Preventive restrictions put across the country to prevent COVID spread
The number of coronavirus cases in India rises to 81, which includes one
death each from Delhi and Karnataka. Researchers, studying the coronavirus,
report that the time between cases in a chain of transmission is less than a
week, and over 10 percent of patients are infected by someone who has the
virus but does not show symptoms yet.
Preventive restrictions have been put in place across the country to
restrict the spread of the novel coronavirus. Rajasthan Government has
decided to keep close all schools, colleges, coaching centers, gyms, cinemas
and theaters etc. till March 30.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has ordered the closure of all but 20
immigration land check posts in eastern and northern India from Saturday
midnight in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
However, the curbs on the Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bhutan borders are
applicable “only for third country nationals and not to Indian nationals or
nationals of Nepal or Bhutan.” The border markets on the India-Bangladesh
border will also be suspended.
India has suspended movements of all types of passengers through the
international border points with Pakistan from March 16 midnight in wake of
the threat from the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The order said that diplomats and UN personnel having valid visas may be
allowed through the Attari crossing point along the India-Pakistan border.
However, they would be subjected to health screening and, if required, they
may be subjected to quarantine.
PM assures restoration of statehood in Jammu & Kashmir
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the government would work
with all sections of the population in Jammu and Kashmir to restore its
statehood “at an early opportunity”.
A 24-member delegation of the newly
The Goods and Services Tax Council today decided to increase GST rates
on mobile phones to 18 per cent from 12 per cent with effect from 1st of
The Council also decided to slash GST on maintenance, repair and
overhaul services for aircraft to five per cent from 12 per cent while the
tax rate on handmade and machine-made matchsticks has been rationalized to
12 per cent.
Briefing media in New Delhi after chairing GST Council meeting, Finance
Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the council has decided to waive the
late fee for delayed filing of annual returns for the financial years 2018
and 2019 by entities with a turnover of less than Rs two crore.
The Minister also said that interest will be levied on net tax liability
from 1st of July for delayed GST payments. She said, the GST Council has
asked Infosys to deploy more skilled manpower and increase capacity of
hardware of GST Network to ensure that the system is glitch-free.
The council has asked Infosys, which has designed the GSTN, to provide a
better groomed GSTN system by July, 2020.
Parliamentary panel reports around 60000cr post-harvest losses to fishermen
A parliamentary panel has observed that Fisheries Sector suffers from
very high Post-harvest losses.
It says that for Marine Fisheries the
Bangladesh calls for specific institution to deal with public health threats
in South Asian region
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh has called upon the leaders
of the SAARC countries to set up an institution to deal with public health
threats in future. Speaking during the Video Conference of SAARC leaders
convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, Sheikh Hasina said that
Bangladesh was willing to host such an institution if all agreed to it.
She emphasised the need for the SAARC countries to pool together their
capacity, expertise and experience in fighting the threat of Corona virus in
Welcoming the idea of holding the video conferencing mooted by Prime
Minister Modi she said that member countries need to devise a strong SAARC-wide
strategy to combat the public health threat of Corona virus.
Thanking Prime Minister Modi for this important initiative Sheikh Hasina
said that the meeting should be followed up by a similar meeting between the
Health Ministry officials and experts of the SAARC region to discuss
specific areas of cooperation.
She also thanked India for bringing back 23 stranded Bangladeshi
students from Wuhan in China.The idea of having a SAARC wide strategy mooted
by Prime Minister Modi to combat Corona virus has been widely welcomed in
A number of dignitaries from Bangladesh assembled at the Indian High
Commission in Dhaka on Sunday to watch the video conferencing.
Beijing decides to send all international arrivals to quarantine facilities
Beijing authorities will send all international arrivals in the Chinese
capital to quarantine facilities starting Monday, state media reported, as
China steps up measures against imported coronavirus cases.
People arriving from abroad had previously
Ace Indian paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal wins the ITTF Challenger Plus
Oman Open. The 37-year-old Indian veteran beat top-seeded Marcos Freitas of
Portugal 4-2 in the final played in Muscat on Sunday evening.
Earlier, in the semi-final today, fourth-seeded Achanta pulled off a
stunning seven-set victory against Russia's Kirill Skachkov, 11-13, 11-13,
13-11, 11-9, 13-11, 8-11, 11-7.