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Fully lockdown unlikely in Karnataka

Amid rumours of a full lockdown in Karnataka, Dr C.N. Manjunath, a member of Karnataka’s task force, said it is unlikely. “The daily caseload is around 700-800 per day. It’s too early to impose a lockdown. I don’t think a full lockdown is needed now,’’ he said, but admitted that cases are likely to increase in the coming weeks. 

“Omicron causes mild infection. However, the number of people getting infected is increasing drastically. It could choke the healthcare system,’’ he said.

Karnataka reported 23 new cases of Omicron on Friday, taking the tally to 66. Of the 23 new cases, 19 were international travellers.

Five of the new cases were children. One of them was a two-year-old boy who was not vaccinated. He travelled from Tanzania to Bengaluru on December 12 along with his parents. The others who tested positive for Omicron include a 10-year-old girl who flew from South Africa to Bengaluru, a 25-year-old man who is isolated in Bihar, a 33- year-old from Denmark, a 25-year-old woman who flew from the US to Bengaluru, a 47-year-old who flew from Nigeria to Bengaluru and a 15-year-old boy who flew from the US to Bengaluru.

Incidentally, the first two cases of Omicron in India were reported in Karnataka.  

Manjunath said the central government has to take a call on whether international flights should be allowed. “In Europe and America, Omicron is the dominant variant. By January end or February, the same scenario might emerge in Karnataka, too,’’ he said. Currently a mix of both Delta and Omicron variants is reported in the state.

When the lockdown was imposed last year, commercial activities suffered a lot, said Manjunath. “Ultimately it boils down to the strict enforcement of guidelines. Measures like restricting gatherings, masking, putting cap on the number of guests at marriage etc are important.’’

Karnataka has imposed a night curfew from December 28. The state’s testing capacity has been increased significantly. “Now we conduct 1 lakh tests a day. More number of tests are being done in microcontainment areas. Measures are being taken to increase the state’s Genomic Sequencing capacity as well ,’’ he said.

Reference: https://www.theweek.in/news/india/2022/01/01/full-lockdown-unlikely-in-karnataka.html

Aparshakti Khurana, Dimple Kapadia & Pankaj Kapur Come Together For Applause Entertainment’s ‘Jab Khuli Kitaab’

Pankaj Kapur and Dimple Kapadia will be seen playing a couple heading for divorce after 50 years of marriage in Jab Khuli Kitaab. The film also stars Aparshakti Khurrana, Samir Soni and Nauheed Cyrusi.

Veteran actors Pankaj Kapur and Dimple Kapadia will be seen in the lead roles in the upcoming romantic-comedy drama Jab Khuli Kitaab. Directed by actor-filmmaker Saurabh Shukla, the film will be produced by Applause Entertainment in association with Shukla and producer Naren Kumar’s Shoe Strap Films. Jab Khuli Kitaab is a stage-to-screen adaptation of Shukla’s play of the same name.

The official Instagram page of Applause Entertainment shared the first look of Jab Khuli Kitaab. “Young Love Knows No Age! Applause Entertainment proudly presents the legendary Pankaj Kapur and Dimple Kapadia in JAB KHULI KITAAB, written and directed by Saurabh Shukla, in association with Shoe Strap Films. The iconic duo is joined by the talented Aparshakti Khurana in a pivotal role, along with a stellar ensemble including Samir Soni, Nauheed Cyrusi and others. This charming romantic dramedy asks the question What do love, passion and heartbreak have to do with age (sic)?” read the caption.

Take a look at the post:

Jab Khuli Kitaab features an older couple heading for a divorce after 50 years of marriage. “The film deals with the dysfunctionality of relationships and its impact on family, with dollops of humour and heart. The high energy repartee, and the multi-generational family dynamics at the forefront also makes this the rare Hindi comedy that is both universal and intimate,” a note from the makers read.

Speaking about the film, director Saurabh Shukla said that Jab Khuli Kitaab is close to his heart and he is thrilled to have Pankaj Kapur and Dimple Kapadia as his main leads. “We all say that one should be transparent and clean in any relationship but how many of us are open to face the truth in our own relationships? The film is a romcom with a couple in their 70s. You see them doing what any teenager will do in their relationships. The film is a joyride where you laugh, fall in love and cry with this unique couple,” said the director.

Actors Aparshakti Khurana, Samir Soni and Nauheed Cyrusi also feature in the film. Set in Uttarakhand, the film recently wrapped its start-to-finish schedule in Ranikhet.

Pradeep Kumar Rawat appointed as India’s next ambassador to China

Ambassador Rawat has spent the majority of his diplomatic career handling Beijing from Delhi and was the joint secretary (East Asia) from 2014 to 2017.

Pradeep Kumar Rawat is appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the People’s Republic of China.

Pradeep Kumar Rawat (IFS, 1990), presently Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of the Netherlands has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the People’s Republic Of China. He is expected to take up the assignment shortly, according to the Ministry of External Affairs statement.

Rawat is the envoy to the Netherlands since January 2021.

Ambassador Rawat has spent the majority of his diplomatic career handling Beijing from Delhi and was the joint secretary (East Asia) from 2014 to 2017. He was posted in Indonesia as an ambassador from 2017 to 2020.

Bengaluru Doctor With Omicron Tests Positive Again After 2 Weeks

Twenty-three cases of Omicron variant of COVID-19 have been reported across the country. Maharashtra has reported ten cases, while Rajasthan has nine.

A 46-year-old Bengaluru doctor, who was among the first cases of Omicron in India, has again tested positive for Covid, a senior official said today.

The RT-PCR test was conducted seven days after his last test, as per the mandate issued by the Health ministry. He will be kept under observation for another seven days and be discharged only after a negative RT-PCR test.

The doctor, who had received both doses of the vaccine Covishield, currently has a lung infection, officials told NDTV. He had previously tested positive on November 22. 

Karnataka was the first state in the country to report two cases – 46-year-old male and a 66-year-old male – of the coronavirus variant in India.

Five people who had come in contact with the Bengaluru doctor, who had tested positive, returned negative tests and will be discharged later today. The five samples had been sent for genome sequencing, the results of which are still awaited.

On Monday, the state government had also traced over 200 people who had come in contact with the two patients and tested them for Covid.

“Thirteen of the primary contacts and nearly 205 secondary contacts of the doctor were traced,” said Bangalore Municipal Corporation Commissioner Gaurav Gupta.

Karnataka has already approved two labs for genome sequencing and plans to ramp up testing. The state government has also sought the Centre’s approval for four more such labs.

The doctor was among the first two persons to be detected with Omicron in India. The other was a South African national, who was quarantined in Bengaluru and later flew to Dubai.

Police have registered a case against the South African national, who is a Gujarati by origin, for flying without informing the authorities in violation of the quarantine norms.

Twenty-three cases of Omicron variant of COVID-19 have been reported across the country. Maharashtra has reported ten cases, while Rajasthan has nine.

The Omicron variant, which was first detected in South Africa, has spread to several parts of the globe but no deaths have yet been reported. Authorities worldwide are racing to determine how contagious it is and how effective existing vaccines are.

Getting Online Personal Loan in 5 Easy Steps

A personal loan is a saviour for those amidst a financial crunch. Since it’s an unsecured loan, you don’t have to submit collateral to get the credit. The good part of taking a personal loan is that you don’t have to use the credit for a specific purpose, as it can be used to pay off your debt, during a financial crunch or medical emergency, or any other need. Almost every bank offers personal loans to customers. But, the trend of online personal loans has increased nowadays. An individual no longer has to visit the branch personally to avail the loan. Here’s a guide to getting an online personal loan in five easy steps:

Step 1: Determine your requirement

The initial steps include finding out why you need a personal loan and the amount requirement. You might need a loan for a wedding, holiday trip or renovating the home. The amount can vary from Rs. 50000 to Rs. 10 lac or more depending on the expense type.

Step 2: Check your loan eligibility

The easiest way to check loan eligibility is to visit the website of the bank and use their loan eligibility and monthly instalments calculator. For instance, visit IndusInd Bank website, and use their calculator to check your personal loan eligibility as well as the monthly EMI that you might be paying for the loan.

Step 3: Apply for personal loan online

If you are eligible for a personal loan and monthly EMI for the desired amount that fits into the pocket, you can fill out an application form online. The form includes basic details, and make sure you fill out them accurately. Based on the details, the bank will fetch the best offers for you.

Step 4: Identity documents

When you are done with filling out the application, complete V-KYC and auto-repayment setup. There’s no need to submit the hard copy of the documents, which makes the work a lot easier. However, with the availability of online loans you don’t need to visit the bank to submit the documents physically. IndusInd Bank, has in fact, made it possible to apply for a loan using a 100% online and paperless process.

Step 5: Get money in your account

The last step includes signing the contract digitally to get the disbursed amount in your bank account.

Last Few Words

Getting an online personal loan is easy and hassle-free. The good part is that you get the money in your account within a couple of hours of successful verification. But, you need to do a little bit of research when availing personal loan. If you are looking for a hassle-free way to apply for a personal loan, opt for IndusInd Bank. You can get an instant personal loan online from the comfort of your home or office.

Param Bir Singh likely to be suspended today: Sources

Sources have said Param Bir Singh is likely to be suspended and the order for the same would be released today.

Former Mumbai Police Commissioner and senior IPS officer Param Bir Singh is likely to be suspended today for “indiscipline and other irregularities”, sources said.

According to sources in the Chief Minister’s Office, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has signed the suspension file and the order is likely to be released today.

The Maharashtra government has accepted IAS officer Debashish Chakraborty’s report on Param Bir Singh. Chakraborty had conducted an inquiry against Singh for violation of All India Civil Service Rules.

The Maharashtra Home department had conducted a departmental inquiry against Param Bir Singh for administrative lapses.

“We’re in the process of taking legal action against former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh for his indiscipline and other irregularities. The process for his suspension is also underway,” Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse said.

Earlier, Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse-Patil had said Param Bir Singh would be suspended soon for his “indiscipline and other irregularities”.

International flights will not resume from December 15, says India’s aviation regulator

India on Wednesday postponed the resumption of commercial international passenger flights due to concerns over the new Omicron variant of coronavirus. The services were scheduled to resume on December 15.

In a circular issued on Wednesday, aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation that the new date for resumption of international flights will be announced later.

On Friday, the DGCA had announced that international flights would resume on December 15. However, it had laid down several restrictions for 12 regions and countries that were designated as “at risk”.

Both domestic and international flights were suspended at the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdown in March 2020. However, since June 2020, the government allowed limited operations of Air India flights under the “Vande Bharat” mission for certain categories like Overseas Citizenship of India, Persons of Indian Origin card-holders and other Indians who were stuck abroad due to the pandemic.

Subsequently, restrictions were eased in a phased manner as India entered into air bubble agreements with several countries. Under a bilateral air bubble agreement, both countries can operate to and fro flights with some restrictions. As of November 22, India has air bubble agreements with 31 countries.

First Severe Smog Episode Hits Delhi, Could Be Longest In 4 Years

Green think-tank Centre for Science and Environment said the average daily contribution of smoke from farm fires from the middle of October to November 8 has been the lowest in last four years.

The first severe smog episode has hit Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) and is expected to last for another two days, green think-tank Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) said on Wednesday.

Even though the seasonal smog in Delhi is intense, the average daily contribution of smoke from farm fires from the middle of October to November 8 has been the lowest in last four years, it said.

“Predictably, the season’s first episode has been triggered by the combined effect of unfavourable weather conditions (cool and calm winds and inversion), stubble burning and firecrackers,” said Anumita Roychowdhury, executive director, research and advocacy, CSE.

Compared to the first smog episode of previous four years, the current smog has matched the duration of the first smog of 2018 and 2020 season — both lasted six days. If conditions don’t improve, it might overtake the 2019 smog that lasted eight days, the CSE said.

The average intensity of the smog this year so far is 329 microgram per cubic metre per day, which is lower than that of the 2020 smog (by 7 per cent) and 2019 smog (by 3 per cent). It is more intense than the 2018 smog (about 9 per cent).

Lingering on of this year’s smog for longer duration despite relatively windier local conditions might be due to the lack of pollution control measures in the city, the green think tank said.

“While very high concentrations of PM2.5 have hogged attention, the levels of gases – ozone, CO or NO2 — have remained elevated during this smog episode. Also, the ratio of SO2 to NO2 increased on Diwali night indicating increased pollution load from firecrackers. The PM2.5 concentration on Diwali night (8 pm to 8 am) has been the most intense since 2017,” said Avikal Somvanshi, programme manager, Urban Lab, CSE.

This analysis is based on the real time data available from the current working air quality monitoring stations in Delhi-NCR and the larger Indo-Gangetic Plain.

On an average, contribution of smoke to Delhi’s daily PM2.5 during middle of October to November 8 has been the lowest in the last four years. So far, it has recorded on an average 12 per cent per day in contrast to 17 per cent per day in 2020, 14 per cent per day in 2019, and 16 per cent per day in 2018 (as reported by SAFAR),” the CSE said.

“If converted to absolute concentrations, the per day contribution of smoke stood at 26 microgram per cubic metre this year so far compared to 35 microgram per cubic metre in 2020, 40 microgram per cubic metre in 2019, and 31 microgram per cubic metre in 2018,” it said.

However, the peak contribution of smoke to Delhi’s PM level was recorded on 7th November when it hit 48 per cent.

This the second highest daily contribution percentage recorded since such estimation was started by SAFAR in 2018.

The highest single day contribution percentage has been 58 per cent recorded on November 5, 2018.

Reference: NDTV

Khan Chacha owner Navneet Kalra gives golden tips on adding value to guest dining journey

It is often assumed that the most difficult part of restaurant business is to attract customers to your establishment. However, the reality is quite different. While getting people to give you a chance to sere them might be tricky, retaining those customers is no easy feat either. Both these objectives can be achieved through adding value to guest dining journey. Ever wondered how?

According to prominent Delhi-based restaurateur and Khan Chacha owner Navneet Kalra, when customers find more value to their dining experience, they not only attract to such businesses but also keep coming back. “There are numerous ways with which you can make the dining journey more rewarding for your guests, but contrary to the common assumptions, it all starts before the diners even knock your door,” he says.

Elucidating his statement, Navneet Kalra points out that while the most prominent means remain loyalty programs, only a few realize the power that a strong client response management (CRM) system wields. “You can start with knowing your audience and targeting them with personalized messages. This lays the foundations of customer loyalty. When your guests feel a personal connection with your business, they are bound to come back,” the Khan Chacha owner says.

In his expert opinion, informing the guests of the added perks of their visit before their scheduled arrival enhances the excitement and makes them feel special, thus forging a stronger customer relationship. Navneet Kalra also suggests rewarding diners when they make reservations directly from your website is a great way to build anticipation and loyalty before the guests even arrive at your restaurant.

“We are living in a fast-paced, digital era. Gone are the days when the diners visited a place just because their acquaintance recommended it. Today, people like to judge the location, the food, the ambience – everything – before they make a booking. Investing in a robust online presence can come handy in such cases. You can run online ads to make them aware of your business, while showing them what your place looks and feels like,” Khan Chacha owner Navneet Kalra suggests.

He adds, “You can also work towards making direct bookings a lucrative option. Most customers enjoy a short and hassle-free booking process. You can sweeten the pot by offering them exclusive perks like discounted meals or complimentary drinks. This can help establish customer loyalty at an early stage of guests’ dining journey. The key here is to adapt to whatever new resources are available at your disposal, and make optimal use of them to make your business grow.”

Dubai restaurateur Sanjeev Nanda on the importance of local food sourcing

As the UAE gears up to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year, acknowledging the nation’s achievements is imperative. Various industries and trades have registered great growth over the decades, but it is the locally grown food supplies and farming where the country has emerged as a regional leader.

The UAE has developed a thriving agricultural industry despite the harsh desert environment and is providing a wide range of farm-fresh produce to consumers, particularly the hospitality sector. So, what impact does sourcing food products from local sources has on the restaurants and hotel businesses?

We talked to restaurateur Sanjeev Nanda in search for the answer to this question. Nanda, who is a prominent restaurant owner in Dubai, believes that the innovations going in the UAE’s agro-tech sectors are responsible for boosting not just the hospitality businesses, but also the nation’s economy as well.

“Over the years, Dubai has grown into a regional farming hub. The credit lies with the technological innovations like climate-controlled vertical farms and a blockchain-enabled food storage system. As a restaurant owner, I believe it has helped great many businesses to prosper, in turn giving the national economy a boost,” says Sanjeev Nanda.

He adds, “While growing and buying local are concepts which have been introduced in the recent years, the benefits they have are undeniable, especially in the case of hospitality businesses. The cost savings are phenomenal as compared to what could have been in case of importing fresh produce.”

However, the importance of local food sourcing isn’t limited to restaurants and hotels. According to Sanjeev Nanda, it also has a greater impact in form of sustainability. The Dubai-based restaurateur quips that the reduction in carbon footprint and the environmental conservation that comes with buying local produce cannot be overstated.

Sanjeev Nanda adds, “As hospitality business owners, it becomes our ethical responsibility to promote local food sourcing as much as possible. As the hospitality sector grows in the UAE, it becomes important for businesses to make larger orders of local produce. This will help local farms become more commercially viable.”

Sanjeev Nanda continues, “When the local produce is priced more effectively, it will help support smaller operators in the market, who find themselves unable to get involved when the price point is higher. The result will be a knock-on economic effect, which in turn would be a befitting contribution to the country’s ‘The Year of the 50th’ celebrations.”

ENG vs SL: Jos Buttler, England’s MVP, fires again

Before Jos Buttler, England had 3 other centurions in T20Is. But this innings was special, from a special player who on Monday, became the first England cricketer to score hundreds in all 3 formats.

In the end, England’s winning mentality came to the fore. With the game on an even keel and a specialist bowler, Tymal Mills, back in the dressing-room after suffering an injury, Eoin Morgan had to turn to Liam Livingstone to bowl the 17th over.

Sri Lanka needed 41 runs off 24 balls, and Wanindu Hasaranga and Dasun Shanaka were in the middle of an exciting partnership. But Morgan’s field placements were superb and substitute Sam Billings pulled off a stunner in the deep via a Jason Roy assist to dismiss the dangerous-looking Hasaranga. Sri Lanka fizzled quickly to lose by 26 runs. England made it four on the spin, this time after being stretched and losing the toss. They are the team to beat at this T20 World Cup.

Before Jos Buttler, England had three other centurions in T20Is – Alex Hales, Dawid Malan and Liam Livingstone. But this innings was special, from a special player who on Monday in Sharjah became the first England cricketer to score hundreds in all three formats. Buttler was resplendent in his judiciousness followed by cultured destruction of the Sri Lankan bowlers.

Batting first on a sluggish Sharjah pitch wasn’t easy. Sri Lanka, Hasaranga (3/21) to be precise, bowled beautifully upfront to create pressure. But England eventually got to 163/4, Buttler scoring 101 of those runs in 67 balls.

Beyond India and Pakistan, and to some extent Afghanistan, cricket doesn’t woo fans in this part of the world. Sharjah was noisy but half-empty. Those who cared to turn up were privileged to witness Buttler’s batting.

Very few batsman in white-ball cricket has his range. Mahela Jayawardene saw it at a pretty developing stage of Buttler’s career and promoted him to open the innings for Mumbai Indians. The player is now a lot more cerebral, with the ability to outthink the bowlers for fun. For such a smart cricketer with such exhilarating shot-making range, why has he failed to crack the Test code, consistency-wise, remains a mystery. But at the moment, it’s about a World Cup and Buttler has been at the forefront of his team’s forward march. No team has won the 50-over and the T20 World titles in the same cycle yet. England would be disappointed not to achieve the special feat.

Scoop is one of Buttler’s signature shots and he plays it so well because of his ability to pre-empt. Sample this: Dushmantha Chameera bowled a full-toss on off, the England opener shimmied his left leg towards leg-side, completely opened his stance and scooped it over the wicketkeeper’s head for a four. On air, Michael Atherton drew a goalkeeping analogy, the way a goalkeeper studies a penalty-taker from the line.

Against Australia in the last game, he was quick to hit top gear, first through a six off Ashton Agar followed by the complete dismantling of Mitchell Starc. The Sharjah pitch demanded more circumspection, more so because England lost three early wickets. Buttler had to anchor the innings. For an explosive batting line-up like England, 61/3 after 12 overs was pretty slow going. Morgan’s decision to not promote Moeen Ali ahead of him at No. 5 looked to be hurting his side. But his team was playing to a plan. They had a target on mind and acceleration started from the 13th over onwards. By then, Hasaranga’s first spell was done and mystery spinner Maheesh Theekshana had finished his quota.

From 13 to 16 overs, England scored 49 runs without losing a wicket. That’s where the game changed. As for Morgan, a place in the semifinals already secured, the skipper took the opportunity to spend time in the middle and return to form. It was a crawl initially and serious discomfort against spin – just nine runs off 19 balls from the bowlers of that variety. But gradually Morgan got better, scoring 40 off 36 balls. More importantly, during the fallow phase he didn’t throw his wicket away, resorting to poor shot selection. The fourth wicket partnership stitched 112 runs.

Coming back to Buttler, he copped flak during the home Test series against India this summer. Skipped a Test, when his wife was expecting their second child. Opted out of the second phase of the IPL and came to the T20 World Cup after recharging his batteries. So far, he has scored 214 runs from four games at a strike-rate of 153.95.

England have been ticking the other boxes as well. Their spinners, Moeen and Adil Rashid, returned with figures of 2/15 and 2/19 respectively, braving the evening dew. A handful of England fans, who came to the ground, returned home carrying real optimism.


REET Result 2021 declared, check here

REET Results 2021: Candidates can visit the official website of REET BSER — reetbser21.com and check their scores. 

EET results 2021: Board of Secondary Education, Rajasthan (BSER), Ajmer on Tuesday declared the much-awaited results for Rajasthan Eligibility Exam for Teachers (REET) 2021. Candidates can visit the official website of REET BSER — reetbser21.com and check their scores.Also Read – RBSE 10th and 12th Board Exam 2021: Rajasthan Board Extends Application Deadline, Apply at rajeduboard.rajasthan.gov.in

BSER has declared the REET results for Level I and II. Also Read – RBSE 8th Result 2018: Rajasthan Board Declares Result, Check at rajeduboard.rajasthan.gov.in; No Student Detained

Direct link to check REET Level 1 Result  Also Read – REET Result 2018: Level 1, 2 Cut-Off Marks Released, Check at education.rajasthan.gov.in

Direct Link to check REET Level II Result

A Step-by-step guide to check REET results 2021:

  • Visit the official website at reetbser21.com
  • Click the “REET result 2021” link available on the homepage
  • Enter the login details and submit
  • Check REET results 2021 and take its print out too
  • REET 2021 is being held to recruit 31000 Grade 3 teachers in Rajasthan

Over 16 lakh students had appeared for the REET 2021 exam. The exam was conducted on September 26, 2021. Nearly 31,000 vacancies were issued by the Rajasthan government for teachers. The exam was conducted after almost three years in the state. It was held at 4,153 examination centres set up at 200 places in the state. In the Jaipur district alone, more than 2.5 lakh candidates had registered to take the examination at 592 centres.