Pawar urges Uddhav to provide concessions to COVID-hit hotel and tourism industry

State govt. should implement policy similar to Central government’s Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme, says NCP chief Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar has written to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, seeking concessions for the hotel and tourism industry in Maharashtra, one of the worst-hit sectors amid the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr. … Read more Pawar urges Uddhav to provide concessions to COVID-hit hotel and tourism industry

Ajit Pawar rules out complete lockdown in Pune

While ruling out a total lockdown in Pune, district Guardian Minister and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Friday hinted at imposing more stringent regulations to deter violation of COVID-19 norms. Mr. Pawar, who chaired a review meeting with senior district administration authorities, was responding to the Bombay High Court’s suggestion that the Maharashtra government … Read more Ajit Pawar rules out complete lockdown in Pune

Central region gets six ministerial berths

‘Pending projects like integrated bus stand and airport runway expansion will see the light of day’ The public in Tiruchi, Pudukottai, Karur and Perambalur districts had cause for joy on Friday as six representatives from the region made it to the State Cabinet. There were two ministerial berths each for Tiruchi and Pudukottai and one … Read more Central region gets six ministerial berths

‘Mahendran responsible for MNM’s poor performance’

A day after R. Mahendran quit as the vice-president of Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM), four of its office-bearers on Friday accused him of being responsible for the party’s rout in the Assembly election, including the defeat of party president Kamal Haasan. MNM’s State secretary of agriculture wing Mayilsamy, State secretary of women and children’s wing … Read more ‘Mahendran responsible for MNM’s poor performance’

Fire breaks out at ND Studio, no casualties

The set of Jodhaa Akbar at ND Studio at Khalapur in Raigad district was partially damaged after a major fire broke out on Friday afternoon. No casualties were reported. Around five fire tenders from the Khopoli Municipal Council, Karjat Municipal Council, MIDC Patalganga, and Panvel Municipal Corporation were sent to the spot. Khalapur tehsildar Iresh … Read more Fire breaks out at ND Studio, no casualties

IT hub Bengaluru and its struggle for healthcare

In Bengaluru, poor preparation for the second wave has resulted in mismanagement in the allocation of beds, delays in testing, and oxygen shortage. Afshan Yasmeen, K.V. Aditya Bharadwaj and Chitra V. Ramani report on the crisis engulfing a city once touted to be a popular medical tourism hub. On the night of May 2, Sajidunnissa, … Read more IT hub Bengaluru and its struggle for healthcare

Tanker contractors seek incentives

Chennai Metrowater Lorry Contractors Association has requested that the new government to consider providing incentives to water tankers that operated tirelessly during the COVID-19 pandemic last year and drought period between 2017 and 2019. Congratulating Chief Minister M.K. Stalin and the new government that assumed office on Friday, association president P.S. Sundaram said the water … Read more Tanker contractors seek incentives

Rangasamy sworn in Puducherry CM

All India NR Congress founder N. Rangasamy was on Friday sworn in as the Chief Minister of Puducherry for the fourth time. He will head a coalition government, comprising the BJP, and the party nominee would be given the Deputy Chief Minister’s post, according to Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G. Kishan Reddy. … Read more Rangasamy sworn in Puducherry CM

NCW to submit report on post-poll violence in West Bengal

Police officials failed to take steps to provide security to women in the State, a statement from the NCW said The three-member committee of the National Commission for Women (NCW) constituted to look into post-poll violence against women in West Bengal has returned from its two-day visit of the State. The panel is likely to … Read more NCW to submit report on post-poll violence in West Bengal

Central districts report 2,450 fresh cases

The central region reported 2,450 fresh cases of COVID-19 on Friday, reflecting a rapid rise in the infection rate. The region reported 15 deaths, of which at least one was reported in seven of the eight districts. Tiruchi district reported the highest ever single-day spike with 784 fresh cases. Tiruchi reported the highest number of … Read more Central districts report 2,450 fresh cases