News Digest: 4cr Covid tests so far, over 1cr in last fortnight itself

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Saturday, August 29, 2020
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4cr Covid tests so far, over 1cr in last fortnight itself
With over 9 lakh tests conducted on Friday, India carried out more than 1 crore Covid-19 tests in the past two weeks, taking the total number of tests to nearly 4 crore, the health ministry said, highlighting that tests per million had increased to 28,607.

Need sensitive security for all, says PM Modi
PM Narendra Modi on Friday said the government’s emphasis while improving policing was on creating “a modern, effective and sensitive security architecture that inspires a sense of confidence among all sections of society”. He underlined the requirement of keeping pace with fast-changing technology.

Rajnath Singh to attend defence meet in Russia

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Why does the coronavirus hit men harder?
The coronavirus may infect anyone, young or old, but older men are up to twice as likely to become severely sick and to die as women of the same age. The first study to look at immune response by sex has turned up a clue: Men produce a weaker immune response to the virus than do women, the researchers concluded.

Hubble maps giant Halo around Andromeda galaxy

Covid-19: Single-use N95 respirators can be used again after decontamination, study says

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Xiaomi Redmi 9 vs Realme Narzo 10: How the two entry-level phones from arch rivals compare
Xiaomi has launched Redmi 9 entry-level phone in India. The device is backed by a 5,000mAh battery and runs on the latest MIUI 12 operating system.

Government has an 'email' tip to protect your bank account
CyberDost- cyber safety and cybersecurity awareness handle maintained by the Ministry of Home Affairs, GOI has shared a post via Twitter advising customers to use two separate email accounts. While one can be used for communication, the other should be used for financial transactions only.

This is Amazon's answer to Apple Watch, Fitbit and others
“Amazon Halo Band is purpose-built to focus on your health and wellness—unlike smartwatches and fitness trackers, it doesn’t have a screen or constant notifications,” said the company in a blog post launching Halo.

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Defying trade tensions, Chinese buyers snap up Indian steel
India’s steel exports more than doubled between April and July to hit their highest level in at least six years, boosted by a surge of Chinese buying in defiance of tensions between Beijing and New Delhi. Traders said reduced prices drove purchases as sellers sought to get rid of a surplus generated by the impact of Covid-19 on domestic demand and get much-needed income.

Dinesh Khara recommended to be next SBI chief
The Banks Board Bureau (BBB) on Friday recommended State Bank of India's (SBI's) senior-most managing director Dinesh Kumar Khara as the next chairman of the country's largest lender. Khara will replace SBI chairman Rajnish Kumar, whose three-year term ends on Oct 7. Members of BBB interviewed four managing directors of SBI on Friday for the upcoming vacancy.

No fuel without PUC: SC sets aside NGT order
The Supreme Court on Friday set aside a National Green Tribunal (NGT) order directing that vehicles not complying with pollution under control (PUC) norms in Madhya Pradesh would not be given petrol at fuel stations.

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Members of CSK contingent test positive for Covid-19, team goes into quarantine
Members of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) contingent have tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus. This will come as a huge blow to CSK who were supposed to start training in Dubai from Friday. Sources confirmed the news to TOI even though the names of the player, support staff and officials are not yet known. Members had tested positive after they landed in Dubai.

Vinesh tests covid positive; Tenzing Norgay award put on hold
Wrestler Vinesh Phogat and her personal Om Prakash Dahiya have tested positive for covid-19 and will not attend the ‘virtual’ national sports day awards ceremony on Saturday. Vinesh and Dahiya were set to receive the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and Dronacharya award, respectively, at Sonipat SAI centre.

Expectant father Virat Kohli likely to travel to Australia: Source
India captain Virat Kohli is likely to travel to Australia later this year despite his wife expecting their first child in January, a key Indian cricket board (BCCI) official said on Friday. Media reports Down Under said Cricket Australia and its broadcasters would be "holding their breath" over the availability of one of the biggest drawcards of world cricket.

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Students worried as final UG, PG exams happening this year

Teacher's Day: UT education department asks school heads to acknowledge teachers digitally

HP D.El.Ed CET-2020 result announced at hpbose.org

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NGT directs installation of 175 air quality monitoring stations within 6 months

Germany to issue 'green bonds' worth up to $13B this year

Big California wildfires burn on as death toll reaches 7

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Eager to meet Rajnath Singh next week: Russian defence minister
Indian Embassy in Russia tweeted, "Indian Ambassador to Russia Venkatesh Varma welcomed Russian Defence Minister HE Sergey Shoigu at the India Defence Pavilion at Kubinka outside Moscow. "Russian Defence Minister said that he looked forward to meeting Raksha Mantri Shri @rajnathsingh in Moscow next week. This was conveyed to Ambassador today," the Embassy added.

US House panel announces contempt proceedings against Mike Pompeo

Hospital: Russia's Navalny still in coma but improving
Navalny, 44, is being treated with the antidote atropine. Charite said "there has been some improvement in the symptoms caused by the inhibition of cholinesterase activity." "While his condition remains serious, there is no immediate danger to his life," the hospital said. "However, due to the severity of the patient's poisoning, it remains too early to gauge potential long-term effects."

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NGT directs installation of 175 air quality monitoring stations within 6 months

Germany to issue 'green bonds' worth up to $13B this year

Big California wildfires burn on as death toll reaches 7

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Hyderabad: Runaway jailbirds masters of crime
Forging documents, stealing high-end cars and even committing burglaries in secured households comes easy for the foursome, said cops who have examined their dossiers.

Telangana assembly to pass resolution seeking Bharat Ratna for PV
The CM has also decided to develop Laknepally village where Rao was born and Vangara where he grew up as major tourist spots.

100 deaths cycle taking less number of days in Telangana now
Highlighting on increased testing, experts said it took just 9-10 days in August to hit the 100 deaths' mark in comparison to previous months when it was taking more number of days to touch the figure.

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Scholarship scam: Clamour for minister's removal grows louder

Indian Sikh faces trial in Germany for spying on Sikhs, Kashmiris

17-year-old raped by tantrik for 8 months, mother ignored pleas for help

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Change in selection list for PSI promotion

'Factories must comply with safety standards'

Gujarat government promotes industrial parks with incentive push
The recently announced new industrial policy aims at promoting construction of industrial parks by offering huge incentives to developers

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Ghaziabad Covid patient gets lungs, Mumbai girl arms from dead man in Chennai
When a 48-year-old man from Ghaziabad, whose lungs had been damaged due to Covid-19, was wheeled into a Chennai hospital on Friday, he had a slim chance of survival.

The businessman who became a brand himself

54 new parks in added areas to expand Chennai's green cover

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Amid pandemic, all major parties in Karnataka gear up for 4 crucial polls
While the pandemic is showing no signs of abating, major political parties in Karnataka are busy motivating their rank and file for the four upcoming elections starting October.

Bengaluru: Set to donate plasma, woman discovers she never had Covid
A 28-year-old woman who spent 14 days in home isolation after being told she had tested positive for Covid-19, got a jolt when she turned up to get a Covidnegative certificate in order to donate plasma. Her first test certificate showed she had tested negative while on BBMP and state Covid records, she was a patient.

Bengaluru cops keep seized tortoises in station for luck
A city police team allegedly secretly held onto two tortoises, including an endangered variety, they had seized from poachers believing they would bring them good luck.

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Covid-19: Spread in non-urban Maharashtra areas a big worry
In a worrying progression of the pandemic, Covid -19 transmission in Maharashtra is rapidly growing in rural and semi-urban areas that have limited access to adequate healthcare. State data has revealed nearly a quarter of coronavirus deaths and 28% of cases are now from villages and non-urban areas.

As 5 more die, Maharashtra police toll 150; this month worst with 47 fatalities
The death of five police personnel on Wednesday and Thursday took the Covid-19 toll to 150 in the state force.

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray seeks new site for Aarey Metro car shed
CM Uddhav Thackeray on Friday exhorted various government departments to find an alternative site for the controversial Metro line 3 car shed being planned in Aarey Colony, reports Prafulla Marpakwar.

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Man killed for asking about missing son in Delhi
Seeking two strangers' help to find his missing son cost a truck driver his life within hours of arriving in Delhi on Thursday evening.

HC stays telecast of 'big expose' on TV channel, Centre sends notice

Why Delhi's weather logsare skewed southward
Delhi may require a denser network of weather stations sited across the city to correctly gauge the rainfall.

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Man killed for asking about missing son in Delhi
Seeking two strangers' help to find his missing son cost a truck driver his life within hours of arriving in Delhi on Thursday evening.

HC stays telecast of 'big expose' on TV channel, Centre sends notice

Why Delhi's weather logsare skewed southward
Delhi may require a denser network of weather stations sited across the city to correctly gauge the rainfall.

More Delhi News»

Man killed for asking about missing son in Delhi
Seeking two strangers' help to find his missing son cost a truck driver his life within hours of arriving in Delhi on Thursday evening.

HC stays telecast of 'big expose' on TV channel, Centre sends notice

Why Delhi's weather logsare skewed southward
Delhi may require a denser network of weather stations sited across the city to correctly gauge the rainfall.

More Delhi News»

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