Several organisations appeal for end to bigotry, hatred, racism

Kashmir Times
NEW DELHI, Mar 30: Several social organisations and peace groups in the country have called for an end to racial hate crimes amidst the outbreak of the Corona Virus pandemic and the lockdown. The organisations referred to some of the incidents of harassment to women from north-east and the racist slurs that are being made on the social media.

The full text of the statement is as▪ …

No extension of lockout, says Gauba

Kashmir Times
NEW DELHI, Mar 30: Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Monday denied any plan to extend the ongoing nationwide lockdown beyond April 14.

In a tweet, he said: “I am surprised to see such reports. There is no such plan of extending #CronavirusLockdown.”

He said purpose of the lockdown was to fight back the corona disease through social distancing.

His clarification came after…

Coronavirus: Calls pour in at a Jharkhand helpline for ?food, food and food?

The Indian Express
Lining up for relief in Ranchi on Monday. (PTI)

?Hum aapko haath jod ke bol rahe hain, yahan se nikaal lijiye (With our folded hands, I request you to please get us out of here),? Imam Ansari, a resident of Garhwa district of Jharkhand who is stranded in Pune, pleads to an executive of a COVID-19 helpline in Jharkhand. ?We are crying. People at home are also crying. There is food…

A mask and a shield

The Indian Express
COVID-19 is addressable, but it requires novel thinking and tactics. A combination of large-scale testing, tracing, and widespread use of masks is likely to yield the greatest dividend.

As India enters three weeks of nationwide lockdown to address COVID-19 , we must plan an exit strategy from this scenario now. An indefinite period of quarantine is simply infeasible for a country…

For elderly living alone, lockdown brings challenges

The Indian Express
The police?s senior citizen cell has been helping out

With their five children spread across Delhi, Jammu and Canada, Hardev Singh Malhotra (90) and Motia Rani Malhotra (80) find themselves alone, in the time of the COVID-19 outbreak, in Punjab?s Patiala. Their son, Dr Rajesh Malhotra, a radiologist in Delhi, said: ?While neighbours and the Punjab government are helping senior citizens…

COVID-19: First Nations leaders urge Coastal GasLink Pipeline to ‘stay home’

St Thomas Times Journal
B.C. First Nations leaders are urging the province to halt construction on the Coastal GasLink Pipeline, in light of COVID-19 concerns for local communities.

On Monday, the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs issued an open letter, urging federal and provincial governments to hit pause on the construction of the Coastal GasLink Pipeline during the ongoing health crisis.

“We urge you to…