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Corona curve flattenig, says ICMR

Striking a positive note on the COVID-19 situation in India, the Centre has said it has been able to slow down the infection rate to “flatten the curve” and minimise the spread during the period of the national lockdown which completed one month today.

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Striking a positive note on the COVID-19 situation in India, the Centre has said it has been able to slow down the infection rate to “flatten the curve” and minimise the spread during the period of the national lockdown which completed one month today. Even as the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise, top officials of the union government and the Indian Council of Medical Research(ICMR) said the situation is “currently stable” and the growth of the infections has been more or less linear and not exponential, adding the testing has also been ramped up consistently though it was not enough.

The lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in force since March 25 in a bid to halt the spread of the pandemic. It was extended on April 15 for another 19 days till May 3.

In another positive development, the officials said that despite a 24-fold increase in testing, the percentage of positive cases is not rising. The percentage of positive cases as a ratio of testing is more or less the same as that a month ago, it was reported.

Responding to a question over the prospects of India reaching the peak infection rate by May 3, ICMR Director-General Dr Balram Bhargava said,” the situation is currently stable and one can even say that we have been able to flatten the curve. However, it is difficult to say if the peak will come, Dr Bhargava said. In epidemiology, the idea of slowing the spread of virus so that fewer people need to seek treatment at any given time is known as flattening the curve.

chairman of Empowered Group Two, Environment Secretary C K Mishra said that during the 30 days of lockdown, we have been able to cut transmission, minimize spread and increase the doubling days of COVID-19. We have been able to consistently ramp up our testing and utilise our time preparing for the future in case the virus spreads further.

Mishra added that the growth of COVID-19 cases has been more or less linear, not exponential which indicates that the strategies we adopted have succeeded in containing the infection to a particular level. Post-imposition of lockdown, while the number of new positive cases has increased by 16 times, testing increased by 24 times,” Mishra said in his presentation.

Mishra said one crucial weapon the government employed during the 30-day lockdown period is RT-PCR test to ascertain if one has contracted the disease or not. RT-PCR, which is a nose and throat swab test, still remains the gold standard for COVID-19 testing.

Mishra also said India has done better than a majority of developed countries with respect to the percentage of test cases yielding positive results.

Of the 11 empowered groups formed to suggest measures to ramp up healthcare, put the economy back on track and reduce misery of people once the lockdown is lifted, Mishra is the chairman of Empowered Group Two tasked with coordinating availability of hospitals, isolation and quarantine facilities, disease surveillance, testing and critical care training.

Mishra also said that in the last one month, the number of dedicated hospitals for treating coronavirus patients has been increased 3.5 times and the number of isolation beds rose by 3.6 times.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi reacts to Lalu Prasad Yadav’s parivarvaad jibe, BJP launches Modi Ka Parivar campaign

The Prime Minister reacted to Lalu Prasad Yadav’s comments in Adilabad, Telangana and he questioned the leader of the opposition on dynastic politics. He said INDIA alliance leaders say Modi does not have a family. He replied by saying that his life is an open book and he lives for the country.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi reacts to Lalu Prasad Yadav’s parivarvaad jibe, BJP launches Modi Ka Parivar campaign

The BJP on Monday launched a major online campaign Modi Ka Parivar to counter RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s parivarvaad jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Many top leaders including Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP national president JP Nadda and Union Minister Piyush Goyal added Modi Ka Parivar suffix to their names on X.

The Prime Minister reacted to Lalu Prasad Yadav’s comments in Adilabad, Telangana and he questioned the leader of the opposition on dynastic politics. He said INDIA alliance leaders say Modi does not have a family. He replied by saying that his life is an open book and he lives for the country.

Earlier RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav launched a scathing attack on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing workers of the grand alliance at Jan Vishwas Maha Rally on Sunday. He said What can be done if Narendra Modi does not have a family of his own? He added PM Modi keeps bragging about the Ram temple. He said he is not even a true Hindu. He said in Hindu tradition a son shaves his head and beard on the demise of his parents. Modi did not do so when his mother died.

Talking to the media in a press conference BJP MP Sudhanshu Trivedi said for the INDIA Bloc, there are no Hindus. He said for them Hindus are backward, Dalit, Savarn, North Indian, South Indian, Kannada, Tamil Tellugu, Marathi, Punjabi, Bengali, and even Hindi, but not Hindu. He said the opposition parties want to see India in pieces.

He pointed out that a family divided the country to get into politics and today they stand with those who want to divide India so that they get to rule at least 1 division of the country. The Bihar deputy chief minister Vijay Kumar Sinha slammed Lalu Prasad Yadav for his comments, deeming them offensive and disrespectful to Sanatan Dharma.

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Brand builder PKD Nambiar passes away after battling cancer

PKD Nambiar passed away due to a prolonged battle with cancer. 

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Brand builder PKD Nambiar passed away

PKD Nambiar, who wore many hats as a successful entrepreneur, marketing and political strategist, and TV personality, passed away recently due to a sudden cardiac arrest on February 23. Reports said the MD and CEO of Flags Communications Pvt Ltd and Chairman of Nambiar Group of Companies was battling cancer for quite some time.

Nambiar’s death has left a deep void in the marketing and communications world. He made remarkable contributions as a brand builder of various companies and individuals and was a trailblazer, known as a “start-up turn around and growth specialist”.

Hailing from Kerala, Nambiar had started creating ripples when he was just 20 years after he started his career with Mitsui in Delhi. Four years later, he made a promising foray into entrepreneurship, with his remarkable vision and leadership skills.

Reports quoted his son Ayush Nambiar as saying: “After nearly two years of valiantly battling cancer, he remained vibrant in spirit and filled with light energy until his final breath.”  

Journalists, entrepreneurs and analysts mourned the death of Nambiar. Among them was Tehseen Poonawalla, an entrepreneur, columnist and television personality. While expressing his condolences on X, Poonawalla posted that he was shattered on hearing the news.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates, lays foundation stone for various infrastructure projects worth Rs 56000 crore in Telangana’s Adilabad

PM Modi said for many years, Telangana was a victim of ignorance. But in the last 10 years, the government spent a lot of money for the development of Telangana. He said the whole world is talking about India’s growth rate. The Prime Minister said India is the only country in the world which continues to grow at 8.4% in the last quarter.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates, lays foundation stone for various infrastructure projects worth Rs 56000 crore in Telangana’s Adilabad

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of a number of development projects worth Rs 56000 crore in Telangana’s Adilabad. The projects are related to road and rail sector with major focus on power sector.

Speaking at the event, PM Modi said for many years, Telangana was a victim of ignorance. But in the last 10 years, the government spent a lot of money for the development of Telangana. He said the whole world is talking about India’s growth rate. The Prime Minister said India is the only country in the world which continues to grow at 8.4% in the last quarter. He said soon India will become the third largest economy in the world.

He said the contribution made by the people of Telangana was never given due respect even after many decades after India became independent. PM Modi said the BJP government at the Centre gave great importance to the development of Telangana and has honoured the tribal community in the state. He pointed out that nobody would have imagined that a tribal woman will become the president of the country.

He said nobody would have imagined that the birth anniversary of Bhagwan Birsa Munda would be celebrated as a national festival. PM Modi said the government of India has formed a separate ministry for the development of the tribals.

He also inaugurated NTPC’s 800 MW (Unit-2) of Telangana Super Thermal Power Project in Peddapalli. The project will supply 85% power to Telangana and will have the highest power generation efficiency of approximately 42% among all power sectors of NTPC in India.

The newly electrified Ambari-Adilabad Pimpalkhuti rail line was also inaugurated during the event. PM Modi also laid down the foundation stone for 2 major national highway projects connecting Telangana with Maharashtra and Telangana with Chattisgarh through NH-353B and NH -163.

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