India ranks up on COVID-19 worst-hit list with record single-day spike as fresh guidelines take effect today
Registering its highest single-day spike of COVID-19 cases, India on Sunday climbed two notches up on the global coronavirus charts, taking the seventh position. According to the Johns Hopkins tracker, India stood at seventh position with 189,765 cases, preceded by Italy with 233,019 and followed by France with 188,752 cases. In efforts to ease the lockdown as fresh guidelines kick in from today, Rajasthan and Telangana announced they will allow inter-state movement. Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, however, decided to continue with the curbs.
Amphan-like cyclone in Arabian Sea? IMD says storm likely in 48 hours; Mumbai, Karnataka & Gujarat to be affected
Close on the heels of extremely severe cyclonic storm Amphan over the Bay of Bengal, another storm is brewing over the Arabian Sea. A low pressure area has formed over the southeast and adjoining east central Arabian Sea and the Met department has said it is likely to intensify into a cyclone by June 2. According to domestic and international forecasting models, if it intensifies into a cyclonic storm, it will move towards North Maharashtra and South Gujarat by June 2.
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When elephants dance: Warning India to be careful, China has asked New Delhi not to get involved in its rivalry with the United States even as some predict that the world's two largest economies are "about to enter a new Cold War".
Lockdown extended: Maharashtra government extended till June 30 the lockdown and announced easing of restrictions and phase-wise resumption of activities. As per the revised guidelines issued, markets and shops, except malls, will be allowed to function from June 5 on odd-even basis.
Curbs on capital: The Noida-Delhi border will remain sealed for movement of people, the Gautam Buddh Nagar administration said, adding that the source of infection in 42% of coronavirus cases detected in the district in the last 20 days has been tracked to Delhi.
Indiscriminate infection: Uttarakhand tourism minister Satpal Maharaj tested positive for COVID-19, a day after his wife was stated to have contracted the infection. Heath department officials requesting anonymity revealed that besides Maharaj, 22 others, including his son and daughter-in-law, have been tested positive.
Security breach: Two officials of the High Commission of Pakistan were apprehended on charges of spying, the ministry of external affairs said. Pakistan's Charge de Affaires was issued a demarche in which a strong protest was lodged with regard to the activities of the officials.
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Seeking screen time: Several parliamentarians have expressed reservation against meetings of Standing Committees being scheduled in the first week of June. MPs from across the political spectrum have questioned the need to travel when interactions could be conducted over video-conferencing. Payal Mehta writes that parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi expressed helplessness over the change in procedure, saying that once Parliament Session convenes, the government can look at the possibilities.
Dynamics of domesticity: Compelling a man to live separately from his old parents would amount to cruelty on the part of his wife and it may become a ground to seek divorce, the Kerala High Court has held. Utkarsh Anand reports that the Court underscored that it would certainly be “torturous” and “unbearable” for a man to be forced to choose between his ageing parents and his wife and child.