Indian and Chinese armies were moving in heavy equipment and weaponry including artillery guns and combat vehicles to their rear bases close to the disputed areas in eastern Ladakh as the two militaries remained engaged in a bitter standoff along the troubled border for over 25 days, military sources said on Sunday.
A 14-member Indian Medical Assistance Team has also arrived onboard INS Kesari to work with the Comorian health authorities. The team will stay in the country till June 18 to help the Comoros government in dealing with Covid-19 situation and dengue fever.
During his 37 years of distinguished service, Pande has taken active part in Operation Vijay and Operation Parakram, the ministry added. Lieutenant General Podali Shankar Rajeshwar, the 14th CINCAN retired from service on Sunday, it noted.
A virtual online battle erupted between Indian and Chinese twitter warriors on Sunday to further stoke tensions while soldiers from the two countries remain locked in the month-long military confrontation in eastern Ladakh, which has seen rival troop build-ups and induction of heavy weapons in the high-altitude region.
Over 40,000 bullet proof jackets and 170 armoured troop carriers have been sanctioned by the Union home ministry for the CRPF for use in counter-terrorist operations in the Kashmir valley and anti-Naxal offensives in various states, officials said.They said the central paramilitary force has also «re-fabricated» and armour-plated about 80 Maruti Gypsy vehicles as part of providing protection to its personnel against bullet shots, grenade attacks and stone pelting incidents in the Kashmir operations grid.
«Air India AI 1936 bound for Hyderabad has departed from King Khalid International Airport Riyadh with 148 passengers, including 3 infants on board,» Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia tweeted. India had launched the largest evacuation exercise -- Vande Bharat Mission -- to repatriate Indians stranded abroad due to coronavirus-induced lockdown.
A low pressure area is formed into the Arabian sea which might develop into a cyclonic storm and could move towards the coasts of Maharashtra and Gujarat by June 3, a Met statement said on Sunday.«A low pressure area has formed over southeast and adjoining east central Arabian sea and Lakshadweep area with associated cyclonic circulation extending up to mid- troposphericlevels,» the regional Meteorological Centre, Mumbai, said in a tweet.
The Karnataka government was expected to take a call on resuming operation of inter-state buses after getting consent from other states. The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has already started its intra-state services with several restrictions, but was yet to decide on resumption of bus operations outside Karnataka.
The Railways on Sunday said it will begin operations of 200 special trains from June 1 and more than 1.45 lakh passengers will travel on the first day. It also said around 26 lakh passengers have booked for Advance Reservation Period from June 1 to June 30. These services will be in addition to Shramik Special trains and 30 Special AC trains being run since May 12.
Information Commissioner Vanaja N Sarna came down heavily on the Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) of the office of Chief Labour Commissioner (CLC) who has told RTI activist Venkatesh Nayak that it has no data on stranded migrant labourers.
Monsoon has not yet set over Kerala, said the India Meteorological Department Director-General Dr Mrutyunjay Mohapatra on Sunday. «We are expecting favourable conditions to develop from tomorrow onwards (June 1) after which we will be able to find out when we can declare the arrival of monsoon in Kerala,» Mohapatra added.
In a series of tweets, Mayawati said, «Instead of waiting for companies to leave China and come to India, the Centre and UP government should take steps to become self-reliant as unlike the Shenzen Economic Zone, free of cost road infrastructure, water, electricity and accommodation facilities for labourers near their workplace are not provided here.»
The recovery rate of coronavirus patients has increased to 47.76 per cent, said the Union ministry of health and family welfare on Sunday.«In the last 24 hours, 4,614 patients were cured. A cumulative total of 86,983 people have been cured. This takes the total recovery rate to 47.76 per cent,» read an official statement issued by the ministry.
The home ministry on Saturday said 'Unlock-1' will be initiated in the country from June 8 under which the nationwide lockdown effectuated on March 25 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.
All the terrorist camps and around 15 launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) «are full», according to top army commander, who anticipates an increase in infiltration attempts from across the border this summer to replenish the diminishing terrorist cadres in Jammu and Kashmir. He said Pakistan is unable to «digest» that Kashmiris are experiencing peace and an improved law and order situation.
«On the one side where eastern India is facing cyclonic calamity, on the other many parts of the country have been affected by locust attacks. These attacks again remind us of the great damage this small creature can inflict,» he said in his 'Man ki Baat' radio address.
«Wish you all a very happy Mahesh Navami. This festival inspires us to be committed to public welfare. I pray to Mahadev and Mother Parvati to continue to be kind to all the countrymen,» he tweeted.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday applauded the courage of the people of West Bengal and Odisha in facing cyclone Amphan, which devastated the two states earlier this month, and said the country stands united with them.
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.
US President Donald Trump wants to reformat G7, the group of seven advanced economies in the world, to make it a G10 or G11 that would include India, Australia, South Korea, and Russia.
Amid the Covid-19 crisis, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that people should stay vigilant and it is important to be even more careful now as a major part of our economy has opened up.
In his monthly 'Mann ki Baat' broadcast, Modi said all classes of people have suffered during the pandemic but it is the poor who have suffered the worst. Everyone is working to help them, he said, and highlighted the railways' exercise to transport huge numbers of migrant workers to their home.
The address by the Prime Minister is likely to focus on the relaxations being given from June 1, after over two months of lockdown to control the spread of COVID-19.