Foreign aid allocation 100% transparent, no delays: Kant
The Centre is following a transparent system for allocating all foreign aid being received to combat the surge in Covid-19 cases and all items received up to May 5 have been allocated and dispatched, Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said on Thursday. All items received up to May 5 have been allocated and dispatched to states and institutions.
Media has right to report exchanges during hearings: SC
Supreme Court on Thursday said the media had an unfettered right to report exchanges during hearings as it rejected the Election Commission's plea that the media be restricted to publishing only court orders and judgments. The court also brought up the issue of livestreaming of court proceedings. SC three years ago had in principle approved the live telecast of SC hearingsbut it is yet to implement the same in letter and spirit.
At 36,110, India has world's highest toll for a 10-day span
Daily deaths have stayed above 3,000 for 10 days now, with cumulative fatalities at 36,110, translating to an average of 150 deaths every hour. This is the highest death toll reported by any country for a 10-day span. According to WHO, the highest cumulative deaths reported by the US for 10 consecutive days is 34,798 while the corresponding figure for Brazil is 32,692.
Bengal cops file FIRs to bust ‘fake news’ on clashes
Police in Bengal have started investigating complaints pouring in from citizens about fake news portraying them as "victims of post-poll violence in Bengal" across social media. Two FIRs have been registered so far and a third could be filed soon, subject to verification of the complaint. The police have set up a helpline and provided an email address where "victims" of fake news can report any such instance.
Houston mom of 3 remains missing for more than three weeks, family and police intensifying search efforts
The search for a Houston mom of three who has been missing since mid-April intensified Thursday after volunteers searched nearby wooded areas, dropped a banner over a highway and fired up electronic billboards.