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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari tests positie for Covid


Earlier in the day, the minister tweeted his best wishes for the legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar for her speedy recovery from Coivd-19.

Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari has tested positive for Covid.

Gadkari took to Twitter and wrote, “I have tested positive for Covid 19 today with mild symptoms. Following all the necessary protocols, I have isolated myself and I am under home quarantine. I request all those who have come in contact with me to isolate themselves and get tested.”


Earlier in the day, the minister tweeted his best wishes for the legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar for her speedy recovery from Coivd-19.




India reports over 1 lakh new COVID-19 cases, Omicron tally crosses 3000 mark


With this, the country’s COVID-19 case tally has gone up to 3,52,26,386. According to Health Ministry, the country has so far reported 3,007 cases of Omicron of which 1,199 have been recovered.

India reported 1,17,100 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the daily positivity rate in the country to 7.74 per cent, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday.

With this, the country’s COVID-19 case tally has gone up to 3,52,26,386. According to Health Ministry, the country has so far reported 3,007 cases of Omicron of which 1,199 have been recovered.

Maharashtra accounts for the highest number of Omicron cases (876), followed by Delhi (465) and Karnataka (333).

The Ministry informed that India’s active caseload presently is at 3,71,363. It accounts for 1.05 per cent of the country’s total cases.

The weekly positivity rate is at 4.54 per cent, while the daily positivity rate is at 7.74 per cent.

With the recovery of 30,836 patients in the last 24 hours, the cumulative tally of COVID recovered patients, since the beginning of the pandemic, now stands at 3,43,71,845. The current recovery rate is at 97.57 per cent.

The country also reported 302 new fatalities in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 4,83,178.

India conducted 15,13,377 COVID-19 tests in the last 24 hours, and so far the country has conducted 68,68,19,128 tests as per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) data.

India has administered a total of 149.66 crore vaccine doses so far under Nationwide Vaccination Drive.

The COVID vaccination drive began on January 16, 2021. Cumulatively, 1,49,66,81,156 people have been vaccinated so far in the country of which 94,47,056 were administered vaccines in the last 24 hours.




3 terrorists killed in gunfight in J&K’s Budgam


The gunfight between the terrorists and security forces started on Thursday after a joint team of the police and the security forces cordoned off the area and launched a search operation on the basis of specific information about the presence of terrorists.

Three terrorists were killed in a gunfight with the security forces in the Chadoora area in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district, officials said on Friday.

“Three terrorists killed in encounter. Identification and affiliation being ascertained. Incriminating materials including arms and ammunition recovered,” the Jammu and Kashmir Police tweeted quoting Inspector General Police, Kashmir zone, Vijay Kumar.

The gunfight between the terrorists and security forces started on Thursday after a joint team of the police and the security forces cordoned off the area and launched a search operation on the basis of specific information about the presence of terrorists.

As the security forces zeroed in on the spot where the terrorists were hiding they came under a heavy volume of fire that triggered the encounter.




PM’s security breach: MHA constitutes three-member panel


The Ministry of Home Affairs yesterday took serious view of the security lapses in Prime Minister’s Punjab tour, and sought a detailed report from the State government. Till this evening the report was not received.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has constituted a three-member committee to enquire into the serious lapses in security arrangements during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Ferozepur, Punjab yesterday, which led to the exposure of the VVIP to grave security risk.

The three-member committee will be led by Sudhir Kumar Saxena, Secretary (Security), Cabinet Secretariat and comprise Balbir Singh, Joint Director, IB and S Suresh, IG, Special Protection Group (SPG). The committee is advised to submit the report at the earliest, the MHA said.

The Ministry of Home Affairs yesterday took serious view of the security lapses in Prime Minister’s Punjab tour, and sought a detailed report from the State government. Till this evening the report was not received.

The Prime Minister was on his way to Hussainiwala by road because of bad weather and the route was blocked at a flyover by protestors.

Modi was stuck on the flyover for 15-20 minutes. This was a major lapse in the security of the Prime Minister, the MHA said.

The State Government was asked to fix responsibility for this lapse and take strict action.

The Prime Minister had landed at Bathinda from where he was to go to the National Martyrs Memorial at Hussainiwala by helicopter.

Due to rain and poor visibility, the Prime Minister waited for about 20 minutes for the weather to clear out.

When the weather did not improve, it was decided that he would visit the National Martyrs Memorial via road, which would take more than two hours.

He proceeded to travel by road after necessary confirmation of necessary security arrangements by the DGP Punjab Police.

Around 30 kms away from the National Martyrs Memorial in Hussainiwala, when the Prime Minister’s convoy reached a flyover, it was found that the road was blocked by some protesters.

The Prime Minister was stuck on a flyover for 15-20 minutes. This was a major lapse in the security of the Prime Minister.

After this security lapse, it was decided to head back to Bathinda Airport.




J&K’s former CMs Farooq, Omar, Mehbooba & Azad to lose SSG security cover


The leaders will be provided security by the district police as well as the security wing based on the threat assessment, sources said.

The government has decided to withdraw the special security group (SSG) protection of four former chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir.

The decision to withdraw the SSG protection of National Conference’s Farooq Abdullah, his son and party vice president Omar Abdullah, PDP’s Mehbooba Mufti and Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad was taken after a security review meeting by the government, sources said.

Officials said the decision was taken by the Security Review Coordination Committee, a group that oversees the threat perception of important leaders in Jammu and Kashmir.

The SSG will now be entrusted with the security of serving chief ministers and their immediate family members.

Vehicles and other gadgets attached with security of former CMs will be transferred to the security wing of the Jammu and Kashmir Police.

The SSG is a specialised security unit in Jammu and Kashmir created to protect chief ministers and former chief ministers.

The leaders will be provided security by the district police as well as the security wing based on the threat assessment, sources said.




Covid cases spiral to 90,928 in 24 hours, active caseload near 3L


However, out of total Omicron positive cases, 995 have been discharged from hospitals, sources said in the Union health ministry.

India logged 325 Covid-related deaths and 90,928 new daily infections, a 56 per cent jump from yesterday’s 58,097 cases in a span of 24 hours and a four-fold increase since 01 January, said the Union ministry of health and family welfare on Thursday.

As many as 325 people have died of Covid during the past 24-hour period, according ot the Health Ministry.

With the addition of new deaths, the death toll has reached 4,82,876.

Meanwhile, the active caseload has spiralled to 2,85,401 — which constitutes 0.81 per cent of the country’s total positive cases.

The fast-spreading Omicron variant has spread to 26 states in India as its big cities, including Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata are experiencing a surge of Coronavirus cases, the highest in over 200 days.

With a single-day jump of 495 Omicron cases, the new variant of Coronavirus infection tally has climbed to 2,630 across the nation.

The most cases have been reported in Maharashtra with 797 cases, followed by Delhi with 465 infections.

However, out of total Omicron positive cases, 995 have been discharged from hospitals, sources said in the Union health ministry.

The recovery of 19,206 patients in the last 24 hours has increased the cumulative tally to 3,43,41,009. Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 97.81 per cent.

The country’s R naught value that indicates the spread of the infection is 2.69, higher than the 1.69 recorded during the peak of the pandemic’s second wave.

Mumbai recorded a new daily infection peak of 15,166 on Wednesday, well up on its previous high of just over 11,000 hit last year. Nearly 90% of new patients had shown no symptoms and only 8% were hospitalised, city officials said in a daily health bulletin.

Covid cases nearly doubled in a day in Delhi to 10,665 on Wednesday, but the state said only 7 per cent of its COVID beds were occupied. State health officials, however, have warned even a large number of mild cases could put pressure on the health system.

Kolkata accounted for half of the new cases in West Bengal until a few days ago, but cases are now rising in neighbouring districts. The state has reported one of the highest rates of infections in India.

Apart from Delhi and Mumbai, the Union Health Ministry has identified Kolkata, Chennai and Bengaluru as some of the main regions of concern, although state officials worry the disease will soon spread to the countryside where health facilities are weaker.

Also in the same period, a total of 14,13,030 tests were conducted across the country. India has so far conducted over 68.53 crore cumulative tests.

Meanwhile, the weekly positivity rate has climbed to 3.47 per cent amid a sudden spike in cases. The daily positivity rate stands at 6.43 per cent.

With the administration of over 91 lakhs vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s Covid inoculation coverage has reached 148.76 crore as of Thursday morning.

More than 18.43 crore balance and unutilised Covid vaccine doses are still available with the states and union territories to be administered, according to the health ministry as of Thursday morning.




India calls China’s action to change status quo at LAC ‘provocative’


The ministry in its year-end review said: “The unilateral and provocative actions by the Chinese to change the status quo by force, in more than one area on the LAC, has been responded to inadequate measure.”

The Defense Ministry of India has called China’s action to change the status quo at Line of Actual Control as “proactive”.

It has been stated by the ministry that the threat assessment has resulted in reorganisation and realignment of forces to cater to the major argumentation of the Chinese forces and military infrastructure.

The ministry in its year-end review said: “The unilateral and provocative actions by the Chinese to change the status quo by force, in more than one area on the LAC, has been responded to inadequate measure.”

To resolve the issue, the militaries of the two countries have been engaged in dialogue at various levels. After sustained joint efforts, disengagement was carried out at many locations.

Force levels in areas where disengagement has yet to take place have been adequately enhanced.

Threat assessment and internal deliberations have resulted in reorganisation and realignment of forces in keeping with the Army’s mandate of ensuring territorial integrity and to cater for the major augmentation of People Liberation Army forces and military infrastructure, the ministry said.

Troops continue to deal with Chinese troops in a firm, resolute and peaceful manner while ensuring the sanctity of India’s claims.

The ministry also stated that the up-gradation and development of infrastructure along the Northern Borders are being carried out in a holistic and comprehensive manner, including roads, tunnels for all-weather connectivity, four Strategic railway lines, additional bridges across the Brahmaputra, up-gradation of bridges on critical Indo-China border roads and storage for supplies, fuel, and ammunition.

“Major efforts have also been undertaken to identify dual-use infrastructure,” it stated.

The ministry also pointed out that numerous rounds of talks have taken place with the Chinese counterparts to deescalate the situation without compromising on India’s stand of ‘Complete Disengagement and immediate Restoration of status quo ante’. To this effect, 13 rounds of senior military commanders’ meetings have already been concluded.

India and China have been engaged in border disputes for the last 20 months.

(With IANS inputs)




Vaishno Devi stampede: JK LG announces ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh each for kin of deceased


He further said that the inquiry committee will be headed by Principal Secretary (Home) with Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Jammu, and Divisional Commissioner, Jammu as members.

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha expressed grief over the loss of lives in a stampede at the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine in Katra and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh each for the next of kin of those who died.

“Deeply pained at the loss of lives due to stampede at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine. My condolences to the families of the deceased and prayers with the injured,” the Office of Jammu and Kashmir LG said in a tweet. The Lieutenant Governor further also announced Rs 2 lakh to the injured and said that the Shrine board will bear the cost of the treatment of the injured.

“Ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh each would be given to the next of kin of those who lost their lives due to stampede and Rs 2 lakh to the injured. Shrine board to bear the cost of treatment of injured,” it said.

Sinha also spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and briefed him about the incident. Prime Minister has assured all the help, he added.


“Spoke to Home Minister Amit Shah Ji. Briefed him about the incident. A high-level inquiry has been ordered into today’s stampede,” he added.

He further said that the inquiry committee will be headed by Principal Secretary (Home) with Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Jammu, and Divisional Commissioner, Jammu as members.


Sinha also shared helpline numbers with people for assistance. “Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board Helpline numbers: 01991-234804 01991-234053. Other Helpline nos: PCR Katra 01991232010/ 9419145182, PCR Reasi 0199145076/ 9622856295, DC Office Reasi Control room 01991245763/ 9419839557,” tweeted the Office of Jammu and Kashmir LG.
The Prime Minister also condoled the deaths in the stampede and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) to the next of kin of those who lost their lives. The injured will be given Rs 50,000.


As many as 12 people were killed and 13 others injured after a stampede occurred at Mata Vaishno Devi shrine on Saturday morning, Jammu and Kashmir’s Director General of Police, Dilbag Singh said.

The injured have been taken to Naraina Hospital after the rescue.

(With ANI inputs)




12 killed, several injured; Stampede occurs at Vaishno Devi Shrine


Dr. Gopal Dutt said the number of injured people was also not confirmed, and the injured were taken to Naraina hospital.

A stampede occurred at Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan on Saturday morning.

At least 12 people were killed and several others were injured after a stampede occurred at the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Katra in Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi district early on Saturday, authorities said.

In a statement, Dr. Gopal Dutt, Block Medical Officer, Community Health Centre, said that 12 people died in the stampede at the Vaishno Devi Bhawan. “The exact number is not there yet. Their post mortem will be done,” he said.

Dr. Dutt said the number of injured people was also not confirmed, and the injured were taken to Naraina hospital.

Earlier, an official from the police control room in Reasi town said in a brief communication that a stampede at Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan has occurred.

“Injuries have been reported. A rescue operation is underway,” the official said.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences to the bereaved families and assured all possible medical aid and assistance to the injured.

 




Delhi sees over 1,700 new Covid cases, infection rate crosses 2 per cent


With the new cases, the infection tally has climbed to 14,48,211.

Delhi on Friday reported 1,796 fresh Covid cases, the highest single-day count after May 22 when the tally was 2,260, according to the Health Department bulletin.

With the new cases, the infection tally has climbed to 14,48,211. However, no fresh Covid fatality has been reported in the last three days and the death toll remains at 25,107.

Meanwhile, the Covid infection rate in the city has climbed to 2.44 per cent, the highest in last seven months. According to the Health Department, the city had recorded 2.52 per cent positivity rate on May 24.

The number of active Covid cases have crossed 4,000 mark and stands at 4,410, highest since June 9. According to the Health Department, Delhi had recorded the 4,511 active Covid cases on June 9.

The capital has, so far, detected 320 cases of new Covid variant Omicron. Of these, 57 have been discharged from the hospital.

With a 97.76 per cent Covid recovery rate, the active Covid cases rate in Delhi has gone up to 0.30 per cent and the death rate stands at 1.73 per cent.

With 467 patients recovering in the last 24 hours, the total number of recoveries has gone to 14,18,694. A total of 2,284 Covid patients are being treated in home isolation at present.

The number of Covid containment zones has risen to 914.

Meanwhile, a total of 73,590 new tests — 62,812 RT-PCR and 10,778 Rapid Antigen – were conducted in the last 24 hours, taking the total to 3,27,24,935.

Out of 1,70,595 vaccines administered in the last 24 hours, 72,639 were first doses and 97,956 second doses. The total number of cumulative beneficiaries vaccinated so far stands at 2,62,40,608 according to the health bulletin.





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