PM Modi’s popularity soars amid India’s Covid fight

PM Modi’s popularity soars amid India’s Covid fight

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s response to the country’s surging coronavirus epidemic may help him walk away unscathed from a host of political and economic problems that hounded his government just months ago. His approval rating on April 21 was 83%, up from 76% on January 7, according to Morning Consult, a US-based survey…

Rishi Kapoor, Bollywood Leading Man From a Film Dynasty, Dies at 67

Rishi Kapoor, Bollywood Leading Man From a Film Dynasty, Dies at 67

He was one of India’s best-known actors for decades, and was hailed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “multifaceted, endearing and lively.”Rishi Kapoor in Mumbai in 2018.Credit…Divyakant Solanki/EPA, via ShutterstockApril 30, 2020, 4:41 a.m. ETRishi Kapoor, a widely popular film actor from one of Bollywood’s most celebrated families, died on Thursday in Mumbai. He was…

Mint Covid Tracker: India’s corona trajectory slowing, with cases doubling in eleven days

Mint Covid Tracker: India’s corona trajectory slowing, with cases doubling in eleven days

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Germany classifies Hezbollah as terrorist organisation, conducts raids

Germany classifies Hezbollah as terrorist organisation, conducts raids

Lebanon’s Hezbollah deputy leader Sheikh Naim Kassem speaks during an interview with Reuters in Beirut’s suburbs, Lebanon November 22, 2019.   | Photo Credit: Reuters “Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has banned the Shia terrorist organisation Hezbollah in Germany,” tweeted a ministry spokesman. Germany has banned Iran-backed Hezbollah activity on its soil and designated it a…

DCGI nod for Glenmark Pharma clinical trials on Favipiravir antiviral tablets for COVID-19 patients

DCGI nod for Glenmark Pharma clinical trials on Favipiravir antiviral tablets for COVID-19 patients

Favipiravir has demonstrated activity against influenza viruses.   | Photo Credit: The Hindu 150 subjects with mild to moderate COVID-19 will be randomised in the study in a 1:1 ratio to Favipiravir with standard supportive care or standalone standard supportive care. Glenmark Pharmaceuticals has received approval from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) to…

Gulf evacuations — the devil is in the detail

Gulf evacuations — the devil is in the detail

India’s post-COVID-19 plans that could include largescale evacuations from the Gulf may turn out to be a Herculean task, which will test New Delhi’s capacity to mobilise sufficient number of ships and planes and other essentials, including food, water and medicines, to bring citizens home.Read the editorial on On stranded Indian workersLogistics apart, the evacuation…

Technical loan write-off route should not be applied for fugitives, says P. Chidambaram

Technical loan write-off route should not be applied for fugitives, says P. Chidambaram

Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Wednesday asked the government why it had taken the technical loan write-off route for fugitives like Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Vijay Mallya.His remarks came after Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that wilful defaulters were beneficiaries of ‘phone banking’ under the UPA regime and the Modi government is chasing…

Alcohol fight shows states battling PM Modi for virus billions

Alcohol fight shows states battling PM Modi for virus billions

Modi banned alcohol sales during the country’s national lockdown to contain the virus (File photo)NEW DELHI: In the tug-of-war between India’s states and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s central government for cash to fight the coronavirus outbreak, liquor has become the latest battleground. A well-known teetotaler, Modi banned alcohol sales during the country’s national lockdown to…

Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan dies at 53

Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan dies at 53

Acclaimed Indian actor Irrfan Khan, whose international movie career included hits such as Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi and The Amazing Spider-Man, has died aged 53, his publicist said. Khan, who was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumour in 2018, died on Wednesday after he was admitted in a Mumbai hospital for colon infection. He was 53. “Irrfan…

‘Sensationalising Facts’: Late at Night, Sitharaman Issues 13-Tweet Rebuttal to Rahul Gandhi’s ‘RBI List’ A…

‘Sensationalising Facts’: Late at Night, Sitharaman Issues 13-Tweet Rebuttal to Rahul Gandhi’s ‘RBI List’ A…

New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi’s attack on Centre over RBI’s list of 50 bank defaulters seems to have enraged Union finance ministry Nirmala Sitharaman, who in a series of late night tweets slammed the Congress leader for “misleading people in a brazen manner by sensationalising facts”. She even advised Gandhi to take consultation from former Prime…

With governor non-committal on council seat for Uddhav Thackeray, his fate as CM hangs in balance

With governor non-committal on council seat for Uddhav Thackeray, his fate as CM hangs in balance

MUMBAI: Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray’s fate appears to hang in the balance as governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari was apparently noncommittal on his nomination as member of the legislative council during an interaction with state ministers. A delegation of cabinet members comprising NCP’s Ajit Pawar and Jayant Patil, Shiv Sena’s Eknath Shinde and Anil Parab, and…

Covid-19: Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad among 15 ‘high case load’ places, says Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant

Covid-19: Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad among 15 ‘high case load’ places, says Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant

NEW DELHI: Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant has identified 15 places including Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad as “high case load” and said India’s success in battling Covid-19 is dependent on them. Out of these 15, seven districts show particularly high case volumes, like Hyderabad (Telangana), Pune (Maharashtra), Jaipur (Rajasthan), Indore (Madhya Pradesh), Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Mumbai…

Extreme options like walling off border roads must go. They damage the idea of citizenship and do more harm th

Extreme options like walling off border roads must go. They damage the idea of citizenship and do more harm th

Reports of state officials erecting walls at borders tie in with reservations expressed by many chief ministers over allowing inter-state movement even after the nationwide lockdown is lifted. Such actions stem from mentalities that the Covid-19 infection is largely imported even when questions abound over officials doing enough to curb local community transmissions. Choking borders…

SC asks Centre to consider adopting ‘one nation, one ration card’ scheme during lockdown

SC asks Centre to consider adopting ‘one nation, one ration card’ scheme during lockdown

PTI | Updated: Apr 28, 2020, 14:40 ISTNEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has asked the Centre to consider the feasibility of ‘temporarily’ adopting the ‘one nation, one ration card’ scheme during the ongoing coronavirus lockdown period to enable the migrant workers and economically weaker sections (EWS) get subsidised foodgrain. The central government scheme is scheduled…

US coronavirus deaths could reach 70,000: Trump

US coronavirus deaths could reach 70,000: Trump

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump is projecting that coronavirus deaths in the United States could reach 70,000, but says original projections were much higher as he explained why voters should consider re-electing him in November. Trump has at times this month cited 60,000 as the estimate of how many people would die from Covid-19. Trump was…

India cancels order for ‘faulty’ China test kits

India cancels order for ‘faulty’ China test kits

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rapid tests are supposed to detect antibodies in the blood of people who have had Covid-19 India has cancelled orders for around half a million rapid testing kits from China after they were found “faulty” in field conditions.Delhi has also withdrawn the kits that were already in use in…

COVID-19 patient commits suicide at Bengaluru hospital

COVID-19 patient commits suicide at Bengaluru hospital

Written by Darshan Devaiah BP | Bengaluru | Updated: April 27, 2020 4:21:06 pm The deceased was admitted to the hospital on April 24 with a severe acute respiratory infection (SARI). (Representational)A patient who was undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at Victoria Hospital in Bengaluru allegedly committed suicide on Monday morning. VV Puram police said that…

The Ides of May will decide Mumbai’s fate

The Ides of May will decide Mumbai’s fate

BMC launches 3-pronged strategy as central team projects 75,000 cases by May 15 Mid-May will be a turning point in Mumbai’s history. With the central government assessment team projecting 75,000 Covid-19 cases in the city by then, the BMC has rolled out a three pronged aggressive strategy. The plan—befittingly called the Ides of May—entails intense…

Virtual, yet open: on nationwide lockdown

Virtual, yet open: on nationwide lockdown

The situation forced by the lockdown must be used to improve judicial processes Amidst the national lockdown, the Supreme Court and several other courts have been holding virtual proceedings. A question of concern to the Bar is whether virtual courts have become the “new normal” and whether it means a move away from the idea…

Breach in data of COVID-19 patients in Kannur, Kasaragod

Breach in data of COVID-19 patients in Kannur, Kasaragod

The wards arranged for COVID-19 affected patients at the Kasaragod Medical College Hospital.   They receive calls seeking various information Reports of breaches in the data of COVID-19 patients have emerged from Kasaragod and Kannur districts. Following reports that the patients had received calls from unknown numbers seeking various details, Kasaragod District Medical Officer (DMO)…

Where is Kim Jong-un?

Where is Kim Jong-un?

The Internet is abundant with speculations about the health of Kim Jong-un. What triggered the rumours was his absence from the Day of the Sun celebrations on April 15 marking the birth anniversary of Kim Il-sung, his grandfather and the founder of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK that is popularly called North Korea).…

Police arrest Jamia Alumni Association president Shifa-Ur-Rahman for northeast Delhi violence

Police arrest Jamia Alumni Association president Shifa-Ur-Rahman for northeast Delhi violence

File photo of flag march at the violence-hit northeast Delhi(TOI)NEW DELHI: The Delhi Police Special Cell has arrested Shifa-Ur-Rahman, president of Jamia Alumni Association for charges of conspiracy during the Delhi violence. Police sources say that Shifa-ur-Rahman was called for questioning on Sunday during which cops found a number of incriminating evidences following which he…

Coronavirus Outbreak LIVE Updates: Amit Shah joins CMs call with PM, tells states to take ‘strict action’ against lockdown violators

Auto Refresh Feeds Coronavirus Outbreak LATEST Updates: Home Minister Amit Shah, attending the video conferencing meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief ministers, told all the states to be vigilant in enforcing the lockdown and to punish violators. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday tweeted that the state government will make all possible…

Mint Covid Tracker: Despite slowing trajectory, India’s case count could reach 50,000 in eight days

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Why Jahangirpuri is Delhi’s biggest Covid-19 hotspot

NEW DELHI: With one confirmed death and more than 100 cases of Covid-positive residents, Jahangirpuri has emerged as one of the biggest hotspots in the capital. Six out of seven containment zones located in the north district are within this region and the affected parts are in B, C, H, K, G and F blocks.…

​In big rejig, govt appoints secys to a dozen key depts

NEW DELHI: In a major top-deck reshuffle, the government on Sunday appointed nearly two dozen new secretaries, including those for economic affairs, petroleum, environment and school education, while giving a three-month extension to health secretary Preeti Sudan in the wake of Covid-19. Among the prominent appointments, Tarun Bajaj, currently additional secretary in the PMO, has…

Safe return: On migrant worker distress

A month after one of the most stringent global lockdowns was imposed in India to tackle the pandemic, the travails of the migrant worker have shown no signs of ending. The government told the Supreme Court in late March that arrangements had been made to provide temporary shelters with food for migrant workers and as…

Coronavirus | Help all without discrimination, work towards becoming a self-reliant country, says Mohan Bhagwat

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat addresses workers online from Nagpur on April 26, 2020. Photo: Twitter   Even if someone did something wrong, do not consider everyone guilty. Some people want to misuse it, the RSS chief said, in an apparent reference to incidents involving Tablighi Jamaat members. Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on…

Pandemic and panic: On Tamil Nadu’s five-city lockdown

The Tamil Nadu government’s order intensifying the lockdown in Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Tiruppur and Salem from April 26 briefly convulsed these cities with panic, threatening to undo the gains achieved from avoiding crowding, maintaining physical distancing and preparing the public for a calibrated exit from restrictions. If the idea was to halt the rising rate…

Lockdown has made me more dedicated and taught me that we can survive without eating outside, Hima Das tells Suresh Raina

NEW DELHI: From crying after meeting idol Sachin Tendulkar to learning how to be more dedicated during the coronavirus lockdown, India’s star sprinter Hima Das opened up about her life in a candid chat with Indian cricketer Suresh Raina on Sunday. The two Indian sports stars had a Live Instagram session on Sunday afternoon. When…

Help all without discrimination, work towards becoming self-reliant country: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Covid crisis

NAGPUR: As the country faces the coronavirus pandemic, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday cautioned against forces inimical to India’s interests taking advantage of the situation, exhorted all to help those affected without any discrimination and stressed on developing a self-reliant economy. “We have to be patient and calm. There should be no fear or…

Affordable test methods to drones: Institutions take innovation route to aid Covid-19 fight

NEW DELHI: From affordable Covid-19 testing methods to robots delivering food and medicines in isolation wards, drones for sanitising large areas to UV-fitted containers for sanitising grocery items, various institutions in the country are following the innovation mantra to aid the fight against coronavirus. While over 20 technical and scientific institutions are working on developing…

Chennai rains: Overnight showers lash many parts of the city, may continue for 2 days

The rain-washed 100-feet road near Thirumangalam wears a deserted look due to the four-day lockdown in Chennai.   | Photo Credit: K. Pichumani Besides convective activity, a trough/wind discontinuity running to south Tamil Nadu across East Madhya Pradesh and interior Karnataka brought moderate to heavy rains in many places, says S. Balachandran, Deputy Director General…

India reports 1,990 new Covid-19 cases, 49 deaths in 24 hours

Home / India News / India reports 1,990 new Covid-19 cases, 49 deaths in 24 hours India reported 1,990 new cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), 561 more than Saturday, and 49 deaths in the past 24 hours, the Union health ministry said on Sunday morning.The ministry’s Covid-19 dashboard showed 19,868 people have been infected…

Plasma therapy trials for corona patients begin in Karnataka

The Karnataka government on Saturday commenced convalescent plasma therapy clinical trials for ‘severe’ coronavirus patients in the state.In a tweet, Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar said, “Happy to announce the commencement of Clinical Trials for Plasma Therapy that holds great promise to treat severely infected #Covid19 patients.Health Min @sriramulubjp & I initiated this significant step…

Let China invest. It gets us foreign policy leverage

I have castigated the government for curbing Chinese investments in India. Critics accuse me of endangering national security by espousing unhindered entry of a superpower that is not-so-friendly, if not an outright foe. Chinese companies are not normal foreign investors because the Chinese government has large stakes in or total control of its corporations, so…

10th Covid death in Bhopal, all gas victims

BHOPAL: The coronavirus pandemic is turning out to be hellish for survivors of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, the world’s worst industrial accident. Ten of them have been killed by the virus now, sparking panic in the community that is bound by tragedy rather than caste or religion. All of Bhopal’s 10 dead Covid-19 patients…

WHO warns over virus immunity as global death toll nears 200,000

Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.(File photo. Reuters)GENEVA: The World Health Organization warned on Saturday recovering from coronavirus may not protect people from reinfection as the death toll from the pandemic approached 200,000 around the globe. Governments across the world are struggling to limit the economic devastation unleashed by the…

‘IMCT= India’s Most Callous Team’: TMC says central team spreading political virus in Bengal

KOLKATA: The ruling Trinamool Congress on Saturday described the two inter-ministerial central teams (IMCT) visiting West Bengal to assess the COVID-19 situation as “India’s Most Callous Team”, which, it said, has sought to spread the political virus “shamelessly”. The central teams have been visiting hospitals and quarantine centres and meeting officials in Kolkata and Siliguri.…

Encounter between security forces and militants underway in Pulwama

Image for representation purpose only.   | Photo Credit: Nissar Ahmad Security forces launched a cordon-and-search operation in the Goripora area of Awantipora Two militants and a “hardcore” militant associate were killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, police said.Also read: Pakistan pushing coronavirus-infected militants into…

Coronavirus Latest Updates: Bihar sees big surge in patients; total COVID-19 cases in India jumps to 24,506

Check Coronavirus India Updates LIVE State Wise, Coronavirus Latest News. Image ReutersCoronavirus India Latest Updates LIVE (State-Wise): Total COVID-19 cases in India has gone up to 24,506. This includes 18,668 active coronavirus cases while 5062 patients have been cured/discharged. As many as 775 people have died due to coronavirus in India, while one patient has been…

COVID-19 cases in India cross 23,000

Over 4,700 people have recovered from the disease, and 718 people have died, according to government data.As India attempts to flatten the curve of the novel coronavirus and is currently under lockdown, some states are continuing to see a steady rise in cases. India is under lockdown till May 3 to help stop the spread…

No 100% quota: On overzealous reservation

No 100% quota: On overzealous reservation

Supreme Court ruling stresses that overzealous reservation tends to affect rights of other communities The Supreme Court is right in considering cent per cent reservation as anathema to the constitutional scheme of equality even if it is for the laudable objective of providing representation to historically deprived sections. The verdict quashing the reservation of 100%…

Joining of giants: On Facebook-Jio deal

Joining of giants: On Facebook-Jio deal

The coming together of Facebook and Jio is exciting, but there is a risk of a monopoly Facebook’s decision to invest ₹43,574 crore for a 9.9% stake in Reliance Industries Ltd.’s Jio Platforms marks a rare coming together of two giants who have a reputation for market domination. The focus of their combined might is…

Coronavirus | India records largest single-day spike as government defends ‘very timely’ lockdown

Coronavirus | India records largest single-day spike as government defends ‘very timely’ lockdown

Over 9 lakh persons are under active COVID-19 surveillance in India, the Union Health Ministry said on Friday, as the total number of cases reached 23,452. The death toll stood at 723.The country registered another biggest single-day spike with over 1,752 positive COVID cases since Thursday. India currently has 17,915 active cases, while 4,813 people…

Rashes on feet could be sign of Covid-19

Rashes on feet could be sign of Covid-19

CHENNAI: As India is grappling with asymptomatic cases, doctors are adding one more warning sign of Covid-19 – rashes on feet. Quoting results from an Italian study that said one in five patients had a skin issue — most commonly a red rash or a hives-like eruption — infectious diseases experts are now asking dermatologists…

Sunlight, heat and humidity weakens coronavirus: US official

Sunlight, heat and humidity weakens coronavirus: US official

The coronavirus appears to weaken more quickly when exposed to sunlight, heat and humidity, a U.S. official said on Thursday in a potential sign that the pandemic could become less contagious in summer months.U.S. government researchers have determined that the virus survives best indoors and in dry conditions, and loses potency when temperatures and humidity…

Stigma attached to Covid can cause more deaths: AIIMS head

Stigma attached to Covid can cause more deaths: AIIMS head

NEW DELHI: Stigmatising of Covid-19 patients and their families is resulting in cases turning up late at hospitals, with heightened breathlessness, and this could mean increased morbidity and mortality, Dr Randeep Guleria, director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), said on Thursday. According to Dr Guleria, the disease can be treated successfully…

Fresh war of words erupts between Mamata and West Bengal governor Dhankhar

Fresh war of words erupts between Mamata and West Bengal governor Dhankhar

KOLKATA: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday accused governor Jagdeep Dhankhar of repeatedly interfering in the functioning of the state administration, and asked him to judge who has “crossed the limit of constitutional dharma and decency” between the two constitutional functionaries. Banerjees letter comes in the backdrop of Dhankhar repeatedly voicing concern over…

Tablighi row: Entire Muslim community cannot be held responsible for one group’s ‘crime’, says Naqvi

Tablighi row: Entire Muslim community cannot be held responsible for one group’s ‘crime’, says Naqvi

The entire Muslim community cannot be held responsible for one group’s “crime”, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Thursday while reacting to instances of Muslims being blamed for the spurt in COVID-19 cases after Tablighi Jamaat congregation here, and asserted that most of the minority community members have condemned the group’s action.Also read:…

BJP spreading ‘communal prejudice and hatred’ even during COVID-19 pandemic, says Sonia Gandhi

BJP spreading ‘communal prejudice and hatred’ even during COVID-19 pandemic, says Sonia Gandhi

Congress president Sonia Gandhi, in her opening remarks during her address to a Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting held through videoconferencing on Thursday, accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of spreading “communal prejudice and hatred” even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.Also read: Arnab Goswami alleges ‘attack’ by two menShe also charged the…

Script of unity: On coronavirus and social prejudices

Script of unity: On coronavirus and social prejudices

Prime Minister  Narendra Modi’s reminder that COVID-19 does not recognise “race, religion, colour, caste, creed, language or border” before striking, was axiomatic but essential. The pandemic has fanned the flames of communalism instead of dousing them, as it has compounded economic woes. The Prime Minister has recognised the calamitous rage of the virus when he…

Coronavirus Outbreak LIVE Updates: India confirms 20,471 COVID-19 cases with 652 deaths; WHO says ‘long way to go’ to tackle pandemic

Coronavirus Outbreak LIVE Updates: India confirms 20,471 COVID-19 cases with 652 deaths; WHO says ‘long way to go’ to tackle pandemic

Auto Refresh Feeds Coronavirus Outbreak LATEST Updates: The total number of novel coronavirus cases in India surged past 20,000 on Wednesday. At least 1,486 fresh cases emerged in the last 24 hours, taking the COVID-19 count in the country to 20,471, according to the latest Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data. With 49 deaths…

Up to 7 years’ jail for attack on health workers: Ordinance

Up to 7 years’ jail for attack on health workers: Ordinance

NEW DELHI: Amid several reports of attacks on healthcare personnel engaged in treating and tracking Covid-19 cases across the country, the cabinet on Wednesday approved an ordinance making acts of violence against doctors and frontline personnel a cognisable and non-bailable offence punishable with prison terms of up to seven years. I&B minister Prakash Javadekar said…

Coronavirus | Centre continues Bengal study

Coronavirus | Centre continues Bengal study

The Central team visiting West Bengal has demanded that the State government provide information on nine aspects, which include testing criteria and instances of COVID-19 among health care workers.Additional Secretary Apurva Chandra, who was rushed to Kolkata on April 20 to take stock of the State’s preparedness in the wake of the pandemic, shot off…

No 100% quota for tribal teachers: Supreme Court

No 100% quota for tribal teachers: Supreme Court

A 152-page judgment by a Bench led by Justice Arun Mishra said it was an “obnoxious idea” to have only tribals teach tribals. A five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court held it unconstitutional to provide 100% reservation for tribal teachers in schools located in Scheduled Areas across the country.A 152-page judgment by a Bench…

Coronavirus | ₹15,000-crore package for emergency, healthcare system approved

Coronavirus | ₹15,000-crore package for emergency, healthcare system approved

Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar. File   | Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy Key objectives include mounting emergency response to slow and limit COVID-19, says govt. The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a ₹15,000-crore investment package for the COVID-19 emergency response and health system preparedness, the government said in a statement.Post facto approval was given…

Govt brings ordinance to make violence against medical staff cognizable, non-bailable offence

The ordinance will protect the whole healthcare fraternity, including doctors, nurses and ASHA workers.   | Photo Credit: Kunal Patil Union Cabinet approves promulgation of ordinance The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the promulgation of an ordinance to amend the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, making acts of violence against medical staff a cognizable and non-bailable…

Coronavirus roundup: Developments in India and rest of world

Coronavirus roundup: Developments in India and rest of world

TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: Apr 22, 2020, 20:48 ISTNEW DELHI: Against the backdrop of attacks on healthcare personnel fighting coronavirus, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved an ordinance making acts of violence against them as cognizable and non-bailable offences, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said. Meanwhile, the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India stands at…

Covid-19: Up to Rs 5 lakh fine, 7 years in jail for attack on health workers, govt says

Covid-19: Up to Rs 5 lakh fine, 7 years in jail for attack on health workers, govt says

NEW DELHI: Against the backdrop of attacks on healthcare personnel fighting coronavirus, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved an ordinance making acts of violence against them as cognizable and non-bailable offences, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said. He said the proposed ordinance also provides for compensation for injury to healthcare service personnel or for causing damage…

Feels like death is knocking on your door every day, says ice skater Rajkumar Tiwari

Feels like death is knocking on your door every day, says ice skater Rajkumar Tiwari

TOI TimesPointsHOW TO EARNMY ACTIVITYFAQsDAILY CHECK-INS: 0/5 completedLifetime0Expired0Redeemed0* Times Points expires 1 year from day of creditNews / Sports News / Others / Feels like death is knocking on your door every day, says ice skater Rajkumar TiwariImage credit: Rajkumar Tiwari’s Facebook page.NEW DELHI: “I have seen deaths in my neighbourhood and bodies being taken…

Covid-19: US coronavirus deaths top 45,000

Covid-19: US coronavirus deaths top 45,000

WASHINGTON: US coronavirus deaths topped 45,000 on Tuesday doubling in a little over a week and rising by a near-record amount in a single day, according to a Reuters tally. The United States has by far the world’s largest number of confirmed coronavirus cases at over 810,000, almost four times as many as Spain, the…

Two Congress rebels find a place in Madhya Pradesh Cabinet

Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon along with Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Cabinet Ministers Meena Singh (left), Govind Singh Rajput (second left), Narottam Mishra (third right), Tulsi Silawat (second right) and Kamal Patel (right) during the swearing-in ceremony at Raj Bhavan in Bhopal. Photo: Twitter/@GovernorMP/PTI   The swearing-in ceremony was kept low-key in view…

69% of cases found positive were asymptomatic: ICMR

69% of cases found positive were asymptomatic: ICMR

NEW DELHI: Covid-19 tests that delivered positive results in India so far show 69% positive cases were asymptomatic, whereas 31% are symptomatic representing a ratio of 1:2, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said on Tuesday. So far, over four lakh samples have been tested for Covid-19 in India and of these 18,601 were…

Withdraw case against The Hindu journalist: Editors Guild of India

Withdraw case against The Hindu journalist: Editors Guild of India

Mere social media posts of factual pictures can’t attract the toughest anti-terror laws passed for hardened terrorists. The Editors Guild of India has called the action taken by law enforcement agencies against The Hindu journalist Peerzada Ashiq and freelance photographer Masrat Zahra as an “indirect way of intimidating journalists across the country.”The Guild has demanded…

‘White Alert’: IMA asks medics to light candle tomorrow against attack; demands ordinance from govt

‘White Alert’: IMA asks medics to light candle tomorrow against attack; demands ordinance from govt

NEW DELHI: The Indian Medical Association has demanded the Centre bring in a law on urgent basis to protect medical professionals from attack on duty, amid rising incidents of violence against healthcare workers on the frontline of the fight against Covid-19. Calling for a nation-wide ‘White Alert’, the IMA has asked doctors and hospitals across…

COVID-19 | After one tests positive, 100 families self-isolate at Rashtrapati Bhavan

COVID-19 | After one tests positive, 100 families self-isolate at Rashtrapati Bhavan

Over a 100 families went on self-isolation within the President’s Estate after one person tested positive for COVID-19, an official release from Rashtrapati Bhavan said on Tuesday.Confirming the news to The Hindu, the senior official said the main Rashtrapati Bhavan, where President Ram Nath Kovind and his family stay, remained unaffected.“It may be clarified that…

Coronavirus India lockdown Day 28 updates | Positive cases cross 18,500, death toll at 593

Coronavirus India lockdown Day 28 updates | Positive cases cross 18,500, death toll at 593

The COVID-19 situation is “especially serious” in Mumbai, Pune, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata and a few other places in West Bengal, the Home Ministry said on April 20, as India saw selective relaxation of lockdown in non-containment areas.Strict restrictions continue in districts declared COVID-19 hotspots.Also read: List of what is and what is not allowed after April 20The…

Trump to suspend immigration into U.S.

Trump to suspend immigration into U.S.

U.S. President Donald Trump.   | Photo Credit: AP “In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States,” Mr. Trump said in a tweet late on…

Moon rising: On South Korean election

Moon rising: On South Korean election

South Korean ruling party’s win is a chance for President Moon to expedite peace efforts South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in, whose government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic won acclaim, scored a political victory last week as his Democratic Party (DP) swept the parliamentary elections. Despite the health-care crisis, he decided to go ahead with the…

Celebrating Venkataraghavan, a man of many parts

Celebrating Venkataraghavan, a man of many parts

NAGPUR: Words like ‘disciplinarian’, ‘traditionalist’ or even ‘straightforward’ come to mind when one thinks about Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan, one of India’s legendary spin bowlers. An integral part of the famous spin quartet – also comprising Bhagwat Chadrasekhar, Erapalli Prasanna and Bishan Singh Bedi – that ruled the world in the late 1960s and ’70s, off-spinner Venkat…

‘Deceased’s Samples Collected Day after Cremation’: CPM Leader Slams Bengal Govt over Covid-19 Crisis

‘Deceased’s Samples Collected Day after Cremation’: CPM Leader Slams Bengal Govt over Covid-19 Crisis

File photo of policemen making announcements for social distancing in Kolkata. (PTI) Former CPI-M MP Mohammad Salim further alleged that the West Bengal government, led by Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee, was suppressing facts in terms of coronavirus cases and deaths. News18.com Kolkata Last Updated: April 20, 2020, 11:16 PM IST Share this: Former parliamentarian…

Coronavirus update: Covid-19 cases in India surge to 17,656, death toll at 559. State-wise numbers

Coronavirus update: Covid-19 cases in India surge to 17,656, death toll at 559. State-wise numbers

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Finance Minister stipulates time frame for banks to disburse loans; move comes as lenders turning risk averse

Finance Minister stipulates time frame for banks to disburse loans; move comes as lenders turning risk averse

In a communication to State-run banks, the government said the move is aimed at ensuring credit flow for economic activities and the guidelines come into effect from Monday when the business activities resume. As business activities resumed on Monday after a nationwide lockdown, the Finance Ministry has swung into action to ensure credit flow to…

J&K police file FIR on The Hindu report

J&K police file FIR on The Hindu report

Correspondent called for questioning Describing a report headlined “Kin allowed to exhume bodies of militants in Baramulla” published by The Hindu on April 19 as “fake news,” the Jammu and Kashmir police have registered an FIR in the matter. The Hindu’s correspondent in Srinagar, Peerzada Ashiq, was called for questioning by the Cyber Police in…

Infosys Q4 net rises 6%, revenue up 8%

Infosys Q4 net rises 6%, revenue up 8%

Following in the footsteps of Wipro, India’s second-largest IT services firm Infosys, too, on Monday did not give any guidance for fiscal 2021 while announcing its fourth quarter results for FY2020 “Considering the business uncertainty emanating from COVID-19, the company is unable to provide guidance on revenue and margins for FY21 at this stage. The…

US sees Tienanmen moment over pandemic

US sees Tienanmen moment over pandemic

WASHINGTON: Some are comparing it to the Tiananmen moment. A male nurse in green scrubs is blocking the path of a silver-colored pick-up truck at a busy intersection in downtown Denver amid the din of car horns blaring all around. A woman in a stars and stripes shirt pops out of the passenger window with…

US coronavirus deaths top 40,000: Johns Hopkins

US coronavirus deaths top 40,000: Johns Hopkins

WASHINGTON: The number of deaths from the new coronavirus in the United States topped 40,000 on Sunday, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University. It showed fatalities countrywide had reached 40,585, with almost half of them in New York, whose governor Andrew Cuomo said the outbreak there is now “on the descent.” The…

Coronavirus lockdown | Pharma units still not able to operate freely

Coronavirus lockdown | Pharma units still not able to operate freely

A week after the Department of Pharmaceuticals warned of an impending shortage of drugs if pharmaceutical units are not able to operate freely during the lockdown, there has only been a marginal improvement in their functioning, with employee movement, transport and raw material supplies still hampered, and courier services remaining non-functional.Most domestic pharmaceutical producers are operating…

Lockdown to continue in Telangana till May 7

Lockdown to continue in Telangana till May 7

The Telangana government on Sunday extended the lockdown in the State to fight Coronavirus till May 7 as against the Centre’s decision to have it up to May 3. Also, going against the Centre’s relaxation of certain conditions of lockdown from April 20, the State government ruled out any such concessions here. The guidelines issued…

Coronavirus | Goa is now COVID-19-free

Coronavirus | Goa is now COVID-19-free

Goa on Sunday became the first zero COVID-19 State in the country with the last seven positive cases also turning negative. Also read: Goa may see ease in restrictions if no cases in three days: SawantThis makes Goa the first green State in the country with no case of coronavirus being reported from April 3.…

Video: How Bengaluru looks during lockdown

Video: How Bengaluru looks during lockdown

The five-minute video was released by the BBMP.Bengaluru looks surprisingly stunning in the new video released by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). Due to the lockdown, the streets and public spaces wear a desolate look and are devoid of any vehicles.    Captured using a drone camera, the video shows streets, public transport hubs and…