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4 Jul
#AkhilGogoi, 45, activist MLA, had been jailed for 18 months for allegedly fomenting violence during the anti-CAA protests and maintaining links with #Maoists. On July 1, he was cleared of all charges under the #UAPA.

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#AkhilGogoi’s political journey began by rejecting the political turn the India Against Corruption campaign, led by #AnnaHazare, had taken in 2011.

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He formed the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti that worked on a diverse range of issues affecting farmers and daily wagers — from public distribution system thefts and non-implementation of the rural job scheme, to land rights and fighting big dam projects.

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28 Jun
Just in: "Today, we announce some relief measures. There are about 8 such measures being announced in the category of relief, four of which are absolutely new. One item is specific to health infrastructure," said Finance Minister #NirmalaSitharaman. | reports @tragicosmicomic
@tragicosmicomic Ms. Sitharaman said, "There are 8 other items that pertain to growth in general, exports and employment, and in that, 6 are totally new." - via @tragicosmicomic
@tragicosmicomic "A Rs. 1.1 lakh crore guarantee for COVID-affected sectors, and in that, health sector with Rs. 50,000 crore cover receives attention for scaling up #medical infrastructure," she said. | @tragicosmicomic
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27 Jun
Australia has for years been battling to keep the Great Barrier Reef off the “in danger” list. On June 22, 2021, a UN committee recommended that the GBR should be added to a list of “in danger” World Heritage Sites.

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The #GBR is 2,300 km long and extends across 346,000 sq. km. area, hosting an assemblage of fishes and invertebrates in the reefs, sharks, rays, anemones and myriad other forms all of which need a delicate ecological balance to thrive.

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#GBR won a place on the World Heritage List under the World Heritage Convention, 1972, as it has outstanding universal value. As a fabled wonder of the natural world, Australia’s GBR and its diversity of #marine life found a place on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1981.

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27 Jun
PM Modi, in his monthly radio broadcast #MannKiBaat, recalls his conversation with the late legendary sprinter Milkha Singh and says, "Most sports champions in our country come from modest backgrounds. But with perseverance have brought glory to the country" reports @nistula.
PM Modi says, "Each athlete representing the country at the Tokyo Games has a story of struggle," and asks listeners to to use the hashtag #CheerForIndia on social media to support them.
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"We are combating COVID-19 on a mission mode," PM Modi says on #MannKiBaat, asking people to shed #vaccine hesitancy.
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3 Jun
The RBI on May 31 asked banks not to cite its 2018 order as a reason to deny #banking services to customers who dealt in cryptocurrencies.

What is the future of #cryptocurrency in India and why does it continue to hang in the balance?

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What is the history of #cryptocurrency in India?

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Why did the #SupremeCourt overturn the #RBI’s 2018 order to banks?

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3 Jun
Just in: India’s Services exports grew by 6.44% in May 2021 to $17.85 billion, while Services imports grew just 0.3% to $10 billion, as per initial estimates, Commerce Secretary Anup Wadhawan said on Thursday. | reports @tragicosmicomic
@tragicosmicomic Services trade has consequently recorded a 15.4% higher surplus in May 2021 over May 2020, he said. - reports @tragicosmicomic
@tragicosmicomic With merchandise exports rising 67% over last year as well as 8% over the pre-pandemic month of May 2019, Mr. Wadhawan said that there is a comprehensive recovery in India’s #exports over April and May. | via @tragicosmicomic
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2 Jun
Taking on former Finance Minister #PChidambaram’s criticism of the state of the economy, Union Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur said that India’s economy is resilient and will rebound in the times ahead. via @tragicosmicomic
"Are you not aware that France, Germany, Italy, and U.K. contracted by 8.2%, 4.9%, 8.9% and 9.9%, respectively? Canada, Russia, South Africa, and U.S.A too have seen contraction in their GDP in the past year,” he said, referring to the 7.3% contraction in GDP in 2020-21.
“Consistent reforms have ensured strong fundamentals through these difficult times… (so) India had a swift rebound from a contraction of 24.4% in the 1st quarter of FY 2020-21 to a growth of 1.6% in the 4th quarter,” Mr. Thakur said,
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1 Jun
"There are no surprises in the 10-page Press Note issued by the National Statistical Office on the provisional estimates of Annual National Income for 2020-21," said Former union minister P. Chidambaram at a press conference on #GDP numbers. | reports @fewcan
@fewcan 2020-21 has been the darkest year of the economy in four decades. The performance in the four quarters of 2020-21 tells the story, Mr. Chidambaram said. | reports @fewcan
@fewcan Mr. Chidambaram said, "When the first wave of the pandemic appeared to subside last year, the Finance Minister and her Chief Economic Adviser began to sell the story of a recovery. They saw “green shoots” when no one else did. | reports @fewcan
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1 Jun
Just in: State Bank of India has downgraded its growth projections for this year from 10.4% to 7.9%, with an upward bias linked to the 'fervent hope of 1 crore #vaccinations per day beginning mid-July as per Government projections'. | reports @tragicosmicomic
@tragicosmicomic India's #economic recovery will now be 'W-shaped' instead of the 'V-shaped recovery' anticipated earlier. | via @tragicosmicomic
@tragicosmicomic This #GDP projection assumes a real GDP loss of Rs.4.2 lakh crore, a normal situation post-July and the possibility of no third wave. | @tragicosmicomic
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31 May
Just in | Output from India's eight core sectors surged by 56.1% in April, from a year ago, as per data released on Monday. The high growth number is driven by the low industrial production across all sectors caused by the nationwide lockdown. #Industry
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Just in | On a month-on-month basis, core sectors' output fell by 15.1% in April over March 2021, thanks to the emergence of the second wave of the #pandemic.
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Just in | IThe #GDP contracted 7.3% in 2020-21, as per provisional National Income estimates released by the National Statistical Office, marginally better than the 8% contraction projected earlier. In 2019-20, India had clocked 4% GDP growth.
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31 May
Just in | The Department of Personnel and Training (#DoPT) served a show-cause notice to #WestBengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay after the officer failed to report to the central office on Monday, a senior government official said.
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Just in | Centre government gave us a letter(on Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyophyay) and it was our duty to reply. There is nothing in our hands now, said Chief Minister #MamataBanerjee.
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Just in | I have never seen such a heartless Prime Minister and Home Minister. Instead of respecting the federal structure, they have added insult to the injury. No consultation with State, only political vendetta: #MamataBanerjee
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30 May
Explained | A serological survey is conducted to assess the prevalence of a disease in a population. It is done by detecting the presence of specific antibodies that are produced against the #virus.

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How many serology surveys have been conducted so far?

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30 May
Subodh Kumar Jaiswal, a 1985-batch IPS officer, took charge as the CBI Director on May 26, 2021. He brings along a unique mix of experience in the field of spycraft, investigation and administrative supervision.

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Subodh Kumar Jaiswal has been busy holding back-to-back meetings with senior officials of various departments to get a feel of the challenges lying ahead of him over the next two years. This is his first stint with the agency.

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Mr. Jaiswal had served as Superintendent of Police in Gadchiroli, Aurangabad and Osmanabad, and supervised several anti-naxal operations.

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26 Apr
A patient seen with oxygen cylinder waiting outside LNJP hospital for admission. Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma

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The peaks in at least 6 major states, with high number of cases, are bigger than their previous peaks in first wave. This is a matter of concern: Lav Agrawal

Live updates: thehindu.com/news/national/…
9,103 tons of oxygen has been produced. Our normal capacity is 7259. We have gradually increased to these levels: Home Ministry officials

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25 Apr
Just in: "Our hearts go out to the Indian people in the midst of the horrific #COVID19 outbreak. We are working closely with our partners in the Indian government,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in his official Twitter handle.
“We will rapidly deploy additional support to the people of India and India's health care heroes," Mr. Blinken said as #Delhi continues to urge the #US to relax bar on export of raw materials necessary for production of COVID-19 vaccines in #India.
"The U.S. is deeply concerned by the severe COVID outbreak in India,” said Jake Sullivan, White House National Security Advisor to US President Joe Biden.
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24 Apr
Just in | "Oxygen levels dropped from 500 to 221 cubic meters. Tanks going to be dry soon," Sir Ganga Ram Hospital said. "We are in touch with the nodal officer but no help has come yet. 130 people are in the ICU," it added. #OxygenShortage

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#OxygenShortage | "250 cubic meters at present. Hospital storage tanks need at least 3000 cubic meters in tanks to build necessary pressure for high flow of oxygen," the spokesperson said. #Coronavirus
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#OxygenShortage | AAP MLA, Raghav Chadha, said in a tweet, "A cryogenic vehicle carrying liquid oxygen is about to reach Ganga Ram Hospital, cater to the interim need until full supply comes. Yet another all-nighter for Team Kejriwal so that Delhi doesn't gasp for breath."
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23 Apr
The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade has decided to monitor the status of transportation and delivery of goods and essential commodities and the difficulties due to restrictions in view of the surge of #Covid19 cases. reports @tragicosmicomic
A Control room is being set up to monitor the issues of internal trade, manufacturing, delivery and logistics of essential commodities during Covid pandemic.
In the event of any manufacturing, transportation, distribution, wholesale or e-commerce companies facing difficulties in transportation and distribution of goods, information can be given at following telephone number/email: (011) 23062383, 23062975, dpiit-controlroom@gov.in
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22 Apr
Just in | #NirmalaSitharaman said that the Government is working arduously for smooth coordination between States, hospitals and suppliers of oxygen and vaccines to give relief to people in the fight against #COVID19, reports @tragicosmicomic
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"Provision of oxygen, vaccines and their logistics to people affected by coronavirus is being ensured, given the recent surge in cases of #COVID19 pandemic across the country," #NirmalaSitharaman said in an interaction with industry leaders from #PHDCCI
The Prime Minister himself is monitoring the situation with eminent doctors and vaccine manufacturers: #NirmalaSitharaman
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22 Apr
Just in | #DDMA appoints two senior IAS officers to ensure smooth movement of tankers, facilitate #oxygen supply to health establishments in #Delhi.
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#Delhioxygen crisis | #DDMA sets up 24x7 control room to redress grievances, complaints from city hospitals within 30 minutes.
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To monitor the movement of oxygen tankers, #DelhiPolice will keep a record of the entry and exit of such vehicles through various checkpoints: #DDMA. - PTI
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22 Apr
Just in | I would like to thank President #JoeBiden for taking this initiative: PM #NarendraModi at US-hosted virtual climate summit.
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Concrete action needed to combat climate change: PM #NarendraModi at US-hosted virtual climate summit.
We need concrete action at a high speed, on a large scale, and with a global scope: #NarendraModi at #US-hosted virtual climate summit.
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8 Apr
Just in | The presentation by the Health Secretary has clearly shown that a challenging situation is coming up again and it needs governance improvements: PM Modi says in an address to Chief Ministers. @nistula reports.
I know that the year-long fight has led to some tiredness but we need to remember that the country has crossed the peak levels of the first wave and doubling rates are also higher, Mr. Modi says, several states are showing grave trends of cases rising. #coronavirus
I request all States to rely on the experience they garnered through the last year. We didn’t have PPE kits, labs for testing, ventilators, so we had to develop capacity through a lockdown. Our concentration should be on a micro containment strategy, says Modi. @nistula reports.
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