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IMD issues ‘red alert’ for several parts of north India

New Delhi: With temperatures surpassing the 45 degrees Celsius-mark across several parts in north India, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday issued a ‘red’ warning for Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Rajasthan for the next two days. The IMD has also issued an orange warning for heat wave for east Uttar Pradesh, said Kuldeep Srivastava, the head of IMD’s …

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Sex on false promise of marriage not rape: Orissa HC

Cuttack: In a significant observation, a judge of the Orissa High Court has observed that indulgence in sexual intercourse on false promise of marriage does not amount to rape. Justice S K Panigrahi also raised questions about whether rape laws should be used to regulate intimate relationships, especially in cases where women enter into a relationship by choice. Justice Panigrahi …

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Protests continue in cyclone-hit Kolkata amid water, power crises

Kolkata: Angry residents continued to stage protests in various parts of Kolkata on Sunday, demanding immediate restoration of water and power supply lines snapped by cyclone ‘Amphan’, even as the state government said services have been reinstated in several areas. From blocking roads with branches of uprooted trees to placing barricades to restrict the movement of vehicles, the protests during …

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Amid lockdown, shops wear deserted look on eve of Eid

New Delhi: The festive atmosphere was missing on the eve of Eid in the national capital on Sunday as people preferred to stay at their homes to offer namaz and most shops wore a deserted due to the coronavirus-triggered lockdown. Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramzan, will be celebrated across the country on Monday.  The …

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International flights likely before August

PTI New Delhi India will try to restart a good percentage of international passenger flights before August, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday said, three days after announcing resumption of domestic flights from May 25. While various states like Karnataka and Maharashtra announced their respective quarantine measures for passengers coming there through domestic flights, the minister said there …

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Amid coronavirus and lockdown, Eid festivities lack gaiety

PTI New Delhi “Eid is a festival of love and hugging your friends and neighbours, but now you cannot even shake hands due to coronavirus,” says Old Delhi resident Akram Quereshi, summing up the sombre mood ahead of one of the main festivals of the country. Eid is likely to be celebrated in the country on Monday after sighting of …

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2,600 Shramik trains to ferry 36 lakh home in next 10 days

PTI New Delhi The Railways has drawn up a schedule to operate 2,600 Shramik Special trains over the next ten days across the country to ferry around 36 lakh migrant workers, stranded due to the COVID-19 lockdown, to their home states, Chairman, Railway Board V K Yadav said on Saturday. He said that the Railways has run 2,600 Shramik Special …

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Amid coronavirus and lockdown, Eid festivities lack gaiety

PTI New Delhi “Eid is a festival of love and hugging your friends and neighbours, but now you cannot even shake hands due to coronavirus,” says Old Delhi resident Akram Quereshi, summing up the sombre mood ahead of one of the main festivals of the country. Eid is likely to be celebrated in the country on Monday after sighting of …

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Sundarbans residents stare at bleak future

PTI Sundarbans Pronab Biswas, a resident of Kakdwip in Sundarbans, was happy that that his only son – a migrant labourer – had returned from Maharashtra last week and had planned to buy a dinghy to start a fishing business of his own. But the 50-year-old’s plans were blown away on Wednesday by Cyclone Amphan as their home and cattle …

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