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Life Hacks to Improve Students’ Lifestyle

Often during student life, we have to spend long hours outside of our towns to study abroad or study further, which adversely affect our health. Health not only gets controlled with climatic changes, but there is the change we can experience within our body related to food and its nutrients.

While staying out of home, we tend to forget the timetable related to timely meals. Students have to eat food at mess or have to reach out to restaurants for food on a daily basis. The people who do jobs tend to become more careless in terms of having food on time and, of course, for their health.

Their routine reflects in their work-life as with a bad or distorted routine you cannot perform better, you always feel tired. Some experts suggest the points further mentioned in this blog for the wellness of the student who sacrifices even their health for studies.

This blog contains those pinpoints that you can feel energetic most of the time and thus improve your health if you start to follow.     

Along with these critical suggestions, you will be notifying your senses using financial creeds that can be asked simply through direct lenders.

The habits that every student must follow

Drinking water on an empty stomach

After waking up, you must drink 2 glasses of lukewarm water with honey on an empty stomach. Honey is good for our brain cells and good for our health. It keeps us safe from building fat cells or obesity as it boosts metabolism. 

This keeps your digestion well, and you will not have any stomach disorders. Therefore, you need to drink water daily every morning on an empty stomach. 

Start your day with eating protein source mainly Sprouts 

The first meal you should take as to provide energy and protein to your body with sprouts. It is the primary source of nourishing our body with fibres. They are easily available in the nearby grocery stores. What you need to do is, you must preserve them in water for over a night and repeat this for two more days.

Do not drain out the water until the seeds start sprouting. In this way, one can prepare his healthy breakfast with a fibrous meal. It provides extensive energy to your body.

Take time for your body repair

You must draw at least 20 minutes for your body in the morning. You can perform heavy lifts, running, jogging, yoga, and meditation, just anything that you wish to perform. You must carry this time to conceal for your body improvements and live the whole day with the extreme power of the brain and body. 

When you exercise your body, you prepare for the working activities throughout the day ahead. Exercising your body brings strength and energy to stay active the whole day. This is one of the critical points. You will start loving your body with this. 

You can join physical training classes either online or go physically to a gym. The instructors charge an amount. You can pay that amount with the use of the personal loan, from direct lenders.

Skipping the breakfast

Some students do not wake from their sleep even at 10 AM. They eat the food at a mess or restaurant and visit the class. Breakfast is an essential meal of the day, and what you eat should be in the right content of nutrients. You should not skip breakfast.  

What food you get in the mess, have it. Do not go for the taste but the proper nutrient. If you cook by yourself, who is even better, you need not skip your breakfast.

Consuming an applicable amount of water 

You need to drink at least 8 litres of water in an entire day. There is no rocket science in this, as this is a straightforward task that you can do anywhere. You need to consume 10 to 12 glasses of water in a day. It will significantly enhance your metabolism. For the students who are with hormonal imbalance, water can help them a lot.

Students with oily skin and can even remove their acne. Take it very seriously and drink water as much as you can. 

Avoid junk food

Do not eat junk food as they contain an excessive amount of oil, fats, salt and sugar, which are more than the amount your body needs. The food has more than the required amount of ingredient is not suitable for eating. They are meant to throw and never grab them in a lifetime.

Dairy food products and salads

You should consume dairy products in your food, including cheese, milk, yoghurt, butter, etc. If you do not like them, then you can include salads in your meals. Bear in mind that eating raw fruit and vegetable instead of cooked, can be a good source of nutrients.  

Inference 

All these points have described the routine for a healthy life and its manipulation. The type of Food items discussed here take you to intake of balanced meal and highly suitable for your body excepting junk food as they are just for taste.

16 years of Indian Ocean tsunami: What India has learnt

The Sumatra earthquake and tsunami are considered to be an eye-opener for India as it introduced the Indian coastline to tsunami and its destructible power.

December 26 marks the 16th anniversary of the massive Indian Ocean tsunami. On this day, a 100-foot high tsunami triggered by an earthquake of magnitude 9.1, one of the largest ever recorded, from under the Indian Ocean killed more than 230,000 people in South Asia. With the epicentre near Sumatra, Indonesia, the earthquake triggered a tsunami that hit Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia.

A tsunami researcher and forecaster with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Center for Tsunami Research, Vasily Titov cites the destructive capacity of the 2004 tsunami to the earthquake in the megathrust fault, ‘where heavy oceanic plates subduct beneath lighter continental plates’. “They are the largest faults in the world and they’re all underwater,” History reported him saying. He added that the tsunami waves could be seen like a large pebble falling in the ocean causing mega ripples.

The Sumatra earthquake and tsunami are considered to be an eye-opener for India as it introduced the Indian coastline to tsunami and its destructible power. Learning from the unprecedented natural disaster that led to such heavy damage to life and property, the Ministry of Earth founded the Indian Tsunami Early Warning System (ITEWS) at Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad in October 2007.

Scientists in India are now able to predict and project movements in Indian ocean through real-time seismic monitoring with Bottom Pressure Recorders (BPR), tide gauges and 24×7 operational tsunami warning system to detect tsunamigenic earthquakes as to provide early advisories to the most vulnerable.

A community performance-based programme known as Tsunami Ready has also been started by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO to promote tsunami preparedness by actively involving the public, community leaders, and national and local emergency management agencies. As part of the UNESCO-IOC framework, the ITEWC now offers advisories to all Indian Ocean rim countries.

India is the first country to establish an early warning system for tsunami detection, while Odisha is the first state in the country to get Tsunami Ready recognition.

Kanika Kapoor, Big B, Rhea Chakraborty top Google India’s Most Searched People 2020 list

Kanika Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan and Rhea Chakraborty are among the most searched personalities in Google India’s Year in Search list. Ankita Lokhande and Kangana Ranaut also make it to the list.

Kanika Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan and Rhea Chakraborty are among the most searched people in Google India’s list for 2020. Anikita Lokhande and Kangana Ranaut also feature in the list. Search engine Google released Year in Search list on Wednesday which features most searched personalities of 2020.

As per Google India’s Year in Search 2020 result, Kanika Kapoor was the most searched personality after US President-elect Joe Biden and journalist Arnab Goswami. Amitabh Bachchan is on the fifth spot on the list followed by Rhea Chakraborty.

KANIKA KAPOOR MAKES TO THE LIST FOR CORONAVIRUS

Kanika Kapoor, who made headlines after she tested positive for coronavirus in March, is on the third spot on Google India’s Year in Search list. She was among the first Indian celebrities to contract Covid-19. The Baby Doll singer drew a lot of flak for attending parties without quarantining after coming from a foreign trip and hiding her travel history. An FIR was also registered against Kanika for negligence and committing acts likely to spread the fatal disease.

AMITABH BACHCHAN ON FIFTH SPOT

Amitabh Bachchan, who is always in the news, stands at the fifth position in the list of most searched personalities in India. He was also tested positive for coronavirus along with his family members, including son Abhishek Bachchan, daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and granddaughter Aaradhya Bachchan. Many news channels and websites covered the news extensively. From his hospital to his daily routine every thing was flashed on the TV screens and was available on the internet. His fans also searched for his health update.

Before this, Amitabh Bachchan’s film Gulabo Sitabo was released on Amazon Prime Video. The Shoojit Sircar directorial venture was among the first films to be released on an OTT platform ditching a theatrical release. Big B is currently hosting Kaun Banega Crorepati 12.

RHEA CHAKRABORTY AMONG MOST SEARCHED IN INDIA

After the death of Sushant Singh Rajput on June 14, Rhea Chakraborty was the talk of the town. The actress, who was in a live-in relationship with the late actor, was vilified as a “gold-digger” and “drug peddler” after her name came in the Bollywood drug controversy. Sushant’s father also registered a complaint of abetment to suicide against her and others. He alleged that she along with her family siphoned off Rs 15 crore from the actor’s bank account.

Rhea Chakraborty was also arrested for allegedly supplying marijuana to Sushant. She spent a month in Mumbai’s Byculla jail before she was released on bail.

ANKITA LOKHANDE AND KANGANA RANAUT ALSO IN THE LIST

Ankita Lokhande and Kangana Ranaut also feature in the list of Google India’s Most Searched Personalities of 2020. Ankita was at the centre of attention after the demise of her ex-boyfriend and actor Sushant Singh Rajput. The actress demanded justice for the late actor on social media and was seen with his family. Sushant and Ankita had starting dating on the sets of their popular TV show Pavitra Rishta. They also lived together for years before their break-up.

Joining Ankita on the Google India list is her Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi co-star Kangana Ranaut. The Queen actress is often in news of late for her remarks and Twitter spats. After making her debut on Twitter recently, she has been making a lot of statements on various issues, which often land her in the soup. Her latest Twitter spat with Diljit Dosanjh over farmers’ protest also made headlines.

Reference: https://www.indiatoday.in/

Bharat bandh: India farmers protest against law

Tuesday’s strike follows three rounds of inconclusive talks between the two sides over laws that farmers say are against their interests.

Thousands of them have laid siege to capital Delhi for the last 12 days choking almost all the entry points.

At least 15 opposition parties have backed the call for the strike.

Another round of talks is expected on 9 December.

The governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has said the reforms, which allow private players a greater role in the farming sector, will not hurt farmers’ incomes.

But farmers are unconvinced. In recent weeks, thousands of them marched upon Delhi, in a convoy of tractors and on foot. They were met at the border by barricades and clashed with police and paramilitary troops to enter the capital.

Most of the protesting farmers are from the northern states of Punjab and Haryana, and belong to the country’s richest agricultural communities. Their campaign has found resonance on social media, and among the influential Sikh community in Punjab and overseas.

Although they were later allowed to enter the city, thousands of them are still at the borders, vowing not to leave until the government rolls back the reforms. The protest sites have since turned into camps, with entire families cooking and sleeping in the open.

The protests come even as the pandemic rages in India – although case counts have been dropping nation wide, Delhi has seen a sharp uptick in recent months.

Images of thousands of elderly farmers from Punjab and Haryana – known as the “food bowl” of India – being tear-gassed and sprayed with water in the winter could have won them tremendous public sympathy in India and also from the diaspora around the globe.

The farm bills roiled the country’s parliament when it was passed in September, which led to the suspension of eight opposition members.

What do the reforms propose?

Taken together, the contentious reforms will loosen rules around the sale, pricing and storage of farm produce – rules that have protected India’s farmers from an unfettered free market for decades.

They also allow private buyers to hoard essential commodities for future sales, which only government-authorised agents could do earlier; and they outline rules for contract farming, where farmers tailor their production to suit a specific buyer’s demand.

One of the biggest changes is that farmers will be allowed to sell their produce at a market price directly to private players – agricultural businesses, supermarket chains and online grocers. Most Indian farmers currently sell the majority of their produce at government-controlled wholesale markets or mandis at assured floor prices.

These markets are run by committees made up of farmers, often large land-owners, and traders or “commission agents” who act as middle men for brokering sales, organising storage and transport, or even financing deals.

The reforms, at least on paper, give farmers the option of selling outside of this so-called “mandi system”.

So, why are farmers angry?

The issue is that it’s unclear how this will play out in reality.

“We will lose our lands, we will lose our income if you let big business decide prices and buy crops,” Gurnam Singh Charuni, one of the main leaders of the agitation, told the BBC recently.

“We don’t trust big business. Free markets work in countries with less corruption and more regulation. It can’t work for us here,” he said.

Farmers are mainly concerned that the reforms will eventually lead to the end of wholesale markets and assured prices, leaving them with no back-up option. That is, if they are not satisfied with the price offered by a private buyer, they cannot return to the mandi or use it as a bargaining chip during negotiations.

The government has said the mandi system will continue, and they will not withdraw the floor prices they currently offer. But farmers are suspicious.

“First, farmers will feel attracted towards these private players, who will offer a better price for the produce. The government mandis will pack up meanwhile and after a few years, these players will start exploiting the farmers. That’s what we fear,” Multan Singh Rana, a farmer in the northern state of Punjab, told BBC Punjabi.

Resource: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-55213644

Delhi Police puts CM Arvind Kejriwal under house arrest, alleges AAP

Delhi Police has put Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal under house arrest after he visited farmers at Singhu Border yesterday, tweeted Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

“CM Kejriwal met farmers at Singhu border yesterday. He had said that we’ll serve them like ‘Sevadars’ and support them. After he returned, Delhi Police barricaded his residence from all sides, putting him in a house-arrest like situation, at the behest of Home Ministry,” said AAP.

However, Delhi Police has rubbished Aam Aadmi Party’s claims of Kejriwal being put under house arrest.

It is a general deployment to avoid any clash between AAP and any other party. CM has not been put under house arrest: Anto Alphonse, DCP North, Delhi

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday visited the Singhu border, where thousands of farmers are protesting against the Centre’s new farm laws, and checked arrangements made for them by the city government.

The visit comes a day after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) extended its support to the ‘Bharat Bandh’ called by farmers’ organisations on December 8.

Kejriwal was accompanied by his Cabinet ministers and some party MLAs during the brief visit to the protest venue on the Delhi-Haryana border.

“I checked the arrangements. We received a lot of pressure to allow the use of stadiums as temporary prisons but we did not give permission and I feel this helped the movement. Since then our party MLAs and ministers have been involved in ensuring that farmers do not face any discomfort,” he said.

Reference Link: https://www.livemint.com/

Bharat Bandh on December 8: All you need to know

Bharat Bandh 2020 Date, Farmers Protest 08 December 2020: Several political parties, including the Congress, Shiv Sena, AAP, DMK, Kamal Haasan’s MNM, Left parties, the TMC, and the TRS, have joined ranks with the protesting farmers. NDA constituent RLP has also supported the bandh call.

After popular actor-singer Diljit Dosanjh, many B-town celebs have come out in support of protesting farmers. While farmers all across the country have been protesting against three farm laws passed by the central government, popular names from the industry have now taken to social media to voice their support to the protest.

Actress Sonam Kapoor, who is currently in London, took to Instagram and shared a series of pictures of the protesting farmers and used Daniel Webster’s quote to caption it. She wrote, “When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of human civilization.”

Global sensation Priyanka Chopra also took to Twitter and wrote, “Our farmers are India’s Food Soldiers. Their fears need to be allayed. Their hopes need to be met. As a thriving democracy, we must ensure that this crises is resolved sooner than later.”

Even Riteish Deshmukh took to the micro-blogging site and penned “If you eat today, thank a farmer. I stand in solidarity with every farmer in our country. #JaiKisaan”

Meanwhile, Diljit joined the farmers in their protest at the Singhu border and said, “Hats off to all of you farmers, you have created a new history. This history would be narrated to future generations. Farmers’ issues shouldn’t be diverted by anyone.”

Several Bollywood celebrities like Chitrangda Singh, Sonu Sood, Taapsee Pannu, Swara Bhasker, Hansal Mehta and many more took to their respective social media handles to lent their support to the ongoing farmers protest.

Reference: https://indianexpress.com/

Himachal likely to consider imposing curfew in 4 districts, 5-day office for govt employees

Himachal Pradesh CM Jai Ram Thakur on Saturday announced to enforce five days office and sixth days work from home for all the state government employees till December 15 to break the coronavirus chain.

Himachal Pradesh CM Jai Ram Thakur on Saturday announced to enforce five days office and sixth days work from home for all the state government employees till December 15 to break the coronavirus chain. Moreover, the chief minister also said that the state government would also consider imposing a curfew from 9 pm to 6 am in the four districts – Shimla, Mandi, Kullu, and Kangra.

This decision by the Jai Ram Thakur government comes amid rising cases of COVID-19 in the state. He had earlier told that the administration is taking all the precautionary measures to curb the spread of the virus. The decision was taken by CM Thakur during a review meeting over COVID-19 with the district officials.

Earlier, the state government had announced to close all the schools, colleges, and other educational institutions in the state till December 31.

Petrol price at Rs 89/litre in Mumbai, and diesel at Rs 72.42/litre in Delhi

The prices of petrol and diesel in New Delhi and Mumbai remained unchanged on November 30 as compared to the previous day.

While the price of diesel in the national capital was Rs 72.42 per litre, petrol price was Rs 82.34 per litre. In the financial capital, the price of petrol per litre stood at Rs 89.02. The price of diesel per litre stood at Rs 78.97.

According to the Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), the price of both, petrol and diesel, fell marginally in Haryana’s Gurugram, Uttar Pradesh’s Noida and Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

Here are the petrol and diesel prices in major cities (November 30, 2020):

CityPetrol PriceDiesel Price
New DelhiRs 82.34Rs 72.42
MumbaiRs 89.02Rs 78.97
KolkataRs 83.87Rs 75.99
ChennaiRs 85.31Rs 77.84
BengaluruRs 85.09Rs 76.77
HyderabadRs 85.64Rs 79.02
JaipurRs 89.63Rs 81.47
ThiruvananthapuramRs 84.59Rs 78.36
PatnaRs 85.02Rs 77.88
LucknowRs 82.55Rs 72.76

Blocked borders fuel concerns of rising price of essential items in Delhi

It is mostly wholesale supply that has taken a hit with hundreds of trucks not being able to enter the city. According to the Azadpur Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) Azadpur, supply in the market dropped by 50-60% in the last two days with trucks from Punjab and Haryana unable to reach the market.

Barricades, clashes, and a group of determined farmers blocking Delhi’s borders with Haryana, waiting for their grievances to be heard, has hit supplies of fruits and vegetable to the Capital. Traders, however, said there is no shortage yet. But the ripples of the protest is likely to show in the coming days, they warn.

It is mostly wholesale supply that has taken a hit with hundreds of trucks not being able to enter the city. According to the Azadpur Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) Azadpur, supply in the market dropped by 50-60% in the last two days with trucks from Punjab and Haryana unable to reach the market.

Aadil Ahmad Khan, chairman of Azadpur APMC, said, “We usually get 2,000-3,000 trucks in the market. But only 666 trucks arrived on Friday and around 1,000 on Saturday. The supply has been affected by 50-60% in the past few days and will be impacted further if the protest is not called off. The government should talk to the farmers and find a solution. The problem is the same at Okhla mandi as well.”

Traders at Azadpur market said the supply of potato, apple and other seasonal fruits has been affected, as these largely come from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir. Trucks with fruits and vegetable supply are stuck at NH-1 and NH-10, the two main links between Haryana and Delhi, at Singhu and Tikri borders,hitting supplies of essentials in Delhi.

Meeta Ram Kriplani, president of the Chamber of Association of Fruits and Vegetable traders at Azadpur, said, “Vegetable supply has fallen by 50% and fruits by 70%. The goods are stuck on the highway. These are all perishable items. Vegetables and fruits are supplied all across the country from here. It will impact the business.”

While some traders said they are getting supply from Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and trying to get bring in goods stuck at the borders using smaller vehicles, others said these perishable items wouldn’t last long.

Delhi gets most of its milk and vegetable supplies from Haryana and the situation is likely to get worse in the coming days if the farmers’ agitation continues.

“Vehicles are parked on both sides of the road, stretching out for nearly three kilometres,” says Naresh Kumar, a truck driver from Himachal Pradesh. His truck, loaded with apples, has been stranded near the Kundli border for the past two days.

Charan Singh, CEO of the Rohtak Vita Milk Plant, said farmers were supplying them 1.10 lakh litres of milk every day as before. However, after consumption of 50 ,000 litres per day at the Rohtak plant, the remaining 60,000 litres sent to the Kundli plant for making milk powder was instead being sent to Pehowa in Kurukshetra because of the blockades. “Our transportation cost and other expenditure has increased,” he added.

However, even as an advisory was issued by Sonepat police sometime back asking travellers to avoid NH44 as farmers had blocked it and use NH-71A to reach Delhi via Gurugram, Buana, Narela and Safiyabad, Rajshree Singh, Haryana IGP traffic, told Hindustan Times that there was no blockade anywhere from Ambala to Rai. Police personnel, however, had been monitoring the situation after traffic jams had been reported from Rai, she added.

Mohd Sayeed, who deals in potatoes and apples at Okhla Agriculture Produce Market Committee , said that apples are anyway in short supply this year due to the Covid pandemic. “We were expecting supply last week, but the trucks got stuck due to snowfall. Now due to the farmers’ protest, it is going to get further delayed.”

Onion trader at Okhla, Haji Yamin, too voiced apprehensions. “Currently, there is no problem at , although we are getting 10-15% less stock. We source onions from Alwar. The ongoing protest has scared the farmers in neighbouring states, who earlier used to come to the mandi directly to sell their produce. Very few farmers from Rajasthan and other neighbouring states are coming to Delhi, as they fear that they will get stuck at the Delhi borders,” Yamin, who is the president of the onion traders’ association at Okhla APMC said.

But some traders at APMCs in Delhi are working to maintain the supply chain. Nand Gopal, a trader at Azadpur APMC, said, “Trucks are taking a detour and entering Delhi from Gurugram and other borders. This will not affect the cost of the goods much. But if the situation persists, then it will lead to a problem.”

At Ghazipur mandi, traders said the supply of potato and other vegetables has dropped. “If the situation continues, it will be a huge problem. For the past two days, supply in the market is down by 30-40%,” said Ashok Khera, a vegetable trader at Ghazipur.

So far there has been no increase in retail prices of fruits and vegetables, as there is currently no shortage of fruits and vegetables in the Capital. Suraj Singh, area manager of Honey Money Top, “We were anticipating shortage of fruits and vegetables in the mandis. But so far it hasn’t happened. Therefore, there is no increase in retail price.”

Resource: HT

At Himachal weddings, mask norm given a miss

Palampur November 29

With marriage functions proving to be one of the biggest spreaders of Covid cases in Himachal Pradesh, the Palampur, Baijnath and Jaisinghpur administrations have begun conducting checks at these events.

The authorities are visiting marriage functions to check if the cap of 50 on the guest count is being adhered to and the attendees are wearing masks and sticking to social distancing norms.

“In most cases, we found that people were not wearing masks at weddings,” said Pawan Sharma, SDM, Jaisinghpur, who inspected four wedding functions. Officials in Baijnath and Palampur are also conducting similar checks. Their teams visited Makkar, Harsi, Kachayal, Jagya and Lambagaon villages in the last two days. “Families have to obtain prior permission for the weddings. Though they’re briefed about the norms, we are carrying out the checks to doubly ensure the rules are being followed,” said Sharma.

The SDM said the cap on the number of invitees was being followed at most gatherings but the ‘mandatory mask’ directive was hardly being obeyed. The violators had been let off with a mere warning but in future, penalties would be slapped on them, he warned.

‘Odisha IFS officer who took 20 chartered flights during lockdown arrested’: Vigilance officials

A day after Odisha vigilance department finished its nationwide raids on the premises of senior Indian Forest Service Abhay Pathak for his ‘unaccounted riches’, the sleuths on Friday arrested him along with his son. The raids revealed the lavish lifestyle of the officer disproportionate to his known sources of income. Pathak was suspended by the state government after his arrest.

Pathak, a 1987-batch IFS officer, working as the additional principal chief conservator of forests (plan, programme and afforestation) of Odisha since June 2018, was arrested after vigilance officials conducted raids across 13 places, including his official residence in Bhubaneswar, his office, his apartment, the apartment of his nephew, driver’s house, his house at his native village in Bihar, luxury apartments and farmhouse in Pune and residence of his son’s manager at Samata Colony, Pune.

His son Abhay Pathak, possessed expensive vehicles like Mercedes, BMW and Tata Harrier as well as high-end bikes such as Yamaha FZS motorcycles, was also arrested.

The arrests came after a team of over 150 vigilance officials, including chartered accountants, bank officials and cyber cell, rummaged through documents and other records of Pathak and his family.

The father-son duo was medically examined before they were produced before a local court. Both of them denied the allegations of amassing disproportionate assets.

“My son gets a salary of Rs 1 crore a month. I have no ill-gotten wealth and everything is legal,” Pathak said while his son said they were being framed. A special vigilance team last night grilled Pathak, his son, nephew Harsh and his driver.

During the search ops in the last two days, the vigilance sleuths found that Pathak and his family had made at least 20 trips to different cities across the country through chartered planes at an expenditure of over Rs 3 crores during the lockdown. It was found that Pathak made cash deposits of about Rs 9.4 crores in the bank accounts of his son, out of which about Rs 8.4 crores was deposited in Bhubaneswar through ATMs. During the house search and subsequent inquiry, cash worth around Rs 60 lakh was found along with gold ornaments weighing 800 grams. He was found to own an 8,000 sq ft luxurious apartment with ivory-crusted bed.

The officials also found hotel bills worth more than Rs 90 lakhs at Hotel Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, and a booking amount of Rs 20 lakhs at Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur in Rajasthan for the upcoming marriage of his son with the daughter of a senior BJD politician from Ganjam district.

Officials said Pathak was found in possession of disproportionate assets to the tune of Rs 9.35 crore which was 435 per cent of his total income from all known sources. Accordingly, a case under several sections of the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Act, 2018, has been registered against the officer and his son. The father-son duo was remanded to judicial custody till December 9.

Vigilance department officials said as huge cash deposits were made in private banks through deposit slips and ATM counters and high-value transactions have been made in the accounts, details of operations of the concerned banks in this regard are being probed. Similarly, since the bookings and payments concerning chartered flights have been made through Bhubaneswar-based travel agencies, their role is being investigated. Details of income tax returns are being ascertained. Investments in shares, mutual funds and other market instruments are also being probed. The aspects of benami transactions and properties are also being looked into.

In view of the expanding scope of investigation, a 20 member SIT has been formed to thoroughly investigate all aspects.

Pathak’s son Akash was allegedly cheating people of money, promising to get them jobs at Tata Motors by falsely claiming to be a managing director at Tata Motors. The company in May had complained with the CID against Akash, accusing him of committing cheating, forgery and impersonating as the MD of the company.

Reference: HT

PM Modi On 3-City Vaccine Tour, Zydus Cadila Plant In Gujarat Is First Stop

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit India’s top vaccine hubs today to personally review the development of coronavirus vaccine and the manufacturing process. The visit, PM Modi’s office said, was meant to help him get a “first-hand perspective of the preparations, challenges and roadmap in India’s endeavour to vaccinate its citizens”.

PM Modi began his three-city vaccine tour with a visit to pharma major Zydus Cadila’s plant near Ahmedabad. The plant is located in the Changodar industrial area, over 20 km from Ahmedabad. PM Modi will be at the plant for an hour, an official said. The drug maker has announced that the first phase of clinical trial of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate, ZyCoV-D, has been completed and it commenced the second phase of clinical trials in August.

From Ahmedabad, PM Modi will fly to Pune where Serum Institute of India (SII), which has partnered with global pharma giant AstraZeneca and Oxford University for a COVID-19 vaccine, is based. PM Modi is expected to review the status of the vaccine, including its launch, production and distribution mechanisms during the visit.

The Prime Minister will then travel to Hyderabad and visit Bharat BioTech, which is working on Covaxin, pitched as India’s first indigenous vaccine candidate. The Prime Minister is expected to reach at 3:40 pm and after a visit to the facility between 4 and 5 pm, he would fly out at 5:40 pm.

“As India enters a decisive phase of the fight against COVID-19, PM Narendra Modi’s visit to these facilities and discussions with the scientists will help him get a first-hand perspective of the preparations, challenges and roadmap in India’s endeavour to vaccinate its citizens,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted yesterday.

On November 24, Prime Minister while speaking with Chief Ministers of various states over the deteriorating pandemic situation in their states at a virtual meeting advised the states to establish cold storage facilities for COVID-19 vaccine beforehand and suggested them to prepare and send a plan for its distribution to the Central government.

This morning, India reported 41,322 fresh COVID-19 cases, 4% lower than on Friday, taking its overall number to 93.51 lakh cases and 1,36,200 deaths. The states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala were the most affected ones, with deaths ranging from 23 to 85 in the past 24 hours.