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Covid cases increasing in Delhi, more than 150 cases in 24 hours, infection rate also increased.

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The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Delhi has been on the rise again in recent days. The capital has seen a continuous surge in the number of cases, with 152 new infections reported in the last 24 hours alone. The infection rate has also risen to 6.66%. This represents a significant increase from the 117 cases reported on Thursday, indicating that the situation is worsening rapidly.

Experts have suggested that the rise in COVID-19 cases may be linked to the increasing number of cases of H3N2 flu in the city. As more people have been getting tested for H3N2, some have been found to be positive for COVID-19 as well. The trend is reflected in the figures from the past few days, with 84 cases reported on Wednesday and 83 on Tuesday, before the sudden spike on Friday.

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has issued several recommendations to hospitals in the city to help tackle the situation. Hospitals have been advised to screen patients with fever and maintain an adequate supply of essential medicines. They have also been instructed to ensure that ventilators and other equipment are in good working order.

The Corporation has urged hospitals to promote the booster vaccine dose to their employees and patients and to follow all government guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. A nodal officer has been appointed to ensure that hospitals maintain cleanliness, prevent the spread of infection, and manage biomedical waste effectively.

The situation is not limited to Delhi, as cases of COVID-19 are rising rapidly in other parts of India as well. Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Karnataka are all areas of concern, and the central government has held a meeting to discuss the matter. The focus remains on testing, tracing, and treatment, as authorities work to contain the spread of the virus.

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Pankaj Udhas, Renowned Singer of ‘Chitthi Aayi Hai,’ Passes Away at 72.

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Renowned Indian singer Pankaj Udhas, celebrated for his soulful renditions in iconic films like “Naam” and “Saajan,” has passed away at the age of 72 in Mumbai. The sad news was confirmed by his family, who announced that Udhas succumbed to a prolonged illness at Breach Candy hospital.

Udhas’ musical journey was marked by his mastery over ghazals, with hits like ‘Chandani Raat Mein,’ ‘Na Kajre Ki Dhaar,’ ‘Aur Ahista Kijiye Baatein,’ ‘Ek Taraf Uska Ghar,’ and ‘Thodi Thodi Piya Karo’ becoming timeless classics. His velvety voice and emotive delivery endeared him to audiences across generations, making him a stalwart in the Indian music industry.

Beyond his film contributions, Udhas was known for his philanthropic endeavors and efforts to promote Indian music globally. His talent hunt TV show, ‘Aadab Aarz Hai,’ provided a platform for aspiring artists to showcase their talent, reflecting his commitment to nurturing the next generation of musicians.

The news of Udhas’ demise has sparked an outpouring of tributes from fans, colleagues, and political figures alike. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences, highlighting Udhas’ contribution to Indian music and the cultural legacy he leaves behind.

Pankaj Udhas’ last rites are scheduled to take place on Tuesday, marking the end of an era in Indian music. His legacy as a singer and a humanitarian will continue to inspire and resonate with music lovers around the world.

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PM Modi Advises Cabinet Members to Delay Ayodhya Ram Temple Visits Amidst Devotee Rush.

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During a recent cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi advised colleagues to postpone visits to Ayodhya’s Ram Mandir due to the overwhelming number of devotees. Citing concerns about the heavy rush and potential inconvenience caused by VIPs adhering to protocols, the PM suggested Union Ministers plan their Ayodhya visits in March, according to government sources.

Simultaneously, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed officials to ensure efficient crowd management for the convenient ‘darshan’ of Ram Lalla. Over five lakh people visited the Ram temple on Tuesday after the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ ceremony. Adityanath urged public cooperation and patience, emphasizing that everyone deserves a darshan of the deity. The newly constructed temple’s doors opened at 6 am.

In response, the Ayodhya district magistrate deployed magistrates at eight locations for crowd control, as per the state government’s statement. Information Director Shishir reported that five lakh devotees had darshan of Ram Lalla, with the last entry at 10 pm. Instances of unruly crowds were promptly addressed by police and officials, ensuring orderly queues for darshan.

Chief Minister Adityanath, in a post on ‘X,’ detailed an on-site inspection of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi temple complex, issuing guidelines for a smooth darshan experience. The state government emphasized Adityanath’s hands-on approach at “ground zero” to ensure a seamless darshan for all.

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India Claims 4th Place in Global Stock Market Rankings, Surpassing Hong Kong.

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India secured the fourth spot in global market valuation, outpacing Hong Kong with a market capitalization of $4.3 trillion on January 22, according to Bloomberg. This achievement marks another triumph in India’s ongoing bull rally since hitting a multi-year low in March 2020. Contributing to this surge are global factors, including a shift toward a China-plus supply chain strategy, favoring India as a key alternative manufacturing source.

Internationally, the prolonged post-pandemic slowdown in China, juxtaposed with India’s resilient economic performance, has prompted increased fund allocation to the Indian market by international managers. Domestically, India stands out as one of the world’s fastest-growing major economies, driven by robust tax collections, controlled inflation, strong corporate earnings, and a stable currency.

The stark performance contrast between India and Hong Kong is evident, with India’s benchmark Sensex surging two-and-a-half times since March 2020, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index has seen a 33% decline. This exceptional outperformance, coupled with the listing of various companies, has propelled India to surpass Hong Kong in market capitalization.

Suman Bannerjee, CIO at Hedonova, sees India’s rise as a milestone, underscoring the nation’s economic resilience. He emphasizes that this achievement not only signifies numerical triumph but also positions India as a key player in the global financial arena, reflecting the country’s economic fortitude and promising prospects for investors navigating the vibrant Indian stock market landscape.

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