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Bhaskar Rao, Commissioner of Police, Bangalore City | Twitter

A Gulzar poem and Covid appeal: How Bengaluru’s top cop is trying to urge people to stay home

The Karnataka government had announced a week-long lockdown from 14 July Saturday.
Medical staff at a Covid-19 facility in Mumbai. Representational image. Photo | PTI

There’s a price war to hire doctors & nurses in Mumbai’s Covid-hit satellite cities

Civic bodies in Mumbai Metropolitan Region are offering massive pay hikes to doctors and healthcare workers to meet the severe shortage amid the pandemic.
A health worker collects a sample of a patient in Gurugram Saturday, July 4, 2020. | PTI

India registers over 28,000 Covid cases in 24 hours, totally tally crosses 8.7 lakh

The number of recovered cases stands at 5,53,470 and active infections at 3,01,609. The death toll has reached 23,174.
A file photo of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. | Photo: ANI

Congress calls legislature party meet as Gehlot-Pilot rift continues, issues whip to MLAs

The party has issued a whip to all its Rajasthan legislators mandating their presence during the meeting Monday. Deputy CM Sachin Pilot has refused to attend it.
Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio | Photo: ANI

Modi govt pulls up Nagaland for ‘illegally’ posting 6 non-IAS officers as district collectors

DoPT has written to Nagaland chief secy that there are at least 9 IAS officers who should’ve been appointed instead. Governor also highlights ‘misgovernance’.
Medicines | Representational image | Pexels

Prices of some medicines could go up as cost of Chinese bulk drugs import surges

Drug makers have reached out to Modi govt with a proposal to bring a law under which price hikes could be made possible due to unforeseen factors.
Representational Image | Photo: SeongJoon Cho | Bloomberg

Early Covid detection resulted in India having low fatality rate, says Harsh Vardhan

Our success can be seen in the recovery rate which is almost 63 per cent with more than 5.3 lakh patients recovered, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan added.
A medical worker drops a Covid-19 test sample into a plastic bag at a testing site in Berkeley, California, US | Photographer: David Paul Morris | Bloomberg

Russia’s Sechenov University successfully completes clinical trials of Covid-19 vaccine

According to Sechenov University's Alexander Lukashev, the objective of the trial was to show the vaccine's safety for human health, which was successfully done.
Labourers unloading sacks of onion in Azadpur mandi in Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Tomatoes could be Rs 100/kg in next few days as lockdowns, bad weather, fuel rate hit markets

Prices of other kitchen staples such as potatoes and onions have also increased in the last few days due to hike in diesel prices and destruction of crops.
Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai

16 staffers at Maharashtra Raj Bhavan test Covid positive, governor says he’s not in self-isolation

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari said his tests have come out to be negative and that he was discharging his duties by strictly adhering to coronavirus protocols

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Parliament House

Constitution wasn’t ready for health crisis like coronavirus. It is leading to a logjam

Judicial and democratic processes have been put on hold due to Covid. Stark constitutional and legislative reforms are required to ensure India runs smoothly.
The Reserve Bank of India | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

RBI’s March rate cut was biggest surprise in history of monetary policy panel, paper says

India’s rate-setting panel is due to meet in the first week of August as the economy heads toward its first annual contraction in more than four decades.

Defence

Sig Sauer

Indian Army to order second batch of 72,000 Sig 716 assault rifles from US

The new rifles will replace the existing Indian Small Arms System (Insas) rifles used by the forces and manufactured locally by the Ordnance Factories Board.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.