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Headlines: Deadly Attacks Outside Kabul Airport; At Least 60 Killed

Deadly Attacks Outside Kabul Airport; At Least 60 Killed

On Thursday, the Islamic State suicide bombers attacked people outside Kabul airport who were hoping to flee the Taliban controlled Afghanistan. The deadly attacks killed dozens, including 13 US troops. The Taliban said that the two attacks killed 13 to 20 people. However, a health official in Afghanistan even said that the death toll could be as high as 60. US president Joe Biden, while condemning the attacks, said: “To those who carried out this attack, as well as anyone who wishes America harm notice, we will not forgive. We will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay. I will defend our interests and our people with every measure at my command,” ISIS took responsibility of the deadly attacks. According to General Frank McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, the U.S. commanders in Afghanistan are bracing more attacks from ISIS, including possible vehicle-borne bombs or rockets targeting the Kabul airport.

Covid-Bulletin: India Reports 44,658 Covid-19 Cases; Recovery Rate At 97.60% 

According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, India registered 44,658 covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. India’s active caseload currently stands at 3,44,899, constituting 1.06% of total covid-19 cases. Meanwhile, the country has recorded 32,988 fresh recoveries between Thursday and Friday, taking the total recoveries to 3,18,21,428. The daily and weekly positivity rate currently stands at 2.45% and 2.10% respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 51.49 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 61.22 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far. 

Kerala Health Minister: Covid-19 Transmission Within Homes Is Rising

Kerala has been seeing a significant rise in active covid-19 cases and being the biggest contributor to the active caseload of covid-19. Speaking about the same, Kerala Health Minister Veena George said in a press release: “When a person in the house gets infected, it is transmitted to everyone in the house. This is because the home quarantine guidelines are not strictly followed. Only those who have required facilities at home can prefer home quarantine; others should shift to domiciliary covid care centres (DCC),” As per a study conducted by the health department, 35% of covid-19 cases are transmitted within homes. The minister also released a set of covid-19 guidelines that must be followed by people to curb the spread of the virus. 

Rahul Gandhi Terms The New Farm Laws As ‘Anti-Agricultural Laws’

On Friday, Congress member Rahul Gandhi termed the new farm laws as anti-agricultural laws, accusing the central government of promoting capitalization and demanded the withdrawal of the three new farm laws. In a tweet, Rahul Gandhi said: “Will not let the fields become sand, will not let them gift it to their friends. Withdraw the anti-agricultural laws! #FarmersProtest,” The farmer’s protest has been going over since 26th November last year against the three newly enacted farm laws: Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. After failed talks between farmer leaders and the Union government, the Farmers Protest is continuing. 

Rajasthan Undertakes Biodiversity Conservation Project With Help Of French Development Agency

The Rajasthan government undertook a biodiversity conservation project with the support of Agency Francaise de Developpement (AFD), a French development agency. The project has been undertaken in the eastern districts of Rajasthan. Funded by the French agency, the project aims to support local communities and promote eco-tourism and other sustainable income generation activities. Speaking about the project, principal secretary forest Sreya Guha said: “Community empowerment will be a key aspect of the project and thus would include various efforts to increase the income of the local communities without adversely impacting the local natural ecosystem,” Under this project, the government will also restore degraded forest and develop plant micro reserves with employing modern techniques for real-time monitoring for forest areas. 

Shilpa Shetty Breaks Down On Super Dancer 4 Show, Shares Cryptic Post

After Shilpa Shetty broke down on the sets of Super Dancer 4, the actor shared an excerpt from a book on social media which reads: “We can’t make our lives interesting without making a few mistakes here and there. We hope that they won’t be dangerous mistakes or mistakes that hurt other people. But there will be mistakes. We can see our mistakes as things we’d like to forget or as our most interesting, challenging and stimulating experiences, not because of the mistakes themselves but because of what we learned from them,” After Raj Kundra‘s arrest in the adult film racket case, Shilpa Shetty has been sharing some strong messages on social media. 

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Shibani Dandekar Gets Farhan Akhtar’s Name Inked 

Television actor Shibani Dandekar took to social media and shared a glimpse of her new tattoo, and it’s none other than Boyfriend Farhan Akhtar’s name. Shibani got the tattoo inked on her neck, dedicating the tattoo to Farhan Akhtar on her 42nd birthday. The duo has been dating each other for the past 3 years. On the professional front, Farhan Akhtar was last seen in the film Toofan and recently announced his next film, ‘Jee Le Zaraa’, starring Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Katrina Kaif and Alia Bhatt. Shibani was last seen in Love In The Times Of Corona and Hostages. 

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Olympic Gold Medalist Neeraj Chopra Ends His 2021 Season Due to Packed Schedule And Illness

Javelin thrower and Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra has decided to end his 2021 season due to illness and a packed schedule ahead. Taking to Instagram, Neeraj wrote: “The packed schedule of travel and a bout of illness has meant I have not been able to resume training since Tokyo and therefore, along with my team, have decided to cut short by 2021 competition season to be able to take some time off, recharge and come back stronger for a packed 2022 calendar which includes the World Championships, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games. I have been encouraged by all the support to Indian athletics over these past few weeks and would urge you all to keep supporting India and Indian athletics in the months and years to come. Jai Hind,” After securing a Golf medal in the Tokyo Olympics 2020, Neeraj Chopra became the second Indian to win an individual Olympic medal after Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra. 

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