Today's News in 5: June 6 (2020)

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Today's News in 5: June 6 (2020)

National News

India-China Army Commanders meet to Resolve Ladakh standoff
In an attempt to resolve the month-long bitter standoff between India and China, the top tactical army commanders of both the countries will meet on Saturday (June 6, 2020) at Chushul-Moldo border personnel meeting (BPM) point on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The higher authority level talks come a day after the two countries vowed that "differences should not become disputes" and agreed to resolve the ongoing tussle through talks. In a tweet, the Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong reiterated the "strategic guidance" given by the 2 leaders and that both "China & India pose no threat to each other & represent development opportunities for each other."

COVID-19 Epidemics in India, South Asia growing but not exploding — WHO
The number of COVID-19 cases in India has been doubling every three weeks but the epidemic is not growing exponentially in the country, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. Soumya Swaminathan, WHO’s chief scientist, noting India has a population of 1.3 billion, said that the 200,000 reported cases, “look big but for a country of this size it’s still modest”.

Reporting to work once a week made mandatory by the Maharashtra Government
As per a notification issued by additional chief secretary (finance) Manoj Saunik, all government departments have been asked to prepare a roster of officers and employees. The Maharashtra government on Friday said it was mandatory for government employees to be present in office once a week during the COVID-19 lockdown, failing which they will have to face a salary cut. es affiliated to them. “All employees, except those on sanctioned leave or medical leave, will need to be in office for one day in a week compulsorily,” the order read. Disciplinary action will be taken by department heads against those who leave the office without permission during the lockdown, it stated.

J&K to Reopen all Offices at full Strength Starting Today
The Government of Jammu and Kashmir came onto a decision on Friday, June 5th to reopen all offices at full strength starting Saturday. However, older employees, pregnant employees and those with underlying medical conditions would not be assigned work involving direct dealing with the general public, according to a government order issued by the General Administration Department here. “All the officers and staff, at all levels, shall attend office on a regular basis on all working days with effect from June 6,” stated the order.

UP Sub Inspector Drives over Vegetables, Video goes viral.
A sub inspector named Sumit Anand was suspended  after a video showing him driving a police jeep over vegetables at a market went viral on social media.The incident took place in UP’s Prayagraj at a market under the Ghoorpur police station. Prayagraj Senior Superintendent of Police Satyarth Aniruddha Pankaj said some farmers had been compensated for the loss, while others were being identified.

India-China Army Commanders meet to Resolve Ladakh standoff
In an attempt to resolve the month-long bitter standoff between India and China, the top tactical army commanders of both the countries will meet on Saturday (June 6, 2020) at Chushul-Moldo border personnel meeting (BPM) point on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The higher authority level talks come a day after the two countries vowed that "differences should not become disputes" and agreed to resolve the ongoing tussle through talks. In a tweet, the Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong reiterated the "strategic guidance" given by the 2 leaders and that both "China & India pose no threat to each other & represent development opportunities for each other."

Global News

UK Halts Trial of Hydroxychloroquine as ‘Useless’ for COVID-19 Patients
British scientists halted a major drug trial on Friday after it found that the antimalarial hydroxychloroquine, touted by the U.S. President Donald Trump as a potential “game changer” in the pandemic, was “useless” at treating COVID-19 patients.“ This is not a treatment for COVID-19. It doesn’t work,” Martin Landray, an Oxford University professor who is co-leading the RECOVERY trial, told reporters. Controversy surrounding the drug grew after a study published in medical journal The Lancet last month raised safety concerns and led several COVID-19 studies of it to be halted. The Lancet study was then retracted on Thursday after its authors said they were unsure about its data.

China’s Wuhan City discharges Last Three COVID-19 Patients from Hospital
The last three coronavirus patients in Wuhan, the first epicentre of the COVID-19, have been discharged and the central Chinese city has recorded zero cases of the virus after mass testing of about 10 million people, state media reported on Friday. According to China’s National Health Commission (NHC), five imported cases, including four in Shanghai and one in Sichuan Province, were reported in China on Thursday. The last three COVID-19 patients in Wuhan, capital of the Hubei Province, have recovered and been discharged from a hospital, on Thursday after they tested negative for two nucleic acid tests within 24 hours.

India surpasses Italy, becomes Sixth-Worst COVID-19-hit nation with Over 2.36 Lakh Cases
India went past Italy to become the sixth worst-hit nation by the COVID-19 pandemic with the country registering a record single-day jump of 9,887 coronavirus cases and 294 deaths on Saturday (June 6), pushing the nationwide infection tally to 2,36,657 and the death toll to 6,642. India is now the sixth-worst affected nation in terms of coronavirus infection after the United States, Brazil, Russia, Spain and the United Kingdom. Italy, Peru, Germany and Turkey also find a mention in the list of 10 worst-hit countries by coronavirus.

France says its Military Forces Killed Al-Qaeda Chief in North Africa Abdelmalek Droukdel
France said on Friday that its military forces have killed the leader of al-Qaeda in North Africa, Abdelmalek Droukdel, in an operation in Mali. French Defence Minister Florence Parly said that Droukdel was killed in northern Mali along with key members of his inner circle. Parly tweeted, “On June 3, French army forces with the support of their local partners, killed al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb’s emir, Abdelmalek Droukdel, and several of his closest collaborators, during an operation in northern Mali.” According to the BBC, Droukdel was in charge of all the al-Qaeda affiliates in north Africa and also commanded al-Qaeda’s Sahel affiliate, Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM), which has been active in Mali and Burkina Faso.

Joe Biden Formally Wins Democratic Nomination to take on Trump
Joe Biden has formally won the Democratic Party nomination to take on Donald Trump in November's presidential election. He said on Twitter that he had secured the 1,991 delegates needed and would fight to "win the battle for the soul of the nation". He had been the effective nominee since Bernie Sanders withdrew in April. Mr Biden, 77, secured the nomination officially after seven states and the District of Columbia held presidential primaries on Tuesday. Associated Press puts his tally at 1,995 delegates, with eight states and three US territories still to vote. Former president, Barack Obama endorsed Biden in April, saying in a video that Biden had "all the qualities we need in a president right now".

Mumbai News

BEST to Resume Bus Services from 8 June
The Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) has decided to resume bus services for passengers from 8 June. "From Monday, we will go full-fledged and allow all office-goers to board after they show us ID cards," BEST senior officer Victor Nagaonkar said. The BEST had suspended bus services for passengers, except the frontline workers, after the nationwide coronavirus-induced lockdown was announced in March.

Mumbaikars still Paying Rs 4,500 for Covid Tests; State Govt to Announce New Prices
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) removed the Rs 4,500 price cap on the Covid-19 test. It gave states a free hand to negotiate with the approved list of laboratories to determine the cost of the test. The state government is yet to officially announce the new rates. In Mumbai, according to officials, some top private labs like Thyrocare have offered to carry out tests for Rs 2,000 if the BMC gives them the samples and at Rs 2,500 if it involves home collection of samples for patients recommended by the BMC. However, with no fixed rates, a majority of the private labs continue to charge Rs 3,500 per test from the BMC while regular citizens are charged Rs 4,500 if they walk into a testing centre

Heavy rains lead to water-logging in Thane
Thane was battered by rains on Saturday resulting in water-logging across the city. Commuters were stranded at major junctions due to the heavy rains. Notably, the weather has changed in the city after Cyclone Nisarga hit the coastal areas of Maharashtra a few days ago. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), heavy rainfall is expected over Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Konkan, Goa, Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Yanam and Kerala for the next couple of days.

Mumbai Cops' Order For Action Against Fake News Is Legal
Justifying the Mumbai Police's order that stipulates criminal action against anyone spreading false and fake information on social media, the Maharashtra government told the Bombay High Court that reasonable restrictions can be imposed to safeguard public order. Any person who holds the 'Admin' position of any social media group, shall be held personally liable for dissemination of any false or incorrect messages circulated in the group read a statement from the order. A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Amjad Sayed was on Friday hearing two public interest litigations (PILs) challenging the legality of an order dated May 23, passed by the Deputy Commissioner of Police

Mumbai’s Zaveri Bazaar Opens with Odd-Even system
Asia's famous Zaveri Bazaar in Mumbai is now open for people but with an odd-even system in place. As per state government orders, shops in Zaveri Bazaar have been allowed to open, ensuring that social distancing norms are followed. Under the banner of the Zaveri Bazaar's Wholesale Gold Jewellers Association, gold traders have been distributing sanitizing machines and all the safety and hygiene equipment to shopkeepers. “We are facing the effect of COVID-19 in our businesses as there are very few customers as well as labourers. We have increased our workers' allowance in response to this. Altogether, we are glad that the shops have opened after 75 days," a shop owner in the arra said.

BMC to Set Up 'Ward War Room' to Decentralise Bed Management
In order to curb the rise in coronavirus cases in Mumbai, the BMC has decided to set up 'Ward War Room' to decentralise bed management, handling of COVID-19 positive cases and redressal of grievances. The BMC will set up helplines at all 24 wards where bed allocation will be done. The BMC’s helpline (1916) will divert all calls to individual wards. According to an order issued by BMC, "each Ward Control Room shall have 30 telephone lines in backend of Ward War Room telephone number." The civic body has directed Assistant Commissioners to make sure uninterrupted functioning of these telephone lines.


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