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Breaking News HIGHLIGHTS: New COVID Strain Named 'Omicron', WHO's Advisory Group Terms It Variant Of Concern – ABP Live

By : ABP News Bureau | Updated: 27 Nov 2021 08:03 AM (IST)
WHO’s Technical Advisory Group on SARS-CoV-2 Virus Evolution that met today to review what is known about the new COVID19 variant B.1.1.529, has advised that it should be designated as a Variant of Concern.
The Technical Advisory Group on SARS-CoV-2 Virus Evolution met today to review what is known about the #COVID19 variant B.1.1.529.
They advised WHO that it should be designated a Variant of Concern.
WHO has named it Omicron, in line with naming protocols https://t.co/bSbVas9yds pic.twitter.com/Gev1zIt1Ek

Preliminary evidence suggests new Covid variant B.1.1.529 carries a higher risk of reinfection than other variants, BBC reported World Health Organization as saying.
New Delhi, Nov 26 (PTI) Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat and top military commanders on Friday briefed a parliamentary panel on the operational preparedness of the armed forces, the panel’s chairman Jual Oram said.

Besides Rawat, senior officials of the Defence Ministry and top commanders of the Army, Navy and the Air Force deposed before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence at the Parliament Complex.

The agenda of the meeting was briefing by the representatives of the Ministry of Defence on ‘review of strategic operational preparedness of defence forces in view of current security scenario including border security’.

Oram said Rawat made a very good presentation on the subject before the panel.

Sources said commanders of all three armed forces made presentations on the operational preparedness of their respected forces. They updated MPs about the recent procurement and additions in their arsenal.

CDS Rawat gave the overall presentation on the preparedness of all three forces and various initiatives taken for development of infrastructure in the border areas, they said.

Around 11 members of the 31-member committee were present in the meeting on Friday. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was among the absentees.
An adult female elephant and two elephants calves died after being hit by a train near the Navakkarai railway track at the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border. Forest Department is present at the spot and is investigating. pic.twitter.com/1WjcBFGbK9
Senior Congress leader in Delhi, Mukesh Goel to join Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) tomorrow: Sources

(Pic Source: Mukesh Goel’s Facebook page) pic.twitter.com/FvbvWyCSVO

Maharashtra Government to give Rs 50,000 aid to kin or immediate relatives of people who lost their lives due to COVID19, ANI reported.
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare adds Hong Kong and Israel to the list of countries from where travellers would need to follow additional measures on arrival in India, including post-arrival testing.
(PTI): Social activist Anna Hazare was on Friday discharged from a private hospital in Pune, where he was admitted after he complained of chest pain, the hospital authorities said.
The 84-year-old anti-corruption crusader was admitted to Ruby Hall Clinic on Thursday for chest pain, following which an angiography and other tests were conducted, they said.
“Anna Hazare was discharged from the hospital today, as he is fine now. During the angiogram, a minor blockage was detected. There was no need for angioplasty or any surgery. Following treatment at the hospital, he was allowed to be discharged,” said Dr Parvez Grant, chief cardiologist and managing trustee, Ruby Hall Clinic.
According to Anna Hazare’s office, the social activist has been advised to take complete rest.
J&K: A Pakistan terrorist was eliminated as the Indian Army foiled an infiltration bid in Rajouri’s Bhimber Gali last night. Weapon and ammunition were recovered. pic.twitter.com/XXhGY9P2Mw

Both govts will form two teams at the political level and both teams will begin talks for a permanent solution. This will also be discussed at the CM level from time to time. This was decided in the presence of the Union Home Minister: Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma, in Delhi pic.twitter.com/iocMiZhgbI

 (PTI): Union Minister Mankush Mandviya Friday Friday said about Rs 64,000 crore will be invested by the Centre in creating health infrastructure in the country over the next five years.
The union Health & Family Welfare Minister who, was on a day-long tour to Tawang district in Arunachal Pradesh, while interacting with health officials at Khandro Drowa Zangmo District Hospital, said the central government is working to provide health security to all through various health welfare schemes, an official statement released here said.
We will work with Ayushman Bharat digital health mission which will enable us to know the history of a patient and can provide quality health services, the minister said. Mandviya also lauded the Pema Khandu government for taking various health initiatives in the state and assured all help and support from the Centre.
State health Principal Secretary Dr Sharat Chauhan presented the overall health scenario of the state through a power point presentation and apprised the union minister on the Covid-19 management and vaccination status in the state, the report said.
President of the Arunachal chapter of Indian Medical Association (IMA) Dr Lobsang Tsetim requested that the centre take over the Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (TRIHMS) at Nahrlagun for its future sustainability, quality education and services.
Dr Tsetim also underlined the urgent need for setting up a super specialty hospital in the state besides reforms of all existing primary health centers.
Earlier, Mandviya visited the wards of the district hospital and interacted with the patients and distributed fruits among them. He also visited the Jan Aushadi dispensary in the hospital, the report added. 
Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium is closely tracking a new variant of COVID-19 called B.1.1.529. PTI reports the presence of a new Covid-19 variant has not been detected in the country yet.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing a Constitution Day programme in New Delhi.
“We all may have different roles, different responsibilities, different ways of doing things, but our faith, inspiration and source of energy is the same – our Constitution,” PM Modi said during the function.
WATCH PM Modi’s Speech LIVE:
Addressing the Constitution Day programme at Vigyan Bhawan. https://t.co/xzmEhl5wzi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will likely attend the Summit for Democracy to be hosted by US President Joe Biden. India has been invited to the virtual summit scheduled to happen on December 9 and 10.
Serum Institute of India says it has resumed exports of the Covishield vaccine. PTI reports, that the first batch of the consignment has left the Pune facility on Friday.
India currently assessing the situation developing after the recent discovery of a new covid variant, first detected in South Africa.
“This is a developing incident. We just saw a briefing by WHO. I don’t have any immediate information on the steps that we are taking,” Arindam Bagchi, MEA spokesperson said on Friday. 
“This is an issue more for our Health authorities & Civil Aviation authorities,” he added.
World Health Organization (WHO) has said that it needs time to study the new Covid-19 variant, first detected in South Africa. WHO spokesperson, Christian Lindmeier said, “early analysis shows that this variant has a large number of mutations that require and will undergo further study.”
“It’ll take a few weeks for us to understand what impact this variant has. Researchers are working to understand more,” he added. 
Four coaches of Delhi to Chhattisgarh train caught fire. It is reported that the fire broke out near Morena, Madhya Pradesh. Police and fire brigade vehicles have rushed to the spot.
BREAKING NEWS | दिल्ली से छत्तीसगढ़ जा रही ट्रेन की 4 बोगियों में लगी आग

– मध्य प्रदेश के मुरैना के पास लगी आग.. पुलिस और दमकल की गाड़ियां मौके पर @ShobhnaYadava | @brajeshabpnews https://t.co/smwhXUzF4C #BreakingNews #Railway #Fire #Morena pic.twitter.com/ABUjvzkPFl

 
Sensex plummets 1,687.94 pts to end at 57,107.15; Nifty sinks 509.80 pts to 17,026.45
Delhi govt has called a meeting of DDMA on Monday to discuss steps that need to be taken in view of the threat of new Covid variant from African countries.
As prices for common commodities such as tomato goes up beside the fuels prices, Congress has decided to organise a ‘mahangai hatao’ rally in Delhi on 12th December. ANI reports that Congress Party’s interim president Sonia Gandhi and party leader Rahul Gandhi will address the rally.
Right ahead of the start of the Winter Session of Parliament, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge has called a meeting of the Opposition parties on 29th November.
Italy has announced that visitors from southern Africa will be banned over the fear of the new Covid variant. AFP reports that a Minister in Germany has said that the country “to ban most travel from South Africa.”
Meanwhile, European Union will propose a ban on travel from southern Africa after the discovery of the new Covid-19 variant. Scientists fear it could torpedo efforts to beat pandemic.
The state-appointed Chandiwal Commission has summoned former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh to appear before it on 29th November. The Commission has been constituted to probe corruption allegations levelled by the former top cop against Anil Deshmukh.
India summons diplomat of Pakistan High Commission on 13th anniversary of 26/11 Mumbai attacks
The new Covid-19 variant B.1.1.529 has been making headlines after it was detected in South Africa. As the panic starts to grip globally, ANI quoting officials report that no such cases from the new variant have been reported in India so far.
No case of COVID19 variant B.1.1.529 has been reported in India so far: Official Sources

 
Constitution Day should have been celebrated each year after 1950 to educate all about what went into the making of the Constitution. But some people did not do so. This day should also be celebrated to evaluate whether what we do is right or not: PM Modi
Indian equity benchmarks nosedived on Friday with the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex falling more than 1,400 points and Nifty 50 index dropping below its important psychological level of 17,100 is due to the detection of new Covid variant in South Africa.
 
The Constitution of India is like a modern version of ‘The Gita’ for us that motivates us to work for the nation. If each one of us commits to working for the country then we can build ‘Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat’: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla
Congress & 14 Opposition parties boycotting the Constitution Day celebrations in Parliament is disrespect to the Constitution of India. This proves that Congress can only respect leaders from the Nehru family and no other leader incl BR Ambedkar: Union minister Arjun Ram Meghwal
President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and other political leaders to take part in Constitution Day celebrations.


President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and other political leaders to take part in #ConstitutionDay celebrations at the Central Hall of the Parliament

(Source: Sansad TV) pic.twitter.com/WMkTuTapUZ
 Air pollution levels in Delhi worsened on Friday morning due to unfavourable meteorological conditions — low temperature and slow wind speed — and the air quality index read 403 at 9 am, which falls in the severe category.

Low temperatures and slow surface winds allow accumulation of pollutants.

The city’s 24-hour average air quality index (AQI) read 400 on Thursday evening.

The air quality in the capital has remained very poor or severe on most of the days in November so far.

Delhi recorded lowest air pollution levels — in terms of 24-hour average quality index — on November 1 (AQI 281) followed by November 23 (AQI 290).

Neighbouring Faridabad (417), Ghaziabad (373), Greater Noida (378), Gurgaon (361) and Noida (383) also saw a dip in air quality on Friday morning.

An AQI between zero and 50 is considered good, 51 and 100 satisfactory, 101 and 200 moderate, 201 and 300 poor, 301 and 400 very poor, and 401 and 500 severe.

Delhi recorded a minimum temperature of 11 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature is likely to settle around 28 degrees Celsius.
Indian indices opened on negative note on November 26 with Nifty below 17400 amid weak Asian Markets.
At 09:16 IST, the Sensex was down 722.43 points or 1.23% at 58,072.66, and the Nifty was down 223.90 points or 1.28% at 17,312.40. About 724 shares have advanced, 1249 shares declined, and 75 shares are unchanged.
Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Deputy CM Ajit Pawar and Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil pay tribute to those who lost their lives in Mumbai 26/11 terror attacks.

Mumbai | Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Deputy CM Ajit Pawar and Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil pay tribute to those who lost their lives in Mumbai 26/11 terror attacks pic.twitter.com/PfTBSUIFkC
Union Home Minister Amit Shah pays tributes to those who lost their lives in the Mumbai 26/11 terror attacks and salutes all the security personnel who bravely faced the terrorists.

मुंबई 26/11 आतंकी हमलों में जान गंवाने वालों को भावपूर्ण श्रद्धांजलि देता हूँ और उन सभी सुरक्षाकर्मियों के साहस को सलाम करता हूं, जिन्होंने कायरतापूर्ण हमलों में आतंकवादियों का डटकर सामना किया। पूरे देश को आपकी वीरता पर गर्व रहेगा। कृतज्ञ राष्ट्र सदैव आपके बलिदान का ऋणी रहेगा। pic.twitter.com/rgW2xsoXVj
We all remember Bharat Ratna BR Ambedkar for his contribution to independent India and for giving the Constitution of India which we have today. On this day in 1949, the Constituent Assembly adopted the Constitution of India: BJP President JP Nadda on #ConstitutionDay2021
All schools and colleges in Puducherry will be closed today and tomorrow (26 & 27 November) due to heavy rains, Minister of Education A Namassivayam said in a statement
J&K: A Pak terrorist was eliminated as Army foiled an infiltration bid in Rajouri’s Bhimber Gali last night. Weapon and ammunition were recovered. The operation is in progress: White Knight Corps
A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.1 was reported near the India-Myanmar border on Friday morning, according to the National Center for Seismology.

M6.0 #earthquake (#भूकंप) strikes 174 km E of #Chittagong (#Bangladesh) 9 min ago. Effects reported by eyewitnesses: pic.twitter.com/vkKuCcT5fC
Breaking News HIGHLIGHTS, November 26, 2021: Hello and Welcome to the Daily Live Blog of ABP Live! We bring you the latest breaking news and updates from the day. 
Parliament will observe Constitution Day today and President Ram Nath Kovind will lead the celebrations from the Central hall from 11 am onwards. President Kovind, vice president M Venkaiah Naidu and Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla will address the event
November 26 is observed as Constitution Day or ‘Samvidhan Diwas’ every year, which commemorates the adoption of the Constitution of India. On November 26, 1949, the Constitution was adopted and it came into effect on January 26, 1950.
In 2015, the Union ministry of social justice notified the decision of the Centre to celebrate November 26 as Constitution Day to promote constitutional values among citizens, according to a government website
 

Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, who became the first law minister of India in the Congress-led Centre, was appointed as the chairman of the constitution drafting committee in 1947 and was given the responsibility of writing the country’s new constitution.
.A strong and shallow earthquake of magnitude 6.0 struck the Myanmar-India border region early on Friday, according to the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC). According to the alert by the independent organisation and provider of real-time earthquake information, the quake struck 174km east of Bangladesh’s Chittagong, and the tremors were felt as far away as in West Bengal, Tripura, and Assam in eastern India.
Tremors were felt across Tripura, Manipur, Mizoram and Assam. Witness accounts on European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre’s (EMSC) website said that the quake was felt as far away as Kolkata.
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