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Presidential Polls News Live Updates: Draupadi Murmu leaves for Delhi, seeks cooperation from all

Presidential Polls live: NDA presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu sought cooperation from everyone for the upcoming election to choose the first person of the country, and said she will meet all the electors to seek their support before July 18, when the polling is scheduled to take place. Murmu left for Delhi on a flight from Bhubaneswar’s Biju Patnaik International Airport at 9.40 AM. A tribal dance was organised as a large number of her friends and well-wishers gathered at the airport to see her off.

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In a review meeting of INSACOG held last week…

States/UTs were asked to submit a “larger number” of samples for whole genome sequencing from districts and areas which have seen a surge in COVID-19 cases over a period of seven days. The direction was issued to check the possibility of any new emerging variant or sub-variant and ascertain the reasons behind the breakthrough infections, sources had said. According to the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) experts, Omicron and its sublineages, primarily BA. 2 and BA.2.38, as of now, seem to be behind the current rise in Covid cases, an official source had said. The BA.2 and its sublineages constitute over 85 per cent of the cases with BA.2.38 being found in around 33 per cent of the samples. The percentage of BA.4 and BA.5 is found in less than 10 per cent samples, they had said.

As cases begin to spike again, Mandaviya to chair crucial meeting with experts

  • India saw a single-day rise of 13,313 new coronavirus infections, taking the infection tally to 4,33,44,958, while the active cases have increased to 83,990, according to the Union health ministry data updated
  • The death toll has climbed to 5,24,941 with 38 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated.
  • As on date, ten states — Maharashtra, Kerala, Delhi, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal and Gujarat — have over 1,000 active cases.

Ashneer Grover enters the banks vs fintech fight. Here’s what he has to say

PM Modi launches new premises of Vanijya Bhawan, and NIRYAT portal

This new Vanijya Bhawan and NIRYAT portal represent our aspirations of an ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’. It will bring positive changes in the field of trade and commerce…especially for MSMEs…, Prime Minister Modi on the launch of new premises of the Ministry of Commerce, and NIRYAT portal.

Voting begins for Rajinder Nagar bypoll in Delhi

Voting began morning for the bypoll to Rajinder Nagar in Delhi, largely being seen as a battle between a confident AAP and a spirited BJP for the crucial assembly constituency. A total of 1,64,698 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the bye-election, in which 14 candidates are in the fray, with water shortage and the city government’s liquor policy among the key election issues.

Five fresh COVID-19 cases in Andamans

The COVID-19 tally of Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 10,108 as five more people tested positive for the infection, a health bulletin said. Three new patients have travel history, while two infections were detected during contact tracing, it said. Eight cases were recorded in the archipelago on Wednesday.

Ukraine’s Zelenskiy calls for heavy arms, EU membership as Russia pounds cities

  • Moscow’s massive air and artillery attacks were aimed at destroying the entire Donbas region and urged Ukraine’s allies to accelerate the shipment of heavy weapons to match Russia on the battlefield, said President Volodymyr Zelenskiy
  • On the diplomatic front, European leaders on Thursday will formally set Ukraine on the long road to EU membership at a summit in Brussels.
  • Though mainly symbolic, the move will help lift national morale after four-months of bloody conflict that has killed thousands, displaced millions, and destroyed cities.

Tata Steel is working on a plan for transition to low carbon technologies for making steel in the UK and the Netherlands. In October 2021, Tata Steel completed the process of separating Tata Steel UK and Tata Steel Netherlands as two independent companies from Tata Steel Europe.

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Market Watch: Sensex extends gains, rises over 600 points; Nifty above 15,500; all sectors trade in the green

Jharkhand: 13.49 pc turnout till 9 AM in Mandar assembly by-poll

Altogether 13.49 per cent of 3.54 lakh voters exercised their franchise till 9 AM in the by-election to Mandar assembly seat in Jharkhand’s Ranchi district, an election official said.

PIL in Delhi HC, seeks change Call Sign ‘VT’ written on Indian aircrafts

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been moved in Delhi High Court seeking direction to Centre Government to change the Call Sign ‘VT’ written on Indian aircraft which stands for ‘Victorian Territory and Viceroy Territory’.

Vodafone Idea defers Rs 8,837 cr AGR dues payment, gets option to pay interest via equity

Debt-ridden telecom operator Vodafone Idea has decided to defer payment of additional adjusted gross revenues of Rs 8,837 crore dues by a period of four years. The company in a late night filing on June 22, said that the DoT on June 15, has raised adjusted gross revenue (AGR) demand for additional two financial years beyond 2016-17, which were not covered under the Supreme court order on the statutory dues.

Madras HC restrains AIADMK general council from amending bylaws

A Division bench of Madras High court, in an extraordinary sitting in the early hours, restrained the AIADMK general council from amending the party bylaws during its meeting scheduled for this morning. Comprising Justices M. Duraiswamy and Sunder Mohan, the bench passed the interim order after hearing an appeal at the senior judge’s residence between 2.40 a.m and 4.30 a.m.

China hosts BRICS meeting amid rising economic concerns

Chinese President Xi Jinping is hosting a virtual summit with the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa collectively known as the “BRICS,” amid rising concerns over the global economic outlook and a growing political divide between Beijing and New Delhi.

Bypolls underway for 10 seats, battle of prestige for AAP in Punjab

In the bypoll for Punjab’s Sangrur Lok Sabha seat, all eyes are on the AAP which is facing its first test of popularity after its impressive performance in the assembly elections. The bypolls come at a time when the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is facing Opposition heat over the law and order issue and the killing of Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala. The main opposition Congress has fielded former Dhuri MLA Dalvir Singh Goldy in the bypoll while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has made former Barnala MLA Kewal Dhillon its candidate, who joined the saffron party on June 4.

Tripura by-elections: Polling underway peacefully, 14.66 pc turnout till 9 AM

Around 14.66 per cent of 1.89 lakh voters exercised their franchise till 9 AM in by-polls to four assembly constituencies in Tripura, election officials said.Polling to the Agartala, Town Bardowali, Surma and Jubarajnagar seats is taking place in 221 booths, and it will continue till 5 PM.

Russia captures two more cities in Ukraine

Russian forces have captured the settlements of Loskutivka and Rai-Oleksandrivka south of Ukraine’s cities of Lysychansk and Sievierodonetsk, which are the focus of the Russian offensive in the region, Luhansk governor Serhiy Gaidai said. Ukrainian forces continue the defence of Sievierodonetsk and the nearby settlements of Zolote and Vovchoyrovka.

Kerala HC suspends life imprisonment in Sister Abhaya murder case

In response to the accused’s petition, Kerala High Court suspends their life imprisonment sentence and releases them on bail with conditions

NDA Prez nominee Draupadi Murmu daughter calls the selection unbelievable

It was unbelievable. We had never imagined that something like this can happen. We’re still coming to terms with the reality, that this is actually happening. She herself is surprised: Itishree Murmu

India’s latest communication satellite GSAT-24 successfully launched

The GSAT-24 satellite, built by ISRO for NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), was successfully launched by French company Arianespace from Kourou in French Guiana (South America). GSAT-24 is a 24-Ku band communication satellite weighing 4180 kg with pan-India coverage for meeting DTH application needs.

I thank all and seek cooperation from everyone for the presidential election. I will meet all voters (lawmakers) and seek their support before July 18.

– Draupadi Murmu

Murmu leaves for Delhi, seeks cooperation from all for presidential polls

NDA presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu sought cooperation from everyone for the upcoming election to choose the first person of the country, and said she will meet all the electors to seek their support before July 18, when the polling is scheduled to take place.Murmu left for Delhi on a flight from Bhubaneswar’s Biju Patnaik International Airport at 9.40 AM. A tribal dance was organised as a large number of her friends and well-wishers gathered at the airport to see her off.

In Tripura people came out to cast their vote for by-poll election

Pre-dawn earthquake in Karnataka sends residents into tizzy

An earthquake measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale shook parts of Hassan district and neighbouring regions in Karnataka in the wee hours of Thursday, a disaster management official said.The earthquake was also felt in many villages near Somwarpet in Kodagu district. People ran out of their houses following the tremor.

I-T raids at educational institutions in Bengaluru charged with tax evasion

Income Tax officials on Thursday raided two educational institutions in the city, suspected to have evaded taxes.Sources in the I-T department said two institutions were on the I-T radar for quite some time.

Modi’s tribute to SP Mookerjee, the founder president of the BJP’s forerunner Jana Sangh

PM Modi pays tributes to Syama Prasad Mookerjee on his death anniversary

A strident critic of Article 370, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Mookerjee had died under detention in Kashmir in 1953 after being arrested for entering the region without the required permit, a legal necessity then challenged by him.The Modi government had nullified the special constitutional provision for the then state, now a Union territory, in 2019, fulfilling one of the BJP’s foundational promises tracing back to Mookerjee’s legacy.

US boosts monkeypox testing, 142 cases confirmed

The Biden administration has started shipping monkeypox tests to commercial laboratories, in a bid to speed diagnoses for suspected infections for the virus that has already infected at least 142 people in the US. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is sending tests to labs, including Aegis Science, Labcorp, Mayo Clinic Laboratories, Quest Diagnostics and Sonic Healthcare, which it said would significant expand the nation’s health system’s capacity to test for monkeypox. Previously, testing has largely been confined to public health labs, which combined have a capacity of about 8,000 tests per week.

If there’s a crisis, it’s that of floods. BJP has gone blind for power. There’re floods in Assam, PM should visit the state, announce special package but he’s busy toppling Maharashtra govt, or in Gujarat elections. Only power is everything for BJP.

– Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi

Agnipath scheme

I appeal to the youth to trust PM Modi and the three service chiefs. BJP Govt is committed to your development. We have faith in the nationalism, and patriotism of our youth, says Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi in Rampur, UP

UP road accident: 10 dead, 7 injured

Uttar Pradesh: 10 dead, 7 injured after a DCM vehicle returning from Haridwar met with an accident at about 4:30 am this morning. Of the 17 people, 10 died on the spot, 5 being treated at a district hospital, 2 referred to Bareilly. We’ve contacted their families, says Pilbhit DM Pulkit Khare

Covid Update: India reports 13,313 fresh cases, 10,972 recoveries and 38 deaths in the last 24 hours

  • Active cases 83,990
  • Daily positivity rate 2.03%

Samsung Australia to pay $9.7 million penalty for misleading claims

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said on Thursday that Samsung Electronics’ Australian unit will have to pay A$14 million ($9.65 million) for making misleading claims over its water resistance feature in some ‘Galaxy’ smartphones.

Earthquake in Nepal

Earthquake of magnitude 4.3 occurred today 161 km WNW of Kathmandu, Nepal, says National Center for Seismology

Japan to provide necessary aid for Afghanistan after earthquake

The Japanese government plans to provide assistance to Afghanistan, a government spokesperson said on Thursday, after an earthquake there killed at least 1,000 people. Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Seiji Kihara told a regular news conference that the government was coordinating moves to “provide necessary support promptly” as well as assessing the situation to grasp local needs.

Visuals: Polling underway for bypoll on Delhi’s Rajinder Nagar seat

U.S. to offer 300,000 work visas for Mexicans, Central Americans

The United States will announce an offer of 300,000 work visas to Mexicans and Central Americans when the Mexican president visits Washington next month, Mexico’s interior minister said Wednesday.

U.S. Justice Dept delivers subpoenas in Trump fake electors probe, reports say

U.S. federal agents delivered grand jury subpoenas on Wednesday to several people as part of a probe into efforts by ex-President Donald Trump and his supporters to overturn the result of the 2020 election, the Washington Post and the New York Times reported. The Justice Department is investigating a plan by Trump and his supporters to submit alternative slates of state electors to reverse President Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election.

Visuals: Polling underway for byelection in Jharkhand’s Mandar Assembly Constituency

UP Lok Sabha by-polls

If polling percentage (for LS by-polls) drops, the blame is also on govt. They wreaked havoc overnight. Jeeps & sirens were everywhere in the city (Rampur); they took people to the police station, beat them up and I have heard of some money transfers as well. It’s shameful, says SP leader Azam Khan

US expresses grief over tragic earthquake in Afghanistan

US has expressed grief over the tragic earthquake that hit Afghanistan on Tuesday, leading to the loss of lives of atleast 1000 people and said that the country is committed to continuing its support for the needs of the Afghan people. In a statement, the White House on Wednesday (local time) quoted a statement by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and said, “The United States is deeply saddened to see the devastating earthquake that took the lives of at least 1,000 people in Afghanistan.”

G7, NATO leaders to ratchet up pressure on Russia, keeping eye on China, says U.S. officials

Leaders from the Group of Seven rich nations and the NATO alliance will seek to increase pressure on Russia over its war in Ukraine at meetings next week, while making clear that they remain concerned about China, senior U.S. administration officials said on Wednesday. NATO would announce new commitments to shore up European security, the officials said, while the participation of leaders from Australia, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand would show that the war in Ukraine had not detracted from focus on China.

Al-Qaida militants attack military checkpoint in Yemen’s oil-rich Shabwa

Militants of the Yemen-based al-Qaida branch carried out an attack against a military checkpoint in Yemen’s oil-rich province of Shabwa, leaving three soldiers killed, a government official told Xinhua news agency.

Passenger jet catches fire while landing at Miami airport

Officials arrived in Miami Wednesday to investigate a passenger jet that caught fire as it touched down at the US city’s international airport, forcing more than 100 people to flee the burning and mangled aircraft. Three people were hospitalized after the crash of Red Air Flight 203 late Tuesday, according to Miami-Dade fire officials, but no deaths or serious injuries have been reported among those on board.

UK lawmakers toughen post-Brexit scrutiny of financial rules

Britain’s parliament has created a panel of lawmakers to shape or even recommend scrapping rules proposed by financial watchdogs to ensure the benefits of reform outweigh extra costs for industry, a report by a committee of MPs said on Thursday.

Long COVID in infected children can last at least two months, says Lancet study

Children infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus can experience symptoms of long COVID lasting at least two months, according to a study published in The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health journal on Thursday.

Delhi LG suspends Babus

Delhi Lieutenant Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena has ordered the suspension of SDMs Harshit Jain & Devender Sharma, along with CMO’s Deputy Secretary Prakash Chand Thakur, in the matter of procedural lapses indicating corruption.

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