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Coronavirus: UK R number back above one

Coronavirus: UK R number back above one

Health
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Petrol price crosses Rs 82-mark in Delhi, diesel above Rs 72 a litre

Petrol price crosses Rs 82-mark in Delhi, diesel above Rs 72 a litre

Finance
Petrol price on Saturday crossed Rs 82-mark in Delhi and diesel surpassed Rs 72 a litre after eighth increase in rates in past nine days. Petrol price on Saturday was hiked by 24 paise per litre and diesel by 27 paise as hopes of a vaccine development led to a rally in international oil prices. Petrol price in Delhi rose to Rs 82.13 per litre from Rs 81.89, according to a price notification from oil marketing companies. Diesel rates went up from Rs 71.86 to Rs 72.13 per litre. This is the eighth increase in rates since November 20 when oil companies resumed daily price revision after nearly two-week hiatus. In nine days, petrol price has gone up by Rs 1.07 per litre and diesel rate has risen by Rs 1.67. Prior to the November 20 hike, petrol prices had been static since September 22 an...

U.S. stock futures are little changed after the S&P 500’s first close above 3,400

Finance
Traders work during the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on March 17, 2020 at Wall Street in New York City.Johannes Eisele | AFP | Getty ImagesU.S. stock futures were flat on Monday night after another record-setting session on Wall Street.Dow Jones Industrial Average futures traded just below the flatline along with S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures. During regular trading, the S&P 500 climbed 1% and closed above 3,400 for the first time. Apple also hit an all-time high, leading other tech names higher, while airline and cruise operator stocks jumped amid enthusiasm on the coronavirus front."Equity investors continue to express cautious optimism on the direction of the economy and progress with the virus," said Mark Hackett, chief of investment research at Nati...
US jobless claims rise back above one million

US jobless claims rise back above one million

Business
The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits unexpectedly climbed back above one million last week, official figures show.The US Labor Department said claims rose to 1.1 million, ahead of economists' forecasts of 925,000.The rise came as US President Donald Trump faces increased pressure over his handling of the health crisis.Coronavirus infections continue to spread across the US, prompting local authorities to restrict businesses.The number of people claiming jobless benefits had fallen in the prior two weeks. Most recently, it dipped below one million to 971,000 for the first time since March in the week to 8 August, But economists have warned that the recent jobs improvement is at risk of stalling, as health concerns drive people to limit th...
Rare annular solar eclipse leaves ‘ring of fire’ above parts of Africa, Middle East, Asia

Rare annular solar eclipse leaves ‘ring of fire’ above parts of Africa, Middle East, Asia

World
June 21 (UPI) -- A rare "ring of fire" solar eclipse was visible across parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia on Sunday. The annular eclipse, the first of two solar eclipses set to take place in 2020, produced a visible orange ring of sunlight around the Moon, viewable in a narrow portion of the globe. Advertisement An annular eclipse occurs when the Moon is farthest from the Earth, according to NASA. "Though the Moon orbits Earth about once a month, its orbit is tilted by five degrees, so the perfect alignment that creates an eclipse is relatively rare," said NASA. "Often the Moon is too high or too low in our sky to block out the sun." Northern India experienced a near-full solar eclipse with 99.4 percent of the Sun blocked at the peak of the event. Some portions of Europe and the ...