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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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Franklin Templeton MF shutting six schemes grave concern, says Chidambaram

PTI New Delhi Franklin Templeton Mutual Fund’s decision to wind up six debt schemes is a matter of “grave concern” to investors, mutual fund industry and financial markets, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said on Saturday, urging the government to act promptly to resolve the issue. In an unprecedented move, Franklin Templeton Mutual Fund has voluntarily decided to wind up …

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Delhi airport to eventually open up for passenger operations; T-1 , T-2 may temporarily shut-down

IANS New Delhi As it awaits clear health safety guidelines from the Centre, the  national capitals IGI Airport is preparing Terminal-3 to eventually open up for full fledged flight  operations. Accordingly, DIAL, which manages and operates IGIA may temporarily shut-down Terminal-2  and the T-1D.  “DIAL is assessing the quantum of domestic demand along with the Airlines, once the  suspension of …

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Lower middle class: worst-hit during lockdown

IANS Hyderabad The ongoing lockdown, which has crippled the economy for more  than a month and sparked unprecedented distress, has turned the so-called lower middle class  into the new poor identities of the society. Teachers in unaided private schools, office assistants, data entry operators, salespersons, receptionists, beauticians, those who run small mobile phone service and repair shops and other service …

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Situation ‘especially serious’ in Ahmedabad, Surat, Hyderabad, Chennai, Thane

New Delhi: The COVID-19 situation is “especially serious” in major or emerging hotspots like Ahmedabad, Surat, Hyderabad, Chennai and Thane, the Centre said on Friday, as it rushed inter-ministerial central teams (IMCT) to monitor the situation in these cities. The assessment by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) came on a day when Ahmedabad Municipal Commissioner Vijay Nehra said the …

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India records biggest single-day spike

New Delhi: In the biggest spike in coronavirus infection on a single day, India on Friday recorded 1,752 fresh cases taking the total number of infected people to 23,452 even as doubling rate of the disease improved to 10 days from 7.5 reported earlier this week, according to the Health Ministry. The death toll from the infection rose to 723 …

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Self-reliance biggest lesson from COVID pandemic: PM

New Delhi: The coronavirus pandemic has taught the country “to be self-reliant and self-sufficient” and not look for solutions abroad, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told grassroots leaders on Friday as he stressed that every village, district and state should be able to provide for its basic needs. Applauding people for their grit in fighting the COVID-19 outbreak, Modi said “the …

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Police complaint against Kangana over remarks

Mumbai: A complaint has been filed with police against Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut for allegedly promoting enmity between different groups with her remarks made in support of her sister Rangoli Chandel, an official said on Friday. The complaint was filed by a lawyer, Ali Kashif Khan Deshmukh, at the suburban Amboli Police Station on Wednesday. The Twitter account of Chandel, …

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