Mid-day News Nuggets

Top stories this afternoon

1. US determined to help India, says NSA Jake Sullivan

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said that the United States is determined to help the people of India in this moment of crisis.

2. Taiwan to send 150 oxygen concentrators to India this weekend

Foreign Minister Joseph Wu said Taiwan will send 150 oxygen concentrators to India this weekend to help fight the worsening COVID-19 situation in the country.

3. Polling for the final phase of West Bengal Assembly Elections begin

Polling for the eighth and final phase of the West Bengal Assembly Elections began, amid the rampaging second wave of COVID-19.

4. India reports highest-ever spike with 3,79,257 new COVID-19 cases, 3,645 fatalities

India registered the highest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began last year, with 3,79,257 new cases and 3,645 fatalities in the past 24 hours alone.

5. Facebook’s quarterly revenue jumps 48 per cent

Facebook’s first-quarter sales rose 48 per cent amid strong demand from retailers and advertisers.

6. Assam: ULFA-I leader Jibon Moran to surrender before Dibrugarh police

ULFA-I senior leader Jibon Moran will likely surrender before Dibrugarh police.

7. Kidnapped ONGC employee still in captivity: Assam Police

Assam Police informed that one of the three abducted ONGC employees is still being held captive by ULFA-I militants and that the group remains hidden in Nagaland.

8. Top ULFA-I leader gunned down in Assam’s Bongaigaon district

Top ULFA-I leader Dwipen Saud was killed in a fierce encounter with Assam police at Besimari in Assam’s Bongaigaon district.

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