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PIL in SC seeks setting up of panel to probe Centre's 'mismanagement' of COVID-19 pandemic
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PIL in SC seeks setting up of panel to probe Centre's 'mismanagement' of COVID-19 pandemic

The petition said the Centre failed to undertake timely and effective measures for containing the transmission of COVID-19 even after being notified by the WHO in early January

Mamata attacks Centre for refusing to disclose details on PM-CARES Fund, says her govt has 'nothing to hide' on donations
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Mamata attacks Centre for refusing to disclose details on PM-CARES Fund, says her govt has 'nothing to hide' on donations

'We have nothing to hide on how much we have received. We are not shying away from talking about it,' Mamata Banerjee said in a veiled attack against the PMO's refusal to disclose details on the creation and operation of the PM CARES Fund

SC tells Centre, states not to take coercive action against private firms for non-payment of full wages during lockdown
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SC tells Centre, states not to take coercive action against private firms for non-payment of full wages during lockdown

The SC bench, which passed an order in the matter, told the state governments to facilitate such settlement process and file its report with the labour commissioners concerned.

Life after lockdown: Six precautions you can take while using public transport to reduce the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19
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Life after lockdown: Six precautions you can take while using public transport to reduce the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19

While travelling through pubic transport, knowing bus timings and routes, location of containment zones, and using online payment and passes rather than cash can reduce the chances of contracting COVID-19

Centre issues SOPs for restaurants, hotels: Only asymptomatic guests to be allowed, home delivery of food to be encouraged
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Centre issues SOPs for restaurants, hotels: Only asymptomatic guests to be allowed, home delivery of food to be encouraged

The Union health ministry on Thursday released the standard operating procedure (SOP) for restaurants and hotels which included measures like allowing only asymptomatic staff and guests inside the premises and proper crowd management.

From abrogating Article 370 to CAA and Ram Temple, Narendra Modi pens open letter outlining achievements of second term
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From abrogating Article 370 to CAA and Ram Temple, Narendra Modi pens open letter outlining achievements of second term

In an open letter to the country's citizens on the first anniversary of his second term as prime minister, Narendra Modi said in 2019 the people of India voted not merely for continuity but also with the dream of taking India to new heights and making it a global leader.

Stimulus package impact: Fiscal deficit of Centre, states likely to be at 12% of GDP, says DBS Bank
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Stimulus package impact: Fiscal deficit of Centre, states likely to be at 12% of GDP, says DBS Bank

The combined fiscal deficit of the Centre and states will top 12 percent of the GDP because of the recent economy-boosting measures, and higher borrowings by States to meet COVID-19 exigencies, says a report

COVID-19 Lockdown: 50% of stranded migrant labourers have less than Rs 100; 97% didn't get cash transfer from govt, finds report
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COVID-19 Lockdown: 50% of stranded migrant labourers have less than Rs 100; 97% didn't get cash transfer from govt, finds report

With no cash-relief for migrant workers, the SWAN report said 64 percent have less than Rs 100 left with them. With no change since 14 April, about 78 percent of people had Rs 300 or less left with them and 74 percent of people had Rs 200 or less left with them. “This is out of 9,981 stranded workers for whom we have this data,” the report added. Over 97 percent (out of 10,383) have not received any cash relief from the government.

West Bengal cooperating with central teams on COVID-19, but can't roam around with them, says chief secretary Rajiva Sinha
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West Bengal cooperating with central teams on COVID-19, but can't roam around with them, says chief secretary Rajiva Sinha

The West Bengal government is cooperating with the inter-ministerial central teams visiting the state to assess COVID-19 situation, Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha said on Tuesday, but made it clear they cannot roam around with them leaving all work to fight the pandemic.

MHA directs West Bengal govt not to obstruct central teams assessing lockdown measures; TMC dubs visit 'adventure tourism'
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MHA directs West Bengal govt not to obstruct central teams assessing lockdown measures; TMC dubs visit 'adventure tourism'

Centre has directed the West Bengal government not to obstruct the work of two central teams visiting the state for an on-the-spot assessment of implementation of lockdown measures taken to fight novel coronavirus

Finance ministry sanctions Rs 46,038 cr as states share in central taxes and duties for April
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Finance ministry sanctions Rs 46,038 cr as states share in central taxes and duties for April

The Finance Ministry on Monday said it has sanctioned Rs 46,038 crore for the devolution of states' share in central taxes and duties for April

Coronavirus Outbreak: Health experts' task force urges govt to review lockdown, impose cluster restrictions
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Health experts' task force urges govt to review lockdown, impose cluster restrictions

A group of public health experts on Tuesday urged the Centre to consider reviewing the lockdown imposed to fight the coronavirus pandemic and replace it with cluster restrictions

Coronavirus Outbreak: Centre imposed lockdown without preparation, wasted time during initial days, says Congress' Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Centre imposed lockdown without preparation, wasted time during initial days, says Congress' Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Tuesday alleged the Centre wasted time during the initial days of the outbreak and implemented the lockdown in haste

Coronavirus Outbreak: Nasscom urges Centre to reimburse 'paid leave' given to staff during lockdown
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Nasscom urges Centre to reimburse 'paid leave' given to staff during lockdown

IT and ITeS industry body Nasscom has urged the Centre to reimburse the payroll cost of employees who were on "paid leave" on account of any COVID-19 related lockdown measures till 31 March, 2021, among other concessions and facilities

Coronavirus Outbreak: SC directs Centre to act against black marketeers of masks, sanitisers; govt to publicise price control mechanism
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Coronavirus Outbreak: SC directs Centre to act against black marketeers of masks, sanitisers; govt to publicise price control mechanism

The Centre told the Supreme Court on Friday that it would publicise helpline numbers for effective implementation of its notification meant to control prices of face masks and sanitizers amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Authorities did not act on complaints against gathering at Markaz, say Nizamuddin West residents
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Authorities did not act on complaints against gathering at Markaz, say Nizamuddin West residents

Some residents of Nizamuddin West on Tuesday accused the civil and police administrations of not heeding their complaints about a large number of people converging at the Tablighi Jamaat Markaz amid the coronavirus outbreak after the Delhi locality was identified as a hotspot of COVID-19

Andhra Pradesh SEC says he apprehends threat to life for postponing local body polls, seeks central security cover
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Andhra Pradesh SEC says he apprehends threat to life for postponing local body polls, seeks central security cover

Andhra Pradesh State Election Commissioner N Ramesh Kumar on Wednesday requested the Centre to provide him central police force security cover, saying he apprehends threat to his life and that of his family members

Decide on Omar Abdullah's detention within a week, Supreme Court tells Centre and Jammu and Kashmir administration
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Decide on Omar Abdullah's detention within a week, Supreme Court tells Centre and Jammu and Kashmir administration

Justices Arun Mishra and MR Shah told counsel appearing for the Centre that Abdullah's sister Sara Abdullah Pilot's plea against his detention will be heard on merit if he is not released soon