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Daily Briefing: Dip in Covid cases slows down; BJP claims sweep in UP rural polls, SP calls it ‘war zone’

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The Big Story 

In what may very well be an early signal of an impending potential surge in Covid cases, the reproductive number, or R, an indicator of how briskly the Covid-19 pandemic is spreading, has elevated for the primary time for the reason that center of April. 

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Home Affairs directed eight states to make sure strict adherence of Covid protocols amid crowding at tourist spots.

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Former Union minister P Chidambaram writes: Indians have crushed the French in sangfroid, the flexibility to remain calm in troublesome circumstances. 

Argentina’s Lionel Messi hoists the trophy after beating Brazil 1-0 in the Copa America ultimate soccer match at Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, July 10, 2021. (AP Photo)

From the Front Page

Etawah, Unnao, Hathras, Amethi, Ballia, Siddharth Nagar, Kanpur, Mau, Hamirpur, Amroha, Lucknow, Sultanpur, Muzaffarnagar, Aligarh, Firozabad, Pratapgarh, Kanpur Dehat, Chandauli. Violence was reported from at the least 18 districts of Uttar Pradesh throughout elections for panchayat block chiefs.

As the BJP claimed to have swept the polls,  Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath stated the conduct of the polls had proven “individuals and parties can contest elections peacefully” in UP.’ 

In 2005, the relics of Queen Ketevan, who was tortured and killed in Safavid Iran for refusing to surrender her Christian religion and convert to Islam, had been discovered at a church in Old Goa. Four hundred years after her dying, India handed over a part of the relics to Georgia, the place she is revered as Ketevan the Martyr.

A photo taken in 2012 of a bunch of individuals fleeing considered one of Assam’s worst sectarian riots has surfaced just lately. Though it was extensively circulated again then, it was a “huge shock” to the photographer when he discovered it was being utilized by the Assam authorities on a web page about ‘Foreigners’ Tribunals. 

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Just over per week stays earlier than the Olympic Games in pandemic-hit Tokyo and there appears to be a sense of foreboding among the locals that simply received’t go away. “I don’t know a single person who is excited about the Olympics,” journalist Timothy Hornyak stated. 

 The Assam Cabinet has introduced the creation of an independent department to protect and preserve the “faith, culture and traditions of tribes and indigenous communities” of the state.

From a beer baron to a scientist — the Congress has selected a diverse mix of Indian-origin ‘Country Presidents’ throughout Europe to “spread its ideology far and wide” on overseas shores. 

For the Modi authorities, particularly throughout the second time period, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta has emerged because the trouble-shooter in just about each high-stakes authorized battle. But his critics usually say he’s raring to drop the gloves towards the Opposition in the court docket as a substitute of constructing arguments grounded in legislation. We track his arc — from apprentice to a Congressman lawyer in Gujarat to India’s second most senior legislation officer.

And Finally 

He was an actor, an entertainer and a famous person. But over and past that, Dilip Kumar represented the composite tradition of the Indian subcontinent, usually unimaginable now in the din of jingoism on both facet of the India-Pakistan border. We take a look at what made him the ultimate ‘people’s actor’.

Until tomorrow 

Leela Prasad G and Rahel Philipose

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