1 Cr COVID Vaccine Doses Administered In Delhi: Kejriwal

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said that one crore Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the national capital so far.
“A little over 1 cr doses of COVID vaccine have been administered to people in Delhi so far. The milestone was reached today. These have been administered to around 74 lakh people – 26 lakh received both doses while the remaining received single dose,” Kejriwal said in a press conferenc
“Out of the 2 crores (approx) population of Delhi, 1.5 crore people are over 18 years of age and eligible for vaccination. So, out of 1.5 crore people around 74 lakh people have received at least one dose. This is 50% of the population,” Kejriwal added.
Moreover, the chief minister added that of 1.5 crore Delhiites eligible for vaccination, 50% have got at least one dose. “So, out of 1.5 crore people around 74 lakh people have received at least one dose. This is 50% of the population,” he said.

Tokyo Olympics: Sindhu Loses Semi-Final, To Play For Bronze On Sunday

India shuttler PV Sindhu will not be able to return with a silver or gold in the women’s singles event after losing to Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu-Ying in the semi-finals of the ongoing Tokyo Olympics here at the Musashino Forest Plaza Court 1 on Saturday. Tzu-Ying defeated Sindhu 21-18, 21-12 in the semifinals. Sindhu will now play for bronze on Sunday.

The Indian shuttler matched her opponent shot for shot, but it did not prove to be enough as Tzu-Ying ended up taking the first game 21-18. Sindhu needed to win the next game to stay alive in the semi-final.
The number two seed Tzu-Ying continued from where she left off in the first game and despite Sindhu throwing her best shots, it was not enough and the Indian shuttler lost the semi-final clash in straight games. The entire match lasted for 40 minutes.

On Friday, Sindhu had stormed into the semi-finals of the women’s singles event after defeating Japan’s number four seed Akane Yamaguchi in the quarterfinals.

Sindhu defeated Yamaguchi 21-13, 22-20. The quarterfinal clash between Sindhu and Yamaguchi had lasted for 56 minutes. (ANI)

J&K:Two Jaish Terrorists Gunned Down In Pulwama

Two Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists were gunned down by the security forces in Kashmir in an encounter in the Pulwama district on Saturday morning.

“Two terrorists of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) were killed in an encounter today. One of them (Mohd Ismal Alvi) was involved in the 2019 Junaidpura attack”, said IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar
A name of a Pakistani terrorist, who was involved in today’s Pulwama attack was surfaced in a chargesheet that was produced by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Parineeti Shooting Quietly Amid Covid

Bollywood actor Parineeti Chopra, who is vacationing in London with her elder sister Priyanka Chopra Jonas these days, conducted an ‘Ask Me Anything’ session on Instagram recently, where one of her fans asked her when is she announcing her next film.

In the session, one of Parineeti’s fans asked her, “When are you announcing the next film? We’ve been waiting since March when you said next week.”
Replying to her fan, the actor disclosed that she had been shooting ‘quietly’ during the pandemic.

“There are so many factors involved in announcing a film! I’ll just say this- I have been shooting during the pandemic (quietly), so trust me, a couple of announcements will come soon. Thank you for the love”

In a ‘Ask Me Anything’ session hosted in June, Parineeti spoke about her 3 releases this year– ‘Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar’, ‘Saina’ and ‘The Girl On The Train’.

“2021 will remain a special year for me. It’s the year I released 3 films within a single month, and all 2 gave me back all the love and critics reviews. Cannot be more grateful,” she said.

On the work front, Parineeti Chopra was last seen in Dibakar Banerjee’s ‘Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar’ co-starring Arjun Kapoor.

She will be next seen in Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s ‘Animal’ alongside Ranbir Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, and Bobby Deol in the film. (ANI)

Tokyo Olympics: Vandana Becomes Ist Indian Woman Hockey Player To Score Hat-Trick

Vandana Katariya who scored three of India’s four goals against South Africa in the final pool A hockey game became the first Indian woman to register a hat-trick at the Olympics here at Oi Hockey Stadium — South Pitch on Saturday.

The 29-year-old forward’s three goals made sure that the women’s hockey team’s hopes to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics remain intact as it will now depend on the outcome of the Ireland and Great Britain game.
“She shoots, she scores! Vandana Katariya scored 3 of #IND ‘s 4 goals in their match against #RSA to become the first Indian woman to register a hat-trick at the Olympics!” Tokyo 2020 for India tweeted.

In their five Group Stage matches, India won two and lost three. Katariya scored her first two goals in the starting two-quarters of the match and completed the hattrick by scoring the winner in fourth. Neha Goyal was the other scorer for India as the team edged South Africa 4-3 in a thriller. (ANI)

BSF Troops Eliminate 2 Pak Intruders In Punjab

The Border Security Force (BSF) troops killed two Pakistan intruders in Punjab’s Ferozepur district on Friday, said BSF in an official statement.

“On July 30, 2021 at about 2048 hours, BSF troops deployed in AOR of BOP, Thehkelan (Amarkot), Ferozepur observed suspicious movement of intruders sneaking inside Indian territory between a border post,” the BSF statement said.
The troops challenged the intruders and told them to stop. But they did not pay any heed despite repeated warnings and continued to move towards the Indian side in an attempt to cross the border fence. Subsequently, they were fired upon by the troops and two intruders were shot down, BSF said in the statement.

A detailed search is in progress. (ANI)

Nupur Pens Senti Post For ‘Mimi’ Kriti

Kriti Sanon’s younger sister Nupur Sanon shared a long and emotional post on Instagram praising her sister for her performance in the much-acclaimed movie ‘Mimi’.

After watching the movie on Sunday, Nupur posted a couple of still images of Kriti who is essaying the titular role of a surrogate in the movie.
In her soul-stirring post, Nupur termed her sister as “phenomenal” and revealed that she was blown away by what by Kriti’s performance which also made her shed a few tears.

“I always knew your true potential. I always knew the level of acting you’re capable of.

But I was blown away by what I saw!! You did it, Mimi!! You were phenomenal! My Words won’t be able to describe what I felt. I have laughed and laughed and then cried and cried. There wasn’t even a single scene when I felt you weren’t 100 per cent Mimi !!” she wrote.

She further noted that she could see “a mother who fell in love with her child instantly. I could see her forgetting her own dreams in a split second for her child. I could see her world revolving around her child. I could see her being territorial for him! I saw anger, love, disgust , joy and so many subliminal emotions in you Kriti!”

Heaping her sister with praise, Nupur said that Kriti has made sure with her performance that nobody after watching her movie will call her as “just a pretty face” in Bollywood.

“You’ve forced every single person who has watched Mimi to take the ACTOR in you VERY SERIOUSY. And I’m SO proud of you! And I’m SO Happy for you! You have waited to get a film like Mimi way longer that the 9 month-wait Mimi had to for Raj Take a bow,love! @kritisanon,” she concluded.

The release date of Bollywood actor Kriti Sanon’s comedy-drama ‘Mimi’ was preponed, and on July 26, Monday evening (four days before the original release date), the film was released on OTT platforms, amid reports of its online leak.

This Hindi remake of Samroudhhi Porey’s National award-winning, Marathi film, ‘Mala Aai Vhhaychy!’ (2011), has been directed by Laxman Utekar and also features Pankaj Tripathi, Manoj Pahwa, Sai Tamhankar, and Supriya Pathak.

The film narrates a quirky tale of a feisty and carefree girl (Kriti) who becomes a surrogate mom to make money. Laxman Utekar has also written the movie’s story and screenplay along with Rohan Shankar, who has penned the dialogues as well.

Apart from ‘Mimi’, Kriti has an impressive lineup of films including ‘Adipurush’, ‘Bachchan Pandey’, ‘Bhediya’, ‘Ganapath’, ‘Hum Do Hamaare Do’ along with another unannounced project. (ANI)

Tokyo Olympics: India Women’s Hockey Team Defeats SA

The India women’s hockey team defeated South Africa 4-3 in their final Pool A game here at the Oi Hockey Stadium South Pitch on Saturday. As a result of this win, India’s hopes of qualifying for the quarter-finals remain intact.

In their five Group Stage matches, India won two and lost three. Rani and girls’ fate will now depend on Ireland’s game against Great Britain.
The Rani Rampal-led Indian outfit gained a 1-0 lead in the first quarter as Vandana Katariya got her name on the scoring sheet. In the dying minutes of the first quarter, South Africa got the equaliser as Tarryn Glasby scored a goal, bringing the scoreline to 1-1 at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, it was once again Katariya who scored the goal for India and Rampal’s side gained a 2-1 lead. However, just like the first quarter, South Africa registered the equaliser in the final moments of the second quarter as Erin Hunter scored the goal.

India restored its lead in the third quarter as Neha scored the goal. Frustrating the Indians, South Africa managed to get the equaliser once more as Glasby scored her second goal of the match. At the end of the third quarter, the scoreline read 3-3.

Katariya was once again the MVP as she registered her third goal of the match in the fourth quarter, giving India a 4-3 lead with 11 minutes still left to play. In the end, India managed to hang on and the side registered a 4-3 win with Katariya stealing the show with her hattrick. (ANI)

Biden Names Indian-American As 1st Muslim Religious Freedom Envoy

US President Joe Biden has nominated an Indian-American, Rashad Hussain, as the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, who is likely to be the first Muslim to head US diplomacy for advancing religious liberties.

Rashad Hussain is Director for Partnerships and Global Engagement at the National Security Council. He previously served as Senior Counsel at the Department of Justice’s National Security Division, said a White House statement.
During the Obama Administration, Rashad served as US Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, and Deputy Associate White House Counsel.

As an envoy, Hussain worked with multilateral organizations such as the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and United Nations, foreign governments, and civil society organizations to expand partnerships in education, entrepreneurship, health, international security, science and technology, and other areas.

Rashad also spearheaded efforts on countering antisemitism and protecting religious minorities in Muslim-majority countries.

Prior to joining the Obama administration, he served as a judicial law clerk to Damon Keith on the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and was also an associate counsel to the Obama-Biden Transition Project, the statement said further.

Hussain holds a law degree from Yale Law School and has a master’s degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Harvard University.

Meanwhile, American Jewish Committee (AJC) praised the Biden Administration for appointing Hussain as United States Ambassador at-Large for International Religious Freedom.

“Rashad Hussain is an impressive advocate of freedom of religion or belief in challenging diplomatic contexts,” said AJC CEO David Harris. (ANI)

India, China To Hold 12th Corps Commander-Level Talks

The 12th round of Corps Commander-level talks between India and China aimed at discussing disengagement from the remaining friction points in the Eastern Ladakh sector are scheduled to take place in Moldo at 10:30 am on Saturday.

India and China have already disengaged from the banks of Pangong lake after extensive talks and the Gogra Heights and Hot Springs areas are left to be resolved as these friction points were created post-Chinese aggression last year.
“12th round of Corps Commander level talks between India and China to be held in Moldo on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control around 10:30 am. India and China expected to discuss disengagement from the Hot Springs and Gogra Heights areas,” Indian Army sources said.

The two countries have been engaged in a military standoff for almost a year but disengaged from the most contentious Pangong lake area last month after extensive talks at both military and political levels.

The credit for the disengagement was given to all stakeholders by Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane who also talked about the country benefitting from the inputs given by the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval during the crisis.

Earlier, India and China held 11 rounds of talks at the Corps Commander level to reach the arrangement to disengage from the Pangong lake area. (ANI)