Morning Digest | Neeraj Chopra wins India’s first athletics gold in Olympics; Seroprevalence, single-dose vaccination influencing COVID-19 case rates, and more

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Neeraj Chopra creates history with javelin by winning India’s first athletics gold in Olympics

It was a historic day for the nation as Neeraj Chopra’s javelin pierced the Tokyo night sky to herald a new dawn for Indian sports. With this, India ended its campaign at the XXXII Olympiad with seven medals – the country’s best performance at the Summer Games.

Tokyo Olympics | Bajrang Punia wins bronze, India matches best result

Superstar Bajrang Punia met his fellow countrymen’s expectations as he recorded a comprehensive 8-0 victory over World Championships silver medallist Daulet Niyazbekov of Kazakhstan to claim a men’s freestyle 65 kg bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday.

Seroprevalence, single-dose vaccination influencing COVID-19 case rates

More than double-vaccination against COVID-19, a seroprevalence above 70% combined with at least half the adult population getting at least one shot of a vaccine is strongly linked to a low caseload as well as death rate. These are the inferences from publicly available data on State-mortality and vaccination trends as well as results from a recently conducted serology survey from the ICMR.

Srinagar traders received threats to shutdown on August 5: Police

The Jammu & Kashmir Police on Saturday said that traders in Srinagar were “receiving threats from outside” to observe a shutdown on August 5 this year.A senior police official said: “Srinagar-based traders and shopkeepers were threatened through messages to observe a strike on August 5 or face consequences.”

Cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba’s term extended

Union Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba has been given one year extension in service beyond August 30, 2021 by the Modi government. With this extension, Mr. Gauba, who was appointed as the Cabinet Secretary, a tenured post for two years, in 2019, will continue till August 30, 2022.

Legality of PM Cares Fund challenged

An appeal challenging the legality of the PM Cares Fund in the Supreme Court has alleged that “oceans of money” are being diverted from Ministries, government agencies, departments, etc., to the fund as “contributions” every day.

Mamata seeks board-based, transparent dialogue on Electricity (Amendment) Bill

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi protesting against the Centre’s move on the Electricity (Amendment) Bill and urged him to refrain from proceeding with the legislation.

China steps up vaccine outreach with new global push

China’s declaration this week that it would provide 2 billion doses of vaccines to the world by year-end marks a stepped up effort by Beijing to take the lead in international vaccine cooperation and position itself as representing developing countries, amid growing concerns over widening vaccine inequity with the West.

1st Test | Ton-up Root brings England back in game but India still holds aces in 209-run chase

Skipper Joe Root led from the front with a superb counter-attacking hundred but Jasprit Bumrah’s five-wicket haul on the fourth day made India favourites chase down a tricky victory target of 209 against England in the first Test.

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