Daily buzz @ 3 May, 2020 Today’s Headlines 39th day of lockdown


39th day of lockdown

India @ 40,019 and death toll touched 1,326


Salute to corona warriors across India by IAF:

Military choppers showered petals on leading hospitals across the country as part of a mega exercise to express gratitude to lakhs of doctors, paramedics and other front-line workers battling the coronavirus pandemic.

Besides Delhi, the Indian Air Force conducted fly-pasts in a number of cities including Mumbai, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Guwahati, Patna, Lucknow, Srinagar, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Bhopal, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Coimbatore and Thiruvananthapuram, they said.

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Commerce Ministry working to establish India as manufacturing hub:

Commerce and Industry Minister PiyushGoyal has recently stated that in the post-COVID era, there is going to be a perceptible change in the global supply-chains, and Indian industrialists and exporters should be looking to capture significant share in the world trade. “There are 12 champion sectors which can be looked upon. These include modular furniture, toys, food processing like ready-to-eat food, agro-chemicals, textiles like man-made fibres, air conditioners, capital goods, pharma and auto components,” one of the sources said.

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Economy will take over a year to achieve its normalcy once the lockdown ends:

For the full financial year 2020-21, the expectations of a fall in revenue are staggered, with 33 per cent of the firms anticipating a revenue fall of more than 40 per cent, closely followed by 32 per cent of firms expecting a revenue contraction ranging between 20 per cent to 40 per cent. On the career and livelihoods front, more than half of the firms foresee job losses in their respective sectors after the lockdown. A significant share of respondents (45 per cent) expects 15 per cent to 30 per cent cut in jobs.

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Five security personnel get killed in an anti-terror operation in Kashmir:

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday described as “deeply disturbing and painful” the killing of five security personnel including two senior Army officers, a colonel and a major, in an anti-terror operation in the Handwara area of north Kashmir. Singh said the security personnel showed exemplary courage in their fight against the terrorists and that their bravery and sacrifice will never be forgotten.

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Hizbul Mujahedeen, TRF quibble over credit for Handwara terror attack:

The banned terror outfit Hizbul Mujahedeen and Lashkar-e-Taiba’s (LeT) newly formed The Resistance Front (TRF), were quibbling over the credit for perpetrating the terror attack in Kashmir’s Handwara town.While one of the Hizbul terrorists made an audio call to his aide during the encounter with the Indian security forces in Handwara, claiming responsibility for the terror attack, TRF has been posting pictures of the two terrorists taking credit for the same.

Two terrorists were killed after they had been challenged by Indian security forces in an eight-hour-long gun battle in Handwara town of Kupwara district on Saturday.

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Telangana is second among all such States after Tamil Nadu, which has a recovery rate of 51 per cent:

At present, the overall recovery rate of coronavirus positive cases in the country is 26.6 per cent and Telangana finds itself in an unenviable position with a recovery rate of 44 per cent. While there has been an up and down trend in the number of positive cases, one thing that has remained consistent in Telangana is the rate of Covid-19 patients recovering and going home.

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EFLU to conduct exams online from May 22:

The English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU) has decided to conduct end-semester exams through online mode from May 22 to June 2 and declare results on June 25.The duration of these end-semester examinations has been reduced now from three hours to two hours. Students are required to complete the examination in two hours and submit their answers to the teacher concerned through online mode.

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The major COVID-19 hotbed Kurnool continued to be a cause for worry:

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Andhra Pradesh rose to 1583 after 58 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours.A senior official said the after-effects of TablighiJamaat cluster in Kurnool district was still being felt as it contributed 30 out of 58 new cases reported in the state. The TablighiJamaat effect is still seen in the fresh cases being reported. From the Jamaat attendees to their primary contacts and later the secondary contactsthe chain is continuing, the official said, referring to several people who returned from the event in Delhi testing positive earlier.

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North and South Korea have exchanged gunfire in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) which divides the two countries:

Seoul’s military said shots from the North hit a South Korean guard post in the central border town of Cheorwon.It said it returned fire and delivered a warning announcement. There are no reports of injuries.Such incidents across the world’s most heavily fortified border are rare – the last occurred in 2017. It is not clear what led the North to open fire.

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Government pledges £76m for abuse victims in UK:

The government has pledged to spend £76m to support vulnerable people who are “trapped in a nightmare” at home during the coronavirus lockdown.Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said the new funding would help vulnerable children and victims of domestic violence and modern slavery.

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