India


Sleep at last for Varanasi’s keepers of cremation fires Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

VARANASI, INDIA, (AFP):- The stench of smouldering funeral pyres usually hangs heavy by the Ganges river in Varanasi, the mystical Indian city where Hindus believe being cremated will free them from the cycle of rebirth. But because of a nationwide coronavirus lockdown, the 200 to 300 bodies from..

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India extends world’s biggest virus lockdown

NEW DELHI, (AFP):- India's nationwide coronavirus lockdown, the biggest in the world covering 1.3 billion people, will be extended until May 3, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday. The move comes despite complaints from millions of poor, a vast underclass who have been left almost completely..

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Pandemic a ‘perfect storm’ for South Asia, World Bank says Saturday, April 11th, 2020

NEW DELHI, (AFP): South Asia is on course for its worst economic performance in 40 years, with decades of progress in the battle against poverty at risk, because of coronavirus, the World Bank said Sunday. India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan and other smaller nations, which have 1.8 billion..

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Death toll due to COVID-19 touches 206; cases climb to 6,039 Friday, April 10th, 2020

NEW DELHI, (PTI): The death toll due to the novel coronavirus rose to 206 and the number of cases to 6,039 in the country on Friday, according to the Union Health Ministry While the number of active COVID-19 cases is 5,709, as many as 516 people were cured and discharged and one had migrated, it..

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India’s poor hit hardest by virus lockdown Thursday, April 9th, 2020

Ghaziabad, India, (AFP): With his rickshaw sitting idle outside his one-room shack, Sailesh Kumar is one of the hundreds of millions of poor Indians hit the hardest by the world's biggest coronavirus lockdown. His family of six are stuck in their slum home outside New Delhi earning nothing and..

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Maharashtra toll 12 after death of 2 more COVID-19 patients Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

MUMBAI, (PTI): Two more COVID-19 patients died in Maharashtra, taking the state toll to 12, health officials said on Wednesday. One was a 75-year-old man from Mumbai, while the other, a 50-year-old man, died in adjoining Palghar district, the officials said. "The 75-year-old male patient died..

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Stranded by virus lockdown, India migrant workers walk home Friday, March 27th, 2020

NEW DELHI, (AFP): With India locked down over the coronavirus and no way to earn money, Dilipji Thakor faces a grim choice: either walk home or die hungry. Thakor is among millions of migrant workers left jobless and penniless by the full shutdown of the country on Wednesday that has sparked an..

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India’s coronavirus heroes come under attack

NEW DELHI, (AFP): They have been hailed as India's coronavirus "heroes", but doctors, nurses, delivery drivers and other frontline workers have been attacked and in some cases evicted from their homes by panicked residents. Some e-commerce giants have even halted deliveries partly due to the..

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