Today’s News (4th August 2021, Wednesday)

Tokyo Olympics

PM Modi will invite Indian contingent as special guests on 15th August

Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist P V Sindhu return to warm reception

P V Sindhu a sporting icon and one of India’s greatest Olympics: Anurag Thakur

Heartbreak in semis but hockey medal dream still alive; disappointments galore in athletics

This is surely the toughest test, says skipper Rani ahead of semifinal

Javelin star Neeraj Chopra in action on Wednesday

Cycling: The Netherlands win the Gold Medal in men’s Team Spirit

Cycling: Germany win the Gold Medal in women’s Team pursuit

Gymnastics: China’s Zou Jingyuan wins Gold in Men’s parallel bars

History maker India women eye Argentina scalp to make maiden hockey Olympic final

Cool and composed Lovlina Borgohain chases historic Olympic final berth today

Diving: China’s Xie wins Gold in the men’s 3m springboard

2024 Games is now my target, want to leave Paris with a Gold medal in my hand: Mirabai Chanu

Ravi and Deepak get good draw: European Champion awaits Anshu Malik in her 57kg opener

Jamaica’s Thompson-Herah wins 200m to seal Olympic double

Sudarsan Pattnaik creates sand art for PV Sindhu, shuttler loves it

PV Sindhu thanks Mahesh Babu for his wishes after her sensational win in Tokyo Olympics

India men to play Germany in hockey bronze play-off


No proposal to bifurcate Tamil Nadu under consideration: Centre

Indian Navy to deploy 4 warships in South China sea for 2 months

664 ceasefire violation cases, cross-border firing by Pakistan in J&K recorded till June 30: Govt tells Lok Sabha

Telangana to go for next two assembly elections with 119 constituencies only

Telangana likely to abstain from Godavari River Management Board (GRMB) and Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) coordination meetings

13 of 72 political murders in 2019 were reported in Bengal: govt tells Lok Sabha

MNM may consider joining anti-BJP front if invited, says Kamal Haasan

Financial & Business News

Ola Scooter to launch in India on Aug 15

PepsiCo to sell Tropicana, other juices, in $3.3 billion deal

Qantas furloughs 2,500 staff amid lockdown

IMF officially approves increased lending capacity

IT employees wooed with bonuses & bike

PolicyBazaar files for Rs. 6,018 crore IPO

3D printer startup Fabheads has raised an undisclosed amount of fresh funds from Rockstud Capital, FirstPort Capital and Bliss Flow Investments, as an extension of its pre-Series A round

Sensex jumps 364 points, realty and auto stocks spurt

Niti report cautions on discom delicensing, separation of content and carriage

Gadkari urges car makers to follow global norms, provide six airbags

Focus on rollout of flex-fuel vehicles in a year: Nitin Gadkari to auto makers

CBDT extends deadline for various tax compliances

Market capitalisation of BSE-listed companies surge to record high of Rs. 240 lakh crore

Tech giants crush profit records in Q2

Tencent shares tumble after Chinese media calls online gaming ‘spiritual opium’

India’s female labour participation rate falls to 16.1% as pandemic hits jobs

Tesla’s India plans dealt blow as minister rules out tax cut

HDFC Bank corrects ‘typo’ in walk-in interview ad

Going back to UAE costs a bomb; likely relief from Aug 5

Bharti Airtel net profit at 284 crore in June quarter; revenue rises 15.3%

Disinvestment of steel plant: CCEA to go for 100% divestment in RINL

Boeing components to be made by Hyderabad firm

China regulator to probe auto chip distributors over price-gouging suspicions

Birla offers Voda Idea stake to government

Daimler to keep 35% stake as trucks business goes solo

Tata Motors to invest Rs. 28,900 crore in JLR, domestic business in FY22: Chandrasekharan

Jaguar F-Type R-Dynamic Black edition bookings open in India

Ferrari boss has no fears over electric future

MG Motor partners with Jio for in-car connectivity

Hyundai ranked first in hydrogen cars sales, surpasses Toyota

Carmakers renew bid to delay tougher fuel efficiency rules: Sources

Nitin Gadkari bats for 6 airbags in cars as compulsory

Corona Updates

India reported 30,549 new Covid-19 cases in last 24 hours. The hill states of north India saw the maximum rise in fresh cases during the week ended Sunday (July 26-August 1) as compared with the previous seven days.

Himachal Pradesh registered a surge of 64%, the highest in the country, with cases rising from 670 in the previous week to 1,100. In total numbers, Kerala’s weekly surge was by far the highest. The state logged nearly 1.4 lakh fresh cases, 20,000 more than the count in the previous week, translating to a 27% spurt in infections. Karnataka’s weekly total was 12,442, a 17% rise from 10,610 cases recorded in the previous week.

India’s active Covid caseload declines after 6 days

J&J in talks with government to finalise Covid-19 vaccine plan

‘Digital passport’: IndiGo to launch pilot for IATA travel pass from August 20

Fully vaccinated: Spain reopens for desis; UAE allows residency permit holders who got jabs there to return

China’s Wuhan to test ‘all residents’ as Covid returns

Covaxin effectively neutralises Delta + variant: ICMR-NIV study

Ministry of S&T allocated over Rs. 1,600 crore for Covid-related research, product development

Hyderabad: Telangana records 609 Covid-19 cases, 4 deaths; Assam reports 1,182 new Covid-19 cases, 13 deaths; Tamil Nadu reports 1,908 new Covid-19 cases, 2,047 recoveries and 29 deaths

UK mulls giving Covid-19 vaccine to teenagers, approval expected next week

The Union health ministry said that second Covid wave in India is ‘far from over’ with as many as eight states witnessing a reproductive number of more than one

Israel: Travellers from US, other countries must undergo quarantine

New York City will require vaccination proof for indoor dining, gyms

Half of EU vaccinated as Covid returns to China’s Wuhan

Philippines retained US military deal as ‘concession’ for Covid vaccines

North Korea releases army rice reserves amid shortage: Seoul

Vietnam to approve Remdesivir for Covid-19 treatment: State media

UAE expands provision of Covid booster shots

World: Confirmed: 198,894,515; Total Deaths: 4,235,461; Recovered: 130,238,648; Active Cases: 64,420,406

India: Confirmed: 31,726,507; Total Deaths: 425,195; Recovered: 30,896,354; Active cases: 404,958

State News

Will quit if Telangana CM grants sops to Goshamahal: T Raja Singh

Congress to unveil new strategy to re-connect with minority communities in Greater Hyderabad

The CBSE announced the Class 10 results on its official webstie

Police file FIR against Lucknow woman after viral video causes outrage

Telangana: Land prices around Ramappa Temple up by 100%

Devotees flout Covid norms during Bonalu festival celebrations in Hyderabad

Karan Johar reveals audience will decide the punishment for Bigg Boss OTT contestants

Raj Kundra porn case: Sessions court denies interim relief for Gehana Vasisth

SEBI scraps disclosure lapses case against Raj Kundra and Shilpa Shetty

Prosecutor to HC: Police seized 51 films in Raj Kundra case

Amid the new guidelines laid down by the Maharashtra Government they have permitted the film and television industry to have regular shoots. The entertainment industry has heaved a sigh of relief after learning this news

JD Majethia on regular shooting being allowed: It's fantastic news and we can work in a little relaxed atmosphere

Kuwait News

Kuwait reports 11 Covid-19 deaths, 785 infections

Expats should pay traffic fines before travelling

Interior Minister rejects requests by top officials to renew job term

MP submits proposal for co-ops to carry out garbage collection

PACI to renew contract for Home Delivery of Civil ID Cards

11 rescued from burning house in Sulaibiya

Change replacement policy… experience counts more than age

1 dead, 2 hurts in Head-on collision on Wafra Road

Expats returning to Kuwait in low numbers

8 cities in Kuwait among hottest in the World

Representative of the Iraqi Prime Minister arrives in Kuwait on an official visit

Municipality confiscate 18 abandoned cars

The airport continued to receive the vaccinated residents

Municipality: 19 violation of health requirements were issued in Al-Ahmadi Governorate

UAE Flights: New exemption for stranded residents from India, Pakistan and 4 other countries

Departures do not need to register on the Kuwait Mosafer Platform

MoH approves vaccination certificates issued abroad through Electronic Link

‘Finance’ rejects proposal to hike student’s stipend to KD 300

Auction at the Fish Market to resume from Aug 8

Kuwait PM receives letter from Iraqi counterpart to Amir

Kuwait’s Yaqoub Al-Yoha was unable to advance to the semifinals, in the men’s 110-meter hurdles at the Tokyo Olympics after finishing seventh in his heat on Tuesday

Investigation continues in Beirut blast amid public calls for lifting officials’ impunity

KFAED plays vital role in strengthening ties between Kuwait, Iraq

A 4.5 magnitude earthquake occurred in Al-Manageesh area southwest of Kuwait, said the Kuwait National Seismic Network (KNSN)

China reiterated overwhelming support to State of Kuwait’s just causes, and reaffirmed respect to the Arab Gulf country’s independence, security, sovereignty and territorial integrity

International News

Pentagon police chief: Several casualties at shooting outside Pentagon

US aware of maritime incident in Gulf of Oman, too early to offer judgment

Jordanian King lauds Saudi Arabia’s support, stances

Police officer dies, suspect killed, after shooting outside Pentagon

NY Governor sexually harassed multiple women, finds probe; Cuomo denies charges

British body cautions of ‘likely hijack’ of Ship in Gulf of Oman

Elysee: International organisations, donors to take part in Conference, to assist Lebanon

Blinken reiterates to Afghan President ‘strong’ US commitment

Pentagon lifts lockdown, reopens following shooting at Transit Centre

GCC chief condemns attack on oil tanker off Oman’s coast

The international community and the US must halt the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in Jerusalem especially in the Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan neighbourhoods, Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said

Iraq gets back looted ancient artifacts from US, others

Iran denied UK and US accusations that it was behind an attack on an Israel-managed oil tanker off Omani territorial waters last week

Victims of massive floods in the central Henan Province rose to 302, whereas 50 others are missing Chinese authorities announced

Kim Jong Un’s head bandage is added to list of heath mysteries

Malaysia’s embattled PM says will discuss debate on emergency laws

Vice President Kamala Harris to focus on security, economic ties on Southeast Asia trip

US Bipartisan bill leaves out key climate, clean energy steps

British navy group: ‘Potential hijack’ of ship off UAE coast

Saudi Arabia says sees an emboldened Iran around Middle East

Kabul hit by powerful explosion, gunfire, at least three dead

Japan donates 1.4 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines to Sri Lanka

‘Will turn Afghanistan into ruins so that it can’t compete with Pak’

With #MeToo case, China takes a swipe at celebrity obsession

Sports News

Nasum stars as Bangladesh claim first T20I win over Australia

England’s tour of Bangladesh moved to March 2023

India vs. England: Ajinkya Rahane is seen as a threat and not an asset, says Sunil Gavskar

Ben always puts team first, it is time he puts himself first: Root on his friend and star all-rounder

Leave Pujara alone, it’s for individuals to figure out drawbacks in their game: Virat Kohli

All eyes on Captain Kohli’s choice of players as India brace for tough English Test

Virat Kohli will take India to Test series win in Enland: Yuzvendra Chahal

Periodic breaks necessary, else you won’t have players left: Virat Kohli on bubble life

India has fast bowlers, but we need a swing bowler like Bhuvneshwar Kumar in England, says Yuvraj Singh

Today’s word - Umbratic - Shadowy; providing shade

A relationship is like plant which needs understanding as sunlight, Love like water and Trust like air

Have a great day. Take care of yourself when you need to go out. Stay safe … Stay healthy

Om Ganeshaya Namah