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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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WHO to probe origin of novel coronavirus

PTI New Delhi A crucial resolution to probe the origin of the novel coronavirus and to carry out an “impartial, independent and comprehensive” evaluation of the global response to the coronavirus outbreak, including the role of the World Health Organisation (WHO), was passed by an overwhelming support of around 130 countries including India at the World Health Assembly in Geneva …

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Separatist leader’s son among 2 terrorists killed in J&K encounter

PTI Srinagar Two terrorists, including Junaid Ashraf Khan ‘Sehrai’ whose father is chairman of the separatist conglomerate Tehrek-e-Hurriyat, were killed on Tuesday after a 15-hour long gun battle with security forces in a densely populated area in downtown Srinagar, officials said. Khan, an MBA from the Kashmir University, had joined militancy in March 2018. Before returning to the Valley and …

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‘Autorickshaw, car numbers in Cong list of buses for migrant workers’

PTI Lucknow The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday said the list of 1,000 buses offered by the Congress to ferry migrant workers contained registration numbers of two-wheelers and cars, fuelling a war of words between the two sides. The Congress, however, rejected the claim, challenging Yogi Adityanath’s government to conduct a “physical verification” of the buses. According to the Congress, …

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4 killed, 22 hurt as bus carrying migrants hits truck in M’rashtra

PTI Mumbai Three migrant labourers and a bus driver were killed and 22 others injured after their vehicle hit a stationary truck in Maharashtra’s Yavatmal district in the early hours of Tuesday, police said. Among the injured persons, the condition of 17 was reported to be serious, they said. The accident took place at Kolwan village around 3.30 am when …

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9 migrant labourers killed in Bihar road accident

PTI Bhagalpur Nine migrant labourers were killed on Tuesday when the truck carrying them overturned in an attempt to avert a head-on collision with a bus in Bihar’s Bhagalpur district, police said. The incident took place around 6 am on National Highway-31 near Ambho Chowk, Naugachhia Superintendent of Police Nidhi Rani said. The workers, all males, had started their journey …

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Rajkot, Indore among Centre’s ‘5-star garbage-free’ cities

PTI New Delhi The government Tuesday released a rating of cities for their garbage management, giving the top ‘five-star garbage-free’ tag to six cities including Chhattisgarh’s Ambikapur and Madhya Pradesh’s Indore, while saying that the Swachh Bharat Mission has been the “greatest strength” in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri announced the results …

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