States face daunting task of evacuating millions of migrants

A day after the Union home ministry opened the floodgates for the return of stranded migrant workers and others to their native places, the Herculean challenge of handling the logistics of registering, screening, transporting and quarantining lakhs of returnees appeared to weigh down states like Bihar and UP, which between them have close to 42 lakh people waiting to return.

Declare polls for 9 Council seats: Maha gov to EC

Days after the Maharashtra cabinet recommended to him proposing CM Uddhav Thackeray’s appointment to the Legislative Council, governor BS Koshyari on Thursday requested the EC to declare polls for 9 vacant seats of the Upper House of the state Legislature. A statement from Raj Bhavan said that Koshyari requested the EC to declare elections “at the earliest”.

Allow free movement of trucks: MHA to states

The home ministry on Thursday asked all states and Union territories to ensure free inter-state movement of trucks/goods carriers during the lockdown, underlining that no separate passes are required for through traffic of trucks and good carriers. The MHA said the local authorities must not insist on separate passes for trucks passing through inter-state borders.

PM Modi discusses strategies to boost economy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday held a meeting to discuss various strategies to attract more foreign investments into India, as well as to promote local investments in order to give a boost to the economy in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. During the meeting, the PM directed that action should be taken for a more “proactive approach” to handhold investors.

Rishi Kapoor cremated; Alia, Saif, Kareena, Abhishek attend last rites

Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor passed away today and he was cremated at 4pm at Chandawadi crematorium in Mumbai. The 67-year-old actor had been battling cancer since two years, while he also underwent treatment in US. Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Saif and Abihshek Bachchan attended the veteran actor’s last rites.

Wish I could be there with you: Rishi’s daughter

Rishi Kapoor passed away today at 8:45 am in a hospital in Mumbai. The star fought a long battle with cancer. He was in the US for more than a year for the treatment with wifey Neetu Kapoor. Sometimes Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Riddhima Kapoor Sahni used to travel to New York to see him. The entire film fraternity in a state of shock after Amitabh Bachchan tweeted about Rishi’s demise. His daughter is expected to attend his funeral as she got the permission to travel from Delhi to Mumbai for father Rishi Kapoor’s funeral.

‘RIP my strongest warrior’: Rishi’s daughter

Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor breathed his last today at 8:45 am after fighting a long battle with cancer. He was admitted to Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai. His brother Randhir Kapoor has confirmed the news in the morning. Rishi Kapoor’s demise has left the entire film fraternity in a state of shock. His family members and close friends and colleagues from the industry are taking to the social media to share their heartfelt condolences.