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01. MHA Issues New Guidelines For Unlock 3.0 

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday issued new guidelines for Unlock 3 which will come into effect from August 1 in order to open up more activities in the areas outside the Containment Zones. The new guidelines, issued today, are based on feedback received from States and UTs, and extensive consultations held with related Central Ministries and Departments, the Home Affairs ministry stated.

02. CAT 2020 Application Process To Begin From August 5

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The Indian Institute of Management Indore has launched the official website for CAT 2020 for candidates to apply for the admission test to the IIMs. Candidates can apply online on the official website — iimcat.ac.in between August 5 and September 16. The Common Admission Test 2020 is scheduled to be held on November 29 in two sessions.

03. Cabinet Approves National Education Policy

The Cabinet on Wednesday approved the new National Education Policy (NEP) and renamed the HRD ministry as education ministry. The NEP aims to revive all aspects of Indian education system, to regulate and control, to create a reformed system that is aligned with 21st century education goals, while keeping intact India’s traditions and value systems.

04. First Batch of Rafale Jets Land At Ambala 

The first batch of five Rafale fighter jets has landed at the Ambala airbase after covering a distance of nearly 7,000 km to join the Indian Air Force fleet. The fleet, comprising three single-seater and two twin-seater aircraft, will be part of the No. 17 Squadron of the Air Force, also known as the ”Golden Arrows’.

05. Assam: Quarantine Period For Returnee From Outside Reduces To 10 Days

The Health & Family Welfare Department, Assam has reduced the quarantine period to 10 days from 14 days if one returned from outside the state. In a notification issued by the health department, it said that the quarantine period has been reduced to 10 days inclusive of days spent in institutional/hotel quarantine as well as home quarantine. The notification further stated that if a passenger spends initial 2 days in hotel quarantine, then they should spend the rest 8 days in home quarantine. Similarly, if a passenger directly heads to home quarantine then they should spend 10 days at home.

06. Kaziranga Flood: Death Toll Of Rhinos Stands At 15

Another rhinoceros died on Wednesday as floodwaters submerge Kaziranga. The death toll of rhinos has increased to 15 now, while, a total of 142 animals have died at the Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve so far.

07. 25 Health Workers Of BBCI Donate Plasma

25 health workers including doctors of B. Barooah Cancer Institute (BBCI) who were asymptomatic patients of COVID-19 and now recovered have come forward to donate blood for plasma therapy in response to the public appeal made by state health and family welfare minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

08. Assam Legislative Assembly Next Session To Commence From August 31

The Assam Legislative Assembly’s (ALA) next session will commence from August 31 this year, state Governor Professor Jagdish Mukhi informed on Wednesday. The proceedings of the session will start from 9.30 am onward.

09. COVID-19 Assam: Death Toll Pushes To 92

Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma informed on Wednesday evening that four more patients succumbed to coronavirus infection pushing the death tally to 92.

10. 4.3 Magnitude Quake Hits Arunachal

An earthquake of magnitude 4.3 was recorded near Pangin in Arunachal Pradesh on Wednesday night, according to India’s National Center for Seismology data. The epicentre of the earthquake was 206 km north-northwest (NNW) of Pangin, Arunachal Pradesh, the agency said.

11. Kokrajhar Cops Seize 587kg Ganja, Two Held

Kokrajhar Police on Wednesday has seized large consignment of ganja. The police officials have recovered 61 bags of ganja of weight with 587 kilogrammes.

12. COVID-19 Positive Cases Climb To 64 In Barpeta Jail

17 inmates of Barpeta District Jail on Wednesday have tested positive for coronavirus infection, taking the total tally of positive cases in the jail to 64. Previously, 47 inmates had tested positive for COVID-19.

13. Sushant Singh Rajput’s Father Lodges FIR Against Rhea Chakraborty

Actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s father has levelled several allegations, including abetment to suicide, against Rhea Chakraborty in connection with his son’s death in his police complaint against her and six others, including her family members.

14. ‘Baahubali’ Maker SS Rajamouli, Family Test COVID-19 Positive

Filmmaker SS Rajamouli and his family members have tested positive for coronavirus infection and is under home quarantine, the director informed on Wednesday through his Twitter handle.

15. Pele Praises “Modern Athlete” Cristiano Ronaldo

Former Brazilian footballer Pele hailed Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo for his dedication and termed the Portuguese a “modern athlete”. Juventus on Monday won the Serie A title after they secured a 2-0 win over Sampdoria.

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