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News18 Afternoon Digest: Ram Temple Trust Struck One More Deal, Bought 1.03-hectare Plot for Rs 8 Cr; US CDC Classifies Delta Variant as 'Variant of Concern'

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Here are the top stories we are covering this afternoon: Ram Temple Trust Struck One More Deal, Bought 1.03-hectare Plot for Rs 8 Cr from Owners: Report, US CDC Classifies Delta Variant as 'Variant of Concern', Covid Norms Flouted: Delhi To Bangalore,New Variants Can't Make Citizens Follow Rules, Earthquake Alerts, Better Voice Detection & More: Android Users Getting These New Features This Summer, Desi Cricket Fans Gear Up With WTC Final Memes Ahead of Much-awaited India-New Zealand Test, LIC Agent Gets SMS, Probe Begins, and Vacant Building Found: Unravelling Covid Test Scam at Kumbh Mela.

LIC Agent Gets SMS, Probe Begins, and Vacant Building Found: Unravelling Covid Test Scam at Kumbh Mela

A News18 investigation has found that a firm hired for conducting Covid tests during the Kumbh congregation in Haridwar remains only on papers. The laboratories hired by the firm in question allegedly conducted thousands of fake Covid tests. After it was discovered thousands of tests were fake following a complaint by Punjab resident Vipan Mittal, News18 visited the office of the consultancy service as shown in the records and found no such office was present in the Bhikaji Cama Place area in New Delhi. READ MORE

Ram Temple Trust Struck One More Deal, Bought 1.03-hectare Plot for Rs 8 Cr from Owners: Report

Two days after the Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust took to Twitter to issue a factual report on the controversial land purchase deal in Ayodhya, a new report claimed that the Trust purchased two parcels of prime land — 1.208 hectares and 1.037 hectares — in Ayodhya on March 18, 2021, at two different prices of Rs 18.5 crore and Rs 8 crore, respectively, from two different buyers. READ MORE

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Earthquake Alerts, Better Voice Detection & More: Android Users Getting These New Features This Summer

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Covid Norms Flouted: Delhi To Bangalore,New Variants Can’t Make Citizens Follow Rules

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Covid-19: US CDC Classifies Delta Variant as ‘Variant of Concern’

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified the Delta, a highly transmissible Covid-19 variant first identified in India, as a “variant of concern." “The B.1.1.7 (Alpha), B.1.351 (Beta), P.1 (Gamma), B.1.427 (Epsilon), B.1.429 (Epsilon), and B.1.617.2 (Delta) variants circulating in the United States are classified as variants of concern. To date, no variants of high consequence have been identified in the United States," the CDC said in a statement. READ MORE

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first published:June 17, 2021, 13:35 IST