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One of the busiest stations for trains route to North India, the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus in Mumbai, shut during the lockdown, saw heavy crowds on Tuesday. Pic - Prashant Nadkar

Second phase of repatriation flights to begin from May 16, to bring back Indians from 31 countries

New Delhi, May 12 (TheIndianExpress) - India will launch its second phase of repatriation flights from May 16 to May 22 to bring back Indians stranded in 32 countries. This time, at least 149 flights will be deployed to bring back the Indian nationals from nations including France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, etc. A day after holding...

A customer plays with cats to find comfort at the Caturday Cat cafe after the government started opening some restaurants outside shopping malls, parks and barbershops, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Bangkok, Thailand May 7, 2020. REUTERS/Juarawee Kittisilpa

Clawing back normality: Bangkok cat cafe reopens after virus shutdown

Bangkok (Reuters) - As Thailand’s capital cautiously reopens many restaurants shuttered over coronavirus fears, the feline “employees” of the Caturday Cafe are back at work. The few dozen friendly cats typically lounge around the cafe, breaking up naptime to saunter over to human customers for snuggles and belly rubs. The friendly furballs give some much-needed outside contact for Thais who...

A combination picture shows a variety of markers used to set out social distancing in multiple cities around the world as governments try to control the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in these pictures taken during April and May 2020. REUTERS/Reuters Photographers

Social distancing signs around the world show the new normal

May 8 (Reuters) - The markings that will oblige us to keep apart in busy social settings, in order to prevent transmission of the new coronavirus, are appearing on shop floors, city pavements and train or tram platforms the world over. As people emerge from weeks of lockdown, they face an array of new measures to try and keep the...

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