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Bike taxi booking app Rapido resumes operations in 39 cities

"For now, our bike taxi services will be operational in the green and orange zones as the services cannot be extended to the containment zones as per the lockdown guidelines," the company said in a statement.

Bus service begins in Kerala with restricted time schedule

At all the depots police keep a strong vigil and ensure all maintain social distancing and use masks.

Equity indices in green, Sensex gains over 200 points

Buying activity in FMCG and oil & gas stocks among others supported the indices, analysts said.

Facebook Shops now open for small businesses, coming on Instagram soon

While Facebook Shops is being rolled out from Wednesday, the company will introduce Instagram Shop, a new way to discover and buy products in Instagram Explore, this summer, starting in the US.

Chinese mainland reports 5 new confirmed COVID-19 cases

The other four cases were domestically transmitted in Jilin Province, the National Health Commission said in its daily report, Xinhua reported.

COVID19: UN calls for international help in Africa

"These are still early days for the pandemic in Africa, and disruption could escalate quickly. Global solidarity with Africa is an imperative -- now and for recovering better," said Guterres in a video message for the launch of a policy brief on the impact of COVID-19 on Africa, according to Xinhua news agency.

Super cyclone Amphan to hit coastal areas from afternoon, says IMD

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said that the Super cyclone Amphan was about 120 km east-southeast of Paradip in Odisha at 8.30 a.m. "It is to cross West Bengal-Bangladesh coasts between Digh (West Bengal) and Hatiya Islands (Bangladesh) close to Sunderbans. The Landfall process to commence from the afternoon," the IMD stated.

Global COVID-19 deaths surpass 323,000

As of Wednesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 4,897,492, while the death toll increased to 323,285, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

COVID-19: Total tally in India mounts to 1,06,750, death toll 3,303

The total includes 61,149 active cases, 3,303 fatalities, and 42,298 patients cured of the disease, the Ministry said.

After long Covid break, Andhra schools set to reopen from August 3

During the course of a video conference, the Chief Minister instructed all the district collectors to take an active role and evaluate the daily progress of the works completed under the scheme.

FBI says it accessed terrorist’s iPhone without Apple’s help

In a media briefing, US Attorney General William Barr said that Mohammed Alshamrani, the Saudi air force officer accused of killing three classmates and injuring eight others at Florida Naval Air Station on December 6 was affiliated with Al Qaeda.

Qualcomm commits $1.5million to India’s fight against COVID-19

The contributions will be made towards PM CARES Fund, and multiple relief and public healthcare infrastructure initiatives, the chip-making giant said.

COVID-19: English Premier League witnesses six positive tests

The Premier League plans to restart in June after games were stopped due to the global pandemic.

Press freedom not absolute, says SC, asks Arnab to move court to quash FIR

The observations were made by a bench comprising Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and M.R. Shah while asking Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami to move a competent court to quash an FIR for a news show on Palghar mob-lynching. The bench said Goswami is not immune from an investigation into the FIR which has been transferred from police station Sadar, district Nagpur City to N.M. Joshi Marg police station in Mumbai.

FIR against Priyanka Gandhi’s secretary in Lucknow

Sandeep Singh has been booked for furnishing wrong details about the buses arranged by the Congress to carry migrant workers to their destination.

Mamata forms task force, evacuates 3 Lakh people from coastal belts

To review all the arrangements, Banerjee has formed a task force, spearheaded by Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha, which would review the situation and carry out rescue operations across the state.

Centres in Maharashtra, Karnataka too for Goa Board exams, says CM

"Permissions are being taken from the Maharashtra administration and the local MLA for holding of exams," Sawant said.

Russian PM resumes work after COVID-19 recovery

Mishustin held several meetings via video-conference while he was in the hospital, while earlier reports said he was recovering and would be soon discharged reports TASS News Agency.

COVID19: 12 test positive, 142 under treatment in Kerala

Till Tuesday, 642 people have been reported positive for coronavirus in the state. Of these 53 came from abroad and 46 from other states who came by road and six by ships.

Cristiano Ronaldo reports for Juventus training

All football in Italy has been suspended since March as a precautionary measure against coronavirus pandemic and the authorities are now targetting mid-June as a possible return date for Serie A.

57 new cases raise Andhra Covid19 tally to 2,339

On Tuesday too, 6 of the 57 positive cases were found to have visited the market, identified as the primary factor in the spread of Covid-19 in neighbouring Tamil Nadu. It has been shut now.

Trump threatens to pull out of WHO over subservience to China

In a four-page letter addressed to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus that he posted Monday night on Twitter, Trump said: "The repeated missteps by you and your organisation in responding to the pandemic have been extremely costly to the world. The only way forward for the World Health Organization is only if it can demonstrate its independence from China."

Buses, taxis, autos back on roads in Karnataka

"State-run BMTC, KSRTC and its two subsidiaries have resumed bus services in cities and towns across the state, except in containment zones where COVID cases are still high. Only 30 passengers are allowed in a bus, with no standing commuters, to ensure physical distancing," a transport official told IANS here.

2 Kerala Congress lawmakers begin 24-hour fast in isolation

Trouble broke out last week when five Congress lawmakers -- three MPs and two MLAs -- who visited the Walayar check-post in Palakkad on May 9 were asked to go for two-week isolation after a person who arrived from outside Kerala turned coronavirus positive.

Major US automakers resume production

The resumption of production on Monday comes almost two months after the COVID-19 pandemic forced auto manufacturers to shut their factories and send workers home to comply with quarantine measures issued by the authorities, reports Efe news.

Buses return on Telangana roads after 58 days

State-owned Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) resumed bus services from 6 a.m. across the state, except in Hyderabad where city bus services remained suspended.

Trump taking hydroxychloroquine as COVID-19 preventive despite US controversy

"A couple of weeks ago, I started taking it. I've heard a lot of good stories," he told reporters on Monday in Washington.

Bengal evacuates people in coastal areas as Amphan intensifies

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has already directed the state disaster management authorities to transport the evacuees to temporary cyclone centres for safety. Three coastal districts of East Midnapore, South 24-Parganas and North 24-Parganas are expected to be the worst affected in the cyclonic spell.

ICC Cricket Committee recommends banning use of saliva, want extra DRS

"The ICC Cricket Committee heard from the Chair of the ICC Medical Advisory Committee Dr Peter Harcourt regarding the elevated risk of the transmission of the virus through saliva, and unanimously agreed to recommend that the use of saliva to polish the ball be prohibited," said the ICC in its statement.

Sensex up 500 points on positive global cues

The rise in the domestic market was in line with the gains in the global markets.

Merkel urges world to work together to overcome COVID crisis

"No country can solve this crisis alone, we must act together," said Merkel during her video message at the World Health Organization's (WHO) meeting on Monday, Xinhua news agency reported.

Uber sacks 3,000 more employees, to shut 45 offices globally

Last week, Uber fired nearly 3,700 employees via multiple Zoom calls. With this, 25 per cent of its global workforce is now out of job.

Corona cases in India cross 1 lakh-mark with 134 deaths in 24 hours

According to the Ministry, there are 58,302 active cases, 39,173 people have been cured and 3,163 have died so far. In the past 24 hours, 134 people lost their battle to Covid-19.

Priyanka Gandhi accuses UP government of politicising over migrants

The letter written early Tuesday at 2.10 a.m. alleged that a letter was received from the Additional Chief Secretary Avneesh Awasthi's office at 11.40 p.m. on late Monday night said that all the buses should report in Lucknow by 10 a.m. on Tuesday is nothing but politics.

WHO chief warns of long road to travel as COVID-19 risk remains high

"This is a dangerous enemy, with a dangerous combination of features: this virus is efficient, fast, and fatal," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at the opening of the 73rd World Health Assembly on Monday, Xinhua news agency reported.

Delhi allows all industries with staggered business hours

In an order, signed by Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Dev, the government said no movement will be allowed in a containment zone.

Global COVID-19 cases top 4.8 million

As of Tuesday morning, the total number of cases stood at 4,801,282, while the death toll increased to 318,465, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

IMD issues fresh cyclone alert for Bengal, Odisha as ‘Amphan’ intensifies

In a statement, the IMD said the super cyclonic storm Amphan (pronounced as UM-PUN) over Westcentral and adjoining Eastcentral Bay of Bengal moved nearly north-northeastwards with a speed of 14 kmph during the past six hours.

Evacuation flight from Dubai lands at Mangaluru

"The IX 0814 Boeing 737-8HG from Dubai landed at the Bajpe airport at 7:38 p.m., with 178 passengers, including 99 men, 67 women, 11 children and an infant," an Air India Express official told IANS.

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.

WhatsApp for Android gets Messenger Rooms integration in latest beta

According to a report by WABetaInfo, Facebook has integrated Messenger Rooms into WhatsApp for Android with the 2.20.163 beta update.

No fresh bankruptcy for 1 year, special insolvency framework for MSMEs

The government had earlier suspended any fresh admission for six months.

Maharashtra extends lockdown till May 31

The order, issued by Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta said that since the state is threatened with the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, it was expedient to extend the lockdown across Maharashtra till midnight May 31.

Thailand extends ban on international flights until June end

"No passenger flights originating outside the country may land at Thai airports until June 30," Xinhua news agency quoted the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand as saying on Saturday night.

Cyclone alert for West Bengal, Bangladesh coasts

A deep depression in the ocean had intensified into the cyclonic storm last night and is likely to make landfall on the West Bengal coast on May 20. Its trajectory, however, is still being studied by scientists.

Odisha government hikes VAT on petrol, diesel

A government statement said petrol and diesel across the state will cost more by Rs 3.11 per litre and Rs 1.03 per litre respectively.

Guterres welcomes arrest of Rwandan genocide suspect

Guterres' spokesperson said the UN chief welcomed the arrest of Felicien Kabuga on Saturday in Paris, adding his capture "sends a powerful message that those who are alleged to have committed such crimes cannot evade justice and will eventually be held accountable, even more than a quarter of a century later", reports Efe news.

India’s Covid tally crosses 90000, nearly 5000 cases in a day

According to the Health Ministry, the total cases reported in India are 90,927 out of which 53,946 are active cases while at least 34,108 people have been cured from the disease.

Trump says US reopening, ‘vaccine or no vaccine’

He likened the vaccine project, dubbed "Operation Warp Speed", to the World War Two effort to produce the world's first nuclear weapons.

Global COVID-19 cases top 4.6 million

As of Sunday morning, the total number of cases stood at 4,634,068, while the death toll increased to 311,781, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Atomic energy research reactor, facilities to be set up under PPP mode

Under the reforms, the government will establish a research reactor in PPP mode for the production of medical isotopes and promote the welfare of humanity through affordable treatment for cancer and other diseases.