India has recorded over 500 new cases of novel Coronavirus infection in just 24 hours. Total cases in the country have now reached 2,400 infections on 2 April 2020 at 02:30 pm UTC. Number of infections in the country has grown rapidly in the past few days due to religious gathering. Maharashtra tops the infection tally with over 420 cases followed by Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Delhi.
Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities lit up one end of the Great Pyramid of Giza with messages of solidarity worldwide. The messages read ‘Stay Home’, ‘Stay Safe’, and ‘Thank you to those keeping us safe’. Tourism Minister Khaled al-Anani stated that the tourism sector in Egypt has been badly affected due to Coronavirus pandemic, yet their focus shall be on the health of their citizens.
Saudi Arabia has called for an emergency meeting of OPEC, Russia, and other oil producers to stabilize the global oil market. The meeting was called after Saudi Prince discussed energy cooperation with US President Donald Trump. Crude oil prices are touching a new decade low every day due to massive supply and timid demand. A call for production cut is expected by Saudi Arabia and Russia.
A Pakistan court has overturned the death sentence of the man convicted of killing US journalist Daniel Pearl. Death sentence of British born Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh has been reduced to seven years of imprisonment. Three other men who were given life sentences have been acquitted and released by the court. Daniel Pearl was an American journalist who was kidnapped and murdered in 2002.
International Cricket Council (ICC) expressed grief on the passing of mathematician Tony Lewis. Lewis co-developed the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) system of calculating target scores in rain-affected limited over matches. He developed the method jointly with Frank Duckworth, which was adopted by ICC in 1999. After their retirement, Steven Stern became the custodian of the method and his name was added to same in 2014.
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