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India Reports 29,689 Active Covid-19 Cases And 415 Deaths

Covid-Bulletin: India Reports 29,689 Active Covid-19 Cases And 415 Deaths 

According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has recorded 29,689 covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. After a gap of almost 132 days, the country reported less than 30,000 daily covid-19 cases. Meanwhile, daily recoveries have outnumbered daily covid-19 cases by a large margin, with 42,363 recoveries recorded in the previous 24 hours. So far, as many as 3,06,21,469 people have recovered from covid-19 in India. The recovery rate currently stands at 97.39%. India has reported 415 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative total to 4,21,382 who died due to covid-19. The daily positivity rate continues to decline, currently at 1.73% and the weekly positivity rate at 2.33%. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, India has conducted 45.91 crore tests so far. On the vaccination front, the country has administered 44,19,12,395 anti-covid jabs under the nationwide inoculation drive. 

Heavy Rainfall In Parts Of Delhi; IMD predicts More Rainfall

On Tuesday morning, several parts of Delhi received incessant rainfall giving relief to Delhiites from sultry weather conditions. According to the Indian Meteorological Department, a thunderstorm with light to moderate intensity rain is likely to occur in many parts of Delhi, Haryana and Rajasthan. IMD tweeted: “Thunderstorms with light to moderate intensity rain would occur over many places of North-west Delhi, Central Delhi, South Delhi, Southwest-Delhi, Gurugram, Manesar, Sohna, Bhiwadi, Bawal, Narnaul, Kosli, Rewari, Nuh, Manesar (Haryana), Tizara, Alwar, Rajgarh, Deeeg, Nagar, Khairtal, Mehndipur, Mahwa, Lachmanngarh, Nadbai (Rajasthan) and adjoining areas during the next 22 hours,” Delhi recorded a maximum temperature of 33.1 degrees Celsius on Monday. 

Karnataka: BS Yediyurappa Resigns From The Post Of Chief Minister 

On 26th July, BJP leader BS Yediyurappa resigned as Chief Minister the day he completed two years in office. In the last six months, BJP has removed many leaders, including Trivendra Singh Rawat and Tirath Singh Rawat from Uttarakhand. Though Yediyurappa’s removal was imminent as he is 78-year old, which is way past BJP’s 75 year’s retirement age limit, it is believed that the move won’t be without a political cost, especially because of Yediyurappa’s tearful speech. In the next few days, a new Chief Minister of Karnataka will be announced, and he/she will have to lead the government for the next 21 months until the 2023 state elections. However, the BJP had a stroke of mixed luck whenever it has changed the CM of a state, including the examples of Delhi, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh. There are some states where the decision has worked in favour of the party, for example – Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. Meanwhile, if one looks at the political history of Karnataka, the state has also had a trend of changing CMs in the middle of his term. Till date, only 4 out of 19 Chief Ministers have completed their terms, all belonging from the Congress. 

Congress Puts Two Conditions For Parliament To Function

The central government has accused opposition parties of disrupting the ongoing session of both houses for the sixth day in a row. However, the leaders of the opposition party, Congress, have said that the Parliament is unable to function because the government was not agreeing to the legitimate demands made by the opposition parties. Congress has put forth two conditions for Parliament to function. Tweeting about the same, Congress Chief Whip in the Rajya Sabha, Jairam Ramesh, said: “1. Have a discussion on Pegasus snooping issue in presence of the Prime Minister or Home Minister. 2. Announce a Supreme Court-monitored inquiry into the scandal.” Concurring with Jairam Ramesh, TMC leader Derek O’ Brien said: “We need this. Not green tea at Piyush Goyal’s office. Thanks. But no thanks,” Ever since the Pegasus issue came into the spotlight, Congress leaders have been demanding an investigation by a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC); however, the party has now finalized its stand on JPC since it has limited powers. Speaking about the same, Congress senior leader Shashi Tharoor tweeted: “Opposition’s demands have been clear from the beginning: discuss #PegasusProject w/ Prime Minister or Home Minister present, not just IT Minister, & conduct a Supreme Court-monitored investigation to establish the facts. Then Parliament can do the rest of its work undisturbed!”

Women Protestors To Participate In Farmers’ Protest; To Run The Kisan Sansad

On Monday, the women protestors moved towards the Jantar Mantar to participate in the farmers’ protest against the three farm laws passed by the centre and said that they would run all-women independent Kisan Sansad (Parliament). One of the women protestors said: “Our blood and sweat is not for you to waste, but it is for the development of the nation. We will not accept these laws and continue to raise questions at the Parliament,” Meanwhile, the farmers in the Haryana’s Jind district are set to organize a tractor rally along with tableaus on the occasion of Independence Day to protest against the centre’s farm laws as quoted by farmer leader Bijendra Sindhu. The farmer’s protests have been going since last November. Farmers have been protesting on different borders against the three farm laws enacted by the centre – Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farms Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

Chandigarh-Manali Highway Blocked; Restoration Work Underway 

Due to a landslide between Mandi and Kullu at Hanogi in Mandi district on Tuesday, the Chandigarh-Manali (National Highway-3) has been blocked for traffic movement as per the District Administration officials. Restoration work is underway, added the officials. From 13th June, as many as 187 people have lost their lives, and four persons have gone missing due to the natural disasters and accidents that took place in Himachal Pradesh. Sudesh Kumar Mokhta, Director-cum Special Secretary (Revenue-Disaster Management), Himachal Pradesh, has said that as many as 28 roads have been closed, including the Batseri and Chitkul area. 

Raj Kundra Pornography Case: Bombay High Court To Hear The Bail Plea Today

Raj Kundra was arrested in the adult film racket case and has been touted as the key conspirator by the Mumbai Police Commissioner. The businessman was sent to judicial custody till 27th July, and the Bombay High Court will hear Kundra’s bail plea today as he challenged his judicial custody in the pornography case. Reportedly, in a charge sheet filed by the Crime Branch, Kundra’s adult film app targeted a net profit of Rs 34 crore for the year 2023-24. Recently, a Gujarat businessman has filed a cheating complaint against Kundra’s film, alleging that he has been duped for INR 3 lakh. The cops have also questioned Tanveer Hashmi, who is one of the accused in the case. Tanveer claimed that he hadn’t met Kundra ever. Though he said that he used to make films for Kundra’s company that had nudity, they can’t be classified as pornographic content. Kundra’s wife and Bollywood celebrity Shilpa Shetty Kundra have also said that Raj Kundra has nothing to do with the production of pornographic content. Meanwhile, there are reports that Raj Kundra had anticipated his arrest in the case and already hatched a plan B to doge investigation wherein he threw away his old phone. 

Kriti Sanon Starrer Mimi Released 4 Days Ahead Of Its Scheduled Release Date

Netflix’s latest release Mimi starring Kriti Sanon and Pankaj Tripathi has released on 26th July in India, four days ahead of its scheduled release date. Mimi was slated to release on 30th July. The reason why the makers of Mimi decided to prepone the film’s release is that Mimi was leaked on pirated websites. However, the film has received a great review from the fans and critics, but the film being leaked online is sad news for the makers of the film. Many pirated sites, including TamilRockers, Onlinemovieswatches, 123movies, Filmyzilla and Telegram, streamed the unauthorized copies of Mimi in full HD and 4K on Monday. The film is based on surrogacy and showcases the journey of a dancer to being a surrogate mother. Mimi is directed by Dinesh Vijan. This is not the first time that a pirated version of a film has been released on unauthorized sites. Many movies, including The Priest, Lahore Confidential, Bombay Begums, AK vs AK, Sardar Ka Grandson, Sherni, The Family Man 2, Ray and Toofan, have faced a similar situation. 

The Anthology Web Series Navrasa Trailer Out

Netflix has released the trailer of its latest anthology web series ‘Navrasa’ which is created by Mani Ratnam and Jayendra. The film features an ensemble cast including Siddharth, Vijay Sethupati, Revathi, Suriya, Arvind Swami, among others. The film’s trailer has received great responses all over the south, and the fans are eagerly waiting to see their favourite stars on screen. The film’s trailer shows all 9 emotions from love to death and takes you on a ride of different emotions, including hatred, confusion, fear, vengeance, deceit, anger, regret and more. Navrasa is slated to release on 6th August exclusively on Netflix. The earning from the film will be used to help people who have been impacted during the covid-19 lockdown. 

Tokyo Olympics 2020 Updates: Boxer Lovlina Borgohain Makes It To The Quarterfinals Of Women’s Welter (64-69kg) Boxing Event

Indian boxer Lovlina Borgohain has punched her way into the quarterfinals after defeating Nadine Apetz of Germany in the women’s welter (64-69 kg) event in the Tokyo Olympics 2020. However, Indian shooters pair Elavenil Valarivan/Divyansh Singh Panwar and Anjum Moudgil/Deepak Kumar has failed to qualify for qualification stage 2. Indian men’s hockey team gave a tough fight and defeated Spain 3-0 in the pool A clash in men’s hockey. Meanwhile, weightlifter Mirabai Chanu has won a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 and received a warm welcome at the airport as she returned to India. 

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