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Top news of the day – July 19, 2021

The main headlines of the day and more.

Information technology Ashwini Vaishnaw told Lok Sabha on Monday that illegal surveillance is impossible in India given its laws and robust technological framework. He claimed that the news that Pegasus software was being used to illegally wiretap telephones was an attempt to slander Indian democracy.

The Supreme Court gave the Kerala government of Pinarayi Vijayan less than 24 hours on Monday to “act immediately” on its reasons for easing COVID-19 restrictions between the 18th.

Accusing the government of “treason” and endangering national security over the Pegasus spyware issue, Congress called on Monday for Interior Minister Amit Shah to be dismissed and for an investigation into the “role of Prime Minister” Narendra Modi in the matter.

The Bombay Supreme Court stated on Monday: “How many years without trial can people languish in prison. Swift trial is a fundamental right. ”A division of Judges SS Shinde and NJ Jamadar spoke out on the defendants in the Bhima Koregaon caste violence.

Vigorous protests by the opposition parties against repeated fuel price increases, ongoing agitation by farmers and the alleged abuse of the COVID-19 pandemic led, among other things, to several postponements in the Rajya Sabha on the first day of the monsoon session of parliament.

The Supreme Court on Monday asked the Gujarat government whether more innocent people should lose their lives in poorly equipped private hospitals and nursing homes after learning that the state gave a long rope to instructions despite a top court violating building and fire safety standards for immediate compliance in December 2020.

Following the revelation that NSO Group’s “Pegasus” software may have been used to spy on journalists, politicians and activists around the world, including 300 Indian numbers, WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart has urged governments and companies to take steps to target Israel Hold tech companies accountable.

The final results for the State Board’s 12th grade students in Tamil Nadu were announced on Monday, and all 8.16 lakh students passed. The board exams planned for this year for these students have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If we don’t vaccinate quickly, public health can be at risk, and with it economic growth. So the sooner more people get vaccinated, the better it is for society and the country, say doctors, who have also voiced their concerns about the slowdown in declining COVID-19 numbers and the growing threat of a third wave.

Toyota will not be broadcasting Olympic commercials on Japanese television during the Tokyo Games, despite being one of the IOC’s main corporate sponsors. The extraordinary decision by the country’s leading automaker underscores how polarizing the Games have become in Japan as COVID-19 infections rise ahead of the opening ceremony on Friday.

Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu on Monday urged members to have in-depth discussions on all aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic so that the country is better equipped to tackle the potential third wave. The monsoon session, for which 19 sessions are planned, is of importance in the context of the prevailing situation in the country and the aggravated suffering of the population due to the possible third wave.

After Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati announced a new outreach campaign to attract the Brahmin community, the Samajwadi Party (SP) said the community still remembers the “oppression” who under her rule through “false” cases under the SC / ST. was exposed to action.

The Delta variant was primarily responsible for the second wave of COVID-19 in the country, which made up over 80 percent of new cases, said Dr. NK Arora, co-chair of the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium, stressed that cases can rise when a new, more infectious variant comes along.

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