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PM Modi launches Covid testing facilities in 3 states

India sees record 49,931 fresh infections in 24 hours, taking the tally past the 14-lakh mark.

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In a bid to further ramp up Covid-19 testing capacity, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched “high throughput” testing facilities in Noida, Mumbai and Kolkata. The PM said during the launch that the laboratories would not be restricted to Covid-19 testing, but would be expanded for testing of other diseases like Hepatitis B & C, HIV, and dengue in the future.

 “Today, there are more than 11,000 Covid-19 facilities and more than 11 lakh isolation beds in the country. We also have nearly 1,300 testing laboratories in the country and more than 5 lakh tests are being conducted daily. The new testing facilities will give West Bengal, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh more strength to fight Covid-19,” PM Modi said.

India witnessed record 49,931 fresh infections in the last 24 hours which took India’s Covid-19 tally past the 14-lakh mark. The country’s coronavirus tally stood at 14,35,453, while 708 coronavirus patients died in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of Covid-linked deaths to 32,771. More than 9.1 lakh patients have recovered so far and the recovery rate stood at 63.92%.

Maharashtra’s coronavirus toll rose to 13,883 with 227 deaths while the case count increased to 3,83,723 with the addition of 7,924 fresh Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. As many as 8,706 patients were discharged after recovery, taking the number of recoveries to 2,21,944 and active cases to 1,47,592 active cases.

Tamil Nadu reported the highest single day spike of 6,993 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the state’s total to 2,20,716 while 77 deaths took the toll to 3,571. Chennai and its nearby three districts accounted for 2,422 cases. Of the total deaths, Chennai accounts for 2,032. Meanwhile, Karnataka reported single biggest day spike of 5,324 fresh infections and 75 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases in the state to 1,01,465, while death toll climbed to 1,953. Currently, there are 61,819 active cases in the state.

Delhi reported 613 fresh novel coronavirus cases, taking the case count to 1,31,219, while the toll rose to 3,853 with 26 deaths. There are 10,994 active cases of the coronavirus disease, while 1,16,372 patients have recovered so far. As many as 11,506 Covid-19 tests, including 7,685 rapid antigen tests, were conducted in the last 24 hours. The number of tests done till date rose to 9,58,283 and the tests per million was 50,435.

 Uttar Pradesh reported its highest single-day spike of 3,505 new Covid-19 cases, taking the total to over 70,000, while 30 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 1,456 in the state. Meanwhile Odisha’s Covid-19 tally shot up to 26,892 with 1,503 fresh cases, while the death toll rose to 147 as seven more people succumbed to the virus.

Haryana recorded 795 new cases of coronavirus in last 24 hours which took the total tally to 32,127. While 397 people died due to the deadly virus and 25,046 patients have recovered so far. There are now 6,684 active cases of corona in the state.

Gujarat recorded 22 deaths and 1,052 fresh infections in the last 24 hours. Gujarat’s case count mounted to 56,874, including 13,146 active cases while 41,380 patients got discharged from different hospitals across the state and 2,348 people have died due to the deadly virus in the state.

West Bengal reported 2,112 fresh cases in the last 24 hours which took the case tally to 60,830. The total number of active and discharged cases in the state is 19,502 and 39,917 respectively. The death toll climbed to 1,411 in the state so far.

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Fifth case of Monkeypox in Delhi, 22-year-old woman admitted to LNJP

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The fifth case of monkeypox has been reported in Delhi on Friday. The Medical Director of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital Dr. Suresh Kumar informed about the fifth case of monkeypox.

On Friday a 22-year-old woman tested positive and she is currently under observation in the hospital.

“One patient has been admitted in LNJP and her sample tested positive, at present 4 patients are admitted and one has been discharged. A total of five cases of Monkeypox have been reported in Delhi. She came positive yesterday. A team of doctors are treating her,” Dr. Kumar said.

Meanwhile, the patient traveled one month ago and has no recent travel history.

Earlier on 24 July, Delhi confirmed its first case of monkeypox. A day after it was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Central government had also released guidelines to check the virus spread in India. Close contact with sick persons, dead or live wild animals, and others have been advised to avoid.

However, on 14 July the first case of monkeypox was reported in India from Kerala’s Kollam district.

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‘I appeal to all countrymen to hoist the Tiranga at your home’, say Amit Shah

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday unfurled the tricolor at his residence in Delhi. Shah also urged countrymen to hoist the flag at their homes from August 13 to 15. Under the aegis of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the countrymen are being encouraged to hoist the tricolor at their homes.

Taking to Twitter Shah said, “Tiranga is our pride. It unites and inspires everyone Indian. On PM Narendra Modi Ji’s clarion call of Har Ghar Tiranga, today hoisted a Tiranga at my residence in New Delhi and paid tributes to our valorous heroes who sacrificed everything for the Motherland.”

“I appeal to all countrymen to hoist the Tiranga at your home from 13th-15th August and to be a part of this campaign of awakening the spirit of patriotism in every heart. Also, upload your picture with the Tiranga on http://harghartiranga.com and inspire others for the same,” Shah said.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign. He called upon the people of the country to join it. PM Modi said that the tricolor not only has three colors, but it is also a reflection of our commitment to the present, our past glory, and our dreams for the future.

However, Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is an initiative of the government to celebrate 75 years of Independence. The national flag will be hoisted in every house of the country till 15th August.

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Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi tests positive for COVID-19

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Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. Congress general secretary in charge of communications and senior party leader, Jairam Ramesh informed.

Taking to Twitter Jairam Ramesh said, “Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi has tested positive for Covid-19 today. She will remain in isolation as per Govt. protocol.”

In the last three months, Gandhi has tested positive for Covid for the second time. As per government protocol, the party chief will remain in isolation.

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot expressed concern and said, “Concerned about the health of Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi Ji as she tested positive for #COVID19. Wish her a speedy recovery. May she get well soon. Prayers for her good health and well-being.”

Earlier on Wednesday (August 10), Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi tested positive for COVID. Taking to Twitter Vadra tweeted, “Tested positive for COVID (again!) today. Will be isolating at home and following all protocols.”

Moreover, the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Tuesday tested positive for COVID.

“I have tested positive for #COVID19. I request those who came in contact with me recently to take care,” Kharge tweeted.

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Author Salman Rushdie on ventilator; likely to lose an eye

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Renowned author Salman Rushdie is on a ventilator after the attack and may have to lose an eye. He was attacked by a man with a knife on Friday at an event in New York, USA.

According to Rushdie’s agent Andrew Wyllie, Rushdie’s liver was damaged in the attack. Wyllie reported that Rushdie had broken nerves in his arm and damaged his liver. With this, there is a possibility of losing one of his eyes.

“The news is not good. Salman will likely lose one eye; the nerves in his arm were severed, and his liver was stabbed and damaged,” Wylie said.

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. The book was released in 1988 and after 30 years of a fatwa, Rushdie was attacked.

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

“The suspect has been identified as Hadi Matar, 24, from Fairview, New Jersey. 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, New York Governor Kathy Hochul said, “He is alive and has been transported, airlifted, to safety… The event moderator was attacked as well; he’s getting the care he needs at a local hospital.”

Taking to Twitter Taslima Nasreen said, “I just learned that Salman Rushdie was attacked in New York. I am really shocked. I never thought it would happen. He has been living in the West, and he has been protected since 1989. If he is attacked, anyone who is critical of Islam can be attacked. I am worried.”

However, Rushdie was stabbed in the neck when he was on stage at the Chautauqua Institution. The Chautauqua Institution is a non-profit community on Lake Chautauqua in southwestern New York province.

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Comedian Raju Srivastava’s condition is stable, says family; urges fans to ignore rumors

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Comedian Raju Srivastava who went through successful angioplasty following a heart attack is stable.

Raju Srivastava released a statement, “Dear all, Raju Srivastava Ji’s condition is stable. We are praying for his speedy recovery. The doctors are treating him and are doing their best. Thanks to all the well-wishers for their continued love and support. Please ignore any rumor/fake news being circulated. Please pray for him.”

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Comedian Raju Srivastava on Wednesday suffered from a heart attack after which he underwent angioplasty and now is on ventilator support. According to sources Raju is “responding to the treatment”.

Comedian Srivastava’s health deteriorated on Tuesday night after which he suffered from a heart attack.

Earlier on Wednesday, Comedian Sunil Pal said that Srivastava’s health is good now. He is recovering rapidly and will be home soon.

Meanwhile, just hours before Srivastava suffered a heart attack he shared a stand-up comedy piece on his Instagram. He mimicked a few veteran actors on information being spread on Covid-19 via caller tune on the phones.

However, Srivastava got recognition by participating in The Great Indian Laughter Challenge and Big Boss. He has done roles in films like Bombay to Goa, and Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya. Moreover, Srivastava is also the chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Film Division Board.

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Jaish terrorist arrested from Saharanpur; Nupur Sharma was the target

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A terrorist associated with Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Tahreek-e-Taliban has been arrested by the anti-terrorist squad (ATS) from Saharanpur. During the interrogation, the terrorist confessed that he was given the task of killing Nupur Sharma.

Prashant Kumar, ADG (law and order) said, “Nadeem underwent a crash course in explosives and was in the process of collecting material to make IEDs to target government buildings and police premises.”

According to the information, ATS has arrested a terrorist associated with Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Tahreek-e-Taliban from Saharanpur. The ATS has identified him as Muhammad Nadeem. During the interrogation of the ATS, the terrorist told that the terrorists of Jaish of Pakistan had sent him to kill Nupur Sharma.

However, the issue of objectionable remarks on Prophet Muhammad is still not being settled. In this case, there is an atmosphere of threats and target killing. At the same time, Nupur Sharma’s life is constantly in danger.

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