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Covid-19: Indian community steps up to help international students

They’re anxious, without work and a long way from home. International students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, overwhelmed with distress in Brisbane, have prompted the city’s Indian community to donate essential groceries at a park bench. Kishan Vyas said students hit hard by the pandemic and desperate for work raised concerns on a Facebook group popular with the local community. “There are some of us who have been here years, like ourselves, and blessed with good job security with savings, and thought it would be good to help them,” he said. “Most international students were doing a lot of...

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17 from Himachal attended Tablighi Jamaat, says CM

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said 17 people belonging to the state attended a religious congregation of Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi’s Nizamuddin area and they were under 14 days of surveillance in Delhi. So far they have no symptoms of Covid-19, he said. Official sources told IANS that a majority of those attended the religious congregation belonged to Chamba district, located adjoining Jammu and Kashmir. Thakur said an Active Case Finding Campaign was launched across the state on Wednesday under which health workers would provide information regarding symptoms of coronavirus to the people at their doorsteps. Under...

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Donations made to PM-CARES Fund eligible for 100% tax deduction

In a move to encourage contributions for the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the government has decided to make all donations towards the PM-CARES Fund eligible for 100 per cent tax deduction. The decision was part of an ordinance promulgated on Tuesday to put into effect the decisions announced by the Finance Minister last week regarding several compliance and regulatory norms in view of the coronavirus outbreak. Further, the limit on deduction of 10 per cent of gross income shall also not be applicable for donations made to PM-CARES Fund. An official statement said that among the decisions, “the...

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Aus states warn against breaking strict new lockdown laws

Australian states on Tuesday warned the public to abide by new social distancing and isolation rules imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic or face severe consequences including jail time. The restrictions came into place in a number of states on Monday limiting the number of people in a social gathering to two and forcing people to remain in their homes unless they have a “reasonable excuse” to venture outside, reports Xinhua news agency. In the hardest hit state of New South Wales, which has recorded over 2,000 coronavirus cases, residents are not permitted to leave their homes other than...

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Panic on rise, as 48.3% feel they can get COVID-19

Even as the coronavirus positive cases went past 1,000 in India and at least 29 people lost their lives, 46 per cent people believe that the dreaded virus would not touch their family, while 48.3 per cent felt there is a chance they might get infected, a survey revealed on Monday. The survey conducted by IANS C Voter Corona on March 26 and 27 found panic among the people over the virus has increased. On March 17, 39.1 per cent people agreed there is a panic situation but 10 days later, the percentage rose to 48.3 per cent. Also,...

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