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Headlines: Delhi Government Proposes Lifting Weekend Curfew

Delhi Government Proposes Lifting Weekend Curfew

On Friday, the Arvind Kejriwal led-Delhi government recommended lifting weekend curfew in the national capital that are in place currently. Amid rising cases of Omicron cases in Delhi, the Delhi government have imposed a weekend curfew from 10 pm Fridays to 5 am Mondays. The Delhi government has sent the proposal to lieutenant governor Anil Baijal for his approval. The proposal also mentions that shop and commercial establishments should be allowed to open all days, and private offices that are currently following work from home can now function with 50% attendance. Over the past few days, Delhi has seen a sudden drop in covid-19 cases with, reporting 12,306 new covid-19 cases on Thursday, a decline of 10.72%. The city still has nearly 70,000 active covid-19 cases with a positivity rate greater than 20%. However, the silver lining here is that most of the patients are in home isolation (53,000), and nearly 13,000 beds in covid care are lying vacant, reducing the burden on the national capital’s health infrastructure. 

Covid-Bulletin: India Records 3,47,254 New Covid-19 Cases; Total Omicron Cases At 9,692

According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India has recorded 3,47,254 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 20,18,825. Meanwhile, India has registered 2,51,777 recoveries in the previous 24 hours, taking the cumulative total to 3,60,58,806. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand at 17.94% and 16.56%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 71.15 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 160.43 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive. The nation has so far recorded 9,692 Omicron cases, an increase of 4.36% since yesterday. 

Centre: The Flame Of The Amar Jawan Jyoti Not Being Extinguished

Amid criticism on the move of merging the Amar Jawan Jyoti flame for soldiers at the India Gate with the torch at the National War Memorial, the central government sources addressed the ‘misinformation’. There have been rumours that the centre will extinguish the Amar Jawan Jyoti flame or the eternal flame which has been burning for 50 years. However, clearing all rumours, government sources said: “The flame of the Amar Jawan Jyoti is not being extinguished. It is being merged with the flame at the National War Memorial. It was an odd thing to see that the flame at Amar Jawan Jyoti paid homage to the martyrs of the 1971 and other wars but none of their names are present there,” The Britishers had built the India Gate in the memory of soldiers who died in World War-1, and the Amar Jawan Jyoti flame was placed under the India Gate in 1971 to pay homage to the martyrs of 1971 and other wars. The sources said: “It is a true shraddhanjali (tribute) to have the flame paying tribute to martyrs there (National War Memorial),” The government have been criticised on social media by opposition leaders over the massive change in a decades-old tradition. The National War Memorial was built in 2019 at the cost of INR 176 crore, spanned over 40 acres. The memorial contains the names of 25,942 soldiers inscribed on granite tablets in golden letters. At a ceremony today, a part of the Amar Jawan Jyoti flame will be carried to the National War Memorial. 

PM Modi Tops The List Of Global Leader Approval With 71%

A global approval rating released by Morning Consult Political Intelligence has revealed that prime minister Narendra Modi has a 71% approval rating, followed by Andrés Manuel López Obrador (Mexico). In November 2021, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the most approved leader in the world. The Country Trajectories shows respondents views on whether the country is heading in the right direction. While 70% of Indians believed that India is heading in the right direction, 30% believe that it is on the wrong track. 

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