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01. NDRF Deploys 16 Special Teams For Assam Flood

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed 16 special teams for relief and rescue operation of Assam flood, informed Director General of NDRF S N Pradhan. He also stated that the flood situation in the state has improved slightly

02. Assam Floods: 123 Animals Killed In Kaziranga

The Kaziranga National Park (KNP) has been inundated in water in the third wave of flood. Around 92 percent of the park has been submerged underwater. The park authority said that 152 camps have been inundated with flood. The authorities informed that a total of 123 animals have been killed in the flood including 12 rhinos.

03. Kumbh Mela 2021 To Be Held On Schedule: Uttarakhand CM

The Kumbh Mela will be held in Haridwar as scheduled in 2021, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said on Wednesday, adding that its scale will be decided as per the prevailing situation at that time.

04. Guwahati: Brahmaputra River Flows Above Danger Level

The Brahmaputra River has been flowing above the danger level at Kachari ghat in Guwahati due to the incessant rain. According to the Central Water Commission, the water is flowing 8 cm above danger level and that the water level is rising by 2 cm per hour.

05. Assam: 376 Inmates May Be Released For Decongesting Jails

The Assam Inspector General of Prisons Dasarath Das said the Assam Prison has sent a proposal to the High Powered Committee of the government to release 376 prisoners in the next few days in order to decongest eight overcrowded jails across the state after 535 inmates tested positive for COVID-19.

06. Manipur: 14-Days Complete Shutdown From Thursday

Manipur to undergo a 14-days total lockdown from Thursday, announced the state government on Wednesday. The decision has been taken in order to prevent any further spread of COVID-19.

07. IPL Set To Be Played From September 19 To November 8 In The UAE

The Indian Premiere League will start on September 19 in the United Arab Emirates with the final slated on November 8, well-placed BCCI sources told PTI on Thursday.

08. Railways To Have QR-Code Enabled Contactless Ticketing

In the wake of coronavirus outbreak, the railways will move towards contactless ticketing like at airports with QR code-enabled tickets, which will be scanned on handheld devices and mobile phones at the stations and on the trains, a senior official of the national transporter said.

09. COVID-19 Positive Teen Sexually Assaulted At Care Centre In Delhi

A COVID-19 positive teen girl was sexually assaulted by another patient at a care centre in Delhi. Two have been arrested in this connection.

10. Vande Bharat Mission: Over 7.88 Lakh Indians Have Returned Till July 22

Over 7.88 lakh Indians stranded abroad due to coronavirus pandemic have returned under Vande Bharat Mission till July 22, Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday. 1,03,976 Indians have returned from Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh through land borders.

11. Indian Army: Permanent Commission Sanctioned For Women Officers

Ministry of Defence has issued the formal Government Sanction Letter for grant of Permanent Commission to Women Officers in the Indian Army, paving the way for empowering Women Officers to shoulder larger roles in the organization.

12. JEE Main: Admission Criteria For NITs And CFTIs Relaxed

The Union Minister of Human Resource Development Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said due to prevailing circumstances of coronavirus pandemic, the Central Seat Allocation Board (CSAB) has decided to relax the eligibility criterion for admissions to NITs and other CFTIs. JEE Main 2020 qualified candidates will  only need to obtain a passing certificate in class XII examination irrespective of the marks obtained.

13. Mizoram: Frequent Earthquakes Make Residents Shift To Tents

In Mizoram’s Champai district residents are spending nights outside their homes in makeshift tents due to a series of earthquakes that have hit the state. So far, at least 22 earthquakes have rocked four districts – Champhai, Saitual, Siaha, and Serchhip since June 18.

14.  First Ever British-Indian Census To Be Conducted In UK

The India League, a UK-based diaspora group which dates back to 1916, announced the launch of a first-ever British Indian Census to collate data around Britain’s estimated 1.5 million Indian-origin population.

15. Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal Distributes Grants-In-Aid To Sports Association

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal distributed annual grants-in-aid to District Sports Associations and State Sports Associations affiliated to Assam Olympic Association (AOA) through a video conference at Brahmaputra State Guest House on Thursday. Notably, an amount of Rs 34,800 each was distributed to 25 district sports associations and Rs 72,752 each was distributed to 29 state sports associations.

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