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47 covid deaths in J&K, Lockdown extended in 4 districts and more top news stories

47 covid deaths in J&K, Lockdown extended in 4 districts and more top news stories

Vaccination drive 18-45 age group begins in Jammu,  Srinagar

Srinagar: Deputy Commissioner (DC) Srinagar Muhammad Aijaz Asad on Saturday kick-started the COVID vaccination drive here at Shri Maharaj Hari Singh (SMHS) hospital for the people between age group of 18-45 years saying that the eligible people must get themselves registered and that nobody will get inoculation without registering for the vaccination. Read more on The Dispatch.   

Union Minister Jitendra Singh recovers from COVID-19, gets discharged from hospital

New Delhi: After recovering from COVID-19, Union Minister Jitendra Singh on May 1 said that he has been discharged from Medanta Hospital, Gurgaon. Singh, who holds multiple portfolios, including Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office and is also the Lok Sabha member from Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur constituency, had tested positive for the virus on April 20. Read more on The Dispatch.

Jammu admin sets-up treatment protocol for Covid-19 patients, notifies non-Covid hospitals

Jammu: To rationalisation hospital needs under ‘Triage’, the Divisional Administration Jammu has set-up treatment protocol for COVID-19 positive patients and also notified non-COVID hospital for general treatments.

As per a circular, a copy of which lies with the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) the divisional administration has issued protocol of COVID-19 positive patients to be managed in the Level-1 designated COVID hospitals. Read more on The Dispatch.

J&K records highest—ever deaths due to COVID

Srinagar: Thirty-five fresh COVID-19 related deaths were reported in Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir since last night, thus taking the total number of Coronavirus deaths to 2,318.

An official told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that thirty five patients who died include 50-year-old woman from Ashpeer Sopore, 52-year-old woman from Kokernag, 75-year-old man from Solina, 62-year-old man from Hyderpora, 55-year-old man from Nowgam, 75-year-old woman from Barbarshah, 73-year-old female from Sanatnagar, 80-year-old man from Lal Bazar, 25-year-old youth from Natipora, 50-year-old man from Kathidarwaza, 60-year-old man from Karan Nagar, Old aged man from Shopian, 70-year-old man from Pandach, two from Srinagar, one from Kupwara and nineteen from Jammu division. Read more on The Dispatch.

COVID-19 vaccination in progress in J&K jails; physical meetings suspended: DGP Prisons

Jammu: The COVID-19 vaccination of eligible jail inmates is in progress and was started from the ‘holding centre’ housing over 200 illegal immigrants from Myanmar here, Director General of Police, Prisons Department, V K Singh said on Saturday. Read more on The Dispatch.

Curfew continues in J&K, reports of positive cases, deaths still pour in

Srinagar: The 84-hour-long corona curfew continued on Saturday since Thursday evening in the Kashmir valley, where reports of COVID-19 positive cases and deaths still pour in.

Meanwhile, the Union Territory (UT) administration has announced start of vaccination for the age group of 18 year to 45 year from today in Jammu and Srinagar to be covered first. Read more on The Dispatch.


Vehicles carrying Darbar Move employees, LMVs leave Jammu for Kashmir

Srinagar: Vehicles carrying Darbar Move employees and passenger Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs) on Saturday left Jammu for Kashmir, where 84-hour-long Corona curfew continued since Thursday evening following surge in the COVID-19 positive cases. However, despite curfew traffic continued on the highway. Read more on The Dispatch.



Coronavirus resurgence: Govt claims fall flat, Kashmir face shortage of Covid vaccines

Srinagar:  The tall claims of administration that stock of Covid-19 vaccines and Remdesivir are available in adequate quantity in Jammu and Kashmir are falling flat as almost every vaccination centre in Kashmir division has run out of stock. People from different areas of Kashmir told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that they have been visiting vaccination centres for three consecutive day, “but no vaccines were available”. Read more on The Dispatch.

Seven Indian Navy ships deployed for operation Samudra Setu II

New Delhi: In support of the nation’s fight against COVID-19 and as part of operation ‘Samudra Setu 2’, seven Indian Naval ships including Kolkata, Kochi,  Talwar, Tabar, Trikand, Jalashwa and Airavat have been deployed for shipment of liquid medical oxygen-filled cryogenic containers and associated medical equipment from various countries. INS Kolkata and INS Talwar, mission deployed in Persian Gulf, were the first batch of ships that were immediately diverted for the task and entered port of Manama, Bahrain on 30 April this year. INS Talwar, with 40 Metric Tonne Liquid Medical Oxygen has commenced its journey back to India. Read more on The Dispatch.


Indian Coast Guard rescues missing Tamil Nadu fishing boat ‘Mercedes’

New Delhi: Indian Coast Guard has rescued missing Tamil Nadu fishing boat ‘Mercedes’ in a massive search operation launched since 24th of April. With 11 crew, the fishing boat had sailed for deep sea fishing West of Kerala on 6th April for 30 days voyage from Thengapattanam Fishing harbour in Tamil Nadu. Read more on The Dispatch.


Arrival of SPUTNIK V will further augment country’s vaccine capacity and will also accelerate its vaccination drive: MEA

New Delhi: India has said that the arrival of the Russian COVID Vaccine SPUTNIK V will further augment country’s vaccine capacity and will also accelerate its vaccination drive. Spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs Arindam Bagchi has said that the Russian vaccine will add to the country’s arsenal to fight out the pandemic. Read more on The Dispatch.


Rajnath Singh reviews preparedness of Defence Ministry in strengthening India’s fight against Pandemic

New Delhi: Rajnath Singh reviews preparedness of Defence Ministry in strengthening India’s fight against Pandemic. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday virtually reviewed the efforts and preparedness of Armed Forces and Ministry of Defence in strengthening India’s fight against the COVID-19 Pandemic.

He also reviewed the efforts of the Ministry and Armed Forces to support the civilian administration in the fight against the pandemic. Mr Singh asked the officials to closely monitor the progress of various initiatives undertaken by the Ministry. Read more on The Dispatch.


191 COVID Care coaches handed over to various states for COVID care

New Delhi: Railway Ministry has said that 191 COVID Care coaches have been handed over to various states for COVID care with a bed-capacity of two thousand 990 beds. Strengthening the capabilities of the nation in the united fight against COVID, Railway has deployed nearly four thousand isolation coaches with almost 64 thousand beds. These Isolation Coaches can be easily moved and positioned at places of demand on the Indian Railways network. Read more on The Dispatch.


COVID-19: India reports biggest spike of 4,01,999 cases, 3,523 deaths

New Delhi: India witnessed biggest spike of 4,01,999 fresh cases of Covid-19 and 3,523 fatalities due to coronavirus infection in the last 24 hours, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHF) said on Saturday.

It was the first time when India crossed four lakh figure of Covid cases in a day. For the last nine days, over three lakh Covid cases were being reported while over 3,000 casualties have been reported for the past four days. On Friday, India witnessed 3,498 deaths, second highest fatalities in a day. Read more on The Dispatch.


Over 15.49 Cr COVID Vaccine doses administered in India so far

New Delhi: India has administered over 15 crore 49 lakh doses of Covid-19 vaccine in the country so far. These include over 94 lakh Healthcare Workers who have taken the 1st dose and more than 62 lakh Health care workers who have taken the 2nd dose, over one crore 25 lakh Frontline Workers have taken the 1st dose and more than 68 lakh front line workers have taken the 2nd dose. India had launched the world’s largest Vaccination Drive on 16th January this year. Read more on The Dispatch.

Preparations in full swing for counting of votes for Assembly elections in 5 states, UT tomorrow

New Delhi: In the States of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and the Union Territory of Puducherry, all necessary preparations are being finalised for the counting of votes in respect of General Elections to the Legislative Assemblies tomorrow. In addition, the counting of votes for the simultaneous By-polls to four Lok Sabha seats and 12 Assembly seats in different states will also be taken up together. The counting process will begin at 8.00 A.M. Read more on The Dispatch.

Meeting of EAM Dr S Jaishankar with Indian Envoys misrepresented actual discussion, say MEA sources

New Delhi: Media report on the meeting of External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar with Indian Envoys has misrepresented the actual discussion. Sources in the External Affairs Ministry said many of the media report’s assertions were factually inaccurate. Sources said Dr Jaishankar’s message to envoys was to remain focussed on ensuring COVID related supplies to India and not get distracted by irrelevant debates. Read more on The Dispatch.


Fauci suggests a few weeks’ lockdown in India to break chain of coronavirus transmission

New Delhi: Top US epidemiologist Anthony Fauci has suggested a lockdown for a few weeks in India as an immediate step to contain the spread of the coronavirus as its deadly second wave shows no signs of ebbing.

Fauci, in an interview to The Indian Express, said another most important thing in the immediate is to get supplies of oxygen, medication, PPEs. Read more on The Dispatch.


Jammu Ropeway project: Cabins ordered from Turkey-Switzerland, 6 people will enjoy ride together

Jammu: The work of the ropeway project from Mohamaya Temple to Pirkho is almost complete and will be commissioned soon.

This was said by Dr Raghav Langar, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, during the inspection of the ropeway site. He said that the work of ropeway is in the final stage. Read more on The Dispatch.


15 oxygen concentrators from Thailand arrived in Delhi as assistance to India in fight against COVID-19

New Delhi: Fifteen oxygen concentrators from Thailand arrived in Delhi today as assistance to India in the fight against COVID19. India has welcomed the gift of oxygen concentrators from its ASEAN partner. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi also thanked the Indian community in Thailand who have generously donated another 15 oxygen concentrators. Read more on The Dispatch.

World’s largest Covid-19 vaccination drive progressing smoothly in the country

New Delhi: The world’s largest Covid-19 vaccination drive is progressing smoothly in the country. From today onwards in the third phase of the vaccination drive, everyone above the age of 18 years will be eligible to take COVID vaccines.  Read more on The Dispatch.

PM Narendra Modi greets people of Gujarat, Maharashtra on their Statehood Day

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has conveyed his greetings on the  Statehood Day of Gujarat and Maharashtra. In a tweet, the Prime Minister said both states are home to outstanding people, who have made landmark contributions to national growth. He hoped that these states fight COVID-19 successfully and people of these states are blessed with good health. Read more on The Dispatch.

Govt set target of road construction of worth Rs 15 lakh cr in next 2 years: Nitin Gadkari

New Delhi: Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said government has set a target of road construction of worth 15 lakh crore rupees in next two years. He said the government is giving utmost priority to the development of infrastructure. Addressing the Indo-U.S. Partnership Vision Summit through video conferencing yesterday, Mr Gadkari exuded confidence that the Ministry will achieve target of 40 kilometres per day of highways construction in current fiscal. He said that Government is permitting 100 percent FDI in road sector. Read more on The Dispatch.

Over 4.01 lakh COVID cases reported in last 24 hrs, over 2.99 lakh recovered

New Delhi: The number of active cases of COVID-19 in India continues to rise and presently comprises nearly 17.06 per cent of the total reported cases. In the last 24 hours, the nation registered a total of 4 lakh one thousand 993 new COVID cases and over 2 lakh 99 thousand people have recovered. So far, over 1 crore 56 lakh people have recovered from the COVID-19 infection in the country. With this, the recovery rate has further slipped to stand at 81.84 per cent. Read more on The Dispatch.

Covid Bomb ‘explodes’ in J&K: 47 dead, 3832 new positive cases

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir Union territory on Saturday witnessed 47 deaths due to Covid pandemic while as 3,832 fresh positive cases were also reported, taking the number of total active cases in the UT to 28359. The 47 deaths includes a retired doctor, who was tested positive a few days ago.

With 47 more deaths, the death toll in the UT has reached to 2,330 and the active cases continue to increase and the recovery rate decreases with each passing day. 3,832 fresh positive cases reported on Saturday pushed the tally of positive cases to 179,915. Today figure of mortality and fresh positive cases is highest ever since the outbreak of pandemic in J&K last year. Read more on The Dispatch. 


LG Dismisses Kupwara Teacher From Services ‘In The Interest Of Security

SRINAGAR: Government has dismissed from service a Kupwara-based teacher “in the interest of the security of the state.”

An order in this regard by Commissioner/Secretary of the Government General Administration Department, a copy of which is in possession of Srinagar-based news agency Global News Service (GNS), states that the Lieutenant Governor after considering the facts and circumstances of the case and on the basis of the information available that the activities of Idrees Jan, Teacher, Government Middle School, Kralpora, Kupwara are such as to warrant his dismissal from service. Read more on The Dispatch. 


Militants attack police party in Anantnag, 01 cop suffer minor injury

ANANTNAG: Militants fired upon Police party at Lazibal area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district here on Saturday evening.

A senior Police officer told GNS that militants fired upon a Police party in which one cop identified as Ghulam Muhammad received a gazing injury and was discharged after first aid. Read more on The Dispatch 

After Centre’s directive, J&K sets up committees for audit of CAMPA works

SRINAGAR, MAY 1The administration of Jammu & Kashmir Union Territory has set-up committees to undertake a comprehensive physical and financial audit of development works executed under the CAMPA scheme. Read more on The Dispatch. 

DG Prisoners J&K May Formulate Policy To Vaccinate All Jail Inmates: HC

SRINAGAR: Director General of Prisons may formulate a policy or a scheme so that no inmate of the jail remains unvaccinated, Jammu and Kashmir High Court has said.

“We dispose of this writ petition with liberty to the petitioners to submit a comprehensive representation regarding the registration and vaccination of the prisoners to the Director-General of Prisons, UT of J&K. In the event, any such representation is submitted, the Director-General of Prisons, would consider it and take all possible immediate steps for the registration and the vaccination of the prisoners or may formulate a policy or a scheme so that no inmate of the jail remains unvaccinated,” said a division bench of Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal and Justice Rajnesh Oswal. Read more on The Dispatch    




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47 covid deaths in J&K, Lockdown extended in 4 districts and more top news stories