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Centre sets up task force to work on vaccines, drug testing

PTI New Delhi A high-level task force has been set up to work on frontiers of science related to vaccines and drug testing to fight coronavirus, the Union health ministry said on Sunday. Addressing a media briefing here, Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, health ministry, said NITI Aayog member and principal scientific advisor to the government will be co-chair of the …

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Industries in green, orange zones in Maharashtra to resume operations today

PTIMumbaiMaharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said industries based in green and orange coronavirus zones of the state will be allowed to resume operations from April 20, but in a restricted manner.In a video message, he also said that industries which are ready to provide accommodation to their workers during the lockdown will be given food grain supply and …

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Punjab allows sand mining, stone crushing from today

PTIChandigarhSand and gravel mining and stone crushing have been permitted as part of the construction-related activities in Punjab from Monday, according to the state home department.Also in view of the new academic session, shops dealing in distribution of books to school and college students have also been allowed to operate, as per an official release here.In view of approaching summer …

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Coronavirus spreading in Delhi, won’t relax lockdown just yet: Kejriwal

PTINew DelhiThe Delhi government will not relax the lockdown for at least a week as the coronavirus spread appears to have gained pace, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Sunday, asserting that the decision has been taken to save lives.Citing instances of asymptomatic people testing positive for the virus, Kejriwal said out of 736 samples collected recently, 186 were found …

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COVID-19: India death toll rises to 488, cases to 14,792

New Delhi: The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 488 and the number of cases climbed to 14,792 in the country on Saturday, registering an increase of 36 deaths and 957 cases since Friday evening, according to the Union Health Ministry. The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 12,289 while 2,014 people have been cured and discharged, and …

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26 Navy personnel in Western Naval Command test COVID-19 positive

New Delhi: Ringing alarm bells for the military brass, 26 Indian Navy personnel have tested positive for coronavirus at the strategically-located Western Naval Command in Mumbai, in the first case of a major outbreak of the deadly infection in the armed forces. All the infected sailors were staying at a bachelors’ residential block at the INS Angre, a shore-based logistics …

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Govt approval must for all FDIs from neighbouring countries

New Delhi: The government on Saturday made its prior approval mandatory for foreign investments from countries that share land border with India to curb “opportunistic takeovers” of domestic firms following the COVID-19 pandemic, a move which will restrict FDI from China. Countries which shares land borders with India are China, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, and Afghanistan. “An entity of …

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3 CRPF men killed in terrorist strike in J&K

Srinagar: Three Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers were killed and two suffered injuries in a militant attack in the Sopore area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Saturday. An outfit linked to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) has claimed responsibility for the attack. A newly-formed terror group — The Resistance Front (TRF) — also known as JK Fighters, under the patronage of …

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Plea in SC for allowing migrants return back home after COVID-19 tests

New Delhi: A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking direction to authorities to allow migrant workers across the country to return home after conducting necessary COVID-19 tests and also arrange their safe travel by providing necessary transportation. The plea said that in wake of the extension of the nationwide lockdown, the migrant workers who are among the …

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Humanity will overcome pandemic, says PM

New Delhi: Humanity will surely overcome the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday as he hailed the efforts put in by various ministries to help people during the lockdown, and in the fight against COVID-19. “The world is fighting COVID-19 together. Humanity will surely overcome this pandemic,” Modi wrote on Twitter while retweeting a tweet by the …

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