Top headlines of the day: July 21, 2020

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Sena Downplays Pawar's 'Virus-Ram Mandir' Remark, Confirms Uddhav's Attendance for 'Bhumi Pujan'.

Political mystery deepens in Rajasthan, while hope soars for a coronavirus vaccine, WHO continues to caution, and other news, in today’s news wrap:

Rajasthan Crisis: Gehlot govt withdraws 'general consent' for CBI investigation; BJP says CM is hiding something

The Ashok Gehlot government has withdrawn its 'general consent' to the CBI to conduct investigations in Rajasthan, and the central agency will now need its prior permission on a case-by-case basis, prompting the BJP to question the intention behind the move.

The opposition party, which had demanded a CBI inquiry into the phone tapping row that has erupted during the ongoing political crisis in the state, said Chief Minister Gehlot's action shows he is trying to hide something. Read more.

Sena Downplays Pawar's 'Virus-Ram Mandir' Remark, Confirms Uddhav's Attendance for 'Bhumi Pujan'

'Why should allies be upset? It is our known stand. We have gone there several times, and will continue to go many times.' Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said on Monday that the Maharashtra CM will definitely go for the event on August 5. However, the official invite is yet to reach the chief minister.

Raut downplayed the differences with the allies and the comments made by NCP leader Sharad Pawar on the priority of the government. "There is nothing wrong with what he has said. He is a tall leader of the country. And many people have sacrificed their lives in this fight against Covid. This is the time when even the Gods are under lockdown due to coronavirus," Sanjay Raut said. Read more.

After Bengal, MP announces two-day lockdown every week in districts with high caseload

There will be lockdown for two days every week, including Sundays, in districts with high incidence of coronavirus cases in Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Monday. Read more.

'Tomorrow. Vaccines': Lancet Editor’s Tweet on Covid-19 Shot Stirs Announcement Hope

As countries struggle to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, drug companies are working round the clock to find a possible vaccine for the novel coronavirus. In just six months since the outbreak, 140 vaccine candidates (vaccines under experimentation) are in the pre-clinical trial stage and 23 have entered the clinical evaluation stage, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Against this backdrop, a tweet by the editor of medical journal The Lancet renewed hopes of an announcement on the vaccine front. “Tomorrow. Vaccines. Just saying,” Richard Horton tweeted on Sunday. Read more.

Wave of Promising Study Results Raise Hopes for Coronavirus Vaccines

Early data from trials of three potential COVID-19 vaccines released on Monday, including a closely-watched candidate from Oxford University, increased confidence that a vaccine can train the immune system to recognize and fight the novel coronavirus without serious side effects.

Whether any of these efforts will result in a vaccine capable of protecting billions of people and ending the global pandemic that has claimed more than 600,000 lives is still far from clear. All will require much larger studies to prove they can safely prevent infection or serious disease. Read more.

WHO Official Hails 'Good News' From Early Vaccine Trials, But Cautions on Long Way Ahead

The head of emergencies at the World Health Organisation is hailing “good news” in results shown by two COVID-19 vaccine candidates in early trials, but warns “there’s a long way to go.”

“We now need to move into larger-scale real-world trials,” Dr. Michael Ryan told reporters at a news conference in Geneva. “But it is good to see more data and more products moving into this very important phase of vaccine discovery.” Read more.

Mastermind Fareed Faisal used diplomatic channels to smuggle 230 kgs of gold to Kerala

Fareed Faisal, the mastermind in the Kerala Gold Smuggling case allegedly used diplomatic channels to smuggle 230 kilograms of gold. Investigations by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has found that Faisal may have moved gold through diplomatic channels on 20 or more occasions. It has been found that the racket was operated with ease owing to diplomatic immunity enjoyed by the diplomat, sources tell OneIndia. Read more.

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