Today’s top News

  1. TN reports over 27k new COVID-19 cases, 241 deaths; both highest in a day Tamil Nadu reported its biggest single-day surge of COVID-19 cases and fatalities on Saturday, with 27,397 new infections and 241 deaths. Of the new cases, Chennai accounted for the most number of infections at 6,846. Tamil Nadu now has 1,39,401 active cases of coronavirus, while the state’s total COVID-19 caseload stands at 13.51 lakh.
  2. Puducherry imposes lockdown from Monday till May 24; beaches, malls shut. lockdown will be imposed in the UT from Monday (May 10) till May 24. All beaches, parks and malls will be shut during the lockdown while grocery and provision stores can stay open till 12 noon. This will be in addition to the night curfew (10 pm-5 am) already in place there.
  3. Centre did no work in last 6 months, wanted to capture Bengal: Mamata
  4. Tankers carrying oxygen will be treated like emergency vehicles: NHAI : In a statement, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) on Saturday announced exempting tankers and containers carrying liquid medical oxygen (LMO) from user fee at toll plazas across national highways. The announcement comes amid high demand for medical oxygen due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Containers carrying LMO will be treated at par with other emergency vehicles,” NHAI added.
  5. While Kerala entered a 15-day COVID-19-induced lockdown from yesterday, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu have decided to impose similar stricter restrictions from 10 to 24 May to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
  6. Over 84 lakh vaccines still available with states, UTs; 17.49 cr doses provided so far, says Centre Out of the 53.25 lakh vaccine doses expected to be distributed among states and union territories in the next three days, Gujarat will get 8.98 lakh vaccine doses, the highest quota among all.
  7. The Bombay High Court has ordered the central government to not take any coercive action against any jeweller for not hallmarking their jewellery before June 1. The court was hearing a petition filed by the All India Gem & Jewellery Domestic Council (GJC) challenging. Notably, for not hallmarking, there is a provision for one-year imprisonment as per protocol.
  8. Hyd healthcare centres limit COVID-19 vaccine shots to 200 per day. The Urban Primary Healthcare Centres (UPHCs) in Hyderabad have limited COVID-19 vaccine shots to 200 per day. After the Telangana government decided to prioritise people’s second vaccine dose from May 8 to May 15, with a limited stock of 3.75 lakh doses. PHC officials issued tokens for the vaccine shots on a first-come-first-serve basis..
  9. *Punjab CM seeks support of Radha Soami Satsang Beas against COVID-19. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday sought the support of Radha Soami Satsang Beas sect in the state’s fight against COVID-19. In a letter to sect chief Gurinder Singh Dhillon, the Chief Minister urged him to make all branches available with the Radha Soami Satsang Beas for the treatment of COVID-19 patients, along with attendants deputed for the purpose.
  10. DCGI approves DRDO’s drug that helps reduce oxygen dependency in COVID-19 patients The drug 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG) comes in powder form in a sachet and is taken orally by dissolving it in water, the defence ministry said
  11. BSE Odisha declares alternative criteria for Class 10 assessment; result to be announced by 30 June The BSE Class 10 exams were suspended due to COVID-19, therefore, students will be assessed based on their performance in Class 9 and 10 combined
  12. Andhra Pradesh: At least 10 killed, several injured in limestone mine blast in Kadapa Kadapa Police said that the blast occurred when a consignment of gelatin sticks (explosive material) was being unloaded at the limestone quarry
  13. Indian Coast Guard declares results for Navik and Yantrik posts; check Candidates who have successfully qualified for the Stage I examination will move to the next stage of scrutiny, i.e. Stage II examination
  14. COVID-19 vaccination: More than 16.71 crore doses administered so far, says Centre
    The health ministry said nearly 3 lakh beneficiaries in the 18-44 age group received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on Friday
  15. Disband Phase 3 vaccine policy, direct 100% procurement of doses by Centre: Bengal govt to SC The state government also sought setting aside the differential pricing mechanism for COVID-19 vaccines and capping the price for COVID-19 vaccines at a uniform price of Rs 150 per dose
  16. Mumbai startup claims breakthrough in cancer detection via novel blood test Mumbai-based biotech startup Epigeneres Biotechnology and scientists at Singapore-based Tzar Labs claim to have found a breakthrough in the early detection and diagnosis of cancer via a novel blood test. The test, called HrC, can help in determining whether cancer is absent, imminent, or present in a patient and diagnose the stages of the disease.


  1. India, EU announce resumption of free trade pact talks after 8 years After eight years, India and the European Union have agreed to resume talks on free trade. In a virtual summit held on Saturday between PM Narendra Modi and 27 EU leaders, the External Affairs Ministry called this a “watershed moment”. While PM Modi was scheduled to visit Portugal, it was called off amid the second wave of COVID-19 in India.
  2. Welfare of India critically important to US, COVID-19 surge heartbreaking, says VP Kamala Harris The Biden-Harris Administration has announced $100 million assistance to India to deal with the pandemic. In about a week’s time, as many as six planeloads of COVID-19 assistance have landed in India
  3. India’s role globally will continue to expand: PM Modi, Portugal’s PM India’s role as a major regional and global player is set to continue to expand over the coming years, PM Narendra Modi and his Portuguese counterpart António Costa said in a joint op-ed piece in Politico. “The meeting of the leaders of the European Union and India taking place on Saturday is a moment of profound geopolitical significance,” they added.


  1. US’ top health body acknowledges airborne transmission of COVID-19. In its revised guidelines, US’ CDC has acknowledged that airborne transmission is one of several ways COVID-19 can spread, stating that the virus can be transmitted through very fine aerosolised particles released during respiration. While larger droplets of respiratory fluids settle out of the air rapidly, very fine droplets can remain suspended in the air for several minutes to hours
  2. Pakistan enters partial lockdown amid surge in COVID-19 cases Pakistan entered a partial lockdown on Saturday amid a surge in coronavirus cases in the country. All markets, businesses and shops will remain closed from May 8 to 16, except for essential services, the government said. “These measures have been necessitated by the extremely dangerous situation which has been created in the region,” Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar tweeted.
  3. UK variant accounts for 70% of COVID-19 cases in Pak: Research centre A coronavirus variant first discovered in the UK now accounts for up to 70% of COVID-19 infections across Pakistan, a research centre at the University of Karachi said. This figure was 2% in January, it added. Speaking about the COVID-19 variant first detected in India, the centre said that it didn’t have kits needed to detect the variant.
  4. Bangladesh reports first cases of Indian coronavirus variant. Bangladesh has detected its first cases of the COVID-19 variant first detected in India, the country’s health directorate said on Saturday. “The Indian variant is highly contagious and people must be cautious and strictly follow health guidelines,” a Bangladeshi official said. The country has extended the closure of land borders with India for 14 more days.
  5. Our sensor can detect cars over 500m away: Self-driving startup Aeva. Self-driving sensor startup Aeva has said its sensor can detect other vehicles from beyond 500 metres and pedestrians from a distance of over 350 metres. It said a proprietary chip it has developed allows its sensors to detect objects with below 10% reflectivity at long ranges. Aeva was founded by former Apple engineers Soroush Salehian and Mina Rezk in 2017.
  6. At least 200 Palestinians hurt in Al-Aqsa clashes with Israeli police, say medics
    It was unclear what set off the violence at Al-Aqsa, which erupted when Israeli police in riot gear deployed in large numbers as thousands of Muslim worshippers were holding evening prayers
  7. Islamic extremists behind attack on Maldives’ ex-president Mohamed Nasheed, says top official; two arrested Investigators still do not know which extremist group was behind the attack, which left Nasheed, 53, in critical condition in an intensive care unit after life-saving surgeries to his head, chest, abdomen and limbs, the official added


  1. Olympic gold medallist ex-hockey player MK Kaushik dies of COVID-19. He was 66 and survived by his son and wife. MK Kaushik, a member of the 1980 Moscow Olympics gold medal-winning Indian team, had tested positive for COVID-19 on April 17. Earlier in the day, Kaushik’s teammate Ravinder Pal Singh also died after battling COVID-19.
  2. China opens Mount Everest’s north side to 38 virus-tested mountaineers The 38 people who were issued Chinese permits to climb the peak must come from parts of China that are at low risk for infection and must show a clean bill of health before attempting the summit.
  3. Bundesliga: Bayern Munich crowned champions after Borussia Dortmund beat RB Leipzig
    England winger Jadon Sancho netted twice in Dortmund’s home win, a result that meant Bayern become champions without kicking a ball before their home game against Borussia Moenchengladbach later on Saturday evening..
  4. Formula 1 2021: Lewis Hamilton takes 100th career pole in Spanish Grand Prix qualifying
    Hamilton pushed his Mercedes to a flying lap of 1 minute, 16.74 seconds. Verstappen in his Red Bull was only 0.03 seconds behind

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Facts about India

The World’s First Granite Temple is the Brihadeswara Temple at Tanjavur, Tamil Nadu. The shikhara of the temple is made from a single 80-tonne piece of granite. This magnificent temple was built in just five years, (between 1004 AD and 1009 AD) during the reign of Rajaraja Chola.

Thought of the day

“Not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something.” – Henry David Thoreau.

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Covipri’, the fake Remdesivir injection
At a time people are desperately looking for treatment against Covid-19, an injection named “Covipri” is circulating on social media, with many referring to it as the Remdesivir injection. Remdesivir is not a magic drug against Covid, but doctors are using it on a case-to-case basis to reduce severity of the infection. Hence, this medicine is on high demand and there is shortage of supply. In the meantime, an image of “Covipri” packets, with “Remdesivir” injection written on them, is being shared on Facebook. Many users are claiming that the drug is available and people who need these for Covid patients can contact them.

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day before the day before yesterday is praparahyaha प्रपरह्यः .


Architecture – The Science Behind Temples: ⁉

Most temples are located along magnetic wave lines of the Earth, which help in maximising the available positive energy. The copper plate (called Garbhagriha or Moolasthan) buried under the main idol absorbs and resonates this energy to its surroundings. Going to the temple often helps in having a positive mind and garnering positive energies, which in turn lead to healthier functioning.

It is also a practice to take off footwear before entering places of worship because they would bring in the dirt to an otherwise cleansed and sanctified environment.

🤔 How it works ⁉


Vaccines contain weakened or inactive parts of a particular organism (antigen) that triggers an immune response within the body. Newer vaccines contain the blueprint for producing antigens rather than the antigen itself.


“Knowledge is the most important thing without which one can not achieve his goal.”


(Note : These home tips followed in villages/ancient traditions, it is up to you to use it or not🙏🏻)
Home Remedy for Upset Stomach – Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
When it comes to home remedies, apple cider vinegar has got to be near the top of the list as a “go to” for just about everything. For indigestion, most folks put a shot of ACV (roughly 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon) in a glass of room temperature water and drink it down. Some add a bit of honey to mellow the flavor. As we age, most of us produce less stomach acid, which bogs down digestion. A little extra acid helps get things moving again.

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