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World Athletics to postpone 2021 World Championships to 2022

The International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Paralympic Committee (IPC), Tokyo 2020 organising committee, Tokyo metropolitan government and the government of Japan announced on Monday that the Tokyo Olympic Games will be staged from July 23 to August 8, 2021, and the Tokyo Paralympic Games will run from August 24 to September 5, 2021.

Sensex up 1,000 points, Nifty gains 300

The Nifty was trading at 8,586.05, higher by 304.95 points or 3.68 per cent from its previous close.

Kerala Govt doctors to observe black day on Wednesday

They will work wearing black badges to protest the decision of the State government asking to issue certificates for the supply of liquor to those showing withdrawal symptoms.

Informed about people stuck due to lockdown, says markaz

The markaz has even given proof of communication between police and concerned authorities and has slammed media for misreporting.

Xiaomi’s Wuhan HQ resumes operations

The company sent the first batch of employees to the site with "epidemic care packages" that included masks, hand sanitizer and a red envelope, reports GizmoChina.

SL reports 2nd COVID-19 death, cases reach 122

Five new cases were reported on Monday and with the second death recorded the Government urged the public to comply with COVID-19 countermeasures, while applauding public resilience in the face of hardship, the Daily Financial times said in a report.

14 returnees from Delhi meeting test COVID-19 positive in Andhra

With this, the number of total cases in the state rose to 40.

Youth Congress launches helpline to help people amid lockdown

Krishna Allavaru, in-charge IYC, said: "Youth Congress is trying it's bit in ensuring proper and clean supplies to the impoverished. In order to achieve this common goal, various teams have been deployed throughout the country and volunteers are participating in overwhelming number."

No retirement function, says Kerala Minister as many exit worklife

"Yesterday the Chief Minister made it very clear that today (March 31st) a good number of officials retire. He has said that even if there is none to take over charge, it will be deemed that the charge has been handed over and the official has retired.

Mallya reiterates offer to return bank dues, seeks Centre’s help

Mallya said that he had made offers to return the outstanding dues many times but neither the banks nor the Enforcement Directorate were cooperating.

Treat labourers with dignity, they build India, says Congress

On Monday, local administration and health workers sprayed disinfect on the migrant labourers in Bareilly after they arrived in the district.

UNSC voices concern over COVID-19’s devastating impact on Syria

On Monday, the Council held a briefing via video teleconference on the situation in Syria and was briefed on by UN Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock and UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen, reports Xinhua news agency.

Second COVID-19 death in Kerala

He was a resident of Pothencode about 20 kms from the capital city.

227 tested positive in 24 hours, India enters seventh day of lockdown

Delhi: As the country begins the seventh day of lockdown, a total of 1251 people are reported to be infected with the virus. On Monday...

Coronavirus: Libya frees more than 450 prisoners

Libya had reported its first case of Covid-19 last Tuesday, a 73-year-old man who had returned from a trip to Saudi Arabia in early March.

Japan to ban entry of travellers from US, Europe, China, S.Korea

The ban will apply to those who have visited one of the designated regions in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Japan, Efe news quoted state broadcaster NHK as saying in a report.

Sonia Gandhi sets up control room on COVID-19

A release from KC Venugopal said "Congress President, Smt Sonia Gandhi has approved the setting up of a Central Control Room' at AICC, comprising, Rajiv Satav, MP, Devendra Yadav, Ex MLA, and Manish Chatrath, Secretary, AICC for the purpose of coordinating all COVID2019, related matters. "

COVID-19: One more death in M’rashtra; total cases 215

The latest casualty was the first for Pune and ninth for Maharashtra. Mumbai had earlier recorded seven corona deaths and Buldhans one.

Chidambaram demands more financial assistance package

The Centre has announced a package of Rs 1.7 lakh crore for assistance to those affected due to nationwide lockdown.

Crowds at banks to collect pension, Minister mulls other ways

Right from the morning, big queues have been seen in front of the banks and standing in were mostly aged people.

Kerala Police makes first arrest of migrant over protests

Ahead of the arrest, the district collector announced prohibitory orders under Sec 144 in the Kottayam district.

No plan to extend lock-down right now, Centre dismisses ‘baseless rumours’

“I’m surprised to see such reports, there is no such plan of extending the lockdown,” he said. 

Covid-19 Lockdown: SC to hear petitions on migrant workers today

22 laborers were reported to have died in the attempt to walk back home. 

Madhya Pradesh breathes easy on corona

Though the number of cases rose steadily there were encouraging reports about at least seven patients in Jabalpur recovering from infection after they tested positive on return from Dubai almost a week ago.

Equity indices in red, Sensex down 700 points

Mumbai:   Indian stock markets opened on a negative note on Monday with the BSE Sensex trading over 700 points lower.The decline was in line with...

Trump extends pandemic guidelines to April end

As the number of confirmed cases in the US reached 139,675 on Sunday evening, Trump announced at the White House that instead of relaxing soon the guidelines social distancing at their core, he would continue them.

Calling labourers ‘guest’ won’t suffice, lessons from Kerala

Messages or no messages, the 'guest' laborers of Kerala is insecure and the PR gimmicks of government are not the solution for the same.

979 confirmed cases, 25 deaths, says Health Ministry

He also informed that under Indian Railways, 1.25 lakh wagons transporting essential commodities, such as food grains, sugar, salt, coal, petroleum, etc, have been operated in the last 5 days. 

Lockdown will raise death toll, Rahul Gandhi writes to Modi

“A complete lockdown and the resulting shutdown of our economic engine will almost certainly ensure the millions of unemployed youth rush back to their villages, increasing the risk of infecting their parents, grandparents and the elderly population. This will result in catastrophic loss of life," Gandhi said in the letter. 

No recent travel history abroad, Spice Jet pilot tests positive for coronavirus

“One of our colleagues, a first officer with SpiceJet, has tested positive for Covid-19. The test report came on March 28. He did not operate any international flight in March,” the airline’s spokesperson said. 

Trump rules out quarantine on New York

"On the recommendation of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, and upon consultation with the Governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, I have asked the @CDCgov to issue a strong Travel Advisory, to be administered by the Governors, in consultation with the Federal Government," Xinhua news agency quoted Trump as saying in a tweet on Saturday night.

Sri Lanka reports first COVID-19 death

This marks Sri Lanka's first death from the COVID-19 outbreak, reports Xinhua news agency.

Covid-19 test now available on Practo for Rs 4,500

Starting Saturday, the test is available for Mumbai residents for Rs 4,500, and will soon be expanded to the rest of the country, Practo said.

Labourers are country’s backbone, please help them, says Priyanka

Gandhi shared a tweet from Uttar Pradesh Congress which showed migrants walking back home even in the night

Apple launches COVID-19 website, app with screening tool

The iPhone maker created the app and website with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the White House coronavirus task force and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Kerala reports first death from COVID-19

State Agriculture Minister V.S. Sunilkumar told the media that the 69-year-old man arrived from UAE on March 22 and was in isolation.

France extends coronavirus lockdown by 2 weeks

"After these first 10 days of confinement, it is clear that we are just at the beginning of this epidemic wave. It has submerged eastern France and now it is arriving in the Paris region and northern France," Xinhua news agency quoted Philippe as saying on Friday.

Rahul urges people to provide food, shelter to migrants heading home

Taking to Twitter, Gandhi said: "Today, hundreds of our brothers and sisters, along with their hungry and thirsty families have to move towards their villages. On this difficult path of theirs, those of you who are capable enough, provide them with food, shelter and water.

With 969 deaths in one day, Italy’s tally crosses 9,000 mark

The pandemic also claimed 969 lives, a new single-day record high in fatalities registered here since the outbreak hit the country's northern regions on February 21, Xinhua news agency reported.

Centre sends 10,000 coronavirus testing kits to Bengal

The kits were dispatched from the National Institute of virology and reached the virology lab housed in the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED) here on Friday.

‘Let media do its job,’ says Editors Guild condems police ‘high-handedness’

The bureau chief of Hindu had alleged that the police had abused him and “held by his neck” in his car while he was on his way back home.

#Breaking Coronavirus: British PM Boris Johnson tests positive

He is currently showing mild symptoms and will be self-isolating in Downing Street.

Wuhan no longer at ‘high risk’ due to coronavirus

Speaking at a news conference here, Liu Dongru, deputy head of Hubei province's health commission, said coronavirus risk evaluation for five districts of Xinzhou, Huangpi, Jiangxia, Caidian and Dongxihu have been further lowered to "low risk", reports Xinhua news agency reported

RBI rate cut fails to boost market, Sensex falls to trade in red

The 30-stock Sensex tumbled after gaining over 1,100 during the initial trade.

China bars foreign visitors as imported COVID-19 cases rise

Although China reported its first locally-transmitted coronavirus case after three days on Friday, almost all its new cases now come from abroad, the BBC reported.

Clearer water, Cleaner air; Pollution drops amidst outbreak

Early results showed carbon monoxide, mainly from cars, had been reduced by nearly 50% compared with last year.

Adopt A Healthcare Worker, Here is how Australia is helping its healthcare workers

Australia has come up with an initiative to thank their health workers

Bear hunt brings joy to Canberra residents during hard times

The initiative inspired by the book Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury is gaining popularity.

South Africa records first two Coronavirus deaths, cases breach 1000

“This morning, we South Africans wake up with sad news that we now have our first deaths resulting from the Covid-19 outbreak," read the statement. 

Coronavirus Outbreak; Tamil Nadu reports 6 new cases

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami to enforce the three-week national lockdown strictly.

“Belated Awakening”, Moscow shuts down cafes to fight Corona spread

The closures announced Thursday "are not a holiday, it is a serious measure to prevent COVID-19," the mayor said in a statement on his website.

Cognizant announces additional 25% of base pay for India staff

This applies to more than two-thirds of the India workforce and the company would review the approach monthly, it said in a statement.

Afghan govt to release prisoners amid COVID-19 pandemic

On Thursday, Ahmad Rashid Totakhil, head of the general directorate of prisons, said that the prisoners who will be released do not pose a threat to the society, TOLO News reported.

UP: AIMIM leader held for spreading misinformation on COVID-19

The accused is a resident of Gajia in Jahagirabad area of Naini in Uttar Pradesh.

China reports a local case after three days, clampdown on flights

The country also has reported 54 imported cases.

Kerala sub-collector who skipped quarantine traced to his hometown in UP

Kollam: One of the sub-collector in Kollam district who skipped his 14day quarantine has now been traced back to his hometown in Uttar Pradesh. Though...

Govt restricts sale of wonder drug ‘hydroxychloroquine’

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday made the announcement making it clear that the order "shall come into force on the date of its publication in the Official Gazette".

Drones to power fight against corona in Chhattisgarh, elsewhere

"Our drones will spray disinfectant on areas specified by the Chhattisgarh government, usually hospital areas, government offices and buildings," Agnishwar Jayaprakash, Managing Director of city-based Garuda Aerospace, told IANS.

No Friday prayers, says Muslim Personal Law Board

"Due to #NovelCoronavirus pandemic, Muslims are recommended to offer Zuhur at home instead of praying Jumah at mosques. DON'T come out for congregational prayers and #StayAtHomeSaveLives. It is mandatory upon all to avoid causing harm to their fellow citizens," tweeted AIMPLB late on Thursday night.

UN chief Guterres warns of losing COVID-19 war

United Nations:  While UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has told the Group of 20 (G20) leaders on Thursday, "We are at war with a virus --...

PV Sindhu donates Rs 10 lakh in fight against COVID-19

Hyderabad:   Ace Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu on Thursday donated a sum of Rs 10 lakh to combat the spread of coronavirus. Sindhu has donated Rs...

US Senate approves historic $2tn stimulus package

Washington:   The US Senate has approved a historic $2 trillion fiscal stimulus package, the in the country's modern history, to try and counter the effects...

COVID-19: After Samsung, Apple temporarily shuts production in India

New Delhi:   With the Indian government imposing a nationwide 21-day lockdown to combat COVID-19, leading tech giant Apple's manufacturing partners have temporarily shut manufacturing in...

Another COVID-19 case in Bengal, state count reaches 10

Kolkata:   A 66-year-old man, admitted at a private hospital here, has been detected with the coronavirus infection, taking the total number of positive cases in...

3 new Coronavirus positive cases in TN take total to 26

Chennai:   Tamil Nadu has reported three more positive cases of Coronavirus taking the total infected cases till date to 26.According to Tamil Nadu Health Minister...

First COVID-19 death in J&K, patient dies in Srinagar hospital

Srinagar:   The first COVID-19 death occurred in Srinagar after a patient who had tested positive earlier succumbed on Thursday in the hospital.Doctors said the 65-year...

ICMR answers all you want to know about killer Corona

New Delhi:   The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has Come up with an easy frequently asked questions (FAQ) to dispel myths and bring out...

Over 74,000 COVID-19 cases in Italy, toll reaches 7,503

Rome:   The coronavirus pandemic has claimed 7,503 lives in Italy, while the cumulative number of confirmed cases have reached 74,386, Italian authorities said.Active infections grew...

COVID-19: Kerala Police latest video teaches Yoga

Thiruvananthapuram:   Apart from doing its regular policing jobs, ever since COVID-19 struck, the Kerala Police has now become the cynosure of all eyes, after its...

Corona Outbreak is stressful but mental health is important

Our cities might be locked down, and we might be isolated in homes, but it is important to talk and spread support and solidarity.  

Overnight renaming of campus road, When Savarkar sparked a fresh row in JNU

“We can never ever accept apologists and stooges of the British who undermined our secular fabric. Let’s respect those who gave us our constitution,” Aishee Ghosh tweeted along with the new picture from the site. 

An Immersive Future of live cinema, when Disney teams up with Secret Cinema

The company is known for mixing film with live music, art, theatre, and dance to create cinematic worlds that are open to exploration by the viewers. 

‘Meme-d’ ; When memes are used to cope with Coronavirus panic

Between coronavirus test and mask shortages, business and university closures, home quarantine and isolation wards and the media which at the moment is updating too much,  stressed individuals are in need of a distraction from the chaos and it seems most of them have found their resort and peace in online memes.

When Delhi police entered India Art Fair

Though the IAF management decided this year to turn their back at the turbulent political environment in the country, the artists, had found their own ways to express solidarity with the protesting crowd of Delhi. 

Feminism enters Indian Navy, SC allows permanent commission to Women

"Women can sail with the same efficiency as male officers and there should be no discrimination," the court observed.

Flu and sexism, Inside India’s Coronavirus inspired music

The line between creativity and insensitivity can be really, really thin. But it is common to mistake both as the same.

Coronavirus in the time of Social Media; How netizens are coping with the pandemic

WHO in a month's time has turned out to be one of the biggest social media influencers.

Acheiving Samrudhi; Lessons from Odisha

The government has already announced the agriculture budget of 2020-21 with an outlay of Rs 19,408 crores. 

Politicising a pandemic: How Italy’s far-right wing is worsening the crisis

Chinese people in Italy are being targeted, shamed and attacked as the paranoia over the virus is growing.

High Cigarette Tax: Who is benefitting?

“I propose to raise excise duty, by way of National Calamity Contingent Duty,” announced Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman during Budget 2020. Smoking had never been the same. It pinches.