Telangana reports 176 new Covid cases, one death | Hyderabad | Hyderabad News

HYDERABAD: Telangana on Sunday recorded 176 new cases of Covid-19 and 1 death. With this the total count of cases so far in the state has touched 2,98,807 while the death toll now stands at 1,634. So far, a total of 2,95,222 patients in the state have recovered from the coronavirus infection, while there are 1,951 active cases in the state currently.
The case fatality rate (CFR) is stable at 0.54 percent while the recovery rate is 98.8 percent. This is against the country average CFR of 1.4 percent and country average recovery rate of 97.1 percent. On both the counts Telangana is currently scoring better than most other parts of the country.
On Sunday, a total of 40,985 samples were tested for the virus. Telangana has now completed conducting 87 lakh tests and has reached 2.33 lakh sample testing per million population.
The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) recorded 27 new cases- the highest among districts. This was followed by 14 cases in Medchal Malkajgiri and Ranga Reddy each, while Sangareddy recorded 11 new cases. Except Narayanpet, Nagarkurnool, Mahaboobabad, Komarambheem Asifabad and Jayashankar Bhupalpally all other districts recorded new cases on Sunday.

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As Many As 13 Lakh Micro, Small And Medium Enterprises | Sidnaz Blog

14 per cent of the country’s MSMEs are operational in UP

As many as 13 lakh MSME units in Uttar Pradesh have been given loans worth Rs 42,700 crore in the financial year 2020-21, the state government said on Saturday. This is also for the first time in the history of the state that such a large amount of loan has been given to the MSME sector in a year. This has also generated 65 lakh direct and indirect employment opportunities in the private sector, an official release issued here said on Saturday. About 14 per cent of the country’s micro small and medium enterprises (MSME) are operational in Uttar Pradesh, the release noted.

Navneet Sehgal, additional chief secretary, MSME, recently reviewed the steering sub-committee of the State Level Banker’s Committee (SLBC) and gave instructions for early disposal of pending applications for acceptance and distribution at the bank-level under various government schemes including Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP), ODOP, Mukhyamantri Yuva Swarojgar Yojana (MYSY), the release said. Instructions have also been given to take necessary action for the disposal of cases related to banks on the MSME Sathi app.

About 41.16 per cent of bank accounts have been covered under the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY) against the total Jan Dhan accounts in UP. “The state government’s one Gram Panchayat, one Bank Correspondent” programme has started under which the process of appointment of 58,000 Bank Correspondent (BC) Sakhi is underway,” Brajesh Kumar Singh, convener of SLBC said.

In the review meeting, Amil Agarwal, under-secretary in the Union Ministry of Finance, also suggested the banks and the NABARD to take necessary steps to reach out to potential projects and entrepreneurs for the use of agricultural infrastructure funds. “NBFCs should also be included in the SLBC meetings from time to time so that they can share their suggestions and progress,” Agarwal said. 

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BJP MLC N Ramchender Rao questions KTR over jobs and | Hyderabad News

HYDERABAD: BJP MLC candidate for Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Mahbubnagar graduates constituency, N Ramchender Rao on Sunday wrote a letter to TRS working president, municipal administration and urban development minister KT Rama Rao seeking answers for 10 questions related to jobs and employment.
Rao in his letter asked KTR how many jobs did the TRS regime create in the last seven years and why no vice chancellors were appointed for several universities in the state. He sought to know if anything is happening on 50,000 job notifications and TPSC notifications. Rao also asked what happened to Rs 3,016 unemployment allowance promised. He also asked what happened to promises to lawyers and said there was no truth in allegations leveled against him by KTR. “I really worked hard to see that the court for both states is divided and raised the lawyers issues several times” he said.
Rao said he is ready for debate on these issues on Monday with KTR at the art college campus of Osmania University.

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Coronavirus Lockdown, Tamil Nadu Extends Lockdown Till | Sidnaz Blog

Tamil Nadu reported nearly 500 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours (File)


Tamil Nadu has extended existing coronavirus-related restrictions till March 31, meaning offices, shops, and industrial and commercial establishments will continue with staggered working hours.

Authorities have been directed to crack down on violations of these or any other Covid-related protocols. Police and municipal authorities have been further directed to ensure that measures in containment zones – which will now be demarcated at micro-levels – are strictly followed.

These include the use of face masks in public and maintaining social distancing.

International travel, restrictions on which were extended by the DGCA yesterday, remains prohibited in the state, apart from those related to essential services and permitted exceptions.

The state government has cautioned people over 65, those with co-morbidities, those who are pregnant, and children under the age of 10 to take all necessary and required precautions.

Starting Monday the second phase of vaccination will begin in the state (and across the country), with people over the age of 60, and those over 45 but with co-morbidities, in line to get the shot.

The state is also preparing to hold Assembly elections, with voting for its 234 seats scheduled to take place in a single phase on April 6. The Union Territory of Puducherry, which is around 150 km from state capital Chennai, will vote for its 30 seats on the same day.

On Friday the Election Commission confirmed that polling officials in the state would be eligible for priority vaccination because they were categorised as frontline workers.

The state reported 486 new cases (and five deaths linked to the virus) over the past 24 hours, the Health Department said on Sunday night, placing it among the top five on both counts.

Overall Tamil Nadu has reported more than 8.51 lakh cases – of which around 8.34 lakh are recoveries and around 12,000 are deaths – since the pandemic broke in December 2019.

The number of active cases is around the 4,000-mark.

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All set for Covid vaccine drive for general public in | Hyderabad News

HYDERABAD: Hyderabad district administration has made all arrangements to kick start drive for Covid-19 vaccination in the city, for the general public.
For this, the medical and health department has identified a total of 24 hospitals including 12 government and private hospitals, in the city.
Hyderabad collector, Sweta Mohanty on Sunday, reviewed arrangements with the Hyderabad district medical and health department.
Speaking on this occasion, the Collector said that vaccine doses will be given to the people, having 60 years above. “The vaccine dose will be given at free of cost in the government hospitals. Whereas in the private hospitals, Rs 250 including Rs 100 for vaccine and another Rs 150 for service charges, will be collected per head,” said the collector.
The registration for vaccination can be done through either online or at the vaccination centres on the spot. The vaccination will be given to 200 people per day. The general public can use Co-WIN App, to register for Covid-19 vaccination and schedule their vaccination slots at the nearest centres, said Hyderabad Collector.

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Deep Nostalgia Brings Historical Photos to Life Using AI | Sidnaz Blog

Deep Nostalgia is a new AI-powered technique from online family tree service MyHeritage, which adds facial animations such as smiles, nods, blinks, and head tilts to still portrait photos. Using the website or mobile app, users can choose from a set of pre-recorded animations that can be transferred onto their own still photos. The service warns that its technology should not be used to try creating “deepfake” videos of public figures or anyone else without their permission. You can crop faces from group shots but cannot yet animate multiple people in one frame. A watermark will be applied to indicate that such animations are generated artificially.

Users can sign up for a free account to use Deep Nostalgia, but will be limited to a small number of animations unless they purchase a subscription plan. Animations can easily be posted to social media and exported as MP4 files. The technology has gone viral on social media, with people posting examples of “Harry Potter”-style animated portraits. In India, Keerthik Sasidharan, author of The Dharma Forest, is among the users who have posted animations of Indian freedom fighters and other historical figures. Here are some of the most interesting photos they have posted.

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Goldman Consumer Head Is Leaving to Run Walmart Fintech | Sidnaz Blog

Omer Ismail helped in Goldman’s expansion into digital banking services.


amy lombard for the wall street Journal


Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

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executive who helped build its consumer-banking business from scratch is leaving to take on a similar task at

Walmart Inc.

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Omer Ismail,

a Goldman partner and the head of its Marcus consumer unit, is leaving the bank to run a recently announced Walmart financial-technology startup, according to people familiar with the matter.

Mr. Ismail, who first joined Goldman nearly 20 years ago, was among a group of executives who came up with a strategy to expand into digital banking services in 2014. By the end of last year, that business generated $1.2 billion in annual revenue, had amassed $97 billion in deposits and held $8 billion in consumer-loan balances.

Walmart said in January that it was creating a majority-owned fintech subsidiary in a partnership with venture-capital firm

Ribbit Capital,

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a backer of Credit Karma Inc.,

Affirm Holdings Inc.

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and other fast-growing startups.

“Our customers have been clear that they want more from us in terms of financial services,” Walmart Chief Executive

Doug McMillon

said at an investor event earlier this month. “This new approach will help us deliver for them in a differentiated way more quickly.”

Joining Mr. Ismail at Walmart will be

David Stark,

some of the people said. A former

Citigroup Inc.

executive who joined Goldman in 2015, Mr. Stark helped it land and build credit-card offerings with

Apple Inc.


General Motors Co.

Bloomberg News earlier reported that Messrs. Ismail and Stark were leaving Goldman to join Walmart’s fintech startup.

Goldman has reshuffled the ranks of its consumer business in recent months. Former strategy chief

Stephanie Cohen

was promoted to global co-head of Goldman’s consumer and wealth management division last September. Goldman also recently hired

Swati Bhatia

from payments startup Stripe Inc. in a senior role at Marcus.

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TRS MLC Kalvakuntla Kavitha extends help to family of | Hyderabad News

HYDERABAD: TRS MLC Kalvakuntla Kavitha has come forward to help the family of G Chandramohan who recently committed suicide on January 2 due to harassment by a Chinese loan app.
She met his family members on Sunday and expressed her condolences on the untimely death of Chandramohan. Later, she shared the news through a tweet, supporting the education of all the three daughters until they graduate and a job to the victim’s wife Saritha at a prestigious institution.

Kavitha, daughter of chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, told Saritha that she can always reach out to her in case of any distress.
Chandramohan, 36, a resident of Petbasheerabad was an employee in a warehouse (godown). He had taken a loan from an instant app and committed suicide following alleged harassment by the representatives of the instant loan apps.
Earlier this month, Kavitha had responded to reports on suicide of Chandramohan and had reached out to his family members and offered to support them.
In a tweet, Kavitha said, “The Chinese loan app scam that took the life of Chandramohan had left a deep void in the life of Saritha and their daughters. Today, I met the family and extended my support to them.”

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Chief Economic Advisor K V Subramanian Backs Proposal To | Sidnaz Blog

Chief Economic Advisor K V Subramanian has backed a proposal to bring petroleum products under the ambit of the Goods and Services Tax (GST). He, however, said the decision will have to be taken by the GST council. “It will be a good move, but the decision rests with the GST Council,” Subramanian said during a recent interaction with FICCI FLO members.

Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had also urged Union Finance Minister Nirmalya Sitharaman to bring petroleum products under the ambit of the GST. Continuous rise in fuel prices has burdened the common man and become a political issue in states where assembly elections are due.

Subramanian also said inflationary pressures are mostly on account of “food inflation”. 

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CoWIN Registration For Vaccine Opens 9 AM Tomorrow, What | Sidnaz Blog

The centre has released the latest user manual on COVID-19 vaccination

New Delhi:

A user manual for registration and appointment for COVID-19 vaccination has been shared by the government. The second phase of the vaccination campaign will start on Monday. “The exemplary groundwork and precaution advisory by the government has helped in containing the spread of the virus in our country,” the centre said in the introduction to the user manual.

The registration on the CoWIN 2.0 portal will open at 9 am tomorrow, the government said. See for details. More than 10,000 private hospitals empanelled under Ayushman Bharat PMJAY, more than 600 hospitals under the CGHS and other private hospitals empanelled under state schemes can function as vaccination centres.

The latest announcement was on private hospitals – they can charge up to Rs 250 per dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

People above 60 and those over 45 with comorbidities will be inoculated from tomorrow in a vaccination drive that will run for six weeks.

The centre has specified 20 comorbidities among people between 45 and 59 years who will get the vaccine. For example, heart failure with hospital admission in the past year. The COVID-19 vaccine will be given for free at government hospitals, while people will need to pay for it at private facilities.

Here’s the latest user manual on COVID-19 vaccination:

Citizen Registration and Appointment For Vaccination by NDTV on Scribd

All private health facilities that will serve as the government’s vaccination centres must follow strict norms of due process, quality and safety, including integration with the national CoWIN technology platform.

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