Tuesday, April 13, 2021


Sushil Chandra takes charge as 24th CEC

Amid restrictions, rush in Himachal temples to mark Navratri

SHIMLA: Amid the rising coronavirus cases and restrictions, devotees on Tuesday thronged temples in Himachal Pradesh on the first day of the nine-day long Chaitra Navratri festival.

Ontario schools suspend in-person learning as Covid-19 cases soar

OTTAWA: Ontario, Canada's most populous province, announced that all schools will stay closed indefinitely to in-person learning as Covid-19 cases continue to surge in the province.

Global Covid-19 caseload tops 136.4mn

WASHINGTON: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 136.4 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.94 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

Haryana imposes night curfew amid spike in Covid cases

GURUGRAM: The Haryana government on Monday imposed night curfew with immediate effect amid sudden rise in Covid-19 cases.The state government said in a statement that night curfew between 9 pm and 5 am will be imposed from Monday night and will remain in force till further orders.

Himachal six-time CM Virbhadra tests Covid positive

SHIMLA: Senior Congress leader and six-time Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday, doctors said here.

Exempt Covid drugs from GST, transfer Rs 6K to eligible: Sonia

NEW DELHI: Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi has written a letter to the Prime Minister and asked him to exempt the medicines and equipment required for Covid-19 treatment and Rs 6,000 should be transferred every month in the accounts of those who are eligible.

Alarm bells ring again in Agra as Covid cases surge

AGRA: In view of the surge in Covid-19 cases in the city, the district health department has added more beds to the wards, upped the oxygen supply and streamlined the medical infrastructure in the city.

Harsimrat trying to shatter confidence of Medical Fraternity just for free publicity: Balbir Sidhu

CHANDIGARH: Terming the allegations of Former Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal as baseless and political motivated, the Health Minister Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu said that SAD has lost his credibility and support from the people of Punjab and now Mrs. Badal is trying to malign the image and confidence of medical fraternity for getting free publicity.

Devotees in Punjab, Haryana throng gurdwaras to mark Baisakhi

CHANDIGARH: Devotees across Punjab and Haryana on Tuesday thronged gurdwaras, including the Harmandir Sahib popularly known as Golden Temple in Amritsar, to mark the festival of Baisakhi.

14 private hospitals in Delhi declared 'fully Covid': Delhi Government

NEW DELHI: In view of exponential surge of Covid-19 cases in the national capital, the health department of the Delhi Government has declared as many as 14 big private hospitals as fully Covid-care centres on Monday.

MP Santokh Singh Chaudhary visits Phillaur grain market to take stock of wheat procurement arrangements

PHILLAUR : Jalandhar Member of Parliament Santokh Singh Chaudhary on Monday took stock of wheat procurement preparations in Phillaur grain market and assured the farmers that like the previous year, Captain Amarinder Singh Government is fully prepared to purchase every grain of the harvest from them despite COVID-19 pandemic.

Captain Amarinder Singh greets people on eve of Baisakhi

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday greeted Punjabis across the world on the sacred occasion of the Sajna Divas of the 'Khalsa Panth' and 'Baisakhi', which symbolizes the spirit of Punjab, Punjabi & Punjabiat.

Several hospitals to be turned into Covid care centres: Kejriwal

NEW DELHI: Amid the continuing exponential surge in Covid-19 cases in the city for the last few weeks, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said that several government and private hospitals will be converted into dedicated Covid care centres soon. The decision was taken in an emergency meeting to review the Covid-19 situation in the national capital.

Suu Kyi demands in-person meeting with lawyers

NAY PYI TAW: Myanmar's former de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was ousted and detained following the February 1 coup, has again demanded a face-to-face meeting with her lawyers at a court hearing held online.

Maha HSC/SSC Board exams postponed to May-June

MUMBAI: In a significant move amid zooming Covid cases, the state government on Monday announced that it has decided to postpone the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary & Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) final examinations for the current academic year.

30 lakh vaccine doses administered on Day 1 of 'Tika Utsav'

NEW DELHI: The Health Ministry on Monday said that nearly 30 lakh doses of vaccine were given on Day 1 of the "Tika Utsav" which has pushed the cumulative coverage to 10.45 crore, as India's average doses per day crossed the 40 lakh mark, continuing to be the highest globally.

Priyanka's son Raihan Vadra's photo exhibition from April 21

NEW DELHI:Son of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Robert Vadra, Raihan Rajiv Vadra's solo photo exhibition -- "Dark Perception" -- will begin from April 21 at Bikaner House here.
The weeklong exhibition will end on April 28.

Bihar reports 7,225 new Covid cases in last 48 hours

PATNA:In Bihar, 7,225 people tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 48 hours and 12 lost their lives, according to the state health department officials on Monday.

Kejriwal reviews Covid situation in Delhi, makes 3 requests

NEW DELHI: With exponential surge in Covid-19 cases in the national capital especially in the last few days, the Delhi Government has stepped up its efforts to combat the new wave of coronavirus. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal held a review meeting with health officials on Monday morning and later made three appeals to people to follow Covid protocols.

Ontario hits single-day record of 4,456 new Covid-19 cases

OTTAWA: Ontario, Canada's most populous province with a population of 14 million, reported 4,456 new cases of Covid-19, the highest single day case count since the pandemic started last year.

Ireland to impose mandatory quarantine on travellers from 16 countries

DUBLIN: People arriving in Ireland from the United States and 15 other countries and regions will have to complete a 14-day mandatory quarantine at a government-designated facility starting from 4 a.m. (Irish time) on April 15, according to a latest decision of the Irish government.

Cyclone-related deaths in Indonesia reach 177

JAKARTA: The death toll from the floods and landslides triggered by tropical cyclone Seroja in Indonesia's East Nusa Tenggara province has increased to 177 with 45 still missing, the National Disaster Management Agency said.

Over 30 fines issued over illegal London house party

LONDON: More than 30 fines were issued to people attending an illegal house party in London, local media reported.
Police arrived at the address in Dover Street, Mayfair, in London at 12.52 a.m. on Sunday and found a large number of people inside playing music and drinking alcohol, Xinhua news agency quoted the Evening Standard newspaper as saying in a report

Global Covid-19 caseload tops 135.8mn

WASHINGTON: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 135.8 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.93 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

Pets eased children's loneliness in lockdown: Study

NEW DELHI: Family pets help children better manage feelings of stress and loneliness, which have been greatly exacerbated by virtual schooling as a result of the pandemic, shows a new survey.

JIBS organizes International Scientific Conference on 'mental health, well-being and loneliness during Covid-19'

NEW DELHI: Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS), O.P. Jindal Global University in collaboration with Free International University of Moldova organised the International Scientific Conference on "Mental Health, Well-Being and Loneliness during COVID-19" from April 9-10.

News of Covid on TV, Facebook can make you less informed

NEW YORK: People who trust television and Facebook to provide them with accurate news about the coronavirus pandemic are less knowledgeable about Covid-19, according to a new study.

Priyanka, Nick go 'red and black' on BAFTA red carpet

LONDON: Indian actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas looked drop-dead-gorgeous as she chose a red and white ensemble as she walked the red carpet at the 74th British Academy of Films and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards along with her American pop singer husband Nick Jonas on Sunday.

Global manufacturing activity expands in March: Index

BEIJING: The global manufacturing sector expanded at a faster pace last month, according to an index published by the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing (CFLP).

Collective responsibility to take Covid surge seriously: KTR

HYDERABAD: Telangana's Cabinet Minister and working president of Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) K.T. Rama Rao on Sunday said it's the collective responsibility of all to take the current surge in Covid-19 cases seriously.

India reports 1.68 lakh fresh Covid-19 cases, 904 deaths

NEW DELHI: India reported 1,68,912 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, setting another grim one-day record as the overall tally reached 1,35,27,717 so far. The health ministry data said here on Monday. With this, India has once again taken its spot as the second-worst hit nation in terms of infections after the US.

P & H High Court Association launches Covid-19 vaccination drive

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association, Chandigarh launched vaccination drive for inoculation against Covid-19 virus in view of an increasing number of Covid-19 cases in the Tri-City.

Govt must reconsider conducting CBSE exams: Rahul Gandhi

Himachal makes Covid negative report mandatory for entry

SHIMLA: Amid the spike in Covid-19 cases around the country, Himachal Pradesh on Sunday made it mandatory for people coming from seven high load states to produce a RT-PCR negative report obtained within 72 hours of entry, from April 16 onwards.

Mandi Board establishes control room for all districts to resolve procurement issues

CHANDIGARH: With a view to facilitate farmers and Arthiyas during Rabi Marketing Season (RMS) commenced from April 10 in the state, Punjab Mandi Board issued contact numbers of State Control Room setup at Mandi Board Headquarters in Mohali. The numbers have been made operational for all 22 districts to promptly address the issues of farmers and Arthiyas during procurement operations in wake of COVID-19.

PUCA & PUTIA demands IKGPTU to conduct online examinations due to COVID

MOHALI: In view of rising infection of CORONA pandemic, the Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUCA) today requested Vice Chancellor, IKGPTU, Jalandhar, Dr. Ajay K Sharma to conduct the pending examination through online mode.

If the health system collapses, Delhi may face another lockdown: Kejriwal

NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said the state government was not in favour of imposing lockdown in the national capital, but 'if the health system collapsed then lockdown would be the only option'.

Global Covid-19 caseload tops 135 million

WASHINGTON: The overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 135 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.92 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

Facebook spent Rs 171 cr on Zuckerberg's security in 2020

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook spent more than $23 million (about Rs 171 crore) to provide security for its CEO Mark Zuckerberg in 2020.
The company's annual reviews of company security "identified specific threats to Zuckerberg," according to a proxy statement filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), reports The Verge.