India issues new quarantine rules for foreign arrivals and other top news

A look at the current headlines:

  1. India makes a 7-day quarantine mandatory for all international passengers: The new rules apply from January 11th.
  2. SC allows NEET admissions for this year under existing reservation criteria: A final decision on the validity of the criteria for determining the quota for the economically weaker section will be made in March.
  3. According to the Centre, India’s economy is expected to grow by 9.2% in 2021-22: The growth is expected to be mainly due to an improvement in the performance of agriculture and manufacturing.
  4. Faced with allegations of security vulnerabilities, SC orders the High Court to retain PM’s travel records: The center issued a complaint to Bathinda SSP over the cause, reports said.
  5. Karnataka records 67.9% increase in Covid cases since Thursday, Delhi records 17,335 infections: Out of 8,449 cases in Karnataka, Bengaluru alone accounted for over 6,800 infections.
  6. Center asks Delhi and neighboring districts to expand health facilities: AIIMS Delhi has put routine admissions and non-essential surgeries on hold to cope with rising Covid cases.
  7. NSCN (IM) accuses Arunachal government of harming Naga interests, warns of “unpleasant incidents”: The armed group claimed that Prime Minister Pema Khandu and Deputy Prime Minister Chowna Mein failed “to fulfill the wishes of the Naga people”.
  8. Calcutta HC allows Gangasagar Mela, forms committee to oversee compliance with Covid protocols: The judges urged authorities to alert the public to the risks involved as the third wave of Covid-19 sweeps across India.
  9. Varavara Rao’s medical bail has been extended until February 5: Citing the coronavirus situation, the Bombay High Court rejected the National Investigation Agency’s request to extend the handover date by just one week.
  10. Omicron infections less severe than Delta but not mild, WHO says: The World Health Organization chief said a “tsunami of cases” was overwhelming health systems around the world.

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