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Major Shweta Pandey, the army officer, who will help PM Modi hoist the tricolour

a group of people in uniform: Major Shweta Pandey represents the nation in Victory Day parade held in Moscow, Russia. (ANI)

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Major Shweta Pandey represents the nation in Victory Day parade held in Moscow, Russia. (ANI)

Major Shweta Pandey, an officer of the Indian Army, will help Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurl the national flag this year during the Independence Day ceremony at Delhi’s Red Fort on Saturday.

Maj Pandey is the first woman officer to carry the national flag and lead a first-ever tri-services Indian Armed Forces Contingent during Russia’s Victory Day Parade at Red Square in Moscow in June this year.

Last year, three women Indian Air Force (IAF) officers had assisted PM Modi during the Independence Day ceremony. Flying Officer Preetam Sangwan had assisted the Prime Minister in the unfurling of the national flag, while flight lieutenant Jyoti Yadav and flight lieutenant Mansi Geda were positioned on either side of the saluting dais.

Here is more about the officer:

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Canada makes contact tracing smartphone app available

Trudeau previously announced the creation of the app. It will be voluntary and if someone tests positive, other users who have the app and have been in proximity will then be alerted they’ve been exposed to someone who has tested positive.

Trudeau says privacy will be respected.  Governments around the world have been turning to smartphone technology to help battle fresh virus flare-ups as they ease lockdown restrictions.

But technical problems and privacy concerns have dogged the development of virus tracing apps. The app which has been developed with the help of Canadian technology companies Shopify and BlackBerry.

During a press briefing Trudeau also announced Canada will begin to transition people off the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), its main emergency income support program and onto traditional unemployment benefits in September.

Canada started CERB to offer support to the millions of Canadians who lost their jobs amid COVID 19 shutdowns.

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