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Daily Archives: 15th May 2020

Tribal affairs ministry partners Facebook India to skill 5000 youth

Called GOAL (Going Online As Leaders) programme, the initiative aims to enable scheduled tribe youth (called mentees in the programme) in remote areas use digital platforms for sharing their aspirations, dreams and talent with their mentors.

Congress slams government’s Rs 20 lakh crore ‘jumla’ package

"This is a big 'jumla' and Rs 20 lakh crore is only 13 zeros for the citizens of the country," alleged Randeep Surjewala, Congress chief spokesperson.

SME marketplace providing financial access to 75,000 farmers

In a statement, global digital payment solutions provider BPC, which runs the marketplace, said that it has successfully extended formal financing to the farming industry by creating an easy credit line via NBFCs.

SC cancels summer vacation, will continue work till June 19

Chief Justice S.A. Bobde held a full court meeting, where a consensus was reached to continue working during the summer vacation.

Assam asks Centre to extend lockdown for two more weeks

Most Chief Ministers of northeastern states during a discussion with Prime Minister Narendra Modi via video conferencing on Monday last demanded extension of the lockdown and were keen to restart economic activities and public services in a larger way. They had also stressed strengthening health infrastructure.

Rahul mocks Niti Aayog over zero COVID case prediction

"The geniuses at Niti Aayog have done it again. I'd like to remind you of their graph predicting the government's national lockdown strategy would ensure no fresh COVID-19 cases from tomorrow, May 16," the former Congress President tweeted.

We could cut off whole relationship with China, says Trump

The Trump administration has been mulling avenues to possibly punish or seek financial compensation from China for what it sees as withholding information about the virus, which originated in the city of Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, last December.

16 more Covid cases in Kerala, 80 under treatment

"Of these, seven came from abroad, six Afrom within the country," he told media here.

Zomato lays off 13 per cent workforce, up to 50 per cent salary cut...

Stressing that the company needs to prepare itself for things getting worse, Goyal said that multiple aspects of his business have changed dramatically over the last couple of months and many of these changes are expected to be permanent.

Allahabad HC nod to ‘azaan’ sans loudspeakers

The bench comprising Justice Shashikant Gupta and Justice Ajit Kumar gave this ruling on separate petitions field by BSP MP Afzal Ansari and Syed Mohd Faizal of Farrukhabad.

Russia reports over 10,000 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours

The death toll grew by 113 to 2,418, while 58,226 people have recovered, including 4,696 over the last 24 hours, Xinhua news agency quoted the centre as saying.

Sharad Pawar writes to PM, seeks relief for sugar industry

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Pawar referred to a memorandum submitted by the Maharashtra State Cooperative Sugar Factories Federation Ltd (MSCSFFL), detailing how the crisis has gripped the sugar industry.

Odisha bracing for possible cyclone, 12 districts on alert

Chief secretary Asit Tripathy on Friday held a review meeting to ensure all precautionary measures are in place to face any eventuality that may arise due to the cyclone.

Five Tests against Australia will not be possible, says Ganguly

Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts had earlier expressed the board's desire to host a five-Test series against India but citing quarantine guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic, Ganguly has stated it seems a difficult task to squeeze in an additional match considering time constraints.

Places of worship in Malaysia reopens after nearly 2 months

The capital Kuala Lumpur along with some other states such as Selangor, Perak and Johor, has eased a ban on mass prayers in mosques and other religious places starting Friday with congregations limited to 30 people or less and physical distancing measures to prevent the spread of the infection, reports Efe news.

Equity indices fall, Sensex below 31,000 mark

The Nifty50 on the National Stock Exchange also was trading below the 9,100 level.

US begins clinical trial of hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin

Hydroxychloroquine is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent and treat malaria, as well as to treat the autoimmune diseases rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, while azithromycin is an FDA-approved antibiotic, reports Xinhua news agency.

HC refuses to stay Delhi government’s special corona fee on liquor

A bench of Chief Justice D. N. Patel and Justice C. Hari Shankar issued notice to the Delhi government seeking its response over a batch of petitions challenging the May 4 order of the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government imposing the extra cost.

SC stays MHA circular on full payment of wages during lockdown

A bench comprising Justice L. Nageswara Rao, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and B.R. Gavai asked the Centre and states not to prosecute private companies, factories etc. for non-payment of wages.

Active COVID-19 cases in China fall below 100

According to the Commission, there are 91 active coronavirus cases in the country, including 11 patients in serious condition, Efe news reported.

COVID-19 effect: 7 films confirmed for straight-to-OTT release

All these films will directly go to Amazon Prime bypassing traditional theatrical release.

First train to Kerala brings home 1,000 people, 7 sent to hospitals

The first stop was at Kozhikode, late Thursday and then at Ernakulam and it arrived in the state capital at 5.10 a.m. on Friday.

Spike in Sri Lanka wildlife poaching during COVID 19 lockdown

The nationwide lockdown has triggered food crisis and unemployment, with the environmentalists warning that wildlife poaching may have spiked in rural parts of the island nation.

New York Stock Exchange to partially reopen on May 26

"The NYSE trading floor will begin a phased reopening on May 26 and look forward to welcoming home members of our Trading Floor community," Xinhua news agency quoted Stacey Cunningham, president of the exchange, as saying in a tweet on Thursday.

Tally crosses 80k mark in India, fresh cases in corona free states

Of the total cases, 51401 are active and 2,649 are fatalities so far while at least 27,919 people have recovered from the disease.

Video meet app Zoom to open 2 R&D centres, to hire 500 in US

Zoom said it will immediately begin recruiting software engineering talent in these geographies.

Global COVID-19 cases surge past 4.4million

As of Friday morning, the overall number of cases stood at 4,440,989, while the death toll increased to 302,376, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

IOC committing upto $800 million for postponed Tokyo Olympics

"We anticipate we will have to bear costs of up to $800 million for our part and responsibilities in the organization of the postponed Games Tokyo 2020," Bach said in a teleconference after the IOC's Executive Board meeting.

Mankind so unprepared for COVID-19, world lacks solidarity, says UN Chief

Guterres earlier on Thursday brought together the principals of 31 UN system entities in a virtual meeting of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), the longest-standing and highest-level coordination forum of the UN system, Xinhua news agency said.

Centre’s measures under Covid package disappointing, says Telangana

In its first reaction since Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement of the package, the state government said the day two announcements of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman have nothing for Telangana.