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PM Modi chairs COVID-19 review meeting amid third wave threat

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting on Sunday (January 9) to review the COVID-19 situation in the country.

The meeting conducted via video conference was attended by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya, Home secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba and other officials.

The review meeting comes as India reported 1,59,632 new coronavirus cases, the highest in 224 days, as per Union health ministry data on Sunday. The daily positivity rate in the country jumped to 10.21 per cent as India reels under the third COVID-19 wave threat. The active cases have risen to 5,90,611, the highest in around 197 days.

The total tally of the Omicron variant has reached 3,623 in the country. Out of the total 3,623 Omicron cases, Maharashtra logged the highest with 1,009 cases, followed by Delhi with 513 and Karnataka with 441 cases.

With forthcoming elections in five Assemblies– Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa– the Election Commission of India on Saturday while announcing poll dates banned physical rallies, roadshows, nukkad sabhas, padayatras and vehicle rallies till January 15 due to COVID-19 scare.

Meanwhile, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will interact with state health ministers on Monday over the prevailing coronavirus situation, government sources told.

 

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Republic Day full dress Rehearsal: Div Com Jammu takes salute at M.A Stadium

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The full dress rehearsal for the celebration of Republic Day 2022 was held on Monday here at M. A Stadium Jammu amid tight security arrangements.
The contingents of Army, CRPF, JKP, NCC cadets and other departments besides various schools presented an impressive March past.
Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Dr Raghav Langer inspected the Parade and took a salute at the march past.
School children and artists of J&K Academy of Art Culture and Languages presented a colourful cultural programme featuring theme-based presentations.  A brilliant performance by the Dare Devils of Jammu and Kashmir Police mesmerized the audience with spectacular stunts.
Stunning gymnastics performances, shows were also presented by sportspersons of the J&K Sports Council.
The cultural items depicted communal harmony and composite culture of Jammu Kashmir UT, besides featuring patriotic based presentations, folk music and dance.
The function was also attended by Additional Director General of Police, Mukesh Singh; Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Anshul Garg, besides other civil and police Officers.
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Raj Bhawan Cancels Republic Day ‘At Home’ Reception

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In view of the Covid-19 pandemic, Raj Bhawan has decided to cancel this year’s Republic Day ‘At Home’ Reception on 26th January 2022.

Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha has urged the people of the Union Territory of J&K to follow Covid Appropriate Behaviour (CAB) and safety protocols issued by the health officials.

 

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JK Girl conferred with Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar by PM Modi

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Who would not be familiar with the name of Aarushi Kotwal of Jammu and Kashmir today? It is such a well-known name in the sports world of the state, whose achievements and talent have been influenced by the National Children’s Award from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has virtually given Aarushi Kotwal this award.

17-year-old Aarushi Kotwal is the only player to become the state’s first woman master in chess. Aarushi has been the state champion eight times till now and has impressed everyone with her talent by participating in national and international competitions. Aarushi has also got a chance to represent India in the Commonwealth Chess Competition.

Aarushi Kotwal aspires to one day represent India in chess and become the world champion in the game of check and beat and win the title of Grand Master. Although he has not received special encouragement from the then governments of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, he is quite happy with the support extended by the family and the J&K Chess Association.

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Aarushi still remembers the memorable moment when Omar Abdullah, the former Chief Minister of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, honoured her with a sum of Rs 50,000 for winning a gold medal in the Asian Chess competition.

While studying in the second grade, Aarushi started playing chess and, for the first time, the secured first position in the under-7 age group and second in the under-9 age group. Aarushi started the chess game first from her home, and then one day, after defeating all the members of the house, she is giving tough competition to the country’s players. As a result, she has proved her talent by participating in many national and international competitions so far.

Aarushi won the gold medal by participating in the Asian School Chess competition held in New Delhi. Apart from this, she has brought laurels to the state and the country by participating in the international competition held in Tashkent. In the 14th Asian School Chess Competition held in Sri Lanka in July 2018, 454 players from 16 countries participated in the boys and girls categories of four different age groups. In this, Aarushi Kotwal successfully won the silver medal by defeating her rivals in the under-17 age group of girls.

Aarushi says that a sports policy has been made in the state, but due to lack of sports earlier, she was deprived of participating in international competitions twice.

Amish Mahajan

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Covid-19 Stats

25 Jan 2022, 3:48 AM (GMT)

Coronavirus Stats

39,543,328 Total Cases
489,896 Death Cases
36,804,145 Recovered Cases

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