Centre to track new Covid variants amid outbreak in China, and 9 other top stories

A look at today’s headlines:

  1. Amid the surge of Covid-19 in China, the Center tells states to send all positive samples for genome sequencing: The health ministry said this would ensure timely detection of newer variants, if any.
  2. Uproar in Parliament as BJP apologizes to Mallikarjun Kharge for his ‘dog’ comments: Kharge said that while Congress leaders made supreme sacrifices in the freedom struggle, the BJP “did not lose a single dog” for the country.
  3. Taj Mahal collects property and water taxes for the first time: The officials of the Archaeological Research, however, have said that it is a mistake and that they will correct it soon.
  4. Delhi LG directs chief secretary to recover Rs 97 crore for political advertisements from AAP: VK Saxena has accused the Arvind Kejriwal-led party of using exchequer money to publish political advertisements as government advertisements.
  5. Security Council expansion now seriously on the table, says UN chief: Antonio Guterres, however, added that it is not certain whether the expansion will include the right of veto or not.
  6. IAS, IPS officers who say “Union government” will face Adityanath, the bulldozer, Tamil Nadu BJP chief says: The DMK has been using the term “Union government” instead of “Central Government”, arguing that the Constitution describes India as a “Union of States”.
  7. Nepal bans import of medicines from 16 Indian companies: The companies allegedly do not comply with the World Health Organization’s good manufacturing practices.
  8. Haryana notifies anti-conversion law rules to seek public objections by district magistrates: The State Assembly passed the Haryana Prevention of Unlawful Religious Conversion Act in March.
  9. Karnataka Chief Minister M Basavaraj Bommai says absence of former ministers from Assembly cannot be seen as boycott: Karnataka Chief Minister tells NCP Maharashtra government to respond in its own language amid border dispute.
  10. Elon Musk says only Twitter Blue users will be able to vote in political polls: The decision comes after more than half of the 17.5 million users voted for Musk to step down as head of the microblogging platform.

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