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  • COVID test mandatory for all international passengers arriving in state: Karnataka
    Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] : Minister of Health and Medical Education Dr K Sudhakar on Tuesday informed that international passengers arriving in Karnataka must undergo mandatory COVID-19 RT-PCR testing.Speaking to the media after the technical advisory committee meeting, Dr K Sudhakar said, “A mandatory RTPCR test is being carried out for travellers from countries where the new virus is found. Chief Minister has instructed us to test travellers from any country.” Sudhakar informed that about 2,500 passengers come to the state every day, from various nations. Those who will be tested negative will be home quarantined for seven days. “Those who are symptomatic and negative will have to undergo testing at home on the fifth day. Asymptomatic will be tested on the seventh day. If positive, they will be immediately hospitalized. And they will be treated separately,” he added.Covid’s new variant, the ‘Omicron’ virus has been found in 12 countries across the world. To prevent this variant, all necessary precautionary measures are being taken in the state.Considering our population and health infrastructure, we need to be more careful than other countries, Dr Sudhakar said, “Preparations for the health care services including availability of beds, oxygen beds, deployment of doctors and personnel, supply of medicine were also discussed at the meeting. Those who have not got vaccination should voluntarily come forward and get vaccinated and stay safe. Suggestions regarding vaccine drive and measures to increase the […]
  • Mamata Banerjee visits Siddhivinayak Temple
    Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is on a three-day tour to Maharashtra, visited Siddhivinayak Temple on Tuesday.While speaking to the media, Banerjee said, “I came to Mumbai many times but never came to Siddhivinayak temple. I also worship Ganpati Bappa at my home. I am thankful to the Maharashtra government. I prayed here for Uddhav Thackeray Ji’s health. I am very happy to visit here.” A meeting between Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Aaditya Thackeray and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will take place at Mumbai’s Nariman point at 8 pm on Tuesday.Informing about the meeting, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut told the media, “A meeting between West Bengal Chief Minister and Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Aditya Thackeray will take place in Mumbai today at 8 pm. I will also join the meeting.”Meanwhile, Shiv Sena in a statement informed that due to health issues, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will not be meeting Banerjee.“Due to health issues, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray won’t be meeting West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during her two-day visit to Mumbai. She has earlier announced that she will be meeting CM over several issues,” the statement said.
  • Telangana govt sets up cabinet sub-panel to tackle Omicron
    Hyderabad (Telangana) [India] : The Telangana government on Monday set up a cabinet sub-committee to tackle the situation that may arise due to Omicron, the new variant of Coronavirus found in some countries.The four-member committee, headed by State Health Minister T Harish Rao, will recommend to the state government the measures needed to tackle the current pandemic situation and also to expedite the COVID-19 vaccination. Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao, Panchayati Raj Minister E. Dayakar Rao and Education Minister Sabita Indra Reddy will be the members of the panel.The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday named the new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529, which has been detected in South Africa, as ‘Omicron’ and alerted countries of the new variant.
  • Such acts diminish the democratic spirit of Parliament, says Stalin
    Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India] : Just after Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday suspended 12 Members of Parliament, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin said that such acts diminish the democratic spirit of the house.Stalin further urged the Centre, on behalf of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), to revoke the suspension immediately. “The suspension of 12 Opposition MPs on the very first day of the winter session is highly condemnable. Such acts diminish the democratic spirit of the Parliament. I demand, on behalf of the DMK to revoke the suspension immediately,” Stalin wrote in a tweet.Rajya Sabha on the first day of its business for the Winter Session on Monday suspended 12 of its members for the rest of the current session on account of ‘unruly and violent behaviour’ during the Monsoon Session of Parliament.The suspended MPs include six from Congress, two each from TMC and Shiv Sena and one each from CPM and CPI.The action has been taken against them for the ‘indiscipline’ in the monsoon session of the house.The suspended MPs are Elamaram Kareem (CPM), Phulo Devi Netam, Chhaya Verma, R Bora, Rajamani Patel, Syed Nasir Hussain and Akhilesh Prasad Singh of the Congress, Binoy Viswam of CPI, Dola Sen and Shanta Chhetri of Trinamool Congress, Priyanka Chaturvedi and Anil Desai of Shiv Sena. 
  • Mumbai: Reopening of schools for classes 1 to 7 postponed till Dec 15, amid threat of Omicron
    Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : Amid the worry of the new COVID-19 variant ‘Omicron’, the reopening of schools for classes 1 to 7, in Mumbai, has been postponed till December 15, informed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.Earlier, the schools for classes 1 to 7 was scheduled to reopen from December 1. School for classes 8 to 12 had reopened earlier on October 4.The Omicron variant (B.1.1.529), a new variant of the coronavirus, was first reported in Botswana on November 11, 2021, and appeared on November 14 in South Africa. It has been declared a variant of concern by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
  • Delhi govt designates Lok Nayak Hospital as dedicated facility for ‘Omicron’ variant cases
    New Delhi [India] : The Delhi government has designated Lok Nayak Hospital as a dedicated hospital to treat patients infected with the new COVID-19 variant ‘Omicron’.As per the order issued by the Health and Family Department of the Delhi government, the decision has been taken following the new guidelines by the Central government for international travellers in the context of the new variant. “Lok Nayak Hospital will designate one or more separate wards ( as per need) for isolating and treating such patients…It is hereby directed that no COVID-18 patient of the new variant of SARS-CoV-2 will be denied admission on any ground,” the order stated.The Omicron variant (B.1.1.529), a new variant of the coronavirus, was first reported in Botswana on November 11, 2021, and appeared on November 14 in South Africa. It has been declared a variant of concern by the World Health Organisation (WHO). 
  • Seven-day quarantine must for all international passengers : Bengaluru
    Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India] : After two South Africa-returnees tested positive for COVID-19 and amid increasing concern over the new variant ‘Omicron’, the Bengaluru airport has made seven days quarantine compulsory for all international passengers.Addressing the media after inspecting Kannur International Airport Ltd (KIAL) airport yesterday, the Bengaluru Rural District Health Officer Tippeswamy said, “All international passengers who test negative for COVID-19 on arrival in Bengaluru will be put in quarantine for seven days. They will be tested again after seven days.” 598 such passengers are under surveillance, he informed.Tippeswamy conducted a video conference with senior officials of the health and airport authorities and said that they are mainly checking the vaccination report, RT PCR test and Rapid antigen test reports of the passengers coming from high-risk countries.“We are also conducting RT PCR test at the airport for the passengers arriving from high-risk countries. If they are found negative, then they will be suggested to home quarantine. If the passenger tests positive, they will be sent to a designated hospital for isolation,” he added.The District Health Officer also informed that in view of the new variant, new guidelines are expected by today or tomorrow.During the virtual discussion, as per Tippeswamy, they discussed the issue of passengers coming from Kerala and Maharastra to Bengaluru without RT-PCR test and vaccination report.“We’ve already directed airlines to check reports compulsorily and not to allow anyone to travel without the […]
  • Heavy rainfall, waterlogging in Chennai
    Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India]: Due to continuous and heavy rainfall, waterlogging has been reported from several districts of Tamil Nadu including Chennai.While speaking to ANI, a local, said, “We face a lot of difficulties due to continuous rain. It has also affected transport. Several areas are submerged in floodwater due to torrential rains.” “We are finding difficulties in getting food as we are not able to move out. The floodwater has entered in our homes,” said another local.State revenue and disaster management minister KKSSR Ramachandran had informed a total of eight people have died due to heavy rainfall in the state.Earlier, on Saturday, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin met Governor RN Ravi at Raj Bhawan in Chennai. He briefed the Governor about the rain situation and ongoing relief and restoration work in the rain-affected areas in the state.
  • Telangana CM to hold Cabinet meeting in Hyderabad
    Hyderabad (Telangana) [India]: Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao will hold a Cabinet meeting on Monday, informed Chief Minister’s Office (CMO).Chief Minister Rao has also instructed Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar to make necessary arrangements for the meeting, informed CMO.
  • India Ratings upgrades Capacit’e Infraprojects to ‘IND BBB’/Stable
    Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : Capacit’e Infraprojects Limited (CIL), a fast-growing construction company providing end-to-end services for residential, commercial and Institutional building with presence in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), Pune, Chennai, National Capital Region (NCR), Varanasi, Kochi, Hyderabad and Bengaluru, announced that India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) has upgraded their Long-Term Issuer Rating to ‘IND BBB’ from ‘IND D’ and the outlook is Stable.As per the rating agency the key rating drivers were: Improved Operational Performance in 1HFY22: Despite the second wave, the company was able to register revenue of INR2.8 billion in 1QFY22 (1QFY21: INR0.2 billion) with EBITDA margin of 14.1%. The execution pace further picked up in 2QFY22 and CIL clocked close to INR3.4 billion in revenues with EBITDA margins improving to 17.8%. Ind-Ra estimates CIL to register a revenue of INR14 billion-15 billion with EBITDA margins in the range of 16%-17% in FY22.Strong Execution Capabilities: CIL has successfully executed complex and large residential and real estate engineering, procurement and construction projects, backed by increased order inflows (FY16-FY20: revenue CAGR 15.7%). Since its inception, the company has evolved from constructing primarily residential real estate projects to commercial projects and has gradually forayed into hybrid projects for both government and private sector clients. CIL is now engaged in key projects which are of importance to the respective government such as CIDCO, MHADA project and some public sector hospital projects.DSR Offers Second Line of Comfort […]
  • Bengaluru Police ask organisers to cancel ‘controversial’ Munawar Faruqui’s stand up comedy show
    Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India]: Bengaluru Police has asked organisers to cancel comedian Munawar Faruqui’s stand-up show here in Karanataka’s capital city on Sunday citing the programme by the “controversial figure” could lead to a possible law and order problem in light of threats from several organisations on social media.Faruqui’s ‘Dongri to Nowhere’ programme was scheduled to be held at a city auditorium on Sunday. “It is learned that Munawar Faruqui is a controversial figure as he was been in controversy for his statements on other religion Gods,” a letter sent by Ashok Nagar Police Station to organizers read.“There is credible information that several organizations opposing this stand-up -Comedy show performed by Munawar Faruqui. This could create chaos and could disturb public peace and harmony which may further lead to law and order problems. Therefore it is suggested that you should cancel the Munawar Faruqui stand up – Comedy show, scheduled at Good Shepherd Auditorium on November 28 at 5:00 pm,” it said.Faruqui and four others were arrested by Madhya Pradesh police on January 1 following a complaint by Eklavya Singh Gaud, son of BJP MLA Malini Laxman Singh Gaud that objectionable remarks about Hindu deities as well as Union Home Minister Amit Shah were passed during a comedy show at a cafe in Indore on New Year’s Day. He was later released on bail.
  • Delhi’s peak power demand in winter may go upto 5,400 MW, surpassing last two years
    New Delhi [India]: Delhi’s peak power demand this winter can go upto 5,400 MW, surpassing the peak winter demand of both 2019 and 2020. Last year, it had peaked at 5,021 MW and 5,343 in 2019.The peak winter power demand in BRPL and BYPL areas had reached 2,091 MW and 1,107 MW respectively during last winter. This year, it is expected to reach 2,315 MW and 1,140 MW for BRPL and BYPL respectively. According to officials, “BSES discoms are fully geared to ensure adequate power availability for its around 46 lakh consumers during the winter months. The back-bone of BSES’ power-supply arrangements during the winter months includes long-term agreements from power plants; including Hydro and Delhi-based gas-fuelled generating stations.”Additionally, BSES is also receiving 440+ MW of solar power from SECI, 250 MW of wind power, 25 MW from Waste-to-Energy. It is also being helped by 118 MW+ of roof-top solar power installed on roof-tops in South, West, East and Central Delhi, said officials.A BSES official said, “Apart from these, BSES discoms are using avenues like banking, reserve shutdown, power exchange and ensuring sufficient spinning reserves to dispose of surplus power as well as ensuring reliable power supply. In case of any unforeseeable contingency, BSES discoms will buy short-term power from the exchange which is available at economical rates.””Adding to these, efforts are the advanced load-forecasting statistical and modelling techniques, which are helping the discom […]
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