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July 22, 2021

West Indies vs Australia: Second ODI postponed at last minute due to Covid-19 case in hosts’ staff

A positive Covid-19 test on Thursday resulted in the last-minute postponement of the scheduled second One-Day International between the West Indies and Australia at Kensington Oval, officials announced.“The second ODI between West Indies and Australia has been postponed due a positive Covid-19 test result from a non-playing member of the West Indies team,” said a Cricket West Indies statement.“This decision was taken after the toss at Kensington Oval once the result was known due to the Covid-19 protocols. “All members of…

Pegasus row: Morocco files defamation suit against Amnesty and French NGO

The Moroccan government on Thursday filed a defamation suit against human rights body Amnesty International and French media non-profit Forbidden Stories in relation to the alleged surveillance using the Pegasus spyware, AFP reported. This appears to be the first lawsuit filed in the matter by the government of a country against which there are allegations of spying.The list of over 50,000 potential snooping targets accessed by Amnesty International and Forbidden Stories showed that French President Emmanuel Macron was…

Full text: All I wish is people pray for athletes – Momota’s heartfelt note ahead of Tokyo 2020

Japanese badminton star Kento Momota asked people to pray and support the athletes as the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics officially kicked off on Friday, still under the cloud of coronavirus. “We were supposed to welcome people from all over the world, and we would have liked them to learn good things about Japanese culture.... I understand that we all have mixed feelings about this one,” Momota wrote in a sentimental note on social media. He spoke about the challenges of hosting the Games amid the fear and uncertainty of…

Coronavirus: India records 35,342 new cases in last 24 hours – 14.5% fewer than Thursday’s count

India on Friday recorded 35,342 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours as the country’s tally rose to 3,12,93,062 since the pandemic broke out in January last year. The number was 14.59% fewer than 41,383 infections recorded on Thursday.The toll rose to 4,19,470 with 483 more deaths in a span of 24 hours. The number of active cases declined by 3,881 to 4,05,513. Active cases had gone up in the last two days. A total of 3,04,68,079 patients have recovered from the disease so far. Minister of State for External Affairs…
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