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Today: New tips for worldwide passengers flying to India come into impact; PM Modi to inaugurate Rashtriya Swachhata Kendra; GC Murmu to take oath as new CAG; Champions League Round of 16: Barcelona vs Napoli, Bayern Munich vs Chelsea (12:30 am, Sunday). Tomorrow: Mahinda Rajapaksa to be sworn in as Sri Lanka’s PM for the fourth time

1. In Kerala, air crash kills 18; landslide kills not less than 18
1. In Kerala, air crash kills 18; landslide kills at least 18
  • Landslide: At least 18 individuals had been killed and 53 others trapped in particles after a landslide triggered by heavy rains destroyed the employees’ quarters at a tea property in Pettimudy, Rajamala hills, close to Munnar in Idukki district early on Friday morning. Officials mentioned 83 individuals had been staying in these quarters, of whom solely 12 could possibly be rescued.
  • The search operations, which needed to be stopped for the evening on account of heavy rainfall within the area, will proceed tomorrow. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan mentioned groups of National Disaster Response Force personnel had been engaged within the rescue efforts. The authorities has additionally sought an Indian Air Force helicopter to help within the mission, he mentioned.
  • Floods: Kerala has acquired 325% extra rainfall within the final 24 hours as per the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Landlips had been additionally reported in Wayanad district. The Periyar river, in spate, submerged a temple in Aluva (in pic) close to Ernakulam. A crimson alert has been issued for Saturday in Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad and Wayanad.
  • Air crash: 18 folks died* after an Air India Express flight from Dubai with 191 onboard overshot the tabletop runway, fell almost 35 toes down and broke in two throughout touchdown in heavy rain on the Calicut International Airport, Karipur, close to Kozhikode slightly after 7.40 pm IST Friday. The Boeing 737 plane was repatriating Indian residents from the Emirates beneath the Vande Bharat programme; the remarks on the passengers’ record present most of them had been returning on account of job loss or visa expiry.
  • There had been 174 grownup passengers, 10 infants, two pilots and 5 cabin crew on board, Air India mentioned. Kerala well being minister Okay Okay Shailaja mentioned many are critically injured; many had head accidents. The deceased embrace the flight commander, Deepak V Sathe, and co-pilot Akhilesh Kumar. It was a chilling reminder of the 2010 air crash that killed over 150 in Mangalore, Karnataka — that too a tabletop airport.
  • Flight-tracking websites present the plane made two makes an attempt to land in heavy rain earlier than touching down the third time. Reports say the plane was excessive on method, probably on account of robust tailwinds, landed past the landing level and didn’t cease in time.
  • An August illness: The month of August has been harsh on Kerala in current occasions. In 2018, Kerala was struck with the worst calamity since 1924 when extreme floods attributable to extra rainfall and poor dam administration killed over 600 in August. Last August, over 100 died in floods and rain-related incidents.

*As of two am IST Saturday

2. A yr with out 4G and… ready
2. A year without 4G and… waiting
  • World at sluggish velocity: “India nonetheless has 300 million cellular subscribers trapped within the 2G period, their function telephones preserve them excluded even from the fundamental utilization of the web at a time when each India and the remainder of the world are standing on the doorsteps of 5G telephony.” That was Mukesh Ambani on why 2G must be historical past.
  • The wait begins: High-speed Internet service in Jammu & Kashmir has been suspended since August 5 final yr when the Centre had introduced revocation of its particular standing and bifurcation of the state into two union territories.
  • Time to evaluation: On May 11 this yr, the Supreme Court had ordered the organising of a “particular committee” to contemplate pleas for restoration of 4G web companies after an NGO (in April) challenged the restriction on cellular web velocity to 2G. The NGO mentioned that with out high-speed web, sufferers and medical doctors had been unable to entry details about the pandemic and sluggish web velocity makes telemedicine and on-line training unimaginable.
  • What occurred? A few weeks later the NGO sought initiation of contempt proceedings in opposition to the Centre for alleged “wilful disobedience” in complying with the court docket’s order. Since May 11, not less than 5 orders have been issued to increase web restrictions. The present ban on 4G is until August 19 in view of “threats of anti-national actions throughout August 15 celebrations”.
  • We reviewed however… On July 16, the Centre and J&Okay administration advised the highest court docket that the committee had been arrange as per the court docket’s directive and that it had met and determined to not loosen up the restrictions.
  • Need time to test: On July 28, the Centre and the J&Okay administration advised the highest court docket that it’s going to confirm reported statements made by the Lt Governor of J&Okay and BJP chief Ram Madhav that 4G Internet service might be restored within the Union territory and sought time to file a reply.
  • Not that date: The SC had earlier proposed August 5 as the subsequent listening to however the Centre instructed August 7, because of the anniversary of Article 370 being revoked falling on that date. The cause: residence ministry officers could be busy and should not be capable to help on the matter.
  • It’s a brand new LG now: The SC on Friday requested the J&Okay administration to discover the potential of restoring 4G companies in sure areas. This time the administration sought time saying a brand new Lt Governor has been appointed (Manoj Sinha took oath as the brand new LG on Friday). The prime court docket mentioned that with the change of LG, nothing adjustments because the particular committee is there to look into the difficulty. The case shall be heard subsequent on August 11.
3. India’s August caseload is highest globally to this point
3. India’s August caseload is highest globally so far
  • India is rising as the most important Covid-19 hotspot on the planet in August. The nation has, to this point, recorded probably the most variety of contemporary circumstances this month — barely greater than the US and considerably greater than infections reported in Brazil. India has the world’s third highest dying toll from the virus within the first six days of August. India reported 328,903 new coronavirus circumstances in the course of the interval, whereas the figures within the US and Brazil stood at 326,111 and 251,264, respectively, in line with Worldometer.
  • India’s each day circumstances have been the best on the planet on 4 of the six days of this month — August 2, 3, 5 and 6. In deaths, nevertheless, Brazil and the US have each registered greater than 6,000 fatalities to this point in August whereas India’s depend is 5,075.
  • The pandemic continued to surge on Friday, with contemporary infections within the nation crossing 60,000 for the second straight day and fatalities capturing as much as 926, the best single-day toll to this point, per knowledge collated from state governments.
  • On Friday, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh continued to register above 10,000 contemporary infections. And not less than 5 states reported their highest single-day spike in circumstances — Bihar (3,646 new circumstances), Telangana (2,207), Odisha (1,833), Punjab (1,063) and Manipur (249). Maharashtra added 10,483 new circumstances and reported 300 deaths, taking the whole circumstances to 490,262 and total fatality depend to 17,092. Mumbai’s share within the state’s each day addition was 8.2% on Friday as for the second consecutive day the town reported beneath 1,000 circumstances at 862. Friday’s addition is the bottom within the final 10 days, underlining the town’s “secure” Covid curve.
  • AP reported the best single-day toll of 89 deaths and 10,171 contemporary circumstances, additionally changing into the third state within the nation to soar previous 200,000 circumstances. The cumulative tally of the state stood at 206,960 circumstances behind Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. AP breached the 100,000 mark on July 27, almost 135 days after the state reported its first case on March 12. But it took solely 11 days for the state so as to add the subsequent 100,000 circumstances. Overall deaths within the state stood at 1,842.
  • Finally, the Bombay HC on Friday struck down a situation in two Maharashtra circulars barring movie and TV solid & crew aged above 65 from shoots, calling it discriminatory, arbitrary and violating their proper to stay with dignity.


4. In SC, Bihar Police refers to Rhea’s ‘cash plot’
4. In SC, Bihar Police refers to Rhea's ‘money plot’
  • The Centre on Friday moved the Supreme Court in search of to make itself a celebration to actor Rhea Chakraborty’s plea for transferring to Mumbai an FIR, lodged in opposition to her in Patna, in reference to Sushant Singh Rajput’s dying. The Department of Personnel and Training, in its plea filed within the pending petition of Rhea, mentioned: “On the switch of investigation of the… (Patna) case to the CBI, it’s clear that the Union of India is a crucial and correct occasion to the current proceedings.” This after the Bihar authorities advised the SC on the day that Rhea’s switch petition is “misconceived and never maintainable”. The state authorities, in its affidavit, advised the SC that it has the jurisdiction to research the matter.
  • Also on Friday, Bihar Police advised the highest court docket that regardless of non-cooperation and obstruction by Mumbai police, its particular investigation crew had verified large withdrawal of cash from Rajput’s checking account. The late actor’s father, in his FIR lodged in Patna, had alleged that “there was Rs 17 crore within the Kotak Bank account of the deceased a yr in the past. However, Rs 15 crore was transferred to accounts of individuals not linked with the deceased actor”. He had alleged that Rhea and her members of the family had are available contact with the actor with the only motive of grabbing crores of rupees from him.
  • Further, Rhea was questioned by the Enforcement Directorate for about eight hours on Friday in reference to a associated cash laundering case. The ED’s line of questioning, reportedly, revolved round her earnings, investments, enterprise offers {and professional} offers and hyperlinks. However, the actor advised the ED that she had not used Sushant’s cash for any of her investments and had availed a financial institution mortgage to purchase a flat in Khar (east) for Rs 85 lakh, including Rs 25 lakh from her personal financial savings. She claimed to have paid in instalments.
  • Rhea additionally denied utilizing Rajput’s cash for her bills and acknowledged she had been managing from her personal earnings. She additionally claimed she was director solely in one of many two corporations together with Rajput. Her brother Showik was a director in each the businesses that are beneath the ED scanner.
6. The money cows are within the ICU
6. The cash cows are in the ICU
  • The deal: A machine that prices hospitals Rs 50 per use, however sufferers pay over 10 occasions that (wherever between Rs 600 to Rs 1,500). It’s an important take a look at for each affected person in an intensive care unit, even non-Covid sufferers and on a mean, a affected person has to take two exams a day. It is the arterial blood fuel take a look at or ABG, a recurrent value in each ICU invoice. In occasions of Covid, when ICUs are in brief provide, which means a cash spinner for hospitals.
  • The maths: A calculation by Times of India based mostly on precise payments for ICU therapy throws up the numbers concerned. A top-end ABG machine prices Rs Eight lakh to 10 lakh. However, many giant hospitals favor to hire it from gadget corporations and pay them a sum for every take a look at on the machine. In bigger hospitals with 50-60 ICU beds, the place about 100 ABG exams are executed a day, the hospital pays the corporate Rs 50 per take a look at, or Rs 5,000 per day. In a smaller hospital, the corporate may cost Rs 70-75 per take a look at. Now, if a affected person is charged Rs 600 for a single take a look at, it quantities to a revenue of Rs 550 for the hospital on every take a look at. At 100 ABGs per day, the hospital earns a clear revenue of Rs 2 crore a yr (100 exams a day X 365 days X Rs 550 revenue per take a look at).
  • There’s extra: Then there are ventilators and bipaps (Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure which are used to push air into the lungs) — the 2 machines which were a lot in use throughout Covid. These too are money cows too, the report says. Hospitals additionally earn earnings on each diagnostic take a look at, consumable and drugs used. To prime all of it, each affected person is charged an total ICU cost from Rs 10,000 to Rs 14,000 per day or in some circumstances much more. Check out the complete story and the calculations here
7. Trump escalates feud with China, with sanctions and govt orders
7. Trump escalates feud with China, with sanctions and executive orders
US President Donald Trump continues to escalate his combat with China forward of the November Presidential election.

  • Sanction: The US on Friday sanctioned Hong Kong chief govt Carrie Lam and 10 different officers over their position in curbing political freedom within the metropolis. The Treasury Department mentioned the sanctions had been because of the “draconian” nationwide safety laws China has imposed on Hong Kong and laying the bottom for censorship of vital voices.
  • Executive orders on tech… Trump Thursday issued two orders in search of to ban US corporations from doing enterprise with TikTook, owned by Bytedance, and WeChat, owned by Tencent; the orders will come into impact after 45 days. If TikTook fails to be acquired by Microsoft within the meantime, the app could possibly be offloaded from Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App Store, although the orders don’t specify as a lot.
  • It may additionally cease American corporations from promoting on TikTook. Trump’s order cited TikTook’s knowledge assortment, which it mentioned may doubtlessly enable China to trace the areas of federal staff and expose them to blackmail; censorship of content related to Uighur minorities; and a risk of disinformation by the Chinese Communist Party. It additionally cited India’s determination to ban the app for “stealing and surreptitiously transmitting customers’ knowledge”. The order on WeChat, a brilliant app that the Chinese use to speak, transact, store, search, play video games and extra, flags related threats in addition to China’s prosecution of dissidents and critics based mostly on their WeChat messages.
  • … & on medical provides: Trump additionally signed an order that requires sure important medicines and medical provides and protecting tools to be made within the US. The order features a “purchase American” requirement for presidency businesses, mentioned Peter Navarro, Trump’s commerce advisor. Janardhan Prasad Singh and Rosemary Gibson write of their e-book, China Rx, that a lot of vital medicine within the US — from heparin to HIV medicine to chemotherapy medicine to antibiotics to contraception capsules — are sourced from China.
8. Covid ensures no ICC international occasion for 18 months
8. Covid ensures no ICC global event for 18 months
  • India retained the internet hosting rights for the 2021 males’s T20 World Cup whereas Australia have been requested to host the 2022 version. In one other important determination, the ICC additionally postponed the 2021 Women’s ODI World Cup, scheduled in New Zealand between February 6 and March 7, by a yr. This means the ICC would go with out organising a worldwide occasion for 18 months till the 2021 males’s T20 World Cup begins in October. It additionally signifies that in 2022, which was meant to be a spot yr with none international occasion, there’ll now be 4 ICC occasions.
  • The choices had been taken by the ICC Business Corporation, the enterprise improvement wing of the ICC, which met nearly on Friday. The 2021 males’s T20 World Cup shall be performed between October-November subsequent yr, with the ultimate scheduled on November 14. Australia, which was initially meant to host the 2020 version, will host the event in 2022 between October-November with the ultimate scheduled for November 13.
  • In July, the ICC Board had deferred the 2020 males’s T20 World Cup, scheduled in October-November in Australia this yr to subsequent yr. And the Women’s World Cup is the second international occasion that world cricket’s governing physique has been pressured to postpone within the final two months because of the pandemic.
  • “There has been no ladies’s worldwide cricket performed because the conclusion of the ladies’s T20 World Cup earlier this yr and because of the various influence of Covid-19 globally that’s more likely to stay the state of affairs for quite a few the groups,” ICC CEO Manu Sawhney mentioned. “Moving the occasion by 12 months provides all competing groups the possibility to play a ample degree of cricket…so the integrity of the event is maintained.” However, it additionally raises doubts about the way forward for India legends akin to Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami, who in all probability would have performed their final ICC event in 2021.
9. Jesus hammers the nail on Madrid; Juve out regardless of Ronaldo brace
9. Jesus hammers the nail on Madrid; Juve out despite Ronaldo brace
  • Gabriel Jesus assisted an early Raheem Sterling objective and scored one for himself within the second half to fireplace Manchester City to a 2-1 victory over 13-time European champions Real Madrid within the second leg of the Champions League Round of 16 and advance to the quarterfinals on 4-2 mixture. Real defender Raphael Varane’s errors helped Jesus to take benefit on each events. City had defeated Real 1-2 within the first leg of the spherical away at Santiago Bernabeu, earlier than the pandemic pressured the world to shelter at residence. Pep Guardiola’s City are in search of their first Champions League title.
  • In Turin, Juventus had been knocked out regardless of a Cristiano Ronaldo brace guiding them to a 2-1 win over Lyon, courtesy the away objective the French facet scored on the day — a 12th minute penalty by Memphis Depay after Rodrigo Bentancur introduced down Houssem Aouar contained in the field. That early away objective proved decisive as the mixture rating from the 2 legs stood at 2-2, with Lyon having gained the primary leg 1-0. Lyon, the second French crew to make it to the quarterfinals — after Paris Saint-Germain — will subsequent face Man City.
  • Note: Friday’s outcomes imply the champions of Italy (Juve), Spain (Real) and England (Liverpool) are now not in competition for the European title.
  • Tonight, Barcelona face Napoli, hoping to seek out European solace after dropping the home title to Real Madrid; the first-leg had ended 1-1 at Napoli. German champions Bayern Munich host Chelsea with a wholesome 3-Zero benefit from their go to to London within the first leg.
10. Facebook’s Zuckerberg turns into youngest centibillionaire
10. Facebook’s Zuckerberg becomes youngest centibillionaire
With a 6.5% rise in Facebook’s shares, which closed at $276.83, the corporate’s founder Mark Zuckerberg grew to become the newest and at 36, the youngest entrant into the world’s centibillionaire club — people who find themselves price not less than $100 billion. With this, Zuckerberg, who’s precisely price $100 billion, joins compatriots Jeff Bezos, 56 (Amazon founder), who’s price $190 billion and Bill Gates, 64 (Microsoft co-founder), who’s price $120 billion, in line with the newest compilation by Bloomberg Billionaires Index. In the final 24 hours, Zuckerberg’s wealth grew by $5.94 billion to propel him into the elite membership.

Facebook’s and by extension, Zuckerberg’s meteoric rise in wealth this yr — he’s gained $22.1 billion within the final one yr — comes on the again of robust earnings development of the corporate, which now boasts of two.7 billion month-to-month energetic customers and a complete of over Three billion customers throughout its numerous platforms akin to WhatsApp and Instagram. Facebook reported 11% revenue growth for the second quarter, at $18.7 billion.

Closing the hole quick is Reliance Industries’ chairman Mukesh Ambani, whose internet price stands at $80.Three billion — serving to him retain his fifth place rank. In the final one month, since July 9, Ambani’s wealth has elevated by almost $13 billion — which implies he added greater than $5000 per second to his wealth within the final 30 days.

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Written by: Rakesh Rai, Judhajit Basu, Sumil Sudhakaran, Tejeesh N.S. Behl
Research: Rajesh Sharma

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