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News18 Evening Digest: Cyclone Yaas Completes Landfall in Odisha; Centre Says Covid-19 Airborne and Other Top Stories

Rain and Gusty Winds Hit Odisha Coast as Cyclone Yaas Landfall Starts

Rain and Gusty Winds Hit Odisha Coast as Cyclone Yaas Landfall Starts

Here are the top stories of this evening: 1 dead in East Midnapore as heavy rains inundate Bengal; Centre says Covid-19 airborne; 11,717 black fungus cases in India; IMA Uttarakhand slaps Rs 1,000 Cr defamation notice on Ramdev; Why WhatsApp is worried over tracking billions of users; Lunar Eclipse 2021

Cyclone Yaas LIVE Updates: 1 Dead in East Midnapore as Heavy Rains Inundate Bengal

Rising river water levels due to the landfall of cyclone ‘Yaas’ have inundated large parts of West Bengal’s coastal districts of Purba Medinipur and South 24 Parganas on Wednesday, as sea waves were seen touching coconut tree-tops and cars floating in floodwaters. The seaside towns of Digha and Mandarmoni in Purba Medinipur and Fraserganj and Gosaba in South 24 Parganas were among the areas affected by a storm surge of more than 2 metres above the astronomical tide level. The surging waters have breached embankments at several places in the two coastal districts, inundating many villages and small towns, officials said. Water levels of several rivers including Bidyadhari, Hooghly and Rupnarayan have risen owing to ‘Yaas’ and accompanying storm surge. Read More

Covid Airborne, Spreads When Infected People Cough, Sneeze or Talk: Centre Revises Guidelines

Revising its Covid-19 clinical management guidelines, the Union Health Ministry on Wednesday said that the virus spreads “predominantly through the airborne route and droplet released when the infected person coughs, sneezes or talks". The revision regarding the virus’s spread marks a change from its last year’s protocol that stated said that the infection spreads through close contact. Read More

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11,717 Black Fungus Cases in India; Gujarat Tops With Over 2,800 Patients, Maharashtra a Close Second

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IMA Uttarakhand Slaps Rs 1,000 Cr Defamation Notice on Yoga Guru Ramdev for Remarks Against Allopathy

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has served a defamation notice on Ramdev for alleged disparaging remarks against allopathy and allopathic doctors, demanding an apology from him within 15 days, failing which it said it will demand a compensation of Rs 1,000 crore from the yoga guru. The six-page notice served on behalf of IMA (Uttarakhand) secretary Ajay Khanna by his lawyer Neeraj Pandey describes the remarks by Ramdev as damaging to the reputation and the image of allopathy and around 2,000 practitioners of it who are part of the association. Read More

New IT Rules: Why WhatsApp Is Worried Over Tracking Billions Of Users

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Lunar Eclipse 2021: See Latest Photos, Videos of Super Blood Moon, Chandra Grahan from Around the World

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