India worked relentlessly in last 7 years to realize potential of tourism, says PM Modi \
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India worked relentlessly in last 7 years to realize potential of tourism, says PM Modi

21-Jan-2022
New Delhi [India], January 21 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that in the last seven years, the country has worked relentlessly to realize the potential of tourism.
21-Jan-2022 National
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Kerala CM writes to PM on R-Day tableau \
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Kerala CM writes to PM on R-Day tableau

21-Jan-2022
Thiruvananthapuram Jan 20 PTI Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention to include Keralas tableau in the coming Republic Day parade Drawing the Prime Ministers attention to the non-inclusion of Keralas tableau in the parade the Chief Minister said the proposed tableau of the southern State has a social message and relevance in the contemporary social scenario Our tableau included the image of Sree Narayana Guru a great philosopher and social reformer who led the renaissance movement of Kerala in the last century His thoughts and actions attracted not only national but also worldwide attention the letter said It said Guru had fought obscurantist practices which led to division among human beings and he propagated the philosophy of universal brotherhood freedom and right to education for all The message the tableau can send to the younger generation of the country is very valuable the letter said while seeking urgent intervention of the Prime Minister to get the tableau included in the parade Also he told the Prime Minister that Keralas tableaux have in the past won honours more than once Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has written to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin as the exclusion of the two States proposed tableaux from the Republic Day snowballed into a major controversy PTI TGB NVG NVG
21-Jan-2022 National
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Kerala govt imposes fresh restrictions to contain rising COVID cases \
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Kerala govt imposes fresh restrictions to contain rising COVID cases

20-Jan-2022
Thiruvananthapuram Jan 20 PTI The Kerala government on Thursday imposed fresh restrictions in the state as a preventive measure to contain the rising number of COVID-19 cases A high-level COVID review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan virtually from the United States decided that only essential services should be allowed on the next two Sundays --January 23 and 30 The meeting also decided to allow working women with children below the age of two cancer patients and seriously ill persons to work through the work from home system It directed institutions including businesses malls beaches and other tourist places like theme parks to ensure no gatherings take place and operate strictly adhering to COVID-19 protocols Restrictions will be imposed at district level on the basis of the number of people admitted to hospitals the government said and authorised the Disaster Management Authority to divide the districts into three groups A B and C In the districts fall under A category all social cultural religious political and public events and weddings and funerals can be attended by up to 50 people No such gatherings will be allowed in the B and C category districts In such areas religious worship should be conducted online only and a maximum of 20 people will be allowed for weddings and funerals Movie theaters swimming pools and gyms are not allowed to function in C category districts All classes including tuition centers -- except undergraduate and postgraduate level final year classes besides 10 and 12 classes-- are allowed online only in C category districts However residential educational institutions are allowed to operate on a bio-bubble model The decision comes in wake of rising cases of infection in the state which logged 46387 fresh COVID-19 cases today the highest ever single day spike in the infections Confirming that Kerala is witnessing a third wave of COVID-19 Kerala Health Minister Veena George has cautioned people against the super-spread of the pandemic and said both Delta and Omicron variants of the virus are contributing to the ongoing unprecedented surge in daily cases PTI TGB ROH ROH
20-Jan-2022 National
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Kerala logs highest ever daily COVID-19 cases at 46387 \
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Kerala logs highest ever daily COVID-19 cases at 46387

20-Jan-2022
Thiruvananthapuram Jan 20 PTI Kerala on Thursday registered 46387 fresh coronavirus cases the highest ever single day spike since the outbreak of the pandemic in 2020 taking the total caseload to 5487898According to the data provided by the health department 43529 COVID-19 cases reported on May 12 2021 was the highest ever cases of infection in the state so far The health department said the state tested 115357 samples in the last 24 hours and there are 199041 active COVID-19 cases However in a relief to the states health sector only 3 per cent are admitted to the hospitals On Thursday Kerala reported 341 deaths taking the toll to 51501 Among todays fatalities 32 were recorded over the last few days and 309 designated as COVID-19 deaths after receiving appeals based on the new guidelines of the Centre and the directions of the Supreme Court Among the districts Thiruvananthapuram saw 9720 new cases followed by Ernakulam with 9605 and Kozhikode 4016 Of those found infected today 172 reached the state from outside while 43176 contracted the disease from their contacts The source of infection of 2654 is yet to be traced As many as 385 health workers are also among the infected Meanwhile 15388 people recovered from the infection on Thursday taking the total number of those cured to 5259594 PTI TGB ROH ROH
20-Jan-2022 National
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Deaths as against active cases significantly lower in 3rd Covid wave than 2nd Govt \
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Deaths as against active cases significantly lower in 3rd Covid wave than 2nd Govt

20-Jan-2022
New Delhi Jan 20 PTIDeaths as against active cases have been significantly lower in the third wave of COVID-19 pandemic than the previous one the government said on Thursday underlining the current surge is not witnessing increase in severe illness or death following high vaccination uptakePresenting a comparison of the key indices during the second and third surge in India Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said on April 30 2021 there were 386452 new cases 3059 deaths and 3170228 active cases and the proportion of fully vaccinated people that time was 2 per centOn January 20 2022 there are 317532 new cases 380 deaths and 1924051 active cases and the proportion of fully vaccinated people is 72 per cent he saidSo it shows that deaths as against active cases have been significantly fewer in the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic than the second wave while the vaccinated population has increased significantly from from the second to third waveBy this we want to tell you that vaccination is effective The disease remains mild and in moderate levels in fully vaccinated individuals Bhushan said as he urged those who have not yet taken their first vaccine dose to take the shot and those who are overdue for their second dose to get fully inoculatedWe track childrens data too 0-19 years age group in 2020 they contributed to 10 per cent of the total cases and 096 per cent of total deaths In 2021 0-19 years contributed to 11 per cent of the total cases and 070 per cent of total deaths happening because of COVID19 Between 2020 and 2021 there is not much of a difference either in terms of contribution of this age group or in terms of contribution of this group to total deaths he saidICMR Director General Dr Balram Bhargava said The current surge in India is not witnessing an increase in severe illness and death because of high vaccination uptake However we have to remember one point those with comorbidities should monitor their health and avoid complications To summarize vaccines prevent death and therefore is a must he saidHe added that the overall test performance in the country is being maintained at a level comparable with the second waveNITI Aayog member Health Dr V K Paul drew attention to the fact thatthere are still about 1 crore people in the over 60 age group who are yet to get their first dose and 25 per cent are yet to get a second dose This is unfinished work 52 per cent children have been covered in the 15-17 years age group more healthcare and frontline workers should also come forward Availability is not at all an issue here 65 crore peoples second dose is still overdue But why should it be overdue everyone should take their second dose All those who are not fully protected will not only be a danger to itself but others too We have to accept masks and protect our seniors and the prevention tool here is vaccination and we need to take it in this paradigm Paul saidProviding an update on Covid vaccination Bhushan said 94 per cent of Indias adults have been administered the first dose while 72 per cent are fully vaccinatedHe said 52 per cent of the adolescents in the 15-18 years age group nationwide have received their first dose of Covid vaccine with Andhra Pradesh topping the list with 91 per cent followed by Himachal Pradesh at 83 per cent and Madhya Pradesh at 71 per centYoung people in the age group of 15 to 18 years have actively participated in the vaccination drive he saidAlso6175 lakh precaution doses have been administered to healthcare workers frontline workers and those aged 60 and above with comorbiditiesMaharashtra Karnataka Tamil Nadu Kerala Delhi and Uttar Pradesh have emerged as states of concern because of rising weekly cases and positivityMore than 11 states and union territories have more than 50000 active cases of COVID-19 while 13 states and union territories have active cases between 10000 to 50000Number of districts reporting weekly case positivity more than 5 per cent have increased from 335in the week ending Jan 12 to 515 in the week ending Jan 19Twelve states and union territories including Chandigarh Himachal Pradesh Delhi Haryana Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have administered the first dose of Covid vaccine to 100 per cent of the eligible adult population On the number of samples being genome sequenced so far Bhushan said the figure is 164 lakh genomes and it is a good number even in comparison to western countries Secondly in December 16000 genome sequencing was done and genome sequence is important in terms of public health response It is not beneficial to an individual to know if they are infected with Delta or Omicron because the testing procedure and treatment remains the same So genome sequencing is important to understand how to mold public health responsePaul said genome sequencing has to be strategic and has to be based on systematic collection of specimensIn the world we are number 2 position for genomic sequencing As the story evolved it was very much driven by science and INSACOG work It is a tool for public health response it is a tool for scientific understanding of the behaviour of the virus and it from there leads us to finding solutions such as the possibility of new diagnostics new vaccines efficacy of vaccines PTI PLBUZM ZMN
20-Jan-2022 National
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Kerala records highest single-day spike with 46,387 new COVID-19 cases \
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Kerala records highest single-day spike with 46,387 new COVID-19 cases

20-Jan-2022
Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India], January 20 (ANI): Kerala on Thursday recorded the highest single-day spike with 46,387 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, stated the State Health Department on Thursday.
20-Jan-2022 National
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DYFI activists ‘attack’ Youth Congress workers for entering their meeting hall to explain Kerala’s Silver Line project \
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DYFI activists ‘attack’ Youth Congress workers for entering their meeting hall to explain Kerala’s Silver Line project

20-Jan-2022
Kannur (Kerala) [India], January 20 (ANI): The Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) activists on Thursday allegedly attacked Youth Congress workers who entered the hall of the meeting organized by DYFI to explain the state government's proposed Silver Line Project.
20-Jan-2022 National
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ISL: Wounded Mumbai City challenge for top-heavy Jamshedpur \
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ISL: Wounded Mumbai City challenge for top-heavy Jamshedpur

20-Jan-2022
Panaji (Goa) [India], January 20 (ANI): Jamshedpur FC will look to move back to the top of the table when they take on fellow heavyweights Mumbai City FC in a high-voltage 2021-22 Indian Super League clash at the Athletic Stadium in Bambolim on Friday.
20-Jan-2022 Sports
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Kerala reports 54 new cases of Omicron COVID-19 variant \
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Kerala reports 54 new cases of Omicron COVID-19 variant

20-Jan-2022
Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India], January 19 (ANI): Kerala reported 54 new cases of Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
20-Jan-2022 National
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Kerala reports 34,199 new COVID-19 cases \
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Kerala reports 34,199 new COVID-19 cases

19-Jan-2022
Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India], January 19 (ANI): Kerala reported 34,199 new COVID-19 cases during the past 24 hours.
19-Jan-2022 National
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