• Torrential rains batter Kerala as cyclone Tauktae intensifyTorrential rains batter Kerala as cyclone Tauktae intensify
    Torrential rains accompanied by fierce winds and high tidal waves wreaked havoc and claimed two lives in Kerala, as it lashed the state since last night forcing the government to shift hundreds of families to relief camps, sources said on Saturday. The southernmost district, Thiruvananthapuram to Kasaragod in the northern tip, witnessed widespread uprooting of trees, water-logging and disruption of power supply since last night. Read more »
  • 'Journalism is poorer today': PM Modi expresses grief over death of senior journalist Sunil Jain'Journalism is poorer today': PM Modi expresses grief over death of senior journalist Sunil Jain
    Senior Journalist and Financial Express Managing Editor Sunil Jain died on Saturday after suffering a cardiac arrest following post-Covid complications. He was 58. Sunil Jain's sister Sandhya Jain took to Twitter to inform that his brother was no more. Read more »
  • Chandan Yatra of Lord Jagannath temple begins in Puri amid Covid protocolsChandan Yatra of Lord Jagannath temple begins in Puri amid Covid protocols
    The Chandan Yatra of Lord Jagannath began on Saturday in Puri, Odisha. The yatra marks the beginning of construction of Raths (Chariots) for the annual Rath Yatra scheduled to take place on July 12. However, in view of the second wave of coronavirus, only a limited number of people were allowed today to attend Chandan Yatra. Read more »
  • No denial of vaccine or essential services for want of Aadhaar: UIDAINo denial of vaccine or essential services for want of Aadhaar: UIDAI
    The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Saturday said in a statement that no one will be denied vaccine, medicine, hospitalisation or treatment for want of Aadhaar. Read more »
  • No home isolation in rural areas and slums in urban areas of Karnataka: GovtNo home isolation in rural areas and slums in urban areas of Karnataka: Govt
    The Karnataka government on Saturday decided not to allow home isolation of COVID patients in rural areas and slums in urban regions, and to make necessary arrangements to ensure they get admitted mandatorily in Covid Care Centres (CCCs). Read more »
  • Delhi govt writes to Dr Reddy's for 67 lakh doses of Sputnik V vaccineDelhi govt writes to Dr Reddy's for 67 lakh doses of Sputnik V vaccine
    Amid vaccine shortage faced by Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said his government has written to Dr Reddy's Laboratories for supply of around 67 lakh doses of Russian COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V. Read more »
  • COVID-19 patients on home care should not take Remdesivir: AIIMS doctorsCOVID-19 patients on home care should not take Remdesivir: AIIMS doctors
    COVID-19 patients on home care should not take Remdesivir medication and they should get admitted at a hospital if the oxygen level drops below 94, AIIMS doctors advised on Saturday. The doctors were addressing a webinar on 'Medication and Care in Home Isolation' for COVID-19 patients. Read more »
  • Maharashtra records 34,848 COVID-19 cases, 960 deathsMaharashtra records 34,848 COVID-19 cases, 960 deaths
    Maharashtra recorded as many as 34,848 coronavirus cases on Saturday, taking the tally of infections in the state to 53,44,063, the death toll increased to 80,512 with 960 new fatalities.  Read more »
  • Six feet distance may not be adequate to break Covid transmission chainSix feet distance may not be adequate to break Covid transmission chain
    There have been talks about whether a six feet distance between a Covid-19 positive patient and a healthy person can prevent the transmission. Since the pandemic struck the world, experts have time and again suggested a series of guidelines and released protocols for a speedy recovery and breaking the chain. Maintaining a gap of six feet is among other measures that are being touted to be a key in the fight against the virus. Read more »
  • PM Modi holds high level meeting to review preparedness on Cyclone TauktaePM Modi holds high level meeting to review preparedness on Cyclone Tauktae
    PM Narendra Modi took a high level meeting today to review the preparedness of States and Central Ministries/Agencies concerned to deal with the situation arising out of Cyclone 'Tauktae'. Read more »
  • Lockdown extended in Uttar Pradesh till May 24Lockdown extended in Uttar Pradesh till May 24
    In view of the current Covid situation in the country, the Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday extended the lockdown for one more week till May 24. The government has also announed Rs 1,000 as financial assistance for registered roadside vendors. Read more »
  • Israeli airstrike in Gaza destroys building with various media housesIsraeli airstrike in Gaza destroys building with various media houses
    An Israeli airstrike has destroyed a high-rise building that housed The Associated Press' offices in the Gaza Strip. The airstrike Saturday came roughly an hour after the Israeli military ordered people to evacuate the building. There was no immediate explanation for why the building was targeted. Read more »
  • Door-to-door testing in rural areas, localised containment strategies need of the hour: PM ModiDoor-to-door testing in rural areas, localised containment strategies need of the hour: PM Modi
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday called for augmenting healthcare resources in rural areas to focus on door to door testing and surveillance, and asserted that localised containment strategies are the need of the hour, especially in states with high positivity rate in districts. Read more »
  • Overall coronavirus situation stabilising in India: GovtOverall coronavirus situation stabilising in India: Govt
    The overall COVID-19 situation in the country is stabilizing and the government will work towards ensuring further stabilisation, NITI Aayog member V K Paul said on Saturday. At a press conference on Saturday, top health officials said 10 states account for 85 per cent of the total coronavirus cases in the country. Read more »
  • India's Covid situation hugely concerning: WHOIndia's Covid situation hugely concerning: WHO
    India remains hugely concerning, with several states continuing to see a worrying number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. Read more »
  • People, Govt, all dropped guard after first Covid wave: RSS Chief Mohan BhagwatPeople, Govt, all dropped guard after first Covid wave: RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat
    Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Saturday spoke on the Covid situation in the country saying this is not the time to lose hope but to fight and face the situation unitedly. Read more »
  • MP extends ban on interstate bus movement till May 23MP extends ban on interstate bus movement till May 23
    The Madhya Pradesh government on Saturday extended the ban on the movement of passenger buses to and from Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan till May 23, as a measure to contain the spread of coronavirus. The state government had on May 7 issued an order banning interstate movement of passenger buses, which was effective till Saturday. Read more »
  • West Bengal govt announces complete lockdown from May 16-30West Bengal govt announces complete lockdown from May 16-30
    In the wake of rising cases of the novel coronavirus, West Bengal on Saturday announced a complete lockdown from tomorrow till May 30. West Bengal on Friday registered its highest single-day spike of 20,846 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 10,94,802, the health department said in its bulletin. The toll rose to 12,993 after 136 more people, including five eminent doctors, succumbed to the infection, the bulletin said. Senior BJP leader Mukul Roy and his wife Krishna are among those who contracted the disease. Read more »
  • 'Oxygen Concentrator Bank' in every district of Delhi; to have 200 concentrators: Kejriwal'Oxygen Concentrator Bank' in every district of Delhi; to have 200 concentrators: Kejriwal
    Delhi recorded 6,500 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours and the positivity rate has declined to 11 per cent, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Saturday and also announced the launch of oxygen concentrator banks for patients in home isolation. He also said that though daily cases have dipped, the Delhi government will not let its guard down and keep fighting the coronavirus pandemic. The number of cases was over 8,500 and the positivity rate was 12 per cent on Friday, the chief minister said. Read more »
  • India records 3,26,098 new COVID cases, 3,890 deaths, 3,53,299 discharges in 24 hoursIndia records 3,26,098 new COVID cases, 3,890 deaths, 3,53,299 discharges in 24 hours
    India on Saturday recorded 3,26,098 new cases of the novel coronavirus, along with 3,890 deaths due to the infection. According to the data shared by the Union Health Ministry, the country saw a total of 3,53,299 discharges in the last 24 hours, taking the total recovery to 2,04,32,898. The total cases of COVID-19 in India have now mounted to 2,43,72,907, with 36,73,802 active cases, the data showed. The total death toll in the country is now at 2,66,207. A total of 18,04,57,579 people have so far been vaccinated against COVID-19 in India. Read more »