Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Cyclone Nsarga: PM Narendra Modi reviews situation on India's western coast

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New Delhi (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday took stock of the situation in the wake of cyclone condition in parts of country's western coast.

The Prime Minister urged people to take all possible precautions and safety measures. "Took stock of the situation in the wake of cyclone conditions in parts of India's western coast. Praying for everyone's well-being. I urge people to take all possible precautions and safety measures," the Prime Minister said in a tweet.

India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday said that tropical cyclone Nisarga is headed for the Maharashtra coast, and is going to make landfall on June 3 close to Mumbai.

"Depression over east-central Arabian Sea lay near latitude 14.4 Degree N and longitude 71.2 Degree E about 300 km west-southwest of Panjim, 550 km south-southwest of Mumbai and 770 km south-southwest of Surat," the IMD added.

Mitron App Crosses 50 Lakh Downloads, Rivals TikTok On India's Google Play Store

By Disha KandpalThe app Mitron has taken India by storm. Within a month of release has Mitron app downloads have crossed 50 lakh, rivalling Tik Tok. Tik Tok is a short video creation apps in the world right now. What is being called an Indian version of Tik Tok, Mitron released on April 11 this year and is making a lot of noise on social media. The Mitron app founder is an Indian student named Shivank Agarwal from IIT Roorkee.
The Mitron app is currently at number seven spot out of all the free apps on Google Play charts. The Mitron app also has a 4.7 rating right now. However, it is still sitting below the popular app Tik Tok which is at number two and Aarogya Setu which is at number 1 at the Indian Google Play Store. Aarogya Setu is an Indian app developed by the Ministry of Electronics and Information technology. It is meant for open-source COVID-19 contact tracing and other mapping and assessment services.
What is the Mitron app?Mitron is a free short video-making app. It is a social media platform as well for users to share their video-making skills. The Mitron app founder has replicated the interface of Tik Tok in many ways. It allows users to create short 15-second videos, where they can choose to create content with humour or show their talents. A quirky touch given to Mitron app is the introduction of a new theme of ‘light humour’. Mitron’s interface looks very similar to that of TikTok. It lets users create, edit, and share their videos, at the same time acting as a social media platform it lets you browse through a library of top videos across the globe.
Why have Mitron App downloads skyrocketed?There are many reasons at play because of which Mitron app is doing so well. The app has been branded extremely well with the use of the word ‘Mitron’. While Mitron means friends in Hindi, it is also familiar amongst Indians as a word frequently used by Prime Minister The Mitron app is also gaining ground at a time when TikTok has embroiled itself into multiple controversies brewing against it. Hence a lot of people who haven’t downloaded Tik Tok ever seem to be downloading Mitron to support it because it’s an Indian app.

You can download this app by heading to the play store on all the android phones but the app is not available in iOS on the App store yet. Users have reported several bugs and issues in it. But that might just be because the app is still in its early stages. - Republic World

Mayhem, widespread looting in New York for second night in a row, ahead of curfew

America severed by protests over George Flyod's death. (Phooto: ANI)
New York (ANI): Looters targeted several shops and ransacked luxury stores from Manhattan to Soho and Midtown in New York City for the second night in a row, which forced mayor Bill de Blasio to announce to prepone a citywide curfew that went into effect from Monday at 8 p.m. rather than 11 p.m. (local time).

Macy's flagship store on Herald Square and a number of luxury stores along tony Fifth Avenue, for long a symbol of the city's prominence, were shattered as protestors smashed storefronts on several blocks on Monday night, according to visuals cited by The New York Times.

Images posted on social media showed dozens of police officers entering Macy's to go after the people who broke in. The store's windows were covered in plywood.

Authorities said that the number of police officers on the street overnight will also double. NY Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement on a radio interview on Monday afternoon. A joint press release from the governor and Mayor Bill de Blasio was issued a short time later.

Big crowds rallied in Times Square and Brooklyn in the afternoon and then problems started in the evening. People looted a Nike store in Lower Manhattan. Later in the evening, reports surfaced that people had broken into the flagship Macy's store on 34th Street, Fox News reported.

Videos posted on social media showed police pouring into a door of the boarded-up store.

Before the Monday night curfew went into effect the city already announced that there would be a Tuesday night curfew that would go into effect 3 hours earlier at 8 p.m.

"Unfortunately, there are people who are looking to distract and discredit this moment," Cuomo said. "The violence and the looting has been bad for the city, the state and this entire national movement," he added.

De Blasio had previously rejected imposing a curfew, as many other cities across the US have done to try to curb violence that erupted amid demonstrations over Floyd's May 25 death, police brutality and racial injustice. But later, following consultations with NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea and Cuomo about the idea, the mayor changed his idea and said that the Tuesday curfew will be imposed to protect people against violence and property damage.

Earlier in the day, as the protests began to take shape across the city, demonstrators and observers alike said they had never witnessed expressions of grief and anger of such magnitude. (ANI)

Moody's has rated PM Modi's handling of India's economy a step above 'junk': Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. (Photo: ANI)

New Delhi (ANI): Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over Moody's investors Service downgrading India's sovereign rating the lowest investment rate and said that the global rating agency has rated his handling of the country's economy "a step above junk".

"Moody's has rated Modi's handling of India's economy a step above JUNK. Lack of support to the poor and the MSME sector means the worst is yet to come," the Congress leader tweeted citing a media report on Moody's downgrading the nation.

On, Monday, Moody's downgraded the country's rating to "Baa2". This comes at a time when the government is facing criticism from the Opposition over its handling of the COVID-19 situation and measures to boost the economy.

The government has already announced a stimulus package of Rs 20 lakh crore to deal with the situation.

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