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PM MODI TO HOLD MEET WITH CMs OVER SURGE IN COVID-19 CASES

Delhi closes non-essential private offices, dine-in facilities in restaurants; Delhi govt to start online yoga classes for Covid patients; Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Lata Mangeshkar test positive; Molnupiravir barred from India’s Covid treatment regime; WHO body says Covid vaccines ‘may need to be updated’ for Omicron.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a meeting with chief ministers over the Covid-19 situation in the country on Thursday as the number of virus infections sees a huge surge due to the Omicron variant. India recorded 1,68,063 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed on Tuesday. Compared to Monday, the total number of fresh Covid cases is down by 11,660. India had reported 1,79,723 cases on Monday. A total of 4,461 cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus have been reported so far.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to enquire about his health condition after the latter tested Covid-19 positive. PM Modi wished him a speedy recovery from the coronavirus infection over the conversation. The Prime Minister also enquired about the health of veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar, 92, who was hospitalised after testing positive for Covid-19. The veteran singer was admitted to Mumbai’s Breach Candy hospital on Monday. “Didi is admitted to ICU after she was diagnosed with Covid-19. Dr Pratik Samdani is treating her and he says that there is nothing serious but she needs to be kept in ICU for precautionary reasons seeing her age. We hope she will recover soon. Please respect our privacy and keep didi in your prayers,” Mangeshkar’s niece Rachna said.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari also tested positive for Covid-19 and is currently under home quarantine. A technical advisory group established by the World Health Organization said on Tuesday that current

Covid-19 vaccines may need to be updated to ensure they are effective against new variants like Omicron. “…the composition of current Covid-19 vaccines may need to be updated, to ensure that Covid-19 vaccines continue to provide WHO-recommended levels of protection against infection and disease by VOCs, including Omicron and future variants,” the body of independent experts said in a statement sent to journalists by the WHO.

Amid a surge in Covid-19 cases in the national capital, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has directed that all private offices shall be closed except those that come under the exempted category. Private banks, insurance companies, courier services, non-banking financial corporations and companies providing essential services will remain open. Earlier, the private offices were working with 50% of workforce. The DDMA has also ordered that the dine-in service in restaurants and bars will be discontinued in the national capital. Earlier, the eateries and bars in the capital were allowed to run with 50% capacity to curb the spread of coronavirus. Delhi reported 21,259 new Covid-19 during the past 24 hours with a positivity rate of 25.65%, the highest since 5 May last year, informed the state health bulletin on Tuesday. In the past 24 hours, Delhi also reported 23 deaths, taking the total number of fatalities to 25,200 here.

The Delhi government will launch online yoga and meditation classes for Covid-19 patients in home isolation from Wednesday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Tuesday. Under the initiative, each Covid patient will be sent a link to register for yoga classes. From Wednesday, trained instructors will conduct hour-long classes in the morning and evening, he said. Each class will comprise 15 patients.

Meanwhile, the ICMR’s National Task Force for Covid-19 has decided against including antiviral drug Molnupiravir in the Clinical Management Protocol for Covid-19 as of now, official sources said on Tuesday. The experts of the task force cited safety concerns and argued that Molnupiravir was not of much benefit in Covid treatment to arrive at the decision in a meeting held on Monday. According to the Health Ministry, Molnupiravir is an antiviral drug that inhibits SARS-CoV-2 replication by viral mutagenesis. This anti-Covid pill got the Drug Regulator General of India’s approval on 28 December for restricted use in emergencies. Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) chief Dr Balram Bhargava had last week said that Molnupiravir has major safety concerns. He added that WHO and the UK have not included it for treatment.

A report from Haridwar said that the Haridwar administration has banned devotees from taking a holy dip in the Ganga river on ‘Makar Sankranti’ i.e., 14 January. “There will be a complete ban on Makar Sakranti celebration/holy dip on 14 January in view of a new variant of Covid-19 i.e., Omicron,” the District Magistrate’s order states. Even, residents of the district will not be allowed in the area of “Har ki Podi” on the day of the festival. “Night Curfew will also be imposed from 10 pm to 6 am in the district (on Friday),” reads the order.

A report from Mumbai said as many as 30 prisoners tested positive for Covid-19 at Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai, said officials on Tuesday. Mumbai on Tuesday reported 11,647 fresh Covid-19 cases, a drop of 2,001 from the previous day, taking the tally to 9,39,867, the BMC said. Two patients succumbed to the infection in the past 24 hours.

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Noida Assault Case: UP Court rejects Shrikant Tyagi’s bail plea

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Shrikant Tyagi

Uttar Pradesh court rejected the bail plea of Shrikant Tyagi on Thursday for assaulting and abusing a woman.

Uttar Pradesh police arrested Tyagi on Tuesday near Noida. In a viral video, Tyagi was seen assaulting and abusing a woman at Grand Omaxe in Noida’s Sector 93.

Earlier on Monday, the police recovered his luxury vehicles and bulldozed his residence in the society. The Noida administration began the demolition of illegal construction at the Grand Omaxe, Noida. After this, the people of society were seen distributing sweets amongst themselves.

The FIR was lodged against Tyagi after a group of his supporters entered the society and started shouting slogans. The Gangster Act against Tyagi had also been invoked by the police.

“A separate FIR under IPC sections 419 (punishment for cheating by personation), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), and 482 (punishment for using a false property mark) has been registered against the accused in light of the Fortuner car recovered from the society premises on Saturday,” Additional DCP Ranvijay Singh said.

Earlier speaking to media persons Tyagi said, “I express my regret on the incident. She is like my sister, the incident is political and was done to decimate me.”

Meanwhile, the Noida Police said that Tyagi was using an MLA sticker on his car and was given by UP MLC Swami Prasad Maurya.

However, Srikant Tyagi claims to be a member of Bharatiya Janata Party Kishan Morcha. He has been accused of allegedly abusing and pushing a woman during an argument of Grand Omaxe society. The video of the said incident occurred on 5 August.

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2 die, 6 others injured in communal clash in Karnataka’s Koppal

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A clash broke out between two communities in which two people died and six others were injured. The incident took place at the Hulihyder village of Koppal district in Karnataka.

On the occasion of Muharram, a Hindu boy went to meet a Muslim girl, following which an argument broke out between the two sections.

The two people who lost their lives were identified as Pasha Walli (22) and Yenakappa Talavad (60). In the alleged communal clash two people succumbed to their injuries and died in the hospital.

Meanwhile, after this people from both communities joined them and started beating each other. So far, eight people were injured in the clash.

Moreover, in the area, the local administration has imposed Section 144.

However, further investigation into the matter is underway.

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Income Tax raids in Maharashtra; Rs 390 crores assets seized

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The Income Tax Department raided the premises of a textile trader, steel, and real estate developer in Maharashtra. While raiding the Income Tax Department seized properties worth crores of rupees.

The raids lasted from 1 August to 8 August at the businessmen located in Jalna district. The total value of the seized assets is around 390 crores. It includes 56 crores of cash and 32 kg of gold, diamonds, and pearls. The department has also seized relevant documents.

According to officials, the businessman was accused of tax evasion, and based on information received in this regard, the Income Tax Department team raided last week.

Moreover, a senior official of the department said 56 crore cash and seized jewelry are worth Rs 14 crore. Apart from documents, digital data has also been found in the action.

However, the Income Tax Department has also raided the houses, offices, and factories of steel makers in Jalna. In recent days, the investigating agencies have taken many big actions in some states including Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal and have seized cash worth crores of rupees.

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WB SSC Scam: Former SSC Advisor Shanti Prasad and Chairman Ashok Saha sent to CBI custody

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Former West Bengal School Service Commission (SSC) advisor Shanti Prasad and former SSC chairman Ashok Saha were sent to CBI custody.

Earlier on Wednesday Saha and Sinha were arrested in connection with the teacher recruitment scam.

Shanti Prasad and Ashok Saha were produced before the Alipore Court on Thursday. In which the CBI was granted custody till 17 August of these two persons.

However, the arrests come after former West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee and Arpita Mukherjee’s arrests.

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PM Modi celebrates Raksha Bandhan with daughters of PMO staff

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday celebrated Raksha Bandhan with the daughters of PMO staff at his residence in Delhi.

This was a special Raksha Bandhan as these young girls were daughters of sweepers, peons, gardeners, drivers, etc. They work at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office

Taking to Twitter PM Modi shared some pictures and said, “A very special Raksha Bandhan with these youngsters…”

PMO also shared a video on the occasion in which PM Modi was seen celebrating the festival. PM Modi was also seen interacting with the young girls and they came forward one-by-one to tie Rakhi.

Earlier in the day, PM Modi extended greetings on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.

Taking to Twitter PM Modi said, “Greetings to everyone on the special occasion of Raksha Bandhan.”

Earlier, PM Modi’s Pakistani sister, Qamar Mohsin Shaikh, sent the sacred thread, Rakhi, to PM Modi. Sheikh also wished her luck for the 2024 general elections.

Moreover, Union Home Minister Amit Shah also extended greetings to the people of the country.

“Warm wishes to all the countrymen on the auspicious occasion of Rakshabandhan,” Shah tweeted.

Earlier on Wednesday, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami tied rakhi from a large number of women.

Women tied rakhi to CM Dhami at his residence and Chief Sevak Sadan auditorium and wished him a long life.

However, Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on the full moon day of the Savan month. It marks the bond of love between the siblings and this year it will be celebrated on August 11.

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The unbreakable bond between siblings; find out some sibling duos

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Rakshabandhan is considered a symbol of love and affection between brother and sister. If you have grown up with a sibling you must have experienced fights over silly things which build an inseparable bond. On the occasion of Raksha Bandhan, here is a list of the five brother-sister bonds.

Let’s learn about some of the sibling duos:

Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi are children of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandia. The brother-sister duo shares a very special bond and has always been publically expressive of the love and the bond they share. Priyanka is two years elder than Rahul. The two are each other’s friends and protectors. Talking about her sister, Rahul said, “There is a special place in my life for my sister. We are not only friends but also protectors of each other.” The brother-sister duo had been each other’s pillars for all these years. However, Priyanka is married to Robert Vadra and they both have two children. They both are from the most influential political family in India.

Salman Khan and Arpita Khan Sharma

Salman Khan and Arpita Khan Sharma

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan shares a close bond with her sister Arpita Khan Sharma. Arpita Khan is a much beloved younger sister of Salman, Arbaaz, Sohail, and Alvira. Salman adores Arpita and considers her to be his lucky charm. Every single member of the Khan family adored Arpita. However, Arpita is married to Ayush Sharma and the couple is parents to son Ahil Sharma and daughter Ayat Sharma. Even though they are not biological siblings, Salman loves and adores Arpita more than his biological sister Alvira.

Isha Ambani and Akash Ambani

Akash Ambani and Isha Ambani

Akash Ambani and Isha Ambani are the twin heirs of one of the richest men in the world Mukesh Ambani and Nita Ambani. Isha once told Vogue India about her childhood and brother Akash. She said, “she was “naughty” and had to “fight for survival” many times.” The twins share a very precious bond as Akash changed his wedding date for her sister Isha. Both Isha and Akash are involved in the family business for years now. Moreover, Akash is married to Shloka Mehta and Isha is married to Anand Piramal.

Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya (Pandya Brothers)

Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya

Pandya Brothers are probably the most famous pair of siblings in Indian sports currently. They are Indian International cricketers. Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya hail the city of Vadodara in Gujarat. “It’s difficult to explain my equation with him in words. Hardik and I literally think the same things all the time,” Krunal said. Talking about Krunal, Hardik said, “We have this incredible bond and cricket has been our life. He is someone I have spent most of my life with, more than friends and either of our parents.” Pandya’s brother’s story is nothing short of a fairy tale.

Geeta Phogat and Babita Phogat (Phogat Sisters)

Babita Phogat and Geeta Phogat

The journey of the Phogat sisters is incredible they need no introduction. They are born to a wrestling-crazy father Mahavir Phogat. Breaking the stereotypes of dominating male wrestling Geeta and Babita Phogat have won everybody’s hearts with their wrestling skills. Geeta is India’s first-ever wrestling gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2010. Meanwhile, Babita won bronze at World Championship.

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