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COVID CASES CONTINUE TO SURGE

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Centre asks states, UTs to set up control rooms for Covid management.

Amidst a continuing surge in Covid-19 cases, the Union Health Ministry on Thursday said that India reported 90,928 cases in the last 24 hours. The data obtained by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare states that the active caseload is 285,401. So far, India has reported 2,630 cases of Omicron, which has spread to 26 states. The state with the most Omicron cases is Maharashtra, followed by Delhi, Rajasthan, Kerala, and Karnataka. Maharashtra has reported the most cases of Omicron with 797, followed by Delhi with 465.

The Centre on Thursday wrote to the governments of all states and Union territories, asking them to set up district, sub-district control rooms for Covid-19 management. According to the release, the governments are required to ensure that these control rooms are adequately staffed with necessary medical staff including doctors, counsellors and volunteers. It shall also be equipped with ample phone lines to cater to the assigned population, the government stated in the release.

Delhi on Thursday reported 15,097 fresh Covid-19 infections, registering a 41% increase from Wednesday when the national capital recorded 10,665 positive cases. The positivity rate in the city shot up to 15.34%. Six deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours. As many as 20 healthcare workers of Delhi’s LNJP hospital tested positive for Covid-19, confirmed Dr Suresh Kumar, Medical Director of LNJP Hospital on Thursday.

Mumbai reported 20,181 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the positivity rate to 29.90%, said Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Thursday. Delhi’s Health Minister, Satyendar Jain said no lockdown would be imposed for now.

The total number of tests done on 5 January 2022, is 1,413,030. The drop in the number of testing is a “cause of concern,” as per the Centre, as Covid-19 cases are on the rise, spurred by highly contagious Omicron. The centre has asked Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Jammu and Kashmir, Bihar, to ramp up Covid-19 testing. The Union Health Ministry stated that Maharashtra, West Bengal, Delhi, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Jharkhand, and Gujarat have emerged as states of concern due to an increase in Covid-19 cases. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has stated that around 2,075 Covid-patients have been admitted to hospitals, till now. On Wednesday, Karnataka recorded a sharp increase, with 4,246 cases in the last 24 hours, with 3,605 cases coming from Bengaluru. As per the health department on January 5, Jharkhand reported 3553 new Covid-19 cases, as of now, the data suggests 10990 active cases. Tamil Nadu has, so far, reported 4165 fresh Covid-19 cases, while the active cases stand at 16577. Also, Gujarat has reported 3113 new Covid-19 cases, and the active caseload stands at 10994.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday tested positive for Covid-19. “This evening, I got my Covid test done, which has come positive. I have very mild symptoms and no other problems,” tweeted the senior Congress leader.

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‘Shameful that atrocities on Kashmiri Pandits continue today’, says Anupam Kher

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Veteran Bollywood actor Anupam Kher on Tuesday condemned the killing of a Kashmiri Pandit by a terrorist in the Kashmir Valley.

“Shameful that atrocities on Kashmiri Pandits continue today. They’re killing even their own people. They are killing everyone who stands with India. This has been happening for the past 30 years. The more you condemn it, the less it’s. We’ll have to change the mindset,” Kher said.

Earlier on Tuesday, a Kashmiri Pandit was shot dead at an apple orchard in Jammu and Kashmir by terrorists. In the Chotipara area, the incident took place.

Meanwhile, the deceased have been identified as Sunil Kumar Bhar and his brother Pintu who sustained injuries.

The areas have been cordoned and the injured person has been shifted to the hospital.

Moreover in June 2022, a bank manager named Vijay Kumar has shot dead and on 31 May a female Hindu teacher, Rajni Bala was shot dead by terrorists in the Kulgam district.

However, Anupam Kher a Kashmiri Pandit starred in this year’s hit movie ‘The Kashmir Files’. The movie showed the life of Kashmiri Pandits during the 1990 Kashmir insurgency.

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Raju Srivastava on ventilator, manager informs about slow recovery

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Comedian Raju Srivastava was hospitalised on August 10 after having a heart attack. Later, Raju had an angioplasty for the same, and he is currently on a ventilator. Raju’s management said in a new media exchange that the actor is gradually getting better.

Raju’s manager, Nayan Soni, stated, “Raju’s condition is slowly getting better. He is responding to the treatment. There is an improvement in his health and he can now move his body parts a bit. He continues to remain in the ICU and on a ventilator. Doctors have informed us that it will take about a week for him to regain consciousness.”

In a message posted on Raju Srivastava’s official Instagram profile last week, his family stated that his status was “stable” and urged people to “ignore any rumour or fake news being propagated.

The statement on social media read, “Dear all, Raju Srivastava Ji’s condition is stable. We are praying for his speedy recovery. The doctors are treating him and are doing their best. Thanks to all the well-wishers for their continued love and support. Please ignore any rumours or fake news being circulated. Please pray for him.”

According to reports, actor Amitabh Bachchan sent Raju an audio message wishing him a swift recovery ” It’s enough Raju. Rise up Raju, and keep teaching us all to laugh.”

The movies Maine Pyar Kiya, Baazigar, Bombay to Goa, and Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya are some of movies featuring Raju. He also made an appearance in Bigg Boss’ third season. He gained notoriety for his superb comic timing after his appearance as a stand-up comedian on the programme The Great Indian Laughter Challenge. He is the Uttar Pradesh Film Development Council’s chairman.

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Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin to meet President Murmu, PM Modi on 17 August

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin who is on a two-day visit to Delhi is scheduled to meet President Droupadi Murmu. Stalin is also scheduled to meet Vice President Jagdeep Dhankar on Wednesday.

Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu MK Stalin is on a two-day visit to Delhi. Stalin arrived in Delhi on Tuesday. He will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday.

Earlier on 15 August, Stalin unfurled the tricolor at Fort St George. While addressing people he said, “These are the urgent and necessary ideals for the nation today. We are administering the Dravidian model government which encompasses all such humanitarian ideals.”

“I am desirous of fulfilling the aspirations of every single individual of Tamil Nadu. I am involving myself every day in that initiative,” Stalin said.

Moreover, Chief Minister MK Stalin and PM Narendra Modi met at the opening ceremony of the 44th Chess Olympiad in Chennai.

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Bihar BJP expects significant organisational changes

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Following its defeat in Bihar, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is anticipated to extend its social base and make significant organisational changes.

In New Delhi on Tuesday, the state BJP core committee and the party’s national leadership discussed the adjustments.

The conference was called after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar severed his ties with the BJP in Bihar and formed the Grand Alliance led by the Rashtriya Janata Dal this month.

The local leadership, according to BJP leaders, was not seen with the same satisfaction as Prime Minister Narendra Modi. By the second week of September, when the party’s Bihar chief Sanjay Jaiswal’s term ends, the state organisation should have undergone reform. The [Tuesday] meeting’s agenda included choosing a new Bihar BJP president and a formidable opposition leader, according to a BJP leader who asked to remain anonymous.

Extremely Backward Classes (ECB) and Mahadalits, the primary voter bases of Kumar’s Janata Dal (United), have been targeted by the BJP.

According to the estimates, Dalits and Scheduled Tribes make up 17% of the state’s population, while EBC and other backward classes make up close to 50%.

Jaiswal claimed that on Tuesday, they talked about Bihar’s political situation in light of the formation of a new alliance government that has betrayed the will of the people. “In the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, we will win no less than 35 [out of 40] seats and emerge a stronger party in state.”

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Maharashtra train accident: 50 passengers injured as 3 coaches of a train derail

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A major accident took place on Wednesday in which more than 50 passengers were injured. The three coaches of a passenger train derailed in Maharashtra. As of now, no casualties have been reported in the incident.

“Prima facie, the loco pilot of the express – Bhagat Ki Kothi SF Express (20843) – could not control the train, due to which it hit the brake van of a goods train that was standing ahead of it,” a senior SECR official said.

The accident happened after a passenger train collided with a good train at around 2.30 am on Wednesday. The passenger train was going from Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh to Jodhpur in Rajasthan. The injured passengers were referred to government and private hospitals in Gondia for treatment.

“Due to the impact, four wheels of a coach of the express train got off the tracks. But no passenger was seriously injured in the incident. Only a few received minor injuries. One passenger suffering from anxiety was admitted to a hospital,” a senior SECR official said.

Meanwhile, people who were trapped inside the train after the accident was also pulled out. According to media reports, a goods train going from Raipur to Nagpur was hit hard by a passenger train coming from behind. The driver applied the emergency brake, but could not avoid hitting the goods train.

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6 people of the same family found dead in jammu

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In Jammu, six family members were discovered deceased on Wednesday in strange circumstances at their homes. According to news agency ANI, two of the six bodies retrieved were located in one house and four more were discovered in another house in Tawi Vihar, a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Jammu city in the Sidhra region. The cause of death is still unknown.

Inquest proceedings have been started in accordance with Section 174 of the CrPC, and the bodies have been moved to the Government Medical College and Hospital for the post-mortem.

The deceased has been identified as Sakina Begum, the widow of the late Ghulam Hassan; her two children, Naseema Akhter and Rubina Bano; her son Zafar Salim; and two relatives, Noor Ul Habib and Sajad Ahmad.

Police have initiated an investigation and further details are awaited.

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