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  • Health Ministry today said that the recovery rate of COVID-19 patients is progressively increasing and has reached to 48.19 per cent. During the last 24 hours four thousand 835 COVID-19 patients have cured.

  • Union Government today launched PM SVANIDHI - Pradhan Mantri Street Vendor’s Atmanirbhar Nidhi - a special micro-credit facility scheme for providing affordable loan to street vendors.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has termed today's cabinet decisions as historic and said that these will usher in positive changes in the lives of farmers, labourers and workers

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched technology-based solution named as CHAMPIONS for MSME sector, today in New Delhi.

  • Union Cabinet today gave nod to historical decisions aimed at helping the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and farmers.

  • Two hundred special trains will run across the country from today. These services will be in addition to Shramik Special trains and 30 Special AC trains. Railway Ministry said, more than one lakh 45 thousand passengers will travel on day one.

  • Delhi government has decided to open barbershops and salons in the national capital. However, spas will remain closed. Addressing an online media briefing, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, all shops in markets will be permitted to open in the city.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that a nation like India has to have proper medical infrastructure and medical education infrastructure and work is underway to ensure a medical college or post-graduate medical institute in every district of the country.

  • The first phase of nationwide unlock starts today. Unlock 1 will allow a phased reopening of most activities across India. Centre on Saturday Unlock 1 guidelines limiting the lockdown only to the containment zones.

  • 14 special flights will bring home more than 2000 Indian nationals from Gulf countries under Vande Bharat Mission today.

  • Indian navy ship INS Jalashwa will sail from Colombo port in Sri Lanka today carrying around 700 Indian nationals back to Tuticorin in Tamil nadu.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged people to be more careful in their fight against Covid-19 as country prepares to Unlock.

  • Dr. Michael Baden, one of the doctors who performed the autopsy as the behest of Floyd's family, said during a news conference in Minneapolis that Floyd had no underlying medical conditions that contributed to his death. Baden said Floyd's death was caused pressure on both the man's neck and by the knees of two officers on his back.

  • The protests over the death of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, in police custody in Minneapolis last Monday, have spread to cities including New York, Los Angeles, and Baltimore.

    They are bringing together hundreds, sometimes thousands, of people just as the country is reopening after lengthy lockdowns to stop the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

    Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms recommended to that city's residents that if they were at a protest, they should consider being tested for COVID-19.

    Health experts say the close proximity of participants, running and yelling or chanting, may increase transmission because people emit more respiratory droplets under these conditions.

    "These are large numbers of people getting together closely for prolonged periods of time and often cheering and shouting. So they're exhaling with vigor. So we know that people without symptoms can spread this virus and it's possible that, in that circumstance, the COVID virus could be spread to others," said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

    "I'm particularly concerned because, understandably, a lot of the demonstrators are people of color, that's the issue that they're demonstrating about, their concerns, and that's already a population disproportionately affected by COVID," Schaffner said.

    Early data from U.S. states shows African Americans are more likely to die from COVID-19, highlighting longstanding disparities in health and inequalities in access to medical care, experts have said.

    At demonstrations in San Francisco and Santa Monica, California on Monday (June 1), participants were wearing masks and some tried to stay six feet apart from other protesters.

    "Right now, I'm so angry and it's more important to be here. The benefit outweighs the risk for me," said Alexander McDonald, 32, outside San Francisco's City Hall.

    "I think it speaks to us, to the gravity of the moment, that we're willing to come out here and stand and add our voices to all these other people who've made it a priority in their lives, even in this time of the pandemic," said Jake Wachtel, 33, at the closed entrance to Santa Monica's pier, where members of the National Guard were stationed.

    If there are infections, alerting people that they have been near someone with the virus will be difficult, especially if people do not want it known they attended a protest, Schaffner said.

    "Contact tracing requires trust, because a person who's positive suddenly is contacted by a stranger who identifies themselves as part of the health department. And they will be asking, if you were at a demonstration, whom were you with? Did you go with anyone else? And then give me the names of all your friends over the past week or so. That requires trust. And what these demonstrations have demonstrated is lots of people do not have trust in local governmental agencies," he said.

  • The health department is yet assess the exact cause for his death. Namgyal along with his family returned from Delhi to Leh on 28th May. 

    However during home quarantine, after complaining inconvenience, he was shifted to the hospital, where he breathed his last. His samples tested positive for Covid-19 twice. 

    However, before results came, Namgyal passed away. After knowing the results, the Leh district administration swung into the action and advised all the people who visited the departed leader's house to pay homage to go for self home quarantine without any exceptions. 

    Along with, several UT Congress leaders and public representatives, many district officials, doctors and workers of medical department also have visited the bereaved family. 

    On the other hand, the Ladakh Congress leaders who visited Namgyal's home also paid homage to the departed leader and held Press Conference at Congress office. 

    The District administration has also started contact tracing, of who have visited Namgyal house on Monday. 

  • These decisions will bring tremendous benefits to the farmers, street vendors and micro, small and medium enterprises, he said.

    "To give impetus to the campaign for a self-reliant India, we have not only changed the definition of MSMEs, but have also approved several proposals to revive it. This will benefit the small and medium scale industries, as well as create huge employment opportunities," Modi said in a series of tweets in Hindi and English.

    PM Street Vendor's Atma Nirbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi) is a very special scheme, he said.

    "For the first time, our street vendors are a part of a livelihood programme. This scheme will ensure support for street vendors. It harnesses technology and emphasises on capacity building," he said.

    India will prosper, the prime minister said, when its farmers prosper.

    "Our government has fulfilled its promise to our hardworking farmers of fixing the MSP at a level of at least 1.5 times of the cost of production," he said.

    Care has also been taken towards improving the financial situation of our farmers, the prime minister noted.
     

  • Briefing media in New Delhi, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar informed that the Cabinet has further revised the definition of MSMEs, a decision which will lead to inclusion of many industrial units under it's ambit.

    Those enterprises with investment upto 50 crore rupees and turnover of upto Rs. 250 crore will now be able to avail the benefits of MSME sector. 

    All export turnovers of such enterprises will also remain exempted from the total turnover.

    Speaking on this occasion, MSME Minister Nitin Gadkari said, Cabinet has also approved distressed MSME fund of 20 thousand crore for extending helping hand to the enterprises in distress. 

    This decision will benefit over two lakh units in the country. He highlighted the decision of creation of Fund of Funds with initial outlay of 50 thousand crore rupees. The amount will be infused in the MSME sector through equity route.

    Announcing relief for the farmers, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, the Minimum Support Prices (MSP) for 14 Kharif crops will be increased upto 83 per cent, to ensure better returns for their farm produce. 

    The government hiked MSP for paddy by Rs. 53 per quintal to Rs. 1,868 per quintal while the MSP for cotton has been increased by Rs. 260 to Rs. 5,515 per quintal for the current crop year.

    He informed that the Cabinet has approved extension of repayment date for short term loans for agriculture and allied activities till the end of August this year. 

    The decision will help all farmers whose loan repayment due dates were between 1st March and 31st of August.

  • Of these 1624 are active positive,  946 have recovered while 31 deaths have taken place due to this pandemic.

    Moreover, 19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals of Jammu and Kashmir Union territory.

  • CBSE Psychological helpline will have two features: IVRS and Live counseling which will be available on toll-free number 1800-11-8004. While general queries will be answered by tele operators, 73 counselors and principals will be available for live psychological counseling in India. 

    Although the board will not hold exams in foreign schools, 21 volunteer principals and counselors will however remain available for students outside India at Sultanate Of Oman, Singapore, Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Japan , Nepal, Kuwait and USA.              

    The board will continue to provide the IVRS facility as it has the inherent advantages of accessing  prerecorded information anytime, anywhere and even multiple times. 

    The students/parents can  get  information on board exams including tips for better preparation, managing exam anxiety and time, contact details of CBSE offices, FAQ’s.

    According to the recent announcement of CBSE, the pending Class X and XII exams are going to be held from 01 July to 15 July 2020. 
     

  • He took charge from outgoing Chief Secretary Tom Jose at the Chief Secretary’s chamber in Thiruvananthapuram. 

    Mehta, a 1986-batch IAS officer, had held the post of Additional Chief Secretary of State Home Department.
     

  • This is an effort by the State Education Department to ensure that the students do not miss out on lessons due to COVID-19 induced lockdown.

    In the first week, the classes are telecasting on a trial basis. These will be repeated in the second week.

    The session began with an inspirational song by renowned singer K.S Chitra. 

    Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan offered best wishes to students in a video message.

    The sessions will be held from 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. from Monday to Friday for all classes from 1 to 12, except class 11, on the channel. 

    The time slots for different classes vary from half-an-hour to two hours.

    The sessions on Victers channel will be available simultaneously on the KITE Victers website, mobile app, and social media pages.

    Kerala State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT) is monitoring the academic process and Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) is taking up the technical coordination.

    \Class teachers and school headteachers have been given the task of ensuring that students have access to television, smart phone or computer, and Internet for the classes.
     

  • The train departed right time and all norms of social distancing were observed. Hygiene, social distancing & strict adherence to guidelines are the cornerstones of Special Railway operation.
    Passengers are requested to wear masks throughout their journey.  

    Waiting passengers of the special train were made to sit in Waiting Hall at Mumbai Central Station, keeping Social Distancing. 

    The passengers went through automatic thermal scanner. In this system as the passenger enters, his/her picture is shown on a TV screen along with their body temperature.
     

  • The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) has allowed domestic flights to operate from Dhaka to Chattogram, Syedpur and Sylhet sectors. 

    However, on the first day of operations, seven flights out of 23 scheduled flights were cancelled due to lack of passengers, reported the official news agency BSS. 

    The CAAB has directed all the airlines to keep at least 30 percent seats vacant on each flight to maintain social distancing.

    Movement of buses and other vehicles also resumed after remaining suspended for about two months. 

    The bus-operators have been asked to keep 50 percent of the seats in the buses vacant and not allow any standing passengers to travel. 

    However, the ride-sharing services like Uber, Pathao and Shohoj continue to remain suspended in the country.

    In the meanwhile, Bangladesh on Monday reported 22 deaths and 2381 new cases of Corona virus in the last 24 hours. 

    With this the death toll in the country has gone up to 672. Number of people infected with Coronavirus is now 49,534.

    Preparing to tackle the Corona pandemic after the lifting of the lockdown in the country, government of Bangladesh has planned to divide the country into red, yellow and green zones depending upon the severity of Corona spread in each area. 

    Health Minister Zahid Maleque on Monday said that the zoning details will be worked out by the experts. 

    He said that depending upon the spread of infection in an area, it can be locked down to prevent the spread of Corona virus.
     

  • IMD has issued the second stage Long Range Forecast (LRF) for South-West Monsoon Season for June to September rainfall today. 

    As per IMD rainfall over the country as a whole is most likely to be normal which is 96% to 104% of long-period average (LPA). 

    Quantitatively, the 2020 monsoon rainfall is likely to be 107% of LPA with a model error of ±4%. 

    Region-wise, the season rainfall is likely to be 107% of LPA over North-West India, 103% of LPA over Central India, 102% of LPA over South Peninsula and 96% of LPA over North-East India, all with a model error of ± 8 %.  

    The monthly rainfall over the country as whole is likely to be 103% of its LPA during July and 97% of LPA during August, both with a model error of ± 9 %.

    Rainfall over country as a whole is likely to be normal.  Monsoon rainfall is likely to be 107% of LPA with a model error of ±4%.  Season rainfall is likely to be 107% of LPA over North-West India.  

    103% of LPA over Central India  102% of LPA over South Peninsula  96% of LPA over North-East India  All prediction with a model error of ± 8 %. 
     

  • Out of a total of 240 mechanised boats in the Tuticorin fishing port, 120 went to sea today. This was agreed to at a meeting of fisheries department officials and fishermen representatives.

    Accordingly, 120 of the boats will go to sea on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and the remaining 120 on Tuesday Thursday and Saturday.

    Fishermen and traders alone were permitted by the authorities to enter the fishing harbor.  Their body temperature was monitored and tokens issued to them for conducting their operations.  

    All the fishermen went out to sea clad in masks.Only 12 fishermen were permitted on a boat as against the normal 21 member crew.

    The fishermen said it was a matter of joy that they had been given permission to resume fishing activities after 3 months in Tuticorin. They said their income depended on returning to work and the availability of fish at sea. 
     

  • Chennai accounted for 967 cases while Chengalpattu and Thiruvallur districts reported the next highest numbers with 48 and 33 cases respectively. 

    11 deaths were reported today - 7 males  and 4 females - 9 from Chennai and one each from Dindigul and Pudukkottai - taking the state's total tally to 184.

    As per the daily bulletin released by the state government, the total number of cases in Tamil Nadu as of June 1 stands at 23,495.

    The total number of positive cases reported from Chennai as of today stands at 15,770.

    Chengalpattu has the second-highest number of COVID-19 patients in the state with 1223 cases. 

    413 persons were discharged today taking the total number of recovered patients in Tamil Nadu to 13,170.
     

  • One such initiative was taken by the parents group in Mumbai where their kids participated in 'Virtual Fancy Dress Competition'. 

    The group- Rishtoon ki Dor, came up with this idea to engage their children who have been at home since more than two months now. 

    The kids also were enthusiastic as Virtual competition is a new concept for them. Winners were also chosen through the performances given.

    The kids dressed in their best, made appearances through online app and also delivered their dialogues. 

    They reside in different locations of Mumbai including Mulund, Borivali, Chembur, Kalva, Bhayandar, Charni Road. 

    The group plans more such activities to keep kids entertained that includes planting, arts and crafts of waste out of best. 

    The parents are organising Cooking task for all Male members dedicated to women who are tirelessly working in lockdown for the family.
     

  • This comes in the wake of the guidelines on the fifth phase of lockdown, which is billed as Unlock -1, issued by the Central government.

    The Chief Minister was addressing the media after the meeting of Covid review committee held in Thiruvananthapuram.

    Bus service between the two districts will be allowed. The passengers need to wear mask mandatorily, said Pinarayi.

    He, however,  said the complete lockdown will continue in the containment zones till June 30.

    In cars, three passengers apart from driver will be allowed to travel. Two passengers will be allowed in auto rickshaws, he said.

    Marriage function in auditoriums, including Guruvayoor temple, with not more than 50 people will be allowed.

    Meanwhile, the state has reported 57 new Covid-19 cases, taking active cases to 708. 

    Of the new cases, 27 had returned from abroad while 28 came from other states. One person is an Air India staff and another one is a health worker. 

    18 patients have been recovered of the disease today.

    A total of 1, 39, 661 people have been kept under the observation. Of which, 1, 38, 397 are in home or institutional quarantine while 1246 in hospitals.
     

  • Institute of Nuclear Medicine & Allied Sciences (INMAS), the Delhi based laboratory of DRDO has developed this product with industry partner M/s Gel Craft Healthcare Private Ltd, Ghaziabad.

    The system uses an advanced oxidative process comprising of multiple barrier disruption approach using Ozonated Space Technology for disinfection.

    The system is double layered with specialised Ozone sealant technology assuring trapping of ozone for the necessary disinfection cycle. It also has catalytic converter to ensure environment friendly exhaust i.e. only oxygen and water.

    The system is in compliance with International Standards of Industrial, Occupational, Personal and Environmental Safety. The Ultra Swachh comes in two variants namely Ozonated Space and Trinetra Technology. Trinetra technology is the combination of Ozonated space and radical dispenser. Treatment is optimised with automation for quick disinfection cycle.

    The system operates on 15 Ampere, 220 Volts, 50 Hertz power supply. The system has been provided with various safety features such as emergency shutdown, door interlocks, dual door, delay cycle, and leak monitors, etc to ensure safe operations for longer duration. Dimensions of the Industrial Cabinet are 7’x4’x3.25’ to disinfect large quantity at a time. Cabinets of different sizes will be available for the industry.
     

  • According to the Ministry of Health and Population total number of corona virus cases has soared to 1798. 

    The COVID-19 cases are continuously increasing in the Himalayan nation and over 1200 persons have been diagnosed with corona virus since last Monday. 

    There are 1569 active cases, while 221 people have been recovered so far. Eight persons have died of COVID-19.
     

  • Home Minister assured them all Central help and asked them to spell out in details the requirements and resources needed to deal with the situation.

    Meanwhile, NDRF has already deployed 13 teams in Gujarat including 2 kept as reserve and 16 in Maharashtra including 7 teams as reserve, while one team each was deployed for Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli. NDRF is aiding the State Governments for evacuation of people from low lying coastal areas.

    Earlier today, Union Minister for Home Affairs,  Amit Shah held a high level review meeting with officials of NDMA, NDRF, IMD, and Indian Coast Guard on preparedness for dealing with the impending Cyclone. MoS Home Affairs Nityanand Rai also present during the meeting.

    Earlier, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that the low-pressure area developing over the Arabian sea is likely to intensify into a severe cyclone and cross the north Maharashtra and south Gujarat coasts on June 3.  

    It stated that the cyclone will have an impact on state capital Mumbai when it crosses Maharashtra.  

    According to the cyclone warning division of IMD the depression building in the Arabian Sea will intensify into a deep depression the third and fourth stage of any cyclone formation by Monday evening. It will intensify into a cyclonic storm by June 2.

    The IMD said the storm is very likely to move nearly northwards initially till June 2 morning and then recurve north-northeastwards and cross north Maharashtra and south Gujarat coasts between Harihareshwar Raigad in Maharashtra and Daman during night of June 3. 

    When it crosses the coast on the evening of June 3, it will have a speed of 105-110 kmph. Heavy rains are also expected in south Gujarat and coastal Maharashtra. 
     

     

  • Light rain/drizzle was reported from parts of Mumbai city, its suburbs and neighbouring districts of Thane and Palghar, bringing some respite to residents from the hot and humid weather.

    On Sunday also, some parts of the state, including Pune, witnessed rain with thunderstorm and gusty winds.

    "Maharashtra state experienced rain with thunderstorms associated with gusty winds especially in interiors in last 24 hours," IMD Mumbai's deputy director general of meteorology K S Hosalikar said in a tweet on Monday.

    The low pressure area formed in the Arabian Sea may develop into a cyclonic storm and is likely to hit North Maharashtra and Gujarat coast on June 3, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
     

  • The Health Ministry data given this morning said, the number of active cases of COVID-19 stood at 93,322.

    As many as 91,819 people have been cured.
     

  • A total of 169 passengers had registered but finally only 165 people boarded the evacuation flight.

    The flight of Air India departed from Dhaka to Kolkata around noon time. This was the third evacuation flight from Dhaka to Kolkata. Earlier one flight each had left for Kolkata on 18th and 27th May from Dhaka.

    Earlier, a batch of 230 Indians had left for Tripura, Assam, Manipur and Meghalaya on 28th May from the land route in Bangladesh. High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das had gone to the Akhaura border to see off the stranded Indians leaving for Agartala.

    Till now, more than 1800 people have been evacuated from Dhaka under the Vande Bharat Mission on ten flights operating from Dhaka. A few other chartered flights have also been facilitated by the Indian High Commission in Dhaka to evacuate Indian citizens stranded in Bangladesh in the wake of Corona pandemic and subsequent disruption of international travel.

    The evacuation of Indian citizens from Bangladesh started on 8th May with 168 medical students stranded in Bangladesh leaving for Srinagar.

    Till now 4 flights have left for Srinagar, 3 for Kolkata and one each for Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai. Apart from these one flight of Biman Bangla carried 70 Indian nationals to Delhi and another chartered flight left forBodh Gaya from Dhaka with 170 passengers.

     

  • He further added: "I would also like to appreciate the efforts of the Karnataka Government in handling the Covid-19 situation.  The world seeks both care and cure from you."

    "At the root of India's brave fight against Covid-19 is the hard-work of the medical community and our Corona warriors. In fact, doctors and medical workers are like soldiers, but without the soldiers’ uniform.  The virus may be an invisible enemy,but our Corona warriors, medical workers are invincible," he said.

    PM said, "during the last six years, we in India took many initiatives in health-care and medical education. 

    We are broadly working on four pillars:

    The first is - Preventive Healthcare.  This includes the importance to Yoga, Ayurveda and general fitness.   More than forty thousand wellness centreshave been openedwhere a key focus is on controlling life-style related diseases.  The success of the Swacchh Bharat Mission is another key part of preventive healthcare. 

    The second is- Affordable Healthcare.  Ayushman Bharat- the world's largest healthcare scheme belongs to India.  In less than two years, One crore people have benefitted from this scheme.  Women and those staying in villages are among the major beneficiaries of this scheme.

     The third pillar is- Improvements on the supply side.  A nation like ours has to have proper medical infrastructure and medical education infrastructure.  Work is under-way to ensure a medical college or post-graduate medical institute in every district of the country. 

    The country has seen rapid progress in setting up 22 more AIIMS.  Over the last five years, we have been able to add over Thirty thousand seats in MBBS and fifteen thousand seats in post-graduation.   This has been the largest increase in the five year term of any government since independence.  The Medical Council of India has been replaced by a new National Medical Commission through an Act of the Parliament.  This will go in a long way in improving the quality of medical education, bringing it at par  with the international standards. 

    The fourth pillar is - Mission mode implementationA well-thought of idea on paper makes it only a good idea.  And, a good idea well implemented makes it a great one.  Hence, implementation is very crucial." 

    PM Modi also highlighted the success of India's National Nutrition Mission that is helping youngsters and their mothers.  

    The Prime Minister further said: "There are three things on which I would urge maximum discussion and participation. 

    One is - advances in tele-medicine.  Can we think of new models that make tele-medicine popular on a larger scale.

    The other is related to 'Make in India' in the health sector.  The initial gains make me optimistic.  Our domestic manufacturers have started production of PPEs and have supplied about 1 crore PPEs to Covid warriors.   Similarly,   we have supplied 1.2 crore 'Make in India' N-95 masks to all States.

    Third is- IT related tools for healthier societies.  I am sure you have the ArogyaSetu App on your Mobiles.12 crore health conscious people have downloaded it. This has been very helpful in the fight against Coronavirus."

    On the concern of violence towards healthcare workers, PM said: "I want to state it clearly - violence, abuse and rude behaviour is not acceptable. Steps have been taken to protect you against any form of violence. We have also provided an insurance cover of Rs. 50 lakh for those on the front-line."

  • "The southwest monsoon has made an onset over Kerala," IMD director general Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said.

    The four-month monsoon season from June to September accounts for 75 per cent of rainfall in the country.

    Private forecaster Skymet Weather on May 30 had declared arrival of monsoon, but the IMD had differed, saying conditions were not ripe then for such an announcement.

  • More details are awaited.

  • Pyongyang has not confirmed a single infection but has imposed strict rules, including closing its borders and putting thousands of its people into isolation.

    The new school term -- initially scheduled to start early April -- has been repeatedly postponed, although some universities and high schools were allowed to resume classes in mid-April.

    "New semesters will begin at elementary, middle and high schools nationwide from early June, and quarantine measures have been put in place for the reopening of nurseries and kindergartens," Yonhap news agency reported, citing the North's state radio.

    "Education authorities have been asked to furnish thermometers and hand sanitisers at every gate of schools and classrooms and offices, while workers at schools and nurseries have been advised to stick to anti-virus principles," it added.

    Analysts say the North is unlikely to have avoided infections from the virus, which first emerged in neighbouring China and went on to sweep the world, and that its ramshackle health system could struggle to cope with a major outbreak.

    The number of coronavirus infections worldwide has risen to more than 6.1 million, with around 370,000 dead across 196 countries and territories.

  • There were more confrontations between protestors and police and fresh outbreaks of looting.

    Violent clashes erupted repeatedly in a small park next to the White House, with authorities using tear gas, pepper spray and flash bang grenades to disperse crowds who lit several large fires and damaged property.

    Local US leaders appealed to citizens to give constructive outlet to their rage over the death of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis, while night-time curfews were imposed in cities including Washington, Los Angeles and Houston.

    One closely watched protest was outside the state capitol in Minneapolis' twin city of St. Paul, where several thousand people gathered before marching down a highway.

    Hundreds of police and National Guard troops were deployed ahead of the protest. At one point, some of the protestors who had reached a bridge were forced to scramble for cover when a truck drove at speed after having apparently breached a barricade.

    The driver was later taken to hospital after the protestors hauled him from the vehicle, although there were no immediate reports of other casualties.

    There were other large-scale protests in cities including New York and Miami.

    Washington's mayor ordered a curfew from 11:00 pm until 6:00 am, as a report in the New York Times said that President Donald Trump had been rushed by Secret Service agents into an underground bunker at the White House on Friday night during an earlier protest.

    Large-scale violence has rocked many US cities in recent days, and looters ransacked stores in a neighborhood of Philadelphia on Sunday.

    In the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Monica, looting was reported at stores in a popular beachside shopping center.

    Officials in LA -- a city scarred by the 1992 riots over the police beating of Rodney King, an African-American man -- imposed a curfew from 4:00 pm Sunday until dawn.

    The shocking videotaped death last Monday of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, at the hands of police in Minneapolis ignited the nationwide wave of outrage over law enforcement's repeated use of lethal force against unarmed African Americans.

    Floyd stopped breathing after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

    Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and is due to make his first appearance in court on Monday. Three other officers with him have been fired but for now face no charges.

    Governor Tim Walz has mobilized all of Minnesota's National Guard troops -- the state guard's biggest mobilization ever -- to help restore order.

    Police fired tear gas and stun grenades to clear streets of curfew violators Saturday night in Minneapolis.

    "Congratulations to our National Guard for the great job they did immediately upon arriving in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last night," President Donald Trump tweeted, adding that they "should be used in other States before it is too late!"

    The Department of Defense said that around 5,000 National Guard troops had been mobilized in 15 states as well as the capital Washington, with another 2,000 on standby.

    The widespread resort to uniformed National Guards units is rare, and it evoked disturbing memories of the rioting in US cities in 1967 and 1968 in a turbulent time of protest over racial and economic disparities.

    Trump blamed the extreme left for the violence, saying he planned to designate a group known as Antifa as a terrorist organization.

    Joe Biden, Trump's likely Democratic opponent in November's presidential election, visited the scene of one anti-racism protest. "We are a nation in pain right now, but we must not allow this pain to destroy us," Biden tweeted, posting a picture of him speaking with an African-American family at the site where protesters had gathered in Delaware late Saturday.

    Floyd's death has triggered protests beyond the United States, with hundreds rallying outside the US embassy in London in solidarity.

  • Fishermen who have ventured into the Arabian Sea along the north and south Gujarat coasts have been advised to return and not go out till June 4.

    IMD's Cyclone Warning Division said, a low pressure is currently over east central Arabian Sea and the Lakshadweep Islands. It is likely to intensify into a depression in the next 12 hours and a cyclonic circulation in the next 24 hours.

    A low pressure area is the first stage of any cyclone.

    The IMD has four colour-coded warnings as per the intensity of any weather system -- green, yellow, orange and the last one being red. 

  • It termed the reports as complete misinterpretation of its recommendation on ensuring adequate numbering resources for fixed line and mobile services issued two days back. 

    The TRAI has said, as per its recommendation, the country will continue with 10-digit numbering for mobile services.

    The telecom regulator added that it has categorically rejected shifting to an 11-digit mobile numbering plan.

  • Active cases: 93,322

    Cured/Discharged: 91,818

    Migrated: 1

    Deaths: 5,394

  • It has marked the dawn of a new age in commercial space travel.

    Elon Musk's SpaceX company confirmed the successful docking of NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley with the ISS, the orbiting laboratory after traveling 19 hours.

    They were greeted by fellow NASA astronaut Christopher Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Anatoli Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner, who were already on board the orbiting laboratory.

    NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine called the station from the space agency's mission control center in Houston, Texas. Bridenstine said, "we are so, so proud of everything you've done for our country, and in fact, to inspire the world."

    Saturday's liftoff also assumes significance as it marks the launch of humans into orbit from US soil for the first time in nearly a decade.

    With the liftoff, SpaceX became the first private company to launch people into the orbit, a feat achieved previously by only three governments - US, Russia and China.
     

  • The 42 year old music composer was also suffering from kidney ailments and had undergone a kidney transplant a few months ago.

    He was rushed to a hospital in Mumbai's Chembur after his condition deteriorated.

    Wajid Khan, of the famous Sajid-Wajid music composer duo, composed most of the songs of actor Salman Khan's movies.

    His colleagues from the film industry expressed grief over his death.

  • These services will be in addition to Shramik Special trains and 30 Special AC trains. Railway Ministry said, more than one lakh 45 thousand passengers will travel on day one.

    Around 26 lakh passengers have booked their tickets for Advance Reservation Period 1st to 30th June.

    These trains are fully reserved trains having both AC and Non AC classes. General coaches have reserved sitting accommodation.  There will be no unreserved coach in the train.
       
    The passengers will have to reach the station 90 minutes in advance to facilitate thermal screening at the station. All passengers will be screened and only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the train.

    Only passengers with confirmed and RAC tickets will be allowed to enter the Railway Station and board the train. All passengers will have to wear face masks and observe social distancing  during travel. On arrival at their destination, the travelling passengers will adhere to such health protocols as are prescribed by the destination State and Union territories.

    No Linen, blankets and curtains will be provided inside the train. Use of  Aarogya Setu App will be mandatory for all passengers.

    Online Booking of tickets for these trains is being done through IRCTC website or through Mobile App.

    Railways has also allowed booking of reservation tickets through the reservation counters, Common Service Centers and Ticketing agents.

    Raliways to run 200 Special trains across country from todayBooking of Tatkal ticket can be done from 29th June for journey date 30 June and onwards.

  • Unlock 1 will allow a phased reopening of most activities across India.

    Centre on Saturday Unlock 1 guidelines limiting the lockdown only to the containment zones. 

    Government also allowed unfettered movement of goods and persons between states and within states. Several states have also released guidelines for the fifth phase of lockdown or Unlock 1.

  • In the last 24 hours, 4,614 patients were found cured. 

    A cumulative total of around 87,000 people have been cured so far.

    The Ministry said, the government has taken several steps along with the States and Union territories for prevention, containment and management of COVID-19. 

    These are being regularly reviewed and monitored at the highest level.

  • This will be the first operation as part of operation “Samudra Setu” from Sri Lanka to repatriate Indian citizens as part of Vande Bharat Mission.

    The ship reached Colombo this morning and will depart by late evening. Passengers have begun arriving at the Colombo port for emigration and medical checkups etc.

    Indian high commission in Colombo has made final arrangements for the repatriation with support of Sri Lankan navy and other authorities.

    COVID-related social distancing norms have been catered onboard and evacuees would be provided basic amenities and medical facilities during the sea-passage.

     Around 1,700 Indian nationals have registered for evacuation in Sri Lanka and the first Air Indian flight carried 176 people last Friday.

    More such flights are scheduled next month.

    Indian Navy has already repatriated 1,488 Indian nationals from Malè to Kochi during the previous phase of operations.

    INS Jalashwa is scheduled to bring back another 700 Indian nationals from Maldives capital of Male on Friday and preparations regarding it are also on.

  • This will be the first operation as part of operation “Samudra Setu” from Sri Lanka to repatriate Indian citizens as part of Vande bharat mission. 

    The ship will reach Colombo Monday morning and will depart by late evening. Indian high commission in Colombo is making final arrangements for the repatriation with support of Sri Lankan navy and other authorities. 

    COVID-related social distancing norms have been catered onboard and evacuees would be provided basic amenities and medical facilities during the sea-passage.  

    Around 1700 Indian nationals have registered for evacuation in Sri Lanka and the first Air Indian flight carried 176 people last Friday. More such flights are scheduled next month. 

    Indian Navy has already repatriated 1,488 Indian nationals from Malè to Kochi during the previous phase of operations. 

    INS Jalashwa is scheduled to bring back another 700 Indian nationals from Maldives capital of Male on Friday and preparations regarding it are also on. 
     

  • Realization of the goal of Jal Jeevan Mission in Assam is not difficult taking into account the abundant water resources in the State i.e. both ground water and surface water.

    The state is giving emphasis on capitalising on ‘low-hanging fruits’ i.e. in the villages/ habitations where piped water supply schemes already exist, to yield the desired results. 

    The state plans to immediately provide household tap connections to all remaining households of belonging to weaker and marginalised sections on priority. 

    A defined roadmap is also charted for the effective implementation of Village Action Plan (VAP) with the active participation of the rural community. 

    Strengthening of existing drinking water sources for long-term sustainability of drinking water supply systems through convergence of various programmes like MGNREGS, SBM (G), 15th Finance Commission Grants to PRIs, District

    Mineral Development Fund, CAMPA, Local Area Development Fund, etc. at village level is planned for judicious use of all available resources.   

    While planning, thrust is given on covering households in quality-affected habitations, aspirational districts, SC/ ST dominated villages/ habitations, Sansad Adarsh Gramin Yojana villages, etc. on priority.

    Above all, local village community/ Gram Panchayats and or its sub-committee/ user groups are being involved in planning, implementation, management, operation and maintenance of water supply systems in villages to ensure long-term sustainability. 

    Jal Jeevan Mission encourages participation of local community in surveillance of water quality. PHE department is duty bound to empower and engage with the community. 

    For this, action plan carried out to incorporate the entire value-chain- from timely procurement of kits, supply of kits to the community, identification of at least five women in every village, training women for use of Field Test Kits and reporting and collating the reports with laboratory-based findings of the water sources.

    In the wake of Covid–19 pandemic, it is important that people don’t crowd public stand posts/ public water sources to fetch drinking water. 

    Therefore, State is taking up water supply works in villages to provide household tap connections, which will help in practicing social distancing, and will additionally help local people in getting employment and boost rural economy.

    When the country is grappling with CoVid-19 pandemic, it has become very important to provide livelihood to the migrant workers who have returned to their native villages. 

    These migrant labourers are basically skilled and semi-skilled ones, whose services could be utilized in by providing jobs related to water supply especially plumbing, fitting, water conservation works, etc. in every village to ensure sufficient ground water availability leading to water security, water availability for agriculture and most importantly will help in provision of drinking water to every rural household.

    With the implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission, people in rural areas now aspire to get tap connections in their household premises, which they could not even think of till last year. 

    With the active support of States, Ministry of Jal Shakti is steering the Mission to bring cheers in lives of rural folks by making provision of potable water in adequate quantity and of prescribed quality on regular and long-term basis.

    Jal Jeevan Mission announced by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year aims to provide tap water connections to 18 Crore rural households of the country by the year 2024.  

    This ambitious scheme is benefitting all the States as the States are working hard to ensure every rural household gets water tap connection to bring improvements in their lives. 

    This transformational Mission focusses on the principle of ‘equity and inclusiveness’ to ensure universal coverage of every rural household.
     

  • The meeting was attended by the Ministers of State H.S.Puri and Som Parkash, Secretaries of the Department of Commerce, and Pharmaceuticals, and Officers from Departments of Commerce, Pharmaceuticals and Health.

    During his interaction, Goyal lauded the pharma industry for making India proud, by rising to the occasion during the Covid crisis. 

    He said that India has been recognized as the ‘Pharmacy of the World’, as over 120 countries got some essential medicines, during the last two months, including 40 of them getting them in the form of grant, free of cost. 

    He said that during the crisis, the officials of DGFT, MEA, Health and DoP burnt midnight oil to ensure that the export consignments are delivered at the earliest. 

    The whole world appreciated India’s gesture, and this has swelled India’s goodwill and reputation. 

    He said that India had adequate production capacity and abundant stock of HCQ and PCM for its projected domestic requirements, and putting restrictions on their exports was to ensure that the medicines are made available to all the needy nations, and no unscrupulous element stocks them for unwarranted gains.

    The Pharma industry received accolades from the Minister for their extra-ordinary performance, in ensuring that the Country did not face any type of shortage of medicines during this period.  

    Goyal said that early announcement of the Lockdown helped the country in preventing and containing the scourge of pandemic, and also scaling up the health infrastructure and build capacity, besides generating awareness among the people about the precautions and preventive measures. 

    He said that India has set an example, under the able guidance and leadership of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in being pro-active in management of Covid-19, and also following it up with welfare and relief packages for mitigating its consequences.

    Goyal assured the industry that the Government will fully support the industry in its expansion, diversification and strengthening. 

    He said that the industry has an important role to play in the Aatamnirbhar Bharat campaign. The country should become Aatmanirbhar in APIs as early as possible, as the government has taken a number of steps in this regard. 

    It has already approved the scheme on Promotion of Bulk Drug Parks for financing Common Infrastructure Facilities in 3 Bulk Drug Parks. 

    Also, Production Linked Incentive Scheme for promotion of domestic manufacturing of critical KSMs/Drug Intermediates and APIs in the country has been given a go ahead.

    The Minister said that anti-dumping investigation process has been expedited. The Minister said that in case of ongoing bilateral FTAs, if any roadblock or unfair competition is being noticed, the Government may be informed and prompt remedial action will be taken. He said they should look at large untapped market in Eastern Europe and Russia. 

    Calling upon a collaborative route in the R&D efforts, Goyal said the Academicians, Universities, ICMR and private sector should join hands. 

    Informing the gathering that the Government has decided to disinvest in certain Pharma PSUs, the Minister invited the Indian companies to use PSUs for plug and play model of manufacturing. 

    The Minister assured the industry that all suggestions presented in the meeting will be quickly examined and wherever required, the inter-ministerial consultations will be completed at the earliest.
     

  • An alumnus of National Defence Academy, the General Officer was commissioned into the Corps of Engineers (The Bombay Sappers) in December 1982. 

    He is a graduate of Staff College, Camberley (United Kingdom) and attended the Higher Command Course at Army War College, Mhow and National Defence College (NDC) at Delhi.

    During his 37 years of distinguished service, the General Officer has taken active part in Operation Vijay and Parakram. 

    He commanded an Engineer Regiment along the Line of Control in Jammu & Kashmir, an Engineer Brigade as part of the Strike Corps, an Infantry Brigade along the Line of Control, a Mountain Division in High Altitude Area of

    Western Ladakh and a Corps deployed along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) as also in Counter Insurgency Operations area in the North East. 

    He has tenanted important staff assignments and was posted as Chief Engineer at the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea. 

    He was Director-General at Army Headquarters dealing with subjects of Discipline, Ceremonial and Welfare, prior to assuming the present appointment.

    Meanwhile, Lieutenant General Podali Shankar Rajeshwar PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC, the 14th Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman & Nicobar Command (CINCAN) retired from service on Sunday. 

    He left a glorious legacy and many milestones in his distinguished career spanning four decades. He had taken over the appointment on 01 Dec 19.

    During his tenure as CINCAN, Lieutenant General Rajeshwar focused on enhancing the operational preparedness of ANC. The 29th edition of the Indo-Thai Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) was successfully conducted from 13th to 21st February 2020 during his Command.  

    For his distinguished service, Lieutenant General Rajeshwar had been awarded the Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM) on 26th January 2020 and appointed as an Honorary Aide-de-Camp (ADC) to the President of India in November 2019.
     

  • The contest focuses on the transformative impact of Yoga on the lives of individuals, and comes as one of the activities related to the observation of the sixth International Day of Yoga (IDY) coming up on 21st June 2020. The contest has gone live on the social media handles of the Ministry of AYUSH on Sunday.

    The observation of IDY in the past years has been marked by thousands of harmonious mass demonstrations of Yoga in public places. Due to the contagious nature of COVID-19, no mass gathering would be advisable this year.  

    Hence, this year the Ministry is encouraging the people to practice Yoga at their homes, with participation from the entire family. 

    Through the My Life – My Yoga video blogging competition, the Ministry of AYUSH and ICCR seek to raise awareness about Yoga and to inspire people to prepare for and become active participants in the observation of IDY 2020. 

    The contest will support participation via the social media platforms of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Video contest will be open to participants from all countries.

    The contest will run in two legs. First leg consisting of an international video blogging contest, wherein the winners will be picked within a country. This will be followed by global prize winners who will be selected from winners from different countries.

    Entries can be submitted by participants under three categories covering youth (aged under 18), adults (above 18 years) and yoga professionals, and further, separately for male and female contestants. This makes it a total of six categories in all. 

    For the India contestants, prizes worth Rs. 1 lakh, 50K and 25K for 1st, 2nd and 3rd ranking within each of the categories have been announced within the first leg. Details of the global prizes will be announced shortly on the Yoga Portal of Ministry of AYUSH.

    This contest is open to all participants across the world. To enter into the contest the participants are required to upload a 3 minutes duration video of 3 Yogic practices (kriya, asana, pranayama, bandha or mudra), including a short video message/ description on how the said Yogic practices influenced their life. 

    The video may be uploaded on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the contest hashtag #MyLifeMyYogaINDIA and appropriate category hashtag. 

    Detailed guidelines for participation can be found on the Yoga Portal of Ministry of AYUSH(https://yoga.ayush.gov.in/yoga/).

    The announcement of the contest by PM has generated tremendous curiosity about and interest in it. 

    The Ministry of AYUSH is confident that this interest would convert into significant public health gains, as the positive impact of Yoga in the management of many aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic situation is by now well accepted.
     

  • Pakistan targeted civilian areas by firing with Small Arms & intense shelling with Mortars along LoC in Mendhar sector in District Poonch causing damage to civilian Houses. 

    In the evening at about 1950 hours, Pakistan again initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation in Kirni, Qasba & Degwar sectors in District Poonch (J&K). 

    Indian Army retaliates befittingly.

  • The Ministry of External Affairs said, the two officials were apprehended by Indian law enforcement authorities for indulging in espionage activities.

    “The government has declared both these officials persona non grata for indulging in activities incompatible with their status as members of a diplomatic mission and asked them to leave the country within twenty four hours,” the MEA said.

    It said Pakistan’s Charge de Affairs was issued a demarche in which a strong protest was lodged over the activities of the two officials against India’s national security.

    “Pakistan’s Charge de Affairs was asked to ensure that no member of its diplomatic mission should indulge in activities inimical to India or behave in a manner incompatible with their diplomatic status,” the MEA said.
     

  • In addition, a 14-member specialist medical team comprising Indian Navy doctors and paramedics is also embarked onboard this ship to work alongside their counterparts in Comoros, and together render assistance for Covid-19 and dengue fever. 

    The medical team comprises specialists including Medical and Community specialists, and a Pathologist. 

    An official ceremony for handing over the medicines from the Government of India to Government of Comoros was held today. 

    The ceremony was attended by Loub Yacout Zaidou, Minister of Health, Solidarity, Social Protection and Gender Promotion of Comoros. 

    The Indian side was represented by Commander Mukesh Tayal, Commanding Officer Indian Naval Ship Kesari, and Consul of India in Comoros Saguir Sam.  

    The operation is being progressed in close coordination with the Ministry of External Affairs, and other agencies of the Government of India.

  • Around 26 lacs passengers booked for Advance Reservation Period 01 to 30 June 2020. 

    These services will be in addition to Shramik Special trains and 30 Special AC trains being run since 12th May. 

    Passengers to reach station at least 90 minutes in advance; Only passengers with confirmed/RAC tickets shall be allowed to enter the Railway Station and board the train

    As per MHA guidelines, all passengers shall be compulsorily screened and only asymptomatic passengers shall be allowed to enter/board the train.
     

  • Speaking at his residence while releasing the result of SSC and equivalent examination, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that students are the future of country and she doesn't want to put them in danger. 

    She announced that the educational institutions will be opened gradually as the situation improved in the country.

    Sheikh Hasina also announced a subsidy of Tk 2000 crore for the banking sector to partially offset the interest on the loan incurred by people. 

    She said that the subsidy will take care of the interest payment incurred by the borrowers for the months of April and May. 

    The total interest amount for the two months comes to be Taka 16,500 crore out of which government will pay Tk 2000 crore as subsidy to the commercial banks and the borrowers will pay the rest over the next 12 months.

    In the meanwhile, shops and offices opened in Bangladesh on Sunday. Rail services and ferries also started operating from today on a limited scale with certain restrictions imposed by the government.

    Public transport buses will start operating from Monday. However, the ride sharing services like Uber, Pathao and Shohoj will remain closed till further orders, according to the circular issued by the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) on Sunday.

  • Chennai accounted for 804 cases while Chengalpattu and Thiruvannamalai districts reported the next highest numbers with 85 and 55 cases respectively. 

    13 deaths were reported today - 10 males and 3 females - 10 from Chennai and one each from Madurai, Kanchipuram and Namakkal - taking the state's total tally to 173.

    As per the daily bulletin released by the state government, the total number of cases in Tamil Nadu as of May 31 stands at 22,333.

    The total number of positive cases reported from Chennai as of today stands at 14,802.

    Chengalpattu has the second-highest number of COVID-19 patients in the state with 1177 cases. 

    757 persons were discharged today taking the total number of recovered patients in Tamil Nadu to 12,757.
     

  • The passengers disembarked in a planned manner based on their destinations. Medically screened passengers were provided with breakfast and their baggage disinfected before allowing them to board buses chartered by greater Chennai Corporation. 

    Transportation arrangements were made by the TN Government for the passengers to various destinations like Maharashtra, Goa, Kerala and 25 districts in Tamil Nadu including Chennai.
     

  • Of the new cases, 20 had returned from abroad while 37 came from other states. 4 others were infected the disease through contact.

    The state has now 670 active cases. 

    15 people have been recovered of the disease today, taking total number of recovery cases to 590.

    A total of 1,34,654 are kept under observation with 1,33,413 in home or institutional quarantine  while 1,241 in hospitals.

    With the addition of ten more places to the list of hotspots, the total number of hotspots in the state has risen to 116.
     

  • Health Ministry also confirmed death of a 35-year man from Dailekh district on Saturday. The total number of COVID deaths have gone to eight.

    In the daily press briefing Ministry spokesperson said 166 more persons tested positive for COVID-19 during last 24 hours taking total number to 1567.

    The COVID-19 cases are continuously increasing in the Himalayan nation and over 950 persons have been diagnosed with corona virus in last one week. There are 1339 active cases, while 220 people have been recovered so far. Eight persons have died of COVID-19. 

    Meanwhile, in view of increasing threat of COVID-19 Nepal government has extended nationwide lockdown till June 14. The decision was taken at the Cabinet meeting held in Kathmandu last evening.

    The government has also decided to suspend international flights until 30th June.