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News18 Evening Digest: Delta Variant Accounts For 80% Of New Covid Cases & Other Top Stories

The first detected five cases of the Delta variant came from Colombo on June 17.

The first detected five cases of the Delta variant came from Colombo on June 17.

Here are the top stories of the day: Govt's Excise Collections on Petrol, Diesel Jumps 88% to Rs 3.35 Lakh Crore in FY21; Gujarat HC First to Live-Stream Court Proceedings, CJI Says Supreme Court to Start Soon, and more.

Govt’s Excise Collections on Petrol, Diesel Jumps 88% to Rs 3.35 Lakh Crore in FY21

The union government’s tax collections on petrol and diesel jumped by 88 per cent to Rs 3.35 lakh crore in the year to March 31, after excise duty was raised to a record high, the Lok Sabha was informed on Monday. Excise duty on petrol was hiked from Rs 19.98 per litre to Rs 32.9 last year to recoup gain arising from international oil prices plunging to multi-year low as pandemic gulped demand. READ MORE

Gujarat HC First to Live-Stream Court Proceedings, CJI Says Supreme Court to Start Soon

In a step towards ensuring transparency and openness in the Indian judiciary, the Gujarat High Court has become the first high court to begin live-streaming of court proceedings after Chief Justice NV Ramana launched the live broadcast of the court functioning on Saturday and said the Supreme Court will start the same soon. READ MORE

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Delta Variant Accounts for 80 Per Cent of New Covid Cases: Govt Expert Panel Chief

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Lodged in Sitapur Jail, SP Leader Azam Khan’s Oxygen Level Drops to 88, to Shift to Lucknow Hospital

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UK Businessman Hits Jackpot As His Old Telephone Booth Put Up For Sale At £35000

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first published:July 19, 2021, 16:59 IST