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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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Centre asks states to beef up surveillance on air travellers

New Delhi: Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba has asked states to immediately strengthen surveillance of international air travellers who entered India between January 18 to March 23 as there appeared to be a “gap” between those being monitored for COVID-19 and 15 lakh arrivals during the period. In a letter to chief secretaries of all states and Union territories, Gauba said …

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Margao railway station platforms to become shelters for homeless

New Delhi: The Disaster Management Authority in Goa will take over platforms of the Margao railway station to provide shelter to the homeless people in the wake of the lockdown to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to an order. Three persons, all with travel history to abroad, tested positive in Goa for the deadly COVID-19 on …

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No need to pay EMIs on all outstanding loans till May 31

Mumbai: The RBI on Friday allowed banks to put on hold EMI payments on all term loans for three months, slashed the cost of fresh borrowing by cutting policy interest rate by steepest in more than 11 years and infused a massive Rs 3.74 lakh crore liquidity as it joined the efforts of the government to counter the economic fallout …

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Karnataka reports third COVID-19 death

Bengaluru: In the third COVID-19 fatality in Karnataka, a 60-year-old man died at a hospital in Tumakuru on Friday hours after his test result came positive for coronavirus infection along with that of six others as the total cases in the state rose to 62. The man had no travel history to any foreign country, but had visited Delhi and …

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Kovind tells Governors, LGs to mobilise voluntary bodies to check COVID-19

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind Friday asked Governors and Lt Governors of states and Union territories to mobilise voluntary and religious organisations to aid the effort to contain the spread of coronavirus, the Rashtrapati Bhavan said. In a video-conference with the Governors, Lieutenant Governors and administrators of states and UTs, the President and Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, who also …

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Renowned artist Satish Gujral dies

New Delhi: Satish Gujral, one of India’s best known artists and architects, has died in his Delhi home, his family said on Friday. He was 94. Gujral, who was renowned for his versatility across different mediums, died on Thursday night of old age reasons. He was the brother of former prime minister I K Gujral and is survived by his …

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SC allows sale of BS IV vehicles for 10 days after lockdown

New Delhi: In a relief to automobile dealers, the Supreme Court on Friday allowed the sale of BS IV compliant vehicles for 10 days, except in Delhi-NCR, after the ongoing countrywide lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic is lifted. The apex court, which had earlier fixed the deadline of March 31, 2020 for sale of BS IV compliant vehicles across the …

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India for online platform for SAARC to fight coronavirus

New Delhi: India has proposed setting up of a common electronic platform for all SAARC nations to share expertise and best practices to jointly combat the spread of coronavirus, days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly pitched for a regional approach to deal with the pandemic. India made the proposal at a video conference of senior health officials of the …

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