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23 April 2020 News

  • COVID-19: India Update

Active cases: 15859

Discharged: 3959

Deaths: 652

(Source-Ministry of Health)

  • Delhi police booked Jamia students Meeran Haider and Safoora Zargar and JNU student leader Umar Khalid under the UAPA for inciting the Delhi Riots in February. (Source- Outlook India)
  • Amarnath Yatra, scheduled from June 23 to August 3, cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic. (Source-NDTV)
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said tougher punishment for attacks on health care workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus fight will “ensure the safety of our professionals” and demonstrated the government’s commitment to protect “each and every healthcare worker” in the country. Attacks on healthcare professionals will be non-bailable offence, jail up to seven years.

“The Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 manifests our commitment to protect each and every healthcare worker who is bravely                               battling  COVID-19 on the frontline. It will ensure safety of our professionals. There can be no compromise on their safety!” – tweeted the Prime                              Minister.  (Source-  NDTV)

  • Facebook has bought a 9.9% stake in Reliance Jio for $5.7 billion (Rs 43,574 crore), the telecom unit of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), the company said in a BSE filing. (Source-Deccan Herald)
  • India has dropped two places on a global press freedom index to be ranked 142nd out of 180 countries in the annual Reporters without Borders analysis released on Tuesday. (Source-Deccan Herald)
  • A malaria drug widely touted as a potential cure for COVID-19 showed no benefit against the disease over standard care and was in fact associated with more deaths, the biggest study of its kind showed Tuesday. (Source-Deccan Herald)
  • Brothers in Kolar sell their land to feed people: When Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the nation-wide lockdown to contain COVID-19 from March 25, brothers Tajamul and Muzamil Pasha in Kolar took an exceptional step. They sold a 30*40 plot of land they owned in the town. (Source-Deccan Herald)
  • Unknown activists have posted nearly 25,000 email addresses and passwords allegedly belonging to the National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization, the Gates Foundation and other groups working to combat the coronavirus pandemic, according to the SITE Intelligence Group. Bill Gates has been target of a series of coronavirus conspiracy theories as he is connected with the work of vaccines. His foundation is funding the WHO and because of his interest in global health and pandemics. (Source- The Washington Post)
  • The steps India has taken so far to contain economic fallout of Covid-19. To know the steps follow the link: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/policy/the-steps-india-has-taken-so-far-to-contain-economic-fallout-of-covid-19/articleshow/75285944.cms?tg_rhash=d4a6984d4864cd

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