• Pranab Mukherjee tested positive for COVID-19

Former President Pranab Mukherjee informs Twitter that he had tested positive for COVID-19 during a regular hospital visit. Mr. Mukherjee has been admitted to the Army’s Research and Referral hospital in Delhi and is on ventilator support.

  • BCCI formally approved for IPL in UAE

The IPL Chairman Brijesh Patel reveals that the central government has granted formal approval to conduct Indian Premier League, 2020, in the UAE. Patel clears the air regarding Vivo pulling out of sponsorship, and adds that several other companies are interested, including Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali. In all probability, the tournament’s new title sponsors will be announced on August 18.

The IPL is estimated to be held in the UAE from September 19 to November 10 in three cities — Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai.

  • WHO estimates the number of people infected by COVID-19 will hit 20 million this week

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus predicted that the number of people infected by the coronavirus would hit 20 million this week, including the death count of about 7,50,000.

He has not reported new strategies to combat the virus yet indicates the leaders of the nation to take New Zealand as an example. New Zealand has recently crossed 100 days of no local transmission of the virus. Countries, including Britain and France, have been effectively imposed lockdown, regulated mask-wearing, thus successful in curbing upsurge of new cases.


  • Beirut blast – resignations of people in power

The horrific tragedy has killed 160 people and wounded 6,000. Lebanon’s Environment Minister Kattar Demianos has reportedly resigned.

As another Cabinet minister resigns in protest, a Lebanese judge has taken the initiative to question the head of the country’s security agencies over the last week’s blast at Beirut. No further details provided by the State-run National News Agencies, other generals are yet to be questioned.

  • US firm entrusted with the responsibility to retrieve personal belongings

The same crisis management service provider that had been responsible for handing over the personal items after the Mangalore plane crash, US-based Kenyon, is entrusted with the task to do the same, at Karipur and the B-737 aircraft. The agency is given the task of retrieval, inspection, categorisation and handing over of goods to the families of the 191 passengers on the flight from Dubai to Kozhikode.

Guidelines of the International Air Transport Association (IATA),  The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) norms on aircraft accident victims and their families will be followed. The AIE is yet to pay the interim relief of 10 lakhs of the deceased and be of financial assistance to the injured.

  • Inauguration of submarine optical fibre cable to Andaman and Nicobar islands

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches submarine optical fibre cable connecting Chennai and Port Blair. Estimated 2,300 km of Optical Fibre Cable has been laid at the expenditure of about Rs 1,224 crore.

The initiative was taken to provide telephone and internet services at par with that of the countries. It is expected to increase connectivity, tourism, online education, and business on the island. The submarine cable will also connect Port Blair to Swaraj Dweep (Havelock), Little Andaman, Car Nicobar, Kamorta, Great Nicobar, Long Island, and Rangat of the Island group.


  • Nepal draws halt on 11 anti-flood projects

CM Yogi Adityanath discusses the lack of progress on the new eleven flood prevention projects with PM Modi during a video conference with six states on the current flood situation. The projects worth Rs 53.64 crore could not be executed before the flood season, due to Nepal’s denial of permission regarding the implementation of the same in its geographical territory due to COVID-19.

The flood projects are built every year on the Gandak river on the Nepal border, with the means of funds from the centre. The aberration this year, caused by COVID-19, lead Nepal to not sanction the projects in its area. Hence resulting in the flood-affected districts of UP, including Ayodhya and Gorakhpur.

  • 18 Institutes named after slain soldiers

The Palwal district administration names institutes after 18 fallen soldiers. It is the first time that the policy decided seven years ago has been implemented, that previously had stayed in papers.

The policy framed in 1999, to name educational institutes after the martyrs of Kargil war, was extended in 2013 to those who were awarded national awards, freedom fighters, and martyrs of other wars. The policy also held that the Deputy Commissioner could change the name of the institute, complying with a municipal body or Gram Panchayat.

  • Mauritius oil spill disaster

Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth calls for urgent international help to stop the ecological and economic damage threatening the island nation. MV Wakashio was carrying 4,000 tonnes of fuel oil, and more than 1,000 tonnes have seeped out of the tanker.

Experts estimate that the remaining oil on the tanker is at a huge probability of spilling as it may have started cracking up, eventually breaking into two parts. It is calculated to be the worst oil spill in the island’s history and could lead up to the extinction of many plants, rare birds, and wildlife species found in that area.

  • CM Kejriwal assertive about the coronavirus situation in Delhi

After the inauguration of a hospital in Ambedkar Nagar, Arvind Kejriwal assertively states that the coronavirus situation in the capital is under control. The recovery rates are increasing, and the positivity and death counts are decreasing significantly; even if the situation takes a negative turn, the state government is ready to battle it.

The construction of the hospital began in 2013 due to public demand, as there were no large hospitals in that area. Aimed at a capacity of 600 beds, the inauguration began with 200 beds, supplied by oxygen facilities for treating COVID-19 patients.