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Former India cricketer Chetan Chauhan tests positive for COVID-19        West Indies beats England as international cricket returns        Rahul again targets Modi for Eastern Ladakh face-off with China        Aishwarya, daughter Aaradhya test positive for coronavirus        More cities to come under lockdown as India''s COVID tally surges to nearly 8.5 lakh        Pope Francis saddened by Turkey''s move to convert Hagia Shophia into mosque        Russia''s Sechenov University completes trials of Coronavirus vaccine        Trump wears mask on camera for first time as he visits military hospital        Kerala has become ''hub'' of smuggling gold, alleges Chennithala        Kerala reports 435 new COVID-19 cases, tally rises to 7,873        2 key accused in gold smuggling case remanded to judicial custody        488 cases in Kerala, Infection tally touches 7438; 2 deaths        Gold smuggling case: Swapna, Sandeep taken into custody by NIA        Amitabh Bachchan tests COVID-19 positive, hospitalised        Hardik Patel appointed working president of Gujarat Congress        TN records 3,965 new COVID-19 cases,69 deaths        Why is Modi scared of disclosing names of those who donated to PM Cares, asks Rahul        Trump commutes friend Roger Stone''s sentence        Ruling People''s Action Party reelected in Singapore        5 killed in hostage situation at church in South Africa        
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Business News
In worst ever market crash, Sensex tumbles about 4,000 pts as India goes into lockdown
 
Mumbai: The Indian stock market suffered worst-ever single-day crash on Monday, with the benchmark indices plunging as much as 13.15 per cent, as panicked investors remained in sell-off mode amid lockdowns in several states in the country due to mounting coronavirus cases.

The BSE benchmark Sensex plummetted 3,935 points or 13. 15 per cent to close at 25,981.24; while the NSE barometer Nifty cracked 1,135.20 points or 12.98 per cent to settle at 7,610.25.

On the currency front, the Indian rupee plunged below the 76-level (intra-day) for the first time.

In the very first hour of trade on Monday, trading on the BSE and the NSE had to be halted after the benchmark indices Sensex and Nifty hit the 10 per cent lower circuit breaker.

As trading resumed after a 45-minute freeze, losses widened on bourses due to unabated sell-offs across sectors.

Global stocks too roiled after nations across the world announced lockdowns in an effort to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 pandemic, spiking fears of a mammoth global recession.

On the Sensex chart, Axis Bank was the top loser, tanking over 28 per cent, followed by Bajaj Finance, IndusInd Bank, ICICI Bank, Maruti and L&T.

All sectoral indices ended significantly lower, with BSE bankex, finance, capital goods, basic materials, industrials and auto indices plunging up to 16.82 per cent.

Broader midcap and smallcap indices tanked over 12 per cent each.

"With the spread of Covid-19 continuing unabated and the fears of global recession increasing, the Indian markets crashed. The markets closed much lower in percentage terms compared to the Asian and European markets, which indicated increased uncertainty regarding the spread of the virus in India after the government indicated that the country was in a crucial phase in its fight against the virus, Vinod Nair, Head of Research at Geojit Financial Services, said.

Further measures and lockdowns are expected after manufacturing companies indicated that they would shut down their facilities, which would have an overall impact on business activity and market confidence, he added.

The central and state governments on Sunday announced lockdown in about 80 districts in the country where at least one confirmed case of COVID-19 was reported.

The districts where lockdown was announced include 10 districts each in Maharashtra and Kerala, six districts each in Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat, five each in Karnataka and Haryana, three each in Tamil Nadu and Punjab.

Meanwhile, S&P Global Ratings on Monday cut its estimate for India's GDP growth for the next fiscal to 5.2 per cent from its earlier estimate of 6.5 per cent, which further worsened the market sentiment that has been already reeling under the coronavirus spread.

In the global market, bourses in China, Hong Kong and South Korea plunged up to 5 per cent, while those in Japan ended on a positive note. Bourses in Europe sank up to 4 per cent.

Meanwhile, Brent crude oil futures dropped 5.30 per cent to USD 25.55 per barrel.

The number of global Covid-19 infections has shot past 3,00,000. Worldwide fatalities topped 14,000.

Cases in India spiked to 415, according to Health Ministry log.


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KERALA NEWS
Kerala has become ''hub'' of smuggling gold, alleges Chennithala
 Kochi: Sharpening his attack against the CPI(M)-led LDF government over the sensational gold smuggli  
Kerala reports 435 new COVID-19 cases, tally rises to 7,873
488 cases in Kerala, Infection tally touches 7438; 2 deaths
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Pope Francis saddened by Turkey''s move to convert Hagia Shophia into mosque
 Moscow: Pope Francis said on Sunday that he was disappointed by Turkey''s decision to convert the Ha
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Trump wears mask on camera for first time as he visits military hospital
Trump commutes friend Roger Stone''s sentence
NATIONAL NEWS
Rahul again targets Modi for Eastern Ladakh face-off with China
 New Delhi: Targetting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday
Aishwarya, daughter Aaradhya test positive for coronavirus
More cities to come under lockdown as India''s COVID tally surges to nearly 8.5 lakh
Amitabh Bachchan tests COVID-19 positive, hospitalised
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