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Headlines: India Reports 18,000+ Covid-19 Cases; Recovery Rate At 97.81%

Covid-Bulletin: India Reports 18,000+ Covid-19 Cases; Recovery Rate At 97.81%

According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has registered 18,795 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country stands at 2,92,206, constituting 0.87% of the total covid-19 cases reported in the country so far. The country has reported less than 20,000 covid-19 cases after 201 days. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber active covid-19 cases by a considerable margin, with recording 26,030 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The total recoveries in the country stand at 3,29,58,002. The daily and weekly positivity rate currently stands at 1.42% and 1.88% respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 56.57 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 87.07 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive. 

WHO’s Nod For Covaxin Might Get Delayed By Few More Weeks

The World Health Organization’s nod for Hyderabad -based Bharat Biotech made Covaxin might get delayed by few more weeks. This comes after the health body raised some questions about Covaxin, which has been sent to Bharat Biotech for further clarifications. Speaking about the same, a source close to the development said: “It’s the usual process. Experts raise queries, which need to be answered by the company,” When asked if the new questions will delay the approval process, the source said: “No, it should not be delayed… Maybe a few weeks,” The approval for Covaxin is extremely important for medical tourists, business travellers, and students who have international plans. Under the nationwide vaccination drive, India has administered over 9.28 crore doses of Covaxin. In July, Bharat Biotech’s co-founder Suchitra Ella had tweeted: “We are working closely with the World Health Organization for the inclusion of Covaxin in its Emergency Use Listing. Approval from WHO is not expected to be a long-drawn process as the cell line and majority of our facilities have already been audited and approved by WHO for our other vaccines in the past,”

Petrol, Diesel Prices Rose After 2 Months In All Four Metro Cities

After 2 long months, petrol and diesel prices rose across all four metropolitan cities in the country on Tuesday. In Delhi, the petrol price rose by Rs 0.20, standing at Rs. 101.39 per litre, while diesel saw a hike of Rs. 0.25, standing at Rs. 89.57 per litre. In Mumbai, the petrol price rose by Rs 0.21, standing at Rs. 107.47 per litre, while diesel saw a hike of Rs. 0.27, standing at Rs. 97.21 per litre. In Kolkata, the petrol price rose to Rs. 101.87 after a hike of Rs. 0.25 and diesel price rose to Rs. 92.97 per litre with a hike of Rs. 0.25. In Chennai, the petrol price witnessed a hike of Rs. 0.19, standing at Rs. 99.15 per litre, and diesel prices stands at Rs. 94.17 with a hike of Rs. 0.24. Rates of fuel prices differ from state to state on the basis of value-added tax. 

Rajasthan: Marriage Amendment Bill 2021 Sparks Huge Uproar In The State

After the Marriage Amendment Bill 2021 was passed in the assembly last week, the bill sparked a massive uproar in the state by NGOs and social groups who are working against child marriage and vouching for women’s rights. The bill has trapped the Ashok Gehlot-led government in Rajasthan in a huge controversy because the bill mentions that all marriages, including minors, should be registered with the government. The bill says that in the case of minors, their parents or guardians should register the marriages. Now the question arrives, is the Rajasthan government giving backdoor legitimacy to child marriages through the Marriage Amendment Bill 2021? The Rajasthan government has, in its defence, said that it is following a Top Court directive that says that all marriages should be registered with the state government and securing the rights of children born out of child marriages and child widows. Kriti Bhati, a social activist who has herself stopped 1,500 child marriages, said: “Women are considered like property, and men have a right over their women in our society. By allowing the registration of child marriages, you are further putting a stamp on it. You are also endorsing sexual offences with minors, teenage pregnancy and a host of other problems,” The 2015-2016 survey of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) shows that the rate of child marriages in Rajasthan has come down from 65% to 35%. However, some activists say that the percentage is less because child marriages don’t come under the government radar. 

Defence Research And Development Organization (DRDO) Tests New Version Of Akash Prime Missile 

The Defence Research And Development Organization, has successfully tested a new version of surface to air missile Akash Prime missile. The test was conducted from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, Odisha. Informing about the test, a statement from DRDO said: “In comparison to the existing Akash System, Akash Prime is equipped with an indigenous active Radio Frequency (RF) seeker for improved accuracy. Other improvements also ensure more reliable performance under low temperature environment at higher altitudes,” The DRDO also noted that during the test, the missile intercepted and destroyed an unmanned aerial target. 

Bigg Boss OTT: Shamita Shetty Was Conscious About Cameras Says Devoleena Bhattacharjee

After a successful 1st season of Bigg Boss OTT, Bigg Boss 15 is all set to begin from 2nd October 2021 with actor Salman Khan. While speaking to an entertainment news portal, former Bigg Boss contestant Devoleena Bhattacharjee spoke about Shamita Shetty’s performance in Bigg Boss OTT, who emerged as the 2nd runner-up of the Karan Johar hosted -show. Talking about it, Devoleena said: “Mujhe, honestly as a viewer, OTT mein unka game itna aacha nahi laga (I didn’t like her game on Bigg Boss OTT). I personally felt that she was more conscious about the cameras or I don’t know what. Kahi na kahi muje lagta hai ki humesha Bigg Boss mein real contestants aache lagte hai – woh bhale kuch aacha kare ya bura kare (I prefer contestants who are real, regardless of how they perform). Shamita disappointed me. Bigg Boss 15 mai maybe woh alag ho (She might be different on Bigg Boss 15).” Meanwhile, Bigg Boss OTT contestants Pratik Sehajpal, Shamita Shetty and Nishant Bhat are all set to enter the Bigg Boss house once again. 

Sardar Udham Teaser Out: Vicky Kaushal Ready To Take Avenge For India’s Most Gruesome Tragedy

On the eve of Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s birth anniversary, actor Vicky Kaushal dropped the teaser of the film Sardar Udham based on the life of Sardar Udham Singh, who just had one mission in his life – to avenge India’s most gruesome tragedy. Setting the tone right for an engaging tale of a patriot and sharing the teaser on Instagram, Vicky wrote: “On the birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, I’m proud to bring to you the story of his ally- Sardar Udham Singh- one man, many aliases, one mission. Presenting the teaser of #SardarUdham,” The film Sardar Udham is directed by Shoojit Sircar and produced by Rising Sun Films in collaboration with Kino Works. 

Virat Kohli And Rohit Sharma Might Open The Innings In T20 World Cup Together

In the ongoing Indian Premier League 2021, Virat Kohli scored back-to-back half-centuries, which is a good sign for the Indian team, says former selector Saba Karim. During a podcast on YouTube, Saba Karim said: “It looks like Virat Kohli might open the innings in the T20 World Cup. He seems to be enjoying this role. He has hit back-to-back half-centuries. He is scoring runs at a good strike-rate. His concept is good, he knows which shots to play and what risks to take,” The former selector feels that Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma pairing would be perfect to open the innings in T20 World Cup, which is slated to begin from 17th October 2021. 

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