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Wednesday, April 1, 2020Amid chronic, corona triggered financial stress, stakeholders await J&K Bank succession plans

Chibber's term ends next week; scope open for outsider' MD

JAMMU: Amidst financial worries triggered by the Coronavirus pandemic, there is a speculation about succession plans of Jammu and Kashmir Bank, the premier financial institution of the erstwhile State, as the government which holds a majority stake in the lender, looks for a replacement Managing Director (MD) ahead of the end of incumbent Rajesh Kumar Chhibber’s term next week.
Chibber, who took


Wednesday, April 1, 2020COVID-19 Minor, mother-son duo among six test positive in Valley; J&K total 55

1 more suspected positive, 15001 people under observation

SRINAGAR: The number of coronavirus cases in Jammu and Kashmir rose to 55 with six more persons testing positive from Kashmir region on Tuesday, taking the total number of infected persons in Valley to 43.
All these six new positive cases of COVID-19 are contacts of previous positive cases, and include a ten-year-old boy, who had hugged a man who later tested positive for the deadly disease and a mother-son duo, whose one more family member has already tested positive.
“6 new positive cases confirmed in Kashmir division. All contacts of previous positive cases. Meanwhile contact tracing co


Wednesday, April 1, 2020Search begins for Nizamuddin-linked suspects as tally goes up across India

Total cases increase to 1397, death toll rises to 35

NEW DELHI: Authorities launched a nationwide search on Tuesday for participants of a huge religious gathering held earlier this month in the national capital's Nizamuddin area, which has become the new epicentre of the deadly virus pandemic amid fears that thousands present there could have carried the infection to the length and breadth of the country.
Thousands of participants of the Tablighi Jamaat held in mid-March in Nizamuddin, which also is home to a famous Dargah, are known to have returned to their homes in virtually every state including Telangana, West Bengal, Karnataka and Gujara


Wednesday, April 1, 202010 areas in Kashmir declared red zones, total 30 across UT

SRINAGAR: The administration on Tuesday declared more areas in at least six districts of Kashmir as red zones following detection of fresh cases of COVID-19 in the valley.
At least 20 areas in Bandipora, Pulwama, Ganderbal, Shopian, Srinagar and Budgam districts of Kashmir division have been declared as red zones, which coupled with 10 areas in Jammu and Rajouri districts of Jammu region take the total number of red zones across Jammu and Kashmir to 30.
The areas declared red zones in Kashmir are Parray Mohala Hajin, Chandergeer Hajin and Batagund Hajin in Bandipora district of north Kashmi


Wednesday, April 1, 2020Family alleges doc infected on duty, rejects HOD claims

JAMMU: A day after a doctor posted in Government Medical College and Hospital (GMC&H) tested positive for deadly COVID-19, his family alleged that he was exposed to infection while collecting sample of patients in the hospital premises in absence of adequate protection gears.
Strongly rejecting the claims of Dr Shashi S Sudhan, HoD microbiology department in which the infected doctor works, the family said that he was a part of sample collection team, and supported the claim with a copy of the roster which lies with The News Now.
The family members also alleged that the authorities have ad


Wednesday, April 1, 2020Govt identifies 52000 migrant, 1.45 lakh registered labourers across J&K

DCs ensuring food to stranded, financial aid to UT workers

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir administration has devised a comprehensive strategy to feed over 50,000 inter-state stranded migrant and to provide financial assistance to 1.45 lakh construction workers registered with J&K Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board.
Moreover, out of the total funds sanctioned by government to distribute among registered workers during lockdown, 18 per cent has been disbursed so far among around 28000 labourers through DBT mode.
“We have total 52,500 stranded migrant labourers in Jammu and Kashmir including 14500 in Kashmir region and 38000 in Jammu


Wednesday, April 1, 202033 entering Bhaderwah detained

The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday detained 33 labourers and sent them to a hospital for check-up after they were found trying to enter Doda district despite a country-wide lockdown, officials said.
Two groups of lobourers were trying to sneak into the the Bhadarwah town from Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, through snow covered Chattergalla and Padri pass despite the lockdown to check the spread of coronavirus, they said.
“Chattergalla pass on Bhadarwah-Pathankot road and Padri on Bhadarwah-Chamba road have been closed but the 33 labourers tried to enter Bhadarwah, said ADC Rakesh Kumar


Wednesday, April 1, 2020Centre brings Ordinance to give effect to I-T compliance

NEW DELHI: The government on Tuesday brought in an Ordinance to give relief in compliance in filing income tax, GST, customs and central excise returns, to help taxpayers tide over the coronavirus crisis.
The 'Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation of Certain Provisions) Ordinance, 2020', which got assent of the President on Tuesday, also amends a provision in the Income Tax Act to allow 100 per cent deduction on donations to the PM-CARES Fund.
"The limit on deduction of 10 per cent of gross income shall also not be applicable for donation made to PM-CARES Fund," an official statement said.


Wednesday, April 1, 2020 With kids at home, life of parents is not easy!

JAMMU: As the realities of being locked down in houses for three weeks is setting in, some parents are finding it difficult to survive and even thrive, as their options to keep their little ones busy and entertained are fizzling out.
“The announcement of lockdown in view of coronavirus pandemic meant children won’t be going to school. It left me panicking about how on earth am I going to make sure they are learning and not just running around the place the whole day!” says Anu of Greater Kailash.
Ahome maker, Anu, then found a few online learning tools, tutorials, and freely available books


Wednesday, April 1, 2020NH closed for 5th day, 1800 trucks carrying essential supplies stranded

Chief Secy asks NHAI to expedite restoration works

JAMMU: The 270-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway, which connects Kashmir with the rest of the country, remained closed for the fifth successive day on Tuesday, even as Chief Secretary, B V R Subrahmanyam directed the National Highway authorities to put in more men and machinery so that road clearance work is expedited and the stretch is opened for vehicular traffic at the earliest.
Over 1800 vehicles carrying essential commodities to the Valley and those returning remain stranded on the arterial road due to multiple landslides.
"Due to multiple landslides and threat of further landsli


Wednesday, April 1, 2020CFV in Poonch

JAMMU: The Pakistan Army shelled forwards areas along the Line Of Control (LoC) in Poonch district on Tuesday, a defence spokesperson said.
They fired from small arms and shelled mortars in Balakote sector, he said, adding the Indian Army was giving a befitting reply.
There were 646 incidents of ceasefire violations along the International Border (IB) as well as the LoC between January 1 and February 23 this year, Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik had told Parliament on March 4.
Over 3,200 ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops were recorded in 2019, he had said.


Wednesday, April 1, 2020No newspaper distribution in Kashmir Valley

SRINAGAR: Newspaper distributors of Kashmir decided on Tuesday to suspend distribution from April 1 asking newspaper hawkers to stay home.
These distributors have said that except for three local newspapers, 'Aftab', 'Srinagar Times', and 'Greater Kashmir', all other newspapers of the Valley are distributed by them.
A statement issued by main local newspaper distributors of the Valley said on Tuesday that given the serious situation prevailing due to Coronavirus pandemic, it has become impossible to carry on their job.
Already most of the local newspapers have cut heavily on their print or


Wednesday, April 1, 2020Rather denied bail

JAMMU: A special CBI court here on Tuesday refused to grant interim bail to Hilal Rather, son of former finance minister Abdul Rahim Rather, in the Rs 177 crore bank fraud case rejecting his fears of contracting COVID-19 and noting that he is more at risk outside the prison.
While rejecting the application, the Special CBI Judge Rajesh Sekhri also noted that in the prevailing situation, he is more likely to contract the virus if he moves of the jail, and his release may frustrate the purpose behind the lockdown.
Rather had moved an application using WhatsApp on medical grounds before the Sp


Tuesday, March 31, 2020DM Kulgam Visited several areas

Takes stock of enforcement of restrictions

KULGAM, MARCH 31: District Magistrate (DM) Kulgam, Showkat Aijaz Bhat, today visited several areas of the district to take first hand appraisal of enforcement of restrictions and lockdown in the district.
Notably, the DM has already constituted several enforcement teams to ensure strict enforcement of restriction and lockdown in district and today he visited several areas including Devsar, Ash


Tuesday, March 31, 2020COVID-19 Alert: DC B'la inspects several locations, reviews implementation of Advisories

Convenes meeting with Civil Society Members, Sought Cooperation

BARAMULLA, MARCH 31: With a view to ensure strict compliance of all relevant advisories pertaining to pandemic COVID-19, Deputy Commissioner(DC) Baramulla, G N Itoo, today inspected several locations of the district including Sopore, Rafiabad ,old town Baramulla and other areas to review the implementation of the said advisories especially observing the lockdown and maintaining social distan


Tuesday, March 31, 2020 DM Ganderbal inspects functioning of 24x7 COVID-19 Control Room

GANDERBAL, MARCH 31: The District Magistrate, Ganderbal, Shafqat Iqbal, along with Additional Deputy Magistrate, Farooq Ahmad Baba, today conducted a surprise inspection of District Control Room for COVID-19, established at Mini Secretariat Complex.
During the inspection, the DM was briefed by the Tehsildar Head Quarter, Showkat Husain, who is Nodal Officer for the Control Room about its functio


Tuesday, March 31, 2020Covid-19: Emergency outreach service child line (1098) continues function in Lockdown

JAMMU, MARCH 31: Child Line (1098) – the 24x7 phone emergency outreach service for supporting children in distress has continued functioning as an emergency service during the Covid-19 lockdown period.
Meanwhile, Childline India Foundation, Senior Programme Coordinator, J&K informed that all 14 Units of CHILDLINE 1098 staff is working with commitment and courage for continuing to deliver emer


Tuesday, March 31, 2020Reliance Industries announces Rs 500 crore contribution to PM CARES Fund

New Delhi, Mar 30 (PTI) Reliance Industries' chief Mukesh Ambani on Monday committed a further Rs 500 crore to the Prime Minister's COVID-19 fund, topping up over the multi-crore initiative of India's first coronavirus hospital, meals to the needy, and fuel to emergency vehicles.
In addition to the financial contribution to the PM's Fund, Reliance Industries has also provided contribution of


Tuesday, March 31, 2020Chief Secretary reviews status of National Highway-44

Asks NHAI to expedite restoration works; PWD to ensure early opening of Mughal Road

JAMMU, MARCH 31: Chief Secretary, B. V. R. Subrahmanyam, today chaired a meeting to review status of restoration and repair works on National Highway at Dalvas near Nashri Tunnel which was damaged due to massive landslide resulting suspension of all vehicular traffic.
Principal Secretary, Civil Aviation, Rohit Kansal, IGP Traffic T Namgyal, Commissioner Secretary, Industries & Commerce, Manoj


Tuesday, March 31, 2020COVID-19: Coordination Teams constituted to ensure movement of essential goods, services

Dullo chairs maiden meeting; directs for unified efforts, timely interventions

JAMMU MARCH 31: Ramping up J&K’s response in view of the emerging situation due to the outbreak of Corona Virus (COVID-19), Financial Commissioner Health and Medical Education, Atal Dulloo today chaired maiden meeting of the Coordination teams constituted by the Government, here at civil secretariat.
The Coordination teams have been constituted to ensure movement of essential goods and service


Tuesday, March 31, 2020Social Distancing a potent weapon to fight COVID-19: Director SKIMS

SRINAGAR, MARCH 31: The world is facing a severe and acute health emergency due to ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic and rigorous measures are being taken to mitigate and contain the transmission of this infection and the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura, Srinagar, is trying hard to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the increase in rate of transmission


Tuesday, March 31, 2020Covid-19: Kishtwar administration provides assistance to stranded labourers

KISHTWAR, MARCH 31: District Administration Kishtwar is proactively responding to the grievances of labourers, residents workers and their families who have stuck in different parts of country in wake of country wide lockdown due to COVID-19 outbreak.
In one instance today 17 people who are presently stranded at Rohini Delhi were reached out to and contact was established between them and food


Tuesday, March 31, 2020COVID-19: Doda administration devices mechanism for contributions

DODA, MARCH 31: District administration Doda has set the mechanism for the public who wants to donate and join hands with administration in fighting against COVID 19. The decision was taken after various people approached the administration who wanted to donate and contribute in battle against COVID 19.
District administration under the directions of DDC Dr Sagar D Doifode, has asked the peopl


Tuesday, March 31, 2020Doda administration starts online COVID-19 emergency services

Options available for self reporting of travel history, issuance of movement pass and registration for voluntary services

DODA, MARCH 31: In order to combat the spread of Covid-19, Doda administration on the directions of District Development Commissioner, Dr Sagar Doifode today started online registration of various emergency services for residents of the district.
To facilitate people who have to step out of their houses for “unavoidable work” now they have to register for movement pass, simply by visiting on d


Tuesday, March 31, 2020Process of discharging those put under administrative quarantine in Srinagar starts

78 persons who had returned from Leh discharged today after completing two-week quarantine period

SRINAGAR, MARCH 31: Seventy-eight persons who were shifted into administrative quarantine upon their return to Srinagar two weeks ago were discharged today after successfully completing their 14-day quarantine period.
These persons who had returned from Leh were the first of those returning from outside who were put under administrative quarantine in different well-equipped hotels and governme


Tuesday, March 31, 2020Control Room established at Lakhanpur for ease of movement of trucks

Trucks carrying essential items to be cleared within 30 minutes of reporting

JAMMU, MARCH 31: The government has set up a 24x7 Control Room at Lakhanpur for hassle free movement of trucks carrying essential supplies to UT of JK.
The centre at Lakhanpur will ensure that the waiting time of truck is minimised and trucks are cleared within 30 mins of reporting.
The control room can be contacted for any issue related to movement of trucks stuck anywhere including the neig


Tuesday, March 31, 2020Bulletin on Novel Corona Virus (Covid-19)

06 new cases reported today, 15001 persons under observation

JAMMU, MARCH 31: The Government Tuesday informed that 06 new positive cases of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), all from Kashmir division and contacts of previous positive cases, have been reported today thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 55.
According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel coronavirus (COVID-19), out of 55 positive cases, 51 are Active Positive,


Tuesday, March 31, 202011 million children at cancer death risk by 2050: Lancet

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) Without additional investment in childhood cancer care, 11 million children aged 14 years and younger are expected to die from cancer over the next 30 years worldwide, warn researchers including one from Max Super Speciality Hospital in Saket.
According to the researchers, more than 9 million deaths (84 per cent) will be in low-income and lower-middle-income countries.


Tuesday, March 31, 20201,300 Punjab cops moved from VIP duties to battle corona

Chandigarh, March 31 (IANS) Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder on Tuesday ordered withdrawal of 1,300 policemen from the VIP duties, including from his own security, and their deployment in the battle against the coronavirus.
Foreseeing critical times ahead, the Chief Minister also ordered extension in service to all retiring police personnel and Home Guards by two months to strengthen the citizen


Tuesday, March 31, 2020COVID-19 drives surge in online sales of groceries, computers

San Francisco, March 31 (IANS) Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, sales in certain categories, including groceries, cold medications, fitness equipment and computers (with more people now working from home) have surged in the US, according to the Adobe Digital Economy Index unveiled on Tuesday.
With many US consumers confined to their homes starting in March, orders for fitness equipment (kettlebel


Tuesday, March 31, 2020Rate of corona transmission less in India than in other countries: Ministry

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday said the country had fewer corona cases than in other countries. "Thousands of new cases and hundreds of deaths are being reported every day in various countries. In India 1,071 confirmed cases and 29 deaths have been reported so far," said Joint Health Secretary Lav Agarwal told media.
"At least 92 new confirmed c


Tuesday, March 31, 2020Kejriwal says situation under control; no community transmission

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) Even as the number of coronavirus cases has been increasing in the national capital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Tuesday that local transmission is under control in the city and community transmission has not started yet.
Addressing a digital press conference, Kejriwal said that so far 97 positive Covid-19 cases have been reported in Delhi.
"One per


Tuesday, March 31, 2020216 foreigners among 1,746 stayed in Nizamuddin Markaz

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) There were as many as 261 foreign nationals among 1,746 people lodged at the Tablighi Jamaat's Nizamuddin Markaz facility as on March 21, a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced 'Janata curfew' across India to contain COVID-19 spread.
Additionally, the Ministry said about 824 foreigners had been, as on March 21, doing Tabligh (Chilla) activities in various


Tuesday, March 31, 2020Govt extends validity of lower withholding tax till June 30

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) The government has extended the validity of all lower withholding tax orders, secured by assessees, by three months till June 30 to mitigate the hardship caused by Covid-19-related disruptions.
In an order on Tuesday, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) allowed time till June 30 to the taxpayers who had filed for lower TDS/TCS (tax deduction at source/tax col


Tuesday, March 31, 2020LMD books 16 business establishments recovers Rs 14,000 fine in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, MARCH 31: The Legal Metrology Department (LMD) today conducted checking of business establishments dealing with vegetables, Kiryana, Gas agencies, Sanitizers, Masks in various districts across Kashmir district.
175 establishments were checked by inspection teams headed by Dy Controller Enforcement in Srinagar district and by Assistant Controllers in other districts. 16 establishments


Tuesday, March 31, 2020COVID-19: Sterilization drives held at Ramnagri, Sedow

SHOPIAN, MARCH 31: - An intensive sterilization drive has been launched in the Ramnag and Sedow villages, which have been declared red zones following the detection of Covid-19 positive cases to contain the further spread of the pandemic.
The sterilization and fumigation drive is being carried out under the supervision of the Deputy Commissioner, (DC) Shopian, Choudhary Mohammad Yasin.
It was i


Tuesday, March 31, 2020COVID-19: DC Kulgam inspects quantine centers

KULGAM, MARCH 31: The Deputy Commissioner, Kulgam, Showkat Aijaz Bhat today visited identified Administrative Quarantine Centers at Manzgam, D. H. Pora and other areas in the district.
He was accompanied by ADC, Shabir Hussian Bhat, SDM, Noorabad, Umer Shafi Pandith, BMO, D.H.pora, Dr Shugufta ,Tehsildar D. H. Pora, Niyaz Ahmad and other officers
The identified centers would be utilized for q


Tuesday, March 31, 2020COVID-19: Labour deptt disbursed Rs 84, 79000 among active workers in Kulgam

KULGAM, MARCH 31: Following the directions of Deputy Commissioner, Kulgam Showkat Aijaz Bhat, Labour Department, Kulgam today disbursed an amount of Rs 84,79000 among active workers of Kulgam.
This amount was disbursed among 8479 worker's @ 1000 per worker through DBT mode.
Assistant Labour Commissioner, Kulgam, Dr Nida Yousuf, said that there are 8479 active workers in Kulgam among whom th


Tuesday, March 31, 2020COVID-19: Bandipora Admin declares 4 villages as Red Zones

BANDIPORA, MARCH 31: The District Administration, Bandipora, declared four villages of the district as Red Zones as a precautionary measure after several COVID positive cases were reported from these areas, here today.
Invoking prohibitory orders under Epidemic Diseases Act 1897, Section 144 of the CrPC and Disaster Management Act, 2005, Nodal Officer COVID-19 Assistant Commissioner Revenue, R


Tuesday, March 31, 2020COVID-19 Fund: Shopian K-Oil dealers donate Rs 50,000

SHOPIAN, MARCH 31: Extending a helping hand to tackle the deadly pandemic caused by Coronavirus, the kerosene oil dealers of district Shopian contributed Rs.50,000 to Covid-19 relief fund.
District president of the K.oil dealers, Javeed Ahmad donated a cheque to District Magistrate(DM), Shopian, Choudhary Muhammad Yasin in his office chamber in presence of Additional Deputy Commissioner, Shopia


Tuesday, March 31, 2020District administration Samba provides door to door ration to migrant families

SAMBA, MARCH 31: In view of nationwide lockdown due to corona virus, Deputy Commissioner, Rohit Khajuria, along with Senior Superintendent of Police Shakti Pathak, today distributed the essential commodities including ration packages among the families of migrants, hawkers, daily wagers and other affected families.
The DC, SSP and other officers visited various areas including Samba town, panc


Tuesday, March 31, 2020Covid- 19: DM Kishtwar reviews facilities at quarantine centres

KISHTWAR, MARCH 31: District Magistrate Kishtwar, Rajinder Singh Tara today visited various designated quarantine centres at the district headquarter and took stock of various facilities there. The district administration has established various quarantine centres in the district to tackle any unprecedented emergency due to COVID-19 pandemic.
He was accompanied by Additional Deputy Commissione


Tuesday, March 31, 2020COVID-19: 11 more positive, J&K total 49; 11644 under watch

Doc among 3 new patients in Jammu region, 5 areas sealed

JAMMU: A doctor working in the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMC&H) Jammu was among three persons who tested positive for Coronavirus in Jammu district, prompting the authorities to seal five areas of the city from where these cases were detected, and completely ban the movement of people in the city.
Three new cases of COVID-19 were detected in the Jammu region on Monday, taking the


Tuesday, March 31, 20208 new cases in Valley, total 37

Red Zones in 2 more districts

SRINAGAR: Eight more persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Kashmir on Monday evening, taking the tally of infected persons in the Valley to 37, even as the authorities declared villages in two more districts as red zone, prohibiting movement of people there.
Of the eight news cases, four are residents of Srinagar, two from Shopian and one each from Budgam and Bandipora.
Official sources said


Tuesday, March 31, 2020Govt warns criminal action against those hiding travel history

Teams set up to ensure essential movement

SRINAGAR: Amid mounting threat of COVID-19 pandemic, further accentuating with people concealing their travel history and contact history with the positive cases, the government on Monday gave a final warning to residents across the UT to reveal their travel history or face the criminal proceedings, even as it constituted various coordination teams to ensure movement of essential goods and servic


Tuesday, March 31, 2020J&K HC orders shelter to 400 Vaishno Devi pilgrims, bans access to public parks

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Monday directed the Union Territory authorities to ensure that around 400 pilgrims from Bihar, stranded at Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, are not vacated from the hotels and are provided with adequate facilities during the nationwide lockdown to combat coronavirus.
A division bench headed by Chief Justice Gita Mittal passed a series of directions to Governme


Tuesday, March 31, 2020Rs 17.65 cr for regd const workers in UT

JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir administration sanctioned on Monday Rs 17.65 crore for construction workers registered with the Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board, in view of the country-wide lockdown imposed to check the spread of coronavirus infection.
According to an order, this financial package is meant for construction workers, who have been left jobless due to the lockdown


Tuesday, March 31, 2020Prioritise treatment of patients, distribute PPEs to staff: Murmu

Issues 25000 masks each to IsG, Div Commissioners

JAMMU: Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu on Monday directed officials to prioritise the treatment of COVID-19 patients in the Union Territory and distribute PPEs among those at the forefront of efforts to fight coronavirus.
Chairing a high-level meeting, he also instructed the officials to intensify efforts to trace the potential coronavirus cases.
Murmu issued directions for distribution of masks, and personal protective equipment (PPE), especially to those at the frontline of efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus, a Raj Bhavan spokesperson said.
He instructed officials that


Tuesday, March 31, 2020J&K govt will re-engage retired MOs, paramedical, nursing staff

JAMMU: Facing acute shortage of manpower amid COVID-19 crisis, the Jammu and Kashmir Health and Medical Education Department has decided to re-engage retired Medical Officers (MOs), consultants, senior consultants, paramedical and nursing staff on contractual basis.
Moreover, the J&K Health and Medical Education department (JKH &ME) government is also mulling to extend the tenure of staff members, who are scheduled to retire in next six months.
“Many posts of paramedical and nursing staff have been lying vacant since past 2-3 years. Owing to crisis erupted by COVID-19, J&KHME has decided


Tuesday, March 31, 2020Schools directed to not charge fee till April 30

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday directed the schools to extend last date for depositing school fees up to April 30 besides no charge should be levied for the online lectures or assignments or link the result of the child on the basis of home assignments.
The order issued by Principal Secretary, School Education Department, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon reads, “It has come to the notice of the Government that some private schools in UT of Jammu and Kashmir have fixed 30th March 2020 as the last date for depositing school fees and are sending various messages to students and their pa


Tuesday, March 31, 2020Pak firing in Poonch

JAMMU: Pakistani troops engaged in firing and mortar shelling along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch
district on Monday in violation of the ceasefire, officials said.
Pakistan Army violated the ceasefire along the LoC by firing from small arms and shelling with mortars in
the Mankote sector, a defence spokesman said.
Indian Army is retaliating befittingly, he said.
There were a total of 646 incidents of ceasefire violations along the International Border (IB) as well as
the Line of Control (LoC) between January 1 and February 23 this year, Minister of State for Defence
Shripad N


Tuesday, March 31, 2020No change in Fiscal Year

NEW DELHI: The government has not extended the current 2019-20 fiscal year and it will end as
scheduled on March 31, the finance ministry said Monday.
A number of news agencies erroneously reported that the new financial year will start from July 1.
"There is no extension of the financial year," the finance ministry said.
Officials said a gazette notification issued late on Monday evening pertained to date of applicability of
stamp duty which has been changed from April 1 to July 1.
Industry has been demanding extension of fiscal year by three months in view of the economic impact


Tuesday, March 31, 2020PM hails Omar’s call for social distancing

JAMMU: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday condoled the death of Omar Abdullah's uncle and
appreciated the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister's call to supporters to respect guidelines and
not gather at either his residence or the graveyard.
Prayers from home will give peace to his uncle's soul, Abdullah tweeted on Twitter on Sunday night
while announcing the death of Dr Mohammed Ali Mattoo in Srinagar following a brief illness.
The prime minister offered his condolences and said, In this hour of grief, your call to avoid any large
gathering is appreciable and will strengthe


Monday, March 30, 2020COVID-19 situation: High Court issues several directions to government

JAMMU, MARCH 30: The Division Bench of the High Court comprising Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Sindhu Sharma, while hearing public interest litigation pertaining to spread of Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) today issued a series of directions to Government and its departments.
The entire proceedings in the matter were conducted through video conferencing and video calls. Both the Judges


Monday, March 30, 2020Covid-19: Govt constitutes coordination teams to ensure movement of essential goods, services

JAMMU, MARCH 30: The government today constituted various coordination teams to ensure movement of essential goods and services besides to address difficulties arising out of prohibitory measures announced to tackle the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
According to the order issued by GAD, Financial Commissioner Health and Medical Education, Atal Dulloo shall be the overall In-charge


Monday, March 30, 2020FCS&CA start home delivery of ration in Pulwama

PULWAMA, MARCH 30: On the directions of Deputy Commissioner Dr Raghav Langer, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) department, Pulwama started home delivery of ration to prevent the spread of Corona virus in the district, here today.
More than 17000 Quintals of advance ration was distributed among the households across the district as per the requirement including migrant labou


Monday, March 30, 2020DC Reasi disburses financial assistance among labourers through DBT

REASI, MARCH 30: Deputy Commissioner, Indu Kanwal Chib today disbursed financial assistance among construction workers of district Reasi under Building and other Construction Workers Welfare Scheme of Labour Department. An amount of Rs 9.47 lakh was disbursed under the scheme through direct benefit transfer.
Additionally, an amount of Rs 5.8 lakh for purchase of ration was also disbursed to a


Monday, March 30, 2020Reasi admn promotes hygiene, precautions among traders

REASI, MARCH 30: Assistant Commissioner Food Safety, Madan Magotra has appealed to those dealing with wholesale, transportation and retail sale of food and drugs to strictly follow hygiene practices while dealing and dispensing these items. Vehicles used for transportation of these commodities should be sanitized properly before loading these goods. Handlers of these items are also required to we


Monday, March 30, 2020ISM Reasi designates medical officers for telephonic consultation

REASI, MARCH 30: Indian Systems of Medicines, Reasi today designated Medical Officers to provide telephonic/electronic consultation.
A handout issued by the Nodal Officer Indian Systems of Medicine, Reasi stated that three Medical Officers of the District Reasi have been designated to provide telephonic consultations till further orders and cater all the Institutions of the District. Further i


Monday, March 30, 2020Commissioner JMC appeals people to provide food, ration to labourers

JAMMU, MARCH 30: In view of the lockdown due to COVID-19 outbreak, Commissioner, Jammu Municipal Corporation has appealed all the citizens of Jammu to provide food and ration to Daily Wage Earners who have lost the opportunity to work and earn their livelihood during the lockdown period. Most of these daily wage earners reside in Jhuggies erected in private plots of various residential colonies


Monday, March 30, 2020Govt directs schools to extend date for depositing fee till April 30th

Schools cannot charge fee for online lectures: Dr Samoon

SRINAGAR, MARCH 30: Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday directed the schools to extend last date for depositing school fees up to April 30 besides no charge should be levied for the online lectures/assignments or link the result of the child on the basis of home assignments.
The order issued by Principal Secretary, School Education Department, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon reads, “It has come to t


Monday, March 30, 2020Advisor Khan condoles demise of Advisor Bhatnagar’s mother

JAMMU, MARCH 30: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Farooq Khan has condoled the demise of mother of Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar, the Advisor to Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory.
In his condolence message, Advisor Khan prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul as well as fortitude and strength for the bereaved family.


Monday, March 30, 2020Advisor Bhatnagar bereaved

Lt Governor expresses grief over the demise of Bhatnagar’s mother

JAMMU, MARCH 30: Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu has expressed grief over the sad demise of mother of Sh. Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to the Lt Governor.
In a condolence message, the Lt Governor has prayed for the eternal peace to the departed soul and expressed his deepest sympathies with the bereaved family.


Monday, March 30, 2020Advisor Farooq Khan; Radha Soami Satsang Beas; Law Department; MHSSEF contribute towards J&K Relief Fund

JAMMU, MARCH 30: Sh. Farooq Khan, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor today contributed his one month’s salary towards Jammu and Kashmir Relief Fund.
Radha Soami Satsang Beas has made a contribution of Rs 1 cr while Kunwrani Ritu Singh, Founding Member Trustee , Maharaja Hari Singh Social and Education Foundation (MHSSEF)/DPS and Ranvijay Singh, member-MHSSEF donated Rs 7.5 lakh; besides the staf


Monday, March 30, 2020COVID-19: Prioritize the treatment of patients; distribute masks & PPEs to staff: Lt Governor

Directs for immediate issuance of 25,000 masks each to the IsG and Divisional Commissioners of both the Divisions

JAMMU, MARCH 30: Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu today chaired a high level meeting at Raj Bhavan to review the arrangements being put in place to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Lt Governor emphasized on prioritizing the treatment of the patients tested positive for COVID-19 and passed directions for the distribution of masks, and PPEs,


Monday, March 30, 2020Advisor Sharma extends condoles on demise of Advisor Bhatnagar’s mother

JAMMU, MARCH 30: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, KK Sharma has extended his heartfelt condolences on the demise of mother of Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Jammu and Kashmir
In a message, Advisor Sharma prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul and courage for bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.


Monday, March 30, 2020Animal Husbandry Deptt appeals public for providing food, water to stray animals

JAMMU, MARCH 30: The Department of Animal Husbandry Jammu, today appealed the general public to be kind to animals and birds near their surroundings by providing food and water to them so as to minimize the sufferings of these speechless at this moment of crisis.
In view of complete lockdown to contain spread of COVID- 19 pandemic, the street animals and birds are worst sufferers for want of f


Monday, March 30, 2020Bulletin on Novel Corona Virus (Covid-19)

10 new cases reported today, 11644 persons under observation

JAMMU, MARCH 30: The Government Monday informed that 10 new positive cases of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been reported today which include three from Jammu division and seven from Kashmir division thus taking the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir to 48.
According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel coronavirus (COVID-19), out of 48 positive cases 44 are Active Positiv


Monday, March 30, 2020Distribution of foodgrains moves to another sixteen sub-zones of Srinagar from tomorrow

Over 25000 households home-delivered foodgrains and over 15000 households LPG refills so far

SRINAGAR, MARCH 30: Distribution of foodgrains in six sub-zones of Srinagar which started March 28 has been completed and is now moving to other sub-zones of the district.
In these six sub-zones over 25 thousands households were home-delivered foodgrains — which includes 13500 quintals of rice and 675 quintals of wheat.
From tomorrow until April 2 the distribution of foodgrains will be made i


Monday, March 30, 2020District administration Kishtwar appeals public to declare travel history

KISHTWAR, MARCH 30: District Administration Kishtwar has appealed the all the students and travelers of district Kishtwar having travel history of COVID-19 affected countries and/or other affected areas/ State/UTs of the country who have not yet declared their travel history till date. were, inter-alia requested to report their travel history to local health authority /COVID-19 Helpline No.0199


Monday, March 30, 2020Covid-19: Ganderbal District Admin declares Waskura village a Red Zone

GANDERBAL, MARCH 30: The District Administration, Ganderbal, today declared Waskura village as Red Zone and its surrounding villages-Kharbagh, Batwina and Ahan as Buffer Zones as a precautionary measure.
Invoking prohibitory orders under Epidemic Diseases Act 1897, Section 144 of the CrPC and Disaster Management Act, 2005, District Magistrate(DM), Ganderbal, Shafqat Iqbal, said that there woul


Monday, March 30, 2020COVID-19:District Administration Kupwara distributes cash assistance of Rs 2.59 crore among construction workers, labourers

KUPWARA, MARCH 30: Continuing its efforts to provide timely succor to the needy persons during the lock down, District Administration Kupwara, today distributed Rupees 1.45 Crore among 1880 beneficiaries as Education Assistance under Building and other Construction Workers (BOCW) Act as COVID-19 assistance announced by the Central Government recently.
Assistant Labour Commissioner, Kupwara ad


Monday, March 30, 2020Reveal travel history within 2 days: DM Kulgam

KULGAM, MARCH 30: Amid mounting threat of COVID-19 pandemic and people concealing their travel history and contact history with the COVID-19 positive cases has further endangered the lives of thousands of people, the District Magistrate,(DM) Kulgam, Showkat Aijaz Bhat, today urged all such people to reveal their travel history or face the criminal proceedings.
Issuing a notice in this reg


Monday, March 30, 2020Tasks assigned to Nodal Officers in Ganderbal

GANDERBAL, MARCH 30: -In view of the lockdown in the district and with regard to the preventive measures being taken to contain the spread of COVID-19 besides, for various mitigation efforts, the District Administration has assigned tasks to the officers who will be the nodal officer with respect to job assigned.
In this regard, the Additional Mission Director, State Rural Livelihood Mission


Monday, March 30, 2020COVID-19: District Administration Kupwara distributes Rs 2.59 Cr cash assistance among construction workers, labourers

KUPWARA, MARCH 30: Continuing its efforts to provide timely succour to the needy and impecunious persons during the lock down, District Administration Kupwara, Monday distributed Rupees1.45 Crore among 1880 beneficiaries as education assistance under Building and other construction workers (BOCW) Act as COVID-19 assistance announced by the Central Government recently.
Assistant labour commiss


Monday, March 30, 2020 ‘Songs in Plague’: Covid-19: JK’s Cultural Academy to rope in artists for raising Coronavirus awareness through songs

Releases first song ‘Traw Nerun Te Pherun Watan Baya’ on deadly virus

SRINAGAR, MARCH 30: Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages (JKAACL) today released a song to generate awareness among masses on the deadly virus.
The song is written by poet, Muzafar Hussain Dilber and sung by noted Sikara fame singer, Munir Ahmad Mir.
The first song, ‘Traw Nerun Te Pherun Watan Baya’ on deadly virus covers the wide-range aspects of genesis of deadly coronavi


Monday, March 30, 2020Two villages declared red zones to prevent spread of COVID-19

SHOPIAN, MARCH 30 Invoking prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC, Disaster Management Act and The Epidemic Disease Act, District Magistrate Shopian said that there would be no inward and outward movement of any person from the villages declared red zones and the people would stay in their homes to ensure complete lockdown.
In this regard District Magistrate today issued order accord


Monday, March 30, 2020Pulwama admin launches Project Jazbaa to fight Covid-19

PULWAMA, MARCH 30: To fortify the efforts of government, Pulwama administration has started an initiative called “Project Jazbaa” for volunteers who are willing to fight against the Covid 19.
The aim of the initiative is to reinforce the efforts of government for reaching out to the people in different parts of the district
People who are willing to become volunteers in the fight against Covi


Monday, March 30, 2020COVID-19 Assistance: Labour Deptt disburses Rs 1.29 Crore among labourers in Bandipore

BANDIPORA, MARCH 30: The Department of Labour today disbursed an amount of Rs 1.29 Crore among Building and other Construction workers as COVID-19 assistance announced by the Central Government recently besides education assistance.
Deputy Commissioner, Bandipora Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza, said that an amount of Rs 81.69 lakh was distributed among 8169 registered labourers through Direct Benefit Tra


Monday, March 30, 2020DC Anantnag launches Web portal to combat COVID-19

ANANTNAG, MARCH 30: The Deputy Commissioner, Anantnag, Mr. Bashir Ahmad Dar, today launched Web portal to combat COVID-19 in the district. The portal will help in tracking the persons with travel history. The registration can be made on the web portal “” on which voluntary registration can be made by the doctors, nurses, paramedics, NGOs and individuals.
Talking to the media


Monday, March 30, 2020Final Warning to people concealing travel history

Reveal travel history or face criminal action: DM Pulwama

PULWAMA, MARCH 30: Under the reeling COVID-19 pandemic, the hiding of travel history and contact history with the COVID-19 positive cases has further endangered the lives of people.
In this regard District Magistrate, Pulwama, has issued final warning to the people not disclosing their travel history or contact history with any COVID-19 positive case.
DM emphasized that any departure from dis


Monday, March 30, 2020Residents without ration cards in Srinagar can call helpline numbers to place demand for foodgrains

SRINAGAR, MARCH 30: In view of the prevailing situation the Srinagar administration has opened helpline numbers for those without ration cards to place their demands for foodgrains.
The non-ration card holders of the district can call on 9018249426 or 8825010324 to raise their requests.
Sajad Qadri who has been posted as Officer on Special Duty at DC Office Srinagar to assist the DC in COVID-19


Monday, March 30, 2020JKRTC condoles demise of Advisor Bhatnagar’s mother

JAMMU, MARCH 30: Jammu and Kashmir Road Transport Corporation (JKRTC) today condoled with Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar on the demise of his mother.
A condolence meeting was held at JKRTC headquarters here in which participants prayed for forbearance to the bereaved family and expressed solidarity with Advisor Bhatnagar who is also chairman of the Corporation.


Monday, March 30, 2020Covid-19: Govt sanctions Rs 17.65 Cr for registered construction workers

JAMMU, MARCH 30: The government today sanctioned Rs 17.65 crore for construction workers registered with the J&K Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board who have been left without any work due to lockdown announced in view of coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Accordingly, the government sanctioned Rs 1000 each in favour of active registered construction workers. The amount shall r


Monday, March 30, 2020Covid-19: Govt notifies helpline for JK’s stranded migrant labourers

JAMMU, MARCH 30: The government today notified helpline numbers for migrant labourers of Jammu and Kashmir who are stranded in various parts of the country due to lockdown announced in view of coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Migrant labourers have been asked to seek assistance and help by contacting the following helpline numbers:
Zameer Ahmad, Assistant Labour Commissioner, 9797172356 (for


Monday, March 30, 2020Govt issues orders under J&K Reorganization Act, 2019

Dir Industries, Jammu, Kashmir appointed Registrar of Firms, Societies

JAMMU, MARCH 30: The government today issued two orders under section 98 of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019, read with clause 17 of the Jammu and Kashmir Removal of Difficulties Order, 2019.
According to the first order, “Lieutenant Governor hereby directs that the Director, Industries and Commerce, Kashmir and Jammu appointed as “Registrar of Firms” under the Jammu and Kashmir


Sunday, March 29, 2020Agri department, Kashmir to donate one day salary

SRINAGAR, MARCH 29: Department of Agriculture Kashmir decided to donate one days’ salary of all employees to COVID 19 fund.
The decision was taken in an emergency meeting called by Director Agriculture Kashmir Altaf Aijaz Andrabi in which Joint Directors, Chief Agriculture Officers, Divisional Level Officers and Representatives of various Employee Unions of the Department were linked up th


Sunday, March 29, 2020Six arrested in Bandipora for violating restriction orders

BANDIPORA, MARCH 29: On the directions of District Magistrate Bandipora, the Bandipora Police on Sunday booked six persons in Chandergeer area of Hajin town for violating restriction orders issued by the District Magistrate, Bandipora.
Two FIRs have been registered in Police Station Hajin under FIR No 11 and 12 under section 188 IPC at Police Station Hajin against six persons for violating restr


Sunday, March 29, 2020COVID-19 Lockdown: Order Eatables online in Bandipora, admin will deliver at doorstep

Comprehensive plan devised to ensure no one has to come out of their homes: DC Bandipora

BANDIPORA, MARCH 29: Amid lockdown to fight Coronavirus infections and COVID-19 if you are in need food items and other essentials, you can order on-line or call the district administration same will be delivered at your doorstep within shortest possible time.
The district administration Bandipora started this innovative initiative to provide essential supplies to the people at their doorstep wi


Sunday, March 29, 2020More quarantine centers established in Kulgam

600 quarantine beds available in District: DC

KULGAM, MARCH, 29: District administration Kulgam, today established more quarantine centers in the district at Manzgam, chimmer, Yaripora and other areas.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner, Showkat Aijaz Bhat, took stock of took stock of facilities and arrangement in place at the newly established quarantine centers.
Deputy Commissioner said that adequate numbers of administrative as well a


Sunday, March 29, 2020DM Shopian convenes meet, stresses on effective contact tracing, travel history

SHOPIAN, MARCH 29: District Magistrate Shopian, Choudhary Mohammad Yasin, said that sufficient quarantine bed capacity has been set up at various places in the district besides putting in place other arrangements.
The DM said this while chairing a meeting of designated nodal officers at district headquarter today in order to have a firsthand status of arrangements in place to combat the covid-19


Sunday, March 29, 2020District admin distributes free ration among migrant labours in Shopian

SHOPIAN, MARCH 28: District administration Shopian, distributed free ration and other essentials among migrant labour, here today.
Tehsildar Shopian, Bilal Ahmad, distributed ration among the migrant labours at various places in the district. The free ration was also distributed by the designated officers in their respective areas.
District Magistrate (DM), Choudhary Mohammad Yasin, said that t


Sunday, March 29, 2020DDC Bandipora takes stock of facilities at Quarantine Centres

BANDIPORA, MARCH 29: Deputy Commissioner, Bandipora Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza, reviewed the facilities being provided by the district administration at quarantine centre established in the district for the citizens arriving from abroad or corona virus affected areas to prevent the spread of the virus, here today.
On the directions of the Deputy Commissioner, Nodal Officer COVID-19, Mehraj Wani today v


Sunday, March 29, 2020Advance ration distribution begins in Ganderbal

DC inspects ration stores takes stock of availability

GANDERBAL, MARCH 29: In view of total lockdown as a move to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 outbreak, the District Administration today started the process of advance two months’ ration distribution in the district. The advance ration for the month of April and May is being distributed among the beneficiaries.
Deputy Commissioner, Ganderbal, Shafqat Iqbal, today visited several ration stores in th


Sunday, March 29, 2020DC Kulgam nominates Nodal Officer to receive phone calls from people stuck out-side

KULGAM, MARCH 29: Deputy Commissioner Kulgam, Showkat Aijaz Bhat, today nominated Assistant Commissioner, Labour, Dr Nida Yousuf as Nodal Officer to receive phone calls of domiciles of Kulgam who are stuck outside due to lock down.
All the residents of Kulgam, who are currently stranded outside the District and UT have been asked to get in touch with the designated nodal officer, Nida Yousuf and


Sunday, March 29, 2020DM Anantnag inspects NH, other areas

Monitors distribution of essentials

ANANTNAG, MARCH 29 In an effort to enforce and maintain complete lockdown across the district, District Magistrate Anantnag, Bashir Ahmad Dar, today took a tour of national highway visiting its entire stretch besides Pujteng, Bijbehara, Wanpoh, Mir Bazar and Vessu areas.
He also took stock of availability and distribution of essentials and also of quarantine facilities set up at different hea


Sunday, March 29, 2020Secretary DLSA visits slum areas

Reviews preventive measures to combat COVID-19

JAMMU, MARCH 29: Secretary District Legal Services Authority, Jammu, Naushad Ahmed Khan today visited slum areas in Jammu district to inspect the living conditions of the workers of the unorganized sector besides assessing implementation of preventive measures being taken by the district administration in combating the spread of the Corona Virus.
Secretary DLSA Jammu advised the people, workers


Sunday, March 29, 2020DSEK issues orders for regularization of 155 ReT teachers

Dr Samoon assures smooth, speedy regularization of ReT teachers

SRINAGAR, MARCH 29: Directorate of School Education Kashmir today issued orders for the regularization of 155 Rehbar-e-Taleem teachers engaged under erstwhile Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan(SSA) to the post of Teacher Grade-II.
The official order of the regularization reads that “Chief Education Officers of Budgam/ Ganderbal/ Kulgam/ Pulwama/ Shopian/ Srinagar shall be personally responsible to verify au


Sunday, March 29, 2020Covid-19 relief: Gazetted officers of Horticulture Deptt to donate two-day salary

SRINAGAR, MARCH 29: Gazetted Officers of Department of Horticulture today decided to contribute two-day salary while non-Gazetted employees would donate one-day salary to COVID-19 relief fund.
The decision was taken during emergency meeting called by Director Horticulture Kashmir, Ajaz Ahmad Bhat wherein all officers at Divisional Level as well as District Level were linked up via Whatsapp.


Sunday, March 29, 2020District Administration Kupwara distributes 26200 qtl Rice during lockdown

KUPWARA, MARCH 29: District Administration, Kupwara has adopted multipronged mechanism to successfully ensure lockdown in the district. While strictly imposing section 144 Crpc across the district it initiated home delivery of essentials.
During the last one week Administration distributed 26,200 quintal rice among the consumers at their door steps besides ,mid-day-meal-ration to 48270 student


Sunday, March 29, 2020Kishtwar admin distributes free ration to stranded workers

KISHTWAR, MARCH 29: District administration Kishtwar under the supervision of District Magistrate, Rajinder Singh Tara today distributed food items among the 42 families of interstate migrant workers, labourers and slum dwellers, who are stranded at various places of the district during nationwide lock down situation due to Coronavirus outbreak.
About 206 souls from 42 families presently staying


Sunday, March 29, 2020District admin distributes food kits among needy, migrant labours, destitute

BANDIPORA, MARCH 28: District administration, Bandipora distributed food packets containing rice, oil, pulses, spices and other essentials among migrant labours, destitute and poor people of the district, today.
Deputy Commissioner, Bandipora, Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza, said that in view of the lockdown there are numerous people who need help. He said that officers and the volunteers prepared food kit


Sunday, March 29, 2020F1 World C'ship could finish in January: Ferrari boss

London, March 29 (IANS) As Formula 1 seeks to salvage the 2020 season affected severely by the cornavirus pandemic, the world championship could be extend into January next year, says Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto.

"We're assessing various ideas -- races closer together, maybe doing two or three races in January, cancelling (Friday) practice," he said as quoted by BBC.

Speaking to Sky Sports


Sunday, March 29, 2020COVID-19: BFI motivates boxers through video conferencing

New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) became the first national sports federation in the country to reach out to its players through video conferencing to guide and motivate them during the 21-day lockdown as India battles COVID-19.

BFI President Ajay Singh spoke at length on Sunday and checked on the health, training regimen, nutrition and mental well-being of all th


Sunday, March 29, 2020COVID-19: England captain Knight joins NHS volunteer scheme

London, March 29 (IANS) England captain Heather Knight said that she has joined UK's National Health Service's (NHS) volunteer scheme amidst the outbreak of coronavirus in the country. Knight said that she will be helping in transporting medicines and spreading awareness about the pandemic in the United Kingdom.

"I signed up to the NHS' volunteer scheme as I have a lot of free time on my hands


Sunday, March 29, 2020COVID-19: Olympic flame to be kept in Tokyo

Tokyo, March 29 (IANS) The Olympic flame will be displayed in Fukushima for a month before being kept in Tokyo, local reports said on Sunday.

Japanese broadcaster NHK said that the flame, which arrived in Japan from Athens on March 20, will be on display in J-Villiage, Fukushima from April, according to a Xinhua news agency report.

"The show will be managed carefully to avoid coronavirus sp


Sunday, March 29, 2020COVID-19: Manjrekar reminds everyone of Sunday

Mumbai, March 29 (IANS) Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar reminded the people of the country that it is a Sunday and also showed how he believes technique is the key to attain perfection in life.

Manjrekar posted a video showing him cutting vegetables and explaining how the knife should be held properly. "Everything in life has got to be perfect, not imperfect," Manjrekar said while cuttin


Sunday, March 29, 2020Our responsibility to maintain hygiene, stay at home: Chhetri

Kuala Lumpur, March 29 (IANS) India's all-time leading scorer Sunil Chhetri featured in an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) campaign to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and requested people to do all they can to overcome "these challenging times".

In the latest instalment of the Asian Football Confederation's (AFC) #BreakTheChain campaign, which was launched earlier this week to combat the spread


Sunday, March 29, 2020Atletico Mineiro boss Sampaoli eyes Santos quartet

Rio de Janeiro, March 29 (IANS) Atletico Mineiro's new head coach, Jorge Sampaoli, could sign up to four players from his former club Santos, as he attempts to bolster his squad for the 2020 Brazilian Serie A season.

Sampaoli has identified goalkeeper Everson, central defender Lucas Verissimo, attacking midfielder Carlos Sanchez and forward Eduardo Sasha as transfer targets in the coming weeks


Sunday, March 29, 2020Trying to keep myself positive and busy: Hanuma Vihari

New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) Indian batsman Hanuma Vihari has said he is utilising the time he has got during the lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak in trying to improve his fitness. Vihari had last played for India in their second Test against New Zealand that ended on March 2.

He, like teammate Cheteshwar Pujara, was expected to play in the English County circuit this year which he hopes


Sunday, March 29, 2020Cricketer Richa donates Rs 1 lakh in fight against COVID-19

Kolkata, March 29 (IANS) All-rounder Richa Ghosh, who represented India in the Women's T20 World Cup earlier this month, on Sunday donated Rs 1 lakh to the Bengal Chief Minister's relief fund in fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 16-year old's father handed over a cheque of Rs 1 Lakh to Siliguri District Magistrate Sumanta Sahay.

"When everybody is fighting COVID-19 and the chief mini


Sunday, March 29, 2020COVID-19: Ajinkya Rahane to donate Rs 10 Lakh

Mumbai, March 29 (IANS) India's Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has decided to donate Rs 10 lakh to the Maharastra Chief Minister's Relief Fund as the country fights the COVID-19 pandemic.

A source close to Rahane confirmed the same to IANS. "He is donating Rs 10 lakh," the source said.

Rahane joined the list of high-profile cricketers to contribute towards the cause. Batting legend Sachin


Sunday, March 29, 2020Stay home like the Pujara family, says BCCI

New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday posted images of batsman Cheteshwar Pujara with his family at his home.

"Stay home with your near and dear ones like the Pujara Family," said the caption of the post.

Pujara had earlier spoken about life in quarantine. "It's a welcome change for me," Pujara told Sportstar. "I like spending time with myself


Sunday, March 29, 2020NRAI urges landlords to waive rents for restaurants till June

New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) Hit by the coronavirus crisis and the nation-wide lockdown, the National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) has urged landlords in the food and beverage (F&B) or restaurant industry to waive their rents and the common area maintenance charges till June or till the lockdown lasts.

In an open letter to the landlords in the food and beverage (F&B) business, the indu


Sunday, March 29, 2020Paytm to contribute Rs 500 crore for PM CARES Fund

New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) To support the fight against COVID-19 pandemic, India's leading digital payments and financial services platform Paytm on Sunday said it is aiming to contribute Rs 500 crore to the PM CARES Fund.

Urging users to do their bit in the fight against Covid-19, the company said that for every contribution or any other payment made on Paytm using the wallet, UPI and Paytm B


Sunday, March 29, 2020Wheat procurement after middle of April, no word from FCI

New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) With the country under a 21-day nationwide lockdown till April 14 due to coronavirus crisis, procurement of wheat in the new Rabi season will start only after the middle of next month.

The Food Corporation of India (FCI) has till now not issued any new order on the procurement and storage of wheat this season in the country.

"Wheat is normally purchased by state a


Sunday, March 29, 2020India to be fastest growing G20 economy on Covid-19 impact as global economy shrinks

New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) India will emerge as the fastest growing economy among the G20 countries even as Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has slashed Indias GDP growth forecast to 2.1 per cent from 6 per cent in the light of the coronavirus pandemic.

India's growth at just 2.1 per cent may be a huge downgrade but given the projected recession in other regions like the US, Europe and Latin


Sunday, March 29, 2020Covid-19: Rs 2.5-cr grant challenge for medtech entrepreneurs

Chennai, March 29 (IANS) In order to speedily augment the supply of ventilators and personal protection equipment (PPE) to combat the spread of coronavirus, the Marico Innovation Foundation (MIF) on Sunday threw a challenge #Innovate2BeatCOVID for medtech entrepreneurs.

Teaming up with ATE Chandra Foundation in his personal capacity, MIF founder and Marico Ltd chair Harsh Mariwala announced a


Sunday, March 29, 2020106 new coronavirus cases in 24 hrs, says Health Ministry

New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) At least 106 new novel coronavirus cases have been reported in India in last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Sunday.

Addressing a press conference, Joint Secretary, Health, Lav Agarwal said: "There are 979 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 25 deaths so far in the country. 106 new positive cases & 6 deaths have been reported In the last 24 hours


Sunday, March 29, 2020Punjab to provide take-home medicines to addicts

Chandigarh, March 29 (IANS) In a major relief to addicts undergoing de-addiction treatment, the Punjab government on Sunday allowed 198 Out Patient Opioid Assisted Treatment Clinics, 35 government de-addiction centres and 108 licensed private centres to provide them take-home doses for two weeks to tide over the lockdown period.

Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu told the media that instructio


Sunday, March 29, 202020 new positive cases in Kerala, 181 under treatment

Thiruvananthapuram, March 29 (IANS) Kerala Health Minister K.K.Shailaja on Sunday said on Sunday, 20 new cases of coronavirus positive cases were registered in the state, taking the total number of positive cases under treatment in various districts to 181.

"Of the 20, 18 came from abroad -- eight from Kannur, seven from Kasargode and one each from Thiruvanathapuram, Ernakulam and Thrissur. Tw


Sunday, March 29, 2020Covid-19 death toll in Malaysia rises to 34

Kuala Lumpur, March 29 (IANS) A total of 34 people have died of the COVID-19 in Malaysia as of Sunday with 150 newly confirmed cases, bringing the total to 2,470, said the Health Ministry.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said at a press briefing that among the infections, 388 have been cured and discharged from hospital, while 73 are currently being held in intensive care


Sunday, March 29, 2020Two cured of Covid-19, discharged from hospital in Tamil Nadu

Chennai, March 29 (IANS) Two Covid-19 patients were discharged from a Tamil Nadu hospital even as the the fifth day of the nationwide lockdown passed off peacefully in the state.

The government also began implementing the containment zone plan across the state.

According to state Health Minister C. Vijayabaskar, two persons who had returned from the US and tested positive for coronavirus we


Sunday, March 29, 2020Manufacturing-only recession spreads to services sector: KPMG report

New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) The COVID-19 pandemic is unique in that it is a supply shock, a demand shock, and also a market shock and as production is curtailed around the world, many firms will not have necessary inputs, a new report has warned.

"A severe demand shock is also underway. The risk of a global recession in 2020 is extremely high as nations shutdown economic activity to limit the s


Sunday, March 29, 2020No supply shortage at Azadpur mandi, profiteers warned

New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) The Azadpur Mandi is receiving adequate supply of fruits and vegetables despite 21-day nationwide lockdown, according to Mandi Chairman Adil Ahmad Khan.

Profiteers had been warned against taking advantage of the situation, Khan told IANS here on Sunday.

In the beginning, vegetable prices increased substantially as retailers stopped coming to the mandi due to the l


Sunday, March 29, 2020Doda Administration reaches out to stranded Doda residents in Sikkim

DODA, MARCH 29: In order to ensure Food and other basic facilities for 12 stranded labourers at Namchi-Sikkim during the ongoing country wide lock down amid Coronavirus threat, District Administration has quickly took up the matter with the ADM -South Sikkim who assured to take care off all the stranded labourers of district Doda at Namchi-Sikkim.

The matter has came up before the District Dev


Sunday, March 29, 2020Kishtwar Administration reaches out to stranded Kishtwar residents in Himachal Pradesh

Ensures home delivery of essentials to them

KISHTWAR MARCH 29: District Magistrate Kishtwar Rajinder Singh Tara today talked to the DMs of Kinnaur and Shimla to ensure basic facilities like food, shelter and medical facilities to the 28 stranded residents of Patnazi Bonjwah of District Kishtwar at Kinnaur and Shimla Districts of Himachal Pardesh.

DM informed that as many as 28 contractors, labourers and residents of Bounjwah are strande


Sunday, March 29, 2020Courts use SMS service to create awareness about Covid-19 in JK, Ladakh UTs

JAMMU, MARCH 29: In order to disseminate information and make lawyers as well as litigants aware about novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, High Court of Jammu and Kashmir is using Short Messaging Services (SMS).

Around 1,89,000 SMS have been sent by the High Court as well as by District Courts of JK and Ladakh UTs to the lawyers and litigants.

Various advisories/guidelines/helplines is


Sunday, March 29, 2020Don’t pay heed to unverified reports on social media: Dir SKIMS

SRINAGAR, MARCH 29: Director, Shere-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura, Dr AG Ahanger today appealed to people not to pay heed to unverified reports attributed to him on the social media regarding the spread of Coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir

A message, which is being circulated on social networking sites attributing Director SKIMS to have said that corona cases in Kashm


Sunday, March 29, 2020Covid-19: Govt issues helpline to facilitate inter-state migrant labourers

JAMMU, MARCH 29: The government today issued helpline numbers to facilitate inter-state migrant labourers who arrived in Jammu and Kashmir prior lockdown announced in view of coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

According to the Labour Commissioner J&K, the migrant labourers can contact the following helpline numbers for assistance and help: Showkat Shafi, Inspector, 8899546373 and Ansar Ahmad, In


Sunday, March 29, 2020Cooking cost of Mid-Day Meal scheme to reach students through DBT mode

CEOs to submit banking details in 10 days: Dr Samoon

SRINAGAR, MARCH 29: School Education Department has directed all the Chief Education Officers to submit bank account details of eligible students/ under parents within ten -days for crediting the cooking cost of Mid-Day Meal Scheme directly to them via Direct Benefit Transfer mode.

The Government has also decided that two-month advance dry ration (Rice) would be provided to the eligible childr


Saturday, March 28, 2020District admin distributes food kits among migrant labours, destitute, needy

KULGAM, MARCH 28: District administration Kulgam today distributed food packets containing rice, oil, pulses and other essentials among migrant labours, destitute and poor people.
Deputy Commissioner (DC) Showkat Aijaz Bhat said that this step was taken in view of lockdown in the district. The food packets were distributed among migrant labours, detitutes and poor people so they may not face


Saturday, March 28, 2020District Magistrate Pulwama pledges one month's Salary for COVID-19

District Authorities create Local COVID Fund

PULWAMA MARCH 28.Amidst the reeling Corona Virus pandemic and the unprecedented situation created by it, District Administration Pulwama is making efforts in creating Quarantines and other essential facilities for the people having travel history in particular and for the Public in general.
In this regard a local COVID fund has been created for Officers to donate and contribute to the ca


Saturday, March 28, 2020Foreign travellers, Ladakh returned to disclose their travel history within two days: Dr Singla

UDHAMPUR, MARCH 28: Taking strict action against the persons who are hiding their travel history, the District Development Commissioner, Udhampur, Dr Piyush Singla today appealed the people who have been returned from foreign countries and Ladakh region after March 1, 2020 and have not disclosed their travel history, to come forward and register their names on 01992 272727 or 01992272728 within t


Saturday, March 28, 2020DC Kulgam expresses gratitude to people urges to stay home, stay safe

KULGAM, MARCH 28: Deputy Commissioner Kulgam, Showkat Aijaz Bhat today lauded the people of Kulgam for observing total lock down as a move to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 infection.
The lockdown has been imposed as a precautionary measure to combat the threat of virus by maintaining social distance and adopting other related advisories.
He appealed people to stay home and stay safe and adher


Saturday, March 28, 2020COVID-19: MC Poonch conducts cleanliness drive

POONCH, MARCH 28: Municipal Council Poonch today started the process of spraying (sanitization) and cleanliness drive in every nooks and corner of district Poonch as a preventive measure to combat the spread of Corona virus (COVID-19).
During the drive, CEO municipality Poonch Garu Ram, Councillor, Imtiaz Slaria and Inspector, Abdul Rehman and the workers of municipality were present.
CEO said


Saturday, March 28, 2020Suresh Raina pledges Rs 52 lakh in fight against COVID-19

New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) India and Chennai Super Kings batsman Suresh Raina has pledged Rs 52 lakh in the fight against coronavirus. While he is set to give Rs 31 lakh to the PM-CARES Fund, he will hand Rs 21 lakh to the UP CMs Disaster Relief Fund.

In his message to his followers on Instagram, he further asked everyone to do their bit and stay at home as the world fights the pandemic that h


Saturday, March 28, 2020Rohit wants citizens to do their bit for the planet on Saturday

Mumbai, March 28 (IANS) Even as the coronavirus outbreak has seen the world come to a standstill, leading to a healthier atmosphere due to less pollution on roads, Indias limited-overs deputy Rohit Sharma has requested the citizens to go a step further and do their bit on Saturday for Earth Hour.

Taking to Twitter, Rohit wrote: "These are challenging times & while we #stayathome, we still can


Saturday, March 28, 2020Half my time goes in taking care of my daughter: Pujara

Rajkot, March 28 (IANS) Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara said that most of his time at home during the lockdown goes in taking care of his daughter. Pujara like all Indian cricketers is at home during the 21-day lockdown that has been declared by the Indian government in the battle against the coronavirus outbreak.

"It's a welcome change for me," Pujara told Sportstar. "I like spending time wi


Saturday, March 28, 2020Delhi Police doing commendable job in testing times: Manika Batra

New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) Star India paddler Manika Batra on Saturday praised the Delhi Police, saying they are doing a commendable job amid the testing times which the country is going through due to coronavirus pandemic.

"In these testing times, I have seen lot of photos and videos of the staff of Delhi Police doing a commendable job, be it maintaining lockdown or ensuring food to the needy


Saturday, March 28, 2020Bhutia to be part of AFC's #BreakTheChain campaign

New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) Former India skipper Bhaichung Bhutia will be an integral part of the Asian Football Confederation's (AFC) efforts to create awareness among the general public about the coronavirus pandemic. The outbreak has seen the world come to a standstill with sporting activities around the world being suspended.

The #BreakTheChain campaign by AFC features some of the legends o


Saturday, March 28, 2020I support 'brave decision' to postpone Olympics: Osaka

New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) Rising tennis star Naomi Osaka on Saturday said Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) took a brave decision of postponing 2020 Tokyo Games due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On Tuesday, IOC postponed the Tokyo Olympics to no later than the summer of 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic which has claimed more than 27,000 lives


Saturday, March 28, 2020Absolutely love the way Raina does his business at CSK: Hogg

Sydney, March 28 (IANS) Former Kolkata Knight Riders spinner Brad Hogg has picked countryman David Warner and Chennai Super Kings deputy Suresh Raina as the best batsmen in the powerplay overs when it comes to the Indian Premier League.

Taking to Twitter, Hogg posted a video where he said: "At the top is David Warner. He is very strong on the offside, he runs hard between the wickets, he is a


Saturday, March 28, 2020Uruguayan football federation lays off 400, including coach Tabarez

Montevideo, March 28 (IANS) The Uruguayan Football Federation (AUF) has laid off 400 members of its staff, including men's first team coach Oscar Tabarez, who has led the side since 2006 and won a Copa America title with them.

The AUF has thus laid of almost all of its staff as it deals with the economic ramifications of coronavirus that has brought football to a standstill around the world.


Saturday, March 28, 2020Kohli wasn't the only one to struggle in NZ: Hesson

Bengaluru, March 28 (IANS) Former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson feels that India were probably the best equipped team to have played a Test series in New Zealand in recent years even though they ended up losing 2-0. India were completely outplayed by the Kiwis, losing the first Test by 10 wickets and the second by seven. But the former Kiwi coach begs to differ and feels that the conditions were


Saturday, March 28, 2020Cyber security risk increases amid 'work from home' trend

New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) With companies across the globe turning to work from home, via the online medium amid the COVID-19 outbreak, threats to cyber security have increased.

Deepak Bhawnani, CEO at Alea Consulting said: "Companies, large and small, will be impacted due to ramifications of work from home, as this will lead to cyber security risk concerns. Proprietary corporate data is being


Saturday, March 28, 2020Delhi distributes food at over 800 locations to 4 lakh people: Kejriwal

New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday urged the migrants to stay back in the city during the lockdown and said his government is serving lunch and dinner to over four lakh people at more than 800 locations.

Speaking to the media through a digital press conference, he said the government has operationalised 568 Hunger Relief Centres in schools, apart from 2


Saturday, March 28, 2020Sacked Infy techie sent to 7-day police custody for Covid-19 prank

Bengaluru, March 28 (IANS) A sacked techie of software major Infosys was arrested for allegedly posting a prank tweet to spread coronavirus, a police officer said on Saturday.

"The accused -- Mujeeb Mohammed -- was arrested on Friday evening under Sections 505, 270 and 190 of the IPC for the social media post," Deputy Commissioner of Police Kuldeep Jain told IANS.

The accused was produced i


Saturday, March 28, 2020Centre to states, UTs: Provide shelter, food to homeless

New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) Mass exodus of migrant workers employed in the informal sector is emerging as a big issue amid the coronavirus outbreak. The Ministry of Home Affairs on Saturday issued another advisory urging all states and Union Territories (UTs) to take immediate relief measures to provide temporary accommodation, food, clothing, medical care etc, to homeless people, including migran


Saturday, March 28, 2020'Red Zone' scare in Hyd'bad, GHMC steps in to clear the air

Hyderabad, March 28 (IANS) With confusion and panic setting in different areas of Hyderabad over reported declaration of some areas as 'Red Zones' in the wake of the emerging COVID-19 scenario, the authorities stepped in to control the damage.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Commission (GHMC) issued a statement on Saturday that GHMC Commissioner Somesh Kumar has not announced any 'Red Zones' i


Saturday, March 28, 2020Important to counter claims that AYUSH can cure COVID-19: PM

New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) After meeting media czars and radio jockeys, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met representatives of the AYUSH sector on Saturday to discuss the COVID-19 outbreak. In what is seen as a major step to debunk rumours, the Prime Minister underlined the importance of countering and factchecking unsubstantiated claims of AYUSH having a cure for the disease, adding that AYUSH scie


Saturday, March 28, 2020NCR gets fresh air, clear sky amid coronavirus scare

New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) The national capital region (NCR) has been witnessing fresh air and clear sky as the 21-day lockdown continues.

For 35-year-old Mukund, a resident of Ghaziabad, the clear blue sky is a treat to the eyes. "It feels good to see clear sky. Initially, I felt I never noticed the sky due to my busy schedule, But then how can we forget the foggy layer of pollution around th


Saturday, March 28, 2020Borrow from RBI and give Rs 1 lakh cr to states: TN CM to Modi

Chennai, March 28 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Saturday requested the Central government to grant Rs 9,000 crore to the state for coronavirus impact relief works after borrowing from Reserve Bank of India.

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, text of which was released to the media, Palaniswami said the Central government should provide Rs 1 lakh crore to state go


Saturday, March 28, 2020Maharashtra Covid-19 count increases to 167

Mumbai, March 28 (IANS) The Covid-19 incidence was lower in Maharashtra with only 10 new positive coronavirus cases reported on Saturday, raising the number to 167, officials said.

These include seven new cases in Mumbai and the rest in Nagpur who are undergoing treatment in different hospitals.

The new cases came a day after the count shot up by more than 31 in a 24-hour time-cycle, prompt


Saturday, March 28, 2020Kalyan Jewellers earmarks Rs 10 crore to fight COVID-19

Thrissur, March 28 (IANS) Kalyan Jewellers, has announced that it would set aside Rs 10 crore towards the cause of fighting the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. The company will partner with local and government bodies to ensure that the funds are allocated in a meaningful and efficient manner.

Ensuring availability of supplies and providing food and other essentials to the vulnerable sections of


Saturday, March 28, 2020DM launches free ration distribution drive in Anantnag

ANANTNAG, MARCH 28: District Magistrate Anantnag, Mr. Bashir Ahmad Dar today launched drive for distribution of free ration to the migrant labour class presently putting up in Anantnag district in sync with the government directions and provisions of Disaster Management Act.
The district administration revealed that more than 2300 seasonal laborers from different states of the country are curren


Saturday, March 28, 2020FCS&CA issues duty roster for officials

JAMMU, MARCH 28: In view of the preventive measures taken to contain the spread of Corona virus, Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) today issued a duty roaster for the officer/officials.
According to the order, Director Finance, Additional Secretary (J)/(M), Deputy Director Planning, and Under Secretary (S)/(M) and PLO shall attend the officer as per routine. The Of


Saturday, March 28, 2020DMRR&R issues duty roster for officials

JAMMU, MARCH 28: In view of the preventive measures taken to contain the spread of Coronavirus, Department of Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction (DMRR&R) today issued a duty roaster for the officer/officials.
According to the order, Director Finance, Additional Secretary (R)/(S) and Under Secretary (A) shall attend the officer as per routine. The Officials of the depa


Saturday, March 28, 2020JK Resident Commission Establishes 24x7 Helpline for stranded residents

NEW DELHI, MARCH 28: To address issues faced by stranded residents from Jammu and Kashmir during lockdown period in New Delhi and other parts of country, a dedicated Helpline Centre operational 24x7 has been established in the Jammu and Kashmir Resident Commission, here.
Additional Secretary, Rimpy Ohri is supervising the overall functioning of the Centre. Five helpline numbers have been dedicat


Saturday, March 28, 2020FCS&CA Shopian delivers essentials at peoples doorsteps

SHOPIAN, MARCH 28: Under the supervision of Deputy Commissioner(DC), Shopian, Chaudhary Mohammed Yasin the food supplies and LPG has been delivered at the doorsteps of residents of the district by the department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs of district Shopian.
DC said that home delivery of essential will continue during the lockdown period and requirement of every household wil


Saturday, March 28, 2020Free ration distribution among poor families, migrant labourers begins in Ganderbal

GANDERBAL, MARCH 28: In view of lockdown to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 outbreak, the process of free ration distribution among poor families of the district Ganderbal and the seasonal labourers, who have come from different parts of country started here today.
The Deputy Commissioner, Shafqat Iqbal distributed free ration kits to various poor, needy, destitute families and labourers at Buderk


Saturday, March 28, 20201200 quarantine bed capacity set up in Budgam

DM Budgam Chairs meeting with nodal officers, stresses on effective contact tracing, travel history to combat virus

BUDGAM, MARCH 28: District Magistrate Budgam, Tariq Hussain Ganai today said that around 1200 quarantine bed capacity has been set up at various places in the district besides putting in place other arrangements.
The DM said this while chairing a meeting of designated nodal officers at district headquarter today in order to have a firsthand status of arrangements put in place to combat the requi


Friday, March 27, 2020200 additional isolation beds readied at Gandhi Nagar Hospital: Atal Dulloo

JAMMU, MARCH 27: Financial Commissioner (FC), Health and Medical Education Department, Atal Dulloo today said that preparations are under way to open up additional isolation rooms and wards, as well as intensive care unit beds to effectively cater to COVID-19 cases, should their number increase.

He said this during his visit to the Government Hospital Gandhi Nagar Jammu today to take stock of


Friday, March 27, 2020ECB mulls coronavirus checkpoints at cricket grounds

London, March 27 (IANS) The England and Wales Cricket Board might install coronavirus checkpoints and isolation units at grounds as they look to resume the game behind closed doors.

"We're mapping out what international matches would look like behind closed doors," ECB director of events Steve Elworthy told the Guardian as reported by BBC.

Until May 28, English cricket has shut shop as the


Friday, March 27, 2020European shooting Olympic qualifier cancelled: ISSF

Munich, March 27 (IANS) The European Shotgun Championship and European Rifle/Pistol Qualification Championship for the 2020 Olympics have been cancelled, the International Shooting Sport Federation said on Friday.

"Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the European Shotgun Championship, which should have taken place in Chateauroux, France from 6th till 20th of May, and the European Rifle/Pistol Qualificat


Friday, March 27, 2020COVID-19: Barcelona cut wages of players

Madrid, March 27 (IANS) Barcelona have become the first Spanish football club to officially announce a pay cut for players and club staff as the country grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.

Sports in Spain has come to a standstill and Barcelona had to make the move so as to pay their support staff. "Faced with this scenario, the Board of Directors has decided to implement a series of measur


Friday, March 27, 2020Great boost to human race: Ashwin on 101-year-old corona survivor

Chennai, March 27 (IANS) Ravichandran Ashwin said that the story of a 101-year-old man in Italy recovering from coronavirus is a "great boost to human race."

Italian news reports said that the man, referred to only as "Mr P", is believed to be the oldest person to recover from the disease.

"Resolve shown in adversity great boost to our human race," Ashwin tweeted.

According to Gloria Lis


Friday, March 27, 2020Opening the batting with Tendulkar was like a dream: Finch

Sydney, March 27 (IANS) Australia's imited-overs captain Aaron Finch has named Harbhajan Singh as his favourite Indian bowler.

Finch was asked a wide range of questions during a Twitter chat as he stayed indoors like all others to fight against the deadly coronavirus which on Friday infected even UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

"Loved Harbhajan Singh during his prime, specially on spinning


Friday, March 27, 2020Fight not easy, request all to maintain social distancing: Kohli

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) With some Indian citizens failing to abide by the lockdown rules implemented by the government, India skipper Virat Kohli has made an appeal to all to strictly follow the guidelines that have been set by not just the government, but also medical experts in our fight against the coronavirus outbreak.

Taking to Twitter, Kohli said: "Hello, I am Virat Kohli. Today I am


Friday, March 27, 2020Harbhajan joins hands with CRY to help children and healthcare workers

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) India and Chennai Super Kings spinner Harbhajan Singh has collaborated with CRY to help 3.5 lakh underprivileged children and grassroots healthcare workers in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak that has seen the world come to a standstill.

Taking to Twitter, Harbhajan wrote: "CRY and I has started this amazing campaign to help 3.5 lakh underprivileged childre


Friday, March 27, 2020Don't make COVID-19 patients feel embarrassed, unwanted: Tendulkar

Mumbai, March 27 (IANS) Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on Friday urged people not to look down upon those infected with novel coronavirus, adding that its responsibility of the society to make sure that proper care of COVID-19 patients is taken.

In a video posted on his Twitter handle, Tendulkar said: "As a society, it is our responsibility to make sure that people who have been tested p


Friday, March 27, 2020Am committed to my team despite the uncertainties: Bindra

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra said that he is committed to his undertakings despite the uncertainty due to the coronavirus situation. The country is under a 21-day lockdown since Wednesday to deal with the pandemic that has taken 20 lives thus far in India and over 20,000 around the world.

"I can't claim to do much as India fights the corona pandemic but, des


Friday, March 27, 2020Gambhir foundation feeds needy amidst coronavirus outbreak

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) The Gautam Gambhir Foundation is looking to help the poor and needy and that has seen his team come out and distribute food to the underprivileged ones who have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

Taking to Twitter, Gambhir wrote: "Humanity is our identity and feeding the needy is our responsibility. GGF... Together we will win. Jai Hind #GGF #IndiaFightsCoron


Friday, March 27, 2020BWF chief slams athletes for criticism during COVID-19

Kuala Lumpur, March 27 (IANS) Badminton World Federation (BWF) secretary-general Thomas Lund said that the criticism that it has received from top players over the past few months is "disappointing" to see.

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) had come under significant criticism from the players over the past two months as it went through with a number of competitions including and most promi


Friday, March 27, 2020COVID-19: Domestic flights suspension extended till April 14

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) Aviation regulator DGCA has extended the suspension of domestic flights by a fortnight till April 14 in view of the ongoing 21-day nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus crisis.

The Director General of Civil Aviation had earlier stopped operations of passenger flights on all domestic routes from March 25 to March 31.

"All domestic operators engage in scheduled


Friday, March 27, 2020ITC limits operations to production of essential items

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) FMCG-to-hospitality major ITC on Friday said that its factories are producing only essential items such as flour, buiscuits and sanitisers.

The company, however, said that its manufacturing facilities of essential goods are partially operational with limited workforce in view of the coronavirus crisis and the restrictions announced by the Central and state government


Friday, March 27, 2020Special cargo flights to NE, NFR operates goods trains

Guwahati, March 27 (IANS) Air India would operate special cargo flights to the northeastern region of India to ferry the commodities required to deal with the novel coronavirus treatment and other public emergency, top AAI official said on Friday.

The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has also been operating freight trains in most of the northeastern states, including Assam, Tripura, Arunachal


Friday, March 27, 2020Business leaders need to reimagine the new normal

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) The COVID-19 hit sectors like commercial aerospace, air and travel, insurance carriers, oil and gas and automotive may not see restart until 2021 and business leaders need to create a multi-pronged strategy to overcome it, a new report said on Friday.

According to the report by McKinsey & Company, industry leaders need to begin with addressing the immediate challenge


Friday, March 27, 2020RBI rate cut fails to boost market, Sensex falls to trade in red

Mumbai, March 27 (IANS) Indian stock markets erased all their initial gains on Friday afternoon, with the BSE Sensex trading over 250 points lower, although the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced an emergency rate cut of 75 basis points.

The 30-stock Sensex tumbled after gaining over 1,100 during the initial trade.

The RBI Governor's grave concern over the global economy and a likely slo


Friday, March 27, 2020SC relaxes March 31 deadline for BS VI vehicles

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday allowed the sale of BS-IV compliant vehicles for 10 days, barring NCR-Delhi, after the lifting of the 21-day nationwide lockdown announced by the Prime Minister from Tuesday midnight due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Deepak Mishra conducted hearing on the matter through videoconferencing.


Friday, March 27, 2020No evidence countries with malaria immune against COVID-19

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) There is no evidence to suggest that countries with malaria are at lower risk of getting new coronavirus cases, nor has it been proved that people living in these countries have developed any 'herd immunity' against the disease, health experts have stressed.

One theory doing the rounds on some media platforms is that coronavirus cases and fatality rates have been rel


Friday, March 27, 2020Free match-making platform for COVID-19 researchers launched

London, March 27 (IANS) In a bid to tackle the new coronavirus pandemic, a free online match-making service has launched to help COVID-19 researchers find one another across the globe, check out funding opportunities and get to work tackling the virus faster.

The UK-based open innovation network Crowdhelix, in partnership with media company ScienceBusiness, introduced the service at


Friday, March 27, 2020Lockdown in Delhi: CM says situation becoming smooth

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) As the nationwide 21-day lockdown entered its third day, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Friday that things are slowly becoming smooth in the city with the government equipped to deal with any spurt in COVID-19 cases.

"Daily we are holding meetings to review the situation. Slowly, things are becoming smooth in the city," Kejriwal said in a digital press


Friday, March 27, 2020Shirdi, Kolhapur temples donate for coronavirus relief

Mumbai, March 27 (IANS) Two prominent temple trusts in Maharashtra on Friday donated Rs 51 crore and Rs 2 crore to the government for providing various kinds of reliefs in the ongoing 'war against virus' in the state, officials said.

The Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi (Ahmednagar) announced a donation of Rs.51 crore to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund (CMRF), its CEO Arun Dongre said.


Friday, March 27, 20203 new corona cases in Rajasthan; tally at 46

Jaipur, March 27 (IANS) Three more corona patients were reported from Rajasthan on Friday taking the total tally to 46 in the state, said state health officials.

The new positive cases have been reported from Jodhpur.

One of them was a room mate and co-traveller of a person already found positive on Thursday. They travelled together from UK to Jodhpur, said Additional Chief Secretary Rohit


Friday, March 27, 20205% increase in DA for Rajasthan govt employees

Jaipur, March 27 (IANS) Amid the ongoing corona crisis, the Rajasthan government on Friday brought good news for the state government employees by announcing an increase of 5% in dearness allowance, raising the DA from 12% to 17%.

The announcement will benefit seven lakh employees of the state and 4.5 lakh pensioners.

The dearness allowance for employees from July 1, 2019 to February 2020 w


Friday, March 27, 2020Five more test corona positive in Punjab; tally 38

Chandigarh, March 27 (IANS) Five more tested positive for coronavirus in Punjab on Friday, taking the total number to 38 people which comprise 27 close-knit family members and friends of a 70-year-old man who died last week, health officials said.

State's first and lone coronavirus death victim Baldev Singh, who died at the civil hospital in Banga town, had returned from Germany via Italy.


Friday, March 27, 2020Western Army Command takes steps to fight coronavirus

Chandigarh, March 27 (IANS) The Western Army Command on Friday said it has expeditiously undertaken various effective measures to prevent the outbreak of COVID-19 among its ranks and their families across cantonments and military stations in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.

All the hospitals are adequately prepared with special wards to deal with coronavirus, an official


Friday, March 27, 2020Sitharaman lauds RBI rate cut, says need quick transmission

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) After the RBI Governor announced an emergency rate cut on Friday, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman lauded the move and stressed the need for lower cost of retail loans and that reduced interest rate needs quick transmission.

Posting on Twitter, Sitharaman said that the three-month moratorium on payments on term-loan installments and interest on working capit


Friday, March 27, 2020Offer support to migrant labourers: Centre to states, UTs

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) In the backdrop of large movement of migrant labourers from cities to their villages, the Centre on Friday issued an advisory directing all states and Union Territories (UTs) to take immediate steps to provide adequate support, including food and shelter to them.

Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla has written to all states and UTs to take steps to help these migr


Friday, March 27, 2020GMC postpones last dates for receipt of application forms

JAMMU, MARCH 27: In view of prevailing situation due to COVID-19, Associated Hospitals of Government Medical College Jammu has informed that the last dates for receipt of application forms with respect to advertisement notifications No. 03 of 2020 dated 16.03.2020 and No. 04 of 2020 dated 18.03.2020 are hereby postponed till further orders.
The revised dates for receipt of application forms for


Friday, March 27, 2020Samba administration dedicates DH for treatment of Coronavirus patients

Orders Banks to function from 10 am to 2 pm

SAMBA, MARCH 27:In view of the prevailing situation and speedy remedy to prevent danger to human health, life and safety, district administration Samba has ordered to dedicate District Hospital for the treatment of Corona Virus (COVID-19) patients.
However, all other necessary OPDs/medical services of District Hospital Samba shall be provided by other hospitals of the district.
It has also orde


Friday, March 27, 2020DM Anantnag takes stock of the arrangements at Trauma Hospital turned Quarantine Centre Bijbehara

ANANTNAG, MARCH 27: District Magistrate Anantnag, Mr. Bashir Ahmad Dar today visited newly constructed Trauma Hospital Bijbehara being augmented as Quarantine Centre to meet the requirement, if any. He took stock of the arrangements put in place including availability of Quarantine beds and other facilities at the centre.
Additional Deputy Commissioner Anantnag, Mr. Gh Hassan Sheikh, ACR Anantn


Friday, March 27, 202019 students quarantined at GCPE Gadoora

DC Ganderbal ensures hassle free facilities

GANDERBAL, MARCH, 27: Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal Shafqat Iqbal today said that hassle free facilities are being provided to quarantined persons at Government College of Physical Education (GCPE) Gadoora, Ganderbal which has been earmarked as Administrative Quarantine Center in the district.
The DC said this during his visit to the College where 19 students are quarantined who have recently ar


Friday, March 27, 2020Div Com visits Bandipora, takes stock of COVID-19 control measures

Inspects quarantine centers, 24x7 Control room

BANDIPORA, MARCH 27: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang K. Pole today visited Bandipora district to review the measures being taken by the district administration for prevention and control of COVID-19.
He was accompanied by Deputy Commissioner, Bandipora, Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza, Superintendent of Police, Rahul Malik, OSD, Coronavirus Control, Owais Ahmad and officers from Div Com office be


Friday, March 27, 2020DC Budgam visits Brick Kilns, distributes ration among labourers

Asks them to call him for any assistance

BUDGAM, MARCH 27: Deputy Commissioner, Budgam, Tariq Hussain Ganai, today visited various Brick kilns in Budgam and distributed ration among the labourers who have arrived from various states of the country to earn their livelihood.
The DC visited brick kilns at Waterwani, Nasrullahpora, Gariend and Chandpora and sensitized the labourers on measures they need to take to contain the spread of cor


Friday, March 27, 2020District administration all set to tackle Corona outbreak: DM Ramban

Directions to ensure supplies of essential commodities, services to the general public

RAMBAN, MARCH 27: District Magistrate, Nazim Zai Khan today said that district administration is all set to tackle Corona outbreak and all senior officers are monitoring the Corona virus infection cases in district.
He said that administration is tracking all the persons with travel history of other states as well as abroad and in contact with confirmed patients in coordination with other distri


Friday, March 27, 2020Covid-19: GDC Beerwah launches ‘Learn from Home’ e-classes for students

BUDGAM, MARCH 27: In view of the Covid-19 pandemic, all students of Government Degree College Beerwah are hereby informed that the college has started the “Learn from Home” program, wherein teachers of various subjects are conducting daily e-classes over various online platforms like WhatsApp, Google Classrooms, etc.
The students are directed to visit the college website


Friday, March 27, 2020Break Covid-19 chain, pay electricity bills online: PDD to Public

JAMMU, MARCH 27: In view of Coronavirus pandemic, Power Development Department (PDD) has urged people to stay safe and avoid venturing out of their homes to pay their electricity bills.
To break the Covid-19 chain, the department has asked its consumers to avail online bill payment facility from the comfort and safety of their homes.
Consumers can pay their electricity bills online on the websi


Friday, March 27, 2020Break Covid-19 chain, pay water bills online: PHE to Public

JAMMU, MARCH 27: In view of Coronavirus pandemic, Public Health Engineering (PHE) Department has urged people to stay safe and avoid venturing out of their homes.
To break the Covid-19 chain, department has asked its consumers to avail online bill payment facility from the comfort and safety of their homes.
Consumers can pay their water bill online on website or J


Friday, March 27, 2020Bulletin on Novel Corona Virus (Covid-19)

5763 persons under observation, 18 positive cases

JAMMU, MARCH 27: The Government today informed that 5763 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been put under surveillance and, so far, 18 cases have tested positive in Jammu and Kashmir (16 active positive, 01 recovered and 01 death).
According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel coronavirus (COVID-19) 3136 persons have been kept under home quarantine (including facilitie


Friday, March 27, 2020Ramayana telecast will engage people, prove to be a boon during lockdown: Raman Suri

"People urged to practice social distancing"

JAMMU, MARCH 27: At a time when India is under 21-Days lockdown, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government's Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar had taken a right decision to air the famous serial Ramayana on Doordarshan again. Ramayana will be aired twice a day, starting fromSaturday.

Raman Suri said that this is high time people Stay Indoors, for which theUnion Government


Thursday, March 26, 2020Ensure Coronavirus crisis doesn’t turn into water crisis: PHE urges public

Stresses on judicious use of water, establishes toll free number for public grievances

JAMMU, MARCH 26: Public Health Engineering Department today issued an advisory and urged public to ensure judicious use of water following the Coronavirus scare in Jammu and Kashmir.
Stressing on maintaining the hygiene by washing hands with soap for twenty seconds, the advisory said it is incumbent upon every individual to ensure that tap water remains closed for those twenty seconds so that


Thursday, March 26, 2020COVID-19: DM visit Rajouri town, inspect availability of essential commodities, reviews implementation of restrictions

RAJOURI, MARCH 26: In order to take a firsthand appraisal of availability of essential commodities in town and to check the complaints of overcharging by some traders, a team of district administration Rajouri on Thursday visited the old town. The team also reviewed the implementation of the restriction in the town.
Team was headed by District Magistrate Rajouri Mohammad Nazir Sheikh alongwith


Thursday, March 26, 2020COVID-19: DDC Kathua launches Mobile Laundry service for Quarantine Centers

KATHUA, MARCH 26: In order to contain the spread of Covid-19 in Kathua, being a border district adjacent to Punjab, the District administration has not only implemented the Lockdown in letter and spirit but also established Quarantine Centers in the district.
Elaborating further, DDC, O P Bhagat said that no person is allowed to enter J&K and those who are coming will have to undergo a mandato


Thursday, March 26, 2020COVID-19: Div Com reviews stock, supply position of essential commodities

JAMMU, MARCH 26: Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Sanjeev Verma today convened a meeting of officers of various departments engaged under essential services and reviewed stock position of essentials and supply in districts of the division in view prevailing situation.
The meeting was attended by IGP Jammu, Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Commissioner JMC, Additional Commissioner, Director FCS&CA, bes


Thursday, March 26, 2020Coronavirus update: 5482 persons under surveillance in JK, 13 test positive

Govt appeals people to stay home; lockdown violators to face legal action

JAMMU, MARCH 26: The Government today informed that 5482 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been enlisted for surveillance and, so far, 13 cases have tested positive in Jammu and Kashmir (11 active positive, 01 recovered, 01 death).
According to the daily Media Bulletin on novel coronavirus (COVID-19), 3053 persons have been kept under home quarantine, including at fac


Thursday, March 26, 2020COVID-19 outbreak: People’s health is my prime concern: Advisor Baseer Khan

Directs to track absconding recent travelers on war footing basis; Appeals people to cooperate

SRINAGAR, MARCH 26: In view of COVID-19 outbreak, Advisor to Lieutenant Governor and overall in-charge of Coronavirus Control Efforts (CCE) for Kashmir Division, Baseer Ahmad Khan, today said that the health of the people is his prime concern.
To achieve cent percent results, The Advisor is holding a series of meeting on daily basis to review arrangement put in place by line departments in thi


Thursday, March 26, 2020Prosecution Proceedings initiated against Principal Degree College Tral :DM Pulwama

Termination notices issued to two Health functionaries in DTC for dereliction of duties

PULWAMA MARCH 26: Prosecution Proceedings has been initiated against Principal Degree College Tral for violating orders of District Administration and for not providing the requisite equipment including LPG Gas Heaters, Electric heaters, Generator Sets, Computer Systems for the newly established quarantine facilities.
Action has been initiated under section 51(1) of Disaster Management Act 200


Thursday, March 26, 2020DM Kulgam orders distribution of Dry Mid Day Meal, home delivery of ration

KULGAM, MARCH, 26: For containing and breaking the chain of transmission of COVID-19 the District Magistrate, Kulgam Showkat Aijaz Bhat has directed the concerned departments to ensure the availability of food grains, essential commodities and services notified vide government order No.60-FSC&CA of 2020 to population at large.
The District Magistrate has ordered the AD- FSC&CA to ensure 100


Thursday, March 26, 2020DM Pulwama appeals for complete shutdown, ordered strict restrictions in the district

Inspects proposed administrative quarantine facilities in the district

PULWAMA, MARCH 26: District Magistrate Pulwama Dr Raghav Langer today ordered imposition of strict restrictions across the district to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the district.
The order issued under Section 144 of CrPC and Section 34 of Disaster Management Act 2005 states that there shall be complete restrictions on public movement including assembly of more than three persons, pri


Thursday, March 26, 2020OPD, IPD facilities suspended at DH Ganderbal

GANDERBAL, MARCH 27: According to the district administration, Ganderbal ,the District Hospital Ganderbal, has been declared an Isolation facility for the COVID-19.
Accordingly, the OPD and IPD facilities at the District Hospital have been suspended, for the time being.
The local residents have been informed that the antenatal care facilities including normal delivery cases have been shifted


Thursday, March 26, 2020Sanitation cum fumigation held at Kulgam

KULGAM, MARCH 26: Following the directions of Deputy Commissioner Kulgam Showkat Aijaz Bhat, to breakdown the spread of Corona Virus infection, Rural Development department today carried out an intensive sanitation cum fumigation drive in several blocks of the district.
The drive was carried out with proactive participation of officials of RDD along with BDC's in Qoimoh, Frisal and Behibagh Bl


Thursday, March 26, 2020FIR registered against people violating restriction orders in Bandipora

BANDIPORA, MARCH 26: On the directions of District Magistrate Bandipora, the Bandipora Police registered an FIR against the people violating restriction orders issued by the District Magistrate Bandipora in the district, here today.
Deputy Commissioner, Bandipora, Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza, said that a large number of people had gathered outside an ATM at Pazalpora Chowk violating the restriction or


Thursday, March 26, 2020Reasi administration establishes control centre

REASI, MARCH 26: District Administration Reasi has established a dedicated administrative control centre for clarifications of public queries related to- Curfew permissions, issues related to essential services like electricity, water, ration etc and any similar miscellaneous query. The public is requested to stick to only administrative purpose on these numbers.
People can post their queries



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Thursday, March 26, 2020Ration distribution at Ration Ghats, doorsteps of Shopian consumers

SRINAGAR, MARCH 26: Under the directions of the District Magistrate, Shopian, the Assistant Director Food, arranged for ration distribution at the doorstep of the Shopian consumers.
The Food and Supplies department also directed the Ghat Munshi's to distribute ration among the population while keeping in view that no law is violated and proper social distancing guidelines are strictly followed


Thursday, March 26, 2020Strict restrictions ordered across Bandipora up to April 14

No religious congregation permitted without any exception: DM

SRINAGAR, MARCH 26: In view of the surfacing of four more coronavirus positive cases in the district on Wednesday, the District Magistrate Bandipora, Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza, has ordered strict imposition of restrictions in the district.
According to the order issued by District Magistrate under Section 144 of CrPC, there shall be complete closure of all places of worship.
“No religious congrega


Thursday, March 26, 2020COVID-19: Bandipora admin arranges free pick, drop facility for mandatory screening

Appeals people to reveal travel history, contact with COVID suspect

BANDIPORA, MARCH 26: The District administration Bandipora has arranged free pick and drop facility for the mandatory screening of the people having travel history of foreign country or having COVID symptoms.
Deputy Commissioner Bandipora Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza said that anybody who has COVID-19 like symptoms including fever, dry cough and sore throat and has a recent undisclosed travel history o


Thursday, March 26, 2020DC inspected District Hospital and Quarantine Home wards at GHSS Shopian.

SHOPIAN, MARCH 26: To review the preparedness of District Administration for containing corona virus, the Deputy Commissioner (DC), Shopian, Chaudhary Mohammad Yasin visited District Hospital Shopian and took stock of of various facilities there, here today.
He was accompanied by the Medical Superintendent DH Shopian, BMO and other concerned.
The DC directed the officials to set up a dedicat


Thursday, March 26, 2020MD JPDCL visits quarantine centers at Jammu

JAMMU, MARCH 26: Managing Director Jammu Power Distribution Corporation Limited (JPDCL), Yasha Mudgal visited various quarantine centers of district Jammu to ensure adequacy of security, logistics like food/essential commodities etc, medical surveillance and sanitation arrangements
During the tour, she visited five quarantine centers including Teacher Bhawan Gandhi Nagar, Yatri Bhawan, Bhagwat


Thursday, March 26, 2020Coronavirus infection: Places of worship closed in Srinagar as a preventive measure

Hard but unavoidable measure in view of the threat this virus poses: DM Srinagar

SRINAGAR, MARCH 26: In view of increased number of persons infected with coronavirus — now gone up to five — and in an effort to contain spread of the infection in the district the District Magistrate Srinagar has ordered closure of all places of worship in the district.
Major shrines and gurdwaras supported the decision of the administration and made the initiative in this regard.
Some of th


Thursday, March 26, 2020Cabinet Secretary holds VC with Chief Secretaries to review supply, transportation of essential goods

JAMMU, MARCH 26: Cabinet Secretary, Rajiv Gauba today held video conference with Chief Secretaries of all States/Union Territories to review supply chain management and transportation of essential commodities and services in and out of the State/UTs during the lockdown period as announced by the Prime Minister to deal with the Coronavirus outbreak. The meeting was also attended by Home Secretary,


Thursday, March 26, 2020Turkish boxers test positive after Tokyo qualifier, IOC draws flak

Istanbul, March 26 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has been labelled "irresponsible" after the Turkish Boxing Federation revealed two fighters and a coach who took part in a Tokyo 2020 qualifying event in London earlier this month had since tested positive for COVID-19.

Turkish Boxing Federation president Eyup Gozgec told BBC Sport that organisers failed to take the outbreak s


Thursday, March 26, 2020Was really itching to get back to playing cricket: Rohit

Mumbai, March 26 (IANS) Star Indian batsman Rohit Sharma is holed up in his apartment like everybody else due to the three-week lockdown that was declared in the country on Tuesday as it grapples with the coronavirus outbreak. Rohit said that he is making do with running up and down the stairs of his building to stay fit.

"Its very hard actually (to stay fit)," said Rohit in a live interaction


Thursday, March 26, 2020FIDE stops Candidates Tournament in Russia midway

Chennai, March 26 (IANS) Global chess body FIDE on Thursday stopped the ongoing Candidates Tournament at Russia's Yekaterinburg owing to the country's decision to interrupt air traffic with other countries over the Coronavirus spread.

In a statement, FIDE President Arkady Dvorovich said: "Today, the government of the Russian Federation announced that starting March 27, 2020, Russia interrupts


Thursday, March 26, 2020Still looking forward, fingers crossed for IPL 2020: Rohit

Mumbai, March 26 (IANS) Star Indian opener and Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma felt that the time he spent with Ricky Ponting at the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise was "magic."

Ponting was captain of MI in 2013, when they were yet to win an IPL title. He resigned from the post and handed it over to Rohit but stayed on as part of the coaching staff. His contribution is often seen ins


Thursday, March 26, 2020After Oly postponement, athletes can now calm down a bit: Bindra

New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) 2008 gold medallist Abhinav Bindra believes the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was prompt in its action as they took a timely decision to postpone T0kyo 2020 Games by a year amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

"It is nice to see that the decision was taken quite promptly because there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding whether the Games would happen or no


Thursday, March 26, 2020You just don't know: Vaughan on T20 WC amid COVID-19 threat

London, March 26 (IANS) Former England captain Michael Vaughan believes the coronavirus pandemic has created "unprecedented times" which can also hit the men's T20 World Cup slated to be held later in the year in Australia.

The COVID-19 outbreak has claimed over 20,000 lives across the world so far and has brought the entire world to a standstill. It has affected all the major sporting events,


Thursday, March 26, 2020Former NZ pacer turns to crowdfunding to get back to family

Auckland, March 26 (IANS) Former New Zealand fast bowler Iain O'Brien is looking to get back to his family in the United Kingdom and for that, he has started a crowd funding project on Twitter.

O'Brien, who played 22 Tests, 10 ODIs and four T20Is for New Zealand, tweeted that he is ready to talk cricket over video call with anyone provided they are willing to spare some money that he can use t


Thursday, March 26, 202013th edition of TCS World 10K Bengaluru rescheduled

Bengaluru, March 26 (IANS) Procam International on Thursday announced the 13th edition of ‘World Athletics Gold Label Race, Tata Consultancy Services World 10K Bengaluru, which was scheduled to take place on May 17, will be rescheduled to a later date.

With the COVID-19 pandemic impacting millions of lives world over, and the rapidly changing scenario, it was imperative to take the action for


Thursday, March 26, 2020TN government warns private banks against recovering dues

Chennai, March 26 (IANS) The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday warned of stringent action against private banks, self-help groups, and finance companies if they go on to collect interest on loans from small borrowers.

The government also permitted small caterers serving the elderly to continue supply of cooked food, provided their vehicles sport the sticker 'Essential Service' and the drivers


Thursday, March 26, 2020Will ask states to use Rs 31,000 cr fund for building workers: Centre

New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday said that the Centre will direct state governments to utilise the construction workers' welfare fund to support these workers against economic disruption due to the 21-day lockdown in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

Addressing the media here, Sitharaman said that the fund created by a central government's Act


Thursday, March 26, 2020Digital India faces its biggest challenge amid lockdown

New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) When Digital India took birth, little did we know that in an unprecedented situation like a total lockdown, the apps and services that helped us sail through the day with ease will immediately hang up on millions.

From Uber to Ola, Swiggy to Zomato and Bigbasket to Grofers -- and thousands of app-based services in between -- the digital dream has taken a 21-day long


Thursday, March 26, 2020Most Indian businesses pivoting in response to pandemic: Survey

Bengaluru, March 26 (IANS) Overall 64 per cent of Indian businesses are ready or getting ready to meet the new workplace demands in the wake of new coronavirus pandemic and are leveraging collaboration tech tools to ensure uninterrupted work, a new survey by leading job portal Indeed said on Thursday.

While 43 per cent of small and medium businesses (SMBs) said they are well prepared, 39 per c


Thursday, March 26, 2020Grofers user gets delivery slot for April 13, no slots on Bigbasket

New Delhi/Noida, March 26 (IANS) Day 2 of COVID-19 lockdown was no different for people who tried to book online delivery of essential items like groceries, milk and vegetables at Bigbasket, Grofers and other online platforms.

To one user's amusement, he got the next delivery slot on Grofers for Monday, April 13.

"When trying to place a new order, the earliest delivery date is coming out to


Thursday, March 26, 2020Nadda channelises BJP's energy to fight Covid-19

New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) Amid Covid-19 epidemic and the 21-day nationwide lockdown, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief J.P. Nadda continues to interact with the party leaders through audio or video link, to keep an eye on the situation.

On Thursday, Nadda interacted with state party presidents and General Secretary (Organization) B.L. Santosh and called for scaling up the 'Feed The Poor' pro


Thursday, March 26, 2020Govt unveils Rs 170,000 cr Covid-19 relief package for weaker sections

New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) The Centre on Thursday announced the first instalment of a fiscal relief package, worth Rs 170,000 crore, to protect the weaker sections of the society from the economic fallout of Covid-19.

Announcing the measures, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the PM Garib Kalyan Yojana will benefit migrant workers, rural poor and women.

It will provide relief via ext


Thursday, March 26, 2020Delhi Health Department to promote telemedicine

New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Thursday said he has advised the health department to promote telemedicine consultations as per the guidelines of the Union Health Ministry.

Baijal in a tweet said: "In view of current situation containing COVID-19 outbreak by social distancing has to be observed in all conditions. Advised health department to promote telemedi


Thursday, March 26, 2020Telangana reports 3 new Covid-19 cases, including doctor couple

Hyderabad, March 26 (IANS) With the new positive coronavirus (Covid-19) cases surfacing on Thursday, the number of Covid-19 cases in Telangana has shot up to 43. According to a media bulletin issued by the state Public Health and Family Welfare Department, all the three new cases have been admitted to the designated hospitals and their condition is reported to be stable.

One of the samples tes


Thursday, March 26, 2020Shop charging more than MRP, Delhi govt tells shopskeepers

New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) The Delhi government on Thursday released mobile numbers of zonal officers for the common man to file complaints against shopkeepers selling essential items for more than the MRP.

Delhi Cabinet minister Imran Hussain tweeted the numbers and asked people to file complaints.

"If you find any shopkeeper selling sealed commodities like milk, bread, oil, flour, pulses,


Thursday, March 26, 2020Man suspected to be coronavirus case dies in MP

Bhopal, March 26 (IANS) A 47-year-old man admitted to a hospital in Madhya Pradesh's Indore after being suspected of coronavirus, died on Thursday morning, an official said.

The man has no travel history and his test reports are awaited, the official said.

Earlier treated at the Ujjain civil hospital, he was admitted to the Indore hospital on Wednesday with symptoms of breathlessness, the o


Thursday, March 26, 2020Dhirubhai Ambani School commences virtual learning platform

Mumbai, March 26 (IANS) As nation observes the 21-day COVID-19 lockdown, schools across the country are utilizing online classroom tools to keep the learning going, Dhirubhai Ambani International School (DIAS) is commencing virtual school platform to let its students study in the safety of their homes.

"While our campus remains closed, DIAS is commencing life teaching through our virtual schoo


Thursday, March 26, 20207 chief ministers who made war with COVID-19 look easy

New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) In this hour of crisis when India is battling one of its worst nightmares - COVID-19, there are a few chief ministers whose work seem to stand out as far as fighting the virus is concerned.

Uddhav Thackeray:

Well before the pan-India shutdown, like many state chiefs, Maharashtra's Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on March 20 announced that from Friday midnight all


Thursday, March 26, 2020India total over 600, deaths 10

NEW DELHI: Coronavirus cases in the country crossed 600 on Wednesday as authorities beefed up preparedness to fight the pandemic with the Army ordnance factories and central paramilitary forces earmarking over 2,000 beds in their chain of hospitals for isolation and treatment of people affected by COVID-19.
Addressing people of his constituency in Varanasi via a video link, Prime Minister Narend


Thursday, March 26, 2020Rs 1000 each for 3.5 lakh workers, 2 pensions installments released

LG approves support measures for poor, needy

JAMMU: In order to provide support to the needy and destitute in the light of the extraordinary situation caused by the ongoing Corona pandemic and the consequent lockdown,Lt Governor G C Murmu on Wednesday approved a series of proposals, expected to benefit nearly 35 lakh people including organised and un-organised workers, daily wagers, pension holders and ordinary citizens.
The Labour & Emplo


Thursday, March 26, 2020Poor infrastructure, shortage of doctors, ventilators spell doom for J&K’s efforts

JAMMU: Although Jammu and Kashmir government is burning midnight fuel to tackle the threat and spread of Coronavirus, the shortage of doctors as well as ventilators, coupled with poor health infrastructure is triggering apprehensions regarding potential of administration to deal with the deadly virus.
In the latest bulletin, the Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday informed that the tota


Thursday, March 26, 2020Mehbooba likely to be released ‘soon’

SRINAGAR: After revoking the detention of National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah under the Public Safety Act (PSA), the Centre is likely to release the former Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti ‘soon’, credible sources informed.
Reacting to the reports of her likely release, the Twitter handle of Mufti (being operated by her daughter) stated, "My mother


Thursday, March 26, 2020Restrictions tightened in Kashmir

1.6 lakh Srinagar families to get ration home delivered

SRINAGAR: Restrictions on movement imposed in Kashmir to prevent the spread of coronavirus were tightened on Wednesday and strict action initiated against violaters, following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement of a 21-day nationwide lockdown.
In the wake of the surfacing of two more coronavirus positive cases in the district the District Magistrate Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary ha


Thursday, March 26, 2020City of Temples dons deserted look as Navratri festival begins

JAMMU: The City of Temples on Wednesday wore a deserted look on the first day of Navratras, as no special prayers were offered and no long queues were seen outside the temples, due to the lockdown in the state, in view of the Novel Coronavirus threat.
Unlike the highest footfall recorded by the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine here in Trikuta Hills of Katra town in Reasi district during the Navratri' fe