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Daily NEWS Summary | 01-08-2021

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Sindhu wins bronze in singles badminton as India enters men’s hockey semifinals after 49 years

Daily NEWS Summary | 01-08-2021; Shuttle Star Indian P.V. Sindhu became the second Indian to win two Olympic medals, earning a bronze medal after a back-to-back victory over world No. 9 He Bingjiao of China in the women’s singles qualifiers for third place here.

Sindhu, who has returned with medals from every major event like the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and BWF World Tour Finals in the past five years, has beaten eighth seed Bing Jiao 21-13 21-15 to add a bronze medal. the money he made at the Rio 2016 Games.

Wrestler Sushil Kumar is the first and only other Indian to win two Olympic medals, following his bronze in Beijing 2008 with a silver medal in the London edition. Faced with an opponent who has beaten her nine times so far in the last 15 matches, Sindhu has shown great determination to beat Bing Jiao with his aggressiveness to win India’s second medal in Tokyo.

Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu has already returned after winning a silver medal, while boxer Lovlina Borgohain has secured at least bronze so far. With the victory, sixth seed Sindhu also made up for a consecutive loss to world number one Tai Tzu Ying in Saturday’s semi-finals. He defeated Japan’s world number 5, Akane Yamaguchi, in the quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, the Indian men’s hockey team beat Great Britain 3-1 in the quarter-finals today to advance to the semi-finals of the Olympics. India scored three goals thanks to Dilpreet Singh (7th minute), Gurjant Singh (16th) and Hardik Singh (57th) to seal the victory for the eight-time Olympic champions.

Great Britain’s only goal was scored by Sam Ward in the 45th minute. Although the last of India’s eight Olympic gold medals was for the 1980 Moscow Games, there were no semi-finals in this edition as only six teams competed in the event.

The last time India reached the semi-finals of the Olympic Games was at the 1972 Munich Games, where they lost 0-2 to their Pakistani rival. India will face world champion Belgium in the semi-finals on Tuesday. Belgium beat Spain 3-1 in another quarterfinal to seal their place in the final four rounds. The other semi-final of the men’s hockey competition will be played between Australia and Germany.

India and UK to conduct clinical trials on ‘Ashwagandha’ to promote Covid-19 recovery

Daily NEWS Summary | 01-08-2021; Ayush’s Department worked with the UK’s London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) to conduct a study on ‘Ashwagandha’ to promote recovery from Covid-19.

A statement from the ministry said that the All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA), an autonomous body under the Ayush ministry, and LSHTM recently signed a memorandum of understanding to conduct clinical trials of “Ashwagandha” in 2,000 people in three UK cities: Leicester, Birmingham and London (Southall and Wembley).

Ashwagandha‘ (Withania somnifera), commonly known as ‘Indian winter cherry’, is a traditional Indian herb that increases energy, reduces stress and strengthens the immune system. It is an over-the-counter nutritional supplement that is available in the UK and has a proven safety profile. The positive effects of “Ashwagandha” have been observed in Long COVID, which is a multisystem disease without any evidence of its effective treatment or management.

Assam and Mizoram CM fight over talks after Shah’s call

Daily NEWS Summary | 01-08-2021; The top ministers of Assam and Mizoram have tried to ease tensions along their troubled interstate border after a telephone conversation with Union Interior Minister Amit Shah.

An exchange of gunfire between police forces in the two states on July 26 resulted in six deaths and one Assam civilian police officer and 60 others, including Cachar District Police Commissioner Nimbalkar Vaibhav Chandrakant, was injured. Assam claimed the shooting was one-sided and unprovoked, while Mizoram said it responded to the assault on Assam police.

Mizoram’s chief minister, Zoramthanga, said on Twitter Sunday that he had had a phone conversation with Shah and his Assamian counterpart Himanta Biswa Sarma. He also asked the people of Mizoram to “avoid posting confidential messages and use their social media platform wisely” to avoid any possible escalation of the situation. He later deleted the tweet but retweeted a message from Dr. Sarma.

The two states share an unstable 164.6 km border, with each government accusing the other of failing to maintain the status quo and encouraging its people to invade. The border dispute dates back decades, but things started to get violent starting in October 2020.

Since the July 26 incident, Assam residents have blocked National Highway 306, in addition to uprooting a section of the only railway line connecting the Mizoram. Therefore, the transport of people and goods to and from Mizoram has been affected.

The Mizoram government is likely to withdraw the FIR filed against Dr. Sarma, Chief Secretary of State Lalnunmawia Chuaungo told reporters in Aizawl on Sunday.

The chief secretary did not say whether charges against six Assam officials and 200 other unidentified policemen would be dropped.

Mizoram Police had hired four senior police officers in Assam, including an Inspector General of Police, the Deputy Commissioner and the Divisional Forestry Officer of Cachar District on various charges, including attempted murder and assault. They were invited to appear before the investigator of the Vairengte police station in the Kolasib district of Mizoram.

In addition, the Assam police summoned Mizoram’s Rajya Sabha member K. Vanlavena and six other officials, including the deputy commissioner and the Kolasib police commissioner, for questioning at the Dholai police station on Sunday. Cachar.

With the Assam-Mizoram border dispute that erupted and resulted in the deaths of six people last week, the Center could rely on satellite mapping to demarcate borders and resolve such disputes, de senior Indian government officials.

For a more permanent solution to solving state border issues, the Northeast Space Applications Center (NESAC) was asked to map and demarcate state borders using satellite imagery.

The idea of ​​using satellite imagery to resolve border disputes was discussed by Union Home Secretary Amit Shah a few months ago, one of the officials said. A joint initiative of the Department of Space (DoS) and the Northeast Council (NEC), the Shillong-based NESAC is already being used for flood management in the region. In January of this year, the Ministry of Development of the Northeast Region (DONER) delivered the satellite imagery project to NESAC. The government of Mizoram has claimed that a 509 square mile section of the Interior Line reserve forest notified in 1875 under the East Bengal border regulations of 1873 was theirs. The government of Assam, on the other hand, argued that the constitutional map and boundaries drawn by the Survey of India in 1933 were acceptable to it.

Jammu and Kashmir to deny residents passport and jobs with ‘unfavorable police report’

Daily NEWS Summary | 01-08-2021 ; J&K police action to deny security clearance to those “involved in crimes prejudicial to state security, including stoning” is likely to affect hundreds of families in Kashmir, where the official list of Street protesters increased dramatically between 2008 and 2017, up to around 20,000.

He asked to collect digital evidence such as CCTV footage, photographs, videos, audio clips and images of quadcopters available in police, law enforcement and agency records as references. Leading sources said the list of people, including lawyers, journalists, politicians and members of civil society, with “adverse background reports” has grown over the past year. . Many traditional leaders, including the National Conference and the People’s Democratic Party, have been denied passports and travel documents.

In March, former chief minister and chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mehbooba Mufti, was also denied a passport following an “unfavorable” report from the CID. He applied to the Superior Court but the judge observed that “the scope of this Court in the matter of granting or not granting a passport in favor of a person is very limited”.

The new order is likely to leave hundreds of residents ineligible for passports and jobs in the valley, which has seen major riots and prolonged cycles of street protests and killings of civilians over the row of land d ‘Amarnath in 2008, the Shopian’ murder ‘case in 2009, the hanging in 2013 of the attack on the Afzal Guru parliament, the assassination of Burhan Wani in 2016 and the protests after the Centre’s decision to end to the special status of J&K on August 5, 2019.

According to official figures, in 2016 and 2017, there were 3,773 public order cases which resulted in the arrest of 11,290 people. Around 9,730 people were charged between 2008 and 2017 for participating in the protests. Subsequently, the governments of Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti announced amnesty in many cases.

CIC denounces the denial of information from the Center to the medical oxygen commission

Daily NEWS Summary | 01-08-2021; The Central Information Commission (CIC) criticized the Information Center’s general denial of a committee to oversee the supply of medical oxygen during the pandemic, saying its rationale was “implausible” and “unjustified.” In her order on Saturday, Information Commissioner Vanaja Sarna ordered the Center to respond to the Right to Information Request (RTI) within ten days.

The RTI request submitted by independent activist and journalist Saurav Das in April 2021 sought information about a nine-member empowered group established a year earlier under the chairmanship of the secretary of the Department for the Promotion of Industry and Domestic Trade. When the first wave of the pandemic began, he was responsible for coordinating the supply of PPE kits, RT-PCR test kits, N-95 masks, and gloves. Subsequently, he was also responsible for the supply of medical oxygen. Das requested information on the dates, agendas and minutes of the committee meetings to date, and presentations made to the committee.

The Center denied the request, citing sections of the RTI Act that allow exemptions for reasons of national security, strategic interests, commercial confidentiality, intellectual property, and Cabinet documents.

In a hearing on Saturday, the central public information official (CPIO) argued that the empowered group was created in times of crisis to cut through the different branches of government, ensuring that bureaucratic messes do not hinder decision-making, and brought together the governments. and private, national and foreign entities.

The CIC rejected the Center’s defense, saying invoking the waiver based on Cabinet discussions “seems like an afterthought that also seems implausible.” The aforementioned national security exemption “was also not justified,” he said. Regarding commercial confidentiality and intellectual property rights, CIC said that a blanket denial of all requested information was not justified. The CIC ordered the CPIO to give an adequate timely response within 10 days, noting that if a particular point was denied, it must be duly justified by the corresponding clause.

Covid updates: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 3,16,888,182 at the time of this bulletin, with a death toll of 4,24,666.

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