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Garima Kothari
'Master Chef: India' Finalist, Husband Dead In 'Murder-Suicide': US Prosecutor

New York: A “Master Chef: India” finalist Garima Kothari, whose restaurant had closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and her husband have died “in an apparent murder-suicide,” according to a prosecutor in New Jersey. Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said that police found Garima, 35, who was five-months pregnant, dead in her residence in Jersey […]

COVID-19 Lockdown beyond May can lower growth to zero, permanent loss of 4% in India's GDP

New Delhi: CRISIL has revised its growth outlook for India in fiscal 2021 down to 1.8 per cent from the earlier estimated 3.5 per cent, factoring the nationwide lockdown in place to flatten the Covid-19 curve. The forecast by the rating agency assumes the effect of the pandemic subsiding materially in the current quarter, besides […]

UAE Indian missions open e-registration for expats wanting to go home

Dubai: Indian missions in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have opened e-registration for expats wishing to travel back home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it was reported on Thursday. In a Wednesday night night tweet, the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi announced the details of data collection through the website of the Indian Consulate in Dubai, […]

FICCI ARISE To Meet Challenges Posed By COVID-19 To School Education In India

Delhi/Srinagar: One of the worst-hit sectors by the COVID-19 pandemic has been the education sector of India. A recent survey across 161 districts of the country shows that parents in 8,500 households have been looking for laptops for their children, all this in an attempt to fight the interruption in school education caused by the […]

WhatsApp Group Video, Voice Calls Now Support 8 Participants

New Delhi: Facebook-owned WhatsApp on Tuesday doubled the number of participants in a video or voice call from four to eight people at a time on its platform. To access the new limit on WhatsApp calls, all participants in a call need to update to the latest version of WhatsApp available on iPhone or Android. […]

Forget Zoom, here comes an Indian virtual platform to host events

New Delhi: Indian business events discovery platform 10Times on Tuesday announced the launch of “Floor”, a virtual event solution designed to provide digital real-time correspondence between singular and multiple parties. Built on the company’s software-as-a-service platform oDASH, this virtual solution enables one-to-one, one-to-many and many-to-many interactions, the company said. Also Read: Zoom App Not Safe, […]

COVID-19 Impact: Tokyo Olympics To Be Cancelled If Pandemic Not Over

Tokyo: The postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be cancelled if the coronavirus pandemic isn’t brought under control by next year, the organising committee’s president said in comments published Tuesday. The pandemic has already forced a year-long delay of the Games, which are now scheduled to open on July 23, 2021, but Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro […]

T20 Cricket World Cup Likely To Be Postponed, Here's What BCCI Official Has To Say

New Delhi: The International Cricket Council (ICC) hosted a Chief Executives Committee meeting on Thursday, but there was no clear direction on the fate of the World T20 to be held later in the year in Australia. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) feels that with the coronavirus outbreak and the effect […]

Prohibit export of anti-TB medicines; allow production sites to function: Health Ministry

New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry has written to the empowered group to issue necessary directions to prohibit export of anti-TB medicines, as the need of the country is overriding priority amid the coronavirus outbreak. In a communication to the Empowered Group for Facilitating Supply Chain and Logistics Management, the Health Ministry said, “It is […]

US Oil Prices Turn Negative For The First Time In History; Wall Street Tumbles

New York: US oil prices turned negative on Monday for the time in history. West Texas Intermediate crude for May delivery shed more than 300 per cent to settle at -37.63 USD per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. What it means is that oil producers are paying the buyers to take the commodity […]

COVID-19: IMF, World Bank urge countries to keep trade open
COVID-19: IMF, World Bank urge countries to keep trade open

Washington: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group (WBG) have called on countries to keep trade open as the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic, warning that export controls on medical supplies and other essentials could backfire. At a virtual press conference during the just-concluded spring meetings of the two multilateral institutions, IMF […]

COVID-19: Disinfectant spraying on people harmful, says Health Ministry
COVID-19: Disinfectant spraying on people harmful, says Health Ministry

New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry has issued an advisory against the spraying of disinfectant on people for COVID-19 management, saying it was physically and psychologically harmful. Even if a person is potentially exposed to the COVID-19 virus, spraying the external part of the body does not kill the virus that has entered the body, […]

Practice physical distancing even during Ramadan: WHO

New Delhi: As the holy month of Ramadan this year falls between late April and late May amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) has urged people to keep maintaining physical distancing. “Practice physical distancing by strictly maintaining a distance of at least 1 metre (3 feet) between people at all times,” the […]

Naveen Patnaik
Odisha CM Announces Rs 100-Crore Package For Urban Poor Families

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday announced a Rs 100-crore package to provide livelihood support to around 4.5 lakh urban poor families affected by the lockdown imposed across the country due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Urban Wage Employment Initiative will help sustain the livelihood of the poor families residing in 114 urban […]

COVID-19: No Positive Cases In Past 72 Hours In Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Odisha reported zero COVID19 positive cases for third consecutive day on Friday. As per the data shared by the Health and Family Welfare Department on its website, a total of 1,024 samples were tested on April 17 (till midnight) which turned out to be negative for coronavirus. The Health Department informed that as many […]

Google Sees 18 Million COVID-19-Linked Malware, Phishing Emails Daily

San Francisco: Google on Friday said it saw 18 million daily malware and phishing emails related to COVID-19 last week, revealing how the bad actors are working overtime to target people working from home and facing other restrictions due the pandemic. This is in addition to more than 240 million COVID-related daily spam messages, Google […]

First time in 167 years, railways not ferrying passengers on its birthday

New Delhi: The Indian Railways turned 167 years old on Thursday and for the first time ever, its trains did not carry any passengers on its birthday and instead stood idle in the yards waiting for the nationwide lockdown to end. On this day 167 years ago, the wheels of the first passenger train in […]

SSC defers examination dates till May 3

New Delhi: With the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown extended till May 3, the central government has deferred all the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) examinations. The new dates will be announced after the end of lockdown. The decision on fresh dates for the remaining Combined Higher Secondary (10+2) Level Examination (Tier-I) 2019, Junior Engineer (Paper-I) Examination 2019, […]

Coronavirus case in India
COVID-19 outbreak: Health Ministry identifies 170 districts in India as hotspots

New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry has declared 170 districts in 25 states as COVID-19 hotspots and 207 districts in 27 states as non-hotspots, officials said on Wednesday, reiterating that there has been no community transmission of the disease in the country so far. Addressing the daily briefing to provide updates on coronavirus situation in […]

COVID-19 pandemic: Google announces global journalism relief fund for local news

San Francisco: As local newsrooms bleed owing to lack of resources and poor ad spend in COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, Google on Wednesday announced a Journalism Emergency Relief Fund to deliver urgent aid to thousands of small, medium and local news publishers globally. Also Read: Google India Ramps Up COVID-19 Efforts To Bring Reliable Information To […]

Odisha asks collectors to find time to tackle heatwave conditions
Odisha asks collectors to find time to tackle heatwave conditions

Bhubaneswar: With the Met department forecasting rise in day temperature, Odisha government on Tuesday asked all district collectors to find time to tackle heatwave like conditions along with management of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic situation. As Bolangir in western region of the state recorded maximum temperature at 41.5 degree Celsius followed by Bhubaneswar with 41.2 […]

COVID-19 Lockdown Extension In Odisha: What Will Remain Open & What Not After April 14

Bhubaneswar: To ensure strict social distancing and isolation to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Odisha has extended the lockdown in the entire State until midnight of April 30, 2020. However, keeping in view critical livelihoods issues, Odisha government has decided to also extend the umbrella of exceptions and come out with […]

COVID-19 causes severe disruption to Indian economy, says World Bank
COVID-19 causes severe disruption to Indian economy, says World Bank

Washington: The World Bank on Sunday said the coronavirus outbreak has severely disrupted the Indian economy, magnifying pre-existing risks to its outlook. In its South Asia Economic Update: Impact of COVID-19 , the World Bank estimated the Indian economy to decelerate to 5 per cent in 2020 and projected a sharp growth deceleration in fiscal […]

PM Modi, CM Naveen extend wishes on Easter
President Kovind, PM Modi, CM Naveen Greet People On Easter

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday wished people on the occasion of Easter and prayed that the day gives strength to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic. “Best wishes to everyone on the special occasion of Easter. We remember the noble thoughts of Lord Christ, especially his unwavering commitment to empowering the poor and needy. […]

Over 22,000 healthcare workers infected by COVID-19: WHO
Over 22,000 healthcare workers infected by COVID-19: WHO

Geneva: The COVID-19 pandemic has hit over 22,000 healthcare workers across 52 countries and regions, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. According to its daily situation report on Saturday, 22,073 COVID-19 cases among healthcare workers have been reported to the WHO as of Wednesday, April 8, Xinhua news agency reported. The report said the number […]