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US donates 100 ventilators to India

The US government on Tuesday donated the first shipment of 100 state-of-the-art ventilators valued at almost $1.2 million to India to assist in its fight against COVID-19. The donation is part of President Donald Trump’s offer of critical supplies in response to India’s urgent needs, the US embassy said in a statement. The ventilators, made...

India and China “easing” the situation along borders

China on Wednesday said that Indian and Chinese troops have started implementing the “positive consensus” reached by the senior military officials of the two countries on June 6 aimed at “easing” the situation along the borders. The Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson’s remarks came a day after officials in New Delhi suggested that armies of India...

Delhi hospitals will be available only for residents of national capital: Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday announced that Delhi’s borders will be opened for inter-state movement from Monday and hospitals in the national capital will be available for people of Delhi only, while Central hospitals will remain open for all. In another development, Delhi Government has decided to withdraw the ‘special corona fee’ levied...

India viewing coronavirus crisis as opportunity: PM Modi to Morrison

A process of comprehensive reforms covering almost all areas has been initiated in India as it is viewing the coronavirus crisis as an “opportunity”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday at an online summit with his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison. In his opening remarks, Modi also pitched for a coordinated and collaborative approach to...

India approves emergency use of antiviral drug ‘remdesivir’ for COVID-19

The Union government on Tuesday said it has approved Gilead Sciences Inc’s antiviral drug remdesivir for emergency use in treating COVID-19 patients. Remdesivir is the first drug to show improvement in COVID-19 patients in formal clinical trials. It was granted emergency use authorisation by the US Food and Drug Administration last month and has received...

India’s TikTok rival ‘Mitron’ app has Pakistani origin, suspended by Google

Mitron app, an alternative to TikTok that quickly gathered a lot of attention, has now been removed from the Google Play store. The app grew quickly on the promise of its Indian ‘origin’, as noted in many of the reviews of the app. However, it was then discovered that the app was a rebranded version...

Hydroxychloroquine can seriously affect heartbeat, claims study

Researchers have used an optical mapping system to demonstrate how the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, which has been promoted as a potential treatment for COVID-19, creates serious disturbances in the electrical signals that govern heartbeat. According to the scientists, including those from Georgia Institute of Technology in the US, the findings shed light on how the...

Cyclone Nisarga to make landfall in Maharashtra’s Raigad district on June 3, bring rain to Gujarat

Cyclone Nisarga, which is expected to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm, is likely to make a landfall near Alibaug in Raigad district of Maharashtra close to Mumbai, and bring moderate to heavy rainfall in parts of Gujarat. This is the second storm to hit the country within a fortnight after cyclone Amphan wreaked havoc...

India’s COVID-19 tally nearing 2 lakh, death toll at 5,598

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has informed that 8,171 fresh cases of the novel coronavirus have been reported in the last 24 hours ending at 8 am on Tuesday. With the addition of the fresh cases, the total tally of COVID-19 cases in the country has now increased to 1,98,706. During this period,...

DGCA asks airlines to keep middle seat vacant or provide “wrap around”

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Monday urged the airlines to try and keep the middle seats vacant in flights. The aviation regulator added that if the middle seats cannot be left vacant, the passengers should be provided with a “wrap around”. Social distancing is a big part of the battle against coronavirus...

Spy incident: Pak summons Indian envoy to protest expelling of its officials

Pakistan on Monday summoned a senior Indian diplomat to express its strong protest over India’s decision to expel two of its officials at the High Commission in New Delhi on charges of spying, a news agency reported. Earlier on Sunday India had declared two officials of the Pakistan High Commission as “persona non grata” on...

India again reports biggest single-day rise in COVID-19 cases, death toll jumps to 5,394

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has informed that India has recorded the biggest single-day spike in coronavirus cases, with 8,392 cases reported in the last 24 hours ending at 8 am on Monday. Also, 230 deaths were reported during this period that pushed the death toll due to COVID-19 in the country to...