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18 people who attended COVID-19 patient’s funeral tests positive in Maharashtra

Eighteen people who attended the funeral of a COVID-19 patient have tested positive for the infection in Ulhasnagar, Thane of Maharashtra. A news agency said that in violation of prohibitory orders, at least 70 people had attended the funeral of a deceased COVID-19 patient. The woman had tested positive post her death and her body...

With 7,964 cases, India records new high in daily COVID-19 numbers for second day in a row; total at 1,73,763

India recorded a new high in the number of daily COVID-19 cases for the second straight day. The country registered 7,964 new cases in the last 24 hours taking the total number of such cases to 173,763. Maharashtra recorded the highest number of fresh cases in a single day. As many as 2,682 people tested...

Maha Guv defers car purchase as part of austerity measures

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has deferred buying a new car as part of the cost-cutting measures announced on Thursday. The austerity measures have been announced to ensure more funds are available for implementation of COVID-19 relief measures in the state. NDTV reported that the austerity measures include discontinuation of gifts or mementos and bouquets...

K’taka suspends all incoming transport from five COVID-19 severely affected states

BJP-ruled Karnataka has once again suspended incoming transport from select neighbouring states to contain spread of COVID-19 in the state. Earlier it had banned traffic from four states. This time around the five states include those that are severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan are the states...

SC asks Centre to formulate clear policy on migrant crisis

The Supreme Court on Thursday asked some pertinent questions from the Centre on the plight of migrant workers ranging from as to how long they will have to wait before going to their native places to who will pay for their travel and provide them food and shelter. A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, S...

Cabinet secretary meets authorities from 13 cities with 70% of India’s COVID-19 burden

Ahead of the completion of nationwide lockdown 4.0, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Thursday held a meeting with municipal commissioners and district magistrates of 13 COVID-19 hit cities in the country including Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Kolkata, and Chennai, officials said. The meeting bears significance as these 13 cities are considered to be the worst coronavirus...

Amid signs of discord, Uddhav Thackeray meets alliance partners

Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray chaired a meeting with his alliance partners at Varsha bungalow on Wednesday. All the senior leaders of the alliance were present in the meeting. Discussion on the ongoing lockdown and the decision of lifting it in some areas were on the agenda of the meeting. However,...

India’s COVID-19 case tally crosses 1.5 lakh, death toll rises to 4,337

India, which initially claimed to have performed exceptionally well as compared to other countries in containing the spread of coronavirus, on Wednesday crossed the 1.50 lakh-mark in terms of the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases reported from the country. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has informed that the death toll due to...

Piyush Goyal lashes out at Maharashtra govt for not providing passengers’ info for Shramik Special trains

Railways Minister Piyush Goyal lashed out at the Maharashtra government once again on Tuesday, accusing it of not providing information about passengers, resulting in many Shramik Special trains, being used to ferry migrant workers stranded by the COVID-19 lockdown, not running. Goyal tweeted that the Railways had planned 145 trains for Tuesday but only 13...

India’s COVID-19 count touches 1.45 lakh, death toll rises to 4,167

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has informed that the total number of novel coronavirus cases in India has increased to 1,45,380 on Tuesday morning,  with the death toll rising to 4,167. As many as 6,535 new cases of coronavirus were recorded in the last 24 hours ending at 8 am on Tuesday. The...

Rajasthan, UP, MP & Maharashtra fight swarms of locusts

Swarms of locusts have entered Rajasthan’s Jaipur, Uttar Pradesh’s Jhansi and the eastern part of Maharashtra, posing a big threat to standing crops, plants and trees. Locusts normally affect districts in western Rajasthan but this time the swarms have travelled as far as Jaipur city. The swarms later headed towards Dausa district. The swarms are...

Maharashtra PWD minister Ashok Chavan admitted to hospital for COVID-19 treatment

Maharashtra cabinet minister and former chief minister Ashok Chavan, who has tested positive for coronavirus, was on Monday admitted to a hospital in Mumbai. PWD minister Ashok Chavan became the second cabinet minister after NCP leader Jitendra Awhad to test positive for coronavirus. The senior Congress leader had contracted the infection a few days back...