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Mizoram Postpones Opening Of Schools For 2020-21 Academic Session  

The Mizoram government has postponed the opening of schools for the 2020-21 academic sessions for an indefinite period as a part of the containment measures to curb the coronavirus outbreak, Mizoram education minister Lalchhandama Ralte said. The government had earlier decided to open educational institutions for the current academic session from July 15.

Over 5 Lakh Stranded Indians Brought Back Under Vande Bharat Mission

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the Vande Bharat Mission operations commenced on May 7, 2020 and in less than two months 5,03,990 stranded Indians from 137 countries, including from remote areas, have returned to their homes. The initial target to bring stranded Indians with compelling reasons was only 2 lakh, this is a significant achievement.

Honda City 2020 launch confirmed for July

Honda Cars India on Saturday confirmed that City 2020 will launch officially on July 15. The fifth-generation sedan was scheduled to be launched earlier this year but Covid-19-related challenges had pushed back the dates. City 2020 boasts of several upgrades and will be sold along with the existing model in the market. 

French Prime Minister resigns successor to be named

France is to name a new Prime Minister “in the coming hours,” the country’s presidency said on Friday, shortly after announcing Edouard Philippe’s resignation amid an expected reshuffle. He praised Philippe’s “outstanding work” in the past three years. “I will need to make choices to lead (the country) down the path,” he said.

‘Boycott China’: Indian Americans, Taiwanese, Tibetans protest at Times Square

Indian Americans have called for ‘Boycott China’, a protest demonstration against China at the iconic Times Square in New York. This protest comes in the aftermath of the deadly border clash in the Himalayas that left 20 Indian soldiers dead and 76 injured. Despite the impact of coronavirus in New York, the demonstration saw dozens of Indian origin Americans standing in solidarity with members of the Tibetan community and Taiwanese Americans.

Modi announces app innovation challenge to promote Indian apps

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday announced the new Digital Indian AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge aimed at improving the Indian app ecosystem. The project was launched by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) in partnership with the Atal Innovation Mission and government think-tank Niti Aayog. In Track 1 of the challenge, the government will identify the best Indian apps that citizens are using already and have the potential to scale and become world class apps. Track 2 will identify companies and entrepreneurs who can build apps for the country.

Highest Spike in COVID-19 Active Cases so far with 22,771 infected in 24 hours

In another sharp rise in Covid-19 cases, India has reported 22,771 fresh infections in the last 24 hours, taking the COVID-19 tally to 648,315. As per the latest data shared by the Ministry of Health, while 394,226 people have recovered from the deadly contagion across the country, the Covid-19 death toll in India stands at 18,655.

Covid-19: ICMR’s Aug 15 deadline to vaccine maker stirs a row

The fast-tracked clinical trial of BBV152, or Covaxin, a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech, with a timeline of 38 days set by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for human trials, has raised concerns over whether it can be carried out in such a short time when vaccines typically take several years to come to the stage when they can be dispensed to the general population. ICMR has stated that human trials must start on July 7 and be completed, and the data evaluated so that the vaccine can be launched on August 15.

Dibrugarh University assistant professor arrested for uploading obscene video

The police in Assam’s Dibrugarh district have arrested Dhrubajit Choudhury assistant professor at Dibrugarh University’s Department of Mathematics professor for posting a pornographic video that went viral on social media. The video features him in a “compromising position” with a woman, the police said.

Priyanka Gandhi On OBC Reservation In NEET

Taking to Twitter, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra wrote in Hindi, “Congress President Sonia Gandhi has raised the legitimate demand for reservation for OBC students in medical institutions in the states and union territories under the national quota in the seats being filled by NEET. This is a demand for social justice. I hope that the Central Government will implement this.”

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