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National: The cumulative COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India crossed 130 crore on Wednesday, the Union Health Ministry said. Over 72 lakh vaccine doses were administered on Wednesday till 7 pm, it said
Spike in Rajasthan as 40 test positive; Omicron cases at 9
In a clear spike in Covid-19 cases, Rajasthan on Wednesday reported 40 coronavirus positive patients, 25 of whom are from Jaipur only. The state so far has nine confirmed cases of Omicron, all in the city. Eight relatives of a person from the city’s Vaishali Nagar, who had arrived from Germany on November 27 and tested positive two days ago, were found infected on Wednesday.
General Naravane considered frontrunner for CDS post
Even as the Cabinet Committee on Security led by PM Narendra Modi met on Wednesday evening, sources said the government is likely to soon announce a successor to the country’s first-ever CDS Gen Bipin Rawat. There was no official word on the CCS meeting except that the members observed two minutes of silence and paid tributes to all those who lost their lives in the ill-fated Mi-17 V5 crash on Wednesday afternoon.
Govt claims of India’s economic recovery hollow: Sonia Gandhi
Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday accused the government of being in denial on price rise and “impervious to the suffering of the people”, as she said claims of economic recovery were hollow and the mere fact that stock markets have risen or profit to select big companies could not be its indicator.
‘Poor visibility, not technical fault, likely crash cause’
Foggy conditions and poor visibility could be factors that caused the Mi-17V5 helicopter carrying CDS Gen. Bipin Rawat, his wife and several others to crash in Coonoor, the Nilgiris hill station in Tamil Nadu, aviation experts said, though official word on the reason for Wednesday’s fatal accident is awaited.
Earmark separate isolation areas for Omicron-hit: Govt
In the wake of the detection of Omicron cases in some states, the Centre has asked their governments to earmark separate isolation areas for all patients infected with the Omicron variant, in designated Covid treatment facilities.
Tragedy in Nilgiris leaves political leadership in shock
Top leaders of the country including President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and others expressed anguish over the sudden demise of CDS General Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 other defence personnel in a chopper crash on Wednesday.
IAF man battling for life cheated death last year
The lone survivor among the 14 on board the Mi-17 V5 chopper that crashed on Wednesday, Group Captain Varun Singh has dodged death a second time while on duty. Now battling for life in the military hospital at Wellington in Tamil Nadu, the IAF officer had survived a life-threatening emergency while flying the indigenous Tejas light combat aircraft in October last year.
Stopped man from disrupting Ayodhya case: Ranjan Gogoi
Had an unnamed person not been denied entry into the courtroom on October 16, 2019, the day on which the Supreme Court reserved its verdict in the fiercely-contested Ayodhya land dispute case, the hearing may have been disrupted and the unanimous 5-0 historic verdict in favour of the Ram Temple might not have been delivered on November 9, 2019.
Government accepts demands, farm stir may end soon
The government on Wednesday agreed in principle to all the suggestions of the protesting farmer unions, including their demand of "unconditional" withdrawal of cases registered against farmers and their supporters, and sent a revised draft proposal that could now set the stage for an announcement of winding up protest sites along Delhi borders possibly on Thursday itself.
TMC’s anti-Cong pitch reveals fault lines in opposition bloc
A day after Sharad Pawar’s NCP stressed the need to broaden the opposition bloc, the polarised debate on the shape and leadership of the anti-BJP alliance intensified, showing that Trinamool Congress’s strident anti-Congress pitch has exposed the fault lines that appeared to have been papered over in recent months.