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News updates: In race for monkeypox vaccines, experts see repeat of Covid

Live news updates: Critics fear a repeat of the catastrophic inequity problems seen during the coronavirus pandemic

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While rich countries have ordered millions of vaccines to stop monkeypox within their borders, none have announced plans to share doses with Africa. | (Illustration: Reuters)

Live news updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asked the state governments to clear power sector companies' dues which are estimated at around Rs 2.5 trillion. The Prime Minister regretted that the state governments are yet to clear subsidy commitments amounting to Rs 75,000 crore to power companies. About Rs 2.5 trillion of companies engaged in electricity generation and distribution are stuck, he said while speaking at the closing function of the 'Ujjwal Bharat Ujjwal Bhavishya Power @2047' event.

A team of Indian scientists have found that the monkeypox virus strain circulating in the country is different from the strain that caused 'superspreader events' in Europe, leading to a global outbreak of the disease. The team from Indian Council of Medical Research-National Institute of Virology (ICMR-NIV), Pune, conducted genetic sequencing of two monkeypox cases from Kerala. The data showed that the virus strain present in the country is A.2, that was recently imported to India from the Middle East. 

The World Bank does not plan to offer new financing to Sri Lanka, which is battling its worst economic crisis in decades, until the Indian Ocean nation has an adequate macroeconomic policy framework in place, the lender said. In a statement, the World Bank said Sri Lanka needed to adopt structural reforms that focus on economic stabilisation and tackle the root causes of its crisis, which has starved it of foreign exchange and led to shortages of food, fuel and medicines.

Russia and Ukraine accused each other Friday of shelling a prison in a separatist region of eastern Ukraine, an attack that reportedly killed dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of war who were captured after the fall of a key southern city in May. Both sides said the assault was premeditated with the aim of covering up atrocities. Separatist authorities and Russian officials said the attack killed 53 Ukrainian POWs and wounded another 75.
11:20 PM

Delhi reports 1,333 fresh Covid cases, 3 deaths

Delhi on Saturday reported 1,333 fresh Covid cases in the last 24 hours, against 1,245 reported on previous day, and three more deaths, as per the government health bulletin.

This is the fourth successive day when the city's tally crossed 1,000.

11:05 PM

WB govt inks MoU with Maharashtra to prevent migration & trafficking of women

The West Bengal government has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Maharashtra government to prevent migration and trafficking of women since a lot of movement of people takes place between the two states, a minister said.

West Bengal Women and Child Development and Social Welfare Minister Dr Shashi Panja said to help save children from being trafficked and fall prey to other forms of cyber abuse, the state is telling students and heads of colleges and universities to build awareness about the online menace of cyberbullying, trafficking and other forms of abuses among the students.

Awareness is being built primarily through seminars, symposiums at the college level and in rural areas Kanyashree clubs are being formed to make rural students aware of the menace of trafficking, the minister said.

11:03 PM

Chhattisgarh sees 658 Covid-19 cases, 2 deaths; positivity rate now 6.44%

Chhattisgarh on Saturday reported 658 COVID-19 cases at a positivity rate of 6.44 per cent, taking the tally to 11,65,683, while the death toll increased by two to reach 14,066, an official said.

The recovery count rose by 492 and stood at 11,48,177, leaving the state with 3,440 active cases, he said.

8:21 PM

Maharashtra reports 2,087 Covid-19 cases, four deaths

Maharashtra on Saturday reported 2,087 new coronavirus infections and four deaths, which took the caseload in the state to 80,45,606 and death toll to 1,48,101, the health department said.

On Friday, the state had reported 1,997 new cases and six pandemic-related fatalities.

The recovery count increased by 2,259 to touch 78,84,495, which left the state with 13,010 active cases.

7:58 PM

Amid agitation for their relocation, 5 Kashmiri Pandit employees transferred from Kashmir to Jammu

The Jammu and Kashmir administration has transferred five Kashmiri Pandit employees from Kashmir to Jammu, a step welcomed by the community members who have been on a strike for over two months in support of the demand for their relocation over safety concerns.

The Landscape division of the Public Works Department (Roads and Buildings) last week ordered the transfer of five in-charge assistant engineers, all Kashmiri migrant employees, from Kashmir Valley to Jammu.

7:21 PM

President Murmu worked hard towards the service of the people: Amit Shah

Droupadi Murmu recently became President of India. She comes from such a background, that when she was born, there wasn't even a proper electricity supply & good schools. Despite that, she worked hard towards the service of the people, said Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Chandigarh on Saturday, ANI reported
7:08 PM

Indian Bank Q1 net up marginally at Rs 1,213 cr on tepid income growth

Indian Bank on Saturday reported a 2.7 per cent rise in net profit to Rs 1,213.44 crore for the April-June quarter on tepid income growth even as provisioning came down by a fair margin.

The state-run bank had posted a net profit of Rs 1,181.66 crore in the corresponding quarter of June 2021.

6:27 PM

Jharkhand to have 3 more airports: Scindia; IndiGo starts Delhi-Deograh flight

Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Saturday said the government was working on three more airports in Jharkhand, after the first direct flight between the national capital and Deoghar was flagged off.

Budget airline IndiGo will operate daily flights between Delhi and Deoghar, and the flight on Saturday was captained by BJP leader and former civil aviation minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy.

IndiGo will deploy its A320 neo, the 180-seater twin turbofan engine passenger aircraft, on the route. With the new service, there will be 11 departure flights from Deoghar daily, according to an official release.

5:44 PM

BJP releases its list of candidates for Legislative Council by-elections in UP, Karnataka

5:40 PM

The way India is progressing will benefit people from all religions: NSA Ajit Doval

5:39 PM

Over 45.2-mn ITRs filed till July 29 as deadline ends Sunday

More than 45.2 million returns have been filed till July 29, the Income tax department said on Saturday, a day before the ITR filing deadline for the financial year 2021-22 ends.

The department issued a public message through its official Twitter handle asking taxpayers to file their Income Tax Returns (ITRs) before the due date.

5:08 PM

534 uncovered villages in Tamil Nadu to get 4G mobile service soon

The Centre has taken steps to provide 4G mobile services soon to about 534 uncovered villages in remote and difficult terrains, Union Minister of State for Fisheries, Information and Broadcasting L Murugan said on Saturday.

The move is part of the nationwide project to provide 4G mobile services in 24,680 uncovered villages at a cost of Rs 26,316 crore.

4:52 PM

Maharashtra govt yet to issue aid to farmers affected by rains, crop damage, says Ajit Pawar

Even a fortnight after floods damaged crops in different parts of Maharashtra and put farmers in distress, no help has come from the state government, Nationalist Congress Party leader Ajit Pawar said on Saturday.

The Leader of Opposition in the Assembly was speaking at the start of his tour of rain-affected areas in Nanded in the state's Marathwada region.

4:25 PM

Single interface created to revamp panchayats: BJP President Nadda

In order to revamp our Panchayats, a single interface has been created. All the development agendas meant specifically for panchayats have been consolidated on a single portal. Our Rural Development Minister can monitor progress on a computer screen, said BJP President JP Nadda on Saturday. ANI reported.
Over 263,000 panchayat profiles have been uploaded on the portal. And a whopping Rs 5.9 thousand crore has been allocated to the Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan, he added
4:22 PM

Unemployment, poverty on rise as country's assets are being sold: Chhattisgarh CM targets Centre

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Saturday claimed that the country's assets were being sold one by one, which has led to the rise in unemployment and poverty.

In a veiled swipe at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he said the Gujarat model of development, which was being much discussed across the country ahead of 2014 general elections, has vanished now.

4:06 PM

BJP showing arrogance of power, common man has capacity to teach it a lesson, says Pawar

Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar on Saturday said the Bharatiya Janata Party was displaying the arrogance of power just because of its majority in Parliament and its days could be numbered if the common man united against it.

Addressing party workers in Dhule, some 325 kilometres from here, Pawar said there was a legend about the sun never setting on the British Empire, but it collapsed when the common man united.

3:58 PM

Congress demands CBI probe into Co-op bank fraud

Leader of Opposition V.D.Satheesan on Saturday wrote to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan demanding a CBI probe into the Karuvannur Cooperative bank fraud in Kerala's Thrissur.

This cooperative bank is controlled by the CPI-M and reports now allege that those who had good connections in the party were able to get back their deposits, while a majority of the hapless depositors are running from pillar to post to get back their money.

3:00 PM

Chinese military should be headed by 'reliable people' loyal to Communist Party: Xi

China is facing mounting instability and uncertainty in the national security situation, President Xi Jinping has warned, asserting that the Chinese military should be led by "reliable people" loyal to the ruling Communist Party to ensure its "absolute leadership" over the world's largest armed forces.

Speaking at a study session on Thursday on further implementing the strategy of strengthening the military by training competent personnel in the new era, Xi greeted the service personnel before the 95th anniversary of the founding of the PLA, which falls on August 1.

The two-million-strong People's Liberation Army (PLA) is the largest military in the world.

2:56 PM

Don't agree with Governor's remarks on Mumbai as Marathi people contributed to its growth: Maha CM

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Saturday said he does not agree with Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's remarks on Mumbai, and asserted that the contribution made by Marathi people to the growth of the city can never be disregarded.

He also said that the governor occupies a constitutional post and he should be careful about not offending anyone through his statements.

Koshyari, while speaking during an event here on Friday evening, had said there will be no money left in Mumbai and it will cease to be the financial capital of the country if Gujarati and Rajasthani people are not there in the city. As his remarks kicked up a row, the governor on Saturday said his comments were misconstrued and added that he had "no intention of belittling the hard work of Marathi-speaking people".

Talking to reporters in Malegaon in Nashik district, Shinde said, "We don't agree with Koshyari's view (on Mumbai). It's his personal view. He has now issued a clarification. He occupies a constitutional post and should take care that his actions are not insulting to others."

2:48 PM

PM Modi urges states to clear dues of power sector companies; launches 2 green hydrogen plants

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asked the state governments to clear power sector companies' dues which are estimated at around Rs 2.5 lakh crore.

The Prime Minister regretted that the state governments are yet to clear subsidy commitments amounting to Rs 75,000 crore to power companies.

About Rs 2.5 lakh crore of companies engaged in electricity generation and distribution are stuck, he said while speaking at the closing function of the 'Ujjwal Bharat Ujjwal Bhavishya Power @2047' event.

Recalling the days of power shortages, the Prime Minister said that during the last eight years, about 1,70,000 MW of electricity generation capacity has been added. Power is necessary for the development of the nation, he said, adding the country needs "Rashtraneeti' and not 'Rajneeti".

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First Published: Jul 30 2022 | 7:04 AM IST

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