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05th August, 2021


  • India's ace grappler Ravi kumar Dahiya creates history, clinches Silver Medal  in 57 category of wrestling; Men's Hockey team snatch  Bronze  medal beating mighty Germany by 5-4. 

  • Greetings pouring on the medal winners from every  nook and corner of the country; Prime Minister says nation is proud of them and their success inspires India.

  • Both the houses of Parliament witness repeated adjournments over Pegasus issue and  Farm Bills; Adjourned for the day.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says country is giving a tough fight to the pandemic .

  • India crosses another milestone in COVID-19 Vaccination Drive, crosses 49 Crore mark; Recovery rate stands at 97.37 per cent.

  • Bombay High Court asks Maharashtra Government to issue vaccination card to allow fully vaccinated people to travel in local trains.

  • Assam and Mizoram decide to maintain peace in Inter State Border areas, welcome deployment of neutral forces by the Centre.

  • India summons Charge d’Affairs of Pakistan to lodge firm protest over violent mob attack on a temple.

  • Thailand bans sunscreens  from all its marine national parks over the  damage to corals.


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In Tokyo Olympics, participants displayed mixed performance today. India got one silver and bronze medal in 57kg freestyle wrestling and hockey. However they failed to perform in other category in wrestling. Indian  grappler  Ravi Dahiya has secured silver medal. He was defeated by the reigning world champion Zavur Uguev of Russian Olympic Committee in the freestyle 57 kilogram final by 4-7. However Deepak Punia's quest for medal ended as he was beaten by Myles Amine of San Marino by 2-4 in 86 kg  wrestling category quarterfinal clash.

In women's category, there were also disappointments for India as Vinesh Phogat lost her quarterfinal match to Vanesa Kaladzinskaya of Belarus 3-9 and Anshu Malik's quest for bronze medal ended as she lost to Rio Olympics silver medalist, Valeria Koblova of ROC 5-1. 

In Golf, Aditi Ashok is currently tied at 2nd spot. Her great performance in first two round has definitely improved our prospects of securing a medal. But, the day will be marked by the rare feat achieved by the Indian hockey team. Earlier, the men in blue scripted history with their sticks as they defeated Germany 5-4 to win a bronze in Tokyo Olympics. The quest for medal for India ended after the wait of 41 years. Indian woman golfer Aditi Ashok was in contention for a historic Olympic medal after carding a flawless five-under 66 in the second round of the women's competition at the ongoing games. Another Golfer Diksha Dagar also climbed to T-53.

However, in Racewalk event, India's hope for medal has all but faded away now. With just five kilometres left to go, Sandeep dropped further back to 19th position after maintaining at second for quite a while. On the other hand, Rohilla is 48th and Irfan is 51st.


President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister, Sports Minister and others  have congratulated Ravi Kumar Dahiya for the exemplary win and bringing glory to India. In a tweet, President said, India is proud of Ravi Dahiya for winning the wrestling Silver at Tokyo Olympics. He said, Ravi Kumar Dahiya came back into bouts from very difficult situations and won them. The President said, like a true champion, he demonstrated his inner strength too.  Congratulations Ravi Dhaiya Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu in a tweet said  the outstanding wrestler performed flawlessly and earned the silver medal, marking a proud moment in India’s sporting history. He wished him all success in his future endeavours.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Ravi Kumar Dahiya for winning the Silver Medal at Tokyo Olympics. In a tweet, he said, Ravi Kumar Dahiya is a remarkable wrestler and his fighting spirit and tenacity are outstanding. He said, India takes great pride in his accomplishments.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has conveyed best wishes to Deepak Punia for his future endeavours. In a tweet, Prime Minister said, Deepak Punia lost the Bronze narrowly but he has won our hearts. The Prime Minister said, he is a powerhouse of grit and talent.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that hockey has a special place in the hearts and minds of every Indian. In a tweet, Prime Minister Modi said, for every hockey lover and sports enthusiast, 5th August 2021 will remain one of the most memorable days. The Prime Minister in a series of tweets congratulated all the members of Indian Men's Hockey team individually.


Punjab Sports Miniser Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi has announced to honour the hockey players from Punjab in the Indian Men Hockey team with one crore rupees each for winning bronze medal after 41 years creating history. The 11 players in the hockey team are from Punjab.

Earlier Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh today  congratulated the Indian Men’s Hockey Team for defeating Germany by 5-4 in Bronze medal match at Tokyo 2020 Olympic. 

On the occasion the Chief Minister in a tweet said, a proud & historic moment for the nation as Men’s Hockey Team wins Bronze Medal in #Olympics by defeating Germany in a scintillating match. A tremendous achievement to be finishing on the podium after 41 years and the Hockey Bronze is worth its weight in Gold.


Logjam continued in Parliament today as the government and the opposition are adamant on their stands over Pegasus snooping, farm laws and other issues.  After facing repeated adjournments, both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha have been adjourned for the day.  


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that the country's economy is now moving forward and there are clear indications which show that the country is giving a tough fight to the pandemic.

Interacting with the beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana in Uttar Pradesh through video conferencing today, Prime Minister said that amidst the pandemic our export is at an all time high after independence in a single month and there is record GST collection. Prime Minister said that We are now in the list of top ten countries in terms of Agriculture exports. He said the government is working to provide benefits to all.

"हमारी सरकार का प्रयास है कि हर वर्ग को बिना किसी भेद-भाव के योजनाओं का लाभ मिले। योजनाओं का लाभ लेने में यह देखना गलत है कि कौन, किस वर्ग का है। यही वजह है कि हमारी सरकार ने सामान् वर्ग के गरीबों के लिए दस फीसदी आरक्षण की पहल की और इसका लाभ आज देश के लाखों सामान् वर्ग के गरीब उठा रहे हैं।"

Taking a dig at the ongoing ruckus in the parliament, the PM said that, Just because of their political interest, the Opposition is disrespecting the parliament continuously. He said that the parliament cannot become hostage of such people. The PM said that while the country was making new records these people were busy blocking the parliament. He said that new India is not worried about the post but busy in winning medals. Speaking on the vaccination the Prime Minister said,

Criticizing the opposition parties of Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that they were only interested in the development of their own family and that is why Uttar Pradesh was left in the race of development and only known for its political significance. He said Now UP has become the centre of the country and many big companies are eager to come to the state. The Prime Minister also interacted with the beneficiaries of the scheme from various districts of state. Uttar Pradesh celebrated Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana Day today. The Function is being organised as 'Ann mahotsav' and the address of prime minister was telecast live at all the PDS shops of the state. Uttar Pradesh today created a history by distributing free ration to more than 4 crore beneficiaries in a single day from around 80 thousand PDS shops in state. State level function was organized in Ayodhya, where Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath was present.


External Affairs Ministry summoned Pakistan Charge d’Affairs and lodged a firm protest expressing grave concerns at the incident of violent mob attack on a Ganesh temple in Rahim Yar Khan in Punjab, Pakistan. India has called upon Pakistan to ensure the safety, security and well-being of its minority communities. Replying to a media query, Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said incidents of violence, discrimination and persecution against the minority communities including attacks on places of worship have continued unabated in Pakistan. Within the last year itself, various temples and Gurudwaras have been attacked including the Mata Rani Bhatiyani Mandir in Sindh in January last year, Gurudwara Sri Janam Sthan in January last year, a Hindu temple in Karak in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in December 2020. The spokesperson said these incidents are occurring at an alarming rate while the state and security institutions in Pakistan have stood by idly and completely failed in preventing these attacks on the minority communities and their places of worship.

Replying to another query, the spokesperson said External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar is currently in Tehran to represent India at the swearing in ceremony of President elect Ebrahim Raisi. He said India and Iran enjoy historical and cultural ties. Both countries have been moving ahead with various new initiatives including on connectivity, such as Chabahar port.


India is closely monitoring the evolving security situation in Afghanistan and continues to call for an immediate and comprehensive ceasefire. India supports an Afghan led, Afghan owned and Afghan controlled peace process. Briefing media this evening, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said the issue of Afghanistan will be deliberated in UNSC tomorrow. He said during tomorrow's debate, India will share its vision and perpesctives on Afghanistan. He added that India looks forward to productive deliberations on this important issue.


Tony Abbott, the Special Envoy of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. In a tweet, Prime Minisfer said, they had a good conversation on ways to further strengthen the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between India and Australia. They also discussed the steps needed to energize the trade and economic relationship and boost people-to-people ties. Abbott is on a five day visit to India from 2nd of this month.


Assam and Mizoram have decided to maintain peace in the inter state border areas and also welcomed the deployment of neutral force by the Centre.  Both the states agreed not to send their forest and police forces for patrolling, domination, and enforcement to any of the areas where conflict has taken place recently. The decision was taken during the visit of two ministers of Assam Atul Bora and Ashok Singhal to Aizawl today.

The Assam government  withdrew the travel advisory which imposed ban on visiting of Assam people to Mizoram.


Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today  made an aerial survey of  flood-affected areas of  the state today to assess the damage caused by prevailing floods. The chief minister made an aerial survey of Patna,Nalanda,Gaya and Jehenabad.

After the survey,  he held a review meeting with the District Magistrates of affected districts and instructed them to provide the necessary support to the affected people without any delay.


India has crossed yet another milestone in the COVID Vaccination Drive as the total vaccination coverage has crossed 49 crore mark today. Union Health Ministry has termed it India's landmark achievement in the fight against COVID-19.The recovery rate is currently at 97.37 per cent.


Bombay High Court has asked Maharashtra Government to consider issuing a vaccination card to allow fully inoculated people to travel in local trains. Stating that it is a matter of livelihood of poor people who cannot afford to spend too much on travel, a bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice G S Kulkarni suggested that the state must form a special committee to look into the woes of the commuters .

Stating that one cannot compare Mumbai to other metro cities, the court said Maharashtra government must constitute an expert administrative body to look into citizens' grievances on issues like public transport,so that citizens are not forced to approach the court for everything.

The bench was hearing a bunch of public interest litigations seeking permission for lawyers, judicial clerks and staff, journalists, and other fully vaccinated people to travel in local trains in Mumbai.

Advocate General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni, who appeared for the Maharashtra government, informed the court that the state will soon issue a letter to railway authorities to permit lawyers and registered judicial officers to use local train services.

Adjourning the hearing till 12th August, the court has directed Maharashtra government to file an affidavit about the proposed plan for permitting fully vaccinated citizens to use local trains in the city.


In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Bhartiya Janata Party today celebrated the second anniversary of the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A. In Jammu the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha  took out Tiranga rally which was followed by Flag hoisting program at the statue of Maharaja Hari Singh . Speaking on the occasion, Bhartiaya Janta Yuva Morcha  state president Arun Prabhat said  that August 5th is the historic day for Jammu and Kashmir as on this day article 370 was scrapped by Prime Minister Narendra Modi lead BJP government.

Reports of celebration have come from Poonch, Doda, Udhampur, Vijaypur (Samba) and other parts of Jammu division. Besides, the West Pakistani Refugees also celebrated the second anniversary of the abrogation at the Head Office of West Pakistani Refugee Action Committee. 


The nation is celebrating Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of India's Independence. A series of events are being organized to mark the occasion. The Mahaotsav will be celebrated as a Jan-Utsav in the spirit of Jan-Bhagidari.

Talking to AIR News, Member Secretary of IGNCA, Dr. Sachchidanand Joshi said IGNCA is organizing events to celebrate the contribution of freedom fighters, unsung heroes and grit of indian people.


Thailand has banned sunscreens containing chemicals that damage coral from all of its marine national parks. Concerns are growing that lotions tourists use for sun protection are harming slow-growing corals. The Thai Department of Conservation said four ingredients commonly found in sun creams were shown to destroy coral larvae, obstruct coral reproduction and cause reef bleaching. Anyone flouting the ban can be fined up to 100,000 baht (£2,100). However, officials have not said how they plan to enforce the new rule.



The Rajya Sabha witnessed noisy scenes by Opposition members over the demand for a discussion on the Pegasus issue and withdrawal of the Farm Bills, leading to repeated adjournments of the House.

As soon as the House met for the day,  Deputy Chairmain Harivansh congratulated men's hockey team and Lovlina Borgohain for winning bronze in Tokyo  Olympics. He also lauded Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for sponsoring hockey teams in bpth category.The Rajya Sabha also acknowledged the achievements of Men's hockey team and  Lovlina Borgohain by thumping desks.

A suspended member of the All India Trinamool Congress came into the Rajya Sabha gallery and broke a glass panel. Mr Harivansh said that a security personnel of Parliament got injured in the scuffle with the MP. This is highly deplorable conduct by a member of Rajya Sabha, the Chair observed. Sukhendu Shekar Roy of the TMC, intervening on  behalf of his colleague.

Leader of the House Piyush Goyal said as per the convention a suspended member cannot return to the House. To this, Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge said, there was nothing undemocratic in their act.

Following noisy scenes, Deputy Chairman adjourned the House  till 11.30 am. When the House resumed the Opposition continued with the protests, Bhubaneswar Kalita, who was in the Chair adjourned the House till 12 noon. Deputy leader and Minister Union Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said,  violence against staff of the Rajya Sabha was unacceptable. 

Amid the noisy scenes by Oppositions,  Deputy Chairman called for Question Hour. In response to a question on demand to include Tamil as a compulsory language in Kendriya Vidyalaya curriculums. Minister of State for Education Annpurna Devi said that  the latest system now includes all Indian languages.

With the noisy scenes continuing,  the Chair adjourned the House till 2 PM. When the House met at 2 PM, the Chair called for taking up The Constitution (Schedule Tribes) Order Amendment Bill 2021 for consideration. Amid noisy scenes, Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda moved the motion for consideration of the Bill, which seeks to amend the constitutional list of Scheduled Tribes as recommended by Arunachal Pradesh.

Participating in the discussion, Dr. Banda Prakash of Telangana Rashtra Samithi urged the government to include communities recommended by the state government in the Scheduled Tribes list. M.Thambidurai of the AIADMK said, the recommendation by the Tamil Nadu government for some communities to be included in the Scheduled Tribes list is still pending.

During the debate, some Opposition members sought to raise the issue of farmers agitation which was disallowed by the Chair. The bill was later passed by a voice vote. Thereafter, the Rajya Sabha took up The Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Bill, 2021. The bill which seeks to set up a statutory authority with appropriate powers to tackle air pollution in the National Capital Region and adjoining areas, was moved by Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav.

Among others, Prashant Acharya of BJD opposed the clause of penalty on farmers. Thambi Durai of the AIADMK urged Environment Minister to control pollution in other parts of the country. K.R. Suresh Reddy of TRS asked the government to reconsider penalising farmers for stubble burning. 

Vandana Chavan of the NCP said  it is an absolute shame that the government has now brought this Bill, after the Supreme Court got involved. Responding to  discussion on the Bill, Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav said, through this Bill, the government will be accountable to Parliament.

The bill was passed by voice vote amid noisy scenes after House rejected the Statutory resolution disapproving of the Bill defeated. Rajya Sabha passed the Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Bill, 2021.

Thereafter, Essential Defence Services Bill, 2021 and Statutory resolution disapproving of Essential Defence Services Bill,  2021 were taken up for consideration. Minister of State for Defence, Ajay Bhatt moved motion for consideration and passing of Essential Defence Services Bill, 2021 while Elamaram Kareem of the CPM moved the Statutory resolution disapproving of the ordinance on the Bill.

Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge said, all precedents have been set aside to include in the additional agenda. He wanted the bill be sent to the Standing Committee. Mr. Kharge said, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh called him and said the issues raised by the opposition can be sorted out after he returned from Kyrgyzstan.

Refuting the report that the Opposition was not responding to the offers by the government to resolve the stalemate, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh  said, there has been no notice for any meeting. However, the Government is ready for debate.

Mr. Rajnath Singh said, he never gave Mr. Kharge any such assurance, but he did request him that there should be a discussion in the House.

With the Opposition continuing with noisy scenes demanding discussion on Pegasus, the Chair adjourned the House for 30 minutes.When the House reassembled at 3.40 PM, the discussion on the Bill  resumed amid noisy scenes by the Opposition members.

Elamaram Kareem of the CPI(M) said, he opposed the Bill as it is draconian and demanded that the Bill be sent to a Select committee of the Rajya Sabha. Sushil Kumar Gupta of the Aam Aadmi Party demanded that  Bill  be sent to a select committee.

Binoy Viswam of CPI wanted to know whether the  government has  the right to deny workers the right to strike.

Responding to the discussion on the Bill, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that the Bill does not stop the right to peaceful protest. He said, the government has taken the decision for corporatisation of ordnance factory board, but there are safeguards for service conditions of workers. This Bill will only be applicable when there is need to invoke it. Maybe we won't have the need to invoke this Bill, 'the Minister  said.

Later, the Bill was passed by voice vote after the Statutory resolution by Elamaram Kareem of the CPI was rejected.

The Essential Defence Services Bill, 2021, seeks to replace the ordinance promulgated in June 2021 and allows the Central Government to prohibit strikes, lock-outs, and lay-offs in units engaged in essential defence services. After the passage of the Bill, Deputy Chairman Harivansh adjourned the House for the day.



In the Lok Sabha today, opposition members continued with their protests over a host of issues, including the alleged Pegasus snooping case and farm laws.

When the House met after second adjournment at 2 PM, Trinamool Congress member Saugata Roy tried to raise  the issue of  sexual assault and killing of  a Dalit girl in Delhi. The Chair did not allow it. The opposition parties including the Congress, TMC and DMK again trooped into the well and continued with their sloganeering.

Amid din the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2021 was introduced in the House. As the ruckus continued to prevail, the House was adjourned till 4 PM.

The situation was no different when the House reassembled at 4 PM. It was adjourned till 5 PM before adjourning for the day.

Earlier, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury of Congress also tried to raise the issue of sexual assault and killing of  a Dalit girl in Delhi. Responding to this, the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs,  Arjun Ram Meghwal said, the government is concerned about women's issues. Thereafter, the Presiding Officer rejected the adjournment notices given by the opposition members.

In the morning, when the House met for the day, Opposition parties including the Congress, TMC, DMK and the others continued with their sloganeering and created a deadlock during the Question Hour over Pegasus snooping, farm laws and other issues. Repeated requests by Speaker Om Birla went unheard. 

Before this, the House congratulated the Indian Men Hockey team and Indian Boxer Lovlina Borgohain for their laurels in the Olympics by the members thumping their desks in unison. The Speaker said that the Nation was proud of the achievements of the daughters in particular.


The Delhi University will begin classes for project and practical work for science students in physical mode from 16th of this month in view of the declining Covid cases. In an office order issued by the University said, the classes and practical or project work in science courses in the university and its colleges will be conducted in physical mode observing necessary protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It said, all teaching and non-teaching staff will attend the duties at their workplace with immediate effect and all colleges, centres, and departments shall be fully functional. The online teaching and learning activities shall continue for all other academic programmes.


India were 125 for 4 wickets against England on their first innings when report last came in. Play stopped due to wet outfield India trail by 58 runs.

Visitors resumed their first innings at the overnight score of 21 for no loss against England in the opening Cricket Test of five-match series. England were all out for 183 runs in their first innings on day one at Trent Bridge in Nottingham yesterday. Earlier England captain Joe Root won the toss and elected to bat first.


Now, let us take a look at the weather forecast for tomorrow.

The National Capital Delhi is likely to experience Generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The temperature will hover between 27 and 33 egree Celsius.

Mumbai will have Generally cloudy sky with moderate rain. The minimum temperature will be 26degree Celsius while the maximum is expected to be around 30 degrees.

Chennai is expected to have Thunderstorm with rain. The temperature will vary between 28 and 36degree Celsius.

Kolkata will have Generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The city will observe a minimum temperature of 27 degree Celsius and a maximum of around 33 degrees.

Srinagar will experience Partly cloudy sky. Temperature will hover between 18 and 31 degree Celsius.

Jammu will have Partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or Thunderstorm or Duststorm. The minimum temperature will be 26 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 33 degrees.

Leh is expected to have Genrally cloudy sky. The minimum and maximum temperature will be between 14 and 30 degree Celsius.

Gilgit will have Generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers. The temperature will hover between 21 and 35 degree Celsius.

Muzaffarabad will experience thunderstorms. The minimum temperature will be 18 degree Celsius and maximum will be around 27 degrees.

Dehradun will have Rain or thundershowers would occur towards afternoon or evening. The minimum temperature will be 23 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 31 degrees.


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