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Mumbai deploys 'smart helmets' to screen for COVID-19

July 23, 2020
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As coronavirus infections climb in Mumbai, authorities in India's worst-hit city are turning to high-tech "smart helmets" to speed up screenings and identify suspected cases in the financial capital's densely-populated slums. The portable thermoscanners - previously deployed in Dubai, Italy and China - enable health wo | Read more|

India's COVID-19 tally crosses 12-lakh mark

July 23, 2020
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With the highest-ever single-day spike of 45,720 cases, India's COVID-19 tally crossed the 12-lakh mark on Thursday, while the death-toll mounted to 29,861 with a record 1,129 fatalities in a day, according to the Union Health Ministry data. The country crossed the 12-lakh mark just three days after it crossed the 11-l | Read more|

Jolted by series of earthquakes, many residents spending nights in tents

July 23, 2020
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Many people in Mizoram's Champhai district bordering Myanmar are spending nights outside their homes in makeshift tents after a series of earthquakes hit the northeastern state in a month, an official said. So far, at least 22 earthquakes have rocked four districts - Champhai, Saitual, Siaha and Serchhip since June 18. | Read more|

Brazil reports nearly 68,000 virus infections

July 23, 2020
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Brazil's health ministry has reported a record 67,860 confirmed coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours. The previous mark for one day was 54,771, set June 19. The new high reported Wednesday comes as some regions of the South American nation are partially reopening for business while others that had previously contro | Read more|

SpiceJet to fly to United States

July 23, 2020
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Budget carrier SpiceJet on Thursday said it has been designated as the "Indian scheduled carrier," to operate flights to the US. SpiceJet would be the first Indian budget carrier to operate services to the United States. Currently, only the national carrier Air India is operating flights on India-US routes. | Read more|

COVID-19 tally in India climbs to 11,92,915

July 22, 2020
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India added 37,724 fresh cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday taking the country's tally to?11,92,915, while recoveries surged to 7,53,049 with 28,472 people having recuperated in a day, the highest so far, according to the Union Health Ministry data. | Read more|

Another elephant dies of electrocution in West Bengal

July 22, 2020
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A male elephant died on Wednesday after coming in contact with a live electric wire in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district, the second such incident in the district in as many days. Chief Wildlife Warden, Ravikant Sinha, said the pachyderm died while trying to eat a branch of a jackfruit tree which was entangled with liv | Read more|

HBO begins casting for Game of Thrones' prequel

July 22, 2020
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HBO is moving forward with the prequel of its mega hit Game of Thrones. The network has begun casting for its series, House of Dragon , reported Entertainment Weekly. The project is based on George R.R. Martin's Fire & Blood book, a history of House Targaryen set 300 years before the events described in Game of Thrones | Read more|

HC likely to pronounce order on petition filed by Pilot

July 21, 2020
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The Rajasthan High Court is likely to pronounce its order on Tuesday on a writ petition filed by Sachin Pilot and 18 other dissident Congress MLAs, challenging the disqualification notices issued to them by the state assembly speaker. The petition was taken up by a bench of Chief Justice Indrajit Mahanty and Justice Pr | Read more|

Trump to re-up virus briefings amid lagging polls

July 21, 2020
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President Donald Trump is set to once again take centre stage in the government's coronavirus response after a White House debate over how best to deploy its greatest and most volatile asset him played out in public as his poll numbers falter. One week after a campaign shake-up, the plan is for Trump to again become a | Read more|

Muzaffarpur shelter home: Brajesh Thakur moves HC

July 21, 2020
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Brajesh Thakur, who was sentenced to life imprisonment till his last breath for sexually assaulting several girls in a shelter home in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district, has approached the Delhi High Court challenging his conviction and jail term. The high court is likely to take up this week his appeal seeking to set aside | Read more|

CBI questions Gehlot's OSD in suicide case of Rajasthan police officer

July 21, 2020
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The CBI on Tuesday questioned Deva Ram Saini, OSD to Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, in connection with the alleged suicide by state police officer Vishnudutt Vishnoi in Churu on May 23, officials said. A team of special crime unit of the CBI from Delhi is in Jaipur to record statements in connection with the de | Read more|

BJP appoints new chief whips in RS, LS

July 21, 2020
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Former Union Minister Shiv Pratap Shukla and BJP MP Rakesh Singh have been appointed the party's chief whips in Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, respectively, sources said on Tuesday. Shukla, the Rajya Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh will replace Narayan Panchariya who recently retired from the upper house. | Read more|

Iran estimates it has 25 million coronavirus infections

July 19, 2020
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Iran's president on Saturday estimated as many as 25 million Iranians could have been infected with the coronavirus since the outbreak's beginning, as he urged the public to take the pandemic seriously, the state-run IRNA news agency reported Saturday. Hassan Rouhani cited a new Iranian Health Ministry study in offerin | Read more|