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Top news of the day: Centre allows inter-State movement of stranded persons; Aarogya Setu app to decide movement of central government officials, and more

Central Reserve Police Force personnel pay tribute to a sub-inspector, who died from COVID-19, at a graveyard in New Delhi on April 29, 2020.   | Photo Credit: REUTERS

Coronavirus | Home Ministry allows inter-State movement of stranded migrant workers, students and tourists

The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued guidelines allowing inter-State movement of stranded students, migrant workers, tourists, pilgrims and others. The MHA says State governments should make arrangements and buses will be used, and after reaching their destination, such persons to stay in home quarantine, unless assessment by local authorities requires institutional quarantine.

Coronavirus | Central government officials told to use Aarogya Setu app

Department of Personnel and Training has told officials to review their status on the app before starting for office and commute only when it shows their status as ‘safe’ or ‘low risk’. The decision comes amid concerns raised by experts on the privacy of the application.

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Coronavirus lockdown | Ambulance from Chennai covers 3,000 km to bring Mizoram man’s body home

An ambulance from Chennai covered 3,345 km in almost 85 hours to bring the body of a 23-year-old hotel management graduate home in Mizoram’s capital Aizawl on April 28. | Just doing our job, say the ambulance drivers

Irrfan Khan passes away in Mumbai, a day after being hospitalised

He was admitted to the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai for a colon infection on April 28. His wife Sutapa Sikdar and two sons were with him. | A tribute: With Irrfan Khan, less was always more

Wilful defaulters beneficiaries of ‘phone banking’ under UPA regime: Nirmala Sitharaman

The Modi government is chasing them to recover the dues, says the Finance Minister. | Technical loan write-off route should not be applied for fugitives, says P. Chidambaram

Coronavirus | Number of COVID-19 hotspot districts decreases to 129 from 170 in a fortnight

During this time, the number of non-hotspot districts, also known as orange zones, increased from 207 to 297, official sources said. | Central teams find infection control practices not being followed duly in high case load districts

Coronavirus | CBSE to hold pending Class 10, 12 exams after assessing situation

Several States had suggested cancellation of these exams and use of internal assessment performance to allot grades instead. These issues were raised in the meeting of State Education Ministers with the Union Human Resource Development Minister.

Coronavirus | CRPF SI’s death sparks row over different COVID-19 guidelines in the force

The death of a 55-year-old CRPF personnel due to COVID-19 and about 50 other troops of his battalion being infected with the disease have rung alarm bells in the establishment after it was found that “dichotomous” orders were issued in the country’s largest paramilitary force to check the spread of the pandemic.

Coronavirus | Tablighi Jamaat asks its coronavirus-cured members to donate plasma and shed ‘villain’ tag

“Jamaatis are not doing any favour to anyone by giving their plasma. This is a humanitarian step. This is true that Jamaatis are being presented as ‘villains’ after coronavirus spread, but Maulana Saad has asked us to forgive those doing this,” an official from the Jamaat said.

Coronavirus | As COVID-19 infections dwindle, Hong Kong protests gain steam

More than 100 protesters gathered at lunchtime in the Landmark Atrium mall in Central, a prestigious business and retail district, despite social distancing rules that prohibit public gatherings of more than four amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus | 27 of top 100 companies can’t sustain current wage bill: Deloitte study

As many as 27 out of the top 100 companies listed on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) will not be able to sustain current wage bill if their revenue dip by 30% or more due to a nationwide lockdown and imminent salary cuts, a Deloitte study said. | GDP report to show a damaged U.S. economy sliding into recession

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