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The new coronavirus strain, first discovered in the central city of Wuhan, has caused alarm because of its connection to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which killed nearly 650 people across mainland China and Hong Kong in 2002-2003. More

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  • FDI Policy | India finally bites the Chinese bullet Apr 21, 2020 11:21 AM IST

    FDI Policy | India finally bites the Chinese bullet

    India’s response is part of a worldwide trend where Chinese predatory trade practices and weaponisation of trade has generated an intense backlash. COVID-19 has just accelerated this process

  • Chart of the Day: The downside risk for valuations Apr 21, 2020 11:19 AM IST

    Chart of the Day: The downside risk for valuations

    A cut in earnings estimates for FY21 may take the sheen off low valuations​

  • Coronavirus impact | India spends over Rs 100 crore so far on COVID-19 testing: Report Apr 21, 2020 11:15 AM IST

    Coronavirus impact | India spends over Rs 100 crore so far on COVID-19 testing: Report

    The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 590 and the number of cases climbed to 18,601 on April 21, according to the Union health ministry.

  • Civil services steel frame of country, has handled COVID-19 situation with professionalism: President Kovind Apr 21, 2020 11:10 AM IST

    Civil services steel frame of country, has handled COVID-19 situation with professionalism: President Kovind

    "In the present times too, the steel frame of our country, the civil service, has shown its strength and resolve in handling COVID-19 situation, with sensitivity and professionalism. Confident that our civil services will continue to serve in the best traditions of public service," he tweeted.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | COVID-19 death toll rises to 590 in country; number of cases climb to 18,601: Health Ministry Apr 21, 2020 10:45 AM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | COVID-19 death toll rises to 590 in country; number of cases climb to 18,601: Health Ministry

    The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 14,759 while 3,251 people have been cured and discharged, and one patient has migrated, the ministry said.

  • WHO warns lifting of coronavirus lockdowns must be gradual Apr 21, 2020 10:42 AM IST

    WHO warns lifting of coronavirus lockdowns must be gradual

    Lockdown measures have proved effective, and people must be ready for a new way of living to allow society to function while the coronavirus is being kept in check, said Takeshi Kasai, WHO Regional Director

  • Time for India to think long-term during COVID19 crisis: Arvind Panagariya Apr 21, 2020 10:40 AM IST

    Time for India to think long-term during COVID19 crisis: Arvind Panagariya

    Panagariya, Professor of Economics at Columbia University and Director, Raj Center at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs, emphasised that the one thing the current crisis has revealed is the vulnerability of Indian workers to a shock that forces a near end of economic activity.

  • China's central bank conducting tests of digital yuan payment system Apr 21, 2020 10:40 AM IST

    China's central bank conducting tests of digital yuan payment system

    China's central bank is conducting tests of a digital yuan payment system in four cities across the country on Tuesday.

  • Guidelines issued for handling of waste generated during COVID-19 patient's treatment Apr 21, 2020 10:33 AM IST

    Guidelines issued for handling of waste generated during COVID-19 patient's treatment

    Using double-layered bags, mandatory labelling and colour-coded bins for the management of waste generated during the diagnostics and treatment of suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients are part of the guidelines

  • Istanbul death toll hints Turkey is hiding a wider coronavirus calamity Apr 21, 2020 10:02 AM IST

    Istanbul death toll hints Turkey is hiding a wider coronavirus calamity

    Istanbul recorded 2,100 more deaths over recent years between March and April, The New York Times found, suggesting a hidden toll.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | 80% of COVID-19 cases either asymptomatic or show mild symptoms: Health ministry Apr 21, 2020 09:47 AM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | 80% of COVID-19 cases either asymptomatic or show mild symptoms: Health ministry

    On the basis of worldwide analysis, 80 per cent of the COVID-19 patients are asymptomatic or show mild symptoms. Around 15 per cent patients turn into severe cases and 5 per cent may become critical

  • IMF may need 'exceptional measures' to facilitate pandemic response: MD Georgieva Apr 21, 2020 09:44 AM IST

    IMF may need 'exceptional measures' to facilitate pandemic response: MD Georgieva

    More resources may be needed if market pressures continue to mount, and lending - even on easy terms - is not always the best solution, given already high debt burdens faced by many countries, she said.

  • China may be keeping coronavirus data for commercial gain: Donald Trump adviser Apr 21, 2020 09:40 AM IST

    China may be keeping coronavirus data for commercial gain: Donald Trump adviser

    The United States, which has been the country worst affected by coronavirus pandemic according to official statistics, has repeatedly calling on China to share early data on the outbreak

  • Coronavirus pandemic | 72 active trials underway across US on COVID-19: Donald Trump Apr 21, 2020 09:37 AM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | 72 active trials underway across US on COVID-19: Donald Trump

    US President Donald Trump has said there are 72 active trials underway across the country researching dozens of therapies and treatments for the coronavirus and tremendous progress is being made on vaccines.

  • Zoom bombs make choosing video apps harder for lockdown chats Apr 21, 2020 09:25 AM IST

    Zoom bombs make choosing video apps harder for lockdown chats

    From easy-access models for schoolkids and casual users like House Party, Google Hangouts or Zoom to Cisco's business-focused Webex, Microsoft's Teams or San Jose-based BlueJeans, the value and profile of these apps has soared.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | France becomes fourth country with more than 20,000 COVID-19 deaths Apr 21, 2020 09:17 AM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | France becomes fourth country with more than 20,000 COVID-19 deaths

    "The epidemic is very deadly and is far from over," France's public health chief Jerome Salomon told a news briefing, adding that the death toll was now higher than that of the heatwave in the summer of 2003.

  • MSMEs are bearing the brunt of the lockdown Apr 21, 2020 09:08 AM IST

    MSMEs are bearing the brunt of the lockdown

    Out of the 420 companies listed on the SME segment of BSE and NSE, nearly 70 percent are trading below their offer price

  • Coronavirus state-wise tally April 21: Maharashtra, Delhi record highest number of cases Apr 21, 2020 09:03 AM IST

    Coronavirus state-wise tally April 21: Maharashtra, Delhi record highest number of cases

    With 4,669 COVID-19 cases, Maharashtra continues to report the highest number of infections, followed by Delhi (2,081) and Gujarat (2,066).

  • COVID-19 | Is CM Pinarayi Vijayan’s Left government a victim of its own success? Apr 21, 2020 08:50 AM IST

    COVID-19 | Is CM Pinarayi Vijayan’s Left government a victim of its own success?

    When there is much talk about the ‘Kerala model’ on how to contain novel coronavirus, the state government has tied itself into knots over privacy of COVID-19 patients and data sharing with a US company

  • Shashi Tharoor writes to FM, seeks customs, GST tax exemption for all diagnostic, protective equipment used for COVID-19 Apr 21, 2020 08:26 AM IST

    Shashi Tharoor writes to FM, seeks customs, GST tax exemption for all diagnostic, protective equipment used for COVID-19

    Tharoor said at present a number of tax rates are being charged, including on critical equipment such as Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), rapid testing devices, protective masks and even sanitisers.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | COVID-19 count in Mumbai crosses 3,000-mark; 7 more die Apr 21, 2020 08:18 AM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | COVID-19 count in Mumbai crosses 3,000-mark; 7 more die

    According to a BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) release, the number of COVID-19 cases now stood at 3,090.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | Build supply chains here: Donald Trump on COVID-19 lesson Apr 21, 2020 08:08 AM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | Build supply chains here: Donald Trump on COVID-19 lesson

    One of the lessons to be learnt from the novel coronavirus pandemic is that the United States should build the supply chains inside the country, President Donald Trump has said.

  • Top Congress leaders to discuss COVID-19, lockdown situation at CWC meet on April 23 Apr 21, 2020 07:35 AM IST

    Top Congress leaders to discuss COVID-19, lockdown situation at CWC meet on April 23

    This is the second time that the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the top decision making body of the party, is meeting within a month.

  • Gold eases on firm dollar, weak equities caps losses Apr 21, 2020 07:25 AM IST

    Gold eases on firm dollar, weak equities caps losses

    Spot gold eased 0.2% to $1,689.45 per ounce by 0031 GMT, while plummeting U.S. crude oil prices increased bullion's safe-haven appeal on Monday.

  • Coronavirus News India Highlights: Number of cases in Mumbai rises to 3,445 Apr 21, 2020 07:12 AM IST

    Coronavirus News India Highlights: Number of cases in Mumbai rises to 3,445

    Highlights of the novel coronavirus pandemic and its economic impact. Total confirmed cases in India have risen to 18,601.

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