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Voice of America 6 May 2020

Special Trains for Stranded Workers in India



India has deployed special trains to carry stranded workers and other passengers back to their home states amid the coronavirus outbreak.
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A climate scientist believes a drop in pollution due to the coronavirus lockdown could have exacerbated Cyclone Amphan in India and Bangladesh.

Professor Vinoj Velu, of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar, said a drop in sooty particles in the atmosphere allows more of the sun's energy to reach the sea.

The wind speed in cyclones is largely determined by the temperature of the sea, which is also affected by global warming.

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The global coronavirus pandemic has shortened the academic year for schools and universities around the world.
In India, the government has taken action to reduce course load by asking high schools to cut their syllabi by 30 percent.
But many are now questioning its motives.

Al Jazeera's Elizabeth Puranam reports from New Delhi.
At least 20 people - including children - have died in landslides in India's northeast Assam state.
After days of heavy rain, several makeshift homes gave way on Tuesday morning.
The community is now bracing for even more rain in the coming days.
Al Jazeera's Katia Lopez Hoda-Yan has more.
India is seeing a dramatic surge in new coronavirus cases, with officials reporting around 10 thousand new infections today. The total number of cases stands at more than 276 thousand.
Curbing the spread is a major problem in India's overcrowded prisons, especially in the capital, Delhi, where jails are packed far beyond capacity. Over 100 people, including prisoners and staff members tested positive for Covid -19 in a Mumbai prison. Now, multiple positive cases have been detected in a Delhi prison as well. This is especially concerning as maintaining social distancing in India's overcrowded prisons is next to impossible. DW's Manira Choudhary met a former inmate who says conditions for prisoners could prove deadly.

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