Amid lockdown, child helpline receives 4.6 lakh calls in 21 days

Amid lockdown, child helpline receives 4.6 lakh calls in 21 days

NEW DELHI: Government helpline for children ‘CHILDLINE 1098’ has responded to a total of 4.6 lakh calls in 21 days, with a majority of them received during the lockdown period. These calls were received from March 20 to April 10, said CHILDLINE 1098, the 24×7 helpline across 571 districts for children in distress. The CHILDLINE […]

Pressure mounts on India to ramp up testing as Covid cases surge

Pressure mounts on India to ramp up testing as Covid cases surge

NEW DELHI: The Centre came under tremendous pressure from the opposition parties and experts to ramp up testing as coronavirus toll and cases surged. The death toll due to coronavirus rose to 437 and the number of cases to 13,387 in the country on Friday, according to the Union Health Ministry. While the number of […]

HRD Minister urges private schools to reconsider annual fee hike, quarterly fee payment structure

HRD Minister urges private schools to reconsider annual fee hike, quarterly fee payment structure

NEW DELHI: Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on Friday urged private schools to reconsider their decisions on annual fee hike and collecting fee quarterly during the lockdown. “I urge pvt schools to reconsider decisions on annual fee hike, collecting fee quarterly during lockdown. I hope state education departments will address the fee issue keeping […]

US provides nearly $5.9 million in health assistance to India

US provides nearly $5.9 million in health assistance to India

NEW DELHI: The US has provided nearly USD 5.9 million in health assistance to India to contain the spread of Covid-19, the State Department has said. The amount is being used to help India hinder the spread of the disease by providing care for the affected, disseminating essential public health messages to communities and strengthen […]

India witnesses steep rise in crime against women amid lockdown, 587 complaints received: NCW

NEW DELHI: There has been a steep rise in crime against women across the country amid restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus outbreak, with the National Commission for Women receiving 587 complaints from March 23 to April 16, out of which 239 are related to domestic violence. According to data shared by the NCW, 123 […]

Waqf boards told to implement strict social distancing during Ramzan

Waqf boards told to implement strict social distancing during Ramzan

NEW DELHI: Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Thursday directed state waqf boards to ensure strict implementation of lockdown and social distancing guidelines during the holy month of Ramzan starting next week amid the coronavirus pandemic. At a meeting via video conferencing, Naqvi asked the state waqf boards’ officials to create awareness among people […]

Mask-wearing, social distancing should be enforced strictly: MHA on lockdown

Mask-wearing, social distancing should be enforced strictly: MHA on lockdown

NEW DELHI: The Union home ministry on Thursday said some rules such as wearing face masks, practising social distancing and no gathering of five or more persons should be strictly enforced at public places in order to ensure that the lockdown clamped to contain the spread of coronavirus is implemented effectively. In her daily briefing […]

India’s covid tally modest considering its huge population: Experts

India’s covid tally modest considering its huge population: Experts

NEW DELHI: India needs to “significantly ramp up” the number of tests done across the country to trace COVID-19 infection if the virus is to be contained in time, experts said. The death toll due to coronavirus rose to 414 and the number of cases to 12,380 in the country on Thursday, according to the […]

Death toll due to Covid-19 rises to 392, cases climb to 11,933: Health ministry

Death toll due to Covid-19 rises to 392, cases climb to 11,933: Health ministry

NEW DELHI: The death toll due to the novel coronavirus rose to 392 with 39 fatalities reported since Tuesday evening, while the number of cases saw a jump of 1,118 to go up to 11,933 cases on Wednesday, according to the Union Health Ministry. The number of active Covid-19 cases stood at 10,197, while as […]

Tell public servants to behave sensibly with people: NHRC asks Centre

Tell public servants to behave sensibly with people: NHRC asks Centre

NEW DELHI: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday requested the Central government to issue an advisory to the states and Union Territories to ask public servants to behave sensibly with those belonging to vulnerable sections of the society. The commission took cognizance of a communication from one of its Special Monitors and human […]