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AMID ‘THIRD WAVE’ FEARS, INDIA SEES HUGE SURGE IN COVID CASES

‘Weekend curfew, not lockdown, imposed in Delhi’; CM Arvind Kejriwal, BJP’s Manoj Tiwari and Congress’ Randeep Surjewala test Covid positive; AIIMS Delhi cancels winter vacation, asks faculty to join immediately; Mumbai sees 10,860 new Covid cases, city Mayor says lockdown will be clamped if daily cases cross 20,000 mark.

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Even as Dr N.K. Arora, chairperson of the Covid working group NTAGI, said that the massive surge in Covid-19 case numbers in the country indicates a “third wave”, India reported 37,379 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the daily positivity rate in the country to 3.24%, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday. The Centre on Tuesday asked states and Union territories to review infrastructure preparedness, including re-establishment of field and makeshift facilities, so that they are not found wanting if there is a surge in hospital admissions due to escalation in Covid cases.

The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) decided on Tuesday to impose a “weekend curfew” in the national capital, even as Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and BJP leader Manoj Tiwari tested positive for Covid-19. Congress general secretary and chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala also tested Covid positive and has isolated himself at home.

Delhi reported 5,481 new Covid infections in the last 24 hours, pushing the positivity rate to 8.37%, the highest in over seven months. The highest positivity rate was recorded on 17 May at 8.41%. Health Minister Satyendar Jain asserted that the weekend curfew imposed in the city should not be treated as a lockdown. The Delhi government has issued instructions to install Telemetry devices on oxygen tanks of 53 government and private hospitals for smooth running and real-time monitoring of oxygen supply in the national capital.

With Tuesday’s nationwide figures announced by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the country’s Covid-19 case tally has risen to 3,48,08,886. According to Health Ministry, the country has so far reported 1,892 cases of Omicron of which 766 have been recovered. Maharashtra accounts for the highest number of Omicron cases (568), followed by Delhi (382) and Kerala (185).

Mumbai reported 10,860 new Covid cases on Tuesday, and two deaths. With this, the number of active cases in the city stands at 47,476, according to data released by the Bombay municipal corporation on Tuesday evening—834 patients were hospitalised on Tuesday with Covid, with 52 of them being put on oxygen, taking the total number in hospital to 4491, with 1,374 on oxygen. The city’s recovery rate stands at 92%, with doubling rate at 110 days, the BMC said.

West Bengal recorded the highest-ever single day infection of 9,073 Covid-19 cases and 16 fatalities on Tuesday, informed the State health department. West Bengal will now allow domestic flights from Delhi and Mumbai three days a week—Monday, Wednesday and Friday—from 5 January, instead of two days as decided earlier.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that India’s active caseload presently is at 1,71,830, accounts for 1% of the country’s total cases and is currently at 0.49%. The weekly positivity rate is at 2.05$, while the daily positivity rate is at 3.24 per cent. More than 147 crore Covid-19 vaccination doses have been administered so far in India under the Nationwide vaccination drive, informed the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Tuesday informed that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who has tested positive for Covid-19, is experiencing mild symptoms. “Today Arvind Kejriwal has been found positive. Symptoms are mild. He is in isolation right now and he has appealed to people who have come in contact with him to must go for tests,” Jain said.

Addressing a press conference after the DDMA meeting, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia informed that buses and metro trains will again run at full seating capacity to avoid crowding outside metro stations and at bus stops. “The DDMA has decided to impose a curfew in Delhi on Saturdays and Sundays to curb the Covid-19 surge. All government officials except for those engaged in essential services will work from home. 50% workforce of private offices will work from home,” he said.

Meanwhile, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi on Tuesday cancelled the remaining part of winter vacation from 5-10 January and has asked the faculty members to join duty “with immediate effect”.

Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar on Tuesday said that if the daily Covid-19 cases cross the 20,000 mark, then 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.

In a related development, 60 persons, including 40 students and researchers residing on IIT Kharagpur’s campus, have tested positive for Covid-19, an official said Tuesday.

A report from Lucknow said that as many as 33 medical staff, including doctors, at Medanta hospital in Lucknow have tested positive for Covid-19, the hospital said on Tuesday. Of the 33 new patients, 32 are hospital staff and one is a doctor, working at the emergency ward. All the patients are asymptomatic.

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Are you anxious ?

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There are days when you wake up to a sombre morning feeling disheartened, drenched in despair and uncertainty. It gets difficult to deal with incomprehensible situations and the difficulties of life, consequently leading to a bleak aura. The cynical approach and the proclivity to belittle our existence result in emotional instability. We often have to deal with situations where life takes a bizarre turn, which is the exact opposite of what we expected or something strong enough to break us emotionally.

Is there any ideal way to deal with that small pain of anxiety in your chest? What is the way to resolve discontent? It would have been so much easier if there were medications or a list of pharmacopeia to alleviate the entire emotional turmoil.

Growing up in an environment where mental health and emotional stability have always been trivialised and overlooked makes it difficult for us to communicate ourselves or even seek help.

Perhaps the pharmaceuticals cannot help us out, but a perspective shift could. A small shift from a tangled thought process to a positive perspective can bring a considerable change into our lives.

In the words of Robert Browning, “Fail I alone, in words and deeds? Why, all men strive and who succeeds? ” We tend to measure our capabilities and achievements on the pretext of the conventional standards we have been fed since childhood, but why can’t it be different? The aforesaid lines of the poet are to teach us to look beyond the social directions and make ourselves understand that the path of success can be different for every individual. There can be certain instances like a person working hard to get materialistic comforts while another person defies all those materialistic comforts in order to be happy. We should not allow societal regulations to limit our potential.

Dealing with anxiety often seems far-fetched, but there are solutions to it. Workout or exercise is a perfect way to combat indolence and be productive. Physical activity produces Endorphins and dopamine, also called happy hormones, and is a perfect antidote to stress.

Manifestation is yet another remedy played down. When Paulo Coelho said, “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it,” he was talking about manifestation. This might sound spurious, but a belief in the process and a belief in oneself is magical.

Life has yet to go, things are yet to happen, this is just a bend, this isn’t the end.

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5 unheard professions that will make you question your career path

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As kids, we’ve always been asked this question by someone “Beta bade hoke kya banoge?” Everyone knows what it means to be a nurse, doctor, engineer, police officer, etc. but there are plenty of other jobs you have never heard of. Here’s a list of 5 such exotic jobs across the globe that you will not believe that this profession exists.

Worm Picker

The worm picker is a worker who gathers worms and they usually work at night. These jobs fall under the broader career category of Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals. This profession can be great outdoors “hunting” and collecting earthworms. These worms can be sold directly to fishermen to use as bait or you can sell them to Universities or other institutions that use the worms for teaching and research purposes. In the US range, the salaries of Worm Pickers start from $17,510 to $38,630, with a median salary of $23,750. If you talk about qualifications as such no qualifications are required. One thing you need is some skills and commitment if you’d like to make a living from this job.

Rental Boyfriend

Just shell out some cash and you get a rental boyfriend. Yes, you heard it right in Tokyo, if you have the money, finding a boyfriend is as easy. The rental boyfriend’s concept started when many strong independent Japanese working ladies found it difficult to maintain a relationship because of work. The Rent-a-Boyfriend comes in three models- Fresh ($40/hour), Regular ($48/hour), and Special ($56/hour). These charges do not include any physical activities but these include activities like shopping, a single hug, and hand-holding session. Earlier in 2018, a 29-year-old Kaushal Prakash from Mumbai launched Rent a Boy Friend (RABF), the app that claims to provide you with ‘friends’ on an hourly paid service. “In India, people have that typical ‘Log Kya Kahengey’ reaction, the same response girls get when they wear short clothes,” Prakash said. According to the founder, the app is meant to help people with mental health issues such as depression.

Candy Taster

My first reaction when I came across this job was… Wow! The job of a candy taster is to taste different flavors of chocolates and candies and then get paid for it. Nowadays it is one of the emerging careers like others. As a candy taster one needs to everything about chocolates. Meanwhile, an online retailer of confectionery treats from chocolate bars to licorice, Candy Funhouse in Canada is looking for a Chief Candy Officer with a salary of up to Rs 60 lakh per year. “Imagine your best memories around candy, and having that every day at work,” Chief Executive Officer Jamil Hejazi said. It might be time for candy lovers to quit their jobs and divert their attention.

Professional Sleeper

Do you often get a remark about being sleepy? Do you find it hard to come out of your bed even after sleeping for hours? Then it’s time to sleep and even after that you get paid for it. You get paid to… Sleep! Yes, you heard it right. A professional sleeper is a person who is paid to sleep while scientists research sleep disorders. While the human body is asleep doctors study the brain and other activities. If we talk about the salaries of professional sleepers the top earners earn $107,000 and the average pay scale is $60,024. Earlier in 2016, NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) offered someone the chance to stay in bed for 70 days for a salary of £11,000 (RM67,000).

Water Slide Tester

All play and no work Water Slide Tester job is the most enviable job you’ll ever hold. The water Slide Tester’s job is to check or test if the water slides in hotels, water parks, and theme parks are both fun or safe. After testing the slides you will have to provide a report outlining any safety and performance issues. If one is interested to join this job the ideal age is 18 or above. The basic skills you will need to join this profession is- one should have good observation, a stable and calm mind and most importantly daring to ride all types of rides. Moreover, being a water slide tester you can earn between $30,000 – $34,000 annually. Imagine how fantastic it would be turning up to work every day.

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Telangana CM KCR slams BJP; advises people not to fall prey to BJP’s policies

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Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Tuesday slammed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and advises people not to fall prey to BJP’s policies.

Earlier on Tuesday KCR inaugurated the District Collectorate office in Vikarabad.

“There is a need to protect Telangana so that the foxes do not come and eat it again. We need to see if it does not go back to the old system. We cannot let the conditions deteriorate again, and do not fall prey to their political interests. I fought for 14 years during the agitation. I went to the brink of death and achieved this state. We are implementing many welfare schemes. All these schemes should continue. Industries, IT, and agriculture should be advanced,” KCR said.

Speaking on the occasion KCR said, “Those at the Centre say that what we give are freebies. Some people with flags blocked my bus. What did they get done? Has BJP done any good for 8 years? People should discuss it. If we do not have a politically conscious society, we will be robbed. We were crushed in the hands of the united rulers. Farmers ate curd rice and died after consuming pesticides back then. We have to be vigilant and see those days do not come again.”

Meanwhile, attacking BJP KCR said no one has benefited from the central government.

“If you are fooled by the BJP flag, they will put meters for electricity in the fields and fill the bellies of big people. Should not the electricity in fields be given for free? Gas and petrol prices have increased. Banks are being robbed. Lakhs of crores of rupees have been looted,” KCR alleged.

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Rohingyas to get flats in Delhi: Hardeep Singh Puri promises basic amenities

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In Delhi’s Bakkarwala neighbourhood, apartments and police protection would be made available to Rohingya refugees. The minister of home affairs held a high-level meeting where the decision was made. Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri praised the choice and predicted that those who made a profession of  “spreading canards on India’s refugee policy deliberately linking it to CAA will be disappointed.”

The minister stated, “India has always welcomed those who have sought refuge in the country. In a landmark decision all Rohingya Refugees will be shifted to EWS flats in Bakkarwala area of Delhi. They will be provided basic amenities, UNHCR IDs & round-the-clock Delhi Police protection.”

Taking to Twitter he said, “India respects & follows @UN Refugee Convention 1951 & provides refuge to all, regardless of their race, religion or creed.”

All 1,100 Rohingyas would reportedly be housed in a total of 250 units that are part of the EWS (Economically Weaker Section). They are currently living in the Madanpur Khadar camp.

The social welfare department of the Delhi government has been ordered to ensure that basic amenities like a fan, three times meals, a landline phone, television, and recreational facilities, among others, are provided while the Delhi Police has been asked to provide security, according to the report. According to the report, the Delhi government previously used these apartments for the Covid camp.

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Supreme Court hearing for Monday on freebies promises by political parties during elections

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The Supreme Court adjourned for Monday on the hearing of a plea against distributing freebies from public funds.

The apex court asked the parties to file their suggestions by Saturday on spending the public money in the right way.

Earlier on 10 August, the top court distributing and promising freebies by political parties is a “serious issue”. The amount should be spent on infrastructure etc.

A bench of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana and Krishna Murari had told the parties, “Economy losing money and welfare of people, both have to be balanced. That is why this debate and there must be someone who can put their vision and thoughts. Please submit something.”

Meanwhile, Supreme Court is strict on the tendency of political parties to announce free schemes in elections. In the last hearing, the central government had presented its stand to the Supreme Court.

Moreover, The Supreme Court is contemplating setting up an expert committee to probe the matter. The Supreme Court had said that the expert committee should also have representatives from other parties including Finance Commission, NITI Aayog, Reserve Bank, Law Commission, and political parties.

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Eshwarappa slams Congress, says “supports anti-nationals”

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On Wednesday, KS Eshwarappa, a former minister for the state of Karnataka and current member of the BJP, directly attacked the Congress, claiming that the party supports anti-nationals not just in certain regions but throughout the entire nation. In the midst of racial unrest in Shivamogga, the BJP leader declared, “I want to attack directly.” Both the PFI and the SDPI are being supported by the Congress.

Eshwarappa stated, “The man who removed Savarkar’s portrait is an SDPI employee whose wife is a Congress councillor.”

Eshwarappa warned Muslims in India on Tuesday, saying it was their responsibility to participate in Hindu holidays. According to the previous minister, Hindus would manage Muslims’ young if Muslims failed to do so.

“The government is making all attempts to maintain peace. I’m not saying all Hindus and Muslims are involved in such things. Hindu society is strong; it is not weak. If Hindu society really stands up, Muslim goondas will not survive, but Hindus don’t want to take the law into their own hands and want the government to take action,” Eshwarappa said on Tuesday.

On August 15, tension rose in Shivamogga when fights broke out near Amir Ahmad Circle between two groups over a picture of Savarkar. The opposing side desired to mount a picture of Tipu Sultan. Prem Singh, a young man, was stabbed during the tense situation. The atmosphere was still tense on Tuesday as Mohammed Zabiullah, a suspect in Prem Singh’s stabbing, was shot  by police after they claimed he had attacked them.

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