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More than a quarter of world’s daily deaths due to COVID-19 on Sunday were recorded in India. India recorded 2,970 average daily fatalities on June 5, which amounted to 28% of worldwide toll. The two other countries with the highest daily death count after India were Brazil (1,639) and Mexico (758). However, India’s average daily test positivity rate (positive cases identified for every 100 tests) continued to decline. It was 4.2% on June 5 compared to 9.4% recorded a week before.You can track coronavirus cases, deaths and testing rates at the national and State levels here. A list of State…

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tech2 News StaffJun 07, 2021 09:15:48 ISTApple will host its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) from 7 – 10 June this year. The three-day conference will be held online and will be free for all Apple developers. The livestream link will be available on Apple.com, the Apple Developer app, Apple TV app and YouTube at 10.30 pm IST today. As usual, the company will announce the upcoming versions of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS on day 1 of the event. Apple’s WWDC21 will end on 11 June. In addition to the software updates, YouTuber Jon Prosser also hinted that the…

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Numerous former players and experts are having a go at suggesting and predicting the playing XI of the World Test Championship (WTC) final between Virat Kohli-led India and Kane Williamson’s New Zealand. Even though the summit clash, slated to begin in Southampton on June 18, is still 12 days away, the anticipation and buzz around the clash are on a meteoric rise.The latest person to comment on India’s playing XI is former India batsman Aakash Chopra, who said he would like to see both R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja feature in the summit clash. Also read: ‘It’d be like a…

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Two express trains collided in southern Pakistan early Monday and at least 30 passengers were killed, police and rescue officials said. 2 trains collide in southern Pakistan (Image used for representation)Two express trains collided in southern Pakistan early Monday and at least 30 passengers were killed, police and rescue officials said.The Millat Express derailed and the Sir Syed Express train hit it soon afterward, said Usman Abdullah, a police officer in Ghotki district in Sindh province, where the collision occurred.He said villagers, rescuers, and police were transporting the dead and injured passengers to nearby hospitals.It wasn’t immediately clear what caused…

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tech2 News StaffJun 07, 2021 08:19:11 ISTApple will host its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) from 7 – 10 June this year. The three-day conference will be held online and will be free for all Apple developers. The livestream link will be available on Apple.com, the Apple Developer app, Apple TV app and YouTube at 10.30 pm IST today. As usual, the company will announce the upcoming versions of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS on day 1 of the event. Apple’s WWDC21 will end on 11 June. In addition to the software updates, YouTuber Jon Prosser also hinted that the…

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The study is being peer-reviewed and has been submitted to a journal but appears as a preprint in MedrXiv, an online repository, and is among the few studies of the real-world effectiveness of vaccination in India.BKU’s spokesperson Rakesh Bains claimed that around 3,500 vehicles were part of the convoy. He added that another convoy of farmers from Haryana’s Panipat would join the protest site on June 10.The new rules for intermediaries such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Google, Twitter and Telegram, come into effect on May 26, and the Minister added that most platforms have submitted their compliance to ‘The IT (Guidelines…

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The World Test Championships final is less than two weeks away, and as the clock continues to tick slowly towards June 8, India and New Zealand would be weighing their options for the perfect playing XI for the all-important fixture. India boast a strong 20-member squad which they have landed in England with and as the stage gets set for the Ageas Bowl in Southampton to host the final of the first-ever WTC final, all eyes will be on the Playing XI which coach Ravi Shastri and captain Virat Kohli will field.As the build-up continues towards the grand ICC event…

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Saudi Commerce Minister Majid Al-Qasabi has said that mutations of novel coronavirus and uncertainty surrounding Covid-19 vaccines had led to the delay in announcing the details of Haj. Al-Qasabi said the Covid-19 vaccine was not mandatory in Saudi Arabia.Saudi Commerce Minister Majid Al-Qasabi on Sunday said that mutations of novel coronavirus and uncertainty surrounding Covid-19 vaccines had led to the delay in announcing the details of Haj 2021. Majid Al-Qasabi said the ministers of health and Haj would soon divulge more details about this year’s pilgrimage.Speaking at a press conference, Al-Qasabi said the Covid-19 vaccine was not mandatory in Saudi…

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515 doctors across 22 cities tracked through immunisation schedule. Two doses of Covishield vaccine produced more antibodies than Covaxin doses, but there were relatively fewer instances of ‘breakthrough infections’ after the latter, reports a study of healthcare workers (HCW) in India.The study is being peer-reviewed and has been submitted to a journal but appears as a preprint in MedrXiv, an online repository, and is among the few studies of the real-world effectiveness of vaccination in India.  The study, by a collective of doctors, shows that none of the participants, who were also all doctors and got both doses of vaccines,…

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Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Kerala have all scored higher than 90% in the Education Ministry’s Performance Grading Index for 2019-20 which was released on Sunday. Gujarat dropped from second to eighth rank in the index, while Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh are the only States which have seen actual regression in scores over this period.The index monitors the progress that States and Union Territories have made in school education with regard to learning outcomes, access and equity, infrastructure and facilities, and governance and management processes.  Huge jumpPunjab has recorded the highest score of almost 929 out of a possible 1,000, showing…

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