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Uniform stamp duty on securities market instruments from July 1

The Centre has created the legal and institutional mechanism to enable states to collect stamp duty on securities market instruments at one place by one agency, through the stock exchange or clearing corporation authorised by it or by the depository on one instrument, an official statement said.

IIT Alumni Council bans Chinese software

For data security, privacy and assured data integrity, the IIT Alumni Council will facilitate the design of a Blockchain protected public cloud infrastructure to handle real-time COVID diagnostic and treatment data.

Telangana postpones all common entrance examinations

The CETs, including the Telangana State Engineering, Agriculture and Medical Common Entrance Test (TS EAMCET) 2020 were scheduled to begin from Wednesday.

Rahul Gandhi to interact with nurses on July 1

"Tomorrow 10 AM onwards, across all my social media platforms, watch my conversation with Indian Nurses from around the world, who are on the frontline of the battle against #Covid19," Rahul Gandhi tweeted on Tuesday.

Not blacklisted, PwCPL clarifies after Kerala leader’s remarks

The London-headquartered firm's statement said it wishes to clarify that the entity performing work for the Kerala government's Department of Transport is PricewaterhouseCoopers Private Limited (PwCPL).

Congress terms PM’s speech disappointing, disturbing

The Prime Minister announced an extension of the PM Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana (PMGKAY) till November 20.

Bengal CM says free food grains to be given till June next

"We will give free ration till June 2021. The quality of ration is better than that of the Centre," the CM said minutes after Modi's address to the nation in the afternoon.

131 new Covid positive cases in Kerala

It included 65 who came from abroad, 46 were those who came from within the country, 10 were local infectees, nine were CISF personnel at the Kannur airport and there was one death which took place on Saturday and tested positive late Monday night.

Create your digital avatar on Facebook in India

Users will be able to make an Avatar, a cartoon-like version of themselves by choosing from a variety of faces, hairstyles and outfits that have been specially customised for India.

COVID-19: Former Gokulam Kerala assistant manager & mother pass away

The Egyptian was recruited by the then coach of Gokulam, Bino George for the club's inaugural 2017-18 season. Allousha was with the side for two months before he left for family reasons.

Big relief to train passengers as Tatkal ticket bookings resume

The Railways had suspended passenger, mail and express trains during the nationwide lockdown from March 25.

IIT-M offers online B.Sc course in programming and data science

The online course is open to Class 12 passouts of all ages residing across the country. Class 12 passouts, who have studied English and Maths at the matriculation level, or even those enrolled for various graduation courses, or a professional or employed person, can seek admission in the new course.

Venezuela asks EU envoy to leave within 72 hours

"We will sort it out in 72 hours... she will be given a plane to leave, but we will arrange our things with the European Union," Xinhua news agency quoted Maduro as saying on Monday.

Ola introduces in-app ‘tipping’ facility globally

The feature has been rolled out to all Ola users across India, Australia, New Zealand and the UK in a bid to help the company's over 2.5 million global driver community, Ola said, adding that the drivers will retain 100 per cent of the tip.

Covid tally crosses 1,000-mark in BSF, 4 deaths

As per official data updated on Tuesday, a total of 354 active cases have been reported in the Border Security Force (BSF) so far. The number of recovered troops in the force, however, stands at 659.

NADA launches its first mobile phone app

"I congratulate NADA on this initiative," said Rijiju. "It is a very important step for Indian sport because we are working towards clean sports and the first step in that direction is to create awareness and provide relevant, accessible information to athletes so that they know which medication or substances are not to be used by them.

Kerala records 23rd death due to Covid-19

He passed away on Saturday, but the Covid test results came on Monday night.

China unanimously passes national security law for HK

The law, approved by the National People's Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC), is expected to carry a maximum penalty of life in jail, reports the South China Morning Post (SCMP) newspaper.

Threat to blow up Mumbai’s Taj Hotel, security tightened

A threat call was received by the hotel around 12.30 a.m. after which the Mumbai Police was informed, the sources said, adding that the call was purportedly made from Karachi in Pakistan and the caller threatened to blow up the hotel with bombs.

2 workers die, 4 hospitalised after gas leak at Vizag pharma company

Police sources said that around 30 employees were working at the time of the mishap on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday.

Palestine rejects Israeli annexation plan

Abbas made the remarks on Monday was made in a telephone conversation with Simonetta Sommaruga, President of the Swiss Confederation reports Xinhua news agency.

India records over 18K Covid cases, death toll nears 17K

Maharashtra, Delhi and Tamil Nadu constitute more than 60 per cent of the total Covid-19 cases in the country.

India bans 59 Chinese apps over national security concerns

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has issued a list of 59 Chinese apps that are now banned in the country.

BJP promotes Make in India, but buys from China, says Rahul

"Facts don't lie. BJP says: Make in India. BJP does: Buy from China," Rahul Gandhi said in a sharp tweet attaching a graphics of the percentage of imports from China during the UPA rule and the NDA government.

Iran issues arrest warrant for Trump over Soleimani’s killing

"Thirty-six people who were involved in the assassination of General Qasem Soleimani have been identified, including political and military officials from the US and other governments," Press TV quoted Tehran Prosecutor Ali Alqasi-Mehr as saying on Monday.

Priyanka Gandhi slams arrest of UP minority cell chief

"Congress leaders and activists are committed to raise their voice on public issues. The BJP government can use the Police as an instrument to suppress the voices of other parties, but not our party (Congress). Look, how the UP Police arrested the Chairman of our Minority cell in the darkness of the night," Priyanka Gandhi said in a series of tweets in Hindi.

Living with COVID-19 to be new normal as global cases top 10 million, says...

"The critical question that all countries will face in the coming months is how to live with this virus. That is the new normal," said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a daily press briefing on Monday, Xinhua news agency reported.

Assam flood crisis worsens, death toll at 24

Officials of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said that in the current wave of floods since early last week, nine persons have so far died in Barpeta, Dhemaji, Udalguri, Goalpara and Dibrugarh districts taking the total death toll to 24 in the floods and 23 more people were killed in separate landslides since May 22.

Global COVID-19 death toll cross 5 million

Currently, the total number of cases increased to 10,199,798, while the fatalities increased to 502,947, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Centre re-appoints Tushar Mehta as Solicitor General for three years, Venugopal as AG for...

Senior advocate Pinky Anand and A.N.S. Nadkarni have been dropped as Additional Solicitors General, while the Centre has re-appointed Vikramjit Banerjee, Aman Lekhi, Madhavi Divan, K.M. Nataraj and Sanjay Jain -- as ASGs for the Supreme Court for three years.

Priyanka brands Mayawati as BJP’s ‘unannounced spokesperson’

"As I said, some opposition leaders have become unannounced spokespersons of the BJP, which is beyond my comprehension," she alleged.

Mercedes to run black-liveried cars as a stand against racism

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will race black-liveried Mercedes cars when the former targets Michael Schumacher's record as Formula One returns this week after the 2019-20 season was savaged due to coronavirus pandemic.

9 CISF personnel among 121 new Covid cases in Kerala

The new cases included 78 who came from abroad, 26 from other states, five were locals, three were health professionals and nine were CISF personnel.

Maharashtra Chief Minister launches World’s largest Plasma Therapy trial centre

"This trial centre will help formulate definite treatment guidelines for the entire country in managing critical Covid-19 patients... and will be a milestone during the pandemic," said Thackeray at the video-conferencing launch.

MS Dhoni to lead Aakash Chopra’s all-time IPL XI

Dhoni is one the most successful IPL captains, leading Chennai Super Kings to three titles and taking the side to the final a record seven times.

No further lockdown, says Punjab CM

The Chief Minister told the media here that the state has made arrangements to combat any emergent situation.

UDF shows the door to ally Kerala Congress (Mani)

Reading out the suspension of Kerala Congress (Mani), UDF convenor and Congress MP Benny Behanan said the Jose K. Mani faction in the UDF has been expelled from the UDF.

Maharashtra extends lockdown till July 31

While all existing lockdown conditions will continue, the government will gradually ease restrictions over the next month.

Indian visitor stuck in UAE with $30,493 hospital bill

Sutapa Patra, 27, from West Bengal underwent treatment for a number of conditions including colitis, pancreatitis and severe sepsis, said the Gulf News report.

Delhi HC adjourns hearing in Jamia violence case till July 6

A bench presided by Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan, which was hearing the pleas through video conferencing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, listed the matter for hearing on July 6 after noting that some of the parties have not received the replies filed in this matter.

Khalilzad to meet Taliban leaders in Doha

Khalilzad on Sunday departed for Doha, Islamabad, and Tashkent, the statement said, adding that "at all three locations, the Ambassador will urge support for all Afghans to meet their remaining commitments ahead of intra-Afghan negotiations, specifically reduced violence and timely prisoner releases", reports TOLO News.

Centre lifts ban on export of personal protective equipment

According to a notification by Directorate General of Foreign Trade, PPE medical coveralls for Covid-19 have been moved to the 'restricted' list for exports from the 'prohibited' list.

Bangladesh boat capsize kills 30

Bodies of 19 males, eight females and three children were recovered so far, Shahadat Hossain, a duty officer of Fire Service and Civil Defence, confirmed to The Daily Star news.

20K contacts in list of 5 Covid positive in Kerala

The two doctors who tested COVID positive on Sunday include a paediatrician and a physician who have had close contacts with their patients.

Congress holds nationwide protests against fuel price hike

The opposition party has repeatedly criticised the Central Government for inflating fuel prices at a time when the country is fighting against the coronavirus disease.

Grenade attack at Pakistan Stock Exchange kills 6

Police said militants launched a grenade attack at the main gate of the PSX and stormed the building after firing indiscriminately, Geo News reported.

Boeing receives approval to start MAX 737 test flights

The flights, which could begin as early as Monday, according to different local media reports, will represent an important step in the company's effort to return its best-selling aircraft to the air, reports Efe news.

Telangana Home Minister tests positive for COVID-19

He was admitted to a private hospital in Hyderabad on Sunday night. Health officials described his condition as stable.

Pakistan SC to take up plea for Daniel Pearl case’s urgent hearing

The apex court at the last hearing on June 1 had asked the provincial government to furnish complete record comprising all evidence along with its appeal challenging the decision of the Sindh High Court (SHC) in the case, reports Dawn news.

Rahul urges people to join campaign against rising fuel prices

The former Congress party chief took to Twitter to show his resentment and stated, "Come and join #SpeakUpAgainstFuelHike campaign." This came after the state-run oil marketing companies raised the prices of petrol and diesel on Monday, a day after there was no hike in rates that were increasing continuously for three weeks.

Sensex plunges 480 points tracking Asian markets

Investor sentiments weakened globally and in India due to the surging number of COVID-19 cases.

Lebanese judge resigns after media ban on US envoy

Sunday's decision taken by Mohamed Mazeh, a judge of the southern city of Tyre, came after the US Ambassador blamed the Shia group for worsening the economic situation in the country.

Pakistan cricketers arrive in England for Test & T20I series

The Pakistan cricketers and the support staff arrived in Manchester on a chartered flight from Lahore and were then transported to Worcestershire. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) shared the video of the team's arrival on their official Twitter handle in which both the players and the support staff were seen wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.

India records 19,459 new corona cases, 380 deaths in 24 hours

The country continued to be the fourth worst hit among 213 countries, with 2,10,120 active cases and 16,475 deaths. A total of 3,21,722 people has recovered and been discharged from hospitals. The recovery rate is 58.56 per cent among the COVID-19 patients.

Indonesia announces 2021 FIFA U-20 World Cup venues

The six stadiums are located on the main Java Island, Sumatra Island and Bali Island, reports Xinhua news agency.

NASA video shows 10-year time lapse of Sun in 61 minutes

Over the past 10 years, the spacecraft has gathered 425 million high-resolution images of the Sun, amassing 20 million gigabytes of data, NASA said.

Iran says to mandate wearing face masks in public from July 5

"From July 5, wearing masks in all public areas will be compulsory for two weeks," Rouhani said on Sunday at a meeting of the National Headquarters for Managing and Fighting the Coronavirus, Xinhua news agency reported.

DGCA’s showcause notice to AirAsia India over ‘safety norm violation’

A DGCA official said that the show cause notice has been served post the pilot's allegations.

Global COVID-19 cases top 10.1 million

As of Monday morning, the total number of cases increased to 10,115,912, while the fatalities stood at to 501,233, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

COVID cases in Telangana surpass 14,000

The fresh cases pushed the state's tally to 14,419. While 9,000 of them are undergoing treatment, 5,172 have been discharged including 244 on Sunday.

For 10th day in a row, Kerala registers over 100 cases

State Health Minister K.K. Shailaja informed the media that at present there are 2,015 positive cases, while 2,150 people have by now been cured of the disease.

Lockdown restrictions to continue beyond June 30, says Maharashtra CM

"Don't think that the lockdown restrictions will cease after June 30...The threat of Covid-19 still looms over the state and all precautions need to be taken," Thackeray asserted, addressing the state this afternoon.

Amazon India announces 20,000 seasonal jobs

The new positions are now open in Hyderabad, Pune, Coimbatore, Noida, Kolkata, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Mangalore, Indore, Bhopal and Lucknow. Most of the positions are part of Amazon's 'Virtual Customer Service' program that provides flexible work-from-home options, the company said in a statement.

Mexico’s LGBT community holds world’s largest online pride event

Organized and coordinated by the Incluye T (Includes You) Committee, the event with the hashtag #ElOrgulloPermanece (#PrideEndures) took place on Saturday evening and was aired live on Youtube, Facebook and Mexican broadcaster Canal Once, reports Efe news.

Congress demands to cancel contract with PwC inked by Kerala

PwC was selected by the Kerala government to prepare a detailed project report of Rs 4.500 crore for 3,000 e-buses. The contract was given in August 2019.

Facebook rolls outs Dark Mode on mobile for some users globally

Facebook Dark Mode interface will not be completely black like on Instagram and Messenger but a grayscale design with white accents for logos and icons.

EU to bar US travellers as bloc reopens in July

After several rounds of negotiation in recent weeks, senior EU diplomats in Brussels have come up with a final list of the safe countries from which travellers are welcomed to the bloc, Xinhua news agency quoted The New York Times as saying in a report on Saturday.

Bollywood stars line up OTT releases in coming months

Swara Bhasker stars in "Rasbhari", a love story set in Meerut.

Micheal Martin becomes new Prime Minister of Ireland

Announcing the voting results, Sean O Fearghail, speaker of the lower house of the Irish parliament, declared that Micheal Martin has won the election by receiving 93 votes in favour, 63 votes against and 3 votes in abstention, Xinhua reported.

Congress leader files petition against Scindia’s RS election

The petition was filed before Gwalior district court by Gopi Lal Bhartiya through his counsel Kuber Bouddh.

Global COVID-19 cases near 10 million

As of Sunday morning, the total number of cases stood at 9,950,945, while the fatalities increased to 498,135, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Priyanka flays UP govt over employment, asks if only ‘publicity’ will create jobs

Her remarks came a day after the Prime Minister launched the 'Atmanirbhar Uttar Pradesh Rozgar Abhiyan' seeking to promote local entrepreneurship with industrial associations to provide employment.

Maharashtra Covid-19 cases again cross 5K mark, 167 more deaths

The state fatalities again catapulted from the June's lowest of 62 to 167, but still down from the highest death figure of 248 notched on June 23.

US judge orders release of dozens of migrant children

In the order on Friday, District Judge Dolly Gee said the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) centres in the states of Kansas, Pennsylvania and Texas were "on fire" and there was no more time for half-measures, the BBC reported.

Vaghela tests positive for coronavirus

He was suffering from fever for 3-4 days.

Lockdown on Sundays from July 5 in Bengaluru, says Chief Minister

"Lockdown would be imposed every Sunday, with effect from July 5, until further order. No activities will be permitted except essential services and supplies," said Yediyurappa in a statement after an emergency meeting here.

Thai low-cost airline NokScoot shutting down

NokScoot was established as a joint venture between Singaporean airline Scoot and Thailand's Nok Air six years ago, reports Efe news.

Patanjali’s COVID drug claim: FIR against Ramdev, four others

The complaint was filed at Jyoti Nagar police station in Jaipur on Friday.

Jharkhand extends lockdown till July 31

Jharkhand Chief secretary Sukhdev Singh on Saturday issued a circular to extend the lockdown. "All religious places, schools, hotels, spa and salons in the state will remain closed till further orders," says the circular.

India’s ‘Golden Girl’ P T Usha celebrates 56th birthday

Usha won medals right through the course of her illustrious career but it was the 400m hurdles race at 1984 Los Angeles Olympics that remains one of her finest moments.