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States to decide on pulse procurement: Centre amid shutdown extension buzz

New Delhi, April 9 (IANS): The government has left it to the states on when to start procurement of pulses and oilseeds under the Price Support Scheme (PSS), amid the buzz of an extension of the ongoing 21-day nationwide shutdown. However, the procu...

09 Apr 2020

No fresh Covid-19 case reported in Assam, condition of 28th patient ‘alarming’ — Himanta

Guwahati, April 9 (PTI): Assam with 28 positive cases of Covid-19 has not reported any new case on Thursday but the condition of the last person who tested positive for Covid-19 is “alarming”, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. The...

09 Apr 2020

Mizoram CM seeks help from states for stranded people

Aizawl, April 9 (PTI): The Mizoram government has appealed to states to extend humanitarian help to residents of the north-eastern who are stranded in various parts of the country due to the lockdown imposed to contain spread of novel coronavirus, Ch...

09 Apr 2020

17 ‘high-risk’ Tripura people tested negative for Covid-19 — CM

Agartala, April 9 (PTI): All the 17 quarantined people who were earlier considered ‘high-risk’ as they came in contact with Tripura’s first Covid-19 positive patient, were tested negative for coronavirus, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar...

09 Apr 2020

Covid-19: UN Security Council to meet on pandemic impact

United Nations, April 9 (IANS): The UN Security Council (UNSC) is set to hold a secret meeting on the Covid-19 pandemic on Thursday amid divisions on recognising its origin and international action. The Dominican Republic, which holds the rotating p...

09 Apr 2020

Mukesh Ambani with $44bn top Indian in Forbes world billionaires’ list

New Delhi, April 9 (IANS): Reliance Industries’ Chairman Mukesh Ambani has been ranked 17th in the latest world billionaires list by Forbes with a net worth of $44.3 billion – once again leading the tally from Indias perspective. Mukesh Amban...

09 Apr 2020

Jeff Bezos tops Forbes billionaires list, ex-wife MacKenzie makes debut

New Delhi, April 9 (IANS): In Covid-19 times, Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has maintained his top slot as worlds richest man with a net worth of $113 billion, followed by Bill Gates at $98 billion, according to the latest Forbes 34th annual worl...

09 Apr 2020

Petrol, diesel demand slumps 66% in Apr; ATF down 90% as coronavirus eviscerates demand

New Delhi, April 9 (PTI): India’s fuel consumption slumped by over 66 per cent in April as a nationwide lockdown halted economic activity and travel, which eviscerated demand. Petrol and diesel demand is down 66 per cent in April, while aviatio...

09 Apr 2020

Essential commodities reach Alongtaki area

Dimapur, April 9 (EMN): Essential commodities meant for people of about 16 villages in the 30th Alongtaki constituency of Mangkolemba sub-division in Mokokchung district have arrived at their destination for distribution. Members of the Japukong Stud...

09 Apr 2020

Police search for Covid-19 patient discharged by mistake in Tamil Nadu

Chennai, April 9 (IANS): Tamil Nadu Police are searching for a Covid-19 patient who was discharged by a hospital in Villupuram district by mistake, said police. The hospital had discharged four coronavirus positive patients owing to a clerical e...

09 Apr 2020

Dimapur police on vigil for ‘social media’ users posing as ‘media’ persons

Dimapur, April 9 (EMN): Police authorities in Dimapur seem be wary of members of ‘social media’ groups reportedly posing as “media” persons during the lockdown in the city. Police sources suggest there are reports that certain social ...

09 Apr 2020

Coronavirus: Kerala all set to conduct plasma therapy

Thiruvananthapuram, April 9 (IANS): With the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) now giving nod to Kerala to conduct plasma therapy, a team of medical professionals is all set to do it. Kerala is the first state in the country to have been giv...

09 Apr 2020

Tamil Nadu police paint vehicles violating lockdown

Chennai, April 9 (IANS): Tamil Nadu Police in Salem district on Thursday started giving a dash of yellow paint on the front and back fenders of vehicles as a measure to restrict their movement. According to police, people continue to flout the lockd...

09 Apr 2020

Study reveals potential life-threatening adverse effects of hydroxychloroquine

Toronto, April 9 (IANS): In the rush to treat the hundreds of thousands of people infected with the coronavirus (Covid-19), many, including the US President Donald Trump have supported the use of the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine. However, a ...

09 Apr 2020

Telangana issues guidelines for body disposal of other faiths’ Covid-19 dead

Hyderabad, April 9 (IANS): The Telangana government has issued guidelines for handling disposal of bodies of Covid-19 fatalities belonging to the Hindu and Christian faiths. The additional guidelines, dated on Tuesday, have been prepared by the commi...

09 Apr 2020

UK PM ‘responding to treatment’ in intensive care

London, April 9 (IANS): UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was “responding to treatment” for coronavirus at intensive care in a London hospital and remained clinically stable, his official spokesman said. Johnson was admitted to St Thomas...

09 Apr 2020

TN police paints vehicles violating lockdown

Chennai, April 9 (IANS): Tamil Nadu Police in Salem district on Thursday started giving a dash of yellow paint on the front and back fenders of vehicles as a measure to restrict their movement. According to police, people continue to flout the lockdo...

09 Apr 2020

Not just India, Jamaat a super spreader of virus in Pak too

New Delhi, April 9 (IANS): Tablighi Jamaat, the super spreader of the coronavirus in India seems to have caused a spike in the coronavirus positive cases in Pakistan also. Congress leader Manish Tewari said in a tweet, “Interesting: it seems th...

09 Apr 2020

Women to get free sanitary napkins in Lucknow

Lucknow, April 9 (IANS): In a much-awaited decision, the Lucknow district administration has decided to provide free sanitary napkins, soaps and hand sanitisers to women at their homes. District magistrate Abhishek Prakash said that free sanitary nap...

09 Apr 2020

Wuhan sees 620,000 public transport users after lockdown lifted

Wuhan, April 9 (IANS): The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus pandemic originated last December, witnessed over 620,000 people using public transport on the day a 76-day lockdown, imposed to stem the spread of the disease, was lifted. The c...

09 Apr 2020

Times like these bring friends closer: Modi after Trump’s praise

New Delhi, April 9 (IANS): “Times like these bring friends closer,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi after US President Donald Trump thanked him for clearing the export of anti-malarial drug, hydroxychloroquine, to the US. The drug has b...

09 Apr 2020

Guterres urges support for WHO after Trump’s threat

United Nations, April 9 (IANS): UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged support for the World Health Organization (WHO) after US President Donald Trump threatened to freeze American funding. “It is my belief that the World Health Organi...

09 Apr 2020

Australian Parliament passes ‘biggest economic lifeline’ in history

Canberra, April 9 (IANS): The Australian Parliament on Thursday passed the government’s wage subsidy scheme, deemed by Prime Minister Scott Morrison as “the biggest economic lifeline” in the country’s history, as a response to...

09 Apr 2020

Bolsonaro thanks India for allowing export of raw materials for hydroxychloroquine

Brasilia, April 9 (IANS): Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has thanked India for allowing export of raw materials to increase the production of hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malaria drug used to treat the novel coronavirus. While addressing the nati...

09 Apr 2020

10 Covid-19 drugs under clinical trial in US, says Trump

Washington, April 9 (PTI): As many as 10 drugs are currently under clinical trial in the US as part of the administration’s “unprecedented” effort to find a therapeutic solution to the fast-spreading coronavirus pandemic, President ...

09 Apr 2020