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Notices to 4 top Mumbai hospitals for not providing Covid beds

Hinduja, Jaslok, Bombay and Lilavati hospitals, ranked among the most reputed and leading private healthcare providers in the city, were put on notice after Health Minister Rajesh Tope's 'surprise visit' to these hospitals around 2 am on Tuesday to review the Covid-19 beds situation there.

Nifty nears 10,000 as equities rise for 5th straight session

Healthy buying in banking and finance stocks lifted the indices. The S&P BSE Banking index closed 3.25 per cent higher and the BSE Finance index rose by 3.12 per cent.

TN corona count at 24,586, death toll rises to 197

In a statement issued here, the state Health Department said 1,091 persons tested positive over the past 24 hours and 13 persons died, taking the death toll to 197.

The Weeknd donates $500,000 to Black Lives Matter cause

"Keep supporting our brothers and sisters out there risking everything to push for actual change for our black lives," he captioned screenshots of the donations, reports etonline.com.

Mitron app suspended from Google Play Store

According to Google's policy, an app "should provide value to users through the creation of unique content or services."

IndiGo posts Rs 870.8 crore Q4 net loss, first ever FY net loss

The airline had posted a net profit of Rs 595.8 crore during Q4 of the previous fiscal.

Christian priest dies of Covid, 86 new cases in Kerala

State Health Minister K.K. Shailaja also the media that 86 people turned positive, which is the highest tally of positive cases on a single day.

Nisarga swirls towards Maharashtra, concerns at nuclear, chemical units

The cyclone is expected to make landfall late Tuesday night or early Wednesday.

Bangladesh confirms first Rohingya death from COVID-19

"A Rohingya man died of coronavirus in an isolation center of the camp. He was 71 and had co-morbidity," Mahbubur Rahman, the health chief of Bangladesh's southern Cox's Bazar district, told Efe news.

UK, Canada oppose Russia’s return to G7

On May 30, Trump announced that he was postponing the G7 leaders' summit, adding that it was "outdated" and that he would like to see more countries, including India, Russia, Australia and South Korea added to the group.

Realme sells over 15K Smart TVs in 10 mins, launching 55-inch TV soon

The Realme Smart TVs are available in two sizes - 32-inch model priced at Rs 12,999 and 43-inch variant priced at Rs 21,999.

Marriott reopens all hotels in China

The world's third-largest hotel chain has 350 outlets across China, reports the BBC.

SBI launches separate vertical for agriculture, micro credit

Under this, the Bank will offer loans predominantly for agriculture and allied activities, and micro and small enterprises.

AP tally at 3200, no Covid death reported on Tuesday

In a relief of sorts, the Koyambedu connection did not crop up in the last 24 hours. While no cases had been reported on Sunday, 8 cases with travel history to Koyambedu market had cropped up on Monday.

Rahul Gandhi writes to Kerala CM on online classes initiative

In a letter addressed to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and the District Collector Adeela Abdullah on Tuesday, Gandhi said the 'First Bell' initiative launched is an innovative move to establish digital classrooms.

Trump vows to mobilize military to quell US protests

Speaking to the media on Monday at the White House, Trump said "I am your President of law and order and an ally of all peaceful protests", but was "taking immediate presidential action to stop the violence and restore security and safety in America" because the country needed "cooperation not contempt, security not anarchy, healing not hatred, justice not chaos", reports Efe news.

India inches closer to 2Lakh-mark, with over 8000 cases for third day

The country witnessed more than 8,000 cases for the third consecutive day. With this, India has inched closer to the two-lakh mark.

China threatens to retaliate against US over Hong Kong

Last week, Trump ordered his government to begin the process of eliminating the city's special status and condemned a controversial security law proposed by Beijing, reports Efe news.

Cyclone ‘Nisarga’: Storm activity intensifies in Arabian Sea

"Nisarga" currently lies as a depression 490 km from Mumbai, 280 km from Goa's capital city and 710 km from Surat district in Gujarat.

Roman Colosseum reopens to public

Rome:   The Colosseum in Rome reopened its doors to the public along with Italy's other cultural sites in a step towards post-coronavirus normality after almost...

Los Angeles County extends curfew amid unrest

The authorities announced that the curfew for the most populous county in the US with a population of over 10 million, will continue from 6 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday, reports Xinhua news agency.

Sensex gains 300 points; banking, finance stocks rise

The domestic indices tracked gains in the Asian market, analysts said. Healthy buying in finance, banking and capital goods stocks also supported the indices.

Railway Police HQ in Lucknow sealed after driver tests positive

The floor sealed on Monday evening is now being disinfected and sanitized.

No new deaths from coronavirus registered in Spain

Fernando Simon, director of the Coordination Centre for Health Alerts and Emergencies at the Ministry of Health confirmed on Monday that they had "not received notification of anyone passing away yesterday (Sunday). That is very good news," Xinhua news agency reported.

Fresh curfew in Washington D.C. over violent protests

Bowser, who issued an 11 p.m. curfew on Sunday night, said at a news briefing on Monday that journalists covering the demonstrations and other essential personnel are exempted from the new measure which began at 7 p.m., reports Xinhua news agency.

Global COVID-19 cases top 6.2 million

As of Tuesday morning, the overall number of cases stood at 6,265,496, while the death toll increased to 375,526, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

No community transmission in Goa, says Official

Mohanan also said that only two persons from the family of five based in Vasco in South Goa had tested positive, adding that the presence of the cases do not indicate community transmission in the state.

FB workers stage virtual walkout over no action on Trump tweet

The employees took to Twitter, publicly announcing their solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter protests that have seized the nation since the death of African-American George Floyd by a white police officer on May 25.

24 RS seats to go to polls on June 19

Four out of the six new seats are from Karnataka and one each from Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram.

Paytm Mall moves operations from Noida to Bengaluru, to hire 300

The company also appointed Abhishek Rajan as a chief operating officer (COO) who, during the last four years, has built and scaled up Paytm's Travel business driving large revenues for the company at a positive contribution margin.

Viswas Mehta takes over new Kerala Chief Secretary

Jose, who served as Chief Secretary for 23 months, retired on Sunday but came to his office on Monday morning to hand over charge to Mehta.

Delhi seals borders for a week; seeks public opinion for future

To decide on whether borders should be opened, Kejriwal has sought suggestions from people through WhatsApp or email till 5 p.m. on Friday, saying that he also needed suggestions and guidance on whether Delhi government hospitals should be reserved for the residents of Delhi.

Punjab imposes Covid cess on liquor

The move will help the state mop additional revenues of Rs 145 crore in the current fiscal, a government statement said.

No community spread in Kerala, says Chief Minister

Vijayan said on Monday that 57 people turned positive, of which 28 came from within the country and 27 from outside the country.

Former India pacer Tinu Yohannan named Kerala cricket coach

The Kerala Cricket Association took the decision during an online meeting held on Monday.

Armenian PM, family test COVID-19 positive

"I didn't have any symptoms, I decided to take a test as I was planning to visit the frontline," the BBC quoted Pashinyan as saying during a Facebook live video.

Keep middle seats vacant if capacity allows, DGCA tells airlines

If the middle seat was occupied owing to passenger load, additional protective equipment, like 'wrap around gowns', be provided to people occupying those seats in addition to the three-layered face mask and face shield, the aviation regulator said in a circular.

Mumbai company gets green signal from ICMR to make indigenous RT-PCR kits

The speciality of this RT-PCR testing kit is 100 per cent concordance to true positives and true negatives.

Maharashtra will be most affected by Cyclone ‘Nisarga’, warns IMD

The IMD said that the depression in the Arabian Sea is slated to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm 'Nisarga' and cross north Maharashtra and Gujarat coasts between Harihareshwar in Raigad district and Daman on June 3.

Covid-hit MakeMyTrip lays off 350 employees, says no respite in sight

The company is offering mediclaim coverage for the impacted individuals and their families till the end of the year.

Pakistan SC rejects plea to suspend Daniel Pearl case verdict

During the hearing, Justice Manzoor Malik said the petition seeking suspension of the judgment cites irrelevant provisions, reports The Express Tribune.

Monsoon arrives in Kerala right on time

"Southwest Monsoon has set in over Kerala today, coinciding with its normal date," the IMD stated. The advance of the southwest monsoon over Indian mainland is marked by monsoon onset over Kerala and is an important indicator characterizing the transition from hot and dry season to a rainy season.

Non subsidised LPG rate hiked, aviation fuel ups by Rs 11,000/kl

The price of the 14.2 kilogram cylinder of non-subsidised LPG gas in Delhi has been raised by Rs 11.50 from May to Rs 593 per cylinder.

In a first, Kerala schools’ new academic year begins online

Online classes have been enabled through state-owned KITE-Victers Channel to benefit about 4.5 million students from Class 1 to 12 of state syllabus schools.

Sensex up 875 points on Asian cues, lifting of lockdown announcement

The government's announcement to lift lockdown restrictions in a staggered manner starting June 8 also supported the market sentiments.

Saudi Arabia reopens 90,000 mosques, Mecca still shut

For the first time since late March, worshippers were allowed to perform the congregational prayers in the 90,000 mosques across the Kingdom on Sunday, Efe news quoted the state-run SPA news agency as saying.

Rail services resume partially

According to the Railway Ministry, the first train to depart was Mahanagri Express from the Chatrapati Maharaj Shivaji Terminus at 12.10 a.m. for Varanasi.

Bundesliga: Sancho hat-trick helps Dortmund thrash Paderborn

In the 29th round of the Bundesliga on Sunday, Paderborn frustrated Dortmund for large periods in the first half, whilst creating a couple of presentable scoring chances through Christopher Antwi-Adjei, who dragged wide either side of BVB's best work, according to the official Bundesliga website.

No new asymptomatic cases in Wuhan for 1st time

The city conducted more than 60,000 nucleic acid tests on Sunday, finding no new asymptomatic cases, according to a statement issued on Monday by the municipal health commission.

La Liga announces fixtures as season nears restart post COVID-19 hiatus

The season will return to action on June 11 with a local derby between Sevilla and Real Betis and there will be fixtures for the following seven days, with Barcelona hosting Leganes on June 16 and Real Madrid playing at home to Valencia on June 18.

Worshippers return to Vatican for papal prayers

On Sunday, Pope Francis delivered the Regina Coeli prayers to the socially-distanced crowd, reports Efe news.

Now, no travel pass to cross the Delhi-Haryana border

"The traffic movement is completely smooth between Gurugram and Delhi, and Faridabad and Delhi and so is elsewhere," a senior police official told IANS here.

Curfew in Washington after protests near White House

Bowser said in a statement the curfew would last "from 11 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, until 6 a.m. on Monday, June 1." She had also activated D.C. National Guard to support the local police, Xinhua news agency reported.

Wajid Khan of composer duo Sajid-Wajid no more

Confirming the news, singer Sonu Nigam posted on his official social media handle: "My brother Wajid left us."

3 liquor shops at IGI Airport’s T3 allowed to open

Speaking to media, an official from the Department said the shops were allowed after submission of compliance report for completion of monthly stock record (MSR) activity.

US to impose new sanctions against Hezbollah

"New sanctions will be put in place starting June 1," Xinhua news agency quoted Shea as saying on Sunday in a televised interview.

With 299 new cases, Karnataka Covid tally crosses 3000

"New cases reported from Saturday 5 p.m. to Sunday 5 p.m. are 299," said a health official.

Global COVID-19 cases reach over 6.1 million

As of Monday morning, the overall number of cases stood at 6,165,181, while the death toll increased to 371,995, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Among NE states, only Mizoram extends lockdown till June 30

An official release said that in view of the continued increase of Covid-19 cases in different states, especially its neighbouring northeastern states and the return of huge numbers of stranded residents of Mizoram from other states, it is necessary to further extend the lockdown till June 30 in a bid to prevent the spread of the disease in the state.

Delhi demands Rs 5,000 crore from Central government

Speaking to the media, Delhi Finance Minister Manish Sisodia said the minimum monthly expenditure of the government is Rs 3,500 crore, including salaries and other official expenses.

Even a ‘Bahubali PM’ could not face corona pandemic, says Sibal

The senior Congress leader lashed out at the Centre for what he called "mishandling of a pandemic that forced people into a crisis".

Anti-government protests held across Mexico

The Frente Nacional Ciudadano (Citizens' National Front) and the Congreso Nacional Ciudadano (Citizens' National Congress), groups protested in 70 cities across Mexico in vehicle convoys, reports Efe news.

Tamil Nadu extends lockdown till June 30 with ‘certain relaxations’

In a statement issued here, Palaniswami said barring Chennai, Tiruvallur, Chengalpattu and Kancheepuram district, 50 per cent of the public transport buses will be operated.

Odisha reports highest single day spike with 129 COVID cases

The total COVID-19 positive cases reached to 1,948 in the state.

SpaceX sends 2 NASA astronauts to ISS in historic mission

The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley was on its way to the orbiting laboratory in the space and had safely reached orbit, NASA said in a statement.

1956 Olympics triple gold medallist Morrow passes away

Born in Harlingen, Texas and raised in San Benito, Morrow was deemed as one of the most dominant sprinters of the 1950s.

Karnataka bans spitting of chewed tobacco products in public places

"As per the powers conferred by the Karnataka Epidemic Diseases Ordinance 2020 Section 4(2) the state has banned the use of chewing tobacco products and consumption of paan masala products and spitting them in public places, so as to prevent the spread of corona and other communicable diseases," said an official in an order.

Global COVID-19 cases top 6 million

As of Sunday morning, the overall number of cases stood at 6,059,017, while the death toll increased to 369,106, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Highest 1-day jump of 8,380 takes India corona tally to 1.82 Lakh

Of the total cases, 89,995 are active cases, while 86,984 people have been cured and discharged from the hospital. The death toll crossed the 5,000 mark and reached 5,164 with 193 fatalities reported in the last 24 hours.

Trump postpones G7 summit, wants to widen invitation list

"I'm postponing it because I don't feel that as a G7 it properly represents what's going on in the world. It is a very outdated group of countries," Trump told reporters travelling with him aboard Air Force One back to Washington D.C. on Saturday after visiting Florida to attend the launch of the NASA-SpaceX Demo-2 mission from Cape Canaveral.

Hotels, restaurants to open in non-containment zones from June 8

The gradual relaxations in lockdown restrictions will be put in effect in three phases.

Russia’s coronavirus cases near 400,000

That said, the total number of cases has increased by 2.3 per cent. At the same time, the number of coronavirus recoveries has risen by 8,212 (5.1 per cent) to 167,469, reports TASS News Agency.

TN relaxes conditions for TV serial shooting

In a statement issued here, he said the television serial shooting will be allowed from May 31 onwards with a maximum of 60 persons at the spot including actors and technicians.

Kejriwal says his government is way ahead in COVID planning

Kejriwal said so far, 398 people have died due to the infection.

Delhi-Moscow AI flight returns after pilot found Covid positive

The flight being operated under the Vande Bharat mission was halfway over Central Asia when it was called back.

Hyundai Motor India exports over 5000 units in May

Accordingly, the company said that in-line with the government's vision of 'Self-reliant' India and to support the objective of promoting economic revival, Hyundai re-started its plant on May 8 producing more than 5,000 units for the export market.

India standing at crossroads in 7th year of Modi government, says Congress

Addressing a press conference, Congress General Secretary K.C. Venugopal said, "The first year of the second term of the Modi government has been a year of disappointment, disastrous management and diabolical pain."

Karnataka to test high risk COVID state passengers at Rs 650

"The state has decided to test certain specific groups of passengers to minimize the spread of COVID. Further, the capacity available with private labs could be utilized to the maximum extent," ordered Health and Family Welfare Commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pandey.

Pakistan court issues bailable warrants for Sharif

The reference was filed before the court on March 2, reports Dawn news.

WH on lockdown as protests over black man death reach Washington

Online video showed hundreds of protesters in Lafayette Park just outside the White House on Friday, chanting "No justice, no peace", reports Xinhua news agency.