65 new COVID deaths in J&K, Govt announces relief package for pandemic hit families, 3 ultras killed + more top news stories

156 persons arrested, 86 FIRs lodged, Rs 104,350 fine realized in last 24 hours: Police

Srinagar: Even as the government claimed no partial relaxation in Corona Curfew, the markets across Srinagar and other parts of the Valley witnessed a huge rush of shoppers who were seen buying the essentials ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr. Some of the roads continued to wear a deserted look as the Corona Curfew remained in place for the 12th straight day in Jammu and Kashmir in order to prevent the cases from spreading. According to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), the shoppers were seen busy in the markets buying essentials ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr. According to eye-witnesses, bakery, mutton and chicken and readymade garment shops witnessed the rush of the shoppers. Read more on The Dispatch.

Covid-19 resurgence: In first 11 days of May claims 564 lives in J&K

Srinagar: The second wave of Covid-19 has wreaked havoc in Jammu and Kashmir as in just 11 days of the ensuing month, 564 deaths were reported in the Union Territory. As per the data available with the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), from May 01-11 J&K has reported 564 deaths which includes 200 from Kashmir division and 364 from Jammu division. “On first May, J&K reported 46 deaths which includes 17 from Kashmir division and 29 from Jammu and on May 02 J&K reported 41 deaths which includes 11 from Kashmir and 28 from Jammu,” the figures reveal. Read more on The Dispatch


No repeat of COVID-19 test if already positive: Govt

Srinagar: The government on Tuesday said that RTPCR or Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) tests must not be repeated of any individual who already have been tested positive. In-Charge Divisional COVID-19 Control Room Kashmir said this in an order on May-10, a copy of which lies with the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO). “The molecular (RT-PCR) testing laboratories have been overwhelmed due to huge testing load and the government has observed that people tested positive on RAT are being re-tested through RTPCR, thereby putting unnecessary pressure on already overburdened labs,” it reads. Read more on The Dispatch


INS Kochi and Tabar reach New Mangalore Port with critical medical stores

New Delhi:  INS Kochi and Tabar reached New Mangalore Port today with critical medical stores. Both ships with cumulative consignment of 100 MT Liquid Medical Oxygen in five containers and 1200 Oxygen cylinders, had departed Kuwait for India on 6th of this month. India has expressed gratefulness to traditional partner Kuwait for the consignment. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said in a tweet that India appreciates the generous contribution of 800 oxygen cylinders and two oxygen concentrators from the Indian community based in Kuwait. Read more on The Dispatch


Union Minister Piyush Goyal holds meeting with Export Promotion Councils to discuss various issues concerning international trade

New Delhi:  Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal today held a meeting with the Export Promotion Councils to discuss various issues concerning international trade. Mr Goyal complimented the Exporters for their encouraging performance, even during such trying times. He noted that India’s merchandise exports in April this year was 30.21 billion dollars. This is an increase of 197.03 per cent over USD 10.17 billion in April last year and an increase of 16.03 per cent over USD 26.04 billion in April 2019. He said that the value of export in the first week of May 2021 is also up by almost 9 per cent over the same period of 2019-20. Read more on The Dispatch


Covid: Dip in positivity, rise in morality: 4,352 new cases, 65 fresh deaths

Jammu:  The Jammu and Kashmir Union territory on Tuesday witnessed 65 deaths, highest since pandemic due to Covid-19 while 4,352 fresh positive cases were also reported, taking the number of total active cases in the UT to 50,701.

With 65 more deaths the death toll in the UT has reached to 2,847 and the active cases continue to increase and the recovery rate decreases with each passing day. 4,352 fresh positive cases reported on Tuesday pushed the tally of positive cases to 224,898 The big jumps in the positive cases and the mortality continue to come amid lockdown across J&K UT. Read more on The Dispatch


COVID-19 resurgence: Positive cases show decline in Ladakh, outsiders’ graph goes down

LEH: The authorities in Ladakh Tuesday said that the COVID-19 positivity rate has started to decline in the region after the proportion of outsiders testing positive for the virus has reduced after proper measures were taken including the mandatory quarantine and lockdown. Talking to news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), Deputy Commissioner (DC) Leh, Shrikant Balasaheb Suse said that the COVID-19 positive cases have started to decline after lockdown was imposed to prevent the spread. Read more on The Dispatch


Covid-19 resurgence: UK variant most prevalent in J&K

Srinagar: Among all the variants which are said to be behind the steep surge in Covid-19 cases in Jammu and Kashmir, the UK variant is the most prevalent as it has been found in 23 cases so far. As per the data available with—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), many mutations have been found in 71 samples in J&K till April end which include UK variant, Indian double mutation and mutations without linage number. Read more on The Dispatch

Passes to be issued to govt officials to strictly implement COVID curfew in Srinagar: Admin

Srinagar: The Srinagar administration on Tuesday said that passes will be issued to government officials to facilitate their movement from Wednesday in order to strictly implement COVID curfew to curtail the spread of the virus in this summer capital.

An official said that movement of government officials shall be facilitated through a pass system from Wednesday. “All Heads of Departments (HODs) are requested to kindly place requisition for passes immediately,” he added. Read more on The Dispatch


People violate COVID curfew in Kashmir; huge rush at banks, ATMs

Srinagar: Even as there was no letup in COVID-19 cases and deaths, people on Tuesday violated ‘COVID curfew’ ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr in the summer capital, Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir valley, where huge rush was witnessed outside banks, ATMs and Bakery shops. Meanwhile, a good number of vehicles were plying on roads in the city, where administration on Tuesday announced that only people with movement passes will be allowed to ply on the roads from Wednesday onwards. “Passes will be issued to government officials to facilitate their movement from Wednesday in order to strictly implement COVID curfew to curtail the spread of the virus in this summer capital,” an official said. Read more on The Dispatch



Centre takes several initiatives to enhance availability of oxygen, streamline distribution and strengthen its storage infrastructure in country

New Delhi:  In order to address the surge in demand for medical oxygen, the Centre has undertaken key measures to increase the availability, streamline the distribution and strengthen the oxygen storage infrastructure in the country. The Commerce and Industry Ministry said, the steps undertaken focused on the entire oxygen supply chain including efforts for improving oxygen production, enhancing tanker availability to optimize logistics, improving oxygen storage at the last mile and easing norms of procurement. Oxygen availability has been enhanced by increase in Production Capacity and production, setting up of Pressure Swing Adsorption PSA Plants, import of Liquid Medical Oxygen from Overseas and Procurement of Oxygen Concentrators.  Read more on The Dispatch


PHQ resumes functioning, DGP chair high level meeting in Srinagar

Srinagar: Director General of Jammu and Kashmir police Dilbagh Singh chaired a high level meeting of officers in Srinagar on Tuesday, when the Police Headquarter (PHQ) resumes functioning following shifting of annual Darbar Move from Jammu to summer capital. A police spokesman said this evening that in connection with the annual Darbar Move from Jammu to the summer capital, PHQ and other move police offices resumed their functioning here today. The DGP J&K reached PHQ where he was received by senior police officers of the PHQ and given ceremonial guard of honour on his arrival. Read more on The Dispatch


Centre asks states to take preventive measures to curb spread of COVID-19 pandemic in rural India

New Delhi: Centre has asked states to take preventive measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in rural India. In its letter to States, Panchayati Raj Ministry has suggested to sensitize and facilitate the Panchayats, Rural Local Bodies towards meeting the challenge and provide leadership to combat COVID-19. The Ministry has advised to undertake an intensive communication campaign for the awareness of rural communities on the nature of the COVID infection and preventive and mitigation measures. It has also asked the states to take special care to dispel false notions and beliefs. The Ministry has told state governments to involve frontline volunteers from the local community for the campaign. Read more on The Dispatch


21 inmates COVID positive, 219 under quarantine in J&K

Srinagar: As many as 21 inmates are COVID-19 positive while 219 are under quarantine in different jails in the Jammu and Kashmir, an official spokesman said Tuesday evening. He said a day prior to relinquishing charge, Director General of Police (Prison) V K Singh visited Central Jail Srinagar to resolve last minute issues including a parole case. At present, 635 inmates are lodged in the Central Jail Srinagar which included 27 female inmates and there is no COVID positive case in the jail, he said. Read more on The Dispatch


Rs 22,215 crore and Rs 12,384 crore transferred directly into farmers’ accounts in Punjab and Haryana respectively against sale of their Wheat crop

New Delhi: The Centre has said that nearly Rs 22,215 crore in Punjab and Rs 12,384 crore in Haryana have been transferred directly into farmers’ accounts so far against sale of their Wheat crop. The Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution in a statement said, in the ongoing Rabi Marketing Season 2021-22, the Government of India is continuing to procure Rabi crops at MSP from farmers as per existing Price Support Scheme. Read more on The Dispatch


Indian Railways delivers nearly 5735 tonnes of Liquid Medical Oxygen so far across country

New Delhi:  Railways has delivered nearly 5735 tonnes of Liquid Medical Oxygen so far to various states across the country. The Railway Ministry said, more than 90 Oxygen Expresses have already completed their journey. It said, Railways is continuing its journey of bringing relief by delivering Liquid Medical Oxygen to various states. The Ministry said, Oxygen Expresses yesterday delivered 755 tonnes of Liquid Medical Oxygen to the nation. The First Oxygen Express to Uttarakhand is expected to reach tonight with 120 tonnes of Oxygen from Tatanagar in Jharkhand. Stations near Dehradun, Uttarakhand and Pune, Maharashtra are also set to receive their First Oxygen Express. The Ministry said, Railways has so far delivered 293 tonnes of Liquid Medical Oxygen to Maharashtra, 1630 tonnes to Uttar Pradesh, 340 tonnes to Madhya pradesh, 2383 tonnes to Delhi, 812 tonnes to Haryana, 123 tonnes to Telangana, 120 tonnes in Karnataka and 40 tonnes in Rajasthan. Read more on The Dispatch


Raina says Nadda’s letter to Sonia holds out mirror to Congress

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Bhartiya Janata Party President Ravinder Raina today welcomed the letter written by National President of Bhartiya Janata Party J.P.Nadda to Sonia Gandhi on position of Covid 19 control management and negative role being played by Congress leadership during the ongoing bad times of Corona crises Ravinder Raina noted that J.P. Nadda has shown mirror to Congress about its misdeeds and misadventures of not only misleading public on facts and figures but also trying to create atmosphere of depression and hopelessness for pity politics which is unlike a responsible opposition. Read more on The Dispatch



Centre engages with Indian Academy of Pediatrics to provide expert care to children at govt Child Care institutions across country

New Delhi: Centre has engaged with Indian Academy of Pediatrics to provide expert care to children at government Child Care institutions across the country. Women and Child Development Minister @SmritiIraniOffcsaid, this will be in addition to medical care provided to children under the scheme for Child Protection Services.She said, Care-takers and Child Protection Officers even from remotest corners of the country will be able to avail this telemedicine service by expert Pediatricians every afternoon six days a week. The Minister said, thousands of children across more than two thousand Child Care institutions will benefit through this service. Read more on The Dispatch


Indian Navy Sets Up COVID Care Centre at Bheemunipatnam

New Delhi:  As part of the Indian Navy’s efforts to assist the general population of Bheemunipatnam in dealing with the devastating second COVID wave, a 60-bed COVID Care Centre has been set up at INS Kalinga, Bheemunipatnam. This facility was dedicated to the public by AP Tourism Minister and Bheemunipatnam MLA Shri Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao on 11 May 2021. The Commanding Officer INS Kalinga stated that the COVID Care Centre has adequate facilities to provide treatment to COVID positive patients with moderate symptoms from Bheemunipatnam Mandal and adjoining areas. Read more on The Dispatch



Door-to-door COVID tracing exercise starts in Jammu

Jammu: A massive door-to-door exercise was started across Jammu on Tuesday to ”trace and isolate” probable COVID-19 positive patients as part of the ongoing efforts to contain the pandemic, officials said.

Jammu district tops the COVID fatality chart with a total of 686 deaths till Monday evening with over 300 of the patients succumbing to the infection in the past three weeks. The district has 7,630 active cases, which is also the second highest in the entire Jammu and Kashmir. Read more on The Dispatch


Health Ministry says, 13 states have more than 1 lakh active COVID-19 cases each

New Delhi:  The Health Ministry today said 13 states have more than 1 lakh active COVID-19 cases each and 26 states and UTs have a positivity rate of over 15 per cent. Briefing the media in New Delhi this evening, Health Ministry officials said, Goa has the maximum case positivity rate of 49.6 per cent and Maharashtra’s positivity rate is 22.5 per cent. The national positivity rate is around 21 per cent.

Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Odisha, Punjab, Assam, Jammu and Kashmir, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Puducherry, Manipur, Meghalaya, Tripura, Nagaland, and Arunachal Pradesh are showing continued increasing trend in daily new cases. Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Telangana, Chandigarh, Ladakh, Daman and Diu, Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar Islands are showing continuous decrease in cases. Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Gujarat are also showing continuous decrease in daily new cases. Read more on The Dispatch


NHRC calls upon Centre, State governments to expeditiously implement COVID-19 advisory

New Delhi:  The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, has called upon the Centre and State Governments to expeditiously implement its COVID-19 Advisory regarding setting up of real time COVID-19 medical dashboards. The Commission has asked the Centre and the States to set up universally functional COVID-19 dashboards for real time information in the public domain on the availability of hospital beds, oxygen, critical care medicines and devices. It has also asked for setting up 24X7 functional toll-free helplines and fixing the prices of COVID treatment resources. Read more on The Dispatch


Defence Minister and MP from Lucknow Rajnath Singh inaugurates newly set up COVID hospital in Lucknow

New Delhi: Defence Minister and MP from Lucknow Rajnath Singh today inaugurated the newly set up COVID hospital in Lucknow. The 255 bedded hospital has been set up in the building of Haj house in Lucknow.

The hospital, constructed in Haj house, is equipped with L2 and L3 bed facilities including 25 ventilators, 100 High Flow Nasal Cannula (HFNC) and 130 oxygen supported beds.

Further, the hospital has triage, helpdesk, and control room to monitor COVID-19 patients through CCTV. Read more on The Dispatch


Shahid firms up plan for involvement of youth, Panchayat representatives in Covid mitigation efforts

Jammu: With a focus on vaccination and timely testing, enhancing bed capacity and oxygen infrastructure augmentation, Government has called for active participation of Panchayati Raj Institutions and Youth in Covid-19 mitigation efforts with special attention to vaccination of the vulnerable population, information dissemination and promoting Covid appropriate behaviour apart from building capacities in rural areas of Jammu region. Read more on The Dispatch


PHQ, other move police offices resume functioning at Srinagar

Srinagar: In connection with the annual Darbar Move from Jammu to the summer capital, Police Headquarters and other move police offices resumed their functioning here today. The DGP J&K reached PHQ where he was received by senior police officers of the PHQ. He was given a ceremonial guard of honour on his arrival. Soon after the PHQ resumed its functioning at Srinagar, the DGP chaired a meeting of senior police officers in the conference hall which was attended ADGsP Shri S.J.M. Gillani, Shri A.G Mir, IGsP, Shri Garib Dass, Shri Vijay Kumar, Shri Alok Kumar, DIG CKR, Shri Amit Kumar, AIsG of PHQ, SSP Budgam and other senior officers. Read more on The Dispatch


Militant associate’ arrested in Kupwara; 10 grenades, 182 bullets recovered

Kupwara: Army and police have recovered ten grenades and 182 rounds of an Ak-47 rifle from a militant associate who was arrested in the Kralpora area in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, official sources said on Tuesday. They said army 160 Territorial Army and SOG Kralpora arrested the “militant associate” Abdul Ahad Lone based on specific information. “10 grenades and 182 Ak-47 rounds” have been recovered from his possession. They said the middle-aged man was associated with Al-Badr formerly. A police officer confirmed to GNS the arrest and said that further investigations are underway.  Read more on The Dispatch


COVID: J&K announces welfare measures for families hit by pandemic

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Tuesday announced several welfare measures for families severely hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.  “The J&K government has taken several measures to help those who unfortunately lost their loved ones to COVID-19. Senior citizens who have lost only earning member of the family will be provided special pension for life. Children who have lost their parents to COVID-19 pandemic will be provided with special scholarship by the government,” the office of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha announced on Twitter. Read more on The Dispatch


3 Local LeT Militants Killed In Vailoo Kokernag: Police

Srinagar: Three local Lashker-e-Toiba militants were in a gunfight in Vailoo Kokernag area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Tuesday, police said. “Today at about 0400 hours, Police while acting on specific input regarding presence of three (militants) in a residential house at village Sheikhpora, Vailoo area of Kokernag, launched a joint cordon and search operation along with army’s 19RR and CRPF in the area,” a police spokesman said in a statement to GNS. “During the search operation, as the presence of (militants) got ascertained, they were given an opportunity to surrender. However they fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party which was retaliated, leading to an encounter.” The joint teams also rescued all the civilians trapped in the gunfire and halted the operation for the time to ensure safety and safe evacuation of people from the area of gunfight, he said. Read more on The Dispatch


One Covishield Vaccine Dose Cuts Covid-19 Death Risk By 80%, Claims Study

New Delhi: A single shot of the AstraZeneca-Oxford Vaccine (known as Covishield in India) is capable of reducing the risk of death in the recipient by a whopping 80 percent, reveals new study data (reported first by Reuters). The data was released by Public Health England on Monday. According to PHE, this was the first-ever study to determine the protection against mortality from the AstraZeneca vaccine, when looking at a real-world setting. Read more on The Dispatch


National Technology Day

New Delhi: Today is National Technology Day.  The day is celebrated every year on the 11th of May to highlight the achievements of engineers and scientists in the field of technology and science. Former Prime Minister Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee coined this term to celebrate the contributions made by Indian scientists. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu greeted the scientists and technologists on National Technology Day. He said, science is the driver of all progress and it is important to inculcate scientific temper from a young age. Mr Naidu hoped that our innovators will bring in greater happiness, comfort and prosperity in the lives of the people. Read more on The Dispatch



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