Headlines: India Records Least Fatality Rate Since 26th April; Recoveries Surpass Daily Infections

Covid Bulletin: India Records Least Fatality Rate Since 26th April; Recoveries Surpass Daily Infections

According to the data released by the union health ministry on Friday morning, 1,32,364 more people tested covid-19 positive in the last 24 hours. A minimal dip was reported as the daily infection number stood at 1,34,154 on Thursday. The cumulative covid-19 caseload in the country stands at 2,85,74,350 - the highest in the world. India recorded the least number of death since 26th April, with 2,713 more people succumbing to death. The daily recoveries continue to surpass the newly reported infections as 2,07,071 people were discharged in the last 24 hours. https://youtu.be/k9MyH_YJp-0

No Relaxation From Lockdown-Like Curbs Yet Says Maharashtra Government

After an announcement made on Thursday that Maharashtra Government will begin a new 5-level unlock plan from 4th June, a few hours later, the Maharashtra Directorate General of Information and Public Relations (DGIPR) clarified that the proposal is still under consideration. The DGIPR said: "The proposal for relaxation of phase-wise restrictions in the state is under consideration, and the implementation will be taken after a full review by the concerned administrative constituents of the district," Maharashtra is under lockdown till 15th June.

Kerela Takes The Top Position In The Sustainable Development Goals India Index Report 2020-21

Niti Aayog released the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Index, and Kerala managed to bag the top position yet again. The government of India releases the SDG index every year to evaluate the progress of states and union territories on economic, social and environmental criteria. Kerela scored 75 out of 100. However, states including Jharkhand (56), Bihar (52) and Assam (57) featured at the bottom of the index as the worst-performing states. The SDG index 2021 covers 17 goals, 115 indicators, 70 targets. India's overall score has improved from 60 in 2019 to 66 in 2021, said Niti Aayog while releasing the index data. https://twitter.com/NITIAayog/status/1400311296583602176 https://youtu.be/ZE3nGS-otbM  

USA: Increase In Manufacturing Capacity Of Covid-19 Vaccines In India To Be A Game Changer

The US president, Joe Biden administration on Thursday, said: "It's important to us because India has suffered immensely from the outbreak. Virtually, no element of Indian society has been left untouched by this horrible scourge. That is why we have spoken of the focus on increased manufacturing in India. With the increased manufacturing capacity in India, the volume of capacity has the potential to be a game-changer well beyond India's borders," At the first virtual QUAD summit comprising leaders from India, Japan, Australia and the United States, a decision was taken to work together to increase the production capacity of covid-19 vaccines in India. On Thursday, the United States announced that it would send 25 million of its vaccine to other countries, including India. So far, the USA has provided $500 million in covid-19 assistance to India.

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das Announces The Bi-Monetary Policy Review For 2021-22

The monetary policy committee of the Reserve Bank of India kept the repo rate unchanged at 4% for the financial year 2021-22. Meanwhile, RBI governor Shaktikanta Das maintained an accommodative stance at the uncertainty of the economic fallout of India due to the second wave of the covid-19 pandemic While making monetary policy announcements on Friday, the RBI governor said that the Government Securities Acquisition Programme (G-SAP) 2.0 worth INR 1.2 lakh crore would be taken in the second quarter of the financial year 2021-22 to support the market. https://twitter.com/RBI/status/1400671370124562432

Drugmaker Wockhardt May Provide Next Covid-19 Vaccine In India

Wockhardt is reportedly under advanced stages of discussions for a deal relating to covid-19 vaccines and drugs. With respect to the news, Wockhardt Ltd said: "The Company is in the process of negotiating manufacturing options for Covid -19 vaccine with global Vaccine developers as part of its normal pharmaceutical business. Since such agreements need technological evaluations, the Company is presently doing the same. It is also pertinent to note that such technical/commercial evaluations are meant to address the impact of the global pandemic owing to Covid-19 and to the best interest of the human race." https://youtu.be/OPYXfLzu-YU

Prince Narula Breaks His Silence On Wife Yuvika's Viral Video Of Using A Castiest Slur

A few weeks ago, Bigg Boss fame Yuvika Chaudhary got herself in trouble after using a casteist slur in one of her vlogs; netizens got so angry that they started demanding #ArrestYuvikaChaudhary on Twitter. However, the female actor then issued an apology saying that she was unaware of the meaning of the word. After a complaint was filed by a Dalit rights activist, Yuvika was booked under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. During a recent outing in the city, Yuvika's husband and MTV Roadies fame, Prince Narula, was asked to react on the matter, to which he replied: "Aaj kal log kuchh bhi baat ko bahot bada bana dete hain. Bade cases hain jispe humein baat karni chahiye, uspe koi baat nahi karta, Bahot saari cheezein hain jispe actually action lena chahiye, ye toh bhot chhoti cheez hai. Hum caste mein believe nahi karte. Main Punjabi hu aur woh Jat hai. Agar aisa hota toh humari shaadi na hoti, hai na?" https://www.instagram.com/p/CPqFbr9nqS7/

The Family Man Makers Released The Second Season Of The Much-Awaited Series

After facing a lot of controversies, the makers have finally released the much-anticipated web series, The Family Man 2, which is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video. The show starring Manoj Bajpayee and Samantha Akkineni was released on 3rd June, a day ahead of the schedule, and fans started celebrating the news on Twitter. The show will mark the comeback of Srikant Tiwari, who is torn between his responsibilities towards his family and his duties towards his nation. This time, Srikant will face a fierce enemy and a suicide bomber, Raji. Watch the trailer here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGf_B81Hc2M&t=25s

It's Official: Aparshakti Khurana And Aakriti Ahuja Expecting Their First Child

Aparshakti Khurana posted a beautiful and heartwarming picture with her wife, Aakriti Ahuja, on his Instagram account and gave the wonderful news that the duo is soon going to parents. The actor wrote: "Lockdown mai kaam toh expand ho nahi paya toh humein laga family hi expand kar lete hai," (Since the work did not expand in the lockdown, so we thought might as well expand the family). Several fans and celebrities congratulated the couple. https://www.instagram.com/p/CPq752TsIpM/

Kevin Pietersen Says Budding Cricketers of England Should Look Up To India All-Rounder Ravindra Jadeja

The former captain of the England cricket team is quite impressed by Indian player Ravindra Jadeja as he asked all young cricketers of England to look up to Jadeja if they wish to have a long career in test match cricket. In his blog, Pietersen wrote: "It frustrates me that there still isn't an international-standard English left-arm spin bowler who bats. Look at what Ravindra Jadeja has done for India in Test match cricket, one-day cricket, and T20 cricket," Ravindra Jadeja has 220 wickets in tests and 227 in limited-overs cricket.

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