Breaking News LIVE Updates, 18 August 2021: India reported 35,178 new COVID-19 cases, and 440 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per the Health Ministry bulletin on Wednesday morning. As India prepares for a possible third wave of coronavirus, the country’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has crossed 56 Crore (56,00,94,581) landmark milestone on Tuesday. Under a new vaccination policy, the Centre started providing vaccines free of charge to all above 18 and took back control of vaccination from states. In other news, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting of the Cabinet Committee of the Security (CCS) to discuss the situation in Afghanistan, The meeting was attended by Union ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and Nirmala Sitharaman, along with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla and Indian envoy to Afghanistan Rudrendra Tandon. Stay tuned to this live blog for all the latest breaking news updates.Also Read - ‘No Choice’: China Firm on Imposing Travel Curbs as Indian Students Protest Outside Chinese Embassy

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  • 8:27 PM IST

    Vaccine drive in India: India has administered more than 56.57 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses till now, including over 48 lakh doses administered today, as per the 7 pm provisional report: Government of India

  • 7:09 PM IST

    No Vaccination in Maharashtra on August 19, 20: Due to shortage of COVID-19 vaccines, there will be no vaccination in government and municipal corporation-run centres in Mumbai on August 19 and 20. Vaccination will resume from August 21: Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)

  • 6:19 PM IST

    Breaking: PM Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of multiple projects in Somnath, Gujarat on August 20 via video conferencing. The projects include Somnath Promenade, Somnath Exhibition Centre, Parvati Temple and reconstructed temple precinct of Old (Juna) Somnath.

  • 5:36 PM IST

    RBI issues instructions: Banks to maintain a branch-wise list of vacant lockers as well as a wait-list for the purpose of allotment of lockers and ensure transparency in allotment of lockers. Revised instructions will come into effect from January 1, 2022: Reserve Bank of India (RBI)

  • 5:33 PM IST

    Tamil Nadu School Reopening News: Tamil Nadu government allows re-opening of schools for classes 9th to 12th from 1st September with COVID19 protocols, teachers and other staff to be fully vaccinated.

  • 5:32 PM IST
    Arogya Dhara-2.0: Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya today chaired Arogya Dhara-2.0, an event to mark the completion of 2 cr treatments under Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana . “The program ensures that the poor & the well-off get the same treatment at the same place,” he said.
  • 5:11 PM IST
    Afghanistan Crisis: “We keep a close watch on developments in Afghanistan. Imports from there come through transit route of Pakistan. As of now, Taliban has stopped movement of cargo to Pak, so virtually imports have stopped,” Dr Ajay Sahai, Director General, Federation of Indian Export Organisation said.
  • 4:38 PM IST

    Alert for Intl. JNU Students: All international students of JNU (whose visa is due to expire soon) may approach the dean/chairperson of the school/special centres concerned to obtain the required bona fide certificate: Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)

  • 4:32 PM IST

    Tsunami alert issued after 6.8-magnitude quake off Vanuatu in South Pacific Ocean: AFP

  • 4:28 PM IST