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Two constables in MP suspended after video of them brutally beating a man goes viral

Two policemen, who were seen beating a man in a video that went viral on social media, have been suspended. The cops belong to Chhindwara district in Madhya Pradesh. The incident took place in Pipla Naryanwar village a few days ago, media reports said. Additional Superintendent of Police Shashank Garg was quoted as saying that...

China outraged over 2 BJP MPs virtually attending Taiwan Prez swearing-in

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) regime has been outraged after two parliamentarians of the BJP, Meenakshi Lekhi and Rahul Kaswan, ‘virtually attended’ the swearing-in ceremony of Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen and sent her congratulations. Tsai was sworn in for her second term. The CCP has asked India to “refrain from such acts”after Lekhi and...

With Covid19 liquor cess, Delhi earns Rs110 cr in a fortnight

The Delhi government has earned over ₹110 crore from the cess it imposed on sale of liquor. The income is earned within a fortnight of imposing the Corona fee on liquor. The cess is 70% of the MRP. The excise department had earned about Rs55 crore till May 12 but by May 21 the figure...

Chinese virology lab says none of its on-site bat coronavirus strains match Covid19 one

The Chinese virology institute in Wuhan, where Covid19 first emerged, has said that none of the three live strains of bat coronavirus on-site matches the one that has resulted in the pandemic, international news agencies reported. It is believed that the Covid19, which has killed over 3.4 lakh people globally, originated in bats and could...

At 6,767 cases, India sees biggest Covid19 spike second time in a row, total at 1.31 lakh

India registered 6,767 new cases of Covid19 in the last 24 hours, making it the biggest ever spike in the number of cases, second time in a row. With this, the total number of cases now stands at 1,31, 868. The number of deaths in the last 24 hours has also increased as 147 people...

States announce mandatory quarantine for domestic passengers as flights set to resume from Monday

A day before the Centre plans to resume domestic flights, confusion prevails over whether passengers will have to undergo quarantine at destination states or not. Some states have also expressed reservation at the decision to resume flights even as India reports a surge in Covid19 numbers. Maharashtra, one of the worst affected states, has called...

As forex reserves plunge, Sri Lanka seeks $1.1bn currency swap facility from India

Sri Lanka has requested India for a special $1.1 billion currency swap facility to help arrest the country’s draining foreign exchange reserves. A news agency reported that the request was necessitated in view of the economic slowdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s office made the request during a telephone conversation with Indian...

Indian economist Abhas Jha occupies key position in World Bank

An Indian economist, Abhas Jha, has been appointed by the World Bank to a key position on climate change and disaster management in South Asia, the global lender said. Jha’s appointment comes at a time when cyclone Amphan has badly hit West Bengal, Odisha in India, and Bangladesh. In his capacity as World Bank’s Practice...

150 people booked for taking part in procession to bury cow carcass in Aligarh amid lockdown

In a gross violation of the government’s lockdown guidelines, around 150 people on Thursday took out a procession in Aligarh to bury a cow carcass. The police have filed an FIR against the participants of the procession, most of them women. “Around 150 people participated in a procession to bury a cow carcass in a...

International flight operations may resume from mid-June if situation improves: Centre

Union civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri has said that international flight operations in the country may start by mid-June or end-July if the COVID-19 virus “behaves in a predictable manner”. He said this on Saturday afternoon, during an online discussion with the public to clarify norms governing “calibrated” restart of domestic flights from...

PC asks RBI to tell govt to do its duty, take fiscal measures

Former Union finance minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram has slammed the central government and questioned why the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is infusing more liquidity as the growth in the financial year 2020-21 is headed towards negative territory. In a series of tweets, Chidambaram said, “RBI Governor says demand has collapsed, growth...

Mamata requests Centre not to send migrants back to Bengal amid Amphan relief work

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has requested the Ministry of Railways to not send any Shramik Special trains to the state till May 26 as officials are busy in relief work after the havoc wreaked by cyclone Amphan. “As the district administrations are involved in relief and rehabilitation works, it will not be possible...