"In order to estimate the in-flow of migrant workers, States should collect the data of migrant workers at the point of departure in the originating State as well on arrival in the destination States. This will help States to effectively plan quarantine and relief measures for the migrant workers," it said in one of the short term measures. The NHRC further said that each State should be directed to identify the industry in which the migrant labour is working i.e. A mission similar to that of the dedicated Vande Bharat Mission should be started in a phased manner to help migrant workers reach their source destination," it added. "Maximum benefits be extended to the migrant labour as provided for under the Unorganised Workers’ Social Security Act, 2008," it saod.
June 05, 2020 17:48 UTC
Karnataka on Friday recorded a whopping 515 cases on a single day, 482 of which are inter-State travellers. With the Friday’s figures, the total number of positive cases in the State shot up to 4,835. The number of active cases crossed 3,000 on Friday which is 63.86% of the total cases now. Udupi highest againAmong the new cases, Udupi recorded the highest at 204. This coastal district recorded the highest number of cases for the second consecutive day.
June 05, 2020 17:44 UTC
Jharkhand finance minister Rameshwar Oraon on Friday said the government sympathised with the garment store owners who are barred from relaxations during the lockdown and assured them that they would be allowed to reopen soon with separate protocols. The state had recently witnessed protests by the shop owners after they were barred from the relaxation. “It is not viable for the government to allow the garment shops to reopen, as the shops attract a large number of customers. These could include controlled opening-closing time of garment shops, limited number of customers and others precautions like sanitisation,” he added. “The government wants to reopen the shops soon and bring the economy of the state back on track, but with certain restrictions,” he reiterated.
June 05, 2020 17:37 UTC
In a bid to mitigate the problem, a progressive farmer in the district has come out with an alternative. According to the farmer, Kongara Ramesh, bio-pesticides can provide a lasting solution to the recurring problem of locusts. Ramesh from Guntur district made Tarluvada of Anandapuram mandal in Visakhaptnam district his home in 1990. “They were content with publishing research papers and obtaining Ph.D degrees but did not evince interest in developing a bio-pesticide to help farmers fight pest attacks,” Mr. Ramesh told The Hindu. “The research on efficacy of fungal strains on cotton pests has proved that they work on insects, including locusts, that have chitin (a primary component of exoskeleton),” he claims.
June 05, 2020 17:28 UTC
The government has said that the Delhi Police investigation into the Tablighi Jamaat gathering at the centre in Nizamuddin amid the national lockdown was at an advanced stage. Also read: Tablighi Jamaat and COVID-19: The story so farThe Ministry of Home Affairs denied the charge that the gathering took place because of delay or negligence on the part of the authorities. The Ministry said there was no need whatsoever to transfer the investigation from the Crime Branch, Delhi Police, to a central agency. The 23-page affidavit said the Delhi Police had contacted the centre’s authorities as early as on March 21. It said the centre’s authorities were advised to take immediate action to prevent the spread of the virus.
June 05, 2020 17:13 UTC
The Thiruvananthapuram rural police have intensified the probe to ascertain the possibility of the case being linked to a sex trade racket. According to the police, the victim’s husband took her and their two sons from his house in Pothencode to Puthukurichy beach around 4 p.m. on Thursday. “As if on cue, the husband left the house with the younger son and the others. Sensing something amiss, the woman tried to leave the house with her elder son. The gang took the victim and her son to a deserted location in Channankara, where the woman was allegedly sexually assaulted.
June 05, 2020 17:10 UTC
Mr. Revanth Reddy, two months ago, had claimed that a farmhouse built in violation of the GO 111 at Janwada belonged to IT Minister K.T. However, Mr. Reddy and his followers were arrested by the Narsingi police for violation of peace and unlawful assembly in a private place. Case filedA case was filed against Mr. Reddy and 8 others for shooting pictures with a drone without permission endangering the lives of the inmates. Mr. Reddy was denied bail in the case and spent more than a week in jail on the charge of breaching the security of a person. In a statement here, Mr. Revanth Reddy demanded the resignation of KTR, saying the members of the committee constituted by the NGT directly worked under his Ministry and the probe could not be fair.
June 05, 2020 17:04 UTC
With 139 COVID-19 related deaths reported on Friday, Maharashtra posted its highest fatality surge yet to take the State’s total death toll to 2,849. Another spike of 2,436 new cases saw the State’s total case tally breach the 80,000-mark to reach 80,229. Also read: Coronavirus | Maharashtra to ramp up fight after Centre’s reportOf the total case tally, only 42,215 are active positive ones, said State Health Department officials. “The State’s recovery rate currently stands at 43.81% while its case fatality rate is 3.55%,” said State Surveillance Officer Pradeep Awate. Mumbai’s total case tally crossed the 45,000 mark to reach 46,080, with the city reporting 1,149 new cases.
June 05, 2020 16:56 UTC
citiesUpdated: Jun 05, 2020 22:24 ISTAfter a ten-day battle with Covid-19, an octogenarian woman was discharged following her recovery on Thursday evening. “I have defeated coronavirus disease because I want to live to see the wedding of my grandsons,” said the 85-year-old Prabhi Devi of Karnal. A resident of Takhana village here, Prabhi had tested positive for the disease on May 28. She was admitted to a Covid-19 hospital in Ambala district’s Mulana and was discharged in just 10 days after her second consecutive report came out negative. Besides treatment, her strong immunity and will power to fight the disease helped in her recovery,” said Karnal chief medical officer Dr Ashwini Ahuja.
June 05, 2020 16:54 UTC
The Kerala government on Friday told the Supreme Court that “guest workers” in the State did not want to return to their native States amid the lockdown. Of the 2.81 lakh migrant labourers in Kerala, 1.61 lakh do not want to leave the State, which has effectively checked the spread of the novel coronavirus infection. Also Read Lockdown displaces lakhs of migrants“Most of the industries opened in Kerala and some of the guest workers are now not demanding to go back,” according to Kerala’s written submissions before a three-judge Bench led by Justice Ashok Bhushan. It was highlighted that Kerala was the “only State in the country providing the highest wage for its guest workers. The State submitted that 1.53 lakh workers have left the State as on June 3.
June 05, 2020 16:53 UTC
Western Disturbance (WD) effecting over northwest India is now moving eastward and its effect will reduce over Delhi-NCR and Northwest India from today night, causing only trace or drizzle at isolated places on Saturday over Delhi NCR, the India Meteorological Department said on Friday. An IMD forecast said there will be a rise in maximum temperature by 2-4 degrees during June 8-11. Heatwave conditions will not be there over northwest India till June 15 due to light rain and cloudiness over the region. Earlier today, IMD said rainfall activity is expected in different parts of the country over the next week as conditions are becoming favourable for further advancement of Southwest Monsoon. Isolated heavy falls also very likely over Uttarakhand, East Uttar Pradesh and South Rajasthan during next 24 hours, it said.
June 05, 2020 16:52 UTC
Sonny Leggett, a US military spokesman based in Afghanistan, said in a tweet that an airstrike was carried out against 25 armed Taliban fighters executing a coordinated attack on an Afghan force checkpoint in Farah province in the west. (AP)American forces conducted two airstrikes on Taliban fighters to foil the militant group's plan to launch attacks on Afghan security forces, a US military spokesman said on Friday, in a move that could hurt the peace process. The airstrikes, conducted in two different provinces, were the first since the start of the Id ceasefire declared by the Taliban and Afghan forces last month. Sonny Leggett, a US military spokesman based in Afghanistan, said in a tweet that an airstrike was carried out against 25 armed Taliban fighters executing a coordinated attack on an Afghan force checkpoint in Farah province in the west. President Trump in recent weeks has restated his desire for a full military withdrawal from Afghanistan.
June 05, 2020 16:41 UTC
Senior diplomats from China and India on Friday held a video conference to discuss the border standoff ahead of the Lt General-level talks scheduled on Saturday. "The two sides reviewed the state of bilateral relations including the current developments. "The two sides also exchanged views on the challenge posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and cooperation in various multilateral forums," the ministry further said. In thier readout of the call, the Chinese foreign ministry underlined that the two countries should not pose a "threat" to each other and not let their differences turn into disputes. The two armies have already held at least 10 rounds of negotiations between local commanders as well as major general-rank officials but failed to make any breakthrough.
June 05, 2020 16:30 UTC
Yes, there is Fitb.ee (available on iOS and Android), co-founded by Avinash Rajapet and Prathima Koppolu, fitness entrepreneurs and young parents themselves. Here’s a quick chat with the founders, who want fitness to be a way of life for children. Unlike other applications, Fitb.ee is focused exclusively on children and teens… on the age group four to 19. We plan our fitness programmes according to age groups and cater to the specific needs of children. Besides the app, what kind of fitness routine are you suggesting to children who are under lockdown?
June 05, 2020 16:16 UTC
The prolific British actor — who has churned out stellar turns on stage as well as on screens big and small — is perhaps best known for playing the pure-blood wizard Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films. Issacs turns 57 today and on the occasion, Sony PIX will air Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, starring the actor, at 10am. I know that if I happen to go down in a plane crash tomorrow, the headline will say, ‘Lucius Malfoy killed in a plane crash’! But for an entire generation and beyond, you are known as Harry Potter’s Lucius Malfoy. Is it true that you hadn’t read Harry Potter before Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was offered to you?
June 05, 2020 16:16 UTC