Domestic flights resumed operations today after a two-month period, but things were not like clockwork. Several flights to Delhi, Mumbai and other cities have been canceled, including Bangalore. Passengers complained that the flights were canceled without notice. The airport also experienced long queues due to delays in operations and inspections. Around 80 flights to and from Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport were canceled on Day 1 of the recovery. Furthermore, those who managed to take flights today would have done so in a context of persistent uncertainty about the protocols for their destination. While some states have declared that they will not allow travelers to enter, others are developing rules on whether to quarantine landing passengers. Several cancellations to date are due to the fact that some States have informed the Center that previously agreed flights will not be able to operate.
Comments by the Indian army chief on the Kalapani dispute have wounded the feelings of the Nepalese gurkhas, who have a long tradition of sacrifices for India, Nepal Defense Minister Ishwor Pokhrel said on Monday. In an interview with online media The Rising Nepal, he said General Manoj Naravane’s indirect reference to a Chinese hand behind the diplomatic conflict was “reprehensible” and that the Nepalese army would fight if necessary. “With that, the Indian chief of staff also hurt the sentiments of the Gurkha Nepalese army personnel who gave their lives to protect India.” Now it must be difficult for them to stand in front of the Gurkha forces,”he said.
The total number of positive coronavirus cases reported in India is 143,879, with a death toll of 4,143. Cases are mounting at an alarming rate in Tamil Nadu, which reported 805 new positive cases and 7 deaths on Monday. Meanwhile, with the new arrivals, a third, though not yet serious, wave is affecting Kerala, with 49 new cases reported today.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said today that any state government that wants to employ migrant workers from his state will have to seek permission first. Though he did not elaborate on how this monitoring and permission mechanism might work once the lockdown is lifted, he did say that the U.P. government would form a migrants’ commission to help workers get employment within the state.
The Uttar Pradesh government has declared a state alert after a massive swarm of locusts has invaded farmland in several districts. After Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh is the third state affected by locusts. India’s response to natural disasters is expected to be re-tested this summer when a giant Horn of Africa locust storm is expected to attack farmland in South Asia.
One of India’s best hockey players, Balbir Singh Sr, a triple Olympic gold medalist, died in Chandigarh. He had been battling several health problems for more than two weeks. His daughter and three children survive him. Balbir Sr was the only Indian among the 16 legends chosen by the International Olympic Committee throughout modern Olympic history. He holds the record for most goals scored by an individual in the men’s Olympic hockey final, which remains undefeated.
The Supreme Court authorized the Center and the national airline Air India to continue their scheduled flights with the central seats occupied for a period of ten days only, until June 6. He also noted that the government should pay more attention to passenger health. than commercial airlines.
The International Labor Organization (ILO) has informed Indian unions that its Director General has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “send a clear message” to the Center and to state governments to respect international labor laws. Following the recent dilution of labor laws by several states, a group of 10 central unions wrote to the ILO on May 14 to request their intervention in order to protect workers’ rights and international labor standards.
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