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India reports 20,551 new Covid cases, 70 deaths

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In the last 24 hours, India reported 20,551 new Covid-19 cases, an increase against the 19,893 infections registered the previous day, as well as 70 additional fatalities, the Union Health Ministry said on Friday.

The new fatalities has increased the nationwide death toll to 5,26,600.

The active caseload has marginally declined to 1,35,364, accounting for 0.31 per cent of the country’s total positive cases.

The recovery of 21,595 patients in the last 24 hours took the cumulative tally to 4,34,45,624. Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.50 per cent.

While the daily positivity rate rose to 5.14 per cent, the weekly positivity rate stood at 4.64 per cent.

Also in the same period, a total of 4,00,110 tests were conducted across the country, increasing the overall tally to over 87.71 crore.

As of Friday morning, India’s Covid-19 vaccination coverage exceeded 205.59 crore, achieved via 2,72,54,426 sessions

Over 3.93 crore adolescents have been administered with a first dose of Covid-19 jab since the beginning of vaccination drive for this age bracket.

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Earthquake of magnitude 4.0 hits Manipur’s Ukhrul

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 An earthquake of magnitude 4.0 on the Richter scale hit Manipur’s Ukhrul district on Saturday morning, the National Centre of Seismology (NCS) said.

According to National Center for Seismology, the earthquake occurred at 6.14am with a depth of 10 km. No casualties were reported.

“Earthquake of Magnitude: 4.0, Occurred on 04-02-2023, 06:14:55 IST, Latitude: 25.13 & Longitude: 94.67, Depth: 10 km, location: Ukhrul, Manipur, India,” NCS said in a tweet.

Earlier, a magnitude 3.2 struck parts of western Uttar Pradesh and Haryana on Friday night. With its epicenter in Shamli, the quake hit the region at 9.31pm, the nodal agency for monitoring earthquake activity in the country said.

Earlier, an earthquake of magnitude 3.2 struck parts of Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh on Friday night.

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Mumbai: Students in limbo after MU postpones winter semester exams indefinitely

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“A bunch of students in the LLB department have full-time jobs. We sent in leave applications to our offices to make sure that we were present for our tests and then suddenly the exams were withdrawn. It might be very difficult to get leaves again,” said Sagar Birade, a BLS LLB student at Mumbai university

Mumbai: Nearly 50,000 are facing uncertainty with their academic year as the University of Mumbai(MU) has put off its winter semester examinations for all non-agricultural undergraduate and postgraduate courses until further notice. Several LLB, LLM, MA, MSc, and MCom students amongst others had already begun appearing for their examinations at MU and its affiliated colleges when the non-teaching staff decided to boycott all exam-related activities to meet demands of their protest. After appearing for the exams slated on Thursday, February 2, 2023, the students received a notice from their colleges announcing the postponement of all tests until further notice.

Lectures go on while exams on halt

It is business as usual for lectures and vivas at MU, whereas all ongoing written tests have been completely put on hold. “I have shifted to Mumbai from Jalgaon to finish my master’s. Our schedule of studying and plans for going back home shamble every time the varsity changes its timetable. The whole process of taking an exam becomes very stressful since the university is also known to delay our results,” said Ritesh Chaudhari, an MA student.

Those who have been juggling their jobs alongside their education were irked by this sudden announcement by the university. “After taking my first LLB exam, I was told that the next three papers have been postponed and there is no telling when they’ll conduct those. A bunch of students in LLB have full-time jobs. We sent in leave applications to our offices to make sure that we were present for our tests and then suddenly the exams were withdrawn. It might be very difficult to get leaves again,” said Sagar Birade, a BLS LLB student at Mumbai university.

Protests will stop once the GR is issued

The Non-Agricultural University and College Servants Joint Action Committee, on February 2, 2023, vowed to boycott all exam-related activities within Mumbai universities and all other affiliated colleges to meet their demands of recruiting for the vacant non-teaching staff positions, implementing salary benefits under seventh pay commission, old pension scheme among others benefits.

“Non-teaching staff at non-agricultural colleges is the only demographic in the educational sector that is not paid according to the seventh pay commission. We don’t mean to trouble students but there have been countless meetings for this since 2019, and no GR ever came out of it.

We are willing to cease the agitation even if the higher education department immediately implements even a few of our demands,” said Rupesh Malusare, general secretary of the Mumbai Vidyapeeth Karmachari Sangh (MVKS), a non-teaching staff organisation. The new timetable for winter semester exams is to be uploaded on the official Mumbai University website.

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Vodafone Idea users in Mumbai face network issues; service down since two hours

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While responding to the complaints, a VI customer care official said that the engineers are working on rectifying the issue. The Vodafone Idea(VI) network is reportedly down in parts of Mumbai due to which calling and internet services have been suspended for the past two hours. Following the outage, several VI users took to Twitter to complain. The outage was reportedly caused due to a major fibre cut at Prabhadevi. While responding to the complaints, VI customer care officials said that their engineers are working on rectifying the issue.

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