Mid-day News Nuggets

Top stories this afternoon.

1. Assam CM targets to inoculate 30 per cent population by Aug 15 

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma informed that the government is making continuous efforts towards vaccinating 30 per cent of its population by August 15, if vaccines are available. 

2.  Assam gears up to curb COVID in rural areas; 304 GPs, village councils virus-free

The Assam panchayat and rural development department has intensified measures against the spread of COVID-19 in the rural areas of the state, having set up a war room and task force in every gaon panchayat.

3. Mary Kom bags silver medal at Asian Boxing Championship

Six-time world champion MC Mary Kom lost the 51 kg final by a split decision to Kazakhstan's Nazym Kyzaibay at the Asian Boxing Championships held in Dubai.

4. Assam Cong slams ‘low’ tea wage hike; says “every worker will lose Rs 2.70 lakh in 5 years"

The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has taken strong exception to the Assam government’s recent decision to hike tea workers’ daily wages to Rs 205, which it said, was way below the electoral promise of the wage increase to Rs 351 by the BJP in 2016. 

5. Mamata writes to PM Modi, refuses to release CS for central duty

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee refused to release Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay for Central duty, asserting that he is required for managing the COVID-19 crisis in the state.

6. JSU urges Meghalaya Govt to arrange markets for Betel Nut and Broomstick farmers

The Jaintia Students’ Union (JSU) central body has petitioned the Deputy Commissioners of East Jaintia Hills and West Jaintia Hills urging the officials to allow cultivators of Betel Nuts, Betel Leaves and Broomsticks to sell their commodities at any arranged market area.

7. Pooja Rani wins India's first gold at Asian Boxing championships 2021, Mary Kom and two others win silver

Indian pugilist Pooja Rani bagged the country's first gold medal in this year's Asian Boxing Championships, ongoing in Dubai, after defeating Mavluda Movlonova of Uzbekistan in the 75kg women's category final.

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