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Centre orders sealing of state, district borders

New Delhi: The nationwide tally of confirmed coronavirus cases crossed the 1,000-mark and the death toll reached 27 on Sunday, even as the central government ordered sealing of all state and district borders to check community transmission of the deadly virus by migrant workers and asked those having left already to be quarantined for 14 days. The national capital alone …

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Coronavirus: Gujarat to free 1,200 prisoners for 2 months

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat government on Sunday said it will release around 1,200 prisoners for two months on parole and interim bail to reduce jail crowding in view of the novel coronavirus outbreak, an official said. The state Home department has been asked to prepare a list of inmates who could be released for two months, he said. “Chief Minister Vijay …

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Migrant workers returning to villages not welcome home

New Delhi/Patna: Many of the thousands of jobless workers, marching from their workplaces to their native villages in states like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh hundreds of kilometres away amid the coronavirus lockdown, are not being welcomed back home. In many places in Bihar and elsewhere, those returning back home from states and even from neighbouring countries like Nepal and Bhutan …

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SpiceJet pilot tests positive for COVID-19

New Delhi: SpiceJet said on Sunday that one of its pilots who did not fly any international flight in March has tested positive for the coronavirus. “One of our colleagues, a first officer with SpiceJet, has tested positive for COVID-19. The test report came on March 28. He did not operate any international flight in March 2020,” a spokesperson of …

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PM seeks nation’s forgiveness for govt’s tough decisions

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday sought the nation’s forgiveness for imposing a monumental lockdown on the country, saying it was a question of life and death and expressed confidence that “we will definitely win the battle” against the coronavirus menace that has claimed 25 lives in India so far. In his monthly ‘Mann ki Baat’ radio address …

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India boosts capacity for tougher challenges ahead

New Delhi: Amid looming fears of coronavirus infection entering the community transmission stage, India is boosting its overall health infrastructure by initiating measures like designating dedicated hospitals for affected patients in states, ramping up procurement of ventilators and mobilising resources of Railways and armed forces to deal with any eventuality. As of now, the country reported 873 coronavirus cases and …

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Walk down nostalgia lane for many as ‘Ramayan’ returns on DD

New Delhi: The “Ramayan” was back on television on Saturday, recalling for many those epic mornings an age ago when entire families, and even neighbours, gathered before clunky television boxes for their weekly fix of television and religion. The streets were empty today, as they were nearly three decades ago when Ramanand Sagar’s serial that brought to life in garish …

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COVID-19: new fund set up for people to donate

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday announced the creation of an assistance and emergency situation relief fund where people can contribute and help in the government’s fight against coronavirus. The Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund will go a long way in creating a healthier India, he said on Twitter. “People from all walks …

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Centre promises all support to migrant workers

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said the central government has committed all support to migrant workers during the 21-day lockdown announced to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The home ministry has also asked states and Union territories to immediately set up relief camps for migrant workers, pilgrims, among others, who are returning to their domicile states or …

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In single day, India registers 179 fresh COVID-19 cases

New Delhi: India reported 179 fresh COVID-19 cases, highest in a single day, taking the tally to 918, and the death toll climbed to 19 on Saturday, as the government shored up efforts to boost health infrastructure, including procurement of ventilators, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a special contributory fund, amid looming fears of the country entering the third …

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