Pakistan opens borders with China to supply medical equipment as virus cases cross 1,200

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday opened its borders with its all-weather ally China for a day to accept Chinese medical supplies to fight the growing coronavirus outbreak in the country which has infected 1,235 people and claimed nine lives, officials said. China on Thursday asked Pakistan to open the border between the two countries for one […]

Prez Kovind asks governors, Lt governors to engage Red Cross, religious bodies to contain coronavirus spread

NEW DELHI: President Ram Nath Kovind Friday asked governors and Lt governors of states and union territories to rope in volunteers from the Red Cross and other religious organisations to contain the spread of coronavirus “at the earliest”, an official spokesman said. Addressing governors and LGs through a video conference, the President expressed hope that […]

Anti-malarial drug currently only remedy for COVID-19: Experts

NEW DELHI: The health experts in India staunchly believe that hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug, is currently the only remedy against the novel coronavirus, while also pointing towards its underlying side effects. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has approved the use of hydroxychloroquine as a preventive drug for coronavirus, which has infected hundreds of […]

Covid-19 lockdown: Bank branches are open, do not believe in rumours, clarifies govt

NEW DELHI: Bank branches will remain functional during the nationwide lockdown in the wake of coronavirus outbreak in the country, assured Debasish Panda, Financial Services Secretary. Dismissing the rumours of bank branch closure, Panda said that customer service branches are committed for necessary services. Financial Services Secretary assured the customers that there is no shortage […]

Tendulkar donates Rs 50 lakh to fight COVID-19

NEW DELHI: Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar on Friday donated Rs 50 lakh to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, which has wreaked havoc globally. Tendulkar’s donation is so far the biggest contribution among India’s leading sportspersons, some of whom have pledged their salaries while a few others have donated medical equipment to fight the dreaded outbreak. “Sachin […]

IPL best tournament to prepare for T20 World Cup: Justin Langer

SYDNEY: Australia head coach Justin Langer feels the IPL is an excellent platform to prepare for the T20 World Cup but conceded that health is paramount as the league may become another casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Indian Premier League (IPL) was originally scheduled to start on March 29 in Mumbai but it was […]

Heavy rains lash J&K, day temperature dips

Jammu: Heavy rains lashed Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, bringing the day temperature drastically down in the Union Territory. The temperatures were down by up to six notches in Srinagar and 10 in Jammu. Heavy rains in Jammu city resulted in waterlogging at several places, officials said. The MET office has predicted widespread to isolated rains […]

NEET postponed due to corona outbreak

New Delhi:The Union HRD Ministry on Friday postponed the national medical entrance exam, NEET, in view of the countrywide lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak, officials said. The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), whose marks are used for admission in colleges across the country, was scheduled for May 3. The HRD Ministry’s National Testing […]

Coronavirus: Imam of mosque, others booked for lockdown violation in Reasi

Jammu: The police on Friday booked several persons, including the Imam of a mosque in Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi district for violation of the lockdown orders amid the coronavirus outbreak, officials said. An FIR was registered against Molvi Mohammad Zafar, Imam of Jama Masjid (Nowabad) and others for violating orders, banning religious gatherings, imposed by the […]