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Daily NEWS Summary: 15.06.2020

The number of coronavirus cases in the country was 3,377,304 with a death toll of 9,650. An analysis of the data shows that the increase in the number of cases in India is the third highest in the world. Meanwhile, the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) has distanced itself from a study that showed that the peak stage of Covid-19 in India would arrive in November.

A few days after informing the Madras High Court that the state government was not planning to introduce a new period of intensified foreclosure, Tamil Nadu Prime Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami went ahead and did exactly that. There will be a 12-day total closure in Chennai and parts of the Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts from June 19-30. However, essential services will function unhindered during this period. Palaniswami’s announcement followed the recommendations of medical and public health experts and a discussion at the cabinet meeting this afternoon.

Two employees of the Indian High Commission in Pakistan have disappeared and the matter has been raised with the Pakistani authorities, as defense sources said on Monday. “A vehicle with two drivers from the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) went to work but did not reach the destination. Pakistani media reported that two Indian officials were arrested by Pakistani authorities for their alleged involvement in a “hit and run accident”. Official sources said the Pakistani Charge d’Affaires (CDA) was summoned by the Ministry of External Affairs and the issuance of an indictment for the arrest of the two officials. In CDA’s management it appears that there are no interrogations or harassment of Indian officials that the security responsibility fell directly on the Pakistani authorities.

Talks are underway between India and China at the level of the brigade commander and the commanding officer (CO) in the Galwan region of eastern Ladakh. Discussions focus on downscaling at patrol points (PP) 14 and 17A. Ground-level military talks were regularly underway to resolve the confrontation and it was a gradual process. The two sides have so far held five rounds of high-level talks, two of which took place last week after the Corps Commander-level talks on June 6. There were also a series of conversations at the level of the brigadier and the colonel. Meanwhile, the limited “disconnection” agreed to by the two sides was underway.

This is the ninth daily rise in gasoline and diesel prices followed since oil companies resumed cost-cutting prices on June 7 after finishing an 82-day hiatus. State oil trading companies (MOCs) raised gasoline and diesel prices for the ninth day in a row on Monday, raising the price of petroleum products since October 2018, when world crude oil prices were at their highest point. The price of gasoline has increased by 46 liters per liter, while that of diesel by 59 liters per liter today.

Wholesale prices in the country deflated 3.21% in May due to the sharp drop in fuel and electricity prices, despite the fact that food became expensive. The annual inflation rate, based on the monthly wholesale price index (WPI), was (-) 3.21% (provisional) for May 2020 against 2.79% in the corresponding month of the previous year, as said the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

In what was hailed as a landmark case, the United States Supreme Court ruled today that the 1964 Civil Rights Act that prohibits gender discrimination in the workplace also protects LGBTQ employees from discrimination. in work based on sexual orientation and transgender status. This is widely regarded as a great victory for LGBTQ rights in the United States.

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