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Headlines: Last Rites Of General Bipin Singh Rawat At Delhi Cantonment Today

Last Rites Of General Bipin Singh Rawat At Delhi Cantonment Today

Former Chief of Defence Staff of India and top military officer General Bipin Singh Rawat was laid to rest with full military honours today. The last rites of General Bipin Singh Rawat will be performed around 2 pm at Brar Square, Delhi Cantonment and the cremation is said to take place around 3 pm. On Friday morning, Ministers including Rajnath Singh, ML Khattar, and Amit Shah reached Mr Rawat’s Delhi residence to pay their tribute. The 5/11 Gorkha Rifles Unit will be taking care of General Bipin Singh Rawat’s funeral arrangements. Mr Rawat was commissioned into the unit and later commanded it as well. The CDS of India, General Bipin, his wife and 11 others died in the IAF-Mi-17V5 chopper crash in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu, on Wednesday. The sole survivor of the IAF chopper crash, Group Captain Varun Singh, is undergoing treatment for severe burn injuries and is currently on life support. 

 

India Registers 8,503 New Covid-19 Cases; Recovery Rate At 98.36% 

According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has registered 8,503 fresh covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 94,943. Meanwhile, daily recoveries have reached 7,678 in the previous 24 hours, taking the total recoveries to 3,41,05,066. The daily and weekly positivity rate stands at 0.66% and 0.72%, respectively. The recovery rate stands at 98.36%, which is the highest since March 2020. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 65.32 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 131.18 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive. 

Omicron Variant Has Mild Symptoms Says South African Doctor 

The chairperson of the South African Medical Association, Dr Angelique Coetzee, who first flagged the new Omicron variant in South Africa, said that the new variant is highly transmissible, but covid-19 patients infected with the new strain might experience mild symptoms whether vaccinated or unvaccinated. Comparing the new strain with the Delta variant, Dr Coetzee said: “What we have learnt is that it is quite transmissible. Is it more than Delta? We do not know. Whether it will infect more people than Delta at the end of the day, we will have to see. It can be diagnosed using a PCR test,” In South Africa, it is being observed that children are getting more infected with the Omicron strain. However, Dr Coetzee said: “We have not seen a lot of flu cases during the winter (June to August). Now, with the rains that we have had in the last week and the week before, we are seeing a lot of children with flu, respiratory tract infections, normal tonsillitis, normal diarrhoea coming in, but they test positive for Covid. The impression is that a lot of Covid children have been admitted, but the majority is incidental finding because we are testing everybody for Covid,” She also highlighted the importance of covid-19 vaccine booster shots, especially for older people and people with comorbidities.  

Union Government Formally Accepts Pending Demands Of Farmers

The central government has agreed to address the pending issues of farmers. On Thursday, the union government sent a formal letter to the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) and decided to accept the pending demands and prompted them to end the yearlong agitation against the three controversial farm laws. The letter referred to the five demands of farmers, including a legal guarantee on the Minimum Support Price (MSP), withdrawal of the Electricity Amendment Bill, withdrawal of criminal cases against farmers, decriminalization of stubble burning and compensation to families of the farmers who died during the protest. The letter read: “It is being clarified that this committee will also include members of SKM… The status quo will be maintained on procurement of crops on MSP in the country. The central government will appeal other state governments too to start the process to withdraw cases against protestors of the movement.” On Thursday, farmers suspended their yearlong movement. However, the SKM said they will meet again on 15th January to see if the government is doing anything to fulfill their demands. 

‘Democratic Spirit Ingrained In Indians’: PM Modi At Summit For Democracy 

On Thursday, PM Narendra Modi participated at the Summit For Democracy hosted by US President Joe Biden and said that the democratic spirit is ingrained in Indians, and they have respect for the rule of law and pluralistic ethos. A total of 12 leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, were invited by US President Joe Biden to virtually participate in the main Leaders’ Plenary Session on Day 1 of the Summit For Democracy held on Thursday. Official sources quoting PM Modi said: “PM Modi said that the democratic spirit, including respect for the rule of law and pluralistic ethos, is ingrained in Indians. The Indian Diaspora carries it too, thereby contributing to economic well-being and social harmony of their adopted homes,” PM Modi will be delivering India’s closing statement today at 5:30 pm (IST). 

Breaking: Katrina Kaif And Vicky Kaushal Gets Hitched; Shares First Picture As Husband And Wife

Putting all the wedding rumours to rest finally, Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal officially shared their wedding pictures on their respective social media handles. While Katrina looked ravishing in a Sabyasachi red bridal lehenga, Vicky looked royal in a white ivory sherwani by Sabyasachi. The power couple tied the knot in an intimate ceremony at the Six Senses Fort Barwara, Rajasthan, on Thursday. Sharing the beautiful wedding pictures, Katrina wrote: “Only love and gratitude in our hearts for everything that brought us to this moment. Seeking all your love and blessings as we begin this new journey together.” The couple received congratulatory messages from the Bollywood fraternity, including Kareena Kapoor Khan, Alia Bhatt, Deepika Padukone, Tiger Shroff, Anushka Sharma, Rajkummar Rao, among others. 

‘Is R in RRR Lucky For You?’ Asks A Reporter To Alia Bhatt; Actor Blushes 

After Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal’s wedding, all eyes are on the couple in tinsel town. Well, we are talking about Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor. During the trailer launch of RRR, a reporter asked Alia Bhatt if the ‘R’ in RRR was lucky for her, and Alia Bhatt went all blushing and said: “I am stumped. Mere paas jawaab nahi hai. I am trying to be intelligent… trying to be intelligent. Trying to have a good answer..(took a pause) umm… Ji… ‘R’ is a lovely alphabet, and so is A.” Well, we can’t wait to see Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor’s wedding pictures.

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