Monday, September 21, 2020

Covid-19

'Irresponsible behaviour' behind Covid spike: Harsh Vardhan

NEW DELHI: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday held "irresponsible behaviour" of people responsible for the surge of Covid-19 cases in the country, and appealed to Lok Sabha MPs to spread awareness regarding the pandemic.

LS creates fresh record, burns midnight oil for Public Importance matters

NEW DELHI: The Lok Sabha inked another record in the history of Parliament by hearing 'Matters of Urgent Public Importance' during midnight proceedings of the ongoing Monsoon Session when most of the Indians were sleeping. The lower House which began its proceedings at 3 p.m. on Sunday concluded its session at 12.34 a.m. on Monday, spending more than two hours to hear the 'Matters of Urgent Public Importance' raised by the parliamentarians.

Taj Mahal, Agra Fort to reopen from Monday after 6 months

AGRA: India's star tourist attraction, the 17th-century monument of love, the Taj Mahal, and the Agra Fort, are all set to reopen from Monday, after an unprecedented closure of six months, due to Covid-19 pandemic.

Colombia resumes international flights

BOGOTA: Colombian President Ivan Duque has announced the resumption of international flights after remaining suspended for five months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The first post-closure Viva Air Colombia flight to Miami departed the Rafael Nunez International Airport in Cartagena on Saturday, Xinhua news agency reported.

K'taka Cong MLA Priyank Kharge tests positive for Covid-19

BENGALURU: Karnataka Congress legislator Priyank Kharge has tested positive for coronavirus and is at home isolation for treatment, a party official said on Saturday.

"Kharge took a Covid test on Friday and the result came out to be positive on Saturday. He has been advised home quarantine as he is asymptomatic," party spokesman Ravi Gowda told IANS here.

Highest single day spike takes Gujarat's Covid tally to 1,21,930

GANDHINAGAR: Gujarat on Saturday reported 1,432 new Covid-19 cases, the highest in a day so far, taking the state's coronavirus tally to 1,21,930, while 16 deaths in the last 24 hours mounted the state's death toll to 3,305.

A total of 61,432 tests were conducted on Saturday, of which 1,432 returned positive.

38 new Covid deaths in Delhi; cases top 2.42 lakh

NEW DELHI: Another 38 people have succumbed to the dreaded novel coronavirus here, taking the death toll due to Covid-19 in the national capital to 4,945. Also, 4,071 fresh infections have been reported, taking the total number of cases beyond 2.42 lakh, officials said.

No decision to discontinue printing Rs 2,000 notes: Govt

NEW DELHI: Although printing of Rs 2,000 denomination notes has been significantly lowered, the Centre has not decided to discontinue the high denomination notes.

In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha on Saturday, Minister of State for Finance, Anurag Thakur said that printing of bank notes of particular denomination is decided by the government in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to maintain desired denomination mix for facilitating transactional demand of public.

Follow 'SMS' norms in COVID era: Rajasthan BJP chief

JAIPUR: Rajasthan BJP chief Satish Poonia on Saturday said that one should follow "SMS" norms in the COVID-19 era which stands for 'social distancing, masks and sanitisation' - which should be religiously practised.

CS directs DCS, CPS and SSPS to redouble efforts to ensure containment and management of Covid 19

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan today directed all the Deputy Commissioners, Commissioners of Police, Senior Superintendent of Police, Municipal Corporation Commissioners, Civil Surgeons and senior IAS officers of the state to redouble all efforts to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

Covid effect: Monsoon Session may be curtailed, parties agree

NEW DELHI: Amid a surge in Covid-19 cases in the country, all political parties in a Business Advisory Committee (BAC) of Parliament on Saturday agreed to curtail the ongoing Monsoon Session as early as September 24.

It is learnt that all the parties agreed to end the session by Wednesday or Thursday in next week (September 23 or September 24), curtailing about 7-8 sittings.

Covid effect: Monsoon Session may be curtailed, parties agree

NEW DELHI: Amid a surge in Covid-19 cases in the country, all political parties in a Business Advisory Committee (BAC) of Parliament on Saturday agreed to curtail the ongoing Monsoon Session as early as September 24.

It is learnt that all the parties agreed to end the session by Wednesday or Thursday in next week (September 23 or September 24), curtailing about 7-8 sittings.

Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) has been laid down to resume sports activities in the SAI training centres under the name of “Khelo India-Firr Se”: Kiren Rijiju

NEW DELHI: Due to outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, all the conventional training programmes being conducted in all Sports Authority of India (SAI)centres across the country, under various SAI Sports Promotional Schemes were temporarily suspended and the foreign training of Indian athletes were also curtailed. However, the training has since resumed in accordance with the guidelines issued by Ministry of Home Affairs.

KVIC’s Firmness Forces Flipkart, Amazon, Snapdeal to Remove 160 Fake Khadi Products Online

NEW DELHI: Khadi and Village Industries Commission’s (KVIC) firmness has forced e-commerce portals like Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal and others to remove over 160 web links selling products in the brand name of “Khadi”. In a statement today, KVIC has said that the development comes in wake of KVIC serving legal notices to over 1000 firms using the brand name “Khadi India” to sell their products and thus causing damage to its reputation and the loss of work to Khadi artisans.

India overtakes USA to become No.1 in terms of global COVID 19 recoveries

Minister of Commerce & Industry engages with 12 State/UTs and reviews status of COVID management including Oxygen availability and usage

NEW DELHI: As part of Union Government’s coordinated strategy for effective containment and management of the COVID-19 pandemic, a high level review meeting was chaired by Cabinet Secretary today. Member (Health), NITI Aayog, Union Health Secretary, Secretary, Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, senior officials of the Health Ministry, Ministry of Home Affairs and Chief Secretaries of the 12 State/UTs participated in the review meeting. 

Rajya Sabha Chairman reiterated his concern for the safety of the public and Parliamentarians during the ongoing pandemic

NEW DELHI: Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu today reiterated his concern for the safety of the people in general and the Members of Parliament in particular during the ongoing pandemic.

The Chairman Naidu informed the Members that he had held a meeting with the Home Secretary, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and D.G., ICMR and officers of the Rajya Sabha Secretariat about the measures being taken to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and the safeguards and precautions that are to be taken by the members.

Punjab CS asks manufacturers to ramp up Medical Oxygen production to save lives from Covid

CHANDIGARH: Amid growing nationwide concerns of shortage of Medical Oxygen for COVID patients, Punjab Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan on Saturday asked Oxygen manufacturers in the state to ramp up production, while directing the concerned government departments to ensure 24X7 power availability and adequate supply of empty cylinders to ensure uninterrupted and seamless manufacturing.

Centre's deadline to AICF warring factions nearing fast

CHENNAI: The Indian chess team recently won the gold medal in the FIDE Online Olympiad and the players were greeted by The President, Vice President, Prime Minister, several ministers and other political leaders.

Nepal Covid-19 cases top 61k with record high daily spike

KATHMANDU:The overall Covid-19 cases in Nepal has increased to 61,653 after the Himalayan country reported a record high spike in the number of single-day infections, according to the Ministry of Health and Population.

Global call for strengthening UN ahead of 75th anniversary

UNITED NATIONS: Ahead of a high-level meeting to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the UN, a group of prominent former government leaders are calling for strengthening the world

In an open letter, titled 'A Time for Renewal: Calling for a Strengthened Multilateral System' released on Friday, 48 former UN and government officials from around the world expect the 75th anniversary of the 193-nation body to lead to "a stronger, more accountable, inclusive multilateral system", reports Xinhua news agency.

FIFA approves revised 2019-2022 budget

ZURICH: Football's global governing body FIFA has predicted a drop of $120 million in revenue for the period 2019-2022 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as the FIFA Congress approved a revised budget for the four-year financial cycle.

The 70th FIFA Congress convened remotely for the first time, as all the 211 member associations joined via videoconference on Friday.

Brazil's Covid death toll tops 135,000

RIO DE JANEIRO: Another 858 Covid-19 patients have died in Brazil, raising the country's death toll to 135,793, the Brazilian Ministry of Health said.

Meanwhile, 39,797 new cases were registered over the past 24 hours, bringing the total caseload to 4,495,183, the Ministry said on Friday, Xinhua reported.

SEBI steps to curb market volatility to continue till Oct 29

MUMBAI: The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has extended, till October 29, the enforcement of regulatory measures aimed to contain market volatility amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The measures, first introduced in March, include limits on positions that can be taken up by investors in the futures and options (F&O) segment.

Pizza Hut calibrates future plans, expansion to continue

NEW DELHI: Undeterred by Covid-19's economic impact, QSR major Pizza Hut India will continue to focus on expanding its presence, especially in the Tier-I cities.

In a conversation with IANS, Pizza Hut India MD Merrill Pereyra elaborated that despite the Covid-19 pandemic's impact, the brand will move forward with its expansion plans.

Canada, US agree to extend cross-border closure to Oct 21

OTTAWA: Canada and the US have agreed to extend the cross-border closure to non-essential travels for another month until October 21 to slow the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Public Safety Minister Bill Blair on Friday.

"We are extending non-essential travel restrictions with the United States until October 21st, 2020. We will continue to base our decisions on the best public health advice available to keep Canadians safe," Blair tweeted, Xinhua reported.

Trump expects Covid vaccine to be available for 'every American' by April

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has said that the United States would produce enough coronavirus vaccine doses for "every American" by April 2021.

The president told a White House news conference on Friday that the country will have at least 100 million doses of vaccine by the end of the year, or "likely much more than that", Xinhua reported.

Bamboo cookies, honey bottles to boost immunity for Tripura people

AGARTALA: Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Friday launched bamboo cookies and bamboo made honey bottles that will help in boosting people's immunity and livelihood as well.

Deb, who is also holding the Health, Industries and Commerce Departments, later in a tweet said : "On the occasion of World Bamboo Day, launched bamboo cookies and bamboo made honey bottle.

Maha notches more cures than new infections; 440 deaths

MUMBAI: In a rare occurrence, Maharashtra on Friday notched more Covid-19 recoveries compared to new cases, besides recording 440 deaths, health officials said here.

The state recorded 21,656 new cases, lower than the highest tally of 24,886 recorded on September 11, taking Maharashtra's Covid tally to 11,67,496.

No curbs should be placed on movement of medical oxygen: MHA

NEW DELHI: The Union Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday said that medical oxygen is an essential public health commodity and any disruption in its supplies may critically impact management of Covid-19 patients as it stressed that "no restriction" be imposed on its movement between the states.

Karnataka's Covid tally crosses 5 lakh

BENGALURU: With 8,626 fresh cases across the state on Friday, Karnataka's Covid-19 tally crossed the 5 lakh mark, while 10,949 people were discharged after treatment in the last 24 hours.

"The number of positive cases across the state is 5,02,982, including 1,01,129 active cases, while 3,94,026 cases were discharged since March 8," said the health bulletin.

HCL sets up Covid facilities at LNJP and DDU hospital

NEW DELHI: In a noble gesture, the HCL foundation has helped set-up isolation and treatment units for the Covid-19 disease at two government hospitals here.

The foundation donated 150 beds, an ambulance with life support, and a team of over 120 doctors, nurses, paramedics, and general duty assistants, to the Covid facilities at Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital and Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) hospital.

Yield on govt securities moderated sharply in Q1: Fin Min report

NEW DELHI: The additional public expenditure on account of the Covid-19 pandemic has pushed up government borrowing during the April-June quarter with the Centre issuing dated securities aggregating to Rs 3,46,000 crore as against Rs 2,21,000 crore in Q1 of FY20, according to quarterly report on public debt management brought out by the Finance Ministry.

Covid patients in Raj can have home-cooked food and meet family members

JAIPUR: Providing relief to Covid-infected patients in the state, Rajasthan State Health Minister Dr Raghu Sharma allowed family members to meet them by wearing PPE kits and also permitted them to provide them with home-cooked food.

Anurag regrets Nehru remarks as LS sees 4 adjournments

NEW DELHI: After the Lok Sabha witnessed four adjournments on Friday due to a ruckus over his remarks pertaining to the PM National Relief Fund set up by independent India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, Union Minister of State Anurag Thakur expressed regrets in the House.

Gujarat HC asks govt to take decision on school fees

GANDHINAGAR: The Gujarat High Court on Friday said that the state government was independent enough to take a decision on the school fees to be charged during the COVID-19 pandemic.

After failed talks with the association of school federations on the fee issue, the government was looking towards the High Court for a solution to the fee imbroglio.

Union Minister Jitendra Singh addresses Bamboo Webinar to mark the ‘World Bamboo Day’

NEW DELHI: On the occasion of the World Bamboo Day, while addressing two separate Webinars organized by the Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre (CBTC) under the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) respectively, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said that the Modi government plans to promote domestic Bamboo Industry, which is going to play a critical role in shaping the post-COVID economy of India.

Online Courses for Skill Development

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, at the instance of Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, has issued a Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs ) on 8th September 2020 to ensure resumption of training activities post Covid-19 lockdown in skill and entrepreneurship training institutes including Industrial Technical Institutes (ITIs) and Short Term Training Centres under National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) or State Skill Development Missions or other Central or State Ministries /Departments, National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD), Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) and their training partners.

Nearly 30 Covid vaccine candidates are under various stages of development, by both industry and academia

NEW DELHI: FiveNational COVID-19 Bio-repositories have been established by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT). This is a part of the Network of 16 COVID-19 biorepositories established in the country by Department of Biotechnology, Indian Council of Medical Research and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. The list of biorepositories can be accessed at https://www.icmr.gov.in/cbiorn.html. The repositories are collecting clinical and viral samples. So far, 44452 clinical samples and 17 viral isolates have been collected whichare accessible to researchers and industry for developing diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines.

India scales another peak of Single day Recoveries

NEW DELHI: India has recorded an unprecedented high of single day recoveries.

87,472 active cases have recovered and been discharged in the past 24 hours from home/facility supervised care and hospitals.

India has been consistently reporting a very high level of daily recoveries of more than 70,000 since the past 11 days.
The Recovery Rate has further escalated to 78.86% today. The total recovered cases thus stand at 41,12,551.

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