PM Modi says priority is to save every life as India prepares for extended lockdown

BJD’s Pinaki Misra had earlier confirmed that Prime Minister Modi had remarked during the meeting that removing the lockdown provisions didn’t appear to be possible at this stage. Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad also told news agency PTI that over 80% of political parties represented in the meeting had spoken in favour of extending the lockdown.

Covid-19 in India: Abrupt end to curbs not possible, says PM Modi

Floor leaders present in the meeting raised the issue of the suspension of the MP Local Area Development Scheme for two years, suggested setting up a task force comprising Union ministers and chief ministers, give financial packages to the states, scrap the ₹25,000 crore central vista redevelopment and said that food should also be available to […]

Economists revise India’s growth forecast in less than a month due to uncertain impact of COVID-19

MUMBAI: With the economic impact of Covid 19 still hazy, economists are redrawing their estimates for a second time in less than a month. Standard Chartered, Icra , Crisil among others have reviewed their forecasts for fiscal year 2020-21. “Intensifying Covid-19 pandemic and a looming global recession have cast an unprecedented cloud over the credit […]

India’s 40 crore informal sector workers may sink into poverty due to COVID-19

The report said particularly in low- and middle-income countries, hard-hit sectors have a high proportion of workers in informal employment and workers with limited access to health services and social protection. Without appropriate policy measures, workers face a high risk of falling into poverty and will experience greater challenges in regaining their livelihoods during the […]

RPT-India to continue prompt fuel exports for at least two more weeks

“It will be difficult to operate in this situation for too long … we may have to shut one or two refineries if demand doesn’t recover,” said Sanjiv Singh, chairman of Indian Oil Corp . Another company official said IOC’s 11 refineries are operating at about 50% capacity, compared to 70%-75% previously reported.

Independence Day Speech | Modi is a man in a hurry, can India run with him?

If Modi spent about three minutes to elaborate why his government was firm on a law against instant triple talaq, he spent almost 10 minutes focusing on why Article 370 and 35A was revoked from Jammu & Kashmir. This was more a repetition of what Home Minister Amit Shah had said in Parliament and what […]

India’s air gets cleaner after the lockdown

As India went into the world’s biggest lockdown to combat the deadly coronavirus, trains, planes, automobiles and factories came to a halt. And the skies in some of the most polluted cities on the planet turned blue. Cities across the country, which was home to 14 of the 20 most polluted cities in the world […]

Virus forces corporates to rethink on hygiene

Analysts said following the virus outbreak, the unorganised housing sector (PGs and private hostels) is facing major issues because of the health, hygiene, cleanliness, infrastructure, density and maintenance of the space during this hour of crisis. These places, according to them, are not best suited to adjust to work from home.

News updates from Hindustan Times at 5 PM: FATF’s review meet for Pak postponed due to Covid-19 and all the latest news

The government has made no official announcement about the end of the lockdown but I don’t know a single person who believes that it will end on schedule. The most we can expect are staggered and perhaps region-based withdrawals of the restrictions. Read more

Kupwara encounter: Why the army is watching the LoC

If in the worst of times that the world is passing through Pakistan perceives its national interest to be the pursuit of a kinetic campaign in Kashmir through acts of terror, there is little else that India can do except to redouble its capacity to neutralise this and undertake every offensive measure to compel Pakistan […]