New Delhi/Kolkata, Nov 9 (IANS) The Airport Authority of India (AAI) on Saturady has said it will suspend operations at the Kolkata airport, owing to the expected landfall of Cyclone Bulbul, as a precautionary measure.
According to a government official, the operation at the airport will be suspended from 6 p.m. on Saturday to 6 a.m. on Sunday.
"The operations will be suspended as a precautionary measure due to the severity of the approaching Cyclone," the official told IANS.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has also tweeted that Cyclone Bulbul is "about to pass through Bengal. Our State Administration is closely monitoring the situation 24x7. We are taking all measures to tackle any contingency. Special Control Rooms have been set up and NDRF-SDRF teams are deployed".
She also said that the schools, colleges and anganwadi centres have been closed and "more than 1 lakh 20 thousand people have already been rescued from the vulnerable coastal areas".
"Please do not panic. Kindly remain calm and co-operate with the administration in its rescue and relief efforts. Be alert, take care and stay safe," Banerjee said.
A high alert has been declared in the coastal districts of West Bengal. Moderate to heavy rainfall, with gale-force wind speeds of 70-80 km per hr gusting to 90 kmh, was reported from the coastal areas of southern West Bengal, as the Very Severe Cyclonic Storm 'Bulbul' lay centred 140 kms south-southwest of Sagar island on Saturday morning, the Met department said.
New York, June 4 (IANS) US stocks finished noticeably higher on Wednesday as investors pored through a slew of economic data.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 527.24 points, or 2.05 per cent, to 26,269.89. The S&P 500 increased 42.05 points, or 1.36 per cent, to 3,122.87. The Nasdaq Composite Index rose 74.54 points, or 0.78 per cent, to 9,682.91, Xinhua reported.
Ten of the 11 primary S&P 500 sectors ended higher, with industrials and financials up 3.91 per cent and 3.83 per cent, respectively, leading the gains. Health care dipped 0.2 per cent, the only declining group.
Private companies in the US shed 2.76 million jobs in May as the COVID-19 fallout continues to ripple through the country and weighed on the labor market for another month, US payroll data company Automatic Data Processing (ADP) reported on Wednesday.
The report utilizes data through May 12, and does not reflect the full impact of COVID-19 on the overall employment situation, said ADP.
Meanwhile, economic activity in the US non-manufacturing sector contracted in May for the second consecutive month, said the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). The ISM non-manufacturing index registered 45.4 per cent in May, following the April reading of 41.8 per cent.
Wednesday's market rally followed a solid day on Wall Street with the 30-stock average closing up more than 260 points.
"Now, as the US economy endures the recession in real time, the stock market may be looking ahead again -- pricing-in an economic recovery that could take hold in the second half of this year, or later," Mitch Zacks, CEO at Zacks Investment Management, said in a note on Wednesday, while commenting on the recent market rally amid the COVID-19 shock.
Investors also closely monitored nationwide unrest over the death of African-American George Floyd as riots on top of the pandemic could cause lasting economic scars.