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Headlines: Indian Men’s Hockey Team Wins Bronze; Ending A 41-Year Wait For Olympic Medal

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Indian Men’s Hockey Team Wins Bronze; Ending A 41-Year Wait For Olympic Medal

The Indian men’s hockey team created history after it defeated Germany (5-4) and secured a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics, ending a 41-year wait for an Olympic medal in hockey. The last time India secured an Olympic medal in hockey was in the 1980 Moscow games, where they got gold. Indian hockey players Hardik Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh, and Harmanpreet Singh got their names on India’s scoreboard sheet. With seconds left in the game and Germany being awarded a penalty shot, PR Sreejesh repelled the ball, and Indian players fell to the ground with the pure joy of finally securing an Olympic medal after 41 years. 

Covid-Bulletin: India Records 42,982 Covid-19 Cases; Slightly Higher Than Yesterday 

According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has reported 42,982 covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload is currently at 4,11,076; India’s active cases constitute 1.29% of total cases reported across the country. Meanwhile, 41,726 more patients have recovered between Wednesday and Thursday, taking the total recoveries to 3,09,74,748. The recovery rate of the country currently stands at 97.37%. The weekly positivity rate remains below 5%, currently at 2.37%. The daily positivity rate remained less than 3% for the last 10 days. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, India has conducted 47.48 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the inoculation front, the country has administered 48.93% of covid-19 doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive. 

AAP Government To Order A Magisterial Inquiry Into The Dalit Girl Rape & Murder Case

The alleged rape and murder case of a 9-year old Dalit girl has shaken the national capital. To add more, the girl was cremated without her family’s permission in Delhi’s cantonment area. Various politicians from different political parties, including CM Arvind Kejriwal, BJP Delhi chief Adesh Gupta and Congress member Rahul Gandhi visited the grieving family on Wednesday. The political parties blamed each other for the poor law and order situation in the capital. Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced financial support of INR 10 lakh to the family and said that a magisterial inquiry would be ordered in the case to punish the culprits. Referring to the poor law and order situation in Delhi, Kejriwal said: “There is a requirement to fir the law and order system in Delhi. I appeal to the central government that concrete measures be taken in this regard, and the Delhi government will fully cooperate with the centre in order to fix the law and order situation in the city,” The Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta also visited the family and ensured them that a police probe will be completed within 15 days and the case can be sent to a fast-track court. 

Sea Trials Of India’s First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) Begins

The sea trials of India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC) finally began on Wednesday. The IAC will be reincarnated as INS Vikrant when it will be commissioned in August 2022. The Indian Navy, while celebrating the proud moment, said: “Proud & historic day for India as the reincarnated #Vikrant sails for her maiden sea trials today, in the 50th year of her illustrious predecessor’s key role in victory in the #1971war Largest & most complex warship ever to be designed & built in India. Many more will follow,” The IAC was built at the Cochin shipyard for Rs 23,000 crore and will become operational after the flight trials of MH-60R multi-role helicopters, MiG-29K supersonic fighter jets and the indigenously manufactured advanced light helicopters (ALHs) are completed. The IAC will be commissioned as INS Vikrant, which was India’s first aircraft carrier and was acquired from the UK in 1961. INS Vikrant was decommissioned in 1997 and played a major role in the 1971 India-Pakistan war. Currently, India has only one aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya, which was acquired from Russia for $2.33 billion in 2013. 

Ayodhya Ram Mandir Likely To Open For Devotees By End Of 2023

The Ram temple situated in Ayodhya is likely to open by 2023 end after the five mandaps (halls) will be ready with the garbha griha (sanctum sanctorum). The entire temple, which occupies 110 acres, including the 66 acres granted by the top court, will be ready by 2025. The temple will include a museum with manuscripts and the entire legal history of the Ram mandir, which has been a disputed land from the time when India has ruled by the British administration. The final cost of the temple is around Rs 900-1000 crore and is likely to be open for the public a few months before the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. The main temple will have 3 floors and 5 mandaps, with a length of 360 feet and a width of 235 feet. The height of each floor is expected to be around 20 feet. Since it may take about 3 hours to reach the sanctum, the complex is developed in a way that one can see sites of interest while going to the inner part of the temple. The foundation stone ceremony of the Ram mandir took place in August 2020. 

PM Modi: Annulment Of Article 370 Bought Unprecedented Peace In J&K

On Thursday, Prime Minister Modi took to Twitter and said that it had been two years since the abrogation of Article 370 took place, and the decision has bought unprecedented peace in the Jammu & Kashmir region. The official account of Modi’s personal website tweeted: “A historic day. Two years ago, on this day, the first step towards a #NewJammuKashmir was taken. Since then, there has been unprecedented peace & progress in the region. Head to your voice section of volunteer module on NaMo App for informative content, graphics and more,” In August 2019, the central government revoked Article 370, which gave a special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu & Kashmir and bifurcated it into two union territories. 

Supreme Court To Hear Pleas Demanding SIT Probe Over Pegasus Row 

The Supreme Court is set to hear pleas seeking a court-monitored SIT prove into the Pegasus spyware issue. The bench hearing the petitions will be headed by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, which has been filed by journalists (N Ram, Sashi Kumar), Editors Guild of India, Rajya Sabha MP (John Brittas) and an advocate (ML Sharma). The Pegasus row has been hitting the headlines after reports suggested possible surveillance on Indian activists, lawyers, opposition leaders, and journalists has been done using the Israeli spyware Pegasus. The plea said that the surveillance using military-grade spyware violates the Right To Privacy, which was held as a fundamental right by the court in the KS Puttaswamy case. 

Love In The Air: Ajay Devgn Pens Heartwarming Note On Wife And Actor Kajol’s Birthday

Ajay Devgn and Kajol are undoubtedly the most loved and respected couple in Bollywood. As Kajol turns 47 today, husband and actor Ajay Devgn penned down an adorable note for his lady love and wrote: “You have managed to bring a smile to my face for the longest time now…Happy birthday dearest Kajol; will try to make it as special as you are @kajol.” The couple has been married for the last 22 years and has two kids Nysa and Yug. Both were last seen together in the 2020 film ‘Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior’. Earlier, while speaking to the Pioneer, Ajay said: “I had met Kajol once before we started shooting for Hulchul. Honestly, I wasn’t very keen to meet her after that. When you meet her for the first time, she comes across as a loud, arrogant and a very talkative person. Moreover, we were very different from each other in terms of personality. But, I guess what is meant to happen, happens.” On the professional front, Kajol was last seen in the Netflix film Tribhanga, and her upcoming projects include Sasi Lalitha and Rajkumar Hirani’s untitled project. 

Hansal Mehta’s Next To Depict The Holey Artisan Cafe Attack; Titled ‘Faraaz’

Bollywood filmmaker Hansal Mehta is all set for his next directorial venture ‘Faraaz’. On Wednesday, he announced his next film ‘Faraaz’, an action-thriller that will be depicting the Holey Artisan Cafe attack that shook Bangladesh in 2016. The film will be produced by T-Series, Benaras Mediaworks, Sahil Saigal Sakshi Bhatt and Mazahir Mandasaurwala. Speaking about the film, Mehta said: “Faraaz is a story of deep humanity and its ultimate triumph in the face of violent adversity. While it is based on true events, it is also a deeply personal story that I’ve held close to my heart for nearly three years.” The film will mark the debut of Zahan Kapoor. The Holey Artisan Cafe Attack took place in Bangladesh, where 5 young militants ravaged the cafe and held 50 people as hostages for nearly 12 hours. 

Shamita Shetty To Enter Bigg Boss OTT Amid Raj Kundra Pornography Case?

The Bigg Boss OTT is set to begin from 8th August with Karan Johar as the host. As per the latest development, actor Shilpa Shetty’s sister and actor Shamita Shetty is likely to enter the Bigg Boss OTT house. This comes after Shilpa’s husband, and businessman Raj Kundra has been hitting the headlines due to his alleged involvement in the adult film racket case. Other celebrities who will be locked in the Bigg Boss OTT house are Divya Agarwal, Zeeshan Khan, Karan Nath, Pavithra Lakshmi, Urfi Javed, Akshara Singh, Neha Bhasin, Neha Malik, Ridhima Pandit and Anushka Dandekar. The Bigg Boss OTT will be for six weeks on Voot, after which the show will move to Colors TV, where it will be hosted by actor Salman Khan. 

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