PIB Fact Check junks report that said India is in third stage of Covid-19

PIB Fact Check junks report that said India is in third stage of Covid-19

NEW DELHI: The Press Information Bureau fact checking unit PIB Fact Check has been busy fighting fake news and false claims on coronavirus in the past weeks. On Saturday, it dismissed reports on an online news portal that India has entered the third stage of the pandemic as misleading and scaremongering amid a countrywide lockdown […]

India’s response to Coronavirus pre-emptive, pro-active, graded: Govt

India’s response to Coronavirus pre-emptive, pro-active, graded: Govt

NEW DELHI: India’s response to COVID-19 has been “pre-emptive, pro-active and graded”, the government said on Saturday, brushing aside the allegations that the 21-day nationwide lockdown was announced without any planning. The government said it had already put in place a “comprehensive response system” at its borders much before the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared […]

Govt responsible for terrible condition of migrant workers: Cong

Govt responsible for terrible condition of migrant workers: Cong

NEW DELHI: Holding the government responsible for the plight of migrant workers who are walking down to their native places in the wake of the Covid-19 lockdown, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday demanded that it take concrete steps so that the situation “does not become a major tragedy”. He also appealed to Congress workers […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sonia Gandhi writes to PM Modi, voices support to lockdown

Sonia Gandhi writes to PM Modi, voices support to lockdown

NEW DELHI: Congress president Sonia Gandhi wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, voicing her support to the 21-day lockdown announced by the PM in view of the coronavirus outbreak, and suggested several measures such as protection of doctors, easing the supply chains and deferment of loans. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic sweeping across the […]

Unicef to scale up support for children learning in 145 nations

NEW DELHI: As worldwide school closures disrupt the education of more than 80 per cent of students, Unicef on Thursday announced it will significantly scale up support in 145 countries to help children continue their learning while keeping schools safe. According to Unicef’s global chief of education, Robert Jenkins, it was found during the Ebola […]