Mid-day News Nuggets

 Top stories this afternoon 

1. Tripura reports highest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases this year

Tripura reported 37 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours - the highest single-day spike this year.

2. Meghalaya: Hailstorm wreaks havoc in Tura

A hailstorm caused substantial damage to houses and properties in Tura, West Garo Hills.

3. Documentary proof emerges indicating corruption by MeECL Union leader

The controversy surrounding financial irregularities concerning the Meghalaya Corporation Limited (MeECL) took a surprising turn with fresh evidence, revealing the involvement of high-ranking officials in numerous irregularities involving crores of rupees.

4. Assam: Karimganj health official tests positive post-inoculation

The superintendent of Karimganj Civil Hospital tested positive for COVID-19 despite being inoculated with the second dose of the vaccine.

5. Royal Challengers Bangalore take on defending champions Mumbai Indians in IPL 2021 opener

Defending champions Mumbai Indians, led by Rohit Sharma, will take on Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore in the first match of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

6. Three terrorists killed by security forces in J&K’s Shopian district

Security forces gunned down three terrorists in an encounter at Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district.

7. PM Modi urges states to strengthen efforts in tackling COVID-19 surge

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with the Chief Ministers of all states and Union Territories amid India’s worsening COVID-19 surge and urged them to strengthen their efforts in controlling the disease over the next 2-3 weeks.

8. Supreme Court rejects plea for release of detained Rohingya migrants 

The Supreme Court rejected a plea seeking the release of detained Rohingya refugees in Jammu and Kashmir.