Covid-19 cases in Russia surpass 674,000

Moscow, July 5 (IANS) Russia recorded 6,632 Covid-19 cases since Friday, raising its total number of infections to 674,515, the country's coronavirus response centre said on Saturday.

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Sagging electoral prospects behind Trump’s H-1B action (Comment)

On June 22, US President Donald Trump issued an executive order suspending the entry of a number of non-immigrant work visa holders into the US till the end of the year. The visa categories affected include, most notably, H-1B, which has been used by more than a million Indian information technology professionals since the 1990s and L1 visa used by US companies to bring in workers from their Indian offices.

Assam flood affects 11 lakh people, death toll rises to 37

Guwahati, July 5 (IANS) With two more fresh deaths on Saturday, the toll in the ongoing current wave of Assam floods has increased to 37. The situation, however, has largely improved in seven districts even as 11 lakh people in 18 of the state's 33 districts have been affected, officials said.

Congress bets on Man Friday Shivakumar to revive in Karnataka

Bengaluru, July 5 (IANS) The opposition Congress has picked its Man Friday D.K. Shivakumar to revive its fortunes in Karnataka after three consecutive electoral defeats since May 2018 state Assembly polls, with the worst being in May 2019 general elections, when it retained one and lost 20 of the 21 Lok Sabha seats it contested in a pre-poll alliance with the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) in the southern state.

IB roped in to trace UP gangster Vikas Dubey

New Delhi, July 4 (IANS) The Intelligence Bureau, the country's elite intelligence agency, has been roped in to trace wanted criminal Vikas Dubey for killing eight policemen in Kanpur. The Intelligence Bureau sleuths are now helping the Uttar Pradesh Police's Special Task Force (STF) to trace the whereabouts of one of the gangsters Dubey, who has around 60 cases in his name and also has political patronage.