Himachal Pradesh Covid

Himachal Logs 183 Fresh Covid Cases In the Last 24 Hours

Himachal Pradesh logged 184 fresh Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the Department of Health and Family Welfare said on Friday.

The State has 16 Covid testing facilities running and a total of 873 active cases of Covid-19.
About 108 COVID patients have recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours.

However, no fresh Covid death has been reported in the last 24 hours. The death toll remained at 4,196.

India continued to report over 3,000 COVID cases for the second day in a row with 3,095 new infections in the last 24 hours, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Friday. The country recorded the highest one-day new infections in the previous nearly six months.

The country had reported 3,016 cases on Thursday with a case positivity rate of 2.73 per cent which declined to 2.61 per cent today. The weekly positivity rate jumped to 1.91 per cent today from 1.71 per cent yesterday.

According to the Ministry, the active caseload in the country increased from 13,509 yesterday to 15,208 today which is 0.03 of the total number of cases.

As many as 1,390 patients recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries to 4,41,69,711.

The recovery rate in the country currently is 98.78 per cent.

The Ministry informed that 220.65 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive, of which 95.20 crore are second doses and 22.86 crores are precaution doses. 6,553 COVID vaccine doses have been administered in the last 24 hours, the Ministry said.

As far as the testing in the country is concerned amid the rising COVID cases, 1,18,694 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued revised guidelines for Covid-19 in the wake of the surge of cases in the past week across the country.

“Antibiotics should not be used unless there is clinical suspicion of bacterial infection. The possibility of coinfection of COVID-19 with other endemic infections must be considered. Systemic corticosteroids are not indicated in mild disease,” revised guidelines said.

As per the revised Covid-19 guidelines, maintain “Physical distancing, indoor mask use, hand hygiene, Symptomatic management (hydration, antipyretics, antitussive) Monitor temperature and oxygen saturation (by applying a SpO probe to fingers) Stay in contact with the treating physician.

“Seek immediate medical attention if difficulty breathing, High-grade fever/ severe cough, particularly if lasting for more than 5 days. A low threshold is to be kept for those with any of the high-risk features,” guidelines discussed and prepared in January said.

Additionally, in moderate or severe diseases at high risk of progression, the guidelines recommend, “Consider Remdesivir for up to 5 days (200 mg IV on day 1 followed by 100 mg IV OD for the next 4 days)”. (ANI)

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Salman Soaks In South Indian Culture

Superstar Salman Khan, on Friday, unveiled the new song ‘ ‘Bathukamma’ from his upcoming film ‘Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan’.

‘Bathukamma’ celebrates the annual flower festival, Bathukamma, celebrated by women in Telangana for nine days. The song features Salman in traditional Telugu attire, showcasing his love for the regional culture.

The song is the epitome of cultural richness and features a mix of traditional and modern music, with Pooja Hegde executing the dance in a graceful manner. The vibrant and colourful setup, traditional Telugu costumes, and 200 background dancers add a unique touch to the song, making it a visual delight.

The song was shot during the Bathukamma festival, making it an authentic representation of the event and a tribute to the beautiful Telugu culture that will be enjoyed by audiences worldwide.

The music for ‘Bathukamma’ is composed by Ravi Basrur and has delivered a delightful rendition of a mix of mellow and soothing tunes of the southern part of the country that take the listeners on a surreal musical journey.

Santhosh Venky, Airaa Udupi, Harini Ivaturi, Suchetha Basrur, Vijayalaxmi Mettinahole have lent their voice to the song. The lyrics for the song are by Shabbir Ahmed, Ravi Basrur, Kinnal Raj and Harini Ivaturi.

A source close to the production said, “Venkatesh was the one who suggested the festival and then SK loved the idea on how the festival doesn’t have a song dedicated to it and told the music director to have a song dedicated to the festival and women of Telangana and it will be his gift to the state through his movie.”

Helmed by Farhad Samji, ‘Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan’ also stars Venkatesh Daggubati, Pooja Hegde, Jagapathi Babu, Bhumika Chawla, Vijender Singh, Abhimanyu Singh, Raghav Juyal, Siddharth Nigam, Jassie Gill, Shehnaaz Gill, Palak Tiwari and Vinali Bhatnagar. The film is slated to release on Eid. (ANI)

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Karan Johar

Karan Parties With his Suhana, Navya

Filmmaker Karan Johar loves to mingle with Gen Z star kids.

On Friday night, he partied with Shah Rukh Khan’s daughter Suhana Khan and Shweta Nanda’s daughter Navya.
Taking to Instagram, he dropped a picture from the get-together with Suhana, Navya and fashion designer Prabal Gurung.

“My fave people at any party,” Karan captioned the post.

Take a look at the picture

Meanwhile, on the work front, Karan is all set to come up with his directorial ‘Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani’. The family drama features Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh, Dharmendra, Shabana Azmi and Jaya Bachchan in the lead roles.

Karan recently wrapped the shoot of the film. Expressing gratitude to his team, Karan wrote, “It’s been 7 years since I directed a film….. I embarked on a journey of a film that I had to stop mid way for various unavoidable reasons and then the germ of #rockyaurranikipremkahani came to me from a real life family anecdote (something my father once told me about) and then my soldiers helped me create everything I wanted to with my 7th feature …”He added, “I was blessed with the best team … a team so full of love that bidding them goodbye was not easy….. thank you to each and every one of the core team that helped me through thick , thin , Covid and bad weather…. ( you know who you are and I love you forever) to my amazing cast from veterans to friends … from first time actors to established maestros …. I am blessed with this illustrious cast who portrayed each and every part to its visualisation and more …. We finally wrapped last night!!! We can’t wait to share our labour of love , family, fun and sheer joy with all of you on the 28th of July 2023…… see you at the movies!!”

‘Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani’ marks the return of Karan as a director after ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ (2016). The film is scheduled to hit the theatres on July 28. (ANI)

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Tom Holland and Zendaya

Tom Holland, Zendaya In India; Fans Cannot Keep Calm

Indian fans can’t keep calm as ‘Spider-Man’ stars Tom Holland and Zendaya are currently in Mumbai.

Several pictures of the duo emerged online soon after they exited the Kalina Airport in the city on Friday. Zendaya smiled as she exited the airport while Tom was seen walking towards his car
In the images, Zendaya is seen wearing a white T-shirt teamed with denim and a long jacket. On the other hand, her boyfriend, Tom, wore a pink T-shirt, teamed with blue denim pants and a black jacket.

If reports are to be believed, the celebrity couple is in India to be a part of the Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre (NMACC) launch.

The couple’s pictures have left fans excited.

“What? they are in India… woah,” a social media user commented.

“Tom and Zendaya in India — best news,” another one wrote.

Tom features as Spider-Man/Peter Parker in Spider-Man: No Way Home while Zendaya plays Mary Jane.

Besides Tom and Zendaya, several other Hollywood stars arrived in India this week.

‘Game of Thrones’ star Maisie Williams and ‘Bridgerton’ actress Simone Ashley, on Thursday, attended luxury giant Dior’s pre-fall fashion show in Mumbai.

Cara Delevingne, Phakphum Romsaithong (Mile) and Nattawin Wattanagitiphat (Apo), and Karlie Kloss were also present at the gala. (ANI)

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Priyanka Bring Malti Marie To India For The First Time

Actress Priyanka Chopra is back in India and that too with her husband Nick Jonas and daughter Malti Marie.

On Friday, Priyanka, Nick and their one-year-old daughter Malti Marie were spotted at Mumbai airport. The family of three is in India on Malti’s first trip to the country.
Nick and Priyanka happily posed for the paps stationed outside the airport. Priyanka can be seen wearing a bright pink co-ord set with a thigh-high slit in a skirt. On the other hand, Nick is seen donning a cool sweatshirt with a cap.

Take a look at the pictures in which Priyanka is seen holding baby Malti in her arms.

If reports are to be believed, Priyanka and Nick are in Mumbai to attend Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Centre’s launch.

Priyanka is also expected to kick-start ‘Citadel’ promotions in Mumbai next week. Created by the Russo Brothers, Citadel will premiere exclusively on Prime Video on Friday, April 28, with two adrenaline-fueled episodes, followed by a new episode released weekly every Friday through May 26.

The action-packed show revolves around two elite agents Mason Kane (Richard Madden) and Nadia Sinh (Priyanka) of the global spy agency Citadel.

Sharing details about the show, Priyanka said, “The story is closely interwoven with the stunts. What’s so exciting about these huge action pieces was that they are infused with drama and storytelling. We get to see a lot about these characters, how they physically interact, not just great action sequences but there’s drama at the heart of each one of them, so there’s a story sort of interwoven in all the stunts. And that was just very cool and new for me.”

She also has Farhan Akhtar’s ‘Jee Le Zaraa’ in her kitty with Alia Bhatt and Katrina Kaif. (ANI)

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Rashmika Mandanna IPL

IPL 2023 Opening: Rashmika Performs On ‘Naatu Naatu’

Actor Rashmika Mandanna, on Friday, rocked the dance floor with her power-packed dance performance on the Oscar-winning song ‘Naatu Naatu’ at the IPL 2023 Opening ceremony in Ahmedabad Gujarat.

The IPL 2023 began with a grand opening ceremony at the Narendra Modi Stadium where B-town celebs like Arijit Singh, Tamannaah Bhatia and Rashmika Mandanna entertained the audience with their amazing performances.
The ‘Mission Majnu’ actor shook her legs on several hit tracks like the Oscars winning track ‘Naatu Naatu’ from ‘RRR’, ‘Saami – Saami’ and ‘Srivalli’ from her film ‘Pushpa’, ‘Dholida’ from ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ and many more.

Previously, while talking about her performance at the IPL Opening ceremony, Rashmika said, “I always wanted to witness a match. But I never got the opportunity. And today I am performing for the opening ceremony… it’s like I made it!”

Tamannah gave a thrilling performance on songs like ‘Tum Tum’ and ‘Oo Antava’ from ‘Pushpa: The Rise’

The 2023 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will begin with the clash of star-studded defending champions Gujarat Titans (GT) and four-time champions Chennai Super Kings at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

The match will be a battle between two generations of Indian cricket. At one side will be CSK skipper MS Dhoni, who took Indian cricket to new heights of success in the late 2000s to early 2010s by clinching the inaugural ICC T20 World Cup (2007), ICC Cricket World Cup (2011) and ICC Champions Trophy (2013) and became the only skipper to win these three major titles.

The T20 cricket extravaganza will be played across 12 venues with the Narendra Modi Stadium hosting the opener on March 31 and the tournament final will be played on May 28 at the same venue Ahmedabad.

In total 12 venues – Mohali, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Jaipur, Mumbai, Guwahati (Royals’ second home) and Dharamsala (Kings’ second home) will host the IPL 2023 matches.

The matches will be played on two match timings with the day matches starting at 3:30 PM IST while the night matches beginning at 7:30 PM IST. (ANI)

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Cardi B Joins Animated Film Baby Sharks Big Movie!

American rap musician, Cardi B, has now joined the voice cast of the upcoming animation film ‘Baby Shark’s Big Movie!’, reported Variety.

Cardi B joined the voice cast of the film along with her family members. She will lend her voice to Sharki B, while her husband Offset will give voice to Offshark and her children Kulture plays Kulture Sharki and Wave as Wavey Shark.
According to Variety, a US-based media house, the film is the first feature-length spin-off from a pre-school series ‘Baby Shark’s Big Show!’ which began in 2021 on Nickelodeon-branded channels and platforms and is now in its second season.

The film will premiere later this year exclusively on Paramount+ in the United States, and shortly after that on Paramount+ in other countries where the service is available.

According to a synopsis from the producers ‘Baby Shark’s Big Movie!’ sees Baby Shark is forced to leave behind the world he loves after his family moves to the big city. He must adjust to his new life without his best friend, William. When Baby Shark encounters an evil pop starfish named Stariana who plans to steal his gift of song to dominate all underwater music, he must break her spell to restore harmony to the seas, according to Variety.

Regular voice actors from the “Baby Shark’s Big Show” series will also appear in the film like Kimiko Glenn as Baby Shark, Luke Youngblood as William, Natasha Rothwell as Mommy Shark, Eric Edelstein ad Daddy Shark, Debra Wilson as Grandma Shark, and Patrick Warburton as Grandpa Shark. (ANI)

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Mohd Shami Clinches 100th IPL Wicket In Match Against CSK

Mohammed Shami bagged his 100th wicket on Friday in the opening match of Indian Premier League 2023 season.

He achieved the feat in the match against Chennai Super Kings and Devon Conway became his 100th wicket in IPL. Conway failed to read Shami’s delivery and ended up missing the ball completely and the stumps went flying into the air.
Shami has played 94 IPL matches and his best figures are 3/15. With an economy of 8.48, Shami has managed to maintain his economy quite well as a pace bowler.

Shami’s 100th wicket also became the first wicket of IPL 2023. Ruturaj Gaikwad struck the first four and six of the 16th edition of IPL. The match is being played at the Narendra Modi stadium.

The 32-year-old pace bowler’s experience has always come in handy for GT as also the Indian team. Shami is the 19th player to achieve 100-wicket milestone in the IPL.

Chennai Super Kings Dwayne Bravo is the leading wicket-taker in IPL with 183 wickets in 161 matches and an economy of 8.38.

Mumbai Indians legend Lasith Malinga holds the second position with 170 wickets in 122 matches with an economy of 7.14. Malinga spent over a decade with MI.

The 32-year-old Indian spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has 166 wickets in 131 matches with an economy of 7.61. (ANI)

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Yogi Adityanath

UP To Become Torchbearer Of Industrial Revolution 4.O: Yogi

The investment proposals worth Rs 35 lakh crore received in the Global Investors Summit prove that Uttar Pradesh will emerge as the ‘torchbearer’ of the Industrial Revolution 4.O, said Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday.

While addressing an award ceremony as well as toolkit distribution ceremony under Vishwakarma Shram Samman Yojana in Lucknow, Chief Minister Yogi said, “The focal point of UP’s industrial development are the 96 lakh MSME clusters. The time has come that now we have to open designing and packaging institutes in the state to take MSME (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) products to a new level.”
He said there is a need to link banks with the Vishwakarma Shram Yojana, so that our artisans can get financial help to expand their business. For this, meetings of artisans associated with Vishwakarma Shram Yojana should be organized with bankers in every district of the state.

Highlighting on ‘One District-One Product’ (ODOP), CM Yogi said, “Today, ODOP is not only promoting the products of every district of the state, but adding them with new design and technology, is also providing global market for them. ODOP has become the back bone of the MSME sector of UP. It has emerged as the foundation of self-reliant India in the whole country.”

He reiterated that ODOP has brought respect to the handicraftsmen of UP at the global level. This is the reason that UP has emerged as the hub of exports today. Before 2017, exports were just Rs 86,000 crores, which have now gone up to Rs 2.5 lakh crore.

The Chief Minister said that it is the strength of ODOP that UP emerged as the biggest investment destination today. “Undoubtedly, the rule of law is our first priority, it is also necessary for the government to work with good intentions, but along with all this, having a cluster of 96 lakh MSMEs is also the strength of UP,” he said.

Yogi noted that MSME itself is going to become the foundation of the industrial development of UP. The Global Investors Summit has decided that UP will lead the fourth industrial revolution.

In Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister said 2.5 to 3 lakh families are associated only with the work of weaving. The government is soon going to announce freight units for weavers’ looms, he said. (ANI)

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Ruchira Silencing The Guns In Africa

Ruchira Lays Down 6-Point Plan On Silencing The Guns In Africa

India’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Ruchira Kamboj, laid down a six-point plan at the UN Security Council to support African efforts in Silencing the Guns by the end of this decade.

Addressing the UNSC on Friday, Kamboj began by congratulating the delegation of Mozambique for a very successful presidency and also for organising Friday’s debate.
Kamboj said, “Several countries in Africa, particularly in the Sahel, Central Africa and the Horn of Africa, continue to be conflict-ridden by factors that are driven by chronic political instability, ethnic divisions, and exploitation by terrorist and armed groups. There is also the role of external factors in fuelling such conflicts, which continues to be a matter of deep concern.”

She added, “We thus all need to come together to support African efforts in silencing the guns by the end of this decade.”

Then she laid out her six-point plan on Silencing the Guns in Africa.

Presenting her first point, Kamboj said, “One inclusive politics, well-established governance structures, and a decentralized administration are critical elements in the nation-building process, which could be long and complex processes, particularly for countries ravaged by colonial rule lasting centuries. It is important to recognize the primacy of national governments and authorities in identifying and driving priorities, strategies and activities for sustaining peace development and to avoid a relapse into conflict.”

“Two, we need to acknowledge and accept African leadership and African-driven solutions to Africa’s problems. This, I understand, was stated in as many words by the Honourable President of Mozambique yesterday at the United Nations. Trying an external, one-size-fit-all solution is a sure-fire recipe for failure. Deeper understanding of conflicts in Africa that best responds to their local wisdom and developing a sense of ownership is a critical factor in resolving such conflicts and achieving lasting peace,” said Kamboj, articulating the second point.

Putting forward her third point, she said, “Three the Council needs to fully leverage the comparative advantage of Africa’s regional and sub-regional organizations to resolve prolonged conflicts. Collaboration between the United Nations and the African Union and sub-regional organizations such as the ECOWAS, the ECCAS, the SADC and the IGAD has always yielded positive results.”

“Four, terrorism needs to be contained given that this is the biggest security threat in Africa, it is important to strengthen the capacities of national, regional and sub-regional responses to terrorism in Africa through capacity building, training equipment and sustainable financial support bilaterally as well as multilaterally initiatives such as AMISOM, the G5 Sahel joint force, the SAMIM and the multinational joint task force need more robust support from the Security Council and the international community,” India’s permanent envoy to the UN added.

Kamboj said, “Five, peacebuilding efforts in Africa need to be strengthened. Major donors, particularly developed countries and international financial institutions, should ramp up their ODA commitments and eliminate barriers to concessional financing to the economies of Africa so that they can achieve development goals enshrined in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Agenda 2063.”

She said, “Six, for this Council’s credibility, it is important that Africa is given permanent representation in its decision-making. In every debate on such issues pertaining to Africa in the United Nations Security Council, India has consistently called for ensuring that Africa’s aspirations. The council needs to move way beyond mere lip service to Africa’s core concerns.”

“India has been supporting several countries of Africa through development partnerships, capacity building, including of security forces and institutions, scholarships, vocational training and knowledge sharing, providing preferred market access to African products,” she added.

“India will continue to do its utmost to support our African brethren in their quest for sustainable peace and as our external affairs minister, S Jaishankar, had aptly put it, and I will quote him in India, you will always find a friend willing to stand with you through thick and thin,” Kamboj signed off saying.

Notably, ‘Silencing the Guns in Africa’ agenda is a flagship initiative of the Africa Union’s Agenda 2063, which aspires to end all wars and conflicts, prevent genocide, and eliminate gender-based violence. (ANI)

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