Top News of the Day: Income Tax Department searches Dainik Bhaskar Group’s premises; Farmers debate in parallel Kisan Sansad outside parliament about agricultural laws and more
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The Income Tax Department launched extensive searches and raids in several locations including Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra. On the website of Dainik Bhaskar, one of the largest Hindi daily newspapers, the group stated that “the government launched raids on the Bhaskar group for fear of reports of bodies floating in the Ganges during the pandemic”.
A small group of 200 farmers reached Parliament Street to begin a Kisan Sansad protest, which was held in parallel with the trials in Sansad Bhawan, less than a kilometer away.
When papers were thrown into the air, Ashwini Vaishnaw was unable to complete his testimony and instead placed a copy of it on the table in the house.
The petition from Supreme Court attorney Manohar Lal Sharma asked “whether the constitution allows the prime minister and his minister to snoop on citizens of India on the basis of their political interests”.
The Union Cabinet also approves a multi-purpose, integrated infrastructure development company for the UT.
If you know a child who has been orphaned due to COVID-19, you can now share their details with the government on a web portal and help the child apply for benefits under the previously announced PM CARES program. The website can be found at www.pmcaresforchildren.in.
Given India’s robust and statutory death registration system, while some cases may go undetected under the infectious diseases policy and management, the deaths are unlikely to be missed, the Ministry of Health said in a press release released Thursday when it responded over to the allegations “Missing COVID deaths”.
The prevalence of the highly transmissible delta variant of COVID-19 among specimens sequenced in the past four weeks exceeded 75% in many countries around the world, including India, China, Russia, Israel and the UK, the WHO said.
The Toxics Link study “Quantitative analysis of microplastics along the Ganges” is based on an analysis of water samples in Haridwar, Kanpur and Varanasi. The highest concentration of such plastics was found in Varanasi, which includes single-use and secondary plastic products. The water tests were carried out in collaboration with the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) in Goa.
Host Italy hopes the Naples talks will help achieve ambitious goals at the COP26 conference in Glasgow, which, according to the organizers, “is the world’s last best chance to tackle spiraling climate change”.
Andry Rajoelina was sworn in as president of the island nation in the Indian Ocean in 2019 after a highly competitive election and a constitutional challenge to his rival.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian responded to reports of an investigation by a global media consortium showing that Israel’s NSO Group’s Pegasus software is being used to spy on journalists, human rights activists and political dissidents around the world.
“(The) Request for Proposal (RFP) together with the draft of the Share Purchase Agreement (SPA) was forwarded by the transaction advisor to QIBs (qualified interested bidders) on March 30th, 2021 for the submission of financial offers. The financial offers are expected to be received by September 15, 2021, “retired Minister of State for Civil Aviation General VK Singh told Lok Sabha.
Health professionals have appealed to state governments and citizens not to lower their vigilance to COVID-19 as a third wave is inevitable.
Sports Minister Sanoussy Bantama Sow announced this in a July 21 letter to the President of the Guinean Olympic Committee, blaming the virus and its variants.
With the series already in the bag, the ‘Kulcha’ team can rest and play the Young Guns, with Krunal as the third weirdo.