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DGCA asks airlines to keep middle seat vacant or provide “wrap around”

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Monday urged the airlines to try and keep the middle seats vacant in flights. The aviation regulator added that if the middle seats cannot be left vacant, the passengers should be provided with a “wrap around”. Social distancing is a big part of the battle against coronavirus...

Swarms of locusts enter Chhattisgarh forest from Madhya Pradesh

Swarms of locusts have entered a forest area in Chhattisgarh’s Koriya district from the neighbouring Madhya Pradesh state, prompting authorities to intensify efforts to tackle the menace, officials said on Monday. So far, no damage to crops or trees has been reported due to these short-horned grasshoppers, which have been killed or driven away by...

IMD declares onset of southwest monsoon in Kerala

The southwest monsoon has finally arrived in Kerala. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Monday that the southwest monsoon has made its onset in Kerala. IMD had earlier predicted that the southwest monsoon will make an onset over Kerala on June 1 with the formation of a cyclonic circulation. IMD director general Mrutyunjay Mohapatra...

Spy incident: Pak summons Indian envoy to protest expelling of its officials

Pakistan on Monday summoned a senior Indian diplomat to express its strong protest over India’s decision to expel two of its officials at the High Commission in New Delhi on charges of spying, a news agency reported. Earlier on Sunday India had declared two officials of the Pakistan High Commission as “persona non grata” on...

In some cities of US, cops join protestors marching against police brutality

US Media reported about how several law enforcement agencies in the country showed solidarity with protesters as they marched against the police brutality in connection with the death of George Floyd’s death. This is the fifth day of nation-wide protests. Some police officers joined with the protesters to express their solidarity against police brutality and...

Google stake in Vodafone-Idea: Banks, MF to wait and watch

Business papers in India reported that the Mutual Fund industry and several other banks are waiting with bated breath for the Google and Vodafone-Idea deal to close. Google is reported to be looking to acquire 5% stake in the company. The company has a borrowings of Rs1.18 lakh of which Rs3,000 crore is from Indusind...

ICMR scientist tests positive for COVID-19

A senior scientist at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the apex body that formulates and alters the treatment protocols for COVID-19, has tested positive for novel coronavirus following which the entire ICMR building is being sanitised, sources said. The scientist, who is from Mumbai, had come to Delhi few days ago and tested...

If virus is invisible, our corona warriors are invincible: PM Modi

India’s fight against the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 has been led by the “medical community and corona warriors”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday, stressing that “violence, abuse and rude behaviour against the frontline workers is not acceptable”. “The virus may be an invisible enemy. But our warriors, medical workers are...

India again reports biggest single-day rise in COVID-19 cases, death toll jumps to 5,394

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has informed that India has recorded the biggest single-day spike in coronavirus cases, with 8,392 cases reported in the last 24 hours ending at 8 am on Monday. Also, 230 deaths were reported during this period that pushed the death toll due to COVID-19 in the country to...

Thunderstorm damages parts of Taj Mahal complex

A deadly thunderstorm that rolled across northern parts of the country damaged sections of the Taj Mahal complex, including the main gate and a railing running below its five lofty domes, officials said Sunday. One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the country’s top tourist attraction has been shut since mid-March as part...

Maharashtra extends lockdown till June 30, to ease restrictions from June 5

The Maharashtra government has extended the lockdown in the entire state till June 30 but has decided to ease the restriction from June 5. The state government has named the lockdown extension as “Mission Begin Again” owing to relaxations in the lockdown. In the “Mission Begin Again”, markets and shops, except malls, will be allowed...

Cash-strapped Delhi govt seeks Rs 5,000 cr assistance from Centre for paying salaries

The Delhi government has sought financial assistance from the Centre to the tune of Rs 5,000 crore to pay salaries to its employees. In a tweet, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “I request the Central government to help the people of Delhi in this time of trouble”. केंद्र सरकार से निवेदन है कि आपदा की...