Breaking News Highlights July 8, 2021: In a major cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday, Mansukh Mandaviya and Anurag Thakur were made the new ministers for Health and Information and Broadcasting respectively replacing Harsh Vardhan and Prakash Javedekar who were among the 12 dropped in the revamp of Modi 2.0 Cabinet. PM Modi also brought in Sarbananda Sonowal, Narayan Rane and Jyotiraditya Scindia, and 33 other new members. High profile IT and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad was also dropped as the prime minister attempted an image makeover of his 26-month-old government facing grim challenges due to the COVID pandemic and a faltering economy by carrying out the first expansion and reshuffle of his ministry after retaining power in May 2019. Seven junior ministers who included Thakur were elevated to the Cabinet rank. In other news, Former Himachal Pradesh chief minister and senior Congress leader Virbhadra Singh died here in the wee hours of Thursday after a prolonged illness. He was 87. Stay tuned to this LIVE blog for breaking news updates from India and across the world.Also Read - Modi Cabinet Ministers Reshuffle News: New Ministers Take Charge of Portfolios | See Photos, Videos

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  • 11:31 PM IST

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  • 11:29 PM IST

    Council of Ministers meeting: PM Modi said that over past few days, we all have been seeing pictures and videos of crowded places and people roaming about without masks or social distancing. This is not a pleasant sight and it should instill a sense of fear in us, said sources.

  • 11:28 PM IST

    COVID tally: Delhi reports 93 new COVID-19 cases, 101 recoveries and 3 deaths in the last 24 hours.

  • 9:52 PM IST

    Cabinet Meeting updates: PM Modi tells new ministers to meet predecessors and learn from their experience, said sources.

  • 9:40 PM IST

    Jammu & Kashmir: Infiltration bid foiled in Sundarbani Sector of Rajouri. Further operations underway, said White Knight Corps. Two AK-47 Rifles and ammunition in heavy quantity have been recovered from the terrorists. In the operation, Nb Sub Sreejith M and Sep Maruprolu Jaswanth Reddy received fatal injuries. A detailed search of the area continues, said PRO Defence Jammu.

  • 9:32 PM IST

    A Special court dismisses alleged corruption charge against Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa. The court in its order said, ” the complaint is not maintainable in the absence of a valid sanction, and accordingly dismissed.”

  • 9:32 PM IST

    Cabinet Meeting updates: A new package of over Rs 23,000 crores has been approved to fight COVID. Under this, necessary arrangements like pediatric care units to ICU beds, oxygen storage, ambulances, and medicines will be made in all the districts of the country, said PM Modi

  • 8:54 PM IST

    Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation: No vaccination at govt and BMC-run centres tomorrow due to lack of vaccine supply. The govt and BMC run centers to be shut in the city.

  • 8:53 PM IST

    Cabinet Meeting updates: Important decisions regarding agriculture and farmers’ welfare have been taken in today’s cabinet meeting. In order to empower the Mandis, arrangements have also been made for the use of Agriculture Infrastructure Fund as well as interest subvention on loans, said PM Modi

  • 8:48 PM IST

    BKU leader Rakesh Tikait: The farm laws will not be curbed, yet they are asking us to end the protest. Farmers are not protesting for 8 months so that they could follow govt’s orders. If they want to talk, they can talk, but no conditions should be imposed.