• Internet in Jammu and Kashmir after August 15th

High speed 4G internet to be made available in one district in each of Jammu and Kashmir’s divisions, after Independence Day. Attorney-General K.K. Venugopal informed the Supreme Court about the norms of such an action.

Internet access will be provided to specific areas that have been considered safe and show no terrorist movements, and are away from the international borders, and will be strictly monitored to ensure security. The Center added that the restrictions on 4G internet did not hinder COVID-19 prevention and treatment, nor the business. Landline and 2G services had been previously made available.


  • 191 kg of heroin seized from Nhava Sheva port

191 kg of heroin worth Rs 1000 crore nabbed by The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) and customs department from Nhava Sheva port in Navi Mumbai. The narcotics were stuffed in plastic pipes, which were in turn covered with wooden bark, and labelled Ayurvedic medicine.

Two customs house agents- Meenanath Bodake from Nerul and Kondibhau Pandurang Gunjal from Mumbra – have been arrested for the import. The consignment is reported to have come from Afghanistan and three others from Delhi- Suresh Bhatia, Mohammad Nauman and Mahendra Nigam are also arrested. After such a major drug bust, it is suspected that they were involved in past smugglings as well.


  • Spurious sanitizer blended with methanol kills 16

Prakasam Superintendent of Police Siddharth Kaushal reveals the root cause of the death of 16 people who drank hand sanitizer as an alternative to liquor, during the nation-wide lockdown. The deceased have presumably consumed a particular brand of hand sanitizer, Perfect Gold, containing toxic methanol instead of ethanol.

The manufacturers, distributors and suppliers have been arrested. Five pharmacy owners selling this product were also arrested on the grounds of callousness and negligence.


  • COVID-19 takes an eminent poet this time

The eminent Urdu poet, Rahat Indori (1950-2020) was tested positive and admitted to a hospital in Indore, where he surrendered his life to the novel coronavirus. A voice full of courage, a people’s poet whose verses radiated his spirits, a voice of protest against tyranny has been silenced. The art lives on even if the artist doesn’t- proves his social media popularity.


  • 1.8 kg of opium confiscated

1.8 kg of opium worth about Rs 4.5 lakhs has been seized by Police personnel of the Organized Crime Intelligence Unit and the Narcotics Intelligence Bureau, CID.

They have reported arresting five- Adaikalaraj and Adakathan at Mannarpuram; Arumugam, Jayaprakash, and Balasubramanian at Koneripalayam in Perambalur district. The first two were arrested during their wait to sell opium to a buyer.


  • GST fraud of Rs 33 crore detected in Chennai

The Chennai North CGST Commissionerate claims to have busted the GST invoice racket and discovered fraud of minimum Rs 33 crore. A former assistant vice-president of a private bank A. Diwakar and a businessman John Livingston, are considered to be prime suspects who presumably had established a wide network of fake firms, built connections with bank officials to carry out the task. They have been primarily using fake PAN IDs and invalid or outdated GSTINs to surpass the scrutinizing steps, and have been extensively producing fake invoices and e-way bills in the name of fictitious customers. The credit is estimated around Rs 33 crores and the duo, along with the helping hands have been arrested.


  • Interpol says cybercriminals are aiming at large corporations

The International Police Agency has reportedly tracked movements of cybercriminals, saying that they are shifting from individuals and small firms to large organizations and even government sectors, posing a serious threat and enormous financial gain. The cybercrime report is based on a survey of four dozen countries in Asia, Europe and the USA. The increment of such activities has increased since the outbreak of COVID-19 in January. Coronavirus related fraud and phishing campaigns are considered to be the most used methods.

Malware campaigns have moved to government agencies and healthcare sectors where high financial demands can be made. Several countries have informed about an increase in attacks against critical infrastructures of government organizations, hospitals and medical facilities, amidst an already fatal virus.


  • Russia registers the first ever coronavirus vaccine

President Vladimir Putin announces “Sputnik V” to be the first ever registered vaccine for coronavirus. Despite global scepticism regarding such fast delivery of the vaccine and the constant question of compromising on something or the other, Russian officials are assertive about its safety and are positive regarding its effects on increasing immunity. The president shows his affirmation while reporting that one of his daughters had been inoculated by the vaccine.


  • Mangaluru men arrested for abducting minor

Three men from Mangaluru- Imran, Nayeem and Tausheer- have been arrested by the Puttur Woman Police, on the grounds of abducting and sexually harassing a minor girl. The father of the girl reports her abduction being carried out in a car from Mangaluru, from where she was taken to Puttur. The police have filed a case for offences under the Indian Penal Code and also under the provisions of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (PoCSO) Act.

The accused are imprisoned till August 21 until further actions are taken.


  • Population Foundation of India surveys sexual and mental challenges of the youth in lockdown

The assessment survey carried out in May had more than 800 participants, especially from Bihar, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Majority of the young women who participated in the survey have disclosed that they were unable to access sanitary napkins during the lockdown period, thus leading to an additional burden for 4-5 cycles at least. The probable reason is supposed to be the closing of schools which was the provider of menstrual health care for girls. The problem was heightened in Rajasthan (73%) and Bihar (55%), and less than 20% in U.P.

About 22% of young people said they experienced depression due to the lockdown, contributing factors including the worry of a job and completion of education. The constant anxiety of the newfound virus, familial tension, economic crisis, hindrance of privacy, domestic abuse remained concrete factors.