Headlines: India Reports Sharp Decline In Active Covid-19 Cases
Covid Bulletin: India Reports Sharp Decline In Active Covid-19 Cases
According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has recorded 30,093 covid-19
infections in the last 24 hours, which is the lowest in 4 months. As per the data, the case fatality rate currently stands at 1.33%. The country has recorded 499 deaths taking the total death count to 4,14,482. In a span of 24 hours, the country has seen a sharp decrease of 15,535 covid-19 cases. Meanwhile, the daily recoveries have outnumbered active covid-19 cases with a large margin as 45,254 patients recovered in the previous 24 hours. Currently, India's recovery rate increased to 97.23%, The daily positivity rate stands at 1.68%, and the weekly positivity rate is at 2.06%. On the vaccination front, India has administered 41,18,46,401 covid-19 vaccine doses so far.
Delhi, Haryana, UP And Adjoining Areas To Receive Heavy Rainfall Predicts IMD
As per the Indian Meteorological Department, areas including Delhi, NCR, and some parts of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh are likely to witness heavy rainfall
and thunderstorm. On Monday, several parts of Delhi NCR received heavy rainfall, which resulted in waterlogging, causing heavy traffic jams in Noida, Gurugram, and Delhi. The IMD said: "20/07/2021: 10:45 IST; Light to moderate intensity rain would occur over and adjoining areas of isolated places of North Delhi, South-East Delhi ( Bawana, Rohini, Kalkaji), NCR ( Faridabad, Loni Dehat, Hindon AF Station, Ghaziabad, Indirapuram, Noida, Greater Noida)."
Rahul Gandhi, Prashant Kishor, Ashwini Vaishnaw Among Pegasus List Says Report
After it was reported that the Spyware Pegasus
sold by the NSO group of Israel had been used to conduct surveillance on Indian ministers, opposition leaders, and journalists, a new report by The Wire has revealed that Congress member Rahul Gandhi, Railways, Communications and IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, Junior Jal Shakti Minister Prahlad Patel, Poll strategist Prashant Kishor and former Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa and Mamata Banerjee's nephew Abhishek Banerjee were allegedly targeted for surveillance by the Spyware. The Pegasus spyware is capable of extracting data from a phone. Around 1000 numbers are from India, and 300 out of them have been verified. The media portal also reported that at least two phone accounts used by Congress member Rahul Gandhi were on the leaked database. However, more details are awaited.
Monsoon Session In Parliament Turns Into A Stormy One
As the monsoon session of the Parliament began yesterday, Opposition leaders slogans prevented the introduction of new ministers
in the Lok Sabha. While hitting back at BJP's political rivals, PM Modi said: "I thought there would be enthusiasm in Parliament as so many women, Dalits, and tribals have become ministers. Perhaps some people are not happy. That is why they didn't even allow their introduction,"
Later Defence Minister Rajnath Singh objected and said that it was the first time that he had seen a Prime Minister not being allowed to introduce his new ministers. As the Congress MPs continued slogan-shouting despite repeated warnings from the speaker, the house was adjourned 2 times before it was adjourned for the day. Before the start of the session, PM Modi had urged all MPs and parties to ask tough questions but also allow the government to reply in a disciplined environment. On Tuesday evening, PM Modi has urged all the floor leaders to take time out as he is willing to provide detailed information regarding the pandemic.
The USA Eases Travel Advisory For India; Places India From Level 4 To Level 3
The United States
has improved the travel advisory for Indians and lowered it from Level 4 to Level 3. Earlier, the USA has restricted no travel to India, but now US citizens can reconsider travelling to India as it eased travel recommendations. Apart from India, the USA has improved travel advisory for Pakistan as well. The news came after the state department acknowledged the improvement of the covid-19 pandemic situation in both regions. Issuing a Level 3 health notice for India due to covid-19, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said: "Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine. Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC's specific recommendations for vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers,"
The last month's advisory was issued when India was struggling to cope with the deadly second wave of the pandemic and facing a shortage of oxygen and beds in hospitals. The USA has 4 travel advisory levels: Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions, Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution, Level 3: Reconsider Travel, Level 4: Do not Travel.
ADB Lowers India's Economic Growth Forecast For FY2022
The Asian Development Bank has lowered India's economic growth forecast from 11% to 10% for the current financial year
(FY2022), on account of the adverse impact of the covid-19 pandemic on the overall economy of the country. The multilateral funding agency in its Asian Development Outlook (ADO) supplement said: "Early indicators show economic activity resuming quickly after containment measures eased. The growth projection for FY2021 (ending March 2022), downgraded from 11 per cent in ADO 2021 to 10 per cent, reflects large base effects,"
The report also said that that the adverse impact of new waves is expected to be limited as businesses and consumers are better prepared than they were a year ago and would be able to adapt to the pandemic and containment measures.
Priyanka-Nick Celebrates 3 Blissful Years Of Togetherness; Shares Adorable Pictures Together
Celebrity couple Priyanka Chopra Jonas
and Nick Jonas are celebrating three years of togetherness and treated their fans by sharing some adorable pictures together. Priyanka wrote: "My everything.. 3 years today. Seems like a blink and a lifetime at the same time. I love you."
Nick also shared a heartwarming picture and wrote: "3 years ago today."
On the professional front, Priyanka is currently busy shooting for Citadel, which is a spy thriller series co-starring Richard Madden. On the other hand, Nick is gearing up for Jonas Brothers' 2021 concert tour, which is set to kick off in Las Vegas and will be making its final stop in Los Angeles.
Businessman Raj Kundra Arrested For Allegedly Making Pornographic Films
Businessman and Shilpa Shetty's
husband, Raj Kundra, was arrested on Monday night by the Mumbai Police for allegedly making pornographic films and publishing them through mobile applications. News agency ANI tweeted: "Businessman Raj Kundra has been arrested by the Crime Branch in a case relating to the creation of pornographic films & publishing them through some apps. He appears to be the key conspirator. We have sufficient evidence regarding this: Mumbai Police Commissioner."
The CP Mumbai said: “There was a case registered with Crime Branch Mumbai in February 2021 about the creation of pornographic films and publishing them through some apps. We’ve arrested Mr Raj Kundra in this case on 19/7/21 as he appears to be the key conspirator of this. We have sufficient evidences regarding this. The investigation is in progress, please."
On 4th February 2021, a case was registered at the Malwani Police Station in Mumbai after a woman approached the police and made some allegations against Kundra.
Ek Duaa's Trailer Released; Esha Deol Makes A Comeback After 9 Years
Bollywood celebrity Esha Deol is all set to make a comeback in the Hindi film industry
after 9 years with her upcoming film 'Ek Duaa'. The film also marks the debut of Esha as a producer. Directed by Ram Kamal Mukherjee, the film revolves around gender discrimination and a society that discriminates between sons and daughters. Esha says in the trailer: "Yeh Allah ki den hai, iske baare mein faislay karne wale hum kaun hote hai,”
The film will have a digital release on 26th July 2021 exclusively on Voot Select. Esha Deol took a long break from Bollywood and was last seen in the 2012 film Cakewalk.
India All Set To Take On Sri Lanka In 2nd ODI Today
After India defeated Sri Lanka in the 1st One Day International match on Sunday, people are keeping high expectations from the Indian team and hoping that it would defeat Sri Lanka in the 2nd ODI, which is scheduled to take place today in Colombo. On Sunday, Indian captain Shikhar Dhawan and player Ishan Kishan played a terrific match and hit half-centuries for India. The Indian team management is now expecting the Shikhar Dhawan-led side to take an unassailable lead in the three-match series. Here is the complete squad for today:
India: Shikhar Dhawan (c), Prithvi Shaw, Ishan Kishan, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Chetan Sakariya, Sanju Samson, Krishnappa Gowtham, Nitish Rana, Navdeep Saini, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rahul Chahar, Varun Chakravarthy, Devdutt Padikkal.
Sri Lanka: Avishka Fernando, Minod Bhanuka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Isuru Udana, Dushmantha Chameera, Lakshan Sandakan, Pathum Nissanka, Akila Dananjaya, Ishan Jayaratne , Ramesh Mendis, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Asitha Fernando, Ashen Bandara, Praveen Jayawickrama, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Lahiru Udara, Shiran Fernando.