Monday, October 19, 2020


France reports 29,837 new Covid-19 cases

PARIS: Amid a continued resurgence, France has reported 29,837 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, which increased the overall infection tally to 897,034, according to the Public Health Agency

EduSkills partners with GoDaddy to help boost digital skills development in India

NEW DELHI: EduSkills, a non-profit social enterprise, today announced a partnership with GoDaddy, the company empowering everyday entrepreneurs, as their education partner to help boost entrepreneurship and digital skills development in India. With this partnership, the companies aim to create a talent pool of over 50,000 skilled youth in the country, by offering GoDaddy’s newly created online training and certification program – GoDaddy Academy – and to more than 2000 educators across EduSkills’ 800+ partner universities and Engineering colleges across India. This partnership will help empower students and educators to gain knowledge and expertise needed to thrive in today’s evolving digital world.

Global Covid-19 cases surpass 40mn: Johns Hopkins

WASHINGTON: In a grim milestone, the overall number of global coronavirus cases on Monday crossed the 40 million mark, while the death toll increased to 1,113,750, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

Bala Devi returns to footballing action for Rangers FC in Scotland

KOLKATA:Indian women's national football team forward Bala Devi had decided to stay back in Glasgow, Scotland during the worldwide lockdown enforced by the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, however, the 30-year-old is back on the field as the Scottish Women's Premier League resumed on October 18.

Sitharaman tells central PSUs to scale up capex in FY21, FY22

NEW DELHI:Stressing the need for capital expenditure (capex) by Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs), Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said that they need to scale up their capex both in the current and the next financial year.

1 in 3 call centres in India to switch permanently to WFH

NEW DELHI:Signalling the future of work in the pandemic times, nearly one in three call centres (27 per cent) in India will switch permanently to work from home as a viable long-term strategy, a new report said on Monday.

State govts' FY21 deficit seen higher at 5% of GSDP

NEW DELHI:State governments' deficit is seen higher at 5 per cent, up from earlier estimate of 4.5 per cent of gross state domestic product (GSDP) as Covid-19 continues to suppress economic activities resulting in lower resource mobilisation and higher state expenditure, Kotak Institutional Equities said on Monday.

AAP in Goa on political crossroads amid resignations

PANAJI:A slew of resignations by Aam Aadmi Party's Goa top brass, amid charges that the party has slipped on its core principles, has brought Arvind Kejriwal-led party to yet another political crossroads in the coastal state.

SC to Maha govt: Can Nanded Gurudwara procession be held at 5 a.m.?

NEW DELHI:The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Maharashtra government to examine whether the Nanded Gurudwara can be allowed to hold Dussehra festivities and the Guru Granth Sahib procession at 5 a.m., with limited gathering.

WHO warns against complacency in view of declining Covid cases

NEW DELHI:The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday cautioned against any relaxation of response actions following the recent slight decline in Covid-19 cases in South-East Asia Region, saying the pandemic continues unabated and our response only needs to be strengthened further to curtail virus transmission.

Pak invites Indian Sikhs for Guru Nanak's 551st birth anniversary

ISLAMABAD:The Pakistan government has sent out invitations to Indian Sikhs to attend celebrations marking the 551st birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism.

Pak forms committee to ensure SOP implementation at airports

ISLAMABAD:Pakistan's Aviation Division has constituted a seven-member committee to ensure the proper implementation of standard operating procedures (SOP) at airports to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

US records over 70k new single-day Covid-19 cases

WASHINGTON: The US, currently the worst-hit country by the Covid-19 pandemic, has recorded more than 70,000 new single day coronavirus cases, the highest daily spike since July, according to a report.

Common man in J&K aspires to a decent and quality life: Lt Gen Raju

92 Nirankari devotees including 17 females devotees donated blood

MOHALI: With the blessings of Satguru Mata Sudiksha ji Maharaj, Sant Nirankari charitable Foundation of Sant Nirankari Mission organised 20th blood donation camp of Chandigarh zone at Sant Nirankari Satsang Bhawan , phase 6, Mohali.  In which 92 Nirankari devotees including 17 females devotees donated blood. Today when entire world is suffering from COVID pandemic, Nirankari devotees are serving the mankind with blood donation and spreading the message of Satguru Mata Sudiksha ji Maharaj that entire humanity in this world is ours and it is our duty to serve them.

Haryana gives good news, no death reported TODAY due to Covid-19

CHANDIGARH Haryana Health Department is happy to announce that no death due to COVID-19 has been reported today.

Special Assembly Session: AAP delegation meets Speaker Rana KP Singh; submits memorandum on core issues of concern

CHANDIGARH: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Punjab, while welcoming the decision of the Amarinder Singh government for giving a final nod to the one-day special Vidhan Sabha session on Monday (October 19) against the contentious agriculture laws being imposed by the Modi-led government at the centre, adding that keeping in view the significance of the sensitive issue linked to the very existence of peasantry, the one-day session was too short a period for the purpose.

Director Health Punjab Dr Manjit Singh conducts surprise checking at government hospitals in four districts

CHANDIGARH: With a view to further improve the Emergency health care services at government health institutions across the state, the director, health and family welfare Dr Manjit Singh paid surprise visits to various government hospitals in four districts and gave necessary instructions to the health officials.

Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine gets nod for clinical trials in India

NEW DELHI:  The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has granted approval to Dr Reddy's, a global pharmaceutical company headquartered in India, to conduct phase 2 and 3 clinical human trials of the Sputnik V, a Covid-19 vaccine made by Russia.

Punjab CM appeals farmers to open rail traffic, heading for severe power crisis

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh today made an appeal to agitating farmers to withdraw their stir and open the railway traffic to avoid severe power crisis

Days of Imran Khan govt are numbered, warns PDM power show

ISLAMABAD:Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is facing a serious outburst from the opposition parties, who have now joined together and launched an anti-government campaign, aimed at toppling the ruling government.

I put pandemic time to good use: NEET 2020 topper

BHUBANESWAR:Odisha's Soyeb Aftab, who has created history by scoring 100 per cent in National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) 2020, said on Saturday that Covid-19 pandemic came as a blessing in disguise for him and he put it to good use to concentrate more on his studies.

T'gana records 1,451 new corona cases, 1,983 recoveries

HYDERABAD: Telangana registered 1,451 new coronavirus cases, taking the state's tally to 2.2 lakh, even as 1,983 more patients recovered from the infection, officials said on Saturday.

US budget deficit hits record high

WASHINGTON:The US federal budget deficit has increased to a record $3.1 trillion in the 2020 fiscal year, as the Covid-19 pandemic has prompted massive fiscal stimulus and caused tax revenue to fall, official data has revealed.

Pak imposes fine on Qatar Airways for violating SOPs

ISLAMABAD:The Pakistan government has imposed a 100,000 PKR fine on Qatar Airways for violating the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) enforced against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sharif's security ramped up in London

ISLAMABAD:Security for former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is currently in London, has been heightened, a development that came weeks after the PML-N supremo's fiery speech against the incumbent Imran Khan-led government and his criticism of the military establishments alleged interference in political matters.

In recovering Covid-19 patients, antibodies fade quickly: Study

TORONTO:Researchers have now claimed that antibody levels in the blood of Covid-19 patients drop rapidly during the weeks after their bodies have cleared the virus and symptoms have subsided.

Global Covid-19 cases surpass 39mn mark: Johns Hopkins

WASHINGTON:The overall number of global coronavirus cases has surpassed the 39 million mark, while the deaths have soared to more than 1,103,350, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

France reports 25,085 new Covid-19 cases

PARIS:France reported 25,085 new coronavirus cases in a 24-hour span, increaing the overall infection tally to 834,770, according to health authorities.
Friday's figure was lower than a record 30,621 registered on Thursday, reports Xinhua news agency.

Canada's daily Covid-19 cases continue to rise

OTTAWA:Amid an ongoing second Covid-19 wave, Canada's single-day case count has continued to increase with an average of over 2,300 fresh infections being reported.

Republican Hindu group scaling back campaign for Trump

WASHINGTON:During the 2016 election campaign around this time, then-candidate Donald Trump addressed a large, glamorous rally of thousands of cheering Hindus, the first time a US presidential candidate reached out to the followers of the faith.

Himachal temples see rush with onset of Navratri

SHIMLA:Amid the fears of Covid-19 pandemic, thousands of devotees on Saturday thronged temples in Himachal Pradesh to mark the onset of the eight-day-long 'Navratri', considered an auspicious period by the Hindus.

Google removes 3,000 China-linked fake YouTube channels

SAN FRANCISCO:As the US presidential election inches closer, Google said it has terminated more than 3,000 fake YouTube channels in July-September period which were part of a large spam network linked to China that attempted to run an influence operation on YouTube.

School Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla assess ground reality in Patiala prior to reopen schools

PATIALA:Punjab School Education Minister Mr. Vijay Inder Singla today reviewed arrangements in two major government schools in Patiala city to assess the ground reality about implementation of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) prior to open up school from October 19 in wake of COVID-19 pandemic. Mr. Singla visited government Co-Ed Multipurpose Senior Secondary School, Passi Road and Government Model Senior Secondary School, Civil Lines and inspected the condition of basic amenities such as toilets, drinking water and disinfection process very closely apart from marking in classrooms to maintain social distancing among children. District Education Officer (S) Harinder Kaur, Principal Tota Singh National Awardee, Principal Varinder Batish, Surinder Singh Bharoor and other teachers were also present during the visit.

Europe continues to battle 2nd Covid-19 wave

BRUSSELS:Europe has continued its battle with a second wave of the novel coronavirus, with several countries reporting a record surge in the number of single-day confirmed cases.

India records decline in new Covid cases, tally over 74L

NEW DELHI:With a spike of 62,211 new Covid-19 cases and 837 deaths in 24 hours, India's tally reached 74,32,680, the Union Health Ministry data said on Saturday.
The spike is lower than the Friday figures of 63,371 coronavirus new cases and 895 deaths recorded in 24 hours.

3,428 new cases take Delhi's Covid tally to 3.24L

NEW DELHI: The national capital has reported 3,428 new Covid-19 cases and 22 fatalities related to the viral disease in the last 24 hours.

Order to reserve ICU beds for Covid patients temporary: Delhi govt to HC

NEW DELHI: The Delhi government in its fresh affidavit filed before the Delhi High Court has stated that the order to reserve 80 per cent ICU beds in 33 major private hospitals for Covid-19 patients was passed keeping in view the rising number of coronavirus cases and noting that many people are preferring private hospitals.

Odisha's Soyeb Aftab tops NEET 2020 gets cent per cent score

NEW DELHI: The National Testing Agency (NTA) has released the result of NEET 2020 examination on its official website, along with the final Q&A score.

Overwhelming Indian-American support for Biden, Harris generates enthusiasm

NEW YORK: A new poll has revealed that Indian-Americans overwhelmingly support the Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for the November 3 election with "great enthusiasm", generated by having Kamala Harris as the Vice Presidential candidate.