1 lakh 11 thousand workers have got employment through MNREGA in 33 districts :Chief Minister Gujrat Mr. Vijay Rupani

Gujrat Secretary of CM Mr.Ashwani Kumar said, “ The third phase of SSJA has been started from 20th April, 2020 and will be completed by 10th June, 2020. The CM has instructed the concerned departments to undertake 14694 works worth Rs.414 crores. 88 works in 33 districts have been completed from 20th April, 2020 to […]

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Industries located outside COVID-19 containment zones will open from May 4 :Karnataka

Karnataka Karnataka state Government has decided to allow industries located outside COVID-19 containment zones to open from May 4. Addressing media persons in Bengaluru today after the cabinet meeting, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said that based on the guidelines issued by the Central Government, industries will be allowed to function in the state. The […]

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Maharashtra governor requests EC to declare elections for 9 vacant council seats in state

Maharashtra Maharashtra Governor Koshyari has requested Election commission of India to declare elections for 9 vacant Coucil seats in  the State. Bhagat Singh Koshyari has requested Commission to declare elections to the 9 vacant seats of the  State Legislative Council ‘at the earliest’. The Governor has made the request to the Election Commission to fill […]

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WIHG reveals 35 thousand-year history of river erosion in Ladakh Himalayas

Scientists and students from Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG), an autonomous institute under the Department of Science &Technology,Govt. of Indiastudied rivers in Ladakh Himalaya, bringing out 35 thousand-year history of river erosion and identified hotspots of erosion and wide valleys that act a buffer zones. The study showed how rivers in drier Ladakh Himalaya […]

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SpaceX has been selected to develop a lunar optimized Starship to transport crew between lunar orbit and the surface of the Moon

NASA has selected three U.S. companies to design and develop human landing systems (HLS) for the agency’s Artemis program, one of which will land the first woman and next man on the surface of the Moon by 2024. NASA is on track for sustainable human exploration of the Moon for the first time in history. The human landing system awards under the Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP-2) Appendix […]

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JNCASR Professor elected as International Honorary Member to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Professor Shobhana Narasimhan from the Theoretical Sciences Unit (TSU) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), an autonomous institute under the Department of Science & Technology, has been elected as an International Honorary Member to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The American Academy of Arts and Sciences honours scholars and leaders who have […]

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CSIR-IICT, based in Hyderabad, develops a convenient and cost effective synthetic process for Favipiravir

CSIR has identified the top 25 drugs/drug candidates for repurposing. Among these top 25 drugs, Favipiravir a broad spectrum inhibitor of viral RNA polymerase has emerged as of one of the most promising drugs. Favipiravir was developed by Fujifilm Toyama Chemical Ltd.,and is an approved treatment for common influenza and is marketed in Russia, China […]

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COVID-19 outbreak in conflict-ravaged northeast Nigeria

In northeast Nigeria, where armed conflict has forced millions from their homes, the UN’s migration agency, IOM, is supporting the construction of quarantine shelters, as the region braces for an outbreak of COVID-19 which, it warns, would have ‘devastating consequences’ for those who have been displaced. Displaced people there already face outbreaks of several deadly […]

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Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray Calls Up Yogi Adityanath Over Killings Of Two Sadhus In Bulandshahr

Maharashtra Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday called Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over reports of the kiiling of two sadhus in Bulandshahar and requested him to take strict action against the culprits He tweeted “I spoke to U.P. CM Yogi Adityanath regarding the incident and expressed deepest concern about the same , I am […]

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Lift Cuba embargo or risk many lives lost to COVID-19, UN rights experts warn US

The United States must urgently lift its blockade on Cuba to save lives amid the expanding COVID-19 crisis, UN human rights experts stressed on Thursday, emphasizing that the more than six-decades-old sanctions are impeding the supply of medicine, medical equipment, food and other goods essential to surviving the pandemic. The joint statement by UN special rapporteurs, independent […]

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UP government is in touch with other state governments for safe return of migrants : Chief Minister UP

Uttar Pradesh Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has appealed to migrants/labourers not to travel on foot to come back to their nativeplaces. He said the state government is in touch with other state governments for safe return of the migrants The UP government has requested the concerning state governments to make available the data-base […]

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PUNJAB HOME DEPARTMENT ISSUES GUIDELINES TO ALLOW INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITIES IN STATE

Punjab On the directives of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, Punjab Home Department has issued detailed guidelines to the district authorities to allow industrial activities across the state. Clarifying the scope of permissible construction activities specifically whether it includes personal, residential/commercial building, the State Government has also permitted all kinds of new constructions in rural […]

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CAPT AMARINDER WRITES TO PM FOR SPECIAL TRAINS TO FACILITATE RETURN OF MIGRANTS TO THEIR HOME STATES

Punjab In response to the Centre’s advisory on return of stranded migrants and others, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday directed all DCs to prepare state-wise data of migrant labourers to coordinate their movement, even as he urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to arrange for point-to-point special trains for the transportation of such […]

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Legendary Actor Irrfan Khan dies at the age of 53.

Legendary actor Irrfan Khan passed away on April 29, 2020 after a prolonged battle with cancer. He was admitted to Kokilaben hospital in Mumbai after a colon infection. Irrfan Khan  known predominantly for his work in Hindi cinema, in addition to British and American films. He was one of the finest actors in Indian cinema, He earned him numerous accolades, including a National […]

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MOHUA to Soon Issue Advisory on Special Measures to Save Interest of Real Estate Industry :Hardeep S Puri

​An urgent meeting of Central Advisory Council (CAC) constituted under the provisions of Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 (RERA), was held today through webinar under the chairmanship of Sh. Hardeep S. Puri, Minister of State (Independent Charge), MoHUA to discuss the impact of the pandemic COVID-19 (Corona Virus) and consequent nationwide lockdown on […]

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Kalyan-Dombivli’s COVID-19 dashboard

Mumbai , Maharashtra Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) has recently announced that a dash board about COVID-19 situation in KDMC area is now available in public domain. The page has been linked with the website of municipal corporation, and other social media handles of city government (such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), and is open for […]

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UGC issued guidelines on Examinations and Academic Calendar for the Universities in View of COVID-19

These UGC guidelines on Examinations and Academic Calendar for the Universities in View of COVID-19 Pandemic and Subsequent Lockdown were issued in presence of Union HRD Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ in New Delhi today. Secretary, Higher Education, MHRD Shri Amit Khare and senior officials of the Ministry and UGC were present on the occasion. […]

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Indian Railways Private foodgrains (PFG) freight makes a big increase in lockdown period

Indian Railways continues in its endeavour to ensure availability of essential commodities like foodgrain across the country through its freight & parcel services during the nationwide lock down due to COVID-19.  In order to ensure that kitchens of all Indian homes continue to function normally, during the lockdown period from 25th March to 28th April […]

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MHA permitted the Inter – State Movement Stranded People including Migrant Labourer in the country

As a result of lockdown restrictions to fight COVID–19, migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons are stranded at different places in the country. Now, the Centre has permitted the movement of these stranded persons by road.  They would be allowed to move between one State/ UT to another State/ UT, after the concerned […]

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Samsung Electronics reports quarterly operating profit of KRW 6.45 trillion

Samsung Electronics today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020. Total revenue was KRW 55.33 trillion, a decrease of 7.6% from the previous quarter mainly due to weak seasonality for the Company’s display business and Consumer Electronics Division and partially due to effects of COVID-19. From a year earlier, revenue rose […]

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Ten new cases & Ten recoveries today, total 123 patients under treatment in Kerala

Kerala Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today informed that ten new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Kerala today – six from Kollam district and two each in Thiruvananthapuram and Kasargod districts. Two of them have returned from other States and eight are cases of local transmission. This includes three healthcare workers in Kollam […]

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Combined capacity of L-1, L-2 and L-3 dedicated Covid hospitals to be increased to 52,000 beds : UP Government

Uttar Pradesh Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed the officials to ensure that the combined capacity of L-1, L-2 and L-3 dedicated Covid hospitals is increased to 52,000 beds. In the next fortnight, 25,000 additional beds should be arranged as Covid hospitals for which the Health and Medical Education departments will have to […]

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Shri Suresh N. Patel takes oath as Vigilance Commissioner today

Shri Suresh N. Patel took oath as Vigilance Commissioner today. Following social distancing norms, he was administered the oath of office by Shri Sanjay Kothari, Central Vigilance Commissioner on video link.  The swearing in ceremony was attended by Shri SharadKumar, Vigilance Commissioner, Secretary and other senior officers of the Commission. Shri Patel had over three […]

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Electrostatic Disinfection Technology Transferred for Commercialization

CSIR-Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIR-CSIO), Chandigarh, has designed and developed an innovative technology for effective disinfection and sanitization to fight with corona pandemic. CSIR-CSIO has transferred this technology to a Nagpur-based company, Rite Water Solutions Pvt. Ltd., for commercialization and large-scale production. This technology has been found very efficient and effective to stop the spread […]

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All TV Channels must be directed to provide free 2 hour time slot per day for education lectures : Punjan Government

Punjab Punjab Education Minister Mr. Vijay Inder Singla in video conference with Union Human Resource Development Minister Mr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and Minister for Communications, Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad suggested to direct all the TV Channels including government, private and news channels under Disaster Management Act, 2005, […]

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CAPT AMARINDER LED PUNJAB GOVT RESUMES SHAHPURKANDI DAM CONSTRUCTION WITH ON-SITE LABOUR & COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS

Punjab The Captain Amarinder Singh led Punjab Government on Wednesday resumed construction work on the prestigious Shahpurkandi dam project, after due assessment on the ground with respect to labour availability at the site and Covid-19 safety precautions. The work, which had been suspended due to the nationwide lockdown, resumed in the presence of A. Venu […]

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Punjab extends curfew till May 17

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh announces extension of curfew/lockdown in Punjab till May 17, with limited lifting of restrictions in non containment & non red zones beginning tomorrow. Chief Minister said, as per report of the Expert Committee set up to formulate the state’s exit strategy, and the inputs received from various sections of the […]

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PAHO Director calls for continued immunization to avoid risk of other outbreaks during COVID-19 pandemic

The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Carissa F. Etienne, today urged for vaccination programs to continue during the COVID-19 pandemic. “If we fall behind on routine immunizations, particularly for children, we risk outbreaks, thus overwhelming hospitals and clinics with preventable diseases in addition to COVID-19,” said Dr. Etienne.  In a press briefing […]

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UK Government confirms allocations of £1.6 billion funding boost for councils

Individual councils in England have funding allocations confirmed following Local Government Secretary’s announcement of £1.6 billion in additional funding. The £1.6 billion funding, recently announced, means councils in England will be provided with over £3.2 billion to deal with the immediate impacts of coronavirus. The funding will be distributed to councils across England based on […]

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PPE still not enough compared to what needed now :President of Russia Vladimir Putin

Russia reported 93,558 Coronavirus cases , 867 death . President of Russia Vladimir Putin Said “At the beginning of this year Russia produced 60–70 ventilators per month, while in April this figure is over 800. There will be 2,500 in May. Protective mask production grew more than 10 times: from 800,000 per day early this year to 8.5 million in April. Russia […]

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COVI-19 : Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act will be effective as of 0:00 a.m April 29.

Prime Minister of Japan said “Regarding the novel coronavirus disease, the total number of patients worldwide has reached 3 million and the spread of infections is not subsiding. We have therefore decided to further review the border controls. For the 14 countries, including Russia, Peru, and Saudi Arabia, for which we raised the Travel Advice […]

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Banks wrote off Rs 68,607 cr debt of top 50 willful defaulters ,Mehul Choksi, Vijay Mallya’s firms among list : RBI RTI Reply

RBI written off Rs 68,607 crore of debt of top 50 willful defaulters till September 30, 2019, said the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in response to a petition filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act . The RTI was filed by Saket Gokhale, an activist, on March 19, and he received the list […]

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Mineral Production was 10.0% higher as compared to the level in the month of February, 2019 :Ministry of Mines

The index of mineral production of mining and quarrying sector for the month of February, 2020 (Base: 2011-12=100) at 123.7, was 10.0% higher as compared to the level in the month of February, 2019. The cumulative growth for the period April- February, 2019-20 over the corresponding period of previous year has been (+) 1.9 percent. Mining & Mineral Statistics Division of Indian […]

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Rs. 50 lakh compensation declared for the Port employees/workers in case of loss of life due to COVID-19 : Ministry of Shipping

Ministry of Shipping has decided that all the Major Ports may grant compensation /Ex-Gratia in the event of loss of life due to COVID-19 to the dependent members/legal heirs of the port employees . All Port employees including Contract Labourers employed directly by the port & Other Contractual Labourers , Amount of compensation/Ex-Gratia will be […]

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UN condemns killing of WHO staffer in Myanmar transporting COVID-19 samples

A World Health Organization (WHO) worker has been killed while driving a vehicle carrying COVID-19 samples in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state, the United Nations country office confirmed in a statement on Tuesday. “The United Nations is deeply saddened to confirm that Mr Pyae Sone Win Maung…has died after being wounded in a security incident in Minbya Township in Rakhine state, on the evening of Monday 20thApril 2020”, the statement […]

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India signs $1.5 billion loan with ADB to support India’s COVID-19 immediate response : Ministry of Finance

The Government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) today signed a $1.5 billion loan that will support the government’s response to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, focusing on immediate priorities such as disease containment and prevention, as well as social protection for the poor and economically vulnerable sections of the society, especially […]

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China’s Industrial Profits decreased 36.7 percent in the First Three Months of 2020:National Bureau of Statistics of China

As reported by National Bureaue Statistics of China ” In the first three months of 2020, the profits made by industrial enterprises above the designated size achieved 781.45 billion yuan, a year-on-year decrease of 36.7 percent , and the pace of decline narrowed 1.6 percentage points over the first two months. The profits of state-holding […]

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PM Needs to Answer For Waiving Rs 68,607 Crore Loans to Fugitives & Wilful Defaulters : Randeep Singh Surjewala

Surjewala said- Dupe, deceive and depart, this seems to be the policy being followed by Modi Government, when it comes to the bank defaulters. 24th April, 2020 will go down in the history of India as one of the most important day when Reserve Bank of India through an RTI reply disclosed that Modi Government […]

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Radical group intensifying their efforts on social media to spread hatred-UN Secretary General António Guterres

UN Secretary-General António Guterres present his first report during fifth anniversary of the Youth, Peace and Security Agenda. He Said “Since this report was issued, our world has been shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Young people are feeling the impact acutely, from lost jobs to family stress, mental health and other hardships. Over 1.54 billion children […]

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89% of total COVID-19 cases of Gujarat from Ahmedabad, Surat and Vadodara: Dr. Jayanti Ravi

GujaratProviding details about COVID-19 cases, Dr.Jayanti Ravi, Principal Secretary of Health Department said, “ 89% of the total COVID-19 cases are from Ahmedabad, Surat and Vadodara. Ahmedabad accounts for 65%, Surat accounts for 16% and 8% from Vadodara. The remaining 27 districts account for 11% of the total positive cases. Amreli, Junagadh and Devbhoomi Dwarka […]

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New guarantee on death in service benefits for frontline health and care staff during pandemic :UK Department of Health and Social Care

UK Department of Health and Social Care “said “The families of health and care workers on the frontline in England will benefit from a new life assurance scheme during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic New life assurance scheme launched for eligible frontline health and care workers during the coronavirus pandemic Families of eligible workers who die […]

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WHO release Timeline in response to evolving events and common media queries regarding COVID-19 .

WHO Release Timeline for COVID-19 in response to evolving event and meida queries. WHO Said ” On 31 Dec 2019 Wuhan Municipal Health Commission, China, reported a cluster of cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, Hubei Province. A novel coronavirus was eventually identified. 1 January 2020 WHO had set up the IMST (Incident Management Support Team) across the three […]

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Sudan: Coronavirus could be tipping point for ‘untold suffering’, Bachelet urges sanctions relief

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government and people of Sudan could experience “untold suffering” unless donors act fast to shore up a country still in transition, the top UN human rights official warned on Tuesday. One year after long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir was removed from power, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights […]

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Total of 27,892 people have been confirmed positive as of now for COVID-19 :Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

16 Districts in the country, which earlier had cases, have not reported any fresh cases since the last 28 days. 3 new districts which got added to this list from include (24th April): Gondia in Maharashtra, Devangere in Karnataka Lakhi Sarai in Bihar 2 districts have now shown fresh cases, which earlier did not have […]

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Deduction in allowances of Central Government employees news is fake : Ministry of Information & Broadcasting

Fact Check Unit of Press Information Bureau has today clarified in a tweet that Central Government is not going to deduct allowances of Central Government Employees. The tweet was a fact check on a media report speculating that Government was planning such a move in response to the coronavirus crisis. In another post, Fact Check […]

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CMs of States provided feedback, suggest measures to meet economic challenges and boost health infrastructure

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today interacted with Chief Ministers of states via video conferencing to discuss the emerging situation and plan ahead for tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. This was the fourth such interaction of the Prime Minister with the Chief Ministers, the earlier ones had been held on 20th March, 2nd April and 11th April, […]

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26 STUDENTS OF DISTRICT RETURN SAFELY FROM KOTA (RAJASTHAN): DEPUTY COMMISSIONER

Punjab Deputy Commissioner Mr Pradeep Kumar Agrawal have informed that with the initiative of Punjab government, several pilgrims have been safely brought back to the district Ludhiana from Nanded (Maharashtra). Similarly, 26 students of district, who were studying at Kota (Rajasthan), have been safely brought back to Ludhiana today. Their screening was held at Civil […]

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MEPs ask to Stop cooperation with and funding to the Libyan coastguard

According to UNHCR, the human rights situation inside Libya is extremely complicated, in the context of intensifying combat, the coronavirus crisis and the high number of economic migrants, refugees and internally displaced people needing material and humanitarian assistance. Around 1,500 people remain in detention centers in appalling conditions, arbitrary detentions continue to take place and […]

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Protect workers during and after lockdowns, urges UN labour agency

The safety and health of our entire workforce is paramount today”, underscored ILO Director-General Guy Ryder. Without adequate safeguards that meet the strict occupational safety and health criteria needed for bringing workers back, countries risk a resurgence of the virus, according to the UN’s labour agency. In the face of an infectious disease outbreak, how we protect our […]

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European Countries started immunization against vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs)

Countries across the WHO European Region are utilizing guidance from WHO/Europe to include immunization against vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) as an essential health service during the current COVID-19 pandemic. WHO has called on countries to ensure that immunization is maintained wherever possible and surveillance for VPDs remains undisrupted during the ongoing pandemic. Access to vaccines for […]

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President of Italy, Giuseppe Conte,announced the measures to contain the Covid-19 emergency from 4th May

President of Italy said “In addition to social distance, the use of personal protective equipment will be important in this second phase. As for travel, these will be possible within the same region for reasons of work, health, necessity or visit to relatives; transfers outside the Region will instead be allowed for work, health, urgency reasons […]

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Study shows that COVID 19 may affect the Central Nervous System causing loss of smell and taste

Scientists of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Jodhpur have explored the neuroinvasive nature of the COVID 19 virus SARS-CoV-2 highlighting that loss of smell and taste of infected patients makes their entire Central Nervous System (CNS) and the underlying structures in the brain more prone to viral infection with devastating effects. Dr. Surajit Ghosh and […]

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5804 people have been cured with a recovery rate of 21.90% :Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Today, Cabinet Secretary had a detailed VC with all the Chief Secretaries and DGPs of the States/UTs to review the preparedness for COVID-19 response. He highlighted that states which are having high cases loads should focus on effective implementation of lockdown measures and containment strategy. States also need to focus on medical infrastructure which includes […]

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The fishermen are advised not to venture into the Sea along & off north Sumatra coast from 30th April to 3rd May

The Cyclone Warning Division of the India Meteorological Department says that as per the forecast guidance from various numerical weather prediction models and the environmental and thermo-dynamical conditions prevailing over the region, a Low Pressure Area is very likely to form over south Andaman Sea and neighbourhood around 30th April 2020. It is very likely […]

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Over 684 tons of essential and medical cargo delivered across the country :Ministry of Civil Aviation

Lifeline Udan’ flights are being operated by MoCA to transport essential medical cargo to remote parts of the country to support India’s war against COVID-19. 383 flights have been operated under Lifeline Udan by Air India, Alliance Air, IAF and private carriers. 223 of these flights have been operated by Air India and Alliance Air. Cargo transported till date […]

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IRS Officer to face Inquiry

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has said today that there is some report circulating on social media regarding suggestions by a few IRS officers on tackling COVID-19 situation. CBDT said It is unequivocally stated that CBDT never asked IRS Association or these officers to prepare such a report.  No permission was sought by […]

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CSIR-IICT initiatives to reduce dependency for APIs and drug intermediates

Active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and intermediates are the key components of any drug that produces the intended effects. India is largely depended especially on China for supply of APIs and drug intermediates. Now Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), Hyderabad, is collaborating with another Hyderabad-based integrated pharmaceutical company, LAXAI Life Sciences, to develop and manufacture […]

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UV disinfection trolley can effectively clean up hospital spaces in combating COVID-19

International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), an autonomous R&D Centre of Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India and University of Hyderabad (UoH) together with the help of Mekins Industries Ltd. (MIL),   have developed a UVC based disinfection trolley to fight against COVID-19 by rapid cleaning of hospital […]

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Coach Building Getting Back on Track in Indian Railways

Indian Railway’s Production unit Rail Coach Factory(RCF) Kapurthala has reopened its production process on 23.04.2020 after 28 days nationwide lockdown. In a relentless battle against COVID 19, factory has been opened adhering all safety precautions and issued guidelines by Ministry of Home Affairs orders and local administration. A total 3744 employees have been permitted to […]

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MHA issues Order to States/UTs to allow Opening of Certain Categories of Shops

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), on 15.04.2020, had issued an order to exempt certain activities under the consolidated revised guidelines to fight COVID-19, in certain areas not included in hotspots/containment zones. Giving relaxation in the category of Commercial and private establishments, MHA has issued an order to all States/UTs, to allow opening of all shops […]

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HECL Recruitment, Last Date Extended

HECL Recruitment 2020, Last Date Extended: Candidates willing to apply for Apprentice Graduate & Technician Trainee posts,Heavy Engineering Corporation Limited (HECL) has extended the last date of the online application process for the posts of Apprentice Graduate & Technician Trainee on its official website. Candidates willing to apply for these posts can check the latest […]

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Iran’s Space Program is Dangerous, Not Peaceful :Secretary of U.S. Department State

Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State said “for years, Iran has claimed its space program is purely peaceful and civilian. The Trump Administration has never believed this fiction. This week’s launch of a military satellite by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization, makes clear what we have said all along: Iran’s space program is neither peaceful […]

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Number of positive cases in Gujarat reach 2,624, out of which 2,394 are stable, 29 on ventilator and 265 discharged: Principal Health Secretary

Gujarat Gujarat has recorded 191 new cases of novel coronavirus during the last 24 hours, including 169 in Ahmedabad, Additional Chief Secretary Jayanti Ravi said this evening. Out of 2,815 positive cases detected so far among 43,822 tested so far, she said that 2,394 are stable, 29 are on ventilators and 265 have been discharged […]

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Ola Group commits INR 50 Lakh to Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Relief Fund towards COVID-19 response efforts

source : ola press release Mumbai, 25 April, 2020: Aiding the state’s efforts in its fight against COVID-19, Ola Group, which operates Ola, India’s largest mobility platform, has pledged ₹50 Lakh to the Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF). This contribution is towards providing relief measures across the state and accelerating responses towards mitigating the […]

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Global leaders unite to ensure everyone everywhere can access new vaccines, tests and treatments for COVID-19

Heads of state and global health leaders today made an unprecedented commitment to work together to accelerate the development and production of new vaccines, tests and treatments for COVID-19 and assure equitable access worldwide. The COVID-19 pandemic has already affected more than 2.4 million people, killing over 160,000. It is taking a huge toll on […]

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US President Donald Trump is signing new legislation to further assist American small businesses, workers, and healthcare providers

US President Trump is signing into law additional funding to support Americans impacted by the coronavirus.This legislation provides $320 billion in additional funding for the incredibly successful Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which has already aided countless small businesses and millions of American workers.With this new round of funding, President Trump will have signed into law […]

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Delayed Payments Issues of MSMEs

While commenting on delayed payments to MSMEs, Gadkari said that all efforts should be made to make payments immediately and all Government Departments have been given such directions. Union Minister for MSME and Road Transport and Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari today said that Government is working on a separate scheme to address delayed payments issues […]

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TB patients treatment should go uninterrupted during COVID-19 pandemic :Health Ministry to States/UTs

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has written to all States/UTs to ensure that the all the facilities under National TB Elimination Programme (NTEP) in the States and UTs remain fully functional in public interest and ensure that the diagnosis and treatment of TB patients goes without any interruption notwithstanding the COVID-19 pandemic situation. […]

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Kerala CM requests PM’s intervention in repatriating mortal remains of NRKs

Kerala Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan has requested the intervention of the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi in repatriating the mortal remains of the Pravasi Malayalees in the Gulf region to the State. In a letter to the Prime Minister, the Chief Minister has drawn his attention to the grievances received from the Non-Resident Keralites […]

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CCI approves acquisition of majority shareholding in B.M.M Ispat Limited by JSW Projects Limited.

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) approves proposed combination relating to acquisition of majority shareholding in B.M.M Ispat Limited (BMM) by JSW Projects Limited (JPL). JPL, a part of the JSW group, is engaged in the business of manufacture of direct reduce iron/ sponge iron, coke dry quenching and captive power generation which are ultimately […]

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UN official in Kosovo urges to put aside political agendas ‘to save lives’

The senior UN official in Kosovo is stressing that strong leadership and political unity are needed now more than ever, as local leaders and their international partners wage war on the “enormous challenge” posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Zahir Tanin, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), told the […]

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Government Working on a Separate Scheme to Address Delayed Payments Issues of MSMEs :Shri Nitin Gadkari

Source :pib.gov.in Union Minister for MSME and Road Transport and Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari today said that Government is working on a separate scheme to address delayed payments issues of MSMEs wherein a dedicated fund will be created for payments to MSMEs. While commenting on delayed payments to MSMEs, Gadkari said that all efforts should […]

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E-mails for facilitating faster refund can not be misconstrued as harassment: CBDT

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) responding to some observations being circulated on social media alleging that the Income Tax Department is pursuing recovery proceedings and using arm-twisting methods by adjusting outstanding demands of the start-ups, today stated that these observations are completely unfounded and are total misrepresentation of facts. The CBDT said that […]

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CBDT revising return forms to enable taxpayers avail benefits of timeline extension due to Covid-19

CBDT today said that in order to facilitate taxpayer to avail full benefits with various timeline extension up to 30th June 2020 granted by the government, it has initiated necessary changes in the return forms so that taxpayers could take benefits of their transactions carried out during the period from 1st April 2020 to 30th June 2020 in […]

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More than 33crore poor people have been directly given financial assistance of Rs 31,235 crore under PMGKP: Finance Minstry

Fianace Minstry through press relases on official website pib.gov.in given update of financial asssitance given under PMGKP More than 33 crore poor people received financial assistance of Rs 31,235 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package Rs 10,025 crore disbursed to 20.05 crore to Women Jan Dhan account holders Rs 1405 crore disbursed to […]

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Cabinet approves extension of relaxation of mandatory requirement of Aadhaar seeding of data for beneficiaries of the States of Assam and Meghalaya and UTs of J&K and Ladakh

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has given its approval to relax the mandatory requirement of Aadhaar seeding of data beneficiaries of the States of Assam and Meghalaya and UTs of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh for release of benefits to them under PM-Kisan Scheme upto 31st March, 2021. The Pradhan MantriKisanSammanNidhi […]

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Union Power Ministry advises States/UTs to allow construction activities

Union Power Ministry has advised the State/UT administrations to allow construction activities in the power projects outside Municipal limits during nation-wide lockdown for COVID-19 outbreak as per the guidelines issued Union Ministry of Home Affairs on 15.04.2020. These activities may be permitted after observing necessary health protocols to curb COVID-19.  In a communication to States/UTs, […]

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MHA clarifies Misplaced Apprehensions of legal action in case a COVID-19 positive employee is found in the factory.

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), on 15.04.2020, had issued an order to exempt certain activities under the consolidated revised guidelines to fight COVID-19, in certain areas not included in hotspots/containment zones. Some apprehensions, based on wrong interpretation of the guidelines, have been raised in the media and by some companies having manufacturing facilities. Some of these are […]

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Harvesting of pulses & potato almost complete :Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare

Source : pib.gov.in Minsrtry shared harvesting Status as on 22.04.2020 Wheat: In the major wheat growing States, the status of harvesting is encouraging.  As reported by the States about 98-99% of wheat crop has been harvested in Madhya Pradesh, 88-90% in Rajasthan, 75-78% in Uttar Pradesh, 40-45% in Haryana, 35-40% in Punjab and 82-84% in other […]

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Common coronavirus enemy, forges some Palestine-Israel cooperation

The COVID-19 pandemic is creating opportunities for cooperation that Israelis and Palestinians must embrace to sustain Middle East peace efforts and bring an end to decades of conflict, the United Nations’ top envoy in the region said on Thursday. Nickolay Mlandenov, Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, told the Security Council that the past month has seen yet again […]

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Union Power Ministry advises States/UTs to allow construction activities in the power projects

Source: pib.gov.in Union Power Ministry has advised the State/UT administrations to allow construction activities in the power projects outside Municipal limits during nation-wide lockdown for COVID-19 outbreak as per the guidelines issued Union Ministry of Home Affairs on 15.04.2020. These activities may be permitted after observing necessary health protocols to curb COVID-19.  In a communication […]

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DST supported NGO network tackle COVID-19 at community level through S&T interventions

The network of S&T enabled NGOs spread across 22 states of India, supported by the Science for Equity Empowerment and Development (SEED) Division of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) have demonstrated capabilities in containing COVID-19 through various S&T interventions and complimented the efforts of the Government at different States and below levels. Approximately […]

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Movement of workers and raw materials key hurdles in restart of businesses: CII survey

source :CII Media Releases While state governments have mostly clearly communicated restart guidelines to businesses, firms are facing hurdles in movement of workers and raw materials in commencing operations. These are the findings of a nation-wide survey conducted by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). “The CII survey indicates that permits for enterprises, passes for […]

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India’s GDP likely to grow between – 0.9% to 1.5% in FY21: CII

Source :CII Media Releases By the time the second phase of lockdown ends on 3rdMay, it will have extended for 40 days. Consequently, the cost to our economy has continued to mount even as the COVID-19 curve is being flattened. “Given the extent of the damage to the economy from the disruption to business, the GDP growth in FY21 will likely be the lowest […]

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Reliance Jio-Facebook deal of : Facebook to invest ₹ 43,574 Crore in Jio for 9.99% stake

Source : Reliance Jio Official twitter Mukesh Ambani, Chairman, Reliance Industries Limited welcomes Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook Inc as a long term and esteemed partner Here is what Mukesh Ambani Speak about Reliance Jio-Facebook deal Reliance Industries Limited (“Reliance Industries”), Jio Platforms Limited (“Jio Platforms”) and Facebook, Inc. (“Facebook”) today announced the signing of […]

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Pune’s mobile App Saiyam tracks Home Quarantined Citizens

Pune. Maharashtra In order to effectively track the home-quarantines citizens and ensure they are actually staying in the home, a mobile application named Saiyam has been developed by the Pune Municipal Corporation under Smart Cities Mission (SCM). City administration has taken administrative measures complemented by technology solutions to monitor home quarantined citizens. The city administration […]

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Ensure adequate security to Healthcare Professionals, Medical Staff and Frontline Workers to prevent violence against them: Union Home Minister

The Supreme Court of India, in its direction on 08.04.2020, has observed that the Government of India, respective States/Union Territories and respective Police authorities should provide necessary police security to doctors and medical staff in hospitals and places where patients who have been diagnosed COVID-19 or patients suspected of COVID-19 or those quarantined are housed. […]

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Elected representatives in Kerala to take 30% cut in salary & honorarium for a year Government employees to contribute one month salary to CMDRF

 Kerala Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan today announced that all elected representatives in the State – Ministers, Members of the Legislative Assembly, members of different Boards under the Government and members of Local Self Government bodies would take a 30% cut in their monthly salary and honorarium for a period of one year. “Covid-19 has […]

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Tesla Model S and Model X get free acceleration and endurance boost in new update

Tesla updated its online configurator for the Raven Model S and Model X Performance to reflect the flagship vehicles’ improved acceleration figures. While already blazingly-quick, the Raven Model S Performance’s 0-60 mph time was reduced to 2.3 seconds, while the Raven Model X was improved to just 2.6 seconds. It appears that existing owners of the Raven […]

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SpaceX Starlink a step closer to internet service and Elon Musk has beta test details

SpaceX’s successful April 22nd Starlink launch has brought the nascent constellation another step closer to serving customers internet and CEO Elon Musk has revealed the first significant beta test details. SpaceX kicked off 60-satellite Starlink launches with its revolutionary flat-pack design in May 2019, a mission that served as a beta test for the new […]

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Cabinet approves fixation of Nutrient Based Subsidy (NBS) rates for Phosphatic and Potassic (P&K) fertilizers

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given itsapprovalfor fixation of Nutrient Based Subsidy (NBS) rates for Phosphaticand Potassic (P&K) Fertilizers for the year 2020-21. The approved rates for NBS are as under: Per Kg Subsidy rates (in Rs.) N  P  K  S  18.789  14.888  10.116  2.374 The CCEA […]

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Procurement of Pulses & Oilseeds on MSP in progress :Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare

source :pib.gov.in Ministry of Agriculute & farmer walfare minsitry said in press release that “During Rabi season 2020, the procurement of Pulses & Oilseeds on MSP is currently in progress in twenty (20) States. A quantity of 1,67,570.95 MT of Pulses and 1,11,638.52 MT of Oilseeds has been procured by NAFED and FCI valued at […]

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New varieties of Anthurium invented by lady from Kerala, a flower that purify the surrounding air.

D Vasini Bai, a women innovator from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, has developed ten varieties of Anthurium, a flower with high market value, by cross-pollination. Anthurium (Anthurium spp.) is a vast group of beautiful blooming plants available in a wide range of colors. The plants of the varieties are having high demands due to its use as indoor decorative plants. During the […]

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ITTF Events Update

Source : ITTF Media In light of the COVID-19 public health crisis and the increased restrictions on international travel, the ITTF has taken decisions in this period to suspend events, with the health and safety of the athletes, coaches, officials and fans as the top priority. These decisions, made either on a case by case […]

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Short films that force us to think .

1) Khud Kushi Khud Khushi? – is a documentary about farmer’s suicides with a question to the society. The documentary displays the irony that the farmers who produce food for the world, can’t live a healthy lifestyle themselves. We’ve researched and presented the reasons for their suicides which majorly comprises of Illiteracy in Farmers and […]

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Mumbai Police thanks Rohit Shetty for helping on-duty Police officials

Filmmaker Rohit Shetty  facilitated eight hotels across the city for police officials to rest, shower and change. Mumbai police thanks Rohit shetty through twitter “#RohitShetty has facilitated eight hotels across the city for our on-duty #CovidWarriors to rest, shower & change with arrangements for breakfast & dinner. We thank him for this kind gesture and for […]

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NCL Recruitment 2020 for medical consultant posts

Northern Coalfields Limited (NCL) singrauli MP invites application candidates to apply for vacant Medical Non-specialist Consultant . There are a total of seven vacancies for the post and candidate can apply for the job through speed post or email. Visit the official to read the detailed notification for the vacancies, www. nclcil.in. http://www.mahanadicoal.in/OurPeople/pdf/Notification_No_31_18042020_GDMO.pdf

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UPPSC recruitment 2020

The Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) has started online applications for the recruitment of – Assistant Conservator of Forest (ACF) and Range Forest Officer (RFO) on its official website. To view official advertisement visit : http://uppsc.up.nic.in/View_Advertisement.aspx?ID=108&flag=H Date of Commencement of On-line Application: 21/04/2020Last Date for Receipt of Examination Fee On-line in the Bank: 18/05/2020Last […]

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BRO constructs bridge in record time on a key road connecting strategic areas in Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh Bridge on Daporijo River is a strategic link towards the LAC between India and China. Old Bridge developed cracks which could lead to a major catastrophe like on 26 Jul 1992 when a passenger bus fell off the bridge leaving no survivors. With the intervention of DGBR and CE Arunank expeditious sanctions were obtained from […]

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Rs. 481.63 Crores disbursed to 40,826 members by exempted PF trusts :Ministry of Labour & Employment

The provision for a special withdrawal from the EPF Scheme to tide over the COVID -19 pandemic is part of the Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Yojna (PMGKY) Scheme announced by Government and an urgent notification introduced Para 68 L (3) in the EPF Scheme for this purpose, on 28th March 2020. Under this provision non- refundable withdrawal to the extent of the basic […]

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A total of 18,601 confirmed cases are reported for COVID-19 in the country :Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Four Districts- Mahe (Puducherry), Kodagu (Karnataka), Pauri Garhwal (Uttrakhand) & Pratapgarh (Rajasthan) have not reported any fresh cases during the last 28 days. There are now 61 additional districts from 23 States/UT that have not reported any fresh cases during the last 14 Days. Four new districts have been included in the list: Latur , […]

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TCS has empowered over 9600 institution across country by giving free acess

TCS iON Digital Glass Room facilitates online mode of learning. Educational institutions can now seamlessly transition to a virtual teaching environment, continuing teaching and student learning beyond the classrooms. Faculty members can deliver lectures, create and share content, share and evaluate assignments, conduct formative tests, and even monitor learner progress. They can also enable online class […]

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Karnataka Government: RDPR Technical Assistant vacancies

RDPR Karnataka invites online applications from the B.Sc Forestry/Agriculture/Horticulture/Sericulture/Dairy qualified candidates for the available Technical Assistant Posts. There are total 407 Technical Assistant Posts in this RDPR Karnataka Recruitment 2020. Last date to apply online for this RDPR Karnataka Technical Assistant Recruitment 2020 is 15-05-2020. Here is link to apply for vacancy http://www.end2endmgnrega.co.in/Forms/Employment/TechnicalAssistantsJobApplication.aspx

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NIC Recruitment 2020 : Last date for submission of application – extended to 30 April, 2020

National Informatics Centre (NIC) has extended the Last date for submission of application vide NIELIT/NIC/2020/1 dated 23/02/2020 for recruitment of Scientist-‘B’ and Scientific/Technical Assistant – ‘A’ in NIC is extended to 30 April, 2020. It is also mention that the eligibility conditions w.r.t., cut off date for age, qualification and experience for applying for both […]

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Delhi University started Online examination Form Filling For May-June 2020

Delhi University started the filling up of online examination form for May-June exam 2020. All students enrolled with the University need to fill up the examination form. Students need fill examination form through a special portal created for this purpose. Last date to fill examination form is May 15, 2020. Students who have already submitted their examination […]

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TDB approves support for indigenous company for ramping up production of COVID-19 diagnostic kits

The Technology Development Board (TDB), a statutory body of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), has approved financial support to MyLab Discovery Solutions, Pune, for ramping up production of COVID-19 diagnostic kits they have developed.The company has submitted an application in response to its invitation for proposals for technologically innovative solutions towards fighting COVID-19. […]

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Fitness guru Kayla Itsines, 28, reveals the 14-minute workout

Fitness trainer Kayla Itsines, 28, has revealed a 14-minute full-body workout anyone can do – and it doesn’t require any equipment. The workout consists of two seven-minute circuits and is ideal for beginners or those wanting to maintain their cardio while in isolation during the coronavirus pandemic. Circuit 1 (7 Minutes): Double-pulse squat — 15 reps Commando […]

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IndianOil resumes work on selected projects, gears to ramp up operations post-lockdown

IndianOil has taken up resumption of work on 64 select projects with a combined allocation of about Rs. 21,375 crore, of which work has commenced on 29 projects on 20th April, 2020. Wherever needed, the Corporation is seeking the necessary permissions of State and district administrations for mobilisation of manpower and resumption of work. Major projects […]

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Unprecedented collapse in economic activity over the last few weeks: FICCI-Dhruva Covid-19 Business Impact Survey

Source : FICCI press Release The Covid-19 pandemic is having a deep impact on the Indian economy and members of Indian industry. The magnitude and speed of collapse in economic activity that India has seen over the last few weeks is unprecedented and there is tremendous uncertainty about what the future holds for businesses and […]

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AIFF Executive Committee approves recommendations of League Committee

Source :AIFF Media The Executive Committee of the All India Football Federation perused the detailed note containing recommendations and deliberations by the League Committee as recorded after their meeting on April 18, 2020. The League Committee had detailed out various issues pertaining to League matters for the season 2019-20 in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, […]

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Ola Emergency’ now in 15 cities across India including Mumbai

source : ola press release Mumbai, April 20, 2020: Ola, India’s leading mobility platform and one of the world’s largest ride hailing companies, today rolled out ‘Ola Emergency’ in Mumbai, marking the service availability across 15 major Indian cities. Enabling citizens across the country to access essential medical care with minimum delay, the service is now available in Mumbai, Bengaluru, […]

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Technology has potential to Revolutionize planetary sampling systems

Honeybee Robotics has developed a pneumatic based sample acquisition and transfer system that is self-metering, gravity agnostic, works with sticky materials, and is flexible in terms of delivery location. The system is designed to operate on planetary bodies both with and without an atmosphere. Under the NASA COLDTech program Honeybee developed a fundamental understanding of […]

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World Bank’s $50 Million Financing to Myanmar for National COVID-19 Emergency

The World Bank has approved a US$50 million credit for the Myanmar COVID-19 Emergency Response Project, as part of global emergency support operations through a dedicated fast-track COVID-19 facility. This fast-track financing will help Myanmar fill a critical gap in its contingency plan to urgently increase hospital preparedness and surge capacity in order to reduce the […]

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Palghar mob killed three person , including two Sadhu

Maharashtra On 16 April 2020, Mob of village lynched two Hindu Sadhus and their driver in Gadchinchale Village, Palghar District, Maharashtra, India. The incident was fuelled by WhatsApp rumours of thieves operating in the area during the countrywide coronvirus lockdown. Mob of village had mistaken the three passengers as thieves and killed them. Policemen who intervened were also attacked; four policemen and a senior police officer […]

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3 districts have reported no new cases during last 28 days; 59 other districts have reported no fresh cases during last 14 days: Health Ministry

Source:pib.gov.in he number of COVID-19 positive cases stands at 17,265 as on date, while 2,546 people or 14.75% of total cases have recovered. In the last 24 hours, 1,553 new cases and 36 deaths have been reported. This was informed by the Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Shri Luv Aggarwal, at the […]

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Under PM-KISAN Scheme Rs. 17,793 crores released for 8.89 crore farmer families :Ministry of Agriculture

Ministry of Agriculture press release said that ” Under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) Scheme during the lockdown period from 24.3.2020 till date, about 8.89 crore farmer families have been benefitted and an amount of Rs. 17,793 crore has been released so far. In order to provide food security during the prevailing situation due to COVID-19 pandemic, […]

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Surplus rice available with FCI allowed to be converted to ethanol

Source:pib.gov.in National Policy on Biofuels, 2018 under Para 5.3 inter-alia envisages that during an agriculture crop year when there is projected over supply of food grains as anticipated by the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, the policy will allow conversion of these surplus quantities of food grains to ethanol, based on the approval of National Biofuel […]

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Fish gills used to develop efficient low-cost electro-catalysts for rechargeable metal-air batter

Scientists at the Institute of Nano Science and Technology (INST), Mohali, an autonomous institute under the Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, have recently come up with an efficient, low-cost electro-catalyst from fish gills that can help develop environmentally friendly energy conversion devices. This bio-inspired carbon nanostructure can help overcome the bottleneck in […]

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