Jul 07, 2022 3:00 PM (IST)
Beijing mandates COVID vaccines to enter some public spaces
The Chinese capital has issued a mandate requiring people to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination before they can enter some public spaces including gyms, museums and libraries, with exceptions only available to those who cannot be vaccinated for health reasons. The health app that shows a person’s latest PCR test results has been updated to make it easier to access their vaccination status, according to Li Ang, a spokesperson at Beijing’s municipal health commission.
Jul 07, 2022 2:48 PM (IST)
Uday Samant urges Maharashtra CM to set up welfare board for autorickshaw, taxi drivers
Rebel Shiv Sena MLA Uday Samant on Thursday urged Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde to form a board for the welfare of autorickshaw and taxi drivers in the state on the lines of Tamil Nadu. In a letter to Shinde, Samant said the move will benefit licensed 8.32 lakh autorickhsaw and 90,000 taxi drivers and owners. He said Tamil Nadu has a welfare scheme for auto drivers and they have been covered under the Tamil Nadu Manual Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Work) Act, 1982.
Jul 07, 2022 2:42 PM (IST)
West Bengal: TMC delegation to visit Raj Bhavan at 3:00 pm today
Trinamool Congress delegation comprising Kunal Ghosh, Sashi Panja, Tapas Ray, Kakali Ghosh Dastidar, Nayana Bandyopadhyay, Sazda Ahmed and Mala Roy to visit Raj Bhavan at 3:00 pm today.
Jul 07, 2022 2:39 PM (IST)
Jyotiraditya Scindia assumes additional charge of Steel Ministry
Union Minister Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia on Thursday assumed the additional charge of the Steel Ministry. Scindia is currently in charge of the Civil Aviation Ministry. The 51-year old BJP leader, who represents Madhya Pradesh in the Rajya Sabha, is the third steel minister in the current Modi government. Before taking his seat, he took off his footwear and placed an idol of Lord Ganesha on the table of his office in Udyog Bhawan.
Jul 07, 2022 2:38 PM (IST)
NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant to be new Sherpa of G-20
Former NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant will be the new Sherpa of G-20, replacing Union Minister Piyush Goyal, as full-time sherpa required for India’s presidency, sources said on Thursday. India assumes the G-20 presidency later this year. “With the G-20 presidency coming to India this year, the Sherpa would need to devote a lot of time to numerous meetings that will be held in different parts of the country. “Union Minister Goyal, holds the charge of multiple portfolios in the Modi cabinet which consumes a lot of his time,” a source said. In addition, the Minister is also tasked with other pressing duties like the Leader of Rajya Sabha, the source added. Kant was NITI Aayog CEO for almost six year and completed his extended term last month. Prior to that the Kerala-cadre IAS officer was Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP).
Jul 07, 2022 2:04 PM (IST)
Boris Johnson to resign as Conservative leader today
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Boris Johnson will resign as leader of the UK’s ruling Conservative Party on Thursday but will continue as Prime Minister until later this year. A Conservative leadership race will take place soon and a new Prime Minister will be in place in time for the Conservative Party conference in October, the BBC reported. The development comes as New Education Secretary Michelle Donelan and Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis have resigned, piling further pressure on Johnson Ministers Helen Whately, Damian Hinds, George Freeman, Guy Opperman, Chris Philp, and James Cartlidge have also stepped down.
Jul 07, 2022 1:52 PM (IST)
Prisoner found dead in central jail in Kerala
A 31-year old convicted prisoner was found hanging in the central prison in Viyyur in this Kerala district on Thursday, police said. The deceased prisoner, identified as Gopi, hailed from Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu. He had been in jail for some months in connection with a recent theft case reported in the district, police said. A police officer said prima facia it was a case of suicide. “He was found hanging in the prison. Though he was rushed to hospital, he was declared dead by the doctors. An investigation is going on over the incident,” he said.
Jul 07, 2022 1:43 PM (IST)
UK’s Boris Johnson defiant even as opponents tell him time is up
British Treasury chief Nadhim Zahawi called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign Thursday, just 36 hours after Johnson put him in the job, while another newly appointed Cabinet minister quit her post. Zahawi said Johnson knew “the right thing to do” was to “go now.” Zahawi was appointed late Tuesday to replace Rishi Sunak, who resigned saying he could no longer support Johnson after a series of ethics scandals. Education Secretary Michelle Donelan, who was also appointed on Tuesday following the resignation of her predecessor, announced her resignation Thursday morning. Johnson has rejected clamors for his resignation, digging in his heels even as dozens of officials quit and previously loyal allies urge him to go after yet another scandal engulfed his leadership.
Jul 07, 2022 1:28 PM (IST)
22-year-old man stabs class 12 girl in Delhi
A class 12 girl was allegedly stabbed by a 22-year-old man following a quarrel between them in west Delhi’s Tilak Nagar on Thursday, police said. The duo live nearby and have been friends for the last “two to three years”, police said. The girl was on her way to school when she got into an argument with the accused following which he stabbed her with a knife, they said. Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Ghanshyam Bansal said the accused has been identified and would be nabbed soon. The reason behind the argument and the subsequent stabbing is not known yet as the girl is undergoing treatment at a hospital, he said.
Jul 07, 2022 1:26 PM (IST)
Delhi High Court dismisses plea seeking suspension of Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain
Delhi High Court dismisses plea seeking suspension of Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain. Plea stated that Jain under custody is still enjoying the perks and privileges of a cabinet minister despite having been allegedly indicted under serious charges which may entail severe punishment.
Jul 07, 2022 1:04 PM (IST)
Eastern Ladakh row: Jaishankar presses for early resolution of outstanding issues in talks with Wang
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday conveyed to his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi the need for an early resolution of all outstanding issues along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh, and asserted that bilateral ties should be based on mutual respect, mutual sensitivity and mutual interest. At a one-hour meeting in Bali on the sidelines of a conclave of foreign ministers of the G20 nations, Jaishankar and Wang looked forward to the next round of military talks between the two sides at an early date to resolve the border issue. Jaishankar also discussed with Wang the vexed issue of the return of Indian students to China and the resumption of direct flights between the two countries. On the discussions on the border row, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said Jaishankar reaffirmed the importance of “fully abiding” by bilateral agreements and protocols, and the understandings reached between him and Wang in their previous conversations.
Jul 07, 2022 12:38 PM (IST)
1 in 3 police stations yet to get single CCTV camera: Report
Despite the Supreme Court ruling which mandated CCTV cameras in all police stations, one in every three police stations do not have even a single camera, a report has found. The report, which also analyses police workforce in the country, claimed while the force has grown by 32 per cent between 2010 and 2020, the share of women is only a “meagre 10.5 per cent” and 41 per cent police stations across India do not have women help desks. The India Justice Report, ‘Police: Improvements, Shortfalls and National Trends- An analysis of Data on Police Organisation 2021’, said 5,396 of the total 17,233 police stations in the country do not have a single CCTV camera, and only Odisha, Telangana and Puducherry have all their police stations equipped with at least one camera.
Jul 07, 2022 12:33 PM (IST)
Bhagwant Mann ties the knot with Dr Gurpreet Kaur; Kejriwal, Raghav Chadha in attendance
Jul 07, 2022 12:33 PM (IST)
Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde takes charge at Mantralaya; Bal Thackeray, Dighe’s photos in his office
Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde officially took charge of his post at the state secretariat Mantralaya on Thursday. A puja was held at the tastefully decorated office of the chief minister before Shinde took charge. His chamber had a large photograph of Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray and a picture of Shinde’s mentor Anand Dighe next to it. As soon as he entered the secretariat building, Shinde paid floral tributes to Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Dr BR Ambedkar.
Jul 07, 2022 11:53 AM (IST)
Prohibitory orders in K’taka town following clash between two communities
Prohibitory orders have been clamped in Keruru town in Bagalkote district and large gatherings have been banned till Friday following violent clashes between two communities over eve teasing, authorities said. The clashes broke out on Wednesday evening leaving four people injured including two brothers over eve teasing in Keruur under Badami Taluk. Later, arson and vandalism started due to which the main market area of the town was shut. The injured persons have been admitted to the hospital where their condition is said to be stable. Schools and colleges have been closed till Friday after the administration imposed prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC, officials said.
Jul 07, 2022 11:15 AM (IST)
Mumbai rains: Man found dead in swollen drain in Palghar
The decomposed body of a man was found in a swollen drain in Maharashtra’s Palghar district which has been witnessing heavy rains since the last few days, a fire official said on Thursday. A police official said they suspect that the deceased, identified as Rahul Vishwakarma, might have slipped into the drain amid the heavy showers and got washed away. Local firemen got a call around 4 pm on Wednesday from a person who spotted the body in the drain in Madhuban locality of Vasai township, an official from the Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation’s fire services said. The firemen rushed to the spot and fished out the body, which was highly decomposed, and sent it to a government hospital for postmortem, he said. Vishwakarma worked in a local factory, an official from Valiv police station said, adding that they have registered a case of accidental death. There was water-logging in many areas following heavy downpour in Vasai and Virar towns here since Wednesday.
Jul 07, 2022 11:04 AM (IST)
Mamata Banerjee trampling on religious sentiments of Hindu Bengalis by protecting Mahua Moitra: BJP
Continuing its attack on West Bengal Chief Minister over Mahua Moitra’s insulting comment on Goddess Kaali, the BJP on Thursday said that by protecting her, Mamata Banerjee was ‘trampling on the religious sentiments of Hindu Bengalis’. The BJP questioned the chief minister’s silence and inaction against Moitra. While responding to a question on a controversial film poster, Moitra said that for her “Goddess Kaali is a meat-eating and alcohol accepting goddess”. West Bengal BJP co-incharge Amit Malviya said, “Mamata Banerjee’s eloquent silence and inaction on Mahua Moitra’s obnoxious comment on Maa Kaali is a tacit endorsement. If not, she should have suspended the TMC MP and allowed WB police to act. By protecting her, she is trampling on the religious sentiments of Hindu Bengalis.” On Wednesday, the BJP had said that Banerjee’s politics, steeped in brazen minority appeasement, is the reason why her MP made that outright insulting comment on Goddess Kaali.
Jul 07, 2022 10:58 AM (IST)
EAM Jaishankar & Chinese FM Wang meet in Bali
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday held talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Bali with a focus on “specific outstanding issues”. The talks took place on the sidelines of a meeting of the foreign ministers of G20 countries. It is learnt that the eastern Ladakh border row figured in the discussions. “Began my day in Bali by meeting FM Wang Yi of China. Discussion lasted one hour. Focused on specific outstanding issues in our bilateral relationship pertaining to the border situation. Also spoke about other matters including students and flights,” Jaishankar tweeted.
Jul 07, 2022 10:02 AM (IST)
Gujarat: Four Pakistan fishermen nabbed from creek area in Kutch
A BSF patrol caught four Pakistani fishermen and seized their ten boats from the ‘Harami Nalla’ creek area of Kutch along the India-Pakistan maritime boundary in Gujarat on Thursday, a force spokesperson said. Nothing suspicious has been recovered from the fishing boats, he said. The spokesperson said a special ambush party of the Border Security Force (BSF) observed movement between border pillar number 1165 and 1166 while the fishermen were sneaking “into Indian territory” through one of the water channels of ‘Harami Nalla’ in Kutch district. Four Pakistani fishermen have been nabbed along with ten boats and a search of the entire area is being conducted, the spokesperson said.
Jul 07, 2022 9:56 AM (IST)
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Jul 07, 2022 9:48 AM (IST)
India reports 18,930 fresh cases, 14,650 recoveries, and 35 deaths in last 24 hours
Jul 07, 2022 9:39 AM (IST)
Heavy rains in Thane, water-logging near CM Shinde’s house
Heavy overnight rains caused flooding at various places in Maharashtra’s Thane district and also led to water-logging around Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s residence in the city on Thursday morning, officials said. Local firemen got a call around 6.15 am on Thursday about inundation near the CM’s residence in Louiswadi area of the city following heavy showers throughout the night, Thane Municipal Corporation’s regional disaster management cell chief Avinash Sawant said. Civic personnel rushed to the spot and cleared the locality of the flood waters, he said.
Jul 07, 2022 9:19 AM (IST)
Salman Khan’s lawyer Hastimal Saraswat receives death threat, will meet Sidhu Moosewala’s fate, says letter
Actor Salman Khan’s lawyer Hastimal Saraswat received a death threat through a letter. The letter states that the lawyer will meet Sidhu Moosewala’s fate and contained Lawrence Bishnoi and Goldy Brar’s initials.”Security has been provided to him. We are probing it,” said Nazim Ali, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police East Jodhpur. Earlier on June 14, the Patiala House Court of Delhi, had allowed Punjab Police to arrest Bishnoi in connection with Singer Sidhu Moose Wala’s murder case.Sidhu Moose Wala was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Jawaharke village of Punjab’s Mansa district on May 29. The incident took place a day after his security was withdrawn by the Punjab police among 424 others. Notably, the singer had joined the Congress party last year in December ahead of the Assembly elections.Canada-based gangster Goldy Brar had claimed responsibility for Moose Wala’s murder in a Facebook post. Goldy Brar is a close aide of gang leader Lawrence Bishnoi, who is the chief suspect in the Punjabi rapper’s murder.
Jul 07, 2022 9:12 AM (IST)
PM Modi to inaugurate, lay foundation stone of projects worth over Rs 1,800 crore in Varanasi today
Jul 07, 2022 8:39 AM (IST)
Ex-cop Derek Chauvin to get federal sentence for Floyd’s killing
Derek Chauvin will learn his sentence Thursday for violating George Floyd’s civil rights, with a deal in place that would extend the former Minneapolis police officer’s time behind bars while shifting him to possibly more favorable conditions in a federal prison. Chauvin agreed to a sentence of 20 to 25 years in his December plea to a federal charge in Floyd’s killing. U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson will make the final decision, with prosecutors seeking the full 25 on the grounds that Chauvin’s actions were cold-blooded and needless.
Jul 07, 2022 8:23 AM (IST)
Detroit officer, gun-wielding suspect dead after shooting
A Detroit police officer and a man wielding an assault-style weapon were fatally shot on the city’s west side Wednesday night, Detroit police Chief James White said. White said the officer and his partner responded about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to a call of a man firing a weapon. He said when the officers arrived, they were met by the suspect who was armed with an assault-style weapon and firing in their direction.
Jul 07, 2022 8:10 AM (IST)
New COVID-19 Omicron sub-variant BA.2.75 detected in countries like India: WHO
A new sub-lineage BA.2.75 of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus has been detected in countries like India and the World Health Organisation is following this, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. “On COVID-19, globally reported cases have increased nearly 30 per cent over the past two weeks. Four out of six of the WHO sub-regions saw cases increase in the last week,” Ghebreyesus said at a press briefing Wednesday. “In Europe and America, BA.4 and BA.5 are driving waves. In countries like India a new sub-lineage of BA.2.75 has also been detected, which we’re following,” he said.
Jul 07, 2022 7:34 AM (IST)
TMC targets PM Modi over LPG price hike
The Trinamool Congress on Wednesday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a hike in domestic cooking gas and said the common man continues to suffer but he does not care. Cooking gas LPG price on Wednesday was hiked by Rs 50 per cylinder, the third increase in rates since May on firming international energy prices. “Domestic 14.2 kg LPG cylinder prices increased by Rs 50/cylinder. Mr. @narendramodi showering the people of India with all his love, yet again,” the TMC said in its official Twitter handle. Sarcastically alluding to the PM Cares Fund, the party said “in Modi ji’s ‘Amrit Kaal’, suffering does not stop. And the PM? Does not care.”
Jul 07, 2022 7:07 AM (IST)
Four Gurugram youths duped on pretext of being given jobs at AIIMS Delhi
A Delhi resident allegedly duped four Gurugram youths of Rs 20 lakh in cash, two cars and a motorcycle after promising them employment as data entry operator and lab attendant at the AIIMS, police said. An FIR has been registered at New Colony police station against the accused, identified as Rajat of Kanganheri village in southwest Delhi, under relevant sections of the IPC. One of the four youths filed a complaint alleging that Rajat had even provided them with appointment letters and ID cards which later turned out to be forged. According to the complaints, the youths paid a total of Rs 20 lakh in cash in multiple instalments to Rajat. When Rajat demanded more money, they gave away two cars and a motorcycle. “FIR has been registered and we are verifying the facts. The accused will be nabbed soon,” New Colony police station SHO Dinkar Yadav said.
Jul 07, 2022 6:52 AM (IST)
4 bears killed in Alaska campground reserved for homeless
Alaska wildlife officials have killed four black bears in a campground recently reserved for people in Anchorage who are homeless after the city’s largest shelter was closed. Employees from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game on Tuesday killed a sow and her two cubs and another adult bear that was acting separately, stealing food from tents inside Centennial Park, which is managed by the city, officials said. Anchorage is Alaska’s biggest city, with nearly 300,000 residents, but it is also bear country. The park is located in east Anchorage, nestled between Chugach State Park and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, which state wildlife officials describe as a vast bear habitat.
Jul 07, 2022 6:51 AM (IST)
12 killed in Ukraine as Russia pounds rebel-claimed province
Russian shelling killed at least eight civilians in eastern Ukraine over the past 24 hours and wounded 25 more, Ukrainian officials said Wednesday. Pro-Russia separatists said attacks by Ukrainian forces killed four civilians. The Ukrainian presidential office said Russian forces targeted cities and villages in the country’s southeast, with most civilian casualties occurring in Donetsk province, where Russia stepped up its offensive in recent days. Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said in a Telegram post that two people died in the city of Avdiivka, which is located in the centre of the province, and the Donetsk cities of Sloviansk, Krasnohorivka and Kurakhove each reported one civilian killed.
Jul 07, 2022 6:49 AM (IST)
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Jul 07, 2022 6:47 AM (IST)
AAP MLA Akhilesh Tripathi assaults two men: Police
Aam Aadmi Party MLA Akhilesh Tripathi on Wednesday allegedly assaulted two men in the Ashok Vihar area of northwest Delhi after one of them complained about sewage problem, police said. On Wednesday around 4.30 pm, Ashok Vihar police station received information regarding a physical assault near Lal bagh, they said. A police team rushed to the spot. During enquiry, it was revealed that Akhilesh Tripathi, AAP MLA from Model Town Constituency, assaulted Guddu Halwai and Mukesh Babu and they were shifted to BJRM hospital in Jahangirpuri, Deputy Commissioner of Police (northwest) Usha Rangnani said.
Jul 07, 2022 6:47 AM (IST)
Amazon Prime adding free Grubhub meal delivery for members
Amazon will give its U.S. Prime members free access to meal delivery service Grubhub for a year under a deal announced Wednesday. The Grubhub Plus membership __ which normally costs $9.99 per month __ lets customers order from thousands of restaurants with no delivery fees on most orders. Amazon Prime membership costs $139 per year. Prime members must sign up for the Grubhub service. After one year they will be charged Grubhub’s normal fees unless they deactivate the program. The deal is part of a partnership between Amazon and Just Eat Takeaway, the Amsterdam-based delivery company that bought Grubhub in 2020 for $7.3 billion. Amazon has an initial option to take a 2% stake in Grubhub, which could climb to 15% if certain performance conditions are met.
Jul 07, 2022 6:43 AM (IST)
Russia proposes 6-month cross-border aid renewal for Syria
Russia has agreed to continue humanitarian aid deliveries from Turkey to rebel-held northwest Syria for six months- not a year, as many U.N. Security Council members, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and more than 30 nongovernmental groups want. Russia proposed amendments to a draft resolution by Ireland and Norway reducing their year-long time frame for deliveries. Council diplomats said consultations were continuing late Wednesday to see if a compromise could be reached.