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India, Bangladesh to operate five more ports of call to boost bilateral trade

INDIA and Bangladesh have signed an agreement to operationalise five new ports of call and two new protocol routes to boost the bilateral trade. With this, the ports of call between the two countries has increased to 11 from six earlier while two more extended ports of call have been added. High Commissioner of India […]

Zomato, Swiggy start home-delivery of liquor in India

ONLINE food delivery firms Zomato and Swiggy have started home-delivery of liquor in India amid the COVID-19 lockdown. The service started in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand. Recently, India’s supreme court has directed states to consider home-delivery of liquor during the lockdown. The Jharkhand government has collaborated with the two food delivery services to […]

Tension escalates between India and Nepal over a ‘new map’

INDIA has reacted sharply to Nepal releasing new map saying that the action is unjustified cartographic assertion. India’s reaction came hours after the Nepal government released a revised political and administrative map of the country. A cabinet meeting on Monday (18) in Nepal decided to publish a new map that includes Lipu Lekh and zones in […]

India reports over 5,000 COVID-19 cases in a day; death toll nears 3,500

THE death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 3,435 and the number of cases to 1,12,359 in India on Thursday (21), registering an increase of 132 deaths and 5,609 cases in the last 24 hours, according to the health ministry. The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 63,624, while 45,299 people have recovered and […]

Former Sri Lankan PM lauds Kerala’s ‘coronaslayer’ health minister

Former Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has praised K K Shailaja, health minister in the Southern Indian state of Kerala, for her proactive and bold leadership in curbing the spread of the COVID-19 in the state. Kerala reported India’s first coronavirus case in January. But the state has recorded an impressive recovery rate and […]

New Nepal map heightens territorial dispute with India

NEPAL has drawn-up a new political map that includes strategically important territory it disputes with India, officials said, as the Himalayan country takes a tougher stance against its giant neighbour. Protests have been staged in Nepal since India earlier this month inaugurated an 80-kilometre (50 mile) road in Uttarakhand state leading up to the disputed […]

Pandemic has exposed and exacerbated the neglect of older people in India

By Imtiaz Ahmed, Mission Head – Agecare, HelpAge India I FEEL an overwhelming sense of dread at the moment. The number of Covid-19 cases in India is surging every day, taking the total over 100,000. Now that the lockdown is being relaxed, I fear these numbers will significantly increase. I hate to think what the […]

India to restart domestic air travel on May 25

Domestic air travel will resume in India on May 25 after a two-month shutdown imposed to stop the spread of the COVID-19, the aviation minister said Wednesday (20), in a further easing of national lockdown restrictions. The government halted all domestic flights — which ferried 144 million passengers as well as cargo across the vast […]

Heavy rains in India and Bangladesh as cyclone bears down

HEAVY rains and winds lashed two eastern Indian states and parts of Bangladesh hours before a powerful cyclone made landfall on Wednesday (20), with rescue teams evacuating millions of villagers to higher ground in an operation complicated by the coronavirus pandemic. Bangladesh’s disaster management officials said they were working on a war footing to evacuate […]

COVID-19: India reports highest single day tally of 5,611

THE death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 3,303 and the number of cases climbed to 1,06,750 in India on Wednesday (20), registering an increase of 140 deaths and a record spike of 5,611 cases in the last 24 hours, according to the health ministry. The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 61,149, while […]