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Assam-Mizoram Border Dispute Escalates

The Assam-Mizoram border dispute has turned violent in the past few days. In the clash between the two North Eastern sister’s states, major conflicts have resulted in deaths on both sides. Both Assam and Mizoram sides have accused each other of provoking violence. The tensions started in Cachar last Monday, and the clashes kept the border pot boiling for the fourth successive day. Earlier this week, six officers were killed from the Assam side. The state of Assam shares a 164 km long border with Mizoram, and while there have been many talks to end the border dispute, both parties have failed to reach any conclusion. Home Minister Amit Shah has asked Himanta Biswa Sharma (Assam CM) and Zoramthanga (Mizoram CM) to end the violence and ensure peace along the border disputed area. The first row between the two North-Eastern states broke out in 1994, and since then, both parties blame each other for encroaching on their land. On 25th July, the tensions escalated when eight farm huts belonging to Mizo farmers were burned down. According to reports, there are bunkers that are suspected to be built by Mizo trespassers are stationed across the inter-state boundary, and a massive mobilization of state forces by Assam are escalating the border dispute further. 

Covid-Bulletin: India Reports 44,230 Covid-19 Cases; Recovery Rate At 97.38% 

According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has reported 44,230 covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active cases constitute 1.28% of total cases reported in the country. Meanwhile, daily recoveries have outnumbered active covid-19 cases by a slight margin, with recording 42,360 recoveries between Thursday and Friday. The total recoveries in the country currently stand at 3,07,43,972. India’s daily positivity rate is 2.44%, below 5%, and the weekly positivity rate stands at 2.43%. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, India has conducted 46.46 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, the country has administered 45.60 crore covid-19 doses under the nationwide inoculation drive. 

Delhi Likely To Receive Moderate Rainfall During Next 2 Hours Says IMD

As per the Indian Meteorological Department, parts of the national capital, Haryana and Rajasthan is likely to receive light to moderate rainfall and thunderstorm in the next two hours. Tweeting about the same at 8 am, the IMD said: “Thunderstorm with light to moderate intensity rain would occur over and adjoining areas of isolated places South, Southwest Delhi, Hissar, Narwana, Fatehbad, Adampur, Mahendergarh, Charkhidadri, Narnaul, Kosli, Tosham, Mehem, Hansi, Bhiwani (Haryana),” On Tuesday this week, some parts of Delhi witnessed waterlogging, as heavy rainfall lashed the national capital affecting heavy vehicular movement. 

Goa CM: “My Statement Was Taken Out Of Context”

After the recent remarks of Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on the gang rape of two minor girls was heavily criticized and triggered outrage on social media, the Goa CM has said that his word was taken ‘out of context’. Clarifying his side, Sawant said: “My statement about the unfortunate incident was taken out of context. Both as head of a responsible government and as a father of a 14-year-old daughter, I was deeply pained and disturbed. Pain of this incident is inexplicable. Let me assure you that I shall ensure that the culprits get the most stringent punishment under the law. The safety of our citizens is always my government’s top priority.” The unfortunate incident took place on Benaulim Beach wherein four men raped the two girls after beating up the boys. During a discussion in the Assembly about the same, Mr Sawant made disgusting comments and said: “When 14-year-old children stay on the beach the whole night, the parents need to introspect. Just because children don’t listen, we cannot put the responsibility on the government and police. Teens, particularly minors, should not be spending the nights on beaches,” The comments received a backlash from opposition leaders, and some even demanded the resignation of Pramod Sawant.

27% Reservation For OBC And 10% For EWS In National Quota Medical Seats Announced 

The Union Health Ministry has announced 27% reservation for the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and 10% reservation for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) in the All India Quota scheme for undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) medical/dental courses (MBBS/MD/MS/Diploma/BDS/MDS) from 2021-2022 onwards. As per the ministry, the decision will benefit 1,500 OBC students in MBBS, 2500 students in postgraduation and 550 EWS students in MBBS, 1000 students in postgraduation every year. The All India Quota (AIQ) scheme was introduced in 1986 under the direction of the top court so as to provide domicile-free-merit-based opportunities for students of any state who wants to pursue a career in the medical field and wishes to study in a medical college located in another state. 15% and 50% of the UG and PG seats in government medical colleges are allotted under the All India Quota scheme. 

Israeli Government Carries Inspection On NSO Group’s Pegasus Spyware 

On Wednesday, the Israeli government carried out an inspection on the NSO group to check the security breach allegations against the NSO developed Pegasus spyware. The spyware has allegedly been used to conduct surveillance on big political leaders, including the French President Emmanuel Macron. The official handle of the Israel Ministry of Defence tweeted about the inspection and wrote: “Representatives from a number of bodies came to NSO today to examine the publications and allegations raised in its case,” The NSO group confirmed about the raid and said: “We can confirm that representatives from the Israeli Ministry of Defense visited our offices. We welcome their inspection. The company is working in full transparency with the Israeli authorities. We are confident that this inspection will prove the facts are as declared repeatedly by the company against the false allegations made against us in the recent media attacks,” According to the reports published in The Wire, phones of opposition leaders including Rahul Gandhi, journalists and Supreme Court judges were among the potential targets. 

Khatron Ke Khiladi 11: Nikki Tamboli Makes A Comeback

After getting eliminated in the first week of Khatron Ke Khiladi, Nikki Tamboli is back in the stunt-based reality show. Sharing the latest promo, Colors TV wrote: “#KKK11 mein @nikki_tamboli dikhengi phir ek baar, par iss baar badhega attyachaar. Dekhiye Khatron Ke Khiladi Season 11, har Sat-Sun, raat 9:30 baje sirf #Colors par. #KKK11,” Tamboli was the first person to get eliminated from the show after she aborted the task. In the particular episode, show host Rohit Shetty lashed out at Nikki Tamboli for not even trying the task. It will be interesting to see if Nikki Tamboli will use the opportunity to perform tasks bravely. 

Shilpa Shetty Approaches High Court Against Defamatory Content On Social Media And Websites 

Bollywood celebrity Shilpa Shetty has approached the High Court asking for restrictions against defamatory content published on social media and other websites. She has said that the remarks are defamatory in nature and damaging her reputation. The actor has demanded an unconditional apology and also asked for compensation of INR 25 crores. Shilpa Shetty’s husband, Raj Kundra, has been arrested in the adult film racket case and is currently in 14-day judicial custody. 

Kriti Sanon And Tiger Shroff To Reunite For Ganapath Part 1 

Bollywood celebrity Kriti Sanon is all set to reunite with Tiger Shroff for Ganapath Part 1. For the record, both Kriti Sanon and Tiger Shroff marked their debut alongside each other in the 2014 film Heropanti. Spilling the beans about her training, Kriti said: “I have some action sequences in Ganapath. I train for them [whenever] the ‘Adipurush’ shoot [affords me] breaks. I have to pick up dirt biking in the [weeks to come]. The project will go on floors sometime this year,” Apart from Ganapath Part 1 and Adipurush, Kriti also has upcoming projects including Bachchan Pandey and Bhediya. 

Indian Boxer Lovlina Borgohain To Bring The 2nd Olympic Medal For India

Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain has defeated Nien-Chin Chen in women’s welter (64-69kg) and reached the semifinals, assuring the 2nd medal for India at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics 2020. On Friday, she won the last 8 bouts via a 4:1 split decision. In the semifinals, Lovlina will take on Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey. Lovlina Borgohain has become the third Indian boxer to clinch an Olympic medal after Mary Kom and Vijender Singh. 

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