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> First case of Covid-19 found in Tokyo Olympic Village, organisers confirm
> India reports 38,079 new Covid-19 cases, 560 new fatalities
> 11 bodies recovered from Madhya Pradesh well, PM Modi offers condolences
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JUL 17, 2021 11:57 PM IST
Former Karnataka MP G Made Gowda passes away
G Made Gowda was undergoing treatment for lung disease in Mandya. Karnataka CM expressed his condolences.
JUL 17, 2021 10:05 PM IST
Uttar Pradesh govt cancels Kanwar Yatra in view of Covid crisis
Uttar Pradesh government said that the Kanwar Yatra has been cancelled in the state in view of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, reported news agency ANI. The Supreme Court had earlier advised reconsidering its decision to hold even a symbolic Kanwar Yatra.
JUL 17, 2021 08:55 PM IST
UK reports another 6-month high in daily Covid cases
The United Kingdom on Saturday reported 54,674 new cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19), posting a fresh highest daily total in six months.
JUL 17, 2021 08:13 PM IST
Maharashtra's daily Covid tally goes up with 8,172 cases
Maharashtra has reported 8,172 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, with state capital Mumbai recording 469 new infections.
JUL 17, 2021 07:38 PM IST
Karnataka CM calls legislative party MLAs, ministers meet on July 26
Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa has called a meeting of legislative party MLAs and ministers on July 26, news agency ANI reported. After meeting BJP president JP Nadda on Saturday, Yediyurappa said he has been told to bring the party back to power in the state.
JUL 17, 2021 06:39 PM IST
Fully vaccinated UK health minister tests positive for Covid-19
UK health minister Sajid Javid said he has tested positive for coronavirus disease (Covid-19). Javid was fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as he posted a picture of him getting a second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine on May 16.
JUL 17, 2021 06:31 PM IST
SAD accuses Punjab govt of misusing State chopper to fly in Harish Rawat
Shiromani Akali Dal has accused the Punjab government of misusing the State chopper to fly in Congress general secretary Harish Rawat to Chandigarh, reported news agency ANI. It has demanded a probe into the matter. Rawat, also in charge of the Punjab Congress, met chief minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday amid reports of infighting in the party's state unit.
JUL 17, 2021 05:50 PM IST
Physical classes for 10th and 12th to start from July 26: Odisha
Odisha government has decided to begin physical classes for 10th and 12th from July 26 but online classes will also continue, reported news agency ANI quoting a government official. Satyabrata Sahu, principal secretary, department of school & mass education, said that the decision to attend physical classes will be on students.
JUL 17, 2021 05:24 PM IST
Cessna aircraft crashes in Sagar, pilot safe, says Scindia
Union minister for civil aviation said that a solo flight of Cessna aircraft crashed in Sagar, Madhya Pradesh. Taking to Twitter, Scindia said that the trainee is safe and an investigation team is rushing to the site.
JUL 17, 2021 04:42 PM IST
No live-streaming of 'Chardham Yatra': Uttarakhand CM
Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has said that there would be no live streaming of the 'Chardham Yatra' as it is not written in Vedas. He added that the government is also going to file an affidavit in the High Court in this regard.
JUL 17, 2021 03:40 PM IST
Sidhu to head Punjab Congress, reports ANI quoting sources
Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu will head the state unit of Punjab and four working presidents will be appointed with him, news agency ANI reported quoting people familiar with the development.
JUL 17, 2021 03:12 PM IST
Any decision taken by Cong president will be acceptable to all: Punjab CM
Amid infighting in Punjab Congress, chief minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday said that any decision taken by the party president will be acceptable to all. HT had earlier reported that Singh wrote to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi expressing his displeasure at the party's handling of the crisis in the state unit.
JUL 17, 2021 02:48 PM IST
Syria's Assad takes oath after controversial re-election
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Saturday took the oath of office for a fourth term after taking 95% of the vote in a controversial election, reported news agency AFP.
JUL 17, 2021 02:25 PM IST
Delhi airport's T2 terminal to reopen from July 22
Delhi International Airport announced that flight operations at T2 will recommence from July 22 at 0001 hrs. Operation will resume with approximately 200 air traffic movements (100 departures and 100 arrivals) per day and increase progressively up to 280 by August end
JUL 17, 2021 02:00 PM IST
Pilgrims arrive in Mecca for second pandemic hajj
Pilgrims began arriving in the holy city of Mecca on Saturday for the second downsized hajj staged during the coronavirus pandemic, circling Islam's holiest site in masks and on distanced paths.
The kingdom is allowing only 60,000 fully vaccinated residents to take part, seeking to repeat last year's success that saw no virus outbreak during the five-day ritual.
JUL 17, 2021 01:45 PM IST
6-year-old girl killed in Washington shooting
A six-year-old girl was killed and five others were injured in a shooting incident in Washington on Friday night.
Ashan M Benedict, the executive assistant chief of the Metropolitan Police Department, said that the girl has been killed and that three men and two women had been injured, reported The New York Times.
"Any shooting that takes place in the city is unacceptable, and again, we are responding to too many calls of children being affected by gunfire," he said adding: "So please help us bring these shooters to justice."
JUL 17, 2021 01:45 PM IST
Cleaning staff at Sydney hospital refuse to enter Covid-19 ward over PPE shortage
Alleging the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), a group of 200 cleaning staff at a hospital in Sydney are refusing to enter the Covid-19 ward of the hospital.
The state health minister has dubbed the matter as "some difference of opinion" between the hospital and the union on the matter, SBS News reported.
"But I've indicated to the team last night that I'd like us to be as generous as reasonable and understanding of our health workers and are on the side of being supportive," said New South Wales (NSW) Brad Hazzard.
JUL 17, 2021 01:30 PM IST
Delhi airport's T2 terminal to reopen from July 22
The T2 terminal of the Delhi international airport will resume operations from July 22, two months after it was shut down due to significant drop in domestic air traffic owing to the Covid-19 pandemic's second wave, a statement said on Saturday.
The resumption of operations at T2 from July 22 onwards will be with approximately 200 air traffic movements (100 departures and 100 arrivals) per day and increase progressively up to around 280 movements by August-end, the statement of Delhi airport's operator DIAL said.
JUL 17, 2021 01:19 PM IST
Priyanka Gandhi demands that Lakhimpur Kheri panchayat polls be held again
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday demanded that the recent panchayat elections held in Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh be cancelled, and re-polls be held.
She was speaking to reporters after reaching Semra village in Pathgava block of the district.
On July 9, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav had alleged that BJP workers misbehaved with his party candidate Ritu Singh and her proposer Anita Yadav. He also claimed that the saffron party workers pulled the sarees of Ritu and Anita.
JUL 17, 2021 12:18 PM IST
Karnataka CM Yediyurappa meets BJP chief Nadda
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Saturday met BJP president JP Nadda and said he has been told to strengthen the party and bring it back to power in the state.
The chief minister has said that he will also meet Union ministers Amit Shah and Rajnath Singh.
JUL 17, 2021 11:20 AM IST
Derek Chauvin trial cost Hennepin County nearly USD 4 million
The weekslong trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin cost Minnesota's Hennepin County about USD 3.7 million for employee salaries, courthouse security, victims' services for George Floyd's family and other expenses, according to county documents released Friday.
The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, which oversees security at the courthouse, spent a total of about USD 3.2 million for employee salaries, equipment and security for the courthouse. The Star Tribune reported that after salaries, the single largest expense was for added courthouse security: USD 773,412 was spent on items such as barbed and razor wire fencing, barricades and boarding. That cost did not include staffing.
JUL 17, 2021 10:57 AM IST
Ashok Pradhan gang member arrested in Delhi
A member of the notorious Ashok Pradhan gang was arrested after a brief exchange of fire with police in north west Delhi’s Rohini, officials said on Saturday.
The accused, Gaurav alias Monti, was leading the operations of the gang in Delhi. He was also declared a ‘bad character’ of the Bawana Police Station, they said.
Gaurav, involved in 13 criminal cases including murder, was arrested Friday night, police said.
JUL 17, 2021 10:57 AM IST
Clear morning in Delhi; heavy rainfall likely on Sunday
Delhiites woke up to a clear morning on Saturday with the minimum temperature settling at 28.2 degrees Celsius, a notch above season's normal.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has, however, predicted heavy rainfall at isolated places in the city on Sunday.
“The minimum temperature recorded at the Safdarjung Observatory, considered the official reading of the city, was 28.2 degrees Celsius, and the relative humidity at 8.30 am was recorded at 75 per cent,” it said.
JUL 17, 2021 09:39 AM IST
11 bodies recovered from Madhya Pradesh well, PM Modi offers condolences
Eleven bodies have been recovered and 19 people rescued from a well, which collapsed on Thursday during a rescue operation to pull out a boy, in the Ganjbasoda area of Madhya Pradesh's Vidisha district, according to a report.
JUL 17, 2021 09:17 AM IST
India reports 38,079 new Covid-19 cases, 560 new fatalities
India on Saturday recorded 38,079 new Covid-19 cases. The death toll has also gone up to 413,091 with 560 new fatalities in the last 24 hours, health ministry data showed.
JUL 17, 2021 09:06 AM IST
Organisers say first case of Covid-19 found in Tokyo Olympic Village, reports AFP
The Tokyo Olympics has registered its first Covid-19 case in the Olympic Village six days before the Games open, organisers said on Saturday.
"There was one person in the Village. That was the very first case in the Village that was reported during the screening test," Masa Takaya, spokesman for the Tokyo organising committee, told a press conference.
JUL 17, 2021 09:04 AM IST
Rajasthan govt bans religious gatherings
All religious programmes and congregations, including those of the upcoming Kanwar Yatra and Eid-ul-Zuha, have been banned in Rajasthan as part of the state government's efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19.
As per the notification, even the annual Mudiya Poono Mela, which is organized every year in Mathura's Govardhan area, will not be held this year. Devotees will not be allowed to gather for the Chaturmas festival as well.
JUL 17, 2021 08:05 AM IST
US Navy hands over MH-60R helicopters to India
In yet another sign of strengthening India-US defense relationship, the US Navy has handed over the first two MH-60R Multi Role Helicopters (MRH) to the Indian Navy.
The Indian Navy is procuring 24 of these helicopters manufactured by Lockheed Martin under foreign military sales from the US government at an estimated cost of USD2.4 billion.
JUL 17, 2021 07:31 AM IST
Kabul, Taliban negotiators to meet in Qatar as Afghan fighting rages
Representatives of the Afghan government and the Taliban were due to meet in Doha for talks on Saturday as violence rages in the country while foreign forces finalise their withdrawal.
The two sides have been meeting on and off for months in the Qatari capital but the talks have lost momentum as the insurgents have made battlefield gains.
Several high-ranking officials including former president Hamid Karzai and former chief executive Abdullah Abdullah were heading to Doha on Friday afternoon.
JUL 17, 2021 07:19 AM IST
Biden administration mourns Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui’s death
The Biden administration and US lawmakers have mourned the death of Indian journalist Danish Siddiqui, who was killed in Afghanistan while covering the fighting between Afghan troops and Taliban militants.
Siddiqui, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2018, worked for Reuters news agency and was killed on Friday in the town of Spin Boldak, near the border with Pakistan. He was embedded with Afghan special forces at the time of his death.
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