COVID-19: Spain hits lowest daily death toll in six weeks with 164 fatalities

COVID-19: Spain hits lowest daily death toll in six weeks with 164 fatalities

By Associated Press MADRID: For a second day in a row, Spanish health officials are reporting 164 new confirmed deaths from the coronavirus, the lowest daily death toll in six weeks, to a total of 25,264. The figures came as a respite for a country that has spent seven weeks under a strict lockdown and that on Monday entered the first stage of its 4-phase lockdown rollback, expected to span over nearly two months. People ventured out for the first time for haircuts, buying glasses or food take-outs, activities that…

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COVID-19 lockdown: Malaysia opens up partly; all foreign workers to be tested

COVID-19 lockdown: Malaysia opens up partly; all foreign workers to be tested

By Associated Press MALAYSIA: Malaysia’s government said Monday that all foreign workers must undergo virus testing as many businesses reopen in parts of the country for the first time since a partial coronavirus lockdown began on March 18. Senior Minister Ismail Sabri said coronavirus cases rose over the weekend, including a new cluster involving foreign workers at a construction site in an area near Kuala Lumpur that has since been shut down. As a result, the government decided to “make it compulsory for all foreign workers in all sectors whether…

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Indian salesman wins 10 million dirhams in UAE draw

Indian salesman wins 10 million dirhams in UAE draw

By PTI DUBAI: An Indian salesman in the UAE has won a whopping 10 million dirhams at an Abu Dhabi draw, a media report said. Dileep Kumar Ellikkottil Parameswaran, from Kerala’s Thrissur, works with an auto spare parts company in Ajman and earns 5,000 dirhams (USD 1,361) a month, Gulf News reported on Sunday. Parameswaran, who won the 10 million dirhams (USD 2.7 million) prize at the Big Ticket draw in Abu Dhabi, will spend a big part of the money to repay a loan of 700,000 dirhams (USD 190,574…

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It's humanity against coronavirus: UK PM Boris Johnson at COVID-19 global summit

It's humanity against coronavirus: UK PM Boris Johnson at COVID-19 global summit

By PTI LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a COVID-19 survivor, opened a virtual global conference on coronavirus on Monday by calling on all countries to step up their efforts and work together on fighting the virus pandemic, the “most urgent shared endeavour of our lifetimes”. The Coronavirus Global Response International Pledging Conference was co-hosted by the UK and eight other countries and organisations including Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Saudi Arabia, and the European Commission. ALSO READ | UK PM Boris Johnson to set out plan for easing lockdown…

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COVID-19: Nepal records 16 new cases; most in contact with man who attended Tablighi event

COVID-19: Nepal records 16 new cases; most in contact with man who attended Tablighi event

By PTI KATHMANDU: Sixteen people, including 15 who were already on quarantine after they came in contact with a religious leader who returned after attending the Tablighi Jamaat gathering in Delhi in March, have been tested positive, the health ministry has said. All the 16 people were found COVID-19 positive on Sunday, it said, adding that the total number of coronavirus cases in Nepal now stands at 75. Of the 16 patients, 15 were already on quarantine after they came in contact with a Muslim religious leader who had returned…

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Trump's point person for South Asia, Alice Wells, who termed India-US ties 'unshakeable' set to retire

Trump's point person for South Asia, Alice Wells, who termed India-US ties 'unshakeable' set to retire

By PTI WASHINGTON: Alice G Wells, the Trump administration’s point person for South and Central Asia and a votary for strong US-India strategic ties, will retire this month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced, as he thanked the senior diplomat for her “wise counsel and dedicated efforts” to bolster America’s bilateral relations with the countries in the region. Wells, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, has also served as a political officer at the US Embassy in India and Pakistan. She has…

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COVID-19: British Sikh doctors campaign against forced beard shaving

COVID-19: British Sikh doctors campaign against forced beard shaving

By PTI LONDON: British Sikh doctors are campaigning for a better procurement strategy by the National Health Service for personal protective equipment required on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic in hospitals after a number of them were forced away from key roles due to their beards. The Sikh Doctors Association had reports of at least five Sikhs being moved out of their usual shift rota at the NHS hospitals for refusing to shave their beards and failing a so-called “fit test” of critical facial protective gear. “These doctors got in…

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UK PM Boris Johnson to set out plan for easing lockdown next week

UK PM Boris Johnson to set out plan for easing lockdown next week

By IANS LONDON: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will set out a plan for easing the countrys COVID-19 lockdown restrictions next week, Minister for the Cabinet Office Michael Gove said. Addressing the media on Sunday, Gove stated that the UK “must carry on” until the Prime Minister reveals how social distancing measures, which were first imposed on March 23, will be relaxed, reports the Metro newspaper. “His comprehensive plan will explain how we can get our economy moving, how we can get our children back to school, how we can…

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Amid COVID-19 outbreak, Pakistan government prepares to tackle locust crisis

Amid COVID-19 outbreak, Pakistan government prepares to tackle locust crisis

By ANI ISLAMABAD: Amid the measures taken to curb the surging infection rates related to COVID-19, the Pakistan government has started preparing to tackle the issue of desert locust which, if not controlled, will endanger food security in the country. Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari recently issued a statement regarding the threat of the locust attack, Dawn reported. On Sunday, National Food Security Minister Syed Fakhr Imam came up with a rejoinder, saying that his ministry was working with the department of plant protection beyond its mandate. He…

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Assam scholar’s essay on saint-reformer Sankaradeva enters Harvard curriculum

Assam scholar’s essay on saint-reformer Sankaradeva enters Harvard curriculum

Express News Service GUWAHATI: The students of Harvard University will now get to read about the life and works of Srimanta Sankaradeva, the 15th-16th century Assamese polymath, saint-scholar, poet, playwright and socio-religious reformer. The university has prescribed Dr. Sanjib Kumar Borkakoti’s essay “Unique features of Srimanta Sankaradeva’s religious philosophy Vivaratanvada: Comparison with other Sanatana Hindu philosophies” as part of the syllabus for the students of its Department of Religions. An industrial economist and researcher of medieval Assamese literature and the Sankari culture, Dr. Borkakoti had written the essay some 15…

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