‘Lockdown was successful’, Kerala to charge for quarantine

Kerala Government has made all institutional quarantine facilities chargeable for anyone admitted from today, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said today. In addition, heavy fines will be imposed on those who enter the state without a pass — in case of road travelers — and without pre-registration, incase of train and air travelers. Since people […]

SpiceJet reassures flyers about COVID safety onboard

SpiceJet today made a formal announcement of the restarting of its domestic flying operations and reassured its customers about their safety inside the aircraft in view of the Coronavirus pandemic. The company resumed operations after a gap of exactly two months due to the Coronavirus lockdown. Flights are being operated on sectors such as Delhi-Bengaluru, […]

UP Govt says no migrants on its roads any more

Avnish Awasthi, additional secretary with department of home affairs in Uttar Pradesh government, today said that no migrant workers are walking on Uttar Pradesh’s roads as of today. His comments come in the wake of widespread outrage over media reports showing families, including small children, walking on the highways of Uttar Pradesh and adjacent states […]

‘Don’t bypass our checks’ – Kerala to Indian Railways

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has written to railway minister Piyush Goyal requesting the Indian Railways not to bypass the state’s COVID-19 containment and control plan. The state, one of the few places in the world to nearly eliminate Coronavirus through social distancing, has an elaborate system to monitor, control and contain the influx of […]

COVID-19 PACKAGE: Govt offers Rs 3 lakh cr worth of MSME loans

The central government has started giving out the details of its 20 lakh crore ($250 bln) stimulus-cum-rehabilitation package announced in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the program yesterday, and said that Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will announce the details in coming days. Sitharaman said she would announce plans […]

States scramble as Railways restarts long-distance trains

States seem to be scrambling to put in place a policy to deal with incoming travelers from COVID-19 affected red zone states after the Indian Railways unexpectedly announced that it was restarting some long distance trains from tomorrow. Most states currently limit interstate travel by issuing special passes, so that the number of incoming travelers […]

Hero MotoCorp sells 10,000 two-wheelers post COVID lock-down

Hero MotoCorp said it has sold 10,000 motorcycles and two-wheelers since its dealerships and showrooms opened after a 41-day lockdown earlier this month. As of today, said the world’s largest manufacturer of motorcycles and scooters, it has opened more than 1,500 outlets and service centers which account for around 30% of the company’s total retail […]

Kerala CM calls center’s airlifting plan risky

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today termed as risky and unfortunate the centre’s decision to not screen for Coronavirus infection before allowing passengers to board rescue flights that have started from today. Vijayan said the decision to potentially mix asymptomatic COVID-19 patients with healthy passengers in these flights from abroads would have serious consequences for […]