Anti-conversion bill introduced in Karnataka Assembly amid strong protest by Congress

The contentious anti-conversion bill was tabled in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on Tuesday, amid stiff opposition from the Congress. State Congress President D K Shivakumar even tore papers on his table, in protest against the introduction of the bill, which his party called “draconian and anti-constitution”. The “Karnataka Protection of Right to Freedom of Religion … Read more

Congress wins 278 Panchayat Samiti seats, BJP 165 in polls in 4 Rajasthan districts

Declaring the results for recent elections for the Panchayat Samiti members in four Rajasthan’s districts, the state Election Commission on Tuesday said that 278 Congress candidates and 165 BJP candidates have won the polls. Other winners in the elections for 568 members in 30 Panchayat Samitis in the four districts — Baran, Kota, Ganganagar and … Read more

Farmers continue to block rail tracks, affect train traffic in Punjab

Demanding complete loan waiver and compensation to kin of those killed during the anti-farm law stir, farmers blocked rail tracks at various places for the second day on Tuesday, affecting the movement of 156 trains in the state. Ferozepur division railway officials said, “84 trains were cancelled, 47 were short-terminated and 25 were short-originated.” Farmers … Read more

FDA Approves First Injection Regimen for HIV Prevention

By Robert Preidt and Robin Foster HealthDay Reporters TUESDAY, Dec. 21, 2021 (HealthDay News) — The first injection drug to prevent HIV infection was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday. “Today’s approval adds an important tool in the effort to end the HIV epidemic by providing the first option to prevent … Read more

Vedanta distributes face masks in Zambia, raises public awareness about rising Omicron cases

With the new variant posing a significant threat to public health, Vedanta reaffirms its commitment to helping support the communities around the Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) in as best a way as it can. Vedanta on Tuesday said it has distributed thousands of re-usable face masks to commuters and marketeers in Zambian cities of Chingola … Read more

Policymakers need to avoid one-upmanship while writing rules: Kotak

Billionaire banker Uday Kotak on Tuesday rued that there is a tendency among policymakers to display “one-upmanship” when it comes to adding rules and regulations, which they need to desist from. “We need to keep in mind that as we add more rules and regulations, that it should not be ticking the box. At times, … Read more

Are Cortisone Injections Good or Bad for Arthritic Knees?

By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 21, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Cortisone injections have gotten a bad rap in recent years as a treatment for arthritis pain, because steroids are known to damage cartilage and could potentially cause the joint to further deteriorate. But a new study suggests that if used wisely, cortisone shots … Read more

Omicron thrice more transmissible than Delta; ‘activate’ war rooms, emergency operation centres: Govt to states, UTs

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan advised implementing strategic interventions for containment like imposition of night curfew, strict regulation of large gatherings, curtailing numbers in marriages and funerals besides increasing testing and surveillance. Asserting that the Omicron variant is at least thrice more transmissible than Delta, the Centre Tuesday asked states and union territories to “activate” … Read more

Travel agents urge Centre to consider homestay model for all states to boost tourism sector

Around 3,600 homestays are registered so far providing employment to about 8,000 people, TAAI said in a statement. The Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) has urged the central government to consider the ‘homestay’ model adopted by the Uttarakhand government for other states as well, and said the initiative may help in kick-starting the economy … Read more