Headlines: India Records Less Than 40,000 Active Covid-19 Cases
Covid-Bulletin: India Records Less Than 40,000 Active Covid-19 Cases
According to the data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has recorded 39,796 new covid-19 infections in the last 24 hours, with the cumulative total reaching 3,05,85,229 covid-19 cases. India has recorded 4,02,728 deaths since the start of the covid-19 pandemic. However, the active cases constitute only 1.58% of India’s total cases as per the Health Ministry’s data. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber active covid-19 cases for the 53rd consecutive day. India’s positivity rate currently stands at 2.61% and has been less than 5% for the 28th straight day. In the last 24 hours, Kerala has recorded the highest number of active covid-19 cases with 12,100 new infections.
Prime Minister Modi Remembers Ram Vilas Paswan On His Birth Anniversary
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to his official social media handle to remember his former cabinet colleague and friend, Ram Vilas Paswan. PM Modi wrote: “Today is the birth anniversary of my friend, late Ram Vilas Paswan Ji. I miss his presence greatly. He was one of India’s most experienced Parliamentarians and administrators. His contributions to public service and empowering the downtrodden will always be remembered.” Ram Vilas Paswan served as the Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and died last October after heart surgery.
Today is the birth anniversary of my friend, late Ram Vilas Paswan Ji. I miss his presence greatly. He was one of India’s most experienced Parliamentarians and administrators. His contributions to public service and empowering the downtrodden will always be remembered.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 5, 2021
Delhi Disaster Management Authority Orders Opening Of Stadiums And Sports Complexes Without Spectators
The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has ordered the opening of stadiums and sports complexes from Monday, but no spectators will be allowed. The DDMA issued the order stating that cinema halls, swimming pools, multiplexes, and banquet halls will continue to remain shut. The lockdown was imposed by the Delhi government from 19th April amid the rising covid-19 cases during the second wave of the pandemic. After the capital recorded lesser covid-19 cases, the Delhi government began the unlocking process from 31st May. Meanwhile, all kinds of social gatherings, schools, colleges, spas and amusement parks will remain shut till further orders.
Petrol Prices Reaches Close To INR 100 In Delhi
The petrol and diesel prices are rising to an all-time high in Delhi, with petrol currently priced at Rs 99.86 and diesel priced at Rs 89.36 per litre. The recent fuel hike took the price of petrol to Rs 105.92 per litre in Mumbai while the diesel priced at Rs 96.91 a litre. During the ongoing covid-19 pandemic where people have lost their jobs and companies shutting down, the fuel prices continue to soar across the country, with states crossing the Rs 100 mark. The petrol and diesel rates differ from state to state, depending upon the value-added tax.
Navjot Singh Sidhu Promises 300 Units Of Free Electricity Ahead Of Punjab Elections
All the political parties are gearing up for the upcoming assembly elections in Punjab and making promises to the people. After Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP promised 300 units of free electricity, Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu pledged 300 units of free electricity for each household in Punjab if his party comes to power in the next assembly elections. Sidhu took to Twitter and wrote: “Punjab already provides 9000 crore subsidy but we must do more for domestic and industrial consumer giving power at Rs 3-5 per unit instead of surcharge inflated Rs 10-12 per unit, along 24-hour supply with no power-cuts and free power (upto 300 units)..It is definitely achievable.” Congress leader Sidhu locked horns with the Delhi government and said that instead of copying the Delhi model, his state needs an original Punjab model and not a copied model. Adding further, he said that if Punjab replicates the Delhi model, it will only get Rs 1,600 Rs Rs 2000 crore as subsidy.
Punjab already provides 9000 Crore Subsidy but we must do more for Domestic & Industrial consumer giving power at Rs 3-5 per unit instead of surcharge inflated Rs 10-12 per unit, along 24-hour supply with No Power-Cuts & Free Power (Upto 300 Units).. It is definitely achievable.
— Navjot Singh Sidhu (@sherryontopp) July 4, 2021
Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami Attends His First Cabinet Meeting
Pushkar Singh Dhami, who recently took oath as the Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, chaired his first cabinet meeting on Sunday. In his briefings to the media, Dhami said: “I have been working among youngsters, and I understand the issues very well. Covid-19 has impacted their livelihood. We will try to make the situation better for them and will try to appoint youngsters for the vacant posts in the state,” Pushkar Singh Dhami is a two-time MLA from Khatima constituency who became the youngest Chief Minister of Uttarakhand on Sunday. He was appointed as the 11th Chief Minister of Uttarakhand. 11 BJP legislators also took oath as the state cabinet ministers along with Dhami. Before Pushkar Singh Dhami., Tirath Singh Rawat was serving as the CM of Uttarakhand.
उत्तराखंड प्रदेश के मुख्यमंत्री के रूप में दी गई जिम्मेदारी लिए मैं माननीय प्रधानमंत्री श्री @narendramodi , पार्टी अध्यक्ष श्री @JPNadda जी, केंद्रीय गृहमंत्री श्री @AmitShah जी और राष्ट्रीय नेतृत्व व प्रदेश नेतृत्व का हृदय की गहराइयों से आभार प्रकट करता हूं। pic.twitter.com/sWU4ofkUbz
— Pushkar Singh Dhami (@pushkardhami) July 4, 2021
Rooftop Stories Attracted Harshvardhan Rane To Sign Haseen Dillruba
Actor Harshvardhan Rane who featured in the newly released Netflix Film Haseen Dillruba, said that rooftop stories are an integral part of a small town, and that’s what attracted him to sign the film. Haseen Dillruba is a romantic thriller and also stars Taapsee Pannu and Vikrant Massey. Harshvardhan Rane is best known for his role in the TV series Left Right Left, romantic drama film Sanam Teri Kasam and Taish. Speaking to PTI, Rane said: “The only responsibility I feel I have is to grow with every work. I want to get more good work, and if I get good work, I will try and give my best to it. But I believe that too much planning is useless,” Adding that the character he played in Haseen Dillruba is very different from the roles he had played before, he said: “I generally get straight characters who are completely in love with the girl. This role had impulsiveness, and my role is of a free-flowing guy, which l liked a lot. For the longest time, the viewers liked only good characters, but people are now braver and showing the darkness as well. Kanika and Vinil’s expertise is in grey characters, and that’s there in all three characters in the film,”
Actor Filmmaker Tinnu Anand Reveals That Rishi Kapoor Refused To Work With Amitabh Bachchan For Even A Day
Tinnu Anand, who made his directorial debut with the 1979 film Duniya Meri Jeb Mein, has revealed the struggles that he went through after getting two megastars Rishi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan, for his film. Narrating the experience, Anand said: “My brother Bittu was a producer, and we were not financially secure to make a film like Duniya Meri Jeb Mein. So, we had to listen to the whims and fancies of the actors. Like when I told Rishi Kapoor that I was going to narrate the story to Amitabh Bachchan, he was very happy. That night he went to a party of the film Zinda Dil, and when his cameraman-director Sudarshan Nag asked him what was he feeling so happy about, he told him that the next day he and Amitabh would sign on the dotted line to act in Tinnu’s film,” Adding further, Tinnu said: “Nag asked him if it was about a trapeze act, and when Rishi confirmed it was, they told him it would be foolish to do the film if Amitabh was going to be a part of it. The next morning my brother got a call from him. He wanted us to cast someone else as Rishi was convinced that Amitabh had a better role than him, and since he played a handicapped character, he would gain sympathy. We were in a quandary,” Tinnu also said that Rishi even suggested his uncle’s name Shashi Kapoor as the replacement of Amitabh Bachchan.
Sonam Kapoor Ahuja Opens Up About The Pay Disparity In Bollywood
Anil Kapoor’s daughter Sonam Kapoor Ahuja recently opened up about her take on the pay disparity existing in Bollywood. While talking to Mid-Day, Sonam said: “The pay gap is ridiculous. I can stand up to it, but then I don’t get those roles, and I’m okay with that. I can afford to do that. I realized over the past two or three years that I have no right to judge anybody. I’m privileged, so making difficult choices isn’t really f**king difficult.” Sonam is currently gearing up for her next film, Blind, directed by Shome Makhija and produced by Sujoy Ghosh, Manisha W, Sachin Nahar, Hyunwoo Thomas Kim, Avishek Ghosh and Pinkesh Nahar.
Dinesh Karthik Apologizes For His Sexist Comments Which He Made During The Second ODI Between Sri Lanka And England
Indian cricket player Dinesh Karthik apologized for the sexiest comments he made during his commentary duties in the second ODI between Sri Lanka and England, wherein he compared cricket bats and neighbours’ wives. The former skipper had said: “Batsmen and not liking bats, they go hand in hand. Most of the batters don’t seem to like their bats. They either like another person’s bat. Bats are like a neighbour’s wife. They always feel better,” Following the sexist comment, Karthik received a black lash on social media and was criticized heavily for his remarks. On Sunday, Karthik apologized for his remarks and said: “I want to apologize for what happened last game. It’s not really what I intended. I just got it all wrong. I apologize to everybody. It’s definitely not the right thing to say. I am really sorry that it shouldn’t happen again. I got a lot of stick from my wife and my mum for saying that,”