At least 28 per cent of 40,184 people who had tested positive for Covid-19 between January 22 and April 30 in India were asymptomatic, a study found, raising concerns about the novel coronavirus being spread by those who show mild or no symptoms. A large proportion of both those tested and those positive were asymptomatic contacts, according to the study by ICMR.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday listed abrogation of Article 370, settlement of the Ram Temple issue, criminalisation of Triple Talaq and the amendment to the Citizenship Act among the key achievements during his second term, asserting that his government's decisions in the last one year were aimed at fulfilling the dream of making India a global leader.
With West Bengal announcing the easing of lockdown restrictions in the state, a renowned doctor said that following ramping up of Covid-19 tests, the govt seems to be gradually shifting towards the Sweden model to contain the pandemic. «The Sweden model where instead of lockdown they stressed on testing and segregating high-risk population, they have got equal success,» the doctor said.
Two unidentified terrorists were killed in an encounter with the security forces in Kulgam district of J&K on Saturday. A cordon and search operation was launched following information about the presence of terrorists in Wanpora area of the south Kashmir district. The identity and group affiliation of the slain terrorists were being ascertained.
The death toll due to Covid-19 rose to 4,971 and the number of cases climbed to 1,73,763 in the country registering a record single day spike of 265 deaths and 7,964 cases till Saturday 8 am, according to the Union Health Ministry.
Terming Shramik Special trains “Corona Expresses”, Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday blamed the railways for the sudden spike in the state’s Covid numbers, while laying out a detailed blueprint for a gradual revival of the economy from June 1. Mamata criticised the railways for ferrying migrant workers home in “cramped train compartments, often without food or water”.
With the number of coronavirus cases on a surge, Delhi government on Friday decided to take over five starred hotels for conversion into temporary hospitals to augment the beds available for Covid-19 patients. The hotels will be linked with the nearest private hospital designated as a Covid hospital.
India will need to firmly keep up its guard against China’s creeping cartographic aggression in eastern Ladakh, sources said on Friday, even as defence minister Rajnath Singh briefed his US counterpart Mark Esper about the ongoing confrontation between Indian and Chinese troops in the high-altitude region.
Extent of locust invasion in India may spread further and swarms may reach as far as Bihar and Odisha in June-July before they eventually return to Rajasthan with the progress of monsoon, a UN body has warned. However, its impact in cities, including Delhi, will not be felt as locusts overfly urban areas without troubling humans.
PM Narendra Modi, in a letter to citizens on completion of the first year of his second term on Friday, said the collective strength and resolve of people could be seen in the way India has dealt with coronavirus, as despite the “tremendous suffering” of the people, massive efforts ensured that “inconvenience” didn’t turn into “disasters”.
Pak-based Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin escaped a rumoured assassination attempt in Islamabad last Monday with injuries and has been holed up in a safe house since, fuelling speculation in J&K that all's not well between the terror outfit and ISI. As per unconfirmed reports, the attack took place on Salahuddin's convoy on May 25 by «unidentified elements».
Ten months after the nullification of Article 370, the Army, in a letter to the Jammu & Kashmir government, has sought permission to acquire 129 kanals or 16.12 acre of land at Tapperwari village in the Pattan area of Baramulla district. This, significantly, is the Army’s first ‘letter of interest’ to buy land after the central government’s move on the Article.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed anguish at the death of former Chhattisgarh chief minister Ajit Jogi on Friday, saying he strived to bring a positive change in the lives of the poor, especially the tribal communities.
A medium intensity earthquake of 4.5 magnitude hit near Rohtak in Haryana on Friday, tremors of which were felt in the national capital, the National Centre for Seismology said. According to the NCS, the quake occurred at a depth of 5 km at 9.08 pm. There were no immediate reports of any loss of life or property.