Morning Digest | Parties welcome Assembly poll schedule; India reports highest single-day spike in new COVID-19 cases in 222 days, and more

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Parties welcome poll schedule, exude confidence

Political parties across the spectrum on Saturday welcomed the announcement of the poll schedule for the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa by the Election Commission of India (ECI).

Assembly polls 2022 | New challenges for political parties, officials as campaign shifts online

As elections for five Assemblies start off with a ban on physical campaigning till January 15 in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, Election Commission officials said on Saturday the rules regarding the conduct and expenditure of conventional campaign would be applicable to virtual campaign events.

India reports highest single-day spike in new COVID-19 cases in 222 days

India reported a single-day spike of 1,41,986 new COVID-19 cases, the highest in around 222 days. Active COVID-19 cases have increased to 4,72,169, the highest in around 187 days, according to data updated by the Union Health Ministry on Saturday morning.

India tops Sri Lanka’s tourism charts 2021

India topped Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals in December and the entire year, according to data published by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA).

PUBG on rail track, selfie near river prove fatal for 3 persons

wo brothers who were engrossed in playing popular online game PUBG on their mobile phones while sitting on a railway track were run over by a train in Rajasthan’s Alwar district on Saturday, police said.

Senior IPS officer opts for VRS, to join BJP

Saturday announced that he had applied for voluntary retirement (VRS) and plunged into politics with the BJP.

COVID-19 vaccination | Use only Covaxin for 15-18 age cohort: Bharat Biotech

COVID vaccine maker Bharat Biotech has appealed to healthcare workers to be “highly vigilant and ensure that only Covaxin is administered to individuals in the 15-18 years age group”.

Sonowal bats for AYUSH immunity kit

The Ministry of AYUSH has developed an Ayurvedic kit for increasing immunity to combat the variants of COVID-19, AYUSH Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said on Saturday.

‘Bulli Bai’ | Niraj Bishnoi not cooperating in probe: police

Main accused in the Bulli Bai app case Niraj Bishnoi has tried to harm himself twice while in police custody but he is being taken care of, police officials said on Saturday.

Court orders GM unit to pay 50% wages

In a partial relief for 1,086 employees of General Motors India who had been laid off in July 2021, the Industrial Court in Pune has directed the Indian unit of the American auto major to pay 50% of the monthly salary to each employee till final disposal of the case.

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