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Delhi reports 4,099 new Covid cases; 84% of Delhi’s total cases in last two days were Omicron; Mumbai schools to remain shut for Classes 1 to 9, 11 till 31 Jan.



Amidst the scare of Omicron, vaccination for the age group of 15-18 years has started nationwide. Teens registered in the Co-WIN portal for being administered with Covaxin, even as Delhi reported 4,099 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. More than 40 lakh children in the 15-18-year age group received their first vaccine dose on Monday—the first day of the widened immunisation drive. Announcing the same, Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted: “Well done Young India! Over 40 Lakhs between 15-18 age group received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine on the 1st day of vaccination drive for children, till 8 pm. This is another feather in the cap of India’s vaccination drive.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced, on 25 December, that the vaccination for 15-18 years of age would start from 3 January 2022. On Monday, Prime Minister Modi congratulated the 15-18 age group for getting their first vaccine doses. The PM tweeted: “Today we have taken an important step forward in protecting our youth against Covid-19. Congrats to all my young friends between the age group of 15-18 who got vaccinated. Congrats to their parents as well. I would urge more youngsters to get vaccinated in the coming days!”

However, in Delhi, the majority of the children, whether accompanied by friends or parents, complained about long waits and a lack of staff in some government hospitals of Delhi. Even after arranging the slot ahead of time, several youngsters waited for more than two hours. “We’ve been waiting for more than two hours. We arrived at 11 a.m. and are still waiting for our slot number to be called,” a teenager from Delhi Gate, who had been waiting near the vaccination centre at Kasturba hospital, told The Daily Guardian.

Similarly, another parent complained of a shortage of staff in the vaccination centre of Kasturba hospital. “I had taken the dosages from Maulana Azad hospital and the arrangement was far better; however, here we have been waiting for three hours. There are just four people and only one person is giving the vaccination to all. The arrangement could have been better,” a student, who accompanied his friend, told this paper.

However, people didn’t face much trouble, apart from long waiting hours, as the authorities were helpful, but several youngsters who had come from far off places kept waiting for their turn. Most of them were waiting in a small tent, under a tree, a little away from the OPD building of the hospital. “Although I am not happy with the arrangement at least my son is getting the vaccine and that’s important,” a parent, who resides nearby Yamuna Bank Metro station, told this correspondent.

Although The Daily Guardian tried to reach out to the Chief Medical Officer and Medical Superintendent of Kasturba hospital, none of the officers was available to comment at the moment. Also, many schools and educational institutions in Delhi carried out vaccination amongst teens. On Saturday, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain had assured that Delhi had the infrastructure to vaccinate 3,00,000 people per day even after the beginning of Covid jabs among teens. The vaccination process has been carried out from 9 am to 5 pm.


On Monday, Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain said: “84% of the Covid-19 cases reported in Delhi in the past two days were of the Omicron variant. Currently, 202 patients are admitted to Delhi hospitals.” According to the health bulletin, Delhi reported 4,099 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the positivity rate to 6.46%. “Due to Omicron variant, Delhi has witnessed an increase in Covid-19 cases; however, the symptoms are mild and fewer people require hospitalization. In the last 24 hours, 202 patients are hospitalised due to Covid-19,” the minister said.

“There is no need to panic, you can escape Covid-19 by following safety protocols”, added Jain. He further assured people that the Covid-19 situation in Delhi is under control and hospitalisation is less as compared to last year. “Experts say that Omicron will spread at a faster pace, but will also come down fast, taking the example of South Africa”, the minister said. “Till now no Omicron patient required ventilator support,” added Jain. The active cases in Delhi have gone to 10,986 and the cumulative tally of the Covid-19 cases now stands at 14,58,220. As many as 6,288 Covid-19 patients and those suspected to be positive are in home isolation in the city. In the last 24 hours, Delhi also witnessed one Covid-related death taking the death toll to 25,100. Meanwhile, 1,509 people recovered from the infection in the last 24 hours. The recovery tally of the national capital now stands at 14,22,124. During the last 24 hours, 23,614 people Covid-19 vaccination doses were administered, out of which 9,167 people received their first dose while 14,447 received their second dose of the vaccine. Delhi is witnessing a surge in fresh coronavirus infections over the last week following the emergence of the Omicron variant of coronavirus. Amid the continuous rise of COVID cases in the national capital, the Delhi government has collected a fine of more than Rs 1 crore from those violating Covid-19 protocols on Sunday.

A report from Mumbai said that amid a surge in Covid-19 cases in Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to shut down schools for Classes 1 to 9 and 11 till 31 January. However, schools for Classes 10 and 12 will run according to the normal schedule. BMC has allowed online classes for others. “Mumbai is the financial capital of India and as a result, people from all over the country come here which has led to the increase in Covid-19 cases. We have seen that 16% of children are infected with Covid-19 in Mumbai. So we have decided to close the schools,” said Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar. “The vaccination drive for children aged 15 to 18 will continue as it is. The children would be called from their house according to their turn”, added the Mayor. Maharashtra reported 12,160 new Covid infections in the last 24 hours and 68 new Omicron cases—40 new Omicron cases were detected in Mumbai.

Meanwhile, India reported 33,750 new Covid-19 cases and 123 deaths in the last 24 hours, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday. According to the ministry, the number of Omicron infections stands at 1,700 and it has spread to 23 states. (WITH AGENCY INPUTS)

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Noida Assault Case: UP Court rejects Shrikant Tyagi’s bail plea



Shrikant Tyagi

Uttar Pradesh court rejected the bail plea of Shrikant Tyagi on Thursday for assaulting and abusing a woman.

Uttar Pradesh police arrested Tyagi on Tuesday near Noida. In a viral video, Tyagi was seen assaulting and abusing a woman at Grand Omaxe in Noida’s Sector 93.

Earlier on Monday, the police recovered his luxury vehicles and bulldozed his residence in the society. The Noida administration began the demolition of illegal construction at the Grand Omaxe, Noida. After this, the people of society were seen distributing sweets amongst themselves.

The FIR was lodged against Tyagi after a group of his supporters entered the society and started shouting slogans. The Gangster Act against Tyagi had also been invoked by the police.

“A separate FIR under IPC sections 419 (punishment for cheating by personation), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), and 482 (punishment for using a false property mark) has been registered against the accused in light of the Fortuner car recovered from the society premises on Saturday,” Additional DCP Ranvijay Singh said.

Earlier speaking to media persons Tyagi said, “I express my regret on the incident. She is like my sister, the incident is political and was done to decimate me.”

Meanwhile, the Noida Police said that Tyagi was using an MLA sticker on his car and was given by UP MLC Swami Prasad Maurya.

However, Srikant Tyagi claims to be a member of Bharatiya Janata Party Kishan Morcha. He has been accused of allegedly abusing and pushing a woman during an argument of Grand Omaxe society. The video of the said incident occurred on 5 August.

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2 die, 6 others injured in communal clash in Karnataka’s Koppal



Communal clash

A clash broke out between two communities in which two people died and six others were injured. The incident took place at the Hulihyder village of Koppal district in Karnataka.

On the occasion of Muharram, a Hindu boy went to meet a Muslim girl, following which an argument broke out between the two sections.

The two people who lost their lives were identified as Pasha Walli (22) and Yenakappa Talavad (60). In the alleged communal clash two people succumbed to their injuries and died in the hospital.

Meanwhile, after this people from both communities joined them and started beating each other. So far, eight people were injured in the clash.

Moreover, in the area, the local administration has imposed Section 144.

However, further investigation into the matter is underway.

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Income Tax raids in Maharashtra; Rs 390 crores assets seized



Income Tax raids

The Income Tax Department raided the premises of a textile trader, steel, and real estate developer in Maharashtra. While raiding the Income Tax Department seized properties worth crores of rupees.

The raids lasted from 1 August to 8 August at the businessmen located in Jalna district. The total value of the seized assets is around 390 crores. It includes 56 crores of cash and 32 kg of gold, diamonds, and pearls. The department has also seized relevant documents.

According to officials, the businessman was accused of tax evasion, and based on information received in this regard, the Income Tax Department team raided last week.

Moreover, a senior official of the department said 56 crore cash and seized jewelry are worth Rs 14 crore. Apart from documents, digital data has also been found in the action.

However, the Income Tax Department has also raided the houses, offices, and factories of steel makers in Jalna. In recent days, the investigating agencies have taken many big actions in some states including Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal and have seized cash worth crores of rupees.

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WB SSC Scam: Former SSC Advisor Shanti Prasad and Chairman Ashok Saha sent to CBI custody



Former SSC Advisor S P Sinha

Former West Bengal School Service Commission (SSC) advisor Shanti Prasad and former SSC chairman Ashok Saha were sent to CBI custody.

Earlier on Wednesday Saha and Sinha were arrested in connection with the teacher recruitment scam.

Shanti Prasad and Ashok Saha were produced before the Alipore Court on Thursday. In which the CBI was granted custody till 17 August of these two persons.

However, the arrests come after former West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee and Arpita Mukherjee’s arrests.

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PM Modi celebrates Raksha Bandhan with daughters of PMO staff



PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday celebrated Raksha Bandhan with the daughters of PMO staff at his residence in Delhi.

This was a special Raksha Bandhan as these young girls were daughters of sweepers, peons, gardeners, drivers, etc. They work at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office

Taking to Twitter PM Modi shared some pictures and said, “A very special Raksha Bandhan with these youngsters…”

PMO also shared a video on the occasion in which PM Modi was seen celebrating the festival. PM Modi was also seen interacting with the young girls and they came forward one-by-one to tie Rakhi.

Earlier in the day, PM Modi extended greetings on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.

Taking to Twitter PM Modi said, “Greetings to everyone on the special occasion of Raksha Bandhan.”

Earlier, PM Modi’s Pakistani sister, Qamar Mohsin Shaikh, sent the sacred thread, Rakhi, to PM Modi. Sheikh also wished her luck for the 2024 general elections.

Moreover, Union Home Minister Amit Shah also extended greetings to the people of the country.

“Warm wishes to all the countrymen on the auspicious occasion of Rakshabandhan,” Shah tweeted.

Earlier on Wednesday, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami tied rakhi from a large number of women.

Women tied rakhi to CM Dhami at his residence and Chief Sevak Sadan auditorium and wished him a long life.

However, Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on the full moon day of the Savan month. It marks the bond of love between the siblings and this year it will be celebrated on August 11.

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The unbreakable bond between siblings; find out some sibling duos



Brother sister bond

Rakshabandhan is considered a symbol of love and affection between brother and sister. If you have grown up with a sibling you must have experienced fights over silly things which build an inseparable bond. On the occasion of Raksha Bandhan, here is a list of the five brother-sister bonds.

Let’s learn about some of the sibling duos:

Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi are children of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandia. The brother-sister duo shares a very special bond and has always been publically expressive of the love and the bond they share. Priyanka is two years elder than Rahul. The two are each other’s friends and protectors. Talking about her sister, Rahul said, “There is a special place in my life for my sister. We are not only friends but also protectors of each other.” The brother-sister duo had been each other’s pillars for all these years. However, Priyanka is married to Robert Vadra and they both have two children. They both are from the most influential political family in India.

Salman Khan and Arpita Khan Sharma

Salman Khan and Arpita Khan Sharma

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan shares a close bond with her sister Arpita Khan Sharma. Arpita Khan is a much beloved younger sister of Salman, Arbaaz, Sohail, and Alvira. Salman adores Arpita and considers her to be his lucky charm. Every single member of the Khan family adored Arpita. However, Arpita is married to Ayush Sharma and the couple is parents to son Ahil Sharma and daughter Ayat Sharma. Even though they are not biological siblings, Salman loves and adores Arpita more than his biological sister Alvira.

Isha Ambani and Akash Ambani

Akash Ambani and Isha Ambani

Akash Ambani and Isha Ambani are the twin heirs of one of the richest men in the world Mukesh Ambani and Nita Ambani. Isha once told Vogue India about her childhood and brother Akash. She said, “she was “naughty” and had to “fight for survival” many times.” The twins share a very precious bond as Akash changed his wedding date for her sister Isha. Both Isha and Akash are involved in the family business for years now. Moreover, Akash is married to Shloka Mehta and Isha is married to Anand Piramal.

Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya (Pandya Brothers)

Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya

Pandya Brothers are probably the most famous pair of siblings in Indian sports currently. They are Indian International cricketers. Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya hail the city of Vadodara in Gujarat. “It’s difficult to explain my equation with him in words. Hardik and I literally think the same things all the time,” Krunal said. Talking about Krunal, Hardik said, “We have this incredible bond and cricket has been our life. He is someone I have spent most of my life with, more than friends and either of our parents.” Pandya’s brother’s story is nothing short of a fairy tale.

Geeta Phogat and Babita Phogat (Phogat Sisters)

Babita Phogat and Geeta Phogat

The journey of the Phogat sisters is incredible they need no introduction. They are born to a wrestling-crazy father Mahavir Phogat. Breaking the stereotypes of dominating male wrestling Geeta and Babita Phogat have won everybody’s hearts with their wrestling skills. Geeta is India’s first-ever wrestling gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2010. Meanwhile, Babita won bronze at World Championship.

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