Tihar Jail authority releases 400 inmates to decongest prisons

New Delhi:The Tihar Jail authority has released over 400 inmates to reduce overcrowding in prisons to prevent the spread of coronavirus, officials said on Saturday. According to a senior jail official, 356 inmates were released on bail, while 63 inmates were released on emergency parole. The interim bail is for 45 days and emergency parole […]

Stranded people appeal for transport facility to reach their homes in J&K

Jammu: Amid the ongoing lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus, hundreds of stranded people on Saturday appealed to the Jammu and Kashmir administration to arrange transport facilities, saying they feel more vulnerable in the absence of proper arrangements. A large number of people, including migrant labourers, from outside are stranded in Jammu after the administration […]

3 BJP MPs from J&K, former legislators to donate one-month salary to PM’s relief fund

Jammu: Three sitting BJP MPs from Jammu and Kashmir and all former legislators will donate their one-month salary to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) to fight against COVID-19 pandemic, Union Territory BJP president Ravinder Raina said on Saturday. It is the responsibility of every citizen to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Prime Minister […]

Spain counts 832 deaths in 24 hours, pushing toll to 5,690

Madrid:The death toll from coronavirus in Spain surged over 5,600 on Saturday after a record 832 people died in 24 hours, and the number of infections soared over 72,000, the government said. Spain has the world’s second-highest coronavirus death toll after Italy with 5,690 fatalities. The number of confirmed cases have jumped to 72,248 as […]

Trump invokes Defense Production Act to force auto giant GM to produce ventilators

Washington: US President Donald Trump on Friday invoked a wartime law to force “time-wasting” auto giant General Motors to make ventilators to save lives, amid a shortage of the critical medical equipment to deal with the mounting coronavirus cases in America, now the global epicentre. Trump invoked the Korean War-era Defense Production Act, which allows a […]

Iran reports 139 new coronavirus deaths, raising total to 2,517

Tehran: Iran announced Saturday that 139 more people had died from the novel coronavirus, raising the official death toll to 2,517 in one of the world’s worst-affected countries. Health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour told a news conference that 3,076 more cases had been confirmed in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections to […]

Multiple landslides blocks Jammu-Srinagar NH, hundreds of trucks stranded

Banihal/Jammu,: The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was blocked at over a dozen places by landslides triggered by heavy rains in Ramban district, leaving hundreds of trucks carrying essential commodities to Kashmir stranded, officials said on Saturday. The men and machinery are on the job and efforts are on to make the 270-km-long highway, the only all weather […]

Amid lockdown, helpline set up for stranded J&K residents in Delhi

Jammu:The Jammu and Kashmir administration has set up a dedicated helpline centre in Delhi to address the issues faced by stranded residents of the Union Territory due to the ongoing countrywide lockdown, an official spokesperson said on Saturday. The 24×7 helpline with three telephone numbers — 011-24611210, 24611108, 24615475 — has been established in Jammu […]

Five villages declared red zones to prevent spread of COVID-19 in Rajouri

Jammu: Five villages in Manjakote tehsil of  Rajouri district were on Saturday declared as red zones and their surrounding villages as buffer zones to prevent the spread of coronavirus, officials said. The villages include Sarola, Dehridhara, Mangal Nar, Gambir Muglan and Kotli, the officials said quoting an order issued by Rajouri District Development Commissioner Mohammad […]

Coronavirus cases in Pakistan rise to over 1,400 as Punjab emerges as new epicentre

Islamabad: The coronavirus cases in Pakistan on Saturday reached 1,408, including 11 deaths, with the Punjab province emerging as the new epicentre of the deadly viral infection in the country. Seven of the total infected are in a critical condition, the Health Ministry said. Most of the infected people had returned from Iran, where the confirmed […]