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Covid-19: Amid lockdown, record spike in J&K: 5,443 new positive cases, 50 fresh deaths

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Union territory on Friday witnessed 50 deaths due to Covid-19 while 5,443 fresh positive cases highest since pandemic were also reported, taking the number of total active cases in the UT to 44,307.

With 50 more deaths the death toll in the UT has reached to 2,612 and the active cases continue to increase and the recovery rate decreases with each passing day. 5,443 fresh positive cases reported on Friday pushed the tally of positive cases to 206,954. The big jump in the positive cases and the mortality comes amid complete lockdown across J&K UT. Read more on The Dispatch   

LG releases compendium of 1,100 projects worth Rs 1,555 cr completed by JKIDFC

Jammu:  J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Friday released a compendium giving details about the 1,100 projects of public importance worth Rs 1,555.16 crore completed by the Jammu & Kashmir Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation (JKIDFC). Sinha emphasised the need for expediting completion of projects while simultaneously observing necessary precautions related to COVID-19-appropriate behaviour, an official spokesman said. Read more on The Dispatch.   


Release Kashmiri political prisoners in this horrendous Covid situation; Mehbooba writes to PM Modi

Srinagar: Peoples Democratic Party President and former Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti in a communique to Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appealed him to release the Kashmiri political prisoners who are languishing in jails without facing any prosecution.  “I write to you at a time when the entire country has been engulfed by a deadly second wave of COVID. Unfortunately, the health infrastructure has completely collapsed & the harrowing images of stranded COVID patients gasping for breath have shocked us all. The sense of helplessness is so acute & pervasive that the living is quite literally suffocating to death while the dead suffer indignity even after losing the battle to this virus.” Read more on The Dispatch.

Covid positive lactating mothers can breastfeed their babies: DAK

Srinagar: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Friday said lactating mothers who are positive for Covid-19 infection can breastfeed their babies. “Breastfeeding in newborns of mothers with Covid is totally safe,” said DAK President and influenza expert Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement issued to GNS. “There is no evidence that the virus can spread through mother’s milk,” he said. Quoting a study published in Lancet, Dr Hassan said mothers with Covid-19 are unlikely to pass the virus to their newborns. Read more on The Dispatch.   

Lt Governor visits Government Hospital Gandhi Nagar, CD Hospital, GMC Jammu

JAMMU: To take first hand appraisal of the infrastructure and patient care management in Covid care Hospitals, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today visited Government Hospital Gandhi Nagar, Chest Disease & TB Hospital Jammu, and Government Medical College Jammu. During his visits, the Lt Governor enquired about number of patients being treated in the hospitals, patients discharged after recovery, availability of oxygen support beds. The Lt Governor, while inspecting the functionality of Oxygen Generation Plants in the Hospitals, directed for effective rationalization of available resources to cater to the requirements of the patients. The Lt Governor directed the hospitals to ensure that best possible care is given to the patients through regular rounds of HoDs and senior doctors in the wards. He also emphasized on strict compliance of the hospital referral policy and triage in the hospitals. Read more on The Dispatch.

Congress party’s discourse on Central Vista is bizarre: Hardeep Singh Puri

New Delhi: Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri today hit out at the Congress, saying the party’s discourse on Central Vista is bizarre. In a tweet, Mr Puri said that the cost of Central Vista is about 20 thousand crore rupees, over several years. He said, the Central government has allocated nearly twice that amount for vaccination. Read more on The Dispatch.

Several States, districts witnessing decline in COVID-19 cases: Health Ministry

New Delhi:  The Health and Family Welfare Ministry has said that several states and districts are witnessing a decline in the COVID-19 cases. However, the Ministry expressed concern over the rise in the coronavirus cases in few States and Union Territories. Briefing media in New Delhi today, Additional Secretary in the Health Ministry, Arti Ahuja said that there are 12 States wherein active cases are above one lakh. She said, over 16 crore 50 lakh beneficiaries have been administered doses of Covid-19 vaccine in the country so far. Of this, over 13 crore 21 lakh have received the first dose whereas, three crore 29 lakh have received the second dose. Read more on The Dispatch.

IAF, Indian Navy intensify their efforts to aid civil administration in tackling COVID-19

New Delhi:  The Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy have intensified their efforts to aid the civil administration in tackling the current COVID-19 situation by ferrying oxygen containers and medical equipment. The Defence Ministry said, as on today, the C-17 aircraft of Indian Air force have conducted 400 sorties from within the country, including 351 to airlift 252 oxygen tankers of total capacity of four thousand 904 tonnes. The cities covered were Jamnagar, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Panagarh, Indore, Ranchi, Agra, Jodhpur, Begumpet, Bhubaneswar, Pune, Surat, Raipur, Udaipur, Mumbai, Lucknow, Nagpur, Gwalior, Vijayawada, Baroda, Dimapur and Hindan. Read more on The Dispatch.

Grenade attack in Srinagar, 4 persons including 03 security forces and a civilian injured

Srinagar: Suspected militants hurled a grenade on security forces in Nawa Bazaar area of Central Kashmir’s Srinagar district here on Friday. Confirming the incident, a senior police officer said that two CRPF personnel, one cop and a civilians received splinter injuries after militants lobbed a grenade on a joint team of forces.  Read more on The Dispatch.

NHAI to set up oxygen plants in 15 districts of Bihar to meet demand of medical oxygen in state

New Delhi:  In Bihar, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will set up oxygen plants in 15 districts of the state to meet the demand of medical oxygen. These plants will be set up under PM Cares Fund.  The capacity of each plant will be minimum 960 litre per minute. One hundred 11 cylinders will be filled up with one kilo litre liquid oxygen. Under this scheme oxygen will be made available to different hospitals through pipe line.  Oxygen generation plants will be set up in identified districts of the state.  These districts are Patna, Begusarai, Madhubani, Bhagalpur, Bhojpur, Nawada, Siwan, Araria, West Champaran, Purnea, Saharsa, Samastipur,  Vaishali, Rohtash  and Buxar. Read more on The Dispatch.

Jumat ul Vida: IGP visits Jamia Masjid, Hazratbal

Srinagar: Inspector General of Police Kashmir Vijay Kumar visited various areas of Srinagar including Jamia Masjid and revered Hazrtabal Shrine along the banks of Dal Lake on Friday. Reports reaching GNS said that the top Police officer was accompanied by police and CRPF officers. Read more on The Dispatch.

Normal life remains affected due to COVID restrictions in Kashmir

Srinagar: Normal life remained affected in many areas in Jammu and Kashmir on the ninth day on Friday with the imposition of the lockdown in the wake of an alarming surge in coronavirus cases, officials said. Roads across the valley continued to wear a deserted look as public transport remained off the roads and markets were shut, the officials said. They said in the wake of the lockdown announced by the government, restrictions on the movement and assembly of people continued to remain in force in many districts of the UT. Read more on The Dispatch.

Railways delivers over 2,500 MT of liquid medical oxygen to various states across country

New Delhi:  Indian Railways has delivered 2511 MT of liquid medical oxygen in 161 tankers to various states across the country so far. Forty Oxygen Expresses have already completed their journey. It is Indian Railways endeavour to deliver as much liquid medical oxygen as possible in the shortest time  to the requesting states. Read more on The Dispatch.

PM Modi undertakes comprehensive review of Covid-19 situation

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday undertook a comprehensive review of the COVID-19 related situation in the country. He was given a detailed picture on the Covid outbreak in various states and districts. He was informed about the 12 states which have more than 1 lakh active cases. The Prime Minister was also apprised about the districts with high disease burden. Read more on The Dispatch.

Janata Curfew extended till May 15 in Madhya Pradesh

New Delhi:  In Madhya Pradesh, Janata Curfew has been extended till May 15. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan while addressing people of state virtually yesterday requested to halt all activities, defer weddings till May 15. He stressed upon the need for strict adherence to Janata curfew. AIR correspondent reports that Chief Minister urged to stop the work of MNREGA in the villages where there is a single corona patient. Read more on The Dispatch.

NR Congress Chief N Rengasamy to be sworn in as CM of Puducherry

New Delhi:  The NR Congress Chief N Rengasamy will be sworn in as the Chief Minister of the Union Territory of Puducherry in a simple function arranged  at  Raj Nivas  today. Lieutenant Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan will administer the oath of office and secrecy to Mr. Rengasamy. Read more on The Dispatch.

MK Stalin sworn in as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu

New Delhi: The Tamil Nadu cabinet led by Chief Minister MK Stalin was sworn in today. The state Governor Banwarilal Purohit administered the oath of office and secrecy to Mr Stalin and his 33 other cabinet colleagues at a function held in the Raj Bhavan lawns in Chennai this morning. The function was attended by the leaders of the ruling DMK’s alliance parties, opposition AIADMK coordinator O.Panneerselvam, the state BJP senior leader L.Ganesan, PMK president GK Mani and the Makkal Needhi Maiyyam leader Kamal Haasan. Read more on The Dispatch.


Chhattisgarh govt suspends 3rd phase of Covid vaccination after HC order to modify plan for weaker sections of society

New Delhi: The Chhattisgarh government has suspended the third phase of Covid vaccination drive for people aged 18 to 44, after the high court’s order to modify the plan that prioritised inoculation of the economically weaker sections of society. The State government has constituted a committee headed by the State’s Chief Secretary to finalise a fresh plan to distribute vaccines in the third phase in an equitable manner. Read more on The Dispatch.

Haryana govt launches Ayurvedic tele-medicine facility for Corona patients

New Delhi:  Haryana Government has launched Ayurvedic telemedicine facility for Corona patients. Health Minister Anil Vij said that any patient can consult the Ayurvedic Doctors on phone by dialling 1075. Mr Vij said, the facility has been launched after verifying the response of Ayurvedic medicines used on Corona patients. He said, a call centre has been set up to run it and teams of senior Ayurvedic Doctors have been appointed for consultation, who will provide service from 8 am to 10 pm. The Minister said, the tele consultation would be helpful for patients in isolation. Read more on The Dispatch.

PM Modi-Johnson Summit redefined contours of India-UK relationship: EAM S Jaishankar

New Delhi:   External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar has said, the Modi-Johnson Summit has redefined the contours of the India-UK relationship. In his keynote address at Policy Ex-change, London on the topic India and U.K. in the post-Covid World yesterday, Dr Jaishankar said, the roadmap agreed during the meeting will guide policymakers in an expansion of ties between the two nations. He said, the meeting also saw the launch of enhanced trade partnership committed to negotiating a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement while improving market access. Read more on The Dispatch.


Centre provides over 17 crore 35 lakh free vaccine doses to states, UTs so far

New Delhi: The Centre has provided over 17 crore 35 lakh free vaccine doses to the States and Union Territories so far. Out of the total nearly 16 crore 44 lakh doses have been used by them which also includes slight wastage component.

The Union Health Ministry has informed that the States and Union Territories still have more than 90 lakh thousand doses available with them to be administered. It added that in the next three days over 10 lakh COVID vaccine doses will be given to the States and Union Territories to replenish their stocks and continue incessantly with the vaccination drive. Read more on The Dispatch.


More than 16 crore 49 lakh people administered COVID-19 vaccines so far

New Delhi: The Government today said that more than 16 crore 49 lakh people have been administered COVID-19 vaccines till now. Over 13 Crore people have received the 1st dose and more than 3 crore people have received the 2nd dose. The Health Ministry said, in the last 24 hours, more than 3 lakh 31 thousand people were discharged and till now over 1 crore 76 lakh people have  recovered from COVID-19.  The recovery rate  now stands  at 81.95 per cent. The country has reported 4 lakh 14 thousand new COVID-19 cases and total number of cases has reached over 2 crore 14 lakh. In the last 24 hours, 3 thousand 915 deaths have been reported. The death toll in the country due to the pandemic has reached 2 lakh 34 thousand 83. The Health Ministry said, currently there are over 36 lakh 45 thousand active cases. Read more on The Dispatch.

BRO celebrates 61st Raising Day today

New Delhi: Border Roads Organisation, BRO is celebrating its 61st Raising Day today. BRO is a leading road construction agency under the Ministry of Defence with a primary role of providing road connectivity in the border areas. It executes road construction and maintenance works along the Northern and Western frontiers primarily to meet the strategic requirements of the Army and is responsible for over 60 thousand Kilometres roads. Read more on The Dispatch.

Center releases 2nd monthly installment of Post Devolution Revenue Deficit Grant of RS 9,871 crore to 17 states

New Delhi: The Finance Ministry yesterday released the second monthly installment of Post Devolution Revenue Deficit Grant of Rs 9,871 crore for 2021-22 to 17 States. With this, a total amount of Rs 19,742 crore has been released in the first two months of the current financial year as Post Devolution Revenue Deficit Grant to the states. Read more on The Dispatch.

Consignment of 100 oxygen concentrators from Poland arrives in New Delhi

New Delhi: A consignment of 100 oxygen concentrators from Poland arrived in New Delhi this morning. MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi thanked EU partner Poland for the support. Read more on The Dispatch.



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