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Daily NEWS Summary | 31-12-2021

Omicron disrupts global New Year’s party, but South Africa offers hope

Daily Summary | 31-12-2021; The year 2021 ended with farewell celebrations mostly stifled by the pandemic. But the good from South Africa, the first country to speak after its Omicron wave, has brought new hope for a happy New Year.

As the New Year moved from east to west, with New Zealand already entering 2022 without the official Auckland fireworks display, thousands of fireworks lit up the sky over Harbor Bridge and from the Sydney Opera House at midnight in a spectacular show. Fireworks were canceled over the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, Big Ben in London, and the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur. The Ballon d’Or was set to fall in Times Square in New York City, but the crowd shouting the countdown to the end of the year would be a quarter of its usual size, masked, socially estranged and with vaccine papers in hand.

South Africa, which first sounded the alarm about the rapidly spreading new variant of the coronavirus, offered the world one of the last big surprises of the year, announcing that the Omicron wave had peaked without a major wave of deaths. It lifted the nightly curfew, unexpectedly allowing the celebrations to ring out in 2022.

Meanwhile, in India, official sources said that Omicron has started to replace the Delta variant in the country in terms of the number of COVID-19 cases and that 80% of travelers who test positive have this new variant. However, a third of all detected cases were mildly symptomatic and the rest were asymptomatic, they said. So far, 1,270 cases of Omicron have been detected in 23 states and UT, according to data from the Union Department of Health updated at 8 a.m. Friday.

The Income Tax Service detects irregularities in two Chinese mobile phone manufacturers

Daily Summary | 31-12-2021; The income tax department said that it had detected multiple irregularities by two companies in the manufacture of Chinese mobile phones, during the pan-Indian investigation launched on December 21.

For some foreign-controlled mobile phone manufacturing and mobile communication companies and their associated entities, searches were carried out in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Assam, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Bihar, Rajasthan, Delhi. and its neighboring cities.

“The investigation has revealed that two large companies have made royalty payments to their group companies located abroad and on their behalf, amounting to more than Rs 5.5 billion. The claim for such expenses does not seem timely in light of the facts and evidence gathered”, said the agency.

According to the agency, the two companies had not complied with the regulatory mandate of the Income Tax Law for the disclosure of transactions with associated companies. “Such non-compliance makes them liable to criminal prosecution under the Income Tax Law, the amount of which could be in the order of more than 1,000 crore yen,” he said.

Chinese Embassy Writes MPs Against Supporting Tibetan Cause

Daily Summary | 31-12-2021; The Chinese embassy wrote to a group of parliamentarians asking them to “refrain” from supporting the cause of Tibet’s independence. The move, which is interpreted as rare and non-diplomatic interference, came after six MPs from the All Party Parliamentary Forum of India for Tibet attended a meeting at a Delhi hotel.

“As everyone knows, the so-called ‘Tibetan government in exile’ is a completely separatist political group and an illegal organization in total violation of the Constitution and laws of China. It is not recognized by any country in the world, ”wrote Zhou Yongsheng, political adviser to the Chinese Embassy in India.

The meeting brought together Congressmen Jairam Ramesh and Manish Tewari, BJD’s Sujeet Kumar, Maneka Gandhi, and K.C. by BJP. Ramamurthy and the Union Minister of State for Skills Development, Electronics and Technology, Rajeev Chandrashekhar.

The Tibet Forum dates back to 1971 and has a list of prominent figures such as Atal Bihari Vajpayee, George Fernandes, and Mohammadali Carim Chagla. A MP who did not want to be named said attendees accepted their political parties and did not attend the meeting unilaterally, adding that the Chinese embassy often sent letters to politicians expressing their views on issues important to the meeting.

Delhi Resident Doctors’ Strike Canceled, Services Resume

Delhi-based doctors, who have been protesting for two weeks against the delay in NEET-PG advice, called off their strike on Friday and resumed their services after receiving assurances from the government that their requests would be considered, their federation said. The outcry from the Federation of Resident Doctors Associations (FORDA) was suspended at noon, she said in a statement.

FORDA Chairman Dr Manish Nigam said the unrest was being carried out by “overworked and exhausted” doctors, and after obtaining certain guarantees from the central government, the strike was called off and doctors resumed work in the city. their respective hospitals.

Covid Updates: The number of coronavirus cases reported in India was 3,48 55,432 at the time of this report, with a death toll of 4,81,471.

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