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Headlines: India Records 42,625 Covid-19 Cases

Covid-19 Bulletin: India Records 42,625 Covid-19 Cases 

According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has reported 42,625 covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours taking the country’s active caseload to 4,10,353. The active cases constitute 1.29% of the total covid-19 cases reported in the country. Meanwhile, India has recorded 3,09,33,022 recoveries across the country so far, with 36,668 patients recovered between Tuesday and Wednesday. India’s recovery rate currently stands at 97.37%. The daily positivity rate remained below 5%, currently standing at 2.31%. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, India has conducted 47.31 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, the country has administered 48.52 crore covid-19 vaccine doses under the nationwide inoculation drive. 

Some States Showing A Rise In R-Number Is A Matter Of Concern Says Centre

Some states, including Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Mizoram, Karnataka and UTs, including Lakshadweep, Puducherry and Jammu & Kashmir, are showing a trend of increasing R-Number. The R-number basically indicates how many persons can a single covid-19 patient infect. Lav Agarwal, Health Ministry Joint Secretary, said: “Whenever this number is at more than one, this means that the case trajectory is increasing and thus needs to be brought under control,” Nine Indian states, including West Bengal, Goa, Haryana, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Jharkhand, Delhi, and Maharashtra have the R-value exactly at one. The centre also pointed out 44 such districts with a positivity rate above 10%, of which 30 are in northeastern states, primarily Mizoram (6) and Manipur (9), and 10 are in Kerala. The increasing trend of R-number is a matter of concern as India’s R-number is now at par with the US, Australia and Canada. Currently, Kerala is the one state which has more than 1 lakh active covid-19 cases and accounts alone for 40.6% of daily reported new covid-19 cases in the country. 

Rescue Operations Underway As Heavy Rain Trigger Flood In Madhya Pradesh

As per the Met department, heavy rain is likely to continue in the Gwalior-Chambal region of Madhya Pradesh for the next 24 hours. A red alert has been issued in Guna, Sheopur, Shivpuri and 2 other districts, a yellow alert for 8 and an orange alert for 9 other districts. Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, said that he had a detailed discussion on the issue with Prime Minister Modi and added that he has assured all possible help to the flood-hit state Madhya Pradesh. Meanwhile, the rescue operations are underway as the Indian Air Force’s 3 ALH and Mi-17 helicopters are on their way to the Gwalior-Chambal region. As per the latest updates, about 1,171 villages have been affected due to heavy rain and flood. CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan said: “We have asked for four columns of the army so that they are able to rescue the people who are stranded due to the floods. SDRF team is doing good work. Two ministers are in Shivpuri and are monitoring the situation, and are in talks with me. One column of army is of 80 persons. They are sending one column each for four districts. From Jhansi, they are mobilizing for Gwalior and Datia and from Babeena (UP) for Shivpuri and Sheopur,”

Monsoon Session: ‘Like-Minded’ Opposition Leaders To Discuss Floor Strategy Today

The monsoon session of Parliament has been witnessing protests from the oppositions over the Pegasus row, affecting the regular business of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. On Tuesday, both houses were adjourned repeatedly amid constant interruptions by opposition leaders on many vital issues. As per the latest updates, Rajya Sabha floor leaders of ‘like minded’ opposition leaders are set to have a discussion at Leader of Opposition (LoP) Mallikarjun Kharge’s office in Parliament and carve out floor strategy. On Tuesday, Congress member Rahul Gandhi called for a breakfast meeting to chalk out a plan to take on the BJP-led government and discuss key issues, including the alleged surveillance by the Pegasus spyware in the remaining part of the monsoon session of Parliament. 

Nirmala Sitharaman Discusses Salient Features Of The Insolvency And Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2021 

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, on Wednesday, had a brief discussion in the ongoing monsoon session of Parliament over the Insolvency And Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2021. The minister said that the bill seeks to provide an efficient alternative insolvency resolution framework for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). In a series of tweets, Sitharaman said: “The passage of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2021 enables: – An efficient alternative insolvency resolution framework for MSMEs – A process that offers flexibility – Quicker, cost-effective, and value-maximizing outcomes for all stakeholders (1/2),” Adding more, the minister tweeted: “Other features of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2021 include: – Guidance and oversight of the resolution professional – Finality of the process, with judicial approval (2/2),” The Lok Sabha passed the bill on 28th July and Rajya Sabha passed it on Tuesday. 

India, China Likely To Establish A Buffer Zone In The Gogra-Hot Springs-Kongka La Sector 

After having a series of talks regarding the troop disengagement in eastern Ladakh, India and China are planning to establish a ‘buffer zone’ or ‘no patrolling’ region at one of the friction points in the Gogra-Hot-Springs-Kongka La sector. A source close to the development said: “The phased disengagement with physical verification at patrolling point-17A is likely to kick off over the next few days, once the in-principle agreement reached during the 12th round of corps commander-level talks last Saturday is ratified by the two governments. China’s official confirmation is awaited,” Meanwhile, both armies continue to maintain thousands of troops with heavy weaponry like air defence batteries and howitzers along the line of actual control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. The Indian side believes that the troop disengagement from the friction points and consequent de-escalation by both forces are critical to improving India-China bilateral ties. However, China still wants the border dispute to be kept at an appropriate place without its effect on overall relations. 

Ranveer Singh Likely To Be A Part Of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Baiju Bawra

If reports are to be believed, it’s Ranveer Singh who has bagged the lead role in the much-awaited project of Bhansali ‘Baiju Bawra’, which is a remake of the 1952 Hindi film featuring Meena Kumari, Kuldip Kaur and Bharat Bhushan, among others. Speaking about the same, the source said: “It is Ranveer Singh who has been finalised. An official announcement is in the offing, but yes, a few modalities yet remain to be worked out. Probably post all that, Bhansali will declare. But as things stand today, it is Ranveer,” Names like Ajay Devgn and even Ranbir Kapoor came in, but as per the latest development, it’s Ranveer Singh who fits better in the grand vision of Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The actor has worked with Bhansali in three films, including Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela, Bajirao Mastani and Padmavaat. Currently, Bhansali is gearing up for the release of Gangubai Kathiawadi once theatres re-open, and Ranveer Singh has many upcoming projects, including Kabir Khan’s 83, Karan Johar’s Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani, YRF’s Jayeshbhai Jordaar, and Rohit Shetty’s Cirkus. 

Wife Shalini Talwar Files Domestic Violence And Financial Fraud Case Against Husband And Singer Yo Yo Honey Singh

It seems like all is not well between Yo Yo Honey Singh (Hirdesh Singh) and his wife, Shalini Talwar. The singer hit the headlines when his wife filed domestic violence, sexual violence, financial fraud and mental harassment case against him. The case has been filed under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act. Delhi’s Tis Hazari court has issued a notice to the singer regarding the same and has asked him to file his reply by 28th August. It has also passed an interim order that restrains the singer from disposing off properties that he jointly owns with his wife. 

Bell Bottom Trailer Out: Lara Dutta Looks Stunning As India’s Former PM Indira Gandhi

The much-awaited trailer of the Akshay Kumar and Lara Dutta starrer film Bell Bottom is finally out. The film is a spy thriller and set in the 80s. While Akshay Kumar essays the role of a RAW agent, Lara Dutta plays the role of India’s former Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi. Directed by Ranjit Tiwari, Bell Bottom’s trailer starts with Lara Dutta as former PM discussing the solutions with her ministers as India faces the seventh hijack and Akshay Kumar coming up with a covert operation to wipe out terrorism. The film also features Vaani Kapoor and Huma Qureshi. Apart from the impressive trailer, fans also went gaga over Lara Dutta’s uncanny resemblance to former PM Indira Gandhi. The film is set to have a theatrical release on 19th August and will release in 3D format as well. 

Tokyo Olympics 2020: India’s Lovlina Borgohain Secures Bronze Medal After Losing The Semi-Final 

Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain lost the semi-final to the reigning world champion Busenaz Surmeneli of Turkey after the judges gave the decision in favour of the Turkish boxer. After securing the bronze medal, Lovlina became the third Indian boxer to win an Olympic medal after Vijender Singh and Mary Kom. Indian wrestlers Ravi Dahiya and Deepak Punia have made their way to the semi-finals, confirming at least a silver medal for India. 

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