India Breaking News LIVE Updates, August 21:
5:55 PM| All nine people who were trapped in the fire at the Left Bank Power House at Srisailam in Telangana’s Nagarkurnool district were killed on Friday, said officials.
Following the incident, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao expressed his grief over the unfortunate loss of lives and spoke to the officials who are at the site and reviewed the relief measures taking place there.
5:05 PM| The Election Commission of India (ECI) has now released guidelines for voting amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. The guidelines will be applicable to all Assembly and bye elections conducted during the pandemic. The Bihar polls will be the first where these norms will be followed.
3:18 PM| As many as six people were killed after a massive fire broke out the Left Bank Power House at Srisailam in Telangana’s Nagarkurnool district on Friday morning, according to media reports.
According to officials, short circuit was the cause of the incident. 25 people were reportedly present at the spot out of ten have been rescued so far, said Chief Engineer of Telangana State Power Generation Corporation (GENCO). However, about 15 or 16 managed to come out.
2:40 PM| The Supreme Court on Friday allowed three Jain temples in Mumbai to open for the last two days of Paryushan, scheduled to be held on August 22 and August 23. However, the apex court has made it mandatory for the temple authorities to observe Centre’s SOPs on the opening of religious places and maintaining social distancing norms.
12:45 PM| Kolkata (Central Division) ACP Uday Shankar Banerjee passes away. He was undergoing COVID-19 treatment.
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11:40 AM| After winning the battle against COVID-19, Amitabh Bachchan is all set to resume the shoots of Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC). He gave this information on his blog.
Indian cricketer Suresh Raina announced his retirement on August 15, along with MS Dhoni. Like prime minister Narendra Modi wrote a special letter for Dhoni, he did for Raina as well. A paragraph from the letter read, “Generations will remember you not only as a fine batsman but also as a very useful bowler who the captain could turn to when the situation demanded. Your fielding was exemplary and inspiring. Some of the best catches in recent international cricket have your distinctive imprint. It would take days to count just the number of runs you have saved with your alertness on the field.”
The Central Bureau of Investigation officials who reached Mumbai on August 20 evening to probe the Sushant Singh Rajput case will not be quarantined, a civic official has said. The civic body of Mumbai was singed by criticism after quarantining a Bihar Police officer who came to inquire into the actor’s death earlier this month.
India reported a spike of 68,898 coronavirus infections on Friday, according to the health ministry. Deaths rose by 983 to a total of 54,849 in India. The total coronavirus case tally in India now stands at 29,05,823. Almost 30% of the population in India’s capital of New Delhi likely has been infected by the novel coronavirus, according to a serological survey of 15,000 people conducted by the local government, a figure that indicates infection numbers are much higher than those recorded.
South Korean health authorities warned on Friday that a cluster of coronavirus infections in the capital Seoul was threatening to spread after thousands of people attended a rally by conservative political groups last week.
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