Nizamuddin centre COVID-19 cases spark a controversy

Nizamuddin centre COVID-19 cases spark a controversy

The centre is run by the Tablighi Jamaat, a global Islamic organisation. A controversy erupted on Tuesday, a day after it emerged that a religious centre in Nizamuddin West in Delhi had hosted several thousand people earlier this month notwithstanding the novel coronavirus pandemic.Several prominent leaders expressed contrasting views about the situation around the centre…

Maharashtra govt announces pay cut

Maharashtra govt announces pay cut

As Maharashtra stares at a major economic crisis as a result of lockdown due to COVID-19, the State government has begun taking steps to cut down on the expenditure. In its first step, the government will be releasing salaries of March in two instalments.To defer salariesThe Maharashtra government on Tuesday announced to defer the salaries…

Covid-19 hotspots in country have increased due to ‘lack of people’s support’: Health ministry

Covid-19 hotspots in country have increased due to ‘lack of people’s support’: Health ministry

NEW DELHI: With over 1,200 Covid-19 cases reported in the country so far, the number of hotspots of the disease have increased, the Health Ministry said on Monday while underlining that it is implementing rigorous contact tracing and cluster containment strategies. Addressing the daily press conference to provide updates on the Covid-19 situation in the…

‘India still in local transmission stage’

‘India still in local transmission stage’

NEW DELHI: Covid-19 outbreak in India remains in ‘local transmission’ stage and any evidence of ‘community transmission’ will be shared with the public so that the level of alertness can be increased, the government said seeking to put at rest speculations about a wider spread of the virus. More on Covid-19Coronavirus pandemic: Complete Coverage21-day lockdown:…

Govt: Lockdown working, but need to be on our toes

Govt: Lockdown working, but need to be on our toes

NEW DELHI: India has witnessed a slower rate of progression in Covid-19 cases as compared to several other countries, even developed nations, indicating that the national lockdown and other measures are having a positive effect even though there is no scope for any laxity in enforcing social distancing, the government said on Monday. “Our analysis…

Indian refiners hit by lockdowns, oil price war, and a faltering global petro-order

Indian refiners hit by lockdowns, oil price war, and a faltering global petro-order

The steep fall in domestic energy demand driven by the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted India’s oil refining sector amid an oil price war and a severely stressed global petro-order.Reuters had earlier reported that Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), the refining heavyweight, and Mangalore Refineries and Petrochemicals Ltd. (MRPL), have served force majeure notices to their Middle…

Govt: Lockdown working, but need to be on our toes

Govt: Lockdown working, but need to be on our toes

NEW DELHI: India has witnessed a slower rate of progression in Covid-19 cases as compared to several other countries, even developed nations, indicating that the national lockdown and other measures are having a positive effect even though there is no scope for any laxity in enforcing social distancing, the government said on Monday. “Our analysis…

PM Modi puts all Indian envoys on Mission Covid

PM Modi puts all Indian envoys on Mission Covid

NEW DELHI: In a first of its kind event, Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked to almost all of India’s ambassadors serving in different parts of the world to appreciate a mammoth effort by Indian diplomats during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as to see how they could leverage bilateral relationships to source equipment, technology as…

Coronavirus -19 In Telangana

Coronavirus -19 In Telangana

Coronavirus: People from Malaysia, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Kyrgyzstan attended the event.New Delhi/Hyderabad: Six people who attended a congregation at a mosque in Delhi’s Nizamuddin have died in Telangana after testing positive for coronavirus. A cleric at the event had died in Srinagar last week.More than 2,000 delegates, including from Malaysia, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and…

Why Use a Colossal Tragedy to Enhance Personality: Historian Guha Calls PM-CARES ‘Self-Aggrandising’

Why Use a Colossal Tragedy to Enhance Personality: Historian Guha Calls PM-CARES ‘Self-Aggrandising’

Retweeting a thread of tweets of Advocate Manoj, Guha questioned the need for a new fund when a Prime Ministers National Relief Fund already exists. PTIUpdated:March 30, 2020, 11:10 PM IST File image of Historian Ramchandra Guha. Bengaluru: Terming the PM-CARES fund raising initiative as ‘self-aggrandising’, historian Ramachandra Guha has sought to know why a…

US reaches H-1B cap of 65,000 for 2021

US reaches H-1B cap of 65,000 for 2021

WASHINGTON: The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said it has reached the congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B cap for the fiscal year 2021 as it received enough requests from corporations and businesses. The USCIS, the federal agency which screens and allocates H-1B applications, said it reached the cap and “randomly selected among the registrations properly selected.”…

Coronavirus lockdown | As inter-State buses dwindle, migrants are stuck on Yamuna Expressway with nowhere to go

Coronavirus lockdown | As inter-State buses dwindle, migrants are stuck on Yamuna Expressway with nowhere to go

Hundreds of people remained suspended between hope and despair at Zero Point on the Yamuna Expressway on Sunday as desperate migrant workers — forced by a sudden and indefinite loss of employment due to the nationwide lockdown — tried to return home to villages in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Haryana.Zero Point is an unofficially-designated location…

The language of grief

The language of grief

COVID-19 has affected every sphere. At the Readers’ Editor Office, we had to stop readers from attending our editorial meetings and also cancel the Open House that we had planned to celebrate 50 years of this newspaper in Bengaluru. Apart from a perceptible decline in letters and calls, there is also pronounced anxiety everywhere. People…

Thousands At Delhi Bus Station Amid COVID-19 Risk, Wait For Ride Home

Thousands At Delhi Bus Station Amid COVID-19 Risk, Wait For Ride Home

Thousands of migrant workers are waiting at Delhi’s Anand Vihar Bus Terminal to be ferried homeNew Delhi: Amid the chaos, fear and uncertainty spreading across the country because of the COVID-19 outbreak, a distressing narrative emerged from Delhi on Saturday, when thousands of migrant workers, left without jobs, shelter or money after Prime Minister Narendra…

Coronavirus Outbreak: Centre, states take steps to stop exodus of migrant workers stranded due to lockdown

Coronavirus Outbreak: Centre, states take steps to stop exodus of migrant workers stranded due to lockdown

Unsure of finding work, food or shelter, hundreds of migrant workers across the country began their journey home on foot after Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a nationwide 21-day lockdown to halt the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Following heavy criticism for not having factored in this vulnerable section of the population, while announcing the…

India defiant as millions struggle under lockdown

India defiant as millions struggle under lockdown

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMillions of people in India are struggling for food during the country’s coronavirus lockdownThe Indian government has defended its handling of the coronavirus outbreak after a strict lockdown – introduced with little warning – left millions stranded and without food. The country’s response had been “pre-emptive, pro-active…

There was no leniency in screening for foreign travellers, ‘prosperous Indians’, says Centre

There was no leniency in screening for foreign travellers, ‘prosperous Indians’, says Centre

An advisory desk, ‘Novel Coronavirus Help Desk’, put up at an airport in Visakhapatnam. (Representational image)   Centre refutes allegations that it was lenient towards foreign-return travellers. India has been “proactive and preemptive, and graded” in its response to the COVID-19 crisis, the government said on Saturday.Amid criticism that the three-week lockdown announced on March…

Trump signs $2.2 trillion stimulus after swift congressional votes

Trump signs $2.2 trillion stimulus after swift congressional votes

President Donald Trump finishes signing the coronavirus stimulus relief package in the Oval Office at the Whit…Read MoreWASHINGTON: President Donald Trump signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law Friday, after swift and near-unanimous action by Congress to support businesses, rush resources to overburdened health care providers and help struggling families during the…

IMF chief: ‘Clear we have entered recession’

IMF chief: ‘Clear we have entered recession’

WASHINGTON: The coronavirus pandemic has driven the global economy into a downturn that will require massive funding to help developing nations, IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva said on Friday. “It is clear that we have entered a recession” that will be worse than in 2009 following the global financial crisis, she said in an online press…

Coronavirus: Exodus of migrant workers chokes Delhi-UP border

Coronavirus: Exodus of migrant workers chokes Delhi-UP border

A group of migrant workers walk to their villages amid the nationwide complete lockdown in wake of coronavirus…Read MoreNEW DELHI: Thousands of migrant workers and daily wage workers crossed over to Uttar Pradesh on Friday and many others waited to do so, desperate to return to their distant villages even if it meant walking the…

Coronavirus lockdown day three roundup in key points

Coronavirus lockdown day three roundup in key points

Delhi’s coronavirus death toll climbed to two on Friday after a Yemen national, admitted to a private hospital in the city, succumbed to Covid-19.The man tested positive for the infection at the lab of the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences on Thursday. His samples were further sent to All India Institute of Medical Sciences.…

Mamata Banerjee explains how to maintain social distance

Mamata Banerjee explains how to maintain social distance

27 Mar 2020, 03:04 PM ISTChief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited several markets in Kolkata amid the national lockdown and interacted with the people, as she picked up a brick and marked circles on the road, demonstrating how to maintain social distance while buying vegetables.Banerjee visited Posta Market, Janbazar and Taltala Bazar in central Kolkata, besides…

Coronavirus | Kollam sub-collector jumps quarantine

Coronavirus | Kollam sub-collector jumps quarantine

Kerala government suspends him for violation. Kollam sub-collector Anupam Mishra, a 2016-batch IAS officer, has been suspended by the Kerala government for violating the COVID-19 quarantine norms. Mr. Mishra had recently visited Singapore and was asked to remain in home isolation for 14 days on his return on March 19. Coronavirus | Interactive map of…

RBI’s guns boom: On lockdown relief

RBI’s guns boom: On lockdown relief

India’s financial system will need more support as the virus crisis evolves The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) finally rolled out its big guns on Friday to fight the effects of the coronavirus on the financial system. Businesses were clamouring for relief and Governor Shaktikanta Das’s measures address the crucial factor of sustaining system liquidity…

Covid-19: Cabinet secretary says ‘gap’ in actual monitoring, asks states to strengthen surveillance urgently

Covid-19: Cabinet secretary says ‘gap’ in actual monitoring, asks states to strengthen surveillance urgently

NEW DELHI: Cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba has asked states to urgently strengthen the surveillance of international travellers who entered the country before the lockdown as there appeared to be a “gap” between the actual monitoring for Covid-19 and the total arrivals. In a letter to chief secretaries of all States and Union Territories, Gauba said…

Services exempted from lockdown and ID proof

Services exempted from lockdown and ID proof

Amidst the lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, there are a few services (mentioned below) that have been exempted from lockdown to ensure that the citizens gets essential supplies for stay at their homes. *All government, civic body and panchayat services *Vehicles carrying milk, fruits, grocery *Edible items, food items, medicine, pest control, production…

Hydroxychloroquine now a schedule H1 drug

Hydroxychloroquine now a schedule H1 drug

File photo of Nivaquine, tablets containing chloroquine, a commonly used malaria drug that has shown signs of effectiveness against coronavirus.   | Photo Credit: AFP The drug has been deemed essential to meet emergency requirements due to COVID-19. Hydroxychloroquine is now a schedule H1 drug, and can be sold on prescription only.According to a gazette…

Satish Gujral passes away at 94

Satish Gujral passes away at 94

“His zest for life despite his handicap was incomparable,” says his nephew Acclaimed artist, architect, sculptor and writer Satish Gujral passed away on Thursday at the age of 94. Born in Jhelum in pre-partition Punjab, Gujral was the brother of the late Prime Minister I.K. Gujral and was awarded India’s second-highest civilian honour, the Padma…

8-Month-Old Grandchild Of Kashmir Coronavirus Victim Tests Positive

8-Month-Old Grandchild Of Kashmir Coronavirus Victim Tests Positive

This is the first coronavirus death in Kashmir.Srinagar: Two young siblings, grandchildren of a man contracted coronavirus after travelling to Saudi Arabia, have tested positive for the virus, an official said on Thursday.The two include an eight-month-old who could be the country’s youngest coronavirus victim. The other child is seven.”Two more positive cases in Srinagar.…

Suppliers of essential goods, including restaurants supplying home delivery of cooked food items exempted

Suppliers of essential goods, including restaurants supplying home delivery of cooked food items exempted

Constituents of supply- chain be allowed to operate as availability of essential goods takes place through small local retail shops, large organised retail stores and e-commerce companies, read the notification.Last Updated: Mar 26, 2020, 10.23 PM ISTThe centre and the state governments have been unequivocal in their appeal for smooth availability of all essential services.For…

Bhilwara’s Tale of Negligence: Infected Doctors, Latest COVID-19 Case Hint at Possible Community Spread

Bhilwara’s Tale of Negligence: Infected Doctors, Latest COVID-19 Case Hint at Possible Community Spread

Representative image. (Reuters) An investigation has revealed that a person from Bhilwara, which has turned into the coronavirus capital of Rajasthan and from where the state’s first Covid-19 death has been reported, was admitted to five different hospitals in an increasingly deteriorating condition before finally being tested positive for the virus on Wednesday. The patient,…

DGCA extends suspension of international flights until April 14

DGCA extends suspension of international flights until April 14

This restriction will not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA. Aviation regulator DGCA on March 26 said it has extended the suspension of scheduled international passenger services until April 14 midnight.International flights into India were earlier barred till March 31 to contain the spread of COVID-19.Track this blog for latest updates…

Govt proposes to relax EPF withdrawal rules

Govt proposes to relax EPF withdrawal rules

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her press briefing today made two major announcements with regards to members of the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO). As per the announcements, made in an attempt to tackle the pandemic situation, the government will relax the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) withdrawal rules to enable easier access to the money…

Coronavirus | 70-year-old man dies in Bhavnagar

Coronavirus | 70-year-old man dies in Bhavnagar

Mahesh Langa AHMEDABAD:, March 26, 2020 12:10 IST Updated: March 26, 2020 12:23 IST An Ahmedabad Fire and Emergency Service worker spraying disinfectant on major cross roads in Ahmedabad on March 24.   | Photo Credit: Vijay Soneji Mahesh Langa AHMEDABAD:, March 26, 2020 12:10 IST Updated: March 26, 2020 12:23 IST Gujarat records third…

Coronavirus | Why 21-day lockdown period?

Coronavirus | Why 21-day lockdown period?

Is there any public health/epidemiological significance to the 21-day lockdown period announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi?It seems that rich scientific data has fed this decision to announce a 21-day lockdown period. In fact, 21-day quarantines have been discussed elaborately in the context of Ebola and the calculations are based on the estimated incubation period…

TOI clears doubts of its readers on the lockdown

TOI clears doubts of its readers on the lockdown

TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: Mar 26, 2020, 10:56 ISTPolice stop vehicles during lockdown in Delhi NEW DELHI: Lockdown doubts? Write to us. We begin today by clearing doubts of our readers. With various queries and rumours circulating regarding the coronavirus lockdown, to make your life easy, TOI invites its readers to send their queries at lockdownfaqs@timesgroup.com.…

Coronavirus latest updates: Total cases in India stood at 656; At least 60 daily cases in past five days

Coronavirus latest updates: Total cases in India stood at 656; At least 60 daily cases in past five days

A municipal worker sprays disinfectants. (Credits: AP)NEW DELHI: Indian authorities are hopeful that the 21-lockdown measure will halt the spread of coronavirus contagion saving the country from a drastic community transmission. The unprecedented impact of the outbreak has overwhelmed authorities around the globe with India and the world continuing efforts to contain the pandemic. Here…

Coronavirus: On day of disruptions, Centre, state govts seek to ensure stable supplies

Coronavirus: On day of disruptions, Centre, state govts seek to ensure stable supplies

NEW DELHI: As India went into a 21-day lockdown from Wednesday, the Centre, states and local administrations scrambled to resolve disruptions in essential services, especially delivery of food, groceries and medicines, with reports streaming in from different parts of the country of police obstructing, and even beating up, distribution executives – prompting e-grocers BigBasket and…

PM warns of tough action against those misbehaving with frontline staff, asks people to cooperate with administration

PM warns of tough action against those misbehaving with frontline staff, asks people to cooperate with administration

PM Modi interacts with citizens of Varanasi via video conferencing. (Credits: ANI)NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday warned of tough action against those misbehaving with people on the frontline of the fight against coronavirus like doctors and airline crew, and sought the cooperation of citizens with the administration to deal with the crisis.…

Coronavirus lockdown: MHA issues fresh guidelines on exemptions

Coronavirus lockdown: MHA issues fresh guidelines on exemptions

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 25, 2020 9:30:21 pm A nation-wide lockdown was enforced from Tuesday midnight to contain the spread of novel coronavirus. (Express photo: Prem Nath Pandey)The Ministry of Home Affairs Wednesday issued several additional guidelines for essential service providers after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day…

Delhi Police Detain Over 5,000 People For Violating Coronavirus Lockdown

Delhi Police Detain Over 5,000 People For Violating Coronavirus Lockdown

Coronavirus: Total 5,103 people have been detained for violating lockdown orders. (Representational)New Delhi: More than 180 cases were registered and 5,103 people detained on Wednesday for violating government orders during the coronavirus lockdown, police said.According to the data shared by Delhi police, 183 cases were registered till 5 pm under Indian Penal Code section which…

Pak-backed Haqqani-LeT behind Kabul gurdwara attack, thinks Indian security establishment

Pak-backed Haqqani-LeT behind Kabul gurdwara attack, thinks Indian security establishment

Afghan security personnel inspect inside a gurudwara complex after an attack in Kabul, (Reuters)NEW DELHI: While the ISIS-Khorasan claimed responsibility for the devastating terror attack on a gurdwara in Kabul on Wednesday, India’s security establishment believes the actual perpetrators of the attack are the Haqqani group in cahoots with the ISI of Pakistan. The attack,…

Coronavirus | Ensure tight surveillance, States told

Coronavirus | Ensure tight surveillance, States told

Police personnel punish offenders flouting lockdown guidelines, imposed in wake of coronavirus pandemic, at Chakeri area of Kanpur, on March 24, 2020.   | Photo Credit: PTI Enforcing stringent curbs, cases were booked against several people for violating prohibitory orders. The Centre warned of an “increasing trend” in COVID-19 cases — 519 active ones by…

Centre waives ATM withdrawal charges for three months

Centre waives ATM withdrawal charges for three months

NEW DELHI: Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday waived minimum balance charges for savings bank accounts to help citizens deal with the lockdown due to the coronavirus crisis. Also, debit card holders can now withdraw cash from ATMs of all banks free of charge for the next three months, she stated. Sitharaman further extended…

Coronavirus | Congress president Sonia Gandhi bats for construction industry workers in letter to PM Modi

Coronavirus | Congress president Sonia Gandhi bats for construction industry workers in letter to PM Modi

Congress president Sonia Gandhi has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to roll out emergency welfare measures for construction industry workers because of the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, the party said on Tuesday.In her letter, dated March 23, Ms. Gandhi pointed out to the Prime Minister that the construction industry employed over 44 million people, and the…

Most commonly asked questions about Coronavirus and lockdown

Most commonly asked questions about Coronavirus and lockdown

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Many mock govt lockdown, go roaming on roads

Many mock govt lockdown, go roaming on roads

NEW DELHI: A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for a nationwide self-imposed ‘janata curfew’ to break the Coronavirus’s contamination chain received widespread participation, people in several parts of the country were seen mocking the state-imposed lockdown and roaming around in public “without any purpose”. At Mumbai’s Panvel police station, an FIR was registered…

Coronavirus | Lockdown hits NREGA workers hard

Coronavirus | Lockdown hits NREGA workers hard

The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme has been officially shut down in at least seven States, while it is effectively closed in many more, as COVID-19 lockdowns come into effect across the country.Workers’ collectives are demanding relief in the form of wages during the shutdown, payment of pending dues, and extension…