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Headlines: India Still Has Some Covid Says British High Commissioner To India

India Still Has Some Covid Says British High Commissioner To India

On Tuesday, India warned the UK of reciprocal action and also called out UK’s new travel rules as discriminatory and offensive. Amid the controversy of the UK enforcing strict rules for fully vaccinated Indians against covid-19 with Covishield, British High Commissioner to India, Mr Alex Ellis, said: “Even now, Covishield is only recognized if administered in one of the 17 “green-listed” countries — India is not part of this list. The question is, were you a ‘green listed’ country? On our list of 17 countries are mainly ‘green listed’ countries because they have very low levels of covid…India still has some Covid, as we know. That’s why it is on the ‘amber’ list,” The controversy got heated when British High Commission to India released a statement saying that the UK government still had doubts over the credibility of India’s Co-Win vaccination certificates. However, Mr Ellis clarified that the UK government is in no way doubting India’s vaccination drive and said: “We listen very carefully to what the Indian government says,” 

Covid-Bulletin: India Records 31,923 New Covid-19 Cases; Recovery Rate At 97.77%

According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has registered 31,923 new covid-19 cases. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 3,01,640, constituting 0.90% of the total covid-19 cases recorded in the country so far, which is the lowest in 187 days. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber active covid-19 cases, with registering 31,990 recoveries in the previous 24 hours, taking the total recoveries to 3,28,15,731. The daily and weekly positivity rate currently stands at 2.09% and 2.11% respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, India has conducted 55.83 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, the country has administered 83.39 crore covid-19 vaccine doses under the nationwide vaccination drive. 

Weather Update: Monsoon Likely To Intensify By Next Week Predicts IMD

According to the Indian Meteorological Department, the monsoon is likely to intensify more, with Uttarakhand and Eastern Uttar Pradesh recording widespread rain till Sunday. As per the weather department, a low-pressure area might form again over the northeast and the east-central Bay of Bengal on Friday. During the next 3 days, the monsoon trough might move west-north-westwards across north Madhya Pradesh as predicted by the IMD. However, rain is likely to decrease in Odisha and Gangetic West Bengal, but heavy rainfall is predicted in states including Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. 

CBI Exposes Major Scam In NEET Medical Exams

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has found a major scam going on in the NEET medical exams. After an uproar over many students committing suicide due to their results, the CBI sources started investigating the matter and found a scandal where proxies were used to clear the NEET medical entrance examinations and payment of Rs. 50 lakh per candidate was unearthed. In the scam, CBI charged a Maharashtra-based coaching centre RK Education Career Guidance, wherein candidates were charged as much as Rs 50 lakh in exchange for admission in government medical colleges. The CBI’s FIR stated: “Information revealed that Parimal Kotpalliwar solicits the aspiring candidates by offering them admission in top government medical colleges by adopting fraudulent means and unfair practices. The parents of prospective candidates have been contacted. They are being assured of admission in medical colleges by manipulating the process of examination being conducted by NEET by using proxy candidates.” As per some agency sources, arrests have been made. 

EAM: Taliban’s Commitment For Terrorism On Afghan Soil Must Be Implemented

On Wednesday, India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar addressed the G20 Foreign Ministers’ meet over the Afghanistan situation, which took place on the sidelines of the high-level 76th session of the UN General Assembly. Taking to Twitter, S. Jaishankar tweeted: “International community must come together in response to humanitarian needs. Assistance providers must be accorded unimpeded, unrestricted, and direct access. Taliban’s commitment not to allow the use of Afghan soil for terrorism in any manner should be implemented. The world expects a broad-based inclusive process that involves representation from all sections of Afghan society,” In August, the Taliban took control of Afghanistan and formed a new interim government

Bigg Boss 15: Rubina Dilaik, Shweta Tiwari And Gauahar Khan To Enter The House?

As per the latest reports, former winners of Bigg Boss, Rubina Dilaik, Shweta Tiwari, and Gauahar Khan, will enter the house as tribe leaders. In this season, all contestants will be living in different tribes, which will be led by the three former winners of Bigg Boss. The concept is similar to Bigg Boss 14 when Hina Khan, Gauahar Khan and Sidharth Shukla went inside the house as Toofani seniors. Sharing the update, Colors TV wrote: “Jald hi hone tribes reveal, Jinme se aapko chunna hoga apna favourite tribe. So stay tuned!” Bigg Boss 15 is all set to begin from 2nd October 2021 and will be hosted by Salman Khan. 

IPL 2021: Mumbai Indians And Kolkata Knight Riders All Set To Face Each Other Today 

Mumbai Indians is all set to take on the Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. With four wins and four defeats, Mumbai Indians are at fourth place in the IPL 2021 chart, and Kolkata Knight Riders are behind MI by two points. In the playing XI, captain Rohit Sharma is all set to make a comeback. However, Hardik Pandya might remain out of the line-up. In the last match with Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders defeated the team by 9 wickets; it would be interesting to see if KKR is able to maintain the momentum against MI as well. 

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