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News18 Afternoon Digest: Desi Restaurants are Offering Discounts if Diners Get Jabbed Against Covid-19; Olympics Chief Thomas Bach Admits 'Sleepless Nights' Over Troubled Tokyo Games

From complimentary drinks to a flat discount on the bill, restaurants are going above and beyond to encourage their diners to get the vaccine. Representational image. (Credits: AFP Relaxnews/ Francesco Tonelli)

From complimentary drinks to a flat discount on the bill, restaurants are going above and beyond to encourage their diners to get the vaccine. Representational image. (Credits: AFP Relaxnews/ Francesco Tonelli)

Here are the top stories we are covering this afternoon: Desi Restaurants are Offering Discounts if Diners Get Jabbed Against Covid-19; Olympics Chief Thomas Bach Admits 'Sleepless Nights' Over Troubled Tokyo Games; Over 2.11 Cr Covid-19 Vaccine Doses Available with States, UTs and Pvt Hospitals: Govt; These 2 Maharashtra Districts May See Total Lockdown as Coronavirus Cases Continue to Plateau; Canada Extends Suspension on Direct Flights from India Till August 21, Indians Can Travel Via 'Third Country'; Former UP CM Kalyan Singh Medically Unstable, Put on Non-Invasive Ventilator Support; 'Sorry State of Affairs, Giving in to Pressure Groups': SC Slams Kerala's Decision to Relax Covid Norms for Eid.

Desi Restaurants are Offering Discounts if Diners Get Jabbed Against Covid-19

Many restaurants across India are now open and serving with safety measures in place. From hygiene certifications to vaccinated staff, restaurants are doing everything they can to make the diners feel safe. In addition to these safety measures, restaurants are also offering great discounts to diners who got their jabs. READ MORE

Olympics Chief Thomas Bach Admits ‘Sleepless Nights’ Over Troubled Tokyo Games

Olympics chief Thomas Bach revealed “doubts" and “sleepless nights" over the postponed Tokyo Games on Tuesday as the opening ceremony nears after a year’s delay and coronavirus chaos that has made them deeply unpopular with the Japanese public. READ MORE

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These 2 Maharashtra Districts May See Total Lockdown as Coronavirus Cases Continue to Plateau

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Canada Extends Suspension on Direct Flights from India Till August 21, Indians Can Travel Via ‘Third Country’

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Former UP CM Kalyan Singh Medically Unstable, Put on Non-Invasive Ventilator Support

Health condition of Kalyan Singh, former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and former Governor of Rajasthan, is unstable. According to health bulletin released on Tuesday morning, he has been kept on a non-invasive ventilator due to difficulty in breathing. READ MORE

‘Sorry State of Affairs, Giving in to Pressure Groups’: SC Slams Kerala’s Decision to Relax Covid Norms for Eid

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first published:July 20, 2021, 12:33 IST