‘Operation SHIELD’ makes Dilshad Garden Coronavirus-free

Delhi government’s ‘Operation SHIELD’ has completely stopped the transmission of coronavirus in Dilshad Garden with no new cases reported in the last 10 days,   health department said. Dilshad Garden — a densely populated area of the national capital had the potential to become a hotspot even before Nizamuddin Markaz became one, after a woman infected at least eight people,

Drinking Drinking green tea may help treat food allergies may help treat food allergies

If you are a tea lover, there is good news as researchers have revealed that consuming green tea can help combat food allergies. A food allergy occurs when your immune system over reacts to a food or a substance in a food. The study found that drinking green tea increases the abundance of gut bacteria that helps suppress allergic immune responses.

Bhumi learns hydroponics farming from mother amid lockdown

Actress Bhumi Pednekar has decided to learn the science of hydroponics farming from her mother Sumitra Pednekar during the COVID-19 lockdown. “My mom and I always wanted to have a hydroponics garden of our own where we grow our own vegetables and can have a fully sustainable lifestyle. We wanted to have a garden to table lifestyle at home”.

Sometimes u slip on those pies too: Yuvraj reminds KP

Former England skipper Kevin Pietersen on Thursday shared a tweet by the official twitter handle of English Cricket where he is seen playing his famous switch hit. He captioned his tweet, ‘Smacking pies!’ And Yuvraj Singh trolled the Englishman and wrote: “Well sometimes u slip on those pies too.” Yuvraj had gotten the better of Pietersen quite a few times during their contests

COVID-19: Salman thanks all for ‘understanding’ gravity of the situation

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has thanked everyone for “listening and understanding” about lockdown due to the outbreak of coronavirus in India.”Wah ! Thank you for listening and understanding the gravity of this situation the country is in. God bless and protect each and every 1″ said Khan

10 foreigners arrested in TN, to be tested for corona

The Tamil Nadu police has arrested 10 foreigners belonging to different countries in Mayiladuthurai district staying in a mosque for violating their visa norms, said  police. “Ten foreigners have been arrested and remanded in judicial custody. They are being tested for corornavirus in the government hospital and will be shifted to Puzhal prison in Chennai,” .

User claims Anurag Kashyap is rolling a joint in video, filmmaker says it’s tobacco

A video featuring Anurag Kashyap seems to have landed the filmmaker in trouble. A user has complained to Mumbai Police that Kashyap is actually “rolling a joint” in the video, which is “illegal in India”. Soon afterwards, the filmmaker responded claiming he was rolling up tobacco.  “Yes please for once @MumbaiPolice look into it” Kashyap said.

46 new cases in Gujarat take total to 308; 19 deaths

With the continued and intensified surveillance and testing of coronavirus infection inside the hotspots of Gujarat, the health authorities said on Friday that 46 new confirmed positive cases have been detected in the last 12 hours in the state. Gujarat has now crossed the 300 mark with 308 positive cases and 19 deaths. At least 46 new positive cases and 2 more deaths were reported.

Maha sees surge in Covid-19 cases as tally reaches 1,390, Dharavi 22

The number of Covid-19 positive cases in Maharashtra increased by 26 on Friday morning, taking the count of such cases to 1,390, officials said. With 5 new positive cases on Friday, Mumbai’s Dharavi slum now has 22 cases, up from Thursday’s 17, said BMC. Two others who attended the Tablighi Jamaat even in Delhi are also found positive in Mumbai.

Positive in a first! Rahul hails ASHA, Anganwadi workers, ANMs for corona fight

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has hailed the work done by Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs), Auxiliary Nurses and Midwives (ANMs) and Anganwadi workers in fighting coronavirus.
He said that as a nation, “we owe them and their families a huge debt of gratitude for the tremendous personal sacrifices each of them is making”.

Confusion worsens: Mexico delays deal reached by OPEC+ to cut oil output

Mexico suspended the agreement reached by all OPEC+ group members at Thursday’s meeting to reduce oil production by about 10 million barrels per day, Kuwait’s oil minister Khaled al-Fadhel said on Friday.  OPEC and its allies led by Russia, a group known as OPEC+, kicked off an extraordinary video conference on Thursday to discuss oil production cuts.

Navy offers ration for migrants in Mumbai

To help the needy amid the Covid-19 lockdown, the Navy provided ration packets, comprising basic food items, to Maharashtra government for distribution among stranded migrant labourers in Mumbai. The Mumbai city District Collector had requested the Navy to provide relief to the large number of migrant labourers, stranded due to the lockdown.

Viv speaks ! Didn’t mind if I died while batting: Richards on not using helmets

West Indies batting great Viv Richards was famous for preferring not to use a helmet. Richards faced some of the most vicious fast bowlers in the history of the game at a time when restrictions on bouncers weren’t around and in a chat with former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson, the 68-year-old said that he was comfortable with the risk that came with not wearing a helmet.

80% Covid-19 patients in Haryana belonged to Jamaat: Vij

Nearly 80 per cent of the coronavirus cases in Haryana belonged to the Tablighi Jamaat, said Health Minister Anil Vij, here on Thursday. “Of the 134 coronavirus patients in the state, 106 belonged to the Tablighi Jamaat,” he said.   “We are going to do rapid sampling in every district to know the exact (positive) cases,” he told the media via video link.

RSS wing dubs lockdown an ’emergency like situation’, where migrant worforce driven to starvation

RSS labour wing, Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) has called the lockdown “an emergency like situation where 10 per cent of the unorganized and migrant workforce is being driven towards starvation. Coming under the RSS umbrella, BMS raising the plight of stranded workers and seeking a package from Prime Minister assumes significance.

Hollywood star turns nurse, Jennifer ready to join COVID-19 battle as a nurse

At a time when several global personalities are making donations to fight the battle against the novel coronavirus, Hollywood actress Jennifer Stone has decided to fight the pandemic as a registered nurse.
The former “Wizards Of Waverly Place” actress announced her plan to fight the global virus as a registered nurse, reports aceshowbiz.com.

Oil companies to report big losses as lockdown shrinks sales

State-owned oil marketing companies (OMCs) including Indian Oil, BPCL, HPCL may see significant erosion in the earnings during the January-March quarter of FY20 even though low crude and product prices jacked up their margins on the sale of petrol and diesel.the unusually high gross refining margins reported by OMCs have already seen a fall.

In a first Kerala all set to conduct plasma therapy

With the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) now giving nod to Kerala to conduct plasma therapy, the team of medical professionals is all set to do it. Kerala is the first state in the country to have been given the nod to try this out, as a task force was already in place.and this process is done first by conducting a blood test on a coronavirus positive patient.

Comedians dependent on live shows: Amit Tandon

One of India’s leading stand-up comedians Amit Tandon, says that comedy is feeling the heat of the Coronavirus outbreak, with most performers unable to do live shows, and the internet bringing in only limited revenue. “The real-time impact (of the pandemic) is two-fold. There is a lot of time, and there’s no money.


Akhtar proposes match between Kaif’s son and his

Shoaib Akhtar has proposed a match between his son Mikael Ali and that of Mohammad Kaif, Kabir after the latter said it must have been easy to hit the former Pakistan speedster during his playing days.
“Toh phir Mohammad Kaif match ho jaaye Kabir aur Mikael Ali Akhtar ka? He’ll get his answers about pace. Haha, give him my love,”

Congress CMs bat for lifting of lockdown in phases

With Pudducheri Chief Minister V. Narayansami ready to write to the Centre for the extension of the lockdown, majority of Congress-ruled states are of the view that the lockdown should not be lifted in haste but in a phased manner. Narayansami said that he is willing to write to the Union Government for the extension of the lockdown.

Karnataka records 5th COVID-19 death, tally reaches 181

Karnataka recorded fifth COVID-19 death, even as its positive cases rose by six to 181, an official said on Wednesday. “Till date, 181 Covid-19 positive cases have been confirmed. This includes five deaths and 28 discharges,” a health official told. Further details on the fifth death were awaited from the officials.

Anna back in horizon: Political docu-series talks of Anna Hazare movement and its impact

Chicago-Based medical specialist Dr Munish Raizada has come up with his debut political documentary series titled “Transparency: Pardarshita”. Hindi language documentary series spanning six episodes. The series deals with the India Against Corruption Movement (Anna Andolan) of 2010, led by social activist Anna Hazare, and it also traces how movement subsequently led to political developments.

Trump lambasts WHO, says will ‘give funding a good look’

US President Donald Trump has lashed out at the World Health Organisation for not giving sound advice and favouring China over the US as he hinted at taking a relook at the WHO funding from his country. “The W.H.O. really blew it. For some reason, funded largely by the United States, yet very China centric. We will be giving that a good look.

Tendulkar, Kohli find spot in Clarke’s list of greatest batsmen

Former Australia captain Michael Clarke has come out with a list of seven greatest batsmen he played alongside or against during his playing days. Clarke, who appeared on Big Sports Breakfast, included two Indians –- Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli — in that list. The other five players are Brian Lara, AB de Villiers, Jacques Kallis, Ricky Ponting and Kumar Sangakkara.

Heavy firing between security forces & militants in Sopore, J&K

Heavy firing exchanges started on Wednesday between holed up militants and the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Sopore town. Police sources said following information about the presence of militants in the Arampora area of Sopore town, security forces started a cordon and search operation in the area late Tuesday

Coronavirus cases get past 5000 in India, 149 deaths

With India in the third week of its 21-day lockdown, the total number of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus surged to 5,194, the Ministry of H & FW said on Wednesday. Of these, 4643 are active cases of COVID-19, 401 individuals have recovered and discharged from the hospital, one person migrated to another country and 149 people succumbed to the disease.

LG may launch 5G smartphone under new brand in May

LG Electronics is likely to launch a new 5G-enabled and cheaper smartphone under a new brand name next month. The smartphone will be cheaper than Samsung’s Galaxy S20 premium smartphone but will house all the features a flagship smartphone is expected to have, reports The Korea Times. The company has announced that it would ditch the G brand.

On this day: Jayasuriya blitz takes Singapore by storm

On this day in 1996, Sanath Jayasuriya slammed a 17-ball 50 to bedazzle the crowd in Singapore during the final of the Singer Cup but his 28-ball 76 blitzkrieg went in vain as Pakistan won the match by 43 runs. The tournament, which also involved India, belonged to the hard-hitting Jayasuriya, who had slammed the then fastest ODI century in 48 balls in the tournament.

Breaking : First COVID death in Odisha

A 72 year old man from Bhubaneswar ‘s Jhadpada died on April 6 at the AIIMS hospital. This was informed through a tweet by the State H & FW dept today. The deceased was admitted to AIIMS with acute respiratory complaint was leter detected COVID positive. He had also severe hypertension. The death being first in the state has reasons for the concern for people and the authorities as well.

IB office in Bhubaneswar sealed, staff in quarantine

All employees of the Central Intelligence Bureau (IB) office in Bhubaneswar have been asked to remain in home quarantine after one employee came in contact with a COVID-19 positive patient, said an official on Tuesday. The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has also sealed the IB office.The IB office located at the R.N. Singhdeo Marg in Bhubaneswar has been sealed

Sleep well to boost immunity

Amid the lockdown, social distancing and “work from home”, we are increasingly spending more time within four walls. Our humble bed has become a permanent station for many us to do office work, binging on our favourite series, news and spending the extra time on hand with family. Ironically, while we stay longer in bed, at times our sleep cycle is compromised.

Trump-India face off, Rahul adds to the problem, red flags Hydroxylchloroquine export to US

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi has red flagged the export of hydroxylchloroquine to the United states and said that the “life saving” drug should be made available to the country first. The central government has decided to lift ban on the export of this drug.  He slammed  Trump on his “retaliation” jibe on the issue of the drug export.

23 new cases take Maharashtra tally to 891

Maharashtra on Tuesday recorded 23 new Covid-19 cases, with the total jumping from 868 to 891, besides a total of 52 deaths till Monday, including a 30-year-old woman, officials said . On Tuesday, 10 fresh cases were reported from Mumbai, Pune had 4 new cases, Ahmednagar 3, Nagpur and Buldhana two each, and one each from Sangli and Thane this morning.

Sensex surges 1,500 points to reclaim 29,000 mark

Indian stock markets witnessed a rally on Tuesday with the BSE Sensex gaining over 1,500 points to reclaim the psychological level of 29,000. The gains on the Indian stock markets were in line with the Asian indices which rose on signs that the rate of coronavirus-related deaths globally is dropping.

COVID-19: MB, EB to join campaign encouraging people to stay active

Mohun Bagan and East Bengal will be taking part in a global United Nations and World Health Organisation (WHO) campaign aimed to encouraging people to remain “active” during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. FIFA has joined forces with the UN and the WHO in supporting the #BeActive campaign launched on the UN International Day of Sport

COVID-19: Rajasthan reports 24 new cases, tally rises to 325

Rajasthan on Tuesday reported 24 new novel coronavirus cases, taking the total such cases to 325 in the state, said Additional Chief Secretary.
Jodhpur has nine new cases — six are the family members of a patient found positive on Monday, a woman who is wife of another patient reported infected the same day, and one patient in contact with a woman who tested coronavirus positive earlier.

ZEE commits financial relief to its over 5,000 daily-wagers

Media and entertainment company ZEE Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEE) on Tuesday committed itself to a financial relief to over 5,000 daily-wage earners working directly or indirectly for the company in its overall production ecosystem. ZEE said it has taken this step to ensure that their families do not get impacted due to the nationwide lockdown.

UP’s Covid-19 cases surge past 300 mark; 50 pc from Jamaat

The number of coronavirus cases in Uttar Pradesh crossed the 300 mark on Monday. The state’s tally now stands at 305, where 159 coronavirus positive cases are linked to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation, health officials said.Additional Chief Secretary Home  said that with the Tablighi Jamaat corona patients constituting more than 50 per cent of the total  .

Huge health scare! Mumbai, Pune pvt hospitals isolated as 130 staff test Covid-19 positive

In a huge health scare, two major private hospitals, one in Mumbai and another in Pune have been declared as “containment zones” after at least 130 staffers including doctors, nurses and patients were found Covid-19 positive, officials said here on Monday. At least 29 staffers including three doctors and 26 nurses were found Covid-19 positive last week,

Urvashi Rautela stuns in killer black outfit

Actress-former beauty queen Urvashi Rautela sure knows how to keep her fans regaled in these boring times of lockdown. Urvashi has been posting a series of oomph-loaded snapshots and videos on her social media over the past few days, and fans are loving it. She has done it again on Monday, posting a photo in a stunning, body-hugging black outfit.

Kerala High Court helps pet owner buy cat food, when police refused to!

A cat owner on Monday got help from the Kerala High Court to go out of and buy food for his pets, after the police refused his application. The court also said it would pass a general order to this effect. N. Prakash had moved the court after his request for a pass to go out to buy food for his pets was rejected by the police.

CINTAA urges members to pitch in with financial aid

Amid the ongoing lockdown due to the coronavirus crisis, the Cine And TV Artistes’ Association (CINTAA) has appealed to A-list members as well as masses to pitch in with rations and funds as donation for daily wage workers. “Since CINTAA has a very limited corpus, we are not a cash-rich association. Our charitable sister trust, the Cine Artist Welfare Trust (CAWT) is also running out of funds,”

Animals in Lucknow Zoo face lockdown blues

It is not only humans who are facing the hardships during the national lockdown. Animals too are facing problems, mainly food. The carnivorous inmates of the Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Zoological Garden have been affected by the disruption in supplies of fodder, meat and vegetables. The zoo that has over 1,000 inmates, including birds and reptiles, face food problems.

Odisha gets its first COVID-19 hospital and first in the country

Realising the urgency of medical care in view of the spike in COVID-19 cases in Odisha, the state has taken a gigantic step ahead by opening a 520 bed hospital in the State capital. It is an wing of the SUM hospital group being funded by the Mahanadi Coal Fields Ltd, and the chief minister has expressed his thankfulness towards the two above organisations for this cooperation at this crucial juncture.

Firms should allocate funds for crisis management: PwC survey

As companies go through a tough phase amidst the coronavirus pandemic, a PwC survey says that companies should separately allocate funds for crisis management. The Crisis Survey by PwC India titled ‘Crisis Preparedness: An imperative to stay competitive’ said: “Globally, almost 37 per cent of companies better-placed post-crisis had allocated a crisis management budget.

COVID-19: Vishwanathan Anand to play online chess to raise funds

Six Indian chess players, including former world champion Vishwanathan Anand, will play online chess with fans on April 11 to raise funds to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Anand, who is stranded in Germany due to the global travel restrictions, told  “On April 11, Indian chess players will try to do their bit in fund-raising while giving chess fans an opportunity to play  .”

Raghubir Yadav: I try to find goodness in bad projects

Actor Raghubir Yadav has had some hits and misses since he took up acting all those years ago. He says he generally doesnt perceive projects as extremely good or bad. In fact, he “picks out the drawbacks” in a good project. I generally don’t perceive projects as extremely good nor bad. I try to find goodness in the bad projects.

Entrance exams including JNU, UGC NET, PhD, NEET, TTE postponed

The Ministry of Human Resource Development has decided to postpone entrance exams including JNU, UGC, NET and IGNOU PhD and several others keeping in mind the lockdown.
HRD Minister Pokhriyal said: “The Director General of National Testing Agency has been advised to postpone the last date for submission of applications for various examinations”.

COVID-19 cases in AP touch 266, highest number in Kurnool

With samples of a further 14 persons testing positive, the number of COVID-19 infected persons in Andhra Pradesh rose to 266 on Monday . The state nodal officer said that the data pertains to test results obtained between 6 p.m. on Sunday  . As per official reports, 5 of the new cases are in Visakhapatnam, 3 each in Anantapur and Kurnool, 2 from Guntur, and 1 in West Godavari. As of Monday, five persons in the state.