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Uttar Pradesh Elections: 60.1% Voter Turn Out In The First Phase

Uttar Pradesh Elections: 60.1% Voter Turn Out In The First Phase

On Thursday, the first phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections was completed successfully. The state saw a turnout of 60.1% across 58 constituencies in 11 districts. The 2017 elections saw a high turnout of 63.5%, but final figures are yet to come, with many DMs saying it may go up. Shamli recorded maximum voting at 69.4% till 6 pm, followed by Muzzaffarnagar at 65.3%, Baghpat at 61.3%, Ghaziabad at 54.7% and Gautam Budh Nagar at 56.7%. The voting process was conducted peacefully, barring a few minor incidents. 

Covid-Bulletin: India Records 58,077 New Covid-19 Cases; Recovery Rate At 97.17%

According to the latest data released by the union health ministry, India has recorded 58,077 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 6,97,802. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber active covid-19 cases with registering 1,50,407 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The total recoveries in India have reached 4,13,31,158. The daily and weekly positivity rates currently stand at 3.89% and 5.76%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 74.78 crore covid-19 tests till now. On the vaccination front, India has administered 171.79 crore covid-19 vaccine doses under the nationwide vaccination drive.

Centre Issues Fresh Guidelines For International Arrivals

On Thursday, the central government revised guidelines for international arrivals. A demarcation of ‘at-risk’ countries was done during the surge of the Omicron variant, which recommended self-monitoring for 14 days as opposed to a 7 day home quarantine rule. However, the demarcation has been removed now. Union health minister Mandaviya tweeted: “Besides uploading negative RT-PCR report (taken 72 hrs prior to journey), option to upload a certificate of completing full primary vaccination schedule of COVID-19 vaccination provided from countries on a reciprocal basis,” The revised guidelines stated: “If travellers under self health-monitoring, develop signs and symptoms suggestive of Covid-19, they will immediately self-isolate and report to their nearest health facility or call National helpline number 1075/state helpline number,” As per the new guidelines, all foreign arrivals will fill a self-declaration form online including a travel history of the past 14 days. The guidelines will come into effect from February 14. 

Karnataka Hijab Row: High Court Says No Religious Attire On Campuses Till The Matter Is Pending In Court

Karnataka High Court recently heard petitions by Muslim students against restrictions on wearing hijab. The bench comprising Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi, Justice Krishna S Dixit and Justice JM Khazi decided to hear the matter again on Monday, i.e. 14th February. Meanwhile, the government decided to open schools and colleges in a phased manner from Monday. In Delhi, pro-hijab demonstrations in front of the Karnataka Bhawan intensified and multiple students were detained. In Bengaluru, prohibitory orders are in place, and no protests are allowed near educational institutions. Meanwhile, the Karnataka High Court said that colleges could open in the state. However, students are not allowed to wear any piece of religious clothing till the matter is pending in court. Chief Justice Ritu Raj Awasthi said: “We will pass an order that lets the institutions start, but till the matter is pending here, no student should insist on wearing religious dress. Peace and tranquillity should be maintained.” Earlier, the Supreme Court had refused to hear a plea over government rule on dress code, saying that the High Court should hear it first. 

Tejasswi On Boyfriend Karan Kundrra: “He Is Very Professional And Supportive, Would Never Interfere In My Work” 

Lovebirds of Bigg Boss 15, Tejasswi Prakash and Karan Kundrra, better known as #TejRan, are the new couple in tinsel town. Their love story has been growing stronger post the show. On the professional front, Tejasswi has been moving on to her next big release Naagin 6. Talking about her boyfriend Karan is supporting her, Tejasswi said: “Over the years I have never really had to do such scenes on screen for any of my shows, and even if I have to do something of that sort, it will only be when the script requires me to go in that direction. Coming to Karan, he has been in this industry long enough to know that when work calls for a requirement, it is important. Karan is very professional and supportive and would never interfere in work decisions related to me”“In fact, he was just teasing me by saying no kissing scenes because I was the one who was teasing him in the past for doing such scenes on-screen so honestly both our statements were just lighthearted. Neither of us would come in between our work requirements because we both Karan and I are thorough professionals at the end of the day,” added Tejasswi. 

IIFA Awards 2022 Postponed To May 20 And 21 Amid Global Covid Spread 

Following the global covid-19 spread, the International Indian Film Academy Awards 2022 or IIFA Awards 2022 have been postponed to 20th and 21st May. The organisers released a statement and said: “The 22nd edition of the much-anticipated IIFA awards 2022 has been postponed to 20th and 21st of May 2022, with due regard to the changing circumstances in the spread of COVID-19 virus globally and keeping the health and safety of IIFA’s fans and the general community at large.” “The IIFA awards 2022 celebrations were originally scheduled in March 2022. We at IIFA are responsible and committed to ensure the safety of the citizens and multitudes of IIFA fans who travel from across the globe to attend and experience the magic of IIFA. We sincerely regret the inconvenience caused and hope that all concerned understand the sensitivity of the situation.” added the statement. 

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