WHO Advises Against Blood Plasma Treatment For COVID-19

<!– –> The WHO said its latest recommendations were based on evidence from 16 trials. (File) Paris: Covid treatments using plasma taken from the blood of recovered coronavirus patients should not be given to people with mild or moderate illness, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. Convalescent plasma showed some early promise when given intravenously to people sick with Covid-19. But in advice published in the British Medical Journal, the WHO now says that “current evidence shows that it does not improve survival nor reduce the need for mechanical ventilation,…

Live Updates: India’s Active Covid Cases Lowest In 552 Days

<!– –> Covid Cases in India: 127.93 crore vaccine doses have been administered till date. (File) New Delhi: India recorded a daily spike of 8,306 Covid cases on Monday, taking the total active caseload of cases to 98,416 — the lowest in 552 days. India’s Omicron tally is steadily rising with fresh cases of the worrisome variant in Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Delhi. Seven in Maharashtra, nine in Jaipur and a man in Delhi were found positive with the variant, taking the total count in the country to 21. A total…

Western Powers ‘Determined’ Ukraine Sovereignty Be Respected

<!– –> France, Germany, Italy, the UK and US took a stand regarding Russian threats to Ukraine. (File) Paris: The leaders of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and United States expressed “determination” during a phone call on Monday that Ukraine’s sovereignty should be respected, the French presidency said. The leaders also “expressed their commitment to act to maintain peace and security in Europe”, the office of French President Emmanuel Macron said following the call. (Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is…

Punjab Chief Minister Lied About Illegal Sand Mining, Says Raghav Chadha

<!– –> Raghav Chadha claimed Charanjit Channi lied about visiting a sand mining pit in Jindapur village. Chandigarh: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Raghav Chadha on Monday accused Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi of “lying and misleading” people of the state about the “illegal” sand mining in his constituency. Mr Chadha said he had “exposed” illegal mining activity at Mr Channi’s constituency Chamkaur Sahib on December 4. The AAP’s Punjab co-incharge said instead of taking action against the sand mafia, Mr Channi visited a site in Rupnagar and claimed that…

All 9 Patients Who Tested Positive For Omicron In Jaipur Are Asymptotic

<!– –> Samples of 34 people (passengers from South Africa and their contacts) were genome sequenced (File) Jaipur: All the nine Omicron COVID-19 variant patients in Rajasthan’s Jaipur are asymptotic, said Dr Narottam Sharma, Chief Medical Health Officer, Jaipur on Monday. Speaking to ANI, Dr Sharma said, “All nine Omicron variant patients are asymptotic. We are taking the matter seriously and are doing contact tracing and taking effective measures.” Earlier on Sunday, the state health department informed that a total of nine cases of COVID-19 Omicron variant have been reported…

India, Russia To Provide Immediate Humanitarian Assistance To Afghanistan

<!– –> PM Modi and Russian President Putin emphasised the central role of the UN in Afghanistan. (File) New Delhi: India and Russia on Monday underlined that the Afghan soil should not be used for sheltering, training, planning or financing any terrorist groups including ISIS, the Al-Qaeda and the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), and decided to provide immediate humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people. In their summit talks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin also pitched for the formation of a truly inclusive government in Kabul and reiterated their strong…

Congress Known For Betraying People: Karnataka Chief Minister

<!– –> The Chief Minister was addressing a BJP poll campaign meeting in Karnataka. (File) Gadag, Karnataka: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Monday hit out at the Congress party for making tall promises and said that “it is known for betraying the people”. Addressing a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) poll campaign meeting in Karnataka’s Gadag district, Mr Bommai said, “The previous Congress government had announced 7 kg rice per head and within a few days reduced it to 4 kg. In fact, only 4 kg was distributed for three years of…

US Vows More Military Forces In Eastern Europe If Russia Invades Ukraine

<!– –> The United States said it will impose “severe economic harm” on Russia. (File) Washington: The United States will impose “severe economic harm” on Russia and boost its military presence in Eastern Europe should Moscow invade Ukraine, the White House warned Monday, laying out the high stakes on the eve of talks between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin. The US president will also quickly inform his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky of the details of his discussion with Putin, taking place by videoconference Tuesday, as tens of thousands of Russian…

Ex High Court Judge Condemns Parliament For Passing Bills Without Debate

<!– –> “There is no debate in Parliament on the crisis faced by the masses,” said Krishnaswamy Chandru. Kolkata: Former Madras High Court judge Krishnaswamy Chandru, the inspiration for Suriya-starrer ‘Jai Bhim’, on Monday voiced concern over the policies pursued by the Centre, as he claimed that “Parliament will soon become a rubber stamp for the government” with bills getting passed without any debate. The retired judge, instrumental behind several landmark verdicts involving caste-based discrimination and gender-related issues, was speaking at a discussion organised by the Students Federation of India…

Emergence Of Omicron Inevitable: South Africa President As Cases Multiply

<!– –> South African President Cyril Ramaphosa urged the people to get vaccinated. (File) Johannesburg: South Africa’s fourth COVID-19 wave was anticipated and the emergence of the new Omicron variant was inevitable, President Cyril Ramaphosa has said, terming the surge in infections a matter of “great concern”. The President said the number of daily infections has increased five-fold in the past week, with nearly a quarter of all COVID-19 tests now returning positive. Two weeks ago, only two per cent of tests were positive. “While the surge in infections is…