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India's COVID-19 tally climbs to 14,83,156

July 28, 2020
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With a single-day increase of 47,703 COVID-19 cases, India's virus tally mounted to 14,83,156 on Tuesday, while the recoveries surged to 9,52,743 pushing the recovery rate to 64.24 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry data. | Read more|

IPL governing council meeting likely on August 2

July 28, 2020
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The governing council of the Indian Premier League is likely to meet on August 2 to give a final shape to the schedule and discuss other arrangements for the eagerly-awaited event to be held in the UAE this year. The tournament, forced out of the country due to the raging COVID-19 pandemic, will be held from September | Read more|

The Witcher' prequel series in the works at Netflix

July 28, 2020
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Netflix has announced The Witcher: Blood Origin , a limited series expanding the universe of its fantasy series The Witcher. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the six-part, live-action series is a prequel to the streamer's Henry Cavill-led show, which premiered last year in December. | Read more|

Rajasthan Cabinet meets to discuss points raised by Governor

July 28, 2020
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A cabinet meeting began at the Rajasthan chief minister's residence here on Tuesday to discuss points raised by the governor for calling a state assembly session. Chaired by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, the meeting was called for discussing the points which were raised by Governor Kalraj Mishra on Monday. | Read more|

Rampant Killing of Elephants in India must be Prevented

July 27, 2020
By S N Vashishth (Advocate, Supreme Court) and Kartick Satyanarayan (CEO - Wildlife SOS)

A country as rich in diversity and culture as India has always taken pride in the vibrancy in the heritage that we hold. It is this heritage that emphasises the mythological importance of elephants in our culture, as well as places them at a highly respected pedestal. | Read more|

Iran moves mock aircraft carrier to sea amid US tensions

July 27, 2020
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Iran has moved a mock aircraft carrier to the strategic Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions between Tehran and the US, satellite photographs released on Monday show, likely signalling the Islamic Republic soon plans to use it for live-fire drills. An image from Maxar Technologies taken Sunday shows an Iranian fas | Read more|

Make tocilizumab, plasma therapy available for every COVID-19 patient: Gehlot

July 27, 2020
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Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday directed officials to make available life-saving tocilizumab injection and plasma therapy to every COVID-19 patient in critical condition. In a review meeting on the coronavirus situation in the state, he said that tocilizumab injection costs around Rs 40,000 and is out o | Read more|

Govt bans 47 more Chinese apps: Source

July 27, 2020
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The government has banned 47 more Chinese apps, taking the total number of mobile applications banned for being prejudicial to sovereignty, integrity and defence of the country, to 106, according to a source. The source privy to the development said that the 47 additional Chinese apps that have been banned now were clo | Read more|

India's COVID-19 tally crosses 14-lakh mark

July 27, 2020
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With a record single-day jump of 49,931 COVID-19 cases, India's caseload climbed to 14,35,453 on Monday, while recoveries surged to 9,17,567, according to the Union Health Ministry data. The country's death toll rose to 32,771 with 708 fatalities being recorded in a day, the data updated at 8 am showed | Read more|

IPL in UAE: Indian board sends acceptance letter to ECB

July 27, 2020
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The UAE has moved a step closer to hosting the 2020 Indian Premier League as Brijesh Patel, the chairman of the IPL Governing Council, confirmed to Khaleej Times on Sunday that the Indian cricket board had sent the acceptance letter to Emirates Cricket Board. The UAE emerged as the strongest contender to host the 13th | Read more|

PM recalls valour of soldiers in Kargil

July 26, 2020
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Hailing the valour of the armed forces during the Kargil war, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asked people to speak and act keeping in mind the morale of soldiers and asserted that wars are fought not just on borders but on many fronts within the country too. In his monthly 'Mann ki Baat' radio address, which co | Read more|

36 inmates of Etah jail test positive for COVID-19

July 26, 2020
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As many as 36 inmates of the Etah (UP) district jail here have tested positive for COVID-19, an official said on Sunday. Jailor Kuldeep Singh Bhadauria said that in view of the rising number of COVID-19 cases, the district and jail administration have set up a temporary jail at a school here. | Read more|

Singapore reports 481 new COVID-19 cases; all foreigners

July 26, 2020
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Singapore reported 481 new COVID-19 cases, all foreigners, on Sunday as the nationwide tally of the infections touched 50,369, the health ministry said. Of the new cases, 476 are migrant workers living in dormitories, while five community cases reported are also foreigners holding work passes, said the Ministry of Heal | Read more|

FPIs withdraw Rs 86 cr from Indian mkt in July so far

July 26, 2020
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Foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) remained net sellers in Indian markets in July so far on account of both domestic and global factors, including rising number of coronavirus cases and increasing tension between the US and China. According to the depositories data, overseas investors invested Rs 2,336 crore in equitie | Read more|

Jaya Jaitly, 2 others convicted in corruption charge

July 25, 2020
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A Delhi court convicted Jaya Jaitly, former president of Samata Party, and two others in an alleged 2001 corruption case relating to a defence deal. The case was registered on the basis of a sting, ‘Operation West End,’ conducted by news portal tehelka.com in 2000, purportedly exposing alleged corruption in defence | Read more|

India's COVID-19 tally soars to 13,36,861 with 48,916 fresh cases

July 25, 2020
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India's COVID-19 tally zoomed past 13 lakhs on Saturday, just two days after it crossed the 12 lakh mark, while the recoveries mounted to 8,49,431, according to the Union Health Ministry. With 48,916 fresh cases, the country's coronavirus infection tally surged to 13,36,861, while the death toll rose to 31,358 with 757 | Read more|

Shivraj Singh Chouhan tests coronavirus positive

July 25, 2020
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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday said that he has tested coronavirus positive. Chouhan shared the news on Twitter in the morning. "I had symptoms of COVID-19. In the test report I was found positive. I appeal to all my colleagues that whoever has come in my contact to get tested for coron | Read more|

India to handover 10 broad-gauge locos to Bangladesh

July 25, 2020
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India will handover 10 broad-gauge diesel locomotives to Bangladesh on Monday, providing the neighbouring country mobility solutions for both intra-country and inter-country movement, the Railways said. Senior dignitaries from both the countries are expected to flag off the handover, which will be conducted via video c | Read more|

Varavara Rao's family approaches NHRC

July 25, 2020
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Family members of poet Varavara Rao, accused in the Elgar Parishad case, have moved the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) seeking a direction to a Mumbai hospital, where he is being treated for COVID-19, and prison authorities to provide "transparent" updates on his health status. | Read more|

Vietnam bans wildlife imports, markets amid new health fears

July 25, 2020
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Vietnam announced that it was banning wildlife imports and would close wildlife markets in response to renewed concerns about the threat from diseases that can jump from animals to humans, such as the virus that causes COVID-19. An order signed by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Thursday bans all imports of wildlife | Read more|

COVID-19 tally in India climbs to 12,87,945

July 24, 2020
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India saw a record single-day spike of 49,310 COVID-19 cases taking the country's virus tally to 12,87,945 on Friday, while the recoveries surged to 8,17,208, according to the Union Health Ministry data. | Read more|

Trump lets New Yorkers back into federal travellers program

July 24, 2020
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Five months after it kicked New Yorkers out of trusted traveler security programs in a spat over immigration policy, the US Department of Homeland Security has reversed itself and told a court it had misrepresented the facts in a lawsuit over the matter. | Read more|

China-US row: Fugitive researcher 'hiding in San Francisco consulate'

July 23, 2020
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The US says a Chinese scientist suspected of visa fraud and concealing ties to the military has fled to China's consulate in San Francisco. Court filings by US prosecutors also say other Chinese researchers in the US have been arrested for visa fraud. On Wednesday the Trump administration ordered the closure of China's | Read more|

Mumbai deploys 'smart helmets' to screen for COVID-19

July 23, 2020
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As coronavirus infections climb in Mumbai, authorities in India's worst-hit city are turning to high-tech "smart helmets" to speed up screenings and identify suspected cases in the financial capital's densely-populated slums. The portable thermoscanners - previously deployed in Dubai, Italy and China - enable health wo | Read more|

India's COVID-19 tally crosses 12-lakh mark

July 23, 2020
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With the highest-ever single-day spike of 45,720 cases, India's COVID-19 tally crossed the 12-lakh mark on Thursday, while the death-toll mounted to 29,861 with a record 1,129 fatalities in a day, according to the Union Health Ministry data. The country crossed the 12-lakh mark just three days after it crossed the 11-l | Read more|

Jolted by series of earthquakes, many residents spending nights in tents

July 23, 2020
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Many people in Mizoram's Champhai district bordering Myanmar are spending nights outside their homes in makeshift tents after a series of earthquakes hit the northeastern state in a month, an official said. So far, at least 22 earthquakes have rocked four districts - Champhai, Saitual, Siaha and Serchhip since June 18. | Read more|

Brazil reports nearly 68,000 virus infections

July 23, 2020
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Brazil's health ministry has reported a record 67,860 confirmed coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours. The previous mark for one day was 54,771, set June 19. The new high reported Wednesday comes as some regions of the South American nation are partially reopening for business while others that had previously contro | Read more|

SpiceJet to fly to United States

July 23, 2020
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Budget carrier SpiceJet on Thursday said it has been designated as the "Indian scheduled carrier," to operate flights to the US. SpiceJet would be the first Indian budget carrier to operate services to the United States. Currently, only the national carrier Air India is operating flights on India-US routes. | Read more|

COVID-19 tally in India climbs to 11,92,915

July 22, 2020
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India added 37,724 fresh cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday taking the country's tally to?11,92,915, while recoveries surged to 7,53,049 with 28,472 people having recuperated in a day, the highest so far, according to the Union Health Ministry data. | Read more|

Another elephant dies of electrocution in West Bengal

July 22, 2020
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A male elephant died on Wednesday after coming in contact with a live electric wire in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district, the second such incident in the district in as many days. Chief Wildlife Warden, Ravikant Sinha, said the pachyderm died while trying to eat a branch of a jackfruit tree which was entangled with liv | Read more|