News Digest: 1 lakh beat virus in India, recovery rate at 48%

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Thursday, June 04, 2020
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1 lakh beat virus in India, recovery rate at 48%

Pay 5 lakh for killing youth: SC to Assam Rifles

Returnees now comprise 87% of cases in K'taka

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'Genetic code that may help coronavirus survive identified'
Researchers have identified specific portions of the genetic codes of the the novel coronavirus which promotes its lifecycle, findings that may lead to the development of novel drug treatments against COVID-19.

Monkeys, ferrets offer needed clues in Covid-19 vaccine race

Will temperature checks of employees make workplaces safe?
No, not completely. They can help reduce the risk of Covid-19 infections but shouldn’t be the only safety measure employers take. Some employers are following White House guidelines to screen workers for a fever with daily temperature checks. But people with the virus can be contagious without a fever, so it’s still important for employers to practice physical distancing.

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Apple may become the first company to hit the $2 trillion mark, says analyst
A noted analyst suggests that Apple could very well become the first company to hit the $2 trillion market value in the next four years

Maharashtra Cyber cell has security advisory for Mitron app users
For the unversed, the Mitron app has recently been removed from Google Play Store over security concerns.

The $328 million 'proof' Zoom is here to stay
Zoom’s revenues have increased by 169% from last year in the previous quarter. During the last quarter, Zoom reported a total revenue of $328 million whereas in the corresponding quarter last year it had a revenue of $122 million.

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'Hope US visa review will consider benefits of H-1B'
India hopes the US' review of non-immigration visa will take into account the long term benefits of H-1B visa for American competitiveness and not affect the provision of essential services at this "critical hour" of the Covid-19 outbreak, foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla has said.

7 days quarantine must for people coming to Delhi
All asymptomatic domestic passengers coming to Delhi by air, train or bus will need to home quarantine themselves for seven days. The Delhi government has ordered that airport, railway and transport authorities will provide passenger manifest to the it on a daily basis.

Cabinet okays ordinance to amend insolvency law
The Cabinet on Wednesday cleared an ordinance to amend the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) whereby fresh insolvency proceedings will not be initiated for defaults due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to sources.

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Indian hockey teams resume outdoor training in phased manner
The Indian men and women hockey teams have resumed outdoor training in a "systematic and phased" manner after a two-month hiatus due to the coronavirus-forced nationwide lockdown. Hockey India informed that the national teams began outdoor training on Monday following the Standard Operating Procedure issued by the Sports Authority of India.

Challenging for players to hit peak when cricket resumes: Rathour
The nationwide lockdown has left not just the players, but even the support staff of the Indian team twiddling their thumbs in anticipation of when exactly the game will resume. In an exclusive chat - Vikram Rathour - Team India's batting coach - who is also an ex-India opener and national selector, tells TOI how he and his colleagues have kept the players’ spirits high during the prolonged break.

Pitch could be prepared in a way to help maintain balance: Kumble
ICC Cricket Committee chairman Anil Kumble on Wednesday reiterated the panel's reluctance to allow use of artificial substances on the ball despite the saliva ban, saying the balance between bat and ball can be maintained by "playing around" with pitches. The move led to calls of an alternative to saliva from current and former players including India pacer Jasprit Bumrah.

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Mizoram new academic session to begin from July 15
A new school calendar will be prepared for the 2020-21 academic session to be effective from April 2020 to March 2021.

Free NEET course: Registrations open for Neet Online E-box crash course offered by TN education department
Government and government aided higher secondary school students in the district are being encouraged to make use of the free Neet online crash course starting from June 15.

Panjab University admit cards to have 'how to stay safe at exam centres' guidelines
Admit cards for appearing in Panjab University examinations will have a list of dos and don'ts about Covid-19 apart from the roll numbers of students.

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No let-up in global rainforest loss as coronavirus brings new danger
Tropical rainforests disappeared at a rate of one football pitch every six seconds last year, researchers said on Tuesday, urging countries to include forest protection in post-pandemic plans. Loss of primary forest, which hit a record high in 2016 and 2017, was 2.8% higher in 2019 than the year before. Agricultural expansion, wildfires, logging, mining and population growth all contribute to the loss, researchers said.

Heat kills thousands of Australians yearly: Study
Australian researchers have called to add climate change as an official cause of death after a study found that heat-related deaths have been under-reported in the country. The study, published by Australian National University, found that excessive natural heat has been responsible for at least 50 times more fatalities than recorded on death certificates.

Important to implement environmental rules to sustain gains of lockdown: Javadekar

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President Donald Trump denies sheltering in White House bunker
"It was a false report," Trump told Fox News radio, before elaborating that he did go into the secure area but only for a "tiny, little, short period time." According to The New York Times, quoting an unidentified source described as having direct knowledge, Secret Service bodyguards took Trump into the bunker on Friday night.

Putin declares state of emergency over Siberian fuel spill
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered a state of emergency and criticised a subsidiary of metals giant Norilsk Nickel after a massive diesel spill into a Siberian river.

China building high-security compound at Gwadar to establish naval base
China is secretly building a high-security compound near Gwadar Port in Pakistan's Balochistan province which it will probably use for naval base. "The base would strengthen China's foothold in the Indian Ocean. Recent satellite images appear to show that several new complexes have been built in the last few years," reported Forbes magazine.

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No let-up in global rainforest loss as coronavirus brings new danger
Tropical rainforests disappeared at a rate of one football pitch every six seconds last year, researchers said on Tuesday, urging countries to include forest protection in post-pandemic plans. Loss of primary forest, which hit a record high in 2016 and 2017, was 2.8% higher in 2019 than the year before. Agricultural expansion, wildfires, logging, mining and population growth all contribute to the loss, researchers said.

Heat kills thousands of Australians yearly: Study
Australian researchers have called to add climate change as an official cause of death after a study found that heat-related deaths have been under-reported in the country. The study, published by Australian National University, found that excessive natural heat has been responsible for at least 50 times more fatalities than recorded on death certificates.

Important to implement environmental rules to sustain gains of lockdown: Javadekar

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Labour pains: First it was flight of workers, now builders plan to fly them back to Hyderabad
Migrant workers from Hyderabad may have suffered nightmarish journeys in their bid to escape the lockdown and return to their homes in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand. But many of them are all set to return, and in style.

Did coronavirus enter India in December? Scientists identify distinct trait
While the first confirmed Covid-19 case in India was registered on January 30 in Kerala, the most recent common ancestor (MRCA) of the Indian strains with roots in China was in circulation as early as November 2019.

Telangana: In East Godavari village, lone man infects 150
About 20 kilometres from Kakinada, situated between green fields and coconut groves, lies Gollala Mamidada village. The otherwise nondescript hamlet in Pedapudi mandal in East Godavari district is now making headlines for having earned the dubious distinction of being the first village in the country to have 116 confirmed cases of Covid-19 as of Wednesday.

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'City 5th in Covid deaths per million'

UT steps in, says school fee cannot be increased

Sector 33 firing accused associates of Bishnoi

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High court refuses bail to Asaram on Covid-19 grounds

Borderline diabetic doctor frees self from medicines in lockdown

Cheat held for offering to sell health cards to vendors

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Chennai: Covid-19 patient found dead inside hospital washroom
A 65-year-old woman who had disappeared from the corona ward at Government Stanley Hospital (GSH) on Tuesday was found dead inside one of the washrooms of the hospital on Wednesday.

Liquor outlets in core Chennai may be opened
Months after Tasmac liquor shops in the city and its suburbs were shut as part of the lockdown, indications are that the shutters could be up soon.

Tamil Nadu: Why home isolation is a challenge for doctors
After the state and the Centre introduced home isolation, more than 1,000 Covid-19 patients who are either pre-symptomatic or have mild symptoms are recuperating at home.

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Karnataka: Co-operation and co-ordination keep Chamarajanagar coronavirus free
Chamarajanagar district in southern Karnataka has not reported a single positive case of Covid-19 till date though it borders Kerala, which reported the country’s first case, and Tamil Nadu where the virus is raging.

Maharashtra Covid-19 surge in Karnataka may sustain for more days
With a whopping 388 people testing positive in Karnataka for Covid-19 on June 2 and 267 the next day, the infection spiral is likely to be the new normal in the state for some more days to come, given that people are still returning to Karnataka in thousands from Maharashtra and other states.

Karnataka's paperless push to streamline govt functions, free up manpower

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Maharashtra: Nitin Raut sacks 5, launches purge of BJP-era power co advisers
The energy department led by Nitin Raut of the Congress on Monday terminated the services of five advisers and consultants to the Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company (Mahatransco). A decision on 25 more was expected soon.

Mumbai: 65-year-old halts his car on sea link, jumps off
A 65-year-old Mira Road resident jumped off the sea link after stopping his car mid-route around 5pm on Tuesday. Ulhas Nachankar had been undergoing treatment for depression, the police quoted his family members as saying. His body beached off Mahim an hour later.

11-year-old falls off scooter, gets crushed by bus in Mumbai
A 11-year-old died after he fell off his father's scooter and was run over by a BEST bus at Kandivli (E) on Tuesday.

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Delhi: Nurses at AIIMS warn of indefinite strike
The AIIMS Nurses Union, protesting for the past three days over poor working condition, on Wednesday warned the administration that they would go on an indefinite strike from June 15 if their concerns were not addressed.

Home quarantine now 7 days for all arriving in Delhi
The 14-day mandatory home quarantine for all asymptomatic passengers arriving in Delhi was on Wednesday reduced to seven days by the state government.

Sixth earthquake rocks NCR in 54 days
A mild earthquake of 3.0 magnitude on the Richter scale struck Noida on Wednesday evening. Tremors were felt across the National Capital Region (NCR). This was the sixth earthquake since April 12 in the region. There was no report of any injury or damage to property.

More Delhi News»

Delhi: Nurses at AIIMS warn of indefinite strike
The AIIMS Nurses Union, protesting for the past three days over poor working condition, on Wednesday warned the administration that they would go on an indefinite strike from June 15 if their concerns were not addressed.

Home quarantine now 7 days for all arriving in Delhi
The 14-day mandatory home quarantine for all asymptomatic passengers arriving in Delhi was on Wednesday reduced to seven days by the state government.

Sixth earthquake rocks NCR in 54 days
A mild earthquake of 3.0 magnitude on the Richter scale struck Noida on Wednesday evening. Tremors were felt across the National Capital Region (NCR). This was the sixth earthquake since April 12 in the region. There was no report of any injury or damage to property.

More Delhi News»

Delhi: Nurses at AIIMS warn of indefinite strike
The AIIMS Nurses Union, protesting for the past three days over poor working condition, on Wednesday warned the administration that they would go on an indefinite strike from June 15 if their concerns were not addressed.

Home quarantine now 7 days for all arriving in Delhi
The 14-day mandatory home quarantine for all asymptomatic passengers arriving in Delhi was on Wednesday reduced to seven days by the state government.

Sixth earthquake rocks NCR in 54 days
A mild earthquake of 3.0 magnitude on the Richter scale struck Noida on Wednesday evening. Tremors were felt across the National Capital Region (NCR). This was the sixth earthquake since April 12 in the region. There was no report of any injury or damage to property.

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