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India’s COVID-19 cases rise to 151

New Delhi/Leh: The Indian Army reported its first case of coronavirus after a 34-year-old soldier of Ladakh Scout regiment tested positive, prompting the force to strengthen its check and prevention mechanism and suspend war games and training activities, as the total number of cases rose to 151 in the country on Wednesday. Meanwhile, in a written reply in Lok Sabha, …

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Masks debut in Rajya Sabha

New Delhi: Opposition Rajya Sabha members on Wednesday demanded curtailment of the ongoing budget session, which is due to end on April 3, in view of the novel coronavirus scare, but the government seemed unwilling. In a first, the Rajya Sabha saw a few members wearing face masks as protection against the coronavirus, but the same was objected by Chairman …

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Rapid response rail team to be formed to check COVID-19

New Delhi: Amid the novel coronavirus pandemic in the country, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Wednesday directed to constitute rapid response team comprising six executive directors from the Railway Board to coordinate the efforts of the Indian Railways across all zones. The decision to constitute a six-member rapid response team was taken at the meeting over the  railways preparation to …

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UP govt extends ‘shutdown’ till April 2

Lucknow: To contain the coronavirus spread, the Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday extended the closure of all educational institutions, cinemas, mulitplexes and tourists places in the state till April 2 and implemented work-from-home protocol to the extent possible. The decision to extend the closure was taken at  a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, government spokesperson and minister …

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54,000 people across country under community surveillance

New Delhi: Around 54,000 people across the  country are being kept under community surveillance through health workers, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan told Rajya Sabha on Tuesday while lauding efforts of doctors and paramedics in dealing with cases of coronavirus. “As one-metre social distancing is required to be taken while dealing with those affected with the virus, I laud doctors …

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CAA doesn’t violate basic rights, Centre tells SC

New Delhi: The Centre on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 does not violate any fundamental right. The central government, in its 129-page affidavit in response to the pleas challenging the constitutional validity of CAA, termed the legislation legal and asserted that there was no question of it violating constitutional morality. It also said CAA …

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India bans travellers from EU, UK, Turkey

New Delhi: The number of coronavirus cases touched 114 in the country on Monday after fresh cases were reported from several states, including Odisha as the government imposed fresh travel restrictions, prohibiting entry of passengers from the European Union (EU) countries and the United Kingdom (UK) from March 18. The Union Health Ministry also said fresh coronavirus cases were also …

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BJP moves SC over MP floor test

Bhopal/New Delhi: Citing coronavirus concerns, the 15-month-old Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh, teetering on the brink of collapse, got a reprieve from the assembly Speaker, who did not take up the floor test on Monday as directed by the Governor and adjourned the state assembly till March 26. As Governor Lalji Tandon asked Chief Minister Kamal Nath to test …

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Yes Bank: ED summons Anil Ambani

New Delhi/Mumbai: Reliance Group chairman Anil Ambani has been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) later this week in connection with its money laundering probe against Yes Bank promoter Rana Kapoor and others, officials said on Monday. They said Ambani was first asked to depose at the ED office in the Ballard Estate area of Mumbai on Monday, as his …

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Nirbhaya convicts move ICJ for stay on execution

New Delhi: Three convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case on Monday approached the International Court of Justice (ICJ) seeking a stay on their execution scheduled for March 20. The plea filed through Advocate A P Singh sought a stay on execution of the convicts – Akshay, Pawan and Vinay. The plea also sought for an open court …

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