Former Republican House Speaker John Boehner urged his party to return to its traditional principles, saying a focus on things like fiscal responsibility and strong national defense are key to winning back control of Congress in upcoming elections.
Congress Working Committee has asked the workers across the country to help poor people, who are affected by the COVID pandemic, informed party national General Secretary KC Venugopal on April 17. "Following the meeting of Congress Working Committee (CWC) over COVID-19, the committee approved a statement highlighting the current situation of COVID-19 pandemic in the country and the need for a comprehensive action plan. The working committee has asked the workers and leaders across the country to help poor people of the country who are affected by the pandemic. CWC has asked PPCs (Pradesh Congress Committees) to set up control rooms to assist people," said Venugopal.
Congress leader and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi arrived at Kollam's Thangassery beach to interact with fishermen. Congress leaders KC Venugopal, Ramesh Chennithala and Mullappally Ramachandran accompanied him.
Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital (MMCH) an annex hospital of Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) witnessed a surge in consultation as the number of coronavirus cases rise in the state. "The government of Assam is ready with hospitals for the admission of the COVID patients. Initially, patients were admitted at Kalapahar hospital and subsequently will also start giving admissions to COVID positive patients as per the instructions of the higher authorities. We have 62 beds", says Dr Anupal Sharma, Additional Superintendent, MMCH.MMCH is one of the leading hospitals in the state which is an apex hospital of Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH).
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took a pot shot at BJP by saying that wherever the party and its ideologue RSS go, hatred starts to intensify there. He said, "People of Assam say their history and culture are being attacked. Tamil Nadu and Bengal are facing the same thing." The fifth phase of assembly polls will be held in West Bengal on April 17.
The Assamese New Year -Rongali Bihu, also known as Bohag Bihu began from April 14. Assam Government decided to allow celebrations this year, but with restrictions in public places. The festival will last for seven days and they are known as Chot Bihu, Goru Bihu Manuh Bihu, Kutum Bihu, Senehi Bihu, Mela Bihu and Chera Bihu Rongali or Bohag Bihu begins in mid-April and celebrations continue for several weeks, mainly concentrated on cultural functions. The Assam Government decided to allow Bihu celebrations with strict adherence to COVID appropriate behavior in public places.
Coronavirus cases continue to surge in the country. Amid COVID scare, Tamil Nadu government has intensified surveillance. On the orders of the District Collector, 29 monitoring teams have been set up to monitor Rameswaram. The team instructed locals about COVID SOPs and police kept a tab over the vehicular movement. Thermal screening of bus passengers were also done in the region. Tamil Nadu has 16,79,740 active cases as of now.
Maharashtra reported 67,123 fresh COVID cases, 56,783 discharges, and 419 deaths on April 17. While Maharashtra's capital reported 8,834 new COVID-19 cases, 6,617 discharges and 52 deaths in last 24 hours. On the other side, Karnataka today registered 17,489 new positive cases, 5,565 discharges and 80 deaths. Kerala also reported 13,835 new cases, 3654 recoveries and 27 deaths today. Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh reported 11,269 new coronavirus cases, 6,497 recoveries, and 66 deaths in last 24 hours.
An advertisement released by a jewellery brand headquartered in Kerala has garnered a big round of applause from the internet for its path breaking concept. Bhima Jewellery, based in Kochi, published their new commercial on YouTube for the campaign ‘Pure as love’ and it features transperson and activist Meera Singhania. The advertisement has gone viral and is winning praise.
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BJP national president JP Nadda held a roadshow in West Bengal's Birbhum on April 19. He held roadshow in Sainthia. However, COVID norms were flouted during the roadshow. Despite surge in coronavirus cases, huge crowd gathered there. Today, India reported over 2.7 lakh new positive cases of COVID-19.