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82 Bangladeshis who attended Tablighi Jamaat meet in Delhi secure bail

A Delhi court on Friday granted bail to 82 Bangladeshi nationals who were chargesheeted for attending Tablighi Jamaat congregation in the national capital for allegedly violating visa conditions, indulging in missionary activities illegally and violating government guidelines issued in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak. Chief metropolitan magistrate Gurmohina Kaur granted the...

With highest single-day spike of over 26,500 cases, India’s COVID-19 tally nearing 8 lakh

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has informed that 26,506 fresh cases of novel coronavirus have been reported in the country during the past 24 hours ending Friday morning. It is the highest single-day spike in cases reported in India that has taken the total COVID-19 case count to 7,93,802. Also, 475 fresh deaths...

60 Malaysians who took part in Tablighi Jamaat meet in Delhi walk free by paying fine of Rs 7k

A Delhi court on Thursday allowed 60 Malaysians, who took part in the infamous religious congregation at Nizamuddin Markaz, to walk free on the payment of a fine of Rs 7,000 each, a lawyer said. The Malaysians were booked for violating visa rules and government guidelines by congregating at Nizamuddin Markaz during COVID-19. The Malaysians...

HRD minister slams Opposition for “uninformed commentary” on CBSE syllabus revision

Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on Thursday said there has been an “uninformed commentary” on the exclusion of certain topics from the CBSE syllabus to portray a false narrative. The comments by the minister came following a controversy over the reduction of syllabus by the CBSE due to the COVID-19 situation, with the Opposition...

Diamond industry workers leaving Surat amid uncertainty due to COVID-19

Hundreds of workers employed in the diamond units of Surat have started leaving the city due to the closure of diamond units amid the coronavirus pandemic. The closure of the diamond units has left the workers without any source of income. Industry insiders fear that 70 per cent of the workers who are leaving the...

Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren under quarantine after minister tests positive for COVID-19

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren has quarantined himself at his Ranchi residence after a minister he had met earlier tested positive for the novel coronavirus. In a statement on Wednesday, the state government said, “Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren quarantined himself. Entry to the CM residence has been prohibited. CM had come in contact with state...

India may record 2.87 lakh COVID-19 cases daily by end of 2021 without vaccine: MIT

In the absence of a COVID-19 vaccine or drugs, the researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have warned that India might record 2.87 lakh coronavirus cases per day by the end of winter 2021. The world may witness 249 million (24.9 crore) cases and 1.8 million (18 lakh) deaths by spring 2021 if there...

Chinese city raises alarm on bubonic plague amid a second wave of COVID-19

A city in northern China on Sunday sounded an alert after a suspected case of bubonic plague was reported. Bayannur, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, announced a level III warning of plague prevention and control, state-run People’s Daily Online reported. The suspected bubonic plague case was reported on Saturday by a hospital in Bayannur. The local...

37-year-old COVID-19 positive journalist kills self by jumping off hospital building

A 37-year-old journalist undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at the AIIMS Trauma Centre died after allegedly jumping off the fourth floor of the hospital building on Monday afternoon, police said. The journalist worked with a Hindi daily and was a resident of northeast Delhi’s Bhajanpura. The incident took place at around 2 pm and the man...

8 lakh Indians might have to leave Kuwait as it plans to reduce foreign workers

A total of 8 lakh Indians could be forced to leave Kuwait as its National Assembly committee has approved a draft expat quota bill seeking to reduce the number of foreign workers in the Gulf country. The National Assembly’s legal and legislative committee has determined that the expat quota bill is constitutional. According to the...

COVID-19: India now third worst-hit country with nearly 7 lakh cases, 20,000 deaths

As many as 24,248 COVID-19 cases were reported in India in the last 24 hours taking the country’s tally to 6,97,413, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed on Monday. With this, the country has recorded over 20,000 cases of the infection for the fourth consecutive day. The death toll in the country due...

Scientists claim coronavirus is airborne, urge WHO to revise recommendations

Hundreds of scientists say there is evidence that novel coronavirus in smaller particles in the air can infect people and are calling for the World Health Organisation to revise recommendations, a US-based newspaper reported on Saturday. The WHO has said the coronavirus disease spreads primarily from person to person through small droplets from the nose...