Senior AajTak TV anchor Rohit Sardana passes away

The journalist was with Zee news for several years, before he joined AajTak in 2017.
File photo of Rohit Sardana
File photo of Rohit Sardana
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Journalist Rohit Sardana, who was one of the top anchors of Hindi TV news channel AajTak, passed away on Friday. According to reports, Rohit had contracted COVID-19 and is unclear whether he had fully recovered. He is said to have succumbed to a heart attack.

The journalist was with Zee news for several years, before he joined AajTak in 2017. His most popular show 'Dangal', featured debate panels but had also been controversial for its rhetoric. He was awarded the Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Puraskar by the Indian government in 2018.

Several people took to Twitter to express their condolences.

Earlier on Friday, former Attorney General of India Soli Sorabjee had succumbed to COVID-19 when he was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Delhi. The 91-year-old had served as the Attorney General of India from 1989-90 and then from 1998-2004.

Meanwhile, India registered 3.86 lakh new coronavirus infections in a span of 24 hours ending on Thursday, the highest single-day rise so far, pushing the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 1.87 crore. More than 19 lakh (19,20,107) tests were conducted in the span of 24 hours, making it the highest single-day tests done in India.

India's total active caseload has reached 31.70 lakh and now comprises 16.90% of the country's total infections. A net increase of 85,414 cases have been recorded in the total active caseload in a day.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is chairing a meeting of the Union Council of Ministers on Friday amid the rising cases. The meeting of the council of ministers is the first in the aftermath of the second wave of COVID-19 in the country. Sources said the pandemic and the response of the government is likely to be discussed in the virtual meet.

With PTI inputs

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