NEET postponed

NEET postponed

New Delhi: The 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 […]

India proposes online platform for SAARC to jointly combat coronavirus

India proposes online platform for SAARC to jointly combat coronavirus

NEW DELHI: India has proposed setting up of a common electronic platform for all SAARC nations to share expertise and best practices to jointly combat the spread of coronavirus, days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly pitched for a regional approach to deal with the pandemic. India made the proposal at a video conference of […]

Govt extends ban on international flights till April 14

Govt extends ban on international flights till April 14

NEW DELHI: All international commercial passenger flights will remain suspended till April 14, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) announced on Thursday, amid a nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of the Covid-19. The DGCA on March 19 had announced that no international commercial passenger flight operations will take place in India from 1.30 […]

MHA asks states to stop mass exodus of migrant workers amid COVID-19 lockdown

NEW DELHI: The Union Home Ministry on Friday asked state governments to prevent a mass exodus of migrant agriculture labourers, industrial workers and unorganised sector employees from their workplaces to hometowns amid a 21-day nationwide lockdown to combat the coronavirus. In an advisory to all states and Union territories, the home ministry said they should […]

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 […]