18 Jul, 23:42 (IST)

Telangana reports 1,284 new COVID-19 positive cases and 6 deaths today. The total number of cases in the State stands at 43,780 including 12,765 active cases, 30,607 recovered cases and 409 deaths: State Government.

18 Jul, 23:33 (IST)

Indian Coffee house at Shimla has been closed temporarily after an employee entered its kitchen just after his arrival from Delhi. He has been quarantined and a case registered against him: Sadar Police Station, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

18 Jul, 23:02 (IST)

Rajasthan: Congress MLAs supporting Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot watch actor Aamir Khan-starrer ‘Lagaan’ at Hotel Fairmont Jaipur.

18 Jul, 22:37 (IST)

"Cases pertaining to North East riots and connected anti-CAA protests cases involved large scale communal violence & require careful handling in view of the gravity and deep impact on the society. As such, effective prosecution in these cases is the need of the hour," said a statement issued by the L-G's Office.

18 Jul, 22:21 (IST)

We got approval from Ethics Committee today. Starting trial on healthy volunteers Monday onward. In phase-1 from AIIMS Delhi about 100 volunteers, b/w 15 to 55 yrs of age, will be selected and further 275 from other sites: Dr S Rai, Principal investigator, Project Covaxin trial.

18 Jul, 22:19 (IST)

Normal functioning of Orissa High Court as well as district and subordinate courts & tribunals falling in jurisdiction of Khurda, Ganjam, Cuttack and Jajpur districts and Rourkela Municipal Corporation will continue to remain suspension suspended till July 31: Orissa High Court.

18 Jul, 21:51 (IST)

Ministry of Home Affairs has sought a report from Rajasthan’s Chief Secretary over the phone tapping issue in the state, said sources linked to news agency ANI.

18 Jul, 21:47 (IST)

Jammu and Kashmir reported 441 new COVID-19 cases (398 in Kashmir) and 5 deaths in last 24 hours, taking active cases to 5,797 and death toll to 236. A total of 7,165 patients have recovered from the disease till date: J&K Health Department.

18 Jul, 21:34 (IST)

Charge d’Affaires of Pakistan High Commission was summoned today and a strong protest lodged on the death of 3 civilians, including a child, in an unprovoked ceasefire violation by Pakistani forces in the night of 17 July 2020 in Krishna Ghati Sector in Jammu and Kashmir: MEA.

18 Jul, 21:32 (IST)

Jammu and Kashmir: Samba District Magistrate Rohit Khajuria orders complete lockdown in Vijaypur tehsil from July 19 to July 24 in view of rising cases of COVID-19. Essential services clinics, chemist shops, homeopathy shops & testing labs will remain open from 9 am to 8 pm.

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New Delhi, July 18: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that India extended medical and other assistance to over 150 countries amid the COVID-19 crisis. While addressing the United Nations Economic and Social Council  (ECOSOC) session, he applauded the grassroots health system and said that it has helped India ensure one of the best COVID-19 recovery rates in the world.

In another news, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar retaliated on Twitter on the comments made by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to highlight the "disastrous foreign policy" enacted by the PM Modi-led Union government. Jaishankar even asked Gandhi to consult an expert on critical issues before forming his opinion. EAM S Jaishankar Retaliates After Rahul Gandhi Posts Video to Corner Modi Govt on 'Geopolitical Setbacks'.

With the current political crisis in Rajasthan, the High Court on Thursday stated that it will continue hearing on Monday on the petition filed by former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot against the disqualification notice issued to him and 18 rebel Congress MLAs. The court even stated that action against the legislators would remain deferred until at least 5:30 pm on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, renowned Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and her daughter, who were test COVID-19 positive, have been admitted in the Nanavati hospital in Mumbai. Earlier, Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan were moved to Nanavati Hospital right after their diagnosis.