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Headlines: India Reports 39,361 Covid-19 Cases And 416 Deaths

Covid Bulletin: India Reports 39,361 Covid-19 Cases And 416 Deaths

According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, India reported 39,261 covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, with the present active caseload standing at 4,11,189. The country saw a jump in the daily positivity rate after it remained less than 3% for 34 consecutive days. The daily positivity rate currently stands at 3.41%, and the weekly positivity rate at 2.31%. India recorded 416 deaths taking the cumulative total to 4,20,967. Meanwhile, 35,968 more patients recovered in the previous 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries to 3,05,79,106. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has tested 45.74 crore samples for covid-19 so far. On the vaccination front, the country has administered 43.51 crore doses of covid-19 vaccine so far under the nationwide inoculation drive.

Kargil Vijay Diwas: Defence Minister Pays Tribute At National War Memorial

As India celebrates Kargil Vijay Diwas today, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt paid tribute to martyrs at National War Memorial today. Remembering the war heroes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: “We remember their sacrifices. We remember their valour. Today, on Kargil Vijay Diwas, we pay homage to all those who lost their lives in Kargil protecting our nation. Their bravery motivates us every single day. Also sharing an excerpt from last year’s Mann Ki Baat,” Gopichand Pandey, the father of late captain Manoj Pandey, said that he is proud of his son as he lived up to his responsibilities as an Army man. He also said that Kargil War was one of the toughest wars in the world, and the Indian Army fought hard to reclaim our peaks even though the enemies had an advantage of the altitude. During the Kargil War of 1999, Captain Pandey was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra for his courage and leadership. The Indian Army defeated Pakistan forces on 26th July 1999. Since then, the day is celebrated as Kargil Vijay Diwas to rekindle the valour of the Indian soldiers who took part in the war.

Delhi Government Relaxes Several Covid-19 Restrictions

After the capital reported a drop in the number of covid-19 cases and deaths, the Delhi government released a new set of guidelines announcing several relaxations on covid-19 guidelines. The relaxation measures will come into effect from today as per the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA). Delhi Metro and public buses will now operate with 100% capacity; Cinema halls, multiplexes and theatres can open with 50% capacity. Religious places and sports stadiums are allowed to open with no visitors and spectators, respectively. Spas can operate only if all employees are fully vaccinated. However, all schools, colleges and educational institutions will remain closed. According to the data released by the state’s health department, Delhi recorded 66 active covid-19 cases and 2 deaths on Sunday.

Hyderabad Hit By Magnitude 4.0 Earthquake

On Monday morning, Hyderabad was hit by a magnitude 4.0 earthquake as per the National Centre for Seismology. Informing about the same, The department tweeted: “Earthquake of Magnitude: 4.0, Occurred on 26-07-2021, 05: 00: 53 IST, Lat: 16:00 & Long: 78.22, Depth: 10 km, Location: 156 km S of Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh,” However, no casualties have been reported so far. Earlier, Rajasthan’s Bikaner region was hit by two earthquakes of magnitude 5.3 and 4.8 on 21st July and 22nd July respectively. Apart from Rajasthan, Meghalaya’s West Garo Hills was also hit by an earthquake of magnitude 4.1 on 21st July

9 Tourists Killed After Multiple Landslides In Himachal Pradesh

Multiple landslides triggered by heavy rainfall were reported in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. 9 tourists were killed, including a local resident, after heavy boulders fell on their tempo traveller during multiple landslides. Abid Hussain Sadique, Deputy Commissioner (Kinnaur), said that the incident took place on Sunday afternoon after a bridge collapsed and damaged vehicles on the Batseri-Sangla road. Prime Minister Modi expressed condolences over the death of people and said that all necessary arrangements are being made for the treatment of those who are injured and announced an ex-gratia of INR 2 lakh each for the next of the kin of the deceased and INR 50,000 to the injured from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund. Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur also expressed his grief over the deaths and asked the administration to immediately start the rescue operations. Speaking about the same, he tweeted: “I spoke to the Kinnaur district administration and inquired about the accident. The administration has started rescue operation… I pray to God for speedy recovery of the injured,” 

Congress Leaders Give Adjournment Motion In Lok Sabha Over Pegasus Row

On Monday, Congress leaders Manish Tewari and Manickam Tagore gave adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha to discuss the Pegasus Project issue. Tewari wrote in the notice: “It should be noted that this kind of surveillance classifies as hacking, which is what a spyware does and it would very much qualify as ‘unauthorized interception’ or hacking as per Information technology Act, 2000,” Yesterday, CPI (M) leader and Rajya Sabha MP John Brittas said that snooping on politicians, journalists and activists by the spyware Pegasus is a violation of fundamental rights while adding that the central government has not cared to investigate the matter. The MP has approached the Supreme Court seeking a court-monitored probe by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) over the Pegasus row. As per the reports published in The Wire, several Indian politicians, lawyers, journalists and activists were the potential targets for surveillance by an unidentified agency using the Israeli spyware Pegasus. 

Raj Kundra Pornography Case: Kundra’s Links To Other Adult Content Apps Being Investigated As Per Mumbai Police

New reports have emerged in the Raj Kundra pornography case, which suggests that the businessman’s links to several other adult content apps is being investigated. As per the reports, Kundra’s links to four other pornographic apps are now being investigated. Speaking about the same, an investigating officer said: “After Hotshots was removed from Apple and Google Play stores, we believe he set up a few other apps. We are now investigating it.” Over the weekend, the Crime Branch officials also raided Kundra’s office and found a ‘concealed’ cupboard. The Crime Branch has also seized Kundra, and Shilpa Shetty’s joint bank account after some suspicious international transactions come to the fore. Last week, the businessman was arrested by the Crime Branch in the adult film racket case and has been booked under Section 420, 34,292 and 293 of the Indian Penal Code. 

Ishaan Khattar And Mrunal Thakur To Start Filming For War Drama ‘Pippa’ 

The war drama ‘Pippa’ starring Ishan Khattar, Mrunal Thakur and Priyanshu Painyali was announced a while ago but shooting for the same is yet to commence. However, according to reports, the makers of Pippa are looking forward to start filming if conditions allow. The war drama is based on the 1971 Indian-Pakistan war and will include some intense action scenes. A source close to the development said: “The film, set against the backdrop of the 1971 India-Pakistan war, will require multiple levels of prep. The actors’ reading sessions will begin by mid-August.” The source added: “They not only have to fully familiarize themselves with the Battle of Garibpur that forms the crux of the story but also have to physically prep from the first week of August to do justice to the combat and war sequences on camera,” The film is directed by Raja Krishna Menon and based on the book ‘The Burning Chaffees’ authored by Brigadier Balram Singh Mehta.

Karan Johar: ‘It Was A Privilege To Bring The Story Of Kargil Hero Captain Vikram Batra’ 

Speaking about his latest release Shershaah, producer Karan Johar said: “This is not just a film for us, but an emotion. It is a story on the brave Param Vir Chakra (awardee) Captain Vikram Batra. We are very honoured that we had the privilege to tell the story,” During the Kargil War in 1999, Captain Batra had led the charges of his troops of the 13th battalion of the JAKRIF regiment of the Indian Army and was awarded with the Param Vir Chakra posthumously. The film is directed by Vishnuvardhan and jointly produced by Dharma Productions and Kaash Entertainment. Shershaah features Siddharth Malhotra, Pranay Pachuri, Himanshu Ashok Malhotra, Nikitin Dheer, Shiv Panditt and Raj Arjun. The film is set to release on 12th August exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. 

BCCI Announces Schedule For IPL 2021 

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Sunday, announced the schedule for the remaining of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, which will take place in the United Arab Emirates. The IPL will take place in the duration of 27 days, and a total number of 31 matches will be played. The remainder of IPL 2021 will resume on 19th September with a clash between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians. The final game of the league will be played between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals on 8th October. 

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