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Tamil Nadu: All school students between 15 to 18 years vaccinated with first COVID-19 dose

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], (ANI): Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian on Monday said the state has vaccinated all school students aged between 15-18 years with the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. “100 per cent of school students between 15 to 18 years in Tamil Nadu have been inoculated with the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine,” Subramanian said while addressing reporters.COVID-19 vaccination for the 15-18 age group began on January 3 across the country. On Sunday, the Tamil Nadu government had informed that schools have been shut in for all classes, due to an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the state. “The exams which were supposed to be held on January 19 are now postponed,” informed the order copy. Tamil Nadu recorded 23,989 new COVID-19 cases and 11 fatalities on Sunday, as per the state health department’s bulletin. This…

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Punjab Assembly poll postponed, voting on February 20

New Delhi [India]: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has decided to postpone the voting dates for the Punjab Assembly election to February 20. Earlier, the State was scheduled to go for polls on February 14. This comes after several political parties, including Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party and former chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh’s party Punjab Lok Congress, requested the Commission to postpone the elections.Sources said that the request was made as many people from the Scheduled Caste community from State are likely to visit Varanasi, in view of Guru Ravidas birth anniversary on February 16. According to the statement issued by the ECI, the last date for filing the nomination for the candidates is on February 1, while the candidates can withdraw their nominations till February 2. The results will be announced on March 10. (ANI/Image – ANi)

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Angry CM Mamta Bannerjee urges PM Modi to include tableau of freedom fighters in Republic Day Parade

Howrah (West Bengal) [India]: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to include the tableau of freedom fighters from the state in the Republic Day parade on the 75th year of India’s independence. The Chief Minister, through the letter, expressed her disappointment by the decision to abruptly exclude the proposed tableau of the West Bengal Government.“It is even more baffling for us that the tableau was rejected without assigning any reasons or justifications,” she wrote. The proposed tableau was commemorating the contributions of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and his NIA’s 125th birth anniversary year and was carrying portraits of some of the most illustrious sons and daughters in this country – Vidyasagar, Rabindranath Tagore, Vivekananda, Chittaranjan Das, Sri Aurobindo, Matangini Hazra, Birsa Munda, Nazrul Isla, the letter read. “All the people of West Bengal are…

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PM Modi calls startups backbone of new India, declares Jan 16 as ‘National Startup Day’

New Delhi [India],: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that startups are going to be the backbone of new India and said that January 16 will be celebrated as ‘National Startup Day’. “Start-ups are going to be the backbone of new India. When India completes 100 years of independence, startups will have an important role. Country’s innovators are making the country proud globally,” the Prime Minister said during his interaction with startups across different sectors..The Prime Minister also highlighted that India’s startup ecosystem is “continuously discovering and improving itself.” “It is in a constant state of learning and changing,” the PM added. “I Congratulate all the startups, all the youth, who are engaged in raising the flag of India in the world of start-ups as it this culture will reach the far-flung parts of the country, ” he added. PM Modi also said,…

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Dubai: Hundreds of lives saved after collision between two India-bound flights averted

By Ashoke Raj New Delhi [India]: Hundreds of lives were saved on Sunday after a major collision between two Emirates planes was averted during take-off at Dubai airport.EK-524 Dubai to Hyderabad was scheduled for take-off at 9:45 PM and EK-568 Dubai to Bengaluru Emirates flight was also scheduled to take off for its destination. Unfortunately, the two aircraft that were scheduled for take-off came on one runway. According to the Emirates flight schedule, there is a five-minute gap between the departure times of both flights. “EK-524 from Dubai-Hyderabad was accelerating for take-off from runway 30R, when the crew saw a aircraft coming in the same direction at high speed. Take-off was immediately instructed by ATC to be rejected. The aircraft slowed down safely and cleared the runway via taxiway N4, which crossed the runway. Another emirates flight EK-568, from Dubai to Bangalore, was rolling…

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Imran govt’s mini-budget will push Pakistanis to ‘miserable’ death, says Shahbaz Sharif

Islamabad [Pakistan](ANI): The mini-budget of the Imran Khan government will push poor Pakistanis to “miserable” death as the bill proposes to hike taxes in a variety of sectors, said Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief Shahbaz Sharif on Thursday as the country’s National Assembly passed the Finance (Supplementary) Bill, reported local media. “Imran Khan has been imposed on the country and leading the country towards destruction, pushing the poor to the brink of death,” The News International quoted Shehbaz Sharif as saying in the National Assembly while addressing the participants.The PML-N leader also said that people will have to take to the streets against inflation. “We will have to get the country out of economic misery,” he added. Stressing that mini-budget was a budget that would push the poor people towards “miserable” death, Shahbaz said, “Remember the time of Nawaz Sharif when there was no inflation;…

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British Prince Andrew stripped of military honours over sex assault accusations

London [UK],(ANI): Soon after a New York judge gave the green light to a civil lawsuit by Virginia Giuffre, who alleged that Britain’s Prince Andrew sexually abused her when she was 17, the Queen’s stripped The Duke of York of his military ranks and royal patronage. The Duke of York will defend the sex assault case as a private citizen.British Prince Andrew, son of Queen Elizabeth II, is stripped of his military ranks and royal patronage after facing sex assault accusations, according to the press service of Buckingham Palace. “With the Queen’s approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to The Queen,” The Royal Family said in a statement on Thursday. “The Duke of York will continue not to undertake any public duties and is defending this case as a private citizen,” the statement added. It…

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India logs over 2.6 lakh fresh COVID-19 cases, positivity rate nears 15 pc

New Delhi [India]: India reported 2,64,202 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours with a positivity rate of 14.78 per cent, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed on Friday. The fresh infections in the country are 6.7 per cent higher as compared to yesterday’s figures as India reported 2,47,417 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday.Of the fresh infections added today, Maharashtra reported 46,406 new COVID-19 cases, Delhi reported 28,867 new COVID-19 cases, Karnataka reported 25,005 new COVID cases, Tamil Nadu reported 20,911 new cases, West Bengal reported 23,467 new cases, Uttar Pradesh added 14,765 fresh COVID-19 cases, Kerala reported 13,468 new cases and the rest of the cases were added by other states. With the addition of new cases, the total cases of COVID-19 in India rose to 3,65,82,129 including 12,72,073 active cases. Active cases account for 3.48 per cent of the…

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Jalpaiguri train derailment: NDRF dispatches two teams; 6 dead, 20 injured

New Delhi [India], (ANI): The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has rushed two teams to rescue passengers trapped after multiple bogies of the Guwahati-Bikaner Express (15633) derailed in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district on Thursday. According to initial reports 3 people were killed and 20 injured in the mishap. The incident took place near Domohani (West Bengal), this evening. Soon after, NDRF Director General Atul Karwal directed the dispatch of two teams to rescue people.“NDRF’s two teams have been dispatched and will reach shortly,” NDRF Director General told ANI. Some estimates suggest that as many as 12 coaches suffered damage when the derailment took place. Indian Railways confirmed three deaths and injuries to 20 people in the accident. It said that the injured have been taken to Jalpaigudi District Hospital and New Moinagudi district hospital. The train that originated from Bikaner in Rajasthan was heading…

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Another four BJP MLAs are leaving the party today: Sharad Pawar

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], (ANI): Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Thursday took a jibe at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and claimed that four BJP MLAs are leaving the party today itself. Briefing media persons in Mumbai today, Pawar said, “Not a single day passes when a BJP leader does not leave the party. Take Uttar Pradesh, for example, 13 MLAs are leaving BJP to join another party.”“I have come to know that four BJP MLAs are leaving it today itself,” the NCP chief said. Earlier today, BJP MLA Bidhuna Vinay Shakya has put down his papers. Shakya, his brother Devesh Shakya and their mother Draupadi Shakya came to Maurya’s residence on Thursday and handed over his resignation letter. In addition, Mukesh Verma, BJP MLA from Shikohabad (Firozabad), also resigned from the primary membership of the party. “Swami Prasad Maurya is our…

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PM Modi to chair meet with chief ministers on COVID-19 situation today

New Delhi [India] (ANI): Amid surging COVID-19 cases following the emergence of Omicron variant, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with the Chief Ministers of all states on Thursday at 4:30 pm via video conferencing on the COVID situation. This is the first meeting of the Prime Minister with the Chief Ministers of all states this year. PM Modi has held several meetings with chief ministers last year.Earlier on Wednesday, Dr VK Paul, a NITI Aayog member, has also cautioned that the infection caused by the Omicron variant of coronavirus should not be considered common cold and people should not take it lightly. “Omicron is replacing Delta variant of COVID-19 as it is highly transmissible. It should be considered as the common cold. Normally, the transmission or expansion of the pandemic would take longer but this time it has been very rapid because of…

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Mumbai is Facing vaccine shortage; no indication of flattening of curve: Health Minister

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], (ANI): Maharashtra is facing a shortage of Covaxin and Covishield, said state health minister Rajesh Tope on Thursday. Speaking to reporters in Mumbai, Tope said, “Vaccination drive for teenagers and precaution doses are being given to senior citizens, frontline and healthcare workers. Due to this, we are facing the shortage of Covaxin and Covishield. We have demanded additional 50 lakh Covishield doses and 40 lakh Covaxin doses from the Central government.”He further said that it is not true that there is a decline in COVID-19 cases. “In the past two-three days, the reporting of COVID-19 cases might have come down. It may be because of the low testing. On Wednesday, the state has reported around 46,000 new COVID-19 cases. So, there is no indication of flattening of the curve in Maharashtra.” The positivity rate in Maharashtra stands at 21.4 per cent,…

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Ganga Sagar Mela commences with strict COVID protocols and rising covid cases in Bengal

By Ujjwal Roy Kolkata (West Bengal) [India],(ANI): After the Calcutta High Court gave the go-ahead to organise the Ganga Sagar Mela, on Wednesday it commenced with strict COVID-19 protocols.West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the Ganga Sagar Mela, which is held annually at Gangasagar in West Bengal. Speaking to ANI, South 24 Parganas District Magistrate Dr P Ulganathan said that Ganga Sagar Mela has been organised as compared to those organised during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Gangasagar Mela is the biggest fair in the Eastern part of India. Here every year lakhs of devotees and sadhus come. But this time due to COVID-19, all our preparations have become complicated and a lot of extra preparation had to be done. We have made a massive arrangement for COVID management, in all the entry points. We are doing medical screening at every entry point and have…

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‘Thousands of Pakistan Opposition activists to join long march against Imran Khan govt next month’

Islamabad [Pakistan], (ANI): After Pakistan opposition announced a long march against Prime Minister Imran Khan-led government from Karachi, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) said it expects thousands of its activists will participate in the march, which is scheduled to kick off next month, local media reported on Wednesday. Pakistan’s Sindh Information and Labour Minister and president of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Karachi Division, Saeed Ghani, on Tuesday announced that the party would organise protest demonstrations, rallies and sit-ins at the district-level in the city over the issues of hikes in the prices of essential commodities, unemployment and a shortage of natural gas in the country due to “incompetence on the part of the federal government on February 27”, The News International reported.Ghani said the preparations had begun for the commencement of the long march from Karachi next month. He recalled that the PPP…

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PM Modi inaugurates 11 medical colleges in Tamil Nadu via video conference

New Delhi [India], (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday inaugurated 11 medical colleges in Tamil Nadu via video conferencing. Prime Minister Modi also inaugurated the new campus of Central Institute of Classical Tamil in Chennai.These medical colleges have been inaugurated in districts including Virudhunagar, Namakkal, Nilgiris, Tiruppur, Thiruvallur, Nagapattinam, Dindigul, Kallakurichi, Ariyalur, Ramanathapuram and Krishnagiri. According to Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), MBBS seats have been increased by 79.60 per cent (from 51,348 seats to 92,222 seats) and the number of PG seats increased by 80.70 per cent (from 31,185 seats to 56,374 seats) during the last seven years. So, the total medical seats before 2014 were around 82,500. And in the last seven years, a jump of around 80 per cent or 66,000 seats has taken place. The total number of medical colleges (both government and private) has increased from 387 to 596,…

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Will join Samajwadi Party on January 14, says Swami Prasad Maurya day after quitting BJP

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India] (ANI): Swami Prasad Maurya, who recently quit the Uttar Pradesh Cabinet, will join the Samajwadi Party on January 14. In a conversation with ANI, Swami Prasad Maurya told ANI, “I will be joining the Samajwadi Party on 14th January. I have not received calls from any small or big politician. If they were cautious on time and worked on public issues, then BJP would not have faced this.”He further said, “Whether the BJP leaders are big or small in power and position, it doesn’t matter to me as the arrow has come out of the bow. Now, there is no question of returning.” Slamming the Central government, Maurya said that the farmers were “on the roads” for one year. “The government decided to withdraw the farm laws only when they saw their grassroots slipping out of their control,” he said.…

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Pak election commission uncovers Imran Khan-led PTI’s Rs 310 million foreign funds

Islamabad [Pakistan],(ANI): In a new damning revelation, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) revealed that Prime Minister Imran Khan’s party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) had given false information on funding received from abroad and in fact, hid its real assets to the tune of Pak Rupees (PKR) 310 million. The report of the ECP’s scrutiny committee has come like a bombshell to the party and its leader at a time when the Prime Minister stands isolated both domestically and internationally, reported The Singapore Post.The opposition alliance Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman called the PTI, a “party of thieves”. The ECP report, which was made public on 5 January 2022, informed that the PTI received PKR 1.64 billion in funding. The ECP had formed a Scrutiny Committee in 2019 to audit foreign funding received by the PTI. Ironically, this was done at…

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PM Security breach: SC sets up Committee headed by retired Justice Indu Malhotra

New Delhi [India] (ANI): The Supreme Court on Wednesday set up a Committee headed by a retired top court judge, Justice Indu Malhotra to probe into the security lapse during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Punjab visit on January 5. A Bench of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli while setting up the independent Committee said such an issue of relating to breach of security of Prime Minister cannot be decided by “one sided inquiry” of Centre or the State government and it has to be by a “judicially trained mind”.The other members of the Committee are Director General of National Investigation Agency (NIA) or his nominee not below the rank of IG, DGP Union Territory of Chandigarh, ADGP of Punjab (Security) and Registrar General of Punjab and Haryana High Court. The Bench said the Committee will inquire into…

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US Politics : Biden asks Senators to declare their stand on Democracy

Washington [USA] (ANI): US President Joe Biden gave a statement on changing the Senate’s so-called filibuster rules to push the voting rights legislation and rebuked the former president Donald Trump and his allies for disenfranchising anyone who votes against them. Taking to Twitter he said, “The next few days when these voting rights bills come to a vote, will mark a turning point in this nation. Will we choose democracy over autocracy? Every Senator will have to declare where they stand.”“I ask every elected official in America – how do you want to be remembered?”, he added. Last year, President Joe Biden ripped apart the claims of Donald Trump’s ‘big lie’ about the 2020 presidential election and said that the US is facing the “most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War” due to alleged attempts by the Republican party to suppress…

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20 employees of Samsung Electronics who visited CES tested positive for COVID-19

Seoul [South Korea],(ANI/Global Economic): About 20 executives and employees of Samsung Electronics who visited the US have been tested positive for COVID-19. According to the industry on the 11th, about 20 employees of Samsung Electronics who attended the ‘CES 2022,’ world’s largest electronics and IT exhibition held in Las Vegas, the US from the 5th to the 7th, have been confirmed for COVID-19. Samsung Electronics announced this through company notice.Those employees of Samsung Electronics were tested positive for COVID-19 before boarding a flight to Korea. With Samsung Electronics’ medical support, all of them are in self-quarantine in the US. Samsung Electronics is planning to negotiate with the US health authorities to dispatch three chartered planes to transfer their employees to Korea on the 11-12th and allow them to stay at the quarantine facility in Korea. (Image – Alamy)

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Will announce AAP’s Punjab CM candidate next week: Arvind Kejriwal

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India], Delhi CM and AAP National Convener Arvind Kejriwal said on Wednesday that the party would announce its chief ministerial candidate for Punjab next week. Kejriwal, who is in Chandigarh for a two-day visit, said, “We will announce AAP’s CM candidate for Punjab next week.”The Punjab election is scheduled for February 14 and the result will be announced on March 10. This time, Shiromani Akali Dal has joined hands with BSP and BJP is contesting elections with former Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh’s Punjab Lok Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal (Sanyukt). In the 2017 Assembly election, the Congress party won the polls, securing 77 seats of the 117 total constituencies. AAP had emerged runner-up, winning 20 seats. Akali Dal had won 15 seats and its alliance partner BJP in 3 seats. (ANI) (Image source — Instagram)

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Andhra CM launches Jagananna Smart Township website, 31 lakh house pattas provided so far

Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India], (ANI): Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Tuesday launched the Jagananna Smart Township website from the Tadepalli Camp office. The Jagananna Smart Townships (MIGs) are being set up by the state government to fulfil the middle-class families’ dream of owning a home, in both urban and rural areas.Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that the government had already provided 31 lakh house pattas to the poor and started the phase-1 construction of 15.6 lakh houses. “We have already distributed 31 lakh house pattas to the middle-class families in the state, we have taken up the construction of 15.6 lakh houses under the first phase. To help the citizens live the dream of owning a house, we have decided to give lands with clear and litigation-free titles in a transparent manner and at a reasonable price…

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Shehbaz Sharif, Bilawal seek judicial commission into Murree deaths, ask Imran Khan to quit

Islamabad [Pakistan] (ANI): Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Shehbaz Sharif has asked for the formation of a judicial commission to probe deaths of 23 tourists during snowfall in Murree and has said that PM Imran Khan should quit. “We will not agree on less than the formation of a judicial commission to probe the deaths of 23 tourists who were stranded in their vehicles during snowfall in Murree,” the Opposition leader said while taking part in a debate on the Murree tragedy said, reported The News International.“Prime Minister should quit if his Government could not handle rush in Murree and avert the human disaster,” he added. Pakistan’s Peoples Party (PPP) Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also showed his support for the formation of a judicial commission. “I will also request you to use your good offices to form the judicial commission,” he said, reported the…

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Delhi COVID-19: Private offices, dine-in facilities in restaurants closed in Delhi

New Delhi [India], (ANI): Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in the national capital, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has directed that all private offices shall be closed except those that come under the exempted category. Private banks, insurance companies, courier services, non-banking financial corporations and companies providing essential services will remain open.Earlier, the private offices were working with 50 per cent of workforce. The DDMA has also ordered that the dine-in service in restaurants and bars will be discontinued in the national capital. Earlier, the eateries and bars in the capital were allowed to run with 50 per cent capacity to curb the spread of coronavirus. “DDMA directs that in the territory of NCT of Delhi (outside Containment Zones), the following additional activities shall also be prohibited/restricted with immediate effect till further orders: (i) All Private Offices shall be closed, except those…

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Lata Mangeshkar admitted to ICU but Stable for now

New Delhi [India]: Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar was recently admitted to a Mumbai hospital after she was diagnosed with COVID-19. The veteran singer was admitted to Mumbai’s Breach Candy hospital on Monday.“Didi is admitted to ICU after she was diagnosed with COVID-19. Dr Pratik Samdani is treating her and he says that there is nothing serious but she needs to be kept in ICU for precautionary reasons seeing her age. We hope she will recover soon. Please respect our privacy and keep didi in your prayers,” Mangeshkar’s niece Rachna told ANI. Fondly called ‘Nightingale of India’, the legendary singer has recorded songs in over a thousand Hindi films and has sung many tracks in several Indian languages and foreign languages. Her iconic songs include ‘Lag Jaa Gale’, ‘Yeh Galiyan Yeh Chaubara’, ‘Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya’, ‘Bahon Mein Chale Aao’, ‘Tere Liye’ from ‘Veer…

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COVID-19: Ensure all kinds of oxygen infrastructure is functional, Mandaviya directs 5 States, 1 UT

New Delhi [India](ANI): Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya on Monday advised five States and one Union Territory to ensure that all kinds of oxygen infrastructure is functional and operational, in view of the surge in COVID-19 cases across the country. The Union Health Minister met health ministers, officials from Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, and Maharashtra at 3:30 pm today to discuss COVID-situation in these states.Official sources told ANI, “During the meeting with health ministers of 5 States and one Union Territory, the Union Health Minister advised them to ensure that all kinds of Oxygen infrastructure is checked so that it is in a functional, operational state.” This meeting holds importance as India reported 1,79,723 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the daily positivity rate in the country to 13.29 per cent, according…

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Beijing supports Kazakhstan in maintaining stability, stopping violence: Chinese FM

Beijing [China], (ANI): Wang Yi, the Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister, on Monday said that as a permanent comprehensive strategic partner of Kazakhstan, China is willing to firmly support it in maintaining stability and stopping violence at this critical moment concerning the central Asian country’s future. Wang made the remarks during a phone conversation with Mukhtar Tleuberdi, the Kazakh Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, reported Xinhua.This comes at a time when Turkey also showed its support to Kazakhstan in light of the violent riots that shook the country and initiated an online meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Turkic States. Mevlut Cavusoglu, the Turkish Foreign Minister, after a conversation with his Kazakh counterpart Mukhtar Tleuberdi, said that the event will take place on January 11. He also stated that Ankara is ready to provide Nur-Sultan with any necessary assistance.…

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TCS shares price surge over 3 per cent on buyback proposal

Mumbai [India], (ANI): Share price of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), India’s largest IT firm, surged over three per cent on Monday after the company announced that its board will consider buyback of shares at a meeting scheduled to be held on January 12. TCS started the trading on Monday at Rs 3974, which is 3.09 per cent higher from its previous session’s close at Rs 3854.85. TCS surged to a high of Rs 3979.90 in the morning trade.At around 11.35 am on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) the share of TCS was trading at Rs 3884.55, which is Rs 29.70 or 0.77 per cent higher from its previous session’s close at Rs 3854.85. Share price of India’s largest IT firm surged on Monday after the announcement of buyback proposal. “This is to inform you that the Board of Directors will consider a proposal for…

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Third wave will have sharp rise in Jan end, but sharp decline in mid-March: Experts

Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India](ANI): Amid surge in COVID-19 infections in the country, IIT Kanpur professor Manindra Agrawal on Monday stated that the peak of the infection will hit the nation in the January-end. He also said that the virus cases will overtake the cases recorded during the second wave. He also informed that the cases will decline very sharply and by March, it will be over.“As per preliminary data, cases (nationally) will peak by the end of this month and are likely to cross second wave numbers. Since this time the peak is coming up very rapidly, the rise is very sharp,” Manindra Agrawal told ANI. “We expect the decline also to be equally sharp and if the peak hits in January, then by the middle of March, the wave will be over,” he said. The IIT Kanpur professor stated that as Delhi is…

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NZ vs Ban, 2nd Test: Latham, Boult and Southee help hosts dominate (Stumps, Day 2)

Christchurch [New Zealand] (ANI): Tom Latham’s 252-run knock backed up by a dominant bowling performance helped New Zealand dismantle Bangladesh on Day 2 of the ongoing second Test here at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch. Before stumps, Bangladesh was bowled out for 126 in the first innings, giving New Zealand a lead of 395 runs. For the hosts, Trent Boult returned with five wickets.Trailing by 521, Bangladesh got off to a horrendous start as the visitors lost their first five wickets with just 27 runs on the board. Trent Boult scalped three while Tim Southee took two to put New Zealand on top. Yasir Ali and Nurul Hasan then got together at the crease and the duo stitched together a stand of 60 runs for the sixth wicket, but this partnership was finally broken by Tim Southee as he had Hasan (41) adjudged leg-before wicket,…

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300,000 ton Vietnamese dragon fruit await buyers as China clamps down on border trade

Hanoi [Vietnam](ANI): Vietnamese farmers and exporters could end up in major loss as Chinese buyers have stopped purchasing Vietnamese dragon fruit. According to industry sources, some 300,000 tonnes of dragon fruit will be ready for harvest shortly, but there will be no customers since China has clamped down its cross-border trading.This has led to a decrease in dragon fruit prices in recent weeks. With the northern provinces of Quang Ninh and Lang Son having both restricted trade at the border with China due to containers pilling up, many Chinese buyers have stopped purchasing Vietnamese dragon fruit, Phan Van Tan, deputy director of Binh Thuan’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, told a forum Thursday, reported VnExpress. Every year, roughly 1.4 million tonnes of dragon fruit are produced in Vietnam. The three provinces of Binh Thuan, Long An, and Tien Giang account for 80 per…

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Maharashtra reports 44,388 new COVID-19 cases, 12 deaths

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India](ANI): As many as 44,388 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Maharashtra during the last 24 hours, as per the state health department on Sunday. The active cases currently stand at 2,02,259 in the state.During the last 24 hours, 15,351 people recovered from the infection, taking the total recoveries in the state to 65,72,432. The recovery rate in the state is 94.98 per cent. As many as 12 people succumbed to the deadly virus in the state during the last 24 hours. The case fatality rate stands at 2.04 per cent. According to the media bulletin, out of 7,05,45,105 laboratory samples, 69,20,044 have been tested positive for COVID-19 so far. A total of 10,76,996 people are in-home quarantine and 2,614 people are in institutional quarantine, the bulletin said. Meanwhile, Maharashtra reported 207 new cases of Omicron variant of the COVID-19 on Sunday.…

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India reports over 1,79 lakh fresh COVID-19 cases, Omicron tally reaches 4,033

New Delhi [India](ANI): India reported 1,79,723 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the daily positivity rate in the country to 13.29 per cent, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday. A total of 4,033 cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus have been reported so far. Maharashtra has reported the highest number of cases (1,216), followed by Rajasthan (529) and Delhi (513).About 1,552 patients infected with the new variant have recovered. The Ministry further informed that the active caseload in the country currently stands at 7,23,619 which accounts for 2.03 per cent of the country’s total number of cases. The weekly positivity rate currently is at 7.29 per cent, while the daily positivity rate stands at 13.29 per cent. Total cases of COVID-19 in the country have risen to 35,528,004. As many as 46,569 patients recovered from…

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Western disturbance likely to hit eastern India from Jan 11, Met issues yellow and orange warning

New Delhi [India]ANI): The India Meteorological Department on Sunday predicted that the western disturbance is likely to hit the eastern region of India from January 11, issuing yellow and orange warnings of rainfall. Speaking to ANI, RK Jenamani, Senior IMD Scientist said, “As western disturbance is moving further, central India and the east part of India particularly Odisha, Jharkhand, Bengal, and Bihar will face heavy rainfall. We have issued a yellow warning from January 11 to January 13 for these places.”“Odisha is already under orange warning on January 11 and 12 because on January 11, a hailstorm will take place in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, and Odisha,” said the IMD Scientist. Further, the Senior IMD Scientist said that there will be a thunderstorm in Telangana and coastal Andhra Pradesh as well. “We have also given warning of cold waves in Northern India and dense fog will…

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Covid Impact: UP clamps night curfew across State, suspends physical classes, CM declares measures

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India] (ANI): Uttar Pradesh has clamped night curfew and has decided to close physical classes in all educational institutions after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath chaired the COVID-19 review meeting in Lucknow on Sunday. “In view of developing situation due to COVID-19, night curfew has been imposed in every district of Uttar Pradesh between 10 pm to 6 am. Physical classes have also been suspended in all educational institutions till January 16. Classes in online mode can continue. However, scheduled examinations can be conducted,” reads the official release.The Chief Minister also passed instructions for the district administration to monitor the situation and ensure necessary resources for the curtailment of the virus. “Monitoring committees and Integrated Covid Command Centres should be fully operational. Separate numbers should be issued for home isolation, monitoring committees, ambulance and teleconsultation,” reads the release. “Teleconsultation facility should also…

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December 26 to be observed as ‘Veer Baal Diwas’ as tribute to Guru Gobind Singh’s sons: PM Modi

New Delhi [India] (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday announced that starting this year, December 26 will be marked as ‘Veer Baal Diwas’ as a tribute to the courage of Sahibzades (Guru Gobind Singh’s sons) and their quest for justice. “Today, on the auspicious occasion of the Parkash Purab of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji, I am honoured to share that starting this year, 26th December shall be marked as ‘Veer Baal Diwas.’ This is a fitting tribute to the courage of the Sahibzades and their quest for justice,” PM Modi tweeted.“Veer Baal Diwas will be on the same day Sahibzada Zorawar Singh Ji and Sahibzada Fateh Singh Ji attained martyrdom after being sealed alive in a wall. These two greats preferred death instead of deviating from the noble principles of Dharma,” he tweeted. “The bravery and ideals of Mata Gujri, Sri Guru…

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Covid in Parliament: over 400 Parliament staff test positive for COVID-19

New Delhi [India]: Ahead of the Budget Session of the Parliament, more than 400 Parliament staff members were tested positive for COVID-19, according to official sources. The officials told ANI that 402 staff members were tested positive out of the 1,409 staff of Parliament for the virus from January 4 to 8 after which their samples were sent for genome sequencing to confirm the variant.“Close to 402 staffs were tested positive for COVID-19 from January 4-8 and all samples have been sent to genome sequencing for Omicron variant confirmation,” an official told ANI. According to an internal message from the staff of Parliament, the staff are advised to follow the precautions as per the guidelines of the government. “There is a consolidated list of 200 Lok Sabha and 69 from Rajya Sabha and 133 allied staff who have tested positive, but we all need…

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Covid Cases: India reports over 1.5 lakh cases in last 24 hours, Omicron tally reaches 3,623

New Delhi [India]: India reported 1,59,632 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the daily positivity rate in the country to 10.21 per cent, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday. With this, the COVID-19 tally has risen to 35,528,004 in the country.According to the Health Ministry, a total of 3,623 cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus have been reported in India so far. The number of recovered patients from the variant rises to 1,409. Maharashtra accounts for the highest number of Omicron cases (1009), followed by Delhi (513) and Karnataka (441). The Ministry further informed that the active caseload in the country currently stands at 5,90,611 which accounts for 1.66 per cent of the country’s total number of cases. The weekly positivity rate currently is at 6.77 per cent, while the daily positivity rate stands at 10.21…

Technology

MEA appoints TCS as service provider for upgraded Passport Seva Programme

New Delhi [India] The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) signed an agreement for the second phase of the Passport Seva Programme with Tata Consultancy Services Limited (TCS) appointing them as the service provider for the project on Friday. “The Ministry of External Affairs today signed an agreement for the second phase of the Passport Seva Programme (PSP-V2.0) with M/s. Tata Consultancy Services Limited, our valued partner, appointing them as the Service Provider for the project,” the ministry said in a press release.The Ministry also said that the issuance of e-Passports for enhanced customer satisfaction, increased security and the next level of citizen experience will also be unveiled in the upgraded PSP-V 2.0. The PSP-V2.0 is an expansion and improvement of the PSP-V1.0, an e-Government tool that brought new changes to the delivery of passport-related services to individuals. The emphasis was on a fast, transparent,…

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Delhi air quality worsens

New Delhi [India]: The air quality in the national capital improved to ‘poor’ from ‘very poor’ category on Friday, a day after the national capital experienced intermittent rain spells, with the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) at 273, according to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR). High winds and intermittent rains are likely during January 5 to 8 which is expected to improve AQI through strong dispersion and wet deposition.On January 8, it is likely to rain with high wind speeds leading to improvement in AQI due to wet deposition and strong dispersion resulting AQI to be in ‘lower end of poor’ or ‘moderate’ category,” SAFAR said. From January 9 onwards, the air quality is likely to worsen due to gradual decrease in maximum and minimum temperatures as well as wind speed, all contributing to low dispersion of pollutants.…

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Chinese national pleads guilty to stealing trade secrets: US Justice Dept

Washington [US]): A Chinese national pleaded guilty in a US court to stealing trade secrets from Monsanto agribusiness corporation to benefit Beijing, the Justice Department said in a statement on Thursday (local time). “Xiang Haitao, 44, a Chinese national formerly residing in Chesterfield, Missouri, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit economic espionage,” the Justice Department said.“According to court documents, Xiang conspired to steal a trade secret from Monsanto, an international company based in St. Louis, for the purpose of benefitting a foreign government, namely the People’s Republic of China,” it added. Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen of the Justice Department’s National Security Division said: “Despite Xiang’s agreements to protect Monsanto’s intellectual property and repeated training on his obligations to do so, Xiang has now admitted that he stole a trade secret from Monsanto, transferred it to a memory card and attempted to…

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TRS MLA’s son booked after 4 members of family die by suicide

Kothagudem (Telangana) [India]: TRS MLA Vanama Venkateshwar Rao’s son has been booked after four members of a family died by suicide. One victim named Ramakrishna before dying by suicide alleged that by taking advantage of his helplessness, the TRS MLA’s son asked him to send his wife for a night to fulfil his sexual desires, said Sunil Dutt, SP Kothagudem.Deceased Ramakrishna before dying by suicide said in a video, “A TRS leader Vanama Raghavender Rao, son of TRS MLA Vanama Venkateshwar Rao told me something that no husband would want to hear. He ordered me to bring my wife to Hyderabad leaving my kids behind if I wanted to solve my problems. He said otherwise your problems will continue and no one can help you. As soon as you bring your wife to Hyderabad your problems will get solved or else you’ll not get…

South Asian Countries

COVID-19: No plan for lockdown at this time, says Pak Minister

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistan Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar said on Thursday that the country does not have any plans to impose lockdown despite the Omicron-driven fifth wave. The Minister’s statement came at a time when the COVID cases in the country for the last 24 hours have crossed the 1,000 mark. It reported a total of 1,084 new coronavirus cases in a day, reported the Dawn News.“At this time there is no plan of imposing lockdowns. We are looking at COVID numbers very closely as we shared today what has happened in the rest of the world and what is starting to happen in Pakistan,” Umar told Geo News. Last year on October 14, Pakistan has reported more than 1,000 cases with 1,086 cases and now the country is in the same state crossing the 1000 mark. According to the National…

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West Bengal CM Mamta Bannerjee to have virtual meeting with PM Modi tomorrow on COVID situation

Howrah (West Bengal) [India]: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that she will have a virtual meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday as the number of daily COVID-19 cases in the state has increased to 14,022. Addressing a press conference in Howrah district today, the Chief Minister said, “The number of daily COVID-19 cases has increased to 14,022 and active cases to 33,042 in the state. I will attend a virtual meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow.”Giving details about the COVID-19 situation in West Bengal, she asserted to increase the restrictions with the mandatory RT-PCR test for interstate border area movement. “A total of 2,075 COVID-19 patients hospitalized here and as many as 403 areas are containment zones. The positivity rate is 23.17 percent, the fatality rate is 1.18 percent, and around 19,517 beds are available. The RT-PCR must for…

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COVID-19: Kerala reports 50 more Omicron cases, state’s tally reaches 280

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India]: Kerala on Thursday reported 50 new cases of Omicron variant of COVId-19, taking the state tally to 280, informed Kerala Health department. Of the new Omicron cases, 45 cases were from low-risk countries and five cases were from high-risk countries. No cases were reported through contact tracing.Meanwhile, Kerala on Wednesday reported 4,801 new cases, 299 deaths and 1,813 recoveries in the last 24 hours. The active cases stood at 22,910 and the death toll is at 48,895. According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India has reported 2,630 cases of Omicron variant of COVID-19 so far. (ANI)

New Products Technology

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G Olympic Games edition announced

Seoul [South Korea]: With the Beijing Winter Olympics right around the corner, South Korean tech giant Samsung announced a limited-edition Galaxy Z Flip3 to celebrate the big event. As per GSM Arena, the exclusive Z Flip3 comes in an all-new Winter Dream White colour and sports gold accents on the frame and hinge while the secondary display area dons a black finish.The Beijing 2022 Olympics logo is placed on the bottom half right below the Samsung logo. The new Olympic Games edition Z Flip3 comes with a custom theme complete with Olympics inspired wallpapers, icons and cover screen clock styles. The handset comes with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage and is listed at CNY 7,999 on Samsung’s official e-shop in China. Open sales are scheduled for January 15. It remains to be seen if all participating athletes at the Olympics will receive a Flip3…

Cricket

Management has shown faith in me, Rahane, it will pay off for sure: Pujara

Johannesburg [South Africa]: India top-order batter Cheteshwar Pujara has thanked the team management for constantly backing him along with Ajinkya Rahane when the runs were not coming consistently. Pujara’s remarks came after he scored 53 in the second innings of the ongoing Johannesburg Test against South Africa. Before this innings, Pujara and Rahane were under fire from all corners for the lack of runs. After their dismissal in the first innings, Sunil Gavaskar had stated that the duo might just have one innings more to save their Test careers.“We are very confident, also there is lot of backing from the team management, and we’ve been learning from Sunny bhai. Whenever I’ve spoken to him he has always been supportive. So yes, there are times when, if you’re going through bad form, there will be questions, no doubt about that, but we are confident players,…

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Amit Shah writes to MPs; seeks suggestions for amendment to IPC, CrPC, Indian Evidence Act

New Delhi [India]: Union Home Minister Amit Shah has written to MPs, seeking their suggestions regarding amendments in the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and the Indian Evidence Act at the earliest. Shah, in a letter to MPs, said that the Government of India, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with its mantra of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwan, Sabka Prayas,’ is committed to ensure speedy justice to all the citizens of India, especially those belonging to the weaker and backward sections, in conformity with these constitutional and democratic aspirations.The Government of India has resolved to make comprehensive changes in the framework of criminal laws, he said. “The experience of seven decades of Indian democracy calls for comprehensive review of our criminal laws, especially the Indian Penal Code (IPC) 1860, the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC)…

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COVID-19: Maharashtra govt discontinues physical classes in colleges, universities till Feb 15

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Amid the rising COVID-19 cases, the Maharashtra government on Wednesday decided to discontinue physical classes in colleges, universities in the state till February 15. Maharashtra Higher and Technical Education Minister Uday Samant said that all exams in the said institutions will be conducted online till February 15.“Amid rising COVID cases, Maharashtra government to discontinue physical classes in colleges, universities till February 15. All exams in the said institutions are to be conducted online till February 15,” said Samant. On Tuesday, Maharashtra reported 18,466 new COVID-19 cases, taking the active caseload of the state to 66,308. The cases of the new Omicron variant of coronavirus have gone up to 653 in the state.

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Tamil Nadu announces night curfew, complete lockdown on Sunday

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: With the surge in the number of COVID-19 cases, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Wednesday announced night curfew from January 6 and a complete lockdown on Sunday. “Night lockdown to be put in place from Januarys 6 from 10 pm to 5 am and full lockdown on Sunday, January 9 with restaurants to operate for takeaways from 7 am to 10 pm,” said the Chief Minister.Besides, it has also directed school authorities to suspend physical classes. “No classes for Play School and Kindergarten. Only online classes to be allowed for classes 1 to 9, and physical classes for classes 10 and 12. No training and coaching centres will be allowed to operate,” he said. He further said that the public transport including bus, suburban trains and Metro will run at 50 per cent seating capacity. “No permission for…

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Two Deputy CMs, three Bihar Ministers test positive for COVID-19

Patna (Bihar) [India]: Five ministers of the Bihar government, including two Deputy Chief Ministers, have been tested positive for COVID-19. Deputy Chief Ministers Renu Devi and Tarkishore Prasad have been tested positive for COVID-19.Excise Minister Sunil Kumar, Education and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Vijay Kumar Chaudhary, and Education Minister Ashok Choudhary have also been reported to be infected with the virus. “My COVID-19 test report has come positive. Currently, I am in Quarantine at my Patna residence. Please all the people who came in contact with me during this time, keep themselves in isolation and take all precautions related to their health. Take care all of you too,” tweeted Tarkishore Prasad. Earlier on Tuesday, the Bihar government had imposed a fresh curb by implementing a statewide night curfew from 10 pm to 5 am from January 6 to 21. As per the Union Ministry of…

Business Economy

Retail Tech Startup ‘The New Shop’ signs a landmark partnership with the Adani Airports for upcoming Airports

New Delhi [India]: The New Shop, India’s smartest 24-hour convenience store chain, has successfully opened its 41st store at Lucknow’s Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport. This transit retail store is also the brand’s first airport flagship store, which was inaugurated by Suresh Chandra Hota IAP, Chief Airport Officer, Adani Lucknow International Airport Ltd, on December 07, 2021.Hota graced the occasion to show his support towards the young startup and said, “In our effort to provide excellent customer experience, we had been looking for something unique. The New Shop, which is an endeavor towards Aatma Nirbhar Bharat, is an inspiration for self-reliance with its attractive offerings at competitive prices. I am sure it will not only enhance customer experience but also help inspire our customers to support the ‘Make in India’ movement.” The New Shop will soon be opening stores at other Adani airports as…

City News Mumbai

Maharashtra reports 19000 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Maharashtra has reported 18,466 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the state health department informed on Tuesday. The cases of the new variant of COVID-19, Omicron have gone up to 653. There are 66,308 active cases in the state.Out of the 18,466 new COVID-19 recorded in Maharashtra, Mumbai reported 10,860 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The state has witnessed 20 COVID-related deaths, while 4,558 patients have recovered from the infection in the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Tuesday issued fresh guidelines for sealing buildings in Mumbai. As per these guidelines, the whole building or a wing of the building complex/society will be sealed if 20 per cent of the building or a wing of building society is affected with COVID-19 cases or at least 10 COVID-19 cases are detected in the affected…

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Ban political Rallies: Amid COVID-19 surge, Punjab Health Minister requests ban on political rallies, CM to take decision soon

Chandigarh [India]: Amid surging COVID-19 cases, Punjab Health Minister OP Soni on Tuesday said that political rallies with huge gatherings should be banned and informed that Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi will soon take a decision on it. Punjab Assembly elections are slated to be held this year. Addressing a press conference here, the Health Minister said, “I think, that if we are closing schools and colleges then even rallies with mass gatherings should be banned. But until the Centre issues such guidelines, no decision can be taken.” “As per the Central government’s guidelines, there are no restrictions on rallies,” he added while also informing that Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi will be calling a Corona review meeting, and “will take a decision on it (banning rallies) soon”. The Punjab government has imposed a night curfew in the state from 10 pm to…

South Asian Countries

Pak opposition calls Imran Khan ‘thief’ after ECP committee report on foreign funding

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistan opposition parties on Tuesday slammed the Prime Minister after a report of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) scrutiny committee probing Imran Khan’s party funds revealed that it has hidden funds worth millions of rupees and called him a “thief”. Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) spokesperson Hafiz Hamdullah, in a statement, said the scrutiny committee’s report has “revealed the theft of Imran Khan and PTI”, reported Geo News.“The scrutiny committee has exposed the true face of the PTI before the nation […] Imran Khan and PTI, who accused others of theft, turned out to be thieves themselves,” he said. The spokesperson said the report has “proven” that PM Imran Khan is “not sadiq and ameen” anymore, as he demanded the premier to disclose the purpose for which the hidden bank accounts were used. Lashing out at Khan, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) Vice-President…

International US News

US, Japan to hold Security Consultative Committee ‘2+2’ meeting, amid Chinese assertiveness

Washington [US]: The US-Japan Security Consultative Committee “2+2” Meeting, 2022 will be held on January 6 to strengthen the alliance and to address global challenges amid Chinese assertiveness in the region. “@SecBlinken, @SecDef Austin, and Ambassador Emanuel will virtually meet Japanese FM Hayashi and @KishiNobuo for the 2022 U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee Meeting on Jan. 6. We will strengthen our alliance to address global challenges, tweeted US Department of State, spokesperson, Ned Price.Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, joined by US Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel, will meet virtually with Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa and Defense Minister Kishi Nobuo on January 6, for the 2022 US-Japan Security Consultative Committee (“2+2”) Meeting, read a US Department of State statement. The 2+2 Meeting has long been a high-level forum for US-Japan foreign and defence policy cooperation. “During the meeting, the…

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Punjab CM hands over appointment letters to 27 family members of farmers who died during farm law agitation

Chandigarh [India]: Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Tuesday handed over appointment letters of government jobs to 27 family members of the farmers who lost their lives in the agitation against the three farm laws. Calling farmers the backbone of the economic structure of the state, the Chief Minister said that the Punjab government would always undertake every possible step to ensure the welfare of the victim families.Notably, till now, the state government has disbursed Rs 5 lakh compensation each to nearly 407 families of farmers who died during the year-long agitation against the farm laws, which have now been repealed by the Centre. They have also provided jobs to 169 next-of-kin of these deceased farmers. According to an official spokesperson, Punjab government has found a total number of 407 cases of deceased farmers from all the districts where government jobs can be…

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Telangana reports 1,052 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Telangana reported 1,052 COVID-19 positive cases and two deaths on Tuesday. The state reported 10 new Omicron cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total cases of the new variant of COVID-19 to 94, informed the Telangana government.Out of the 94 cases of Omicron reported, 37 have recovered till now. The number of recoveries recorded on Tuesday stood at 240 taking the cumulative recoveries to 6,75,132. The death toll due to COVID-19 stood at 4,033 while the cumulative COVID-19 positive cases stood at 6,84,023. Earlier on Tuesday, the Telangana government announced that schools and educational institutions in the state will remain closed from January 8 to January 16. This decision was taken at a meeting convened by Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao to review the pandemic situation in view of the COVID-19 cases rising sharply in Telangana. The Chief Minister…

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Indian Army unfurls national flag in Galwan valley on New Year

New Delhi [India]: Indian Army unfurled the Tricolour in the Galwan valley, Ladakh on the occasion of New Year. As per sources in the security establishment, the Indian Army personnel had hoisted the National flag in Galwan on New Year’s eve.The move comes amid reports in a section of media that claimed that Chinese soldiers had displayed their flag in the region a few days ago. Earlier, the media reported that the Chinese government had sought to “rename” 15 places in Arunachal Pradesh in its map two days ahead of implementing new border law. The Indian Government on last Thursday said that it has seen reports of China attempting to rename some places in Arunachal Pradesh “in its own language” and asserted that the border state has been and will always be an integral part of India and “assigning invented names does not alter…

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Mumbai: Lockdown will be clamped if daily COVID cases jump 20,000 mark, says city Mayor Kishori Pednekar

Mumbai (Maharashtra): Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar on Tuesday said that if the daily COVID-19 cases cross the 20,000 mark, then the lockdown will be imposed in the city. “We will have to impose lockdown in Mumbai if daily COVID cases cross the 20,000-mark,” said Pednekar.She further said that all the schools in the city have been closed due to spike in COVID-19 cases and students are taking online classes. “Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has himself cancelled the programmes of Shiv Sena. This effort is going on so that the lives of our citizens should not be in danger,” said Pednekar. She further urged people to follow all the COVID-appropriate rules. “People should not crowd and should follow the rules. No one wants lockdown but for that, people should follow the rules,” added Mumbai Mayor. Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Monday issued fresh guidelines for…

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Goa: 66 of 2,000 tested onboard Cordelia cruise ship test positive for COVID-19, Ship Sent Back

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Monday said that out of the 2,000 samples tested onboard the Cordelia cruise ship that sailed from Mumbai to Goa, 66 passengers tested positive for COVID-19. In a tweet, Rane said, “Out of 2000 samples tested from Cordelia cruise ship, 66 passengers tested positive for COVID19. Respective collectors and MPT staff have been informed of the same. The authorities will decide whether to allow disembarking of passengers from the ship.”Cordelia is the same cruise ship that was raided by Narcotics Control Bureau officials last year over an alleged drugs case in which Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, among others, was named. The state reported four cases of Omicron variant of coronavirus on Monday. “Out of four, One patient is from within the state of Goa, with no travel history, indicating indigenous spread…

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Telangana BJP president Bandi Sanjay Kumar arrested in Karimnagar

Karimnagar (Telangana) [India]:Telangana Bharatiya Janata Party state president Bandi Sanjay Kumar was arrested by Karimnagar police on Sunday evening during a protest, informed local police. The arrest came after Kumar was taken into custody by police while he was holding a protest in Karimnagar demanding the resolution of teachers’ problems in the state.“The arrest of Telangana BJP chief Bandi Sanjay is highly condemnable and amounts to the murder of democracy. He was peacefully staging a protest following all COVID protocols in his office. Police forcibly entered his office & manhandled him,” said BJP National President JP Nadda. “K Chandrashekhar Rao government has gone mad seeing BJP’s victory in recent bypolls and the support that our party is receiving in the state. We will take all legal and democratic recourse against the police action,” he added. “Condemn the high handedness of Telangana State Police and…

Football Sports

Had wonderful chances, but never took them: Jamshedpur FC’s Owen Coyle

Panaji (Goa) [India]: Jamshedpur FC head coach Owen Coyle rued the wasted opportunities as his side dropped points against Chennaiyin FC in their Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 match at the Athletic Stadium, in Bambolim, on Sunday evening. Lukasz Gikiewicz’s lone strike in the 31st minute was enough for Chennaiyin FC to bag full points, as the Red Miners failed to score the equaliser despite creating quite a few chances.“I think it’s important that you don’t single out anybody individual, because if we win as a team, then we lose the team. So I don’t like the way that’s been phrased to try and blame one person. Well, there is a group. So, if we look, we conceded the goal as a group, I never ever believe as individuals in my team,” said Owen Coyle in a post-match press conference as per the ISL…

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Jaipur schools shut for class 1-8, Rajasthan implements new COVID guidelines

Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India]: Amid the surge in Omicron cases, the Rajasthan government has imposed a fresh set of COVID-19 guidelines which has shut schools in Jaipur till January 9 for classes 1 to 8. However, colleges will have to ensure that students above 18 years of age should be fully vaccinated. “Regular classroom activities for classes 1 to 8 in all private and government schools in the areas of Jaipur Greater and Jaipur Heritage municipal corporations will be closed from January 3 to 9. In other districts, collectors will take decisions about schools after discussion with the additional chief secretary of the education department,” the order reads.As per the new guidelines, foreign returnees will have to undergo quarantine for seven days even if they test negative and not more than 100 people can attend any marriage, meetings or processions. “A maximum of 100 people…

Hollywood

Daniel Radcliffe admits not being nice about Ron, Hermione make out scene

Washington [US]: Actor Emma Watson remembers Ron and Hermione’s big kissing scene in ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’ as “the most horrifying thing anyone one of us had to go through.” According to EW, it was made more horrifying by Daniel Radcliffe, who cops to being “an absolute dick” in the lead-up to the sequence.Radcliffe, Watson, and Rupert Grint discussed that moment during ‘Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts’, the reunion special streaming now on HBO Max. Radcliffe looked back and said, “I did not make this better because I’ve been told significantly that I was being an absolute dick about this and was like, ‘I’m gonna come on set and watch you guys kiss. I’m sorry about that, guys.” Grint, who played Ron, said the kiss between the characters was “built up so much through the whole series.” Watson…

City News Delhi

138 Omicron cases at Delhi’s LNJP Hospital in one month, 95 pc recovered

New Delhi [India]: In the last month, Delhi LNJP hospital has treated 138 Omicron cases, said Dr Suresh Kumar, MD of LNJP hospital. According to the doctor, the cases are increasing at an alarming rate. “Since December 2, we have seen 372 positive cases, out of which there were 138 Omicron cases”, said Dr Kumar. “95 per cent of them have recovered and returned home”, added the doctor.“As many as three children were found Omicron positive in the last one month. Two have been discharged while the third one is recovering and stable at present”, added the LNJP MD. According to Dr Kumar, in the vaccinated population, the Omicron symptoms are less visible while in children the symptoms are moderate fever and loose motion. The doctors have observed that Omicron positive patients are transferring virus faster in children. “All the Omicron positive patients at…

Bengaluru City News

Bengaluru: CBI arrests senior NHAI official, five others in bribery case

New Delhi [India]: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested a Regional Officer of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and five others in an alleged bribery case of Rs 20 lakh in Bengaluru on Friday.The other five arrested in the case include the General Manager, Executive Director, AGM of a Bhopal-based private company and a private person. According to CBI, it was alleged that the Regional Officer, NHAI, Bangaluru was in habit of demanding and accepting illegal gratification from NHAI contractors for clearing their pending bills and for issuing Provisional Commercial Operations Date (PCOD) for completed projects. It was further alleged that the Regional Officer, NHAI, Bangalore demanded illegal gratification from the General Manager of said private company with respect to a project under Bengaluru-Chennai Expressway Package 1 and 2 executed by said the private company.It was also alleged that Rs 20…

International World Updates

Australia to rename Island to honor Queen Elizabeth on platinum jubilee: PM

Canberra [Australia]: Australia will rename Aspen Island in Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin as part of June 2022 national and community events to celebrate 70th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the British throne, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday. “Seventy years of service is a truly immense achievement, and we are proud to join with other Commonwealth nations to celebrate this milestone… Aspen Island in Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin, the home of the National Carillon, will be renamed Queen Elizabeth II Island during a special event in June 2022,” Morrison said in a statement published on his website.According to Morrison, celebrations will include opening of new Queen Elizabeth Water Gardens, the lighting of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon in Canberra, the release of commemorative stamps and coins, as well as illuminating monuments all around Australia. In six weeks’ time,…

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Parents breathe a sigh of relief as Co-WIN registration opens for 15-18-year-old children

New Delhi [India]: With the Co-WIN portal opening its registration slot for COVID-19 vaccination for children aged between 15 to 18 years from today onward, the parents are breathing a sigh of relief. Children whose birth year is 2007 or before are eligible to register themselves on Co-WIN. To book the vaccination slot the beneficiaries can either self-register or use an existing account on Co-WIN.ANI spoke to some teenagers in this specific age group and their parents. All of them expressed satisfaction and welcomed the decision saying that it was necessary with the new variant Omicron infecting the population at a rapid rate. Vikrant Bhagi, whose daughter studies in class 12 said, “It is the safety of my child which is most important and we have been waiting for children under 18 years to get vaccinated. They are studying at home and are facing…

South Asian Countries

Death toll in Pak’s Quetta blast rises to six, Imran Khan government slammed

Quetta [Pakistan]: The death toll in Pakistan’s Quetta blast has climbed to six as two injured succumbed to their injuries on Friday, local media reported. The explosion took place on Thursday night at the gate of Science College in Quetta when workers and leaders of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-I) were returning from the college auditorium at the end of the Shuhada Conference. Earlier, four people were killed and 16 others injured in the blast.“Another two workers (of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Ideological) lost their lives. They had received multiple injuries in the explosion,” Dawn quoted Maulana Abdul Sattar Chishti, provincial information secretary of the party as saying. The deceased were identified as Sanaullah and Mohammed Ramzan. Chishti said that the condition of some other injured persons was critical. “Thirteen injured are still under treatment in the civil hospital,” Dawn quoted a police statement. No group has claimed…

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People of Myanmar face ‘unprecedented’ crisis in 2022: UN report

New York [US], January 1 (ANI): The turmoil in Myanmar is projected to have driven almost half the population into poverty heading into 2022, wiping out the impressive gains made since 2005, according to a UN Humanitarian Needs Overview published on Friday by United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). This comes as people in the Southeast Asia country are facing an unprecedented political, socioeconomic, human rights and humanitarian crisis with needs escalating dramatically since the military takeover and a severe COVID-19 third wave, UN News reported.The situation has been worsening since the beginning of 2021, when the military took over the country, ousting the democratically elected Government. Nearly 14 out of 15 states and regions are now estimated to be within the critical threshold for acute malnutrition. For this year, the analysis projects that 14.4 million people will need aid…

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Boeing wins USD 471mn contract to develop new systems for Japan’s F-15 fleet: Pentagon

Washington [US](ANI/Sputnik): Boeing has won a more than USD 470 million US Air Force contract to develop new systems for Japan’s fleet of upgraded F-15 Eagle Super Interceptors, the Department of Defense said in a press release. “The Boeing Company [of] St. Louis, Missouri has been awarded a not-to-exceed $471,313,000 undefinitized contract action for the F-15 Japan Super Interceptor Program,” the release said on Thursday.The contract provides for the design and development of an integrated suite of aircraft systems to support modification of the Japan Air Self Defense Force F-15MJ aircraft and the development, test and delivery of four Weapon System Trainers, the Defense Department said. Work on the contract will be performed in St. Louis in the US state of Missouri, and is expected to be completed seven years from now by December 31, 2028, the department added.

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Amit Shah to address BJP rally in Ayodhya today

New Delhi [India]: Union Home Minister Amit Shah will visit Ayodhya on Friday to address a public rally at GIC ground under Ayodhya Sadar Assembly seat. At 10:15 AM, Shah will visit Shri Hanumangarhi Temple in Ayodhya. After this, at 10:30 am, he will visit Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Temple in Ayodhya.At noon today, Shah will address a public meeting in Ayodhya (Rural), the official Twitter handle of the Bharatiya Janata Party informed on Thursday. After this, the Union Home Minister is scheduled to hold a public meeting program at 2 pm at Sant Kabir Nagar in Gorakhapur. Following this, at 4:00 pm, Shah will hold a roadshow in Bareilly and will address an Organizational meeting in Bareilly at 7 PM. This visit by the Union Minister holds importance ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. In the 2017 Assembly elections in Uttar…

Bollywood

Bollywood stars, from Amitabh Bachchan to Salman, Ajay Devgn to Southern Stars are on OTT in 2021

Some of the biggest names in Bollywood, including Salman Khan and Ajay Devgn, released their films directly on OTT this year, partly due to Covid-19 restrictions. Apart from the fact that they are among the most bankable stars in Bollywood currently, what’s the common factor about Salman Khan, Ajay Devgn and Vicky Kaushal? The fact that if you wanted to see their films this year, you didn’t have to queue up outside a cinema ticket counter but simply subscribe to an OTT service. For all three actors, their biggest films of the year – Radhe, Bhuj: The Pride of India, and Sardar Udham – were directly released on different streaming platforms. The year 2021 was expected to herald the revival of cinemas in India after a disastrous 2020. But it did not pan out as expected. The second wave of Covid-19 in April-May and the arrival…

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Kalicharan Maharaj arrested in MP for making objectionable remarks against Mahatma Gandhi

Raipur (Chattisgarh) [India]: Chattisgarh’s Raipur Police arrested Kalicharan Maharaj from Madhya Pradesh’s Khajuraho for alleged inflammatory speech derogating Mahatma Gandhi at ‘Dharam Sansad’. A case is registered against him in Tikrapara Police Station of Raipur.The seven-member team of Raipur Police arrested the accused in Khajuraho at around 4 am in the morning. “Kalicharan Maharaj was staying in a rented accommodation near Bageshwar Dham, 25 km from Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh. Raipur Police arrested him at 4 am today. By late evening, the police team will reach Raipur with the accused,” said Raipur Superintendent of Police, Prashant Agrawal. Three different teams of Raipur Police were sent in search of Kalicharan to Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, and Delhi. Earlier on Wednesday, Pune police registered a case against Kalicharan Maharaj, others for allegedly making provocative speeches during a programme in Pune, said police.

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Omicron Threat : Mumbai Police impose Section 144, New Year celebrations banned

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]:In view of the rising COVID-19 cases, the Mumbai Police on Thursday has imposed Section 144 in the city starting from today till January 7. As per the new COVID-19 restrictions, prohibition has been placed on New Year’s celebrations, parties in any closed or open space including restaurants, hotels, bars, pubs, resorts and clubs from December 30 to January 7.“The order shall come into the force, in the areas under the control of Commissioner of Police, Greater Mumbai from 00:00 Hrs of 30th December 2021 and will remain in force till 24:00 Hrs of 7th January 2022, unless withdrawn earlier,” the order reads. “Any person contravening this order shall be punishable under section 188 of Indian Penal Code 1860 in addition to the penal provision under the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897 and National Disaster Management Act 2005 and other legal provisions as…

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AFSPA Debate: Centre extends AFSPA in Nagaland for 6 months

New Delhi [India]: The Centre on Thursday extended the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958 or AFSPA in Nagaland for another six months, mentioning that the state is in such a “disturbed and dangerous condition” that the use of armed forces in aid of the civil power is necessary. The announcement was made through a gazette notification issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs amid calls from the Northeastern state to withdraw it after the alleged botched security operation near Oting Village in Nagaland’s Mon district that left 14 civilians and one jawan dead on December 4.“Whereas the Central Government is of the opinion that the area comprising the whole of the state of Nagaland is in such a disturbed and dangerous condition that the use of armed forces in aid of the civil power is necessary,” the notification said. “Now, therefore, in exercise…

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Covid Impact: Some 3,000 flights cancelled, 11,500 delayed worldwide

Washington [US]: Amid the global surge of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, almost 3,000 flights have been cancelled and more than 11,500 flights have been delayed worldwide on Tuesday. A total of 2,969 flight cancellations and 11,512 flight delays worldwide on Tuesday, with 1,172 of the cancellations and 5,458 of the delays occurring within, into, or out of the US, according to the flight-tracking website FlightAware.Earlier on Monday, Flightradar24 data showed that 12,528 delayed flights and 2,959 cancelled flights were reported with airlines and airports in the US, accounting for nearly half of all delays and cancellations worldwide. Similarly, air travellers in the US continued to face flight disruptions, with 2,513 flights cancelled on Sunday and 2,850 on Saturday due to staff members calling in sick. Amid the Holidays celebrations during the Christmas weekend, the US on Tuesday set a single-day record of new…

Business Markets

Equity indices open flat; IndusInd, Reliance major gainers

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: Indian equity markets on Wednesday opened flat with BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty trading in negative. At 9.16 am, the Sensex was down 136.33 points or 0.24 per cent at 57761.15 and Nifty was down by 0.23 per cent at 17193.80.However, the market picked up within a few minutes and started trading in green. At 9.25 am, the Sensex was up by 21.03 points or 0.04 per cent 57924.79. IndusInd Bank, Dr Reddy, Reliance are major gainers on BSE Sensex while Asian Paints, Kotak Bank, TCS were major losers.

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Covid Alarm: US sets daily COVID-19 cases record

Washington [US]: The United States has set a single-day record of COVID-19 cases, with 441,278 new cases, the Centers for Disease Control and Infection (CDC) informed on Tuesday. This grim mark surpasses the previous high of about 290,000 cases reported on December 20, The Hill reported. The seven-day moving average is now more than 240,000 cases a day, the Washington-based newspaper added.The latest record comes as the Omicron variant continues to cause a global increase in COVID-19 cases. This new variant has proven to be the most transmissible strain of the novel coronavirus the US has seen since the pandemic began last year. The Omicron variant has accounted for 58.6 per cent of all new infections in the US in the week ending on December 25, according to CDC data. The overall risk related to the new variant of concern Omicron remains very high,…

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Punjab polls: Induction of Cong, Akali leaders part of BJP’s strategy to gain lost ground

New Delhi [India]: Ahead of 2022 Punjab polls, induction of Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal leaders into Bharatiya Janata Party on Tuesday is part of BJP’s strategy to get back on its feet in the border state after the hostility it faced due to the Central farm laws, sources said. “After the withdrawal of farm laws, BJP is trying to get back on its feet in Punjab. As part of its strategy, BJP is inducting leaders from other political parties. Recent induction is part of that strategy,” said a source.“Before the withdrawal of farm laws, BJP was facing a lot of opposition in Punjab. Supporters of the farmers’ movement were not even allowing BJP leaders to campaign in their area,” a source said. Congress MLA Fateh Singh Bajwa from Qadian seat and Balwinder Singh Laddi from Shri Hargobindpur Sahib seat joined BJP here in…

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Delhi: Resident doctors to continue protest against delays in NEET PG counselling

New Delhi [India]: Resident doctors of major government hospitals in Delhi who have been on a protest in the national capital against delays in holding NEET-PG counseling said that they will continue their agitation until their demands are met. “We’ve decided to continue our protest from Safdarjung Hospital until our demands are met… As night curfew has been imposed in the city, we returned to Safdarjung and will continue our protest from there,” said Dr Kul Saurabh Kaushik, general secretary of Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA) on Tuesday. Delhi Police has claimed that a total of seven of its personnel were injured during the protest of resident doctors near ITO. “An FIR has been registered under Section 188 and other sections for causing obstruction in the duty of police personnel, and damaging public property during the protest,” the police said. Meanwhile, FORDA in…

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Member of Sikhs For Justice held in Germany for alleged role in Ludhiana blast

New Delhi [India: A prominent member of the designated terror group Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), Jaswinder Singh Multani, who is allegedly linked to the Ludhiana court blast case, was held in Germany on Monday. A police officer said that during the investigation names of two suspects residing in Pakistan and Germany, both from banned Sikh organizations, have emerged. Sikhs For Justice is a designated terror group in India.Intelligence agencies had earlier alerted about Harvinder Singh Sandhu, a Babbar Khalsa terrorist who is currently in Pakistan, and Jaswinder Singh Multani, a top member of the SFJ and close associate of Gurpatwant Singh Pannu, residing in Germany, about their involvement in the Ludhiana blast. After diplomatic coordination, the German police arrested Multani from Erfurt city for his role in the Ludhiana blast in Punjab and planning more terror attacks in New Delhi, among other cities in…

Business Markets

Sensex up by 324 points

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: The Indian benchmark indices opened in green on Tuesday with Nifty breaching 17,100 amid positive global cues. The 30-shares BSE Sensex was up by 324.39 points or 0.56 per cent at 57744.63 at 9.31 am.Similarly, 50-scrip NSE Nifty was at 17181.20, up by 94.90 points or 0.63 per cent. ONGC, IndusInd Bank, HDFC, L&T and Infosys were among gainers on Nifty.

International US News

World Bank loans USD 221mn to Vietnam for economic recovery from COVID-19

Washington [US](ANI/Sputnik): The World Bank has signed an agreement with Vietnam in the amount of $221.5 million to finance the country’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. “The government of Vietnam and the World Bank has signed an agreement for financing of US$221.5 million to support Vietnam’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic through policy reforms aimed at improving financial inclusion and spurring greater environmental resilience,” the World Bank release said on Monday.The loan will be provided in a form of budget support for a period of 30 years with a grace period of five years, the release said. The loan-linked reforms will include easing the existing tax burden on business entities, improving access to financial assistance for vulnerable groups, and reducing gender gaps in workplace, the release added. The environmental part of the recovery plan will focus on green trade policies, acceleration of the e-government…

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India reports 6,358 new COVID-19 cases, Omicron tally at 653

New Delhi [India]: A total of 6,358 new COVID-19 cases were reported in India in the last 24 hours, taking the active caseload in the country to 75,456, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday. According to the Health Ministry, 653 cases of Omicron variant of coronavirus have been reported in the country so far.Out of this, Maharashtra topped the list with 167 cases followed by Delhi with 165 cases, Kerala with 57 cases and Telangana has confirmed 55 cases. The active cases account for less than 1 per cent of total cases and is currently at 0.22 per cent, which is the lowest since March 2020. With the recovery of 6,450 patients in the last 24 hours, the cumulative tally of recovered patients since the beginning of the pandemic has increased to 3,42,43,945. The current recovery rate at 98.40 per…

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Covid Vaccine to Children: UP govt to administer vaccine to children aged 15-18 years from Jan 3

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday has announced to vaccinate the children of the age group of 15 to 18 years on January 3, 2022, in consonance with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement, and had instructed the concerned officials to ensure availability of jabs. Similarly, from January 10, 2022, all corona warriors, healthcare and frontline workers and citizens with co-morbidities above 60 years of age will be given a precautionary dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on the advice of their doctor, while addressing the officials at a COVID-19 review meeting.A massive awareness campaign should be conducted for the immunization of adolescents, he added. Uttar Pradesh has conducted more than 19.40 crore COVID-19 vaccinations and more than 9.20 crore tests. Here more than 6.8 crore people have been provided with the security cover of COVID-19 by giving both…

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Six Naxals killed by security forces in encounter on Telangana-Chhattisgarh border

Bhadradri Kothagudem (Telangana) [India], December 27 (ANI): At least six Naxals have been killed in an encounter that took place in the forest area of Kistaram PS limit in the border area of Telangana and Chhattisgarh on Monday. “Around six Naxals have been killed in the encounter with security forces on the border area of Telangana and Chhattisgarh. It was a joint operation of Telangana, Chhatisgarh police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF),” said Sunil Dutt, Superintendent of Police, Bhadradri Kothagudem.“The operation is still continuing, we are monitoring the situation,” he said. Further details are awaited.

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Centre has no plan to introduce farm laws again, says Narendra Singh Tomar

Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh) [India]: Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Sunday said that the Centre has no plan to introduce farm laws again adding that his statement during a programme was misquoted. The clarification from the Union Minister comes after Congress alleged that the Centre is planning to bring back the three farm laws (that have now been repealed) with amendments after the Assembly elections in five states.Speaking to ANI, Tomar said, “The agricultural reform laws were brought by the Government of India for the betterment of the farmers. The Government of India and the Prime Minister have withdrawn those laws in order to end the farmers’ movement. “My statement during the Agro Vision program was misquoted. I had said that we have retreated from the stance of the farm laws, but for the betterment of the farmers, the Government of India will…

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Harak Singh Rawat meets Uttarakhand CM at his residence

Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India]: Uttarakhand Cabinet Minister Harak Singh Rawat met state’s Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami at his residence on late Saturday. State BJP President Madan Kaushik, General Secretary Ajay Kumar, Health Minister Dhan Singh Rawat and MLA Umesh Sharma Kau were also present in the meeting.The meeting took place in a cordial atmosphere. Rawat and Dhami had food together after the meeting. He also denied any resentment between the Chief Minister and him. Taking to Twitter Dhami said Rawat met him at his residence and discussed the current issues. “Met Harak Singh Rawat, my colleague in the cabinet, at dinner and discussed the important issues of the state,” Dhami tweeted in Hindi. On Saturday, BJP Uttarakhand president Madan Kaushik denied the media reports of the resignation of cabinet minister Harak Singh Rawat. Speaking to ANI over the phone, Kaushik had said, “All is…

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Legendary cricketer Yuvraj Singh launches his premium NFT collection with Colexion

Colexion will drop warrior NFT of Yuvraj priced at $40 each. 2500 copies will be made accessible to fans all across the globe Colexion has once again introduced a premium yet affordable NFT collection. After successfully launching NFTs of renowned celebrities from the art and sports fraternity, Colexion has yet again come up with an exclusive NFT drop of legendary cricketer Yuvraj Singh. With his very own digital avatar in a metaverse, the profound cricketer has entered into the digital space with the launch of non-fungible tokens dedicated to his beloved fans. Allowing his fans to witness some historical moments, Yuvraj Singh has launched his warrior NFT at $40. This affordable yet premium NFT drop is garnering much interest from the people who have supported their favorite star throughout. Colexion is also witnessing a tremendous response for their latest trump card edition. As many…

City News Mumbai

Anyone found violating govt guidelines on COVID-19 will be booked, says Municipal Commissioner

Mumbai (Maharashtra): Ahead of Christmas and New Year celebrations, Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Commissioner, in a fresh order on Thursday said that anyone found violating the state government’s guidelines on COVID-19 will be booked under Section 188 of IPC. Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government will issue detailed guidelines on Friday to avoid crowds during Christmas and New Year celebrations as the State is once again reporting a steep hike in COVID-19 cases amid fresh concerns raised by the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.While, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackrey held a meeting with the COVID-19 task force on Thursday at 10:00 pm via video conferencing, as per Chief Minister’s Secretariat. The guidelines will cover the gathering allowed at wedding ceremonies in hotels and restaurants. (ANI)

Asia International

Japan planning not to send senior officials to Beijing Olympics: Sources

Tokyo [Japan]: The Japanese government has said it is not planning to send Cabinet ministers and other senior officials to the 2022 Beijing Olympics. With this, Japan has joined the likes of the US, Australia, Britain and Canada that have announced the diplomatic boycott of games over China human rights records.Japanese athletes, however, will attend the games in February as scheduled, Kyodo News reported citing sources. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will not announce the plan so as not to directly provoke the Chinese leadership, especially as Japan and China are due to mark the 50th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations in 2022, according to the government sources. The United States and other countries such as Australia, Britain and Canada have announced similar measures, citing China’s human rights record. The upcoming Beijing Olympics have been marred with controversy as activists and human rights…

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Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: Nalini Sriharan to be released today

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Nalini Sriharan, one of the convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, will be released on one-month parole on Friday after completing surety formalities, said Nalini’s advocate Radhakrishnan. Speaking to ANI, Radhakrishnan said, “Nalini, who was granted by the state government on Thursday, will be released on Friday after completing surety formalities.”The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday had informed the Madras High Court that Nalini was granted a month’s parole by the government after repeated requests from her ailing mother Padma. Nalini and six other people were sentenced to life imprisonment in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. In May 1991, Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide bomber during an election rally in Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu. The attack also left 14 other people dead.

International UK News

UK to offer COVID-19 Pfizer shots to at-risk children aged 5-11

London [UK]: The UK Health Security Agency allowed on Wednesday the use of smaller doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines in children aged 5 to 11 who are at a higher risk from COVID-19. “Children aged 5 to 11, who are in a clinical risk group or who are a household contact of someone (of any age) who is immunosuppressed, should be offered a primary course of vaccination,” it said.The regulator said a third of the adult dose will be administered twice with an interval of eight weeks. The agency also recommended giving booster shots to teenagers aged 16 to 17 and at-risk children aged 12 to 15 in a bid to ramp up the revaccination campaign. The UK’s daily cases soared to over 90,000 on Tuesday as the Omicron variant continued to spread across the country, just days before Christmas. Prime Minister Boris Johnson…

International US News

Yemen: 8 million face reduced rations amid funding shortages, says UN

New York [US]: The UN food relief agency warned on Wednesday that it is running out of funds to continue providing food assistance to 13 million Yemenis. From January, eight million who are going hungry in Yemen will receive a reduced food ration, while five million others who are at immediate risk of slipping into famine, will remain on a full ration.“Desperate times call for desperate measures and we have to stretch our limited resources and prioritize, focusing on people who are in the most critical state”, said Corinne Fleischer, Regional Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) for the Middle East and North Africa. The reductions come at the worst possible time for families in Yemen who are dependent on WFP’s food assistance to survive. As currency devaluation and hyper-inflation drive the economy to near collapse, inadequate food consumption has risen rapidly, affecting…

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Congress top leadership speaks to Harish Rawat, invites him to Delhi to discuss impending issues

New Delhi [India]: Former Uttarakhand Chief Minister and Congress veteran Harish Rawat will attend a pre-scheduled meeting in Delhi with the party’s top leadership on Friday, confirmed party sources on Thursday. Amid the growing tensions in Uttarakhand Congress, the party’s top leadership spoke to Harish Rawat inviting him to Delhi to discuss impending issues, sources said.Rawat is scheduled to arrive in Delhi tomorrow to meet the party High Command. Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Pritam Singh, Uttarakhand Congress chief Ganesh Godiyal and party leader Yashpal Arya will accompany Rawat to Delhi. The meeting holds significance following Harish Rawat’s veiled attack on the Congress leadership on Wednesday saying “nominees of those on whose directions one has to swim (in the electoral battle) are tying my hands and feet”. Rawat through his tweets on Wednesday had expressed anguish at the factionalism in the state unit and…

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COVID-19: India reports 213 Omicron cases till now, Delhi tops list

New Delhi [India]: India reported 6,317 fresh COVID-19 cases and 318 deaths in the last 24 hours, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday. The country’s active caseload currently stands at 78,190, the lowest in 575 days.According to the Ministry, 213 cases of Omicron variant of coronavirus have been reported in the country so far. Out of this, Delhi topped the list with 57 confirmed cases followed by Maharashtra (54 cases) and Telangana (24 cases). According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), the active cases in the country account for less than 1 per cent of total cases, currently at 0.22 per cent which is the lowest since March last year. With 6,906 new recoveries reported across the country in the last 24 hours, the total recoveries mounted to 3,42,01,966. The current recovery rate at 98.40 per cent…