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Tripura civic polls counting: BJP leads comfortably, wins 19 wards | Arvind Kejriwal slams critics for taking dig at his Punjab poll promise of monthly 1k transfer to all women | India registers 8,774 new COVID-19 cases amid Omicron variant scare | Maharashtra CID to quiz Param Bir Singh next week | Tripura civic polls counting on, BJP takes early leads, high stakes for TMC

‘Deeply negative impact’ of COVID pandemic, reverses SDG progress

New York: Closing a key international development forum on Thursday, the deputy UN chief observed that a year of “immense challenges” has reversed progress on meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Two US states keep up with lawsuits against China for 'malicious' role in COVID-19 pandemic

Two US Republican states are keeping up their efforts to hold China accountable for the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus which has not only left several people dead in the country but also hit the economy hard.

Govts on high alert after several countries detect Indian variant of coronavirus

New Delhi/IBNS: The authorities in Italy sounded alarm after Indian variant of coronavirus was discovered in a father and daughter who returned from India and similar cases have been reported from other parts of the world, including U.K., Japan, Fiji, media reports said.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford in isolation after coming in close contact with staff who tested Covid positive

Ontario/IBNS: Ontario Premier Doug Ford went into isolation in Toronto after he came in close contact with a staff member who tested positive for COVID-19 last evening, said Ford's office late Tuesday night. 

Moderna slashes its COVID-19 vaccine supply to Canada by half in April end

Ottawa/IBNS: Anita Anand Canada's Procurement Minister said that Moderna's supply of incoming vaccines to Canada would be half of the expected supply through the rest of Apri.  

Canada: Ontario sees second-highest Covid single-day spike with 4,401 new infections

Ontario/IBNS: Ontario has been hit hard by 4,401 fresh cases of Covid-19, the second-highest single-day spike in the province despite public health units having logged a 9.5 per cent test positivity rate, one of the highest in the Canadian district.

Canada sees its biggest job increase since Sep 2020 after it added 259,000 jobs in Feb

Ottawa/IBNS: Canada saw its biggest job increase since September 2020, when it added 259,000 jobs in Feb, Statistics Canada said on Friday.

Will come out of this pandemic as more resilient country: Justin Trudeau on National Observance Day for COVID-19

Ottawa/IBNS: While reflecting on the year that has passed since the World Health Organization declared COVID‑19 a pandemic, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared Mar 11 as the National Day of Observance for COVID-19 and said that his country will come out as more resilient out of this crisis.

Canada Housing First program provides safety to homeless people in the pandemic, say advocates

Canada/IBNS: Canadian provinces and cities including Regina, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Victoria, Hamilton, and Fredericton, experiencing frigid temperatures are being provided with an essential lifeline right now by the Housing First program in providing safe permanent housing to homeless people, without preconditions, addiction, and mental health challenges, media reports said.

Canada PM Justin Trudeau discusses delay in Pfizer doses with CEO by phone

Ottawa/IBNS: After learning from Pfizer on Thursday that delays to COVID-19 vaccines' shipments are going to be even worse than previously thought, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, spoke to the biopharmaceutical's CEO-Albert Bourla by phone on Thursday.

First Nations in Western Canada hit hard by COVID-19

Canada/IBNS: Canadian federal officials are alarmed by the rising curve of COVID-19 outbreaks in people of First Nations in Western Canada, making up half the number of hospitalizations in some provinces.

Statistics Canada to do large scale hiring ahead of 'contact-free' census

Canada/IBNS: In its attempt to perform a contact-free or physically distanced census during the COVID-19 pandemic, Statistics Canada said in a press release published this week that it is looking to hire approximately 32,000 field staff to survey the Canadian population this spring.

Ontario extending emergency orders to protect vulnerable populations

Ontario/IBNS: In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government is extending most orders currently in force under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (ROA) for additional 30 days, with the exception of drinking water systems and sewage works.

UK think tank warns gov't peak of living standards crisis if COVID-19 benefits terminated

Moscow/Sputnik: The Resolution Foundation called on the UK government on Monday to not cancel the 20 pound ($27) uplift to Universal Credit benefits, warning that the worst hit of the pandemic on living standards of low-income households was still ahead despite the vaccine-driven economic recovery.

Pride Toronto announces new skillshare program to support Toronto’s vibrant LGBT2Q+ communities

Toronto/IBNS: An announcement was made recently by Pride Toronto regarding transforming its new office inside the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) into a new multi-functional rental studio and the skillshare program directed to supporting Toronto’s vibrant LGBT2Q+ communities, Pride Toronto November newsletter reported.