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Headlines: India Reports 40,120 Covid-19 Cases; Highest Recovery Rate Achieved

Covid-Bulletin: India Reports 40,120 Covid-19 Cases; Highest Recovery Rate Achieved

According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has reported 40,120 covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country is currently at 3,85,227, and active cases constitute 1.20% of total covid-19 cases reported in the country so far. India has achieved the highest recovery rate, currently, at 97.46%. Across the country, 3,13,02,345 patients have recovered from covid-19, with 42,295 patients recovering during the previous 24 hours. The weekly positivity rate remained below 5%, currently at 2.13%, and the daily positivity rate is presently at 2.04%. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, India has conducted 48.94 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 52.95 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far, under the nationwide vaccination drive. 

Maharashtra Government Puts The Decision Of Reopening Of Schools On Hold

The Maharashtra government, earlier, announced that schools could reopen in the state from 17th August, but after objections from the state’s task force on covid-19, the state government has taken a U-turn on its decision of reopening of schools. The state government had made detailed SOPs to restart classes in rural areas (class 5 to 12) and the urban regions (class 8 to 12), but after the task force unanimously opposed the decision, a cabinet decision was taken to put the reopening of school decision on hold. When asked about why the task force opposed the decision, one of its members said that proper infrastructure at schools, including checking temperature, wearing masks, putting sanitizers and soaps, are not in place. Besides that, children below the age of 18 are not vaccinated yet, and a third wave can impact them. However, Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad believes that since it has been more than a year that the schools are closed, cases of school dropouts, child marriages and child labour have increased significantly, and according to a survey conducted by the State Council of Educational Research, 81% of parents wants schools to open. 

FM Nirmala Sitharaman: ‘The Government Is Committed To Do Everything Required To Revive The Economy’

On Thursday, while addressing the annual session of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the central government is committed to do everything required to revive the economy. Adding that both government and the RBI will push growth and take all necessary steps to keep inflation in check, Nirmala Sitharaman said: “I am not looking at growth versus inflation. We shall attend to inflation and keep it contained, take all the necessary steps but never forget the fact that growth is that will make all the difference to economy’s survival,” The Finance Minister assured that the indications are coming in very clear which shows that the economy is reviving. Adding that the Indian industries should decide to expand, Nirmala Sitharaman said: “Indian industry is moving into totally new areas. It is time for the Indian industry to come around in a big way, and it is time to show its risk-taking capacity,”

Opposition And Government Exchanged Heated Words For Violence In Rajya Sabha 

The opposition and the government have been blaming each other for what happened in Parliament on Wednesday during the passage of the general insurance bill. On Thursday, the central government demanded that a high-level committee should review the videos of the chaotic proceedings of the Rajya Sabha and take decisive actions against MPs who indulged in violence. Terming the incident as ‘murder of democracy‘ Congress member Rahul Gandhi said: “We were not allowed to speak in Parliament. This is murder of democracy. This is the first time MPs have been attacked in the Parliament,” The Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Anurag Thakur, said: “The RS secretary general’s table is not meant for dancing and protesting. Anarchy from streets to Parliament is the opposition’s only agenda,” The Union Minister and Leader of House in Rajya Sabha, Piyush Goyal, claimed that the opposition leaders even tried to break a gate, a window pane was broken, and a woman security staff got injured in the ruckus. He urged the RS chairman to take strong action so that such acts of vandalism are not repeated in the house in future. 

USA Authorizes Covid Booster Doses To Thwart The Delta Variant Of Covid-19

The US government is struggling to thwart the delta variant of covid-19 and has authorized the use of an extra dose of covid vaccine for people who have a weakened immune system. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Janet Woodcock said: “The country has entered yet another wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the FDA is especially cognizant that immunocompromised people are particularly at risk for severe disease,” 

Afghanistan: Taliban captures Kandahar, Afghanistan’s Second-Largest City 

As the Taliban is advancing in Afghanistan, they have reportedly captured Herat and Kandahar, 2 vital cities of Afghanistan. After battles raging for weeks to defend the two cities, it seems like the Afghan security forces are collapsing, and police officers are deserted, with some even changing sides. In the ongoing tussle in Afghanistan, the Taliban is looking to capture Kabul, Mazar-e-Sharif, both cities strategically important to whosoever seeks to rule Afghanistan. India has issued an advisory to its roughly 1,500 residents living in Afghanistan, and the government has also asked all Indians to take commercial flights and return to India as the risk of kidnapping is high. Though the Indian embassy is still working in Kabul, India has a contingency plan ready. As per the latest development, the Afghan government has lost control over most of the country, and both Washington and London are planning to quickly pull out their embassy staff and other citizens from Kabul. The international community, including the United States, the European Union, China and Pakistan, in a joint statement, said that they would not recognize any government in Afghanistan which has been imposed through exercising military force. 

Dia Mirza Shares First Glimpses Of Her Son Avyaan Azaad Rekhi 

Bollywood celebrity Dia Mirza shared the first adorable glimpses of her son Avyaan Azaad Rekhi on the occasion of World Elephant Day. Dia wrote: “We are celebrating #WorldElephantDay (sic)” In the picture, the little boy can be seen wearing a cute onesie with elephant print on it. Dia Mirza was blessed with a baby boy on 14th May but announced the same on Instagram, two months later revealing that Ayaan was prematurely born. The actor explained the pain and joy of entering the new phase of her life and wrote: “To paraphrase Elizabeth Stone, ‘To have a child is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.’ These words perfectly exemplify Vaibhav & my feelings right now. Our heartbeat, our son Avyaan Azaad Rekhi was born on 14th May,” The actress tied the knot with Mumbai-based businessman Vaibhav Rekhi in February 2021. 

How The Cast Of ‘200 – Halla Ho’ Was Finalized? Director Sarthak Dasgupta Reveals It All!

Zee5 released the teaser of its original film ‘200 – Halla Ho’ a few days, giving the audience a glimpse of what the film is all about. Talking about how he finalized the cast for the film, director Sarthak Dasgupta said: “I would give the credit to my Producers for casting. They really worked hard to assemble this wonderful cast together. Like it should be, for us, each and every character was important. Each character has a specific role to play in the story’s dynamics. Hence we went through extensive auditions for each and every character. It was daunting initially. But slowly, everything fell in place,” The film features Amol Palekar, Sahil Khattar, Indraneil Sengupta, Saloni Batra and Upendra Limaye. The film revolves around 200 women who took a drastic step to seek justice and also uncovers the shocking events and circumstances that made them take such a step. 

The Wait Is Over – Chehre To Release On 27th August

The makers of the much-awaited film Chehre starring Emraan Hashmi, Amitabh Bachchan, Krystle D’Souza, Annu Kapoor, and Rhea Chakraborty will release on 27th August. Announcing the big news on social media, Amitabh Bachchan wrote: ‘CAUTION You have been warned! Be ready to #FaceTheGame, kyunki yeh ilzaam aap par bhi lag sakta hai. #Chehre, releasing on 27th August in cinemas near you,” The film is directed by Rumi Jaffrey and revolves around a business tycoon (Emraan Hashmi) and his complicated past. The movie marks the official comeback of female actor Rhea Chakraborty who has been away from movies after the Sushant Singh Rajput drug controversy. Chehre is produced by Anand Pandit Motions Pictures and Saraswati Entertainment Private Limited. 

England VS India: KL Rahul Unbeaten On 127; India On Top Against England

Indian cricketer KL Rahul with an unbeaten century of 127, placed India at a great place on the Day 1 of the 2nd test between India and England. With an impressive scoreboard of 276/3, India successfully placed its stumps on the first day at Lord’s. While Rohit Sharma made 83, KL Rahul gave a terrific 127. 

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