PM Modi examines COVID-19 situation
Daily NEWS Summary | 09-01-2022; Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a virtual meeting to review the COVID-19 situation in the country, as the Omicron variant of the virus fuels an increase in cases. The country has seen a massive increase in cases of the virus, from fewer than 10,000 new infections in a day to more than 1.5 lakh cases a day, in the space of two weeks.
According to data from the Union Ministry of Health updated at 8 a.m. on Sunday, a total of 159,632 new coronavirus infections have been reported, the highest in 224 days, while active cases have risen to 5,90,611, the highest in about 197 days.
COVID-19 hits Supreme Court and Parliament staff
Daily NEWS Summary | 09-01-2022; Ahead of the crucial budget session, which will begin in January last week, at least 398 staff members working in parliament tested positive for COVID-19 between January 4-8, sources said. Among them, 65 are from the Rajya Sabha secretariat, 200 from the Lok Sabha secretariat and 133 are from the allied services.
As a precaution, the Rajya Sabha Secretariat has introduced a number of measures, including restricting the physical presence of its staff. According to the latest guidelines, 50% of public servants and personnel below the rank of Undersecretary are required to work from home until the end of the month. They represent around 65% of the total workforce.
On the Supreme Court, four justices and nearly 5% of their staff have tested positive for COVID-19, official sources said. A Supreme Court official said that of the 32 Supreme Court justices, at least four justices and 150 of the nearly 3,000 staff members are currently infected with the virus. The Supreme Court decided on January 2 to hold all hearings in virtual mode for two weeks starting January 3, given the increase in the number of cases.
NEET-PG Counselling Will Begin Jan. 12, Says Union Health Minister
Daily NEWS Summary | 09-01-2022; The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (Post Graduate) (NEET-PG) will start from January 12, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said.
- NEET-PG is a qualification and placement exam in India for students who wish to take various postgraduate medical courses in public or private medical schools in the country. On January 7, the Supreme Court authorized, in a provisional order, the resumption of the medical advice for the admissions NEET-PG for the year 2021-2022 maintaining the validity of 27% of the other backward classes (OBC) and of the 10 % of the quota of the economically weaker section (EWS).
- Last month, resident physicians at various Indian medical schools organized protests and boycotted the work demanding the dispatch of the council, pending since the NEET-PG results in September 2021.
- The process stalled after the Health Ministry’s proposal to reserve seats for the EWS was challenged in court.
- Each year around 45,000 applicants are selected as Graduate Physicians (PG) through NEET-PG and the delay in counseling has led to a situation where no junior physician has been admitted by 2021.
Pakistani boat with 10 crew detained off Gujarat
Daily NEWS Summary | 09-01-2022; The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) stopped a Pakistani fishing boat named “Yaseen” with 10 crew members in Indian territorial waters of the Arabian Sea off Gujarat. The ship was intercepted by the ICG ship “Ankit” during an operational patrol on Saturday night, according to an ICG statement.
Intercepted and questioned, the crew of the boat did not justify their presence in Indian waters. In addition, the crew tried to flee by directing the trawler into Pakistani waters, but were cornered and detained with a rapid response by the ICG vessel. During a search of the vessel, ICG staff found around 2,000 kg of fish and 600 liters of diesel, which were seized. The ship is registered in Keti Bandar in Pakistan.
Covid Updates: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 355,628,280 at the time of this bulletin, with a death toll of 4,83,868.