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Breaking news: Maharashtra logs 7,761 new Covid-19 cases; death toll reaches 126,727 with 167 new deaths

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> Local train services resume on all railway lines in Mumbai

>Reuters photojournalist Danish Siddiqui killed in Afghanistan's Kandahar province

> Supreme Court rejects Uttar Pradesh govt's decision to allow Kanwar Yatra with limited devotees.

> PM Modi holds meeting with chief ministers of 6 states to review Covid-19 situation.

> Prominent actor Surekha Sikri dies of cardiac arrest at 75.

> More than 41.10 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccine provided to states, says Centre.

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  • JUL 16, 2021 08:56 PM IST

    Maharashtra logs 7,761 fresh infections in 24 hours

    Maharashtra has reported 7,761 fresh cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and 167 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the total fatalities to 126,727.

  • JUL 16, 2021 08:35 PM IST

    Police constable arrested for supplying army's confidential documents to Pak

    A police constable in Haryana has been arrested for supplying the Indian Army's confidential documents to Pakistan, said Palwal SP Deepak Gahlawat on Friday, according to news agency ANI. An FIR has been registered and the constable's mobile phone is being sent to a cybersecurity lab to recover data, reported ANI.

  • JUL 16, 2021 07:49 PM IST

    Karnataka reports 1,806 new Covid-19 cases, 42 deaths

    Karnataka has reported 1,806 new cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and 42 related deaths in the past 24 hours. The number of active Covid-19 cases in the state stands at 31,399, according to Karnataka's health department.

  • JUL 16, 2021 07:45 PM IST

    Jaishankar pays homage to former PM Lal Bahadur Shastri

    External affairs minister S Jaishankar paid homage to former PM Lal Bahadur Shastri at his memorial before departing Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Jaishankar was in Tashkent for the Central-South Asia conference.

  • JUL 16, 2021 07:28 PM IST

    TN extends lockdown till July 31 with more relaxations

    Tamil Nadu government has extended coronavirus-induced lockdown till July 31 with few more relaxations.

  • JUL 16, 2021 07:12 PM IST

    Flight instructor dies in training aircraft crash in Maharashtra

    A flight instructor died and a trainee was severely injured after a training aircraft belonging to the NMIMS Academy of Aviation, Maharashtra, crashed on Friday. "Shocked to hear about the tragic crash...An investigation team is being rushed to the site," Union civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya M. Scindia tweeted.

  • JUL 16, 2021 06:56 PM IST

    Russian plane that went missing in Siberia found, all 18 passengers alive

    The Russian plane that went missing in Siberia earlier in the day has been found and all 18 passengers are alive, news agency AFP reports.

  • JUL 16, 2021 06:05 PM IST

    Rajnath Singh meets former defence ministers AK Antony, Sharad Pawar

    Defence minister Rajnath Singh met with former defence ministers AK Antony and Sharad Pawar. They were briefed by Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and Army chief Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane on conflict at China border, reports ANI.

  • JUL 16, 2021 05:22 PM IST

    Delhi's single-day Covid-19 tally drops to 66

    Delhi reported 66 new Covid-19 cases and one virus-related death in the past 24 hours. The active cases currently stand at 657 as 79 more patients recovered from the disease, according to the Delhi state health bulletin.

  • JUL 16, 2021 04:16 PM IST

    Russian plane with 13 onboard goes missing near Siberia

    A Russian passenger plane with at least 13 people onboard goes missing in Siberia, news agency Reuters reports.

  • JUL 16, 2021 04:13 PM IST

    Madhya Pradesh governor Mangubhai Patel calls on PM Modi

    Governor of Madhya Pradesh Mangubhai Patel called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the prime minister's office (PMO) said.

  • JUL 16, 2021 04:11 PM IST

    Congress workers, police clash during protest against fuel price hike in Hyderabad

    Congress workers protesting against fuel price hike in Hyderabad, Telangana, clashed with the police at Dharna Chowk and several leaders were retained on their way to the Raj Bhavan, reports ANI.

  • JUL 16, 2021 03:08 PM IST

    'Trend of increase in cases in Maharashtra, Kerala cause of concern': PM Modi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his meeting with the chief ministers of six states, said that the increasing trend of Covid-19 infections in the states of Maharashtra and Kerala is a cause of concern.

  • JUL 16, 2021 02:25 PM IST

    Landslide between Mangalore junction and Thokur railway station in Karnataka affect train movement

    A landslide between the Mangalore Junction and the Thokur railway station in Karnataka has affected the train movement to and from the Konkan side, news agency ANI reports.

  • JUL 16, 2021 01:05 PM IST

    Local train services resume on all railway lines in Mumbai

    On Friday afternoon, local train services on all railway lines in Mumbai resumed after they were interrupted due to heavy rainfall in the city.

  • JUL 16, 2021 12:35 PM IST

    Reuters photojournalist Danish Siddiqui killed in clashes in Kandahar's Spin Boldak district, say reports

    Reuters photojournalist Danish Siddiqui has been killed in clashes in Kandahar's Spin Boldak district, according to reports on Friday. Read more

  • JUL 16, 2021 12:25 PM IST

    States with high Covid-19 cases must take proactive measures to stop potential third wave, says PM Modi

    Prime Minister Modi on Friday chaired a Covid-19 review meeting with the chief ministers of six states including Maharashtra, Kerala, where he said that states which are reporting a high number of cases must take proactive measures to stop the potential third wave of the pandemic.

  • JUL 16, 2021 12:15 PM IST

    Over 41.10 crore vaccine doses provided to states, says Centre

    The Union health ministry said on Friday that states and Union Territories (UTs) across the country have received over 41.10 crore vaccine doses, adding a further 52,90,640 doses are in the pipeline.

  • JUL 16, 2021 11:54 AM IST

    SC rejects UP's decision to allow Kanwar Yatra with limited devotees

    The Supreme Court on Friday rejected the Uttar Pradesh government's decision decision to allow Kanwar Yatra with limited kanwariyas. The apext court further asked the state to consider a compete ban on physical movement of kanwariyas. Read more

  • JUL 16, 2021 11:28 AM IST

    States mustn't allow movement of Kanwariyas for bringing Ganga water from Haridwar: Centre tells Supreme Court

    The Centre on Friday filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court with regard to the upcoming Kanwar Yatra, where it said that states must not allow movement of Kanwariyas for bringing 'Ganga Jal' from Haridwar in view of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic. "However, considering religious sentiments, State govts must develop system to make 'Ganga Jal' available via tankers at designated locations," the Centre added.

  • JUL 16, 2021 10:28 AM IST

    MP CM announces ex-gratia for kin of deceased in Vidisha incident

    Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivaraj Singh Chouhan on Friday announced an ex-gratia of 5 lakh each of the families of the victims who lost their livesafter they fell into the well in Ganjbasoda area in Vidisha. According to an official statement, Chouhan added that a compensation of 50,000 will be given to those injured alo

  • JUL 16, 2021 09:55 AM IST

    Veteran actor Surekha Sikri dies of cardiac arrest at the age of 75

    Actor Surekha Sikri has died at the age of 75 after suffering a cardiac arrest, her manager has said. Read more

  • JUL 16, 2021 09:47 AM IST

    Maharashtra's Nashik adds 162 new Covid cases, 6 more deaths

    Nashik district on Friday recorded 162 new cases and six more deaths due to the Covid-19 disease, taking the caseload and death toll to 396,878 and 8,450 respectively. As many as 157 patients recovered from the viral disease and the total recoveries have climbed to 386,767.

  • JUL 16, 2021 09:16 AM IST

    India logs 38,949 new Covid-19 cases, 542 more fatalities

    India’s caseload of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) climbed to 31,026,829 on Friday after 38,949 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours, according to the Union ministry of health and family welfare. Read more

  • JUL 16, 2021 08:25 AM IST

    JP Nadda to chair UP BJP Working Committee meeting today. 2022 polls top agenda

    Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president JP Nadda will on Friday hold a meeting with the members of the Uttar Pradesh BJP working committee ahead of the high stakes assembly elections in the state next year. Read more

  • JUL 16, 2021 08:22 AM IST

    Srinagar encounter update: 2 LeT terrorists killed, say police

    IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar told news agency ANI on Friday that two local terrorists of the Lashkar-e-Taiba have been killed after an encounter broke out at Alamdar Colony, Danmar area of Srinagar. "With today's op, Police along with security forces neutralized 78 terrorists in the valley so far this year," Kumar added.

  • JUL 16, 2021 08:06 AM IST

    Fully vaccinated Americans may enter Canada in mid-August

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Thursday that Americans who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 may enter Canada as of mid-August for non-essential travel, according to news agency AP. Trudeau also said that Canada should be in a position to welcome fully inoculated people from all countries by early September.

  • JUL 16, 2021 07:02 AM IST

    PM Modi to meet chief ministers of six states today, review Covid-19 situation

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Friday chair a virtual meeting with chief ministers of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha, and Maharashtra where coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases are on the rise, officials familiar with the development informed HT earlier this week. Read more

  • JUL 16, 2021 06:36 AM IST

    Thailand sees record jump in daily Covid-19 cases at 9,692; tally nearing 382,000

    Thailand on Friday saw a record jump in its daily cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) after 9,692 new cases were registered in the last 24 hours, taking the caseload to 381,907. As many as 67 people succumbed to the viral disease, taking the death toll to 3,099.

  • JUL 16, 2021 05:38 AM IST

    Encounter breaks out between militants, security forces in Srinagar

    An encounter broke out between militants and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar city on Friday. A police official told news agency PTI that the security forces launched a a cordon and search operation in Danmar area, falling along Safakadal-Soura road in the early hours of Friday after they received the information about presence of militants. The official added that 2-3 militants are believed to be trapped inside the cordoned area and no casualties have been reported so far.

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