• Bus catches fire in Chitradurga- five dead

A private bus carrying 35 passengers from Bijapur to Bengaluru catches fire near K.R. Halli near Hiriyur in Chitradurga district. Five people, including three children, are reported to be dead, and others seriously injured. The injured passengers have been taken to hospitals at Hiriyur and Chitradurga, by the local police.

One of the passengers had caught sight of the engine catching fire, and had immediately informed the driver. The passengers had just enough time to vacate the bus before it caught fire. The five deceased were in a deep sleep and could not be awoken by others. Their identities and other details, including the reason for the fire, are yet to be discovered.


  • 20 tested COVID-19 positive in ISKCON temple, Mathura

20 people living in ISKCON temple have been tested positive, news shared on the sacrilegious day of Janmashtami. Devotees are not to be allowed in temples in Mathura-Vrindavan till August 13.

District Magistrate Sarvagya Ram Mishra shared that a person living in the temple premises had recently visited Delhi and found it to be positive. The 20 who have tested positive, are seemingly asymptomatic and are in isolation. Additionally, the surrounding places have been sealed and are being thoroughly sanitized.


  • CCMB sceptical regarding Sputnik-V

CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology reveals that the efficiency and safety levels of the Russian vaccine are unreliable as there’s no clear data. Director of CCMB, Rakesh K Mishra, indicating such confidentiality, highly doubts that proper trials were not conducted. The stage-III trials, where most of the vaccines fail, is the main entrance. He also added that people had to be lucky for the vaccine to work.

On August 11, the Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Sputnik-V, developed by the Gamaleya National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology of the Russian Healthcare Ministry, is the first registered vaccine against COVID-19. Putin had also tested the first dose of the vaccine on one of his daughters.


  • Four Naxals killed in an encounter in Chhattisgarh

Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) Sundarraj. P reveals the death of four Naxals in the forest under Jagargunda police station limits. Joint squads of different security forces, including the District Reserve Guard (DRG), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and its elite unit Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) had taken off with the anti-Naxal operation.

The shots were heard by a patrolling team, and later four bodies were dragged out of the jungle, possessing a .303 rifle, and a huge cache of country-made weapons and explosive material.


  • Environment clearance for thermal plant extended till 2023

The Environment Ministry’s Expert Appraisal Committee recommends extension of the Udangudi supercritical imported coal-based thermal power plant for a period of three years, till October 13, 2023. The company has reported the progress of the thermal plant to be completed up to 39%, amounting around Rs7,359 crore till date. The project, worth Rs 13,076.70 crore, is expected to have completed its project construction activities by May 2023.


  • Former President still in a critical condition

Pranab Mukherjee’s health has not been seen improving since he was hospitalized for an emergency surgery for a brain clot. Admitted at the Army’s Research and Referral (R&R) Hospital, he is reported to be haemodynamically stable and under ventilation.

Mr. Mukherjee had also revealed on Twitter that he has been tested positive for COVID-19, and had asked people in contact to be in quarantine.


  • Mamata Banerjee claims a 40% reduction in unemployment rate in Bengal

CM Mamata Banerjee tweets on International Youth Day, claiming unemployment rate in Bengal has been reduced by 40% while the nation witnesses a 24% rise in joblessness. She further adds the government’s scheme of ‘Karma Sathi Prakapla’ offering one lakh unemployed youth soft loans and subsidies to become self-reliant.

Additionally, she highlights her faith in the youth of Bengal, encouraging their spirits over social media.


  • India to meet Nepal to discuss unresolved issues

Nepalese Foreign Secretary Shankar Bairagi and Indian Ambassador to Nepal Vinay Mohan Kwatra will meet soon in Kathmandu to talk about ongoing bilateral projects like infrastructure building, border trade and hydro electricity projects that India plans to undertake in Nepal. It is scheduled to be an oversight mechanism meeting, still unclear about the UP and Bihar flood issues to be discussed or not.

The meeting is significant as the two countries will be sitting together after India’s publication of a new map asserting dominance over the disputed Kalapani region in November 2019, to which Nepal answered by unveiling their political map, giving it constitutional status.


  • Maoists claim responsibility for blast that killed two tribals

Sudheer, the secretary of Pedabayalu Area Committee of the CPI (Maoist) after several days of the incident owns the responsibility of the blast that killed two adivasis on August 1 in the AOB region of the Visakha agency. He reveals, in an audio clip, that the landmines were planted targeting security forces, but tribals Mohan Rao and Ajay Kumar stepped on them, in spite of the villagers being warned beforehand.

The Maoist party members are also said to have visited the family of the deceased, owning the responsibility of their deaths. However, Sudheer has made justifications for the landmines to keep the security away from venturing deep into the AOB region.


  • Disruption in education due to the pandemic

Ram highlights the effects of the pandemic on the education system. Underlining the uncertainty of the situation and the lack of a definite day as when schools will open, he draws attention to the under-privileged students, including girls, people living in poor or rural areas, refugees and displaced persons. He also mentions the incapability of the higher educational institutes to conduct exams under UGC guidelines under such chaotic situations.

However, pointing towards the silver lining, N Ram mentions that bright minds are putting forward great scientific content.