Basu Chatterjee: An ingenious chronicler of everyday stories

THEY called it middle-of-the-road cinema back then. It was all about serving entertainment on the big screen with a slice of realism, telling stories of real people, drawing humour out of everyday miseries and joys. Indeed, todays content-driven ‘small film of Bollywood, which primarily regales the urban multiplex crowd with its stories of realism, owes its roots to the middle-of-the-road wave that swept mainstream Bollywood in the seventies and the eighties...

JeM planned 3 car bomb blasts in J&K: Intelligence agencies to security forces

PAKISTAN-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed planned three vehicle-borne bomb blasts in the Kashmir Valley, as per Central Intelligence agencies’ alerts to the security establishment. Out of three, one attack was attempted but foiled because of alert security forces. The agencies also said that the failed car bomb blast in Pulwama on May 28 was one attack out of the three planned by the terror group. Security forces were alerted that a group of JeM terrorists is likely to carry out “Vehicle-based ..

927 pleas filed to seek justice for Kerala jumbo

HOURS before the world observes World Environment Day, people across the world have expressed their outrage through a petition platform over inhumane killing of a pregnant elephant in Kerala. In less than 24 hours, as many as 927 petitions have been filed on the petition website and over 13 lakh people have signed these demanding the perpetrators of this cruel act be punished. “Perhaps a more important question to ask right now is why we hear news about so many voiceless deaths and not ..

Modi pledges USD 15 million to global vaccines alliance GAVI

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday pledged USD 15-million as India’s contribution to the vaccines alliance GAVI at the Global Vaccine Summit hosted by the UK. The summit, held virtually given the coronavirus pandemic lockdown around the world, was opened by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to urge nations around the ..

Wage issue during lockdown, matter between employers, employees: Centre tells SC

THE Supreme Court, while hearing a batch of petitions challenging the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) notification on payment of wages, observed that some negotiations have to happen between employers and workers to iron out what has to be done for the salary for these 54 days. The Centre told the apex court that the payment of wages to workers during this lockdown period is a matter between employers and employees...

Aus PM missed ‘Modi hug’, but Gujarati Khichdi is on cards

AUSTRALIAN Prime Minister Scott Morrison is looking forward to trying his hands at famous Gujarati Khichdi after making samosas last week, reflecting his newly-found love for Indian cuisines. “I wish I was there for the famous ‘Modi hug’ and the samosas. We had a bit of fun at the weekend after making the samosas. Next time, it will have to be the Gujarati Khichdi which I know is a favourite of yours and you have mentioned to me before. So I’ll tr..

India, Australia ink landmark defence pact

INDIA and Australia on Thursday inked a landmark agreement for reciprocal access to military bases for logistics support besides firming up six more pacts to further broadbase ties after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison held an online summit. The Mutual Logistics Support Agreement (MLSA) will allow militaries of the two countries to use each other’s bases for repair and replenishment of supplies besides facilitating scaling up of overall defence cooperation. ..

First extensive India-China military talks tomorrow

INDIAN and Chinese military will hold their first extensive talks on Saturday, and both sides are expected to deliberate on specific proposals to end the month-long bitter standoff in eastern Ladakh, official sources said on Thursday. The talks will be led by Lieutenant Generals from both the armies. The General Officer Commanding of Leh-based 14 Corps, Lt Gen Harinder Singh, is set to represent India at the talks which is scheduled to be held at one o..

Legendary Basu Chatterjee passes away at 93

VETERAN filmmaker Basu Chatterjee, known for his relatable, light as soufflé brand of cinema with films such as “Rajnigandha” and “Chitchor”, died on Thursday following age related health issues. He was 93. Chatterjee, who is survived by his daughters Sonali Bhattacharya and Rupali Guha, died in his sleep at his Santacruz residence. “He passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday morning. He hadn’t been keeping well for quite a while due to old age problems and died at his residence. It’s a great ..

Cyclone Nisarga turns into depression over Vidarbha, to weaken further

CYCLONE Nisarga which spared Mumbai after it made landfall near adjoining Alibaug is now a depression over west Vidarbha region in Maharashtra and will weaken further, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Thursday...

Emergency air strip construction begins in Kashmir amid India-China stand-off

AMID the stand-off between Indian and Chinese armies in Ladakh, work has started for the construction of an emergency airstrip in Kashmir. Men and machinery is at work at Bijbehara in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district for constructing an emergency airstrip next to the Jammu-Srinagar national highway. The construction work for the 3.5 km airstrip has come at a time when Indian and Chinese armies are facing a stand-off at some points along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh...

Cabinet approves amendment to EC Act

THE Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved amendments to the six-and-a-half-decade old Essential Commodities Act to deregulate food items, including cereals, pulses, and onion, a move aimed at transforming the farm sector and raising farmers’ income. The amendment provides for the regulation of food items only under exceptional circumstances like national calamities, famine with a surge in prices. Also, processors and value chain participants are exempted from the stock limit. Announcing the cabinet ..

Govt allows ‘foreigners’ to visit India

FOR the first time since the nation-wide lockdown was announced in March, the Government has allowed foreign businessmen, healthcare professionals and engineers to visit India but they will have to obtain fresh visas. In an order, the Home Ministry said that the foreign nationals, holding a valid long-term multiple-entry business visa, would also have to get their travel documents re-validated from the Indian missions. “The Government of India has considered the matter regarding relaxation of the ..

India flays destruction of Buddhist symbols in PoK

INDIA on Wednesday while strongly condemning the destruction of Buddhist symbols in Pakistan occupied Kashmir sought access for its experts in the region to preserve its civilisational heritage. The Central Government once again asked Islamabad to vacate the illegally-occupied Indian territory after reports appeared of vandalisation of the Buddhist rock carvings of 800 CE in Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). In response to ..

AI to operate 75 outbound passenger flights to US, Canada from June 9-June 30

AIR India on Wednesday said it will operate 75 outbound passenger flights to select destinations in the US and Canada between June 9 and June 30 under the Vande Bharat Mission. “Those who wish to travel to the United States and Canada and fulfill required entry conditions can book themselves on these outbound flights. ..

Academic calendar for Classes 11, 12 released

UNION Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank has released an alternative academic calendar for Classes 11 and 12, which has been prepared by the NCERT to ensure unhindered studies of the youngsters amid the coronavirus crisis. New technology and social media have been given priority while drafting the academic calendar, so as to ensure seamless imparting of education...

Govt transfers Rs 53,000 cr under PMGKP untill June 2

AROUND 42 crore beneficiaries have been directly given cash support through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) amounting to Rs 53,248 crores under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package (PMGKP) till June 2, the Finance Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. The Rs 1.7 lakh crore PMGKP package was announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on M..

Cyclone Nisarga makes landfall in Mah

CYCLONE Nisarga made landfall near Mumbai on Wednesday but spared the city already reeling under the COVID-19 pandemic, even as it uprooted trees in nearby Raigad and Palghar districts. A 58-year-old man died after a power transformer fell on him while he was rushing home to escape the cyclone fury at Umate village in Raigad district, police said. Two people died and three were injured in two separate cyclone-related incidents in Pune district, an official said. The cyclone slammed Maharashtra coast ..

JeM’s IED expert, 2 other militants gunned down in Pulwama encounter

SECURITY forces on Wednesday killed terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad’s (JeM) top IED expert Abdul Rehman alias ‘Fauji Bhai’, who was an Afghan war veteran, besides two local militants during an encounter in Pulwama district of South Kashmir, police said. “The killing of Abdul Rehman alias Fauji Bhai alias Fauji Baba, a Pakistani national, is a big success for security forces as he was a master in assembling improvised explosive devices for JeM,” Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar told reporters ..

India’s COVID-19 cases cross 2 lakh

INDIA registered a record jump of 8,909 novel coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the tally to 2,07,615 on Wednesday, while the toll rose to 5,815 with 217 more deaths, the Health Ministry said. The number of active cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) mounted 1,01,497 and 1,00,302 people have recovered, while one has migrated, it said...

IDs of 1 lakh Indians put on dark net for sale: Cyber Intelligence

OVER 1 lakh scanned copies of Indians’ national IDs, including Aadhaar, PAN card and passport, have been put on dark web for sale, Cyber Intelligence firm Cyble said on Wednesday. The leaked data seems to have originated from a third party and not from the Government system, according to a report by Cyble. ..

Elephant dies after being fed pineapple stuffed with crackers

A PREGNANT elephant died after a local allegedly fed her a pineapple stuffed with crackers, in Kerala’s Malappuram. The incident took place on May 27, but came to light after the photo of the jumbo went viral on social media on Wednesday. As the brutal killing led to widespread condemnation, a similar incident has came to light in Kollam district, where a young female elephant died of injuries in her mouth, a month ago. The pregnant wild elephant in Silent Valley Forest had fallen victim to an act ..

India’s drug regulator grants Gilead Sciences marketing authorisation for remdesivir

INDIA’S drug regulator has granted US pharma giant Gilead Sciences marketing authorisation for its anti-viral drug remdesivir for “restricted emergency use” on hospitalised COVID-19 patients in view of the crisis posed by the pandemic. The approval process for remdesivir was accelerated in view of the emergency situation and the unmet need for medicines in light of the coronavirus outbreak, a source in the know of the developments told PTI...

CBI searches Delhi-based firm for hosting child pornography content on websites

THE CBI carried out searches at the premises of a private company based in Paschim Vihar area of West Delhi for allegedly hosting child pornography on websites on the servers based in Russia, Netherlands and India, officials said on Tuesday. The agency has booked the company, its Directors and other unidentified persons for alleged violation of the Information Technology Act and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO), they said...

Sen, Satyarthi among global leaders to call for $2.5 tn COVID-19 response plan

INDIAN Nobel laureates Amartya Sen and Kailash Satyarthi and economist Kaushik Basu are among the over 225 global leaders who have jointly called for a meeting of the G20 nations to agree to a USD 2.5 trillion coronavirus global health and economic recovery plan...

PM’s national rating stands at nearly 66 pc, while Rahul trails at poor 0.58 pc: Survey

THE images of hapless migrant labourers walking long distances to get back to their native places may have given hope to the critics of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that at least now his popularity may wane. Or, the unprecedented economic crisis in the wake of the two-month lockdown might have turned the masses against him. However, on t..

World War II documents to go under the hammer at live auction next week

HISTORICALLY significant documents related to the second World War, including “the document that forced the surrender of Nazi Germany”, will go under the hammer at a live auction next week. The letter, estimated to sell for a million USD, is the official authorisation for Germany’s top general, Field Marshal Alfred Jodl, to negotiate an unconditional surrender with the Allied powers...

Assam landslides kill 21

TORRENTIAL rains triggered massive landslides in three districts of Assam’s Barak valley on Tuesday, dumping mountains of mud, swamping homes and snuffing out at least 21 lives, officials said. Three families were almost entirely wiped out, while 17 people were injured in Hailakandi, Karimganj and Cachar districts. Eight people, including five of a family, died in Hailakandi district. Loosened by incessant rain, a hillside came crashing down on the tin-roofed house...

Cyclone likely to cross Mah, Gujarat coast by afternoon: IMD

CYCLONE ‘Nisarga’ is very likely to intensify into a “severe cyclonic storm” over the next 12 hours and cross Maharashtra and South Gujarat coast on Wednesday afternoon, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday. The storm will cross North Maharashtra and adjoining South Gujarat coast between Harihareshwar and Daman, on June 3 afternoon as a severe cyclonic storm with a maximum sustained wind 100-110 gusting to 120 kmph, a senior official said here...

Reforms will boost growth: PM

A DAY after Moody’s downgraded India’s credit rating to a notch above junk status on growth concerns, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asserted that the country will definitely get back its economic growth and said reforms undertaken during the lockdown will help the economy in the long-run. Pledging to undertake more structural reforms that will change the course of the country, he explained the concept of Atma-nirbhar Bharat or Self-reliant In..

Meeting of Indian and Chinese military leaders on June 6, says Rajnath

A “SIZEABLE number” of Chinese troops have moved into eastern Ladakh and India too has taken all necessary steps to deal with the situation, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday, referring to the nearly month-long high-altitude standoff between the two armies. Singh said, a meeting between senior Indian and Chinese military leaders has been scheduled for June 6 even as he asserted that India is not going to back off from its position. ..

Stay alert, Uddhav tells people as storm nears; shares do’s and don’ts

MAHARASHTRA Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday asked people to stay alert in view of the impending cyclonic storm ‘Nisarg’. He had spoken to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the storm and Modi assured all necessary help from the Union Government, he said. In a televised address, Thackeray asked people to stay alert as the storm is expected to hit the State’s coastal belt on Wednesday afternoon, and shared a list of ‘do’s and don’ts’ in the situation...

Over 20,000 people to be evacuated in Gujarat ahead of cyclone ‘Nisarg’

WITH Gujarat bracing for the approaching cyclonic storm ‘Nisarg’, the Valsad and Navsari district administrations have started evacuating nearly 20,000 people from 47 villages located close to the State coastline, officials said on Tuesday. Besides, in a relief to people living near the shore, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday indicated the cyclone may not make a landfall on the Gujarat coast. However, it will have an impact in the for..

Cyclone ‘Nisarga’ to cross Mah, Guj coasts in 2 days

THE India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday said that the depression in the Arabian Sea is slated to further intensify into a cyclonic storm ‘Nisarga’ and cross north Maharashtra and Gujarat coasts between Harihareshwar in Raigard district and Daman on June 3. According to IMD’s scientist Ananda Kumar Das, the depression is located about 370 kilometres southwest of Goa’s Panjim, 690 kilometres south-southwest of Mumbai and 920 kilometres south-south-west of Gujarat’s Surat...

DGCA asks airlines to keep middle seats vacant to extent possible

AVIATION regulator DGCA on Monday asked airlines to keep middle seats vacant to the extent possible in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. However, if a flyer has been allotted the middle seat due to a high passenger load “then additional protective equipment like wrap-around gown of the Ministry of Textile approved standards” must be provided to him or her in addition to a three-layered face mask and face shield, said the DGCA order, which has been accessed by PTI...

Delhi’s borders to be sealed for a week: Kejriwal

DELHI’S borders will be sealed for a week, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Monday as he sought suggestions from people by Friday to reopen the same. Addressing an online media briefing, Kejriwal said people having passes and engaged in essential services will be allowed to enter the national capital. He said that Delhiites can send their suggestions on opening of borders with Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to WhatsApp number 8800007722,[email protected] and by calling at 1031 by ..

Chinese fighters flying 30 kms from Ladakh, India watching closely

AMID the ongoing tensions over People’s Liberation Army (PLA) build up along the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, India is keeping a close eye on movement of Chinese fighter aircraft stationed around 100-150 kms at their bases in Hotan and Gargunsa. “The Chinese have kept a fleet of around 10-12 fighter aircraft stationed there at the moment and they are also carrying out flying activity close to the Indian territory. We are keeping a close eye on the movement ..

Managements on their toes as religious places to open from 8th

SOCIAL distancing norms and use of masks and sanitisers will be a must in religious places from June 8 as people will be returning to the shrines, which have been closed for over two months due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown. In-charges and managements of temples, mosques and gurudwaras in the city said that preparations are underway to ensure all safety measures are in place as they throw open their doors for the devotees amid the pandemic. The steps needed to adhere to detailed guidelines of ..

Coronavirus may be invisible but our corona warriors are invincible: PM

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Monday termed the coronavirus as “invisible enemy” and called India’s corona warriors as “invincible” asserting that they will win the battle against the virus. Speaking at the 25th foundation day of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka via video conference, the Prime Minister said: “Today the world is facing one of t..

Rs 20,000 crore subordinate debt for stressed MSMEs approved by Union Cabinet

THE Union Cabinet on Monday approved Rs 20,000 crore subordinate debt for stressed Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, which will benefit two lakh such units, said Union Minister Prakash Javadekar. Addressing a press conference here along with Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Narendra Singh Tomar, Javdekar said: “Various key steps have been taken by the Government to boost MSMEs. A decision has been taken to infuse Rs 20,000 crore into this sector.” Subordinate debt is a debt owed to an unsecured ..

‘Unlock 1’ begins

AFTER more than two months of nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, people geared up to step outdoors on Monday albeit with restrictions. Amid spurt in number of Corona cases across India, life sprang back to relative normalcy in parts of India. Bus services across several States resumed on Monday including Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu...

Corona cases rise to 1,90,535: Government

THE death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 5,394 and the number of cases climbed to 1,90,535 in the country, which registered biggest single-day spikes of 230 deaths and 8,392 cases till Monday, according to the Union Health Ministry. India is now seventh among the nations worst hit by the COVID-19 pandemic after the US, Brazil, Russia, the UK, Spain and Italy, according to the WHO coronavirus tracker...

Music composer Wajid Khan passes away

SINGER composer Wajid Khan of music director duo Sajid-Wajid, popular for their work on superstar Salman Khan’s films such as “Wanted”, “Dabangg” and “Ek Tha Tiger”, died early Monday morning in a city hospital here due to coronavirus. The 42-year-old singer had underlying kidney issues...

Man of the migrants, Sonu Sood shows the way

THESE are unprecedented times. A war against an unseen enemy that is inflicting suffering and hardships on an entire population. But it is rightly said that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Bollywood actor Sonu Sood is the proof. The man of the moment, Sood has emerged as a messiah for thousands of people, mostly migrant labourers, stuck in the labyrinth of lockdown norms. Thanks to Sood, around 20,000 people have reached back to the comforts of their home across India through buses, ..

Terrorist camps, launch pads in PoK ‘full’: Lt Gen Raju

ALL the terrorist camps and around 15 launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) “are full”, according to top Army commander Lt Gen B S Raju, who anticipates an increase in infiltration attempts from across the border this summer to replenish the diminishing terrorist cadres in Jammu and Kashmir. In an interview to PTI, Lieutenant Ge..

AI makes it mandatory for crew to check pre-flight COVID-19 test results are -ve

AIR India has made it mandatory for its pilots and cabin crew members to check and confirm that their pre-flight COVID-19 test results are negative before they operate an aircraft, according to an official communication issued hours after the Delhi-Moscow flight incident involving a pilot on Saturday. An Air India flight from Delhi to Moscow with no passenger on-board was asked to return midway on Saturday after its ground staff realised that one of the pilots of the plane had tested positive for ..

‘Modi’s 1st year of 2nd term historic’

UTTAR Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday described the first year of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s second term as ‘historic’, crediting him with ending the J&K’s Special Status, triple talaq and paving the way for a Ram temple in Ayodhya. He lauded the BJP-led Union Government for taking ‘unprecedented steps’ in the int..

200 special trains begin ops today More than 1.45 lakh passengers will travel on the first day

THE Railways on Sunday said it will begin operations of 200 special trains from June 1 and more than 1.45 lakh passengers will travel on the first day. It also said around 26 lakh passengers have booked for Advance Reservation Period (ARP) from June 1 to June 30. These services will be in addition to Shramik Special trains and 30 ..

‘People look to India how Modi responded to coronavirus’

THE world is looking towards India how Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Government and the people have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, controlled it and minimised it, said Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland. She said she was impressed with the way Prime Minister Modi pulled together members of the SAARC, including Pakistan. In an interview with IANS, the Secretary-General said India -- a home to half of the Commonwealth’s 2.4 billion citizens -- is a valued member of the Commonwealth ..

Trump keen to expand G7 to include India, nations

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump has postponed the G7 Summit till September and expressed his desire to expand the “outdated” bloc to G10 or G11, including India and three other nations to the grouping of the world’s top economies. Trump has been over the weeks suggesting that there is “no greater example” of reopening amid the COVID-19 pan..

SpaceX’s spacecraft with 2 NASA astronauts docks at ISS

SPACEX’S Dragon spacecraft with two NASA astronauts on Sunday successfully docked with the International Space Station after a historic launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, marking the dawn of a new age in commercial space travel. Elon Musk’s SpaceX company confirmed the successful docking of NASA astronauts..

PM moved by pain of poor, labourers during crisis

WITH lockdown relaxations expanding, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday cautioned people against showing any laxity in the fight against COVID-19 and asked them to be “extra alert and careful,” while acknowledging that the poor and labourers have been hit the hardest by the crisis. The pain that the poor, working class and labourers suffered cannot be described in words, he said, stating that the current scenario ..

India records highest single-day spike of 8,380 cases; death toll climbs to 5,164

  NEW DELHI :  INDIA registered its highest single-day spike of COVID-19 cases on Sunday with 8,380 new infections reported in the last 24 hours, taking the country’s tally to 1,82,143, while the death toll rose to 5,164, according to the Union Health Ministry. India is the ninth worst-hit nation by the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of active COVID-19 cases stood to 89,995, while 86,983 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, it said.  “Thus, around 47.76 ..

Mah extends lockdown till June 30 but allows many relaxations

 MUMBAI,  Markets, shops to open from June 5 on odd-even basis in non-containment zones  Private offices can operate with up to 10 per cent of their employee strength from June 8  ALL markets, market areas and shops, except malls, will be allowed to open in Maharashtra from June 5 on the odd-even basis in non-containment zones as the State Government on Sunday announced phase-wise reopening under the “Mission Begin Again”. However, religious places, shopping malls, ..

Army rejects purported video of eastern Ladakh face-off

THE Indian Army on Sunday rejected a video, which emerged on the social media, purportedly showing clashes between Chinese and Indian troops in eastern Ladakh. “The contents of video being circulated are not authenticated. Attempt to link it with the situation on the Northern borders is malafide,” the Army said in a statement. It said differences between the two sides are being addressed through interaction between military commanders following established protocols on management of border between ..

Connected by Indian Ocean, united by Indian samosa, Modi tells Aus PM Morrison

AHEAD of his video meet with Narendra Modi on June 4, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday shared pictures of samosas, saying he would have liked to share the popular snack with the Indian leader. “Sunday ScoMosas with mango chutney, all made from scratch -- including the chutney! A pity my meeting with @narendramodi this week is by videolink...

513 domestic flights carrying 39,969 passengers flew on Friday: Puri

A TOTAL of 513 domestic flights carrying 39,969 passengers were operated in India on Friday, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Saturday. Domestic services resumed in India after a gap of two months due to the coronavirus lockdown. Indian carriers have operated a total of 1,827 flights till Thursday 428 on Monday, 445 on Tuesday, 460 on Wednesday and 494 on Thursday. Puri said on Twitter on Saturday: “Day 5. 29th May till 2359 hrs...

NRI researcher develops test that visually detects COVID-19 in 10 mins

A TEAM of US scientists led by an Indian-origin researcher has developed an experimental diagnostic test for COVID-19 that can visually detect the presence of coronavirus in 10 minutes. Scientists from the University of Maryland School of Medicine developed the test that uses a simple assay containing plasmonic gold nanoparticles to detect a colour c..

HC seeks report from Mah on handling of migrants’ woes

TAKING note of the congregation of migrant workers at railway stations and bus stands in Maharashtra as they wait for their return to the home States, the Bombay High Court has sought a report from the Maharashtra Government on how it was addressing the issue. A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice K K Tated was on Friday hearing..

Hold exams while ensuring infection doesn’t spread: CM

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday spoke with Vice Chancellors of various universities and said that examinations should be held while ensuring that it doesn’t lead to the spread of coronavirus. An official statement quoted the Chief Minister as saying that “it is becoming clear that examinations cannot be held in July”, but the uncertainty in this regard should be ended and all options should be explored...

‘COVID-19 doubling time improves to 15.4 days’

THE doubling time of coronavirus cases in India has improved to 15.4 days from 13.3 days, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday, as the country’s COVID-19 death toll climbed to 4,971 and the total cases rose to 1,73,763. The doubling time improved during the past three days, it said. As many as 11,264 COVID-19 patients have been cured in the last 24 hours till Saturday 8 am, the highest number of recoveries recorded in one day, pushing India’s recovery rate to 47.40 per cent, it said. However, ..

PM shares ‘vikas yatra’ of his 2nd term in office with people

PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday shared a document with the people detailing the “vikas yatra” or glimpses of development, empowerment and service during his Government’s second term. The document, shared by the Prime Minister on the occasion of the first anniversary of his second term on his Twitter account and web portal, detailed the steps taken by his Government for the progress and development of the country...

Indian economy will emerge stronger: Industry leaders

INDIA will emerge stronger from multiple crises of economy, pandemic and super cyclone in the next 6-9 months, say industry leaders, based on the resilience shown by people, businesses and the Government. The telecom and information technology will be key to survival and revival of lives and economy, said the business leaders as they shared their views on challenges faced by the Indian economy at a webinar organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Delhi. “COVID-19 has resulted in the world ..

Govt unveils ‘Unlock 1’

UNION Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Saturday issued new guidelines for phased re-opening of “all activities outside containment zones for the next one month beginning June 1”. “The guidelines will come into effect from June 1, 2020 and will be effective till June 30, 2020. The current phase of re-opening, Unlock 1, will have an economic focus,”..

Mah Govt arms itself against coronavirus as monsoon set to arrive

WITH the monsoon round-the-corner, the Maharashtra Government has adopted a comprehensive programme to combat the COVID-19 during the four wet months, officials said here on Saturday. This includes augmenting the COVID-19 bed strength to around 2.90 lakh, plus over 8,500 ICU beds spread across Mumbai, Thane, Pune and..

Biggest Pakistan spy network busted in India

THE biggest-ever spy network of Pakistan which was attempting to gather information about the Indian defence in Ladakh, using illegal Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) exchange has been busted in Mumbai by the Military Intelligence of Jammu & Kashmir and the Crime Branch of Mumbai Police. One person has been arrested in Mumbai so far...

Sonu Sood airlifts 177 Odia girls from Kerala

ACTOR Sonu Sood on Friday came to the rescue of 117 girls as he helped them reach home in Odisha. The actor airlifted the girls who were stuck in Kerala due to the nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus. Sood was informed about the group of girls by a close friend from Bhubaneswar and he decided to help them. ..

CRPF men donate blood to Naxal injured in Jharkhand encounter

TWO Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel deployed in Jharkhand have donated blood to save the life of a Maoist, apprehended in an injured condition after an encounter with the force, on “humanitarian” grounds, officials said on Friday. A team led by the paramilitary forces’ 60th battalion and state police killed three Naxals and apprehended two on Thursday after a gunbattle in the forests of the Manmaru-Tebo area in Jharkhand’s West Singhbhum district...

Hackers target Google Docs, Microsoft Sway to steal user credentials

CYBERSECURITY researchers on Friday said they have identified a new type of impersonation attack that is using Google file sharing and storage websites like Google Docs to trick victims into sharing login credentials. Of the nearly 1,00,000 form-based attacks detected between January 1 and April 30, Google Docs were used in 65 per cent of attacks, ..

No talks on Ladakh row between Modi, Trump

TOP Government sources on Friday virtually contradicted US President Donald Trump’s claim of a conversation between him and Prime Minister Narenda Modi on India’s ongoing military stand-off with China in eastern Ladakh. There has been no recent contact between Prime Minister Modi and President Trump, the sources said. The clarification came hours after Trump said in Washington that he had spoken to Modi and that the India..