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Top German court rules against Facebook on user data collection

The top German court found that Facebook was using its dominant position in the market to collect user data.

Kerala records 152 Covid cases, highest on a single day

"Of this, 98 people came from abroad, 46 were those who came from within the country and there were eight local infections. At present there are 1,691 positive patients, while in all 3,603 got this disease", said Vijayan.

Why is UP’s Covid death rate so high if cases not rising, asks Priyanka

In a tweet in Hindi, Priyanka Gandhi, who is the in-charge for the eastern Uttar Pradesh said: "Out of 15 districts with the highest death rate, four districts are of Uttar Pradesh. In Jhansi, one out of 10 Covid-19 patients is dying, in Meerut, one out 11 Covid patients is dying, one out of 14 patients in Agra and Etah is dying. If the number of Covid-19 patients is not increasing, then why the death rate is still high."

WB approves $500 million to Bangladesh for road connectivity with India

World Bank Country Director for Bangladesh and Bhutan Mercy Tembon said, "This project will unlock the region's potential by stimulating the economy of districts, linking farms to markets, connecting Dhaka with the western region as well as with neighbouring countries, thus enhancing trade, transit and logistics along the corridor."

Microsoft announces Defender ATP for Android devices

Microsoft Defender ATP for Android will help protect customers and users by delivering protection from phishing and access to risky domains and URLs through web protection capabilities that will block unsafe sites accessed through SMS/text, WhatsApp, email, browsers, and other apps.

Maharashtra BJP MLC calls Pawar ‘Coronavirus’, sparks row

Attacking Pawar, the BJP MLC accused him of playing casteist-cum-divisive politics and said: "he is the Coronavirus" which has afflicted the state.

BJP should look at its conduct when in opposition, says Congress

Hitting back at the BJP, the Congress said, "BJP should not hide on the back of the army."

Monsoon hits hilly states, to reach Delhi on Thursday, says IMD

The weather bureau had issued an 'orange' alert for northern states. Delhi will have to wait until Thursday for the onset of the monsoon, said Mahesh Palawat of the Skymet Weather, a private weather forecasting agency.

Karnataka set to conduct SSLC exams from Thursday

"Elaborate arrangements have been made to hold the SSLC exams from Thursday to July 4 for 8.5 lakh students in 3,179 centres across the state as per the lockdown guidelines to ensure the safety and welfare of the wards," Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board Director V. Sumangala told media here.

Democrats, led by Ocasio-Cortez win New York primary elections

Although the final result of the election will be known only on June 30, when the votes by mail are counted, the Puerto Rican-born Congresswoman has won almost 70 per cent of the vote against her main opponent, former television host Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, who barely managed 20 per cent of the ballots after a very intense campaign in which both candidates traded criticism, both political and personal, Efe news reported.

NIA recovers stolen computer processors of INS Vikrant

In September last year, theft on board 'INS Vikrant' had surfaced. Kerala Police had registered a case of criminal trespass and theft of critical electronic components installed onboard the IAC following a complaint by the Cochin Shipyard authorities.

Amazon launches $2 billion fund to invest in climate change mitigation

The announcement is part of the Climate Pledge -- a commitment to reach the Paris Agreement ten years early and be net-zero carbon by 2040 which was co-founded by Amazon and non-profit Global Optimism last year.

10 MPs to be conferred with Sansad Ratna award

Apart from individual parliamentarians, the departmentally related Standing Committee on Agriculture headed by P.C. Gaddigoudar (BJP MP from Bagalkot, Karnataka) has been chosen for the Sansad Ratna Awards 2020 for their performance in the 17th Lok Sabha.

Karate Association of India de-recognised by WKF

"This letter is to inform you that, further to the investigations and inquiry led by the commissioned members to review the status of the Karate Association of India (KAI), the WKF Executive Committee has decided to provisionally withdraw the recognition of KAI, of which you are the President, as of June 22 with immediate effect in accordance with the WKF Statutes," WKF President Antonio Espinos informed KFI chief Hariprasad Pattanayak in a letter.

Twitter flags Trump tweet for violating its abusive behaviour policy

This is the fourth time Twitter has red-flagged Trump's tweet for glorifying violence or violating its policies.

D for Delightful!

It can be stored in our body fat, the problem is that it is not so easy to get enough of it into our body. Most of our vitamin D comes from the sun, and about 60 per cent of us have insufficient levels during winter. The amount of exposure we need to get enough of this important vitamin is generally low.

7.5 magnitude earthquake in Mexico

A tsunami warning was sounded on the Oaxaca coast. The country's seismological service recommended that residents move away from the coastline.

Markets open on positive note Wednesday morning

The Sensex of the BSE opened at 35,679.64 points and touched a high of 35,679.74 points. The Sensex touched a low of 35,515.76 points.

5 Bihar Legislative Council members leave RJD, join JD-U

The Legislative Council has issued a notification in this regard.

Worst spike of nearly 16K Covid cases, as Delhi overtakes TN

India recorded the highest single-day spike of 15,968 new cases, as the total reached 4,56,183 so far. A spike of over 1,000 cases from Tuesday, when 14,933 new COVID-19 cases were reported.

Bengal Trinamool MLA dies after testing positive for Covid

Ghosh was tested Covid-19 positive in May. He was admitted in a hospital ever since the sources added.

Rakitic goal takes Barcelona back to top in Spain

Rakitic, who came into Tuesday's game as a second half substitute, scored the winner after an assist from Lionel Messi, who was lucky to still be on the pitch after an incident two minutes earlier when he caught Athletic defender Yeray Alvarez with a full set of studs on his ankle, reports Xinhua news agency.

Over 9.2 million Covid cases reported worldwide

As of Wednesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 9,239,794, while the fatalities increased to 476,945, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Chinese mainland reports 12 new confirmed COVID-19 cases

Of the domestically transmitted cases, seven were reported in Beijing and two in its neighbouring Hebei Province, the National Health Commission said in its daily report, Xinhua reported.

UN recognition for Kerala in fight against Covid-19

The function, held on a virtual platform, saw the participation of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and other top UN dignitaries who applauded all the leaders which included state Health Minister K.K. Shailaja for effectively tackling Covid-19.

In Unlockdown 1.0, two Panju islanders test positive

"The two persons were found Covid-19 positive over the last weekend and have been sent for treatment. Other islanders and their contacts came forward for screening, but they were uninfected," said Panju Island sarpanch Ashish Bhoir.

Congress to launch nationwide protest against fuel price hike

K.C. Venugopal, General Secretary (Organisation) said, "The government has raised fuel price continuously for 17 days in a row which caused hardship to the citizens of the country"

One more death, 141 new Covid cases in Kerala

"These 141 new cases include 79 who came from abroad and 52 returnees from within the country. Nine are local infectees and one health professional. The total positive cases now are 1,620," said Vijayan.

Samsung to bring The Serif TV range to India next week from Rs 85K

Reliable sources told IANS on Tuesday that The Serif TV that comes with 4K QLED technology, would offer AirPlay 2 compatibility, enabling users to play videos and music or share photos from their Apple devices to the TV.

Novak Djokovic tests Covid positive

Earlier, Viktor Troicki became the latest player to test positive for coronavirus after playing in Djokovic's Adria Tour. Grigor Dimitrov and Borna Coric had also tested positive, raising doubts over tennis governing bodies' intentions of restarting the tour.

SEBI relaxes pricing methodology for preferential issues by stressed firms

According to the minister, the enabling provision also protects shareholders' interests, as it exempts allottees from open offer obligations.

Ronaldo breaks another goal-scoring record during Bologna win

Ronaldo went past former Portuguese midfielder Rui Costa in this particular list following his penalty during Juventus' 2-0 victory over Bologna on Monday.

No new COVID-19 in Sri Lanka since 3 days

The total count of confirmed COVID-19 cases currently stands at 1,951, with 11 deaths, reports the Daily Financial Times newspaper.

Diesel to surpass petrol prices for 1st time in India

Globally, diesel is priced slightly above petrol prices due to the very nature of the product that has a higher cost of production. But in India, due to the lopsided taxation structure, diesel attracts lesser of the tax between the two auto fuels keeping its prices lower than petrol for last several years.

Bengal educational institutions to now remain closed till July 31

Chatterjee said that date had been extended from earlier June 30. The decision to suspend day-to-day academic activities in colleges and universities till then was taken by the Education Department, based on certain recommendations.

Singapore President dissolves Parliament, paves way for polls

A Writ of Election, which specifies the date of the polls, is expected to be issued shortly, while Nomination Day has been set for June 30, The Straits Times quoted the Prime Minister's Office as saying in a statement.

Shantanu Moitra becomes WWF India’s Harmony and Hope ambassador

"Through Moitra's association with the cause, WWF India will highlight the stories of local communities who reside in forest fringe areas across the country and are stewards of conservation. Shantanu, through his association, will tell stories of positive stories of co-existence between people and wildlife in the country," WWF India said.

UNGA President-elect pledges to build consensus, trust

"Consensus building will be at the core of all my efforts," Xinhua news agency quoted Bozkir as saying in an informal meeting of the world body on Monday.

Barber friends among those who took maximum impact in lockdown, says Sachin

Gillette, one of India's leading grooming brand, recently announced the 'Gillette Barber Suraksha Program' aimed at educating, protecting and providing resources to the barber community as they return to business.

World’s longest internet blackout enters second year in Myanmar

Myanmar's government has been battling the Arakan Army (AA), an armed group fighting for the independence of ethnic Rakhine Buddhists, in a bloody war since January 2019, reports Efe news.

Border issue with China can lead to serious situation, says Manmohan

Endorsing party chief Sonia Gandhi's view that the face-off at the Line of Actual Control in Laddakh is a full-blown crisis, Manmohan Singh said: "The crisis on the border, which if not tackled firmly, can lead to a serious situation."

China launches latest satellite of BDS navigation system

The launch, from the base of Xichang in Sichuan province, took place at 9.43 a.m., on the "Long March 3B" transport rocket, Efe news reported.

Chidambaram dares Nadda to ask Modi on 2,264 Chinese incursions

"BJP President J.P. Nadda asked ex-Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to explain the 600 Chinese incursions into India between 2010 and 2013. Yes, there were incursions but no Indian territory was occupied by China and no lives of Indian soldiers were lost in violent clashes," Chidambaram said in a series of tweets.

US restricts India charter flights over ‘discriminatory practices’

In the statement on Monday, the Department said that a foreign air carrier of India "will be required, effective 30 days after the service date of this Order, to obtain prior approval from the Department in the form of a statement of authorization before operating any Third and/or Fourth Freedom charter flights to or from the US".

Equity indices in green, Sensex reclaims 35,000

At 10.23 a.m., Sensex was trading at 35,081.58, higher by 170.26 points or 0.49 per cent from the previous close of 34,911.32.

Centre’s corona fight confined to clapping, lighting lamps, says TRS

On a day when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) organized state-wide protests over Telangana government's failure in containing the spread of Covid-19, the minister intensified his attack on the BJP-led Central government.

Turkey imposes fines for not wearing face masks

The measure came after a slight increase in new cases, covering outdoor spaces as well as shops and restaurants in 81 provinces of Turkey, Xinhua news agency reported on Monday.

Assam’s Covid burden likely to ease early July, says Health Minister

With the return of over 2.42 lakh natives from different parts of the country, the Covid-19 surge in Assam continued, with cases climbing to 5,586 as on Monday night.

COVID-19 well-established at global level, says WHO expert

Geneva:   A World Health Organization (WHO) expert said that in light of the accelerating increase in new cases -- especially in some populous countries --...

Saudi Arabia bars international pilgrims for Hajj

Only a very limited number of people currently living in the kingdom may take part, an announcement on state media said on Monday.

Nearly 15K new Covid cases in India, deaths cross 14K-mark

India recorded 14,933 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total tally to 4,40,215.

Rocket lands near Baghdad airport, no casualties

The attack took place on Monday evening when unknown militants fired the rocket from a village in Abu Ghraib area in western Baghdad, the media office of the Iraqi Joint Operations Command (JOC) said in a statement.

Has China occupied Indian land, asks Rahul

"We stand united against the Chinese invasion. Has China occupied Indian land?" Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet. His remarks came ahead of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting to discuss the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) situation in the country. The India-China border face-off is also going to be discussed in the meeting.

Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra begins at Puri

The annual festival is being celebrated after the Supreme Court's nod to organise it in a limited way without public attendance.

Global COVID-19 cases cross 9 million

By Tuesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 9,073,386, while the fatalities increased to 471,591, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

CONSYST bags order to build State Renewable Energy Data Centre at KSEB headquarters

The system once commissioned, will help KSEB to evaluate and analyse the performance of renewable energy generation inside the state more precisely in real-time and manage grid operations better.

Complete shutdown in Puri ahead of Rath Yatra

Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) Pradeep Jena, in an order, said that no passenger train and private or public buses other than those carrying personnel on government duty/police and vehicles on emergency services will be allowed entry into the jurisdiction of Puri district during the period.

Kerala reports 138 Covid cases, highest in a single day

In the past four days, new cases have gone past the 100-mark taking the total to 516 positive cases.

BMC unveils Mission Zero to target Covid-19 in north Mumbai

The 'Mission Zero' involves a rapid action plan with 50 mobile dispensaries with doctors and all facilities. They will move around in the suburbs of Bhandup-Mulund (north-eastern) and Dahisar-Borivali-Kandivali-Malad (north-western) to identify and treat Covid-19 patients for two-three weeks.

TN announces complete lockdown in Madurai

According to the government order, the complete lockdown will also be applicable for Paravai Town Panchayat and rural blocks of Madurai East, Madurai West and Thirupparankundram.

Virgin Galactic inks pact with NASA for private passenger trips to ISS

Building on its commercial spaceflight training experience, Virgin Galactic said it believes it can provide an "unparalleled, personalised customer experience for orbital space travel".

No exception for pregnant inmate, says Police to HC on Safoora bail

"There is no exception carved out for a pregnant inmate, who is accused of such heinous crime, to be released on bail merely because of their pregnancy. To the contrary the law provides for adequate safeguards and medical attention during their custody in jail," a status report filed by the Delhi Police before a single judge bench of the High Court presided by Justice Rajiv Shakdher read.

India is fighting a twin battle against China, says Kejriwal

Kejriwal said, "Our country is fighting a twin battle against China. First, our doctors are fighting against Chinese virus and second, India's brave soldiers are fighting China on the border."

CPI(M) suspends its Rajasthan MLA for one year

In a party press release, state secretary Amra Ram said that the MLA has also been given a show cause notice and seven days time to submit his explanation on the same.

Be considerate to still-stuck Kerala diaspora, Oommen Chandy urges CM

Chandy told the media that thousands of Kerala natives are deeply upset over the condition that these health certificates were not more than 72 hours old.

Brazil becomes second country to pass 50,000 COVID-19 deaths

As of Monday, Brazil registered 50,591 fatalities, with a total of 1,083,341 coronavirus cases, also the second in the world after the US, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

E-commerce in India recovers 90 per cent of pre-lockdown volume, says report

The sector is predicted to fully recover and achieve the pre-lockdown order volume by the end of this month, according to the consumer trend analysis by Unicommerce, one of India‘s leading e-commerce focused supply chain SaaS (software-as-a service) platform.

Bindra, others condole demise of former India shooter Pournima Zanane

The 42-year-old, who was a national record holder in 10m air rifle event, represented the country at multiple ISSF World Cups, Asian Championships and other events.

Petrol, diesel prices rise continues for 16th straight day

This is the 16th day of fuel price rise since June 7 when oil companies began the daily price revision mechanism after a hiatus of 83 days during the lockdown.

China finally admits it lost ‘less than 20’ soldiers in clash with India

Until now, even as New Delhi had officially announced that 20 of its soldiers were killed in a clash with the PLA in Ladakh's Galwan valley, Beijing had remained tight-lipped about its casualties.

Dubai eases air travel restrictions

The new announcement on Sunday will allow thousands of people affected by the worldwide restrictions in passenger air traffic since the start of the coronavirus pandemic to resume their travel plans, Gulf News reported.

Disinformation is no substitute for diplomacy, Manmohan tells Modi

Manmohan Singh was criticising Modi's statement at the all-party meeting on Friday and later clarification by the Prime Minister's Office on the June 15 night's violent face-off between the Indian and Chinese sides at Galwan Valley on the Line of Actual Control that led to the death of 20 Indian soldiers, including a commanding officer.

Maharashtra puts 3 Chinese projects worth Rs 5,000 crore on hold

The proposed projects entail investments of around Rs 5,000 crore in the state.

The Undertaker announces retirement from WWE

The news was revealed to the fans during the last episode of the legendary wrestler's docuseries Undertaker: The Final Ride'. In the final chapter of the series, Undertaker revealed that he is at peace with not getting in the ring again.

Indians stranded in Pakistan to start returning from Thursday

In that process, at least 748 Indian nationals got stranded in Pakistan, who will now be returning home as the federal government has finalized the schedule for their repatriation.

Sensex in green, RIL hits fresh high of Rs 1,804

It has, however, shed gains after gaining as much as 479 points to touch an intra-day high of 35,211.12.

85-year-old man dies, becomes Goa’s first corona victim

"This is the first Covid-19 death in Goa. My condolences to the family. I would like to reassure the people that we are doing all it takes and follow latest protocols to keep them safe," Health Minister Vishwajit Rane told reporters.

With 445 deaths India records worst spike in daily toll, Covid tally at 4.25...

Out of the total number of confirmed cases, 1,743,87 are currently active, and 2,371,95 have recovered. 13,699 people have succumbed to the deadly disease.

UP: Shelter home girls were pregnant when they came, says police

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kanpur, Dinesh Kumar P. said that the seven girls who are pregnant were already pregnant when they were rescued and brought to the shelter home in Swaroop Nagar.

Musk says Tesla Model Y with 7-seats coming in early Q4

In a tweet on Sunday, the Tesla CEO responded on a query about the seven-seater Model Y electric car: "Probably early Q4".