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Recovered Covid cases fast approaching 1 million

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As guidelines for the third phase of unlocking lockdown restrictions were released, India recorded 48,515 fresh coronavirus infections and 768 deaths linked to the highly contagious virus in the last 24 hours, which takes the country’s tally to 15,58,447 cases. A total of 9,99,318 patients in the country have recovered so far and 34,485 have died since the beginning of the pandemic. India’s Covid-19 recovery rate now stands at 64.5 percent.

Maharashtra, India’s most affected state due to Covid-19, saw a surge of 9,211 new patients. The number of coronavirus cases in the state crossed the four lakh-mark. While the case count in the state reached 4,00,651, death toll due to the pandemic went up to 14,463 with 298 patients died due to deadly virus. At least 7,478 patients were discharged from hospitals, taking the number of recovered cases in the state to 2,39,755. Maharashtra has now 1,46,129 active cases. 

Delhi recorded 1,035 new Covid-19 cases in last 24 hours, taking the tally to over 1.33 lakh, while the death toll from the disease climbed to 3,907. Twentysix more fatalities have been recorded in the national capital. The death toll due to deadly virus has risen to 3,907, and the total number of cases stands at 1,33,310.

 Karnataka reported 5,503 new cases of Covid-19 and 92 related fatalities, taking the total number of cases to 1,12,504 and the death toll to 2,147. The state also saw 2,397 patients getting discharged after recovery. Out of 5,503 fresh cases reported today, a whopping 2,270 cases were from Bengaluru urban alone.

 Uttar Pradesh reported 3,383 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the infection tally to more than 77,000, while 33 more fatalities pushed the deaths to 1,530. There are 29,997 active Covid-19 cases in the state and 45,807 patients have been discharged after treatment. The death toll due to the disease has reached 1,530. The total number of coronavirus cases reported in the state is 77,334. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asked members of AAP’s Uttar Pradesh unit to reach out to each and every village in the state and help the people in their fight against Covid-19.

Haryana reported seven more Covid-19 deaths in last 24 hours, taking the toll to 413 as 755 new cases of the infection pushed the state’s tally to 33,631. Meanwhile, Punjab reported a record 25 Covid-19 deaths on a single day and 568 coronavirus positive cases, taking the infection tally in the state to 14,946.

 Odisha, in the last 24 hours, reported 1,068 more Covid-19 cases taking the state’s coronavirus cases tally to 29,175. There are 10,919 active cases in the state and 18,061 patients have recovered from the disease. 159 patients have died to Covid-19 in the state.

Kerala reported 903 fresh Covid-19 cases in last twenty-four hours, taking the infection tally to 21,797, while the death toll climbed to 68. The state has as many as 10,351 active cases, while 11,369 have recovered so far with 641 have been discharged. 

Andhra Pradesh for the first time in a single day crossed the 10,000-mark with the state recording 10,093 cases in last 24 hours. The state also conducted a record 70,584 tests in the last 24 hours. Sixtyfive people succumbed to Covid-19 taking the total toll to 1213 in the state.

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PAPER LEAK: UTTARAKHAND POLICE ARREST 18 SO FAR

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With the arrest of State District Panchayat member Hakam Singh, the Uttarakhand Police has arrested 18 persons so far in connection with the Uttarakhand Subordinate Services Selection Commission (UKSSSC) paper leak case.

Speaking to ANI, SSP Ajay Singh of the Special Task Force of the Uttarakhand Police said, «State District Panchayat member Hakam Singh has been arrested in the graduate level exam question paper leak case conducted by the Uttarakhand Subordinate Services Selection Commission. This is the 18th arrest in the case.» Singh was caught from the Mori area near the Himachal Pradesh border. The Zilla Panchayat member was stopped at Arakot Chowki. Hakam Singh returned to the country from a trip abroad on 7 August.

Taking stern action in the state Subordinate Services Selection Commission paper leak controversy, the Uttarakhand government on Sunday removed the secretary of the commission.

According to the information received from the Secretariat, PCS officer Shalini Negi has been made the Controller of Examinations and Surender Rawat, Joint Secretary, Secretariat Services, has been made secretary in the commission.

After the disclosure of irregularities in the recruitment of various examinations of the Subordinate Commission, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami instructed strict action, after which the STF has so far arrested 18 accused. On 22 July, this year a case was registered in the paper leak case at Raipur Police Station. It is being investigated by the STF.

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DON’T FORGET HARD-WON FREEDOM: VP DHANKHAR

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NEW DELHI: Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar wished the people on the eve of Independence Day and paid tribute to those valiant freedom fighters whose courage and sacrifice brought India freedom from oppressive colonial rule.“I extend my warm greetings and good wishes to the people of our country on the joyous occasion of 76th Independence Day. Today, as we celebrate the immense progress made over the last seventy-five years, let us not forget how hard-won our freedom is,” said the Vice-President.

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Police busts Pak-backed module aimed to carry out attack on I-Day

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Thwarting yet another possible terrorist attack around Independence Day, Punjab Police have busted a Pak-ISI backed terrorist module with the arrest of four members associated with Canada-based gangsters. The accused were associated with Arshdeep Singh alias Arsh Dala and Austraila-based gangster Gurjant Singh alias Janta. They were apprehended from Delhi during the intel-led operation carried out by the Counter-Intelligence unit of Punjab Police with the help of Delhi Police.

The Police have also recovered three hand-grenades (P-86), one IED and two 9mm pistols along with 40 live cartridges in possession of the arrested persons, said Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab Gaurav Yadav here on Sunday.

This is the third such module of cross-border smuggling of arms and explosives that has been busted by the Punjab Police in less than a week.

Those arrested have been identified as Deepak Sharma of Preet Nagar in Moga; Sandeep Singh of village Kotkaror Kalan in Ferozepur; Sunny Dagar of village Ishapur in Najafgarh in Delhi; and Vipin Jakhar, a resident of Goyla Khurd in New Delhi, where all of them were taking shelter.

Disclosing more details, DGP Gaurav Yadav said that following reliable inputs that associates of Arsh Dala are being harboured by Vipin Jakhar at his accomodation in village Goyla Khurd in New Delhi, teams of Punjab Police’s SSOC Mohali along with Dwarka Police conducted a raid at their premises on Friday, and managed to arrest them after recovering two 9mm pistols (foreign-made) along with 40 live cartridges.

“Working on the leads obtained during the questioning of the arrested persons, the police teams have also recovered one IED and three hand-grenades on Saturday from the locations pinpointed by them in Punjab,” he said, adding that the arrested accused also revealed that they were being tasked by Arsh Dala to execute criminal activities in areas of Delhi and Punjab ahead of Independence day to disrupt the peace and harmony.

The investigations so far revealed that Deepak Sharma, who is a history sheeter and was wanted by the Punjab Police in two cases including murder of Moga-based Jaswinder Singh alias Jassi, who was killed in March 2022 and another for firing in the house of Panchayat Secretary of Village Dala, Moga in June 2022, said the DGP. While, accused Sandeep, who recently came back to India from Dubai, had provided logistic support to Deepak to carry out firing at the house of Panchayat Secretary.

He said that accused Sunny Dagar, who is out from jail on parole, is an active member of Neeraj Bawana Gang and Tillu Tajpuriya gang in Delhi and NCR region and has been facing various cases of heinous crimes including murder, attempt to murder, extortion, theft etc. Meanwhile, the Police have procured remand for five days of all the arrested persons after producing them at the local Mohali Court on Saturday.

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Security In Delhi Beefed Up Amid Threat Alerts

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Delhi Police have tightened the security and vigilance at all eight borders of the city as well as the busy markets in view of the Independence Day celebration. The security near the Red Fort has been beefed up with many layers of protection as the inputs received from International Border are not only specific but are considered strong enough. For enhanced security at the Independence Day programme, the police personnel have deployed anti-drone system to ensure protection against drone attacks. This anti-drone system was manufactured by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Bharat Electronics (BEL).

The Red Fort is shielded with a Radar system to ensure its safety from the Drones, as it is another threat apart from the Technological dangers for security. The police personnel are also taught the ways to combat suspected objects flying in the sky, the police said.

The police received some specifically strong alerts concerning the security in Delhi on August 15. The Intelligence agencies have issued a high alert for a terrorist attack in the city on Monday:

It has been informed that on the basis of the interrogation with the terrorists nabbed from different states including Punjab, a number of Drones from the Pakistan border– carrying numerous Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)– have reached various parts of the country.

In another alert, it was revealed that deadly weapons including Pistol, Hand Grenades, and AK 47 have been sent to India with the help of Drones from Pakistan.The Police further, quoting the Intelligence forces, said that the terrorists can also lead to several lone wolf attacks on Independence Day. In the attack, a single person can attack the mob with a sharp-edged weapon or a big vehicle.

The police have completely banned the flying of Kites (for as long as the Independence Day programme continues) around the Red Fort after the alert regarding some terrorist attack via a flying object like a kite was issued to the police by the agencies.Delhi Police has further received another input to be vigilant as some suspicious object put along with the crutches can attack the Fort, hence the police have been advised to ensure a very strong screening.

“The terror outfits namely SFJ, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), ISIS Khurasan Module are planning to conduct a massive attack during August 15,” Intelligence agencies informed the police.

The police are also keeping a vigilant eye over suspicious activities and persons as the terror modules are also involving local criminals.

This year, special kind of Alarm Cameras are installed around the Red Fort, which starts alarming the nearby stationed police personnel of any suspected movement.Apart from around 250 eminent personalities who are expected to arrive at the Red Fort on Monday, nearly 8,000-10,000 people are also likely to attend the programme, hence the police have installed 1,000 cameras with high-resolution quality in the nearby areas.

The special cell of Delhi Police has successfully projected the pictures of around 1,000 suspicious persons, anti-national elements, and terrorists to the other unit of the police force, to ensure that every unit and department stays cautious.

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INDIA’S WARREN BUFFET RAKESH JHUNJHUNWALA DIES AT 62

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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday expressed grief on the sudden passing away of ace stock market investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala. “Rakesh Jhunjhunwala was indomitable. Full of life, witty and insightful, he leaves behind an indelible contribution to the financial world. He was also very passionate about India’s progress,” prime minister Modi tweeted “His passing away is saddening. My condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti.”

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World Has Seen New India Rising: President Murmu

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In her maiden address to the nation on eve of Independence Day, President Droupadi Murmu said that the makers of modern India enabled each and every adult citizen to participate in the collective process of nation-building and asserted that India can be credited to have helped the world discover the true potential of democracy.

“We Indians proved skeptics wrong. Democracy not only grew roots in this soil, it was enriched too,” the President said, adding that India can be credited to have helped world discover true potential of democracy.

The President recalled that India adopted universal adult franchise right since the beginning of the Republic and highlighted that India can be credited to have helped the world discover the true potential of democracy.

She said, “In most other well-established democracies, women had to wage long-drawn struggles to get the right to vote. But India adopted universal adult franchise right since the beginning of the Republic. Thus, the makers of modern India enabled each and every adult citizen to participate in the collective process of nation-building. Thus, India can be credited to have helped the world discover the true potential of democracy.”

India is among the fastest growing major economies in the world, the President said, adding that India has made unprecedented progress in the development of physical and digital infrastructure.

“The pandemic has uprooted lives and also economies in the entire world. When the world has been battling the economic consequences of the great crisis, India got its act together and is now moving forward. India is among the fastest growing major economies in the world. India’s start-up ecosystem ranks high in the world. The success of start-ups in our country, especially the growing number of unicorns is a shining example of our industrial progress,” the President said. 

Ms. Murmu further stated that Country’s growth is becoming more inclusive and regional disparities too are reducing.

On the health side, Ms.Murmu said, “world has seen new India rising in recent years, more so after outbreak of Covid-19.”

The President also said, “National Education Policy aimed at preparing future generation for next stage of industrial revolution, reconnecting it with heritage.”

Ms. Murmu said “Keyword for India today is compassion for downtrodden, for needy and for those on margins.”

The President said, “Gender inequalities are reducing, women are breaking many glass ceilings, “our daughters are the biggest hope for nation”.”

“Government and policy

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