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In Unlock 5, govt allows cinemas with 50% seating, gathering of over 100 people

The new guidelines for opening up of activities are for areas outside Containment Zones only. For schools, states have been given flexibility to take a decision in a graded manner.

Many states, UTs have not provided details of farmer suicides, Centre tells Rajya Sabha

Due to limitation of details, national data on the causes of suicide in farming sector was untenable & not published separately, Union Minister of State for Home Reddy said.
A CRPF jawan stands guard along a street on the first day of the two-day curfew in Srinagar, Tuesday, 4 August, 2020. | PTI

71 civilians, 74 security personnel killed in J&K since removal of Article 370 — home ministry

New Delhi: Since the revocation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir on 5 August last year, at least 71 civilians and 74 security personnel have lost their lives in terror-related incidents and ceasefire violations, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) informed Rajya Sabha Wednesday. Answering a series of questions on the Union Territory, Minister of State for Home Affairs G. Kishan Reddy said that 45 civilians were killed in terror-related incidents and 26 lost their lives in ceasefire violations. Similarly, 49 security personnel were killed in terror incidents while 25 died in incidents of ceasefire violation. When Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Shreyams Kumar sought information on the number of terror incidents that J&K has witnessed, Reddy noted that these incidents have reduced significantly in the Union Territory. Quoting statistics, Reddy said that before 5 August 2019, 455 terror incidents had taken place in the Valley that year and only 211 were reported after...
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Supreme Court refuses to pass interim order on pleas seeking stay of final year exams

The bench was informed by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre and the UGC, that he would apprise the court about MHA's stand on the issue.
Rajasthan Deputy CM Sachin Pilot (left) and CM Ashok Gehlot | File photo: ANI

MHA asks Rajasthan Chief Secretary for report on phone tapping allegations

Rajasthan Police's Anti-Corruption Bureau has registered a case in connection with two audio clips about an alleged conspiracy to topple Ashok Gehlot's government.
Medical workers collecting samples for Covid-19 in New Delhi | Representational Image | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Delhi has shown remarkable improvement with 20,000 tests conducted daily, says MHA

Delhi has a recovery rate of 72% and a doubling rate of nearly 30 days, said Home Ministry Joint Secretary Punya Salila Srivastava at a press conference.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah(right) with Chief secretary of Delhi Vijay Kumar Dev visits LNJP hospital on Covid-19 preparedness, during the ongoing nationwide lockdown, in New Delhi, Monday. | PTI

Amit Shah orders CCTV in Covid wards of all designated hospitals in Delhi

Union Home Minister Amit Shah Monday paid a surprise visit to Delhi's LNJP hospital to review arrangements related to Covid-19.

MHA allows certain categories of foreigners & OCI card holders to enter India

Foreigners were restricted from visiting India ever since the nationwide lockdown was announced by PM Narendra Modi on 24 March to check the spread of Covid-19.
Toll booth on an Indian national highway

Centre reiterates Unlock 1 guidelines on movement after some states restrict plying of essential

The MHA, in its latest guidelines, prohibited movement of people between 9 pm and 5 am throughout the country, except for essential activities.
A health worker checks the temperature of a woman, during distribution of food among the needy, amid the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, at Sec-33 in Noida. | PTI

States, UTs cannot dilute lockdown 4.0 guidelines imposed by Centre, says Home Ministry

The Home Ministry said that states and UTs may prohibit certain activities in various zones, or impose other restrictions based on their assessment of the situation.

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Erdogan’s assault on Macron is the height of cynicism

There was a time when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan didn’t see the West as Turkey’s enemy and even wanted to join the European Union.

ICICI Bank’s profits jump six-fold for July-September quarter

The bank's net interest income increased by 16 per cent year-on-year to Rs. 9,366 crore in this year's second quarter from Rs 8,057 crore in last year's second quarter.


Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

Here is why US changed Rajnath Singh’s statement on ‘reckless aggression’ by China

Both the US State and Defense departments have added footnotes to the transcripts they released on Rajnath Singh’s remarks at 2+2. The State Department has also updated the text.
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5 reasons for the crisis in global Islam

If tens of crores of Muslims across the world feel they are victims of mass Islamophobia, their holy prophet shown deliberate disrespect, it is a sense of crisis and siege.