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Students offer ‘synchronised global prayers’ for COVID-19 patients

New Delhi: “Together we can,” say students across the globe who are offering “synchronised global prayers” for those infected with COVID-19 and healthcare workers with a group at USA’s Princeton University studying the effect on vibes during the period. The prayers, which have been started by the Indian Yoga Association  on Monday, can be performed at either 8 am or …

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Karnataka for lifting lockdown in coronavirus-free districts

Bengaluru: The Karnataka government is in favour of lifting the coronavirus lockdown in districts which remained free of the virus infection, subject to approval from the Centre, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said on Wednesday. Noting that the state’s revenue collections have stopped, he said the legislators would take a 30 per cent salary cut and only important budget proposals …

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SC asks Centre to rein in fleecing private labs

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday suggested that the Centre should create a mechanism wherein private laboratories conducting COVID-19 tests do not charge exorbitant fees from public and government should reimburse the fees charged by labs. A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and S Ravindra Bhat was told by the Centre that earlier 15,000 tests were conducted per day …

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COVID-19 fight: ‘larger force’ may replace frontline workers

New Delhi: Asserting that India faces a significantly higher threat from COVID-19 pandemic, the government has decided to create a “larger force” to replace frontline workers engaged in various works to tackle the pandemic and its exponential increase. These workers will be provided necessary training online. “… As all are aware, India faces a significantly higher threat from COVID-19 pandemic. …

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Centre mulls extending lockdown as cases cross 5,000 mark

PTI  New Delhi The nationwide tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases crossed 5,000 on Tuesday amid hectic discussions for a possible extension of the 21-day lockdown beyond April 14 as several states announced plans to ramp up their testing infrastructure and put in place strong ‘cluster containment’ plans in areas identified as hotspots of the outbreak. There were also indications about …

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Muslims help perform last rites of Hindu neighbour

PTI Bhopal Members of the Muslim community helped in performing the last rites of their Hindu neighbour in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore city as relatives of the deceased could not reach the place due to the nationwide lockdown. Senior Congress leader and former state chief minister Kamal Nath lauded the gesture of the Muslim community members, saying they have set an …

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Over 22K govt relief camps helping needy citizens: Centre tells SC

PTI New Delhi Over 22,000 government-run relief camps are functional in 578 districts of the country to provide shelter and food to needy citizens during 21-day nationwide lockdown to curb spread of COVID-19, the Centre informed the Supreme Court on Tuesday. The Centre stated this in its status report in response to the PIL filed by activists Harsh Mander and …

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Nagaland not to celebrate Easter in churches first time since statehood

PTI    Kohima Churches in Christian-majority Nagaland have decided to forego Easter celebration, that falls on April 12 during the ongoing lockdown, for the first time since the formation of the state in 1963. Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC), the largest church body in the state, has informed its associate bodies that there would be no sunrise service on Easter Sunday …

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HC rejects ex-Fortis promoter’s bail plea

PTI New Delhi The Delhi High Court has rejected the bail plea of ex-Fortis promoter Shivinder Mohan Singh, arrested for alleged misappropriation of funds from Religare Finvest Ltd (RFL). Singh had cited COVID-19 infection risk as a reason for seeking the relief. Justice Mukta Gupta, in her order uploaded on Tuesday, denied him the interim relief, saying Singh was allegedly …

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