Like demonetisation, lockdown turns farcical, sparks humanitarian crisis

The ongoing lockdown in India is turning into another demonetisation experience — a farce that is unlikely to produce the desired result, a tragedy likely to destroy the lives of millions of people and the economy, and an incident that has all the hall-marks of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s style of functioning.

India has experience, systems to fight COVID-19 efficiently: Health minister

Washington: Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Friday (March 27) said India’s decision to test people for the novel coronavirus and the number of people to be tested and the testing facilities depends on the scenario not only in the country but also in the entire world.

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What simple mathematics can tell us about coronavirus

Every minute coronavirus is claiming more lives. The fast spreading numbers has the world panicking. Two key aspects are factored in every disease — R0, the spread rate and CFR, Case Fatality Ratio. The R0 is 2.6 and CFR 1.4 for coronavirus, which in usual cases is not alarming. But there are a lot of other factors that come into play, like the healthcare system, quality of service, availability of hospital beds, etc. And against these, the present numbers can be endangering humanity as we are not equipped to handle the crisis. This is why governments have forced lockdowns and advocated hygiene and social distancing. Click here to know more.
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State of the Nation

Man under home quarantine runs nude, bites old woman to death in TN

A young man under home quarantine for coronavirus on Saturday (March 28) ran out of his house nude and fatally bit a 90-year old woman in his neighbourhood in Theni, Tamil Nadu.

Kerala CM writes to PM on Karnataka blocking key state highway

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has drawn the attention of Prime minister Narendra Modi over the action of Karnataka police in blocking a key state highway ferrying essential commodities to the state and urged him to immediately intervene in the matter.

Amid COVID-19 lockdown, villages in Karnataka block outsider entry

Even as the number of coronavirus cases are on the rise in urban areas of Karnataka, villages across Mysuru, Mandya, Chamarajnagar and Hassan, blocked the roads to restrict the entry of outsiders.

Tirupati Balaji temple to be closed from Friday due to COVID-19 outbreak

Amaravati: The famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala near Tirupati would be closed down from Friday in view of the coronavirus outbreak. All other major temples in Andhra Pradesh will also be out of bounds for devotees till March 31, the state government announced on Thursday.

Vendors be allowed to distribute newspapers from 4-9 am: Delhi Police

New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Saturday said newspaper vendors would be allowed to distribute papers from 4 am to 9 am.

Time for a reset: Airlines in India face their moment of truth

The domestic airline industry never had a good year for a long time and now faces the added pressure from the outbreak of the coronavirus, which threatens its existence.

Rupee rallies 81 paise to 74.35 against USD after RBI announced measur...

Mumbai: The Indian rupee appreciated by 81 paise to 74.35 against the US dollar in intra-day trade on Friday (March 27), after the Reserve Bank announced various measures including a 75 basis point cut in repo rate to support the economy amid the corona...

India Inc has stepped up, but Indian billionaires must pledge large fu...

The world is grappling with the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and everyone is expected to pitch in with whatever help possible. Some of the world’s billionaires are leading the fight against this pandemic by creating large funds to help the needy and also getting their businesses to come forward with measures.

Sensex trades 1,000 points higher after FM announces ₹1.70-lakh-cr sti...

Mumbai: Equity benchmark Sensex was trading over 1,000 points higher in afternoon session on Thursday after Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a stimulus package worth ₹1.70 lakh crore to cushion the impact of the lockdown in wake of COVID-19 pandemic.

Flipkart, Amazon India’s Pantry suspend operations temporarily d...

New Delhi: Walmart-owned Flipkart and Amazon India's Pantry have been suspended temporarily as India entered a 21-day lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Data alert: Be judicious as critical services need bandwidth, says COA...

New Delhi: With the government imposing 21-day lockdown to tackle coronavirus spread, industry body COAI on Wednesday urged mobile consumers to use data networks responsibly, so that critical services can run smoothly on communications infrastructure.

COVID-19: Air India to incur ₹30-35 cr loss per day following suspensi...

Mumbai: Flag carrier Air India is expected to incur losses to the tune of ₹30-35 crore per day following the suspension of operations in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, according to a source. With stringent border controls across the countries to r...

Entrepreneurs trying hard to keep India running amid lockdown

Entrepreneurs in India are trying their best to continue providing essential services and at the same time support their staff amid the nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed 10 lives in the country so far.

Olympians face uncertainty with Tokyo Games delay over COVID-19

Washington: Would-be Olympians and their coaches have gone from days and weeks of mulling one sort of uncertainty raised by the coronavirus pandemic ‘Are the Tokyo Games going to be held as scheduled?’ to a whole other set of questions now that an indefinite postponement is official.

Tokyo Olympics postponed to 2021 over coronavirus outbreak

Tokyo: The International Olympic Committee, in agreement with the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, on Tuesday (March 24) deferred this year’s Tokyo Games by a year due the coronavirus outbreak affecting several countries.

Amid coronavirus outbreak, IPL may be indefinitely deferred: Reports

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday (March 23) indefinitely deferred a review meeting to be held for final decision making on whether the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be staged or not.

Will wait and watch for a month before any decision: IOA on Olympics

New Delhi: Amid the coronavirus outbreak and the speculations surrounding the postponement or cancellation of the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, the Indian Olympic Association on Monday (March 23) said it will "wait and watch" for at least a month before taking any call on participation.

IOC mulls Olympics postponement, but says cancellation not on agenda

Laussane: The International Olympic Committee on Sunday (March 23) said that postponing the 2020 Olympics is one of its options as the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, but that cancellation of the Tokyo showpiece was "not on the agenda". The IOC has faced strong pressure to push back the Games, scheduled from July 24 to August 9, from sporting federations and athletes worried about the health risk as the COVID-19 global death tally wen...

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Explained: What is antibody test for COVID-19 and why is it important?

Chennai: While India is set to begin antibody tests on people to identify more cases of COVID-19, a lot of doubts have risen on what is different about the antibody test when compared to the regular diagnostic testing that has been done so far.

Coronavirus test results in minutes? Scientists question accuracy

Madrid: Some political leaders are hailing a potential breakthrough in the fight against COVID-19: simple pin-prick blood tests or nasal swabs that can determine within minutes if someone has, or previously had, the virus.

Number of COVID-19 cases rise to 724 in India, death toll at 17

New Delhi: The death toll due to COVID-19 went up to 17 in the country on Friday and the number of coronavirus cases climbed to 724, according to the health ministry.

COVID-19: Telemedicine guidelines a boost to last-mile connectivity

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Medical entrance exam NEET postponed due to coronavirus outbreak

New Delhi: The Union HRD Ministry on Friday (March 27) postponed the national medical entrance exam, NEET, in view of the countrywide lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak, officials said.

Amid COVID-19, Janata curfew, math connects Super 30 founder to students

What turned out to be a fun Sunday (March 22) for students across the country amid ‘Janata curfew’ in view of the coronavirus outbreak, ‘Super 30’ founder Anand Kumar challenged children to solve a mathematics question via social media.

MCA programme reduced to two-years

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