Stricter COVID-19 curbs come into force in Maharashtra

The tough new measures announced by the Maharashtra government for the next 15 days to break the COVID-19 transmission chain and curb the rising cases came into force on Wednesday night. The “lockdown-like” restrictions, which exclude essential services, became operational at 8 pm and will remain in force till 7 am on May 1. Chief … Read more Stricter COVID-19 curbs come into force in Maharashtra

Jewellers urge CM to allow operations on festival days

Jewellers and restaurant and mall owners have urged the State government to relax the restrictions imposed in view of the rising COVID-19 cases to protect jobs and ensure livelihood for millions. The All India Gem and Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC) on Thursday wrote to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray urging him to allow jewellers to operate … Read more Jewellers urge CM to allow operations on festival days

Lockdown is not against anyone but to contain virus, Uddhav tells traders

Another delegation seeks Fadnavis’s intervention; hoteliers to stage silent protests today As retail traders and hoteliers across Maharashtra continue to oppose the State government restrictions, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday said that the lockdown was not against anyone but part of efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, and everyone would have to adhere … Read more Lockdown is not against anyone but to contain virus, Uddhav tells traders

Civil groups write to Uddhav, suggest measures to mitigate impact of restrictions

In the wake of restrictions imposed by the Maharashtra government to control the second wave of COVID-19 in the State, 40 civil society organisations have written to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray with suggestions related to migrant workers, livelihood, healthcare, vaccination, and food security. They have called for a 24-hour helpline to be set up to … Read more Civil groups write to Uddhav, suggest measures to mitigate impact of restrictions

What’s cooking at rate-setting review: Expect RBI to be more accommodative

MUMBAI: In a reflection of the uncertainty that surrounds policy making these days, economists now believe that the best course of action for the Reserve Bank of India’s rate-setting panel on Wednesday will be to reiterate its commitment to keeping monetary policy accommodative in the wake of a raging second wave of Covid-19 infections in … Read more What’s cooking at rate-setting review: Expect RBI to be more accommodative

View: Why India’s ‘Lock-Unlock-Relock’ policy needs a relook

Mumbai hit a record number of 11,163 Covid-19 cases and 25 deaths on Sunday. This has prompted the Maharashtra government to roll out a slew of strict restrictions, including night curfews and weekend lockdowns. The government has, for some time, warned of such a measure. Now, for most people, the concern is how to survive … Read more View: Why India’s ‘Lock-Unlock-Relock’ policy needs a relook

Strict restrictions in Maharashtra in the coming days: Uddhav

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday said that strict restrictions would be implemented in the State in the coming days, adding he did not want to impose a lockdown on the people but would be left with no option if COVID-19 cases continued to rise in the present manner. “I have been getting calls … Read more Strict restrictions in Maharashtra in the coming days: Uddhav

‘Similar to Toilet Paper Buying’: Demand for Snowshoes Go up as French Govt Bans Downhill Skiing

Demand for snowshoes has skyrocketed since the French government effectively banned downhill skiing in an attempt to contain Covid-19, the world’s biggest manufacturer of snowshoes reported on Thursday. TSL Sport Equipment, based in the Alpine city of Annecy, said it was selling double the usual number of snowshoes this winter, with demand on some days … Read more ‘Similar to Toilet Paper Buying’: Demand for Snowshoes Go up as French Govt Bans Downhill Skiing

Pakistan in New Zealand | Pakistan players to face less restrictions: Report

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has not allowed families to accompany the players and officials, but according to a report, there will be less restrictions for the touring squad this time around compared to England. The 50-strong Pakistan cricket contingent, which is heading to New Zealand on Monday for a T20 and Test series next … Read more Pakistan in New Zealand | Pakistan players to face less restrictions: Report

Habas worried about injuries to players

He says restrictions and lack of practice could exacerbate situation. The various restrictions in place in the bio-security bubble that Indian Super League teams are complying with, has increased the risk of injury to players, feels Antonio Lopez Habas the coach of defending champion ATK Mohun Bagan. As the teams enter their final round of … Read more Habas worried about injuries to players