Eight states account for over 84% of recent Covid-19 cases in India
Daily NEWS Summary | 29-03-2021; Eight states, including Maharashtra, Karnataka and Punjab, have reported high numbers of daily Covid-19 cases and account for 84.5% of 68,020 new cases registered in the country per day, the Union Health Ministry said today.
- Maharashtra reported the largest daily increase of 40,414 Covid-19 cases, followed by 3,082 in Karnataka, 2,870 in Punjab, 2,276 in Madhya Pradesh, 2,270 in Gujarat, 2,216 in Kerala, 2,194 in Tamil Nadu and 2,153 in Chhattisgarh.
- Five states – Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka and Chhattisgarh – together account for 80.17% of the total active cases in the country, they added.
- Ten states – Maharashtra, Gujarat, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Haryana and Rajasthan – are showing an upward trajectory in new daily cases, adding that total immunization coverage in India crossed 6 crore.
- The total number of active cases in India reached 5,21,808 and constitutes 4.33% of all infections.
- There was a net increase of 35,498 cases in the total number of active cases in one day, the ministry said.
- The total number of coronavirus cases reported in India was 1,20,40,001 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a death toll of 1,63,263.
Suez Canal traffic resumes after grounded ship is refloated
Daily NEWS Summary | 29-03-2021; The stranded container ship that blocked the Suez Canal for nearly a week floated again on Monday and is currently insured, Inchcape Shipping Services said, giving hope that the vital waterway will soon be reopened.
- The vessel was successfully refloated at 4.30 a.m. local time and was being secured at the time, Inchcape, a global shipping services provider, said on Twitter. Rescue teams, according to media reports, were helped by the moon and the tides to free the ship.
- About 15% of global maritime traffic passes through the Suez Canal, which is a major source of foreign exchange earnings for Egypt.
- The strike costs the chain between 14 and 15 million dollars a day. More than 350 ships, including container ships and tankers, were caught in “traffic jams” while waiting to transit through the canal.
Mehbooba Mufti refused passport after “unfavorable” CID report
Daily NEWS Summary | 29-03-2021; Former Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mehbooba Mufti, was denied a passport after an “unfavorable” report from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the J&K police.
- Passport officer Srinagar presented to the High Court on Monday that the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Additional Director General of Police (DGP), J&K, had classified Mufti’s application as “not recommended for passport cases “.
- Based on the CID report, it was determined that his case had been dismissed under the provision of Section 6 (2) (c) of the Passport Act 1967, “the passports officer’s file says.
- Mufti had applied for a new passport on December 11, 2020.
- He has now been asked to appeal to the Co-Secretary (PSP) and Director of Passports, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Patiala House, New Delhi, within 30 days “in case of any grievance against the decision ”.
Less than 6% of houses sanctioned under the central regime are completed
Daily NEWS Summary | 29-03-2021; Less than 6% of homes sanctioned under the Centre’s flagship rural housing program in 2020-2021 have been completed so far this year, with progress on Covid-19 stalled, the rural development ministry said to a standing committee last month.
- However, some states like Odisha and Jharkhand used the plan to provide employment opportunities for migrant workers who returned to their villages during the crisis.
- A little over a year after reaching its “Housing for All” target, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G) has only reached 55% of its construction target, although funds have been sanctioned for nearly 85% of beneficiaries.
- Of the 2.28 million rupees to be built for the rural poor under Yojana, less than 1.27 million rupees had been completed as of January 28, 2021, according to the Committee’s report presented to Lok Sabha earlier this month.
- Another 61 lakh is under construction.
- PMAY-G was launched in April 2016. Its goal is to provide by the end of March 2022 a pucca house with basic amenities for all rural families who are homeless or living in a ruined kutcha or house.
- According to data provided by the ministry in 2019, it takes an average of 114 days to build a house under this program. However, the advent of the pandemic has caused long delays at all stages.
- The implementation was “affected at ground level due to the lack of availability of construction materials, labor, delay in the inspection of the stages of construction of the house, etc.
- Although the national shutdown in March 2020 completely paralyzed work, the ministry has issued a notice to all states to begin housing construction activities as of April 20, 2020, respecting safety protocols such as use of a mask and distancing.
SC directs police stations to submit accident claim court reports within 48 hours
Daily NEWS Summary | 29-03-2021; The Supreme Court ordered the police stations to send accident information reports to the courts and insurers within 48 hours after the traffic accident. This is part of a set of eight instructions issued by the court to avoid delays in paying compensation to victims.
- Police, motor vehicle accident claims courts, and insurers across the country must apply these guidelines consistently.
- A court of judges SK Kaul and R. Subhash Reddy ordered the Center to launch a national online platform, which could be operated and accessible throughout the country for the submission of accident reports, complaints and responses to complaints, etc.
- This would put an end to the anguish that victims feel during accidents. in places other than their State of origin.
- However, he said that each state with its own online system would hamper the efficient processing of applications.
- Therefore, the central government should develop an online platform accessible to courts, law enforcement authorities and insurers throughout India, the court said.
Global banks warn of large losses from hedge fund default
Daily NEWS Summary | 29-03-2021; Swiss bank Credit Suisse said on Monday that it could have suffered a “very large” loss due to a default by a US-based hedge fund.
- Margin calls he and other banks made last week. while Nomura from Japan said it could suffer a loss of $ 2 billion due to an event with an American client.
- A margin call is triggered when investors borrow using their portfolio of stocks as collateral and must offset the balance required by banks when the share price falls and the collateral is worth less.
- Credit Suisse has not identified the “significant” hedge fund or other banks involved, nor has it elaborated on what happened. News reports identified the hedge fund as New York-based Archegos Capital Management.
Boston Dynamics presents “Stretch”, a new warehouse robot
Daily NEWS Summary | 29-03-2021; American robotics company Boston Dynamics on Monday unveiled a new robot called Stretch, designed to do very specific warehouse jobs; swap bodies.
- Stretch is the first task robot the company has built, based on requests received from companies around the world, said Michael Perry, vice president of business development for Boston Dynamics.
- Stretch has a small mobile base that allows you to move through the tight spaces of existing warehouses without having to reconfigure them for automation.
- It is equipped with an intelligent arm and clamp with advanced detection and computer vision cameras that can identify and handle a wide variety of boxed and shrink-wrapped cabinets.
- The Waltham, Massachusetts-based company is known for its YouTube videos of its “Spot” robots and “Atlas” humanoids.
- Hyundai Motor Group recently agreed to buy a controlling stake in Boston Dynamics from SoftBank Group Corp in a deal that values the robot maker at $ 1.1 billion.