PM’s special economic package, COVID-19 crisis and more: A round-up of the top stories

PATNA, INDIA - MAY 12: A migrant worker undergoes thermal screening upon her arrival in Danapur Railway station from Bangaluru by a special train, during lockdown on May 12, 2020 in Patna, India. (Photo by Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

A brief look at all the news you need to start the day with during the time of social distancing. Follow live updates on COVID-19 here.


Modi's latest stimulus package among largest in the world

The combined package works out to roughly 10 per cent of the GDP, making it among the most substantial in the world after the financial packages announced by the United States, and by Japan. Read More


Vizag plant lacked environmental clearance before gas leak

A plastics factory in Andhra Pradesh's Vizag where a chemical gas leak killed 12 people and sickened hundreds lacked federal environmental clearance but had been issued state permits to operate anyway. Read More


Section 144 imposed in Bengal's Telinipara after clashes break out

According to local sources, crude bombs were hurled in the area as two groups clashed over COVID containment in the area. Read More


Putin's coronavirus crisis deepens with fatal hospital fire

A fire in a hospital treating coronavirus victims claimed the lives of five patients and forced the evacuation of 150 people in the Russian city of St. Petersburg. Read More


WHO sees positive potential in COVID-19 treatments

The WHO official sounded a note of caution around expectations for a vaccine, however, saying coronaviruses in general are ‘very tricky viruses’ that are ‘difficult to produce vaccines against’. Read More


Yuvraj questions India batting coach's ability to guide T20 players

Former all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, who had retired from international cricket last year, also took a veiled dig at India chief coach Ravi Shastri. Read More


AIIMS to exempt patients from paying charges till patient care services restored fully

In addition, BPL patients will also continue to be provided all non-available medicines and surgical consumables and exemption of package charges etc as before on case-to-case basis. Read More

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