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President takes 30% salary cut

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday decided to take a 30 per cent salary cut for the whole year besides announcing a slew of other austerity measures to aid the nation’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The domestic tours and programmes of the President will be substantially reduced in order to follow social distancing restrictions and minimise expenditure, …

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14 home-bound migrants killed in 2 road accidents

Guna/Muzaffarnagar/Lucknow: Fourteen migrant labourers were killed and nearly 60 injured in two road accidents on Thursday while they were on the way to their homes in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, police said. In an early morning accident in Guna, around 180 km from Madhya Pradesh capital Bhopal, eight Uttar Pradesh-bound migrant workers were killed and nearly 55 injured when the …

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Liquor shops in Kerala to be reopened soon

Thiruvananthapuram: In good news for tipplers in Kerala, the state government on Thursday said liquor outlets will be opened soon and the sales made through online mode to ensure there was no crowding. However, the date for reopening of the 301 state-run outlets was yet to be finalised and arrangements were being made to ensure that social distancing is maintained, …

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Sikkim only coronavirus-free state in India

Gangtok: The ubiquitous coronavirus that has wreaked havoc across the world and India, taking lives at will and locking up millions within the confines of the four walls, is yet to breach the fortress of the tiny border state of Sikkim, which does not have a single COVID-19 case. Officials attribute this remarkable achievement to a slew of proactive measures …

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Centre warned of COVID-like zoonotic disease from elephants

AAKANKSHA KHAJURIA | IANS New Delhi: In the wake of growing threat from emerging zoonotic diseases, like the deadly coronavirus, an animal right organisation has urged Union minister Giriraj Singh to ban elephants from being exhibited or trained for performances, as high prevalence of tuberculosis among them can pose a threat to public health.  People for the Ethical Treatment of …

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Rs 3 lakh cr collateral-free loans for small business

PTI New Delhi The government on Wednesday announced about Rs 6 lakh crore package comprising Rs 3 lakh crore of collateral-free loans for small businesses and a Rs 30,000 crore lifeline to non-bank and housing finance companies as part of measures to help the economy tied over disruptions caused by the coronavirus lockdown. Also, it cut the tax rate on …

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30,000 Indians to return home in 149 flights from Saturday

PTI New Delhi Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Wednesday said that 30,000 Indians will return from 31 countries in 149 flights between May 16 and May 22, the duration for the second phase of the Vande Bharat Mission. During the first phase of the Vande Bharat Mission, Air India and its subsidiary Air India Express are scheduled to …

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Punjab chief secy cut down to size

PTI Chandigarh Congress leaders in Punjab on Wednesday demanded a probe against Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh, piling pressure on him even after he was shorn of his additional charge as financial commissioner. Three ruling party MLAs including a minister, asked Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to order an inquiry, accusing the state’s most senior bureaucrat of causing alleged loss of …

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K’taka likely to open gyms, fitness centres after May 17

PTI Bengaluru Karnataka Tourism Minister C T Ravi on Wednesday hinted at the government permitting opening of gyms, fitness centres and golf courses after May 17 when the third phase of the COVID-19 induced lockdown comes to an end. “Today I met the Chief Minister and discussed opening of fitness centres, golf courses and giving permission for hotels to provide …

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101 new COVID-19 cases reported in Odisha

PTI Bhubaneswar A total of 101 people tested positive for COVID-19 in Odisha on Wednesday, taking the total number of coronavirus cases in the state to 538, a health department official said. Of the fresh cases, 52 were reported from Ganjam district, 33 from Balasore, seven each from Jajpur and Sundergarh and two from Keonjhar, he said. The number of …

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