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Shramik trains ferry over one lakh migrants

New Delhi: The Railways on Wednesday said it has run 115 Shramik Special trains since May 1 and ferried home over one lakh migrants stranded in various parts of the country due to the COVID-19-induced lockdown. Of the 42 trains which have been planned for Wednesday, the Railways has already run 22 of them. Twenty more trains are scheduled to …

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64 flights, 2 ships to bring back Indians stranded abroad

New Delhi/Kochi: Air India will operate 64 repatriation flights for a week from May 7 while the Navy deployed two ships as India rolled out a massive evacuation plan on Tuesday to bring back thousands of its nationals stranded abroad due to the coronavirus-triggered lockdown. From the Gulf countries to Malaysia and the UK to the US, the multi-agency operation …

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3,875 new COVID cases in India

New Delhi: A record number of new cases on Tuesday pushed the nationwide COVID-19 tally closer to the 50,000-mark and the death toll crossed 1,600 with over 200 more fatalities, even as Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said “fighting coronavirus is no rocket science” and the nation may remember the pandemic as a “blessing in disguise” if people imbibe good …

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Railways asks zones to watch out for troublemakers

New Delhi: Watch out for the possibility of sectarian feuds and troublemakers on board, and keep an eye on the behaviour of passengers – these are some of the guidelines issued to the zonal railways running ‘Shramik Special’ trains. Having already run 67 such trains since Friday, the Railways has now issued detailed guidelines on security and sanitisation protocols to …

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CBI alerts cops about fake COVID-19 kits in market

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has alerted state police organisations of the country about fake COVID-19 testing kits circulating in the international market after an intimation from the Interpol in this regard, sources said. They said the Interpol has alerted its 194 member countries about these fake testing kits sneaking in the international market, they said. The …

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No community transmission of COVID-19: Harsh Vardhan

New Delhi: India has so far been able to stave off community transmission of COVID-19, says Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, expressing the hope that “behavioural changes” brought about by the infection could become the “new normal” for a healthy society after the pandemic abates.  The nation in a post-coronavirus future could well look back on the pandemic period as …

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Family fights over gadgets during lockdown causing strain

Jaipur: Family fights over electronic gadgets like laptops, computers and mobile phones have become common during this ‘work from home’ (WFH) regime. While parents need to attend videoconferencing and complete their projects, children cannot afford to miss their online classes, says Dr Anamika Papriwal, a psychologist. The electronic gadgets seem to be the latest entrant to the family list of …

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Lockdown: JEE-Mains from July 18-23, NEET on July 26

New Delhi: Engineering entrance examination JEE will be held from July 18-23, while medical entrance exam NEET will be conducted on July 26, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ announced on Tuesday. The two crucial exams were postponed due to the lockdown imposed in the country to combat COVID-19. “JEE-Mains will be held from July 18-23, while JEE-Advanced will be …

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Centre to aid return of Indians from abroad

New Delhi: Plans to bring back Indians stranded abroad due the coronavirus pandemic have been chalked out by the government and the process will begin from May 7 in a phased manner, the Union home ministry said on Monday, adding it will be a paid service. In a statement, it said only people showing no symptoms of COVID-19 will be …

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Mad rush for liquor in India

New Delhi: Liquor shops reopened across the country in the non-containment zones after 40 days from Monday with people queuing up in large numbers, giving social distancing norms a toss at some places.            The ministry of home affairs had extended the 40-day nationwide lockdown from Monday for two more weeks and allowed liquor and tobacco shops to open in the …

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