Iconic sites around the world reopen their doors

Famed archaeological sites are among the global tourist destinations that are once again allowed to welcome visitors.Iconic global monuments are reopening their doors after weeks of closure as countries around the world move ahead with plans to cautiously ease restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic.An increasing number of popular tourist destinations - from famed archaeological sites, through centuries-old places of worship, to once-bustling markets - are once again allowed to welcome...

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Hundreds in US demand justice for George Floyd

Protesters in the United States state of Minnesota on Tuesday filled the Minneapolis intersection where George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was pinned down by a white officer before dying at a hospital on Monday.Protesters chanted: "I can't breathe" and "Jail killer KKKops."The protesters eventually marched to a city police precinct, where police used tear gas to disperse the crowd. Police said some protesters damaged windows and a squad car and sprayed graffiti on the building.The death of Floyd...

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India braces for worst locust invasion in decades

Swarms of desert locusts have become the latest threat faced by coronavirus-hit India, with states scrambling to spray pesticides to prevent crop damage from the worst such attack in almost 30 years.Crops and vegetable plantations in several Indian states, including Rajasthan, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh are in the path of the invading insects.The government has stepped up its response with locust containment measures and a pesticide-spraying campaign which includes the use of drones.Operations...

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Wajid Khan dies at 42: Amitabh Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra lead Bollywood tributes for ‘the nicest man’

Bollywood has condoled the death of music composer Wajid Khan, one half of popular duo Sajid-Wajid, who died due to complications after a kidney infection in the early hours of Monday. Actors such as Amitabh Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Varun Dhawan, Bipasha Basu, Preity Zinta and others took to social media to share messages about Wajid.Amitabh wrote on Twitter, “Shocked at the passing of Wajid Khan .. a bright smiling talent passes away .. duas , prayers and in condolence.” Varun wrote, “shocked...

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‘US addicted to quitting’, says China on move to terminate ties with WHO

China said on Monday the United States was “addicted to quitting” following a US decision to leave the World Health Organization (WHO) and said the withdrawal reveals a pursuit of power politics and unilateralism.Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters during a daily briefing that the international community disagreed with what he described as the selfish behaviour of the United States.“The U.S. has become addicted to quitting groups and scrapping treaties,” said Zhao.President...

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1,026 imported goods go off CAPF canteen shelves in Amit Shah’s swadeshi push

A total of 1,026 foreign products, including chocolates, shoes and gadgets will be taken off the shelves from Monday at all central paramilitary force canteens across the country, in keeping with an earlier order by the Ministry of Home Affairs.Last month Union Home Minister Amit Shah had announced that only swadeshi goods will be sold at CAPF canteens. The MHA order had said only Made in India products will be sold in all central paramilitary force canteens come June. Some of the companies whose...

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Russia to roll out its first approved Covid-19 drug next week

Russia will start giving its first drug approved to treat Covid-19 to patients next week, its state financial backer told Reuters, a move it hopes will ease strains on the health system and speed a return to normal economic life.Russian hospitals can begin giving the antiviral drug, which is registered under the name Avifavir, to patients from June 11, the head of Russia’s RDIF sovereign wealth fund told Reuters in an interview. He said the company behind the drug would manufacture enough to treat...

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US will consider rejoining WHO if it ends corruption, reliance on China: White House

The US will consider rejoining the World Health Organization if it ends corruption and reliance on China, the White House has said.President Donald Trump on Friday terminated America’s relationship with the WHO and accused the global health body of being hand in glove with China in sharing inaccurate information to the world about the coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 370,000 people globally.“The WHO needs to reform. What the president said, if the WHO reforms and ends the corruption...

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Airlines urged to keep middle seats empty or give ‘wrap-around gowns’

The aviation regulator DGCA on Monday urged airlines to try and keep the middle seats vacant. In case it cannot be done, it added, the passengers should be provided with “wrap-around gowns”.Social distancing is a big part in the battle against coronavirus.“Attempts should be made to keep the middle seat empty to the extent possible... If the middle seat is occupied due to high load, the flyer should be provided with a ‘wrap-around gowns’,” said the DGCA.India resumed domestic flight operations...

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Amid Covid-19 crisis, PM Modi calls for ‘maximum discussion’ on three things including tele-medicine

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that he would urge maximum discussion and participation on three things in healthcare sector amid the Covid-19 crisis, one of them being advances in tele-medicine. He also pushed for the ‘Make in India’ cause in health sector and developing more “IT-related tools” for healthcare.“Can we think of new models that make tele-medicine popular on a larger scale?” the prime minister said.“During the last six years, the Central government gave top-most...

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