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Daily Archives: 18th May 2020

SC says virtual courtroom difficult while hearing matter on WhatsApp call

A bench headed by Justice R. Banumathi and comprising Justices Indu Malhotra and Aniruddha Bose made this observation while hearing a matter over a WhatsApp call. Justice Malhotra suggested that 40 matters, instead of 20, can be easily heard by the bench.

29 test Covid-19 positive, 130 under treatment, says Kerala CM

Stating that 630 people have tested coronavirus positive in the state, the Chief Minister said 67,316 people were under observation in homes and 473 in hospitals.

Karnataka bans people entering from 3 Covid-hit states

"We have decided to stop people entering from Maharashtra, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu till May 31, as many coming or returning to the state tested positive and infected others," state Deputy Chief Minister C.N. Ashwath Narayan said here.

Meghalaya becomes 5th NE state to be Covid-free

With Sikkim and Nagaland have not reported any cases, two other northeastern states - Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram - currently have no active cases as two patients, one in each state, have recovered and been discharged from the hospitals.

Barber shops to be opened in rural TN from Tuesday

In a statement issued here, Palaniswami said, barring areas under Greater Chennai Corporation and other municipal corporations, barbershops in rural areas can be reopened.

Sensex slumps 1,000 points, Nifty ends below 9,000

The Nifty50 on the National Stock Exchange also fell over 300 points to end below the psychological 9,000 mark.

Cyclone Amphan: 13 Kerala districts under yellow alert

A yellow alert means people and authorities have to be cautious as heavy rainfall can be expected. Only the capital district has been left out from the yellow alert on Monday.

Jamia arrest is to create fear among students, says Chidambaram

Chidambaram, replying to a question during his press conference, said, "It is condemnable, entire case is false, even if you have to identify them you can call them for investigation."

Swiggy sacks 1,100 workers as Covid-19 shuts Cloud kitchens

All impacted employees will receive at least three months of salary, irrespective of their notice period or tenure, Sriharsha Majety, Co-founder and CEO, Swiggy, told employees in a virtual town hall meeting.

Taliban suicide blast kills 9 in Afghanistan

"Taliban terrorists today morning, in a series of their crimes in this holy month of Ramadan, carried out a truck bombing against the Islamic Cultural Centre in Ghazni city (situated next to the military base), in which nine persons were killed," Interior Ministry spokesperson Tariq Arian said in a statement.

Karnataka lockdown only on Sundays, shops to reopen from Tuesday

"Total lockdown will be enforced only on Sundays across the state. Standalone shops, including salons, will reopen from Tuesday in all areas, except Covid-19 hotspots and containment zones," Yediyurappa told reporters after an emergent meeting here on the Centre's latest guidelines on the lockdown extended till May 31.

Thai Airways to file for bankruptcy

A spokeswoman for Thai Airways International Pcl said flag carrier would declare bankruptcy in the coming days instead of going ahead with a rescue plan it had drafted following the most recent round of losses as a result of the pandemic.

Pakistan: Chief Justice directs to open malls

During a hearing of a suo moto case regarding measures taken to deal with the coronavirus crisis, the Chief Justice questioned the "logic" behind keeping malls closed, reports Dawn news.

Uddhav Thackeray, 8 others take oath as MLC

Eight other members of different political parties also took oath as members of the Upper House of Maharashtra Legislature in a brief ceremony.

Oil prices recover on demand revival signs, Brent at $33 per barrel

Further, the implementation of the output cut agreement by Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies including Russia, has also supported the prices, analysts said.

As Covid count reaches 26, Rajdhjani Express skips Goa halt

After not recording a single Covid-19 case from April 3, Goa has witnessed the surge of 26 active cases since May 14.

Apple reopens 100 retail stores globally, more to follow

Apple closed all its retail stores outside Greater China in March as COVID-19 pandemic spread. All the Apple stores in Greater China are now open.

New Israeli govt sworn in after 508 days of impasse

On Sunday night, the Knesset voted 73-46 in favour of the new coalition government agreed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his former rival, Benny Gantz, reports The Times of Israel.

With over 5K new cases, India Covid tally jumps to 96,169

According to the Health Ministry, of the total, 56,316 are active cases while at least 36,823 people have been cured from the disease.

Cyclone alert for Bengal, Odisha as ‘Amphan’ intensifies

In a statement, the IMD said, "The Very Severe Cyclonic Storm 'AMPHAN' (pronounced as UM-PUN) over the central parts of South Bay of Bengal moved north-northeastwards with a speed of 13 kmph during past six hours, has intensified into an Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm and lay centred at 0230 hrs IST of today, the 18th May 2020 over central parts of South Bay of Bengal and adjoining the central Bay of Bengal near latitude 12.9 degrees North and longitude 86.4 degrees East, about 820 km nearly south of Paradip (Odisha), 980 km south-southwest of Digha (West Bengal) and 1090 km south-southwest of Khepupara (Bangladesh)."

Bundesliga: Bayern Munich beat Union Berlin 2-0

On Sunday, the hosts grabbed a bright start against the German giants as Marius Bulter forced goalkeeper Manuel Neuer into action in the fifth minute before Anthony Ujah pulled over the bar two minutes later, reports Xinhua news agency.

Microsoft to invest $75million in creating 1,500 jobs in AI, Cloud

The Satya Nadella-run enterprise will expand operations in the city's midtown area in a 523,000 square-foot facility in the popular Atlantic Station district.

Australia: 12 McDonald’s shut after delivery driver tests COVID-19 positive

The driver interacted with a small number of restaurant staff while asymptomatic, according to McDonald's, and no other employees had tested positive as of Monday morning, reports Xinhua news agency.

Global COVID-19 cases top 4.7 million

As of Monday morning, the total number of cases stood at 4,713,620, while the death toll increased to 315,185, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

12 migrants injured in accident in UP

The collision took place late on Sunday night near a petrol pump in Patherwa on national highway 28.

6 OPPO workers test Covid-19 positive at Greater Noida factory

According to sources, after the coronavirus cases were confirmed at OPPO factory in Kasna, Greater Noida, the work was immediately halted on Sunday till further notice.

Nepal extends lockdown till June 2

The current lockdown, imposed on March 24, is expiring on Monday. "The cabinet on Sunday decided to extend the lockdown till June 2," Nepali Finance and Communication Minister Yubaraj Khatiwada told a press conference on Sunday, Xinhua news agency reported.

Jamia student in judicial custody till May 31

The third-year student of Persian language was presented in court after his arrest in connection with the violence during the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

UK COVID19 deaths rise to 34,636

The figures include deaths in all settings, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community, Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday.

Lockdown 4.0: Kejriwal hints at more relaxations in Delhi

Kejriwal said the guidelines of the central government for extending the lockdown were largely in line with the proposal sent by him and added the city government will prepare a detailed plan and will announce it on Monday.