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Amid coronavirus and lockdown, Eid festivities lack gaiety

PTI New Delhi “Eid is a festival of love and hugging your friends and neighbours, but now you cannot even shake hands due to coronavirus,” says Old Delhi resident Akram Quereshi, summing up the sombre mood ahead of one of the main festivals of the country. Eid is likely to be celebrated in the country on Monday after sighting of …

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Sundarbans residents stare at bleak future

PTI Sundarbans Pronab Biswas, a resident of Kakdwip in Sundarbans, was happy that that his only son – a migrant labourer – had returned from Maharashtra last week and had planned to buy a dinghy to start a fishing business of his own. But the 50-year-old’s plans were blown away on Wednesday by Cyclone Amphan as their home and cattle …

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India sees over 6,000 COVID positive cases in a single day

New Delhi: The nationwide tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose by a single-day record of over 6,000 on Friday to move closer to 1.2 lakh with a large number of people testing positive in across states, even as the government asserted the overall count could have been as high as 30 lakh but for the “rich dividends” of the nationwide …

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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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