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NCLAT upholds Adani group firm’s takeover of Dighi PortThe National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) has upheld the Adani Group firm – Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone’s take-over plan of the debt-ridden Dighi Port.A three-member NCLAT bench dismissed the plea filed by promoter Vishal Vijay Kalantri challenging the order passed by the Mumbai bench of National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), which had approved the Rs 650-crore resolution plan by Adani Ports & Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) on March 5.I spoke with Prime Minister yesterday and told him about the behaviour of the Governor. I spoke with him regarding the letter I had written to him seven days back

– Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot

Singapore scientists develop coronavirus test technique that delivers results in 36 minutesScientists in Singapore have developed a method to improve the speed of obtaining COVID-19 laboratory test results in 36 minutes or by up to four times.The current testing method requires highly trained technical staff and can take a few hours before results are finalised.The new method, developed by scientists at the Nanyang Technological University’s (NTC) Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, has demonstrated a way to improve “the speed, handling time and cost of COVID-19 laboratory tests”, the university said on Monday.ICC today officially launched inaugural ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super LeagueGetting underway on 30th July 2020 in Southampton, it’ll determine qualification for ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 with top seven teams automatically booking their spot at the event in IndiaCOVID-19 recovery rate in Delhi at 88%: Arvind KejriwalThere is a significant improvement in the COVID-19 situation in the national capital with the recovery rate standing at 88 per cent and only nine per cent are still infected, said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday.”There is an improvement in the COVID situation in Delhi. The Delhi model is being discussed in India and abroad. Today the recovery rate in Delhi is 88 per cent, only 9 per cent of the people are ill now and 2-3 per cent of the people have died. There is a decline in the number of deaths as well,” the Chief Minister said at a press conference here.He also said that a sharp decline had been noticed in the COVID related deaths in Delhi and there was also a slump in the number of new positive cases being found.Maharashtra Police reports 101 new cases

101 new #COVID19 cases and one death reported in Maharashtra Police Force. Total cases in the Force rises to 8,584… https://t.co/GSZz0KF8As

— ANI (@ANI) 1595834535000DRDO team visits Patna to select site for setting up 500-bed COVID hospitalA DRDO team has visited Bihar’s Patna district to find a suitable location for setting up a 500-bed temporary COVID-19 hospital, officials said on Monday.The hospital, to be built on the lines of another facility set up by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in Delhi, will cater to COVID-19 patients in Patna and its adjoining districts, they said.The DRDO team, accompanied by the Patna district magistrate, had on Sunday explored several locations including the area near the Veterinary College and several sites in Bihta, 35 km southwest of the state capital, a release said.Study reveals hospitalised COVID-19 patients have low risk of strokeWhile initial reports suggested a significant risk of stroke in patients hospitalised with COVID-19, a new study shows a low risk of stroke in patients hospitalised with the disease. Notably, the majority of afflicted patients had existing risk factors, such as high blood pressure and diabetes.These findings provide more clarity about the role COVID-19 plays in causing stroke in a diverse population of the US. The study paper was published in the journal Stroke from Penn Medicine.The water treatment plants will not be closed, their efficiency has been slightly reduced so that the ammonia in water can be treated

– Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain

Polluted water is being released from Haryana, ammonia level in the water has risen due to release of industrial waste. This has affected water treatment plants. Water supply in Delhi has decreased by 25%

– Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain

Madras High Court directs Centre to form a panel comprising Tamil Nadu officers to formulate the method of implementation of OBC (Other Backward Class) reservation in All India Quota medical seats.45 new cases of COVID-19 have been detected out of 335 test results received – 23 in Kohima, 14 in Dimapur & 8 in Mon: S Pangnyu Phom, Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Nagaland.Delhi government is starting a portal – http://jobs.delhi.gov.in Those who are looking to recruit people for jobs can go to the website & update their requirement. Job seekers can also go there and update their qualification, experience & requirement. It’ll be a ‘Rozgar Bazar’.

– Delhi CM

Rafale jets taking off from France to join the Indian Air Force fleet in Ambala in Haryana on July 29th.

#WATCH Rafale jets taking off from France to join the Indian Air Force fleet in Ambala in Haryana on July 29th. (Vi… https://t.co/UKRzphSVRb

— ANI (@ANI) 1595831982000There was no need to impose second lockdown in Delhi. This is a matter of satisfaction: Delhi CM Arvind KejriwalLucknow: Congress leaders, including UP Congress chief Ajay Kumar Lallu & AICC Gen Secy in-charge of Chhattisgarh, PL Punia, detained, while protesting in front of the Raj Bhavan.

Lucknow: Congress leaders, including UP Congress chief Ajay Kumar Lallu & AICC Gen Secy in-charge of Chhattisgarh,… https://t.co/PjPpcVIoJ9

— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) 1595831678000There’s improvement in COVID situation in Delhi. The Delhi model is being discussed in India & abroad. Today the recovery rate in Delhi is 88%, only 9% of the people are ill now and 2-3% of the people have died. There is a decline in the number of deaths.

– Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

UP becomes 1st state to breach One Lakh daily test markBahujan Samaj Party (BSP) moves Rajasthan High Court seeking to become a party in the petition by BJP against the merger of six BSP MLAs in the state with Congress party.Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra also says, “It will be difficult to call all the MLAs for the Assembly Session in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic. Can you consider giving a 21-day notice over the convening of Assembly Session?”: Sources

Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra also says, "It will be difficult to call all the MLAs for the Assembly Session in… https://t.co/p7KXMJo2jR

— ANI (@ANI) 1595831006000RBI Governor says India needs to focus on concluding free trade agreements with US and other countries.RBI has no fixed target for exchange rate but will monitor undue volatility: Das. Infrastructure push can re-ignite growth; both private and public sectors to play major role in infra development: Shaktikanta DasI think this is the right time for India to make efforts to become a part of GVC (Global Value Chains). The focus has to be on productivity & quality of our products/services

– Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das

According to a World Bank 2020 report, 1% increase in GVC (Global Value Chains) participation can boost per capita income levels of a country by more than 1%

– Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das

Rajasthan hearing: What happened in SC todaySenior Advocate Kapil Sibal appearing for Rajasthan Speaker, CP Joshi informed Justice Arun Mishra led bench that they are withdrawing petition after Rajasthan High Court order on July 24.Supreme Court allowed the withdrawal of the special leave petition.The Speaker is mulling his legal options after the Jul 24 HC order – directing status quo on disqualification proceedings against Sachin Pilot and 18 other rebel Congress MLAs – and may challenge it.SC allows Speaker to withdraw plea as the HC has passed a detailed orderSpeaker to request SC today for withdrawal of his petition challenging the HC jurisdiction to interfere in pending proceedings on disqualification petition against Sachin Pilot and 18 rebel MLAs.UP CM holds Covid meeting

Lucknow: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath holds a meeting with the officers of 'COVID-19 management team-11'. https://t.co/Zw1PFlXALS

— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) 1595827256000Kerala gold smuggling case: M Sivasankar arrives at Kochi NIA office for interrogationSivasankar, former Principal Secretary of Kerala Chief Minister arrived at National Investigation Agency (NIA) office in Kochi on Monday morning for further interrogation in the high-profile Kerala gold smuggling case.Earlier on July 23, the senior IAS official was questioned by NIA for nearly five hours.According to the investigation, Sivasankar shared close proximity with the key accused in the gold smuggling case, Swapna Suresh and Sarith PS. Also, the probe revealed that he also had known Sandeep Nair the fourth accused in the case.PM Modi wishes CRPF on 82nd Raising Day

Greetings to all @crpfindia personnel on the 82nd Raising Day of this outstanding Force. CRPF is at the forefront o… https://t.co/dwyueKhV8P

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1595822689000India reports 49,931 new casesTotal cases stand at 14,35,453 including 4,85,114 active cases.708 new deaths were also reported, taking the toll to 32,771.There are 9,17,568 cured/discharged/migratedNew construction by China along Indian side of LAC in Pangong Tso Lake area: SurjewalaIn a significant development, troops of India and China have completed disengagement at Galwan valley, Patrolling Point 15, and Hot Springs/Gogra area in Eastern Ladakh amid the ongoing talks at the diplomatic and military level, sources said on Saturday.India has made it clear that for the situation to be normalized, the Chinese will have to completely deescalate and move back troops to their permanent locations.China takes possession of closed US consulate in ChengduChinese authorities took possession of the closed US consulate in Chengdu on Monday, the foreign ministry said, after it was ordered to shut last week by Beijing.”At 10am on July 27th, according to the Chinese side’s request, the US consulate in Chengdu was closed. Afterwards, Chinese authorities entered through the front entrance and took it over,” the ministry’s public diplomacy office said in a statement on its official social media account.Rajasthan political crisis: Supreme Court to hear Speaker’s plea against HC order todayA three-judge bench of the Supreme Court will on Monday hear an appeal filed by Rajasthan Speaker CP Joshi, against High Court’s earlier order staying the disqualification proceedings against former Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot and 18 Congress MLAs.The court is scheduled to hear the matter at 11 am.The Rajasthan High Court had on July 24 directed to maintain “status quo” on the disqualification proceeding against former Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot and 18 other MLAs of his camp pending before the State Assembly Speaker.Rain, thundershowers likely over parts of Uttar PradeshRain, thundershowers and lightning are very likely to occur over Bulandshahr, Sambhal, Sant Kabir Nagar, Mahrajganj, Lakhimpur Kheri districts and adjoining areas on Monday.
China pressurises Vietnam to cancel, compensate offshore firms operating in South China SeaAmid the growing Chinese movement in the South China Sea, Vietnam has agreed to pay around a billion dollars to two international companies after cancelling their drill operations following pressure from Beijing, The Diplomat reported.To maintain its presence in the South China Sea region, China, for several years, continued its efforts to prevent the Vietnam-based companies developing oil and gas resources in the area.Citing a well-placed oil industry source, Bill Hayton, author of the article, said, “Vietnam’s state-owned energy company PetroVietnam will pay the money to Repsol of Spain and Mubadala of the United Arab Emirates in ‘termination’ and ‘compensation’ arrangements.”In another setback to China, Russia suspends deliveries of S-400 missilesRussia has announced suspension of S-400 surface-to-air missile systems to China and said the resumption of further deliveries is yet to be ascertained.Citing Chinese newspaper Sohu, UAWire reported, “This time, Russia announced the postponement of the delivery of missiles for the Chinese S-400 system. To a certain extent, we can say that it is for the sake of China. Getting a gun is not as easy as signing an invoice after receiving a weapon.””They say that the work on delivering these weapons is quite complicated. While China has to send personnel for training, Russia also needs to send a lot of technical personnel to put the weapons into service,” Sohu said.Amid virus, uncertainty, parents decide how to school kidsAbout 70% of Americans think schools should open in the fall, though most of those think it should happen with restrictions, according to a recent poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs. Only 8% say say K-12 schools should operate normally. Mask wearing has been a particular sticking point in many places. In Springfield, Illinois, scores of people rallied against a requirement that schoolchildren wear face coverings while attending class.Mainland China reports 61 new casesChina reported 61 new coronavirus cases in the mainland for July 26, up from 46 cases a day earlier, the health commission said on Monday.As of Sunday, mainland China had 83,891 confirmed coronavirus cases, the health authority said. The COVID-19 death toll remained at 4,634.US doubles spending on potential virus vaccine to nearly $1 billionThe government now plans to spend up to $472 million on top of the previously announced $483 million, the Moderna biotechnology company announced Sunday.Moderna said the added investment was justified by its decision, in conjunction with the government, to “significantly” expand a Phase Three clinical trial of a candidate vaccine to include 30,000 participants.In a small, initial trial, Moderna’s experimental vaccine produced coronavirus antibodies — which should help fend off the disease — in the bodies of all 45 participants.Brazil confirms over 24,000 fresh casesMore than 24,000 new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Brazil in the past 24 hours, while the death toll increased by over 500 in that period, according to the latest data from the country’s health ministry.Brazil now has a total of 2,419,091 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 24,578 new cases having been registered in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Sunday. Over the same period, 555 new deaths were confirmed, bringing the country’s total toll to 87,004.PM Modi to launch testing facilities todayPrime Minister Narendra Modi will on Monday launch ‘high-throughput’ COVID-19 testing facilities in three cities — Noida, Mumbai and Kolkata — via video conferencing.According to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), these facilities will ramp up testing capacity in the country and help in strengthening early detection and treatment, thus assisting in controlling the spread of the pandemic.Assam: NDRF team evacuate villagers from BarpetaA team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) on Sunday evacuated villagers and livestock to safer places from flood-affected areas of Dighirpam Bazar in Assam’s Barpeta district.The State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) said that the death toll has reached 96. Floods have wreaked havoc in Assam’s various districts for the fourth time this year.Mexico reports 5,480 new cases, 306 deathsMexico’s Health Ministry on Sunday reported 5,480 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 306 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 390,516 cases and 43,680 deaths.The government has said the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases.American flag lowered at US consulate in Chengdu: China state mediaThe American flag was lowered at the United States consulate in Chengdu on Monday, days after Beijing ordered it to close in retaliation for the shuttering of the Chinese consulate in Houston.Footage on state broadcaster CCTV from outside the consulate showed the flag being slowly brought down in the early morning, as diplomatic tensions soar between the two powers with both alleging the other has endangered national security.

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