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News18 Afternoon Digest: Drones in Jammu Twin Explosions Could be Remote Controlled; Jamshedpur Girl Sells 12 Mangoes for Rs 1.2 Lakh

Security personnel patrol after two low intensity explosions reported in the technical area of Jammu Air Force Station in the early hours of Sunday. One caused minor damage to the roof of a building while the other exploded in an open area. (PTI Photo)

Security personnel patrol after two low intensity explosions reported in the technical area of Jammu Air Force Station in the early hours of Sunday. One caused minor damage to the roof of a building while the other exploded in an open area. (PTI Photo)

Here are the top stories we are covering this afternoon: Jammu Airport Blasts LIVE Updates: Drones in Twin Explosions Could be Remote Controlled, IAF Stations in Punjab & Srinagar on Alert; Third Wave of Coronavirus Will Not be as Severe as Second One: ICMR Study; 5 Die In Hot Air Balloon Crash In New Mexico's Largest City; Jamshedpur Girl Sells 12 Mangoes for Rs 1.2 Lakh, Buys Smartphone for Online Classes; 'My Mother is Almost 100 Yrs Old & Yet...' PM Modi Warns Against Vaccine Hesitancy in Mann ki Baat; Zydus Cadila Vaccine to be Available for 12-18 Age Bracket Soon, Centre Tells Supreme Court; Tamil Nadu CM Announces Cash Prize of Rs 3 Crore For Athletes Who Win Gold at Tokyo Olympics.

Jammu Airport Blasts LIVE Updates: Drones in Twin Explosions Could be Remote Controlled, IAF Stations in Punjab & Srinagar on Alert

The twin explosions at the Jammu Airport today morning were likely triggered by a remote-controlled drone, sources have told News18, adding that an FIR for sabotage has been registered. Sources believe the blasts could be a drone attack since the patrol party at the Jammu technical area saw a light blink in the air. When they rushed to the spot, an explosion occurred in which two people sustained minor injuries. READ MORE

Third Wave of Coronavirus Will Not be as Severe as Second One: ICMR Study

The third wave of Covid-19 pandemic will not be as severe as the second wave, a study done by the Indian Council of Medical Research has found. The study titled ‘Plausibility of the third wave of Covid-19 in India: A mathematical modelling based analysis’, was published in Indian Journal of Medical Research. The study demonstrates plausible mechanisms by which a substantial third wave could occur, while also illustrating that it is unlikely for any such resurgence to be as large as the second wave. READ MORE

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Jamshedpur Girl Sells 12 Mangoes for Rs 1.2 Lakh, Buys Smartphone for Online Classes

An ‘uncle’ from Mumbai helped an 11-year-old girl from Jamshedpur to pursue her dreams of buying a smartphone and pursuing online classes. Tulsi Kumari, who sells mangoes by the roadside was left in shock when a certain Ameya hate bought 12 mangoes from her worth Rs 1,20,000, paying Rs 10,000 for each mango. The money was transferred to her father Srimal Kumar’s account on Wednesday. READ MORE

‘My Mother is Almost 100 Yrs Old & Yet…’ PM Modi Warns Against Vaccine Hesitancy in Mann ki Baat

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Zydus Cadila Vaccine to be Available for 12-18 Age Bracket Soon, Centre Tells Supreme Court

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Tamil Nadu CM Announces Cash Prize of Rs 3 Crore For Athletes Who Win Gold at  Tokyo Olympics

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