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 Andhra tops Covid recovery rate across India with 95.1%

Andhra tops Covid recovery rate across India with 95.1%

Amaravati, Oct 22 (IANS) A total of 95.1 per cent of Covid patients in Andhra Pradesh have recovered from the virus, making it a state with the highest recovery rate in India.

Out of 7.93 lakh people detected to be infected with the virus until Wednesday, 7.54 lakh have recovered and been discharged from hospitals.

Currently, active cases in the southern state stand at 33,396.

Andhra Pradesh's mortality rate is at 0.82 per cent, which is lower than the national average of 1.51 per cent.

Right from the beginning of the pandemic, Andhra has emerged as one of the states which has vigorously tested samples for the virus.

By Wednesday, it had tested 72.7 lakh samples, translating to 1.36 lakh tests per million people.

Katamaneni Bhaskar, health commissioner, said, "We are testing the most in the country, therefore detecting more cases. Detecting cases early gives the doctors the chance to treat the patients and reduce mortality."

He said the state's health department is testing more in vulnerable zones and stated that more Coronavirus testing will continue on a war footing.

According to officials, the state was undeterred in the face of high caseload in the recent weeks amid Unlock when around 10,000 cases used to be detected and continued with its strategy of large-scale testing.

"It is this very strategy that has now translated into the state topping the recovery charts," said an official.

--IANS
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 Malaysian PM to chair Cabinet meet on Friday: Sources

Malaysian PM to chair Cabinet meet on Friday: Sources

Kuala Lumpur, Oct 22 (IANS) Malaysia's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin is expected to chair a special meeting with his Cabinet at his office in Putrajaya on Friday morning, sources said.

Sources privy to the matter confirmed with The Star that the meeting would take place at 9.30am (local time) and attending ministers are required to be tested with the rapid test kit antigen (RTK-Ag) method before being cleared to attend.

"It will be a face-to-face meeting," said the source briefly.

Several sources attached with ministries also confirmed that the meeting is set to take place on Friday, but remained tight-lipped on the agenda of the meeting.

However, other government sources have indicated that they are not aware of such a meeting taking place.

Cabinet meetings are usually held on Wednesdays' and it will only take place on a Friday if the Parliament is in session.

The special meeting comes following Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi's call for a political ceasefire amid the party's rift with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia .

Zahid also said Umno would support the Perikatan Nasional government's initiative to help the people and country to face the Covid-19 pandemic and economic uncertainties.

Previously, Umno said it was considering withdrawing its support for Perikatan and planning to give "fresh terms" if the ruling coalition wants to pursue political cooperation through a written agreement.

The series of political twists stemmed from Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's audience with the King on October 13 where the PKR president claimed he had the "formidable and convincing" support of lawmakers to form a new government.

--IANS
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 Mystery girl from MI-KXIP Super Over who went viral

Mystery girl from MI-KXIP Super Over who went viral

New Delhi, Oct 22 (IANS) The Kings XI Punjab-Mumbai Indians match in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) season will be remembered by many as one of the greatest matches in the history of the T20 tournament and one thing more.

The match, after ending in a tie, saw two back-to-back Super Overs being played and Kings XI ultimately emerged victorious in a thrilling manner on October 18 in Dubai.

However, what caught the attention of many fans, who were watching the thriller from the comforts of their homes, was a girl in the stands of the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

The girl, who was constantly shown on the big screen for her various expressions during the course of the match, became an instant social media sensation and the internet addressed her as the 'Mystery Girl' or 'The Super Over Girl'.

The identity of the girl has now been revealed -- Riana Lalwani. Interestingly, her bio on Instagram also reads, "that super over girl".

According to Riana's account on Facebook, she did her schooling from Jumeirah College in Dubai and is currently doing her graduation from the University of Warwick in Coventry, England.

Lalwani is a Kings XI supporter and she seems to be enjoying all the fame that she has received after the thriller in Dubai.

--IANS
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04:24 PM
 RAW chief Goel returns after meeting Nepal PM Oli (Lead)

RAW chief Goel returns after meeting Nepal PM Oli (Lead)

Kathmandu, Oct 22 (IANS) The office of Nepals Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has confirmed that Samant Kumar Goel, chief of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India's external spy agency, held a meeting with Oli on Wednesday evening.

Amid media reports that Goel held a meeting with Oli and other leaders from ruling and opposition parties, earlier Oli's office had denied the meeting between the prime minister and Goel.

Former Prime Ministers Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda and Madhav Kumar Nepal -- who are also senior party leaders -- have denied a meeting between them and Goel.

RAW Chief Goel landed in Kathmandu on Wednesday. His mission has been kept secret but it is said that since both sides want to normalise bilateral ties, they want to engage with each other at the highest level to resolve outstanding issues.

There is one section in Kathmandu that linked the visit with the ongoing dispute within the ruling Communist Party of Nepal.

Disputes and differences between Oli and senior party leaders Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Madhav Kumar Nepal and others have deepened in recent days.

Though the eight-month-long dispute between Oli and Dahal eased a little in August the crisis did a rebound last week over a chief minister facing a no-confidence motion.

Chief Minister of Karnali province Mahendra Bahadur Shahi, who is perceived to be close to Dahal, is facing a no-confidence motion from the Oli faction.

The issue of no-confidence motion has brought to fore serious cracks inside the party.

There is also apprehension in New Delhi that the present regime in Kathmandu is tilting towards China and that India wants to check it though its different apparatus.

RAW Chief Goel met Prime Minister KP Oli at Baluwatar on Wednesday evening according to Surya Thapa, press advisor to the Prime Minister.

In the meeting with Prime Minister Oli, Goel expressed his commitment to maintain the age-old friendly ties between the two countries, to resolve border issues through dialogue and to give continuity to the mutual bilateral cooperation, said Thapa.

However, Thapa did not disclose what the Prime Minister said during the meeting.

Goel returned home on Thursday morning, wrapping up his two-day visit to Nepal.

The comes just ahead of the visit of Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane, who is scheduled to arrive in Nepal on a three-day visit likely on November 3.

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--IANS





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