Ready to help India to procure ventilators, but scaling-up production a challenge: China

Ready to help India to procure ventilators, but scaling-up production a challenge: China

BEIJING: China on Wednesday said it is ready to help India procure the much-needed ventilators to treat coronavirus patients, but underlined that Chinese firms are finding difficult to scale-up production as they needed imported parts. A number of countries including the US and India, are trying to procure ventilators needed for hospitals to deal with […]

‘RR open to shortened IPL among Indian players only’

NEW DELHI: Even a shortened IPL with just Indian players would be good enough in these “extraordinary times”, Rajasthan Royals Executive Chairman Ranjit Barthakur said on Wednesday, revealing that a final call on the glitzy event’s fate is unlikely to be taken before April 15. The top executive spelt out his franchise’s wish even as […]

AIFF donates Rs 25 lakh for fight against COVID-19 pandemic

NEW DELHI: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Wednesday pledged to donate Rs 25 lakh to the PM Cares Fund for the country’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. “In wake of the crisis caused by Covid-19 pandemic, All India Football Federation has pledged to contribute Rs. 25 lakh to the Prime Minister Shri Narendra […]

Spain deaths top 9,000 but epidemic passes peak

Madrid:  Spain’s death toll surged over 9,000 Wednesday as infections passed the 100,000 mark, but the rate of new cases continued to slow, suggesting the epidemic had peaked, health chiefs said. Spain has the world’s second-highest death toll after Italy, with the virus so far claiming 9,053 lives after a record 864 people died over […]

55-year-old man shoots himself to death using son’s gun in Bhadarwah

Bhadarwah/Jammu: A 55-year-old man committed suicide by allegedly shooting himself using a gun belonging to his son, who is a Village Defence Committee (VDC) member, in a village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district on Wednesday, police said. Devinder Kumar (55), a resident of Himote village under Bhalra police post in Bhadarwah belt, committed suicide […]

Nothing like social distancing for Shimla’s porters

Shimla;  For Kashmiri labourers who work as porters here and call a local mosque home, social distancing is a near impossibility. At least 300 Kashmiri labourers are staying at the masjid. It is not possible for us to maintain the required distance due to lack of space, Bilal, who is one of them, told PTI. […]

Perks of former JK chief ministers withdrawn by government

New Delhi:  Former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers have lost all perks after the Centre repealed or amended 138 legislations of the erstwhile state. According to a gazette notification on Wednesday, the government amended the Jammu and Kashmir State Legislature Members’ Pension Act and increased the pension amount to Rs 75,000 per month from Rs […]

J&K: 8 villages in Udhampur declared red zones

Jammu:  Eight villages in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur have been declared as red zones after it was found that 10 people from the district had attended the Tablighi Jamaat religious congregation in Delhi’s Nizamuddin, officials said on Wednesday. They have been traced and sent to quarantine, officials said, adding that two of them have tested […]

3 labourers die after falling off a mountain in J-K’s Ramban

Banihal/Jammu:  Three labourers died and another got injured after they fell off a mountain while going from Kashmir to Banihal, officials said on Wednesday. The movement across Jawahar tunnel has been restricted due the ongoing country-wide lockdown and so the labourers decided to take the Verinag (Kapran)-Banihal top route through Pir Panjal ranges, on foot, […]

Centre’s domicile order ‘cosmetic’ exercise to ‘hoodwink’ JK people: JKAP’s Bukhari

Srinagar:  Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) president Altaf Bukhari has alleged that the Centre’s order issued Wednesday on domicile rules in the union territory was a “casual” and “cosmetic” exercise to “hoodwink” the people of the erstwhile state. He said being a government-issued order and not a law made by Parliament, the new gazette […]