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Headlines: India Reports A Slight Increase In Active Covid-19 Cases

Covid Bulletin: India Reports A Slight Increase In Active Covid-19 Cases

According to the data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has reported 45,951 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours with taking the cumulative tally to 3,03,62,848. With 817 more people succumbing to death, the fatality rate in the country has reached 3,98,454. The recoveries have crossed 2.94 crores. As of Monday, a total of 40,81,39,287 samples have been tested for covid-19, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to surpass the active covid-19 cases as 60,789 people recovered in the last 24 hours.

Delhi Records The Highest Temperature This Year At 43 Degree Celsius

The capital has recorded the highest temperature this year so far at 43 degrees Celsius. Areas such as Ridge Road, Pusa Road and Lodhi Road witnessed a severe heatwave. A wave is termed a heatwave when the maximum temperature is more than 40 degrees Celsius and at least 4.5 notches above normal. The head of the IMD’s regional forecasting centre, Kuldeep Srivastava, said: “Usually, the capital witnesses heat waves till June 20. The increase in the maximum temperature this time can be attributed to the delay in the arrival of the monsoon,” A similar heatwave is predicted in the capital on Wednesday as well. The Indian Meteorological Department had predicted the arrival of monsoon earlier this year, but there have been no signs of rainfall in the last three days; instead, warm westerly winds are blowing across a major part of northwestern India.

India Identifies The Technology To Tackle Rogue Drones In Jammu & Kashmir

India is ready to counter the terror attack done on an Indian Military facility with two blasts at the Air Force base on Sunday that is believed to be the first drone attack on the country. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meet with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, and said that India has identified the technology to tackle the drone attacks and will come up with a comprehensive counter-drone policy to avoid terror attacks like the one on Sunday. A senior official said: “Across the North-Western sector (Jammu & Kashmir and Punjab), regular deployment of a counter-drone system is needed. A comprehensive policy in the national interest is being worked out,” The central government has given a go-ahead to the Indian Air Force as the nodal agency to deal with such technology. The deployment models will include electro-optical and infrared cameras, GPS spoofers, RF jammers, drone catching nets, lasers, radars and radio frequency detectors.

National Institute Of Health Says That India’s Covaxin Neutralizes Both Alpha And Delta Variant

The United States’ National Institute of Health has said that Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin has been found to effectively neutralize the Alpha and Delta variant of covid-19. Bharat Biotech developed the Covaxin in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research has been administered to around 25 million people in India. The top American health research institute said that the results of two studies of blood serum from people who received Covaxin suggest that the vaccine was able to generate antibodies to neutralize the effect of the Alpha (B.1.1.7) and the Delta (B.1.617) variant of covid-19. The Alpha and the Delta variant were first identified in the United Kingdom and India, respectively. Covaxin has been made from a dead form of SARS-CoV-2 that cannot replicate itself but stimulates the immune system to produce antibodies against the covid-19 virus.

The PMFME Scheme Under The Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan Completes One Year

The Pradhan Mantri Formalisation of Micro Food Processing Enterprise Scheme under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan has completed one year of its implementation on Tuesday. The Ministry of Food Processing Industries, in its release, said: “The centrally sponsored Pradhan Mantri Formalisation of Micro Food Processing Enterprises (PMFMF) scheme launched under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, to enhance the competitiveness of existing individual micro-enterprises in the unorganized segment of the food processing industry and promote fertilization of the sector, marks the completion of its one year,” The scheme was launched on 29th June 2020 and is under implementation in 35 states and union territories. More than 9000 people registered for the scheme, and 3500 out of them have been successfully roped into the scheme. The PMFMF scheme consists of One District One Product (ODOP) which has been approved by the Ministry of Food Processing Industries for 707 districts for 35 states and UTs and including 137 unique products as per the recommendation by all states and UTs.

Hong Kong Has Arrested 117 People Under The National Security Law

The Hong Kong authorities have arrested 117 people in a year after imposing the National Security Law. The authorities have mostly charged activists, journalists, students and democratic politicians. After violent pro-democracy protests took place in Hong Kong, Beijing imposed the security law on 30th June 2020 to end the unrest. Under the law, any act that is considered to be secession, terrorism, collusion with foreign forces, or subversion by China will be punishable and may lead to life imprisonment. The high profile arrest that has taken place under the National Security Law is of the media tycoon and ardent Beijing critic Jimmy Lai in August 2020. Lai is in prison, serving many sentences for the 2019 protests.

Sheer Qorma Wins The Best Short Film Audience Award At Connecticut LGBT Film Festival

Directed by Faraz Ari Ansari and starring Shabana Azmi, Divya Dutta and Swara Bhaskar, Sheer Qorma has bagged the Best Short Film Audience Award at 34th Connecticut LGBT Film Festival. Sharing the news of Tuesday, Ansari wrote: “WE WON! #SheerQorma wins the BEST SHORT FILM, Audience Award at the 34th Connecticut LGBT Film Festival @OutFilmCT. Out of 83 short films in competition from over the world, we received the highest audience score,” The short film talks about a story of love and acceptance and based on the LGBTQ+ community. The film’s trailer was released last year, but no official date of the release has been confirmed yet.

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Filmmaker Karan Johar Announces A New Film Based On The Jallianwala Bagh Massacre

On Tuesday, filmmaker Karan Johar took to his official Twitter handle and announced his new project, which will finally reveal the truth behind the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre that happened on 13th April 1919. Making the announcement, he wrote: “This film unravels the legendary courtroom battle that Sankaran fought against the British Raj to uncover the truth about the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre. Sankaran Nair’s bravery ignited the freedom struggle across the country and is a testament to the power of fighting the truth. (sic)” The film is an adaptation of the book ‘The Case That Shook The Empire’ written by author Raghu Palat, the great-grandson of Sanskaran Nair and his wife Pushpa Palat. Directed by Karan Singh Tyagi, the film will go on floors shortly and the lead cast will be announced soon. On the work front, Karan Johar has many projects lined up, including Dostana 2, Brahmastra, Sooryavanshi, Finding Anamika and Meenakshi Sundareshwar.

Mandira Bedi’s Husband Raj Kaushal Passes Away Aged 49 Due To Cardiac Arrest

Filmmaker and Mandira Bedi’s husband Raj Kaushal passed away on Wednesday morning following a cardiac arrest. The news shook his industry friends as he was last seen partying with Angad Bedi, Neha Dhupia and Ashish Chaudhary this Sunday. Kaushal was married to actor-TV presenter Mandira Bedi and had two children Vir and Tara. Several celebrities, including Rohit Roy, Divya Dutta, Boman Irani and Roshan Abbas, mourned the death of Raj Kaushal.

The T20 World Cup To Take Place From 17th October To 14th November In UAE and Oman

On Tuesday, the International Cricket Council, in its official release, said that the T20 World Cup would take place from 17th October to 14th November, confirming the same, it wrote: “The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 will be staged in the UAE and Oman due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation in India,” The T20 World Cup will now be played at four venues including Dubai International Stadium, The Sharjah Stadium, The Oman Cricket Academy Ground and the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. However, the Board of Control for Cricket In India will remain the host for the t20 World Cup.

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