Italy extends lockdown despite business pressure

Rome:  Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Friday refused to bow to business pressure and extended the Mediterranean country’s economically-crippling lockdown until May 3. Conte made the announcement after Italy’s official COVID-19 toll climbed by another 570 fatalities to 18,849 — more than any other country — but with the growth rate now just a […]

WHO China-centric, will ‘make announcement’ on funding it next week: Trump

Washington: Reiterating his allegation of the World Health Organization being China-centric, US President Donald Trump on Friday said he would be making an announcement next week on America’s annual funding of around USD500 million to it. We’re going to have an announcement on the World Health Organization sometime next week. As you know, we gave […]

Put women and girls at centre of COVID-19 recovery: UN Secretary-General

United Nations: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has urged governments to put women and girls at the centre of their efforts to recover from COVID-19, fearing that the limited gains in gender equality and women’s rights made over decades are in danger of getting reversed due to the pandemic. I urge governments to put women and […]

Handwara man arrested in Jammu

Jammu: An alleged hardcore overground worker (OGW) of Jaish-e-Mohammad militant  outfit was arrested from a village near the International Border here, a police official said on Saturday. Mohammad Muzaffar Beigh (24), a resident of the Handwara area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, was arrested during a late night raid on a house in Chakroi, village, […]

Militants escape encounter in south Kashmir’s Kulgam, police say

Militants escape encounter in south Kashmir’s Kulgam, police say

Srinagar: An unknown number of militants escaped an encounter with government forces in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Friday night, police have said. The twitter handle of the J&K police said that they launched a joint operation with the army and CAPF last night in Nandimarg aea of Kulgam on a “credible input” about the […]

J&K issues advisory for children, caregivers to deal with change due to COVID-19

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday issued a detailed parenting advisory to enable children and caregivers to cope with the sudden disruption in their lives in the wake of COVID-19 lockdown. The advisory, put out by the Social Welfare department, stated that the sudden disruption in the daily routine while limiting social interaction […]

COVID-19 death toll rises to 206, number of cases climbs to 6,761: Health Ministry

New Delhi:  The death toll due to coronavirus rose to 206 and the number of cases in the country climbed to 6,761 on Friday, a record spike of 896 cases and 37 deaths in 24 hours since Thursday evening, according to the Union Health Ministry. While the number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 6,039, […]

Boris Johnson out of ICU, must rest up says his father

London:  British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been shifted out of the intensive care unit (ICU) but will remain in hospital to continue his early stage recovery after testing positive for coronavirus that has claimed nearly 8,000 lives in the country. Johnson’s improving condition came as the government continues to impose an unprecedented nationwide lockdown […]

Durbar to open in Srinagar on May 4, Jammu offices to remain open for now

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday ordered opening of annual summer Durbar move offices in Srinagar on May 4. An order issued in this regard however said that the Civil secretariat Jammu will also remain functional for now in view of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic. It further said that the move employees shall […]

Covid-19: 65 test negative in Hajin

Hajin: Much to the relief of the people, 65 COVID-19 suspects in Hajin block of north Kashmir Friday tested negative for the disease after completing the mandatory quarantine. Syed Shahnawaz Bukhari Nodel Officer Sumbal told Kashmir Reader that the suspects were tested for COVID-19 on Thursday and all the samples came negative. Bhukari said that […]