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Blood banks face lockdown effect

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Bhubaneswar: With the three-week lockdown in force, the Capital city’s blood banks here have reported acute shortage of blood units as the state government ordered a temporary ban on collection of blood to contain spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Although health experts and WHO (World Health Organization) have maintained that ‘spread of COVID-19 or any respiratory viruses doesn’t transmit through blood or blood components,’ widespread misinformation and ban on blood camps have...

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Corona uncertainty looms over Puri car festival

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Puri: The outbreak of coronavirus and subsequent 21 days of nationwide lockdown have made many people skeptical about the annual car festival of Lord Jagannath and his siblings here scheduled for June 23. According to sources, after the ‘Rath anukul’ ceremony was observed January 30, the Forest department has supplied required number of logs. The fifth and final lot arrived at the Holy City Monday and as per the tradition, the...

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Jharsuguda siblings Rishi, Vaishnavi spread coronavirus awareness through paintings

Jharsuguda: Amid the largest isolation exercise in India, awareness about the COVID-19 pandemic has steadily been rising. Both the Centre and the Odisha government are coming out with innovative ideas to develop awareness among the citizens about the importance of lockdown. Two siblings from this town are also contributing to this awareness campaign in their own unique manner. The duo is making paintings that portray the importance of ‘social distancing’ in...

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No plans to extend 21-day lockdown: Govt

New Delhi: The government Monday said there was no plan to extend the 21-day lockdown which came intro force Tuesday midnight. The Press Information Bureau (PIB) of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting tweeted, saying Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba has denied media reports claiming that the government will extend the lockdown. "There are rumours & media reports, claiming that the Government will extend the #Lockdown21 when it expires. The Cabinet Secretary has...

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Blood banks face lockdown effect

Bhubaneswar: With the three-week lockdown in force, the Capital city’s blood banks here have reported acute shortage of blood units as the state government ordered a temporary ban on collection of blood to contain spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Although health experts and WHO (World Health Organization) have maintained that ‘spread of COVID-19 or any respiratory viruses doesn’t...

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu goes into quarantine after close aide tests positive

Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his close advisers have been placed under quarantine after an aide on Parliament affairs tested positive for coronavirus, his office said Monday. The step is a precaution and is being taken even before the epidemiological investigation has been concluded, according to a statement issued by Netanyahu’s office. “Even before the...

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NOT CORONA, BANKS

Let us change from Corona Virus to some other topic. Need a distraction. Merger bells are tolling for ten state-run banks, which will re-assert themselves into four bigger banks from April 1. Styled as the ‘mega bank consolidation plan’, the amalgamation raises some hope that there would be better management of the banking sector and the era...

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Pet store owners are abandoning animals amidst the lockdown

The nationwide coronavirus lockdown imposed in India means that everything from your favourite restaurant to your designated Saturday night hotspot to the neighbourhood temple has been shuttered to break the cycle of infection. And while it’s understandable that our social life must take a back seat for a greater cause, humans aren’t the only ones having a...

Facebook offers $100 million to help coronavirus-hit news media

Washington: Facebook said Monday it was donating USD 100 million to support news organisations globally hurting from the coronavirus pandemic, citing the need for reliable information about the crisis. “The news industry is working under extraordinary conditions to keep people informed during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Facebook’s news partnerships director, Campbell Brown. “At a time when journalism...

Urvashi Rautela turns up the heat in a bikini; see pics

Mumbai: Actress Urvashi Rautela Monday took to social media and shared a throwback picture that sees her strike a scorching pose in a blue bikini. Sharing the stunning image, Urvashi gave her fans a message amid the coronavirus outbreak. https://www.instagram.com/p/B-WbifiAlIy/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet   "Spread smiles, not germs," she wrote. Reacting to the post, a user commented: " Beautiful." Another...

 

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Migrants, along with their family members, walk to their villages amid the nationwide lockdown, in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, at Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border. (PTI Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 21-day lockdown has started showing its ugly underbelly as thousands upon thousands leave cities such as...

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