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May
  • May 21: US to sell Taiwan $180 million worth of torpedoes The US government has notified Congress of a possible sale of advanced torpedoes to Taiwan worth around $180 million, a move likely to further sour already tense ties between Washington and Beijing, which claims Taiwan as Chinese territory
  • May 19: The US government is planning to "donate" 200 ventilators to India with the first tranche of 50 expected to arrive soon
  • China bows to pressure, co-sponsors WHO resolution for Covid-19 probe. EU resolution on pandemic adopted at WHO assembly: official ....Read
  • May 18: Severe cyclonic storm to make landfall on May 20: NDRF DG The extremely severe cyclonic storm 'Amphan' ( pronounced as um-pun) is very likely to intensify further into a super cyclonic storm, the IMD has said.The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) chief said the coming cyclone is a “serious” one as it is only the second time after 1999 in Odisha that a storm hitting the country’s coast has been categorised as a ‘super cyclone’
  • May 14:  Referring to the new $3 trillion relief plan put forward by House Democrats on Tuesday. Under the proposal dubbed the HEROES Act, a second round of checks would include $1,200 per family member and up to $6,000 per household. In the first relief package called the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, individuals were eligible for up to $1,200 (depending on income level) or $2,400 for married couples. Children under 17 were granted $500. The HEROES Act would offer dependents $1,200 per eligible household for up to a maximum of three dependents.
  • May 13: Canada announced Tuesday a onetime payment of up to Can$500 (US$360) for seniors -- who as a group have suffered the most COVID-19 sickness and fatalities -- to help defray added pandemic costs of living.An estimated seven million elderly Canadians qualify for the aid
  • US Congress unveiled a more than $3 trillion coronavirus aid package Tuesday, a sweeping effort with $1 trillion for states and cities, “hazard pay” for essential workers and a new round of cash payments to individuals.The bill will offer a fresh round of $1,200 direct cash aid to individuals, increased to up to $6,000 per household, and launches a $175 billion housing assistance fund to help pay rents and mortgages. There is $75 billion more for virus testing.It would continue, through January, the $600-per-week boost to unemployment benefits. It adds a 15% increase for food stamps,
  • Indian and Chinese troops 'clash on border' in Sikkim - Seven Chinese and four Indian troops were injured ..Read
  • May 07:Trump administration has urged a federal district court not to block an Obama-era rule allowing certain categories of spouses of H-1B visa-holders to work in the United States.
  • 60 flights repatriate from 12 countries- around 15,000 Indians are expected to return on special Air India flights from 12 countries over the next week.....Read
  • May 05: Air India, Navy launch first phase of operation to extricate Indians
  • Special evacuation flights for Indians stuck in US to operate this week
  • May 04: India will facilitate the return of Indians stranded abroad, the process for which will begin from May 7 in a phased manner
  • If flu deaths were counted like COVID-19 deaths, the worst recent flu season evidently killed 15,620 Americans
  • More than 1 million people have recovered from the coronavirus, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University, a marker of success that can be traced to various factors. Ventilators, experimental drug treatments and a better understanding of the virus all have surely helped saved many lives.
  • Scientists discover 5 FDA-approved drugs are effective at stopping coronavirus spread in the body - A massive global collaboration of scientists has discovered several possible ways we could treat COVID-19.Dozens of researchers have discovered that five existing drugs and a range of other drug compounds are effective at blocking COVID-19 from infecting human cells, they revealed in a study published Thursday in the scientific journal Nature. While the lab study doesn't take into account the drugs' effects on other parts of the body, it "could lead to a therapeutic regimen to treat COVID-19," the study says.....Read
  • China Refuses to Allow WHO Reps to Investigate Coronavirus Origins .....Read
  • Amazon says India’s lockdown curbs hit its revenue hardest internationally
April
  • April27: UK PM Boris Johnson back at work, says tide being turned on Covid-19
  • NZ prepares to ease lockdown rules, nearly 4,00,000 people to return to work
  • Woman in India gang-raped after being quarantined alone in school: Police ....Read
  • April 23: 14 special flights to UK from India next week
  • Facebook buying a 9.99% stake in Reliance JIO platforms gives both the companies a chance to make inroads into the Indian Internet domain.
  • April 20: Oil plunged into negative territory for the first time on record on Monday---Oil plunged below $5 a barrel
  • April 20: Airlines begin flight bookings: As the 40-day nationwide lockdown endson May 3, several airlines have begun accepting advance bookings for flights from the day after despite Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri 
  • Indian Govt tweaks FDI policy to keep China out----Countries that share borders with India must take government’s approval before investing
  • No decision on starting domestic, international flight operations yet: Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri
  • Gasoline demand is down by more than 30% in the United States
  • Truck driver reacts to being saluted by Trump at White House. In the war against the virus, American truckers are the foot soldiers who are carrying us to victory,” Trump said at the event, whose theme was “Thank God for truckers
  • White House unveils 3 phases for reopening the country -Pence says states have enough COVID-19 tests to start phase one of White House recovery plan
  • US; Restaurants are among the hardest-hit businesses during the coronavirus shutdown, 3 million restaurant employees lost their jobs- lost about $45 billion in revenue.