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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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  • Amid companies rescinding internship offers, RIL keeps commitment, digitally onboards 84 summer interns Apr 18, 2020 05:30 PM IST

    Amid companies rescinding internship offers, RIL keeps commitment, digitally onboards 84 summer interns

    The coronavirus-led recession has dramatically changed job markets globally. Some companies are freezing all hiring while many firms that recruit MBA students are scaling back their hiring plans. Some have cancelled summer internships and a few are beginning to rescind the internship and job offers already made to MBA students.

  • Air India opens bookings on select domestic routes from May 4, international from June 1 Apr 18, 2020 05:20 PM IST

    Air India opens bookings on select domestic routes from May 4, international from June 1

    India has been under lockdown since March 25 to curb the spread of novel coronavirus. The first phase of the lockdown was from March 25 to April 14. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 14 extended the lockdown till May 3.

  • Firm, individual from country sharing border with India can invest only after govt approval: DPIIT Apr 18, 2020 05:10 PM IST

    Firm, individual from country sharing border with India can invest only after govt approval: DPIIT

    It said the Government of India has reviewed the Foreign Direct Investment Policy to curb "opportunistic takeovers/acquisitions" of Indian companies due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Nepal is home away from home for some stranded foreign tourists during COVID-19 crisis Apr 18, 2020 04:55 PM IST

    Nepal is home away from home for some stranded foreign tourists during COVID-19 crisis

    Five foreign tourists, including an Indian doctor, have been staying together like a family at a guest house in the picturesque tourist hub of Pokhara in Western Nepal for more than three weeks as the Himalayan nation is going through a lockdown.

  • Govt's relief packages 'peanuts'; should have been 9% of GDP: Senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily Apr 18, 2020 04:45 PM IST

    Govt's relief packages 'peanuts'; should have been 9% of GDP: Senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily

    Moily's attack on the government came a day after RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das announced a string of relief measures for the stressed banking and financial sector.

  • Naveen Patnaik announces Rs 100-crore package for 4.5 lakh urban poor families in Odisha Apr 18, 2020 04:14 PM IST

    Naveen Patnaik announces Rs 100-crore package for 4.5 lakh urban poor families in Odisha

    The Urban Wage Employment Initiative will help sustain the livelihood of the poor families residing in 114 urban local body areas of the state, an official in the Chief Minister's Office said.

  • AIIMS to provide tele-consultancy to registered patients from April 20 Apr 18, 2020 04:00 PM IST

    AIIMS to provide tele-consultancy to registered patients from April 20

    An official statement said AIIMS is at the forefront of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic but it is also conscious about the medical attention needed by non-COVID patients.

  • Congress says govt doing 'injustice' to retailers, seeks level-playing field for them Apr 18, 2020 03:50 PM IST

    Congress says govt doing 'injustice' to retailers, seeks level-playing field for them

    Congress senior spokesperson Ajay Maken demanded a level-playing field for retailers and asked the Home Ministry to issue guidelines for online sales.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | GoM reviews ways to mitigate hardships of poor people Apr 18, 2020 03:40 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | GoM reviews ways to mitigate hardships of poor people

    Government sources said the GoM on coronavirus crisis also reviewed various measures being initiated by concerned ministries to allow partial economic activity in "non-hotspot zones" from April 20.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | Arunachal Pradesh faces shortage of vegetables amid lockdown Apr 18, 2020 03:15 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | Arunachal Pradesh faces shortage of vegetables amid lockdown

    In a letter to the deputy commissioners, Agriculture and Horticulture Secretary Bidol Tayeng said shipments of vegetables from Assam have either been stopped or are not coming in due to lack of transportation, leading to a general shortage in the state.

  • Singapore reports another 942 coronavirus cases, mostly from dormitories used by foreigners Apr 18, 2020 03:00 PM IST

    Singapore reports another 942 coronavirus cases, mostly from dormitories used by foreigners

    Around 300,000 low-wage workers, mostly from South Asia, work in Singapore in construction and maintenance. Most of them live together in huge dormitory complexes on the outskirts of the city they've helped build.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | In Denmark, the rarest of sights: classrooms full of students Apr 18, 2020 02:47 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | In Denmark, the rarest of sights: classrooms full of students

    On April 15, 350 pupils returned to classes at the Logumkloster District School for the first time in a month as Denmark became the first country in the Western world to reopen its elementary schools since the start of the coronavirus pandemic

  • Coronavirus pandemic | FICCI seeks bailout package for aviation industry Apr 18, 2020 02:45 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | FICCI seeks bailout package for aviation industry

    The coronavirus pandemic has impacted aviation industry the most, with the grounding of commercial flight services fully or partially resulting in substantial losses to all stakeholders including airlines and airports.

  • PM Modi delayed lockdown to oust Kamal Nath govt in MP: Goa Congress unit Apr 18, 2020 02:10 PM IST

    PM Modi delayed lockdown to oust Kamal Nath govt in MP: Goa Congress unit

    Kamal Nath stepped down as MP chief minister on March 20 after resignations by 22 rebel Congress MLAs pushed his government to the brink.

  • Iran lets some Tehran businesses reopen after coronavirus lockdown Apr 18, 2020 02:00 PM IST

    Iran lets some Tehran businesses reopen after coronavirus lockdown

    Iran was slow to respond to the pandemic and held off on imposing widespread restrictions even after other countries in the region with far fewer cases forced most businesses to close. Iran has reported more than 80,000 confirmed cases and over 5,000 deaths.

  • NHAI to resume toll collection on national highways from April 20 Apr 18, 2020 01:40 PM IST

    NHAI to resume toll collection on national highways from April 20

    The government had on March 25 announced temporarily suspending toll collection on national highways to ease emergency services in view of the coronavirus outbreak.

  • When coronavirus care gets lost in translation Apr 18, 2020 01:37 PM IST

    When coronavirus care gets lost in translation

    Most language interpretation is done remotely. Communicating through an interpreter doubles or triples the length of a medical exchange, adding new confusion and anxiety to situations that are already stressful for patients and their families

  • Hyundai joins hands with French firm Air Liquide for ventilator production Apr 18, 2020 01:30 PM IST

    Hyundai joins hands with French firm Air Liquide for ventilator production

    As part of the partnership, Hyundai and ALMS are looking to produce 1,000 ventilators in the first phase, and to scale up subsequently.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | A tale of two possible recoveries Apr 18, 2020 01:26 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | A tale of two possible recoveries

    As an economist, I’m often asked during recessions to divine the path of the recovery that will follow

  • Economy will be given momentum in phases amid lockdown: Ajit Pawar Apr 18, 2020 01:10 PM IST

    Economy will be given momentum in phases amid lockdown: Ajit Pawar

    Pawar's remark comes a day after Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced that some industrial and commercial activities will resume from April 20, in keeping with the norms put in place to fight the pandemic.

  • Coronavirus state-wise tally April 18: Maharashtra tops death tally with 201 fatalities, MP follows at 69 Apr 18, 2020 12:53 PM IST

    Coronavirus state-wise tally April 18: Maharashtra tops death tally with 201 fatalities, MP follows at 69

    The highest number of confirmed cases in the country is from Maharashtra at 3,323, followed by Delhi at 1,707, Tamil Nadu at 1,323 and Madhya Pradesh at 1,310.

  • Walmart, Flipkart commit Rs 46 crore to support India's COVID-19 fight Apr 18, 2020 12:35 PM IST

    Walmart, Flipkart commit Rs 46 crore to support India's COVID-19 fight

    "Walmart and Flipkart have already secured 300,000 N95 masks and 1 million medical gowns, and they will continue to leverage their global supply chains to source these critical necessities for medical workers...," a statement said.

  • China mandates coronavirus tests for key public workers leaving Wuhan Apr 18, 2020 12:15 PM IST

    China mandates coronavirus tests for key public workers leaving Wuhan

    People in Wuhan work in nursing, education, security and other sectors with high exposure to the public must take a nucleic acid test before leaving, the National Health Commission said in an order.

  • Netflix adds $50 million to relief fund for production workers Apr 18, 2020 12:00 PM IST

    Netflix adds $50 million to relief fund for production workers

    Film and TV production has been shut down around the world as people shelter at home to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. The abrupt closures put hundreds of thousands of cast and crew members out of work.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | South Korea virus cases maintain downward trend Apr 18, 2020 11:49 AM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | South Korea virus cases maintain downward trend

    At least 993 of overall infections have been linked to arrivals from overseas. Most of these cases were detected in the densely populated Seoul metropolitan area over the past month as thousands of students and other South Korean nationals returned home amid worsening outbreaks and suspended school years in Europe and the United States.

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