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Tamil Nadu sees 2,205 fresh COVID-19 cases, 43 fatalities

The new cases pushed the tally till date to 25,33,323 and the number of fatalities so far to 33,695.

Kerala is at the forefront of vaccination. If everyone takes care to get vaccinated and strictly follow the code of conduct at the micro-level, we can completely control the second wave and avoid the third wave. It is expected that within two to three months, 60-70% of people can be vaccinated and we will be able to achieve herd immunity

– Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan

Over 40 crore vaccine doses administered in India

A total of 21,18,682 beneficiaries in the age group of 18-44 years received the first dose, while 2,33,019 were administered the second dose of the vaccine on Saturday, the ministry said. “India’s cumulative COVID vaccination coverage has surpassed 40 crore (40,44,67,526),” according to a provisional report compiled at 7 pm.

Kanwar Yatra cancelled

Annual Kanwar Yatra has been cancelled in Uttar Pradesh: State’s Additional Chief Secretary Information Navneet Sehgal.

Gujarat sees 37 COVID-19 cases, 1 death, 110 recoveries

“Ahmedabad led with six cases. The lone death took place in Surat. As many as 3,13,740 people were vaccinated against coronavirus on Saturday, taking the total number of doses administered in the state to 2,93,41,544,” the official informed.

Another victim identified in collapse of Florida condominium

Another victim was identified in the collapse of a 12-story Florida condominium that killed at least 97 people, authorities said Saturday. The Miami-Dade Police Department said in a news release that Theresa Velasquez, 36, was a confirmed fatality in the June 24 collapse of the Champlain Towers South condo. Her body was recovered July 8.

Bengal CEO asks officials to check EVMs in vacant assembly seats

Aftab’s order was issued on Friday, a day after a Trinamool Congress parliamentary party delegation met the Election Commission in Delhi to press for its demand for holding by-polls to the vacant assembly seats in the state at the earliest. The TMC is keen on the bypolls as party supremo Mamata Banerjee, who lost the assembly election from Nandigram, will have to get elected within six months to continue as the chief minister. In that case, the bypolls must be conducted by November 5.

CJI terms live streaming as ‘double edged’ sword

The CJI, while speaking at the formal launch of live court proceedings at Gujarat High Court on Saturday, was of the view that citizens are bestowed with the right to know which can be furthered by allowing them access to courts’ proceedings as a representative democracy can survive and evolve only on the back of an informed citizenry.

Frequency of cyclones in Arabian Sea increased by 52% from 1982

The frequency of cyclones in the Arabian Sea increased by 52 per cent and the number of very severe cyclones has risen by 150 per cent between 1982 to 2019 compared to two decades before that, according to a recent study. The Bay of Bengal, on the other hand, has witnessed a slight decrease in the frequency of cyclones during the same period.

Five arrested in J-K for preparing ‘strategic hit list’

Inspector-General of Police of Kashmir Vijay Kumar said the culprits have been arrested and incriminating digital types of equipment have been seized from their house during searches. “In a major breakthrough, Kashmir police has discovered the culprits secretly working behind the blog site kashmirfight.wordpress.com. In a Jammu and Kashmir-wide operation, houses and properties at multiple locations including Sanat Nagar and Raj Bagh in Srinagar, Batpura in Hazratbal, Poonch, Jammu, and Hawal in Pulwama belonging to five persons were searched,” the IGP said in a statement.

Odisha logs 2,182 fresh COVID-19 cases, 67 more fatalities

The state now has 21,540 active cases, and 9,25,526 patients have so far recovered from the disease, including 2,317 since Friday, he said.

Delhi reports 59 new COVID-19 cases, four deaths

According to the Delhi government health bulletin, the total count of cases in Delhi has gone up to 14,35,478 and this includes 621 active cases and 14,09,830 discharges and recoveries.

A dysfunctional Parliament adds to the prevailing gloom and hence all sections of the House should ensure a smooth and productive session as it offers an opportunity to address the concerns of the people affected by COVID-19

– M Venkaiah Naidu, Vice-President and Rajya Sabha Chairman

Tamil Nadu: 2,205 fresh COVID-19 cases, 43 fatalities

Recoveries outnumbered the new infections with 2,802 people getting discharged, aggregating to 24,71,038 leaving 28,590 active cases, according to bulletin.

UN appeals for $850 million to help war-torn Afghanistan

Ramiz Alakbarov told reporters at U.N. headquarters after a virtual briefing from the capital of Kabul that at least 18 million Afghans are in need of assistance and the U.N. plan is to provide help for at least 15.7 million of them. But he said the U.N.’s $1.3 billion appeal is only 37% funded – $450 million – with the United States the largest donor. He said the remaining the $850 million being sought is desperately needed.

Maharashtra: 8,172 COVID-19 cases, 124 deaths

As many as 8,950 patients were discharged from hospitals, pushing the total of recovered persons to 59,74,594. The state has a recovery rate of 96.28 per cent. The case fatality rate stood at 2.04 per cent, while there are 1,00,429 active cases in the state, the release said. There are 5,77,615 people in home quarantine while 4,156 people are in institutional quarantine. With 2,20,851 samples tested since Friday evening, the tally of coronavirus tests conducted in the state rose to 4,52,60,468.

France lifts restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers

“Fully vaccinated travellers are no longer subject to restrictions to travel to or from France, whatever the country of departure. We nonetheless strongly advise against travel from France to countries on the “red” list,” read travel advisory issued by France’s Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs.

CID team visits Adhikari household second time this week

A four-member team of CID detectives reconstructed the scene of Subhabrata Chakraborty’s reported suicide. Chakraborty, a personnel of the state armed police force, had allegedly shot himself with his service revolver in 2018. His wife, Suparna, recently filed a complaint demanding a fresh probe into his death.

The central leaders have asked me to continue as Chief Minister and strengthen the party. It is our duty to follow their instructions from time to time. There is no question of leadership change

– Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa

Afghan politicians, Taliban meet in Doha as fighting continues

Two decades of conflict have taken a turn for the worse as U.S.-led international forces withdraw and the Taliban launch offensives around Afghanistan, taking districts and border crossings while encircling provincial capitals. Negotiatiors have been meeting in Doha since September but failed to make substantive progress with time running out before foreign troops’ full exit by Sept. 11.

Andhra: Active COVID-19 cases go up slightly over 25,000

While 2,672 fresh positives were reported in 24 hours ending 9 AM, 2,467 patients had recovered from the infection, a health department bulletin said.

Goyal orders drone survey, mapping of NTC mills

Union Textiles Minister Piyush Goyal has ordered drone survey and mapping of all mills of National Textiles Corporation to prevent encroachment. The decision is also aimed at ensuring land usage for the growth of the textiles sector.

China to use BioNTech vaccine as booster shot

“Chinese authorities plan to use the vaccine, which goes by the brand name Comirnaty, as a booster shot for people who have received inactivated-virus vaccines, people close to regulators told Caixin,” according to The Diplomat’s report citing Chinese media outlet Caixin.

Bombay HC asks Centre about manner, method of vaccine allocation

A division bench of Chief justice Dipankar Datta and Justice G S Kulkarni passed this direction while hearing a public interest litigation filed by Yogeeta Vanzara, a city resident, who raised concerns over issues faced by the public in obtaining COVID-19 vaccination appointments through the CoWin portal. Appearing for the petitioner, advocate Jamsheed Master informed the court that at present only 14 lakh people in Mumbai have been fully vaccinated, while 50 lakh have received the first dose of the vaccine.

Bigger challenge for India in next 20 years will be to prepare for ageing population, not growing population

– Shashi Tharoor, Lok Sabha MP

Europe flood death toll tops 150

Police said that more than 90 people are now known to have died in western Germany’s Ahrweiler county, one of the worst-hit areas, and more casualties are feared. Another 43 people were confirmed dead in neighboring North Rhine-Westphalia state. Belgium’s national crisis center put the country’s confirmed death toll at 24 and said it expects the number to rise.

UK Health Minister Sajid Javid tests positive for COVID-19

Javid on Saturday said he had tested positive for COVID-19, but that his symptoms were mild and he had had two doses of vaccine against the disease.

UP CM confirms acquisition of land for Jewar Airport

Kanwar Yatra, Shravani Mela unlikely in Jharkhand’s Deoghar

The month of Shravan begins from July 25 this year but so far there has been no preparations from the side of Deoghar district administration, an indication that the state government will not allow the fair and gathering of kanwarias at the famous Baba Baidyanath temple at Deoghar, considered one of the 12 Jyotirlingas.

Goa reports 159 new COVID cases, 152 recoveries and 3 deaths in the last 24 hours

I don’t have detailed info as to what did Defence Minister discuss. We’ll get details but Rahul Gandhi also wants to raise China border in Parliament. We’ll raise all issues.

– Mallikarjun Kharge, LoP in Rajya Sabha on Defence Min Rajnath Singh’s meet with AK Antony & Sharad Pawar

Odisha govt decides to begin physical classes for 10th, 12th from July 26

Attending physical classes will be the students’ decision. Online classes will continue for the rest including 10th and 12th. SOP will be issued, said Satyabrata Sahu, Principal Secy, Dept of School & Mass Education.

Andhra Pradesh reports 2,672 fresh COVID cases, 2,467 recoveries, and 18 deaths in the past 24 hours

Active cases: 25,041
Total recoveries: 18,98,966
Death toll: 13,115

Delhi Police officials to meet a delegation of farmers tomorrow to suggest alternative venues to protest in the national capital

Farmers are planning a protest from July 22nd till the end of Parliament’s monsoon session over Centre’s Farm Laws.

OPEC+ plans new output policy meeting on Sunday, sources say

OPEC+ ministers plan to hold their next meeting on Sunday to decide on output policy, three sources within the producers group told Reuters on Saturday.

Rabindra Narain Singh elected as Vishwa Hindu Parishad President

We’ve publicly burnt narcotics today. Assam Police wants to send a strong message of adopting a zero-tolerance policy. We’ll cut supply and production of drugs. It is a business of over Rs 1,000 crore.

– Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma during ‘Seized Drugs Disposal’ event

Visuals from meeting of Rajya Sabha floor leaders

On July 16, 2021, daughter of Afghan ambassador to Islamabad, Silsila Alikhil, was abducted for several hours and severely tortured by unknown individuals on her way home. After being released from kidnappers’ captivity, she’s in medical care at hospital.

– Afghanistan Foreign Ministry

Higher competition in road sector can impact quality: India Ratings and Research

Ind-Ra said that increased competition in the road sector in FY21, resulting from the National Highways Authority of India’s (NHAI) initiative to reduce prequalification requirements, may ultimately lead to a moderation in the quality of roads.

West Bengal minister Sadhan Pande admitted to private hospital in Kolkata with a severe lung infection

His condition is very critical and he has been put on ventilator support, as per a health official.

Hiring activity witnesses uptick in June for most sectors: Report

With gradual easing of lockdowns, the overall hiring activity witnessed positive growth for most sectors in June, according to a report.

Rajasthan announces subsidies to promote electric vehicles after Delhi, Maharashtra and Gujarat announce similar schemes

Daughter of Afghan Ambassador in Pakistan was released after being kidnapped, as per Pakistan Media

Reports ANI

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare recommends Tuberculosis screening for all COVID positive patients, COVID screening for all diagnosed TB patients

Harish Rawat on his meeting with Punjab CM Amarinder Singh

Maharashtra: No new case of COVID-19 reported in Mumbai’s Dharavi today

Active cases in the area stand at 21, says the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.

Pandemic not yet over, says Om Birla

“The pandemic is not yet over and it’s our responsibility to spread awareness about Covid-appropriate behaviour to avoid a third wave. We have to prepare ourselves to meet future challenges by developing adequate healthcare infrastructure in small towns and cities,” said LS Speaker Om Birla.

BJP and NCP are two ends of a river, the two can’t come together as long as there is water in the river. We are completely different, ideologically and politically.

– NCP leader and Maharashtra minister Nawab Malik

Projected pendency of 45 million cases in courts an overstatement, says CJI NV Ramana

The projected statistics that pendency in Indian courts has reached 45 million cases, which is perceived as the inability of the Indian judiciary to cope with the caseload, is an “overstatement” and an “uncharitable analysis” and one of the factors contributing to judicial delays is “luxurious litigation”, Chief Justice of India NV Ramana said on Saturday.

Sharad Pawar writes to PM Modi on recent development in co-operative banking

Quarantine not required, Indian shooters to start training at venue from July 19

Not required to undergo any quarantine ahead of the Olympics, the Indian shooters will begin training at the venue from July 19, having got their rooms allotted at the Games Village after arriving in Tokyo in the wee hours of Saturday.

Our idea is to have peaceful relations with all but if someone disturbs our borders, if someone challenges our sovereignty, the priority of our security policy is that such an attempt will be replied to in the same language.

– Union Home Minister Amit Shah

Rainfall activity is very likely to increase with fairly widespread to widespread rainfall with heavy to very heavy falls over Punjab, Haryana, East Rajasthan & north Madhya Pradesh from 18th to 21st July & moderate to heavy falls at isolated places over Delhi on 18th July.

– IMD

Rainfall activity very likely to increase: IMD

Rainfall activity very likely to increase with fairly widespread to widespread rainfall with heavy to very heavy falls over Western Himalayan Region and Uttar Pradesh from 17th July to 21st July, said India Meteorological Department.

Punjab Congress crisis to be resolved soon, announcement expected today: ANI Reports

Navjot Singh Sidhu to head the state unit of the party, 4 working presidents to be appointed with him, sources close to 10 Janpath (Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi’s residence) told ANI.

Kabul, Taliban negotiators meet in Qatar as Afghan fighting rages

Representatives of the Afghan government and the Taliban met in Doha for talks on Saturday, AFP correspondents said, as violence rages in the country with foreign forces almost entirely withdrawn.

Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu met Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar at his residence in Haryana earlier today

NCP chief Sharad Pawar is in Delhi for the past 2 days and after being appointed as BJP’s Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha, Piyush Goyal himself paid him courtesy call. Yesterday Sharad Pawar also met Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

– Nawab Malik, NCP leader & Maharashtra Minister

Any decision by Cong president acceptable to all: Amarinder after meeting Rawat

Any decision taken by the Congress president will be acceptable to all, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said on Saturday after meeting AICC general secretary and Punjab in-charge Harish Rawat.





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