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Headlines: India Reports A Big Jump; 90,000+ Cases Reported

Covid-Bulletin: India Reports A Big Jump In Covid-19 Cases; 90,000+ Cases Reported

According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India has recorded a big jump with registering 90,928 covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The country saw a 55% jump from yesterday’s 58,097 cases. The active caseload of the country has reached 2,85,401. Meanwhile, India has recorded 19,206 recoveries in the previous 24 hours, and the total recoveries have reached 3,43,41,009. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand at 6.43% and 3.47%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 68.53 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 148.67 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive. The union health ministry also released the statewise status of Omicron cases. So far, the country has recorded 2,630 Omicron cases, with Maharashtra (797) and Delhi (465) recording the most number of covid-19 cases. Meanwhile, India has reported 325 deaths, and a 73-year-old man from Rajasthan has become the first man to die due to the Omicron variant. Many states have announced night curfew as cases continue to rise. The booster dose announced by PM Modi will be available from 10th January for frontline workers, healthcare workers, people aged 60 and above and with co-morbidities. 

Assembly Elections 2022: EC To Review Covid-19 Situation Today

As covid-19 cases continue to rise, union health ministry secretary Rajesh Bhushan and Dr VK Paul member (health), Niti Aayog, will have a meeting with the Election Commission of India officials ahead of Assembly polls in 5 states. On 27th December 2021, a meeting was held between Mr Rajesh Bhushan and ECI officials over the steps that should be taken in order to conduct polls in the safest manner possible. The officials also asked for a report from the union health secretary on improving covid-19 protocols for polling days, dates of counting and poll campaigning. The Election Commission of India is likely to announce elections dates in Goa, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Manipur soon. 

Delhi: Fire At Lajpat Rai Market, Chandni Chowk, 60 Shops Burnt

Early at 4:45 am today, a massive fire broke out in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk area, and around 60 shops and stalls were burned down. 12 fire engines were rushed to the place to spouse the flames. No casualties have been reported yet. More details regarding the cause of the fire are awaited. Taking to Twitter, news agency ANI tweeted: “Delhi: Visuals from Lajpat Rai Market in Chandni Chowk where a fire broke out early morning today,”

Senior Advocate Arvind Dhar: Centre’s Criteria For Determining EWS In NEET PG Is Completely Arbitrary 

On Wednesday, senior advocate Arvind Dhar told the Supreme Court that the union government’s criteria to define EWS for the purpose of reservation in NEET-AIQ is completely arbitrary. Before the bench of justices A.S Bopanna and D.Y. Chandrachud, advocate Arvind Dhar said: “The fundamental question is whether any exercise was undertaken for the EWS. No exercise was undertaken. Now they have filed a report to justify it, and they have much to say about it. The amendment came on 14 January 2019, and within three days, an office memorandum is issued under Article 15? When we questioned the parameter of eight lakhs, the first question was, did you undertake any exercise before you announced eight lakhs? There is no such exercise done!” “My submission is limited to the eight lakh limit and property assets criteria for the determination of the EWS category. The counselling cannot go on the basis of this eight lakh. The explanation to Article 15(5) came on the 14th of January 2019. The office memorandum came on 17 January 2019. In a span of three days, they announce the EWS parameter of eight lakhs with property criteria?” added the advocate.

Anushka Sharma To Make A Comeback In Films After 4 Years With Chakda Xpress! 

Well, Anushka Sharma has been doing some great work as a producer but let’s be honest, we all miss her acting and just seeing her on-screen. Well, there’s some good news for Anushka Sharma fans as the actor is all set to make a comeback in films after 4 years. On Thursday, Netflix released the teaser of Anushka Sharma starrer Chakda Xpress, which is based on the life of former Indian cricket team captain Jhulan Goswami. The film focuses on the 2008 period when the Indian team was gearing up against the Australian team, but unlike the men’s team, no one was there to cheer for them! Chakda Xpress is being helmed by Prosit Roy and written by Abhishek Banerjee. Anushka Sharma’s production house Clean Slate Filmz will be producing the film. Talking about Chakda Xpress, Anushka Sharma said: “As a cricketing nation, we have to give our women cricketers their due. Jhulan’s story is truly an underdog story in the history of cricket in India, and the film is our celebration of her spirit.”

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Deepika Padukone Wraps Her Birthday By Saying: “If You Are Able To Bring About Change, That For Me Is Success”

Yesterday, Bollywood actor Deepika Padukone turned 36 and gave her fans a heartfelt gift. Deepika shared a reel that contained a collection of several behind-the-scenes moments from her personal and professional life. In the reel, Deepika says: “I keep saying this to people that life is happening while you are also building your career, and you can’t forget that. Maybe somewhere, I forgot that. I think I forgot who I was, who am I the person. I am different as an actor; I am different as a person. I have evolved. I hope I have. I think if you are able to shift the needle, if you are able to impact people’s lives in a positive way, if you are able to bring about change, if you are able to have people just sort of think differently or see differently, I think today that for me is success,” Deepika’s husband and actor Ranveer Singh also shared a picture of Deepika and wrote: “My baby promoting #gehraiyaan on her birthday!” Deepika Padukone, on her birthday, announced the release date of her upcoming film Gehraiyaan which is directed by Shakun Batra and features Siddhant Chaturvedi, Ananya Panday and Dhairya Karwa. The film will release on 11th February on Amazon Prime Video. 

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