Digest for domestic stories for week July 3 - July 9, 2021

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Saturday New Delhi: A French judge has been appointed to lead a 'highly sensitive' judicial probe into suspected 'corruption' and 'favouritism' in the Rs 59,000 crore Rafale fighter jet deal with India, French investigative website Mediapart has reported, in a development that sparked a fresh war of words on Saturday between the Congress and the BJP.

Dehradun: Pushkar Singh Dhami will be the new chief minister of Uttarakhand following his election on Saturday as the leader of the BJP legislature party in the hill state where assembly polls are due next year. Hyderabad: Bharat Biotech's Covaxin has demonstrated 77.8 per cent effectiveness against symptomatic COVID-19 and 65.2 per cent protection against the new Delta variant.

Sunday Dehradun: Pushkar Singh Dhami was sworn in as the 11th chief minister of Uttarakhand, along with an 11-member cabinet, here on Sunday.

New Delhi: Days after the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party ruled out forging any major alliances for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, Congress' state unit chief Ajay Kumar Lallu on Sunday expressed confidence that his party has the capacity to fight the elections without aligning with either of them and form the next government on its own. By Asim Kamal Ghaziabad: Urging Muslims not to get 'trapped in the cycle of fear' about Islam being in danger in India, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday said those asking Muslims to leave the country cannot call themselves Hindus and those indulging in lynching people in the name of cows must know that they are against Hindutva.

Monday New Delhi: Bifurcating the academic session, holding two term-end exams and rationalising the syllabus were part of the special assessment scheme for class 10 and 12 board examinations in 2021-22 announced by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Monday in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mumbai: Priest-activist Stan Swamy, arrested under an anti-terror law in the Elgar Parishad case, died at a Mumbai hospital on Monday in the middle of his fight for bail on health grounds.

New Delhi: The Centre on Monday told the Delhi High Court that social media giant Twitter Inc has failed to comply with India's new IT Rules, which could lead to losing its immunity conferred under the Information Technology(IT) Act. Tuesday New Delhi/Dharamshala: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said he called up Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and greeted him on his 86th birthday in what is seen in some quarters as a subtle message to China amid strained ties between India and that country over the prolonged military standoff in eastern Ladakh.

Srinagar: Barring the PDP and the ANC, all the major political parties in Kashmir will meet the visiting Delimitation Commission which will arrive here on Tuesday to gather first-hand inputs to redraw constituencies in the union territory.

New Delhi: Amid buzz around cabinet reshuffle, Union minister Thaawarchand Gehlot was on Tuesday appointed as Governor of Karnataka as the government also named three other senior BJP leaders for gubernatorial posts in Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram and Himachal Pradesh.

Wednesday New Delhi: Mansukh Mandaviya and Anurag Thakur will be the new ministers for Health and Information and Broadcasting respectively replacing Harsh Vardhan and Prakash Javedekar who were among the 12 dropped in a major revamp of the Union Cabinet on Wednesday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who also brought in Sarbananda Sonowal, Narayan Rane and Jyotiraditya Scindia and 33 other new members.

New Delhi: Four senior Union ministers -- Ravi Shankar Prasad, Prakash Javadekar, Harsh Vardhan, Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' -- were among 12 ministers who resigned on Wednesday ahead of the cabinet reshuffle in the evening.

Mumbai: Legendary actor Dilip Kumar died at a Mumbai hospital on Wednesday morning and was laid to rest with full state honours in the evening, his death a testament that 'end of an era' can be more than just a cliché. He was 98.

Thursday New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Thursday told the Centre it was free to take action against Twitter Inc in case of any breach of the new IT Rules and that no interim protection was granted, even as the new IT minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said those who live and work in India will have to abide by the rules of the country.

New Delhi: Observing that digital platforms like Facebook have become power centres with ability to influence opinions, the Supreme Court on Thursday said they must be accountable, adding it is difficult to accept the 'simplistic approach' adopted by Facebook that it is merely a platform posting third party information and has no role in generating, controlling or modulating that matter.

New Delhi: The Union cabinet Thursday approved a Rs 23,123-crore financial package for improving health infrastructure in the country to fight the Covid pandemic.

Friday New Delhi: The cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 37 crore, the Union Health Ministry said on Friday.

New Delhi: Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia took over the reins of the civil aviation ministry on Friday and V K Singh also assumed office as the Minister of State at the ministry.

Thiruvananthapuram/Delhi: Kerala was put on alert on Friday following the outbreak of Zika virus in the state, while the Centre rushed a team of experts to monitor the situation and aid the state government in management of the cases after 13 new ones were confirmed. PTI MAH MAH

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