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National

Siddaramaiah tests positive for COVID-19, admitted to hospital

Bengaluru: Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said he has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been admitted to the hospital on the advice of doctors.

 

Heavy rains batter Mumbai; local trains, road traffic hit hard

(Eds: Adds details) Mumbai, Aug 4 (PTI) Heavy showers in Mumbai and neighbouring areas crippled normal life and disrupted rail and road traffic here on Tuesday, with essential services workers like nurses and other medical staff treating COVID-19 patients also finding it difficult to reach hospitals.

 

60 new COVID-19 cases in Arunachal; tally rises to 1,752

Sixty more people, including 13 security personnel and four health workers have tested positive for COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh, taking the northeastern state''s caseload to 1,752 on Tuesday, a senior health official said.

 

175 eminent guests will be invited to Ram temple 'bhoomi pujan': Trust

(Eds: Adds details) Ayodhya (UP), Aug 3 (PTI) The Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra general secretary on Monday said 175 eminent guests have been invited for the foundation stone-laying ceremony of the Ram temple in Ayodhya.

 

I-Day celebrations to be subdued in Sikkim due to COVID-19 outbreak

The 74th Independence Day celebrations will be subdued in Sikkim due to the COVID-19 outbreak, officials said on Tuesday.

 

Heavy rain in Mumbai; local train services, road traffic hit

Heavy rains lashed Mumbai and neighbouring Thane district overnight, causing water-logging at several places and affecting local train services and road traffic movement on Tuesday morning, officials said.

 

Curfew imposed across Kashmir ahead of first anniversary of revocation of Article 370

A curfew was imposed across the valley on Tuesday as authorities apprehended violent protests in view of plans by separatists and Pakistan-sponsored groups to observe August 5, the first anniversary of revocation of Jammu and Kashmir''s special status, as black day. Police and CRPF personnel were deployed in strength across the valley to ensure that the plans of the separatists to disturb peace did not succeed, officials said.

 

International

US should get a very large percentage of TikTok sale proceeds: Trump

Washington: Prez Donald Trump has demanded that the US treasury should get a substantial chunk of the TikTok sale proceeds, as he set Sept 15 as the deadline for the popular Chinese short video app to be out of business in the country unless it is bought by an American company.

 

Pak court appoints three senior lawyers as amici curiae in Jadhav's case

A top Pakistani court has named three senior lawyers as amici curiae in the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav as it ordered the Pakistan government to give "another chance" to India to appoint a counsel for the death-row prisoner.

 

Mainland China, Hong Kong report fewer new cases

Both mainland China and Hong Kong reported fewer new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday as strict measures to contain new infections appear to be taking effect.

 

Indian-Americans to celebrate Ram Temple foundation laying ceremony

Temples across the US have announced special events to celebrate the foundation laying ceremony of the historic Ram Temple in Ayodhya, with a tableau truck displaying digital images of the Ram Temple going around the US Capitol Hill on Tuesday, according to Hindu community leaders.

 

Spain's former king leaving country amid financial scandal

Spain''s former monarch, Juan Carlos I, is leaving Spain to live in another, unspecified, country amid a financial scandal, according to a letter published on the royal family''s website Monday.

 

Business

Sensex rises over 250 pts in early trade; Nifty above 10,900

Mumbai: Domestic equity benchmark Sensex jumped over 250 points in opening session tracking massive foreign fund inflow and gains in global equities.

 

Brand Nexa: A success story from Maruti stable

Brand Nexa, which has become the third largest automobile retail brand in five years since inception in July 2015, is arguably one of the best examples of how customer-centricity can create a premium brand.

 

SpiceJet to commence flight services to UK from next month

Budget carrier SpiceJet on Tuesday said it has secured slots at the London Heathrow Airport, which will allow the airline to commence flight services to the UK from next month.

Rupee declines 16 paise to 75.17 against US dollar in early trade

The rupee depreciated 16 paise to 75.17 against the US dollar in opening trade on Tuesday tracking weakness in Asian peers even as domestic equities started on a positive note.

 

Google buys $450M stake in ADT to give Nest a new perch

Google is paying 450 million for a nearly 7% stake in longtime home and business security provider ADT Inc, a deal that will open new opportunities for one of the internet''s most powerful companies to extend the reach of its Nest cameras and voice-activated voice assistant.

 

Legal

Disburse pension to elderly on time; provide PPE, face masks to people in old age homes: SC

The Supreme Court Tuesday said pension to elderly persons should be disbursed on time and those living in old age homes across the country be provided with personal protective equipment (PPE), sanitisers and face masks during the persisting COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Entertainment

Leonardo DiCaprio signs overall film, TV deal with Apple

Los Angeles: Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio''s production banner Appian Way has inked a first-look film and TV deal with Apple, under which the company will develop new TV series and films for the technology giant.

 

Danielle Brooks to play gospel legend Mahalia Jackson in biopic

Orange Is the New Black alum Danielle Brooks has signed on to play gospel music icon and civil rights activist Mahalia Jackson in an upcoming biopic in the works at Lifetime.

 

Bradley Cooper in negotiations for Paul Thomas Anderson's next film

Hollywood start Bradley Cooper is in talks to star in celebrated filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson''s next feature film.

 

Marisa Tomei to narrate 'The Lying Life of Adults' audiobook

Oscar-winning actor Marisa Tomei is set to lend her voice to the audiobook of author Elena Ferrante''s upcoming novel The Lying Life of Adults .

 

Sports

Australia and West Indies postpone T20 series in October

Cricket Australia on Tuesday said it has put on hold a three-game T20I series against the West Indies which was scheduled to be held in October.

 

Another AHF workshops for Hockey India coaches and technical officials

The Asian Hockey Federation will organise a second set of online education workshops for Hockey India coaches and technical officials later this month.

 

Dhoni is one of a kind, says Rohit on comparisons

India''s prolific opener Rohit Sharma feels Mahendra Singh Dhoni is "one of a kind", playing down recent comparisons of his leadership style and composure with the two-time World Cup-winning former captain.

 

MLB looks to shorter doubleheaders to ease scheduling chaos

The Detroit Tigers and Cincinnati Reds were the first teams to try out baseball''s new time-saving measure a doubleheader with seven-inning games.

 

Modest start by Anika Varma at US Women's Amateur, lies 55th

Rockville (USA), Aug 4 (PTI) A 16-year-old Anika Varma became the first Indian golfer to tee off at the US Women''s Amateur Championship, carding a three-over 75 to make a modest start here.

 

Top tennis resumes in Palermo with no handshakes or showers

Tour-level tennis resumed after a five-month enforced break on Monday, and players at the Palermo Ladies Open had to handle their own towels and not shake hands of opponents.

 

No NBA draft yet as forward Yves Pons returns to Tennessee

Knoxville (USA), Aug 4 (AP) Forward Yves Pons has informed Tennessee he is returning for his senior season with the Volunteers rather than try his luck with the NBA draft.

 

GKsnap shot on 4 August 2020

1. World Sanskrit Day 2020 – August 3

2. First Muslim Women Rights Day Obeserved on August 1 2020

3. Nitin Gadkari Approves the Khadi Agarbatti Aatmanribhar Mission Proposed by KVIC to Generate Employment and Achieve Aatmanribhar Bharat

4. Union Minister of Health, Harsh Vardhan: Completion of Pan-India 1000 Genome Sequencing of SARS-CoV-2

 

5. Grand Finale of Smart India Hackathon (Software) 2020 Launched by Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ Virtually

6. Union Minister Harsh Vardhan launches ‘Vidyarthi Vigyan Manthan 2020-21’

7. BOB Financial Solutions Partnered with Innoviti Payment to launch the New Credit Card EMI offering on POS Terminal

8. IFSCA Set Up Expert Committee headed by Pradip Shah to Suggest Ways to Develop of International Retail Businesses

 

9. Mohamed Irfaan Ali becomes the President of Guyana

10. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport gets additional Thermal screening system

11. Formula One Champion, Mercedes Lewis Hamilton Won British Grand Prix 2020; won this title for 7th Time

12. Central Government gave nod to Indian Premier League 2020 in UAE

 

13. Former Samajwadi party leader and Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh dies at 64 in Singapore

14. Minister of Technical Education of U.P, Kamal Rani Varun died at the age of 62

15. Former AP Minister P Manikyala Rao died at 59 due to COVID-19

16. Bihar CM Nitish Kumar Released a Book Titled “Siyasat Mein Sadasyata” Authored by State Assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Choudhary

 

17. A book, titled “Vishesh: Code to Win” authored by sportswoman-turned-author Nirupama Yadav: published by Bluerose

18. Andhra Pradesh CM  Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy  launched cybercrime awareness programme ‘E-Raksha Bandhan’

19. Government of Rajasthan Approves 5% Reservation in Judicial Service for MBC

20. Rajesh Kumar appointed as Manipur Chief Secretary

21. India withdraws from Women’s World Team Squash Championship 2020

 

 


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