Hindustan Times’ National Political Editor, Sunetra Choudhury brings you the top 5 stories you need to know. In today’s episode, Sunetra talks about the rise of COVID-19 cases in India, Indian health ministry’s new plan to unlock lockdown, musical version of the coronavirus and more. Watch the...
With an aim to improve the cooperation between US and Indian maritime forces, Indian naval ships on July 20 conducted a passage exercise (PASSEX) with the United States Navy's USS Nimitz carrier strike group near the Andaman and Nicobar islands as it is transiting the Indian Ocean. Indian Navy had conducted similar PASSEXs with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and French Navy in recent past.
Union minister Piyush Goyal spoke at the Invest India Exclusive Investment Forum - Japan Edition on Thursday, seeking to boost trade ties between Delhi and Tokyo. He said that together, the two nations can overcome any adversity and be successful in geopolitical, strategic, trade and business, and people-to-people ventures. Japan is one of India's most-trusted and important trade partners, he added, stating that the former is the fourth-largest contributor to FDI in the latter. The latest trade push came amid persisting tension between Delhi and Beijing. As China remains aggressive along the Line of Actual Control, the Indian government is pursuing its 'atmanirbhar' or self-reliance goal. Multiple decisions taken recently by the Narendra Modi administration have been seen to be targeted at China. These include the banning of applications like TikTok, and tightening foreign direct investment and government contract bidding rules. Watch the full video for more.
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Tributes poured in for former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on her first death anniversary. Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembered her as an articulate voice for India at the world stage. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar also remembered Swaraj on her death anniversary. A prayer meet - Sushmanjali - was organised for the former external affairs minister. Swaraj's daughter Bansuri along with others virtually came together to pay tribute. Union Minister Prakash Javadekar, Censor Board chief Prasoon Joshi, actor Kangana Ranaut, directors Subhash Ghai, Madhur Bhandarkar, singer Anup Jalota, music composer Kuldeep Singh attended the webinar among others. Sushma Swaraj died on August 6 last year following a massive cardiac arrest. She was 67. Swaraj was Information and Broadcasting minister in the 13-day Atal Bihari Vajpayee govt in 1996. She got Cabinet portfolio again after Vajpayee led BJP to power in 1998. Swaraj was the leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha from 2009 to 2014. She was also the chief minister of Delhi in 1998. Swaraj was external affairs minister from 2014 to 2019 in previous Modi government. She played a key role in BJP's emergence in the late 1990s.
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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met the family of a minor girl allegedly raped and grievously injured. The crime reportedly took place in the national capital's Peeragarhi area on August 4. The girl is admitted to AIIMS, Delhi. After meeting the victim's family, Kejriwal briefed the media about her condition. He said that she is critical, with doctors saying that it would take another 24-48 hours to confirm whether she's out of danger. Kejriwal said that he had spoken to the Delhi Police Commissioner and hoped that the culprits would be arrested soon. The Delhi Police reports to the Union government's Home ministry, not the state government. Meanwhile, Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal also met the victim's family. She said that a team would be stationed with the family 24x7 to provide any assistance required. She also said that DCW had issued a notice to Delhi police as no arrests had taken place so far. Watch the full video for more.
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Rajasthan Government will soon bring a new tourism Policy with an aim to promote tourism activities in the state. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot announced this while reviewing the Tourism Department through video conference. He interacted with district-level officers of the tourism department and invited their suggestions to give pace to tourism. The Chief Minister said that Rajasthan is a prominent tourism centre. Livelihood of lakhs of people in the State depends on tourism. This policy will help in bringing back the tourism sector on the tracks which is currently facing crisis due to COVID-19. CM Gehlot said that "Fairs and festivals are our cultural heritage. We need to give them a new look and introduce new things so that more and more domestic and foreign tourists can be attracted. Rebranding of fairs and festivals including Pushkar Fair, Desert Festival, Kumbhalgarh and Bundi Festival should be done. With introducing new thinking, activities should be included to attract tourists." The Chief Minister also underlined that Rajasthan has a large number of religious sites which are ancient and are important from the archaeological point of view. CM directed the Officers to prepare an outline to develop these religious sites keeping in view increase in tourism.
Informing about the weather update, Deputy Director General of Meteorology, IMD (Chennai) Dr S Balachandran, said moderate rainfall is expected in next 48 hours in Tamil Nadu. "During last 24 hours, fairly widespread rainfall occurred over Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry region. Next 48 hours over Tamil Nadu light to moderate rainfall is expected. "While, North Tamil Nadu and some interior districts of TN will receive heavy rains," he added.
Twins in Puducherry have become the world's youngest black belt holders in their early age of 6 and 9. Sensei K.Sri Viskakan and Sensei K.Sri Harini got their name written in Karate Wonder Book of Records. Till date, together the twins have collected more than 200 medals, trophies and certificates from various competitions organized at state, national and international level. Both the kids have been trained with various martial arts including Krate, Ninja-Do, Taekwando, Kick Boxing, Muay, Thai, Jiu-Jitsu, Silambam and also Yogo.
Earthen lamps were being made and sold in Assam's Dibrugarh in view of Ram Temple 'Bhoomi Pujan' in Ayodhya. Locals bought 'diyas' from market which they will light up to celebrate the day. "We have come to buy earthen lamps in view of tomorrow's 'Bhoomi Pujan' in Ayodhya. We will also distribute these in different houses," said a local. The foundation stone will be laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ayodhya.
Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh continue to lead the coronavirus caseload of the country. Maharashtra on August 06, reported 11,514 new COVID-19 cases, which took the total number of cases in the state to 4,79,779. While Andhra Pradesh, reported 10,328 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. Total cases in the state reached 1,96,789 including 1,12,870 recoveries and 1,753 deaths. Karnataka also saw rise of 6,805 COVID-19 cases and 93 deaths in last 24 hours. 5,684 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Tamil Nadu and 110 deaths today.
Maharashtra on August 05 recorded 10,309 new COVID-19 cases and 334 deaths, taking the state's count of coronavirus cases to 4,68,265. Today, Delhi reported 1076 new COVID-19 positive cases and 11 deaths. Meanwhile, 10,128 new Coronavirus cases have been reported in Andhra Pradesh in the last 24 hours. Total cases has reached to 1,86,461 including 1,04,354 recoveries and 1,681 deaths in the state. 5,619 new COVID-19 cases and 100 deaths reported in Karnataka in the last 24 hours, taking total cases to 1,51,449.
The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has given approval to Serum Institute of India (SII), Pune, to conduct Phase II and III clinical trials of Oxford University. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a number of vaccines are now in phase-3 clinical trials. Meanwhile, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan on August 03 again tested positive for COVID-19 on the 10th day of his admission to hospital. Today, Andhra Pradesh reported 7,822 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of coronavirus cases in the state 1,66,586. Uttar Pradesh reported 4,473 new COVID-19 cases and 50 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking active cases to 40,191 and death toll to 1,778. Tamil Nadu reported 5,609 new COVID-19 cases and 109 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking total cases to 2,63,222 including 2,02,283 discharges and 4,241 deaths.
The Union Health Ministry on August 04 briefed the media in Delhi, over the current COVID-19 situation in nation. Speaking in press conference, Ministry of Health, Secretary, Rajesh Bhushan stated that more than 6.6 lakh COVID-19 tests have been conducted in last 24 hours in the nation. Adding on it, he said recovered cases are now double of the active cases in India. He said, "More than 2 crore COVID-19 tests have been conducted, including more than 6.6 lakh tests in the last 24 hours. Recovered cases are now double of the active cases. The case fatality rate is lowest since the first lockdown."
India witnessed a spike of 1,718 coronavirus cases and 66 deaths, taking the total cases in the country to 33,050 and the death touched crossed 1,074, according to latest figures released by the Union..