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New academic calendar, vacations, how to conduct college exams — latest task for Modi govt

Govt has formed seven-member panel to work on a contingency plan for higher education sector disrupted by Covid-19 pandemic. Announcement expected after 14 April. 
File photo of Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. | PTI

Bengali Market among 22 areas sealed in Delhi to combat Covid-19 spread, see full list

Addressing the media, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia says nobody will be allowed to enter or exit these areas, govt will ensure delivery of essential items.
Passengers at the Prayagraj Railway Station wear masks as a preventive measure for coronavirus, on 16 March 2020 | PTI

Delhi govt makes wearing masks compulsory for people stepping outdoors

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal announced the decision following a high-level meeting, stating that face masks can reduce the spread of coronavirus substantially.

This is how Punjab is planning to harvest and procure wheat during lockdown

Punjab govt officials said, considering the extraordinary circumstances, wheat procurement at mandis & purchasing centres will be done under heavy police security.
A doctor wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) places a saliva swab into a test tube for analysis during coronavirus symptom tests (Representational Image) | Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi | Bloomberg

Coronavirus cases in India rise to 5,274 as death toll nears 150: Health Ministry

According to the Union Health Ministry report, a total of 485 people tested positive for Covid-19 and 25 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds a meeting via video conference amid the lockdown to prevent spread of Covid-19 | PIB | Twitter

Modi tells MPs lockdown only way to curb Covid-19 spread, hints at extension beyond 14 April

In meeting with floor leaders of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, PM says final decision on extending lockdown will be taken after consulting CMs on 11 April.
File image of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (left) with PM Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind | Photo: PTI

‘Like Hanuman got medicine’ — Brazil’s Bolsonaro invokes Ramayana in Covid-19 letter to Modi

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has thanked PM Narendra Modi for easing restrictions on the export of hydroxychloroquine to fight Covid-19.
Scientists and technicians in hazmat suits at the Covid-19 testing lab at Delhi's Lady Hardinge Medical College | Photo: Angana Chakrabarti & Bismee Taskin | ThePrint

Supreme Court directs approved govt, private labs to conduct free testing for Covid-19

The bench said that tests must be carried out in NABL accredited labs or agencies approved by WHO or ICMR and asked Centre to immediately issue directions.
A view of the Dhauldhar mountains | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

How drop in pollution is giving social media users a clearer India to show off

2019 World Air Quality Report published in February said India was home to 14 of world's 20 most polluted cities. Number down to just two as on 7 April.
Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis speaks in Akola | PTI

Tablighi Jamaat event attendees are like human bombs, must be traced & treated: Fadnavis

Former Maharashtra CM said the people who attended Nizamuddin event can cause infection in the largescale population and hence, it's imperative to trace them.

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A pedestrian crosses a nearly empty street in the Times Square neighborhood of New York, US | Bloomberg

We must not return to work for now. Covid’s not over yet, says a virologist in letter to son

If everyone goes back to work as soon as the ‘curve bends downwards’, it's guaranteed you'll get a second wave of infections in Europe.

Is forcing private labs to make Covid-19 tests free the only way to stop spread of infection?

The Supreme Court directed the central government to make Covid-19 testing by private laboratories free of charge Wednesday.

Defence

Col Navjot Singh Bal | special arrangement

Col Navjot Singh Bal, Shaurya Chakra awardee and icon for many, loses battle with cancer

Despite losing an arm to cancer, Col Navjot Singh Bal continued to serve in 2 Para as the commanding officer and even learnt to fire with his left hand.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.