Headlines: India Records Over 3 Lakh Covid-19 Cases After 8 Months
Covid-Bulletin: India Records Over 3 Lakh Covid-19 Cases After 8 Months
According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India has recorded 3,17,532 new covid-19 cases in the previous 24 hours. India’s covid graph saw an upward curve today as the nation recorded over 3 lakh cases after 8 months gap. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 19,24,051. Meanwhile, the country has registered 2,23,990 recoveries in the previous 24 hours, taking the total recoveries to 3,58,07,029. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand at 16.41% and 16.06%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 70.93 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 159.67 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive. India has recorded a total of 9,287 Omicron cases so far, with Maharashtra (1738) recording the most number of Omicron cases, followed by West Bengal (1672).
— Ministry of Health (@MoHFW_INDIA) January 20, 2022
International Flights Suspended Till 28th February 2022
The aviation regulator DGCA has said that the suspension on international flights has been extended till 28th February 2022. The ban on passenger flights has been in place since March 2020. However, special passenger flights between India and approximately 40 countries have been operating since July 2020 under air bubble arrangements. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation released a circular which states: “The competent authority has decided to extend the suspension of scheduled international commercial passenger services to/from India till 2359 hrs IST of February 28, 2022.” However, the DGCA also mentioned that international all-cargo operations and special flights approved by DGCA should continue to operate. Earlier, the DGCA had said that India would resume scheduled international passenger flights from 15th December 2021. However, the department revoked its decision and extended the suspension.
PM Modi Inaugurates ‘Azadi Ke Amrit Mahotsav Se Swarnim Bharat Ki Ore’
On Thursday, prime minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the launch of Azadi Ke Amrit Mahotsav Se Swarnim Bharat Ki Ore. Delivering a key address at the national launch ceremony; PM Modi unveiled yearlong initiatives by the Brahma Kumaris, including over 30 campaigns and more than 15000 events and programs. During the launch ceremony, PM Modi inaugurated seven initiatives, including Aatmanirbhar Bharat, Andekha Bharat Cycle Rally, United India Motor Bike Campaign, Self Reliant Farmers, My India Health India, Women: Flag Bearers Of India, green initiatives under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and Power of Peace Bus Campaign. The event is being held to mark the 53rd Ascension Anniversary of Pitashree Prajapita Brahma, founding father of Brahma Kumaris.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 20, 2022
Indian Envoy To UN: Recognise Violence Against Buddhists, Sikhs Too
Delivering a keynote address at a virtual conference organised by the Global Counter-Terrorism Centre, India’s UN envoy T.S. Tirumurti said that United Nations’ global-counter-terrorism strategy is selective and filled with flaws. He added that including terms like violent nationalism and right-wing extremism should not be included in the realm of terrorism as they would dilute them. Mr Tirumurti said: “In the past two years, several member states, driven by their political, religious and other motivations, have been trying to label terrorism into categories such as racially and ethnically motivated violent extremism, violent nationalism, right-wing extremism, etc. This tendency is dangerous for several reasons” “The emergence of contemporary forms of religiophobia, especially anti-Hindu, anti-Buddhist and anti-Sikh phobias is a matter of serious concern and needs the attention of the UN and all member states to address this threat,” added Indian envoy to UN.
Deepika Padukone-Siddhant Chaturvedi Starrer Gehraiyaan’s Trailer To Release Today
On Wednesday, actor Deepika Padukone took to Instagram to reveal that her upcoming film Gehraiyaan’s trailer will be released today. Deepika wrote: “Trailer out tomorrow!?? Don’t forget to set your reminders!? #GehraiyaanOnPrimeReleasing 11th February,” The film is directed by Shakun Batra and features Deepika Padukone, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Ananya Panday, and Dhairya Karwa in pivotal roles. Produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions, Gehraiyaan is a mature relationship drama. The film is slated to release on Amazon Prime Video on 11th February 2022.