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Mumbai: About 40 passengers bound for Dubai were stopped at Mumbai airport recently for having submitted fake rapid RT-PCR test reports.
The incident occurred on November 12. Dubai-bound passengers from India have to undergo two RT-PCR tests, one within 48 hours of departure and the other, a rapid RT-PCR test, which needs to be done within six hours of departure. While the regular RT-PCR test costs less than Rs 1,000, the rapid RT-PCR test which uses a technology that gives a report within 13 minutes, costs Rs 4,500 each.
“For international travel, passengers have to submit test reports with QR codes that are clear enough to be scanned. When the QR code on the rapid PCR test reports submitted by these passengers was scanned, it revealed information that did not match with that of the passenger concerned,” said an airport source, adding the passengers were stopped from boarding the flight.
Following the incident, the airport stopped pre-registration and home collection of samples for rapid RT-PCR tests. Ankit Sawant, a founder in a travel tech domain, said his relatives, who were booked to board a 2.30am flight to Dubai on November 13 had to reach the airport six hours in advance due to this. “We had booked a home sample collection for the rapid PCR. But the lab that conducts these tests at the airport called and told us all pre-registration and home collection have been suspended due to the incident.”
The Mumbai airport has allocated a dedicated entrance, Gate 8, for all Dubai-bound passengers, with a separate registration area, test area and waiting area in the departure hall of Terminal 2. The passengers undergo the rapid PCR test six hours prior to departure and receive a result within 30-40 minutes, said an airport official.

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Diablo Immortal: Release Date, News, Trailer, Gameplay, PC, Mobile and All You Need To Know

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Developers Blizzard announced that they would be making a new game named Diablo Immortal and we have all the information you need to know ahead of the game being released.

The upcoming free-to-play video game in the Diablo series is a huge new online multiplayer action role-playing game which takes place between the events of Diablo II and Diablo III.

The Diablo franchise is a lot of fun and has been very popular and successful for decades, with the first one being released all the way back in 1996.

With the game being so successful, there is a lot of pressure on the developers but we have no doubt that they will meet the expectations of the gaming community.

Here is everything you need to know about Diablo Immortal:

Release Date

A specific release date has not been confirmed for the game, but we do know that Blizzard plans to release Diablo Immortal in 2022.


Trailer

The gaming community will be over the moon to hear that a cinematic trailer has been released and it shows us that the game will take place in between Diablo II and Diablo III and will be a hack and slash adventure with tonnes of action.


Gameplay

Blizzard also gave us a sneak peak at the gameplay in the Diablo Immortal. This gameplay trailer revealed:

  • You will be able to pick from six heroic classes
  • There will be some epic powerful new abilities
  • New Zones
  • New Stories
  • New Dungeons
  • A huge multiplayer experience


Is it available on PC?

There have been a lot of questions around whether this game will be available on PC.

Sadly, Diablo Immortal will not be available on PC.


Mobile

Diablo Immortal is a mobile exclusive, and will be available on both Android and iOS mobile devices.

We expect you will have to have your phone updated to the latest version in order to play the game.

This game will definitely be a lot of fun and we for one cannot wait to see it be released.

There will no doubt be a lot more updates over the next few months, including a possible release date, so be sure to keep an eye on this page for all the latest updates.


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US President Joe Biden addresses nation in wake of new Covid variant, says Omicron is a ’cause for concern, not panic’

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US President Joe Biden took to podium on Monday to share his thoughts about the newly emerged Covid-19 variant Omicron. President Biden told Americans that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 was a “cause for concern,” not a “cause for panic” and urged Americans to get vaccines and booster shots as cases of the fast-moving variant were reported around the world.

‘We’ll fight this variant with scientific and knowledgeable actions and speed, not chaos and confusion,” he said.

Suggesting that no cases of the new Omicron variant have been reported in the US, the president said that it is only a matter of time. “Sooner or later, we are going to see new cases of this new variant here in the United States and we’re going to have to face this new threat just as we have faced the ones that came before it,” he said while addressing the Americans through the podium.

He reiterated his plea for Americans to get vaccinated as a way to protect themselves against COVID.

“If you are 18 years and older and got fully vaccinated before 1 June go get the get booster shot today,” Joe Biden said today. “They’re free and they’re available at 80,000 locations coast to coast. A fully vaccinated booster person is the most protected against Covid,” he further said.

The President’s remarks come the same day his administration’s new travel restrictions in response to the omicron variant went into effect.

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‘They’re all begging me’: Trump’s 2024 veep tryouts get underway

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“A lot of times, a presidential candidate will pick a running mate to balance out wings of the party. But with Trump, that’s not the issue. He is the party, basically. It’s so united behind him,” said John McLaughlin, one of Trump’s campaign pollsters. “So his choice, if he runs, will come down to what he wants. It would be a much more personal decision this time.”

Trump hasn’t made his 2024 bid official. He’s expected to make a decision after the 2022 midterms. But he has been building a campaign-in-waiting that is already laying groundwork, and the question of a running mate is surfacing with increasing frequency.

He’s name-dropped Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as one possible running mate. Veepstakes speculation rose among insiders who saw him interact recently with South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at his Mar-a-Lago club.

“They’re all begging me. They all come here,” Trump boasted to one adviser, who shared the account anonymously with POLITICO.

The issue of a running mate, advisers and allies say, has taken on a new dimension in Trump’s mind as he stews over his decision to pick Pence in 2016, only to watch the vice president help certify the election of Joe Biden as president in January. Though it was Pence’s legal responsibility, Trump considered him disloyal and recently went so far as to say it was “common sense” that the Jan. 6 Capitol rioters chanted “hang Mike Pence.”

The considerations that led Trump to name Pence as his ticket mate in 2016 — an evangelical conservative, Pence was a Rust Belt governor at the time of his selection — are no longer as relevant, Trump’s advisers say. They say Trump is far more likely to go with his gut instinct next time around. Trump partly relied on his daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, during the selection process last time, but the two are not expected to play the same role if he runs in 2024.

“Once you get past those two issues — loyalty and Trump going more with his gut — Trump has a lot of leeway in who he would pick,” said Tony Fabrizio, Trump’s lead pollster in 2016 and 2020.

“He’s not necessarily looking to balance the ticket geographically, but what he can do is pick to balance gender, race, ethnicity — a lot of different lanes there,” said Fabrizio, who is polling for a Trump-affiliated super PAC. “It could be everything from a Tim Scott in South Carolina to an Asian American in California, somebody Hispanic in Texas. There are so many choices and paths. And there’s lots of time to go.”

Those familiar with Trump’s thinking say his prospective vice president selection would likely draw from three general lanes of candidates: women, conservatives of color or a trusted adviser — or a “consigliere,” as one adviser described it.

Scott, the first elected Black senator from the South since the Reconstruction era, recently met with Trump in Palm Beach.

“It was a really warm interaction,” said one Republican observer in the room. “Scott was appropriately deferential without being gross, like some people are. What he said was thoughtful, and it was appreciated by the president. There was definitely chemistry there.”

Scott, who is running for reelection in 2022, has proved to be a prodigious fundraiser as well, pulling in $8.4 million in the last quarter. He hasn’t denied his own interest in a presidential bid in 2024, but he has said he wouldn’t run if Trump does. The South Carolina senator has already begun visiting other early presidential nominating states like Iowa and New Hampshire.

Longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone said the shadow presidential campaigns from Scott and so many others double as a sort of vice-presidential tryout for Trump.

“This is an audition. And Trump is paying attention,” Stone said. “There’s no question that people running for president are really running for vice president all the time. The key is to make it look like you’re not running for vice president.”

Within Trump’s orbit, there is a belief that a Black running mate could eat into Democratic margins in key swing states, and that Hispanic voters are showing more signs of being up for grabs — especially in crucial battlegrounds like Arizona, Nevada, Florida and Texas.

Among some Trump advisers, Florida Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez is viewed as a promising future star. They say Trump likes her and raved about her speaking role at his nominating convention last summer. But her public and political footprint have been limited under DeSantis, who’s widely seen as an heir apparent to Trump. The two men have a cordial and respectful public relationship, but privately Trump sees the younger DeSantis as a potential rival.

When Trump recently mused about picking DeSantis as a running mate, many in Trump circles said he was putting the governor in his place, not seriously floating him as a name.

“Trump feels he made DeSantis. Trump sees him as a competitor. And he’s not going to have someone with better numbers,” one Trump adviser said.

Yet there is one wrinkle that could potentially limit either Florida politician from getting the nod: a quirk in the Constitution that suggests a presidential candidate would face a unique hurdle with a running mate who hails from the same state.

The former president is also less likely to be concerned with Florida because he perceives it as Trump country after his three-point win last year in his newly adopted home state. And he’s not as concerned about ginning up conservative turnout as he was in 2016, given his strong standing with the party base.

However, Trump is keenly aware that he had a problem with women voters, increasing the likelihood that he might look to strike a gender balance on his ticket. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn have risen in the way-too-early veepstakes chatter because both are “tough as nails and conservative as hell,” one adviser to Trump said.

“Reynolds and Blackburn are definitely in the hunt,” the source added.

One early vice presidential favorite — Nikki Haley, Trump’s former United Nations ambassador and a former South Carolina governor — appears to have been frozen out after she criticized him over the Jan. 6 riot. There’s also relatively little enthusiasm among Trump insiders, they say, for South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, who was being advised by Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, until he left the public eye amid a harassment scandal.

If Trump picks another white male as a running mate, those who know his thinking say it’s likely that individual would play the role of a close adviser, a super chief of staff of sorts. That could even include Mark Meadows, Trump’s last White House chief of staff, said one Republican who recently discussed the vice presidential issue with Trump in passing.

“Don’t rule out a consigliere lane for vice president, a Meadows-type,” the source said. “There were times when Pence occupied that role. No one wants to admit it now. But I observed it. But obviously Jan. 6 changed everything in that relationship.”

Trump’s former acting national security director, Ric Grenell, has also risen in the estimation of Trump insiders, as has another potential presidential candidate, Mike Pompeo, who was Trump’s secretary of state and Central Intelligence Agency director.

“Don’t sleep on Ric. Trump loves him, and unlike Pompeo or anyone else, he has no interest in running for president. That’s a big issue for Trump,” another adviser said of Grenell, who recently joined the board of directors for Trump’s super PAC.

Michael Caputo, a former Trump campaign staffer who worked in his administration, said it’s hard to forecast whom Trump might pick because there’s so much time to go. Whomever is chosen “will have to be loyal, and they’ll have to denounce what happened in 2020. If they don’t, they’re disqualified.”

Kellyanne Conway, a top Trump adviser, echoed Caputo.

“Who should he pick?” she asked. “Whoever he wants.”

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