A long-cherished demand of the Kerala diaspora and the business community turned into a reality when an Air India non-stop flight from London landed on Friday night.
Consequently, Vijayan will not unfurl the tricolour at the main Independence Day function on Saturday, with Devasom Minister Kadakampally Surendran stepping in for him, in the ceremony, which will last only 10 minutes.
COVID-19 has now touched 5 million cases in India, with about a million active cases. The infections are spreading in all the states, especially in the rural areas.
World Health Organisation (WHO) emergencies head urged countries not to make schools into a political football, saying schools could safely reopen once the virus had been suppressed.
The Guru Nanak Darbar Gurudwara Dubai successfully arranged the first ever chartered flight for the people stranded in the country to Amristar. The Indigo flight took off on Thursday from Dubai with a total of 209 passengers.
But the latest reopenings from Aug.5 are limited to gyms and yoga teaching facilities, as well as an end to the curfew, currently from 10pm to 5am. Case numbers in India are soaring and more states are reimposing shutdowns to stem the spread of the virus.
The group lost consciousness after consuming a "high quantity" of hand sanitiser mixed with water or soda, Siddharth Kaushal, police superintendent for Kurichedu town in Andhra Pradesh state said.
The package — worth about 10 per cent of India's GDP — came as the country was set to mark its 50th day in the world's biggest lockdown as the number of virus cases topped 70,000 with 2,200 deaths.
The largest number of evacuation flights for Indians abroad who want to return home because of disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has been allotted to the UAE in the first phase of the process, Hardeep Singh Puri, India’s Minister for Civil Aviation, has said.