Mizoram govt issues new guidelines for social gatherings

socialAizawl, Aug 14: The Mizoram government has issued additional standard operating procedure (SOP) to be followed in any gathering to ensure that social distancing is strictly maintained in view of the rise of COVID-19 cases in the state, an official said.

The order was issued on Thursday after a meeting of top officials, NGOs, churches and doctors chaired by Chief Minister Zoramthanga on Wednesday, the official said.

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Overcharged COVID-19 patients get lakhs in refund after team led by IPS officer Roopa steps in

d-roopaBengaluru, July 28: Several hospitals in Bengaluru have refunded lakhs of Rupees taken as advance from COVID-19 patients. Many private hospitals in the city have been charging huge fees to patients, despite the government order against the same. The hospitals have been told to pay a cumulative sum of Rs 24 lakh to 22 patients on account of overcharging them.

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Irrelevance owing to COVID-19 could prompt terror groups to launch strikes

ter-mnNew Delhi, July 27: The fear of irrelevance owing to the COVID-19 pandemic may prompt terrorist groups to launch terror strikes, a report by the United Nations said.

Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) remains resilient; and Al-Qaida has ingrained itself in local communities and conflicts. Both organizations and their global affiliates and supporters continue to generate violence around the world, whether through insurgency tactics, the direction and facilitation of terrorism or providing the inspiration for attacks.

Invite COVID-19 warriors, avoid crowds, MHA to states in Independence Day advisory

crowds2New Delhi, July 24: The Union Home Ministry has issued guidelines to all States and Union Territories ahead of the Independence Day celebrations.

In its advisory, the MHA has directed States and UTs to avoid large congregations owing to the pandemic. The MHA also suggested that coronavirus warriors such as doctors be invited for the events in the respective States and UTs.

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Iran estimates it has 25 million COVID-19 infections

testing-covidTehran, July 19: Iran’s president on Saturday estimated as many as 25 million Iranians could have been infected with the coronavirus since the outbreak’s beginning, as he urged the public to take the pandemic seriously, the state-run IRNA news agency reported Saturday.

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Plan to contain the spike, PM Modi says during high level meet with senior ministers

pmmodi-speech1New Delhi, June 14: While flagging concerns over the rising number of COVID-19 cases, Prime Minister Narendra Modi noted that it was important to get the capital back on track and also devise a plan to contain the spike.

Schools, colleges to re-open only after consultation with stakeholders: MHA

schoolNew Delhi, June 01: The Union Home Ministry has asked states to consult stakeholders before opening schools and colleges. The MHA asked the states to consult the stakeholders and then provide feedback to the Centre on re-opening of schools and colleges.

The guidelines issued by the MHA speaks of re-opening schools and colleges during phase II of unlocking the country. A decision on this would be taken after July 1, the MHA had also said in its order issued on Saturday.

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Next phase of lockdown: States want strict implementation of guidelines in containment zones

lockdown-8New Delhi, May 29: With the lockdown 4.0 set to come to an end on May 31, several states want curbs only in the containment zones. In the existing lockdown, states were given a bigger hand to decide on the curbs.

Many states have been getting representation to open schools, religious institutions and also hotels.

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Centre all set to re-define migrant workers

migrants-newNew Delhi, May 28: The Centre is all set to re-define migrant workers. This would enable migrants access to social security and health benefits under the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation.

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Will the COVID-19 lockdown be extended: Here is what to expect

lockdown-33New Delhi, May 28: A lockdown 4.0 comes close to an end, the government is working out measures to face the challenge ahead of May 31. Testing will be further ramped up and stringent curbs could be imposed in some cities, which have been reporting a high number of cases.

While there would substantial easing of curbs in many parts of the countries, those areas which are reporting a high number of cases could be further contained.

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