103 deaths, 3,390 new cases in a day; recovery rate hits 29.36%

  • With a recovery rate now standing at 29.36 %, India on Friday registered 3,390 new COVID positive cases with 103 deaths taking the total number to 56,342 cases and 1,886 deaths.
  • ICMR has shortlisted 21 institutes for PLACID trial. These include five hospitals in Maharashtra; four in Gujarat; two each in Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh; and one each in Punjab, Karnataka, Telangana and Chandigarh,”.


16 M.P. migrants run over by train near Aurangabad

  • Sixteen migrant labourers, who were trying to return to their home State Madhya Pradesh on foot, were killed on Friday when a goods train ran over them between Jalna and Aurangabad districts. One was seriously injured, while three escaped.
  • Chief Public Relations Officer of SCR CH Rakesh said, “The incident occurred even as the loco pilot of the train blew the horn as soon as he noticed the group of people infringing the rail track and also made all possible efforts to stop the train.” The Madhya Pradesh government has announced ₹ lakh as ex gratia for the deceased labourers’ families.


Green tribunal directs LG Polymers to deposit ₹50 cr.

  • The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday directed LG Polymers India to deposit an initial amount of ₹50 crore for the damage caused by the gas leak at its plant in Vishakhapatnam, which left at least 11 people dead and affected several others.


Supreme Court asks States to consider online sale of liquor

  • The Supreme Court on Friday left it open for the States to consider online sales and home delivery of liquor during the COVID­-19 lockdown to facilitate physical distancing.
  • Dismissing a petition filed against a government circular of May 1, allowing direct contact sales of liquor, a three­ judge Bench left it to the discretion of the States to create a mechanism for online purchase and home delivery. “It shall be open for the State government concerned to consider non-­direct sale, including online sale/home delivery of liquor, to facilitate social distancing,” the court said.