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RBI cuts lending rates

Mumbai: The Reserve Bank of India on Friday unexpectedly slashed benchmark interest rates to their lowest levels since 2000 and extended the moratorium on repayment of bank loans for three months to ramp up support for the economy which is likely to contract for the first time in over four decades. The central bank, which advanced the monetary policy committee  …

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Centre allows some OCI cardholders to visit India

New Delhi: The central government on Friday allowed certain categories of Overseas Citizen of India cardholders, who are stranded abroad, to come to the country. According to a ministry of home affairs order, those allowed to travel to India include OCI cardholders who wish to come to the country on account of family emergencies. Minor children born to Indian nationals …

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45 people killed in Pak plane crash

Karachi: At least 45 people were killed when a Pakistan International Airlines plane with 99 people onboard crashed into a densely populated residential area near the Jinnah International Airport here on Friday, officials said, days after the COVID-19-induced travel restrictions were lifted. Flight PK-8303 from Lahore was about to land in Karachi when it crashed at the Jinnah Garden area …

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PM announces Rs 1,000 cr interim relief for cyclone-hit West Bengal

Basirhat (WB): Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an advance assistance of Rs 1,000 crore for cyclone-hit West Bengal on Friday, ravaged by a cyclone that claimed at least 77 lives and pulverised several southern districts, including state capital Kolkata. Modi made an aerial survey of some of the cyclone-hit areas with Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. After …

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Declare Cyclone Amphan as national calamity: Oppn

New Delhi: Twenty-two Opposition parties urged the Centre on Friday to immediately declare the devastation caused by Cyclone Amphan in Odisha and West Bengal as a national calamity and called for substantially helping the two states in facing the impact of the disaster. The leaders of the 22 parties, who met through video-conferencing, passed a resolution in this regard and …

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Airlines prepare to resume domestic air travel

New Delhi: From providing protective gear like face shields and gowns to cabin crew to deep cleaning of aircraft every 24 hours, airlines are taking various measures as they plan to restart curtailed domestic operations from Monday onwards amid the coronavirus pandemic. Full-service carrier Vistara on Friday said it will operate a “reduced network” for the next few weeks connecting …

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Centre launches five initiatives on conservation of biodiversity

New Delhi: In a virtual celebration of the International Day for Biological  Diversity, Union Environment, Forest, and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar on  Friday launched five key initiatives towards conservation of biodiversity.  The minister said that India, which is a mega biodiverse country, welcomes those countries who  are interested in improving their biodiversity scenarios, and are ready to share the …

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COVID warriors protest new quarantine guidelines

New Delhi: Doctors deployed in COVID-19 duty in all the central and state government hospitals on Friday sported black arm bands while at work as a mark of protest.  The ‘black ribbon protest’ has been organised by the Federation of Resident Doctors Association   India to express the medical professionals’ disappointment over the revised guidelines  for health workers posted in COVID …

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Cyclone ‘Amphan’ kills 72 people in Bengal

PTI Kolkata/Bhubaneswar Cyclone ‘Amphan’ weakened Thursday, a day after tearing through West Bengal where 72 people were killed and two districts were  “completely devastated” with thousands of people left homeless, bridges washed away and low-lying areas in waist deep water. The fiercest cyclone to hit West Bengal in 100 years destroyed mud houses and crops, and uprooted trees and electric …

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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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