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  • Arvind Kejriwal asks people to stay home, says lockdown decision taken for their safety Apr 20, 2021 01:12 PM IST

    Arvind Kejriwal asks people to stay home, says lockdown decision taken for their safety

    The lockdown kicked in from 10 pm on Monday and will continue till 5 am on April 26.

  • 90 railway drivers, guards test COVID-19 positive in Bengal, suburban train services hit Apr 20, 2021 12:59 PM IST

    90 railway drivers, guards test COVID-19 positive in Bengal, suburban train services hit

    "The situation is pretty grim. Some 90 drivers and guards are unable to report for duty due to COVID. We have cancelled 56 local trains to ensure mail and express train services are not impacted," Eastern Railway spokesperson Eklabya Chakraborty told PTI.

  • COVID-19 second wave | No lockdown in 5 Uttar Pradesh cities for now, Supreme Court stays High Court order Apr 20, 2021 12:52 PM IST

    COVID-19 second wave | No lockdown in 5 Uttar Pradesh cities for now, Supreme Court stays High Court order

    The Uttar Pradesh government had move the Supreme Court claiming that the Allahabad High Court did not have the domain to issue such directions.

  • Can’t see the mound of dead bodies: Haryana Minister Anil Vij on COVID-19 Apr 20, 2021 12:45 PM IST

    Can’t see the mound of dead bodies: Haryana Minister Anil Vij on COVID-19

    How is the Haryana govt. preparing to cope up with the deteriorating situation? To understand the government’s strategy and programs, Mr. Yatish Rajawat, CEO of Center for Innovation In Public Policy (CIPP), spoke to Mr. Anil Vij, the minister for Home and Health in Haryana Government on behalf of MoneyControl.Com.

  • COVID-19: Chhattisgarh govt mulls legal action against Cipla for not meeting Remdesivir supply requirements Apr 20, 2021 12:27 PM IST

    COVID-19: Chhattisgarh govt mulls legal action against Cipla for not meeting Remdesivir supply requirements

    Amid a massive surge in COVID-19 cases, several states have complained of a shortage of Remdesivir.

  • 2,200 Remdesivir vials stocked by exporters seized in Mumbai Apr 20, 2021 12:19 PM IST

    2,200 Remdesivir vials stocked by exporters seized in Mumbai

    Remdesivir is listed for use in serious COVID-19 patients. In view of a sudden spike in demand of the drug due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, the Centre last week banned its export till the situation improves.

  • COVID-19 disrupted food security for millions; will likely reverse progress on ending hunger by 2030: Dr Harsh Vardhan Apr 20, 2021 12:04 PM IST

    COVID-19 disrupted food security for millions; will likely reverse progress on ending hunger by 2030: Dr Harsh Vardhan

    Addressing the 54th Commission on Population and Development on the theme ‘Population, food security, nutrition and sustainable development’ here on Monday, he said that the Government of India accords the highest priority to food security and nutrition as evidenced by the various national legal instruments and schemes over the last few years.

  • Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine launch expected by early June, to be priced at $10, says Dr Reddy's Apr 20, 2021 11:26 AM IST

    Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine launch expected by early June, to be priced at $10, says Dr Reddy's

    The Indian drug regulator had approved the Russian-made Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use earlier this month. Dr Reddy's will import and sell the jab in India.

  • PM Narendra Modi cancels Europe visit as COVID-19 2nd wave hits India Apr 20, 2021 11:24 AM IST

    PM Narendra Modi cancels Europe visit as COVID-19 2nd wave hits India

    The India-EU summit is scheduled for May 8 in Porto, the second-largest city of Portugal.

  • 'We understand India's pharmaceutical requirements': Biden admin on vaccine's raw material supply issues Apr 20, 2021 11:24 AM IST

    'We understand India's pharmaceutical requirements': Biden admin on vaccine's raw material supply issues

    President Joe Biden and his predecessor Donald Trump had invoked the war-time Defence Production Act (DPA) that leaves US companies with no option but to give priority to the production of COVID-19 vaccines and Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) for domestic production to combat the deadly pandemic in America, the worst-hit nation.

  • Centre's responsibility to put money into bank accounts of migrant workers: Rahul Gandhi Apr 20, 2021 11:05 AM IST

    Centre's responsibility to put money into bank accounts of migrant workers: Rahul Gandhi

    As Delhi went into a six-day lockdown from Monday night amid the deteriorating COVID-19 situation, hundreds of migrant workers thronged the Anand Vihar Bus Terminal to board the buses for their native places.

  • In Charts | What you need to know about the COVID-19 surge right now Apr 20, 2021 10:59 AM IST

    In Charts | What you need to know about the COVID-19 surge right now

    India reported more than 2 lakh COVID-19 new cases for the 6th consecutive according April 20 update. Active cases rose to 20.31 lakh mark. Over 12.71 crore vaccinations administered till date.

  • PM Narendra Modi to meet COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers at 6 pm today: Here's what to expect Apr 20, 2021 10:56 AM IST

    PM Narendra Modi to meet COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers at 6 pm today: Here's what to expect

    PM Narendra Modi's virtual meeting with COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers comes a day after the Centre announced that all Indians above 18 years of age will be eligible to get the jab from May 1.

  • Bengaluru epicentre of COVID-19 in Karnataka: State Health Minister Apr 20, 2021 10:48 AM IST

    Bengaluru epicentre of COVID-19 in Karnataka: State Health Minister

    Speaking to reporters here, he said, "Bengaluru is the epicentre of Karnataka. If you see the total cases, at least 70 per cent are reported in Bengaluru."

  • Centre should ensure adequate availability of vaccines: Ashok Gehlot Apr 20, 2021 10:47 AM IST

    Centre should ensure adequate availability of vaccines: Ashok Gehlot

    'Finally the Central govt has relented & taken decision to allow everyone above 18 to be vaccinated. The Central govt should now ensure adequate availability of vaccines so that people above the age of 18 years can be vaccinated asap, ' he tweeted. 'We look forward to a rational & transparent strategy for vaccine distribution among states in the coming days,' he added.

  • COVID-19 impact: US to ban travel to nearly 130 countries, no timeline for ease of restrictions Apr 20, 2021 10:35 AM IST

    COVID-19 impact: US to ban travel to nearly 130 countries, no timeline for ease of restrictions

    The State Department already listed 34 out of about 200 countries as "Level 4: Do Not Travel," including places like Chad, Kosovo, Kenya, Brazil, Argentina, Haiti, Mozambique, Russia and Tanzania.

  • COVID-19 vaccine for all adults from May 1: All your key questions answered Apr 20, 2021 10:29 AM IST

    COVID-19 vaccine for all adults from May 1: All your key questions answered

    India has so far granted emergency use authorisation to three COVID-19 vaccines -- Covishield, Covaxin and Sputnik V.

  • Coronavirus update: India logs 2,59,170 fresh cases; recovery rate drops to 85.56% Apr 20, 2021 10:16 AM IST

    Coronavirus update: India logs 2,59,170 fresh cases; recovery rate drops to 85.56%

    Coronavirus update: The death toll increased to 1,80,530 with a record 1,761 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.

  • What should investors do after the 4600-point fall in Sensex? Apr 20, 2021 09:57 AM IST

    What should investors do after the 4600-point fall in Sensex?

    They can look at Corona-proof sectors. Investors should remain calm and stay with their investments, and add more on dips. FY22 will be seen as a stock pickers’ market, say experts.

  • Madhya Pradesh's largest COVID-19 care centre set up in Indore Apr 20, 2021 09:32 AM IST

    Madhya Pradesh's largest COVID-19 care centre set up in Indore

    The centre, set up within a fortnight, is equipped with beds made out of cardboard which can be easily disposed of after use, MP government's COVID-19 advisory committee member Dr Nishant Khare told reporters on Monday.

  • Online stores selling oxygen cylinders run out of stock due to surge in demand amid COVID-19 2nd wave: Report Apr 20, 2021 09:28 AM IST

    Online stores selling oxygen cylinders run out of stock due to surge in demand amid COVID-19 2nd wave: Report

    Online and offline dealers are reportedly citing a waiting period of 10-15 days for the next delivery of oxygen cylinders

  • India needs to get more COVID vaccines, scale up production: Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran Apr 20, 2021 09:16 AM IST

    India needs to get more COVID vaccines, scale up production: Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran

    Chandrasekaran suggested the use of predictive analytics to anticipate pockets where there will be rise in COVID-19 cases, learning from what has happened in Delhi and Mumbai and have a concerted plan to be able to handle those segments.

  • Hospitals wary of using Remdesivir amid shortage, given only to critical patients Apr 20, 2021 09:13 AM IST

    Hospitals wary of using Remdesivir amid shortage, given only to critical patients

    In view of a sudden spike in demand due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, India banned the export of injection Remdesivir and Remdesivir Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) till the situation improves.

  • Kerala imposes night curfew, restricts Thrissur Pooram festivities: Check what's allowed, what's not Apr 20, 2021 09:03 AM IST

    Kerala imposes night curfew, restricts Thrissur Pooram festivities: Check what's allowed, what's not

    The night curfew will be imposed in Kerala from April 20. Malls and cinemas will be allowed to function only till 7.30 pm.

  • Lockdown in Uttar Pradesh: UP government refuses to implement High Court’s orders for 5 cities Apr 20, 2021 08:56 AM IST

    Lockdown in Uttar Pradesh: UP government refuses to implement High Court’s orders for 5 cities

    The Uttar Pradesh government said it would not implement the Allahabad High Court order because it had to protect both lives and livelihoods.

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