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The Union Home Ministry on Saturday issued guidelines to open up malls, hotels, hospitality ser- vices and religious places from June 8 with strict social dis- tancing norms, like wearing of mask, etc. The decision to open schools and colleges will be decided by the States in con- sultation with stakeholders in July. The lockdown guidelines will be applicable in contain- ment zones up to June 30 and only essential services will be permitted in these areas. The MHA’s new guidelines say after assessment of the sit- uation, opening up of interna- tional airlines, metro rail, cin- ema halls, swimming pools, bars, auditoriums and social political gathering will be decided later. The night curfew will remain in place and movement of individuals shall remain strictly prohibited between 9 pm and 5 am throughout the country, except for essential services. Local authorities are per- mitted to implement Section 144 in this regard, said the MHA giving more power to States. “Schools, colleges, educa- tional/training/coaching insti- tutions etc will be opened after consultations with States and UTs,” the MHA said, adding that the States may hold con- sultations at the institution level with parents and other stakeholders. Based on the feedback, a decision on the re- opening of these institutions will be taken in July, said the MHA. Containment zones’ geo- graphical area and demarcation will be decided by the States and powers are given to local authorities for house to house and patient tracing. States are empowered to demarcate buffer zones outside contain- ment zones were new cases likely to occur, said the MHA. “In the containment zones, only essential activities shall be allowed. There shall be strict perimeter control to ensure that there is no movement of peo- ple in or out of these zones, except for medical emergencies and maintaining supply of essential goods and services,” said the guidelines, empower- ing local administration for strict implementation to con- tain Covid-19 pandemic areas. There shall be no restric- tion on inter-State or intra-State movements of persons and goods. However, States are empowered to take a decision on not allowing this based on public health scenario, said the new guidelines. The guidelines insisted that wearing of mask in public places is compulsory and also said that persons above 65 and children below 10 years and pregnant women and patients are advised to stay at home. ?=BQ =4F34;78 One year into his second term, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday listed abrogation of Article 370 and inclusion of Jammu Kashmir into the mainstream, criminalising the practice of Triple Talaq, Citizenship Amendment Act, and cross- border air strikes as the “bold decisions” of his Government, which, he said, is on the path to overcoming the coronavirus pandemic with the collective resolve of 130 crore Indians. Addressing the country through a letter, the PM said clearing of several administra- tive bottlenecks, major improvement of infrastructure, and freeing the country from the swamp of corruption in the first term had given the right momentum to the governance in the second term. Modi took note of the fact that the coronavirus had sud- denly put brake on the speed of development of the country which in comparison to nations with powers having great eco- nomic resources and state -of- the-art healthcare system is “besieged with problems amidst a vast population and limited resources.” The PM, however, assured that the country was “on way to overcome the crisis created by the pandemic.” He said India must become self-reliant. “Many feared that India will become a problem for the world when corona hits it. But today, through sheer confidence and resilience, you have transformed the way the world looks at us,” he said. In his address, Modi, for the first time, specifically men- tioned the troubles faced by the migrant workers due to the lockdown announced on March 24 to contain the pan- demic with many walking on foot to their native destinations. “In a crisis of this magni- tude, it can certainly not be claimed that no one suffered any inconvenience or discom- fort. Our labourers, migrant workers, artisans and craftsmen in small-scale industries, hawk- ers and such fellow country- men have undergone tremen- dous suffering,” Modi said. However, the PM said, “We have to take care to ensure that the inconveniences we are facing do not turn into disas- ters” and people have shown patience and followed rules and “this is one of the impor- tant reasons for India being safer and in a better state than many other countries”. “This is a long battle but we have started traversing the path to victory, and victory is our collective resolve,” Modi said. He short-listed feats of his Government in the last one year which also included “ami- cable solution” of the vexed and long-pending Ram Mandir- Babri Masjid dispute by the unanimous SC verdict. ?=BQ =4F34;78 In a bizarre incident, an Air India’s Delhi-Moscow Airbus A-320 Neo (VT-EXR) flight was forced to return midway on Saturday morning after ground team realised that the pilot was tested corona positive. The VT-EXR Air India Flight was on its way to Moscow, under the Vande Bharat Mission to bring back stranded Indians. Somewhere near Uzbekistan, the crew was informed that one of the pilots onboard has tested positive for Covid-19 and they were called back immediately as per protocol. This was a ferry flight, so only the crew was on board with around 6 people. The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will probe the lapses. “Prima facie, this appears to be a lapse” as the pilot was not supposed to be on the plane if he was found positive,” DGCA officials said. ?=BQ =4F34;78 With tension continuing at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said here on Saturday that India and China are engaged at diplomatic and mil- itary levels to resolve the face- offs. Making it clear that the issue is bilateral, Rajnath also said this was conveyed to his US counterpart Mark Esper in telephonic conversation on Friday. It is the first time that a Minister has given a statement on the stand-offs. Rajnath also said the coun- try should be assured that, “We will not allow India’s dig- nity to be hurt under any cir- cumstances.” He went on to add that India has always tried to main- tain a peaceful relation with its neighbours. “We do not seek to challenge any nation,” he said. =0E8=D?037H0HQ =4F34;78 Any hope that the blazing sun or a favourable plane- tary configuration — if not the claustrophobic lockdown or some alternative medicine or malarkey — could slow down the relentless march of coron- avirus across the globe seems to be misplaced. The hopes of any approaching “global peak out” was dashed on May 29 when the world reported 1.25 lakh fresh cases and more than 5,000 deaths. This was the largest single-day spike since the start of the outbreak five months ago in China’s Wuhan province. It was a black Friday for the globe in its fight against the undead enemy. For the better part of May, the world report- ed around 90,000 fresh cases every day. Beginning the month at a figure of 33,94,152, the number swelled to 60,31,023 across the globe on May 29 with the addition of 1,25,048 cases during the day itself. Friday’s 35 per cent spike above the monthly average is a clear pointer to two things: Coronavirus is constantly on the move to find new hunt- ing ground; and removal of lockdown will come with a price. The global picture could be a serious cause of concern for epidemiologists and world leaders who were expecting that at some point in time the virus would lose steam and the world would learn to live it. The globe was reporting around 80K-95K cases till May 10. Then it saw a sudden spike and recorded 1,06,000 new cases on May 25. Commenting on the sudden rise in the num- ber of cases, WHO Director- General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “We still have a long way to go in this pandemic.” We are very con- cerned about rising cases in low and middle-income countries.” May 21 was another big day with a spike of 1,00,000 plus cases, followed by May 22 when the world reported 1,07,000 cases. And then came Friday, May 29, when coron- avirus struck in a big way leav- ing 1.25 lakh new patients and over 5,000 dead in a day. It’s obvious that as the world begins to reopen after nearly two-months of lock- down, the virus gears up to take advantage of the security breach in the geographical ter- rain it has already conquered. Secondly, after leaving tens of thousands dead and millions infected in Europe and the USA, the virus has found new theaters of play — South America and India. 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Despite being a Sunday people would be up early and bathe. After all, they were about to see Lord Ram come alive. In fact, many people would not eat till after the episode ended since they had to do puja and eat prasad before starting their day. Such was the craze for the show that over the years almost everychannelsincethenhasrun a mythological show. For many it is a recollection of the takes that they had heard from their grandparents, for others it is the back story to a story and for some others it is the best way for the kids to know more about their culture, Gods and Goddesses. Tarun Khanna who has played Lord Shiva eight times and is currently seen as Mahadev in Devi Aadi Parashakti on Dangal TV tells you that this generation doesn’t know much about our history. “Ram and Krishna, I believe were real people. That is why we celebrate Diwali. These are true events but there is no one written record. There are so many versions of Ramayan. When you don’t know your history and you want to know about it, these programmes in the name of mythology shows giveyouasneakpeekofthepast, peoplewatchthembecausethey want to stay connected to their roots.Inthismythologyaretheir Gods — Vishnu and his avatars and Shiva. People want to watch them again and again and the stories of their manifestations,” Khanna explains. Another attraction is to see how an actor will play a certain character and how the makers will interpret the era. “When I tellyouastory,thereissomepart in that story where the person will have his own interpretation while narrating it. These alternations make things interesting.Peoplewanttoknow how the makers and the actors would play it on the screen,” Khanna says. Vishal Karwal, who plays Lord Krishna in Dwarkadheesh-Bhagwan Shri Krishna that airs on Dangal TV says that the when he used to watch TV back in the 90s, the shows were so good and progressive. But since the 2000s the content has been somewhat regressive. “There are not many shows that are happy and one can learn from them. But from mythological shows, one can learn life lessons and are a visual treat too. There is so much positivity in them,” he says. Arpit Machhar, head of marketing, Enterr10 Television Network tells you that historically, mythological shows especially Ramayan has always hadastrongappealwithviewers. “Re-runs of some popular mythological and costume drama shows like Chandragupt Maurya, Mahima Shanidev Ki and Dwarkadheesh, Devi Adi Parashakti were already being broadcasted before the lockdown. The re-run of 2008 Ramayan during the lockdown was soon extended to one hour a day because of viewership interest. Within the first week itself,theslotgrewby45percent indicating enthusiasm. We have understood that mythological content appeals to viewers and they find a connect with these shows,” Machhar says. One is told that producing a mythological show is a very different ballgame as compared to regular fictional shows since the audience has a preconceived notionaboutthecostumesofthe characters, the look and feel of the sets and it is the makers responsibilitytostanduptotheir expectations. “The mythological stories tend to have a lot of versions in different parts of the country and people are also sensitive about it. Hence, the research becomes the most important part of the whole process. Additionally, the grandeur of a period drama is at a different level, in terms of set size, location, costumes, number of artists and the post production team involved,” he tells you. There is a reason why many of the mythological stories revolve around Ramayan, Mahabharat or on Shiv and Krishna. “These are the most common stories that people have heard at least once. The audiencetendstoresonatemore with them,” Machhar tells you. Ishita Ganguly who plays Mahakali/GoddessUma/Parvati in Jag Jaanani Maa Vaishno Devi-Kahani Mata Rani Ki that airs on Star Bharat tells you that the reason why she chose to be part of mythological shows is because our epics have so much to tell and very few people know everything about our Gods and Goddesses. “I am from Kolkata and devout of Ma Kali. The role is so challenging and I get to play many shades. The drama, colours and costumes come alive so beautifullythatitattractedmeto the show,” Ganguly says. She agrees that the same holds true for the audience too. “The characters in mythological shows are larger than life, they are Gods and Goddesses. It is not just the dialogues but the VFX, the research that goes into costumes and character, it takes time to flesh these out. Also, for the audience to see a God whom they pray to come alive, is a pull. For the children, such shows are the perfect way to know about our mythology since both parents are working and live in nuclear families. The idea of listening to stories from grandparents is a thing of thepast.Suchshowsarenotonly entertaining because there is a story behind a story but you get to learn life lessons as well,” Ganguly tells you. Sha points out a case. “Take theJag Jaanani…. Wetalk about woman empowerment. Maha Kali is the perfect roop that talks about how a strong energy can kill negativity and false ego. When you watch such shows, it gives out a message to women that they can be strong and positive.Menalsoneedtorealise this. As a woman, if I can make another woman become strong, I feel obliged that I got to play this role,” Ganguly says. [email protected]@[email protected]?BD9?C A]R_J`fcDeRj2e9`^VHVV 6+,9,1 1$5$1* VKRW WR IDPH DIWHU SODLQJ 5DQYLMD 6LQJK LQ (N 9HHU .L $UGDDV9HHUD 7KH DFWRU VSHDNV ZLWK 6+$/,1, 6$.6(1$ KRZ KH UHFHQWO PHW ZLWK DQ DFFLGHQW DQG KDG WR XQGHUJR D VXUJHU KRZ PXFK IXQ KH KDG GRLQJ D PXVLF YLGHR DQG ZKDW KH ORYHV ZDWFKLQJ Q Hope all good with your hand and you are doing better. Yes, all good. I am much better. It has been three weeks since the accident. The pain is still there but bearable now. It will take time, around two months before all is back to normal; I cut my tendons. It was such a freak thing and happened in a fraction of a second. I slipped and I tried to break my fall and fell on a glass top table. Though I knew that the injury was serious I was calm and drove myself to the hospital. Q Did playing Ranvijay Sampooran Singh propel you to stardom? Initially, when I started my first show, Suvreen Guggal-Topper of The Year, I wasn’t aware of how things worked. I am from Delhi, didn’t know how the industry worked and was entering a new world. It was the love for my craft that made me stand where I was at that time. The good was that it was a hit show and realised that people liked my work. Then came Ranvijay. The kind of craze and how people connected with me as the character and the series was totally different. I got to see first-hand mass following. It was a changing experience. This show made my image — that I was more than a pretty face and could act. Q What made you take to acting? There was attraction towards cinema and acting like any other person. But I knew that fame was never the trajectory. I was not the kind who wanted to do a reality show to get recognition. I was attracted to the world of acting and filmmaking. I took to modeling and got the offer doing a TV. When I heard the script and took it up to look how things worked. I gave my 100 per cent to the show. My journey was a fairytale. First day in Mumbai and first day of shoot. Q Was it tough for a Delhi boy to be in Mumbai? It was tough. Taking a decision to leave Delhi and go to a new city from where one had got a call not knowing if it was hoax or I was truly selected for a TV show. I was in college and my parents are a working class. There were many questions but I took a risk and here I am. Q How did you come on board for Khatron Ke Khiladi 10? I never did it because of the name. It was due to what the show represents. It has been eight years since I have been in this industry and it had been coming my way again and again. This time I asked myself it was time to face what was holding me back and face my fear and took it up. I haven’t taken it up to make a name for myself but to test myself and how much I can push myself. It was not taken up to entertain anybody. Q Youhavealso doneamusicvideo. How much fun was it? It was definitely a different experience. From the very beginning I never restricted myself to a medium. Acting is acting. I am askedifIaminterestedinTVorfilms.Ihave donethreemusicvideostillnow.Iamhappy to explore myself and happy with my choices. Q Usually films are the endgame. Is it the same for you? For me, it is always the work. I believe we are infinite but the world tries to limit us by giving you titles. It has always been goal to do diverse work. I have done ads, music videos, TV shows and a film as well on Hotstar. Q People watch you in series. What do you watch? After work, I of course don’t watch my own shows. I watch whatever looks promising and pick up stuff as an audience rather than to critique it. I watch regional show as well. I try to be neutral and not dissect it. I love to see English shows since you learn from them. Q Your best fan moment. There have been so many. Over time, you take each fan moment in your stride and thank God for putting me there. You take it as a gesture of kindness and get a sense of gratitude. Wherever I go, whether in India or aboard, I get so much love. I have even done a show in Indonesia, the fans are so nice and good to you. I got so many messages enquiring after this injury. It was overwhelming. This makes me work harder towards my craft. Q What was your international project about? It was a TV show. I was offered this project because Veera was such a hit in Indonesia. It was fun to do and a different experience. [email protected] [email protected] 2^Rk`_AcZ^VHVSDVcZVd *VaZd`UVd Z_X+;RZUVVa2Y]RhRe?VVcR[ RSZR_U`eYVcd Ac`UfTVUSj+2_fdYRDYRc^R CReVU+* ! I learnt four things by watching the Amazon Prime thriller series Paatal Lok. One, online entertainment is deeper, faster and more engaging than mere cinema. Two, content is packaged and sold here without the wing clipper called funds and censorship and is, thus, delectably raw yet refined. Three, viewers who have en masse switched to online entertainment, are going to stay there even after lockdown, thanks to the depth and nuance provided to them. Four, and most importantly, web series can be a good platform to enrich your glossary of Hindi abuses. Having said this, the real value of online entertainment lies in Anushka Sharma’s production Paatal Lok which flowers on a story that’s grounded, real and tense. The thriller engages you with acumen, earthiness and pace, leading you from episode to episode on a binge prescription. Jaideep Ahlawat is the quintessential cop disillusioned with a system which has sidelined him to the noxious peripheries of hell, which he calls Paatal Lok, a world from where very many police procedurals have emanated. Paatal Lok opens with many questions and the best thing about it is that through all its nine episodes, it manages to dodge the answers, instead, throwing intrigue, drama and, of course, wholesome gaalis at you, making you finally admit that the series does have the licence to abuse making it situationally the need of the hour. Ahlawat as an out of sorts cop, lands with a case of a lifetime to salvage his botched-up reputation. He does the groundwork like the seasoned, low-ranked inspector that he is despite the rust that has gathered on his starless uniform over years of inactivity. A TV journalist star is about to be shot before the gang is busted by Crime Branch, never mind, after an aborted mission. Things, however, are not a wee bit simple as they look. The onion layering of the plot gives viewers a time of their nail-biting life. And, one gets to thank high heavens that unlike most web series, this one does not throw a Season 2 at you. A complete, gritty police department thriller is just what the doctor, or should we say, the Prime Minister, prescribed for a healthy time for home quarantine. The other good thing about the series is that it tugs at you with a reality ridden narrative which makes you understand the underbelly of police-criminal- political connection that will never die, only come dressed in new garbs to what they call oil the system. The acting, plot, story, ambience, dialogue — all collude to make Paatal Lok a talking point for viewers, starved of impactful content. *ULWW WKULOOHU VWUDLJKW IURP KHOO [email protected]?E:?6 65:E:@? 6c`d?`h VaZd`UVd Z_X+CR_gZcDY`cVjAfcSZ;`dYZ @^ZGRZUjRGVXRER^`eZR AZe`SSRdYEcZaReYj CReVU+' ! I n this lockdown, we hear of crazy and funny things that people are doing to keep the blues away. Taking a leaf out of that, OTT platforms are coming up with Originals that will tickle the funny bone. The latest is Metro Park Quarantine Edition. There are several things that work here. First, each episode is between five to 10 minutes. One can watch these while taking a break in-between work or to refresh the mind if one is studying for an entrance exam. Second, it gives a sneak peek into crazy and funny things that people are doing. There is an episode where the lady of the house coaxes her son to be part of a haircut experiment by putting a steel bowl on the head to get the shape correct. Or a scene where a group of men, via webinar, have a party and tell each their lockdown problems and why they have their wives’ display picture. Theeditionisanextensionofthe Metro Park series about an Indian Gujarati family — Payal and Kalpesh Patel and their children, living in Metro Park in America. In the Quarantine edition, there is drama and lots of hilarious situations that find a connect with what people are doing in real life. Take the case of Kanan (Omi Vaidya) who in order to protect himself from the Coronavirus picks his mail with a pair of tongs and then microwaves them to kill the virus. Or the time when he self-quarantines himselfinaroombecausehesuspects he is COVID-19 positive and wants to protect himself. The director and editor need to beapplauded.Eachoftheactorswere home bound and shot their pieces individuallyandnowheredoesitgive the impression that Vaidya is in Washington DC, Rnvir Shorey in Mumbai, Purbi Joshi in LA, California and Vega Tamotia in Delhi. The mini-series couldn’t have come at a better time, typically when islookingatcreativewaystocomeup with ideas on a tight budget. Kudos to the actors for their performance given the restriction. A big pat on the back to family members who turned directors for the series. The camera work is bound to be simple but the performance catches attention. Shorey and Joshi are a delight as in Vaidya and his paranoia relate to the Coronavirus. Though the episodes are entertaining they come with a message on how there is need to be well-informed and not believe everything that is shared on social media platforms. A fun way to spend one’s chutti given the lockdown and no stopping the rising number of cases. 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3. 347A03D=kBD=30H k0H !! c^f]WP[[ What is most wonderful on the living planet? It is undoubtedly the biodiversity. What is needed to be protected, conserved and enhanced at the first place is biodiversity. Biodiversity must be the primacy of all ideas, plans, all programmes and all projects. Biodiversity must be central to all celebrations of life. Biodiversity is the very foundation of sustainability. There can be no sustainability without the consideration and operationalisation of biodiversity conservation. Biodiversity is not just totality of all life forms. It also encompasses the ecological processes with which it flowers with great varieties at genetic, species, community and ecosystem levels. “Celebrate Biodiversity” is the theme ascribed to the World Environment Day 2020 to be marked on June 5. We Indians have been celebrating forests, trees and all forms of life. Our culture has sacred notions for soil, land, species, rivers and all shapes and colours of life. The most outstanding celebration is reflected in the variety of genetic resources we have been cultivating and conserving on farm in our agricultural systems. An extraordinarily broad genetic base of all food and non-food crops and livestock is worth appreciating. About 5000 years ago we used to derive our foods from as many as 5000 plants. We used to cultivate about 60,000 varieties of rice and rear hundreds of livestock breeds. Our agriculture throughout its 10,000 years old history has been replete with biodiversity. Indian farmers continuously enriched agriculture by adding more and more biodiversity. Spelling out the beauty, fragrance and numerous virtues of agro-biodiversity, our agriculture is a unique example of biodiversity celebration. However, the so- called Green Revolution that began in the West and landed at Indian soil in 1960s, has squeezed out most of the agro- biodiversity from cultivation practices. The Green Revolution type agriculture depended on a limited number of so-called HYVs (high-yield varieties). The HYVs are fertiliser-responsive and their high yield potential can only be sustained by applying high doses of chemical fertilisers and frequent irrigation. Since narrow base of species and genetic biodiversity in agriculture is extremely susceptible to insect and disease onslaughts, plant protection measures dependent on life-annihilating pesticides became necessary for realising yield potential of HYVs. Biodiversity and sustainability go hand in hand. The higher the level of biodiversity, the greater the degree of sustainability. What is worst in modern agriculture is raising the crops in monocultures. Monocultures are extremely vulnerable to various diseases and insect pests. Biodiversity in nature creates barriers against damaging agents in nature, physical as well as biological. It imparts resilience to ecosystems. Resilience is an essential attribute of biodiversity for operationalising sustainability. Among the three major processes of species extinction – natural, mass level, and anthropogenic – the anthropogenic, that is, due to human activities, is the worst and most impactful. At present we face the danger of losing as many as one million species. It is estimated that due to adverse human activities we shall have lost about 50 per cent of the total species by the end of the 21st century. Biodiversity depletion accelerates processes of unsustainability and creates an environment of economic uncertainty. Continuous biodiversity loss and faster pace of species’ extinction would snatch hope of ushering in a sustainable and happy future. The “Celebrate Biodiversity” notion at the heart of the World Environment Day in 2020 helps awaken our consciousness for the greatest value of life (that lies in biodiversity), calls for conservation and augmentation of Earth’s biodiversity, and makes us reinvent our socio-cultural values based on biodiversity of the Nature. Let this wonderful world of ours blossom with biodiversity in its climax form. Our own survival, our health, our safety, our material progress, our hopes, our sustainability, our future, and our happiness all depend on biodiversity. Celebrating diversity is an imperative of our life. Let us celebrate by preserving, protecting, conserving ameliorating, sustainably utilising and appreciating biodiversity of the Earth. (The author is a Professor of Environmental Science in GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology) 3J G:CD:?89 2T[TQaPcTQX^SXeTabXchU^a 2T[TQaPcX]V[XUT ?=BQ 347A03D= With the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issuing guidelines for Unlock 1- the phased reopening of areas outside containment zones from June 1, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said on Saturday that the state will draft a plan for implementation of the latest guidelines received from the Government of India. The National Disaster Management Authority has directed extension of the lockdown in containment zones upto June 30 and reopening prohibited activities in a phased manner in areas outside containment zones. Rawat said that attempts are being made to gradually resume economic activities while maintaining necessary precautions to check the Covid-19 contagion. Providing maximum relief to the people is being attempted, he added. According to the latest MHA guidelines, in areas outside containment zones, all activities will be permitted expect a few which will be allowed, with the stipulation of following SOPs to be prescribed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), in a phased manner. In the first phase, religious places, hotels restaurants and other hospitality services and shopping malls will be allowed to open from June 8. In the second phase, schools, colleges and other educational institutions will be opened after consultations with the States. The State Governments may hold consultations at the institution level with parents and other stakeholders and based on the feedback, a decision on reopening these institutions will be taken in July. Based on the assessment of the situation, dates for restarting cinema halls, gymnasiums, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums, social/political/sports/entertainment/cultu ral/religious and other large congregations will be decided in the third phase. While the State Government may prohibit certain activities outside containment zones or impose restrictions deemed necessary based on its assessment of the situation, there shall be no restriction on inter-state and intra- state movement of persons and goods. No separate permission/approval will be required for such movements. Meanwhile, wearing of face cover will be compulsory in public places, workplaces and during transport. Individuals must maintain a minimum distance of six feet in public places. Large public gatherings will remain prohibited with maximum 50 guests allowed in marriage related gathering and maximum 20 allowed in a funeral/last rites. 6WDWH WR SODQ LPSOHPHQWDWLRQ RI 8QORFN JXLGHOLQHV 0 ?=BQ 347A03D= After showing the biggest single day jump of 216 new patients a day before and consistently recording high numbers in the past week, Saturday provided some relief with the state health department reporting 33 new patients of the novel Corona virus (Covid-19). With them the toll of the disease in Uttarakhand mounted to 749. Five patients who were positive for the disease have so far died in the state and 102 have recovered from the disease. On the day, 21 patients were reported from Dehradun while five patients surfaced in the worst hit Nainital district. Four patients were reported from Tehri while health department found three patients from Haridwar district. In Dehradun, the Covid-19 is continuing to wreck havoc in the Niranjanpur sabzi mandi. On Saturday seven new patients were reported from among the vegetable brokers and their staff members. So far 26 patients have been found in the Mandi which has forced authorities to shut down a portion of the vegetable mandi. Ten patients reported on the day have travel recently from Maharashtra. In Haridwar and Nainital districts all the new patients reported on Saturday have a travel history from Mumbai. Similarly the four patients reported from Tehri district on the day too have a travel history from virus infested state of Maharashtra. Nainital district is maintaining its lead in the list of active cases with 205 such patients while Dehradun district is at second spot with 141 active cases. Tehri district with 74 active patients is at third position. Haridwar has 44 active cases while Almora has 42 active patients. Udham Singh Nagar district has 35 active cases and Pauri has 24 active patients of the dreaded disease. Pithoragarh district has 21 active patients while Bageshwar has 16 active cases. Uttarkashi has 13 active cases while Chamoli and Champawat have 11 and eight active cases respectively. Rudraprayag district is at bottom of table with five active patients of Covid-19. The additional secretary, state health department, Yugal Kishore Pant said reports of 819 samples were found negative for the disease on Saturday. He added that reports of 5232 samples are still awaited by the department. On Saturday, a total of 1269 samples were collected for COVID -19 testing. The authorities have so far taken swab samples of 28433 suspected patients for COVID-19 test. Out of the total samples taken, 3.25 percent samples have been found positive for the disease. On Saturday, the rate of recovery from the COVID-19 in the state slid further down to 14.03 percent. The doubling rate of the disease has shown some improvement and is now at 5.23 days. 4`gZUT`f_e^`f_ede`(%*Z_DeReV =4F?0C84=CB A4?AC43= B0CDA30H ?=BQ 347A03D= There is no cause for worry due to number of Covid-19 positive cases having increased in recent days in Uttarakhand. Community spread has not occurred in the State yet. Stating this, the chief secretary Utpal Kumar Singh said that all the cases are either due to travel history or contact and all of these have already been under monitoring. A rise in the total cases is possible in the coming days but in about a fortnight there will be a drop in the number of active cases. Addressing the media, Singh said that the State’s doubling rate has shown some improvement in the past three days while the positivity rate is less than the national average. The Covid-19 mortality rate in Uttarakhand is less than one per cent compared to the national average of about 2.8 per cent. The State is laying special focus on patient care management and contact tracing. A strict system is being followed in the 31 containment zones in the state. Singh further said that attempts are being made to increase the number of Covid tests. In the first week, the average sample per day was one which increased to 834 in the 16th week and will soon rise to 1,000 per day. About 5,500 people per million in Dehradun and about 3,185 per million in Nainital are being tested, which is higher than the national average. Efforts are also being made to increase the number of testing labs and the number of tests in other districts. Analysis of the contagion in Uttarakhand reveals that 41 per cent cases are asymptomatic, 53 per cent have very mild symptoms, 4.5 per cent have medium while 1.74 per cent have more symptoms. The state doesn’t have serious cases, he added. Singh further informed that most of the migrants wanting to return to Uttarakhand had come back. Out of the 2.62 lakh who had registered online, 1.81 lakh have returned while the remaining and now less willing to return. Stating that the pandemic has created a challenging situation, he stressed that there was no need to panic as the government is fully prepared. With discipline, patience and courage, the state will soon bring Covid-19 under control in Uttarakhand, he added. ?=BQ 347A03D= The secretary medical health and family welfare Amit Negi has said that the state Government is not allowing any hindrance in providing budget for the war against the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19). He was addressing a video conferencing session with the district level officers on Saturday. In the meeting, he held elaborate discussion with every district magistrate (DM) and chief medical officer (CMO) and took stock of their requirements and demands. He also reviewed the arrangements at the dedicate Covid care hospitals in the districts and directed them to take measures needed for effective control of the disease. Negi said that doctors, staff nurses and technicians should be deployed in sufficient numbers and recruitment on outsource should be made. The secretary said that necessary budget for arrangement related with Covid-19 is being provided instantly by the state administration. He said that in view of increasing cases of the disease all districts should strengthen their Covid care centres, availability of ambulances, centralised supply of oxygen and other preparations for controlling the contagion. He said that the rate of testing of swab samples should be increased and for it the state administration has sent six True Nat machines. On a stern note, he said that the earmarked hospitals should be reserved only for treatment of Covid patients and the other patients should be sent to the private hospitals covered under the Atal Ayushman Uttarakhand Yojana and Ayushman Bharat. Negi said that the data provided by the Asha workers after screening of patients at fever clinics should be carefully examined. It was decided that the Narendra Nagar hospital of Tehri would be made Covid care hospital, level II. ?=BQ 347A03D= Amrita Rawat, former Minister and wife of Cabinet Minister Satpal Maharaj has reportedly tested positive for Covid-19. This was stated by Health department sources. It is stated that she may have contracted the virus from some visitors from Delhi who had visited Maharaj’s residence in Dehradun some days ago. DELQHW 0LQLVWHU¶V ZLIH WHVWV SRVLWLYH 0ccT_cbPaTQTX]VPSTc^ VaPSdP[[haTbdTTR^]^XR PRcXeXcXTbfWX[TPX]cPX]X]V ]TRTbbPah_aTRPdcX^]bc^RWTRZ cWT2^eXS (R^]cPVX^]?a^eXSX]V PgXdaT[XTUc^cWT_T^_[TXb QTX]VPccT_cTSAPfPc _^UUTd_g_bbiQSdYfUSQcUc Y[Uid_Tb_`Y^QV_bd^YWXd*3C 7TP[cWbTRaTcPahaTeXTfb P]cX2^eXSTPbdaTb ,Q WKH PHHWLQJ KH KHOG HODERUDWH GLVFXVVLRQ ZLWK HYHU GLVWULFW PDJLVWUDWH DQG FKLHI PHGLFDO RIILFHU DQG WRRN VWRFN RI WKHLU UHTXLUHPHQWV DQG GHPDQGV ?=BQ 347A03D= Uttarakhand Congress has raised objection over the State Government’s decision to hand over the powers of releasing funds for the schemes under district plans to the district magistrates (DM) and Ministers in charges in the absence of district planning committees. The Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president Pritam Singh said that the decision taken by the state cabinet on Friday is impractical, anti democratic, dictatorial and would spawn corruption. In a letter directed to the chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, the PCC chief said that the state government failed to conduct the elections of Panchayats on time due to which the district and village Panchayats are facing problems. He said that the decision to hand over powers of district plan funds to the DMs and ministers amounts to murder of democracy. He alleged that the decision of state cabinet is a conspiracy to swindle the funds of district plan. Singh added that the state cabinet took refuge in the Covid pandemic and promulgated an ordinance to appoint administrators in 105 vacant posts of Pradhans and paved way to nominate persons of their choices over the vacant 4951 posts of Panchayat representatives. He alleged that the government is determined to stifle democracy in the Panchayats. Singh demanded that the cabinet decisions should be reversed immediately. ?=BQ 347A03D= The Bharatiya Janata Party has stated that the Congress is playing petty politics during the Covid-19 pandemic too. Leveling this allegations, the BJP State chief spokesman Munna Singh Chauhan questioned the objections raised by the Congress to the DM being authorised under the guidance of the Minister in- charge for spending district plan funds. He pointed out that article 243 K (1) of the constitution authorises the State election commission and not the government to discharge the responsibility of conducting district planning committee (DPC) elections. The state election commission had started the election process on time, completing the process from filing of nomination upto withdrawal of nomination. However, the commission stopped further process in the election due to the lockdown enforced in view of Covid-19. “Leveling allegations to question the capability and impartiality of a constitutional body like the election commission is improper. The Congress should understand that this temporary arrangement has been made in view of the Covid health emergency to enable execution of necessary public welfare works in absence of DPC. The allegation that this will fuel corruption is arbitrary because the DPC is not the executing agency. The expenditure will be made as earlier through the departments concerned. The Congress is unnecessarily playing narrow politics on this issue even in this difficult time,” said Chauhan. 3_^W`QiY^W`Uddi`_YdYSc Q]YT`Q^TU]YScQic2:@ 19?BcPcTRWXTU b_^ZTbP]d]]P BX]VW2WPdWP] `dTbcX^]TScWT ^QYTRcX^]baPXbTSQh cWT2^]VaTbbc^cWT 3QTX]VPdcW^aXbTS d]STacWTVdXSP]RT ^UcWTX]XbcTaX] RWPaVTU^ab_T]SX]V SXbcaXRc_[P]Ud]Sb 2^]VRaXTbU^d[^]2PQX]TcSTRXbX^]b ^]SXbcaXRc_[P]P]S?P]RWPhPcb ?=BQ 347A03D= Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has congratulated the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and all citizens on the completion of one year in office by the Modi-2 Government. Rawat said that successes in this past year have proved Modi a global leader. During this period, he abrogated article 370, facilitated freedom from triple talaq, helped pave the way for Ram Mandir construction in Ayodhya. That there was no tension in the country due to such developments is a sign of the PM’s capabilities. “The PM has to work for four more years. I am confident that the manner in which he is leading the nation and guiding the citizens, whether it be on the economic front or the global platform, the PM will succeed in these endeavours,” said Rawat. Meanwhile, cabinet minister and State Government spokesman Madan Kaushik said that this past one year will prove to be a developmental milestone for Uttarakhand. Developmental works like the all weather road project, Rishikesh-Karnprayag rail line, Jamrani multipurpose project, Haridwar, Rudrapur and Pithoragarh medical colleges being facilitated with the help of the Centre will prove to be major contributions in the state’s development. ]ThTPa^U^SX6^ec! PaZTSQhWXbc^aXRSTRXbX^]b PY^aSTeT[^_T]cb)APfPc ?=BQ 347A03D= Terming the performance of Narendra Modi Govt as dismal, the Pradesh Congress Committee president, Pritam Singh has said that the Govt has proved to be a failure on all fronts. In a statement, he said that the Modi Govt has nothing to claim as its achievement during last one year. Singh said that the Modi Govt has set up new records of failures during its five years of rule in first term and one year of its second term at centre with all sections of society facing problems. “The policy of the Modi Govt has ensured that the farmers and traders are forced to commit suicide and has created an army of unemployed youth. The labourers are on the roads,’’ he said. The PCC president alleged that the Modi Govt has closed many development schemes started by the Cong Govt. Singh said that all the promises made by the PM Modi to the poor, unemployed, farmers and traders during the election campaign have proved to be a bundle of lies. Singh said that it has only concentrated itself to meet narrow political goals and threw the people of the country at the mercy of Covid- 19 pandemic. He added that due to the failure of the government, the pandemic is becoming out of control. The PCC chief accused the BJP government of registering false and fabricated cases against Congress leaders for hiding its failures. 0RGL *RYW KDV IDLOHG RQ HYHU IURQW 3ULWDP

4. 347A03D=kBD=30H k0H !! ]PcX^]# ?=BQ 270=3860A7 Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday announced a 4- week extension in the lockdown in Punjab, till June 30, with certain more relaxations, subject to the guidelines of the central government. Though experts have advised against opening of the hospitality industry and malls, the Chief Minister said the state would take into account the central government guidelines for Lockdown 5.0. The CM announced his decision after an on-ground assessment of the Covid situation through a Video Conference with health experts, along with top officials and Cabinet Ministers Bharat Bhushan Ashu, Balbir Singh Sidhu and Tript Singh Bajwa. The move is also in line with the central government’s decision to extend the national lockdown beyond May 31. Later, during his weekly Facebook Live session, Capt Amarinder said the threat of Covid was not over yet, and if necessary, he would continue to take tough measures to save the lives of Punjabis. Underlining the need to continue to exercise extreme caution, he lauded the citizens for following all health norms to help the state government in controlling the pandemic spread to a great extent. Making it clear that the extension of the lockdown in Punjab would be conditional to strict adherence to Covid safety protocols, including physical distancing and wearing of masks, the Chief Minister also ordered distribution of free masks to the poor. He directed Food Civil Supplies Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu to ensure immediate steps for the distribution of masks as part of ration kids to the needy and poor, who could not afford to purchase them. DGP Dinkar Gupta told the review Video Conference that wearing of masks was being strictly enforces across districts, with more than Rs 1 crore collected so far in fine from the offenders. The Chief Minister sought an update during the meeting on the state government’s plans for launch of home surveillance and Covid Foot Soldiers deployment to track and trace infections. He was informed by Anurag Agarwal, Principal Secretary (Health Family Welfare) that both would be launched over the next couple of days. Asha workers and other local women from the community were being hired to undertake home to home surveillance across districts, and they would be paid Rs 2 per head in every household surveyed, he said. As for the tracing and tracking of symptomatic cases who were not reporting to the health authorities, an app was currently being field-tested and would launched in 2-3 days. Youngsters would be asked to download the app to voluntarily report on such cases, said Agarwal, adding that mandatory OTP verification of these Covid Foot Soldiers would be ensured to check false reporting. Capt Amarinder in his FB session, said non-reporting to health authorities by those returning to the state, especially from abroad, was a big challenge, as it complicated their contact tracing and endangered the lives of others. He revealed that 9560 of such people had been traced and tested, and some positive cases had been found among these. Though there was an overall decline in the daily cases, and of the 2158 positive cases so far, 1946 had recovered fully, the new cases that had emerged in the last few days was a matter of concern, he added, appealing to people to report any instance of returnees someone jumping medical checking by the state government. Chief Secretary Karan Avtar Singh apprised the Chief Minister during the VC of the screening/testing being done at airports and railway stations to check the spread of the Covid in view of the large influx of people coming from other states. While all entrants to the state were being screened, and had to undergo 14-day mandatory home quarantine, testing facilities had also been installed to undertake random testing at the airports and stations, he added. Those who could not download COVA app would have to fill in declaration forms on the trains, and submit the same at the stations, he said. Underscoring the need to strictly adhere to all health norms, Capt Amarinder said in his FB session that 36,820 people have been fined for not wearing masks and 4032 persons for spitting in public in just 11 days from May 17 till May 28. As many as 6061 persons had been fined for not wearing masks in just the last 24 hours, he said, adding that 503 FIRs had been registered in this period for violation of rules. Expressing his concern about possible community spread in his reply to another query, he said this is the threat we face now and he would keep this fact in mind while deciding about relaxations. Referring to cases in Amritsar, in reply to another query by a resident, he said out of 7 cases reported yesterday, six were contact cases. Regarding rapid testing kits, he said those received by the state from China and South Korea had to be returned as they were defective. More flights are resuming, with three flights daily from Dubai, the Chief Minister said in reply to a Dubai resident seeking to come to Chandigarh. Normal flights had not yet resumed, he said, asking the questioner to get in touch with the Consulate Office. We have not stopped private buses in villages to operate, but the decision was up to private operators, he told a questioner. On the crackdown on spurious liquor during lockdown, the Chief Minister said 97 bhattas had been sealed, with 1,729 FIRs registered and 1360 persons arrested. The government was also taking stern action against those trying to smuggle liquor into Punjab, he added. He expressed his appreciation for farmers for another bumper crop year, saying that around Rs 23,000 Crore had been infused in the rural economy due to the procurement of 128 LMTs wheat. On the locust threat, he said all arrangements had been put in place in seven districts bordering Rajasthan and Haryana. Responding to a question, the Chief Minister said he was happy to note that 85% of the state’s industry had already started operations with 65% of labour engaged in it. The government was facilitating many multinational IT firms, including Quark, to set base in Mohali and many more would come to Punjab as the situation improves, he said in reply to another query. To a question regarding the Centre’s conditions for availing additional debt, the Chief Minister said that in a federal structure, a state is responsible for ensuring the economic growth of its people. “We are custodians of our people's financial needs,” he said, asserting that the Centre would have to remove these conditionalities in the spirit of federalism. Af_[RSR__`f_TVd]`TU`h_VieV_dZ`_eZ]];f_V$! ?=BQ ?DA8 For the first time in the history, Snan Yatra (bathing festival) and Rath Yatra (Car Festival) of Lord Jagannath and His siblings will be conducted here in the absence of devotees. As stated by Puri Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingha Deb on Saturday, both festivals can be conducted as per the rituals but in the absence of devotees in view of the Covid- 19 crisis. After a meeting of the Temple Managing Committee held in Bhubaneswar, Deb informed that the Snan Yatra on June 5 would be conducted at the Meghanad Pacheri inside the temple as per the rituals but with limited servitors and in presence of selected administrative officials. But the temple would not open for devotees. The Gajapati Maharaja said the Information and Public Relations Department has been asked to ensure live telecast of the entire Snan Yatra and share it with media houses. Devotees across the world can have darshan of the deities staying in their houses through television, he said. Regarding Rath Yatra scheduled on June 23, he said that a proposal has been given to the Government for holding the festival in accordance with the rituals but without devotees. The festival would be held only if the Government gives permission for it. The Government would take steps to ensure that no outside devotees come to Puri and no local devotees gather on the Bada Danda during the entire festival. The Gajapati further said the

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