India’s COVID-19 count rises to 2,547, toll at 62 on Day 10 of lockdown

India’s COVID-19 numbers stand at 2,547 cases and 62 deaths, according to the Union health ministry, on Friday, the Day 10 of nationwide lockdown. To display the country’s collective resolve to defeat the crisis, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has now made a special appeal for the citizens.

COVID-19: India’s tourism sector may lose ₹5 lakh cr, 5 cr jobs to be cut

New Delhi: The coronavirus outbreak is impacting every sector of the country, including India’s tourism industry which can incur an overall loss of ₹5 lakh crore and affect jobs of about 4 to 5 crore people.

Pune-based start-up provides door-to-door diesel delivery amid lockdown

A Pune based start-up, Repos Energy is facilitating the service of providing fuels to hospitals with their door-to-door diesel delivery amid the lockdown in the country due to coronavirus.

Modi’s 9 o’clock corona event is pure astronomy, astrology, math, biology

Wah, Modi ji, wah! You really are a genius. This morning you appeared on national television at exactly 9 o’clock and asked all of us to light candles and torches for exactly 9 minutes at 9 o’clock this Sunday (April 5). Wow! 9, 9 and another 9. Like a trail in teen patti.

COVID-19: Reel-life apocalypses feel so real now

Cinema often reflects society but some filmmakers have gone the other way and projected an imagined future. Based partly on science and partly on fiction, these films remain just films until an imagined scenario becomes real. Steven Soderbergh’s gloomy Contagion seems to almost reflect the COVID-19 pandemic scenario in the world now. Just that it was released in 2011. Certain other aspects of the current crisis are reflected in Tamil films Dasavatharam and 7am Arivu. What is it about these films that people strongly feel about? Click here to know more.

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India’s oldest COVID-19 survivor, wife discharged from Kerala hospital

Kottayam: A 93-year old man, India's oldest COVID-19 survivor, and his wife were discharged from the government Medical College Hospital in Kottayam, days after they fully recovered, the officials said.

Father of man who attended Delhi markaz event dies in AP of COVID-19

Amaravati: The Andhra Pradesh government on Friday (April 3) confirmed the first coronavirus-related death in the state, days after a 55-year-old man died in a government hospital in Vijayawada.

Two Telangana ministers attend Ram Navami celebrations despite lockdown

Hyderabad: Two Telangana ministers and their family members participated in the Ram Navami celebrations at a Bhadrachalam temple on Thursday, despite the government orders against mass gathering during the ongoing 21-day lockdown period over the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19: India’s tourism sector may lose ₹5 lakh cr, 5 cr jobs ...

New Delhi: The coronavirus outbreak is impacting every sector of the country, including India’s tourism industry which can incur an overall loss of ₹5 lakh crore and affect jobs of about 4 to 5 crore people.

Markets retreat as coronavirus woes mount; bank stocks hammered

As the number of COVID-19 cases crossed the one-million mark worldwide, fuelling uncertainty over the economic impact of the pandemic, equity indices spiralled lower for yet another session on Friday (April 3). Unabated foreign fund outflows ...

PM Modi’s address fails to offer markets relief ahead of long we...

Mumbai: Amid the 21-day countrywide lockdown, traders in India have another challenge to face in the form of a long weekend as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation on Friday (April 3) morning could not offer specific measures being taken to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

ADB expects India’s economic growth to slow down to 4% in FY21 o...

New Delhi: India's economic growth is likely to slow down to 4 per cent this fiscal on the back of the current global health emergency, Asian Development Bank said in its outlook for financial year 2020-21 on Friday (April 3). Growth in India will remai...

Boeing announces voluntary layoff plan as aviation industry suffers

New York: Boeing unveiled a voluntary worker layoff programme on Thursday (April 2), telling employees that it hoped to avoid "other workforce actions" as the aviation industry reels from the coronavirus crisis.

Centre gives time till Sept 30 to re-label new retail price on unsold ...

In a relief to manufacturers, packers and importers, the Central government has allowed them tore-label new retail prices on their unsold pre-packaged products by September 30, 2020. In the wake of revision in Goods and Services Tax (GST), th...

Acuite Ratings sees Q1 growth contracting 5-6% on coronavirus woes

Mumbai: Domestic ratings agency Acuite Ratings has forecast a massive 5-6 per cent contraction in growth in the first quarter of the new fiscal due to the coronavirus-driven lockdown. The agency estimates the daily loss to the economy from the lockdo...

Global economy could shrink by almost 1% in 2020 due to COVID-19: UN

United Nations: The global economy could shrink by up to one per cent in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a reversal from the previous forecast of 2.5 per cent growth, the UN has said, warning that it may contract even further if restrictions on the economic activities are extended without adequate fiscal responses.

COVID-19: IOA raises ₹71 lakh, MyTeam11 to give ₹5 lakh as donation

New Delhi: The IOA has helped raise ₹71 lakh through donations from its state affiliates and National Sports Federations (NSF) as contribution towards the country's fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

PM discusses COVID-19 lockdown with cricket icons, top athletes

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday (April 3) spoke to India's top athletes, including cricket stars such as current captain Virat Kohli, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, amid a national lockdo...

Vaughan suggests five-week IPL in lead-up to T20 World Cup

As the COVID-19 pandemic has gripped India, former England captain Michael Vaughan has suggested a five-week Indian Premier League tournament, leading up to the ICC T20 World Cup scheduled to be held in Australia between October 1...

Devastated, says Roger Federer as Wimbledon cancelled due to COVID-19

As the Wimbledon organisers on Wednesday (April 1) scrapped the oldest Grand Slam tennis tournament for the first time since World War II due to coronavirus, eight-time champion Roger Federer said he was “devastated”. Taking to...

Limited by limbs, not by belief: The physically challenged Team India

Not many people knew that an Indian Cricket Team for the physically challenged existed until last year when they won a World Disability Series in England. India remained unbeaten throughout the six-nation tournament, including the warm-up games.


Cremation of COVID victims poses no risk of transmission: WB health dept

Kolkata: There’s no risk of virus transmission during cremation or burial of coronavirus victims as officials are taking necessary precautions, said the West Bengal health department in an advisory. It said there was no chance of airborne transmission as the disease spreads through droplets coughed or sneezed out by an infected patient.

Bengaluru-based firm launches India’s first at-home COVID-19 test kit

Bengaluru: Bengaluru-based genetic and microbiome testing firm Bione has launched India’s first rapid COVID-19 at-home screening test kit. After requisite approval, the kit is now available for sale on their website, the company said in a release.

COVID-19: Counsellors reach out to the quarantined to alleviate fears

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COVID-19 fatalities point finger at non-communicable diseases in India

With the risk of fatality in coronavirus linked to comorbidities like diabetes, hypertension and cancer, besides chronic respiratory diseases, the viral pandemic has brought to the fore the need to address non-communicable diseases (NCD) and their treatment in India.

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.


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

A sign of relief for the ...