Taj Mahal suffers damage due to thunderstorm

Agra: Parts of the iconic Taj Mahal, including the marble railing of the mausoleum, suffered damages due to the thunderstorm that rolled across northern India on May 29. Besides, red sandstone railings also suffered damage due to thunderstorm, officials said.

Firing at Union Minister’s farmhouse in Delhi, security guard injured

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Casteist remarks away from public view not an offence under SC/ST Act: HC

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Cyclonic storm brewing in Arabian sea, may affect Maharashtra, Gujarat: IMD

Days after super cyclone Aphan ravaged parts of coastal Bengal and Odisha earlier this month, India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Sunday (May 31) warned that a low-pressure area that is building on the western coast in the Arabian Sea today will develop into a "cyclonic storm" by Tuesday. The IMD further stated that the "low pressure" which...

Karachi’s 200-yr-old Hindu temple a source of livelihood for Muslim youths

Karachi: A 200-year-old temple in Karachi, Pakistan's largest metropolis, is not only an important place of worship for the minority Hindu community in the country but also a source of livelihood for the young and enterprising Muslim boys in the area.

Time to ‘unlock’: Know what’s opening in your state from June 1

New Delhi: The Centre had on May 30 said 'Unlock-1' will be initiated in the country from June 8 under which the lockdown will be relaxed to a great extent, including opening of shopping malls, restaurants and religious places, even as strict restrictions will remain in place till June 30 in the country's worst-hit areas.

Delhi govt seeks ₹5,000 crore from Centre to pay employees salaries

Delhi government has demanded ₹5,000 crore from the Centre for paying salaries to its employees and meet office expenses in this "hour of disaster" as its revenue has taken a hit due to coronavirus-induced lockdown.

Decentralisation, Kerala’s key to arresting Covid: Shailaja tells Kamal

Kerala’s health minister KK Shailaja, also known as Shailaja Teacher who has been credited for the state’s effective containment of COVID-19, has ascribed the success to decentralised planning.

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Taj Mahal suffers damage due to thunderstorm

Agra: Parts of the iconic Taj Mahal, including the marble railing of the mausoleum, suffered damages due to the thunderstorm that rolled across northern India on May 29. Besides, red sandstone railings also suffered damage due to thunderstorm, officials said.

Firing at Union Minister’s farmhouse in Delhi, security guard injured

New Delhi: A security guard at the R...

Casteist remarks away from public view not an offence under SC/ST Act: HC

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled that the use of casteist words during a phone call, away from public view, does not constitute an offence under the SC/ST Act.

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From Lockdown 4.0 to Unlock-1: India’s COVID-19 progress report

As India nears ‘Unlock-1,’ to be initiated from June 8, the number of cases have crossed 1.83 lakh-mark by the end of the fourth phase of lockdown. As a part of the country’s first stage of phased-exit, norms and regulations will be relaxed to a great extent.

Amid border dispute, Nepal govt to clear new map which includes Indian territory

The Nepal government on Sunday (May 31) tabled a Constitution Amendment bill in parliament, which aimed at changing the country's map amid the border dispute with India. Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Shivamaya Tumbahangphe, on behalf of the Nepal government, tabled the bill. This comes one day after the opposition Nepali Congr...

Nearly half of India’s total COVID-19 cases emerged in Lockdown 4.0

New Delhi: The fourth phase of the coronavirus-triggered lockdown, which began on May 18, saw 85,974 COVID-19 cases till 8 am on Sunday (May 31), which is nearly half of the total cases reported in the country so far.

Time to be more vigilant now: Modi’s word of caution on Mann Ki Baat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his monthly Mann Ki Baat radio talk on Sunday (May 31) called for more vigilance against COVID-19 from citizens, especially when the country, locked down for more than two months, is slowly opening up.

TN extends COVID lockdown till June 30, allows partial start of public transport

Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government on Sunday announced an extension of the ongoing lockdown till June 30, albeit with more relaxations that included partially opening up public transport and allowing more employees at workplaces.

India records highest single-day spike of 8,380 COVID-19 cases

New Delhi: India registered its highest single-day spike of COVID-19 cases on Sunday with 8,380 new infections reported in the last 24 hours, taking the country's tally to 1,82,143, while the death toll rose to 5,164, according to the Union Health Ministry.

Jamia committee member gave provocative speeches to fuel Delhi riots, say police

New Delhi: The Delhi police told a court in New Delhi that Jamia Coordination Committee member Safoora Zargar, booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, allegedly gave inflammatory speeches to instigate a mob that led to the communal violence in northeast Delhi.

When ‘looting and shooting’ and ‘goli maaro’ by leaders need to stop

Keeping aside the issues of inequality and discrimination that plague both India and the United States, a shocking case of likeness between the two countries emerged in how leaders in the two nations “glorify violence”. Just a few days back, US President Donald Trump was flagged for his tweet: “When the looting starts, the shooting starts”, comi...

George Floyd killing: Curfew imposed in US cities, National Guard called in  

Minneapolis: Protests over the death of George Floyd and repeated police killings of black men grew on Saturday from New York to Tulsa and then to Los Angeles, where police fired rubber bullets to scatter crowds and at least one police car was set on fire.

Trump postpones G7 summit, wants India, others to join group

Washington: US President Donald Trump on Saturday postponed the 'outdated' Group of Seven (G7) summit that he planned to hold in June at the White House, seeking inclusion of India and some other countries to the grouping of world's top economies.

$50 billion booty awaits winner of COVID-19 vaccine race

Notwithstanding increasing COVID-19 infections, several nations are coming out of self-imposed lockdowns after a severe economic battering. In the fight between lives and livelihoods, the latter seems to be winning the battle, at least for now.

History in the making: SpaceX propels two NASA astronauts into orbit

Cape Canaveral (US): A rocket ship built by Elon Musk's SpaceX company on Saturday successfully blasted off with two astronauts from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) into orbit from the US state of Florida on their way to the International Space Station, marking the dawn of a new age in commercial space travel.

Locusts in mind, TN farmers gripped by pest attacks

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A lyricist for all seasons: Adios, Yogesh

Yogesh Gaur, known by the mononym, Yogesh, who passed away at the age of 77 on May 29, was among a few lyricists, who through their words, could make listeners fall in love with commonplace things and their real lives.

Backstory of Ladakh’s Galwan Valley and the legend of Rassul Galwan

China and India — the world’s two most populous countries which had fought a full-fledged war in 1962 — are now facing a stern test once again as their militaries are in an eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation at a few places along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Ladakh region.

Vendetta, populism and policy reversals: Jagan’s first year report card

Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy government's one year in office in Andhra Pradesh has been a unique blend of vendetta politics and patronising populism, defining its style of functioning.

Leaders look for a magical wand as cure for coronavirus remains elusive

Prime Minister Narendra Modi while making his fourth televised address to the nation since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic on April 14 made an ardent appeal to the young scientists of India.

To prevent growth collapse, India needs intelligent lockdown exit plan: SBI study

India needs to implement an intelligent COVID-19 lockdown exit strategy to prevent an irreversible growth collapse, the SBI said in a research report on Saturday (May 30). The country's economic growth has slipped to an 11-year low of 4.2 per cent in the year 2019-20, and then to to 3.1 per cent in January-March, which is the lowest in the last 40 ...

Elevation to captaincy due to Dhoni observing me for years: Kohli

New Delhi: Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Saturday (May 30) said his elevation to captaincy has a lot to do with Mahendra Singh Dhoni keenly observing his cricket smarts for six-seven long years.
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