Abantika Ghosh

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Covid-19 impact: India now procures 75% of testing kits from domestic manufacturers

“In the first fortnight of April, we were struggling a little with supplies,” said CK Mishra, environment secretary.

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Stocks for just a week: Only 3 lakh RNA extraction kits left

The Group of Ministers (GoM), headed by health minister Harsh Vardhan, met to review the preparations and deliberate on the way ahead.

Testing may be hit; growth of new cases down to 6%

Over 1,400 fresh cases in 24 hours, total count crosses 10,000-mark

The guidelines specify that “all patients in the community with ILI (influenza-like illness) symptoms such as fever, chills, dry cough, running nose (must) immediately report to the nearest ASHA/ anganwadi/ frontline worker

The number of daily tests has crossed 20,000 for the first time, with 21,675 samples being tested in the last 24 hours.

Centre’s thinking: More flexibility to states on easing coronavirus lockdown curbs

There is a sense in the government that giving states more room may not actually make any major difference on the ground as no state, at this point, can afford to opt for a “thoughtless” relaxation and then bear the burde

Nearly 900 cases in 24 hours; govt says no community transmission

The total number of cases is now 6,761 (515 recovered), while the death toll has gone up to 206, of which 82 deaths were reported in the last three days.

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Coronavirus cases near 5,000: India plans to scale up testing

With the ICMR issuing an advisory for the use of rapid antibody tests in “areas reporting clusters (containment zone) and in large migration gatherings/ evacuees centres”, the serological tests are set to be conducted on

Coronavirus in India: Centre mulls longer COVID-19 lockdown

Those who attended the GoM — its fourth meeting since March 25 — included Home Minister Amit Shah, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Chemical and Fertilisers Minister D V Sadanand Gowda, and Consumer Affairs, Food and

Coronavirus: 73% of infected are male, 63% of dead over 60 years old, Govt analysis shows

An analysis of Covid-19 death cases by the health ministry also shows that 30% of the dead were in the 40-60 years age group, and just 7% were under 40 years.

Coronavirus pattern emerges in country: 80% cases reported from 62 districts

Across the country, 274 districts have reported positive cases so far. The total number of cases in the country currently stands at 3,577.

In 3 days, cases double across India, 28% linked to Tablighi meet

Many states have seen a sharp spike in the last few days, fuelled by those who attended the meet and their contacts.

Checking the COVID-19 spread: Govt zeroes in on 10 hotspots

Explaining the rationale behind the decision to step up testing in hotspots, the source said that by the 100 cases to one death surveillance ballpark, India’s current number of cases is less than half of what it should be.

Coronavirus lockdown: Centre orders effective sealing of district, state borders

The Union Home Ministry said that in an order under the Disaster Management Act, “Directions were issued that district and state borders should be effectively sealed. States were directed to ensure there is no movement of p

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Coronavirus outbreak: No landing of international flights for a week starting Sunday

Most of the states and Union territories also imposed fresh restrictions on public transport and gatherings. In Delhi, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced the closure of restaurants, but takeaway outlets will remain open

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Coronavirus outbreak: Govt set to expand testing to atypical pneumonia patients

This means that there is one isolation bed for every 84,000 Indians, and one quarantine bed for every 36,000 Indians.

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Coronavirus: 2 new cases, COVID19 notified as ‘notifies disaster’

THE government on Saturday classified coronavirus as a “notified disaster” for the purpose of providing assistance under the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF).

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WHO declares Coronavirus a pandemic: All visas cancelled; cloud over IPL

The complete lockdown would mean no foreign tourists can enter India for the next more than a month, affecting an already stressed economy.

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Coronavirus outbreak: Second case reported from Kerala, parents under observation

The 22-year-old travelled on the same flight which the first case took.

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As CAA protests rage on, voices in govt say no plan of nationwide NRC yet

Amit Shah had clearly said that the “chronology will be that the CAB will be succeeded by NRC.”

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Pan-India NRC will mean repeat in Assam: Amit Shah

Clarifying that the CAB — it proposes to give citizenship to refugees of all religions except Islam — has got nothing to do with NRC, Shah countered Opposition criticism of the Bill being discriminatory

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Ayodhya verdict: Muslim parties debate the way forward

As the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) contemplates a review of the Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya and whether to accept the five acres offered for a mosque in lieu of the disputed plot, there were differing vo

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‘We need to keep lines open’: RSS, BJP to Muslim leaders ahead of Ayodhya verdict

RSS Sah Sarkaryawah Krishna Gopal said that in 90 years of the Sangh’s existence, the top leadership of the organisation never made any anti-Muslim comment.

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Parliament passes Triple Talaq Bill, set to become law

Cracks in Opposition ranks, walkouts enable passage of Bill; PM says archaic practice finally in dustbin of history.

Modi praises Odisha CM for tackling Cyclone Fani well, says Mamata didn’t return my calls

Lauding Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for his response to Cycle Fani, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday said the state government had done a commendable job in evacuating coastal areas to minimise the loss of lives. And af

Vellore Lok sabha polls cancelled after EC cites money power

Vellore was scheduled to go to polls with the rest of Tamil Nadu on April 18 and is the first Lok Sabha seat to have had its elections countermanded over abuse of money power.

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BJP delaying, won’t contest polls, says Speaker Sumitra Mahajan

Other party veterans kept out of the Lok Sabha list this time include former Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani, former HRD Minister Murli Manohar Joshi, former Uttarakhand Chief Minister B C Khanduri and former Union minister

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MCC violation: President sends EC note on Kalyan Singh to govt for action

He quit the post when the Commission expressed displeasure over the misuse of official machinery for his son’s poll campaign.

Pulwama attack: All-party meet backs government in fight against terror

Come out with a measured resolution giving elbow room to govt to decide course of action.

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