Here is the latest on the COVID-19 situation in India:
- 2.42,676 recoveries in the last 24 hours
- Active cases: 21,13,365
- Daily positivity rate: 17.22%
- Omicron cases are up 3.69% since yesterday
More headlines from today:
- India administers more than 161 crore vaccine doses nationwide; over 74 lakh got booster doses
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AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi announces his alliance in Uttar Pradesh with Babu Singh Kushwaha & Bharat Mukti Morcha
“When the alliance comes to power, there will be 2 CMs, one from the OBC community and another from the Dalit community. 3 deputy CMs, including from the Muslim community,” he said.
Singapore reports first Omicron-related death
Singapore reported the first Omicron-related death on Saturday, a 92-year-old unvaccinated woman who contracted the virus from a family member, according to a media report. The woman, who had no medical history, died on Jan. 20, about 10 days after contracting the virus from a relative, Channel News Asia reported.
UN chief hopes for peaceful solution to Kashmir issue
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said he hopes the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan can be resolved peacefully. “Well, the position of the UN and the resolutions passed are the same, remain the same. We have, as you know, a peacekeeping operation there. We are of course committed,” Guterres said Friday. “I have offered my good services several times and we hope that this is something that can be resolved peacefully and that the situation in Kashmir is one where human rights are respected and where people can live in peace and security.” he said.
Russia hardens stance amid tensions in Ukraine
Amid fears of an imminent attack on Ukraine, Russia has further raised the bar by announcing more military exercises in the region. It has also refused to rule out the possibility of military deployment in the Caribbean, and President Vladimir Putin has reached out to leaders who oppose the West. The military muscle-building reflects a bold attempt by the Kremlin to halt decades of NATO expansion after the end of the Cold War. In talks with the United States, Russia is demanding legally binding guarantees that the alliance will not embrace or place weapons in Ukraine and other former Soviet countries. It also wants NATO to withdraw its troops from countries in Central and Eastern Europe that have joined the alliance since the 1990s.
More than 10 people injured in Japan 6.4 earthquake
The earthquake struck at around 1:08 am on Saturday (about 4:08 pm GMT on Friday) near Kyushu Island, with the epicenter at a depth of 40 kilometers (24.8 miles), according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. No tsunami warning was issued. Miyazaki, Oita, Kochi and Kumamoto prefectures recorded tremors up to five on Japan’s seven-point seismic intensity scale, the Kyodo news agency said.
District boards have an important role in good governance. It helps the government to implement the schemes in a better way. Detailed guidelines should be established for field visits and inspections
– Prime Minister Modic
COVId-19: Former Prime Minister Deve Gowda tests positive
Madrid great Gento, winner of 6 European Cups, dies at 88
Francisco “Paco” Gento, a former Real Madrid great who is the only footballer to have won six European Cup titles, has passed away. He was 88. Madrid announced Gento’s death on Tuesday, but gave no indication. Gento played 18 seasons with Madrid, from 1953-71, and his 23 titles with the club in official competitions is a record he shares with Brazilian defender Marcelo, who tied him on Sunday by winning the Spanish Super Cup.
BJP competes in all sitting seats in Bihar MLC elections
Speaking to ANI, Bihar BJP President and Lok Sabha MP Sanjay Jaiswal said: “Yes, we have discussed with the central leadership for the local body MLC elections how many seats will go to the alliance partner, but the final decision will be taken by the high command of the party. , not by the state unit.”
A 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck around 10:47 a.m. 681 km east of the northeast (ENE) of the Andreanof Islands, Alaska, the National Center for Seismology says
Assam Releases New SOP for Republic Day Celebrations
A total of 1,000 people will be allowed to attend the program at the state level and 500 at the district level. Pre & post Republic Day celebration to avoid reads SOP issued in view of COVID-19
Now the battle in Panaji will be between dishonesty and character as Utpal Parrikar (son of the late former Goa CM Manohar Parrikar) has announced that he will run as an independent candidate from Panaji constituency
– Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut
Seven people have been killed in the fire incident that broke out at the 20-storey Kamala building near Mumbai’s Bhatia Hospital in Tardeo
Number of active COVID-19 cases highest in 237 days
Active cases comprise 5.43 percent of total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has fallen to 93.31 percent, the ministry said. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 17.22 percent, while the weekly positivity rate was recorded at 16.65 percent.
Former Indian footballer Subhas Bhowmick dies at 72
Bhowmick, popularly known as ‘Bhombolda’, was hospitalized with diabetic issues and kidney disease and died around 3:30 a.m. Saturday.
India reports 3,37,704 new COVID cases
Earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale hits Philippines
The epicenter, with a depth of 23.99 km, was initially determined to be at latitude 3.6951 degrees north and longitude 126.6747 degrees east.
We have to learn to live with COVID-19 right now. We have been living in the presence of this virus for the past few months. I know curfews disrupt people’s lives. I believe that lockdown and curfews are not necessary if people are being disciplined. I urge all people to wear masks and follow COVID-19 guidelines
– Foreign Minister Shobha Karandlaje
Earthquake shakes Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda region
An earthquake measuring 4.0 on the Richter scale struck the Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir early Saturday morning, an official said. The earthquake happened at 2.53 am. There are no immediate reports of damage, Disaster Management Director Aamir Ali said.
Major fire in high-rise Mumbai, two injured
The fire broke out at Kamla building opposite Gandhi Hospital in Gowalia Tank around 7 a.m., the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said. “It involves a ground floor plus 20-storey building. The fire broke out on the 18th floor. The fire brigade and police rushed to the scene after an alarm. Thirteen fire trucks, seven water jetties, among others, are involved in the extinguishing operation,” he said, adding that it was labeled a level 3 (major) fire.
PM Modi to communicate with DMs from different districts today at 11am
According to a PMO press release, the Prime Minister will take immediate feedback on the progress and present the status of implementation of government schemes and programs in the districts. The interaction will help assess performance and identify challenges faced, the PMO’s statement added.
Delhi’s air quality remains in ‘very poor’ category, with an overall AQI of 342
Rio de Janeiro postpones carnival parades as ommicron spreads
“The decision has been taken with consideration for the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic in Brazil and the need to conserve lives at this time and join forces to boost vaccination across the country,” a statement released Friday. jointly by the cities of Rio and Sao Paulo, who also postponed the start of the carnival parades until April 21.
US and Russia seek more diplomacy amid tensions over Ukraine
Top US and Russian diplomats have agreed to continue talking in the stalemate over Ukraine, though their meeting has failed to stir the crisis in which Moscow has massed tens of thousands of troops at the border and the West has ramped up arms deliveries to Kiev. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Secretary of State Sergey Lavrov feared an invasion of Ukraine ramping up and seemingly unwieldy demands. They met for about 90 minutes in Geneva on Friday at what the American said was a “critical moment”.
22 dead, 16,142 new cases of COVID-19 in Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh reported 22 coronavirus deaths on Friday as 16,142 new cases came to light, bringing the number of infections in the state to 19,16,616, according to a government statement. So far, 23,022 people have died from the infection in the state. Of the new deaths, two each were reported from Lucknow, Meerut, Lakhimpur Kheri, Chandauli and Ballia, the statement released here on Friday.
Punjab BJP chief Ashwani Sharma settled from Pathankot
The leader of the Punjab BJP, Ashwani Kumar Sharma, has been sent from Pathankot for the Feb. 20 state assembly polls, the party said in a statement released late Friday night. Sharma is a former MLA from Pathankot.
US blocks flights from Chinese airlines
The United States has blocked 44 flights from Chinese airlines to the US in retaliation for China forcing the cancellation of flights by US airlines. The Transport Ministry’s Friday order affecting four Chinese airlines is the latest development in a long-running dispute over COVID-19 restrictions.
Chevron and Total leave Myanmar over human rights violations
Total Energies and Chevron, two of the world’s largest energy companies, have said they would leave Myanmar, citing rampant human rights violations and the deteriorating rule of law since the country’s military overthrew its elected government in February. The announcement on Friday came just a day after the French company called for international sanctions against the oil and gas sector, which remains one of the military government’s main sources of funding.
Myanmar court sentences two prominent activists to death
Myawaddy TV said on its evening news broadcast Friday that Kyaw Min Yu, better known as Ko Jimmy, and Phyo Zeyar Thaw, also known as Maung Kyaw, had been convicted under the country’s counter-terrorism law. They were found guilty of crimes involving explosives, bombings and terrorist financing.