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Cyclone ‘Amphan’: govt warns of heavy damage

New Delhi: Cyclone ‘Amphan’ developed into a super cyclone in the Bay of Bengal on Monday and has the potential to cause extensive damage in the coastal districts of West Bengal when it makes landfall on Wednesday, the government said. The cyclone is expected to make landfall on the West Bengal coast in the afternoon of May 20 as an …

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India supports move at WHO to seek origin of coronavirus

New Delhi: India on Monday joined nearly 120 countries at a crucial conference of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in pushing for an impartial and comprehensive evaluation of the global response into the coronavirus crisis as well as to examine the origin of the deadly infection. The two-day 73rd session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) of the WHO began …

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CBSE classes 10, 12 exams from July 1-15

New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Monday announced the date sheet for the pending class 10 and 12 board exams, which will now be held from July 1-15 with strict distancing norms in place. The exams were postponed due to the nationwide lockdown imposed on March 25 to contain the spread of COVID-19. While class 12 exams …

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Rampukar, a snapshot of migrant tragedy, in hospital; pleads for help

New Delhi: Labourer Rampukar Pandit, whose mournful face became emblematic of the tragedy faced by poor migrants currently, has been shifted to a hospital in Begusarai, Bihar, where he met his wife and nine-year-old daughter from a distance. The 38-year-old man, who recently reached Bihar by a Shramik Special train, was quarantined in a school near Begusarai town after his …

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Centre extends lockdown till May 31

PTI New Delhi India on Sunday extended the coronavirus lockdown for two more weeks with the fourth phase providing more relaxations outside the containment zones including inter-state movement of buses with mutual consent of states that is expected to be of immediate relief for thousands of migrant workers on the roads. Easing more curbs to step up economic activity, the …

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COVID-19 outbreak in Jaipur jail worries authorities

PTI Jaipur The coronavirus outbreak in jails with Jaipur accounting for a large chunk has sparked worries of new cluster cases, as authorities released thousands of prisoners on parole or bail to decongest crowded prisons in the country to try and halt the spread of the infection in closed settings. The release of prisoners as a precautionary measure from the …

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Hizbul commander killed in J&K encounter

PTI Doda/Jammu A top Hizbul Mujahideen commander wanted in the killing of a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) functionary and his PSO was killed in a gunfight with security forces in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, officials said. An Army personnel also lost his life in the five hour-long encounter, which started when the security forces launched a …

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Nation’s COVID-19 death count rises by 120

PTI New Delhi The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 2,872 and the number of total positive cases climbed to 90,927 Sunday morning, registering an increase of 120 fatalities and a record jump of 4,987 new cases in 24 hours, since 8 am Saturday, according to the Union Health Ministry. The number of active COVID-19 cases stands at 53,946, …

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Exodus of nurses prompts Kolkata hospitals to admit fewer patients

PTI Kolkata Amid the staff crunch at the city’s private hospitals in the wake of the recent exodus of nurses, most medical facilities here have decided to cater to a limited number of patients, and counsel the existing employees to prevent them from following suit. Over 350 nurses have quit jobs at private hospitals here and left for their homes …

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