Today's News in 5: June 4 (2020)

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Today's News in 5: June 4 (2020)


Killing of Pregnant Elephants in Kerala Triggers Nationwide
The killing of a pregnant elephant in Kerala triggered a nationwide outrage. The Elephant ate an explosive stuffed pineapple which exploded in its mouth. The animal died in Velliyar River on May 27. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan promised strict action against the offenders. Two organizations also announced cash rewards for any information that would lead to the arrest of the offenders. People and many celebrities as well took up different social platforms condemning the incident and demanding action against animal cruelty.

India’s Recovery Rate goes at 48 percent as 1 Lakh Beat the COVID-19 Virus
The number of COVID-19 cases in India rose to 2,07,615 with yet another single day spike as 8,909 fresh cases and 217 deaths were recorded by the health ministry on Wednesday. On the brighter side, the country’s recovery rate is now at 48 percent as 1 lakh beat the virus. “We are expecting cases to increase as restrictions are gradually being lifted. While containment exercise will continue it is a relief that recovery rate is improving fast and deaths are limited. Our focus is to keep the death rate as low as possible. Increasing number of recoveries shows that our strategy of early detection and clinical management is right” a health ministry official said to a leading news organization.

J-K: Terrorists Open Fire at Police in Kulgam, one Civilian Injured
Terrorists opened fire at a police party in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday afternoon, one civilian was injured in the firing. According to a police official no police personnel were hurt in the firing. A hunt has been launched to nab the attackers.

Security Agencies Submit detailed Report on Chinese Buildup to the Government
With the ongoing tensions between India and China, security agencies have submitted a detailed report to the government on the Chinese Military build-up in Ladakh. From the first week of May 2020, China has managed to bring more than 5,000 troops into the eastern Ladakh sector along the line of control. According to the reports the Chinese troops wanted to do a further deeper incursion into the Indian side, but the Indian forces did not allow that to happen. Both the countries are expected to make some progress in the talks coming this Saturday. However, India has made it clear that no compromise with regard to maintaining the importance of the Indian borders.

Cyclone Nisarg weakened, may enter MP and it’s Southern Areas
Cyclone Nisarg which hit the Maharashtra coast near Alibag in Raigad district on Wednesday afternoon, weakened due to low pressure area. It is likely to enter Madhya Pradesh from the southern parts by Thursday evening instead of the western Parts as predicted earlier by the India Meteorological Department. (IMD) According to the IMD, the cyclone is likely to have an impact in the areas under Narmadapuram, Bhopal, Sagar, Rewa, Jabalpur and Shahdol divisions in the coming hours. The state government has put the administration on alert and told the authorities to be prepared to deal with the situation.

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All 4 Minneapolis Officers now Charged in George Floyd's Death Case
Protests were escalated throughout the world with the killing of George Floyd under police custody. The police officer accused of pressing his knee against George Floyd's neck was charged by prosecuters of a second-degree murder on Wednesday. The three other officers involved were not immediately charged, spurring calls from protesters and Floyd's family for them to also face criminal charges, warrants for their arrests have been issued as well. Attorney Ben Crump tweeted that the Floyd family was "deeply gratified" by the new charges, calling them "a source of peace for George's family in this difficult time."

Putin Declares Emergency Over 20,000 Ton Diesel Spill
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a state of emergency in the Siberian city of Norilsk, after 20,000 tons of fuel spilled into a nearby river from a power station. The power station's employees originally tried to contain the spill on their own and did not report the incident to emergency services for two days, head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations Evgeny Zinichev said during a meeting chaired by Putin and shown on national television.

37 Children Injured in a Knife Attack at Elementary School in China
An attacker with a knife injured 37 children and two adults at an elementary school in n Cangwu county in the southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, in southern China on Thursday, according to a statement issued by the local govt. Two adults and 37 children were injured in the attack. According to the Cangwu county, the attack was more serious on the 2 adults and children were slightly injured. The children who attend this elementary school are between 6 and 12 years of age. No additional information has been provided about the attacker.

Earthquake of 6.5 magnitude hits Indonesia
An earthquake of magnitude 6.5 struck north of Halmahera near the province of North Sulawesi in Indonesia on Thursday, the GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ) said. According to Indonesia’s national weather and climate agency (BKMG) the earthquake gave an magnitude of  7.1 and depth of 111 km. “No damage has been reported by the earthquake and it did not pose a tsunami threat” said and BKMG official. Indonesia is situated on the Pacific Ring of Fire, which is frequently hit by earthquakes that are sometimes accompanied by tsunamis.

India, Australia Seal Deal to use Each other's Military Base
India and Australia signed seven agreements after the virtual Summit between the prime ministers of the two countries on Thursday. According to the accord, military ships and aircraft can refuel and access maintenance facilities. A similar pact is made by India with the United states of America as well. Both the pacts are seen as a part of a broader strategy of the democracies to counter China’s military and economic weight. The overall focus of the talks was on further increasing the bilateral ties between the two nations in areas of health trade and defence.

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16 Out 33 Cops Who Contracted COVI-19 Recover & Resume Duty
16 of the 33 police personnel who had contracted COVID-19 while on duty in Dharavi, have made a full recovery and have reported back to duty. 17 others have recovered, but have not yet been cleared to report back on the job. Dharavi currently has 200 police personnel deployed there.

State Police Nearing 3,000 COVID-19 Cases
According to a senior police official from the state police headquarters, the Maharashtra Police are nearing the 3,000 mark in terms of active COVID-19 cases amongst state police personnel. This comes at a time when the department is testing out new Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to operate during  the Monsoon season. The spread of the virus amongst law enforcement personnel is predicted to continue.

Unidentified Assailants Shoot Bldg Contractor Dead in Navi Mumbai
A building contractor was shot dead by two unidentified assailants, while his colleague was injured in the shooting. This harrowing crime took place along Ghansoli - Talavali road in New Bombay. The motive for the killing has not yet been established, with the assailants still at large. “The investigation is presently ongoing, further developments will be notified to the press in due time,” said a  police official.

Following Nisarga Mumbai Witnesses Purest Air Quality
In a positive development following the gloom of COVID-19 and the passing of Cyclone Nisarga, Mumbai has witnessed its purest air quality this year. Officials believe that the rains which poured over various parts of the country’s financial capital, played a role in enhancing the air quality.

Cyclone Nisarga: 111 Trees Fall in New Bombay
The passing of Cyclone Nisarga saw the uprooting of approximately 111 trees. The cyclone missed the major township by a whisker claim civic officials.

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