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A BMC health worker collects swab sample of a passenger for COVID-19 test, at Dadar station in Mumbai on 30 July, 2021 | PTI

India registers 44,658 new Covid cases, 496 deaths in last 24 hours

The active cases rose to 3,44,899 and now comprise 1.03% of the total infections while the national Covid-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.63%, the health ministry said.

India’s R value drops further to 0.89, most states see decline in infection rate

All states in the Northeast registered R values below 1 for the first time in several weeks indicating the end of the second wave there.
Graphic by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

India gets relief as R falls below 1 again, Kerala shows declining trend first time in a month

Himachal Pradesh and J&K have India's highest R values. While the state is at 1.38, the union territory is at 1.13.
Graphic by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

India’s R crosses 1 for the first time since May, continued trend could indicate new Covid wave

Last time R crossed threshold of 1 was in February, which eventually led to devastating second wave that peaked in April. Expert says too early to say a new wave is beginning.
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India registers 30,093 new coronavirus cases, lowest in 125 days

At 1.68%, the daily positivity rate has been less than 3% for 29 consecutive days and the weekly positivity rate has declined to 2.06%, according to the health ministry.
A medic receives a dose of Covid-19 vaccine at a central school, in Patna on 19 July 2021| PTI

Has Covid exposed limitations of ‘secretive’ ICMR? Some experts think so

The ICMR has increasingly drawn criticism from India's doctors and scientists, who have questioned its drug recommendations & lack of transparency on data related to variants.

India’s R value rises to 0.97, infection rate crosses 1 in Kerala, 7 Northeast states

Most states in the Northeast have R over 1 with Mizoram registering the highest infection rate, 1.27, among states with highest active cases.
A perimeter fence of Odaiba Marine Park, venue of the triathlon and marathon swimming events during the Olympic Games, in Tokyo, on 9 July 2021 | Akio Kon | Bloomberg

Three athletes test positive for Covid ahead of Tokyo games, two staying at Olympic village

The IOC games operations director said that the athletes of Tokyo games are the most 'controlled population' in the world. The tally of games-related Covid cases has risen to 55.
Covid swab testing | Representational image | ANI

India records 34,703 new Covid cases, lowest daily caseload in 111 days

According to the Union health ministry, the death toll climbed to 4,03,281 with 553 daily fatalities, the lowest in around 91 days.

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Representational Image of Indian Army soldiers patrolling the Line of Control in Poonch district, Jammu and Kashmir | File photo: ANI

WhatsApp to Telegram, Pakistan-backed militant groups pushing Taliban agenda in Kashmir

The DFRLab reviewed multiple J&K insurgent-related WhatsApp group chats and Telegram channels as they responded to the culmination of a ‘20-year revolution.’
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman chairs the 45th GST Council meeting in Lucknow, on 17 September 2021

GST Council levies 5% tax on food delivery apps, extends concessional rates on Covid drugs

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also said the Council decided that it was not the right time to include petroleum products within the GST ambit.


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Army taps Bengaluru-based firm for specialised sights in use with forces abroad

The firm, Tonbo Imaging, exports sights and other systems to over two dozen countries. Their products have also been deployed at the LAC, and were used during the 2016 surgical strikes.

3 questions for those dreaming of beating Narendra Modi, but answer the third first

Can Modi be defeated? If yes, how? Is anyone trying to defeat him? These are key questions opposition leaders hoping to take on Modi in 2024 need to answer.