Fertiliser minister asks urea makers to set up oxygen plants

New Delhi: Union Fertiliser Minister D V Sadananda Gowda on Monday urged urea manufacturers to set up medical oxygen plants at their premises to ramp up the supply of the gas amid surging cases of COVID-19 in the country. The minister also hailed cooperative major IFFCO for dedicating four of its plants for the production […]

Rupee tanks 52 paise as fresh lockdown measures unnerve investors

Mumbai: The rupee plunged by 52 paise to close at 74.87 against the US dollar on Monday as fresh lockdown measures by some states to control spiralling cases of COVID-19 unnerved investors and stoked fears of forex outflows. Losses in the domestic equity markets also weighed on the rupee which was the worst performer among […]

Gold jumps Rs 411; silver gains Rs 338

New Delhi: Gold rallied by Rs 411 to Rs 47,291 per 10 gram in the national capital on Monday reflecting strong buying in the global precious metal and rupee depreciation, according to HDFC Securities. In the previous trade, the precious metal had closed at Rs 46,880 per 10 gram.Silver also gained Rs 338 to Rs […]

As COVID cases soar, NRAI requests government to vaccinate athletes at the earliest

NEW DELHI: The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has requested the government to vaccinate its Olympic-bound shooters at the earliest, taking into account the unprecedented spike in COVID-19 cases. As per the data updated by the union health ministry, India reported 2,73,810 new positive cases in the last 24 hours, the highest single-day surge […]

Dilhara Lokuhettige banned for eight years under ICC Anti-Corruption code

DUBAI: Former Sri Lanka cricketer Dilhara Lokuhettige was on Monday banned from all cricket for eight years after being found guilty of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code. The ban for Lokuhettige, a right-arm fast-medium bowler and lower-order batsman, is backdated to April 3, 2019 when he was provisionally suspended. “Having represented Sri Lanka in international […]

Muralitharan discharged from hospital after undergoing angioplasty

CHENNAI: Sri Lankan cricket legend Muttiah Muralitharan was discharged on Monday after undergoing a coronary angioplasty at a city hospital. The 49-year-old former spinner, who is part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad support staff in the ongoing IPL, went for the planned procedure on Sunday. “He underwent successful coronary angioplasty with stents yesterday under the care […]

India Open postponed owing to COVID-19 pandemic

New Delhi: The India Open Super 500 tournament, one of the last three qualifying events for the Tokyo Olympics, was on Monday postponed due to raging COVID-19 pandemic in the country. The USD 400,000 India Open was scheduled to be held behind closed doors in the national capital from May 11 to 16. “Considering the […]

Wearing two fitted masks may double protection against COVID-19: Study

Wearing two fitted masks may double protection against COVID-19: Study

New Delhi:  Wearing two tightly-fitted face masks can nearly double the effectiveness of filtering out SARS-CoV-2-sized particles, preventing them from reaching the wearer’s nose and mouth and causing COVID-19, according to a study. The research, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, shows that the reason for the enhanced filtration is not so much adding […]