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India has one of highest COVID-19 recovery rates due to early implementation of flexible lockdown: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that at 88%, India has one of the highest COVID-19 recovery rates in the world. with other nations. PM Modi said that the reason behind the high recovery rate and speedy recovery is due to early implementation of a flexible lockdown during the initial stage of COVID-19 outbreak in the country. 

PM Modi made the statement during the Grand Challenges Annual Meeting 2020 via video conferencing. India’s size, scale and diversity have always made the global community curious. Our population is almost four times that of the USA. Many of our states are as populated as other nations in Europe and Asia. Thanks to people power and people-driven approach, India kept its COVID-19 death rate very low.

PM Modi added, Witnessing a decline in the number of COVID-19 positive cases per day, the nation has one of the highest recovery rates at ? 88%. The reason behind India’s success is that it was one of the first countries to adopt a flexible lockdown when the total number of cases were just a few hundred.

The Prime Minister also informed that, India was one of the first countries to encourage usage of masks and social distancing norms. Within no time, India actively began to work on effective contact tracing and became the earliest nations to deploy the Rapid Antigen test.

We will not stop here. India is already working on developing a proper COVID-19 vaccine mechanism in place. This digitised network along with digital health IDs will be used to ensure immunisation of our citizens,” PM Modi said.

The Grand Challenges Annual Meeting was scheduled to be held in India but due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the meeting was held via virtual conferencing.

Speaking about the meeting, PM Modi said, Such is the power of technology that the global pandemic did not keep us apart. This programme has continued as per schedule. This shows the commitment of the grand challenges community. This shows our commitment to adapt and innovate. 
Informing that the future will be shaped by societies, which are willing to invest in science and technology, he said, One has to invest in science and innovation well in advance. Only then we can reap benefits at the right time. Similarly, the journey to these innovations must be shaped by collaboration and public participation.

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If you’re happy the way things are running in Congress, vote for Mallikarjun Kharge: Shashi Tharoor

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Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Rahul Gandhi, Bharat Jodo yatra, the upcoming elections for Congress President and much more.

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor in an interaction at Dialogue @ Nation Next, speaks about Congress MP Rahul Gandhi and his Bharat Jodo yatra, the upcoming elections for Congress President against senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge and much more.

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Also Read: Bombay High Court grants bail to Anil Deshmukh in money laundering case

 

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BREAKING: Bombay High Court grants bail to Anil Deshmukh in money laundering case

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Anil Deshmukh

Bombay High Court on Tuesday granted bail to former Maharashtra Home Minister and senior NCP leader Anil Deshmukh (72) in money laundering case registered by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). However, Deshmukh would continue to be lodged in judicial custody in Arthur Road jail as he is also being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in an alleged corruption case.

Justice NJ Jamadar pronounced the order at 2.30 pm on Tuesday afternoon. While senior Advocate Vikram Chaudhari with advocate Aniket Nikam appeared for Deshmukh, a team of Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh with Advocates Aditya Thakker, Shreeram Shirsat and Amandeep Sra appeared for the central agency.

The bail was granted on a surety amount of 1 lakh. The ED has sought a stay on the operation of the order for two weeks. Deshmukh’s lawyers said that considering the former’s health and the fact that he had no criminal antecedents, he should be granted bail.

Deshmukh and his associates have been investigated for alleged corruption between 2019 and 2021. Deshmukh was arrested in November 2021.

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And that’s how a film is made – Kantara shows the way! | Movie review

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Social media is buzzing with one word today and that word is Kantara! Yes, another Kannada film after KGF that has caught the people’s fancy and how. In fact, this one goes a notch higher than KGF – because the film has been released only in Kannada with English subtitles and yet – the movie is capturing the hearts of people across India and the world.

From California, London and Berlin to cities across India, high praise is pouring in for the Rishab Shetty starrer and the actor-director’s Twitter feed is testimony to this. Ordinary cine-goers are putting screenshots of housefull bookings, sharing videos of people clapping and whistling in theatres and then profusely thanking the star for making this film.

So, what’s this film about? Kantara (which means forest in Sanskrit) stands out because it has powerful storytelling at its core. It is rooted in local folklore, has the right amount of action and adventure and comes with a social message too. Man versus nature, native customs and local politics, which spans three timelines and a climax that’s to die for, is what the film’s about. Add to this some superlative performances by the cast, a stellar background score by B Ajaneesh Loknath and mind-blowing cinematography by Arvind S Kashyap that serenades Karnataka’s rustic locales and you have what can be called the perfect recipe for a blockbuster film. Telling you more will just be a spoiler! So, what are you waiting for? Go watch!

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