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Economic Times | 06 May, 2022 | 12:46AM IST

Covid news: Delhi recorded 1,365 COVID-19 cases and zero fatality due to the infection on Thursday, while the positivity rate was 6.35 per cent, according to data shared by the city health department.

A total of 21,501 tests were conducted in the city on Wednesday, it stated.

With the new cases, the national capital’s overall COVID-19 infection tally rose to 18,89,769, while the death toll remained at 26,177, the data showed.

Delhi had reported 1,354 cases with a positivity rate of 7.64 per cent and one fatality due to the disease on Wednesday. On Tuesday, it had reported 1,414 cases with a positivity rate of 5.97 per cent and one death due to the disease.

The city had on Monday reported 1,076 cases with a positivity rate of 6.42 per cent. On Sunday, it saw 1,485 cases as the positivity rate stood at 4.89 per cent.

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  • SC to hear on May 10 pleas challenging validity of sedition law, grants Centre time till Saturday to file reply
  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurates BSF’s floating border outposts in West Bengal’s Hingalganj
  • Number of active Covid cases in India increase by 210 in 24-hour span to reach 19,719: Union Health Ministry
  • Rupee surges 22 paise to 76.18 against US dollar in early trade

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Wrap Up: All you need to know

  • Application deadline for CUET 2022 extended till May 22
  • Putin apologised for Russia’s Hitler claims, Israel PM’s office says
  • Justice Dhulia becomes the second judge to be elevated to SC from Uttarakhand HC
  • U.S. unveils plan to buy back oil for emergency stockpile
  • Delhi records 1,365 COVID-19 cases, zero fatality; positivity rate at 6.35 per cent
  • Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting to be held in AICC headquarters on 9th May
  • India’s cumulative vaccination coverage crosses 189.79 Crore
  • Death toll rises to 26 in central China building collapse
  • Beijing on high COVID-19 alert after May Day holidays end
  • LIC’s mega IPO fully subscribed on day two of bidding: Stock exchange data
  • Almost three times as many died as a result of COVID than officially reported: WHO
  • Delimitation Commission submits report, recommends 43 seats for Jammu, 47 for Kashmir

Nepal gears up for local body polls on May 13

Nepal is all set to conduct local body elections across the country from May 13, with the Election Commission (EC) asking the government to make necessary arrangements, including shutting all international border crossings from May 10 and prohibiting the sale of liquor to ensure a “free, fair, and fearless environment” for voting.

NTAGI recommends those going overseas can take Covid vaccine precaution dose before 9-month gap as required by destination country: Sources

Randeep Guleria, AIIMS Director, on WHO’s claim on COVID deaths in India

  • I have objections & I’ll give 3 reasons for that. One – India has a very robust system of birth & death registration which has been going on for decades, we know it works very well & that data is available: Randeep Guleria
  • So, even if there were excessive deaths that were COVID-related, they would have been recorded because people would have come forward, their relatives would have come forward for compensation. This has not been the case as far as the numbers that WHO is predicting: AIIMS Director
  • So, the prediction seems to be way beyond what actual numbers are and is based on data that is not substantiated. That is why I think that this is something which we, as a country, should object to & we need to present our data which is scientific & more on evidence basis: R Guleria

Application deadline for CUET 2022 extended till May 22

We are extending the last date for application submission for Common University Entrance Test (CUET) up to 22-05-20… https://t.co/fwmSJIZFBv

— Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar (@mamidala90) 1651764818000

Putin apologised for Russia’s Hitler claims, Israel PM’s office says

Justice Dhulia becomes the second judge to be elevated to SC from Uttarakhand HC

Dr VK Paul on WHO’s claim on COVID deaths in India

  • We understand that this report has covered what they label as excess mortality, in the year spanning COVID19. India has been telling WHO via diplomatic channels with data that we don’t agree with the methodology followed for us: Dr. VK Paul
  • Unfortunately, in spite of our emphatic writing, rational communication at the ministerial level, they have chosen to use the number that are based on modelling assumptions – one size fits all kind of assumptions: Dr VK Paul
  • You may apply that where the systems are poor. But to apply assumptions, based on a sub-set of states, based on reports that come from the websites & media reports and then you come out with an exorbitant number is not tenable. We are disappointed by what WHO has done: Dr VK Paul

RWAs not amused with Delhi govt’s move to make power subsidy optional

Resident welfare associations in Delhi on Thursday questioned the Arvind Kejriwal government’s decision to give an option to power consumers to opt out of the electricity subsidy scheme from October 1, saying either the subsidy should be withdrawn completely or provided to everyone. Bemoaning the government’s move, many resident welfare association (RWA) representatives across the city suggested that instead of providing “freebies” to the public, taxpayers’ money should be used for the development of the city like improving the condition of roads.

U.S. unveils plan to buy back oil for emergency stockpile

The United States will take bids this fall to buy back 60 million barrels of crude oil for the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the first step in replenishing the stockpile after a record-sized release this spring, the Department of Energy said.

Delhi records 1,365 COVID-19 cases, zero fatality; positivity rate at 6.35 per cent: Authorities

Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting to be held in AICC headquarters on 9th May

India’s cumulative vaccination coverage crosses 189.79 Crore

PM at meeting to review preparations for heatwave management

  • Need to take all measures to avoid deaths due to heatwave or fire incidents: PM
  • Regarding southwest monsoon preparedness, all states advised to make ‘flood preparedness plans’: PMO
  • Holistic efforts needed to reduce vulnerability of forests against fire hazards: PM Modi

BJP fields Dhami for Champawat by-poll

After announcing Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami’s candidature for the by-poll in Champawat assembly constituency in Uttarakhand, the BJP has started reaching out to the influential people from the state living in the national capital. On Thursday, the BJP officially announced Dhami as its candidate for the Champawat by-poll.

Death toll rises to 26 in central China building collapse

The death toll has risen to 26 in the collapse of a building in central China. The official Xinhua News Agency says that 10 people had also been rescued as of Thursday night. Rescuers have been searching through the rubble since the building in the city of Changsha collapsed last Friday.

Delhi’s maximum temperature settles at 37 deg C

Delhi’s maximum temperature settled two notches below the average at 37 degrees Celsius on Thursday. Officials at the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said while no heatwave is expected in the city till Sunday, another spell is likely from Monday. A heatwave is declared when the maximum temperature is over 40 degrees Celsius and at least 4.5 notches above normal. A severe heatwave is declared if the departure from the normal temperature is more than 6.4 notches.

Rahul Gandhi says Modi government undervalued LIC

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday accused the Modi government of undervaluing insurance behemoth LIC, asking why one of India’s most valuable assets was being sold at a “throwaway price”. State-owned LIC’s Initial Public Offering (IPO), the country’s biggest ever offer, opened for subscription by retail and institutional investors on Wednesday. The offer will close on May 9 (Monday).

Beijing on high COVID-19 alert after May Day holidays end

China’s capital city Beijing is on a high COVID-19 alert to contain the spread of the virus as the city resumed work on Thursday following a five-day-long Labour Day holiday. At least 50 new cases of infection were reported in Beijing on Wednesday while Shanghai confirmed more than 4,000 new infections. It also reported 13 deaths, taking the city’s total COVID death toll since April to 500.

Mamata Banerjee on Opposition unity

Don’t think the game is lost. I think good sense will prevail and they will come together. We have to fight the battle strongly and boldly: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on being asked about Opposition unity

LIC’s mega IPO fully subscribed on day two of bidding: Stock exchange data

India questions WHO’s mathematical models for projecting excess mortality estimates

Despite India’s strong objection to the use of mathematical models for projecting excess mortality estimates, WHO has released excess mortality estimates without adequately addressing India’s concerns. Validity of models used, & data methodology are questionable: GoI

45 pc people who died in 2020 didn’t receive any medical care: Govt data

A whopping 45 per cent of the total 82 lakh people who died in India in 2020 did not get any medical attention at the time of death and just 1.3 per cent of the total registered fatalities during the year received medical care from a qualified professional, according to data prepared by the Registrar General of India (RGI).

Almost three times as many died as a result of COVID than officially reported: WHO

Almost three times as many people have died as a result of COVID-19 as the official data show, according to a new World Health Organization (WHO) report, the most comprehensive look at the true global toll of the pandemic so far. There were 14.9 million excess deaths associated with COVID-19 by the end of 2021, the U.N. body said on Thursday. The official count of deaths directly attributable to COVID-19 and reported to WHO in that period, from January 2020 to the end of December 2021, is slightly more than 5.4 million.

NC MP Akbar Lone recovering, party leader Omar Abdullah apologises for tweeting announcement of his death

Amit Shah in Siliguri

I wish to thank people of Bengal for helping raise BJP’s tally in Assembly to 77 from three, will continue to fight against atrocities of TMC: HM Amit Shah in Siliguri

India adds 10 GW solar capacity in 2022: Report

Solar capacity installations in the country jumped by a record 210 per cent to 10 gigawatts during 2021, Mercom Communications India said in a report on Thursday. The green capacity installations reached a level of 3.2 gigawatts (GW) in 2020, the research firm said in its ‘Indian Solar Sector Market Leaders’ report.

Covid spread 1,000 times more likely from air than surfaces: Study

People are 1,000 times more likely to get COVID-19 from the airborne viral particles they breathe than from the surfaces they touch, according to a study. The researchers from the University of Michigan (U-M) in the US collected air and surface samples during an environmental surveillance programme from August 2020 until April 2021 on their campus.

Delimitation Commission submits report, recommends 43 seats for Jammu, 47 for Kashmir

Redrawing the electoral map of Jammu and Kashmir, a three-member Delimitation Commission on Thursday earmarked 47 assembly seats for Kashmir division and 43 for Jammu in its final order submitted just a day before its two-year tenure was to end. A gazette notification was issued after the panel, headed by retired Supreme Court judge Ranjana Prakash Desai, signed the final order giving Jammu six additional seats and one more to Kashmir.

Bye-election announced for State Legislative Council from Warangal (East) constituency

The poll will take place on May 30 between 9 am to 4 pm and counting will take place the same day: Election Commission of India

Airtel Payments Bank appoints Manish Pandey as Chief Information Security Officer

Airtel Payments Bank has appointed Manish Pandey as its new Chief Information Security Officer. Pandey will head the information and cyber security practice for Airtel Payments Bank and report to Pradeep Rangi, Chief Risk Officer.

Today 1947-like situation is gradually being formed in the country: Mufti

It’s very dangerous. It’s a common nation for all religions, its beauty lies in this brotherhood. If BJP runs it as per their agenda and not as per Constitution, in the time to come nobody would be safe: Mehbooba Mufti

Bank of England rate hike

The Bank of England hikes interest rates to 1%, the highest since the financial crisis

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announces SOPs for start-ups

  • AAP govt to help start-ups:
  • Pay rent, salary, patent fee
  • Provide collateral & interest free loan
  • Give free legal,financial advice
  • Build incubation centres, find investors
  • Policy made taking best global practices-CM
  • Govt to provide relief to entrepreneurs. Students of state-run institutes can take off for 1-2 yrs to focus on biz: Kejriwal

Rupee rise against the Dollar

Rupee surges 15 paise to close at 76.25 (provisional) against US dollar

Hanuman Chalisa row

Navneet Rana released from jail, taken to hospital for medical check-up

Abu Salem’s plea

Supreme Court reserves order on extradited gangster Abu Salem’s plea raising the issue that as per the extradition treaty between India and Portugal, his jail terms cannot extend beyond 25 years.

Sharad Pawar decries police slapping sedition cases against activists

Delimitation Commission for JK

Delimitation Commission for JK signs its final order on restructuring of assembly seats in the union territory: EC spokesperson

President in Aizwal

President Ram Nath Kovind arrives in Aizawl on two-day visit to Mizoram, an official says

National territorial claims in the Arctic

In addition to having huge strategic importance, the environmentally fragile Arctic contains substantial reserves of oil, gas and minerals

Explosives recovered in Karnal

Karnal Police detains four terror suspects, recovers a large cache of explosives

Matoshree-Hanuman Chalisa row

Mumbai’s Borivali Court issues the release order of MP Navneet Rana and MLA Ravi Rana. The legal process of furnishing Rs 50,000 each for the Rana couple’s surety amount is completed in court.

Validity of Sedition Law

SC to hear on May 10 pleas challenging validity of sedition law, grants Centre time till Saturday to file reply

PM Modi returns to Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi returns to Delhi after concluding his three-day visit to three European countries.

ArcelorMittal reports over 80% jump

Global steel giant ArcelorMittal reports over 80% jump in net income to USD 4,125 million in March quarter

L&T Construction bags ‘large’ (between Rs 2,500-5,000 crore) contract from Natl High-speed Rail Corp for Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project

Price as on 05 May, 2022 11:55 AM, Click on company names for their live prices.

Amit Shah inaugurates border outposts

Union Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurates BSF’s floating border outposts in West Bengal’s Hingalganj

Shooter Dhanush Srikanth win gold and Shourya Saini wins bronze

India shooters shine in Deaflympics with Dhanush Srikanth winning gold and Shourya Saini winning bronze in men’s 10M Air Rifle.

Modi to chair meeting to discuss heatwave

PM Modi to chair important meeting today on preparedness to deal with heatwave, monsoon season: Govt sources.

Prashant Kishor to start 3000 km Padyatra in Bihar on October 2

Prashant Kishor to start 3000 km Padyatra in Bihar on October 2 from Gandhi Ashram, Champaran. During his yatra, he will meet people of Bihar and try to understand their aspirations. He would launch a political party if people would like him to do that: ET Bureau

Aviation Ministry invites applications for PLI scheme

Ministry of Civil Aviation invites applications for Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme for drones and drone components

Russian-announced ceasefire is due to begin today

A Russian-announced ceasefire is due to begin today at the besieged steel plant in the devastated Ukrainian city of Mariupol. The ceasefire is to allow civilians to flee even as its defenders vow to fight to the end

Wheatless mandis to shut in Punjab

We have decided that around 100-150 mandis which do not get wheat will shut from today. Our promise with the Punjab farmers to purchase every grain will continue: Lal Chand Kataruchak, Punjab Minister for Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs

Suspected tunnel in Jammu

High security in Jammu’s Samba after suspected tunnel detected near international border

IMD predicts deep depression in Andaman

Odisha: Deep depression likely to be formed in South Andaman Sea area, predicts IMD

Sensex vs Nifty

Sensex rebounds 650.9 points to 56,319.93 in early trade; Nifty jumps 185.65 points to 16,863.25

Omicron as severe as previous COVID variants: Study

The Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV2 virus is intrinsically as severe as previous variants, unlike assumptions made in previous studies that it was more transmissible but less severe, a large study in the United States has found.

Internet providers end challenge to California net neutrality law

The US broadband industry ended late on Wednesday its legal challenge to California’s landmark net neutrality law, which seeks to protect the open internet.

Taliban stops issuing driving licence to women in Kabul

The ban comes at a time when the country suffers from a devastating humanitarian crisis, with an acute shortage of food and other essential supplies.

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