Latest Live news: India logs 18,257 Covid-19 cases, 42 deaths in 24 hrs

ITBP teams carry out rescue work following flash floods triggered by cloudburst, near the Amarnath cave shrine. (PTI Photo)

Live news updates: Sixty-three people from Beed in Maharashtra got stranded during the Amarnath pilgrimage and they were later rescued and taken to Jammu, Srinagar and other places, a district administration official said on Sunday. A total of 63 pilgrims – 39 from Dhamangav village and 24 from Parli city in Beed district – had gone to Amarnath in Jammu and Kashmir, where a flash flood occurred following a cloudburst, he said. The pilgrims had got stranded near the Amarnath temple shrine.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Sunday said that India has been providing assistance to Sri Lanka and is monitoring the developments in the island nation adding that there is no refugee crisis now. “We have been supportive of Sri Lanka, are trying to help, and have always been helpful. They are working through their problem, we will see what happens. There is no refugee crisis right now, said Jaishankar upon his arrival in Kerala as part of intensifying the BJP’s efforts to make gains in South India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Natural Farming Conclave virtually today. He said, ‘the extraordinary success of the Digital India Mission is the country’s reply to those people who used to say that it’s not easy to bring change to villages…Our villages have shown that villages can not only bring changes but also lead the change.’

India on Sunday reported 18,257 new cases of Covid-19, taking its tally to 43,622,651. With 42 new deaths due to coronavirus infection, the nation’s toll has now reached 525,428. India’s tally of recovered Covid-19 cases now stands at 42,968,533 after 14,553 people were cured from the disease on Sunday.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Saturday dismissed Kyiv’s senior envoy to India and four other nations, without giving any reason, the presidential website said. Zelenskyy announced the sacking of Ukraine’s ambassadors to India, Germany, Czech Republic, Norway and Hungary.

After months of protests against Sri Lankan government amid an economic crisis, Parliament Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena on Saturday said that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will announce on Wednesday. This came after protesters on Saturday set ablaze Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and stormed into Rajapaksa’s official residence in Colombo. Rajapaksa, who was facing calls for resignation since March, was moved out of his residence on Friday ahead of Saturday’s protests. Wickremesinghe has also already expressed his willingness to resign.

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said that the price situation will gradually improve in the second half of the current fiscal, adding that the central bank would continue to take monetary measures to anchor inflation with a view to achieving strong and sustainable growth. “Overall, at this point of time, with the supply outlook appearing favourable and several high frequency indicators pointing to resilience of the recovery in the first quarter (April-June) of 2022-23, our current assessment is that inflation may ease gradually in the second half of 2022-23, precluding the chances of a hard landing in India,” Das said.

First Published: Sun, July 10 2022. 06:48 IST

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