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Earthquake of 6.3 magnitude hits Tajikistan; tremors felt in parts of Delhi, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir
India

Earthquake of 6.3 magnitude hits Tajikistan; tremors felt in parts of Delhi, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir

Tremors were also felt in Pakistan's Islamabad, and in cities in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab provinces as well as in Pakistan occupied-Kashmir (PoK)

Delhi rains continue for fourth consecutive day; IMD predicts more showers, hailstorms today
India

Delhi rains continue for fourth consecutive day; IMD predicts more showers, hailstorms today

The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides representative data for the city, recorded 6 mm rainfall between 8:30 am on Tuesday and 8:30 am on Wednesday

Eight NCR districts in Uttar Pradesh account for over 25% of state's active COVID-19 cases
India

Eight NCR districts in Uttar Pradesh account for over 25% of state's active COVID-19 cases

The eight districts are Gautam Buddh Nagar, Ghaziabad, Hapur, Bulandshahr, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Baghpat and Shamli. They account for 5,917 of 23,357 active cases combined

Gautam Buddh Nagar DM announces random COVID-19 tests for people coming from Delhi to Noida as cases rise
India

Gautam Buddh Nagar DM announces random COVID-19 tests for people coming from Delhi to Noida as cases rise

Gautam Buddh Nagar has recorded 20,566 cases of COVID-19 including 73 deaths, with 1,236 active cases, according to official data on Tuesday

Construction workers hesistant to return to Delhi, fear another sudden lockdown and arduous journey back home
India

Construction workers hesistant to return to Delhi, fear another sudden lockdown and arduous journey back home

Though there is some construction activity at developmental projects abandoned after the lockdown, contractors say the guidelines about reduced workforce and social distancing has halted most activity

Out of work in COVID-19 lockdown, Delhi citizens try self-employment in hopes of rebuilding livelihoods
India

Out of work in COVID-19 lockdown, Delhi citizens try self-employment in hopes of rebuilding livelihoods

With millions out of work and many being forced to explore new avenues, it remains to be seen how much success these ventures have.

Delhi Metro resumes today: Expect cashless travel, empty alternate seats and longer stops
India

Delhi Metro resumes today: Expect cashless travel, empty alternate seats and longer stops

After a gap of more than five months and a week, metro stations and coaches of the National Capital Region will witness passengers willing to go through the restrictive, controlled and strictly enforced entry, travel and exit conditions

Valid pollution control certificate a must to renew car insurance; not needed for claims: IRDAI
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Valid pollution control certificate a must to renew car insurance; not needed for claims: IRDAI

The apex court called on general insurance companies to ensure that the rule is followed scrupulously, with special focus on compliance in Delhi–NCR.

SC pulls up IIT-Bombay for backing out of smog tower project in Delhi, warns of action
India

SC pulls up IIT-Bombay for backing out of smog tower project in Delhi, warns of action

The top court had directed IIT-Bombay to take responsibility for the project — a large air purifier in Delhi's Connaught Place to tackle air pollution

'Gundaraj': Politicians, scribes slam Uttar Pradesh govt over journalist Vikram Joshi's death in Ghaziabad
India

'Gundaraj': Politicians, scribes slam Uttar Pradesh govt over journalist Vikram Joshi's death in Ghaziabad

The journalist succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday after being shot in the head by some armed men for filing a molestation case against a group of individuals

Coronavirus outbreak: Yogi Adityanath asks officials to stay alert about movement of people in Noida, Ghaziabad
India

Coronavirus outbreak: Yogi Adityanath asks officials to stay alert about movement of people in Noida, Ghaziabad

Adityanath also asked officials to ensure intensive screening of people for possible infection during a 10-day surveillance campaign launched in 10 districts of the Meerut region from Thursday.

Low-intensity earthquake of 2.1 magnitude hits National Capital; epicentre at Delhi-Gurugram border
India

Low-intensity earthquake of 2.1 magnitude hits National Capital; epicentre at Delhi-Gurugram border

The epicenter of the earthquake was at the Delhi-Gurugram border and it occurred at 1 pm at a depth of 18 kilometre, the NCS said.

Coronavirus outbreak: Ensuring water, hygiene facilities for migrant labourers can safeguard millions stranded during shutdown
India

Coronavirus outbreak: Ensuring water, hygiene facilities for migrant labourers can safeguard millions stranded during shutdown

An advisory (dated 31.03.20) issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) suggests various health-related actions for migrant workers, depending on their current location

Coronavirus threatens world population, but for migrant labourers in India hunger and poverty still loom large
India

Coronavirus threatens world population, but for migrant labourers in India hunger and poverty still loom large

The poor in India are in a fix. They don’t know which is a bigger killer: the novel coronavirus or hunger which has been thrust upon them due to an unprecedented crisis.

Coronavirus Outbreak and casual labour: Economist Reetika Khera spells out 26 urgent steps that govt should take
India

Coronavirus Outbreak and casual labour: Economist Reetika Khera spells out 26 urgent steps that govt should take

The spread of the coronavirus, and the lockdowns have created economic havoc in the lives of the millions who are part of the informal sector, not just daily wagers, but also workers of the gig economy.

UPSRTC urges all DMs, SPs not to obstruct movement of 200 special buses carrying migrant labourers from Delhi to Uttar Pradesh
India

UPSRTC urges all DMs, SPs not to obstruct movement of 200 special buses carrying migrant labourers from Delhi to Uttar Pradesh

Hundreds of people, comprising mostly of migrant workers and their families, gathered at the Lal Kua from Delhi, Gurugram and other places, to take buses to their respective destinations amid the lockdown. The majority of those who arrived at Lal Kua, had completed their journey from their places of stay in Delhi to the place of departure for the buses on foot.

Coronavirus Outbreak: MHA asks states to stop mass exodus of migrant labourers as India struggles to curb disease spread
India

Coronavirus Outbreak: MHA asks states to stop mass exodus of migrant labourers as India struggles to curb disease spread

The Union Home Ministry on Friday asked state governments to prevent a mass exodus of migrant agriculture labourers, industrial workers and unorganised sector employees from their workplaces to hometowns amid a 21-day nationwide lockdown to combat the coronavirus.

Coronavirus lockdown: Migrant labourers set out on long journey home; over 300 seen crammed in container trucks in Maharashtra
India

Coronavirus lockdown: Migrant labourers set out on long journey home; over 300 seen crammed in container trucks in Maharashtra

Hit by a sudden 21-day lockdown due to coronavirus and no transport, hundreds of migrant labourers are walking from the Delhi-NCR region and Gujarat to reach their homes, about 200 to 300 kilometres away, in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan