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PSG declared winners of 2019/20 French Ligue 1

"Following the cessation of Ligue 1 and the elaboration of the classification by a performance index taking into account the number of points scored on all the games played, Paris Saint-Germain obtained its 9th title in the league," the league said in its statement.

Sania becomes first Indian to be nominated for Fed Cup Heart award

"Six players have been nominated for the three regional Group I Fed Cup Heart Awards in recognition of their Fed Cup by BNP Paribas performances in 2020," said the Fed Cup in its statement.

Tablighi case: Delhi Police send fourth notice to Saad

Along with the notice to Jamaat chief Maulana Saad, the team led by DCP Joy Tirkey of the Crime Branch investigating the case, also have some new questions for Saad and his colleagues.

Jammu and Kashmir announces Rs 350 cr Covid-19 relief for daily wagers

Announcing the package here on Thursday, government spokesperson Rohit Kansal said under this construction workers would be given Rs 1,000 a month for three months.

Around 1 in 2 deaths among aged above 60, fatality rate 3.2%, says government

At the daily press conference, Joint Secretary, Health, Lav Agarwal, said analysis of deaths so far, show that the case fatality rate is 3.2 per cent, and 65 per cent of deaths were of males and 35 per cent of the deceased were females.

Legendary Indian footballer Chuni Goswami passes away at 82

He was 82. He is survived by his wife Basanti and son Sudipto.

CCI okays RIL-BP joint venture in retail fuel business

The transaction primarily concerns the business of petroleum retail marketing in India.

Government allows movement of all goods cargo

It has been clearly mentioned in the government order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs that the movement of "through the traffic of trucks and goods carriers, including empty trucks, is allowed without any hindrance".

Covid-19 cases mount to 33,610 with 1,075 deaths

Of the total cases, 24,162 are the active cases, 8,372 people have recovered, and 1,075 people have succumbed to the disease.

3.53 lakh NRKs from 201 countries register to return

A majority of this is from Middle East countries. It includes 1,53,660 from the UAE, Saudi Arabia (47,268), the UK (2,112), the USA (1,895) and Ukraine (1,864).

Amazon says it is a victim of Trump administration’s personal vendetta

Not just Amazon, Snapdeal and four other Indian shopping areas have figured in the 'Notorious Markets' list for counterfeiting and piracy.

100 singers – One Nation One Voice

Commenting on the initiative legendary singer Shri Asha Bhosle stated "Singers are artists who have always expressed numerous feelings of the masses in several musical ways.

Oil prices surge, WTI up on early signs of demand recovery in US

The June delivery contract of WTI on the NYMEX is currently trading at $ 17.15 per barrel, higher by 13.88 per cent from the previous close.

China opposes any probe into COVID-19 origin

"This is an arbitrary investigation based on the presumption of guilt. That is what we firmly oppose," Efe news reported on Thursday citing Le as saying.

Germany bans all Hezbollah activities

Dozens of police and special forces stormed mosques and associations linked to Hezbollah in Bremen, Berlin, Dortmund and Muenster in the early hours of Thursday morning, Xinhua news agency quoted German media reports as saying.

RBI extends regulatory benefits under SLF-MF scheme to all banks

The RBI announced special liquidity facility for mutual funds (SLF-MF) worth Rs 50,000 crore on Monday to ease liquidity in the segment, which intensified in the wake of redemption pressures related to closure of some debt MFs and potential contagious effects.

NTA pushes JNUEE application dates to May 15

Informing about the decision, the JNU Vice-Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar wrote on Twitter, "This is for the information of all prospective student applicants that due to the prevailing difficult circumstances, the NTA has extended the deadline of registration and submission of application forms for the JNUEE 2020 entrance examinations to May 15, 2020."

India’s corona tally reaches 33,050; 1,074 die

According to the data, 33 cases have been reported in Andaman Nicobar till Thursday morning, out of which 15 have been discharged.

Rishi Kapoor no more, confirms family

"Our dear Rishi Kapoor passed away peacefully at 8:45 am IST in hospital today after a two-year battle with leukaemia. The doctors and medical staff at the hospital said he kept them entertained to the last.

Download Aarogya Setu, govt tells Central staff

Issued to all Ministries, departments of Central government, Prime Minister's Office (PMO), Cabinet Secretariat and others, the order mentions that effective use of Aarogya Setu App aimed to break the chain of transmission of novel coronavirus or COVID-19.

BSP MP asks UP Chief Justice to lift ban on ‘azaan’

He urged the Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court to protect the fundamental rights of the people of his constituency and direct that 'azaan' may be allowed since it involves only one person ('Moazzin').

‘No Time To Die’ clapboard to be auctioned for raising COVID-19 relief funds

The clapboard has been autographed by the cast members of the films Naomie Harris, Lea Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, and Ana De Armas, director Cary Joji Fukunaga and singer Billie Eilish, who has recorded the film's theme song, reports aceshowbiz.com.

Kerala HC Chief Justice goes into isolation

He secured permission for travel from both Tamil Nadu and Kerala government. On arriving at the Palakkad border he went through the mandatory tests and then only his vehicle was allowed to pass.

India’s international actor Irrfan Khan no more

A statement by his official spokesperson has confirmed the demise of the 54-year-old actor on Wednesday.

Kerala govt brings out new Ordinance to enforce salary cut

Soon after the weekly cabinet meeting, State Finance Minister Thomas Issac told the media that the government has decided to come out with Disaster and Public Emergency Special Provisions Act which will give it the power to defer payment of salaries, up to 25 per cent of all state government employees.

COVID-19: FIFA medical chief warns against restarting this season

"My proposal is if it is possible, avoid playing competitive football in the coming weeks," D'Hooghe told BBC Sport.

Hillary Clinton endorses Biden to challenge Trump

"I want to add my voice to the many who have endorsed you to be our president," Clinton told him on Tuesday.

Markets open on positive note Wednesday morning

The Sensex of the BSE opened at 32,311.04 points and touched a high of 32,336.05 points. The Sensex touched a low of 32,171.65 points.

Covid-19 tally rises to 31,332 in India, 1007 deaths

Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state with the total number of cases rising to 9,318, with 400 deaths and 1,388 people recovering from the deadly virus.

Rahul Gandhi assures help to patients in Wayanad

During the video conferencing that happened on Tuesday evening, the local leaders raised the issue of the condition of patients suffering from chronic ailments like kidney and liver disease.

US COVID-19 cases top 1 million

According to the tally, a total of 57,266 deaths related to the disease have been recorded in the country, Xinhua reported.

Self-help groups in Punjab weave 4 lakh masks

The self-help groups in villages have emerged as Covid-19 warriors in a big way. Besides making masks, they are producing aprons and gloves for the civil administration, police and for the Panchayats, Rural Development and Panchayat Minister Tript Rajinder Bajwa said.

Techies allowed to work from home till July 31

This was announced by Union Minister for Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad in a video conference with the concerned ministers and officials of different states.

China’s Hubei reports no increase in COVID-19 cases

By the end of Tuesday, there were no new confirmed cases in the province, Xinhua reported.

Primary, secondary school students return to class in China

Most of the primary and secondary schools that have reopened have only allowed seniors back on campus as they have to prepare for tests to gain admission into high schools and universities respectively, said Wang Dengfeng, director of the Ministry of Education's leading group on the COVID-19 response.

Organisers announce cancellation of 2020 French F1 Grand Prix

The coronavirus epidemic has killed 22,614 people in France as of Saturday, with 369 new deaths recorded in the last 24 hours, but the number of patients in intensive care continues to decline, the Health Ministry said in a press release.

NZ claims no community COVID-19 cases as lockdown eases

With new cases in single figures for several days, one on Sunday, the BBC quoted Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as saying that the virus was "currently" eliminated.

UK at moment of maximum risk from pandemic, says Johnson

Speaking outside No 10 after he returned to Downing Street on Sunday evening, Johnson said: "We are now beginning to turn the tide" on the disease, the BBC reported.

COVID-19 lockdown should be extended beyond May 3, says Goa CM

Sawant, who participated in the video conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, also said that at the meeting, many other states had also sought an extension of the ongoing lockdown.

SC notice on plea for refund on air tickets cancelled in lockdown

A bench headed by Justice N.V. Ramana and comprising Justices S.K. Kaul and B.R. Gavai, while hearing the matter through video conferencing, making an oral observation said that the non-refund on the tickets booked for air travel after the lockdown was "arbitrary."

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 series to launch globally on April 30

"The legend of #RedmiNoteSeries continues! Get ready to meet the newest members of Redmi Note 9 Series as well as other great Xiaomi products! #NoMiWithoutYou," the company tweeted.

RBI comes out with ‘Special Liquidity Facility’ for MFs

Accordingly, under the facility, the RBI shall conduct repo operations of 90 days tenor at the fixed repo rate. The apex bank said that SLF-MF is "on-tap and open-ended", and banks can submit their bids to avail funding. Besides, the scheme is available from April 27 till May 11, 2020, or "up to utilization of the allocated amount, whichever is earlier".

Bangladesh Imam tests COVID-19 positive after leading Ramzan prayers

He led the prayers on Saturday evening and was diagnosed with the infection on Sunday morning, bdnews24 quoted Shalikha Upazila chief executive Md Tanveer Rahman as saying.

Sensex up 700 points; banking, oil and gas stocks rise

Healthy buying in banking, oil and gas, auto and finance stocks also supported the indices.

Kerala CM not to take part in PM’s video conference

Vijayan has decided to depute State Chief Secretary Tom Jose and the reason is, Kerala does not have the permission to speak, as only seven states are allowed to speak during the video meet with the Prime Minister.

Israel reopens shops as lockdown eases

During the first working day of the week in the country, most stores on Sunday reopened and people went shopping as the country regained a feeling of normality, reports Efe news.

Trump lashes out against media after disinfectant controversy

"The people that know me and know the history of our country say that I am the hardest working President in history. I don't know about that, but I am a hard worker and have probably gotten more done in the first 3 1/2 years than any President in history. The Fake News hates it," the President tweeted on Sunday.

Over a lakh Keralites register to return home

These registrations are mostly from the various Middle East countries and among it, the maximum registrations are from the UAE.

Lucknow: KGMU nurse tests corona positive, CCU sealed

A resident of Nakkhas locality, the nurse is the fourth medical professional in the city and second from KGMU, to test Covid-19 positive.

COVID-19: Total case count reaches 27,892 with 872 deaths

In a morning update, the Health Ministry said, of the total cases at least 20,835 are active. A total of 6,184 individuals have been cured and discharged while 872 people lost their lives. One person migrated to another country.

Spain records lowest daily death toll as lockdown eases

Its health ministry said earlier that 288 more people had died of the virus, the lowest number since 20 March, the BBC reported.

Iran to be divided into 3 risk zones

The Ministry of Health and Medical Education would draw up a map of white, yellow and red risk zones in the country, Rouhani said at a meeting of the National Headquarters for Managing and Fighting the Coronavirus here on Sunday.

Myanmar’s Parliament to resume 16th regular session in May

The 16th regular session of Myanmar's Parliament was initially scheduled to resume on Monday but due to COVID-19, it was postponed to May 18, Kyaw Soe, director general of Myanmar's parliament told Xinhua news agency.

Four staff member of Andhra Governor’s office test positive

A security officer and a staff nurse were among those found infected. They were shifted to a hospital for treatment.

Ahmedabad Congress corporator dies due to COVID-19

The 68-year-old Congressman was considered to be a senior and stalwart politician in the Gujarat Congress unit. He was hospitalized a week ago after his condition deteriorated during the home quarantine.

Nepal extends lockdown until May 7 to contain COVID-19

The cabinet meeting held on Sunday decided to extend the lockdown by 10 days. The country is in lockdown since March 24, reported Xinhua news agency.

Covid-19 death rate dropping, New York may open soon, says Governor

Transmission rates, as well as death rates, would dictate how and when the state reopens, he said in his daily media briefing, stressing that asking the public to remain in their homes indefinitely with nothing to do through the summer would be impossible.

Italy registers lowest one-day death toll in six weeks

A total of 260 people died from the disease caused by the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, the lowest one-day death toll since March 15, Xinhua news agency reported.

Iran begins Ramzan with closed mosques

During a meeting of the committee tasked with fighting the virus, President Hassan Rouhani On Saturday showed gratitude for the "cooperation" of the clerics during the crisis, reports Efe news.

UP brings back 2,224 migrants, quarantines them

Additional Chief Secretary Avanish Awasthi said that most of these migrants are from western Uttar Pradesh.

Pakistan extends suspension of intl flight operations till May 15

In a statement issued on Saturday, the division said the suspension has been extended up to 11.59 p.m., The Express Tribune reported.

India: Total case count reaches 26,496 with 824 fatalities

In a morning update, the Health Ministry said, of the total cases at least 19,868 are active cases. A total of 5,803 individuals have been cured and discharged while 824 people lost their lives. One person migrated to another country.

People in Spain can go for walks from May 2

This step is just one element in a comprehensive initiative to re-open Spain over the course of May and June, reports Efe news.

US COVID-19 cases top 900,000, deaths touch 52,000

The number of COVID-19 cases in the country reached 905,364 as of 10.30 a.m. (1430 GMT), and a total of 52,042 deaths related to the disease were recorded, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University, Xinhua news agency reported.

Priyanka raps govt over DA freeze decision

"By what logic is the DA of government employees being cut? While the pressure of work on them has increased manifold. What's the rationale for DA cut for health workers and policemen? Third and fourth class employees suffer a lot from this. People dependent on a pension are being hurt?" Priyanka Gandhi, also the party in-charge for the eastern UP, said in a series of tweets in Hindi.

Odisha govt allows reopening of shops

Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy said the Municipal Commissioners and the District Collectors would notify detailed orders, specifying shops/types of shops to open within the limits of municipal corporations, urban local bodies and districts as well as their timing.

Small shops, trades to be allowed from Sunday in Gujarat

Shops like stationery, provision stores, mobile recharging, mobile repairs, electrical goods, appliances repair, motor mechanic, etc will be allowed.

Delhi govt yet to decide on opening of shops in city

According to a senior official in the Delhi government, the state authorities will first 'study' the order and go through the ground reports before taking a final call on the matter.

Belgium unveils plans to lift lockdown

After hours of discussions on Friday, Prime Minister Wilmes announced a timetable to gradually end the country's lockdown, which began on March 12, reports the BBC.

Singapore Airlines extends cancellation of 96% of flights till June

This means that 96 per cent of its scheduled flights till June-end will be cancelled, amid travel restrictions worldwide and a drastic drop in demand for air travel, reports The Straits Times.

Gujarat to decide on lockdown relaxation, reopening small outlets

State Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said on Saturday that after mulling over the notification, a decision will be taken by the Gujarat government shortly to grant permission for this relaxation to be effective in the state.

Unicef warns over lack of life-saving vaccines for kids

Most countries had suspended mass polio immunization campaigns and 25 countries had postponed mass measles immunization campaigns, the Unicef said in a statement on Friday, adding that even before the COVID-19 pandemic, measles, polio and other vaccines were out of reach every year for 20 million children below the age of one, reports Efe news.

Israel to reopen businesses as lockdown partially eases

Establishments on public roads that were still closed, some already opened five days ago, such as barbershops, hairdressers and beauty salons will be able to reopen as of Sunday, whereas shopping centres will have to keep remain closed, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said in a statement on Friday.

Kerala welcomes with caution order for opening shops

"We welcome this new guideline, but we will come out with how this will be made applicable in our state. We just cannot afford to relax on our efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus," said Jayarajan.

24,506, Covid cases reported so far in India, 775 died

The Health Ministry said in its daily update that of the 775 deaths, the highest -- 301 -- was reported from Maharashtra, followed by Gujarat with 127 fatalities.

Be transparent in fight against Covid-19, says Priyanka

In a tweet, Priyanka Gandhi said, "Many people have expressed concerns about the method of testing in UP. Transparency is a big thing in the fight against Covid-19. Society and the government together can defeat this epidemic. In this context, I am sharing some tips here."

Don’t think halting DA at this stage necessary, says Manmohan Singh

In a video message released by the Congress, Manmohan Singh, former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and several other top leaders slammed the government over its decision.

Punjab procures 250% more wheat amid pandemic

The state has set a record by procuring 2,797,108 metric tonnes of wheat in nine days against the procurement of 1,285,981 metric tonnes in the previous year till April 23, Food and Civil Supplies Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu said.

Texas businesses partially reopen

According to the order issued by Texas Governor Greg Abbott last week, retail businesses can offer curbside pickup or delivery to their customers starting from Friday, reports Xinhua news agency.

Telangana gets permission for plasma therapy on Covid-19 patients

He said the state had already applied to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for the permission and since there was a delay in granting it, the issue was taken up with a request to process the application on war-footing.