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As Migrants Return Home, Delhi Govt Issues SOP to Screen Those Leaving or Entering City

On a day the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Delhi breached the 5,000-mark, the Delhi government on Tuesday issued a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for screening of stranded people moving out of or entering the national capital from other states. Issued by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), the order makes the following points:........

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ICMR Head’s Letter Says Launch of Bharat Biotech's Covid-19 Vaccine ‘Latest by August 15’

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has set an ambitious launch date of August 15 for the public use of the Coronavirus vaccine being developed in partnership with Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech. “It is envisaged to launch the vaccine for public health use latest by 15th August 2020 after completion of all clinical trials. BBIL is working expeditiously to meet the target, however, final outcome will depend on the cooperation of all clinical trial sites involved in this project," a letter by ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava, a........

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UP Brings Ordinance On Damage Recovery After Top Court's "No Law" Remark On Protesters' Hoardings

The Uttar Pradesh cabinet on Friday approved "UP Recovery of damage to public properties Ordinance-2020" for recovery of losses due to damage to government and private properties during political processions. The decision in this regard was taken by a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday evening. "The cabinet has approved UP Recovery of damage to public properties Ordinance-2020 for recovery of losses of government and private properties during political processions, illegal ........

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Six States Seek Lockdown Extenstion Till April 30 as PM Modi Discusses New Strategy with CMs in Virtual Meet

The nationwide lockdown imposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak in India is likely to continue beyond April 14, top sources in the government said even as the death toll from the number of cases surged past 7,400 and the death toll inched towards 250. Districts across India identified as hotspots will be locked down more stringently, while unaffected districts and states will be allowed some relaxation but all international health protocols will be followed. ........

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Coronavirus: Tirumala Shutdown!

The Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams (TTD) has decided not to allow devotees over the hill the wake of epidemic Corona virus. This afternoon, a devotee has been detected with Corona symptoms and immediately he was shifted to Ruia hospital and kept in isolation ward. Alerted by this, the TTD has held an emergency meeting and came to a decision to impose restrictions in Tirumala. The TTD also took the state and central government's instructions into consideration and based on this, the TTD will shut down two ghat roads leading to the seven hills. ........

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Yediyurappa orders total shutdown in Karnataka for one week over coronavirus

In the wake of India's first coronavirus death in Kalaburagi, the Karnataka state government has decided to close down all activities for one week. An emergency meeting was summoned by state chief minister B S Yediyurappa with ministers and chief officials on Friday. Following the suggestions from the Health and Family Welfare ministry, it has been decided to shut down malls, cinema, theatres, pubs, and ban mass gatherings like marriages, gatherings, universities, sports events, fairs, party, function and........

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Is Ladakh being loved to death?

For all the criticism that rampant tourism has drawn in Ladakh, there are a few examples of sustainable ventures as well. Alongside its conservation efforts, the SLC-IT runs wildlife tourism programmes, with locals being trained to track snow leopards and maintain homestays to the liking of guests, enabling extra income in the winters. Nor can it be denied that tourism has brought prosperity to those in the sector. For instance, Wasim Ahmad can now regularly embark on international holidays during the lean period in........

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Aarogya Setu Registration Will be Mandatory to Setup New Phone: Govt Sources

Registering on Aarogya Setu will be mandatory for all new smartphones before they can be set up and used, government sources told News18 earlier today. According to officials with knowledge of the matter, the government of India is making it mandatory for all new smartphones to be sold in India post lifting of the lockdown to not just have the app as a pre-installed service, but also ensure that individuals register on it and set it up, before beginning to ........

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No public gatherings will be allowed in Uttar Pradesh till June 30: Yogi Adityanath

No public gatherings will be allowed in Uttar Pradesh till June 30, almost two months beyond the ongoing national lockdown which ends on 3 May, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Saturday amid concern over the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases. In the state.The decision was taken after CM held a meeting with the chairpersons of 11 committees tasked with handling the outbreak in the state. The order, which will impact large gatherings like marriages, political rallies and social functions, has been described as a necessary measure to control ........

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LPG cylinder prices could rise by ₹100-150 in 1 year. Here's why

The good news is that with the developments in past few months, government is looking to completely eliminate oil subsidy by early FY22. But for consumers, the move would mean that their cooking gas price would shoot up by another ₹100-150 per cylinder over the next one year. Sources said that taking advantage of low oil prices, government may give nod to state-run oil marketing companies to increase price of subsidised LPG cylinder gradually so that entire subsidy paid under direct benefit transfer scheme (DBT) to eligible consumers is eliminated in one year'........

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Meghalaya-based Insurgent Group HNLC Banned by Government Over Violence

The MHA said the HNLC along with all its factions, wings and frontal organisations has been openly declaring as its objective the secession of the state's areas, which are largely inhabited by Khasi and Jaintia tribals, from the Indian Union.........

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UP govt evicts Mulayam Yadav's Lohia Trust from prime Lucknow building

Now In a major setback for former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, the Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday evicted the Lohia Trust bungalow from a prime property on Vikramaditya Marg in Lucknow. The Lohia Trust building was vacated by the state property department. The development comes days after the Supreme Court ordered the government to vacate all the bungalows which were running on the UP government's expenditure. While Mulayam Singh Yadav is the chairman of the ........

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विकास दर: जीडीपी घटकर हुई 5 प्रतिशत! जानिए बिजनेस पर क्या पड़ेगा प्रभाव

देश की जीडीपी वर्तमान तिमाही में पिछले कई दशकों में सबसे कम है. विकास दर की इस रफ़्तार से क्या भारत 5 ट्रिलियन डॉलर की अर्थव्यवस्था बन पायेगा? जानिए...........

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PM Modi launches platform for transparent taxation; says focus on seamless, painless, faceless tax system

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched a platform ‘Transparent Taxation- Honoring the Honest’, which, he said will strengthen efforts of reforming the tax system. The platform will ease tax compliance, the PM said on Thursday. Dedicating the new platform to honest taxpayers, PM Modi said, "Honest taxpayers play important role in national development. Faceless assessment, faceless appeal and taxpayer charter part of........

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India Needs National Security Strategy to Set Redlines Like Ladakh Intrusion, Force Govt to Build Capability

India faces its most serious military challenge on our northern borders since the Wangdung incident of 1986. Although the violence that accompanied the initial transgressions has not reoccurred and the current focus is on dialogue, it is apparent that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) has occupied territory across India’s perception of the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Attempts to use terms like ‘grey zone’ and obfuscate the matter by making distinctions between ‘incursion’, ‘transgression’, and ‘occupation’ cannot hide this reality. It is now apparent ........

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Tourists Can Now Fly to the US, UK, Canada, UAE Under Air Bubble Agreement, All Visas Allowed

In a letter to DGCA, Ministry of Civil Aviation has confirmed that air travellers holding valid visa of all kind are allowed to travel to US, UK, Canada and UAE under the bilateral Air Bubble agreement with these countries, easing the travel for all type of Visa holders including tourist, business, student and transit visas. However, the Indian government has not allowed all visa type holders to enter India and only certain essential visa holders can enter India using International flights from ........

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Naga peace talks with Central government to sort out critical issues

The prime minister’s envoy to the Naga peace talks R N Ravi, who is also the governor of Nagaland, will be leaving for New Delhi next week to hold talks with the collective leadership of the Nationalist Social Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) led by its general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah, to short out differences on rhetorical issues like—flag, separate constitution for Nagaland and setting up a memorial of arms and ammunitions of Naga rebels at Kohima. Disclosing that a delegation of the NSCN (I-M) has left for New Delhi on Friday to ........

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RBI increases gold loan-to-value ratio to 90%, interest rates unchanged

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Thursday kept interest rates unchanged to help tame inflation that in recent times had surged past 6 per cent mark, and said that the economy is in an extremely weak condition following the pandemic. RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das also raised the loan-to-value ratio for gold loans to 90 per cent from 75 per cent to mitigate the Covid-19 impact on households. The central bank allowed lenders to restructure corporat........

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Chinese Now Know Modi And Jaishankar Have Wised Up; India Is Now Trying To Call Xi’s Bluff

The Chinese must take us for fools. They are trying the same old trick of pretending that the border dispute and normal ties in other areas are separate, and one should not confuse the two. However, this time they may find that Narendra Modi and his External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar, are unwilling to be lulled into any false sense of normality. They seem to be saying that without a border pullback, there will be no deal elsewhere too. They are now in a position to call Chinese supremo Xi Jinping’s bluff. While the Prime Min........

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In a first, ‘Rifle Women’ of Assam Rifles deployed on LoC duty

For the first time, the Indian Army has deployed 'rifle women' along the Line of Control (LoC) between India and Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir on national security duty. This is probably for the first time in the history of the Indian Army that women have been deployed on regular security duty along with their male counterparts in the areas adjacent to the LoC. Deployed at an altitude of ten thousand feet, at the top of the Sadhana T........

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