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Need innovative solutions to tackle COVID-19: PM

PTI New Delhi Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said coronavirus (COVID-19) is a lifetime challenge, which is needed to be tackled through new and innovative solutions, while speaking to representatives of television news channels through a video-conference. The coronavirus outbreak has claimed seven lives in the country so far, while the number of positive cases has risen to 415. …

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Domestic commercial air ops to cease from midnight

IANS New Delhi The operations of domestic scheduled commercial airlines will cease with effect from the midnight of Tuesday in view of the coronavirus scare, the Ministry of Civil Aviation said. However, there was no mention of the date of resumptions of these   operations. Further details are awaited. “Airlines have to plan operations so as to land at their …

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India prepares for total lockdown

Coronavirus death toll rises to seven;80 districts to be under complete shutdown New Delhi: India reported three more coronavirus deaths on Sunday, including the first casualties from Bihar and Gujarat, taking the toll to seven and the number of COVID-19 cases rose to 360, as authorities suspended all passenger train and inter-state bus services till March 31 and more states …

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Nation observes ‘janata curfew’

New Delhi/Mumbai: Millions of people across the country stayed indoors on Sunday in an unprecedented and overwhelming response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal for a ‘janata curfew’ to help check the spread of coronavirus, coming out briefly at 5 pm to show gratitude to health and other essential service providers with sounds of bells, conches and claps. The Prime …

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Railways cancels all passenger trains until March 31

New Delhi: In an unprecedented move, the Railways on Sunday announced suspension of all its passenger services from March 22 midnight to March 31 midnight and said only goods trains will run during the said period amid concerns that coronavirus-infected passengers were spreading the virus. The Railways reported three such incidents on Saturday, where people asked to remain in quarantine …

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NPR, Census may be deferred

New Delhi: The exercise to update the National Population Register  and the first phase of the Census 2021, scheduled to begin from April 1, are likely to be deferred for an indefinite period due to the coronavirus pandemic, officials said. A formal order on this effect is expected within a day or two. Discussions are going on at the highest …

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SAARC Disaster Management Centre launches website

New Delhi: The SAARC Disaster Management Centre has launched a website for information related to the coronavirus pandemic in the region as proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the recent video conference with leaders and representatives of the member states. The website shows the number of coronavirus cases in the member states, updating the numbers regularly. It shows that …

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COVID-19: Indian woman from Canada discharged from Lucknow hospital

Lucknow: An Indian-origin woman from Canada, who had tested positive for COVID-19 and was admitted to the King George’s Medical University here, has been discharged following recovery, a hospital spokesperson said on Sunday. “The Indian-origin woman from Canada, who was the first COVID-19 case admitted in KGMU, was discharged on Saturday. She has been told to go into self-isolation for …

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AI says neighbours ostracising, calling police on crew who went abroad

New Delhi: Air India (AI) stated on Sunday that vigilante resident welfare associations (RWAs) and neighbours were ostracising and calling police on its crew members, who went abroad as a part of their duty. “It is alarming to note that in many localities, vigilante Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) and neighbours have started ostracising the crew, obstructing them from performing their …

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Assam police ask people to stay indoors till 8 am

Guwahati: The Assam Police thanked people for making the ‘Janata Curfew’ a “huge success”, and urged them to remain indoors for a few hours more – till 8 am on Monday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged people to remain indoors during the ‘Janata Curfew’ between 7 am and 9 pm on Sunday to check the spread of novel coronavirus. …

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