Daily buzz @ 20 May, 2020 200 new non-AC trains a day from June, boost to vaccine hopes


57th day of lockdown

India @ 107,819, and death toll touched 3,317


200 new non-AC trains a day from June, boost to vaccine hopes:

Passenger train service will expand from the existing 15 trains to more than 200 starting next month. The service will involve non-air conditioned trains, which had not been allowed so far. The 15 trains that have been running since May 12 are air-conditioned trains and the passengers are required to maintain rules of social distancing and use masks and sanitizers.

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“Indian Virus Looks More Lethal Than Chinese, Italian”: Nepal PM’s Attack:

“Those who are coming from India through illegal channels are spreading the virus in the country and some local representatives and party leaders are responsible for bringing in people from India without proper testing,” MrOli said in his speech in Tuesday, his first in parliament since a major health scare.This has escalated the rift between India and Nepal over a new road inaugurated by India.

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Domestic flights to begin operations from May 25, guidelines to follow:

In further relaxation of lockdown rules, domestic flights will begin operations from May 25 in a calibrated manner. Currently, only cargo and evacuation flight services are allowed.The nationwide lockdown to halt the spread of coronavirus is in place till May 31. However, certain relaxations have been allowed.All airports and air carriers are being informed to be ready for operations from next week, tweeted civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri.

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New EPF rule: How your CTC, in-hand salary will change from this month

With employees’ provident fund (EPF) rules being changed for three months from May, your in-hand salary will increase but without a change in your total CTC (cost to company). To ease liquidity pressure on both employers and employees, the government has announced that statutory rate of contribution for both parties will be reduced from 12% to 10%.

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Bangalore: The mystery of the loud unknown noise leaves residents rattled

A loud ‘thundering’ sound in several parts of Bengaluru on Wednesday afternoon triggered panic among the residents, while the officials ruled out the possibility of it being an earthquake.The Bengaluru police commissioner BhaskarRao said there was no damage reported anywhere.

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Amphan: Millions hunker down in India and Bangladesh as cyclone arrives

Ferocious wind and rain is lashing parts of eastern India and Bangladesh as Cyclone Amphan makes landfall.Millions of people were evacuated in anticipation of the storm, which originated in the Bay of Bengal.The storm, the first super cyclone in the area since 1999, is forecast to cause deadly storm surges, severe flooding and mudslides.

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Afghan girls make ventilators out of car parts:

Afghanistan’s all-girl robotics team has turned it focus on coronavirus patients – by making affordable ventilators out of car parts.The teenagers made headlines in 2017 when they won a special award at an international competition in the US.Now they are racing against time to deliver ventilators by the end of May, at a fraction of the market price.

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Michigan floods: Evacuations after Edenville and Sanford dams collapse

About 10,000 residents have been evacuated in the US state of Michigan after two dams collapsed following days of heavy rain, officials say.It was the second time in 24 hours that residents were told to evacuate because of rising waters. They have been advised to wear a face covering and observe social distancing while evacuating to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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Coronavirus bites into Australia’s bushfire recovery:

Australia was only just emerging from devastating bushfires when the coronavirus struck, and as the BBC’s Shaimaa Khalil writes, some tourist-dependent towns are now facing a double disaster.

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EasyJet admits data of nine million hacked:

EasyJet has admitted that a “highly sophisticated cyber-attack” has affected approximately nine million customers.It said email addresses and travel details had been stolen and that 2,208 customers had also had their credit card details “accessed”.”This was a highly sophisticated attacker. It took time to understand the scope of the attack and to identify who had been impacted,” the airline told the BBC.

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GHMC gears up to open 45 more BasthiDawakhanas:

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) in coordination with the Health department has appointed nodal officers for monitoring and coordinating the inauguration of 45 BasthiDawakhanas.Presently, the GHMC, along with the Commissioner of Health and Family Welfare department, has established and operating 123 BasthiDawakhanas in the city. Another 45 of these health and wellness centres have already been set up.

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Schools in Andhra Pradesh to reopen on Aug 3:

All schools in Andhra Pradesh, closed due to COVID-19, will reopen on August 3.Addressing a review meeting on `Nadu-Nedu’ programme to develop schools here on Tuesday, he said all the development works taken up in the first phase with respect to 15,715 schools should be completed by July end.

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