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Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray takes oath as MLC

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has taken oath as a member of the Legislative Council on Monday after he was elected unopposed to the legislature. Thackeray was chosen as the chief minister of Maharashtra in November but he was not a member of either Houses in the state legislature. Thackeray took the oath of office...

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...

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...

Karnataka bans entry of people from Gujarat, Maharashtra

Karnataka has banned the entry of people from Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Tamil Nadu—the three states worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic with COVID-19 case count over 10,000. It has also banned the entry of people from the neighbouring Kerala. The development comes a day after the Centre said that the movement of passengers would be...

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...

Nawazuddin Siddiqui put under home quarantine in UP, tests negative for COVID-19

Nawazuddin Siddiqui reached his ancestral village in Uttar Pradesh’s Budhana with his family to celebrate Eid. The actor, who travelled from Mumbai to the UP village after taking permission from the respective authorities, has been tested negative for the novel coronavirus, along with his family members. He is currently in quarantine with his family for...

Trump hits back at Obama, says he was “grossly incompetent”

A day after former US President Barack Obama criticised incumbent President Donald Trump for his poor handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the latter has hit back and termed Obama as a “grossly incompetent President”. “He (Obama) was an incompetent president, a grossly incompetent president. That’s all I can say,” Trump told reporters after arriving...

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...

Chhattisgarh govt to initiate action against Gujarat brick kiln owners for taking money from migrants

Seventy-one migrant labourers who returned to Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh from Gandhinagar in Gujarat by a special train early this week have claimed their employers took money from them for the commute, officials said on Sunday. A Chhattisgarh government release said a probe was ordered by the collector into the allegations, and a report has been...

Lockdown 4.0: Read what’s open and what’s not till May 31

With the National Disaster Management Authority notifying the extension of the lockdown till May 31, the Ministry of Home Affairs on Sunday released a detailed guideline on what is allowed and what is prohibited during lockdown 4.0. The fourth extension of the lockdown aims at gradually increasing economic activities and simultaneously controlling the spread of...

Lockdown 4.0: Union government extends lockdown till May 31

The Union government has extended the ongoing lockdown by two more weeks till May 31. National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has asked the Ministries and Departments of Government of India, State Governments and State Authorities to continue the lockdown measures up to May 31, 2020. “Lockdown has been extended to contain the spread of COVID-19;...

Shahid Afridi makes controversial speech against PM Modi in POK, Gambhir terms him “joker”

In a sensational speech, former Pakistan national cricket team captain Shahid Afridi compared Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to coronavirus while raising the Kashmir issue, once again. In a widely circulated video, Afridi is heard saying “the world is infected by a deadly disease, but what’s more dangerous is in Modi’s heart and mind”. What...