01. Assam: Inter-District Travelling Allowed On July 30 & 31
The Assam State Disaster Management Authority issued an order on Wednesday evening stating inter-district movement of citizens is allowed on July 30 and 31 within the state following social distancing protocols and adhering to the COVID-19 regulations as published in the various guidelines by the government. However, the above permission is not allowed for the containment zones.
02. Jal Shakti Ministry To Release 346 Cr For Assam Flood Relief
Union Minister of Jal Shakti ministry Gajendra Singh Shekhawat on Wednesday has assured Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal a financial aid for the devastating flood of rupees 346 crores for flood relief to the state. Furthermore, the ministry will discuss the flood situation in lower Assam with the Bhutan government at the earliest
03. Baghjan Fire: Technical Explosion Injures Three Foreign Experts
Three foreign experts engaged in the capping of Well number 5 at Baghjan got badly injured today due to a technical glitch leading to an explosion. The three injured are Anthony Steven Reynolds, Doug Dallas, Craig Neil Duncan. They are from M/s Alert Disaster Control company. They have been rushed to Aastha Hospital, Dibrugarh.
04. Gold Prices Cross Rs 50,000 For First Time
Gold prices in India touched a new high of Rs 50,010 per 10 gram after gaining Rs 192 on Wednesday. Tracking gold, silver prices also saw surge in demand, climbing to 6.06% to Rs 61, 130 per kg. This is the first time gold prices have breached Rs 50,000-mark in the futures market. In global markets, spot gold prices rose 1.3% to $1,865.81 an ounce, the highest in almost nine years.
05. 82% Drop In Triple Talaq Cases: Minority Affairs Ministry
Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Wednesday said around 82% decline in triple talaq has taken place since it was implemented and termed August 1, when the legislation came into being as, “Muslim women’s rights day”.
06. India Gets “World’s Most Agile” Drone To Counter China
In the midst of the face-off between India and China, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has reportedly offered its indigenously-developed drone “Bharat” to the Indian Army for accurate surveillance along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh. Bharat, indigenously developed by a Chandigarh-based laboratory of DRDO, is among “world’s most agile and lightest surveillance drone.”
07. Don’t Expect First COVID-19 Vaccinations Until Early 2021: WHO Expert
Researchers are making “good progress” in developing vaccines against COVID-19, with a handful in late-stage trials, but their first use cannot be expected until early 2021, a World Health Organization (WHO) expert Mike Ryan said.
08. “India Got $20 Billion During Lockdown”: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked US firms to invest in India, promising growth in various sectors including infrastructure, aviation, defence and space research. Portraying India as the big investment destination, he said “During the COVID-19 lockdown, India got 20 billion dollars in investment”.
09. 45 Newly-Elected Rajya Sabha Members Take Oath
Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu urged 45 newly-elected members of the House who took oath on Wednesday to uphold rules and procedures while discharging their duties as lawmakers.
10. 98 Delhi Mosque Event Foreign Attendees Pay Fine
A Delhi court Wednesday allowed 98 Indonesians to walk free on payment of different fines, under the plea bargain process, related to various violations including visa norms while attending Tablighi Jamaat congregation during the COVID-19 lockdown.
11. India Records Highest COVID-19 Recoveries So Far, 28,472 Cured
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday informed the highest ever recoveries of 28,472 have been registered in a single day to date. This is also the highest number of COVID-19 patients cured/discharged in the last 24 hours.
12. Brazil President Tests COVID-19 Positive For Third Time
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has had another positive result for the novel coronavirus in the third test he has taken since falling ill on July 7, a secretariat of the Communications Ministry said on Wednesday.
13. IGNOU Final Year Exams To Be Held In September
Indira Gandhi National Open University has decided to conduct IGNOU Term End Examinations June 2020 from the first week of September for the final year semester students of undergraduate, postgraduate, postgraduate diploma and certificate programmes.
14. Bengal Begins 2 Days A Week Lockdown
The first of Bengal’s twice-weekly 24-hour lock down begins on Thursday, a day after the state logged the highest number of new cases at 2,291 and the highest number of deaths at 39 in a span of 24 hours.
15. Euro T20 Slam Cricket Tournament Postponed Due To Coronavirus Pandemic
The Euro T20 Slam cricket tournament has been postponed for the second year running due to uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, organisers announced on Wednesday.