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Naomi Osaka pulls out of French Open

Maharashtra: BJP MP Sambhajiraje alleges government spying on him

BJP MP Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati, who has been meeting leaders of various political parties to drum up support on the Maratha quota issue, on Monday caused a flutter claiming that the Maharashtra government was spying on him. Hours later, he said the matter was closed after state home minister Dilip Walse Patil spoke to him over the phone.

Foodgrains production is expected to be at record levels this year and coming year given the normal monsoon that has been predicted by the IMD. This is reflected both in cereals (rice and wheat) and pulses. The demand in rural India has been resilient

– Chief Economic Adviser KV Subramanian

Show-cause notice likely for Bandyopadhyay over Centre’s order

A show cause notice is being served on Alapan Bandyopadhyay, who was earlier in the day appointed as Chief Advisor to the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, for failing to report to the Department of Personnel and Training (DOPT) as directed by the central government, sources said.

Climate change responsible for 37{d076f48f335fad70bc9a39ddaab4bad3d03a322aeed29a268fc77d385b74453a} of global heat deaths

More than one-third of the world’s heat deaths each year are due directly to global warming, according to the latest study to calculate the human cost of climate change. But scientists say that’s only a sliver of climate’s overall toll – even more people die from other extreme weather amplified by global warming such as storms, flooding and drought – and the heat death numbers will grow exponentially with rising temperatures.

Asian Boxing Championships: Sanjeet wins gold

Sanjeet defeated Vassiliy Levit to take home the 91kg gold medal.

French Open: Federer sails into second round

Swiss tennis maestro Roger Federer on Monday stormed into the second round of the ongoing French Open. Federer defeated Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 in the first-round match played at Court Philippe-Chatrier.

Himachal gets 105.5 mm rainfall in March-May

Himachal Pradesh has received 105.5 mm rainfall during the summer from March 1 to May 31, the weather department said on Monday. The rainfall was 11{d076f48f335fad70bc9a39ddaab4bad3d03a322aeed29a268fc77d385b74453a} less than last season, Shimla Meteorological Centre director Manmohan Singh said.

Asian Boxing Championships: India’s Panghal loses to Zoirov

Amit Panghal (52kg) lost 2-3 against the reigning World and Olympic champion Shakhobidin Zoirov of Uzbekistan in the final of the Asian Boxing Championships in Dubai

SC to interpret sedition law in context of free press

The Supreme Court Monday said that ambit and parameters of the colonial era sedition law require interpretation, particularly in the context of the right of the electronic and print media to communicate news and information even those that may be critical of the prevailing regimes in any part of the country. The order came while giving protection to Telugu news channels — TV5 and ABN Andhrajyothi–which were booked under the sedition law for airing critical views against the Andhra Pradesh government.

Russia to form 20 new military units in west to counter NATO

Russia’s military will form 20 new units in the country’s west this year to counter what it claims is a growing threat from NATO, the defense minister said Monday. Sergei Shoigu made the announcement at a meeting with top military officials. He pointed to a growing number of flights by U.S. strategic bombers near Russia’s borders, deployments of NATO warships and increasingly frequent and major drills by alliance forces.

AirAsia India extends free cancellation

No-frills carrier AirAsia India has extended free cancellation and rescheduling facility for its flights to and from Delhi, West Bengal, Karnataka, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra following the extension of lockdown or strict restrictions by these states, a release said on Monday.

B Shyam appointed as India’s next Ambassador to Iceland

B Shyam, presently the Consul General of India, Osaka-Kobe, Japan has been appointed as India’s next Ambassador to the Republic of Iceland. An MEA release said he is expected to take up the assignment shortly. Balasubramanian Shyam joined the Indian Foreign Service in 2000. Shyam’s first posting was in Cairo, Egypt as Third Secretary/ Language trainee, studying Arabic at the American University Cairo. This was followed by work as Second Secretary dealing with Media, and as Director (I/C), Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture in Cairo.

Highway collapses in Arunachal

A portion of the National Highway-415 collapsed after heavy rainfall, near Indira Gandhi Park in Itanagar.

Brazil to host Copa America from June 13

Last week, original host nation Argentina pulled out due to a surge in COVID-19 cases, less than two weeks before its scheduled kick off.

Police arrest 11 suspected militants in Indonesia’s Papua

On Friday, the elite counterterrorism squad arrested 10 suspects in several raids in Papua’s Merauke district after receiving information about planned attacks in the province, a predominantly Christian region in Muslim-majority Indonesia, Merauke police chief Untung Sangaji said. The arrests led police to another suspect who was detained Sunday.

Netanyahu’s opponents hash out unity deal as deadline looms

A constellation of Israeli political parties seeking to unseat longtime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened Monday to hash out power-sharing agreements two days before a deadline. Opposition Leader Yair Lapid said at a meeting of his Yesh Atid party that “a great many obstacles” stood before a prospective government. But he said the various members of the anti-Netanyahu coalition are trying “to see if we can find in the coming days wise compromises for the sake of the big aim.”

GST Council urged to increase compensation cess on tobacco

On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day, the public health groups along with doctors have urged the GST Council to increase compensation cess on all tobacco products to generate additional revenue for the government to aid the COVID-19 vaccination drive.

It’s true that China is trying to strengthen its infrastructure in our border area that aligns with Tibet, we will inform the Centre about it. They (China) have also begun some surveillance activities via road at a height higher than ours

– Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur

MGNREGS provided significant rural employment in 2020-2021. There is a significantly lower level of demand for work in May, compared to the same period last year

– CEA K V Subramanian

Eight core sectors’ output skyrockets by 56{d076f48f335fad70bc9a39ddaab4bad3d03a322aeed29a268fc77d385b74453a} in April

The eight infrastructure sectors of coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertilisers, steel, cement and electricity had contracted by 37.9{d076f48f335fad70bc9a39ddaab4bad3d03a322aeed29a268fc77d385b74453a} in April 2020 due to lockdown restrictions imposed to control the spread of coronavirus infection. In March this year, the eight sectors had recorded a growth rate of 11.4{d076f48f335fad70bc9a39ddaab4bad3d03a322aeed29a268fc77d385b74453a}.

Kerala passes resolution seeking recall of Lakshadweep admin

The Kerala Assembly on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution seeking Lakshadweep Administrator Praful Khoda Patel’s recall, becoming the first state in the country to express solidarity with the islands, where regulations over beef and liquor, among others, have sparked a row.

Maharashtra: Welfare schemes for OBC, VJNT students

State Social Welfare Minister Vijay Wadettiwar told reporters here the schemes were launched under the aegis of the Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Research & Training Institute (Mahajyoti), an autonomous institute of the Other Backward Class Bahujan Welfare Department. The schemes also include imparting skills development training to students from these categories.

WHO could face shake-up

Health ministers agreed on Monday to study recommendations for ambitious reforms made by independent experts to strengthen the capacity of both the U.N. agency and countries to contain new viruses. Under the resolution submitted by the European Union, and adopted by consensus, member states are to be firmly in the driver’s seat of the reforms through a year-long process.

Karni Sena demands a change in title of movie

The Shree Rajput Karni Sena, which had organised protests over the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmaavat” citing distortion of facts, has focused its attention on the upcoming Akshay Kumar starrer “Prithviraj” and is demanding that the title be changed. The organisation, a fringe group that takes up issues related to the Rajput community, wants that the title of the Yash Raj Films historical drama should reflect the greatness of the last Hindu emperor Prithviraj Chauhan. Just naming it “Prithviraj” does “injustice with his glory”, it said while warning of protests over the issue.

AIIMS to protest against Baba Ramdev tomorrow

“Condemning the derogatory and disgraceful statements by Ram Kisan Yadav alias Ramdev Baba, Black Day to be observed on June 1. Patients care not to be affected,” said the hospital’s Resident Doctors Association.

Two IEDs recovered in Jammu and Kashmir

“Major terror incidents were averted by the police and security forces following inputs that terrorists planned to carry out IED attacks. Two IEDs were recovered from two different places in Awantipora,” said Jammu and Kashmir police.

Cyprus closes its airspace to Belarus airlines, flights

The country’s aviation authority had banned airlines registered in Belarus from using Cyprus’s airspace and airports from May 28, a transport ministry spokesperson said. Most of Belarus’s neighbours and many other European nations have banned Belarusian national airline Belavia flights in anger over the forced landing of a Ryanair jet en route to Lithuania from Greece and the arrest of a dissident journalist on board.

Mumbai Metro line from Dahanukarwadi to Aarey trialed today

“This corridor to open for commercial run by October, is expected to reduce traffic on Western Express Highway by 25{d076f48f335fad70bc9a39ddaab4bad3d03a322aeed29a268fc77d385b74453a},” said MMRDA Commissioner RA Rajeev

GDP numbers: Second wave fallout

Forecasts of economic growth for the first quarter of current fiscal have been trimmed due to the impact of the second wave of coronavirus. The recovery process that looked impressive initially has been hit by the second wave even though expert predict that it will be limited to the April-June quarter only.

GDP contracts 7.3{d076f48f335fad70bc9a39ddaab4bad3d03a322aeed29a268fc77d385b74453a} in FY21 as Q4 sees 1.6{d076f48f335fad70bc9a39ddaab4bad3d03a322aeed29a268fc77d385b74453a} growth; focus shifts to second wave’s impact on Q1

The economy contracted by 7.3{d076f48f335fad70bc9a39ddaab4bad3d03a322aeed29a268fc77d385b74453a} for the entire year, better than what the second advance estimates had predicted. The growth in 2019-20 was 4{d076f48f335fad70bc9a39ddaab4bad3d03a322aeed29a268fc77d385b74453a}.

I will not allow Alapan Banerjee to leave Nabanna. He is now the Chief Adviser to Chief Minister: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

Since Alapan Banerjee has retired today on May 31 from his service, he is not going to join in Delhi: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

India as the current BRICS Chair will convene the standalone meeting of BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs/ International Relations on June 1

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will chair the meeting via video conferencing.

WB: On the extension of Chief Secretary

  • CM Mamata Banerjee said, “It’s not in my hand, will reply on the matter when the time comes.”
  • We just got a letter from IAS cadre rules; GoI asks Alapan to join tomorrow. The purpose of extension of service is not served, said Banerjee

Eight core sectors’ output soars by 56.1 pc in April due to low-base effect: Govt data

Twitter strives to comply with applicable laws in India

Twitter strives to comply with applicable laws in India. We continue to be strictly guided by principles of transparency, a commitment to empowering every voice on the service, and protecting freedom of expression and privacy under the Indian law: Twitter Spokesperson

Monthly GST return filing deadline extended till June 26

The government on Monday said the deadline for filing monthly GST sales returns for May has been extended by 15 days till June 26.

Fiscal deficit for 2020-21 at 9.3 pc of GDP: CGA

Fiscal deficit for 2020-21 was at 9.3 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP), lower than 9.5 per cent estimated by the Finance Ministry in the revised Budget estimates, according to the CGA data.

Retail inflation for industrial workers eases to 5.14 pc in April

Retail inflation for industrial workers marginally eased to 5.14 per cent in April compared to 5.64 per cent in March, mainly due to lower prices of certain food items.

We didn’t get any relief package for the cyclone nor we asked for it: Mamata Banerjee said during a review meeting on Cyclone Yaas

Railways update:

Special trains 05483/05484 Alipurdwar- Delhi Jn.-Alipurdwar and 05733/05734 Katihar- Amritsar- Katihar shall remain cancelled from June 1, until further advice: Northern Railway

Southwest monsoon to arrive in Kerala by June 3, heavy rainfall expected on 2nd & 3rd June

Delhi NCR witnessed thunderstorm yesterday, likely to continue for next 2-3 days. There would be no heatwave this year due to two back-to-back cyclones: RK Jenamani, senior scientist, IMD

Sensex rallies 514.56 points to end at 51,937.44; Nifty surges 147.15 points to record 15,582.80

SC to examine interpretation of sedition law over right of press, free speech

The Supreme Court Monday said it will examine the interpretation of sedition law, particularly in the light of media rights and free speech, as it gave protection to Telugu news channels — TV5 and ABN Andhrajyothi — from any coercive action in a case lodged against them under the colonial era provision.

Poor people should remember I am there for you all. Don’t participate in provocation

– West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee during review meeting on Cyclone Yaas

I’ve visited (Cyclone Yaas affected) Digha, Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay has a responsibility here. Fishermen’s compensation needs to be thought of: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said during review meeting on Cyclone Yaas.
Chief Secretary present in the meeting

CA yet to discuss Australian players’ participation in remaining IPL matches in UAE

  • Cricket Australia on Monday said it’s yet to start discussions on whether Australian cricketers would compete in the IPL when the T20 league re-commences in the UAE in September.
  • Nick Hockley, who was confirmed as CA chief executive on Monday after performing the duties in an interim role, said a decision on IPL can wait as Australian players were just reunited with their families after completing a two-week hotel quarantine.

Tata Steel’s MD, CEO Narendran takes over as new CII President

  • T V Narendran, CEO and Managing Director of Tata Steel, on Monday assumed office as the President of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for 2021-22.
  • He takes over from Uday Kotak, Managing Director and CEO of Kotak Mahindra Bank.

IFFCO introduces world’s first nano urea; priced at Rs 240/bottle

IFFCO Nano Urea Liquid is easy on the pocket of farmers and will be effective in increasing farmers’ income. A 500 ml bottle of Nano Urea will replace at least one bag of conventional urea. Hence, it will reduce the input cost to farmers,” Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Ltd said in a statement.

Aurobindo Pharma Q4 net profit at Rs 801.18 cr

HC judge transfers Juhi Chawla’s suit against setting up of 5G mobile networks to another bench to be heard on June 2

Actress-environmentalist Juhi Chawla moves Delhi HC against implementation of 5G wireless network, raising health issues for citizens.

A false narrative is being propagated about the Central Vista project. None of the historic and cultural buildings will be touched

– Hardeep Singh Puri

Currently, two new projects are underway -the New Parliament Building and Central Vista Avenue. A decision on these projects was taken before the pandemic. The total cost of the project is around Rs 1300 crores

– Union Minister for Housing & Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri

Chief Minister is not releasing Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay: West Bengal Minister Chandrima Bhattacharya

SC restrains AP police from coercive action against TV5, ABN Andhrajyothi for showing alleged offensive speeches of YSR rebel MP

SC seeks AP response in 4 weeks on pleas of news channels charged with sedition for showing alleged offensive speeches of MP K Raghu Rama

BMW drives in X7 M50d ‘Dark Shadow’ Edition at Rs 2.02 cr

Automaker BMW Group India on Monday said it has launched X7 M50d ‘Dark Shadow’ Edition in the country priced at Rs 2.02 crore (ex-showroom). The model comes to India as a completely built-up unit (CBU) and only be available for booking at the company’s website.

Housing.com ties up with ISB to launch price index for residential properties across 8 cities

Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi NCR, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune are the eight cities which will be covered. Housing.com’s sister concern PropTiger is already providing quarterly data for demand, supply, prices and unsold inventories in the residential segment.

China says each couple can have three children, in change of policy