Total number of COVID-19 cases cross the 5,000-mark in India Credit: Representational image

In context of COVID-19 situation & to grant immediate relief to taxpayers, GOI has decided to issue all pending income-tax refunds upto Rs 5 lakh & GST/Custom refunds with immediate effect

India cases rise to 5,274 with 149 deaths

According to the latest update by the ministry of health and family welfare, the total number of cases have risen to 5,274 with 4714 active cases, 411 cured/ discharged/ migrated cases and 149 deaths

Union HRD minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank appeals to campus recruiters not to withdraw jobs offered to graduating students of technical education institutions

Twitter co-founder, CEO Jack Dorsey to donate $ 1 billion out of his personal fortune to Coronavirus relief through his philanthropic fund

Sanitization drive underway in Guwahati, Assam

Assam minister Forest & Environment and Fisheries Parimal Suklabaidya donated Rs 1 lakh towards fight against COVID-19 pandemic

Assam cabinet decides to deduct 30% salaries of CM, Ministers & all MLAs for 1 year

UP Govt to seal specific localities of 15 districts until end of 21-day lockdown period

Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) exam postponed in view of COVID-19 pandemic

IN PICS | A village in Odisha where people are taking care of Social Distancing while fetching water

Delhi LG appeals to all religious leaders, parents to advise young people to observe Shab-e-Barat occasion solemnly and not to step out together in wake of COVID-19 pandemic

Rapid diagnostic kit being developed by Pune based startup for COVID 19 screening

Total Cases in Karnataka Climb to 181

COVID-19: Yogi govt announces Rs 50 lakh insurance cover for UP police personnel

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting with floor leaders of parties whose combined strength in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha adds up to 5 MPs, via video conferencing today, on Covid-19 situation in the country

Country Folk Singer John Prine Dies at 73 of Coronavirus Complications

Grammy-winning singer John Prine, who is known for reviving Chicago’s folk music in the 1970s and one of the most influential songwriters in the US, died due to coronavirus-related health conditions at the age of 73. He was hospitalized in Nashville on March 26 after complaining of Covid-19 symptioms according to his wife, Fiona Whelan Prine, who was also his manager. “We join the world in mourning the passing of revered country and folk singer/songwriter John Prine,” the Recording Academy said in a written statement.

PM Modi Condoles Death of Veteran Indian-American Journalist

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the demise of veteran Indian-American journalist Brahm Kanchibotla who died of coronavirus, saying he will be remembered for his fine work.

India golfer Arjun Bhati sold his 102 trophies to raise money for battle against coronavirus

Young Indian golfer Arjun Bhati has pledged to donate Rs 4.30 lakh towards Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM-CARES) Fund as country battles against the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Nearly 30 Million Hydroxychloroquine Doses Bought by US From India: Trump

US President Donald Trump told Fox News that a sizeable chunk of the 29 million doses of anti-malaria drug, hydroxychloroquine that was bought by the couuntry to combat the coronavirus pandemic in America is from India. Trump acknowledged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was “great” when he sought his help and said, “I bought millions of doses (of hydroxychloroquine). More than 29 million. I spoke to Prime Minister Modi, a lot of it (hydroxychloroquine) comes out of India. I asked him if he would release it? He was Great. He was really good.”

Jamie Dimon predicts a ‘major recession’ is on its way

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon used his annual shareholder letter to detail just how bad he thinks the US economy can get from the coronavirus pandemic.

Dimon expects a “bad recession,” he wrote in the letter released Monday, saying that in the most adverse scenario, gross domestic product could plunge at a 35% annual rate in the second quarter and that a downturn would last through the rest of the year. The unemployment rate would spike as high as 14% in this environment.But Dimon added that “this scenario is quite severe and, we hope, unlikely.” And even if the worst case situation bears out, JPMorgan Chase — the largest US bank by assets — still plans to lend an additional $150 billion to its customers.

China lifts 76-day lockdown on Wuhan as city reemerges from coronavirus crisis

China has ended its lockdown of Wuhan, the original epicenter of the coronavirus crisis, as the city reemerges from a deadly outbreak that is now raging across the globe.

But even as Wuhan reopens its borders after 76 days, some restrictions within the city will remain in place, and officials warn that the threat of further infections remains far from over.The metropolis of 11 million, where the coronavirus was first detected in December, had been sealed off from the outside world since January 23 in an unprecedented effort to contain the outbreak.

Passengers to be evacuated from Antarctic cruise ship after almost 60% test positive for coronavirus

Australian and New Zealand passengers will be evacuated from a stricken Antarctic cruise ship Thursday, after almost 60% of those on board tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Greg Mortimer, a cruise liner operated by Australia’s Aurora Expeditions, departed March 15 on a voyage to Antarctica and South Georgia. Since the beginning of April, however, the ship has been stuck off the coast of Uruguay, after authorities refused to allow passengers to disembark due to the risk of coronavirus.Of the 217 people on board, 128 passengers and crew have now tested positive for the virus.

Canadian Grand Prix ninth race off amid coronavirus crisis

Boris Johnson spends second night in intensive care

Boris Johnson has spent a second night in intensive care as he continues to receive treatment for coronavirus.

The PM is being kept in St Thomas’ Hospital in London “for close monitoring”, Downing Street said.

Mr Johnson’s condition is “stable” and he remains in “good spirits”, his spokesman added on Tuesday evening.

Downing Street also said the first review into whether the coronavirus lockdown could be eased would not go ahead as planned on Monday next week.

US records highest death toll in single day

The US recorded the most coronavirus deaths in a single day with 1,736 fatalities reported on Tuesday.

It brings the total number of deaths in the country to 12,722, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Mizoram Govt likely to take final decision on extension of lockdown by weekend

Mizoram begins testing of samples for Covid-19

Making a record time of barely 8 days to set up Covid-19 testing laboratory, Mizoram has began testing of samples for novel coronavirus at Zoram Medical College (ZMC) on Tuesday, health minister Dr. R. Lalthangliana said.

Nurse tests positive at Breach Candy Hospital

Miss England 2019 resumes career as doctor

Miss England 2019 Bhasha Mukherjee resumed her career as a doctor amid the coronavirus crisis. She recently returned to the UK from India as coronavirus casescontinued to rise across the world.

After being crowned Miss England, she had decided to take a break from her medical career to focus on charity work, until the coronavirus outbreak changed her decision

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray requests ministers to not issue any statement on the lockdown

PM Modi to chair first all-party meet on govt’s COVID-19 action plan shortly

Chandigarh to get its first disinfectant tunnel to sprinkle water mixed with hydrogen peroxide.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), one sick person could infect up to 406 others in 30 days if there is no lockdown. The ICMR study comes at a time when various state governments have apparently requested the Centre to extend the 21-day lockdown beyond April 14.

According to news reports, PM Modi and CMs will take a call on a lockdown extension on April 11

Two more coronavirus cases in Dharavi; tally in Mumbai’s slum area rises to 9: Civic official

Rijiju reviews SAIs steps on athletes engagement

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday reviewed the initiatives undertaken by his ministry and Sports Authority of India (SAI) to keep the athletes engaged in the wake of the 21-day nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Rijiju held a meeting with regional directors of all SAI centres across the country through a video conference call and took a stock of the situation. He also deliberated upon measures needed to be taken once the lockdown is lifted.

Nagaland not to celebrate Easter

Churches in Christian-majority Nagaland have decided to forego Easter celebration, that falls on April 12 during the ongoing lockdown, for the first time since the formation of the State in 1963.

The Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC), the largest church body in the State, has informed its associate bodies that there would be no sunrise service on Easter Sunday to prevent mass gathering of people amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Manipur launches website to provide COVID-19 information

Close on the heels of launching a website to reach out to the citizens of Manipur stranded outside the State after the nationwide lockdown due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the Manipur Government today launched another website to provide the latest and authenticated information on COVID-19 here.

Chief Minister N Biren Singh launched the website ( at his Secretariat. An Android mobile application, MNCOVID-19, has also been developed.

UDAN initiative for carrying medical cargo

Named as Lifeline 1, the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation under the UDAN initiative, has been serving the North Eastern States by supplying critical medical kits.

Official sources said that on April 6, Lifeline UDAN flights carried Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) kits, consignments and other essential cargo to the North Eastern areas and also to central and eastern States.

Nagaland engineering service body donates to fight COVID-19

The Federation of Nagaland State Engineering Service Associations today donated Rs 5 lakh to the Nagaland Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for COVID-19 as a token of solidarity with the State Government in its fight against the global pandemic.

The donation was made through Dimapur Deputy Commissioner Anoop Khinchi at the latter’s office by a five-member delegation of the association.

No congregation for Shab-e-Barat in Meghalaya tomorrow

The Shillong Muslim Union (SMU) has announced that Muslims will not congregate and hold prayers at local mosques on the occasion of Shab-e-Barat on April 9. “The management committee of various Masjids and the management committee of the graveyards have unanimously decided not to hold Ibadat in the Masjid and Ziyarat in Kabristan due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” SMU general secretary Sayeedullah Nongrum said in a statement issued here.

Call to promote all Class XI students to final year

Due to the uncertainties surrounding the HS first year examinations in the State because of the COVID-19-induced situation, some academicians and concerned parents have appealed to the State education department to promote all Class XI students under Arts, Commerce and Science streams to HS second year, so that they can start the new curriculum at home without losing academic days.

Assam govt asked to hold all-party meet to formulate joint strategy

Calls have grown for holding an all-party meeting to discuss and formulate a joint strategy to tackle the immediate healthcare implications of Covid-19 as well as the long-term economic impact of the pandemic on the State.

“An all-party meeting is urgently needed. It can be held using video conference facility. When I was Chief Minister I used to call all-party meetings even during annual floods. Now the situation is much more serious. The pandemic has spread globally. Our government is using all resources to prevent its spread. While we are optimistic that with best practices we will be able to bring Covid-19 under control, the pandemic has led to a global economic downturn which will severely impact all economies, including that of our State, in the months and years to come,” said former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.

India partially lifts export ban on anti-malarial drug

India has decided to partially lift a ban on export of anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, paving the way for its supply to the US and several other countries hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Government officials said India would export hydroxychloroquine and paracetamol on a case-by-case basis to the countries which have already placed orders for them after meeting the domestic requirements.

Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal speaks to senior leaders, ex-CMs

Assam ministers, MLAs to go for salary cut

The Assam Council of Ministers has decided to go for salary cut of the ministers and legislators in view of the COVID-19 outbreak. The meeting also decided that the State government would not take any decision on withdrawal of the lockdown period and it would abide by the decisions of the Centre.

Retail prices of vegetables in Guwahati, as fixed by Assam government with effect from April 7, 2020:

COVID-19 positive cases cross 5k-mark in India

The number of coronavirus cases in India crossed the 5,000-mark on Wednesday, with the total hitting 5,194 and death toll standing at 149, as per latest updates of the Union health ministry.

There are now 4,643 active cases across the country and 149 deaths. As many as 401 patients have been cured or discharged and one has migrated, the health ministry added.

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