PM Ardern declares New Zealand virus-free, “dances” to celebrate the milestone

New Zealand lifted all domestic coronavirus restrictions on Monday after its final COVID-19 patient was given the all-clear, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern revealing she danced around her living room when told about the milestone. While strict border controls will remain in place, Ardern said restrictions such as social distancing and limits on public gatherings...

Glossy ibis found dehydrated near PM’s residence, rescued

A glossy ibis bird was rescued from the Prime Minister’s residence on Friday, news media reported. The bird had collapsed due to heat exhaustion and dehydration. The bird was found near the reception area of the PM house at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg by the security personnel. They called the non-profit Wildlife SOS’ helpline number...

Cong calls Modi’s economic package a ‘headline grabbing exercise’

The Congress on Tuesday called Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Rs20 lakh stimulus package a headline grabbing exercise. The BJP, meanwhile, called it the world’s largest holistic package. The Congress and the other opposition, mainly the communist parties, targeted the PM’s silence on the migrant issue during his address to the nation. The Congress called the...

PM-CMs meet: Some states want lockdown to stay, others want an end to it

Many of the chief ministers who held a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday via video conferencing sought an extension of lockdown while others wanted an economic package.Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh wanted the extension of the lockdown in view of the rising number of cases but with an exit strategy that provided...

Biggest challenge will be to prevent the spread of Covid19 to villages: PM tells CM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a meeting held with all chief ministers on Monday said that the biggest challenge will be to prevent the spread of disease to villages in the country. The meeting, the fifth such to be held since lockdown, discussed the exit strategy for the nationwide lockdown and how to put the...

Days before lockdown 3.0 ends, PM to interact with state CMs again

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with chief ministers of various states through video conferencing on Monday. This will be the fifth such meeting between Modi and the state chief ministers since the Covid19 pandemic began. Media outlets said that the focus of the meeting is likely to be how to get the economy going...
Confirmed cases of coronavirus in India touch 4,281, death toll at 111

Confirmed cases of coronavirus in India touch 4,281, death toll at 111

The total number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases in India has crossed the 4,000-mark with the death toll surging past 110 on Monday. As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India’s COVID-19 tally climbed to 4,281 cases with an increase of 704 cases in the last 24-hour ending at 6 pm on Monday....

Excited BJP leader fires gunshots to support PM Modi’s call for lighting candles, diyas

In a bizarre incident, a female BJP leader in Uttar Pradesh’s Balrampur district took PM Modi’s call to light diyas too far. On Sunday at 9 pm, when the nation switched off lights and lit up candles and diyas as urged by the Prime Minister, BJP’s Mahila Morcha president in Balrampur fired gunshots in the...

PM, President, MPs to take 30 per cent pay cut in fight against coronavirus

The salaries of Union ministers and Members of Parliament—starting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi—will be slashed by 30 per cent in view of the coronavirus outbreak and the expected downturn in the economy, the Union Cabinet decided on Monday. Making the announcement, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu...

PM Modi urges citizens to light candles, diyas on Sunday to combat the ‘darkness’ of coronavirus

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday urged people across India to switch off their lights and hold candles, lamps and mobile flashlights at 9 pm on Sunday, April 5, for 9 minutes in a nationwide show of solidarity, to fight the darkness of coronavirus. “On April 5, Sunday, at 9 pm, I want 9 minutes...

Modi draws Laxmanrekha, India under complete lockdown for 21 days

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday sent shockwaves across the country after he declared that there will be complete lockdown in India during the next 21 days starting Wednesday. He said the tough decision has been taken to break the chain of coronavirus and save lives. Modi said people should draw a laxmanrekha outside their...

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie tests positive for coronavirus

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie has tested positive for novel coronavirus, his office said late Thursday, while assuring the public the Canadian prime minister is fine. Canada’s leader and his 44-year-old wife announced Thursday they were self-isolating while she was tested for coronavirus after a public event. “Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau...