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    US Virgin Islands bans sunscreens harming coral reefs

    The United States Virgin Islands (USVI) banned sunscreen products with chemicals known to be harmful to coral reefs and marine life. The ban came into effect on March 30, 2020, making USVI territory the first in the United States to implement it. Sunscreens containing the 3 Os - oxybenzone, octocrylene and octinoxate - harm the coral reefs that protect the Virgin Islands' shoreline....

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    Olive Ridley 'arribada' at Odisha's Gahiramatha ends

    Endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles have finished their eight-day-long 'arribada' or nesting on Nasi-1 and Nasi- 2 islands at the Gahiramatha marine sanctuary in Odisha. Around 4,07,194 turtles laid eggs from 14-21 March, 2020, in the sanctuary that is known as the world's largest rookery of sea turtles and is located within the Bhitarkanika National Park in Kendrapara district....

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    COVID-19: $2.5 tln needed by developing countries to weather economic crisis, says report

    A $2.5 trillion rescue package was needed to save developing countries from severe financial distress because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, said a report released by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on March 30, 2020. The $2.5 trillion 'coronavirus economic package' could be divided into three...

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    Understanding COVID-19

    Many things about Novel Coronavirus are spreading rapidly through social media, WhatsApp and the Internet. Some of these could be true, but many are baseless. At a time when the coronavirus epidemic is spreading across the world, it is important to know about some facts related to this deadly virus. Infection: The virus infects the epithelial cells in the throat and lungs. SARS-CoV-2 binds to the ACE2 receptors on human...

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    COVID-19: What about the transgender community?

    The 21-day nationwide lockdown to control the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak has spelt trouble for the transgender community in India. With little savings and social security benefits, many have a massive challenge to deal with - depleting food supplies. While several state governments announced relief measures for the marginalised, only the Kerala government doled out temporary...

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    Coronavirus update: Uttar Pradesh records first death

    Uttar Pradesh recorded its first death due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. News channel NDTV reported April 1, 2020 that a 25-year-old man from Basti district, who died on March 30, was carrying the virus (SARS-C0V-2). Authorities are worried he may have infected others in a hospital he was admitted in. We are a voice to you; you have been a support to us.

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    COVID-19: Lockdown threatens Congo with hardships

    Days after the Democratic Republic of Congo ordered a complete lockdown of Kinshasa province to combat novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spread, residents are facing a hard time accessing essential supplies. More than 11 million people have been barred from moving out of their homes for three weeks. They can step out to get essential supplies every four days. President FĂ©lix Antoine...

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    India to import 3 mln tonnes of pulses in 2020-21

    India will import approximately three million tonnes (mt) of pulses in the year 2020-21, a move that could lower the prices of homegrown pulses and increase losses of farmers across the country. The centre fixed an import quota of 1.34 mt on pulses for the current fiscal year, according to a circular issued on March 28, 2020. A quota of 0.4 mt was fixed for the import of arhar (pigeon peas),...

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    Coronavirus update: World has more than 0.8 mln cases

    The world now has nearly 0.86 million cases positive to the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), according to aggregator Worldometer on April 1, 2020. We are a voice to you; you have been a support to us. Together we build journalism that is independent, credible and fearless. You can further help us by making a donation. This will mean a lot for our ability to bring you news, perspectives and...

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    Covid-19: Six initiatives for the poor

    The lockdown that came into force on March 25 has hit the migrant workers the most, who are stranded in the city without adequate money, food or shelter. Even the Union government's Rs 1.7 lakh crore-relief package for those hit hardest by novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has little for the 139 million migrant workers. Now, several non-profits, volunteer organizations and even companies have...

    • 7 hrs ago

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