Maha lockdown extended, tech bosses grilled and more: A round-up of the top stories on July 30, 2020

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A brief look at all the news you need to start the day with during the time of social distancing. Follow live updates on COVID-19 here.

Indian volunteers from Delhi Civil Defence (DCD) wearing face masks work at the COVID-19 District Central Surveillance and Tele-medicine Hub to serve as a free help line service for the COVID-19 patients and their families.The Doctors and Counsellors update data, register all grievances, daily health status of COVID-19 patients and prevent them from getting critical, provide Medical help, sanitation and removal of biomedical waste and provide them with essential commodities. This was launched at the office of the District Magistrate of the central district at Daryaganj. (Photo by Naveen Sharma/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Indian volunteers from Delhi Civil Defence wearing face masks work at the COVID-19 District Central Surveillance and Tele-medicine Hub to serve as a free help line service for the COVID-19 patients and their families. (Photo by Naveen Sharma/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

COVID-19: India records 1 million recoveries in 150 days

The data relating to those who have recovered is a positive sign and highlights the ability of the health care systems in the country. Read More

West Bengal Congress president Somen Mitra dies at 78

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi expressed his condolences on the demise of West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee chief Somen Mitra. The 78-year-old politician breathed his last at 1.30 am on July 30 following a cardiac arrest. Read More

Maharashtra extends lockdown with relaxations till August 31

The state government has decided to continue all precautions as announced earlier, but gradually restrictions are likely to be lifted during the month as part of the 'Mission Begin Again'. Read More

Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google face claims of 'harmful' power

The heads of some of the world's biggest tech companies have appeared before Washington lawmakers to defend their firms against claims they abuse their power to quash competitors. Read More

After rejecting proposal thrice, Rajasthan guv’s nod to Assembly session

The governor, in his order, has directed that all measures should be adopted during the conduct of the Assembly session, as per the guidelines issued to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Read More

Baahubali director and family test positive for coronavirus

"My family members and I developed a slight fever few days ago. It subsided by itself but we got tested nevertheless. The result has shown a mild COVID positive today. We have home quarantined as prescribed by the doctors,” SS Rajamouli said. Read More

England vs Ireland: Team prediction and fantasy cricket tips

England will take on neighbours Ireland in the first ODI at Ageas Bowl in Southampton to begin their ICC Cricket World Cup Super League campaign on Thursday. Here are the Dream11 fantasy tips for the 1st ODI. Read More

US records a coronavirus death every minute as total surpasses 150,000

A spike in infections in Arizona, California, Florida and Texas this month has overwhelmed hospitals. The rise has forced states to make a U-turn on reopening economies that were restricted by lockdowns in March and April to slow the spread of the virus. Read More

Scientists have finally solved the mystery about the origin of the Stongehenge

Stonehenge, a Neolithic wonder in southern England, has vexed historians and archaeologists for centuries with its many mysteries: How was it built? What purpose did it serve? Where did its towering sandstone boulders come from? That last question may finally have an answer. Read More

Afghan women demand right to be named on children's documents

Women's rights campaigners have for years pushed to be named on official documents including their children's birth certificates, which like Afghan identity documents carry only the name of a person's father. Read More