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The high-level talks between Leh-based 14 Corps chief Lt General Harinder Singh and his Chinese coun- terpart Major General Liu Lin, commander of Tibet Military District in Chushul-Moldo in China, came a day after the video conference between the senior diplomats of the two countries — Naveen Srivastava, Joint Secretary (East Asia) in the External Affairs Ministry, and Wu Jianghao, director gen- eral in China’s foreign ministry. They agreed not to let their “differences” turn into “dis- putes” and address contentious issues through peaceful dia- logue while respecting each other’s sensitivities and con- cerns. India and China have also agreed that both the sides should implement the consen- sus reached between the lead- erships of the two countries that the “two neighbours do not constitute a threat to each other and that each other is an opportunity for development and do not let differences turn into disputes.” This is in a ref- erence to decisions taken at the two informal summits between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping. As expected, the talks between the senior military commanders were not to yield instant solution. However, the three-hour long parleys prepared the ground for some more rounds of talks at the local military level in the coming days, sources said. At present, there are at least four flashpoints at the LAC in Eastern Ladakh and both the sides ramping up their troop strength. More than 12 rounds of talks at various levels of military were held in the last fortnight but failed to achieve any breakthrough. Earlier in the day, the Indian Army officials said Indian and Chinese officials continue to remain engaged through the established mili- tary and diplomatic channels to address the current situation in the India-China border areas. ?=BQ =4F34;78 The coronavirus disease has not “exploded” in India, but the risk of that happening remains as the country moves towards removing its nation- wide lockdown that was imposed in March to contain the Covid-19, a top WHO expert said. India, which went past Italy on Friday to become the sixth worst-hit nation by the Covid-19 pandemic, is already witnessing huge spurt in cases each passing day. WHO Health Emergencies Programme Executive Director Michael Ryan said the doubling time of the coronavirus cases in India is about three weeks at this stage. “Measures taken in India such as the nationwide lockdown has had an impact in slowing transmission but the risk of an increase in cases looms as the country opens up,” he said while stressing that as the disease generates and cre- ates a foothold in communities, it can accelerate at any time as has been seen in a number of settings. In South Asia, not just in India but in Bangladesh, Pakistan and other countries in South Asia, with large dense populations, the disease has not exploded. But there is always the risk of that happening, Ryan said in Geneva. Ryan noted that measures taken in India such as the nationwide lockdown has had an impact in slowing trans- mission but the risk of an increase in cases looms as the country opens up. “The measures taken in India certainly had an impact in dampening transmission and as India, as in other large countries, open up and as peo- ple begin to move again, there’s always a risk of the disease bouncing back up,” he said. He added there are specif- ic issues in India regarding a large amount of migration, the dense populations in the urban environment and the fact that many workers have no choice but to go to work every day. BC055A4?AC4AQ =4F34;78 Warning of strong action against some private hos- pitals allegedly refusing admis- sion to Covid-19 patients and involved in “black-marketing” of beds, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said his Government is going to issue an order stating that hos- pitals cannot deny treatment to such people. The Delhi Government will depute medical profes- sionals at all hospitals who will update availability of beds for coronavirus patients at an official app and ensure admission of such patients, he said. The CM rubbished claims that Covid-19 tests have been stopped, and asserted the city test ratio is the highest. BC055A4?AC4AQ =4F34;78 The Delhi Police has regis- tered a FIR against Sir Ganga Ram Hospital for allegedly violating Covid-19 regulation norms. “The hospital was alleged- ly not using RT-PCR app while collecting Covid-19 samples. As per the guidelines, it is “mandatory” for labs to collect samples through RT-PCR app,” the FIR stated. There was no immediate reaction from the authorities of the leading private hospital. ?C8Q =830 An eight-month pregnant woman died in an ambu- lance here after a frantic 13- hour hospital hunt failed to find her a bed as over half-a- dozen facilities, including a Government one, denied her treatment, her family claimed on Saturday. Neelam, 30, and her hus- band Vijender Singh, 30, knocked the doors of eight hospitals, including Government ones, before she died in the ambulance out- side a facility in Greater Noida on Friday, the family told PTI. Taking note of the death and the claim, the Gautam Buddh Nagar district admin- istration ordered an inquiry into the matter. A resident of Khoda colony on the Noida-Ghaziabad bor- der, Neelam was eight months pregnant and undergoing treat- ment at Shivalik Hospital here, a private facility, for pregnan- cy-related complications, her husband said. ?=BQ =4F34;7807430103 Alarmed by the resignation of three of its MLAs ahead of the June 19 Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat, the Congress on Saturday shifted several of its legislators to resorts and bun- galows near their constituen- cies to thwart any “poaching” bid. With the resignations of Akshay Patel and Jitu Chaudhary on June 3 and that of Brijesh Merja on June 5, the Congress’ strength in the 182- member House has been reduced to 65. The effective strength of the House, however, stands at 172 as of now as ten seats are currently vacant — two due to court cases and the rest because of resignations. The party has moved the MLAs to three separate loca- tions keeping in mind the need to maintain social distancing in view of the Covid-19 outbreak. AICC sources said while several MLAs from north Gujarat were shifted to a resort near Ambaji in Banaskantha district, those from South and Central Gujarat were moved to private bungalows in Anand, legislators from Saurashtra region were shifted to a resort in Rajkot. “The MLAs were asked by party high command to arrive in resorts in Anand, Ambaji, and Rajkot after completing their work on Saturday. They will arrive in these resorts on the basis of the zone-wise location of their constituencies. Many of them have arrived. Others will reach there soon,” said party sources. The MLAs might continue to stay in these resorts until the day of the election for four Rajya Sabha seats. Earlier, Congress had moved its MLAs to a resort in Jaipur in March this year after five of them had resigned ahead of the March 26 elections to the Upper House. 18BF0944C10=4A944Q ;D2:=F Kusuma’s struggle starts at 4 am. She wakes up early to ensure her family can get water from the tanker which comes regularly in the Sarhat village of Manikpur in Chitrakut. “I get up so early and place the buck- et and other utensils in line but there is no guarantee that I will get water,” she said. “Ours is a forgotten village where we live with scarcity of water for decades. We do not have enough water to drink. Washing hands regularly with water is a luxury which we can- not afford,” she told this reporter on the telephone. As the Unlock 1.0 began early this week with Government advocating people to maintain safe distance and asking them to wash hands reg- ularly to beat Covid-19, the vil- lagers in Bundelkhand have resigned to their fates. Their struggle for water begins in the morning and ends in the evening with fetching water to wash, cook and drink on a daily basis and cannot think of wast- ing water to wash hands every two hours, as advocated by experts and doctors. The rugged Bundelkhand is known for water crisis and the summer months are the worst, with groundwater levels acutely low. Sarhat is one of the villages where water scarcity is routine, even during winters. The tankers are only source of water to these parched vil- lages and the day they don’t roll in the villagers have to walk long distances hunting for water. Deaths of people as well as animals like cattle due to scarci- ty of water are rampant too. “Sometimes we have to drink water from filthy ponds. It’s revolting. But we have no option,” she said. Sarhat is among a dozen such as Amchur Nerwa, Theka. Bheda, Umari and Thikari in Manikpur block where tanker is the only lifeline, providing water to around 90 families - comprising around 550 people. Scarcity of water has brought a social stigma, too. Like in Gopipur village in Chitrakoot district where number of unmarried youth is rising every passing day because people have stopped giving their daughters in this village. “No one wants their daughter married to someone in Gopipur because it is one of the most water scare village in parched Bundelkhand,” Dinesh Kumar, a gram sabha member said. He said many youths have given up any hope of getting married. “There are men who got marriage proposals not once but five to six times because of their status but in the last minute marriage is can- celled because no one wants that their daughter should live in a village where there is no water,” he said. Washington: US President Donald Trump has said that countries like India and China would have much more coro- navirus cases than America, the worst-hit country in the world, if they conduct more tests. Trump, in his remarks at Puritan Medical Products in Maine, said that the US has car- ried out 20 million tests. Compared to the US, Germany is at four million and much talked about South Korea is about three million tests, he said. According to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, the US has reported nearly 1.9 million cases and over 1,09,000 deaths, making America the worst affected country, while the total num- ber of coronavirus cases in India and China stand at 2,36,184 and 84,177 respec- tively. 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2. Q What got you interested in acting? I have done engineering in Computer Science from Chandigarh. When I was in third year, I auditioned for MTV Roadies 4. Back then I was interested in bike riding. I gave the audition and got selected. I did that show and finished my course. I then went to Texas for a flying course. When I finished my flying, I got another call from MTV for Splitsvilla 1. I flew down straight from Dallas to Mumbai. I was told it would be a month’s shooting and a month’s promotion and then I could go back. But I won and they offered me another show to host. This was in 2008. Back then there weren’t many jobs in aviation. But I kept getting TV offers. I got Bhagyavidhaata and the rest of the shows followed. I had not planned to be an actor, they just happened. Q So, you had a different trajectory? Yes, I come from a business family. We have jewellery shows. From the very beginning, I was against doing things that were routine and go to one place. When I studied engineering, I knew that it was not my cup of tea. A friend of mine had applied for a flying course and that interested me and asked him how to go about applying for the same. The idea of being up in the clouds and going places really piqued my interest. Q Was it a struggle to make space in the industry? If I had not given the first audition, I would have never gone to Mumbai to become an actor. I had no acting background. I never even got a portfolio done for the first four-five years of my career. The industry has very kind to me. When I went to Mumbai, I already had a show in my hand. I have done around 12 shows in a career spanning 12 years and a few films as well. Q How did you come on board to play Lord Krishna? This is the fourth time that I am playing Lord Krishna in Dwarkadheesh—Bhagwan Shri Krishna 2. I was doing Rishton Se Badi Pratha back in 2010-11. Sagar Pictures were conducting auditions through an actor friend. I didn’t really prepare for it but got selected. Before doing this show, I had done two fictional shows and reality show but I started enjoying acting when I played Krishna for the first time. The whole idea of standing in front of the camera and to play a God really got me interested. Q Thisisnotthefirsttimeyouhaveplayed this character. Why say yes, each time? Ihavenoticedthatnotmanyactorswant to do mythological shows and I have also seenthatnotallactorsaresuitedtodothem. It is a different ball game. While I had not prepped for the first mythological show, I enjoyed the whole process. As an actor I am trulyblessedthatIhavegotthisopportunity. I will continue to play this role as long as I keep getting them since people remember you. Q How tough is it to live up to people’s expectationwhenyouarepartofamytho show? Many actors have played Krishna but have not been exacted. Personally, I have to be able to look the part. I was offered to play Shiv but I refused. Because I don’t think that I can do justice to the look since Shiv has a rough and rugged personality. I know what my traits are. For me to be able to convince the audience that I am God, I have to be convinced otherwise that conviction will not come across. Q What are the challenges that come in such shows? I don’t think there are very many since people know the man behind the show due to social media. But when you play such roles, you do your own research. Before I took up the role back in 2011, I never used to practice yoga or meditate. But I do that regularly. I have lots of books as well. It has changed in in a way but it has not been intentionally. Q Is there a need to change content that we see on TV? Definitely.Ifwedon’tdoitnowthen, when? If not, TV is going to suffer since there are so many OTT platforms that offer great content. People even in small towns and cities have access to good Internet connectivity. If makers want people tositinfrontontheirsetsat8pmand come back day after day, they need to find content that is brilliant. We mustdoawaywiththeconceptofdaily soaps and come up with finite shows. When you do daily soaps, one tends to compromise because there is a deadline and we must do away with this. Q Should viewers change their choice? Not really. It is wrong to assume that because the audience watches such shows, makers are producing them. There was a time when the entire family would sit and watch shows, back in the 90s. If you give good content, people will watch it. Q What next? I am back home and looking at the change to open a boarding school in Palampur. But I would love to do web series provided the content and script that I am offered is good. 347A03D=kBD=30H k9D=4!! 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Wagh started from Marathi theatre and then went on doing Marathi shows. However, acting was never on her cards whatsoever. “I never dreamt of being an actor.Iwasaclassicaldancerand my goal was to have my dance academy one day. But like any other family, my father wanted me to be an engineer,” she tells you. But destiny had something else planned for her. Wagh developedinterestintheatreand joined a group. She got a chance to do Marathi shows like Adhuri Ek Kahani and Kaata Rute Konala. “My father was not very happywithmydecisionofbeing an actor intially. But then, my mother knew what I wanted. Shetoldmyfatherandwithtime he too embraced the fact that acting was my calling,” Wagh tells you. That was not all. She was then offered the lead in NDTV Imagine’s Jyoti. “That came as a surprise. The producer saw me on TV in one of the Marathi shows and she wanted me to play the title lead in Jyoti. She searched for me and then contacted me. But the funny thing is I failed the audition 16 times. Because the character was so serious and I was just 19 back then. I said I just couldn’t do that. I was like a newcomer in the industry. But then I gave it another try and it went well. That’showIwasfinalisedforthe role,” Wagh tells you. Playing a mature character like Jyoti changed Wagh inside out. “The character was indeed challenging. I had to learn a lot of things to get into the skin of the character. But it changed my life 360 degrees. It changed me from within and I started looking at things differently. The character was so emotional that there were times when I used to shed tears after reading the script. I wondered how could someone who is going through so much in life can still manage to smile infront of the family. Jyoti was like the man of the house. And there are girls like her in the society,” Wagh explains. She recalls how she used to receive a lot of messages from fans appreciating her performance and character. “So many men used to message and tell me that they are able to relate to the character. I felt so good that not only the women but the men too are able to connect with Jyoti,” she says. After Jyoti, Wagh went on doing Ek Veer Ki Ardas...Veera that earned her much fame. “I remember, I came back from London after learning film making and I was offered the role of Ratanjeet Sampooran Singh. I was so excited to be a part of that show because the story was amazing and the characterwasneithercompletely positive nor purely negative. That was the beauty. But back then,Ididn’tknowthattheshow will become so popular and will run for so long,” Wagh tells you. From playing a young girl Jyoti to Ratan, a mother of two in her second Hindi TV show, Wagh says, she didn’t thought of the consequences that time. “Like I said, I returned from Londonandwasofferedtherole, so that time I didn’t think too much about whether people in the industry will typecast me. For me work was work and I looked at it that way. However, later on I realised that I should have given it a second thought. I even went into depression. But then, I picked myself up and thought how does it matter if I played a mother. What should matterismy craft andmy talent. Then there are so many people out there who don’t have work and that I should feel blessedthatIhavebeenworking all this while. And now I can see my career trajectory has been so good. I have never repeated anything and that’s the best part of my career,” she says. She adds that she has never been choosy when it comes to projects.“IfIlikethescript,Ijust take up the project. I took all the goodprojectsthatcamemyway. Acting is what I love the most and as long as I am acting I am at my happy place,” Wagh, who in future wants to be a part of a real-life inspired series, tells you. Wagh is extremely happy to be a part of Kahat Hanuman Jai Shri Ram. The reason for increasing popularity of mythological shows, she says, is positivity. “It is human nature that whenever we are in danger or the time is not right hum ya toh mummy ko yaad kartey hain ya bhagwaan ko. Also these shows bring in so much of positivity, they give out a message that good will always win against evil. These shows kind of validate our trust and just create a positive atmosphere that everything will be fine,” she says. 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Why Shirish Kunder? What was it that you were looking for? Is it to tell the viewers that it is a dark movie? The title is a give-away. It is unfortunate that there are few scenes in the entire film that are not shot in the dark. It is more annoying rather than the director trying to be scary and freaking you out that there is a serial killer out there gunning for unwed pregnant girls. Showing a mangled bloody body suspended from chains and six bottles with foetus is nowhere near shocking or worth pucking. There is a bit on a disconnect as well. While the subject is interesting enough, the subject is far removed from what happens in India. We may have had our share of serial killers — the 2006 Noida serial murders. But these are few and far between. We also don’t want to know that there is a male gynae doctor out to get you. Then there is Jacqueline Fernandez. This is the second time that we are watching her in a Netflix Original, the first being Drive. 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3. 347A03D=kBD=30H k9D=4!! c^f]WP[[ 90B:8A0=27?A0Q 347A03D= After the lockdown began, Doordarshan began telecasting old serials like Ramayan, Mahabharat and Buniyaad on its national channel as well as the new DD Retro channel. People who had seen these serials during the original telecasts became nostalgic and new viewers also began watching as they wanted to see why these serials had attainted an iconic status. In fact, the Retro Channel is showing almost all the popular old Doordarshan serials. However, Buniyaad has been extremely popular these days, bringing joy to viewers in these difficult and puzzling times. So many memories of so many people have been brought back by this exceptionally well-made saga of four generations of a family which goes through the partition. Each character is beautifully conceived and built up and the nuances of relationships among the family are delicately portrayed in this serial written by Manohar Shyam Joshi and directed by Ramesh Sippy in the mid- 1980s. Satbir, the youngest son(adopted) of Master Haveli Ram (who was played by Alok Nath) was portrayed by renowned film and TV actor Kanwaljit Singh who has had a long association with Saharanpur, Dehradun and Mussoorie. He belongs to Saharanpur and has studied at Saint George’s College, Mussoorie. He also lived in Dehradun when his father was posted here for a while. “However, I was very small at that time,”he told the Pioneer in an interview. Asked about his memories of his “Buniyaad” days, he said that during the casting, Ramesh Sippy had asked him to do the role of Roshan Lal (which was finally done by Mazhar Khan) but he wanted to play Satbir (also called Satyavir or Prince in the serial). “It seemed that I was a bit overweight –so I went on a diet for around twenty five days –and when I went back to his office , he just said-‘Aaiye Satbir ji’ !” Kanwaljit Singh, it seems, was destined to play Satbir as it is by this role that he is always recalled most. “In fact, people kept calling me Satbir and still do,” he said. Those who have watched Buniyaad regularly and carefully will agree that his role was one of the strongest in the serial and most impressive indeed. “I wanted to prove myself through this intense role that was required for Satbir’s character and thus refused the role of Roshan Lal although I could have done that well too,”said the actor who proved himself as the superstar of the TV industry through serials like “Farman”, “Saans “ and “Siski”. “Besides Buniyaad, I loved Farmaan.” He said that he was happy that people were watching Buniyaad again with great interest and youngsters were getting an idea of what people went through during the Partition. “When I was acting in Buniyaad, all we knew was that Ramesh Sippy was a star director and Manohar Shyam Joshi was a star writer who had written Hum Log. It was later that we realised the classic status of the series.” He said he remembered how well writer Krishna Sobti helped in the execution of the dialogues and the serial. Kanwaljit Singh shared a little known interesting fact when he said that the makers of Buniyaad had originally considered taking Amitabh Bachchan for Satbir’s role and Dilip Kumar for the role of Haveli Ram! However, that would not have proved viable as the serial went on for a long while. Not only does Kanwaljit Singh have an Uttarakhand connection but the serial also featured Haridwar, Rishikesh, Dehradun, Saharanpur and Uttarkashi. This was due to the fact that Manohar Shyam Joshi belonged to Kumaon. So, people of Uttarakhand feel happy when they see these places in the serial. Kanwaljit Singh keeps visiting Doon and Mussoorie to meet his old friends and to attend film-related events. “I was there for the shooting of Mere Brother ki Dulhan and for the re-unions we have at Saint George’s. I just need an excuse to be in Dehradun and Mussoorie.I have so many memories there and friends too”. He said that watching Buniyaad after more than thirty years made him very nostalgic. The actor has always had great interest in Urdu poetry and says that his association with poets and writers like Kaifi Azmi, Kamaal Amrohi and Jaanissaar Akhtar had enhanced this interest. “The lockdown has made me go back to writing poetry after a long time.It has made me very philosophical,” says Singh who is a versatile painter and has recorded his recitations of Mirza Ghalib, Faiz and Kaifi Azmi. Buniyaad’s Satbir will always stay with Kanwaljit Singh and with all those who have known and watched the serial. Satbir-honest, shy, innocent, serious, intense, simple and sensitive. Much like Kanwaljit Singh himself. 3^f]T^ah[P]TfXcW1d]XhPPS´bBPcQXa ?=BQ 347A03D= At a time when the killing of a pregnant elephant in Kerala has triggered nationwide outrage, Dehradun police on Saturday arrested a man for the alleged brutal killing of a stray dog in Singra Colony, Vikasnagar while keeping investigations on against the main accused Vinay Kumar. On June 5, a disturbing video of the same day went viral on social media that showed a white coloured dog crying in pain while being kicked and being flushed with water to rinse away blood. The video was made by Saumya Bajaj, who filed a written complaint to the police alleging that on Friday, Vinay Kumar killed a five-month old stray dog in a brutal manner after the dog walked inside his house. Taking cognisance of her complaint, police registered an FIR and began investigation. On the basis of video evidence, the police arrested accused Madan Pal, also a resident of Singra Colony, the man seen throwing water on the crying dog with blood on the floor. In her complaint, Bajaj has stated that Vinay Kumar beat the adolescent dog to death following which, Pal threw water on the bleeding and dying dog to rinse away blood. She has also alleged that when she tried to intervene to save the dog from being killed brutally, Kumar abused her and intimidated her with threats of physical assault. “I feed strays in Singra Colony where I stay. On Friday, I fed a five month old pup who then wandered inside the house of Vinay Kumar. A few moments later, I heard piercing screams of the dog and found that he was being beaten to death inside Kumar’s house. I urged them to stop and leave the pup. I tried to rush inside their house to save the dying dog but I was pushed out, abused and threatened. Not allowed to go inside, I made a video of the atrocity from the road,” narrated Bajaj to this correspondent. The police have registered a case under sections 323/504/429 of the IPC and under Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. The matter is being investigated by sub- inspector Nidhi Dabral. 0DQ DUUHVWHG IRU DOOHJHG EUXWDO NLOOLQJ RI GRJ ?=BQ 347A03D= Despite the Government asking institutions to not remove their workers during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, a renowned private university located in Dehradun has asked many of its faculty members to resign. The management of this university is learnt to have threatened to terminate these staff members if they fail to tender their resignations with immediate effect. The university management however claims that the number of teachers in the university had become more than what is required. The university has asked about 30 senior and junior faculty members of mechanical, electrical, electronics, mathematics and other departments to put in their papers. The aggrieved faculty members say that they are being fired at this critical time precipitated by Covid-19. They point out that the central government has clearly said that the employees should not be removed from their jobs. “People were informed through an e-mail on June 3 to connect on June 4 at specific time slots of 15 minutes each via a Zoom link. The agenda was not disclosed. On joining the meeting, the head of department concerned and HR representative curtly told us that we should resign within 24 hours failing which the university would issue termination orders,’’ said one such faculty member. The university has also blocked the official mail IDs and directed these employees to surrender the university's assets. When contacted, a senior official of the university said that the teacher student ratio prescribed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) has got skewed in favour of teachers. “The list of surplus teachers was ready for quite some time. Last year we witnessed a drop in student admissions and this year due to the pandemic scenario the situation is expected to be worse. After a process of screening based on performance this list of teachers was prepared. We had two options, either go for a salary cut of all the staff or go for a tough decision of removing non performers. The university has decided to give them salary till September 30 so that they can get enough time to scout for a new job,’’ he said. ?=BQ 347A03D= The Covid-19 pandemic has cast its shadow on the grandeur of the passing out parade (PoP) at Indian Military Academy (IMA). For the first time in the history of the famed training institute, the proud parents and close family members of the newly commissioned officers would not have the privilege of witnessing the PoP. The academy would enforce the social distancing norms in the toned down ceremony. The PoP of the summer batch ( Spring term) of the academy is slated to be held on June 13. The absence of parents and family members this time around would mean that the pipping ceremony, the most eagerly awaited moment for the GCs and their families when the epaulets (stars) of the officer are placed on their shoulders, would lose its charm. The memories of the pipping ceremony always remain firmly etched in the memory of every officer and his loved ones. The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the IMA, Lt Colonel Amit Dagar said that decision has been taken to ensure safety. He said that other necessary measures would also be taken in the ceremony this time. On being asked about the Reviewing Officer (RO) for the PoP this year, Lt Col Dagar said that the information would be provided in coming days. The graduation ceremony -in which the cadets of the Army Cadet College (ACC) wing are awarded degrees- held on Friday at the Khetarpal Auditorium of IMA was also sans parents and spouse. In this ceremony the cadets and the officers were seen wearing masks. ?0=348245542C @QccY^[email protected]_V 9=1d_RU_g[UiQVVQYb 5^acWTUXabc cXT_PaT]cb UPX[h TQTab^U h^d]V ^UUXRTab f^d[S]^c fXc]TbbcWT _PaPST ?=BQ 347A03D= The Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) started the two-day special sanitisation campaign in Dehradun city on Saturday. On the first day, the task was conducted in 50 of the 100 wards under the MCD. Using 56 tractors/tankers and four fire tenders, one per cent sodium hypochlorite solution was sprayed at the main roads and various wards of the city. According to MCD, about 3.10 lakh sanitiser solution was sprayed in the city on Saturday. The mayor Sunil Uniyal ‘Gama’ and m u n i c i p a l commissioner Vinay Shankar Pandey also inspected the sanitisation. They appealed the public to observe the guidelines issued by the Central and State Governments, and remain indoors unless necessary to go out. It will be recalled that the state government had ordered a closure in Dehradun on Saturday and Sunday and directed an elaborate sanitisation campaign on these two days to minimise the risk of further Covid-19 contagion. ?=BQ 347A03D= The spike in the number of novel Coronavirus (Covid- 19) infected patients in Uttarakhand is showing no sign of slowing down. On Saturday the State health department reported 89 new cases of the disease which increased the number of patients in the state to 1303. On a positive note, 79 patients were discharged from different hospitals of the state on the day after their complete recovery from the disease. So far eleven patients of the disease have died in the state. On Saturday, 21 new patients were reported from Haridwar district while 16 cases surfaced in mountainous Pithoragarh district. In Dehradun 10 new patients were found while nine patients were reported from Tehri district. In Nainital seven new patients were reported while six patients each were reported from Chamoli and Champawat districts. Four cases each were found in Almora and Bageshwar districts while three patients were found in Udham Singh Nagar district. On the day, one patient of Covid-19 was also found from Uttarkashi district. On the day, 29 patients were discharged from hospitals in Tehri district while 25 were discharged from Almora district. Eight patients each were discharged from Dehradun and Haridwar districts while six were discharged from Pauri district. In Nainital three patients recovered from the disease. In Dehradun, four members of nursing staff of Mahant Indiresh hospital deputed in the hospital emergency were found infected with the disease. The hospital has now closed the emergency for disinfecting it. The additional secretary, state health department, Yugal Kishore Pant said that reports of 1117 samples were found negative for the disease on Saturday. He added that reports of 6253 samples are still awaited by the department. On Saturday, a total of 587 samples were collected for COVID -19 testing. The authorities have so far taken swab samples of 36638 suspected patients for COVID-19 test. Out of the total samples taken, 4.23 percent samples have been found positive for the disease. The doubling rate of disease in the state is 14.15 days while the recovery percent in the state is now at 33.90. A total of 25265 persons are kept in institutional quarantine by the state health department. Uttarakhand now has 864 active cases of the disease. Dehradun with 276 active cases is maintaining its position at top of the table of Covid-19 positive active patients. Nainital district is at second position with 187 active cases. The Tehri district remains at third spot with 84 active cases even as 29 patients were discharged from hospital after their recovery on Saturday. Haridwar now has 71 active patients of the disease while Pithoragarh and Udham Singh Nagar districts have 43 and 42 active cases respectively. Champawat now has 37 active patients while Pauri has 26 active cases. With recovery of 25 patients on the day, the number of active cases in Almora district reduced to 25 on Saturday. Rudraprayag now has 19 active cases while Bageshwar and Chamoli districts have 16 and six active cases of the disease respectively. ?=BQ 347A03D= The opinion of experts should be sought to make the disaster management training being provided to citizens more effective. Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said this while chairing a meeting of the Uttarakhand State Disaster Management Authority (USDMA) on Saturday. Rawat said that the teachers who have been trained should be made to train school teachers. The communication network should be strengthened further for disaster management. The CM said that all preparations should be completed for the monsoon season. Places vulnerable to disasters should be identified and effort should be made to minimise the response time after disaster. Additionally, public awareness on Covid-19 and protection from it should be raised through various media. USDMA officials informed in the meeting that Doppler radars are in the process of being installed at Mukteshwar and Surkanda to enable accurate meteorological information. A total of 12,321 Yuvak Mangal Dal and 10,908 youths were trained in disaster management this year. A total of 184 satellite phones have been provided at the Tehsil level to strengthen communication network. From 2012 till the present,699 families of 27 village vulnerable to disaster have been rehabilitated. Further, seismic early warning equipment including 84 in Garhwal and 100 in Kumaon have also been installed. Along the Ganga river from Koteshwar to Rishikesh, flood warning system has been installed at eight sensitive locations. Personnel at the state and district level have been trained in the incident response system. Under the State disaster relief fund, a total of Rs 98 crore has been provided to all the districts, Rs 20 crore to medical education directorate, Rs 30 to Public Works Department, Rs 20 crore to Peyjal Nigam and Rs 16 crore to medical health and family welfare department so far, informed the officials. Chief secretary Utpal Kumar Singh, director general of police Anil Raturi, secretary Shailesh Bagauli, SDRF IG Sanjay Gunjyal, USDMA ACEO Ridhim Agarwal and disaster management director Piyoosh Rautela among others were also present in the meeting. )*_Vh4`gZU*aReZV_edW`f_UZ_F¶YR_U CC0;BDA64B ?0BC *( ?0C84=CB 38B270A643 05C4AA42E4AH ?=BQ 347A03D= In view of increasing backlog of samples at different testing facilities of the state, the Uttarakhand government has decided to send samples to the laboratory of National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) New Delhi. This information was provided by the secretary medical health and family welfare Amit Singh Negi during a meeting with senior officials of health department, all district magistrates and chief medical officers (CMO). In the meeting the Joint Secretary Government of India, Nidhimani Tripathi was also present. She has been appointed by the GoI as nodal officer for Covid-19 in the state. In the meeting Negi directed district authorities of Haridwar and Udham Singh Nagar to sent 300 samples each to NCDC New Delhi. 8¶NKDQG WR VHQG VDPSOHV WR 1' 'HOKL IRU WHVW 2)4]WP]RTSXbPbcTacaPX]X]V R^_[TcT^]b^^]_aT_PaPcX^] 2E83 (50;;DC ?ecePabXchPbZbUPRd[chTQTabc^aTbXV] C74=D14A5 C40274AB703 1424A4*70E4 0B:43== ?4A5A4ABC ;40E4 D=8E4AB8CH =34RUWY^cc`USYQTbYfU d_cQ^YdYcU4UXbQTe^SYdi ?=BQ 347A03D= The Vice President of Uttarakhand Congress, Surya Kant Dhasmana has said that the two day lockdown and sanitation drive should not be kept limited to Dehradun city. He said that the infection of novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) is not limited to Dehradun and cases are being reported from all parts of the State. The Congress leader said that the State Government should be concerned for the whole State but it appears that the State government is not interested to fight Covid-19 and is merely passing the time. He alleged that the State Government in an attempt to hide the actual figures of Covid -19 is deliberately doing less number of tests. Raising a question mark on long delay in sample tests and huge backlogs in the testing facilities, the Congress leader expressed apprehension that the sample could get ruined by the long delay which would affect the result. ([WHQG 6DWXUGD 6XQGD ORFNGRZQ LQ HQWLUH 6WDWH RQJ CWTeXST^fPb PSTQhBPdhP 1PYPYfW^UX[TSP faXccT]R^_[PX]c c^cWT_^[XRT

4. 347A03D=kBD=30H k9D=4!! ]PcX^]# ?=BQ B78;0 Himachal Government on Saturday said it has allowed the unemployed rural persons willing to work in their individual land under MNREGA, even if the work was not in the approved shelf of projects approved by the Gram Sabhas. Presiding over the review meeting of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Department here, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that total expenditure of Rs. 859 crore have been incurred thereby generating 260 lakhs persondays during last financial year whereas Rs. 54 crore have been spent and 22 lakh person days were generated under MNREGA during current financial year so far. Thakur said the Rural Development Department has also issued instructions regarding maintenance of PWD roads under MNREGA besides tranches of Jal Shakti Vibhag. He said that in order to ensure transparency in the works of MNREGA, the department has implemented SECURE software. He said that 100 percent payments regarding works under MNREGA has been implemented through DBT. He said for work site facilities homemade protective face cover, soap and water were being provided to MNREGA workers. He said that 12835 MNREGA workers registered with Buildings and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board had completed 90 days. The chief minister said the department has created a Quality Control Cell under MNREGA in order to improve the quality of works executed under the scheme. He said that Ombudsman have been appointed in six districts viz. Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Kangra, Mandi, Shimla and Solan, while the remaining Ombudsman would be appointed soon. 7XPRWP[6^ecP[[^fbd]T_[^hTSadaP[ _Tab^]bc^f^aZd]STa=A460)2 ?=BQ 270=3860A7 Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Saturday tightened the noose on illicit liquor traders in the state with the constitution of an excise reforms group to break the nexus between producers, wholesalers and retailers. The announcement comes a day after the chief minister had announced the setting up of a Special Investigating Team (SIT) to probe illicit liquor trade in the state. The five-member panel has been asked to submit its recommendations on destroying any such nexus within 60 days, thus paving the way for elimination of illicit liquor trade and maximisation of the state''s excise revenue, said an official spokesperson. The group shall comprise Housing and Urban Development Minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria and Public Works Minister Vijay Inder Singla, retired IAS Officer D S Kalha, Advisor Financial Resources V K Garg and Secretary School Education Krishan Kumar. Working in tandem with the SIT, which has been tasked with investigation into all aspects of illicit liquor trade in the state, including complicity of excise department officials, the group will identify the gaps leading to revenue losses for the state due to such complicity. The chief minister has mandated the group to come up with suggestions on long-term legal and administrative reforms, after due diligence and consultations with the stakeholders. In this process, the group may consider the suggestions/reports received earlier from the finance minister on his visit to West Bengal and also from the previous local government minister. The spokesperson further said that the department of excise and taxation would provide requisite information and other assistance to the group to facilitate its functioning. The chief minister has recently pointed out that despite various policy changes ?d]YPQ2R^]bcXcdcTb_P]T[c^ RaPRZS^f]^]X[[XRXc[X`d^acaPST AdaP[3TeT[^_T]c 3T_PacT]cWPbP[b^ XbbdTSX]bcadRcX^]b aTVPaSX]V PX]cT]P]RT^U?F3 a^PSbd]STa =A460QTbXSTb caP]RWTb^U9P[ BWPZcXEXQWPV CWPZda ?=BQ 347A03D= The National Association for Parents and Students Rights (NAPSR) has requested the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) to take cognisance of the reported physical harassment and abuse of a nine year old student in a hostel of the private school located on Sahastradhara Road. In a letter to the SCPCR, the national president of the NAPSR, Arif Khan said that in the shocking incident, a nine year old student, a resident of Noida was abused by the hostel warden. The police have arrested the accused on the complaint and a case has been registered against him. Khan said that the school administration cannot claim to remain aloof to the heinous crime which occurred in its hostel. He said that the school administration should also be held accountable for the incident. Khan said that the parents association wants that an impartial inquiry should be held in the incident and action should be taken against all those responsible. DefUV_eR]]VXVU]j RSfdVUaRcV_ed¶S`Uj hR_edRTeZ`_`_dTY``] ?=BQ 270=3860A7 Yet again, Haryana on Saturday continued to battle a surge in infections with 355 new cases of novel corona virus, the highest in a day so far, raising the total of infected cases to 3,952. Of the 355 new cases reported, 129 are from Gurugram alone while Sonepat accounted for 89 cases, followed by 39 new cases in Faridabad. In the last 24 hours, 71 patients have recovered from various hospitals of the State, a health bulletin said. The State has a recovery rate of 32.39 per cent, fatality rate at 0.61 per cent while tests per million being conducted are 5,589. The doubling rate in the State is six days. With 1,280 people cured and discharged from the hospitals, there are 2,648 active COVID-19 cases in Haryana now. Gurugram reported 129 new cases of the deadly disease, taking the total in the district to 1692. Faridabad reported 39 new cases, taking the total in the district to 620. Sonepat reported 89 new cases, taking tally to 350. Ambala reported four new Covid cases, taking tally to 80. Palwal reported 19 more cases, taking total to 119. Five more cases were reported in Panipat, taking total to 72. Jind reported three more cases, taking the tally to 38. 10 more cases reported in Karnal, taking total to 91. Yamunanagar reported 10 more cases, taking the total to 19. One new case reported in Sirsa, taking count to 51. 9ZXYVdedZ_X]VURjdfcXV`W$ [email protected]:5*TRdVdZ_9RcjR_R ?=BQ A0=278 Covid-19 infected patients will have to spend up to Rs.35,000 a day for treatment in private hospitals across Jharkhand, and shell out more money if they have a comorbid condition or require administration of high-end drugs, the umbrella body for private hospitals in the State has decided. The decision comes in the backdrop of reports highlighting exorbitant fee charged by some private hospitals here from patients infected by the deadly virus, president of the Association of Healthcare Providers India (AHPI), Jogesh Gambhir said. “We have finalised four categories for Covid-19 patients undergoing treatment in private hospitals. The charges will vary from Rs.15,000 per day to Rs.35,000 per day depending on the category,” said Gambhir. The fee structure is indicative, and may vary from city to city, said Gambhir, adding that the charges may be lower in smaller towns of Jharkhand. “The daily fee, however, will not exceed Rs 35,000 unless the patient is also treated for a comorbid condition or administered high- end drugs like Immunoglobulin and Tocilizumab,” he said. As per the chart fixed by the AHPI, a Covid-19 patient admitted in an isolation ward will have to pay Rs.15,000 a day. A patient, who is provided oxygen support, will be charged Rs.20,000. A patient admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) will have to pay Rs.25,000 for each day of treatment, and a patient put on ventilator will be charged Rs.35,000 daily. There are around 500 private hospitals in State. The development comes a day after the Supreme Court asked the Centre whether a direction could be passed to cap the cost of treating Covid-19 patients in private hospitals. The apex court also asked if a certain percentage of those who contracted the disease could be treated for free. On Thursday, a 45-year-old Covid-19-infected man died during treatment for a head injury in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of RIMS. In less than 24 hours since his death, another 70-year-old Covid-19- infected man from Simdega died at RIMS during treatment for a kidney ailment on Friday. Both the patients were admitted in RIMS after being discharged from Bhagwan Mahavir Medica Superspecialty Hospital, health officials said. The health department served a show- cause notice to the private hospital in connection with the two cases. 2^eXS (_PcXT]cbc

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