Pioneer dehradun-e-paper-08-06-2020

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Shah claimed that his address has nothing to do with Bihar elections but was just another way to consolidate fight against the pandemic. He took a dig at Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) workers who clanked ‘thalis’ to ridicule BJP’s symbolic measure to counter coronavirus saying he was glad that Opposition had finally heard Prime Minister’s appeal to show gratitude to Covid-19 fighters. Hours before Shah’s virtual ‘Bihar Jansamvad Rally’, RJD leaders and workers staged protests, beating utensils and blowing conches against what their leader Tejashwi Yadav dubbed as the ruling party’s cel- ebration of the devastation caused by Covid-19 and the lockdown. “The Opposition is doing politics. What did it do for peo- ple,” Shah asked at the virtual rally. He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s welfare steps such as cash transfer, free ration helped the migrant workers in at this time of the crisis. “The Central Government safely ferried 1.25 crore migrants to their destinations after health infrastructure was ramped up to meet their needs,” Shah said. The former BJP president started his address by saying, “This virtual rally has nothing to do with Bihar poll campaign, aimed at connecting with peo- ple in the fight against Covid-19.” “I must say that they final- ly endorsed what PM Modi had earlier appealed for the people to coronavirus in India and around the world. I salute coronavirus warriors,” he said. The Union Home Minister said,“It’sthelandofBiharwhere first Republic Government was formed. This land of Bihar has always led India.” 78C:0=370A8Q 90D Agroup of five terrorists led by a top commander of pro-Pakistan Hizbul Mujahideen terror outfit were eliminated in a successful oper- ation by the joint teams of secu- rity forces in the Reban area of Shopian on Sunday. Since January 2020, the security forces have killed over 90 terrorists, including several top commanders, in anti-terrorist operations. During the intense gun- fight, which continued for sev- eral hours during the day, the security forces eliminated all the hiding terrorists without suffering any collateral damage. However, two houses in the area were completely destroyed. Incidents of stone pelting were also reported in the area to prevent the security forces from carrying out anti-terror operations. At the same time, local police officers were seen making announcements from loud speakers warning people against stepping out of their homes to disrupt the anti-terrorist operations. An A++ category terrorist, Farooq Ahmed Bhat alias Nali, hailing from Yaripora in kul- gam is believed to have been killed in the encounter. However, a police spokesman claimed they were still ascer- taining the identity of the ter- rorists. 0?Q A83490=48A Brazil’s Government has stopped publishing a run- ning total of coronavirus deaths and infections in an extraordi- nary move that critics call an attempt to hide the true toll of the disease in Latin America’s largest nation. The Saturday move came after months of criticism from experts saying Brazil’s statistics are woefully deficient, and in some cases manipulated, so it may never be possible to gain a real understanding of the depth of the pandemic in the country. Brazil’s last official numbers showed it had record- ed over 34,000 deaths related to the coronavirus, the third- highest number in the world, just ahead of Italy. It reported nearly 615,000 infections, putting it at the second-highest, behind the United States. Brazil, with about 210 million people, is the globe’s seventh most populous nation. On Friday, the federal Health Ministry took down a website that had showed daily, weekly and monthly figures on infections and deaths in Brazilianstates.OnSaturday,the site returned but the total num- bers of infections for states and the nation were no longer there. 3DQLF JUHHG VOHD]H XQGHUUHSRUWLQJ UHDVRQV EHKLQG VKRUWDJH RI EHGV 8]SXP]^fUXUcWf^abcWXcQh2^eXS ( E`eR]Tc`ddVd#=^Rc,!%TRdVd#%UVReYdZ_]Rde#%Y`fcd ?=BQ =4F34;78 India’s Covid-19 caseload zooms past 2.50 lakh on Sunday, a week after crossing the 1.75 lakh milestone, as new infections touched 10,114 and 241 deaths in the last 24 hours. India at 2, 57, 238 is now the fifth worst affected country by the coronavirus pandemic with over 7,207 total deaths. While Maharashtra con- tinue to hold the tag of the badly-affected State, record- ing 3,007 new cases and 120 deaths taking the total count to 85,975, including 37,390 dis- charges and 3060 deaths, Jammu Kashmir, for the first time reported highest spike of 620 more Covid-19 cases on Sunday, 37 from Jammu division 583 from Kashmir division. Total num- ber of cases in the UT is now at 4087, including 2830 active cases, 1216 recovered and 41 deaths. After Maharashtra, the sec- ond-worst hit State, Tamil Nadu saw 1,515 more coron- avrius cases and 18 deaths, tak- ing the total cases to 31,667 while the death count rose to 269. Delhi reported 1282 more cases in the last 24 hours. Total number of cases in the nation- al capital is now at 28936, including 17125 active cases, 10999 recovered/dis- charged/migrated 812 deaths. The national capital is like- ly to see at least one lakh Covid-19 cases by end of June as per a projection made by the five-member committee formed by the Delhi govern- ment. As many as 480 fresh cases and 30 deaths were reported in Gujarat in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 20,097 and toll to 1,249 while Kerala on Sunday reported 107 new cases taking the number of active cases in the state to 1,095. 803 persons have recovered in the state so far. Uttar Pradesh registered 370 fresh cases on Saturday, taking the number of con- firmed cases to 10,103 even as the number of casualties rose to 268, with 11 fatalities. Rajasthan was at sixth position among worst-hit States as it reported 262 new cases and 9 deaths on Sunday. Total number of cases in the State is now at 10599, i n c l u d i n g 2605 active cases and 240 deaths. Madhya Pradesh recorded 9,228 cases with 399 death while 93 new fresh cases and one death was reported in Punjab in the last 24 hours, tak- ing total number of cases to 2608 and deaths to 51. Odisha too reported its highest single-day spike in Covid-19 cases after 173 more people tested positive for the disease, taking the total tally in the state to 2,781. Of the 173 new cases, 150 were in quarantine centres, where people returning from different States are staying. CC0; 4`gZU* :?:?5:2 20B4B) !$!' 340C7B)! A42E4A43) !' 02C8E4) !%! BC0C4B CC0;20B4B340C7BA42E4A43 PWPaPbWcaP '$($ % ( # CPX[=PSd %' !! %((( 3T[WX !'(% ' ! ((( 6dYPaPc !( !#( %# APYPbcWP] $(( !($# DccPa?aPSTbW $% !$% '$ PSWhP?aPSTbW (# # !% FTbc1T]VP[ ' ' (% :Pa]PcPZP $$#! % ! ! 1XWPa $ !#$ 0]SWaP?aPSTbW #%$( $!%%( 7PahP]P ###' !' ## 9Pd:PbWXa #' # ! % CT[P]VP]P %$ #! 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Addressing an online media briefing, Kejriwal said the hospitals run by the Centre will have no such restriction, and if the people from other states come to the national cap- ital for specific surgeries, they can get medical treatment at private hospitals. The announcement comes a day after a five- member panel constituted by the AAP Government sug- gested that the health infra- structure of the city should be used only for treating Delhiites in view of the rag- ing Covid-19 crisis. Till March, all the hospitals of Delhi were open to all. The residents of Delhi never denied treatment to any person ever, the Chief Minister said, adding that at any given time nearly 60-70 per cent of patients in Delhi hospitals are from other States. “Nearly 7.5 lakh people have sent their suggestions to us and over 90 per cent people want Delhi hospitals to treat patients from the national Capital during the coronavirus pandemic. “Hence, it has been decid- ed that Government and pri- vate hospitals in Delhi will only treat patients from the national Capital,” Kejriwal said. The Chief Minister had last week sought views of the peo- ple in Delhi on the issue, while announcing the decision to close the city’s borders. “Delhi’s health infrastruc- ture is needed to tackle the coronavirus crisis at the moment,” Kejriwal said on Sunday. There are around 40 Delhi Government-run hospitals in the national Capital including LNJP Hospital, GTB Hospital and Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital. Among the major Centre- run hospitals in the city are RML Hospital, AIIMS and Safdarjung Hospital. The Delhi Government hospitals have around 10,000 beds while the Centre-run hos- pitals have almost the same number of beds, Kejriwal said, adding that it will strike a bal- ance and protect the interest of those belonging to the nation- al Capital and other States as well. 4RaZeR]¶dS`cUVcd e`cV`aV_Wc`^ e`URj+V[cZhR] =0E8=D?037H0HQ =4F34;78 Only five per cent of patients affected by Covid-19 require hospitalisation, Indian Council of Medical Research Director-General Balram Bhargava said on March 22. The Union Health Ministry slightly revised the figure on May 21. At a Press briefing, Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry Lav Agarwal said out of the total number of active Covid-19 cases in the country, 6.39 per cent needed hospital support. Out of these, about 2.94 per cent needed oxygen support, three per cent intense care units (ICU), and 0.45 per cent required ventila- tor support. On June 6, Delhi had a 27,654 active cases. If we go by the ICMR assessment of five per cent hospitalisation requirement, Delhi should need around 1,400 beds. If we follow the national trend of hospitalisation of 6.3 per cent, then Delhi should need around 1,700 beds. On June 5, Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain claimed that Delhi has 5,000 hospital beds, nearly six times more than what the State required, going by the assess- ments of the ICMR and Health Ministry. That raised the all- important questions: Why crowding in the hospitals when so many beds are on offer? Now take the case of Mumbai. According to a daily Covid-19 report published by the State Government, 16,801 coronavirus patients were admitted in hospitals across Maharashtra on Friday last when the total number of cases in the State stood at 80,000. It means around 20 per cent of the patient required hospitali- sation in Maharashtra. In Mumbai, which had 37,500 positive cases on Friday, of the total bed capacity of 9,092 in dedicated units, 8,570 beds were occupied whereas of the 1,097 ICU beds, except 20 all beds were occupied. In addition, 378 patients were on ventilators. That means around 10,600 hospitalisations, which comes to more than 30 per cent of the confirmed cases. In Haryana, around 30 per cent of the total Covid-19 patients were admitted in 12 health institutions as on Friday. Of them, 12 patients, consti- tuting less than 0.6 per cent of the total active cases, are crit- ically ill and have been put on the ventilator and oxygen sup- port. The reports from these affected States make a mockery of the ICMR estimate of the hospitalisation requirement. The figures also show that in all these three States, four to five times more patients have land- ed in hospital as against the national average. What could explain such a mad rush to hospitals in the last few weeks? Panic of the patients, the greed of hospitals, connivance between labs and hospitals, and a possible under- reporting of cases. A senior official of the ICRM told The Pioneer on the phone that 5-6 per cent hospi- talisation is a universal trend. He felt that throwing the hos- pitals open for all patients was the reason behind the highly inflated figures in these States. “It’s not for me to comment on this issue. Hospital author- ities will better speak about it. But I do feel that not all cases require hospitalisation. In Japan and several other counties, they never admitted mild or asymptomatic cases in hospi- tals. Why are we doing it in India?” he asked. Not surprisingly, the Delhi Government has directed hos- pitals to discharge all mild and asymptomatic patients and not admit such cases in the future. “Fever and coughing would fall under mild symp- toms. If a person’s breathing rate is more than 15 counts in a minute, it indicates moderate Covid-19 infection whereas over 30 breathing counts in a minute would fall into the severe category,” the Delhi Health Minister said at a Press conference on Saturday. It’s shocking that the hos- pitals kept admitting such cases when the Union Health Ministry on May 14 issued a set of revised discharge guidelines which said Covid-19 patients with mild and moderate symp- toms need not be tested before discharge. The guidelines said all mild and moderately-ill patients should be discharged without testing from hospital 10 days after onset of symp- toms — if there is no fever and no oxygen support needed for three days. New Delhi: Two days after an FIR was filed against Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH) for allegedly violating Covid- 19 regulation norms, sources at the facility on Sunday said there was a “clerical mistake” and the matter is “being sort- ed out”. 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Talking with the media persons at the state headquar- ters of the Congress here on Sunday, the vice president of Uttarakhand unit of the party, Surya Kant Dhasmana said that the Trivendra Singh Rawat government has come into a surrender mode as things are now getting out of its control. Raising a question mark over the functioning of the govern- ment, he said that the conta- gion of Covid-19 is continu- ously spreading in the state. He said that the state gov- ernment has reduced the test- ing rate of the samples and the backlog of untested samples is increasing. Dhasmana said that the condition of quarantine centres is not improving even after the reprimand of the Uttarakhand High Court (HC). He said that the number of containment zones is increas- ing in the state and Dehradun district alone now has two dozen containment zones. He added that the Sabji Mandis of the state have become epicenters of the infec- tion but sample testing is being done only in Dehradun’s Niranjanpur Sabji Mandi. The Congress leader demanded that the sample test- ing should be undertaken in all the Sabji Mandis of the state. He suggested that the chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat should convene a meet- ing of all political parties and take suggestions and ideas of everyone. He said that a task force for Covid-19 should be constitut- ed in Uttarakhand for effective fight against the disease. Dhasmana said that a long term plan is needed to be pre- pared and implemented for Covid-19. He claimed that though the Congress party is always ready to cooperate, the Uttarakhand government has remained indifferent. F¶YR_U8`geYRddfccV_UVcVU SVW`cV4`gZU*+4`_XcVdd BPhbcWTQPRZ[^V^U d]cTbcTSbP_[TbXb X]RaTPbX]VX]cWTcTbcX]V UPRX[XcXTb^UBcPcT ?=BQ 270=3860A7 Haryana on Sunday wit- nessed its biggest single- day spike with 496 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The state count crossed 4000 mark touching 4448 pos- itive cases including 2946 active patients. Four more deaths were reported in Haryana tak- ing the toll to 28. A day before, the state had recorded 355 cases of Coronavirus while 316 were reported on Friday. The unlock 1.0 have been the worst for the state, with over 300 cases, on average, recorded per day. Due to the continuous spike in cases, the case-dou- bling rate in Haryana on Sunday dipped to six days, COVID positive rate increased to 3.15 per cent and recovery rate further dipped to 33.14 per cent. Till date, 1474 patients (including 194 in the last 24 hours) have recovered and have been discharged from hospitals. “Out of 496 fresh cases, 230 were reported from Gurugram, 73 from Sonepat, 56 from Faridabad, 25 each from Rohtak and Narnaul, 17 from Nuh, 15 from Bhiwani, 8 from Karnal, 7 from Ambala, 5 each from Palwal, Panchkula and Fatehabad, 4 from Hisar among other cases. All districts except Charkhi Dadri report- ed positive cases on Sunday,” according to the state Health Department’s evening bulletin. On May 18, Haryana’s total count of COVID patients had reached 928, out of which 316 were active patients. However, on May 31, the total count crossed 2000 with 1023 active cases. Under the unlock 1.0 which began this month, the cases has crossed 4000-mark on Sunday. The worst-affected districts of the state with the maximum number of positive cases are Gurugram with 1992 cases, Faridabad with 676 cases and Sonepat with 423. As many as 1.45 lakh sam- ples have been tested till date in Haryana. The report of 4719 samples is awaited, the state’s bulletin stated. The active cases in the state stood at 2946 while 1474 have recovered, it said. The COVID-19 positive rate stood at 3.15 percent, recovery rate at 33.14 percent and the doubling rate of Coronavirus cases at 6 days on Sunday in Haryana, the bulletin added. ?=BQ 270=3860A7 Punjab on Sunday recorded a spike of whopping 94 fresh cases of the novel coron- avirus in the past 24 hours, tak- ing the state’s COVID-19 infec- tion tally to 2,608. Besides, the state also reported a death in Ludhiana, taking the state’s death toll to 51. Another death was report- ed from Patiala, but the same was not recorded in the state’s official health bulletin as yet. Maximum cases were reported from Amritsar (35) and Jalandhar (23), accounting for 61 percent on Sunday’s infections. In addition, Ludhiana reported 10 COVID- 19 cases, followed by seven in Patiala, five in Sangrur, three each in Gurdaspur and Faridkot, two in Pathankot, one each in Fatehgarh Sahib, Hoshiarpur, Fazilka, SAS Nagar (Mohali), and Barnala. Of the 94 cases reported on Sunday, maximum (42) were of the contacts of the already diagnosed positive cases, while 14 tested positive were those retiring to Punjab from other states or countries. Four of Ludhiana’s 10 cases were auxiliary nurse, two are with ILI, and one was a contact of an already diagnosed case, while all seven cases of Patiala have source of infection from outside Punjab — including one foreign returnee, and six are inter-state travelers. Sangrur’s five cases includ- ed four people who came back from other states. Fazilka’s lone case had recently come back from Gurugram. Fatehgarh Sahib’s case had recently returned from Delhi and Hoshairpur’s patient had recently returned from abroad. Two of Faridkot’s three cases were contacts of already diagnosed cases, as were the cases from Gurdaspur, Barnala and SAS Nagar. Besides, 14 other people tested positive, but these have not been counted in the state tally. A 65-year-old woman died in Ludhiana’s Christian Medical College and Hospital on Sunday, a day after she tested positive for COVID-19. Patiala also reported a death, although this has yet to be added to the official state count. A 46-year-old man from Nabha died at Government Rajindra Hospital on Sunday afternoon from coronavirus. His test results came back pos- itive after his death, the officials said. An employee of Hindustan Unilever Limited, he was admitted to the hospi- tal on Saturday. On Sunday, 14 more patients recovered from the COVID-19 including seven from Pathankot, four from Jalandhar, and three from Patiala. Punjab now has 451 active cases, with 2106 patients recovered and discharged, at a recovery rate of 81 percent. ?=BQ B78;0 Nineteen COVID-19 patients in Himachal Pradesh recovered on Sunday, taking the recovery rate in the hill state to 52 per cent even as the state also reported seven fresh cases, including four in Kangra, two in Hamirpur and one in Mandi, officials said. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the state stands at 408 and fatalities at six. The number of patients undergoing treatment is 188, Additional Chief Secretary R D Dhiman said. On Sunday, eight patients recovered in Kangra, followed by four in Chamba, three each in Bilaspur and Una and one in Hamirpur district, Special Secretary (Health) Nipun Jindal said. The recoveries include four patients who had been shifted from Solan district to a private hospital outside the state. Hamirpur has the highest number of recoveries at 59, fol- lowed by 58 in Kangra, 29 in Una, 19 in Chamba, 16 in Solan, 12 in Bilaspur, nine in Mandi, eight in Shimla, three in Sirmaur, and one in Kullu. With 63 active cases, Hamirpur tops the list, fol- lowed by 50 in Kangra, 16 in Solan, 13 in Una, 11 in Chamba, 10 in Mandi, nine in Bilaspur, eight in Sirmaur, three each in Shimla and Kullu, and two in Kinnaur. +DUDQD ZLWQHVVHV KLJKHVW VLQJOHGD VSLNH FDVHV FURVV . C74D=;2: 70E4144=C74 FABC5AC74 BC0C4F8C7E4A 20B4B= 0E4A064 A42A343?4A 30H *%WcVdYTRdVdZ_Af_[RS PgXdRPbTb fTaTaT_^acTSUa^ 0aXcbPa$P]S 9P[P]SWPa! PRR^d]cX]VU^a% _TaRT]c^]Bd]SPh³b X]UTRcX^]b ?=BQ 70A83F0A Urban Development Minister Madan Kaushik pulled up departmental offi- cials and directed the Haridwar district magistrate to get the problems resolved within two days, failing which FIRs should be lodged against senior offi- cers of the department con- cerned. Kaushik chaired a meeting with officials of various depart- ment regarding supply of con- taminated drinking water and other problems on Sunday. Officials of Jal Sansthan, Peyjal Nigam, AMRUT and other departments concerned were present in the meeting. The Minister pulled up the officials pointing out the frequency of leakage and failure of depart- ments to resolve issues even after receiving complaints. He said that if the problem is not resolved within 48 hours of the complaint, a case should be filed against the top officers of the department concerned. He said that to prevent conta- minated water supply, connec- tions should be made to the new line so that the problem can be resolved permanently. Significantly, complaints of contaminated water supply are being made consistently in Haridwar. Leakage in supply lines and overflowing sewers are common complaints being made by residents. The minis- ter directed the Haridwar dis- trict magistrate C Ravi Shankar to ensure coordination among the departments so that the necessary action is taken with- out delay. ;TPZPVTX]bd__[h [X]TbP]S^eTaU[^fX]V bTfTabPaTR^^] R^_[PX]cb 5X[TRPbTPVPX]bc^UUXRTabXUR^_[PX]c ]^caTb^[eTSfXcWX]#'W^dab):PdbWXZ CWTc^cP[]dQTa ^U2E83 ( RPbTbX]cWT bcPcTbcP]SbPc #'P]SUPcP[XcXTb PcbXg 7XPRWP[b2E83 ( aTR^eTahaPcT X_a^eTbc^$! ?=BQ A0=278 Corona infection is spread- ing fast in Jharkhand due to influx of migrant workers in State. So far 1102 corona pos- itive patients have been iden- tified in State till filling of this reports. On Sunday, 73 new Covid-19 cases surfaced from across the State, with Simdega recording 13 and Lohardaga recording maximum 11 posi- tive cases. Cases also surfaced from Dhanbad, East Singhbhum, Latehar, Koderma and other districts. Majority of cases reported on Sunday were of migrant workers and they have been put in home quarantine. The count of migrants testing positive from May 2 have gone up to 822. Out of 1102 cases, the number of active cases is 606, while 490 persons and recovered from infection. The death toll is seven. Loharadga Deputy Commissioner Akhanksha Ranjan said, “All the corona infected persons have been admitted at Covid hospital and all medical and security arrangements are being taken.” Lohardaga DC further said the cases which were found on Sunday are from Kairo and Kuru block of districts. Earlier, on Saturday a total of 116 peo- ple tested positive for the coro- navirus in the last 24 hours in Jharkhand, taking the total number of cases to 1,028 in the State. Though the number of positive case in State has gone up since May 2, the mortality rate in State is still lower than other states and national aver- age. The state mortality rate is 0.63 per cent, while national mortality rate is 2.81 per cent. On one hand cases of infection is increasing in dis- tricts due to migration of peo- ple from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and other states, on the other hand more areas are becoming free from containment zones in the State capital. Based on state government directives, seven areas of state were made free from micro containment zones. These areas were made free from micro containment zones as not a single case of infection was found in last 21 days. The seven containment zones fall under Angara, Argora, Mandar and Bariatu police station areas. These areas were made free from contain- ment zones based on door-to- door screening by medical team in these micro contain- ment zones. Also the test of report of people having symptoms of corona infection was also found to be negative. The Ranchi deputy commissioner, Rai Mahimapat Ray after the release of seven micro con- tainment zones once again appealed the people to follow lockdown guidelines seriously. Ray said, “No one should vio- late the rules of lock down, it is necessary to protect every- one. Follow social distancing completely, use masks and san- itizers.” E890H34970Q A0=278 Enforcement Directorate (ED) is understood to have decided to investigate bank fraud worth around 38 crore in Jharkhand State Cooperative Bank Limited as sources con- fided that the ED has sought copy of the FIR and other related documents from CID to lodge a fresh case under pro- visions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Jharkhand Police had lodged two separate FIRs in 2019 after discovering that the then manager of Saraikela- KharsawanbranchofJharkhand StateCooperativeBankLimited; Sunil Kumar Sathpathi in con- nivance with some private per- sons and bank officials had sanctioned loan worth around 38 crore during 2011 and 2016. Laterontheloanamountturned NPA incurring heavy loss to the bank which still doesn’t have robust financial condition to afford such loss. Sanjay Dalmia a resident of Saraikela was identified one of the alleged beneficiaries of the scam. Preliminary investigation suggested that loan was grant- ed without proper verification and procedures were not fol- lowed. Besides, no effort was taken for the loan recovery. Last month, the case was transferred to CID for investi- gation which arrested Satpathi. CID so far has discovered fraud of over Rs one crore and the investigationisgoingon.Sources in the premier investigative agencysaidthatdocumentspro- vided by CID are being scruti- nized and a fresh case is likely to be instituted within a fortnight. As per the provisions of PMLA; ED can take-up investi- gation of any scheduled offense. While CID will investigate criminal conspiracy whereas ED will investigate money laun- dering aspect. The series of scam in the cooperative bank was exposed last year when cooperative department set-up acommitteetoinvestigatefinan- cialanomaliesinseveralbranch- es of the bank. '#^UgSQcUccebVQSUY^:µ[XQ^T 43c^X]eTbcXVPcT9WPaZWP]SBcPcT 2^^_TaPcXeT1P]ZUaPdSRPbT ?0AE4B7B70A0Q 6DAD6A0 The rapid increase of coron- avirus cases in Gurugram continued on Sunday with 230 fresh positive cases emerging in the district. On Saturday 129 positive cases were reported in the dis- trict with majority of them in containment zones. Officials said that on an average, 7 to 10 cases are appearing every hour in Gurugram. The total number of cases has now reached 1,922 in the district including 1,467 active patients admitted in different hospitals while 451 have been cured and discharged. The officials further said that the condition of two patients is extremely critical. Gurugram district has already registered 4 deaths. We are registering more than 100 cases everyday. It is a concern for us. We are work- ing hard to contain spread in limited places, said a health official. According to officials, the cases sharply increased from May 26 when total cases were just 317. Since then, health officials have detected 20 cases on May 27, 68 on May 28, 115 on May 29, 157 on May 30, 97 on May 31, June 1 saw 129 cases, June 2 at 160, June 3 at 132, 215 on June 4, June 5 at 153, 129 on June 6 and 230 on June 7. Gurugram district admin- istration added 3 more con- tainment zones on Friday as the district now has 66 such zones including 63 in Gurugram block, 2 in Pataudi and 1 in Sohna block. The decision was taken during a review meeting of dis- aster management unit and containment observation com- mittee under chairmanship of District Magistrate Amit Khatri. In view of the rising cases, Khatri has suggested home isolation. It has been observed that 80% corona-infected patients may recover from it if they fol- low necessary guidelines of the health department, Khatri said. The district administra- tion has already constituted a separate medical team which will call every patient daily and register progress reports. If needed, the team will also visit them for medical assistance, he said. Apart from this, Gurugram MLA Sudhir Singla ordered an inquiry in a death case of a corona patient. The victim was a resident of Adarsh Nagar. BC055A4?AC4AQ =830 The Noida on Sunday tested fourty one more people for coronavirus, pushing the infection count in the district to 632. So far, the Gautaum Budh Nagar has reported eight infection deaths. According to Sunil Dohare, the district surveillance officer, on Sunday, 41 people tested positive for COVID-19. The total number of pos- itive cases till date stands at 632 and 31 people were discharged from hospitals after treatment, taking the number of recovered patient to 413 till date. There are 211 active cases now, he said. According to a statement, the fresh cases included three minors, aged 12 and 14. Four elderly people--aged 67, 68, 71 and 72 were also found infect- ed with the virus, it said. Among those discharged, 16 were under treatment at the Government Institute of Medical Sciences (GIMS); 10 at Sharda Hospital; and five at Kailash Hospital, all three in Greater Noida. The recovery rate of patients on Sunday improved to 65.34 per cent from 64.63 per cent the previous day, according to official statistics. !]Tf2^eXS ( RPbTbX]6dadVaP IUHVK LQIHFWLRQV SXVK 1RLGD FRURQD WRWDO WDOO WR BC055A4?AC4AQ =4F34;78 The Delhi Cong on Sunday demanded to segregate dis- trict-wise hospitals in the NationalCapitalfortreatmentof Covid-19 and non-Covid patients to prevent them from becoming hubs of coronavirus infections.Congress Delhi unit president Anil Kumar said that the government created total confusionamongpeopleandthe medical fraternity by not segre- gating Covid and non-Covid hospitals.Patientsarenowafraid ofvisitinghospitalsfortreatment of other diseases, he said.. Kumar also accused the Delhi Government of passing thebucktodivertpeoples’atten- tion. “The Covid cases in Delhi have risen to 1329 per 10 lakh, which is the highest in the country and instead of ramping up the testing facilities in Delhi.TheKejriwalGovernment keeps indulging in blame game despitethefactthatthedoubling rate of Covid cases in Delhi is going up at a faster rate in 11.39 day,”hesaid.CriticisingtheDelhi Government for “penalizing” labs for conducting more Covid tests,DelhiCongresstermedthe decision to reduce the number of testing labs is “shocking”.“There are over 27,000CovidcasesinDelhiwith 761 deaths which is an alarming situation but the government is busy in creating chaos by intro- ducing new guidelines. The Congress president further said that the five-member commit- tee, appointed by the Delhi Government has highlighted in its report the need of at least 15000 beds by this month ded- icated to treat Corona patients. CUWbUWQdU3_fYT ^_^3_fYTX_c`c TYcdbYSdgYcU*3_^W AXbTX]UXaT aT[PcTSRP[[b X]RXchbX]RT XSPh BC055A4?AC4AQ =4F34;78 Delhi Fire Services (DFS) on Sunday said that the fire- related calls have increased since the mid week of May. DFS Director, Atul Garg cited the rise in temperature and eas- ing of the lockdown for the surge in fire-related calls. There were 2,328 fire-relat- ed calls in May as compared to 3,316 last year. In the starting of May, the calls were compar- atively less due to the strict enforcement of lockdown, dur- ing which factories and busi- ness were shut, people were mostly at homes and stepped outside only in case of an emergency or for essential needs, said a DFS official. But, later, there was an increase in calls towards since May 15, he said. According to Garg, when Delhi recorded a maximum of 47.6 degrees Celsius on May 26, the department received 145 fire-related calls, which was the highest for the month. The same day, the city also wit- nessed two major fire incidents. However, no casualties were reported, he said. A major fire broke out in a three-storey shoe factory at Keshav Puram in northwest Delhi in the early hours of May 26. Twenty-three fire tenders were rushed to the spot and the blaze was brought under con- trol within four hours with the help of around 50 firefighters. The incident occurred hours after around 250 shanties were gutted in a blaze that broke out at a Tughlaqabad vil- lage in southeast Delhi around 12.50 am. The maximum fire incidents were either reported from shanties, buildings, shut offices or houses either due to short-circuit or leakage in LPG cylinders among various other reasons. As malls, restaurants and other avenues will reopen from Monday, the Delhi Fire Services has advised everyone to do ser- vicing of air-conditioners and other electrical appliances, as well as the fire-fighting systems checked before opening offices. Garg said the fire depart- ment was facing a two-fold challenge to rescue the people and also save the personnel from the deadly coronavirus disease (COVID-19). In cases, where human life is involved, our first priority is to save the life with due pre- cautions against Covid, the official said. Presently, we have an internal protocol that is followed. In case, rescue is needed, two firefighters will venture inside with proper gears like mask, gloves, face shield. After rescue, they will immediately sanitise themselves thorough- ly, Garg said. One such impor- tant rescue-operation was car- ried out at Cygnus Orthocare hospital in south Delhi on May 23.

3. dccPaPZWP]S347A03D=k=30H k9D=4'!! 3J The medical dictionary defines a pandemic as a dis- ease which spreads throughout the whole country or the world, affecting an exceptionally high proportion of the population. A true pandemic causes high degree of mortality. According to WHO data, nearly 1.35 million people die and almost 50 million people suffer as a result of road traf- fic accidents every year world- wide. Compared to this the Covid-19 pandemic has killed over a quarter million people and infected little over five mil- lion in about five months. On May 11, 2011, United Nations declared the global plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. The UN set a goal to halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic acci- dents by 2020 but it could not be achieved. After almost a decade, the third Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety was convened at the request of the UN general assembly by the government of Sweden and WHO in Febuary 2020. The theme of conference was “Achieving Global Goals 2030” and it highlighted the connection between road safe- ty and many other sustainable development goals. Similarly the second world youth assem- bly co-hosted by WHO, togeth- er proclaimed “enough is enough”. A Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of a specific stand-alone target in the health goal was adopted to reduce road traffic fatalities. The goal was set to halve the number of global deaths and injury from road traffic acci- dents (RTAs) by 2030. Our gov- ernment has also set an ambi- tious target to save human lives on our roads. The road safety target with global goals is only going to be attained if we seriously work for it. Human resource is the greatest resource in mankind and our country is losing almost 400 people every day on the roads due to these acci- dents. More than half of all RTA deaths are among young adults between 15 and 44 years of age and males account for 73 per cent of the fatalities. Most of them are bread winners for their family. A research con- ducted by us revealed that 90 per cent of these accidents occurred due to the driver’s negligence. The main causes of these accidents are overtaking, speeding, drunken driving and use of mobile phone while dri- ving. We think that aggression on the road is a common sce- nario on Indian roads and it seems that we take pride in breaking the traffic rules. The people are more adventurous on the road in India than any- where else in the world. All these causes of accidents are due to behavioural problem of the drivers which should be tackled to prevent road traffic menace. Because of this aggres- sive behaviour and violation of traffic rules, the nation is los- ing a lot in terms of human and economic resource. Another major problem with the increasing number of vehicles in India is the conges- tion on the roads. Though, the length of roads is increasing, it is not in proportion to the increasing number of vehicles. Road network has grown only by a third in the last decade while number of vehicles has multiplied three times exacer- bating congestion. The total number of vehicles in 1951 grew by 823 times to 252 mil- lion in 2017. More than a million people are killed and millions are being injured in RTAs each year worldwide. This situation is quite seri- ous in India too. About five lakh accidents occurring annu- ally in India cause 1.5 lakh deaths while one-fourth of those who survive become per- manently disabled and only one fourth of them achieve their pre injury status in spite of the best treatment available in our country. According to WHO and government of India report, in our country, we lost around 50,000 people due to road traf- fic accidents in the corre- sponding four months last year while with the Covid-19 pan- demic this year in India the death rate has decreased to almost two and a half thousand people only. If we compare the deaths caused by road accidents and Covid-19, the deaths in the latter are almost negligible. According to road trans- port ministry report, two- wheeler riders are the most vulnerable lot and as many as one-third (35.2%) of those killed were two-wheeler riders followed by car and jeep dri- vers. Public transport is the most-safe in current scenario in our country. If we want to reduce the numbers of accidents in our country then we have to first reduce numbers of vehicles and have to increase mass pub- lic transportation. The num- bers of accident have drastically been reduced as per Uttarakhand police reports and that during lockdown in April 2020 the numbers of death due to road traffic accidents was almost zero. In another report only 750 people were killed in road crashes across the coun- try between March 25 and May 31. It proves that the road traffic accidents are directly proportional to the number of vehicles on roads. Following the ministerial conference held in February concluding with the Stockholm Declaration, the new global plan for Decade of Action shifted to safe affordable, acces- sible, sustainable mode of transport like walking, cycling and using public transport. In our opinion whether person dies due to Covid -19 pandemic or a traffic accident; it is a loss to the family and ulti- mately a loss to the nation. The way the government, NGOs, media and society at large have shown enthusiasm and spent resources to spread awareness to contain Covid-19 pandem- ic has been commendable. If a fraction of it is spent on pre- venting this road traffic epi- demic then the resulting saving human lives will be worthwhile. The policy makers, admin- istrators and public should comprehend this and all should try to control the RTA pan- demic at each level. We all should always remember and remind others that prevention is better than cure. (The authors are orthopaedic surgeons based in Dehradun) A^PScaPUUXR PRRXST]cb]^[Tbb cWP]P_P]STXR3A1:BB0=90H 3A60DA0EB0=90H ?=BQ 347A03D= As part of its two-day sani- tisation drive that ended on Sunday, the Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) sanitised areas in 100 wards besides containment zones, quarantine centres, Covid care centres, Niranjanpur Mandi and all the major public places using over six lakh litres of disinfectant. On its first day, 50 wards were sanitised by MCD with the help of 56 tractors and four fire ten- ders using 3.10 lakh litres of one percentage sodium hypochlorite solution. On Sunday, areas in the remaining 50 wards were sani- tised with 3.15 lakh litres of dis- infectant using 50 tractors. The sanitation workers sanitised containment zones, quaran- tine centres and Niranjanpur Mandi wearing PPE kits due to high risk factor of Covid-19 contagion in these areas. For this sanitation drive, MCD had also brought 25 tankers from Saharanpur. The MCD officials stated that the corporation will keep sanitising the city from time to time in future too as per the requirement. The responsibility of sani- tising residential areas was given to the councillors some weeks ago whereas MCD is sterilising all high risk areas of the city regularly, said chief municipal health officer Dr Kailash Joshi. Furthermore, the corporation has received over 50,000 litres of one per- centage sodium hypochlorite disinfectant twice from a Kota based company free of cost in last two months. According to the officials, the MCD had to bear only the transportation cost of bringing disinfectant from Kota to Dehradun. It is pertinent to mention here that the corporation commenced this sanitisation drive on the directions of the State Government due to the increasing number of Covid-19 patients in Dehradun in recent days. 0' VDQLWLVHV ZDUGV LQ GD VSHFLDO GULYH ?=BQ 70;3F0=8 The elephant population estimation exercise in Corbett tiger reserve, Rajaji tiger reserve, Nandhaur wildlife sanctuary and various forest divisions of the state began on the weekend.As part of the three-day exercise to be under- taken till June 8, on Sunday the forest department teams count- ed elephants in two shifts in Corbett, Terai west forest divi- sion, Ramnagar division, Nandhaur wildlife sanctuary, Terai east and Terai central for- est divisions. The first shift was conducted from 6 AM to 11 AM while the second shift was held from 3 PM to 7 PM. Corbett deputy director Kalyani informed that tradi- tional direct sighting system is being used for counting the pachyderms. Corbett is divid- ed into Ramnagar and Kalagarh divisions. During the population estimation exer- cise in 2015, 850 elephants were counted in six ranges of Ramnagar division while 186 elephants were counted in the five ranges of Kalagarh. The Terai east divisional forest officer Nitish Mani Tripathi said that counting of elephants continued on the second day on Sunday in the division and Nandhaur wildlife sanctuary. It is pertinent to mention here that in addition to Corbett and Rajaji, elephants are being counted in 12 forest divisions of the western circle and Shivalik ele- phant corridor. About 2,500 employees of the department are involved in the population estimation of the pachyderms. The department is also using drones for the first time in this exercise. It will be recalled that there were 1559 elephants in Uttarakhand during 2012 which increased to 1797 in 2015. ?=BQ 347A03D= After about three months, the property tax collec- tion will resume in Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) from today. To avoid the risk of Covid-19 contagion, the tax section of the corpora- tion will operate in Town Hall. On the directions of Dehradun municipal commissioner Vinay Shankar Pandey, the seats in the Town Hall have been marked with numbers to main- tain proper distance among the taxpayers and MCD officials. Pandey informed that only 25 tokens will be issued to tax- payers every day so that basic guidelines like social distanc- ing, use of masks and sanitis- ers can be ensured. He also added that no one would be allowed to enter the MCD premises without mask. As informed earlier by tax superintendent Vinay Pratap Singh, tokens will be provided to only those taxpayers who will arrive between 10 AM and 11:30 AM on working days. Though only 25 people will be allowed to submit the tax in a day, additional tokens will be issued to the remaining people for the next day, said Singh. Pandey also appealed peo- ple to deposit their property taxes online safely from their homes amid the Covid-19 pan- demic. Considering the current scenario, if any taxpayer is incapable of depositing resi- dential tax online or visit MCD campus due to some reason, they can contact the officials to provide the facility at their homes and the tax inspectors will facilitate the process of tax submission, informed deputy municipal commissioner Rohitash Sharma. Moreover, those who could not submit the property tax of the year 2019-2020 by March can submit it with 20 per cent rebate till June 22. If the peri- od of the rebate is not extend- ed after this date, the remain- ing taxpayers will have to sub- mit the tax with a penalty. It is also pertinent to mention here that a taxpayer will have to deposit the tax of the current as well as the last financial year if they have not submitted it already by March. However, the rebate is applicable to the tax- payers of both years. Furthermore, the MCD has not issued a fixed last date till now for the submission of the prop- erty tax of the year 2020-2021 with 20 per cent rebate. PNS/ Dehradun The number of novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) patients in Uttarakhand increased to 1355 on Sunday with the state health depart- ment reporting 52 new patients of the disease. On the day, two patients positive for Covid-19 died in Dehradun increasing the tally of deaths to 13 in the state. The state health author- ities discharged 105 patients of the disease from different hos- pitals of the state after their complete recovery. In Uttarakhand, 528 patients have so far won the war against the disease. In Dehradun, two Covid- 19 positive patients died on Sunday. A 48 year old patient died in Government Doon Medical College (GDMC) hos- pital on late Saturday night. In another case, an 80 year old patient also died in GDMC hospital on Sunday. He was referred from Kailash hospital, Dehradun. Incidentally nine out of 13 deaths so far in the state have taken place in Dehradun district. On the day, 27 patients of the disease were reported from Haridwar district. This dis- trict is showing a surge in patients in last few days. In Dehradun 11 patients of Covid-19 were found while six patients were reported from Bageshwar district. In Tehri three patients were found while two patients each were report- ed from Nainital and Udham Singh Nagar district. In Champawat, one patient of the disease was reported. On Sunday 64 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovery in Tehri district while 13 patients were dis- charged from Almora district. Eleven patients were dis- charged from Dehradun dis- trict while 10 were discharged from Uttarkashi district. Similarly seven patients were discharged from Hardwar dis- trict. The additional secretary, state health dept, Yugal Kishore Pant said that reports of 1118 samples were found negative for the disease on Sunday. He added that reports of 5905 samples are still awaited by the department. On Sunday, a total of 592 samples were collected for COVID -19 testing. The authorities have so far taken swab samples of 37166 sus- pected patients for COVID-19 test. Out of the total samples taken, 4.43 percent samples have been found positive for the disease. The doubling rate of disease in the state is 14.08 days while the recovery percent in the state is now at 37.14. A total of 23104 persons are kept in institutional quarantine by the state health dept. With discharge of 105 patients, the number of active patients in the state decreased to 808 on Sunday. Dehradun with 274 active cases is main- taining its position at top of the table of Covid-19 positive active patients. Nainital district is at second position with 189 active cases. Haridwar now has 90 active cases while Udham Singh Nagar has 44 active cases. Pithoragrah and Champawat districts now have 43 and 38 active patients respectively. Tehri now has 23 active patients left while Bageshwar and Chamoli dis- tricts have 22 active patients each. Pauri now has 26 while Almora has 12 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 Uttarkashi has six active patients of the disease. The state administration has declared 52 areas in differ- ent parts of the state contain- ment zones. Dehradun dis- trict has maximum number of 23 containment zone while 19 containment zones are in Haridwar district. 4`gZU*T`f_e[f^ade`$ $!=4F?0C84=CB A4?AC43CF 2E83 (?0C84=CB 3848=347A03D= =34d_bUce]U `b_`UbdidQh S_USdY_^Vb_]d_TQi 4[T_WP]cR^d]cX]V R^]cX]dTb^]cWT !]SSPhX]D´ZWP]S E8=3270;8Q =4F C47A8 Even as the elephant population estimation exercise is underway amidst the Covid-19 pan- demic, wildlife lovers are enthused with a recent development which saw a pachyderm venturing into the mountainous region of Narendranagar forest division. It is being stated that an elephant ventured from the plains of Rajaji national park to the mountainous region of Bemunda for the first time. According to departmental officials, an increase in the elephant popu- lation may be responsible for elephants venturing into areas they were not seen in earlier. Till now, elephants were seen in the jungles near Narendranagar. However, for the first time in recent history, an elephant was recently seen in the jungles of Bemunda on the Rishikesh-Chamba high- way. The forest department personnel directed the ele- phant back towards the plains. About five days later, the ele- phant was reported to have returned to Rajaji. Officials state that an elephant eats about 200 kilogrammes of fodder a day and may cover a distance of about 400 kilometres in a week. It is being surmised that the elephant must have reached Bemunda while browsing along the banks of the Henwal river in Shivpuri. The forest department has planted Rohini, bamboo, Amla, Bel, Amaltas, Arjun and Jamun along the banks of the Henwal. These are preferred by pachy- derms among other animals and birds. Narendranagar divisional forest officer Dharm Singh Meena said that the population of pachyderms has increased in the Shivalik elephant reserve. The jungles of Bemunda have various trees and grasses pre- ferred by the elephant. With ample food and water, it is pos- sible that the elephant may have been checking out the area. After properly monitoring the elephant, it was directed back towards its herd in the plains, he added. -XPER IRUDV LQWR PRXQWDLQV DW %HPXQGD ?=BQ 347A03D= The State Government has issued guidelines for open- ing of hotels and hospitality ser- vices, restaurants, shopping malls and religious places in the state from Monday. While none of these will be allowed to open in containment zones and in the municipal area of Dehradun, in other areas these will be allowed to open with observance of detailed guidelines to ensure social distancing, hygiene and other aspects to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Regarding the Char Dham shrines, the Char Dham Devsthanam Board in consul- tationwiththerespectivedistrict administration and other stake- holders,maydecidetoopenand put necessary restrictions in place in the interest of public health. However, wide publici- ty in advance, regarding the restrictions on public darshan and worship protocol shall be made. Pilgrims from outside the statewillnotbeallowedfornow. AccordingtotheMinistryof HomeAffairs(MHA)guidelines for Unlock-1, hotels and hospi- talityservices,restaurants,shop- ping malls and religious places/places of worship will be allowed to open from June 8. Issuingguidelinesforthison Sunday evening, the State gov- ernment has directed that all hotels and hospitality services shall be allowed to open in the state. However, all such enter- prises in containment zones of the state and municipal area of Dehradun shall remain closed till further orders. Hotel man- agement shall not entertain bookingsfromhigh-loadCovid- 19 infected cities of other states while ensuring minimum seven days booking of persons from non high load cities. Hotels will take a written undertaking from customersthattheywillnotvisit any public premises or tourist attractions in State during their stay in the hotel. Additionally, the hospitality enterprises will strictly adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) prepared by the state’s tourism department. All restaurants except in containment zones and munic- ipal area of Dehradun will be allowed to open from 7 Am to 7 PM. Restaurant owners shall ensure a record of all customers and waiters specifying the date the time. Additionally, the restaurant management shall also strictly adhere to the SOPs prepared by the tourism depart- ment. Similarly, malls will be allowed to open from 7 AM to 7 PM except in containment zones and municipal area of Dehradun. Prior to opening, the mall managementshallgiveanunder- taking to the district adminis- tration regarding the measures taken for preventing the spread ofCovid-19andstrictadherence to guidelines issued by CPWD for air-conditioning and those issued by MoHFW and MHA fornormsofsafetyandsocialdis- tancing. Only 50 per cent of the shopsinamallwillbeopenedon any given day till further orders. The district administration in consultationwiththemallman- agement, may decide to put necessary restrictions on the maximum number of people to beallowedintheinterestofpub- lic health. The malls will strict- ly adhere to SOPs issued by MoHFW. Regarding religious places and places of worship, the boards/trusts/management committees will be allowed to open such sites from 7 AM to 7 PM. However, all such sites in containment zones and munic- ipal area of Dehradun will remainclosedtill furtherorders. The district administration in consulation with the managing bodies concerned may decide to put necessary restrictions in place in the interest of public health. The restrictions shall be widely publicised in advance. Regarding the Char Dham shrines, the Devsthanam Board in consultation with district administration and other stake- holders may decide to open and put necessary restrictions in place. The restrictions shall be publicised widely in advance. Additionally, pilgrims from out- sidethestateshallnotbeallowed till further orders. Further, the management of religious places shall strictly adhere to the SOP issued by MoHFW. BcPcTXbbdTbVdXST[X]TbU^a^_T]X]Vd_c^SPh

4. ]PcX^]#347A03D=k=30H k9D=4'!! ?=BQ =4F34;78 Following continuous set- backs in the terror ranks due to sustained liquidation of ultras, including Hizbul Mujahideen’s Riyaz Naikoo recently, the terror groups have sought to forge an alliance to boost the dwindling morale of the cadres as well as develop fertile atmosphere for the recruitment of gullible youth into the jehadi fold. In their bid to instil fresh dose of confidence amongst the demoralised cadres the groups have been directed to carry out suicide attacks against the forces and resist the setting up of Hindu colonies following the abrogation of Article 370 that granted special status to Jammu Kashmir. Hizbul Mujahideen chief in Valley Gazi Haider has in a statement urged all the Kashmiri fighters of terror groups like Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT), Jasih-e-Mohammad (JeM), Ansar Ghazwatul Hind, Tehreek ul Mujahideen, Al Umar Mujahideen, Al Bad and The Resistance Front are directed to do only suicide attacks on the Indian forces. Everyone is directed to do suicide attacks like Lethpora attack because the forces are not even handing over the bodies of the terrorist killed in the Valley to their families, according to the statement cir- culated in the Valley, a copy of which has also been recovered by the security agencies. The Hizbul has also artic- ulated the setting up of Hindu colonies in Kashmir as rallying point to amalgamate cadres of different groups. While there is no propos- al to set up any Hindu colonies as such, the terrorist groups are seeking to amalgamate the cadres amid the continuous reverses at the hands of the security forces by claiming that such colonies pose a challenge to save Islam. The Hizbul Mujahideen has been at the receiving end among the terrorist groups because of its links with the Indian Army with which it has played friendly cricket match- es in the past and has been a major source of inputs for eliminating terror comman- ders of other groups. Terror groups like JeM and LeT are also suspicious of the Hizbul’s role in leaking infor- mation about its leaders and the ISI had recently plotted to eliminate Hizbul chief Syed Salahuddin whose family members have been beneficia- ries of government jobs and facilitation from the forces in the Valley. ?=BQ =4F34;78 The State Governments have so far lifted more than 105.10 lakh metric tonnes (LMT) of foodgrains under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) under which 88 crore people in the country would be given free ration for three months. For the month of April 36.98 LMT (92.45 %), for the month of May 34.93 LMT (87.33%) and for the month of June 6.99 LMT (17.47) has been distributed. AccordingtotheMinistryof FoodandConsumerAffairs,the Centre is bearing 100 percent financial burden of approxi- matelyRs46,000croreunderthis scheme. Wheat has been allo- catedto6States/UTs,—Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Chandigarh, Delhi and Gujarat andricehasbeenprovidedtothe remaining States/UTs, it said. As regards Pulses, the total requirement for the three months is 5.87 LMT. The Centre is bearing 100% finan- cial burden of approximately Rs 5,000 crore under this scheme. So far, 4.71 LMT Pulses have reached the States/UTs, while 2.67 LMT pulses has been dis- tributed, the Ministry said in a statement. Officials say that Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and West Bengal are among the states that have fallen behind in distributing their April quota of free pulses under the Prime Minister’s Garib Kalyan pack- age, even though two months have lapsed since the scheme came into force. Overall, States have man- aged to distribute less than half the pulses received by them from the Centre, say officials. West Bengal is among the worst performers. The State had to distribute 14,500 tonnes of free pulses under the Garib Kalyan package in each of the three months, but until the end of May. From April to June, states had to distribute around 1,90,000 tonnes of pulses each month, but in some states, even the April quota has not been distributed, although two months have lapsed. As per the data of Food Corporation of India, it cur- rently has 269.79 LMT rice and 537.46 LMT wheat. Hence, a total of 807.25 LMT food grain stock is available (excluding the ongoing purchase of wheat and paddy, which have not yet reached the Godown). About 55 LMT food grains is required for a month under National Food Security Act and other welfare schemes. Besides, a total of 13.01 LMT pulses (Toor-6.07 LMT, Moong-1.62 LMT, Urad-2.42 LMT, Bengal Gram-2.42 LMT and Masur-0.47 LMT) is avail- able in the buffer stock as on June 4, 2020. New Delhi: A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking probe by the CBI or a special investigation team (SIT) into the recent death of a preg- nant wild elephant after it ate a fruit containing firecrackers in Kerala’s Silent Valley Forest. The 15-year-old elephant fell victim to an act of human cruelty after the fruit filled with powerful crackers, offered allegedly by locals, exploded in her mouth when she chomped it. The elephant died in the Velliyar River on May 27. The plea filed in the apex court has alleged that prima facie it appeared to be a cal- culated and organised racket to kill elephants and that the authorities have failed to pre- vent such killings of protected animals. Referring to media reports, the plea filed by Delhi-based advocate Avadh Bihari Kaushik has said that in April this year a similar incident had come to light in which an elephant, which was found with mouth injuries in Pathanapuram for- est range in Kerala’s Kollam dis- trict, had died. The plea has also urged the apex c

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