Thursday, 27 January, 2022

Topic: Maharashtra

7 MBBS students, including BJP MLA’s son, dead as SUV falls off bridge in Maharashtra’s Wardha

Tirora BJP MLA Vijay Rahangdale's son Avishkar was among the seven students who died on the spot. The accident happened around 1:30 am when they were returning from a birthday party.

Maharashtra’s contrasting Covid trends: Cases rise across the state, but decline in Mumbai

This Friday, Mumbai registered 5,008 cases, down from nearly 6,000 Monday. In the same period, Maharashtra's count rose to 48,270 from 31,111. Positivity rate shows similar trends.

Amravati, where Delta emerged & wrought havoc, calm in Omicron wave. Authorities remain alert

Amravati’s daily Covid caseload was 9 on 1 January. It jumped to 397 on 19 January. It has recorded 25 confirmed cases of Omicron since December.

Greater Mumbai’s policy parameters for pre-primary education missing from MoUs, study shows

Vidhi study of the municipal corporation's PPP model finds clear dangers of shifting the responsibility of delivering education from the state to private partners.

Wardha hospital was being probed for ‘illegal abortion’. Then, cops found 12 skulls & 54 bones

Issue surfaced when 13-yr-old girl's parents complained to police they were threatened by parents of teen boy who got her pregnant. ‘Illegal’ abortion was done at Kadam Hospital.

Maharashtra police’s idea to counter Naxal propaganda — a comic strip called ‘Gadchiroli Files’

District's top cops want to convey ‘ground reality’ & tell people how Naxals are obstructing development. They ideate & write the comic, and get a local artist to draw it.

Before civic polls, Uddhav govt plans Rs 16.5-cr ad blitz ‘to promote 2 years’ achievements’

Publicity campaign comes ahead 10 civic body polls, including Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, and Nashik. Official says govt didn't do much on 2nd anniversary in November, doing it now.

Maharashtra prohibits movement of groups of five or more from 10 Jan onwards amid Covid surge

A government circular Saturday said no movement will be allowed in public from 11 pm to 5 am except for essential services. Maharashtra had reported over 40,000 new Covid cases Friday.

Current Covid surge twice as fast as 2021’s 2nd wave, cases see 10-fold jump in 23 days

India’s daily Covid numbers have risen to 58,097 on 4 Jan from 5,541 on 13 Dec. Lowest mark before 2nd wave was 8,579 cases on 1 Feb, and it took 53 days to hit 59,085 on 25 March.

Covid R value in India shoots up to 1.96, highest since the beginning of the pandemic

This R value is higher than numbers seen in early 2020, when Covid prevention protocols were not in place, mask mandates had not been implemented, and the population was unvaccinated.

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Covid isn’t behind us, but the world’s next big health emergency is already here

Covid has led to 5.6 million deaths, but antimicrobial resistance is likely to log 10 million deaths annually by 2050. Its treatment has led to antibiotics' overuse, which has spiked drug resistance.
An Assicurazioni Generali SpA logo sits above an entrance to their offices in Rome | Bloomberg

Italian Generali buys 25% stake worth Rs 1,250 cr in insurance JV from embattled Future Group

The stake sale, which will give Generali majority control over the JV, comes as the Future Group is locked in a prolonged legal battle with partner Amazon.


The photo of former PM Indira Gandhi with the three former service chiefs | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

‘Mystery’ brochure on 1971 War crops Indira Gandhi, Jagjivan Ram from images, courts controversy

Both images show the then service chiefs, but the former PM and defence minister is removed from them.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.