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Migrant found dead in train’s toilet during cleaning at Jhansi station

A 45-year-old migrant labourer was found dead in a toilet of a Shramik Special train when it was being cleaned by workers at Uttar Pradesh’s Jhansi station, four days after he boarded it for Gorakhpur, officials said on Friday. The body was found when the train was opened for maintenance and sanitisation on May 27...

Health Ministry refuses to divulge info on money spent for buying equipment for COVID-19

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has refused to share information on the amount of money spent on equipment purchase to handle the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, stating that such data does not come under the definition of “information” to be provided under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Mumbai-based RTI activist Anil...

Places of worship to open from June 1 in Bengal: CM

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday announced that all places of worship in the state will open from June 1. The announcement comes two days before the lockdown 4 is due to end. Not more than 10 people will be allowed when religious places reopen, she declared, adding that congregations or functions would...

Congress takes a dig at BJP MLA for availing COVID-19 treatment in pvt hospital

The Gujarat Congress has taken a dig at a BJP MLA who tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday and got admitted at a private hospital. Congress MLA from Jamalpur-Khadia, Imran Khedawala, took a jibe on the BJP MLA for not opting for government-run hospitals. “Did the BJP legislator not trust the state government’s claim that...

Officer who works at Rajya Sabha secretariat tests COVID-19 positive, floor sealed

An officer posted at the secretariat of Rajya Sabha tested positive for COVID-19, officials said on Friday. The wife and children of the officer have also contracted the disease, they said. The floor where his office is located has been sealed and is being sanitised. Those who came in contact with the officer have been...

India records biggest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases, 175 fresh deaths reported

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has informed that the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country recorded its biggest single-day spike in the past 24 hours ending at 8 am on Friday. As per the ministry’s data, 7,446 cases were recorded in the last 24 hours taking the total case count...

30 groups engaged in developing COVID-19 vaccine in India

A total of 30 groups, including big industry and individual academics, are currently engaged in developing a vaccine to cure novel coronavirus in India, and at least 20 of them are keeping a good pace, Professor K. Vijay Raghavan, the Principal Scientific Advisor (PSA) to the Government of India, said on Thursday. The Council of...

BJP’s Sambit Patra admitted to hospital after exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms

BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra has been admitted to a private hospital in Gurgaon after he exhibited symptoms of COVID-19. He is admitted to the Medanta hospital in Gurgaon, hospital sources said on Thursday. The BJP leader has shown symptoms of COVID-19, a source said. Patra is one of the most visible BJP faces on...

Four months since the first case, over 1 lakh people died due to COVID-19 in US

Just over four months after the government confirmed the first known case, more than 100,000 people who had the coronavirus have died in the United States. The death toll is far higher than in any other nation in the world. The toll exceeds the number of US military combat fatalities in every conflict since the...

India’s COVID-19 count touches 1.58 lakh, death toll rises to 4,531

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has informed that the total number of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in the country has increased to 1,58,333 as of 8 am on Thursday, with over 6,500 cases reported in the past 24 hours. The death toll due to the deadly virus has increased to 4,531. As...

SC asks govt to identify pvt hospitals for free treatment of COVID-19 patients

The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Centre to identify private hospitals where COVID-19 infected patients could get treatment for free or at a nominal cost. A bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde, during the hearing of the matter via video-conferencing, observed that there are private hospitals which have been given land either free...

Over 30k weddings cancelled, postponed in Gujarat due to COVID-19 crisis

The cancellations and postponements of around 30,000 weddings in the past two months due to the coronavirus pandemic and the resultant lockdown have severely impacted the wedding industry in Gujarat. At least 30,000 weddings planned across the state have been called off or postponed in the last two months in light of the ongoing health...