India to blacklist foreigners who attended religious event for flouting visa rules

India to blacklist foreigners who attended religious event for flouting visa rules

NEW DELHI: India is likely to blacklist about 300 foreigners who came from 16 countries, including Malaysia and Thailand, on tourist visas but attended an Islamic congregation at Nizamuddin here that has become a key source for the spread of coronavirus in the country, officials said on Tuesday. These foreigners were among around 8,000 people […]

SC asks Centre for status report on steps to prevent migration of workers

SC asks Centre for status report on steps to prevent migration of workers

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday sought a status report from the Centre by Tuesday on the measures taken in view of the large-scale migration of labourers from cities to their native villages amid the coronavirus outbreak and the consequent lockdown across the country. The top court observed that the migration of labourers out […]

Death toll rises to 29, total number of cases 1,071: Health ministry

Death toll rises to 29, total number of cases 1,071: Health ministry

NEW DELHI: The number of Covid-19 cases climbed to 1,071 in India on Monday, while the death toll rose to 29, according to the Union health ministry. The number of active Covid-19 cases stood at 942, while 99 people were either cured or discharged and one had migrated, the ministry stated. In its updated data […]

China building makeshift hospital for Pakistan to treat coronavirus patients

China building makeshift hospital for Pakistan to treat coronavirus patients

BEIJING: China, which has sent medical teams and supplies to Pakistan where coronavirus cases are increasing steadily, said on Monday that it was building a makeshift hospital there to treat COVID-19 patients. The number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan reached 1,664 while the death toll stood at 18, health officials said on Monday, underlining that […]

Centre asks states to seal state, district borders to stop exodus of migrants

Centre asks states to seal state, district borders to stop exodus of migrants

NEW DELHI: The Centre on Sunday asked state governments and Union Territory administrations to effectively seal state and district borders to stop movements of migrant workers during lockdown, officials said. During a video conference with Chief Secretaries and DGPs, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba and Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla asked them to ensure that there […]

Govt launches helpline for mental health issues during lockdown

Govt launches helpline for mental health issues during lockdown

NEW DELHI: The government has launched a toll-free helpline number – 08046110007 — for people who may face any mental health issue due to the ongoing countrywide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus. In its daily briefing on the coronavirus situation in the country, the health ministry said on Sunday the National Institute of […]

Sudden coronavirus lockout has created immense panic and confusion: Rahul Gandhi to PM Modi

Sudden coronavirus lockout has created immense panic and confusion: Rahul Gandhi to PM Modi

NEW DELHI: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said the sudden lockout announced by the central government to combat novel coronavirus has created immense “panic” and “confusion”. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he highlighted the plight of the poor and called for steps other than total lockdown announced by some developed nations […]

Negative thoughts, perfectionism linked to poor sleep habits in teens

Nagging negative thoughts, and striving for perfection, keep teenagers awake at night, increasing their chances of becoming depressed and anxious, according to a study that may lead to new interventions for better mental health in teens. The study, published in the journal Sleep Health, is based on an online survey of almost 400 adolescents aged […]

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 […]