Don’t want to talk to Xi Jinping right now: Trump

Washington: US President Donald Trump has said that he does not want to talk to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping right now, indicating his displeasure at the Chinese leadership’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak which has now spread across the world, killing over 4.5 million people. “Just don’t want to talk to him right now. […]

US to donate ventilators to India to fight coronavirus: Trump

Washington:  President Donald Trump has announced that the US will donate a lot of ventilators to India to help it fight the “invisible enemy”, moments after he underlined the close partnership between the two countries and called Prime Minister Narendra Modi his “good friend”. Trump also said the US and India were cooperating to develop […]

Govt proposes greater relaxations in lockdown 4.0

Schools, colleges won’t be allowed to open

Govt proposes greater relaxations in lockdown 4.0

Schools, colleges won’t be allowed to open New Delhi: Greater relaxations and flexibility will be seen in the lockdown 4.0, which will begin on Monday, with gradual reopening of the railways and domestic airlines while powers will be given to States and UTs to define their hotspots, officials said on Friday. Schools, colleges, malls and […]

India must gear up for possible community transmission, says expert

India must gear up for possible community transmission, says expert

Bengaluru: India must gear up to face the possibility of community spread of the Covid -19, a prominent health expert said on Friday, cautioning that there could be more widespread transmission of the novel coronavirus due to easing of the lockdown. On some experts suggesting that there is already community transmission (stage 3) of the […]

FM announces Rs 1.63 lakh crore for agriculture-allied sectors

FM announces Rs 1.63 lakh crore for agriculture-allied sectors

New Delhi: The government on Friday announced a Rs 1.63 lakh crore package for agriculture and allied sectors aimed at strengthening infrastructure, logistics and capacity building at farm gate. Announcing the third tranche of an overall package of Rs 20 lakh crore to deal with the economic fallout of COVID-19 pandemic, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman […]

World Bank approves USD 1 bn loan to India

World Bank approves USD 1 bn loan to India

New Delhi: The World Bank on Friday approved a USD 1 billion loan to support India’s efforts for providing social assistance to the poor and vulnerable households, severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The “Accelerating India’s COVID-19 Social Protection Response Program” will support the government’s efforts towards a more consolidated delivery platform accessible to both […]

Coronavirus whistleblower tells lawmakers US lacks vaccine plan

Coronavirus whistleblower tells lawmakers US lacks vaccine plan

WASHINGTON: Whistleblower Dr Rick Bright warned on Thursday that the U.S. lacks a plan to produce and fairly distribute a coronavirus vaccine when it becomes available. The nation could face “the darkest winter in modern history” unless leaders act decisively, he told a congressional panel. Bright alleges he was ousted from a high-level scientific post […]