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As Covid19 cases surge, only very severe cases to be tested before discharge

The Centre on Saturday revised its policy on discharge of Covid19 patients and said that only the most severe cases will now be tested, that too only once, before being discharged. Until now, patients were discharged only if two of their tests came negative for Covid-19 in RT-PCR swab tests after a gap of 24...

Supreme court asks states to consider home delivery, online sales of liquor

The Supreme Court on Friday while listening to a petition challenging the opening of liquor shops in various states said that they should consider home delivery or indirect sale of liquor to maintain social distancing at liquor shops. The three-judge bench of the apex court was hearing a petition that wanted the direct-contact sales of...

Security lapse in Jio’s Covid19 symptoms checker exposes user data: Media reports

A security lapse from Reliance Jio’s end has exposed its Covid19 self-test symptom checker’s database to internet users, the Indian Express quoted a report by TechCrunch. Jio had rolled out an app that helped users identify Covid19 symptoms. The feature was available on the company’s MyJio app. The exposed database was brought to the notice...

Afghan health minister tests positive for Covid19

The health minister of Afghanistan has tested positive for Covid19, officials said on Friday. The country has recorded 215 new infection cases in the last 24 hours and health minister Ferozuddin Feroz was one of them. He is among the long list of politicians across the globe who have tested positive for Covid 19. The...

Republican senators urge Trump to suspend H-1B visas for a year

Republican senators in the US have urged president Donald Trump to suspend all new guest worker visas for 60 days including the H-1B visa for at least the next year. The appeal comes as unemployment figures in the US have reached an all-time high due to the coronavirus pandemic. The letter signed by Senators Ted...

Rahul Gandhi warns of calamity if decision-making not decentralised

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has sought to know from the Centre how it plans to open the economy post the nationwide lockdown and also warned of a calamity in store if decisions were not decentralised. Gandhi also demanded more transparency in the Centre’s handling of the pandemic in the nation. At an online press meet,...

Covid19 cases in India crosses 56k, death toll touches 1,886

The country recorded over 3,000 new Covid19 cases taking the total number of such cases to 56,342. Data released by the ministry of health and family welfare said that Maharashtra, which has had the highest number of cases in the country, confirmed over 1,200 fresh coronavirus cases on Thursday. Delhi saw the biggest daily spike...

UP govt suspends all labour laws except three for 3 years!

The UP government has cleared an ordinance that suspends most of the labour laws in the state for a period of three years. The decision by the Yogi Adityanath-led government is believed to have been taken to revive the state’s economy that has been disrupted due to the Covid19 nation-wide lockdown. The ordinance was put...

Can Covid19 be sexually transmitted? Chinese study points to some answers

Scientists in China have found coronavirus in the semen of infected men, global media reported on Friday. The reports also said that further research will be needed to know whether the disease can be sexually transmitted. The findings from the study done at a hospital in China were published in the JAMA Network Open medical...

15 migrant workers on their way home on foot run over by goods train in M’rashtra

Fifteen migrant workers on their way home to Madhya Pradesh by foot were killed after being run over by a goods train in Aurangabad on Friday. The workers were on their way from Jalna to Bhusawal in Madhya Pradesh, media reports said. The workers were walking along the tracks and slept on the same after...

K’taka to resume train service for migrants from May 5 onwards

The Karnataka government on Thursday decided to restart the special train services for migrant workers after coming under severe criticism. The state in a letter sought consent of several states to operate trains to transport stranded migrant labourers, tourists and students. It has sought permission for 13 trains mostly to the northern part of the...

Styrene: How toxic is the gas leak at Vizag?

The gas leak and resultant death and mayhem were a result of the compound Styrene reacting with oxygen. Here is how deadly the compound is. Styrene is an organic compound manufactured in refineries and is mostly used in the production of polymers and plastics. When it reacts with oxygen it creates styrene dioxide which is...