More than 6 Dead, Several Injured due to fire breakout…Click to more Details

More than 6 Dead, Several Injured due to fire breakout…Click to more Details

More than 6 Dead, Several Injured due to fire breakout

Mumbai: More than six people are reported to be dead in a major fire at Kamala Building, in Nana Chowk, in Mumbai’s Tardeo today morning. Nineteen others have been injured in the incident. The level 3 fire was reported on the 18th floor of the 20-storey building.

According to reports, the blaze was reported at 7.28am and declared level 3 at 8.10am. 

Thirteen fire engines and seven jumbo tankers were deployed to control the fire. 

The injured were rushed to Bhatia and Nair hospitals; the doctors at Nair hospital said that two people were brought dead while the others are undergoing treatment in the general ward. One more person later succumbed to their wounds.

Aaditya Thackeray said he is monitoring the fire fighting and rescue operations that are underway.

“In touch with the authorities regarding the fire outbreak at the Kamala building in Tardeo. The fire brigade and the police are on site. Rescue and cooling operations are underway,” he tweeted.

Officials said prima facie the fire occurred after some cables in the building’s electricity duct melted. Smoke from the electricity duct spread to multiple floors. The building has a fire suppression system but it failed to work.

People are being evacuated from all floors of the building and being taken to hospitals for examination in case of smoke inhalation.

Cooking Khichdi can be injurious… To read more Click

Thief cooks food in the middle of burglary, arrested

Guwahati : A burglar was apprehended by cops in a peculiar example of a heist gone wrong after he interrupted his attempted break-in to cook khichdi.

This strange incident occurred in Guwahati, Assam Police tweet about the incident went viral on social media.

It’s been dubbed “the curious case of a cereal burglar!”.

Despite the dish’s numerous health benefits, Assam Police wrote that “cooking Khichdi during a burglary attempt can be injurious to your well being”.

The thief was apprehended by the Guwahati Police and is being fed hot meals in prison, according to the report.

According to press reports, the event occurred in Guwahati’s Hengerabari district.

While the owners were away, a burglar broke into their home.

He decided to make khichdi while plundering the house.

The sounds emanating from the kitchen alerted the neighbours, who contacted the cops.

The post has received a lot of positive feedback on social media.

The sense of humour of the Assam Police has been praised by many. 

“I am Covid positive, but I am not dying” Says by To read Click…

I am positive, but I am not dying- Sonu Nigam

Mumbai: Singer Sonu Nigam says he, along with his wife Madhurima and son Nevaan, has tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently under home quarantine in Dubai.

The 48-year-old singer shared his diagnosis on social media, adding he is doing well and is asymptomatic.

Nigam said he was scheduled to travel to India for a show, the plans for which fell apart as he repeatedly tested positive for the virus.

“I am COVID positive right now. I am in Dubai, I had to come to India to perform in Bhubaneswar and to shoot for ‘Super Singer’ season 3, which is when I got tested and the result came positive. I got myself retested again and again, but still turned out positive. I feel we will have to live with it.

“Many times, I have performed at concerts while being down with viral fever, having a bad throat or congestion. This feels a lot better than that, I am positive, but I am not dying. Even my throat is fine,” he said.

The singer said in the video that his sister-in-law has also tested positive and revealed that more people in the film industry have contracted COVID-19, including music composer Jeet Ganguly and lyricist Raj Shekhar.

Nigam said he feels bad for those who may have to face losses because of him but was thankful to singer Shaan and music composer Anu Malik, who stepped in to perform in Bhubaneswar and shoot for the show, respectively. “You have to be careful but not scared. This is spreading quickly and causing panic. I feel bad for those of us, who recently began working, we now have to sit at home again, for theatre people, movie makers…” he added.

Covid Positive passengers flee… To read in detail Click

13 Covid Positive Passengers Flee From Authorities in Amritsar

Amritsar: 13 passengers have managed to give authorities the slip. According to reports, nine managed to flee from the airport and four of them managed to flee from the hospital. The patients, who ran away from hospital were admitted to Amritsar’s Guru Nanak Dev Hospital.

It is pertinent to mention her that 125 passengers of an international chartered flight from Italy tested positive for COVID on arrival at  Amritsar airport.

District Collector has directed SP Amritsar to register a case against 13 passengers who violated the COVID-related protocols. They have also been asked to immediately isolate themselves and report to the authorities otherwise their pictures and details would be made public.

Deputy Commissioner of Amritsar Gurpreet Singh Khehra said the authorities will initiate proceedings to cancel their passport if they don’t return. “If they don’t return, we will publish their photos in the newspaper,” he warned, adding, FIRs under the Epidemic Act and the Disaster Management Act will be registered against them…We are trying our best to keep our district away from the disease and negligence of patients will not be tolerated at any cost,” sources reported Khera as saying.

According to VK Seth, Amritsar Airport director, “125 passengers of an international chartered flight from Italy have tested positive for COVID-19 on arrival at Amritsar airport. Total passengers on the flight were 179”.

While 13 of the passengers were from Amritsar, the biggest group of 26 was from Hoshiarpur in the state, 10 from Haryana and one each from Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir.

The situation at the airport turned tense as a war of words ensued between the administration and the passengers, who said that all of them had produced negative Covid-19 reports before boarding the flight and that it was highly unlikely that so many of them had tested positive on arrival.

As per the Union Health Ministry, all adult passengers were tested on arrival as Italy is one of the high-risk countries for Omicron.

Punjab has reported a total of 6,08,723 COVID-19 cases with 16,657 deaths till date. The state has administered 2,70,28,217 COVID vaccine doses under the nationwide vaccination drive.


To make Digital payment without internet…?

Now make offline digital payments

New Delhi: If someone is in a rural area and doesn’t have any cash or internet access, he can still buy something or make a transaction of up to Rs 200 using their mobile phone or wallet as Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced a frame work  that allows offline payments of up to Rs 200 per transaction, subject to a total limit of Rs 2,000, in order to encourage digital transactions in rural and semi-urban regions. 

A transaction that does not require internet or telecom connectivity is referred to as an “offline digital payment.”

Payments can be made face-to-face (proximity mode) via any channel or instrument, such as cards, wallets, and mobile devices, in the offline mode. 

Reserve Bank of India stated that these transactions will not require an additional factor of authentication (AFA), and that because the transactions occur offline, the consumer will receive warnings (through SMS and/or e-mail) after a time lag. 

Transactions are subject to a limit of Rs 200 per transaction and an overall limit of Rs 2,000 for all transactions until the balance in the account is replenished. Balance replenishment can only occur in an online mode.

The framework integrates feedback from pilot experiments on offline transactions undertaken in various sections of the country from September 2020 to June 2021, according to the statement. 

The offline mode of payment can be enabled after obtaining the specific consent of the customer.

Customers will continue to enjoy protection under the provisions of circulars limiting customer liability and will have recourse to the Reserve Bank’s Integrated Ombudsman Scheme for grievance redress.

Offline payments can be made using any channel or instrument, like cards, wallets, and mobile devices.

Full Lockdown on Sundays in to read click

Night curfew in Tamil Nadu from tonight full lockdown on Sundays

Chennai: Tamil Nadu government has announced a night curfew (from 10pm to 5am) across the state starting from tonight and a full lockdown on Sundays, amid fast-rising COVID-19 cases. During these hours, only public transport, private bus services, fuel stations, ATMs, and essentials such as delivery of milk, newspapers would be permitted to function. 

Those working night shifts in essential industries have been advised to carry company-issued ID cards and vaccination certificates. The government has advised flight, bus, and train passengers travelling during the curfew/lockdown hours to carry their ticket copies to prove their credentials. Those who have valid travel tickets can use autos and taxis to get around during the curfew hours.

On Sunday lockdowns, only essential services would be permitted, besides online food delivery services and take-away at hotels, which can function between 7 a.m. and 10 pm. During Sunday lockdowns, even public transportation would be inoperative.

Only classes in grades 9–12th grade will be permitted to have in-person schooling. Training and coaching centres are not permitted to function. Buses, metros, and local trains can accommodate only up to 50% of their seating capacity. All colleges, other than medical and paramedical colleges, have been asked to remain closed till January 20th.

Government and private celebratory events for Pongal festivities are cancelled. All entertainment and amusement parks are closed. However, the public will be able to visit beaches alone for walking. All places of worship will be closed on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 

Hotels, lodges, restaurants, clothing and jewellery stores, gyms, yoga centers, clubs, cinema halls, indoor stadiums, salons, spas, and beauty parlours will be limited to 50% occupancy.

PM Modi could not reach read for more details

PM Modi Cancels Ferozepur Visit Due to Security Lapse

Projects worth thousands of crores disrupted in Punjab – Nadda

Ferozepur: Central Government has blamed the Punjab Government for the lapse of security on the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s public rally in Ferozepur. 

PM Modi’s cancelled his rally citing some reason.

Later MHA issued a press statement where it blamed Punjab Government for the security lapse. 

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) says it is taking cognisance of this serious security lapse has sought a detailed report from the state government. State Government has also been asked to fix responsibility for this lapse and take strict action.

“PM headed back to Bathinda Airport after a security lapse when PM’s convoy reached a flyover which was blocked by some protestors. PM was stuck on a flyover for 15-20 minutes. This was a major lapse in the security of PM” read MHA statement

“Also in view of the contingency plan Punjab Government has to deploy additional security to secure any movement by road, which were clearly not deployed. After this security lapse, it was decided to head back to Bathinda airport,” 

Cheers for tourists & problem for local for more details Click to read

Flights cancelled, orange alert issued due to fresh snowfall in Kashmir

Srinagar: Kashmir Valley witnessed a fresh spell of snowfall, Srinagar, recorded rain and snowfall of 7.1mm, Gulmarg recorded 8.4 inches (21cm) of fresh snowfall, Pahalgam, recorded 13.5 cms of snowfall.

The authorities cancelled around 34 flights to and from Srinagar today due to poor visibility amid rains and snowfall, authorities also said that it’s unlikely that remaining flights would be taking off from Srinagar today. 

Road connectivity has also been impacted due to the fresh snowfall. The road from Srinagar-Kargil has been shut. The Gurez-Bandipora road has also been closed for traffic after the snowfall. The Mughal road from Kashmir to Jammu has also been closed today. 

The MeT has also issued an ‘orange alert’ across the Valley as the snowfall is expected to increase in the coming 24 hours. There are chances of snow avalanches and landslides in vulnerable areas of North Kashmir. It has been advised that people in snow-bound areas should not venture out. 

However, Tourists seem to be enjoying the snowfall the most. From Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Srinagar, tourists could be seen enjoying the snowfall and playing with the snow. Most of them say it’s the reason they came down to Kashmir. 

“It’s a dreamland and one of the reasons to come here was to witness the snow.It’s nothing less than a dream come true said aTourist from Rajasthan. 

While snowfall brings cheer on the faces of tourists, it brings a lot of problems to the locals living in the valley. 

Stampede at Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu

Several persons are reported to be injured after a stampede occurred at the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Katra in Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi district early today, authorities said.
Incident occurred around 2:45 am, and as per initial reports, an argument broke out which resulted in people pushing each other, followed by a stampede.

The stampede broke out when a huge crowd of devotees, who had come to pay their obeisance to mark the beginning of the New Year, entered the Vaishno Devi Bhawan, officials said, adding that “large groups of devotees reportedly entered the Bhawan without permission slips.”

The police said that rescue operations started immediately and all the injured have been taken to hospitals, where condition of some is stated to be “serious”.

“All the injured have been taken to a hospital”

The incident occurred outside the sanctum sanctorum of the shrine on Trikuta hills. Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha said that a high-level inquiry has been ordered into the stampede.

PM Modi to lay foundation stone of over 200 Supplementary Nutrition Manufacturing Units

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Prayagraj on 21st December 2021 and participate in a one of its kind programme that will be attended by over 2 lakh women, at around 1 PM.
The programme is being held as per the vision of the Prime Minister to empower women, especially at the grassroot level, by providing them with necessary skills, incentives and resources. In this endeavour to support women, Prime Minister will transfer an amount of Rs. 1000 crore in the bank account of Self Help Groups (SHGs), benefitting around 16 lakh women members of the SHGs. This transfer is being done under the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihood Mission (DAY-NRLM), with 80,000 SHGs receiving Community Investment Fund (CIF) of Rs. 1.10 lakh per SHG and 60,000 SHGs receiving Revolving Fund of Rs. 15000 per SHG.
The programme will also witness the Prime Minister encouraging Business Correspondent-Sakhis (B.C.-Sakhis), by transferring Rs. 4000 as first month’s stipend in account of 20,000 B.C.-Sakhis. When B.C.-Sakhis commence their work as providers of doorstep financial services at grassroot level, they are paid a stipend of Rs. 4000 for six months, so that they get stabilized in their work and then start earning through the commission on transactions.
During the programme, Prime Minister will also be transferring a total amount of over 20 crore to more than 1 lakh beneficiaries under the Mukhya Mantri Kanya Sumangala Scheme, the Scheme provides conditional cash transfer to a girl child at different stages of her life. The total transfer is Rs. 15000 per beneficiary, stages are at birth (Rs. 2000), on completing one year complete vaccination (Rs. 1000), on admission in class–I (Rs. 2000), On admission in class–VI (Rs. 2000), on admission in class-IX (Rs. 3000), on admission in any degree/ diploma course after passing class X or XII (Rs. 5000).
Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of 202 Supplementary Nutrition Manufacturing Units, which are being funded by the Self Help Groups and will be constructed at the cost of approx Rs. 1 crore for one unit. These units will supply the Supplementary Nutrition under the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) in 600 blocks of the state.

Government of Maldives clarifies over false information regarding ties with India

New Delhi: Government of Maldives has released a statement on Sunday (December 19) over false “misguided and unsubstantiated” information regarding the bilateral ties with India. The government of Maldives said that it is “profoundly concerned” by the attempts to propagate hatred towards India.
Mentioning India as one of the closest bilateral partners, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Maldives called the involved “political personalities” and other individuals who spread hatred and made false allegations, jeopardising the bilateral ties.
“While the Government of Maldives champions the freedom of expression and freedom of assembly, the Government strongly believes these fundamental rights should be exercised in a democratic and responsible manner,” a part of the statement read.
The statement released by the ministry also highlighted a crucial point that spreading hatred and making false allegations regarding bilateral ties with neighbouring countries can tarnish relations with allies. It also affects the safety and security of their citizens in Maldives and Maldivians, who are living abroad.
Maldives government reaffirmed that the country’s long-standing ties with all its international partners are based on principles of mutual respect and understanding.
While concluding the statement, the government of Maldives urged all parties, especially the political leadership, to act responsibly. They also asked to refrain from spreading false information that has the potential to undermine the country’s cordial relations with its neighbours, and the international community.

India reports 6,563 new cases in last 24 hrs

New Delhi: India has logged 6,563 new COVID-19 cases, 132 deaths in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed today.
The active caseload of the country stands at 82,267; the lowest in nearly 1.5 years (572 days). As per the ministry, as many as 8,077 patients recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative tally of recovered patients since the beginning of the pandemic to 3,41,87,017.
“India’s recovery rate stands at 98.39 percent, highest since March 2020,” said the ministry.
Around 8,77,055 COVID-19 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, taking cumulative tests in the country to over 66.51 crores (66,51,12,580).
“Weekly Positivity Rate at 0.60 percent remains less than 1 percent for the last 36 days now. The daily positivity rate has been reported to be 0.75 percent. The daily positivity rate has remained below 2 percent for the last 77 days and below 3 percent for 112 consecutive days now,” informed the ministry.
With the administration of 15,82,079 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has exceeded 137.67 crores (1,37,67,20,359), as per the provisional reports till 7 am today.

Delhi Logs Over 100 Fresh COVID Cases in Day

People should avoid all gatherings and maintain COVID protocols

New Delhi: National capital witnessed the highest daily spike in COVID-19 cases in almost six months on Sunday, with as many as 107 people testing positive for the corona virus infection, this is record Delhi’s highest daily rise since June 27, and one death as the positivity rate stood at 0.17 per cent, according to data shared by the city health department.
Earlier on Saturday, the city logged 86 new cases on Saturday and 69 on Friday with a positivity rate of 0.13 per cent and 0.12 per cent, respectively. The last time Delhi recorded more new infections in a day was on June 25, when 115 cases were detected.
The rise in daily cases comes amid an Omicron scare that has sparked the fear of the third wave of the pandemic arriving soon in India. At present, the total number of patients found infected with the latest variant of the corona virus jumped by 12 on Friday to reach 22 in the national capital.
The number of active cases in Delhi has also breached the 500-mark for the first time in over four months. The city currently has 540 active cases, including 225 in home isolation.
Amid the jump in cases of Omicron variant in Delhi, doctors said people should avoid all gatherings and follow Covid-appropriate behaviours, else the pandemic situation may worsen given the highly transmissible nature of this variant of coronavirus.
Health experts and doctors treating Covid patients at leading government and private facilities in the city have said that a “sense of complacency” has again crept in among a large section of citizens despite witnessing the “horrors of the second wave” of Covid infections earlier this year.
Following the increasing cases of the new COVID-19 Omicron variant in Delhi, a total of 65 oxygen beds have been prepared at the Commonwealth Games Village’s COVID care center, informed Dr. Rajat Jain, President of NGO ‘Doctors For You’ on Sunday. The makeshift hospital has also been operational.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, said the government is ready to tackle the Omicron variant.