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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Dr Ashraf Ghani had a telephonic conversation today. Both leaders exchanged greetings on the joyous festival of Eid – ul – Adha.

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has greeted the people on the auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan.

  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind In his message on the eve of Raksha Bandhan has said:- 

    “On the auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan, I extend my warm greetings and good wishes to all my fellow citizens.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has wished the people on the eve of Raksha Bandhan.

    Following is the full text of the message -

    “I convey my greetings and good wishes to the people of our country on the auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan.

  • (Contains Press releases concerning Covid-19, issued in last 24 hours, inputs from PIB Field Offices and Fact checks undertaken by PIB)

    India records highest ever single day COVID-19 recoveries of 51,255;Total recoveries nearly 11.5 lakh; Recovery Rate reaches a new high of 65.44%; Case Fatality Rate continues its downward slide to 2.13%

    More than 51,000 recoveries were registered in India in the last 24 hours.

  • In an unusual show of brotherhood, solidarity and bonding, sisters from Northeast today tied Rakhi on Jawans from armed and paramilitary forces whose battalions or companies are deployed in Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.

  • In a massive show of love, solidarity, brotherhood, national bonding and togetherness, sisters from North-East tied Rakhi on Jawans from armed forces and paramilitary personnel deployed in Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.

  • Union Minister for MSME, Shri Nitin Gadkari has approved a unique employment generation program proposed by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) to make India Aatmanirbhar in Agarbatti production.

  • In a first event of its kind, Ministry of Railways organized a virtual retirement function for the Indian Railways officers/staff superannuated on 31st July, 2020. This was an event where all the Zones/Divisions/Production Units were connected on a single platform along with the officers and staff.

  •          Shri. Sanjay Dhotre, Union Minister of State for HRD, Electronics, Communication, and IT, Govt Of India, inaugurated today “Bharat Air Fibre Services” at Akola in Maharashtra. With inauguration of Bharat Air Fibre services, residents of Akola & Washim district  will get Wireless Internet Connections on demand.

  • A staggering more than 51,000 recoveries were registered in India in the last 24 hours. With 51,225 patients cured and discharged, India’s total recoveries from COVID-19 have touched 11,45,629. With the highest ever single day increase in recovered patients in the last 24 hours, the recovery rate has seen a high of 65.44%.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu today called upon the people to understand and spread the universal message of Dharma or righteousness as depicted in the timeless epic Ramayana and enrich their lives based on its rich foundational values.

  • Healthcare in a country faces a catch-22 situation in the early stages of an epidemic – specific and accurate tests are required to trace and isolate the infected, and to scale up the novel tests, one needs to have estimates of the expected number of infections weeks to months in advance.

  • Cataract a major form of blindness that occurs when the structure of crystallin proteins that make up the lens in our eyes deteriorates, causing damaged or disorganised proteins to aggregate and form a milky blue or brown layer, which ultimately affects lens transparency.

  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi interacted with the participants of Grand Finale of the Smart India Hackathon (Software)-2020,viaVideo Conference  today.

    Smart India Hackathon

    Speaking at the Grand Finale of Smart India Hackathon, PM said that students are working on several solutions to the challenges being faced by the country.

  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi addressed the Grand Finale of Smart India Hackathon 2020 through video conference today.

     

    Smart India Hackathon

    Speaking at the Grand Finale of Smart India Hackathon, PM said that students are working on several solutions to the challenges being faced by the country.

  • Department of Food and Public Distribution under Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution organized a Workshop on 30th July, 2020 in New Delhi, on the recent amendments in Essential Commodities Act, 1955 and enactment of The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 2020 and Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Service Ordinance, 2020.

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  • India continues to maintain the record of registering and maintaining the lowest COVID-19 mortality rate at the global platform. The Case Fatality Rate stands at 2.15% today and it is lowest since the 1st Lockdown started.

  • You can now gift your families and friends an attractive gift box of exclusive Khadi Silk Face Masks. Union Minister for MSME, Shri Nitin Gadkari yesterday launched the Gift Box, developed by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC).

  • A total of 12 lakh 30 thousand 509 people have recovered from coronavirus in the country so far. It is more than double the number of five lakh 86 thousand 298 active cases in the country.

  • Defence Ministry has formulated a draft Defence Production and Export Promotion Policy 2020 (DPEPP-2020).

  • In Ayodhya, on the second day of the three-day long rituals preceding Bhoomi Poojan for construction of Ram Temple, a special six-hour long special Ram Racha Anushthan will be performed today.

  • In Bihar, flood situation has further deteriorated following breaching of embankments in Darbhanga and Muzaffarpur.

  • Members of the Indian men's and women's hockey teams bound for Tokyo Olympics will join the National Camp at National Centre of Excellence (NCOE) in Bengaluru today.

  • Raksha Bandhan, the festival of special bond between brothers and sisters, is being celebrated today across the country.

  • IPL 2020 will be played from September 19 to November 10 in the UAE this year. The decision to this effect was taken at a virtual meeting of IPL Governing Council last night.

  • In a landmark achievement, India has tested over 2 crore COVID-19 samples so far.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reiterated India's commitment to the people of Afghanistan in their quest for a peaceful, prosperous and inclusive Afghanistan.

  • The Drugs Controller General of India has given approval to Serum Institute of India, Pune to conduct Phase IIIII clinical trials of Oxford University-Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine (COVISHIELD) in India.

  • AIR After the formation of Ladakh Union Territory, horticulture came into focus for development activities. Region's major horticulture crop Apricot got special attention. The Apricot farmers are feeling encouraged with the happenings.

  • The Central Government has written to all states and Union Territories asking that smartphones and tablet devices should be allowed for hospitalised COVID-19 patients so that they can interact with family and friends through video conferencing.

  • Over 7450 candidates are in fray for parliament seats while around 1.62 crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise. Around four hundred voters, who are undergoing quarantine, will not be able to vote because of COVID.

    Persons who have successfully completed the 14-day institutional quarantine and are undergoing home quarantine may vote at extra polling booths allocated for them. Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya has asserted that  COVID  will not be spread through polling stations.

    He said the voters are allowed to bring their own blue or black pen to cast their preferences and will be provided a disinfected pen if not having themselves. All the polling booths are being disinfected before the polling begins on Wednesday at 7 AM. The polling hours have been extended by an hour till 5 PM in wake of social distancing to be observed.

    The elections were postponed twice after the COVID outbreak as parliament was dissolved in early March. The ruling party under Prime minister Mahinda Rajpaksa is seeking two-thirds majority in parliament to implement policies of President Gotabaya Rajapksa and bring a new constitution.

    The opposition is divided between two parties led by former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe and former minister Sajith Premadasa, who lost the Presidential elections last November. The new parliament is scheduled to have its first sitting on 20th of this month, which will be addressed by President.

  • The coronavirus was initially slower to reach Latin America - home to about 640 million people - than much of the world. But health experts say it has been hard to control the virus due to the region’s poverty and densely packed cities.

    The more than 10,000 new cases reported by Colombia’s health ministry on Monday pushed the region past the 5 million mark, a day after the Andean nation reported a record 11,470 cases.

    Latin America has now topped 200,000 deaths. Brazil’s total approached 96,000 on Monday and Mexico surpassed 48,000. The two countries have the world’s second and third highest death tolls, after the United States.

    North America is the region with the second highest number of cases, with 4.8 million infections, according to sources, followed by Europe and Asia, which have around 3 million infections each.

    Latin America is particularly vulnerable to the virus due to high levels of poverty, urbanization and labor informality, according to a July 30 report by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean and the Pan American Health Organization.

    More than 100 million people across Latin America and the Caribbean live in slums, according to the United Nations Human Settlements Programme. Many have jobs in the informal sector with little in the way of a social safety net and have continued to work throughout the pandemic.

    “The pandemic has become an precedented economic and social crisis and, if urgent measures are not taken, it could transform into a food, humanitarian, and political crisis,” the report warned.

    Latin America has also a high death rate from the virus, likely due to a number of factors, including high levels of underlying conditions such as diabetes and obesity.

  • The swirling water of Gandak, Burhi Gandak and Bagmati is also  inundating fresh areas of affected districts. Over 56 lakh people of 14 districts spread over 1,082 Panchyats are reeling under the impact of flood.
     
    Flood situation is grim in Samastipur, Madhubani, Sitamarhi and East Champaran. Twenty three people have lost their lives in flood related incidents during last 24 hours in affected areas of the state. Rail traffic remained suspended on Darbhanga -Samastipur section of East Central Railway following overtopping of railway track. Vehicular trafffic has been disrupted at many places in flood affected areas.
     
    Relief and rescue operations have been intensified. Thirty one teams of NDRF and SDRF have been pressed into service. Over four lakh people have been evacuated so far and 20,000 people are taking shelter in relief camps. In all, 1,358 community kitchens have been set up for providing food to affected people.
     
    Over 9,40,000 people are taking food through these kitchens. Gandak, Bagmati, Kamlabalan, Mahananda and Adhwara group of rivers are flowing above danger marks. Met Department warns widespread rain across state in next 24 hours in many parts of north as well as catchment areas of Nepal.

  • The Bhoomi Poojan function will take place on Wednesday in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take part. Along with him, many religious heads and saints from all over the country and from Nepal are expected to take part in the function.
     
    Over 135 Saints belonging to 135 spiritual traditions will be present in the programme. Some eminent citizens of Ayodhya have also been invited by the Shri Ram Janm Bhumi Teerth Shetra Trust. Meanwhile, Ayodhya is already in the festive mood and eagerly waiting for the historic moment. Many religious activities including Ram Keertan and reciting of Ramcharitmanas have already started in Ayodhya.
     
    Preparations for Deepotsav are going on and Ghats of holy Sarayu River are beautifully decorated. The city is all set to witness the historic Bhoomi Poojan ceremony on Wednesday. Prime Minister will first have Darshan at Shri Hanumangarhi Mandir on Wednesday after which he will perform Pooja of Bhagwan Ramlalla at Shri Ram Janmabhoomi.
     
    It will be then followed by the Bhoomi Poojan and the stage event. General Secretary of Shri Ram Janm Bhumi Teerth Shetra Trust Champat Rai said that Apart from the 175 invitees for the ceremony, Mahesh Bhagchandka and Pawan Singhal from family of late Ashok Singhal, Former President of Vishwa Hindu Parishad will be Mukhya Yajman in Bhoomi Pujan. 

  • The decision was taken by Sports Authority of India (SAI) after formal permission was received from the State Government to begin training in Bengaluru.

    The athletes, coaches and support staff, who were on a home break, will join the camp and undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine inside the campus.

    Considering the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Bengaluru, the permission from the State Government has been given subject to all arriving athletes, coaches and support staff adhering to institutional quarantine protocols issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Health and Government of Karnataka.

  • The government has allowed gymnasiums and yoga institutes to lift shutters from August 5 under the third phase of unlocking the Covid-19 lockdown. As per the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), yoga institutes and gymnasiums located in Covid-19 containment zones shall not be permitted to open.

    Elderly people above the age of 65 years, people with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 years have been directed not to use gymnasiums and yoga institutes in closed spaces.

    Yogic kriyas are to be avoided or planned in open spaces. Users to be put in batches and allocated staggered timings to avoid overcrowding of people while entering and exiting the fitness centre. Each batch could have a gap of 15-30 minutes in between to keep rush at bay and facilitate cleaning and disinfecting process, the release stated. “Those having oxygen saturation level below 95% should not be allowed to exercise,” the release added.

    “Individuals must maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet as far as feasible,” the guidelines stated. Wearing of masks and face covers is mandatory, however, those may cause breathing difficulties during exercising, therefore, the government has said people can use a visor as a preventive measure.

    Frequent hand washing and using hand sanitisers have been emphasised by the MHA which has also advised a strict practice of “respiratory etiquettes”.

    “Cover mouth and nose while sneezing/coughing with a tissue, cloth or flexed elbow and dispose off used tissue properly,” the guidelines stated.

    The owners and managers of gymnasiums and yoga institutes have been directed to plan fitness activities keeping the floor area of 4m2 per person. Equipment and machines should be placed at a distance of 6 feet. Utilisation of outdoor space, if any, has been encouraged.

  • Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Defence Colonel Davinder Anand said that Pakistan troops initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing and heavy mortar shelling along the LoC in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch district on Tuesday at about 0700 hours.
     
    He said, PaK Troops initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing with small arms and thereafter heavy mortar shelling along the LoC in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch district.

    The Indian Army troop gaurding the fence retaliated befittingly with equal caliber. The exchange of fire continued till reports last came in. There are no reports of damage to any property and loss of any life from Indian side so far. Further details are awaited.

  • The DPEPP-2020 is envisaged as overarching guiding document of Defence Ministry to provide a focused, structured and significant thrust to defence production capabilities of the country for self-reliance and exports. 

    Defence Production and Export Promotion Policy 2020 has marked out clear goals and objectives to be undertaken by the Defence Ministry.

    First and foremost amongst all is to achieve a turnover of Rs. 1 lakh 75 thousand Crore including an export of Rs. 35 thousand Crore in the Aerospace and Defence goods and services by the year 2025. 

    Developing a dynamic, robust and competitive Defence industry, including Aerospace and Naval Shipbuilding industry to cater to the needs of Armed forces with quality products has also been clearly laid out in the new draft policy.

    The Ministry has also laid emphasis on reducing dependence on imports and taking forward the Make in India initiatives through domestic designs.

    Efforts will be made to create an environment that encourages Research and Development, rewards innovation, creates Indian IP ownership and promotes a robust and self-reliant defence industry.

    Defence Ministry has solicited comments on the draft DPEPP-2020 policy from all stakeholders latest by 17th of August this year.

  • It also calls for prohibiting American employers from using H-1B workers to displace Americans in outsourcing contracts.
     
    The White House in a statement said, the order will create a policy where Federal agencies will focus on United States labour in lucrative Federal contracts as it will be unfair for federal government agencies to replace perfectly qualified Americans with workers from other countries.
     
    The executive order also enjoins upon the Department of Labour, which is responsible for ensuring the fairness of the process of hiring foreign workers, to finalize guidance to prevent H-1B employers from moving H-1B workers to other employers’ job sites to displace Americans workers, in what is called third-party locations, essentially the practice of outsourcing using foreign workers on H-1B.

  • According to the government officials, at least 39 people, including the assailants, have been killed and 50 injured, in the day- long siege.
     
    The attack began on Sunday morning when a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed vehicle at the entrance to the prison complex situated some 115 kilometres east of Kabul and continued till late morning on Tuesday

    The attack underscores the formidable presence of Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan, while also highlighting the challenges ahead, as US and NATO forces begin to withdraw following Washington's peace deal with the Taliban.

  • PM Modi on Monday had a telephonic conversation with President of Afghanistan Dr Ashraf Ghani. Both leaders exchanged greetings on the joyous festival of Eid- ul -Adha. 
     
    Ghani thanked PM Modi for timely supply of food and medical assistance to meet Afghan requirement.
     
    The two leaders also exchanged views on the evolving security situation in the region and other areas of mutual bilateral interest.

    PM Modi reiterated India's commitment to the people of Afghanistan in their quest for a peaceful, prosperous and inclusive Afghanistan.

  • Following the draw for the premier team event made in Kuala Lumpur today, India is in Group ‘C’ with host Denmark, Germany and Algeria in the Thomas Cup.

    In the Uber Cup, the Indian women are in Group ‘D’ in the company of China, France and Germany.

  • Squash Rackets Federation of India Secretary Cyrus Poncha said the top players were consulted before the withdrawal.

  • He said that hand sanitisers will be used and social distancing maintained at the polling booths. The chairman said voters have already been informed that they will be allowed to use their own pens to mark their preferences. Around 1.6 crore voters will be eligible to exercise their franchise to elect a 225-member parliament.

    Sri Lanka follows a preferential system of voting for parliament elections and an electoral district elects several representatives for the parliament.  This is the first major election in the region after COVID outbreak and polling was postponed twice due to the pandemic. The ruling Sri Lanka People’s party (SLPP) is aiming to get two-thirds majority at the election in a bid to change the 19th amendment to the constitution which has curtailed President’s powers and set up independent commissions.

  • He said this in a tweet in response to Israel President Reuven Rivlin's best wishes to India on the occasion of Friendship Day yesterday.
     

  • The sessions, titled Fit India Talks, will premiere today in the presence of Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju along with badminton star PV Sindhu and Indian football team skipper Sunil Chhetri.

    A host of leading sports celebrities will be sharing their experiences of childhood, stories on how they got inspired, their failures, struggles and their success. This will give the audience a very inspirational yet interesting account of their journeys - from common school students to world-class champions.

    There will be a total of six sessions which will go on till 14th of this month. The likes of badminton star Ashwini Ponnappa, Indian women’s hockey team skipper Rani Rampal, table tennis star Manika Batra, shooter Apurvi Chandela and inspirational Paralympian Deepa Malik will join in at the sessions.
     

  • Union Health Ministry said, eVIN is an innovative technological solution aimed at strengthening immunization supply chain systems across the country.

    This is being implemented under National Health Mission by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

    It aims to provide real-time information on vaccine stocks and flows, and storage temperatures across all cold chain points in the country.

  • The policy aims to provide impetus to self-reliance in defence manufacturing under the Atmanirbhar Bharat Scheme. 

    The DPEPP-2020 is envisaged as overarching guiding document of Defence Ministry to provide a focused, structured and significant thrust to defence production capabilities of the country for self-reliance and exports. 

    Defence Production and Export Promotion Policy 2020 has marked out clear goals and objectives to be undertaken by the Defence Ministry. First and foremost amongst all is to achieve a turnover of Rs. 1 lakh 75 thousand Crore including an export of Rs. 35 thousand Crore in the Aerospace and Defence goods and services by the year 2025. 

  • On this occasion, sisters tie colorful rakhi around the wrist of their brothers and pray for their prosperity, health and well-being.
     
    In return, brothers pledge to protect and support their sisters and present them gifts.
     
    President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have greeted the people on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.
     
    In his message, President Kovind said, this is a unique festival that strengthens the will to protect the interests of women and work for their well-being. President Kovind today celebrated Raskha Bandhan with members of the nursing community at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
     
    During a brief interactive session, the nurses offered rakhis to the President and also narrated their experience in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. The President felicitated them and described them as saviours who are not only saving lives but also risking their own lives in the line of duty.
     
    President  Kovind said, such commitment to duty earns respect for nurses who have been performing the role of front-line Covid warriors. The President thanked the entire nursing fraternity for their sincere dedication and services to fellow citizens during the pandemic.
     
    In his message, Vice Presindent Venkaiah Naidu said, on this auspicious occasion, let us also resolve to uphold the dignity and respect traditionally accorded to women in the society and empower them to reach their true potential. Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked Mata Amritanandamayi and Lata Mangeshkar for their Raksha Bandhan greetings to him.
     
    In a tweet, he said, blessings from India’s Nari Shakti gives him great strength. PM Modi said, with the blessings of crores of mothers and sisters, India will touch new heights and achieve new successes.
     

  • In Muzaffarpur, an embankment of Tirhut canal breached in Mohammadpur Kothi Panchayat area inundating several adjoining villages of the district. Similarly, a ring bund was breached at Birne village  under Kewati block of Darbhanga district.
     
    Relief and rescue operations are in full swing as over 55 lakh people spread over 14 districts are reeling  under the impact of devastating floods.
     
    The situation is worst in Darbhanga district where about 17 lakh people have been affected. Other affected districts are Muzaffarpur, Samastipur, Sitamarhi and East Champaran.
     
    Villages spread over 1,059 Panchayats have been cut off from district headquarters. Met Department warns moderate to heavy rain across in northern parts of the state in the next 24 hours.

  • Markets, shops and Shopping malls will operate only upto 8 p.m. They are also required to observe all the health related guidelines issued by the government. The commercial outlets will ensure temperature checking, handwashing, sanitizing and vehicle disinfecting services for people visiting their premises. The social distancing norms are also to be observed.

    Wearing masks while going out of home will continue to remain mandatory. People are also required to observe social distancing and other health norms prescribed by the authorities.

    Private and government offices, transport services, banks and financial institutions, industries and factories will be allowed to operate by observing the health guidelines issued by the government. 

    All kinds of public transport will continue to operate maintaining the health guidelines. However, the international air services are operating only on a very limited scale.

    Mosques will remain open for offering prayers by people but the authorities will ensure that the directives issued by the Religious Affairs ministry is followed. 

    In the meanwhile, Bangladesh reported 30 deaths and 1356 fresh Coronavirus infections over the last 24 hours since Sunday afternoon. The death toll in the country has gone up to 3184 and the number of people infected is now over 2.42 lakh.

  • Mr Pompeo said that Chinese apps like TikTok are an issue for US national security and the privacy of Americans. He said TikTok and other Chinese software companies operating in the US, such as WeChat, feed personal data on American citizens directly to the Chinese Communist Party.

    Mr Pompeo said, the data that companies like TikTok are gleaning about Americans could be their facial recognition pattern; it could be information about their residence, their phone numbers, their friends, who they're connected to.

    Mr Trump had said on Friday that he would ban TikTok from operating in the United States through emergency economic powers or an executive order.

  • The remarkable feat has been achieved by the State and Union Territory governments under the guidance of Centre for management of COVID-19.

  • During a brief interactive session, the nurses offered rakhis to the President and also narrated their experience in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. The President felicitated them and described them as saviours who are not only saving lives but also risking their own lives in the line of duty.
     
    President Kovind said, such commitment to duty earns respect for nurses who have been performing the role of front-line Covid warriors.President thanked the entire nursing fraternity for their sincere dedication and services to fellow citizens during the pandemic

  • This is pursuant to the key strategy followed by State/UT governments under the guidance of Centre for management of COVID-19 to “Test aggressively, Track efficiently and Isolate and Treat promptly".

    Effective implementation of this approach has led to ramping up the testing capacity across the country and facilitated widespread COVID testing of people.

    With 3,81,027 samples tested in the last 24 hours, the number of Test Per Million (TPM) has increased to 14640. Currently, the testing per million for India is 14640. While the country's TPM has demonstrated a steady upward trend indicating the growing testing network, 24 States and UTs have reported higher testing per million than the national average.

    Testting lab network in the country is continuously strengthened with 1348 labs in the country; 914 labs in the government sector and 434 private labs.  These include:

    •           Real-Time RT PCR based testing labs: 686 (Govt: 418 + Private: 268)

    •           TrueNat based testing labs: 556 (Govt: 465 + Private: 91)

    •           CBNAAT based testing labs: 106 (Govt: 31 + Private: 75)

    For all authentic & updated information on COVID-19 related technical issues, guidelines & advisories please regularly visit: https://www.mohfw.gov.in/ and @MoHFW_INDIA.

    Technical queries related to COVID-19 may be sent to technicalquery.covid19@gov.in and other queries on ncov2019@gov.in and @CovidIndiaSeva .

    In case of any queries on COVID-19, please call at the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare helpline no.: +91-11-23978046 or 1075 (Toll-free). List of helpline numbers of States/UTs on COVID-19 is also available at https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/coronvavirushelplinenumber.pdf .

  • Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said that voters will however be required to remove the mask and verify their identity at the polling booth.

    He said that hand sanitisers will be used and social distancing maintained at the polling booths. The chairman said voters have already been informed that they will be allowed to use their own pens to mark their preferences.

    Around 1.6 crore voters will be eligible to exercise their franchise to elect a 225-member parliament. Sri Lanka follows a preferential system of voting for parliament elections and an electoral district elects several representatives for the parliament.  This is the first major election in the region after COVID outbreak and polling was postponed twice due to the pandemic.

    The ruling Sri Lanka People’s party (SLPP) is aiming to get two-thirds majority at the election in a bid to change 19th amendment to the constitution which has curtailed President’s powers and set up independent commissions.

    The party led by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has been highlighting the failures during the previous government including Easter Sunday attacks and bond scam.

    Opposition parties are talking of post-COVID recovery and overcoming economic challenges before the country. 
     

  • The flood affected population has also increased to 53 lakh 70 thousand. So far, about four lakh people have been evacuated from the flood affected areas. 31 teams of NDRF and SDRF are engaged in relief and rescue operations. 

    Additional Secretary of Disaster Management Department Ramchandra-Du said that 27 thousand people are staying in the relief centers while the cooked food is being provided to a population of 9 lakh 40,000 through 1385 community kitchens.

    The water level of Gandak, Budhi Gandak, and Bagmati rivers in Muzaffarpur district is above the danger mark. 210 Panchayats of 13 blocks of the district are affected by the floods in the district.

    Meanwhile in Pilkhi Panchayat, the flood water has spread in 4 villages due to breach in the right embankment of Tirhut canal. About 200 villagers living in low-lying areas have been evacuated to safer places. The NDRF team is continuously engaged in relief work. In Saraiya block of the district, the left embankment of the river broke due to high water flow. The cut and protection work of the breached embankments is in progress.

    In Darbhanga district a safety embankment on the river of Adhwara group has breached in Kewati block. Due to this heavy water flow is now spreading into new areas. People are trying to repair the embankment.

    The Meteorological Department has predicted light rain in the catchment areas of all the rivers flowing in Bihar on Monday.

  • The approval for conducting phase 2 and 3 clinical trials by the SII was granted by DCGI Dr VG Somani late last night after a thorough evaluation based on the recommendations of the Subject Expert Committee on COVID-19.

    The expert panel at the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) had on Friday recommended granting permission for phase 2 and 3 clinical trials of the vaccine - Covishield on healthy adults in India.

    The firm has to submit safety data, evaluated by the Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB), to the CDSCO before proceeding to phase 3 clinical trials.

    Currently, phase 2 and 3 clinical trials of the Oxford vaccine are going on in the UK, phase 3 clinical trials in Brazil and phase 1 and 2 clinical trials in South Africa.

  • The BSE Sensex was trading 304 points or 0.81 per cent lower at 37,303; while the NSE Nifty was down 77 points or 0.70 per cent at 10,996.    

    In the previous session, the 30-share Sensex ended 129 points or 0.34 per cent lower at 37,607, while the NSE Nifty fell 29 points or 0.26 per cent to 11,073.  

    Bourses in Hong Kong and Seoul were in the red, while Shanghai and Tokyo were trading on the positive territory.

    Global oil benchmark Brent crude was trading 0.55 per cent lower at  43.28 US Dollars per barrel.

  • It also includes 20 thousand 324 crore collected on import of goods and cess is seven thousand 265 crore rupees.

    Finance Ministry said, the government has settled 23 thousand 320 crore rupees to CGST and 18 thousand 838 crore to SGST from IGST as regular settlement.

    The total revenue earned by Central Government and the State Governments after regular settlement in the month of July is 39 thousand 467 crore rupees for CGST and 40 thousand 256 crore for the SGST.

    The revenues for the last month were higher than the current month.
     

  • DD News telecasts weekly Sanskrit programme, Vaartavali regularly. All India Radio aired the first ever special program in Sanskrit titled "Bahujan Bhasha - Sanskrit Bhasha" on Monday morning to mark the occasion.

    Education Minister Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank in a special message in Sanskrit underlines the importance of Sanskrit language.

    Union Minister Prakash Javadekar has greeted the nation on the occasion of Sanskrit Diwas. In his message, Javadekar said ancient texts of India like the Vedas were composed in Sanskrit. He said this language in the mother of many other languages.

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has also wished the nation on the occasion.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take part in the Bhoomi Pujan on Wednesday.

    Meanwhile, pious soil and water from all the major religious sites, places of national importance and sacred rivers of the nation are reaching Ayodhya. Thousands of urns from all over the country are reaching Ayodhya for Bhoomi Poojan. They contain water and soil from all sacred places including temples and birthplace of national heroes.

    Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Shetra trust informed that water and soil from Shri Badrinath Dham, Raigad Fort, Shri Ranganathswami Mandir, Shri Mahakaleshwar Mandir and birthplaces of  Chandrashekar Azad and Shri Birsa Munda and many other places of religious and national importance have already reached Ayodhya Dham for the Pujan.

    Sacred soil of Haldi Ghati, forts of Rani Lakshmi Bai, Shivaji and Durga devi and water from Mansarovar, Ganga Sagar and other oceans have also reached Ayodhya. This soil and water will be used in construction of Ram Temple.

    Meanwhile the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Shetra trust looking after the temple construction work has again appealed to all to remain at home and express their emotions on social media on the day of Bhumi Pujan.

  • It said, a low-pressure area is likely to develop over the north Bay of Bengal and move into Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, and then to central Maharashtra and Gujarat, bringing heavy rainfall.

    Jharkhand and Gangetic West Bengal may also receive moderate rainfall on Tuesday and Wednesday.

    A monsoon trough is likely to shift southwards and strengthen during the next three to four days and lash Goa, coastal Karnataka and Kerala with widespread rainfall.

    The weather department has issued a red warning for coastal Maharashtra and Goa for on Tuesday. 

    Heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected today over Mumbai and isolated extremely heavy showers on Tuesday and Wednesday.

     

  • "I didn't think I would make it round the last two corners," admitted the world champion. The front left tyre of his Mercedes had delaminated and deflated on his final lap, leaving the six-time world champion to nurse his car to the finish as second-placed Max Verstappen hunted him down.

    "I just can't believe it," said the championship leader. "It was heart-stopping. I backed off and stayed chilled and was so glad it happened on the straight – not on a high-speed corner like Copse. That would have been a disaster."

    Hamilton claimed a record seventh home win – passing Alain Prost's total of six home wins in France - to increase his career total to 87, four short of Michael Schumacher's record of 91.

    He also passed Ayrton Senna's record of most races led from start to finish with his 20th lights-to-flag victory, but he conceded it was a race finish like nothing he had previously experienced.

    "Up until that last lap everything was relatively smooth-sailing," said Hamilton.

    "(Teammate) Valtteri (Bottas) was really pushing incredibly hard, I was doing some management of the tyres. Then, when I heard his went, I looked at mine and it seemed fine.

    "In the last few laps, I started to back off and then on the last lap it deflated. That was a real heart in the mouth moment.

    "You could see it falling off the rim. From then, I was just managing it and I was just praying to get round and not be too slow."

    "I have definitely never experienced anything like that on the last lap and my heart nearly stopped.

    "I could hear him (Verstappen) catching me. It was 30 seconds, 20, 19, 15, 10 and then seven. A horrible feeling. I thought he would catch me on the line, but thankfully I got it home. "I had to stay cool. I had no choice. My survival instincts took over."

    Reminded that the weather forecast for next weekend's 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, at the same circuit, is for higher temperatures and, on softer tyres, more wear problems, Hamilton said he was not intending to worry.

    "If it's hotter and worse, it's not for me to stress about now."

    Hamilton raised his right arm with a clenched fist on the podium and later added that he was happy at the much improved demonstration of drivers' solidarity in the pre-race anti-racism ceremony that took place on the start-finish line before the national anthem.

    "I spent a lot of time talking to senior people and in the end we had everyone on board," he said.

    "Everyone agreed that we had not done enough to this point and we needed to make it look much better set up, planned and prepared – a lot more professional."

  • The so-called Apple Fire that broke out Friday near the city of San Bernardino has so far charred more than 20,000 acres (8,000 hectares), sending up columns of smoke visible from far away. It was so smoky that authorities declared an air quality alert Saturday evening.

    At least 2,600 homes and nearly 7,800 people were evacuated, and officials said it was not clear when they might be able to come back.

    As of 1800 GMT, more than 1,360 firefighters backed by helicopters, water-dumping planes and trucks were working to put out the fire.

    Crews lost control of the blaze after managing to contain 12 percent of it earlier Sunday. There were no reports of casualties, and the only damage so far has been to two buildings and one home.

    The edges of the fire are burning on rugged hills that are hard for crews to reach, authorities said.

    Dense vegetation fueled fire burning near homes, said Fernando Herrera, fire chief in Riverside County, while hot and dry conditions Sunday will help the fire keep burning.

    A probe is under way as to the cause of the fire, which officials said may have been set deliberately.

     

  • The successful mission, carried out jointly by SpaceX and NASA, demonstrated that the United States once again has the capacity to send its astronauts to space and bring them back.

    SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour's four main parachutes gently floated down to the water after the vessel landed off the coast of Pensacola at 2:48 pm (1848 GMT).

    It was the first water landing for a crewed US spaceship since the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz mission.

    Pilot Doug Hurley, one of two astronauts on board along with commander Bob Behnken, said: "It's truly our honor and privilege."

    "On behalf of the NASA and SpaceX teams, welcome back to planet Earth and thanks for flying SpaceX," replied SpaceX's Mike Heiman, to laughter in the control room.

    A number of civilian boats swarmed the landing zone as a recovery ship sped to the scorched capsule and brought it aboard.

    The hatch opening was briefly delayed as a team worked to stop a leak of rocket fuel vapor.

    Around an hour after splashdown, the astronauts exited the capsule and now await a helicopter ride to shore, followed by a plane trip to Houston where they will re-unite with their families.

    President Donald Trump -- who had travelled to Florida for the capsule's launch two months ago -- hailed its safe return. "Thank you to all!" he tweeted. "Great to have NASA Astronauts return to Earth after very successful two month mission."

    United States has had to rely on Russia for rides to space since the last Space Shuttle flew in 2011.

    Tropical Storm Isaias, which had scuppered Endeavour's original landing site in the Atlantic, was nearing Florida's east coast Sunday, hundreds of miles away.

    The mission is also a major win for Elon Musk's SpaceX, which was founded in only 2002 but has leap-frogged its way past Boeing, its main competitor in the commercial space race.

    The US has paid the two companies a total of about $7 billion for their "space taxi" contracts, though aerospace giant Boeing's efforts have badly floundered.

    The Crew Dragon capsule performed several precise procedures in order to return home safely.

    First, it jettisoned its "trunk" that contains its power, heat and other systems, which burned up in the atmosphere.

    Endeavour then fired its thrusters to maneuver itself into the proper orbit and trajectory for splashdown.

    As it re-entered the atmosphere at a speed of around 17,500 mph (28,000 kph), it experienced temperatures of 3,500 degrees Fahrenheit (1900 degrees Celsius).

    This caused a brief but expected communications blackout.

    Endeavour then deployed two sets of parachutes on its descent, bringing its speed down to a mere 15 mph (24 kph) as it hit the ocean. The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft set off from the ISS Saturday evening.

    Footage showed the capsule drifting slowly away from the orbital laboratory in the darkness of space.

    During a farewell ceremony on the station, Behnken said that "the hardest part was getting us launched. But the most important part is bringing us home."

    Addressing his son and Hurley's son, he held up a toy dinosaur that the children chose to send on the mission and said: "Tremor The Apatosaurus is headed home soon and he'll be with your dads."

    Behnken and Hurley's return marks only the beginning for the Crew Dragon as SpaceX and NASA look ahead to future missions.

    Endeavor will be brought back to the SpaceX Dragon Lair in Florida where it will undergo a six-weeks-long inspection process, as teams pore over its data and performance in order to certify the vessel as worthy of future low-Earth orbit missions.

    The next mission -- dubbed "Crew-1" -- will involve a four member team: commander Michael Hopkins, pilot Victor Glover, and mission specialist Shannon Walker of NASA, along with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency mission specialist Soichi Noguchi.

    Take-off is set for late September and the crew are due to spend six months on the space station.

  • He said TikTok and other Chinese software companies operating in the US, such as WeChat, feed personal data on American citizens directly to the Chinese Communist Party.

    For years the US has put up with this because Americans felt "we're having fun with it," Pompeo said. "President Trump has said, 'Enough,' and we’re going to fix it," Pompeo said.  "And so he will take action in the coming days with respect to a broad array of national security risks that are presented by software connected to the Chinese Communist Party," he added.

    Pompeo said the data that companies like TikTok are gleaning about Americans "could be their facial recognition pattern; it could be information about their residence, their phone numbers, their friends, who they’re connected to."

    Earlier, in another ominous US warning to the Chinese-owned app, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said TikTok should be sold or blocked in the US. TikTok, Mnuchin said, simply "cannot exist as it does." Mnuchin did not comment directly on Trump's threat Friday to bar the wildly popular video-sharing app.

    The secretary recalled that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States -- which he chairs -- is reviewing TikTok, which is especially popular with young audiences who create and watch its short-form videos and has an estimated one billion users worldwide.

    But in one of many fronts in the increasingly poisonous US-Chinese relationship, US officials have said it could be a tool for Chinese intelligence. TikTok denies any such suggestion. "I will say publicly that the entire committee agrees that TikTok cannot stay in the current format because it risks sending back information on 100 million Americans," Mnuchin said Sunday.

    Mnuchin said he has spoken to leaders of Congress including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the top Democrat in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, about what to do with TikTok's operations in the US.

    "We agree there needs to be a change -- force a sale or block the app. Everybody agrees it can't exist as it does," Mnuchin said.

    The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday that negotiations for Microsoft to buy the US operations of TikTok, owned by Chinese internet giant ByteDance, are on hold after Trump threatened to bar the app.

    TikTok defended itself on Saturday, with its general manager for the US, Vanessa Pappas, telling users that the company was working to give them "the safest app," amid US concerns over data security.

    "We're not planning on going anywhere," Pappas said in a message released on the app.

  • Six months after the World Health Organization declared a global emergency, the virus has killed more than 687,000 people since it first emerged in China late last year. 

    Fresh clusters have been reported in countries that had previously brought their outbreaks under control, forcing governments to reimpose lockdown measures despite worries over further economic fallout.

    Australia's Victoria state imposed fresh, sweeping restrictions on Sunday, including a curfew in Melbourne for the next six weeks, a ban on wedding gatherings, and an order that schools and universities go back online in the coming days.

    "Anything short of this will see it drag on for months and months and months," Victoria premier Daniel Andrews said of the outbreak.

    Despite a lockdown, Melbourne has continued to report hundreds of new cases daily even as other states in Australia have reported zero or a small number.

    Many other parts of the world are struggling with much bigger outbreaks.

    Health authorities in South Africa, where a surge in cases had been expected after the gradual loosening of a strict lockdown, reported that infections exceeded the half-million mark.

    The nation is by far the hardest-hit in Africa, accounting for more than half of diagnosed infections, although President Cyril Ramaphosa said the fatality rate is lower than the global average.

    Latin America and the Caribbean passed another milestone on Sunday as fatalities in the region climbed to more than 200,000, with Brazil and Mexico accounting for nearly three-quarters.

    Iran -- battling the Middle East's deadliest outbreak -- reported its highest single-day infection count in nearly a month, warning that most of its provinces have been hit by a resurgence of the disease.

    With infections and deaths soaring, the UN health agency has said the coronavirus pandemic is likely to be protracted and warned of possible "response fatigue".

    "The WHO continues to assess the global risk level of COVID-19 to be very high," the agency said, adding that the effects of the pandemic "will be felt for decades to come".

    Mexico overtook Britain to become the third hardest-hit country in virus deaths -- after Brazil and United States -- with more than 46,600 fatal cases. The US has now tallied more than 4.6 million cases and 154,793 deaths.

    The pandemic has spurred a race for a vaccine with several Chinese companies at the forefront, while Russia has set a target date of September to roll out its own prophylactic.

    However, US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said it was unlikely America would use any vaccine developed in either nation.

    As part of its "Operation Warp Speed", the US government will pay pharmaceutical giants Sanofi and GSK up to $2.1 billion for the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, the two companies have said.

    In Europe, where many countries had hoped their outbreaks had been brought under control, Norway recorded its first virus death in two weeks and Switzerland reported its case numbers had crept up again.

    Despite the resurgence, Europe has seen demonstrations against coronavirus curbs.

    Thousands protested in Berlin over the weekend urging "a day of freedom" from the restrictions, with some demonstrators dubbing the pandemic "the biggest conspiracy theory".

    The protests, in which many demonstrators failed to wear masks or respect social distancing rules, triggered calls for tougher penalties against those who violate curbs.

    At least 45 police officers were injured and more than 130 people were arrested.

    The pandemic has also continued to cause mayhem in the travel, sports, cultural and tourism sectors, with more airlines announcing mass job cuts and major festivals and cultural events scaling back.

    Latin America's biggest airline, the Brazilian-Chilean group LATAM, said it would lay off at least 2,700 crew, and British Airways pilots overwhelmingly voted to accept a deal cutting wages by 20 percent, with 270 jobs lost.

    Austria's month-long Salzburg festival celebrates its 100th anniversary, but now with a reduced programme and strict safety measures, including masks for spectators until they are seated.

    The 80,000 tickets for the event -- down from the usual 230,000 -- have been personalised to enable contact-tracing.

  • This is expected to provide the patients psychological support. Though mobile phones are allowed in hospital wards, the letter was issued following some representation from the kin of patients alleging that mobile phones are not being allowed by the hospital administrations.

    In the letter to the Principal Secretaries of health and medical education of States and UTs, Director General of Health Services in the Health Ministry, Dr Rajiv Garg said, appropriate protocols for disinfecting devices and allocating timeslots can be developed by the hospital concerned to facilitate contact between patients and their family. 

    He stressed that administrative and medical teams should be responsive to the psychological needs of patients admitted in COVID-19 wards and ICUs.

  • The workers under the banner of different trade unions were on strike for the past few days demanding assurance from the Government that the East Container Terminal (ECT) of the Colombo port will not be given to India. 

    The strike had crippled operations at the Colombo port which is one of the biggest in the region. The previous government had signed a tripartite Memorandum of cooperation with India and Japan for development of ECT.

    The current government has said that they are talking with both the governments to finalise the agreement. 

    President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had already appointed a five-member committee to examine and report on the concerns regarding the development of the Jaya Container Terminal (JCT) and East Container Terminal (ECT).

    Almost 70 per cent of the transshipment business from Colombo port is destined for India and Indian high commission in Colombo has said that the deal can be a win-win cooperation.

  • The Swachh Bharat mission has focused on rural and urban areas separately and played a crucial role in ensuring sanitation in the country.

    Since the launch of the mission in 2014, more than 10 crore individual toilets have been constructed across the country and as a result, rural areas in all the States have declared themselves Open Defecation Free ODF on 2nd October, 2019.

    To ensure that the open defecation free behaviours are sustained, no one is left behind, and that solid and liquid waste management facilities are accessible, the Swachh Bharat Mission (Rural) has moved towards its second phase which is also called ODF-Plus. 

    This phase will continue till 2024-25. The Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) has also made remarkable progress in the area of both sanitation and solid waste management.

    Over 4,324 Urban Local Bodies have been declared ODF in the country so far. 

    More than 66 lakh individual household toilets and over 6 lakh community and public toilets have also been constructed or are under construction.

    In the area of solid waste management, 96 per cent of wards have 100 per cent door-to door collection while 66 per cent of the total waste generated is being processed.

  • Railways Minister Piyush Goyal, complimented the superannuated staff for their dedicated services and valuable contribution to Railways.

    Union Minister Piyush Goyal urged all to continue to perform acts which can benefit society at large and further enrich the process of nation building.

    The staff getting superannuated thanked Mr Goyal for attending the event and making it a memorable one.

    Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister appreciated their contribution for Railways to make it a better Railways. The Minister also complimented the staff for putting best efforts during the fight against COVID.

    The Minister referred to cleanliness, a small act which resulted in a transformational change. The Minister urged the retirees to continue to perform small acts which can bring discernible changes in society like rain water harvesting, production of manure from wet waste, thinking of innovative ways to increase production of farmers’ harvest.

    The officers and Staff interacted with the Minister of Railways and Minister of State of Railways and thanked them for making their retirement function a memorable retirement event.

    They also expressed that they would always be a part of Rail Parivaar.

  • The guidelines state that before planning to travel, all travelers should submit a self declaration form on the online portal - newdelhiairport.in at least 72 hours before the scheduled travel. 

    They should also give an undertaking on the portal that they would undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days. This includes 7 days paid institutional quarantine at their own cost followed by 7 days isolation at home with self monitoring of health. 

    Home quarantine may be permitted for 14 days only for compelling reasons such as pregnancy, death in family or serious illness. Travellers may also seek exemption from institutional quarantine by submitting a negative RT PCR test report upon arrival. The test should have been conducted within 96 hours prior to undertaking the journey.

    Before boarding, Do's and Don'ts will be provided along with tickets to the travelers by the concerned agencies.

    All passengers will be advised to download Arogya Setu App on their mobile devices. Only asymptomatic travelers will be allowed to board after thermal screening.

    On arrival, thermal screening will be carried out by the health officials present at the airport, seaport or landport. The passengers found symptomatic during screening will be immediately isolated and taken to a medical facility as per health protocol.

    States can develop their own protocol with regards to quarantine and isolation as per their assessment post arrival of passengers in the State.

  • Vice President wrote “I convey my greetings and good wishes to the people of our country on the auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan. Across India and worldwide, the sacred bonds between brothers and sisters are honoured on Raksha Bandhan day."

    Vice President also said that, "this festival reaffirms the strong ties of love and affection that bind brothers and sisters together. On this auspicious occasion, let us also resolve to uphold the dignity and respect traditionally accorded to women in our society and empower women to reach their true potential. May this festival bring peace, harmony and prosperity in our country.”

  • BJP President J P Nadda, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi, AAP convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, TMC President and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, BJD President and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and others have wished good health for HM Amit Shah.

    Several Union Ministers including Rajnath Singh, Dr Harsh Vardhan, Piyush Goyal, Prakash Javadekar, Ram Vilas Paswan, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Ravi Shankar Prasad  along with Chief Ministers of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and others have also wished Home Minister a speedy recovery. 

  • The meeting was organised to give a final shape to the schedule and discuss other arrangements for the eagerly-awaited event to be held in the UAE this year. 

    Taking note of the prevailing COVID-19 situation in India, the IPL GC decided to stage the tournament in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the matches will be played in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi subject to necessary clearances from the Government of India. 

    IPL 2020 will be played from 19th September and the final will be played on 10th November 2020. The 53-day tournament will witness 10-afternoon matches starting at 15:30 IST while the evening matches will start at 19:30 IST. 

    The Governing Council also discussed the comprehensive Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), which will be finalised and published in due course, including the agencies to execute and deliver a bio-secure environment for safe and successful conduct of IPL 2020 Season.

    The Governing Council also reviewed the Player Regulations for replacement player for 2020 season. 

    Women’s T20 Challenge will also take place in the UAE and will comprise three teams with four matches to be played during the IPL Playoff week.

     

  • According to the depositories data, a net sum of Rs 7,563 crore rupees was invested in equities while Rs 4,262 crore were withdrawn by FPIs in July.

    The net investment during the month stood at Rs 3,301 crore. 

    In the previous month, FPIs put in a net Rs 24,053 crore in Indian markets.

  • This is the highest number of recoveries in a single day since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country. With this, the recovery rate has improved to 65.43 per cent. The case fatality rate has further declined to 2.13 per cent.

    The Health and Family Welfare Ministry said, a total of 11,45,629 people have recovered from COVID-19 in the country so far. 54,735 new cases of Coronavirus have been reported in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 17,50,723.

    Presently, the total number of active Corona cases in the country is 5,67,730. In a single day, 853 deaths have also been reported taking the nationwide toll to 37,364.

    The Indian Council of Medical Research said that a total of 4,63,172 tests were conducted by various laboratories within 24 hours.

    Overall, 1,98,21,831 tests have been conducted in the country so far.

    At present, 1,344 laboratories across India are conducting COVID-19 tests that includes 913 government laboratories and 431 private laboratory chains. 

  • In a programme organised at the unique initiative of Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh, on the eve of RakshaBandhan festival on Monday, Self Help Groups (SHGs) from the eight North Eastern States of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim also sent Rakhis, tri-coloured bands and face masks to Army and Paramilitary personnel posted in Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, thus bringing together the inherent bond among the various cultures, States and people of India. 

    Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister said, Jammu&Kashmir is my parliamentary constituency and Northeast is my official constituency. As a Minister for MDoNER, he said, since the North Eastern region is a part of his assigned responsibilities, he looks at it as a rare opportunity to be able to connect the two peripheral regions of India.

    A Rakhi from Northeast for a soldier in Jammu&Kashmir or Ladakh, Union Minister said, is a message that sisters across the country are praying for the safety of their brothers in security forces who are in turn guarding the borders day and night for their safety. 

    Lauding the talent and commitment of the women of Northeast, Union Minister said, Women Self Help Groups in the region have been making face masks since March- April. 

    The programme was coordinated by SHGs from North East India, supported by the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (MDoNER), North Eastern Council (NEC) and North Eastern Region Community Resource Management Project (NERCORMP).

    Secretary DoNER InderJit Singh, Special Secretary Indevar Pandey, Officer on Special Duty Prashant Kumar Jha were also present .

  • Over 55 lakh people spread over 14 districts are reeling under the impact of devastating floods. 

    The worst affected is Darbhanga where about 17 lakh people have been affected. The other affected districts are Muzaffarpur, Samastipur, Sitamarhi and East Champaran.

    People who are living in low lying areas of Darbhanga and Samastipur have been advised to go to higher places. 49 people have lost their lives in flood related incidents in the last 24 hours. Villages spread over 1,059 panchayats have been cut off from district headquarters.

    Rail traffic remained suspended on Darbhanga -Samastipur rail section of East Central Railway. Vehicular traffic at several places in Darbhanga, Samastipur, Saran and East Champaran has been disrupted.

    Relief and rescue operations have been intensified. 31 teams of NDRF and SDRF have been pressed into service. Over four lakh people have been evacuated so far. 30 thousand people are taking shelter in relief camps. 1,385 community kitchens have been set up to provide food to over nine lakh thirty thousand people.

    Gandak, Bagmati, Kamla Balan, Mahananda and Adhwara groups of rivers are flowing above the danger mark.

    The Met department warns moderate to heavy rain across northern parts of the State in the next 24 hours.