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J&K tightens COVID control measures, PM Modi assures full support and more top news stories

COVID: J&K witness record jump of 19 deaths, 1,937 fresh cases

Jammu: The total number of COVID-19 cases in Jammu and Kashmir surged to 1,56,344 on Friday as 1,937 more people tested positive for the disease while the death toll climbed to 2,111 with a record daily jump of 19 fatalities, officials said. The fresh cases include 152 travellers, they said. Read more on The Dispatch.

Health Minister chairs meeting to review preparedness of Central govt Hospitals in Delhi for clinical management of severe COVID19 patients

Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan on Friday chaired a high-level meeting to review the preparedness of the four Central Government Hospitals in New Delhi for clinical management of the severe COVID19 patients. These hospitals are Safdurjung Hospital, Dr. RML Hospital, Lady Hardinge Medical College and AIIMS, New Delhi. Read more on The Dispatch  .

PM Modi to launch distribution of e-property cards under SWAMITVA scheme tomorrow

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the distribution of e-property cards under the SWAMITVA scheme tomorrow at 12 noon. In a virtual event over four lakh property owners will be given their e-property cards which will also mark the rolling out of the SVAMITVA scheme for implementation across the country. The Prime Minister will also confer the National Panchayat Awards 2021 on the occasion of National Panchayati Raj day tomorrow. The award money ranging from 5 to 50 lakh will be directly transferred to the bank account of the Panchayats concerned on real time basis. Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar will also attend the event. Read more on The Dispatch   

J&K tightens COVID control measures

JAMMU: The Chief Secretary, B V R Subrahmanyam while chairing a high-level meeting to review the public health response to COVID-19 asked the administration to remain alert and tighten the implementation of existing control measures and SOPs to reverse the upward trend. Read more on The Dispatch.


COVID: Adequate stock of vaccines for 5 more days, supply seamless in J&K, says official

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir has over 2.75 lakh doses of Covishield available which can last for another five days.

“There is no shortage of vaccines in Jammu and Kashmir. We have 2.75 lakh doses available which can last for four to five days. We are getting regular supplies. We get vaccines on priority. Everything is online and everyone monitors it. Whenever they (centre) find stocks are depleting, they immediately send replenishments,” Dr. Saleem-ur-Rehman, director, department of family welfare, and immunization, told The Kashmir Monitor. Read more on The Dispatch   

Indian Air Force intensifies its efforts to distribute oxygen across country

Indian Air Force has intensified its efforts to distribute oxygen across the country. C-17 and IL-76 aircraft of Indian Air Force have started airlifting big oxygen tankers from their places of use to the filing stations. This move will help in easing the supply of oxygen amid the growing demands. Read more on The Dispatch  


PM Modi assures Centre’s full support to all states in fight against COVID-19

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured Centre’s full support to all the states in the fight against COVID-19. Interacting with Chief Ministers of 10 states and 1 Union Territory in a meeting to assess the COVID situation specially in areas reporting high number of COVID cases, Mr. Modi stressed that if all the states work together as one nation, there will not be any scarcity of resources. The Prime Minister added that the Union Health Ministry is also in touch with the states and is monitoring the situation closely and issuing necessary advices to them from time to time. Read more on The Dispatch  

Punjab govt to undertake vaccination in 18-45 years age group from May 1: CM Captain Amarinder Singh

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has announced that the State Government would undertake vaccination in the age group of 18-45 years from May 1, and it would be ensured that the vaccine would be given free of cost in all Government healthcare facilities across the State. Read more on The Dispatch  


New covid cases decline slightly in Mumbai & Maharashtra; Experts predict more decline in coming weeks

For the last few days, new covid cases are either steady or slightly declining in Mumbai and Maharashtra. Experts say, in a few weeks more decline can be observed.Two weeks ago more than 10 thousand patients of COVID-19 were registered in Mumbai. But later gradual decline is observed in this number. In the last few days around 7 thousand new patients have been tested positive in Mumbai. Read more on The Dispatch

Today is World Book and Copyright Day

Today is World Book and Copyright Day. This day was created by UNESCO on 23rd April 1995 to celebrate books and authors and encourage young people to discover the pleasure of reading.

Now World Book Day continues to encourage children and young people to read for pleasure through its work with authors, illustrators, bookshops and libraries. Read more on The Dispatch



Musician Shravan Rathod of Nadeem-Shravan duo dies of Covid-19

Musician Shravan Rathod of Nadeem-Shravan duo passed away yesterday evening due to Covid-19. After testing positive for COVID-19, the 66 year musician was admitted into a private hospital in Mumbai. Read more on The Dispatch  


Extortionist Gang busted, 04 persons arrested in Sopore, Says Police

SRINAGAR, April 23: Police on Friday claimed to have busted a gang of extortionist by arresting four persons in North Kashmir’s Sopore.

In a statement issued to GNS, the police said that a complainant namely Muhammad Ashraf Lone son of Noor Muhammad Lone resident of Highland colony Sopore approached police station sopore and lodged a written complaint to the effect that few days back some unidentified persons wearing masks entered his clinic and threatened him that a hit warrant has been issued against him by Laskar/Jaish Muhammad and if he cannot pay Rupees 5 lakh he will be eliminated. Read more on The Dispatch.  


Today is 405th death anniversary of world’s pre-eminent dramatist William Shakespeare

Today is the 405th death anniversary of the world’s pre-eminent dramatist,William Shakespeare.  He was not of an age, but for all time, said the English playwright and the literary critic Ben Johnson about William Shakespeare.

William Shakespeare, who was born in 1564 at Stratford, England, was an English poet, playwright and actor, commonly regarded as the finest master of the English language and the world’s greatest dramatist. Read more on The Dispatch.  



NIA arrests Mumbai Police Inspector Sunil Mane in Ambani Bomb Scare case

National Investigation Agency has arrested Mumbai Police Inspector Sunil Mane in Ambani Bomb Scare case. He is arrested for his alleged role in this case. He was working in the Crime Branch when the incident happened and later transferred to the local arms unit.  Read more on The Dispatch.  


Principal Secretary Industries and Commerce Deptt appointed nodal officer of logistic coordination committee

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday appointed principal secretary to the government, Industries and Commerce Department as nodal officer of the Logistic Coordination Committee for integrated development of logistic sector in Jammu and Kashmir.

Manoj Kumar Dwivedi, commissioner secretary to the government in order, a copy of which lies with the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) said that principal secretary government shall be the nodal officer of logistic coordination committee.   Read more on The Dispatch.  


West Bengal: Electioneering campaign for Seventh Phase of Assembly Elections to conclude today

In the poll-bound West Bengal, the hitherto high-pitch electioneering campaign for the Seventh Phase of Assembly Elections concludes this evening on a subdued note. In view of rising cases of COVID-19, the Election Commission prohibited any road shows, Pad-Yatras, and vehicle rallies in light of non-adherence to the COVID protocols by many political parties. Read more on The Dispatch

Maharashtra: 13 patients die in covid hospital fire in Virar

13 patients lost their lives in a fire at a private covid hospital in Virar near Mumbai. The Maharashtra Government has ordered an inquiry into the incident. Maharashtra Government has announced ex-gratia of 5 lakh rupee to the kin of those who lost their life in Virar incident. Financial Aid of rupee 1 lakh will be given to seriously injured patients. Read more on The Dispatch



Army’s Siachen brigade rescues 18 civilians, vehicles at Khardung La Top

SRINAGAR, Apr 23: Army on Friday said that its troops from the Siachen brigade rescued at least 18 civilians and some vehicles after they got stuck in heavy snowfall at North Pullu and Khardung La Top.

“On April 21 evening, due to heavy snowfall, vehicle traffic was disrupted along the route from North Pullu – Khardung La Top – South Pullu leading to civilian vehicles getting stranded near Khardung La Top and North Pullu. The Indian Army troops of the Siachen Brigade immediately launched a rescue operation to extricate the stranded civilians,” a statement reads.  Read more on The Dispatch


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