Van Melle (PVM) andMars Wrigley are in discussion with the relevant authorities and contended that no other country imposed such restrictions. Last week, the Haryana government hadcompletely banned the sale and use of chewing or bubble gum citing possibility of spread of Covid-19 by spitting of chewing gum and bubble gum towards another person. This wasfollowed by Himachal Pradesh government also. Perfetti Van MelleIndia - which owns brands asCenter fresh,Happydent,Center fruit,Big Babol and Chupa Chups - said that there is no scientific evidence to assert that Covid-19 is spread through the exclusive spitting of gum. "We are currently in discussions with the Haryana Food and Drug Administration authorities to understand the basis of their ban of chewing ....
                 

India receives 1.7 lakh PPEs donated by China

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India on Monday received 1.70 lakh personal protection equipment (PPE) coveralls donated by China, the Union Health Ministry said. Along with the domestic supplies of 20,000 coveralls, a total of 1.90 lakh coveralls will now be distributed to hospitals and will add to the 3,87,473 PPEs already available in the country as of now, it said. Supply lines from abroad opened up today with the receipt of 1.70 lakh Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) coveralls from China which have been donated to the Government of India, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said in press release. A total of 2.94 lakh PPE coveralls have been arranged and supplied by the Centre till now to states, the ministry said. In addition to this, 2 lakh domestically produced N-95 masks are also being sent to various hospitals. Including these, over 20 lakh N-95 masks have been supplied by the government of India. "About 16 lakh N-95 masks are presently available in the country, and this figure will increase with .....
                 

COVID-19 lockdown: Delhi Police receive 855 calls on helpline in 24 hrs

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The Delhi Police received 855 calls till Monday on their helpline number within a period of 24 hours, seeking assistance in resolving issues being faced by people due to lockdown, officials said. The helpline number 23469526 has received up to 13,119 calls till date, they said. Between 2pm on April 5 to 2pm till April 6, a total of 855 calls were received. Out of these, 66 calls were related to outside Delhi, which were referred to respective state helpline numbers, police said. Forty-six calls were received related to no food and money, which were forwarded to an NGO for direct relief at their addresses. Twenty-four calls were received regarding medical issues and have been resolved through proper guidance to proceed incase of such emergencies, they said. While 610 calls were related to movement passes and they were advised to apply online on website of the Delhi Police for the same, police said. The food delivery network established in all 15 districts with involvement of nearly 400..
                 

Northeast's first COVID-19 patient recovers

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The 23-year-old woman who tested positive for COVID-19 in Manipur last month, becoming the first patient in the Northeast, has recovered, officials said on Monday. The woman who had a travel history to the UK tested positive on March 23 and was admitted to the isolation ward of the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS). State Health and Family Welfare Minister L Jayantakumar Singh said the final test report came in as negative and she is completely free from the deadly virus. "Its a huge achievement for the whole medical department in general and the doctors and staff of JNIMS in particular," the minister said. She first tested negative on April 4 and the confirmatory test report also came in as negative, JNIMS Director Th Bhimo said, adding that she has fully recovered. However, as she has undergone mental stress after being in isolation for a long time, the decision about discharging her from the hospital will be taken on Tuesday, an official said. She ...
                 

RPG Life Sciences, Seniority launch risk monitoring tool SafeSeniors

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Drug firm RPG Life Sciences on Monday said it has joined hands with its group firm Seniority to launch a risk monitoring tool SafeSeniors for early identification of COVID-19 risk among the elderly. The tool has been developed in consultation with experts in areas of infectious diseases, community medicine, clinical pharmacology and COVID-19 management, the companies said in a statement. "The SafeSeniors tool has been especially developed to help in early identification of COVID-19 risk among senior ctiizens," RPG Life Sciences MD Yugal Sikri and Seniority Co-founders Ayush Agrawal & Tapan Mishra said in the joint statement. Equipped with a robust algorithm and dynamic tech capabilities, the app can analyze millions of data on a real-time basis and alerts the seniors and their dear ones of the Covid-19 risk levels and seek adequate treatment before the disease spirals out of control, they added...
                 

UP to open more coronavirus testing labs

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The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to open more laboratories in medical colleges of the state in a bid to strengthen the coronavirus testing infrastructure, an official said on Monday. Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Kumar Awasthi said on the directions of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the upgrade of the laboratories in medical colleges of Meerut, Jhansi, Gorakhpur, Saifai, Kanpur, Allahabad and Lucknow has also been initiated. Molecular labs will be set up at 14 colleges which do not have the facility as of now, he said. For it, medical colleges in Ambedkar Nagar, Kannauj, Jalaun, Azamgarh, Saharanpur, Banda, Badaun, Gautam Budh Nagar, Ayodhya, Basti, Bahraich, Firozabad, Shahjahanpur and Greater Noida have been selected, he said. The districts lacking a medical college will have a collection facility in the district hospital, Awasthi said, adding that money for it will made available from the COVID Care Fund...