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Jet Airways a step closer to relaunch, gets security clearance from home ministry
India

Jet Airways a step closer to relaunch, gets security clearance from home ministry

A letter sent by the civil aviation ministry to the airline on 6 May informed it about the grant of the security clearance by the Union home ministry

India reports over 40,000 cases for second day; active cases surge to 4,03,840
India

India reports over 40,000 cases for second day; active cases surge to 4,03,840

With India ramping up the testing capacity, weekly and daily positivity rates have been restricted to below 5 percent as the number of recoveries cross 3 crore

Centre says no room for complacency in COVID fight; asks states to conduct their own serosurveys
India

Centre says no room for complacency in COVID fight; asks states to conduct their own serosurveys

The government has advised all states/UTs to conduct seroprevalence surveys in consultation with the ICMR to generate district-level data on seroprevalence

Centre asks states to order police not to register cases under scrapped section of IT Act
India

Centre asks states to order police not to register cases under scrapped section of IT Act

The direction came after the apex court said it was shocking that its 2015 judgment, which struck down a section making ‘offensive’ comments online punishable, has not been implemented

Centre tells states, UTs to carry out fire safety reviews at hospitals, takes note of accidents in Delhi, Thane
India

Centre tells states, UTs to carry out fire safety reviews at hospitals, takes note of accidents in Delhi, Thane

The home ministry noted that high temperatures and increased power loads in summer lead to a higher chance of short circuits

Post-poll violence in Bengal: MHA asks TMC govt for report after BJP claims Hooghly office was set ablaze
India

Post-poll violence in Bengal: MHA asks TMC govt for report after BJP claims Hooghly office was set ablaze

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee urged TMC supporters to maintain peace and asked them not to fall prey to provocations

Mizoram objects to Centre's hard stance on Myanmar refugees; here are key reasons behind dispute
India

Mizoram objects to Centre's hard stance on Myanmar refugees; here are key reasons behind dispute

Several conflicting factors are at play in the ongoing dispute — including ethnic ties across borders, international relations and concerns about illegal immigration

Assam NRC notification up in air, home ministry seeks issue of rejection slips to delisted, reveals RTI
India

Assam NRC notification up in air, home ministry seeks issue of rejection slips to delisted, reveals RTI

Last week Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was quoted by the media as saying that NRC was not final and Coordinator Hitesh Dev Sarma filed an affidavit before the apex court making a case for reverification

MHA allows foreign journalists with visas to come to India; strict health guidelines still apply
India

MHA allows foreign journalists with visas to come to India; strict health guidelines still apply

Other foreigners from these countries have also been allowed to avail Indian visa facility for business, medical and employment purposes.

Action against Rajiv Gandhi Foundation 'illegal'; govt wants to fight Congress rather than China, says Manish Tewari
Politics

Action against Rajiv Gandhi Foundation 'illegal'; govt wants to fight Congress rather than China, says Manish Tewari

Tewari said the 'illegal , arbitrary and malafide action' against the organisation is yet another example of how low the government can stoop.

Union home ministry allows universities to conduct examinations, asks them to follow SOPs to prevent COVID-19 spread
India

Union home ministry allows universities to conduct examinations, asks them to follow SOPs to prevent COVID-19 spread

The MHA said it has sent a letter to the Union Higher Education Secretary permitting universities and institutions to conduct examinations.

SC asks Centre if individual orders cancelling visas were served to foreign attendees of Tablighi Jamaat meet; matter posted for 2 July
India

SC asks Centre if individual orders cancelling visas were served to foreign attendees of Tablighi Jamaat meet; matter posted for 2 July

Thirty-four foreigners from 15 countries, who had attended the Tablighi Jamaat meet in March, approached the Supreme Court claiming they were not issued individual orders regarding blacklisting and FIRs

SC extends order directing govt not to take coercive action against employers for non-payment of wages till 12 June
India

SC extends order directing govt not to take coercive action against employers for non-payment of wages till 12 June

The Supreme Court said there was a concern that workmen should not be left without pay, but there may be a situation where the industry may not have money to pay and hence, the balancing has to be done.

Economy on course for full-year contraction this fiscal; recovery from COVID-19 disruptions remain clouded: DBS Bank
Business

Economy on course for full-year contraction this fiscal; recovery from COVID-19 disruptions remain clouded: DBS Bank

According to DBS, consumer discretionary sectors, production and services are likely to take longer to recover.

Flipkart awaits advisories from states for resuming full services; Centre allows delivery of non-essential items by e-commerce platforms
Business

Flipkart awaits advisories from states for resuming full services; Centre allows delivery of non-essential items by e-commerce platforms

Sales of non-essential items on e-commerce platforms in the first week of May, after sales of such items were allowed in green and orange zones, were lower than last year on account of the lockdown.

SC orders setting up of panel headed by MHA secretary to look into pleas seeking restoration of 4G internet in Jammu and Kashmir
India

SC orders setting up of panel headed by MHA secretary to look into pleas seeking restoration of 4G internet in Jammu and Kashmir

Pronouncing the verdict on a batch of pleas filed by Foundation for Media Professionals, Soayib Qureshi and Private Schools Association of Jammu and Kashmir, the bench said it needed to ensure balance of national security and human rights

I am healthy, not suffering from any disease, says Amit Shah after rumours about his health do rounds
India

I am healthy, not suffering from any disease, says Amit Shah after rumours about his health do rounds

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said he is "totally healthy" and not suffering from any ailment, dispelling rumours about his health on the social media

Coronavirus Lockdown: With several migrants testing positive after returning to home states, containment efforts get more complicated
India

Coronavirus Lockdown: With several migrants testing positive after returning to home states, containment efforts get more complicated

On 29 April, the Centre allowed the movement of migrants back to their home states, but with strict guidelines.

MHA allows migrant workers, stranded students to return home by bus; new social distancing, sanitation guidelines to be followed
India

MHA allows migrant workers, stranded students to return home by bus; new social distancing, sanitation guidelines to be followed

In an order, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said buses shall be used for transport of such groups of stranded migrants.

Coronavirus Outbreak: London institute conducts research on abilities of dogs to sniff out COVID-19
Health

Coronavirus Outbreak: London institute conducts research on abilities of dogs to sniff out COVID-19

'Medical detection dogs' can be utilised for screening the patients of COVID-19, said a veterinarian associated with sniffer dog department under Union Home Ministry