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01. Patients In Home Isolation To Get Oximeters, Other Facilities: Himanta

In a significant development, Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday announced that coronavirus infected patients in home isolation will be provided with a pulse oximeter and first-line supportive medicine for free in Guwahati. Provisions of tele-medicine service have also been activated for the patients.

02. Kerala: 16 Bodies Recovered From Landslide Site, Death Toll Touches 42

The massive landslide that occurred in Kerala’s Idukki on Friday pushed the death toll to 42 after 16 more bodies were found from the debris by Sunday noon. According to officials, 78 people were staying at the spot where the tragedy occurred. While 12 were rescued, 42 bodies were found. The landslide has destroyed over 20 houses of the tea estate workers.

03. COVID-19 Nagaland: 1226 Armed, Paramilitary Personnel Infected So Far

Out of the 2781 positive cases reported in Nagaland so far, 1226 infected with the disease are armed and paramilitary forces personnel, a health department official stated. Nagaland on Sunday registered 93 new cases of coronavirus infection on Sunday, including 42 armed forces personnel, pushing the state’s active cases tally to 1866.

04. COVID-19 Assam: Theatre Workers Seek Financial Aid

In the wake of the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic, Assam’s theatre professionals have sought Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to support them with financial assistance as the community is experiencing major hardships. A delegation of Professional Theatre Workers, Assam has submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister on Saturday in this regard requesting him to extend support to them.

05. Rajasthan: 11 Pak Migrants Found Dead

A Pakistan Hindu migrant’s family comprising eleven members were found dead at a farm in Jodhpur district of Rajasthan on Sunday, police said to news agency PTI. All the family members were Hindu migrants from Pakistan from the Bhil community and had been living on the farm in the village, which they had hired for farming.

06. No New COVID-19 Test Conducted On Amit Shah, Clarifies MHA

Few hours after BJP leader Manoj Tiwari shared a tweet stating Home Minister Amit Shah has tested negative for coronavirus, the Ministry of Home Affairs issued a clarification informing no test has been conducted so far.

07. Centre Launches Rs 1 Lakh Cr Agri-Infrastructure Fund

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched a new Central Sector Scheme of financing facility under the Agriculture Infrastructure Fund of Rs. 1 Lakh Crore, an official statement said. The scheme will support farmers, PACS, FPOs, Agri-entrepreneurs, etc. in building community farming assets and post-harvest agriculture infrastructure.

08. 101 Imported Defence Items Banned In Push For Atmanirbhar: Rajnath

Union Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday stated the ministry of defence is now ready for a big push to the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative by introducing import embargo on 101 items beyond a given timeline to boost indigenisation of defence production.

09. Atul Bora Ropes In Zubeen Garg As Agriculture Sector’s Brand Ambassador

Renowned Assamese singer star Zubeen Garg would be soon working as a brand ambassador of the state agriculture sector in a bid to motivate the upcoming generation to consider agriculture as a full-time profession. After a discussion with Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, state agriculture and veterinary minister Atul Bora offered a proposal to the singer as the brand ambassador of the agriculture sector of the state.

10. Andhra: 11 Dead In Fire At Makeshift COVID Facility

A major fire broke out at a hotel that was being used as a COVID-19 care facility at Vijaywada in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday morning that led to the death of eleven patients. Around 20 people have been rescued from the hotel so far. However, several others are trapped reportedly.

11. Mahinda Rajapaksa Takes Oath As Sri Lankan Prime Minister

The 74-year-old Sri Lanka People’s Party (SLPP) leader and Sri Lanka’s former president Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in on Sunday as the country’s new prime minister at a historic Buddhist temple, days after his party won a landslide victory in the General Election.

12. BCCI Planning To Start Domestic Season From November 19

The Ranji Trophy and the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy are the only two domestic tournaments that will be played in the country at the senior level this coming season due to a raging pandemic.

13. Twitter Expressed Interest In Buying Tiktok’s U.S. Operations

Twitter Inc has approached TikTok’s Chinese owner ByteDance to express interest in acquiring the U.S. operations of the video-sharing app, as experts raised doubts over Twitter’s ability to put together financing for a potential deal.

14. Row Over J&K Chief Secretary’s Remark On Politicians

Political parties have hit out at Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam for his remark that “not a single soul cried” over the detention of mainstream political leaders after the abrogation of J&K’s special status last year.

15. New Zealand Marks 100 Days of Zero COVID-19 Spread

New Zealand on Sunday marked 100 days milestone with no recorded cases of COVID-19 across the country. The first patient was diagnosed in February and the last case of community transmission was recorded on May 1.

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