Friday, 21 January, 2022

Topic: Maharashtra

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.

No Maharashtra assembly Speaker poll this session amid fresh ‘tiff’ between MVA govt & governor

The governor is believed to have questioned the constitutionality of electing the assembly Speaker through a voice vote as against a secret ballot after the rules were amended last week.

Mumbai Covid cases up over 6 times, BMC to test all infections for Omicron till 31 December

BMC to keep ready Covid care centres, hospital beds, and ward-wise war rooms. CM Uddhav Thackeray holds cabinet meeting as cases rise across Maharashtra too.

On Camera


How Facebook and Amazon rely on an invisible workforce

The market for on-demand, digital tasks is estimated by the World Bank to be worth $25 billion, with Meta Platforms, Amazon, YouTube as some of the biggest buyers.
Representational image of a jewellery store | ANI

India Jewellery Park to be set up in Mumbai, aims to attract Rs 20,000 crore investment

The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council and Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation have signed a draft agreement granting possession of a plot for setting up the park.


Foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla meets German Navy chief Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schönbach on 20 January. | Twitter | @MEAIndia

New chapter in ties as Indian foreign secy meets Germany navy chief, warship ‘Bayern’ visits

With Germany identifying India as one of the key partners in its Indo-Pacific policy, a German frigate entered Indian waters for a port call in Mumbai, in a major signal to China.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.