COVID-19 pandemic

  • COVID-19 fallout: Fiscal deficit may rise 6.8 pc of GDP in FY21
    NEW DELHI, AUGUST 3 (IANS): With economic disruptions set for a long haul due to COVID-19 pandemic, India could see its fiscal deficit this year to balloon to over 6.8 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), brokerages analysing the first quarter deficit numbers have said. The Controller General of Accounts on Friday said that country's fiscal deficit has expanded to 83 per cent of Budget Estimate in the April-June quarter primarily due to lower tax collection and higher expen
  • Australia's Victoria declares disaster, sets curfew to curb COVID-19
    MELBOURNE, August 2 (Reuters): Australia's second-most populous state of Victoria declared a state of disaster on Sunday and imposed a nightly curfew for the capital Melbourne as part of its harshest movement restrictions to date to contain a resurgent COVID-19. Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city already under a reimposed six-week stay-home order, has struggled to rein in the disease, with record numbers of infections of the new coronavirus reported last week.
  • UAE, Iran foreign ministers discuss COVID challenge
    DUBAI, August 2 (Reuters): The foreign ministers of longstanding regional foes Iran and the United Arab Emirates agreed on Sunday that they would strive to cooperate during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a video call during which they also exchanged greetings for the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan told his Iranian counterpart that strengthening bilateral cooperation was important element in tackling the coronavirus, UAE state news agency WAM said.
  • Latin America coronavirus death toll surges past 200,000
    LIMA, July 2 (Reuters): The death toll in Latin America from the novel coronavirus passed 200,000 on Saturday night, a Reuters tally showed, underlining the region's status as one of the global epicenters of the pandemic that is testing governments to the limit. Apart from the United States, Brazil and Mexico have racked up more fatalities from the virus than any other country, and together they account for around 70% of the regional death toll. Both have struggled to ba
  • WHO expects long-term response efforts against COVID-19
    Geneva, August 2 (IANS) The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic still constitutes a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC), and long-term response efforts are needed given an anticipated lengthy duration of the pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. The WHO Emergency Committee on COVID-19, convened by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus under the International Health Regulations (IHR), held its fourth meeting on Friday (July 31), WHO said in an onlin
  • TaFMA offers a ray of hope for artists in Nagaland
    Vishü Rita Krocha Kohima | August 1 In its continued effort to help the artists’ community particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown wherein many of their livelihoods are being affected for lack of platform to showcase their works, Task Force for Music & Arts (TaFMA) has helped sell several of their paintings worth Rs 6,50,000. This includes 21 artworks by 11 artists, and has been sold to private collectors and art patrons under the initiative of TaFMA. S
  • Shun hostilities and come out for political solution, Biren Singh appeals armed groups
    Newmai News Network Imphal | July 31 Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Friday appealed "armed groups to shun hostilities and come out for political solution." The Manipur CM made this appeal while paying last respects to the three Assam Rifles personnel who were killed in a militant attack at Khongtal village in Chandel district of Manipur on July 29. He attended a wreath laying ceremony organised in their honour at Bir Tikendrajit International Airport in Imphal
  • All City COVID-19 Task Force extends gratitude
    Dimapur, July 31 (MExN): The team All City COVID-19 Task Force for Nagaland on Friday expressed gratitude to the state government, its machinery as well as the civil society for helping the stranded citizens of Nagaland by providing financial assistance, arranging transportation to reach home and also for warmly welcoming them back home. “We share our happiness and convey our heartfelt thanks to all the public leaders, churches leaders, community leaders, village/colony counci
  • All court sittings in Manipur suspended till Aug 7
    Newmai News Network Imphal | July 31 Regular court sittings for both the high court and district courts/tribunals in Manipur will remain suspended till August 7, said a notification of the High Court of Manipur issued on Friday. The court sittings are to remain suspended in view of the state government order extending the complete lockdown to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in the state till August 6, 2020. However, all courts in the state including the High Court will take up u
  • Mokokchung: Plantation work in batch-1 villages under NFMP reviewed 
    Mokokchung, July 30 (MExN): A review meeting on plantation works in batch-1 villages of Changtongya New, Mongsenyimti and Mopungchuket was held at Marepkong Forest Complex, Mokokchung on July 29.  The meeting was held after the inspection of all the Nagaland Forest Management Project (NFMP) model sites i.e. JAF, JFF, JCF, JCC and PEC in the respective villages by the DFO-cum-DMU Head, Dr Sentitula (IFS) along with ADMU, FMU Heads, Field staff and DMU Supporting Staff. The FM
  • Libya to impose full lockdown as pandemic cases grow
    TUNIS, July 30 (Reuters): Libya's internationally recognised government in Tripoli will impose a full lockdown in areas of the country it controls, it said on Thursday, after a sharp rise in coronavirus cases. Libya, split since 2014 between areas held by the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli and a rival administration in the east, managed to avoid an early surge of the pandemic. However, the disease has been spreading more quickly this month and Libya's
  • Israel's "Bibi generation" starts to turn on Netanyahu over economy and COVID-19
    TEL AVIV, July 30 (Reuters): For two months, many Israeli television viewers watched nightly as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued warnings and updates about the novel coronavirus and imposed lockdowns. When infections fell, he went on television on May 26 to boast of his success. "Have a beer. Enjoy yourselves," he said. Many Israelis did just that. But infections later surged, and opinions polls showed confidence in Netanyahu was falling. He now faces natio
  • U.N. warns that 60% of Zimbabweans threatened by hunger
    HARARE, July 30 (Reuters): The U.N. food agency on Thursday appealed for an additional $250 million to provide relief to millions of Zimbabweans as the COVID-19 pandemic bites and warned that 60% of the population could become "food-insecure". Zimbabwe is gripped by a climate- and recession-induced economic crisis, its worst in more than a decade, which has seen shortages of foreign currency, medicines and soaring inflation. The World Food Programme (WFP) said the
  • Maruti Suzuki posts Rs 249.4 cr net loss in Q1FY21
    MUMBAI, JULY 29 (IANS): Covid-19 pandemic dented the financials of automobile major Maruti Suzuki India, which suffered a net loss of Rs 249.4 crore during the first quarter of 2020-21. According to the notes to the statement of standalone results, the company said that the financial numbers for Q1FY21 are not comparable with those for the previous quarters. Maruti Suzuki India had reported a net profit of Rs 1,435.5 crore during the like period of the previous quarter. "
  • Australia tells U.S. it has no intention of injuring important China ties
    WASHINGTON, July 29 (Reuters): The United States and close ally Australia held high-level talks on China and agreed on the need to uphold a rules-based global order, but the Australian foreign minister stressed Canberra's relationship with Beijing was important and it had no intention of hurting it. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper held two days of talks in Washington with their Australian counterparts, who had flown around the world for
  • Hotel industry will collapse without govt support: HAI
    NEW DELHI, JULY 28 (IANS): Highlighting the plight of the hospitality sector amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the Hotel Association of India (HAI) has said that in absence of support from the government and the RBI, the Indian hotel industry will collapse. The industry body has reiterated its demands including extension of the moratorium on interest and repayment of principal for the entire financial year 2021 till March 31, and the interest due is added back to the total principal outst
  • EPFO updates KYC for 73.58L subscribers during April-June
    NEW DELHI, JULY 27 (IANS): The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) extended its availability and reach of its online services and updated Know your Customer (KYC) data for its 73.58 lakh subscribers during April to June amid COVID-19 pandemic. This includes Aadhaar seeding for 52.12 lakh subscribers, mobile seeding (UAN activation) for 17.48 lakh subscribers and bank account seeding for 17.87 lakh subscribers, says Ministry of Labour and Employment. KYC is a one-tim
  • HC orders Nagaland Govt to act on COVID-19 related petition
    DIMAPUR, JULY 24 (MExN): The Kohima Bench of the Gauhati Court has ordered the Government of Nagaland to consider and act on the representation filed by one Lhuphrevilie Rino with regard to various grievances concerning the COVID-19 pandemic in the State.  In an order passed on July 22, the Court after holding proceedings on a PIL filed by the petitioner, ordered the respondents to “consider and act on the representation of the petitioner as may be required under the prev
  • Scottish support for independence rises as COVID-19 imperils the United Kingdom
    HELENSBURGH, Scotland, July 24 (Reuters): James Henderson has spent most of his life fiercely opposed to Scottish independence. Now, reluctantly he is backing it. The 71-year-old former marine engineer voted against Scotland leaving the United Kingdom during the last independence referendum in 2014. But after Brexit, the election of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the coronavirus pandemic, he now believes Scotland would be better off independent. Henderson lives in Helensbu
  • Bajaj Auto's Q1FY21 standalone net profit down 53%
    MUMBAI, JULY 22 (IANS): Two-and three-wheeler major Bajaj Auto's standalone net profit for the first quarter of 2020-21 fell 53.10 per cent due to Covid-19 pandemic. The company's net profit during the quarter under review declined to Rs 528 crore from Rs 1,126 crore earned during the corresponding period of the previous fiscal. According to the company, the Q1/FY21 has been an extremely challenging quarter due to the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic. "Lockdown and