Headlines: Daily Recoveries Outnumber Active Covid-19 Cases

Covid Bulletin: Daily Recoveries Outnumber Active Covid-19 Cases

According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, India recorded 38,949 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally to 4,30,422. In the previous 24 hours, 542 more people have succumbed to death, taking the total fatality rate to 4,12,531. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber active covid-19 infections, with 40,026 recoveries reported in the last 24 hours. The recovery rate of India currently stands at 97.28%. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, India has tested 44,00,23,239 samples so far. On the vaccination front, The country has administered 39,53,43,767 anti-covid-19 jabs so far. https://youtu.be/heFq-5rmUTY

WHO: "More Dangerous Covid-19 Variants Could Tear Across The World"

On Thursday, the World Health Organization warned that the covid-19 pandemic is far from over, and more dangerous variants of covid-19 could tear across the world as covid-19 infections are touching half a million almost daily, particularly due to the Delta variant. WHO said: "The strong likelihood for the emergence and global spread of new and possibly more dangerous variants of concern that may be even more challenging to control" The covid-19 pandemic is continuing to create havoc globally right from Asia to Africa. As the virus shows no sign of ease until now, the World Health Organization is working towards the second phase of investigation about the origin of covid-19. https://twitter.com/WHO/status/1415643649753321478

PM Modi To Review Covid Situation In Six States; To Interact With CMs

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will review the covid-19 situation and interact with the Chief Ministers of Karnataka, Odisha, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Reportedly, PM Modi will hold a review meeting at 11 am today. The update came after PM Modi met with the Chief Ministers of northeastern states to review the covid situation there. During the meet, PM Modi advised that the states should take decisive steps at the micro-level and instead of resorting to complete lockdown, states should mark containment zones at the micro-level. Meanwhile, India is showing a decline in the active covid-19 situation. However, some states still have districts with a high positivity rate that can bring in a third wave of the covid-19 pandemic in India if not handled properly. https://youtu.be/M5baiSdMYjw

Why Keep A Law That Is Against Mahatma Gandhi's Principle Says The Supreme Court

On Thursday, The Supreme Court asked the central government's view on whether British-era Sedition law ( Section 124A) that was used by the colonial rulers to punish freedom fighters like Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Mahatma Gandhi to quell protest should be retained even after there are so many instances of the police misusing the law without holding any accountability right till current times. Turning to the Attorney General, the Chief Justice of India, N.V Ramana, said: "Remember how many thousands of people were charged under this law (Sedition)? And there is no accountability fastened on police for falsely implicating persons under the Sedition provision of IPC. In rural areas, it is even worse. If a person defies a policeman, he would have him booked under Section 124A. There are so many issues that arise and we have to look into all of these issues." A bench of Chief Justice N.V. Ramana and Justices A S Bopanna and Hrishikesh Roy said that the Sedition law should be used only for protecting the nation, its security and institutions of importance in a democracy. However, the Sedition law enacted by the Britishers has been grossly misused since Independence. https://youtu.be/7iVmxmjv_Dk

Aviation Ministry Sought Public Comments On Drone Rules 2021 Till 5th August

The central government has come out with a set of draft rules that will pave the way for drone taxis and dedicated corridors for cargo deliveries. The Aviation Ministry has sought public comments on the Drone Rules 2021 till 5th August 2021. The government took a proactive step to counter rogue drones after the Jammu airport drone attack. Aviation Minister Jyotiradiya Scindia said: "Several approvals abolished and processes made easier; the number of forms reduced from 25 to 5; no security clearance required before any registration or license issuance; easy process for transfer and de-registration of drones. No pilot license is required for nano drones (weight up to 250 grams), micro drones (weight up to 2kg) for non-commercial use," The drone draft rules are built on a premise of trust, self-certification, and non-intrusive monitoring, as quoted by a senior official. Through the self-certification route, manufacturers may generate their drone's unique identification number on the digital sky platform under the new rules. https://youtu.be/1vQOvo-fPOg

EAM S Jaishankar Vows India's Support For Afghanistan Amid Taliban Violence

The External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar, met the Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani in Tashkent on Thursday and vowed India's support to Afghanistan in the wake of the Taliban onslaught. DR S. Jaishankar tweeted: "Pleased to call on President @ashrafghani. Discussed the current situation in and around Afghanistan. Reiterated our support for peace, stability and development of Afghanistan." The meet happened after the news of the Taliban's territorial advances in Afghanistan started doing the rounds. There are reports that the Taliban is imposing harsh rules on common people, particularly women and girls. However, it's difficult to say how much of the reporting is true and what exactly is the agenda of the Taliban group. https://twitter.com/DrSJaishankar/status/1415642838340042760

Here Are The Latest Updates About Rahul Vaidya-Disha Parmar Wedding

The Rahul Vaidya-Disha Parmar wedding is taking the internet by storm. The love birds are set to tie the knot today, i.e. 16th July 2021. The duo has been regularly treating their fans with all the adorable and stunning pictures and videos from their pre-wedding rituals. While the mehendi ceremony took place on Wednesday, the haldi ceremony was done on Thursday. Earlier this week, the candid pictures from Disha's bachelorette party went viral on social media. Bigg Boss fame Rahul Vaidya proposed to Disha Parmar on national television, and she said yes! https://www.instagram.com/p/CRWcDi_sCTT/ https://www.instagram.com/p/CRVkAjijynC/ https://www.instagram.com/p/CRWwuqdDkN7/ https://www.instagram.com/p/CRWsDZMDA4A/

Veteran Actor Surekha Sikri Passes Away Due To Cardiac Arrest; Bollywood Mourns Her Death

The entire Hindi film industry woke up to the sad news of veteran actor Surekha Sikri passing away aged 75. The actor passed away following a cardiac arrest. The news of Sikri's death shocked the entire Bollywood and her fans, with several netizens mourning her death. Actor Manoj Bajpayee tweeted: "Very Sad news !!! One of the greatest talent Surekha Sikri ji passed away leaving behind so many great performances in theatre and cinema!! She was a treat to watch on stage. Can't forget some of those memories of her act in theaGreatgreat craft and a graceful person!! RIP." Actor Janhvi Kapoor who worked with Sikri in the Netflix film, Ghost Stories, wrote: "Surekha Ma'am, a true legend. RIP". Actor Divya Dutta tweeted: "RIP #surekha ji. I'll always remember you so very fondly!! Big loss !! Your talent was spectacular!" Surekha Sikri won the National Award three times and worked in several films. https://twitter.com/BajpayeeManoj/status/1415899506936139778 https://twitter.com/divyadutta25/status/1415894944875573251

Global Icon Priyanka Chopra Stuns Everyone As She Walks Like A Fashion Queen At London Streets

Priyanka Chopra Jonas stunned fans as she was spotted walking down the streets of London like a fashion queen. The actor never fails to impress her fans and keeps treating them with her glamourous pictures. In the photos, Priyanka is seen donning a high neck beige top and paired it with a metallic champagne-coloured skirt. The actor completed her look with golden high heels and dark sunglasses. In another picture, the stunning actor can be seen wearing a brown overcoat over her outfit. https://www.instagram.com/p/CRWlzXIlDYI/

Indian Cricket Player Rishabh Pant Tests Positive For Covid-19; Ganguly Reacts

On Thursday, The BCCI took to Twitter and wrote: "NEWS: #TeamIndia off to Durham; Two members test positive Wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, who tested positive for COVID-19 on 8th July, nears completion of his self-quarantine period while training assistant/net bowler Dayanand Garani has tested positive." While defending Pant, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said that it is physically impossible to wear a mask all the time. Ganguly quoted: "We have seen Euro Championship and Wimbledon in England. Rules have changed (with crowd being allowed inside venues). They were on leave, and it's physically impossible to wear mask all the time," The Indian Cricket team is off to Durham and are set to play a three-day practice match ahead of the upcoming Test series. https://twitter.com/BCCI/status/1415660631752024068  

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