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Bihar logs six more Covid cases in 24 hours | Patna News



PATNA: The state registered six new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the tally to 7,26,204. Of these, two each were from Patna and Lakhisarai and one each from Kishanganj and Siwan.
According to sources, altogether 7,16,495 people have recuperated from Covid in the state so far. As many as 9,663 patients have also died due to the virus.
Meanwhile, 7.14 lakh doses of Covid vaccines were administered to people on Thursday. With this, over 7.79 crore beneficiaries have been inoculated in the state so far.


Donald Trump calls for National Guard to be deployed against San Francisco ‘smash and grab’ robbers



Former US president Donald Trump has called for the National Guard to be deployed to San Francisco and other Democratic cities to stop a wave of smash and grab robberies.

Brazen groups of up to 80 robbers have plundered shops throughout California over the past fortnight, stealing tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in luxury merchandise and electronics.

The thefts have become a hot button issue for California residents and for conservatives nationwide, who blame the state’s overwhelmingly Democratic leaders for failing to suppress crime.

In a statement on Tuesday, Mr Trump said: “If Democrats don’t immediately stop smash and grab robberies, which are taking place in their cities, the National Guard must be called out.

“There has never been such a thing that has happened in our Country. Large numbers of stores are leaving San Francisco and other cities. Some chains are closing most of their stores. It is all not even believable.”

Police in Los Angeles reported a string of robberies there on the evening of Black Friday, following a 20-strong raid on a Nordstrom in an outdoor shopping centre called The Grove.

On 20 November, as many as 80 people charged into another Nordstrom in Walnut Creek, part of the San Francisco Bay Area, using pepper spray against employees.

The method also appears to have spread to other cities, with a group of 30 reportedly pillaging a Best Buy in Minneapolis. Several robberies in Chicago have been declared “smash and grabs”, though it is not clear how many people participated.

Mr Trump has a long history of calling for military responses to crime, threatening to deploy troops to Portland, Oregon and other Democratic cities during the George Floyd protests last year.

The reasons for the crime trend are unclear, with some blaming permissive sentencing laws and the movement to defund police forces while others point to a shortage of 911 operators and media reports producing copycat thefts.

Retail bosses in San Francisco have also said they are seeing an “epidemic” of shoplifting, although police statistics suggest that such thefts have only risen compared to 2020 and are still below their pre-pandemic levels.

The city’s chief prosecutor Chesa Boudin has become a key flashpoint, with data obtained by the San Francisco Examiner showing his office levied charges in only 50 per cent of shoplifting cases presented by police, compared to 70 per cent under his predecessor in 2019.

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Govt enforces covid containment measures in country till 31 Dec




The central government on Tuesday extended the enforcement of nationwide covid-19 containment measures until 31 December, as concerns rose over the emergence of the Omicron coronavirus mutant in some countries.

In an order, Union home secretary Ajay Bhalla asked states and Union territories to strictly adhere to a 25 November health ministry advisory recommending rigorous screening and testing of all international arrivals.

“Further, the contacts of these international travellers must also be closely tracked and tested as per MoHFW guidelines, and the samples of travellers turning positive are sent to the designated Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) Genome Sequencing Laboratories (1GSLs) promptly, as per the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) Guidance Document,” the order said.

On Tuesday, Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan chaired a high-level meeting with states to review covid-19 public health response measures and preparedness amid reports of the Omicron variant in various countries. Reiterating that the ministry’s revised guidelines and advisories have been shared with the states, Bhushan also advised States not to let their guard down and keep a strict vigil on the international passengers coming to the country through various airports, ports and land border crossings.

The states were advised to undertake effective surveillance of international passengers, enhance testing, strengthen the testing infrastructure and strictly implement the testing guidelines. The states were also asked to monitor hotspots, home isolation cases, and ensure the augmentation of health infrastructure. The government also asked states to coordinate with airport health organizations for lists of positive travellers, including details of all international travellers, and strengthen support for effective surveillance. The government said states should monitor the cases daily, with the state surveillance officer tasked to track and contain the spread of transmission of any variant of concern in the country, especially from any recent clusters of positive cases.

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‘The Matrix Resurrections’ Plot Details Revealed in New Interview



The fourth Matrix movie, The Matrix Resurrections, premieres in theaters and on HBO Max in a little over three weeks. And yet we still have only the vaguest of notions of what the film is actually about. Sure it’s about, y’know, the matrix, and it has Keanu Reeves’ Neo and Carrie-Anne Moss’ Trinity in it even though they, uh, died in the last Matrix movie. As to how they are alive, or why the matrix is still in existence 15 years after the events of The Matrix Revolutions, or why Morpheus now looks like Yahya Abdul-Matteen II instead of Laurence Fisburne, who knows.

Well, there’s a new cover story about the film in Entertainment Weekly, and while it doesn’t give away much, it does feature a few new details about the story. Here is how the article — which includes interviews with Reeves, Moss, and writer/director Lana Wachowski — describes the film:

Neo and Trinity are seemingly alive and well, but their minds are locked away inside the Matrix, which has become more dangerous. They have no apparent memory of their past, yet Neo is haunted by it. He sees flashes of what transpired in the previous films in his dreams, in what he thinks is everyday life.

The key new character in the film is apparently Bugs played by Jessica Henwick; she’s the blue-haired women seen in The Matrix Resurrections trailer. “When she crosses Neo’s path, we get more clues about just why Lana [Wachowski] felt so compelled to return to The Matrix,” the article claims.

Wachowski also said of the film that “art is a mirror…  most will prefer to gaze at the surface but there will be people like me who enjoy what lies behind the looking glass. I made this movie for them.” Of course, The Matrix fans hear mirrors and they immediately think about this clip, which adds some interesting context to Wachowski’s quote.

That’s still not much to go on, but what more do you need? It’s The Matrix. There’s going to be martial arts, philosophical discussions about the nature of reality, and absolutely no spoons whatsoever. The Matrix Resurrections opens in theaters and premieres on HBO Max on December 22.

2021 Gift Guide For Film and TV Fans

The movie or television lover in your life will love these fun, cool, silly gifts.

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