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J&K logs highest-ever 21 COVID deaths, 2381 cases

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Jammu: A record 2381 people have tested positive for novel coronavirus and 21 persons succumbed to the virus in the Jammu and Kashmir as per the government’s latest daily figure for last 24 hours on Sunday. Read more on The Dispatch.

COVID-19: Saudi Arabia to ship 80 metric tonnes of oxygen to India to meet growing demand

Dubai, Apr 25: Saudi Arabia is shipping 80 metric tonnes of liquid oxygen to India as the country is running low on supplies due to an unprecedented spike in coronavirus cases.

India logged a record of 3,49,691 new coronavirus infections in a day on Sunday, taking its total tally of COVID-19 cases to 1,69,60,172. The death toll increased to 1,92,311 with a record 2,767 daily new fatalities, according to the Union Health Ministry data. Read more on The Dispatch.    

Govt asks social media companies to remove more posts on Covid-19

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) on Sunday asked social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and others to remove about 100 posts and some content that it alleged were “unrelated, old and out of the context images or visuals, communally sensitive posts and misinformation about COVID19 protocols”, sources in the IT ministry said. Read more on The Dispatch  

Omar Abdullah takes to Twitter to amplify SOS messages from COVID patients

Srinagar: Amid an unprecedented surge in coronavirus cases, former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah, who is popular on Twitter with 3.2 million followers, on Sunday started amplifying distress and SOS messages from COVID patients and their relatives from across the country. Omar, who tested positive for COVID days after taking the first vaccine dose, said he could understand the feelings of those who have their loved ones hospitalised due to the infection. Read more on The Dispatch.    


COVID-19 surge: Restrictions in place across J&K to curb spread

Srinagar/Jammu: Normal life came to a standstill across Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday as policemen strictly enforced curfew to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the Union Territory, officials said. Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor Manoj Sinha had announced a 34-hour curfew from 8 pm on Saturday till 6 am Monday amid a surge in coronavirus cases. Security forces put barricades on roads at many places and were also seen patrolling localities in the twin capitals as well as in other district headquarters to ensure that there is no violation of the curfew, the officials said. Read more on The Dispatch. 

KU postpones all offline exams till May 2, Main Campus to remain closed till Wednesday

SRINAGAR: The University of Kashmir has postponed all its offline PG and UG examinations till May 2, 2021 in view of the prevailing circumstances, even as it decided that the main campus shall continue to remain closed upto and including Wednesday (April 28, 2021).

The decisions to this effect were taken after detailed deliberations over the prevailing circumstances at a high-level meeting of the varsity’s advisory committee, chaired in online mode by Prof Neelofar Khan. Read more on The Dispatch. 

Follow proper SoPs, maintain social distancing in masjids during payers: Alama Hami

 SRINAGAR: Karwan-e-Islami Patron Alama Sheikh Ghulam Rasool Hami Sunday said that people must follow proper SoPs and maintain social distancing in every masjid across Kashmir to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Talking to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), Alama Hami said that people should not stop going to masjids. “People should go to masjids but follow proper SoPs and maintain a gap of at least two or more feet (person to person). Read more on The Dispatch.  



Jal Jeevan Mission: Rajasthan plans to provide 30 lakh Tap water connections by March 2022

New Delhi:   Rajasthan has planned to provide 30 lakh Tap water connections by March next year under Jal Jeevan Mission. The state has more than one crore rural households, out of which over 19 per cent are getting tap water supply. In 2020-21, about six lakh 77 thousand new tap connections were provided in the rural areas. Read more on The Dispatch.  

Harvesting of Rabi crops is on schedule in the country: Govt

New Delhi:    Government has said harvesting of Rabi crops is on schedule in the country and 81.55 percent of wheat sown has already been harvested. State-wise harvesting has also increased and reached 99 percent in Rajasthan, 96 percent in Madhya Pradesh, 80 percent in Uttar Pradesh, 65 percent in Haryana and 60 percent in Punjab. Harvesting is at its peak in Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh and is likely to be completed by the end of this month. Read more on The Dispatch.  

Delhi govt extends lockdown till 3rd of May amid spike in Covid cases

 New Delhi:  The Delhi government has decided to extend the lockdown in the wake of rising cases in the national capital. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today announced that the lockdown has been extended till 5 AM of 3rd May. During the lockdown, people engaged in essential services and facing emergency conditions will be allowed for movement on producing the valid documents. Earlier, a six days lockdown was imposed in the city to contain the spread of Covid-19 cases. Read more on The Dispatch.  


551 oxygen generation plants to be set up in district government hospitals through PM CARES

New Delhi:   The Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund, PM CARES Fund has given in-principle approval for allocation of funds for installation of 551 dedicated Pressure Swing Adsorption, PSA Medical Oxygen Generation Plants inside public health facilities in the country. Read more on the The Dispatch.    


Hopes of rescuing 53 sailors on board Indonesian submarine fade as it has been declared as lost by Navy

New Delhi:   The hope of rescuing 53 sailors on board Indonesian submarine, which went missing Wednesday off the coast of Bali have faded, as it has been declared as lost by the navy. The navy chief Yudo Margono said on Saturday that a scan detected the Submarine at the depth of 850 metres, which is far below the survivable limit. The submarine is designed to withstand a depth of up to 500 metres. He said, parts of the submarine, along with debris were located near the area where it went missing. Margono said, the cracks happened gradually in some parts when it went down from 300 metres to 400 and then to 500 metres. He added, if there was an explosion, it would be heard by the sonar. The military said, it was preparing to evacuate the vessel. Read more on the The Dispatch.    

Active COVID cases in country further swelled up, Recovery rate sliped to stand at 83.05%

New Delhi:   The number of total active cases of COVID-19 in the country further swelled up today to comprise nearly 15.82 per cent of the total reported cases. The Health Ministry has informed that currently over 26 lakh 82 thousand people are reported to be suffering from the viral pandemic and are either hospitalised or are under home isolation. In the last 24 hours, the nation registered nearly 3 lakh 49 thousand new COVID cases. With this the recovery rate has further slipped to stand at 83.05 per cent. Read more on the The Dispatch.    

Mahavir Jayanti being celebrated across the country today

New Delhi:    Mahavir Jayanti, the birth anniversary of 24th and last Jain Tirthankar Bhagwan Mahavir is being celebrated across the country today. Mahavir Jayanti is considered to be one of the most auspicious events for Jain community and holds a lot of importance in their religious life. Read more on the The Dispatch.   


EC to deploy 653 companies of central forces for 7th phase West Bengal polls tomorrow

New Delhi:  Election Commission has decided to deploy 653 companies of central forces for the seventh phase of Assembly elections in West Bengal. 34 constituencies spread over five districts will go to polls in this phase tomorrow. Out of five districts going to the polls in the seventh phase, three districts — Malda, Murshidabad and South Dinajpur — share borders with Bangladesh. Deployment of forces in these three bordering districts is far more than in the other two districts, indicating that the poll panel is trying to plug infiltration attempts during the elections.  Read more on The Dispatch.    

Centre continuously supporting States, UTs in ramping up COVID treatment Infrastructure: Dr Harsh Vardhan

New Delhi:  Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has said that Centre is continuously supporting States and Union Territories in ramping up treatment Infrastructure through all possible resourses. He visited the Sardar Patel COVID Care Centre at Chhatarpur, New Delhi yesterday. The Minister oversaw the restarting of the COVID Care Centre and addition of 500 oxygenated beds.  Read more on The Dispatch.    

Central govt asks States to set up more private centres before vaccination of all above 18 years begins

New Delhi:   Centre has advised States and Union Territories to register additional private COVID Vaccination Centres in mission mode for the 3rd phase of vaccination which will commence from 1st May. It has asked them to engage with private hospitals, hospital of industrial establishment and industry Associations. The States were also advised to coordinate with designated appropriate Authority for applications and their processing and monitoring of pendency of registration. Read more on The Dispatch.    



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