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South Korean chief among 12 held for deadly gas leak in India

Twelve officials of a plastics plant in India, including its South Korean chief executive officer, have been arrested over a gas leak in May that killed 15 people, police said on Wednesday.
India has opened up its vast railway sector to private companies, allowing firms to operate trains on certain routes, in a bid to boost its stuttering, virus-hit economy.

India opens vast railway network to private investment

India has opened up its vast railway sector to private companies, allowing firms to operate trains on certain routes, in a bid to boost its stuttering, virus-hit economy.
China acknowledged that it instructed unauthorized laboratories to destroy samples of the novel coronavirus but for biosafety reasons.

Coronavirus cases in India cross 500,000 as big cities reel from surge

India reported over 17,000 new Coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours, pushing the country’s total above 500,000, federal health ministry data showed on Saturday, with infections surging in major cities including the capital New Delhi.
Jyoti Kumari rode a bicycle with her father, Mohan Paswan, sitting on the pillion and holding their belongings from Gurugram city, near New Delhi, to their village in the northeastern state of Bihar, local media reported.

Indian girl cycles injured dad 1,200km, offered national team trial

A 15-year-old girl who pedalled her injured migrant-worker father more than a thousand kilometres across India after a coronavirus lockdown left them destitute has been invited to try out for the national cycling team.

30 migrants killed in India lockdown crashes

At least 30 Indian migrant workers were killed Saturday in road accidents as they tried to return to their home villages during a nationwide coronavirus lockdown, officials said.
Indian firefighters use hydraulic platform to sanitise an area during a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus in Ahmedabad, India. Source- AP

Drones, fire trucks disinfect Indian city after clashes

Drones hovered over the pandemic-stricken Indian city of Ahmedabad on Saturday spraying disinfectant on the streets, hours after security forces clashed with residents who flouted a toughened lockdown.
Fourteen migrant labourers walking back to their villages after being left destitute by India’s strict coronavirus lockdown were killed Friday after being hit by a train, officials said.

Fourteen migrants killed by train in India

Fourteen migrant labourers walking back to their villages after being left destitute by India’s strict coronavirus lockdown were killed Friday after being hit by a train, officials said.
People stand in a queue to buy liquor outside a wine shop during an extended nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in New Delhi, on May 4, 2020. (Photo- REUTERS-Adnan Abidi)

Indians queue for liquor as capital eases some coronavirus curbs

Hundreds of people queued outside liquor stores in New Delhi on Monday as the Indian capital began easing some curbs after a 40-day lockdown against the coronavirus.
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US panel wants India on religious freedom blacklist

A US government panel on Tuesday called for India to be put on a religious freedom blacklist over a “drastic” downturn under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, triggering a sharp rebuttal from New Delhi.
Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani has tested negative for the coronavirus, an official said Tuesday, days after news leaked out of an outbreak among his staff.

Afghan president negative for virus after palace outbreak

Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani has tested negative for the coronavirus, an official said Tuesday, days after news leaked out of an outbreak among his staff.
The worldwide death toll from the new coronavirus has surpassed 100,000 amid about 1.6 million cases and more than 368,000 recoveries, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.

Global coronavirus deaths top 170 000

The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 170 000 people globally, close to two-thirds of them in hardest-hit Europe, according to an AFP tally on Tuesday at 09:35 (GMT).

UN: Global hunger could double due to coronavirus blow

The number of people facing acute food insecurity could nearly double this year to 265 million due to the economic fallout of COVID-19, the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.
Scott Morrison

Coronavirus: Australia premier throws weight behind virus inquiry

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday threw his weight behind calls for an international inquiry into China’s initial response to the coronavirus and its origins.
Asian markets are in negative territory Tuesday as the shockwaves from Monday’s historic drop in U.S. crude oil prices continues to reverberate.

Asian markets in negative territory

Asian markets are in negative territory Tuesday as the shockwaves from Monday’s historic drop in U.S. crude oil prices continues to reverberate.
South Korea’s SolGent has secured an order to supply a U.S. government agency with an additional 7,500 kits which can each perform 100 coronavirus tests, the CEO of the biotech firm told Reuters.

21 Navy personnel test positive for coronavirus

As many as 21 Indian Navy (IN) personnel at “INS Angre”, a shore establishment at Mumbai city in the southwestern state of Maharashtra, have tested positive for novel coronavirus, a senior IN official in New Delhi confirmed to Xinhua on Saturday.
The United States became the first country to report more than 2,000 coronavirus deaths in a single day, marking a grim milestone as huge swathes of the globe celebrated the Easter holiday weekend under lockdown from home.

US reports highest daily virus toll as billions mark Easter in lockdown

The United States became the first country to report more than 2,000 coronavirus deaths in a single day, marking a grim milestone as huge swathes of the globe celebrated the Easter holiday weekend under lockdown from home.
Sri Lanka's cricket coach Mickey Arthur speaks during a news conference at the National Stadium, Karachi, Pakistan December 17, 2019. REUTERS-Akhtar Soomro-File Photo

Mickey Arthur: Sri Lanka T20 team need fine-tuning

Sri Lanka’s Twenty20 squad needs some adjustments, said coach Mickey Arthur, who will be overseeing the team’s bid for a second 20-overs World Cup title later this year.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks on prior to the start of the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, on October 24, 2018. (Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ - AFP)

World coronavirus toll soars as doctors overwhelmed

Coronavirus deaths soared across Europe and the United States on Sunday despite heightened restrictions, as Germany banned gatherings of more than two people and Chancellor Angela Merkel went into quarantine.

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