- Priyanka for free call, data services for fleeing migrants(18:51)
New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi has urged the leading telcom companies, like Vodafone, Airtel, Jio and BSNL, to make phone calls and internet data services free on the "humanitarian grounds" for the distressed migrant workers amid the coronavirus epidemic.
- Delhi traffic cop composes song on migrants' plight(17:24)
By Sfoorti Mishra
New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) Pictures and videos of thousands of migrant labourers at Anand Vihar and Kaushambi bus terminals became a rage on the internet in no time. A Delhi Traffic policeman on Sunday composed a song on the plight of these migrant workers.
- They lived for days at quarantine centre, a banyan tree(16:29)
Kolkata, March 29 (IANS) Seven migrant workers, who came back home to West Bengal's Purulia district from Chennai amidst the Coronavirus-induced lockdown, perched themselves on a banyan tree to remain in quarantine, in the absence of separate room for self-isolation in their small huts.
- Rules relaxed for EPF withdrawals amid COVID-19(12:48)
New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) The Union Labour and Employment Ministry has notified amendment to the Employees' Provident Funds (EPF) Scheme to allow withdrawal of non-refundable advance by the members in the event of COVID-19 pandemic.
- Lockdown taking an emotional toll on senior citizens(18:26)
New Delhi/Kolkata/Dehradun, March 28 (IANS) Much before the 21-days nationwide lockdown came into force, Manju Saha, 73, had locked herself in at her up-scale Lake Gardens apartment in Kolkata to avoid the coronavirus infection. To pass time, she plays online Ludo with her grandson.
- Reaping trouble in time of Covid-19 as MP labourers return(23:21)
Bhopal, March 27 (IANS) The corona curfew has underlined a labour paradox in Madhya Pradesh. Of nearly 60,000 labourers -- mostly daily wagers -- rendered jobless due to lockdown, around 30,000 have been forced to return home from Gujarat even as some farmers in Madhya Pradesh are complaining of delay in harvesting operations for want of workforce.
- Sonia writes to PM, seeks help for stranded migrant workers(22:45)
New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) Congress' interim President Sonia Gandhi wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday to draw his attention to the plight of migrant workers, who have been caught in the biggest ever reverse migration process as states closed borders forcing them to return to their hometowns on foot.
- National capital finally breathes as toxic smog clears up(21:00)
New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) With no vehicles plying on the roads or industries coughing up smoke due to the nationwide lockdown amid the coronavirus outbreak, the air quality of the national capital improved drastically on Friday.
- What can I do if there is no bread? Have handmade rotis instead: Mamata(18:28)
Kolkata, March 27 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday lost her cool when asked about the shortage of bread in the market due to the coronavirus induced lockdown, and said that people should instead make handmade rotis as there is "bound to be some sufferings during calamities".
- Blood clot-dissolving drug may treat critical Covid-19 patients(00:24)
New York, March 27 (IANS) In the sea of drugs currently being explored to treat COVID-19, researches at University of Colorado and MIT have proposed a drug that is derived from a protein called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) and is commonly used to treat stroke and heart attack.