Tag: Covid19

Creditors may offer debt relief to virus-stung poor countries

Major international creditors will suspend debt payments this year for the world’s poorest countries, who will be hit hardest by the rapidly spreading coronavirus pandemic that has sparked the steepest downturn in the global economy since the 1930s. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said 76 countries, including 40 in sub-Saharan Africa, would be eligible […]

India issues fresh guidelines for coronavirus lockdown 2.0

NEW DELHI: Fresh guidelines were issued by the government of India on Wednesday for enforcing the second phase of the coronavirus lockdown, with the Union home ministry barring all kinds of public transport and prohibiting opening of public places during this period. Inter-state, inter-district movement of people, metro, bus services continue will be prohibited till […]

India sets up 20 control rooms to address wage-related issues, migrant workers’ plight amid lockdown

NEW DELHI: The Labour Ministry on Tuesday said it has set up 20 control rooms on pan-India basis to address wage-related grievances and to mitigate problems faced by migrant workers amid the lockdown period to contain the Covid-19 crisis. The Prime Minister has announced extension of the nationwide lockdown till May 3 with conditional relaxation […]

India suspends domestic, international flights till May 3

NEW DELHI: Following the address of Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcing the extension of coronavirus lockdown till May 3, all domestic and international flights have been suspended till May 3, the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation has said. “All domestic and international scheduled airlines operations shall remain suspended till11:59pm of 03 May 2020,” the aviation regulator DGCA […]

World”s biggest coronavirus lockdown may have cost Rs 7-8 lakh crore to Indian economy

NEW DELHI: The world’s biggest lockdown that shut a majority of the factories and businesses, suspended flights, stopped trains and restricted movement of vehicles and people, may have cost the Indian economy Rs 7-8 lakh crore during the 21-day period, analysts and industry bodies said. With the intent to contain the spread of COVID-19, Prime […]

Supreme Court rejects plea against PM CARES Fund

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a plea seeking quashing of the decision to set up the PM CARES Fund, where people can donate money, to deal with the situation arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic. A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde described the PIL filed by lawyer […]

Travel nod to Wadhawans: Shiv Sena trains guns at ex-CM Devendra Fadnavis

NEW DELHI: The Shiv Sena on Monday said the IPS officer, who gave permission to scam accused DHFL promoters Kapil and Dheeraj Wadhawan and 21 others to travel to a hill station amid lockdown, was appointed in the state Home department by previous chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. It is now clear who is actually behind […]

RBI should implement ‘Helicopter Money’ to counter economic crisis: Telangana CM

NEW DELHI: The Telangana government on Saturday decided to extend the lockdown in the state till April 30 to contain the spread of COVID-19. Noting that the state shares a long border with Maharashtra, where the virus spread is rapid, Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao said tough steps are needed to ensure that Telangana is […]

Parliament allowed to function to topple Madhya Pradesh government

NEW DELHI: Senior Congress leader Kamal Nath on Sunday came down heavily on the BJP government at the Centre, accusing it of being responsible for the situation arising out of coronavirus in the country. He also alleged that the Centre ran Parliament only to ensure that the Madhya Pradesh assembly could function and the Congress […]

Pandemic a ‘perfect storm’ for South Asia, says World Bank

NEW DELHI: South Asia is on course for its worst economic performance in 40 years, with decades of progress in the battle against poverty at risk, because of coronavirus, the World Bank said Sunday. India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan and other smaller nations, which have 1.8 billion people and some of the planet’s most densely populated […]

Saudi Arabia extends coronavirus curfew indefinitely

RIYADH:Saudi Arabia’s King Salman extended a nationwide curfew until further notice due to the spread of the new coronavirus, the interior ministry said on Sunday, after the kingdom reported more than 300 new infections on each of the last four days. Last week Saudi Arabia placed its capital Riyadh and other big cities under a […]

Bihari diaspora reaching out to stranded migrants

PATNA: The Bihar Foundation, a forum for the state’s diaspora which has Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as its patron and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi as its chairman, has been reaching out in a big way to people stranded elsewhere on account of the nationwide lockdown. The Foundation has set up relief camps in cities […]

Coronavirus lockdown won’t be lifted in one go, PM Narendra Modi hints at all-party meeting

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday told floor leaders of opposition and other parties in Parliament that the nationwide lockdown will not be lifted in one go on April 14, according to BJD’s Pinaki Misra. Modi’s comments came during an interaction with these leaders to discuss the situation arising out of the COVID-19 […]

Scrap Rs 20000 crore Central Vista project, government advertisements:Sonia Gandhi’s 5 suggestions to Narendra Modi

NEW DELHI: A day after her telephonic conversation with the Prime Minister on the fight against Covid-19, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggesting five measures to curb government “expenditure” and to divert money in fighting the deadly virus. Sonia Gandhi in her letter suggested to Scrap Central Vista […]

Don’t be a balcony government for balcony people:Kamal Haasan in open letter to Narendra Modi on coronavirus lockdown

NEW DELHI: Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan has criticised the implementation of the 21-day national lockdown in an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The 21-day ‘Nation-wide Lockdown’ was announced by Modi to control the spread of coronavirus in India. Full text of his letter is as follows. To, Republic of India. Respected Sir, I pen […]

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