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J&K records highest ever COVID cases, night curfew extend and more top news stories

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J&K reports highest single-day spike of 2,030 COVID-19 cases


Jammu: The  Jammu and Kashmir recorded its highest single-day spike of 2,030 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, which includes 352 travellers, taking the infection tally in the union territory past 1.50 lakh, officials said here.

They said eight more fatalities were registered in a span of 24 hours, pushing the death toll to 2,071. Read more on The Dispatch.


COVID: Night curfew extended to all 20 districts, public transport to ply at 50% capacity

Jammu: In the wake of the rising cases of coronavirus, the Jammu & Kashmir administration on Tuesday extended the night curfew in the UT to all 20 districts. As per the order from the UT administration, the public transport will ply with 50% seating capacity and markets to open with 50 % shops on a rotation basis. Read more on The Dispatch.

No plans of imposing any sort of lockdown in Kashmir: Div Com Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir P K Pole Tuesday said that there is a callousness in the public which needs to be plugged sooner the better and that there was no plans to impose any sort of lockdown in the valley as the administration is following the slogan of “Jaan bhi, Jahaan bhi.” Addressing a press conference in Srinagar, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir said that last year, the lockdown was imposed to save lives as there was not much knowledge about the virus and its behaviour. Read more on The Dispatch.   


Farooq, Omar Test Covid-19 Negative

SRINAGAR: National Conference president Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah have tested negative for the covid-19, official sources told GNS. They said that the results of both came out to be negative on RT-PCR. Omar, who is vice president of NC and former Chief Minister of J&K, had tested positive for Covid-19 some days after his father Farooq Abdullah caught the virus. Read more on The Dispatch.    


E-auction of 228 liquor shops in J&K: Govt’s revenue up by 14 times, fetches Rs 140 crore

Jammu: The government has generated massive revenue during e- auction of 228 liquor shops in Jammu and Kashmir under new excise policy. “E-auction for 228 liquor shops across Jammu and Kashmir held for the first time in Jammu and Kashmir in which 800 persons participated,” an official said. Read more on The Dispatch   

Cabinet approves Bangalore Metro Rail Project Phase 2A and Phase 2B

Jammu:  The Cabinet has approved Bangalore Metro Rail Project Phase 2A and Phase 2B having the total length of 58.19 kilometer. Phase 2A will be built from Central Silk Board Junction to K.R. Puram while Phase 2B will cover K.R. Puram to Airport via Hebbal Junction. While announcing the cabinet decisions today, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal said, the total completion cost of the Bangalore Metro Rail Project will be over 14,788 crore. Read more on The Dispatch.


Medical Oxygen supply in the country increased by nearly four times

New Delhi:  The Medical Oxygen supply in the country has been increased by nearly four times in a span of just around 2 months. Reports suggest that per day production capacity of Medical Oxygen in the country has enhanced from 1 thousand 273 Metric Tonnes in the last week of February this year to 4 thousand 739 Metric Tonnes per day in the recent past. Read more on The Dispatch.


Covid norms should change as virus spreads through air: DAK

SRINAGAR,  Apr 20:With the new evidence revealing that Covid-19 spreads through the air, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Tuesday called for an urgent change of safety norms.

“We need to focus on measures that would prevent airborne transmission of the virus which is now considered to be the primary route of spread,” said DAK President and influenza expert Dr Nisar ul Hassan. Read more on The Dispatch.    


Rise In Covid-19 Cases Due To Inbound Travelers: J&K, Ladakh Informs Goi

SRINAGAR: The rise in the number of covid-19 cases in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh is due to inbound travellers, the government of India was informed by the respective administrations on Tuesday. The J&K and Ladakh shared the inputs during a review meeting chaired by Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla, along with Rajesh Bhushan, Union Health Secretary with Chief Secretaries of all the Union Territories of India on covid-19 status, the management and response strategy. Read more on The Dispatch.


India Open badminton tournament 2021 stands postponed due to surge in COVID-19 cases

New Delhi:  India Open badminton tournament 2021 has been postponed in the wake of a sudden rise in the COVID-19 cases in New Delhi.  The tournament was scheduled to be held at the KD Jadhav Indoor Hall in New Delhi from May 11-16. In an emergency discussion held with Badminton World Federation (BWF), Badminton Association of India (BAI) decided to postpone the upcoming Yonex-Sunrise India Open 2021. Read more on The Dispatch.   


Defence Minister asks Army Chief, Defence Secy, DRDO chief to offer expertise & facilities to civilians during COVID-19 crisis

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Army Chief General MM Naravane, Defence Secretary and DRDO chief and asked them to offer available facilities and expertise to civilians during the COVID19 crisis.  Mr. Singh also directed Army Chief to instruct local commanders to reach out to Chief Ministers and offer all possible help. Following the call, the Defence Secretary issued instructions to 67 Cantonment Board Hospitals across the country to extend medical services to every patient who reaches out to them. Read more on The Dispatch.


Amazon India launches mentor programme for startups, emerging brands

New Delhi:  Through the programme, startups and emerging brands will gain access to guidance from venture capital firms, industry veterans and Amazon leaders. Amazon India today announced the launch of its ‘Mentor Connect’ programme, which is aimed at accelerating the growth of startups and emerging brand owners enrolled under its Amazon Launchpad initiative. Read  more on The Dispatch.


Hostel Modernisation: Shahid unveils roadmap, timeline for upgrade

Jammu:  The Tribal Affairs Department has initiated the process for time-bound modernisation of all residential hostels in districts to provide best facilities and competitive platform to students which will include infrastructure upgradation, technology interventions, management revamp and decentralised functioning. Read more on The Dispatch  





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J&K records highest ever COVID cases, night curfew extend and more top news stories