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How to set up a routine for your baby's sleep? Here're the fundamentals

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As demand for masks skyrocket, 3D printers help in fight against Covid-19

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Relief measures announced till date provide no succour to travel, tourism industry, Industry bodies say

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PM's appeal to switch off lights: WB power dept keeps backup supply ready

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As Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appealed to the people to switch off the lights for nine minutes on April 5, the West Bengal power department has decided to keep a backup supply system ready, following apprehensions of grid failure due to fluctuations in consumption. Modi on Friday urged people to switch off the lights at their homes and light up lamps, candles or mobile phone torches for nine minutes at 9 pm on April 5 to display the country's "collective resolve" to defeat coronavirus. "I had a word with my officials and engineers. Our department is working to keep a backup power supply chain ready in case of any failure, following the programme tomorrow night," West Bengal Power Minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay told PTI. Although the power system is connected to the national grid and there can be a failure due to discrepancies in power consumption at the same time. But the department has a backup system, which will be put in place so that there is no problem, he..
                 

Modi, Bolsonaro discuss ways to jointly fight Covid-19

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Two more test positive for COVID-19 in Bihar, total count 32

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Two more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Bihar, taking the total number of patients suffering from the dreaded disease in the state to 32, a top official said on Saturday. Principal Secretary, Health, Sanjay Kumar, said that the latest case was that of a 65-year-old man from Bhagalpur district, with a travel history to the UK. Earlier, a 37-year-old Gaya resident, who had recently returned from Dubai, tested positive for coronavirus infection, the principal secretary said. Gaya District Magistrate Abhishek Singh said the patient was admitted to a hospital along with his wife, who had contracted the disease a few days ago. The principal secretary stated that 2,629 samples have been tested so far at three designated facilities in the state -- the RMRI, an ICMR centre here, the city-based IGIMS hospital and the DMCH hospital at Darbhanga. Of these, 2,239 tests have been conducted at the RMRI alone, followed by 362 at IGIMS and 28 at DMCH. Munger is the worst affected in the ....
                 

Total 17 seats in Bihar legislative council to fall vacant, as Election Commission defers beginning of poll process due to lockdown

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Coronavirus: Liverpool Put Some Non-Playing Staff On Furlough

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7 more COVID-19 cases reported in Jodhpur

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Covid-19: Three IAF personnel in quarantine

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JKAP welcomes changes to domicile rule

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No shortage of PPEs for health care workers at institute: AIIMS

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All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) administration here on Saturday said there is no shortage of Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE) for the healthcare workers at the institute."AIIMS administration reiterates that there is no shortage of PPEs for health care workers (HCW) at the Institute. At AIIMS, the safety of the HCW is paramount not only from the COVID point of view but for all hospital-acquired infections," said a statement from Medial and Protocol Division, AIIMS, New Delhi.The statement said the government, citizens and health care workers were making efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus."It has come to our notice that there are some outsiders who are trying to tarnish the image of AIIMS, New Delhi. In this hour of crisis, when all health care workers, the government and the people of India are tackling the pandemic, there are some people who are trying to undermine the efforts," the statement said...
                 

6 more COVID-19 positive cases in U'khand, tally reaches to 22

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Six more coronavirus positive cases were reported in Uttarakhand on Saturday, taking the total count in the state to 22.A total of 350 Tablighi Jamaat members have been put under quarantine to prevent the spread of COVID-19."Six more COVID-19 positive cases -- five in Nainital and one in Haridwar -- were reported in Uttarakhand today taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 22. Till now, 350 Tablighi Jamaat members have been put under quarantine in the state," said state health department.The Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi has emerged as a hotspot for COVID-19 after several positive cases from across in India and were linked to the gathering including deaths in Delhi, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Telangana.Meanwhile, a 25-year-old youth from Roorkee in Haridwar district was tested COVID-19 positive on Saturday.The total number of COVID-19 positive cases in India climbed to 3,072 today, according to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. This include 2,784 active cases ....
                 

Four Hizbul terrorists killed, soldier injured in Kulgam encounter

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Four Kolkata hospitals earmarked for COVID-19 patients: Official

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The West Bengal government has earmarked four city hospitals where a dedicated unit would be set up for COVID-19 patients, a senior health department official said on Saturday. Of them three are government hospitals - MR Bangur Hospital and its super speciality block, the second campus of Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute (CNCI) in Newtown and Beliaghata ID Hospital - and the fourth is a private hospital in Salt Lake, he said. A person suffering from acute respiratory distress - who may have not tested positive for COVID-19 yet along with those that have tested positive and were exhibiting moderate to severe symptoms, will be admitted to MR Bangur Hospital, the official said. At the second campus of the CNCI, a COVID 19 positive-person, with no major risk, will be treated, while at the Beliaghata and the Salt Lake hospitals, those with co- morbid conditions will be looked after. West Bengal Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha on Saturday said seven testing labs for .....
                 

1,023 Covid-19 cases with links to Tablighi Jamaat reported from 17 states: Govt

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COVID-19: Noida gets 'ultra-modern' control room

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The Gautam Buddh Nagar administration launched an "ultra-modern" integrated control room on Saturday which would be able to handle multiple calls on coronavirus-related issues at the same time, officials said. The "all-in-one" control room can be reached on toll free number 18004192211 and the calls would be attended by professionals and government officials, District Magistrate Suhas L Y said here. Gautam Buddh Nagar, including Noida and Greater Noida, has so far recorded 58 COVID-19 positive cases, the highest for any district in Uttar Pradesh, according to official figures. "For the citizens of Gautam Buddh Nagar, the district administration has launched an ultra-modern integrated control room which has the capacity to attend multiple calls simultaneously by call centre and government professionals," the DM said. He said the control room has been set up with joint efforts of the district administration, the police, the health department, the Noida Authority and the Greater Noida .....
                 

CRPF DG goes into self-quarantine after indirect contact with COVID-19-positive doctor

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CRPF chief A P Maheshwari has gone into self-quarantine after he had an indirect contact with a doctor in the paramilitary force, who had tested positive for coronavirus, officials said on Saturday. "A CRPF officer had tested positive for COVID-19. All personnel in contact with the officer have been quarantined. "The DG had an indirect contact with the officer and according to protocol, he is observing quarantine," Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) spokesperson DIG Moses Dhinakaran said. Another official said the director general (DG) of the country's largest paramilitary force, with about 3.25 lakh personnel in its ranks, went into self-quarantine as a precautionary measure, but was in constant touch with his officers over various operational issues, including the battle against COVID-19, from home. A senior doctor of the force had tested positive for the virus on April 2 and officials said Maheshwari came in contact with another officer who was in touch with the medical .....
                 

PM's appeal: C'garh power firms work to ensure grid stability

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State-owned power companies in Chhattisgarh will take all measures to maintain grid stability when lights are switched off for a period of nine minutes on Sunday night, as asked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to show unity in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, officials said on Saturday. State electricity services are managed by five companies looking after holding, generation, transmission, distribution and trading. "Power companies have planned so that a collapse can be avoided due to sudden fall in load when people switch off lights. The state-run companies held a meeting this afternoon to discuss measures for maintaining grid stability," said an official. "People are most welcome to follow the appeal made by the Prime Minister. But while doing so, they should ensure they only switch off lights but keep other appliances like AC, cooler, fans, refrigerators, TV, operational as usual," he said. "Lights of colonies or housing societies operated through one .....
                 

Women led micro enterprises, SHGs keep govt departments, poor supplied with masks, sanitisers

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MP: Two senior health officials test positive to COVID-19

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Madhya Pradesh Principal Health Secretary and a deputy director, both women, were tested positive to novel coronavirus on Saturday, taking the COVID-19 tally to 179 which included 25 fresh cases being reported in the last 24 hours, officials said. Of the 179 cases, 128 are from Indore, the commercial capital of the state. The death toll due to coronavirus in the state now stands at 11. Interestingly, the principal secretary-level officer on Saturday issued a video bulletin of the state's COVID-19 scenario. Notably, an IAS officer in Health department tested positive to coronavirus on Thursday. The deputy director, also a doctor, who tested positive was actively involved in handling the coronavirus crisis in the state, a health bulletin stated. A total of ten areas in Bhopal where these officials are living are declared as containment zones, officials said. Meanwhile, four persons who had attended Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi last month have tested positive to .....
                 

Covid-19: This is how health workers make masks

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Nizamuddin event dangerous, criminal act: 'secularist' Aparna Sen

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Identifying herself as "a secularist & a liberal", eminent filmmaker Aparna Sen on Saturday described the Tablighi Jamaat congregation at Delhi's Nizamuddin as "a dangerous & criminal act" and demanded punishment for the organisers. Sen also said she cannot support anything illegal, whoever commits it. Thousands of people across the country and abroad had attended the religious event between March 13 and 15 after the Delhi government had promulgated orders prohibiting gatherings or more than 200 persons. Many of the attendees later tested positive for COVID-19 and six of them died in Telangana. "The Jamat gathering was a dangerous & criminal act & must not go unpunished! Yes, I am a secularist & a liberal, but I cannot support any act that goes against the laws of my country by anyone, whether they be Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Jew, Sikh, Aethist [sic], Agnostic or whatever!" Sen posted on her Twitter handle. On a comment by a Twitter user named .....
                 

Covid-19: Easiest way to make a no-sew face mask for all at home

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DRDO develops disinfection chamber, face mask

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A unit of the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has designed a full-body disinfection chamber for healthcare workers who are in the forefront of battle against coronavirus, it said on Saturday. The Vehicle Research and Development Establishment, a DRDO laboratory at Ahmednagar in Maharashtra, has developed a 'Personnel Sanitization Enclosure', an official release said here. The walk-through enclosure is a portable system equipped with sanitizer and soap dispenser. "The decontamination is started using a foot pedal at the entry. On entering the chamber, anelectrically operated pump creates a disinfectant mist of hyposodium chloride for disinfecting," the DRDO release said. "The mist spray is calibrated for the operation of 25 seconds and stops automatically...personnel undergoing disinfection will need to keep their eyes closed while inside the chamber," it said. Some 650 personnel can pass through the chamber for disinfection until a refill of .....
                 

CRPF DG Maheshwari goes into self quarantine after indirect contact with COVID-19 positive doctor

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Siddaramaiah urges Karnataka CM to utilise 'Indira Canteens' efficiently

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Leader of Opposition in Karnataka Siddaramaiah on Saturday urged Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa to utilise Indira Canteens efficiently and provide food for poor and needy until the coronavirus crisis and lockdown is over. The former Chief Minister's letter comes a day after the state government decided not to provide free food at Indira Canteens as concerns were raised about the quality and misuse that was happening. "We have decided to stop free food supply...we are providing food grains to poor through ration already," Education Minister Suresh Kumar had said on Friday, adding Indira Canteens will continue to provide subsidized food- breakfast at Rs 5 and lunch and dinner at Rs 10, as usual. The government last month had decided that the state subsidised Indira Canteens would provide food packets free of cost to the poor and needy in the wake of the lockdown. Siddaraamiah said if there is any misuse, steps should be taken to stop it, instead of cancelling supply of free..
                 

Vadodara meat vendors wary of doing business: Feel like we are bootleggers

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COVID-19: J-K administration launches website to counter fake news

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A website to counter fake news and misinformation regarding COVID-19 pandemic was launched by the Jammu and Kashmir administration on Saturday. The department of Information & Public Relations (DIPR) started the website which will also spread awareness amid the pandemic. Our initiative is to help you counter fake news, the DIPR said. The website link, www.diprjkfactcheck.in , was shared on twitter by DIPPR director Syed Shehrish Asgar. The DIPR said spreading fake news, misinformation and fearmongering can land a person in jail besides it is a punishable offense and knowingly or unknowingly forwarding any fake news is a crime. It said the citizens can report any fake news, misinformation, fear/hate message on the new website. The department fervently appealed to the public not to fall prey to fake news. The DIPR said people can also visit for accurate information about the pandemic...
                 

Milk Express running at 110 kmph to reach Delhi from Andhra tomorrow

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Hry sees sharpest spike with 26 fresh COVID-19 cases; nearly 90 pc linked to Tablighi Jamaat members

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The number of coronavirus infections jumped by 26 to 70 in Haryana on Saturday, the biggest daily rise in the number of cases in the state, with Tablighi Jamaat members accounting for nearly 90 per cent of these. Palwal district reported the sharpest spike from three to 17, the state health department said in its evening bulletin. Of the total 70 cases, it said, one person is from Nepal, while 20 are from other states of India -- Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, Telangana, Bihar, Punjab, Delhi, Karnataka and Maharashtra. The total also includes 15 patients who have been discharged. There are 55 active cases in the state, it added. Of the 26 persons who tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday, 23 are Tablighi Jamaat members, officials said. They admitted this is a cause for concern. Earlier in the day, Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij said Tablighi Jamaat members had entered the state before the lockdown was imposed. While most of them are from Palwal, a few are from Ambala, Nuh, ....
                 

3 out of 28 Tablighi Jamaat attendees test positive for COVID-19 in Odisha

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As many as 28 people, who attended the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi, have been identified in Odisha out of which three have tested positive for coronavirus, said Sanjay Singh, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, I & PR Department."Among the returnees from Nizamuddin, Delhi, 28 persons have been identified in the state. All the test reports have been received. 25 tested negative and three positive (one each from Cuttack, Puri and Jajpur)," Singh said."Today Chief Minister has appealed all Delhi Nizamuddin returnees to come forward for COVID-19 test within 24 hours. Describing COVID-19 as the biggest enemy of mankind, Chief Minister has urged the people who have returned after attending Delhi Nizamuddin congregation to immediately call toll-free number 104 so that government can take necessary action to stem the spread of COVID-19," Singh added.He also informed that there are 20 positive cases of coronavirus in the state till 12 pm today."In view of the sharp increase in number of .....
                 

YSRCP MP Midhun Reddy seeks fiscal stimulus for Andhra Pradesh

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3 held in Malegaon for communal coronavirus-NRC link video

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Man arrested in connection with Jamia violence

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PM Modi calls on Spanish PM, discusses situation arising out of Covid-19 pandemic

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After food, people in relief camps want help to recharge phones

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11 new COVID-19 cases reported in Kerala, total figure rises to 306

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The total number of positive cases of coronavirus in Kerala has surged to 306, state Health Minister KK Shailaja said on Saturday."Kerala today reported 11 fresh cases of the coronavirus infection - six from Kasargod District, and one each from Kollam, Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Palakkad and Kannur districts," state Health Minister KK Shailaja said.She further said, "Five of the new cases are people who returned from Dubai, three have returned after attending the Tablighi Jamaat at Nizamuddin, one person who came back from Nagpur and two got infected through primary contact locally."Of the 306 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kerala so far, 254 patients are currently under treatment in different hospitals in the state and 50 others have been discharged, she said.The Health Minister also said that in the State a total of 1,71,355 persons are under observation, of which 1,70,621 are under home observation and 734 are admitted in hospitals. "174 persons were hospitalised today. 9,744 samples .....
                 

Ludicrous to ask people to switch off lights to fight coronavirus: Maharashtra Minister

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Maharashtra Energy Minister Nitin Raut said on Saturday termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call to switch off lights at 9 pm on Sunday to represent country's spirit in fight against COVID-19 as "ludicrous", adding that Modi's ideas are borrowed from Italy.Underlining that not only India but the whole world was united in the fight against coronavirus pandemic, Raut said, "It is ludicrous to ask the people to switch off the lights in the fight against the deadly pandemic virus.""Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his team had on innumerable occasion abused Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi for being Italian. But the same Modi who is telling people to switch off the lights on the night at 9 pm on Sunday has borrowed the concept from Italy," he said."Also beating thali and utensils on the last occasion were Italian concept to honour the doctors and people engaged in providing essential services during the lockdown," the minister said in a statement.The Maharashtra Minister .....
                 

BJP president Nadda for popularising use of mask through mass campaign

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Tablighi members moving like 'human bombs': Himachal BJP chief

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Himachal Pradesh BJP president Rajeev Bindal on Saturday alleged that the Tablighi Jamaat members were moving like "human bombs" to thwart efforts of the country to contain the novel coronavirus pandemic. "The Centre and state governments are leaving no stone unturned in the decisive fight against the COVID-19," Bindal said in a statement. "But some people, including Tablighi Jamaat, members are moving like human bombs to thwart their efforts." About 130-crore Indians are following lockdown instructions to contain the deadly COVID-19, but "some anti-human" people are trying to discourage their efforts ignoring the seriousness of the disease, the state BJP president claimed. A religious congregation at Nizamuddin West in south Delhi has become a major hotpot for the spread of COVID-19, with the Centre saying at least 1,023 of the nearly over 3,000 confirmed cases had been found to be linked to just "one place", a reference to the congregation...
                 

Health ministry issues guidelines for states on oxygen supply to facilities handling Covid-19 cases

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Coronavirus roundup: Developments in India and rest of world

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India hits out at Imran Khan for his comments on JK domicile rules

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India on Saturday hit out at Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for commenting on the domicile rules for Jammu and Kashmir, saying repeated attempts to interfere in India's internal affairs will not make its "untenable" claims acceptable. Khan on Thursday criticised India's new domicile rules for Jammu and Kashmir, calling them an attempt to alter the demography of the union territory. "We have seen the intemperate remarks by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on India. With regard to the Indian Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir, it is very clear that Pakistan has no locus standi whatsoever on any aspect pertaining to it," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said. He was responding to a query on Khan's comments. "Repeated attempts to interfere in India's internal affairs will not make its untenable claims any more acceptable," Kumar said. Pakistan has been ramping up attack on India after it announced withdrawing Jammu and Kashmir's special status and bifurcated ...
                 

Coronavirus lockdown: Govt relaxes norms for agriculture and farming sector

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PM's 9-min blackout call: Maha load dispatch centre says home appliances should be operational to ensure grid stability

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Maharashtra load dispatch centre has directed all power distribution companies in the state to urge consumersavoid switching off home appliances to ensure grid stability. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's appeal for a 9-minute blackout on April 5 at 9 pm is expected to result in a sudden drop in state demand in the range of 1,700-1,750 MW andan increase in system frequency that may impact grid stability. Maharashtra state load dispatch centre (MSLDC) has instructed power generators and discoms to take immediate steps and be prepared with a mechanism from 8 pm to 10 pm to ensure uninterrupted supply of power and to maintain grid stability. State government-owned Mahavitaran is the largest power distributor in Maharashtra covering some parts of the megapolis and the rest of the state, while BEST is supplying power in the island city and Adani Energy and Tata Power supply electricity in suburban Mumbai. Mahavitaran has also appointed Torrent Power and RPG Group's CESC as input-based .....
                 

Maha, TN CMs appeal against giving communal colour to coronavirus spread

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday said there is another virus of divisiveness apart from the coronavirus as he and his Tamil Nadu counterpart K Palaniswami appealed against giving communal colour to the spread of this viral infection in the country. The appeal by Thackeray and Palaniswamy came on a day when their Uttar Pradesh counterpart Yogi Adityanath alleged that the "intentional violation of social distancing norms or spreading of chaos", despite the lockdown, is part of a well planned conspiracy by people who attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi last month. The event in Nizamuddin West area has become a major hotpot for the spread of COVID-19 with the Centre saying at least 1,023 of the nearly 3,200 confirmed cases of infection in the country have been found to be linked to just one place", a reference to the congregation. Himachal Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajeev Bindal alleged that Tablighi Jamaat members are moving like..
                 

Covid-19: Simple way of making a mask at home

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Covid-19: How to make a mask in 30 seconds

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Covid-19 in India: 601 coronavirus cases recorded in last 24 hours, total at 2902, says Health Ministry

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RSS uses technology in lockdown, conducts e-shakhas

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New Delhi [India], April 4 (ANI): The lockdown necessitated by COVID-19 requires strict adherence to social distancing norms but that has not stopped the RSS from conducting its shakhas in the national capital.RSS is using technology and its swayamsewaks are getting connected through a mobile app.At a pre-decided time, all attendees of shakha join via the app and one of them conducts it online.It is not only the MNCs, government offices and some other private organisations that are conducting their everyday functions through the internet using 'work from home' formula. The RSS cadres too are carrying out their organisational routine and are in touch with each other through the app.Take the example of Sushant, a final year student of Law in Delhi University. He makes space in his small room, already occupied with books, for physical activity which is done as part of shakha regimen for good health.He says he has also played a game during shakha."It is of one hour and all of us join at a..
                 

Combating COVID-19: Goa govt urges passengers of two flights to quarantine themselves

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The Directorate of Health Services of Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) on Saturday appealed the people to isolate themselves if they have travelled in same flights on the same date as one of the passengers has tested positive for COVID-19 at the Goa Medical College, Bambolim."The patient who tested positive for the coronavirus on April 3 at Goa Medical College, Bambolim, has travel history from Kempton Park to Johannesburg to Kenya to Mumbai to Goa. From Mumbai to Goa, he travelled via Air India Flight AI 661 and reached Goa on March 19," said the state government in an appeal letter."In this regard, if anyone has travelled in this particular flight on this day from Mumbai to Goa, kindly isolate yourself (home quarantine) and report to helpline 104 or call 0832-2421810/2225538, or report to the nearest government health facility," the letter adds.The coastal State has tested seven patients positive, while there is no death. The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus ...
                 

145 new coronavirus cases in Maha, total 635; six deaths

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Over 3,700 detained, 167 cases registered for lockdown violations in Delhi: Police

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More than 160 cases were registered and 3,747 people detained in Delhi on Saturday for violating the government orders during the lockdown imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus, police said. According to the data shared by police, 167 cases were registered under section 188 (for disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code till 5 pm Saturday. A total of 3,747 people have been detained under section 65 (persons bound to comply with reasonable directions of police officers) and 388 vehicles have been impounded under section 66 of the Delhi Police Act, they said. A total of 858 movement passes have been issued, police said. Since March 24, a total of 48,071 people have been detained under section 65 of the Delhi Police Act for allegedly violating the lockdown orders, they said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week announced a complete lockdown across the country for 21 days, asserting social distancing is the only way out for the country..
                 

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Assam govt to release full March salary by April 9: Minister

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The Assam government will release the full salary of last month to all its employees by April 9, state Finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Saturday. Earlier, the government was considering to hold back 20 per cent of the salaries to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak, the minister said at a press conference here. "Following discussions with Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, we decided to release the full salary to each government employee and pensioner," he said. The minister also appealed to all government employees to help at least five poor families in their neighbourhood during the lockdown. "We have not touched the salaries of the employees but it is my humble appeal that each government employee helps at least five families affected by the crisis arising due to the lockdown," the minister said. The main Assamese festival Bohag Bihu is round the corner but as there will be no celebrations due to the restrictions, "It is my appeal to consider providing help to..
                 

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Two injured after boulder hits vehicle carrying quarantined persons in JK's Ramban

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Two passengers were injured when a rolling boulder from a hillock struck one of the buses carrying nearly 345 persons after completing 14-day quarantine in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, a police official said. A State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) bus with quarantined passengers was hit by a shooting stone at Kafteria Morh along the Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Ramban district, resulting in injuries to two persons, he said. The official said the injured, Rafiq Hussain and Riyaz Ahmad of Dhani Syedna village of Uri in Baramulla district, were shifted to a hospital where the condition of Hussain was stated to be "critical". They were part of 345 persons who underwent mandatory 14-day quarantine after entering Kathua district of the Jammu region from nearby Punjab last month and were released by the administration this morning. "All of them are residents of Kashmir and left in 19 vehicles after completing the quarantine period," District Magistrate, Kathua, ...
                 

Coronavirus: Here's How Hyderabad Police Is Keeping Its Vehicles Sanitised

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Modi calls on Spanish PM, discusses situation arising out of COVID-19 pandemic

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed the situation arising out of the coronavirus pandemic with his Spanish counterpart Pedro Sanchez Perez-Castejon on Saturday and the two leaders agreed on the importance of international cooperation to fight the global health crisis. During the telephonic conversation, Modi conveyed his deepest condolences for the loss of lives in Spain and assured the Spanish prime minister that India would be ready to extend support to his country to the best of its ability. "The two leaders agreed on the importance of international cooperation for fighting the global health crisis," an official statement said. The Spanish prime minister agreed with Modi's observation that the world needed to define a new, human-centric concept of globalisation for the "post-COVID era". The two leaders also agreed on the utility of yoga and traditional herbal medicines for providing an easily accessible means to ensure the psychological and physical health of the people confined..