Covid-19: Weekly positivity rate of Himachal Pradesh above national average, more than Punjab & Haryana
While Covid-19 appears to show signs of waning in Punjab and Haryana, in neighbouring Himachal Pradesh a large number of people continue to get infected, pushing the weekly tests positive rate in the hill state above the national average.
In the last week, 2.2% of samples tested have been found positive for the virus in the hill state whereas the national positivity rate was recorded at 1.5%. Positivity rate refers to the percentage of people who are Covid-19 positive out of the total tested.
What is more concerning is that the positivity rate of Himachal is higher than that of many states with a substantially higher count of active cases, despite the increased vaccination rate.
The weekly positivity rate of Maharashtra, one of the worst-hit states in the country, was 1.8% while 1.5% of total samples tested in Andhra Pradesh in one week tested positive, 1% in Tamil Nadu and 0.4% in Karnataka. The weekly positivity rate in Punjab and Haryana was recorded at 0.1%.
UNDP Releases 2021 Multidimensional Poverty Index Report
Multidimensional Poverty Index Report 2021 was released by UNDP and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI).
The report estimates multidimensional poverty across 109 developing countries, with data from surveys ranging from 2009 to 2020.
These include 26 low-income countries, 80 middle-income countries and 3 high-income countries.
The index measures each person’s deprivations across 10 indicators divided into three equally weighted dimensions.
Nearly half (644 million) are children under age 18.
About 8.2 per cent (105 million) are aged 60 or older.
Approximately 85 per cent live in Sub-Saharan Africa (556 million) or South Asia (532 million).
84 per cent (1.1 billion) live in rural areas, and 16 per cent (about 209 million) live in urban areas.
Over 67 per cent live in middle-income countries.
In India, five out of six multidimensionally poor people were from lower tribes or castes.
India Invited To Become A Full-Time Member Of IEA
IEA has asked India to become its full-time member as it is the world’s third-largest energy consumer.
If this proposal is accepted, India will increase its strategic oil reserve to 90 days.
Oil Minister Hardeep Singh Puri held negotiations with IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol.
The IEA executive director invited India to expand its cooperation with IEA by becoming its full member during the discussion.
India started as an associate member of the IEA in March 2017 and agreed to enter into a strategic partnership to reinforce its collaboration regarding energy security and clean energy transition.
International Energy Agency, IEA is a Paris-based body that suggests industrialised countries about energy policies.
IEA was founded in 1974 by industrialised nations under the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) structure.
PM To Partake In G20 Extraordinary Leaders Summit On Afghanistan
Prime Minister Modi is set to participate in the G20 Extraordinary Leaders’ Summit On Afghanistan on 12 October.
Prime Minister will attend the summit virtually on 12 October at 4 PM.
The Agenda of the meeting comprises of a discussion on response to humanitarian needs and access to essential services and livelihood
It also includes a discussion on the fight against Terrorism, Mobility, Migration and Human Rights.
PM Modi also participated in the SCO-CSTO outreach summit, and External Affairs minister Jai Shankar Participated in the G20 Foreign Ministers meeting.
G20 is an intergovernmental forum comprising 19 countries and the European Union.
Desh Ke Mentor Program Launched By Arvind Kejriwal
Desh Ke Mentor’ program was launched by Delhi Cheif Minister Aravind Kejriwal for the Delhi Government Schools.
This program aims to provide guidance to school students on the career choices of successful citizens in their respective fields.
The ‘Desh ke mentor’ programme entails ‘adopting’ one to 10 government school students who can be mentored by experts.
Sonu Sood will be the brand ambassador for the mentors’ programme.
The mentors will have 10 mins every week to guide the youths over the phone regarding their fields.
India Bags 43 Medals ISSF Junior World Championship
Indian Shooters bags 43 medals in the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Championship.
The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Championship happened in Lima, Peru.
The Indian Shooters won 43 medals and took the top of the table with 17 Gold, 16 Silver and 10 Bronze medals.
USA won 21 medals with six gold, eight silver and six bronze and took second place on the Medal Table.
Manu Bhaker won the highest number of medals, that is 5 Medals, in a single edition of the ISSF Junior World Championships.
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