Subdued festivity, Eid prayers confined to homes

With worship places shut across the globe due to COVID-19 spread, every household this time turned out to be a place for worship. Perhaps for the first time, Muslims performed Eid-ul-Fitr namaz confined to their homes. In fact, this year the charm of the festivity was virtually absent as people remained indoors for the past
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Chennai,May 25: Tamil Nadu on Sunday recorded eight deaths due to COVID-19, taking the toll to 111 while 765 fresh cases saw the state’’s total infections breaching the 16,000 mark, the Health department said. A total of 833 people were discharged with the number eclipsing the day’’s new cases as the cumulative recoveries rose to
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Chennai, May 25: A Delhi-bound Indigo Airlines with 116 passengers was the first flight to be operated from the airport here on Monday when the country resumed domestic air services, officials said. It left for the national capital at 6.40 am while a flight from Delhi operated by the same carrier was the first incoming
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Chandigarh, May 25: One of India’s greatest hockey players, Balbir Singh Sr, died at a hospital here after battling multiple health issues for over two weeks. One of the country’s most accomplished athletes, the iconic centre-forward was the only Indian among 16 legends chosen by the International Olympic Committee across modern Olympic history. His world
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New Delhi, May 25: Domestic passenger flights resumed in India after a gap of two months and the country will see around 600 services otoday. Delhi-Pune and Mumbai-Patna flights being among the first to take off. The Delhi airport saw its first departure at 4.45 am to Pune while Mumbai airport’s first departure was at
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New Delhi, May 25: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday extended greetings on Eid-ul-Fitr, hoping that the special occasion furthers the spirit of compassion and harmony. “Greetings on Eid-ul-Fitr. May this special occasion further the spirit of compassion, brotherhood and harmony. May everyone be healthy and prosperous,” the prime minister said. Union Home Minister Amit
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New Delhi: Tourism and hospitality associations have made fresh appeals to the government to allow a calibrated, graded opening of hotels even as confusion loomed large on Sunday about resumption of flight operations and passengers stared at the possibility of getting stranded at airports. “We have sent new requests through CII. But, the coordination has
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The government on Sunday extended the validity of payments made for obtaining documents like vehicle fitness certificate, driving license, on or after February 1, to July 31. Additionally, if there is delay in paying the fees from 1st Feb till the period of lock down, there would not be any additional or late fee that
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Jhansi:  The Jhansi district administration in Uttar Pradesh has directed fire brigade to keep its vehicle ready with chemicals following a sudden movement by a swarm of locusts. Locust is a pest which destroys crops and vegetation. District Magistrate Andra Vamsi, who chaired a meeting in this regard, said: “The villagers along with the common public
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Reliance Industries Ltd has launched an online grocery service, JioMart, the head of its grocery retail business said, in a move aimed at rivalling Amazon.com’s local unit and Walmart Inc’s Flipkart in the huge Indian market. JioMart will deliver groceries in more than 200 towns across the country, Damodar Mall, chief executive of grocery retail
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