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Trump announces termination of US’ relation with WHO, to tighten regulations against China

US President Donald Trump on Friday announced the termination of his country’s relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO). He blamed WHO and China for the COVID-19 pandemic across the globe. He said WHO funding will now be diverted to other global public health organisations. He also announced several decisions against China including denying entry...

With 7,964 cases, India records new high in daily COVID-19 numbers for second day in a row; total at 1,73,763

India recorded a new high in the number of daily COVID-19 cases for the second straight day. The country registered 7,964 new cases in the last 24 hours taking the total number of such cases to 173,763. Maharashtra recorded the highest number of fresh cases in a single day. As many as 2,682 people tested...

1 yr of Modi govt: PM in letter to nation says we’ll decide our present & future

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written an open letter to the people of India as his government completes one year of its second term. In the letter Modi listed several initiatives, achievements and decisions of his government. He also expressed confidence that the country would win the battle against COVID-19. Modi explained that he chose...

TRAI recommends using 11-digit mobile numbers in India

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended using 11-digit long mobile numbers in the country. This was part of the recommendations on “Ensuring Adequate Numbering Resources for Fixed Line and Mobile Services” released by the authority on Friday. TRAI, in the recommendation, said that replacing 10-digit mobile numbers with 11-digit ones will lead...

Migrant found dead in train’s toilet during cleaning at Jhansi station

A 45-year-old migrant labourer was found dead in a toilet of a Shramik Special train when it was being cleaned by workers at Uttar Pradesh’s Jhansi station, four days after he boarded it for Gorakhpur, officials said on Friday. The body was found when the train was opened for maintenance and sanitisation on May 27...

Health Ministry refuses to divulge info on money spent for buying equipment for COVID-19

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has refused to share information on the amount of money spent on equipment purchase to handle the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, stating that such data does not come under the definition of “information” to be provided under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Mumbai-based RTI activist Anil...

Places of worship to open from June 1 in Bengal: CM

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday announced that all places of worship in the state will open from June 1. The announcement comes two days before the lockdown 4 is due to end. Not more than 10 people will be allowed when religious places reopen, she declared, adding that congregations or functions would...

Delhi HC asks state govt to file detailed reply on 70% special corona fee

The Delhi High court has asked the Delhi government to file a detailed reply on its decision to levy 70% ‘special corona fees’ on the MRP of liquor in the capital. This comes after a bunch of affidavits were filed challenging the Delhi government’s decision. A bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Sangita...

China too refuses Trump’s mediation offer in border dispute with India

As Donald Trump once again repeated his offer to mediate between India and China to resolve the ongoing border standoff, the Chinese foreign ministry has said the two countries are capable of solving the issue through dialogue and rejected Trump’s mediation offer. Chinese Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian made the comments at a daily briefing...

Man detained in Shopian in connection with foiled car bomb attack

A day after security forces foiled a Pulwama-like car blast and destroyed the explosives-laden car, a man has been detained from Shopian in Jammu and Kashmir in connection with the foiled attack. The suspect is said to be the brother of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Hidayatullah Malik whose explosives-laden car was detained on Thursday after it...

Spy’ pigeon set free after cops could not prove ‘suspicious’ activity

A pigeon suspected to be a spy for Pakistan has been set free. The bird was caught by the Jammu & Kashmir police on the suspicion that it was a spy bird for Pakistan. But now that nothing suspicious has been found, the bird has been set free, media reports said. Cops have also failed...

Amit Shah meets PM Modi to discuss lockdown extension

Home Minister Amit Shah met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday to discuss the future strategy for India’s fight against coronavirus pandemic and resumption of economic activities amid rising COVID-19 cases across the country. The development comes a day after he spoke to various chief ministers and sought their feedback on the road ahead, as...