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Here are the top 5 news updates of July 3, 2021:

1. BJP picks Pushkar Singh Dhami as Uttarakhand's new Chief Minister

Pushkar Singh Dhami was today elected as the leader of the BJP legislature party, paving the way for him to take over as the eleventh Chief Minister of Uttarakhand. Dhami, who is a two-time MLA from Khatima in Udham Singh Nagar district, replaces Tirath Singh Rawat who resigned on Friday night. Soon after being elected as the leader of the legislature party, Dhami thanked the party leadership for reposing faith in him and said that he will deal with the challenges lying ahead with everyone's cooperation. "My party has appointed a common worker, son of an ex-serviceman, who was born in Pithoragarh to serve the state. We'll work together for people's welfare. We accept the challenge of serving people with the help of others, in a short time span," he said.

2. Final Phase-3 results of Covaxin show efficacy of 77.8% against COVID-19

Efficacy analysis demonstrates Covaxin to be 77.8 per cent effective against symptomatic COVID-19, through evaluation of 130 confirmed cases, with 24 observed in the vaccine group versus 106 in the placebo group. Bharat Biotech has concluded final analysis for Covaxin efficacy from Phase 3 clinical trials. Efficacy analysis demonstrates Covaxin to be 93.4 per cent effective against severe symptomatic COVID-19. Safety analysis demonstrates adverse events reported were similar to placebo, with 12 per cent of subjects experiencing commonly known side effects and less than 0.5 per cent of subjects feeling serious adverse events.

3. In final stages of appointing Resident Grievance Officer: Twitter tells Delhi HC

Twitter today told the Delhi High Court that the interim Resident Grievance Officer of the microblogging site withdrew his candidature on June 21 and it is in the final stages of appointing a person for the post of Resident Grievance Officer. The company said it is in the final stages of appointing a replacement while in the meantime the grievances of Indian users are being addressed by the Grievance Officer. Twitter's response was filed in a petition alleging non-compliance with the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, in which the Delhi High Court had issued notice.

4. ED issues fresh summons to ex-Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh in money laundering case

Former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh has been issued fresh summons by the ED for appearance on July 5 in a money laundering case investigation being conducted against him and others, officials said today. They said this is the third notice issued to the NCP leader for deposing before the investigating officer of the case. Deshmukh has been asked to record his statement at the central agency's office in south Mumbai on Monday. Deshmukh had skipped the two earlier summons citing his "vulnerability" to COVID-19 as the reason for non-compliance in his last communication to the agency.

5. Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao announce divorce, will continue to be 'co-parents and family'

Superstar Aamir Khan and producer-director Kiran Rao today announced their decision to get divorced after 15 years of marriage and said they were ready to start a new chapter as "co-parents and family for each other". They will continue to work as collaborators on movies, their NGO Paani Foundation and other professional projects, the couple said in a joint statement. Khan and Rao first met on the sets of the actor's 2001 blockbuster movie "Lagaan" and tied the knot in December 2005. They welcomed their son Azad Rao Khan in December 2011.

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