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  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi interacted with representatives of such organizations on Thursday via video conferencing, to discuss their experience and showcase their efforts. During lockdown, more than hundred organizations in Varanasi distributed almost 20 lakh food packets and 2 lakh dry ration kits through the food cell of the District Administration as well as through individual efforts. Apart from food distribution, these organizations were instrumental in distribution of masks, sanitizers etc. They have been honoured as ‘corona warriors’ by the District Administration. These organizations serve in diverse fields including education, social, religious, health, hotels/social clubs and other professional sectors. 

  • In a video conference, the minister inaugurated the bridges and stressed on how the new infrastructure will help in smooth operations for the armed forces as well as people living in those regions.

  • Other high profile speakers participating at the event will include Dr. S. Jaishankar, Union External Affairs Minister, Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Railways, and Commerce & Industry, Lt Gen of JK, GC Murmu, Isha Foundation Founder Sadhguru, Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, along with UK’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and Home Secretary Priti Patel, US Ambassador to India Ken Juster, and others. It will also feature a never seen before performance “Atmanirbhar Bharat” by Madhu Nataraj and a special 100 birth anniversary concert in tribute to the sitar maestro Ravi Shankar by three of his most eminent students.

  • Maria Van Kerkhove, technical lead on the COVID-19 pandemic at the WHO, told a news briefing yesterday that there was a discussion about the possibility of airborne transmission and aerosol transmission as one of the modes of transmission of COVID-19.   She said the WHO would publish a scientific brief summarising the state of knowledge on modes of transmission of the virus in the coming days. The health agency had previously said the virus that causes the COVID-19 respiratory disease spreads primarily through small droplets expelled from the nose and mouth of an infected person that quickly sink to the ground. But a group of scientists in 32 countries outlined evidence that shows floating virus particles that can infect people who breathe them in.

  • The businessman and his uncle Mehul Choksi are being probed by the agency on money laundering charges in connection with Punjab National Bank (PNB) bank fraud case. These confiscated properties are in the form of four flats at the iconic building Samudra Mahal in Worli Mumbai, one Seaside Farm House and land in Alibaug, Wind Mill in Jaisalmer, flat in London and Residential Flats in UAE. It also includes  shares and bank deposits. Nirav Modi is presently lodged in a UK jail after being arrested in London in March last year and is currently fighting extradition to India.  

  • The Heads of Mission, who presented their credentials, are High Commissioner of New Zealand David Pine, High Commissioner of the United Kingdom Sir Philip Barton and Ambassador of Uzbekistan Akhatov Dilshod Khamidovich. Speaking on the occasion, President Kovind conveyed his warm wishes to the envoys on their appointment. He noted that India has deep rooted ties with all the three countries and is privileged to share a common outlook on key global issues with them. The President noted that enhancing global cooperation is the need of the hour to effectively tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. In this context, he stated that India is in the forefront of ongoing international efforts to defeat the pandemic. Expressing happiness at the vibrant state of relations with the three countries, President Kovind emphasized that as a member of the UN Security Council for the term 2021-22, India is looking forward to work with the international community to strengthen global peace and prosperity.   

  • Bhagalpur administration has imposed a lockdown starting tomorrow till 16th of this month.Patna will observe seven-day lockdown from 10th to 16th of this month.  Under this lockdown, Government offices and Public corporations  shall remain closed. All private and commercial establishments will also remain closed. However, Ration shops, dairy, Vegetables and meat shops will remain open between 6 am and 10 am and from 4 pm to 7 pm. All places of worship and religious gatherings will also be closed. The concerned authorities have been instructed to encourage home delivery to minimize the movement of individuals outside their homes.

  • In intra-day trade, Brent crude prices were trading at 43 dollars per barrel while WTI crude prices were at 40 dollars and 50 cents per barrel.  

  • The Chief Minister requested Conrad Sangma to ensure hassle-free transportation of the vehicles carrying essential commodities from Guwahati to Barak Valley. Chief Minister Conrad Sangma assured Sonowal of taking adequate steps for ensuring smooth movement of essential goods and medicinal items from Guwahati to Barak Valley and other North-eastern states through Meghalaya.

  • The minimum order for online purchase of masks has been fixed at 500 rupees. KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said, the online sale of face masks aims at providing genuine Khadi masks and preventing buyers from any fraud.

  • He said, in the last few months, 2.5 lakh schools have registered for Fit India School Programme. The Minister said, the movement aims to make the countrymen fit and make the country a great sporting nation. He said, India has a rich tradition of sports, but we have not developed it as a culture. The Minister expressed happiness that CBSE and other organizations and the sportspersons are taking the Fit India Movement forward.  Addressing the webinar, Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said, physical and mental fitness is crucial for everyone. He said, to make the country strong and best, fitness is necessary. The Minister said, India has given Knowledge, Science, Research, Sports and Yoga to the World. He said, India can again become world leader, Vishwa Guru. 

  • In a series of tweets, Home Minister Amit Shah said, the  determination shown by the Prime Minister to ensure there was no starvation in the country during the time of Corona pandemic is truly exemplary. Amit Shah said, at the beginning of the Corona pandemic, the Prime Minister had decided to provide three cylinders free of cost to poor women for three months under the Ujjwala scheme. He said, these three cylinders could not be used by many families, due to which its duration is also extended till September which will benefit about 7 crore 40 lakh women. The Home Minister said, the Union Cabinet also approved an affordable rental housing complex for urban migrants under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana- PMAY.

  • Washington alleged that WHO misled the world resulting in deaths of over half a million people globally, including over 1 lakh 30 thousand in America.In April, the US stopped funding to WHO as the Trump administration reviewed the ties. A month later, President Donald Trump announced the US was terminating the relationship. The US is the largest funder to the world health, contributing more than 450 million dollars per annum, while China's contribution to the health body is about one-tenth of that of the US. The United States has been a party to the WHO Constitution since June 21,1948. 

  •  The court sent the accused to 7-day remand after police produced them before the court on Wednesday. Another accused was also sent to the juvenile correction centre as his age was 17. A case has been filed against 16 people including the Managing Director and Chairman of the Regent Hospital in connection with the case.  According to the official news agency BSS, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) had raided two hospitals of the Regent group in Dhaka on Tuesday night and arrested the eight accused for using forged signatures and serial numbers of the authorities to issue the certificate. The hospital does not have the government permission to operate. Earlier, in June, Japan banned Biman Bangladesh from operating special flights after some Bangladeshi passengers tested positive despite having Corona-free certificates. Similar reports were received about passengers from Bangladesh who had travelled to South Korea in June. However, the government later denied any responsibility of Bangladesh in the episode. In the meanwhile, Bangladesh reported  46 deaths and 3489 fresh Corona positive cases over the last 24 hours since Tuesday afternoon. With this, the death toll in the country has gone up to 2197 and the number of infected persons 1,72,134. According to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), the recovery rate in the country stands at 46.96 per cent. 

  • The Minister said, the scheme will benefit more than 80 crore people in the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the extension of the scheme in his address to the nation on 30th of last month. PM Modi had said, poor and needy persons will not go hungry in the country and free ration during the rainy and forthcoming festival seasons at the time of current Covid-19 pandemic will be provided to them.  

  • Bharatiya Janata Part's National General Secretary said that the Government is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic crisis with skill and seriousness under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the Atma Nirbhar package of 20 lakh crore rupees to provide relief to the poor people in the country. He said, an amount of 64,500 crore rupees has been given to around 40 crore people through direct benefit transfer under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana. An additional allocation of 40 thousand crores rupees has been made for MNREGA. He said, Gareeb Kalyan Rojgar Yojana was started for the migrant workers after the Anna Yojana for providing social security and relief. He said, concessional credit to farmers was promised through KISAN Credit Cards and more than 70 lakh Kisan Credit Cards have been sanctioned till the end of last month with credit limit of 62,870 crore. He said, 20 states have already joined the 'One Nation, One Ration Card' initiative and all states would come under its umbrella by March next year. He said, this would help migrant workers and help them in getting ration from any fair price shop in the country. In a veiled criticism of the Congress, he also added, in the hour of this crisis, the opposition should join hands in the work being done for the poor, but the leader of opposition keeps raising irresponsible questions according to the history of his party.  

  • Special Task Force of Uttar Pradesh Police killed Amar Dubey, a close associate of absconding criminal Vikas Dubey in an encounter on Wednesday morning. The gunbattle took place in Maudha area of Hamirpur district. Amar Dubey was also an accused in Kanpur killing case in which 8 policeman were martyred by Vikas dubey and his gang.   Many teams of state Police and STF have been formed to nab the main accused which is absconding. A reward of 2.5 lakh rupees has been announced by state government for providing any information about Vikas Dubey. 

  • A Special Director of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) will head the committee. "MHA sets up inter-ministerial committee to coordinate investigations into violation of various legal provisions of PMLA, Income Tax Act, FCRA etc by Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust & Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust. Spl. Dir of ED will head the committee," Home Ministry said. These investigations are into alleged violation of legal provisions including the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), Income Tax Act and the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act.

  • Prices of copper and steel have surged and share prices for Chinese blue chips struck five-year highs, as state-funded infrastructure projects drove up production of cement, steel and non-ferrous metals. Railway investment, for example, soared 11.4% in April-June from a year earlier versus a 21% drop in the first quarter. Industries also gained from pent-up demand for autos and electronics. The property sector, a pillar of growth, also showed signs of rebounding, with real estate investment expanding and sales quickening. The industrial recovery is expected to help China’s economy post a positive growth rate in the second quarter after contracting for the first time in decades due to COVID-19. But analysts warn that factories could struggle to keep up momentum even as early as this quarter as pent-up demand wanes, exports struggle and heavy floods take their toll on industries and businesses in the Yangtze Delta.

  • New security legislation imposed on Hong Kong by Beijing requires the Asian financial hub to “promote national security education in schools and universities and through social organisations, the media, the internet”. The school anthem ban will further stoked concerns that new security laws will crush freedoms in China’s freest city, days after public libraries removed books by some prominent pro-democracy figures from their shelves. Authorities also banned protest slogans as the new laws came into force last week. Earlier on Wednesday, China opened its new national security office, turning a hotel near a city-centre park that has been one of the most popular venues for pro-democracy protests into its new headquarters. Both Hong Kong and Chinese government officials have said the new law is vital to plug gaping holes in national security defences exposed by the anti-government and anti-China protests that rocked the city in the past year.

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