India specific strategy needed to combat Covid-19: Rahul

Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi has emphasised that the country needs India specific strategy to combat Covid-19 which has been declared pandemic and number of cases are rising daily.
Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “At the Congress CWC meeting today I emphasised the urgent need to devise an India specific strategy to combat the #COVID19 Pandemic.

Indian techie in Texas critical due to COVID-19

A Texas-based Indian techie, who was tested positive for the novel coronavirus, was in critical condition and on ventilator support,  say media report. The 42-year-old Rohan Bavadekar is currently admitted at the St Luke’s hospital in Texas, the American Bazaar said  the report. Wednesday. A father of three young children,  he urgently needs a blood donor with blodd groups A or B

Jharkhand minister’s son who allegedly attended markaz, quarantined

Jharkhand  Minister Haji Hussain Ansari and his family members are in home quarantine as the minister’s son had reportedly attended Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi. The special branch (state intelligence) has submitted a report to police headquarters in which name of Tanverul Hassan, who is the son of the minister and another person identified as Mohammed Abbas

Devils in house of God! 2 more to level child sex abuse allegations against Aus Cardinal

Two more Australians are set to appear on state television on Thursday to accuse Cardinal George Pell of sexually assaulting them when they were young, in fresh allegations against the Vatican’s former financial chief, currently serving a six-year prison sentence for abusing two other children. Pell, whose final appeal against his conviction is set to be heard on April 6  Aus High Court, was convicted in March 2019 on five sexual assault charges

Jamaat ghost haunts: 3 Tablighi attendees test positive, Assam total cases 16

Three Tablighi meeting attendees have tested positive for novel coronavirus in Assam, taking the total corona positive cases in the northeastern state to 16, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Thursday.According to Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, one more positive case was found in Manipur on Thursday, taking the state’s tally to two.

Congress stands with nation to fight coronavirus: Manmohan

The Congress on Thursday reiterated that it stood with the nation to take on the coronavirus threat amid a 21-day nationwide lockdown.
During the Congress Working Committee meeting held through videoconferencing in the morning to discussed various issues, including government response to the pandemic, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reiterated the party’s support to the governmen

Challenge is daunting, resolve to overcome must be greater: Sonia at CWC

Amid the 21-day lockdown to contain the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, Congress interim Chief Sonia Gandhi during the Congress Working Committee  meet said that the “magnitude of challenge before us is daunting but our resolve to overcome must be greater”. The highest decision making body of the Congress met through video conference to review the government’s response to the crisis.

‘Tablighi Jamaat’ king pin Maulana Saad in quarantine, say sources as police raids his hideouts

Even as Maulana Saad Khandhlawi, the chief of Tablighi Jamaat continues to elude the police, sources close to him on Thursday said that he has gone into quarantine in an undisclosed place. The Delhi Police’s crime branch has been conducting raids at several places in the national capital and in Uttar Pradesh also since Wednesday.

Sophie Turner: COVID-19 lockdown is like a prison for Joe Jonas

“Game Of Thrones” star Sophie Turner is “kind of loving” being in quarantine with pop star husband Joe Jonas. Turner, who is reportedly pregnant with her first child, opened up about how she’s coping during crisis in an interview with Conan O’Brien on “CONAN At Home”,   “I’m kind of loving it. I’m an introvert, I’m a homebody.

Delhi’s 3rd doctor tests positive, cancer institute shut

Days after two Mohalla Clinic doctors got coronavirus infection, another doctor in the city has tested positive to COVID-19, resulting in shutting down of the Delhi State Cancer Institute for sanitisation.
According to the hospital administration, the doctor got the infection from relatives who returned from abroad. “The hospital, including the OPD, has been closed for sanitisation,”.

Now, TV’s other ‘Ramayan’ returns on Ram Navami, from 2012 archive

With Ramanand Sagar’s popular eighties mythological serial “Ramayan” returning on Doordarshan to entertain viewers amid the nationwide lockdown, another “Ramayan”, which had originally released in 2012 on Zee Tv, is also set to re-telecast from Ram Navami on April 2.
Ran from August 12, 2012 to September 1, 2013, is on repeat this time.

Let the music play, and carry on

Our usual work routine has led to most of us forgetting to follow our passion. Nature has given us an opportunity to focus on the positivity that lies within us. Working on oneself is the best investment an individual can make. Enrich your souls by learning a new skill or brushing up old hobbies, says  Sachin Sharma, Head, Marketing, Casio India.

COVID-19: One more death in M’rashtra; total cases 321

A 75-year-old man died due to Covid-19 in Mumbai, taking the number of such casualties to 12 in Maharashtra, where 19 new corona positive cases reported since Tuesday night took the total cases to 321, health officials said  . While a 50-year-old man had died at a government hospital in Palghar, the first for this tribal district, the 75-year-old passed away.

US at 3,899, passes grim 9/11 mark, desperate measures enforced

As the number of deaths from coronavirus passed the grim milestone of the toll of 9/11, the US stared at questions about its preparedness and the stark prospects of more than 100,000 people dying in the pandemic. It has become one biggest challenge for the American dispensation and a tough time for the President Donald Trump

Over 21K migrant relief camps shelter 6.66 lakh people: MHA

The Ministry of Home Affairs on Tuesday said that over 6.66 lakh people have been shifted in a total of 21,064 migrant relief camps across India amid the coronavirus crisis. The Ministry said over 23 lakh additional people are being provided food to the poor and others in need in various states and Union Territories (UTs).

Ajay Devgn: Rumours around Kajol, Nysa’s health Rumours

Bollywood actor Ajay Devgn has rubbished rumours r elated to his actress-wife Kajol and daughter Nysa’s health.Devgn took to Twitter to announce that his wife and daughter are “absolutely fine” The   star’s tweet comes days after a media report claimed that Nysa showed symptoms of COVID-19 and was taken to the hospital by Kajol.

DMK Trust offers auditorium as isolation ward

The DMK Trust Managing Trustee M.K. Stalin has offered the auditorium located in its party headquarters compound to Greater Chennai Corporation to be used as a patient ward for the coronavirus- affected. In a letter to the Commissioner of Greater Chennai Corporation on Tuesday, Stalin said the Kalaignar Auditorium located in the party headquarters compound could be used by the government as an isolation ward for coronavirus patients.

Social distancing, isolation key to contain COVID-19 local transmission

Social distancing and isolation is an important intervention to contain local and community transmission of the coronavirus outbreak, says a doctor at Fortis hospital who successfully treated three COVID-19 patients. Manoj Goel, Director and Head, Pulmonology, Critical Care    said, “Social distancing is the most important intervention to contain local and community transmission.

AP cop horses it out to create COVID-19 awareness

The dusty village roads of sleepy hilltown Peapully, in Kurnool district, woke up to the sight of a cop on horseback. It turned out that local police sub-inspector Marthu Shankar was on an awareness campaign about COVID-19. SI   Shankar, astride a white horse splattered with red spots paraded up and down the streets, making loudspeaker announcement on COVID-19 awareness

Maharashtra COVID-19 cases 225, Mumbai’s 42 reports awaited

The number of COVID-19 positive cases increased to 225 on Tuesday, while 42 cases announced by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai have yet to be confirmed by lab reports, officials said. Tuesday’s new infectees include one in Mumbai, two each in Pune and Buldhana, besides 42 other positive cases announced by the MCGM on Monday

Jadeja on horse-back beating the virus !

Ravindra Jadeja’s passion for horse riding came to the fore during the 21-day lockdown period as the India all-rounder was seen in action nearby his home premises.He had recently also posted a video of him sweating it out on the treadmill. “Running is my strength!! Perfect time to repair my body,” he twitted.

Rohit Sharma gets a pat from Pak cricket star Haider

Pakistans rising talent Haider Ali has revealed that Rohit Sharma is his idol and he would wants to bat like the star India opener. “My idol is Rohit Sharma. The best thing about him is his strike rate and I want that in my game,” said the 19-year-old Haider Ali in a video with Cricket Pakistan.

UP may release 1,000 juveniles from Homes due to COVID-19 scare

In keeping with the Supreme Court directives  Adityanath government is planning to release over 1,000 children lodged in 24 juvenile homes in the state. The state  is already in the process of releasing on parole, about 11,000 prisoners who face a term of seven years or less


It was not a stitch in time: Nizammuddin Tablighi Jamaat evacuated

Tablighi Jamaat’s international headquarters Nizamuddin Markaz in southwest Delhi, where around 1,400 persons were stuck in the wake of a nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, has been evacuated even as at least 11 corona positive cases from among those evacuated have been confirmed.

1,400 held in Odisha for lockdown violations

Around 1,400 people had been arrested for violation of Covid-19 lockdown guidelines, Odisha Police DG Abhay said here on Monday. The DGP said over 1,500 lockdown violation cases had been registered in the state. Of this, 61 cases were for home quarantine violation. More than 700 sub-inspectors, 162 cops and 1,000 vehicles have been deployed in Odisha to implement the lockdown.

Odisha Assembly passes Appropriation Bill on last day of session

The Odisha Assembly on MOnday passed the state’s Appropriation Bill for fiscal 2020-21 on the concluding day of the Budget session amid the nationwide lockdown. Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Amar Satpathy said that the House had been adjourned sine die after the passage of the Bill moved by Finance Minister Niranjan Pujari. Due to the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent adjournment of the Assembly.

Raveena Tandon’s cat says “no” to bathing

Ever heard a cat talking? Well if you haven’t, here is chance to witness it. Raveena Tandon has shared a video on Instagram where her pet cat Pu,a seems to be saying “no” while being wiped dry after a bath. Sharing the video on Instagram, Raveena captioned: “Ever heard a cat say nooo! #pumathecat say no to a bath, agrees to stay home.”


Cong flays UP govt for spraying chemical on migrants

The Congress has criticised the UP government for spraying chemical on migrants on way to their native places, in Bareilly on Monday. “Who is in-charge and how did the UP govt allow this to happen!?” asked senior Congress leader Jitin Prasada. Prasada, a former Union Minister, said, “the mistreatment of these already persecuted migrants at the hands of govt officials is despicable”.

Around 1000 Kerala prisoners to get parole till April 30

The Kerala High Court on Monday granted parole till April 30 to all prisoners in Kerala who are either undertrials or remand prisoners, provided they are sentenced to less than seven years imprisonment. According to reports on the 54 jails in the state there are 8600 prisoners and this move could benefit around 1000 prisoners. However, habitual criminals will not get the benefit of this parole.

Lockdown dairies: It’s kitchen time for Deepika Padukone

After working out and wardrobe cleaning, actress Deepika Padukone is now utilising all the free time to organise her kitchen during coronavirus lockdown. On Monday, Deepika took to her Instagram and shared a picture that shows the labels of cooking ingredients lying on her kitchen slab. She also shared that she wants to be a Marie Kondo, a Japanese organising consultant.

COVID-19: Mary Kom releases 1 crore from MPLADS Fund

Ace boxer and Rajya Sabha MP Mary Kom on Monday made contributions towards fight against coronavirus pandemic. The 37-year-old said she has given her consent for release of Rs one crore from her MPLADS Fund towards the relief efforts amid the coronavirus pandemic. Mary Kom also announced that she was donating her one-month salary to  PM’s National Relief Fund.

Panic on rise, as 48.3% feel they can get COVID-19

Even as the coronavirus positive cases went past 1,000 in India and at least 29 people lost their lives, 46 per cent people believe that the dreaded virus would not touch their family, while 48.3 per cent felt there is a chance they might get infected, a survey revealed on Monday. The survey conducted by IANS found panic among the people over the virus has increased.

TB vaccine a potential new tool to fight COVID-19: Study

Examining how the COVID-19 has impacted different countries, researchers have found that Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG), a vaccine for tuberculosis  , could be a potential new tool in the fight against the disease. The study that appeared in the pre-print repository medRxiv, proposed that national differences in COVID-19 impact could be partially explained by the different national policies respect to BCG childhood vaccination.

PM condoles death of Omar’s uncle, praises decision on no gathering

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled the death of former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s uncle and praised Omar for his decision to avoid any large gathering in his hour of grief, the Prime Minister said in a tweet, “Condolences to you and the entire family, @OmarAbdullah. May his soul rest in peace”, “your call to avoid any large gathering is appreciable”

Sensex crashes 1,000 points, Nifty below 8,400

 Bear run continued in the Indian stock markets on Monday afternoon with the BSE Sensex falling over 1,000 points. The Nifty50 on the National Stock Exchange also plunged over 260 points to trade below the 8,400 mark. The decline was in line with the global sell-off, as Asian indices fell on the growing number of coronavirus cases worldwide.

Maruti Suzuki extends warranty validity till June 30

Taking leaf from the government, country’s largest automobile company Maruti Suzuki has decided to extend the validity period of warranty and service of customer vehicle falling due during the period of lockdown. It has decided that customer vehicles, whose free service, warranty and extended warranty are scheduled to end in the period from March 15, 2020 to April 30, 2020 are now being extended up to June 30, 2020.

Guj COVID-19 tally reaches 69, toll 6

With the detection of 69 positive cases and 6 deaths in over a week, the Gujarat health department officials have intensified their efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus by going for the cluster containment strategy. Gujarat saw third death in consecutive days. On Monday, one more death was recorded in Gujarat, the victim being a 45-year-old woman from Jesar block in Bhavnagar.

Football great Ronaldinho’s smile has ‘disappeared’ in Paraguayan prison

Ronaldinho’s famous smile has “disappeared” after more than three weeks in a Paraguayan jail, according to one of the few people allowed to visit him. The Brazilian football great and his brother, Roberto Assis, have been held in a prison near Asuncion since March 6 for using fake passports, reports Xinhua news agency.

Passengers who flew in Vistara on March 22 on notice

In a public appeal, the state Directorate of Health Services on Monday said, that those who travelled on a Vistara flight from Mumbai to Goa on March 22, which incidentally carried a COVID-19 positive patient, should report to the health authorities without delay. “One of the patients declared positive for coronavirus  on March 29 at Goa Medical College has travel history from New York to Mumbai.

57.5% believe coronavirus situation will get better over next month

Amid the rapid increase in the number of positive coronavirus cases in the country, 57.5 per cent people believe the situation will get better over the next month, while 17.6 per cent believe it will get worse. The total positive cases in India have surged past 1,000, and resulted in 29 deaths. Globally, the virus has claimed over 33,000 lives and infected over six lakh people.

Delhi govt to provide accommodation to doctors in Hotel Lalit

The Delhi government has decided to provide accommodation to the doctors working in the Lok Nayak and G.B. Pant Hospitals at Hotel Lalit. In an order from Sunday and made public on Monday,  Health Department said it will be paying the accommodation. “Doctors working in the Lok Nayak Hospital and G.B. Pant Hospital on COVID-19 duty would be provided accommodation at the Hotel Lalit

Varanasi DM poses as commoner, catches profiteers

A trader in Varanasi was caught on the wrong foot on Sunday when district magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma and SSP Prabhakar Chaudhary went to a shop in Chetganj area to buy essential commodities, posing as a commoner. The shopkeeper overcharged for the goods purchased and the two officers immediately ordered action against the erring seller. The district magistrate warned  of stern action.

In worst case scenario, 200,000 Americans could die from COVID-19: WH

Sending out a dire warning, the White House has projected America’s peak death toll from the novel coronavirus was likely in two weeks coinciding with Easter weekend and in a worst case scenario, a total of 100,000 to 200,000 Americans could eventually succumb to the disease. “It’s possible. It’s entirely possible that would happen if we don’t mitigate”.

UP govt transfers money into accounts of workers

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, on Monday, transferred Rs 611 crore directly to the bank accounts of 27.5 lakh workers of the state, registered under the MNREGA scheme. The chief minister, who spoke to a group of workers through video conferencing, said that the government would take care of all daily wage earners who had lost their livelihood due to the lockdown.

Tiger Shroff plays football in the drawing room to stay active

Unable to hit the gym owing to the lockdown, Bollywood star Tiger Shroff has taken to playing football at home, besides of course keeping up with his workout regime. The “Baaghi 3” actor shared a video on Instagram where he can be seen laying football in the drawing room and working out on the terrace on a breezy evening. He is barebodied in pants.

Covid-19: John Prine in critical condition

Singer-songwriter John Prine, who received a Grammy lifetime achievement award this year, is in critical condition with symptoms of coronavirus. The 73-year-old singer’s family shared the news via his Twitter account on Sunday, reports “After a sudden onset of Covid-19 symptoms, John was hospitalised on Thursday (March 26),” said the statement from the Prine family.

3 more test positive in J&K, tally rises to 41

Three more persons tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday raising the total number of infected people to 41 in Jammu and Kashmir. Rohit Kansal, government spokesman said no new case of coronavirus was reported from Kashmir today while three more positive cases have been reported in Jammu division.With this, the total number of COVID-19 patients has risen to 41 in J&K.

Modi greets Rajasthan on state day

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday greeted Rajasthan on the state day and wished the progress of the people will continue. “Best wishes to all the brothers and sisters on Rajasthan Day. I wish that this state, famous for courage and valour, continued on the path of progress,” Modi tweeted in Hindi. Rajasthan, the largest Indian state by area, was established on this day in 1949.

Cooking is meditation: Chef Saransh Goila spurs on lockdown creativity in food

Celebrity chef Saransh Goila, has an interesting digital quarantine initiative going on – he goes live on Instagram every morning with his celebrity friends from various fields – cooking. He does so as he deems it important to spread joy in the community at a time when loneliness is at it’s peak during the Coronavirus lockdown in India. His mantra? “Isolated but not alone.”