Today’s News (3rd August 2021, Tuesday)

Today’s News (3rd August 2021, Tuesday)

by Annadatha Venkata Murali Manohar

Tokyo Olympics

India lose 2-5 to Belgium in men’s hockey semifinal, will now play for bronze

Tokyo Olympics: India's historic win in hockey, Mirza, Kamalpreet's creditable finishes

Wrestler Sonam Malik lost her 62kg freestyle pre-quarterfinal in VPO (cautions, 1-3) rule after the match ended at 2-2

New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard has become the first openly transgender woman to compete at an Olympics

Hassan eyes history as Camacho-Quinn makes one

Jasmine Camacho-Quinn gave Puerto Rico its first-ever gold in an Olympics track and field event, beating American world-record holder Keni Harrison in the women's 100 metres hurdles, clocking 12.37 seconds. Though Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, it fields a separate team at the Olympics.

Five years back at Rio, Camacho-Quinn had hit two hurdles and stumbled over in the semis. But she came to Tokyo with the three fastest times in the world this year and set an Olympic record in the semis. And now, she has the gold.

Sifan Hassan is one-third through her quest to a historic treble after winning the women's 5,000m gold. The Ethiopian-born 28-year-old who now competes for the Netherlands is aiming to become the first woman to win the 1,500m, the 5,000 and the 10,000m at Tokyo. Earlier in the day, she won the 1,500m heat despite falling on the final lap.

Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen wins badminton gold to break Asian stranglehold

Discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur finishes creditable 6th in Tokyo Olympics

Gopi sir congratulated me, Saina ‘no’, says PV Sindhu

I felt pressure after being assigned to train Sindhu: Park

Simone Biles to compete in balance beam final


Braveheart: Assam woman fights off molester (Madhusana Rajkumar) who attempted to grope her, gets him arrested; perpetrator was attempting to flee, the girl with boldness managed to apprehend him. She then shoved the culprit's motorcycle near a drain

Gujarat: Doctors (Tushar Vishwakarma) remove undeveloped embryo weighing around 400 gms from 18-month-old infan-t's stomach

Differently abled boy writes class 12 board exams with toes in UP, scores 70%

PM Modi launches new UPI payment mode called e-RUPI. Govt to send money via SMS vouchers to your Mobile; e-voucher or coupon; can be used without online banking, payment applications, other traditional payment modes

Ladakh leaders unanimously demand full Statehood, Autonomy under Article 371 from Centre; earlier Leh celebrated move to end special status of J&K

India, China inch closer to disengagement at Gogra-Hot Springs, no headway in Depsang

SC issues notices to states, HCs over cases under 66A

SC recently said begging can’t be banned

Malabar drill in August to send out Quad message to China

Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai rushes to Delhi for cabinet expansion talks

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar demands probe into Pegasus row, first NDA ally to do so

Now, BJP leaders, NDA allies want Pegasus probe

Police files charge sheet against Olympic medallist wrestler Sushil Kumar, others in murder case

‘Will remain MP’, says Babul Supriyo after meeting BJP chief JP Nadda

Amarjeet Sinha (Bihar cadre 1983 IAS officer) resigns as special advisor (since 2020) to PM Modi, 3rd exit from PMO since 2019

Two Assam Ministers to visit Mizoram for discussion on Border Dispute; Assam withdraws Police case against Mizoram MP amid Signs of Truce

Tensions defuse but economic blockade of Mizoram continues

BJP MPs from Northeast meet PM Modi over Assam-Mizoram issue

After Social Media uproar, (FIR under sections 394 & 427 of IPC) against woman who thrashed cab driver in Lucknow

Police, Foreign Nationals clash after protest over death of Congo National (arrested for possession of drugs) in Bengaluru; lathi-charged, detained and taken away

Danish Siddiqui’s body was mutilated; head, chest crushed under a SUV by the Taliban; 12 bullets hit his body, and all of them were found in the torso and the back

Rising Yamuna water raise concerns, 100 families evacuated; widespread downpour takes Rajasthan from deficit rainfall category to normal within week; heavy rain trigger floods in parts of MP; rescue operations launched in villages

Financial & Business News

Unacademy raises $440MN in fresh funding (round led by Temasek, with super pro-rata participation from General Atlantic, Tiger Global & Softbank Vision Fund., now valued at $3.44BN

Philips to invest Rs 300 crore, hire 1,500 people in India, says global CEO Frans Van Houten

Union Govt sanctioned loans of ₹ 15.5 Lakh Crore under its flagship Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana ever since its inception in April 2015

ABB India ties up with Audi India to provide charging solutions for Audi e-tron, e-tron Sportback

Union Govt sanctioned loans amounting ₹ 15.5 lakh crore under its flagship Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana ever since its inception in April 2015

The hunger for internet grows in Bharat, data consumption rises by 400% in the past one year

DoT may get 5G auction rolling by seeking a fresh base price for 3300-3750 MHz as well as floor prices for other bands that can support this nextgen technology

Google says Android Phones with Version 2.3.7 or lower won't let users sign-in from Sep 2021; might face errors running Google products and services

Google launches its own Tensor chipset to power Pixel 6 phones

NHAI’s borrowing increased 4-fold in 5 years

PNB net profit rises over three-fold to Rs. 1,023 crore in Q1

Exports up 47.91% in July to $35.17 billion

High GST, acquisition cost slowing down car demand, says Maruti chairman

IOC may sell some petrol pumps to JV with Petronas

Unemployment rate stood at 13.3% in September 2020 quarter: NSO survey

Reliance slips 59 places on Fortune list, SBI jumps 16 notches

Forging industry seeks PMO’s intervention over high steel prices

Adani Wilmar plans to raise up to Rs. 4,500 crore through IPO; files draft papers with Sebi

Ola founder: Outsourcing tech jobs from India to US may be cheaper

Corona Updates

Republican Party report says coronavirus leaked from Wuhan lab

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu urges scientists to focus on paediatric Covid-19 vaccine

Covid tests per million population: Kerala tops, Rajasthan at bottom

IIT Hyderabad & Kanpur team that predicted India’s 2nd Covid pandemic peak sees another wave coming; 3rd wave will be a 'hill' if second was a steep mountain, says Virologist Gagandeep Kang

Forecaster who predicted India’s Covid peak sees new wave coming

India’s 7-day average of Covid cases crosses 40,000 again; 41,649 new cases, 593 deaths in last 24 hours

Delta spreads ‘like wildfire’ as doctors study whether it makes patients sicker

CDSCO expert panel recommends nod to study on mixing doses of Covaxin, Covishield

Maharashtra relaxes Covid-19 restrictions except for 11 districts; BMC issues revised guidelines, permits non-essential shops to operate till 10 pm on all days

US: Report by Republicans climb that Coronavirus Leaked from China Lab, Chinese Scientists worked to modify virus to Infect Humans

Thousands of lives lost due to China’s Covid cover-up: US Republican report

With 10,207 patients, Florida in US breaks record for Covid-19 hospitalisations as infections surge; Australia tightens Covid-19 curbs as Brisbane extends lockdown, Army patrols Sydney

A recent study by Govt Medical College, Amritsar has found that Covid-19 infection can be transmitted through tears of patients as SARS-CoV-2 has been detected in conjunctival secretions

Johnson & Johnson withdraws proposal for speedy Covid vaccine approval in India - indemnity issues; without giving additional details

Germany to offer Covid-19 shots for all kids over 12

Millions under virus lockdown as China battles Delta outbreak

England changes Covid-19 app so fewer people need to isolate

World: 199,553,274; Active 15,282,393 (7.66%); Recovery 180,022,925 (90.21%); Vaccinated 4.18BN

India: 31,725,399; Active 411,469 (1.30%); Recovery 30,888,702 (97.36%); Vaccinated 472.22MN

State News

161 higher education institutions in Odisha approved under Rashtriya Uchchattar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) scheme

Delhi University to increase college seats, cut-offs likely to soar

Construction of 17 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNV) on hold due to non-receipt of land from states

55% OBC posts vacant in Central universities / research institutions

The Delhi Skill and Entrepreneurship University (DSEU) to pay way for professional training in various fields after class 10

Under attack, doctors dither on conducting critical operations in Telangana

Hyderabad: Grand celebration of Bonalu at Lal Darwaza Temple

Andhra Pradesh resorting to ‘Dadagiri’ over Krishna waters issue: KCR

'Telangana Congress will come out with new strategy to reconnect with minorities in Greater Hyderabad’

Demand for tankers trickles down in Hyderabad

Hyderabad: A district consumer forum has directed FIIT JEE to refund Rs. 4.35 lakh and pay Rs. 50,000 compensation to a complainant, whose son discontinued the course a week after joining in it.

Cops beats up man for not wearing face mask in AP’s Nellore

Hyderabad: Friendship Day celebration had a tragic end after Canada returned woman dies in mishap

Hyderabad air quality improved during lockdown

Telangana Congress campaign for upliftment of Dalits and tribal people, Dalita Dandora will be launched on Aug 9

Andhra Pradesh second highest in snakebite deaths in India

Telangana Congress has charged K Chandrasekhar Rao of turning into a chief minister whose focus is more on by-poll-bound constituencies

Telangana: Power staff will hold four-day stir against the Electricity (Amendment Bill) 2021, in Jantar Mantar, in New Delhi

16 held for car driver’s murder in Telangana’s Karimnagar

Mrunalini Thakur to play Lt. Ram’s wife Sita in Dulquer Salmaan’s multi-lingual

Raj Kundra case: Shilpa Shetty receives support from Varun Dhawan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Rakul Preet, and others as she breaks silence

HC reserves order in Raj Kundra, Ryan Thorpe’s petitions

Delhi govt issues new guidelines for spas, massage centres to prevent sexual abuse, trafficking

Fake call centre busted, 12 held for duping people by posing by Amazon tech support staff

High Court seeks Delhi govt’s reply on plea to resume all weekly markets

Send files with proper noting, citing relevant provisions for seeking LG’s opinion: Delhi chief secretary to HoDs

Woman ‘accidentally’ falls on Delhi Metro tracks, suffers minor injuries

Kuwait News

Kuwait 17th World Richest Country; 3rd in Arab World

Ministry ‘warns’ nurseries against flouting decision to shut facilities

National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim calls for Mosafer alternative, flights missed

The number of Kuwaiti employees in the oil sector who hold a petroleum engineering degree has reached 1,150. Most of them – about 963 in number are working in the Kuwait Oil Co

Decline in remittance from expatriates in Kuwait seen

Kuwait lists 805 new Covid-19 cases, 11 deaths

2.51 million people vaccinated in Kuwait

Public Holiday on August 8th and 9th for Islamic New Year

High school student commits suicide due to difficult exams

MoE processes Visas for 650 teachers stuck outside Kuwait

ICU occupancy drops by 8% as health situation stabilises in Kuwait

MoH launches the campaign ‘Together forever, Wall of the Nation 6’ to donate blood

EU Rules for Modernized Visa Information System now in force

Few expatriates send back from the Airport for not following new Travel procedures

3,518 passengers arrive Kuwait on first day of new travel total procedure

Gradual decrease in intensity of Delta wave in the country

Expats arrive at Kuwait Airport after 6 months of closure

Damage from 1990 Iraqi aggression still visible in Kuwaiti environment

International News

Bill Gates, Melinda French officially divorced: Court document

Afghan president blames worsening security situation on sudden US pullout

Asean diplomats discussing crisis envoy, aid to Myanmar

Nepal’s Cabinet expansion likely by Monday

Death toll triples (than previously announced toll) to more than 300 in recent China flooding; Zhengzhou Province worst affected

China’s putting pigs in 13-story ‘Hog hotels’ to keep germs out

EMSC: An earthquake of magnitude 5.9 struck about 203 km south west of Nabire, Indonesia

German court sets trial date for former Nazi guard, aged 100

Pro-Biden groups to spend $100 million on August ad blitz

Israeli cabinet advances budget, shores up new government

US to begin new Afghan refugee program

Taliban rockets target Kandahar airport, no causalities

Pak ‘jihadis’ join Taliban ranks, return as dead bodies

Pakistani police say polio team attacked, policeman killed

Pakistan ‘watchful’ as India assumes UNSC Presidency

Turkey battles wildfires for 6th day; 10,000 are evacuated

Belarus sends reporter for 1 ½ years to prison over deleted chat messages

Poland grants humanitarian visa to Belarus Olympic athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya

New UN envoy to Bosnia faces angry opposition from Serbs

Giant panda in French zoo gives birth to female twins

One year on, political interference besets Beirut blast probe

Philippines to extend night curfew in Manila amid Covid-19 surge

Australia city extends lockdown as clusters grow

EU investigates Facebook’s proposed purchase of Kustomer

US Senate pushes ahead with $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill

Pelosi presses White House to reinstate Covid-19 eviction

Sports News

For us it is just pursuit of excellence: Virat Kohli

England players set to get IPL green-light as Bangladesh series postponed: Reports

India vs. England: Concussed Mayank Agarwal out of first Test after being hit by Siraj bouncer

Women’s hockey skipper Rani Rampal’s father credits coach Baldev for daughter’s success