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AICTE, Mumbai University announce online workshop from 13 May to 17 May on 'Universal Human Values in Education'

The University of Mumbai in collaboration with AICTE (Western Region) will be organising an online workshop on 'Universal Human Values in Education' for institutions offering technical education.The workshop will commence on 13 May and end on 17 May. According to University of Mumbai, the workshop is of paramount significance to continue learning process amid COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown.The workshop will be conducted in Hindi and English. The morning session will be from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm and the evening session will be from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.File image of Mumbai University. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons “To understand the basics of value education an online workshop is being organized exclusively for the Vice Chancellors of Technical Universities and University Coordinators appointed for coordinating the activities related to FDPs on Student Induction Programme,” the circular said.The workshop is specifically designed for sharing All India Council for Technical Edu…

Coronavirus Outbreak LIVE Updates: BSF reports 67 cases with most from Delhi, Tripura; Andhra hikes liquor prices by another 50%

12:08 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Uttarakhand Latest Update

Woman attendant tests positive for COVID-19 at AIIMS Rishikesh

A woman attending to a patient at AIIMS, Rishikesh has tested positive for COVID-19, taking the number of confirmed cases in Uttarakhand to 61, officials said on Wednesday. Her swab sample was found positive for the infection late Monday night, Additional SDM Apoorva Pandey said.

She was attending to a patient at the urology ward of the premier hospital, where she may have come in contact with an infected person, Pandey said. She has been admitted to the isolation ward of the hospital and people who may have come in contact with her are being traced, the official said.

11:58 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Andhra Pradesh Latest Update

Andhra Pradesh registers 67 new cases in past 24 hours

67 new COVID-19 positive cases reported in Andhra Pradesh in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases in the state to 1717 with the state toll at 34, according to the state health department.

11:51 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Rajasthan Latest Update

5 more die of COVID-19 in Rajasthan taking the toll to 82

Rajasthan recorded five more coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, taking the state's toll to 82, an official said. The state also reported 38 fresh coronavirus cases, he said. Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Rohit Kumar Singh said all the five deaths took place in Jaipur.

The death toll due to COVID-19 in the state has climbed to 82, he said. Jaipur alone has reported 49 deaths, Singh added.

Of the fresh 38 coronavirus cases, 14 were from Jaipur, nine from Chittorgarh, eight from Kota, four from Jodhpur, two from Tonk, and one from Bharatpur, the Health Department official said.

11:43 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Update

COVID-19 cases in BSF increase to 67 with maximum cases registered from Delhi, Tripura

COVID-19 cases in border guarding force BSF have climbed to 67, with the maximum reported in a Delhi battalion, deployed in the Jamia area for law and order duties, and from the frontier state of Tripura, officials said on Tuesday.

Thirteen fresh COVID-positive cases have been reported from a force camp in Tripura. These include 10 personnel and three family members (wife and two children) of an infected trooper, a Border Security Force (BSF) spokesperson said. The number of cases from the border state of Tripura stands at 24 now, he said.

11:33 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Delhi Latest Update

WATCH: Man showers flower petals on people standing outside liquor shops 

In Delhi, a man showers flower petals on people standing in a queue outside liquor shops in Chander Nagar area of Delhi, reports ANI. The man said, "You are the economy of our country, the government does not have any money".

11:30 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Bihar Latest Updates

Train with nearly 1,200 migrant workers to arrive at Bihar's Khagaria 

A special train carrying about 1,200 migrant workers left for Khagaria in Bihar from Ghatkesar near Hyderabad on Tuesday.

"The Shramik Special Train left for Khagaria in Bihar on Tuesday morning. All the passengers were screened before they were allowed to board," a senior south central railway official said.

This is the second train arranged for the workers in Telangana. Similarly, another train from Rayannapadu near Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh left for Chandrapur in Maharashtra, the SCR official added. 

11:27 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Andhra Pradesh Latest Update

AP govt hikes liquor prices by another 50%

The Andhra Pradesh government has enhanced prices of liquor by another 50 per cent on Tuesday, only a day after imposing a 25 per cent hike as shops were reopened in relaxation of the ongoing lockdown, reports PTI.

Special Chief Secretary (Revenue) Rajat Bhargava said the abnormal increase in liquor rates was to 'discourage' people from consumption and safeguard health.

The enhanced rates would come into force with immediate effect, he said. The state government also decided to open liquor outlets from 12 noon, instead of 11 am, till 7 pm.

Sources said the fresh hike (50 percent) in rates could fetch an additional revenue of Rs 9,000 crore per annum to the cash-starved state government.

11:23 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Uttar Pradesh Latest Updates

Over 6.5 lakh migrant workers brought back to UP during first lockdown: Yogi Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath claimed that more than 6.5 lakhs migrant workers were brought back to the state during the first phase of lockdown between 27 and 29 March. 

"In the second phase, in the last 3 days, more than 50,000 migrant workers have been brought back," said Adityanath. 

11:07 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Maharashtra Latest Updates

Confirmed cases in Maharashtra rises to 14,541, toll at 583

Maharashtra, and especially the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), is the worst-affected by the novel coronavirus disease. The state has so far reported 14,541 confirmed cases of COVID-19 which includes a toll of over 583.

Of the total, over 9,700 cases have been reported in MMR alone.

10:59 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Updates

COVID-19 recovery rate at 27.4%

The number of fatalities stood at 1,568 after 195 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. At the same time, 1,020 people also recovered from the deadly respiratory disease, the Union ministry’s Covid-19 dashboard showed at 8am.

There are 12,726 people who have been cured or discharged from hospitals so far.

10:51 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Israel Latest Updates

Israeli claims to arrive at coronavirus antibody breakthrough

The Israel Institute for Biological Research announced on Monday that they had completed the development phase of an antibody to battle the coronavirus, and it will head to mass production.

Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett visited the lab on Monday and made a joint announcement about the advancement.

"A significant breakthrough has been achieved in finding an antidote to the Corona virus that attacks the virus and can neutralize it in the sick body," read the statement from the IIBR and Bennett.

10:41 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Gujarat Latest Updates

Nine trains to evacuate migrant workers stranded in Surat 

Nine trains carrying migrant labourers stranded in Surat will reach Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha, News18 reported on Tuesday. 

10:18 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Delhi Latest Updates

Delhi sees fuel price hike

After the Delhi government raised the VAT on auto fuel, the petrol price per litre is hiked by Rs 1.67 to Rs 71.26 while, the price of diesel increased by Rs 7.10 to Rs 69.39 in the National Capital on Tuesday.​

10:11 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in France Latest Updates

French hospital, retesting old samples from pneumonia patients, finds COVID-19 case from 27 Dec

A French hospital which has retested old samples from pneumonia patients discovered that it treated a man who had COVID-19 as early as 27 December, nearly a month before the French government confirmed its first cases.

Yves Cohen, head of the resuscitation at the Avicenne and Jean Verdier hospitals in the northern suburbs of Paris, told BFM TV that scientists had retested samples from 24 patients treated in December and January who tested negative for the flu.

"Of the 24, we had one who was positive for COVID-19 on 27 December," he told the news channel on Sunday.

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10:05 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Rajasthan Latest Updates

Rajasthan registers 3,099 COVID-19 cases after 38 more test positive

After 38 more people test positive for the novel coronavirus in Rajasthan on Tuesday, the total number of confirmed cases in the state climbed to 3,099, said health ministry. 

So far, lives of 82 COVID-19 patients were claimed by the infectious disease. There are 1,577 active coronavirus cases in the state. 

09:50 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Updates

Aadhaar-based claims for PDS would cater to plight of poor: Abhijit Banerjee to Rahul Gandhi

Aadhaar-based claims for public distribution system (PDS) would have saved a lot of misery for the poor, said Abhijit Banerjee during discussion on economic impact with Congress' Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday.

He further claimed that many names still missing in the system. 

"We should try to be optimistic about overall economic revival in India post-lockdown," said Banerjee. 

09:43 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Updates

'Direct cash transfer to poor is crucial at moment': Abhijit Banerjee

Abhijit Banerjee said it is pivotal to ensure direct cash transfer to the poorest in the Indian economy during the COVID-19 crisis. He also suggested that reliable NGOs can be roped in for this purpose. 

"Migrant problem in a city like Mumbai has to be tackled by the state government, not the Centre," said the nobel laureate. 

09:36 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Updates

Govt must provide money into people like US administration: Abhijit Banerjee tells Rahul Gandhi

Abhijit Banerjee advised that India should take a cue from the United States and insisted on putting money into people's hands, "as the current US administration is doing".

"We have to take a chance on widening the reach of PDS," Banerjee told Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday while discussing the state of Indian economy. 

09:29 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Updates

Faster lockdown exit need of hour: Abhijt Banerjee to Rahul Gandhi

During his conversation with Rahul Gandhi regarding economic impact of COVID-19 in India, Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee called for a faster lockdown exit even though the fast spreading novel coronavirus needed to be taken into consideration. 

09:25 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Updates

Abihijit Banerjee calls for temporary ration cards for those in need to tackle food crisis 

Handing out temporary ration card to anybody who requires one at the current moment would be a good idea to tackle the food crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic, said Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee to Rahul Gandhi. 

09:15 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Updates

Abhijit Banerjee calls for large stimulus package to tackle COVID-19 

Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee during the conversation with Congress leader Rahul insisted on a "large enough stimulus package," cited example of US setting aside 10 percent of GDP to tackle COVID-19 crisis. 

09:12 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Updates

India confirms 46,433 COVID-19 cases with 1,568 deaths

India registered 46,433 COVID-19 positive cases on Tuesday with 1,568 fatalities due to the viral disease, according to the latest data released by  Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. 

The figure includes 32,134 active cases.

09:04 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Updates 

Rahul Gandhi's conversation with Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee on the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis begins

08:57 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Updates

Indian Navy readies 14 ships to evacuate stranded citizens from Gulf

A total of 14 warships have been readied for evacuating Indian citizens from Gulf and other countries, said Indian Navy officials on Tuesday. INS Jalashwa sailed from Visakhapatnam a few days ago from the east coast to the west coast. 

08:53 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Updates 

Three ships sent to evacuate Indians from Maldives and UAE

India has sent three naval ships to evacuate its citizens stranded in the Maldives and UAE due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a defence spokesperson said in the early hours on Tuesday.

INS Jalashwa deployed off Mumbai coast, along with INS Magar, were diverted for Maldives on Monday night, he said.

 

08:41 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in United States Latest Updates 

COVID-19 toll in US rise by 1,015 in past 24 hrs, lowest in a month

The toll due to coronavirus in the United States rose by 1,015 in the past 24 hours, a tally by Johns Hopkins University showed Monday - the lowest one-day figure in a month.

The Baltimore-based university had recorded more than 1.17 million cases in the country as of 8.30 pm Monday (12.am Tuesday), with 68,689 deaths.

08:24 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Nepal Latest Updates 

Nepal confirms 82 COVID-19 cases

Seven more people tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Nepal, taking total confirmed cases to 82, said the country's health ministry on Tuesday.

07:56 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Bihar Latest Updates 

In Photos: Train carrying over 1,200 migrant workers arrives at Muzaffarpur from Gujarat today 

07:50 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Maharashtra Latest Updates 

Sec 144 in Mumbai till 17 May between 8 pm till 7 am 

In an order released on Monday, the Mumbai Police stated that Section 144 has been imposed in the city till 17 May between 8 pm and 7 am. The order clarified that during those hours, only vehicles addressing medical services and the ones used for essential services will be allowed to ply. 

From Tuesday, stand-alone shops will issue tokens for customers to avoid crowding at shop counters. 

07:37 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Delhi Latest Updates 

Rahul Gandhi to discuss economic state during pandemic with Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's dialogue with Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee on dealing with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 crisis will be aired on Tuesday as part of his series of deliberations with experts on economy and health.

The Congress party has tweeted a 1.44-minute clip from the conversation which will be aired in full at 9 am Tuesday. 

07:31 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Delhi Latest Updates 

Active containment zones in Delhi stands at 90 after three areas de-contained

With three more zones de-contained on Monday, the total number of containment zones in the city stood at 90.

According to the Delhi government, the areas de-contained on Monday were in the West district - in and around area of - 11/3, 2nd Floor Ashok Nagar (sealed on April 8); A 36/4, East Patel Nagar (sealed on 13 April); G-174, Capital Greens, DLF, Motinagar (sealed on 8 April).

"So far, 10 areas have been de-contained and now the active containment zones in the city are 90," an official statement said.

07:24 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Odisha Latest Updates 

Odisha confirms 170 COVID-19 cases with one death

With one individual testing positive for the novel coronavirus in Odisha, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state climbed to 170 on Tuesday. Of the total, there are 109 active cases.

One COVID-19 patient succumbed to the viral infection so far, while the recovery rate stood at 35.3 percent with 60 patients being discharged. 

Coronavirus Outbreak LATEST Updates: COVID-19 cases in border guarding force BSF have climbed to 67, with the maximum reported in a Delhi battalion, deployed in the Jamia area for law and order duties, and from the frontier state of Tripura, officials said on Tuesday.

A special train carrying about 1,200 migrant workers left for Khagaria in Bihar from Ghatkesar near Hyderabad on Tuesday.

"The Shramik Special Train left for Khagaria in Bihar on Tuesday morning. All the passengers were screened before they were allowed to board," a senior south central railway official said.

This is the second train arranged for the workers in Telangana. Similarly, another train from Rayannapadu near Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh left for Chandrapur in Maharashtra, the SCR official added.

India registered 46,433 COVID-19 positive cases on Tuesday with 1,568 fatalities due to the viral disease, according to the latest data released by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The figure includes 32,134 active cases.

After the Delhi government raised the VAT on auto fuel, the petrol price per litre is hiked by Rs 1.67 to Rs 71.26 while, the price of diesel increased by Rs 7.10 to Rs 69.39 in the National Capital on Tuesday.​

Aadhaar-based claims for public distribution system (PDS) would have saved a lot of misery for the poor, said Abhijit Banerjee during discussion on economic impact with Congress' Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday.

He further claimed that many names still missing in the system.

"We should try to be optimistic about overall economic revival in India post-lockdown," said Banerjee.

Abhijit Banerjee advised that India should take a cue from the United States and insisted on putting money into people's hands, "as the current US administration is doing".

"We have to take a chance on widening the reach of PDS," Banerjee told Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday while discussing the state of Indian economy.

Handing out temporary ration card to anybody who requires one at the current moment would be a good idea to tackle the food crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic, said Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee to Rahul Gandhi.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's dialogue with Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee on dealing with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 crisis will be aired on Tuesday as part of his series of deliberations with experts on economy and health.

The Congress party has tweeted a 1.44-minute clip from the conversation which will be aired in full at 9 am Tuesday.

In an order released on Monday, the Mumbai Police stated that Section 144 has been imposed in the city till 17 May between 8 pm and 7 am. The order clarified that during those hours, only vehicles addressing medical services and the ones used for essential services will be allowed to ply.

From Tuesday, stand-alone shops will issue tokens for customers to avoid crowding at shop counters.

Even as India's COVID-19 fight entered its third phase on Monday with considerable relaxations to the lockdown curbs, confirmed cases surged to 42,836 with 2,573 fresh cases. The death toll rose to 1,389 with 83 fatalities reported in 24 hours.

The government said a record high number of 1,074 patients recovered from the infection in the last 24 hours but cautioned that the restrictions can be reimposed if there is any complacency in following the containment and social distancing norms.

The Centre also announced that it will facilitate the return of Indians stranded in other countries in a phased manner from 7 May.

Country records highest number of recoveries in 24 hours, says health ministry

Confirmed cases in India rose to 42,836. File image. AP

Confirmed cases in India rose to 42,836. File image. AP

According to the 5 pm update issued by the Union health ministry, India now has 42, 836 confirmed cases of coronavirus while 1,380 persons have died due to the disease. Maharashtra has reported the highest number of cases (12,974), followed by Gujarat (5, 428 cases), Delhi (4,549) cases, Tamil Nadu (3,023 cases) and Madhya Pradesh (2942).

Maharashtra also recorded the highest number of fatalities with 548 deaths followed by 290 in Gujarat and 165 in Madhya Pradesh.

According to the health ministry, the number of active cases stood at 29,685 as 11,761 persons were cured/discharged while one has migrated.

Earlier, while addressing a press briefing, Joint Secretary at the health ministry Lav Agarwal said that as many as 1,074 COVID-19 patients have recovered in the last 24 hours, the highest number of recoveries recorded in one day.

The rate of recovery stands at  27.52 percent , he said, but stressed that there is a need for rigorous implementation of the containment strategy while people also need to strictly adhere to hygiene as well as social distancing habits.

Agarwal cautioned that if the virus spread is detected in areas that do not have any active cases for now, restrictions can be reimposed there.

Kerala did not report a single new case for the second consecutive day, but neighbouring Tamil Nadu saw its tally rising by a record number of 527 new cases. Gujarat and Maharashtra also reported significant rise in their numbers. Several other states including Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Odisha also reported a rising number of cases.

Gujarat reported 376 new cases and 29 more deaths — the highest for a day — to take its total tally of confirmed cases to more than 5,800 and fatalities to 319. Ahmedabad alone reported 259 new cases and a record number of 26 deaths on Monday, taking its tally of confirmed cases to above 4,000 and the death toll to 234.

In Maharashtra’s Mumbai, the case count crossed the 9,000-mark and jumped to 9,123  with the addition of 510 new patients, while 18 more died due to the viral infection.

While several big urban centres across the country continued to report rise in the number of cases, several smaller states and Union Territories — including Goa, Puducherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Meghalaya, Assam, Aruranchal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh, Manipur, Mizoram, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Tripura — have witnessed nil or very few cases getting detected in the last few days.

Confusion prevails as restrictions are eased in green, orange zones

In the third phase of the lockdown, more categories of stores including of apparel and electrical goods, as also various kinds of repair centres, and even barber shops in some places, reopened in several parts of the country. Liquor shops saw the biggest of the crowds and had to be closed at many places, including in the National Capital, after social distancing norms appeared totally missing.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said whatever happened on Monday was not right and all have to follow the social distancing norms . "It is sad that people were not following social distancing norms at some shops today. I request everyone to not take any risk," he said.

On the other hand, confusion prevailed in large industrial and business clusters across the country, including in Noida and Gurgaon on the outskirts of Delhi, on reopening of offices and industrial establishments due to lack of clarity on daily commute of their staff given continuing restrictions on major modes of the public transport.

Row over rail fares of migrant workers

The transport of migrant workers back to their home states continued for the third consecutive day on Monday. Kerala opened its borders at six places for Keralites stranded in other states due to the COVID-19 lockdown to return to their native places.

Migrants stand in long queues in Hyderabad as police personnel collect their personal details before sending them via trains to their native places. PTI

Migrants stand in long queues in Hyderabad as police personnel collect their personal details before sending them via trains to their native places. PTI

A total of 21,500 migrant workers and their family members stranded in Gujarat for over 40 days were sent back to their native states, including UP and Bihar, through 18 trains in the last three days, a senior official told PTI.

Union health ministry officials also said the process of transporting stranded migrant labourers was being coordinated by states, though the central government guidelines have clearly stated that the infectious disease management requires everyone to stay where he or she is.

“Based on the request given from states for particular cases, permission was given to run special trains. Be it the government of India or the Railways, we have not talked about charging from workers. Eighty-five per cent of the transportation cost is borne by the Railways, while states have to bear 15 percent of the cost,” Agarwal told reporters.

Earlier in the day, Congress leader Sonia Gandhi lashed out at the Centre and said the party's state units will bear the cost of rail travel of needy migrant workers and labourers stranded at their workplaces due to the lockdown imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus.

"What is particularly disturbing is that the central government and the Rail Ministry are charging them (migrant workers) for train tickets in this hour of crisis," she said. "When the government can spend nearly Rs 100 crores on transport and food for just one public programme in Gujarat, when the Rail Ministry has the largesse to donate Rs 151 Crores to the PM's Corona fund, then why can't these essential members of our nation's fabric be given a fraction of the same courtesy, especially free rail travel, at this hour of acute distress?," the Congress president asked.

Centre to facilitate return of Indians stranded abroad

Separately, the Union Home Ministry said the government will facilitate the return of Indians stranded abroad and the process will begin from 7 May in a phased manner. Only asymptomatic people would be allowed to travel and it would be arranged by aircraft and naval ships, and the facility will be available on a payment basis.

After their arrival in India, medical examinations will be conducted on everyone and they will be subsequently put under quarantine for 14 days, either in a hospital or in an institutional facility, the ministry said.

Modi calls for new template of globalisation at NAM virtual conference

At a video-conference of leaders of the Non- Aligned Movement (NAM), Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi called for a new template of globalisation post COVID-19, saying humanity is facing a major crisis.

"COVID-19 has shown us the limitations of the existing international system. In the post-COVID world, we need a new template of globalization, based on fairness, equality, and humanity," the prime minister said. "We need international institutions that are more representative of today's world. We need to promote human welfare, and not focus on economic growth alone. India has long championed such initiatives," he said.

With inputs from agencies



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