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Here are the top 5 news updates of July 1, 2021:

1. Common man hit: After hike in milk prices, LPG cylinder rates go up by Rs 25.50

The price of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders or cooking gas cylinders has also gone up by Rs 25.50. On the first day of every month, state-owned oil companies decide on whether a tweak in the prices of gas cylinders is required or not. This is the ninth LPG price hike imposed by the central government since March 1. The last revision in the prices of LPG cylinders came in April when the rate of a cylinder was cut by Rs 10. Previously, LPG cylinder prices were increased in February and March. In Delhi, a 14.2 kg cylinder is available at Rs 834.50 instead of Rs 809 earlier. In Mumbai, it is now priced Rs 834.50 from Rs 809 earlier.

2. Amid row over COVID-19 'green pass', several EU nations clear Serum Institute's Covishield

A day after external affairs minister S Jaishankar said he has taken up with European Union to accept COVID-19 vaccines, such as Covishield and Covaxin, for Indian nationals travelling to Europe, Switzerland, Iceland and seven European Union countries today allowed the Serum Institute-manufactured Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine. According to ANI report, Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Estonia and Spain have confirmed accepting Covishield for travel entry. Switzerland has also allowed Covishield for the Schengen state. Estonia has confirmed that it will recognize all the vaccines authorized by Government of India for travel of Indians to Estonia, the report added.

3. Zydus Cadila applies for emergency use authorisation for COVID-19 vaccine with DCGI

Zydus Cadila today said it has applied for emergency use authorisation (EUA) with the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) for its COVID-19 vaccine ZyCoV-D. The company said it has conducted the largest clinical trial for its COVID-19 vaccine in India so far in over 50 centres. Dr. Sharvil Patel, Managing Director, Cadila Healthcare, said the vaccine when approved will help not only adults but also adolescents in the 12 to 18 years age group. The company said it has also evaluated a two-dose regimen for ZyCoV-D vaccine using a 3 mg dose per visit and the immunogenicity results had been found to be equivalent to the current three dose regimen.

4. Mumbai: Former BMC Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi quits hours after appointment as ACS in Marathi Bhasha Department

Hours after appointment as additional chief secretary in Marathi Bhasha Department, Former BMC Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi has quit. He will now join as Member (administration) in the newly formed Capacity Building Commission in New Delhi for a three-year tenure. He decided to quit to join the Commission as he could not go on deputation in the Government of India since he was not empaneled. In a bureaucratic reshuffle on Wednesday, the Maharashtra government had appointed Pardeshi as ACS of the Marathi Bhasha Department.

5. Sensex drops 164 points; Nifty slips below 15,700

Equity benchmark Sensex dropped 164 points today following losses in index majors Infosys, HDFC twins and Reliance Industries amid a weak trend in Asian peers. The 30-share BSE index ended 164.11 points or 0.31 per cent lower at 52,318.60. Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty inched 41.50 points or 0.26 per cent down to 15,680. Bajaj Finserv was the top loser in the Sensex pack, shedding over 2 per cent, followed by Infosys, Tech Mahindra, UltraTech Cement and IndusInd Bank. On the other hand, Dr Reddy's, Bajaj Auto, Sun Pharma, Asian Paints and NTPC were among the gainers.

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