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Delhi on Monday reported 268 fresh COVID-19 cases, while the positivity rate stood at 2.69 per cent, according to data shared by the city health department. With this, Delhi’s COVID-19 tally increased to 19,03,822. The death toll remained unchanged at 26,201. A total of 9,976 COVID-19 tests were conducted in the national capital the previous day, the department said in its latest bulletin.

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Duty cut on petrol, diesel to put pressure on fiscal deficit: Experts

The Centre’s decision to cut excise duty on petrol and diesel will put pressure on the fiscal deficit which has been estimated at 6.4 per cent of GDP for the current financial year, experts said. The government on Saturday cut excise duty on petrol by a record Rs 8 per litre and that on diesel by Rs 6 to give relief to consumers reeling under high fuel prices that have also pushed inflation to a multi-year high. The tax reduction on petrol and diesel will lead to revenue loss of around Rs 1 lakh crore per year for the government.

Egypt court sentences pro-democracy activist to four years

An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced a pro-democracy activist to four years in prison for disseminating false news, a defense lawyer said. The court of misdemeanors in Cairo convicted Yahia Hussein Abdel-Hadi, a co-founder of the Civil Democratic Movement, an opposition coalition of liberal and left-leaning parties, of “deliberately disseminating false news inside and outside” Egypt, according to lawyer Khalid Ali.

India sends 40,000 MT of petrol to crisis-hit Sri Lanka

India on Monday said it has delivered around 40,000 metric tonnes of petrol to Sri Lanka, days after supplying 40,000 metric tonnes of diesel under the Indian credit line to help ease the acute fuel shortage in the debt-ridden island nation which is grappling with its worst economic crisis. India extended an additional USD 500 million credit line to Sri Lanka last month to help the neighbouring country import fuel as it has been struggling to pay for imports after its foreign exchange reserves plummeted sharply in recent times, causing a devaluation of its currency and spiralling inflation.

US stocks open higher following 7 straight weeks of losses

Major indexes are opening broadly higher on Wall Street Monday following seven weeks of declines that nearly ended the bull market that began in March 2020. The S&P 500 is up 0.9% in the early going. The tech-heavy Nasdaq is up 0.6% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 1%. European markets were also higher and Asian markets closed mixed overnight. Treasury yields are slightly higher.

Russian sentenced to life in Ukraine’s 1st war crimes trial

A Russian soldier who pleaded guilty to killing a Ukrainian civilian was sentenced to life in prison on Monday in the first war crimes trial since Moscow invaded three months ago, unleashing a brutal conflict that has led to accusations of atrocities, left thousands dead, driven millions from their homes and flattened whole swaths of cities. In a rare public expression of opposition to the war from the ranks of the Russian elite, a veteran diplomat resigned and sent a letter to foreign colleagues in which he said he had never been so ashamed as on the day Moscow invaded.

Starbucks leaving Russian market, shutting 130 stores

Starbucks is pulling out of the Russian market. In a memo to employees Monday, the Seattle coffee giant said it decided to close its 130 stores and no longer have a brand presence in Russia. Starbucks said it will continue to pay its nearly 2,000 Russian employees for six months and help them transition to new jobs. Starbucks’ move follows McDonald’s exit from the Russian market last week. McDonald’s is selling its stores __ which are almost all owned by the company __ to an existing Russian franchisee. The stores won’t be allowed to use McDonald’s name or menu.

Zomato Q4 net loss widens to Rs 360 cr

Online food delivery platform Zomato on Monday reported widening of its consolidated net loss at Rs 359.7 crore in the fourth quarter ended March 2022, impacted by higher expenses. The company had posted a consolidated net loss of Rs 134.2 crore in the same period of the previous fiscal, Zomato said in a regulatory filing. Consolidated revenue from operations during the quarter under review stood at Rs 1,211.8 crore, as against Rs 692.4 crore in the year-ago period.

Building collapse kills 5 people, injures many in south Iran

At least five people were killed when a 10-story commercial building still under construction collapsed Monday in the southwestern Iranian city of Abadan, state TV reported. There were fears the casualty toll could be much higher as more than 80 people were still believed trapped under the rubble after the Metropol building toppled, burying shops and even some cars in the surrounding streets, the report said. Ehsun Abbaspour, the Abadan regional governor, told state TV that there were 27 injured in the collapse on Amir Kabir Street, some in critical condition.

268 fresh COVID-19 cases in Delhi, positivity rate stands at 2.69 pc

Delhi on Monday reported 268 fresh COVID-19 cases, while the positivity rate stood at 2.69 per cent, according to data shared by the city health department. With this, Delhi’s COVID-19 tally increased to 19,03,822. The death toll remained unchanged at 26,201. A total of 9,976 COVID-19 tests were conducted in the national capital the previous day, the department said in its latest bulletin.

Erdogan: Sweden must bolster Turkish security

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose country has objected to Sweden and Finland joining NATO, called on Stockholm on Monday to take “concrete steps” that would alleviate Turkey’s security concerns. Turkey has said it opposes the two Nordic states membership in the alliance citing their alleged support to the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK and other groups that Turkey views as terrorists. The country is also demanding a lifting of military export bans on Ankara.

Army reaches out to families of killed, surrendered militants in J-K’s Chenab Valley

Having controlled militancy in the Chenab Valley for the last 15 years, the Army on Monday reached out to the families of slain and surrendered militants there to address their grievances, a defence spokesman said. Chenab Valley, comprising Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban districts of Jammu region, is an evolving cultural, educational and tourism hub of the union territory. The valley was severely affected by militancy from 1990 to 2007.

Delhi records 268 fresh COVID-19 cases, no death. Positivity rate stands at 2.69 per cent: Authorities

Over 70% ER&D firms in India to hike spending in GCCs, ESPs: Survey

Over 70 per cent of the companies that have their global capability centres (GCC) and engineering services provider arms in India are planning to increase their budget in the range of 10-25 per cent this year, according to a joint survey by Deloitte and industry body Nasscom. ER&D (Engineering R&D) spend in India GCCs within ‘automotive and transportation’ and ‘industrial’ sectors is expected to grow the most, and predicted to be in the range of 10-25 per cent, the survey report said.

Exim Bank, JBIC sign USD 100 mn loan agreement

Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) on Monday said it has signed a USD 100 million loan agreement with Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), along with three Japanese private financial institutions — MUFG Bank Ltd, Bank of Kyoto Ltd and Hachijuni Bank Ltd — aimed at supporting the Indian healthcare sector for combating COVID-19. The agreement was signed on Monday on the sidelines of the Quad Leaders’ Summit, Exim Bank said in a release.

Marico acquires 54 pc stake in breakfast & snacks brand True Elements

FMCG major Marico on Monday said it has acquired a majority 54 per cent stake in the digital-first healthy breakfast and snacks brand True Elements for an undisclosed amount. The homegrown firm has acquired a 54 per cent equity stake in HW Wellness Solutions, which owns brand True Elements, through primary infusion and secondary buyouts, said a company statement. True Elements’ existing leadership team will continue to run the brand independently and build synergies, it added.

PM Modi to lead Yoga Day celebrations in Mysuru

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead the main event of the eighth International Day of Yoga celebrations on June 21 in Mysuru, Karnataka. “Apart from the main event at Mysuru, another attraction will be Guardian Ring, a relay Yoga streaming event which will capture and weave together a digital feed of IDY programs organised by Indian Missions abroad on June 20. The proposed plan is to initiate the streaming from Japan, the land of the rising sun, at 6 am local time,” Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal told media persons.

K’taka: Court to hear case against Cong leaders over padayatra during COVID curbs

A city magistrate court on Tuesday will hear a case against 27 state Congress leaders, including Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president D K Shivakumar and former chief minister Siddaramaiah, who are charged under various sections of the Epidemic Diseases Act for taking out a ‘padayatra’ during COVID-19 restrictions. The case was filed against them by the Ramanagara Rural police on March 17 this year after they undertook a ‘padayatra’ demanding construction of a dam across Cauvery river at Mekedatu. The state government had imposed restrictions during the period fearing the third wave of COVID-19 outbreak.

Minus Zero raises USD 1.5 mn funding from angel investors

The country’s first self-driving vehicle startup Minus Zero on Monday said it has received USD 1.5-million funding from a group of angel investors, including JITO Angel Network (JAN). The network, which claims to be the only global community-based Angel network in India, has been boosting the funding ecosystem for early-stage innovative start-ups in the country with a funding of around Rs 47 crore in fresh as well as follow-on investments in as many as 28 startup companies during last fiscal, it said.

Metal stocks slide; Jindal Steel cracks over 17%

Metal stocks faced heavy drubbing on Monday, with Jindal Steel & Power cracking over 17 per cent, after the government imposed export duties on steel-making raw materials. Shares of Jindal Steel tumbled 17.40 per cent, JSW Steel tanked 13.20 per cent and Tata Steel plunged 12.53 per cent on the BSE. Also, NMDC declined 12.44 per cent, SAIL (10.96 per cent), Hindalco Industries (3.65 per cent), APL Apollo Tubes (3.42 per cent) and Vedanta (2.77 per cent).

Delhi Metro signs up on homemade social media Koo

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation on Monday made its debut on the India-made digital platform Koo, seeking to expand its presence on social media. The Delhi Metro is already operating its official accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. “The Delhi Metro today launched its official account on the India made social media platform ‘Koo’ with the user name ‘OfficialDMRC’. The account can be accessed through following link,” the DMRC said in a statement.

Centre bulldozing federal structure; BJP rule worse than that of Hitler, Stalin: Mamata Banerjee

Alleging that the Union government was using central agencies to interfering into state affairs, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said that the BJP-led dispensation was bulldozing the federal structure of the country. Banerjee, addressing a press meet here, claimed that the “saffron party rule was worse than that of Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin or Benito Mussolini”. She stated that central agencies “should be given autonomy” to protect democracy.

1,047 panchayats to go to polls in third phase of rural elections in J’khand

A total of 1,047 panchayats covering 70 blocks in 19 districts of Jharkhand will go to polls in the third of the four-phase panchayat polls on Tuesday, election officials said on Monday. More than 46.94 voters, including 22.86 lakh women, are entitled to exercise their franchise to decide the political fate of 27,343 candidates. Panchayat elections in Jharkhand are not held on party lines.

The Ramco Cements Q4 profit down 45% at Rs 118 cr

The Ramco Cements Ltd on Monday reported a decline of 45.22 per cent in consolidated net profit at Rs 118.27 crore for the fourth quarter ended March. The company had posted a net profit of Rs 215.92 crore during the March quarter of the previous fiscal, The Ramco Cements said in a regulatory filing. Total revenue was up 4.94 per cent at Rs 1,722.68 crore during the quarter under review as against Rs 1,641.53 crore in the corresponding period of the previous fiscal.

Modi proposes ‘Japan Week’ to celebrate Japanese contribution to India’s development journey

Seeking greater investments in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday proposed celebrating Japan’s contribution to the country’s development journey in the form of a ‘Japan Week’. Modi chaired a roundtable with Japanese business leaders here in which top executives and CEOs of 34 Japanese companies participated. Majority of these companies have investments and operations in India. The companies represented diverse sectors, including automobiles, electronics, semiconductors, steel, technology, trading and banking and finance, an official statement said.

UK brings in isolation measures to contain monkeypox spread

Anyone who has had direct or household contact with a confirmed case of monkeypox, and therefore at the highest risk of having caught the rare virus, is being advised to isolate for 21 days by UK health authorities in updated advice on Monday. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said close contacts of someone with “unprotected direct contact” with a confirmed case of monkeypox are advised to provide their details for contact tracing, forgo travel, and avoid contact with immunosuppressed people, pregnant women, and children under 12. The agency is also providing close contacts of such cases with an established smallpox vaccine that can help protect against monkeypox.

Zelensky says 87 killed in May 17 Russian strike on base

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Monday that 87 people were killed in a Russian attack earlier this month on a military base in a region of northern Ukraine that was earlier reclaimed by Kyiv’s forces. “Today, under the rubble in Desna, there are 87 victims. Eighty-seven corpses, victims who were killed,” Zelensky said during an address to the Davos summit, referring to Russian strikes on May 17 on a village that is home to a Ukrainian military base in the Chernigiv region.

Sensex closes 38 points down in volatile session; metal stocks crash

The Indian stock markets key indices, Sensex and Nifty, closed in the red in a volatile session on Monday after the government announced a slew of fiscal measures on the weekend to ease inflationary pressure. The 30 stock S&P BSE Sensex closed 37.78 points or 0.07 per cent down at 54,288.61 points against its previous session’s close at 54,326.39 points.

PM Modi’s address to Indian diaspora in Japan: Key quotes

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday addressed the Indian community in Tokyo. PM Modi stressed on the diplomatic relations of India and Japan along with hailing India’s Covid fight.
Here are some of PM Modi’s key quotes from his address to the Indian community in Japan:

  • ‘It is going to be 70 years of India- Japan diplomatic relations. India & Japan are natural partners. Japan has played an important role in India’s growth & development.
  • Our relationship with Japan is one of strength, respect & common resolve for the world. Our relationship with Japan is that of Buddha, of knowledge, of meditation.
  • World needs to follow the path shown by Buddha to save humanity from challenges like violence, anarchy, terrorism, climate change.
  • India is leading the climate change negotiations. From declaring the target of becoming Net-Zero till 2070 to initiating the International Solar Alliance, India is serious about working on green future.
  • 40% of the digital transactions that happen across the world are from India’

IMD issues orange alert for Himachal, Uttarakhand & J-K

  • In the hills like Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand and J&K we have kept an orange level warning because the convection is higher today,” Senior Scientist RK Jenamani told ANI.
  • An orange alert is issued when there is isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall consecutively for three days.
  • Earlier, there has been snowfall in the higher region like Dhauladhar and others.

India and Japan are natural partners, PM Modi in Tokyo.

  • India and Japan are natural partners, PM Narendra Modi tells Indian community in Tokyo.
  • Japan has played important role in India’s development journey: Modi
  • World needs to follow path shown by Buddha to save humanity from challenges like violence, anarchy, terrorism, climate change: PM

DCW raises alarm

Some MCD schools are “horror houses where students & teachers are extremely unsafe”, DCW says after inspection.

Will increase investment support

The signing of IIA would lead to enhanced investment support provided by US International Development Finance Corporation in India

Strengthening partnership

Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra and CEO of US International Development Finance Corporation, Scott Nathan sign the India-USA Investment Incentive Agreement

Ukrainian court sentences Russian soldier in first war crimes trial

  • Ukrainian court sentences Russian soldier to life in prison in first war crimes trial since invasion.
  • Captured soldier Sgt Vadim Shishimarin was convicted of killing Oleksandr Shelipov, 62, in the north-eastern village of Chupakhivka on 28 February.
  • He admitted shooting Mr Shelipov but said he had been acting on orders and asked forgiveness of his widow.
  • Multiple other alleged war crimes are being investigated by Ukraine.

Zelenskyy calls for more sanctions on Russia and more funds

  • We need at least $5 billion per month of funding: Zelenskyy
  • Sanctions need to go further to stop Russia’s aggression, including an oil embargo, all of its banks blocked and cutting off trade with Russia completely, he said
  • If aggressors lose everything, countries would lose motivation to start wars, says Zelenskyy
  • There should be no trade with Russia, world needs to set a precedent, he said.

Varanasi court reserves order, verdict to be pronounced tomorrow

The hearing was completed & the decision has been kept reserved. The next date of hearing will be given. We had given an application to provide us with CD and photographs of the report submitted by the commission,” says Advocate Vishnu Jain, representing the Hindu side

Delhi: 8 people injured as buildings collapsed following heavy rains, storm

  • Houses collapsed in Jawalpuri, Gokalpuri, Shankar road and Moti Nagar areas.
  • Not just buildings, visuals emerged of trees uprooted in places like Lodhi Gardens.
  • This also caused traffic snarls on various stretches of the capital city including ITO, DND and near AIIMS.
  • According to the fire department, three persons received minor injuries after a house collapsed in west Delhi’s Jawalpuri.
  • The trio are being treated at the Sanjay Gandhi Hospital.

Kashi Vishwanath temple – Gyanvapi mosque case hearing

Hearing of the arguments complete, Varanasi court reserves the decision until tomorrow

Hyundai launches GRAND i10 NIOS Corporate Edition at Rs 6.28 lakh

  • Powered by 1.2 litre petrol engine, the new model trim comes with both manual and automatic powertrains.
  • The five-speed manual variant is priced at Rs 6.28 lakh while the automated manual transmission (AMT) is tagged at Rs 6.97 lakh.
  • Based on the Magna trim, the Corporate Edition comes with all black interiors with red colour inserts (Seats, AC Vents and Gear Boot) and other features like 17.14 cm touch screen infotainment with navigation through smartphone mirroring.
  • It also comes with electric folding ORVM with LED turn indicator on outside mirror as standar

Russia lays terms for return to negotiations

Russian deputy foreign minister says Moscow will be ready to return to negotiations with Kyiv when Ukraine demonstrates ‘a constructive response’ : IFAX

Gyanvapi hearing begins in Varanasi Court

ECB exit from negative interest rates ‘likely’ by end of Q3: Lagarde

  • “Based on the current outlook, we are likely to be in a position to exit negative interest rates by the end of the third quarter,” Lagarde said.
  • The ECB’s deposit rate is currently -0.5%, meaning banks are charged to park cash at the central bank.
  • “If we see inflation stabilising at 2% over the medium term, a progressive further normalisation of interest rates towards the neutral rate will be appropriate,” Lagarde added.

WHO’s Tedros says the covid-19 pandemic is far from over

  • Tedros says it’s clear that the world was and remains unprepared for pandemic

Jet Airways appoints four new senior executives

  • Prabh Sharan Singh has been appointed as Chief Digital Officer
  • HR Jagannath, Vice President – Engineering
  • Mark Turner: Vice President – Inflight Product and Services
  • Vishesh Khanna: Vice President – Sales, Distribution, and Customer Engagement

Biden announces economic bloc with 12 Asia-Pacific nations to counter China

  • President Biden will begin an economic bloc with a dozen Asia-Pacific nations meant to counter China and reassert U.S. influence in the region.
  • The signatories joining the US in the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework are Australia, Brunei, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Along with the United States, they represent 40% of world GDP.
  • The countries said in a joint statement that the pact will help them collectively “prepare our economies for the future” following disruptions from the coronavirus pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
  • The alliance comes five years after Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Hope to start broadband internet service on SpiceJet aircraft soon: CMD

  • SpiceJet will induct more Boeing 737 Max aircraft over the next few months and it hopes to start broadband internet service on its planes soon, CMD Ajay Singh said.
  • In his email to employees on the 17th anniversary of the airline, Singh said the carrier continues to fly with the highest loads month after month and expects to soar even higher in the coming months.

Plan to launch operations by July: Akasa Air

On track to receive first 737 Max plane by mid-June, launch commercial ops by July: Akasa Air

RBI wants to raise rates in next few meetings, at least in the next meeting: RBI Governor

  • Will bring down liquidity in a calibrated and phased manner, says RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das
  • Broadly, RBI wants to raise rates in next few meetings, at least in the next meeting, adds Governor
  • One of the reasons for ‘out of turn’ action, was to avoid a steep hike in June
  • We can also take other actions in intervening period before October
  • Liquidity will normalise over 2-3 years, Das said.
  • Will not allow runaway depreciation of Rupee
  • RBI will use all instruments to ensure orderly trend in the yield curve, he said.
  • On fiscal deficit he said he is hopeful that government will maintain the fiscal deficit target
  • We will be able to manage the current account deficit very comfortably this year,” he said, noting that India’s exports have remained robust.
  • “Import is sustaining at higher prices which means that the domestic demand is reviving,” he added.
  • Inflation projection will be realistically given in next MPC meet in June
  • Private consumption has become positive, said Das

Oil at $110 per barrel pose ‘bigger threats’ than inflation: Hardeep Puri

  • “If oil prices remain at $110 (per barrel) you are not just talking about inflation, then you’re talking about bigger threats. You know, that’s where the R (recession) word comes in,” Puri said.
  • “And if the global economy goes in that direction, everyone, including the oil producers, everyone will have to face the consequences then inflation,” he said.

India set to be leader in green hydrogen: Hardeep Puri

  • India is more conscious of going for green energy than any other country in the world, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said in Davos.
  • He said special emphasis is being given on green hydrogen, biofuel blending and exploration and production of biofuel from alternative sources.
  • Puri asserted that India would eventually become a leader in the green hydrogen space.
  • The target of 20 per cent of ethanol blending has been brought forward from 2030 to 2025 and it would be definitely achieved, he said.

Gurugram issues work-from-home advisory to private offices due to heavy rain

Gurugram administration issues advisory for privates offices and companies urging them to work from home on May 23 to avoid congestion and traffic jams on city road. Most parts of the city are facing waterlogging and traffic jams.

India set to continue radical reforms: Kant

  • “A slew of radical reforms has been carried out by India in the recent years that have put India on a growth trajectory for many decades to come”., Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said in Davos.
  • Startup India movement has seen the number of startups in the country rising from double-digits to tens of thousands now and the emergence of unicorns even at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic has been phenomenal, he said

AstraZeneca says COVID shot approved in EU as booster

  • AstraZeneca said its COVID-19 vaccine, Vaxzevria, has been approved in the EU by the region’s medical regulator as a third-dose booster in adults following a panel recommendation last week.

Tata Power, Tata Motors to install 7 MWP solar rooftop project In Pune

Project to generate 23 million units of electricity

No possibility of 4th COVID-19 wave in current situation: Maha health minister

  • Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said nearly 200 to 250 cases were being reported in the state everyday and there was not much increase in these numbers.
  • “The COVID-19 recovery rate is very good and Maharashtra has seen very good vaccination results. Hence, I feel that in the present situation, there is no possibility of a fourth wave (of the viral infection),” the minister said.
  • On Sunday, Maharashtra reported 326 COVID-19 cases, while the death toll stood at 1,47,856 as no fresh fatality was recorded.

US President Joe Biden Recession in US not inevitable, says economy has ‘problems

  • US President Joe Biden Recession in US not inevitable, says economy has ‘problems,’ but ‘less consequential than the rest of the world’
  • US would respond militarily if China invades Taiwan, says ‘that’s the commitment we made.
  • Biden says China is ‘flirting with danger’ over Taiwan
  • “We remain committed to supporting peace & stability in Taiwan Strait. The US stands firmly with Japan and other nations not to let that happen,” he said.
  • Biden says ‘considering’ lifting some China trade tariffs
  • Russia must pay ‘long-term price’ for Ukraine invasion: Biden
  • Biden says 13 countries to join new Asia-Pacific trade framework
  • Biden also supports Japan becoming permanent member of the UN Security Council
  • Japan, US to monitor Chinese naval activity, China-Russia exercises: Kishida
  • Biden says 13 countries to join new Asia-Pacific trade framework

Delhi flights update

At least 19 flights have been diverted to Jaipur, Lucknow, Indore, Amritsar, and Mumbai: Delhi airport

Beijing urges millions to keep working from home as COVID cases rise

  • Capital sees biggest daily caseload in month-old outbreak
  • Shanghai lines up new tests, curbs ahead of June 1 lockdown lift
  • Beijing authorities extended work-from-home guidance for many of its 22 million residents to stem a persistent COVID-19 outbreak, while Shanghai deployed more testing and curbs to hold on to its hard-won ‘zero COVID’ status after two months of lockdown.
  • Beijing reported 99 new cases, up from 61 the previous day – the largest daily tally so far during a month-old outbreak.
  • In Shanghai fewer than 600 daily cases were reported for May 22, with none outside quarantined areas, as there has been the case for much of the past week.
  • Shanghai and elsewhere in China are leaving behind significant economic damage and disruption to global supply chains and international trade.

Weather forecast for the next few days

  • By day after tomorrow, the weather will start clearing up. The temperature will start rising but heatwave will not make a comeback for at least 4-5 days”: Mahesh Palawat (@Mpalawat), vice president, Skymet Weather, on Delhi Rains
  • These are first strong and intense pre-monsoon showers over Delhi-NCR: Skymet
  • Delhi recorded 17.2 degree minimum temperature today on May 23. its lowest during decade for May. Record is of 15.2 degree on May 2nd in 1982.
  • IMD predicted the rain and thunderstorm to continue in Delhi NCR for the next two hours.

Global Covid caseload tops 525.5 million

  • The deaths have surged to more than 6.27 million and vaccinations to over 11.44 billion, according to the Johns Hopkins University.
  • The current global caseload and the death toll stood at 525,577,051 and 6,277,152, respectively.
  • The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 83,281,329 and 1,002,173, respectively.
  • India accounts for the second highest caseload at 43,136,371.
  • The nations with a death toll of over 100,000 are Brazil (665,854), India (524,413), Russia (370,721), Mexico (324,617).

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