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6.3-magnitude earthquake reported near Vanuatu in South Pacific

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An earthquake with a preliminary 6.3-magnitude struck 100km northwest of the town of Isangel on the South Pacific island chain of Vanuatu, Reuters reports.

The quake struck at a depth of 10km the US Geological Survey said on Tuesday.

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Congress demands Railway Minister’s resignation

“isn’t (Railway Minister Goyal) responsible?” asked the Congress leader in the context of the death of 50 migrant workers.

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New Delhi, May 30 : Describing the migrant workers walking back to their native places as one of biggest man-made human tragedy, the Congress on Saturday expressed sorrow over the death of workers in Shramik Special trains and demanded resignation of Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.

Addressing a press conference on the completion of six years of the Narendra Modi-led BJP government, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said, “In the last six years, it has become a practice of the Modi government to harm the 130 crore people of the country whether by demonetisation or by the faulty implementation of GST.

“The migrant workers walking back to their homes following the sudden announcement of nationwide lockdown is the biggest man-made human tragedy.”

The government had announced the nationwide lockdown on March 24 to combat the spread novel coronavirus.

He said over eight crore people were forced to walk for hundreds of kilometres as the Prime Minister did not bother about them.

“The government started Shramik specials only after suggestions and demands came from Congress President Sonia Gandhi. However, over 40 trains lost their way, which happened for the first time in the history of the country,” he said.

“Over 50 people lost their lives in the Shramik Specials. The entire country saw the heart-wrenching video clip of a toddler trying to wake up his dead mother at a railway station,” he said.

Surjewala also spoke about the death of a migrant worker whose body was found in a train’s toilet. “But the Railway Minister and the Ministry did not bother”.

“isn’t (Railway Minister Goyal) responsible?” asked the Congress leader in the context of the death of 50 migrant workers.

“People were delayed by more than five days in reaching their homes. Isn’t this the responsibility of Goyal? The way in which out of eight crore migrant workers, only 50 lakh people were transported by the railways while the rest of the people walked, isn’t this failure of Goyal?”

“The Railway Minister must step down,” Surjewala demanded.

His remarks came amid media reports that claimed that over 50 people died while travelling by Shramik Specials, which have been running since May 1 to transport the migrant workers, starnded students and pilgrims.

Chairman Railway Board V.K. Yadav on Friday at a press conference admitted that a few deaths have been reported in the Shramik Special trains and that the national transporter is preparing a list.

According to the railways, it has so far transported over 52 lakh people from various states by over 3,800 Shramik Special trains.

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20 new containment zones formed in Delhi; 122 total

Covid cases in the national capital crossed the 18,000 mark on Saturday.

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New Delhi, May 30 : The number of Containment Zones in the national capital rose to 122 on Saturday with 20 new being formed in the last 24 hours, according to Delhi Government.

Among the 20 new containment zones, one is in East, three in North, three in south-east and 13 in West zone.

The highest 24 containment zones are in the North district. The South East has 17 containment zones while the South district has 12 zones.

Among those having the least zones is the New Delhi district with three zones.

The South West has 12 such zones while the North West districts has 13 containment zones.

The Central district has seven zones and the North East district has four zones while Shahdara district has eight zones.

Six containment zones are in the East district.

So far, total 53 zones have been de-contained, as per the data shared by the Delhi government on Saturday — the highest 12 from the West district. On Saturday, three zones were freed — two in the south-east district and one in the South district.

Covid cases in the national capital crossed the 18,000 mark on Saturday.

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Gujarat’s corona death toll now 1,007, total cases 16,356

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Gandhinagar, May 30 : Gujarat’s death toll due to novel coronavirus climbed to 1,007 on Saturday as 27 more persons succumbed to the dreaded virus. With 412 new cases, the total crossed the 16K-mark to 16,356.

The state has 6,119 active cases at present, of which the condition of 6,057 is stable. The condition of 62 patients is critical and are on ventilators.

The state has been registering over 20 deaths daily since beginning of May. Of the 27 new casualties, Ahmedabad reported 24. A patient each from Gandhinagar, Banaskantha and Mahesana also succumbed to the virus on Saturday.

A total of 621 patients were discharged on Saturday, taking the total cured patients to 9,230.

According to the state government, the recovery rate of Gujarat has now improved to 56.43% from 39.20% 15 days back.

A total of 793 persons have succumbed to the virus in May till date. Out of the total deaths, 822 deaths were reported in Ahmedabad (81.62%), followed by 67 in Surat, 39 in Vadodara, 14 in Gandhinagar, 10 in Anand, 8 in Bhavnagar, and 6 in Panchmahals.

Of 412 new cases, Ahmedabad had the maximum 284, followed by Surat 55, Vadodara 28, Gandhinagar 12, Aravalli 6, Banaskantha, Rajkot, Sabarkantha and Panchmahals 3 each, Anand, Patan, Jamnagar and Chotta Udepur 2 each, and Bhavnagar, Kutch, Mahisagar, Amreli, Porbandar and other states one positive case each.

Out of Gujarat’s total 16,356 cases, Ahmedabad leads with maximum 11,881, followed by Surat 1,565, Vadodara 1,009, Gandhinagar 261, Bhavnagar 120, Mahisagar 115, Mahesana 112, Rajkot 108, Banaskantha 107, Aravalli 103, Sabarkantha 101, Anand 99, Panchmahals 85, Patan 78, Kutch 80, Kheda 65, Botad 59, and Jamnagar 54 cases.

Health authorities have so far carried out 2,05,780 tests in the state, of which 16,356 tested positive and 1,89,424 negative.

People quarantined total 2,53,845, out of which 2,45,701 are home quarantined and 8,144 in institutional quarantine.

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