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Headlines: Delta Variant Predominant Even After Vaccination Says AIIMS Study

Delta Variant Predominant Even After Vaccination Says AIIMS Study

An AIIMS study including 63 people with breakthrough infections found out that the presence of covid-19 Delta variant (B1.617.2) is predominant even after taking both the shots of vaccine. Out of the 63 people, 36 patients had received two doses, and the remaining 27 had received a single dose of vaccine. The AIIMS study said: “The B.1.617.2 or popularly referred to as Delta variant of covid-19, was first described in India and associated with increased transmissibility as well as immune escape and has grown to become one of the predominant lineages in India.” Ten patients in the study received Covishield, and other 53 received Covaxin. The study added that no difference in the effect of lineage was found in both single-dose vaccinated group or double-dose vaccinated group. However, the study showed no reports of death in the sample size even though almost every patient complained of high-grade unremitting fever for 5-7 days. 

Covid Bulletin: India Records Highest Single-Day Deaths Due To Covid-19

India saw a slight increase in active covid-19 infections. According to the data released by the union health ministry, India reported 94,052 covid-19 infections in the last 24 hours. The cumulative caseload in the country stands at 2,91,83,121. After the states revised their backlog data, the fatality count saw the biggest jump taking the number of deaths to 6,148 between Wednesday and Thursday. The total death tally stands at 3,59,676. A ray of hope continues to shine as daily recoveries surpass the newly reported covid-19 cases, with 1,51,367 being discharged in the last 24 hours. 

Jitin Prasada Leaves Congress, Join Hands With BJP

Congress leader and former union minister Jitin Prasad snapping his three generations of family ties with the Indian National Congress, joined the ruling party, BJP, on Wednesday. The political move was a surprise after BJP spokesperson Anil Baluni tweeted the arrival of Prasada in the saffron party. After Jyotiradiya Scindia parted ways with Congress complaining of no significant role to play in party affairs, Prasada is the latest person to leave the opposition party. There have been rumours of unhappiness in a section of the brahmin community towards the Yogi Adityanath-led government; Prasada’s entry into the party is quite timely. Speaking about joining BJP, Prasada said: “If there is any political party or a leader standing for the interests of the nation today, given the situation that our country is going through, it is BJP and PM Narendra Modi,” Losing a senior leader like Jitin Prasada who had played a crucial role in the Narsimha Rao government will be a big blow for the Congress. 

Delhi Development Authority Envision A 24-Hour City With An Active Nightlife

DDA has released the draft of the Master Plan For Delhi-2041 in the public domain for 45 days in order to invite objections and suggestions. The main vision of the MPD-2041 is to Foster a Sustainable, Livable and Vibrant Delhi by 2041. DDA in the new master plan focuses mainly on the economy, environment and affordable housing. The draft is available on the official website of the Delhi Development Authority. The draft also talks about the construction of strategic corridors to boost high-speed connectivity and the development of a historic ring rail network driven by intelligent technology to encourage the use of public transport. Three main strategies, including congestion pricing, parking demand management, curbing the use of private vehicles and prioritizing pedestrians and cyclists, have been proposed in the MPD-2041. 

Bengaluru To Receive Thunderstorm, And Moderate Rainfall Says Bengaluru Meteorological Centre

On Thursday, the Bengaluru Meteorological Centre said that Bengaluru is likely to receive moderate rainfall accompanied by a thunderstorm. The predicted weather with gusty winds will reach 30-40 km per hour and will likely occur in the next 2-3 hours. On Saturday, IMD had said: “Southwest monsoon is very likely to advance further into some parts of the Central Arabian Sea, some parts of Maharashtra, Goa, remaining parts of Karnataka, some parts of Andhra Pradesh, some parts of Telangana, remaining parts of Tamil Nadu, some parts of the Northeast Bay of Bengal and Northeast India during the next 48 hours.”

Joe Biden Administration To Buy 500 Million Doses Of Pfizer Vaccine And Donate Globally

The United States media, on Wednesday, reported that the Joe Biden administration is all set to buy 500 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNtech covid-19 vaccine and donate the jabs globally. The formal announcement by US president Joe Biden will be made at the G-7 meeting scheduled to be held in Britain this week. The deal will see the US paying the not for profit prices for the covid-19 vaccine and will be shipping 200 million doses this year and the remaining 300 million next year. 

Asha Negi Starrer Khwabon Ke Parindey Trailer Brings In A Fresh Ray Of Friendships And Road Trips

The makers of Khwabon Ke Parindey released the trailer today. The web series featuring Asha Negi, Mrinal Dutt and Tushar Sharma explores friendship and hope coupled with the scenic beauty of Australia. The story is about 3 friends going on a crazy road trip from Melbourne to Perth; they meet a rugged hitchhiker on their journey. The road trip allows each character to rediscover themselves. Khawabon Ke Parindey will be streaming on Voot from 14th June 2021. 

Watch the trailer here:

Boman Irani’s Mother Jerbanoo Irani Dies Due To Age-Related Illness

Actor Boman Irani took to his Instagram and shared the sad news of his mother breathing her last on Wednesday morning at her Mumbai residence, aged 94. Paying his tribute to his late mother, Irani wrote: “She played the role of both mother and father to me since she was 32. What a spirit she was. Filled with funny stories that only she could tell. The longest arm that always dug deep into her pockets, even when there wasn’t much there,” Several celebrities including Dia Mirza, Ritesh Deshmukh, and Kriti Kharbanda took to the comment section to pay their condolences to Jerbanoo Irani. 

Confirmed: Bhumi Pednekar To Be A Part Of Anand L Rai’s Raksha Bandhan Along With Akshay Kumar

Bhumi Pednekar and Akshay Kumar will be reuniting in Anand L Rai’s Raksha Bandhan, sharing the news on social media; Akshay wrote: “When you are happy, it shows And indeed we are…to have @bhumipednekar onboard #RakshaBandhan.” Bhumi and Akshay have previously worked together in the film Toilet-Ek Prem Katha, and both were praised for their great chemistry. 

Asian Games Gold Medallist Boxer And A Padma Shri Awardee, Dimko Singh Dies Aged 42

Manipur-based Asian Games Medallist Boxer Dimko Singh died on Thursday after fighting a prolonged battle with liver cancer. Singh was diagnosed with liver cancer in the year 2017. Dimko Singh won Gold in Asian Games in 1988 and was bestowed with the Arjuna Award in the same year; he was also honoured with the Padma Shri in 2013 for his contribution in the field of sports. Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju tweeted: “I’m deeply saddened by the demise of Shri Dingko Singh. One of the finest boxers India has ever produced, Dinko’s gold medal at the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games sparked the Boxing chain reaction in India. I extend my sincere condolences to the bereaved family. RIP Dinko,”

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