New Delhi, May 25 (ANI): The passengers arrived at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport as domestic flight operations will resume from today (May 25) onwards. People were seen maintaining social distancing by leaving a chair next to them. Passengers were seen wearing face masks to avoid spread of coronavirus infection. Domestic flight operations resumed nearly after 2 months amid the global pandemic. Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal are yet to resume their services.
New Delhi, May 25 (ANI): The pandemic has ruined the charm of Eid festival this year, and seasonal business of ‘mehendi’ artists. The ‘mehendi’ artists were seen sitting on the road side in a hope that they will make some income on the occasion. The mehendi artists in Delhi’s famous Lajpat Nagar market were seen waiting for the customers. An artist, Rajkumari said, “Earlier there used to be a lot of work on Eid but there are no customers this time. It has adversely affected our income.”
Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh), May 25 (ANI): The heat wave gripped the capital of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow. People were seen using umbrellas and towels to cover themselves from the scorching heat. The change in weather has increased the demand of juice corners. However, in the view of coronavirus pandemic, there are not many customers coming out of their houses as earlier. “The heat waves have increased the demand of juice shops. However, not many people are coming out of their houses due to COVID-19 pandemic,” said the juice shop owner. Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has also issued an orange warning of heatwave for east Uttar Pradesh. According to IMD, temperatures could soar up to 47 degrees Celsius in some parts over the next 2-3 days.
Panaji (Goa), May 25 (ANI): Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) approved COVID-19 negative certificates are required to directly go to home without testing in Goa. The Chief Minister of Goa, Pramod Sawant announced the revised standard operating procedure (SOP) for all domestic passengers arriving by air, rail, or road to the state. While addressing a press conference on May 24, the Chief Minister said, “We have decided that whoever wants to come to Goa, if they bring an Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) approved COVID-19 negative certificate issued within 48 hours prior of arrival, they will be allowed to go to their homes.” However, there are other protocols through which stranded people can get back to their home state Goa. Like, COVID-19 testing at the landing station and 14 days quarantine period.
NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken strapped into the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule on Saturday to rehearse Wednesday's expected launch to the International Space Station. They will become the first astronauts launched from American soil since the U.S. space shuttle program was terminated in 2011. The two arrived in Cape Canaveral last week and said they'd spend some time with their families at the beach before their mission to space. On May 27th, they're set to blast off on the commercial space vehicle to help the short-handed crew aboard the ISS for more than a month, and swap out the station's batteries. The use of the state of the art technology from Elon Musk's SpaceX is part of NASA's flagship campaign to use the private sector for ISS missions and curb its reliance on Russia's Soyuz rocket. Musk is also the CEO of Tesla, and new for Wednesday's launch ceremony will be a pre-departure transfer to the launch pad by the electric car company. "I'm thinking about going." Among those who may attend the launch is U.S. President Donald Trump, who has reportedly been given the green light to go and watch.
The president also played a round at his Trump National Golf Club on Saturday, his first time at a golf property since March 8, when he visited his club in West Palm Beach, Florida. On Sunday, Trump - along with most of those in his group - did not sport masks for the outing. Later, Trump and others could be seen standing close together near the course's club house. Trump is eager to promote the idea that the United States is returning to normal, although the death toll from the coronavirus outbreak continues to rise and is expected to surpass 100,000 in the coming days. Trump's coronavirus task force coordinator, Deborah Birx, told a White House briefing on Friday that Americans over this Memorial Day weekend should "be outside, play golf, play tennis with marked balls, go to the beach - but stay six feet apart!"
Agra (Uttar Pradesh), May 25 (ANI): The Agra administration is all geared up to demolish locust invasion in the district. The agriculture department has geared up to spray chemicals in order to prevent damage to the crops. “We have procured almost 1,000 kilogram pesticides and arranged 205 tractors to demolish locust invasion,” Ram Pravesh, District Agriculture Officer said. Beside this, an advisory has also been issued to the farmers. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, response to natural disasters is expected to be tested again this summer when a giant locust storm from the Horn of Africa is expected to attack farmlands.
Benjamin Netanyahu professed his innocence at the start of his corruption trial on Sunday (May 24), describing the country's first criminal prosecution of a serving prime minister as "tainted" and "stitched up". Flanked by members of his Likud party, Netanyahu appealed to public opinion, addressing the cameras as he called the allegations against him "hallucinatory" and an attempt to bring down a strong right wing prime minister - and adding that he would stand tall, with his head high. Netanyahu was indicted in November in cases involving gifts from millionaire friends and for allegedly granting favors to media tycoons in exchange for favorable coverage. He arrived at court after chairing the first session of his new "unity cabinet" - sworn in a week ago after a surprise power-sharing deal with his main opponent Benny Gantz. But outside the court crowds of protesters showed how divided public opinion is over Netanyahu's trial. Some, like Leoni Amedi there to show their support. "I hope he will be strong, very strong for us, for all of us, for all Israel, we love him very much." Others like Rafael Malinovitz, their anger. "Hopefully the court is going to make justice and is going to send him to jail." Netanyahu is Israel's longest-serving leader, now in office for more than 11 straight years, plus three in the 1990s.
The Brexit mastermind continues to dodge calls to resign as a 10 Downing Street adviser after appearing to break coronavirus lockdown rules. The jumbo screen also showed the UK Prime Minister urging Britons to stay home, with other clips showing video testimonies from parents hit with the COVID-19 illness struggling to care for their children in lockdown. Cummings, who drove 400 km (250 miles) to northern England while coronavirus lockdown measures were in place, will not resign, Transport Minister Grant Shapps said on Sunday (May 24). Several lawmakers from Johnson's Conservative Party called on Sunday (May 24) morning for Cummings to quit.
As per the news reports, former Pakistan cricketer Taufeeq Umar has tested positive for Covid-19. Taufeeq developed a mild fever and he got himself tested for Covid-19 on Saturday. Taufeeq Umar is the first high-profile cricketer to have tested positive.
Sonu Sood has become a real life hero when the entire country is battling Coronavirus Pandemic, leaving the migrants in the country devastated with no jobs and many walking back hundreds of kilometeres to reach back to their native villages. Those heart wrenching visuals touched him deeply and he decided to do something about it. He has taken up the task of sending them back to their villages from Mumbai, arranging buses for them. He has has sent around 750 migrant workers home from Mumbai under his ‘Ghar Bhejo’ intiative. Appreciating his good work amid the Covid-19 pandemic, former actor and now textile minister and women and child development Smriti Irani took to Twitter to praise his work.
New Delhi, May 24 (ANI): As covering of face is prime priority in order to restrict coronavirus spread, Khadi India has come up with a unique triple-layered mask. The silk mask is reusable, biodegradable and skin-friendly. “Yesterday we have launched a very special category mask- silk mask. This is a triple-layered mask. The specialty of this mask is that it is reusable, biodegradable, eco-friendly. This consists of India’s own fabric, it is hand-woven,” said VK Saxena. “These masks are the replacement of N-95 for general public,” he further added.
Ludhiana (Punjab), May 24 (ANI): 11 volunteers involved in langar sewa in Ludhiana’s gurdwara got insurance policies worth ₹2.5 lakh each. Sewadars were handed over policies by Punjab Youth Development Board chairman SS Bindra. Sewadars at Gurdwara Shaheed Baba Deep Singh feed over 2000 people daily. “Sewadars cook food for distribution among over 2000 people daily in Ludhiana without thinking about their own health. Keeping in mind these factors, the board, with the help of NGOs and philanthropists contributed for their insurance,” said Punjab Youth Development Board chairman while talking to ANI.
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Ranchi (Jharkhand), May 24 (ANI): Jharkhand Chief Minister, Hemant Soren is continuously working to contain spread of the COVID-19. The government is providing nutritious food to people at quarantine centers everyday to increase their immunity. Hemant Soren also interacted with Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi via video-conferencing. Soren informed Gandhi about the work being done for the prevention of coronavirus in Jharkhand.
A leopard entered a residential area in Gujarat’s Dahod on May 23. The leopard was rescued later, however almost five members of the rescue team including police personnel and forest officials received minor injuries while trying to nab the animal.
Desert locusts launched attack villages andd farmlands in Madhya Pradesh. Millions of locusts were seen on trees and in fields. A team from Delhi sprayed the medicine with the help of the fire brigade. It is learned that desert locusts have reached Madhya Pradesh via Rajasthan. Farmers of Ujjain, Mandsaur, Neemuch, Agar-Malwa and other districts of Madhya Pradesh are troubled by locusts. They are harming the crops. Farmers are using different methods to drive away locusts.
Black-clad protesters and tear gas returned to Hong Kong's streets on Sunday (May 24). But if you're suffering from a sense of deja vu - here's what's new: these are the biggest protests since lockdown restrictions began. The reason: Beijing's plan to impose national security laws on the city. Thousands marched through Causeway Bay amid fears that the 'one country, two systems' formula - which guarantees broader freedoms for the global financial hub than exist on the mainland, is under threat from China's tightening grip. Democratic Party politician Lam Cheuk-Ting said the situation is critical: "We are worried that the Chinese Communist Party is using the evil law to further suppress Hong Kong people." Sunday's rally was initially organised against a controversial national anthem bill, but the proposed national security laws sparked calls for more people to take to the streets. Police fired teargas to disperse crowds in chaotic scenes reminiscent of last year's at times violent mass protests and some protesters tried to set up roadblocks. China has dismissed an international outcry over the proposed legislation as "meddling" and says the laws are "necessary" and will not harm Hong Kong's autonomy or foreign investors. But the backlash against Beijing's play intensified on Saturday (May 23) as 200 political figures from around the world said in a statement that the proposed laws are a quote: "comprehensive assault on the city's autonomy, rule of law and fundamental freedoms."
The total number of Coronavirus cases in India has now risen to 1,31,868, including 73,560 active cases, 54,440 cured or discharged and 3867 deaths. Total cases across the world have crossed the 5-million mark. Here are the latest updates
A day after the Sikkim government decided to reopen schools from June 15, the first confirmed case was reported in the state on Saturday as a 25-year-old student who returned from Delhi tested positive. Until this case, Sikkim had no positive Covid-19 case.
Australia opener has been consistently sharing hilarious TikTok videos on his Instagram account. On Saturday, he posted another video with his daughter. In the beginning, he was seen in Sunrisers Hyderabad jersey and his daughter in school dress. But when the video ends, his daughter is wearing a Hyderabad team jersey. At the same time, Warner is seen in his daughter's school dress.
Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar once again heaped praises on Indian skipper Virat Kohli. Akhtar believes he and Kohli would have been the best of friends off the field.
Saudi Arabia's Grand Mosque in Mecca was almost empty during annual Eid al-Fitr prayers on Sunday (May 24), as authorities impose unprecedented restrictions on public gatherings due to coronavirus concerns. A small number of worshipers attended prayers to mark the Eid al-Fitr festival, the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. Saudi officials on Friday (May 22) said mosques would remained closed for the festival and urged Muslims to hold Eid prayers at home.
Malappuram/ Kozhikode/ Thiruvananthapuram/ Kottayam (Kerala), May 24 (ANI): Eid-ul-Fitr is being celebrated in Kerala on May 24 amid coronavirus pandemic. People in Malapurram and Kozhikode offered Eid-ul-Fitr prayers at their homes as mosques remain closed for devotees amid COVID-19 lockdown. Mosques remain closed for devotees on this occasion in Thiruvananthapuram and Kottayam due to COVID-19 lockdown. Celebration of Eid will be different this year as large gatherings are prohibited and people have been asked to maintain social distancing. Eid-ul-Fitr is also known as festival of breaking the fast which is observed during the holy month of Ramadan. There are 795 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Kerala. According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total number of COVID-19 active cases are 73,560 and 3867 deaths in India.