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1. ?=BQ =4F34;78 As many as 73 people per 10,000 population could have “exposure” to coranavirus in the country as per an immunological survey, one of the largest in the world, con- ducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in 83 non-containment zone dis- tricts across 15 States in the country. Official claimed that the number is in the lower side but the danger of spread of the dis- ease in a bigger way still lurks. ICMR Director General Dr Balram Bhargava warned that as per the survey a large pro- portion of the population is susceptible and infection can spread rapidly even as he denied that India is witnessing community transmission of the deadly virus. The findings showed that infection in 15 containment zones districts was high with significant variations. Explaining the data, Dr Bhargava said, “Around 0.73 per cent people in the 83 dis- tricts we studied showed preva- lence of past exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus which means the lockdown in initial days kept the disease low and checked a rapid viral spread. “The survey findings also show large proportions of pop- ulation are still susceptible to the virus. However, good news is that infection fatality rate in the 83 districts was very low at 0.08 per cent.” Based on the sero-surveil- lance (blood sample based study), the ICMR warned that urban slums were found to be the most at risk with 1.85 times higher Covid-19 preva- lence than rural areas while urban centres reported a preva- lence that was 1.09 times high- er than in villages. The virus prevalence was the lowest in rural areas. The sample for the study consisted of 26,400 people across 28,595 households in 83 districts. A sero-survey is conduct- ed by testing the blood serum of a group of people in a com- munity to detect the presence of antibodies in the system which aids in finding out the prevalence of a disease. This testing allows the health authorities to study the trend of the infection and ascertain if it has reached the community transmission phase. Pointing to low Covid prevalence, Bhargava also said there is no community trans- mission of the disease in India. Bhargava said the way for- ward was strict adherence to non-pharmacological inter- ventions like physical distanc- ing, masks and face covers, res- piratory and hand hygiene. Also, he said high risk groups i.e. elderly, chronic morbidities, pregnant women and children less than 10 years old of age need to be protected. “Infection in containment zones has been found to be high, and therefore, local lock- down measures need to con- tinue. Efforts to limit the scale and spread of the disease will have to be continued by strong implementation of contain- ment strategies by the States. The States cannot lower their guard and need to keep on implementing effective sur- veillance and containment strategies,” he said. De VK Paul, member health, NITI Aayog, added, “Less than 1 per cent people had past infection as shown by the survey which presents the picture till April 30. The sur- vey was done in the third week of May and normally antibodies take 15 days to appear.” Asserting that India’s fatal- ities and cases were compara- tively less than various coun- tries, he said India was show- ing clearly low mortality rate and recoveries had now touched 49.12 per cent with more people cured than cur- rently infected. !($a`af]ReZ`_Z_)$UZdedVia`dVUe`T`c`_R %XW ,05 VXUYH ILQGV WKHUH LV QR FRPPXQLW WUDQVPLVVLRQ DQG IDWDOLW UDWH LV CC0; BC0C4B CC0;20B4B340C7BA42E4A43 PWPaPbWcaP (%#' $( #%' CPX[=PSd ' % #( !$ 3T[WX #%' '$ ! 6dYPaPc !!% '$ $ ( DccPa?aPSTbW !'' #$!(! APYPbcWP] %$ !%#'$(% PSWhP?aPSTbW !# # #! FTbc1T]VP[ (%' ##!('' :Pa]PcPZP %!#$ !!(% 1XWPa $' #'% 7PahP]P $ $!! ( 0]SWaP?aPSTbW $#!( '!(%' 9Pd:PbWXa #$# $! '! CT[P]VP]P # $% ' SXbWP '% !!$# 4`gZU* :?:?5:2 20B4B) !(#% 340C7B)'# A42E4A43) #%!' 02C8E4) #!% ?=BQ =4F34;78 After three of its MLAs deserted the party in Gujarat, the Congress on Thursday alleged attempts are now being made to topple its Government in Rajasthan through “money power”, ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls due on June 19. Sources said the party has moved all its MLAs to a resort on the Delhi-Jaipur highway. Rajasthan is also hosting a group of Congress MLAs from Gujarat, brought allegedly to keep them out of the BJP’s reach. In March, the Congress Government in Madhya Pradesh collapsed after 22 MLAs defected to the BJP. In July last year, the party similarly lost power to the BJP in Karnataka, the State it was rul- ing in alliance with HD Kumaraswamy, after multiple exits. The crisis in the State Congress ahead of the June 19 Rajya Sabha elections could be related to the party’s internal politics, a senior Congress leader said. However, with the first signs of trouble in the State on Wednesday, the Congress sent its chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala to Jaipur by a special chartered flight to reach out to the party MLAs. Surjewala was appointed an observer earlier and had been to Jaipur once before but the latest developments have lent a sense of urgency in the Congress camp. A senior Congress leader claimed the crisis was a “man- ufactured one”, aimed at “pro- jecting some leaders as saviours while showing others as work- ing against the party. ?=BQ =4F34;78 While Indian Institute of Science (IISC) Bangalore is ranked the best university in India, Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) are among the top 10 universities in the country, according to the NIRF rankings released by the HRD Ministry on Thursday. As per the annual rankings, the top three universities are IISc Bangalore, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Banaras Hindu University. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham emerged as the 4th best uni- versity in the country and 7th among medical colleges cate- gory in India. Delhi University (DU) marginally improved its rank- ing among the universities and in the “Overall” category. However, it is behind the JMI in both categories in the annu- al rankings announcement delayed by Covid-19. ?C8Q :0C70=3D Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that his Government will seek a solution to the Kalapani issue through diplomatic efforts and dialogue on the basis of his- torical facts and documents. “We will get back the land occupied by India through holding a dialogue,” Oli said while responding to questions in Parliament on Wednesday. He claimed that India built a Kali temple, created “an arti- ficial Kali river” and “encroached the Nepalese ter- ritory through deploying the Army” at Kalapani. The river defines the border between the two countries. Oli’s claim comes in midst of a raging boundary row between the two countries with India sternly asking Nepal not to resort to any “artificial enlargement” of territorial claims after Kathmandu released a new political map laying claim over Lipulekh, Kalapani and Limpiyadhura. The ties between India and Nepal came under strain after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated a 80-km- long strategically crucial road connecting the Lipulekh pass with Dharchula in Uttarakhand on May 8. Nepal reacted sharply to the inauguration of the road claiming that it passed through Nepalese territory. India reject- ed the claim asserting that the road lies completely within its territory. Nepalese officials say that Nepal had control over the area before 1962, when the India- China war took place. New Delhi/Islamabad: The Indian Government on Thursday derided Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan after he tweeted “nearly 34 per cent households across India would not be able to sur- vive for more than a week with- out assistance.” Imran was not only mocked widely by Indians and Pakistanis on social media, but the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Anurag Srivastava, too took a jibe at Pakistan. “Pakistan is better known for making cash transfers to bank accounts outside the country rather than giving to its own people. Clearly, Imran Khan needs a new set of advisers and better information,” he said. Srivastava said all know about Pakistan’s debt problem, which is almost 90 per cent of its GDP, and how much they have pressed for debt restruc- turing. He said, “It would also be better for them to remem- ber that India has a stimulus package, which is as large as Pakistan’s annual GDP.” Khan has claimed that his government in Pakistan has transferred about $1 billion to at least 10 million families within nine weeks through what he calls a successful and transparent process. IANS :_UZR[VVcdRe:^cR_¶dRZU `WWVcdRjd`fcdeZ^f]fd SZXXVceYR_AR¶d85A ::D4cR_dde ;?F;R^ZR R^`_Xe`a! f_ZgVcdZeZVd :e¶dR^R_fWRTefcVU TcZdZde`ac`[VTe d`^VRddRgZ`fcd dRjaRcejZ_dZUVcd =T_P[fX[[VTcQPRZ:P[P_P]XUa^ 8]SXPcWa^dVWSXP[^VdT)?[X ?=BQ =4F34;78 India raced to the fourth spot in the world’s list of worst coronavirus affected nations after it left behind the United Kingdom by more than 7,000 cases on Thurday. Now only the USA, Brazil and Russia are ahead of India in terms of overall numbers. During the day India recorded 10,221 new cases and 369 deaths, which took its overall count of positive cases to 2,97,436 and death toll to 8,477. Once again, Maharashtra, Delhi, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat were among the top contribu- tors both in terms of new cases and death. Both Maharashtra and Delhi recorded another day of the biggest single-day spike as situation looked alarm- ing in both the States. Maharashtra reported 3,607 fresh coronavirus cases and 152 deaths taking the total number of cases in the State to 97,648 and deaths to 3,590. Of the total deaths reported on Thursday, 35 are from the last two days and the rest are from April 1 to June 8. Mumbai reported 1,540 fresh Covid-19 cases and 97 deaths. The total number of cases in the city now stands at 53,985 and deaths at 1,952. Of the 97 deaths reported on Thursday, 43 occurred before June 7. Meanwhile, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope ordered the suspension of the Dean and four other employ- ees of the Jalgaon Civil Hospital in north Maharashtra, after a shocking incident in which an 82-year-old female Covid-19 patient was found dead in the toilet of the hospi- tal. Delhi also reported the highest single-day spike, adding 1,877 more Covid-19 cases and 65 deaths. Total number of cases in the national Capital is now at 34,687, including 20,871 active cases, 12,731 recov- ered/discharged/migrated and 1,085 deaths. In Tamil Nadu, while 1,875 people tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday, the State also saw 23 patients suc- cumbing to the pandemic on a single day taking death toll to 349. The release issued by the Government of Tamil Nadu said till Thursday 38, 716 peo- ple have tested positive for the pandemic in the State. The release also said 1,372 patients were discharged on Thursday from hospitals fully cured. This took the number of people fully cured from the pandemic to 20,705. 0XVaP]cf^aZTaVTcbWTacT_TaPcdaTRWTRZTSQTU^aTQTX]VP[[^fTSc^Q^PaSPcaPX]c^^aa^fc^WTPSc^WTaW^TBcPcTX]9Pd^]CWdabSPh 0? RQJ DOOHJHV ELG E %-3 WR WRSSOH 5DMDVWKDQ *RYW PRYHV LWV 0/$V WR UHVRUW 270=30=?A0:0B7Q =4F34;78 Afresh war of words has erupted between the Delhi Government and BJP-ruled municipal Corporations over number of Covid-19 related deaths in Delhi. All three civic bodies claimed that they have cre- mated 2,098 Covid-19 bodies. However, Delhi Government’s health bulletin claimed 1,085 people have died of coron- avirus till Thursday. Replying to the civic bod- ies’ claim, the Delhi Government said it has set up a “death audit committee” consisting of senior doctors who are working impartially towards assessing deaths caused by coronavirus. The Delhi High Court has also declared that the Death Audit Committee is working in an appropriate manner and that the work of the commit- tee cannot be questioned. The Government said it believes that not even a single life must be lost to coron- avirus. Accusing the AAP Government of “misleading” people by hiding actual num- ber, Leader of House in South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) Kamaljeet Sehrawat said the SDMC has alone conducted 1,123 cremations excluding deaths suspected due to Covid-19 across cre- matoriums and graveyards in the city in which 66 bod- ies were cremated on Wednesday. Noida: The director of a Government-run hospital, one of the seven facilities that had denied admission to a pregnant woman leading to her death last week, has been shunted out, an official order said on Thursday. Dr. Anish Singhal, Director of the ESIC Hospital in Noida, Sector 24, has been transferred with “immediate effect” to the ESIC’s Directorate (Medical) in Delhi, the order stated. ?A46=0=CF0=´B 340C7)38A42CA5 =830´B4B827B?8C0; B7D=C43DC RYLG YLFWLPV FUHPDWHG LQ 'HOKL *RYW ILJXUH DW 4ZgZTS`UZVdRTTfdV 8`ge`WYZUZ_XZ_W` TSXRbP]SUPX[hTQTab_TaU^aQdaXP[^UP_Tab^]fW^SXTS^U2^eXS (X] =Tf3T[WX^]CWdabSPh AP]YP]3XaXk?X^]TTa ,QGLD UHSODFHV 8. IRU WK UDQN ZLWK / FDVHV ?=BQ =4F34;78 Aday after China said there was “positive consensus” to “ease” the situation at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh, India on Thursday echoed same senti- ments and said both the coun- tries are maintaining diplo- matic and military engage- ments to resolve the stand-off at the earliest. Making this observation against the backdrop of both the Armies mutually disen- gaging from the face-off sites and military commanders holding extensive talks, the External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said both sides have agreed to work for an early res- olution to the issue in keeping with broader guidance provid- ed by the leaders of the two countries for ensuring peace and tranquility along the bor- der areas. He, however, did not respond to questions relating to reports of pulling back of troops by both India and China from certain friction points in the Galwan Valley and Hot Spring areas in eastern Ladakh in the last few days. “A meeting was held between Corps commanders of India and China on June 6. This meeting was in continu- ation of our diplomatic and military engagement which both sides maintained in order to address the situation in areas along the India-China border,” the spokesperson said. He was referring to parleys between Lt General Harinder Singh and Major General Liu Lin. “It was agreed in the meet- ing that an early resolution of the situation would be in keep- ing with the guidance of our leaders. The two sides are, therefore, maintaining mili- tary and diplomatic engage- ments to peacefully resolve the situation at the earliest and also to ensure peace and tranquili- ty in the border areas,” he said. “This is essential for fur- ther development of India- China bilateral relations,” Srivastava added. The assertion from New Delhi came after the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hua Chunying said on Wednesday in Beijing, “Recently the diplomatic and military channels of China and India held effective com- munication on the situation along the border and reached a positive consensus and the two sides are following this consensus to take actions to ease the situation along the border.” Asked about troops on both sides disengaging and moving back to their previous positions, she said both sides are taking steps to ease the sit- uation along the LAC. 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Addressing the Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police and Chief Medical Officers of the State through video conferencing from Shimla, he said SOP regarding entry and checking of persons visiting the State should be strictly adhered to and special care should be taken to diagnose the persons arriving from the hot spots. He said that the peo- ple coming from hot spots should be invariably tested for coronavirus and allowed to go for home quarantine only after they are tested negative. Thakur said special thrust should be paid on Information Education and Communication (IEC) regarding taking fundamental precautions such as use of face mask, social distancing and seeing a doctor in case of any ILI symptoms. He said that people should also be sensitized to avoid unnecessary visits to public places and maintain proper social dis- tancing at work places as well. He said the home quarantine facility must be made more effective and violators must be dealt with strictly, adding that team of health workers, ASHA workers, Anganwari workers and PRI representa- tives should adopt pro-active approach to keep a vigil on home quarantine persons to check spread of the virus in case a per- son in home quarantine turns out to be positive. Thakur said efforts should also be made to ensure availability of labourers particularly in apple belts so that the hor- ticulturists do not face any inconvenience. He also asked to ensure proper testing of labourers coming from other States and if necessary they should be properly quar- antined. He said that steps should be taken for providing adequate manpower in mango growing areas of the State as the mango season is nearing. ?=BQ 270=3860A7 After denying the commu- nity spread of Coronavirus in Chandigarh, the UT Administration has now sought feedback from medical experts on the intensity of the deadly infection. The city has till Thursday evening reported 334 positive cases of Coronavirus while 36 are active cases. The doctors of tertiary care-PGIMER, which is a ded- icated COVID-19 treatment facility in Chandigarh have been asked to analyze the intensity of infection in positive patients. The PGIMER is cater- ing to the COVID-19 patients from Chandigarh and neigh- boring states of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal among others.Punjab Governor and UT Administration VP Singh Badnore have asked the doctors to examine the intensity of infection. The analysis would be on the intensity of infection in affected persons and the num- ber of cases, on average, an affected person will cause dur- ing his or her infectious peri- od. In the past one week, the city has witnessed fresh cases from Sector 16, 18, 21, 47, Khuda Jassu village, Daria vil- lage and Manimajra, which lies in a non-containment zone in Chandigarh. Five persons who recently came to the city from Delhi have been tested positive for COVID-19. Apart from this, a resident of Sector 21 who trav- elled to Panchkula on daily basis and another resident of Sector 16 whose family mem- bers recently visited Punjab, were also tested positive for the deadly virus. Some of their family members have also been tested positive. With the unrestricted inter-state movement, infection from both symptomatic and asymptomatic persons is spreading in the city. 7XPRWP[2SXaTRcb^UUXRTab^]_a^_TacTbcX]V ^UTeTah_Tab^]eXbXcX]VBcPcTUa^^dcbXST DC0S]c^TgPX]TX]cT]bXch^U X]UTRcX^]X]2E83 (_PcXT]cb ?=BQ 270=3860A7 12 persons died as the Covid- 19 death toll climbed to 64 in Haryana on Thursday. The total number of cases reached 5968 with 389 new cases reported, health officials said. Meanwhile, on a positive note, 72 patients were dis- charged from different hospi- tals of the State on the day after their complete recovery from the disease. The spike in the number of novel Coronavirus infect- ed patients in Haryana are showing no sign of slowing down. On Thursday, 191 new patients were reported from Gurugram district, taking the total in the district to 2737 while 74 cases surfaced in Faridabad, taking the total in the district to 929. As many as 34 Covid-19 positive patients are critically ill and have been put on oxygen support while 13 patients on ventilator, said the Haryana Health officials. Out of 12 Covid-19 deaths, six were reported from Gurugram, four from Faridabad, one each from Ambala and Rohtak. With 2260 people cured and dis- charged from the hospitals, there are 3644 active COVID-19 cases in Haryana now. So far 64 patients of the disease have died in the State. On Thursday, in Ambala, 13 new patients were found, tak- ing count to 124 while 10 patients were reported from Palwal district. In Panipat, one new patient was report- ed while four patients were reported from Panchkula. Three fresh cases were found in Jind while nine patients were found in Yamunanagar. 17 new cases were reported from Karnal district while seven in Fatehabad. Four Covid-19 cases reported in Sirsa while four in Bhiwani. 29 new cases reported in Rohtak while four in Hisar. Eight cases reported in Rewari. A Health official said that out of 162,967 samples, 151,060 were found negative for the dis- ease on Thursday. He added that reports of 5939 samples are still awaited by the depart- ment. The State has a recovery rate of 37.87 per cent, fatality rate at 1.07 percent while tests per million being conducted are 6429. The doubling rate in the State is seven days. SIX NEW CASES IN CHANDIGARH Six fresh cases of COVID-19 were reported in Chandigarh on Thursday tak- ing the total number to 334. The fresh cases were reported from Sector 16 and Dhanas here. “Four family members of already positive resident from Sector 16, have also been test- ed positive for COVID-19. The family members include five-year old female child, 56 years old female, 60 years old male and 80 years old male,” said Chandigarh Health Department’s evening bulletin. The family members of Sector 16 resident had recently visit- ed Punjab. Another 24 years old male resident of Sector 16 and 34 years old male resident from Dhanas are tested positive. They both are workplace con- tact of the Sector 16 resident, the bulletin stated. A day before, a 34 years old male resident of Khuda Jassu village, who is a workplace contact of Sector 16 resident was also tested positive. The total number of cases stood at 334 while the active cases were 36 till Thursday evening, the bulletin added. 5636 samples have been tested so far in the city. ?=BQ 270=3860A7 Witnessing a progressive decline in the state’s dou- bling rate from 22 to 15 in just 10 days, Punjab Government on Thursday decided to impose a stricter lockdown on week- ends, and public holidays. Making the COVA app manda- tory, the movement has been restricted only for the e-pass holders on the app. CM Capt Amarinder Singh has issued order to impose a stricter lockdown on the week- ends and public holidays amid apprehensions of community spread of COVID-19 and pro- jections indicating that the pandemic peak in the State was still two months away. “All citizens, except med- ical staff and essential service providers, would be required to download e-passes from the COVA app,” the Chief Minister directed the officials concerned during the videoconference meeting to review the pan- demic situation and the state’s preparedness to handle further spread. Industry, however, will be allowed to function nor- mally on all days, said the Chief Minister, while asking the state Director General of Police (DGP) Dinkar Gupta to ensure strict implementation of these directives to prevent gathering of large crowds. “Such tough measures were necessitated on account of the spiraling COVID-19 cases across the world. Stringent curbs could help delay the peak for as long as possible,” he added, pointing out that with no early vaccine or treatment in sight, strict protocols was the only way to fight the pandem- ic. Warning of the pandemic worsening in the coming days and weeks, the Chief Minister also asked medical and health experts to consider imposi- tion of strict conditions, includ- ing mandatory testing certifi- cation, for entrants from Delhi, where the situation had assumed alarming proportions. On an average, 500-800 vehicles are coming to Punjab from the national capital every day, the DGP informed the meeting.? A decision on stricter curbs on those coming from Delhi will be taken after a review by the experts, said an official spokesperson after the meeting. The CM’s directions came even as the doubling rate in the State worsened from 22 on May 31 to 15 on June 10, showing a progressive decline day by day. Though signifi- cantly longer than the nation- al average, the doubling period decline was a matter of anxiety, said the Chief Minister. MANY RETURNEES NOT REPORTING TO HEALTH AUTHORITIES Chief Minister, during the meeting, pointed that many of those who had come from outside had behaved irrespon- sibly and had not reported to the health authorities. He said that tough measures would have to be taken where need- ed, as the spike was still con- tinuing and was expected to escalate in the days ahead. STRICTLY IMPLEMENT HOME QUARANTINE RULES: CM TO DGP Chief Minister has direct- ed the DGP to ensure strict implementation of the home quarantine. Responding, the DGP disclosed that 550 flying squads of the Punjab Police were enforcing the same. At the same time, the Chief Minister suggested that since it normally takes three to four days for the virus to show up, those coming from outside should be tested after a week, and in the mean- time, they should be strictly asked to home quarantine themselves. ?=BQ 270=3860A7 With the relaxations of lockdown curbs and opening up of “almost every- thing”, Punjab’s parameters to gauge the COVID-19 situation have been worsening with each passing day. Figure this: Punjab’s mortality rate is now above two percent which was below two on May 31, the recovery rate has come down from 87.80 percent on May 31 to 78.24 percent on June 11, and the doubling rate has also declined from 22 on May 31 to 15 on June 10. On Thursday, four more patients succumbed to the contagion, even as the state reported 82 fresh cases of coronavirus, taking the state’s case tally to 2,887, and the COVID-19 death toll to 59. The deaths were reported from Amritsar, where two patients died, with one each in Jalandhar and Sangrur. As many 27 patients (nine from Jalandhar, six from Pathankot, five from Faridkot, four from Muktsar, two from Moga, and one from Hoshiarpur), recovered from the deadly virus and dis- charged, taking the number of total recoveries to 2259, leaving 569 active cases out of total 2,887 infections. Among the 82 fresh cases, maximum 19 cases were reported from Pathankot, followed by 18 from Ludhiana, 14 from Amritsar, 10 from Sangrur, six from Patiala, four each from Mohali and Jalandhar, two each from Nawanshahr and Moga, and one each from Bathinda, Muktsar, and Gurdaspur. Of the total, 31 fresh cases were of the contacts of the already diagnosed patients, 16 with Influenza Like Illness (ILI), 14 are returnees from abroad or other states, among others. GHDWKV QHZ RYLG LQIHFWLRQV LQ +DUDQD ?d]YPQT]U^aRTb bcaXRcTa[^RZS^f]^] fTTZT]SbW^[XSPhb?=BQ 347A03D= The Dehradun Mayor Sunil Uniyal 'Gama' directed the councillors of 50 wards to sub- mit a list of the pits and hollow points that contain stagnant water in their respective wards so that the corporation can take proper measures to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes. Besides, the Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) has also decided to impose fine on those who intentionally let the water accu- mulate in their home premis- es or nearby. On Thursday, 'Gama' called the first meeting with 50 of the 100 councillors to discuss the plan to prevent dengue and malaria in the approaching rainy season. Informing further about it, municipal commis- sioner Vinay Shankar Pandey said that the councillors have been asked to submit the said list immediately so that MCD can examine the locations and work strategically. Our first approach would be to extract water out of any trench and pits. If we find any place where withdrawal of water is not possible, the pits with stagnant water will be filled with debris besides spray- ing larvicides, added Pandey. He also informed that mayor has requested Dehradun dis- trict magistrate to provide the financial assistance to buy 75 fogging machines. The corpo- ration is waiting for his response and if no assistance is provided by DM, MCD will manage the machine on its own, added Pandey. Meanwhile, the mayor also requested councillors to spread awareness among the locals about the prevention of dengue in their wards. In the meeting, it was pro- posed that if the locals are found to intentionally collect water in their homes or near- by as in broken flower pots, bottles or tyres will be charged with the minimum amount of C500 as penalty. Pandey further said that MCD is also focusing to carry out fogging inside the main gates of locals' homes and if they want, they can allow fog- ging inside their rooms too. It is pertinent to mention here that the mayor has called the meeting of remaining 50 coun- cillors on Friday. Apart from this, the cor- poration will also commence the Covid-19 test of sanitation workers. Pandey said that san- itation workers of MCD are among the frontline workers in the battle of Covid-19 and it is MCD's responsibility to take care of their health. He said that after the cor- poration will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a pathology lab the testing will commence soon. He said that there are about 2000 sanita- tion workers of MCD and if anybody shows any kind of sickness or symptoms includ- ing MCD employees, they will be directed to the lab for the Covid-19 test. 45e`Z^a`dVC!!aV_R]ejW`chReVcdeRX_ReZ`_ ?=BQ 347A03D= The commandant’s parade which marked the culmi- nation of training of 333 Indian and 90 Gentlemen Cadets from nine friendly foreign coun- tries of spring term, 2020 was organised at Chetwode drill square of Indian Military Academy (IMA) on Thursday. The Commandant of the IMA, Lieutenant General J S Negi was the reviewing officer (RO) of the parade. In his address, he complimented all the Gentlemen Cadets (GC) for an immaculate turnout and excellent drill movements, which indicated a high level of motivation, pride and cohesion achieved by them during their training at IMA. While exhorting that the Army’s reputation rests firmly on their shoulders, the IMA Commandant said that they have earned this honour with hard work and they need to retain it by living up to the Army’s core values of ‘Character, Competence, Commitment and Compassion’. “Once commissioned, you shall be put in a furnace of test- ing your strength and purity. Remember purity of action results from purity of intention. Hence, be genuine in your concerns for your men. If you show them your competence, your men will respect you, but if you show them your concerns, they will trust you and happily take a bullet for the task you assign. Understanding your men by capitalising on their strengths and weaknesses is a continuous learning process and an impor- tant human resource manage- ment skill which you need to master from your experience,’’ he said. The General Officer also extended the compliments to the 90 Gentleman Cadets from the friendly foreign countries for having endured the rigor- ous regimen of training, exhibiting excellent transfor- mation and now getting ready to don the ranks in their respective armies, as most refined Officers. In the end, he encouraged the GCs to put their best foot forward for the final Passing out Parade (PoP) and wished all the Gentlemen Cadets the very best in the years ahead. The shadow of the COVID- 19 pandemic was visible in the parade as only the IMA staff and other the trainees witnessed the impressive Parade. 2^P]SP]c³b_PaPST^aVP]XbTSPc80 ?=BQ 347A03D= The Dehradun district magis- trate Ashish Kumar Shrivastava has given directions to extend the closure of Niranjanpur Mandi till June 14. The Niranjanpur wholesale veg- etable and fruit market was shut downbydistrictadminaftersev- eralCovid-19positivecaseswere found among many of the deal- ers there. The admin directed all theremainingdealerstoobserve home quarantine and closed the Mandi on June 4 till June 11. However,DM extended the clo- sureperiodofMandiby3dayson Thu and instructed to keep it closed till June 14. According to the head of Dehradun Mandi Samiti, Rajesh Sharma, the tem- porarywholesalevegetablemar- ketwillcontinuetooperatefrom Nanoorkhedauntiltheadminis- trationallowstheoperationofthe market in Niranjanpur Mandi. =XaP]YP]_da P]SXc^ aTPX]bWdc cX[[9d]T # ?=BQ 70A83F0A Three persons were booked on the directions of Haridwar district magistrate C Ravishankar after he found a liquor shop open past the des- ignated closing time on Wednesday night. The district magistrate’s car was passing by when he noticed a liquor shop in Jwalapur selling alcohol well past the closing time of 7 PM. Jwalapur Kotwali in-charge Praveen Singh Koshyari informed that when the DM noticed the liquor shop open past the closing time, he raid- ed the shop and directed that a case be filed. On his direc- tions, a case has been filed against Haridwar resident Rohit, Laxmi Chandra Joshi and contractor Rajendra Kumar. CWaTTQ^^ZTS U^abT[[X]V Q^^iT_Pbc R[^bX]VcXT '!UaTbWRPbTb X]?d]YPQ

3. dccPaPZWP]S347A03D=k5A830H k9D=4 !!! ?=BQ 347A03D= The comprehensive mobili- ty plan (CMP) of the Uttarakhand metro rail project was granted approval in a meeting of the Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA) presided over by chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat here on Thursday. With the cooperation of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, a detailed project report on rope-way system in Dehradun city is being prepared. The metro project includes con- struction of metro light in Haridwar-Rishikesh and Nepali Farm-Vidhan Sabha corridor along with personal rapid tran- sit (PRT) system in Haridwar city, for which approval was granted. In the meeting, The Uttarakhand metro rail man- aging director Jitendra Tyagi made a detailed presentation on the planned metro light sys- tem in Dehradun, Haridwar and Rishikesh. He also informed about the route plan study for metro light rail from Haridwar to Rishikesh and from Dehradun to Nepali Farm. The managing director further informed about the plan prepared for Dehradun and Haridwar cities. It is pertinent to mention here that the UMTA has been formed under the chairman- ship of the CM. The Urban Development and Housing minister Madan Kaushik is the vice chairman, the chief secretary Utpal Kumar Singh is the member secretary and sec- retaries of housing, finance, transport, planning, revenue and urban development are members of the UMTA. Kaushik along with principal secretary Anand Bardhan, sec- retary Nitesh Jha and other officials concerned were also present in the meeting. 807$ JUDQWV DSSURYDO WR PHWUR UDLO FRPSUHKHQVLYH PRELOLW SODQ 90B:8A0=27?A0 Q 347A03D= Looking back at one’s life is a prominent human trait. However, recalling facts and going back to a time where one achieves major successes as a professional can turn into a narra- tive which readers can share with the narrator and enjoy the real life story in an amazing manner. This is what has happened when Aloke Lal, a former Indian Police Service officer settled in the Doon valley, brought out a book titled The Barabanki Narcos –Busting India’s Notorious Drug Cartel through which he has recounted his years as a young Superintendent of Police posted in the small town of Barabanki near Lucknow. These years became mem- orable for him as it was during this time that he accomplished a major task by making a breakthrough in greatly denting the opium trade that flourished abundantly in the area. Lal is also a painter and the way he has given us word paintings in his book reflects the fine imagination he is master of. His imagination works effective- ly in recapturing the events that occurred more than three decades ago. The great challenge he decides to take up as a young officer is in itself an exciting prospect. Taking the opium lords head on and refusing to be lured by their offers, he shows complete commitment to his mission of busting the huge racket. The personal dimension, his warmth and optimism come through clearly in this account which not only gives us an idea about his efficiency as a police officer but also his sensi- tivity as a person. The manner in which he builds up a team of informers-from among those whose lives have been affected by opium addiction-reveals a strate- gy which lends a freshness to the task he sets for himself. Youngsters like Gurjeet and her husband Satwant , Hasan , Nikhil and Gendalal prove very helpful to “Kaptan Sa’ab” Aloke Lal. The first person account becomes even more effective when we realise that this is no imagined tale of thrill and adventure as every word of it is true. The calmness of mind that Lal shows as a young police officer is a major reason for the way in which he can implement his strategy against the powerful, dangerous drug lords. When the writer Aloke Lal looks back on how he, as a young officer, dealt with the situation, he looks back with the wisdom of his years. Many expe- riences in his career must have fol- lowed the Barabanki experience. The interesting characters, most of whom have been given fictitious names, add to the charm of the real life story. How youngsters from dif- ferent backgrounds team up with Kaptan Sa’ab to contribute to the bust- ing of the opium trade that has dam- aged many a life and family in the region is one of the strongest dimen- sions of the book. The racy style of storytelling ensures that there is not a single moment when the reader can get bored. It has a prologue and an epi- logue that bring us closer to the author’s vision and personality. He not only used the opium addicts as informers but also helped them reclaim their lives. Hasan, Gendalal and Satwant could emerge from the addiction and lead successful lives. This gave him a lot of personal satisfaction besides the success as a police officer who could contribute greatly to bust- ing the opium nexus which now is merely a trickle, he tells us. His sportsman spirit and his love for crick- et feature prominent- ly in the book. He meets many people while playing cricket who become his friends and help him in his mission. We all know how Lal loves to paint and sing. His love for the arts gives a special dimension to his per- sonality and makes him stand out as a police officer. And now he has revealed another facet of his personality by presenting the world with a special part of his life as a cop. In a gripping first person account he gives the reader a roller coast- er ride into a world of real life adventure. CWT1PaPQP]ZX=PaR^b)0cWaX[[X]V]PaaPcXeT^UPR^_´baTP[[XUTPSeT]cdaT ?=BQ 347A03D= Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has clarified that recruitments have not been barred in the State. Only the creation of new posts has been stopped. However, there is no bar on recruitment to already exist- ing posts. This has also been made clear in the government order issued regarding this. Further, along with class IV posts and posts of driver, gardener, wireman, electri- cian, plumber, mason, lift- man, air conditioner mechan- ic and other similar such posts created for special/technical works which will become vacant are to be filled through contract/out- sourcing. The seventh pay com- mission has already in the past barred new appoint- ments to class IV posts. The Chief Minister fur- ther said that the Mukhyamantri Swarozgar Yojana has been started in the state to enable youth to start their own enterprise. Arrangement for loan and grant has been made under this scheme for which one can also apply online. The State Government is making all possible efforts to ensure the livelihoods of the people who have returned to their villages. The youth should utilise their energy for self-employ- ment, the government will support them at every step, stressed Rawat. BUSbeYd]U^d^_dRQbbUT _^iSbUQdY_^_V^Ug`_cdc cd_``UTY^CdQdU*3= ?=BQ 347A03D= The State Government has decided to construct new Panchayat buildings and repair the old buildings in the Villages. The Panchayati Raj Minister Arvind Pandey said that the remaining budget of 14th finance commission (FC), the budget of 15th FC and 50 percent of the budget ear- marked for MNREGA would be used for the purpose. The minister made the declaration during an interaction with the Village Pradhans through the virtual class. In the discussions, the vil- lage Pradhans told the minis- ter the problems faced by them for quarantining the returnees in their villages. It is pertinent to mention here that the Panchayat build- ings in the villages are being used as quarantine centres. The Pradhans demanded that they should also be declared as Corona Warriors and they should be brought under the insurance cover of the govern- ment. On his part, the minister complimented the Pradhans for their hard work and said that they should treat the returnees as their brethrens and not Pravasi. He said that training of all Pradhans and panchayat rep- resentatives should be done and in case things take time to get normalised, the mode of virtual classes should be used for training. The Minister told the Pradhans that according to the guidelines of government of India (GoI) for 15th FC, the Panchayats can use 50 percent of the budget in works like ODF, sanitation, rain water harvesting, drinking water sup- ply and water recycling while rest 50 percent can be used according to local require- ments. The director Panchayati Raj, H C Semwal gave a detailed account of various provisions of Panchayati Raj act, e- gram Swaraj portal and financial aspects. He appealed that necessary transparency should be maintained in the projects. The additional direc- tor education, Mukul Sati and senior officials of Panchayati Raj department were present on the occasion. 3UDGKDQV UROH ODXGDEOH GXULQJ RYLG FULVLV 0LQLVWHU =4F?0=270H0C 1D8;38=6BC14 2=BCAD2C43 0=3A4?08A43 5A?0=270H0C 5D=3B ?=BQ 347A03D= In an example of inter departmental coordination, the online interaction pro- gramme of the Minister with 5000 village Pradhans was done with the help of ICT network of government schools operated by the edu- cation department. The edu- cation department has 500 centres across the state out of which 450 are located in rural areas. In his interaction the minister said that soon 500 more schools of the state would be brought under the ICT network. The director Panchayati Raj, H C Semwal said that the online training programme would be organ- ised for all elected represen- tatives. He said that the online training modules would be uploaded on the portals and websites of the department so that the Panchayat represen- tatives’ can get every infor- mation on their mobile phones. X]?aPSWP]b X]cTaPRc^]^][X]T ]Tcf^aZ^UbRW^^[b ?=BQ =08=8C0; Hearing on the public interest liti- gation filed by Rajya Sabha MP and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy challenging the establishment of Char Dham Devsthanam Management Board in the state, the Uttarakhand high court has directed the petitioner to file a counter affidavit by June 22.The state govern- ment submitted its reply in the court on Thursday after which the division bench of chief justice Ramesh Ranganathan and justice RC Khulbe set the next date for hearing of the petition on June 22. It will be recalled that the Rajya Sabha MP had filed the PIL in the high court contending that the Char Dham Devsthanam Management Board formed by the State government is unconstitutional. The petitioner has stated that the state government taking over manage- ment of the Char Dham shrines and 51 other temples under the control of the said board is a violation of articles 25 and 26 of the Indian constitution. The government’s decision had caused major discontentment among the priests of the affected shrines. According to to Swamy, in the past, similar decisions had also been taken by the state governments of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Maharashtra. He had filed a peti- tion challenging these in the Supreme Court and had won the case. There are various decisions of the Supreme Court already in this matter. In the past the states where such decisions were taken had kept only temples under control while keeping mosques and churches out of the ambit of their decisions. Stating that the logic of Uttarakhand government is actually illogical, Swamy has requested in his petition that the government abstains from any further action till the court pronounces its judgement in his PIL. However, short- ly after Swamy filed the petition chal- lenging the formation of the Char Dham Devsthanam Management Board, the state government appointed an official as the chief executive officer of the board, which shows the intentions of the government, he said. ?=BQ 347A03D= The Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) is planning to demolish all the unauthorised gates installed at the entrances of various resi- dential colonies and housing societies that come under the corporation’s purview. The Dehradun municipal commis- sioner Vinay Shankar Pandey stated on Thursday that sever- al locals of Dehradun have installed gates at the entrances to their colonies to limit the entry of certain people without any consultation and permis- sion of any authority. According to Pandey, MCD manages several important tasks like installation of street lights and maintaining sanita- tion in such colonies that come under the corporation and no resident can install any gate on corporation's land without authorisation. He informed that the cor- poration will prepare a plan within one week for the demo- lition of all unauthorised entry gates. However, those colonies which have permission from authorised bodies like Mussoorie Dehradun Development Authority (MDDA) and Uttarakhand Housing and Urban Development Authority will not be disturbed by MCD, as informed by Pandey. 0' SODQV WR GHPROLVK XQDXWKRULVHG HQWU JDWHV LQ FRORQLHV 2^a_^aPcX^]fX[[ _aT_PaTP_[P]fXcWX] ^]TfTTZU^acWT ST^[XcX^]^UP[[ d]PdcW^aXbTST]cah VPcTb ?=BQ 347A03D= The contagion of the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) in Uttarakhand is showing no signs of any let up. On Thursday, the state health department reported 93 new patients of the disease which increased the tally of Covid-19 affected patients in Uttarakhand to 1655. One patient of the disease died at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Rihsikesh on the day which increased the death toll to 16. On Thursday, 55 patients of the disease were discharged from different hospitals of the state after their complete recov- ery. A total of 886 patients have so far recovered from the dis- ease in Uttarakhand. On the day a 52 year old man, a resident of Muzaffarnagar (UP) and pos- itive for Covid-19 died at AIIMS Rishikesh. The hospital authorities claim that the cause of death was a liver ailment. The mountainous district of Tehri is continuing to scare the health experts as the authorities reported 33 new patients on the disease on Thursday. The district now has 256 cases of the disease. Similarly 29 patients were reported from Dehradun while 16 patients surfaced in Haridwar district. In Rudraprayag district six patients were reported. In Udham Singh Nagar and Chamoli, four and three patients were reported respec- tively. Pauri and Uttarkashi districts reported one patient each on the day. The health department dis- charged 25 patients of the dis- ease in Dehradun district after their recovery on Thursday. Similarly 21 patients from Haridwar and six patients from Pithoragarh district were dis- charged. One patient each was dis- charged from Tehri, Chamoli and Udham Singh Nagar dis- tricts on the day. The additional secretary, state health department, Yugal Kishore Pant said that reports of 1163 samples were found negative for the disease on Thursday. He added that reports of 4654 samples are still awaited by the department. On Thursday, a total of 819 samples were collected for COVID -19 testing. The authorities have so far taken swab samples of 41888 sus- pected patients for COVID-19 test. Out of the total samples taken, 4.52 percent samples have been found positive for the disease. The doubling rate of dis- ease in the state is 16.08 days while the recovery percent in the state is now at 51.13. A total of 22074 persons are kept in institutional quarantine by the state health department. The state now has 747 active patients of the disease. Dehradun with 222 active cases is maintaining its position at top of the table of Covid-19 positive active patients. Tehri district is at second place with 157 active cases. Nainital district is at third position with 117 active cases. Haridwar now has 93 active cases. Rudraprayag has 32 active cases while Pauri has 24 active patients. Pithoragarh district also has 24 active cases while Bageshwar and Champawat have 22 and 17 active cases respectively. Udham Singh Nagar has 20 active patients similarly Almora has six active cases. Chamoli and Uttarkashi districts have nine and three active cases respectively. The state now has 60 con- tainment zones. Haridwar dis- trict has 29 containment zones while Dehradun and Tehri have 20 and eight contain- ment zones respectively. Pauri and Udham Singh Nagar have two and one containment zones respectively. *$_Vh4`gZUaReZV_eddfcWRTVZ_F¶YR_U CP[[haTPRWTb %$$CTWaXfXc]TbbTbbdaVTX]RPbTb ?=BQ 347A03D= Panic gripped the State Government’s secretariat on Thursday as the brother of an employee of the higher education department was found positive for the disease. In an effort to contain the infection, the secretariat administration sealed the office located in the Vishwakarma building and ordered Covid-19 test of all the employees of the office. 2^eXS (bRPaT X]BcPcT BTRaTcPaXPc ?T^_[T`dTdTU^aRWTRZbP]SaTVXbcaPcX^]bP]bb^RXP[SXbcP]RX]VPc0bWPa^SXRWTRZ _^bcQTU^aTT]cTaX]V3TWaPSd] ?X^]TTa_W^c^ 72bTTZbR^d]cTaPUUXSPeXcUa^BfPhX]?8;RWP[[T]VX]V3TebcWP]P1^PaSU^aPcX^] ?=BQ 347A03D= In a decision aimed at pro- viding relief to the industri- al consumers, the state gov- ernment has decided to waive off 33 percent of fixed charges on power tariffs for the lock- down period. The decision was taken after the Government of India (GoI) provided a rebate of C39.42 Crore to the Uttarakhand Power Corporation Limited (UPCL) on the fixed charges. The sec- retary power Radhika Jha said that due to lockdown the industrial activities in the state remained ceased from March 22 to May 17. The UPCL would provide a rebate of 33 percent on the fixed charges to the industrial users for a period of 57 days. It is pertinent to mention here that the State Government had already decided to suspend the collection of fixed charges from the industrial users from March to May. T hey were given an option to settle the fixed charges in four instalments from July to October. The government had also directed the UPCL not to impose any late fee on the fixed charges. 6^eTa]T]c VXeTbaT[XTUc^ X]SdbcaXP[d]Xcb 68E4B0A410C45 ?4A24=C= 58G43270A64B5 ?F4AC0A855B 5AC74 ;2:3F=?4A83

4. ]PcX^]#347A03D=k5A830H k9D=4 !!! ?=BQ =4F34;78 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that India should convert the COVID-19 crisis into a turn- ing point towards becoming a self-reliant nation and urged the industrialists to be bold in making investments, rather than conservative. Reiterating that India’s economy will be back on tracks again, the Prime Minister said the country should concentrate on exports and should be ahead of the importing ratio. Modi was delivering via video conferencing the inau- gural address on the occasion of the 95th annual plenary ses- sion of Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC). “Corona might have slowed our pace of develop- ment, but today the biggest truth of the country is that India has overtaken lockdown and has entered into Unlock Phase one. A large part of the economy has opened up in Unlock Phase one. A lot is going to open after 8th June. That is, Getting Growth Back has started,” said Prime Minister urging the industri- alists to take bold decisions on investments, rather than going on conservative way. Modi also emphasised the need for import-substitution and asked the Industrialists to boost the exporting. “India has the third largest coal reserve in the world! And India also has bold and hard working business leaders like you. Then why coal comes from outside? Why coal is being imported? Sometimes the Government stood in the way and sometimes the poli- cies. But now the work of free- ing the coal sector from these blockages has started. “Now commercial mining in the coal sector has been permitted. Permission has also been granted for the allotment of partially explored blocks. Similarly, in mineral mining too, now companies can do mining work simulta- neously with exploration. Those familiar with this sec- tor are well aware of the far- reaching consequences of these decisions,” said Prime Minister asking industrialists to concentrate on exporting. “Five things are very important to build a self- reliant India and to bring India back on the path of rapid development - Intent, Inclusion, Investment, Infrastructure and Innovation. You will get a glimpse of all these in the bold decisions taken recently. With these decisions, we have made every sector future ready. Thus, today India is ready for a big step towards a new growth- oriented future,” he said seek- ing support of leaders of Indian industry. Modi said that North- East India could become a major hub for organic farming by creating bamboo and organic product clusters in the region. Prime Minister said he has immense confidence in India’s crisis management capability and in the talent of the country’s farmers, entre- preneurs and the many MSMEs. “We will get our economy back,” said Modi. He empha- sised the significance of vir- tual events in the age of coro- navirus. The Prime Minister pointed at the need to manu- facture products which are ‘Made in India’ but are ‘Made for the World’. He had said that Indian industries should take advantage of the trust developed towards India as the world is looking for a trusted and reliable partner. “World is looking for a trusted, reliable partner. India has potential, strength and ability. Today, Indian industries should take advantage of the trust developed in the world towards India... Getting growth back is not that diffi- cult. The biggest thing is that Indian industries have a clear path of self-reliance,” said Modi asking industrialists to take the advantage of the sit- uation. :_UZR¶dVT`_`^jhZ]]SV SRT`_ecRTRXRZ_+`UZ ?bPhb8]SXPbW^d[SR^]eTac2E83 ( RaXbXbX]c^Pcda]X]V_^X]cc^fPaSb QTR^X]VPbT[UaT[XP]c]PcX^] ?=BQ =4F34;78 Urging his force to adapt and adopt new practices in the backdrop of coron- avirus pandemic, Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh said on Thursday lifting of restric- tions now does not mean busi- ness as usual. He also said the Navy is mulling a proposal that personnel over 50 years of age and comorbid may be exempted from carrying out roles which increase the risk of COVID-19 during daily activ- ities including sea going duties. In a message to the rank and file of the Navy, he said relaxation of lockdown restric- tions under “Unlock 1.0” does not mean business as usual. He urged them to adapt and adopt practices to prevent spread of infection. Cautioning that the secu- rity situation on Northern(China) and Western(Pakistan) borders is not good, Singh said there is no let-up in operational deployment by the Navy. Working under COVID-19 restrictions, Navy ships have been sailing continuously for 100 days at a stretch, he added. His remarks assume sig- nificance as India and China are now holding talks to defuse tension on the Line of Actual Control(LAC)in Eastern Ladakh. Similarly, Pakistan is relentlessly violating ceasefire at the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. Meanwhile, listing out the activities undertaken by the Navy to assist countries in the region, the Navy chief said the force has deployed medical assistance teams to Comoros and Mauritius for COVID assistance and has also pro- vided assistance to the Philippines Navy. “Philippines Navy ships were deployed in the Indian Ocean. They sought assistance in repatriation of citizens from Indian ports and medical sup- port for its crew. And Southern Naval Command has done some essential repairs of their ships and now there are moving back to Philippines,” Singh said. Under Mission Sagar, the Navy has deployed INS Kesari for providing medical aid and support to Indian Ocean lit- toral States. On round the clock vigil despite coronavirus restric- tions, he said in May, Navy’s offshore patrol vessel INS Sunayna entered Kochi after more than 80 days on anti- piracy deployment in the Gulf of Aden. The ship sustained the last 80 days of the Mission Based Deployment without entering any port. It was fuelled and resupplied by tankers of the Indian Navy and US Navy. In the beginning of the lock down phase, the Navy chief in his message had asked the rank and file to redouble current efforts to ensure that all personnel and their fami- lies are safe. The Services were the last bastion and “if the caregivers become careseekers it would be a big problem.” “ “We have to ensure that our operational assets, specif- ically ships and submarines, remain free from the virus. It is a very difficult task because physical distancing onboard ships and especially sub- marines is very tough… but physically we will maintain the required distance of six feet,” he had said in a video message released to the force. He also said everyone should keep the guard up and “retain our sights on being combat ready.” “Operational readiness must remain an important priority. We should hope for the best and plan for the worst. We need to be ready for the worst case sce- nario. It is going to be a long battle.” Once the lockdown is lift- ed, the movement of person- nel would be done in a delib- erate and coordinated fashion. It might be delayed but there should be no rush, he had stat- ed. P °?WX[X__X]Tb=PehbWX_bfTaTST_[^hTSX]cWT8]SXP]RTP]CWTh b^dVWcPbbXbcP]RTX]aT_PcaXPcX^]^URXcXiT]bUa^8]SXP]_^acbP]S TSXRP[bd__^acU^aXcbRaTf0]SB^dcWTa]=PeP[2^P]SWPbS^]T b^TTbbT]cXP[aT_PXab^UcWTXabWX_bP]S]^fcWTaTPaT^eX]VQPRZc^ ?WX[X__X]Tb±BX]VWbPXSD]STaXbbX^]BPVPacWT=PehWPbST_[^hTS 8=B:TbPaXU^a_a^eXSX]VTSXRP[PXSP]Sbd__^acc^8]SXP]RTP] [Xcc^aP[BcPcTb P ]a^d]ScWTR[^RZeXVX[STb_XcTR^a^]PeXadbaTbcaXRcX^]bWTbPXSX] Ph=Peh³b^UUbW^aT_Pca^[eTbbT[8=BBd]Ph]PT]cTaTS:^RWXPUcTa ^aTcWP]'SPhb^]P]cX_XaPRhST_[^hT]cX]cWT6d[U^U0ST]CWT bWX_bdbcPX]TScWT[Pbc'SPhb^UcWTXbbX^]1PbTS3T_[^hT]c fXcW^dcT]cTaX]VP]h_^ac8cfPbUdT[[TSP]SaTbd__[XTSQhcP]ZTab^U cWT8]SXP]=PehP]SDB=Peh ?=BQ =4F34;78 The CBI on Thursday con- ducted searches at the offi- cial/residential premises of nine accused including the then officials of Punjab National Bank and private persons at Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), Kolkata (West Bengal), Jammu (JK), Bhubaneswar and Cuttack (both in Odisha) in a bank fraud case. A CBI spokesperson said the agency recovered incrimi- nating documents and locker keys during the searches. The agency registered a case under Indian Penal Code Sections relating to criminal conspiracy, cheating and under relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act on a complaint from Punjab National Bank (PNB) against four officials of the public sec- tor lender. The officials of the PNB’s Station Square Branch, Bhubaneswar, accused in the case include the then Chief Manager; the then Assistant General Manager, the then Chief Manager and the then Senior Manager. Bhubaneswar-based pri- vate firm Global Trading Solutions Ltd., its Managing Director, two former directors and one current director and unknown officials of PNB besides unknown others. It was alleged that the said PNB officials had entered into a conspiracy with the private firm through its said Director(s) in the matter relat- ing to fraud perpetrated in pro- cessing, sanctioning and dis- bursing CC facility, bill dis- counting and issuing Letters of Credit to the accused firm during 2010-15, the spokesper- son said. It was further alleged that the said private firm had ille- gally diverted the funds received from the bank to its sister/ group companies and mis-utilised the same beyond the scope of funds sanctioned/ disbursed, he said. It was also alleged that the bank officials did not verify the genuineness of the business activities of said private com- pany/firm. An alleged loss to the tune of C31.92 crore was caused to the PNB. Nagmani Satyanarayana Prasad, the then Chief Manager; S C Sharma, the then Assistant General Manager; Manoranjan Dash, the then Chief Manager and Priyotosh Das, the then Senior Manager (all of Punjab National Bank, Station Square Branch, Bhubaneswar) have been named as accused in the case besides the private firm. Abinash Mohanty, Managing Director; Shri Kaushik Mohanty, Ex-Director; Shri Anshuman Samantaray, Ex-Director; Shri Bidhubhusan Nayak, Director (all of Global Trading Solutions Ltd., Bhubaneswar). 218aPXSbd[cX_[T [^RPcX^]bX]C Ra ?=1UaPdSRPbT0218b_^ZTb_Tab^] bPXScWTPVT]Rh aTR^eTaTS X]RaXX]PcX]V S^RdT]cbP]S [^RZTaZThbSdaX]V cWTbTPaRWTb ?=BQ =4F34;78 The southwest monsoon arrived in Maharashtra, Goa and Odisha on Thursday with rains lashing some coastal parts of these States. As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast, heavy rainfall in some parts of Maharashtra and Odisha in the next 48 hours. Heavy rain- fall could trigger landslides in the Ghat areas and Konkan and Madhya Maharashtra are on orange alert. Meanwhile, a flood warning system for Mumbai is to be launched on June 12. The system was joint- ly conceived by scientists from the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, India Meteorological Department (IMD), and National Centre for Coastal Research (NCCR), Chennai. The southwest monsoon has arrived in Maharashtra. The onset line is passing over Harnai, Solapur, Ramagundum (Telangana) and Jagdalpur (Chhattisgarh), IMD Mumbai centre's deputy director general K S Hosalikar said. Conditions are favourable for further advancement in some more parts of Maharashtra in next 48 hours. Heavy rainfall warn- ings are issued, he said. In the last few days, pre- monsoon showers hit several parts of the state, including Mumbai and its suburbs. The Mumbai civic body last week issued an advisory fearing rise in monsoon-relat- ed diseases in addition to the coronavirus infections. It asked citizens to visit nearby clinics or inform com- munity health volunteers if they experience symptoms like fever with chills, joint pains, rashes, cough, breath- lessness, diarrhoea, vomiting and sore throat. The Southwest Monsoon set

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