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India’s coronavirus tally crosses 45-lakh mark; records single-day surge in cases, fatalities

The recovery rate stood at 77.76 per cent, while the fatality rate stood at 1.6 per cent.

The single-day rise in coronavirus cases in India is increasing day-by-day as on Friday, according to government data, India witnessed 96,551 new infections and 1,209 deaths registered in the last 24 hours, taking the tally past 45 lakh.

According to the reports, over 76,000 patients have died due to the virus.

India is the second worst-hit nation by the coronavirus. Overall, 2.8 crore people are affected due to the deadly virus worldwide.

The recovery rate stood at 77.76 per cent, while the fatality rate stood at 1.6 per cent.

The positivity rate was reported to be 8.2 per cent as compared to yesterday’s 8.4 per cent.

According to the government data, about 5.4 crore samples have been tested so far in the country.

The Serum Institute of India yesterday said it will stop the Phase 3 trials of vaccine that were to begin in India next week.

The Serum Institute of India, which is manufacturing the coronavirus vaccine Covishield, developed by the Oxford University along with pharma major AstraZenca.

“We are reviewing the situation and pausing India trials till @AstraZeneca restarts them. We are following DCGI’s instructions and will not be able to comment further on the same. You can connect with DCGI for more updates on this front,” it said in a tweet.

The national capital, Delhi, on Thursday recorded a new spike of 4,308 fresh infections, taking its tally past 2.05 lakh.

Talking about the worldwide data, the United States has recorded 63.96 lakh cases followed by India at 45.62 lakh, Brazil at 42.38 lakh, Russia at 10.42 lakh and Peru at 7.92 lakh.

India inches closer to 1L Covid cases a day

Out of the total 44,65,863 cases, 9,19,018 are active, 34,71,783 have recovered, while 75,062 patients have died.

With a surge of 95,735 fresh Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the highest single day increase till date, India on Thursday recorded a total tally of 44,65,863, according to Union Health Ministry.

There were 1,172 deaths reported in the previous 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry data updated at 8 a.m. on Thursday, which is also the highest number of fatalities in a single day so far.

India on Tuesday recorded 1,133 deaths and on July 29 there were 1,129. India’s daily death toll is now going past the USA’s, which is the worst-hit by the pandemic.

India is currently the second worst hit country after the USA in terms of number of confirmed Covid-19 cases.

Out of the total 44,65,863 cases, 9,19,018 are active, 34,71,783 have recovered, while 75,062 patients have died.

A PTI tally compiled at 9 p.m. on the basis of cases reported by states put the total number of confirmed cases at 45,48,797, recoveries at 35,30,209 and of fatalities at 76,207, indicating the addition of 96,492 new cases, 72,274 recoveries and 1,272 deaths to the previous day’s figures.

‘India-China relations have once again come to crossroads’: Chinese foreign minister

Wang Yi told S Jaishankar that the imperative is to immediately stop provocations such as firing a Wang Yi and other dangerous actions that violate the commitments made by the two sides.


After the foreign ministers of India and China met at the sidelines of the SCO summit in Moscow, the Chinese government on Friday told that their foreign minister Wang Yi told S Jaishankar that the imperative is to immediately stop provocations such as firing a Wang Yi and other dangerous actions that violate the commitments made by the two sides.

According to the Chinese authorities, Wang said at the meeting that the India-China relations have once again come to a crossroads.

“As two large developing countries emerging rapidly, what China and India need right now is cooperation, not confrontation; and mutual trust, not suspicion. Whenever the situation gets difficult, it is all the more important to ensure the stability of the overall relationship and preserve mutual trust,” said the China statement, reported Indian Express.

According to Beijing, Wang noted that it was normal for India and China to have differences as two neighbouring major countries.

But it was important to put the differences in a proper context.

The Indian and Chinese foreign ministers, S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi after two-and-half hours of bilateral talks agreed to disengage and de-escalate the situation at the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The duo also came to a five-point agreement.

As per a joint statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs Friday, both ministers had a “frank and constructive” discussion on the developments in the India-China border areas, as well as the relations between the two countries.

S Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister of India met Wang Yi, State Councillor and Foreign Minister of China yesterday in Moscow on the side-lines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting.

According to the statement, the two ministers agreed that both sides should take guidance from the consensus reached by leaders of the two countries on developing India-China relations, and ensure differences do not become disputes.

“The two foreign ministers agreed the current situation was not in the interest of either side. “They agreed therefore that the border troops of both sides should continue their dialogue, quickly disengage, maintain proper distance and ease tensions,” the MEA statement said.

The two ministers also agreed both sides should abide by all existing agreements and protocol on China-India boundary affairs, maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas and avoid any action that could escalate matters, the statement said.

“The two sides also agreed to continue to have dialogue and communication through the Special Representative mechanism on the India-China boundary question. They also agreed in this context that the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China border affairs (WMCC), should also continue its meetings,” the statement read.

The Ministers agreed that as the situation eases, the two sides should expedite work to conclude new Confidence Building Measures to maintain and enhance peace and tranquillity in the border areas, it added.

‘Induction of Rafale important given the kind of situation at borders’: Rajnath Singh at induction ceremony

In the morning, ‘Sarva Dharma Puja’ conducted at the Rafale induction ceremony, at IAF airbase in Ambala.

Another set of five Rafael fighter jets be inducted in the Indian Air Force on Thursday in Ambala air base in Haryana.

The ceremony is attended by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, his French counterpart Florence Parly, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria and Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar.

The aircraft will be part of 17 Squadron, the “Golden Arrows”. The first five Indian Air Force Rafale aircraft arrived at Air Force Station, Ambala from France on 27 July 2020.

In the morning, ‘Sarva Dharma Puja’ conducted at the Rafale induction ceremony, at IAF airbase in Ambala.

Indigenous light combat aircraft Tejas performed during the Rafale induction ceremony, at Ambala airbase.

Water cannon salute was given to the five Rafale fighter aircraft.

“I would like to congratulate our colleagues of Indian Air Force today. During the recent unfortunate incident at the border, the swift and deliberate action taken by IAF near LAC shows your commitment. The speed at which IAF deployed its assets at forward bases shows the confidence that our Air Force is fully prepared to fulfil its operational obligations,” said Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

“The induction of the five Rafale fighter jets is important given the kind of situation that has been created on the country’s borders in recent days,” he said.

“Today is an achievement for our countries. Together we are writing a new chapter in India-France defence ties. We are fully committed to ‘Make in India’ initiative as well as to the further integration of the Indian manufacturers in our global supply chain,” said Minister of the Armed Forces of France Florence Parly.

The French delegation was represented by Emmanuel Lenain Ambassador of France to India, Air General Eric Autellet, Vice Chief of the Air Staff of the French Air Force and other senior officials. A large delegation of senior functionaries of French Defence Industries which includes Eric Trappier Chairman and Chief Executive of Dassault Aviation and Eric Beranger, CEO, MBDA will be present during the ceremony.

With 95,735 cases, India witnesses highest single-day spike in coronavirus caseload

India registered the biggest single-day spike in the coronavirus cases on Thursday with 95,735 coronavirus cases reported in last 24 hours taking the total number of infections to over 44.65 lakh, government data said.

The country also recorded the highest deaths in a day with 1,172 fatalities.

In terms of recovery, 72,939 have recovered in the last 24 hours taking the total recoveries to 34,71,783. The recovery rate in the country is 77.7 per cent.

The total number of active cases in India has estimated over 9.19 lakh cases.

According to government data, the daily positivity rate in the country is 8.4 per cent.

Maharashtra is at the top of the list in terms of most-affected states in India registering 23,577 cases in the last 24 hours. The number of deaths is also highest in Maharashtra with 380 fatalities.

In last 24 hours, Andhra Pradesh with 10,418 cases, Karnataka with 9,540 cases, Uttar Pradesh with 6,568 cases and Tamil Nadu 5,584 cases are most affected states.

In terms of worldwide stats, India is behind the US in terms of cases as the US has over 63.59 lakh cases.

India has been reporting the highest number of daily coronavirus cases in the world for nearly a month, according to the World Health Organization data.

Ram Temple Trust a/c: Rs 6L fraudulently withdrawn

The bank manager made a verification call to Trust Secretary Champat Rai, who denied having issued any such cheque.

An amount of Rs 6 lakh has been fraudulently withdrawn from the bank account of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust in Ayodhya.

An FIR has been lodged in this regard at the Ayodhya Kotwali police station. A team of cyber experts has also been asked to investigate the case.

According to the report, money was withdrawn from two banks in Lucknow by cheque cloning.

The matter came to light when the fraudster made a third attempt to withdraw Rs 9.86 lakh from the Bank of Baroda branch.

The bank manager made a verification call to Trust Secretary Champat Rai, who denied having issued any such cheque.

“On further inquiry, it was found that money had bene withdrawn earlier, too,” said a police official.

A sum of Rs 2.5 lakhs was withdrawn from the bank on September 1 and then a sum of Rs 3.5 lakh, two days later.

Ayodhya circle officer Rajesh Kumar Rai said that a case had been registered and investigations were underway.

It may be recalled that a fake website that was seeking donations for the Ram temple had come to light a few days ago and the matter was being investigated.

PM Modi holds ‘Svanidhi Samvaad’ with street vendors from Madhya Pradesh

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister praised the efforts of the street vendors to bounce back and appreciated their self-confidence, perseverance and hard work.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held ‘Svanidhi Samvaad’ with street vendors from Madhya Pradesh. The Government of India had launched the PM Svanidhi scheme on 1 June 2020 to help poor street vendors impacted by COVID-19 resume livelihood activities.

4.5 lakh street vendors were registered in Madhya Pradesh out of which acceptance has been granted to around 1.4 lakh street vendors of amount worth Rs 140 crore.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister praised the efforts of the street vendors to bounce back and appreciated their self-confidence, perseverance and hard work.

He appreciated the efforts of the Government of Madhya Pradesh for identifying more than 4.5 lakh street vendors and completing the process to give loans to over 1 lakh vendors within 2 months, notwithstanding the effect of the pandemic.

The Prime Minister said any calamity first affects the poor impacting their jobs, food and savings. He referred to the tough times when most of the poor migrants had to return to the villages.

PM Modi said the Government from the first day tried to obliterate the difficulties that the poor and the lower middle class have to face owing to the lockdown and the impact of the pandemic and made all efforts to provide food, ration, free gas cylinders apart from employment through the Prime Minister Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyan.

He said the aim of the Svanidhi Yojana is to provide Swarozgar, Svavlamban and Swabhimaan (Self Employment, Self-Sustenance and Self-Confidence) to the street vendors.

The Prime Minister asked the street vendors to maintain cleanliness and follow all the measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This he said would help them increase their business.


Vocal for Local: Khadi’s E-Market portal goes viral

The online sale, that was launched with just Khadi Face Masks on July 7 this year, has evolved into a full-fledged E-market platform with 180 products as on Wednesday and many more in the pipeline.


Khadi and Village Industry Commission’s (KVIC) venture into the online marketing segment has quickly established a pan-India reach enabling the artisans to sell their products to the remotest parts of India through the KVIC E-Portal –

The online sale, that was launched with just Khadi Face Masks on July 7 this year, has evolved into a full-fledged E-market platform with 180 products as on Wednesday and many more in the pipeline.

As per KVIC, the product range includes hand-spun and hand-woven fine fabric like Muslin, Silk, Denim and Cotton, Unisex Vichar Vastra by Ritu Beri, Khadi’s Signature Wrist Watch, a variety of honey, Herbal and Green Tea, Herbal Medicines and Soaps, Papad, Kacchi Ghani Mustard Oil and a range of herbal cosmetics among many others.

KVIC is adding at least 10 new products to its online inventory on a daily basis and it has set a target of adding at least 1000 products by October 2 this year. In less than two months’ time, KVIC has served nearly 4000 customers.

KVIC Chairman, Vinai Kumar Saxena, said the online sale of Khadi products is a big push to “Swadeshi” and aims at empowering the local artisans. “Khadi’s E-market portal is providing our artisans with an additional platform to sell their goods. This is a concrete step towards the building of Aatmanirbhar Bharat,” Saxena said, adding the product range is priced from Rs 50 to Rs 5000, keeping in view the choice and affordability of all sections of buyers.

Earlier products of Khadi institutions were sold only through outlets and hence their visibility was confined to a few states only. However, with KVIC’s E-portal, products are now reaching to the far-flung areas of the country and thus giving wider marketing spectrum to Khadi institutions which will ultimately increase their production and add to the income of artisans.

Customers, too, have expressed great satisfaction over the online sale of Khadi products as the E-market platform has enabled them to order their desired products online and receive the same at their doorsteps.

KVIC has received online orders from 31 States and Union Territories that include the far-flung Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir. KVIC has fixed the minimum order value at Rs 599 for free delivery of goods. It has entered into an agreement with the Postal Department for delivery of consignments via Speed Post.



AR Rahman is my big support, says 14-yr-old pianist Nadhaswaram

New Delhi: Lydian Nadhaswaram may be only 14 but his skills as a pianist reveal maturity beyond his age. The teenager has been mentored by music maestro AR Rahman, and the Oscar-winning composer is now presenting Atkan Chatkan, a Hindi film that marks the acting debut of Lydian in the central role.

“AR Rahman uncle is my biggest support in my life. He has motivated me and advised me a lot. I have learnt a lot of things from him. He is one of my inspirations. He saw the full movie Atkan Chatkan’ and told me he would present the movie to the world. He also did a felicitation function for me at his music college in Chennai. That’s so kind of him,” Lydian told IANS.

The teenager, who hails from Chennai, rose to fame last year when he won the American reality show, “The World’s Best”, and later appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”.

“It was an unforgettable experience winning the show. There were so many contestants from different countries, and performing against them was one of the most fantastic experiences. It was challenging, too. Then getting the opportunity to appear on Ellen’s show was a dream-come-true moment,” he recalled.

Lydian shared how he started his musical journey as a pianist.

“My sister plays the piano, so does my father. So, I was inspired by them. Also, when I was nine my father sent me a YouTube video of a Chinese boy playing the piano. I got inspired and that’s how I started taking interest in it,” Lydian recalled.

In his debut film as an actor, Lydian plays a 12-year-old protagonist, Guddu, who is a chai delivery boy and has passion to observe, listen and create new sounds.

Learning Hindi for the project was difficult, admits Lydian.

“Hindi is not my mother tongue, Telugu is my mother tongue. So, it was a bit of a challenge to speak in Hindi. But the whole team treated me like family and taught me how to speak the language,” he added.

“Atkan Chatkan” will premiere on Zee5 on September 5.

Source: IANS

NCB arrests Rhea Chakraborty in connection with drugs probe linked to Sushant Singh Rajput’s death

Statesman News Service | New Delh
After three days of thorough interrogation, actress Rhea Chakraborty has been arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Tuesday in connection with the drugs-related allegations.

As per the reports, Rhea has admitted of organizing drugs for Sushant Singh Rajput and also consuming them at times.

During the interrogation, Rhea told the NCB, “Whatever I did, I did for Sushant.”
Sources said the actor had denied consuming drugs but had been evasive on certain questions.

Rhea will be taken for a medical test shortly and is likely to be produced before a magistrate through video-conferencing for remand in the evening.

Yesterday, Rhea Chakraborty was questioned for several hours along with her brother  in connection with the case.

Rhea first reached NCB office on Sunday, a day after her brother was arrested in connection with the drugs case.

Showik Chakraborty, brother of actress Rhea Chakraborty, along with Samuel Miranda, Sushant Singh’s house manager, was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau on various sections of anti-drugs law.

Interestingly, Rhea Chakraborty had in multiple interviews on TV news channels had claimed that she never consumed drugs and rather stopped Sushant from consuming the same.

She had also repeatedly said she expressed concern for his mental and physical health.

After Showik’s arrest, NCB said he has given so many names with whom he was dealing in drugs and will now be confronted with his sister Rhea. The agency continues investigations into allegations of drug abuse surrounding the death of Sushant Singh Rajput.

Rhea Chakraborty has already filed two police complaints against demised Sushant Singh Rajput’s sisters alleging them of inciting the actor for suicide and also for providing him with “bogus prescription” of “harmful” medication.

In a fresh FIR today, Rhea Chakraborty alleged two of Sushant Singh Rajput’s sisters and others of abetment to suicide.

“Rhea Chakraborty has set the criminal law in motion by filing her complaint with Bandra police station. The cocktail of illegally administered medicines and drugs may have lead to SSR’s suicide on June 14, 2020. His sisters need to be answerable to the investigators and God,” said Satish Maneshinde, Rhea Chakraborty’s lawyer.

READ: Rhea Chakraborty files complaint against Sushant Singh’s sisters; alleges their role in actor’s suicide

On Monday, Rhea Chakraborty filed a police complaint against late actor’s sister Priyanka Singh over a “bogus medical prescription”.

The actress alleged that prescription was to enable the actor to access anxiety medication that cannot be prescribed electronically.

Apart from Priyanka, Rhea has also named Dr Tarun Kumar of Delhi’s Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.