South Africa to open borders on Oct. 1

Asia Pacific News
PRETORIA, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) — South Africa will start allowing business, investors and skilled experts into the country on Oct. 1, said Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandoron on Wednesday.

Pandor said those wanting to travel for tourism from high-risk countries will not be allowed to enter the country. However, those travelling for…

China Muddies Waters Further in Ladakh by Resurrecting Old Claim

The Diplomat – News
With each passing provocative claim, Beijing is making the possibility of a face-saving solution remote for India – and itself.

In a further sign, as if you needed one, that the India-China crisis in Ladakh is nowhere near to being resolved, the Chinese foreign ministry on August 29 noted that China “does not recognize the so-called Union Territory of Ladakh.” In a separate statement…

Will take action if there is truth in corruption charge: C.T. Ravi

The Hindu
Newly-appointed BJP national general secretary C.T. Ravi on Wednesday asserted that the government would take action with respect to allegations of corruption in handling COVID-19 after verifying if there is any truth in them.

“Our party has zero tolerance towards corruption. If anybody has indulged in corruption in COVID-19, it is against humanity. Stern action has to be…

NHRC advisory: ?No patient should be denied emergency medical care for Covid-19 and non-Covid conditions?

The Indian Express
No patient should be denied emergency medical care for both Covid-19 and non-Covid conditions, according to a new advisory released by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). The state must ensure prompt and free initiation of the treatment process without demanding advance payment, irrespective of paying capacity, the advisory said, further prohibiting the public release of patient▪ …

Uttarakhand reports highest single-day Covid-19 casualties of 20

Hindustan Times
Uttarakhand reported 1,005 fresh cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, taking the tally to 49,000.

Out of the 611 deaths, 196 cases were of deaths due to coronavirus, while the others died due to comorbidities. (Representative image/HT Photo)

With deaths of 20 Covid-19 patients on Wednesday, Uttarakhand reported it highest single-day casualties in the pandemic since the state reported its…

Bengaluru imposes Rs 1,000 fine for not wearing masks

The Indian Express
The Karnataka government on Wednesday hiked the penalty for not wearing a mask in public places to Rs 1,000 in urban areas of the state while it remained to be Rs 500 in rural areas.

Speaking to reporters, after a high-level meeting with officers Karnataka Medical Education Minister Dr K. Sudhakar said that the decision has been taken after careful consideration of recommendation by the…

World’s biggest study on Covid-19 shows early deaths among Indians, higher risk of infection in vehicles

Deccan Herald
The world’s largest study on Covid-19 cases in India has pointed to early deaths – within six days after detection – and a hugely inflated risk of infection while sharing a vehicle with an infected co-passenger.

Carried out on nearly 85,000 positive cases in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh and their 5,75,000-plus contacts, the research found that the oldest adults were surprisingly…