Headlines: India Records 40,000+ Active Covid-19 Cases; Positivity Rate At 2.29%
Covid Bulletin: India Records 40,000+ Active Covid-19 Cases
According to the data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has logged 43,733 fresh covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative total in the country to 3,06,63,665. As many as 930 more people succumbed to death due to covid-19 in the last 24 hours, and the fatality count has reached to 4,04,211. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber active covid-19 cases as 47,240 people recovered between Tuesday and Wednesday. The daily recovery rate currently stands at 97.18%. The number of covid-19 infections is going down each day as active cases comprise 1.5% of the total infections. On the vaccination front, India has administered over 36 lakh covid-19 vaccine doses so far and aims to inoculate all adults by the end of the year.
Prime Minister Modi's Cabinet Reshuffle To Take Place At 6 PM Today
In his second term, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to reshuffle his cabinet, which is going to take place at 6 pm today. Besides the election, the cabinet reshuffling process will bring in major political and administrative changes. According to sources, Pashupati Paras, Sarbananda Sonowal, Varun Gandhi, Narayan Rane and Jyotiradiya Scindia are likely to become new ministers. As per the government sources, the new cabinet will be the youngest-ever in India's history and will also have a greater share of ministries for Other Backward Classes. The reshuffling will see more women ministers, and priority will be given to those who have administrative experience. The cabinet revamping will include more PHDs, MBAs, post-graduates and professionals. According to the sources, a new 'Ministry of Cooperation' will also be created to strengthen the cooperative movement in India. The Union cabinet currently has 53 ministers, and 28 new ministers can be added.
Himachal Pradesh CM Jai Ram Thakur Urges Tourists To Follow Covid Appropriate Behavior
After Himachal Pradesh saw a large tourist influx, the Union Health Ministry warned of putting restrictions as people who are visiting hill stations are not following covid-19 protocols. Showing concerns that the state can see a potential rise in covid-19 cases due to tourist influx, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said: "We are also a bit anxious as the tourist influx increased in the state. We welcome tourists, but I urge them to follow covid norms. They should follow social distancing and wear a mask. We have also directed hotels to follow SOP strictly." Earlier, Joint Secretary of Union Health Ministry Lav Agarwal said: "People travelling to hill stations are not following covid appropriate behaviour. We can nullify the ease in restrictions again if protocols not complied with,"
Delhi High Court Warns Twitter For Facing Trouble If It Does Not Comply To The New IT Rules
Twitter has been facing legal actions due to its failure of complying with The Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021. In the recent development, the Delhi High Court said that the Indian government is free to take action against the microblogging site and even warned Twitter of facing trouble if it fails to comply with the new IT rules. Hearing a plea alleging failure by Twitter to abide by the IT Rules 2021, Justice Rekha Palli said: "From June 21 till July 6, you could have appointed a new person (Resident Grievance Officer). How long will your process take? Does Twitter think it will go on taking as much time as it wants in our country? I won't permit that. Come up with clear instructions, otherwise, you (Twitter) will be in trouble," Giving a free hand to the government, the court observed: "We are not giving any protection; you are free to take any action. If they (Twitter) are in violation, you know what to do...if they want to work, they have to follow the rules." Meanwhile, several pleas challenging the validity of the new IT Rules 2021 are pending in the Delhi High Court.
J&K Congress Committee Stresses On The Restoration Of Statehood To The Delimitation Commission
The Jammu & Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) has submitted a detailed memorandum citing the restoration of statehood to the delimitation commission. JKPCC president Ghulam Ahmad Mir held a meeting with the commission and discussed a wide range of issues. The memorandum read: "The restoration of statehood for Jammu & Kashmir is a sine qua non for conducting the delimitation process. Until the full statehood for Jammu & Kashmir as part of the Union of India is restored, there would be no meaning for the delimitation commission to undertake any exercise." The JKPCC also mentioned that it is important to restore the civil liberties of political leaders who have been unlawfully detained by the authorities. Stressing on the importance of being fair and unbiased, the memorandum said: "It is incumbent upon the delimitation commission to stand by the test of equity, equality, fairness and transparency and to conduct the delimitation exercise with utmost integrity without a shade of bias and unfairness towards the ruling party at the centre."
Absconding Diamantaire Mehul Choksi Seeks Dominica High Court To Quash All The Proceedings Against Him
Fugitive jeweller Mehul Choksi has moved the Dominica Hight Court to quash all the proceedings against him as reported by the local media. The Ministry of Immigration in Dominica has declared Mr Choksi as a prohibited immigrant as he entered the country illegally. The Caribbean media outlet Nature Isle News reported that Choksi said that the High Court's decision of charging him for illegal entry was violative of law and accordingly null and void. Mr Choksi also said that since he has taken the citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda, he has challenged a move to extradite him. Absconding Diamantaire Mehul Choksi is wanted by the CBI in connection to the INR 13,500-crore PNB scam.
Bollywood Loses A Gem As Legendary Actor Dilip Kumar Passes Away Aged 98
Legendary actor Dilip Kumar passed away aged 98 after witnessing age-related health issues and who had been admitted to the hospital several times. Dilip Kumar was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of The Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai on 30th June after he complained of breathlessness. Kumar's family friend Faisal Farooqui took to Twitter and posted through the actor's handle: "With a heavy heart and profound grief, I announce the passing away of our beloved Dilip Saab, few minutes ago. We, are from God and to Him we return" Earlier, Kumar's wife and actor Saira Banu had said that the actor's health it stable, and they are waiting for the doctor's approval to take the actor home. Dilip Kumar was diagnosed with bilateral pleural effusion and also underwent a pleural aspiration procedure. Dilip Kumar had a six-decade-long and successful career in Bollywood and was last seen in the film 'Qila' in 1998.
Vikram Bhatt opens Up About Mukesh Bhatt-Mahesh Bhatt Split
Bollywood filmmaker and brother duo Mukesh Bhatt and Mahesh Bhatt had a split earlier this year. Their banner, Vishesh Films, will now be run by Mukesh Bhatt and his children Sakshi and Vishesh. Mahesh Bhatt was serving as a creative consultant in the company and has stepped down from his position. Vikram Bhatt has finally broken his silence on the matter and said: "I think of it as an end of a journey. Everything comes to an end. So did the journey of Boss (Mahesh Bhatt) and Mukeshji. Boss junked his career as a director almost twenty-five years ago and only looked back once for Sadak 2. He had promised Mukeshji when he gave up the direction that if ever a situation arose where only he could direct a film for the company, then he would. Sadak 2 was that film, I am assuming. I believe that a man is just not his profession. There is much more to a man than how he chooses to make a living. The filmmaker is only a small part of Mahesh Bhatt," Adding further; he said: "He is more a guru and a mentor to young aspiring talent. He is at a stage in life where he is not motivated by money, fame or adulation. So how can you continue to be a part of a company that obviously thrives on money, fame and adulation – like any other film company. He had no interest in making the rich people richer – so he quit so that he could help lost talent find their way,"
Have You Seen Deepika's Quirky Birthday Wish To Husband And Actor Ranveer Singh?
When it comes to couple goals, no one can really beat the deep-veer jodi. On Ranveer Singh's birthday, actor Deepika Padukone shared a quirky reel on Yashraj Mukhate's viral rap song on Shehnaaz Gill's dialogue in the Bigg Boss 13 house. Deepika wrote: "But since it's your Birthday, Il make peace with the fact that Twada Kutta is Tommy and Sadda Kutta is Kutta… Happy Happy Birthday, My Most Favorite Person! @ranveersingh" Apart from Deepika, Karan Johar announced his next collaboration with Ranveer Singh on his birthday, Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahaani, which also features Alia Bhatt. Deepika and Ranveer will be seen sharing the screen with each other in the film '83.
Former India Captain MS Dhoni Turns 40; Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina Pours In Wishes For Their Former Captain
The Board of Control for Cricket In India called MS Dhoni an inspiration and a legend. The BCCI took to Twitter and wrote: "A legend and an inspiration! Here's wishing former #TeamIndia captain @msdhoni a very happy birthday. #HappyBirthdayDhoni," Several Indian players, including Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Ishant Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Shreyas Iyer, wished the former India captain. During his 16-year long career, Dhoni went on to play 538 matches across formats. He announced his retirement from International cricket on 15th August 2020.