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PM MODI STRESSES ON HEALTH INFRASTRUCTURE AT DISTRICT LEVEL

PM chaired a meeting to assess the Covid-19 situation in the country.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday stressed on the need to ensure adequate health infrastructure at the district level and asked officials to maintain coordination regarding this with the states, in view of the prevailing Covid-19 situation. The Prime Minister was chairing a meeting to review the Covid-19 situation in the country through a video conference. “Had extensive discussions on the prevailing Covid-19 situation. Reviewed the preparedness of healthcare infrastructure, the vaccination drive, including for youngsters between 15 and 18, and ensuring continuation on non-Covid healthcare services,” the Prime Minister tweeted.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba and other officials were present at the meeting. The meeting comes as the country reported more than 1.5 lakh new Covid-19 cases on Sunday and the case tally of the Omicron variant of the virus reached 3,623.

On Monday, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will chair a virtual meeting with the health ministers of five states and a union territory to review the Covid-19 situation amid an exponential rise in cases, said official sources.

The meeting held by the Prime Minister assessed the Covid-19 pandemic situation in the country, the ongoing preparedness of health infrastructure and logistics, status of the vaccination campaign and the emergence of the Omicron variant and its public health implications. A detailed presentation highlighting the surge in cases currently being

reported globally was given by the Secretary of Health Ministry. This was followed by the status of Covid-19 in India highlighting various states and districts of concern, based on the surge in cases and high positivity being reported. Further, various efforts made by the Central Government so far in terms of supporting states to manage the upcoming challenge were highlighted. Various predictive scenarios of peak cases were also presented.

The Prime Minister’s Office in its official release said that the support was provided to the states to upgrade health infrastructure, testing capacity, availability of oxygen and ICU beds, and buffer stock of Covid essential drugs under Emergency Covid Response Package (ECRP-II).

The Prime Minister stressed on the need to ensure adequate health infrastructure at the district level. He asked officials to maintain co-ordination regarding this with the states.

The presentation brought attention to India’s consistent efforts towards vaccination campaign, with 31% adolescents aged 15-18 years having been administered with the first dose so far within seven days. Prime Minister noted this achievement and urged to further accelerate the vaccine drive for adolescents in mission mode.

After a detailed discussion, PM Modi directed that intensive containment and active surveillance should continue in clusters reporting higher cases and required technical support be provided to states which are reporting higher cases presently. He highlighted the need to ensure effective usage of masks and physical distancing measures as a new normal to control the spread.

The Prime Minister stressed on the need for effective implementation of home isolation for mild/asymptomatic cases and to disseminate factual information to the community at large.

The Prime Minister said that a meeting with Chief Ministers will be convened to discuss state-specific scenarios, best-practices and the public health response.

He further highlighted the need to ensure continuity of non-Covid health services while managing Covid cases presently. He also spoke about the need to leverage telemedicine to ensure the availability of health-related guidance to people in remote and rural areas.

While conveying his gratitude for the relentless services provided by healthcare workers in managing Covid-19 so far, he said it should be ensured that vaccination coverage through precaution dose for healthcare workers, front line workers should also be taken up in mission mode.

Prime Minister also spoke about the importance for continuous scientific research in testing, vaccines and pharmacological interventions including genome sequencing given that the virus is evolving continuously.

NUMBERS

India reported 159,632 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the daily positivity rate in the country to 10.21%, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday.

Of 3,623 Omicron cases, Maharashtra tops the chart with 1,009 cases, followed by Delhi (513) and Karnataka (441).

The Ministry further said that the active caseload in the country currently stands at 590,611, which accounts for 1.66% of the country’s total number of cases. The weekly positivity rate currently is at 6.77%. As many as 40,863 patients recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours. The cumulative tally of Covid recovered patients now stands at 34,453,603. The recovery rate is at 96.98%. The country also reported 327 new deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 483,790.

CHANGES IN MAHARASHTRA

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government on Sunday revised its Covid-19 restrictions allowing beauty salons and gyms to function at 50% capacity with the services being open to only fully vaccinated people. The state government made a partial modification to its last order issued on 8 January, which is scheduled to come into force from Monday. In its last order, the Maharashtra government had said that beauty salons and gyms in the state would remain completely shut. However, in its latest order, the government said: “Beauty salons shall be grouped with hair cutting salons and shall be allowed to remain open with 50% capacity subject to restrictions mentioned in the table for hair cutting salons.”

In the last order, the government had allowed hair cutting salons to operate at 50% capacity adding that these salons will remain closed from 10 pm to 7 am every day.

The new order also states that in beauty salons, only those activities that do not require the removal of masks by anyone shall be allowed. “Only fully vaccinated persons shall be allowed to use these services. All the staff engaged in operation shall be fully vaccinated,” it read.

“Gyms are allowed to remain open with 50% capacity, subject to the use of masks while performing any activity. Only fully vaccinated persons shall be allowed to use these services. All the staff engaged in operation shall be fully vaccinated,” the government has said.

‘20% DROP IN AIR OPERATIONS’

As Covid-19 cases continue to surge across the country, the aviation sector in the country is feeling the heat. IndiGo airline on Sunday anticipated that around 20% of its current scheduled operations will have to be withdrawn from service. IndiGo further said that it has waived change fees as scores of people are altering their travel plans. In its official statement, IndiGo said, “Owing to the increasing number of Omicron infections, large numbers of IndiGo customers are changing their travel plans. In response to customer needs, IndiGo is waiving change fees and is offering free changes for all new and existing bookings made up to January 31, for flights up to March 31, 2022. With the reduced demand, we will also be selectively withdrawing some of our flights from service.”

The official statement added, “Since our call centre is currently handling a large volume of calls, we are encouraging our customers to use our digital channels where possible. We anticipate that around 20% of our current scheduled operations will be withdrawn from service.”

402 PARLIAMENT STAFF TEST POSITIVE

Soon after 402 staff of Parliament were tested Covid-19 positive ahead of the budget session of the Parliament, Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu has reviewed the situation and directed that necessary measures be taken to contain the spread of the virus among the Secretariat officials and staff, sources said. VP Naidu also directed all officials and staff that 1,300 staff be tested for Covid-19. The recovery of the infected shall be closely monitored. Assistance in hospitalisation and treatment will also be provided if needed. Rajya Sabha Secretariat has reimposed restrictions on the attendance of officials and staff. 50% of the officials and staff below the rank of under secretary or executive officers are required to work from home till the end of this month. They constitute about 65% of the total employees.

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CPI ML, Congress, and Rashtriya Janata Dal leaders arrived at the residence of Rabri Devi, wife of party chief Lalu Prasad Yadav in Patna on Tuesday.

The meeting of the RJD convened by its leader Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, the son of Lalu Yadav also saw leaders of the Communist Party of India (CPI) and leaders of Congress who are part of Mahagathbandhan or the grand Opposition alliance in the state, according to Ajit Sharma, Congress Bihar legislature party leader.

The RJD leaders arriving for the meeting were asked to hand over their mobile phones ahead of the meeting

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As Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar ended the alliance with BJP, Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday termed the move as a “good start” towards taking a stand against BJP by political parties and people.

While talking to mediapersons in Kannauj, Uttar Pradesh, Yadav said, “It’s a good start. On this day, the slogan of ‘Angrezo Bharat Chhodo’ was given and today the slogan of ‘BJP Bhagaon’ is coming from Bihar. I think soon, political parties and people in different states will stand against BJP.”

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Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas) leader Chirag Paswan on Tuesday demanded President’s rule in Bihar followed by fresh elections after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar resigned from his post and broke his alliance with Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP).

Hitting out at Kumar, Paswan said, “Today, the credibility of Kumar is zero”. He said that fresh assembly elections should be held to allow people to give a fresh mandate.

“We want President’s rule to be imposed in Bihar and the state should go for a fresh election. Do you (Kumar) have any ideology or not? In the next polls, Janata Dal (United) will get zero seats,” said Paswan.

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The meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party over the rift in National Democratic Alliance concluded at the residence of Deputy Chief Minister Tarkishore Prasad in Patna on Tuesday.

But it was all in vain as Nitish Kumar resigned from the Chief Minister post and formed the new ‘Mahagathbandhan’ or Grand Alliance with Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).

After the meeting, party leaders Bhikhubhai Dalsaniya, Renu Devi, Mangal Pandey, Nitin Navin, Amrendra Pratap Singh, and Samrat Chaudhary left Prasad’s house. 

Rumours of a growing rift between the BJP-JDU), that is, the NDA alliance in Bihar intensified after Kumar skipped a key meeting of the NITI Aayog, headed by Prime Minister.

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A day-long political drama in Bihar

An intense war of words unleashed in the political arena following Nitish Kumar’s break up with BJP.

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ALL JD(U) MEMBERS WANTED SPLIT WITH BJP: NITISH KUMAR

Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said that all party MPs and MLAs, who attended the party meeting on Tuesday, were of opinion that the party should leave the BJP-led NDA alliance. “All MPs and MLAs reached a consensus that we should leave the NDA. Soon after, I resigned as Bihar CM,” Kumar told media persons here.

“Meeting with the MPs, MLAs and MLCs were held today. Everyone’s wish was that we should leave NDA. So as everyone wished, we accepted the same and I submitted the resignation from the post of the Chief Minister in the NDA government,” he added.

According to sources, many Janata Dal (United) legislators told Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Tuesday’s meeting that the alliance with the Bhartiya Janata Party had weakened them since 2020.

Without naming Chirag Paswan, the legislators are reported to have recalled the actions of the former Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief during the 2020 state assembly polls while warning the CM that if they were not alert, it would not be good for the party. Paswan had fielded rebel BJP candidates on all seats fought by the JD(U) in the 2020 polls, in what some have alleged was part of a plot by the BJP to wedge its way into the ruling coalition in the state.

BJP DESTROYS PARTIES WITH WHOM IT FORMS ALLIANCE: TEJASHWI 

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav on Tuesday said that recent political history indicates that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) destroys parties with whom it forms alliances.

While addressing a joint presser with new ally Nitish Kumar, Yadav said, “Across the Hindi heartland, BJP does not have any alliance partner. History shows that the BJP destroys the parties with whom it forms alliances. We did see that happening in Punjab and Maharashtra.”

Yadav was accompanied by JD(U) leader and caretaker Chief Minister Kumar, who broke his alliance with the BJP and entered into a tie-up with RJD and some other parties.

“Today all parties and members of the Bihar Legislative Assembly except the BJP have accepted Nitish Kumar as their leader,” added Yadav. He said, “JP Nadda said they will end regional parties. BJP knows only to intimidate and buy people. All of us wanted the BJP’s agenda shouldn’t be implemented in Bihar, we all know Laluji stopped the ‘Rath’ of Advaniji, and we won’t relent at any cost.”

The JD(U) and RJD together constitute a majority in the 243-member state assembly. JD(U) has 45 and the RJD has 79 MLAs. They also have the support of smaller parties like Jitan Manjhi’s HAM. The BJP has 77 MLAs in the state assembly.

BIHAR BJP LEADERS SLAM NITISH, SAY IT’S BETRAYAL 

Right after Nitish Kumar chose to resign as Bihar Chief Minister, the Bihar BJP expressed dissatisfaction and said that JD(U) had betrayed Bihar and the people’s mandate.

Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad lashed out at Kumar for breaking aliance between their parties and staking claim to form government with RJD support saying he had “disrespected the mandate given by the people of Bihar. Addressing a short presser in Patna, Prasad said, “Kumar has left and said that BJP was trying to destroy his party…BJP made him a union minister several times. He was also made a Chief Minister. Why did he re-think his decision on alliance with RJD in 2015 and come to BJP in 2017?.” “Kumar is disrespecting the mandate of Bihar’s people. It’s a baseless allegation that BJP was trying to destroy JD(U),” said the former union minister.

Bihar BJP chief Sanjay Jaiswal said, “In the 2020 Bihar assembly elections, all of us contested under the NDA alliance and the majority and mandate was given by the people to JDU and BJP. However, as on date, Nitish played with the public mandate. JD(U) betrayed Bihar.” 

“We were successful in winning 74 seats, but we fulfilled the promise made by the Prime Minister and Kumar became the Chief Minister of this NDA alliance. However, whatever happened today is a betrayal of the people of Bihar and the BJP,” he said.

Union Minister and BJP leader R.K. Singh raised questions over the political moves of Kumar asking how the JD(U) leader would justify an alliance with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) which he has often called “corrupt”.

“Fifteen years of RJD rule took the state backwards. Kumar also said this multiple times. How will he justify entering into an alliance with the RJD whom he said is corrupt? All of this is politics for power. There is no morality and he should be ashamed,” Singh, who hails from Bihar, told ANI. 

However, a BJP leader has contradictory views. Union Minister Kaushal Kishor said that the BJP wants Kumar to continue as chief minister of the state.

Rumours of a growing rift between the BJP-JDU in the NDA alliance in Bihar intensified after Kumar skipped a key meeting of the NITI Aayog, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Sunday and JD(U) leader RCP Singh tendered his resignation from the party. Singh, once considered a close aide of Kumar had announced his exit from the party after being served a notice seeking an explanation on allegations of corruption. However, BJP leaders have dismissed any estrangement with the JD(U). “Certainly the government under the leadership of Kumar will run firmly with the BJP alliance. As far as I’m concerned and if there was such a thing, it would depend on the time and circumstances,” said Kishor.

“I do not want to wish to comment over the political situations in Bihar, but there is no such attempt from the BJP which would have raised any dispute or confusion. JDU will take its call as per its ongoing meeting, but it is to underscore that the BJP definitely wants Kumar to continue as the CM of the state,” he said. Kishor said that the coalition government, comprising BJP, JDU, and all others, in the state will work more strongly for the welfare of Bihar and the countrypersons.

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The economy is volatile, but many people are finding ways to profit from these conditions. I decided to write an article about how the global foreign exchange can support your investments in this challenging time. I have made a point of looking into different opportunities and following up with my research. In addition to helping you access an emerging market currency (not to mention other things such as commodities), the foreign exchange gives you exposure to many more investment opportunities than your typical stock/bond investments would. For example, imagine taking advantage of an interest rate hike in your home country and buying shares in some companies in a country like India or China. You need a strong, diversified investment portfolio that includes stocks and bonds in both developed and emerging countries. It means a higher risk, but a better return. Before you start making these changes, make sure you’ve got the necessary resources. It can be difficult to do this right now, so I recommend working with someone who can help manage your money.

Focus on fundamentals

An excellent way for anyone to profit from the current economic situation is by focusing on the underlying factors behind the movement. When trading currency, this usually involves analyzing and understanding the economy, which can often be easier to know when you’re doing it for the first time. Forex traders often forget to consider the fundamental economic factors, especially where a country is concerned. While many investors focus on the short-term dynamics of currencies, they often miss the bigger picture of the economy. This is particularly true for those looking to invest in emerging markets. The more you know about the fundamentals driving the currency value of your portfolio, the more likely you will be able to ride out the ups and downs of the stock market without too much trouble. While many people can take advantage of rising oil prices or even look forward to cheaper goods in the future, there are also those who believe the price of gas, electricity, and food will rise significantly. These investors are willing to invest in the future based on their expectations. As such, it’s important you consider the potential effects these fundamentals could have on your portfolio, especially if you’re looking to invest in emerging markets. Take some time to think about your personal finances, your investment goals, and where your portfolio might be heading over the next couple of years. Then, you’re ready to begin figuring out which currencies and investment opportunities might work well for your portfolio. 

Understand currency volatility

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 Forex trading can be very rewarding. Leverage is a term used to describe an investor’s ability to increase their investments in order to gain more profit. There are two types of leverage: margin and synthetic leverage. Margin refers to the use of borrowed funds to buy and sell securities. Synthetic leverages are simply the creation of artificial leverage by using certain strategies such as day trading or hedging. When doing FX trading, you’ll often find yourself in situations where you’re forced to use the dollar as an instrument. This is referred to as dollar-driven leverage, and it can be very difficult to manage. Just how much can an individual use? Traders often use a large amount of margin in order to take advantage of rising currency values. If you’re looking to use this type of leverage, it’s best to seek advice from a professional Forex trader. In some cases, you may need to borrow money in order to do your own trades. You can do this by having a broker handle all your transactions for you. 

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