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2,442 fresh COVID cases take tally to over 89K in Delhi; death toll climbs to 2,803

Delhi recorded 2,442 fresh coronavirus cases on Wednesday, taking the infection tally in the city to over 89,000, while the death toll from the disease mounted to 2,803, the authorities said.

10-day complete lockdown begins in Thane, 2 other civic bodies

A 10-day complete lockdown has been enforced from Thursday in Thane and two other civic administration limits adjoining Mumbai city to contain the spread of coronavirus, officials said.

4 more test COVID-19 positive in Arunachal; tally rises to 195

Four more persons have tested positive for COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh, raising the state''s tally to 195, an official said.

Assam reports 548 coronavirus cases; total count 8,955

Assam reported 548 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the total number of infections in the state to 8,955, Minister for Health and Family Welfare Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Wednesday. So far, 12 people have died from the infection in the state. In the past 24 hours, 378 cases were reported from Guwahati City alone, which is under a complete lockdown for 14 days since June 28 following a surge in the number of cases.

Assam lab isolates COVID-19 virus

(The Regional Medical Research Centre in Assam''s Dibrugarh has become the fourth laboratory in the country to successfully isolate SARS-CoV-2 virus that can be used for the production of a vaccine against COVID-19, state Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Wednesday.
 

International

New Zealand's health minister resigns after virus blunders

Wellington (New Zealand), Jul 2 (AP) New Zealand''s health minister resigned Thursday following a series of personal blunders during the coronavirus pandemic


Business
Sensex rallies over 300 pts in early trade; Nifty tops 10,500

Mumbai: Market benchmark Sensex surged over 300 points in early trade on Thursday tracking advances in global equities as positive macroeconomic data flow and hopes of a COVID-19 vaccine boosted investor sentiment.

Bajaj Auto reports 31 pc in June sales

Bajaj Auto on Thursday reported a 31 per cent decline in its total sales at 2,78,097 units in June as against 4,04,624 units in the same month last year.

Rupee rises 10 paise to 75.50 against US dollar in early trade

The rupee appreciated 10 paise to 75.50 against the US dollar in early trade on Thursday tracking weakness in the greenback and gains in the domestic equity market.

Health experts slam US mass purchase of licensed virus drug

Public health experts on Wednesday criticised the US for securing for itself a large supply of the only drug licensed so far to treat COVID-19.


Entertainment
Vaani Kapoor to star opposite Akshay Kumar in 'Bellbottom'

Mumbai: Actor Vaani Kapoor will play the female lead opposite Akshay Kumar in the high-end espionage thriller "Bellbottom", producer Jackky Bhagnani announced on Thursday.

Zachary Levi to star in NFL quarterback Kurt Warner's biopic

"Shazam!" star Zachary Levi will essay the role of NFL legend Kurt Warner in an upcoming biographical movie.

'Never Have I Ever' renewed for season two by Netflix

Netflix has given a second season order for Mindy Kaling''s coming-of-age series "Never Have I Ever".


Sports

Former West Indies cricketer Everton Weekes dies aged 95

Bridgetown: Everton Weekes, who formed one of the famous three "Ws" of West Indian cricket as part of a formidable batting lineup for more than a decade, has died. He was 95.

Cricket Australia to not use Dukes ball in first-class cricket from 2020-21 season

Cricket Australia has decided to not use the Dukes ball from this summer''s Sheffield Shield, having used it alongside Kookaburra for four seasons.

Fulton quits as NZ batting coach, to take up head coach job in Canterbury

Peter Fulton has quit as New Zealand''s batting coach to take up the job of head coach of the Canterbury men''s team, the country''s cricket board said on Thursday.

Simmons' job is not threatened in any way, he is still the best man: CWI president

St John''s (Antigua), Jul 2 (PTI) West Indies coach Phil Simmons is in no danger of losing his job as he has the "full backing" of the country''s cricket board with its president Ricky Skerritt insisting that he had taken permission to attend his father-in-law''s funeral.


GK snap shot on 2 July 2020

National Doctors Day 2020 – July 1
72nd National Chartered Accountants Day 2020: July 1
Government to release commemorative stamp to honour former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao
New Zealand Cancels the 2021 APEC’s Auckland Summit & Opts to Virtual Summit
Ravinder Bhakar Assumes Charge as CEO of Central Board of Films Certification
 

All Rounder Ravinder Jadeja Named the Most Valuable Player of India by Wisden
Rajkiran Rai G, Union Bank of India MD & CEO Term Extended for 2 years
Shrikant Madhav Vaidya Assumes Charge as the Chairman of Indian Oil Corporation
PM announced extension of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Ann Yojana till November, 2020
India, Japan Hold PASSEX Naval Exercise to Promote Understanding in Indian Ocean
 

Central govt Implemented Amendments in the Indian Stamp Act, 1899 and Rules from 1st July, 2020
Government Declares Entire Nagaland ‘Disturbed Area’ for 6 more Months Under AFSPA Act 1958
India-Bangladesh form 50:50 Joint Venture Company for LPG Business in Bangladesh
HRD Ministry Launches the World’s First Online B.Sc Degree in Programming and Data Science – Prepared by IIT Madras
UNGA President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande Launched ‘Alliance for Poverty Eradication’; India Joins as Founding Member
Uganda, First African Country to Submit Results of REDD+ to UNFCCC
 

World Bank Approves USD 750 Million MSME Emergency Response Program for India
HDFC Bank Launches ‘e-Kisaan Dhan’ App for Farmers
India’s AI enabled “MyGov Corona Helpdesk” wins two global award at 4th Annual CogX 2020
Hindi Literature Writer Priyamvad’s New Book, ‘Bharatiya Loktanktra Ka Koras: Kuch Bisari Bikhari Dhwaniyan’ to Release in 2021


LAST MONTHS G.K.

January 22 : 18, 18, 01

December 21 : 30, 29, 28, 27, 25, 24, 23, 22, 22, 21, 18, 17, 16, 15, 14, 08, 07, 06, 06, 04, 03, 02, 01

November 21 : 20, 18, 18, 18, 17, 17, 11, 10, 09, 09, 08, 06, 03, 02, 01

October 21 : 24, 23, 21, 20, 19, 18, 16, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 08, 08, 07, 06, 04, 01

September 21 : 07, 04, 03, 02, 01

August 21 : 11, 10

July 21 : 10, 10, 09, 09, 08, 06, 05, 03, 02, 01

June 21 : 08, 07, 07, 05, 04, 03, 02, 01

May 21 : 29, 28, 27, 25, 24, 23, 22, 20, 19, 18, 17, 17, 14, 13, 11, 10, 10, 08, 07, 06, 05, 04, 03, 01

April 21 : 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 10, 09, 08, 08, 07, 05, 03, 02, 01

March 21 : 18, 17, 16, 15, 13, 12, 10, 10, 09, 08, 05, 04, 03, 02, 01

February 21 : 27, 26, 25, 24, 23, 22, 21, 20, 19, 18, 15, 13, 12, 12, 11, 10, 08, 06, 03, 01

January 21 : 27, 25, 23, 22, 21, 20, 19, 18, 16, 15, 14, 12, 11, 09, 08, 07, 06, 05

December 20 : 30, 29, 28, 24, 21, 18, 17, 15, 11, 07, 03, 01

November 20 : 24, 20, 19, 18, 12, 11, 10, 09, 08, 07, 06, 05, 04, 03, 02

October 20 : 31, 30, 29, 29, 27, 26, 23, 22, 21, 20, 19, 15, 14, 13, 12, 10, 09, 08, 08, 07, 06, 06, 03, 02, 01

September 20 : 30, 29, 29, 26, 25, 24, 23, 22, 21, 19, 18, 17, 16, 15, 14, 12, 11, 10, 09, 09, 08, 07, 05, 04, 03, 02, 01

August 20 : 31, 29, 28, 27, 26, 25, 24, 22, 21, 20, 19, 18, 17, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 10, 08, 07, 06, 05, 04, 03, 01

July 20 : 31, 30, 29, 28, 27, 25, 24, 23, 22, 21, 20, 18, 17, 14, 13, 10, 09, 09, 08, 07, 06, 04, 03, 02, 01

June 20 : 30, 27, 26, 24, 23, 22, 20, 19, 18, 18, 17, 16, 13, 12, 11, 10, 09, 06, 05, 04, 03, 02, 01

May 20 : 30, 29, 28, 26, 25, 23, 22, 22, 22, 22, 22, 16, 14, 13, 11, 09, 08, 07, 07, 05, 04, 02, 01

April 20 : 30, 28, 27, 25, 24, 23, 22, 21, 20, 18, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, 11, 10, 09, 08, 07, 07, 07, 04, 03, 02, 01

March 20 : 31, 27, 26, 25, 24, 22, 21, 19, 18, 17, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 09, 07, 06, 05, 04, 04, 03, 02

February 20 : 29, 28, 28, 26, 25, 24, 21, 20, 19, 18, 11

January 20 : 13