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The daily positivity rate was recorded at 3.48 per cent, and weekly at 4.20 per cent, the ministry data showed.

India logs 12,608 new Covid cases; Punjab, Kerala, Goa revise death count

India on Thursday saw an uptick in the daily Covid tally as the country logged 12,608 new infections in the last 24 hours, according to the health bulletin by the ministry. On Wednesday, the country had logged 9,062 cases and 36 deaths in a single day. The death toll saw a jump - with 72 total deaths registered - as Kerala, Punjab and Goa carried out the reconciliation of data.

Police said a note recovered from the man’s possession blamed a family dispute over his alleged extra-marital affair for pushing him to kill himself. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Madhya Pradesh man, 3 daughters found dead on railway track

A 35-year-old man and his three daughters, aged between seven and 12, were found dead on a railway track at Naikhedi in Madhya Pradesh's Ujjain. Government railway police officer RS Mahajan said that the man left home on a motorbike on Wednesday morning to drop his three daughters to school. “...around 9.30am, their bodies were found on the railway track. Packets of snacks and school bags were also found.”

File photo of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose

'Subhas Chandra Bose, the great freedom fighter': Leaders pay heartfelt tributes

Several political leaders on Thursday, paid tributes to Indian revolutionary and freedom fighter Netaji Subash Chandra Bose on his 77th death anniversary. “On his death anniversary, we pay homage to one of the greatest freedom fighters of India, Subas Chandra Bose,” the official twitter handle of Congress party read. The Samajwadi Party also tweeted on the occasion and remembered Subhash Chandra Bose on his death anniversary.

Gujarat ATS raided a factory-cum-warehouse on Tuesday morning. (File image)

Gujarat: ATS recovers 225kg of mephedrone worth 1,125cr; six detained

In a major drug haul, Gujarat's anti-terrorist squad officials seized 225kg of mephedrone worth ₹1,125crore, during a raid at an under-construction factory near Vadodara city on Tuesday and detained six people in connection with the matter. The factory in Vadodara is owned by Surat-based Mahesh Vaishnav and Vadodara-based Piyush Patel, said superintendent of police, Sunil Joshi, Gujarat ATS. The plant in Bharuch is owned by Rakesh Makani, Vijay Vasoya and Dilip Vaghasia, he added.

Sachin Tendulkar; Shoaib Akhtar

'If I had dimissed Sachin, Sehwag...': Akhtar takes subtle dig at Waqar recalling IND vs PAK 2003 World Cup tie

Team India will take on Pakistan in a blockbuster clash of the men's Asia Cup 2022 on August 28. Both sides will be renewing their rivalry for the first time in almost a year; Babar Azam's men had cruised to a 10-wicket victory in their last meeting against India in the 2021 T20 World Cup. Incidentally, the Asia Cup game takes place at the same venue (Dubai International Stadium). Ahead of the game, the fans and former cricketers from both sides are reliving some of the epic encounters between the two arch-rivals and earlier this week, Star Sports shared a video of Pakistan's speed sensation Shoaib Akhtar narrating a story from the clash between both sides in the 2003 World Cup.

Children under five are allowed to travel for free as long as they do not need a separate berth. (HT PHOTO)

No changes in norms for travel of kids under 5: Railways

The railway ministry has denied media reports that children aged up to four now needed tickets to travel on trains. “It is informed that Indian Railways has not introduced any changes with regards to booking of tickets for children...,” the ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav earlier reacted to the media reports and said the railways were no longer for the poor.

Loved Mira Rajput's yellow anarkali for dancing with Shahid Kapoor at her parents' wedding anniversary? It costs <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>74k&nbsp;

Loved Mira Rajput's yellow anarkali for dancing with Shahid Kapoor at her parents' wedding anniversary? It costs 74k

On Wednesday, Mira Rajput took to her Instagram page to share a video from her parents' - Vikramaditya Rajput and Bela Rajput - wedding anniversary celebrations. It showed Mira and Shahid dancing to Bruno Mars' song, Marry You. "I think I wanna marry you! Celebrating 40 years of Mumma and Daddy. You guys make us believe in everlasting love," Mira captioned the post. Her stylist Devki B also posted Mira's picture on her Instagram page. Check out the photo and clip.

An elderly woman getting vaccinated against Covid. (HT Image)&nbsp;

'Precaution dose necessary': Top Covid expert amid concern over spike

Booster dose is necessary to take, Dr VK Paul, who is one of the top Covid experts in the country, has said. “Covid is still there. The number of cases have increased in recent days,” said Dr Paul. His remarks come amid concern over laxity among people about taking the third shot of the vaccine. Across the world, a surge in Covid cases is being reported, and a rise in deaths has sparked worry again.

Isolated heavy rain and thunderstorm/lightning is very likely over Uttarakhand during 18-20 August. (File image)

Widespread rain in central India for next 3-4 days: IMD

Central India is likely to witness another spell of heavy and widespread rain for the next 3-4 days due to expected development of a depression over eastcentral Bay of Bengal, India Meteorological Department said on Thursday. Under the influence of a cyclonic circulation over south Myanmar and neighbourhood, a low pressure area has formed over northeast and adjoining areas of eastcentral Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh-Myanmar coasts on Thursday.

All slaughterhouses will remain closed on August 19, the BBMP circular said.

Bengaluru civic body bars sale of meat, animal killing on Janmashtami

The Bengaluru civic body on Wednesday issued an order prohibiting animal slaughter and sale of meat on Krishna Janmashtami on August 19 (Friday). This year's Janmashtami will be the 5,249th birth anniversary of Lord Krishna and will be celebrated between August 18 - 19 as Krishna was born at midnight.

Ananya Panday, in a pantsuit, looks like a billion bucks for Liger promotions

Ananya Panday, in a pantsuit, looks like a billion bucks for Liger promotions

This time, Ananya ditched both ethnic and casual attires and instead decked up in a formal outfit. Ananya played muse to fashion designer house KGL and picked the formal ensemble for the promotions. Ananya decked up in a blue velvety cropped top with off-shoulders and corset details. She further layered her look for the day in a grey checkered blazer with lapel collars and pockets on the sides of the waist.

According to the Reserve Bank of India, banks will remain closed in different states on August 18, 19 and 20 in the states.

Bank holiday till August 21 in some states | Check details here

The month of August has several bank holidays due to festivals, apart from the Independence Day, which the country recently celebrated. The long weekend culminated on Monday as India's 75 years of independence was marked across the nation. On Thursday too, banks remain closed in view of Janmashtami, when devotees worship Lord Krishna to mark his birthday. Except the second and fourth Saturday of every month, all weekends are off for the bank staff.

Hadi Matar, 24, center, arrives for an arraignment in the Chautauqua County Courthouse in Mayville, NY.

'When I heard he survived, I was surprised': Salman Rushdie's attacker - Report

Days after author Salman Rushdie suffered serious stab wounds after he was assaulted in New York, the man - accused of attacking him - has said that he was surprised that Rushdie survived. I think he's a great person. In the first interview since the attack, Matar also said that he has read "a couple of pages" of the controversial book. He attacked their (Muslims') beliefs, the belief system," Matar added in the interview.

File Photo (From left ) Ukraine President Zelensky, U.N. Cheif Gueterres, Turkish President Erdogan

U.N. Chief Guterres to meet Erdogan, Zelensky to review grain exports | 5 points

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in Ukraine on Thursday, with grain exports and concerns about the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant to top the agenda. Erdogam and Zelensky to meet first time since invasion The meeting will mark as the first between Erdogan and Zelensky since the Russia Ukraine crisis. On Saturday, he will travel on to the Joint Coordination Centre in Istanbul.

File photo of External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.

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