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IITs, IIITs not to hike tuition fee for any course

New Delhi: The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) will not increase the tuition fee for any course for academic year 2020-21, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank” said here on Sunday. “After consultation with the chairman of the standing committee of the IIT Council and directors of IITs, it has been decided that these …

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Kejriwal steadfast on lockdown in Delhi

New Delhi: The lockdown in Delhi will not be relaxed beyond what the Union home ministry has suggested in its guidelines, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Sunday and added that his government’s focus is on bringing down COVID-19 infections in the city. Addressing an online media briefing, the Chief Minister said, “We are going through difficult times. We will …

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‘Kitchen warriors’ in Mathura serve food to 15,000 people everyday

Lucknow: A group of ‘kitchen warriors’ comprising cooks, food packagers and distributors is manning a community kitchen in Mathura which caters to around 12,000 to 15,000 people daily, bringing a ray of hope to those hit by the nationwide lockdown. The initiative was initially started to provide food to labourers hired for various projects of the Uttar Pradesh Braj Teerth …

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Tax officers suggest 40% tax on super-rich

Mumbai: A group of senior tax officers has suggested a super-rich tax and a higher levy on foreign companies to keep the cash till running as part of short-term measures to help the government fight the coronavirus pandemic. The suggestions are part of a paper titled ‘Force’, which stands for ‘Fiscal Options & Response to the COVID-19 Epidemic’, submitted by …

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President’s secretary Kothari takes over as CVC

PTI New Delhi President’s secretary Sanjay Kothari on Saturday took over as the Central Vigilance Commissioner, ten months after the top post in the country’s anti-corruption watchdog CVC fell vacant. Kothari was sworn in by President Ram Nath Kovind at a ceremony attended by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, among others, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. …

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COVID-19: Nationwide tally crosses 26,000

PTI New Delhi The nationwide tally of coronavirus positive patients crossed 26,000 on Saturday with fresh cases getting detected in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and the national capital among other places, but the government said the daily growth rate has dipped to 6 per cent and some states began relaxing some lockdown conditions by allowing more shops to open. …

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COVID-19 rapid antibody test kit use put on hold

PTI New Delhi States and Union Territories have been asked to put on hold the use of COVID-19 rapid antibody test kits till their accuracy is rechecked by apex health research body the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), official sources said on Saturday. According to the sources, teams constituted by ICMR are analysing the rapid antibody test kits, procured …

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Plasma therapy trials to treat critical COVID-19 patients begin in Karnataka

PTI Bengaluru The Karnataka government on Saturday commenced clinical trials of convalescent plasma therapy to treat coronavirus patients in critical condition. Karnataka Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar, along with Health and Family Welfare Minister Sriramulu inaugurated clinical trials of the Therapy at Victoria hospital here. “This is a historic moment for the state and I am confident that Plasma …

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Tripura puts curbs on use of AC in offices

PTI Agartala The Tripura government has instructed government offices to slash power and telephone bills by 10 per cent and use air conditioners only after permission as part of the cost-cutting measures due to coronavirus pandemic. A meeting of the council of ministers here on Friday, also decided to assess and regulate the use of television and cable connections in …

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