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Daily NEWS Summary: 01.06.2020

The total number of coronavirus cases in India was 1.97,905, with a death toll of 5,599. India now has the seventh highest number of Covid-19 infections in the world.

The first phase of a three-step “unlock plan” went into effect today as restrictions on various activities across the country have been lifted, except in containment zones and in a handful of the most affected states such as Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Telangana have extended the closure until June 30, but with various relaxations.

Meanwhile, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said the Delhi-Noida border will be sealed for a week, in light of increasing cases of coronavirus in the city, with exceptions only for those who supply essential services and those with valid passes. He said the additional decisions on this issue would be for a multitude of citizens.

However, some activities have recovered, particularly in the transportation sector. Indian railways have operated 200 new trains today, carrying about 1.45 lakh passengers.

The 18-seat Rajya Sabha elections, which had been postponed due to the Lockdown, will take place on June 19, the Indian Election Commission (ECI) said. Voting for the 18 seats i.e  four in Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat, three in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, two in Jharkhand, and one in Manipur and Meghalaya, was originally scheduled for March 26 (the national closure began on March 25).

The Indian Meteorology Department (IMD) announced today that the southwest monsoon has reached Kerala and that a cyclone brewing in the Arabian Sea is likely to strike northern Maharashtra and the Gujarat coast before June 3. The IMD added that the monsoon would be better than normal.

 “India would likely get 102%, or 2% more rain, during June-September than what the agency had initially forecast in April.

In April, we had said that India is likely to get 100% of its long period average for June-September. The good news is that we are likely to get some more,”

an IMD official

While protests against the murder of George Floyd rocked several cities in the United States for the sixth consecutive day, President Donald Trump was taken to a secure underground bunker at the White House, according to the New York Times. The newspaper also reported that the White House turned off the exterior lights when the protesters gathered outside. Some protesters reportedly burned road signs near the White House. The situation remains tense in the states and cities of the United States, with protesters defying curfew orders in many places. They are calling for charges to be laid against the four police officers involved in the incident that caused the death of Floyd last week.

The Union Cabinet today authorized Rs 20 billion debt system, which could help almost two lakhs of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) raise funds. In order to encourage private investment, it also approved a fund of funds worth Rs.50 billion rupees for MSMEs. It also changed the definition of MSMEs: the annual turnover limit for “medium-sized companies” has been revised upwards from Rs 100 million to Rs 250 million. The cabinet also approved an increase in minimum support prices (MSP) for 14 kharif crops.

The Center said on Monday that it had withdrawn the list of 1,026 “imported products” that could no longer be sold in the Central Armed Police (CAPF) canteen on June 1. Many products made by Indian companies were on the list.

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