1. Even though cases continue rising by the day, COVID-19 recoveries in India cross 30L
India’s rate of COVID-19 recoveries has reached the 30 lakh mark all while the country reports an addition of 83,340 new cases. The country’s total is near 40 lakh. The death toll is near 68 thousand. Pune is the hotspot for the COVID-19 cases in whole of India.
2. SC rejects review plea over postponement of JEE, NEET. Exams to be held as scheduled
On Friday the Supreme court rejected the review petition filed by 6 states against its order allowing the central government to conduct medical and engineering entrance exams—Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and the National Entrance Eligibility Test (NEET). This petition was filed with the motive of seeking approval for postponement and cancellation of the exams scheduled to commence September.
3. India tells China to show sincerity in restoring peace in border areas
India has asked China to sincerely engage in restoring peace in the border region. Suggestions for disengagement and de-escalation are put forth. The spokesperson for External Affairs has said that peace can be brought when both the diplomats and military engage in negotiations. Anurag Srivastava has added that India is committed to solving the conflict through peace.
4. Kangana Ranaut’s tweet “Mumbai feels like PoK” sparks anger among many
In a tweet meant for criticizing Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut, Ranaut has angered many. She drew a comparison between Mumbai and Pakistan occupied Kashmir. Dia Mirza, Swara Bhasker, Urmila Matondkar, Renuka Shahane, and many others were quick to express their appreciation to the city. Riteish Deshmukh too took to Twitter to add “Mumbai Hindustan Hai.”
5. Give India another chance to appoint lawyer for Kulbushan Jadhav: Pak court to govt.
Kulbhushan Jadhav, the retired Indian Navy Officer was sentenced to death by a Pakistani Military court. The punishment was given on the bases of “espionage and terrorism” in 2017. A high court from Pakistan has given the chance to appoint a lawyer for the next hearing. This special law to be appointed in Jadhav’s case comes after the request of the International Court of Justice.
6. In what comes as a relief, PUBG informs users they can still play the game on PCs
Amongst the 118 Chinese apps banned by the Government of India, a local favorite PUBG too was banned. The apps were a hindrance to the sovereignty of India. But many gamers have sought out an alternative to the entire ordeal. PUBG is currently banned on their mobile phones. So many have eyed their computers, laptops, and iPads as an alternative medium to play the game.
7. Fires in the Arctic release 244M tonnes of CO2 in the atmosphere
According to Europe’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service, the Arctic’s have experienced their worst fires for the second time in a row. From the start of 2020 till the end of August it is reported that around 244 million tonnes of Carbon dioxide (CO2) have been released. For the whole of 2019, only 181 million tonnes of CO2 was released.
8. PM wants to protect the youth of J&K from going down a wrong path
While giving a speech via video conference, the PM addressed IPS probationers. In this session, the PM highlighted the issue of solving terrorism in J&K and said, “We need to prevent youth from taking the wrong path at the early stage itself. Women police personnel can do that by involving women there.”
9. BMC collects Rs 27 lakh from people as fine for not using facemasks
Mumbaikers paid a heavy toll for not wearing masks in public places. The BMC collected a fine worth rupees 27 lakh from the citizens. A person found without a face mask could be fined rupees 1000. The highest collection was done in the ward covering Andheri West and Juhu.
10. Waqar Younis asks to have a single brand of ball in Test cricket
The bowling coach of Pakistan, Waqar Younis, has urged the governing council to fix a single brand of ball to be used worldwide. The reason he highlighted is that the bowlers have difficulty in dealing with new bowls for each match. Currently, England uses Dukes ball, Australia uses Kookaburra and SG is widely used in India.