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J&K Govt to negotiate with HCI on hotel Centaur take over

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir government Saturday constituted a five-member committee to negotiate with the Hotel Corporation of India (HCI) to take over the control of the much-famed hotel Cenatuar located on the banks of famous Dal Lake in Srinagar.

The government has constituted a committee for settlement of matters relating to Centaur Lake View Hotel Srinagar of HCI comprising four members.

In this regard, an order was issued by the government.  Read more on The Dispatch  



J&K administration turns down BSF’s proposal for acquisition of 515 kanals of land

Srinagar: The administration of J&K has turned down the Border Security Force’s proposal for allotment of 515 kanals of land to the force for setting up the paramilitary force’s key location point (KLF) in Samba district of Jammu province and instead asked the district administration to identify 160 kanals of state land for the purpose.

Documents accessed by news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) reveal that Financial Commissioner Revenue rejected the land acquisition case of BSF on the ground that huge chunk of land cannot be given to the force and asked BSF and DC Samba to identify suitable state Land measuring 160 kanals. Read more on The Dispatch   


2 Gujjar men beaten to pulp by hooligans in Jammu

JAMMU: In a shocking incident, two men from Gujar community were attacked by hooligans in Jammu district on Thursday night when they were returning to their home with a pair of oxen they had purchased from a neighbouring village.

As per news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), interestingly, the video of the incident has gone viral on social media, evoking tremendous criticism and anger as blood could be seen oozing from the wounds of injured men.

Muhammad Siddiq and his cousin Amir Hussain of Gorda village in Jammu district were injured by hoodlums when they were returning to their home alongwith a pair of oxen they had purchased a few days ago. Read more on The Dispatch  


Despite lockdown, Srinagar records over 9000 cases in 9 days

Srinagar: There has been no let-up in the positive cases in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir—Srinagar that recorded over 9000 cases in the past nine days, official figures reveal.

The surge in the positive cases comes despite lockdown in the district. According to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), the government imposed Corona Curfew in 11 districts of Jammu and Kashmir since April 29 evening in order to prevent the virus from spreading.

However, in the last nine days, the district has recorded 9708 positive cases. Read more on The Dispatch  

Covid-19: Mortality, positivity of cases up in J&K: 60 fresh deaths, 4788 new cases

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Union territory on Saturday witnessed 60 deaths, highest since the pandemic due to Covid-19 while 4,788 fresh positive cases were also reported, taking the number of total active cases in the UT to 46,535. With 60 more deaths the death toll in the UT has reached to 2,672 and the active cases continue to increase and the recovery rate decreases with each passing day. 4,788 fresh positive cases reported on Friday pushed the tally of positive cases to 212,742. The big jumps in the positive cases and the mortality continue to come amid complete lockdown across J&K UT. Read more on The Dispatch  




DPS Srinagar Student Bags Prestigious US Scholarship

Srinagar:  A class 12th student of Delhi Public School Srinagar, Maleeha Zehra, has secured admission in the prestigious Georgetown Washington University, School of Foreign Services, Qatar on a full scholarship worth US$70,000 for the August 2021 batch, a university statement said on Thursday.

Georgetown University is a private research university in the Georgetown neighbourhood of Washington, D.C. Founded by Bishop John Carroll in 1789 as Georgetown College, the university has grown to comprise ten undergraduate and graduate schools, among which are the School of Foreign Service, School of Business, Medical School, Law School, and a campus in Qatar. Read more on The Dispatch  



Additional Triage Center for Covid-19 patients set up in Gandhinagar Hospital

JAMMU: An additional Triage centre for Covid patients has been set up in Government Gandhinagar Hospital for regulating the admission of Covid patients in Jammu district.

The first Covid-19 Triage facility has been established in Chest Diseases Hospital, Jammu as first contact point for screening of any Covid +ve patient intending to get admitted in the designated Covid Hospitals in Jammu district:

“Now, in view of the recent surge in Covid-19 +ve cases and to ensure facilitation of such patients; additional Triage Centre is hereby ordered to be established at Govt. Hospital, Gandhinagar (Old Block), Jammu wherein Covid-19 patients shall be assessed by the designated teams of Health professionals,” an order issued by Divisional Commissioner Dr Raghav Langer stated. Read more on The Dispatch  


CT scan effective tool to detect, determine severity of Covid-19 cases: DAK

Srinagar: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Saturday said chest CT scan is an effective tool to detect and determine the severity of Covid-19 cases.

“CT scan helps in diagnosing and predicting the outcome of Covid-19 patients,” said DAK President and influenza expert Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement issued “More Covid cases are detected with a CT scan of the chest than through RT-PCR,” he said.

Dr Hassan said we see many patients who test negative on RT-PCR test, but show CT features consistent with Covid-19 disease. “Many infected patients go unreported as only RT-PCR positive cases are reported. We have a large number of patients who test positive through CT, but are not reported,” he said. Read more on The Dispatch  

BJP’s Randhawa demands CBI probe into ‘illegal’ mining activities in Jammu

Jammu: BJP leader and former MLC Vikram Randhawa on Saturday demanded a CBI probe into alleged illegal mining activities and operations of the stone-crusher units near the Tawi river. He reiterated his claim that the Jammu and Kashmir government has lost a huge revenue due to the “malpractices” of certain officials. Randhawa, who is also president of the Stone Crusher Owners Association, welcomed the setting up of a four-member committee for an in-depth examination of mining activities in the Tawi and a high court stay on the recovery of fine from the unit holders. Read more on The Dispatch  

Most COVID cases fall under mild category: J&K Doc

Jammu: Most COVID-19 patients fall under the ‘mild’ category and they do not need oxygen support at all, a doctor at the Jammu Government Medical College (GMC) said on Friday. Senior Resident Doctor at the GMC’s Department of Internal Medicine Rajesh Minia also said that patients should regularly check their oxygen saturation levels. If the level falls below 93, patients should contact a doctor immediately, he said. Regular checking of oxygen saturation levels and taking appropriate medicines is enough for mild category patients to recover, Minia said. Read more on The Dispatch  


Jammu roads a death trap: In 6 years, over 2000 people killed in accidents

Srinagar: In a span of six years, more than 2,000 people have lost their lives in different road accidents of rural areas of Jammu division. According to the city traffic police, Jammu nearly 2178 people have lost their lives in Jammu city from March 2015 to March 2021. The officer in a reply to Right to Information (RTI) application filed by the activist M M Shuja, a copy of which lies with the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) has said that the traffic police city, Jammu has recovered more than four Crore rupees from the court Challans and nearly Rs 24 Crore via compound Challans during this period. Read more on The Dispatch  


SC constitutes 12-member task force to assess availability and distribution of medical oxygen

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today constituted a 12-member task force to assess availability and distribution of medical oxygen – on scientific, rational and equitable basis – across the country. The task force will also suggest measures to ensure availability of medicines needed to treat COVID-19. Read more on The Dispatch  

Railways deliver nearly 3400 tonnes of LMO across country

New Delhi:  Railways has delivered nearly three thousand 400 tonnes of Liquid Medical Oxygen to various states across the country. Railway Ministry said, 54 Oxygen Expresses have already completed their journey so far. It said, Railways is continuing its journey of bringing relief by delivering Oxygen to various states. Presently 26 tankers are on the run with 417 tonnes of Liquid Medical Oxygen which are expected to arrive in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi. Read more on The Dispatch  

War against COVID to be fought collectively, with public participation: Jitendra Singh

New Delhi:  Union minister Jitendra Singh on Saturday said the war against COVID has to be fought collectively as the optimum results cannot be achieved without people’s participation. He stressed the need to address the issues of social concern with a human and sensitive approach. For example, even a single patient requiring an oxygen bed but not getting it, will cause greater disenchantment and panic in the society compared to hundred other patients who have been cured, recovered and gone home, said Singh, the Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). Read more on The Dispatch  

Ayush Ministry launches campaign to distribute its poly herbal ayurvedic drugs AYUSH 64

New Delhi:  The Ayush Ministry has launched a massive nationwide campaign to distribute its poly herbal ayurvedic drugs AYUSH 64 and Kabasura Kudineer to the majority of out of hospital Covid-19 patients.

In a media statement the Ministry has said that the efficacy of these drugs have been proved through robust multi-centre clinical trials. A multi stakeholder campaign has been launched by Union Minister Kiren Rijiju to ensure that these medicines reach the needy in a transparent and efficient manner. Read more on The Dispatch  

Isolation coaches deployed at 17 Railway stations for COVID care in seven States: Govt

New Delhi:  Government has said that isolation coaches have been deployed at 17 Railway stations for COVID patients in seven states of the country. Railway Ministry said, at present, 298 coaches have been handed over to various states for covid care with a bed-capacity of more than four thousand 700 beds. The Railway has made provision of two oxygen cylinders and fire extinguishers in each coach to meet emergencies. Read more on The Dispatch  


Covid positive report not mandatory for hospitalization

New Delhi:  The Health Ministry has revised the national policy for admission of COVID patients to various categories of COVID facilities. This patient-centric measure aims to ensure prompt, effective and comprehensive treatment of patients suffering from COVID19. As per the same directive to all States and UTs, requirement of a positive test for COVID-19 virus is not mandatory for admission to a COVID health facility. No patient will be refused services on any count. This includes medications such as oxygen or essential drugs even if the patient belongs to a different city. Read more on The Dispatch  

DCGI approves anti-Covid drug developed by DRDO for emergency use

New Delhi:  In a major breakthrough against the corona virus infection, a drug developed by the Defence Research and Development Organization, DRDO got the approval for emergency use by the Drugs Controller General of India, DCGI. Amid the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, this drug will prove to be beneficial for the patients who are suffering from COVID-19. The drug 2-deoxy-D-glucose comes in powder form in sachet, which needs to be taken orally by dissolving it in water. It accumulates in the virus infected cells and prevents virus growth by stopping viral synthesis and energy production. Its selective accumulation in virally infected cells makes this drug unique. Read more on The Dispatch  



Central Vista project will be ready in time to host Republic Day Parade in 75th year of Indian independence: Hardeep Singh Puri

New Delhi:  Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has said that the Central Vista project will be ready in time to host the Republic Day Parade in the 75th year of Indian independence. In a series of tweets today, Mr. Puri said, it will have more public space with refurbished lawns, paved walkways along Rajpath, improved landscape, clean canals and adequate public amenities. He urged the public not to believe in fake photos and canards about work at Central Vista Avenue.

He said, overall the green cover will increase at the completion of this project. He added that only a few trees will be transplanted due to the entire project. Read more on The Dispatch  


Centre increases quota of vials of Remdesivir injections to 1.50 lakh to Bihar

New Delhi:   The centre has increased the quota of vials of Remdesivir injections from 87 thousand eight hundred to one lakh fifty thousand to Bihar. The state has so  far received 50 thousand vials in the last ten days while the remaining one lakh vials will be supplied by the 16 of this month. Health Minister Mangal Pandey said allocation process of Remdesivir to districts has been changed. Mr Pandey said 50 percent vials of Remdesivir will be supplied to different districts through civil surgeons while the remaining will be distributed among identified private hospitals. Meanwhile, a record number of 13 thousand 466 cases were reported yesterday. The number of casualties due to the pandemic has gone up to three thousand one hundred thirty nine. Read more on The Dispatch  


PM Narendra Modi lauds Maharashtra’s efforts in fight against COVID-19

New Delhi:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded Maharashtra’s efforts in the fight against COVID-19. During the telephonic conversation with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, the Prime Minister said that Maharashtra is fighting a good battle against the second wave of Coronavirus. Read more on The Dispatch  

Centre provides over 17 crore 49 lakh vaccine doses to States, UTs free of cost till now

New Delhi:  The Union Government has provided over 17 crore 49 lakh vaccine doses free of cost to States and Union Territories so far. Of this, the total consumption of doses including wastages is over 16 crore 65 lakh. The Health and Family Welfare Ministry has said that more than 84 lakh vaccines doses are still available with the States and Union Territories. The Ministry has assured that more than 53 lakh 25 thousand vaccine doses will be provided to States and Union Territories within the next three days. The Health Ministry has said, vaccination is a crucial pillar in the fight against the corona virus and the third phase of COVID-19 vaccination has already started in the country. Read more on The Dispatch  

180 districts in country have not seen a single corona virus case in last seven days: Dr Harshvardhan

New Delhi:  Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harshvardhan has said that 180 districts in the country have not seen a single corona virus case in the last seven days. He said, only 0.39 percent patients are on ventilator support and 3.70 per cent are on oxygen supported beds. The Health Minister today chaired the 25th Group of Ministers meeting on Covid-19. Read more on The Dispatch  


30 More Covid-19 Deaths In J&K; 312 Die This Month Alone

Srinagar: At least 30 more people died due to covid-19 since last evening in Jammu and Kashmir, taking the fatality count to 2642 in J&K, officials said on Saturday. They said that 19 of these deaths were reported at GMC Jammu while 11 people succumbed to virus in various Kashmir hospitals. Among others the victims include a 75-year-old man from Rambagh Srinagar who died a day being admitted to SKIMS Soura, the officials said . They said a 70-year-old man from Bugroo Khansahab Budgam died at SKIMS Bemina, hours after he was admitted to the facility. Read more on The Dispatch  



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