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Headlines: India Records 35,342 New Covid-19 Cases

Covid-Bulletin: India Records 35,342 New Covid-19 Cases 

According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has logged 35,342 fresh covid-19 cases and 483 deaths in the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, daily recoveries have outnumbered active covid-19 cases, with 38,740 more patients recovering in the previous 24 hours. India’s cumulative positive cases has reached 3,12,93,062 which includes 4,05,513 active cases and 3,04,68,079 recoveries. The daily positivity rate of the country currently stands at 2.12%, and the weekly positivity rate stands at 2.14%. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, India has conducted 45,29,39,545 covid-19 tests. On the vaccination front, the country has administered 42,34,17,030 covid-19 vaccine doses, including 8,94,71,879 people who are fully vaccinated and 33,39,45,151 people who have received the first dose of the covid-19 vaccine under the nationwide inoculation drive. 

Reports Assuming All Mortality Figures As Covid Deaths Are Fallacious Says Government 

On Thursday, the Union Health Ministry said: “There have been some recent media reports alleging that India’s tally of excess deaths during the pandemic could be in millions, terming the official COVID-19 death count “vastly undercounted”. The Ministry said that India has a statute-based death registration system and while some cases could go undetected, missing out on the deaths in unlikely. “Further, the reports assume that all the excess mortality figures are COVID-19 deaths, which is not based on facts and totally fallacious. Excess mortality is a term used to describe an all-cause mortality figure, and attributing these deaths to COVID-19 is completely misleading,” added the Ministry. In May 2020, the Indian Council of Medical Research issued ‘Guidance for appropriate recording of covid-19 related deaths in India’ to avoid any inconsistency or confusion regarding covid-19 deaths. However, several reports suggest that during the peak of the second wave of the pandemic, the correct reporting and recording of total covid-19 deaths might have been compromised as the entire healthcare system was focusing more on providing proper medical help to the patients. In India, the Civil Registration System (CRS) ensures that all the births and deaths in the country get registered by collecting, cleaning, collating and publishing the data. 

Indian Navy Deployed In Maharashtra For Flood Relief And Evacuation

After several parts of Maharashtra reported landslides due to incessant rains, the state government requested the Indian Navy to mobilize Flood Rescue Teams to provide assistance to the Maharashtra government. The Indian Navy said that a total of 7 naval rescue teams were deployed to the Rajgarh and the Ratnagiri districts on 22nd July 2021. The rescue teams are equipped with life jackets, first-aid kits, Gemini rubber boats, loud hailers, life buoys and specialist naval divers and diving equipment. As per the Indian Navy, additional rescue teams are ready for immediate deployment if the need arises. 

MP Tears IT Minister’s Paper In Parliament Over Pegasus Row 

On Thursday evening, high drama unfolded in Rajya Sabha, when TMC MP Shantanu Sen snatched papers from IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, tore them and flung them at deputy chairman Harivansh. The incident took place just when IT Minister stood up to make a statement over the Pegasus issue, and opposition MPs started shouting the slogan ‘Jasoosi band karo (stop spying)’ against the central government. After the heated exchange between the government and opposition leaders, the house had to be adjourned for the day. However, Harivansh said: “When we look at this issue through the prism of logic, it clearly emerges that there is no substance behind the sensationalism. We should not follow this unparliamentary behaviour. The report has been laid which you all wanted and which was an important issue for you all. You are getting an opportunity to ask your questions and get the answers. But you do not want a discussion on an issue. How is this democratic process?” Before the incident took place, the house was adjourned twice after opposition leaders raised the issue of IT searches on Dainik Bhaskar and Pegasus row. 

Congress MPs To Hold Protest Over Farmer’s Agitation And Pegasus Project Media Report

Congress MPs are set to hold a protest in front of Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in Parliament over the issue of farmer’s agitation and Pegasus project media report on Friday. Before joining the protest, Congress MPs will attend a meeting at Parliamentary Party (CPP) office. On Thursday, Congress member Rahul Gandhi staged a protest against the three farm laws in front of the Gandhi statue situated in the Parliament premises. Apart from the protest, the opposition party has demanded the resignation of Home Minister Amit Shah. In the Pegasus issue, several Indian politicians, lawyers, journalists and activists have appeared on the list of potential targets for surveillance as per the reports published in The Wire. 

Xi Jinping Visits Tibet First Time As Chinese President 

As reported by the state media, Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a rare visit to Tibet, the first such visit by China’s top leader in more than 3 decades. The state broadcaster CCTV released footage on Friday in which Xi went to the Nyang River Bridge to learn about ecological and environmental protection of the Yarlung Tsangpo River and the Nyang River. He was also seen greeting a crowd wearing traditional costumes and received a red carpet welcome where dancers performed around him. The last Chinese President to visit Tibet was Jiang Zemin in 1990. Tibet has alternated between its independence and control by China. While China says that it peacefully liberated the plateau in 1951 and brought development to the previously underdeveloped region, many Tibetans in exile accuse the Chinese government of religious suppression and attempting to erode Tibet’s culture. In recent decades, Tibet saw a lot of protests against Chinese Rule. 

Raj Kundra Pornography Case: Shilpa Shetty Will Not Be Summoned Says Mumbai Police

Putting all the reports that Shilpa Shetty will soon be summoned in the Raj Kundra pornography case to rest, the Mumbai Police have confirmed that Bollywood actor and wife of Raj Kundra, Shilpa Shetty, will not be served a summon in the case. While speaking about the same, the police said: “Shilpa Shetty is one of the directors of Viaan Industries while the police investigation is probing into Kenrin only,” In addition to this, the police have also seized the server through which the pornographic content was being uploaded. As per reports, Kundra blackmailed models and female actors on the basis of a contract copy mentioning that the makers did not force them to go ‘nude’ for the film or do ‘bold’ scenes. The businessman has been arrested under Section 420, 34,292 and 293 of the Indian Penal Code. 

Kartik Aaryan Shares First Look Of His Film ‘Captain India’

On Friday, Actor Kartik Aaryan took to Twitter to share the first look of his upcoming film ‘Captain India’ and wrote: “When a man goes beyond the call of duty With great pride and honour, we bring to you #CaptainIndia @mehtahansal sir @RSVPMovies @bawejastudios @RonnieScrewvala #HarmanBaweja @soniakanwar22 @VickyBahri @sanchit421 @SanchitPD @karanmukeshvyas,” The film is directed by filmmaker Hansal Mehta and inspired by one of India’s successful rescue missions from a war-torn country. Talking about the film, the director said: “Captain India’ which is inspired by true events, will revisit a moment in time where a man goes beyond his own pain and suffering to save thousands. I’m happy to collaborate with Ronnie Screwvala and Harman Baweja on the film, and I look forward to working with Kartik,” Captain India is produced by Ronnie Screwvala and Harman Baweja. 

Anupam Kher Shares First Look Of His 519th Film ‘Shiv Shastri Balboa’ 

On Thursday, Anupam Kher surprised his fans as he shared the first look of his 519th film titled ‘Shiv Shastri Balboa’ featuring his co-actor Neena Gupta. While sharing the film’s poster, Kher wrote: “Presenting the first look of my new film #ShivShastriBalboa. A fascinating tale of survival of an Indian in a small town in America!! Delighted to be working with the gorgeous and brilliant @neena_gupta and a very interesting and talented international cast and crew!! More details and surprises to follow!! Jai Ho!! 😍😎 #RockyBalboa #519thFilm #AnIndianInAmerica #Humour #Drama #Family,” The film is directed by Ajayan Venugopalan. More details about the film are awaited. Actor Anupam Kher has several other projects lined up, including ‘Mungilal Rocks’, ‘The Kashmir Files’ and ‘The Last Show.’ 

Indian Archers Give Tough Competition On The First Day Of Tokyo Olympics 2020

As Tokyo Olympics 2020 have begun, Indian archers Atanu Das, Tarundeep Rai and Pravin Jadhav gave tough competition in the men’s individual ranking round and finished with scores of 653,652 and 656, respectively. In the women’s individual ranking round, Indian archer Deepika Kumari finished with a score of 663 after 12 intense sets but slipped two places to finish at 9th. The opening ceremony will also take place at 4:30 PM IST today. 

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