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52 COVID deaths in J&K, HC seek data from admin, PM for expediting vaccination and more Top News Stories

COVID:  J&K touches another grim milestone at 4926 fresh cases, 52 deaths   

Jammu: The unbridled Covid-19 pandemic continues to kill and immobilize Jammu and Kashmir. In the last 24 hours, it killed another 52 people in the last 24 hours taking the overall death toll in Jammu and Kashmir to 2458, officials’ sources said. Read more on The Dispatch.

 J&K govt orders reshuffle of 9 top IPS officers; Srinivas posted as DGP Prison

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Thursday ordered reshuffle of nine top IPS officers, including four DGP-rank officers. Dr B Srinivas, commandant general HG-SDRF, J&K, was posted as the new director general of prisons. He shall continue to hold the additional charge of the post of director, fire and emergency service, J&K, till further orders. Read more on The Dispatch   


HC directs J&K to appoint nodal officers for oxygen supply to home

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed the administration to nominate adequate number of nodal officers to ensure supply of oxygen to the patients undergoing treatment at their homes.
The court passed the directions on a suo motu petition admitted by it last year regarding the coronavirus pandemic. Read more on The Dispatch


Triage centre set up in Srinagar to assess COVID-19 patients

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Thursday set up two triage centres in Srinagar for effective and judicious use of beds in tertiary care hospitals in view of rising COVID-19 cases. The move comes as the recent surge in the coronavirus cases has resulted in an increase in bed occupancy rates at the facilities. Read more on The Dispatch    


PM asks states not let vaccination speed go down

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday held a comprehensive review of the public health response to COVID-19 where he said states should be given help and guidance for ramping up healthcare infrastructure, while the need for ensuring holistic containment measures was also discussed. Read more on The Dispatch.


Comedian, others booked for violating COVID norms at wedding

Punjab: Comedian Sugandha Mishra was booked for allegedly flouting coronavirus norms during her wedding with counterpart Sanket Bhosale at a resort here last week, police said on Thursday. The case was registered on Wednesday night against her, the bridegroom’s side, the owner of resort and participants of the marriage after a video went viral showing a large gathering of people at the wedding in violation of COVID-19 norms, Deputy Superintendent of Police Paramjit Singh said. Read more on The Dispatch.


Double mutant strain highly infectious; stay home to curtail spread of COVID, says J&K doctors    

Srinagar: Asserting that the double mutant strain of Coronavirus is highly infectious, Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar Head of Department, Community Medicine, Dr Mohammad Salim Khan on Thursday appealed to the people to stay indoors and strictly adhere to the guidelines to curtail the spread of COVID-19. Read more on The Dispatch    


601 people fined, 115 arrested for violating ‘COVID curfew’ in Kashmir

Srinagar:  As many as 601 people were fined while 115 others were arrested during the last 24 hours in Kashmir valley for violating COVID curfew and other guidelines imposed by the administration to curtail the spread of the virus. A police spokesperson said that since the outbreak of second wave of Coronavirus, J&K Police has enhanced its efforts to sensitise the masses about controlling the highly contagious infection. “Slew of measures, including restrictions under section 144 CrPC, have been put into place to contain the spread of Covid-19,” he said. Read more on The Dispatch.

HC directs J&K administration to mull allocating in welfare fund for lawyers

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed the administration to consider some additional budgetary allocation to its welfare fund to facilitate financial aid to the family of any lawyer needing assistance on medical expenditure or due to death amid the coronavirus pandemic. The directions were passed by the division bench of the high court comprising Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal and Justice Sanjay Dhar during a virtual hearing on Wednesday on a suo motu petition regarding the pandemic. Read more on The Dispatch .


Dr Farooq calls for roll-back of taskforce to scrutinize employees

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President and Member of Parliament from Srinagar Dr Farooq Abdullah on Thursday termed the formation of a task force to monitor J&K employees an assault on their rights, saying that the termination of employees amidst a pandemic is deplorable and callous. Read more on The Dispatch


HC directs J&K administration to come up with complete details about COVID hospitals, beds, Remdesivir availability & requirement

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed administration of the Union Territory to submit complete details within two weeks about the number of hospitals and beds available for COVID-19 treatment and quantity of Remdesivir allotted, received and used in the Union Territory with the corresponding figures of the requirement. Read more on The Dispatch


Finance Ministry releases 2nd monthly installment of Post Devolution Revenue Deficit Grant of Rs 9,871 crore for 2021-22 to 17 States

New Delhi:   The Finance Ministry today released the second monthly installment of Post Devolution Revenue Deficit Grant of Rs 9,871 crore for 2021-22 to 17 States. With this, a total amount of Rs 19,742 crore has been released in the first two months of the current financial year as Post Devolution Revenue Deficit Grant to the states.  Read more on The Dispatch    


Centre makes it mandatory for all States and UTs to issue certificate of disability through online mode from next month

New Delhi:  The Centre has made it mandatory for all States and UTs to issue the certificate of disability through online mode from next month. The certificate will be issued only using Unique Disability ID portal. The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities has issued a Gazette notification in this regard. The Department of Health and Department dealing with disability matters in States and UTs have been advised to take immediate steps to ensure compliance of this notification. Read more on The Dispatch    



Issue Instructions To Staff to Desist Media Interactions: DHSK to Medical Officers

Srinagar: Directorate of Health Services Kashmir (DHSK) has directed all top, middle and lower-rung medical officers in the Division to instruct sub-ordinate staff to desist from media interactions, cautioning that any contravention to the directions will warrant disciplinary action.  Read more on The Dispatch    

Four member Home Ministry team in West Bengal to assess post poll violence incidents occurred in state

New Delhi:  Union Home Ministry has sent 4 member team led by an Additional Secretary level officer to West Bengal today. The team will assess the situation in the state and will submit a detailed report on increased incidents of violence especially after the polls.  Read more on The Dispatch.


Union Minister V Muraleedharan’s convoy attacked in West Bengal

New Delhi: Union Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan has been attacked by miscreants after he arrived at Ground Zero to inspect the post-poll violence in the state.  He visited the houses of the party workers who were allegedly oppressed by the miscreants of the Trinamool Congress.  Some politically backed mobs reportedly attacked the convoy of the Union Minister of State with sticks. Read more on The Dispatch


Kerala to impose complete statewide lockdown from May 8 to 16

New Delhi:  Kerala Government has declared complete lockdown across the state from May 8th to 16th, on account of huge surge in covid cases. AIR correspondent reports, Chief Minister’s office informed that, the complete lockdown in Kerala will come into effect from 6 in the morning, day after tomorrow and will continue for 9 days. Read more on The Dispatch    


Bombay HC refuses to provide interim protection to Anil Deshmukh

New Delhi:  Bombay High Court today refused to provide interim protection to Anil Deshmukh, former home minister of Maharashtra. He has approached court and requested to quash FIR lodged against him by CBI following a preliminary enquiry in corruption case. Court adjourned the plea and asked the CBI to file a reply. Court said that Deshmukh can approach the vacation bench in case of extreme urgency.  Read more on The Dispatch



Tamil Nadu: New govt led by DMK president MK Stalin to be sworn-in tomorrow

In Tamil Nadu, the new Government led by the DMK president MK Stalin will be sworn-in tomorrow morning. The state Governor Banwarilal Purohit will administer the oath of office and secrecy in a simple function to be held in the Raj Bhavan premises in Chennai at 9 am. Earlier, the Governor appointed Mr Stalin as the chief minister after he presented the letters of support of his party MLAs. AIR correspondent reports that the Raj Bhavan premises in the state capital are being decked up for the coronation of the DMK Chief MK Stalin and his new cabinet. Read more on The Dispatch    


BSF shoots dead intruder along IB

Jammu: The Border Security Force on Thursday shot dead an intruder along the Indo-Pak border in Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba district, officials said. Read more on The Dispatch  


Dr Samia Rashid officially appointed Principal GMC Srinagar

The Jammu and Kashmir government Thursday officially appointed Professor and Head, Department of Medicine at Government Medical College, Srinagar, Dr Samia Rashid, as the full time Principal of the college. An order issued by Financial Commissioner Health and Medical Education Department, Atal Dulloo while sanctioning Dr Samia’s appointment to the top post specified her pay level-15 (182200-224100) with effect from March 1, 2020. Read more on The Dispatch 



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