Congress leader Kapil Sibal
Live news updates: India on Wednesday reported 2,124 new cases of Covid-19, taking the total caseload to 43,142,192. With 17 new deaths in the country, India’s Covid death toll jumped to 524,507. India’s active cases stand at 14,971 with net increase of 130.
Workers digging through the rubble of an apartment building in Mariupol found 200 bodies in the basement, Ukrainian authorities said Tuesday, as more horrors come to light in the ruined city that has seen some of the worst suffering of the 3-month-old war.The bodies were decomposing and the stench hung over the neighbourhood, said Petro Andryushchenko, an adviser to the mayor.
At least 18 students were killed in a Texas elementary school after a gunman opened fire, according to a state senator who said he was briefed by law enforcement. Reacting to the incident, US President Joe Biden said, “When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?” He made his statement from the White House shortly after returning from a five-day trip to Asia.
The Central Bureau of Investigation has summoned Karti Chidambaram to join the probe in connection with a fresh case lodged against him and others for allegedly helping Chinese nationals getting visas by flouting rules. Karti’s Charted Accountant S Bhaskararaman is currently on custodial remand of the CBI and there are possibilities that Karti might be confronted with him. The CBI has recovered 65,000 emails in the matter, which will be used as evidences.
The situation in Assam, where the pre-monsoon floods have affected large parts of the state for the past 12 days, continue to improve for the third day on Tuesday but still 5.80 lakh people in 18 districts affected and with two more deaths during the past 24 hours, the overall death toll has risen to 27.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday predicted more rains in the next few days in the northeastern states including Assam.