Friday, August 07, 2020


Mohali Administration puts ‘COVID Spike Management Plan’ into action

MOHALI: With the continuous surge in COVID-19 cases in the district, Mohali Administration has put ‘COVID Spike Management Plan’ into action, informed Deputy Commissioner Girish Dayalan after reviewing the status of pandemic spread, with the officials of health department.

Despite suffering from Corona, Doctors and medical staff of Rajindra Hospital continue to serve

PATIALA: The Government Rajindra Hospital in Patiala has emerged as a beacon of hope for the Mild and critical COVID infected patients.  Critically ill patients from many districts of Punjab (Ludhiana, Nawanshahr, Mohali, Fatehgarh Sahib, Mansa, Sangrur, Barnala and some districts of Haryana) are also being referred here for Level-3 medical care here.

Applications for 2984 posts of Health Department will be accepted till 31st August: Balbir Singh Sidhu

CHANDIGARH: With the objective of providing Ghar-Ghar Rozgar, the Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh led Punjab Government has sought applications for 2984 posts in the Health & Family Welfare Department till August 31.

Himachal CS stresses to keep vigil and readiness to mitigate disasters

SHIMLA: The 14th meeting of State Executive Committee (SEC) under Disaster Management Act, 2005 was held here today under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Anil Khachi.

Facebook, Twitter remove Trump clip over Covid misinformation

SAN FRANCISCO:Facebook and Twitter have removed a video clip from an interview in which US President Donald Trump claimed children were "almost immune" to coronavirus.

K'taka Minister, two JD-S MLAs test positive for COVID-19

BENGALURU:Karnataka Minister of Cooperation S.T. Somashekar and two Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) legislators -- G.T. Devegowda and Naganagouda Kandkur tested positive for coronavirus and are under treatment, an official said on Thursday.

HC directs action against illegal health service aggregators

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Thursday asked the Centre and the Delhi government to act against the online health service aggregators who are operating illegally or in violation of the law and collecting diagnostic samples including Covid-19.

DMK not losing anyone with large following: DMK spokesperson

CHENNAI:The BJP is luring some disgruntled persons in DMK in order to project that it is growing in the state and one sparrow does not make a summer, said DMK spokesperson and MP T.K.S. Elangovan.

Coronavirus spread contained in country, says Harsh Vardhan

NEW DELHI:India's Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday asserted that the spread of coronavirus has been contained in the country, citing how half the total cases are from three states only and another 30 per cent from seven others.

Bihar seat sharing formula to be finalized soon: Rahul

NEW DELHI:Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has held a meeting with party workers of Bihar through video conferencing where he told them that the situation due to Covid-19 is pathetic and unemployment is rising in the country. He said that the Congress should prepare for the elections in the state with "positivity".

Centre releases Rs 890 cr as 2nd instalment to fight Covid

 NEW DELHI:The Central Government on Thursday released Rs 890.32 crore as the second instalment of the COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package to 22 states and union territories.

Covid-19 scare remains but life picks up pace in Taj city

AGRA:The residents of the Taj city seem to be "learning to live with the enemy" in the time of the Covid pandemic.

Real GDP growth in FY21 to remain negative: RBI Guv

MUMBAI:Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das on Thursday reiterated that the real GDP growth rate in FY 2020-21 is expected to be negative.
Addressing the media after the Monetary Policy Committee's (MPC) bi-monthly meeting, he said that the economy will contract in the first half of the current fiscal due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Over 110 students quarantined in US state

WASHINGTON:More than 110 students have been ordered to quarantine at home for 14 days after six children and a school staffer tested COVID-19 positive in a school district in the US state of Mississippi.

Chinese mainland reports 37 new confirmed COVID-19 cases

BEIJING:Chinese health authority said on Thursday that it received reports of 37 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland on Wednesday, including 30 locally transmitted.

Global COVID-19 cases top 18.7 mn: Johns Hopkins

WASHINGTON:The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 18.7 million, while the deaths have increased to over 706,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

Odisha reports highest single-day spike of 1,699 cases

BHUBANESWAR:Odisha's Covid-19 tally breached 40,000-mark with detection of 1,699 new positive cases, highest single-day spike, in the last 24 hours, informed the health department on Thursday.

Ram temple trust receives donations of Rs 41 crore

AYODHYA:The Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust has, so far, received donations to the tune of Rs 41 crore even before the construction of the proposed Ram temple has begun.

Death monitoring committees submit a report to CM Arvind Kejriwal

NEW DELHI:Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday convened a meeting with the committees which were constituted last month to inspect the 10 hospitals (government and private) in the city with the highest mortality rate, and give hospital-wise recommendations on following standard operating procedures and protocols. In the meeting, each of the four committees submitted their reports and presented recommendations to CM Arvind Kejriwal, to induce measures for the betterment of COVID patient care services and reducing mortality of COVID patients in the hospitals.

Two MPs and MLAs in TN test positive for Covid-19

CHENNAI:The number of people's representatives from Tamil Nadu testing positive for coronavirus went up by four with two Members of Parliament (MP) and two legislators turning into Covid-19 patients.

Modi, Shah condole deaths in Ahmedabad hospital fire

NEW DELHI:Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday condoled the loss of lives in a fire that broke out in the ICU ward of a private Covid-19 hospital in Ahmedabad. At least eight patients, five men and three women, were killed in the accident.

Fire claims 8 Covid patients in Ahmedabad hospital

GANDHINAGAR:A major fire in the ICU ward of a private dedicated Covid hospital in Ahmedabad claimed the lives of eight patients, including 5 men and 3 women in the wee hours on Thursday. One seriously burnt patient is being treated while 40 other patients have been evacuated and shifted to the SVP hospital in Ahmedabad.

UP villagers forced to evacuate as rivers rise

LAKHIMPUR(UP):Residents of dozens of villages have been forced to evacuate and shift to flood relief camps, after huge amount of water was released from upstream dams and barrages into the Sharda, Ghaghara and Mohana rivers.

Irrespective of Covid, K'taka pvt hospitals can't turn away patients

BENGALURU:No private hospital in Karnataka can turn away a patient without attending to him or her, irrespective of the Coronavirus status, an official has said.

Why no fee exemption in engineering, medical colleges: Guj HC

GANDHINAGAR:Quashing the July 16 order directing private schools not to charge any kind of fees during the Covid-19-induced lockdown, the Gujarat High Court on Wednesday asked the government that "if teaching was a noble and charitable cause", why was it not sparing students of engineering and medical colleges.

Silent prayer honours Covid warriors in Odisha

BHUBANESWAR:Thousands of people across Odisha joined a minute's silent prayer to honour the Covid warriors on Wednesday.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik led the silent prayer at 6 p.m. in honour of the Covid warriors across the state.

Punjab cabinet paves way for distribution of 1.73 lakh smart phones to class 12th students

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Cabinet on Wednesday paved the way for distribution, by November, of 1,73,823 smart phones to boys and girls of government schools, preparing to take their Class XII Board exams this year through online education amid the Covid pandemic.

DMK suspends MLA Selvam, strips him of party posts

CHENNAI:The DMK on Wednesday suspended its legislator Ku.Ka. Selvam for actions that defame the party.
The DMK also removed Selvam from all party posts and issued a show cause notice on why he should not be removed as a basic member of the party.

Punjab Govt approves Rs.501.07 cr expenditure incurred by state in covid fight

CHANDIGARH:The Punjab Cabinet led by the Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday gave its approval for Rs.501.07 crore expenditure incurred so far by the State Government to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

J&K ground situation improves despite Pak's attempts to contrary

NEW DELHI:The terrorists strength in Jammu and Kashmir is now below 200, the security forces said on the first anniversary of abrogation of Articles 370 on Wednesday.
Local recruitment has decreased significantly and now it is primarily limited to four districts of South Kashmir, said a senior intelligence officer adding that there has been serious blow to nefarious designs of Pakistan to 'indigenise' the movement and fuel unrest in the Valley.

Indian-origin scientists find novel way to treat severe Covid-19

NEW YORK:A team of Indian-origin researchers has found that patients experiencing severe Covid-19 symptoms had improved outcomes when administered an Interleukin-6 (IL6ri) inhibitor, sarilumab or tocilizumab -- used in treating autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other several inflammatory conditions.

Lockdown measures subdue India's service sector output: PMI

NEW DELHI:Lockdown measures implemented to curb Covid-19 outbreak continued to subdue the Indian service sector's growth in July.
Accordingly, the latest PMI survey data showed that growth remained severely restricted by lockdown measures implemented to curb the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic in July.

Free skill training & placement for Punjab youth under 'Hunar Se Rozgar Tak' in tourism and hospitality : Channi

CHANDIGARH:The Punjab tourism department to provide free training and skill development to the youth interested to pursue their career in the tourism and hospitality sectors post COVID-19.

100 killed, nearly 4K injured in Beirut blasts

BEIRUT: As many as 100 people were killed and nearly 4,000 injured in two huge explosions that rocked downtown Beirut, the Lebanese Red Cross said on Wednesday.
The blasts took place on Tuesday evening (around 6.10 p.m. local time), shaking buildings all over the city while also causing severe damage and casualties, Xinhua reported.

Punjab gross GST collection stands at Rs.1103.31 CR during july 2020

CHANDIGARH:The gross GST revenue collection for Punjab stands at Rs.1103.31 crore during the month of July, 2020 against Rs. 1215.99 crore for the corresponding period of last year thereby registering a decline of 9.26%.

Ayodhya euphoria dispels Covid-19 gloom in Taj city

AGRA:The Ram temple euphoria and the feeling of liberation from "vote-bank -secularism" has brought some psychological respite from the mood of despair caused by the Covid-19 pandemic in the Taj city.

Special prayers in K'taka for Ram Temple event in Ayodhya

BENGALURU:Special prayers in all temples across Karnataka will mark the ground-breaking ceremony of the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, an official said on Wednesday.

'Won't let you rest on your feet': HC to Delhi govt over Covid-19 testing

NEW DELHI:The Delhi High Court on Tuesday refused to close the hearing on a plea seeking rapid Covid-19 testing and declaration of results in 48 hours, saying that its jurisdiction "to continuously monitor the situation even in a disposed of petition cannot be curtailed by taking to such technicalities".

Odisha CM appeals to observe one-minute silence for Corona warriors

BHUBANESWAR:Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday appealed to the people to observe one-minute silence on Wednesday as a tribute to the Corona warriors.
To honour and commemorate the supreme sacrifice of our Covid Warriors, I will lead a silent prayer in their memory. I appeal to my 4.5 crore sisters and brothers of Odisha to join this silent prayer at 6 pm tomorrow. This will be followed by an oath taking," said the Chief Minister.

After Shah, now Dharmendra Pradhan tested COVID+

NEW DELHI: Soon after Home Minister Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh BJP Chief Swatantra Dev Singh were tested positive for COVID-19, another senior BJP leader has been detected with the virus.