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Maharashtra first woman SEC Neela Satayanarayan falls to Covid

An IAS officer of the 1972 batch, Satyanarayan, 71, held many important posts in the state government and finally crowned her 42-years: of bureaucratic service with the post SEC.

Rahul slams government over Guna incident

"Our fight is against this ideology and injustice," Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet attaching the video of the Dalit family being thrashed by the police.

India records highest single day spike of over 32k corona cases

According to Health Ministry data, as many as 6,12,814 patients have recovered, almost twice the number of active patients at 3,31,146. The rate of recovery has touched 63.24 per cent. India, however, remains the third worst-affected country after the US and Brazil.

Ganguly in home quarantine after brother Snehashish tests positive

Snehasish has been admitted to the Belle Vue Clinic here after his COVID report returned positive, a CAB source said.

Odisha CM inaugurates Covid Plasma Bank

With this, Odisha joins a select club of states which have introduced Convalescent Plasma Therapy for the treatment of serious COVID patients.

Essential industries can operate amid Bengaluru lockdown, says Official

"Those manufacturing of essential goods and production units which require continuous process and supply chains are allowed to operate during the lockdown," said Principal Secretary, Commerce and Industries, Gaurav Gupta.

Air India allows ‘leave without pay’ for up to 5 years

Employees can opt for 'leave without pay' (LWP) from six months to five years.

Goa CM orders night curfew, weekend lockdown

The violators would be sent to jail, he warned.

Can not register FIR against Patanjali claim, Delhi Police tells court

The Vasant Vihar police station SHO said this in an action-taken report filed in the court in response to a plea that sought court directions to register a case against Ramdev and others.

Pilot, Scindia should have waited, their move suicidal, says Moily

He also said that the move by Scindia and Pilot is suicidal and they will never be made chief ministers in the BJP.

Girls fared 3.17 per cent better than boys in CBSE class...

This year, a total of 93.31 per cent of girls passed. However, the percentage of boys passing the exam stands at 90.14 per cent. In other word, girls fared 3.17 per cent better than boys. 78.95 per cent of transgender students have also passed in class 10.

Digvijaya slams Scindia for joining ‘enemies’

Speaking to reporters in Shivpuri, Digvijaya said that the BJP had ensured Scindia's defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, yet he shook hands with the same party.

Delhi in better situation as compared to June, says Kejriwal

The Chief Minister had, last month, claimed that the coronavirus cases would mount to 2.5 lakh and the city would require 33,000 beds by July 15. "We now have 1.15 lakh cases. We are in a much better situation than what the mathematical projections had shown. The situation is under control but we cannot be complacent."

India records highest single-day spike of 29,429 cases

On Tuesday, the country had crossed the grim nine lakh mark, adding over lakh cases within three days. India had crossed the eight lakh cases on July 11.

Assam flood situation grim, 59 lives lost, 33 lakh affected

Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) officials said that over the past four weeks, 59 deaths due to flood were reported from Biswanath, Tinsukia, Lakhimpur, Bongaigaon, Kamrup, Golaghat, Sivasagar, Morigaon, Tinsukia, Dhubri, Nagaon, Nalbari, Barpeta, Dhemaji, Udalguri, Goalpara and Dibrugarh districts, while 26 others have been killed in separate landslides since May 22.

Karnataka reports record 87 Covid deaths, tally 44,077

"New COVID deaths 87," said a health official about the fatalities recorded across the state in the past 24 hours. Following the highest single day COVID deaths, the state's death toll rose to 842.

Lockdown from July 16 to 31 in Bihar

The order issued on Tuesday by the Home Department of the Bihar government said the reason for the lockdown is the increase in Covid-19 cases.

80 Bengaluru Metro contract labourers test positive for COVID-19

"Eighty Bengaluru Metro contract labourers have contracted coronavirus. They were working on the Nagawara-Gottigere line," a Metro official told media.

Assam’s Kaziranga park flooded, 51 animals killed, 102 rescued

They said many tigers and rhinos had strayed into the nearby villages due to flooding of their habitats.

Rajasthan Deputy CM Pilot, two other Ministers removed

Two other Pilot-loyalist Ministers -- Vishvendra Singh and Ramesh Meena -- were also removed from the council of ministers.

India’s Covid cases cross 9 Lakh-mark with over 28000 new cases

India crossed nine lakh mark from eight lakh within three days. India had crossed the 8 lakh Covid-19 cases on July 11.

India’s Covid tally will cross 10 Lakh mark this week, says...

"This week the figure will cross 10,00,000 in our country," Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet attaching a news report.

Shops to open 7 hours only during Bengaluru lockdown

"Shops, including ration shops (PDS), dealing with food, groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk booths, meat and fish, animal fodder to open only from 5 a.m. to 12 noon," said Chief Secretary T.M. Vijay Bhaskar as part of the lockdown guidelines.

Lockdown in 2 Covid-hit Karnataka districts from Wednesday

"The 7-day lockdown will be enforced from July 15 night to July 21 night across the coastal district to check the COVID spread," state endowments minister and Dakshina Kannada district in-charge Kota Srinivas Poojary told reporters in Mangaluru. The coastal district is 350km from Bengaluru.

SC moved for CBI probe into BHEL woman officer’s suicide

A bench of Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and Sanjiv Khanna said: "Issue notice, returnable within three weeks. Liberty is granted to serve on the standing counsel for the state of Telangana." The plea was filed by the mother of the 33-year-old victim through advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava.

Punjab bans all public gatherings

These were among the revised guidelines issued in line with the announcement made by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

Rahul again attacks Modi on India-China LAC face-off

"He's 'lying' asleep. And India is paying for it," Rahul Gandhi said in the tweet attaching a news report.

SC refuses to entertain plea on cancelling Amarnath Yatra

The petitioner has alternatively sought live 'darshan' of Lord Amarnath through internet &TV "so that crores across the country can have access".

Rs 10,000 fine for spitting ‘paan’ in Ahmedabad

The AMC has also raised the fine on spitting in public and not wearing masks from Rs 200 to Rs 500. Both the decisions have been taken so as to continue the curbing of the Covid-19 outbreak in the city.

Doctor who managed Goa’s only Covid hospital tests positive

"Dr Gomes has been admitted to a state government facility for doctors infected by coronavirus," the spokesperson said.

Delhi riots: Court rejects bail plea of Tahir Hussain

Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Yadav observed, "There is enough material on record to presume that the applicant was present at the spot of crime and was exhorting the rioters of a particular community and as such, he did not use his hands and fists, but rioters as 'human weapons'."

Mumbai Covid-19 doubling rate is 50 days, highest in India

This was possible because of the civic body's 'open testing policy', implying tests without prescriptions, making it the only city in the country to implement it.

Now, IT raids on Rajasthan Congress leaders

Unaccounted cash, jewellery, property papers and lockers were seized.

NCW seeks action against man for giving rape threat to comedian

In its letter written to Gujarat DGP Shivanand Jha, the NCW chairperson said, "NCW is committed to create safe online space for women and ensure cybersecurity for women and is perturbed by the rise in the use of the cyberspace to instigate crime against women."

Assam government extends lockdown in Guwahati for another week

A government official said that Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna issued an order on Saturday night extending the lockdown in Guwahati till July 19.

Bengaluru to be under complete lockdown from July 14 to 22

"A complete lockdown will be observed from 8 p.m. on July 14 to 5 a.m. on July 22 in Bengaluru Urban and Rural districts to contain the coronavirus spread," said an official of the Chief Minister's Office in a statement.

Over 60,000 receive counselling through teletherapy helpline

The Central government had, in collaboration with NIMHANS, launched a national helpline (080-46110007) on March 30 to provide psychosocial support counselling. It is available in several vernacular languages.

Shiv Sena, BJP ideologies do not sync, says Pawar

"The Balasaheb Thackeray that I knew, maybe you know him better... but I never felt that his (Balasaheb's) ideology, his working style was in sync with that of the BJP," the senior leader said.

Delhi government cancels all state university exams

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that the degree will be awarded to the students based on evaluation parameters decided by the universities.

27,114 new Covid cases take India’s tally to over 8.2 lakh

Alarmingly, the country added one lakh cases in merely four days. On Tuesday, the tally had surpassed the grim mark of seven lakh cases.

Major fire engulfs Mumbai shopping plaza, no casualties

The blaze was first noticed around 3 a.m. in the basement which is a big hub of mobile phones and accessories.

Air India ends services of trainee cabin crew citing aviation scenario

As per sources, the new crew and trainee pilots might reduce contracts from five years to one year. Sources said Air India is terminating 1,200 crew and employees who are more than 55-yr-old including 190 trainee pilots.

Tablighi case: Court lets 62 Malaysians, 11 Saudis walk free after...

The foreign nationals had moved a plea bargain application after the court granted them bail earlier this week.

Punjab cancels pending school board examinations

School Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla said the examinations of Class XII, open school and several other categories, including reappear and golden chance students, have been cancelled in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tamil Nadu Minister tests positive for Covid-19

DMK President M. K.Stalin said he had spoken to Raju over the phone and wished him a speedy recovery.

Yediyurappa to work from home as staffers test positive

"Yediyurappa, 78, will work from his official residence 'Cauvery' for some days after some staff members at his home office 'Krishna' tested positive for the virus," an official of the Chief Minister's office told media here.

SC allows service of summons by WhatsApp, email, fax

A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde observed that it has been brought to the notice of the court that it is not feasible to visit post offices for service of notices, summons, and pleadings.

Delhi riots: No relief to Sharjeel Imam from HC

A single judge bench of the high court presided by Justice V Kameshwar Rao turned down the petition filed by Imam through advocates Bhavook Chauhan, Surabhi Dhar and Ahmed Ibrahim had also sought court's direction to release Imam on default bail under section 167(2) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).

PM inaugurates 750-MW solar power project in MP’s Rewa

The Rs 4,000-crore project has three units of 250 MW each at a solar park spread over 1,500 hectares developed by Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited (RUMSL), a joint venture company of Madhya Pradesh UrjaVikas Nigam Limited and Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), a central PSU.

Culprit killed, what about those who gave patronage, asks Priyanka

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra took a swipe at the Yogi Adityanath government over the encounter and questioned what will happen to those who gave patronage in this case. "The culprit has been killed but what about crime and people who gave patronage?" Priyanka Gandhi said in a tweet.

With over 26k fresh cases, India inches closer to 8 lakh

According to the data, out of total 7,93,802 cases, 4,95,513 have recovered while 2,76,685 remain active in the country. With more Covid-19 patients recovering, the gap between the number of recovered cases and active cases has increased by two lakh.

Vikas Dubey killed in police encounter

Dubey was taken to the emergency ward of the Hallett Hospital in blood-soaked condition.

Three-day lockdown in UP from Friday night

All markets, food grain markets and other establishments will remain closed during this period and the supply of essentials will be ensured through doorstep delivery.

Congress demands CBI probe in Kerala gold smuggling case

Congress Chief Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala in a statement said, "Indian National Congress demands a thorough inquiry by the CBI into the extent of this crime, and individuals in the ruling parties, the CPI-M at the State Level and the BJP at the Central Level."

Congress leader Sushmita Dev tests Covid positive in Assam, tally 14,032

On Thursday, Covid-19 death toll rose to 24 and the number of cases jumped to 14,032 in the state.

Tablighi Jamaat case: Delhi court grants bail to 76 foreign nationals

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Gurmohina Kaur of Saket Court granted them bail on the personal bond of Rs 10,000 each. They will file the plea bargaining application by Friday.

‘Localised outbreak’ of Covid, no community transmission, says Government

"After the GoM meeting today (Thursday), Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that India has not arrived at the community transmission stage. There is a localised outbreak in some geographical areas. 49 districts alone account for 80 per cent of Covid cases. In such a situation, the question of community transmission does not arise," Rajesh Bhushan, Officer on Special in the Health Ministry, said at a press conference.

Adopt slums to make Mumbai disease free, tells Thackeray to NGOs

Addressing the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) officials and administrators, Thackeray said the NGOs could act as a link between the civic administration and the citizens at the ward levels as part of 'Chase the Virus' initiative.

80 unpaid AIR RJs serve notice to Prasar Bharti

These 80-odd employees were rendering their services to public broadcasting agency Prasar Bharti on a casual basis. AIR stopped calling them on duty since March 22, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 'Janata Curfew' and subsequently nationwide lockdown imposed on March 25.

Priyanka Gandhi demands CBI probe in Vikas Dubey case

Priyanka Gandhi said in order to reveal the nexus between the criminal and the higher ups, an inquiry by the CBI was necessary.

Vikas Dubey ‘surrenders’ in Ujjain’s Mahakaal temple

According to sources, Dubey reached the temple around 8 a.m and then informed the security men about his identity and asked them to inform the police.

Nearly 25K cases in 1-day takes India corona tally to over...

According to the data, out of total 7,67,296 cases, 4,76,377 have recovered while 2,69,789 remain active in the country. With more COVID-19 patients recovering, the gap between the number of recovered cases and active cases has increased by two lakh.

Fresh lockdown in containment zones for week, says Bengal CM

"The decision to extend the lockdown will be taken after reviewing the situation after seven days. We will try to meet everything that is required to control the Covid-19 spike. This time A and B buffer zones have been merged together and redefined as containment zones," she added.

Tamil Nadu Minister Thangamani tests corona positive

In a tweet, DMK President M.K. Stalin said he had spoken to Thangamani over phone and wished him a speedy recovery.

Congress raises issue of students in US affected by change in...

The Congress said the government should have settled the issue with their "so called friend Donald Trump."

SC agrees to examine plea on ashrams run by fake babas

A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre: "Look into this -- what can be done. This gives a bad name to everyone."

Chinese PLA moves back at Patrolling Points 14, 15

The disengagement started after a two-month military standoff and it is happening "as per agreed terms in the Corps Commanders' meeting". However, it has not been verified on the ground yet.

Pakistan claims Kulbhushan Jadhav refuses to file review petition

"On June 17, 2020, Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav was invited to file a petition for review and reconsideration of his sentence and conviction. Exercising his legal right he refused to file a petition for review and reconsideration of his sentence and conviction," Pakistan Additional Attorney General Ahmed Irfan claimed on Wednesday.

Blood plasma therapy for Goa corona patients from next week, says...

Sawant said that the Health Department was in the process of creating a plasma storage facility at the existing blood bank.

Vikas Dubey now carries a bounty of Rs 5 Lakh

The state government has been increasing the reward on the gangster who is responsible for the killing of eight policemen in Kanpur on July 3, from the initial Rs 50,000 to Rs one lakh which was then increased to Rs 2.5 lakhs and now Rs 5 lakh.

Jharkhand Minister, MLA, scribes test Covid positive

The Minister has been admitted at Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIM), Ranchi and the legislator in a Dhanbad hospital. The Minister inspected Hatia Dam on Monday.

Government panel to probe violations by Rajiv Gandhi Foundation

The committee will coordinate investigations into violation of provisions like the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), Income Tax Act and Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) by these foundations, a Home Ministry official said.

Vikas Dubey flees Faridabad hotel before police arrival

However, he escaped before the local police could conduct a raid.

India records 7.42 lakh coronavirus cases, 20,642 deaths

According to the data, out of total 7,42,417 cases, 4,56,830 have recovered while 2,64,944 remain active in the country. India is the third worst affected country after the US and Brazil.

Mumbai Police start probe in Ambedkar home vandalism

At least 2 unidentified persons allegedly barged into the 3-storeyed historic premises in Dadar on Tuesday evening and damaged some articles there including smashing the CCTV cameras, glass panes and flower pots before fleeing the spot.

Delhi government to provide PDS free ration till November

The Delhi government will continue to provide free food grains to the National Food Security (NFS) beneficiaries in the national capital, the government said in a statement, adding that the ration distribution for this month will start phase-wise from July 8 onwards.

India will bounce back from COVID-19, says Amitabh Kant

Citing examples of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), he said key sectors like FMCG have already come back to work in positive signs to bring back the economy from the crisis.

Climate change, pandemic teach us to work together, says Dalai Lama

Thanking the people for their greetings on his 85th birthday, he said, "I am touched by your affection. I am in good health and look forward to live long to continue being of some service to humanity."

May-June status can not be new normal at LAC, says Tharoor

He emphasised that status quo ante should be restored at the LAC.

Gas leaks: Deposit money with Andhra officials, NGT tells 2 firms

Benzimidazole gas leaked at Sainor Life Sciences Private Limited in Visakhapatnam district on June 30, which claimed two lives and left four others affected. Ammonia gas leak from Spy Agro-Industry in Kurnool district on June 26 had claimed one life and affected three others.