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Places of worship to open from June 1; private, govt offices with ‘full strength’ from June 8 in West Bengal

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday – two days before the lockdown 4.0 to end — said that all places of worship in the state will open from June 1.

As per her announcement, not more than 10 people will be allowed to enter the religious place and congregations or functions will not be allowed.

“Temples, mosques, gurdwaras, churches, all will open, but not more than 10 people will be allowed, there will be no assembly at religious places. This will be implemented from 1st June,” she said in an online press conference.

CM also launched a sharp attack at the centre during the online press conference for running migrant special trains.

“They are stuffing the Shramik trains full of people, there is no social distancing, no food, no water, nothing. What are they trying to do? Are they running Shramik trains or are they trying to run Corona Express?” West Bengal CM said.

She said the railway ministry could easily increase the number of coaches in the trains to prevent crowding. Citing herself being as the rail minister, she asserted that the railways has enough number of rakes to make the trains longer and stop crowding.

“If such trains could run in the lockdown, religious places that had been shut and neglected for two months could open too,” she said.

“West Bengal was successful in controlling the COVID-19 spread in the last two months. Cases are increasing now as people are coming from outside,” she added.

The tea and jute industry will also open from June 8 with 100 per cent workers, Mamata Banerjee said. All government and private offices will open with full strength.

After the announcement of lockdown on March 25, all the places of worship were shut and continued in the extended versions as well.

Earlier today, Union Home Minister Amit Shah met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the lockdown strategy as India saw its biggest spike in Coronavirus cases with 7,466 infections in 24 hours.

His meeting with the Prime Minister comes a day after Shah on Thursday evening asked Chief Ministers for feedback on the lockdown and their views on whether to extend it after May 31.

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‘Double One Zero’ – Jasveer Singh Dangi is ‘Out of the Shadows’

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Thriller has always been one of the bestselling genres across the world and when a prolific writer like Jasveer Singh Dangi picks it up as his next choice, then what can give a better start to 2020? Yes, you caught me correct, Jasveer the author of ‘Version One and a Half (Version 1 1/2)’ and ‘Diary from Heaven’, will soon be opening the cover of ‘Double One Zero (110) – Out of the Shadows’, his third title. The name itself clinches a century, putting his readers up on their toes.

Little is being revealed about the story line by the author, with due respect to the very genre. I too don’t want to be a spoil sport by unraveling the hidden mysteries behind 110 and his quest for identity through extraterritorial endeavors. But can’t resist to talk about its unique self-discovery style. Will it be a mix of ‘Version One and a Half (Version 1 1/2)’ and ‘Diary from Heaven’ or a completely new tale is the question of the hour. Only a trained health and safety professional like Jasveer Singh can come for your rescue.

Brace yourself for the ride of your life as ‘Double One Zero (110)’ comes ‘Out of the Shadows’…

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Rupee rises 10 paise to 71.40 against USD in early trade

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The Indian rupee appreciated by 10 paise to 71.40 against the US dollar in early trade on Wednesday as positive opening in domestic equities and sustained foreign fund inflows strengthened investor sentiments.

Forex traders said easing crude oil prices also supported the domestic unit.

At the interbank foreign exchange the rupee opened at 71.43, then gathered momentum and touched 71.40 against the US dollar, registering a rise of 10 paise over its previous close.

On Tuesday, rupee had settled for the day at 71.50 against the US dollar.

The domestic unit however could not hold on to the gains and was trading at 71.45 against the dollar at 0935 hrs.

Forex traders said investors were optimistic about the US-China trade talks.

Top Chinese and US trade negotiators have reportedly spoken on phone and agreed to continue to work toward a preliminary agreement for resolving their tariff war.

Domestic bourses opened on a positive note on Wednesday with benchmark indices Sensex trading 213.80 points higher at 41,035.10 and Nifty higher by 64.80 points at 12,102.50.

The dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, rose by 0.06 per cent to 98.31.

Market participants, however, said sustained foreign fund inflows supported the local currency.

Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) remained net buyers in the capital market, as they purchased shares worth Rs 4,677.75 crore on Tuesday, according to provisional exchange data.

Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, fell 0.23 per cent to trade at USD 64.12 per barrel.

The 10-year government bond yield was at 6.49 per cent in morning trade.

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Interview With Dr.Razi, The Author Of “The Secret Of The Palamu Fort”

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About The Author: A medical doctor by profession, Dr.Razi, spends most of his time as a critical care specialist at Bhagwan Mahavir Medica superspeciality Hospital at Jharkhand. Working in ICU’s and dealing with patients struggling between life and death has given Razi a different perspective of life. In his spare time, he loves to weave stories, draw cartoons, make paintings and tries to spread a message – ‘Treat life with respect and live it while it lasts.’ His latent writing talent got the kindle when he won a National level writing challenge through his creation ‘The Kolebira incident.’ There was no looking back. An action packed thriller ‘The secret of the Palamu Fort’ was born as a successor of this writing endeavor.


­­­Congratulations for your book “The Secret Of The Palamu Fort” and for all the lovely reviews! How are you feeling?
Thank you! It has been an overwhelming experience. ‘The secret of the Palamu Fort’ is a book that I really love and care for. I have somehow squeezed time out of my busy schedule to complete it and when the readers from all over the country showered their love over it, I felt really happy.

Kindly acquaint our readers with your book “The Secret Of The Palamu Fort”
It is a thriller with some supernatural elements inside it. It deal with a part of the unexplored history of Jharkhand. The most important thing is that the story is based in Jharkhand and the main characters in this book are represented by the tribal people of the state, which is a first of its kind attempt. Its protagonist is a Ranchi based Detective whose name is Robin Horo. It is a very intelligent thriller that will keep you glued till the last page!

You are a doctor by profession. How do you manage writing along with your profession?
Not only for a Doctor, but also for anybody who has a full time day job it is difficult to take time out for a thing like this. But I believe you can always take time out for the thing you really love! Be it family, friends or a hobby like this. It is never about time, it is about how much you love doing something that makes the difference. Because everybody has got the same 24 hours! Some people utilize it and some waste it.

The Secret Of The Palamu Fort is a historical thriller with an extremely unique plot. How did you arrive at the core of the idea?
Sometimes I feel a writer does not write a story, but the story finds its writer. The Palamu Fort has been there in the Jungles of Palamu for more than 350 years, but somehow I came to know about it during my visit to Palamu and when I heard the folk-lores associated with it, I was intrigued to explore the history of the Chero dynasty which ruled over this region. Their history fascinated me and I thought that why hasn’t somebody written about them? Some stories need to be told and this was one of them. The most effective way to draw attention to something is to popularize it. So I decided to write a fictional story based on Palamu Fort, so that the amazing stories from Jharkhand are brought to the popular fiction in Indian literature and more and more people read it.

Which writers inspire you most?
I am really fond of Michael Crichton (Who was also a Doctor!) and Ashwin Sanghi.

What is the next book that you have planned?
There are 3 more books planned with the same character ‘Detective Robin Horo’ based on his next mind boggling cases. The stories of those 3 books will also be based in Jharkhand. A non fiction book is also in the pipeline.

The book has developed a special place in the hearts of the readers of India, especially Jharkhand. Many Copies have been sold since the date of its launch.

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