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Covid-19: J&K records 1,145 fresh positive cases, 3 more die

Jammu: The Covid-19 cases in Jammu and Kashmir continue to show a spurt as 1,145 fresh positive cases were reported on Saturday pushing the number of active cases near 10,910 which otherwise were less than 600 around a month before. Three more deaths were reported in J&K in the last 24 hours taking the death toll to 2,051 and active cases continue to increase and the recovery rate decreases with each passing day. 1,145 fresh positive cases reported on Saturday pushed the tally of positive cases to 145,166 Read more on The Dispatch  

Lady sustains bullet injury after CRPF party opens fire upon vehicle in Awantipora


SRINAGAR, Apr 17: A lady sustained bullet injury on Saturday after the vehicle she was travelling in, was fired upon by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) party due to mistaken identity over ‘suspicious act’ of the driver, who was hit a policeman and didn’t stop after being signaled to stop at twin places in Awantipora area of South Kashmir. Read more on The Dispatch     

 J&K govt limits gathering to 100, postpones 11th class exams

SRINAGAR: Concerned over the spike in coronavirus cases, the Jammu and Kashmir administration on Saturday restricted the ceiling on social gatherings to 100 people and also announced the postponement of Class 11 examination.

The latest directive comes two days after Lt Governor Manoj Sinha-led administration deferred biannual ‘darbar move’ to Srinagar, extended closure of all schools up to and including Class 12 till April 30 along with private coaching centres. It also cancelled the ongoing Class 10 examination being conducted by the Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (JKBOSE). Read more on The Dispatch

Panel to ensure medical supply in hospitals across J&K  

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir administration on Saturday constituted a committee to ensure adequate and timely supply of medical oxygen to all hospitals to meet the requirements of COVID-19 patients, an official order said.

The committee would be headed by the Principal Secretary, Industries and Commerce department, the order issued by Manoj Kumar Dwivedi, Commissioner Secretary, General Administration Department, said. Read more on The Dispatch     

Deputy Commissioners approving plan, works on their own, violating protocol: Head of DDCs to LG    

JAMMU: The newly elected District Development Council  (DDC) chairperson of few districts have accused concerned Deputy Commissioners for working on their own while violating law and sought intervention of Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir   Manoj Sinha.

As per the reports,  DDC Ramban chairperson Dr Shamshad Shan and DDC Udhampur vice chairperson Juhi Manhas Pathania have written to the Lieutenant Governor comprehensive letters briefing him on host of decisions taken by the District Development Commissioners while Kishtwar DDC chief Pooja Thakur has also charged the DC with violation of protocol and giving them the office which is not even fit for Class-IV employees. Read more on The Dispatch   

COVID: India records highest single-day deaths at 1,341; 2,34,692 fresh cases

New Delhi:  A record single-day rise of 2,34,692 cases and 1,341 fatalities have pushed India’s COVID-19 tally to 1,45,26,609 and the death toll due to the viral disease to 1,75,649, the health ministry said on Saturday.

The number of active coronavirus cases in the country has surpassed the 16-lakh mark, the ministry’s data updated at 8 am showed.

Registering a steady increase for the 38th day in a row, the tally of active COVID-19 cases has climbed to 16,79,740 in the country, accounting for 11.56 per cent of its total caseload, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has dropped to 87.23 per cent. Read more on The Dispatch     

CASO starts in Rajouri town


RAJOURI, Apr 17: The security forces have launched a Cordon and Search Operation in Rajouri town after reports of some suspicious movement.

Officials said that joint teams of army and police have launched Cordon and Search Operation in Dhani Dhar locality and entire area has been cordoned. Read more on The Dispatch   


Rains Drench J&K, Bring Mercury Down

SRINAGAR, April 17: Incessant rains continued to drench Jammu and Kashmir as Srinagar and Batote recorded the highest rainfall in the two divisions respectively, officials said on Saturday.

A meteorological department official said hat Srinagar received 24.8mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours till 8:30 a.m.

The rainfall also brought the minimum temperature down as Srinagar recorded a low of 7.2°C against 7.8°C on the previous night. The temperature was below 0.2°C normal in the summer capital of J&K for this time of the year, he said. Read more on The Dispatch  

900 grams of Heroin recovered from vehicle-borne duo in north-Kashmir’s Handwara

SRINAGAR, Apr 17: Police have arrested two persons in north-Kashmir’s Handwara on recovery of Heroin on intervening Friday and Saturday night, sources said.

They said that the persons identified as Mohammed Yousaf Bhat resident of Pringroo and Javid Ahmad Khan resident of Gund Chibutra were intercepted by a police team during a naka on intervening Friday and Saturday night, while on board a vehicle Santro bearing registration number JK-09 0504 at Khan Tulwari Langate area. Read more on The Dispatch     

Govt to double Covaxin production by May-June

Jammu: The current production capacity of indigenously developed Covaxin vaccine will be doubled by Ma- June this year and then increased nearly 6 to 7 fold by July – August this year. The production is being increased from One crore vaccine doses this month to 6 to 7 crore vaccine dose in July August this year. It is expected to reach nearly 10 crore doses per month by Sep this year.

Under Atmanirbhar Bharat 3.0 Mission COVID Suraksha was announced by the Centre to accelerate the development and production of Indigenous COVID Vaccines. This is being implemented by Government of India’s Department of Biotechnology. Under the Mission the Department of Biotechnology is providing financial support as Grant to vaccine manufacturing facilities for enhanced production capacities. Read more on The Dispatch    

Over 79% of new Covid cases reported from 10 states, says Government

New Delhi:  Government has said that more than 79 per cent of new Covid 19 cases have been reported in ten states. These states are Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan. Union Health Ministry said, Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 63 thousand 729. It is followed by Uttar Pradesh with over 27 thousand while Delhi reported more than 19 thousand 486 new cases. Read more on The Dispatch  

Govt wants to make J&K model of decentralization, grassroots participatory planning: LG


Jammu: Asserting that the formulation of District Development Plans is of immense significance, especially after the constitution of District Development Councils, the Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha said that government wants to make J&K the best model of decentralization and grassroots participatory planning.

“Janbhagidari would be the foundation of formulation and implementation of District Development Plans. Aspirations and expectations of common people and elected representatives, besides needs of the districts would be reflected in the Plans,”Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha said according to The Dispatch while chairing a meeting with all Deputy Commissioners of Jammu and Kashmir to discuss the effective formulation of District Development Plans. Read more on The Dispatch    


Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema urges people in J&K to get COVID-19 vaccine doses

A woman receiving COVID vaccine jab at government hospital, Jammu-The Dispatch
A woman receiving COVID vaccine jab at government hospital, Jammu | The Dispatch

Srinagar: Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema (MMU) Jammu and Kashmir – an amalgam of various religious bodies headed by Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq – on Saturday expressed serious concern over the second wave of COVID-19 infections and appealed people of the Union Territory to get vaccinated. Read more on The Dispatch  










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