News Flash (13th August 2020): Top 10 Stories Of The Day

Indian Railways,
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1. All regular passenger train service to remain suspended until further notice: Indian Railways

The previous announcement that extended the suspension till August 12 is now extended by the Indian Railways until further notice. Other than this, the special 230 trains that are operating at present will go on.

The railways want to now pay attention and monitor the occupancy of these special trains.

2. India’s GDP could hit the lowest since 1947: Narayan Murthy

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The 73-year-old founder of Infosys marked that we need to start living with the pathogen now. The economy might suffer drastic losses and can fall hit lowest since 1947 if the 140 million workers who are the backbone of the country don’t return.

3. Russia to vaccinate its doctors against the coronavirus in the next two weeks

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Health Minister, Mikhail Murashko declared that vaccine developed by the Gamaleya Institue in Moscow will begin administering it to the public, including doctors but only on a voluntary basis.

To quote what he said, ‘The first packages of the medical vaccine against the coronavirus infection will be received within the next two weeks, primarily for the doctor”.

4. Alia Bhatt’s Sadak’s trailer becomes the most disliked video on youtube in the world

Sadak 2, Alia Bhatt, Sanjay Dutt, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Mahesh Bhatt,
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More than 56 lakh dislikes in a day, all thanks to the never-ending nepotism debate stirred by Sushant Singh’s Rajput case. Alia Bhatt’s father who is also the director of this sequel is the reason for the backlash according to the netizens.

5. Akshay Kumar, the only Bollywood actor to secure a place in Forbes Highest paid actors of 2020

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The Rock tops the list, followed by Ryan Reynolds and then our own Akshay Kumar has secured a seat at the sixth position. As per the record, most of his money comes from endorsement deals wherein he sells everything from toilet cleaners to multivitamins.

He is currently working on a show for Amazon prime called The End.

6. According WHO, fifty percent of Beirut’s health facilities have been crippled after the blasts

Beirut Blast
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Richard Brennan, the regional emergency Director said that over 55 health centres and clinics were assessed in the city. The blast has put three hospitals out of complete operation and three others are working partially. This means a reduction of 500-600 beds which is a huge number in times of crises and emergency.

Along with the rampant problems due to the blast, the officials fear that COVID-19 will be causing a lot more in the present scenario and hence WHO has launched an appeal for 76 million dollars in the international community to help follow brethren of Lebanon.

7. Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor announce that they are expecting their second child soon

Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Royal Baby, Pregnancy,
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On Wednesday, Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor announced the arrival of their second child through a joint statement. Their three-year-old Taimur Ali Khan has been a treat for all Bollywood Fans and this announcement was received with joy and ended all the pregnancy-related rumours that were going around.

8. India’s jewellery exports fell down by 38% in July as per official reports

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The Indian Jewellery market is in deep losses due to the lower purchases during the coronavirus pandemic according to the Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council.

The industry exports recorded a 2.2 billion dollar business last July which has come down to 1.35 billion dollar business this year. Although, the export of silver jewellery has recorded fiscal growth when compared to yesteryear.

9. 27-year-old cricketer dies by suicide for not getting into IPL

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Lovingly called the “Junior Steyn” of Mumbai, Karan Tiwari was found hanging in his Malad flat this Monday. As per speculations, the cricketer was suffering through severe depression after missing out on his selections in IPL 2020.

The case is with the Mumbai police as of now.

10. Ram Janmabhoomi Head tests positive for Covid 19

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Nritya Gopal Das, Head of Ram Janmabhoomi Trust of Ayodhya has been tested positive. He is in constant contact with the CM of UP and will be given the needed care and medical attention as per the sources.

The Prime Minister shared a stage with him on August 5, the special sanitisation drive before the PM’s arrival might have helped him.


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