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Top news of the day: Maharashtra and Gujarat brace for cyclone Nisarga; Fatality per lakh population is 0.41% in India, says Health Ministry, and more

The young boy passing by the rough tide at Band Stand in Bandra following the cyclone Nisarga, in Mumbai on June 2, 2020.

The young boy passing by the rough tide at Band Stand in Bandra following the cyclone Nisarga, in Mumbai on June 2, 2020.   | Photo Credit: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury

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Cyclone Nisarga: PM reviews cyclonic conditions in western coast

The deep depression in the Arabian Sea has intensified into a cyclonic storm and will cross the north Maharashtra and south Gujarat coasts on June 3, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday. As cyclone Nisarga is expected to hit Mumbai, Thane and other parts of Maharashtra tomorrow, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has placed 10 teams on standby, while the Mumbai Police have started relocating the homeless to temporary shelters.

Also read: Cyclone Nisarga: 7 districts in south Gujarat, 2 in Saurashtra region put on alert | Cyclone Nisarga: COVID-19 patients shifted from BKC to Worli as precautionary measure

Coronavirus | Fatality per lakh population is 0.41%, compared to 4.9% in the world, says Health Ministry

ICMR spokesperson, on Tuesday, said that “ICMR is conducting sero-survey to determine the extent of transmission of virus. About 34,000 individuals are being tested and the results are expected to be out within a week or so.”

Taking no chance: A shopkeeper kept bottles of hand sanitiser in his shop to be used by customers in Kolkata on June 2, 2020.

Taking no chance: A shopkeeper kept bottles of hand sanitiser in his shop to be used by customers in Kolkata on June 2, 2020.   | Photo Credit: Rajeev Bhatt

Helpline numbers | Interactive map of confirmed coronavirus cases in India | State-wise tracker for coronavirus cases, deaths and testing rates | Download The Hindu’s multi-language e-book on essential COVID-19 information | Coronavirus India lockdown Day 70 live updates | June 2, 2020

Govt. ready to take more structural reforms to make India self-reliant: PM Modi

The government is ready to take more structural reforms to make India self-reliant, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said while outlining his vision for an Atma Nirbhar Bharat at the 125th annual session of the industry body Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) on Tuesday.

Jessica Lal murder convict Manu Sharma released from Tihar Jail

The Home Department of the Delhi government has ordered the release of 19 convicts, including Siddhartha Vashishtha also known as Manu Sharma, who was serving a life sentence in the 1999 Jessica Lal murder case, on the recommendation of the Sentence Reviewing Board (SRB).

Elections to six more Rajya Sabha seats on June 19

Elections to six Rajya Sabha seats that are set to be vacated in June and July would be held on June 19, the Election Commission of India (ECI) said in a press note on Monday.

Locust attack | Lakhs of farmers put on high alert as Odisha identifies nine vulnerable districts

The Odisha government has identified nine districts vulnerable to possible locust invasion, and has put the farmers and the Agriculture Department on high alert, officials said on Tuesday.

Watch | Locust attack in India

20 dead in Assam landslips triggered by heavy rain

A series of landslips due to heavy rainfall killed at least 20 people and injured a dozen in southern Assam’s Barak Valley early on Tuesday.

France committed to timely delivery of Rafale jets: Rajnath Singh

France has affirmed its commitment to ensuring timely delivery of Rafale fighter jets to India despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday after a telephonic conversation with his French counterpart Florence Parly.

George Floyd's death: Trump threatens to deploy military in U.S. cities to quell violence

As protests, rioting and looting spread across the United States following the police killing of George Floyd, an African American man last week, U.S. President Donald Trump said he would deploy the military in cities and states if local authorities could not bring the violence under control.

Kejriwal launches ‘Delhi Corona’ app for real-time information on availability of hospital beds

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday launched a dedicated app to display the availability of beds at both private and government hospitals in the city. The Delhi Corona app, he said, would go a long way in filling what he termed was an information gap regarding the availability of hospital beds in the city.

Children live alone in Odisha villages, migrant worker parents yet to return

Kumarika Mahananda (name changed) begins her day in this remote village of Odisha’s Balangir district by sweeping of the floor of her thatched house and collecting water. Unlike her more privileged peers in cities, who may watch cartoons on TV or take classes online, the 11-year-old strains hot gruel from boiled rice. She has little choice. Left alone in her family’s 200 sq. ft. dwelling, she has been taking care of all chores by herself for the past two months.

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