Daily GK Update: 26th May 2020
IndiGo grounds Chennai-Coimbatore flight crew after passenger tests positive for coronavirus
- IndiGo on Tuesday grounded the crew of Chennai-Coimbatore flight after a passenger travelling on-board was found to be coronavirus positive.
- This is the first case of a passenger testing positive for Covid-19 after the domestic flight services resumed on Monday.
- The passenger, who was on-board the Chennai-Coimbatore IndiGo flight 6E 381, has been sent on quarantine at ESI state medical facility at Coimbatore. As a precautionary measure, the crew members that operated on the flight have been grounded for 14 days, IndiGo said in a statement.
- “The passenger was seated on-board the aircraft with all precautionary measures including face mask, face shield and gloves, as were the other passengers. Additionally, no one else was seated in his vicinity, significantly reducing the possibility of transmission,” the statement said.
Source: Hindustan Times
PM Modi speaks to leaders of Austria, Egypt and Qatar to discuss Covid-19 crisis
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday reached out to the leaders of Austria, Egypt and Qatar to discuss the Covid-19 crisis and steps to counter the coronavirus.
- The telephone conversations were part of Modi’s ongoing outreach to heads of government around the world to ensure the welfare of Indian expatriates and to bolster cooperation in the fight against Covid-19 and to address the economic fallout of the pandemic.
- Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen condoled the damage caused in India by cyclone Amphan and the two leaders exchanged views on steps taken in their countries to manage the health and economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.
- They agreed on the importance of global collaboration to deal with current challenges. They also “reiterated their shared desire to further strengthen and diversify India-Austria relations in the post-Covid world”, the external affairs ministry said.
Source: Hindustan Times
India / Over 200 bats found dead in a Bihar village, doctors collect their swabs for testing
A team of doctors from Bihar government’s animal husbandry department on Tuesday confirmed reports of mass death of bats near Ara in Bhojpur district. The swab samples of the dead birds are being sent to Patna for testing and doctors said any reason for their death could only be attributed after the test reports are obtained.
The team of doctors visited Tarari, 55 km south from Bhojpur district headquarter of Ara after getting information about the death of hundreds of bats there.
Source: Zoom India
Temples to reopen in Karnataka from June 1; minorities question move
- Temples, churches, mosques and all places of worship have been shut for over two months now in Karnataka. Just like most people in the state, the Gods too got a chance to work from home, but the state government now plans to change it very soon.
- Kota Srinivas Poojari, the Minister for Muzrai met Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Tuesday, several issues pertaining to the department, including the loss of revenue, were discussed. Post the meeting, the minister said, “Karnataka government has decided to open temples from the 1st of June. We will issue a standard Operating Protocol (SOP) that will have to be followed. Necessary arrangements will be made by 31 May”
- While temples may be allowed to reopen, religious fairs and big gatherings will continue to be discouraged. Online Seva booking is expected to start from May 27 for about 52 temples.
- The Sri Mookambika Temple in Kollur, Kukke Sri Subramanya Temple, Renuka Yellamma Temple, Banashankari Temple and Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple in Bengaluru and few other prominent temples will provide the online booking option.
Source: Times Now News
India won’t allow change of status quo on Line of Actual Control: Officials
- The government sources on Tuesday underlined that India won’t permit any change of the status quo on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) amid rising tensions with China in the Ladakh sector.
- “India has faced similar situations in the past and will face the current situation with strength and restraint. India is firm, has deployed the appropriate resources and is committed to working out a peaceful solution,” said the source who did not wish to be named.
- All of New Delhi’s actions, the source further stressed, are on their side of the LAC.
- Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane made a low-key visit to Ladakh last week for a security review as tensions grew between India and China near Pangong Tso and three pockets in the Galwan Valley region where Chinese troops have pitched close to 100 tents and erected temporary structures to establish a presence.
Source: Prime Times