India COVID-19

Commercial mining in coal sector will be introduced, govt monopoly will be removed: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

Addressing the nation, Sitharaman asserted that revenue sharing mechanism will be offered for commercial mining of coal instead of the regime of fixed rupees/tonne. 

May 16, 2020, 16:48 PM IST

Amid coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown, Mamata Banerjee government to pay full train fare of West Bengal migrants

Taking to the micro-blogging site, Twitter, state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced the decision and saluted the toil faced by the migrants.

May 16, 2020, 15:59 PM IST

Amid COVID-19 crisis, PM Modi thanks Trump for decision to donate ventilators to India, says important for nations to work together

Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, the PM said that this pandemic is being fought collectively by all.

May 16, 2020, 15:33 PM IST

Kerala reiterates demand to Centre in increasing borrowing limit amid coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday reiterated the demand of the state government to increase the borrowing limit from the current 3 per cent to 5 per cent, amid the coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown.

May 15, 2020, 22:42 PM IST

MHA asks states to ensure migrant workers board special trains, provide them food and shelter

In an official statement, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has asserted that the people need to be made aware about these arrangments and counselled by the states to not travel on foot.

May 15, 2020, 22:21 PM IST

Coronavirus COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu surpass 10,000; liquor shops to re-open from May 16 except in Chennai, Tiruvallur

In what comes as a relief to tipplers in Tamil Nadu, the state-run TASMAC (Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation) liquor stores are all set to open in non-containment zones across the state from Saturday, May 16.

May 15, 2020, 20:43 PM IST

NHRC issues notice to Punjab and Uttar Pradesh over migrant mother wheeling suitcase with child sleeping on it

The NHRC has called for a detailed report within four weeks in the matter including the action taken against the responsible officers or officials and relief/ assistance provided to the victim families.

May 15, 2020, 20:30 PM IST

From 4 trains a day to 145 per day: Indian Railways ferries lakhs of passengers to their home states amid coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown

In a remarkable achievement, a total 145 “Shramik Special” trains were operationalized from various states carrying more than 2.10 lakh passengers back to their home states.

May 15, 2020, 17:11 PM IST

Coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown 4.0 may be announced on May 16, MHA likely to issue new guidelines: Sources

The lockdown, enforced on March 25, was originally to end on April 14. It was then extended to May 3, and then again to May 17.

May 15, 2020, 17:00 PM IST

Zomato lays off 13 per cent employees amid coronavirus COVID-19 crisis, to be notified by video calls

An official statement read, "Multiple aspects of our business have changed dramatically over the last couple of months and many of these changes are expected to be permanent."

May 15, 2020, 16:37 PM IST

India asks G-20 nations to ensure access to essential medicines, treatments and vaccines at affordable prices, amid coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Goyal strongly called for an agreement to enable the use of TRIPs flexibilities to ensure access to essential medicines, treatments and vaccines at affordable prices. 

May 14, 2020, 22:16 PM IST

Take decision either on online liquor sale or home delivery: Delhi High Court tells Delhi govt amid coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

On asking if any state has done that, the counsel for Union of India informed that many states have begun the online sale of liquor.

May 14, 2020, 21:57 PM IST

NHRC issues notice to Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh govts after woman gives birth on road amid coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday sent notices to the Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh governments over reports that a pregnant woman, who was walking on foot from Nashik to Satna, gave birth to her child on road. The rights panel has termed the incident an "indignity to motherhood".

May 14, 2020, 20:40 PM IST

FM Nirmala Sitharaman's announcements include progressive measures, will benefit farmers and migrant workers: PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday lauded the announcements made by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman saying that the announcements will benefit farmers and migrant workers. He added that the announcements include a series of progressive measures and will boost food security, credit to farmers as well as street vendors. 

May 14, 2020, 20:08 PM IST

NHRC issues notice to Maharashtra Chief Secy, DG (Prisons) over SC order on releasing prisoners amid coronavirus COVID-19

The NHRC has taken cognizance of a complaint that the Maharashtra government has adopted an inappropriate approach about the release of prisoners, which may lead to infecting many prisoners with COVID-19.

May 14, 2020, 19:48 PM IST

Operation Samudrasetu: INS Jalashwa in Maldives for Phase 2 of repatriation, to reach India on May 15

The ship will enter Male port in the early hours of May 15 and begin embarkation of Indian citizens who have already registered with the Indian Embassy in the Maldives.

May 14, 2020, 18:56 PM IST

Tamil Nadu govt issues new testing guidelines for all incoming travellers, amid spike in coronavirus COVID-19 cases

So far, nine persons who had landed in Chennai via Vande Bharat repatriation flights had tested positive for the coronavirus.

May 14, 2020, 18:40 PM IST

Failed class 9 and 11 students to be given another chance to clear exams: CBSE

Students who have failed in class 9 and 11 will be given another opportunity to appear for school-based tests in view of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced.

May 14, 2020, 18:04 PM IST

Coronavirus COVID-19 doubling time for last three days slows down to nearly 14 days: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan further added that the fatality rate is 3.2 per cent and the recovery rate has further improved and stands at 33.6 per cent (it was 32.83% on May 13).

May 14, 2020, 17:49 PM IST

Maharashtra government likely to extend lockdown till May 31 amid rising cases of coronavirus COVID-19 in state

In view of the increasing cases of coronavirus COVID-19 in Maharashtra, the state government has decided to extend the lockdown till May 31. However, the government's decision will be officially announced within a couple of days.

May 14, 2020, 16:31 PM IST