CHINA PLAYS “MASK DIPLOMACY” AND WINS SUPPORT IN EASTERN EUROPE

Some Eastern European countries like Serbia, Hungary and the Czech Republic are praising China for its shipments of medical aid amid the coronavirus pandemic, while also playing down assistance they have received from the European Union BELGRADE, Serbia — When China’s first shipment of coronavirus medical aid landed in Belgrade, the president of Serbia was there to kiss the Chinese flag. In…

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IMF TO OPEN FULL $1 TRILLION LENDING FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER.

Describing the COVID-19 pandemic as “a crisis like no other,” IMF head Kristalina Georgieva has said the international lender plans to use all its USD 1 trillion lending capacity to support countries across the world battling the deadly outbreak. An unprecedented 102 of the International Monetary Fund’s 189 member nations are seeking assistance from the organization to combat the coronavirus,…

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LIFE AND DEATH INSIDE ITALY’S ICUS : PHOTOS

Italy continues to be ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic with more than 1.6 lakh cases and more than 20,000 deaths.  To stem the tide of new coronavirus infections, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has extended the European country’s lockdown until May 3. As the Mediterranean country battles its worst crisis since World War II, here are some scenes from inside…

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TIRUVANNAMALAI UNDER ORANGE ZONE AS PER CENTRAL GOVERNMENT IDENTIFICATION

Tiruvannamalai in Orange Zone: 12 districts in TN classified as red zones by Centre The list is a part of the Centre’s identification of 130 districts across the country as red zones, as on April 30.Tiruvannamalai comes under Orange zone.This is big relief to the people of Tiruvannamalai. The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has marked 12 districts…

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Contact tracing in full swing after two health officials down with COVID-19 in Tiruvannamalai

TIRUVANNAMALAI: In the wake of two health department officials testing positive for COVID-19 at Cheyyar in Tiruvannamalai district, the authorities have taken up contact tracing on a war footing. Close on the heels of a 58-year-old health inspector involved in COVID-19 prevention activities testing positive, a block health supervisor was also found to be positive on Thursday. Since both had…

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Tiruvannamalai Forest department conducts raid: 2,000 litres of fermented wash destroyed, 11 arrested

Eleven people were arrested and 2,000 litres of fermented wash destroyed in a raid conducted by the Forest Department officials in Tiruvannamalai district on Wednesday. In one operation, the police unearthed two tanks, each containing 500 litres of fermented wash, near Karadimalai in Vettavalam. The team conducted search operations in Thandarampattu, Polur, Chengam, Cheyyar and Tiruvannamalai. Over 300 litres of…

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Russian tourist couple rescued from Arunachala mountain

Tiruvannamalai police have rescued a cash strapped Russian couple who had climbed up the Annamalai hills in Tiruvannamalai. According to police, the Russian couple – Viktor Maksutov and Tatiana Simonaeva – had come on a spiritual trip and were staying in Tiruvannamalai and went broke. They were taking free food given by an ashram. Unable to pay the rent for…

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PRESS RELEASE FOR INDIA LOCKDOWN: WHAT’S OPEN & WHAT’S CLOSED FROM MAY 3RD TO MAY 17TH

The Prime Minister has announced an extension of lock down in India from May 3rd to Mat 17th. What will work RED ZONES >> All industrial and construction activities in rural areas, including MNREGA works, food-processing units and brick-kilns are permitted; besides, in rural areas, without distinction to the nature of goods, all shops, except in shopping malls are permitted. >>…

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LOCKDOWN IN INDIA EXTENDED TILL MAY 17 BY 2 WEEKS

Activities such as air travel, rail, metro and inter-state movement of people will continue to be restricted irrespective of the zones. Schools, colleges and other coaching institutions, hotels and cinema halls, malls and places of worship will have to remain closed irrespective of the zone. A “limited” lockdown which includes suspension of air, train and inter-state road travel will continue…

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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: INDIA RECORDS 77 COVID-19 DEATHS IN 24 HRS; CASES AT 35,365

The death toll due to the novel coronavirus rose to 1,152 with 77 fatalities reported since Thursday evening, while the number of cases saw a record jump of 1,755 to go up to 35,365 cases on Friday, according to the Union health ministry. IMAGE: A labourer carrying goods walks past a mural, during the nationwide lockdown in the wake of…

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