News Flash (22nd March 2021): Top 10 Stories Of The Day

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India emerges victorious with 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team gold at ISSF World Cup

On Monday, India got home a gold medal in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team event at the ISSF World Cup in Delhi thanks to the Indian pair of Elavenil Valarivan and Divyansh Singh Panwar. During the event, the pair beat Hungarian world number one Istvan Peni and Eszter Denes by shooting a combined total of 16 in the gold medal match.

World’s first tweet turns 15, tweeted by Twitter CEO, fetches ₹18 crore at auction

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s first tweet has turned 15 and fetched $2.5 million (over ₹18 crore) at an auction. The tweet reading, “just setting up my twttr”, was put up for auction as an NFT (non-fungible token) by the CEO on March 6. Jack Dorsey plans on donating the proceeds in Bitcoin to a charity.

Australia facing worst floods in 60 years, around 18,000 evacuated 

Australia is currently being hit by the worst floods in the last 60 years. To avoid mass destruction, the government has evacuated around 18,000 people from Australia’s most populous state New South Wales (NSW). “I don’t know any time in a state history where we’ve had these extreme weather conditions in…quick succession in the middle of a pandemic,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian commented. The downpour is expected to last till Wednesday.

BMC collects ₹40 crores after imposing fine on 20 lakh people for not wearing masks 

On Sunday, Mumbai’s municipal body, The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) fined 20 lakh people for flouting COVID norms and not wearing masks in public places. Due to this, the body collected over ₹40 crore between April 2020 and March 21, 2021. Since the pandemic began, the city recorded as high as 3,775 new COVID-19 cases, making it the city’s biggest single-day spike. 

 Insurance (Amendment) Bill  passed in Lok Sabha to raise FDI cap to 74%

The lower house of the Indian parliament has passed the Insurance (Amendment) Bill, 2021 which is said to increase the limit of foreign direct investment (FDI) in Indian insurance companies to 74 percent from the existing 49%. 

Hyderabad’s Charminar undergoing repairs as lime plasters peel off

Repair work at Hyderabad’s Charminar building has begun under the supervision of the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) as certain portions of the lime plaster on the ceiling started peeling off as a consequence of ageing, pollution and weather conditions. 

After 1940, Maharashtra Wildlife sanctuary sees a Tiger for the 1st time 

After 81 long years, Maharashtra’s Gautala Autramghat wildlife sanctuary located in Aurangabad witnessed the presence of a  tiger. The animal was seen in 1940 last. Highlighting more on this, an official informed that the tiger has strayed from Yavatmal’s Tipeshwar wildlife sanctuary hunting for a prey and has travelled approximately 2,000 km

Centre orders states to increase gap between 2 Covishield doses to up to 8 weeks

The states and UTs of India have received orders from the centre to increase the gap between two doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca’s Covishield vaccine from four to six weeks to eight weeks. The reason behind this is that the vaccine is believed to provide ‘enhanced protection’ if the second dose is inoculated between six and eight weeks. This is however not applicable to Covaxin.

Farmer Producer Organisations portal launched by the UP govt 

A portal of farmers named Farmer Producer Organisations (FPOs) was launched on Sunday by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in the state. This portal is developed to aid farmers to download documents required to set up organizations directly. It’s the first of its kind. 

US trial finds AstraZeneca vaccine 79% effective, no increased blood clot risk

On Monday, AstraZeneca informed about its COVID-19 vaccine having 79% efficacy rate in preventing symptomatic illness and is 100% effective in stopping severe disease and hospitalization after a US trial was conducted which included more than 32,000 participants. The company also stated that the scientists found no increased risk of blood clotting. 

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