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Top news of the day: Ram Vilas Paswan says India has enough food grains for nine months; woman injured in Pakistan shelling along LoC, and more

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Coronavirus | Our godowns have enough food grains for nine months, says Ram Vilas Paswan

The central government has enough grains to feed over 81 crore beneficiaries of the public distribution system (PDS) for nine months, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said, expressing confidence that its granaries, expecting a boost from a “bumper” wheat crop, will have adequate stock for a much longer period.

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Woman injured as Pakistan shells forward areas along LoC, International Border in J&K

A 45-year-old woman was injured in overnight shelling and firing by Pakistani army along the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB) in Poonch and Kathua districts of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

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The British Prime will continue his recovery from COVID-19 at his country residence of Chequers, his office said.

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Pope Francis delivers his Urbi et Orbi message following Easter Sunday Mass on April 12, 2020 behind closed doors at St. Peter's Basilica in The Vatican. Photo: Vatican Media/AFP

Pope Francis delivers his Urbi et Orbi message following Easter Sunday Mass on April 12, 2020 behind closed doors at St. Peter's Basilica in The Vatican. Photo: Vatican Media/AFP  

Coronavirus | COVID-19 outbreak will not affect S-400 deliveries, says Indian Ambassador to Russia

In October 2018, India signed a $5 billion deal with Russia to buy five units of the S-400 air defence missile systems, notwithstanding warning from the Trump administration that going ahead with the contract may invite U.S. sanctions.

Coronavirus | Supreme Court to hear PIL against PM CARES Fund on April 13

On March 28, the Centre set up the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM CARES) Fund with the primary objective to deal with any kind of emergency situation like the one currently posed by the coronavirus outbreak and provide relief to those affected.

Coronavirus | Railways asks senior executives to name ‘link officers’ in case they get quarantined

Sources said the decision was taken after instructions were issued by the government for all Joint Secretary or equivalent and above-rank officers to resume office from April 14 as a confidence-building measure for the general public.

Coronavirus | Australia begins airlifting citizens from India

The first flight took off from New Delhi in the early hours of Sunday as part of Canberra's efforts to bring back nationals stuck in various affected parts of the world.

Coronavirus | Global death toll climbs to 109,307 with declared cases crossing 1.7 million

More than 1,780,750 declared cases have been registered in 193 countries and territories since the epidemic first emerged in China in December. Of these cases, at least 359,200 are now considered recovered.

Coronavirus | China reports nearly 100 new cases in one day, highest in recent weeks

China’s National Health Commission said a total of 1,280 imported cases were reported in China.

Coronavirus | World Bank sees FY21 India growth at 1.5-2.8%, slowest since economic reforms 30 years ago

The COVID-19 outbreak came at a time when India’s economy was already slowing due to persistent financial sector weaknesses, the World Bank said in its South Asia Economic Focus report.

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