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Coronavirus outbreak: States scramble to create hospital infrastructure

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Coronavirus outbreak eats into stock valuations, market plunges 34%

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West Bengal stayed one jump ahead of Centre on coronavirus detection

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DIY masks: What precautions you need to take while using handmade mask

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Direct jute mills to resume ops, Centre urges West Bengal govt

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The Centre urged the West Bengal government on Friday to direct jute mills in the state, which are shut due to the nationwide lockdown, to resume operations in order to prevent any shortage in supply of packaging materials. In a letter, the Union Ministry of Consumers Affairs, Food and Public Distribution told the state government that manufacturing units of packaging materials are exempted from the purview of the lockdown. "Procurement operations of foodgrain, for which availability of packaging material like jute bales are immensely required by major procuring states like Punjab, Harayana, Uttar Pradesh and Madya Pradesh where procurement operations will begin from April and peak season is for only two-three weeks only," the letter said. "Therefore, it is of utmost importance that jute mills immediately resume operation to meet the requirements of the states and FCI (Food Corporation of India)," it added...
                 

Italy sees signs of hope despite 766 new virus deaths

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Italy saw more evidence Friday that it might have made it through the worst of the coronavirus pandemic despite the world-leading death toll growing by 766 to 14,681. In new data from the civil protection service the daily rise of officially registered infections dropped to a new low of just four percent. The number of people who have been declared fully recovered has soared by 17.3 percent to 19,758 over the past 48 hours. The situation in some of Italy's worst-hit regions also appears to be gradually easing. Lombardy, in the north, where over half the official deaths have been counted, showed only a slight rise in patients receiving intensive care. "The numbers are improving," Lombardy's chief medical officer Giuli Gallera said, "Our hospitals are starting to breathe." The virus has nevertheless stretched Italian hospitals to the breaking point and delivered a shattering blow to the economy -- the European Union's third biggest last year. The national accounting association said .....
                 

If I feel like sleeping, I will do that: Mamata on PM's call to light candles

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Blacklisting of Tablighi foreigners: Over a third came from Indonesia

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England Cricketers Donate 500,000 Pounds In Fight Against COVID-19

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France reports record 588 more coronavirus deaths

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France on Friday reported 588 more coronavirus deaths in hospital, its biggest 24-hour toll in the country since the epidemic began. The new deaths brought to 5,091 the total number of people who have died in hospital of COVID-19 in France, top health official Jerome Salomon told reporters. There is no daily toll for those who have died of COVID-19 in old people's homes in France. But Salomon said that a total of 1,416 people had died in such establishments from COVID-19 during the epidemic. This brings the total French toll to at least 6,507. France has been in lockdown since March 17 in a bid to slow the spread of the epidemic, with only essential trips allowed outside that have to be justified with a signed piece of paper. In a glimmer of hope, Salomon said that 1,186 more people had been hospitalised suffering from the coronavirus with 263 more entering intensive care, the lowest such increases for over a week. He said that there were a total of 64,338 confirmed cases in France, ....
                 

Opposition slams PM Modi's appeal to light lamps on April 5

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Covid-19: Yogi Adityanath ensures long haul for Tablighis in UP

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Bayern Munich Extend Contract With Coach Hansi Flick Until 2023

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J&K govt extends 2G mobile internet services till April 15

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The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Friday ordered the continuance of 2G mobile data services in the Union territory till April 15, even as the demand for restoration of high-speed 4G internet grows in view of the coronavirus outbreak. As per a previous order issued on March 26 by Principal Secretary, Home Department, Shaleen Kabra, internet speed on mobile phones in the region will be restricted to 2G only. Postpaid sim card holders shall be provided with access to internet. However, such access shall not be made available on prepaid sim cards unless verified as per the norms applicable for postpaid connections, the order said. Fixed line internet connectivity with mac-binding shall be available, it added. The order said the directions shall be effective immediately and remain in force up to April 15. Several political parties, including the National Conference, the CPI(M), the BJP and the Congress, have batted strongly for restoration of 4G mobile internet services in Jammu and ...
                 

Isro staff contribute Rs 5 cr to PM fund, scientists research on medical devices

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20 COVID-19 cases in Assam, NE tally rises to 24

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Lockdown: With personnel on roads and drones in sky, Noida Police checks group prayers

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No group prayers were held across Noida and Greater Noida on Friday amid the lockdown due to COVID-19, even as police deployed drones along with personnel on ground to check any violation of curbs, officials said. On Thursday, several Islamic clerics had appealed to the people to not gather at their local mosques for prayers and pray at their homes in view of CrPC Section 144 being imposed to prevent the coronavirus from spreading and practice social distancing. "According to the instructions of Commissioner of Police Alok Singh, drones were flown at several places in Dadri today and to check if people have gathered on the terrace of their houses, in the streets, or anywhere in the field? If there was any group namaaz or bhajan kirtan being done, but everything was found to be normal," Deputy Commissioner of Police Greater Noida Rajesh Singh said. He added that police personnel were on patrolling duty and appealed to the people to stay indoors, ensuring "complete success" of the .....
                 

COVID-19: Residents clash with Karachi police for enforcing Friday prayers restrictions

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Clashes broke out in Pakistan's Karachi after residents attacked baton-wielding police personnel deployed to enforce new curbs on gatherings including Friday prayers to contain the spread of coronavirus.Seven people including a prayer leader were arrested in Karachi on charges of violating lockdown measures and manhandling policemen. They were booked under terror charges along with other sections.According to Dawn, people attacked and pelted stones on personnel in the Liaquatabad area of Karachi and police personnel resorted to lathi-charge on lockdown violators and an officer even fired in the air to disperse the crowd.Authorities here have imposed stricter measures under the garb of law, including fines and imprisonment for people failing to comply with the government's directives, without any reasonable excuse, to control the coronavirus spread.The coronavirus cases in Pakistan have reached 2637 with 40 deaths so far due to the coronavirus in the country.Punjab on Friday became the..
                 

Covid-19: 107 foreigners under quarantine in Haryana

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Could TB vaccine protect medics from COVID-19?

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Could a common vaccine used for decades to protect against tuberculosis help shield health workers from COVID-19? While developing a specific immunisation against the coronavirus sweeping the planet will likely take many months, researchers are studying the potential benefits of the BCG shot, which many people around the world receive as children. Laboratories and pharmaceutical firms are racing to find medicines to tackle COVID-19, which has infected more than a million people, killed at least 50,000 and for which there is currently no known treatment, vaccine or cure. They are also looking at repurposing existing drugs. "We have known for decades that BCG has non-specific beneficial effects", in that it protects against diseases other than the one for which it was created, Camille Locht, of the French public health research institute Inserm, told AFP. Children vaccinated with BCG suffer less from other respiratory illnesses, it is used to treat certain bladder cancers and it could ...
                 

Lockdown: Deve Gowda appeals to PM Modi to look into issues of farmers, labourers

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Former prime minister H D Deve Gowda has appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to look into the plight of farmers, labourers and the middle class people as the impact of the 21-day nationwide lockdown has been the most on them. "In such times of crisis, we should see to it that there is no disruption in farming activities by ensuring proper marketing channels to agricultural produce, especially perishables. Only then we can sustain our long battle against this pandemic," Gowda tweeted. In another tweet, he said, "The savings of daily wage labourers and the middle class is deteriorating day by day. Some are not able to afford even essentials for their survival. I request Hon'ble PM to look into this situation with utmost urgency". The former prime minister also drew the attention of "overcrowding" at the isolation centres. "There is an immediate need to increase 'testing' for #COVID19. Increased testing will avoid overcrowding of Government isolation centers," he tweeted...
                 

Tablighi Jamaat event: 28 attendees test negative in C'garh

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Twenty eight people, who came to Chhattisgarh after attending a religious congregation at Nizamuddin in New Delhi, have tested negative for novel coronavirus, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said on Friday. Baghel said 107 people in all had arrived after attending the Tablighi Jamaat gathering, and all of them have been quarantined. "Of these, samples of 50 were sent for testing, of which 28 tested negative so far," Baghel said. At least 9,000 people participated at a congregation at the organisation's Nizamuddin Markaz last month after which many travelled to various parts of the country for missionary works. Asked about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's appeal to light lamps and diyas on April 5 to show the country's resolve to fight the virus outbreak, Baghel said this was not the time for such a move when people are gripped with fear due to the pandemic...
                 

Nagpur: 33 persons connected to Nizamuddin event test negative

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Rajasthan's Tonk city emerging another hotspot for coronavirus, reports 16 cases in 3 days

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Tonk city in Rajasthan is emerging another hotspot for the coronavirus spread in the state as 16 people have tested positive for the deadly disease in the past three days. With 46 fresh cases including 12 in Tonk and 9 Iran evacuees reported positive on Friday, the state's cumulative number of COVID-19 cases has gone up to 179. There were complaints from survey teams that people in some areas of Tonk are not cooperating and resisting screening. Officials have been asked to ensure that field teams face no difficulties while they perform their duties. The spread of the coronavirus in Tonk, which is a Muslim-dominated city, is mainly linked to four Tablighi Jamaat members who had tested positive on Wednesday, while 12 of their close contacts were tested positive on Friday. In the wake of the emerging situation, a team of the World Health Organisation (WHO) from Jaipur visited Tonk on Friday and held discussion with officials. "A two-member WHO team visited Tonk today and did their .....
                 

Virus: BMC sets up 5 dedicated hospitals, 6 isolation centres

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Russel Market to be shut till April 14

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The civic agency of Bengaluru on Friday decided to shut down the historic Russel Market till April 14 midnight as shopkeepers were not following the social distancing norms. A decision to this effect was taken after the Brutal Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike commissioner B H Anil Kumar received information inputs that the traders were not abiding by the social distancing norms. "BBMP has decided to close down the iconic Russell Market till April 14 midnight as #Social_Distancing measures were not being followed despite repeated warnings," Kumar tweeted. In his order, the BBMP joint commissioner of East zone said some of the shops had been allowed to operate to ensure uninterrupted supply of essential commodities. However, the requisite social distancing norms were flouted at the Russel Market due to which it was decided to shut it down, he said...
                 

Crime incidents reduced between March 15-30 this year compared to same period last year: Delhi Police

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The Delhi Police has said that incidents of crime have reduced from the period of March 15 to 30 this year when compared to the same period in the previous year.According to the data by Delhi Police, incidents of robbery that took place in 2019 were 109 while it was 53 this year.The incidents related to ransom for child was one in the last year, while no such incident took place this year.Incidents of extortion were 13 last year, however, this year, it was just three.Snatching incidents were 294 last year, but the figures came down to 181 this year. The cases of hurt were 78 in 2019 while it was 27 this year.Burglary incidents were 126 last year, but this year, it was 55.Motor vehicle theft incidents were 1,982 last year. This year, there were 1,243 incidents.Incidents of house theft were 121 last year, but this year, they were 66. Also, incidents of outraging the modesty of women were 144 in 2019. But the figures came down to 72 this year.The cases of kidnapping were 259 in 2019 and ...
                 

COVID-19: Health Ministry places order for 10 crore hydroxychloroquine tablets for healthcare workers

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New Delhi [India], April 3 (ANI): In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the Union Health Ministry has placed an order of about 10 crore hydroxychloroquine tablets with various pharmaceutical companies for healthcare workers.The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has suggested the use of hydroxychloroquine tablets only for healthcare workers and caregivers involved in the treatment and direct contact with the suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients.For those COVID-19 patients who require ICU care, the Health Ministry has suggested the use of hydroxychloroquine tablets in combination with Azithromycin."We have placed an order of approximately 10 crore tablets for the anti-malarial drug -- hydroxychloroquine tablets. Prior to this, we have purchased over 70 lakh tablets," said a health ministry official.However, the Health Ministry has clearly mentioned that these drugs are not recommended for children less than 12 years of age, pregnant and lactating women. It has published ....
                 

Lockdown losses have run into thousands of crores for West Bengal: Mamata

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West Bengal has already run into losses worth thousands of crores of rupees due to the ongoing lockdown, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Friday, but asserted that she took pride in the fact that her government still managed to credit the salaries of employees on time. She said the state government has disbursed an amount of Rs 35,10,200 towards social pension for a period of two months. "Do you have any idea how much we have lost in these few days of lockdown? Several thousand crores.... We have no earning, but only burning," Banerjee told reporters at the state secretariat. "Ours is the only government which has paid salaries on the first day of the month. What will they (employees) eat otherwise?" she said. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo said there are many states, which do not owe a heavy debt to the Centre like West Bengal, but have emptied their treasuries during the lockdown. "There are many states that do not need to repay a debt of Rs 50,000 crore like us, yet .....
                 

Chhattisgarh's first COVID-19 patient recovers, discharged

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Coronavirus fear: Centre defines grocery for states, eases rules for trucks

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SBI MF becomes largest fund house with average assets of Rs 3.74 trn

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Malaysia plant boosts Biocon prospects in US and other key markets

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Sample testing criteria for Covid-19 may be revised: Health Ministry

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Gabon bans eating of pangolin and bats amid pandemic

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Gabon's government on Friday banned the sale and eating of bats and pangolins, which are suspected of sparking the novel coronavirus in China where they are highly prized in traditional medicine. The novel coronavirus is believed to have come from bats, but researchers think it might have spread to humans via another mammal. Pangolins are critically endangered and have long been protected, but they are sold in the markets of the capital Libreville, as are bats, and their meat is popular. The central African nation is 88 per cent covered in forest and hunting and bush meat have long been a way of life. The water and forest ministry said the novel coronavirus was a "combination of two different viruses, one close to bats and the other closer to pangolins", and claimed to be quoting a scientific study published in Nature. Gabon has declared 21 COVID-19 infections, but none from animals, the ministry said. "A similar decision was taken by the authorities when our country was affected by ....
                 

Stocks fall on Wall Street, heading for another weekly loss

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Stocks are falling in afternoon trading Friday, putting Wall Street on track for its third losing week in the last four. The losses came after the government said U.S. employers cut 701,000 more jobs than they added last month, the first drop in nearly a decade. Many businesses have screeched to a halt amid attempts to slow the spread of the coronavirus outbreak, and economists say the dire data is only going to get worse. U.S. stock indexes held steady at first, then headed lower after the price of oil lost some of its momentum. That undercut a rally for energy stocks, which had been helping to keep the overall market's losses in check. Losses accelerated after New York's governor announced the biggest daily jump yet for deaths caused by the coronavirus in the country's hardest-hit state. The worry is, there's just too much uncertainty, said Mark Hackett, chief of investment research for Nationwide. The S&P 500 was down 2.5% as of 2:05 p.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial ...
                 

Nine new COVID-19 cases reported in Kerala

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Gujarat: Govt to provide 25,000 N95 masks to private doctors

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15 persons test positive for COVID-19 in Odisha, total cases rise to 20

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Fifteen persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Odisha on Friday, taking the total number of cases in the state to 20, officials said. While 10 new cases were reported from Bhubaneswar, two persons tested positive in Bhadrak district, and one each in Cuttack, Puri and Jajpur, they said. Among the new patients are seven persons who came in contact with the 60-year-old man from Suryanagar in the state capital infected with the deadly virus and undergoing treatment at the AIIMS, the officials said. His wife, daughter and five tenants have tested positive, the Health and Family Welfare Department said. Three persons from Bomikhal in Bhubaneswar also tested positive, prompting the police to seal the area. All entry and exit points of the area have been closed and the residents will be provided essential items by the Bhubaneswar Municpal Corporation, officials said. Police said a massive contact-tracing exercise has been launched in the wake of the new cases. The seven new patients from the..
                 

No new COVID-19 deaths in West Bengal in 24 hours: Official

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West Bengal did not report any COVID-19 fatality on Friday, even as four persons tested positive for the virus, taking the total number of cases in the state to 57, a senior official of the health department said. The state's ministry of health and family welfare, however, in a release in the evening said 63 people in the state were infected by novel coronavirus, including three deaths and three recovered patients. Earlier, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had said that till Friday, there were 38 active COVID-19 cases and the number of fatalities remained at three. There are four positive cases reported, taking the total number of active cases to 38... the good news is that today nine persons will be discharged from hospital... I am happy that all the patients in (Beliaghata) ID are getting better. I pray for their quick recovery, Banerjee said. She said 54,965 people returned to the state from abroad and 52,029 were placed under home quarantine, while 2,936 .....
                 

Covid-19 cases continue global advance, toll above 54,000

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Nadda calls Congress 'anti-national' in intra-party videoconference

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Cuba: US embargo blocks coronavirus aid shipment from Asia

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Cuban officials say a shipment of coronavirus aid from Asia's richest man, Jack Ma, has been blocked by the six-decade U.S. embargo on the island. Carlos M Pereira, Cuba's ambassador to China, said on his blog this week that Ma's foundation tried to send Cuba 100,000 facemasks and 10 COVID-19 diagnostic kits last month, along with other aid including ventilators and gloves. Cuba was one of 24 countries in the region meant to receive the donations announced on March. 21 by the Jack Ma Foundation, which is sending similar aid to countries around the world, including the United States. Cuban officials say the cargo carrier of Colombia-based Avianca Airlines declined to carry the aid to Cuba because its major shareholder is a US-based company subject to the trade embargo on Cuba. The embargo has exceptions for food and medical aid but companies are often afraid to carry out related financing or transportation due to the risk of fines or prosecution under the embargo. Human-rights groups ....
                 

30 new Covid-19 cases reported in Rajasthan, tally up to 166

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Lashkar module busted: 4 terrorists, 3 OGWs arrested

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Coronavirus may spread through normal breathing: US scientists

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The new coronavirus might spread through the air via normal breathing and speaking, a top US scientist said Friday as the government was poised to recommend the use of face masks for everyone. Anthony Fauci, head of infectious diseases at the National Institutes of Health, told Fox News the guidance on masks would be changed "because of some recent information that the virus can actually be spread even when people just speak, as opposed to coughing and sneezing." As it stands, the official advice is that only sick people need to cover their faces, as well as those caring for them at home. Fauci's comments come after the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) sent a letter to the White House on April 1 that summarized recent research on the subject. It said that though the research isn't yet conclusive, "the results of available studies are consistent with aerosolization of virus from normal breathing." Until now, US health agencies have said that the primary pathway of transmission is .....
                 

Food, grocery items to be sold & transported during lockdown: MHA

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102 new Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu; total 411

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Trump's son-in-law takes surprise top role in coronavirus fight

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He's got no medical experience, was never elected or saw military service, but as Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner has crucial access -- and now he's White House pointman for the coronavirus crisis. A youthful looking 39, Kushner is no stranger in Washington. Although he'd never served at any level of government before, his marriage to Trump's daughter Ivanka put him at the heart of power after the 2016 election. Now Kushner's surprise appearance at Trump's daily coronavirus briefing Thursday has confirmed his rise to the top tier on one of the greatest crises to hit the country in its history. Trump's vice president, Mike Pence, is meant to be coordinating the complex government response to an illness overwhelming the health system and economy. For days there had been whispers that Kushner, a real estate scion who casts himself as a dynamic thinker, was running a shadow team. On the briefing room podium, Kushner emerged from that shadow. While making sure to say he was there..
                 

4 people booked for not informing authorities about stay of foreigners in Udaipur hostel

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Left parties call for stepping up testing for coronavirus

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The Left parties on Friday said that India's testing rate for coronavirus is among the lowest in the world and called for large-scale testing for the global pandemic to contain its spread.A joint statement issued by leaders of five Left parties - The Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist)-Liberation, Revolutionary Socialist Party and the All India Forward Bloc - said the country has entered the second week of the 21-day lockdown to contain the community spread of COVID-19 pandemic."Many problems have surfaced in a sharp manner which need to be resolved urgently. Many of these were anticipated but unfortunately no remedial action was taken before the announcement of the lockdown," the parties said.They said crores of people have lost their sources of livelihood. "The exodus of migrant workers from urban centres has shown the degree of unsettling of people's livelihood that this sudden lockdown announcement caused," the..
                 

10 foreigners, who attended Nizamuddin congregation, tracked down in Bihar

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At least 10 foreign nationals, who were reported to have taken part in the Tablighi Jamaat congregation at Delhi's Nizamuddin last month, have been tracked down in Bihar and quarantined in two districts, the state police headquarters said on Friday. According to a top official, the Centre had given the state "the names of 57 foreign nationals suspected to have been holed up in Bihar after taking part in the Tablighi Jamaat congregation". "We have been able to identify 35 of them and 10 have been traced. Nine are quarantined in Araria district while one is in Samastipur. The remaining 25 are in other states. Efforts are on to identify the remaining 22," he told PTI. The official also said the Centre had shared the details of "86 others said to be hailing from Bihar". "Of them, 53 have been identified, but only one person is in Bihar and in quarantine in Ramnagar. The remaining 52 are outside the state," he said. In addition, seven others have been identified as residents of Katihar .....
                 

Number of COVID-19 cases in MP rises to 154

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With 47 persons including an IAS officer testing positive on Friday, the number of coronavirus patients in Madhya Pradesh rose to 154, the state health department said. Indore, an industrial hub, alone accounts for 112 of these cases. The IAS officer who tested positive was posted with the health department here. He had traveled outside the state recently after which he developed sysmptoms of COVID 19, a health official said adding that his condition is stable. Ten persons tested positive for coronavirus in Morena district. These ten persons had come in contact with a husband and wife who had earlier tested positive in the district, chief medical and health officer R C Bandil told PTI. The husband had returned from Dubai but hid his travel history from authorities, Bandil said. A 36-year-old man tested positive for infectionin Chhindwara, which was the first case in that district. He works with a government department in Indore and arrived in Chhindwara on March 19, .....
                 

Haryana govt bars private schools from collecting fees during lockdown

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WB govt announces austerity measures amid COVID-19 crisis

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The West Bengal government on Friday announced a slew of austerity measures to meet the unforeseen expenditure in view of the coronavirus pandemic. The state government, in a memorandum, said the ongoing 21-day lockdown has severely affected the economy of the country and West Bengal. No new schemes will be taken up and urgent public interest programmes will require prior approval of the finance department, the memorandum said. The government said that no purchase of vehicles, computers, IT related accessories, furniture, ACs and TVs will be undertaken. The memorandum also said there shall be no recruitment/engagement of manpower unless approved by the finance ministry, and all journeys by officials should be as per the entitled class. There will be no payment of house building advance in respect of all India officers like IAS, IPS and withdrawal from GPF will be allowed only in case of education, treatment and marriage, it said. The West Bengal government, however, made ...
                 

Elderly couple recover from COVID-19 in Kerala

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An elderly couple in Kerala, who were tested positive for COVID-19, were discharged from the hospital after recovering on Friday.Earlier, 93-year-old Thomas and 88-year-old Thresyamma were discharged from Medical College Kottayam.Meanwhile, nine more people have tested positive for coronavirus in Kerala today. Out of the nine new cases, three people are those who had attended Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi's Nizamuddin area, said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan."With nine new confirmed cases of coronavirus, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state has increased to 295," he added.Giving the break-up of the new cases, the Chief Minister said, "Nine people have tested positive for coronavirus in Kerala today -- seven in Kasaragod and one each in Kannur and Thrissur. Out of them, three people had attended Tablighi Jamaat event in Nizamuddin in Delhi."With 478 cases reported in the last 24 hours, the highest spike so far, India's tally of positive coronavirus cases on Friday rose to 2,547..
                 

Apparel exporters seek relief package, say millions could go jobless

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FPI investment limits rise in stocks after govt decision on sectoral caps

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HUL pips HDFC Bank to 3rd spot in market capitalisation; RIL remains on top

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Curfew-like 48-hour total shutdown in Bhubaneswar, Bhadrak and Cuttack

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UN predicts 'deep recession' in LatAm due to virus

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Latin America is heading into "a deep recession" in 2020, with an expected drop in the region's GDP of 1.8 to 4.0 per cent due to the coronavirus pandemic, the UN economic commission for the region said Friday. "We are at the beginning of a profound recession. We're faced with the largest fall in growth that the region has had," said Alicia Barcena, executive secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL). Latin America was already struggling economically, with feeble growth of just 0.1 per cent in 2019. As with other parts of the world, the region's main stock markets have suffered drastic losses as the virus crisis has escalated, and several currencies have plunged in value against the US dollar. A reduction in economic activity due to lockdowns imposed to combat the spread of the virus, a drop in the value of raw materials and the blow to tourism have all contributed to the bleak outlook. Barcena said the best-case projection takes into account..
                 

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Ban on high speed internet extended in J&K till April 15

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COVID-19: NHA teams up with Uber to provide transportation to frontline healthcare workers

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The National Health Authority (NHA), the apex body implementing the Ayushman Bharat health insurance scheme, on Friday announced its partnership with Uber India to provide safe, reliable and efficient transportation for India's frontline healthcare workers engaged in the treatment of COVID-19 patients. Uber will initially facilitate the provision of 150 cars for free to support medical facilities in New Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad, Kanpur, Lucknow, Prayagraj and Patna through its recently-launched UberMedic service, the NHA said in a statement. All UberMedic cars supplied to NHA will be equipped with roof-to-floor plastic sheeting enclosing the driver's seat, thereby acting as a protective barrier between the rider and the driver. "The pilot scheme meets the Prime Minister's goal of practising social distancing even within the confines of an UberMedic car," the NHA statement said. Additionally, each UberMedic car will be disinfected after every ride to ensure the highest possible safety ....
                 

Iraq suspends, fines Reuters news agency over virus report

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Iraq on Friday suspended the work of the Reuters news agency for three months, following a report by the agency the previous day that said the Iraqi government was under-reporting confirmed cases of the new coronavirus. The news agency was also fined 25 million Iraqi dinars, or about $20,800, according to a statement posted on the official Communication and Media Commission website. The suspension comes after Reuters on Thursday published a story citing multiple sources who said the government was vastly misreporting cases of coronavirus in the country, saying the true number of those infected was in the thousands. The Health Ministry said Friday there were 820 confirmed cases and 54 deaths in the country. The Reuters report said the true number ranged from 3,000 to 9,000. Reuters said it has not received any notification from Iraqi authorities regarding their license and were seeking clarification on the matter. We stand by our story on April 2 which was based on multiple, well .....
                 

Former Formula One Boss Bernie Ecclestone To Be Father Again At Age Of 89

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3 from UP among 8 new COVID-19 patients in Assam, cases rise to 24

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Three persons from Uttar Pradesh were among the eight who tested positive for COVID-19 in Assam on Friday, taking the total number of cases in the state to 24, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. All the patients, except one, are linked to a religious congregation in Tablighi Jammat Markaz in Delhi's Nizamuddin West last month, he said. Three persons tested positive in Nalbari and they were a part of an 11-member group that came from Shamli in Uttar Pradesh and were visiting different mosques in the district, Deputy Commissioner B B Dev Choudhury told PTI. They are undergoing treatment at the Nalbari Civil Hospital, he said. Another member of the group who had tested positive on April 1 is undergoing treatment at the Guwahati Medical College Hospital. The team arrived in the Mollapara area of Nalbari town on the night of March 21 after attending the congregation in Nizamuddin. The fourth person who tested positive during the day is from the South Salmara district, the health .....
                 

Three more test positive in Karnataka with Tablighi connect

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Govt reserves jobs in J&K for domiciles; amends Apr 1 order after angry reax

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The government amended its two-day-old order on Friday night and reserved all jobs in Jammu and Kashmir for the domiciles of the Union territory -- people who have stayed there for at least 15 years. On Wednesday, while laying down the rules for domiciles, the government had reserved jobs up to group 4 only. However, following angry reactions from local political parties, an amended gazette notification, titled the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Adaptation of State Laws) Order-2020, was put out, reserving jobs for the domiciles of the UT, which was formed in October last year after the Centre withdrew the special status of the erstwhile state and announced its bifurcation. "Any person who fulfils the following conditions shall be a domicile of the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir for the purposes of appointment to any post under the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir," the revised notification said. "....no person shall be eligible for appointment to any post unless he is a ....
                 

69 foreigners from Nizamuddin congregation remain untraced in WB: Dilip Ghosh

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West Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh on Friday claimed 69 foreigners, who came to the state after attending the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi's Nizamuddin, remain untraced. He urged the state government to find their whereabouts and place them under quarantine to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Of the 109 foreign nationals who came to West Bengal from the congregation, only 40 have been tracked down by the government and quarantined at a centre in Rajarhat, Ghosh said, addressing a press meet at his residence here. "We have information that 69 others still remain untraced, posing a serious threat... It can be assumed that many of them could be infected with the dreaded virus, but our Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee seems to have washed her hands off this," he alleged. He claimed that many of the 160 Indians, who returned to West Bengal from the congregation, are untraced as well. The BJP leader also accused Banerjee of trying to suppress the number of deaths due ....
                 

Govt reserves jobs in J&K for domiciles; amends April 1 order

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Member of Turkish band dies on 288th day of hunger strike

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A member of a popular folk music group that is banned in Turkey has died on the 288th day of a hunger strike protesting the government's treatment of the band, according to a post on the group's Twitter account. Grup Yorum said singer Helin Bolek died Friday at a home in Istanbul where she had been staging the hunger strike to force the government to reverse its treatment of the band and its members. She was 28. Grup Yorum, known for its protest songs, is a folk collective with rotating band members. It has been banned from performing since 2016 while some band members have been jailed. The government accuses Grup Yorum of links to the outlawed Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front, or DHKP/C. The militant group is designated a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union. Bolek and fellow band member, Ibrahim Gokcek, had embarked on a the hunger strike while in prison to press the government to lift the ban and free detained band members. They .....
                 

Rajasthan CM forms panels to give suggestions on withdrawal of lockdown

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Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday formed two task forces to give suggestions to the government on the withdrawal of the lockdown in a phased manner and restore the economy. A 12-member task force headed by ACS (Home) Rajeeva Swarup will give suggestions regarding the withdrawal of the lockdown imposed to combat coronavirus, an official statement said. ACS (Medical and Heath) Rohit Kumar Singh, ACS (Industry) Subodh Agrawal, DGP Bhupendra Singh and other officers and medical experts will also be the part of the force, it said. The recommendations of the committee will be forwarded to the government of India, the statement said. The second task force, headed by the chief minister's economic adviser, Arvind Mayaram, will draft a plan for reviving and boosting economic activities, it said...
                 

Coronavirus: Schools, colleges asked to advise students to follow Ayush ministry protocols

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The HRD Ministry directed schools and colleges on Friday to advise students to follow protocols developed by the Ayush Ministry to boost immunity and light diyas and candles on April 5 as advised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In a letter sent to CBSE, UGC, AICTE, NCERT and other bodies under the HRD Ministry, Secretary Amit Khare has listed suggestions to aid the fight against COVID-19. "As addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, students may light candle, diya or torch of their mobile for 9 minutes on April 5 at 9 pm to realise power of light and to highlight objective of which we are all fighting together. However, no one should assemble in colonies or road or anywhere outside their houses," Khare said. "Ministry of Ayush has developed a protocol for immunity boosting measures for self care for kids. Students may also download Arogya Setu app, which has been developed to fight against COVID-19. The app will be helpful for students, faculty members and family members too," he ....
                 

Lockdown: Medical testing labs, grocery stores allowed to function

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The Home Ministry made it clear on Friday night that medical testing laboratories and grocery stores, including e-commerce platforms with a mandate to sell essential commodities, were exempted from the purview of the ongoing 21-day lockdown. In a statement, the ministry said it had issued a series of guidelines giving exemptions to services, which were allowed to function normally during the lockdown. However, at the ground level, different interpretations are being made on the items given exceptions, which hinder a smooth flow of the supply chain of these essential items. Taking the case of "laboratories", the communication clarified that they were exempted from the lockdown restrictions. This includes the testing laboratories in the private sector for COVID-19 samples. These samples are collected through various collection centres and thereafter, transported to the aforesaid laboratories. It is reiterated that the opening up of temporary collection centres, movement of lab .....