News Digest (19th July 2021, Monday)

News Digest (19th July 2021, Monday)

by Annadatha Venkata Murali Manohar*

To find peace, sometimes you have to be willing to lose your connection with the people, places, and things that create all the noise in your life


Sanitation worker Asha Kandara (40) abandoned by husband & mother of 2, cracks tough exam, to join Rajasthan Civil Service

NASA astronauts growing chilli peppers on International Space Station for 1st time; to harvest after 4 months

Opener Shikhar Dhawan becomes India's oldest first-time ODI captain at 35; playing XI for SL ODI out; 1st ODI: Dhawan, Kishan and Shaw fire as India thrash Sri Lanka in Colombo by 7 Wickets

Five more Test Positive for Zika virus in Kerala, total cases rise to 35, one case reported from Kochi

UN urges India to halt eviction of 1 lakh people from Haryana's Khori village during monsoon

Mumbai rain: 32 killed in rain-related incidents in last 24 hours; IMD issues red alert

Landslide warning issued for Himachal Pradesh; heavy rain predicted for next three-four days

5-yr-old girl rescued by mother from leopard's jaws (hit the leopard with a stick) in Maharashtra

Water levels of the Osman Sagar and Himayat Sagar reservoirs in Hyderabad have increased due to heavy rainfall

Mumbai rains: 31 dead, CM Uddhav sounds Orange Alert for next 5 days; announces 5Lacs for wall

Rain lashes parts of Hyderabad, heavy rainfall warning extended till July 22; Hyderabad administration gears up to tackle floods in wake of alerts

Telangana top for power usage, but its discoms fare poorly

DDMA cancels Kanwar Yatra in Delhi amid Covid-19 scare

Phones of Indian Politicians, Journalists hacked using Pegasus; Govt; "No Unauthorised Interception": Govt on Pegasus Spyware Row collapse victims; Judges, more names to be revealed": Wire's MK Venu on "Pegasus targets

A three-storey building collapsed in Gurugram. Nearly two dozen people are feared to be trapped in the rubble

Powerless in constituency': Member of Parliaments urge govt to restore MPLAD funds suspended last year for Covid

MP Sagar: An aviation academy's Trainee pilot survives as plane (Cessna aircraft) crashes after straying off runway

Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh on no live streaming of Char Dham Yatra as it is not written in the Vedas

Study: Frequency of Cyclones in Arabian Sea increased by 52% from 1982-2019; Bay of Bengal witnessed a slight decrease in the frequency of cyclones during the same period

Mahindra & Mahindra sets the wheel in motion to reclaim its lost space as an 'authentic SUV maker

Zurich airport signs shareholder agreement with NIAL for development of Noida airport

Theatres in Telangana set to reopen today

Telangana: ‘Follow Covid norms during festive season’

Congress asks TRS govt to disburse the flood relief promised before 2020 GHMC Elections

Financial & Business News

Bajaj Auto begins booking for electric scooter Chetak in Nagpur

All 2/4 wheelers, over 50 years old, maintained in original form; haven't undergone substantial overhaul, shall be classified as Vintage Motor Vehicles; Govt fixes ₹20,000 registration fee

6 of top 10 firms add ₹69,611 crore in market valuation in a week; Reliance biggest gainer; ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, HDFC, Kotak Mahindra Bank and SBI other gainers

Indian Cos overseas direct investment doubles at $2.8BN in June; TATA Steel invested $1BN in Singapore; Wipro invested $787.5MN in US

Hindus call for Cadbury's boycott citing gelatine derived from beef; Cadbury clarifies screenshot isn't related to Mondelez products manufactured in India

IBA will soon move an application to the RBI to set up a ₹6,000-crore National Asset Reconstruction Company (NARCL) or bad bank

Record prices turn steel industry into profit machine; India firms up new capacity booster plan

World record for fastest internet speed set by Japan transferring data at 319 Tbps over a distance of 3,001KMs

Hiring activity witnesses uptick in June for most sectors: Report

India can fulfil 50% coking coal requirements from Russia: JSPL MD

India’s video OTT market to touch $12.5 bn by 2030: Report

UAE’s Etihad Airlines extends flight suspension from countries including Pak, India until July 31

Walmart’s Flipkart says Indian probe shouldn’t treat it the same as Amazon

Digital marketing to AI – rise to 200% in professionals opting for upskilling courses: Survey

Amid Covid-19, govt relaxes green norms for drug firms till Dec 31

Corona Updates

*India reported 41,157 new cases, 518 deaths in last 24 hours, according to data uploaded by health ministry. Active cases have decline to 4.22 lakh as recoveries continue to outnumber cases. *

Assam to give ₹1 lakh to kin of those who (Till July 13, 4,888 adults) died of Covid-19

Only 15 out of 15,000 people 0.1% tested COVID-19 positive in 15 days in Tokyo ahead of Olympics

Sydney tightens lockdown as Australia's Covid-19 cases rise; Fake Covid vaccination certificates for sale in Mexico

India gifts 150 ICU beds to Nepal as part of Covid-19 assistance; 68 South Korean sailors on anti-piracy mission test +ve for Covid-19

Study: Bengaluru IISc's 'warm' Covid-19 vaccine effective against all variants; triggered a strong immune response when tested on mice

Study: Covid-19 virus 'piggybacks' only black carbon or soot, which is emitted mainly during biomass burning, and not all PM2.5 (pollutant) particles

Mask-less crowds in Shimla finally catch attention of authorities, Tourists restricted on ridge, Mall road; 'Overlap' in symptoms of Covid-19 & dengue poses challenge for doctors, adds to Mumbai monsoon woes

ICMR: Vaccinating 75% population with First Dose in 30 days may lower deaths; can bring down symptomatic infections by 26%

Madhya Prasad: Minister Usha Thakur sparks controversy with demand of Rs 100 for selfies; a "time-consuming process" that leads to delays

A Beijing-based veterinary surgeon, who was the first human case of infection with Monkey B Virus (BV), has died

UK PM Johnson reverses plan to skip quarantine after Covid exposure

South Korea to expand curbs on private gatherings beyond Seoul

World: 191,195,154; Active 12,941,616 (6.77%); Recovery 174,148,167 (91.08%); Vaccinated 3.63BN

India: 31,143,595; Active 428,692 (1.38%); Recovery 30,300,762 (97.29%); Vaccinated 399.70MN

Kuwait News

Amiri Diwan conveys H H Amir’s Eid Greetings to People of Kuwait

Kuwait’s Amir receives phone from Abu Dhabi Crown Prince

Kuwait’s Crown Prince congratulates Amir on return to country

Kuwait Amir greeted in cable by Prime Minister after successful trip

Kuwait Amir receives phone call from Tunisian President

National Guard Chief congrats Kuwait Amir after successful trip

Indian Embassy in Kuwait organized an event in coordination with the Indian Doctors Forum (IDF) and Kuwait Medical Association (KMA) to launch the IDF Health Guide 2021 Vol. 17, titled "Covid-19 Explained."

5.4-magnitude earthquake hits Iran, tremors felt in Kuwait at 5:34 pm

MP Bader Al-Humaidi slams the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), cannot install ‘Kuwait Musafir’ on old mobile phones

No curfew, or lockdown, officials reiterate

120 thousand passengers leave Kuwait… within a week

6,158 citizens resigned from private sector in last 6 months

29,000 Traffic violations and 27 reckless driving arrests

Kuwait’s Olympians in Japan’s Nihonmatsu City greeted in Kuwaiti style

Kuwait Credit Rating cut for second time in two years by S&P

Oil prices to stay strong, despite the ‘differences’

Friday market faces losses due to humidity and Coronavirus

Vaccination centres to continue working during Eid Holidays

Oman extends total lockdown till July 24, lifts Entry Ban on two countries

Mohammed Al-Shaya appointed in Dubai Chamber Council

Arab League strongly condemns Israeli settlers’ incursion of Al-Aqsa Mosque

Kuwait categorically rejects social media rumors of a conspiracy campaign against launched by an Emirati Group at the European Parliament in Brussels

Kuwait lists 1,189 Covid-19 cases, 10 deaths

International News

Pilgrims continue to flock to Makkah to perform Hajj rituals; Saudi Arabia stages second scaled-down hajj of coronavirus era

2 weeks post-surgery, Pope Francis appears at Vatican window

Sher Bahadur Deuba wins vote of confidence to become Nepal's next Prime Minister with 165 votes in the 275-member House

Germany’s Angela Merkel pledges fast help in ‘terrifying’ record floods; German candidate sorry for laughing scene in flood visit

Europe flooding toll over 180 as rescuers dig deeper

Xi Jinping speaks to Afghanistan President Ghani

Taliban leader ‘favours political settlement’ to Afghan conflict

Taliban say they want Afghan deal, even as they battle on

Haiti faces uncertain future as mourning first lady returns

Gunmen kidnap dozens of villagers in northwestern Nigeria

Al-Faris: OPEC+ agrees on 400,000 barrels production increase by August

OPEC+ to boost oil; Govt supply by 4 lakh barrels/day as Saudi-UAE standoff ends; deal will also give the UAE, Iraq and Kuwait higher output quotas from May 2022

The Palestinian Authority warns of the dangerous Israeli escalation of settlers storming the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque under the protection of the occupational forces

4 people injured in shooting outside Washington baseball stadium

3 youths among 6 shot in Chicago neighbourhood

China sends 15-member team of Chinese investigators to probe 'attack' that left 9 Chinese dead in Pak

Daughter of Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan kidnapped & severely tortured in Pak, says Afghanistan

Russia: 2 women survived with minor injuries after falling off swing atop 6,300-ft cliff after chains of the swing broke

Ghana culls 4,500 chickens over H5N1 bird flu outbreak; restricted the movement of poultry

Massive sinkhole opens up in western German village amid deadly floods; 3 buildings & part of a historic castle have collapsed in the area

Ford Motor recalling 7.75 lakh Explorer vehicles over a steering issue that's reportedly linked to 6 injuries in North America

First time in nearly 20 years, US reports monkeypox case in Texas resident who had recently travelled from Nigeria

Bashar al-Assad was sworn in as the President of Syria for 4th term after his landslide victory in May 2021

US federal court jury asked Walmart to pay $125MN for firing 16-yr-old employee with Down syndrome

Rare Arctic lightning strikes Alaska; scientists say 'hadn't seen anything like that; will become less rare with global warming

Russian billionaire Farkhad Akhmedov ends UK's largest divorce case, agrees to pay ex-wife $186MN

In Donald Trump’s January 6 recast, attackers become martyrs, heroes

California fire prompts evacuations; Oregon blaze balloons

Washington: Blue Origin’s maiden crewed flight on Tuesday involves four people who will cross the Karman line, which separates Earth’s atmosphere from space, for the very first time

Sports News

Tokyo Olympics: First batch of Indian contingent reaches Tokyo after rousing send-off

Olympic hockey debutants Lalremsiami and Salima trained through pandemic and personal setbacks

Tokyo Olympics: Tough wrestling field, tougher Bajrang Punia

Tokyo Olympics: I have a lot more clarity about my shooting now, say Manu Bhaker

Time for final exam now: Santiago Nieva talks about Indian boxers and his own Olympic debut

Virat Kohli urges people to support Indian athletes in Tokyo Olympics

Fingers, toes everything crossed that this will be India’s best Olympics performance, but there should be a nuanced approach to expectations

Indian Boxing contingent arrive in Tokyo ahead of Olympics

Tokyo Olympics 2020: Thrill and excitement begins with stringent Covid rules

It was about making finals in our early days, current shooters are thinking of medals: Rio de Janeiro Olympic Medallist Gagan Narang

Mirabai Chanu: Indian weightlifting’s lone ranger at Tokyo Olympics

Time for final exam now: Santiago Nieva talks about Indian boxers and his own Olympic debut

Tokyo Olympics: South Africa rugby coach tests Covid positive

Refugee team gets green light for Tokyo Games after positive case

Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina sets sight on Tokyo podium

Olympic cluster scare as athletes test positive in Games Village

Rovanpera becomes youngest WRC race winner with Estonia Rally victory

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen wins first ever F1 Sprint Race to claim British Grand Prix pole, beating 7 time world champ Lewis Hamilton