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Headlines: India Reports 28,204 Covid-19 Cases; Lowest In 147 Days

Covid Bulletin: India Reports 28,204 Covid-19 Cases; Lowest In 147 Days

According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has reported a sharp decline in active covid-19 cases with recording 28,204 covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active cases constitute 1.21% of total cases, which is the lowest since March 2020. With the recovery rate standing at 97.45%, India has achieved the highest recovery rate as of now. In the previous 24 hours, 41,511 more patients have recovered, taking the total recoveries to 3,11,80,968. The weekly positivity rate remained below 5%, currently at 2.36% and the daily positivity rate currently at 1.87%. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, India has conducted 48.32 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, the country has administered 51.45 crore covid-19 vaccine doses under the nationwide vaccination drive. 

India Highlights The Primacy Of The UNCLOS At UNSC Session, Overcoming China’s Resistance

The United Nations Security Council session headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi focused on the primacy of the UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea). On Monday, Indian Prime Minister Modi chaired the first-ever independent discussion on maritime security at the UNSC. In the event, PM Modi said that a joint effort is needed to deal with maritime issues, and the UNSC needs to develop a road map for international maritime security, which was welcomed by all participants. The session was attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and China’s Deputy Permanent Representative Dai Bing. The meeting also saw Chinese officials lashing out at Japan for emptying Fukushima waters into the Pacific and asked that ASEAN countries need to work out a code of conduct. Even though the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruled out in 2016 that what China is doing in the South China Sea is illegal, Beijing has continued its activities which have sparked tensions. Apart from UNCLOS, PM Modi’s effort SAGAR (Security and Growth for All in the Region) and IPOI (Indo-Pacific Oceans’ Initiative) was also discussed in the UNSCE session as per a source. 

Congress MP Ripun Bora Gives Suspension Notice In Parliament Amid Rising Fuel Prices

Congress MP Ripun Bora on Tuesday morning gave a suspension of business notice at the Rajya Sabha under rule 267 amid rising fuel prices in the country. The notice submitted by the MP read: “Under rule 267 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Rajya Sabha, I hereby give notice of my intention to move a motion for suspension of business of the house today for the purpose of discussing a definite matter of urgent importance, namely; the skyrocketing prices of petrol, diesel, LPG gas and other essential commodities including medicine have gone unabated and the government failed to control it,” The notice added: “As a result, the people of this country of all walks of life have been facing untold sufferings in their day-to-day life. Therefore this house should agree to discuss the issue of skyrocketing prices of petrol, diesel, LPG gas, and other essential commodities, including medicine today, by suspending all the business of the house listed for today,” The fuel prices across the country continue to soar and have even crossed the Rs 100 mark in many states. The costs of LPG gas has doubled in the last 7 years. 

World Lion Day: PM Modi Lauds India’s Effort To Conserve Asiatic Lions

World Lion Day is celebrated on 10th August every year to raise awareness about the declining population of Lion and the need for conservation. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List, Lions are vulnerable species. Meanwhile, last year in June, India achieved a milestone by recording one of the highest growth rates of 28.87%, taking the population of Asiatic Lions from 523 to 674 in the last 5 years after the previous population estimation done in 2015. Taking to Twitter, PM Narendra Modi said: “The lion is majestic and courageous. India is proud to be home to the Asiatic Lion. On World Lion Day, I convey my greetings to all those passionate about lion conservation. It would make you happy that the last few years have seen a steady increase in India’s lion population,” Multiple strategies have been implemented to increase the number of Asiatic Lions in the country, which has led to the current conservation success. 

Delhi Issue SOPs For Re-opening Of Schools From 10th To 12th Class

The Delhi government issued SOPs (Standard Operating Procedure) for a partial reopening of schools for classes 10th-12th in the national capital. The schools in Delhi will partially resume classes, and students can visit the school for admission-related work, including practical activities related to board exams and counselling sessions as per the orders issued by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority on Sunday. The Directorate of Education also issued appropriate guidelines so that covid-friendly behaviour is followed and children’s safety is ensured. The SOPs stated that all the laboratories, toilets, drinking water, libraries and classrooms should be thoroughly sanitized. A written consent has to be obtained from the parents of the children who are visiting the school. The directive added that proper thermal screening should be done on the school gate, and if any student or teacher has symptoms of cough, cold or fever, they shall not be allowed to enter the school premises. The education department also said that online classes would continue to operate, and if someone wishes to study online, they will be allowed to do so. After witnessing a deadly second wave of the covid-19 pandemic, Delhi has been recording a downward trend in active cases. 

Australia Rejects To Adopt More Targets Of Climate Change; Says It Is Doing Enough 

After a landmark UN climate report suggested and warned that catastrophic global warming is occurring more quickly than predicted, Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison signalled that he would not adopt a net-zero target. He said: “Australia is doing its part; I won’t be signing a blank cheque on behalf of Australians to targets without plans,” Since Australia is one of the world’s largest fossil fuel exporters and victims of multiple climate-worsened disasters, the country is at the forefront of the global climate crisis. In recent years, the country has witnessed many disasters, including drought, bushfires, floods and coastal erosion, but PM Morrison has rejected calls even from allies such as the USA to adopt a target of reducing or offsetting carbon emissions. Instead, he suggested taking a different step for solving the climate crisis and said: “We need to take a different approach. We need to focus on the technological breakthroughs that are necessary to change the world and how we operate,” Australia has one of the highest rates of emissions per capita across the globe. Mark Howden of Australian National University, one of the UN panel’s authors, said: “If we don’t start to reduce our emissions significantly before 2050, the world is extremely likely to exceed two degrees Celsius of warming during the 21st century,”

PC, Alia Bhatt, Katrina Kaif To Feature Together In Farhan Akhtar’s Jee Le Zaraa 

After giving terrific films Dil Chahta Hai, and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Farhan Akhtar is all set to give us yet another road trip, but this time a girl gang kinda road trip and what better combo than Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Katrina Kaif and Alia Bhatt to feature in it. One of the biggest announcements of 2021, the film ‘Jee Le Zaraa’, is being written by Zoya Akhtar, Farhan Akhtar and Reema Kagti and will go on floors in 2022 and will be releasing in 2023. Setting Twitter on fire, Akhtar wrote: “Did someone say road trip? Thrilled to announce my next film as director and what better day than 20 years of Dil Chahta Hai to do it. #JeeLeZaraa with @priyankachopra ,#KatrinaKaif ,@aliaa08 will commence filming in 2022, and I cannot wait to get this show on the road,” 

Bachpan Ka Pyaar Fame Sahdev Dirdo Teams Up With Badshah 

The Bachpan Ka Pyaar fame Sahdev Dirdo took the Instagram reels by storm with his quirky song, so much so that he was felicitated by Chhattisgarh CM and also made an appearance on Indian Idol. Now, the boy will be making a full-fledged debut with Badshah, who is quite impressed by the viral boy’s voice. On Monday, Badshah posted the teaser of his upcoming video with Sahdev Dirdo and announced that the full song would release on 11th August. 

Kareena Kapoor Khan Turns Producer For Hansal Mehta’s Gritty Thriller

Bollywood celebrity Kareena Kapoor Khan after being in the Hindi film industry for more than 2 decades, has finally decided to step into the producer’s shoes for Hansal Mehta’s untitled directorial venture. The film is extra special for Kareena as it’s her first venture after the birth of her second son Jehangir aka Jeh. Speaking about the same, she said: “I’m honoured to work as a producer on this film with Ekta. I am a huge fan of Hansal’s movies, and to work with him for the first time will be special. This film marks a lot of firsts,” Meanwhile, Hansal Mehta, on working with Kareena, said: “Our aim is to create a gripping thriller and moody thriller with Kareena playing a character that I hope will do justice to her talent as an actor,” Apart from Kareena Kapoor Khan, the film will also be produced by Ekta Kapoor. 

India’s Olympic Medal Winners Felicitated By The Government Of India In A Grand Ceremony

India’s Olympic medal winners were honoured with a grand welcome by the Indian government at a felicitation ceremony held in New Delhi after the players returned from Tokyo. At the ceremony, the players were honoured with mementoes and shawls by the sports minister, Anurag Thakur. The men’s hockey team captain Manpreet Singh said: “It feels great. I would like to thank the government, SAI and IOA for helping us during our quarantine time. They gave us all the support,” Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain said: “I am very happy to be back home. I knew India is very happy but after coming back here, to get this love first hand, it feels really nice. I would try to do my best for more such medals,” The ceremony was missed by PV Sindhu and Mirabai Chanu since they arrived earlier and are currently in their hometown. 

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