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Covid: Everyone above 18 eligible to get vaccine from May 1, says govt

In a major boost to the inoculation drive, the union government on Monday said everyone above the age of 18 years can get a vaccine from May 1.

“In a meeting chaired by PM Narendra Modi, an important decision of allowing vaccination to everyone above the age of 18 from 1st May has been taken,” said the government in an official statement. Read  more on The Dispatch

COVID: J&K records 1,516 new cases, 6 deaths

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir on Monday recorded 1,516 fresh COVID-19 cases, including 231 travellers, pushing the tally to 1,48,208, while six deaths in the past 24 hours raised the toll to 2,063, officials said.
Of the fresh cases, 768 were from the Jammu division and 748 from the Kashmir division, they said. Read more on The Dispatch  

Shopian gunfight: One unidentified militant killed, Operation on

SHOPIAN: An unidentified militant has been killed in an ongoing encounter that broke out between militants and government forces in Zeipora village of Shopian district on Monday.

An official said that a joint team of Police, Army and CRPF launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) on specific information about the presence of militants in the area. Read more on The Dispatch. 

Finance Minister discusses industry related matters with business and chamber leaders

New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today spoke to business and Chamber leaders and took their inputs on industry related matters. In a series of tweets, Mrs Sitharaman said she informed them that the government at various levels is responding to Covid management.
She said, center is working together with states for lives and livelihoods. Read more on The Dispatch.

Cop’s rifle goes off accidentally inside Budgam court premises, no loss reported

BUDGAM: The rifle of a policeman went off accidentally inside Budgam Court premises on Monday, however, no loss of life was reported in the incident, officials said here

An official said that the service rifle of a constable went off accidentally in the court premises when a police party from police station Budgam arrived in the court along with an accused to get his police remand. Read more on The Dispatch.


Campaigning for the sixth phase of assembly elections in West Bengal to conclude this evening

New Delhi;  In the poll-bound West Bengal, the high-decibel electioneering campaign for the Sixth Phase of Assembly Elections reaches a crescendo before its conclusion this evening. In view of rising cases of COVID-19, the Election Commission decided to curtail the campaign timing for the remaining three phases of eight-phase Assembly Elections. The Commission banned campaigning from 7 P.M. to 10 A.M. on all days, when it is allowed. It also extended the Silence Period from 48 hours to 72 hours before polling for the remaining phases and as a result, the campaign will end this evening. Read more on The Dispatch.

UK PM Boris Johnson’s India visit next week cancelled due to COVID-19

New Delhi:  British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday cancelled a planned trip to India, scheduled to take place next week, due to the current coronavirus situation in India, Johnson’s office said.

“In the light of the current coronavirus situation, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not be able to travel to India next week,” a joint statement from the British and Indian government, released by Johnson’s office, said. Read more on The Dispatch.

Centre Bans Supply Of Oxygen For Industrial Use Amid Covid-19 Spike

New Delhi:  As India reported yet another record single-day spike in Covid-19 cases, the Centre prohibited the supply of oxygen for industrial purposes to meet the current shortage in medical oxygen in the country.

On Sunday, in a letter to the chief secretaries of all states and Union Territories, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla wrote, “In view of the rapid rise in Covid-19 cases and resultant rapid demand for medical oxygen, particularly in high-burden states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, the central government-constituted Empowered Group-II has reviewed the supply of oxygen for industrial use in order to divert the same to meet the rising demand for medical oxygen in the country and save precious lives.” Read more on The Dispatch.     

High time to take all precautions, we shouldn’t allow situation go out of control: Dr Naveed Nazir

SRINAGAR: Kashmir’s top medico and the frontline Covid warrior Dr Naveed Nazir Monday said that it’s high time for the people to take all precautions to prevent the spread of Covid=19 pandemic and that the situation shouldn’t be allowed to go out of control. Read more on The Dispatch.    

Indian Navy seizes narcotics worth Rs 3000 crore

New Delhi: Indian Naval Ship Suvarna, whilst on surveillance patrol in the Arabian Sea, encountered a fishing vessel with suspicious movements. To investigate the vessel, the ship’s team conducted boarding and search operation, which led to the seizure of more than 300 Kgs of narcotics substances.

The boat with its crew has been escorted to the nearest Indian Port of Kochi, Kerala for further investigation. The approximate cost the catch in the international market is estimated to be Rs. 3000 Crore. This is a major catch not only in terms of the quantity and cost but also from the perspective of disruption of the illegal narcotics smuggling routes, which emanate from the Makran coast and flow towards the Indian, Maldivian and Sri Lankan destinations. Read more on The Dispatch.

No decision about imposing lockdown yet: DC Srinagar

SRINAGAR, Apr 19: The district administration Srinagar refuted reports about the imposition of lockdown in the district, saying that there was no such decision at present and that adequate beds and oxygen supply is available within the district.
Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Muhammad Aijaz Asad told reporters here that they have not received any decision vis-à-vis imposing the lockdown in view of spike in Covid-19 cases. “Whenever a decision in this regard would be taken, we as an implementing agency will take necessary steps accordingly,” he said. Read more on The Dispatch.

6 day lockdown in National Capital from tonight; Essential services to remain functional

Delhi Government: Beyond Party Politics

The Delhi government has decided to impose a six day long lockdown in the national capital to contain the rapid rise of coronavirus cases. After a meeting with the Lieutenant Governor today, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today announced that the lockdown will come into effect from tonight which will continue till Monday morning. He said, people engaged in essential services and facing emergency conditions will be allowed for movement during the lockdown. Read more on The Dispatch    

Chhattisgarh imposes lockdown in all 28 districts from tomorrow

In Chhattisgarh, all 28 districts will be under lockdown from tomorrow. Lockdown has already been imposed in 24 districts of the state. In Kanker and Narayanpur districts of Bastar division, lockdown is being imposed from today, while Sukma and Kondagaon districts will be under lockdown from tomorrow. Meanwhile, the lockdown period has been extended in thirteen districts of the. Read more on The Dispatch    

South Kashmir: Encounter breaks out in Shopian

SRINAGAR, April 19: Gunfight rages between militants and security forces in Zeipora area of South Kashmir’s Shopian district on Monday.

Reports reaching GNS that a joint team of Police and army launched a cordon and search operation in Zeipora. Read more on The Dispatch.      

Railways say it can setup 3-lakh isolation beds across country; all set to run Oxygen Express trains

Railways can set up three lakh isolation beds across the country on States’ demand. In a tweet, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said that 50 COVID-19 isolation coaches with 800 beds ready at Shakur Basti Station and 25 coaches will be available at Anand Vihar Station in Delhi. Read more on The Dispatch.

Weather improves but more rains forecast in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, April 19: After several days of rain, weather improved in Kashmir Valley on Monday. The improvement, however, is expected to be brief as the weatherman has again forecast light rains in the next few days.
Scattered light rain and thundershowers are expected on Tuesday and Wednesday besides widespread rain on April 23 and isolated showers on April 24,” a meteorological department said. Read more on The Dispatch.

Govt mulls to impose weekly lockdown in some districts of J&K

Jammu: A day after imposing restrictions on public gatherings and shutting down all educational institutes in J&K till May 15, the government is also considering imposition of weekend lockdown in some districts of the Union Territory.

According to sources, the weekend lockdown may be imposed in districts worst hit by the ongoing COVID-19 wave. Read more on The Dispatch.

Amid shortage fears, over 130 mn Covid vaccine doses supplied to states, UTs

New Delhi:   India had administered over 112 million coronavirus vaccine doses across the country by Sunday morning. Senior political leaders, such as former prime minister Manmohan Singh, wrote to PM Narendra Modi, underscoring the importance of inoculation. He also listed out five ways to tackle vaccine shortage. West Bengal chief minister also wrote to the PM, alleging that vaccines and essential medicines in her state were in short supply. Read more on The Dispatch.


COVID-19 Pandemic: IFFCO to set up oxygen plant in Gujarat to give it for free to hospitals

New Delhi:   Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO) is going to set up an oxygen plant with 200 cubic meters per hour capacity in its Gujarat’s Kalol unit and will provide free oxygen to hospitals suffering from a shortage of oxygen amid the unprecedented surge of COVID-19 infections. Read more on The Dispatch    

Indian Air Force Chief leaves for France today on an official visit

New Delhi:  Indian Air Force Chief, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria has left for France today on an official visit. The five-day visit of IAF Chief will enhance potential avenues for strengthening the level of interaction between the two Air Forces. He will hold meetings and discussions with senior military leadership of France and visit operational facilities and airbases. Read more The Dispatch    


DRDO to operationalize its dedicated Corona hospital in New Delhi today

New Delhi:  The dedicated Covid hospital re-established by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) will become operational from today. The hospital has been established near Domestic Airport Terminal in New Delhi. It has 500 ICU beds.

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said that 250 beds will be ready by today and it will be increased to 500 within a few days. In a tweet, he said, all beds are equipped with oxygen facilities and sufficient number of ventilators are available. Read more The Dispatch.     

Tourism and Culture Minister inaugurates first-ever online exhibition on Ramayana

New Delhi: Tourism and Culture Minister Prahlad Singh Patel has inaugurated the first-ever online exhibition on Ramayana. The weblink for the online exhibition is Mr Patel addressed a webinar ‘India’s Heritage: Powering Tourism’ on the occasion of World Heritage Day 2021 yesterday. The online exhibition showcases forty nine miniature paintings collections of National Museum, New Delhi from different art schools of India. Read More on The Dispatch   

COVID-19: India logs record surge of 2,73,810 new cases, 1,619 fatalities

New Delhi: India’s total tally of COVID-19 cases crossed the 1.50-crore mark with around 25 lakh cases being added in just 15 days, while active cases surpassed the 19-lakh mark, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.

The nationwide tally of COVID-19 cases mounted to 1,50,61,919 with a record single-day rise of 2,73,810 coronavirus infections.

The death toll increased to 1,78,769 with a record 1,619 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed. Read more on The Dispatch    


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