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India has big role to play in new world order emerging after COVID-19: PM Modi

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New Delhi [India], January 30 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that new world order is about to take shape after the COVID-19 pandemic and India has a big role to play in the emerging new world order.
Addressing the meeting of NDA leaders here, he said this decade is a very important, just like the decade after second world war and India will rise to the occasion.
He said that unlike in the past, “we are not going to be a mute spectator”.
“We will rise to the occasion based on our traditions and ideals of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam,” the Prime Minister said.
The meeting of ruling National Democratic Alliance leaders was held a day after the start of the budget session.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi later issued a release about the NDA meeting.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that after the pandemic, new world order is about to take shape and India has a big role to play in the emerging new world order. He said this decade is a very important one, just like the decade after the second world war,” the release said. (ANI)

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Andhra records 135 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours

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Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India], March 3 (ANI): Andhra Pradesh reported 135 fresh COVID-19 cases and 82 recoveries in the last 24 hours.
With these new infections, the cumulative count of coronavirus cases has gone up to 8,87,320 and as many as 8,79,324 patients have recovered in the state, said a statement by the state government.
The stae witnessed one fresh death in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 7,170.
At present, the state has 826 active cases.
India’s total coronavirus active caseload has reached 1,70,126 on Wednesday. The present active caseload now stands at 1.53 per cent of the country’s total positive cases.
14,989 new cases were registered in the country in the last 24 hours. Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 7,863. It is followed by Kerala with 2,938 while Punjab reported 729 new cases.
More than 1.56 crore (1,56,20,749) vaccine doses have been administered through 3,12,188 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am today.

These include 67,42,187 Health Care Workers (HCWs) (1st dose), 27,13,144 HCWs (2nd dose), 55,70,230 Front Line Workers (FLWs) (1st dose) and 834 FLWs (2nd Dose), 71,896 beneficiaries aged more than 45 years with specific co-morbidities (1st Dose) and 5,22,458 beneficiaries aged more than 60 years.

As on Day-46 of the vaccination drive (March 2, 2021), a total of 7,68,730 vaccine doses were given. Out of which, 6,52,501 beneficiaries were vaccinated across 10,527 sessions for 1st dose (HCWs and FLWs) and 1,16,229 HCWs and FLWs received 2nd dose of vaccine. (ANI)

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Fire breaks out at godown in Pune’s Bibvewadi

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Pune (Maharashtra) [India], March 3 (ANI): A fire broke out at a godown in Bibvewadi area of Maharashtra’s Pune on Wednesday.
As per the fire department, they received a call regarding the fire at around 3 pm.
Later, six fire tender reached the spot to douse the fire.
The fire is under control and cooling process is underway, the officials said. However, the cause of the fire is unknown.
No casualty or injury has reported so far.
More details are awaited. (ANI)

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Centre’s role very important in Maratha reservation matter: Ashok Chavan

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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)

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Bihar Health Minister condoles demise of MBBS student who allegedly dies from COVID-19

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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)

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‘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.

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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.

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Rain, snow likely in western Himalayan region March 5 onwards

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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)

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