Daily buzz @ 11 May, 2020 Trains services resume from Tuesday: Book tickets online on IRCTC


47th day of lockdown

India @ 67,724 and death toll touched 2,215


Trains services resume from Tuesday: Book tickets online on IRCTC

The Ministry of Railways announced on Sunday that passenger train services will be gradually resumed in India starting May 12. Booking will begin at 4pm on May 11. Initially, 15 pair of trains with origin from New Delhi will run. They will go to Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad, and Jammu Tawi and return to New Delhi. Passengers will be able to book tickets using only the IRCTC website irctc.co.in or the IRCTC mobile app. Tickets will not be available at Indian Railways counters. 

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Google, Facebook Extend Work-From-Home Plans:

Google and Facebook have told most employees to keep working from home for the rest of the year as part of a response by the tech giants to the deadly coronavirus pandemic. Chief executive SundarPichai told Google staff at an all-hands meeting that its remote work policy will be extended until 2021, the Silicon Valley giant confirmed Friday. Any return to offices was expected to be incremental and staggered, according to the company.

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No pay cut for central government employees, finance ministry clarifies:

Amid reports that the central government might impose pay cuts on some categories of central government employees to ease pressure on government’s expenditure during lockdown, the finance ministry today clarified that no such move is being planned.

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India may be Apple’s next big production hub:

Electronics and technology giant, Apple Inc, plans to move almost a fifth of its production capacity from China to India. According to reports, the company wants to reap the benefits of the Indian government’s new production-linked incentives (PLI) scheme to encourage local production in the country.

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Wuhan in first virus cluster since end of lockdown:

Wuhan reported five new cases on Monday, after confirming its first case since 3 April on Sunday.Authorities said the small cluster of cases were all from the same residential compound.China has been easing restrictions in recent weeks and cases had been declining.

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Australians flocked to shopping centres across the country as coronavirus restrictions began to ease:

Australians flocked to shopping centres across the country as coronavirus restrictions began to ease.But a lack of adhering to 1.5-metre physical distancing rules has raised concerns.Brisbane shopper Richard Low described the rush as similar to “Christmas crowds”.Australia will keep its international borders closed for at least three to four months to protect itself from the coronavirus pandemic that continues to deepen in other parts of the world.

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IT industry begins operations with 10-20% workforce in Hyderabad:

Telangana government, which extended the lockdown till May 29, has provided certain relaxations for private companies. IT/ITeS industry located in GHMC area is all set to begin operations today.The IT industry in Hyderabad is getting back to work from their respective campuses, in a staggered way, after operating with as low as five per cent workforce since the first phase of lockdown was announced, to about 10-20 per cent now.

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TSRTC to run buses with 50 pc occupancy:

With the Union government permitting States to operate buses with 50 per cent seating capacity in green zones, the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) is gearing up to resume services in some parts of the State.Senior officials said that if a bus has a seating capacity of around 40 seats, only 20 passengers would be allowed to travel.

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INS Kesari on ‘Mission Sagar’ to provide relief to Island countries:

As part of the Government of India outreach amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Indian Naval Ship Kesari has departed for Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, Madagascar and Comoros, to provide Food Items, COVID related Medicines including HCQ Tablets and Special Ayurvedic Medicines with Medical Assistance Teams embarked, on Sunday.

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One lakh additional beds in COVID-19 hospitals by May-end: Adityanath

In a bid to ensure effective control over the coronavirus disease, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday said 25,000 additional beds will be arranged till May 20 in various dedicated COVID-19 hospitals of the state and the number will be increased to 1 lakh beds by the end of May.

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