Headlines: Experts Warn Of Third Wave Of Covid-19 In September-October
Experts Warn Of Third Wave Of Covid-19 In September-October
The committee of experts set up under the Ministry of Home Affairs and constituted by the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) has predicted that India might see the third wave of the covid-19 anytime between September and October if the country doesn’t ramps up the vaccination drive. The report that was submitted to the Prime Minister Office (PMO) read: “Leading experts have repeatedly warned of an imminent third COVID-19 wave in India. Epidemiologists predict a series of surges till we achieve herd immunity through infection or vaccination and the disease becomes endemic,” The report also quoted three likely scenarios for the third wave. It said that in the first scenario, the third wave could peak with India recording 3.2 lakh cases per day during October, the second scenario says that India might record 5 lakh positive cases during September if new and virulent variants continue to emerge. In the third scenario, the peak of third wave can go to India recording as much as 2 lakh positive cases per day in late October.
Covid-Bulletin: India Reports 25,467 Covid-19 Cases; Positivity Rate At 1.55%
According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has reported 25,467 fresh covid-19 infections in the last 24 hours. The active cases in the country account for less than 1% of total covid-19 cases, which is currently at 0.08%. Meanwhile, daily recoveries have outnumbered active covid-19 cases by a huge margin with recording 39,486 recoveries between Monday and Tuesday. The total recoveries in the country currently stands at 3,17,20,112. The weekly positivity rate and the daily positivity rate currently stands at 1.90% and 1.55% respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, India has conducted 50.93 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 58.89 crore covid-19 vaccine doses under the nationwide vaccination drive.
— Ministry of Health (@MoHFW_INDIA) August 24, 2021
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal Inaugurates Country’s First Smog Tower
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inaugurated the country’s first smog tower at Connaught Place on Monday. The 24-metre-high anti-smog tower cleans up 1000 cubic meters of air every second. Speaking about the tower, Kejriwal said: “This is a big step in Delhi government’s fight against air pollution. Supported by technology from USA never seen before in India, this anti-smog tower is the first of its kind in the country. The tower will be able to clean 1000 cubic meters of air per second and it is expected that the area will see a rapid change in the quality of air because of the tower, ” The tower has over 5,000 filters inside and it is built at a cost of INR 20 crore. Apart from the big tower, smaller anti-smog tower was installed in the past in Krishna Nagar, Gandhi Nagar and Lajpat Nagar.
Hon'ble CM Shri @ArvindKejriwal inaugurates India's 1st SMOG TOWER in Delhi
▪️1st of its kind technology from USA
▪️24m High Tower to clean 1000 cubic mtr air/sec
▪️It'll reduce pollution in 1 sq km area
▪️If this pilot project succeeds, we'll install such towers across Delhi pic.twitter.com/UaptCC0nmn
— CMO Delhi (@CMODelhi) August 23, 2021
FM Nirmala Sitharaman Announces INR 6 Lakh Crore National Asset Monetisation Plan
On Monday, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a 4-year road map for INR 6 lakh crore asset monetization plan. The finance Minister also mentioned that the plan does not cover land and only involves brownfield projects and also promised to provide incentives to states if they undertake disinvestment and asset monetization. While unveiling the map, FM said: “Ownership of assets remain with the government and there will be a mandatory handback, which means they will have to give back after a specified time. Let there be no confusion that this government is selling away. No. These brownfield assets will still be the ownership of the government,” The assets include power transmission lines, railway station re-development, private trains, roads, highways, and pipelines. The monetization pipeline ha been developed by Niti Aayog, in consultation with infrastructure ministries.
This Asset Monetisation Pipeline is talking about brownfield assets which need to be better monetised. Ownership of assets remains with the govt. There will be a mandatory hand-back; they will have to give it back after a certain time: Smt @nsitharaman pic.twitter.com/9WtJsTyDpE
— NSitharamanOffice (@nsitharamanoffc) August 23, 2021
Delhi: Afghan Refugees Protest In Front Of UNHCR Office
The Afghan refugees have gathered in front of the UNHCR office in Delhi to demand the release of support letters from the UN agency so that they can migrate to other countries in search of better opportunities. The crowd started slogan shouting like ‘We Want Future’ ‘We Want Justice’ ‘UN Geneva Help Afghan Refugees’ , ‘Issue Resident Visas To All Afghan Refugees’ The protestors came from Bhogal, Noida, Lajpat Nagar, Faridabad and Greater Noida.
Amid Afghanistan-Taliban Crisis, 6 Countries Agree To take Indian Citizens From Afghanistan
Amid the Afghanistan-Taliban crisis, 6 countries including US, UK, Germany, France, UAE and Qatar have agreed to take their Indian citizens who were working for them in Afghanistan. On Tuesday, one flight left from Kabul with several Hindus and Sikhs. On Monday, PM Narendra Modi discussed the Afghan situation with German Chancellor Angela Marker over phone as well and both emphasized on the fact that there is a need to maintain peace and security and agreed that repatriating stranded people is of utmost importance currently.
Hina Khan Raises The Hotness Quotient In Bigg Boss OTT House
Actor Hina Khan recently made a special appearance in Bigg Boss OTT house and sizzled in a silver saree, looking breathtakingly hot. When asked about her favourite contestant in the Bigg Boss OTT house, Hina said: “No, I don’t have any favourite contestant,” The actor wore Manish Malhotra designed saree and statement jewellery. In the last Weekend Ka Vaar, Ridhima Pandit and Karan got evicted.
Anil Kapoor, Radhika Apte and Rana Daggubati Chant The Desi Version Of Bella Ciao
Ahead of the 5th season of Money Heist, Netflix India has released a desi version of the show’s anthem Bella Ciao. Composed by Nucleya, the Indian version features celebrities like Anil Kapoor, Rana Daggubati and Radhika Apte. Speaking about the same, Nucleya said: “I’m a huge fan of ‘Money Heist’, so working on this anthem was super fun. As someone who loves the series, the song expresses what I and all other fans are feeling. Shooting the video was such an amazing experience and all the great artists who are featured in it have made it come to life. The song is peppy and in multiple languages, truly celebrating the spirit of fans who are spread across the nation. Lastly, all I can say is – Money Heist – Jaldi Aao!”
This Is How Virat Kohli Welcomed Mohammed Shami And Jasprit Bumrah
In the ongoing five-match series between India and England, India registered a historic win against England in the second test at the Lord’s. Talking about the victory,. R Sridhar said: “When we realized they (Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah) were going to come in at lunch, Virat came and said: Everyone of us is going down to cheer and welcome the boys. The noise has to be so huge that it has to reverberate in Lord’s for years to come,”