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1. GMCH Delays Handing Over Bodies Of Covid-19 Victims To Kin

In a shocking incident, a corpse of a coronavirus infected patient who passed away on Monday evening was not handed over to the family by the authorities at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) after 24 hours of the death. In another similar incident, the corpse of another patient infected with COVID-19, Ramesh Chandra Deka, who passed away at 10 am on Monday morning, wasn’t handed over to the family.

2. GU Student Held For Circulation Of Fake News

A Gauhati University student has been arrested on Monday evening from Sivasagar for allegedly impersonating the image of Assam’s Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and circulating the disinformation of a forged appeal by the CM on social media.

3. COVID-19 Assam: Death tolls mount to 64

Assam loses another six patients to coronavirus on Tuesday. The death toll has now escalated to 64.

4. COVID-19: Centre Warns Against Use Of N-95 Masks

In an interesting development, Centre has written to all the states and Union territories cautioning them against the use of N-95 masks with valved respirators by people, says a PTI report. It reportedly said that the masks cannot contain the spread of the contagion, and are contrarily detrimental to the measures being adopted for the containment of the virus.

5.  Five Dies In Meghalaya Floods

Five persons died in floods at West Garo Hills district of Meghalaya and over 1.5 lakh people affected, said government officials.

6. IPL 2020 To Be Held In The UAE

The 2020 edition of the IPL will be played in the UAE said Brijesh Patel, the IPL Governing Council chairman.

7.  Amarnath Yatra Cancelled Due To COVID-19

Amarnath Yatra, the annual Hindu pilgrimage to a Jammu and Kashmir shrine, will not be held this year due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the board that manages the shrine announced on Tuesday.

8. Zoom To Set Up Technology Center In Bengaluru

Zoom Video Communications on Tuesday (July 21) announced to expand the company’s presence in India by setting up a new technology center in Bengaluru.

9. 948 Assam Police Personnel Tests COVID19+, 599 cured

In a recent update, the Additional Director General of Police of Assam GP Singh on Tuesday said 948 Assam Police personnel have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). Singh also added, 599 personnel have recovered so far and two have succumbed to the disease.

10. COVID-19: Vaccine By Oxford University Showing Promising Results

In a positive development amidst the fears generated by COVID-19, the trials of the vaccine developed at the Oxford University may reportedly soon begin in India.

11. Guwahati Unlock 1.0: Restaurants To Open On Both Sides Of Road

Making another change to the pattern of the opening of shops in the Kamrup Metro District, the District Administration announced today that restaurants can function on both sides of any road.

12. COVID-19 Russia: Rich Given Early Access To Vaccine

In yet another instance of the high and mighty being given priority over the common people, a Bloomberg report says that scores of top politicians and businessmen in Russia were given early access to the experimental vaccine developed by the country as early as April. The vaccine is financed by the state-run Russian Direct Investment Fund and has the backing of the Defense Ministry.

13. UAE Launches First Mission To Mars

In a first for any Arab country, UAE successfully launched an unmanned space mission to Mars from Japan on Monday. Dubbed as ‘Hope’, the probe in the words of the director of the UAE’s Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre Yousuf Hamad AlShaibani has already inspired millions of youth regionally to dream big and work hard to achieve what seems to be impossible.”

14.  Naval Mig-29k Fighters & P-8i Aircraft Deployed Amid Border Tensions With China

The Indian Navy is deploying its MiG-29K fighter jets to key air force bases in the northern part of the country amid border tensions with China in the sensitive Ladakh sector, people familiar with developments said on Tuesday.

15. Assam Cricket Association Staff Tests COVID-19+

Five employees of Assam Cricket Association on Tuesday has tested positive for coronavirus. All the five infected with COVID-19 are ground staff at Barsapara.

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