COVID-­19 cases rise to 29 in India

  • Fifteen Italian tourists, including the wife of an already infected person, and eight Indians tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, taking the total number of cases in the country to 29.
  • “India, with a significant rise in COVID­19 cases, will start universal screening at all international airports and seaports through the use of thermal imagery equipment as well as mandatory filling of declaration forms of places visited by tourists and travellers returning from abroad. All passengers of international flights will now have to undergo screening, and not just from the 12 countries listed earlier,” he said.


SC frees trade in cryptocurrencies, annuls RBI curb

  • The Supreme Court on Wednesday set aside an April 6, 2018, circular of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) that prohibited banks and entities regulated by it from providing services in relation to virtual currencies (VCs).
  • “Till date, RBI has not come out with a stand that any of the entities regulated by it namely, nationalised banks/scheduled commercial banks/cooperative banks/NBFCs, have suffered any loss or adverse effect directly or indirectly, on account of VC exchanges,” a Bench comprising Justices Rohinton Nariman, Aniruddha Bose and V. Ramasubramanian observed in a 180page judgment.


IIT -Bombay and Delhi ranked among world’s top 50 tech institutions

  • The Indian Institutes of Technology, Bombay and Delhi have both broken into the world’s top 50 engineering and technology institutions, according to a key global ranking.
  •  Five IITs – including Kharagpur, Madras and Kanpur – made it into the top 100 list in that category of the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Ranking by Subject for 2020. IIT­Bombay was ranked at 44, while IITDelhi stood at 47.
  • Overall, 12 institutions from the country were ranked in the top 500 in this category alone.