Top news of the day: Mumbai reports India’s first case of Omicron’s XE recombinant variant; PM Modi cautions BJP members against dynastic politics, and more

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April 06, 2022 07:13 pm | Updated 07:13 pm IST

The Juhu Beach in Mumbai on April 3, 2022. The first case of the more transmissible COVID-19 variant XE has been detected in Mumbai.

The Juhu Beach in Mumbai on April 3, 2022. The first case of the more transmissible COVID-19 variant XE has been detected in Mumbai. | Photo Credit: PTI

Mumbai reports India’s first case of Omicron’s XE recombinant variant

The XE variant is a mutation of the BA.1 and BA.2 Omicron strains, referred to as a “recombinant”. As per the initial studies, the XE variant has a growth rate of 9.8% over that of BA.2, also known as the stealth variant because of its ability to evade detection.

On BJP foundation day, PM Modi cautions party members against dynastic politics

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose his address to BJP workers and leaders on the party’s foundation day to assert that dynastic parties were the “biggest enemies” of democracy and that the BJP, in marked contrast, stood for devotion to the country rather than a family.

971 people died while cleaning sewers since 1993

Replying to a question by BJP’s Syed Zafar Islam in the Rajya Sabha, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister of State Ramdas Athawale’s written response showed that Tamil Nadu accounted for 214 of the 971 “sewer deaths”, the highest in the country. Gujarat reported 156 such deaths and Uttar Pradesh 106, the data said. In 703 cases, ₹10 lakh as compensation had been paid to the families of the victims, and in 136, an amount of less than ₹10 lakh was given.

87 civilians, 99 security personnel killed in J&K since abrogation of Article 370: Government

As many as 177 civilians and 406 security personnel were killed from May 2014 to August 4, 2019 in Jammu and Kashmir, while 87 civilians and 99 security personnel were killed from August 5, 2019 to November 2021, the government has informed the Rajya Sabha.

Rights under new Acts mere lip service unless financial impact is kept in mind, Supreme Court tells Centre

The court’s oral remark referred to how the government promised dedicated protection officers and shelter homes for women who suffered domestic abuse but has not delivered yet.

New outfit sends threat mail to Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma

Lawei ba Phyrnai says it is a ‘terror group’ of qualified jobless youth.

Sri Lankan feminists seek urgent response to economic crisis

“We are witnessing the unfolding of a humanitarian crisis,” said a statement signed by women’s groups and activists across the island.

Bucha killings | Pope slams ‘horrendous cruelty’ in Ukraine

Pope Francis has hit out at the “ever more horrendous cruelty” in Ukraine, after the murder of civilians in the town of Bucha near the capital. “The recent news about the war in Ukraine, instead of bringing relief and hope, instead attests to new atrocities, such as the Bucha massacre,” the Pope said during his weekly general audience at the Vatican.

Hong Kong deputy chief says he plans to run for city’s top job

John Lee, 64, a former deputy commissioner of police, was promoted to the global financial hub’s No. 2 role in 2021 in a move that some political analysts said signalled Beijing’s priorities for Hong Kong were security rather than the economy.

Supreme Court orders Amazon, Future to move Singapore arbitral tribunal

For resumption of arbitration proceedings in dispute concerning Future’s proposed ₹24,500 crore deal with Reliance.

ADB pegs India’s 2022-23 GDP growth at 7.5%

The ADB has factored in the Russia-Ukraine conflict’s implications for India, which will be largely indirect through higher oil prices, and has assumed that the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic will subside with a rise in vaccination rates.

CBI registers preliminary enquiry against IOA chief Narinder Batra for alleged ‘misuse’ of Hockey India funds

The central probe agency had received a complaint against Mr. Batra following which it started a preliminary enquiry, which is the first step to establish prima facie criminality, officials said.

IPL 2022 | Warner, Nortje and Stoinis all available ahead of Delhi Capitals-Lucknow Super Giants clash

Rahul and Pant, both match-winners in their own rights even with the bat, will like to seize the initiative in these early rounds.

Explained | Who is Pravin Tambe, the subject of Hotstar’s new cricket biopic?

After years of playing club cricket in Mumbai, the leg-spinner made his IPL debut in 2013 at the age of 41.

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