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  • Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and MSMEs Shri Nitin Gadkari has called for increased investment by international institutions and bodies in the Indian Highways and MSME sectors. He said, automobile and MSME are the two growth engines of Indian economy.

  • The record highest single day recoveries at 56,110 registered in the last 24 hours are the result of the successful implementation of effective containment strategy, aggressive and comprehensive testing coupled with standardized clinical management of the critical patients based on holistic Standard of Care approach.

  • As India gears up to celebrate its 74th Independence Day celebrations , the Ministry of Tourism’s DekhoApnaDesh Webinar Series presented the webinar titled “Cellular Jail : Letters , Memoirs & Memories on 10th August 2020.

  • Union Home Minister, Shri Amit Shah conveyed greetings to mark the International Youth Day. In a series of tweets, he said “The greatest strength and asset of any nation is its youth. India is truly blessed to have a youth power filled with tremendous ambitions and skills.

  • The number of loan sanctions and number of applications received under PM Street Vendor’s AtmaNirbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi) scheme have crossed the mark of 1 lakh and 5 lakhs respectively within 41 days of commencement of the lending process on July 02, 2020.

  • The “Union Home Minister’s Medal for Excellence in Investigation” for the year 2020 have been awarded to 121 Police personnel. This medal was constituted in 2018 with the objective to promote high professional standards of investigation of crime and to recognize such Excellence in Investigation by investigating officers.

  • The Vice President, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu today stressed the need to give for providing a comprehensive, authentic and objective account of the historical events.

    He was speaking after releasing the book, ‘NETAJI—India’s Independence and British Archives’ authored by Dr. Kalyan Kumar De, an associate member of the Netaji Subash Bose-INA Trust at Upa-Rashtrapati Nivas.

  • Prime Minister will launchthe platform for “Transparent Taxation – Honoring the Honest” via video conferencing on the 13th August 2020.

    TheCBDT  has carried out several major tax reforms in direct taxes in the recent years.

  • Based on the credible information that few Chinese individuals and their Indian associates were involved in money laundering and hawala transactions through series of shell entities, a search action was mounted at various premises of these Chinese entities, their close confederates and couple of bank employees.

  • According to the National Weather Forecasting Centre/Regional Meteorological Centre, New Delhi of the India Meteorological Department (IMD):

     

     

    The monsoon trough is active and near to its normal position.

  • Shri Rajesh Verma, Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) released the ‘Report of the Committee on Business Responsibility Reporting (BRR)’ here today.

    The BRR was released in the presence of Dr. Sameer Sharma, DG, IICA; Shri Amarjeet Singh, Executive Director, SEBI; Shri Atul Gupta, president, ICAI: Shri Ashish Garg, president, ICSI and Shri R. Mukundan, CEO, Tata Chemicals, besides representatives from CII, FICCI, ASSOCHAM and individuals from business, academia and civil society organisations.

  • Union Education Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank'  addressed a Webinar on Gandhian Thought and Philosophy organised by Jamia Millia Islamia(JMI) today  in association with the University of Oxford, UK. It was the first lecture in the Webinar series on Gandhian Thought and Philosophy.

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

    In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, “??? ?????????? ?? ?????????? ?? ???? ???? ?? ????-???? ??????????? ?? ?????????! Best wishes on the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami.

  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind in his message on the eve of Janmashtami has said:-

    “On the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami, I extend my warm greetings and best wishes to all my fellow citizens in India and abroad.

  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today interacted with Chief Ministers and representatives of ten states including Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Punjab, Bihar, Gujarat, Telangana, and Uttar Pradesh via video conferencing to discuss the current situation and plan ahead for tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh launched the initiatives of a number of modernisation and up-gradation of facilities as also new infrastructure creation by Defence PSUs and OFB, through digital link here today, as part of the Atma Nirbhar Week celebration of the Ministry of Defence.

  • Sh. Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh digitally called upon Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare to seek his inputs in improving Madhya Pradesh in the field of health and medicine, here today.

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    India's COVID-19 recoveries cross the historic peak of 1.5 million; Case Fatality Rate touches a new low of 2%

    India's COVID-19 recoveries have crossed the historic peak of 1.5 million today.

  • Union Home Minister, Shri Amit Shah has termed it “a ?momentous day” for the people of Andaman & Nicobar Islands as the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the 2300 KM long Submarine Optical Fibre Cable (OFC), connecting Port Blair, Little Andaman and Swaraj Island.

  • The Government of India (GoI) has announced the Sale (Re-issue) of (i) ‘5.09 per cent Government Stock, 2022’ for a notified amount of Rs 3,000 crore (nominal) through price based auction, (ii) ‘5.77 per cent GS, 2030’ for a notified amount of Rs 18,000 crore (nominal) through price based auction, (iii) ‘GoI Floating Rate Bonds, 2033’ for a notified amount of Rs 4,000 crore (nominal) through price based auction, and (iv) ‘7.19 per cent  Government Stock, 2060’ for a notified amount of Rs 5,000 crore (nominal) through price based auction.

  • National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 deliberated on strategy to ensure COVID 19 vaccines's availability and its delivery mechanism.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the platform for Transparent Taxation-Honoring the Honest through video conferencing tomorrow.

  • The Union Home Minister’s Medal for Excellence in Investigation for 2020 has been awarded to 121 Police personnel.

  • Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has called for increased investment by international institutions and bodies in the Indian Highways and MSME sectors.

  • India has conducted highest ever single day Covid tests at over seven lakh 33 thousand in the last 24 hours.

  • In Chhattisgarh, four Maoists were killed in an encounter with security forces in Sukma district today.

  • Today is International Youth Day. The day gives an opportunity to celebrate and mainstream young peoples’ voices, actions and initiatives, as well as their meaningful, universal and equitable engagement.

  • Government has opened 91 Jan Aushadhi Kendras in Jammu and Kashmir and three in Ladakh region between January and July this year.

  • Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has unearthed money-laundering worth over 1,000 crore rupees involving Chinese and Indian nationals.

  • In a landmark judgment, Supreme Court has ruled that daughters will have inheritance rights equal to those of sons from properties of fathers and grandfathers right from the codification of the law in 1956.

  • Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has launched ICAR's data recovery centre - Krishi Megh. The move is aimed at protecting the precious data of the government's premier research body Indian Council of Agricultural Research.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that India will win against coronavirus if 10 states defeat it. Mr Modi said, 10 states account for over 80 per cent of the active COVID-19 cases in the country.

  • The players had been asked to assemble at the campus on August 4. SAI said that the decision was made after having "detailed discussions with all stakeholders, including the chief coaches and core probables of both the teams and after giving the utmost priority to the safety and well-being of all the athletes".

    The schedule hence remains as was planned before despite six players from the men's team testing positive for COVID-19. Striker Mandeep Singh, captain Manpreet Singh, Jaskaran Singh, Surender Kumar, Varun Kumar and Krishnan B Pathak, who have tested positive for coronavirus, have all been shifted to a multi-speciality hospital. The players had been quarantined and undergoing treatment at the campus itself previously. The six players will rejoin the camp after completing their recovery and quarantine period.

    Women's coach Sjoerd Marijne said that the team is happy and "feeling safe". "Having spoken to all the players about the resumption, I have received a positive response from each of them. We look forward to working hard on the team's fitness in this protected environment," said the Dutchman.

    "It is good to know that everyone is eager while making sure their health and wellbeing is our collective priority. We are also in constant touch with the six players who have tested positive for COVID 19. They are in good spirits, and are looking forward to a quick recovery. Once recovered and after following protocol of quarantine, we look forward to having them back with us," said men's coach Graham Reid.

  • TESS, short for Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, scanned about 75 per cent of the starry sky during its primary mission that ended on July 4, NASA said on Tuesday.

    "TESS is producing a torrent of high-quality observations providing valuable data across a wide range of science topics," said Patricia Boyd, the project scientist for TESS at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

    "As it enters its extended mission, TESS is already a roaring success."

    TESS monitors 24-by-96-degree strips of the sky called sectors for about a month using its four cameras.

    The mission spent its first year observing 13 sectors comprising the southern sky and then spent another year imaging the northern sky.

    Now in its extended mission, TESS has turned around to resume surveying the south, NASA said.

    The extended mission for TESS will be completed in September 2022.

    After spending a year imaging the southern sky, TESS will take another 15 months to collect additional observations in the north and to survey areas along the ecliptic -- the plane of Earth's orbit around the Sun -- that the satellite has not yet imaged.

    Among the mission's newest planetary discoveries are its first Earth-size world, named TOI 700 d, which is located in the habitable zone of its star, the range of distances where conditions could be just right to allow liquid water on the surface.

    TESS revealed a newly minted planet around the young star AU Microscopii and found a Neptune-size world orbiting two suns.

    In addition to its planetary discoveries, TESS has observed the outburst of a comet in our solar system, as well as numerous exploding stars.

    Even more remarkable, TESS watched as a black hole in a distant galaxy shredded a Sun-like star, NASA said.

  • "First of all, the production facilities in Russia will be oriented towards the domestic market, to meet the need of our citizens," Murashko said during a news conference on Wednesday.

    Russia will offer the vaccine to other countries when it has sufficient amounts, the minister said, adding that foreign nations' doubts about the effectiveness of the vaccine are unfounded.

    The platform where the vaccine was created has been thoroughly studied and its authors have accumulated a sufficient amount of scientific data to guarantee its safety, he added.

    The world's first registered vaccine against the novel coronavirus was announced by President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday during an online meeting with government officials.

    The vaccine, named Sputnik V, was developed by the Gamaleya National Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology, alongside the Russian Direct Investment Fund.

    Russia plans to produce at least five million doses of the vaccine a month from December through January, according to Alexander Gintsburg, director of the Gamaleya National Research Center.

    He said that the center is also preparing documents to obtain permission to test the vaccine on children.

    The vaccine for children will be the same as the one for adults, but will likely be administered in a different dosage, requiring additional testing, Gintsburg added.

    So far, Russia has tallied a total of 902,701 COVID-19 cases, including 15,260 deaths and 710,298 recoveries.

  • When it becomes functional, the Minister said, the travel time from Katra to Delhi will get reduced to around six and half hours, and from Jammu to Delhi to just about six hours.

    Sharing the details, Singh stated that once this express road corridor becomes functional, people will prefer to travel to Delhi by road instead of undertaking journey by train or by Air.

    “The hallmark of this road corridor is that it will connect the holy cities of Katra and Amritsar, and at the same time offer connectivity for some other major important religious shrines between the two destinations,” he said.

    Singh further informed that after completion of the survey by Feedback Consultants Ltd, the process of acquisition of land is nearly complete and the work on the ground has started.

    Estimated to cost over Rs 35,000 crores, the Minister said, the important cities through which this expressway corridor will pass include Jammu and Kathua in J&K, and Jalandhar, Amritsar, Kapurthala and Ludhiana in Punjab.

    Meanwhile, Singh said, simultaneous widening of the National Highway between Pathankot and Jammu is also being undertaken, to upgrade it from four lane to six lane, which will also prove to be a great boon for the commuters between Jammu, Kathua and Pathankot.

    Scheduled to be completed within a timeline of three years, Singh said, the road corridor will prove to be a path-breaking revolution in promoting industry and investments in the entire region.

    It will also pave the way for the growth of economic hubs in cities like Kathua and Jammu, he added.

    Singh, had been pursuing this project since 2015 and had for the first time about three and half years ago announced during a programme at Katra that he had submitted a proposal to this effect which had been accepted by the Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari but it would take time because of procedural issues.

    The minister thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the liberal Central funding to build a series of landmark new roads and bridges in the region during the last six years.

  • Under the new scheme, district-wise selection of beneficiaries would begin from August 17 and the beneficiaries would start receiving the amount in the bank account of a female family member on the first day of every month, starting from October, he said.

    “The “Orunodoi” would be the biggest scheme in Assam which would initially benefit at least 17 lakh families and the number would subsequently increase to 25 lakh, he added.

    “The main focus of the scheme on empowering women while contributing to economic development,” he told the media in Guwahati.

    However, Sarma clarified, that while selecting the beneficiaries, there would be economic criteria and “those who have certain movable and immovable assets including land, big houses, vehicles, electronic gadgets, and most government and semi-government employees, would be excluded”.

    A sum of Rs 280 crore has been earmarked for the new scheme.

    “Rs 830 per month aid would mean an additional annual income of Rs 10,000 to the poor households to meet their medical, nutritional, and academic needs besides to meet the additional spending during various festivals,” he said.

    The minister also said that under the “Orunodoi” scheme, priority would be given to households with widows, divorced, unmarried or separated women, and disabled persons.

    To avail the benefits of the scheme, the beneficiary should be a permanent resident of Assam and their composite household income should be less than Rs two lakh per annum, Sarma added.

  • The Congress leader had attended a television debate at 5 p.m. and complained of chest pain soon after the programme ended. He then fell unconscious and was rushed to the Yashoda Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead.

    A resident of Ghaziabad, Tyagi was a member of the Uttar Pradesh Congress before becoming becoming the party’s national spokesperson.

    The Congress in a statement said, “We are deeply saddened by the sudden demise of Rajiv Tyagi, a staunch Congressman and a true patriot. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in this hour of grief.”

    Congress leader Jitin Prasada said, “I am shocked and deeply saddened by his untimely demise.”

    BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said, “I can’t believe that my friend Rajiv Tyagi is not with us any more. He was in a debate with me at 5 p.m. Life is uncertain.”

  • The marathon was initially scheduled to take place on April 5 but was postponed to November due to COVID-19 crisis in the city.

    The organisers have now confirmed that this year's marathon have been entirely scrapped and will now take place next year.

    This development comes just days after it was announced that 2020 edition of the London marathon will take place on October 3 but it will be only an elite race.

    This year's Boston, Berlin, New York and Chicago marathons have already been cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic.

  • The ministers took oath in front of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in a grand ceremony held in the central hills of Kandy.

    Along with the Cabinet ministers, 39 state ministers were also sworn in.

    President Gotabaya Rajapaksa retained the Defence Ministry. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa was appointed as the Minister of Finance, Urban Development, Housing, Buddhist Affairs, Religious and Cultural Affairs.

    Dinesh Gunawardena was sworn in as Minister of Foreign Affairs. Prasanna Ranatunga was sworn in as Minister of Tourism and Keheliya Rambukwella was sworn in as Minister of Mass Media.

    Some of the notable state ministers sworn in were Chamal Rajapaksa who took oaths as State Minister of Internal Security, Home Affairs and Disaster Management, and Shehan Semasinghe who was sworn in as State Minister of Samurdhi (prosperity), Micro Finance, Self-Employment and Business Development.

    Sri Lanka held its Parliamentary election on August 5 under strict health guidelines amid Covid-19 pandemic which has infected over 2,800 people in the island country so far.

    The election was held to elect a new 225-member Parliament.

    SLPP won a landslide victory by securing 145 seats, while the United People’s Power, led by former presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa polled in as runner-up by securing 54 seats.

    Sri Lanka’s new Parliament will convene on August 20.

  • Biden, 77, embraced the significance of naming the first Black woman to a major party’s presidential ticket, but he focused on other attributes Harris brings to the ticket. He hailed the California senator, the 55-year-old former prosecutor who a year ago excoriated Biden on a primary debate stage, as the right woman to help him defeat Trump and then lead a nation facing crises in triplicate: a pandemic, wounded economy and long-simmering reckoning with systemic racism.

    Harris, Biden said at a high school gymnasium in his hometown of WIlmington, Delaware, is “smart, she’s tough, she’s experienced, she’s a proven fighter for the backbone of this country.”

    “Kamala knows how to govern. She knows how to make the hard calls. She’s ready to do this job on day one,” he continued.

    Biden spoke of her experience questioning Trump administration officials in the Senate, and highlighted the historic nature of her pick, noting she’s the daughter of immigrants from India and Jamaica.

  • The expert group deliberated on conceptualization and implementation mechanisms for creation of a digital infrastructure for inventory management and delivery mechanism of the vaccine including tracking of vaccination process with particular focus on last mile delivery.

    They discussed on broad parameters guiding the selection of COVID-19 vaccine candidates for the country and sought inputs from Standing Technical Sub-Committee of National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI).

    The group delved on the procurement mechanisms for COVID-19 vaccine, including both indigenous and international manufacturing along with guiding principles for prioritization of population groups for vaccination.

    The expert group discussed on the financial resources required for procurement of COVID-19 vaccine and various options of financing the same.

    Available options in terms of delivery platforms, cold chain and associated infrastructure for roll out of COVID-19 vaccination were also taken up.

    Further, strategy and follow-up action on all possible scenarios to ensure equitable and transparent delivery of vaccine was deliberated upon.

    Issues related to vaccine safety and surveillance were taken up and strategy for community involvement through transparent information and awareness creation were discussed.

    India’s support to its key neighbors and development partner countries for COVID-19 vaccines was deliberated upon.

    The expert group discussed that India will leverage domestic vaccine manufacturing capacity and will also engage with all international players for early delivery of vaccines not only in India but also in low and middle income countries.

    The Committee also advised all the States not to chart separate pathways of procurement.

  • The Central Board of Direct Taxes(CBDT) has carried out several major tax reforms in direct taxes in recent years. Last year, the Corporate Tax rates were reduced from 30 per cent to 22 per cent and for new manufacturing units the rates were reduced to 15 per cent. Dividend distribution Tax was also abolished.

    The focus of the tax reforms has been on reduction in tax rates and on simplification of direct tax laws. Several initiatives have been taken by the CBDT for bringing in efficiency and transparency in the functioning of the IT Department.

    This includes bringing more transparency in official communication through the newly introduced Document Identification Number, DIN wherein every communication of the Department would carry a computer generated unique document identification number.

    Similarly, to increase the ease of compliance for taxpayers, IT Department has moved forward with pre filing of income tax returns to make compliance more convenient for individual taxpayers. Compliance norms for start-ups have also been simplified.

    With a view to provide for resolution of pending tax disputes the IT Department also brought out the Direct Tax 'Vivad se Vishwas Act, 2020' under which declarations for settling disputes are being filed currently.

    To effectively reduce taxpayer grievances and litigation, the monetary thresholds for filing of departmental appeals in various appellate Courts have been raised.

    Several measures have been taken to promote digital transactions and electronic modes of payment. The IT Department is committed to take the initiatives forward and has also made efforts to ease compliances for taxpayers during the COVID times by extending statutory timeliness for filing returns and also releasing refunds expeditiously to increase liquidity in the hands of taxpayers.

    The upcoming launch of the platform for Transparent Taxation - Honoring the Honest by the Prime Minister will further carry forward the journey of direct tax reforms.

    The event will be witnessed by various Chambers of Commerce, Trade Associations, Chartered Accountants' associations and also eminent taxpayers, apart from the officers and officials of Income Tax Department. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Minister of State for Finance Anurag Singh Thakur will be present on the occasion.

  • Union Health Ministry said, the country's Test, Track and Treat strategy has achieved another peak with 18,852 test per million(TPM).

    The graded and evolving response has resulted in a testing strategy that steadily widened the testing net in the country. 

    To keep up with this strategy, the testing lab network in the country is continuously strengthened which as on today consists of 1421 labs in the country; 944 labs in the government sector and 477 private labs.  

    These include:

    •           Real-Time RT PCR based testing labs: 724 (Govt: 431 + Private: 293)

    •           TrueNat based testing labs: 584 (Govt: 481 + Private: 103)

    •           CBNAAT based testing labs: 113 (Govt: 32 + Private: 81)
     

  • In an advisory to Transport Secretaries of all the States and UTs, Union Road Transport & Highway Ministry  has clarified that vehicles without batteries can be sold and registered based on the type approval certificate issued by the Test Agency. 

    Further, that there is no need to specify the Make/ Type or any other details of the Battery for the purpose of Registration. 

    However, the prototype of the electrical vehicle, and the battery (regular battery or the swappable battery) is required to be type approved by the test Agencies specified under Rule 126 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989. 

    Attention of the States/UTs has been drawn to the relevant FORMS under Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, Viz. FORM-21 (Sale certificate), FORM -22 (Road worthiness certificate issued by the manufacturer) and FORM-22-A (Road worthiness certificate issued for Motor vehicles where fabrication of the body is done separately), required for the registration of Motor Vehicles under Rule 47 (Application for registration of

    Motor Vehicles), clearly specify Engine number/Motor number (In case of battery operated vehicles).

    The Government is striving to create an ecosystem to accelerate the uptake of electric mobility in the country. 

    The MoRTH advisory emphasises  that it is time to come together to work jointly to achieve the broader national agenda to reduce vehicular pollution and oil import bill. 

    This will not only protect the environment and reduce the oil import bill but also provide opportunities to sun-rise industry. 

    For the promotion of electrical two wheelers and three wheeler vehicles, there are recommendations brought to the notice of the Ministry to delink the cost of battery (which accounts for 30-40% of the total cost) from the vehicle cost. 

    Vehicles could then also be sold in the market without the battery. This will make the upfront cost of the electrical 2 wheeler (2W) and 3 wheelers (3W) to be lower than ICE 2 and 3W. The battery could be provided separately by the OEM or the energy service provider. 

  • The loan will cover the construction of Jamuna railway bridge in parallel to the existing Bangabandhu Bridge, expansion of the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit Development Projects and Chattogram-Cox’s Bazar Highway improvement project among the seven projects. 

    The loan carries an interest rate of 0.65 percent with a repayment period of 30 years including initial 10 years as grace period. 

    Japan has been the single largest bilateral donor for Bangladesh since 2012. The total amount of its aid as Yen Loan has reached USD 22 billion (commitment base).
     

  • With this the number of positive cases in the Union territory has gone up-to 26,413.Of these 7,392 are active positive, 18,523 have recovered while 498 deaths have taken place due to this pandemic in the Union Territory.

    Moreover, 544 more COVID 19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals of Jammu and Kashmir Union territory. 

    88 positive cases were reported from Srinagar district followed by 53 from Anantnag district and 52 from Pulwama district.

    Eight Covid-19 deaths took place in the Union Territory during the last 24 hours.

  • The Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Dr ABM Khurshid Alam told the local news agency bdnews24.com that Bangladesh wants to first see the result of the clinical trial done in China before it is permitted to run human clinical trials in the country. 

    He said that Bangladesh is proceeding with caution as the test is sought to be conducted at the national level. 

    He asked who will be held accountable if any harm comes from the human trial?

    In the meanwhile, the government continued to gradually open up various sectors in the country with strict enforcement of the health guidelines in place. 

    The Ministry of Railways has announced that intercity rail services will start operating from 16th August resuming full operations by 30th of the month. 

    However, half of the seats in the trains will be kept vacant to maintain social distancing. 

    The High Court division of the Supreme Court also resumed its regular functioning partially on Wednesday after remaining closed for five months with health guidelines in place. 

    Some other departments like sports have also announced that they will be starting activities soon. 

    However, in order to contain further spread of Coronavirus in the country, the government has tightened the implementation of the health guidelines by levying fines on the people who don’t wear  masks in public places and defy other health instructions. 

    The death toll due to Coronavirus in Bangladesh crossed 3500 with 42 deaths reported on Wednesday in the last 24 hours. 

    According to the press release issued by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on Wednesday, 2995 fresh cases of Corona infection and 1118 recoveries were also reported from the country during the same period. 

    With this, the total number of people infected by Coronavirus in Bangladesh has crossed 2.6 lakh. The recovery rate in the country stands at 57.44 percent.

  • The AIFF's bid evaluation committee announced the decision post their meeting on Wednesday.

    The committee also granted permission to Sreenidhi FC to take part in the league from 2021-22 season onwards.

    Sudeva's inclusion means the number of participating teams go back to 11 after defending champions Mohun Bagan merged with Indian Super League (ISL) champions ATK to form a new entity ATK Mohun Bagan which will play in the ISL.

    Sudeva FC will also bring back top-level football back to the national capital after a brief hiatus. ISL outfit Delhi Dynamos had shifted bases to Odisha before the start of the 2019-20 season.

    Sudeva FC was earlier known as Moonlight FC, the current management of the club took control of the club in 2016.

    The bid for direct entry into next season's I-league had been initially submitted by Sudeva, Sreenidhi, and Shillong's Ryntih SC.

  • It still topped the list though accounting for 993 cases followed by Chengalpattu with 439 and Thiruvallur with 407.

    As per the daily official bulletin, 5871 persons tested positive for Covid-19 in Tamilnadu today.They included 5844 residents and 27 who had returned from outside the state.  

    A record equalling 119 deaths were reported today- 20 in Chennai ,11 in Thiruvallur and 9 each in Coimbatore and Tirunelveli - taking the state's total tally to 5278.

    The total number of cases in Tamil Nadu as of August 12 stands at 3,14,520.

    5633 patients were discharged today taking  the total number of recoveries in Tamil Nadu to 2,56,313.
     

  • The worst affected districts are Darbhanga, Samastipur, Saharsa, Muzaffarpur and East Champaran. As many as 24 people and 69 cattle have lost their lives in current flood fury.

    The water discharge from Kosi and Gandak Barrages has increased. More than 1.72 lakh Cusec discharge was recorded at Gandak barrage today. This has caused more inundation in already flood affected districts of East Champaran , Darbhanga, and Samastipur.

    As many as 33 NDRF and SDRF teams are engaged in rescue and relief work. Around 9 lakh people are being provided with cooked food, through 1211 community kitchen. Around 12,000 people are living in 7 relief camps.

    An ex-gratia of Rs 6000 per family has been distributed to 6.72 lakh flood-affected families through Direct Transfer of Benefit (DBT).

    The rivers Kosi, Bagmati, Kamla Balan, and Parman are above the danger mark at many places. The river Ganga is also on rise in Bihar, but is below the danger mark at all places.

    The Met office has predicted heavy rainfall at some places in the river catchment areas of Nepal and Bihar and light to moderate rainfall at some places during next 48 hours.

  • All six players tested Covid positive during SAI's mandatory Covid test, upon arrival at the National Camp in NCOE Bengaluru. 

    The decision to hospitalise them was taken so as to ensure that the players were attended to at all times and could be given the best possible treatment. All six athletes are in good health and recovering well.

    - Tapas Bhattacharya

  • Kamala Harris is currently the US Senator from California. Former US President Barack Obama has often described her as a trailblazer. If elected, Kamala Harris would be the first ever woman to be the Vice President of the United States and the first ever Indian-American and African Vice President of the country.

    Daughter of an Indian mother and a Jamaican father, Harris has known many firsts. She has been a county district attorney; the district attorney for San Francisco  - the first woman and first African-American and Indian-origin to be elected to the position.

    She was also the first female African-American and Indian-origin to become California's attorney general. Harris became the first Indian-origin and second African-American woman to join the Senate, winning the California seat vacated by Senator Barbara Boxer.

    Leading Indian-American groups across the US have lauded the selection of Kamala Harris as the Vice Presidential candidate, saying it was a moment of pride and celebration for the entire community in America.

  • The CBDT  has carried out several major tax reforms in direct taxes in the recent years. Last year the corporate tax rates were reduced from 30 percent to 22 percent and for new manufacturing units the rates were reduced to 15 percent. Dividend distribution tax was also abolished.

    The focus of the tax reforms has been on reduction in tax rates and on simplification of direct tax laws. Several initiatives have been taken by the CBDT for bringing in efficiency and transparency in the functioning of the IT Department. This includes bringing more transparency in official communication through the newly introduced Document Identification Number (DIN) wherein every communication of the Department would carry a computer generated unique document identification number. Similarly, to increase the ease of compliance for taxpayers, IT Department has moved forward with prefilling of income tax returns to make compliance more convenient for individual taxpayers. Compliance norms for startups have also been simplified.

    With a view to provide for resolution of pending tax disputes the IT Department also brought out the Direct Tax “Vivad se Vishwas Act, 2020” under which declarations for settling disputes are being filed currently. To effectively reduce taxpayer grievances / litigation, the monetary thresholds for filing of departmental appeals in various appellate Courts have been raised. Several measures have been taken to promote digital transactions and electronic modes of payment. The IT department is committed to take the initiatives forward and has also made efforts to ease compliances for taxpayers during the Covid times by extending statutory timeliness for filing returns as also releasing refunds expeditiously to increase liquidity in the hands of taxpayers.

    The upcoming launch of the platform for “ Transparent Taxation – Honoring the Honest “ by the Prime Minister will further carry forward the journey of direct tax reforms.

    The event will be witnessed by various Chambers of Commerce, Trade Associations, Chartered Accountants' associations and also eminent taxpayers, apart from the officers and officials of Income Tax Department. Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Nirmala Sitharaman and Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Anurag Singh Thakur will also present on the occasion.

  • CBDT said, based on the credible information that few Chinese individuals and their Indian associates were involved in money laundering and hawala transactions through a series of shell entities, a search action was mounted.

    Search action revealed that at the behest of Chinese individuals, more than 40 bank accounts were created in various dummy entities, entering into credits of more than one thousand crore rupees over the period.

    A subsidiary of Chinese company and its related concerns have taken over 100 crore rupees bogus advances from shell entities for opening businesses of retail showrooms in India.

    Incriminating documents in respect of hawala transactions and laundering of money with active involvement of bank employees and Chartered accountants has been found as a result of search action. 

  • Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, Krishi Megh is a step forward towards digital agriculture of New India. He said, Government of India and World Bank have funded National Agricultural Higher Education Project.

    The project is designed for strengthening the national agricultural education system in the country with the overall objective to provide more relevant and high-quality education to the agricultural university students.

    The Minister also stressed on enabling private investments in agriculture.

  • The decision has been taken during the DAC meeting chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi to strengthen the Armed Forces by relying on indigenous capability to take forward the initiative on Atmanirbhar Bharat.

    With HAL having successfully developed Basic Trainer Aircraft (HTT-40) Prototypes and certification process underway, the DAC approved procurement of  Basic Trainer Aircraft from HAL to address the basic training requirements of the Indian Air Force.

    Post Certification 70 Basic Trainer Aircraft will be initially procured from HAL and balance 36 after operationalisation of HTT-40 fleet in IAF.

    The DAC also approved procurement of an upgraded version of Super Rapid Gun Mount (SRGM) which is fitted as the main gun onboard Navy and Indian Coast Guard  warships from BHEL to improve the fire power of Indian Navy.

    The upgraded version of SRGM has enhanced capability to perform against fast manoeuvring targets like missiles and Fast Attack Crafts and increase the maximum engagement range.

    Besides, the Council cleared  procurement of 125 mm Armour Piercing Fin Stabilized Discarding Sabot (APFSDS) ammunition for Indian Army as a Design and Development Case. The ammunition being procured will have a 70 per cent indigenous content.

    The DAC also gave approvals that are likely to speed up the procurement of AK 203 and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle upgrades.

  • Ending a four decade long wait of veterans, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government announced the 'One Rank One Pension' scheme for ex-servicemen.

    Government's guideline that women should be considered for command roles and that all women officers are entitled to permanent commission is a major boost to empower women.

    In a major boost to the armed forces, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) on Tuesday approved the procurement of defence equipment for an approximate cost of  over Rs. 8,722 crore, including 106 basic trainer aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF).

    The step will strengthen the armed forces by relying on indigenous capability to take forward the initiative on Atmanirbhar Bharat.

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s recent announcement of a negative import list of 101 defence items as a major step towards self-reliant India is in line with this thinking of making the country self reliant in defence production.

    Director of Society for Policy Studies, Commodore Uday Bhaskar said, the recent announcement by Ministry of Defence regarding the new policy about enforcing an embargo on 101 inventory is a significant policy decision.

    Government is giving emphasis on positioning India among the top countries of the world in Defence and Aerospace sectors, from design to production, with the active participation of public and private sector fulfilling the twin objectives of self-reliance and exports.

  • In a statement issued by the Sports Authority of India(SAI) today, it is said that Mandeep Singh is moving from mild to moderate severity of Covid infection and his condition is currently stable. 

    The remaining five hockey players including the captain Manpreet Singh who are Covid positive are being monitored constantly and their vitals checked four times every day.

    They are in isolation at National Centre of Excellence in Bengaluru.

  • Addressing the participants, Mr Pokhriyal highlighted about unique architectural beauty of India, its monuments and temples.

    The Minister said that Council of Architecture should draw inspiration from the present and past treasures of Architecture and bring a paradigm shift in the field of Architecture to make India a world leader again.

    The Minister said, the architecture of India is rooted in its history, culture and religion.

  • Search action revealed that at the behest of Chinese individuals, more than 40 bank accounts were created in various dummy entities, entering into credits of more than Rs 1,000 Crore over the period.

    A subsidiary of Chinese company and its related concerns have taken over Rs 100 Crore bogus advances from shell entities for opening businesses of retail showrooms in India.

    Further, incriminating documents in respect of hawala transactions and laundering of money with active involvement of bank employees and Chartered accountants has been found as a result of search action.

    Evidences of foreign hawala transactions involving Hongkong and US dollars have also been unearthed. Further investigations are under progress.

  • The scheduled oversight mechanism meeting is being termed as part of regular interaction between the two countries to review ongoing bilateral economic and development projects which meet periodically, the sources said. The Indian Ambassador in Kathmandu Vinay Mohan Kwatra will head the Indian side while Nepal’s Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi will be leading the Nepali team during the talks which will be on 17th of August.  

    The Nepal-India Oversight Mechanism was set up after the State Visit to India by then Prime Minister of Nepal Pushp Kamal Dahal in September 2016.  The idea was to regularly oversee the implementation of bilateral developmental projects and ensure their timely complementation. This will be the eighth such meeting in the last 4 years since the mechanism was established.

    The dialogue is also being seen as an attempt to break the ice by both sides following the recent boundary tiff.

    Nepal has recently revised its map showing some of the traditionally held Indian Territory under its own. In a cautious reaction to this spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Anurag  Shrivastava had said that India’s position on this issue is clear. “This artificial enlargement of claims is not based on historical facts or evidence and is not tenable. It is also violative of our current understanding to hold talks on outstanding boundary issues," he stated.

    Earlier on 20th May, the Nepali government had released a revised map that included parts of Indian Territory along the borders in Uttrakhand. India refused to accept the map and the external affairs ministry released a statement saying "such artificial enlargement of territorial claims will not be accepted by India". Terming the hurriedly made Nepali map an infringement in India’s sovereignty the ministry stated that “we urge the Government of Nepal to refrain from such unjustified cartographic assertion and respect India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. We hope that the Nepalese leadership will create a positive atmosphere for diplomatic dialogue to resolve the outstanding boundary issues."

    India and Nepal have several bilateral institutional dialogue mechanisms, including the India-Nepal Joint Commission co-chaired by External Affairs Minister of India and Foreign Minister of Nepal. The Fifth Joint Commission Meeting was held in August last year in Kathmandu.

    The most recent highest political level talk between Indian and Nepal was on 10 April this year when a telephone Conversation happened between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepali counterpart K P Sharma Oli.
    Over the talk, the two leaders shared views on the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and the challenges it poses to the health and safety of citizens of both countries and the region. They discussed the steps taken in their respective countries to tackle the pandemic. During the conversation, PM Modi had reiterated India’s commitment for ensuring all possible support and assistance for Nepal's efforts in fighting this global pandemic.

    The Seventh Meeting of Nepal-India Oversight Mechanism was held in Kathmandu in July Last year. The meeting had reviewed the status of implementation of all ongoing bilateral projects between Nepal and India in the areas of cross-border rails, petroleum pipelines, roads, integrated check posts, bridges, energy, irrigation, inundation, agriculture, post-earthquake reconstruction, among others. 

     

    - Abhishek Jha 

  • The festival is somewhat muted this year due to the outbreak of Corona pandemic in the country. All the religious rituals and programs are being held inside the temples with health guidelines in place. 

    The Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad had decided not to hold any processions and rallies on Janmashtami  in view of the ongoing  Corona crisis in the country.

    The Ramkrishna Math and Mission held Gita recitation and Bhajan singing in Dhaka. Prasad distribution and delivery of sermons was also organised.

    At the Dhakeshwari temple in the capital, a Gita Yajna was held to mark the occasion.

    In Chattogram, the three day Janmashtami festival started without the traditional grand procession called ‘Moha-shovajatra’, reports the official news agency BSS. 

    In other cities and towns of Bangladesh like Tangail, Gaibandha among others the festival was celebrated with prayers, distribution of prasad and sermons, reports media. 

    The day is marked as a public holiday in Bangladesh. However, some places like the ISKCON temple in Dhaka will observe Janmashtami on Wednesday.

    President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted the Hindu community on the occasion of the Janmashtami festival.

    The Secretary General of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir also greeted the Hindu community on this occasion. 

  • The Ministry said with more patients recuperating and being discharged from hospitals and home isolation, the total recoveries have jumped to 15,83,489 with 47,746 patients getting discharged in a span of 24 hours.

    The national recovery rate has risen to 69.80 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry.

    The actual case load of the active cases (6,39,929) which is only 28.21 per cent of the total positive cases.

    With a consistent and sustained increase in recoveries, the gap between recovered patients and active COVID-19 cases has reached nearly 9.5 lakh and the gap between percentage of recoveries and percentage of active cases of COVID-19 is growing every day.

    Focus on improved and effective clinical treatment in hospitals, use of non-invasive, improved and coordinated services of the ambulances for ferrying patients for prompt and timely treatment have resulted in seamless efficient patient management of COVID-19 patients.

    As a result, the case fatality rate (CFR), which  has been low as compared to the global average, has fallen below 2 per cent  and currently stands at 1.99 per cent.

    India's COVID-19 caseload rose to 22,68,675 with 53,601 new infections being reported in a day, while the death-toll climbed to 45,257 with 871 people succumbing to the disease in a span of 24 hours.

  • The 70-year-old poet was undergoing treatment at Sri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Sciences in Indore.

    Rahat Indori had been admitted to the hospital yesterday after he tested positive for the COVID-19. In the morning, the lyricist-poet tweeted about his confirmed COVID-19 report and said he will keep everyone d through social media.

    With a 50-year career in poetry, Indori was known for the lyrics of hit films like Munnabhai MBBS, Kareeb, Ghatak and Ishq.

    Indori did his schooling from Nutan School in Indore and his graduation from Islamia Karimia College, Indore. He passed his MA exam in Urdu literature from Barkatullah University, Bhopal in 1975 and was awarded a PhD in Urdu literature from the Bhoj University in 1985.

    Rahat Sahab had faced poverty in his childhood, so in his words people could see the truth of life.

  • He said one of his daughters has already been inoculated.

    As the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise at an alarming rate across the globe, scientists and medical experts are making accelerated efforts to develop a vaccine fit for human use.

    Currently, there are more than 160 vaccine candidates in different stages of production and 27 of these have reached the human trials.

    While the vaccine created by Oxford University and drugmaker AstraZeneca is considered one of the frontrunners in the race to develop a coronavirus vaccine, Russia to day became the first country in the world to launch its very own coronavirus vaccine.

    Russia currently has two COVID-19 vaccine candidates in the race. Russia will reportedly begin producing the vaccine soon and already has plans for a massive, country-wide vaccine drive. 

  • Speaking at the Webinar on the topic of India-Bangladesh partnership-economic revival in a post COVID19 world on Tuesday High Commissioner of India in Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das said that Atma-Nirbhar Bharat or self reliance will allow India to identify and promote industries and sectors where it has the potential and capability to scale up and become globally competitive.

    She said it will help India to become part of the global value chain in collaboration with partner countries.

    Speaking about the recent connectivity initiatives in railways and inland waterways between India and Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das said that it will help reduce the cost of trade.

    She added that the resilient economies and robust business environment in both the countries will not only help them to deal with present challenges but also allow them to make use of new opportunities.

    High Commissioner Riva Ganguly Das also called upon the business leaders to explore opportunities for collaboration and joint ventures between the two countries.

    President of the India-Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (IBCCI) Abdul Matlub Ahmed emphasized on the need for more investments, capacity building and knowledge sharing in the South Asian region to build a robust trade network, said the Press Release issued by the High Commission of India.

    The webinar was organised by the High Commission of India in Dhaka in collaboration with India-Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (IBCCI) on Tuesday. 

    Industry leaders from several business groups including Iffad Group, Tata Motors, SBI Bangladesh, Indofil, and Shorthi Enterprises participated in the webinar.

  • Due to its huge support from the people AROGYA SETU becomes the the most downloaded Covid-19 contact tracing app across the world.

    The government-promoted app has managed to achieve the feat in above three months from launch.

    A Sensor Tower report shows Aarogya Setu has the most installs to date followed by Turkey’s Pandemic Isolation Tracking Project and Germany’s Corona-Warn-App.

    The download numbers comprise figures from Google Play Store and the App Store.
     

  • The following is the full text of the message: 

    I convey my warm greetings and good wishes to the people of our country on the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami.

    Janmashtami celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna who is worshipped as the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu.  The tales of the infant Krishna stealing butter, playing with his friends and teasing fellow villagers and those of his heroic acts of saving Gokula from torrential rains and killing the monstrous snake Kaliya have captivated our collective imaginations since time immemorial. The eternal message of performing our duties with sincerity without attachment to the results, elaborated by Lord Krishna in the ‘Bhagwad Gita’ has been a source of inspiration for the entire humanity.

    This year as India and the world is fighting a relentless battle against the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, we have been forced to celebrate almost all of our traditional festivals at home. Janmashtami, which is usually celebrated across the country with great fervor and gaiety would have to be celebrated in a modest manner this year, while strictly adhering to the safety protocols of wearing masks, practicing physical distancing and personal hygiene.

    On this auspicious day, let us all resolve to perform our duties and to seek the path of righteousness. May this festival bring peace, amity, harmony and prosperity in our country. 

  • Led by a record plunge in self-employed workers, there were 220,000 less people employed in the second quarter, the Office for National Statistics said.

    Separate tax data for July showed that the number of staff on company payrolls had fallen by 730,000 since March, sounding the alarm about a potentially much bigger rise in joblessness.

    Mounting job losses are expected as Britain winds down its job retention scheme which protects employees. It is due to close at the end of October.

    “The cracks evident in the latest batch of labour market data are likely to soon turn into a chasm,” said a senior economist.

    British finance minister Rishi Sunak said the figures showed the government’s support programmes were working but job losses were inevitable.

    The unemployment rate unexpectedly held at 3.9% but that reflected an increase in people who had given up looking for work and who were therefore not considered to be unemployed, and people who said they were in work but were getting no pay.

    The number of self-employed people fell by a record amount in the three months to June, led by older workers, while the number of employees rose - something the ONS said was partly accounted for by workers reclassifying themselves as employed.

    Pay fell by the most in more than 10 years in the April-June period, down 1.2%, reflecting how workers on the job retention scheme receive 80% of their pay. Excluding bonuses, pay fell for the first time since records began in 2001.

    However, there was a small increase in job vacancies in the three months to July.

  • Israeli media reported that more than 30 fires were set around border communities by balloons carrying incendiary devices launched from Gaza.

    “Kerem Shalom Crossing will be closed for the passage of all goods, with the exception of the entry of essential humanitarian equipment and fuel,” Israel’s Defence Ministry said in a statement.

    Kerem Shalom is one of three main Gaza border crossings with Israel and Egypt, but it is where most goods pass through daily.

    Palestinian officials said the closure in particular affected construction materials.

    Gaza is run by Hamas, an Islamist group that Israel and the West designate a terrorist organization. Citing security concerns, Israel maintains tight control over its land and sea borders. Egypt also restricts movement in and out of Gaza.

  • Suspended from the ceiling of the medieval Cathedral of Saint Michael and Saint Gudula by thin wires, the paper creations have come from as far afield as Hong Kong, New York and Tokyo, after Belgian designer Charles Kaisin asked people to send in home-made birds, or deposit them in boxes in 160 shops around Brussels.

    Each bird was matched by a donation from companies including French energy firm Engie, raising 101,625 euros ($119,744) for two units for COVID-19 patients at the Erasmus hospital in Brussels.

    Kaisin also organised an art auction which raised a further 300,000 euros ($353,000)for the hospital, which he said would support its medical research, including into the side effects of potential COVID-19 treatments.

  • Surging water of Gandak and Kosi spread out in fresh areas after the river continues flowing at above danger mark in their courses. Over 75 lakh people of 16 districts spread over 1,240 Panchayats are reeling under the impact of flood. The flood situation is particularly serious in Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur and Saran district. Flood water has entered into houses in urban areas of Darbhanga and Muzaffarpur.
     
    In all, 24 people lost their lives and 66 animals were killed in flood related accidents during the last 24 hours. Most of the people in affected areas were rendered homeless. Life in affected areas has been crippled as flood-hit people are forced to take shelter either on the embankments, national highways or other higher places. Thirty three teams of NDRF and SDRF are carrying out relief and rescue operations in affected areas. Over five lakh people have been evacuated so far. One lakh 20 thousand affected people have taken shelter in relief camps.
     
    1,239 community kitchens have been set up for providing food to affected people. About ten lakh people are taking food through these kitchens. The State Government has provided financial assistance of rupees six thousand to each of  family of over six lakh 35 thousand families.
     
    Bagmati, Burhi Gandak, Kosi, Ganga and Adhwara group of rivers are flowing above danger mark. The Met Department has forecast mild to moderate rains in catchment areas of various rivers in north Bihar as well as Nepal in the next 24 hours.

  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he wants to work with the French to stop the illegal crossings.

    “What he’s looking at, quite rightly, is greater flexibility... in returning people who have come here illegally... and need to be returned back to France,” junior health minister Edward Argar said. 

  • The government has asked the local administration to conduct mobile court operations so that punitive fines could be imposed on people not following instructions on wearing masks in the public. It has also instructed the government departments to gear up awareness campaigns on the need to wear masks to protect against the virus. 

    Briefing media after the cabinet meeting on Monday, Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam said that the field administrators have been asked to visit the spots physically and make people aware of the need to wear mask.

    He said that mobile courts will enforce the rule on mask wearing. Once people know that some people have been punished by the mobile courts for not wearing masks in public places like markets, buses etc. they will become aware of it, said the Cabinet Secretary.

    According to the latest figures released by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on Monday, Bangladesh has reported 3438 deaths and over 2.6 lakh coronavirus cases since the first corona positive case was detected in Bangladesh on March 8. More than 1.5 lakh people have recovered during this period which indicates a recovery rate of 57.75 percent.

  • Rhea, her brother Showik and father Indrajit Chakraborty along with Rhea’s Business Manager Shruti Modi and Rajput’s friend and roommate Siddharth Pithani reported at the ED office to record their statements.
     
    The ED is also probing the alleged mismatch between her income, expenditure and investment, especially related to two properties, one in Khar and another in Navi Mumbai.

    Rhea has been accused by Rajput's father of abetting his son's suicide. The complaint states that an amount of 15 crore rupees was siphoned off from Rajput's bank account in one-year to accounts of persons not known or connected to the late actor.

  • Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh released the book titled 'Connecting, Communicating, Changing' chronicling his three years in office as the Vice President of India on Tuesday. 

    The Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu was also present at the release function of the book. 

    Union Minister Prakash Javadekar released the e-version of the book. 

  • Indian hockey team forward player Mandeep Singh's blood oxygen level was dropping below normal which indicated that he is moving from mild to moderate severity of COVID. Singh has been shifted to hospital after a drop in oxygen level.

    All six athletes in NCOE Bengaluru who tested Covid positive, were being monitored constantly and their vitals were being checked four times every day - in the morning, afternoon, evening and in night before sleep. 

    During night monitoring of vitals on August 10 (Monday) it was found that Mandeep Singh's blood oxygen level was dropping below normal which indicated that he is moving from mild to moderate severity of COVID. 

    SAI authorities on campus took an immediate decision to shift him to SS Sparsh multispecialty hospital as a precautionary measure. His condition is currently stable.

     

    - Tapas Bhattacharya

  • Better ambulance services, focus on Standard of Care and use of non-invasive oxygen have given the desired results.

    With the highest ever single day recoveries of 54,859 in the last 24 hours, the Recovery Rate amongst the COVID-19 patients has scaled another high of almost 70%.

    The record high recoveries have ensured that the actual caseload of the country viz. the active cases has reduced and currently comprises only 28.66% of the total positive cases.

    India has posted more than 9 lakh recoveries than the active cases (6,34,945).

    The coordinated efforts of Centre and State/UT governments on early detection through aggressive testing and efficient clinical management of hospitalized cases have shown results with continuously regressing Case Fatality Rate. It is 2%, as on date, and steadily declining. Early identification of cases has also led to steeply falling percentage active cases.

  • The minimum temperature recorded was 27 degrees Celsius and maximum will be around 30 degrees. Chennai will have generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle. The minimum temperature recorded was 26 degrees Celsius and maximum is expected to go upto 34 degrees.

    Kolkata will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature in the metropolis was 27 degrees Celsius while maximum will be around 34 degrees. On to the North, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the minimum temperature was 26 degrees Celsius in Jammu while maximum will be around 33 degrees. The city is likely to experience thunderstorm with rain. Srinagar is likely to have partly cloudy sky and also witness thunderstorm with rain. Minimum temperature was recorded at 19 degrees Celsius while maximum is expected to be around 32 degrees.
     
    Ladakh will have partly cloudy sky. The temperature will hover between 16 and 32 degrees Celsius. In Gilgit, the minimum temperature was recorded 20 degrees Celsius and maximum is expected to be around 34 degrees. The region will experience partly cloudy sky becoming generally cloudy towards afternoon or evening or night. In Muzzafarabad, there will be partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm or dust-storm. The minimum temperature recorded was 20 degrees Celsius and maximum is expected to be around 35 degrees.
     
    Chandigarh will have a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature in the city was 26 degrees Celsius while the maximum will be around 33 degrees. In Dehradun, the temperature will hover between 24 and 31 degrees Celsius. The city is expected to have a generally cloudy sky with a few spells of rain or thundershowers. In Hyderabad, the minimum temperature was 22 degrees Celsius while the maximum will settle at around 30 degrees. The city will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.  Guwahati will also have a generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The minimum temperature in the city was 26 degrees celsius while the maximum will be around 34 degrees.

  • The event comes shortly after the Defence Ministry introduced an import embargo on 101 items, in order to boost indigenisation of defence production.

    The Defence Minister said, "The Government has made serval timely and thoughtful interventions during Covid-19 times like issuing negative list for import, increase in FDI limits and separate budget for domestic capital procurement. The ban on imports of 101 items is a big step towards atmanirbharta. The list of negative items contains not only small items but weapon systems of high and critical technology. More such items will be added to this list shortly which will save crores of rupees in imports."

    He added, "The ‘Atmanirbharta Saptah’ will be a witness to initiatives pertaining to modernisation & up-gradation of facilities by DPSUs & OFB. As part of Atmanirbharta Saptah, the DPSUs & OFB are also organising a series of webinars covering all relevant topics including all stakeholders."

    Raksha Mantri assured of encouraging 7000 MSMEs that are associated with the Defence Industry.