Every Coronavirus front-line medical worker to get worth Rs 50 lakh insurance cover: FM Sitharaman

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on March 26, announced a Rs 50 lakh medical insurance cover per person for frontline health workers involved in managing the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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    Coronavirus and Sex: What You Should Know About Intimacy During The Covid-19 Pandemic

    What are the risks associated with sex in the time of coronavirus? An experts answers all questions and gives some do's and don'ts.

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    Using coronavirus, Pakistan rakes up Kashmir issue at UN

    New Delhi, Mar 30: Pakistan has yet again raked up the Kashmir issue and this time the country has linked it to the coronavirus outbreak. Pakistan's Foreign Office made public the letter written by its foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to

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    Italy launched “hug a Chinese” campaign to fight coronavirus induced racism

    Coronavirus induced racism against Asian looking people has been widely written and debated about. It has become one of the major cultural fallouts of the pandemic across the globe.

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    The Coronavirus Lockdown Has Cricketers Cooking, Cleaning – And Also Working Out

    Cricketers across the world are home as the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020is postponed and India is under a lockdown to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.

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    Michael Vaughan leads Shane Warne's greatest England XI

    New Delhi [India], Mar 31 (ANI): Former Australian spinner Shane Warne on Tuesday chose Michael Vaughan as the skipper of the greatest England XI he played against in his career. The spinner was doing an Instagram Live session and he decided to name the greatest England XI during the interaction. The spinner chose to go in for Graham Gooch and Andrew Strauss as the openers of the greatest England XI.

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    Tollywood actor Nithiin's wedding called off amidst COVID-19 lockdown

    The actor had planned to get married to Shalini, his long-time girlfriend, at the Palazzo Versace in Dubai on April 15.

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    Dad and daughter die from coronavirus just hours apart

    The dad worked at a major airport, and his daughter worked at a busy hospital.

  • Chandigarh: 29-year-old NRI from Canada arrested for violating curfew
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    Chandigarh: 29-year-old NRI from Canada arrested for violating curfew

    The accused was identified as Sidhaq Singh Sandhu, whose family resides in Sector 10. He landed in India from Canada on March 19. Sources said he had landed at the Amritsar airport.

  • COVID-19 lockdown has cleaned up the air, but this may not be good news. Here’s why
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    COVID-19 lockdown has cleaned up the air, but this may not be good news. Here’s why

    Major cities in India, China, the United States, Italy, Spain, and the UK have experienced lower levels of toxic emissions and improved air quality since the coronavirus-induced lockdown.

  • COVID-19 Karnataka wrap: Man under home quarantine commits suicide
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    COVID-19 Karnataka wrap: Man under home quarantine commits suicide

    The man had returned from Mumbai to his native village at Shravanabelagola for the Ugadi festival.

  • Telangana Announces Massive Pay Cuts for Elected Representatives, Govt Employees to Deal with Virus Crisis
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    Telangana Announces Massive Pay Cuts for Elected Representatives, Govt Employees to Deal with Virus Crisis

    The coronavirus is adversely impacting Telangana’s economy. In this background, the state government has to act with caution and foresight, a statement from CM K Chandrashekhar Rao's office said.

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    6 from Telangana Who Attended Congregation in Delhi's Nizamuddin Die of Coronavirus

    The Telangana Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said the deceased were undergoing treatment at different hospitals in the state after their samples tested positive for the virus.

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    Explained: For how long can virus in this outbreak survive on clothes?

    Studies have looked at how long the virus can survive on various surfaces plastic, steel, cardboard and even in the air, but none has looked at fabric yet.

  • Telangana Man Who Visited Nizamuddin Was Only Tested For Coronavirus After His Death
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    Telangana Man Who Visited Nizamuddin Was Only Tested For Coronavirus After His Death

    Hyderabad, TELANGANA -- On March 27 Telangana announced its first COVID-19related death; but the patient had no recent history of foreign travel, nodocumented contact with someone who had travelled abroad, and no establishedexposure to anyone known to be carrying the virus.

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    Noida DM Replaced After Yogi Hits Out at Him During COVID-19 Meet

    UP Chief Secretary RK Tiwari said that Singh has been transferred and Suhas LY will be appointed the new DM,

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    North Korea fires ballistic missiles into sea, criticised by South

    South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said it detected the projectiles flying from the North Korean eastern coastal city of Wonsan into the waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan on Sunday morning.

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    As Maharashtra denies community transmission, sporadic cases spike

    Officially, while the government has strongly denied any indication of community transmission, experts said these cases are ringing alarm bells that the virus is silently making its way into the community.

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    BMC issues circular: Bodies must be cremated irrespective of religion

    Guidelines issued on handling COVID 19-infected dead bodies allow for the burial or cremation of persons who have died of the disease, while setting out the procedures to be followed to prevent infection from spreading from the body.

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    Using disease as a weapon is viewed with repugnance: UN Chief

    United Nations, Mar 30: The very idea of "using a disease as a weapon" is viewed with repugnance but the international community must remain vigilant as scientific advances are reducing technical barriers that earlier limited the potential of biological weapons, UN

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    H-1B cap for 2021 reached: All 65,000 visas taken says US

    Washington, Mar 30: The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said it has reached the congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B cap for the fiscal year 2021 as it received enough requests from corporations and businesses. The USCIS, the federal agency which screens

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    Walking home from Punjab: Who they are, why they are leaving

    Meet bakery, dairy and construction workers who are walking to their hometowns and villages from Punjab.

  • 'There are food shortages': thousands of Australians stuck abroad amid coronavirus plead for help to get home
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    'There are food shortages': thousands of Australians stuck abroad amid coronavirus plead for help to get home

    Citizens overseas from India to Peru and on cruise ships fear window to return to Australia is rapidly shutting * Sign up for Guardian Australia’s daily coronavirus email * Follow live global coronavirus updates * See all our coronavirus coverageAlmost 300 Australians have landed in Sydney on a commercial repatriation flight from South America, but thousands of citizens and permanent residents still remain stranded across the world as airlines cease flying and more national borders lock down.Many still stranded have been caught by desperate family circumstance, suddenly cancelled flights or closed borders and fear the window to return home is rapidly closing without definitive action from the Australian government to repatriate its citizens.They have begged for the government to launch repatriation flights, as other countries have, to rescue them. Trapped in India’s lockdownHundreds of Australians have been stranded in the world’s largest lockdown, imposed by the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, on the country’s 1.3 billion people.Vipul, an Australian permanent resident who was waiting on his citizenship ceremony, cannot return home to his wife and two-year-old son in Melbourne.He had come to Navsari, in the western Indian state of Gujarat, to see his brother, who was critically ill with cancer. His return flight to Australia was cancelled and the imposition of a martially enforced lockdown of all of India has left him unable to find a way home.“I am desperate to see my wife and son, who are alone in Australia in this pandemic situation,” he said. “Please help me out to fly to Melbourne as soon as possible.”Internal travel in India is also heavily restricted. Modi, formerly the chief minister of Gujarat state, told the country’s population: “Forget what going out means.”Vipul told the Guardian: “I would also have to go by road from Navsari in Gujarat to Mumbai to catch the flight. It is 400km by road to Mumbai from where I am now.”Max Larkin, a student from Western Australia, said police in Rishikesh, in the foothills of the Himalayas, were strictly and at times violently enforcing the lockdown. No one was allowed out, except for three hours in the morning when essential shops – food markets and pharmacies – were open between 7am and 10am.“There are shortages in food by the end of the morning because it’s chaos,” Larkin said. “The policy of only three hours is mental because overcrowding happens and people fight over food. The chance of spreading disease is much higher.”India has a relatively low number of Covid-19 cases, with 1,024 infections and 95 deaths. But most states have recorded cases and there are widespread concerns the true number of infections could be significantly higher because testing is not widespread.“There is undeniable poverty and many people ... don’t have access to healthcare,” Larkin said. “The beds will fill up in no time; 1.3 billion people is hard to manage at the best of times. Our government can’t even manage 28 million. They are talking about using hydroxychloroquine, which is an anti-malarial drug with awful side effects.“Another aspect that should be considered is the fact that a majority of Indians are daily wage-earners … if they aren’t allowed out, they will starve. I am not sure how long they will stay at home for a virus if faced with starvation. We are kind of scared of the chance of riots if people are forced to stay home without economic help from the government.”Larkin stressed that he was safe and well, but dispirited watching other foreign nationals being repatriated by their governments while Australians remained stranded, facing an unknown future. Citizens of the Czech Republic, France, Germany and other European countries as well the US, Canada and Israel have been repatriated on government run-flights.“I don’t know what to do, and it really comes down to uncertainty,” he said. “We need to know what’s going to happen and what we must do and the only way that can happen is if there is a genuine effort by the Australian government to act in the best interests of all its citizens, even the ones overseas.“I know the government has a lot going on at the home front, but surely there is a branch in it somewhere that can get us home safely.”Australia’s high commission in New Delhi has told citizens to stay indoors and avoid “any crowded place”.“If your situation is or becomes life-threatening, or you have serious concerns for your welfare – for example, cannot find any accommodation whatsoever, or any food, or essential medications – please don’t hesitate to contact us,” consular officials have said.While stressing there were no plans for “assisted departures” for Australian citizens, “the government has agreed to consider, on a case-by-case basis, supporting Australian airlines to operate non-scheduled services to less central locations to bring Australians home”. Flight from Peru oversubscribedEarly Tuesday morning, Sydney time, 292 Australian citizens and permanent residents landed in Sydney from Peru on a commercial charter flight organised by the tour company Chimu Adventures with Australian government assistance.The oversubscribed flight took off from Lima’s military airport on Monday morning, Australia time, also carrying passengers flown from Cusco. The flight flew to Santiago, Chile, where, after a stopover of several hours, passengers boarded another aircraft bound for Sydney. All passengers were tested for Covid-19 before boarding – and found to be negative – and will be subject to two weeks’ mandatory quarantine in Sydney after they land.However, many Australians still stuck in Peru could not afford the $5,000 being asked for an economy class seat on the flight or missed out on booking, while others are in remote parts of the locked-down country where internal movement is heavily restricted, putting airports out of reach. About 160 Australians remain in Peru.Several New Zealand citizens who were on the flight manifest were taken off it because the Australian government would not allow NZ citizens to transit through Australia to get home.An open letter written by Australian Gus Higgins – who remains in Peru – on behalf of the group has pleaded with the Australian government to launch government-sponsored repatriation flights. “We have watched other governments act. We see foreigners leave each day through the repatriation efforts of their respective governments. Despite being told we are a ‘top priority’, honestly, honourable prime minister, we certainly do not feel so.” Stranded on cruise shipsCruise liners remain a significant challenge to countries worldwide. More than 130 Australians are stranded onboard the coronavirus-stricken ship the Zaandam, which is off the coast of Panama and unsure where it will be allowed to dock. The number of people with flu-like symptoms onboard has risen by almost a third in two days from 139 to 179.Holland America Line, which runs the Zaandam, confirmed there had been no further deaths onboard after four elderly passengers died this week. The causes of death have not been released.The Zaandam and its sister ship the Rotterdam, which sailed to resupply the stricken liner, are preparing to pass through the Panama canal after the country reversed a decision to stop the vessels from crossing.Hundreds of asymptomatic passengers were moved to the Rotterdam over the weekend. None have yet presented with flu-like symptoms. It remains unclear whether the two boats would be allowed to dock in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after local authorities raised concerns about the health risks the crew and passengers posed to the population. The Fort Lauderdale mayor, Dean Trantalis, has called for US president Donald Trump to intervene and suggested the vessels should be redirected to nearby navy bases.A total of 134 Australians are onboard the MV Ocean Atlantic, currently moored at Montevideo. A commercial charter was being organised to bring those passengers home, but when another Australian cruise ship, the MV Greg Mortimer, was refused entry to Montevideo’s port, the price for that charter flight almost doubled.Those stranded aboard have pleaded for government intervention in an open letter to Scott Morrison: “Prime minister, we need you to act quickly as we do not know how long we will be allowed to stay moored at Montevideo and we don’t know what will happen to us after that.”Late on Monday, foreign minister Marise Payne said the government would assist with the increased ticket price. “The government will ensure the passengers are reimbursed for this price rise,” she said in a statement.

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    Dhoni wanted to earn Rs 30 lakh and live peacefully in hometown, recalls Wasim Jaffer

    New Delhi [India], Mar 29 (ANI): Former India batsman Wasim Jaffer recalled the time when wicketkeeper -batsman MS Dhoni told him that he just wants to earn Rs 30 lakh from cricket and live peacefully in hometown Ranchi. To the question, Jaffer replied: "In his 1st or 2nd year in the Indian team, I remember he said, he wants to make 30lakhs from playing cricket so he can live peacefully rest of his life in Ranchi". Dhoni was slated to return to the cricket field on March 29 in the Indian Premier League's opening match between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians.

  • India Facing Massive Demand Shock, Should Worry Less About Financial Prudence, Says Abhijit Banerjee
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    India Facing Massive Demand Shock, Should Worry Less About Financial Prudence, Says Abhijit Banerjee

    On March 26, Sitharaman announced Rs 1.70 lakh crore relief package under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY) for the poor with an aim to help them fight against the deadly coronavirus.

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    Pro-Khalistan leader Gopal Chawla says land in Nankana Sahib being looted in collusion with Pak authorities

    Nankana Sahib [Pakistan], Mar 30 (ANI): Pro-Khalistan leader Gopal Chawla has said that land in Nankana Sahib beloning to Guru Nanak Dev was being grabbed by the rich by paying money and there was collusion by Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) of Pakistan, which is in charge of educational, charitable or religious trusts left behind by Hindus and Sikhs. Chawla, who has been linked to Lashkar-e-Toiba, said in the video that ETPB of Pakistan has been aiding and shielding rich people who have encroached the land of Gurudwara Nakana Sahib.