Day: March 21, 2020

No need to rush Tokyo Olympic decision say US as splits emerge

US Olympic chiefs said Friday more time was needed to determine the fate of the Tokyo Olympics as a major US sports federation called for the Games to be postponed over the coronavirus pandemic. In a conference call with reporters, United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) chairwoman […]

WADA issues dope testing guidelines amid coronavirus pandemic

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) issued new guidelines on Friday to facilitate continued testing amid the constraints of the coronavirus pandemic. Noting that the spread of COVID-19 had evolved into “an even greater health and societal emergency” since its March 6 communique, WADA urged Anti-Doping Organizations (ADOs) to […]

ICMR revises testing strategy to fight spread of new coronavirus

New Delhi, Mar 21: The Indian Council of Medical Research revised its strategy to fight the spread of the new coronavirus on Saturday, saying all hospitalised patients with severe acute respiratory illness, shortness of breath and having fever and cough will now be tested for COVID-19 infection. The new […]

Two officials arrested for taking bribe in J-K

Jammu, Mar 21: Two government officials, including an executive engineer, have been arrested after they were caught accepting a bribe of Rs 45,000 here, an Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) spokesperson said on Saturday. Executive Engineer Rajinder Kumar and an account officer of SAMAGRA (Education division, SSA-RMSA, division III-IV) Jammu were […]

Global economy already in recession on coronavirus devastation – Reuters poll

BENGALURU – The global economy is already in a recession as the hit to economic activity from the coronavirus pandemic has become more widespread, according to economists polled by Reuters amid a raft of central bank stimulus actions this week. The spread of the disease caused by the […]

Panic buying, lockdowns may drive world food inflation – FAO, analysts

SINGAPORE – Lockdowns and panic food buying due to the coronavirus pandemic could ignite world food inflation even though there are ample supplies of staple grains and oilseeds in key exporting nations, a senior economist at FAO and agricultural analysts said. The world’s richest nations poured unprecedented aid […]

Netflix commits $100 mn to help actors, crews thrown out of work

Streaming television giant Netflix on Friday launched a $100 million fund to help actors and production crews endure the hit to paychecks caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The fund is meant to help offset hardship in the “creative community,” with most of the money going to financially troubled […]

North Korea fires two ‘ballistic missiles’ into sea

North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast on Saturday, the latest in a series of such launches by Pyongyang as the world struggles with the coronavirus pandemic. The South Korean military condemned the launches as “extremely inappropriate given the difficult […]

Negotiations lag on $1 trillion stimulus for virus-hit US

US lawmakers urgently negotiating a $1 trillion emergency package to salvage an economy ravaged by the coronavirus missed a Republican-imposed deadline to reach an agreement by the end of Friday. Senate Republicans were seeking a rapid deal in order to hold a final vote Monday on a bill […]

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