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Drug Case: Mumbai Magistrate court rejects bail petition filed by Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan and 2 others

Bollywood actor, Shah Rukh Khan’s son, Aryan Khan, has been denied bail after he was arrested in connection with the drugs-on-cruise case. According to the court, Aryan will spend the weekend in Mumbai’s Arthur Road jail.

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Court order: India to pay $674 compensation for every death caused by covid-19

India’s supreme court has approved the government’s decision to pay 50,000 rupees ($674) as compensation for every death due to Covid-19.


According to a source, the Supreme Court’s order followed a petition by the country’s lawyers seeking compensation under India’s disaster management laws.

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Four men including a Hindu priest arrested for raping and murdering a nine-year-old girl in india

Four men, including a Hindu priest, have been charged with raping and murdering a nine-year-old girl in India.


The girl, who has not been named, was sent by her mother to fetch water from the nearby crematorium in New Delhi on August 1, when she was attacked.

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A second crisis is killing survivors of India’s worst Covid wave

Srinivas S. lies on a gurney in an operating theater in St John’s Hospital in Bengaluru as surgeons carefully remove bits of blackened tissue and rotten bone from his face.

The 41-year-old driver is one of more than 45,000 Indians infected with black fungus — or mucormycosis — since the start of the country’s second Covid-19 wave in late March.

Like Srinivas, the vast majority of sufferers — around 85% — were Covid-19 patients, according to India’s Health Ministry. By July, more than 4,300 people had died from the fungal infection.

Srinivas’s sister Shyamala V. sits by his bed and considers what life will be like for her brother’s wife and two young sons, ages 2 and four months, if he becomes one of them.

“I am very scared for him; he has two small kids. Who will look after them?” she said.

Black fungus is India’s second Covid crisis. Before this year, the infection was rare in India, though it was around 80 times more common there than in developed countries.

It’s caused by mucormycetes, a type of fungi, that people are exposed to every day, but when their immune systems have been battered by Covid they become more vulnerable to infection. Unless treated quickly, black fungus can cause permanent damage to the face, loss of vision and death — it has a mortality rate of over 50%.

Cases have surged in India, and a small number of cases have been detected elsewhere — in Nepal, Afghanistan, Egypt and Oman, according to their respective health ministries.

India’s black fungus cases numbers are far higher now than after the country’s first coronavirus wave last September. That may be due to the rapid spread of the Delta or B.1.617.2 variant of the virus.

Diabetes causes elevated blood sugar levels — perfect conditions for a fungus that feeds on sugar. In India, at least 77 million people had diabetes as of 2019, second only to China which had 116 million (the United States had 31 million) according to the International Diabetes Federation — which partly explains why Indian black fungus cases are comparatively high.

The World Health Organization says the prevalence of diabetes is rising more rapidly in low- and middle-income countries than high-income countries. Coupled with a rise in Covid cases, doctors predict black fungus will become more common worldwide.

Excruciating pain

Srinivas, who only uses one name, thought he was over the worst of Covid-19, but his left eye soon started swelling so much he could barely open it. The pain was excruciating.

He had never heard of black fungus but became concerned when his eye and nose started bleeding in May. “A lot of blood was coming out, so I thought, what is happening?” Srinivas told reported from his hospital bed before his third operation to remove infected tissue.

Srinivas said he went to four hospitals before doctors diagnosed him with black fungus and referred him to a fifth hospital where he finally received treatment.

Before the pandemic, India had about 3,000 to 4,000 cases of mucormycosis each year, according to figures provided to the Indian Parliament by Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya.

Back then, the illness wasn’t notifiable, meaning states weren’t obliged to report cases to the central government. That changed in May as case numbers grew. By the end of June, more than 40,845 cases had been reported nationwide.

Two weeks later, that number had risen by around 9% to 45,374. Of those patients, around half are still receiving treatment, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

Priyanka Chopra Sells Two Mumbai Apartments For RS 7 Core; Rent An Office For Rs. 2.11 Lakh Per Month

Indian Actress Priyanka Chopra reportedly shuffled her properties on social media, purchasing office space in Mumbai and selling off a couple of apartments.

According to the Info Priyanka owns properties in several cities such as Mumbai, Los Angeles, and Goa.

The new reports says that Priyanka Chopra sold the apartments for a combined ₹7 crore. A residential unit located on the seventh floor of Raj Classic, Versova, Andheri (W), was sold for ₹3 crore in March, while another unit on the same floor, but with larger square-footage, was sold for ₹4 crore.

The reports also said, that Priyanka leased a second-floor office property located in Vastu Precinct, Oshiwara in Andheri West, for ₹2.11 lakh per month in June. The office is spread across an area of 2040 sq ft.

In February last year, Priyanka sold a fourth-floor unit at Karan Apartment, Lokhandwala Complex, Andheri West for ₹2 crore.

Priyanka and her husband, Nick Jonas, own a $20 million house in Encino, Los Angeles. According to reporters, which first broke the news of their purchase, Nick and Priyanka’s house contains a two-lane bowling alley, a mirror-walled gymnasium, a wet bar, a movie theatre with a screen of IMAX proportions, and an indoor basketball court. There is also a lounge/games room underground with a pool table.

Jacqueline Fernandez recently moved into Priyanka Chopra’s old Juhu apartment. This is the same house where Priyanka lived when she tied the knot with Nick Jonas in 2018. It is located in a building named KarmaYog, and is valued at ₹7 crore.

More than two thirds of India may have Covid-19 antibodies, new survey shows

About 67.6% of Indians surveyed above the age of 6 showed antibodies, according to the nationwide study, which was conducted between June and July by the government-run Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). The survey covered 70 districts in 21 states, with 28,975 participants.

According to a new serological survey released Tuesday, providing yet more evidence the virus may have spread far more widely than official figures suggest.

Our immune systems develop antibodies either induced by vaccination, or in response to infection. The majority of survey participants, 62%, had not received a vaccine; about a quarter had gotten their first dose.

The study marks a dramatic jump from just a few months ago — at the start of the year, less than one quarter of participants were showing antibodies, according to the last national serological survey.

But in the months between the two surveys, India was devastated by a massive second wave, which overwhelmed the medical system and left people dying outside hospitals, waiting for oxygen or an open bed. The wave lasted from April through June, infecting millions and killing tens of thousands.

The study’s findings, combined with a slow vaccination rollout, raise concerns about the possibility of a third wave of infections, according to ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava.

“More than half of the children (6 to 17 years old) were sero-positive, and sero-prevalence was similar in rural and urban areas,” he said — but “states, districts and areas without antibodies run the risk of infection waves,” meaning about 400 million people will still be vulnerable if a third wave hits.

Active immunity, meaning protection against a disease, is often measured by the presence of antibodies — proteins in the blood, made by the immune system to help fight infections, acquired either through prior infection or vaccination.

Vaccinations have picked up in the past two months after the second wave began subsiding — but the country is still nowhere near its goals. So far, only 6.35% of India’s 1.38 billion population has been fully vaccinated

And the country is still recovering from the second wave. Though daily new infections and the active caseload have steadily dropped, government officials are now repeatedly warning the public against complacency.

“I would like to emphasize today that at hill stations and in markets, the large crowds who are not wearing masks or following protocols is an issue of great concern,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week, after photos emerged of tourists flouting Covid protocols in vacation destination towns. “This is not right.”

So far, India has reported about 31.2 million confirmed cases, according to Johns Hopkins University — less than 3% of its total population, and drastically lower than the proportion of survey respondents showing antibodies.

There are several reasons behind the gap in reporting, including poor infrastructure, human error, and low testing levels.

Though testing rates have increased since the start of the year, there are different case reporting structures across different cities and states — and poorer residents might not be able to afford the time off work to get tested, or to travel to a test center.

Underreporting is prevalent in more rural parts of the country, where there are often logistical issues like missing information in the national medical database.

A working paper published Tuesday by the US-based Center for Global Development found that the number of excess deaths reported during India’s pandemic could be up to ten times the official death toll — underlining just how severe the underreporting problem is.

Between 3.4 and 4.9 million estimated excess deaths were reported in India between January 2020 and June 2021,said the paper — compared to the Indian health ministry’s reported death toll of approximately 400,000.

“Many people have said the Indian government is hiding the death toll, the Indian government simply compiles and publishes the figures sent to us from state governments,” he said.

When asked about the underreported deaths in parliament on Tuesday, Mansukh Madaviya, India’s newly-appointed health minister, said the government has “no reason to hide deaths.”

Each of these estimates have their limitations, and the number of excess deaths reported do not necessarily equate to Covid-specific deaths, the study acknowledged.

The study was based on three different estimates of excess deaths, using India’s seroprevalence studies, excess death data from India’s civil registration system, and mortality surveys from the Center for the Monitoring of the Indian Economy.

But it concluded that the first wave of the pandemic was “more lethal than is popularly believed,” and that their estimates show a higher number of excess deaths reported during the first wave than the second.

“True deaths are likely to be in the several millions not hundreds of thousands, making this arguably India’s worst human tragedy since partition and independence.”

“Regardless of source and estimate, actual deaths during the Covid pandemic are likely to have been an order of magnitude greater than the official count,” the study noted.

Actress, Kemi Afolabi- ‘I am Contented with you mine Dara.

Actress, Kemi Afolabi has taken to her official Instagram page to gush over her only child, Dara

According to Kemi Afolabi, her child is enough for her and she does not want anything else.

Sharing some recent photos she snapped with Dara who lives in at the boarding house, the proud mum wrote;

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“I am CONTENTED with you mine @darasimiadesipe”

See how some of Kemi’s fans reacted to the photos she shared;

@hardeyholar87 wrote “Beautiful like momma”

@ayomi_shindara wrote “Our beautiful Dara my namesake she so cool I just love her keep making your mom happy …may she never have a single regret of riding you to the world”

CP Odumosu – No Yoruba Nation rally will be allowed in Lagos State.

No Yoruba Nation rally will be allowed in Lagos - CP Odumosu

The Lagos state Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has issued a warning to Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemi popularly known as Sunday Igboho, against staging any rally in the state.

Igboho had recently declared intentions to organize a rally in Lagos to sensitize residents of the state on the need to support the call for the actualization of the Yoruba nation. The planned rally was slated for Saturday, July 3, at the Gani Fawehimi  Freedom Park,   Ojota area and other parts of the state. 

At a press briefing on Thursday, July 1, the police boss insisted that the command would not allow any rally to hold in order to avoid a repeat of a total breakdown of law and order as witnessed in the hijacked EndSARS protest, last year.

In his words

“ Lagos State cannot afford to experience any security lapses, breakdown of law and order and threat to public peace at the moment, considering the negative effects and reoccurring agonies of the October 2020 violent #Endsars crisis that led to massive destruction of public and private facilities, while some Police personnel paid the supreme price. This is in addition to many Police stations, barracks and officers’ personal properties that were set ablaze during this period.

The Command is still going through those harrowing experiences. It will not be cajoled by the so-called organizers that the rally will be peaceful. That was the same slogan adopted by the organizers of the #Endsars protest that eventually snowballed into crises with attendant massive destruction of lives and properties. The Police will not submit to their antics”.

According to the police boss, intelligence gathered by the police indicates that one Elewe-omo, a transport Union leader in Ibadan, Oyo State, had perfected a plan “to attack organizers of the rally as a reappraisal attack on the death of one of his followers allegedly killed by one Sunday Igboho’s group during a similar rally organized in Ibadan, Oyo State sometimes ago”. He mentioned that some disgruntled elements had perfected plans to infiltrate the ranks of the protesters to hijack the opportunity to attack and loot properties of Lagosians.

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”The command still reaffirms that on no account will any actual or rumoured activities including the said planned mega rally be allowed to lock down the state or hinder normal daily activities of the good people of Lagos State.  The effect of this, if allowed to come to fruition, is better known than imagined on the security, traffic and economic activities of a cosmopolitan state, like Lagos.

It has also come to the knowledge of the command that the rally arranged to take place at the Gani Fawehimi Freedom Park, Ojota, Lagos, has been planned by some other yet-to-be-identified groups to simultaneously take place in LekKi Toll Gate, Ikoyi, Iyana-Ipaja, Ikeja, Surulere, Ikorodu and other areas.

This, if allowed, could be a fatal ground to anarchy. The cumulative effect of all these poses a  threat to law and order in the State. The Command will not fold its hands and allow disgruntled elements to truncate the peace being enjoyed in the state”.

However, Igboho has since called off the rally in Lagos. He announced the decision after his Ibadan home was raided by DSS officials.