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58,000 passengers travelled by air on Monday: Puri

Union civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Tuesday informed that more than 58,000 passengers flew on Monday as India resumed limited domestic air travel after two months of suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic. Airports are abuzz & passengers are back in air. 58,318 passengers flew to their destinations on 832 flights on the...

Rajasthan govt allows sale of pan, gutkha

The Rajasthan government has allowed the sale of paan, gutkha, and tobacco for take away. While the sale of these products has been allowed, the government has clarified that prohibition on consumption of tobacco products in public places continues to remain in force. Similarly, the prohibition on spitting in public places will remain in force...

Unable to get a pass, couple ties knot at check post

A bride and a bridegroom got married at a border checkpost between Tamil Nadu and Kerala after they could not get an e-pass to travel to Idukki district in the latter. The Outlook reported that the bridegroom R. Prashanth, from Cumbum town in Tamil Nadu’s Theni district could not get an e-pass to travel to...

Nations with declining COVID-19 cases can face “immediate second peak”: WHO

Countries, where coronavirus infections are declining, could still face an “immediate second peak” if they let up too soon on measures to halt the outbreak, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday. The world is still in the middle of the first wave of the coronavirus outbreak, WHO emergencies head Dr Mike Ryan told...

India, China heading for a face-off in Ladakh

Indian and Chinese troops remained engaged in a serious situation in several disputed areas along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh with reports stating that it could be the biggest military face-off after the Doklam in 2017. Top military sources were quoted by a news agency as saying that India has further increased...

Andhra HC asks state to seize premises of LG Polymers

The Andhra Pradesh High Court has asked the state government to seize the premises of LG Polymers plant in Visakhapatnam, local media reported on Monday. The court has also asked that the company’s directors should not be allowed to leave the country without the court’s permission. The interim order came on three writ petitions filed...

India’s COVID-19 count touches 1.45 lakh, death toll rises to 4,167

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has informed that the total number of novel coronavirus cases in India has increased to 1,45,380 on Tuesday morning,  with the death toll rising to 4,167. As many as 6,535 new cases of coronavirus were recorded in the last 24 hours ending at 8 am on Tuesday. The...

Uber laying off around 600 employees amid coronavirus pandemic

Cab aggregator Uber India said on Tuesday that it is laying off around 600 full-time employees due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is about 25 per cent of the company’s workforce in the country. The impacted positions are around the company’s driver and rider support operations and other functions, Uber India and South Asia president...

Rajasthan, UP, MP & Maharashtra fight swarms of locusts

Swarms of locusts have entered Rajasthan’s Jaipur, Uttar Pradesh’s Jhansi and the eastern part of Maharashtra, posing a big threat to standing crops, plants and trees. Locusts normally affect districts in western Rajasthan but this time the swarms have travelled as far as Jaipur city. The swarms later headed towards Dausa district. The swarms are...

China to evacuate its citizens from India amid rising COVID-19 cases

China has decided to evacuate its citizens, including students, tourists and businessmen, from India who are facing “difficulties” in the country and want to return home in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The Chinese embassy put out a notice on its website on Monday, asking those wanting to return home to book tickets on...

Maharashtra PWD minister Ashok Chavan admitted to hospital for COVID-19 treatment

Maharashtra cabinet minister and former chief minister Ashok Chavan, who has tested positive for coronavirus, was on Monday admitted to a hospital in Mumbai. PWD minister Ashok Chavan became the second cabinet minister after NCP leader Jitendra Awhad to test positive for coronavirus. The senior Congress leader had contracted the infection a few days back...

5-year-old reunited with mom after 3 months as domestic flights resume

The story of a 5-year-old travelling alone from Delhi to Bangalore and meeting his mother after a gap of three months has gone viral. The little one landed in Bangalore wearing a jeans, yellow jacket and a mask carrying a “special category” ticket and was among one of the heart warming sights at the airport...