- MHA Issues New COVID-19 Guidelines For States From 1 December.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued fresh guidelines for surveillance, containment, and caution against COVID-19. MHA’s fresh guidelines will be effective between 1 and 31 December.
In the fresh order for surveillance, containment, and caution, the Home Ministry said that states and UTs are mandated to strictly enforce containment measures, SOPs on various activities.
The Centre said that the local district, police, and municipal authorities will be responsible to ensure that prescribed containment measures are strictly followed everywhere.
2. Newly-elected New Zealand MP Dr. Gaurav Sharma takes an oath in Sanskrit.
Indian-origin Dr. Gaurav Sharma, who was elected as a member of the New Zealand Parliament, created history on Wednesday when he took oath in Sanskrit.
The 33-year-old, Dr. Gaurav Sharma originally hails from Hamirpur district in Himachal Pradesh and had won the election as a Labour Party candidate from Hamilton West.
When asked the reason behind choosing Sanskrit and not Hindi, Dr. Gaurav Sharma wrote on Twitter, “To be honest I did think of that, but then there was the question of doing it in Pahari (my first language) or Punjabi. Hard to keep everyone happy. Sanskrit made sense as it pays homage to all the Indian languages (including the many I can’t speak).”
Gaurav Sharma, a doctor by profession, had won from Hamilton West. He was the candidate of the Labour Party and defeated Tim Macindoe of the National Party by over 4,386 votes. He had earlier fought the elections in 2017.
3. Punjab imposes night curfew from Dec 1, fine for not wearing mask double to 1,000.
Punjab on Wednesday became the latest state to announce fresh restrictions, including night curfew and doubling of fine for not wearing masks or following social distancing norms, amid rising cases in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) and apprehensions of a second wave.
Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh ordered night curfew in all towns and cities of Punjab from 10 pm to 5 am from December 1.
The chief minister has doubled the fine for violating Covid-19 protocols to Rs 1,000 which would also be applicable from December 1. Apart from this, all hotels restaurants and wedding venues would close at 9.30 pm. The following curbs will be reviewed on December 15.
4. Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, has revealed that she suffered a miscarriage this year in July.
Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, has revealed that she suffered a miscarriage this year in July.
The wife of Prince Harry and former actress Meghan wrote about the experience in detail in an opinion article published in the New York Times on Wednesday, saying that it took place one July morning when she was caring for Archie, the couple’s son.
“I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second,” Meghan wrote, describing how she felt a sharp cramp after picking up Archie from his crib, and dropped to the floor with him in her arms, humming a lullaby to keep them both calm.
Meghan also described how she and her husband were both in tears as she lay in a hospital bed hours later.