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No new case in 25 affected districts in last 14 days

PTI New Delhi Twenty-five districts across 15 states where COVID-19 infections were detected earlier have reported no new cases in the last 14 days and the credit for it goes to the proper implementation of containment strategies by the district administrations, Union Health Ministry said on Monday. Addressing a press briefing here, Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry Lav Agarwal …

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Amid indications of extension, PM to address nation today

PTI New Delhi The Centre faced growing calls for a less sweeping curbs as an anxious nation awaited Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address on Tuesday — the last day of the 21-day coronavirus lockdown — after a broad consensus emerged among states for extending the unprecedented measure by two weeks. As expectations mounted that the prime minister may dwell on …

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SC upholds MP Governor’s decision asking Kamal Nath to hold floor test

PTI New Delhi The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the decision of Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tondon asking the then Kamal Nath-led Congress government to undertake floor test holding that if Governor has reasons to believe that the government has lost confidence of the House, constitutional propriety requires that the issue can be resolved by the trust vote. However, the …

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SC rejects plea against PM CARES Fund

PTI New Delhi The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a plea seeking quashing of the decision to set up the PM CARES Fund, where people can donate money, to deal with the situation arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic. A Bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde described the PIL filed by lawyer M L Sharma as …

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Visa, e-visa of stranded foreign nationals extended till Apr 30

PTI New Delhi The government on Monday extended on gratis basis the regular visa and e-visa of foreign nationals who are stranded in India due to COVID-19 till April 30, the Home Ministry said. In a statement, the ministry said all those foreigners whose regular visa, e-visa or stay stipulation expired or would be expiring during February 1 (midnight) to …

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Delhi epicentre of second quake in less than 24 hours

PTI New Delhi A low-intensity earthquake of magnitude 2.7 shook parts of Delhi on Monday, the National Centre for Seismology said, the second quake to hit the national capital region in less than 24 hours but no report of any damage was received. The quake, with its epicentre near Wazirpur in northeast Delhi, occurred at 1.26 pm at a shallow …

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Corona blindsides visually impaired as they worry about social distancing

PTI Kolkata The visually impaired are known to have a heightened sense of sound and they can echolocate their destination with reasonable ease. They also have enhanced tactile sense. However, COVID-19, the disease that has brought the world to its knees, has compounded their difficulties as they navigate the maze of their dark, humdrum lives where touching, largely, is taboo …

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India sees over 900 new COVID-19 cases, total climbs to 8,447

New Delhi: The death toll due to coronavirus rose to 273 and the number of cases in the country climbed to 8,447 on Sunday, an increase of 918 since Saturday evening, according to the Union Health Ministry. While the number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 7,409, as many as 764 people have been cured and discharged, and one had …

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COVID-19: ‘Suraksha Stores’ to meet daily needs on anvil

New Delhi: Ahead of extending restrictions on the mobility of goods and persons, the government plans to set up a chain of 20 lakh retail shops called ‘Suraksha Stores’ across India which will provide daily essentials to citizens while maintaining stringent safety norms.  The Suraksha Stores initiative will convert the neighbourhood kirana stores into sanitised retail outlets selling daily essentials …

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Punjab cop’s hand chopped off, 11 held

Patiala/Chandigarh: A group of Nihangs chopped off an officer’s hand and injured three other Punjab policemen on Sunday after being stopped from violating the lockdown in Patiala district, triggering a police operation in which shots were fired and 11 people arrested at a gurdwara. Assistant Sub Inspector Harjeet Singh’s hand was cut off with a sword and three other policemen …

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