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No case of Omicron variant in India yet, says Health Minister Mandaviya

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South Asia Newsline - Nov 30,  2021 News Bulletin :

- No case of Omicron variant in India yet, Health Minister Mandaviya tells Parliament
- Scores of women protest to demand basic amenities, end to illegal fishing in Balochistan
- Nepal unveils first shock table facility built with Indian aid

India's Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya told Parliament on Tuesday that there is not a single case of the new coronavirus variant Omicron in the country so far. Expressing confidence that India would be able to deal with this new variant, he said that Omicron has been reported from 14 countries and India is on the alert. The second day of the winter session of the Indian Parliament on Tuesday witnessed scenes of chaos as Opposition leaders protested to seek the revocation of suspension of 12 lawmakers, who were suspended for allegedly creating a ruckus during the monsoon session in August. The Opposition staged a walkout after Vice President Venkaiah Naidu refused to revoke the suspension.  Hundreds of women in Gwadar district of Balochistan held a massive protest rally on Monday over an acute shortage of water and electricity in the region and called for an end to illegal fishing by trawlers. The protests were part of growing discontent over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project, which locals say has been threatening their livelihoods. The rise in unemployment and frequent price rise of essential commodities have continued to worry people across Pakistan, who blame the government is not doing much to address the situation. Meanwhile, leader of Opposition Shehbaz Sharif has said that as a result of the current conditions of the International Monetary Fund, there are serious fears that Pakistan's defence capability and future system of government will be paralyzed. Bangladesh received around 2.7 billion U.S. dollars investment proposals by foreign investors during the two-day long investment summit in capital Dhaka that concluded on Monday. More than 6,000 participants of 54 countries attended the event organised by the Bangladesh Investment Development Authority. In a unique gesture, an Indian man has built a house for his wife in the style of the famous monument to love, the Taj Mahal. The house  is open to visitors, just like its more famous counterpart, but only during school hours. Taj Mahal was commissioned in 1632 by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his late wife Mumtaz.
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