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Covid News Live Updates: India reports 8,488 new cases, active cases now at the lowest level since March 2020



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Travellers must be fully vaccinated with completed dosage of vaccine approved/recognised by Australia’s TGA, hold a valid visa for one of the eligible visa subclasses, provide proof of vaccination status, present -ve COVID PCR test taken within 3 days of departure

– Australian PM

Travellers to Australia must comply with the quarantine requirements in the state or territory of their arrival, and any other state or territory to which they plan to travel

– Australian PM Scott Morrison

Of the 8,488 new Covid cases (all India), Kerala recorded 5080 cases, 7908 recoveries and 40 deaths.

India reports 8,488 new cases, lowest in 538 days

  • 12,510 recoveries & 249 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, as per Health Ministry.
  • Active cases now stand at 1,18,443 – lowest in 534 days
  • Active cases now at 0.34% – lowest since March 2020

A total of 63,25,24,259 samples tested for COVID-19 up to 21st November 2021. Of these, 7,83,567 samples were tested yesterday: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)

Australia to re-open borders to students, workers from December 1

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to arrive in Delhi today. She is visiting the national capital from 22nd November to 25th November.

Why does Raza Academy attack Police when there’s Cong govt? Why did Mumbai riots&attacks on Police take place earlier during Raza Academy’s morcha? Everyone knows which party’s A&B team it is. You should check who it is in pics with Raza Academy’s people: Devendra Fadnavis

Delhi | Air Quality Index (AQI) is presently at 352 (overall) in the ‘very poor’ category, as per SAFAR-India

Total of 22 centres have been set up to digitalise land records. Now the land records have been scanned, digitised, indexed and preserved electronically: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in Yamunanagar

West Bengal police have turned down our requests to cooperate. Three drug kingpins who could not stay here in the state due to strict police action have now moved to West Bengal. The ruling party leaders are protecting them.

– Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb in Agartala

A total of 22 centres have been set up to digitalise land records. Now the land records have been scanned, digitised, indexed and preserved electronically: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in Yamunanagar

Proud day for India’s quest to become Aatmanirbhar in defence sector.

– PM on INS Visakhapatnam

Amarinder Singh to fight from Patiala in 2022 Punjab assembly polls

Mizoram reports 437 new Covid cases, 2 more fatalities

Olympic officials: Chinese tennis star Peng says she is safe

  • Missing Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai told Olympic officials in a video call from Beijing that she was safe and well
  • Peng reappeared in public at a youth tournament in Beijing, according to photos released by the organizer

Air pollution: Delhi extends ban on entry of trucks, work from home for govt staff till Nov 26


Investors continue to watch omicron Covid variant



SINGAPORE — Shares in Japan looked set for a lower open on Monday as investors in Asia monitor developments surrounding the recently discovered omicron Covid variant.

The Nikkei futures contract in Chicago was at 28,365, against the Nikkei 225’s last close at 28,751.62.

Shares in Australia slipped in morning trade as the S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.89%.

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Oil prices surge more than 2%

Oil prices were higher in the morning of Asia trading hours.

International benchmark Brent crude futures were up 2.9% to $74.83 per barrel. U.S. crude futures gained 3.54% to $70.56 per barrel. On Friday, oil saw its worst day of 2021 amid renewed Covid fears.

The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 96.251 after a recent drop from above 96.4.The Japanese yen, widely seen as a safe-haven currency, traded at 113.74 per dollar after strengthening sharply late last week from above 114.8 against the greenback. The Australian dollar changed hands at $0.714, having dropped last week from above $0.725.

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Trump challenges media and Democrats to debate his electoral fraud lie | Donald Trump



Donald Trump has challenged leading editors and politicians to debate him in public over his lie that Joe Biden beat him in 2020 through electoral fraud.

In a typically rambling statement on Sunday, the former president complained about “the heads of the various papers [and] far left politicians” and said: “If anyone would like a public debate on the facts, not the fiction, please let me know. It will be a ratings bonanza for television!”

Despite Trump’s insistence that “the 2020 election was rigged and stolen” – and his well-known fixation on TV ratings – it was not.

Even William Barr, an attorney general widely seen as willing to run interference for Trump, publicly stated there was no evidence of widespread electoral fraud.

Biden beat Trump by more than 7m in the popular vote and by 306-232 in the electoral college, a result Trump called a landslide when he beat Hillary Clinton by it in 2016. Clinton also beat him in the popular vote.

Trump’s proposal of a public debate – which seemed unlikely to bear fruit – extended to what he called “members of the highly partisan unselect committee of Democrats who refuse to delve into what caused the 6 January protest”.

The attack on the US Capitol, Trump said, was caused by “the fake election results”.

In a way, he was right. It was his lies about the election which led to the deaths of five people around the attack on Congress by a mob seeking to stop certification of Biden’s win, some chanting that Trump’s vice-president, Mike Pence, should be hanged.

At a rally near the White House shortly before the riot, Trump told supporters to “fight like hell” in his cause. He was impeached for inciting an insurrection but acquitted when only seven GOP senators found him guilty, not enough to convict.

On Sunday, Adam Schiff, the Democratic chair of the House intelligence committee and a member of the 6 January panel, told CNN: “We tried to hold the former president accountable through impeachment. That’s the remedy that we have in Congress. We are now trying to expose the full facts of the former president’s misconduct as well as those around him.”

To adapt the Tennessee Republican Howard Baker’s famous question about Richard Nixon and Watergate, the House committee is focusing on what Trump knew about plans for protest and possible violence on 6 January – and when he knew it.

'Will you shut up, man?': Biden and Trump clash in first US presidential debate – video
‘Will you shut up, man?’: Biden and Trump clash in first US presidential debate – video

Numerous Trump aides and allies have been served with subpoenas. Most, like the former White House strategist Steve Bannon, who has pleaded not guilty to contempt of Congress in the first such case since 1983, have refused to cooperate.

Schiff said a decision on a possible contempt charge for Mark Meadows, Trump’s last White House chief of staff, would likely be made in the coming week.

It seems unlikely any senior figure in the US media or among Democrats in Congress or state governments will take up Trump’s challenge to debate him in public.

Observers including the former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who helped Trump prepare for his debates against Biden, agree that a near-berserk performance in the first such contest did significant damage to Trump’s chances of re-election.

At one point on a chaotic evening in Cleveland in September, Biden was so exasperated as to plead: “Would you shut up, man? This is so unpresidential.”

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Covid waste collection hit after KMC removes bins from streets | Kolkata News



Kolkata: Covid waste collection has come to a halt across the city with KMC removing streetside yellow bins that had been installed to dispose PPE kits, masks, gloves and other waste associated with Covid patients. The private agency that had been engaged by the civic body last year to clear this waste has also been compelled to stop the service after the bins were removed.
The decision to remove the bins amidst the pandemic has left households and neighbourhoods from where Covid cases are being reported in a fix. Several households with Covid patients are flouting the waste-handling norms and disposing Covid waste with their daily kitchen waste. But that is not possible in apartments with other residents objecting to this citing fears of infection during the door-to-door collection.
An octogenarian in Ballygunge and his wife had repeatedly urged the KMC for help in disposing their waste after they tested positive. “They told us we must engage private operators for bio-waste disposal. When we contacted a private operator, they asked for Rs 500 every time they would collect bio-waste till 1kg. For every kg more, they asked for Rs 50. But they also told us that bio-waste would only be masks and medicine disposables, not food and other household waste. We had little bio-waste, but took care to properly sanitise any food waste we put out during this time,” he said.
Civic authorities said the decision to stop the Covid waste collection was taken around August, months after the city emerged from the second wave. The reason, KMC officials said, was lack of use of the bins. “Widespread use of PPE kits during the first wave and them being dumped in the open around June-July 2020 had led to panic in the city. This led to the installation of yellow bins in September 2020. At the time, daily Covid waste comprising PPEs, gloves, masks, sanitary napkins, adult diapers and medicine foils across the 144 wards had touched 4 tonnes. But use of PPE declined sharply following the vaccination drive. After the second wave, hardly any Covid waste was dumped in the bins,” an official said.
With Covid cases inching up after the festive season, a section of KMC officials conceded the decision to stop collecting waste, at least from the Covid-sensitive areas, was perhaps hurried. “At a time when the city’s Covid graph is slowly rising, we should have kept the service alive in some neighbourhoods which have been reporting a spurt in Covid cases,” said an official.

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