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Sunday, May 16, 2021

Heavy rains across Kerala as Cyclone Tauktae intensifies

May 15, 2021 12:32:56 pm

Kerala: A red alert, warning extremely heavy rainfall of more than 20 cm, has been issued in the northern districts of the state including Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur, Wayanad and Kasaragod.

Coronavirus India LIVE UPDATES: India’s positivity rate dips from 24% on May 3 to 16.98%, says Union Health Ministry

May 16, 2021 5:10:02 pm

Coronavirus (Covid-19) India Lockdown and Cases News Live Updates: India reported 3,11,170 new cases in the last 24 hours, taking the overall tally to 2.46 crore. As many as 4,077 deaths were reported across the country. The toll now stands at 2,70,284, while active cases stand at 26.18 lakh.

PM flags rapid rural spread, says India will fight and win

May 15, 2021 8:06:01 am

“I want to alert all farmers, all brothers and sisters living in villages, about Corona again. The infection is now reaching the village at a rapid pace,” he said addressing several Chief Ministers of states over a video conference.

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New cases fall below 10,000 in Delhi, first time since April 10

May 15, 2021 8:00:43 am

A total of 68,575 people were tested and 12.40% of them were found to be positive — which is the lowest positivity rate in a month. Over 50,000 of these were RT-PCR tests.

Second wave: 13 more die, Goa hospital says it has ‘fixed’ its oxygen issues

May 15, 2021 8:36:42 am

Goa Forward Party President Vijai Sardesai said, “Seventy-five people have died on four consecutive days. On the night of May 11, 21 people died, on the night of May 12, 15 people died, and last night, 13 people died."

Riding on direct payment, Punjab wheat procurement hits new high

May 15, 2021 1:29:42 pm

Government agencies have procured 132.08 lakh metric tonnes of wheat, 2 lakh metric tonnes more than the target set by the state, with more than 9 lakh farmers receiving over Rs 23,000 crore directly into their bank accounts.

Delhi Police arrests 9 over posters against PM, vaccine exports

May 15, 2021 4:00:37 am

Police said four of the arrests made on Thursday were from East Delhi’s Kalyanpuri, and that the men were pasting posters on behalf of AAP councillor Dhirender Kumar.

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Behind bodies found on river banks, a Covid shadow

May 15, 2021 2:12:46 pm

Interviews with next of kin, officials, eyewitnesses and local residents in Unnao and Ghazipur reveal that behind the bodies lie long-held traditions, deep economic distress and the sudden rush to lay the dead to rest.

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Sleepless in Israel, Indian nurses hang on for families

May 15, 2021 1:29:30 pm

“I haven’t slept for the last four days,” says Mariya Joseph, 33, speaking to The Indian Express over the phone Friday evening from the Israeli city of Ashdod, 38 km from Gaza.

Sputnik vaccine for Covid-19 unveiled in India: Rs 1,000 a shot, in cities by mid-June

May 15, 2021 7:28:31 am

At a little over Rs 995 per dose — not just for private hospitals but also for central and state governments — this will be the most expensive vaccine so far in the country’s mass immunisation programme.

Israel-Palestine conflict: Cong asks Centre to seek UNSC intervention

May 15, 2021 3:45:08 am

“People of Palestine have a right to live with dignity in a secure environment. That equally is the right of all the people of Israel," senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said in a statement.

Rajya Sabha Secretariat to Kharge: No virtual meets of standing committees

May 15, 2021 3:38:05 am

Sources said a joint secretary level officer has replied to Kharge, referring to the decision taken by the presiding officers last year.

Govt nod to oxygen concentrators from IIT-Kanpur startup

May 15, 2021 3:27:56 am

The startup Indeema Fibres Pvt Ltd in Kanpur, along with its sister concern ChemDist Membrane Systems Pvt Ltd based out of Pune, will roll out its first batch of 5,500 oxygen concentrators by May 25.

Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards chief dies

May 15, 2021 3:19:32 am

The 1986-batch IPS officer of UP cadre is the first serving police chief to die of the virus.

In Jharkhand, panchayat heads flag lack of medicines and oximeters to hesitancy

May 15, 2021 1:29:33 pm

As the pandemic’s second wave knocks on the door of rural India, Jharkhand's villages have found themselves scrambling for these key requirements.

J&K: Centre to send team to examine rise in Covid-19 cases, help admin

May 15, 2021 2:27:47 am

“Central team of experts deputed to visit GMC and other health institutions in #Jammu in view of #COVID surge, Local authorities are advised to frankly point constraints faced by them without mincing words, so that Centre can optimally step in to assist them,” said Dr Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State in the PMO.

Why wasn’t Centre’s jab advisory followed, Karnataka HC asks BSY govt

May 15, 2021 2:21:01 am

The bench has asked the state government to answer why the guidelines were not followed before launching inoculation drive for the 18-44 age group. The state government has sought time to respond to the court.

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‘If we give responsibility to government, accountability also lies with them’

May 15, 2021 8:11:10 am

The panelists discussed the idea of Indian industry integrating with and competing in the rest of the world, the reforms, and the impact of the pandemic.

Made seminal changes how we think of economy: CEA

May 15, 2021 8:13:40 am

The panelists discussed the role of the state and investment climate for businesses, what an Atmanirbhar Bharat meant, what factors contributed to the slowing down of the economy, where the fault lines are and how the second wave of Covid-19 will impact growth.

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‘Possibility of India-UK FTA higher now than ever’

May 15, 2021 8:12:41 am

Having said that, there are barriers in our trade, but I’m sure that with goodwill on both sides, if we move down the path of a free trade agreement, the mere act of removing some of those barriers will no doubt impact trade.

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Nirmala Sitharaman: ‘Covid-19 will not affect reform roadmap’

May 15, 2021 11:36:49 am

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman speaks at the inaugural event of the series 'India's Place in the Post Pandemic World’, a collaboration between The Indian Express and Financial Times.

Punjab targets to bring one million hectare under DSR in this paddy season

May 15, 2021 12:07:30 am

Punjab farmers had planted paddy using the DSR technique, instead of traditional transplanting, in the kharif season last year too in around 5 lakh hectares of land.

Police find, destroy 15 lakh illegal poppy plants in Mandi’s Chauhar valley; probe on

May 14, 2021 8:34:45 pm

Four police teams from Padhar came across three hilltops covered with poppy plants in full bloom, and destroyed the fields in a 17-hour operation over the last two days.

Monsoon to hit Kerala on May 31 : IMD

Monsoon to hit Kerala on May 31: IMD

May 14, 2021 7:54:50 pm

The IMD will issue the second stage long range forecast (LRF) towards the end of this month that will specify the rainfall distribution over the homogeneous regions of the country.

Centre moves SC for review of verdict denuding states of power to declare SEBC

May 14, 2021 5:00:42 pm

The Centre has maintained that the amendment did not take away the power of the state governments to identify and declare SEBC and the two provisions which were inserted did not violated the federal structure.