Organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Thursday agreed to hold the Games without spectators, after Japan declared a coronavirus state of emergency for the capital that will run throughout the event. The widely expected move was made following talks between the government, Tokyo organisers and Olympic and paralympic representatives.

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Delhi records 93 fresh COVID-19 cases, three more deaths; positivity rate at 0.12 per cent: Authorities

PM Modi expresses concern about persistently high number of Covid cases from Maharashtra and Kerala: Sources

India’s fight against Covid underway with full vigour, there should be no space for carelessness or complacency: PM Modi

At meeting with ministers, PM expresses concern over scenes of crowded places, people roaming without masks or social distancing: Sources

PM Modi advises new ministers to avoid making unnecessary statements: Sources

PM Modi asks ministers to reach office on time and channelise all their energy into ministerial work: Sources

At meeting of new Council of Ministers, PM says those no longer part of it made contributions and newcomers can learn from them: Sources

Left parties call for a bandh from 6 am to 12 pm on July 15 in Odisha to protest fuel price hike

A 24-year-old pregnant woman has tested positive for Zika virus in Kerala.

There are 13 other suspected cases of the virus from Thiruvananthapuram: Health Minister Veena George

Telangana reports 731 new COVID-19 cases, 993 recoveries, and 4 deaths in the last 24 hours.

  • Total cases 6,29,785
  • Total recoveries 6,14,865
  • Death toll 3,714
  • Active cases 11,206

No vaccination at govt and BMC-run centres tomorrow due to lack of vaccine supply. The govt and BMC run centers to be shut in the city: Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation

There has been 0% sale in over 40 APMCs in Madhya Pradesh. They are on the verge of collapse. APMCs in Bihar, UP have been shut down. What is this formula that APMCs will continue to run despite no sales.

– BKU leader Rakesh Tikait

Important decisions regarding agriculture and farmers’ welfare have been taken in today’s cabinet meeting: PM Modi

In order to empower the Mandis, arrangements have also been made for the use of Agriculture Infrastructure Fund as well as interest subvention on loans: PM Modi

Today Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik spoke to Olympians from Odisha and announced Rs 6 crores for Gold, Rs 4 crores for Silver, and Rs 2.5 crores for bronze medal winners. Besides, the CM also announced Rs 15 lakh each for all the participants: Chief Minister’s Office

First Indian Contingent for Tokyo 2020 will leave on 17th July from Delhi.

Centre approved a new scheme ‘India COVID-19 Emergency Response & Health System Preparedness Package: Phase-II’ amounting to Rs. 23,123 crore for Financial Year 2021-22.

ICC Chief Executive to leave the organization

The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Chief Executive Manu Sawhney will leave the organization with immediate effect. Geoff Allardice will continue as Acting CEO supported by the Leadership Team working closely with the ICC Board: ICC

PM Narendra Modi chairs Council of Ministers meeting via video conference.

BJP president JP Nadda has appointed former Karnataka IPS officer K Annamalai as State president of Tamil Nadu.

Covid vaccination coverage

India’s cumulative COVID Vaccination Coverage reached nearly 37 crores (36,85,76,352), as per the provisional report till 7 pm. More than 36.08 lakh (36,08,940) vaccine doses have been administered in the last 24 hours: Union Health Ministry

Rahul Gandhi to visit Shimla on Friday

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will visit Shimla on Friday to pay tributes to former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh: Party working committee member Rajeev Shukla

RBI’s advisory

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) issued an advisory to banks and other RBI-regulated entities emphasizing the need for preparedness for the transition away from London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR).

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Union Cabinet decisions:

  • Rs 23,000 crores package to be given to deal with the problems that occurred in the second wave of COVID. It will be used jointly by the Central and state governments.
  • We have to collectively fight against COVID. The limitation period is maximum (9 months). We have to get it done quickly. State govts will have to do it quickly. Our duty is to help the state in every possible way.
  • Pediatric care centers will be formed in 736 districts 20,000 ICU beds will be created under the COVID relief fund.

I want to appeal to protesting farmer unions to end their protest and to hold discussions. Government is ready for discussions. APMC will be strengthened.

– Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Agriculture Minister

Prahlad Singh Patel takes charge as Minister of State

Pashupati Paras takes charge as Union Minister for Food Processing Industries

IT major TCS posts 28.5% rise in Q1 FY’22 profit at Rs 9,008 crore; consolidated revenue at Rs 45,411 crore

Mumbai Covid numbers

Mumbai reports 540 new positive cases, 628 recoveries, and 13 deaths in the last 24 hours. Recovery rate at 96%, active cases at 7,714

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on union cabinet decisions:

  • To increase Coconut farming, we’re amending Coconut Board Act. The Coconut Board president will be a non-official person. He will be from the farmers’ community, who knows & understand the work of field.
  • It was earlier said APMCs would be strengthened. Efforts will be made to provide more resources to the APMCs. Rs 1 lakh crores allocated under Atmanirbhar Bharat to Farmers Infrastructure Fund can be used by APMCs.
  • APMCs will not be done away with. After the implementation of farm laws, APMCs will receive crores of rupees from the Centre’s Infrastructure fund, which will strengthen them and will be useful for more farmers.

Anurag Thakur takes charge as Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports

Jitendra Singh assumes charge of the Ministry of Earth Sciences

India and Gambia sign an MoU

India and Gambia sign an MoU for strengthening and promoting bilateral cooperation between the two countries in Personnel Administration and Governance Reforms: Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions

Himachal BJP president admitted to hospital

Himachal Pradesh BJP president Suresh Kashyap was admitted to Indira Gandhi Medical College after he complained of chest pain. Hospital’s Senior Medical Superintendent Dr Janak Raj says he is out of danger.

Munjapara Mahendrabhai takes charge as Minister of State in the Ministry of Women and Child Development and Minister of State in the Ministry of AYUSH.

Global community well aware of Pakistan’s credentials when it comes to terrorism

– MEA on its claim that India was behind blast in Lahore

It is not new for Pakistan to engage in baseless propaganda against India

– MEA on claim that India was behind blast near Hafiz Saeed’s home

Pakistan should focus on setting its house in order, take credible action against terrorism: MEA on claim that India behind blast in Lahore

Chandigarh police summon Bollywood actor Salman Khan, his sister Alvira Khan and 7 others associated with Being Human in an alleged case of fraud

“They have been given till July 13 to reply. If there’s anything criminal, action will be taken,” Chandigarh SP Ketan Bansal.

We conveyed that OICC should be watchful and the platform should not be used for anti-India propaganda by vested interests

– MEA Spokesperson on OICC Secretary-General’s meeting with Indian Ambassador

2,982 fresh COVID-19 cases take Andhra Pradesh’s tally to 19,14,213

27 more fatalities push death toll to 12,946: Government bulletin

Mastercard, Mumbai Metro and Axis Bank launch ‘One Mumbai Metro Card’, to ensure a seamless commute for Mumbaikars

Mastercard, Mumbai Metro and Axis Bank today announced the launch of ‘One Mumbai Metro Card’, to ensure contactless and cashless travel for Mumbaikars.

We hope that with the vast improving Covid situation, countries would ease restrictions. We’ve taken up the issue with Foreign Ambassadors such as resumption of flights. We’re actively trying to help Indians who need to travel back to countries across the world

– MEA on visa issue

The district administration Jammu has declared Raj Bhawan and Civil Secretariat as ‘No Fly Zones’: Deputy Commissioner Jammu

SEBI seeks comments on sweat equity discussion paper by July 25

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal inaugurates new genome sequencing lab at ILBS for detection of COVID variants

“Results will come in 3-4 days. We can quickly detect a new variant. This lab is probably the only lab of its kind in northern India,” says Kejriwal.

These are exceptional circumstances. Last year World Cup got cancelled. This year if it again gets cancelled because of Covid, then it is a massive loss for the game

– BCCI President Sourav Ganguly

222 fresh COVID-19 cases take Sikkim’s tally to 21,795

One more fatality pushes death toll to 312: State health department bulletin

Anupriya Singh Patel takes charge as Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry

“I am thankful to PM Modi for this opportunity. There should be maximum women participation in the Council of Ministers, happy to see a talented pool of women in the CoM,” she says

Two Maoists, including a woman, surrender before police in Bhadradri Kothagudem district of Telangana: Officials

I am thankful to PM Modi for giving me this responsibility. With the support of Associations, Federations, I will put in my best efforts to take Indian Sports ahead

– Anurag Singh Thakur

Delhi: John Barla, West Bengal’s Alipurduar MP takes charge as Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs

I’ll work for people of my country, specially for tea labourers & minorities of my constituency. People are little scared because of current govt in the state: John Barla

Anurag Singh Thakur takes charge as Minister of Information and Broadcasting; and Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports

Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s elder brother Vir Chopra passes away

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to hold talks with MEA S Jaishankar on July 9 in all areas including political dialogue, security, trade, and economic, military-technical, scientific, cultural and humanitarian ties: Russian Embassy in India

Rupee declines 9 paise to close at 74.71 (provisional) against US dollar

Sensex slumps 485.82 pts to end at 52,568.94; Nifty drops 151.75 pts to 15,727.90

BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi takes charge as Minister of State in Ministry of External Affairs

“I am really thankful to PM, HM & party president JP Nadda for showing faith in my ability, that I can handle this portfolio,” says Meenakshi Lekhi.

Deutsche Bank India branches report 48 pc jump in net profit in FY21

The elaborate expansion & reshuffling of the Union Cabinet can neither cover up the wrong policies, activities & other shortcomings of the govt, nor can they divert people’s attention from them. People of the country are waiting for a change at the right time

– BSP chief Mayawati

Pashupati Kumar Paras takes charge as Cabinet Minister in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries