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Centre says COVID recovery rate up

New Delhi: The nationwide tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases on Wednesday rose by over 5,000 with new cases getting detected across states. The Union health ministry said the recovery rate among those having tested positive has risen to nearly 40 per cent, from about 7 per cent before the lockdown began on March 25. It also said that hospital support …

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Domestic passenger flights to resume from May 25

New Delhi: Domestic passenger flight services will resume from May 25 in a calibrated manner, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Wednesday. The minister, however, did not say as to when international passenger flights would resume. All scheduled commercial passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 25, when the Modi government imposed lockdown to curb the …

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Railways set to resume intrastate services

New Delhi: The Railways is set to resume intrastate services as it approved commencement of two trains in Karnataka from May 22, the South Western Railways said on Wednesday. The two special trains are the Bengaluru-Hubli-Belagavi and Mysore-Bengaluru Special Express train, according to an order issued by the SWR. The bookings for these trains will be online through the IRCTC …

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Cyclone batters Bengal, Odisha

Kolkata/Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: An extremely severe cyclone packing winds of up to 190 kmph roared into West Bengal on Wednesday, dumping  heavy rain and leaving a trail of destruction that left at least three people dead,  officials said. After making landfall at 2.30 pm between Digha in West Bengal and  Hatiya island in Bangladesh, cyclone Amphan cut a swathe through the …

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2 BSF men killed in J&K militant attack

Srinagar: Two BSF personnel were killed when militants fired upon them in Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, officials said. Motorcycle-borne militants fired upon the BSF jawans at a picket in Pandach area, 17 km from here in the outskirts of the city, the officials said. They said two BSF personnel were injured in the attack and were …

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Congress picks holes in lockdown

New Delhi: The Congress on Wednesday accused the government of implementing the countrywide lockdown in an unplanned manner and also alleged it does not have any exit strategy. Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said this government is synonymous with “inefficiency, incompetence and insensitivity” and its taskforce has been indulging in “data jugglery” to claim that “there will be zero cases by …

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Board exams get exemption from nationwide lockdown

New Delhi: The Union home ministry has granted exemptions from the lockdown to conduct board examinations for classes 10 and 12, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Wednesday.   The home ministry has already written to all state governments informing them about the exemptions given for holding the examinations across the country with certain conditions. “Taking into consideration the …

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Public transport back on Kerala roads

Thiruvananthapuram: Public transport such as state-run KSRTC buses, autorickshaws and taxis were back on the roads in Kerala on Wednesday as the left government eased COVID-19 lockdown norms after 54 days. Private buses operated services in some places in Palakkad and Thrissur districts on Wednesday. The state-owned Kerala State Road Transport Corporation hit the roads from 7 am, much to …

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Kolkata cops protest against deployment in ‘COVID areas’

Kolkata: Kolkata police personnel, angry over their deployment in city areas where they claimed that the chances of contracting COVID-19 were high, allegedly gheraoed and damaged the vehicle of an officer of the force on Wednesday, prompting Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to reach the spot and assure them to look into their demands. Over 500 personnel of the Kolkata Police …

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‘Kalapani, Lipulekh localities belong to India’

Pithoragarh (Uttarakhand): Kalapani and Lipulekh in Uttarakhand shown as Nepalese territory in a new map adopted by the neighbouring country figure in land records as part of villages on the Indian side of the border, officials here said. All the land in Lipulekh, Kalapani and Nabhidhang on the border traditionally belongs to the residents of Garbiyang and Gunji villages of …

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