Covid India News Live Updates: India’s Daily Cases Drop Below 1 lakh, 83,876 New Cases Recorded; 895 deaths in the last 24 hours

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Australia reopens borders for doubly vaccinated travelers

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Monday that the country’s international borders will reopen to tourists from February 21, provided the arriving persons have been double vaccinated. “I know the tourism industry is looking forward to that and over the next two weeks they will have the opportunity to both welcome visitors and prepare to welcome international visitors back to Australia,” Morrison said after a National Security meeting. Committee, as quoted by The Australian.

Rajya Sabha proceedings suspended for one hour as a sign of respect for singer Lata Mangeshkar

Two held with ‘deadly weapons’ near student protest over hijab ban

Two people were arrested Monday for allegedly carrying ‘lethal weapons’ near the PU government college in Kundapur under Udupi district, where students are protesting the banning of hijab in educational institutions, local police said. According to police, three of the five men with weapons managed to flee from the scene. A case has been registered at Kundapur Police Station.

Russia wins skating gold, US snags silver

Kamila Valieva became the first woman to land a quad in the Olympics — two of them, in fact — and her historic free skating marked Russia’s dominant run to the gold medal in team figure skating at the Beijing Games on Monday. 15-year-old Valieva opened with a huge quad salchow and followed with the difficult triple axel before landing another quad, this time a toe loop combined with a triple toe loop. The only blemish on her program came when she fell on her quad toe loop late in the program, but by then her first gold medal in Beijing was secured.

Vietnam begins to reopen schools after a year-long pandemic shutdown

More than 17 million Vietnamese students were set to return to school on Monday for the first time in about a year, the health ministry said, as authorities announced plans to vaccinate children as young as five against COVID-19. The Southeast Asian country lifted many of its coronavirus restrictions in October, but nearly all students have been restricted from taking online classes since early last year.

Omicron forces South Korea to end GPS monitoring

South Korea will no longer use GPS monitoring to enforce quarantines and will also end daily check-up calls to low-risk coronavirus patients as a rapidly evolving microwave wave overwhelms health and government workers. The speed of transmissions has made it impossible to maintain a tight and proactive medical response, Jeong Eun-kyeong, the country’s top infectious disease expert, said Monday. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency reported 38,691 new cases of the virus, a ninefold increase from levels seen in mid-January, when omicron became the country’s dominant strain. Jeong said the country will see daily jumps of 130,000 or 170,000 by the end of February.

North Korea steals millions from cyber attacks

North Korea continues to steal hundreds of millions of dollars from financial institutions and cryptocurrency companies and exchanges, illicit money that is a major source of funding for its nuclear and missile programs, UN experts said in a report citing cyber specialists. The panel of experts said that according to an unnamed government, North Korean “cyber actors stole more than $50 million from at least three cryptocurrency exchanges in North America, Europe and Asia between 2020 and mid-2021, likely as as a result of a shift to diversify its cybercrime.”

S Korea fines Mercedes $16.9 million for violating emissions rules

South Korea’s antitrust regulator said Monday it has decided to fine German automaker Mercedes-Benz and its Korean unit 20.2 billion won ($16.9 million) for false advertisements related to the gas emissions from its diesel passenger cars. The Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) said Mercedes had tampered with pollution-reducing devices by installing pirated software in its vehicles, causing them to perform at a lower level under normal driving conditions than during certification tests. A total of 15 Mercedes models had such software installed.

Thane records 327 new COVID-19 cases, five deaths

Thane has reported 327 new cases of coronavirus, pushing the number of infections in the Maharashtra district to 7,05,753, an official said Monday. These new cases were registered on Sunday, he said. The virus also claimed the lives of five more people, bringing the death toll in the district to 11,822, the official said, adding that the death rate from COVID-19 in Thane was 1.67%.

COVID-19 India reports 83,876 new cases

Deaths increased by 895, bringing the total death toll to 5,02,874

Schools for grades 9 to 12 will reopen in Delhi from today

The Congress party is in a state of ruins from misgovernment, rampant corruption and internal bickering and not even a miracle can save it now. Congress is irrevocably doomed, and announcing someone as the prime ministerial face can never make up for the party’s fate. Not just the opposition parties, even some congressional leaders are talking publicly about the corruption prevalent in their government

– Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Union Minister, BJP responsible for Punjab

BJP names 45 more candidates for polls in Uttar Pradesh

The BJP nominated 45 more candidates for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls on Sunday, with Amethi’s Sanjay Sinh and Ballia Nagar’s Daya Shankar Singh. Daya Shankar Singh and his wife Swati Singh, currently a minister in the state government, were both seeking the party ticket to fight from Sarojini Nagar, a seat currently represented in the Assembly by the latter, but the ruling party ran the former enforcement directorate ( ED) officer Rajeshwar Singh from there.

Peng Shuai Says She Met IOC President Bach

Peng Shuai met International Olympic Committee chairman Thomas Bach during the Beijing Winter Games, the Chinese tennis star told L’Equipe sports daily in an interview published Monday. “We had dinner together on Saturday and we had a nice discussion and exchange,” said Peng, who also announced his retirement from sports.

Joe Rogan’s Use of Racist Comments Increases Pressure on Spotify

The mouth of Joe Rogan has put Spotify in a difficult position. Anti-coronavirus vaccine commentary and racist remarks in some episodes of its popular podcast force the streaming service to weigh tough choices.
Spotify must decide where it stands on race relations and vaccine misinformation in a society with heightened sensitivity to both issues. Then there’s the business decision about what to do with Rogan’s $100 million podcast, which threatens the bottom line but is also an important part of the company’s strategy to be a one-stop-shop for audio.

Senegal wins its first Africa Cup

Sadio Mane finally delivered a first African Cup for Senegal, and Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah couldn’t help but watch. Mane hammered the decisive penalty in a shootout into the bottom left corner to beat Salah and Egypt in Sunday’s final in Cameroon and make up for the missed penalty early in the game. Senegal won the shootout 4-2 after ending 0-0 after extra time. Salah, who would be his team’s last penalty taker, was denied a say in the shootout after two of his teammates missed.

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