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Low-key celebrations, Indo-Pak armies exchange sweets on the eve of EID, 55 Covid deaths in J&K + more top news stories

Low-key celebrations, Indo-Pak armies exchange sweets on the eve of EID, 55 Covid deaths in J&K  + more top news stories


DGP J&K visits Anantnag, reviews implementation of lockdown, security scenario

Srinagar: The Director-General of Police J&K, Dilbag Singh visited South Kashmir’s Anantnag district where he interacted with the Jawans and officers of Police and CRPF and had a detailed tour of Anantnag town to review the measures on the ground in view of COVID 19. Accompanied by IGP Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, the DGP was received by DIG South Kashmir Abdul Jabbar, ASP Anantnag Nikhal Borakar, SP Ops Anantnag Parvaiz Ahmad. The DGP while interacting with the officers and Jawans at DPL Anantnag extended his greetings and good wishes to them on the auspicious occasion of EID-ul-Fitr. Read more on The Dispatch.  


J&K reports 4,356 new cases, 55 deaths

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday recorded 4,356 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 2,33,763, while 55 deaths in the past 24 hours pushed the toll to 2,967, officials said. Out of the fresh cases, 1,771 were from the Jammu Division and 2,585 from the Kashmir Division of the union territory, they said. The officials said Srinagar district recorded the highest of 872 cases, followed by 624 in Jammu district and 304 in Anantnag district. Read more on The Dispatch.


Dr Jitendra takes follow up of GMC Jammu, Allocates Rs 2.5 cr MP fund for COVID

NEW DELHI: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh today took a follow up of Government Medical College Jammu following the urgent meeting held yesterday to address certain concerns raised by the public. He also, at the same time, reviewed the COVID management in other Government Medical Colleges including Kathua, Rajouri and Doda as well as Sher-I-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura, Kashmir. Read more on The Dispatch.


PM to interact with DMs of 100 high COVID-19 caseload districts

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with district magistrates of 100 districts with high caseloads of COVID-19 infections in two meetings on May 18 and 20, government sources said on Thursday. While DMs of 46 districts from nine states will be part of the first meeting, those from 54 districts from 10 states will attend the second meeting, they said, adding that respective chief ministers will be present in these interactions. Read more on The Dispatch.


Sputnik V could be available in India from next week: NITI Aayog

NEW DELHI : Amid reports of the shortage of COVID-19 vaccine in various states, Sputnik vaccine has arrived in India, and “hopefully” it will be available in the market from next week, said Dr VK Paul, member (health) of the NITI Aayog, on Thursday. “Sputnik vaccine has arrived in India. I’m happy to say that we’re hopeful that it’ll be available in the market next week. We’re hopeful that the sale of the limited supply that has come from there (Russia) will begin next week, said Dr Paul while addressing media. Read more on The Dispatch.


Low-key Eid celebrations in Kashmir in view of restrictions clamped due to COVID-19

Srinagar:  Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations in Kashmir were a low-key affair on Thursday as the faithful marked the culmination of the fasting month of Ramzan by offering the thanksgiving prayers in small congregations at local mosques by observing social distancing in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. No Eid prayers were offered for the fourth consecutive time at the major mosques and shrines of Kashmir as police enforced a strict curfew in most parts of the valley, including Srinagar city, officials said. Read more on The Dispatch.


UPSC civil services prelims 2021 exam postponed to 10 October due to COVID pandemic

New Delhi:  Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has deferred the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2021, scheduled to be held on 27th of June this year. The decision has been taken in view of the prevailing COVID situation. Read more on The Dispatch.

Covid-19: Consignment of medical equipment from Itlay arrives in India

New Delhi:  A consignment of 30 oxygen concentrators, two ventilators and other medical equipment arrived from Italy on Thursday. India has thanked her EU partner for this support. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, this equipment will further augment the oxygen production plant gifted earlier by Italy which is already functional at ITBP hospital in Greater Noida. Read more on The Dispatch.

CJI launches an official mobile App for Journalists to cover proceedings of apex court

New Delhi: Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana today launched an official mobile application for Journalists to cover proceedings of the apex court. Speaking at the inaugural event, Chief Justice Ramana asserted that transparency is a time-honoured principle when it comes to the judicial process in our country. He said, hearing of cases have always taken place in public courtrooms, with access being allowed not only to the lawyers and the litigants in a particular case, but also to the general public. Read more on The Dispatch.


PM Modi to release 8th installment of financial benefit under PM-KISAN scheme tomorrow

New Delhi:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi will release the 8th installment of financial benefit under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme tomorrow at 11 A.M. This will enable the transfer of more than 19 thousand crore rupees to more than nine crore 50 lakh families of farmers. The Prime Minister will also interact with the beneficiaries during the event. The Union Agriculture Minister will also be present on the occasion. Read more on The Dispatch.


Eid-ul-Fitr: Indo-Pak armies exchange sweets in Karnah sector

KUPWARA, May 13: The armies of India and Pakistan Thursday exchanged sweets on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr at Teethwal crossing in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. A senior official told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, the tradition of exchanging sweets between India and Pakistan on major festivals like Eid, Holi, Diwali, and others was revived and a meeting was held at the historic Teethwal crossing on Kishanganga river to exchange sweets and pleasantries. Read more on The Dispatch.

World’s largest cooling stations installed in Makkah

New Delhi;  As part of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to provide high-quality services to visitors and pilgrims of the Holy Mosques using the latest technologies, the world’s largest cooling plant of its kind has been installed in Makkah’s Grand Mosque to ensure that worshipers perform their rituals in the cool and fresh atmosphere inside Al-Haram. Read more on The Dispatch.


Central government in consultation with Reserve Bank of India, decides to issue Sovereign Gold Bonds

New Delhi:  The Central Government in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India, has decided to issue Sovereign Gold Bonds. The Sovereign Gold Bonds will be issued in six tranches from this month to September 2021. The Ministry of Finance in a statement said that the date of subscription of the Tranche 2021-22 series-l will be from 17th to 21st May and date of issuance will be 25th May. Similarly, the date of subscription for series- 6 will be from 30th August to 3rd September and will be issued on 7th September. Read more on The Dispatch.


BMC floats global tender for one crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines

Mumbai:  Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has issued a global Expression of Interest for procurement of one crore doses of vaccines for Mumbai and the last date of submission of EOI is 18th of May. The civic body has included a specific condition to exclude the vaccine manufacturers from China, which says that bids from companies in countries that share land borders with India will not be considered. Read more on The Dispatch.

HP govt decides to provide free COVID treatment to beneficiaries of Himcare and PM-JAY scheme in registered private hospitals

New Delhi:  The Himachal Pradesh  Government has decided to provide free COVID treatment to the beneficiaries of Himcare and Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana in registered private hospitals of the state. Read more on The Dispatch.

Bharat Biotech, Serum Institute submit Covid vaccine production plans for next 4 months to Centre

New Delhi: The Covid-19 vaccine production of the country will be accelerated in the next coming months as both Pune’s Serum Institute of India and Hyderabad’s Bharat Biotech are ramping up their monthly production capacity and have submitted their plans for the coming four months to the Centre. In a meeting on Wednesday with seven states/UTs which are lagging behind in terms of vaccinating people against Covid-19, Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said India’s vaccine production is likely to reach eight crore doses in May and 9 crore doses in June. Read more on The Dispatch.


Govt Panel recommends 12-16 week gap between Covishield doses, no change for COVAXIN

New Delhi:  The National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) on Thursday recommended an increase in the gap between two doses of Serum Institute of India’s COVISHIELD to 12-16 weeks. However, no such changes were recommend in the intervals of Bharat Biotech’s COVAXIN. Read more on The Dispatch.


Lockdown-like restrictions extended in Maharashtra till June 1

Mumbai: The Maharashtra government on Thursday extended the lockdown-like restrictions in the state till June 1 to break the chain of COVID-19. Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte in an order said the curbs will remain in force till 7 am on June 1. As per the order, additional restrictions include mandatory negative RT-PCR test report for any person entering the state by any mode of transport. Read more on The Dispatch.


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Low-key celebrations, Indo-Pak armies exchange sweets on the eve of EID, 55 Covid deaths in J&K  + more top news stories