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COVID situation ‘especially serious’ in 4 metros: Centre

New Delhi: The Union government has said the COVID-19 situation is “especially serious” in Mumbai, Pune, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata and a few other places in West Bengal, and warned that violation of lockdown measures risks the spread of the novel coronavirus further. Acting swiftly, the Union home ministry also announced that six inter-ministerial central teams will visit these identified areas …

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Robots help in social distancing in UP town

Bulandshahr (UP): Robots are helping people maintain social distancing and minimise spread of coronavirus by dispensing sanitiser to people at the district collectorate and giving food and medicines to patients at the COVID-19 designated hospital here. Fitted with sensors, a bright red robot at the collectorate detects human presence and dispenses sanitiser. “We have deployed a robot, made by local …

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Adityanath’s father dies

Lucknow/New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s father Anand Bisht died on Monday and will be cremated in Haridwar at a funeral which will not be attended by the CM, who said he is duty-bound to stay in his state. Bisht (89) was admitted to the gastroenterology department of the AIIMS after his health deteriorated. His condition was critical, …

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Centre objects to Kerala diluting lockdown curbs

New Delhi: The Centre has come down heavily on the Kerala government for its decision to allow opening of restaurants, bus travel in cities and opening of MSME industries in urban areas, saying it amounts to dilution of lockdown guidelines and also a Supreme Court observation. However, the Pinarayi Vijayan-led Left government in Kerala said there was some “misunderstanding”, due …

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Assam pays Rs 2,000 each to 86,000 people stranded in other states

Guwahati: The Assam government on Monday deposited Rs 2,000 each under a “special scheme” to the accounts of 86,000 people from the state, who are stranded across India due to the ongoing nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19. Addressing a press conference here, Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the decision to provide financial support to those …

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‘Centre to take call on resuming train, airline services’

PTI New Delhi Union minister Prakash Javadekar made it clear on Sunday that the central government has so far not taken any decision on starting train or airline services for passengers, asserting that any discussion on the issue is futile. Asked if the government is looking at any timeline to start passenger transport services like trains or airlines, he told …

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India death toll rises to 519; cases to 16,116

PTI New Delhi The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 519 and the number of cases climbed to 16,116 in the country on Sunday, registering an increase of 31 deaths and 1,324 cases since Saturday evening, according to the Union health ministry. The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 13,295 while 2,301 people have been cured and discharged, …

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Stranded labourers can move within state with conditions

PTI New Delhi Labourers, who are stranded in different parts of the country due to the ongoing lockdown, will be allowed to go to their respective places of work within a state with certain conditions, the Union Home Ministry said. Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla, however, made it clear that there will be no inter-state movement of workers during the lockdown, …

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Centre sets up task force to work on vaccines, drug testing

PTI New Delhi A high-level task force has been set up to work on frontiers of science related to vaccines and drug testing to fight coronavirus, the Union health ministry said on Sunday. Addressing a media briefing here, Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, health ministry, said NITI Aayog member and principal scientific advisor to the government will be co-chair of the …

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