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From South Korea to India, religious sects become corona hotspots


New Delhi: South Korea did a very good job of mapping the people affected by the virus using technology and by February 17, the country’s tally of COVID-19 patients was just 30 with zero deaths. South Korea thought the situation was well under control. The 31st case in South Korea, discovered on February 18 in Daegu...

From fitness moves to Tambola, Indians balconies come alive


New Delhi: As Netflix streaming became monotonous and Facebook a dreadful exercise, millions of Indians are taking to balconies across cities during the 21-day COVID-19 lockdown to stay fit, read books, play Tambola and finish homework in a community session. Fitness trainers fixed smartphones on tri-pods in balconies early in the morning and began training...

India sees highest spike in cases, Nizamuddin becoming epicenter


New Delhi: India is witnessing one of the sharpest spike in the number of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) as 227 people tested positive in 24 hours, taking the country's total to 1,251 with 32 deaths. However, 102 people have been cured. The Union Health Ministry in its updated report said that 32 deaths have been reported...

COVID-19: Modi shuts 1.3 billion Indians for 21 days


New Delhi: In an unprecedented move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a 21 day nationwide lockdown that will bring everything except essential services to a halt in India. From the corridors of power in New Delhi to the bylanes of Hyderabad to a village in Nagaland, the entire country shuts down starting...

Bollywood A-listers take part in Janata Curfew


Pay tribute to unsung heroes on frontline in fight against COVID-19 From Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to Ajay Devgn, Varun Dhawan, Karan Johar and Hema Malini, a slew of Bollywood celebrities on Sunday took part in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Janata Curfew clapping initiative, to pay tribute to all...

Ayushman Bharat is geared for Women’s Health

Post Date: March 23, 2020

By Preeti Sudan, Vandana Gurnani and Dr Rajani Ved Officials of Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Under Ayushman Bharat, India’s drive to provide universal, affordable and equitable health care reflects the commitment articulated in our national health policy and sustainable development goals. Our aim is to increase equitable access to healthcare for women and...

Amending 1971 abortion law – A step forward for women’s rights in India


By Dr. Jaydeep Tank Secretary General,  Federation of Obstetric and Gynecological Societies of India In 1971, India became one of the first few countries to recognize the right of women to safe and legal abortion with specifics like who, when, where and for whom abortion can be performed up to 20 weeks. The MTP Act for...

Harvard team translating corona info in Indian languages


Boston: To help immigrants, particularly the old people in these communities, access information and advisories about COVID-19 amid a coronavirus lock-down, a first-year Indian American medical student at Harvard Medical School has come up with a bright idea. Pooja Chandrashekar is leading a team of over 150 medical students to develop COVID-19 fact sheets and...

Baba Ramdev touts ‘ashwagandha’ cure, irks medicos


New Delhi: Indian healthcare professionals are questioning claims by popular yoga guru and entrepreneur Baba Ramdev who said he has found an ayurvedic remedy that would help ward off coronavirus, reports Reuters. In a promotional video made public this week, Ramdev says: "We've done scientific research and found Ashwagandha...doesn't allow blending of corona protein with...