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K’taka govt announces Rs 1610 crore package

Bengaluru: The Karnataka government on Wednesday announced a Rs 1,610 crore relief package for the benefit of those in distress due to the COVID-19-induced lockdown, and hiked excise duty on liquor by 11 per cent to mop up revenues. The measures announced by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa include compensation of Rs 5,000 each to thousands of washermen, barbers, auto …

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UP hikes liquor prices, hopes to earn Rs 2,350 cr revenue

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday decided to increase liquor prices in the state, ranging from Rs 5 to Rs 400 per bottle depending upon its size and category of the drink. The decision to increase the liquor price was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, said state Finance Minister Suresh Khanna, adding the …

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Centre blames Bengal for not allowing cargo movement through Indo-Bangla border

New Delhi: The Centre on Wednesday slammed the West Bengal government for not allowing movement of essential goods through the Indo-Bangladesh border, saying such acts were violation of the Constitution and will have international implications. The fresh accusation might deteriorate the already strained relations between the Centre and the West Bengal government and further escalate war of words. The Union …

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Top Hizb commander killed by security forces in J&K

Srinagar: In a major breakthrough in the fight against terror, top Hizbul Mujahideen commander Reyaz Naikoo, on the run for eight years, was killed on Wednesday by security forces in his village in Kashmir’s Pulwama district, police said. Anticipating a law and order problem, authorities suspended mobile telephone services of private operators and mobile internet services across the Valley. Security …

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Shramik trains ferry over one lakh migrants

New Delhi: The Railways on Wednesday said it has run 115 Shramik Special trains since May 1 and ferried home over one lakh migrants stranded in various parts of the country due to the COVID-19-induced lockdown. Of the 42 trains which have been planned for Wednesday, the Railways has already run 22 of them. Twenty more trains are scheduled to …

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64 flights, 2 ships to bring back Indians stranded abroad

New Delhi/Kochi: Air India will operate 64 repatriation flights for a week from May 7 while the Navy deployed two ships as India rolled out a massive evacuation plan on Tuesday to bring back thousands of its nationals stranded abroad due to the coronavirus-triggered lockdown. From the Gulf countries to Malaysia and the UK to the US, the multi-agency operation …

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3,875 new COVID cases in India

New Delhi: A record number of new cases on Tuesday pushed the nationwide COVID-19 tally closer to the 50,000-mark and the death toll crossed 1,600 with over 200 more fatalities, even as Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said “fighting coronavirus is no rocket science” and the nation may remember the pandemic as a “blessing in disguise” if people imbibe good …

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Railways asks zones to watch out for troublemakers

New Delhi: Watch out for the possibility of sectarian feuds and troublemakers on board, and keep an eye on the behaviour of passengers – these are some of the guidelines issued to the zonal railways running ‘Shramik Special’ trains. Having already run 67 such trains since Friday, the Railways has now issued detailed guidelines on security and sanitisation protocols to …

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CBI alerts cops about fake COVID-19 kits in market

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has alerted state police organisations of the country about fake COVID-19 testing kits circulating in the international market after an intimation from the Interpol in this regard, sources said. They said the Interpol has alerted its 194 member countries about these fake testing kits sneaking in the international market, they said. The …

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No community transmission of COVID-19: Harsh Vardhan

New Delhi: India has so far been able to stave off community transmission of COVID-19, says Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, expressing the hope that “behavioural changes” brought about by the infection could become the “new normal” for a healthy society after the pandemic abates.  The nation in a post-coronavirus future could well look back on the pandemic period as …

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