349 new COVID-19 cases, five deaths in Karnataka on March 1
Karnataka on Monday reported 349 new cases of COVID-19, taking the total to 9,51,600. While eight districts recorded zero cases, Bengaluru Urban alone reported 210.
With five deaths, the toll rose to 12,339. This is apart from 19 deaths of patients due to non-COVID-19 reasons.
Kerala's Local Self-Govt Dept. to use NSS units to turn 3,000 garbage dumps into 'Snehaaramam' parks. NSS units to receive ₹5,000 from Suchitwa Mission, local bodies to fund rest. Project to be launched on Oct 2, to be completed by Jan 1. NSS volunteers to also study material collection & composting units.
65% of homes affected by land subsidence in Joshimath, Uttarakhand; 355 families relocated. Post Disaster Needs Assessment team of 35 found 1,403 of 2,152 houses need immediate attention. Causes of damage include weak building materials, structural flaws, and location on steep slopes.
Jony Ive, Apple's former design chief, and OpenAI CEO Sam Altman discussing building AI hardware device. SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son involved in conversation. Ive left Apple in 2019 and co-founded LoveFrom. OpenAI has seen success, prompting companies to invest billions in tech.
At Meta Connect, Zuckerberg to update investors on plan to build metaverse, a future of computing. Stakes high as investors last year slammed company for spending on metaverse. Developers to assess apps for new hardware, investors to scout signs of gamble. AI-powered virtual assistants with personalities to be embedded in apps.
TN CM M.K. Stalin announces 50K govt jobs in 2 yrs; 17K this yr. He lauded Vadivelu's family for donating his organs & appreciated govt employees. Delay in TNPSC exam evaluation due to sheer no. of candidates; govt taking measures for job aspirants incl. Naan Mudhalvan scheme. Ministers, CS present.
Kerala’s second Vande Bharat Express to run on alternate days in orange and blue. Maintenance/inspection yard in Thiruvananthapuram. Train cannot be extended to Mangaluru due to insufficient time. Railways' task is to bring uniform speed of 110 km/hr in 1st phase, 130 km/hr in 2nd & 160 km/hr in 3rd phase. Fencing needed to allow train to run beyond 130 km/hr. Track design speed 210 km/hr, but trains operate at lowest permissible speed for safety.
Members of TARATDAC demand posting of sign language interpreters in Govt offices to help those with speech/hearing impairment. They staged a demonstration in Ramanathapuram Collectorate. Rajkumar said illiterate people face difficulty in communicating with officials. Govt should appoint sign language interpreters to reduce difficulties faced by those with speech/hearing impairment. Petition handed to Collector.
Shri Ram Mandir Construction Committee Chairperson Nripendra Mishra said areas surrounding Ayodhya will witness a surge in economic activities after the inauguration of the Ram temple and the city may undergo expansion similar to the National Capital Region.
FTC's lawsuit against Amazon tests U.S. antitrust law; experts say FTC faces high bar to prove consumers better off without Amazon's policies. Amazon must prove its policies have "legitimate" reasons to counter FTC's claims. U.S. judges "wary" of punishing low-pricing behavior, unclear line between good/bad low pricing.
TN DGP Shankar Jiwal warns of action against those spreading fake news of Tamils being attacked in Karnataka. Old photos/videos circulated as proof of attack false. People urged not to believe rumours; strict action against those posting false news.
State-level seminar on fisheries development to be held at Kufos in Kerala on Saturday. to be inaugurated by Kerala Fisheries Minister Saji Cherian, presided by Kufos Vice-Chancellor T. Pradeepkumar, and chief guest Bishop James Anaparambil. Aim to identify problems afflicting fisheries sector and suggest solutions. Stakeholders to discuss ocean fisheries, aquaculture, social security, procurement/sale of fish catch, and social life in coastal areas