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40 more persons have been discharged after completing their two-week quarantine in Srinagar. The total number of persons discharged from administrative quarantine so far is now 1906: District Administration, SrinagarCLAT 2020 postponed to June 21Govt employees in Karnataka may not face pay-cut this month

The Karnataka Government may spare its employees from salary cuts this month despite severe resources crunch it faces following steep fall in revenue collection due to the ongoing lockdown to fight the coronavirus, official sources said on Tuesday.

Global coronavirus deaths top 170,000 (AFP)Frame policies to safeguard elderly officials during COVID: AIIMS doctor to PMA doctor from the Geriatric department at AIIMS has urged the prime minister to frame policies to safeguard elderly officials from coronavirus, noting they are vulnerable to infectious diseases and that there is a direct correlation between mortality and age.While lauding the tireless efforts of the PM to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, Dr Vijay Kumar Gurjar, an assistant professor said some employees in vulnerable group like healthcare workers, police officials, defence personnel, sanitation workers, administrators and politicians who have conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes or kidney ailments do not have a strong immune system and thus are more vulnerable to infectious diseases.131 people have been arrested for deliberate violation of the safety restrictions since morning till 1200 hours today. A total of 4 vehicles have been seized in the same period: Kolkata PoliceInter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) Leader- West Bengal Chief Secretary meeting: Daily data would be provided to IMCT team but area visit will not be allowed

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83 new COVID-19 cases in Rajasthan, state total stands at 1,659 now

83 new #COVID19 cases have been reported in Rajasthan today, taking total number of positive cases in the state to… https://t.co/NiOUnMz5rj

— ANI (@ANI) 1587462485000Malaysia reports 57 new coronavirus cases; 5,482 in total with 3 new deathsFirst batch of 57 Iran-returned pilgrims reaches Kargil after quarantine in UP

The first batch of 57 Iran-returned pilgrims reached here on Tuesday in a special Indian Air Force (IAF) flight after undergoing quarantine in Uttar Pradesh, officials said.

160 cops from Chandni Mahal, Nabi Karim police stations in Delhi tested for COVID-19Around 160 personnel from Chandni Mahal and Nabi Karim police stations in the national capital have been tested for coronavirus, Delhi Police said on Tuesday.According to the police, 128 of these samples have tested negative while the results for the remaining samples are awaited.We have been seeking support from West Bengal government for our visit: Central teamIAF choppers airlift essential commodities to remote Arunachal Pradesh areaOne more COVID-19 case reported in DK district in Karnataka

With this, the number of persons tested positive in the district has gone up to 16.

Made from cloth for employees’ uniforms, Northern railways to deliver its first order of 2,000 masksHaving made face masks out of fabric meant for employees’ uniforms, the Northern Railways has bagged its first order of 2,000 masks that are washable, cheap and even available in orange, the colour worn by trackmen on duty.A Delhi Residents’ Welfare Association is the Northern Railways’ first paying client and received the first batch of these masks on Tuesday. With the government making wearing of masks mandatory in public and at the workplace, these come at a cost Rs 5.94 each against the market price of Rs 7.50 and could well serve to meet the rising demand of masks in the coming days.Singapore extends lockdown to June 1: Regional MediaRupee settles 30 paise lower at 76.83 (provisional) against US dollar222 UK nationals and 28 Indians will depart for London from Amritsar International Airport

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— ANI (@ANI) 1587461401000Improper social distancing causes coronaviorus spread: Sharad Pawar

Coronavirus infection spreads when social distancing is not observed properly, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said on Tuesday following reports that relative of a sanitation worker, who is a resident of the President’s Estate that houses Rashtrapati Bhavan, tested positive for the infection.

78 more COVID-19 cases in Delhi, tally in city reaches 2081

78 more COVID-19 cases have been reported from the national capital, taking the total number of coronavirus cases in the city to 2,081, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Tuesday.

Spain’s number of coronavirus cases rises to 204,178 on Tuesday from 200,210 on Monday – Health ministrySpain’s death toll from coronavirus rises to 21,282 on Tuesday from 20,852 on Monday: Health MinistryRate of Doubling of COVID19 cases in Haryana is nearly 2 weeks as against 7.5 days of country

– Anil Vij, Health Minister, Haryana

COVID-19: Indian Internet infra not prepared for shift to online teaching-learning, says QS reportThe Indian Internet infrastructure is not ready for the paradigm shift to online learning mandated by the situation arising due to COVID-19, according to a report by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), which comes out with coveted global ranking for educational institutions.The report titled “COVID-19: A wake up call for telecom service providers” is based on a survey conducted by QS I Guage, which rates colleges and universities in India with complete operational control held by London-based QS.SC dismisses plea seeking free test, treatment for coronavirus infectionThe Supreme Court Tuesday dismissed a plea seeking direction to the Centre, all states and Union territories to provide free of cost treatment for coronavirus infection till COVID-19 pandemic is contained, saying it is for the government to take a call on it.”Government has to decide on who to give free treatment. We do not have any funds with us,” a bench headed by Justice N V Ramana said.”Do not create publicity interest litigation,” the bench, also comprising Justices S K Kaul and B R Gavai, said.The bench, which heard the matter through video-conferencing, observed that government hospitals across the country are giving free treatment to coronavirus infected patients.Delhi LG visits shelter homes to take stock of arrangements amid coronavirus lockdownDelhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Tuesday took stock of the lockdown implementation in the national capital and visited temporary shelters for migrant workers and the homeless to review arrangements.According to an official, the lieutenant governor visited two schools at Ludlow Castle Number 2 that have been converted into shelter homes amid the ongoing lockdown to combat the coronavirus outbreak.Most areas of West Bengal’s Hooghly district declared COVID-19 containment zonesAll wards of the municipalities of Uttarpara Kotrang, Dankuni, Srerampore, Rishra, Konnagar, Baidyabati, Champadani, Chandannagar, Bhadreshwar have been identified as COVID-19 containment zones, a senior official said.The gram panchayats of Raghunathpur in Srerampore Uttarpara block, Kumirmora, Bhagwatipur, Haripur of Chanditala I block and Garalgacha, Barijhati of Chanditala II, Mundalika, Kotalpur and Dilakhas under the Hooghly (Rural) Police District have also been identified as containment areas, an order issued by the office of the district magistrate said.NFR adopts six-pronged strategy to combat COVID-19 crisisThe Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has adopted a six-pronged strategy to strengthen health infrastructure and increase supply of essential commodities in order to assist the efforts of the Centre and the state governments to tackle the coronavirus crisis, an official said on Tuesday. The NFR has modified 315 passenger coaches to isolation facilities with about 2,500 beds, which will be made available to the health authorities as and when required, its chief public relations officer Subhanan Chanda said.Lockdown: 1330 people booked for not wearing masks in MumbaiSingapore reports 1,111 new COVID-19 cases, PM Lee calls for perseverance of restrictionsSingapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday urged his citizens to “persevere” with the strict restrictions and help one another, as the city-state reported 1,111 new COVID-19 cases, a majority them foreign workers living in dormitories, taking the total infections in the country to 9,125.A vast majority of the new cases are work permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a statement.”This is an uncertain and worrying time for many of us, especially with the large number of cases in the migrant worker dorms. Our teams have been working hard to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the dorms, and look after the well-being of our migrant workers,” Prime Minister Lee said.66 new Covid-19 positive cases reported in Afghanistan, tally reaches 1092

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Tata Motors extends commercial vehicles’ warranty expiring during lockdownTata Motors on Tuesday said it has extended by two months the warranty period for all of its commercial vehicles which are expiring during the period of the lockdown.In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tata Motors has extended the warranty for its commercial vehicles customers worldwide, the company said in a statement.Uncertain if any business will be back to normal by Q2 of this fiscal

– Harsh Pati Singhania

Most areas of West Bengal’s Hooghly district declared COVID-19 containment zonesMost parts of the Hooghly district in West Bengal were declared as COVID-19 containment zones by the state government, a senior official said on Tuesday. All wards of the municipalities of Uttarpara Kotrang, Dankuni, Srerampore, Rishra, Konnagar, Baidyabati, Champadani, Chandannagar, Bhadreshwar have been identified as COVID-19 containment zones, he said.National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases, the ICMR’s nodal agency in West Bengal, withdraws consignment of defective COVID-19 testing kits from some of govt-run labs in the state

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Haryana case count stands at 252

Cumulative positive COVID-19 cases (including 14 Italian Nationals) stand at 252 now, of which 142 have been discharged. Total 2 deaths reported till now: Health Department, Haryana

Moody’s says loan moratorium may lead to greater build-up of credit losses for banksThe loan moratorium extended by banking regulators in countries like India and China to deal with the liquidity crunch amid COVID-19 crisis will provide temporary relief to borrowers but will constrain banks from taking proactive recovery actions and could lead to an even greater build-up of credit losses once the moratoriums are lifted, according to Moody’s. In a report on Asia Pacific region, Moody’s on Tuesday said while policy stimulus will shore up credit quality for larger companies in sectors, including airline and oil and gas, Asia’s banking sector profitability will also decline from deteriorating asset quality and lower net interest margins.Nikkei drops as oil woes add to pandemic fears ahead of earningsJapanese shares dropped on Tuesday with energy-related companies taking the brunt of a collapse in oil prices, while the virus pandemic curbed any risk appetite ahead of corporate earnings. The Nikkei share average fell 1.97% to 19,280.78, slipping further from Friday’s near six-week high of 19,922. The broader Topix lost 1.15% to 1,415.89.UK’s first Sikh emergency medic dies on COVID-19 frontlineTributes have been pouring in for Manjeet Singh Riyat, an Emergency Medicine Consultant who died of coronavirus on the National Health Service (NHS) frontlines at the Royal Derby Hospital in the East Midlands region of England on Monday. Riyat, 52, from the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton, was the first Accident and Emergency (A&E) consultant from the Sikh community in the UK and was well-loved by his colleagues, who described him as the “hugely respected” father of their emergency team.PI Industries to continue partial operation during lockdownPI Industries on Tuesday said it will continue partial operation of its plants located at Panoli and Jambusar in Sterling SEZ, Gujarat, to ensure the supply of crop protection products during the lockdown.
In a regulatory filing, the company also said it expects that “all its manufacturing plants would be operational once the lockdown period is over on May 3 or such other date as per the directives issued by the Government of India from time to time”.Odisha to provide assistance of Rs 50 lakh to families of health workers who die fighting COVID-19

– CM Naveen Patnaik

No impact on placements even under prevailing circumstances: IIT GuwahatiIndian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati has stated that despite the uncertain situation prevailing right now because of Covid-19 pandemic, the placements have not been impacted so far.In a statement, the Institute stated, “With the Coronavirus related lockdown being extended further until May 03, 2020, IIT Guwahati will be compliant to the lockdown rules and regulations. The Institute has already been conducting online courses of all the theory courses (more than 350) since April 04, 2020 and will likely be completing them by May 15, 2020. The Institute has tentatively scheduled examinations in July 2020. The Institute will be welcome the incoming students for the new session in August 2020.”Rahul Gandhi slams govt for allowing use of rice to make sanitiserCongress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday took a swipe at the government over reports that rice would be used to make sanitisers and asked the poor of the country as to when will they wake up.
He said while the poor are dying of hunger, the government was allowing rice to be used for making sanitisers.Goa Govt is playing with zero specially after all 7 positive cases of COVID-19 tested negative. But govt is ignoring the dangerous aspect of Goa by testing just 0.04% of total 16 lakh population till date

– Girish Chodankar, President of Goa Congress

Delhi govt will conduct COVID-19 test on media persons in the national capital as a precautionary measure

– CM Arvind Kejriwal

Odisha rushes response teams, experts as 3 north districts emerge as new COVID-19 hotspotsWith three densely populated northern districts fast emerging as novel coronavirus hotspots, the Odisha government on Tuesday rushed Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) and experts to contain the spread of the highly contagious disease, officials said.
The move comes after Balasore, Bhadrak and Jajpur districts reported a spurt in COVID-19 cases. Of the 79 COVID-19 cases detected in the state so far, these three districts have together reported 23 cases. As many as 17 new cases were reported in the last 48 hours, a senior official said.33 test COVID-19 positive in Rae Bareli, authorities link surge to Tablighi eventThe number of coronavirus cases in this district jumped from two to 35 with several people testing positive after coming in contact with participants at a Tablighi Jamaat congregation, officials said on Tuesday.
Till Monday, the district had only two coronavirus patients, both had attended the religious congregation in Delhi last month. The area where they lived was turned into a containment zone and people in their neighbourhood were quarantined, the officials said.Need to exercise caution while using disinfection chemicals directly on human skin: AMAIAlkali Manufacturers Association of India (AMAI) on Tuesday stressed on the need to exercise caution while using disinfection chemicals directly on human beings as it could be harmful.
AMAI is the representative body of the entire alkali industry in India that produces chemicals like sodium hypochlorite, chlorine, bleaching solution/powder, used for disinfection.Driver killed in attack on WHO vehicle in Myanmar’s Rakhine: UNA World Health Organization vehicle carrying swabs from patients to be tested for coronavirus came under attack in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and the driver was killed, the United Nations said on Tuesday.The United Nations office in Myanmar said in a Facebook post it was “deeply saddened” to confirm that Mr Pyae Song Win Maung had died in Minbya township in Rakhine state.55 plus with even slightest discomfort? Karnataka govt wants to do coronavirus testIf you are aged 55-plus, have co-morbid conditions and now experiencing even slightest health discomfort, its time for coronavirus screening in Karnataka as the government is keen on pushing pre-emptive measures to check its spread.
Medical Education Minister Sudhakar K, who is in-charge of all matters related to COVID-19, told PTI on Tuesday the government would take it seriously even if such people feel uneasiness, tiredness or slightest of discomfort.We will do it (coronavirus test in such cases)we want to do it. We have issued guidelines for senior citizens, especially those with co-morbid conditions. Even if they have slightest discomfort, we want to take it seriously, the Minister said.Sensex down 1,200 points, Nifty below 9,000Cost-effective canopy system to protect healthcare workers from COVID-19 developedResearchers have developed a cost-effective, plastic canopy system that can help protect healthcare workers who are at risk of coronavirus infection while delivering ventilation to COVID-19 patients with severe respiratory complications.According to the research, published in the European Respiratory Journal, the flexible plastic canopy forms an air chamber that covers the upper part of the patient’s body.The researchers, including those from Technion Institute of Technology in Israel, said the canopy, which can support up to four patients at a time, is connected to a system containing a high-quality air filter, and an electrical fan that creates negative pressure, pulling the filtered air to the open air, the scientists said in a statement.Information regarding detection of a Covid-19 positive case in the President’s estateA COVID 19 positive patient from Central Delhi, who was neither an employee of the President’s Secretariat nor a resident of the President’s Estate expired on 13.04.2020 with co-morbidities at B L Kapoor Hospital, New Delhi.After contact tracing of the deceased, it was found that a family member of an employee of the President’s Secretariat had been in contact with the deceased.The employee along with the family is a resident of Pocket 1, Schedule A area of the President’s Estate. As required under the guidelines, all the seven members of this family were moved to the quarantine facility at Mandir Marg on 16.04.2020.Subsequently, one of the family members who was in contact with the deceased, tested positive. All other family members including the employee of the President’s Secretariat have tested negative.Following the instructions and guidelines of the authority designated under the Disaster Management Act 2005, read with Epidemic Diseases Act 1897, 115 houses in Pocket 1, Schedule A area of the President’s Estate were identified for movement restriction and residents have been advised to remain indoors. The residents of these houses are being provided doorstep delivery of essential commodities.It may be clarified that till date no employee of President’s Secretariat has tested positive for COVID-19 and the Secretariat alongwith the Local Administration is taking all the preventive measures required under the government guidelines.In case anyone indulges in any act that will disturb or dishonor their work, very strict criminal action will be taken against them including invoking provisions of National Security Act

– Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik

Any act against them (health personnel) is an act against the state

– Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik

India’s envoy in UAE reminds diaspora of rule of law amidst outrage over ‘Islamophobic’ slursIndia’s ambassador in the UAE has reminded the diaspora living in the Gulf country of the importance of adhering to the rule of law, saying discrimination is against “our moral fabric” as some Indians posted “Islamophobic” comments on social media platforms, triggering outrage from the Arab citizens.
Ambassador of India to the UAE Pavan Kapoor quoted a tweet of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who said that COVID-19 does not see race, religion, colour, caste, creed, language or borders before striking.Air passenger traffic may witness 30 pc negative growth this fiscal: CARE RatingsAir passenger traffic is expected to log a 30 per cent negative growth during this fiscal from earlier estimate of a 20-25 per cent negative growth amid coronavirus pandemic, ratings agency CARE Ratings said on Tuesday.The agency also expects the airfare to rise in the wake of the social distancing norms.All domestic and international commercial passenger flights are suspended since March 25 for the lockdown till May 3, as of now.Russia’s confirmed coronavirus cases surge past 52,000Russia recorded 5,642 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, bringing its nationwide tally to 52,763, the Russian coronavirus crisis response centre said on Tuesday. Fifty-one people with the virus died in the last 24 hours, pushing the death toll to 456, it said.REC steps up relief work, reaches out to 76K people with cooked food, ration during lockdownState-run REC has reached out to over 76,000 needy people with food and ration during the lockdown to contain Covid-19, according to a power ministry statement.
The REC has tied up with Delhi Police to provide 500 food packets on daily basis, it said.Concerned over their plight, the REC Foundation, the corporate social responsibility (CSR) arm of REC Ltd, under the administrative control of the Ministry of Power is distributing cooked food, ration, utility packets, masks, sanitisers and even providing shelter during the lockdown benefiting 76,000 daily wagers and their families till date, it noted.Rajasthan ceases use of rapid testing kits as most results invalidRajasthan on Tuesday stopped using rapid test kits for coronavirus after receiving invalid and incorrect results for a large number of samples.Health Minister Raghu Sharma said the kits were giving mere five percent correct or valid results and a report has been forwarded to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in this regard.



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