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Coronavirus: India overtakes Brazil in number of cases, some 20 lakh behind US

With a record spike per day of over 90,000 cases in the last 24 hours, India on Monday stood as the country with second highest number of coronavirus cases.

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With a record spike per day of over 90,000 cases in the last 24 hours, India on Monday stood as the country with second highest number of coronavirus cases with the number crossing 42 lakh in the country, according to Health Ministry data. This is the second day that the country has crossed 90,000 cases per day consecutively. Almost 9 lakh cases are active with the recovery rate at 77 per cent. The United States has the highest number of cases at 6.3 million cases.

The worst-hit continue to be Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh; accounting for the highest number of fresh cases reported in the last 24 hours.

The cases reported from India have been topping the world over the last month. AIIMS director Randeep Guleria had said yesterday that second wave of infections are being seen across some states; this is despite the union government not declaring signs of community transmission. The AIIMS chief also said the cases in the country will continue well into the next year as a result.

In what is being seen as a return to normal, Delhi Metro and other urban mass transit rail services took off in phased manner across the country. The seats have been marked for social distancing norms. Some 32 lakh people have recovered till now and 71,642 deaths were recorded till now with 1,016 deaths recorded since yesterday.

The Health Ministry tweeted this morning that the fatality rate stood at 1.7 per cent today. The ministry cited the strategy of test, track and treat as the reason for the low mortality. With 4.95 crore tests of samples so far, the population of 130 crore showed a positivity rate of  12.6 per cent as compared to less than 9 per cent yesterday.

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The ministry had directed Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka on Saturday to take measures to control spread of the virus.

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Tickets? UP Police constables beat up TT on Gorakhdham Express in Kanpur | WATCH

The constables hit him on the head due to which his shirt was soaked in blood.

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UP Police constables beat up TT in Gorakhdham Express

In a shocking incident, the railway head TT was beaten up by two Uttar Pradesh police constables at Kanpur Central Railway Station. According to the reports, the constables were travelling without a ticket on a train from Gorakhpur to Bhatinda, and when the TT asked them to get off the train, they thrashed him fiercely. The incident took place at around 11:30 pm on the Gorakhdham Express on Tuesday.

TT Rambaran, who was on duty, took the train from Lucknow. On Twitter, Aditya Tiwari shared the video of TT narrating the whole incident. He said when he asked for the ticket, the constables said they would get down at Kanpur. After that, when he asked them to step down from the train at the Kanpur station, police constables beat him brutally.

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TT Rambaran also said the constables even tried to throw him off the train, but the passengers who were there on the train helped him save his life. The constables hit him on the head due to which his shirt was soaked in blood.

The victim lodged a complaint against the constables in GRP Kanpur. GRP inspector R.B. Dwivedi said they reached the spot as soon as they received information about the incident. He further said the FIR has been registered and the investigation is underway.

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No CNG sale in Delhi today, Dealers Association calls for protest; here’s why

The reason for the closure of CNG pumps is the non-reimbursement of the electricity bills by Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL).

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The Delhi Petrol Dealers Association (DPDA) has announced that there will be no CNG sale in Delhi on August 10 from 6 am to 10 pm. The reason for the closure of CNG pumps is the non-reimbursement of the electricity bills by Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL).

Delhi Association called for the protest as the reimbursement of the electricity bill of CNG pumps is not being done by IGL and is long overdue which has been causing them huge losses every day. The protest will affect about 250 CNG pumps in the capital.

In a letter last month, DPDA President Anurag Jain wrote, We have decided to go for no CNG sale on August 10 from 6 am to 10 pm as a mark of protest. He further said the DPDA is forced to take this step due to the reluctance shown by IGL to pay the actual electricity reimbursement of CNG facilities to the dealers of Delhi who are incurring huge financial losses every month.

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In Delhi, the electricity bill of the petrol pumps is paid by IGL, and CNG consumes a lot of electricity. DPDA says that IGL has not been paying the electricity bill for a long time, due to which they are suffering huge losses. And this is the reason the association has announced it will close CNG pumps today.

DPDA said there was a meeting organized with IGL in March 2022 to solve the issue, and IGL even agreed on the reimbursement of the electricity bill. After this meeting, the dealers were assured that the issue would be resolved in a month. DPDA said the issue has not been resolved yet and IGL didn’t fulfill its promise.

The non-fulfillment of DPDA’s demands has led them to take the step of closure of CNG pumps in Delhi on August 10. CNG is currently being sold at Rs 75.61 per kg in Delhi.

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Bihar Grand Alliance 2.0: Nitish Kumar to take oath as CM for 8th time, Tejashwi Yadav as Deputy CM today at 2 pm

The swearing-in ceremony will take place at 2 pm today.

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A day after Nitish Kumar resigned as the Bihar Chief Minister and broke his alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Kumar is all set to take oath as the CM again for the eighth time in his political career. Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav will also take an oath as Deputy Chief Minister for the second time. The swearing-in ceremony will take place at 2 pm today.

Nitish Kumar announced a new grand alliance after resigning from the BJP. The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the Congress, and the Left parties would be Kumar’s strongest supporters during his upcoming second term as chief minister under Mahagathabandan. He is currently the leader of the Janata Dal (United).

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Mahagathbandhan, also known as the Grand Alliance, consists of political parties such as Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Indian National Congress (INC), Janata Dal (United), and Left parties including Communist Party of India (CPI), Communist Party of India (Marxist–Leninist) Liberation-CPIML (Liberation), and Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPIM).

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, members of the Congress, and members of the Left Front joined Kumar as he made his claim for government formation before the governor by presenting the letter of support from the MLAs.

Nitish Kumar after his first session with the Governor said he has resigned and has informed all his MLAs. He split from the BJP for the second time in nine years. He said his resignation from the party was based on the feedback he received at an interaction with his party’s legislators.

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