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Morning Digest | India closes its consulate in Kandahar as Taliban make inroads, 11 J&K govt. staff terminated for ‘anti-national’ activities, and more

Afghan security forces inspect the site of a car bomb attack in Kandahar province, Afghanistan.   | Photo Credit: REUTERS

Amid fighting, India pulls out staff from Kandahar consulate

As the Taliban’s claims about taking Afghan territory grow, India has decided to temporarily close its consulate in Kandahar, sending a special Indian Air Force flight to evacuate about 50 diplomats and security personnel of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) back to Delhi, government sources confirmed to The Hindu.

Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin’s sons among 11 terminated from J&K government services

Two sons of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin — Syed Ahmed Shakeel and Shahid Yusuf — were among 11 J&K government employees whose services were terminated on Saturday for “anti-national activities”, an official source said.

Home Secretary reviews COVID-19 situation in hill stations, tourist locations

Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla on July 10, reviewed the steps taken by State governments for checking the spread of COVID-19 in hill stations and other tourist destinations.

Government infrastructure spending sees steep fall in Q1

The second wave of COVID-19 and a steep decline in new investment projects from government agencies dented fresh investment plans in the economy by 18% in the first quarter of 2021-22, compared to the previous quarter.

Argentina beats Brazil to win Copa America

Argentina won their first major title in 28 years on Saturday when an Angel Di Maria goal gave them a 1-0 win over Brazil and a record-equalling 15th Copa America. Argentina’s win was a particular triumph for Barcelona striker Lionel Messi, who picked up his first ever title in a blue and white shirt after more than a decade of club and individual honours.

Ash Barty becomes first Australian woman to win the Wimbledon singles title

World number one Ash Barty became the first Australian woman to win the Wimbledon singles title for 41 years on Saturday when she defeated Czech Karolina Pliskova 6-3 6-7(4) 6-3 in the final.

Caregivers of disabled need priority for COVID-19 jabs: Social Justice Ministry

The Union Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry earlier this week asked the Health and Family Welfare Ministry to ensure that caregivers of persons with disabilities (PwD) are vaccinated against COVID-19 at the same centre as the PwD on priority basis.

The Hindu profiles | The Rajapaksas - Four brothers in one government

With Basil joining the govt. as Finance Minister, the Sri Lankan Cabinet has five Rajapaksas, four brothers and one from the next generation.

Kamal Haasan, Fahadh Faasil and Vijay Sethupathi dazzle in ‘Vikram’ first look

The buzz surrounding Kamal Haasan’s upcoming project, Vikram, is getting bigger by the day. The makers released the first look of the project today; it showcases Kamal, Vijay Sethupathi and Malayalam star Fahadh Faasil.

Indian-origin aeronautical engineer to fly into space

Sirisha Bandla, a 34-year-old aeronautical engineer, is set to become the third Indian-origin woman to head to space when she flies as part of Virgin Galactic’s first fully crewed flight test on Sunday.

‘Human crisis’ in Santiniketan as Visva-Bharati yet to pay salaries

Santiniketan, whose economy largely depends on the Visva-Bharati University, is witnessing, according to teachers, a “human crisis”, with the university yet to pay its staff for the month of June.


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