Today’s top News

  1. Maharashtra govt. appoints committee headed by former Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court Dilip Bhosale to study Maratha quota judgement.
  2. Maharashtra lockdown likely to be extended till May 31…? , hints Health Minister Rajesh Tope. Tope, however, said that the final decision in this regard will be taken by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
  3. Jharkhand extends lockdown restrictions till May 27 , to impose stricter measures.
  4. The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed his plea seeking bail in the alleged Elgar Parishad-Maoist link case of Bhima Koregaon in Maharashtra.
  5. Experts on Wednesday said transmission of coronavirus through water is not a concern, after bodies of suspected COVID-19 patients were fished out of the Ganga and Yamuna.
  6. Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma issues orders to his Cabinet colleagues to visit various districts to assess COVID situation.
  7. Vaccination of eligible beneficiaries of age group 18 to 45 yrs in Chandigarh to start from 14th May.
  8. Maharashtra govt temporarily suspends vaccination drive for 18-44 age group due to shortage of vaccines.
  9. SpiceJet to start vaccine drive for employees from 17 May. No-frill carrier SpiceJet Limited will start a coronavirus vaccination drive from 17 May, as it hopes to inoculate all its employees across all its stations in the country.
  10. Delhi Airport to shut Terminal 2 temporarily due to fall in passenger traffic amid Covid
    from 17 May midnight as the capital continues to witness a sharp surge in the number of Covid-19 cases.
  11. A lion, named Tripur, living in Jaipur zoo, tested positive for COVID, Indian Veterinary Research Institute officials said. While Tripur was positive for SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19.
  12. Central Board of Direct Taxes, CBDT has issued refunds of over Rs 17,061 crore to more than 13 lakh taxpayers between 1st of April to 10th of May this year. The income tax refunds of Rs 5575 crore have also been issued in over 12.71 lakh cases and corporate tax refunds of Rs 11,486 crore have been issued in 29,592 cases.
  13. Radhe is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language action film directed by Prabhu Deva and produced by Salman Khan, Sohail Khan, Atul Agnihotri and Zee Studios. Release date is May 13. The actor, along with Zee, has decided to opt for a hybrid release model, which is generally seen in Hollywood these days.
  14. Cyclone Tauktae: Indian Coast Guard warns fishermen against venturing into sea between May 14-16
    The India Meteorological Department on Wednesday issued a forecast about a low-pressure area which is forming over the Arabian Sea and warned that it may intensify into a cyclone by May 16. Earlier in the day, the IMD too had advised fishermen out in deep sea in coastal areas of the country to return to the coast and also advised them not to venture into the sea.
  15. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has activated a link to upload the marks obtained by students in class 10. As the examination for the year has been cancelled due to the COVID surge, all the schools were directed to assess the students based on a special criterion.
  16. CBSE has activated an e-Pariksha portal to declare class 10 marks. The E-Pariksha portal will be used for uploading the marks of class 10. All the students can access it to download their results in future.
  17. Army chief General M M Naravane visited forward areas of the Jammu division and reviewed security situation along the LoC and in the hinterland during his two-day visit to the region, : Army Commander interacts with MNS. To review the security situation in the forward areas including Akhnoor, Naushera and Rajouri, the Indian Army Chief Gen MM Naravane, reached White Knight Corps. The chief who is on a two day visit May 11- 12 May 2021, besides reviewing the security situation.
  18. 1971 war veteran Squadron Leader Anil Bhalla (Retd) dies at 74.
  19. PM Modi approved the procurement of the 150,000 units of Oxycare System developed by Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) at a cost of ₹322.5 crore.
  20. Renowned Assamese author, veteran journalist and Sahitya Akademi award winner, Homen Borgohain died of post-Coronavirus complications on Wednesday morning. He was 88 years old. Borgohain suffered cardiac arrest at a private nursing home in Guwahati. He had been recently discharged from the hospital after battling COVID-19.
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  1. PM Modi speaks with Lotay Tshering; thanks Bhutan for support in wake of COVID pandemic
  2. India “Deeply Concerned” At Escalating Israel-Palestine Conflict
    Amid escalating tensions between Israel and Palestinian militants, India has expressed deep concern at clashes and violence in Jerusalem’s Temple Mount as well as over evictions in Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan neighbourhoods and called on both sides to avoid changing the status-quo on the ground.
  3. Flight with medical supplies from Netherlands, Switzerland arrive in India
    Coronavirus related assistance from foreign nations including Netherlands and Switzerland arrived in India. Flights carrying medical aid arrived at Delhi airport on May 12. India is currently dealing with the second wave of coronavirus that has swept through the nation.
  4. ISIS not just regional terror outfit but global syndicate with affiliated groups globally : India has told the UN Security Council that the Islamic State is not just another regional terrorist outfit but a global syndicate with affiliated groups across the world, including in the country’s neighbourhood.
  5. Indian Naval Ship Tarkash brought two containers with 20 MT liquid medical oxygen each and 230 oxygen cylinders here from Qatar on Wednesday.


  1. Fears of ‘full-scale war’ as Israel-Palestinian clashes kill 55
    Relentless rocket fire and rioting in mixed Jewish-Arab towns fuelled growing fears.
  2. China accused the Quad of being an exclusive clique against Beijing as it defended its Bangladesh Ambassador’s warning to Dhaka against joining the US-led alliance, saying the envoy has made the country’s position “clear” on the issue.
  3. The test run of the first electrical metro train in Bangladesh was conducted. Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader inaugurated the metro rail test run virtually. Six coaches of the metro train imported from Japan left the workshop inside the metro rail workshop in Diabari in Dhaka to travel about 500 metres at slow speed.


  1. India’s Olympic-bound boxers Mary Kom and Lovlina Borgohain received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Command Hospital in Pune on Wednesday.
  2. India will be touring Sri Lanka in July and play three ODIs and three T20Is. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has proposed an itinerary, which was accepted by BCCI. Three ODIs will be played on July 13, 16, 19 and it will be followed by the T20I series running from July 22-27. Indian team will arrive in Sri Lanka on July 5 and they will head back home on July 28.
  3. Serena Williams, playing the 1,000th Tour-level match of her glittering career, suffered a shock 7-6(6), 7-5 defeat by Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska in the the Italian Open second round on Wednesday.

Playing her first competitive match in nearly three months, the 23-time Grand Slam champion twice came back from a break down but struggled on her first serve as Podoroska took the opening set in the tiebreak.

  1. Premier League: Manchester City crowned champions of PL 2020-21 : Manchester City currently has 80 points from 35 matches while United has 70. Even if City loses all its three fixtures and United wins its remaining matches, the side would still be able to reach just 79 points, one point behind City.
  2. Former India table tennis player Venugopal Chandrasekhar died at a private hospital in Chennai on Wednesday due to COVID-19 related complications. He was 64.

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Facts about India

Kuda Caves are ancient Buddhist caves which date back to the 1st century BC in Raigad district of Maharashtra. Being a complex of 26 rock-cut caves, they are amongst those wonderful places where you can trace the history of Buddhism in the region. These caves were made for Buddhist monks who used to live and meditate here.

You can find several inscriptions, beautiful drawings and intricate patterns on walls of the caves. The inscriptions found in the caves describe the donations, which were given to Buddhist monks by people living in the region

Thought of the day

A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take.

Joke of the day

Teacher : Because of Gandhiji’s hard work what do we get on 15th August?

Pappu : A holiday🤔

LEARN Sanskrit🙏🏻

क्रुध – क्रोध (Angry)

⁉ Scientific reason behind: Ear & Nose piercing ⁉

Ear piercing is an ancient Indian practice, which is also known as Karna Vedha. It is one of the 16 sacraments, rituals and sacrifices done to mark the various stages of human life and to signify cultural heritage and upbringing.

Traditionally, body piercing is done on one or both sides of nose, both ear lobes. These are acupressure points that once triggered have positive effect on overall health. Piercing left side of the nose results in reducing the distressing energy that has negative influence on our system. In women, it helps in improving reproductive organs and reduces infertility.

Other reasons for nose piercing around specific node and wearing jewelry on left side– a belief that it reduces labor pain during delivery and it reduces menstrual cramps. Nerves that run from left nostril is linked with female reproductive organs! In addition, nose piercing does not cause heavy infections

According to Ayurveda, body piercing should be done in appropriate body parts. Appropriate body parts because our nervous system connects in our body in a specific manner and influences certain organs.

How it works ⁉

How long it takes to digest food

In general, food takes 24 to 72 hours to move through your digestive tract. The exact time depends on the amount and types of foods you’ve eaten.

Meat and fish can take as long as 2 days to fully digest. The proteins and fats they contain are complex molecules that take longer for your body to pull apart. By contrast, fruits and vegetables, which are high in fiber, can move through your system in less than a day. At first, food travels relatively quickly through your digestive system. Within 6 to 8 hours, the food has moved its way through your stomach, small intestine, and large intestine. As you chew, glands in your mouth release saliva. This digestive liquid contains enzymes that break down the starches in your food. The result is a mushy mass called a bolus that’s easier to swallow.

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Gunpowder is the first explosive to have been developed. Popularly listed as one of the “Four Great Inventions” of China , it was discovered during the late Tang dynasty (9th century)

Highest waterfall in the world – Angel Falls, (Venezuela)


Trishul held by Lord Shiva, represents the 3 Gunas or “characteristics”, Sattva, Rajas and Tamas. Sattva represents stability, purity, Rajas represents change, dynamism while Tamas represents inertia, lethargy. The trishul is believed to symbolize Shiva being the master of the world, by his control of these 3 Gunas, maintaining a balance between them. It is also believed to symbolize the destruction of 3 worlds, the physical, the past world of forefathers and the mind, into a single plan of existence, which is bliss. The Damaru or the drum, is believed to generate spiritual energy,


(Note : These home tips followed in villages/ancient traditions, it is up to you to use it or not🙏🏻)

Kanji or rice water is rich in carbohydrates, and hence, an excellent source of energy. The body can easily derive energy by breaking down carbohydrates. Drink a glass of rice water in the morning before heading out and you will never feel dizzy or weak due to lack of energy.

Prevents dehydration : On a hot sunny day, rice water becomes your go-to-drink. In summer, the body tends to lose water and salts through sweat and, rice water helps replenish the lost nutrients and the water, reducing your chances of dehydration.

CH. Naveen Kumar