India’s Yamuna river regains sparkle as virus lockdown banishes waste

The sparkle has returned to the Yamuna river flowing through India’s capital of New Delhi, residents say, after decades of filthy and stinking waters, matted with garbage and polluted with toxic effluent from industry. Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/reuterssubscribe Reuters brings you the latest business, finance and breaking news video from around the globe. Our reputation for accuracy … Read more India’s Yamuna river regains sparkle as virus lockdown banishes waste

Is India’s Covid-19 tracing app an instrument for mass surveillance?

As debate rages in France over the Covid-19 tracing app StopCovid, India’s own government-launched app has already been downloaded over 100 million times in just over a month. The launch of Aarogya Setu, which means “a bridge for health” in Hindi, has been a resounding success. But despite this victory and the recent announcement that … Read more Is India’s Covid-19 tracing app an instrument for mass surveillance?

India to begin lifting COVID-19 restrictions

The Indian government says it will begin lifting coronavirus restrictions from Monday. It has given states the power to do the same in non-high risk areas, even though the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise. Sunday saw the biggest one-day jump with more than 8,000, taking the total number of cases to nearly 200,000 … Read more India to begin lifting COVID-19 restrictions

Call for economic support for Indian-administered Kashmir

India reported another record daily jump of almost 8,000 new coronavirus infections on Saturday. But, it is slowly easing its strict lockdown. The government is trying to cushion the economy from its worst contraction in 40 years. One region particularly affected is Indian-administered Kashmir where business leaders are predicting a disaster. Al Jazeera’s Elizabeth Puranam … Read more Call for economic support for Indian-administered Kashmir

India and Pakistan face the worst locust attack in decades

Plagues of locusts are devastating large parts of India and Pakistan. Billions of dollars worth of crops have been damaged, prompting fears of food shortages. Pakistan’s government says it is the worst infestation in more than 20 years. Al Jazeera’s Elizabeth Puranam reports from New Delhi, India. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe – Follow … Read more India and Pakistan face the worst locust attack in decades

Indian workers’ rights suspended to restart the economy

India’s government is being accused of using the coronavirus emergency to exploit millions of workers. After two months of lockdown, some of India’s biggest states have suspended most labour laws in a bid to restart the economy. Trade unions say changes to working hours, wages and health and safety standards weaken workers’ rights at a … Read more Indian workers’ rights suspended to restart the economy

India: Under Lockdown | 101 East

Social distancing and good hygiene are essential weapons in the fight against COVID-19. But how can you maintain social distancing in one of the world’s largest slums? How can you wash your hands regularly when there is no running water? And what happens when millions of people who survive on meagre wages are suddenly without … Read more India: Under Lockdown | 101 East

India resumes domestic flights amid confusion, chaos at airports

India has resumed domestic flights, with the government eager to get Asia’s third-largest economy moving again. However, at least 82 flights in and out of New Delhi were cancelled with little notice, leaving passengers frustrated. Airport officials said it happened because many states said they would not be able to accept flights after initially agreeing. … Read more India resumes domestic flights amid confusion, chaos at airports

15-year-old cycled 745 miles across India with her disabled father to return home | Coronavirus

15-year-old girl has become the symbol of the struggle of India’s 40 million stranded migrant labourers after she cycled her disabled father 745-miles from New Delhi to their village home in the state of Bihar. Jyoti Kumari said they had no choice after her father – an auto-rickshaw driver – was made unemployed due to … Read more 15-year-old cycled 745 miles across India with her disabled father to return home | Coronavirus

Rising global poverty amid coronavirus pandemic

Before the pandemic, the number of people in poverty had been steadily falling for years. Now it is rising again for the first time since 1998. That is because all around the world most people cannot go to work, and many have been laid off. And that is particularly difficult for people in poor countries … Read more Rising global poverty amid coronavirus pandemic

Muslims Celebrate Eid Al-Fitr in India Amid Covid-19 Fears

Muslims in New Delhi, India celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan amid coronavirus fears. Muslims around the world on Sunday began celebrating Eid al-Fitr, a normally festive holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, with millions under strict stay-at-home orders and many fearing renewed coronavirus outbreaks. … Read more Muslims Celebrate Eid Al-Fitr in India Amid Covid-19 Fears

Cyclone Amphan: India and Bangladesh clean up after devastation

Clean up operations have begun in India and Bangladesh after the most powerful cyclone to hit the Bay of Bengal in 20 years. Cyclone Amphan killed at least 84 people and destroyed thousands of homes. There are now concerns about the spread of coronavirus in emergency shelters where millions of people sought safety. Al Jazeera’s … Read more Cyclone Amphan: India and Bangladesh clean up after devastation

Deaths reported as Cyclone Amphan tears into India, Bangladesh

Cyclone Amphan, one of the most powerful in decades, has begun to make landfall along the coastline of India and Bangladesh where more than 2.6 million people fled to shelters in a frantic evacuation, made all the more challenging by the coronavirus pandemic. Weather officials say the cyclone – packing winds of up to 190km/h … Read more Deaths reported as Cyclone Amphan tears into India, Bangladesh

This woman feeds dumped family pets in India because of rumours dogs spread coronavirus | ABC News

In the early weeks of India’s coronavirus lockdown, unfounded rumours circulated on social media that pets spread the disease. Now the streets of New Delhi are over-run with hungry dogs and farm animals, leading people like “dog mother” Sonya Ghosh to dig into their own pockets to keep them fed. Read more here: https://ab.co/2Wsj9PG For … Read more This woman feeds dumped family pets in India because of rumours dogs spread coronavirus | ABC News

India’s PM Pledges $265 Billion Package To Revive Damaged Economy

India will provide collateral-free loans worth $40 billion to boost liquidity for small businesses and help the economy tide over the coronavirus outbreak. The loans will benefit up to 4.5 million small businesses, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in New Delhi on Wednesday. The program will be open until Oct. 31. “Essentially this is to … Read more India’s PM Pledges $265 Billion Package To Revive Damaged Economy