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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 ........

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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 agitations," UP Minister Suresh Kumar Khanna told reporters after the cabinet........

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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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India overtakes Brazil as country second-worst hit by COVID-19

India’s coronavirus infections surged past 4.2 million on Monday as it overtook Brazil to become the country with the second-highest number of cases. With 4,204,613 infections, India is nearly 70,000 cases ahead of Brazil, which will post its most recent numbers later on Monday. India, with a daily record 90,802 cases on Monday, also has the fastest-growing case load. The United States, with more than 6 million cases, remains the worst-affected country.........

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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. However, the TTD will perform the daily rou........

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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, p........

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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 March a........

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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, ........

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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 ........

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Indian envoy to UK speaks on COVID-19 crisis, says diaspora organisations helping in relief efforts

The Indian High commissioner to the UK, Ruchi Ghanashyam, said that the Indian mission has set up a team of officers who are in touch with those Indian nationals who need medical assistance. For Indian students, "guidance is in place for their non-eviction". On the visa issue, Ghanashyam said that Indians won't be unfairly penalised and that UK visas stand extended till May 31.........

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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's time.........

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All States to Begin Covid Vaccine Dry Run on Jan 2, Review of Oxford, Bharat Biotech’s Shots Today

A dry run for vaccination will be conducted by all state and union territory administrations on January 2 to test the delivery systems required to inoculate millions of people starting January. The tests comes as the apex drug regulator on Thursday hinted that approval for a vaccine can be granted soon and said the country will have a “happy new year with something in hand.” The assurance from the D........

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Total Govt Liabilities Rise To Rs 101.3 Lakh Cr In First Quarter: Finance Ministry Report

Total liabilities of the government increased to Rs 101.3 lakh crore at end-June 2020 from Rs 94.6 lakh crore at end-March 2020, according to the latest data on public debt. The total debt of the government stood at Rs 88.18 lakh crore at end-June 2019. Public debt accounted for 91.1 per cent of total outstanding liabilities at end-June 2020, the quarterly report on public debt management released on Friday said. Nearly 28.6 per cent ........

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International Flights: Now Indians Can Travel to Japan, UK, Canada And 10 Other Countries | Who is Allowed & Who is Not?

Though International flights in India will remain suspended till September 30, the country has established bilateral air bubble arrangements with 13 countries — Afghanistan, Bahrain, Canada, France, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Maldives, Nigeria, Qatar, UAE, UK and US. Making the announcement on Twitter, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, “Air Bubbles are in place with 13 countries. Others are being finalised. In addition to existing countries, people can also fly between India & Afghanistan, Bahrain, Canada, France, Germany, Iraq, Maldives, Nigeria & Qatar. Carriers of........

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Tablighi Event Led To Covid Spread Among "Many": Government To Parliament

A huge gathering of the Islamic sect Tablighi Jamaat in March in Delhi, despite orders issued by various authorities after the outbreak of coronavirus, "also" led to the spread of the virus among "many persons", the government today informed parliament. "As reported by Delhi Police, despite guidelines/orders issued by various authorities in pursuance of the outbreak of COVID-19 a huge gathering assembled inside a closed premise; over a protracted period of time, with........

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Schools Reopen from Today: Here's a State-Wise List of Rules for Students, Parents and Teachers

After almost six-months, schools in some states will reopen their gates to students of Classes 9-12 with a long list of rules to be followed as per the Covid-19 protocol announced in Unlock 4 by the central government. In the Unlock 4 guidelines, the union home ministry had permitted schools to reopen from September 21, Monday but left the final call to the states. It did, however, lay down a set of rules for schools to reopen. Students and teachers residing in containment zones are n........

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Govt may allow companies with over 300 workers to fire staff without its nod

Companies having not less than 300 workers will soon be allowed to hire and fire workers without seeking prior government permission, with the labour ministry proposing changes to rules in a bill introduced in Lok Sabha on Saturday. The proposal, which was the bone of contention between the ministry and trade unions, is part of the Industrial Relation Code Bill 2020. Currently, only those industrial establishments with less than 100 employees are permitted to hire and fire their staff without permission of the government. The bi........

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Rules & regulations: Trai suggestions no free pass for OTTs, data privacy still concern

The recent recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India stating that over-the-top (OTT) players like Facebook, Viber, Telegram, etc, do not need to be brought under any form of regulatory framework, will in no way stop the government from drafting intermediary guidelines and data protection laws aimed at governing them. This is significant because the intermediary guidelines would make it mandatory for apps like WhatsApp to trace the origin of messages........

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Police arrested a local journalist alleging spying for China

Police in India’s capital city on Saturday said they had arrested a local freelance journalist on allegations he was passing “sensitive information” to Chinese intelligence officers. In a statement, the Delhi Police said 61-year-old Rajeev Sharma was arrested earlier this week and officers had seized some confidential documents related to the Indian defence department from the journalist’s residence. One Chinese woman and her Nepalese partner were also arrested for allegedly supplying Sharma with “huge amounts of money” for “conveying information to Chinese intelligence”. The ........

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