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S Jaishankar: India Will Stand By Afghans In This Hour Of Need

The External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, while giving a speech at a high-level UN meeting on the humanitarian crisis being faced by Afghanistan after the Taliban took over the country, said that India would stand by Afghans in this hour of need. Speaking about the same, S Jaishankar said: “Afghanistan is passing through a critical and challenging phase. There has been a sea change in its political, economic, social and security situation, and consequently, in its humanitarian needs. As an immediate neighbour, India is monitoring developments with understandable concern” “India’s own approach to Afghanistan has always been guided by its historical friendship with its people. This will continue to be the case. For that reason, even in the past, we have contributed to the humanitarian requirements of that society,” he added while mentioning the historical friendship of India with Afghanistan. After the Taliban’s seize of power, Afghanistan’s citizens have been facing a threat to human rights. There has been a disruption in the essential services of the country, including medical aid, healthcare and banking sector. 

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 25,404 New Covid-19 Cases 

According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, India reported 25,404 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload currently stands at 3,62,207, constituting 1.09% of total covid-19 cases reported in the country. Meanwhile, the daily recoveries continue to outnumber fresh covid-19 cases, with recording 37,127 recoveries between Monday and Tuesday, taking the total recoveries to 3,24,84,159. The daily and weekly positivity rate currently stands at 1.78% and 2.07% respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 54.44 covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 75.22 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.

WHO Likely To Give Approval To Covaxin By This Month

The World Health Organization is likely to give approval to Bharat Biotech developed covid-19 vaccine Covaxin by this month as per official sources. Till now, the WHO has approved the covid-19 vaccine for emergency use developed by Pfizer-BioNTech, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, China’s Sinopharm and Oxford-AstraZeneca. As informed by the central government in Rajya Sabha, Bharat Biotech has submitted all the documents required for the WHO’s Emergency Use Listing (EUL) as of 9th July and WHO has started the review process. In India, Covaxin is one of the six covid-19 vaccines approved for emergency use by India’s drug regulator. 

PM Modi To Participate In First-Ever Quad Leaders Summit 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to participate in the first-ever Quad leaders summit along with US President Joe Biden, Japan PM Yoshihide Suga and Australia PM Scott Morrison on 24th September. The press release released by the Ministry of External Affairs read: “As part of their ongoing efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, they will review the Quad Vaccine initiative which was announced in March this year. They will also exchange views on contemporary global issues such as critical and emerging technologies, connectivity and infrastructure, cyber security, maritime security, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, climate change and education. The Summit would provide a valuable opportunity for dialogue and interactions among the Leaders, anchored in their shared vision of ensuring a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region,” Apart from the Quad summit, PM Modi will also address the general debate of the high-level segment of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on 25th September 2021. 

Bhupendra Patel Takes Oath As New Gujarat CM 

On Monday, Bhupendra Patel took oath as the 17th Chief Minister of Gujarat at the Gandhinagar Raj Bhawan and was sworn in by Governor Acharya Devvrat. After taking the oath, Mr Patel held a meeting with the bureaucrats and reviewed the flood situation in Rajkot and Jamnagar in the Saurashtra region. The cabinet members will be decided by Mr Shah, Mr Patel and other leaders of the party. According to officials, members of the outgoing cabinet are likely to get dropped to bring in new faces in the cabinet.

Bigg Boss OTT: Karan Johar Unveils The Trophy; Finals To Happen On 18th September 

The Bigg Boss OTT is coming to an end with contestants Pratik Sehajpal, Nishant Bhatt, Neha Bhasin, Divya Agarwal, Raqesh Bapat and Shamita Shetty competing in the finals. In the latest’ Weekend Ka Vaar’ episode, host Karan Johar unveiled the trophy of Bigg Boss, which was designed horizontally and was of shiny turquoise colour. After being an inch close to reaching the finals, Muskan Jattana aka Moose Jattana, was evicted from the show. The Bigg Boss OTT finals is going to take place on 18th September. 

Why Did Kareena Kapoor Khan Ask For Rs 12 Crore For Playing Sita? Here’s What She Has To Say! 

Bollywood celebrity Kareena Kapoor Khan hit the headlines when it was reported that the actor asked for an amount of INR 12 crore for playing Sita in a mythological drama. The actor was heavily criticized for asking for so much money. Talking about the unconfirmed reports, Kareena said: “Just a few years ago, no one would talk about a man or woman actually getting equal pay in a movie. Now, there are a lot of us being very vocal about it. I make it quite clear what I want, and I think that respect should be given” Reportedly, the film will be helmed by Alaukik Desai and Kareena will have to undergo training for 8-10 months. According to reports, this will be the biggest film of Kareena’s career. On the professional front, Kareena will be next seen in the movie Laal Singh Chaddha alongside Aamir Khan. 

Is Virat Kohli Stepping Down As Indian Captain? BCCI Clears The Air

On Monday, the Board of Control For Cricket In India Treasurer Arun Dhamal rubbished the rumours of Virat Kohli stepping down as India’s limited-overs skipper and said: “This is all rubbish. Nothing as such is going to happen. This is all media creation. BCCI has not met or discussed anything on this issue,” Virat Kohli has captained the Indian team in 45 T20 internationals (T20Is) and 95 ODIs and led the team to win 65 in ODIs and 27 wins in the shortest format. 

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