News Digest (23nd July 2021, Friday)

News Digest (23nd July 2021, Friday)

 by Annadatha Venkata Murali Manohar


Good news: Isfaq Ahmad builds tank in J&K's Rajpora village, saves locals' 2 km walk for water

Brazilian Cassiano Rodrigues Laurean completes 951 burpees in 1 hour; sets world record on his 35th birthday

Kerala man 49-year-old George Kulangara, who has travelled to 130 countries and has documented his experiences for Malayalis across the world, ready to fly as he becomes India’s first space tourist

Did coronavirus escape from Wuhan lab? China vs. WHO on Covid origin

Courts can enforce a CM’s promise to public: Delhi HC

UP govt clears Rohingya camps from its land in Delhi

Relax travel restrictions for Indians, India urges foreign governments

IT searches Dainik Bhaskar, opposition calls it attack on press freedom

Anil Ambani, Ex-CBI Chief Alok Verma, Dassault Aviation's representative in India, Venkata Rao, former Saab India head Inderjit Sial; Boeing India boss Pratyush Kumar on latest list of Potential Pegasus Targets

Dalai Lama’s close aides were potential Pegasus spyware targets: Report

‘False rumours’: Stand by findings of Pegasus Project, says Amnesty International

Pegasus snooping story ‘concocted, fabricated, evidence-less’: BJP

Pegasus row aimed at derailing data protection bill: Meenakshi Lekhi

Delhi riots case: Cancellation of Devangana Kalita, Natasha Narwal and Asif Iqbal Tanha’s bail very unlikely, says SC

Signs of truce: Amarinder Singh agrees to attend Navjot Singh Sidhu’s installation ceremony

Lok Sabha member urges govt to address issues faced by Indian students pursuing courses in China

12 BJP MLAs moves SC challenging their suspension from Maharashtra Assembly for one year

Protesting farmer leaders say they suspect govt snooping on them; after 8 months of struggle, farmers protest at Delhi's Jantar Mantar

Tokyo Olympics: Indian contingent ready to rumble in ‘Games of Hope’ amidst Covid-19 regulations; 20 Indian athletes, 6 officials to take part in opening ceremony

‘Will abide by high command directions’; ‘When directions come, I’ll quit and work for party’: Yediruppa’s fate as Karnataka CM to be decided on July 25

Opposition condemns tax raids on media groups; ‘no interference,’ says Centre

52 countries helped India during second wave of Covid-19 pandemic: Centre

‘No one died due to oxygen shortage’: Congress MP KC Venugopal moves privilege against MoS Health

Three-day naval exercise on between UK Carrier Strike Group, Indian Navy in Bay of Bengal

Content delivery platform Akamai faced an outage for a limited time bringing down several key websites and apps in India along with Canada, Australia, UK, New Zealand and other

Scientists have found nearly 15,000-years-old viruses in ice samples taken from the Tibetan Plateau in China; may help understand how viruses have evolved over centuries

Study finds Lifetime emissions for battery electric vehicles in India are 19%-34% lower compared to that of gasoline cars

Sisodia’s charge of LG encroaching on elected government’s domain ‘baseless’, says Lt Governor Anil Baijal

BJP MP Meenakashi Lekhi withdraws 'mawali' (rogue) comment about protesting farmers; saying they were "misinterpreted

29,000 websites, including Zomato, Paytm & Amazon, down in widespread outage; major Domain Name System failure

Maharashtra's Chiplun: Rly stations, buses submerged in water after rains - Vashishti River overflowed; Army, Navy Teams deployed in flood-hit Konkan; Orange alert issued for Hyd, heavy rains expected across Telangana; Heavy rainfall in parts of Himachal, Uttarakhand on July 25-26

UP Devariya relatives kill girl (17 years) over wearing jeans, try to throw body from bridge; 2 arrested

Darjeeling: A rare female red panda gave birth to a cub at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park; 5th cub this season

Amendment Bill on multiple airports under PPP gets Green Signal from Parliamentary Panel

Covid-19: Delhi HC to resume physical functioning from Aug 16 on experimental basis

TMC MP Shantanu Sen tear papers as Ashwini Vaishnaw reads statement in Rajya Sabha on snooping

Sab yaad rakha jaega: Rahul Gandhi slams Centre over Covid death statement

Financial & Business News

Delhi HC seeks response from Centre on plea challenging new IT rules

Centre approves Rs. 6,322 crore PLI scheme for speciality steel; to create 5.25 lakh jobs

World Gold Council, GJEPC launch campaign to attract youth towards gold jewellery

Govt clears 100% FDI in PSU oil companies to pave way for BPCL selloff

Working on phased introduced of own digital currency, says RBI deputy governor

Twitter India MD Manish Maheshwari says parent body Twitter Inc has no share holding in his company

India’s coffee exports witnessing decline, hit 9 year low in dollar value terms in FY20: Report

443% increase in fund allocation for NH development in past 8 years: Highways ministry

Tata gets bullish on e-commerce just as rules threaten to transform market

Arvind Fashions to sell unlimited business (74 retail stores across South and West India, warehouses and inventory) to V-Mart for ₹150Cr

Investors gain over ₹2.93 lakh crore as Sensex ends 638 points higher to close at 52,837.21 points

Zomato Co-founder Deepinder Goyal has the highest ESOPs worth ₹2,800Cr + 5% in Zomato; other Co-founders Mohit Gupta, Gaurav Gupta, and Gunja Patidar's ESOPs are ₹208Cr, ₹202Cr & ₹156Cr

Audi drives in e-tron electric vehicles in India, expects 15% of total sales to be EVs by 2025

Saudi Aramco confirms 1TB data leak of company files held by third-party contractors, hacker reportedly demands $50MN

Antitrust regulator CCI issues notice to Amazon; seeks explanation on Future Group Unit deal submissions made in 2019

Saudi Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman seeks to tame oil prices, OPEC, Russia

UltraTech Cement Q1 net profit surges 114%

Rane Engine Valve net loss falls

Audi drives in electric in India; considers local production to get competitive

Corona Updates

As many as 45,374 cases of Mucormycosis or ‘Black fungus’ were report and 4,332 patients have died, in the country so far: Union Health Ministry

India in touch with various countries for Covid-19 vaccine import to supplement domestic production

Kerala reports 12,818 new Covid-19 cases, positivity rate at 12.38%; Kerala in talks with Russia for setting up Sputnik V manufacturing unit

AIIMS chief: 'Third Covid wave possible in Sept-Oct, graded reopening of schools advisable

China rejected WHO plan for 2nd phase of the probe into Covid-19 origins; said plan disregards common sense and defies science

EU lists rare nerve disorder (Guillain-Barré syndrome) as side-effect of J&J Covid-19 vaccine following review of 108 cases reported worldwide

WHO: 3.4 million global Covid-19 cases reported last week; 12% increase from the previous week

High productivity in some states could spur next week: Govt

14 post-Covid patients suffer large abscesses in liver, one dies: Ganga Ram hospital

Thailand reports new daily record of 14,575 coronavirus cases

World: 193,357,824; Active 13,507,929 (6.99%); Recovery 179,699,311 (90.87%); Vaccinated 3.76BN

India: 31,291,704; Active 411,898 (1.32%); Recovery 30,460,304 (97.34%); Vaccinated 417.85MN

State News

Mumbai rains: Vehicles, parking lots, roads submerged, incessant downpour triggers flood-like situation in several parts

Telangana: Locals get stuck in flood waters, SOS cries in Nirmal

Farmers protest: First day of farmers’ protest at Jantar Mantar went peaceful, says Delhi Police PRO

Justice (Retd) Shabihul Hasnain took oath as the new chairman of Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission

Investigating Officer (IO) impaired justice by seeking bribe, denied bail

Don’t invite a third wave: Higher seropositivity doesn’t preclude the emergence of another dangerous Covid variant

Covid-19: 49 new cases, one more death in Delhi; Maharashtra reports 7,032 cases

Study finds traditional Japanese food may hold building blocks of Covid-19 treatments

Haryana: Pegasus snooping row: Congress leaders stage stir, stopped by police from marching to Raj Bhavan

Four held for taking Rs. 20 lakh bank loan using forged papers

Raj Kundra reportedly paid Rs 25 lakh to avoid arrest in pornography case

Shilpa Shetty will not be served summons in Raj Kundra case, confirms Mumbai police

‘The Family Man’ actress Priyamani's husband Mustafa Raj's first wife calls the couple's marriage 'illegal', files a criminal case against both

Two held for killing property dealer in Delhi

Kuwait News

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah expressed his great appreciation for all citizens and residents of Kuwait for their Eid Al-Adha greetings

Kuwait Crown Prince expresses gratitude to Eid Al-Adha well-wishers

Kuwait Amir congratulates Saudi on successful Hajj season

Kuwait Charity donate meat to refugees in Malaysia

Nepalese official hails Kuwait’s humanitarian medical aid to fight Covid-19

Kuwait oil prices down USD 2.35 to USD 69.95 pb

Kuwait registers 8 Covid-19 deaths, 969 new cases

International News

US says India ‘remains challenging place’ to do business, urges to minimise bureaucratic hurdles

House votes to evacuate more Afghan allies as US war ends

Afghanistan President Ghani lashes out at Taliban, says they have ‘no will’ for peace

5 Taliban terrorists killed in US airstrikes in Afghanistan over past 3 days; Taliban artillery was destroyed

Taliban have momentum, half of Afghan districts under their control: US General Milley

Afghanistan: Taliban demanding funds, recruiting people in Balkh

White House says no change to mask mandate

US: An aeroplane's landing gear broke off and fell from the sky onto a Maine golf course; none injured

US churches reckon with traumatic legacy of Native schools

Tesla Model 3 car drives through deep floodwater in China; in a 2016 tweet, Elon Musk said, "Model S floats well enough to turn it into a boat for short periods of time

USD 3bln economic initiative to help American communities build back better

Pandemic recession was shortest ever in the US

Biden imposes sanctions on Cuban officials

Blinken: Qatar vital partner for US in variety of domains

Algerian FM, UN envoy mull developments in Libya

UNSC discusses situation in Lebanon

Russia called for resuming the tripartite negotiations on Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) under the auspices of the African Union (AU) to address differences

Two passenger jets from low-cost carrier FlyDubai and Bahrain based Gulf Air collided without casualties, on the Taxiway at Dubai International Airport

Saudi Arabia hailed the success of health measures in place amid the annual Hajj season, just as pilgrims gathered for the closing ritual known as farewell circumambulation under strict measures to prevent a Covid outbreak

Hajj pilgrims face growing heat stroke risks with global warming

Team Europe which includes the EU, its institutions and all 27 Member States is to share 200 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines with the countries that need them most by the end of 2021

The Chinese host of this year’s meeting of UN World Heritage Committee has defended the body’s proposal to label the Great Barrier Reef as ‘in danger’ against Australian government suspicion that China influenced the findings for political reasons; UNESCO chides Australia over Great Barrier Reef proposal

China evacuates tens of thousands as storms spread north

New York: 'Superbug' fungus spread in cities of Washington DC and Dallas, health officials say

Russia disconnected from global internet in tests: RBC daily

Rain-related incidents kills 14 people, injures 26 others in Pakistan

US senators aim to stop vaccine misinformation by going after tech’s legal immunity

Officials in Michigan county used virus money for bonuses

Brother of Miami condo victim heartbroken but not hopeless

Nashville: A decades long effort to remove a bust of Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader from the Tennessee Capitol cleared its final hurdle Thursday, with state leaders approving the final vote needed to allow the statue to be relocated to a museum

Mississippi asks US Supreme Court to overturn abortion rights landmark

Florida pastor facing US Capitol riot charges has court hearing

Chicago party bus shooting wounds 8 amid rising gun violence

Priest outed via Grindr app highlights rampant data tracking

Biden admin stepping up community grants from Covid bill; released Covid funds to boost local economies

Getting Covid-19 vaccine ‘gigantically important’, says Joe Biden

‘Ridiculous’: Covid vaccine myths cripple US uptake as Delta surges

Washington: Garland launches gun trafficking strike forces in 5 cities

Sports News

Japan Emperor Naruhito acknowledged the challenges of staging the Tokyo Olympics in pandemic, telling IOC chief Thomas Beach it was ‘a far from easy task’: Reports

Get, set, Tokyo! It’s show-time for the first ‘TV-only’ Olympics: Realistic Indian medal hopes and more

Tokyo Olympics: MPs, sports minister cheer for Indian contingent

Youngest Oldest in Olympics: Syria’s Hend Zaza aged 12 (Table Tennis) youngest; Australian equestrian Mary Hanna aged 66, who's participating in her seventh Olympics Oldest

Tokyo Games: Olympics Gold Medal winners to get ₹ 75 Lakh, Silver to get ₹ 40 Lakh & Bronze to get ₹ 25 lakh from IOA, moves exposes internal rift

Tokyo Olympics: Deepika Kumari in focus as India look to exorcise past ghosts

I was depressed, wanted to quit swimming: Maana Patel recalls struggle with injury

Tokyo Olympics: Neeraj Chopra is good but tough for him to beat me, says Johannes Vetter

Revathi Veeramani: Orphaned at 7, athlete who battled poverty now on the world stage in Tokyo 2020

We’re all stronger together in this journey: Sachin Tendulkar tells Indian athletes

Tokyo Olympics: India’s lone judoka Sushila Devi to face former Olympic medallist Eva in opening round

‘Don’t take pressure, focus on one lift at a time: Karnam Malleswari’s advice for Mirabai Chanu at Tokyo Olympics

Prison authorities allow Sushil Kumar to watch TV ahead of Tokyo Olympics

Delhi: Tihar to install TV in common areas to let Sushil Kumar watch sports

Bye for Amit Panghal, three others, tough overall draw for Indian boxers at Olympics

Novak Djokovic knows ‘history is on the line’ at Tokyo Olympics

Tokyo Olympics: ‘Better and better’ Katie Ledecky in the zone for Tokyo quest

Another blow for Team India: Washington joins Avesh, ruled out of England series