- Ostracised: Air crew, returnees face flak, rumours but no empathy(14:32)
BY ROHIT VAID
New Delhi/Mumbai, March 29 (IANS) As fears of coronavirus spread grows, air crews are often faced with stigma and not salute for their contribution in rescuing Indians, mainly pilgrims or students, who were stranded abroad. It's a phenomenon that often repeats across metros, when air crews, doctors and even journalists and their families face the ordeal of being ostracised on a daily basis. Lately, Air India and IndiGo's air crew faced such situations, as many of them were asked by neighbours to vacate their homes, just out of fear that they might be asymptomatic carriers of coronavirus. This, even while many of them were on a self-imposed quarantine or are currently working as essential services providers.
- ISRO to design ventilators, make hand sanitisers(13:40)
By Venkatachari Jagannathan
Chennai, March 29 (IANS) Designing simple to operate ventilators, manufacturing of sanitisers, oxygen canisters and masks while putting on hold manufacture of rockets is what Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), part of ISRO, is doing to meet the emergency needs of the people and owing to lockdown, said top official.
- Follow lockdown, says PM in 'Mann Ki Baat' (Lead)(12:23)
New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday during his monthly radio programme 'Mann Ki Baat' appealed to people not to violate nationwide lockdown imposed to fight against COVID-19 pandemic and follow the norms even as he apologised for taking harsh steps to contain the spread of the virus and stressed upon "increasing social distancing but reducing emotional distancing."
- Poultry industry reeling under corona impact(10:46)
New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) First the rumours that consumption of chicken can cause coronavirus, and now the lockdown. The poultry industry across the country is reeling under a double whammy.
- UP to release 11,000 prisoners on bail during corona crisis(09:15)
Lucknow, March 29 (IANS) In keeping with the directives of the Supreme Court, the Uttar Pradesh government has decided to release over 11,000 prisoners lodged in 71 jails in the state, in view of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.
- When fear of losing to hunger defeated fear of coronavirus(02:56)
New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) Despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call for a nationwide lockdown in a battle against deadly coronavirus, a sea of migrant workers reached Anand Vihar Interstate Bus Terminal hoping to reach back to their hometowns.Ã¯Â¿Â½
- Higher interest if you defer EMI payment for three months(14:14)
New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) Be ready to pay higher interest on your outstanding loan if you decide not to pay EMIs on your home or auto loan for the next three months under a moratorium announced by by the Reserve Bank of India on Friday.
- Kasargode the new hotspot of Covid-19 in Kerala(13:21)
Thiruvananthapuram, March 28 (IANS) Kasargode, a district at the northern tip of Kerala, has reported 76 coronavirus positive cases, turning into a new hotspot in the state, taking the total number of infected cases to 164. A huge percentage of cases in Kasargode are those who returned from abroad and their contacts.
- Some COVID-19 patients still have virus even after symptoms go(13:15)
Beijing, March 28 (IANS) Amid the fast-spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have found that half of the patients they treated for mild COVID-19 infection still carried the coronavirus pathogen for up to eight days after symptoms disappeared.
- US caseload will reflect social distancing impact only 10 days later: WH(13:02)
By Nikhila Natarajan
New York, March 28 (IANS) The US coronavirus caseload over the next 10 days will not reflect the impact of mitigation strategies and social distancing guidelines in place since the last two weeks, the White House warned as the country surged past the 100,000 mark for confirmed cases and deaths topped 1,500.
- How life can get better as we age(12:17)
Sydney, March 28 (IANS) Life can get better with age with mindfulness because older people have the wisdom and time to use mindfulness as a means to improve overall wellbeing, according to a new study.
- Forced break a 'welcome rest' for Indian players: Shastri(11:16)
New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) India head coach Ravi Shastri believes the forced break for the Indian players which has come due to the coronavirus pandemic is a "welcome rest" as they can now re-energise themselves and get some much-needed rest.
- Lockdown woes of UP farmers(11:06)
By Vivek Tripathi
Lucknow, March 28 (IANS) The coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent lockdown have not only left industries and businesses reeling under its impact, but it is the farming sector which has been hit the hardest considering India is an agrarian country and agriculture sector is the backbone of our economy.
- Wuhan reports zero increase in COVID-19 cases(06:20)
Wuhan, March 28 (IANS) No new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were reported on Friday in Wuhan, the former hardest-hit city in central China's Hubei Province.
- Fans want 'Mahabharat', 'Chanakya' back, with 'Ramayan' returning on DD (Lead)(16:54)
By Ahana Bhattacharya
Mumbai, March 27 (IANS) With Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar announcing the retelecast of the popular television serial of the 1980s, "Ramayan"on Doordarshan during the 21-day natonal lockdown, social media is full of request for retelecast of "Mahabharat" and "Chanakya".
- RBI lines up 'arsenal' of liquidity measures to counter Covid-19 impact(16:10)
Mumbai, March 27 (IANS) As the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing nation-wide lockdown is set to severely impact India's economic activities and growth, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday came out with a number of measures to ensure adequate liquidity flow in the system and support businesses.
- 'Ramayan' returns: Onscreen Ram, Sita elated with homecoming on DD(16:08)
By Sugandha Rawal and Natalia Ningthoujam
New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) The mythological iconic series "Ramayan" will be back on the small screen to keep the entertainment quotient high during the ongoing 21-day nationwide lockdown. The shows lead actors Arun Govil and Deepika Chikhalia -- who played Ram and Sita -- feel the revisit will help people spend time amid positivity and also understand Indian culture, instead of fretting with negative thoughts.