New Delhi, Aug 01 (ANI): In a relief to locals from sultry weather conditions, several parts of Delhi-NCR received rainfall early morning on August 01. According to IMD, Thunderstorm with moderate to heavy intensity rain would occur over and adjoining areas of Delhi-NCR. At 06:15 am, maximum and minimum temperatures were recorded at 33 degrees Celsius and 26 degrees Celsius respectively.
Theni (Tamil Nadu), Aug 01 (ANI): Aspiring astronaut from Tamil Nadu’s Theni village, Udhaya Keerthika seeks help to pursue a pilot training course in Canada. She has received the admission confirmation letter from an academy in Canada. Udhaya Keerthika needs Rs 50 lakhs for admission. Therefore, she has requested the government and people to support her for further studies. “I have decided to undergo pilot training which will make it easier for me to become an astronaut. I have received an admission confirmation letter from an academy in Canada. For that, I need Rs 50 lakhs. I request Govt and people to help me,” said Keerthika. She has completed a degree course in aircraft maintenance engineering in Ukraine. She has also undergone 10 types of astronaut training in Poland.
Thousands of people protested in Paris and other French cities on Saturday against a mandatory coronavirus health pass for entry to a wide array of public venues.The pass was introduced by the government as it battles a fourth wave of infections.It was the third weekend in a row that people opposed to President Emmanuel Macron's new COVID-19 measures have taken to the streets."I won't go to restaurants, I don't give a damn. I won't sell my soul to go to the cinema, or for other nonsense, that's it. There is more at stake -- freedom. There is nothing above freedom. We have started losing all of our liberties. So it must stop, that's enough. We must put an end to their nonsense."Visitors going to museums, cinemas or swimming pools are already denied entry if they cannot produce the health pass showing they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or have had a recent negative test.Parliament approved a new law this week that will make vaccinations mandatory for health workers and extend the health pass requirement to bars, restaurants, trade shows, trains and hospitals.
Sangrur (Punjab), Aug 01 (ANI): Following incessant rainfall in Punjab’s Sangrur, several crops were submerged in rainwater. The villagers of the Moonak area in Sangrur using boats to commute as roads are drowned in floodwater. The farmers are facing trouble in making their way to their agricultural land.
Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Aug 01 (ANI): A 150-year-old heritage school building in Ahmedabad's Khamasa is all set to be restored into an innovation centre for girls. The heritage school building was abandoned for decades following 2001 earthquake. The innovation centre will be developed in alliance with LxS Foundation and the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The restoration work is expected to be completed within the next two years. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 3.2 crores. Speaking to ANI, Co-Founder of LxS Foundation Sanskriti Panchal said, “LxS Foundation in partnership with Gujarat Chamber of Commerce & Industry will develop this building into an innovation centre for underprivileged girls in next two years. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 3.2 crores.” The idea behind restoring the heritage building is to bring the heritage to its people.
With the 2020 Olympics half-way through Saturday, some medalists were already heading back to their home countries given this year's strict health restrictions in the Olympic Village.Even though there is a raging health crisis in Japan and controversy surrounding athletes' mental health, some Olympians are still finding a way to relax and enjoy the gathering. Swedish athletes enjoyed a sweet treat just outside the Olympic Village before boarding their team bus as they grappled with 90-degree weather -- a rare opportunity to go mask-less and chat amongst themselves. Meanwhile, the spirit of the Games spread outside of the Olympic village with local residents enjoying a game of hoops.For Tokyo resident Ogasawara Masahito the best of the Olympics was yet to come for him with a spotlight on hometown favorites like star marathoner Suguru Osako."I am most interested in the men's 100-metre run, in which three Japanese athletes will be competing. I want all three of them to go on to the final. Another thing is the marathon as Suguru Osako has said he will retire after this one. So, my eyes will be on the athletics in the second half of the Olympics."While the rest of the games might garner a lot of attention from the hometown crowd, global eyeballs could further wane as big names like Simone Biles take an early exit from some events....The USA Gymnastics team said in a statement Saturday that Biles "will continue to be evaluated daily to determine whether to compete in the finals for floor exercise and balance beam."Meanwhile men's tennis No. 1 Novak Djokavic was out without winning a single medal for the third straight Olympics.But there are plenty more events to come before a crowd-less closing ceremony takes place on Sunday, August 8th.
Lahaul-Spiti (Himachal Pradesh), Aug 01 (ANI): Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur visited the landslide site in Lahaul Spiti on July 31. He was accompanied by Himachal Pradesh Technical Minister Ram Lal Markanda. Chief Minister hailed the efforts made by ITBP teams in retrieving dead bodies and in assisting local authorities. Speaking to mediapersons, CM Thakur said that six bridges are completely damaged. “Rain has wreaked havoc in Lahaul Valley. Six bridges are damaged completely. Stranded tourists are being shifted to safer places.” Out of 178 tourists, 66 of them are still stranded in the district as of July 31.
New Delhi, Aug 01 (ANI): Naini Lake in Delhi’s Model Town is overflowing for the past few days due to heavy rain. Due to the overflowing of the lake, locals nearby are worried about snakes entering their homes. The iron barricades around the lake have also been submerged in flood water. The Naini Lake is administered by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation.
New Delhi, Aug 01 (ANI): Singer-turned-politician and former union minister Babul Supriyo on July 31 refused to comment on quitting politics. “I really don't have comments to make. Please let me keep my dignity. I don't want to say a single word. Whatever I wanted to say, I have written it,” said Supriyo.
New Delhi, July 31(ANI): Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on July 31 reiterated his demand for a caste-based census, saying it is in the interest of the nation and will help in better decisions for the people’s development and welfare.
Ahmedabad (Gujarat), July 31 (ANI): The preparations have started in Ahmedabad ahead of Rakshabandhan. Shops are flooded with colourful ‘rakhis’. Rakshabandhan is a festival that celebrates the relationship between a brother and a sister. The festival will be celebrated on August 22, this year.
Durg (Chhattisgarh), July 31 (ANI): Large numbers of people gathered at a vaccination centre in Chhattisgarh’s Durg on July 31. Scores of people gathered at the vaccination centre to take the vaccines. Several people were seen flouting social distancing norms. “We constantly asked people to maintain social distancing & that we just had 120 vials. Police aid was taken. We appeal to people to maintain social distancing here,” said an official of Bhilai Municipal Corporation.
Gorakhpur (UP), July 31 (ANI): Heavy rain caused water-logging in parts of Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur on July 31. Commuters faced problems as most of the roads in the city remained under water. The minimum and maximum temperatures were recorded at 26.0°C and 33.0°C respectively. The IMD predicted, “Generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers”.
Kollam (Kerala), July 31: Central team advised Kollam district administration to focus on patients in home quarantine amid rising High Test Positivity rate, said Deputy Collector Dr Arun S Nair. “They pointed out that we're doing well to contain COVID but they worry about high test positivity rate prevalent in the district. They also gave the input of taking care of the people who are under home quarantine. Most of our active cases are in home quarantine category. So, they advised us to focus more on them and see if there is any quarantine violation,” Dr Nair said.
Dehradun (Uttarakhand), July 31 (ANI): Uttarakhand Police is on high alert in view of recent drone attacks, said DIG Nilesh Anand Bharne on July 31.“Uttarakhand Police Headquarters has instructed all districts to monitor drones strictly. Drones are strictly prohibited during visits of VVIPs in the area,” said DIG Nilesh Anand Bharne.
Kolkata, July 31 (ANI): TMC West Bengal General Secretary, Kunal Ghosh, on July 31 reacted on Babul Supriyo's decision to quit politics. He called Supriyo’s decision a “gimmick”. “We're not giving any importance to him (Babul Supriyo) as it's a clear gimmick. Lok Sabha is in session, he must tender his resignation to the Speaker. Instead of it, he's using FB only to attract his Delhi leaders because he's now a dissident leader,” Ghosh told ANI. Supriyo, who resigned earlier this month as minister of state for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, said in a Facebook post that there was a difference of opinion between him and the state BJP leaders and that the difference of opinion among senior leaders was “harming the party”.
New Delhi, July 31 (ANI): Amid rising cases of COVID-19, Centre has agreed to increase the monthly supply of coronavirus vaccines to the Karnataka, from 63-64 lakh doses to 1 crore doses for the month of August. Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai appealed Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya to increase vaccine supply. “I have met Union Health Minister and appealed to him for vaccines supply. I have requested to increase it to 1.5 crores so that we can vaccinate 5 lakh people daily,” said CM Bommai.
New Delhi, July 31 (ANI): Newly appointed JD(U) national president, Lalan Singh, on July 31 said that he will take forward the legacy of former party chief RCP Singh. “I’ll take forward the legacy of former JD(U) president RCP Singh. Our priority is development in Bihar. We’ll make our organisation strong by taking advice from each member of our party. There will be no biasedness in the party and no one will feel left here,” said JD(U) national president Lalan Singh.
Even though U.S. triathlon mixed relay team captured a group medal, they each reflected on the mental toll of competing and how each copes with it.Mental health has been in the spotlight at the Games after Simone Biles's stunning exit from the U.S. women's gymnastics team, highlighting the pressure that is put on athletes.Pearson finished a dismal 42nd in the individual triathlon, earlier in the Games, robbing him of his confidence and he said his team mates and parents had helped him overcome the disappointment."Our lives are more valuable than just the medals that we have, you know. I think it's easy to get caught up with that but there's more important things," he said at a press conference following the team's victory.McDowell said he has learned to be more open with his parents when facing a mental health challenge; the earlier, the better.Zaferes told the press her sports psychologist had helped her enormously especially when her father passed away earlier this year.
Mehmet Demir returned to his family home in Southern Turkey on Saturday (July 31). What he discovered was a burnt-out building, charred belongings and ashes.Just days earlier, a raging wildfire destroyed the home where his family had lived for four decades.Now, the only things left were bedsprings, metal scraps and some kitchenware “I had this house built in 1982. This was our form of savings for the past 39, 40 years. We are now left with just the clothes we are wearing, me and my wife. There is nothing to do. At this moment, I have no words.Turkey is battling some of the worst fires in years, with several still burning four days after they erupted on Wednesday.A new wildfire broke out on Saturday in the Aegean summer hotspot, Bodrum, according to a local broadcaster.The death toll from the fires rose to at least six on Saturday, including two firefighting personnel, CNN Turk reported.Demir's home, near the coastal Mediterranean town of Manavgat, was hit by one of almost 100 fires that officials say erupted this week."The blaze spread through the highlands and raged suddenly. We had no chance to flee but when we were engulfed by flames we had to flee to the centre of Manavgat. Then we came back to find the house like this."Wildfires are common in southern Turkey in the hot summer months but local authorities say the latest fires have covered a much bigger area.
Kolkata (West Bengal), July 31(ANI): The West Bengal Government on July 31 eased some COVID-19 restrictions by allowing the reopening of the cinema halls with 50% capacity. The owners of the cinema halls are happy with state government’s the decision. “We'll open the halls but in a while, as sanitization has to be done and currently staff is insufficient. It'll also take time for us to run the sound systems smoothly” said Sourav Bose, a cinema hall owner.
Ludhiana/ Amritsar/ Mohali (Punjab), July 31 (ANI): The Punjab government on July 31 announced reopening of schools for all classes with proper COVID-19 protocols from August 02. However, students are not happy with state government’s decision. According to a student, "It's a bad decision. We're still unvaccinated and vulnerable to the disease. Without inoculation, government shouldn't open the schools”. Another student added, "Government should think about the safety of students. In online classes, it's difficult to understand topics but safety can't be compromised. COVID protocols should strictly be followed in schools. Students should be called in a staggered manner.
The Tokyo Olympics is battling through a global health crisis but athletes, officials and staff also face another health threat: the heat. This high-tech AI gadget is one of the organizers' tools to lower the risks of heatstroke. It is a system developed by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group. Staff at 14 venues are using a black earpiece that sends heart rate and body temperature measurements to the cloud where heatstroke risks are evaluated by an algorithm combining individual data and environmental factors.The system sends alerts to those at high risk of heatstroke through an app, with recommended precautions such as taking a rest and drinking more water.This is a Tokyo 2020 volunteer who guides Olympic participants at the National Stadium:"The app presents alerts of 'warnings' and 'severe warnings' even when I haven't noticed heatstroke symptoms myself. So when I saw it on my phone screen, I started to realise the risks of getting heatstroke. I think it's useful in terms of heatstroke prevention."Alibaba Cloud, a global Olympic partner, said it has been working with organizers for years to launch the device.Selina Yuan is the general manager of the international business unit at the company:"For the future, we are going to have the joint efforts with the Olympics organisers together, to really base on the different scenarios and take care (of things) more like how to make the things, you know, more efficient, more convenient for the Olympic Games and even the other sports events."A study last year by a Games adviser anaylzed data from 1984.It found that Tokyo had the highest average temperature and precipitation of any host city for the period the Olympics were held.
Guwahati (Assam), July 31 (ANI): Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma reacted on the FIR registered against him by the Mizoram Police. He said that the case should be given to National Investigation Agency (NIA). “The clash took place in the territory of Assam. So the jurisdiction lies within the state. But if a case is registered then it is good. The case should be given to National Investigation Agency (NIA) so that it can investigate it,” CM Sarma. Mizoram Police on July 30 registered an FIR against Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and six top police officials on charges of attempt to murder and assault.
Patna (Bihar), July 31 (ANI): Janata Dal (United) leader Lalan Singh on July 31 appointed as the new national president of the party. Singh was elected as the new JD(U) president at the National Executive meeting chaired by Bihar Chief Minister and party leader Nitish Kumar which was held at its national office in Delhi today. Celebrations begin in party office in Patna after appointment of Lalan Singh. JD(U) leader Sanjay Singh said, “I express my gratitude towards CM Nitish Kumar, for the decision of appointing Lalan Singh as the new national president of the party. This will benefit the party, it's a good sign for party's future...Don't link this to caste matter. He's senior parliamentarian.” Union Minister RCP Singh stepped down from the post of the national president today in the party's National Executive meeting in Delhi.