8 Jamaatis test positive in UP’s Sitapur

Eight members of the Tablighi Jamaat, who had attended a meeting in Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz last month that spiked cases throughout the country, have tested positive for Corona virus in Sitapur. All the eight Jamaatis have now been shifted to the community health centre in Khairabad. The Jamaatis are from Bangladesh and had been quarantined

Anurag Srivastava takes over as new MEA spokesperson

Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer Anurag Srivastava took charge as the new spokesperson of the ministry of external affairs on Monday, replacing Raveesh Kumar who held the position for around three years. A 1999-IFS batch, Srivastava was serving as India’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union before returning to New Delhi.

Reverse impact! crackers leave Delhi gasping as firecrackers go off during 9pm 9 min call

Air pollution in the national capital and its surrounding regions spiked drastically on Monday, a day after people bursted firecrackers to “challenge the darkness” as a sign of participation in  Narendra Modi’s call for switching off lights and lighting diyas and lamps to fight against coronavirus crisis.  PM called for a nine-minute candlelight vigil in a bid to dispel the darkness spread by the pandemic

Sehwag posts video of child spelling out COVID-19 directives

Dashing former India opener Virender Sehwag on Monday urged people to follow coronavirus dos and don’ts strictly by sharing a video of a child who is spelling out the directives perfectly. “This is still the most important thing for all of us. A child is explaining this beautifully. Please do listen to him and follow his advice,” Sehwag said in a tweet

Practise pilates for agility, healthy state is very important

As we stay in, practise social distancing and isolation, taking care of our health becomes very important. Maintaining the healthy state is very important in order to avoid contracting the COVID-19, says a fresh guideline by the WHO. While most of us may not have access to a full-fledged gym at home, this is the best time to explore workout like Pilates, Yoga, Barre, etc.

UP BJP leader takes to celebratory firing to mark 9baje9minute

A video showing a BJP leader Manju Tiwari firing in the air with a revolver on Sunday night to mark the battle against Corona, has gone viral on the social media. A probe has been ordered in the matter.
Tiwari is the district president of the party’s women wing in Balrampur district. Superintendent of Police, has directed the kotwali nagar police to register a case

Dhoni owns Malinga in IPL: Styris

Former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris believes that MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings has been able to produce the most uncapped players for India and thats why they are a better franchise as compared to Mumbai Indians in the  IPL. Mumbai Indians have won IPL title four times – in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019. Out of these four times, they have defeated CSK in the final.

Crude oil prices fall as ‘OPEC+’ delays meet on output cut

Crude oil prices declined on Monday as OPEC and other major oil producers including Russia delayed their meeting to discuss on output cuts. Brent crude fell near to $30 per barrel during early trade on Monday. Currently, it is trading at $33.51, lower by 1.76 per cent from its previous close. The WTI crude plunged over 3 per cent to $27.37 per barrel.

Hardest week ahead! Americans asked to brace for “saddest” times

With a dire warning from Surgeon General of the US Jerome Adams, the country braced for the “saddest” week ahead even as it saw glimmers of hope in the dip in new cases and deaths in the coronavirus pandemic’s epicentre New York and an abatement in Washington state where it began.”This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment”.

B’luru civic body uses 2 hotels as quarantine centres

The city civic body has used only two hotels so far to quarantine Covid-19 cases even though it has notified 16 properties for the purpose, an official said on Monday. “We have used only two hotels until now, though we have notified 16 hotels for quarantining Covid cases,” told a Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) official.

Goa man wishes COVID-19 to Jamaat harassers; arrested

A Goa Police spokesperson on Friday said that the Shaikh, who runs a garments store in the mining town, was arrested under sections 269 and 188 of the Indian Penal Code. While Section 269 deals with commission of an act which is likely to spread infection of any disease dangerous to life and 188 is related to disobedience of an order given by a public servant.

Cuttack also under 48-hr shutdown, after Bhubaneswar, Bhadrak

“In view of the fact that one resident of Cuttack has also been found positive, the city is being included under the shutdown for 48 hours from 8pm from today till 8pm on Sunday. We will use the time for aggressive contact tracing. Details will be released soon,” said a tweet from the Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy. Earlier Bhubaneswar & Bhadrak town were brought under complete lockdown.

Haryana sees 8 coronavirus cases; total rises to 43

Haryana on Friday reported eight cases of coronavirus patients, taking the total number of cases to 43 in the state, the government said.
Officials said five patients, including four foreigners, were those who came to the state after attending a religious congregation of Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi’s Nizamuddin. Their passports have been confiscated.

Ranveer reveals how Deepika ‘devoured’ Khilji in the dead of the night

Bollywood star Ranveer Singh has shared his actress-wife Deepika Padukone’s midnight guilty pleasure! It seems the actress loves feasting on sweetened hazelnut cocoa spread when most of the world has dozed off.  Ranveer has shared a photograph that catches Deepika slurping on her yummy spread. Quite wittily, she has covered the brand name on the jar with a label that says ‘Khilji’.

6 security men injured in Pakistan firing on LoC

Six security men were injured on Friday in an unprovoked firing by the Pakistan Army on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district, police sources said. The sources said the ceasefire violation took place in the district’s Sunderbani sector.
“They used mortars and automatics to target Indian positions

21 new corona cases in Rajasthan, tally up to 154

A total of 21 new coronavirus positive cases have been reported in Rajasthan on Friday taking the total tally to 154 in the state. This includes 23 Tablighi Jamaat members, 18 evacuees from Iran who are in Army Wellness centres in Jaisalmer and Jodhpur and 2 Italians who earlier tested positive and later were turned negative, said health officials.

Elephant Kalpana: A year of freedom to celebrate!

45-year-old Kalpana, previously a begging elephant, is celebrating a year of freedom at the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation & Care Centre in Mathura! Kalpanas rescue in 2019 was brought to the attention of millions. A partially blind and exhausted Kalpana would walk for hours endlessly, begging for alms on busy highways. In 2019, She was found abandoned by her owner

COVID-19: Telangana’s small farmer with big heart donates Rs 50k

At a time when farmers across the country are worried over losses amid a 21-day nationwide lockdown, a small farmer from Telangana has come forward to donate Rs 50,000 for COVID-19 relief measures. Mora Hanmandlu of Adilabad district, who owns four-and-half acres of land, decided to donate a part of the money he earned from his crop.

Australian states close borders due to pandemic

For the first time in history, Western Australia (WA), the country’s largest state, closed its borders, reports Xinhua “These new harder border closures essentially mean we will be turning Western Australia into its own island, within an island,” WA Premier Mark McGowan said on Friday. “Western Australia is in a unique position. Our isolation is now our best defence.

Google to shut down ‘Neighbourly’ app

Google has announced that it is shutting down its Q&A social app Neighbourly on May 12, as the project did not take off as expected. The search engine giant unveiled the app in May 2018 as a test in Mumbai to let users explore their neighborhood with help from local experts. Later in November, it expanded its base to a few more cities

11 Tablighi returnees tested positive in Karnataka: CM

Eleven of 91 Tablighi Jamaat followers who returned to Karnataka from the Delhi headquarters of the group have tested positive so far for coronavirus, Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa said. “Of the 91 Jamaat members who returned from Nizamuddin Markaz in March, 11 tested positive at Bidar in northern Karnataka, while 80 tested negative,” Yediyurappa told

Thailand imposes nationwide curfew to curb COVID-19 spread

Thailand has imposed a nationwide curfew starting from Friday to prevent people from leaving home at night in an effort to stop the spreading of the coronavirus pandemic. PM  Prayut Chan-o-cha announced  that the curfew will be effective nationwide from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. daily. Thailand earlier declared emergency rule to contain the COVID-19 spread.

PM outlines govt’s priority: Test, track, isolate & quarantine to combat corona

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, for the second time, interacted with Chief Ministers via video conferencing and discussed measures to combat coronavirus, saying the government’s first priority for the next few weeks should be “testing, tracing, isolating and quarantining” and for this, administrative efforst down to the district level must be coordinated.

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.