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  • Uttar Pradesh government has decided to set up a migration commission to help find jobs for workers returning home. Additional Chief Secretary (Home and Information) Awanish Awasthi said any state that wants labourers from UP has to seek its permission.

  • Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has said that India utilised the lockdown period to ramp up its health-care infrastructure. He said the lockdown also helped to keep its COVID-19 mortality rate relatively low.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephonic conversation with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan yesterday and conveyed greetings on Eid-ul-Fitr to the Government and people of the UAE.

  • Railways has operationalised more than three thousand 60 Shramik Special trains across the country to transport migrant workers to their home States.

  • Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has said that 532 domestic passenger flights operated in the country yesterday.

  • Centre today reviewed the progress of relief and restoration work in the areas of West Bengal affected by cyclone Amphan.

  • Union Government’s effective intervention has ensured availability of N-95 masks at reduced prices.

  • The Central Board of Secondary Education, CBSE has now decided to conduct the pending Class 10th and Class 12th Board exams at nearly 15,000 examination centres across the country.

  • The Procurement of wheat by government agencies surpassed last year’s figures of 341.31 lakh tonnes to touch 341.56 lakh tonnes yesterday surmounting all impediments created due to the spread of COVID-19 virus and the countrywide lockdown.

  • In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Two terrorists have been killed so far in an encounter which broke out at Khud Hanjipora area of Kulgam district this morning.

  • Balbir Singh Senior, the three-time Olympic gold medal-winning hockey legend died in a private hospital at Mohali, Punjab today morning.

  • Union Minister Jitendra Singh has said that a serious miscarriage of history has been undone after 70 years with the notification of the new domicile rules by Jammu and Kashmir Administration.

  • The National Crisis Management Committee, NCMC under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba met again for the fourth time. Gauba advised that complete power connectivity, telecom service and drinking water supplies need to be restored on priority basis. 

    He said, Central agencies are ready to provide any further assistance that may be required by the state. Adequate stocks of food grains have also been kept ready for supply based on the demand from the state.
     
    As announced by Prime Minister after his aerial survey and review of relief efforts with the West Bengal Government, a sum of one thousand crore rupees has already been released to the State Government. The Cabinet Secretary said, Ministry of Home Affairs will be sending a Central team soon to assess the damages. 

    Meanwhile, Army has been deployed in Kolkata, to help in carry out road clearances alongwith teams of NDRF and SDRF.
     
    Chief Secretary of West Bengal thanked the Centre for the support provided for relief and restoration. Restoration of Power and Telecommunication infrastructure was stated to be a priority in the Cyclone affected areas of the state. 

    While Telecom connectivity has been restored in most areas, damages to the local Power distribution network has affected the restoration of complete supply in some areas. Union Minister of Power R. K. Singh, reviewed the progress of restoration of power systems post-Amphan cyclone in West Bengal and Odisha via video-conferencing today. 

    Speaking on the occasion, Singh said that the disruption caused by the Cyclone to the power systems was extensive, but the restoration work has been carried out swiftly. He said that the Inter-State Transmission System was restored within few hours and Central Power PSUs also provided human resources to carry out power restoration of local power supply in the cyclone affected areas. 

    Singh expressed confidence that the restoration will be completed in Odisha by Monday evening itself. He said, the restoration work is in progress in parts of Kolkata and some other districts of West Bengal.
     
    The Power Minister directed his Ministry's officials that apart from the manpower and assistance already made available, they should mobilize additional manpower through NTPC and POWERGRID and make them available to Power Department of West Bengal to assist them in restoration work. They will remain in touch with West Bengal Government to provide required help.
     
    Secretary, Ministry of Power, Additional Chief Secretary, Power of West Bengal, Principal Secretary, Power of Odisha along with Chairman-cum-Managing Directors of various Power Distribution Companies among those took part in the review meeting.

  • The move came as 22 out of 42 tested positive today and 49 out of 52 tested positive yesterday are returnees from Kuwait. Similar trend has been seen in returnees from other middle east countries including UAE where a majority of Sri Lankan expats are employed.  

    Director-General of Health Services Dr Anil Jasinghe said that the Government will review the frequency of bringing Sri Lankans back from overseas. He said that with the latest developments, it is likely that there will be a gap between flights bringing down Sri Lankans so that the authorities have time to deal with the returnees more closely.

    A total of 477 patients are currently under medical care while the number of recoveries in the country stands at 695 out of total 1182 cases. Ten persons have died of the virus with the latest death reported to be a returnee female from Kuwait who was undergoing quarantine.

    There are over one million Sri Lankan nationals employed abroad and several have become unemployed due to COVID crisis.

  • He had tuberculosis and other respiratory ailments and was undergoing treatment at National Medical College in Birgunj. Meanwhile, 79 more persons tested positive today taking total number to 682.

    On a positive side 25 persons cured and discharged from various hospitals of the country today. There are now 566 active cases, while 112 people have been recovered. Four persons have died of COVID-19 so far.

    Currently 46029 people are under quarantine and 566 persons kept in isolation across the country. All seven provinces of the Himalayan nation are affected by the corona virus. Province 2 and Province 5 are the most affected by the Corona virus. Province 5 reported maximum 292 positive cases and Province 2 confirmed 235 cases till date

  • The products under reference have no relevance to the procurement being made by the Central Government.

    HLL Lifecare Limited (HLL), the procuring agency of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, is procuring PPE coveralls from manufacturers/suppliers only after getting their coveralls tested and approved by one of the eight labs nominated by the Ministry of Textiles (MoT) for testing the same.

    It is only after their products qualify in the test prescribed by the technical committee (JMG) of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, that they are procured. 

    Further, HLL is also undertaking random sampling of the supplies being made, for which a testing protocol has been devised. In case of any failure, the company is being disqualified for any supplies.

    All the States/UTs have been asked to ensure procurement which is being carried out at their level after following the prescribed testing for PPEs from MoT nominated labs. In addition, manufacturers who have got their products qualified from these labs are also being on-boarded on Government e-Marketplace (GeM).

    The manufacturers who have got PPEs qualified have been advised by the MoT to on-board on to the GeM so that the procurement by States can be carried out accordingly. For the private sector also, the dynamic information of manufacturers whose products have qualified the tests is available on MoT website.

    India has significantly ramped up its domestic production capacity of PPEs and N95 masks, and the requirements of the States/UTs are being sufficiently met. Today, the country is producing more than 3 lakh PPEs and N95 masks per day. States/UTs as well as Central Institutions have been provided with around 111.08 lakh N-95 masks and around 74.48 lakh Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

    Additionally, guidelines for rational use of rational use of PPEs have been issued by MoHFW and can be seen at https://mohfw.gov.in.

  • Minimum temperature in the city is expected to be 28 degrees Celsius and maximum 45 degree Celsius.

    Mumbai will witness a partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature in the city will be 27 degrees Celsius while maximum temperature will remain around 37 degrees Celsius.

    In the south, Chennai will see a partly cloudy sky. The temperature will hover between 30 and 40 degrees Celsius.

    Kolkata may also witness partly cloudy sky. The minimum temperature in the metropolis will be 29 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around  35 degrees. 

    In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature will be 26 degrees Celsius in Jammu while maximum will be around 43 degrees Celsius. The city will observe mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards evening or night.

    In Srinagar, the minimum temperature will be 12 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 27 degrees. The city will observe partly cloudy sky.

    In Gilgit, the temperature will hover between 17 and 33 degrees Celsius with generally cloudy sky.

    In Muzzafarabad, there will be a mainly clear sky. The minimum temperatures may be 20 degrees Celsius while maximum temperatures will be around 28 degrees Celsius. 

  • Active cases: 77,103

    Cured/Discharged: 57,720

    Migrated: 1

    Deaths: 4,021

  • President, Vice President and Prime Minister have greeted people on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.

    In his message, President Ram Nath Kovind said, the festival is an expression of love, peace, brotherhood, and harmony. He said, on this occasion, people reaffirm the belief in sharing with and caring for the most vulnerable sections of society. The President called upon people to carry the spirit of giving more vigorously at a time when people are faced with an unprecedented crisis created by COVID-19 virus.

    He also called upon people to resolve to adhere to social distancing norms and all other precautions to stay safe and overcome the challenge soon. Mr Kovind hoped that this Id-ul-Fitr will usher in universal values of mercy, charity and hope in the world.

    In his message, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said, the festival fortifies the spirit of compassion, charity and generosity in the society and it is an occasion for families and communities to come together. He said, however, this year as India and the world continue to fight the relentless battle against the spread of COVID-19, people are celebrating almost all traditional festivals at home.

    VP Naidu said, people have to be content with a subdued celebration and adhere to the safety norms of social distancing and personal hygiene. He hoped that people will celebrate the festival by keeping alive the spirit of joy, compassion and mutual respect that underlies the pious occasion. The Vice President hoped that the noble ideals associated with Eid-ul-Fitr will usher in health, peace, prosperity and harmony in the lives of people.

    In his message, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoped this special occasion furthers the spirit of compassion, brotherhood and harmony. Mr Modi wished for everyone to be healthy and prosperous. 

    Meanwhile, Shahi Imam of Delhi Jama Masjid Sayyed Ahmad Bukhari has appealed to people not to come to mosques to offer prayers and offer namaz at home in view of the pandemic. The Shahi Imam has urged people to take precautions and maintain social distancing while celebrating the auspicious festival.

    He said that people should refrain from shaking hands and hugging each other. Several other Ulemas from all the sects  have already appealed to the muslims to offer prayers at home only.

  • Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that the flight operations from Vijaywada and Vizag airports in Andhra Pradesh will begin on May 26, while those in West Bengal will recommence from Thursday on a limited scale.

    In Chennai, there will be a maximum of 25 arrivals but there is no limit on number of departures. For other airports in Tamil Nadu, flights will operate as in other parts of country, he tweeted.

    The minister also said that there will be limited flight operations from Mumbai in Maharashtra.

    Flight operations had been been shut in the country two months ago owing to the nationwide lockdown necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic.

    According to standard operating procedure issued by Airport Authority of India, passengers should reach airport two hours before the scheduled time of departure and only passengers who have departure in next four hours will be allowed to enter the terminal building.
     
    Passengers will have to wear protective gear such as gloves and masks while entering the airport. All passengers, except children below 14 years, must be registered on the Aarogya Setu app and it will be verified at the entry gate of the terminal building.

    Passengers shall compulsorily walk through screening zone for thermal screening before entering the terminal building.

    Airport operators have been asked to make arrangements for sanitization of a passenger's baggage before entry into the terminal building. Only one check-in and one hand baggage is allowed and the use of trolley is restricted. Elderly, pregnant ladies and kids have been advised to avoid air travel for now. 

  • This has  raised the total number of positive cases reported in the country to 1,117. However, 674 of them have recovered while 434 are under active treatment.

    Nine people have died of the virus so far. Sri Lanka has not seen any positive case among general population for almost a month now.

    A majority of the cases occurred amongst navy personnel from a navy base while last few days have seen several returnee workers from middle east tested positive.

    Government has started easing curfew conditions and it will be relaxed all over the country from Tuesday after Eid holidays.

  • She said that till the time vaccine is not developed, people will have to learn to live with the Corona virus and economic activities will have to be resumed for the sake of life and livelihood of people.

    Extending Eid greetings to people, Sheikh Hasina urged them to remain in their homes while they celebrate Eid on Monday.

    Recalling various measures taken by the government to alleviate economic hardship caused by the Corona crisis, she assured that the government will continue with relief measures till the Corona pandemic is over in the country.

    Bangladesh has been observing 'General Holidays' since March 26 which has been extended till May 30. Over this period of time government has slowly relaxed some restrictions by allowing Ready Made Garment Factories to open followed by limited opening of shops and malls in the country.

    In the meanwhile, Bangladesh on Sunday reported the highest single day deaths due to Corona virus. According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), 28 people succumbed to Corona infection in the country while 1532 new cases were reported  over the last 24 hours since Saturday.

    With this the death toll due to Corona in the country has gone up to 480 and number of infected people reached 33,160. During the same period 415 people have recovered, taking the number of recovered people to 6901. A total of 8908 samples were tested across the country in the last 24 hours.
     

  • Seventeen persons discharged from the hospitals. There are now 513 persons having coronavirus in Nepal, while 87 people have been recovered.

    Three persons have lost their lives due to COVID-19 so far. At present 39804 people are under quarantine and 513 persons kept in isolation across the country.

    Out of 77 districts of the Himalayan nation 42 are affected by the corona virus. Banke district in Province 5 has reported maximum 142 positive cases.

  • Netanyahu is required to appear for the session in Jerusalem District Court, a week after he was sworn in to a record fifth term as head of a unity government, ending more than a year of political deadlock in the wake of three inconclusive elections.

    He was indicted in November on bribery, fraud and breach of trust charges in three cases involving gifts from millionaire friends and for allegedly seeking regulatory favours for media tycoons in return for favourable coverage.

    Netanyahu, who heads the right-wing Likud party, has cast his prosecution as a leftist witch-hunt meant to oust a popular right-wing leader.

    As prime minister, Netanyahu is under no legal obligation to resign and he has said his court battle will not affect his ability to do his job.

    A three-judge panel will hear his case. On Wednesday, it turned down his request to stay away from the opening session.

    In asking to be excused, Netanyahu called the event a formality and argued that bringing his contingent of bodyguards would waste public funds and make it hard to comply with social distancing rules.

    Some critics said Netanyahu was trying to avoid the optics of a prime minister sitting in the defendant’s dock.

    Turning down his request, the court said it was important for justice to be seen to be done.

    Six years ago, former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was found guilty of bribe-taking and served 16 months in jail. His trial took place after his 2006-2009 term in office.

  • Sino-U.S. ties have nosedived since the outbreak of the new coronavirus, with the administrations of President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping repeatedly trading barbs over issues related to the pandemic, especially U.S. accusations of cover-ups and lack of transparency.

    The two top economies have also clashed over Hong Kong, human rights, trade and U.S. support for Chinese-claimed Taiwan.

    State Councillor Wang, speaking at his annual news conference on the sidelines of China’s parliament, expressed his deep sympathies to the United States for the pandemic, where the death toll is expected to surpass 100,000 in the coming days, the highest number of any country.

    “Regretfully, in addition to the raging coronavirus, a political virus is also spreading in the United States. This political virus is using every opportunity to attack and smear China,” said Wang, who is also China’s foreign minister.

    “Some politicians have ignored the most basic facts and concocted too many lies about China and plotted too many conspiracies,” he added.

    “I want to say here: Don’t waste precious time any longer, and don’t ignore lives,” Wang said.

    “What China and the United States need to do the most is to first learn from each other and share their experience in fighting against the epidemic, and help each country fight it.”

    China and the United States also need to start coordinating macro policies for their respective economies as well as the world economy, he added.

  • Eid is being celebrated across the Middle East under lock down conditions. Normally performed at mosques and Mussalas, but this year due to the current exceptional circumstances created by the spread of COVID-19, Eid Al Fitr prayers are being performed at home, without Khutba, or sermon in most of the countries in the Middle East.

    This is the first time that Eid is being performed without the traditional namaz in the mosques and special greetings and festivities associated with it. Traditional Eid shopping, night bazaars were all missing this time. Eid Al Fitr prayers are being performed at home to ensure safety, as mosques will remain closed due to the precautionary measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.

    During the entire month of Holy Ramadan, mosques across UAE and Saudi remained closed. The faithful were asked to offer prayers at home Muezzins however, chanted the Eid Takbeers through loudspeakers from dawn till the Eid prayer time. 

  • Home quarantine may be permitted for 14 days only for exceptional and compelling reasons such as cases of human distress, pregnancy, death in family, serious illness and parents accompanied by children below 10 years. Use of Aarogya Setu app shall be mandatory in such cases.
     
    A list of Dos and Don'ts shall be provided along with ticket to the travelers by the agencies concerned. All passengers shall be advised to download Arogya Setu app on their mobile devices. At the time of boarding the flight or ship, only asymptomatic travelers will be allowed to board after thermal screening. Passengers arriving through the land borders will also have to undergo the same protocol and only those who are asymptomatic will be enabled to cross the border into India.
     
    Self-declaration form shall be filled in duplicate by the person in the flight or ship and a copy given to Health and Immigration officials at the airport, seaport or landport. The form will also be made available on Aarogya Setu app. Suitable precautionary measures such as environmental sanitation and disinfection shall be ensured at the airports and within the flights. During boarding and at the airports, all possible measures to ensure social distancing must be ensured.
     
    While on board, required precautions such as wearing of masks, environmental hygiene, respiratory hygiene, and hand hygiene are to be observed by airline or ship staff, crew and all passengers. On arrival, thermal screening would be carried for all passengers. The passengers found to be symptomatic during screening shall be immediately isolated and taken to medical facility.
     
    The remaining passengers shall be taken to suitable institutional quarantine facilities, to be arranged by the States and UTs. These passengers shall be kept under institutional quarantine for a minimum period of 7 days. They shall be tested as per ICMR protocol and if they test positive, they shall be assessed clinically. If they are assessed as mild cases, they will be allowed home isolation or isolated in the Covid Care Centres as appropriate.
     
    Those having moderate or severe symptoms will be admitted to dedicated COVID Health facilities and managed accordingly. If found negative, they shall be advised to further isolate themselves at home and self-monitor their health for 7 days. In case, any symptoms develop they shall inform the district surveillance officer or the state national call center number - 1075.

  • As of Sunday morning, the total number of cases stood at 5,309,698, while the death toll increased to 342,078, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

    The US has the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 1,622,605 and 97,087, respectively. In terms of cases, Brazil accounted for the second highest number of infections at 347,398.

    This was followed by Russia (335,882), the UK (258,504), Spain (235,290), Italy (229,327), France (182,036), Germany (179,986), Turkey (155,686), Iran (133,521), India (131,423) and Peru (115,754), the CSSE figures showed.

    Meanwhile, the UK came in second after the US with 36,757 COVID-19 deaths, the highest fatalities in Europe. The other countries with over 10,000 deaths are Italy (32,735), Spain (28,678), France (28,218), and Brazil (22,013).

  • 14 flights in the last week took back approximately 2500 Indians from Dubai. In the first phase nearly 2000 Indians were repatriated from Dubai. 1045 people were sent back from Abu Dhabi to various places in India. Muscat sent back 1970 passengers on 11 flights to India. More flights are expected in the second leg of the second phase of the Vande Bharat Mission.

    Under the Vande Bharat Mission, around 23 thousand Indians have been repatriated through flights operated by Air India and its subsidiary Air India Express between 7th to 21st of this month. The Mission would be able to bring a total of 50 thousand Indians, who have been stranded abroad, home by the end of this month.

    The ongoing second phase of the Vande Bharat Mission to evacuate stranded Indians from abroad will continue till 13th of June and the extended phase will cover 47 countries. In this phase, places like Istanbul, Ho Chi Minh city, and Lagos have been included and flights to the US and Europe have increased.

    India is looking at making Frankfurt a hub for the mission. There will be a third phase of evacuation after 13th of June and private airlines may be involved in it. Passengers have to pay money to book a seat on any repatriation flight being operated under the Vande Bharat Mission. In the first phase, the government evacuated around 15 thousand people from 12 countries. 

  • Commercial passenger flights at Delhi airport will initially operate from Terminal 3.

    Delhi airport's operator DIAL said it has taken several measures including installation of automatic hand sanitizers at various places, putting floor markers, allocation of entry gates and check-in islands for departing passengers.

    These steps have been taken to enforce social distancing norms and minimize human contact at the airport. 

  • Rejecting reports about the detention of a joint patrol party detained by the Chinese forces in Ladakh, the Indian Army on Sunday said that these were "inaccurate".

    Indian Army Spokesperson issued a statement saying, ''There has been no detention of Indian soldiers at the borders. We categorically deny this. It only hurts national interests when media outlets publish unsubstantiated news.''

    It was claimed that an Indian patrol party comprising Army and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel were detained by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) last week after skirmishes in Ladakh near the Line of Actual Control. Reports claimed that the Indian patrol party was briefly detained and their firearms snatched by the Chinese and they were only released after talks between both sides at the local level.

    Chinese forces were alleged to have intruded the Indian territory and were also carrying out aggressive patrols with motorboats in the Pangong lake. On this, the Indian Army sources maintained that the reports on detention are inaccurate.

    The Indian Army has clarified that they will not allow any kind of Chinese transgression in India territory and would patrol in those areas. The PLA has been clashing with Indian forces on patrol after entering the Indian side.

    On Friday, General Manoj Mukund Naravane visited Leh, the headquarters of 14 Corps in Ladakh, and reviewed deployment of forces along the Line of Actual Control with China. 

    He held a meeting with Northern Command chief Lieutenant General Y K Joshi and 14 Corps Commander Lieutenant General Harinder Singh and other officers to know the ground situation on the forward locations along the Line of Actual Control. Late in the day, he returned to Delhi.

     

  • This was stated by Indian high commissioner to Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay, a day after PM Modi had telephonic conversation with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

    Baglay said leadership of both countries attach great importance to economic and commercial cooperation as friends always come to each other for help in crisis situation. He said they are working with trade authorities and business persons for preparing a mechanism through electronic trade facilities.

    The high commissioner said the long term focus is to revive linkages of transport, trade and economic activities between the two neighbours. He said Indian government is aware of Sri Lankan government emphasis and India is keen to partner for infrastructure development.

    Earlier, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had sought the intervention of PM Modi to revive some of the key projects as Sri Lanka strives to restore the economy in wake of COVID crisis. He called upon  Indian side to expedite construction of the East Terminal of the Colombo Port as early as possible as it will be a significant boost to its economic landscape.

    Rajapaksa said he is trying to promote value added industrial and agricultural activities and will be happy to encourage Indian investors to start such investments, including Indian companies already in Sri Lanka to increase domestic value addition.

  • The proposed legislation is expected to ban treason, subversion and sedition, and follows repeated warnings from Beijing that it will no longer tolerate dissent in Hong Kong, which was shaken by months of massive, sometimes violent anti-government protests last year.

    Through messaging apps and social media, activists asked pro-democracy supporters to gather Sunday afternoon in one of Hong Kong's busiest shopping districts, seeking to revive their movement which previously fizzled as arrests mounted and, later, as large gatherings were banned to stop the coronavirus.

    More than 8,300 people have been arrested since the protests erupted last year. Around 200 were detained during small rallies at malls on Mother's Day earlier this month.

    The planned Sunday protests do not have official permission, and Hong Kong's police force warned it would take action against any unauthorised assembly, and also cited current coronavirus-linked rules against public gatherings larger than eight people.

    With the fear of more arrests and the virus-linked ban on gatherings, it was unclear how many would participate or if the protests would be held at multiple locations.

    Hong Kong residents enjoy rights -- including freedom of speech -- unseen on the mainland as part of the agreement that saw the British colony handed back to China in 1997, and the city has its own legal system and trade status.

    Fears had been growing for years that Beijing was chipping away at those freedoms and tightening its control on the city, and campaigners have described the new proposal as the most brazen move yet.

    Of particular concern is a provision allowing Chinese security agents to operate in Hong Kong, and that they could launch a crackdown against those dissenting against the mainland's Communist rulers.

    Hong Kong's unpopular pro-Beijing leader Carrie Lam has defended the new proposal, saying it was necessary to protect national security and punish "violent political elements".

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged China to reconsider the "disastrous proposal", saying it would "be a death knell for the high degree of autonomy Beijing promised for Hong Kong".

    China's legislature is expected to rubber-stamp the draft resolution on Thursday, the last day of the annual parliamentary gathering, before the details are fleshed out at another meeting at a later date.

    Officials have said the law would then be implemented locally.

  • Shahi Imam of Delhi Jama Masjid Sayyed Ahmad Bukhari said that there is no information of the moon being cited on Saturday.  The month long Ramazan will end on Sunday. 

    The shahi imam also appealed to the people not to come to mosques to offer prayers. They should offer namaz  at home in view of the Covid -19 pandemic.

    Several other ulemas from all the sects have already appealed to the muslims to offer prayers at home only.
     
    The shahi imam has urged people to take precautions and maintain social distancing while celebrating the auspicious festival.

    He said that people should refrain from shaking hands and hugging each other and also asked everyone to strictly follow government's guidelines to avoid any chances of spread of novel coronavirus.

  • The minister highlighted the importance of solar energy and said the sector has huge potential and can help to reduce the electricity cost significantly.

    He further mentioned that sectors such as agriculture and warehousing are energy extensive sectors and proper commercial use of solar energy can contribute towards reducing power cost.

    The minister emphasized the need of export enhancement along with import substitution to replace foreign imports with domestic production. He encouraged manufacturers to make India self-reliant with the help of “Make in India” products.

    Gadkari mentioned that for providing much-needed impetus to the MSME sector to deal with the current economic instability, the government has announced several measures under Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan. These include collateral free automatic loan, which will allow the MSMEs to enhance working capital by 20 per cent without providing additional collateral.

  • This comes days after it allowed only salons for men in rural areas to reopen as part of relaxation of restrictions during lockdown 4.

    These businesses, however, will not be allowed to reopen in Chennai and other containment zones.

    No air-conditioning is allowed in these shops which can be open from 7 am to 7 pm.
     
    The state government said salons and beauty parlours must ensure everyone wears masks, social distancing is maintained and their premises are disinfected at least five times a day.

    No worker or customer who shows symptoms of COVID-19 should be allowed inside and no resident living in containment zones will be allowed to work in the salons.

  • Active cases: 73,560

    Cured/Discharged: 54,440

    Migrated: 1

    Deaths: 3,867

  • Addressing media in a press briefing in New Delhi, Railway Board Chairman, V K Yadav, informed that over 45 lakh people have returned to their native places since 1st of May, through the Shramik Special Trains. 

    Railways started running Shramik Special trains to move migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons stranded at different places due to lockdown.

    Shramik special trains are being run from point to point on the request of both the concerned State Governments. 

    The Railways and State Governments have appointed senior officials as Nodal Officers for coordination and smooth operation of these Shramik Specials. 

    Yadav also informed that the Railways will further make arrangements for more of such trains as and when requests are received from the State and district authorities.
     

  • Chennai accounted for 625 cases while  Chengalpattu and Thiruvallur districts reported the next highest number with 39 and 22 cases respectively.

    Five deaths were reported today - four males  and one female, all from Chennai - taking the state's total tally to 103.

    As per the daily bulletin released by the state government, the total number of cases in Tamil Nadu as of May 23 stands at 15512.

    The total number of positive cases reported from Chennai as of today stands at 9989.

    Chengalpattu has the second highest number of COVID-19 patients in the state with 733 cases. 

    363 persons were discharged today taking the total number of recovered patients in Tamil Nadu to 7491.
     

  • Of the new cases, 18 peope had returned from abroad while 31 came from other states. 13 others, including 7 health workers,  were infected the virus through contact.

    Three patients have been recovered of the disease today, taking the total number of recovered cases to 515.

    Significantly, the state is witnessing a steep rise in the number of Covid cases with the fresh wave of residents returing from abroad and other states recently.

    Nine new places have been identified as hotspots today. With this, the state has now 37 hotspots.

    A total of 91, 084 people are in observation in the state, of which 90, 416 in home quarantine and 668 in hospitals.

    Meanwhile, the state has announced some relaxation in the lockdown restrictions for the Eid-Ul-Fitr, which falls on Sunday.

    The shops selling essential items are allowed to remain open till 9 pm.

    Apart from this, bakery, textiles, fancy stores and sandal shops are allowed to remain open from 7 a.m till 7 p.m. 

    Meat and fish shops can function between 6 a.m and 1 p.m. 

    Intra-district travel are allowed for visiting relatives.  

    However, people have been asked to comply with social distacing and to wear masks strictly.
     

  • These businesses, however, will not be allowed to reopen in Chennai and other containment zones. 

    However, no air-conditioning is allowed in these shops which can be open from 7 am to 7 pm. 

    The state government said salons and beauty parlours must ensure everyone wears masks, social distancing is maintained and their premises are disinfected at least five times a day.

    No worker or customer who shows symptoms of COVID-19 should be allowed inside. Also, no resident living in containment zones will be allowed to work in the salons.

    Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami in a statement earlier this week had said he had given orders for reopening salons for men in rural areas after sympathetically considering demands from barbers.

    Tamil Nadu has the second-highest number of cases of coronavirus in India.
     

  • In a telephonic conversation with PM Modi today, the Sri Lankan President called upon  Indian side to expedite construction of the East Terminal of the Colombo Port as early as possible as it will be a significant boost to its economic landscape.

    Rajapaksa said he is trying to promote value-added industrial and agricultural activities and will be happy to encourage Indian investors to start such investments, including Indian companies already in Sri Lanka to increase domestic value addition. 

    The Sri Lankan President also requested government of India to provide USD 1.1 billion special SWAP facility to top up USD 400 million under SAARC Facility as it would enormously help Sri Lanka in dealing with the foreign exchange issues.  

    PM Modi assured that he is personally committed to help Sri Lanka and is ready to help under terms that are favorable to Sri Lanka.

    The two leaders agreed to continue with the ongoing bilateral projects that brings direct benefits to people and prioritize food and health securities.  

    In the face of the COVID-19 crisis, they agreed to further strengthen all aspects of the bilateral relations and President Rajapaksa thanked India for support, including 10 tonnes of medical supplies.

  • According to the Ministry of Health and Population 36 persons including 27 people from Banke district alone diagnosed with COVID-19 Saturday afternoon. 

    Earlier in the morning 32 persons were tested positive. 

    There are now 511 persons having corona virus in Nepal, while 70 people have been cured and discharged from the hospitals. 

    Three persons died due to COVID-19 so far. Currently 32587 people are under quarantine and 511 persons kept in isolation across the country. 

    Out of 77 districts of the Himalayan nation 41 are affected by the corona virus. Banke district in Province 5 reported maximum 142 positive cases.
     

  • On Friday, the Director General of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) Chowdhury Abdullah Al Mamun told UNB that people can go to their village homes in their private vehicles on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. As the restriction on public transport including autos and taxis and  continues, people travelled out of Dhaka on cars, microbuses, pickup vans and motorcycles.

    Large rush was reported over the last few days at the ferry terminals in Dhaka. People were allowed to leave Dhaka through river route as authorities started ferry services at Shimulia-Kathalbari and Paturia-Daulatdia ferry terminals.

    The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) had imposed strict restriction on the movement in and out of the city in the wake of Corona pandemic and subsequent announcement of general holidays by the government till May 30. However, the police has relaxed the restrictions including the on inter-district movement of private vehicles in view of the Eid festival coming up shortly.

    However, in order to contain the spread of Corona virus, the police in Dhaka issued fresh guidelines asking people to offer prayers only at the local mosques instead of Eidgahs or open fields. Police has asked people to avoid embracing each other as part of ritual or shaking hands after the Eid prayers. In a press release the DMP has asked people to celebrate Eid at their homes only and not visit their relatives.

    Mosque authorities have been asked to clean the mosques with disinfectant before the prayers. They have also been asked not to lay out carpets for the people coming to offer prayer.

    In the meanwhile, large number of Corona cases and deaths continue to be reported from Bangladesh. Continuing with the record breaking number over the last many days, 1873 new Corona positive cases were reported in the last 24 hours on Saturday. In a virtual briefing, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said that with the new cases of Corona the total number of infected persons in the country has gone up to 32078. Bangladesh also reported 20 more deaths over the same period taking the death toll to 452.

  • Air India on Friday started booking for domestic flights amid the COVID-19 lockdown.

    "We have started bookings for domestic flights," said Air India in a statement. The airlines will operate a total of 8,428 flights each week for the next three months from May 25 to August 25 as the Central government has announced the resumption of domestic flights.

    Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Thursday said that a minimum and maximum fare for three months has been set for the domestic flight services, which resume from May 25.

    In the case of Delhi, Mumbai the minimum fare would be Rs 3,500 for a journey between 90-120 minutes. The maximum fare would be Rs 10,000.

    "This is operative for three months till one minute to midnight on August 24," said Puri at a press conference here.

    Puri said that guidelines have been issued for the passengers and airports, which are to be followed during flight operations.

    He also said that self-declaration or Aarogya Setu App status on a compatible device would be obtained to ensure that a person does not have COVID-19 symptoms. 

  • The U.S. Commerce Department’s move marked the Trump administration’s latest efforts to crack down on companies whose goods may support Chinese military activities and to punish Beijing for its treatment of Muslim minorities. It came as Communist Party rulers in Beijing on Friday unveiled details of a plan to impose national security laws on Hong Kong.

    Seven companies and two institutions were listed for being “complicit in human rights violations and abuses committed in China’s campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, forced labor and high-technology surveillance against Uighurs” and others, the Commerce Department said in a statement.

    Two dozen other companies, government institutions and commercial organizations were added for supporting procurement of items for use by the Chinese military, the department said in another statement.

    The blacklisted companies focus on artificial intelligence and facial recognition, markets that U.S. chip companies such as Nvidia Corp and Intel Corp have been heavily investing in.

    Among the companies named is NetPosa, one of China’s most famous AI companies, whose facial recognition subsidiary is linked to the surveillance of Muslims.

    Qihoo360, a major cybersecurity firm taken private and delisted from the Nasdaq in 2015, recently made headlines for claiming it had found evidence that CIA hacking tools were used to target the Chinese aviation sector.

    The Commerce Department said it was adding the firms and institutions to its “entity list,” which restricts sales of U.S. goods shipped to them and some more limited items made abroad with U.S. content or technology. Companies can apply for licenses to make the sales, but they must overcome a presumption of denial.

  • The National Health Commission (NHC) said in a statement on Saturday that this compared to four new cases on the previous day. It said, however, there were two new suspected cases: an imported one in Shanghai and locally transmitted case in the northeastern province of Jilin.

    New asymptomatic cases of the coronavirus fell to 28 from 35 a day earlier, the NHC said.

    China has seen a sharp fall in locally transmitted cases since March as major restrictions on people movement helped it to take control of the epidemic in many parts of the country.

    However, it has continued to see an influx of imported cases, mainly involving Chinese nationals returning from abroad, while new clusters of infections in the northeastern border provinces of Jilin and Heilongjiang have emerged in recent weeks.

    Wuhan also reported this month its first cluster of infections since a lockdown on the city ended on April 8, prompting authorities to warn that counter-epidemic measures could not be relaxed and to launch a campaign to test all of Wuhan’s 11 million residents for COVID-19.

    The number of confirmed cases in the mainland stood at 82,971 and the death toll remained unchanged at 4,634.

  • Brazil registered 1,001 daily coronavirus deaths on Friday, taking total deaths to 21,048, according to the Health Ministry.

    In Sao Paulo, the worst hit city, aerial video showed rows of open plots at the Formosa Cemetery as it rushed to keep up with demand.

    Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has been widely criticized for his handling of the outbreak and is at the center too of a deepening political crisis.

    The former army captain has seen his poll ratings drop, hurt by his opposition to social distancing measures, support of the unproven remedy chloroquine, and tussles with experienced public health officials.

    The true number of cases and deaths is likely higher than the figures suggest, as Latin America’s top economy has been slow to ramp up testing.

    The outbreak is accelerating. On Monday, Brazil overtook Britain to become the country with the third highest number of infections. It surpassed Russia on Friday, but is unlikely to pass the United States soon. The world’s No 1 economy has more than 1.5 million cases.

    Since the outbreak began, Bolsonaro has lost two health ministers, after pressuring them to promote the early use of anti-malarial drugs like chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine. Several high-profile public health experts have also left. Many have been replaced by soldiers.

    On Wednesday, Interim Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello, an active-duty army general, authorized new guidelines for the wider use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine in mild cases.

  • World Turtle Day is an annual event that has been taking place since the year 2000 and was founded by American Tortoise Rescue. The purpose of World Turtle Day is to educate people about how to protect turtle and tortoise habitats.
     
    Despite the prevailing belief that turtles are slow, while they can indeed only crawl between 0.21 and 0.48 kilometre per hour, they can swim in water at speeds of up to 35 kilometres per hour. The Al Ain Zoo includes ten types of turtles, including Aldabra Giant, African Stirred tortoise, Red Ear Slider and Indian Star tortoise.
     
    35 of African Spurred tortoise, (Centrochelys Sulcate) turtles that are the third-largest species of tortoise in the world and the largest species of mainland tortoise, were added to the Al Ain Safari, the largest man-made safari in the world. They live in an environment similar to their na

  • Commenting on the aid delivery, UAE Ambassador to Afghanistan Eisa Salem Mohammed Aldhaheri said, UAE is committed to ensuring that the medical professionals of Afghanistan are equipped with the appropriate protective equipment to enhance their health and safety as they bravely combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
     
    In March, the UAE dispatched an urgent medical aid shipment to Afghanistan containing 20,000 testing units and equipment to examine thousands of people. Till date, the UAE has sent over 641 metric tons of aid to 54 countries, supporting more than 641,000 medical professionals in the process.

  • In a statement, the Royal Court of the Kingdom quoting the Supreme Court, said, the new moon of month of Shawal, which follows Ramadan, was not seen.

    Therefore, it has been decided that Saturday will be the 30th day of Ramadan and that Sunday will be the first day of Shawal and Eid-Ul-Fitr, the statement added.

    The Supreme Court congratulated the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, the Crown Prince, the government and people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Muslim expatriates living in the country as well as all Islamic nations all over the world on the advent of the blessed Eid-Ul-Fitr.

  • Health Ministry on Friday issued revised advisory for use of Hydroxychloroquine, HCQ as prophylaxis, preventive treatment, for COVID-19.

    Under it, HCQ has now been recommended also for asymptomatic health care workers in non-COVID settings and for all asymptomatic health care workers involved in containment and treatment of COVID-19.

  • Health Ministry said that during the last 24 hours, 3, 234 people have recovered. It said, case mortality rate has been improved in the country and has reached to 3.02 per cent. The ministry further said, government is focusing on worst affected districts with the coordination of state governments.
     
    Member (Health) in NITI Aayog, Dr. V K Paul said, one crore treatments have been done under the Ayushman Bharat, Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana which is a great achievement. He said, 14 thousand Health and Wellness centres have been commissioned so far. He said, decision of lockdown has been taken in a timely manner and it proved beneficial for the public to restrict the expansion of the corona virus in the country.
     
    Paul said, doubling rate of Covid-19 cases was 3.4 days when lockdown was started and it is now at 13.3 days. Government said that Ministry of Statistics and Indian Statistical Institute study found that around 20 lakh people were saved from COVID-19 and 54 thousand deaths were averted due to lockdown.

  • The officials said Airbus  carrying 99 passengers and eight crew members  from Lahore was about to land in Karachi when it crashed at the Jinnah Garden area near Model Colony in Malir. There is no confirmation on casualties so far, but many are feared dead.
     
    President Arif Alvi expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of lives in the plane crash incident. Prime Minister Imran Khan, while expressing deep sorrow over the loss of precious lives and ordered an immediate inquiry into the incident.
     
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed deep condolences to the families of the deceased in the Karachi plane crash in Pakistan. He wished for speedy recovery of the injured.

  • Now one can get tickets only one month in advance. These trains will not have immediate booking. RAC / waiting list tickets will be issued for this. Those whose ticket will remain in the waiting list, they will not be allowed to travel.

    Rajesh Dutt Bajpai, Executive Director (I&P) of Railways said that with the help of computerized PRS (PRS) counters including post offices, Passenger Ticket Facilitation Center (YTSK) etc. as well as IRCTC certified agents and Common Service Centers (CSC) Booking can be done online. This change will be applicable on booking tickets on 24 May, on which the journey can be started from 31 May.

    Railways had started 15 pairs of special Rajdhani Special trains from May 12. Initially 15 pairs of trains were run for selected cities of the country. These trains were from New Delhi railway station to Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi. The special Rajdhani Express trains were only till 22 May.

  • Lockdown has been part and parcel of the overall strategy, along with physical distancing and complementary decision for mobilising state governments and people at large. This big decision to shut down for a finite period of time was taken to make sure that the transmission chain of virus is controlled and hammered to the extent possible and that time is gained to respond in upcoming times with much higher level of preparedness. This decision was implemented by the people of India very effectively, he further stated. 

    He also said, “No. of COVID-19 cases averted due to lockdown is in range of 14 - 29 lakh. No. of lives saved is in the range of 37,000 - 78,000. We are fully confident that lockdown, with full public cooperation, has reaped rich dividends. Lockdown has mostly achieved its purpose, but it cannot be continued for unlimited time; we need to behave in a manner which makes it difficult for coronavirus to spread. This is the way forward”.

    Presenting some graphical analysis about the effects of lockdown till May 15, Dr. Paul also briefed that summary of various estimates made by independent experts show that around 20 lakh COVID-19 cases and 54,000 deaths have been averted due to the lockdown.

    He also said, the time the nation got for preparedness due to lockdown has been utilized very well to face the challenge and surmount it. The clinical experience gained during COVID-19 has given us confidence in patient management and in navigating the road ahead. Due to lockdown, we have been able to control infection, keep mortality low and prepare better.

    Responding to a media query on the expected number of COVID-19 cases in the days ahead, the Chairman, Empowered Group I said: “Real growth trajectory of the novel coronavirus depends not only on the mathematics of the spread of infection, but also on the behaviour of community and society. How we respond cannot be put into a model / equation, we can only make some guesses. Hence it is difficult to predict. Some epidemiologists however, estimate high numbers as well. However, we have not done this estimate, what we have to say is that we will take required actions and control the infection to the maximum extent possible.”

    Praveen Srivastava, Secretary, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation presented results of models by various experts: The Boston Consulting Group took two approaches based on analysis of reproduction rate of COVID-19. Their study shows that in absence of lockdown, there would have been 36 - 70 lakh cases more and lockdown has saved between 1.2 lakh to 2.1 lakh lives.

  • WHO’s Executive Board comprises of 34 members elected for three-year terms. The Chair of the Executive Board is elected by its members on being nominated by the Regional Committees of the six WHO Regions, by rotation.

    “I feel deeply honored to have the trust and faith of all of you. India, and my countrymen, too, feel privileged that this honor has been bestowed upon us. I will work to realize the collective vision of our organization, to build the collective capacity of all our Member nations and to build a heroic collective leadership," Vardhan said addressing the 147th WHO Executive Board session as its Chair. The session was held virtually.

    "I am aware I am entering this office at a time of global crisis on account of this pandemic. At a time, when we all understand that there will be many health challenges in the next 2 decades. All these challenges demand a shared response," Vardhan added.

    The chairman's post is held by rotation for one year among regional groups and it was decided last year that India's nominee would be the Executive Board chairman for the first year starting Friday.

    Addressing the session and speaking in terms of measures taken in India to combat the spread of Covid-19, Vardhan said, "India faced COVID-19 in a proactive and pre-emptive way, with unmatched scale and determination. Today we have a mortality of 3% only. In a country of 1.35 billion,there are only 0.1 million cases of COVID19. The recovery rate is above 40% and doubling rate is 13 days."

    It is not a full time assignment and the minister will just be required to chair the Executive Board's meetings, an official said.

    The annual Board meeting is held in January when the members agree upon the agenda for the World Health Assembly and the resolutions to be considered by the Health Assembly. A second shorter meeting takes place in May, as a follow-up to the Health Assembly.

  • The Centre will provide 1,000 crore rupees advance financial assistance to West Bengal for post-Amphan restoration work. The Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced this at Bashirhat in North 24 Paraganas District of West Bengal after an administrative meeting to assess the extent of damages caused by the supper cyclonic storm.

    Prime Minister also announced two lakh rupees compensation to the families of the each victims killed in the storm-related incidents. He also informed that a Central team will also arrive in the state soon to assess the damages. Accompanying the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee the Prime Minister made an aerial survey at cyclone hit areas of the state.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee jointly made an aerial survey at cyclone-ravaged areas in North and South 24 Paraganas districts of West Bengal . About 45 minutes long aerial survey both the leaders experienced the large scale devastation at Minakha, Namkhana, Hingalgunj, Gosaba, Bashirhat and vast areas of Sundarbans caused by Amphan.

    Later at the administrative meeting at Bashirhat in North 24 Paraganas District the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee submitted a preliminary report to the Prime Minister on the extent of damages and demanded appropriate Cental help for reconstruction work. The Prime Minister assured CM Banerjee all kinds of Central helps to the state as demanded. The President Ramnath Kovind also expressed sorrow over huge loss of lives and properties in the state.

     Prime Minister Narendra Modi also announced an advance financial assistance of Rs 500 crore for cyclone-battered Odisha. The Prime Minister made the announcement after an aerial survey of areas hit by cyclone 'Amphan'. After the aerial survey, he held a review meeting with Governor Ganeshi Lal and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. The Prime Minister also announced rupees 2 lakh ex gratia for the next of kin of the dead and rupees 50000 for the injured.
     
    Prime Minister assured of every possible help by the Centre ensuring quick relief. He said, assistance will be provided for long-term rehabilitation measures after getting a detailed report from the state government.
     
    Prime Minister toured districts such as Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore, Jajpur and Mayurbhanj for about 90 minutes. Expressing his deep concern over the loss of lives and property, Mr. Modi said the country has already been battling a global pandemic in the form of corona virus and the potential danger posed by the super cyclone in some parts of the country was really worrying. He said, the well established processes in Odisha to face such natural calamities saved many lives.
     
    He was accompanied by Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Ministers of State Pratap Chandra Sarangi, Babul Supriyo and Debasree Chaudhary along with other senior officials.

  • Giving this information at Chandigah, Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Sandeep Singh said, all  the District Sports & Youth Affairs Officers have been directed to ensure maintaining of social distance to ensure availability of sanitizers at every point where needed. He said all officials, coaches and trainees will wear face masks. However spectators will not be allowed, he added.

    The minister said that all sports staff and players shall use ‘Arogya Setu’ application. The instruction issued by PWD (B&R) in respect of use of Air Conditioners in office buildings shall be strictly followed, he added.

  • Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina enquired about the damage caused by the cyclone, reported the official news agency BSS.Expressing sympathy at the loss of life and property, Sheikh Hasina hoped that the state will overcome the loss soon.

    In the meanwhile, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) the death toll due to cyclone Amphan climbed up to 26 in Bangladesh. The armed forces including Army, Air-force, Navy and the police are working in coordination with the local administration for relief and rescue activities for the cyclone affected people in Bangladesh.

    Earlier, the state Minister for Disaster Management Enamur Rahman told media on Thursday that the estimated loss due to Amphan was Tk 1100 crore.

    The Cyclone damaged roads, bridges, culverts and embankments across the coastal districts of Bangladesh. Several fish ponds were inundated with sea water causing loss to the farmer. 

    The Environment Ministry has formed four committees to assess the damage to the Sundarban area of Bangladesh due to the cyclone. Although the cyclone impacted 26 districts of Bangladesh, Satkhira, Bagerhat and Patuakhali  suffered the maximum damage.

    The powerful Amphan cyclone crossed the Coast line of Bangladesh by midnight of Wednesday after touching its coast late in the evening on the same day. The cyclone had weakened by the time it touched the Bangladesh Coast.
     

  • The officials said Airbus  carrying 99 passengers and eight crew members  from Lahore was about to land in Karachi when it crashed at the Jinnah Garden area near Model Colony in Malir. There is no confirmation on casualties so far, but many are feared dead.
     
    President Arif Alvi expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of lives in the plane crash incident. Prime Minister Imran Khan, while expressing deep sorrow over the loss of precious lives and ordered an immediate inquiry into the incident.
     
    Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi expressed deep condolences to the families of the deceased in the Karachi plane crash in Pakistan. He wished for speedy recovery of the injured.

     

  • It said, an area in a containment or a buffer zone category can start facility-based and outreach immunization activities only after a minimum gap of 14 days. Immunization services will be classified under two heads, immunization in containment and buffer zone and immunization in areas beyond the buffer and green zone.
     
    Delivery of immunization services for different zones will follow the guidelines of the Home Ministry and Health Ministry pertaining to COVID-19 and states are not allowed to violate any COVID-19 guidance.