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According to the Union Health Ministry and Family Welfare, India reported 16,935 new COVID-19 cases on Monday whereas 20,528 cases were registered on Sunday. The Union Health Ministry of India has confirmed 16,069 recoveries pushing the total recoveries to 4,30,97,510 crore.

In the last 24 hours, India also reported 51 deaths taking the country’s toll to 5,25,760 lakh. At the same time, the active caseload stood at 1,44,264. Although on July 17, there were 1,43,449 active cases of COVID-19.

The active cases comprise 0.33 per cent of the total infections. Furthermore, the current recovery rate in the country stands at 98.47 per cent, the daily positivity rate at 6.48 per cent and the weekly positivity rate at 4.58 per cent.

The health ministry on Monday said that as many as 2,61,470 tests were conducted on Sunday, taking the total cumulative tests undertaken so far in the country to 86.96 crores.

Meanwhile, the national capital, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra has seen a massive spike in COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. Delhi reported 498 cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, and Tamil Nadu reported 2,316 new cases in the previous 24 hours. However, Maharashtra reported 2,186 new cases of COVID-19, whereas Mumbai saw 276 new COVID-19 cases.

Vaccination in India

Moreover, as of now, India has administered 2,00,04,61,095 crore vaccine doses, and for the age group 12-14 years, over 3,79,98,722 crore 1st dose vaccines have been administered. However, in the last 24 hours, 4,46,671 Covid-19 vaccines were administrated. Notably, the nationwide vaccination drive was started on January 16, 2021.

A milestone was achieved on Sunday as India crossed its 2 billion, i.e. 200 crore vaccination mark. After this, India has become the second country in the world to do so.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated all Indians on crossing the special figure of 200 crore vaccine doses. Taking to Twitter, PM Modi said, “India creates history again! Congrats to all Indians on crossing the special figure of 200 crore vaccine doses. Proud of those who contributed to making India’s vaccination drive unparalleled in scale and speed. This has strengthened the global fight against COVID-19.”

However, from Friday, the program of administering free precaution doses for the next 75 days to adult citizens across the country under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav has started.

Earlier on Wednesday, the government of India has taken an important decision where people between the age of 18-59 in the country can get a booster dose or third dose of the COVID vaccine at government immunization centers for free. As a part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, the booster dose will be free for 75 days, starting from July 15.

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Congress Slams CM Bommai, calls out the commercial for not including Nehru

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The Karnataka government’s newspaper advertisement in which Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s photo was left off of the list of freedom warriors has sparked yet another controversy. The chief minister of Karnataka, BS Bommai, insulted his father, SR Bommai, and his father’s first political mentor, MN Roy, both of whom were ardent Nehru supporters, according to Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh.

Jairam Ramesh remarked, “CM Karnataka is desperately trying to keep his job.”

The leader of the Congress, BM Sandeep, referred to Bommai as a “puppet CM” and claimed that Nehru was a major figure in India in the middle of the 20th century.

The commercial in question honours both Indian freedom heroes and those who were from Karnataka. It honours Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Chandrashekhar Azad, Savarkar, Lala Lajpat Rai, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, and Vallabhbhai Patel Bhagat Singh, in addition to Mahatma Gandhi, Netaji, and Vallabhbhai Patel Bhagat Singh.

This intensified the tense argument between the BJP and the Congress on Har Ghar Tiranga. The Congress questioned the RSS’s decision to wait till Friday to change its social media profile pictures to the national flag, and BJP leader Tejasvi Surya promised to set up history lessons for anyone who questions the RSS’s role.

The Congress claimed that the 75th anniversary of Independence had been reduced to “glorifying the sarvagyaani” and questioned why no special event had been arranged in Parliament to commemorate the occasion. In response, the BJP questioned why the Congress had not published a photo of its leaders raising the flag.

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President Droupadi Murmu to deliver maiden address to nation

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President Droupadi Murmu is about to give her first address to the nation. Murmu will address the nation on Sunday on the eve of Independence Day.

Meanwhile, Rashtrapati Bhavan said that the President’s address will be telecast on all national networks of All India Radio and all channels of Doordarshan from 7 pm onwards.

Moreover, the statement reads, “President Murmu’s address will also be telecast in regional languages on Doordarshan’s regional networks. All India Radio will also broadcast the regional language versions of the President’s address to the nation through its language service centers across India. All India Radio will telecast it in the regional language at 9.30 pm on their respective regional networks.”

However, on 15 August, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address will also be live-streamed by PIB (Press Information Bureau) on its various social media channels.

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Author Salman Rushdie taken off ventilator; accused Matar pleaded ‘not guilty’

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Renowned author Salman Rushdie was taken off a ventilator on Friday and will be able to talk. Rushdie was attacked by a man with a knife on Friday at an event in New York, USA.

According to the Washington Post, Rushdie’s agent Andrew Wyllie said Rushdie was taken off a ventilator and could be able to talk.

Earlier, Hadi Matar who stabbed the author Rushdie pleaded not guilty to attempted murder in the second degree. On Saturday, Matar was remanded without bail at Chautauqua County Jail.

According to the New York State Police, “On August 12, 2022, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation arrested Hadi Matar 24 of Fairview, NJ for Attempted Murder 2nd degree (B Felony) and Assault 2nd degree. Matar was processed at SP Jamestown and transported to Chautaugua Country Jail. Matar was arraigned in centralized arraignment on August 13, 2022, and was remanded without bail at Chautaugua Country Jail.”

Earlier, New York State Police identified the suspect as Hadi Matar. Matar hail from Fairview, New Jersey, and is 24 years old.

“Earlier today, approx at 10:47 am, the speaker Rushdie, 75, and Henry Reese, 73 has just arrived at the stage of the institution and shortly thereafter the suspect jumped out of the stage and attacked at least once in the neck and at least once in the abdomen,” Major Eugene J. Staniszewski said.

Meanwhile, the White House on Saturday also called the attack on Salman Rushdie “reprehensible”. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris wished the renowned author a speedy recovery.

Moreover, UK PM Boris Johnson said, “Appalled that Sir Salman Rushdie has been stabbed while exercising a right we should never cease to defend. Right now my thoughts are with his loved ones. We are all hoping he is okay.”

Salman Rushdie was born in 1974 in Mumbai and is 75 years old. He has a long history of controversies. After writing The Satanic Verses, he received death threats from Islamic extremists for several years.

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India observes Partion Horrors Remembrance Day, recollects the agony

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to those who lost their lives in the communal riots that occurred during the country’s partition as India observed Partition Horrors Remembrance Day. He also praised the resilience and tenacity displayed by individuals who were affected by the partition.

The PM tweeted, “Today, on #PartitionHorrorsRemembranceDay, I pay homage to all those who lost their lives during Partition , and applaud the resilience as well as grit of all those who suffered during that tragic period of our history.”

In his Independence Day speech from the previous year, Prime Minister Modi proclaimed that August 14 would be remembered as “Partition Horrors Remembrance Day.”

Himanta Biswa Sarma, the chief minister of Assam, also spoke of the agony that occurred during the partition because Pakistan’s creation led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people. Sarma referred to the partition as one of the “darkest events in Indian history” and claimed that it had delivered a severe blow to “Akhand Bharat,” or undivided India.

Taking to the microblogging site, he wrote, “One of the darkest moments in Indian history, Partition wreaked havoc upon millions of countrymen & dealt mighty blow to Akhand Bharat. On #PartitionHorrorsRemembranceDay, I recall the sufferings of people resulting from evil machinations of British Raj & newly-formed Pakistan.”

Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, also paid tribute to those who died as a result of the partition and sent his sorrow to their families.

“Lakhs of innocent civilians lost their lives and crores of citizens suffered inhuman suffering during the sad Partition of India due to the destructive religious mindset,” he tweeted.

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Rakesh Jhunjhunwala received homage from all corners of the nation, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The billionaire investor passed away at age 62 in Mumbai.

PM Modi said, “Rakesh Jhunjhunwala was indomitable. Full of life, witty and insightful, he leaves behind an indelible contribution to the financial world.”

Taking to Twitter, the PM said, “He was also very passionate about India’s progress. His passing away is saddening. My condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti. (sic).”

Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi was one of many leaders who tweeted condolences to the veteran MP. “Saddened to hear about Shri Rakesh Jhunjhunwala’s demise, just days after he established his low-cost airline, Akasa Airline.”

She wrote, “He was not just bullish about the stock market but also about the nation. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.”

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Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, ace business investor, passed away at the age of 62. He was often referred to as ‘The Big Bull of Dalal Street’ for his unique investing pattern. His distinctive approach made him count amongst the top business investors in India.

Jhunjhunwala was an active investor in addition to serving on the boards of directors of Prime Focus Limited, Geojit Financial Services, Bilcare Limited, Praj Industries Limited, Provogue India Limited, Concord Biotech Limited, Innovasynth Technologies Limited, Mid Day Multimedia Limited, Nagarjuna Construction Company Limited, Viceroy Hotels Limited, and Tops Security Limited. He was also the chairman of Aptech Limited and Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.

Jhunjhunwala, who was born on July 5, 1960, was raised in Bombay by Rajasthani parents while his father served as an income tax commissioner. After completing his studies at Sydenham College, he applied to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

He was the 36th richest Indian with a net worth of $5.5 billion and also had the title of Warren Buffet of India. Jhunjhunwala was listed among the top 500 wealthiest billionaires in Forbes’ Real-time Billionaires Index.

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