7 states/UTs to remain shut if WHO advisory is followed
Saturday, 23 May 2020 At least seven states and Union Territories — Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi, Telangana, Chandigarh, Tamil Nadu and Bihar — would remain under lockdown with an increase in confirmed coronavirus cases in the last two weeks if a WHO advisory that says restrictions should not be lifted if the positive rate is more than 5% is followed.
Ministry of Home Affairs Joint Secretary, Punya Salila Srivastava informed that after looking at the situations post lockdown, Home Ministry released an advisory to all states and UTs to take quick measures to avoid the situation where migrant labourers commute. She said that the States and UTs were...
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Moderate fog engulfed the national capital on the morning of January 24. Bitter cold conditions prevail in parts of north India. Minimum temperature of 4 degrees Celsius is expected in the upcoming week in Delhi. According to the India Meteorological Department, cold wave to severe cold wave is predicted in isolated pockets of Delhi for next 2-3 days. Northern Indian states including the Himalayas can likely to witness rain, thunderstorm and snow during the next few days. IMD's regional Met centre in New Delhi has issued orange alerts over Uttar Pradesh for Jan 24 and across Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, and Delhi for Jan 24 and 25.
An artist from Chandigarh created 3D portrait of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose to pay tribute on his 125th birth anniversary. The portrait is made from waste materials. The butterflies used in the portrait symbolises freedom.
The shopkeepers of Chandigarh are expecting rebate in taxes from the upcoming budget. The COVID-19 pandemic last year has halted the world as successive countrywide lockdowns to curb the virus impacted the shopkeepers. On January 19, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said the first part of the budget session will start on January 29 and continue till February 15, and the second part of the session will be from March 8 to April 8. Birla said that Rajya Sabha will function from 9 am to 2 pm and Lok Sabha from 4 pm to 9 pm with Zero Hour and Question Hour. Members of Parliament have been requested to undergo an RT-PCR test against COVID-19 ahead of the budget session, he said. The union budget will be presented on February 1.
Rahul Gandhi invoked China face-off during Tamil Nadu campaign. The congress leader linked China's aggression to economy. Gandhi said Chinese president should be wearing made in India shirt. He said if Indian economy is strong then China wouldn't dare intrude. Gandhi said, “If India's labourers, farmers and weavers were strong, then the President of China would be wearing a shirt made in India. And I can guarantee you that Chinese people would be driving Indian cars, they would be flying in Indian aircrafts, and their houses would have our carpets. Why is this not happening? Our government is insisting on helping 5-6 of India’s richest business people and killing and destroying India’s strength.” Gandhi added, “You are using the Indian Army, Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force to protect India from China. If you use India’s labourers, farmers, workers, you will not need the armed forces to be standing over there. China will not have the guts to come inside.” Watch the full video for more.
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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi targeted Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in Tamil Nadu’s Tiruppur. Gandhi is leading the Congress party’s campaign ahead of state elections. Gandhi called RSS 'knickerwallahs', a reference to their old uniform. Congress is invoking 'Tamil pride' to defeat AIADMK-BJP combine. Congress will contest elections in alliance with DMK. “We will not allow Narendra Modi to destroy the foundation of India...He doesn't understand that only Tamil people can decide the future of Tamil Nadu. 'Knickerwallahs' from Nagpur can never ever decide the future of the state,” said Gandhi. Watch the full video for more.
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The workers of Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) offered prayers at a temple in Tamil Nadu's Madurai on January 24. They offered prayers for the speedy recovery of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa's aide Sasikala. She is admitted at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute.
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav and his mother Rabri Devi visited Ranchi's RIMS hospital to check on jailed party chief Lalu Yadav's health. Lalu Prasad Yadav, whose health condition deteriorated, has been diagnosed with lung infection. Prasad's elder daughter and Rajya Sabha MP Misa Bharti reached Ranchi and met her father. Senior party leaders from the state were also seen making a beeline at the hospital. "Our family wants better treatment for him. Doctors to analyse what treatments can be provided here after all test reports come. He has already undergone heart surgery earlier and only 25% of his kidney is functional. He has also been diagnosed with pneumonia and he is facing difficulty in breathing. His situation is serious," Tejashwi said. On Thursday, the jailed RJD chief's developed breathing trouble with congestion in his chest. The former Bihar chief minister has been convicted in the fodder scam cases.
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Speaking to ANI in Hyderabad on January 23, the Health Medical and Family Welfare Minister of Telangana, Eatala Rajender spoke on COVID- 19 vaccination drive. Rajender said, "The COVID-19 vaccine is 99% safe and it is important to get vaccinated. I believe that everyone will come forward for it in coming days."
Union Health Ministry commented on the deaths post the covid-19 vaccination. Additional secretary said that 3 out of 4 deaths were unrelated to vaccination. In total 7.86 lakh healthcare workers have received Covid-19 vaccine jabs till the evening of the fifth day of the nationwide immunisation drive, as per provisional report of the Union Health Ministry on Jan 20. "The cumulative number of healthcare workers vaccinated against Covid-19 has touched 7,868,42 (till 6 pm Wednesday) through 14,119 sessions, as per the provisional report," the ministry said. On the four deaths reported, one each from Uttar Pradesh and Telangana and two from Karnataka, the official said in case of the death from Moradabad in UP, post mortem confirmed cardio-pulmonary disease and is not related to vaccination. “About the death reported from Bellary in Karnataka, post mortem suggested myocardial infarction and it is not related to vaccination. The other death reported in Shivamoga is also a suspected case of myocardial infarction not related to immunization,” Union Health Ministry Manohar Agnani said. Watch the full video for more.
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Union Health Ministry on January 20 informed that out of four deaths reported after COVID vaccination jab, three are not related to vaccination while post-mortem is underway for one. Additional Secretary of Union Health Ministry, Manohar Agnani said, "Four deaths have been reported from Uttar Pradesh (1), Karnataka (2) and Telangana (1). In Uttar Pradesh, post-mortem confirms cardiopulmonary disease and not related to vaccination. Post-mortem is suggestive of myocardial infarction in case of Karnataka's Bellary and it is also not related to vaccination. The case of Karnataka's Shivamogga is a suspected case of MI and is also not related to vaccination. While in the case of Telangana's Nirmal, post-mortem is undergoing." He also said, "A total of 7,86,842 beneficiaries have been vaccinated till 6 pm today as per the provisional reports. No case of severe/serious AEFI has been attributed to vaccination till date."
Garima Arora is the first and only female Indian chef to earn a Michelin star for her restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand. Now she’s putting the spotlight back on India, starting with Telangana – the southern Indian state she was born in.
Thousands of farmers, who left from Nashik and other parts of the country on January 23, have reached Mumbai on January 24. Under the aegis of the All India Kisan Sabha's (AIKS) Maharashtra unit, these farmers are marching to join the statewide Vehicle March to Mumbai. They have camped at Azad Maidan. The massive rally is a part of the call given by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), which is leading the protests in Delhi, to intensify and broaden the struggle from January 23 to 26.
A full dress rehearsal was conducted in Bhubaneswar ahead of the Republic Day celebrations on January 26. Even though the main parade takes place in the national capital - Delhi, respective events take place in every state with officers of the three services showcasing their strength.
Tortoises were rescued by the forest department in Gujarat's Vadodara. They rescued several tortoises with help of Gujarat Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GSPCA) foundation and its officials on January 24.
Thousands of farmers left from Nashik on January 23 and have reached Thane's Kasara on January 24. Under the aegis of the All India Kisan Sabha's (AIKS) Maharashtra unit, these farmers are marching to join the statewide Vehicle March to Mumbai. The massive rally is a part of the call given by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), which is leading the protests in Delhi, to intensify and broaden the struggle from January 23 to 26.
While addressing a press conference in Maharashtra's Pune on January 23, the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-In-C), Southern Command (Indian Army), Lt General CP Mohanty spoke on COVID- 19 vaccination drive. Mohanty said, "I am proud that our country has been at the forefront in vaccination drive. As far as Indian Army is concerned, we have started administering vaccine to our health workers." "Around 6,000 of them have been vaccinated so far," he added.