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9,119 new cases reported; active tally lowest in 539 days

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India reported as many as 9,119 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours pushing the total tally to 3,45,44,882, the Union health ministry said on Thursday. 

The active tally in the country currently stand at 1,09,940, the lowest in 539 days, i.e. nearly one-and-a-half year. The active cases account for less than 1% of total cases, currently at 0.32%, lowest since March 2020.

A decrease of 1,541 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

The death toll climbed to 4,66,980 with 396 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am.

Also, the total recoveries reached 3,39,67,962 with 10,264 discharges in the same time span. The recovery rate is currently at 98.33%, highest since March 2020. 

Daily positivity rate is at 0.79% that is less than 2% for last 52 days, while weekly positivity rate is at 0.90%, less than 2% for last 62days, the health ministry said. 

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.

India crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4 and three crore on June 23.

Meanwhile, with the administration of 90,27,638 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has exceeded 119.38 Cr (1,19,38,44,741) as per provisional reports till 7 am today. This has been achieved through 1,23,73,056sessions.

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Evil Genius 2 Release Date And Time For PS4, PS5, Xbox

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The real-time strategy and simulation game Evil Genius 2: World Domination is soon going to be available on consoles like PS4, PS5, and Xbox. So if you are looking for Evil Genius 2 release time, you have landed in the right place!

This game is a sequel to the 2004 Evil Genius game and is being developed by Rebellion Developments. It is a satirical spy-fi lair builder, where players can take control of an Evil Genius and set their plans for world domination in motion.

This game makes you feel good by letting you unleash your evil plans against the Forces of Justice. Here you can build your own unique evil lair, run a cover operation, train a band of criminal minions, defend your Lair from the Forces of Justice, and dominate the world with a Doomsday Device!

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Evil Genius 2: World Domination

Here is the release date and time for Evil Genius 2:

Release Date

You will be able to access Evil Genius 2: World Domination on PS4 and PS5, as well as, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S soon, as it is releasing on November 30, 2021.

Release Time

Here’s the Evil Genius 2 release time schedule for PS4 and PS4. The timings may vary for different regions so please check accordingly:

  • Pacific Time: 4:00 PM PT
  • British Time: 1:00 AM BST
  • European Time: 2:00 AM CEST

Evil Genius 2 Price

According to the official page, there are two versions of the game:

  • Standard Physical/Digital – $39.99
  • Deluxe Digital – $59.99

Those who preorder the game before November 30, 2021, will be eligible for claiming 3 unique loot items:

  • Fountain of Youth: Have your minions drink from this mythical body of water to give them a stat boost.
  • Trojan Horse: Place this legendary piece of woodwork in your Lair to unlock unique Schemes to complete across the world.
  • Aurora Borealis: Localized entirely in your lair, this beautiful distraction sits in your Cover Operation, with Agents and Tourists alike dazzled by the pretty lights.

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Ex-defense secretary sues over withheld material from Trump era memoir | Trump administration

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The former US defense secretary Mark Esper claims in a lawsuit against the defense department that material is being improperly withheld from him as he seeks to publish an “unvarnished and candid memoir” of his time in Donald Trump’s cabinet.

The lawsuit, which was filed on Sunday in the US district court in Washington, describes the memoir, A Sacred Oath, as an account of Esper’s tenure as army secretary from 2017 to 2019 and his 18 months as defense secretary, which ended when Trump fired him in a tweet just days after the president lost his reelection bid.

The period in which Esper was Pentagon chief was “an unprecedented time of civil unrest, public health crises, growing threats abroad, Pentagon transformation, and a White House seemingly bent on circumventing the Constitution”, the lawsuit says.

Esper and Trump were sharply divided over the use of the military during civil unrest in June 2020 following the killing of George Floyd. Other issues led the president to believe Esper was not sufficiently loyal while Esper believed he was trying to keep the department apolitical. Firing a defense secretary after an election loss was unprecedented, but the opening allowed Trump to install loyalists in top Pentagon positions as he continued to dispute his election loss.

The lawsuit contends that “significant text” in the memoir, scheduled for publication by William Morrow in May, is being improperly held under the guise of classification and that Esper maintains it contains no classified information. The suit notes that Esper is restricted by his secrecy agreements from authorising publication without Pentagon approval, or face possible civil and criminal liability.

The lawsuit quotes from a letter Esper sent to the defense secretary, Lloyd Austin, criticising the review process. He wrote that he had been asked not to quote Trump and others in meetings, not to describe conversations he had with Trump, and not to use certain verbs or nouns when describing historical events.

The letter describes other problematic subjects and says about 60 pages of the manuscript contained redactions at one point. Agreeing to all of those redactions would result in “a serious injustice to important moments in history that the American people need to know and understand”, Esper wrote.

The suit itself says some accounts Esper relates in the manuscript under consideration appeared to have been leaked to some mainstream media “possibly to undermine the impact” it would have had in his book.

Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said the department was aware of Esper’s concerns. “As with all such reviews, the department takes seriously its obligation to balance national security with an author’s narrative desire. Given that this matter is now under litigation, we will refrain from commenting further,” he said in a statement.

Esper, 57, a West Point graduate and Gulf war veteran, said in a statement that he had waited for six months for the review process to play out but found “my unclassified manuscript arbitrarily redacted without clearly being told why”.

“I am more than disappointed the current administration is infringing on my first amendment constitutional rights. And it is with regret that legal recourse is the only path now available for me to tell my full story to the American people,” he said.

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