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Muslim Officers Urge Muslim Citizens to Practice Social Distancing

Muslim Officers Urge Muslim Citizens to Practice Social DistancingThe officers have appealed to the Muslim community to act responsibly and stand out as examples for fellow citizens.


Explained: Here's How Power System Will be Managed During Sunday's Nine-minute Blackout

Explained: Here's How Power System Will be Managed During Sunday's Nine-minute BlackoutState load distribution centres have asked distribution companies to ensure that substations and housing society/ residential apartments' main supply is not be switched off at feeder/mains level.


Don’t Communalise COVID Crisis: Leaders Urge Unity as Cases Swell

Don’t Communalise COVID Crisis: Leaders Urge Unity as Cases SwellFrom BJP Chief Nadda to Maharashtra CM Thackeray, politicians warn against communalising the coronavirus pandemic.


Mary Kom Condemns ‘Unfortunate’ Racist Attacks on Northeasterners

Mary Kom Condemns ‘Unfortunate’ Racist Attacks on NortheasternersMC Mary Kom has called out the racist attacks on Northeasterners amid the fight against coronavirus.


Coronavirus: Here’s how India is planning to unwind 21-day lockdown

Coronavirus: Here’s how India is planning to unwind 21-day lockdownFrom a common exit strategy to a phase-wise restoration of services, here is a list of options that are before the government once the lockdown ends at 11.59 pm on April 14.


Coronavirus Outbreak: Liverpool uses government scheme to furlough non-playing staff and ensure full salaries

Coronavirus Outbreak: Liverpool uses government scheme to furlough non-playing staff and ensure full salariesLiverpool said those who are furloughed will still receive 100% of their salaries, with the club topping up their pay to ensure no member of staff is financially disadvantaged


Tablighi Jamaat Event Attendees Should Be Caught, Their Phones Seized to Examine Call Details: UP CM

Tablighi Jamaat Event Attendees Should Be Caught, Their Phones Seized to Examine Call Details: UP CMYogi Adityanath said the "intentional violation of social distancing norms or spreading of chaos", despite the lockdown, is part of a well-planned conspiracy.


Pakistan Would Emerge Stronger From Coronavirus Pandemic, Says PM Imran Khan

Pakistan Would Emerge Stronger From Coronavirus Pandemic, Says PM Imran KhanKhan tweeted that the government locked down educational institutions, malls, marriage halls, restaurants and other places where public congregates.


Health Ministry Issues Guidelines for States on Oxygen Supply to Facilities Handling COVID-19 Cases

Health Ministry Issues Guidelines for States on Oxygen Supply to Facilities Handling COVID-19 CasesThe ministry said the pandemic is throwing up unique challenges for health systems and leading to challenges of not only ensuring an adequate oxygen supply but also regarding the protocols related to handling the major sources of supplies.


Economists comparing current crisis with Great Depression: What was it?

Economists comparing current crisis with Great Depression: What was it?With the novel coronavirus pandemic severely affecting the global economy, some experts have begun comparing the current crisis with the Great Depression the devastating economic decline of the 1930s that went on to shape countless world events.


IS Khorasan Chief Mawlawi Abdullah Arrested in Afghanistan; Linked to Pakistan's Haqqani Network, Plotted Kabul Gurdwara Attack

IS Khorasan Chief Mawlawi Abdullah Arrested in Afghanistan; Linked to Pakistan's Haqqani Network, Plotted Kabul Gurdwara AttackFarooq, who also goes by the name of Mawlawi Abdullah, was appointed at the helm of ISKP in April 2019. The Islamic State, then led by Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, had decided to replace former emir of its Khorasan group - Abu Omar Khorasani - with Farooq. As per the reports, Farooq is a member of Mamozai tribe and resided largely in the Orakzai agency area on Pak-Afghan border.


NASA unveils plan to setup 'Artemis', the first human base camp on Moon's south pole by 2024

NASA unveils plan to setup 'Artemis', the first human base camp on Moon's south pole by 2024The space agency has put forward a plan showing what a US lunar presence may look like after the milestone.


Coronavirus Outbreak: Bihar's rural poor at greater danger than rest of India; rations, cooked food need of the hour

Coronavirus Outbreak: Bihar's rural poor at greater danger than rest of India; rations, cooked food need of the hourThe worst impact of coronavirus outbreak has been on the marginalised; those who are not only at risk of getting exposed to the virus but also have to bear the burden of lapses in state policy


Close to 22,000 Tablighi Jamaat members, their contacts quarantined in India: MHA

Close to 22,000 Tablighi Jamaat members, their contacts quarantined in India: MHAAccording to a MHA official, 200 National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel and the Central Armed Police Forces are coordinating the same on the ground level.


Coronavirus Cases In India Jump to 3072 With Spike of 525 Infections in Single Day, Death Count 75

Coronavirus Cases In India Jump to 3072 With Spike of 525 Infections in Single Day, Death Count 75The total novel coronavirus cases in India climbed to 3072 on Saturday, the Union Health Ministry informed. The total COVID-19 positive cases include 2784 active cases and 212 cured/discharged cases. According to details shared by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare's website, the virus has claimed 75 deaths till April 4 evening.


Rajasthan: Old Man Says Owls Can Cure Coronavirus, Apologises and Advises People to Stay Home After Being Confronted by Police (Watch Funny Video)

Rajasthan: Old Man Says Owls Can Cure Coronavirus, Apologises and Advises People to Stay Home After Being Confronted by Police (Watch Funny Video)A video of an elderly man from Rajasthan is going viral, as he suggests the cure is in an owl (ullu)! But the twist in his narrative comes after, he is confronted by the police officials. He then admits to lying, apologises and advises people to stay home.


PM Narendra Modi Discusses COVID-19 With Donald Trump, Stresses on India-US Partnership to Fight Pandemic

PM Narendra Modi Discusses COVID-19 With Donald Trump, Stresses on India-US Partnership to Fight PandemicThe COVID-19 toll of infections climbed to 2,902 in India on Saturday -- a jump of nearly 601 patients in the last 24 hours. The US has also witnessed a meteoric rise, with the number of coronavirus cases shooting to 2,77,985. The country, by the time this report was published, had recorded 7,146 deaths.


Decision to Lift Lockdown Depends on People’s Compliance: Maha CM

Decision to  Lift Lockdown Depends on People’s Compliance: Maha CMMaharashtra Health Min Rajesh Tope also said that lockdown would be extended if people do not observe discipline.


SAI Holds Video Conference With Hockey India Officials, Draws Plans for Next 16 Months for Tokyo Olympics

SAI Holds Video Conference With Hockey India Officials, Draws Plans for Next 16 Months for Tokyo OlympicsSports Authority of India is in talks with officials to draw out a map leading up to Tokyo Olympics.


UN observes International Mine Awareness Day 2020 today to call for development of national mine-action capacities

UN observes International Mine Awareness Day 2020 today to call for development of national mine-action capacitiesInternational Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action calls for continued efforts to encourage states to establish and develop national mine-action capacities


‘I just want to go home’: the desperate millions hit by Modi’s brutal lockdown

‘I just want to go home’: the desperate millions hit  by Modi’s brutal lockdownThe Indian prime minister’s handling of the pandemic has heaped more misery on the country’s poorest citizens * Coronavirus – latest updates * See all our coronavirus coverageFor more than a decade, Begum Jan had managed to survive on the streets of Kolkata. A longtime wheelchair-user, she had a specific spot on a busy street. Rickshaw drivers and passers-by always made sure she had something to eat.But last week, for the first time since she became homeless after falling ill with tuberculosis and losing her job as a housemaid, the 62-year-old was in danger of starving.“For the past week, none of these people who usually help me have come in sight,” she said, her voice cracking with sadness. “They are all at home because of the lockdown; they don’t have any job and so they cannot help me any more.”When prime minister Narendra Modi announced almost two weeks ago that India’s entire population of 1.3bn people would be under lockdown for at least three weeks to prevent the spread of coronavirus, it was the largest restriction of movement the world had ever seen.The consequences for India, where tens of millions live in poverty, work thousands of miles from home, often living where they work, have been cataclysmic.For those like Jan, who do not have a home, the edict to stay indoors and maintain social distance for 21 days has been particularly cruel. Her son, Raja Khan, also now lives on the streets with his three children after his work as a railway porter dried up.Every day since the lockdown was declared, Khan has been pushing his mother as much as 25 miles a day in her wheelchair in an attempt to find food for her and his children. “No trains are running and so I am completely jobless,” he said. “I need to work daily to support my family of four people, so for the first time in my life I have taken to begging. It is humiliating.”Manoranjan Ghosh, who worked – and slept – in a roadside tea shop in Kolkata, is another of the new homeless.He made a temporary home in a small space on the floor of the railway station and still dresses as smartly as he can every morning, but said things were getting harder: “I bought food and used up all my savings in the first two or three days of the lockdown. Then I sold my mobile phone to a vegetable seller to be able to sustain myself for a few more days. But now I have no money.“I worked well and lived with dignity. Suddenly I have turned homeless and been made a beggar.”Most critics say Modi’s 21-day lockdown was too sudden – people were only given four hours’ notice and millions had no time to get back to their villages before transport and work shut down. This prompted a wave of mass migration across India unlike anything seen since partition, as people began walking for hundreds, sometimes thousands of miles. The authorities swiftly put a stop to that by closing all state borders, leaving thousands stranded.Among them was Lal Sahab Kumar, 20, from a small village in Bihar, who had come to Delhi to earn 300 rupees (£3.20) a day as a mason. After Modi’s announcement, he was evicted and then attempted to walk the 600 miles back to Bihar – but the border was shut so he had to turn back. Now he is living in a shelter in West Delhi, which provides him with simple meals of dal, rice and tea. “Please, please, I just want to go home,” he said, looking downtrodden and dishevelled outside the shelter.Indian economist Jayoti Ghosh described the lockdown as a disaster. “We have never had a situation where the government has simultaneously shut down both supply and demand, with no planning, no safety net and not even allowing the people to prepare,” she said. Ghosh warned that the food shortages recently reported across India would only become more severe and widespread over the next two weeks.“They knew it would have this impact but obviously did not care,” she added. “Even if a lockdown this brutal is necessary, they could have arranged a week in advance for people to be able to safely travel back home. What kind of arrogance and insensitivity does a government have to have to give the country four hours’ notice, at night, for a lockdown that is this draconian and this brutal?”According to experts, the lockdown will need to last for much longer than the proposed 21 days if it is to prove effective. While so far cases of coronavirus in India have been far lower than in Europe, the US and east Asia, with 2,902 cases and 68 deaths, there are signs of community transmission, and the spread is escalating quickly.In one of the more worrying developments, police barricaded parts of one of Asia’s biggest slums on Friday. Dharavi in Mumbai, where almost a million people live in cramped, unsanitary conditions, had recorded just two Covid-19 related deaths.Kolkata-based NGO Bangla Sanskriti Mancha , which works with migrant labourers, said it had received tens of thousands of calls for help since the lockdown and had identified at least 30,000 workers across the country who were stranded and facing imminent starvation. The Students Islamic Organisation of India said it was providing food to more than 25,000 people in acute crisis.“We totally support the decision of the lockdown. It’s badly needed to stop the spread of the virus,” said Syed Azharuddin, national general secretary of the SIO. “But the lockdown should have been implemented after ensuring that the migrant labourers had reached their homes.”Some government and state relief is being offered. Maharashtra has announced $5.9m (£4.8m) in aid, Kerala has announced a $2.7bn relief package to tackle the crisis and Uttar Pradesh will send financial aid of 1,000 rupees (£10.70) a month to 3.5 million day-wage labourers. But with little documentation of people’s movements and their makeshift living arrangements, there are fears that millions will fall through the cracks.Shekh Sujauddin, 21, from West Bengal’s Birbhum district, is among 60 casual construction workers currently living on a building site 2,000km away in Mumbai, where they had travelled to work. Without any way to earn money or return home for over a week, he said their situation was becoming more desperate by the day.“With the money we have with us we cannot sustain ourselves more than one or two days and there is no sign of relief from the government,” said Sujauddin.Sitting by the side of the road in Kolkata next to bags of plastic waste he had collected but could no longer sell, Ram Singh, a ragpicker, said he had not eaten for days and was existing on water. “I left home when I was 13 after my mother ran away with a man and I have worked as a ragpicker for over 40 years,” said Singh, who is now walking 30km a day to try to sell his wares. “But this is the first time in my life I have faced a crisis over food.”


No Call to Switch off AC, Fridge: Govt on Grid Instability Fear

No Call to Switch off AC, Fridge: Govt on Grid Instability FearThe ministry said the appeal is to switch off lights, and there’s no call to switch off street lights or appliances.


Amid Coronavirus Lockdown, Air India Operates International Charter And Cargo Flights

Amid Coronavirus Lockdown, Air India Operates International Charter And Cargo FlightsThe national carrier is scheduled to operate 18 charter flights to fly back German, French, Irish and Canadian nationals stranded in India during the lockdown.


'Proud of You': Pakistan ATC Praises Air India For COVID-19 Evacuation Flights to Frankfurt

'Proud of You': Pakistan ATC Praises Air India For COVID-19 Evacuation Flights to FrankfurtAir India covered thousands of miles running special evacuation flights for European and Canadian citizens from Mumbai and New Delhi.


'Proud of You': Pakistan ATC Praises Air India For COVID-19 Evacuation Flights to Frankfurt

'Proud of You': Pakistan ATC Praises Air India For COVID-19 Evacuation Flights to FrankfurtAir India covered thousands of miles running special evacuation flights for European and Canadian citizens from Mumbai and New Delhi.


Coronavirus Outbreak: Swedish football's rise suffers setback as top-tier league's postponement puts clubs in jeopardy

Coronavirus Outbreak: Swedish football's rise suffers setback as top-tier league's postponement puts clubs in jeopardyWhile a big debate has broken out in England about whether players should be giving up some of their wages during the pandemic, their Swedish counterparts have already been put on leave or received pay cuts


Waters around Mumbai become refuge for stranded fishermen

Waters around Mumbai become refuge for stranded fishermenClose to 4,000 migrant workers like Patil working on fishing boats are now staying put on trawlers and smaller boats that are anchored at sea along the western coast of Maharashtra after the sudden imposition of the lockdown.


Rahul Gandhi Jabs PM Narendra Modi's Light-Up Appeal, Says 'Clapping and Shining Torches' No Solution to COVID-19

Rahul Gandhi Jabs PM Narendra Modi's Light-Up Appeal, Says 'Clapping and Shining Torches' No Solution to COVID-19Former Indian National Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday reacted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi video message. Taking a jibe at PM Modi, the Gandhi scion said that clapping and shining torches isn't going to solve the problem. He said that India is not testing enough to fight the novel coronavirus.


No selfies with animals: Why lockdown is forcing Assam Forest Dept to issue new advisories

No selfies with animals: Why lockdown is forcing Assam Forest Dept to issue new advisoriesWild animals venturing into human habitation is not a new phenomenon at least in Assam, in which 34.21 per cent of total geographical area lies under forest cover. What has changed post lockdown is the frequency of sightings and the distance the animals cover.


Grid Instability Concerns during Blackout Misplaced, No Need to Switch off Home Appliances: Govt

Grid Instability Concerns during Blackout Misplaced, No Need to Switch off Home Appliances: GovtThere have been concerns that the blackout may impact the electricity grid due sudden drop in peak power demand, which was already down 25% at 125.81 GW on April 2 compared to a year ago.


Police Trace Tablighi Jamaat Connection to Dharavi COVID-19 Death

Police Trace Tablighi Jamaat Connection to Dharavi COVID-19 DeathTen people who attended the Tablighi Jamaat, visited the 56-year-old’s house in Dharavi between 22 and 24 March.


Big Brother Bosses, Biometric Tabs: Will the Post-Pandemic 'Normal' Also Look Like a Dystopian World?

Big Brother Bosses, Biometric Tabs: Will the Post-Pandemic 'Normal' Also Look Like a Dystopian World?How the future unfolds will depend on governments' responsiveness to the health crisis and our own sense of responsibility. But experts, scientists and philosophers provide a very gloomy image of the coming days.


Big Brother Bosses, Biometric Tabs: Will the Post-Pandemic 'Normal' Also Look Like a Dystopian World?

Big Brother Bosses, Biometric Tabs: Will the Post-Pandemic 'Normal' Also Look Like a Dystopian World?How the future unfolds will depend on governments' responsiveness to the health crisis and our own sense of responsibility. But experts, scientists and philosophers provide a very gloomy image of the coming days.


Tablighi members from Bangladesh booked for violation of Foreigners Act

Tablighi members from Bangladesh booked for violation of Foreigners ActMuzaffarnagar, Apr 04: An FIR has been registered against 12 Bangladeshi citizens who attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi last month and are now in administrative quarantine in UP's Shamli district, police said on Saturday. Two persons tested positive for


Babita Phogat Back on Twitter, Shares Same 'Communal Post' on Nizamuddin Markaz That Got Her Account Removed

Babita Phogat Back on Twitter, Shares Same 'Communal Post' on Nizamuddin Markaz That Got Her Account RemovedPhogat, a former Olympic participant and a member of the Centre-ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), had drawn massive flak on social media for the tweet which got her account deleted. The action against her was taken by Twitter India after several users reported her tweet to the social media giant.


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