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.
Air India said it will operate additional repatriation flights to six countries between June 4 and June 6 to bring back stranded Indians under the phase 2 of Vande Bharat Mission. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the six countries where these flights will operate are the US, New Zealand, the UK, Sweden, Germany and South Korea. The Vande Bharat Mission started on May 7.
A total of 102 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Uttarakhand on Friday, taking the total number of cases to 602 in the state, the State Control Room COVID-19 said.
The total number of cases reported so far are 7,284, including 4,244 who have been treated and discharged while there are 2,842 active cases. The death toll in the state has reached 198.
The Ahmedabad Medical Association (AMA) had approached the high court against a Gujarat government order, which prohibits private doctors and hospitals from conducting COVID-19 tests without getting approval from designated health officials.
Former Chhattisgarh chief minister Ajit Jogi passed away on Friday at the age of 74. Ajit Jogi was admitted to a hospital in Raipur on May 9 after he suffered a cardiac and respiratory arrest. A bureaucrat-turned politician, Jogi had served as the first chief minister of Chhattisgarh (2000-03) in then Congress government after the state was carved out of Madhya Pradesh.
The Supreme Court will hear on June 2 a plea which has sought a direction to the Centre to amend the Constitution and replace the word India with 'Bharat' or 'Hindustan', claiming it will «instill a sense of pride in our own nationality.»
Days after nine deaths were reported on-board Shramik Special trains, the Indian Railways on Friday appealed to people not to travel on these trains if they are suffering from pre-existing health conditions. At least nine passengers were reported dead on May 27 over a span of 48 hours on board the migrant trains, with the railways stating that all of them had health conditions.
A Rajya Sabha Secretariat official tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, the fourth such case reported in the Parliament complex so far. Two floors of the Parliament's Annexe building have been sealed, sources said. This is the second case of an official posted in the building testing positive for the infection.
In a series of tweets, she said, «Finally, for lakhs of migrant labourers returning home, suffering from all kinds of neglect/disdain due to the lockdown for the last 66 days in the country, the court had to say that it is the responsibility of the government to send them home by rail/bus free of cost. The government had been ignoring this demand of the BSP.»
Railways minister Piyush Goyal on Friday urged people suffering from serious ailments, pregnant women, children and those above 65 years to travel in Shramik trains «only when necessary». «I appeal to people suffering from serious ailments, pregnant women and those above 65 years and below 10 years of age to travel only when necessary in Shramik Trains. Railway Parivaar is committed to ensuring safety of all passengers,» Goyal tweeted.
«I am sorry to hear about the passing away of author & Managing Director of the Mathrubhumi Group, M P Veerendra Kumar Ji. My condolences to his family, colleagues & friends in thistime of grief,» he said in a tweet. Gandhi is also an MP from the Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala. Veerendra Kumar, a Rajya Sabha MP from Kerala and a member of 's Board of Directors, died on Thursday at a private hospital in Kozhikode following cardiac arrest.
There has been no contact between PM Modi and Donald Trump in recent time, the government sources told TOI in response to the US President's claim that they spoke on India-China border row. «The last conversation between them was on 4 April 2020 on the subject of HCQ,» sources said.
There are no signs of any de-escalation in the almost month-long confrontation between Indian and Chinese troops in eastern Ladakh, even as the Army brass took stock of the ‘ground situation’ with fresh inputs from the military operations and intelligence directorates on Thursday.