Top news of the day: Madhya Pradesh CM tests positive for coronavirus; U.N. report warns of IS terrorists in Kerala and Karnataka, and more

The major news headlines of the day, and more.

Coronavirus | Shivraj Singh Chouhan tests positive

The Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister is the seventh legislator from the State to have contracted the illness so far.

Coronavirus | Uniform countrywide peak won’t happen, says expert

The peak could be witnessed in States like Delhi by this month end or early August while it may be around September in others such as Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Karnataka, Director of the Indian Institute of Public Health Prof. G.V.S. Murthy said.

Islamic State | ‘Significant numbers’ of terrorists in Kerala, Karnataka, U.N. report warns

The group reportedly has between 150 and 200 members from Bangladesh, India, Myanmar and Pakistan.

Rajasthan political crisis | Ashok Gehlot Cabinet to send revised proposal to Governor requesting Assembly session

Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, facing a revolt by some Congress MLAs led by Sachin Pilot, chaired a meeting of the Cabinet on July 24 night to discuss the points raised by the Governor on its earlier proposal.

Two militants killed in encounter near Srinagar

A gunfight erupted in Ranbirgarh Panzinara on the outskirts of Srinagar in the morning when the security forces launched a search operation following a tip-off.

U.S. court rejects bail plea of 26/11 accused Tahawwur Rana

Rana was rearrested on June 10 in Los Angeles on an extradition request by India for his involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack in which 166 people, including six Americans, were killed.

Indian envoy failed to meet Hasina despite requests: Dhaka daily

Bhorer Kagoj has said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina did not meet the Indian High Commissioner despite repeated requests for a meeting in the last four months.

U.S. says no new foreign students for all-online classes

The policy change was announced in a statement by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Coronavirus | Sri Lanka has completely curbed community spread, says head of COVID-19 task force

Lt. General Shavendra Silva, who is also the Army Commander, said that all the positive cases since April 30, including over 500 at the Kandakadu drug rehabilitation centre, were those who contracted the virus from Sri Lankan expatriates whose return was facilitated by the government.

Coronavirus | Serum Institute of India seeks DCGI permission for phase 2/3 trials of Oxford’s COVID-19 vaccine

Initial results of the first two-phase trials of the vaccine conducted in five trial sites in the U.K. showed it has an acceptable safety profile and homologous boosting increased antibody responses, a source said.

Coronavirus | Smaller crowds, player bio-security planned for 2021 Australian Open

Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley will be looking at the running of both the U.S. Open and delayed French Open to help plan contingencies for the first Grand Slam tournament of 2021.

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