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71 COVID deaths in J&K; Ex-Union Minister Chaman Lal Gupta passes away; Amarnath Yatra likely to be called off and more top news stories

COVID-19: 71 new deaths, 3,967 cases in J&K in a day

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday reported 71 new COVID-19 deaths and 3,967 fresh cases in the last 24 hours. As per the government data, 2,263 of the fresh cases were reported from Kashmir division and 1,704 in Jammu. Read more on The Dispatch.   

Former Union Minister Chaman Lal Gupta passes way

Jammu: Veteran BJP leader and former union minister Chaman Lal Gupta died after a prolonged illness at his Gandhi Nagar residence here on Tuesday, days after undergoing successful treatment for COVID-19 at a hospital, his family said. Gupta (87) is survived by his two sons and a daughter. He had tested positive for COVID-19 on May 5 and returned from Narayana hospital on Sunday after successful treatment. His condition suddenly deteriorated in the wee hours and he breathed his last around 5.10 am, his elder son Anil Gupta said. Read more on The Dispatch.   

Div Com stresses on close monitoring of patients in home isolation

Srinagar: The Divisional Commissioner (Div Com) Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole today chaired a weekly Covid-19 review meet. The meeting among others was attended by Director SKIMS Soura, Principal GMC Srinagar, all Deputy Commissioners and SSPs from all districts through video conferencing. While as DD Health services, Nodal Officer Isolation, Incharge DCCRK and other senior officers and doctors attended the meeting. Read more on The Dispatch.

European Union’s drugs regulator says, Pfizer COVID vaccine can now be stored at fridge temperature for up to a month

New Delhi:   The European Union’s drugs regulator has said that the Pfizer COVID vaccine can now be stored at fridge temperature for up to a month. The current limit is just five days. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said that once the vaccines thawed, unopened vials could be kept in the fridge. The increased flexibility is expected to have a significant impact on the vaccine roll-out across the EU. The need for transport and storage at very low temperatures has been one of the major disadvantages of the Pfizer jab. The previous storage requirements for Pfizer vaccines have made them harder to use in some parts of the world. Read more on The Dispatch.   


Coal Ministry says, there has been tremendous response to auction process for coal mines launched on 25th March

New Delhi:   The Ministry of Coal has said that there has been a tremendous response to the auction process for coal mines which was launched on 25th of March this year. It said that this is reflected from the fact that around 50 mine-specific tender documents have been purchased by the Bidders till date. It added that many other prospective Bidders are also in the process of registration and purchase of the tender documents from the auction portal. The Coal Ministry said that the bid submission date has been extended to enable interested parties to travel to mine locations for inspection once the lockdown conditions are removed in different states. Read more on The Dispatch.    

Steel plants ramp up LMO supplies from 538 tonnes per day as on 1st April to over 4000 tonnes per day

New Delhi:  Steel plants have ramped up Liquid Medical Oxygen, LMO supplies from 538 tonnes per day as on 1st of April to over 4000 tonnes per day. The Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry said, yesterday the Steel plants have supplied four thousand 435 tonnes of Liquid Medical Oxygen to the country. The Ministry said, Steel plants, across the country, belonging to the Public as well as the Private sectors, have been regularly supplying the life-saving Liquid Medical Oxygen to the country. Read more on The Dispatch


Delhi govt. announces Rs 50,000 ex-gratia to families of those who died due to COVID-19

New Delhi:  Delhi Government has announced Rs 50,000 ex-gratia to the families of those who died due to COVID-19. Families where the breadwinner died, will also get Rs 2500 monthly pension besides the ex-gratia. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, the decision has also been taken to provide tRs 2500 monthly to orphaned children whose parents have died due to COVID. Read more on The Dispatch.

India shows continuous decline in active cases of COVID-19 and further improvement in cases of recovery from last 15 days

New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry has said, continuous decline in the number of active cases of COVID-19 and further improvement in cases of recovery is being noted in the country from the last 15 days. Briefing media in New Delhi, Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry Lav Aggarwal informed that the number of active cases which were at the level of 17.13 per cent on 3rd of May, has now come down to 13.3 per cent while the recovery rate has further improved to 85.6 per cent from 81.7 per cent. Read more on The Dispatch.

International aid to fight COVID pandemic continues to be quickly cleared, apportioned and sent to States and UTs

New Delhi:  The Centre has said that international aid to fight COVID pandemic continues to be quickly cleared, apportioned and sent to States and Union Territories. The Union Health Ministry said, more than 11,325 Oxygen Concentrators, 15,801 Oxygen Cylinders, 19 Oxygen Generation Plants, more than 8000 ventilators and over six lakh Remdesivir vials have been dispatched so far. Read more on The Dispatch.

Situation precarious but there is no need to unnecessarily panic:  Director SKIMS

Srinagar: Director SKIMS Dr. A. G. Ahangar Tuesday said that SKIMS is fully geared to meet eventualities, but people too have to be ready to do their bit in combating Covid-19 pandemic.

Reiterating the do’s and dont’s for patient care as part of expert advice he emphasized need for Mass Vaccination Campaign which he termed the ultimate weapon to fight the deadly disease. “It is like fighting a “Third World War” by the medical fraternity and people at home rather than soldiers in the battle fields and we have to choose between vaccine or ventilator, vaccine or death, vaccine or famine.” Read more on The Dispatch   

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal appeals to Centre to immediately cancel all flight operations to and from Singapore

New Delhi:   Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has appealed to the Centre to immediately cancel all flight operations to and from Singapore. Referring to recent incidents of severe infections reported among Children in Singapore, Mr. Kejriwal said that this new form of Coronavirus, said to be extremely dangerous for Children may come to the country as the third wave. Read more on The Dispatch.


Govt ramps up production of antifungal medicine AmphotericinB to cure Mucormyscosis

New Delhi:  Amid the growing demand of antifungal medicine AmphotericinB to cure Mucormyscosis, the Central Government has ramped up the production of this drug to provide relief to the patients. Mucormycosis known as Black Fungus affects mostly those people who are suffering from diabetes. Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya has reviewed the requirement and supply position of antifungal medicine AmphotericinB. In a series of tweets today, the Minister said, the government has chalked out a strategy with manufacturers to ramp up the domestic production and import of this drug. He said, supply of AmphotericinB has increased manifold. He added that the system for efficient distribution and supply chain management of AmphotericinB has been outlined and the shortage will be resolved at the earliest. He also urged the states to use this drug judiciously by strictly following guidelines. Read more on The Dispatch.     


Order for 1.2 crore anti- Covid vaccine doses placed by J&K Govt: Div Com

Srinagar: The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole today said that the rate of daily Covid-19 positive patients has been witnessed getting stabilised by 10-12 percent in Kashmir in the past few days in Kashmir. Div Com said this while commenting on the current situation of pandemic. He said though there are chances the mortality rate will remain the same or increase in the next few days. Read more on The Dispatch.   


Jio constructs largest international submarine cable system centred on India

New Delhi: Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (Jio) is constructing the largest international submarine cable system centred on India. Jio, in conjunction with several key global partners and world-class submarine cable supplier SubCom, is currently deploying two next generation cables to support the extraordinary growth in data demand across the region. Read more on The Dispatch.  

Continuous efforts being made to ramp up COVID vaccine supply in big way: PM Modi

New Delhi: Describing state and district officials as “field commanders” in the fight against COVID-19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said localised containment zones, aggressive testing and sharing correct and complete information with people are weapons to defeat the pandemic. Read more on The Dispatch     


PM Modi, Azad condoles the demise of Prof. Chaman Lal Gupta

Jammu: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and  Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to former Union minister and veteran BJP leader Chaman Lal Gupta, who passed away earlier in the day. Read more on The Dispatch   

One dead, 2 injured as vehicle falls into gorge in Ramban

Jammu: One person was killed and two others injured when a mini load carrier skidded off the road and plunged into a 150-feet deep gorge in Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Tuesday. Read more on The Dispatch.   

270 doctors have died of COVID in second wave of pandemic: IMA

New Delhi: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Tuesday said 270 doctors across the country have succumbed to the coronavirus infection in the second wave of the pandemic so far. The list of the deceased doctors includes former IMA president Dr K K Aggarwal, who succumbed to the deadly virus on Monday. Bihar saw the maximum number of 78 deaths of medical practitioners, followed by Uttar Pradesh (37), Delhi (29) and Andhra Pradesh (22). Read more on The Dispatch


WHO reminds Serum Institute of its COVAX commitments amidst devastating COVID-19 outbreak, soaring demand in India

New York: WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has said that once the devastating COVID-19 outbreak in India recedes, the Serum Institute of India will need to get back on track and catch up on its delivery commitments to COVAX, the global initiative to supply coronavirus vaccines to nations around the world. Read more on The Dispatch    


COVID-19: Ladakh reports 130 fresh cases; 134 patients cured

Leh: With a single-day rise of 130 cases, Ladakh’s COVID-19 tally climbed to 16,582 on Tuesday, while 134 patients were discharged from hospitals after they recuperated, pushing the total number of recoveries to 14,875, officials said. Read more on The Dispatch    


US will share 80mn spare Covid vaccines, says President Biden; India may benefit

New Delhi: President Joe Biden on Monday announced that the United States will begin shipping 20 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccines to unspecified needy countries by June end, in addition to the 60 million shots of AstraZeneca’s that have already been pledged for distribution subject to authorisation by the drug regulator. Read more on The Dispatch    

Badrinath opens after winter closure

Gopeshwar : The famous temple of Badrinath in the upper Himalayan region of Uttarakhand opened after the winter break early on Tuesday amid traditional rituals. The chief priest of the temple, Ishwar Prasad Namboodiri, opened the portals of the temple at 4.15 am chanting Vedic hymns and praying for the well-being of all. Read more on The Dispatch.     

Padma Shri awardee and former IMA president Dr KK Aggarwal dies of Covid

NEW DELHI : Padma Shri awardee and former national president of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) Dr KK Aggarwal passed away on Monday due to COVID-19.
In a statement, Dr Aggarwal’s family said that the senior cardiologist passed away at 11:30 pm on May 17, in New Delhi after a long battle with COVID-19. Read more on The Dispatch


India sees 263,533 new Covid-19 cases, highest single-day death toll of 4,329

New Delhi:  India registered 263,533 cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the last 24 hours, taking the country’s infection tally to 25,228,996, the Union ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW) dashboard showed on Tuesday morning. Also, in this period, 4,329 lives were lost to the viral disease, taking the related death toll to 278,719, the dashboard further showed. This is the highest single-day death toll in the country since the beginning of the pandemic. Read more on The Dispatch.    


Amarnath Yatra likely to be called off amid Covid crisis

Jammu: The governing body of the annual 56-day Amarnath yatra to the cave shrine in South Kashmir Himalayas is seriously considering for cancelation pilgrimage in the backdrop of COVID crisis. There have been calls for calling off or curtailing the pilgrimage, which was cancelled last year, and is scheduled from June 28 to August 22. Political and religious gatherings have been cited among the reasons for the worst surge of Covid-19 infections that India faces.  Read more on The Dispatch.

Relief package for tourism stakeholders: Kashmir gets lion share from funds            

Jammu: In the latest relief package of Rs 2.94 crore announced by Jammu and Kashmir government for the stakeholders of tourism sector, the Kashmir region has received a lion share of 2.92 crore while Jammu received merely Rs 1.68 Lakh. Read more on The Dispatch    

Life Story: Sawar Fatima, calligraphy artists     

Jammu: Sawar Fatima is one of youngest calligraphy artists of Kashmir Valley.  Sawar Fatimah, 17, was the youngest among the four artists who showcased their artworks at a two-day long Fine Arts exhibition held at Srinagar’s Tourist Reception Centre. Watch more on The Dispatch  



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