The rise of COVID-19 has gone from “bad to worse”, according to the Ministry of Health
Daily NEWS Summary | 30-03-2021; The COVID-19 situation in India has gone “from bad to worse in recent weeks,” the Union Health Ministry said. The trends show that the virus is still very active and is breaking our defenses just when we think we can control it, VK Paul, chairman of the National Expert Committee on Vaccine Administration, said at the ministry briefing.
- Mr. Paul added that, however, denied that the mutated strains had a role to play in this increase. States, he said, are urged to apply appropriate Covid behavior, including wearing masks.
- Use the law, use the fine as an option… people have to wear a mask, he said.
- Delhi, considered a district, is among the ten most affected Covid-19 districts. Eight of those districts are from Maharashtra.
- We are proud that mortality has been low. But the death rate is now four times higher: 271 out of 73. The virus must be eliminated, said Paul.
- Mr. Paul want to stress that without contact tracing, quarantine and isolation, they cannot contain the virus.
- There are 10 districts across the country with the highest number of active cases: Pune, Mumbai, Nagpur, Thane, Nashik, Aurangabad, Bengaluru Urban, Nanded, Delhi and Ahmednagar,” Health Secretary Rajesh said. Bhushan, adding: “We have been in constant contact with officials to ensure a higher detection rate. “
- The number of coronavirus cases reported in India was 1,21,22,703 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a toll of 1,63,684.
After a backlash, Manipur retracts its letter on Burmese refugees
Daily NEWS Summary | 30-03-2021; The government in Manipur has withdrawn the letter issued last week ordering officials not to set up camps for Myanmar nationals to cross the border into India and to “politely refuse” those seeking refuge.
“It appears that the contents of the letter have been misinterpreted and interpreted differently. The state government took all humanitarian measures, including taking them to Imphal, to treat injured Burmese citizens. The state government continues to provide all assistance, ”said H. Gyan Prakash, Special Secretary (Interior) of the Manipur government in the March 29 letter.
- Meanwhile, although the Union’s Home Office has asserted that refugees must be identified and deported, the Mizoram government plans to provide employment for refugees under the National Employment Guarantee Scheme. rural area of Mahatma Gandhi (MGNREGS).
- Neighboring Mizoram state, which shares a 510-kilometer border with Myanmar, disagrees with the Center over the treatment of Burmese citizens seeking refuge in India.
- Initially, the Mizoram government issued directives ordering officials to provide shelter to those who crossed after the February 1 coup.
- The guidelines were withdrawn in accordance with instructions from the Ministry of the Interior (MHA).
- Rajya Sabha, a member of the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF), Vanlalvena said refugees living in Mizoram will have to work for a living until the situation improves.
- He added that Chief Minister Zoramthanga granted 1 lakh from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund to provide food and relief to refugees fleeing military repression in Myanmar.
- So far, the Home Office has sent two letters to Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Mizoram stating that refugees must be identified and deported and state governments do not have the power to grant “refugee” status to no foreigner ”because India is not a signatory to the 1951 United Nations Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol.
- The four states share a border with Myanmar.
- On March 18, Zoramthanga wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that “India cannot turn a blind eye” to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in its backyard and that Myanmar “political refugees” must be given asylum, food and shelter.
- Myanmar refugees belong to the Chin ethnic group comprising the Lai, Tidim-Zomi, Lusei and Hualngo tribes, related to the dominant Mizos in the northeast.
President Kovind undergoes successful bypass surgery
Daily NEWS Summary | 30-03-2021; President Ram Nath Kovind underwent successful bypass surgery at the Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in the nation’s capital on Tuesday, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said.
- Last Friday, Kovind visited the Army Research and Reference Hospital (R&R) with chest discomfort, where he underwent a routine check-up and remained under observation.
- On Saturday, Kovind was transferred to AIIMS where, after investigations, doctors advised him to undergo a bypass procedure, Rashtrapati Bhavan had previously said.
Proposal for a refund of the motor vehicle tax for the scrapping of old vehicles
Daily NEWS Summary | 30-03-2021; The Ministry of Road and Highway Transport has published a draft notice offering motor vehicle tax concessions for those who bring their old vehicle to the junkyard.
- The March 29 notice invites objections and suggestions to the proposal for a period of 30 days.
- The project offers up to a 25% reduction of the tax on motor vehicles for vehicles other than transport and up to 15% in the case of transport vehicles upon presentation of a “certificate of disposal of Vehicles”.
- The concession will be valid for 15 years for vehicles without transportation and 8 years for transportation vehicles.
- The dealership is one of many incentives provided by the Center, including waiving registration fees for the purchase of new vehicles, to encourage scrapping of old vehicles.
People of Indian descent and the Indian diaspora who hold Overseas Citizens of India (OIC) cards are no longer required to carry their old and expired passports to travel to India, as previously required, according to a government notification that it was well received by the community members. The OCI card allows its holder to travel visa-free to India.
- In a March 26 press release, Indian Missions in the United States stated that to facilitate the movement of OCI cardholders, it was decided that “the deadline for reissuing OCI cards to OCI cardholders r / o , which may be required to reissue your OCI card has been extended until December 31, 2021. “