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Centre’s decision to set up IFSC HQ in Gujarat egregious: Pawar

PTI Mumbai NCP chief Sharad Pawar has said that the Centre’s decision to set up headquarters of the International Financial Services Centre  at Gandhinagar instead of Mumbai is “egregious, erroneous and unwarranted”, and urged the Union government to reconsider it. This will not only cause financial damage to the country, but also bring international discredit to it by undermining the …

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Nearly 500 students stranded in Kota return to Delhi

PTI New Delhi Nearly 500 Delhi students stranded at coaching hub Kota in Rajasthan due to the coronavirus lockdown returned to the national capital on Sunday morning in 40 private buses. Delhi’s Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said the students, who arrived at the Kashmere Gate Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT), would be sent home in DTC buses after undergoing medical …

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Suicide leading cause for over 300 lockdown deaths in India: study

PTI New Delhi Suicide was the leading cause for over 300 “non-coronavirus deaths” reported in India due to distress triggered by the nationwide lockdown, revealed a new set of data compiled by a group of researchers. The group, comprising public interest technologist Thejesh GN, activist Kanika Sharma and assistant professor of legal practice at Jindal Global School of Law Aman, …

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Barber shops allowed in green, orange zones

New Delhi: Barber shops and salons located in green and orange zones will be allowed to open from Monday besides sale of non-essential items by e-commerce platforms during the third phase of the lockdown which will be in force till May 17. Sale of liquor will be allowed with certain conditions in all zones – green, orange and red – …

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PM deliberates on farm sector reforms

New Delhi: Amid the coronavirus-induced lockdown, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday deliberated on ways to reform the agriculture sector with emphasis on agriculture marketing, access of farmers to institutional credit and freeing the sector of various restrictions with appropriate backing of laws. The government has maintained that the country’s farm sector is functioning smoothly despite the COVID-19 lockdown and …

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India’s COVID death toll rises to 1,223

New Delhi: The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 1,223 and the number of cases climbed to 37,776 in the country on Saturday, registering an increase of 71 deaths and a record jump of 2,411 cases in 24 hours, according to the Union health ministry. The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 26,565, while 10,017 people have recovered …

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ICMR may study corona strain in India

New Delhi: The Indian Council of Medical Research is planning to study whether the novel coronavirus strain in India has undergone mutation while spreading within the country over the last two months. According to a senior scientist of the country’s apex health research body, determining whether or not the SARS-CoV2 strain has changed form will help in ensuring the effectiveness …

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Special train reaches Patna carrying migrant labourers

Patna: The first “Shramik Special” train to Bihar, carrying 1,187 stranded migrant labourers, reached the Danapur railway station here from Rajasthan’s Jaipur on Saturday afternoon after a 16-hour journey. The 24-coach train left Jaipur at 10 pm on Friday and reached the Danapur railway station around 2 pm, chief public relation officer, East Central Railway, Hajipur, Rajesh Kumar told PTI. …

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Armed forces to say thank you to ‘corona warriors’ today

New Delhi: The armed forces have made elaborate arrangements to conduct aerial fly-pasts, light up ships at sea and shower flower petals on several hospitals across the country on Sunday to express gratitude to lakhs of doctors, paramedics, sanitation staff and other frontline workers engaged in fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat on Friday announced …

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UP readies to employ 15-20 lakh people

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday asked officials to firm up a plan to provide employment to nearly 20 lakh people in the state after studying the Centre’s advisory on lockdown and the permitted economic activities amid it. He also asked them to compile all details including names, addresses, mobile numbers and work competencies of labourers returning …

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