Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India], February 22 (ANI): Andhra Pradesh reported 41 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total caseload in the state to 8,89,339.
According to the Andhra Pradesh state COVID nodal officer, the death toll in the state remained at 7,167 with no additional deaths.
Currently, there are 590 active cases in the state. The total number of recoveries has reached 8,81,582.
With 14,199 new cases and 83 deaths in the last 24 hours, the country’s active caseload is 1.50 lakh as of Monday, which consists of 1.36 per cent of India’s total positive cases. (ANI)
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Centre’s role very important in Maratha reservation matter: Ashok Chavan
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 3 (ANI): Maharashtra Minister Ashok Chavan on Wednesday said that the central government’s role will be very important on the issue of Maratha reservation.
“During a question on Maratha reservation, we have replied and have discussed that the central government’s role will be very important. As the hearing in the Supreme Court begins and the central government has also been made a party in this case, this case must be kept in front of a larger bench. This is a time for the central government also to get involved in it for Maratha reservation,” said Chavan.
“There are many states in which the reservation has to exceed fifty per cent too,” he added.
Last year on December 22, Chavan had chaired a meeting of the state cabinet’s sub-committee on Maratha reservation and discussed the strategy of the state government to be adopted in the final hearing of the matter before the Supreme Court which started from January 25.
The top court later posted for March 8 the final hearing of petitions challenging the Bombay High Court verdict upholding reservations to Marathas in jobs and education under Maharashtra Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act, 2018.
A five-judge constitution bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan said the matter will now be listed on March 8 for final hearing and it proposed to complete the hearing by March 18.
The top court in 2019 had restrained the Maharashtra government by an interim order to implement the quota law.
The Bombay High Court had on June 27, 2019, observed that the 50 per cent cap on total reservations imposed by the Supreme Court could be exceeded in exceptional circumstances.
An appeal filed in the top court by advocate Sanjeet Shukla, a representative of Youth for Equality, said the SEBC Act, 2018, enacted to grant reservation to the Maratha community people in jobs and education, breached the 50 per cent ceiling on reservation fixed by the apex court in its judgment in the Indira Sawhney case (ANI)
Bihar Health Minister condoles demise of MBBS student who allegedly dies from COVID-19
Patna (Bihar) [India], March 3 (ANI): Expressing grief over the demise of a MBBS student in Bihar allegedly due to COVID-19, State Health Minister Mangal Pandey on Wednesday said that his death is saddening and the government is making all efforts to curb the spread of the virus.
Shubhendu Shubham, a final year MBBS student of Patna’s Nalanda Medical College Hospital (NMCH), who took the first jab of the COVID-19 vaccine in first week of February, died on MArch 1 in Begusarai after testing positive for coronavirus.
Pandey informed that more doctors have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 after his death.
“Death of a doctor is saddening, government is putting in all efforts (to contain spread). Some more doctors have reportedly tested positive after his death,” Pandey said while speaking to reporters on death of the MBBS student.
NMCH principal, Dr Shiv Kumari Prasad told ANI: “Shubhendu Shubham, 23, a 2016-batch student of NMCH, had symptoms of coronavirus. He left for his hometown Begusarai after giving his samples for COVID-19 test. He tested positive for the viral infection later last month…he isolated himself at his home. However, he could not survive.”
“His COVID-19 test was positive but he did not take his test report. He took leaves and went to his hometown after he caught the viral infection. We have ordered investigation to find out the actual cause of his death,” said Dr Prasad.
Meanwhile, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday, who have just turned 70, took first dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Patna and assured the people of the state that his government will provide vaccination free of cost.
India started its second phase of COVID-19 vaccination drive to inoculate people above 60 years and those over 45 with comorbidities against the coronavirus from March 1.
According to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, there are 369 active COVID-19 cases in Bihar.
“A total of 2,60,687 people have recovered from the virus till now and 1,541 have succumbed to the disease in the state,” the Ministry said. (ANI)
‘Startup is all about scaling up’: Disha Singla, Co-founder, Supreme Incubator
In an exclusive interview with NewsX, Disha Singla talks about her journey, the future of startups, and how Supreme Incubators is leading the way for new startups in India.
Disha Singla, Co-founder of Supreme Incubator, recently joined NewsX for an insightful conversation as part of its special series NewsX India A-list. In the exclusive interview, Disha spoke about the inception of Supreme Incubator, the functioning of a startup incubator, future of startups in India and how her organisation is paving the way for young entrepreneurs to lead a change.
Speaking about the inception of Supreme Incubators, Disha said, ”A couple of years ago, I went to a business school in the USA to pursue my degree with a major in entrepreneurship. I spent a lot of time around startups there. In fact, my own startup was incubated by my university. I got connected with mentors and potential investors over there while working with other startups, who were at the same initial stages. All of this inspired me to further pursue my passion. When I came back to India, I hosted some events here and received a great response. We started receiving applications from all over the country and we connected those startups to potential investors and mentors and received phenomenal feedback from them. It has been two years now since the inception of Supreme and it has been going great. We are focussing on Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities, we uplift the startups by connecting them with potential investors, experts, and specific mentors so that they are able to grow in a short period of time.”
Giving our viewers an insight into the functioning of an incubator, she said, “An incubator takes action towards creating an adept ecosystem by connecting them with experts and advisors. These mentors are expert in their domains and have led their own successful ventures. They are leading large corporations so they know how to run large organisations. We at Supreme have mentors from different fields, some mentors are experts in business and technology while many of them are experts in artificial intelligence.”
Further emphasising how Supreme is different from other incubators, Disha expressed, ”We focus more on a personalised approach. Every start-up, which is accepted in our cohort, gets personalised assistance and guidance as per their industry type. We provide industry-specific mentors to them so that they receive mentorship and guidance throughout their tenure, which will help them to move in the right direction in the least possible time.”
When asked about her views on the start-up ecosystem in India and how it has changed and evolved over the years, Disha said, ”The startup ecosystem has definitely developed at a very fast pace over the last 10 years, especially over the past 5 years. When I was in high school, I used to keep up a lot with news-related to business. Earlier, when we used to hear the word ‘startup’, we had to understand what it is but now everyone seem to say that they want to get into the start-up ecosystem. Startup is all about scaling up. There are a lot of challenges and the success ratio of startups are very low. Yet everyone is excited about this term ‘startup’. We have also seen a lot of companies coming up in India, with so many success stories. I think everyone gets motivated to pursue the field that they are passionate about.”
Finally, on a concluding note, Disha shared her vision of the company and expressed that the company is looking forward to work with startups that offer different niches and who are determined towards uplifting and volunteering for a social cause. ”At this point in time, as an incubator, we accept startup applications from different industries so, in the coming years, we definitely want to get into different niche segments and to connect to those startups which are focussed on non-profit ventures and startups doing some social cause. we would definitely like to pursue startups from these niches as well,” she stated.
Rain, snow likely in western Himalayan region March 5 onwards
New Delhi [India], March 3 (ANI): A new western disturbance is very likely to affect the Western Himalaya region from march 5 night onwards, said the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Wednesday.
“A fresh Western Disturbance is very likely to affect Western Himalayan Region from the night of 5th March and adjoining plains of Northwest India from the night of 6th March,” the IMD said.
The weather department said, under its influence, fairly widespread to widespread rainfall or snowfall is likely over the Western Himalayan Region during March 6 and 7. Isolated light rain or drizzle is likely over Punjab on March 6 and 7 and over Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi and West Uttar Pradesh on March 7.
“Isolated heavy rainfall/snowfall very likely over Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit, Baltistan and Muzaffarabad on March 6 and 7 and over Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand on March 7. Thunderstorm with lightning and hail very likely at isolated places over Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit, Baltistan and Muzaffarabad, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand on March 6 and 7,” it said.
Thunderstorm with lightning and hail is very likely at isolated places over Punjab and north Haryana and Chandigarh and thunderstorm with lightning at isolated places over West Uttar Pradesh on March 7.
Scattered to fairly widespread rainfall is very likely over Arunachal Pradesh and isolated to scattered rainfall over Assam and Meghalaya with thunderstorm and lightning from March 3 to March 6, the IMD added. (ANI)
Under ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, Indian seafarers will be recruited in shipping line companies: Mandaviya
By Amit Kumar
New Delhi [India], March 3 (ANI): Union Minister of Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Mansukh Mandaviya expressed pleasure over international shipping line companies’ desire to recruit Indian seafarers. These companies will also open a seafarers training institute in India under the Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’.
Speaking to ANI, Union Minister Mandaviya said: “Today under the ‘Maritime India Summit 2021’, a round table meeting was held with the CEOs of top 23 companies of the world. In this meeting, the world’s largest companies were connected to several shipping line companies. The shipping liners praised the sign-off and sign-on facilities for seafarers during the lockdown in India.”
“Top CEOs of various companies mutually agreed and said that in the coming days, around 25,000 seafarers will be recruited from India. This move will obviously give a big boost to employment in the country. The is a good thing as many shipping liners are taking interest in our country,” Union Minister Mandaviya further told ANI
Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said that Maritime India Summit 2021 is a huge platform for promoting the Prime Minister’s vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat.
“The world’s Seafarer Training Institute is coming to India soon under the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ campaign and will train people in the country. They will recruit people in their company as per the requirement of India. This will help in employment generation.”
Second Maritime India Summit 2021 was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday virtually wherein top CEOs of more than 50 countries and more than a hundred companies from different countries participated and expressed their desire to invest in India Maritime sector. The second Maritime India Summit will conclude on March 4. (ANI)
Fashion isn’t just about a fashion show, catwalk, behind the scenes or what we see on Instagram: Rina Dhaka
In an exclusive interview with NewsX, Rina Dhaka, one of India’s most celebrated fashion designers, spoke about her journey so far, changes in the fashion industry and much more. Read on!
Rina Dhaka, one of India’s most celebrated fashion designers, joined NewsX for an exclusive interview as part of NewsX India A-List. She burst on to Indian fashion scene in the late 80s and has showcased her work at The Louvre Paris, and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York among many others.
Talking about her incredible journey so far, she said, “When I came around, there was no such career path for people in designing as such. There was late Rohit Khosla as a designer and there was Ritu Kumar in the northeast. But this whole industry as such didn’t exist. My journey, in fact, is what youth is, youth is all about innovation. That was the need of our hour. Our hour means, me and my contemporaries like Rohit Bal and Tarun Tahiliani; we all came around at a time and we were very heady with that period of time. There was no concept really about money, it was all about creativity, craft and trying to pursue some kind of fashion. In fact, at par with the rest of the world, there was really no design industry, even in the west. There were high street stores like Selfridges, Bloomingdales in America. Designers, as a category of clothing, came about the same time as us. And look where it is today. We have schools of fashion, we have students coming out of these great schools every year and there is a booming trade and industry. When we found the FDCI, we were just nine members. Over a cup of chai every evening and a few laughs, we created this body of FDCI. Today it itself has millions of followers on Instagram and it runs successful events like fashion weeks, which can help designers in India and internationally come together and get work. So yes, fashion has really been a long way and my journey is that journey too.”
Expressing her views on how the landscape of the fashion industry changed over the years, especially with inclusion of issues that matter to young people like body positivity and inclusivity, she said, “Lakme approached me to do a plus-size show and we did the casting for plus sizes. This was, i think two years or maybe two and a half years ago. There were 300 models, who came for audition, we only announced an hour before. Fabulous, body positive, not shy, very confident, and frankly, they could do runways anywhere. These are plus-size models. And one of the girls I picked out from a crowd called Sakshi. She has gone on to be on the cover of every national magazine. Today, she is India’s most celebrated model. Now in fashion weeks, we have to have a better ratio of plus-sized models as well. This is where the journey of inclusivity has got us and then the noise that we made in the years prior to that, took us there. I’m really happy that it’s no more about a size eight, which is called a sample size and passion because we always made samples are the first pieces on that size, which was the model sizing. Today, a sample size is also a plus size.”
When asked about the difficulties faced by the fashion industry in the past one year and are things coming back to normal, she responded, “Fashion is actually one of the trades which teaches you, especially for all of us who have been designers and my contemporaries. We are always in competition, we’re always running to the next season. We’re always pressured against, what we call a deadline, and the deadline has the word ‘dead’ and it’s not a fake word. It really is that you have to die before you finish the clothing. You are really as good as your last collection or your last show. The year was hard. Everything was shot and the costs were high. There was also the demand totally shrunk. People realised that. My own very old client, who always has to buy something new that I have to offer, who is also like my muse, said, ‘Rina, what have I been doing with my life? Where am I going to go wearing these coats? I don’t know what I’m going to do, I have no need. I have decided not to be an active consumer anymore’. This was like what the industry faced, especially the luxury industry of ours. In terms of exports as well, there were a lot of uncertainties, fears with stores, closing down, customers patterns, buying patterns and needs changing. ‘How do you reinvent yourself’ was something we all learnt. We’re on that journey now, we’re on that road now. I must say we’re like roaches, we will survive because our trade has taught us such. So, you can’t write us off as yet. We just go through, go through this.”
On a concluding note, she shared a piece of advice for the young designers and said, “Have strong health. Don’t ever ignore your health because you need health. A lot of these children go out and eat on the roadside food. Some of them succumb to jaundice, there were a lot of interns who would get jaundice because of the water, in the early days, not now maybe now they’re more aware. Second, Fashion isn’t a fashion show or a catwalk, behind the scenes or what we see on Instagram, or social media or television. In reality, it is quite dreary and dreadful. It is a lot of pursuit. You go into these dirty lanes following your garment or where it’s made to get it done. One has to be prepared for the monotony of the daily life that you need to pursue to stay in the grind of completing your work. ”
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