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Headlines: Booster Doses To Be Administered From Today

Booster Doses To Be Administered From Today

After a threat of a potential third wave of the covid-19 pandemic, India will start administering the precautionary dose or booster dose to healthcare workers, frontline workers, and people aged 60 and above and with comorbidities. The booster doses are being administered to contain the coronavirus spread caused by the new variant Omicron. Health Ministry officials said in a tweet on Monday that reminder SMSs have been sent to more than one crore healthcare and frontline workers for their precautionary doses. Reminder SMSs have also been sent to senior citizens. The frontline workers also include personnel deployed in election duty in the poll-bound state, including Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur.

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 1,79,723 New Covid-19 Cases; Total Omicron Cases At 4,033 

According to the union health ministry, the country has registered 1,79,723 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 7,23,619. Meanwhile, India has recorded 46,569 recoveries in the previous 24 hours, and the total recoveries have reached 3,45,00,172. The daily and weekly positivity rate stands at 13.29% and 7.92%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 69.16 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 151.94 covid-19 doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive. The union health ministry also released the statewise status of Omicron cases. India has recorded a cumulative total of 4,033 Omicron cases, with Maharashtra (1,216) and Rajasthan (529) recording the most number of covid-19 cases. 

Union Health Minister To Interact With State Health Ministers Tomorrow Over A Potential Third Wave Of Covid-19 

As India is being grasped by a potential third wave of the covid-19 pandemic caused by the Omicron variant, union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya might be interacting with state health ministers over the pandemic situation. Recently, prime minister Narendra Modi also did a covid-19 review meeting through a video conference. The review meeting was attended by union home minister Amit Shah, union health minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya, home secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla, and cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba. 

PM Modi’s Security Breach: Supreme Court To Hear Plea Today 

After PM’s Modi security breach incident during his Punjab visit, the Supreme Court of India will be hearing a plea seeking a court-monitored probe into the incident. A three-judge bench including Chief Justice NV Ramana, Justice Surya Kant and Justice Hima Kohli is expected to hear the plea. The plea says that the prime minister’s security lapse was a deliberate action on the part of the state government, and strict action should be taken against the officials of the Punjab government. Senior advocate Maninder Singh said that PM Modi’s security breach is not a law and order problem as it comes under the Special Protection Groups (SPG) Act and hence comes under parliamentary purview. Prime minister Narendra Modi’s convoy, was stranded on a flyover for 20 minutes due to blockade by protestors when he was on his way for an election rally in Punjab’s Ferozepur. 

Happy Birthday Hrithik Roshan: Actor Greets Fans With His First Look From Vikram Vedha

As Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan aka the Greek God, turned 48 today, the actor greeted his fans with his first raw and super enigmatic look from his upcoming film Vikram Vedha. The makers of the film shared Hrithik’s first look and wrote: “Here’s wishing Hrithik Roshan a very happy birthday! Delighted to present the first look of Vedha in #VikramVedha. Hitting the cinemas worldwide on 30th September 2022. #VedhaFirstLook #VikramVedha #HappyBirthdayHrithikRoshan #hrithikroshan.” The film is being helmed by writer-directors Pushkar and Gayatri and also features R. Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathi. A neo-noir action thriller is based on the famous Indian folktale Vikram Aur Betaal. Vikram Vedha is scheduled to release on 30th September 2022. 

Bigg Boss 15: Umar Riaz’s Eviction Sparks A Row On Social Media

After the shocking eviction of Umar Riaz from Bigg Boss 15, netizens have started a Twitter war. After getting evicted, Umar Riaz shared a sweet note addressing his fans and wrote: “Meri janta meri army kabhi Mujhe bahar nikal de, support na kare Aisa Ho nahi sakta. (My audience, my army can never eliminate me). That’s impossible. I want to thank each and everyone one of my fan from India and all across the world for being my bedrock throughout and still. #UmarArmy.” In the past week, Umar Riaz and Pratik Sehajpal got involved in a fistfight during a task. After the incident, Bigg Boss decided not to eliminate him but leave it to the audience to determine if Umar deserves to continue in the show or not. The eviction of Umar Riaz left fellow contestants Karan Kundrra and Rashmi Desai in an inconsolable state. 

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