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UP govt asks Priyanka Gandhi to arrange 500 buses each from two different places

The UP government in a letter has asked Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to arrange for 1,000 buses. The letter said the 500 buses be arranged by noon in Ghaziabad and another 500 to the District Magistrate of Gautam Buddh Nagar. The letter comes amid Gandhi accusing the Yogi Adityanath-led government of playing politics...

Centre will support Bengal and Odisha to tackle cyclone Amphan: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday spoke to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her Odisha counterpart Naveen Patnaik and offered the Centre’s support to deal with the situation arising out of super cyclone Amphan. The super cyclonic storm is very likely to weaken into an extremely severe cyclonic storm before it hits...

MHA issues new guidelines for Shramik Special trains

The Centre on Tuesday issued new guidelines, including social distancing and schedules, for the movement of stranded migrant labourers by Shramik Special trains during the lockdown put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said the standard operating procedure (SOPs) must be strictly implemented by the central ministries and...

Coronavirus cases ‘officially’ breaches 1 lakh-mark in India, death toll jumps to 3,163

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has informed that the total number of coronavirus cases in India climbed to 1.01 lakh till 8 am on Tuesday, while the death toll due to COVID-19 reached 3,163—a jump of 4,970 cases and 134 fatalities. According to the ministry’s official data, India’s coronavirus case count ‘officially’ breached...

Delhi Police arrests Jamia student for anti-CAA protests

The Delhi Police’s crime branch has arrested a student of Jamia Millia Islamia in connection with the violence in the Jamia area during a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act in December last year, officials said on Sunday. The police said Asif Iqbal Tanha, a resident of Abul Fazal Enclave in Shaheen Bagh, is a...

India: COVID-19 death toll breaches 3,000-mark, case count nearing 1 lakh

The death toll due to coronavirus in India rose to 3,029 and the number of total positive cases climbed to 96,169 on Monday morning, registering an increase of 157 fatalities and a record jump of over 5,200 new cases in 24 hours. According to the Union Health Ministry’s updated data on Monday, India saw 5,242...

States cannot dilute lockdown guidelines issued by Centre: MHA

The Ministry of Home Affairs has said no state or Union Territory will dilute the guidelines issued for the nationwide lockdown that will continue till May 31. In a communication to the chief secretaries of the states and Union territories, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said the guidelines for the fourth phase of the lockdown...

CBSE releases date sheet for class 10, 12 board examinations

The Central Board of Secondary Education has released the revised date sheet for CBSE Class 10 and 12 board exams scheduled to be held in July. The Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, released the revised date sheet for the pending CBSE exams for both classes 10 and 12 in two consecutive tweets....

Amphan to intensity into a super cyclone, landfall likely on May 20

The Ministry of Home Affairs on Monday said that cyclonic storm ‘Amphan’ is likely to intensify into a ‘super cyclone’ by Monday evening. It said that Amphan will hit West Bengal and Bangladesh coasts as a ‘very severe cyclone’ with wind speed up to 185 km per hour on Wednesday. Union Home Minister Amit Shah...

Obama criticises Trump for poor handling of COVID-19 crisis

Barack Obama indirectly criticised his successor Donald Trump during a virtual graduation ceremony Saturday, in rare public judgment from the former US president during the coronavirus pandemic. “More than anything this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they’re doing,” Obama...

Safe Return: Hundreds of migrants returning home stopped by police at UP border

This comes a day after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered the district officials to stop migrants and their families stranded due to coronavirus lockdown from entering the state on foot, cycles or trucks, arrange food and shelter for them and provide buses for their journey. This order was preceded by the death of 26 migrants...

Centre increases borrowing limit of states from 3 to 5%

In a major relief to the state governments, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday announced an increase in the borrowing limit of the states from 3 per cent to 5 per cent for the financial year 2020-21 only. The Centre’s move will give states extra resource of Rs 4.48 lakh, the minister said. “The Centre...