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  1. Amidst the political crises in Rajasthan, Congress managers felt retaining the GenNext leader—Sachin Pilot—after a full-blown crisis would win the party a few brownie points about its political skills. Meanwhile, Pilot felt compelled to negotiate because he reportedly realised he had bitten more than he could chew. He wasn't sure that Gehlot govt would fall without his bloc.
  2. India's Covid tally has reached 2,268,675, the health ministry said. Of these 6,39,929 are active cases and 1,583,489 people have been cured. So far 45,257 deaths have been reported. The total number of Covid-19 samples tested up to August 10 is 2,52,81,848, says ICMR. Stay here for the all live updates:
  3. A girl from Dadri Tehsil of Gautam Buddha Nagar district has died in a road accident, police said. However, her family members have alleged eve-teasing to be the cause behind the accident leading to her death.
  4. The Centre on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that a special committee looking into the issue of internet restoration in Jammu and Kashmir has decided to provide 4G internet access on a trial basis in limited areas of the union territory after August 15. A bench headed by Justice N V Ramana was told by Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, that the committee has decided that...
  5. The five new Rafale Omni-role fighter jets are now undertaking day and night practice sorties in different terrains, including the mountainous one in Himachal Pradesh, ahead of their formal induction ceremony at the Ambala airbase towards the end of this month. Sources said the five Rafales are likely to carry out “similar training sorties” in Ladakh in the near future.
  6. Cricketer Ravindra Jadeja had a run-in with a lady constable in Rajkot who stopped him for allegedly not wearing a mask.
  7. The share of diesel variants in sale of small cars and sedans has fallen to just 1.8% during April-July, 2020 period — the lowest in recent history. In any case, the higher price of diesel vehicles — costing at least Rs 1 lakh more — has been a deterrent. In the SUV category, the share of diesel variants has fallen to 42% in April-July, 2020.
  8. Former President Pranab Mukherjee was put on ventilator support on Monday after undergoing surgery for removal of a clot in his brain. He has also tested positive for Covid-19. “I request the people who came in contact with me in the last week, to please self-isolate and get tested for Covid-19,” Mukherjee tweeted. Sources said the former President is ‘critical’.