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At 31,923 Covid cases, India sees slight surge in infections

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 With 31,923 new Covid cases registered in the last 24 hours, India’s daily new cases on Thursday crossed the 30,000 mark yet again.

With this, the total coronavirus case tally in the country has increased to 3,35,63,421, according to the data updated by Union Health Ministry and Family Welfare on Thursday.

However, the country witnessed slight dip in daily Covid related deaths as 282 fatalities were registered in the last 24 hours against 383 deaths on Wednesday. The total Covid fatality in the country has risen to 4,46,050. The fatality rate remained at 1.33 per cent for the last few weeks.

Kerala, which has been reporting the maximum new cases for the last few weeks, witnessed yet another spike on Wednesday as it reported 19,675 new cases against 15,768 on Tuesday. Similarly, Maharashtra also continued to witness a spike in new cases as it reported 3,608 new cases on Wednesday.

As per the Health Ministry’s data, a total of 41,990 people recovered in the last 24 hours, pushing the cumulative recoveries so far to 3,28,15,731. The Covid recovery rate stands at 97.77 per cent.

At present, India has 3,01,640 active cases, the lowest in the last 187 days, which is 0.90 per cent of the total positive cases registered since 2020.

The daily positivity rate declined to 2.09 per cent, which remained below 3 per cent for the last 24 days, while the weekly positivity rate remained at 2.11 per cent, remaining below 3 per cent for the last 90 days, according to the health ministry.

A total of 55.83 crore (55,83,67,013) Covid samples have been tested so far in the country, out of which 15,27,443 were tested in the last 24 hours, the Health Ministry data said.

Till date, the country has administered 83.39 crore (83,39,90,049) doses of Covid vaccines, out of which 71,38,205 jabs were given in the last 24 hours, health ministry’s data said.

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Delhi High Court denies bail to CBI officer, Deshmukh’s lawyer in ‘document leak’ case

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 The Delhi High Court on Saturday refused to grant bail to former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh’s lawyer Anand Daga and CBI investigating officer Sub-Inspector Abhishek Tiwari in connection with a case alleging leaking of confidential documents to divert the probe against Deshmukh in a corruption case.

In the order, Justice Yogesh Khanna stated that the allegation in the present FIR is based on “tampering of the evidence”.

“Thus, considering the initial stage of investigation, I am not inclined to grant bail to the petitioners herein, at this stage,” he said.

As per the FIR, Abhishek Tiwari, who was assisting the Enquiry Officer in the preparation of the probe report, was in possession of sensitive documents.

On June 28, he visited Pune for investigation and met the co-accused Daga to pass on details regarding the inquiry and the investigation, the FIR stated.

He allegedly shared copies of different documents like memorandum of proceedings, sealing-unsealing memorandum, statements, seizure memos etc. related to the investigation of the case with Daga and also an unknown person through Whatsapp on many occasions.

The CBI had arrested Daga from Mumbai and Tiwari from Delhi. Later, Daga was shifted to a Delhi court on transit remand.

The lawyers of the duo argued that only four days of remand was given to the accused and the trial court refused to extend it.

The petitioners are in custody for 40 days and the CBI did not even file an application for interviewing them, the counsels said in their plea to grant bail.

However, the probe agency submitted that the offences committed by the petitioners are serious in nature and no investigation can proceed if the lawyer of the accused and the Investigating Officer join hands to benefit someone.

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Priyanka Gandhi to flag-off 3 ‘Pratigya yatras’ in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday

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 Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will flag off three ‘Pratigya yatras’ in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday aimed at garnering support for the party from every part of the state ahead of the crucial 2022 Assembly polls.

For these yantras, a route has been prepared to divide the state into three parts.

The first route has been prepared from Awadh in Barabanki joining the districts of Bundelkhand till Jhansi, while the second route has been prepared for different districts of western Uttar Pradesh and the Brij region.

Similarly, the third route has been earmarked for the Purvanchal region.

Apart from Barabanki, the yatra will cover the two other cities of Saharanpur and Varanasi.

The second yatra passing through nine districts will start from Barabanki and ends at Jhansi in Bundelkhand. The third yatra will start from the Saharanpur district in western Uttar Pradesh and will conclude at Mathura passing through 11 districts.

All these yantras will end on November 1.

Former Congress MP and Chhattisgarh party in-charge, P.L Punia said after flagging off the yantras, the General Secretary will speak in detail about the seven resolutions prepared by the party.

As the first resolution, she has announced to give 40 percent tickets to women candidates from the Congress during the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections and give smartphones to class 10 pass girl students and e-scooters to graduate girl students if the party comes to power in the state.

Anshu Awasthi, Congress’s digital media convener and party spokesperson, said: “In order to politically empower and honor the women of the state, regarding the atrocities committed by the BJP government against Dalits, backward castes and Brahmins, providing employment to youth, to restore the respect and rights of the farmers as well as for development, on the instructions of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the party has started the ‘Pratigya Yatra’.

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India logs 15,786 fresh Covid cases, 231 deaths

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 In the last 24 hours, India registered 15,786 fresh Covid-19 cases and 231 deaths, the Union Health Ministry announced on Friday.

With the new fatalities, the overall death toll has increased to 4,53,042.

The recovery of 18,641 patients in the last 24 hours has increased the cumulative tally to 3,35,14,449.

Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.16 per cent, the highest since March 2020.

The active caseload remains below the 2 lakh mark and is presently at 1,75,745. Active cases presently constitute 0.51 per cent of the country’s total positive cases, which is the lowest since March 2020.

The testing capacity across the country continues to be expanded.

The last 24 hours saw a total of 13,24,263 tests being conducted. India has so far conducted over 59.70 crore cumulative tests.

While the testing capacity has been enhanced across the country, the weekly positivity rate at 1.31 per cent has now remained less than 3 per cent for the last 119 days.

The daily positivity rate at 1.19 per cent has also remained below 3 per cent for the last 53 days and less than 5 per cent for 136 consecutive days now.

With the administration of 61,27,277 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s Covid-19 inoculation coverage has reached 100.59 crore.

This has been achieved through 99,59,884 sessions.

As per the Health Ministry, a total of 11,65,54,028 balance and unutilised vaccine doses are still available with the states/UTs.

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