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Indian Air Force chief in Israel to enhance military ties

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Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria reached Israel on Tuesday. The visit is aimed at enhancing military cooperation between the two countries.

In Israel, Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria and his counterpart Major General Amikam Norkin, Commander Israel Air Force, will discuss the military ties and cooperation between two countries.

Indian Air Force in a statement said, “As strategic partners, India and Israel enjoy strong, multi-dimensional ties, an important pillar of which is defence cooperation and military level exchanges.”

“Both sides will discuss enhancement in the depth and scope of bilateral exchanges between the two Air Forces.”

Prior to his visit to Israel, Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria called on Major General Ibrahim Nasser M. Al Alawi, Commander UAE Air Force and Air Defence (UAE AF & AD) on August 1.

They noted the rapid progress made in bilateral engagements and had wide-ranging talks to identify avenues and measures for further strengthening the robust relationship between the two Air Forces.

Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria also visited major UAE AF & AD units during the two-day goodwill visit.

In March this year, Indian Air Force chief visted Colombo to attend the 70th anniversary celebrations of the Sri Lankan Air Force. He was in the island nation on an invitation from Sri Lankan Air Force commander Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana.

The presence of the IAF chief during the inaugural day of the air show reinforced the strength of IAF-SLAF ties and his visit further strengthened the existing cooperation and opened up newer avenues of mutual interest.

Over the last two years, India has been enhancing military cooperation with friendly nations. Indian military top brass have been visiting these friendly countries and making defence cooperation ties.

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AIIMS installs Vitros lab testing system on 66th foundation day

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 On its 66th foundation day on Saturday, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi installed a Vitros Dry chemistry automated system that can conduct 50 diagnostic tests and present the results in 2-3 hours. The Dry Chemistry automated machine will save around 2 crore litres of water per year.

Union Health Minister Mansik Mandaviya digitally inaugurated the high throughput lab where the system has been installed in the RAK building.

Along with the Minister of State for Health, Mandaviya also inaugurated an exhibition on the theme ‘Digital Health and Medical Education’ to mark the institute’s 66th foundation day.

The automated system will significantly reduce the burden of laboratory medicine. There will be no involvement of water during the tests.

“This will vastly improve patient care, as we are going to get the results of the tests in just three hours,” said Subroto Sinha, HoD, Lab Medicine and Dean Research.

He added that previously, the doctors used to work on limited parameters and then in-depth investigation of sample was sent on the next day. Now the doctors can plan their treatment immediately with the help of this system.

It will vastly improve patient care as almost 50 parameters for tests will now be available at any point of time everyday.

The system can present the results of over 50 types of tests with a single vial of blood.

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Tihar on high alert after Rohini court incident

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Tihar Jail authorities are on high alert amid fear of clashes between different rival criminal gang members lodged in the high security prison here following the shootout incident in Rohini court.

“We are maintaining higher level of alertness than before after Friday’s court shootout,” Tihar Director-General Sandeep Goel told IANS on Saturday.

Tihar, South Asia’s largest complex of prisons has been working on tightening its security by installing CCTV cameras since a series of violent incidents were reported from within the jail in August.

On Friday, top Delhi gangster Jitender Singh Mann, alias Gogi, was shot dead in a courtroom by two assailants from the rival ‘Tilu’ gang, who were dressed as lawyers. The incident took place inside the courtroom where a case was being heard against him.

The two assailants were subsequently shot dead by the police. However, the incident led to chaos and panic in the courtroom where the judge had commenced proceedings. A woman lawyer was reportedly injured in the firing.

There was an exchange of at least 30-35 rounds of fire between the cops and the attackers, an eyewitness said.

Delhi Police Crime Branch has taken over the investigation of the shootout. “The Crime Branch and the Special Cell of Delhi Police will now investigate the incident that could not have been possible without proper planning,” Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana told IANS on Friday.

He also averred that the police force is determined to act against any organised criminal activity in the national capital, assuring a full investigation and appropriate legal action in such matters.

On Saturday, Bar Council of Delhi Chairman Rakesh Sherawat, along with other officials met Asthana to discuss and review security in Delhi court premises. The Commissioner has assured that there will be fresh security audits of the courts.

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Active Covid cases drop below 1% as India logs just over 29.5K new ones

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 India on Saturday reported 29,616 fresh Covid cases in the past 24 hours. Of these, the highest number was reported from Kerala with 17,983 new infections and 127 fatalities.

In the same time the entire country reported 290 total deaths, as per the Union Health Ministry health bulletin. The Covid toll in India now stands at 4,46,658.

India’s active caseload stands at 3,01,442 which accounts for less than of one per cent of total covid cases, the Union Health Ministry updates showed. The total active cases in India is 0.90 per cent.

The recovery rate currently stands at 97.78 per cent which is highest since March 2020.

As per the health bulletin, a total of 28,046 people have recovered from Covid across the India in the last 24 hours, pushing the total recovery to 3,28,76,319 so far.

The weekly positive rate in India in less than 3 per cent for 92 days and currently stands at 1.99 per cent. The daily positivity rate has also remained less than 3 per cent for last 26 days and presently stands at 1.86 per cent.

Under the mass vaccination drive, a total of 71,04,051 vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours. India’s Covid-19 vaccination coverage exceeded 84.89 crore and stood at 84,89,29,160 as per provisional reports till 7 a.m. on Saturday. This has been achieved through 82,99,312 sessions.

More than 82.57crore (82,57,88,115) vaccine doses have been provided to States/UTs so far by the union government and through direct state procurement category. More than 94 lakh doses are in the pipeline. More than 4.15 crore balance and unutilized Covid vaccine doses are still available with the States/UTs to be administered, as per the data shared by the Union Health Ministry.

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