LIVE News Updates: Kerala reports 5,944 new COVID cases, 33 deaths in the last 24 hours

Kerala reports 5,944 new COVID cases, 2,463 recoveries, and 33 deaths in the last 24 hours. Active cases: 31,098; Death toll: 49,547

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08 Jan 2022, 7:49 PM

Kerala reports 5,944 new COVID cases, 33 deaths in the last 24 hours

Kerala reports 5,944 new COVID cases, 2,463 recoveries, and 33 deaths in the last 24 hours. Active cases: 31,098; Death toll: 49,547

08 Jan 2022, 7:21 PM

Mumbai records 20,318 new COVID cases, 5 deaths today

Mumbai logs 20,318 fresh COVID cases and 5 deaths today. Active cases: 1,06,037; Bed occupancy: 21.4%

08 Jan 2022, 7:03 PM

Bharat Biotech claims Covaxin booster jabs show "long-term safety,no serious adverse events"

Bharat Biotech says its trial of Covaxin booster jabs has demonstrated "long-term safety with no serious adverse events" "90% of recipients had a detectable neutralizing antibody response against the wild-type strain (6 months after the second dose)," the Covaxin maker says


08 Jan 2022, 5:12 PM

Markets under Siliguri Municipal Corporation area to remain closed for a day per week

West Bengal: Markets under Siliguri Municipal Corporation (SMC) area to remain closed for a day per week

08 Jan 2022, 4:07 PM

Parties advised to conduct campaigns virtually, no rallies, roadshows till Jan 15, says EC

No roadshows, padyatras, cycle or bike rallies and processions shall be allowed till 15th January; situation to be reviewed and fresh instructions to be issued later: CEC Sushil Chandra


08 Jan 2022, 3:48 PM

Elections to be held for 403 seats in UP, 117 Punjab, 70 UK, 60 Manipur & 40 Goa, says CEC

Elections to be held for 403 assembly seats in UP, 117 in Punjab, 70 in Uttarakhand 60 in Manipur and 40 in Goa: CEC Sushil Chandra

08 Jan 2022, 3:35 PM

EC announces Assembly polls schedule for Goa, Punjab, Manipur, Uttarakhand & Uttar Pradesh

Election Commission of India announces Assembly polls schedule for Goa, Punjab, Manipur, Uttarakhand & Uttar Pradesh.

As COVID cases soared in view of Omicron variant, ECI held meetings with Union Health Secretary & Home Secretary, experts, & health secretaries of States. After taking these views & ground situation, ECI decided to announce polls with safety norms in place.

A total of 18.34 crore electors including service voters will take part in this election out of which 8.55 crore are women electors.

24.9 lakh first-time electors are registered in the 5 States including Uttar Pradesh.

ECI has mandated that at least one polling station managed exclusively by women shall be set up in every Assembly constituency. Our officers have identified much more than that. There're 690 Assembly seats but we are setting up 1620 such polling booths: CEC Sushil Chandra

EVMs and VVPATs will be utilized in all the polling stations. Election Commission has already made arrangments to ensure an adequate number of EVMs and VVPATs for the smooth conduct of elections.

It is mandatory for political parties to upload on their website detailed information regarding individuals with pending criminal cases selected as poll candidates. They will also have to give a reason to select the candidate

Model Code of Conduct (MCC) comes into effect immediately from announcement of the schedules. Election Commission has made elaborate arrangements for ensuring the effective implementation of the MCC guidelines. Any violation of these guidelines will be strictly dealt with.

Our cVIGIL application should be used by voters to report any incident of violation of the Model Code of Conduct, distribution of money & freebies. Within 100 minutes of complaint, ECI officials will reach the place of offence

All election officials and employees will be considered as frontline workers and all eligible officers will be vaccinated with 'precautionary dose': CEC Sushil Chandra


08 Jan 2022, 2:44 PM

Group of Naxals set vehicles on fire in Ghumla district

A group of Naxals set (around 27) vehicles on fire in Ghumla district yesterday evening. Many vehicles have burnt completely. An extensive search operation has been launched, says Gumla Police

08 Jan 2022, 2:44 PM

IPS Viresh Kumar Bhawra appointed as new DGP of Punjab

IPS Viresh Kumar Bhawra has been appointed as the new DGP of Punjab on the consideration of the panel received from UPSC


08 Jan 2022, 2:01 PM

Omicron cases less severe, hospitalisation lower, reveals a study

A latest Omicron study from the epicentre in South Africa has revealed that there were fewer hospitalisations and less severe symptoms compared to previous Covid-19 waves in the country

08 Jan 2022, 1:21 PM

BJP'S Sarabjit Kaur elected as new mayor of Chandigarh Municipal Corporation

Bharatiya Janata Party's Sarabjit Kaur elected as the new mayor of Chandigarh Municipal Corporation with 14 votes. Total votes cast were 28


08 Jan 2022, 12:38 PM

Weekend lockdown will not be imposed for now, says Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar

2500 beds are available at the BKC Jumbo COVID19 Centre. So far, there are no ICU patients at the centre. Most patients are asymptomatic. Weekend lockdown will not be imposed for now: Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar

08 Jan 2022, 11:53 AM

4.3 magnitude earthquake hits Andaman island

According to the National Center for Seismology, an earthquake of magnitude 4.3 on the Richter scale occurred at Andaman Island with its epicentre located at a depth of 55km at 11:12 am today, reported ANI.


08 Jan 2022, 11:38 AM

EC to announce schedule for Assembly elections of 5 states today

The Election Commission of India will announce the schedule for Assembly elections to Goa, Punjab, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh at 3.30 pm today, reported ANI.

08 Jan 2022, 11:38 AM

Kazakhstan detains former security chief for treason

Kazakhstan detains former security chief for treason, reported AFP.


08 Jan 2022, 11:32 AM

Salons, beauty parlours can operate with 50% capacity up to 10 pm: West Bengal

The West Bengal government has stated that salons and beauty parlours can operate with 50% seating capacity up to 10 pm in the State, reported ANI. Customers and staff should be fully vaccinated.

08 Jan 2022, 11:32 AM

Delhi might reportaround 20k Covid cases today

According to Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain, the city might report around 20,000 fresh cases today, causing the positivity rate to rise by 1-2%, reported ANI. Currently, only 10% of hospital beds are occupied in the city.


08 Jan 2022, 10:29 AM

MHA restores FCRA registration for Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity

ANI reported that the MHA restored the FCRA registration for Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity after it submitted the necessary documents to the concerned department, according to government sources. Earlier, the MHA had refused to renew the Mother Teresa-founded NGO's licence due to some "adverse inputs".

08 Jan 2022, 10:27 AM

Odisha reports 3,679 new Covid cases

According to the Health Department, Odisha reported 3,679 fresh Covid-19 cases, which is the biggest single-day spike in over 6 months, reported PTI.


08 Jan 2022, 9:50 AM

India's Omicron tally reaches 3,071

According to the Union Health Ministry, a total of 3,071 Omicron cases have been reported in 27 States/UTs of India so far, reported ANI. The number of persons recovered is 1,203.

08 Jan 2022, 9:50 AM

1,41,986 new Covid cases, 40,895 recoveries, and 285 deaths in the last 24 hours

According to ANI, India reported 1,41,986 new Covid cases, 40,895 recoveries, and 285 deaths in the last 24 hours. This takes the daily positivity rate to 9.28%, the number of active cases to 4,72,169, the total recoveries to 3,44,12,740, the death toll to 4,83,463 and the total vaccination to 150.06 crore doses.


08 Jan 2022, 9:29 AM

Six flights cancelled due to continuous snowfall at Srinagar airport

ANI reported that six outbound flights were cancelled due to continuous snowfall at the Srinagar airport in Jammu and Kashmir, said airport authorities.

08 Jan 2022, 8:28 AM

Nagpur cops unearth Jaish Terror Module; likely target was Nagpur's RSS HQ

News18 reported that cops in Nagpur unearthed a Jaish Terror Module in which the target is believed to be the RSS Headquarters in the city.

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