Top headlines of the day: July 24, 2020

NEW DELHI, INDIA - MARCH 16: Advocates wearing protective masks as a precautionary measure amid rising coronavirus scare, at Supreme court on March 16, 2020 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Virtual hearings in the Supreme Court mulled over, Indian COVID-19 vaccine could be ready by December, BJP claims Sachin Pilot will be Rajasthan CM, and other headlines to follow during the day.


Coronavirus lockdown must catalyse widespread use of virtual hearings in Indian legal system

The Chief Justice of India announced that the Supreme Court will be constituting a seven-judge panel to determine if physical hearings across courts and tribunals in India may resume. It is hoped that this will allow some clarity in when the justice delivery system can move back to pre-coronavirus levels, given that there has been a general shutdown in the dispensation of justice during this lockdown. Read more.

Covishield: Could India Get a Covid-19 Vaccine as Soon as December?

The race for the coronavirus vaccine is on. The World Health Organization (WHO) is tracking around 140 vaccine candidates, out of which 23 are in various phases of human clinical trials, including one from Moderna and AstraZeneca Plc. The Oxford-AstraZeneca-backed vaccine has been a frontrunner, showcasing encouraging results. It has been found to be “safe” in phase I/II clinical studies and is now in the third phase of human trials.

In a new development, the vaccine is now being manufactured at the Pune-based Serum Institute of India under the name Covishield. The Serum Institute of India plans to not only make the vaccine affordable for India, but also other developing nations around the world. Read more.

Claims about Rs 500-cr property false, we have been left in lurch: Vikas Dubey's wife

Wife of slain gangster Vikas Dubey on Thursday said that she had unsuccessfully tried to convince her husband to leave the path of crime, and now with him being dead the family has been left in the lurch.

About the claim that Dubey had acquired property worth crores of rupees, she said it was 'fake news' and that her husband has left the family to fend for themselves.

'Today, we terribly needed him. He has left nothing for us. People may say that he has left a property worth Rs 500 crore, but the truth is that I do not have anything,' the gangster's wife Richa Dubey told a TV news channel. Read more.

Congress Claims Karnataka Govt Embezzled Funds to Tune of Rs 2,000 Crore in Purchase of Covid Equipment

While the rising number of coronavirus cases in Karnataka has mounted pressure on the BS Yediyurappa-led government, allegations of misappropriation of funds has added to his woes.

The opposition Congress in the state has claimed that the BJP-led government allegedly misappropriated funds to the tune of Rs 2,000 crore while procuring equipment to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. Read more.

Bengal wears deserted look on 1st day of bi-weekly lockdown; several held for flouting norms

Normal life came to a grinding halt in West Bengal on Thursday as a complete lockdown was enforced across the state, to break the chain of rapidly rising COVID-19 cases.

The state government has clamped renewed restrictions twice a week to bring the coronavirus situation under control.

Officials said shops were shut and all modes of transport stayed off the roads on Thursday. Read more.

Pilot Could Become CM as Gehlot Govt Stands on Wafer-thin Majority, We Wait & Watch: BJP State Head Poonia

At a time when Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has been accusing the BJP of horse trading and making all efforts to topple his government amid the Covid-19 crisis, the state BJP chief has also showered a barrage of questions on the CM saying that his party should set its own house in order before pointing fingers at others. Read more.

US Records Over 1,100 Covid-19 Deaths for Third Straight Day as Outbreak Strains Hospitals

The United States recorded more than 1,100 deaths from COVID-19 for the third day in a row on Thursday, as the outbreak strained hospitals in California, Florida and Texas, according to a Reuters tally.

The rise in the US death toll has not seen back-to-back days with over 1,100 lives lost since late May. Many states and local governments in May lifted restrictions and reopened beaches, restaurants and businesses, triggering a surge in infections of the novel coronavirus in June and an increase in fatalities in July. Read more.


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