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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

Madhya Pradesh Congress MLA Pradyuman Singh Lodhi quits party, joins BJP

Speaking about his resignation, Lodhi said only the BJP can develop his Assembly seat areas and said that CM Chouhan has approved developmental schemes for his area.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addressing a press conference in New Delhi on 19 March

CM Kejriwal terms pulse oximeters as suraksha kavach, says it helped minimise Covid deaths

A study of Covid-19 deaths reported in the last fortnight conducted by Delhi govt has revealed that no one under home isolation has died in first week of July.

Killing of Indian soldiers ‘barbaric’, China has broken past agreements, says ex-NSA Menon

In an interview to ThePrint, former Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon says US not a declining power & that India should work with it.
A wanted poster issued by UP Police against Vikas Dubey, the gangster who allegedly got 8 police personnel killed in an ambush last week | ANI

UP govt constitutes one-member commission to probe Kanpur ambush and Vikas Dubey encounter

UP Governor Anandiben Patel has appointed retired Allahabad High Court judge Shashi Kant Agarwal to probe the incidents and submit a report within two months.
Indian Railways | Representational image | Photo: ANI

CCTV monitoring, powerless water coolers — Railways to launch 20 innovations by employees

In 2018, the Railways launched a dedicated portal to solicit the good ideas attempted by its employees across zones, aiming to implement some of them across its network.
Jammu-Srinagar highway wears a deserted look during the nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus | PTI

Authorities order partial lockdown in Srinagar; over 60 containment zones designated.

Srinagar has witnessed a spike in the number of coronavirus cases over the past week. The total number of positive cases stands at 1,611.
Varavara Rao

Elgar Parishad-accused activist Varavara Rao’s health deteriorating in jail, says family

The family Sunday said the poet-activist is 'hallucinating and is in a delirious state' and urged the authorities concerned to provide him better medical aid.

On Camera

A man watches a television news report on the confrontation between Indian and Pakistani fighter jets in an electronics store in New Delhi

TV debates can improve only when party spokespersons are hired differently

National and regional TV news debates have made political spokespersons the face of their parties, but many do not have real political experience and it shows.
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.