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Headlines: Delhi Tops Omicron Tally; Night Curfew From Today

Delhi Tops Omicron Tally; Night Curfew From Today

After Delhi surpassed Maharashtra to record the most number of Omicron cases, the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government decided to impose a night curfew from 11pm-5am effective from today. Due to rising cases of the Omicron variant in the national capital, the Delhi government has restricted the movement of individuals except those in essential services. The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) said that the night curfew from 11pm- 5am will remain operative until further notice. Earlier, the state government also banned all kinds of gatherings for Christmas and New Year in the national capital. 

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 6,531 New Covid-19 Cases; Omicron Tally At 578

According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India has recorded 6,531 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 75,841. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber fresh covid-19 cases, with recording 7,141 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The total recoveries stand at 3,42,37,495. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand at 0.87% and 0.63%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 67.29 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 141.70 covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive. The union health ministry also released the statewise status of Omicron cases, with Delhi and Maharashtra recording 142 and 141 Omicron cases, respectively. The nation has registered 578 total Omicron cases so far. 

Senior AIIMS Doctor Calls Govt’s Decision On Vaccinating Children ‘Unscientific’

On Saturday night, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation and announced that the central government has decided to open covid-19 vaccination for children aged 15-18 from 3rd January 2022. PM Modi further added that doing so will reduce the worries of children attending schools and colleges and boost the fight against the covid-19 pandemic. However, the president of the Indian Public Health Association and a senior epidemiologist at AIIMS, Dr Sanjay K Rai, argued that the union government should have analysed data from other countries that have started vaccinating children before taking the decision. Tagging the PMO account on Twitter, Mr Rai tweeted: “I am a great fan of PM Modi for his selfless service to the nation and taking the right decisions at the right time. But I am completely disappointed with his unscientific decision on children’s vaccination,” He further explained: “In this section (children), 15,000 (people) are not dying and keeping in mind the adverse effects also, if you do the risk and benefit analysis, then the risk is more than the benefits based on the available data. Both the objectives are not being fulfilled by initiating vaccination among children,”

Six Naxals Killed At The Telangana-Chhattisgarh Border Encounter

An encounter between Naxals and security forces took place in the forest area of Kistaram PS limit situated at the Telangana-Chhattisgarh border on Monday, in which six Naxals were killed. Confirming the news, the Superintendent of Police, Bhadradri Kothagudem, Mr Sunil Dutt said: “Around six Naxals have been killed in the encounter with security forces on the border area of Telangana and Chhattisgarh. It was a joint operation of Telangana, Chhattisgarh police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF),” Further details regarding the incident are awaited. 

Saregama To Change Lyrics And Name Of The Song ‘Madhuban’; #ArrestSunnyLeone Trends On Twitter

After Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra warned makers of the song ‘Madhuban’ that the song has hurt the sentiments of Hindu people, the music label Saregama released a statement and said: “In light of the recent feedback & respecting the sentiments of our fellow countrymen, we will be changing the lyrics & the name of the song Madhuban. The new song will replace the old one across all platforms over the next 3 days,” Reacting to the song’s name and lyrics, Mr Mishra said: “Some vidharmis are constantly hurting Hindu sentiments. The video ‘Madhuban me Radhika nache’ is one such condemnable attempt. I am warning Sunny Leone ji, Shaarib and Toshi ji to understand. If they don’t remove the song after apologising in three days, then we will take action against them,” Featuring Sunny Leone and composed by Sharib and Toshi, the song was released on 22nd December and received severe backlash on social media with #ArrestSunnyLeone trending on Twitter. The lyrics of the song ‘Madhuban’ matches with the song ‘Madhuban Mai Radhika Naache Re’ from the 1960 film Kohinoor, which was sung by Mohammed Rafi and featured late actor Dilip Kumar. 

Happy Birthday Salman Khan: Salman Khan’s Tiger 3 To Release After SRK’s Pathan Confirms Salman 

During a media interaction at the Panvel farmhouse ahead of his 56th birthday, actor Salman Khan confirmed that Shah Rukh Khan starrer Pathan will release before his film Tiger 3, which is slated for a Christmas 2022 release. In fact, Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan will also have cameos in each other’s films, with Salman featuring in SRK’s Pathan and Shah Rukh Khan featuring in Salman’s Tiger 3. When asked about cameos, Salman Khan confirmed the news and added: “Tiger 3 should release by December 2022, and Pathan should come before that.” Bollywood actor Salman Khan turned 56 today and will celebrate his birthday in a small and intimate ceremony due to a surge in covid-19 cases in Maharashtra. Recently, Salman Khan was bitten by a snake on 25th December in the garden area at his Panvel farmhouse. Reacting to the snake-bite incident, Salman said: “A snake had entered my farmhouse. I took it outside using a stick. Gradually it reached my hand. I then grabbed it to release, which is when it bit me thrice. It was a kind of poisonous snake. I was hospitalised for 6 hours. I am fine now,”

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