Fertilizer subsidy announced by FM

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Excise duty on fuel rates reduced

We are reducing the Central excise duty on Petrol by ₹ 8 per litre and on Diesel by ₹ 6 per litre. This will reduce the price of petrol by ₹ 9.5 per litre and of Diesel by ₹ 7 per litre. It will have revenue implication of around ₹ 1 lakh crore/year for the government.

Gas subsidy to 9 crore beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana

This year, we will give a subsidy of ₹ 200 per gas cylinder (upto 12 cylinders) to over 9 crore beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana. This will help our mothers and sisters. This will have a revenue implication of around ₹ 6100 crore a year.

Indian Deaflympics

Assam floods

Floodwaters entered Nagaon city submerging shops, swings at a fair venue. The fair was later shut down by the authorities

Delhi court grants bail to DU professor Ratan Lal

Delhi court grants bail to DU professor Ratan Lal, arrested for alleged objectionable social media post on claims of Shivling at Gyanvapi mosque

Our position on Ukraine is amply clear: Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra

Our position on Ukraine is amply clear and has been reiterated many times. Right from the time when hostilities began, we asked for an immediate cessation of hostilities and dialogue remains the best policy to move forward in this regard: Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra

Joe Biden signs $40 bn aid bill for Ukraine’s war effort: White House

US President Joe Biden on Saturday signed a $40 billion bill set to ensure a steady supply of weaponry and economic support for Ukraine in its fight against Russia, the White House said. Biden signed the bill passed earlier by Congress while visiting Seoul on his first trip to Asia as president. The bill, which will funnel support to Ukraine for about the next five months, includes around $6 billion budgeted for armoured vehicles and air defences.

Puducherry reports seven new COVID-19 cases

Puducherry recorded seven fresh COVID-19 cases during the last 24 hours ending 10 am on Saturday, raising the overall caseload to 1,65,832, a senior official of the health department said. Director of Health G Sriramulu, in a release, said the department evaluated 1,251 samples and seven fresh cases surfaced during the examination. There was no fresh fatality in the last 24 hours and the death toll remained 1,962 in the Union Territory.

Tamil Nadu detects Omicron BA.4 sub-variant, second case in country, according to sources.

Vijay Shekhar Sharma reappointed MD & CEO of Paytm for 5 more years w.e.f December 19, 2022

The company today also informed the exchanges that Madhur Deora has been appointed as Whole-time Director & CFO of the company for five years w.e.f May 20, 2022

J-K tunnel collapse: Three more bodies recovered, search on for six others

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Efforts underway to make NE insurgency-free, 9,000 militants of region returned to mainstream in last 8 years

– Home Minister Amit Shah

Inter-state boundary dispute between Assam, Arunachal to be resolved by next year

– Home Minister Amit Shah

Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury claims that his Twitter account was hacked and has filed a Police complaint with South Avenue Police Station, New Delhi.

Russian military says it destroys western arms consignment in Ukraine

The Russian military said Saturday it had destroyed a major western arms consignment in Ukraine’s Zhytomyr region, west of Kyiv, using sea-launched Kalibr missiles, Interfax news agency reported.

Beijing city reports 63 new local COVID cases over 24 hours

Beijing reported 63 new domestically transmitted COVID-19 infections during the 24 hours to 3 p.m. (0700 GMT) on Saturday, a disease control official at the Chinese capital said. Of the infections, 56 were found in controlled areas and seven during community screening tests, Liu Xiaofeng, deputy director at Beijing Center for Disease Prevention and Control, told a news briefing. The city has recorded 1,399 COVID infections since April 22, Liu said.

Sri Lanka: 10 hour long water cut imposed in Colombo amid food, fuel shortage

Several parts of the Colombo city will undergo a 10-hour- long water cut on Saturday, Sri Lanka media reports said citing the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) of the country. The report said that the water cut will be effective from today at 10.00 pm and extend till 8.00 am on Sunday morning. It has been imposed due to the maintenance work, reported the Daily Mirror. The supply in four areas of the city will be completely interrupted while two areas will experience low pressure water supply, the board said while advising people to store required amount of water and use it cautiously.

Over 193.53 cr COVID-19 vaccine doses provided to states, UTs: Centre

Over 193.53 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been provided to States and UTs so far through free of cost channel and through direct state procurement category, informed the Ministry of Health and Family welfare on Saturday. “More than 193.53 crore (1,93,53,58,865) vaccine doses have been provided to States/UTs so far through Govt. of India (free of cost channel) and through direct state procurement category,” it said. The Ministry also said that 16,67,39,155 balance and unutilized COVID Vaccine doses are still available with the States and UTs to be administered.

Amit Shah visits Ramakrishna Mission Ashram in Arunachal

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday visited Ramakrishna Mission Ashram in Narottam Nagar in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh during his two-day visit to the state. Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju also visited the Ashram along with Amit Shah. The Home Minister attended the golden jubilee celebration of Ramakrishna Mission Ashram. Shah will attend various programmes and inaugurate many developmental projects in the state.

India’s R Praggnanandhaa stuns World Champion Magnus Carlsen for second time in year

India’s 16-year-old Grandmaster Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu stunned World Champion Magnus Carlsen for the second time in just three months as he got better of the Norwegian in the fifth round of the Chessable Masters online rapid chess tournament on Friday. The fifth round match of the tournament was headed towards a draw but a one-move blunder from the world champion Magnus Carlsen resulted in his defeat. Despite the victory, the 16-year-old GM was not happy. “I do not want to win that way!” said R Praggnanandhaa after Magnus Carlsen blundered.

Hate speech case: Kerala court dismisses anticipatory bail plea of PC George

Ernakulam District Sessions Court dismissed the anticipatory bail plea of former MLA PC George in a case registered against him for alleged hate speech. Earlier he was booked by Palarivattom police under IPC 153 and 295 A. He allegedly delivered the speech in connection with a Saptaha Yajna event at the Mahadeva Temple at Vennala in the Ernakulam on May 8. Days before, he was arrested by the Thiruvananthapuram Fort police in another case for alleged communal remarks delivered at Ananthapuri Hindu Maha Sammelan.

Telangana CM K Chandrashekar to visit Mohalla clinic in Delhi

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao accompanied by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will visit Mohalla clinic in the national capital on Saturday at 5 pm. Both the Chief Ministers will also visit a Delhi Government school. Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao is on an India tour to attend national-level political and social programs. On May 20, the Chief Minister met different political party leaders, and economic experts in Delhi to discuss the country’s economic conditions.

Maha: Industrial area in Aurangabad faces water shortage

Industries in Aurangabad are facing water crunch, as 3 million litres of water per day is being diverted to the city from the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) area, stakeholders claimed on Saturday. The Marathwada Association for Small Scale Industries and Agriculture (MASSIA) wrote to MIDC officials about the scarcity last week and is yet to receive a reply from them, president of the association Narayan Pawar said.

Crisis hit Sri Lanka lifts state of emergency

The Sri Lankan government lifted the state of emergency from Saturday, nearly two weeks after it was imposed across the island nation as it faced unprecedented economic and anti-government protests. Embattled Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had declared a state of emergency with effect from May 6 midnight, the second time in just over a month amidst growing countrywide anti-government protests over the economic crisis. The Presidential Secretariat stated that the state of emergency has been lifted with effect from Friday midnight, Hiru News reported.

PV Sindhu loses in Thailand Open semifinals

Star India shuttler P V Sindhu made an exit from Thailand Open after going down in straight games to Olympic champion Chen Yu Fei in the semifinals here on Saturday. Sindhu, a two-time Olympic medallist, lost 17-21 16-21 to third seeded Chen in 43 minutes to end an impressive run in the Super 500 tournament. Sindhu, seeded sixth, enjoyed a 6-4 head-to-head count coming into the match but she was not at her usual self against the Chinese, who dished out an aggressive badminton to come up trumps against the Indian.

Active case count hits zero, Manipur turns coronavirus-free

Manipur became a coronavirus-free state with three active COVID-19 patients recovering from the disease, a health department official said. The active case count in the northeastern state hit zero for the first time in the last 26 months, Health Services Director Dr K Rajo Singh said. The caseload remained at 1,37,230, he said. Altogether, 1,35,110 people have so far recuperated from the disease and the recovery rate was 98.45 per cent.

Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s now-deleted tweet

Bommai holds consultations with BJP leadership on RS, Legislative Council polls

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, who paid a sudden visit to Delhi sparking off speculation in political circles, on Saturday said there was no discussion with the BJP’s central leadership on Cabinet rejig or expansion. The consultations during his visit revolved around the upcoming polls for Rajya Sabha and Legislative Council. Elections to seven Council seats will be held on June 3, and the biennial elections to four seats of the Rajya Sabha from Karnataka on June 10.

Minor fire breaks out in new Parliament building: Officials

A minor fire broke out in the new Parliament building in central Delhi on Saturday afternoon, officials said. Information regarding the blaze was received at 12.35 pm and five fire-tenders were rushed to the spot, the fire department officials said. It was a minor blaze and the fire staff present inside the Parliament complex doused it even before the fire-tenders reached the spot, they added.

Biden says US has offered N Korea Covid vaccines but ‘got no response’

US President Joe Biden said Saturday that America had offered North Korea Covid vaccines but “got no response” despite a spiralling epidemic in the isolated country. “We’ve offered vaccines, not only to North Korea but to China as well and we’re prepared to do that immediately,” he said at a press conference in Seoul. “We’ve got no response,” he added.

Assam floods: 9 people die due to floods

A total of 9 people have died due to floods and 5 due to landslides in different districts of the state from 6th April to 20th May; 7 people are missing.

Assam floods: 9 people die due to floods

Chhattisgarh govt asks PFRDA to return Rs 17,240 crore for old pension scheme rollout

The Chhattisgarh government has written a letter to the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) asking it to refund the money deposited towards the National Pension System (NPS) since November 2004 along with accruals, officials said on Saturday. In a letter to the Chairman of PFRDA, New Delhi on Friday, state’s Finance Secretary Alarmelmangai D said the Chhattisgarh government has decided to reinstate the old pension scheme (OPS) and therefore, the demand is being made to implement the decision.

US, S Korea looking to ‘expand’ military exercises in response to Pyongyang ‘threat’: statement

The United States and South Korea announced Saturday that they would look to “expand” joint military exercises in response to threats from the North, as President Joe Biden visited Seoul. Considering the “evolving threat” posed by Pyongyang, Biden and South Korea’s President Yoon Suk-yeol “agree to initiate discussions to expand the scope and scale of combined military exercises and training on and around the Korean peninsula”, they said in a statement.

US, S Korea express ‘concern’ on N Korea Covid, offer assistance: statement

The United States and South Korea expressed concern Saturday over North Korea’s spiralling Covid-19 outbreak and made a fresh offer of aid, they said in a statement as US President Joe Biden visited Seoul. “Both leaders express concern over the recent Covid-19 outbreak in the DPRK. The ROK and the U.S. are willing to work with the international community to provide assistance to the DPRK to combat the virus,” the statement said.

US, S Korea express ‘concern’ on N Korea Covid, offer assistance. US, S Korea looking to ‘expand’ military exercises in response to Pyongyang ‘threat’: Statement

Fire breaks out at factory in Delhi

A fire broke out at a factory in north Delhi’s Bawana area on Saturday morning, officials said. The information about the fire was received at 11.05 am. Seven to eight fire tenders are working at the spot to douse the blaze, the fire officials said. In another incident, a fire broke out at a shop in east Delhi’s Pandav Nagar area. The fire department received information about it at 11.05 am, they said.

Taliban ditches former ally TTP over quest for global recognition

In a quest to gain global recognition, the Taliban has brokered the deal between Islamabad and the Tehreek-Taliban Pakistan rebels who have been detained and handed over to Pakistan by the organization. This move comes after the Taliban, in order to prove its usefulness to the world community has been going every length and breadth to keep the interests of Kabul intact as well as to end violent skirmishes that the TTP’s presence on its soil has been causing.

Russia attacks Ukraine’s eastern cities

Russian forces continued attacking the cities of Lysychansk and Severodonetsk in Ukraine’s eastern region of Luhansk to try to cut the area off from the rest of Ukraine, the region’s governor said.

U.S., others walk out of APEC talks over Russia’s Ukraine invasion: officials

Thousands of Covid-negative Beijing residents sent to quarantine

Thousands of Covid-negative Beijing residents were forcibly relocated to quarantine hotels overnight due to a handful of infections, as the capital begins to take more extreme control measures resembling virus-hit Shanghai. Beijing has been battling its worst outbreak since the pandemic started. The Omicron variant has infected over 1,300 since late April, leading city restaurants, schools and tourist attractions to be closed indefinitely. China’s strategy to achieve zero Covid cases includes strict border closures, lengthy quarantines, mass testing and rapid, targeted lockdowns.

NSE co-location scam: CBI raids brokers and traders. Searches underway at 10 locations. Searches underway in Mumbai, Gandhinagar, Gurugram and Kolkatta.

Senior Akali leader Tota Singh passes away

Senior Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader and former Punjab minister Tota Singh, 81, passed away at a private hospital in Mohali on Saturday after prolonged illness. Singh had served as the agriculture and education minister in the Akali government. He was the senior vice-president and a member of the core committee of the SAD. He was also a member of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. Singh was elected as legislator for the first time from the Moga Assembly seat in 1997. He was inducted as education minister in the Parkash Singh Badal-led government at that time.

IndiGrid Mar qtr net jumps 45 pc to Rs 99.80 cr

Infrastructure investment trust IndiGrid has posted over 45 per cent rise in its consolidated net profit at Rs 99.80 crore in the March quarter, mainly on the back of higher revenues. The consolidated net profit of India Grid Trust (IndiGrid) was Rs 68.69 crore in the quarter ended March 31, 2021, a regulatory filing showed. Total income in the quarter under review rose to Rs 568.50 crore, from Rs 514.09 crore a year ago. The consolidated net profit in the fiscal 2021-22 also rose to Rs 343.27 crore, from Rs 334.40 crore in 2020-21.

Ukraine’s Zelenskyy proposes formal deal on compensation from Russia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy proposed a formal deal with the country’s allies to secure Russian compensation for the damage its forces have caused during the war. Zelenskyy, who says Russia is trying to destroy as much of Ukraine’s infrastructure as it can, said such a deal would show nations planning aggressive acts that they would have to pay for their actions.

European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde said crypto-currencies are “based on nothing” and should be regulated to steer people away from speculating on them with their life savings.

Dominica withdraws illegal entry case against Mehul Choksi

Fugitive diamantaire Mehul Choksi on Saturday got relief from the Commonwealth of Dominica where he was charged with illegal entry by the police. The prosecution of Dominica decided to withdraw/discontinue the legal proceedings in the illegal entry case against him. “Choksi is pleased that the Dominican Government has today dropped all charges against him for unlawful entry in May 2021. By doing so they now recognise that there was never any case against him. Choksi was forcibly removed from Antigua against his will by agents of the Indian State, viciously assaulted, and taken to Dominica by boat, where he was again unlawfully handed over to authorities for an offence he never committed. Choksi’s legal team continue to pursue all avenues for justice to redress the human rights violations committed against him.

Indian men’s compound archery team wins successive World Cup gold medals

The Indian men’s compound archery team on Saturday came from behind to prevail over France by two points in an intense finish to win the gold medal in successive World Cup stages. In a repeat of the Stage 1 final, the fourth-seeded men’s team, comprising Abhishek Verma, Aman Saini and Rajat Chauhan, found itself trailing against its sixth-seed rivals in the first two ends.

North Korea reports more fevers as Kim claims virus progress

North Korea said on Saturday it found nearly 220,000 more people with feverish symptoms even as leader Kim Jong Un claimed progress in slowing a largely undiagnosed spread of COVID-19 across an unvaccinated population of 26 million. The outbreak has caused concern about serious tragedies in the poor, isolated country with one of the world’s worst health care systems and a high tolerance for civilian suffering. Experts say North Korea is almost certainly downplaying the true scale of the viral spread, including a strangely small death toll, to soften the political blow on Kim as he navigates the toughest moment in his decade of rule.

Assam: Flood throws life out of gear in beautiful city of Haflong

Haflong– the beautiful city in Assam’s Dima Hasao district– has been devastated as a result of the ongoing flood in the state. With the bar being completely ruined, it was also reported that the walls of the houses in this district have ruptured. The unmanageable water has brought a pause to the traffic and has made it nearly impossible for the people to live in their houses.

Russia stops Finland gas flow over payments dispute

Russia’s Gazprom on Saturday halted gas exports to neighbouring Finland, the Finnish gas system operator said, the latest escalation of an energy payments dispute with Western nations. “Gas imports through Imatra entry point have been stopped,” Gasgrid Finland said in a statement. Imatra is the entry point for Russian gas into Finland. Finnish state-owned gas wholesaler Gasum on Friday said Gazprom had warned that flows would be halted from 0400 GMT on Saturday morning.

Amit Shah embarks on two-day visit to Arunachal Pradesh

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday embarked on a two-day visit to Arunachal Pradesh to attend various programmes and inaugurate many development projects. “Leaving for Arunachal Pradesh on a two-day visit. Looking forward to attending various programs in this beautiful part of India,” Shah tweeted after leaving Delhi. During the two-day visit to the northeastern state, the Home Minister will attend public events, inaugurate various development projects and interact with the personnel of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB)– the Central Armed Police Forces under the Ministry of Home Affairs deployed in the region to guard Border and maintain the internal security of the country.

J&K tunnel collapse: Operation to rescue missing labourers resumes

The operation to rescue nine labourers feared trapped under the debris following the collapse of an under-construction tunnel on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway resumed early on Saturday after a fresh landslide forced the authorities to suspend the process last evening, officials said. Their chances of survival are, however, bleak, they said. A labourer was killed and three others rescued when the audit tunnel of T3 on the highway near Khooni Nallah In Jammu and Kashmir’s Ramban district caved in at the start of the work around 10.15 pm on Thursday.

Thunderstorm with light intensity rain to occur over certain parts of Delhi NCR

Thunderstorm/duststorm with light intensity rain and gusty winds with speed of 30-40 kmph would occur over and adjoining areas of isolated places of south, southeast Delhi, Gurugram, Faridabad, Ballabhgarh during the next 2 hours, said the India Meteorological Department reports.

Thane district’s COVID-19 count rises by 27

With the addition of 27 coronavirus positive cases, the infection count in Thane district of Maharashtra mounted to 7,09,494, an official said on Saturday. These cases were reported on Friday. As nobody succumbed to the infection during the day, the death toll in the district remained unchanged at 11,895, he said, adding that the mortality rate is 1.67 per cent.

Ukraine gets 600-million-euro financial aid from EU

Ukraine has received the second tranche of 600 million euros (634 million U.S. dollars) of the European Union’s (EU’s) emergency macro-financial assistance program, the Ukrainian Finance Ministry said on Friday. “The funds will be used to maintain financial stability in Ukraine during the war,” the ministry said in a statement. Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal welcomed the aid and thanked European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen for the aid.

Truss says NATO considering supplying Moldova with weapons

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss says the United Kingdom and other NATO members are discussing the possibility of sending modern weaponry to Moldova. “I would want to see Moldova equipped to Nato standard. This is a discussion we’re having with our allies,” Truss said in a Friday interview with The Telegraph. According to Truss, NATO members are talking about the possibility of ensuring that not only Ukraine, but also Moldova has modern defenses.

India Covid update

India reports 2,323 new Covid cases in the last 24 hours

The Central government has announced a fresh composition of the Standing Committee of the Inter-State Council comprising 13 members, including its Chairman Union Home Minister Amit Shah: MHA notification

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with India’s contingent at the Deaflympics at 9:30 am today

Axis Mutual Fund sacks second fund manager

Axis Mutual Fund has fired Deepak Agrawal, the second fund manager facing probe for front-loading and insider trading. Last Wednesday, India’s seventh-biggest asset manager by way of pooled cash under management had sacked its chief dealer Viresh Joshi for the same charges.

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