Bypoll to Mizoram Assembly seat on Saturday

Aizawl, April 16 (IANS) The by-elections to the Serchhip Assembly seat in Mizoram would be held on Saturday and the Election Commission has extended the voting period by two hours in view of the Covid-19 pandemic and a holiday for a section of Christians. According to election officials, in all six candidates, including an Independent, […]

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Telugu actor-politician Pawan Kalyan tests Covid positive

Hyderabad, April 16 (IANS) Telugu actor-politician Pawan Kalyan has contracted coronavirus and is undergoing treatment at his farmhouse in Hyderabad, Janasena party statement said on Friday. “As Coronavirus infection has been confirmed for Janasena president Pawan Kalyan, he is undergoing treatment under the guidance of expert doctors,” said the statement. The actor was found to […]

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Two held in Gurugram for betting on IPL matches

Gurugram, April 16 (IANS) The Gurugram Police have arrested two men who were allegedly involved in betting on an Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket match between Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals on Thursday night. The arrested three culprits were identified as Nitin Manchanda of Arjun Nagar and Inderjeet of Charkhi Dadri district of Haryana, the […]

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Punjab to deploy 270 ambulances for emergency care

Chandigarh, April 16 (IANS) Punjab has entered into a pact to procure 270 ambulances from Ziqitza Healthcare Ltd (ZHL), a private emergency medical service provider, for its residents free of cost, it was announced on Friday. The ambulances comprise 245 basic life support and 25 advance life support vehicles. Ziqitza operates the 108 emergency service […]

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Chandigarh imposes weekend lockdown

Chandigarh, April 16 (IANS) With the sudden spike in Covid-19 cases, the Chandigarh administration announced weekend lockdown that will start from every Friday night. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by UT Administrator V.P. Singh Badnore. The lockdown will be from 10 p.m. on Friday to 5 a.m. on Monday. However, essential […]

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T’gana’s daily Covid count rises to 3,840

Hyderabad, April 16 (IANS) Breaking another record in the daily spike in Covid-19 cases, Telangana reported 3,840 new cases and nine deaths during the last 24 hours. This is the highest daily spike since the outbreak of the pandemic last year. The number of infections climbed from 3,307 on Thursday as Greater Hyderabad and several […]

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Karnataka CM Yediyurappa tests Covid positive

Bengaluru, April 16 (IANS) Karnataka Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa on Friday tested Covid positive and got himself admitted to a hospital. Taking to Twitter, Yediyurappa said that upon having mild fever on Friday he got tested for Covid-19 and his report has come out positive. “Although I am doing fine, I am being hospitalised […]

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Stalin complains to EC about suspicious vehicles, Wi-Fi near EVM strong rooms

Chennai, April 16 (IANS) The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) President M.K.Stalin on Friday complained to the Election Commission of India about the movement of suspicious vehicles and Wi-Fi during that time inside the campuses where the electronic voting machines (EVM) used in the poll are stored. Quoting the Election Commission’s guidelines relating to safe storing […]

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Akali Dal MP Harsimrat tests Covid-19 positive

Chandigarh, April 16 (IANS) Akali Dal MP and former Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Friday tested Covid-19 positive. Earlier, her husband Sukhbir Badal had contacted the virus. “Dear all, I’ve tested positive for Covid-19 today with mild symptoms. I have quarantined myself at home and am taking all the necessary precautions,” she informed in […]

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Centre clears Mumbai’s Haffkine to make Covaxin

Mumbai, April 16 (IANS) In a major step to ramp up vaccine production amid the Covid-19 second wave, the Centre has approved production of Corona vaccines from the Maharashtra government-owned Haffkine Institute in Mumbai. Since the past month, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had repeatedly requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to allow production of vaccines in […]

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Top Bihar bureaucrats test Covid positive

Patna, April 15 (IANS) The second wave of coronavirus is sweeping the corridors of the Bihar Secretariat with several senior officers testing positive and a few offices getting sealed after cases among the staff. Chief Secretary Arun Singh has tested positive and went into home isolation as soon as his RT-PCR report came positive. A […]

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Hyderabad police ends Sharmila’s fast (Lead)

Hyderabad, April 15 (IANS) Hyderabad police on Thursday detained former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy’s daughter Y.S. Sharmila as she tried to continue her fast demanding job notifications for Telangana’s unemployed youth. She was taken into custody as she tried to take out a ‘padyatra’ after police forcibly ended her fast at Indira […]

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Myanmar’s military junta charges doctors over protests

By Subir BhaumikKolkata, April 15 (IANS) Myanmar’s ruling military junta has charged 19 medical doctors with ‘dereliction of duty’ for participating in protests against the February 1 military coup, a state-run newspaper has reported. The doctors are charged with joining the civil disobedience movement in order to debilitate the state administrative machinery involved in combating […]

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Bihar Chief Minister takes 2nd dose of Covid vaccine

Patna, April 15 (IANS) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday received the second dose of vaccine against coronavirus at Patna’s Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS) amid growing cases of Covid-19 infections in the state. Along with him, several ministers and officials including Deputy Chief Ministers Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi also received […]

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Not just Jaleel, Vijayan also has to quit: Congress

Thiruvananthapuram, April 15 (IANS) Three days after Kerala Higher Education Minister K.T. Jaleel resigned, Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala said, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan also has to quit. Incidentally, the case pertains to an appointment made by Jaleel in 2018 when he posted his close relative as general manager in a state-owned corporation. The Lokayukta […]

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Telangana to increase beds in Covid facilities

Hyderabad, April 15 (IANS) Amid surge in Covid-19 cases in Telangana, Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar on Thursday directed officials to increase the bed strength in government and private hospitals. Kumar chaired a high-level meeting with senior officials here to take stock of the prevailing Covid-19 situation in the state. He directed them to increase the […]

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Telangana records highest single-day spike

Hyderabad, April 15 (IANS) For the second consecutive day, Covid-19 claimed eight lives across Telangana while the daily count of new cases jumped to 3,307, the highest so far in the state. The previous highest one-day spike was on April 11, when 3,187 cases were recorded. The cumulative Covid tally moved up to 3,38,045. Eight […]

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Fate of UP Board students remains undecided

Lucknow, April 15 (IANS) With 17 out of 19 officials responsible for conducting the UP Education Board examination, testing positive for Covid, the fate of over 56 lakh UP students, slated to undertake the state education board examinations for classes 10 and 12 from May 8, now hangs in balance. UP Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh […]

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UP to set up quarantine centres for migrants

Lucknow, April 15 (IANS) UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed officials to set up quarantine centres in all those districts of the state that are receiving migrant workers. With Covid cases rising at an alarming rate in the state, the Chief Minister has directed concerned authorities to ensure all the facilities to the migrant […]

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Coast Guard nabs 8 Pak men with 30 kg heroin

Gandhinagar, April 15 (IANS) In a joint operation, Indian Coast Guard and the Anti Terrorism Squad of Gujarat on Thursday apprehended a boat with eight Pakistan nationals and 30 kilos of heroin. According to the Coast Guard, the Pakistani boat was apprehended close to the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) in the Indian waters. The […]

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UP gets 25,000 vials of Remdesivir from Gujarat

Lucknow, April 15 (IANS) The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has procured 25,000 vials of Remdesivir injection, used in the treatment of Covid-19. The vials were brought from Ahmedabad on Wednesday evening by a state aircraft. A government spokesperson said that other than Remdesivir, the government was keeping a close watch over availability of […]

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Did Vijayan violate Covid protocols?

Thiruvananthapuram, April 14 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Viijayan, who turned Covid negative on Wednesday and was discharged from the Kozhikode Medical College hospital, may have violated Covid protocols. It was on April 8, two days after voting in the Assembly polls, that Vijayan revealed he had tested positive. According to the rules, anyone who […]

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New Covid cases breach 11,000-mark in Karnataka

Bengaluru, April 15 (IANS) For the first time in six months, new Covid cases in Karnataka crossed the 11,000-mark in a day, with Bengaluru accounting for 8,155, said the state health bulletin on Wednesday. “With 11,265 new cases registered on Tuesday, the state’s Covid tally increased to 10,94,912, including 85,480 active cases, while 9,96,367 recovered, […]

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NGT clears TN’s Mettur Lift Irrigation Project

Chennai, April 14 (IANS) The National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) Southern Bench has given clearance to Tamil Nadu’s Rs 565 crore Mettur Sarabanga Lift Irrigation project, launched by Chief Minister K. Palaniswami just before the Assembly election notification was issued. Hearing a petition by DMK leader and former MP, A.K.S. Vijayan that the state government did […]

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Karnataka Cong MLA escapes unhurt in road accident

Davangere, April 14 (IANS) Former Karnataka Minister and Congress leader, U. T. Khader’s car met with an accident while he was travelling on Wednesday morning. However, the Mangaluru MLA escaped unhurt, the police said. According to the police, the accident took place near Anagodu in Davangere district when the Congress leader’s car hit the container […]

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J&K police arrest JeM terrorist, 3 associates

Srinagar, April 14 (IANS) The police in J&K’s Kulgam district have arrested an active Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist along with three of his associates, and recovered incriminating materials, including arms and ammunition, from their possession, officials said on Wednesday. The police said that acting on a specific information regarding the movement of terrorists, a special checkpoint […]

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`Seeman factor resulted in higher polling in TN’s Thiruvottiyur constituency’

By Venkatachari JagannathanChennai, April 14 (IANS) The 65 per cent polling at Chennai suburb Thiruvottiyur assembly constituency, much higher than the votes polled in Kolathur, Harbour or Thousand Lights, has made the members and supporters of Naam Tamilar Katchi (NTK) happy. They are confident that their party leader Seeman would emerge victorious in Thiruvottiyur and […]

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Vijayan turns Covid negative, Chandy not yet

Thiruvananthapuram, April 14 (IANS) When Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan turned Covid negative on Wednesday, his predecessor Oommen Chandy continues to be positive, while Speaker P. Sreeramakrishnan was moved out from the ICU, after his condition improved. Both Vijayan and Chandy turned positive on April 8 and while the former was admitted to the Kozhikode […]

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Covid wave hits UP bureaucracy hard

Lucknow, April 14 (IANS) The Corona wave seems to have hit bureaucrats in Uttar Pradesh in a big way. On a day when Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath isolated himself after three members of his team tested Covid positive, at least 12 IAS officers in the state also contracted infection on Tuesday. Prominent among them are […]

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Governors, Chief Minister wish people on Tamil New Year

Chennai, April 14 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Telangana Governor holding additional charge as Lt Governor of Puducherry, Tamilsai Soundararajan, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam and senior political leaders on Wednesday extended new year wishes to the people of Tamil Nadu. Governor Banwarilal Purohit said, “On this auspicious occasion, […]

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TN has enough vaccines: Health department

Chennai, April 14 (IANS) Officials of the health department of Tamil Nadu said that enough vaccines are available in the state for the next seven days. Director of Public health, Dr. T.S. Selvavinayagam while speaking to IANS said: “11,51,450 doses of vaccine are available with us as of April 13, Tuesday. This comprises 9.4 lakh […]

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Telangana reports 2,157 new Covid cases

Hyderabad, April 14 (IANS) Telangana reported a relatively low daily Covid tally of 2,157 new cases, the state’s health bulletin issued on Wednesday stated. In contrast, the state had reported 3,052 cases during the preceding 24 hours. Officials said 72,364 samples were tested during the 24-hour period ending Tuesday 8 p.m. In contrast, the state […]

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A low profile Vishu for Kerala Hindus

Thiruvananthapuram, April 14 (IANS) If the last year’s Vishu went off as closed door on account of the Covid pandemic, this time, with the pandemic continuing its surge with cases spiking like never before, for Hindus in Kerala, Vishu – the traditional New Year, is believed to signal the arrival of good luck and fortune […]

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Bihar reports 4,157 new cases, 43 deaths

Patna, April 14 (IANS) Bihar reported 4,157 new cases of coronavirus infection and 43 deaths in 24 hours on Wednesday. The deceased included 16 patients who have died in hospitals of Patna. The official said that four persons died in AIIMS Patna, seven in Patna Medical College and hospital (PMCH), four in Nalanda Medical College […]

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MBBS students in UP to be put on Covid duty

Lucknow, April 14 (IANS) In an emergency move, the Yogi Adityanath government has decided to include students of fourth and fifth year in MBBS in Covid management. The decision has been taken following the cancellation of MBBS examinations. “These students will now be deployed on Covid duties and this will ease the pressure on doctors […]

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Akhilesh Yadav tests Covid positive

Lucknow, April 14 (IANS) Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has tested positive for Covid-19. Akhilesh gave this information in a tweet and advised all those who had come into contact with him in recent days, to get themselves tested. He said that he had isolated himself at home and taking treatment as per prescribed protocol. […]

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BJP MP seeks deferment of Panchayat polls in UP

Lucknow, April 14 (IANS) Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Mohanlalganj, Kaushal Kishore, has asked the state election commission (SEC) to defer the Panchayat elections by a month, in view of the pandemic. The first phase of polling for the Panchayat election is due on Thursday. Kaushal Kishore tweeted that instead of conducting elections, saving lives […]

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‘Those fasting in Ramzan can take jab’

Lucknow, April 14 (IANS) A ‘fatwa’ issued by a prominent Sunni cleric here has said that those observing fast during the month of Ramzan can get vaccinated for Covid-19. Maulana Khalid Rashid Farangi Mahali, in a fatwa, said, “At a time when vaccination has become a necessity to stay safe from Covid-19 pandemic, devotees can […]

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3 dead as fishing boat sinks off Karnataka coast

Mangaluru, April 14 (IANS) Three crew members died after a Indian fishing boat collided with a foreign ship and capsized in the Arabian sea near Mangaluru off Karnataka’s west coast, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) said on Tuesday. “Three crew members died after the Indian fishing boat ‘Rabah’ collided with a Singapore container ship (Apl […]

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Karnataka logs 8,778 new Covid cases; 6,079 recover

Bengaluru, April 14 (IANS) Amid the pandemic’s second wave, 8,778 new Covid cases were reported in a day while 6,079 patients recovered from the infection in Karnataka, said the state health bulletin on Tuesday. “With 8,778 new cases registered on Monday, the state’s Covid tally rose to 10,83,647, including 78,617 active cases, while 9,92,003 patients […]

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Karnataka issues guidelines for Ramzan

Bengaluru, April 13 (IANS) The Karnataka government on Tuesday issued guidelines for devotees during the month-long Ramzan fasting from Wednesday amid the second wave of the Covid pandemic. “The steep increase in the number of positive cases daily across the state calls for strict compliance of Covid appropriate behaviour during Ramzan and the concerned rituals […]

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Yogi in isolation after officials test positive

Lucknow, April 13 (IANS) UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has isolated himself after a few officials in his secretariat tested positive for Covid. Adityanath gave this information through a tweet. According to the government spokesman, the Chief Minister will continue to hold meetings virtually and will monitor the Covid situation in the state.

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