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News Updates: Amitabh Bachchan, son Abhishek test positive for Covid-19; admitted to Nanavati Hospital

The actors confirmed the news of their diagnosis on Twitter, with Abhishek Bachchan informing that they have ‘mild symptoms’.

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12:11 AM

Top developments of the day

  • Complete lockdown in Bengaluru from 14-22 July.
  • Swapna Suresh, the key suspect, along with her family members, taken in custody by NIA in Bengaluru.
  • Amit Shah selects 5 Gujarat villages under 'Saansad Adarsh Gram' scheme.
  • Amitabh Bachchan, son Abhishek test positive for coronavirus, admitted to hospital.
  • It is a work in progress, EAM S. Jaishankar on disengagement and de-escalation on Sino-Indian border.
11:59 PM

Abhishek Bachchan confirms on Twitter

11:49 PM

Abhishek Bachchan also tests positive for COVID-19

11:45 PM

Dr Harsh Vardhan on Twitter

11:41 PM

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis wished health to the star in a tweet

11:31 PM

S Jaishankar talks about bipartisan support in US for expanding ties with India

In an interactive video session at the India Global Week, he said President Donald Trump and his three predecessors Barack Obama, George W Bush and Bill Clinton were on the same page on the importance of India and the need for strengthening the bilateral relationship.
11:07 PM

Actor Amitabh Bachchan on Saturday said he has tested positive for coronavirus and has been taken to a hospital

10:34 PM

Amit Shah selects 5 Gujarat villages under 'Saansad Adarsh Gram' scheme

10:33 PM

Assam BJP condemned AIUDF petition in Supreme Court against the delimitation exercise

10:32 PM

Supreme Court to pronounce judgement on management of Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple located in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on Monday, July 13.

10:04 PM

Chinese military further withdraws troops from Pangong Tso area: Sources

  • The escalation in tension in eastern Ladakh was triggered by a violent clash between the two armies in Pangong Tso on May 5 in which a sizeable number of personnel from both sides were injured.
  • The formal process of disengagement of troops began on Monday morning after a nearly two-hour telephonic conversation between National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday.
09:49 PM

Vikas Dubey faced 61 FIRs - 8 involved at least 15 killings

  • The latest murder case registered at Chaubeypur police station in Kanpur, after a deadly ambush on a police team by his henchmen, alone accounted for the killing of eight people.
  • The other seven murder cases were filed between 1992 and 2017, revealed a police history sheet on Dubey's offences.
09:39 PM

Maharashtra sees 8,139 new coronavirus cases, death toll crosses 10,000

With 223 fatalities reported during the day, the death toll crossed the 10,000-mark to reach 10,116, said a statement from the state health department.
09:19 PM

Kerala Gold Scandal

  • Swapna Suresh, the key suspect, along with her family members, taken in custody by NIA (National Investigation Agency) in Bengaluru.
  • She will be produced in NIA office in Kochi tomorrow.
09:12 PM

It is a work in progress, EAM S. Jaishankar on disengagement and de-escalation on Sino-Indian border

08:48 PM

Highest single-day spike of 1,344 cases takes West Bengal's COVID-19 tally to 28,453; death toll 906 with 26 more fatalities

08:24 PM

Assam govt issues fresh guidelines for management & treatment of COVID19 patients

08:22 PM

India asks court to stymie potential challenge to Chinese app ban

  • Government has petitioned a state court to stop any of the Chinese companies whose 59 apps it recently banned from obtaining an injunction to block the order, according to two sources and the legal filing.
  • India last month outlawed dozens of Chinese apps including ByteDance's popular video-sharing app TikTok, Alibaba's UC Browser and Tencent's messaging app WeChat, saying they posed a "threat to sovereignty and integrity".
07:54 PM

Hardik Patel appointed Working President of Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee

07:50 PM

UP govt forms SIT to probe police's 'connivance' with Vikas Dubey

  • Additional Chief Secretary Sanjay Bhoosreddy will head the SIT, which will have Additional DG Hari Ram Sharma and DIG Ravinder Goud as its members, according to an official statement.
  • The SIT will submit its report by July 31 after looking into all the angles, studying all related documents and spot inspection in Kanpur.
  • The team has been asked to probe into what effective action was taken in all the cases lodged against Dubey.
07:41 PM

Meghalaya CM on lockdown

This period will be used for tracing the contacts of the positive persons who are in Shillong so that further spread may be contained. I urge everyone to strictly adhere to the lockdown so the virus can be isolated.
07:26 PM

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar at India Global Week 2020

07:22 PM

NCLT approves Deccan Value Investors' bid for Amtek Auto

07:10 PM

Emirates to operate repatriation flights to five Indian cities from July 12 to 26

  • Dubai-based Emirates airline will operate special repatriation flights to five Indian cities between July 12 and 26 to assist stranded Indians get home and for residents of the UAE currently in India to return to the Gulf country.
  • Many Indian nationals who have valid residence permits of the UAE and are currently in India have been complaining on social media for the last few weeks about the lack of flights between the two countries.
06:56 PM

Assam Health Minister on extension of lockdown

06:46 PM

BJP government in Karnataka to bring back anti-cow slaughter law

  • The BJP in its manifesto ahead of the 2018 assembly election had promised prohibition of cow slaughter.
  • The bill had widened the definition of 'cattle' and imposed a blanket ban on cattle slaughter, coupled with stringent penalty clauses for violation.
06:25 PM

Probe regarding killing of 8 cops by Vikas Dubey handed over to SIT

The team has to submit a report to the government by July 31. It will look into the following points :
  1. Was appropriate action taken against Dubey in relation to all the cases filed against him in the past. Was an action very taken to deny bail to Dubey in the past.
  2. To look into all the public complaints received against Dubey and to find out if the SO Chaubeypur took action against him.
  3. Was he along with his aides ever booked under acts like Gangster Act, NSA etc and if action was taken then at what level of the administration was laxity observed in the action.
  4. To go through the Call Detail Record of Dubey and his aides of the last one year and find out the names of policemen who acted in his interest and take strict action against all of them.
  5. A lot of weapons have been discovered with Dubey . Why did he have a license after being named in so many criminal cases and why was it still not revoked.
  6. To look into all the illegal activities / businesses Dubey was associated with and to find out if the local police displayed laxity in ever dealing with them.
  7. To find out if Dubey and his aides illegally grabbed governmental as well as non governmental land . If he had illegally captured governmental land , were officers also involved in helping him.
06:22 PM

Meghalaya government announces total lockdown in Shillong on Monday, Tuesday due to spike in COVID-19 cases

06:21 PM

Highest single-day spike of 1,813 cases takes coronavirus tally in Andhra Pradesh to 27,235. Highest number of 17 deaths in a day pushes toll to 309

06:17 PM

How Mumbai's Dharavi flattened the Covid-19 curve

  • The officials say that an aggressive strategy that focused on "chasing the virus, instead of waiting for disaster" helped them flatten the Covid-19 curve in Dharavi.
  • The BMC faced several challenges in Dharavi but its approach to tackle the virus was focused on four Ts - tracing, tracking, testing and treating.
05:58 PM

BJP rejects Ashok Gehlot's charge of horse-trading in Rajasthan

  • "The chief minister did not talk logically in his press conference. It is their own infighting but he wants to blame BJP. He is a veteran leader of the Congress and his pain is justified because the Congress has shrunk in the country," BJP's state president Satish Poonia told reporters.
  • He was reacting after Gehlot alleged that Poonia, Leader of Opposition Gulab Chand Kataria and Rajendra Rathore were involved in efforts to topple his government on the direction of the BJP's central leadership.
05:45 PM

No coronavirus patient under home isolation in Delhi has died in July, shows study

  • Not a single coronavirus patient under home isolation in the city has died in July and there has been a "sharp decline" in daily fatality figures in the past two weeks, a Delhi government study on COVID-19 deaths has said.
  • The city's Health department presented these findings to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday, days after he directed them to study all COVID-19 deaths in the last fortnight to understand what steps could be taken to further reduce the number of fatalities.
  • "During the June 24 to July 8 fortnight, a total of 691 deaths took place in Delhi, which is an average of 46 deaths per day during this period," the government said in a statement.
05:37 PM

Meghalaya makes 14-day quarantine mandatory for BSF personnel entering state

  • The Meghalaya government has asked the BSF to ensure their personnel coming to the state from other parts of the country undergo 14-day institutional quarantine mandatorily before they could resume duty.
  • A number of COVID-19 cases have been detected among Border Security Force personnel. Of the 215 active cases in Meghalaya, 132 were personnel posted at the BSF frontier headquarters here.
  • The BSF returnees should mandatorily quarantine for 14 days at institutional facilities, regardless of being tested negative or positive, said Health Commissioner and Secretary Sampath Kumar in a letter to the inspector general of the BSF frontier headquarters.
05:28 PM

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren tested negative for COVID-19

05:27 PM

Maharashtra makes permission for mandals mandatory

04:46 PM

Biocon gets DCGI nod for use of Itolizumab for treatment of COVID-19 patients

  • Biotechnology major Biocon on Saturday said it has received approval from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) for use of its biologic drug Itolizumab for the treatment of moderate to severe COVID-19 patients.
  • The company has received the DCGI approval to market Itolizumab injection 25mg/5mL solution for emergency use in India for the treatment of cytokine release syndrome in moderate to severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) patients due to COVID-19, Biocon said in a BSE filing.
  • Itolizumab is the first novel biologic therapy to be approved anywhere in the world for treating patients with moderate to severe COVID-19 complications, it added.
04:43 PM

Nizamuddin Markaz case: Delhi court grants bail to 75 Thailand, Nepal nationals

  • A Delhi court on Saturday granted bail to 75 foreign nationals from Thailand and Nepal who participated in the Tablighi Jamaat congregation at Nizamuddin, which had reportedly become an epicentre of coronavirus spread across the country.
  • Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Gurmohina Kaur granted bail to the foreign nationals on furnishing personal bonds of Rs 10,000 each.
  • Advocates Ashima Mandla and Mandakini Singh appeared for 40 Thailand nationals and advocate Fahim Khan appeared for 35 Nepal nationals.
04:19 PM

Centre takes various measures to prevent crop losses

  • The Centre has taken various steps to control locust swarms, and carried out operations in over 1.5 lakh hectares area since April 11 to prevent crop losses.
  • "As per the instructions of Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, continuous action is being taken to control locust swarms," an official statement said on Saturday.
  • Starting from April 11 till July 9, control operations have been done in 1,51,269 hectares area in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana by Locust Circle Offices (LCOs), it added.
03:42 PM

Trump working on executive order to establish merit-based immigration system: White House

  • President Donald Trump is working on an executive order to establish a merit-based immigration system in the US, the White House has said.
  • The White House statement came soon after Trump, in an interview with Spanish-language Telemundo News channel, said he is working on an executive order on immigration that will include a "road to citizenship" for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme.
  • The DACA programme provides for work permits and other protections for people brought to the US as children by undocumented parents. It affects an estimated 700,000 young people, many of whom are Indian or South Asian descent.
03:25 PM

2 aides of Vikas Dubey held in Thane

  • Two absconding aides of slain gangster Vikas Dubey have been arrested by the ATS from Thane in Maharashtra, an official said on Saturday.
  • The accused Arvind alias Guddan Trivedi and his driver Sonu Tiwari are wanted in connection with recent killing of eight police personnel in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur district and also in the 2001 murder of minister of state Santosh Shukla, he said.
  • A team of Juhu unit of Mumbai ATS arrested the duo from Kolshet in neighbouring Thane, he said.
03:11 PM

First e-Lok Adalat held in Chhattisgarh

02:59 PM

India's 2018 Tiger Census makes it to Guinness Book of World Records

  • India's 2018 Tiger Census has made it to the Guinness Book of World Records for being the world's largest camera trapping wildlife survey.
  • The fourth cycle of the All India Tiger Estimation 2018 estimated 2,967 tigers or 75 per cent of the global tiger population in the nation. Its results were declared to the nation on Global Tiger Day last year by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • Terming this achievement a great moment, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar tweeted, "The All India Tiger Estimation is now in the Guinness World Records for being the largest camera trap wildlife survey, a great moment indeed and a shining example of Aatmanirbhar Bharat."
02:48 PM

WHO believes 'unknown pneumonia' in Kazakhstan could be COVID-19

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday (local time) that the "unknown pneumonia" reported in Kazakhstan could be COVID-19, CGTN News reported.
  • Michael Ryan, executive director of the Health Emergencies Program of the WHO, said at a regular briefing that the pneumonia outbreak in the Central Asian nation was "certainly on our radar," and the WHO is working with local health authorities amid a rise in reported cases.
  • He also pointed out that there's been a big surge in COVID-19 cases in the country, with over 10,000 confirmed over the last seven days.
02:43 PM

Virus cases go past 800 in Amravati

  • A rise of 25 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday took the total count in Amravati district of Maharashtra to 820, a health official said.
  • The new cases were reported from various areas in the city and villages.
02:19 PM

PM Modi reviews virus situation

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday reviewed the COVID-19 situation in the country and reiterated the need to observe personal hygiene and social discipline in public places.
  • The Prime Minister took stock of the situation and preparedness in various parts of the country.
  • He directed that the awareness about COVID should be disseminated widely and a continuous emphasis on preventing the spread of the infection should be laid.
02:16 PM

China rejects food imports after virus detected

  • New coronavirus cases have dropped sharply in China, and authorities are turning their attention to concerns that the virus could spread through imported food.
  • Those worries have risen since a June outbreak in Beijing that was linked to the city's largest wholesale market.
  • Testing has been stepped up on incoming food shipments, and on Friday customs officials said they are halting imports from three Ecuadorian shrimp producers after tests showed the virus present in recent shipments.
02:12 PM

American Airlines threatens to cancel Boeing Max orders

American had 24 Max jets before they were grounded in March 2019. It has orders for 76 more but wants Boeing to help arrange financing for 17 planes for which previous financing has or will soon expire.
02:07 PM

Bill Gates calls for COVID-19 meds to go to people who need them

"If we just let drugs and vaccines go to the highest bidder, instead of to the people and the places where they are most needed, we'll have a longer, more unjust, deadlier pandemic," Gates, a founder of Microsoft, said in a video released on Saturday during a virtual COVID-19 conference organized by the International AIDS Society.
01:51 PM

Future Consumer records consolidated net loss of Rs 175 crore in Q4

01:28 PM

Exams cancelled

01:24 PM

Rajasthan's COVID-19 tally rises by 170

Two fresh fatalities and 170 new cases were reported in Rajasthan, taking the death toll to 499 and the total caseload to 23,344.
01:21 PM

BSP raises questions over Vikas Dubey's encounter

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) national spokesperson Sudhindra Bhadoria on Saturday raised questions over the encounter of notorious gangster Vikas Dubey, the prime accused in Kanpur shootout case and added that "he should have been punished under Rule of Law and Constitution of India."
01:12 PM

Sonia Gandhi holds meet with Cong LS MPs

Congress president Sonia Gandhi held a meeting with the party's Lok Sabha MPs through video conferencing on Saturday and is learnt to have discussed with them the COVID-19 situation in the country. According to sources, she also discussed the current political situation and the key issues that would be raised by the Congress in the next Parliament session where the party will seek to corner the government on the handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the Sino-India standoff at Ladakh.
01:00 PM

11 more COVID-19 cases in Nagaland

12:35 PM

Season of two viruses?

  • As dengue season sets in across large parts of India with the onset of the monsoon, scientists warn that COVID-19 and the mosquito-borne disease have overlapping symptoms and worry the country's healthcare infrastructure won't be able to cope with this double whammy.
  • The impact of a dengue-COVID-19 season would entail two different diagnostic tests and extract a huge toll on patients too, each disease making the other more complicated to deal with and perhaps more fatal.
  • Based on 2016-2019 data, virologist Shahid Jameel estimated that India gets about 100,000 to 200,000 confirmed cases of dengue each year.
12:34 PM

Two arrested for helping hide criminals in Madhya Pradesh

The people in custody helped hide people involved in the Vikas Dubey case, which ended in an encounter yesterday.
12:17 PM

Odisha's COVID-19 tally rises to 12,526

570 fresh cases were reported, even as the death toll reached 61 as five more succumbed.
11:37 AM

Tamil Nadu asks Centre to fly back 40 fishermen stranded in Iran

  • Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palanniswami has urged the central government to arrange for the repatriation by air of 40 fishermen from the state stranded in Iran.
  • Palaniswami in a letter to External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar on Friday thanked for bringing back 681 fishermen safely to the state by Indian Navy Ship INS Jalashwa on July 1.
  • "Further, around 40 fishermen from Tamil Nadu have been left behind due to inadequacy of space in the ship. Therefore, I request you to arrange for their repatriation at the earliest to Tamil Nadu in a special flight," Palaniswami said.
11:34 AM

RBI alleviating liquidity stress to offset COVID-19 impact

  • Till the onset of COVID-19 in February this year, the RBI has cut the repo rate by 135 basis points.
  • "From February 2019 onwards, on a cumulative basis, we had cut the repo rate by 250 basis points till the onset of COVID-19. That was done mainly to tackle the slowdown in growth which was visible at that time and we had elaborately touched upon its in our MPC Resolutions," Das said while delivering the keynote address at the 7th SBI Banking and Economics Conclave.
  • "COVID-19 is the worst health and economic crisis in the last 100 years with unprecedented negative consequences for output, jobs and well being. It dented the existing world order, global value chains, labour and capital movements across the globe," he added.
11:17 AM

Pandemic will result in high NPAs and capital erosion: RBI Governor

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