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SC points to lapses by Centre on migrants issue

New Delhi: Taking cognisance of the miseries of migrant workers, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said there have been “inadequacies and certain lapses” by the Centre and the states, and asked them to provide transport, food and shelter immediately free of cost. Referring to various media reports showing the “unfortunate and miserable conditions” of migrant labourers walking on foot and …

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Flight cancellations continue

New Delhi: A day after the restart of air travel across India, flight cancellations continued with passengers facing difficulties, even as domestic operations resumed in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday amid reluctance due to rising number of COVID-19 cases. Except West Bengal, domestic flights traversed the entire country on Tuesday.                 However, as major airports like Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad have …

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‘20 Maharashtra cops died of COVID-19 so far’

Mumbai: As many as 20 police personnel have so far died of coronavirus infection in Maharashtra, a senior police official said on Tuesday. Till now, 1,889 police personnel, including 207 officers, have tested positive for the disease in the state. Most of them are from Mumbai and Nashik rural, he said. “So far, 20 police personnel, including an officer, have …

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Army commanders to deliberate on situation in eastern Ladakh

New Delhi: Top commanders of the Indian Army will carry out an in-depth review of the tense standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in several areas of eastern Ladakh at a three-day conference beginning Wednesday. The commanders will also deliberate on the overall situation in Jammu and Kashmir besides delving into issues having national security implications, they said. However, the …

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Lockdown has failed: Rahul

New Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said the four phases of nationwide lockdown have “failed” and not given the results that Prime Minister Narendra Modi expected as he urged the Centre to spell out its strategy for “opening up” the country. Addressing an online press conference, the Congress leader expressed concern that if the government functions haphazardly during …

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Eight days, 1,000 km and 11 men on 11 cycle rickshaws

Gurgaon: Turning their back on their city dreams that had turned to dust in the lockdown, 11 men loaded their rickshaws and cycled for eight days from Gurgaon to Bihar, dodging police and often going hungry as they pedalled their way home more than 1,000 km away. Travelling through the night to escape the heat and navigating the long journey …

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Kolkata limping back to normalcy

Kolkata: Drinking water and electricity supply has been restored in large swathes of Kolkata ravaged by Cyclone Amphan even as some parts of the city witnessed protests over lack of essential services. According to Kolkata Municipal Corporation sources, the restoration work is on at a war footing and they are hopeful that all the roads will be cleared of uprooted …

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Cancellation of flights creates chaos at airports

PTI New Delhi India’s domestic flight services resumed on Monday after a gap of two months but a large number of last-minute cancellations by airlines triggered chaos leaving thousands of passengers stranded. According to aviation industry sources, about 630 of an estimated 1,150 domestic flights for which bookings opened on May 22 were cancelled after some states like Maharashtra and …

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UP comes up with 2-pronged strategy to help migrants

PTI Lucknow In a two-pronged strategy to help migrant workers, the Uttar Pradesh government has decided to set up a Migration Commission for their employment in the state and made it clear that any other state that wants labourers from UP has to seek its permission. With around 25 lakh workers and migrants having returned to the state till Sunday, …

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Sena, Cong take jibe at Goyal over diversion of UP-bound train

PTI Mumbai Taking a dig at Railways Minister Piyush Goyal over diversion of the Vasai Road-Gorakhpur Sharmik Special train via Odisha, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Monday said their only request is that a train carrying migrant workers should reach its destination as announced. Shiv Sena’s ally Congress also took a dim view of the train diversion, saying the …

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