Former President Pranab Mukherjee has tested positive for Covid-19. 84-year-old Mukherjee took to Twitter and announced the news. He found out about his positive status when he went for routine check up. Mukherjee has requested people who have come in contact to self-isolate. Leaders, cutting across party lines, have wished Mukherjee a quick recovery. Union Minister Piyush Goyal and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis wished Mukherjee a speedy recovery. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also wished the former president a quick recovery. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed concern over the development. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge also wished for a speedy recovery. Pranab Mukherjee had cancelled all his engagements and stopped going out for public functions for the last few months. In the wake of raging coronavirus epidemic, the government had asked all senior citizens to stay at home. Mukherjee, President between 2012 and 2017, was invited for the at home programme at Rashtrapati Bhavan. However, he will not attend the event in the wake of this development. Last year, Mukherjee was awarded Bharat Ratna - country's highest civilian award. He is a Congress veteran with stints in the Indira Gandhi cabinet as well.
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Students of left front of Jadavpur University on August 09 staged protest in front of the university. They held the protest against New Education Policy which was recently announced by the Centre. The protestors said that the Centre introduced NEP without consulting it with state governments and demanded revocation of NEP.
From two more Union ministers testing positive, to hospital staff preventing a suicide bid by a patient - here are the top news updates on the Covid-19 pandemic. After Union Home minister Amit Shah and petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan, MoS Heavy Industries Arjun Ram Meghwal, and MoS Agriculture Kailash Choudhary have tested positive for Covid infection. In Kolkata, hospital staff were able to stop a patient from jumping out after breaking a window pane with an oxygen cylinder. The Central government has asked state administrations to step up testing of grocery shop staff, and vegetable and fruit vendors, as they can potentially spread the virus to a large number of people. The southern state of Tamil Nadu has decided to reopen places of worship with some limitations from August 10. Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh saw a massive jump in new cases with over 10,000 infections being reported on Saturday. India's total case tally has crossed the 20.88 lakh mark with over 42,500 deaths so far. While India has 6.19 lakh active cases, over 14.27 lakh patients have been discharged so far. In international news, some states in the United States of America have allowed schools to reopen even as the US remains the worst Covid-hit nation so far. The US has had over 48 lakh cases, while the second worst-hit country, Brazil is at 29 lakh cases. Watch the full video for more updates on the spread of the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus.
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Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh released a book titled 'Connecting, Communicating, Changing' in Delhi on August 11. The book chronicles M. Venkaiah Naidu's three years in office as the Vice President of India. Rajnath Singh spoke on the importance of the book and said it will give a different perspective to the readers.
Delhi's well-known Jhandewalan Temple geared up to celebrate Janmashtami festival. The temple has made arrangements keeping in mind the rapid transmission of coronavirus. Social distancing has been made mandatory for devotees visiting temple on the auspicious day. Meanwhile, other temples are preparing for online 'darshan' facility to devotees. Holy festival will be celebrated on August 11.
As Independence Day nears, security in the national capital has been strengthened. "Teams have been deployed in different areas to ensure law and order. Security has also been tightened keeping in view the incident that took place in Beirut," said Delhi Police. Strict vehicular checking is also being done in all parts of Delhi. The 74th Independence Day celebrations have been kept minimal in view of surging COVID cases in the country. 15 August will be marked by musical performances by Army, Navy and Indian Air Force.
New twists and turns continue to emerge in the Sushant Singh Rajput case with every passing day. Even as a political war continues between Bihar and Maharashtra, now the Central Bureau of Investigation has taken over the probe. This after Sushant's father filed an FIR in Patna accusing Rhea of abetment to suicide and also levelled allegations of financial fraud on the actor's girlfriend. A money laundering case has been filed by the Enforcement Directorate based on the complaint and Rhea and her family members have been questioned twice by the agency. Meanwhile, Rhea has moved the Supreme Court and filed petitions seeking transfer of all cases from Patna to Mumbai. In a separate plea, Rhea said that a media trial was underway and she had been declared guilty. She also said that she was being made a political scapegoat and alleged that the Bihar CM was behind the FIR against her in Patna. The CBI finds itself handling a case that has caught the attention of the nation. Watch this video to find out the top questions that the CBI needs to find answers to.
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Social networking site Facebook foiled a suicide attempt of a man by informing the suicidal tendencies he showed on the platform to cyber cell of Delhi Police about it. The man was saved in Mumbai by police officials on August 10. DCP Mumbai (Cyber Cell) Rashmi Karandikar briefed about the incident and said, "Facebook shared details with Delhi Police since phone number linked with the account was registered there.""A police team went to (his home) in East Delhi. The phone number was of his wife who said that she had a fight with her husband who is in Mumbai. We contacted the man, counselled him, traced his location and averted the suicide bid," she said.
A man named Hemant Padalkar, lost his wallet in 2006 in a train at Vashi Railway Police Station in Mumbai. According to a police official, Vashi Police Station police nabbed the thief and recovered the wallet at that time but cannot give it back to the complainant as it didn't find him on the given address. During a campaign, police gave the wallet back to Hemant Padalkar.
Keeping aside her selfless acts, a pavement dweller in Mumbai stood for eight hours on waterlogged road to warn commuters about a manhole. Kanta Murti Kalan opened the manhole at Tulsi Pipe Road to let out flooded water. "The road was flooded with water; I wanted to help others. I opened the hole to let water out, and in order to avoid any tragedy, I decided to keep standing at the spot. No official came to look into the matter," Kalan said. The flower vendor's tent and savings were washed away in Mumbai's heavy rain. Kalan's sense of social responsibility brought her to spotlight.
Mumbai, on Wednesday, received the highest rainfall of the season within just 12 hours and also the highest-ever recorded wind speed, according to the BMC. Normal life was thrown out of gear in several areas of the city. The area around the Nair hospital was completely waterlogged on Thursday morning. Meanwhile, on Wednesday, heavy rain that lashed South Mumbai led to flooding at JJ Hospital, the state’s largest government health facility. Patients, medical staff and the family members of patients were seen wading around through ankle-deep water on the ground floor of the hospital. The patients had to be shifted to the upper floors after the incident. The water was later cleared, the BMC informed. Meanwhile, NDRF rescued passengers who were stranded after two trains coming from opposite directions got stuck between Masjid Bunder and Byculla stations on the Central line. This happened as the tracks were flooded and water had reportedly collected up to 3 feet after incessant rainfall in maximum city. Rains also lashed Pune, Satara and Kolhapur districts in western Maharashtra. The MeT department warned of intense spells of 30 to 50 mm rainfall per hour with strong winds in Mumbai and suburban areas. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Heavy rain lashed parts of Mumbai on Wednesday, disrupting normal life. Neighbouring Thane and Palghar districts of also saw heavy showers. Rains also lashed Pune, Satara and Kolhapur districts in western Maharashtra. Severe waterlogging was witnessed on several roads and low-lying areas. Local train services were affected due to waterlogging on rail tracks. Trees fell due to gusty winds and damaged vehicles. Water entered the state-run J J Hospital in the Byculla area as the rain continued to pound through the day. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray asked the Mumbai municipal corporation to stay on high alert in the view of more rain forecast for Thursday. Teams of NDRF have been stationed at many places to deal with any eventualities. Indian Meteorological Department has predicted intense rainfall in Mumbai for the next 48 hours. CM Thackeray has also asked people to stay indoors and venture out only for essential work. He took stock of situation and asked BMC to coordinate with police, railway authorities and NDRF. Thackeray directed authorities to monitor situation arising out of disruption of uprooting of trees, waterlogging.
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Severe water logging was witnessed in various parts of Mumbai following incessant rainfall in the city on August 05. Heavy downpour has disrupted normal life. The India Meteorological Department has issued a red alert for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Pune, Nashik and some other parts of Maharashtra for August 05. The red alert was issued for the second consecutive day. Rains have been lashing Mumbai and adjoining districts since August 04.
DMK MP Kanimozhi has said that a CISF officer at the Chennai airport asked her if she was Indian, when she could not speak Hindi. The DMK MP said that they were going through security checking when she requested a CISF official to speak in Tamil or English since she did not understand Hindi. The DMK MP said that the officer then asked if she Indian at all and questioned since when is being Indian equal to knowing Hindi. The DMK MP's complaint led to the CISF ordering a probe into the incident. The DMK MP further said that the beauty of the country lies in its diversity and inclusiveness and condemned the incident. Meanwhile, former Union Minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram also came out in support of Kanimozhi and said that such incidents are not unusual. He added that he had faced similar incidents in the past. 'If the Central government is genuinely committed to both Hindi and English being the official languages of India, it must insist that all central government employees are bilingual in Hindi and English,' said Chidambaram. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 10 virtually inaugurated the submarine Optical Fibre Cable connecting Chennai and Port Blair. Optical Fibre Cable in Andaman and Nicobar Islands will ensure high speed broadband connectivity.
Airports Authority of India (AAI), Chairman, Arvind Singh revealed certain details about the recent air crash incident in Kozhikode that took place on August 07. "The aircraft could not land at a runway on where it had to, and then landing was tried on another runway where the mishap happened. We are monitoring situation and airport will become operational soon. An alternative facility in Nagpur is also under progress," Chairman Arvind Singh informed. At least 18 people have lost their lives in the mishap so far. More than 100 injured are being treated at a hospital.
Beautiful Rangolis were made outside Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's office in Maharashtra's Nagpur ahead of foundation stone laying ceremony of Ram Temple on August 05. Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with other dignitaries including RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat will be attending the grand ceremony of Bhoomi Pujan.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued guidelines for Unlock 3.0 on July 29 for resumption of activities outside containment zones. Unlock 3.0 will come into effect from August 01. In the third phase of unlock, yoga institutes and gymnasiums will re-open from August 5. The fitness equipments and machineries are getting properly sanitised. Gym owners are taking all necessary precautionary measures ahead of opening gyms. All fitness centres are closed for nearly 4 months due to coronavirus pandemic. Now, this comes as a relief to several gym owners and fitness trainers who have been facing massive financial losses after having been shut since March. According to Government of Maharashtra, indoor gymnasiums and other fitness centres to remain closed in the next phase of 'Mission Begin Again'. Only outdoor centres for exercise and gymnastics can remain open from August 05, following all social distancing and hygiene protocols for COVID-19.
From Covid patients dying in Ahmedabad to AAP government sending a proposal to L-G, here are the top updates on coronavirus pandemic. In Gujarat’s Ahmedabad, eight Covid-19 patients were killed in a fire an ICU ward of a hospital. Ambulances and fire engines were rushed to the spot, a probe in the incident was ordered. CPI (M) leader Shyamlal Chakraborty, who was being treated after he tested positive for Covid-19, died on Thursday. The leader had served three terms as transport minister in Bengal. Chongqing Zhifei Biological Products Co. shares surged 80% after China’s drug controller approved clinical trials for Covid vaccine. Zhifei chairman Jiang Rensheng became the fastest growing fortune among the world’s 500 wealthiest people. US top health expert Anthony Fauci expects tens of millions of vaccines for Covid-19 by early 2021. Fauci said there could be a billion vaccine doses by the end of 2021. India’s Covid-19 cases tally nears 2 million cases with recovery rate improving to 67.62%. Watch the full video for more details.
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A massive fire broke out at a COVID care hospital in Gujarat's Ahmedabad on August 06. Around eight people lost their lives, including five men and three women in the fire incident at Shrey Hospital. One paramedic also received burn injuries. Reportedly, the fire occurred due to a short circuit in ICU of the fourth floor of hospital. An inquiry into the matter is underway. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced ex-gratia of Rs 2 Lakhs each from Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF) to the kin of the deceased. Rs 50,000 to be given to those injured due to the fire. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has announced an ex gratia amount of Rs 4 lakhs each to the families of the eight victims who died in the fire at Shrey Hospital in Ahmedabad. The CMO added that Rs 50,000 would be given to those injured in the incident. Earlier today as per Gujarat Chief Minister's Office, Gujarat Chief Minister has ordered a probe in the incident. "CM Vijay Rupani has ordered a probe in the incident of fire at Shrey Hospital in Ahmedabad. Sangeeta Singh, Additional Chief Secretary (Home Department) will be leading the probe. The CM has ordered for a report within 3 days."
A massive fire broke out at a COVID care hospital in Gujarat's Ahmedabad on August 06. Around eight people died in the fire at Shrey Hospital in Ahmedabad. More details are awaited in this regard. While speaking to media, the JCP at Sector 1 in Ahmedabad, Rajendra Asari spoke on Shrey Hospital fire incident which has claimed 8 lives. He said, "We are taking the help of fire and forensic experts in the investigation." "A trustee of the hospital is being interrogated and will take help from CCTV footage in this incident," he added.