From twin-bomb blast near Kabul airport to Indian government refusing booster shot for COVID vaccine, watch the top headlines of the day on our newscast ‘News@10′

  1. Afghanistan: Two suicide bombers and some gunmen attacked the crowd that had gathered outside Kabul’s airport on Thursday. According to a top Afghan health official, 60 local civilians have died, with many more battling for their lives. Earlier in the day, there were warnings of an “imminent attack” at the Airport. Australia, the UK and the US had all issued statements highlighting the threat.
  2. The United States of America- Vice President Kamala Harris met with top officials in Singapore. She held a meeting to raise the issue of human rights abuses and restrictions on political activism in Vietnam. This was a bid to strengthen U.S. engagement in the region, and counter Chinese influence there.
  3. Maldives: India signed a contract for the largest infrastructure project with the Maldives in Male today. Mumbai-based Afcons Infrastructure Ltd is set to complete this project for the two countries. The project has been described as an “enduring tribute to the strong Maldives-India partnership”, by the foreign minister of the Maldives.
  4. Apex Judges- The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, approved all 9 names recommended by the Supreme Court collegium, for appointment as judges of the apex court. This was the first time the Collegium had recommended three women judges in a single resolution. BV Nagarathna is in line to become the first women Chief Justice of India in 2027. The judges will take their oaths on Tuesday, the 31st of August.
  5. Rahul Gandhi tweets- Rahul Gandhi once again expressed his dissatisfaction with the Union government’s National Monetisation Pipeline, via tweet on Thursday. He also said he was worried about the BJP’s failure at addressing the rising COVID numbers, as well as the country’s poor vaccination rate. Rahul Gandhi has been known to Tweet his dissenting views on many occasions.
  6. Chattisgarh political situation- Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel was summoned back to Delhi on Friday, after just having returned from there on Wednesday. The purpose of both Delhi trips is to try and resolve the power struggle taking place between him and Chhattisgarh Health Minister, T. S. Singh Deo. Meanwhile, the Congress confirmed that Amarinder Singh will continue to be their Chief Minister candidate in Punjab, despite calls to replace him with Navjot Singh Sidhu.
  7. Trinamool Congress- A group of five TMC members submitted a memorandum to the Election Commission yesterday, seeking by-elections in 7 constituencies in West Bengal. The West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be contesting from one of the constituencies. She needs to win to continue as Chief Minister.
  8. Tamil Nadu Reservation bill: The Tamil Nadu Legislative assembly adopted a bill that provides 7.5% reservation in universities, government-aided colleges and private institutions. The reservation is for state government school students and valid across various courses.
  9. COVID-19: During the hearing of a petition on re-vaccination, the Central Government told Kerala High Court on Thursday that there is currently no provision for taking a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine. The petition was submitted by a Kerala native who wanted to be re-vaccinated with Covishield. He had already received two doses of Covaxin, but upon being inoculated found out that the Saudi Arabia government does not approve of the vaccine.

That’s a wrap for tonight’s news bulletin.

Team D 2021