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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.