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  • Ram mandir ‘Bhoomi Pujan’: Modi Ji to be on stage

Among the total 175 guests who are attending the bhoomi pujan of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, there are 135 seers, and others are families of those killed in the police firing in 1990.

The general secretary told that only five people would be present on the stage during the bhoomi pujan. They are our PM Narendra Modi and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat, Mahant Nrityagopal Das (head of the trust), CM Yogi Adityanath, and UP Governor Anandiben Patel.

Ayodhya is all set to witness the bhoomi pujan of Ram Mandir on August 5. 


  • Guidelines regarding the Unlock 3.0 issued for yoga institutes and gyms

Guidelines says that the yoga institutes and gyms in all the containment zones shall remain shut for the public. The Union Ministry on Monday issued the revised guidelines regarding the opening of these spaces from August 5.

As per the guidelines, the public is told to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet. The use of masks or face cover is also compulsory at all times, except if you are facing difficulty in breathing during exercise.

The housekeeping staff should be properly briefed about the rules regarding waste management and disposal.


  • Manipur CM N. Biren Singh inaugurates a 300-bed COVID-19 care centre

On Monday, N. Biren Singh (CM of Manipur) inaugurated a care center of 300 beds at Lamboi Khongnang Makhong for COVID patients. CM said that this care center would soon have 1000 beds for the people.

Biren said that so far, there is no evidence of community transmission, which is a sign of relief for them. He also emphasized on the need for creating awareness regarding COVID-19 and how people can fight against it. As of now, seven people lost their lives to COVID in Manipur, and the number of infected people is increasing every day


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  • Khadi Agarbatti Atma Nirbhar Mission gets the government approval

The government permitted the Khadi Agarbatti Atma Nirbhar Mission to create more employment and make India self-sufficient in the production of agarbattis.

Nitin Gadkari (Union Minister for MSME) gave a green signal for this unique employment generation plan. This scheme will help produce jobs for a large number of the unemployed and migrant workers who lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to that, this project will also enhance the domestic production of Agarbattis.

The current agarbatti consumption in India is roughly around 1490 MT per day, while the production per day is just 790 MT. This scheme will also help bridge the gap between the demand and supply of agarbattis.


  • UAE can now produce nuclear energy

UAE has become the first country in the Arab world to be able to generate nuclear energy. On August 1, it was announced that Unit 1 of the Barakah nuclear power plant based in Abu Dhabi has become functional.

The nuclear reactor will soon be connected with the power grid to supply electricity for the upcoming testing processes. Mohammed bin Rashid (VP and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh) confirmed the same through his tweet.


  • CM of Karnataka tests positive for COVID-19

BS Yediyurappa (77-year-old), the Chief Minister of Karnataka, has tested positive for coronavirus. He gave this information through a tweet on August 2, 2020.

He tweeted that he was fine and has been hospitalized at Manipal Hospital in Bengaluru as a precautionary measure. He also requested the people who had come in contact with him to undergo self-quarantine.


 


  • Curfew announced in Srinagar for two days

Under the fear of protests on the 1st anniversary of the removal of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status, the Srinagar administration decided to impose a curfew on August 4 and 5.

The decision has been taken after several inputs suggested that separatist and Pakistan-sponsored groups are thinking to mark August 5 as a ‘Black Day.’ These may also lead to violent protests causing harm to the public and property.

However, the medical emergencies will be exempted from this curfew on August 4 and 5.


  • Fuel demands slip after a significant gain of 2 months

The consumption of refined fuel decreased in the month of July, probably due to slower industrial activities owing to high retail prices, floods, and the renewed guidelines for lockdown COVID-19 across various parts of the country.

The diesel sales of state-refiners’ also fell by 13 percent to 4.85 million tonnes in July from June. This fall has pushed the refiners to restrain crude processing. IOC has no hopes to see the pre-COVID-19 level of sales shortly.


  • Bihar lawmakers ask for CBI probe in Sushant Singh Rajput’s case

Bihar legislators asked for a CBI intervention in the case of Sushant Singh Rajput. The session was held at Gyan Bhawan in Patna for just one day, keeping in mind the increasing number of COVID cases in the state.

BJP MLA Neeraj Kumar Singh is a cousin of Sushant Singh, and he raised the demand for a probe by the central agency into the matter.

After seeing the news reports, it is clear that the Mumbai police is trying to create obstacles in the investigation done by the Bihar police team. Mr. Singh also cited that the IPS officer who was sent from Bihar was made to undergo quarantine soon after he reached Mumbai to look into the case.

Sushant Singh Rajput allegedly committed suicide in his Bandra apartment on June 14.


  • MGNREGA has already consumed half of its annual funds

The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme has used half of its annual funds by one-third of the way through the financial year. It has spent more than Rs. 48,500 crore out of their annual allocation of Rs. 1 lakh crore allocated after the COVID outbreak.

A survey conducted by Aziz Premji Foundation in 13 states indicated that several gram panchayats in vulnerable areas have used up their funds. They recommended that the center should allocate another Rs. 1 lakh crore for the same, and also increase the permitted work limit to 200 days per household.