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China says significant drop in coronavirus cases; death toll climbs to 1,665        Two more Indians test positive for coronavirus on cruise ship off Japan        Agarwal back among runs, Pant too gets some form back        India to play day-night Test in Australia        Chennaiyin FC beat ATK 3-1 to boost play-off hopes        17 people from Delhi who returned from abroad before coronavirus screening showed symptoms, hospitalised        Kejriwal calls ministers-designate for dinner ahead of swearing-in, discusses development roadmap        Shaheen Bagh protesters say ready to meet Shah, but onus on govt to call them for talks        Surendran new Kerala BJP President        France confirms first coronavirus death outside Asia        Making efforts to disembark Indians from cruise ship after quarantine period ends: Indian Embassy        Kerala beat Chattisgarh by nine wickets in C K Nayudu trophy        Ishant passes fitness test, to join Indian team in NZ for Test series        Kerala Blasters register first win over Bengaluru FC in Hero ISL        Smriti Mandhana rises to 4th in ICC T20 rankings        Bopanna-Shapovalov pair enters semifinals in Rotterdam        DoT withdraws order that asked for no coercive action against defaulting telcos        Sensex, Nifty fall for 2nd day as banking, auto stocks slide        Erdogan raises Kashmir in Pak Parliament, says issue close to both countries        Born on a boat: new baby among 87 rescued off Canary Islands        
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International News
Lanka govt appeals to parents to send their children to school without fear
 
Colombo, May 20 (PTI) Sri Lankan government on Monday appealed to all parents to send their children to school without fear, as the country tightened security ahead of the reopening of some Catholic schools Tuesday for the first time since the Easter bombings. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe requested all students to return to school and resume academic activities as usual since the country''s security has been restored to normalcy.

The Prime Minister made this request while addressing a press conference at Temple Trees today. During the briefing, Wickremesinghe also emphasised that permission will not be granted to set-up Sharia universities in the country, the Sunday Times reported. “We can only permit the establishment of degree awarding institutes. A legal order must be issued to bar any institution from functioning as a Sharia university,” Wickremesinghe noted. He also added that all Madarasa institutions will be brought under the Education Ministry in future.

Several private Catholic schools will reopen Tuesday after Easter holidays were extended because of the suicide bombings on three churches and three hotels in which nearly 260 people were killed. Following the attack carried out by local Islamist group National Thowheeth Jama''ath (NTJ), the authorities closed all the schools until further notice. The government schools were reopened early this month, but attendance has been low despite new security measures. Army chief Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake requested all parents to send their children to school without fear due to the security measures which are in place for students.

Issuing a special statement, the Army Commander observed that parents were reluctant to send their children to schools owing to several "unconfirmed stories, various rumours and gossip" which were being shared among the people. The Army chief emphasised that operations which are currently underway to apprehend those involved in the Easter Sunday terror attacks are "effectively advancing" with a "marked progress" at present. "A satisfactory level of attendance of employees at private and state sector has been reported in the recent few days...," he pointed out adding that the situation was being restored to normalcy due to the heightened security measures in place.

He also said that the Armed Forces and the Police have launched a joint programme to prevent the occurrence of more violent acts in retaliation to the recent terror attacks. On the same lines, he added that a special security network involving security forces played an instrumental role in protecting all Buddhist places of worship to ensure that peace prevails during the Vesak Festival celebrations.


China says significant drop in coronavirus cases; death toll climbs to 1,665
Two more Indians test positive for coronavirus on cruise ship off Japan
France confirms first coronavirus death outside Asia
Making efforts to disembark Indians from cruise ship after quarantine period ends: Indian Embassy
Erdogan raises Kashmir in Pak Parliament, says issue close to both countries
Born on a boat: new baby among 87 rescued off Canary Islands
China rejects US charge of lack of transparency in sharing coronavirus info
China''s coronavirus death toll nears 1,500
Narayana Murthy''s son-in-law Rishi Sunak named new British finance minister
British finance minister Javid quits in reshuffle
Nepal shuts resort where 8 Indian tourists died
Trump says looking forward to visiting India
VIRUS Coronavirus death toll in China crosses 1,000
At least 15 refugees drown after boat sinks off Bangladesh
Sudanese official says al-Bashir to be handed over to ICC
Thai city copes with sorrowful fallout from mass shooting
Soldiers and police enter El Salvador's parliament
EU calls emergency talks on new coronavirus
Hong Kong border towns welcome virus controls, despite trade hit
US presidency gains more power with Trump's acquittal
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
'Joker' earns Joaquin Phoenix his maiden Oscar
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Scriptwriting is underrated: Ayushmann Khurrana
Abhishek Bachchan starts filming 'Bob Biswas'
KERALA NEWS
Surendran new Kerala BJP President
 Thiruvananthapuram: Young firebrand leader K Surendran has been named as the President of BJP Kerala
Student who tested Positive for coronavirus discharged
CM Assembly Election : Kerala CM congrats Arvind Kejriwal for AAP''s victory
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NATIONAL NEWS
Kejriwal calls ministers-designate for dinner ahead of swearing-in, discusses development roadmap
 New Delhi: On the eve of his swearing-in as chief minister of Delhi, AAP national convener Arvind Ke
Shaheen Bagh protesters say ready to meet Shah, but onus on govt to call them for talks
SC allows Karti Chidambaram to travel to UK, France
Trump visit: Cong says AMC building wall to mask slum area
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