Daily Briefing: Centre asks states to track Covid positive samples; storm in RS over Kharge’s ‘dog’ remark; and more

In several countries, including neighboring China, the rise in Covid-19 cases has become alarming. The Union Health Ministry has directed states and UTs to sequence all samples of positive cases on a daily basis. Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has called a meeting review the country’s Covid-19 situation on wednesday

A surge in infections in China has warned the country could see more than a million deaths in the coming months. What’s behind China’s recent rise, and why is it a concern for the world? Read it here.

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data obtained by Indian Express A Right to Information (RTI) application shows that subprime loans are fueling Non-Performing Assets (NPAs) in the education sector. The default rate is much lower for loans given to students in premier institutes, which include IITs, IIMs, NITs and AIIMS, as compared to secondary institutes.

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) Bihar President Jagdanand Singh He talks to The Indian Express About the Grand Alliance’s plans for the 2025 polls and all about Bihar. On Nitish Kumar’s prime ministerial ambitions, Singh said, “I only want to say that for a bigger reward. [the PM post]you have to leave the little things behind [the CM post]”.

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It was brought about by opposition leader Mallikarjun Kharge’s comments on the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) role in the freedom struggle. Stormy scenes in the Rajya Sabha. While the BJP members demanded an apology, Kharge refused to do so, adding, “If I repeat what I said here outside… it will create difficulties for those people because people who have apologized in the freedom movement are asking those who fought for independence to apologise.”

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After J Jayalalithaa and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin, BJP state president K Annamalai has also landed. controversy for wearing an expensive watch. Annamalai said that the special edition wristwatch was made of the same material as the Rafale fighter jet and that he chose the watch model out of patriotism, but neither his explanation nor the logic behind it helped him avoid the controversy.

Days after Home Minister Amit Shah met CMs Basavaraj Bommai and Eknath Shinde to reduce tensions between the two border states, the Karnataka government said it would pass the state legislature. resolution confirming its position on the Belagavi border issue. Addressing the State Assembly on Tuesday, Bommai suggested a unanimous resolution in both houses of the state legislature, signaling a toughening of the stance.

Today in our Opinion section, former defense personnel It is written by Arun Prakash and Ashok Hukku On the consequences of India’s lack of a China-specific strategy, 60 years after the 1962 war: “The Tawang clash should serve as a stark reminder of the close call Arunachal Pradesh had in 1962. Even after that, we have to keep in mind that today, the Chinese threat hangs over our heads like a sword of Damocles.”

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V Ramesh Kumar, a businessman who runs a textile factory in Tiruppur, is currently in the limelight in the cricket circuit. He is the chief commissioner of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, in charge of the pitch at the iconic MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, and is now all set to oversee preparations for the upcoming ODI against Australia and the IPL. In a chat with The Indian ExpressKumar shared his journey and how he grabbed the eyeballs.

Delhi Confidential: The ‘artchiki lunch’ organized by the government for all MPs on Tuesday, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was elaborate, and many members were surprised by the spread. What most MPs preferred were the desserts. Here what was on the menu.

🎧 In today’s episode ‘3 Things’ podcast, we discuss the human cost of the FIFA World Cup. The Indian Express’s Mihir Vasavda talks about his 8-month investigation into the deaths of migrant workers in Qatar and the grueling working conditions there.

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Sonal Gupta and Anandu Suresh

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