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3,336 Indians infected abroad

New Delhi: A total of 3,336 Indians in 53 countries have been infected by the coronavirus while 25 lost their lives due to the disease, government sources said on Thursday.They said Indians stranded abroad will have to be patient, as the government is not evacuating them as part of a larger policy decision to check spread of the virus in …

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Goan tests positive for COVID-19 in Belagavi

Bengaluru: Karnataka registered 34 new COVID-19 cases in the last 19 hours, raising the state’s tally to 313, an official said on Thursday.  A Goan, residing in Belagavi since a month, has tested positive for COVID-19. “Till date, 313 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed. This includes 13 deaths and 82 discharges,” a health official said. Most of the cases …

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Second stimulus in consideration as PM reviews COVID-19 impact

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday reviewed the impact of COVID-19 on the Indian economy and a possible second stimulus to boost sectors hit hard by the pandemic. Modi held discussions with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman as the pandemic hit sectors from small industries to the aviation sector hard with millions of jobs at stake. The meeting comes …

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India needs to step up corona testing: experts

New Delhi: India needs to “significantly ramp up” the number of tests done across the country to trace COVID-19 infection if the virus is to be contained in time, experts said. The death toll due to coronavirus rose to 414 and the number of cases to 12,380 in the country on Thursday, according to the Union Health Ministry. While the …

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Mumbai students develop tool to detect COVID-19

New Delhi: A university in Rome is conducting a pilot run for a patented artificial intelligence-based tool developed by three biotechnology students and a professor from Mumbai, which they claim can test COVID-19 through voice-based diagnosis using a smartphone. The tool is being tested by the University of Tor Vergata in Rome and has already been tested on 300 individuals, …

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Engg colleges warned against insisting on fee, terminating staff

New Delhi: The All Indian Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has warned engineering colleges and other technical institutions against forcing students to pay fees and non-payment of salaries to staff during the lockdown due to COVID-19 and directed withdrawal of any terminations made during the period. The warning comes following complaints to the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry’s technical education …

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LOCKDOWN 2.0 HARDSHIPS

PTI New Delhi Migrant labourers who leave their villages in search of work during non-agricultural months are stranded in cities across India, leaving their families fearful that their harvest-ready crops will wither and die on the stalks and push them deeper into debt. With three weeks gone and maybe another three to go before they can even contemplate returning to …

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Centre asks states to ensure strict compliance of lockdown guidelines

PTI New Delhi The Union home ministry has asked all states and Union territories to ensure strict implementation of lockdown guidelines to contain the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, failing which relaxations, which are likely to be announced on April 20, to mitigate hardships would be withdrawn. The guidelines were issued by the ministry on Wednesday, a day after Prime …

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Gujarat CM in self-quarantine

PTI Ahmedabad Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has decided to run the state administration without meeting anyone for next one week after a Congress MLA whom he met on Tuesday tested positive for coronavirus. Rupani’s health is fine and he will run the state administration through technological facilities like video conference, video-calling and tele-calling, Chief Minister’s Office secretary Ashwani Kumar …

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