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Presidential Election: Droupadi Murmu A Step Closer To Becoming India’s First Tribal President

Presidential Election: Droupadi Murmu A Step Closer To Becoming India’s First Tribal President

As the voting for Presidential Elections concluded yesterday, 99% voter turnout was recorded as parliamentarians and legislators across the country voted for the next President of the country. While NDA has picked former Governor of Jharkhand Droupadi Murmu as their presidential candidate, the UPA side has picked former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha. However, there were enough indications toward NDA pick Droupadi Murmu who might win against the opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha. The votes will be counted on July 21, and the next President of India will be sworn-in on July 25. “As per reports being received, out of a total of 771 Members of Parliament entitled to vote (05 vacant) and similarly out of total 4025 Members of the Legislative Assemblies entitled to vote (06 vacant and 02 disqualified), over 99% cast their votes today. However, 100% voting by MLAs was reported from Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Puducherry, Sikkim and Tamil Nadu,” said the Election Commission of India who is responsible for conducting the President Election in the country. The sources have said that 8 MPs, including Sunny Deol and Sanjay Dhotre of BJP, Syed Imtiaz Jaleel of AIMIM, Mohammad Sadique of Congress, Atul Kumar Singh and Haji Fazlur Rehman of BSP, T R Paarivendhar and Gajanan Kirtikar of Shiv Sena have not cast their vote. While how many MPs and MLAs cross-voted will be known after counting votes, the BJP and its allies have secured support from many regional parties, including BSP, JD(S), Shiv Sena, TDP, JMM, BJD, YSRCP, AIADMK, SAD. It is expected that Droupadi Murmu’s vote share might cross 60%, ensuring that she becomes the first tribal and second women president of the country

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 15,528 New Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.47%

According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India has recorded 15,528 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 1,43,654. Meanwhile, the nation has registered 16,113 recoveries in the previous 24 hours, and the total recoveries have reached 4,31,13,623. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand at 3.32% and 4.57%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 87.01 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 200.33 crore covid-19 vaccine doses under the nationwide vaccination drive, out of which 92.66 crore and 5.89 crores are second doses and precautionary doses, respectively.

Indian Rupee Hits An All-Time Low Of 80 Against US Dollar

As the possibility of a recession shadowing the Indian economy continues to lure around, the Indian rupee hit an all-time low of 80.0125 per US Dollar on Tuesday. Amid elevated oil and commodity prices, the currency has been buffeted by nearly $30 billion of foreign outflows, and there are concerns over a deteriorating current-account deficit. The Indian policymakers are trying all possible measures the restrict the currency’s decline, including raising duties on gold imports. RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said India’s central bank is intervening in all market segments to curb volatility. The Reserve Bank of India has a foreign-exchange reserve of around $600 billion which has been deployed to protect the Indian currency. It has also announced measures to draw more forex inflows into the country and allow rupee settlement of the trade. Along with it, the authorities have also raised duties on gold imports and levies on petroleum exports. 

Former Athlete PT Usha To Take Oath As Rajya Sabha MP Today

On Tuesday, former athlete PT Usha will be taking the oath as Rajya Sabha MP. PT Usha and legendary music composer Ilaiyaraaja could not be present on Monday for the oath-taking ceremony for some reasons. On Monday, the daughter of former Bihar CM Lalu Prasad Yadav, Misa Bharti, BCCCI Vice-President Rajeev Shukla and Cricketer-turned-Politician Harbhajan Singh took oath along with other 25 leaders as Rajya Sabha MP. As the Monsoon Session of the Parliament began on Monday, the Rajya Sabha paid homage to former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, former Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and ex-UAE President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. However, there was a ruckus created by the opposition party members, leading to the adjournment of the House for the entire day. 

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