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Centre issues guidelines for domestic air travel

PTI New Delhi About a third of operations will be allowed under strict norms when domestic flight services restart on Monday after a two-month hiatus and all the airlines will have to adhere to the upper and lower limits of fares prescribed by the government, the civil aviation ministry said on Thursday. In a set of detailed guidelines, the ministry …

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Over 50 million Indians lack handwashing access: study

PTI New Delhi More than 50 million people in India do not have access to effective handwashing, putting them at a greater risk of acquiring and transmitting the novel coronavirus, according to astudy. Researchers from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation  at the University of Washington in the US found that without access to soap and clean water, over …

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Eastern UP districts see spurt in coronavirus cases

PTI  Barabanki/Lucknow Several eastern Uttar Pradesh districts have witnessed a spurt in cases of coronavirus infection amid the return of migrant workers with Barabanki emerging as a new COVID-19 hotspot after detection of 95 new cases there in a single day. Barabanki district magistrate Aadarsh Kumar said on Wednesday that of the 245 samples sent for testing on May 15-16, …

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Senior jail official tests positive for COVID-19 in Delhi

PTI New Delhi The deputy superintendent of the Mandoli Jail in northeast Delhi has tested positive for coronavirus, officials said onThursday. “The officer was on leave since May 11 as he had fever. He got himself tested for COVID-19 at Ganga Ram Hospital and the report came positive on Wednesday,” a senior jail official said. The deputy superintendent lives in …

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COVID affected defence manufacturing: Rajnath

IANS New Delhi Acknowledging the hardships faced by the defence industry,  Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday the manufacturing sector has been affected the  most due to lockdown and disruption in existing supply chains. While addressing through video conference of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises  e-conclave in Delhi, Singh said: “The defence sector is no exception to this. Rather, …

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NGT directs CPCB to issue guidelines on green norm monitoring by dairies

PTI New Delhi The National Green Tribunal Thursday directed the Central Pollution Control Board to issue guidelines within a month for checking pollution and monitoring of environmental norms by dairies throughout the country. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said that at least the minimum distance of dairies and gaushalas from habitations, water bodies must be …

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Jobs lost due to lockdown, houses destroyed by cyclone

PTI Kolkata Jamal Mondal (45), a migrant labourer who returned from Bengaluru to his hometown Gosaba in South 24 Parganas district on Monday, was happy to be reunited with his family, even though he had lost his job due to the nationwide lockdown. But his happiness was short-lived. On Thursday morning, along with his four daughters and wife, Mondal was …

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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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